[Marxism] Cuban views on UN vote and US election results

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Fri Nov 10 19:12:27 MST 2006


Last night's Mesa Redonda featured discussions by Cuban leaders
like Foreign Minister Perez Roque, along with Piero Gliejeses who
assessed the U.S. elections and their significance for the island
together with the outcome of the U.N. General Assembly voting.

Cubans are, of course, delighted with the results of the mid-term
elections. At the same time, they've seen movies like this before,
and appropriately add cautionary notes to their reports, but, yes,
Cubans are rightly delighted at the results. Me too! 

Here was the FIRST indication I have seen about the participation
level in the U.S. voting: only 40% bothered to vote, which makes
the repudiation of the Bush regime all the more significant. Just
imagine how much higher the vote totals would have been had 
all those people in the U.S. who were driven away or who were
denied the right to vote, had actually been able to cast their 
ballot this time! (Generally, those who are registered to vote are,
by that fact alone, a more conservative layer of the population.)

Here's one set of ideas for actions to be taken now to get rid of
the ban on travel to Cuba. Sorry, I got the original letter writer's
name wrong, but the article has lots of good action ideas:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/message/57238


Walter Lippmann
Los Angeles, California

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("Piero Glijeses, an Italian researcher and author living in the 
United States, told the Cuban audience by telephone that the
Democrat's victory doesn't mean there will be big changes in US
policy. Regarding Iraq, he said the change would only be in the
tactics used. Glijeses said the Democrats do not have a defined
strategy and that the vast majority are afraid of being labeled as
supporters of an abrupt withdrawal from the occupied Arab nation.")

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Bush conciliatory after legislative election defeat (Granma)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/message/57234
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Andres Gomez: The Long Return from the Abyss
http://www.walterlippmann.com/andres-gomez-11-08-2006.html
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Read the Cuban report, adopted by the U.N. General Assembly
http://www.cubavsbloqueo.cu/portals/0/informe%20bloqueo%20largo%20ingles%20200616x21%20.pdf
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Here the verbal presentation (32 minutes) and improve your Spanish:
http://www.cadenagramonte.cu/media/felipe_2006.wma
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GRANMA
November 10, 2006

Recognition of Cuba's Struggle against Blockade
ELSON CONCEPCION PEREZ
elson.cp at granma.cip.cu

"For everyone, the victory in the United Nations was historic and
capped a major diplomatic effort. It was recognition of the
resistance of the Cuban people and Fidel Castro. It was a sign of the
moral authority and prestige of Cuba and the accomplishments of its
revolution," said Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque on the prime
time TV and radio program The Round Table, on Thursday evening.

The United States government tried everything from pressures to
blackmail to threats. Its representatives first asked other
delegations to vote against Cuba, then to abstain and finally to be
absent at the moment of the vote on the resolution calling for an end
to the US Blockade of Cuba.

Perez Roque said there were two big victories. One when two thirds of
the UN General Assembly rejected an amendment drafted by Washington
and put forth by Australia trying to manipulate the topic of human
rights against Cuba. The second was when the vote against the
blockade drew a record 183 votes in favor to 4 against.

The foreign minister said, "The support and solidarity shown our
country was impressive. Representatives from many delegations came to
congratulate us. They said they were with us and that they supported
us."

"They also asked us about Fidel, his health, and wished him a speedy
recovery."

In analyzing the vote, the foreign minister noted that Montenegro and
Marruecos were two new countries to vote with Cuba. He said that one
African country, Ivory Coast, was absent instead of voting with the
island because of US threats to veto the continuing presence of UN
peacekeeping troops in that country, which would open the door to
further conflict.

Perez Roque said there was an explosion of spontaneous applause when
the final 183-4 vote flashed on the tabulation screen. While the
Cuban delegation was congratulated by representatives of many
countries, the US representatives were all alone and finally scurried
out of the hall, he noted.

He added that the truth about Cuba is making headway. "There is much
recognition of the work of Cuban doctors saving lives in dozens of
countries and of those serving in the Operation Miracle eye surgery
program."

"We are very happy -said Perez Roque- these victories are recognition
of Cuba's solidarity and internationalism in its willingness to share
what it has with other countries."

Deputy Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla also spoke on the
Round Table program. He noted that 115 of the 126 countries that
voted against the US's anti-Cuba amendment presented by Australia are
members of the Group of 77 and the Non-Aligned Movement.

"The vote showed that 126 countries said No to the United States
slanderous manipulation of the issue of human rights," said
Rodriguez.

OTHER DEFEATS FOR BUSH

Moderator Randy Alonso and journalists Reinaldo Taladrid, Eduardo
Dimas and Lazaro Barredo referred to the other coinciding defeats
suffered by President Bush: the loss of the Republican majority in
the House of Representatives and the Senate and the resignation of
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

However, Piero Glijeses, an Italian researcher and author living in
the United States, told the Cuban audience by telephone that the
Democrat's victory doesn't mean there will be big changes in US
policy. Regarding Iraq, he said the change would only be in the
tactics used. Glijeses said the Democrats do not have a defined
strategy and that the vast majority are afraid of being labeled as
supporters of an abrupt withdrawal from the occupied Arab nation.

At the end of the program, Perez Roque said Daniel Ortega's victory
last Sunday in Nicaragua took place amid scandalous interference by
the US, which threatened to cut off family remittances sent home by
Nicaraguans living in the US, to deport illegal immigrants and to cut
off trade.

The foreign minister noted that gains by the Democrats in the US
legislative elections should not be overvalued nor bring excessive
hopes.

While pointing out that 60 percent of the US electorate didn't bother
to vote, he said the elections were more than anything a defeat of
Bush and the conservative group that holds power.

Perez Roque said the results are a demonstration that when the US
people know the truth they won't support a government that tries to
deceive them.

"Vast segments of the United States have become aware of this
situation and were willing to put national issues, like the handling
of the war in Iraq and the corruption and lack of ethics shown by the
Republicans, above local issues," said the Cuban foreign minister on
the Round Table program.

"This defeat of Bush has been well received by almost the entire
world."







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