Viewing from June 2015

Photo: Roberto Chile

Elián González: “The youth aren’t the future, they’re the present”

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 30 June 2015

15 years ago this week, Elián González returned to Cuba The return of little Elián González to the homeland 15 years ago, represented a victory for the Cuban people and their Battle of Ideas. The Granma spoke to the young Elián, industrial engineering student at the Camilo Cienfuegos University of Matanzas. THE ... read more

U.S. and Cuba Reach an Agreement to Reopen Embassies, Officials Say

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 30 June 2015

WASHINGTON — The United States and Cuba will announce an agreement on Wednesday to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, formally restoring diplomatic relations more than a half-century after they were ruptured, according to administration officials. The agreement represents the most tangible outcome to date of President Obama’s decision to reach ... read more

WHO validates elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis in Cuba

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 30 June 2015

WHO News Release: 30 JUNE 2015 ¦ GENEVA ¦ WASHINGTON - Cuba today became the first country in the world to receive validation from WHO that it has eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. “Eliminating transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible,” said Dr ... read more

“In Cuba, We’re Not a Bit Afraid”

News from Cuba | Monday, 29 June 2015

In an interview with L'Humanité, Ulises Guilarte De Nacimiento, General Secretary of the CTC declares, “We’re Not a Bit Afraid” Ulises Guilarte De Nacimiento, CTC General Secretary, aged 50, started working in 1987 as a building engineer: a union activist, he became secretary of the Building branch, was then elected general ... read more

The Five on Robben Island: A tribute to Mandela

News from Cuba | Friday, 26 June 2015

Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio, Fernando and René visited the island where Mandela was imprisoned and paid tribute to his example of the triumph of human spirit over adversity ROBBEN ISLAND, South Africa.—A sign in English and Afrikaans announces arrival on Robben Island, situated off the coast of Cape Town, a site which ... read more

Solidarity from Cuba for Ecuadoran brothers and sisters

News from Cuba | Thursday, 25 June 2015

Cubans support Ecuador’s Citizens’ Revolution, free from foreign interference Cubans support Ecuador’s Citizens’ Revolution, as demonstrated in a ceremony held in a central avenue of Havana, in front of the monument to General Eloy Alfaro, former president of this South American nation. Before a large group of intellectuals, Ecuadorans resident in Cuba, ... read more

Cuban Cholera Vaccine in Second Phase of Clinical Study

News from Cuba | Thursday, 25 June 2015

Havana, 25 June (Prensa Latina) - A Cuban cholera vaccine is in phase 2 of clinical development, Rafael Fando said today, from the National Scientific Research Centre (CNIC). "The results of clinical tests have been good," the head of the Department of Infectious Diseases of CNIC told Prensa Latina during an ... read more

Cat Smith MP

New All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Cuba

Campaign News | Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Cat Smith MP elected new Chair of the APPG Parliamentarians have come together to reconvene a new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Cuba . The Group met in June and elected a new Chair, Cat Smith MP (pictured), as well as Vice-Chairs from across the political spectrum - Baroness Hooper, Lord Kilclooney, ... read more

Cuban Ambassador speaks at UNISON NDC 2015

Campaign News | Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Over one hundred and sixty delegates attended one of the biggest fringe meetings of the 2015 UNISON National Delegate Conference in Glasgow to learn about the current situation in Cuba and why solidarity is now more important than ever. H. E. Teresita Vicente, Cuban Ambassador, spoke on how solidarity helped make ... read more

Cuban economy meets expectations for first half of 2015

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 23 June 2015

The Council of Ministers, chaired by President Raúl Castro Ruz, met June 19, to evaluate the economy’s performance during the first months of 2015, and discuss projections for the rest of the year The country’s Gross Domestic Product grew slightly more than 4% in the first half of 2015, according to ... read more

Miami Five visit South Africa

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 23 June 2015

The Miami Five arrived in South Africa on Sunday 21 June to begin a two week tour of the country, plus visit Namibia and Angola. Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez were greeted at the airport by the general secretary of the ruling African National Congress ... read more

South Africa welcomes the Miami Five

News from Cuba | Sunday, 21 June 2015

Revolutionary Cuba has a long history of support and solidarity with South Africa South Africa welcomes to its shores the five Cuban National Heroes, namely, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramón Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and René Gonzalez, who are visiting the country from 21 June to 03 July 2015. They have become ... read more

