Viewing from June 2005

Caribbean unification blasts-off with PETROCARIBE

Campaign News | Thursday, 30 June 2005

New deal for island nationsPuerto La Cruz, Venezuela, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) With the creation of PETROCARIBE, the Caribbean region takes an important step Wednesday toward the unification proposal promoted by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.The first Heads of State and Government Energy Conference about PETROCARIBE includes a third, and earlier, ... read more

Iraq war veteran refused permission to visit his ill son in Cuba

Campaign News | Thursday, 30 June 2005

Senate rejects attempt to ease travel banWednesday, June 29,WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected a proposal to ease American travel restrictions to Cuba that would have allowed a Cuban-American veteran of the Iraq war to visit his ill son.A majority of senators supported the idea to open travel ... read more

Close to 10,000 Venezuelan poor treated in Cuba

Campaign News | Tuesday, 28 June 2005

Health centre wins prize for its workHavana, Jun 27: To date, 9,547 Venezuelan patients have been treated in Cuban hospitals after their admittance and post-operative recovery at Havana's La Pradera International Health Center.The facility has performed the role of attending to Venezuelan guest since November 2000, when a cooperation agreement ... read more

Virgin Atlantic launches direct services to Cuba

Campaign News | Monday, 27 June 2005

Two flights per week from 7 July(Published 27 Jun 05) Virgin Atlantic today launched direct services between London and Havana and direct services between London and Nassau as part of the airline’s expansion in the Caribbean. The services will operate twice weekly between London Gatwick and Havana from 7 July ... read more

Posada Carriles bail hearing postponed

Campaign News | Monday, 27 June 2005

Judge moves date to 25 July24 June, 2005: US immigration judge William Lee Abbott has put off a bail hearing for Luis Posada Carriles for 30 days, as requested by his defense attorney.Previously set for today Friday, the hearing has now been scheduled July 25 as petitioned by lawyer Eduardo ... read more

Cuban medical and education workers get pay rise

Campaign News | Thursday, 23 June 2005

10-18 per cent increases for teachers and doctorsHavana, June 23 (AIN) Cuban President Fidel Castro announced on Thursday a new salary increase for the sectors of public health and education, the largest employers on the State payroll.During a special address Thursday evening, the Cuban leader said that the new salary ... read more

Motion denied: Posada fails in bid to move hearing

Campaign News | Tuesday, 21 June 2005

Accused Cuban terrorist to face charge in TexasEL PASO, Texas June 20 - Immigration proceedings for Luis Posada Carriles accused of masterminding the deadly bombing of a Cuban airliner in 1976, will not be moved to Florida and will remain in El Paso, a judge ruled.Carriles, 77, was arrested in ... read more

What will US do with the terrorist Carriles?

Campaign News | Tuesday, 21 June 2005

US lawyer explains the caseJune 20, 2005The author, a Cuban lawyer, explains the case of Luis Posada Carriles, who entered the United States illegally in March. He also predicts the outcome of legal proceeding against him in the U.S. Carriles is a former CIA operative who is suspected of masterminding ... read more

How journalists caught Posada in Mexico

Campaign News | Tuesday, 21 June 2005

The daily Por Esto! found Posada Carriles on Isla MujeresBy Al GiordanoSpecial to The Narco News BulletinJune 21, 2005“He who protects a terrorist is a terrorist” -George W. BushMérida, Yucatán, June 2005: On Mexico’s Caribbean island of Isla Mujeres, on March 14, Authentic Journalist Yolanda Gutiérrez Sagrero and photojournalist Mario ... read more

2nd South Summit overwhelmingly rejects US blockade

Campaign News | Monday, 20 June 2005

Unity against hegemonic power consolidated in DohaBY NIDIA DIAZ - Granma daily special correspondent -DOHA, Qatar June 17 - An overwhelming and resounding rejection of the US blockade of Cuba was approved by the Group of 77 and China during the closing session of the South Summit, which began in ... read more

Librarians or Spooks?

Campaign News | Monday, 20 June 2005

The scheme to hijack the American Libraries Association in the war on CubaBy Diana Barahona for Znet magazineJune 20: The U.S. has been pretty successful at mobilizing world opinion against Cuba since the late 1980s. Emboldened by the fall of the Soviet Union it has gone to considerable trouble and ... read more

Posada Carriles: The double acquittal myth

Campaign News | Friday, 17 June 2005

One of 10 media myths that surround this case (see below)By Rosa Miriam Elizalde and José PertierraCARACAS - The mass media repeats - in radio spots, television reports, wire services, and newspapers stories - the same news that “Luís Posada Carriles was twice acquitted in Venezuela.” We get the impression ... read more

Venezuela formally submits extradition request to U.S.

Campaign News | Thursday, 16 June 2005

CIA documents prove he was involved in airliner bombingBy: Venezuelanalysis.comCaracas, Venezuela, June 15, 2005-Venezuela’s embassy in the U.S. announced that it delivered the formal extradition request for Luis Posada Carriles, the Cuban-Venezuelan accused of terrorism, to the U.S. State Department today.This move completes the the steps the Venezuelan government must ... read more

Fidel: Let us build a just world order

Campaign News | Thursday, 16 June 2005

Message to the South South SummitDr. Fidel Castro Ruz, President of the Republic of Cuba, has sent this message to all participants at the Second South Summit being held in Qatar:Your Excellencies:I would have liked to have joined you at this truly important meeting in Qatar, a sister nation to ... read more

Will the CIA let Posada spill the beans on all their dirty tricks in Latin America?

