Viewing from August 2017

Residents struggle through flood waters from tropical storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Texas, August 28. | Photo: Reuters

A Lesson for the US: Cuba's Response to Hurricanes

News from Cuba | Thursday, 31 August 2017

IN PICTURES: In Cuba's East, Solidarity Proves Crucial to Hurricane Recovery As one-time hurricane, now tropical storm, Harvey continues to wreak havoc in Houston and other areas of Texas and Louisiana, and on the eve of the 12-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, teleSUR spoke with Gail Reed. She is executive editor ... read more

57th Anniversary of the Federation of Cuban Women

News from Cuba | Thursday, 24 August 2017

The organisation paved the way for gender rights during the Revolution and in its aftermath. 57 years ago, the Federation of Cuban Women, FMC, was founded just 12 months after Cuba's revolution. The FMC brought together several organisations in an effort to defend women's rights. It also paved the way for women ... read more

Cuban Women, A Revolution within the Revolution

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Havana, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuban women are celebrating today the 57th anniversary of an organisation that has been a stronghold of the battles for their emancipation, equity and social equality. The Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), founded on August 23, 1960, brought together several women's organisations, to channel efforts on ... read more

Cuba's Elections: Q&A

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Dr. José Luis Toledo, president of the National Assembly of People’s Power Commission on Constitutional and Judicial Affairs, and professor at the University of Havana, speaks to Razones de Cuba about Cuba’s electoral system, with 2017-2018 general elections approaching. What are the basic elements of the Cuban state's organisational/institutional system? The ... read more

Fidel Castro and Malcolm X at the Hotel Theresa, Harlem, New York, 1960

Black Lives Matter in Cuba

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 22 August 2017

"If there ever was a place where black lives truly matter, it’s Cuba", writes Andrew King in an opinion article for TeleSUR. As activists unite to confront white supremacy in the United States, it is important for us to study other societies outside the U.S. that have made true strides in ... read more

UK Home Secretary responds to Open University's Cuban students ban

Campaign News | Monday, 21 August 2017

After receiving many letters from constituents protesting against the Open University's ban of Cuban students, Amber Rudd MP, Home Secretary, has responded to the ban on her website. In a written response, the Secretary of State notes that the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is investigating whether the Open University ... read more

Cuba Selects Former FARC Rebels to Train as Doctors

News from Cuba | Monday, 21 August 2017

This week marked the first selection of 200, primarily former FARC guerrillas, as well as young campesinos in Colombia, to study medicine in Cuba. A committee of medical professionals from Cuba's Latin American School of Medicine and officials from the Cuban embassy in Colombia completed the selection process. Between July 19 and ... read more

Twelve Years of Cuba's Medical Cooperation with Venezuela

News from Cuba | Monday, 21 August 2017

Caracas, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s President Nicolas Maduro today saluted the 12th anniversary of the signing by Cuba and Venezuela of the Sandino Commitment, which started a massive eye health care plan. Signed by Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez on August 21, 2005, the agreement was part of the 'Operation ... read more

Raúl sends message of condolences following attack in Barcelona

News from Cuba | Friday, 18 August 2017

President Raúl Castro sent a message of condolences to King Phillip VI and families of the victims of a terrorist attack in Barcelona, which left at least 13 dead and dozens injured, including five Cuban citizens The Cuban embassy in Spain has reported that President Raúl Castro sent a message of ... read more

Unite branch condemn OU's Cuban students ban

Campaign News | Thursday, 17 August 2017

Unite Bristol Area Finance & Legal branch has passed a motion which condemned the Open University’s ban of Cuban students. The Unite branch took action as part of the campaign, led by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, to end the OU’s ban of Cuban students due to US blockade legislation. The campaign ... read more

ELAM: A beacon of fraternity, solidarity and collectivity

News from Cuba | Monday, 14 August 2017

To offer health and hope around the world is among the missions of the more than 28,500 doctors from 103 countries who have graduated from the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), which this year held its 13th graduation. This beautiful project of fraternity, solidarity, and justice was founded in 1998 ... read more

