cuba angolaThe Cuban program of anti-vectorial struggle to control malaria and other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, rats and mice continues in a satisfactory way in 18 Angolan provinces de Angola, asserted a health authority in Luanda on Friday.

“A marked reduction of mosquito populations has been confirmed, due to the outstanding performance of 145 Cuban voluntary workers and 1,600 Angolan brigadistas in 130 municipalities of the country, with some 20 million inhabitants,” declared the coordinator of the national plan, Yoenys Hidalgo, according to a report by the Prensa Latina news agency.
   
He pointed out that the project, which began on January 23, 2009, is applied in coordination with the Health Ministry of Angola and the National Program against Malaria.

 

Category: International

Cuban cancer cure

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Cuban doctors have filed March 26 in Havana, the result of 14 years of research, a solution of antitumor peptides whose natural analogue is able to offer positive dynamics in cancer treatments.

According to Cuban specialists, what makes this solution unique is that peptides can act in areas of the human body that are impossible to operate on or treat with chemotherapy or other modern therapies.

A clear example of the success of the new method is the child, Leo, who was suffering from brain cancer. Now the boy looks like a regular guy and it is hard to tell at first glance that a few months ago he won a battle against death. The place where Leo had the tumor did not allow submission to the operation he needed, as undergoing the operation meant running a great risk of losing his life. The only possible remedy was using the minor drug developed by Cuban researchers Labiofam business group based on natural peptides.

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Category: Cuba

More Doctors program Brazil

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The "More Doctors" Program will have about 13,235 health experts in April, to assist about 46 million Brazilians, the country's President Dilma Rousseff stated today.We are going to fulfill the objectives proposed almost one year ago,  when we conceive the "More Doctors" program, to expand free health care  throughout Brazil, Rousseff said in her usual Monday radio program Coffee with the President.

We have now 9,490 physicians distributed in 3,025 municipalities and 31 special indigenous districts, ensuring direct health care to 33 million citizens near their houses, the president stressed.

We will resolve with this the 80 percent of people's health problems, because doctors provide the first medical aid, reducing emergency 
services at hospitals.Rousseff stated that recent researches confirm the positive results of this program, which includes national and foreign physicians.

The presence of Cuban physicians in Brazil was achieved after the signing in July of an agreement between the Pan-American health 
Organization and authorities from this nation

Category: Latin American

Melba HernandezSocialist Cuba has paid tribute to ‘the heroine of Moncada’, Melba Hernandez, who recently died at the age of 92. She was one of two women who took part in the historic Moncada Barracks assault which led to the 26th July Movement and the beginning of the Cuban Revolution.

Melba died of complications related to diabetes on 2 March in Havana. She was born on 28 July, 1921, in the town of Cruces, in the former Las Villas province, today’s Villa Clara. She graduated as a Lawyer from Havana University in 1943. A Cuban Communist Party statement released the day after her death read ‘She is one of the most glorious and beloved combatants of the revolutionary quest, [and an] imperishable example of the Cuban woman.’

Melba was responsible for obtaining 100 army uniforms prior to the Moncada assault. Herself and fellow combatant Haydee Santamaria sewed army rank insignia onto the uniforms, in a farm house in the hours before the assault. Both women were arrested and, while incarcerated, witnessed the torture and deaths of many of their comrades. Melba was instrumental in smuggling correspondence whilst imprisoned. She smuggled a letter from Fidel Castro, denying the lie that he was too ill to represent himself legally. Once free, she maintained correspondence with Fidel, who sent her the text of his famous court speech ‘History Will Absolve Me’, which became a programme for the 26th July Movement.

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Presna Latina English

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Cuban-American groups gathered in the city of Miami, Florida, demanded the lifting of the U.S. economic and financial blockade imposed on Cuba for more than 50 years, local media reported today.

The conference was sponsored by four organizations that back the improvement of ties between the two countries, including the Cuban-American for Relations (known as CAFE), the Foundation for Normalization of Relations, Generation Cubano Change and Educational Travel to Cuba.

