Viewing from February 2005

Cuba may halt food purchases from the US

Campaign News | Thursday, 24 February 2005

Bush demands payment before food sails for CubaHAVANA Feb. 23 - Cuba is considering halting purchases of American farm products worth $400 million a year because of new Bush administration rules demanding payment before shipment to the island, Cuban officials said on Wednesday.One official said the payment rules announced by ... read more

Analysis: How the US is trying to undermine the Revolution

Campaign News | Wednesday, 23 February 2005

by Salim Lamrani ; Translated by Barbara & David ForbesIn order to achieve their avowed objective of destroying the Cuban revolution, the USA has several different strings to its bow. Apart from the economic sanctions condemned by the entire international community (1), various acts of violence and sabotage from the ... read more

Chavez accuses US of planning to assassinate him

Campaign News | Tuesday, 22 February 2005

If I am killed, Bush will be to blame, says Venezuelan leaderCaracas, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela?s President Hugo Chavez accused the US government of planning his assassination and backing continued aggressions against that country."If anything ever happens to me, the name of the person responsible is US President George ... read more

US is aiding Cuba opposition, says Chicago newspaper

Campaign News | Monday, 21 February 2005

Reports say cash assists dissident causeCHICAGO TRIBUNE Feb. 21: As part of a broad strategy to spur political change in Cuba, the US government has been quietly sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to activists seeking to undermine President Fidel Castro's one-party state, according to documents and interviews.The cash assistance ... read more

Dallas newspaper says US is planning for a Cuba without Fidel - soon

Campaign News | Thursday, 17 February 2005

Report says Cuba should be worried about Bush regime's intentionsDALLAS NEWS Feb 17 - Iraq, Iran and North Korea are more than enough to fill Washington's plate these days, but one country hasn't left the table for nearly a half-century: Cuba.Now,though, some U.S. officials are convinced the communist regime's downfall ... read more

CIA boss says Cuba and Venezuela are 'unstable'

Campaign News | Thursday, 17 February 2005

Goss goes on offensive as Negroponte becomes 'Intelligence Tzar'Washington Feb 17. - CIA director Porter Goss is the latest USA official to take a potshot at Cuba and Venezuela, saying he considers the countries potentially unstable in 2005.Speaking to the US Senate Intelligence Committee, Goss says Venezuela, Colombia, Haiti, Cuba ... read more

World Health Organisation praises Cuban health service

Campaign News | Wednesday, 16 February 2005

Primary care and AIDS treatment models for other countries, says officialHavana Feb. 16 - Jack Chi-con Chow, Deputy Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO), after returning from a visit to Cuba, praised the country's primary healthcare services as a model for other countries to employ.The WHO official highlighted the ... read more

Robert Ménard, friend of Miami terrorists and “advisor” in Brussels

Campaign News | Wednesday, 16 February 2005

French academic reveals the sordid reality of Reporters sans frontiersBY JEAN-GUY ALLARD -Special for Granma International-THE latest anti-Cuba attacks by the French NGO Reporters sans frontières (RSF) within the European Union are the result of an “unhealthy obsession” that is “too similar to that of the White House for it ... read more

EU and Cuba join forces on drug enforcement in the Caribbean

Campaign News | Tuesday, 15 February 2005

New course for regional police heralds new era in relationsHAVANA Feb 14 - Cuba's top anti-drug agent and European officials launched a course on drug interdiction in the Caribbean - one of the first renewed programmes since diplomatic relations between Havana and the EU were restored last month.John Dew, the ... read more

Cuban Communist Party not to stand in the April elections

Campaign News | Saturday, 12 February 2005

Cubans are free to select and reject candidates of their choiceHavana, Feb 11 - The Cuban Communist Party (PCC) will not propose candidates to campaign in Cuban elections, according to the Cuban daily newspaper Granma.The PCC, the mainstay of Cuban political and steadfastness and unity, and the only political party ... read more

