Viewing from March 2016

U.S. Department of State allocates $800,000 dollars to “train” Cuban youth

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Despite Obama’s words in Havana, it would appear that the U.S. continues to believe that Cuban youth require money and instructions from the same country where police kill on average three people a day, mostly youth “I’ve made it clear that the United States has neither the capacity, nor the intention ... read more

Obama's visit offers real hope

Campaign News | Wednesday, 30 March 2016

There are positive signs that relations between the US and Cuba will be normalised, but there is a long way to go yet, writes NATASHA HICKMAN “IT IS time now for us to leave the past behind. It is time for us to look forward to the future together.” Barack Obama’s ... read more

Fidel Castro: We won't surrender to the United States

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Cuba's Fidel Castro has responded to U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to his country last week in an opinion piece for the website Cuba Debate. In the article, published Monday, the iconic revolutionary figure explained that "Cuba doesn't need the empire to give us anything," adding that "nobody should be under ... read more

At Least 3 Glaring Holes Left After Obama's Visit to Cuba

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Hailed by much of the media as a success, the visit of the U.S. president left many questions unanswered. Liberals around the world have hailed the historic visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to Cuba as an out-and-out success for the outgoing leader. The New York Times paints a picture of ... read more

Remarks by President Obama to the People of Cuba

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 22 March 2016

On 22 March Presdient Obama spoke addressed an audience in Havana's Gran Teatro which was broadcast live on Cuban television. Full transcript below: PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. (Applause.) Muchas gracias. Thank you so much. Thank you very much. President Castro, the people of Cuba, thank you so much for the warm welcome ... read more

Time for American policy makers to walk a mile in Cuban shoes

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 22 March 2016

On Dec. 17, 2014, President Barack Obama went on television to declare the United States was unilaterally ending America’s “outdated approach [to Cuba] that, for decades, has failed to advance our interests.” So why do so many American politicians and commentators still persist in arguing the U.S. has been “giving and ... read more

Defiant Raul Castro Tells Obama to End Blockade on Cuba

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Cuban President Raul Castro was uncompromising about the need for the United States to lift the economic blockade against his country and the return of Guantanamo Bay to Cuba after his one-on-one meeting Monday with U.S. President Barack Obama. President Raul Castro praised the progress made in the storied relationship between ... read more

Transcript joint press conference of Raul Castro and Barack Obama, Havana (21 March 2016)

News from Cuba | Monday, 21 March 2016

RAUL CASTRO:Good afternoon. Mr. President Barack Obama: We are pleased to welcome the first visit by a U.S. president to our country in 88 years. We hope that during your brief stay on the island you will be able to appreciate the hospitality of the Cuban people, who have never harbored feelings of ... read more

Obama to Meet Raul Castro as Part of Historic Cuba Visit

News from Cuba | Monday, 21 March 2016

Obama will spend two and half days in Cuba, where he will meet with U.S.-backed activists and attend a baseball game. United States President Barack Obama will hold a bilateral official meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro Monday, the second day of his historic official visit to Cuba, which is the ... read more

Che Guevara's son on Obama in Cuba: 'Maybe we can influence US in a positive way'

News from Cuba | Monday, 21 March 2016

With wary optimism, the son of Ernesto “Che” Guevara is coming to grips with the visit to Havana this Sunday of a contemporary who just happens to be the leader of the world’s capitalist powerhouse. Camilo Guevara – the eldest son of one of the Cuban revolution’s most famous figures – ... read more

Cuban Five Free and Welcome Here

Campaign News | Monday, 21 March 2016

The following article about the Cuban Five concerning the case of R (on the application of Sehwerert) v ECO Cuba [2015] EWCA Civ 1141 was first published in Socialist Lawyer, the magazine of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers. Cuban Five Free and Welcome Here The case of the Cuban Five (or ... read more

Press contacts for Obama visit

Campaign News | Sunday, 20 March 2016

For Cuba Solidarity Campaign press comment on President Obama's visit to Cuba contact Rob Miller on 07930 693900 or Natasha Hickman 07813 689777 or ... read more

The blockade continues intact, assures Bruno Rodríguez

News from Cuba | Friday, 18 March 2016

On March 15, the Departments of the Treasury and of Commerce issued new regulations that modify the implementation of some aspects of the US blockade against Cuba. This is the fourth announcement of this sort made by the Government of the United States since December 17, 2014, when the presidents of ... read more

Statement by Federica Mogherini on Cuba-EU Agreement

News from Cuba | Thursday, 17 March 2016

Federica Mogherini.—I am here to celebrate a historic step in our relations. Cuba and the European Union have concluded their negotiations for a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA). The PDCA will mark the beginning of a new phase of the bilateral relations. This contractual arrangement is a landmark demonstration of ... read more

