Viewing from November 2015

"Another world is not only possible - it is essential": Latin America 2015

Campaign News | Monday, 30 November 2015

Over 500 people attended the 2015 Latin America Conference – now in its 11th year - at a packed TUC’s Congress House in London, where delegates could hear from ambassadors, academics, MPs, trade unionists, activists, campaigners, journalists and artists at the largest event of the year for Latin America solidarity ... read more

The campaign to end the blockade continues: Unite Sector Fringe Meetings 2015

Campaign News | Friday, 27 November 2015

Two well-attended Latin America solidarity fringe meetings featuring Cuba Solidarity Campaign, Venezuela Solidarity Campaign and Justice for Colombia took place in Brighton at the Unite National Industrial Sector Conference in November. Back to back fringe meetings featured at the conference to cater for different delegates attending for different sector days. Monday’s ... read more

Co-op Bank closes Cuba Solidarity Campaign bank account

Campaign News | Friday, 27 November 2015

THE Co-op Bank has closed the accounts of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC), with activists warning yesterday that many more left-wing groups are being targeted. The CSC account closures emerged after the Morning Star revealed that the bank has shut 20 accounts held by British Palestine support groups, including the national ... read more

10 Million People Taught to Read Through Cuban Literacy Programme

News from Cuba | Thursday, 26 November 2015

More than 10 million people have learned to read and write through a Cuban programme aimed at mature age students, the Cuban government announced. The programme, Yo Si Puedo (Yes I Can), aims to provide free education to adults who lacked opportunities to learn to read and write as children, with ... read more

CSC statement and action on Cooperative Bank account closure

Campaign News | Thursday, 26 November 2015

26.11.2015 Statement from the Cuba Solidarity Campaign THE Co-op Bank has closed all the bank accounts of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC). CSC was first informed of the closures by letter on 3rd August 2015 and was given less than 7 weeks to make alternative banking arrangements. CSC wrote to the bank on ... read more

Cuban Futures Conference Report

Campaign News | Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Cuban Futures 2015 took place at TUC Congress House on Saturday 3 October 2015. The day long conference on the future of Cuba-US relations was organised by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign and SERTUC International Committee. It brought together renowned personalities from Cuba and British and international experts with backgrounds in ... read more

Cuba and U.S. Announce Historic Partnership on Marine Conservation

News from Cuba | Friday, 20 November 2015

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Park Service (NPS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Cuba’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA) yesterday. The agreement will facilitate collaboration in marine science, stewardship and management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The MOU also aims to ... read more

Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industry Group BioCubaFarma, was founded December 7, 2012, and is composed of 32 entities and 78 production facilities. Photo: Alberto Borrego

Cuba offers the world healthcare alternatives

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 18 November 2015

BioCubaFarma, a 100% state owned entity, founded on the country’s highly-skilled professionals and committed to ensuring the population’s health, has been enjoying positive results over the last 50 years. Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industry Group BioCubaFarma, was founded December 7, 2012, and is composed of 32 entities and 78 production facilities. Photo: ... read more

Cuba ensures no one is left behind in the AIDS response

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Earlier this year, Cuba became the first country to receive validation from the World Health Organisation that it had achieved the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. Reaching this milestone is a testament to the investment that Cuba has made in its health-care system and its people. During a ... read more

Reaching the community, the only way to combat AIDS

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 17 November 2015

“The AIDS debate must change and go beyond the sphere of medical care to restore the dignity of those affected.” This, according to Michel Sidibé, executive director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and undersecretary general of the United Nations, on an official visit to Cuba accompanied ... read more

What Obama can do to the US Blockade of Cuba

News from Cuba | Friday, 13 November 2015

Despite the fact that Congress must take action to definitively end the blockade, President Obama has broad executive powers to substantially modify its implementation much more than he has thus far. Listed below are a number of steps he could take immediately. 1. Allow Cuba to use the dollar in international ... read more

Caledonia Reels in Cuba Connection

News from Cuba | Thursday, 12 November 2015

CHRIS BARTTER reports on a groundbreaking Havana-Glasgow film festival CEMENTING the links between Glasgow and Havana — they’ve been twinned since 2002 — the programme depicted attitudes to life and a love of cinema shared by both cities. Eirene Houston, the Glasgow-based writer and director who masterminded the initiative, and the visiting ... read more

