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New Guantánamo leaflet for 2016

Campaign News | Friday, 29 January 2016

CSC has produced a new leaflet to raise awareness and support the campaign to return the illegally occupied Guantánamo Bay area to Cuba. Since 2002 Guantánamo has become known for the illegal detentions and human rights abuses carried out at the US prison camp in eastern Cuba. Far less publicised is the ... read more

New US Intervention Factsheet for 2016

Campaign News | Friday, 29 January 2016

CSC has produced a new factsheet for 2016 on US intervention in Cuba. Since the Cuban Revolution overthrew the corrupt dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in 1959, successive United States governments have sought to subvert the independence of the Cuban people to determine their own political, economic and social system. Ten US administrations ... read more

EU responds to CSC on its relations with Cuba

Campaign News | Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Christian Leffler, Head of the European Union External Action Service, has responded to a letter from CSC and a number of other European Solidarity Groups on the question of the EUs position towards Cuba. The protest letter called for the EU to end the EU Common Position towards the island ... read more

New US initiatives towards Cuba are positive but still not enough

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 27 January 2016

US initiatives are positive but not enough - and prove that President Obama does have powers to eliminate critical components of the blockade HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 27 (acn) The new regulations announced by the United States towards Cuba allowing the granting of credits and easing travel restrictions by US citizens to ... read more

Strengthening Relations Between France and Cuba

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 26 January 2016

On 1st February 2016, Raúl Castro will visit his French counterpart Francois Hollande. This is the second time that Cuban President makes an official visit to France, after the famous travel Fidel Castro in 1995, then received by François Mitterrand. This two day visit will help to strengthen cooperation between ... read more

Pinar del Río committed to the use of solar energy

News from Cuba | Monday, 25 January 2016

PINAR DEL RÍO.— The Cuban electric company in Pinar del Río will begin construction on a second photovoltaic power station, or solar farm, this year. With a generating capacity of 2.2 MWp (megawatt peak), the facility will be located in El Cafetal, in the municipality of San Luis. According to Michel Casal, ... read more

What Obama Really Said About Cuba, Foreign Affairs and the US

News from Cuba | Thursday, 21 January 2016

At the annual State of the Union address on January 13, 2016, President Obama reiterated his Cuba policy regarding Cuba-US relations. He said: “Fifty years of isolating Cuba had failed to promote democracy, and set us back in Latin America. That’s why we restored diplomatic relations — (applause) — opened the ... read more

People of Saint Lucia Benefit from Cuban Health Care Support

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Saint Lucia is hoping Cuba can help bring its world-class health care to the small island nation. Cuba’s contribution to healthcare in Saint Lucia is well-documented. From the Operation Miracle eye restoration programme and specialised kidney and cancer care, to hundreds of scholarships in the field of medicine, the socialist country ... read more

Cuban internationalism at work

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 20 January 2016

“We insert ourselves into the family environment in communities and ethnic groups, as part of a project created two years ago called Mi Salud (My Health), which aims to share Cuban experiences in the field of community medicine and provide primary care to the population in family clinics and medical ... read more

Buena Vista Social Club ‘Adios’ Tour – Exclusive ticket offer

Campaign News | Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Featuring Cuban legends - Omara Portuondo & Eliades Ochoa Wednesday 6 April 2016 O2 Arena, London After sixteen years the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club is bidding 'Adios' with a farewell world tour show at London’s O2 Arena. You can be there too with our exclusive ticket offer! Join us at ... read more

Raul Castro to Carry Out a State Visit to France in February

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Havana, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President, Raul Castro, will pay an official visit to France on February 1- 2, complying with an invitation from his French counter part, Francois Hollande, Deputy Foreign Minister, Rogelio Sierra, said. In statements to the press at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ... read more

Ship carrying 15,000 tons rice dispatched from Pakistan to Cuba

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 19 January 2016

ISLAMABAD: A ship carrying 15,000 tons rice has been dispatched from Pakistan to Cuba as gratitude for the country’s support to Pakistan after 2005 earthquake. The decision to this effect was taken under the directives of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif who has said that Pakistan would extend all possible assistance ... read more

