Viewing from November 2017

Phil Lenton pictured with Fidel Castro

A tribute to Phil Lenton, friend of Cuba and internationalist

Campaign News | Thursday, 30 November 2017

The Cuba Solidarity Campaign heard the sad news of the passing of Phil Lenton and together with the Cuban Workers Central (CTC) has paid tribute to his enduring support for Cuban people and their Revoltuion. Both statements are posted below. Message from CSC: On behalf of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign in the ... read more

Cuban MPs meet with Labour MPs in Parliament

Cuban MPs receive warm welcome in Westminster

Campaign News | Thursday, 30 November 2017

IPU Delegation Six Cuban National Assembly members (MPs) visited Britain as part of an Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) exchange, the largest ever delegation of Cuban MPs to visit Britain. The six visiting MPs came from diverse professional backgrounds, including Maria Rubio, a qualified doctor and specialist in the prevention of breast cancer; Pablo ... read more

This is How Cubans Run, Campaign and Vote in Elections

News from Cuba | Monday, 27 November 2017

The Cuban electoral process doesn't allow discriminatory, offensive, defamatory and demeaning political campaigning and no political, social or financial organisation can pay for any campaign. Cuba is holding another election, this one for citizens to choose representatives from municipalities from over 27,000 candidates who will be competing for 605 People's Power ... read more

How does democracy in Cuba work?

News from Cuba | Monday, 27 November 2017

With Raul Castro’s announcement that he will not accept nomination to the presidency in 2018, we can expect the spotlight to be shone on the Cuba elections as never before. LAUREN COLLINS explains the Cuban election process and the participatory nature of Cuba’s system of government Municipal delegates and popular participation ... read more

Armando Hart, a founder of the July 26 Movement, dies

News from Cuba | Monday, 27 November 2017

Outstanding revolutionary combatant Armando Hart Dávalos died yesterday afternoon, November 26, as a result of respiratory failure. Hart was born June 13, 1930 in Havana, and as a student at the university here, held numerous positions of responsibility in the Federation of University Students and the Orthodox Youth. He graduated with ... read more

Fidel Castro, 1926 - 2016

Campaign News | Friday, 24 November 2017

One year since the death of Fidel Castro On Friday 25 November 2016, Fidel Castro, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, died aged 90 years old. His passing was on the eve of the annual Latin America Conference at Congress House, where the following day tributes poured in for the ... read more

Message for NHS from Aleida Guevara

News from Cuba | Friday, 17 November 2017

Camden New Journal: ANEURIN Bevan, founder of the National Health Service, swore it would last as long as there are “folk with faith to fight for it”. Seventy years later the Welsh socialist’s warning still resonates in the Caribbean island of Cuba. Dr Aleida Guevara, a paediatrician, and daughter of Che Guevara, ... read more

Aleida Guevara March and her brother Camillo attend a commemoration in Bolivia of the 50th anniversary of their father’s death

Aleida Guevara on Cuba, Trump and her revolutionary father

News from Cuba | Thursday, 16 November 2017

The daughter of Che Guevara is a firm believer in the Cuba her father helped to create, and believes it’s time the US lifted its embargo on the Caribbean nation. She spoke to David Walsh during a UK speaking tour The spirit of Che Guevara lives on, and is sizing ... read more

Minrex statement on the provisions and regulations issued by the Departments of State, the Treasury and Commerce

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Today, November 8, the Departments of State, the Treasury and Commerce issued new provisions and regulations to implement the measures aimed at strengthening the blockade on Cuba announced on the past June 6, by President Trump and included in the executive order entitled “National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the ... read more

Aleida Guevara speaks to thousands on Che Guevara Anniversary Tour

Campaign News | Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Aleida Guevara was invited by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign for the Che Guevara 50th Anniversary Tour Dr Aleida Guevara March spoke directly to over 3000 people in 7 towns and cities at over 20 different meetings during her 10 day stay in Britain and Ireland. The tour coincided with the 50th anniversary ... read more

Oscar López Rivera receives Solidarity Order in Cuba

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Oscar López Rivera "feels at home" in Cuba Puerto Rican independence fighter, Oscar López Rivera, was greeted at José Martí International Airport by Fernando González, president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with Peoples (ICAP). Upon his arrival in Havana during the dawn hours today, November 13, the Puerto Rican patriot expressed ... read more

Trump further tightened the US blockade of Cuba in June 2017

The Empire Strikes Back

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Latin America is under threat from an increasingly aggressive Trump administration, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE FOR decades now, the US has sought to intervene and bring down progressive governments — or indeed just governments that seek to assert their national sovereignty — in Latin America, using a range of methods, from “soft ... read more

Che’s Daughter Aleida Calls For Unity Of The Left

Campaign News | Monday, 13 November 2017

Aleida Guevara 2017 North Wales meeting, Morning Star report: They had travelled to Denbigh Town Hall from as far as the Wirral, Anglesey and Aberystwyth to celebrate the Cuban revolution in music, song and verse and to hear Aleida Guevara talk about her father’s legacy and the current situation in ... read more

Photo: Dougie Souness

‘It doesn’t matter the sacrifice one man makes when all of humanity is up for grabs’ – Aleida Guevara

Campaign News | Sunday, 12 November 2017

Cuba Solidarity Campaign Rally in Glasgow – experiencing that another world is possible. October 9th 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the execution of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, at the hands of the Bolivian military, orchestrated by the CIA. 50 years on, Latin America is still a tumultuous political constant, however it ... read more

The blockade hurts Cuba most, but it also hurts the world: Aleida Guevara in Manchester

