Cuba Readies for UN Slam of USA

By Circles Robinson

No Blockade.com - photo: Caridad
No Blockade.com - photo: Caridad

HAVANA TIMES, Oct. 26 – Every year since 1991 the United Nations General Assembly has said that Cuba is right to demand the US end its now nearly half century blockade.  The full body is set to vote on the same resolution on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The policy rebuff has fallen on deaf ears despite a heavily lopsided vote each year.

In 2008, a record 185 countries of the 192 UN member states voted to tell Washington it should end its unilateral blockade of the Cuban economy.  Only Israel and the tiny Palau supported the US position to continue the status quo.

On Sept. 14, President Obama followed his predecessors by extending the blockade for another year.  He has also maintained the prohibition on travel by US citizens to Cuba without special US Treasury Department permission.

While never accomplishing its goal to bring the Revolution to its knees, the blockade has served a dual purpose.  On the one hand it has kept Cuba from reaching anywhere near its development potential.  On the other, it provides a catch all excuse for shortages and poor management in the nation’s economy.

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez was quoted Monday by the Cuban press as saying Cuba is willing to normalize relations with the United States and hold a respectful dialogue between equals, “without any shadow over our independence, sovereignty and self-determination.”



One thought on “Cuba Readies for UN Slam of USA

  • This is a bs media report because the Cuban leaders have been saying they do NOT blame the US embargo on their shortfall economy. They’re blaming their own inefficiency saying if they all work harder, they can meet their own needs. Also, despite the stupid US blockade, Cuba has been sending out into the world the largest number of medical personnel to troubled poor nations. They were the first on the seen of the Pakistan earth quake and had the largest group of doctors and nurses than any other nation. INCLUDING the USA.

    I really get tired from all of the Cuba bashing and all of the socialist witch hunters. When you’re sitting at home alone or you’re far away from family after your house has been foreclosed and you have no health insurance and nobody wants to help you, you will understand that Capitalism ain’t much better.

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