Viewing from October 2006

Fidel refutes stories on his state of health

Campaign News | Monday, 30 October 2006

“I am progressing as anticipated”PRESIDENT Fidel Castro has personally refuted stories reporting a supposed worsening of his state of health and has affirmed that he is progressing as anticipated after his operation.On Saturday evening, October 28, Cuban TV showed footage in which the leader of the Revolution appeared talking and ... read more

World Ballet Festival underway in Havana

Campaign News | Monday, 30 October 2006

Dancers from around the world including UK descend on Cuban capitalHavana, Oct 30 (ACN) Presided by the prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, the 20th International Ballet Festival of Havana opened with a gala to honor the 250th anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's birth.The National Ballet of Cuba (BNC) staged the ... read more

CSC lobbies US London Embassy on behalf of the Miami Five

Campaign News | Sunday, 29 October 2006

Delegation is one of few to talk directly to US officials about the caseA delegation from the Cuba Solidarity Campaign has been to the US Embassy in London to lobby directly on the case of the Miami Five.Following weeks of letters and phonecalls to arrange the meeting, the delegation finally ... read more

20 UN agencies censure blockade

Campaign News | Sunday, 29 October 2006

Secretary General's report lashes US policyUNITED NATIONS (PL).- 20 UN agencies have condemned the U.S. blockade of Cuba as "a unilateral policy" that is blocking economic and social cooperation with the island, according to an official report by the secretary general published October 27.In that document the agencies state their ... read more

Cuba only country in the world with sustainable development says World Wildlife Fund

Campaign News | Wednesday, 25 October 2006

Cuba is developing without damaging the ecosystem, says reportWhile the rest of the world is busy destroying the ecosystem, a report published by the World Wildlife Fund claims that the only country in the world with "sustainable development" is Cuba.WWF includes in its report a graph which shows two features: ... read more

Sports congress attracts 1,000 experts from around the world

Campaign News | Tuesday, 24 October 2006

Cuba to host 11th World Sports For All CongressNearly a thousand sports experts have now registered for the 11th World Sports For All Congress set to run from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 in Cuba's capital, Havana, Jose Ramon Fernandez, who leads Cuba's Olympic Committee told Monday's Cuban daily newspaper ... read more

Cuba Produces Anti-Mosquito Product

Campaign News | Tuesday, 24 October 2006

New weapon in fight against dengue feverHavana, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) Bactivec, a biological product produced in Cuba, will be used throughout the island against the reproduction of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, the agent transmitting dengue fever, Granma newspaper reported Tuesday.Developed by the Cuban company Labiofam, the product rapidly destroys ... read more

NIKON: snapshot of the blockade

Campaign News | Friday, 20 October 2006

By humiliating a Cuban child, the Japanese company has demonstrated how euphemistic it is to call the Yankee blockade of the island an “embargo.”At a ceremony for winning an international art prize given under the auspices of the United Nations, a Cuban boy was denied the camera that he won ... read more

Student leader sees bright socialist future

Campaign News | Thursday, 19 October 2006

From the Jamaica Gleaner newspaperHe likes the sound of Queen, leads 300,000 Cuban university students and is the son of Cuba's third most powerful man after the Castro brothers.Carlos Lage Codorniu, 25, confidently believes one-party socialism will survive in Cuba for another generation whether or not ailing Fidel Castro re-emerges ... read more

Twilight of the assassins:The inside story of the Cubana bombing

Campaign News | Wednesday, 18 October 2006

Bombing of Cuban Jetliner 30 Years LaterNOVEMBER ISSUE of THE ATLANTIC MONTHLYTWILIGHT OF THE ASSASSINSThe inside story of the Cubana bombing--the first act of airline terrorism in the Western Hemisphere, by Ann Louise BardachThirty years ago, seventy-three people died in the bombing of a Cuban passenger plane.Now, one alleged mastermind ... read more

