Viewing from June 2016

Cuba reiterates solidarity with Palestine and calls for peace

News from Cuba | Thursday, 30 June 2016

Cuba called for a definitive, just and lasting peace for all peoples of the Middle East in Geneva, noting that in this context the Palestinian cause can not continue to be ignored. Speaking at a UN International Conference in support of Palestinian-Israeli peace, Anayansi Rodríguez, Cuba’s permanent representative at the ... read more

Starwood is the first U.S. company to commit major money to Cuba since the Cuban revolution, which ousted U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista.

US Chain to Manage First Cuban Hotel Since the Revolution

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 29 June 2016

A large "Four Points by Sheraton" sign has gone up outside a Havana hotel that this week becomes the first in Cuba to operate under a U.S. brand since the 1959 revolution. The military-owned Gaviota 5th Avenue Hotel, close to the Caribbean seafront, is one of two hotels that Starwood Hotels ... read more

Colombian Government and FARC-EP Sign Historic Accord in Cuba

News from Cuba | Friday, 24 June 2016

The Colombian government and the FARC-EP signed a bilateral and definitive agreement on a cease-fire and the cessation of hostilities, considered a key step to achieve peace in that nation, which has lived more than 50 years of armed conflict, in Havana on 24 June. The representatives of the Government of ... read more

Colombia and Farc rebels sign historic ceasefire deal to end 50-year conflict

News from Cuba | Thursday, 23 June 2016

The Colombian government and Farc guerrillas have declared the final day of one of the world’s oldest wars with the signing of a ceasefire agreement to end more than 50 years of bloodshed. “May this be the last day of the war,” said Farc chief Timoleón “Timochenko” Jiménez, his voice choked ... read more

Cuba promotes wind power with Chinese turbines to protect environment

News from Cuba | Thursday, 23 June 2016

GIBARA, Cuba — Some 500 years after ocean winds swept Christopher Columbus’ ships into Gibara Bay, in Cuba’s eastern province of Holguin, officials are harnessing those same sea breezes to generate electricity. The historic town of Gibara, where the famed explorer set foot during his first voyage to Cuba, is home ... read more

Ban Ki-moon in Cuba for signing of Colombia Peace Agreement

News from Cuba | Thursday, 23 June 2016

The UN Secretary General arrived in Havana, Wednesday, June 22, to attend the signing of an important agreement on a bilateral ceasefire between the Colombian government and FARC-EP, set to take place June 23 The UN Secretary General arrived in Havana, Wednesday, June 22, to attend the signing of an important ... read more

Rob Miller, CSC Director, Teresita Vicente, Cuban Ambassador,  Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Leader, Laura Alvarez and Antonio Rodríguez Valcarcel, Cuban Embassy Minister Counsellor

Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell attend RMT Garden Party for Cuba

Campaign News | Wednesday, 22 June 2016

RMT Garden Party 2016 Over 500 guests attended an evening of celebration and solidarity at the 14th annual RMT Garden Party with Cuba, a real highlight of the trade union and labour movement annual calendar. Special guests in attendance included Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor and ... read more

More than 5,000 kidney transplants performed in Cuba

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 21 June 2016

The commitment of Cuba's public health system to improve quality of life evidenced in expansion of kidney transplant program SANTA CLARA.—A total of 5,703 kidney transplants have been performed in the country since the first operation in February of 1970, the majority of which were possible due to cadaver donations, according ... read more

Pedagogy 2017

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 21 June 2016

The Ministry of Education of the Republic of Cuba and the Havana Convention Centre has invited British teachers to participate in the fifteenth edition of the biannial Pedagogia Conference. Pedegogia 2017 will take place between 30 January and 3 February 2017 at the Havana Convention Centre. Pedagogy 2017 is sponsored by ... read more

Solidarity! Vietnam Donates 5,000 Tons of Rice to Cuba

News from Cuba | Monday, 20 June 2016

The donation follows almost six decades of friendship and cooperation between the two political and economic allies. Vietnam and Cuba signed a document confirming the delivery of 5,000 tons of rice from the Southeast Asian to the Caribbean country on Thursday. A Vietnamese delegation led by National Reserve General Director Pham Phan ... read more

