Viewing from January 2007

World teaching conference under way in Havana

Campaign News | Wednesday, 31 January 2007

International educators debate in CubaHavana, Jan 30 (Prensa Latina) Three forums and 18 symposiums are part of the many scientific and informational activities in which more than 5,500 delegates are discussing educational problems of significance, at the 2007 International Pedagogue Congress taking place in Havana.Among the symposiums are "Education of ... read more

Cubans 'don't want capitalism,' study concludes

Campaign News | Saturday, 27 January 2007

UK academic conducts 100 interviews with ordinary Cubans and finds no desire for capitalism or US style electionsCuba Overheard Angilee ShahAsiaMedia Managing EditorCubans don't want capitalism and private property. At most they're looking for job security.America's got it all wrong on Cuba, says University of Southampton professor of Latin American ... read more

Exclusive: Mayor of London on his visit to Cuba (Inglés y espanol)

Campaign News | Saturday, 27 January 2007

Why I went to Cuba and my thoughts on Fidel CastroExclusive interview with Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London(Version en espanol abajo)Why I went to Cuba and my thoughts on Fidel CastroIn an exclusive interview with CubaSí magazine, Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, explains why he went to Cuba in November ... read more

Legislation to relax blockade introduced

Campaign News | Friday, 26 January 2007

Democrat-controlled Congress moves to relax travel banLegislation to chip away at the Bush administration's hard-line Cuba policy is in the works in the House, where Republicans and Democrats are planning a variety of measures aimed at easing the U.S. policy on Cuba.The first bill, which would lift the ban on ... read more

Bush administration rules out any easing of blockade

Campaign News | Thursday, 25 January 2007

Cuban born commerce secretary keeps up hard lineWASHINGTON, USA: US Commerce Secretary, Carlos Gutierrez, has ruled out any easing of the US trade and travel embargo on Cuba until after all remnants of the Fidel Castro regime are removed from power.Gutierrez, who came to the US in 1960 as his ... read more

Venezuela gives Cuba satellite access

Campaign News | Thursday, 25 January 2007

Accord signed between Chavez and Carlos LageCARACAS, Venezuela: Venezuela will grant Cuba access to the South American nation's first-ever satellite, due to be launched in September, as ties between the states deepen and the health of Cuban President Fidel Castro grows more uncertain.Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Cuban Vice-President Carlos ... read more

Posada Carriles pleads not-guilty

Campaign News | Tuesday, 23 January 2007

Faces charges of lying under oathAnti-Castro terrorist Luis Posada Carriles pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he lied to federal investigators in a bid to become a U.S. citizen.Posada Carriles, 78, an anti-Castro militant who is awaiting deportation, was indicted Jan. 11 on charges that he lied about paying ... read more

Few nations follow US in condemning Cuba

Campaign News | Monday, 22 January 2007

Bush administration plans to get more international condemnation of Cuba is failingPublished in the Miami HeraldWASHINGTON - Shortly after an ailing Fidel Castro handed power to his brother Raúl last summer, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called her Spanish counterpart, Miguel Angel Moratinos.With Havana seemingly on the edge of change, ... read more

British MPs call for closure of Guantanamo Bay

Campaign News | Saturday, 20 January 2007

Conditions in US prison camp 'threaten to undermine Geneva Convention'British MPs have called for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay terror prison "as soon as possible" after a recent visit.Members of the foreign affairs select committee visited the high-security prison in Cuba last September, the first members of a non-US ... read more

US lobby groups issue 'top ten reasons' for ending blockade

Campaign News | Wednesday, 17 January 2007

Altering course is in the national interest, says coalitionWashington, DC. Jan. 16: The Center for Democracy in the Americas, joined by U.S.A. Engage, today released In Our National Interest: The Top Ten Reasons for Changing U.S. policy toward Cuba.“This top ten list is a powerful reminder to Congress and all ... read more

