UN vote on Cuba's resolution against blockade: 189 in favor, 2 against, no absentions

United Nations, November 1 (RHC)-- The United Nations General Assembly passed with 189 votes in favor and only 2 against -- the United States and Isreal -- a Cuban-sponsored resolution on the necessity of ending the blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.

This was the 27th consecutive time, since 1992, that the world body approves such a resolution, urging the U.S. to lift its coercive measure against the Caribbean state.

Prior to the vote on the resolution on the U.S. blockade, the eight amendments introduced by the U.S. government to try to confuse UN member states were rejected, one by one, by the UN member states.  The only three votes in favor of the U.S.-proposed amendments were those of the United States itself, Israel and Ukraine.

In his speech at the UN General Assembly on Thursday morning, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez insisted that the U.S. blockade violates the human rights of the entire Cuban people.

Shortly before the vote, Bruno charged that despite all the pressure exerted on sovereign nations and the amendments introduced by the U.S. government to try to create confusion and boycott the debate and approval of the resolution against the U.S. blockade, he was confident that the resolution would be passed as traditional -- with the support of the vast majority of UN member states, represented at the General Assembly.

Senior representatives of national governments, regional blocs and international organizations and took the floor, during Wednesday's and Thursday's sessions, to explain their vote in favor of the Cuban-sponsored resolution and against the U.S. blockade, urging Washington to listen to the claim of the vast majority of the international community represented at the UN General Assembly, thus correcting this wrong by repealing, once and for all, the economic siege of Cuba.

The rejected the extraterritorial nature of the U.S. blockade and the obstacles it imposes on Cuba's normal economic, trade and financial relations with the rest of the world.

Edited by Ed Newman
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Cuban President Wound Up Visit to UN, New York

United Nations, Sep 30 (Prensa Latina) Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel wound up on Sunday his busy agenda at the United Nations and New York City and flew back home.

At the UN and NYC he addressed the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, the General Assembly and held meetings with world leaders, US politicians and business people, Cuban emigrees and American friends of Cuba.

Diaz-Canel lashed out at the long standing US policy of economic, financial and trade blockade against Cuba, and criticized industrialized nations for their lack of willingness to help eradicate poverty and hunger around the world.

The Cuban Statesman also attended a high level meeting on nuclear disarmament where he stressed that stop developing, producing and proliferating nuclear weapons become imperative and called for the destruction of existing atomic arsenals.

He supported the right of Palestinians as well as Saharauis to an independent State and backed the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela. He denounced so-called soft coups in South America and demanded former Brazilian President Inacio Lula Da Silva's freedom.

The Cuban dignitary asked for a halt of the war imposed on Syria and advocated for a negotiated solution of the conflict.

Diaz-Canel was welcomed at Columbia University, visited sites of historic interest in New York City like the National History Museum and the 9/11 Memorial, and paid tribute Cuban National Hero Jose Marti at the Cuban independent fighter's bronze monument.

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Venezuelan President Maduro Arrives in New York for UN General Assembly

The Venezuelan leader is expected to deliver his General Assembly speech later on Wednesday. 

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said via Twitter Wednesday afternoon he was landing in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

"I come to the General Assembly of the United Nations to defend the truth about Venezuela, to bring the voice of our country," the president said on Twitter, in a video from the plane.

Nicolás Maduro @NicolasMaduro Aterrizando en Nueva York para participar en la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas. Traigo la voz de todo mi pueblo, vengo cargado de Pasión Patria para defender la verdad.

He asserted that he arrived in New York "full of passion and truths so that the entire world knows that Venezuela is standing up ... I also come to receive the solidarity of governments and peoples."

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Laughter at Trump’s UN Speech Sign of Growing US Isolation – Tehran

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Laughter at US President Donald Trump’s claims of US achievements during his speech at the UN General Assembly is a sign of his country’s deepening isolation, the chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps said on Wednesday, according to the Tasnim news agency.

