For the 22nd consecutive year, on Oct. 29, 2013, the U.S. government was again put to shame at the U.N. General Assembly where 188 countries voted to condemn the U.S. embargo of Cuba. The only two countries that supported the U.S. embargo are the U.S. and Israel – with the interesting fact that Israel has full economic and diplomatic relations with Cuba!

This punitive embargo goes back to 1960, and it was put in place with the intent of making the Cuban people suffer so that they would rise up and overthrow their government. I would think that after more than 50 years and with the end of the Cold War, more than 20 years ago, the U.S. government would have more common sense. This is an eyesore in the eyes of the world.

Having lived here in the United States for more than 40 years, I know that this cruel policy does not represent the majority of the people here. It is time for a change. If you are interested in working on this effort and other U.S. policies towards Latin America, please join us. We are a group of residents of Howard County and other parts of Maryland that have been working for more than 25 years to promote awareness, activism and social responsibility in the United States for more just relationships with Latin America.

You may contact me at cuba_is_hope@comcast.net or by calling 410 381 4899.


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Leslie Salgado, Chair

Howard County Friends of Latin America

Columbia