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Interview with Cuban Five attorney Richard Klugh

Campaign News | Thursday, 29 January 2009

Latest news on the legal status of the case and Supreme Court petitionThe following interview with Richard Klugh is an important update for all supporters of the Cuban Five. It includes the latest information on the upcoming Defense petition that will be filed before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well ... read more

The seeds of Latin America's rebirth were sown in Cuba

Campaign News | Thursday, 29 January 2009

There was one region that saw the bankruptcy of neoliberalism - and now the rest of the world is having to catch up, Seumas Milne writes in the GuardianOn 9 October 1967, Che Guevara faced a shaking sergeant Mario Teran, ordered to murder him by the Bolivian president and CIA, ... read more

UK unions send fraternal messages to mark CTC 70th anniversary year

Campaign News | Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Cuban Workers Central celebrates 70 yearsFor Cuba’s 3.3 million trade union members, 2009 is a doubly important year. It marks not only the 50th anniversary of the Revolution but the 70th anniversary of the foundation of their national trade union federation the Central Trabajadores de Cuba (CTC - Cuban Workers ... read more

Cuban Ambassador sends thanks for 50th anniversary messages

Campaign News | Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Hundreds sign anniversary card to the Cuban people - add your name todayOn 12 January CSC received a letter from the Cuban Ambassador to the UK, Rene Mujica Cantelar thanking the Campaign and everyone who has signed the 50th anniversary message board for their support.The text of the card is ... read more

More than 1.38 million free eye operations performed

Campaign News | Tuesday, 27 January 2009

More than Eleven Thousand Venezuelans recovered vision in JanuarySome 11,700 people in Venezuela recovered their vision in January, after being operated on thanks to Operation Miracle, a project boosted by that nation and Cuba, aimed at helping people of scant economic resources to recover their sight.The international coordinator of this ... read more

Lliteracy method praised at education congress

Campaign News | Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Participants at the Pedagogía 2009 International Education Congress, running from January 26th till the 30th at Havana’s Convention Center, praised the favourable results the Cuban literacy method “Yes I can” has had wherever implemented.The teaching method, used in some 30 countries, with over 3 million being taught by it, was ... read more

Castros have warm words for Obama

Campaign News | Thursday, 22 January 2009

From AFPCuba's former leader Fidel Castro and his brother, President Raul Castro, had warm words for newly sworn-in US President Barack Obama on Wednesday, in sharp contrast with decades of anti-US rhetoric.Visiting Argentine President Cristina Kirchner conveyed Fidel Castro's words after she met with the convalescing 82 year-old.Fidel Castro "told ... read more

Cuba to insist on Guantanamo base closure

Campaign News | Thursday, 22 January 2009

From the Itar - Tass News agencyCuba to insist on Guantanamo base closure - Raul CastroCuba strengthens its demand to liquidate the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay Cuban leader Raul Castro said in an exclusive interview with Itar-Tass on Thursday.“We will begin more determinedly to insist on the base’s ... read more

Castro Meets with UNESCO General Secretary

Campaign News | Tuesday, 20 January 2009

From the Cuban News AgencyKoichiro Matsuura, General Secretary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) met with Cuban President Raul Castro in Havana this week.Raul and the distinguished visitor agreed to continue strengthening cooperation relations between the Caribbean nation and the UN body in charge of promoting ... read more

Argentinan President on official visit to Cuba

Campaign News | Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Cuban President Raul Castro today headed the official welcoming ceremony for Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who is paying an official visit to Cuba.Present at the ceremony were the delegation accompanying the Argentinean President, which includes Foreign Minister Jorte Taiana, Federal Planning Minister Julio D Vilo, Science and Technology ... read more

CSC letter printed in Financial Times

Campaign News | Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Rob Miller replies to Republican Congressman's letter attacking CubaIn response to a letter from Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart in the International Financial Times, CSC Director, Rob Miller had response letter printed on January 13:US increasingly isolated over policy towards CubaSir, Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart's letter (January 9) illustrates precisely why the new Obama ... read more

CARICOM countries benefit from Operation Miracle

Campaign News | Monday, 12 January 2009

With the most recent incorporation of Barbados, all member countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are already benefiting from the Operation Miracle free eye-surgery program developed by Cuba and Venezuela.Last Saturday, a group 28 low-income Barbadians in need of surgeries to recover their sight arrived in Havana, where they will ... read more

Ecuadorian President says visit to Cuba was remarkable

Campaign News | Saturday, 10 January 2009

Ecuador ’s President Rafael Correa described as remarkable his three-day visit to Cuba , during a TV and radio show aired from the Havana-based Latin American School of Medicine ( ELAM ), which he dubbed a symbol of solidarity.The medical school was the scenario for the President’s number 103 TV ... read more

New addresses for the Miami Five as they wait resentencing

News from Cuba | Friday, 9 January 2009

Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González, and Ramón Labañino have now all been relocated to the Federal Detention Center in Miami, Florida, while they await resentencing.They are scheduled to be resentenced individually on October 13th by the judge who presided over their original trial.They are being held in solitary confinement, in the ... read more

Raul: I wasn’t elected to Restore Capitalism in Cuba

News from Cuba | Thursday, 8 January 2009

I wasn’t elected as President to restore capitalism in Cuba or to surrender the Revolution. I was elected to defend, maintain and continue perfecting socialism, not to destroy it, affirmed Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday.While closing the ordinary session of the National Assembly of the People’s Power (Parliament), the ... read more

Cuba: 50 years of revolution

Campaign News | Wednesday, 7 January 2009

By John Haylett, Morning StarAs Cuba commemorates the day 50 years ago when the Caravan of Liberty rolled into Havana, JOHN HAYLETT charts the fall and rise of a historic revolution.CUBA'S capital will extend a tumultuous welcome today to a re-enactment of the 1959 Caravan of Liberty.On this day in ... read more

Members of Congress seek to lift Cuba travel ban

News from Cuba | Sunday, 4 January 2009

From the GuardianUS House representatives to introduce bill that may mark new point in relations with CubaDemocratic and Republican members of Congress will tomorrow join forces in support of a bill to end the decades-old ban on Americans travelling to Cuba, a move that could mark the beginning of a ... read more

Hundreds sign anniversary card to the Cuban people - add your name today

Campaign News | Thursday, 1 January 2009

Harold Pinter, Tony Benn, Dave Prentis among first to signHundreds sign anniversary card to the Cuban peopleNobel Prize winner Harold Pinter has been joined by MPs, Trade Union General Secretaries and hundreds of others in signing the anniversary e-card celebrating 50 years of the Cuban Revolution. The e-card, is ... read more

Cuba marks 50 years of revolution - news and video reports

Campaign News | Thursday, 1 January 2009

Reports from the Cuban News Agency and BBC NewsRaul Castro: The Most Fruitful Fifty Years in Cuban HistoryCuban President Raul Castro described the past fifty years as the most fruitful period in Cuban history.In his closing speech of the central ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the Triumph of the ... read more

Opening to Cuba can give Obama momentum internationally

Campaign News | Thursday, 1 January 2009

by Wayne Smith, Centre for International PolicyFormer head of the US Interests Section in Havana, Wayne Smith, argues that a more sensible approach to Cuba would be one of the quickest and easiest ways for Obama to signal a change in US foreign policy and encourage support for broader foreign ... read more