Viewing from January 2008

Alarcon: Cuba shows stability and harmony

Campaign News | Sunday, 27 January 2008

Cuban Parliament President, Ricardo Alarcon, said his country has shown evidences of stability and institutional harmony, and criticized those who "try not to see the Revolution has a strong popular support".In an interview with Spanish newspaper Publico, Alarcon stressed the Cuban Revolution?s continuity, and said President Fidel Castro "has entered ... read more

Cuba's cruise business sinking under U.S. ban

Campaign News | Wednesday, 23 January 2008

HAVANA, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Cuba's cruise business has been been paralyzed by U.S. sanctions that deter cruise ships from visiting during their tours of the Caribbean, the director of Havana's passenger terminal said on Wednesday.The cigar and rum shop is closed in the deserted $10 million terminal and no ... read more

Cuban Ambassador on Sunday's elections

Campaign News | Sunday, 20 January 2008

As his country votes, Cuban ambassador to Britain RENE MUJICA CANTELAR tackles criticism of its electoral systemby Richard Bagley for the Morning Star, UKTHE contrast couldn't be clearer. As the media circus surrounding this year's United States presidential elections plays to the candidates' multimillion-dollar tune, elections 90 miles away in ... read more

Listen to Miami 5 laywer on the BBC

Campaign News | Saturday, 19 January 2008

LEONARD Weinglass, lead attorney for the Miami 5, appeared on daytime radio in a broadcast heard by aproximately two million people across the UK.The celebrated human rights activist was invited to speak on the Simon Mayo programme aired on Radio 5, on Thursday 17 January.On the show Mr Weinglass called ... read more

Voter turnout expected to top 8 million in Cuba's sunday General Elections

Campaign News | Friday, 18 January 2008

Cuban News AgencyMore than 8.4 million Cubans are expected to participate in the January 20 general elections to elect the delegates to provincial assemblies and the members of the National Assembly (Parliament), said the National Electoral Commission (CEN)PresidentA dynamic test run last Sunday across the island showed that the infrastructure ... read more

Cubans head to polling booths

Campaign News | Wednesday, 16 January 2008

The first stage in Cuba’s electoral process took place last year in what marked the beginning of this year’s presidential election.Elections will eventually decide who sits in the National Assembly, which in turn elects the president.Municipal delegates put their names forward for election last September, and by mid-November 15,236 were ... read more

Lula Da Silva amazed by Fidel Castro's recuperation

Campaign News | Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Tuesday in Havana that his Cuban counterpart Fidel Castro is "as lucid as ever, like in his best moments".Accompanied by First Vice President Raul Castro and speaking withreporters at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport before returningto Brazil on Tuesday night after ... read more

Cuba supporters respond to Times slurs

Campaign News | Sunday, 13 January 2008

ACTIVISTS have taken The Times to task over a viciously anti-Cuban article carried in the Murdoch-owned newspaper.Members of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign’s Press Action Network responded within 24 hours of the article appearing in print.Several responses to the piece written by Oliver Kamm, a Times opinion writer, have already appeared ... read more

A blind eye to terror

Campaign News | Saturday, 12 January 2008

Violent acts committed by Cuban exiles prompted the 'Cuban Five' to travel to the US. Now they are in jail with little hope of release writes Duncan Campbell in the Guadian's Comment is Free websiteFive Cuban men, later to become known as the Cuban Five, were arrested in Miami, Florida ... read more

Guardian interviews Miami Five lawyer

Campaign News | Friday, 11 January 2008

'Society has become more punitive'For 40 years, Leonard Weinglass has been the defence lawyer in some of America's most spectacular trials, representing the Chicago Eight, the kidnappers of Patty Hearst and the man who helped bring down President Nixon. He tells Duncan Campbell why the current case of the Cuban ... read more

Ban on travel to Cuba faces challenge

Campaign News | Friday, 11 January 2008

Civil rights activists and university officials argue that the law is unconstitutional.TAMPA - Noel Smith used to count on traveling to Havana twice a year to develop the University of South Florida's ties with Cuban artists and art institutions.A curator at USF's Institute for Research in Art, her work was ... read more

BBC to interview Miami Five lawyer

Campaign News | Friday, 11 January 2008

The Cuba Solidarity Campaign is delighted to announce that Leonard Weinglass, US Attorney for the Miami Five, will be live on BBC Radio 5 on Thursday 17 January 2008.Weinglass will guest on the Simon Mayo show next Thursday at 2.15pm UK time.Rob Miller, CSC Director said: “The Cuba Solidarity Campaign ... read more

Ex-CIA agent Philip Agee dead in Cuba

Campaign News | Thursday, 10 January 2008

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated PressHAVANA (AP) - Former CIA agent Philip Agee, a critic of U.S. foreign policy who infuriated American intelligence officials by naming purported agency operatives in a 1975 book, has died, state media reported Wednesday. He was 72.Agee quit the CIA in 1969 after 12 years working ... read more

Obituary - Philip Agee

Campaign News | Thursday, 10 January 2008

The man who blew the whistle on the CIA's backing of military dictatorshipsDuncan Campbell, The Guardian'Why did I leave the CIA?" the former agent Philip Agee, who has died aged 72, once asked himself at a public meeting. "I fell in love with a woman who thought Che Guevara was ... read more

Cuba's tobacco crop devastated by 140mph winds

Campaign News | Wednesday, 9 January 2008

By Jerome Taylor for the IndependentAs Hurricane Gustav barrelled towards the United States last night, Cubans emerged from their shelters to discover that the Category 4 storm had spared their lives but laid waste to vast tracts of the island's tobacco industry.Winds of 140mph crashed into the western edge of ... read more

Sunday Herald comment on Lloyds bank and Cuba

Campaign News | Monday, 7 January 2008

Joanna Blythman on US interferenceNo cigar as banks cut off CubaJoanna Blythman on US interferenceSunday HeraldSunday 29th June 2008IT SEEMS that our banks are doing the United States's dirty work these days. Lloyds TSB and Barclays have been telling British customers who have financial dealings with Cuba to take their ... read more

Operation Miracle Benefits One Million People

Campaign News | Sunday, 6 January 2008

Santiago de Cuba, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) Three years after Vision Now program (Operation Miracle) began, one million persons have benefited from free eye surgery, said Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage on Sunday.Those free eye surgeries allowed people from 28 countries of the so called Third World to recover their ... read more

Infant mortality, 5.3 in 2007!

Campaign News | Sunday, 6 January 2008

FOR the second consecutive year, Cuba has achieved an infant mortality rate of 5.3 for every 1,000 live births; the lowest in the history of our country and, together with Canada, the country has attained a lower figure than those registered by other countries in the Americas, in a genuine ... read more

Unions and Foreign Ministry condemn aggression against Palestine

Campaign News | Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Statement by the Cuban Trade Union ConfederationThe Cuban Workers? Union Central and its 19 trade union branches join with the Cuban State to repudiate the hostile and aggressive policies that the Israeli government has been exercising against the Palestinian people?s right to live and full sovereignty, as well as to ... read more