World Festival of Youth and Students,

Campaign News | Friday, 11 February 2005

Venezuela, August, 2005.World Festival of Youth and Students,On the 7-15th August, 2005 the 16th World Festival of Youth and Students will take place in Caracas, Venezuela.The festival, organised by the World Federation of Democratic Youth, will act as a focal point for discussion on a variety of solidarity, anti-war, social ... read more

Michigan couple must pay $5,250 fine for travel to Cuba, judge rules

Campaign News | Friday, 11 February 2005

Catholic pair fight the travel banDETROIT February 11 - An US judge has fined a Michigan couple $5,250 for traveling to Cuba in 2001.The US Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control had asked Administrative Law Judge Irwin Schroeder to fine Michael and Andrea McCarthy $9,750.The McCarthys, of Port ... read more

Cuba claims world's oldest man

Campaign News | Thursday, 10 February 2005

119 year old enters world record booksHAVANA Feb 9 - Cuba's "120 Years Club," inspired by President Fidel Castro to help Cubans live to a ripe old age, has claimed one of its members as the world's oldest man at 119.Benito Martinez Abagan actually says he was born in Haiti ... read more

Cuba prepares for local elections

Campaign News | Tuesday, 8 February 2005

Voting takes place on 17 AprilWith nonpartisan municipal elections slated for April 17, Cubans will soon gather at neighborhood meetings to nominate candidatures for the nation?s 169 municipal governments.In every electoral district, which have a maximum population of 399 inhabitants, residents select candidates for their People’s Power Municipal Assembly, the ... read more

Cuba bans smoking in public places

Campaign News | Monday, 7 February 2005

New laws aimed at saving livesCuba - the home of the fine cigar - has brought in tough new regulations on tobacco smoking in public places.It is now banned in most work places, cigarette machines are being removed and it will be illegal to sell tobacco products close to schools.The ... read more

Cuba gets ready for 2.5 million tourists in 2005

Campaign News | Friday, 4 February 2005

Island aims to keep industry growingMadrid Feb. 3 - After cracking the two-million-tourist plateau in 2004, the island nation of Cuba is hoping to reach a new milestone this time around: 2.5 million visitors to the country?s sun-and-sand destinations who are also lured by an array of choices ranging from ... read more

Pastors for Peace caravan to Cuba

Campaign News | Friday, 4 February 2005

Letter from the Rev. Lucius WalkerFebruary 3, 2005Dear Friends, On behalf of our board, staff and the national network of IFCO/Pastors for Peace in the United States, I want to extend our warmest solidarity greetings. I am writing to put out a special call -- to ask for your participation in ... read more

Cuba and Venezuela to contribute to eliminating illiteracy in Latin America

Campaign News | Thursday, 3 February 2005

Countries will use unique Cuban teaching methodHavana Feb. 02- Venezuela and Cuba are to work together and in coordination with other Latin American countries to eliminate illiteracy on the continent utilizing Cuban methods of proven rapid effectiveness already functioning in the former country, according to Luis Ignacio Gómez, minister of ... read more

Only nuclear attack can defeat us, says Fidel

Campaign News | Wednesday, 2 February 2005

We do not need Europe or the USA says Cuban leaderHAVANA, Feb 1 - Cuba's President Fidel Castro said on Tuesday that the only way the United States could overthrow the revolution was by nuclear destruction.Cuba, recently labeled an "outpost of tyranny" by US President George W. Bush's administration, would ... read more

US frowns on end of Cuba sanctions, but EU diplomats defend policy

Campaign News | Tuesday, 1 February 2005

Division apparent in transatlantic allianceWashington Feb. 1 - The United States took a dim view Tuesday of an EU suspension of diplomatic sanctions on Cuba, calling productive dialogue with Havana "simply not possible."In a statement that marked a real split between Washington and Brussels on Cuba policy, State Department spokesman ... read more