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UN assembly condemns US embargo on Cuba, for 28th time.

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UN assembly condemns US embargo on Cuba, for 28th time.
« on: November 07, 2019, 10:38:57 PM »

    The UN General Assembly condemned the
nearly 60-year-old US embargo on Cuba
Thursday for the 28th year in a row, calling
for an end to it by a vote of 187 to three.
Only Israel and Brazil voted with the US
against the resolution. Two other US allies —
Ukraine and Colombia — abstained.
First imposed on October 19, 1960, in
response to Havana’s nationalization of US-
owned oil refineries, and extended in 1962,
the embargo is an enduring legacy of the Cold
War hostilities between the two countries.
It was denounced as “anachronistic” and
“inhumane” during two days of debate by the
General Assembly.

     In 2016, the US abstained for the first time in
the annual UN vote amid a historic US
rapprochement with Cuba under former
President Barack Obama.
But diplomatic relations between the two
countries have turned cold since Donald
Trump’s arrival in the White House.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez
charged there has been “an escalation in
aggression against Cuba” under Trump,
whose government, he said, “does not hide its
intention to economically asphyxiate Cuba
and increase the damage, shortages, and
suffering of its people.”
Havana claims the embargo has caused
$138 billion in damage to the island’s
economy, in today’s dollars.
The US ambassador to the United Nations,
Kelly Craft, blamed the Cuban regime,
accusing it of abuses against its own people,
and of sowing regional instability.
Brazil, now led by the ultra-conservative Jair
Bolsonaro, voted for the first time with the
United States. Last year, only Israel joined the
US in voting against the resolution.


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