Campaign News | Thursday, 16 June 2005

The New Agenda's Charley Allan writes"We are going to hit a Cuban airplane," said Luis Posada in Caracas, Venezuela, according to a recently declassified CIA document. On October 6 1976, just days later, Cubana Airline flight 455 exploded off the coast of Barbados, killing all 73 passengers.Posada, who is 77 ... read more

EU decides to keep Cuba sanctions on ice

Campaign News | Wednesday, 15 June 2005

Foreign ministers 'deplore' human rights record but do not act against HavanaEU foreign ministers on Monday (14 June) "deplored the unsatisfactory progress on human rights in Cuba", but decided not to restore diplomatic sanctions against the country until June 2006, when the issue will be re-evaluated.The ministers also regretted the ... read more

Against terrorism, in defense of humanity: An appeal

Campaign News | Wednesday, 15 June 2005

New movement is launchedHavana June 10: In view of the recommendations made at the International “Against Terrorism, For Peace and Justice” Symposium, the undersigned, members of the “In Defense of Humanity” network of networks, have reviewed the denunciations, proposals and reports submitted by the 681 participants from 67 countries who ... read more

Terrorist gets hearing postponed

Campaign News | Tuesday, 14 June 2005

Lawyer bids for venue changeEL PASO, Texas, June 13: The lawyer for a Cuban exile accused of planning the deadly bombing of a Cuban airliner in 1976 argued Monday that his client never gave up his U.S. residency and asked that court proceedings on immigration charges be moved to Florida.Luis ... read more

Guardian comment: The world is watching

Campaign News | Tuesday, 14 June 2005

Washington can no longer brush aside Venezuelan and Cuban demands to extradite a client terroristBrian WilsonTuesday June 14, 2005The GuardianAs the condor flies, Texas and Cuba are not all that far apart, and yesterday they were linked by two unfolding parallel dramas. The man common to both was Luis Posada ... read more

Pernod appeals against OFT ruling on Bacardi

Campaign News | Tuesday, 14 June 2005

Drinks firm refuses to accept decision of watchdog on trade practicesSimon BowersTuesday June 14, 2005The GuardianThe French drinks group Pernod Ricard has become the first company to appeal to the information commissioner over a refused freedom of information request, after it was turned down by the Office of Fair Trading.The ... read more

The Guardian: Will America bail out Castro's most committed would-be assassin?

Campaign News | Monday, 13 June 2005

Cuban ex-CIA operative appears in court today faced with extradition over bombing which killed 73Jamie Wilson in Miami, and Duncan CampbellMonday June 13, 2005The GuardianThe elderly man in the dark green tinted glasses looked intently into his cup, took a small sip of the treacle-like coffee, glanced around the room ... read more

Cuba welcomes Tropical Storm Arlene

Campaign News | Friday, 10 June 2005

Rains bring much needed waterHavana, June 10: Suffering from its worst drought in 100 years, Cuba welcomed like a blessing the rains accompanying Arlene, the first tropical storm of the recently begun hurricane season.According to reports from the Meteorological Institute Forecast Center (INSMET), the most significant rainfall occurred in the ... read more

First congress of the so-called 'Cuban Dissident Movement' financed by the USA is a failure

Campaign News | Thursday, 9 June 2005

by Salim Lamrani of Znet maagazineJune 07, 2005: Havana was the scene of the “first congress of the Cuban dissident movement” on May 20-21, 2005. Organized, planned and financed by the United States and the Cuban extreme right in Florida and broadly covered by the media, this meeting did not ... read more

Has President Castro struck a nerve?

Campaign News | Tuesday, 7 June 2005

By J. Soffiyah Elijah, Deputy Director Criminal Justice Institute, Harvard Law SchoolIn April 2005 the international community began to take a closer look at the United States justice system as its government attempted to explain and or deny the presence of admitted terrorist, Luis Posada Carriles. As news stories sprouted ... read more

Cuba's social progress showcased at international labour conference

Campaign News | Tuesday, 7 June 2005

Despite US opposition, Cuba is elected to ILO councilGeneva May 7: Cuba has achieved full employment and social security for its entire population - all without disregarding the need for solidarity with its African, Asian, Latin American and Caribbean brothers and sisters, said Cuba's minister of labor Alfredo Morales speaking ... read more

Why there should be no asylum for Posada Carriles

Campaign News | Monday, 6 June 2005

CSC Briefing Paper June 2005In 1985, Luis Posada Carriles escaped from custody in Venezuela where he was awaiting trial for the 1976 bombing of Cubana Airlines flight 455, in which 73 people were killed.Between 1985 and 2000, Posada was involved in supplying arms to the Contras in Nicaragua, bombing tourist ... read more

Fidel Castro urges Washington to tell the truth on Posada Carriles

Campaign News | Saturday, 4 June 2005

Bush complicit in helping terrorist escape, says Cuban leaderHavana, Jun 4 (Prensa Latina) President Fidel Castro urged the US government this Saturday to tell the truth on Cuban-born terrorist Luis Posada Carriles and the circumstances of his illegal entrance to that northern nation.Addressing the International Meeting against Terrorism, for Truth ... read more

Cuba a World Leader in Natural Disaster Prevention, Says UN Expert

Campaign News | Thursday, 2 June 2005

Island is to help others in regionHavana, June 1: Cuba is a world leader in the struggle against natural disasters, recognized Jan Egeland, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, on Wednesday.The UN expert spoke at a seminar and workshop for national authorities on Risk Management Policies, Systems and Experiences in the ... read more