Viewing from April 2010

CSC Summer Solidarity Brigade to Cuba - places still available

Campaign News | Wednesday, 28 April 2010

A fantastic opportunity.BOOK NOW...places still available on the CSC Summer Solidarity Brigade!7 - 21 July 1010 - Optional 1 week extension available£945 (tbc)A fantastic opportunity.Volunteer alongside Cubans on farming and construction projectsLearn about the achievements of the Cuban RevolutionVisit hospitals, schools and community projectsExplore Cuba’s rich cultureBe more than just ... read more

Packed seminar on ALBA

Campaign News | Wednesday, 28 April 2010

diplomats from Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua and VenezuelaALBA: BUILDING A NEW LATIN AMERICAOver 100 people attended a packed seminar on Thursday April 22 at London’s Canning House on ALBA: Building a New Latin America with speakers including representatives of Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. The seminar was organised as part of ... read more

Cuba goes to the polls in local elections

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 27 April 2010

8 million Cubans turn out to voteMorning Star report by Tom MellenCuban citizens turned out in force on Sunday to vote for local assemblies across the socialist country.Shortly before the polling stations closed, around 8.1 million people had voted to elect local representatives to the country's 169 municipal assemblies of ... read more

Britain and Cuba results published

Campaign News | Monday, 26 April 2010

92% of candidates want improved relations with CubaThe Britain and Cuba campaign reveals range of views on CubaHarriet Harman, Nick Clegg and William Hague are amongst the hundreds of candidates setting out their policies on Cuba in response to the Britain and Cuba campaign. The results published today show 92% ... read more

The sovereignty of Cuba is the issue

Campaign News | Monday, 26 April 2010

CSC statement on the international campaign against CubaThe international campaign against CubaStatement issued by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, April 2010The sovereignty of Cuba is the issueThe hopes of a change in US policy towards Cuba with the election of President Barack Obama have been dashed by the ever more hostile ... read more

Sign the petition 'In defence of Cuba'

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 14 April 2010

In response to the anti-Cuba motion recently passed by the European Parliament, the "Network in Defence of Humanity" is gathering signatures on an international petition, which condemns the unwarranted and hypocritical interference in Cuba's internal affairs. Signers include Ramsey Clark, Noam Chomsky, Evo Morales, and Danny Glover.Add your name by ... read more

Cuba: Employees Take Ownership of Hair Salons

News from Cuba | Monday, 12 April 2010

by Reuters News AgencyCuba is turning over hundreds of state-run barber shops and beauty salons to employees in what appears to be the start of a long-expected revamping of state retail services by President Raúl Castro. The measure marks the first time state-run retail establishments have been handed over to ... read more

Cuba's disaster-hit homes get eco-friendly rebuild

News from Cuba | Monday, 12 April 2010

By Shasta Darlington, CNNHavana, Cuba (CNN) -- "We never imagined having a house like this," says Eric Martinez as he walks through the three small bedrooms with their flowered quilts and family pictures.The walls are freshly painted and pink curtains hang in the windows."When the hurricane came through it left ... read more

Cuba denounces US and European media campaign against its government

News from Cuba | Monday, 12 April 2010

HAVANA, April 8 (Xinhua)-- Cuba Thursday denounced the U.S. and European media campaign that discredited the Cuban revolutionary government, destabilized the country and destroyed its social system.In an editorial, Cuban official daily Granma also denounced the use of mercenaries by the United States to subvert the revolutionary process in Cuba, ... read more

US funding of Cuba democracy work draws scrutiny

News from Cuba | Thursday, 8 April 2010

by an Associated Press reporterMIAMI - During the waning months of 2008, the Bush administration quietly pushed through two major contracts to international development companies in an effort to spend a record $45 million to support regime change in Cuba.It was the first time Cuba funds went to private contractors, ... read more

Granma editorial on attacks on Cuba

News from Cuba | Thursday, 8 April 2010

We will defend the truth with our ethics and our principlesTHE empire and its allies have launched a new crusade in an attempt to demonize Cuba. Its powerful political and media machinery has set in motion a colossal operation of deception with the object of discrediting the revolutionary process, destabilizing ... read more

Bacardi wins round in Havana Club rum case

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 7 April 2010

from Associated PressBarcadi USA Inc. has won a key round in its legal battle with Pernod Ricard over sales of the Havana Club rum brand in the United States.A federal judge in Delaware rejected Pernod's claims that Bacardi's use of the Havana Club label is misleading because the rum is ... read more

Lies and Facts in the Media War against Cuba

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 7 April 2010

by Arnold August*The recent media handling of Orlando Zapata’s death and the demonstrations by the "Damas de Blanco" in Cuba constitute a real textbook case: the accusations made by the media are deliberately false. It’s not just a matter of one lie disseminated by one particular media, but of a ... read more

Government paid journalists to report against Miami 5 during their trial

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 6 April 2010

by Linn Washington Jr. for CounterpunchIs it coincidence or conspiracy?Supporters of five Cuban intelligence agents now serving lengthy sentences in US federal prison following controversial espionage convictions, say federal government documents detailing payments made by a US government-run anti-Castro propaganda operation to prominent Miami-area journalists prove a conspiracy.Articles by those ... read more

Cuba tries new natural drug for cancer and AIDS

News from Cuba | Monday, 5 April 2010

HAVANA, April 5 (Xinhua)-- A batch of 160,000 tablets made from anamu, a new immune stimulant herbal drug, will be tried on patients with cancer and AIDS in Cuba.The drug will be produced by the Pharmaceutical Laboratories Oriente in Santiago de Cuba.The 400-mg tablet, which is completely natural, will be ... read more

U.S. weighs opening travel to Cuba

News from Cuba | Saturday, 3 April 2010

By Jonathan J. Levin, Bloomberg NewsCuba's hotels could manage a sudden influx of 1 million American tourists if Congress lifts its 47-year ban on travel to the communist island, Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero said.Additionally, the Caribbean nation is set to expand its capacity of about 50,000 rooms, with groundbreaking scheduled ... read more

Gloria Estafan marches with Posada Carriles and hosts Obama fundraiser

News from Cuba | Friday, 2 April 2010

Statement by the Centre for Democracy in the Americas"According to news reports, President Barack Obama will travel to Miami, Florida later this month for a fundraiser at the home of Gloria Estefan, where couples will pay $34,500 in donations to the Democratic National Committee for the privilege of attending.Ms. Estefan ... read more