World's 1st Skin Cancer Drug Available in Every Cuban Pharmacy

News from Cuba | Friday, 11 August 2017

Within months of its development, Heberferon has brought incredible results to over 400 patients around the island. The world’s first skin cancer treatment, which targets basal cell carcinoma, has appeared in pharmacies across Cuba within only six months of its entry into the market. Within months of its development, Heberferon has brought ... read more

The Guardian: Michael Seifert obituary

Campaign News | Thursday, 10 August 2017

The solicitor Michael Seifert, who has died aged 74, and his firm Seifert Sedley, worked to help Britain’s miners and their leaders through what Arthur Scargill, former president of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), described as “our most difficult period in the past century”. “The working class have lost a ... read more

Aleida Guevara with Fidel and Che

Aleida Guevara: Che's example always inspires me

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 9 August 2017

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 4 (ACN) The example of my father always inspires me specially at difficult crossroads such as the one Cuba now faces, said Aleida Guevara March, daughter of the Heroic Guerrilla, Commander Ernesto Che Guevara, to whom the XLI National Day of The Political Song is dedicated. Guevara March ... read more

Experts warn of the impact of climate change on central Cuba

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 9 August 2017

SANCTI SPÍRITUS- The Caribbean Sea is penetrating the southern Cuban coastline at a rate of 1.3 meters per year, as a result of climate change, authorities from the Ministry of Science and Technology (Citma) in this province warned. As a result, saltwater intrusion, soil erosion and the disappearance of mangroves are ... read more

Telesur: Under US Pressure, UK's Open University Refuses Entry to Cuban Students

Campaign News | Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Open University argues that it refuses entry to Cuban students out of fear that it violates the U.S. Treasury Department's blockade legislation. The Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC) in the U.K. has launched a drive to eliminate a policy barring entry applications imposed on Cuban students by the country's Open University. The ban, ... read more

Cuba consolidates maternal-infant health

News from Cuba | Friday, 4 August 2017

The country’s infant-mortality rate currently stands at 4.1 for every 1,000 live births during the first six months of 2017 Maternal-infant health indicators in Cuba at the end of the first half of 2017 demonstrate that the Ministry of Public Health’s Maternal-Infant Program, designed to benefit Cuban children and families, continues ... read more

Over 2,000 people take action against the OU’s Cuban student ban

Campaign News | Friday, 4 August 2017

Over 2,000 people have written to their Member of Parliament urging them to take action to end the Open University’s ban on Cuban students. The campaign for the discriminatory ban to be overturned has been supported by many MPs, trade unions and campaigners, in addition to a growing number of Open ... read more

Cuba has graduated 170 doctors from the United States

News from Cuba | Thursday, 3 August 2017

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 2 (ACN) Cuba has graduated 170 doctors from the United States through the project of the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), which was initiated by Cuban leader Fidel Castro in November 1999.In exclusive to Cuban News Agency, Zenia Díaz Catalá, director of the general secretariat of ... read more

Cuba denounces efforts to silence the voice of the Venezuelan people

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 2 August 2017

This Sunday, July 30, 2017, during elections for the National Constituent Assembly in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Venezuelan people demonstrated to the world that they are in full possession of their sovereign rights, and are firmly on the side of peace, in defence of citizen security, of independence ... read more

Cuba Has Treated Over 26,000 Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Victims

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The medical program was free of charge for all victims. Since 1990, Cuban medics have treated over 26,000 victims of the 1986 nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, Ukraine, scientific network Scielo reported in a recent study. The areas of treatment, according to Scielo, were primarily focused on dermatology, endocrinology and gastroenterology. The report detailed ... read more

Cuba: infant mortality rate down to 4.1 per thousand live births

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 1 August 2017

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 29 (ACN) Cuba closed the first six months of the 2017 with an infant mortality rate of 4.1 deaths per thousand live births, an indicator only comparable to some countries of the so-called First World. According to Granma newspaper, Roberto Álvarez Fumero, head of the Cuban Mother-children program ... read more

Granma: British university rejects Cuban students citing U.S. blockade laws as justification

Campaign News | Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The British Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC) has launched a campaign to overturn a ban on applications from Cuban students by the Open University THE British Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC) has launched a campaign to overturn a ban on applications from Cuban students by one of the biggest educational institutions in the ... read more