Viewing from January 2011

El Paso Diary: Day 7 in the Trial of Posada Carriles

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 26 January 2011

The Tip of the Iceberg, By JOSÉ PERTIERRASeveral heated clashes between the defense and prosecution attorneys dominated the morning session in the seventh day of Luis Posada Carriles' trial in El Paso. Before Judge Kathleen Cardone convened the jury, prosecutor Jerome Teresinski outlined a number of complaints about the behavior ... read more

Report from the Winter 2011 Solidarity Brigade

Campaign News | Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Amy Barringer reports back from the Nordic Brigade to Cuba, 15 December 2010 - 5 January 2011This was a small brigade, likely a sign of the current world economic climate, 60 brigadistas in total dominated in numbers by the British delegation of 24 and the Swedish delegation of 22, alongside ... read more

Join the IFCO/Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba this July - End the Blockade

Campaign News | Tuesday, 25 January 2011

In July 2011 the 22nd Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba will travel in school buses, trucks and cars on 12 different routes to visit more than 130 US and Canadian cities. At every stop we will educate people about the US blockade while collecting medical, educational, construction and cultural ... read more

Cuba Condemns Security Council Attitude towards Israel

News from Cuba | Thursday, 20 January 2011

Cuba condemned at the United Nations the passivity and the silence of the Security Council in view of Israel’s aggressive actions.The Cuban permanent representative to the UN, Pedro Nuñez, talked about the construction of settlements in Palestinian territories and the blockade in the Gaza Strip during a debate on the ... read more

The Habeas Corpus Appeal of Gerardo Hernández

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 19 January 2011

No evidence exists that Hernández had any advance knowledge whatsoever regarding Cuban Air Force shoot down of Brothers to the Rescue planes - inferences made at trial were "tragically, utterly false"“Gerardo Hernández never did receive due process of law either on the part of the prosecutors or his own defense.”Leonard ... read more

Venezuela, Cuba outfox U.S. with fiber optic cable

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 18 January 2011

HAVANA (Reuters) - Venezuela will connect Cuba to a high-speed fiber optic cable next month undermining U.S. sanctions prohibiting Cuba's access to nearby underwater lines, the head of the project said on Tuesday.A French ship will begin laying the 995-mile submarine cable on Saturday and it is expected to reach ... read more

Obama order on exchanges 'very limited'

News from Cuba | Monday, 17 January 2011

from the Morning StarCuba welcomed on Sunday Washington's decision to ease restrictions on visas, remittances and travel under its blockade as "positive but very limited in scope."On Friday US President Barack Obama issued an executive order that will facilitate religious and educational exchanges between the US and Cuba, and would ... read more

Google Cuts YouTube Video Service to Cubadebate Website

News from Cuba | Thursday, 13 January 2011

On Wednesday, January 12, Cubadebate Website was notified by YouTube technical center-owned by Google-that its page on that network had been closed following a claim for copyright infraction.The issue particularly referred to a piece of a video on the presentation in Miami of the Legal Fund for terrorist Luis Posada ... read more

El Paso Diary:The Trial of Luis Posada Carriles

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 11 January 2011

By JOSÉ PERTIERRAWe all stood at the sound of the gavel that announced the entrance of the twelve jurors and four alternates who will decide if Posada Carriles is guilty of having lied to U.S. authorities. At 10 a.m. sharp, the jurors took their seats.They arrived to hear the opening ... read more

British cruise ship Thomson Dream to dock in Cuba

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 5 January 2011

From BBC NewsA British-owned cruise ship is due to sail into the Cuban capital, Havana, on Wednesday, the first in years to dock in the Communist-run island.The arrival of the Thomson Dream in Cuba is seen as a sign that European cruise companies are starting to return to the island.Visits ... read more

Cuba registers record-low infant death rate

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Cuba ended the year 2010 with an infant mortality rate of 4.5 per 1,000 live births, the lowest in its history, the country's health ministry said Monday in a statement.Cuba had 127,710 births in 2010, 2,326 fewer than in 2009. The number of infant deaths was 45 fewer than in ... read more

Cuban media praises solidarity brigades

Campaign News | Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Nordic Brigade of Solidarity Concluded Stay in CubaThe president of the Cuban Friendship Institute (ICAP), Kenia Serrano, expressed her gratitude to the Nordic Brigade of Solidarity with Cuba for their commitment to the cause of the five Cuban antiterrorist unjustly imprisoned in the US since 1998.The brigade - made up ... read more

Three new animal species discovered

News from Cuba | Monday, 3 January 2011

Three new animal species were reported for the first time in the Cuban Jardines de la Reina (Queen’s Gardens) National Park, and archipelago located south of the main island.The Jardines de la Reina is the largest marine national park; it extends over 2,170 square kilometers, in whose preservation a UN ... read more

New Brazilian President receives Cuba’s First Vice President

News from Cuba | Monday, 3 January 2011

The newly inaugurated President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, formally received Cuban First Vice president, José Ramón Machado Ventura at the presidential palace, Palacio de Planalto, in Brasilia.The meeting with the Cuban statesman was one of the newly elected Presidents first diplomatic acts.During their meeting, Rousseff and Machado Ventura decided to ... read more

President Raul Castro's speech to the closing ceremony of the Cuban National Assembly

Campaign News | Saturday, 1 January 2011

Speech delivered by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and of Ministers, during the closing ceremony of the Sixth Session of the Seventh Legislature of the National People’s Power Assembly at Havana’s Conference Center. December 18th, 2010, “Year 52 of the Revolution.”When I came to ... read more

Invitation to join a specialist fact finding delegation to Cuba on the case of the Miami Five, 2-10 March 2011

Campaign News | Saturday, 1 January 2011

NB - This tour has now sold outThis specialist fact finding tour has limited places, up to 10 people maximum. The group will meet with family members of the Five and legal experts concerned with the case, as well as members of the Cuban Parliament, leading trade unionists and Cuban ... read more

Sustainable agricultural tour report

Campaign News | Saturday, 1 January 2011

North London CSC member Brian Precious reports on the recent visit of Cuban agronomist Fernando Funes MonzoteLast October, North and South London Cuba Solidarity groups hosted the final date of the national speaking tour by Cuban agronomist Fernando Funes Monzote. Fernando was the guest of CSCs Cuba Organic Support Group, ... read more