Viewing from June 2009

7th Annual RMT Garden Party report

Campaign News | Tuesday, 30 June 2009

“This is now one of the great events of the labour movement calendar” declared Tony Benn at the 7th annual RMT Garden Party in June in front of an audience of more than 400 at Maritime House, the RMT’s south London headquarters. RMT General Secretary Bob Crow praised the gains of ... read more

Aleida Guevara Cuba50 speaking tour

Campaign News | Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Aleida Guevara, daughter of Che to speak at Cuba50 meetings in JuneAleida Guevara, daughter of Che, will be speaking at three CSC public meetings in the UK in June, as well as attending the Cuba50 Weekend Festival at the Barbican on 27/28 June.Tuesday 23 June, DerbyFriends Meeting House, St Helens ... read more


Campaign News | Monday, 29 June 2009

Dr Alberto Roque, CENESEX Spokesperson coming to NewcastleCUBA50 PUBLIC MEETINGChallenging prejudices within and about CubaMonday 29 June, 5 pmNorthern TUC, 5th Floor, Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QEWITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER FROM CUBADr Alberto RoqueGay activist and spokesperson for CENESEX (National Centre for Sex Education, ... read more

Che Guevara caught on camera

Campaign News | Monday, 29 June 2009

Giles Dilnot from the BBC reports on unseen colour photosChe Guevara caught on cameraMost people recognise Che from this traditional Korda imageNew photographs of Che Guevara cast fresh light on Cuba's famous revolutionary leader.Giles Dilnot tells the remarkable story of the publication of new photographs of Che which have never ... read more

Cuba50 showcase weekend

Campaign News | Saturday, 27 June 2009

Still time to book tickets - new act for Sunday announcedA feast of the hottest Cuban music and dance live and direct from Cuba at the Barbican on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June.Featuring nueva trova legend PABLO MILANÉS,dazzling rumba group YORUBA ANDABO, plus the soulful Son del Tropico and ... read more


Campaign News | Saturday, 27 June 2009

Details of free weekend performances announcedFREE BANDS!!!As part of this weekends Cuba 50 Concerts at the barbican, there will also be free stages at the Centre throughout the day.Saturday 27 June Free Stages feature:Changui de GuantanamoLondon Lucumi Choir and moreSunday 28 June Free Stages feature:Son del TropicoCharanga del NorteLeo Duany ... read more

Che Guevara's daughter praises NHS

Campaign News | Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Report in the Derby Telegraph on recent Aleida Guevara public meetingTHE daughter of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara has spoken out in support of the NHS during a visit to Derby.Aleida Guevara works as a doctor of children's medicine in the Cuban capital, Havana.Yesterday she took part in an international workshop ... read more

Pardon the Five or swap them says Alarcon

News from Cuba | Saturday, 20 June 2009

National Assembly president Ricardo Alarcón is again raising the possibility of an exchange of prisoners between the United States and Cuba -- the five Miami Cubans imprisoned on espionage-related charges for an as-yet-unspecified number of Cuban dissidents who are imprisoned on the island for allegedly trying to destabilize the government.Interviewed ... read more

Supreme Court turns down Miami 5 appeal

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 16 June 2009

On Monday 15 June, the US Supreme Court refused to review the convictions of the Miami 5.The Court refused to hear their case despite calls from Nobel Prize winners, international legal groups and parliamentarians from around the world, including more than 90 British MPs.The Obama administration contended that the convictions ... read more

Cuba says economic crisis slows output, closes factories

News from Cuba | Sunday, 14 June 2009

Cuban factories are closing down and production is being cut at other workplaces as the international financial crisis weighs on the import-dependent Caribbean island, the official media said on Sunday.A growing shortage of foreign exchange has forced the Communist-run country to drastically cut imports and local budgets, impose power quotas ... read more

Cuba Will Ask for Change of Consumption Patterns at Conference on Climate Change

News from Cuba | Friday, 12 June 2009

Cuba will speak out in Copenhagen in favor of a change in irrational patterns of production and consumption, which have put the world on the brink of an economic and environmental catastrophe.Cuba will present its position on that topic at the COP 15 United Nations Climate Change Conference to take ... read more

Why Are Cubans Losing Access to Instant Messaging?

News from Cuba | Thursday, 11 June 2009

CDA Asks Treasury to InvestigateThe Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) has asked for a U.S. Treasury Department inquiry into actions by Microsoft, and possibly other Instant Messaging (IM) providers, that cut off Cubans and other persons living in countries under U.S. sanctions from access to IM.The United States ... read more

Accused Cuban spy couple ordered held in jail

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 10 June 2009

A former U.S. State Department official and his wife, accused of spying for the Cuban government for nearly 30 years, were ordered Wednesday to be kept in jail until their trial.U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola agreed with a Justice Department prosecutor that Walter Kendall Myers, 72, and his wife Gwendolyn ... read more

Press Release: Europe’s largest ever festival of Cuban culture

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Cuba50, the largest ever festival of Cuban culture outside of Havana, announces a spectacular showcase weekend at the Barbican Centre, London, on 27 and 28 June. The weekend festival is the highlight of over 200 events throughout the UK in 2009. It features Cuba’s greatest dance band Los Van Van, nueva ... read more

Cuba refuses OAS offer to rejoin

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 9 June 2009

By Alex Leff for the Tico TimesFollowing a recent vote to re-admit the leftist island nation, Cuba's government officially rejected on Monday the offer to rejoin the Organization of American States (OAS), criticizing what it considers an organization with a history of “servility” to U.S. interests.“Cuba welcomes with satisfaction this ... read more


Campaign News | Saturday, 6 June 2009

All welcome to the CSC Annual General Meeting and public meetingSaturday 6 June, 10am - 12.30pmNUT, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H (Kings Cross or Euston tubes)With guest speakersKenia Serrano President of ICAP(former student leader and vice-president of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Cuban Parliament)Jeremy Corbyn MPJeremy Dear, General ... read more

OAS 'agrees to let Cuba rejoin'

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Foreign ministers of the Organization of American States have voted to lift Cuba's suspension, apparently paving the way for it to rejoin the group.Cuba was suspended from the 34-member OAS in 1962 over its "incompatible" adherence to Marxism-Leninism.The US secretary of state, who left Honduras before the vote, had urged ... read more

US-Cuba talks on immigration to resume

News from Cuba | Monday, 1 June 2009

By MATTHEW LEE for the Associated PressCuba has agreed to resume talks with the Obama administration on legal immigration of Cubans to the United States and direct mail service between the two countries in a move welcomed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton."These talks are part of our effort ... read more