Viewing from March 2006

Northern European solidarity groups meet in London

Campaign News | Friday, 31 March 2006

Pledge to continue fights to end blockade, free the Five and build solidarityLondon March 31: The annual North European Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba was hosted in March by Cuba Solidarity Campaign in London.The meeting was attended by solidarity organisations with Cuba from Finland, Sweden, Scotland, Norway, Iceland, Ireland, Britain, ... read more

Human Rights petition grows to 4,566 signatures

Campaign News | Tuesday, 28 March 2006

Nobel prize winners lead way on message to USHavana, 27 March: THE document An end to hypocrisy on the issue of human rights has now been signed by 4,566 public figures and organizations from 79 countries, the Network of Networks in Defense of Humanity announced.The petition began with the signatures ... read more

Cuba resolute in solidarity with Arab nations

Campaign News | Tuesday, 28 March 2006

Foreign minister expresses support for Palestinian state, invites Arab League to Non-aligned summit in HavanaHavana, March 27 (ACN) Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque reaffirmed his country’s solidarity with the causes defended by Arab nations.The Cuban Foreign Minister participated in the Ministerial Meeting of the 18th Session of the Arab ... read more

Katrina victims abandoned again

Campaign News | Monday, 27 March 2006

Bush administration are 'thieves' for preventing Cuba's baseball earnings going to help the needy of New OrleansHavana 27 March: Cuban Parliamentary President Ricardo Alarcon accused the government of President George W. Bush of abandoning Hurricane Katrina victims once again by preventing them from receiving a donation from Cuba.In statements to ... read more

Buena Vista star dies in Cuba

Campaign News | Sunday, 26 March 2006

Pio Leyva, 88, suffers heart attackPio Leyva, a singer and composer in the Buena Vista Social Club band of veteran Cuban musicians, has died of a heart attack. He was 88.Leyva, who won a bongo contest at the age of six and made his singing debut in 1932, had suffered ... read more

Mexico fines Sheraton Hotels for obeying blockade law

Campaign News | Saturday, 25 March 2006

US chain has to pay $120,000Mexico, Mar 25 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican government fined the Maria Isabel Sheraton Hotel $120,000 for evicting a 16-strong Cuban delegation February 3.Cuban officials and businesspeople had come to Mexico for a meeting with representatives from US oil companies interested in exploring the island?s energy ... read more

Cuba donates 30 field hospitals to quake-hit Pakistan

Campaign News | Thursday, 23 March 2006

As doctors leave, equipment stays behindIslamabad, March 22: Cuba has donated more than 30 mobile field hospitals established in Pakistan after last October's earthquake that killed an estimated 75,000 people, a senior official said Wednesday.'Two more field-medical facilities run by the Cuban paramedics have been donated to the government of ... read more

Cuba boosts literacy in Bolivia

Campaign News | Wednesday, 22 March 2006

Morales launches campaignLa Paz, 21 March: Bolivia set in motion a literacy campaign based on teaching aids and adapting the Cuban program "Yo si puedo" (Yes I Can) for the local indigenous languages Quechua, Aymara and Guarani.President Evo Morales inaugurated the campaign in Camiri with Education Ministers Aristobulo Isturiz (Venezuela) ... read more

Cuba refutes charge that its ambassador in Colombia is a spy

Campaign News | Wednesday, 22 March 2006

Statement from Ministry of Foreign AffairsTHE Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs is aware of an article published in the March 18 edition of the Colombian Cambio magazine, which attempts to defame the Cuban ambassador in Colombia, compañero José A. Pérez Novoa, by accusing him of being involved in espionage activities ... read more

'No human suffering is alien to us,' Cuba expresses grief at bombardment of Iraq

Campaign News | Friday, 17 March 2006

Editorial from Granma newspaper, CubaON this side of the world, when all of Cuba was shouting and embracing in delight at our own victory and the moving dignity of the defeated team; when tears were falling only because we would have liked to have had Puerto Rico with us in ... read more

Cuba has 25,000 doctors on missions abroad

Campaign News | Monday, 13 March 2006

Valuable human capital for serving the world, says FidelHavana March 11: CUBA possesses valuable human capital available for serving the world; that is our greatest wealth, and we have nothing to exhibit other than that fortune and our willingness and desire to cooperate with the neediest people, affirmed President Fidel ... read more

Vice president reaffirms confidence in future of Chilean people

Campaign News | Sunday, 12 March 2006

Carlos Lage attends inauguration of Michelle BacheletSANTIAGO DE CHILE, 12 March-Cuba’s Vice President Carlos Lage reaffirmed here today his confidence in the future of Chile and wished new President Michelle Bachelet success in her term of office.“We totally share the hopes of the Chilean people at this historic moment,” affirmed ... read more

Iran to build power, cement plants in Cuba

Campaign News | Saturday, 11 March 2006

New deal marks deepening of tiesTEHRAN, Mar. 10 - Iran and Cuba signed an agreement based on which Iran will build a cement plant in this Latin American country.In addition to the $200m agreement concluded for building the cement production plant, Iran has also agreed to construct a power plant ... read more

Cuba becomes member of the International Health Organization

Campaign News | Thursday, 9 March 2006

Primary health care record recognisedHavana, March 8 (CNA) The World Organization of General and Family Doctors announced on Tuesday Cuba's incorporation due to the island's results in Primary Health Assistance.Adolfo Rubinstein, President for the Ibero American region of the international institution said made the announcement during his intervention in the ... read more

Mexico fines US hotel in Cuba row

Campaign News | Tuesday, 7 March 2006

Sheraton is punished for complying with US blockadeLocal authorities in Mexico City have fined a US-owned hotel, at the centre of a diplomatic row, $15,000 (£8,500).They said the branch of the Sheraton chain had discriminated against 16 Cuban officials by expelling them from its premises last month.The delegation was ordered ... read more

Huge House of Commons meeting on Cuba

Campaign News | Tuesday, 7 March 2006

200 people pack meeting to hear Cuban minister speak<img src="images/EumilioCaballeroRodriguez.jpg" alt="Eumilio Caballero Rodriguez" width="175" height="226" hspace="10" vspace="5" align="right" />London, March 7: Around 200 people filled Committee Room 10 of the House of Commons tonight to hear the Cuban deputy foreign minister Eumelio Caballero Rodriguez speak on the question of the ... read more

Cuban women condemn war and terror

Campaign News | Sunday, 5 March 2006

Ceremony to mark International Women's DayHavana, Mar 5 (Prensa Latina) Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) members raised their voices against the war in Iraq and terrorism at a ceremony at the Jose Marti Monument in Havana on Sunday to honor International Womens? Day (March 8).The FMC?s members urge all sisters ... read more

US Bishop praises Cuba

Campaign News | Thursday, 2 March 2006

Episcopalian leader meets Fidel CastroHavana, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina): US Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Frank Tracy Griswold praised Cuban health and education systems and condemned the Washington blockade on Cuba.At a meeting with Cuban students and professors on Wednesday, Griswold was moved by the island?s achievement in medical care and ... read more

Uncertainty over the Human Rights Council increases

Campaign News | Thursday, 2 March 2006

Cuba criticises US for threatening new world bodyUNITED NATIONS, March 2: The creation of a new UN Human Rights Council to replace the UN Human Rights Commission is in doubt following a threat from the US not to vote for it, a move that has severely angered Cuba and has ... read more