Those attending the event, held on Saturday, discussed the bilateral dynamics in recent years and called for the abolition of all kinds of unilateral sanctions of Washington against Havana, in order to boost bilateral trade and restore normal relations between the two countries.

Arturo Lopez-Levy, director of CAFE, demanded the White House to remove Cuba from the list of terrorist countries and questioned that the Caribbean nation is seen as a threat to U.S. national security, the newspaper The Miami Herald said. 

The expert said that most Cubans living in this country oppose the blockade, which he described as illegal, contrary to international law and condemned on multiple occasions by the UN General Assembly. A recent survey by the Atlantic Council of the United States shows that 56 percent of Americans support the normalization of relations with Cuba, and that figure reaches 63 percent in Florida, which has the largest population of Cuban Americans.

Category: International

HAVANA, Cuba, Mar 17 www.cubanews.ain.cu

Cuban medics in Brazil

 Some 1 684 Cuban doctors made up the seventh medical contingent to offer services in Brazil, making it up for a total of 11 thousand 430 physicians as agreed to between Cuba and the Brazilian government as part of the program known More Doctors.

Nearly 100 percent of all those Cuban specialists have met internationalist missions in previous occasions, according to Granma newspaper.

During a ceremony with the doctors on Sunday, Cuban Health Minister Roberto Morales said that the professionals have expressed their commitment to their mission, since most of them had just finished their work in Venezuela.

Brazilian health official Angela Cristina Pistelli, who is advisor to the cabinet of the Labor and Education Secretariat at Brazil's Health Ministry stressed the importance of the Cuban mission , which  has the support of over 80 percent of the Brazilian people.

The ceremony was attended by the general secretary of the Cuban Workers' Confederation Ulises Guilarte and deputy health minister Marcia Cobas, along Brazilian and Cuban health officials.

Category: Latin American

Elizardo Sanchez

This video shows Elizardo Sánchez and his wife, Baby, selling the equipment they receive from the United States to perform their work as 'dissidents'. The video was filmed by fellow dissidents, in protest that they are not receiving resources sent via this dissident 'vanguard' to be shared out between them all. It shows how US taxpayers' money ends up being used in the 'dissident' business.

Elizardo Sánchez is one of the main characters behind accusations of supposed human rights abuses in Cuba. Not only does he earn a living by reporting fictional mass arrests on the island, he also sells computers, printers, portable DVDs, mobile phones, and so on, on the black market.
 
This video shows the internal contradictions within the counter-revolutionary movement and the mercenary character of those individuals who are prepared to sell their country to the US government.
 
The United States government invests at least $20 million annually attempting to create a loyal and viable opposition in Cuba to assist in the objective of regime change. The policy has failed throughout the 55 years of Revolution.

Category: Cuba

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Public Meeting: Women in Cuba

Wednesday 30 April 2014, 7.30pm

@ Apple Tree Pub
45 Mount Pleasant, Clerkenwell London WC1X 0AE.
Tube: Chancery Lane. Bus: 341, 19, 38

In Britain, it is working class women who are hardest hit by the savage austerity program. All around the world, women bear the brunt of the racism, violence and oppression which characterises a world dominated by imperialism. Another way is possible.

Socialist Cuba, which fought to liberate itself from imperialism, has been developing a new society since the triumph of the revolution in 1959. Women are a driving force of the revolution, and the democratic organisation of society to meet peoples needs ensures that women are represented in all sectors of society.

Vilma Espin was among the leading woman who fought with Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to overthrow the Bataista dictatorship. Afterwards, she was instrumental in establishing the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) - the first mass organisation established in revolutionary Cuba. The FMC is an independent body which represents the interests of women throughout society. 4 million women are affiliated. Women make up 73% of the technically qualified workforce in Cuba and in the municipalities over half of the Popular Power representatives are women. The FMC know that their work is not complete, and they continue to struggle and organise for progress within the revolution. From contraception and childcare, housing and employment, to representations of women and sexism, women are discussing, organising and taking action.

