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Embargo on Cuba end it today November 13 2012

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Written by Richard Kane   
Monday, 12 November 2012 18:09
Pass on the good news.
Tremendous election excitement is in the air, exit polls differ whether Obama won the Florada Cuba vote. Perhaps elderly Cubans won't admit to a camera that they voted for Obama, only on a check mark on a peace of paper, put in an exit poll box, meanwhile two pro-embargo Republicans were booted out of office by Cuban-Americans.

Ron Paul Peace Libertarians did well in the elections,
http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/07/ron-paul-republicans-win-house-races/

The progressive peace group, Coalition for a Liveable world won many victories, Bob Kerrey and Dean Heller were expected to be a symbolic races, money should have been poured into what wasn't expected to be winning races and Richard Carmona lost to someone who actually voted against Afghan surge spending and worked hard against the embargo of Cuba. Both Ron-Paul-peacenicks and flower-power-peacenicks oppose the embargo of Cuba and oversees war spending. They could all get together this November 13 and announce no more embargo on Cuba and if necessary filibuster at the earliest moment,
http://nbclatino.com/2012/11/09/surprise-obama-won-floridas-cuban-vote/

http://blog.livableworld.org/story/2012/11/7/113216/204


There is a problem ahead. What would happen if the week that government workers were wondering if they would get the next paycheck, the libertarians and peacenicks said no funding for war this week, in order for a weekly or monthly debt extension increase to pass? Al Qaeda would suddenly feel extremely empowered, maybe almost as much as when the Soviet Union collapsed and start trying to seize US equipment in Afghanistan. Normally the Taliban would declare war on al Qaeda for not letting the US leave, but it the currency collapse going on is great enough, the Taliban wouldn't be furious at al Qaeda for only wanting peace after total western currency collapse.

Every November 13 Cuba introduces a resolution to the UN to end the US blockade. Every year the US votes “NO” to an almost unanimous resolution,
www.cubavsbloqueo.cu/Default.aspx?tabid=4539

If the boycott ends today the stock market will sore and the US be in at least slightly better financial shape.

http://www.internationalpeaceandconflict.org/profiles/blogs/peace-won-70-years-of-war-cold-war-surrogate-wars-against-drugs?xg_source=activity

When comment close at firedoglake post comments here,
http://phillyimc.org/en/embargo-cuba-end-it-today-november-13-2012

 

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0 # David Starr 2012-11-13 10:50
It is improtant that Kane brought up this matter, i.e., a 50+ year criminal act. El Bloqueo, as most Cubans call it, has violated international principles and laws, especially when it was twice-tightened as an attempt to take advantage of Cuba's loss of trade with the "communist bloc."

Repeatedly over the years, members of the UN General Assembly have overwhelmingly voted to end the embargo, amounting to such results as 130 yes, two no (on average). Only the U.S. and Israel have consistently voted to maintain it. Once, Romania and Belau voted the same way. Perhaps it had something to do with economic blackmail or coercion. The first vote had about 84 abstentions. But nations afterward made it clear that the U.S., as well as Israel, is alone in its position as a rogue state on this issue. It's a shame though, that the votes were nonbinding. Logically, they should be, coming from an assembly representing the world's nations.

There may be another potential problem: While it would be overdue to end the embargo, U.S. imperial interests, notably involving the GOP, and in turn knowing the historical pattern within U.S. foreign policy, has a supposed danger, i.e., the U.S. trying to retake Cuba as a market satellite, e.g., by flooding the Cuban market with "made in America" products, perhaps NAFTA style. BUT, given post-1959 Cuba, most Cubans would probably, and tenciously, oppose their nation again becoming "the whorehouse of the Americans."
 
 
0 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-11-13 11:06
The US Lost with only one nation agreeing with the US

I still say Libertarians and Council for a Livable World peacenicks working together on Cuba now will mean more cooperation later on
 
 
0 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-11-14 11:13
David Starr let Cuba decide what goods they want to be flooded with. They certainly will face elderly Americans looking for a cheap safe place to spend their social security, saving Medicare.

More happened then new definitions of marriage the ballot box disrupting the complaint of courts making laws, and pot for recreational not just medical. Many Orthodox Jews voting Republican for some a first. Miami Cubans voting not only for Obama but booted out two hardliners. inconsistent exit polls may mean elderly Cubans don't want to make hardline friends mad at them, by being public so answering the exist poll wrong, or managed to avoid being asked.

There is a question however will the new Ron Paul anti-interventi on Republicans work with all the Coalition for a Liveable Wold winners or fight over Social Security. Closing overseas bases is an important libertarian goal, so is trade restrictions such as the embargo on Cuba.

I wonder if working with Libertarians to end the embargo and bases this year might cool later fights over Social Security, and remind people how expensive the growing private contractor army is. Other outcries that fight like Isreal would never do something so stupid as a private contractor army, that only works somewhat because al Qaeda leaves contractos alone in order to encourage this stupidity.
 
 
0 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-11-14 11:45
Attn: David Starr.

Many Orthodox Jews voted Democrat for the first time.

I have a fried who is sometimes a Jew and sometimes considers himself Buddhist. He claims that Israel is one of the most compassionate nations on earth siteing aid to Haiti.

Imitating him by making a fuss over who did or did not vote with the US is one way for you to push him in the direction of considering himself Jewish.

PS does anyone know how I can chop off the date on the title without those gonging the original it get an error message?
 
 
0 # David Starr 2012-11-14 15:05
@RICHARDKANEpa: Thank you for the responses.

Quoting: "...let Cuba decide what goods they want to be flooded with." Exactly, meaning they would probably choose to maintain their soveriegnty rather than be an appendage of U.S. imperialism, which has a self-evident history of privately monopolizing Cuba's pre-1959 economy, starting with the one-sided Platt Amendment. Initially opposed by Cuban leaders, U.S. leaders gave the the "choice" accepting it or remain under indefinate U.S. military occupation overall. This occupation continues in the form of the U.S. naval base in Guatanamo. I get the feeling that if Cubans truly had a choice, they would support it being dismantled and taken out of their country.

While Paulist libertarians may want to close overseas bases (which in itself sounds fine), libertarians in the U.S. are apparently, overtly right-leaning in their economic policies. Potentially, how would Cuba be affected by that? I sense nagatively since it's this brand of economics that reflects a pre-1959 Cuba.

It's encouraging that orthodox Jews, e.g., voted against a politically orthodox GOP. But making a "fuss" over who or who didn't vote to maintain the embargo is important in regards to who is sincere or isn't in abolishing it; thus, abolishing a symbol of montetary empire. Truly, Israel, especially through its' right-wing-as opposed to Left/Progressiv e Jews-has been a virtual "cheerleader" of U.S. imperial interests.
 
 
0 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-11-14 19:31
I like Jeff Flakes comments on "Cottage Industry.

It's rather punchy. His urging to go the Cuba to visit is a good idea even though his conclusion of what they would find I doubt.

On the other hand if someone goes there expecting utopia they will be disappointed,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImLSljbCGmg
 
 
0 # David Starr 2012-11-15 16:14
@RICHARDKANEpa: Yes, there's no such thing as a utopia, given humankind's imperfection. But that hasn't stopped it from evolving and maturing, despite setbacks and negatives. No longer can an ideology be looked at as promoting a utopia. But, one with a nature to prioritize labor over capital is worth implementing. The latter could not exist without the former.
 

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