Viewing from September 2011

Cuban Minister Leaves a Door Open to American’s Release

News from Cuba | Saturday, 24 September 2011

By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD - New York TimesA week after an effort to gain the release of an American jailed in Cuba ended in recriminations, the Cuban foreign minister said Friday that the door remained open to free him on humanitarian grounds, but only with a reciprocal effort from the ... read more

Ladies in White Say in Washington They are the Flame to Trigger NATO Invasion of Cuba

News from Cuba | Friday, 23 September 2011

from the South JournalIn a solemn ceremony, the Cuban “dissidence” ratified its role of spearhead of a military invasion of Cuba. But, the meeting to announce a new “stage” of activism and denunciations inspired in the “Arab Spring”, with the participation of the “Ladies in White” did not take place ... read more

Cuban union's statement on Palestine

News from Cuba | Thursday, 22 September 2011

The Workers’ Central Union of Cuba, on behalf of its workers, states its support to the heroic Palestinian people in their fair request at the United Nations to recognise a Palestinian independent and sovereign State.The recognition of the fight carried out by the Palestinian people in order to achieve their ... read more

Great short film from the RMT and CSC Garden Party for Cuba this year

Campaign News | Wednesday, 21 September 2011

The RMT just released a fantastic short film capturing the spirit of the 2011 RMT and CSC Garden Party for Cuba this June. With contributions and interviews from this year's speakers and attendess including Bob Crow (RMT), Len McCluskey (Unite),Luis Marron (Cuban Embassy), Megan Dobney (SERTUC), Gerry Kelly (Sinn Fein), ... read more

Father Geoff Bottoms writes on the Revolution Route tour to Cuba

Campaign News | Wednesday, 21 September 2011

for the Morning StarBuilding bridges across continentsBottoms Printable Email Seventeen intrepid solidarity activists said goodbye to industrial action at the airport airport and Arctic weather to head off into the sunshine of socialist Cuba for the Cuba Solidarity Campaign Revolution Route study tour.There is no better way to get to ... read more

Cuba health visit for MLAs Sue Ramsey and Jim Wells

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 20 September 2011

By Marie Louise Connolly BBC Northern Ireland health correspondentStormont's health committee is to send representatives to Cuba to observe its health care system.Despite being regarded as a third world country, politicians and doctors say they hope to learn from the Cuban model which produces one of the highest life expectancy ... read more

Judge Lenard’s Cruel and Bizarre Decision against Rene

News from Cuba | Monday, 19 September 2011

by José Pertierra for CubaDebateOn Friday, September 16, a federal district court judge made a bizarre ruling concerning one of the Cuban Five defendants who completes his jail sentence on October 7.Judge Joan Lenard ruled that René Gonzalez, who has already served thirteen years in a federal penitentiary for being ... read more

TUC Delegates support Miami Five

Campaign News | Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Nearly 200 TUC delegates attended a lively Latin America solidarity meeting on Monday to hear from speakers on Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia and Nicaragua and mark the 13th anniversary of the arrest of the Miami Five. Chairing the meeting, NUT General Secretary Christine Blower declared it was “probably the best supported ... read more

Cuban hero wants to go home

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Rene Gonzalez Sehwerert, one of the Cuban Five, is scheduled to be released from his US prison on October 7th and he wants to go home to Cuba.His attorney, Phil Horowitz, is asking the court to allow Gonzalez to immediately return to Cuba and join his family, instead of spending ... read more

Trade union newsletter launched

Campaign News | Wednesday, 14 September 2011

In September CSC launched our new Cuba Solidarity Campaign trade union newsletter Trade Unions for Cuba. Union affiliates and individual CSC members will be accustomed to receiving their quarterly copy of CubaSí magazine, but the new bulletin will concentrate on trade union news and campaigning actions. Trade Unions for Cuba ... read more

British TUC reports on year of support for Cuba and the Miami 5

Campaign News | Wednesday, 14 September 2011

In September the Trade Union Congress released its annual General Council Report in advance of TUC Congress, summerising the work of the organisation over the previous year.In the section on Global Solidarity, the TUC reaffirmed its commitment to continue supporting Cuba,the campaign for Justice for the Miami Five, and supporting ... read more

