"Cuba: No to the Blockade!"

Article by Luis Carapinha, member of the International Department of the CC

For the 18 consecutive year, the UN approved a resolution against the USA blockade to Cuba. A resolution, presented by Cuba, the previous week, during the 64 United Nations General Assembly works,which congregated the most vast support ever: 187 States voted in favour of the ending of the economic, commercial and financial blockade, which the USA have sustained against Cuba for almost 50 years. Only three votes against, within the 192 represented countries – from the USA, Israel and Palau ( with the particularity of this Pacific island being represented by a North - American lawyer of Israeli citizenship

Whatever arguments and political motives subjacent to the voting produced within the UN, the fact is , that never the North-American imperialism isolation on this matter was so in evidence.

Cuba’s blockade, carried on by the current North-American government, is one of the most vulgar disrespect for both international law and coexistence rules among states, of the old free arbitrary conduct policy and State terrorism, excessively practised by the USA and its allies.

But it also
represents one of the most brilliant pages of the resistance capacity
of a people, struggling for its independence, rights and options. For
this is also – and moreover – a political and ideological
blockade, making it obvious, the supreme hatred and class
intolerance, against a revolutionary power, which not only dared to
reaffirm and defend the national sovereignty and dignity, as well as
assuming the Socialism aim, converting Cuba in to the West
Hemisphere’s first country to begin the building of a new, more
human and free society.

An aim/objective,
which does not ignore the extension to pursue as well as the
difficulties of all kinds of magnitude together with the complexity
of what comes before a transition of socialist nature, dialectically
made of advances and retreats, the exploitation of each country’s
opportunities and paths and experience, in result of a continuous
and enriching historical learning, with faults and mistakes. And
above all, and currently - the project and struggle towards socialism
– the imperious need, before the deep structural capitalism crisis
and the worsening of unbearable differences and unbalances,
throughout the world.

After the failure to
military lure the victorious Cuban revolution, in 1959, imperialism
tactics have changed, but keeping on the same strategic purposes. As
Bruno Rodríguez, the Cuban Foreign Affairs minister, recalls,
upholding secret North-American documents, recently declassified,
since the beginning, the blockade policy praised the purpose of “
provoking starvation, despair and discouragement” in ( Telesur,
09.10.28 ). Purposes which have failed, notwithstanding, the USA, in
the nineties, converted the blockade into Law. Its putting in to
effect including the challenging dispositions of extra-territorial
nature, and, besides the detail exceptions which confirm the “rule”,
configures an outrage to the States’ equality and sovereignty
principles, of non-erference in trade and international navigation

An anachronism to
which Cuba has resisted for half a century, even upon the USSR
disintegration and defeats within the socialist field, together with
the severe trials which specially marked the nineties. To look at
the Latin-American framework might be sufficient in order to –
against all scarcities, problems and defeats – understand, within
its whole dimension, the reach of the social and human achievements,
which allege the Cuban Revolution superiority. The Freedom Island
always counted on the internationalist solidarity, knowing how to
generously, multiply it. The popular struggle and the progressist
processes’ ascension within Latin America, together with the slow
falling out capacity of imposing Monroe’s doctrine, isolated, as
never before, the USA’s positions, obliging Washington to play a
double game and carry out a more sophisticated manoeuvre – and
which the events in Honduras can speak for. However, the blockade
persistence keeps us on alert, for the real, but forgotten walls –
of oppression, exploitation and occupation – the great Capital
hegemony continues, throughout the world.



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