Viewing from January 2019

Cuba's strongest tornado in nearly 80 years kills at least four

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 29 January 2019

HAVANA (Reuters) - A rare tornado ripped through Havana late on Sunday, leaving at least four dead and nearly two hundred injured as it tore off roofs, flipped vehicles and reduced some of the buildings in its path to rubble. The twister was the strongest to hit Cuba in nearly 80 ... read more

CSC message to the Cuban people on the Tornado which struck Cuba 27th January

Campaign News | Tuesday, 29 January 2019

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, and on behalf of all our members and affiliated organisations, we would like to express our sincerest condolences to the Cuban people following the terrible effects of the deadly tornado that struck the island including Havana on Sunday 27th ... read more

Díaz-Canel tours areas in Havana hit by tornado

News from Cuba | Monday, 28 January 2019

The President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers tours areas in Havana hit by a tornado last night During the dawn hours, the President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, toured areas in Havana hit by a tornado last night. The municipalities of Regla and Guanabacoa suffered ... read more

Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister of State for Europe and the Americas and Bruno Rodriguez, Cuba's Minister for Foreign Affairs, met in London in November 2018

UK government highlights ban on British companies complying with United States’ blockade of Cuba

Campaign News | Thursday, 24 January 2019

The UK government makes clear it is illegal for British companies to comply with the US blockade of Cuba Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister of State for Europe and the Americas, has again made clear the British Government’s opposition to United States extraterritorial blockade policies against Cuba. In a welcome development, his ... read more

Declaration of the Revolutionary Government: The aggression against Venezuela must stop

News from Cuba | Thursday, 24 January 2019

The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba strongly condemns and rejects the attempt to impose through a coup a puppet government in the service of the United States in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and expresses its unwavering solidarity with the Government of the constitutional president Nicolás Maduro Moros. The ... read more

Trump speaks to the Brigade 2506 - veterans from the Bay of Pigs Invasion - during his presidential campaign

Trying to sue socialism: Trump ratchets up the pressure on Cuba

Campaign News | Monday, 21 January 2019

Using a previously unenforced law against trade with Cuba, the Trump administration is heading towards a major showdown with the international community, writes CSC Director, ROB MILLER ON January 16 the US government suspended Title III of the Helms-Burton legislation for 45 days. Title III is the part of the Helms-Burton ... read more

Cuban schools encourage the working class

Campaign News | Saturday, 19 January 2019

NEU delegate ARETHA GREEN notices that through art, literature, and the socialist ideology present in communal learning techniques, all Cuban children are empowered During our six-day National Education Union delegation to Cuba, my overwhelming impression was of the agency and meaningful involvement of students in their own education. This was consistently evident, ... read more

Cuba strongly rejects the threat to activate Title III of the Helms-Burton Act

News from Cuba | Thursday, 17 January 2019

Declaration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs On January 16, 2019, the US State Department announced the decision to suspend, only for 45 days, the implementation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, “in order to conduct a careful review …in light of the national interests of the United States ... read more

Trump has appointed anti-Cuba hardliners to top posts, including John Bolton

U.S. considering allowing lawsuits over Cuba-confiscated properties

News from Cuba | Thursday, 17 January 2019

WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) - The Trump administration is considering allowing a law that has been suspended since its creation in 1996 to go into effect, allowing U.S. citizens to sue foreign companies and individuals over property confiscated from them by the Cuban government. The so-called Title III rule forms part of the ... read more

Cuban doctors returning to the island after being withdrawn from Brazil in December 2018

Cuba Denounces Attempt to Reactivate US Brain-Drain Program

News from Cuba | Thursday, 17 January 2019

President Diaz-Canel criticised the move by senators Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez to reactivate the Bush-era strategy. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has condemned the call by two U.S. lawmakers of Cuban origin to reactivate the 'brain-drain' program established by George W. Bush and revoked during the administration of Barack Obama. “They’re trying ... read more

Cycle Cuba Challenge 2018

Campaign News | Friday, 11 January 2019

"The real highlights were meeting the Cuban people, doctors and medics, teachers and students, trade unionists and local community organisers." Seeing Cuba from a bicycle seat is a unique experience. It is the best way to see this most fantastic of countries up close. The support was terrific and the Cuban ... read more

Cuba closes 2018 with the lowest infant mortality rate in its history

News from Cuba | Thursday, 10 January 2019

For the second year in a row, the country reached the end of 2018 with the lowest infant mortality rate in its history, at 4.0 per thousand live births We have expected the same news every January for several decades. At the beginning of each New Year, we are once again ... read more

Decolonized Cuba? Challenging racial and cultural discrimination through education

Campaign News | Thursday, 10 January 2019

MALCOLM RICHARDS reports back from a recent NEU delegation to Cuba In October 2018, I was selected as one of 25 teachers from across England and Wales to visit Cuba as part of a National Education Union delegation. I was keen to engage in exchanges of pedagogy, cultural exchange and solidarity with ... read more

José Ramón Fernández, Cuban vice president, Bay of Pigs commander, dies at 95

News from Cuba | Monday, 7 January 2019

José Ramón Fernández, a retired Cuban brigadier general who was key in forming the communist country’s new army and commanded Cuban defenses at the Bay of Pigs, died Jan. 6 at 95. Tall and spindly with the rigid posture of a military man, Gen. Fernández served for a time as a ... read more

'Sonic attack' on US embassy in Havana could have been crickets, say scientists

News from Cuba | Monday, 7 January 2019

Noise which saw diplomats complaining of headaches and nausea could be song of Indies short-tailed cricket The US embassy in Havana more than halved its staff in 2017 when diplomats complained of headaches, nausea and other ailments after hearing penetrating noises in their homes and nearby hotels. The mysterious wave of illness ... read more

Work for Granma International in Cuba!

News from Cuba | Saturday, 5 January 2019

An exciting opportunity to work and live in Cuba has arisen with Granma International. The weekly english language newspaper is looking for a translator to start as soon as possible. Granma International Translator - job description and application process The basic work of our three-person team consists of translating articles into English from ... read more

After 60 years of struggle, sacrifices, efforts and victories, we see a free, independent country, the master of its own destiny

News from Cuba | Thursday, 3 January 2019

Speech by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee, at the central act to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution, in Santiago de Cuba, January 1st, 2019, “Year 61 of the Revolution” (Council of State transcript / GI translation) SANTIAGO ... read more

Raul Castro salutes 60 years of socialist revolution in Cuba

News from Cuba | Thursday, 3 January 2019

CUBAN Communist Party leader Raul Castro saluted 60 years of revolutionary victory on New Year’s Day and warned the United States that attempts to crush the island were doomed to failure. “We are a whole people defending our revolution,” he declared. “We are not intimidated by the language of force or ... read more

A year of events to mark the Cuban Revolution's 60th birthday

Campaign News | Wednesday, 2 January 2019

ON 1 January 1 2019, the Cuban people will celebrate the 60th anniversary of their revolution. Following years of struggle Cubans finally defeated the forces of the brutal dictator Fulgencia Batista and his backers in the United States. Yet as Fidel Castro famously predicted the United States would never cease ... read more

Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro in Havana

How Cuba helped defeat apartheid in South Africa

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 2 January 2019

AFTER Nelson Mandela was released from 1991 in preparation for the formal interment of the apartheid system, he embarked on a world tour to thank governments and peoples who had supported the South African freedom struggle. In Havana he extolled Fidel Castro as a “source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.” Later ... read more