Viewing from September 2007

Carlos Acosta: a ballet superstar

Campaign News | Sunday, 30 September 2007

The wayward Havana boy turned ballet superstar tells our correspondent why he is still fiercely proud of his roots; and, below, an extract from his new autobiographyFrom The Sunday TimesWhen the great Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta left Havana to join English National Ballet in 1991, there were two fears in ... read more

Cuba and Spain re-establish cooperation

Campaign News | Saturday, 29 September 2007

By Marc FrankHAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba and Spain on Saturday took a big step toward mending relations by signing a broad agreement that re-establishes cooperation halted in 2003 after Havana jailed 75 dissidents.Spanish International Cooperation Minister Leire Pajin said the deal includes support for small business, the environment, food security ... read more

Cuba's statement to the UN

Campaign News | Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Statement by Felipe Pérez Roque, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, at the 62nd session of the United Nations General AssemblyNew YorkMr. President:Never before had the real dangers menacing the human species become so evident; never before had the violations of International Law become so evident, as ... read more

European Union tests waters with Cuba talks

Campaign News | Monday, 24 September 2007

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The European Union held informal exploratory talks with Cuba on Monday on resuming closer ties after years of tension over human rights issues, an EU diplomat said.The foreign ministers of EU presidency holder Portugal and Slovenia, next in the EU chair, plus European Development Commissioner Louis ... read more

Fidel Castro Says World Economic Crisis is at the Door

Campaign News | Friday, 21 September 2007

Havana, Sept 21 (acn) Cuban President Fidel Castro appeared Friday in a video broadcast by Cuban television, where he warned of a serious world economic crisis and addressed different issues. He also dealt with his most recent reflections published by Cuban and international media outlets.The video was shown during the ... read more

Washington Bans Medicine Exports to Havana's Hospital

Campaign News | Friday, 21 September 2007

Havana, Sept 21 (acn) United States' Treasury Department has banned the export of medicines or devices made by US companies to Havana's William Soler Pediatric Hospital, opened 21 years ago by Fidel Castro primarily to treat children with congenital heart malformations.The first sign of the recently stepped up measure to ... read more

Cuba Embargo Issue Goes to the U.N.

Campaign News | Wednesday, 19 September 2007

General Assembly Will Consider Legality of U.S. Sanctions Against CubaBy MARC FRANK, ABC NewsOnce again, the U.N. General Assembly will take up the legality of the 45-year-old U.S. embargo on Cuba when it convenes this fall.Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque released a 56-page report on the embargo Tuesday, calling ... read more

Music Fund for Cuba recieves thanks for ballet shoe donation

Campaign News | Tuesday, 18 September 2007

"On the important donation from the Music Fund for Cuba to the Camaguey Ballet Company and the Academy of Arts “Vicente de la Torre”, Cuba.""As part of the systematic work and support of the different cultural, educational and medical institutions of the non-profit organisation, the Music Fund for Cuba, of ... read more

CSC responds to Guardian article

Campaign News | Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Yes, Cuba's healthcare is first world - and it's despite the blockadeResponseThe shortage of life-saving drugs makes the island's achievements all the more impressiveRob MillerTuesday September 18, 2007The GuardianRory Carroll does an excellent job in describing Cuba's prioritising of health provision (First world results on a third world budget, September ... read more

Fidel interview published as part of Guardian series

Campaign News | Tuesday, 18 September 2007

This interview of Fidel Castro by Herbert Matthews took place in the Sierra Maestra, Cuba, February 16 1957. It was published in the New York Times, February 24 1957Herbert MatthewsThursday September 20, 2007GuardianFidel Castro, the rebel leader of Cuba's youth, is alive and fighting hard and successfully in the rugged, ... read more

U.S. embargo blocks Cuba finances, musicians

Campaign News | Sunday, 16 September 2007

Stricter enforcement of 40-year-old U.S. sanctions has made it harder for Cuba to do its banking and has seen Cubans evicted from U.S.-owned hotels around the world, Cuba said on Tuesday.HAVANA (Reuters) - Even Cuban musicians have been banned from playing for guests at Hilton, Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels as ... read more

Guardian Story - First world results on a third world budget

Campaign News | Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Rory Carroll investigatesFirst world results on a third world budgetAccording to Michael Moore's latest film Sicko, Cuba's medical care puts America's to shame. Rory Carroll investigatesWednesday September 12, 2007The GuardianA tropical sun rises over Havana and in the neighbourhood of Vedado, a maze of worn, bleached apartment blocks, a unique ... read more

Fidel Castro will have to convince Cubans not to re-elect him as leader, official says

Campaign News | Wednesday, 12 September 2007

The Associated PressHAVANA: Fidel Castro will have to persuade Cubans - even his brother Raul - if he decides not to serve another term as president because of health issues, a Cabinet member said Wednesday.Elections are expected to vote next spring for Cuba's National Assembly, or parliament, which in turn ... read more

The Miami Five - 9 years of imprisonment

Campaign News | Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Stetment from the Cuba Solidarity CampaignCSC STATEMENT ON THE 9TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARREST OF THE MIAMI FIVEThe Cuba Solidarity Campaign in Britain marks the ninth anniversary of the arrest of the Miami Five on 12th September 1998 with a renewed effort to campaign for the freedom of Gerardo Hernandez, ... read more

TUC Congress report

Campaign News | Tuesday, 11 September 2007

ALMOST 200 delegates enjoyed live Cuban music and mojitos at the CubaSolidarity Campaign’s fringe meeting held at the TUC Congress.A top list of speakers - which included three general secretaries and two MPs - spoke about the need to fight against American attempts to impose US legislation on companies in ... read more

Dodd Would Throw Out Cuba Embargo as President

Campaign News | Sunday, 9 September 2007

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Democrat Christopher Dodd pledged Saturday that as president he would end a decades-old trade embargo with Cuba and lift travel restrictions to the communist island.The Connecticut senator also said he would open an embassy in Havana and shut down the 17-year-old TV Marti, a U.S. government-run ... read more

Cuba Begins Nomination of Candidates for General Elections

Campaign News | Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Havana (ACN) A total of 204 candidates for municipal assemblies were nominated in the first day of the process of nomination of candidates that began last Saturday with a high level of participation.More than 28,500 electors, 86.1 % of residents in the districts where the assemblies to nominate candidates took ... read more

Spirit of Che rises again as region is swept along on a pink tide

Campaign News | Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Close to 40 years after his death, the revolutionary is more than ever a heroRory Carroll in Caracas and Lola Almudevar in Vallegrande for The GuardianWhen the haggard and broken figure was laid out on the slab and displayed to the world it was not just Che Guevara that had ... read more

Inside Track: Take Cuba Off The Terrorist List

Campaign News | Monday, 3 September 2007

by Wayne S. SmithThe author was a U.S. diplomat and specialist in Cuban affairs for roughly 25 years, leaving the Foreign Service in 1982, when he was Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, because of his disagreements over Cuba policy. He has been an adjunct professor at Johns ... read more