Campaign News | Saturday, 11 November 2017

Julie Lamin reports from the Manchester leg of the Aleida Guevara Tour For the woman cradled as a baby in the arms of the inspirational ‘Che’ where could be more fitting for her to speak than in the building where the British TUC was born? As a living and lasting legacy ... read more

Telesur: Open University Lifts Ban on Cuban Students

Campaign News | Friday, 10 November 2017

Cuba Solidarity Campaign of the U.K. pressured Open University to end the school’s “discriminatory policy of barring Cuban students." Open University near Buckinghamshire, England has lifted its ban on Cuban students from studying at the institution. The announcement came from the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, CSC, of the United Kingdom that had worked ... read more

NEU Statement on the Open University’s change of policy relating to Cuban students

Campaign News | Friday, 10 November 2017

The National Education Union – NUT Section welcomes the changed position of the OpenUniversity to allow the admission of Cuban students and others affected by US sanctions. Theprevious ban was not only illegal but unfair, restricting students solely on the basis of theirnationality. I am pleased that the NEU – ... read more

Morning Star: End Of OU Embargo On Cubans Cheered

Campaign News | Friday, 10 November 2017

But it should have never existed, say activists THE lifting of an Open University (OU) ban on Cuban students after a widespread outcry was welcomed yesterday by campaigners, who said it should never have been imposed in the first place. The distance-learning institution announced on Wednesday that it will now allow overseas ... read more

U.S. announces new restrictions on trade and travel to Cuba

News from Cuba | Friday, 10 November 2017

Donald Trump's administration has further tightened its 55 year old blockade of Cuba Washington.— The United States government announced November 8 new restrictions on U.S. citizens interest in doing business with and traveling to Cuba, as part of the Presidential Memorandum which reverses key aspects of the process of rapprochement between ... read more

US Tightens Sanctions on Cuba With New Provisions

News from Cuba | Thursday, 9 November 2017

Scheduled to take effect on Thursday, the changes will prevent U.S. trade with and travel to the Caribbean island. Cuba has been hit with new U.S.-imposed restrictions, which have, in effect, tightened the sanctions on the largest island in the Caribbean. The move is part of U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign pledge ... read more

Victory for campaign against Open University ban

Campaign News | Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Thanks to the persistent campaigning of CSC members, affiliates and supporters the Open University has reversed its discriminatory policy of barring Cuban students from studying at the institution. This campaign victory comes as a direct result of the actions taken by thousands of CSC supporters writing to the OU and to ... read more

Aleida Guevara in Scotland, November 2016. Photo by Dougie Souness

Aleida Guevara: “In Cuba, the people are the only master we serve”

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Interview with Aleida Guevara March (1) Interview conducted by Andrea Duffour * How is it that a Cuban doctor is taking part in humanitarian missions in Africa and taking interest in agrarian reforms in Brazil? AG In Cuba doctors are educated to care for the people, the only master we serve. From ... read more

The Lizt Alfonso Dance Company could not receive US visas following Trump's hostility toward Cuba

Cuba’s Cultural Sector Slammed By Partial Closure of US Embassy

News from Cuba | Monday, 6 November 2017

Cuba’s Cultural Sector Slammed By Partial Closure of US Embassy On September 29, 2017, the US State Department ordered a partial closure of the US Embassy, resulting in a complete shutdown of operations in the consular section. All visa processing services were indefinitely suspended. The justification for the decision was based ... read more

Aleida Guevara: Cuba hit economic bottom after USSR dissolved

Campaign News | Saturday, 4 November 2017

CHE GUEVARA’S daughter Dr Aleida Guevara speaks to the Morning Star todat on the future of socialism as trade unionists, academics and activists unite to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Dr Guevara, who was speaking at a TUC event to mark the centenary of the pivotal moment of the ... read more

Aleida Guevara 2017 Tour begins

Campaign News | Saturday, 4 November 2017

Monday 9 October 2017 was the 50th anniversary of the death of revolutionary leader and hero of the Cuban Revolution, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. Che was executed by Bolivan army officer, Mario Terán, following orders from the CIA in Bolivia in 1967. Almost 40 years later Terán went to have cataract treatment ... read more

Only US and Israel vote against lifting blockade on Cuba at UN

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 1 November 2017

The U.N. General Assembly has voted 191 to 2 for the lifting of the U.S. blockade on Cuba as the United States and Israel were the only countries to vote against the resolution. Delegate after delegate called for the end of the blockade, highlighting the progressive and positive role Cuba plays ... read more

Hashtags such as #NoMasBloqueo, #Niunpasoatras, and #UnblockCuba, are being used to condemn the U.S. blockade against Cuba. | Photo: EFE

Twitter Storm Launched Against US Blockade of Cuba

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Hashtags such as #NoMasBloqueo, #Niunpasoatras, and #UnblockCuba, are being used to condemn the U.S. blockade against Cuba.“Cuba's only crime is its decision to be a free, sovereign and socialist country just 90 miles from the Empire,” a statement said. United in an international campaign, people against the U.S. blockade on Cuba ... read more

US to vote against UN resolution condemning Cuba embargo

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 1 November 2017

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Wednesday will vote against the U.N. resolution condemning the U.S. embargo on Cuba, the State Department announced Tuesday, reversing an Obama-era abstention. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert made the announcement at the department's press briefing. The United States in 2016 abstained from the ... read more

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez speaks at the 4th Meeting of Cuban Residents in the U.S. in Defense of National Sovereignty and Against the Blockade. | Photo: @CubaMINREX

Cuba Announces New Migration Laws, Slams US Obstacles

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 1 November 2017

“While the U.S. government shuts down, Cuba opens up,” the island's foreign minister said. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said that migration has been used as a form of aggression by the United States against Cuba, including the malicious assertion that Cubans continue to emigrate in mass. Speaking at the Fourth ... read more