DECISION BY THE SUPREME JUDGE
By Manuel Yepe*
The president of the United States of America actually believes that he has
divine powers to assume the role of supreme judge on the planet.
But, down on the ground, every time mortals consulted this faculty assumed
by Washington, it has been denied.
President George W. Bush recently dictated that Cuba and Myanmar (previously
Burma) are guilty of the crimes of trafficking of human beings, forced labor
He also declared that Venezuela, Syria, North Korea and Iran are up at the
top of the list to have the same sanctions applied, although he invoked his
authority to hold off applying them so drastically because of the flow of
money linked favors the national interest of the United States.
The president - reports Associated Press - preferred to hold off on applying
sanctions to other countries where he has discovered serious problems of
trafficking in human beings, such as Saudi Arabia. He also withdrew the
immediate threat of sanctions on Kuwait because that country recently opened
a refuge for victims of abuse, almost always Asian women forced to work as
slaves in wealthy Kuwaiti homes.
How big of him. Bush also decided not to apply sanctions against Iran nor
against other nations where the United States sets its sights on extending
it cultural and educational services "to prevent abuse".
In the case of the greatest delinquents, Cuba and Myanmar, sanctions imposed
by Bush are the withdrawal of US aid and forbidding their participation in
cultural and educational exchange programs. Cuba has been submitted to 48
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it from these "benefits" for 48 years.
The line of arguments by the US president - assuredly coming to him from
divine sources - contradicts the fact that Cuba has been, for more than four
decades, victim and not guilty of trafficking of human beings that has
become a profitable business for unscrupulous persons based in United States
territory with the undisguised support of Florida state authorities and the
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
In the United States there are laws that promote the illegal immigration of
Cubans as a means of propaganda against the island's socialist project
viciously repressing irregular immigrants of any other country of the third
As for prostitution, it is well known that Cuba practically erased this
social blight until the decade of the 1990s when it received a boost though
an increase in tourism. The island had to confront the crisis unleashed by
the sudden end of commercial ties with the Soviet Union and other nations of
eastern Europe. The United States took advantage of this situation to
strengthen measures of the longest economic blockade against an independent
However, the prevalence of prostitution in Cuba is insignificant in relation
to what affected the country before the triumph of the revolution in 1959
and cannot even be compared to the current high indexes of this scourge in
other countries of the continent, including the United States.
As for the occurrence of "forced labor" it is a crime that is non-existent
on the island while it is widely extended in the United States with
irregular immigrants as victims.
All states have the sovereign right and duty to observing others and to
conduct itself in bilateral relations as it sees fit. But no one has the
faculty of being above the rest without a democratic mandate by the world
Your browser may not support display of this image.community in the United Nations system.
The new Human Rights Council of the United Nations created in 2006 to
substitute the Commission of Human Rights is now subordinated to the General
Assembly that encompasses all member states and its decisions are made by a
majority vote. The United States did not even dare to attempt to gain
membership because of the certainty of it would be rejected.
The new UN institution is now in charge of checking that violations of human
rights are not a scenario manipulated by the United States to pressure and
blackmail poor nations. Now, this council can deal not only with violations
occurring in Third World nations but, also, in violations occurring more
frequently in the United States and other industrialized nations. Now the
aggressions of Israel against the Arabs are evaluated the same as any other
aggression against human security.
Vigilance over economic, social and cultural violations now have the same
priority as civilian and political freedoms, which are much more subjective
than the former.
Wherever world-wide decisions are taken by a majority vote of sovereign
states, democratically - and without the divine intervention of whispers in
the presidentís ear the decisions that the United States must take at all
cost and under any circumstances - the world community expresses its
opposition to unipolar hegemony and domination by a super power.
The nations of the third world, and in first place those of the non-aligned
movement, are gaining confidence in the power of unity with every defeat
Washington suffers in votes such as those of its enemy which has obtained
nearly unanimous votes of United Nations member states against the support
of a few of its protectorates and Israel.
The habitual allies of the super power have not accepted the humiliations
that the arrogance of the White House systematically imposes on them and
Your browser may not support display of this image.have taken distance, risking imperial rage.
A rational position would be for Washington to acknowledge that humanity,
already in the 21st century, cannot accept that one state, however powerful,
exerts unilateral conduct of the planet, taken from above or regardless of
the world community.
Humanity does not acknowledge a supreme judge, regardless of one who claims
to be in direct contact with some deity.
*Manuel E. Yepe is a journalist and professor of the Higher Institute of International Relations in Havana.
A CubaNews translation by Ana Portela.
Edited by Walter Lippmann.
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