Powerful Cuban General Punished by USA

Cuban general Luis Alberto Rodríguez, a former son-in-law of Communist Party chief Raul Castro.

HAVANA TIMES – The United States Department of the Treasury imposed new economic sanctions against a top Cuban general on Wednesday. The move is part of the pressure campaign carried out by the Trump Administration against the Castro – Diaz Canel government, Europa Press reported.

The US Government singled out General Luis Alberto Rodriguez, head of the most important military business conglomerate in Cuba. His name adds to the list of Cubans sanctioned by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Treasury Department.

Rodriguez, head of Grupo de Administración Empresarial SA (GAESA), is a former son-in-law of Communist Party leader Raul Castro. Washington justified the sanction saying the general acted “against the peoples of Cuba and Venezuela.”

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The measure includes the freezing of his assets under US jurisdiction, although there is no information if such assets exist. Moreover, he cannot carry out transactions involving individuals and entities of the US.

“Today’s actions demonstrate the great commitment of the United States to end economic practices that disproportionately benefit the Cuban Government or its Army, its intelligence, its security agencies or its personnel at the expense of the Cuban people,” said the Treasury in a statement.

In this sense, the text ensures continued US “support for the Cuban people in their desire to achieve a democratic government and respect for Human Rights, including freedom of religion, expression and association.”

Most political observers believe the Trump administration’s main interest in Cubans is about Cuban-American votes in Florida. The State is considered crucial for the president’s reelection campaign.

Nonetheless, the US Treasury stated: “Until these rights and freedoms are respected, we will hold the regime responsible for its actions.”

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13 thoughts on “Powerful Cuban General Punished by USA

  • October 6, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Ha H Haaaahh!
    Mr MacD, It was a genuine typo. I shall leave nom de plumes for those crustier than I……
    And I wish you good luck in your quest to have porridge for breakfast made with genuine Cuban grown oats…….

  • October 5, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Not much wonder I recognized a similarity of style! On the subject of chicken Nick, the difficulty for Cuba is the lack of cereals to feed them. if only they had the gumption to employ a knowledgeable supervisor to grow cereals on those hundreds of thousands of acres lying fallow, they could even grow oats to enable an ancient crusty old Scot to have porridge for breakfast – if only he could get some milk!
    But as ‘Nice’ would say, “ain’t possible, ‘cos they r’ too stoopid ! Do we assume that you have abandoned your nom-de-plume for good?

  • October 5, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Apologies for the strange typo.
    e and k are not even anything like being neighbours on my keyboard!!
    I am kinda nice but my name is actually Nick.
    I hope that Cuba can work towards producing its own chicken.
    And I hope that the USA can work towards one day potentially producing a Republican President without the continued systemic reliance on voter suppression.

  • October 5, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    ‘Nice’. if you had cared to read my contributions to HT over the years and/or you read ‘Cuba Lifting the Veil’, where the chapter upon the US commences: “US policies towards the Latin American countries have been a succession of political blunders of magnitude since the adoption of the Monroe Doctrine in 1823” you would know that my criticisms of the US in relation to Cuba are frequent and constant.

    You demonstrate that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

    One notes with interest your adoption of Nick’s opinion regarding US chicken and the similarity of phraseology: “Lil ol trump” “it ain’t useless” “those guys”.

    My concerns are for the future of the Cuban people who currently suffer under the dictate of the extreme left. I hope that they may yet experience the freedoms which despite any faults, are commonplace in the capitalist societies and which the left in its “massive fixations” and resentments, seeks to obliterate.

    I shall continue to comment based upon the realities of both Cuba where I am in daily contact with my family, and the politics of the US in relation to Cuba.

  • October 5, 2020 at 7:15 am

    Cuba is free to buy frozen chicken from whomever they please. I am not quite sure why “Nice” is complaining about the quality of the chicken that Cuba purchases from the US. The problem is not the chicken. The problem is Tyson is probably one if only a few producers who are willing to do business with the Cubans. To be clear, food and medicine are exempt from the US embargo. Cuba is known internationally as a terrible customer. Their slow and no pay reputation precedes them and only a limited amount of producers are willing to take the risk. Those that do, do so with products that would otherwise go unsold to anyone else so why not sell to Cuba? This reputation is no one’s fault except for the failed Castro dictatorship. The truth is, Tyson foods is probably doing Cuba a favor.

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