Viewing from March 2005

Jim Lobe: Washington focuses on Cuba-Venezuela 'Axis of Evil'

Campaign News | Wednesday, 30 March 2005

Worrying signals from WashingtonInter Press Service Jim Lobe writes: While US President George W. Bush played nice to a deeply frustrated Mexican President Vicente Fox at the North American Summit in Texas last Wednesday, US media attention was focused more on Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld's efforts to sound the alarm ... read more

Ukraine thanks Cuba for Chernobyl care

Campaign News | Wednesday, 30 March 2005

More than 18,000 children treatedHAVANA - More than 18,000 children with health problems believed linked to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine have received treatment in Cuba over the last 15 years, officials said.Hundreds of those children and their relatives gathered to mark the 15th anniversary of the program, launched ... read more

Alan Rickman joins protest as Guardian publishes letter on Human Rights and Cuba

Campaign News | Tuesday, 29 March 2005

Movie star joins Harold Pinter and Hanif Kureishi in trying to stop US manoeuvre in GenevaLondon, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Hollywood film Star Alan Rickman has joined playwright Harold Pinter and a growing list of British personalities to protest against United States' anti-Cuba attacks by joining the movement "Let"s stop ... read more

EU development chief sees greater hope for dialogue

Campaign News | Sunday, 27 March 2005

New mood in relations as EU Commissioner holds talks in HavanaHavana 27 March: EU development chief Louis Michel wrapped up a brief visit to Cuba with greater optimism about renewing political dialogue, he said."My hope is greater now than it was before coming," Michel said Saturday when asked if President ... read more

Early Day Motion on Cuba in UK Parliament gathers 140 votes

Campaign News | Saturday, 26 March 2005

Still time to lobby MPs, says CSCLondon, Mar 18. - Early Day Motion 509 on Britain's relationship with Cuba presented by MP Ian Gibson, the chair of the All-Party Cuba Group of MPs, had gathered 140 votes by March 16.The CSC is calling on all members and supporters to lobby ... read more

Cuba revalues convertible peso

Campaign News | Friday, 25 March 2005

Action signals a sense of optimism in economyHAVANA March 24 - Reflecting optimism in the nation's economy, Cuban President Fidel Castro on Thursday announced an 8 percent revaluation of Cuba's "convertible peso," a currency that has long been pegged to the dollar.Thursday's 8 percent revaluation comes on top of a ... read more

From Pravda: Cuba 9, USA 0

Campaign News | Thursday, 24 March 2005

Cuba to present nine counts against Washington in Human Rights CommissionFrom Pravda newspaper RussiaThe Cuban delegation is to present nine counts of human rights abuses against the United States of America at the Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland. Washington has not succeeded in finding any friendly state to do ... read more

Cuba and Venezuela face US and Colombia

Campaign News | Wednesday, 23 March 2005

Washington is following a strategy to destroy both revolutions,says James PetrasBy James Petras23 March, 2005CounterpunchCuba's living example of 45 years of successful resistance to US military aggression and economic boycott is extremely damaging to Washington's goal of world empire for several reasons. In the first place Cuba's success refutes the ... read more

Cuba predicts US will fail in efforts to condemn island at UN rights commission

Campaign News | Tuesday, 22 March 2005

"US has a sick obsession", says foreign ministerHAVANA - Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque predicted on Monday that the United States would fail in its efforts to have Cuba condemned next month by the top UN human rights watchdog."This will constitute the first defeat by the United States" in its ... read more

Blockade of Cuba is genocide, UN rapporteur asserts

Campaign News | Monday, 21 March 2005

"Flagrant violation of human rights"Geneva, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) The economic blockade the US government has kept over Cuba for over four decades is a genocide, the United Nations for Food rapporteur Jean Ziegler has asserted here Sunday.Ziegler, a renowned Swiss lawyer and sociologist, denounced this anti-Cuban policy as "a ... read more

Media lies about tourism in Cuba

Campaign News | Monday, 21 March 2005

Tipping has not been bannedLONDON - Cuban support groups in the UK and Europe have condemned sections of the international media for misreporting a ruling from the Tourism Ministry in Havana. Reports circulating around the world allege that the ministry has imposed restrictions on the contact that Cuban tourist workers ... read more

Fidel rebukes Forbes 'infamy' on his fortune

Campaign News | Friday, 18 March 2005

Cuban leader hints he might sue for libelHAVANA, March 17 - Cuban President Fidel Castro has criticized Forbes magazine for the "infamy" of listing him among the world's richest people, with an alleged net worth of $550 million and has hinted that he might sue for libel."Once again, they have ... read more

