Viewing from August 2005

Fidel Castro rebuts Rumsfeld on Cuba and Venezuela

Campaign News | Sunday, 28 August 2005

It is neoliberalism that is causing discontent, says Cuban leaderHavana, Aug 27 Cuban President Fidel Castro has strongly rejected declarations by US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld who brazenly accuses Cuba and Venezuela of destabilizing Latin America.Speaking on Cuban TV's Round Table discussion programme on Friday, the leader of the Cuban ... read more

Cuba is most cost effective holiday destination, says Marks and Spencer

Campaign News | Sunday, 28 August 2005

Up to three times less expensive than SpainLondon, 27 August: Cuba is the place where holiday currency goes the furthest, according to a new report from Marks & Spencer Travel Money.M&S Travel Money’s Ice Cream Index reveals the bargain holiday destinations for travellers who want to make their money work ... read more

Cuba condemns trafficking of persons and holds the United States accountable for the deaths of 31 migrants

Campaign News | Saturday, 27 August 2005

Official note from the Cuban Foreign Ministry 25 August 2005DURING the early morning hours of Sunday, August 21, 2005, two women and a man were rescued in waters approximately 48 kilometers north of the coast of Matanzas province by a merchant ship flying Antigua and Barbuda colors and headed toward ... read more

The US government requests more time to make decision on the five

Campaign News | Friday, 26 August 2005

Email the US Justice department today and demand their release: askdoj@usdoj.govTaken from AIN (Cuban News Agency)August 25, 2005The office of the Miami District Attorney, representing the United States government, has requested 30 additional days (through September 29) to decide whether or not to appeal the ruling of the Atlanta Eleventh ... read more

Venezuela, Cuba offer free health care to 6m Latin American and Caribbean citizens

Campaign News | Thursday, 25 August 2005

From the Jamaica Observer newspaperMONTEGO Bay, August 26 - Venezuela and Cuba have committed to providing free health care to an estimated 6 million Latin American and Caribbean citizens over the next 20 years.Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez told reporters here Tuesday night that he and Cuban president Fidel Castro signed ... read more

Daily Telegraph UK: Venezuela vows to help Castro repel US 'lord of war'

Campaign News | Tuesday, 23 August 2005

Conservative daily reports on Chavez speech in HavanaBy Francis Harris in Washington(Filed: 23/08/2005) Hugo Chavez of Venezuela has launched a blistering tirade against the United States, describing President George W Bush as the "lord of war".Mr Chavez also pledged to send troops to the aid of President Fidel Castro if ... read more

Cuba and Panama restore relations

Campaign News | Monday, 22 August 2005

Rift over Posada case is mendedHavana, August 20: Cuba and Panama have restored diplomatic ties a year after they were broken off when Panama's former president pardoned four Cuban exiles.The men had been accused of attempting to assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro five years ago.They included Luis Posada Carriles, branded ... read more

Campaign to free seized Cuba aid hits the road

Campaign News | Sunday, 21 August 2005

The fight for computers for Cuban children goes onAug 20, 2005: In another sign of a “perfect storm” of support brewing for Cuba, the group Pastors for Peace announced that it is taking its struggle to win the release of humanitarian aid for Cuba on the road.Last month, on July ... read more

Paraguayan president defends relations with Cuba and Venezuela to Rumsfeld

Campaign News | Friday, 19 August 2005

Duarte praises Cuban aidASUNCION - Nicanor Duarte, president of Paraguay, has defended the relations of his government with Cuba and Venezuela to Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. defense secretary, according to Paraguayan Defense Minister Roberto González.A communiqué read out by González and circulated by EFE, affirms that Duarte highlighted to Rumsfeld the ... read more

Cuba's Menendez talks about her Javelin victory

Campaign News | Monday, 15 August 2005

Interview with world champion and record holder as Cuba finishes fourth in medals tableMenendez’s World record in her own wordsSunday 14 August 2005Helsinki, Finland - This evening we witnessed simply the greatest ever competition since the new specification women’s Javelin came into use on 1 January 1999 (first World record ... read more

Message from the families of the Cuban Five

Campaign News | Saturday, 13 August 2005

Thanks to the solidarity movementHavana August 13: On behalf of the Cuban Five unjustly imprisoned in the United States, and on behalf of all of their family members, we wish to share with all our friends in the solidarity movement the happiness we feel upon receiving the verdict of the ... read more

Five Lawyer: 'The greatest moment of my life'

Campaign News | Friday, 12 August 2005

Radio Havana Cuba Interview with Paul McKenna, Gerardo Hernandez’s lawyer10th August 2005Paul McKenna, who was born in Chicago in 1955, is the state appointed lawyer for Cuban Gerardo Hernandez. McKenna, who has been practicing law for nearly 25 years, is a partner in the Miami law firm McKenna and ObrantGerardo ... read more

Buena Vista singer Ferrer dies

Campaign News | Sunday, 7 August 2005

Veteran sonero passes away in HavanaHAVANA 7 August: Ibrahim Ferrer, a leading voice with the hugely popular Buena Vista Social Club of vintage Cuban performers, died Saturday, his representative in Cuba said. He was 78.The Montuno production company did not give a cause of death, but Ferrer's colleagues said he ... read more

Journalist Jim DeFede: A victim of the Miami mafia?

Campaign News | Friday, 5 August 2005

Colleagues rally round sacked Mimai Herald columnistBY GABRIEL MOLINA of Granma InternationalMORE than 500 journalists have added their names to an open letter sent by Peter Wallsten of the Los Angeles Times and Charlie Savage of the Boston Globe in defense of Jim DeFede, a Miami Herald columnist who was ... read more

From the Guardian UK: We owe it all to Castro

Campaign News | Wednesday, 3 August 2005

Cuba's Ballet Nacional in BritainCuba's dancers are a breed apart - thanks to an unlikely alliance of el Presidente and the ballet diva known as 'the Mother'. Judith Mackrell reports from HavanaWednesday August 3, 2005The GuardianFor British dance fans, the exoticism of Cuban ballet has long been embodied in the ... read more