U.S. Blockade Hurts Cuban Culture

Havana, Oct 17. -Cuban culture has lost about 14,913,300 million USD as a consequence of the U.S.-imposed economic, trade and financial blockade for 50 years ago.That stance basically materialized Washington lost earnings from exports of goods and services, relocation to other markets, additional spending on freight, and monetary-financial damages.

The Cuban film sector was unable to purchase materials, spare parts, equipment, black tapes and chemical products for the Film Lab of the Cuban Institute of Art and Cinematographic Industries (ICAIC) in the United States.

Also on the list were accessories for film equipment, the use of licenses, patent and trademarks, such as THX, Dolby, MAC, Avid, Toons and Scenarist, for audiovisual post-production processes.

ICAIC has also been affected in commercial advertising programs due to the inability to participate with U.S. companies dedicated to that specialty in airlines, tourism, art, culture and sports.

A report on Resolution 65/6 of the UN General Assembly entitled "The Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial, and Financial Blockade Imposed by the United States of America against Cuba", the U.S. Department of Treasure informed the Center for Cuban Study in New York that it would not renew its license.

ARTEX S.A Company has also been affected in marketing discography, phonographic and publishing rights services, due to the inability of selling records associated to the performances carried out in the United States.

The National Cultural Heritage Council has no access to programs linked to new technologies such as Google Earth, Mapinfo and Arcview Software, used in the treatment of maps and digital information, with corresponding tutorials to learn the most appropriate use of them.

U.S. President Barack Obama has maintained intact that policy against Cuba, began almost 50 years ago, in spite of intensive and increasing requests by the international community, the text notes.

The direct economic damage to the Cuban people until December 2010, at current prices and with conservative calculus, the figure is far beyond 104 billion USD. (Prensa Latina)