Viewing from January 2005

Cuba, China sign oil production contract

Campaign News | Monday, 31 January 2005

Joint venture to explore for depositsHavana 31 Jan. -Cuba signed a production contract with China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., or SINOPEC, to work in areas around the island believed to contain oil deposits, the government announced Monday.The agreement was reached in an early Sunday meeting attended by Li Lianfu, China's ... read more

Cuba has been measles free for 11 years

Campaign News | Saturday, 29 January 2005

No related deaths in two decadesHavana, Jan 28 - Cuba has registered no measles cases in eleven years and no related deaths in the last two decades, according to Miguel Galindo, head of the Cuban Public Health Ministry?s National Vaccination Program."This achievement has been the result of increased measles vaccination ... read more

Cuba and Iran: 'Outposts of tyranny' band together

Campaign News | Sunday, 23 January 2005

Bilateral agreement includes 20 million Euro loanHAVANA Jan. 22 - Branded as "outposts of tyranny" by the Bush regime, Cuba and Iran have decided to step up bilateral cooperation in banking, farming and biotechnology."We have confirmed the potential that exists and, beyond that, the will and the determination of both ... read more

Cuba to ban smoking in public places

Campaign News | Thursday, 20 January 2005

New lawe takes effect on February 6HAVANA Jan 20 - Cuba may be world famous for its tobacco but the government - led by ex-smoker Fidel Castro - has decided to ban smoking in public places starting next month.The ban will take place February 6, just one part of a ... read more


Campaign News | Thursday, 20 January 2005

Cuba calls on the United States to stop the torture of prisoners in GuantánamoSTATEMENT FROM THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRSOn January 19, 2005, reflecting the indignation of our people at the atrocities committed on prisoners held at the US Naval Base in Guantánamo, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented the ... read more

Bush caves in on baseball classic

Campaign News | Thursday, 20 January 2005

Cuba will play and donate earnings to Hurricane Katrina victimsNEW YORK Jan 20, 2006 - Cuba will be allowed to play in the World Baseball Classic, after all.The Bush administration caved in to international pressure nd issued a license Friday allowing the Cubans to participate in the 16-team tournament.Baseball's first ... read more

Bush keeps ban on US-Cuba land suits

Campaign News | Friday, 14 January 2005

Despite advice of some officals Bush maintains waiver on controversial lawWASHINGTON - Despite pressure not to do so from some of his officials, President Bush notified Congress on Friday 14 that he would maintain a ban on lawsuits by US citizens whose property was allegedly taken by the Cuban revolution.Bush ... read more

Post election fallout suggest an escalation of US hostility

Campaign News | Friday, 14 January 2005

Cuban TV discusses the changes in WashingtonHavana, Jan 11 - With representatives of the Cuban counterrevolution well placed in the US Congress and government, it appears that the Bush regime's holstility towards the island will continue on the rise.Panelists on Cuban television's “Round Table” political discussion programme on January 11 ... read more

Anti-cholera vaccine project is advancing

Campaign News | Thursday, 13 January 2005

Cuban scinece appraoches breakthroughHUMANITY is approaching the achievement of an anti-cholera vaccine thanks to a promising Cuban project, the scientific media has announced in Havana.Carlos Gutiérrez, director of the National Scientific Research center (CENIC), confirmed that the experimental phase prior to clinical trials of the serum was recently concluded in ... read more

Cuba renews formal ties with all of the EU

Campaign News | Tuesday, 11 January 2005

Victory for Cuban diplomacyHAVANA January 11 - Cuba said on Monday that it was resuming formal ties with all of Europe, ending a deep freeze in relations.Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque told journalists that official contacts had resumed with the Havana-based ambassadors of the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and the ... read more

Pope condemns US blockade

Campaign News | Saturday, 8 January 2005

Cuba needs space to develop, he saysVATICAN CITY 8 Jan - Pope John Paul II has repeated his condemnation of the US economic blockade against Cuba, saying the island nation needed proper conditions for its development.The Pope, who has spoken out against the embargo in the past, made his comments ... read more

Journalist who investigated CIA and Cuban exiles found dead

Campaign News | Saturday, 8 January 2005

Gary Webb, who revealed CIA drug trafficking, shot twice in faceBY JEAN-GUY ALLARD-Special for Granma International-LIKE no other journalist before him, he exposed the CIA’s evil schemes in the drug world and revealed to the US public how the country’s black neighborhoods were inundated with crack as part of drug ... read more

Russian-Cuban child genius, aged 11, invents 3D TV

Campaign News | Saturday, 8 January 2005

Plus a refrigerator that doesn't need electricityA Russian-Cuban child aged 11 has astounded Russia’s scientific community with various revolutionary inventions like a 3-D image television and a refrigerator that doesn’t need electricity.Ernesto Yevgueni Sánchez Shaida, the son of a Russian mother and Cuban father and resident in the Siberian region ... read more

Cuba tourism increases 8pc

Campaign News | Friday, 7 January 2005

Canadians top list of visitorsHAVANA Jan 6 - Tourism to Cuba increased eight per cent in 2004 compared to 2003, with Canadians topping the list of visitors, followed by Europeans primarily from Italy, France, Germany and Spain.The rise occurred despite new U.S. restrictions sharply cutting back on how many Americans ... read more

Cuba has Latin America's lowest infant mortality rate

Campaign News | Wednesday, 5 January 2005

Fewer than six deaths per thousand is island's recordHAVANA, Jan 3 - Cuba's infant mortality rate has fallen to less than six deaths per thousand babies born, the lowest in Latin America, according to government figures.The figure of 5.8 deaths per thousand contrasts with the 37.3 per thousand infant deaths ... read more

Foreign exchange control tightened after oil discovery

Campaign News | Saturday, 1 January 2005

Havana prepares for economic boomHAVANA, Dec 31 - Cuba yesterday made a surprise move to tighten the government's grip on hard currency, on the heels of an oil find that breathes new life into the economy.The government said in a statement that from January 1, all revenues from state-run businesses ... read more