- Created: Friday, 24 April 2009 16:36
- Written by Jim Craven and Juanjo Rivas
As the US Presidential election looms closer, it is time once again for the US administration to declare open season against Cuba in order to garner maximum votes for George Bush from the reactionary Miami-based Cuban exile population – votes that proved crucial to Bush’s fraudulent victory in 2000. But the transparency and cynicism of recent US manoeuvres against Cuba makes them no less damaging for the socialist island, particularly in the menacing climate of the current US ‘War on Terrorism’. While Cuba remains on the official US list of ‘terrorist states’, any hostile act by the United States can only be viewed as an attempt to provoke a response which could provide a green light for US military action. However, Cuba continues to parry the thrusts of the US and its lackeys and expose the hypocrisy and brutality of imperialism, while consolidating key alliances with other countries of Latin America. JIM CRAVEN and JUANJO RIVAS report.
United Nations vote
This renewed spate of attacks began in the run-up to the United Nations Human Rights Commission (HRC) meeting in April, as the United States, using threats and bribes, touted round the United Nations for any country shabby or desperate enough to play what Cuban Foreign Minister Roque has called ‘the role of the empire’s lackey’. By such measures the United States was able to force through its annual motion at the HRC, criticising Cuba for so-called human rights abuses for its jailing of 75 counter-revolutionaries in April 2003. Yet despite its best efforts, the US won by just one vote, enabling Cuba to claim a moral victory. Last year Costa Rica submitted the US motion as proxy; this year it was Honduras, lured by the possibility of a slice of a $3.5bn US Millennium Challenge Fund. Roque made it clear that Cuba rejects the spurious resolution approved in Geneva and will not abide by any of its stipulations.