Viewing from December 2005

Cuba ready to celebrate 47th Anniversary of the Revolution

Campaign News | Thursday, 29 December 2005

Big family get-together planned throughout the island.Havana 29 Dec: The main squares across the island will become a giant national dancehall as Cuban families flock to celebrate the 47th anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution.The best Cuban orchestras and bands will offer up concerts representing a diverse range of ... read more

Fidel says Condoleeza Rice is 'mad'

Campaign News | Monday, 26 December 2005

Cuban leader slams new US hostilityHavana Dec 24: Cuban President Fidel Castro has called the US secretary of state "mad" to think US moves to engender democratic and economic change on the island could be successful.On Dec. 19, Condoleezza Rice said a government commission on Cuba had been reconvened and ... read more

2006 will be brighter, says Cuban parliament

Campaign News | Monday, 26 December 2005

11.8 per cent growth in 2005Havana, Dec 24 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Parliament closed its last session of the year reaffirming the social, economic and political programmes of the Revolution, slamming the new threats by the US government and painting a brighter future for 2006.The legislative discussions, led by the ... read more

Lawyers for the Five demand their release

Campaign News | Monday, 26 December 2005

They are innocent and have served enough time, says WeinglassAtlanta 22 Dec: THE lawyers of the five Cubans imprisoned in the United States for combating terrorism have insisted on their clients’ innocence and called for their immediate release.Innocent. Not guilty. These are key terms in the case and Attorney Leonard ... read more

Fidel says US would make a big mistake if it tried to invade

Campaign News | Friday, 23 December 2005

Reaction to increased hostilityHavana, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Fidel Castro said on Thursday that the US government would be mistaken if it tries to invade or destroy Cuba, since the country is militarily invulnerable.Speaking at the meeting of the the National Assembly (Parliament), the Cuban Head of State ... read more

Bolivia's Morales thanks Cuba for example

Campaign News | Tuesday, 20 December 2005

Vows to liberate Bolivia and the regionHAVANA 20 December: Bolivian President-elect socialist Evo Morales thanked Cuba for providing an example for Latin America and vowed to "liberate" Bolivia and the region."Thank you very much Cuba for showing Latin America and the world how to live with dignity and sovereignty," Morales ... read more

Cuba and China foster cooperation

Campaign News | Tuesday, 20 December 2005

Visit by Party leader deepens relationshipHavana, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) The Speaker of the Cuban Parliament, Ricardo Alarcon, and Lou Gan, member of the Chinese Communist Party (ChCP) Permanent Committee Political Bureau, have agreed that their countries should further foster their friendly bonds.Alarcon, who met the visiting Chinese party leader ... read more

How detained emigre millionaire tried to blow up the Tropicana nightclub

Campaign News | Friday, 16 December 2005

Sanitago Alvarez fnanced plan to blow up famous nightspotBY FREDDY PÉREZ CABRERA-Granma daily staff writer-SANTA CLARA-These days the name of Santiago Alvarez Fernández-Magriña is being mentioned a lot, and with reason; he is the notorious terrorist charged with transporting Luis Posada Carriles to Miami on his personal boat, the now-famous ... read more

Cuban emigre confesses to having fired on a Havana hotel

Campaign News | Thursday, 15 December 2005

Jose Basulto on TV boasts of other acts of terrorism with the aid of the CIA and without being bothered by the FBIBY JEAN-GUY ALLARD - Special for Granma InternationalHavana 14 Dec: José Basulto, head of the Miami-based organization Brothers to the Rescue, openly bragged on a recent Miami Channel ... read more

Cuba to send 300 doctors to East Timor

Campaign News | Wednesday, 14 December 2005

Offer made to prime minister on visit to the islandHavana, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina)- Cuban President Fidel Castro stated that Cuba is willing to send up to 300 physicians to the Democratic Republic of East Timor, to broaden assistance on this field.The Cuban leader made the offer to East Timor ... read more

Millionaire Cuban emigre pleads not-guilty to weapons charges in Miami

Campaign News | Wednesday, 14 December 2005

Posada allies claim they are innocent of possessing arsenalMIAMI, USA, December 14, 2005: A millionaire anti-Castro activist and one of his employees pleaded innocent in Miami Tuesday to charges of possessing an illegal arsenal of automatic weapons.Santiago Alvarez, 64, the main defendant, is a staunch supporter of Luis Posada Carriles, ... read more

Americans hold protest near U.S. base in Cuba

Campaign News | Wednesday, 14 December 2005

Fast and prayers at Guantanamo baseHAVANA, Dec 13 - American anti-torture activists prayed and fasted for a second day near the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo in eastern Cuba on Tuesday to protest the treatment of terror suspects held there and demand access to the prisoners.It was the first demonstration ... read more

