On October 26, 2010 it is certain that the majority of countries of world will rise to condemn the inhumane United States embargo against Cuba. They have 18 times before. The vote in 2009 was 187 to 3 (United States, Israel and Palau) with 2 abstentions.
The world knows this is wrong. These 187 countries know that in this period as the world has seen more deadly earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes; the Cubans have an exemplary record in live safety and medical care during hurricanes, but a lack of supplies hampers their recovery process. The embargo forces Cubans to expend vital financial resources to get supplies from halfway around the world.
The blockading of essential medicines, electronics, and building supplies impacts not only the daily lives of Cubans but all their humanitarian work around the world.
The embargo affects the thousands of students from Africa, Central and South America, Asia and from right here in the United States who are getting free medical training in Cuba's Latin American School of Medicine. The blockade hurts the more than 20,000 doctors from Cuba on medical missions in Africa, the Americas and Asia. It hurts the Cuban doctors and medical personal who respond to emergencies, like the earthquake in Pakistan where over 2000 doctors were sent.
Blockaded Cuba who already had doctors in Haiti were first to respond with the Haitian people to the earthquake. While the United States sent 20,000 troops, Cuba increased its medical personal, among them 200 Haitian medical students were mobilized. Cuba despite its limited resources has made a commitment to help build up its medical mission in Haiti over the long haul.
For 50 years Cuba's internationalism has been front and center from aiding freedom struggles in Africa, Asia and the Americas to its unyielding humanitarian support for developing nations and oppressed sectors. Cuba has been a leader in fighting for social justice fighting against racism, sexism and class exploitation.
Yet, for 49 years the United States has continued to impose this vile embargo against the Cuban People. An embargo the majority of Cuban Americans do not support. A policy that the majority of U.S. citizens do not support- less than 30%. Lift the embargo now! We the people demand it.