Viewing from October 2008

World votes to condemn US blockade policy

Campaign News | Friday, 31 October 2008

by Adrian Roberts for the Morning StarCUBAN Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque warned the US presidential candidates on Thursday that his country expects them to respond to overwhelming international demand and lift the nearly 50-year-old blockade. The UN general assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution on Wednesday urging the US to repeal ... read more

UN increases votes against US blockade

Campaign News | Thursday, 30 October 2008

Reports from the Financial Times and Cuban News AgencyFROM THE FINANCIAL TIMESUN member states voted in record numbers on Wednesday to urge the United States to lift its 46-year-old economic embargo against Cuba, in a non-binding measure adopted for the 17th straight year.The General Assembly passed a resolution entitled ”necessity ... read more

Brazil plans to sign oil deal with Cuba

Campaign News | Thursday, 30 October 2008

Brazil's state-run oil company plans to sign an agreement with its Cuban counterpart for deep-water exploration that would allow it to produce oil on the communist-run island, part of a two-day visit by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva beginning late Thursday.Lula da Silva was coming to Cuba after attending ... read more

World Food Program to assist one million hit by hurricanes

Campaign News | Thursday, 30 October 2008

Cuba and the UN World Food Program (WFP) signed here a document to implement a new UN aid action for 1, 780, 000 Cubans after the devastating passage on the Caribbean nation by hurricanes Gustav and Ike.The document was signed on Friday by Cuba ’s Minister of Foreign Investment and ... read more

Cuba to triple oil refining

Campaign News | Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Revolutionary allies Cuba and Venezuela will pour billions of dollars into downstream oil projects in Cuba with the goal of tripling its refining capacity to 350,000 barrels per day (bpd) by 2013, Cuban state-run radio said on Tuesday, citing the country’s Basic Industry Minister.Minister Yadira Garcia’s announcement came despite falling ... read more

UN General Assembly President condemns US blockade

Campaign News | Tuesday, 28 October 2008

The president of the UN General Assembly, Miguel d’Escoto, said on Monday that the US economic blockade of Cuba is an ‘unhealthy obsession.’Speaking to Prensa Latina news agency, d’Escoto added that “the US Government simply can’t tolerate that there is a place like Cuba that defends solidarity and the values ... read more

UK donates £250, 000 to hurricane relief

Campaign News | Monday, 27 October 2008

Ministers have revealed in Parliamentary answers that the UK Government has committed £250,000 of humanitarian funding to Cuba in the wake of the recent devastating hurricanes At the same time the Government has allocated £6million of aid to Haiti. Cuba was left battered with damage estimated in the region of ... read more

Cold war throwback

Campaign News | Sunday, 26 October 2008

In advance of the upcoming UN vote, CSC Director, Rob Miller, writes on the impact of the continuing US blockadeTHE last year has been the worst to date in terms of the ruthless application of Washington's policy of sanctions against Cuba.In tightening the noose, it has been guilty of irrational ... read more

CIA accused of sabotage in Thames

Campaign News | Sunday, 26 October 2008

Naval historian says a Cuba-bound ship with British buses aboard was rammed in 1964 in an American plot, Tracy McVeigh, chief reporter writes in The ObserverOn a chilly October night in 1964, the shipping forecast warned of fog on the Thames. Just after midnight, an East German freighter, the MV ... read more

Cuba50 night at NAPO conference

Campaign News | Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Llandudno was the venue for this years’ National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO) Conference where CSC hosted a Cuba50 fringe and social.More than 400 delegates and guests packed in for a night of live music and salsa from Raices Cubanas, and havana club rum cocktails to celebrate 50 years of ... read more

EU official backs talks with Cuba

Campaign News | Sunday, 19 October 2008

Support to talks, boost of cooperation and mutual respect should be foundations of a new stage the relations between the European Union (EU) and Cuba, said on Sunday a prestigious parliament member of the bloc.In an interview with Prensa Latina, European Parliament (EP) Vicepresident Miguel Angel Moratinos highlighted that the ... read more

20bn barrel oil discovery

Campaign News | Saturday, 18 October 2008

Rory Carroll, Latin America correspondent The GuardianFriends and foes have called Cuba many things - a progressive beacon, a quixotic underdog, an oppressive tyranny - but no one has called it lucky, until now .Mother nature, it emerged this week, appears to have blessed the island with enough oil reserves ... read more

Cuban Foreign Minister on official visit to Spain

Campaign News | Monday, 13 October 2008

Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque begins on Monday an official visit to Spain at the invitation of his Spanish counterpart, Miguel Angel Moratinos.According to a note published by Granma news daily, this visit is part of the ongoing bilateral exchange between the Cuban and Spanish foreign ministries and it ... read more

Declaration by the Cuban parliament

Campaign News | Monday, 13 October 2008

The National Assembly of the Peoples’ Power (Cuban Parliament) issued a declaration calling on parliamentarians throughout the world to urge the US Congress and the government of the United States to unconditionally lift the economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba and to respect the legitimate and sovereign right of ... read more

500 attend US Embassy vigil - photos

Campaign News | Wednesday, 8 October 2008

<img src="images/1vigil.jpg" alt="candlelit vigil" width="150" height="100" hspace="5" align="right" />Five hundred people gathered for CSC’s annual candlelit vigil outside the US Embassy on Tuesday evening to call for freedom for the Miami Five and visiting rights for their wives.The peaceful demonstration bought to a close a month of actions to mark ... read more

Latin Americans pay homage to Che in Bolivia

Campaign News | Wednesday, 8 October 2008

from the Cuban News AgencyCuban-Argentinean guerrilla fighter Ernesto Che Guevara did not shed his blood in vain, since many nations of the world are currently following the path he drew towards equality and social justice. The statement was issued by Bolivian President Evo Morales during a visit Tuesday, to the community ... read more

Most Americans support revision of US policy

Campaign News | Tuesday, 7 October 2008

A recent poll revealed that most American voters support a revision of the US Government’s policy towards Cuba.An article published on Tuesday by Granma news daily points out that the poll, conducted among 4,752 voters on September 23-25 by Zogby International and by Inter-American Dialogue, revealed that nearly 60% of ... read more

UK 's Guardian publishes Miami 5 interview

Campaign News | Monday, 6 October 2008

Duncan Campbell reports in The Guardian's G2 section'It's a form of torture'In 1998, five Cuban men were arrested for infiltrating groups in the US that were plotting attacks on Cuba. They have not received a fair trial and two have not seen their families since.It is nearly 10 years since ... read more

US backs down and grants journalists visas

Campaign News | Thursday, 2 October 2008

Associated PressThe United States has reversed itself and decided to allow two journalists for the Cuban news agency Prensa Latina to return to their posts at the United Nations, the State Department said Wednesday.The department's original decision to deny re-entry to husband and wife team Tomas Granados Jimenez and Ilsa ... read more

Amnesty International launch worldwide campaign for the Five

Campaign News | Thursday, 2 October 2008

Amnesty International have launched the first stage in their public campaign for visiting rights for Olga Salanueva and Adriana Pérez, two Cuban nationals whose husbands are serving prison sentences in the USA.The appeal will be sent out in the October edition of Wire magazine that reaches up to 2.2 million ... read more