UN Praises Cuba's Fight Against Ebola and Science Gender Gap

News from Cuba | Thursday, 12 November 2015

A new United Nations report praised Cuba for its outstanding achievements in education and science on Wednesday, highlighting especially its medical efforts to combat the Ebola virus in several African countries. Cuban health professionals played an “honourable” role in missions in West Africa, the UNESCO Science Report: Towards 2030 said, praising ... read more

The Miami Five: Gerardo, Fernando, Antonio, Rene and Ramon

Press Release: Court rules that Rene Gonzalez can visit Britain

Campaign News | Wednesday, 11 November 2015

A historic ruling by the Court of Appeal on Tuesday 10 November has opened the door for René González to visit Britain, despite twice being denied a visa by the British government in 2014. René González is one of the Miami Five, five Cuban nationals who served long sentences in the ... read more

Rene Gonzalez and Gerardo Hernandez

Miami Five Hero Rene Gonzalez Will Be Allowed In Britain

Campaign News | Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Judges overrule May’s bid to keep Cuban hero out of country JUDGES overruled the Home Office yesterday after it tried to block a member of the Miami Five from visiting Britain to engage in talks about Cuba-US relations in the Commons. US-born Rene Gonzalez was refused a visitor’s visa twice last year ... read more

Cuban medical brigade saves over 250,000 lives in Honduras

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 10 November 2015

TEGUCIGALPA.—The Cuban medical brigade in Honduras has benefited millions of Hondurans, with over 29 million medical appointments carried out, mainly from rural areas, since arriving in the country in 1998 to help victims of Hurricane Mitch. The head of the Cuban team, Orlando Álvarez, told La Prensa that the doctors provide ... read more

Obama: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth is on Cuba

News from Cuba | Monday, 9 November 2015

Millions of Americans believe that President Obama has normalised relations with Cuba and ended over 50 years of U.S. efforts to strangle its economy. They might have been puzzled when the United States stood up against every other nation save one, in opposing the UN General Assembly resolution which passed, ... read more

Paying the Debt to Africa: On the 40th Anniversary of Cuba’s Operación Carlota

News from Cuba | Friday, 6 November 2015

“The Cuban people hold a special place in the hearts of the peoples of Africa. The Cuban internationalists have made a contribution to African independence, freedom and justice, unparalleled for its principled and selfless character…Cubans came to our region as doctors, teachers, soldiers, agricultural experts, but never as colonisers. They ... read more

EU discusses with U.S. extraterritorial application of Cuban embargo

News from Cuba | Friday, 6 November 2015

The European Union is speaking with the United States about the extraterritorial application of Washington's embargo on Cuba, the head of the EU delegation in the communist country, Herman Portocarero, said Wednesday in this capital. "We're speaking directly with our U.S. colleagues to remove those obstacles," said the European envoy at ... read more

Ceremony marks 40th anniversary of Operation Carlota

News from Cuba | Thursday, 5 November 2015

The ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of Cuba's internationalist mission in Angola was presided over by the First Vice President ofthe Councils of Stateand Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, Esteban Lazo ,president of the Cuban parliament and other members of the Party’s Politburo As a symbol of Cuba’s internationalism, a cultural-political ... read more

Cuba's Innovative Biotechnology Attracts Global Attention

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Cuba achieved food security without destroying its environment, and the rest of the world has taken notice. Cuba is presenting several of its original biotechnologies at an international business fair this week, drawing further attention to a sector of the Cuban economy that’s been generating substantial interest abroad. The Cuban Center for ... read more

'US Methods have changed but not the aims'

Campaign News | Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Cuban journalist ARLEEN RODRIGUEZ discusses how she sees Cuban international relations shaping up in the future. By James Tweedie ARLEEN RODRIGUEZ is a prominent Cuban journalist and director of Mesa Redonda (Round Table), the most important discussion programme for analysis of national and international debates on Cuban TV, together with a ... read more