[Marxism] U.S. could not find anyone to present anti-Cuba resolution

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Wed Mar 23 13:14:25 MST 2005


Cuba's announcement that Washington has failed to come up
with anyone who will front for its annual resolution against
Cuba is significant. In the past, Cuba has announced, before
the foolish sucker's name was made public, who would be the
unlucky sponsor of the new resolution written in Washington. 
It now seems that no one is willing to do the dirty deed.

Today Cuba is both calling on the US to rectify its foolish
stand and come to terms with the island. Then, Cuba will be
presenting nine more political resolutions which will frame
the whole human rights issue in more appropriate terms, that
is, in terms of a more just foundation for human society.

The method which the Cubans are using is a familiar one to
experienced students of socialist politics. It's the same
one as was used in HISTORY WILL ABSOLVE ME, which lays out
what the problems are in society, and proposes a series of
specific measures around which popular mobilizations can be
organized. It is what Trotskyists call the "transitional
program", so most readers of Marxmail should have not have
trouble recognizing it. It's how the Cubans are trying to
bridge the existing consciousness of the world's peoples,
woefully underdeveloped as it is, and a revolutionary anti-
capitalist consciousness. If only socialists and others in
the world could begin to grasp the Cuban method, things in
the struggle would be much further developed, in my view.

Throughout the Third World it's well-known that Cuba speaks
for those who cannot speak for themselves. Cuba serves as a
tribune of the peoples everywhere in this respect. Take a
look at the role Cuban doctors have played, for only a single
example, in the small Central American republic of Honduras.

They leave smiling faces where other doctors leave bills, if
they come at all. And Cuban doctors make house calls as well.
Washington sends soldiers. Cuba sends doctors. In a way, that
really says it all. Read the story about Honduras here:
http://www.walterlippmann.com/docs070.html)


Walter Lippmann, CubaNews
http://www.walterlippmann.com 
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GRANMA INTERNATIONAL
Havana. March 22, 2005

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION 
U.S. could not find anyone to present anti-Cuba resolution
• Foreign Minister Felipe Pérez Roque calls on Washington
to acknowledge its errors in Geneva • Cuban delegation to
present nine resolutions in Geneva

BY RAISA PAGES
Granma International staff writer

• FOREIGN Minister Felipe Pérez Roque has announced that
Cuba is to present nine resolutions during the current
session of the Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Geneva, and
he called on the US administration to acknowledge that no
reason can be found for presenting a document against Cuba.

Pérez Roque said that the first defeat of the US delegation
was its inability to find another country that would lend
itself to the maneuvering of prior years, when the text was
drafted by the U.S. but presented by one of the powerful
empire’s mercenary or puppet governments.

Cuba has charged the U.S. with irrationally and rashly
using the theme of human rights against the island by
utilizing multilateral spaces as arenas for its aggression.

Its theory that the international community is concerned
about the state of human rights in Cuba has been
dramatically deflated, he noted. Likewise, its notion that
a group of Latin American countries would sponsor the
resolution has also fallen apart, given that it has been
unable to find allies in the region, he said.

Instead of going to the Commission to set out the countless
abuses being committed against people held in its jails or
the Dantesque horror of its naval base in Guantánamo –
visible to all the world – the Bush administration wants to
appoint itself judge of everyone else, the Cuban foreign
minister observed.

"We have numerous indications," he emphasized, "that the
United States is seriously worried that its text will not
be approved due to growing resistance to its threats. In
its desperation, the US delegation is begging countries to
abstain from voting, given that it cannot make them vote
against Cuba.

WITHOUT PEACE, THERE IS NO PROTECTION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

One of the resolutions that Cuba will present refers to the
need for peace as a basic requirement for protecting those
rights of humanity, Pérez Roque affirmed.

Under interventionist or "preventative" wars – of which the
U.S. is the chief promoter – basic human rights cannot be
enjoyed, he emphasized.

During a press conference at the Foreign Ministry, Pérez
Roque noted that another resolution sponsored by Cuba
refers to the guarantee of food as a universal right, a
subject that has been presented on other occasions but has
not been approved due to US opposition.

Foreign debt and the structural adjustments imposed on
Third World nations are the subject of another resolution
that the Cuban delegation will put forward in Geneva.

Another is the right of the peoples to a more just,
democratic and equitable world order, the foreign minister
said.

Opposition to coercive, unilateral measures in violation of
people’s collective or individual rights, such as the
blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba, is the
subject of another document drafted by the Cuban delegation
in Geneva.

Respect for the cultural and intellectual rights of the
peoples, without the powerful invasion of consumerist ideas
that sweep away national distinctions, is at the core of
another resolution to be put forward in the current HRC
session.

Grass roots participation as the exercise of true democracy
for social justice among the nations is the thesis of the
seventh resolution to be proposed by the Cuban delegates,
Pérez Roque explained.

An analysis of the social, geographic and gender breakdown
of personnel in the UN Office of the High Commissioner for
Human Rights is the subject of the eighth resolution that
the Cuban government will present. Currently, staff in that
office all come from rich and powerful countries, the
foreign minister noted.

The use of mercenaries in order to violate the human rights
of other peoples is the subject of the ninth Cuban
resolution.

Rescuing the HRC from its current level of discredit,
hypocrisy and double morality imposed by the United States
is the central objective of these resolutions, Pérez Roque
affirmed.





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