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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2709

50 Years of the Revolution End the economic sanctions against Cuba

By Leel Pathirana

It was 01st January 1959, the valiant Cuban revolutionary forces entered to La Habana (Havana) led by Comrades Fidel, Raul and Che. Cheering crowds were filled in the street of La Habana to greet the triumphant bearded rebels entering to the capitol on top of the armored personal carriers. Cuba today celebrates the 50th Anniversary of their revolution. The Mohogany Tree planted by Ernesto Che Guevara. Behind the tree, is the Estate Bungalow where Che and the Delegation were drinking Ceylon Tea and eating banana.The Mohogany Tree planted by Ernesto Che Guevara. Behind the tree, is the Estate Bungalow where Che and the Delegation were drinking Ceylon Tea and eating banana.

Caribbean counties recently urged the new US elected President Barak Obama to end the trade embargo imposed by the Washington for almost five decades over Cuba in the latest signal to the incoming administration.

The 15 member Caribbean Bloc-CARICOM said in a joint communiqué at the end of the summit held recently in the city Santiago de Cuba that the governments “call for an end to the economic sanctions against the Republic of Cuba”. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister W. Baldwin Spencer, head of the Caricom, said the "Transformational Change" under way in US administration should relegate the embargo to history.

Barak Obama, who is expected to occupy the white house on 20th January, stated that he would lift the travel restrictions on Cuban-American traveling to the island and may able to remit money there for the families. But he said that he wants to maintain the embargo to press for the changes in Cuba under the new eldership of Fidel’s brother Raul Castro. However Cuba maintains strong ties with European Union, Russia, China and Venezuela. Cuban President Raul Castro gives a speech during the closing ceremony of the Caricom Summit held in Santiago de Cuba. Photo / Franklin Cuban President Raul Castro gives a speech during the closing ceremony of the Caricom Summit held in Santiago de Cuba. Photo / Franklin

Cuba’s president Raul Castro said recently that they are open to dialog with the United States to end the dispute stretching across the Florida straits. However Obama has not commented over the remarks from the Fidel’s brother Raul Castro.

The newly elected Barak Obama may ease restrictions and increase cooperation with Cuba on issues such as countering drug and migrations operations, but a meeting between Obama and Raul appears unlikely to happen soon, but optimistic in the future, political analysts say.

Cuba has been battered by three hurricanes, which flattened crops and caused around $ 10 billion in damages. Caribbean nations are concerned about the impact of the global financial crisis may have on demand for their vital tourism industries.

Havana has strong ties to the Caribbean. More than 1000 Cuban doctors are working in the neighboring countries and more than 2000 students from the region are studying in Cuba. "These projects are not based on the rules of neo-liberalism, which today are collapsing like a house of cards,” Raul Castro told Caricom leaders. “They do not chase after comparative advantage or maximum profit, they promote development, justice, equality and well being,"

Sri Lanka (Ceylon) was one of the few countries of the world which endorsed and recognized the Cuban Revolutionary Government of President Fidel Castro, immediately after the revolution. The first Cuban delegation to then Ceylon was led by Ernesto Che Guevara on the 07th August 1959. Che visited a Rubber plantation at Yahala Kele estate Horana and planted a Mahogany Tree for the memory of his visit.

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