Come along to our public meeting to hear more about the advances for Cuban women, and how we can take lessons from their struggle in the fight against austerity and oppression in Britain.

Facebook event: Public Meeting: Women in Cuba

Meeting organise by Rock around the Blockade: www.ratb.org.uk

Category: London

Call to action from CISPES - Wednesday 12 March 2014

Committee in solidarity with the people of El Salvador

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It’s hard to believe that only two days have passed since the FMLN’s thrilling victory on Sunday night – so much has happened in the meantime. The right-wing is moving swiftly to derail the democratic process and stop Salvador Sanchez Ceren from being announced as president – we need your help.

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RATB hosts international rally in London

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The sun was out in London, as members of Rock around the Blockade (RATB) were joined by activists, writers, musicians and academics from around the world to demand freedom for the Cuban Five and to show solidarity with socialist Cuba. The rally was held in support of the International Committee of Inquiry into the Case of the Cuban Five, which took place in London over the previous two days.

Supporting organisations included the US National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, Free the Cuban 5 Committee - Vancouver, The Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP),  London Guantánamo Campaign, Cubainformación TV, Marcha Patriotica (Colombia), Cuba Solidarity (Barcelona, Dublin, and Copenhagen), Revolutionary Communist Group, Hands Off Venezuela, Cubanos en UK, Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), MERU Verdadero, Communist League, Movimento Micaela Bastidas (UK), Coordinadora de Cubanos Residentes en Francia, Colectivo entre Amigos (Francia).

The rally was opened with a speech from Kenia Serano from ICAP, who thanked RATB for the initiative of organising the rally and inviting those representatives who had travelled to London for the Commission. Other important speakers included Gloria La Riva (National Committee to Free the Cuban Five), Janine (Free the Cuban 5 Committee - Vancouver), Bill (Ireland Cuba Solidarity), Jairo (Marcha Patriotica), as well as speakers from the Revolutionary Communist Group, which set up RATB in 1995.

At Trafalgar Square an enormous Cuban flag made by supporters was unveiled, accompanied by banners and placards highlighting imperialism’s role in trying to undermine Cuban self-determination and efforts to build socialism throughout Latin America.

The protesters condemned the British government’s refusal to grant a visa to Rene Gonzalez, the first of the Cuban Five to have been released, and consequently preventing him from attending the Commission of Inquiry in London. Rene returned to Cuba in 2013 after serving his sentence in the US and is now a tireless campaigner for the release of his three comrades (Antonio, Ramon, and Gerardo) who face much longer sentences. Fernando Gonzalez was the second of the Cuban Five to have been released and returned to Cuba just days ago.

During the two days preceding the rally, RATB members were among 300 people who attended the International Commission on 8 and 9 March to hear from witnesses and experts about the case of the Cuban Five and about the six decades of terrorism against the Cuban people, launched from the US, which the five Cuban agents set out to prevent. Family members of the Cuban Five were present, as well as Cubans whose loved ones had been killed in such terrorist attacks.

RATB activists in Newcastle and Glasgow also held vibrant demonstrations in support of the Cuban Five. They explained the Five’s case and the need to defend socialist Cuba to the public and argued that the social benefits of the Cuban Revolution should serve as an example in the fight against cuts and privatisation in austerity Britain.


RATB demonstration in Newcastle


RATB demonstration in Glasgow

RATB will continue to contribute to the international movement demanding justice for the Cuban Five and redouble its commitment to support and defend Cuban socialism. The rally was a great forum to strengthen our links and unity with other groups from around the world to consolidate future collaboration and solidarity.

Who are The Cuban Five?