Cuba exposes U.S. radio-television aggression at the UN

Campaign News | Tuesday, 17 October 2006

Washington spending $37 million this year on propaganda attacksUNITED NATIONS, October 16.- Cuba has denounced here the growing U.S. radio-television aggression against the island, to which Washington assigned $37 million this year.Ileana Núñez, acting Cuban ambassador to the UN, approached the subject in a speech during the 4th Commission of ... read more

US fines company for Cuba trade

Campaign News | Monday, 16 October 2006

Cuba's Granma newspaper reports on latest victimsHavana, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) The US blockade on Cuba took out a new victim, the Dresser Rand Group Inc, a New York-based company that the US Treasure Department fined $171,300 for trading with the island.The information, published by Granma newspaper Saturday, is one ... read more

A new revolution in Grimethorpe: Cuban-style socialist health care

Campaign News | Monday, 16 October 2006

From the UK's Independent newspaperBy Matthew BeardPublished: 16 October 2006A former pit worker is to bring Cuban-style health care, administered by Arthur Scargill's daughter, to Grimethorpe, the mining community immortalised on screen by the film Brassed Off.The Oaks Park primary care centre, built at a cost of £3m, is the ... read more

Statement from the Non-Aligned Movement on the nuclear test in the PDRK

Campaign News | Sunday, 15 October 2006

From the Cuban newspaper Granma InternationalAt midday on Friday, October 13, 2006, the Coordination Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement, meeting in the UN headquarters in New York under the presidency of Cuba , approved the following statement on the nuclear test effected on October 9 by the People’s Democratic Republic ... read more

Cuba: Strength through Democracy

Campaign News | Saturday, 14 October 2006

30 years of People's Power systemHavana, Oct 13 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Parliament President Ricardo Alarcon said the strength of the island s political system is that it is deeply democratic, and this has impeded enemies of the process from overthrowing it.On the regular Cuban roundtable TV program Thursday, dedicated to ... read more

Cuba generalizes hip replacement implant

Campaign News | Saturday, 14 October 2006

Hip designed by Cuban and made in France? The RALCA model, designed by Dr. Rodrigo Alvarez Cambras, director of the Frank País International Orthopedic Science Complex, and manufactured by the French firm PROSTEEL is now fully in useBY LILLIAM RIERA - Granma International staff writer -“A year and a half ... read more

Madrid sets up march for the Miami Five

Campaign News | Friday, 13 October 2006

Month of Action to highlight caseMadrid, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) Spaniards are intensifying preparations for a great march in Madrid on October 21 to support Cuba and for the liberation of five Cuban heroes illegally imprisoned in the United States, the organizers said on Thursday.The State Committee for the Liberation ... read more

Declaration from the International Relations Committee of the Cuban National Assembly

Campaign News | Friday, 13 October 2006

Cuba releases report to UN General Assembly on effects of BlockadeFOR 47 years the United States has systematically and uninterruptedly applied a ferocious blockade on Cuba; in fact a real economic war designed to plunge the Cuban people in hunger and desperation and whose objective, since the initial moment, has ... read more

US rebuffs UK call to close Guantanamo camp

Campaign News | Friday, 13 October 2006

Margaret Beckett's view rejected by White HouseThe US government has rebuffed UK calls to close its controversial detention centre at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.The UK foreign minister said it was unacceptable on human rights grounds and ineffective in fighting terrorism.But a US spokesman said the camp was needed to house ... read more

World's oldest man dies in Cuba

Campaign News | Thursday, 12 October 2006

Benito Martinez was born in 1880A Cuban man who claimed to be the oldest person in the world has died in hospital at what he believed was the age of 126.Benito Martinez, whose age was never proved, was the star attraction of a Cuban government campaign to promote healthy lives ... read more

