Viewing from August 2008

Gustav causes no deaths in Pinar

Campaign News | Sunday, 31 August 2008

Cuban Army General Leopoldo Cintras Frias, labelled the people of Pinar del Rio efforts in preparing to face Hurricane Gustav, which resulted in no deaths in the territory, as “a feat”On a tour of the eastern part of Pinar del Rio, accompanied by Provincial Civil Defense Council President, Olga Lidia ... read more

Honduras accuses US of protecting Carriles

Campaign News | Thursday, 28 August 2008

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya accused the United States on Wednesday of defending terrorists for not putting Luis Posada Carriles, a former CIA agent, on trial.Posada Carriles, who lives in Miami, is accused of plotting to blow up a civilian Cuban airliner that killed 73 persons as well as for an ... read more

Chavez praises Cuban work in Venezuela

Campaign News | Monday, 25 August 2008

During his “Hello President” Sunday TV program, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez expressed his appreciation for the work of Cuban healthcare experts supporting social initiatives in his country.Chavez praised the outcomes of the “Barrio Adentro” and “Jose Gregorio Hernandez” social service efforts in which the Cubans have beenclosely involved since these ... read more

Cuba among the Latin American Olympic leaders

Campaign News | Sunday, 24 August 2008

In what may be considered the best Olympic games of modern times, Cuba made a worthy performance at Beijing 2008, with two gold, 11 silver and 11 bronze medals.Cuba occupied the third place among Latin American and Caribbean countries, after Brazil and Jamaica, and the fifth in the Americas; it ... read more

Cuba Defeats US in Olympic baseball semifinal

Campaign News | Friday, 22 August 2008

Breaking News....Cuba defeated The United States in Olympicbaseball 10-2 on Friday, and took the ticket to discuss the gold against South Korea on Saturday.Gallery of Cuban medalists at 2008 Olympics ... read more

Guardian reports on Mayor's Rise payment

Campaign News | Wednesday, 20 August 2008

From Hugh Moir's Guardian Diary columnSome happy news, for the campaign against the US blockade of Cuba has found an unlikely financial backer. Well done and welcome aboard to the mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Having told the Cuba Solidarity Campaign that its Big Cuba entertainment stage was not welcome ... read more

A revolution to repair: New friends come to the aid of Raúl’s Cuba

Campaign News | Monday, 18 August 2008

By Richard Lapper for the Financial TimesLike the other residents of the José Martí housing estate in Santiago, Cuba’s second city, Rafael Gonzalez has grown used to the taps running dry.“Sometimes water arrives only two or three times a month,” says the 46-year-old restaurant worker, who often has to rely ... read more

Cuba looks at trimming social welfare

Campaign News | Monday, 18 August 2008

By Richard Lapper for the Financial TimesCuba, one of the world’s last surviving Communist states, is looking at watering down the generous social welfare system that has been a cornerstone of its economy for nearly 50 years, according to a senior government official.Alfredo Jam, head of macroeconomic analysis in the ... read more

Press Release: Mayor of London makes financial settlement with CSC over political banning dispute

Campaign News | Friday, 15 August 2008

Press Release For immediate release 15 August 2008 The Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC) today welcomed the financial settlement made by the Greater London Authority to end the dispute over its participation in the Rise festival. In June 2008 the CSC was told that its annual Big Cuba Stage at the Rise Festival would no ... read more

The Shape of Cuba's Reforms

Campaign News | Friday, 15 August 2008

Moving Toward "Sensible Socialism" On One Lone IslandBy SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDÉS for CounterpunchCuban leaders have begun a reform process - combining certain ministries, opening up more farming possibilities and decentralizing certain functions. They have not given clear signals as to what model will emerge. The government appears ... read more

Cuba appoints new president of friendship institute

Campaign News | Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Jorge Marti Martinez has been appointed as the new president of the Havana-based Cuban Friendship Institute (ICAP)to replace Sergio Corrieri Hernandez, who held this post since 1990until his death last February 29th.According to Granma news daily, Marti Martinez was the Cuban ambassador in Russia.More from the Cuban News Agency here ... read more

UK personalities sign petition for the Miami Five

Campaign News | Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Add your name and help collect celebrity signatures todayUK personalities sign petition for the Miami FiveBeverley Naidoo, Iain Banks, Harold Pinter and Susannah York call on US government to grant family visiting rightsNext month marks the 10th anniversary of the arrest of the Miami Five - five Cubans jailed for ... read more

Cuba: Is it a model in HIV-AIDS battle?

