Viewing from December 2018

Cuban Presidency Calls to Celebrate the Triumph of the Revolution

News from Cuba | Friday, 28 December 2018

Cuba”s Presidency has called on the nation today to celebrate on January 1 the triumph of the Revolution on its 60th anniversary and highlighted the main ceremony on the occasion planned for Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba. ‘We will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban ... read more

Supporting the sound of socialism

Campaign News | Friday, 28 December 2018

ROB MILLER, Cuba Solidarity Campaign director, reports on Play for Cuba, an exciting new campaign collecting musical instruments and equipment to send to young musicians on the island Play for Cuba is supporting young musicians on the island by providing new and second-hand instruments donated by British supporters. The appeal was ... read more

Cuba Will Defend Peace and Multilateralism in 2019, Foreign Minister

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Cuba”s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez announced on Wednesday that in 2019 Cuba will maintain its commitment to the defense of peace, multilateralism and sovereign equality. The chief diplomat posted a video on Twitter in which he points out Cuba’s participation in the Non-Aligned Movement summit scheduled for Baku, Azerbaijan. He also highlighted ... read more

Diaz-Canel Describes 2019 as a Year of Challenges and Victories

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 26 December 2018

‘A new year is about to begin, a new anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. It will be a year of challenges, battles, and victories and we will go for more,’ he wrote on his Twitter account. To the labels #SomosCuba and #SomosContinuidad, the president added # YoVotoSí, in ... read more

We will move forward. And we will continue to be victorious

News from Cuba | Monday, 24 December 2018

(Council of State transcript, GI translation) Dear Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Party Central Committee; Compañeros Machado and Lazo; Deputies; Compatriots: Our first words on Educator’s Day are to congratulate and recognize Cuban teachers who, more than their time, dedicate their life’s purpose to us. The year 2018 is almost at an ... read more

The NEU delegation visited a Pinar del Rio primary school

Working Together: Education and Community in Cuba

Campaign News | Monday, 24 December 2018

AS I reflect on my recent visit to Cuba as part of the National Education Union’s delegation of teachers, I am struck by the overwhelming sense of community that we witnessed throughout the time we were there. Our delegation lasted just six days, but in that short space of time were ... read more

Cuba's passion for education is an inspiration to all

Campaign News | Monday, 24 December 2018

FROM the very first days of the revolution education became a priority. In 1953, around half a million or 44 per cent of children between the ages of six and 14 were without schools, only 17 per cent of 15-19-year-olds attended formal education and more than one million people were illiterate. The ... read more

Cuba's revolution, soon to be 60 years young, shows us what is possible under socialism

News from Cuba | Monday, 24 December 2018

FIFTY-SEVEN years ago, Fidel Castro declared Cuba free of illiteracy. This staggering achievement of the Cuban people came after a year of intense struggle involving an estimated one million Cubans. From January 1 to December 22 1961, 100,000 young people aged 10-19 journeyed out into the countryside to teach people to ... read more

Healthcare for all is not an aspiration but a reality for Cubans

Campaign News | Monday, 24 December 2018

"Visiiting Cuba reminds me that health for all is not a dream for the future, it's not just an aspiration; it’s a reality now. Cuba is an example for the world” - Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general, World Health Organisation DESPITE the huge economic challenge of the US blockade, Cubans receive world ... read more

Vilma Espin founded the Federation of Cuban Women in 1960

Women and the 'revolution within the revolution'

Campaign News | Monday, 24 December 2018

FROM the outset, the revolution sought to reverse the inequalities which existed in Cuban society. Although women made up only 17 per cent of the labour force, and were the primary victims of the illiteracy that afflicted much of the population, they played a key role in the fight against the ... read more

The Latin American Medical School

Campaign News | Monday, 24 December 2018

IN HAVANA, written on a wall there is a slogan accredited to young communists: “Amor es la major ley” (love is the best law). What would you give to live in a society where love is proclaimed as the best law? Words like “love thy neighbour as thyself” are often ... read more

Cuban President praises Cuban doctors who returned from Brazil

News from Cuba | Sunday, 23 December 2018

A quote from Fidel presided the central act to mark the end of the Cuban Medical Brigade’s participation in Brazil’s More Doctors program, held this Thursday in Havana: “No one can sabotage Cuba’s cooperation with other Third World countries. Facts and not just words. Fast action and not waiting indefinitely ... read more

Cuban Baseball Federation and MLB reach historic agreement

News from Cuba | Sunday, 23 December 2018

“Today is a happy day for Cuban baseball, for the world, the people of Cuba and the United States,” stated Higinio Vélez Carrión, president of the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB), at a press conference shortly after the FCB and Major League Baseball (MLB) announced the historic agreement reached, ... read more