Steve Gillan, POA General Secretary, H. E. Teresita Vicente, Cuban Ambassador, John McDonnell MP, Peter Pinkney, RMT President & Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary

Hundreds join 13th Annual Trade Union event of solidarity with Cuba

Campaign News | Thursday, 18 June 2015

Huge Cuban flags and a ‘Never on our Knees’ RMT blimp flew high over the London sky at Maritime House, the RMT south London HQ for the 13th Annual RMT Cuba Garden Party. Over 600 guests joined the event – a highlight in the trade union and labour movement calendar ... read more

The Americans studying medicine in Cuba

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Mashable speak to an American student at ELAM (Latin American School of Medicine) HAVANA, Cuba — After Hurricane Katrina devastated parts of Louisiana and Mississippi in August 2005, Cuba offered a cadre of doctors and medical supplies to help treat injured and displaced Americans. Cuba is renowned around the world for ... read more

Planning for tomorrow - Annual General Meeting agrees future work plan

Campaign News | Monday, 15 June 2015

Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers delivered a keynote speech at the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign which took place at the union’s national headquarters on 13 June 2015. She gave statistic after statistic illustrating the achievements made in Cuba in providing first ... read more

Statement from the Revolutionary Government of Cuba on situation in Ecuador

News from Cuba | Monday, 15 June 2015

Since this past June 8, the government of Ecuador, led by President Rafael Correa Delgado, has faced, in several cities, acts of violence and calls for the overthrowal of the Citizens’ Revolution government. Oligarchic groups, supported by the media, Internet social networks, and the transnational press are attempting to discredit the ... read more

US Allocates 'Democracy Funds' for Cuba

News from Cuba | Saturday, 13 June 2015

Despite claiming to be taking steps to normalise relations with Cuba, the U.S. has allocated funding for the NED. The US Committee on Appropriations approved on Friday US$30 million for “programmes to promote democracy and strengthen civil society in Cuba, of which not less than US$8,000,000 shall be for NED,” as ... read more

CELAC-EU Condemn Blockade of Cuba and Support Colombian Peace Talks

News from Cuba | Thursday, 11 June 2015

Rejection of the US blockade against Cuba among the main topics of the talks Rejection to the US blockade against Cuba and support to dialogue in Colombia were among the main topic in the inaugural address of the Summit of the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the ... read more

Posada Carriles, accused of masterminding terrorist attacks against Cuba, is free in the US

Declassified document says Posada Carriles likely planned 1976 bombing of Cuban plane

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 9 June 2015

“We have now pursued in detail with CIA (1) what we know about responsibility for the sabotage of the Cubana airliner and (2) how any actions by CIA, FBI, or Defense attache´s might relate to the individuals or groups alleged to have responsibility,” states the report. The memorandum concludes that ... read more

Who are our delegates?

News from Cuba | Monday, 8 June 2015

Data from the National Electoral Commission on the delegates elected to Municipal Assemblies of Peoples Power It is always important to know about the composition of delegates to Municipal Assemblies of Peoples Power elected every two and a half years, according to law, and although it is not always possible to ... read more

We are a family

News from Cuba | Friday, 5 June 2015

Carlos Ricardo Pérez Díaz, director of the Cuban medical brigade – currently working in Atacama, Chile, speaks to Granma International Carlos Ricardo Pérez Díaz, director of the Cuban medical brigade – part of the Henry Reeve Contingent specializing in natural disasters and large-scale epidemics – currently working in Atacama, Chile, agreed ... read more

Raúl: What we do must be constantly subjected to constructive criticism by all

News from Cuba | Thursday, 4 June 2015

President Raúl Castro Ruz reiterated the importance of carefully discussing every measure and analysing all that has been done to date, to determine the small scale errors committed and correct them During a May 29 Council of Ministers meeting, President Raúl Castro Ruz reiterated the importance of carefully discussing every measure ... read more

Tom Wilner: Obama has the authority to return Guantánamo to Cuba

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Tom Wilner, one of the most well-known lawyers in Washington, addresses the legal issues surrounding the naval base and prison, which have become a symbol of U.S. disdain for the rule of law Washington. — He is one of the most famous attorneys in Washington and perhaps the only one to ... read more