November 15, 2012

21 YEARS – UN General Assembly Vote on The Embargo Against Cuba



This week’s UN General Assembly vote on “the need to end the embargo against Cuba” marked the 21st straight time that the world turned out in support of the small island.
The vote on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 went as follows: 188 votes to END the embargo, 3 votes to KEEP the embargo (U.S., Israel and Palau) and 2 abstentions (The Marshall Islands and Micronesia).
This is what 21 years of votes against the embargo looks like on a graph:

The trend line (in red) indicates the increasing support for Cuba.
Below is another view. The red lines indicate votes to end the embargo. 


Below is a more exciting view… the dark yellow area represents abstentions to the vote. For some reason few countries would rather not vote on this issue.  Over the years this trend has decreased, as more nations are willingly to voice their disapproval of the embargo.
The small red squares along the bottom indicate votes to KEEP the embargo.  In between are the waters of hope and common sense.
Variations of this graph appear at the end.

I vaguely recall my 10th grade algebra teacher (Mr. Gonzalez) claim that “numbers are beautiful…” I wonder what he’d think about the Totals below.
Over the 21 years in which this measure has been proposed at the United Nations, the General Assembly has cast 3,300 votes to End the Embargo, 63 votes to Keep It, with 308 Abstentions.

A U.S. child born on the day the first vote was cast can now walk into a bar and order a legal drink. The embargo itself is a bit older.
On October 19, 1960, after the new Cuban Government under Castro nationalized properties belonging to U.S. citizens and corporations, a partial economic embargo was imposed on the island. In February and March of 1962 President Kennedy made it the official foreign policy against Cuba that has now outlasted 10 U.S. Presidents and 5 decades of human/political evolution.


The table below shows the actual vote as it was cast year by year.

Year by Year Count

End It
Keep It
Abs
1992
59
3
79
1993
88
4
57
1994
101
2
48
1995
117
3
38
1996
137
3
25
1997
143
3
17
1998
157
2
12
1999
155
2
8
2000
167
3
4
2001
167
3
3
2002
173
3
0
2003
175
3
2
2004
179
4
1
2005
182
4
1
2006
183
4
1
2007
184
4
1
2008
185
3
2
2009
187
3
2
2010
187
2
2
2011
186
2
3
2012
188
3
2




Totals
3300
63
308
 
Americans tend to support ending the embargo whenever they’re asked.
Just about every religious and humanitarian agency in the world has called for an end to the embargo against Cuba.
If only President Obama would listen.




 

1 Comments:

Blogger Peter de la Cour said...

Hi,

I am deeply impressed by your website on Cuban history and your blog, both of which I have only just now stumbled across (when looking for reviews of Oscar Lewis's books on Cuba). I am a retired professor of sociology and international relations and I am especially interested in Cuba, and particularly interested in assisting in whatever small way I can to end the Castros's odious dictatorship and to promote a better, freer and more prosperous Cuba. Not an easy task of course! But I have an idea I'd like to share with you, so I would really appreciate it if you would be kind enough to email me. (delacour3@aol.com).
I might add that I am Danish, am married to a Cuban woman and that we live at present in Mexico (Merida to be specific).
Even if you don't want to contact me, I wish to say how extremely impressed I am with your website. A true labour of love-and of scholarship as well. I shall do my best to bring it the attention of friends of mine who are interested in Cuba.
A suggestion. I am deeply impressed with Fernando Ortiz's superb, very scholarly and well-researched books. Since sadly I'm not completely fluent in Spanish and don't read music (e.g. his extremely interesting and original book on the African roots - Congolese specifically - of Cuban music - I am unable to write the critical appreciation of his books that I would like to write. Allow me to suggest that you - maybe in collaboration with others - write a much more detailed entry for Ortiz. He is truly one of Cuba's most original intellectuals with a comprehensive knowledge (impressively based on his own original research) of the African roots of Cuban music, language , religion, customs etc. He deserves to be better much better known - like Malinowski.
Saludos- Peter

11:15 AM, May 19, 2013  

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