UN Urges US to End Cuba Embargo

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    UN Urges US to End Cuba Embargo

    By EDITH M. LEDERER – 2 days ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted for the 16th straight year Tuesday to urge the United States to end its trade embargo against Cuba, whose foreign minister accused the U.S. of stepping up its "brutal economic war" to new heights.

    The 192-member world body approved a resolution calling for the 46-year-old U.S. economic and commercial embargo against Cuba to be repealed as soon as possible.

    "The blockade had never been enforced with such viciousness as over the last year," Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque told the assembly, accusing President Bush's administration of adopting "new measures bordering on madness and fanaticism" that have hurt Cuba and interfered in its relations with at least 30 countries.

    Delegates in the General Assembly chamber burst into applause when the vote in favor of the resolution flashed on the screen — 184 to four with one abstention. That was a one-vote improvement over last year.

    The vote came less than a week after Bush delivered his first major address on Cuban policy in four years, attacking the communist government and challenging the international community to help the island shed Fidel Castro's rule.

    The United States has no diplomatic relations with Cuba, lists the country as a state sponsor of terror and has long sought to isolate it through travel restrictions and a trade embargo. This year, it stepped up enforcement of financial sanctions.

    Castro, 81, temporarily ceded power to his brother Raul in July 2006 after undergoing intestinal surgery, and has not been seen in public for more than a year.

    The Bush administration sees Castro's failing health as an opening for change. Little is different under Raul Castro, 76, and Bush said in his speech that the U.S. will make no accommodations with "a new tyranny."

    "It is long past time that the Cuban people enjoy the blessings of economic and political freedom," U.S. diplomat Ronald Godard said just before Tuesday's vote.

    "We urge member states to oppose and condemn the Cuban government's internal embargo on freedom, which is the real cause of the suffering of the Cuban people," he added.

    Perez Roque accused the United States of violating international law, depriving Cuban children of medication, and even preventing Cuban writers from participating in a book fair in Puerto Rico.

    He expressed Cuba's solidarity with U.S. movie producer Oliver Stone, who was attacked by the U.S. government for filming in Cuba, and activist director Michael Moore, who is being investigated for visiting Cuba.

    "It is McCarthyism of the 21st century," Perez Roque said.

    "Without doubt, as you well know, the brutal economic war that has been imposed on Cuba hasn't only affected Cubans," he added, pointing to banks and companies in many countries that have been hurt by the U.S. financial measures.

    Perez Roque accused the U.S. of ignoring the 15 previous resolutions "with arrogance and political blindness."

    "Cuba will never surrender," he said. "It fights and will fight."

    http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gsrftsLzidsgfjOWheBaOgbnVCgQD8SJM9M00



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    I've never really understood this. Why the embargo of Cuba specifically? I'm aware of the missile crisis and the Bay of Pigs. I understand that it's a 'communist' state (though communist probably isn't the right word), and I understand the perceived threat of the country's proximity to the US mainland.

    But I still don't get the hard line stance by administration after administration.
     
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    i agree.

    especially since we have no qualms with dealing with commie china.
     
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    Bingo!
     
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    OK I must be having a dumb moment. Miami what?

    This is all down to lobbying by anti-Castro activists in Miami?
     
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    But....don't Forget...it was AOK..when Jf Kenndy...
    and Clinton/Gore carried it on...

    It's just NOW....that it is a MAJORE PROBLEM....:eusa_whistle:

    The Un...can go kiss some....They are not our keepers....

    Time for us to get out of the UN, and kick them to the curb...where they belong...

    I think they should be relocated in the Middle East somewhere...(Iran sounds good),I'm SURE they will feel safe and comfy there...
     
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    I don't know whether you looked at the link in the first post, but it indicates that this is the 16th straight year that the UN has voted in this manner (for the end of the embargo), which actually takes us back to the first Bush administration.

    Do you hate the fact that the UN voted this way, or do you just hate the UN? Why get out of the UN? What's your problem with ending the embargo?
     
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    Our ancestors didn't fight and die for this country, in order to have a body of countries(who happen to be hostile towards us, if you haven't noticed).... take ORDERS FROM....

    yes I am hostile towards the UN....They DO NOT have anything that is good towards us....The United States of America...
    I'd like to see them move to Cuba or Iran or North Korea
    or Hell as far as I'm concerned....

    The embargo could of ended Yrs ago....with the LEADER OF CUBA....
    He is the reason for their suffering.............NOT US...
    And leave it to the worthless UN, and people like you.... to try and make it like it was OUR FAULT...
     
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    Er...I never said it was anyone's fault. All I said was I didn't understand it. I requested an explanation, you chose to be insulting.

    You don't know what my opionion is about Cuba, or about the UN for that matter. You never chose to ask, you just assumed. I said that I didn't understand America's position on Cuba, you chose to think that this meant I did not support it. I suppose I don't support it, but only because I don't know what it is, not because I disagree with it.

    If you tell me why there is an embargo, I'll tell you if I support it or not. I'll also tell you my opinion of the UN.

    Or you can just continue to assume. From the tone of your post, it seems you have your mind made up already, but I could be wrong.
     

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