World Press Archive
2010-09-06 / Nick Miroff (NPR)
Castro Appearance Adds To Speculation About Role
We turn now to Cuba where Fidel Castro is back in the spotlight after a four-year public absence. This morning in Havana, the 84-year-old Cuban icon gave his first public speech to a mass audience since he underwent intestinal surgery back in 2006.
From Havana, