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Havana Journal supports Barack Obama

Posted October 16, 2008 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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I have to start by saying that I am a registered Republican from Massachusetts. To those of you who know Massachusetts politics (Ted Kennedy and John Kerry) know that I am in the minority being a Republican from Massachusetts. I will say that I am a supporter of my Congressman in the 10th district where I live, Bill Delahunt. I may not agree with everything he stands for but I haven’t seen him do or heard him say too many things that are wacky like you hear from Kennedy and Kerry.

I am a fiscal conservative, social liberal as they say. I don’t like taxes and I don’t like sharing the wealth. I am okay with gay marriage and am okay with abortion but not third trimester abortions. I think everyone can agree that is just unnecessary and disgusting. My have and two young daughters have vacationed in Provincetown for many years. I believe in small government and that it is the American dream to work hard and make as much money as you can. I believe in charity but not by force.

I am anti-Embargo for the simple fact that my freedom of travel and business is being restricted by a VERY small percent of the population, mostly old Cuban exiles and politicians in Miami. Fidel Castro has relied on the Embargo and the threat of “evil Empire” of the United States for many years in order to deflect the Cuban people’s attention away from his own failures and the complete failure of communism.

So, that will give you a good idea of your Publisher here at HavanaJournal.com.

Senator Obama beat Hillary Clinton who I hated maybe barely more so than her devoid of character husband Bill Clinton. Since he beat her for the Democratic nomination you have to give him credit for that victory. It certainly was no small chore. Now if Mitt Romney were running instead of McCain, I may not be writing this article right now. At my core I am an entrepreneur and good old American capitalist and Mitt Romney of all the candidates understands that the US should be run like a business. That might sound harsh and even contradictory to everything I am saying here but remember, I’m a Republican from Massachusetts so I have these internal conflicts all the time. grin

I saw Barack Obama on David Letterman maybe back in the Fall of 2007 and I was very impressed… this coming from a Republican. I always found that he answered questions as directly as a politician could (Republican or Democrat) and he always seemed Presidential and always seemed genuinely concerned for America and less so for himself. When I think of Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton it is just the opposite. Hillary and Bill could give a shit about the US from the way I see it.

Last night’s debate clearly showed that John McCain does not have the judgment necessary to be President of the United States and that what I am looking for in a President, judgment. I voted for President Regan and the Bush each time (Carter, Gore and Kerry? ah… no thanks). Unfortunately I had to vote for Bob Dole but that was really a sad time in Republican history. Now I see Obama with many qualities of Reagan with the ability to see the big picture and make good decisions and having good judgment along with the capacity to handle himself well under pressure.

So, there are some things that I don’t like about Barack but those are details. There are many things I don’t like about John McCain and those are qualities like his judgment and ability to FREAK ME OUT whenever I see him speak.

This photo that I lifted from Mister Bryans and posted below is the only reason you need to vote for Barack Obama. For a 72 year old Presidential candidate not be comfortable enough to simply walk around a table at a Presidential debate is sickening to me. This is an actual photo from last night.

and here’s the YouTube video in case you missed it.

So, I’m not going to post any link to Obama’s website or even ask you to vote for him (he doesn’t need your money and probably doesn’t even need your vote unless you live in Ohio, Pennsylvania or Florida). I just wanted the readers of HavanaJournal.com to know where your Publisher stands on the Presidential campaign.

With all this said I hope you have a better understanding of my filter for articles that get published here and the comments that I post to them.

I hate propaganda. I hate extremists to the left and right but don’t see myself as a middle-of-the-road type of person. I have strong views on many issues, they are just not all Republican or all Democrat. So, the Havana Journal is not all anti-Bush or all anti-Castro or all pro this or all anti that.

I always look for the truth and balance while filtering out the propaganda (bullshit) in my personal life, professional life, political life and as Publisher of HavanaJournal.com.

I suppose I may have just alienated some readers but I hope that you have the same courage to think for yourself and not be swayed by extremist propaganda from either side.

Thanks for reading.

Rob Sequin

Member Comments

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On October 17, 2008, Cubana wrote:

The trouble is Obama is STILL pro-embargo. He just wants to return to the days before Bush restricted Cuban Americans from visiting more than once in three years, only to immediate family and restricting the ability to send funds. Although he is better than McBush in this regard, when are presidential candidates ever going to have the guts to stand up to the old exiles?

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On October 17, 2008, manfredz wrote:

Still, that would be a starting point, then dilute it even more until it becomes meaninglss and can be formally ended - I’m not saying that’s what he has in mind, but it may be an easier way to go than ending it right from scratch

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On October 17, 2008, edward wrote:

HI Rob

I like your piece very much, I feel over the last couple of years or so we have been exchanging views and most times I feel as though I’ve been trying to communicate with someone I don’t know or don’t understand. (similar to arguing with the wife)...I now feel I know you little better and in a lot of ways, although you may be surprised, we are not too dissimilar in our general outlook to life.

I wouldn’t say I’m a fiscal conservative although I do have some conservative values and would definately say I have some socialist values. Basically I am a fair person who respects other peoples views and rights as long as they in turn respect back. Life is a two way street after all (or as my father says, we’re all pissing in the same pot). Regarding the presidential race I am one of many across the water from you in the UK who see Obama as the man who can lead your country and take your country forward. In these modern times where the political, economic and social landscapes can change quite suddenly it requires agility and calmness under pressure, I think Obama has these credentials.

I also feel that their are various signals suggesting a gradual change regarding the Cuban American dynamic. Obama would be best suited to handle any delicate negotiations going forward bringing and therefore bringing and end to the damaging and prehistoric policies that should be consigned to history.

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On October 17, 2008, publisher wrote:

Cubana,

I just realized that I didn’t even mention Obama’s position on the Embargo. Right, he does want to roll back restrictions to 2004 so Cuban Americans can see their extended family once a year and send more than the $1200 per year that they are restricted to sending now.

Here’s how I see it playing out.

First, we have to see how the Diaz-Balart and Ros-Lehtinen races play out. If any one of them get voted out, that is a big step in the right direction.

I see a Democratic President, House and Senate. Obama deals with the financial crisis first then looks for an easy slam dunk US foreign policy move.

Lifting the Embargo would be much easier with all Democrats, most Americans are against it and it shows that he is doing the opposite of Bush. Hopefully he can get some political prisoners released and probably some other back door deals.

I see Cuba as being win/win without much effort and not even controversial to what, 96% of Americans? Plus other countries would see Obama heading in a new direction and he could actually gain some immediate international praise very quickly.

I think he is smart enough to attack the failed Plan A Embargo proponents and keep going from there.

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On October 17, 2008, publisher wrote:

Edward,

Thanks for your kind words and contributions to the Havana Journal. I tried for many years to keep this site a place for news stories but have decided to loosen things up a bit and start posting some of my thoughts along with press releases and information about other Cuba sites.

Regular readers probably know my positions on a variety of Cuba topics and US Cuba policy but I thought I would sum it up here so people like yourself can have a better understanding of the Publisher.

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On October 17, 2008, edward wrote:

Hi Guys

Agreed, thanks for the synopsis. Maybe especially now as Cuba have announced that their initial ten billions barrels of oil estimate has now doubled to twenty billion barrels.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7675234.stm

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On October 18, 2008, chuckdaplumber wrote:

Rob, If you can say PRESIDENT Obama with out laughing, go ahead and vote for the SOCIALIST and with virtually no luck at all we will have a country that works about as good as Cuba and Venezual.
Chuck da Plumber grin)

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On October 18, 2008, publisher wrote:

I know.

There are plenty of things to not like about Obama and his tax policy is at the top of the list.

If you are a McCain supporter, I’m sure there are plenty of things that you don’t like about him.

I am not a drink-the-koolaid type of liberal democrat but I don’t trust McCain’s judgment. Again, look up at the photo above. This is a senior Senator and war hero. He cannot speak well in public at all, is not a true conservative, is too old for the job and Sara Palin is a heartbeat away from the Presidency?

How about Bush taking stock in US banks? That’s pretty socialist.

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On October 19, 2008, chuckdaplumber wrote:

Rob - This country, or in fact the whole world needs leadership, not blather about the   potential of a perfect utopia.
It disgusts me to hear laughter and ridicule from the podium and crowd from Biden and Obama statements. Our country is on the edge of total collapse and those jokers are playing to an ignorant group of supposedly educated voters.
Please show the people ONE plan of recovery from Obama that does not require the Federal Government’s involvement.
When you put the fox in charge of the henhouse, one can expect little good arising from the plan.
Chuck

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On October 21, 2008, radcline wrote:

Rob,

Thanks for “coming clean.” As a former journalist, I understand the need to state a position, bring it out in the open, and deal with whatever comes. Getting it ‘on the record’ is far more attractive than pretending to sit on the fence.

I also understand what it’s like to be a fiscal conservative, who finds herself leaning toward the liberal left more and more often. Then again, I’m a Canadian, so being “conservative” has a whole different meaning up here. As Jon Stewart recently said, conservative in Canada means “Gay Nader Fans for Peace.” haha

So when it comes to American politics, I admit I tend to lean Democrat, but I was strongly rooting for McCain when he made his first run at the presidency. I even professed that I’d vote Republican if he actually won (and if I was actually able to vote in an American election wink In other words, I don’t see in McCain what I thought I saw last time. Not sure what happened there. Maybe it’s because we’re seeing more of him.

In any case, you’re not the only one who has had to make a difficult decision. The headline on the front page of our local paper yesterday said: “Powell endorses Obama.” Wow! Given Colin Powell’s politics, that says a lot!!!  Personally, I think very highly of Powell - his integrity and his intellect. So it looks like you’re in good company.

Nancy

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On October 21, 2008, publisher wrote:

Nancy,

Thanks. I agree with you on your points. I feel like the Republican party has left me, not the other way around.

I hadn’t heard that Nader quote, that’s funny stuff.

I hope Obama turns out to be a great leader otherwise we’re going to be in a big mess short term then 20 years of Republican leadership if he screws up.

All comes down to judgment and educated decisions. Obama said there is a place for Powell in the new Administration and that is a HUGE positive.

I think Powell was tricked by Bush and now knows the world even better than he already did.

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On October 21, 2008, manfredz wrote:

Am I the only one who sees Powell as possible Secretary of State or Secretary of Defense?  ( Although it aint over til its over , I think Powell’s endorsement is powerful stuff for Obama - as mentioned, he’s a person very much respected by both parties.

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On October 21, 2008, publisher wrote:

Agree. Obama said he did not know about the endorsement till he heard it live. Of course that could be politics but I don’t think Powell said what he said just to get the job.

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On October 21, 2008, radcline wrote:

Rob, if you enjoyed the Nader quote, you’ll love reading it in context. I thought it was absolutely hilarious. (And it’s so thrilling when American television actually notices we’re up here - even if it is to make fun of us grin

Anyway, here’s how an on-line posting described the Jon Stewart bit:

“When you were growing up, did you ever have a buddy who had a big, weird older brother, a guy who kept to himself and lived in the attic ... but sometimes late at night if you slept over at their house you’d hear what sounded like grunting and animal noises?” Stewart asked his television viewing audience. “Well America’s got one of those. We call it Canada.”

As the show ran clips of Canadians casting their ballots, Stewart hilariously put our election on the American radar. “Yesterday our weird, attic-living brother surprised everyone by holding an election.

“They’ve got their own government,” he said. “It’s adorable.”

(The Conservative Party won the Canadian election.)

But Canada is a relatively liberal country, Stewart said, and the Canadian version of the Conservative Party is more like “Gay Nader Fans for Peace.”

That was about it.

Cheers from the attic-living older brother grin

Nancy

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On October 21, 2008, publisher wrote:

That is a VERY clever show. Thanks for sharing that.

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On October 21, 2008, Mako wrote:

Some people need to find a dictionary and look up the word “socialist” ; It appears they… and Sarah Palin ( another person who doesn’t do a whole lot of reading) don’t understand the meaning of the word.
Socialism is when the government takes an ownership position in the means of production of the goods and services of a country. Let me see if I can come up with an example; Oh yeah!!! how about what Bush just did with US financial institutuions.

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On October 21, 2008, publisher wrote:

I know. I know. US being forced into Socialism.

Strange days.

Let’s just hope that Obama doesn’t exploit this whole mess once he’s in there. That’s one of my reservations that he turns into some raging socialist and the Democratic Congress will have the votes to go along.

Maybe it will be vice versa too.

But McCain isn’t the answer either.

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On October 21, 2008, Mako wrote:

Obama is not the second coming of George Washington, but I can’t imagine how he could be worse than George Bush.
Bush inherited a surplus and turned it into a huge deficit. His response to 9/11, by invading Iraq, would be equivalent to Roosevelt invading Brazil in response to Pearl Harbor. Never any connection between 9/11 and Iraq, and to this day, he still is in denial

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On October 22, 2008, chuckdaplumber wrote:

I had my first job, delivering milk, at the age of 12.
Never got an allowance, but my dad let me use the lawn mower to earn my own money. Mowing other peoples grass.
At any time in my life I could and have thrown MY money into the street, if I so chose.
The simple thought of having - more government - sending taxpayer funds to people that do not, for what ever reason, earn it, is repugnant to this old man.
Chuck

