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President of Venezuela in post-operative phase
December 12,12
CARACAS, December 11.—The President of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, is in the post-operative phase after the conclusion of surgery he underwent today, Vice President Nicolás Maduro announced.

Council of State repeals Decree-Law on communications between Cuba and the United States
December 3,12
IN the year 2000, the Cuban government instigated Decree-Law No. 213, which increased the charge per minute for international calls between the United States and Cuba, in response to the freezing of Cuban assets owed by U.S. telephone companies.

First round of talks between Colombian government and FARC-EP conclude
November 30,12
THE first 11-day session of talks between representatives of the Juan Manuel Santos government and delegates from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-Army of the People (FARC-EP), directed at ending 50 years of conflict in this South American country, concluded with advances and a spirit of optimism.

Another U.S. blockade action
Against religious freedoms

November 27,12
THE latest violation of the U.S. blockade, this time against religious freedom in Cuba, has been condemned in Havana. This came after $101,000, which should have been transferred to the country weeks ago to cover food and accommodation costs for participants in the 6th Assembly General of the Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI) was frozen in the Miami branch of the Ecuadoran Pichincha bank.

Interview with the Palestinian ambassador to Cuba
Most people on the planet can't be wrong

November 27,12
ISRAEL’S most recent attack on the Gaza Strip provoked $300 million in economic losses and the death of six Israelis and 168 Palestinians, 20% of whom were children under 14. But beyond the brutal effectiveness of the Israeli bombardments and the asymmetric figures of the dead on either side, this military action recalls earlier attacks in a very different political context.

UN recognizes Cuba’s model response to disasters
November 23,12
MARGARETA Wahlström, the UN special representative for disaster risk reduction, has acknowledged Cuba’s traditional model of response to natural disasters.

Santos thanks Cuba for supporting peace initiative in Colombia

November 15,12
LISBON, November 14.— Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has thanked Cuba for the support it is providing, in conjunction with Norway, as a guarantor of the peace process with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-Peoples Army (FARC-EP), AFP reports.

Blockade of Cuba resoundingly rejected at the UN
November 13,12
THE resolution "On the necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba by the United States was approved today at the UN, with 188 member countries of the organization voting in favor of it.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Statement
October 25,12
THE U.S. Interests Section in Havana continues to function as the general staff in charge of implementing the government's policy of subversion toward Cuba, which has as one of its principal goals the fabrication of an...

Measures adopted to update Cuba’s migration and travel policy correspond to the current historical moment of the Revolution
October 25,12
THE measures adopted to update Cuba’s migration and travel policy correspond to the current historical moment of the Revolution and take into account the country’s economic and social changes, affirmed Homero Acosta, secretary of the Council of State, during a special informative program broadcast October 24 on Cuban television.

Message of congratulations
October 8,12
Havana, October 7, 2012
COMPAÑERO Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías
President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
In the name of the government and people of Cuba, I congratulate you on this historic triumph, which demonstrates the strength of the Bolivarian Revolution and its unquestionable popular support.

Honorary Doctorate for Antonio Guerrero
October 4,12
SANTIAGO DE CUBA.—An honorary doctorate from the University of Oriente has been conferred on Antonio Guerrero, the anti-terrorist fighter and hero of the Republic of Cuba incarcerated in the United States, on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the institution’s founding.

The United States does not have the slightest moral or political authority to judge Cuba
October 2,12
Statement by Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, during the general debate of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly. New York, October 1, 2012

UN: condemnation of blockade growing
September 28,12
NEW YORK, Sept. 27.—Rejection of the U.S. blockade of Cuba is increasing in the speeches of heads of state and government participating in the UN General Assembly debate.

Cuba reiterates rejection of intervention in Syria
September 18,12
GENEVA, Sept 17.—Cuba today reiterated in the Human Rights Council its rejection of any attempt to undermine the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, PL reports.

U.S. Supreme Court upholds law preventing university visits to Cuba
September 13,12
WASHINGTON, September 12.—The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a controversial law in effect in Florida which prevents state university and public school students and teachers from traveling to Cuba.