Cuba and CARICOM Firm on Terrorism

Campaign News | Monday, 12 December 2005

Participants lay wreath at monument to those killked in the terrorist attack of 1976Havana Dec 12: A strong commitment in the fight against terrorism is one the main results of the Second Cuba-CARICOM Summit held this week in Bridgetown, Barbados, said participants on Cuba’s nightly radio and television program “The ... read more

Fidel calls on the people to defeat crime and corruption

Campaign News | Sunday, 11 December 2005

Speech on 6th anniversary of the Battle of IdeasCardenas, Cuba, Dec 6: PRESIDENT Fidel Castro called on the Cuban people during a December 6 speech to participate consciously in the battle to do away with criminal behavior, corruption and indiscipline that are endangering the irreversibility of the Revolution.“This battle will ... read more

Guardian publishes article by Miami Five hero's wife at end of successful tour of Britain

Campaign News | Wednesday, 7 December 2005

British daily publishes comment piece by Olga Salanueva, wife of Rene GonzalezLondon 7 Dec: The Guardian Newspaper today published an opinion piece by Olga Salanueva which brought to a successful end the tour of Britain by Olga and her 7 year-old daughter Ivette. A farewell rally in Scotland was the ... read more

Cuba will never surrender, says Fidel

Campaign News | Wednesday, 7 December 2005

Speech to commemorate role in AngolaSpeech by Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz, President of the Republic of Cuba, at the ceremony commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola and the 49th anniversary of the landing of the 'Granma', Revolutionary Armed Forces Day, December 2, 2005Distinguished guestsInternationalist combatantsComrades49 ... read more

Fidel Castro Highlights Cuba's Social Programs

Campaign News | Wednesday, 7 December 2005

Cuba's Battle of Ideas is six years oldCardenas, Dec 6 (AIN) Fidel Castro spoke proudly Tuesday of the many innovative social programs being implemented in Cuba, at a celebration for the sixth anniversary of the what is known on the island as the "Battle of Ideas."The Cuban leader addressed a ... read more

World union solidarity in Cuba

Campaign News | Monday, 5 December 2005

Conference winds up in Havana with pledge of supportHavana, Dec 4 (Prensa Latina) The 15th Congress of the World Federation of Trade Unions wound up Sunday in this capital, after debating the role of the international working class faced with the neoliberal globalization's challenges.Attendees at Havana's International Conference Center repeatedly ... read more

Fidel expected at Caribbean-Cuba summit

Campaign News | Monday, 5 December 2005

Second CARICOM-Cuba conference to discuss deepening tiesBRIDGETOWN, Barbados 4 Dec: Relations between the 15-member CARICOM grouping and Cuba, its most north-westerly Caribbean neighbour, are expected to be further strengthened when the Second CARICOM-Cuba Summit convenes here in Barbados this week at the Barbados Hilton.The December 7 to 8 meeting will ... read more

Cuba's hurricane losses estimated at 4.5 billion USD

Campaign News | Monday, 5 December 2005

UN report assesses cost of record year for stormsHavana (VNA) 02 Dec - Property losses caused by hurricanes in Cuba this year are expected to reach more than 4.5 billion USD, according a report released by to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).The Caribbean region suffered a record 26 hurricanes, ... read more

Book links both Bushes to terrorist Posada Carriles

Campaign News | Friday, 2 December 2005

Authors say Bush Jr. is protecting his fatherCaracas, 1 Dec: The book "The Terrorist of the Bushes" ("El Terrorista de los Bush") by Venezuelan journalists Ernesto Villegas and Alexis Rojas went on sale Thursday at Kuai Mare bookstores, main Venezuelan publishing house.The book discloses links between terrorist Luis Posada Carriles ... read more

Tariq Ali visits Cuba

Campaign News | Friday, 2 December 2005

Anti-war activist praises Cuban internationalismFrom the Cuban Press: Havana, Nov 29:The Pakistani writer and filmmaker, Tariq Ali, author of an essay titled "Bush in Babylon: The Re-colonization of Iraq," is in Havana to meet Cuban academics.In his book he criticizes the imperial lust of the US to re- colonize the ... read more

Cuba fights AIDS with free drugs - not quarantine

Campaign News | Thursday, 1 December 2005

Island has lowest HIV incidence in the regionHAVANA, Nov 30 - When Cuba discovered its first AIDS case in 1986 among soldiers returning from Angola and Mozambique, alarm bells went off in the island's Communist leadership.The virus was largely unknown and 300,000 Cuban soldiers who fought in Africa over a ... read more