Cuba will be first to eradicate tuberculosis in Latin America

Campaign News | Friday, 18 March 2005

Already incidence of the disiease is lowest in continentHavana, Mar 17: The head of Cuba"s National TB Control Programme, Maria Josefa Llanes, has said that Cuba will soon become first country in Latin America to eradicate tuberculosis.The Public Health Ministry official said meeting the goal means cutting the incidence of ... read more

Venezuela's Chavez fears assassination

Campaign News | Thursday, 17 March 2005

Ex CIA agent speaks out on TVBy Jefferson Staff WriterThursday, March 17, 2005When Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez charged last month that the United States was developing plans to assassinate him, the U.S. State Department rejected the accusation as "wild."Last week, Felix Rodriguez, a former CIA operative and prominent Bush ... read more

Foreign Minister slams misuse of Human Rights commission

Campaign News | Thursday, 17 March 2005

UN body must be reformed says Felipe Perez RoqueSTATEMENT DELIVERED BY H. E. MR. FELIPE PÉREZ ROQUE, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA, AT THE HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT OF THE 61st SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTSGeneva, 16 March 2005Excellencies:The Commission on Human Rights - despite the ... read more

Cuba Hosts International Trade Union Forum

Campaign News | Tuesday, 15 March 2005

British trade unionists attendHavana, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) More than one hundred delegates from the US, Britain, Canada and Cuba are attending an international meeting of union members and labor experts.Workers? leaders, labor lawyers and experts in labor issues are expected to exchange experiences and discuss neoliberal globalization effects on ... read more

Cuba is invincible against aggression: Raul Castro

Campaign News | Sunday, 13 March 2005

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

"Armageddon" Bolton disembarks at the UN

Campaign News | Friday, 11 March 2005

Bush's new UN ambassador is veteran of dirty war against NicaraguaBY JEAN-GUY ALLARDSpecial for Granma InternationalWHILST pushing for a new anti-Cuba resolution at the UN’s Human Rights Commission, the US government has appointed as ambassador to the international organization an individual who took part in the dirty war on Nicaragua, ... read more

Cuba to table motion on abuse at Guantanamo to UN Human Rights Commission

Campaign News | Friday, 11 March 2005

Island will propose 10 resolutions in totalHavana, Mar 10: Cuba will attend the 61st session of the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland, with ten resolutions of interest for the Third World and the rest of humanity.A draft on arbitrary detentions in the illegal US Naval Base of Guantanamo, ... read more

US is planning another attack on Cuba at the UN Human Rights Commission

Campaign News | Wednesday, 9 March 2005

Discreet and secret steps against Cuba, says Foreign MinisterHavana March 8: CUBAN Foreign Minister Felipe Pérez Roque warned that the United States government is once again preparing to present a resolution against Cuba before the Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Geneva.During a press conference at the offices of the Foreign ... read more

UK Foreign Officer Minister visits Cuba

Campaign News | Monday, 7 March 2005

Bill Rammel in Havana for talksBritish Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammel arrived in Cuba for a surprise visit on March 6. He will stay until March.During this visit he will hold talks with Cuban Vice-Minister for Europe Eumelio Caballero, Minister for Justice Roberto Diaz Sotolongo, key figures from the Ministry ... read more

Cuba says it is ready for dialogue with EU without pressure

Campaign News | Sunday, 6 March 2005

Foreign Minister to visit France and BelgiumBrussels March 6: - Cuba's EU Ambassador Rodrigo Malmierca on May 5 affirmed that the Cuban government is ready to start dialogues with the European Union (EU), but without coming under any pressure or being subject to any sanctions from the latter.Speaking at a ... read more

Cuba's bid to join trade block may stall the FTAA

Campaign News | Saturday, 5 March 2005

US is sure to object to Cuba joining MercosurJust as Brazil and the United States were trying to revive stalled negotiations for the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), a stumbling block has emerged for the formation of the world's biggest free trade area: Cuba has asked to become ... read more

Uruguay and Cuba open new era in bilateral relations

Campaign News | Friday, 4 March 2005

New socialist government mends the riftMontevideo, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque has said the resumption of bilateral diplomatic relations with Uruguay opens a new era of friendship between the two nations, and has called it an act of historical justice.Talking in Montevideo, where he attended ... read more

Che's books fetch $1.5 million

Campaign News | Friday, 4 March 2005

Ocean Press sell right to Italian firm and will donate books to CubaThe translation rights for a package of 19 books by Ernesto Che Guevara has been sold by the Australian publisher Ocean Press to the giant Italian book-publishing company Mondadori for US$1.5 million.It is the first time that the ... read more

Protests grow at US provocation against Cuba at Geneva

Campaign News | Wednesday, 2 March 2005

Protests in France, Mexico and Colombia against US manouevres at Human Rights CommissionParis, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) Organizations and friends of Cuba in France denounced Tuesday manoeuvers against the Caribbean island in the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), and asked France and the rest of Europe not to join ... read more