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UN Casts Record Vote Against US Embargo on Cuba
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of New York Times/Reuters

New York Times/Reuters, November 8, 2005
Posted: November 11th, 2006

Nearly every country in the world joined on Tuesday to urge the United States to lift its four-decade old economic embargo against Cuba in a record U.N. General Assembly vote. The vote, held for the 14th consecutive year, was 182 to 4 with 1 abstention on a resolution calling for Washington to lift the U.S. trade, financial and travel embargo, particularly its provisions penalizing foreign firms. The five voting "no" were the United States, Israel, Palau and the Marshall Islands. Micronesia abstained and El Salvador, Iraq, Nicaragua and Morocco did not vote. Last year the vote was 179 to 5.

Note: This one is particularly meaningful to founder and manager Fred Burks. Because the embargo is being applied to tourists, Burks was issued a fine of $7,590 by the US government for a 10-day vacation he took to Cuba with my girlfriend back in 1999. He is contesting this fine in a court hearing next month. If you're interested in more on his case, including an article in the Los Angeles Times, see

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