Trump attacks Cuban doctors for fighting coronavirus

This 22 March 2020 video says about itself:

Cuba is sending its medics to Lombardy to help Italian doctors fight the coronavirus outbreak.

Cuban doctors were on the frontlines in the fight against cholera in Haiti and against Ebola in West Africa 10 years ago. …

Al Jazeera’s Ed Augustin reports from Havana.

By Steve Sweeney:

Thursday, March 26, 2020

US pressures countries to reject Cuban aid during coronavirus pandemic

THE United States has launched a stunning attack on Cuba’s medical-aid missions, with the Trump administration pressing countries to reject them during the coronavirus pandemic.

Cuba has played a leading role in the global fight against the outbreak, sending medical teams and aid to some of the worst-affected countries, including Italy.

It has also provided supplies of the interferon alfa-2b, which has proved effective when used to treat more than 1,500 coronavirus patients and is one of 30 drugs chosen by the Chinese National Health Commission to combat respiratory disease.

Cuban doctors fight coronavirus worldwide

This 24 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

“Humanitarian Solidarity”: Even Under U.S. Sanctions, Cuba Sends Doctor Brigade to Italy and More

As Italy’s death toll soars past 6,000, Cuba has sent medical brigades to combat COVID-19. Cuba has also deployed doctors to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Suriname and Grenada.

“The arrival of a medical brigade from Cuba to Italy is pretty historic. You have a leading European nation accepting support in the form of a medical team from a small Caribbean island,” says our guest, Peter Kornbluh, director of the Cuba Documentation Project at the National Security Archive at George Washington University. “It just goes to the history of Cuba’s deep and long-lasting commitment to humanitarian solidarity with other countries.” Kornbluh covers Cuba for The Nation magazine.

Cuban doctors to Italian coronavirus pandemic

This 19 March 2020 video says about itself:

A British cruise ship with five confirmed cases on board has docked in Cuba, after it was turned away from multiple ports in the Caribbean.

Cuba allowed the ship in after Barbados, the Bahamas and the United States all refused the captain’s request to come ashore.

The MS Braemar had been stuck at sea for more than a week.

The UK foreign minister thanked the Cuban government for letting passengers disembark – as many on board are British citizens.

Several flights have been chartered to fly them home.

Al Jazeera’s Ed Augustin reports.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Russia and Cuba come to the rescue in Italy

The Russian army will send medical aid to Italy to fight the coronavirus. That happens after a phone call between Russian President Putin and Italian Prime Minister Conte yesterday. The Russians send mobile disinfection vehicles and specialists to the hardest hit Italian regions.

Cuba sends a unit of 52 doctors and nurses to Lombardy, the worst affected region in Italy. In recent days, the country has also sent health workers to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Suriname and the Caribbean island of Grenada.

Cuba has a history of disaster relief abroad. Since the revolution in 1959, the ‘army of white coats’ has often been deployed in poor countries. Cuban medical personnel have also gone in recent years to Haiti for the outbreak of cholera and to West Africa when Ebola was prevalent there.

Cuban medical brigade travels to Grenada & Suriname to tackle COVID-19: here.

Russian aid to Italy subjected to pro-Nato smear campaign: here.

China will send medical experts & equipment to Serbia – and offers support to France and Germany: here.

A coronavirus is threatening human health. SARS-CoV-2 is highly infectious and can cause severe pneumonia (COVID-19). A team has now found a promising approach to understanding the virus. Using the high-intensity X-ray light from the Berlin synchrotron source BESSY II, they have decoded the 3D architecture of the main protease of SARS-CoV-2. This protein plays a central role in the reproduction of the virus: here.

Cuban land crabs’ mass migration, videos

This 20 March 2020 video, recorded in Cuba, says about itself:

Swarm of Crab Mothers Cross Traffic to Lay Thousands of Eggs

An army of red land crabs migrates miles as some mothers prepare to lay up to 80,000 eggs apiece.

I saw migrating crabs in Cuba.

This May 2017 video says about itself:

Cuba: Crabs invade Bay of Pigs showing US how it’s done

Millions of crabs have invaded Cuba’s Bay of Pigs (Playa Giron), as shown by footage filmed on Wednesday.

The red, yellow and black crabs are undertaking their annual spring migration from the forest to the sea, where they aim to release their eggs.

Donald Trump attacks Cuba again

This 5 June 2019 video is called US President Trump tightens travel restrictions to Cuba.

That was then. Now, Trump sharpens his economnic war on Cuba even more.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The United States government limits the number of destinations for US flights to Cuba. From December 10 on you can only fly to Havana, flights to one of the nine other international airports on the island are not allowed.

The restriction is intended to prevent US American tourism, which is still prohibited due to sanctions. In addition, the Trump government wants to punish the island for suppressing the Cuban opposition

Hey Mr Trump, how about you suppressing opposition to you in your own country? And how about pro-Trump dictatorships in so many countries, eg, Honduras, killing oppositionists?

and supporting President Maduro of Venezuela.

“We will not change anything”, a Cuban spokesperson said. According to him, especially poor Cubans [in the tourism industry] are the victims of this kind of “imperialism”.


Airlines such as Jet Blue and American Airlines have already said they will cancel flights to Santa Clara, Holguin and Camaguey to comply with the new rules.

US Americans of Cuban descent are affected by the measures: they now have to travel much farther for, eg, family visits. Last year this involved 500,000 travelers …

The US imposed sanctions on the island … sixty years ago. President Obama restored some of the relationship and even visited the island, but his successor Trump approaches the country much more critically.

Washington and the right-wing Latin American governments most closely aligned with US imperialist policy in the Western Hemisphere have announced a new series of sanctions against Cuba and Venezuela: here.