…the cuba star shines brightly, and on a pariah state…Posted: 2014-10-31
…tomorrow’s adults will recount with relief the final exposure of an unembarrassed rogue state…
On Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 188 countries of the UN rejected the US embargo against the small country of Cuba, an embargo that has cost the country upwards of an estimated US$1 trillion in today’s currency, and with savage human costs. Yet the country has survived and thrived, albeit not as well. Still in office is that President of the US, the one curiously awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2009, despite not ever having accomplished anything remotely close to that of leaders such as Lula or Hugo Chávez or ‘Pepe’ Mujica. The two votes for the embargo came from the US and Israel, with abstentions from three tiny, tiny, tiny Pacific countries.
A Factual News Report from Reuters
We look at how the MSM reports this – here Reuters. For 23rd time, U.N. nations urge end to U.S. embargo on Cuba. Some snippets,
In the 193-nation assembly, 188 countries voted for the nonbinding resolution, titled “Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.”
As in previous years, the only countries that voted against the declaration were the United States and an ally, Israel. The Pacific island nations Palau, Marshall Islands and Micronesia abstained. The voting result was identical to last year’s.
And as a major international news service, Reuters observes,
A number of countries lauded Havana for sending more doctors than any other country to West Africa to combat the biggest outbreak of Ebola since the disease was identified in 1976.
If one were to take the increasingly superficial US electronic media seriously, media that bombards other countries with its ‘news’, if impressionable, one would conclude that the US has been ‘pro-active’, ‘indispensable’. In reality ‘boots on the ground’ and a PhD, not a medical doctor, on an elections-year ‘fact-finding’ and publicity tour of the afflicted countries mean absolutely little. Visual saturation bombardment does not action constitute, even in US election season.
Couple Sample Views of that Rejection of the US
Over at counterpoint, Matt Peppe observes, Death, Taxes and the Cuban Blockade. Couple excerpts,
The famous expression about the only things that will happen with absolute certainty, death and taxes, is actually missing one: the annual vote in which 99% of the world’s nations declare that the blockade against Cuba is illegal and must end.
And something that is truly character-defining,
Since the last vote against the blockade, it was revealed that the top 10 recipients of U.S. aid all practice torture. During the last year, at least half of these allies have reportedly tortured people on a “massive scale.” This doesn’t even include the U.S.’s close ally Saudi Arabia, who in the last year has beheaded 59 people and sentenced a popular activist to death by crucifiction.
[bold added for emphasis]
And the 2009 Nobel Laureate for Peace continues to do what he does best, hyperbolic rhetoric.
From Glen Ford over at black agenda report blog, For Moment, the World Embraces the Cuba Model – and Slaps the Empire. Sample excerpts,
Revolutionary Cuba has always been a miracle and gift to all humankind. This week, the nations of the world – with two savage exceptions – instructed their emissaries at the UN General Assembly to tell the world’s self-designated “indispensable” country to end its 54-year-long trade embargo against Cuba. The virtually unanimous global rebuke to the American superpower, in combination with the extraordinary breadth and depth of acclamation accorded Havana, tells us that it is Cuba, not the U.S., that is the truly “exceptional” nation on the planet.
It was the 23rd time that the United Nations has rejected the embargo. The outcome was identical to last year’s tally, with only the United States and Israel voting against the non-binding resolution.
And, something of a coup de grâce, the UNGA intervention from the tiny, tiny, tiny state of St Kitts-Nevis with its population of some 54 thousand people,
Cuba’s neighbors in CARICOM, the Caribbean Economic Community, were represented by Saint Kitts and Nevis, whose ambassador pointed to Cuban-built hospitals and clinics throughout the region; the hundreds of Cuban doctors that have provided the only medical services available to many of Haiti’s poor before, during and after the catastrophic earthquake of 2010; and the thousands of Caribbean students that have benefited from free university education in Cuba.
And no, continually attempting to overthrow or destabilise democratic governments of the region or spying on them does not quite count as making a constructive contribution to those countries or to the region.
As the Obama Régime Thwarts Ebola with Rhetoric, What is Cuba Doing?
We have from TeleSUR, the headline, US Says It Is Ready to Cooperate with Cuba in Fight Against Ebola in Africa. This meeting is Havana is just the technical continuation of the ALBA meeting the week before. At this meeting the US sends a representative.
The United States is prepared to put ideological differences aside to work with Cuba in the fight against Ebola in West Africa, a U.S. health officials affirmed on Wednesday.
Now then, the churlish childishness is never far away from US policy, and here with exceptionalist condescension.
And for a moment of sudden illumination, a Damascene moment, the US representative would declare,
“This is a world emergency and we all should work together and cooperate in this effort,” said Nelson Arboleda, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) director for Central America, one of two U.S. officials among 254 specialists from 32 countries at the Havana meeting.
As reported in its Spanish version, we have, Continúa en Cuba encuentro de más de 30 naciones contra el ébola.
Representantes médicos de varias partes del mundo se encuentran en La Habana, Cuba, para discutir acciones que eviten la propagación del ébola en el continente americano.
En el encuentro participan el director del Centro para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) del Gobierno de Estados Unidos para Centroamérica, Nelson Arboleda; representantes de la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC); la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) y autoridades de Salud Pública cubana, según informaron medios cubanos.
Unmistakable in all of this, and deserving of widespread communication, is that Cuba with Venezuela has been the leader in tackling with determination a daunting humanitarian crisis that afflicts these African countries, one of which boasts a leader who is 2011 Nobel Laureate and former World Bank official. And this is the Cuba which the US, with its USAID as recently as this year, has been exposed as still trying to destabilise, and in two truly amateurish yet still unembarrassed attempts.
The US Ambassador to the UN on return from the ‘fact-finding’ mission would mention the US willingness to work with Cuba, for which there was some begrudging recognition. Ironies truly abound.
…yes, the Cuba star shines brightly far above 50 tattered, tinseled ones…