Taking sides

Reuters, November 8:

“Nearly every country in the world joined on Tuesday to urge the United States to lift its four-decade old economic embargo against Cuba in a record U.N. General Assembly vote.

“The vote, held for the 14th consecutive year, was 182 to 4 with 1 abstention on a resolution calling for Washington to lift the U.S. trade, financial and travel embargo, particularly its provisions penalizing foreign firms.

“The five voting “no” were the United States, Israel, Palau and the Marshall Islands. Micronesia abstained and El Salvador, Iraq, Nicaragua and Morocco did not vote. Last year the vote was 179 to 5, with more countries refusing to vote.

“Cuba has been under a U.S. embargo since President Fidel Castro defeated a CIA-backed assault at the Bay of Pigs in 1961.”

Some of the “no” countries have consorted before. Israel is a client state and Palau and Marshall Islands are heavily dependent on American largesse. Back in 2003, Israel’s “security fence” was condemned by the International Court of Justice. A subsequent UN vote proved the world was against Israel’s apartheid wall, but Marshall Islands and Micronesia sided with the US.

Once again, Israel and the US remain internationally isolated.

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