The Blockade against Cuba Turns 60

HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Human Wrongs Watch

By Rosa Miriam Elizalde | Globetrotter – TRANSCEND Media Service*

It’s easy to say, but it’s been six very hard decades that began with disconcerting lightness and the belief that the United States government’s blockade of Cuba would not last long—a couple of years, maybe.

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A mural in Cuba against the U.S. blockade. | Photo: Reuters

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On February 2, 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy called his press secretary, Pierre Salinger, and gave him an urgent task: “I need a lot of [Cuban] cigars.” “How many, Mr. President?” “About a thousand,” Kennedy replied.

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