Cuba denounces obstacles to peaceful use of nuclear energy
September 13,12
VIENNA.—Cuba has lodged a complaint with the executive of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) concerning the country’s limited access to radioactive materials related to health and food security as a result of the U.S. blockade of the island.

A Challenge to Journalism (I)
September 10,12
THE U.S. government has flagrantly violated the Constitution and the law to ensure the unjust conviction the Cuban Five, who will soon complete 14 years of arbitrary and illegal imprisonment.

Santos officially announces start of talks with the FARC-EP
September 5,12
BOGOTA.— Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos officially announced on September 4 the initiation of talks between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP), directed at reaching peace after more than 50 years of armed conflict.

FARC-EP calls on Colombian society to join the search for peace
September 5,12
THE Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP), in Havana on September 4, called for the incorporation of all of Colombian society into the dialogue initiated with the country's government, directed at ending more than 50 years of political, social and military conflict.

Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba
September 4,12
The Cuban Revolution has had a historical commitment towards peace in Colombia and the efforts aimed at putting an end to the political, social and military conflict in that Latin American and Caribbean sister nation.

The Non-Aligned Movement can count on Cuba
August 31,12
TEHRAN, August 30.—Vice President José Ramón Machado Ventura emphasized during the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit that the organization "can always count on Cuba’s honest contribution in solidarity to our common battle."

U.S. Treasury Department continues to obstruct travel to Cuba
August 29,12
WASHINGTON, August 27.— U.S. authorities have implemented a series of bureaucratic measures restricting ‘People to People’ travel to Cuba. This particular program was reinitiated by the Obama administration in 2011, although it did not entail any substantive change in U.S. policy toward Cuba and left the blockade intact.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Statement
August 1,12
ON July 31, the U.S. State Department once again included Cuba on its arbitrary, unilateral list of "countries which sponsor international terrorism."

An intensive and very useful working visit
July 12,12
MOSCOW.—"This has been an intensive and very useful working visit," confirmed President Raúl Castro Ruz, during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the end of a working visit to this country.

U.S. government denies Gerardo’s rehearing petition
July 10,12
WASHINGTON.—On July 6, the District Attorney’s Office for the state of Florida informed the Miami Court of its opposition to the petition presented by Martin Garbus, the lawyer representing Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, asking for a rehearing of the case and the release by the government of additional evidence in order to investigate the issue of journalists paid with federal money to create, before and after the trial of the Cuban Five, what the 2005 Court of Appeal panel described as a perfect storm of prejudice and hostility.

Raúl begins official visit to China
July 5,12
BEIJING.—President Raúl Castro Ruz arrived in the People’s Republic of China in the afternoon of July 4, on his first official visit as the Cuban head of state.
Cuban President received by Chinese counterpart

June 9,12

United States v. Gerardo Hernández, Luis Medina, Antonio Guerrero, Rubén Campa and René González.

From the panel of appeals. 11th Circuit. Atlanta. August 9, 2005


United States v. Campa

New legal step in the case of the Cuban Five
June 8,12
ON June 6, 2012, a motion on behalf of Gerardo Hernández requesting an Oral Argument and Discovery was filed with the U.S. Southern District Court of Florida (Miami Court) by counsel Tom Goldstein and Martin Garbus*, through his local counsel Richard Klugh.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Statement
May 17,12
ON May 14, 2012, the United States Supreme Court denied the Cuban company Cubaexport the opportunity to defend its right to renew the registration of the prestigious trademark Havana Club with the U.S. Patent and...

Pope Benedict XVI sends letter to Raúl
May 4,12
"WITH the pleasure of having undertaken my apostolic journey to Cuba for the 400th anniversary of the discovery and presence in that nation of the venerated image of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre, it is a pleasure for me to express to Your Excellency and the country’s other authorities my deep gratitude for the...

