We agree with sanctioning the shit out of Russia for their invasion of Ukraine. From Napoleon to WWI and Cuba they've been used as a tool. How effective are they though?

Weekly Cuba News Roundup: March 4th, 2022

Remember COVID? It was that thing going around nine days ago. Then Russia invaded Ukraine and the bombs and sanctions started flying. Will sanctions do anything? Cuba’s been sanctioned for 60 years now and nothing’s happened except for pain imposed on the Cuban people. Same thing’s gonna happen here, right? Putin will sit in his big fat lair, pushing buttons and polishing his toenails while his people suffer. Don’t get us wrong; we’re for sanctions on Russia. Putin’s an asshole; we just wish that none of this had to happen in the first place. And that leads us to this week’s headlines…

The Miami Herald reports on neither Cuba or Nicaragua supporting Russia’s invasion in a U.N. vote, the Guardian reports on sanctions as a war tool, and Cuba rejects the “double standard” of human rights and what they refer to as selective treatment. Closer to home, another 36 migrants were sent back to Cuba and COVID. Yeah, it still exists and Cuba says that most of it’s children ages 2 and up are now vaccinated. With that, we bid you a good weekend.

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NBC News: U.S. boosts embassy personnel in Cuba

The U.S. Embassy in Havana. Photo: Amanda Perobelli / Reuters

The United States announced it will increase its staff at its embassy in Havana and begin a limited amount of some immigrant visa services after years of operating with few personnel. Read more at nbcnews.com.

Miami Herald: 36 migrants sent back to Cuba after being stopped near the Florida Keys, authorities say

An Air Station Clearwater C-130 air crew alerted Sector Key West watch standers that there was a suspected migrant vessel about 75 miles off Dry Tortugas, Feb. 28, 2021. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

In a matter of four days, five suspected migrant vessels were stopped in the waters off Key West, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. In total, 36 people from those five stops were repatriated to Cuba on Thursday. Read more at miamiherald.com.

The Continued Effort to Restore Havana’s Historic Neon Glow

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NBC News: In Cuba, most children 2 and up are vaccinated against Covid-19

A child receives a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a school in Havana, on Sept. 16, 2021. Photo: Joaquin Hernandez / Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images file

At around 4 p.m. most weekdays, children in red and white uniforms are walking home from school alongside their families. Almost all of them — along with their siblings over age 2 — are vaccinated against Covid-19. Read more at nbcnews.com.

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Prensa Latina: Cuba rejects double standards in Human Rights

Geneva, Mar 4, Ambassador to UN Geneva Juan Antonio Quintanilla reiterated today Cuba’s condemnation of double standards and selectivity in the treatment of the issue of human rights, evidenced once again during the conflict in Ukraine. Photo: Prensa Latina

The manipulation of the issue for political purposes is something we know well, because our country is a direct victim of these unacceptable practices, he warned at the Human Rights Council, where a resolution with a marked imbalance on the situation in Ukraine was approved. Read more at prensalatina.com.

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The Guardian: Sanctions are neither new nor guaranteed to work – just look at Cubas

Cuba has suffered crippling US sanctions since the 1950s, with a calculated £97bn hit to its economy in that time. The regime has not changed. Photo: Yander Zamora/EPA

Waging war by economic means is nothing new. Napoleon imposed an ineffective embargo on British exports in the early 19th century and during the first world war there were attempts by both sides to starve each other into submission. Read more at theguardian.com.

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Miami Herald: Cuba and Nicaragua declined to support Russia in U.N. vote on invasion of Ukraine

United Nations members stand up and applaud after a vote on a resolution concerning the invasion of Ukraine during an emergency meeting of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Photo: Seth Wenig AP

Two of Russia’s staunchest allies in Latin America declined to vote against a United Nations resolution on Wednesday condemning Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, dealing a diplomatic blow to Russia’s increasingly isolated leader, Vladimir Putin. Read more at miamiherald.com.

teleSUR: Cuba Rejects European Blockade of Russia Today and Sputnik

Journalist Inna Afinogenova condemns Europe’s blockade to RT, Russia. Photo: Twitter/ @cabohorquez

On Thursday, Cuba’s Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodriguez rejected the European Union (EU) blockade of outlets Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik amid the Ukraine-Russian armed conflict. Read more at telesurenglish.net.

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