Viewing from December 2004

Message of condolence to heads of state and government of the Asian nations

Campaign News | Tuesday, 28 December 2004

Fidel expresses solidarity with countries hit by violent tremor and seaquakesFIDEL Castro Ruz, president of the Councils of State and Ministers, yesterday sent messages of condolence to the heads of state and/or government of seven South East Asian countries, victims of the grave consequences of a violent earthquake measuring 8.9 ... read more

Significant increase in education and health budgets for 2005

Campaign News | Tuesday, 28 December 2004

Welfare gets the benefit of positive growth in 2004Havana 24 Dec - FOR 2005, 68% of the state budget spending is to be directed to raising the levels of education, public health, social security, culture, sports and science and technology, announced Georgina Barreiro, minister of finance and prices, on presenting ... read more

Cuba hits target of 2 million tourists

Campaign News | Monday, 27 December 2004

Achievement is victory in face of US efforts to chke off businessHAVANA 27 Dec - Cuba's tourism minister said on Sunday that 2 million people visited the Caribbean island so far this year, achieving a long sought after goal despite US efforts to undermine the country's main foreign exchange earner."This ... read more

Cuba reports 5 per cent growth in 2004

Campaign News | Monday, 27 December 2004

budget for 2005 will increase social welfare spendingHAVANA 24 Dec: Cuban tourism and the economy overall continued the remarkable growth of recent years in 2004 despite a pair of devastating hurricanes, increased US sanctions and higher oil prices, the island's top economic planner said on Thursday.Cuba's gross domestic product (GDP) ... read more

Cuban cartoonists join US Xmas lights protest

Campaign News | Wednesday, 22 December 2004

Decoration outside Interests Section causes outrageHAVANA 22 Dec - Cuban cartoonists have added gigantic caricatures of President Bush and his top diplomat in Cuba to an array of graphics around the US mission attacking America's human rights policies.It was the latest response in a bitter exchange which began last week ... read more

Worst drought in 74 years

Campaign News | Wednesday, 22 December 2004

Trucks supplying water to 700,000 in the EastHavana dec 22: Rainfall in Cuba between January and November 2004 reached its lowest record in the last 74 years according to registers for this period.Cuba has two seasons: rainy (May-October) and dry (November-April). Throughout this year, the supposedly rain months registered the ... read more

Bush is choking off US travel to Cuba

Campaign News | Tuesday, 21 December 2004

Restrictions reduce US travel to Cuba by more than halfWASHINGTON Dec 20: The number of passengers flying to Cuba from the United States has plummeted since last year, according to figures compiled by the State Department.The trend suggests tougher travel restrictions put in place last summer by the Bush administration ... read more

US denies academic James Petras permission to travel to Cuba

Campaign News | Monday, 20 December 2004

Left wing political scientist cannot attend book fairHavana, Dec 20: US left-wing political scientist James Petras has had to apologize to the organizers of the 24th International Book Fair, due to take place on February 3-13 in Havana, for his absence, as the US State Department has denied him a ... read more

UN applauds unique reproductive health advances in Cuba

Campaign News | Saturday, 18 December 2004

'I have not seen these achievements anywhere else', says officialHAVANA, Dec. 18 - Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, Thoraya Obaid, praised Cuba on Saturday for advances made in sexual and reproductive health."What I have seen in the island nation in terms of sanitary conditions, reproductive and sexual ... read more

John Bolton’s appointment would destroy State Department credibility

Campaign News | Friday, 17 December 2004

Fear that Bush will appoint Bolton causes anxiety in WashingtonWashington December 15: In a press release, the Washington-based think-tank, the Council on Hemispheric Affairs has warned of the damge that apointing John Bolton to the State Department under Condoleeza Rice might cause.Bolton, an ultra-right ideologue of the neo-conservative tendency in ... read more

Daughter of the revolution: Aleida Guevara interview in the New Scientist

Campaign News | Thursday, 16 December 2004

Che's duaghter talks frankly to UK science magazineWhat is it like to be the child of someone whose image confronts us daily on the covers of books, posters, T-shirts - and now in The Motorcycle Diaries, played by an actor? Aleida Guevara, the eldest child of Che's children by his ... read more

EU recommends restoring dialogue with Cuba

Campaign News | Wednesday, 15 December 2004

But contact with so-called dissidents will increaseBrussels 14 Dec. European Union officials have recommended excluding dissidents from cocktail functions at EU embassies in Havana and resuming high-level visits to the island as a way to restore dialogue with the Cuban government.However, the officials also recommended not inviting high-ranking Cuban government ... read more

Mensaje para dos: CSC's Ken Gill and Rob Miller interviewed in the Cuban press

Campaign News | Wednesday, 15 December 2004

From the Juventud rebelde, the youth daily paperHavana Dec 8: Británicos solidarios con Cuba sientan pauta ante la agresividad de la administración Bush y alertan a BlairMarina Menéndez QuinteroLa incondicionalidad con que el primer ministro de Gran Bretaña, Tony Blair, ha apoyado la cruzada contra el mundo de su colega ... read more

Cuba and Venezuela announce alternative to the Free Trade Area of the Americas

Campaign News | Wednesday, 15 December 2004

Chavez in Havana signs joint declarationHavana, Dec 14: Presidents Fidel Castro Ruz, of Cuba, and Hugo Chavez Frías, of Venezuela, signed a joint declaration and an accord on Tuesday in Havana to implement the Bolivarian Alternative of the Americas.The joint declaration strongly rejects the content and intentions of the Free ... read more

