By Circles Robinson
HAVANA TIMES, Oct. 25 — For the twentieth straight year the United Nations General Assembly voted Tuesday to demand the United States cease its half-century economic blockade against Cuba.
The vote of 186-2 with three abstentions was a virtual rerun of last year’s 187-2.
Once again only Israel supported the US policy that seeks regime change in Cuba through an economic stranglehold.
Likewise, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau abstained. Libya and Sweden did not vote.
Several US administrations have routinely ignored the vote and continued on with their hostile policy towards Cuba. No enforcement measures accompany the hand slap.
While the US touts the blockade as a way to pressure the Cuban government, various studies show the big loser in the damaged economy is the Cuban population.
Many of the governments opposing the blockade consider it an obstacle to international trade and especially criticize the Helms-Burton Act of 1996 for imposing its policy on third countries wanting to do business with the Cuban government and companies.