Fernando, Ramon, Antonio, Gerardo and Rene are five Cuban men arrested in Miami in 1998, convicted on trumped up charges and condemned to long prison sentences. They were in fact trying to prevent acts of terrorism against Cuba by infiltrating violent anti-Cuban groups in Miami. None of the charges against them involved violence, weapons or damage to property. Since 1959, nearly 3,500 Cubans have died and over 2,000 have been injured as a result of terrorist attacks or aggression – mainly launched from Miami. To read more about the history of the Cuban Five click here.

Category: Campaigns News

Bob Crow

The Revolutionary Communist Group and its campaign in solidarity with socialist Cuba, Rock Around the Blockade (RATB), send their condolences to the family, friends and comrades of Bob Crow, who died this morning. Bob Crow was the militant and vociferous General Secretary of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, one of only two major British trade unions to have disaffiliated from the Labour Party.

Bob Crow took a principled stand in solidarity with socialist Cuba and RATB was pleased to host him at the launch event of our 2008 speaking tour with Che Guevara’s deputy Orlando Borrego and two other Cuban representatives. The RMT sponsored the speaking tour and Bob Crow publicly condemned the sectarianism of those who opposed the RMT’s support, as the video of his speech shows. He defended Cuba’s right to self-determination and supported its struggle for socialism.

Category: RATB writes

Rally in Trafalgar Square, London WC2, Sunday 9 March. From 2pm

On Sunday 9 March representatives from the US, Canada, Latin America, Cuba and Europe will join British campaigners to denounce the British government’s decision to withhold an entry visa from Rene Gonzalez, one of the five Cuban anti-terrorism agents, imprisoned in the US and known as the ‘Cuban Five’.
 
Gonzalez is one of five Cuban government intelligence agents who infiltrated exile-groups in Miami in the 1990s to uncover violent terrorist plots against Cuba. Evidence gathered, including plans to bomb tourist planes travelling to and from Cuba, was handed to the FBI and other US agencies. The US government’s response was to arrest the Cuban agents. They were convicted in 2001 on conspiracy charges and for using false identities and sentenced to between 15 years and double life in US prisons. In 2005, a US court ruled that the Cuban Five did not receive a fair trial, but no retrial was granted.
 
In 2011 Gonzalez was the first of the Cuban Five freed and returned to Cuba. He was to appear in London on 7 and 8 March as the star witness at a two-day International Commission of Inquiry into the case of the Cuban Five, at the Law Society (voicesforthefive.com). Evidence on the case will be presented by legal experts and politicians, including former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark and Tessa Murphy from Amnesty International. The Commission is supported by John Le Carré, Emma Thompson, Danny Glover, Lord Rowan Williams, Martin Sheen, Noam Chomsky, Günter Grass, Peter Capaldi and Dame Vivienne Westwood.
 
The British government can deny visas to anyone who has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. However, campaigners point out that dispensation can be granted. ‘None of the charges against Rene and his Cuban colleagues involved violence, weapons or damage to property’, said Dr Helen Yaffe, a specialist in Cuban history at the University of Leicester. ‘Since 1959, nearly 3,500 Cubans have been killed by terrorist attacks or aggression – mainly launched from Miami. The Cuban Five worked to halt those attacks. That Rene Gonzalez is not welcomed as a hero by the British government exposes the hypocrisy of their so-called war on terrorism’.  
 
Hosted by British campaign Rock Around the Blockade (ratb.org.uk) the rally takes place in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 9 March from 2pm with speeches, music and a giant Cuban flag. The protestors will demand the immediate release of the three Cuban agents who remain in US prisons: Antonio Guerrero (22 years) and Ramón Labañino (30 years) and Gerardo Hernandez (two consecutive life sentences). Fernando González (18 years) the second agent to be released, returned to Cuba just last Friday, 28 February.
 
More details on the protest see: www.ratb.org.uk/news/campaign-news/380-ra100214
Category: International

15 years of incarceration and injustice!

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On 7 and 8 March, Rock around the Blockade will join legal professionals, writers, academics and solidarity activists from around the world at the International Commission for the Cuban Five, which takes place in London.
 
