Viewing from May 2004

Cuba clashes with EU at Guadalajara summit

Campaign News | Saturday, 29 May 2004

Europeans cannot stomach the word tortureHavana, May 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuba rejected on Friday the servile positions adopted by the European Union at the 3rd Latin American, Caribbean and European Union (EU-LAC) Summit in Guadalajara, Mexico.A statement from the Cuban Government issued Friday in Havana explains that Latin America and ... read more

Cuba reopens dollar stores

Campaign News | Monday, 24 May 2004

Price rises announcedMay 24: Cuba’s dollar shops reopened on Monday 24 May with prices rises of an average of 15 per cent.The stores were closed abruptly on May 6 in response to the announcement by the Bush regime of new measures hardening the 44 year-old illegal trade and investment blockade ... read more

Cuba once more in the US military eye

Campaign News | Friday, 21 May 2004

By Ken Gill, Chair Cuba Solidarity CampaignOn Thursday 6 May, George Bush, sharing the platform with Secretary of State, Colin Powell, launched a new offensive against Cuba.Based on a report by the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba, these new measures include restricting Cuban-Americans visits to relatives in Cuba ... read more

Cuba warns new sanctions could be prelude to invasion

Campaign News | Wednesday, 19 May 2004

Foreign Minister says the US may wish to provoke a migration crisisHavana, May 18: Cuba has warned that the final objective of the recent US government decision to tighten the blockade against the island may be to provoke a wave of migration in order to justify a military intervention.Speaking at ... read more

Fidel's speech at the anti-Bush rally

Campaign News | Friday, 14 May 2004

Proclamation by an adversary of the US governmentFidel Castro RuzMay 14, 2004Mr. George W. Bush: the million Cubans who are gathered here today to march past your Interests Section is just a small part of a valiant and heroic people who would like to be here with us, if it ... read more

Warplanes add to Cuba's fear of a US attack

Campaign News | Thursday, 13 May 2004

Bush measure seen as especially dangerousMay 12 - Cuba has stepped up military preparations, fearing an invasion by the United States "is closer than ever", Cuba's ambassador to Honduras Alberto Gonzalez said on May 12.Cuban fears have been heightened by the threat of US warplanes flying close to Cuban airspace ... read more

US Professor proposes Miami Five for Nobel Prize

Campaign News | Thursday, 13 May 2004

James Petras says the heroes deserve Peace PrizeHavana, May 13 (Prensa Latina) Renowned US writer and sociologist James Petras has proposed the five Cubans imprisoned in the United States for combating terrorism originating in Florida, as candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize.In his proposal, Professor Petras (SUNY, Binghamton) pointed out ... read more

Faced with new US sanctions, Cuba takes extraordinary measures

Campaign News | Tuesday, 11 May 2004

Sales of most goods in dollars to be suspendedHavana, May 11 (Prensa Latina) In the face of the recent brutal sanctions against Cuba to suffocate the economy, announced by the US government, Cuba is taking new extraordinary internal measures, chiefly administrative, according to a statement put oput on May 10.The ... read more

US Federal Reserve fines Swiss bank $100m for sending cash to Cuba

Campaign News | Tuesday, 11 May 2004

Bush regime is stepping up pressure on alliesWASHINGTON May 11 - The US Federal Reserve has fined Switzerland's largest bank, UBS AG, $100 million for allegedly sending dollars to Cuba and other countries subject to US sanctions.UBS operated a trading centre for dollars in its Zurich headquarters under contract with ... read more

Cuban government note warns of 'days of work and sacrifice ahead'

Campaign News | Tuesday, 11 May 2004

Official note in fullOfficial noteTHE brutal and cruel measures that the government of the United States has just adopted against Cuba, in addition to a harsh blockade in place for 45 years, are directly aimed at strangling our development and reducing to a minimum hard-currency resources essentially necessary for providing ... read more

Bush plan for Cuba called crazed

Campaign News | Friday, 7 May 2004

Bush plans to spend $59 million on subverting Cuba in next two yearsHAVANA May 7: Cuba's government denounced new U.S. recommendations meant to replace communism here as "maniacal and crazed" while some Cubans complained that the ideas would further separate them from relatives.A government statement published by the Cuban daily ... read more

Mexico refuses to back Bush plan

Campaign News | Friday, 7 May 2004

President Fox draws line at interefence in Cuba's affairsMEXICO CITY May 8 - Mexican President Vicente Fox put aside the diplomatic dispute with Cuba on May 7 and criticized plans by the Bush regime to intensify the blockade.Bush announced on May 6 that he will reduce the flow of dollars ... read more

Powell aide calls Cuba policy "dumbest in the world"

Campaign News | Thursday, 6 May 2004

Interview in GQ magazineColin Powell's key aide has described US sanctions policy against countries such as Pakistan and Cuba as "the dumbest policy on the face of the Earth".In an article in GQ magazine Larry Wilkerson, chief of staff of the United States secretary of state, bemoans Mr Powell's firefighting ... read more

May 1: Cubans in record numbers back Socialism

Campaign News | Wednesday, 5 May 2004

Fidel tells US that its world is untenableHavana, May 1 (PL) "It appears we have a record today," Cuban President Fidel Castro said in greeting to the millions of Cubans massed at Revolution Square in Havana and the countless plazas across the nation in support of their socialist system on ... read more

Cuba breaks world record for simultaneous chess playing

Campaign News | Saturday, 1 May 2004

Amazing end to Cuba's 'Olympic' gamesApril 30: 13,000 chess players, including former world champion Anatoly Karpov, have broken Cuba's own world record for most people playing chess at the same time.Chess players played their matches Thursday in a large square in central Cuban town of Santa Clara, at the foot ... read more

British tourists are flocking to Cuba

Campaign News | Saturday, 1 May 2004

Arrivals up by 13.6 per cent this yearApril 30 - British tourists have spurred the recovery of Cuba's tourism trade, which grew 13.6 percent in the first quarter of this year.Despite world security concerns and the SARS scare, British tourists have flocked to Cuba in growing numbers, and charter companies ... read more