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US and Israel were lone votes against UN resolutions opposing space arms race, nuclear Middle East, Cuba embargo

The United States and Israel were the only countries that voted against UN General Assembly draft resolutions calling for a nuclear weapons-free Middle East, measures to stop an arms race in outer space, and an end to the blockade of Cuba.

By Ben Norton

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Exposing the OAS’ anti-Venezuela, pro-US bias and right-wing hypocrisy

The Organization of American States (OAS) is a Cold War-era group that acts as a vehicle for US influence, opposing leftist governments in Latin America. Journalist Max Blumenthal challenged the OAS on its extreme anti-Venezuela bias and enlisting of right-wing pro-Israel lobbyists to demonize Nicolas Maduro.

By Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton

Max Blumenthal spoke with Ben Norton on The Real News.

BEN NORTON: It’s The Real News, I’m Ben Norton. The Organization of American States is a Cold War-era international body of countries in North and South America that claims to be independent and neutral, but, in reality, frequently acts as a proxy for the United States government.

The OAS is notorious for its extreme bias against left-wing governments in Latin America, particularly Cuba and Venezuela. Western corporate media outlets frequently echo the OAS’s anti-Cuba and anti-Venezuela reports, without providing any further information as to what exactly the OAS is, and what interests it serves.

In reality, however, the OAS was formed at the behest of the U.S. government as a coalition of anti-communist governments at the beginning of the Cold War. In 1948, the U.S. convened the International Conference of American States. At this meeting in Colombia, which was led by the U.S. Secretary of State and infamous cold warrior George Marshall, the right-wing governments of Latin America joined the U.S. in signing a charter that established the Organization of American States with the explicit goal of fighting the spread of socialism and defending capitalism in North and South America.

Although media outlets today cite the OAS as if it were supposedly an independent and impartial source, U.S. government bodies have openly admitted otherwise.

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The US has terrorized Cuba for over 50 years – Fidel Castro is right to be wary of Obama’s claims

Since its 1959 revolution, the US has invaded Cuba, orchestrated more than 600 assassination attempts, imposed a suffocating embargo, and supported far-right terrorists

By Ben Norton / Salon

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Rogue states: US and Israel defy 99 percent of world in UN vote against Cuba embargo

191 of 193 UN nations voted against the unilateral US embargo on Cuba. Only Israel backed Washington’s blockade. This is a rogue state in action.

By Ben Norton / Salon

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