The Cuban Five are five Cuban men arrested in Miami in 1998, convicted on trumped up charges and condemned to long prison sentences. They were in fact trying to prevent acts of terrorism against Cuba by infiltrating violent anti-Cuban groups in Miami. None of the charges against them involved violence, weapons or damage to property. Since 1959, nearly 3,500 Cubans have died and over 2,000 have been injured as a result of terrorist attacks or aggression – mainly launched from Miami. To read more about the history of the Cuban Five click here.
 
Rock around the Blockade will be inviting participants of the International commission and everyone who supports the Cuban 5 to join us for a rally in Trafalgar Square, central London, on Sunday 9 March at 2pm. The rally will be held on the north pavement outside the National Gallery, with music, an open microphone, placards, and a giant Cuban flag. Everyone is welcome.

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In 2011, one of the Cuban Five - Rene Gonzalez was released after serving 13 years in US prisons. He is now back in Cuba and will travel to London for the International Commission. On 27 February, the second of the Cuban Five, Fernando Gonzalez will be released after 15 years. The rally will join the international campaign both celebrating his release and demanding his safe return to Cuba. We will also be demanding that the remaining three Cubans - Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino and Antonio Guerrero - be released immediately.
 
Rock around the Blockade will be organising additional protests in Manchester, Newcastle and GlasgowMore information uploaded soon.

Supporting organisations:

US National Committee to Free the Cuban Five

Free the Cuban 5 Committee - Vancouver

London Guantánamo Campaign

Cubainformación TV

Marcha Patriotica

Hands Off Venezuela

Cubanos en UK

Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist)

MERU Verdadero

Coordinadora de Cubanos Residentes en Francia

Colectivo entre Amigos (Francia)

Revolutionary Communist Group

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Facebook event: Rock Around the Blockade - Street rally for the Cuban Five
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Category: Campaigns News

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Rene denied visa

Late on Monday 3 March, just a few hours before he was due to fly from Havana to London, René González, was refused a visa to enter in the UK.

René González is the principal witnesses for the International Commission of Inquiry into the case of the Cuban Five which takes place at the Law Society in London on 7 and 8 March.

In its letter of refusal, the UK Immigration and Visa Office states that it is due to point 320 (2b) of UK immigration law, which says entry can be denied to a person who has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Although, dispensation can be granted in exceptional circumstances, the UK government states that it does not consider Mr González’s attendance at the International Commission to be reason enough to justify this or “outweighed by the public interest in maintaining a refusal.”

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Whilst the eventual release of Fernando Gonzalez was celebrated worldwide, the Guardian published the derogatory article 'Cuban Five' spy ring member released from US prison,  straight from the associated press in Miami, hotbed of reactionary Cuban exile politics. 

Not content with such biased journalism, the Guardian then censored a post by Rock Around the Blockade (RATB)  in support of the Cuban 5.

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Fernando and the other brave Cuban heroes have suffered 15 years of injustice.

Fighting terrorism and defending socialism is not a crime!

The Cuban 5 were falsely tried - Free the Cuban 5!

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www.vivavenezuela.co.uk

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Join us on Wednesday 5 March for a day of solidarity with the Venezuelan people who are under attack from US imperialism, private media agencies and Latin American right-wing extremists who distort the truth about what is happening in Venezuela.

They deceive the world by presenting civilian deaths at the hands of right-wing paramilitary groups, and the destruction of schools and power stations, as covert government actions designed to blame the opposition. They portray the lack of certain foods and the high price of others, which are actually the result of economic sabotage and hoarding by large private corporations, as the responsibility of the Bolivarian government’s misguided and inefficient economic and social policies.
 