Mohammad Ali Jafari called laughter heard during Trump’s address to the assembly "a major political scandal" that spelled "further isolation of the US."

The commander also slammed the US leader for his "cheap comments" on Iran’s alleged villainy, saying the United States and its Gulf allies were the ones destabilizing the Middle East.

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In his speech at the general assembly on Tuesday, the US president praised the "extraordinary" work of the current White House administration, while some delegates laughed and muttered. He then accused Iran of sowing "chaos, death and destruction" in the Middle East.

According to the media reports, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan left the hall of the UN General Assembly while Trump was talking, however, later correspondent of the Turkish government newspaper Sabah Ragip Soilu stressed that Erdogan left in order to prepare his own speech, not to protest against the US statements.

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Peña Nieto Rejects U.S. Blockade against Cuba at UN

President Enrique Peña Nieto has reiterated on Tuesday Mexico''s rejection of the United States'' economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba during his speech at the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations.

In this regard, he assured the end of this policy would bring benefits to the entire region.

Peña Nieto also advocated dialogue as the way to solve the differences between Washington and Havana.

On the first day of the Assembly's general discussion, Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno also called for the lifting of the blockade on Cuba.

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Trump Praises Saudi Arabia, Israel at UN, Rejects Globalism

Trump used his speech to promote more intervention and to praise governments doing so, while rejecting the ideals and mission of the United Nations.

U.S. President Donald Trump praised right-wing and authoritarian governments around the world including Saudi Arabia, Israel, the right-wing Modi government of India, while promoting his economic war of sanctions against Venezuela and Iran, and bragging about his administration's push for more military spending, furthering neo-liberal policies, trade war with China, crackdown on immigration, as well as rejecting the legitimacy of the International Criminal Court.

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“We have passed the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history. We have started the construction of a major border wall, and we have greatly strengthened border security. We have secured record funding for the military — $700 billion this year, and $716 billion next year. Our military will soon be more powerful than it has ever been before,” Trump said.

His comments on more military spending, at the very organization that was founded to promote peace in the world after World War Two, came before he bragged about cutting funds to countries and organizations that do not align with his government's policies. In recent months, Washington cut funds to several U.N. organizations including those helping Palestinian refugees and proposing human and women's rights. 

Trump also attacked the International Criminal Court, in which a lawsuit is being processed against U.S. crimes in Afghanistan and said that the court did not have "legitimacy, jurisdiction or authority" over the world, and that "we will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy."

Trump also used his speech to attack the leaders of the Iranian government, just days after a terrorist attack took place in the capital. "Iran's leaders sow chaos, death and destruction," Trump told the annual gathering. "They do not respect their neighbors or borders or the sovereign rights of nations," while praising Saudi Arabia and Israel despite their proven pro-war policies in Syria and Yemen, and Palestine. 

Trump called for international trade reforms and insisted that his main objective as president is to protect American sovereignty. He called on OPEC to stop raising oil prices and criticized China's trade practices.

Trump also prompted murmurs from the crowd of world leaders and diplomats when he declared that he had accomplished more as president than almost any other administration in history. "I didn’t expect that reaction, but that's okay," he said.

Trump praised North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday for his courage in taking some steps to disarm, but said much work needed to be done and sanctions must remain in place on North Korea until it denuclearizes.

"The missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction, nuclear testing has stopped, some military facilities are already being dismantled," Trump said in his speech to the annual United Nations General Assembly.

"I would like to thank Chairman Kim for his courage and for the steps he has taken, though much work remains to be done," Trump said. "The sanctions will stay in place until denuclearization occurs."

Trump's remarks on North Korea were dramatically different to those in his speech last year at the U.N. assembly, when he threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea and mocked the North Korean leader as a "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission."

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Bolivia's Morales: US VP Pence Leading Campaign Against Leftist Latin American Governments

Morales expressed concerns about the covert tactics implemented by the United States government to undermine governments in Latin America.