Ecuador's Correa heralds ties with Cuba

Campaign News | Tuesday, 16 January 2007

We will buy Cuban medicines and expertise, says President-electQuito, Jan 15 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President-elect Rafael Correa has augured a strengthening of the bilateral relations and collaboration with Cuba after meeting with the island s Vice President Carlos Lage.Sunday, in declarations to Cuban journalists, Correa said his nation will import ... read more

London Evening Standard prints letter on Miami Five

Campaign News | Thursday, 11 January 2007

Evening paper wrongly labelled Cuban heroes as 'terrorists'Following protests from Cuba Solidarity supporters in London and elsewhere, the London Evening Standard newspaper published this letter from CSC director Rob Miller on 9th January.Support the Miami FiveI want to congratulate the Evening Standard and Ken Livingstone on bringing the plight of ... read more

In Norway, does US or Norwegian law prevail?

Campaign News | Thursday, 11 January 2007

Unions protest at ban on Cubans staying at hotelsA delegation from Cuba’s Tourism Ministry planning to be in Norway for the annual Lillestroem Tourism Fair on Jan. 11-13 learned in December that its 14 members weren’t welcome at the Edderkoppen Hotel in Olso where previous Cuban delegations had stayed.Geir Lundkvist, ... read more

Another US government theft of Cuban funds

Campaign News | Wednesday, 10 January 2007

Statement from the Ministry of Foreign AffairsTHE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has learned that on November 27 in the United States, Cuban funds were stolen for the fourth time from money illegally frozen in U.S. banks after the triumph of the Revolution, under the so-called “Regulations for the Control of ... read more

Memorial to Hemingway in Cuba, despite the U.S. government

Campaign News | Tuesday, 9 January 2007

Blockade is stopping donations from the US to restore Nobel winner's houseCuba has invested more than $200,000 to restore the Havana house where the US writer Ernest Hemingway lived, while the United States has refused to support the work.Various international news agencies highlighted the issue when they covered the visit ... read more

US peace activists in Cuba protest against blockade

Campaign News | Monday, 8 January 2007

Peace campaigner Cindy Sheehan hopes the new U.S. congressional leadership will mean an easing of the long-enforced sanctions against CubaHAVANA - Peace activists visiting Cuba to protest the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay expressed hope Sunday that the new Democratic congressional leadership will help ease long-standing U.S. trade and ... read more

Cuba reaches 50% self sufficiency in oil

Campaign News | Friday, 5 January 2007

Exploration for more wells continuesCuba reached its target of 3.9 million tons of oil and gas in 2006, while foreign companies in association with the local Cubapetroleo, CUPET, corporation continue exploration in 30 other wells, reported Havana authorities.The volume represents 50% of domestic consumption and seven times oil and gas ... read more

Cuba reports lowest infant mortality rate ever

Campaign News | Thursday, 4 January 2007

New record at 5.3 deaths per 1000 live birthsHAVANA, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Cuba's 2006 infant morality dropped to 5.3 per 1,000 live births, the lowest in the nation's history and only after Canada in the America, the Public Health Ministry said on Wednesday.Cuba is among the world's top 30 ... read more

Cultural gala marks 48th anniversary of the revolution

Campaign News | Wednesday, 3 January 2007

Huge party across the whole islandIn a big party across the entire island, the Cuban people and the main dance music groups of the country celebrated another anniversary of the victory of the Cuban Revolution. Rock, pop, reggaeton, son, salsa and trova delighted party-goers of all ages.A great dance fiesta ... read more

Cuba condemns execution of Saddam as 'illegal'

Campaign News | Tuesday, 2 January 2007

Statement deeply rejects hangingHavana, Jan 1 (Prensa Latina) Cuba described as politically absurd the Saturday execution of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who had been sentenced to death by a court established after the US military occupation.It is politically absurd, an illegal act in a country that has been led to ... read more

European Petition to Free the Miami Five launched

Campaign News | Tuesday, 2 January 2007

Appeal for signaturesThe Free the Miami Five Campaign has announced the launch of a Europe-wide petition in support of the Miami Five.For the past 8 years, the Miami Five have been unjustly held in US prisons. Their plight is, however, almost unknown within the U.S.A. As the role of the ... read more