They lie when they claim that the Venezuelan right are acting in favour of democracy, economic prosperity and against dictatorship. In reality their actions are part of a destabilisation plan, promoting violence and US military intervention in a country with one of the largest oil reserves in the world. Venezuela, along with other Latin American countries, has set out to build a more just, democratic, Bolivarian and anti-imperialist society. This is necessary to liberate the oppressed and excluded - the vast majority of those in our Latin America - from the small ruling class which acts in the interests of the imperialists. 
 
On Wednesday 5 March we will also be paying a heartfelt tribute to comandante Hugo Chavez, on the first anniversary of his death. A tribute to a Bolivarian leader who, with his struggle, determination and social conscience in favour of the poor, helped to forge the dream of independence and sovereignty for people across Latin America and the world.
 

Day: Wednesday 5 March

Time: 5 to 7pm

Place: Trafalgar Square

 

Join us!!

Called by:  Venezuela Solidarity Network
                   Bolivia action group
                   Revolutionary Communist Group
                   Rock around the Blockade
                   Movimiento Micaela Bastidas UK
                   Marcha Patriotica Britain

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On February 28, just after noon Havana time, Fernando Gonzalez Llort, one of the Five Cuban patriots arrived in his homeland  after having served every minute of his unjust sentence in U.S. prisons.   
Fernando who was handcuffed until the moment that the plane touched down was finally able to embrace his mother Magali Llort and sisters, and his wife Rosa Aurora on Cuban soil. 

Receiving Fernando at the airport was President Raúl Castro and high level figures of the Cuban Government. This was followed by an emotional embrace of Rene who he had not seen since the time of the trial in Miami in 2001.

Also receiving Fernando with open arms were the mothers of the Cuban 5 and the wives of his brothers Gerardo and Ramon. In all of those embraces were the presence of Gerardo, Ramon and Antonio.
For all of us in the solidarity movement for their cause we celebrate the dignity and the adherence to the principles of resistance that Fernando maintained. During all these years of incarceration he never wavered or lost the smile on his face.

The shared joy of seeing Fernando together with his family, his people and  the leadership of the Cuban Revolution strengthens the hope that through international solidarity we will achieve freedom for Gerardo, Ramón and Antonio sooner than the obscene lengths of their sentences.
  
The arrival of Fernando back on Cuban soil commits us all to continue the struggle until the return of each of the five is complete.

 

International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5

 

Category: International

www.thecuban5.org

Fernando Gonzalez to be freed

Today Fernando Gonzalez Llort will end the last day of his unjust 17 years plus 9 month sentence in prison.

During his long captivity he has remained in cold and distant prisons in various parts of the American geography. As an additional punishment Fernando was banned from receiving visits from friends and supporters. During all these years only his mother Magali Llort, his sisters Lourdes and Martha, his wife Rosa Aurora Freijanes and other family members were able to visit him. And even they averaged only one visit a year.

The lone exception was a single visit from the former Bishop of Detroit Thomas Gumbleton in March 2007. Despite this form of isolation Fernando, like his 4 brothers, received on a daily basis volumes of mail of solidarity that filled the mail rooms of the prisons.

Even though Fernando has fulfilled everyday of his sentence he will still have to go through a process of undetermined time before he will be able to enjoy his freedom surrounded by his love ones. This Thursday 27 February he will be taken from the Federal Correctional Prison in Safford Arizona to a federal immigration prison until his deportation back to Cuba.

Along with his family, the heroic people of Cuba, and the thousands of people in the international solidarity movement for the Cuban 5 we advocate that this last bit of injustice ends as swiftly as possible.

All the love, pride and respect of the entire island of Cuba is waiting for Fernando, a true Hero of the Republic of Cuba. His return will give more strength to the solidarity movement as he joins forces with Rene in leading the struggle to demand the freedom of Gerardo, Antonio and Ramon.

We will share a moment of joy with the family of Fernando upon his return and then we will multiply our commitment to continue the fight until the final return of the Five to Cuba.