René returns to the U.S.
April 17,12
On the afternoon of April 13, René González Sehwerert, Hero of the Republic, returned to the United States after a two-week stay in Cuba, as authorized by a South Florida District federal court judge in March and in accordance with the unjustifiable conditions imposed while he serves three years of supervised liberty.

Mexican President Felipe Calderón arrives in Cuba
April 11,12
The honorable Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, President of the United States of Mexico arrived in Cuba April 11, on an official visit.
During his stay, the distinguished guest will hold conversations with Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, along with other activities.

Brigadier General John Adams calls for Cuba to be taken off the list of countries sponsoring terrorism

March 23,12
WASHINGTON, March 22.—Influential U.S. Brigadier General John Adams has publicly stated that his country should remove Cuba from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism and end its counterproductive and hypocritical policy toward the island, PL reports.

A lesson to the world

March 22,12
AS the Popemobile moved along Havana’s wide avenues lined with enthusiastic people, chants of "You can feel it, you can feel it, the Pope is here with us," and "Juan Pablo, friend, Cuba is with you," could be heard.

A very special meeting
March 22,12
WHEN Pope John Paul II visited Cuba, the whole world was interested in his historic meeting with President Fidel Castro. But it wasn’t the first time the two had met. In November of 1996 they had an exchange in the Vatican. For the first time, a Cuban President was received by the highest authority of the Catholic Church.

Miami judge authorizes trip to Cuba for René González
March 20,12

On the afternoon of March 19, 2012, it was announced that South Florida District Court Judge Joan Lenard, who has overseen since its inception the case of the Cuban Five, unjustly imprisoned in the United States, approved a...

René writes his brother Roberto
March 12,12

February 24, 2012
My life-long Brother:
I never thought I would have to write this letter. We share the same indifference to correspondence, something fully evidenced during our respective internationalist missions and – more conclusively – during my unique experience these last 20 years.

Cuba and China strengthen economic relations
February 21,12

BEIJING.—Council of Ministers Vice President Marino Murillo Jorge, head of the implementation commission responsible for the guidelines approved at the 6th Communist Party Congress, met in Beijing with Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu to discuss the progress of bilateral economic relations and other shared interests.

Cuban diplomat condemns Spanish government interference
February 21,12

CUBAN Deputy Foreign Minister Dagoberto Rodríguez has recommended Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo to attend to his own country’s affairs and refrain from meddling in Cuban issues.

Cuba and China strengthen economic relations
February 21,12
BEIJING.—Council of Ministers Vice President Marino Murillo Jorge, head of the implementation commission responsible for the guidelines approved at the 6th Communist Party Congress, met in Beijing with Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu to discuss the progress of bilateral economic relations and other shared interests.

Cuba condemns U.S. radioelectronic aggression
January 24.12
GENEVA, January 23.—Cuba has lodged a complaint before the World Radiocommunication Conference against increased U.S. radio and television aggression on the part of the United States.

Cuba and Brazil: excellent bilateral relations
January 17.12
DURING a visit to Cuba, Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota had official talks on January 16 with Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla.

Antonio Guerrero in Marianna, Florida prison
January 13.12
Dear Friends,
I am in the prison of my destination, where René's presence of peace, respect, friendship, dedication to study and physical exercise still lingers.

U.S. editorial denounced for distorting events
January 11.12
WASHINGTON.— The Cuban Interests Section here in the U.S. capital denounced an editorial in The Washington Post which distorts events related to Cuba, including the prosecution of Alan Gross and the case of the Five Cuban anti-terrorists incarcerated in the United States.

Ramiro Valdés heads Cuban delegation to investiture of Nicaraguan President
January 10.12
VICE President Ramiro Valdés Menéndez is heading the Cuban delegation to the official investiture Daniel Ortega Saavedra, President of the Republic of Nicaragua.

Antonio Guerrero transferred to Oklahoma penitentiary
January 9.12
HAVANA.—María Eugenia (Maruchi), the sister of Antonio Guerrero, one of the five Cuban anti-terrorists incarcerated in the United States, has sent a message to all those in solidarity with the Five and demanding their liberation.

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