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On October 22, 2008, Mako wrote:

I would venture to say the vast majority (if not 100%) of the civilized countries on the planet have some sort of tax system in place
Most of the western world has some sort of progressive income tax system. That is NOT scocialism, it is civilization

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On October 22, 2008, chuckdaplumber wrote:

It is safe to say that 2% of the people in any country control the wealth of the entire planet .
Only in countries with a democracy, are the non-producers allowed to vote a re-distribution of funds.
All democracies evolve to socialism.
Socialism only works if there is enough profit, in the private sector to be taxed to cover the dreams and schemes of liberal spenders.
Chuck

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On October 23, 2008, Mako wrote:

Chuck , when did this evolution to socialism occur ? I must have missed it

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On October 23, 2008, chuckdaplumber wrote:

It started when people didn’t create enough annual taxes to pay for the annual cost of government.
And they found out one can buy votes by differing costs to future generations.
Medicare ‘s true cost is 5 trillion dollars over the next several years.
WE ARE BROKE and neither of those fools want to talk about it.
NOW -  to answer your question: ALL YOUR LIFE !!!

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On October 24, 2008, Mako wrote:

Chuck, do you even know what socialism is ???

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On October 24, 2008, publisher wrote:

Just found this article too. As long as the logistics work out, I would be in favor of closing Guantanamo and this would also be a popular thing for President Obama to do so he just might tackle Cuba as his first foreign policy initiative.

UN rights official expects next US president to close Guantanamo

AFP—A UN rights official on Wednesday said he expected the next US administration to shut down its detention facility for suspected terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“I have strong expectations that the new (US) administration, irrespective of the name of the new president, will rapidly announce a plan to close the Guantanamo detention facility,” Martin Scheinin, the UN special rapporteur on the protection of human rights in the fight against terrorism, told reporters.

“I am basing myself on the public statements by Senator (John) McCain and Senator (Barack) Obama who both have criticized the Guantanamo regime in fairly strongly worded statements, which to me passes the message that they are going to do something to close down the detention facility,” he added.

He was referring to the two rival US presidential candidates.

Scheinin, a Finnish law professor, said the closure of Guantanamo would then lead to the “release of detainees who have already been determined as posing no threat” and to the trial of those who are suspected of serious crimes in US federal courts.

Tuesday, the White House said US President George W. Bush would likely keep the Guantanamo prison open before handing his successor the keys to the White House in January.

“We’ve long said that it won’t be closed before the end of the president’s term,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said of the facility, reviled around the world as a symbol of heavy-handed US “war on terrorism” tactics.

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said closing Guantanamo would first require a law from Congress banning the released suspects from emigrating to the United States.

The chief challenge is where to put the detainees now held at the US Navy-run prison, as some of their home countries balk at taking them.

Washington says it fears other nations may not keep close enough tabs on them, or in other cases may mistreat their returning nationals.

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On October 24, 2008, manfredz wrote:

I can see both of them closing the detention facility, but can’t see either of them returning Guantanemo Bay back to Cuba, just like I can’t see the British giving Gibralter back to the Spaniards.  But then the Brits and the Spaniards still manage to get along while agreeing to disagree about Gibralter, so maybe one day Cuba and the USA can at least be that far.

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On October 24, 2008, chuckdaplumber wrote:

Mako - I really don’t know what the definition of socialism is. Could you send me half of your net worth now and I wont have any need to find out.  Chuck

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On October 26, 2008, Erick Mendez wrote:

McCain thinks along old lines.  Before he was competing with Obama, he was competing with several Repubs. for the Repub. ticket.  When he uses his so-called “campaign strategy” (in other words when mainstream politicians lie so they can pander to the general public) it is in support of the embargo.  There is evidence on the web where he believes the embargo will one day make Cuba replace Communism with the great American democracy and capitalism.  Then this b.s. about Cuba being a terror state when you have Alpha 66 and other terrorist organizations that the US turns a blind eye toward.  America still think it’s in the Cold War, and it’s foreign policy ruins its trading and economic policies.  This country should lead by example.  Not police the world, and create intl. institutions to support its abuses, that’s why people ran to Communism in Latin America because of our imperialist policies.  It’s going to bite the US in the butt.  Nevertheless, the only chance we have right now to open trade talks is with Obama, however, he’s going to prolong the status quo with interventionist policy, and we will see our tax dollar going spent into nothing and more agression against Americans from the outside world.

