Friday, November 24, 2006

Oh Canada!

Cuba is running roughshod over our friends from the great white north. Check out this report concerning the latest resolution introduced by Cuba at the UN.

Cuba joins Iran to shame Canada at UN

Steven Edwards, CanWest News Service
Published: Thursday, November 23, 2006

UNITED NATIONS — Cuba joined forces with Iran and four other countries in trying to shame Canada Thursday at the United Nations over its treatment of aboriginals and immigrants.

The resolution by Tehran was rejected 107-6 at the international body, with 49 countries abstaining...

Cuba, which has long received political and economic support from Ottawa, despite the U.S. trade embargo, has been growing close to Iran for some time. On a visit to Tehran, Cuban President Fidel Castro reportedly said the two countries could “bring America to its knees.”

Last month, Cuban UN mission’s Jorge Cumberbatch even accused Canada of becoming “an accomplice in the war of adventures of its imperial neighbour (the U.S.).”

“For Cuba to take this stance on a measure even they know is politically motivated is a cheap shot,” said Maria Werlau, a Cuban exile who runs the human rights Free Society Project from New Jersey.

“Canadians need to be informed about how Fidel Castro’s government is repaying them for their indirect support of his regime.”

Besides Cuba, Iran got backing for its anti-Canadian draft from North Korea, Syria, Myanmar, and Belarus.

I thought it might be interesting to see where each of these countries ranked on The Economist's democracy index.

Cuba: 124
Iran: 139
Syria: 153
Myanmar: 163
Belarus: 128

For the record Canada is 9.

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