Blockade causes $1 trillion in losses

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 14 September 2011

by Portia Siegelbaum for World WatchCuba blames the U.S. embargo for nearly a trillion dollars in losses to the island's economy since it was imposed by President Kennedy in 1962.Vice Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno said that at current prices a conservative estimate of economic damages to the island up until ... read more

Cuba blames failed Richardson trip on his own actions

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 14 September 2011

from Reuters News AgencyCuba said on Wednesday it refused to let former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson see jailed American Alan Gross during a recent visit to the island because it was irked at some of his actions.Richardson, in an interview with CNN, said he was stunned by Cuban officials' ... read more

Cuba urges UN General Assembly to vote against U.S. blockade

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Cuba on Wednesday appealed to all 193 member countries of the United Nations to cast a vote in the United Nations General Assembly against the U.S. political and economic embargo against it.Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno said the embargo has caused losses worth 975 billion U.S. dollars to Cuba ... read more

Cuba Takes First Steps toward Growing Wheat

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Farmers in this central-southern province achieved a modest wheat harvest, creating the basis for fostering the cultivation of wheat, a local Agriculture Ministry grain expert said Monday.Mario Scrubb, an agronomist with the Agricultre Ministry's provincial office, told reporters that the harvest provided two tons of wheat seed, which will be ... read more

Not leading by example

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Yesterday, President Obama spoke of Cuba in terms that recognized the continuing US policy towards the island country: "it's time for the regime to change" is only five letters away from "it's time for regime change." He outlined some reasons for saying it was that time again, after more than ... read more

Fidel Castro speaks in Venezuelan TV interview

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro jokingly dismissed rumors that he might be sick in an interview aired on Venezuelan state television.Audio of the interview, which took place in Cuba, was broadcast late Friday along with photos of the 85-year-old Castro.Castro seemed upbeat as he responded to rumors that he might ... read more

The Miami 5:Thirteen years on

Campaign News | Monday, 12 September 2011

by Tony Woodley for the Morning StarThe international media has been full of stories marking the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks against the US this week, but you would need to search hard to find mention of the anniversary of the arrest of five Cuban counter-terrorists in Miami ... read more

Let Rene Go

News from Cuba | Sunday, 11 September 2011

In the justice system of the US, probation is a means to ensure, through supervision and monitoring, and for the safety of the community, that a person will not commit again the crimes of which he or she has been convicted. It is not a way to extend punishment to ... read more

US Is Urged to Plan to Aid Cuba in Case of an Oil Spill

News from Cuba | Thursday, 8 September 2011

The United States should urgently make plans for helping Cuba in the event of an offshore oil spill as it prepares to begin exploring fields opposite Florida this year, William Reilly, the co-chairman of a commission that examined the Deepwater Horizon spill, said during a visit here.Mr. Reilly, who met ... read more

Save the Children praises Medical Care of Children

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Cuba's medical system for children is the best in Latin America and one of the best in the world, according to a report by the prestigious NGO Save the Children.The report, published on Tuesday, notes that Cuban children have less chances to die from any disease than others in European ... read more

Cuban Minister of the Armed Forces General Julio Casas Regueiro Passes Away in Havana

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 6 September 2011

from Juventud RebeldeMinister of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces and Vice President of the Cuban Councils of State and Ministers General Julio Casas Regueiro passed away in Havana on Saturday.A note released by the Communist Party of Cuba's Politburo stated that General C Casas Regueiro died from a heart attack ... read more

Cuba Announces Having Developed Vaccine against Lung Cance

News from Cuba | Monday, 5 September 2011

Cuba announces the encouraging news of having developed the first vaccine against lung cancer one of the most frequent in the world and with most incidences among smokers.According to, successful clinical tests have proven the efficiency of the vaccine which will be commercialized on the island by the name ... read more

Cuban Diplomats Withdrawn from Libya

News from Cuba | Saturday, 3 September 2011

The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs has withdrawn its diplomatic staff in Libya, where foreign intervention and NATO's military aggression have intensified the conflict and have prevented the Libyan people from moving towards a negotiated and peaceful solution, in the full exercise of its self-determination.According to an official note by ... read more