According to Bernie, “17 times the US refuse the UN resolution to end the embargo??????

7 years in Afghanistan????

5 years in Iraq?????

Keep telling me, that the US is interested in human rights and democracy is the only way to go????  It’s about time that we vote every politican out of office
and vote a totally new bunch in ??????”

Listen people our interventionist foreign policy will hurt the United States in the long run.  As we can see it already has with many historical examples like 9/11.  Anyway, my point here is that the trade embargo is an interventionist policy that ruins our economic policy or just the fundamentals of capitalism.  The embargo is benefiting certain American industires that are hurting everybody else.  This violation of capitalism is eveidence that our country is truly not capitalistic, now so much news, right?  Anyway, these industries are profiting at the expense of consumers, taxpayers, and other industries alike.  We can also apply this to war.  Nevertheless, I would like to show a video that shows the negative effects of tariffs and embargos and the rest of protectionist policies. 

http://mises.org/Controls/Media/MediaPlayer.aspx?Id=3688

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On October 26, 2008, chuckdaplumber wrote:

We very well be watching the end of our Republic!!
I predict that in less then two years a Congress, out of control, will be approving socialist leaning Judges, new and expanded welfare programs and the reduction of our military forces. The U.S.A. will become a second rate power moving into domination from Muslims.
I hope that the people of the U.S. understand the need for our private guns.
Chuck

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On October 26, 2008, Erick Mendez wrote:

We should not expand military.  It’s like saying use tax dollars to fund something you don’t really need.  We need to decrease military spending, which I am sure Obama won’t do.  Why we need it is because our public debt is increasing by trillions, and the military industrial complex is profiting at the expense of taxpayers.  We have 737 bases in 132 foreign countries (World Politics: Trends and Tranformation), and we help create intl. institutions to increase our influence on the world.  That’s not capitalism, and Obama isn’t going to do a damn thing to end this.

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On October 26, 2008, Mako wrote:

Chuck you are finally starting to “get it” Redistribution of wealth is a western democratic, market econmy, philosphy… and not socialsim.
But I will trade you half of mine if you give me all of yours!! NOW you are getting closer ; but your are still not quite there yet .
I feel quite confident in saying that the US won’t have socialst judges on the Supreme Court anytime soon

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On October 27, 2008, Erick Mendez wrote:

http://www.motherjones.com/military-maps/

Shows our military influence around the world.  My argument is neither Barack nor McCain will do anything about this.  Americans have to understand that our status quo (foreign, domestic and economic policies) is causing the United States’ demise in the long run.  I would like Barack to change government and make it smaller, not bigger.

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On October 27, 2008, Cubana wrote:

Manfredz - Gibraltar and Guantanemo Bay are COMPLETELY different. Gibraltar is a sovereign territory of the British crown and the vast majority of the people who live and were born there wish this to remain. You might just as well say Spain should give back Ceuta and its other plazas de soberania to Morocco.

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On October 27, 2008, manfredz wrote:

cubana ... agree there is a world of difference between the two, but Spain wants it back just like Cuba wants Guantanemo back (and your Cueta example is just one of many territorial disagreements around the world).
I just wanted to bring out that even if the USA closes the detention center, I’m sure they have no intention of returning Guantanemo Bay to Cuba, and that this doesnt have to be a sticky point between improving American - Cuban relations, using the Gibralter disagreement (which Spain still insists is Spanish sovereign territory and in past years has brought the point home by blocking access to Spain proper from Gibralter) as an example.

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On October 27, 2008, chuckdaplumber wrote:

Mako - When using the term socialist, I’m talking about the over-all effects on U.S. citizens from a socialistic type of society. Namely the unfunded debt for welfare type programs. this will lead to hyper inflation and the continued printing of worthless dollars, that eventually, the rest of the worlds wealth will reject.
This will create the situation, allowing for our collapse.
Mr. Obama is trading on the individuals personal concerns and using class warfare to attract politically ignorant voters. He says he will bring change. His own statements are that the government will expand programs to assist these fools into believing that, there is a free lunch.
Welfare programs only work if there is enough profit on the private sector to tax to pay the bills.
Chuck

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On October 27, 2008, Mako wrote:

Chuck we can enter a debate on the policies of Obama, Mccain,and Bush,all you want. But that is NOT the issue you brought up. You labled their positions “socialist” While it is true that there has been a redistribution of wealth, to the banks, the poor etc; that is not the classic definition of socialism. There is not a more capitalist society in the western world .that I am aware of than the US