U.S. cracks down on blockade violators

Campaign News | Wednesday, 11 October 2006

Task force to punish travellers and businessmenMIAMI - In the Bush administration's latest move to toughen sanctions against President Fidel Castro's government, federal officials said Tuesday that they were going after people who violate the decades-old trade embargo against Cuba.U.S. Atty. R. Alexander Acosta announced that a federal task force ... read more

Fidel Castro is not dying, says Raul

Campaign News | Tuesday, 10 October 2006

From the International Herald Tribune newspaperPublished: October 8, 2006HAVANA: The ailing Fidel Castro is not dying, but recovering from an illness, his younger brother and Cuba's acting president said Sunday, responding to rumors that the leader was on his deathbed."He is not dying like some of the press in Miami ... read more

European Solidarity groups meet in Istanbul

Campaign News | Tuesday, 10 October 2006

75 delegates from 23 countries pledge to work together in defence of Cuban sovereignty75 delegates from 23 European Solidarity organisations met in Istanbul on the weekend of October 7-8th for their biannual conference and pledged to coordinate better in their common struggle against the US blockade.A final declaration put fighting ... read more

Cuban colonists traded bootlaces for gold

Campaign News | Monday, 9 October 2006

Guardian UnlimitedMaev KennedyMonday October 9, 2006The people of El Chorro de Maita, a fishing and farming village on the east coast of Cuba, were buried with their greatest treasures: jewellery made of stone, coral, pearl, gold and silver alloy, and odd little tube shaped metal beads. Meanwhile the first Europeans ... read more

Trading shots over famed Havana Club rum

Campaign News | Sunday, 8 October 2006

From the Chıcago Trıbune newspaperCuba says only its label is the real thing, but U.S. patent ruling lets Bacardi pour its version into the StatesBy Gary MarxTribune foreign correspondentPublished October 8, 2006SANTA CRUZ DEL NORTE, Cuba -- Long after rum-swigging pirates terrorized the Caribbean, a different tale of alleged piracy ... read more

British Unions firmly in support of Cuba

Campaign News | Wednesday, 4 October 2006

Trades Union Congress motion and debate on CubaThis year's UK Trades Union Congress held on September 11th-14th in Brighton, England, passed the following resolution in support of Cuba. Key speeches from the debate on the resolution are also reproduced below.Resolution 72Congress expresses its alarm at the recent aggressive lobbying by ... read more

Cuba: CIA Sabotaged Cuban Plane

Campaign News | Tuesday, 3 October 2006

Terrorist act of 1976 was at agency's behestHavana, Oct 3 (Prensa Latina) Cuba investigators held Tuesday the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) responsible of the explosion in mid air of a Cuban airplane with 73 people aboard in 1976.The sabotage, planned by international terrorists Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch, claimed ... read more

US blockade has cost island more than $4 billion in last year

Campaign News | Tuesday, 3 October 2006

Foreign minister details how Bush has trightened the squeezeFrom the International Herald TribuneA tighter US trade embargo cost Cuba more than US$4 billion (€3.2 billion) over the last year, a Foreign Ministry official said Monday.Cuba's losses increased from July 2005 to July of this year because the administration of US ... read more

BBC News: Cuba businesses 'cheat clients'

Campaign News | Monday, 2 October 2006

Cuban newspaper exposes levels of corruptionBy Stephen GibbsBBC News, HavanaMore than half of all the state-run enterprises inspected in Cuba's capital Havana have cheated their customers, a Cuban communist newspaper has reported.More than 11,500 businesses were selling their products at higher prices than advertised, or delivering lesser quantities, the Juventud ... read more

Twenty more hospitals equipped by Cuba in Bolivia

Campaign News | Sunday, 1 October 2006

More aid for literacy programme, tooLa Paz, Oct 1 (Prensa Latina) Twenty more hospitals equipped by Cuba will join a previous 20 supplied by the Cuban government to Bolivia this year, said Cuban Ambassador to Bolivia Rafael Dausa here Sunday.The announcement was made by Dausa here during the opening of ... read more