naciones-unidas-200-2-1ed41HAVANA TIMES (dpa) – The UN General Assembly today condemned for the twenty-third straight time the US trade and economic embargo imposed on Cuba for over half a century, reported dpa news.

A total of 188 of 193 countries voted against the restrictions the US government imposed on Havana back in 1962, after the triumph of Fidel Castro’s revolution a few years earlier. The goal of the embargo is to create sufficient hardship on the island to provoke a regime change.

Three nations (Micronesia, Palau and the Marshall Islands) abstained, while only the US and Israel voted against the non-binding resolution.

In asking for the support of the global body to condemn the embargo, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said, “We invite the government of the United States to join us in a mutually respectful relationship, on a reciprocal basis.”

In the debates leading up to the vote on Tuesday, several delegations praised Cuban international cooperation, citing the example of their contribution to the fight against Ebola in West Africa. Havana has sent more than 250 physicians and other health workers in recent weeks to the affected countries.

In his address to the UN General Assembly, US Ambassador Ronald Godard, said that such support is no excuse for “the way the Cuban regime treats its own people.”In recent weeks it has become more apparent that opposition to the embargo is growing within the United States. The influential newspaper “The New York Times” ran a series of editorials saying the time had come to end the embargo.


20 thoughts on “UN Rejects Cuba Embargo 188-2

  • It is America’s prerogative to do business with whom WE choose. The US embargo does not force Cuba to be or do anything…obviously. It does, however, stipulate that as long as the Castros are in charge, the US is closed for business. That IS our right and privilege. My Cuban family sleeps just fine. No thanks to the Castros.

  • Listen genius, it’s not America’s right or privilege to act as judge, jury, and hangman concerning the existence and longevity of Cuba’s present government, no matter what you might think of the Castros. The world has made that crystal clear for 23 years. Now that is my reality, as well as yours. There is no refuting that. However I have no doubt that there will continue to be more of the same arrogant BS coming from you and your government in defiance of world opinion. I hope your familia cubano sleep well for another year while waiting for your nation to wake up.

  • In other words, you don’t know what it means either or you don’t want to admit to yourself that it really was a symbolic gesture without any connection to ‘real’ international politics. When Russia chose to ignore international norms with their meddling in the Ukraine, their European neighbors and the US passed sanctions which immediately began to have an effect on the Russian economy. If the “united nations of the world” really feel as you do, why are there NO sanctions? You are in no position to make to make any moral judgments about anyone simply because they do not share your political views. Cubans, like my Cuban family, know that their “pain and suffering’ is as much if not more a result of their internal embargo as it is caused by US actions. Toilet paper shortages in one part of Havana while warehouses full of toilet paper rot in other parts of Havana are not caused by the US embargo. Cuba’s biggest problems have been caused by the Castros. Plain and simple.

  • Thanks Rene. I am “pig-headed” as you say because I don’t believe that prosperity, and that is exactly what US relations brings to the Castro regime, will bring democracy to Cuba. Stop and consider first who will prosper: the Castro oligarchy. Trickle down economics doesn’t work well in an open economy like the US. It won’t work at all in Cuba. CEOs in the US have increased their salaries 3-fold in the last 20 years, while the average worker actually makes less when you account for inflation. In a dictatorship like the Castros, how do you suppose this prosperity will benefit the average Cuban? Finally Rene, given the age of the Castros, the failing Cuban economy and the current demographic profile in Cuba, especially with record outmigration, now is not the time to throw the Castros a lifeline. They practically have one foot in the grave. If the US simply maintains the status quo for four more years, change in Cuba is certain. We have waited 55 years, four more is a cakewalk.

  • Moses, it’s useless to suggest to you personally that your government should heed world opinion. Your mind is closed, and as you admit yourself, you don’t care. I know what the vote means to me, but people like you have no moral compass. How quaint that you can feel contentment in your life while you support your government’s tyrannical policies meant to inflict pain and suffering on a defenseless people…all out of spiteful ignorance and arrogant indifference to Cuba as well as to the united nations of the world.

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