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On October 27, 2008, Erick Mendez wrote:

Who cares about Obama’s political position; we know he’s big government.  Obama isn’t going to get rid of Guantanamo; and what’s funny is that the prison/base costs Americans more money and it lacks oversight from the public.  In fact if I am not mistaken there has been torture accounts in that prison.  Nonetheless, the change Obama is going to bring is more spending just like McCain.  Therefore, there is no difference.  People have this thought that when they speak in the debates they are on two different political ends, but all of it is the same. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOhk0JeoZtE

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On October 30, 2008, publisher wrote:

Just found this press release by India regarding the Embargo and thought that lifting the Embargo by President Obama would not only be popular with Americans, the Senate and the House but also with the world.

Lifting the Embargo will be a HUGE win/win/win for President Obama.

United Nations, Oct 30 (PTI) Strongly opposing unilateral measures by countries which impinge on the sovereignty of others, India has asked the United States to lift the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed on Cuba 46 years ago.

Intervening in the General Assembly debate over a resolution asking Washington to lift the economic embargo, Indian delegate Rajeev Shukla criticised the American domestic laws which prohibit foreign companies as well as foreign subsidiaries of US companies from doing business with Cuba.

The resolution, which is recommendatory in nature, has been routinely discussed and adopted by the 192-member Assembly for the past 17 years and ignored by the US.

Domestic US laws like the Cuba Democracy Act of 1992 and the Helms-Burton Act of 1996 have enhanced the territorial reach of the embargo, Shukla said adding that India supports categorical rejection of such laws by the international community.

He regretted that Washington has not respected the repeated calls by the Assembly against imposition of laws and regulations with extra-territorial impact and all other forms of coercive economic measures.

“Despite the repeated calls of the General Assembly, its resolutions remain unimplemented in contravention of world opinion,” he emphasised, adding that the the embargo, through its extra-territorial effects, is adversely affecting the Cuban people and the development efforts of the country.

“Health care is particularly affected due to access controls on critical medical equipment, medicines, technologies and diagnostic aids, apart from enhanced cost of supplies,” he said.

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On October 30, 2008, chuckdaplumber wrote:

Gitmo is:
1. Gives our submarines hidden access to the deep portion of the Atlantic rift.
2. Provides cash paying jobs for Cubans and the national economy.
3. Keeps military contact between our countries.
4. Protects the under belly of the U.S.
5. Possibly provides clean water and electricity to Cuba,
6. Provides a counter balance to Tiawan in the China problem.
7. We kicked Spain’s butt for it and I’m sure that we are not giving it back.
8 Also gives Fidel and Raul something to work their idiot followers into a false frenzy.
Chuck

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On October 30, 2008, Erick Mendez wrote:

The lease for gitmo hasn’t been changed I assume, so if you’re saying gitmo gives Cubans chump change for something valuable then you are agreeing that the US is ripping off Cubans?  Anyway, I like how you used the word “possibly” on number 5, haha.  The real answer is no the US does not…  Explain number six to me because I don’t get it.  Remember deregulating the Cuban economy and domesticity; and deflecting foreign influence (imperialism) will help Cuba, not weaken it.  Gitmo is good as a base to protect the southern US, not as a military brig.  There is a catch 22 for gitmo I argue; and the 735 bases around the world.

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On October 31, 2008, Cubana wrote:

2 is absolute rubbish. The only Cubans allowed to work at Gitmo are those that had jobs there before the revolution. Only two or three left last I heard.

5 I don’t believe (neither it seems does the author). Gitmo as far as I am aware is self contained and there is a minefield on the land surrounding it.

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On November 04, 2008, publisher wrote:

Congratulations to President Elect Barack Obama.

I truly believe that the world has just become a better place.

Signed,

A Republican from Massachusetts

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On November 05, 2008, Lee wrote:

thank you for reaching across the aisle publisher


signed,

a democrat from Santa Monica

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On November 05, 2008, Erick Mendez wrote:

The world won’t be any different.  Two US wars, I believe more are coming, long live welfare and warfare a la USSR.

Signed,

Libertarian thinker, registered Democrat of Duarte, CA

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On November 05, 2008, chuckdaplumber wrote:

If you only add taxes on those trying to get rich or the rich, there will be no reason to work very hard or efficent, no new ideas in the market place!! Why would anyone promote extra income? It will just generate more funds to cover the cost of socialism.
Chuck
I’m pissed. ( who cares?) grin)