Bolivian President Evo Morales spoke to RT the United States' campaign against Latin American governments who dared to stand against the country’s hegemony and imperialism Tuesday.

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"There are no military coups taking place in Latin America anymore, as coups are now happening through congresses and courts. It's yet another mechanism used by the United States to deal with presidents fighting against imperialism," Morales said.

If these measures falter, Morales says, the U.S. resorts to provocations and talks about military intervention when it cannot bend Latin American governments and leaders to their will. According to Morales, an example of this can be seen in the U.S. treatment of Venezuela, where they have called for a military intervention claiming that democracy and democratic principles have been undermined.

"And this has been happening throughout our history. That's how they (the US) invaded Libya and Iraq. This is the same for all coups on different continents. Therefore, we must protect sovereign states and our natural resources," the Bolivian leader explained.

On Friday, Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State said that the U.S. is preparing to take a series of actions to increase pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

“You’ll see in the coming days a series of actions that continue to increase the pressure level against the Venezuelan leadership folks, who are working directly against the best interest of the Venezuelan people… We’re determined to ensure that the Venezuelan people get their say,” Pompeo said in a reference to the May 2018 elections which Maduro won but the Trump administration refuse to recognize despite assurances by international observers who were present during the electoral process.

Since then, the U.S. government imposed multiple unilateral economic and financial sanctions on Venezuela forcing the country to face an unprecedented economic crisis.  

Morales also expressed his dismay over the international reaction to moves against the governments of Cristina de Kirchner in Argentina, Dilma Rousseff in Brazil, and Rafael Correa of Ecuador. At present all the three countries are led by U.S. backed governments and the ex-leaders are facing various charges.

"There are some serious problems in Latin America. In Argentina, Brazil, and Ecuador, the presidents, who used to be the guarantors of the sovereignty and dignity of the people, are now being subjected to political persecution," Morales said.

Last week, leftist legislators of Eurolat, Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly issued a 25 point statement from Vienna rejecting the imperialist intervention by the U.S in Latin American countries.

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Cuba Will Denounced at UN US Economic Blockade, Said Diaz-Canel

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel who is already in New York for the UN General Assembly will denounce what he termed as ''US aberrant policy of blockade'' imposed on Cuba for over 55 years.

'It's a failed policy and it will continue to fail,' stressed the Statesman who arrived in New York for taking part for the first time at the UN General Assembly that is holding its 73rd period of sessions.

Diaz-Canel remarked that the blockade on Cuba is the longest ever in the history of humanity, adding it has punished generations of Cubans born before and after the triumph of the Revolution on January 1, 1959.

In statements to the Cuban media covering the General Assembly, Diaz-Canel mentioned his visit is taking place at times when relations with the US are moving back due to Donald Trump administration's measures.

Washington's cold war rhetoric has revived the Monroe doctrine, therefore it is an administration with which it is hard to advance relations between equals, the President pointed out.

Despite differences, Cuba is seeking to maintain civilized relations with Washington, he added.

'We have brought though a message of peace and friendship from our people, their wish and aspirations of building a better world and contributing as a small country a modest effort to that endeavor. We are sure it is possible,' he stressed.

Diaz-Canel is the third Cuban president to attend the UN General Assembly. Prior to him, Fidel Castro and then Raul Castro did it.

The President is accompanied by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment Minister Rodrigo Malmierca, Communication Minister Jorge Luis Perdomo and Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno.

General Director of the US Office at the Foreign Ministry Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, Cuban representative to the UN Anayansi Rodriguez and Ambassador to the US Jose Ramón Cabañas are also making up the Cuban delegation.

For 27 years Cuba has successfully brought to the General Assembly its resolution demanding the full lifting of the US economic, financial and trade blockade. It's demand has received growing support along the years. In 2017, 191 of the Assembly's 193 members voted in favor. Only the US and Israel voted against.

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