And -- with just 24 hours before the UN General Assembly vote on the blockade -- the fact is that the U.S. administration is not interested in promoting an open contact between both countries.
Generally speaking, Washington has not modified the ban on the academic, scientific and cultural exchanges decreed by the administration of former President George W. Bush in 2004.
That’s why permits and visas granted to professionals from those sectors -- either American or Cuban -- are completely selective and arbitrary.
Specifically in education, and despite the efforts made by the Cuban Government, restrictions imposed by the blockade result in daily shortages in the learning, research, and scientific work of students and professionals.
For instance, we can say that if Cuba would have had access to the U.S. market, the necessary paper for printing textbooks at all levels of teaching would have been obtained.
Likewise, Cuba would have bought all the drawing sets for the learning of Mathematics in special and primary schools, and 150 thousand sets of markers for acrylic boards which are necessary for a school year to teach Computing all over the country.
It is a fact that Cuba has faced limitations in getting the required equipment to supply 60 therapeutic classrooms for disabled children. This is because the Caribbean nation does not have access to the U.S. market and has had to resort to far-away and more expensive markets. Such classrooms cost about 14 thousand Euros on the European market; however, that cost in the U.S. would be less than eight thousand dollars.
Damage caused to the cultural sector by the hostile U.S. policy reached some 10 million 575 thousand dollars. This includes, basically, incomes that were not received for exports of goods and services, relocating in other markets, extra expenses in chartering and financial insurances and other economic damages.
Sports in Cuba has also been significantly affected by the U.S. blockade. All chances to get the necessary materials for the development of numerous Physical Education programs and those devoted to the improvement of school sports have been reduced to almost zero.
Baseball, our national sport, has not been exempt from the limitations imposed by the arbitrary and illegal measure.
Authorities have had to use intermediaries and buy products from third countries, which includes the obvious price increase.
Multiple damages have been caused in all areas of the socioeconomic life of Cuba by the genocidal 50-year blockade -- which has not and cannot destroy the Cuban Revolution and its countless achievements.
RADIO HAVANA CUBA