Campaign News | Friday, 8 August 2008

By Tom FawthropCuba’s comprehensive approach to controlling the spread of HIV/AIDS has provided a rare success story in the battle against the global epidemic, but lingering controversy over past human rights violations mars its achievements.Cuba has seen no dramatic increase in HIV transmission since the first case was diagnosed in ... read more

Cuba cuts ethanol plans

Campaign News | Wednesday, 6 August 2008

By Marc Frank for ReutersFollowing denunciations of the use of food for fuel by former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, a Cuban official said on Wednesday the Caribbean island is modernizing its sugar industry but that plans to increase ethanol production have been scaled back.Luis Galvez, director of the sugar ministry's ... read more

Washington punishes more US companies

Campaign News | Wednesday, 6 August 2008

US companies continued to be the target of hugefines this year for having violated the over 45-year US economic, financial and commercial blockade of Cuba.In a recent report cited by different US media outlets, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), of the Treasury Department, informed thatthe Minxia Non-Ferrous Metals ... read more

Cuban company sows greatest amount of rice in years

Campaign News | Tuesday, 5 August 2008

The Ruta Invasora agro-industrial rice complex, located in central Cuban province of Camaguey, has sowed the greatest amount of rice in years, with almost 15,400 acres planted since November.The company, which operates under the Ministry of Agriculture, is recovering lands for the crop that is currently exploited at only half ... read more

UN Human Rights Council appoints Cuban as president

Campaign News | Tuesday, 5 August 2008

A Cuban jurist, Miguel Alfonso Martinez, who is president of the Cuban Society of International Law, was appointed this Monday to head the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council.An experienced diplomat, Alfonso Martinez worked for several years as spokesperson for the Cuban Foreign Ministry.Russian jurist Vladimir Kartashkin and ... read more

Thousands of foreign health professionals graduated in Cuba since 2005

Campaign News | Monday, 4 August 2008

Almost seven thousand health professionals from 56 countries have graduated from Cuban medical universities since 2005 through a project of the Havana-based Latin American School of Medicine (LASM) and the Agreement of the Cuban Foreign Ministry.Out of the 6,757 foreign health professionals who have graduated in Cuba since 2005, the ... read more

Over 26 thousand health professionals graduated in Cuba

Campaign News | Saturday, 2 August 2008

Some 26,649 health professionals from 20 nations of the world graduated from Cuban medical universities during the 2007-2008 school year.The figure of graduates in medicine, dentistry, infirmary and health technologies include 24,825 Cubans, said deputy health minister, DoctorRoberto Gonzalez.The central graduation ceremony takes place today at Havana?s Carl Marx Theater, ... read more

Cuban workers to discuss social security draft legistlation

Campaign News | Saturday, 2 August 2008

The discussion by all Cuban workers of a draft bill on social security proposed during the First Period of Sessions of the Cuban Parliament, held last month, will strengthen the legislation.Over 4, 500 union leaders will guide the discussion process.Addressing the provincial plenary session of the Cuban Workers Federation (CTC) ... read more

"Independent" librarians with CIA financing

Campaign News | Friday, 1 August 2008

Now Kent will have to explain his ties with the swindler Calzón reports Jean-Guy AllardROBERT Kent, owner of the Friends of Cuban Libraries organization, plans to be in Quebec City for the World Library and Information Congress, to continue his slandering of Cuba.This time, however, this active collaborator of the ... read more