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|martes, 26 de octubre de 2010|
|26 de octubre de 2010, 13:59United Nations, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations ratified on Tuesday, for the 19th time, the world s opposition to the blockade of Cuba maintained by the United States for more than 50 years and U.S. isolation in implementing that policy.
The isolation of the United States was seen in the General Assembly during the vote on the resolution “The Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial, and Financial Blockade Imposed by the United States of America Against Cuba.”
The Assembly passed the resolution 187-2 (United States and Israel) with three abstentions (Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau).
Tuesday’s vote reaffirms the principles of sovereign equality among states, nonintervention and noninterference in internal affairs as well as freedom of commerce and international navigation.
It also rejects the promotion and implementation of laws and regulations such as the so-called Helms-Burton Act, “whose extraterritorial effects affect the sovereignty of other States, the legitimate interests of entities and people under its jurisdiction, and the freedom of commerce and navigation.”
It also notes the 18 resolutions passed by the General Assembly from 1992 to 2009 and the resolutions and agreements passed by various inter-governmental meetings, agencies and governments rejecting the promotion and implementation of this kind of measure.
Lastly, it asks UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to prepare a report on the enforcement of the resolution, to presented at the 66th General Assembly session next year when the blockade issue is discussed again.
According to Cuban authorities, the blockade has cost the Island $751.363 billion, an estimate that is conservative based on the depreciation of the dollar against gold.
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THE October 1962 Missile Crisis consolidated a decisive change in John F. Kennedy, as revealed by his brother Edward in the book True Compass: a Memoir (Los Kennedy. Mi familia), which he wrote under the pressure of his imminent death.
Representatives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Latin America and the Caribbean, acknowledged the important work undertaken by Cuba in reducing risks caused by the occurrence of natural disasters, reports AIN.
PEDRO DE LA HOZ
It’s hard to believe that a health institution classifies as an objective of the policy of destabilization orchestrated against a small nation by another country, which doesn’t intend to subvert the order of the latter or impose its ideas on its neighbor.
But it’s true: the cardio-center of Havana’s William Soler Children’s Hospital appears on a list for three years now, under the weird and evil label of “denied.”
The list was prepared by the US Department of the Treasury, specifically by an office that has, among its main missions, to prevent -and chase- US companies, institutions and citizens from establishing commercial links with Cuba.
In this way, if a seriously ill Cuban child needs a medication or special equipment available only in the US market to alleviate his ailment, he can die, since precise supplies are subjected to a system of special licenses issued as exceptions and after a lot of consideration.
Now, if a US supplier, because it seems fair and profitable for him to sell the medication or the equipment to the Cuban health authorities, as he does around the world, then he’s risking being found out by the aforementioned office, called OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) and subjected a punishment beyond belief for trading with the enemy.
In order not to leave room for doubt, the OFAC, on its Web page, warns the following: “No product, technology or service may be exported from the United States to Cuba, either directly or through a third country, such as Canada or Mexico, without a specific license from OFAC.”
And, it also reads: “Criminal penalties for violating the Regulations range up to 10 years in prison, $1,000,000 in corporate fines, and $250,000 in individual fines. Civil penalties up to $65,000 per violation may also be imposed.”
The OFAC’s obstinacy in the fulfillment of a blockade that has been in force for over half a century hasn’t changed a bit in recent years.
The report that the Cuban government will present at the UN General Assembly on October 26 to back up the resolution rejecting the blockade, explains how in 2009 the OFAC fined seven corporations for a total of 315,503 dollars, while punishments applied to individuals and other entities amounted to 340,678 dollars. In the first semester of 2010 only, fines on enterprises added up to 2,221,671 dollars.
Cruelty goes beyond US borders. On December 19, 2009, they pounced on the Credit Suisse Bank, one of the most reliable entities of its kind in the world, for carrying out operations with “enemy nations,” Cuba among them. For the OFAC, finding out that the bank had made 32 electronic transactions somehow involving branches located in US territory was a mortal sin.
I can’t help but tell you an anecdote. When I asked, a few weeks ago, a US colleague –whom I won’t identify for obvious reasons- the reasons behind so much obsession, he confessed with an ironic look: “If you asked that question to any bureaucrat of the Department of the Treasury, he would tell you that he’s following orders, that he’s not in a position to question whether a law is fair or not. But if you run into that same guy at the smoking area of a bar in Washington and offer him a Montecristo cigar, like I have done, and then warn him that it’s a cigar made in Cuba, he will shrug his shoulders and respond: ‘I have nothing against it, but don’t tell anybody.”’
October 18th, 2010
By Fidel Castro Ruz
URL of this article: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=21363
Global Research, October 8, 2010
During the ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution I expressed my opinion that “The Cuban Revolution, on our small and ignored island, was newly born, but coming into this world just 90 miles from the powerful empire, caused it to test the arrogance of the dominant superpower in our hemisphere and in a large part of the world.” I promised to speak about the statements I had made to the United Nations two days previously. I warned that our struggle would be “long and hard.” For the time being, I must postpone this task. Another subject at the moment is more important.