The Opening to Cuba Widens: New York Times Editorial

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Americans are still barred by law from traveling to Cuba as tourists, despite the Obama administration’s opening with that country. But new rules announced by the administration on Tuesday will make traveling there easier and cheaper. In the past, Americans who wanted to travel legally to Cuba had to rely on ... read more

Obama administration announces new amendments to Cuba policy

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 16 March 2016

International media have reported that the United States Departments of Treasury and Commerce announced new regulations that modify aspects of the sanctions against Cuba this Tuesday, March 15, including the use of the dollar in Cuban transactions and the relaxation of travel regulations for U.S. citizens to visit the island. In ... read more

Cuba Has Made At Least 3 Major Medical Innovations That We Need

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 16 March 2016

A US-written article by Anna Almendrala in the Huffington Post By most measures, the United States' business-friendly environment has proven to be fertile for medical innovation. Compared to other countries, America has filed the most patents in the life sciences, is conducting most of the world's clinical trials and has published ... read more

EU Pact to Establish Full Ties with Cuba

News from Cuba | Monday, 14 March 2016

The pact adds to Cuba's rapidly thawing relations with the West since its 2014 detente with the United States The European Union and Cuba signed an agreement in Havana on Friday to establish normal relations, bringing the Communist-run island further into the international fold and paving the way for full economic ... read more

The Venezuelan Revolution will overcome!

News from Cuba | Friday, 11 March 2016

Dear President, compañero Nicolás Maduro; Distinguished guests; Dear Venezuelan brothers and sisters: With profound emotion and revolutionary sentiment we wish to share with you, as part of this act, some ideas that express the sentiment of revolutionary Cuba, the Cuba of Fidel and Raúl, with the sister Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, with her ... read more

Cruz and Rubio condemn Obama's Cuba Policy

News from Cuba | Friday, 11 March 2016

Marco Rubio scored a huge hit on the Republican debate stage in Miami on Thursday night, with strident rhetoric on the subject of Barack Obama’s reopening of relations with Cuba. The Florida senator, the son of Cuban migrants, is seeking to win the Florida primary on Tuesday and thus rescue his ... read more

Washington Made Miami 5 Offers to Betray Cuba While in Prison

News from Cuba | Friday, 11 March 2016

Gerardo Hernandez recalls the conditions of his detention in the United States. Gerardo Hernandez, one of the five Cubans jailed by the U.S. for anti-terror activities and released in December 2014, said that the U.S. administration repeatedly tried to give “offers” and exert pressures in a bid to convince the prisoners ... read more

Cuba: US Needs to Halt All Plans for 'Regime Change'

News from Cuba | Thursday, 10 March 2016

Granma asked Washington to end all radio and TV broadcasts to the island nation and to abandon all plans to fabricate a political opposition. Cuban news outlet Granma published an op-ed Tuesday highlighting Barack Obama’s historic visit to the island, saying that despite the U.S. president's efforts to normalise relations with ... read more

Obama's visit to Cuba: A long, difficult road lies ahead to reach normalisation

News from Cuba | Thursday, 10 March 2016

The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, will make an official visit to Cuban this coming March 20-22. This will be the second time a U.S. President comes to our archipelago. Previously having done so was Calvin Coolidge, who landed in Havana in January of 1928. He arrived ... read more

Cuban Doctors Have Saved 87,000 Lives in Bolivia Since 2006

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Cuba is known for sending medical personnel overseas as part of its medical brigade program which was launched during the 1959 Revolution. The Bolivian Health Ministry thanked Friday Cuban doctors and the Cuban government for the solidarity offered to their country as part of Cuba's medical internationalism over the past 10 ... read more

The extraterritorial nature of the blockade: Bank account closures in the UK

Campaign News | Friday, 4 March 2016

THERE are many examples of the extraterritorial character of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba for over half a century. The cases range from multi-million dollar fines against banks or companies for doing business with Cuba, to the refusal to provide services to ... read more

Why Doesn’t Obama Use His Executive Power to Close Guantanamo?

News from Cuba | Thursday, 3 March 2016

The closing of Guantanamo prison and the return of Guantanamo Bay to Cuba is one of the most heated subjects of Cuba–US relations. It is taking on even more significance as Obama’s trip to Cuba on March 21–22 approaches. On February 23, 2016, President Barack Obama announced, in a prepared statement ... read more

The Rolling Stones announce free concert in Cuba

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 2 March 2016

The Rolling Stones will perform a groundbreaking concert in Havana, Cuba on Friday March 25, 2016. The free concert will take place at the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana and will be the first open air concert in the country by a British Rock Band. Always exploring new ... read more