Miami Five Freedom Tour 2016 - Donate - Support - Build

Campaign News | Monday, 20 June 2016

Help bring the Five to Britain in 2016 On 17 December 2014, as part of talks between Cuba and the US, the final members of the Miami Five were freed from US jails. Fernando González, René González, Antonio Guerrero, Gerardo Hernández, and Ramon Labañino were unjustly imprisoned in 1998 for trying ... read more

Returning to the homeland, happy and satisfied

News from Cuba | Monday, 20 June 2016

During the dawn hours on Sunday, 21 members of the Henry Reeve International Brigade returned from Ecuador where they had spent the last two months providing medical assistance to the population there in the wake of a devastating earthquake Twenty-one members of Cuba's Henry Reeve international medical brigade providing assistance to ... read more

The Heirs of Meyer Lansky Want Compensation from Cuba. They Shouldn’t Get a Dime.

News from Cuba | Sunday, 19 June 2016

The heirs of Meyer Lansky, the impresario of the North American Mafia gambling colony in Cuba (1933-1958) are betting on a big payback from the negotiations between the United States and Cuba to normalise relations between the two countries. Compensation claims by U.S. citizens or businesses for properties nationalized by ... read more

Cautious optimism for the future at AGM

Campaign News | Friday, 17 June 2016

We approach the future with cautious optimism” said Diana Holland, Cuba Solidarity Campaign Chair and Assistant General Secretary of Unite, opening the 2016 CSC AGM by quoting the Miami Five’s Gerardo Hernandez’s outlook on the current situation in Cuba. The AGM reflected on the last year’s work and achievements by Cuba ... read more

Cuba and the U.S. to Fight Diseases Together

News from Cuba | Thursday, 16 June 2016

HAVANA, Cuba, Jun 15 (acn) Health authorities of Cuba and the United States signed earlier this week a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in combating diseases affecting the two neighboring countries and to exchange experiences.The Granma newspaper reported today that the agreement signed in Washington by the U.S. Department of ... read more

Cubans Begin Country-Wide Debate on Building 'Prosperous, Sustainable Socialism'

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Representatives and members of Cuban civil society groups will participate in a public consultation process in order to debate the major economic proposals agreed upon during the seventh Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) last April. Cuba’s Granma newspaper reported on Tuesday that the four-month long consultation process will ... read more

Cubans Begin Country-Wide Debate on Building 'Prosperous, Sustainable Socialism'

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The Cuban Communist Party launched a public consultation regarding government economic proposals. Representatives and members of Cuban civil society groups will participate in a public consultation process in order to debate the major economic proposals agreed upon during the seventh Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) last April. Cuba’s Granma ... read more

Debate on Cuba’s future underway

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 15 June 2016

During the recent 7th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, it was agreed that the Draft Conceptualisation of the Cuban Economic and Social Model and the National Economic and Social Development Plan through 2030 would be submitted to a process of democratic consultation across Cuban society AS agreements are made ... read more

Mariela Castro: US blockade of Cuba hinders fight of HIV/Aids

News from Cuba | Monday, 13 June 2016

HAVANA, Cuba, Jun 9 (acn) Mariela Castro denounced on Wednesday in New York the negative impact of the US economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba in the island's efforts in preventing and confronting HIV/Aids. According to Prensa Latina News Agency, the Director of the National Sex Education Center (CENESEX) pointed ... read more

Adviser to Obama Asserts Cuba-U.S.A. Opening-up is Irreversible

News from Cuba | Sunday, 12 June 2016

HAVANA, Cuba, Jun 11 (acn) The resumption of relations between Cuba and the United States is irreversible and legislative restrictions can be lifted by Congress, asserted presidential adviser Ben Rhodes. Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser, made these remarks on Thursday night at a forum on cultural diplomacy with Cuba, held at ... read more

Congratulations to our 2016 Blockade Buster Raffle Winners

Campaign News | Sunday, 12 June 2016

The grand draw of the 2016 Blockade Buster Raffle took place on Saturday 11 June 2016 at the CSC AGM in London. Winner of the first prize of two return flights to Cuba was Margaret Batty of Merseyside. On hearing the news of her win Margaret said: "Wow thats brilliant news. ... read more

