Viewing from March 2004

USA Today admits it lied over Cuba

Campaign News | Monday, 29 March 2004

Award winning journalist fabricated tale of migrants lost at seaThe resurrection of Jacqueline and other ghostsBy Ricardo Alarcon de QuesadaA new style is making headway in US journalism: to reveal that some of its main stories were the spurious work of frauds violating every ethical principle in order to lie, ... read more

Cuban foreign minister exposes US plot at Geneva

Campaign News | Saturday, 27 March 2004

Reveals draft resolution written by state department to be presented by another nationBY JOAQUIN ORAMAS of Granma InternationalMarch 25: United States seeking a new lackeyThe US government is seeking a new lackey to condemn Cuba in Geneva says Foreign Minister Felipe Pérez Roque.During a press conference with journalists from 50 ... read more

Virgin Atlantic to fly to Cuba from 2005

Campaign News | Friday, 26 March 2004

Airline boss Branson says service will start in JulyMarch 27: Virgin Atlantic plans to launch nonstop flights from London Gatwick to Cuba and the Bahamas in July 2005, the Miami Herald reports.The new flights will operate twice a week from London to Havana, starting July 21, 2005, and once a ... read more

Demand for changes in the EU policy on Cuba

Campaign News | Friday, 26 March 2004

Socialist victory in Spain puts pressure on 'Common Position'BRUSSELS March 26: On the initiative of Deputy Pedro Marset of the United Left, the European Parliament Friendship and Solidarity with the People of Cuba Group is to call on the new Spanish government to change the so-called European Common Position toward ... read more

The truth about the trials and the treatment of prisoners

Campaign News | Thursday, 25 March 2004

A statement from the Cuban mission to the UNMarch 25The Truth about the TrialsTwenty-nine trials were held in Cuba, in different provinces across the nation, in which 75 people were accused: 74 men and one woman. The courts handed down jail sentences of 6 to 28 years. Nowhere was the ... read more

Cuba receives first award for control of TB

Campaign News | Wednesday, 24 March 2004

Disease has almost been eradicated in the islandHavana, March 24: More than two million people in the world die annually from pulmonary tuberculosis, 50,000 of them on the American continent, but, as in many things, Cuba is the exception with a rate of 7 cases per 100,000 people.In recognition of ... read more

Cuba speaks out against biased report in Geneva

Campaign News | Wednesday, 24 March 2004

US suffers humiliating defeat over its defence of IsraelGeneva, March 24: The US failed today to keep Cuba from rebutting a biased report at the UN Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Geneva.The day began with the US suffering a defeat of its unconditional pro-Israeli policy in a vote condemning the ... read more

Terrorism will not cease while inequalities remain

Campaign News | Tuesday, 23 March 2004

Cuban diplomat calls for world disarmament at GenevaGeneva, Mar 23: Stopping terrorism requires reducing global inequality by implementing policies that reduce military spending and increase aid for development, Cuban diplomat Jorge Ferrer Rodriguez told the U.N. Commission on Human Rights on March 24."Terrorism cannot be defeated nor can armed conflicts ... read more

British MP tables EDM in support of Cuban Science

Campaign News | Monday, 22 March 2004

Early Day Motion attacks US ban on editing Cuban articles as absurdMarch 22: Ian Gibson MP, Chair of the All Party Cuba Group of Westminster MPs,has tabled an Early day Motion in support of Cuban Science.As of March 22, it had gathered 24 signatures:EDM 837CUBAN SCIENCE16.03.04Gibson/IanThat this House decries the ... read more

Anti-Cuban terrorists await sentencing in Panama

Campaign News | Friday, 19 March 2004

Verdict expected within 30 daysMarch 19: The trial in Panama of four Miami terrorists, who plotted to assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro, concluded Thursday with general certainty of the accused guilt and expectation they will receive the maximum penalty.Terrorists of Cuban-origin Luis Posada Carriles, Pedro Crispin Remon, Guillermo Novo Sampol, ... read more

Cuba rejects Human Rights resolution

Campaign News | Thursday, 18 March 2004

Speech by Cuban foreign minister at UN Human Rights CommissionSTATEMENT DELIVERED BY H. E. MR. FELIPE PÉREZ ROQUE, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA, AT THE HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT OF THE 60TH SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTSGeneva, 17 March 2004Mr. Chairman:For 17 years now, Cuba has ... read more

President Castro's message to new Spanish PM

Campaign News | Wednesday, 17 March 2004

Cuban leader asks for Latin Americans in Iraq to be sent homeMessage from the President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba to the distinguished Mr. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero on the occasion of his election as President of the Spanish governmentDistinguished Mr. José Luis ... read more

Who are these terrorists on trial in Panama?

Campaign News | Wednesday, 17 March 2004

By Jane Franklin, author of Cuba and the US: A Chronological HistoryWhen I wrote CUBA AND THE UNITED STATES: A CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY, I could not possibly follow the terrorist careers of every one of the hundreds of Cuban-American terrorists unleashed against Cuba from the United States; so I chose several ... read more

Panama prosecutor attacks accused Castro plotters

Campaign News | Wednesday, 17 March 2004

They should have no clemency, he saysMarch 17: Prosecutors said four Cuban émigrés accused of possessing explosives in an alleged plot to kill Fidel Castro planned to kill Cuba's leader in cold-blood, the Associated Press reports."There shouldn't be clemency for these people," said federal attorney Arquimedes Saez.After being delayed three ... read more

