World Press Archive
2010-08-12 / Marc Frank (Reuters)
Fidel Castro appearances blur Cuba reform questions
HAVANA, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Former Cuban President Fidel Castro turns 84 on Friday, back in the limelight with a barrage of public appearances and nuclear war prophecies that raise questions about his influence on the socialist-ruled island.
But opinions are divided about whether his flurry of appearances since July 7, breaking four years of seclusion after a 2006 illness, will help or hinder prospects for change in one of the world's last one-party communist states.
For the last six weeks, Cubans have gaped and foreign diplomats and analysts scratched their heads as the historic leader of the revolution emerged from a long period in the shadows to preach dire warnings of a nuclear apocalypse to local economists, diplomats, intellectuals and lawmakers.
Castro in 2008 formally handed over the Cuban presidency to his younger brother, Raul Castro, who is 79, but he retains his post as first secretary of the powerful Cuban Communist Party. ...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