John Callow (chair), GMB Political Officer and Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, urges solidarity with Cuba

Campaign News | Sunday, 12 June 2016

Tim Roache, the new GMB General Secretary, urged solidarity with Cuba at this crucial time at a packed GMB Congress fringe meeting in Bournemouth, where he spoke alongside Mel Bartlett and Ross Holden, two young GMB members’ who had recently returned from the young trade unionists’ May Day brigade to ... read more

WHO to Announce End of Ebola in Liberia, Thanks to Cuba

News from Cuba | Friday, 10 June 2016

The Ebola virus is expected to be all but gone in Liberia, thanks in large part to the work of Cuban doctors in Africa. The World Health Organisation is expected to announce that the Ebola virus in Liberia has been adequately controlled according to the New Straits Times. Liberia will have passed ... read more

We shall never forget Muhammad Ali’s chivalry and ethic, his rejection of war and defence of peace: Raul Castro.

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 8 June 2016

On behalf of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) at the end of the bloc’s 7th summit on Saturday, President Castro recalled Ali’s respect and friendship with revolution leader Fidel Castro. “First of all, we would like to convey our sympathy and solidarity to the family of the great boxing champion ... read more

The 2014 Walk for Cuba

Miami Five Freedom Walk

Campaign News | Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Sponsored walk - Sunday 3 July 2016 Have fun while fundraising for the Miami Five Freedom Tour Two years ago CSC supporters and friends joined together on what turned into a marvellous day of sunshine, solidarity and fundraising for the campaign for freedom and justice for the Miami Five. Together they raised ... read more

Sponsored Cycle Ride

Campaign News | Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Miami Five Freedom Tour - Register to participate or sponsor the Cycle Ride on 19 June Stansted Mountfitchet Sunday, 19 June 2016, 10:15am Stansted Mountfitchet and Essex countryside In July the Miami Five are invited to Britain - an opportunity to celebrate their freedom and express our solidarity with Cuba and the need to ... read more

'This is pretty incredible': How Cuba – and Canada – give U.S. lung cancer patient new hope

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Wisconsin man travels to Cuba via Toronto to buy vaccine for immunotherapy treatment When Mick Phillips was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer, his odds of survival were not good. A lifelong smoker, the Wisconsin man was in the late stages of the disease that is the top cause of cancer ... read more

An affront to our sovereignty

Campaign News | Tuesday, 7 June 2016

The Co-operative Bank has admitted that the closure of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign bank account is directly due to US blockade policies, reports ROB MILLER IN November 2015 the Co-operative Bank closed the bank accounts of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC), citing changing “risk appetite” and “global regulations” among the reasons.Now, ... read more

Cuba says it won’t rejoin OAS while Venezuela threatened with suspension

News from Cuba | Monday, 6 June 2016

HAVANA, – In a show of solidarity with long-time ally Venezuela, Cuban President Raul Castro says his country will not return to the Organization of American States (OAS), which he recently called “an instrument of imperialist domination.” Cuba was expelled from the OAS in 1962, but following a recent thaw in ... read more

Raul Castro opens Caribbean States Summit

News from Cuba | Saturday, 4 June 2016

"We cannot remain indifferent to disturbances in Latin America and the Caribbean"Full text of remarks by Raul Castro Ruz, President of Cuba's Councils of State and Ministers, opening the 7th Association of Caribbean States Summit, June 4, 2016: Distinguished Heads of State and/or Government, Esteemed Ambassador Alfonso Munera Cavadia, Secretary General of ... read more

Cuban First Vice President reiterates the need for nuclear disarmament in Hiroshima

News from Cuba | Thursday, 2 June 2016

The First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel, reaffirmed the steadfast commitment of his government to peace and called for nuclear disarmament, during a visit to the city of Hiroshima. On arriving this Wednesday, June 1, Díaz-Canel was received by the Mayor of the Japanese city, ... read more

Cuban Delegation Visits the U.S.

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 1 June 2016

HAVANA, Cuba, May 31 (acn) A Cuban delegation headed by Agriculture Minister Gustavo Rodriguez will visit the United States on June 1-3, 2016, at the invitation of the Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack, the Cuba Minrex website reported. In Washington, the Cuban minister will meet with executives of the Departments of ... read more