United Nations votes to condemn blockade of Cuba for 29th time – Liberation News
The Democratic Platform in 2020 pledged to “act swiftly to reverse the policies of the Trump administration that have undermined the national interests of the United States and harmed the Cuban people and their families in the United States, including its efforts to reduce travel and remittances ”. Not only did President Joe Biden “act quickly” even on specific promises of further expansion of Cuba travel and family remittances, but today his administration has wrecked everything. hope that even small changes can be expected, as the US voted against the UN resolution condemning the US blockade of Cuba, joined only by its staunch little dog Israel. 184 nations voted for the resolution, with three abstentions, as the resolution passed for the 29th consecutive time.
In the last year of the Obama administration, the United States abstained from the vote, resulting in the first (and now only) time that there has not been a single country s opposing the resolution. But any hope that the United States would repeat this abstention was dashed when its representative delivered a strongly anti-Cuban discourse, hypocritically claiming that the United States “stands with the Cuban people” and vigorously defending sanctions as “a legitimate means of carrying out foreign policy”. The failure to make even small changes in Cuban politics cannot be blamed on Joe Manchin or the Republicans in Congress, but rests squarely on the shoulders of President Joe Biden. Given the difficulties the Cuban people face as a result of these sanctions, the despicable nature of their government’s claim to “stand by the Cuban people” is all the greater.
The United States and its mass media frequently speak of “world opinion,” but real world opinion was exposed during the more than three-hour debate on the resolution. Speaker after speaker condemned the US blockade as a violation of both international law and the Charter of the United Nations, facts which have been conspicuously omitted from the media coverage of The New York Times and The Washington Post. Speakers also noted the particularly pernicious nature of the blockade in the face of a global pandemic. These speakers represented not only individual countries, but large groups of countries, including the Non-Aligned Movement, the Group of 77 plus China, the African Group, ASEAN, CARICOM and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. .
What was perhaps most striking about the speeches was that virtually all of them not only denounced the American blockade, but also spoke enthusiastically about Cuba. Cuba’s medical assistance abroad was frequently mentioned, especially its global efforts to help dozens of countries in their fight against Covid. Cuba has also been repeatedly praised for its success in developing several vaccines against Covid. The representative of South Africa referred to the essential role played by Cuba in the overthrow of apartheid in his country. Cuba had promoted the hashtag #ElMundoDiceNo (“The world says ‘No’ [to the blockade]”), but the message of the speeches was actually the opposite -” The world says ‘Yes’ … to Cuba. “Rarely, if ever, has a country received so much praise from so many countries other than Cuba did so today during the debate condemning the US blockade.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla delivered Cuba’s message [text in Spanish and English; English-language video here and below]. He not only denounced the blockade as a violation of international law and the Charter of the United Nations, but also as a “massive, flagrant and systematic violation” of the human rights of the Cuban people, arguing that by virtue of the Geneva Convention of 1948 qualifies the blockade “as an act of genocide. He referred to losses estimated to the Cuban economy at $ 9 billion in 2020, and cited the infamous memo from 1960 in which the goal of the blockade was stated very clearly: “to bring about hunger, despair and the overthrow of the government”. Its objective remains the same today.
The United States government and its Secretary of State Anthony Blinken have spoken several times recently of the United States’ commitment to “the rules-based order”. Nothing demonstrates the utter hypocrisy of this claim as much as the fact that the United States will now ignore, for the 29th year in a row, the overwhelming demand from the world to end the blockade and to stop violating both international law and the Charter of the United Nations. The people of the United States must now redouble their efforts to end this despicable policy of the United States government.