Viewing from July 2016

10 Years of Cuba Under Raul Castro: Eye on Economic Development

News from Cuba | Saturday, 30 July 2016

The goal of economic development remains elusive but Raul Castro’s decade in power has left the country better prepared for the inter-generational transition of leadership in 2018. Ten years after Raul Castro replaced his brother Fidel at the helm of the Cuban state it is a good moment to evaluate the ... read more

U.S., Cuba hold 'substantive' second round talks on claims

News from Cuba | Thursday, 28 July 2016

The United States and Cuba have concluded a "substantive" second round of talks on multibillion-dollar claims against one another in Washington and agreed to hold more regular meetings on the matter, a State Department Official said on Friday. The former Cold War foes had a first meeting outlining their respective claims ... read more

We will know how to meet this new challenge

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 27 July 2016

The Second Secretary of the Party Central Committee, José Ramón Machado Ventura, delivered the central speech at the act to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of the attacks on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Cespedes garrisons Expressing the sentiments of the Cuban people and millions of friends throughout the world, the ... read more

Carnival Santiago style

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Born in the 500 year old city of Santiago de Cuba, carnival celebrations encapsulate the traditions of its resilient, solidary, dynamic residents SANTIAGO DE CUBA.— Santiago's carnival is in a nutshell, a spellbinding mix of colors, flavors, smells and heat strong enough to astonish the most audacious, and overpower all five ... read more

Clinton Emails Reveal Direct US Sabotage of Venezuela

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 26 July 2016

As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton led a team committed to delegitimising the politics of the late Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution. While Hillary Clinton publicly welcomed improved relations with Venezuela as secretary of state, she privately ridiculed the country and continued to support destabilisation efforts, revealed her emails leaked ... read more

Moncada Attack: Lessons From the Birth of the Cuban Revolution

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Today, progressives throughout the world could learn many lessons from the July 26, 1953, Moncada attack led by Fidel Castro. In 1953, when virtually all the progressive and revolutionary forces in Cuba offered no viable solution to oppose the U.S.-backed Batista dictatorship, Fidel Castro and his comrades did indeed work out ... read more

Rene and Gerardo receive a standing ovation at Tolpuddle Festival (photo Mark Thomas)

Here at last! Miami Five Freedom Tour reports, pictures and videos

Campaign News | Monday, 25 July 2016

After sixteen years fighting for their freedom from US jails, and a two year battle against the Home Secretary for visas to visit Britain, René Gonazalez and Gerardo Hernández finally touched down on UK soil in the early hours of Friday 7 July 2016. In the short time they were here ... read more

Hundreds of New Doctors for Cuba and the World

News from Cuba | Friday, 22 July 2016

The University of Medical Sciences of Havana (UCMH), graduated 908 new health professionals, 784 Cubans and 124 from other nationalities in six medical courses on Wednesday. Out of the total of graduates, 634 are medical doctors, who will take different specialties to meet the demand of primary and secondary health attention ... read more

The blockade is an outdated policy and must end

News from Cuba | Thursday, 21 July 2016

A year after diplomatic relations between the two countries were reestablished on July 20, 2015, Granma International spoke with Josefina Vidal, director general for the United States at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Relations, to discuss Cuba-U.S. relations as they stand today “We have been working for many years for a ... read more

Oxfam Executive Director Winnie Byanyima speaks during an interview in Havana, Cuba July 13, 2016. Picture taken July 13, 2016.

Oxfam urges U.S. to end embargo on struggling Cuba

News from Cuba | Thursday, 21 July 2016

The director of Oxfam broke the global aid agency's longtime silence on the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, urging the American Congress to lift it "sooner rather than later" given the island's mounting economic woes. Winnie Byanyima said in an interview in Havana that Oxfam was set to formally campaign against ... read more

Rene and Gerardo with CSC Exec and Legal Team

Cuban heroes René González and Gerardo Hernández become Honorary Presidents of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign

Campaign News | Wednesday, 20 July 2016

At a special reception for the Miami Five's René González and Gerardo Hernández and their families, the Executive Committee of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign invited the two heroes to accept nomination as Honorary Presidents of CSC. Bestowing the honorary positions on behalf of the Campaign, Chair of CSC Diana Holland said “There ... read more

London Rally: End the US blockade of Cuba, End the occupation of Guantanamo Bay

Fighting Together We Can Beat the Odds

Campaign News | Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Cuban heroes Rene Gonzalez and Gerardo Hernandez conclude their Miami Five Freedom Tour this weekend at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival. OLLIE HOPKINS sums up what’s been an eventful week “WE’VE been delighted with the support for the Miami Five and the Cuban people that we have seen across Britain during the ... read more

Davey Hopper and his wife Maritza, with the Miami Five's Rene and Gerardo at the 2016 Durham Miners' Gala

Cuba Solidarity Campaign and the CTC pay tribute to Davey Hopper

Campaign News | Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Cuba Solidarity Campaign On behalf of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign in the UK we would like to offer our deepest sympathy to Davey’s family, colleagues and friends. Davey was a wonderful friend to all the people of Cuba. As the General Secretary of the Durham Miners Association, he was part of the ... read more

Mohamed Elmaazi, Rob Miller, Cuba Solidarity Campaign Director, Barristers Shivani Jegarajah and Mark McDonald and the legal team outside the Royal Courts of Justice

