Viewing from July 2017

'Open' University Blacklists Cubans from its courses

Campaign News | Monday, 24 July 2017

Institution accused of blocking enrolments to bolster US embargo – in breach of British laws CUBANS have been banned from enrolling at the Open University (OU) because the institution fears repercussions from the United States, which has been illegally blockading the island for 55 years. The distance-learning university has been accused of ... read more

If Cuba can, why can't we?

Campaign News | Monday, 24 July 2017

GWEN CROSS reports on the young trade unionists’ brigade to Cuba where she saw how ordinary Cubans live under the US blockade THIS past May Day I had the privilege to represent my trade union, Unite South East region, on this year’s young trade unionists’ brigade to Cuba, organised by Cuba ... read more

Press Release: Open University ban on Cuban students is unethical and illegal

Campaign News | Sunday, 23 July 2017

Press Release: 24 July 2017 One of Britain’s biggest educational institutions, The Open University, is operating a policy of barring applications from Cuban students due to US blockade laws against Cuba. The OU says it is operating a “restricted countries” list in its admissions process because it fears it may be fined ... read more

US State Department drops Cuba entirely from annual detail of terrorist activity

News from Cuba | Friday, 21 July 2017

For the first time, Cuba is not included in the US State Department's report on terrorism After spending 33 years designated a state sponsor of terrorism by the U.S. government, Cuba no longer has any activity that even merits its own report in the State Department’s annual review of terrorist threats ... read more

Cuba is already one of the countries with the oldest populations in the region, with over two million people 60 years of age or older living on the island.

Social security in Cuba, a civil right

News from Cuba | Thursday, 20 July 2017

The country’s Social Security budget set to double by 2030 There are currently around two million people 60 years of age or older in Cuba. Statistics from the latest Population and Housing Census show that the island is set to have the oldest population in Latin America by 2025. Population aging is ... read more

Castro's casa: social work lessons from Cuba

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 18 July 2017

In Cuba, we see social work lessons for all societies, writes Rory Truell in the Guardian In a street of salmon and teal painted houses, once home to wealthy colonial administrators, sits the Casa del Abuelo. Now a community centre providing free day services for older inhabitants of the neighbourhood, Casa ... read more

Nelson Mandela on How Cuba

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 18 July 2017

In 1991, Nelson Mandela travelled to Cuba to thank Fidel Castro and the Cuban people for supporting the fight against apartheid and colonialism in southern Africa. "The decisive defeat of the aggressive apartheid forces [in Angola] destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor," Mandela said. "The defeat ... read more

Havana Honours Nelson Mandela on His Birthday

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Mandela found inspiration in Fidel and the Cuban Revolution of 1959, after which he led the South African resistance militia to end racial oppression. Cuba's Havana announced Wednesday a mini-marathon for the upcoming International Mandela Day slated for July 18-that marks the birth of the legendary South African leader who led ... read more

Raul Castro Denounces Trump’s Cuba Policy as a ‘Setback’

News from Cuba | Monday, 17 July 2017

The Cuban revolutionary leader said his country remains open to negotiating with the United States. Cuban President Raul Castro on Friday denounced U.S. President Donald Trump's changes to relations with Havana, saying they ignored broad public support for better relations. In his first public comment on Trump’s new Cuba policy, Castro told ... read more

Trump’s New Cuba Policy: Analysis and Response from Cuba

News from Cuba | Friday, 14 July 2017

Trump’s New Cuba Policy On June 16 2017, US President Donald Trump announced his new Cuba policy, where he outlined plans to further strengthen elements of the US extraterritorial economic, commercial and financial blockade. (Read ACN's article, ‘Trump takes US policy towards Cuba one step back’) The full details of the policy ... read more

Date set for new U.S. regulations on Cuba to be published

News from Cuba | Friday, 14 July 2017

WASHINGTON.— The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury will publish new regulations regarding Cuba on September 15, reported the U.S.-Cuba Economic and Trade Council, July 10. The announcement appeared on the organisation’s Twitter account. The U.S.-Cuba Economic and Trade Council is New York ... read more

Dr. Rogelio Enrique Suárez González heads a medical centre, as a member of Cuba's medical brigade in Venezuela

Striving to maintain advances in Venezuela

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 11 July 2017

A Cuban internationalist doctor heading a medical centre in Miranda talks about the achievements of the Bolivarian Revolution which, despite facing a non-conventional war, continues to resist MIRANDA, Venezuela.— The heat was stifling at the Manguito Siete High-Tech Medical Centre (CAT), in Paz Castillo municipality, located in the western part of ... read more

Cuban parliamentarians reject European Parliament’s Non-Legislative Resolution regarding the island

News from Cuba | Friday, 7 July 2017

On July 5, the European Parliament endorsed a legislative resolution for the provisional implementation of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union (EU) and Cuba, signed on December 12, 2016; which aims to promote the development of diplomatic and economic relations between the EU and the Cuba. However, ... read more

Cuba strongly rejects European Parliament Resolution

News from Cuba | Friday, 7 July 2017

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 6 (ACN) The Cuban People´s Power Assembly issued an statement strongly rejecting a Resolution on Cuba approved by the European Parliament this July 5 in Strasburg, France. Cuban News Agency reproduces the full text on the Declaration: Declaration of the Commission on International Relations of the National People's Power ... read more

European Parliament approves provisional implementation of EU-Cuba agreement

News from Cuba | Thursday, 6 July 2017

The pact, which puts an end to the so-called "Common Position", was approved by the European Parliament On July 5, the European Parliament endorsed a legislative resolution for the provisional implementation of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union (EU) and Cuba, signed on December 12, 2016; which ... read more