Viewing from July 2007

US residents defy Cuban travel ban

Campaign News | Monday, 30 July 2007

By Cameron French (Reuters)American protesters walked across the border from Canada on Saturday after a visit to Cuba that violated a U.S. travel ban, in the spotlight after Michael Moore's film on health care in both countries.About 60 members of pro-Cuba group Venceremos Brigade walked the Peace Bridge border crossing ... read more

Cuba-trained US doctors graduate

Campaign News | Thursday, 26 July 2007

Rory Carroll, Latin America correspondent (live footage link below)Eight American students have graduated from a Cuban medical school after six years of free tuition, giving a fresh boost to the reputation of the communist government's health care system.The first class of US graduates from the Latin American School of Medicine, ... read more

Barclays bank and the US vendetta

Campaign News | Tuesday, 24 July 2007

CSC Director, Rob Miller wonders who's running Britain's policy agenda - the Cuba-hating United States or No10?FIRST, Hilton Hotel ordered its hotels to ban Cubans. Now, Barclays Bank has announced that it too is acting to comply with US legislation against the socialist state.It was reported in April that the ... read more

Members of European Parliament Denied Permission to Visit Cuban Five

Campaign News | Monday, 23 July 2007

Havana, July 23 (acn) US authorities rejected a petition by members of the European Parliament to visit five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters who remain unjustly imprisoned in the United States. The announcement was made by Willy Meyer, a member of the European Parliament representing Izquierda Unida (United Left), who described the decision ... read more

Cuba Adds More Doctors to the World

Campaign News | Sunday, 22 July 2007

Havana, Jul 22 (Prensa Latina)A total of 8,884 new health professionals, from dozens of countries and Cuba, will graduate in the coming days from universities in the Island.This new graduation includes more than 4,000 doctors, 2,470 of which are Cuban, who got their degrees in different specialties, as medicine, stomatology, ... read more

Washington Bans Medicine Exports to Havana's Hospital

Campaign News | Saturday, 21 July 2007

Havana, Sept 21 (acn) United States' Treasury Department has banned the export of medicines or devices made by US companies to Havana's William Soler Pediatric Hospital, opened 21 years ago by Fidel Castro primarily to treat children with congenital heart malformations.The first sign of the recently stepped up measure to ... read more

Cuban wives fight US jail visit ban

Campaign News | Thursday, 19 July 2007

By Michael Voss, BBC News, HavanaTwo Cuban women, whose husbands are serving long sentences in the United States for conspiracy to commit espionage, are campaigning to be allowed to visit them in jail.It is not that the Cuban authorities are refusing them permission to travel but that for some 10 ... read more

International banks shun Cuba under U.S. scrutiny

Campaign News | Thursday, 19 July 2007

HAVANA (Reuters) - Heightened scrutiny of banking transactions by the United States since the September 11 attacks has led European and Canadian banks to curtail dealings with Cuba, bankers and businesses say.Cuba ceased exporting armed revolution to Latin America two decades ago, but Washington still lists Communist Cuba as a ... read more

Barriers to change

Campaign News | Wednesday, 18 July 2007

America's inane policy toward Cuba and Britain's opposition to lifting sanctions imposed against it will only hold back reform.By Wayne S Smith, former Head of US Interests Section in CubaWriting in the Guardian last year, I described the utterly counterproductive nature of US policy toward Cuba and expressed the hope ... read more

Pastors for Peace Cuba Caravan Detained by Homeland Security

Campaign News | Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Officers currently searching vehicles, 'detaining' computers126 U.S. Citizens and International Activists Challenging Immoral US Blockade of CubaThe 18th Pastors for Peace caravan to Cuba approached the Pharr International Bridge at the Texas/Mexico border this morning at 6:30am.They found that the International Bridge was blocked off by local police.The caravan was ... read more

Cuba Fiesta rocks at London's Rise Festival

Campaign News | Monday, 16 July 2007

Thousands brave rain for Latin American solidarity partyTHOUSANDS of festival-goers swayed to Cuban salsa, hip hop and reggaeton at the Mayor of London's anti-racism festival.Rise: London United is in its seventh year, and an estimated 80,000 revellers flocked to the free event, which was held in Finsbury Park on SUnday ... read more

Cuba sets date for municipal vote

Campaign News | Wednesday, 11 July 2007

By Michael Voss, BBC News, HavanaRaul Castro has been in charge for nearly a yearCuba's acting President, Raul Castro, has announced that municipal elections will be held on 21 October.This marks the start of an electoral process which could clarify early next year whether his brother Fidel Castro will resume ... read more

Banks protest to SEC over terrorism list

Campaign News | Tuesday, 10 July 2007

By Jeremy Grant in WashingtonA group of big international banks has called on the US Securities and Exchange Commission to remove from its website a link displaying the names of companies and financial institutions doing business in countries designated “state sponsors of terrorism”.The development is a sign of continuing unease ... read more

BBC interview Miami Five - Gerardo Hernández

Campaign News | Monday, 9 July 2007

BBC World ServiceBBC interview with Gerardo Hernández, one of the Cuban FiveListen to interview in full here: of interview with Gerardo HernándezWell next month, a court in Florida is going to hear an appeal in a case that sums up much about the relationship between the United States and Cuba. ... read more

Cuba:the square peg

Campaign News | Friday, 6 July 2007

Despite its best efforts, the US cannot make Cuba fit its round-hole definition of a terrorist Wayne S.Smith, former US Diplomat in HavanaThe cold war is long since over. There are no longer any Soviet troops or bases of any kind in Cuba. Cuba has scaled back its own ... read more

UN official: Cuba has solved its energy crisis without sacrificing its environment

Campaign News | Thursday, 5 July 2007

By: WILL WEISSERT - Associated Press WriterHAVANA -- Cuba has solved crippling energy shortages that plagued the island as recently as 2004 without sacrificing a long-term commitment to promoting environmentally friendly fuels, the head of the U.N. Environment Program said Wednesday.The electric grid still relies too heavily on wasteful gas-flare ... read more

Prejudice in Cuba 'still a big problem'

Campaign News | Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Morning Star report from LGBT TUC conferenceThere are still significant challenges facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Cuba, leading gay Cuban activist Dr Alberto Roque has told delegates to the LGBT conference.Dr Roque, who works for the Cuban sexual diversity project CENESEX, said that, while it is ... read more

Emergency Public Meeting: No more Pinochets in Latin America - Defend Democracy in Honduras

Campaign News | Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Emergency Public Meeting supported by Cuba Solidarity CampaignWednesday 8 July, 7pmDiscus Room, Transport House, Unite the Union Building, 128 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8TN (Nearest tube: Holborn)Speakers to include:Samuel Moncada, Venezuelan AmbassadorMaria Beatriz Souviron, Bolivian AmbassadorColin Burgon MPSteve Hart, Unite the Union, London and Eastern Region SecretaryFrancisco DominguezMore to be ... read more

Castro blasts CIA over spy papers

Campaign News | Sunday, 1 July 2007

Cuban President Fidel Castro has said recent CIA admissions of illicit Cold War activities disguise the fact the US is using such "brutal" tactics today.Last week the CIA published documents called the "Family Jewels", revealing spy plots and assassination attempts.The documents included plans to use Mafia help to kill Fidel ... read more