Cuba starts large-scale military exercises

Campaign News | Tuesday, 14 December 2004

Massive drill aimed at deminstating Cuba's preparedness for an invasionHAVANA, Dec. 13 Cuba's Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, Raul Castro, on Monday ordered the beginning of 7-day strategic drills in which 100,000 soldiers and millions of civilians will have participated.In a speech broadcast by local media at 9:00 a.m. ... read more

Chávez begins visit to Cuba

Campaign News | Tuesday, 14 December 2004

Venezuelan premiere in Havana at Fidel's invitationMonday Dec. 13: Hugo Chávez Frías, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, began an official and friendly visit to Cuba in response to an invitation from President Fidel Castro.The visit, scheduled to start on Sunday, was postponed due to unforeseen work motives.During his ... read more

Youth are the revolution’s future

Campaign News | Monday, 13 December 2004

Interview with Cuban Communist Party leaderCuba's Youth Communist Party has just completed its five-yearly Congress. In this interview with the weekly Nuestra Propuesta <>, Cuban Communist Party member Celia Hart Santamaria analysed the situation of youth in Cuba, the challenges facing her every day, and current socialist and revolutionary ideas.The ... read more

Cuban vaccine against lung cancer enters clinical trials

Campaign News | Sunday, 12 December 2004

Batches to be manufactured at new plantA Cuban therapeutic vaccine against lung cancer is to move onto the clinical trials stage in the United States for its subsequent registration in that country, according to José Miyar Barruecos, secretary of the Cuban Council of State.Lung cancer causes more than half a ... read more

Banco Santander is fined for dealing with Cuba

Campaign News | Thursday, 9 December 2004

Bush regime moves against another European companyBanco Santander Central Hispano, the Spanish bank which owns Abbey National, has been fined $20,000 (£10,000) by the US authorities for breaching trade sanctions against Cuba.The fine has been levied against Santander's bank in Nassau, Bahamas, for a transfer of funds through Cuba in ... read more

Cuba condems campaign against the UN and its Secretary General

Campaign News | Thursday, 9 December 2004

Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues statementHavana December 8 - IN a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement made public on December 8, Cuba has condemned a campaign unleashed by US political circles against the UN and its Secretary General Kofi Annan."This hysterical campaign against the United Nations has reached the point ... read more

Cuba is ready to resist a US invasion, says Raul

Campaign News | Tuesday, 7 December 2004

Massive military drills designed to deter an attackHAVANA Dec 7 - Cuba's Defense Minister Raul Castro warned the United States on Tuesday not to repeat its mistakes in Vietnam and Iraq by invading Cuba because its population is ready to resist.Raul said civilian-military exercises to be held across the country ... read more

Chirac welcomes Spanish attempt to thaw relations with Cuba

Campaign News | Tuesday, 7 December 2004

French President puts clear distance between himself and WashingtonPARIS Dec 7: French President Jacques Chirac used a bilateral summit meeting with Spain to send a clear message to the Bush regime that France supports a policy of dialogue with the Cuban government.In a clear reference to remarks earlier in the ... read more

Scam of the century: CIA pilot's daughter lies to seek a fortune

Campaign News | Tuesday, 7 December 2004

Miami court award illustrates the corruption inherent in US policy towards CubaIn November, the daughter of a CIA pilot who was killed in the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 was awarded millions of dollars in damages by a Miami judge. She claimed, among other atrocious lies, that her father ... read more

Michigan couple face thousands in fines for trip to Cuba

Campaign News | Saturday, 4 December 2004

They may have to pay $110,000WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Michael and Angela McCarthy crossed the border from Ontario into Michigan in April 2001, an officer asked them where they'd been. The couple answered truthfully -- Cuba -- and mentioned they had brought back a couple of cigars.Three years and thousands ... read more

Top official says Bush intends to 'liberate' Cuba ' in this term

Campaign News | Saturday, 4 December 2004

Noriega says Bush is committed to destroying the revolutionPresident Bush will be committed during his second term to the "liberation of Cuba", a top State Department official said Friday.Roger Noriega, who heads the department's Latin American bureau, also said that once Fidel Castro is no longer in power, the United ... read more

Sixth so-called dissident is granted parole

Campaign News | Friday, 3 December 2004

Jailed pro-US activists released for reasons of healthHAVANA 02 December - The Cuban authorities freed a self-styled 'independent journalist' from prison on Thursday, making him the sixth so-called dissident released in a week on health grounds.Edel Jose Garcia Diaz, 60, was freed after a checkup at a Havana prison hospital, ... read more

Bush regime seeks to curtail food sales to Cuba

Campaign News | Friday, 3 December 2004

New rules may halt limited breach in blockadeWASHINGTON - U.S. food and agricultural products sold to Cuba may soon be barred from leaving American ports until Havana makes the cash payments required by law. The change could disrupt a multimillion-dollar business, industry experts said Thursday."From a logistical standpoint, the change ... read more

Chronicle of a death foretold: Why Cuba withdrew the dollar

Campaign News | Wednesday, 1 December 2004

and reclaimed its financial sovereigntyBy John Waller of the CSC and the Pastors for PeaceIts 6.30pm on October 25th - 5 days after Fidel fell and fractured his knee. A neighbour rushes in to the house in Pinar del Rio where I?m staying to announce that Fidel is on television ... read more

How the Bush regime intends to destroy the revolution

Campaign News | Wednesday, 1 December 2004

Guide to understanding “Report from the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba”By the Cuba Study Group of Santa Cruz County, USAcubastudygroup@scshop.comThis guide has been developed for legislators, journalists, teachers and others interested in understanding the intent and possible ramifications of a US-Cuba policy based on the recommendations in the ... read more