Fidel bomb plotters go on trial in Panama

Campaign News | Monday, 15 March 2004

Posada Carriles pleads not guiltyPANAMA CITY, March 15: A Cuban-born anti-communist went on trial on March 15 accused of plotting to kill Cuban President Fidel Castro in Panama in 2000.Luis Posada Carriles, 74, is being tried with five others of possessing explosives, threatening public security and plotting to violate the ... read more

March 15: Miami Five latest: “IT WAS A FAIR HEARING"

Campaign News | Monday, 15 March 2004

Interview with Leonard Weinglass, lawyer of Antonio Guerrero by Rosa Miriam Elizalde and Esther Barroso of the Cuban mediaHavana, March 15:He had just arrived in Havana, two days after the appeals hearing in the case of the Five Cubans, who were condemned in the “poisoned” city of Miami three years ... read more

Cuban scientists save the banana

Campaign News | Saturday, 13 March 2004

New hope in fight against killer virusCuban researchers might have saved the banana from extinction.They have developed a quick and easy method for assessing the susceptibility of banana plants to a serious fungal infection known as Panama disease, according to a report in the Independent newspaper on March 13th.Their finding ... read more

March 13: Latest from Miami Five Appeal

Campaign News | Saturday, 13 March 2004

CSC's Father Geoff Bottoms is heartened by the court caseA new Cuban exile group by the name of Cuba Democracy Advocates recently commissioned a controversial poll to survey 600 Cuban-American registered voters in Miami-Dade and Broward counties on their attitudes towards Fidel Castro and the US blockade of Cuba. The ... read more

A declaration from the Cuban Academy of Sciences

Campaign News | Saturday, 13 March 2004

Reaction to US ban on editing articles from Cuba"?In the twenty first century science must become a shared asset benefiting all peoples on the basis of solidarity ?(considering) the importance for scientific research and education of full and open access to information?"From the Declaration on Science and the Use of ... read more

Cuba is invincible against agression: Raul Castro

Campaign News | Saturday, 13 March 2004

Unity of the people is the key to our defence, says armed forces ministerSantiago de Cuba, March 12 (AIN) Army General Raul Castro, Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, said that the Cuban people, their army and their Communist Party are an invincible monolithic block, against which any acts of ... read more

March 11: Latest from the Miami Five Appeal

Campaign News | Thursday, 11 March 2004

Federal Attorney against the wallThe judges’ questions in the Miami appeal hearing for the five Cuban heroes points to a more objective procedure highlighting doubts over the charges reports JEAN-GUY ALLARD of Granma InternationalMIAMI March 11 -Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Heck-Miller found herself in an embarrassing position when faced with ... read more

Cuban doctors stay in Haiti when all else have fled

Campaign News | Thursday, 11 March 2004

Volunteers keep one emergency room openMarch 11: At the height of the bloody revolt in Haiti, all the hospitals and clinics in the capital closed but one, a makeshift emergency room operated entirely by Cuban doctors.“We're here to help the people," says Juan Carlos Chavez, chief of a 535-person Cuban ... read more

Fidel's message of condolence to King of Spain

Campaign News | Thursday, 11 March 2004

Cuban leader's 'profund consternation'Havana, March 11, 2004Don Juan Carlos IKing of SpainYour Majesty:I have learned with profound consternation of the bomb attack on the Madrid railroad system that, according to the news, has cost almost 200 human lives and around 1,000 injuries.In this hour of mourning for Spain, allow me ... read more

12.4 per cent growth in tourists

Campaign News | Wednesday, 10 March 2004

New figure is a recordHavana, Mar 10: Cuba has recorded a record 12.4 per cent increase in visitor arrivals for January this year, as compared to the same period in 2003. A total of 214, 242 tourists visited the island in January, surpassing the number of arrivals in the same ... read more

Bush stops US scientists from visiting Cuba

Campaign News | Tuesday, 9 March 2004

Ban on travel is being extendedMarch 9: In the latest of a series of measures toughening its stance towards Cuba, the United States government stopped a group of some 70 American medical school professors, doctors and other scientists from attending an international symposium on coma and death in Havana, according ... read more

Aristide's removal presents threat to Cuba says report

Campaign News | Sunday, 7 March 2004

US objective was to establish a base to finish off Fidel CastroFrench journalist Thierry Meyssan claims that in 2003 the US and France devised a joint plan to oust AristideBy Eduardo González of RebelionJournalist and French writer Thierry Meyssan has claimed that France and United States agreed in the summer ... read more

Miami Five ad appears in New York Times

Campaign News | Thursday, 4 March 2004

Worldwide donations paid for publicityDespite Bush administration attempts to stop it, groups of friendship with Cuba finally managed to have their full page advertisement on the plight of five Cubans imprisoned in the US published in the New York Times on March 3rd.The CSC in Britain donated £3,000 towards the ... read more

US limits consular visits to the Miami Five

Campaign News | Thursday, 4 March 2004

Statement from the Cuban Foreign MinistryNew infamy against our five heroes prisoners of the empireIN the afternoon of February 27, the head of the U.S. Department of State Cuba Bureau delivered Diplomatic Note 058/2 to the Cuban Interests Section in Washington. The note states that, with immediate effect, the Department ... read more

Former Miami Cuban leader sentenced for fraud

Campaign News | Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Con artist was treasurer of faction created with funds from USAIDPUERTO RICO March 2nd.A federal court has sentenced Ariel Gutiérrez Rodríguez, a Puerto Rican businessman of Cuban origin, to a five year prison term for fraud in Puerto Rico.Gutiérrez Rodríguez was the treasurer of a faction created by the well-known ... read more