Goodwill / Regina Coyula
Regina Coyula, 20 October 2016 — It is said that the choice of the word
"embargo" or "blockade" to define the US policy toward Cuba, clarifies
the position of the speaker-writer. Those who speak of the "blockade"
are not better Cubans than those who call it the "embargo" (although
they believe themselves to be). It is a policy that doesn't depend on
Cubans; not even the international community can eliminate it.
A goodwill gesture on the part of my leaders would be the elimination of
the internal blockade to which we are subjected, in the name of the
country and the imperialist threat. Clearly, although this policy toward
Cuba has been dismantled little by little, it is there and we will have
to wait for the goodwill of the American government for its total
"The international community has denounced the US embargo because
it violates international law, and also for moral, political and
This quote is from a report by Amnesty International and reflects the
rejection of the extraterritorial character of the set of laws that
makes up the embargo. The bold text is intended to bring out the
fundamental reason for the widespread rejection of this body of law,
which is its extraterritorial nature. International law prohibits any
national law to be applied beyond the country 's borders. The
Helms-Burton law is extraterritorial and retroactive, as it applies to
events prior to the adoption of the legislation.
The Cuban citizen has become accustomed to hearing only about the damage
the blockade has caused and continues to cause in our economy and
society; this citizen ignores in many cases the origin of these measures
versus those taken in response to it, but above all, it serves as a
smokescreen for domestic disaster resulting from a willful and failed
policy. Neither the US blockade nor the one caused by our government
have affected even for one second the life of our leaders.
Source: Goodwill / Regina Coyula – Translating Cuba -