The Case of Rene Gonzalez Sehwerert and Theresa May, the Secretary of State of the Home Department

Campaign News | Saturday, 16 July 2016

Mohamed A. Elmaazi, an independent legal researcher who worked with counsel at Mansfield Chambers throughout the case, reports on the long campaign to win UK visas for Rene Gonzalez and the Miami Five In January 2014 Rene Gonzalez Sehwerert, former Counter-terrorism officer and US political prisoner, applied to visit the UK ... read more

A taste of Cuba’s Revolution: The Young Trade Unionists' May Day brigade

Campaign News | Saturday, 16 July 2016

From 28th April to the 10th May 2016, 28 Young Trade Unionists representing millions of workers from across Britain and Ireland visited Cuba on the annual May Day Brigade organised by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign. I was one of them, representing the GMB North West & Irish Region and joining ... read more

Gerardo Hernandez with RMT President Sean Hoyle at Maritime House

RMT union host reception to welcome Miami Five heroes

Campaign News | Friday, 15 July 2016

Trade unionists welcomed the Miami Five heroes René González and Gerardo Hernández and their families at a trade union reception hosted by the RMT at Maritime House, south London, on Monday. The RMT provided a warm welcome on a pleasant summer evening for the Cuban guests with live Cuban music, mojitos, ... read more

Miami Five Freedom Tour dates

Campaign News | Thursday, 14 July 2016

Gerardo Hernández and René González to speak in Britain this summer CSC is delighted to announce that René González and Gerardo Hernández will be coming to Britain for the Miami Five Freedom Tour this July. The two members of the Miami Five and heroes of the Republic of Cuba will be joined ... read more

U.S. House of Representatives votes to intensify blockade of Cuba

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 13 July 2016

A series of amendment were included in the draft fiscal year 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which was approved in the lower house of Congress, including a prohibition on travel to Cuba for certain educational exchanges WASHINGTON.—With the approval in the House of Representatives of new restrictive measures ... read more

John McDonnell, Ian Lavery, Adriana Perez, Gerardo Hernandez, Cat Smith, Jeremy Corbyn, Baroness Hooper, Rob Miller, Baroness Smith, Rene Gonzalez, Olga Sanlanueva, H.E. Teresita Vicente, Lord Balfe

Miami Five heroes warmly received in Parliament

Campaign News | Wednesday, 13 July 2016

The Miami Five heroes Rene González, Gerardo Hernández and their families were warmly received in a parliamentary reception on Monday afternoon. Many MPs who had campaigned for the Miami Five’s freedom and subsequent UK visas attended, including Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. Cat Smith MP, chair ... read more

Cuba Heroes' Message: Keep up the pressure

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 12 July 2016

TWO of the Miami Five heroes who spent 16 years in US jails for infiltrating anti-Cuban terrorist groups told the Star yesterday to “keep up the pressure” on the US and British governments. Rene Gonzales and Gerardo Hernandez paid a special visit to the Morning Star offices in east London, where ... read more

Miami Five speak at Durham Miners' Gala

Campaign News | Sunday, 10 July 2016

TWO of the heroic Miami Five used to get copies of the Morning Star while they were in prison, they told a packed crowd at the Durham Miners’ Gala on Saturday. Gerardo Hernandez and Rene Gonzalez were in Durham to thank British trade unionists for their consistent campaign of support during ... read more

A day many thought would never come

Campaign News | Saturday, 9 July 2016

GERARDO HERNANDEZ, one of the Miami Five, speaks exclusively to the Morning Star in advance of addressing the Durham Miners’ Gala today, together with his comrade Rene Gonzalez GERARDO HERNANDEZ is looking forward to visiting Britain this week, especially to meet the thousands of British supporters who campaigned for his freedom. “Most ... read more

Cuban heroes arrive in the UK for freedom tour

Campaign News | Friday, 8 July 2016

René González and Gerardo Hernández, two of the five Cuban heroes unjustly imprisoned in the United States, arrived in the UK this morning together with their families to participate in the “Miami Five Freedom Tour” The Cuban anti-terrorists and heroes of the Republic of Cuba, René González and Gerardo Hernández, arrived ... read more

Miami Five Hero to speak at Durham Miners' Gala

Campaign News | Friday, 8 July 2016

ONE of Cuba’s Miami Five heroes will speak at the Durham Miners’ Gala tomorrow. The appearance at the historic labour and trade union event will mark the launch of a nationwide Miami Five Freedom Tour by Rene Gonzalez and Gerardo Hernandez. They will speak at seven rallies across Britain next week, culminating ... read more

We Won! Visa Victory for Miami Five UK visit

Campaign News | Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Miami Five Freedom Tour will go ahead after Home Office succumbs to pressure Following a huge response to our urgent action appeal on Monday 4 July, we are pleased to report that René González and Gerardo Hernández have been issued visas and will be coming to Britain to take part in ... read more

Urgent update and action on the Miami Five Freedom Tour

Campaign News | Monday, 4 July 2016

As of today, 5 July 2016, René González and Gerardo Hernández have still not received their visas to travel to Britain for the Miami Five Freedom Tour. Although the visas have not been denied, the Home Office has stated that the case is ‘complex’ and has not given a date ... read more