For years American political leaders and media were fond of labeling 
 Cuba an "international pariah."

We don’t hear that any more. Perhaps 
 one reason is the annual vote in the United Nations General Assembly 
 on the resolution which reads: "Necessity of ending the economic, 
 commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of 
 America against Cuba."

This is how the vote has gone (not including 
abstentions), this year being the strongest condemnation yet
 of Washington’s policy:

        Yes and No Votes    States Voting No

1992 59-2 US, Israel

1993 88-4 US, Israel, Albania, Paraguay

1994 101-2 US, Israel

1995 117-3 US, Israel, Uzbekistan

1996 138-3 US, Israel, Uzbekistan

1997 143-3 US, Israel, Uzbekistan

1998 157-2 US, Israel

1999 155-2 US, Israel

2000 167-3 US, Israel, Marshall Islands

2001 167-3 US, Israel, Marshall Islands

2002 173-3 US, Israel, Marshall Islands

2003 179-3 US, Israel, Marshall Islands

2004 179-4 US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau

2005 182-4 US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau

2006 183-4 US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau

2007 184-4 US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau

2008 185-3 US, Israel, Palau

2009 187-3 US, Israel, Palau

2010 187-2 US, Israel

Is the United States foreign policy establishment capable of being 

Each fall, however, the UN vote is a welcome reminder that the world 
 has not completely lost its senses and that the American empire does 
 not completely control the opinion of other governments.

How did it begin? On April 6, 1960, Lester D. Mallory, Deputy Assistant 
 Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, wrote in an internal 
 memorandum: "The majority of Cubans support Castro … The only 
 foreseeable means of alienating internal support is through 
 disenchantment and disaffection based on economic dissatisfaction and 
 hardship. … every possible means should be undertaken promptly to 
 weaken the economic life of Cuba."

Mallory proposed "a line of  action which … makes the greatest inroads in denying money and 
 supplies to Cuba, to decrease monetary and real wages, to bring about 
 hunger, desperation and overthrow of government."

Later that year,  the Eisenhower administration instituted the suffocating embargo 
 against its eternally-declared enemy.

November 2, 2010

The Anti-Empire Report