Raúl meets with delegations to Colombian peace talks

News from Cuba | Monday, 18 January 2016

Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz held a meeting yesterday evening, January 17, with representatives from the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) delegations, participating in peace talks in Havana. Progress in the talks was discussed in a constructive environment, and the interest of both parties in ... read more

Cuba prevails in Havana Club rum dispute with Bacardi

News from Cuba | Sunday, 17 January 2016

A two-decades-old battle over who has the right to use the Havana Club trademark in the United States played out quietly at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week with the decision that the rightful owner is a Cuban government company. The fight pitted Bacardi against Cubaexport, the Cuban partner ... read more

U.S. blockade remains in effect

News from Cuba | Friday, 15 January 2016

Since December 17 of 2014, the Obama administration has taken a series of steps to modify the implementation of the blockade, but the impact has been minimal thus far. Many aspects require Congressional action, although there is still much the President can do, using his broad executive powers Below are some ... read more

Cuba Celebrates Day of Science And Achievments in Research

News from Cuba | Friday, 15 January 2016

Exactly 56 years ago, Fidel Castro gave a speech at the Speleological Society, today the Cuban Academy of Sciences is celebrating its 155th anniversary. Cuban scientists have organised various meetings and activities across the island this Friday to celebrate national Day of Science. With the support of the Ministry of Science, Technology ... read more

Obama calls on Congress to lift the blockade of Cuba

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 13 January 2016

This Tuesday January 12, the President of the United States again called on Congress to lift the economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba, imposed for over half a century WASHINGTON.—The President of the United States, Barack Obama, again called on Congress to lift the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed ... read more

Cuban negotiator says US presidential election may endanger thaw in relations

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 13 January 2016

The lead negotiator in the Cuban government’s talks with the US said in an interview published on Tuesday that the American presidential campaign has added some uncertainty into how she views her country’s future relations with its northern neighbour. Josefina Vidal, director of the Cuban foreign ministry’s United States division, told ... read more

US State Department to Give $5 Million to Cuban 'Civil Society'

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The amount announced is in addition to millions given through the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and USAID. The U.S. State Department announced that it will allocate US$5.6 million in grant money to institutions seeking to provide “assistance” to Cuban civil society. The call from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and ... read more

The hottest year in Cuba since 1951

News from Cuba | Friday, 8 January 2016

2015 saw the highest average annual temperature in Cuba since 1951, in line with the upward trend observed on the island over the past six decades THE average annual temperature in Cuba during 2015 was the highest since 1951, reaching 1.06 degrees Celsius above the historical average of 25.49°C, specialists from ... read more

Clarification regarding Argentine doctors trained in Cuba

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 6 January 2016

The Tatú Project group clarified today that reports by various media outlets regarding the nullification of medical credentials of Argentine doctors trained in Cuba are false. Concerning the confusion, Tatú Project, composed of young graduates from the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), noted, “There is no legal way to nullify ... read more

A year later, the blockade remains in full force

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 5 January 2016

This aggressive relic of the Cold War remains in force today, despite being condemned every year at the UN by the international community, even after Havana and Washington opened a new chapter in their bilateral relations December 17, 2014 The Apollo spacecraft landing on the moon, the lifting of the prohibition ... read more

The magic of a good rum

News from Cuba | Monday, 4 January 2016

Havana Club’s winning formula lies in its tradition of producing rums using the same aging technology used for over 150 years, as well as the combination of temperature, humidity and natural environment, a process led by experienced individuals committed to making a quality product. According to Master Rum-Maker, Asbel Morales Lorenzom, ... read more

US Could Spend US$30M in 2016 to 'Promote Democracy' in Cuba

News from Cuba | Saturday, 2 January 2016

U.S. federal budget documents show that Washington could gives millions to shady ’Democracy’ programs in Cuba. The United States government could potentially spend up to US$30 million on “democracy development” programs in Cuba in 2016, according to bills waiting for approval at U.S. Congress. Two draft bills related to U.S. State Department’s ... read more

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New Year Messages from the Miami Five's Gerardo and Ramon

Campaign News | Friday, 1 January 2016

We want to wish to all our sisters and brothers around the world a very happy Holiday Season and a peaceful 2016. As we move into the new year we are remembering all of the people whose efforts made possible the happiness we are now enjoying. We are eternally grateful to all ... read more