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The 2017 Young Trade Unionists' May Day Brigade to Cuba delegation

Record-breaking 47 young trade unionists participate May Day brigade in Cuba

Campaign News | Friday, 26 May 2017

A record-breaking 47 young trade unionists and activists from Britain and Ireland pariticpated in the 12th annual Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC) young trade unionists’ May Day brigade to Cuba. The largest ever CSC delegation - representing millions of workers from across the British and Irish trade union movement including delegates from ... read more

U.S. Lawmakers Have Reintroduced a Bill to End Restrictions on Travel to Cuba

News from Cuba | Friday, 26 May 2017

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators reintroduced legislation on Thursday to repeal all restrictions on travel to Cuba, this time attracting far more co-sponsors in a sign of growing support for U.S.- Cuba detente even as its future looks uncertain. The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act was introduced in 2015 ... read more

Cuba boosts childbirth with benefits as population ages

News from Cuba | Friday, 26 May 2017

HAVANA, May 14 (Xinhua) -- On the second Sunday in May, Cuba celebrates Mother's Day with unique fervour: phone lines collapse from overload, people scramble to buy flowers before they sell out, and restaurants are packed to the rafters with extended families. For more than a decade, Kenia Coba, a young ... read more

In 2014 USAID secretly created a primitive social media program, staged a health workshop to recruit activists and infiltrated Cuba’s hip-hop community

No USAID funds for Cuba in Trump budget proposal

News from Cuba | Thursday, 25 May 2017

USAID programs in Cuba, which have been highly controversial in recent years, aren’t funded under the Trump administration’s proposed State Department budget for Fiscal Year 2018. “As we work to streamline efforts to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of U.S. taxpayer dollars, we acknowledge that we have to prioritize and make some ... read more

Heberprot-P arrives in the EU

News from Cuba | Thursday, 25 May 2017

Slovakia becomes the first EU country to use the Cuban pharmaceutical which treats diabetic foot ulcers A delegation of Cuban health professionals arrived to Slovakia May 24, where they will offer assistance in the application of Heberprot-P, a unique medication developed by the island’s Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center (CIGB) to ... read more

Delegates Gary Kilroy, TSSA, and Jenni Gunn, UNISON Scotland, attended the Young Trade Unionists' May Day Brigade to Cuba

Young people are standing in solidarity to end the U.S. blockade against Cuba

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Millions in Cuba and thousands around the world, marched in solidarity with labourers in honour of International Workers’ Day, which is celebrated annually on May 1. With marches in Buenos Aires, Chicago, and Paris, International Workers’ Day (widely known as “May Day”) in Cuba not only celebrates the working class ... read more

A person carries a picture of Cuban President Raul Castro during a May Day rally in Havana.

Raul Castro Slams ‘Yankee’ Trump’s Comments on Cuban ‘Despotism’ as ‘Contradictory and Clumsy’

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Despite a thaw in ties, Cuba has continued to slam Washington's foreign policy toward the island over its vestiges of colonialism. On the 115th anniversary of Cuban Independence Day, Cuba slammed “ill-advised” U.S. President Donald Trump’s diatribes about the event as “ridiculous” and “controversial.” In a broadcast on Cuban state television Saturday, ... read more

Angolans Travel to Cuba to Honour Soldiers Who Fought in Africa

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Cuban people’s profound sense of internationalism made a vital contribution in many anti-colonial struggles across the African continent Maria Eugenia Neto and Irene Alexandra, the widow and daughter of Angolan independence leader, Angostinho Neto, visited Cuba Monday to honour those who fought and died during the struggle for Angola's ... read more

The first stamp, featuring revolutionary feminist Vilma Espin, was launched at the 10th Cuban Assembly Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Cuba Launches Revolutionary Feminist Postal Stamps

News from Cuba | Monday, 22 May 2017

Activists and representatives of national institutions participating in the 10th Cuban Assembly Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Havana and Villa Clara issued the first postal stamp on 11 May, which features a polychrome image of Vilma Espin. Espin, Cuban President Raul Castro’s deceased wife, was the founder of the Federation of ... read more

CSC delegations join millions marching in Cuba for May Day

News from Cuba | Friday, 19 May 2017

Mre than 70 particpants of CSC organised tours joined millions of Cubans marching across the island for May Day. Members of the Young Trade Unionist's Brigade, Cuba Study Tour and Cycle Cuba challenge gathered in Havana and Pinar del Rio to show their support for the Cuban revolution and mark ... read more

Fernando Gonzalez speaks to Oscar Rivera

Oscar Rivera to visit Cuba in November

News from Cuba | Friday, 19 May 2017

Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera, who was released on Wednesday 17 May after more than 35 years as a political prisoner in the United States, will visit Cuba in November to personally thank the people who took part in the struggle for his release. The news was given ... read more

Yurania Aguirre Cárdenas describes her time working in Venezuela as enriching experience she will never forget. Photo: Nuria Barbosa

Wherever Cuba needs me, I’ll be there…

News from Cuba | Thursday, 18 May 2017

“Working in Venezuela was a great learning experience for me as a professional. It also gave me the opportunity to compare different social systems In the municipality of Bartolomé Masó, Granma province, located more than 700 kilometers from Havana, Granma International spoke with Yurania Aguirre Cárdenas, a young doctor who worked ... read more

Cuba will always support Palestine, says Rene Gonzalez

News from Cuba | Thursday, 18 May 2017

"What is happening in Palestine today is a shame for humanity," said Cuban anti-terrorist Rene Gonzalez in assuring that his country will never betray those who have always being its friends, and Arab peoples especially. Speaking at the inaugural session of the 3rd International Arab Forum on Justice for Palestine, in ... read more

Cuban health officials have announced that the medication will undergo human clinical trials for the first time

Cuba develops medicine to combat Alzheimers

News from Cuba | Thursday, 18 May 2017

In its efforts to halt the advance of Alzheimers and improve the quality of life of people suffering from the disease, Cuba announced the launch of human clinical trials on the medication NeuroEpo. The 100% Cuban developed medicine, created by the country’s Molecular Immunology Center (CIM), based in Havana, has already ... read more

Friends of Cuba from across the world meet in Havana

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 3 May 2017

As part of the annual May Day celebrations, the International Solidarity with Cuba Encounter saw hundreds of trade unionists and representatives of social and solidarity movements from across the world gather in Havana’s International Conference Center this May 2. On the decision of the President of the Councils of States and ... read more