World Press Archive
2010-03-15 / Juan O. Tamayo (Miami Herald)
European Parliament highly critical of Cuba
The European Parliament voted Thursday to condemn Cuba by a crushing margin over a hunger striker's death, and Spain's ruling Socialists later hinted they might trim back their bid to improve European ties with Havana.
The 509-30 vote drew an angry retort from Havana, saying it was the result of a ``dirty debate'' and ``profound cynicism'' by rich nations that opt for ``consumerism'' while Cuba helps poor nations like Haiti.
``A condemnation so discriminatory and selective can be explained only by the failure of a policy incapable of bringing a heroic people to its knees,'' declared Cuba's legislature, the National Assembly.
Meanwhile, Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas was rushed to a hospital Thursday, his 16th day of refusing food and liquids to demand the release of political prisoners. Fariñas fainted around 2 p.m. while friends and journalists were visiting him, and was taken by private car to the Arnaldo Milian Castro hospital in his hometown of Santa Clara, said his wife, Clara Pérez.
At their meeting in Strasbourg, France, European lawmakers issued a toughly worded text reflecting their anger over the recent death of political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo after an 83-day hunger strike. ...more
2013-04-22 / The Miami Herald
U.S.: Short-term detentions in Cuba reach record levels
Cuba saw a record number of “politically motivated and at times violent short-term detentions” during 2012, according to the U.S. State Department’s “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices,” which was released Friday...more
2013-04-18 / The Washington Post
Cuba’s Ladies in White due in Brussels to receive 2005 Sakharov human rights award
Members of Cuba’s Ladies in White opposition group will finally pick up Europe’s top human rights prize from 2005 in person next week in Belgium, the European Union and the daughter of the group’s former leader said Wednesday...more
2013-04-16 / The Washington Post
Cuba avoids oil cutoff for now as Chavez ally narrowly wins Venezuela presidential election
Cubans were relieved Monday by the announcement that the late leader Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor had been elected Venezuela’s new president, apparently allowing their country to dodge a threatened cutoff of billions of dollars in subsidized oil...more