International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5

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I wrote this book review of Stephen Kimber's 'real story of the Cuban Five' for Science & Society. It is not due to be published until October 2014 (Vol. 78, No.4), but they have kindly given me permission to post it on my blog prior to publication. I wanted to post the review early to draw attention to an important event which takes place in London next month: the International Commission of Inquiry into the Case of the Cuban Five, on 7 and 8 March. The Commission website can be found here: The following day, Sunday 9 March, there will be a rally to demand justice for the Five in Trafalgar Square from 2pm. Details here:


Stephen Kimber, What Lies Across the Water: the real story of the Cuban Five, Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing, 2014. 296 pages. $29.95 CAD. ISBN: 9781552665428

What Lies Across the WaterReview by Helen Yaffe*

According to the author, this book owes its existence to serendipity. In 2009 Stephen Kimber was in Havana researching for a love story he planned to write when, he explains, he ‘got sideswiped by the truth-is-stranger-but-way-more-interesting story of the Cuban Five.’ (1) Thanks to serendipity, Kimber has produced the first full-length book in English about the case of the Cuban Five. During his research, the Canadian writer, broadcaster and professor of journalism read 20,000-pages of court transcripts, and a mass of books, media reports and documents. He conducted interviews and established correspondence with the Five in prison. The book is organized chronologically into sections which are sub-divided by diary-like entries providing updates on the entire ‘cast of characters’. This work is meticulously researched, factual without being dull and written with sensitivity and honesty - warts and all. It is as gripping as an action-packed movie and deeply moving.

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Message from the Free the Cuban 5 Committee - Vancouve

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"To you, our eternal gratitude for your immense and constant support that makes us continue to be resistant and makes us taste our inevitable freedom each day." - Antonio Guerrero 

Dear friends in the struggle to free our 5 Cuban Heroes,

The year 2013 has passed with great victories in the continued struggle to free our 5 heroes. As we look together towards 2014, we are sure that there will be many more victories and challenges in our campaign for justice. 

Vancouver will honour our 100th consecutive monthly picket action in front of the U.S. Consulate for freedom for ALL of the 5 Cuban Heroes on March 5, 2014. On this important day, the Free the Cuban 5 Committee - Vancouver invites you to join with us by organizing an event in solidarity with the 100th picket and the Cuban 5 in your community. We know that with more unity, coordination and action , we are ever closer to the day when ALL of the Cuban 5 will be free.

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René González, former Miami Five prisoner to attend London event 7 and 8 March 2014:

Alongside international personalities including Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker, actors Martin Sheen and Emma Thompson


René González, the first and only member of the Miami Five to have been released after completing his 15 year sentence in the United States, has announced that he will come to London to give evidence to an International Commission of Inquiry on 7 and 8 March 2014.

The Miami Five are five Cuban men who were jailed in the US in 1998 for attempting to prevent terrorist attacks against the Caribbean island. 

René will be joined in London by family members of the Five, victims of terrorism against Cuba, lawyers, politicians and campaigners from Cuba and across the world, including Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winning author of the Color Purple.

The Commission will hear testimony from around 20 key witnesses, including US defence attorney Martin Garbus, representatives from international human rights organisation Amnesty International, and from Miami Five family members such as wives of the Five, Olga Salanueva and Elizabeth Palmeiro.

The Commission will be presided over by distinguished international jurists, including former Chief Justice of India Yogesh Kumar Sabharwal, former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa Zakeria Mohammed Yacoob, and Philippe Texier, the former Chair of the Supreme Court of France.

There will be testimony from specialists on the range of measures taken to defend Cuba against the threat of terrorist attacks, as well as testimony from  Cuban and international victims of US-based terrorism.

In his New Year message René González urged support for the International Commission of Inquiry and said:

“When we were imprisoned 15 years ago, our captors never imagined that from all corners of the world people like you would take up our cause. Instead of suffering defeat we have become stronger. During this time we have suffered hardships and lost people close to us. But our spirits never broke, because we knew we could count on people from all over the world like you. Your solidarity and sense of justice has kept us and our families strong.”

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