Police tell pub landlord to remove pic of Che Guevara

News from Cuba | Sunday, 23 December 2018

Police in Greater Manchester have told a pub to take down its picture of Che Guevara, a landlord has alleged. Geoff Oliver, who owns The Sportsman in Hyde, claimed at the weekend that he may face a criminal investigation for displaying a photo of the revolutionary in his pub window. Mr Oliver ... read more

Diaz-Canel: Cuban medical collaboration will never be for business sake

News from Cuba | Saturday, 22 December 2018

Miguel Díaz-Canel, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, reiterated that Cuba's collaboration in the field of health will never be for business sake; it will always be guided by the values of humanism, solidarity and internationalism. Summarizing the central act for the culmination of the Cuban Medical Brigade in ... read more

Bush, Posada and Dirty War Against Cuba

News from Cuba | Friday, 21 December 2018

Former president George H.W. Bush recently died. Stories abound as to his civility and easy interaction with political associates and casual contacts alike. In Maine, where his family owns a summer home, the press highlighted such qualities and also his generosity. The assumption prevails that affability softened the hard edges ... read more

60th anniversary messages flood in from across the globe

Campaign News | Thursday, 20 December 2018

Almost 1,000 people in less than a week have added their 60th anniversary messages to congratulate the Cuban people on their achievements after 60 years of their Revolution. Hundreds of friends from across the globe, including parliamentarians and trade union leaders have sent messages of solidarity. To add yours go to Trade ... read more

Jair Bolsonaro and John Bolton

Brazil's Bolsonaro says he will target Venezuela, Cuba

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 19 December 2018

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday that he would take all action “within the rule of law and democracy” to oppose the governments of Venezuela and Cuba. Bolsonaro, who takes power Jan. 1, is a fervent anti-communist who has praised his country’s 1964-1985 military regime. ... read more

Defending sexual diversity

News from Cuba | Friday, 14 December 2018

Cuba’s National Center for Sex Education( CENESEX) , founded in 1988, promotes sex education based on a socialist, emancipatory paradigm, recognising the right to sexuality as inalienable Cuba’s National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX) was founded on December 28, 1988, to support formal, popular, and community education processes regarding, sexuality, gender ... read more

The rhythm of socialism

Campaign News | Tuesday, 11 December 2018

NEIL SLEDGE of the National Education Union reports back on the role of music in Cuban schools following a visit to the socialist Caribbean island CUBA is well known for its love of dance and music. Children and adults here at home are used to seeing and hearing salsa music on ... read more

UK Government responds to CSC on US Blockade of Cuba

Campaign News | Monday, 10 December 2018

UK government says "The extraterritorial impact of these measures on the UK, in violation of commonly accepted rules of international trade, negatively affect British economic interests" Following an urgent Cuba Solidarity Campaign action that led to over 800 CSC members and supporters writing to Sir Alan Duncan MP in less than ... read more

Ollie Hopkins, CSC Campaigns Officer, Mike Jackson, LGSM Secretary and Mariela Castro at the Gay's the Word bookshop

“Socialism, Yes, Homophobia, No!” Mariela Castro visits UK

Campaign News | Thursday, 6 December 2018

Mariela Castro met with parliamentarians, trade unionists and LGBT+ activists in the UK Dr Mariela Castro Espín, Director of Cuba’s National Centre for Sex Education (CENESEX), MP and academic, was invited by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign to take part in a full programme of activities, including meetings with parliamentarians, trade unionists ... read more

AMLO Holds Fraternal Meeting with Cuba President

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 5 December 2018

The meeting took place after the inauguration ceremony of the new Mexican President, which was attended by 20 Heads of State Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, president of the Councils of State and Ministers, and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, his Mexican counterpart, held a meeting after the inauguration ceremony of the latter, which ... read more

Leidys Ana González Bello

The Cuban doctor and the pain of leaving Brazil

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Brasilia. Everyone wants to hug the Cuban doctor Leidys Ana González Bello, who wants her patients to live healthy lives, and works continuously to treat the city of Santa María Sur, 35 kilometres from the capital. “I would have liked to continue treating my patients. I am truly sorry to leave ... read more

Jeremy Corbyn sent a video message to the Latin America Conference

Huge turnout for solidarity with Latin America at a crucial time

Campaign News | Tuesday, 4 December 2018

"Adelante! La lucha continua" - Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn MP sends video message to the Latin America Conference whilst at AMLO's inauguration in Mexico LATIN AMERICA 2018 A huge turnout of around 600 people attended the 14th annual Latin America Congress at the TUC’s Congress House in central London ... read more

A window into another world of education

Campaign News | Tuesday, 4 December 2018

In the first of a series of articles from a recent NEU delegation to Cuba, MEGAN QUINN reflects on some of the sharp differences between the Cuban education system and our own In a week full of meetings and school visits, it was the few hours which we spent at a ... read more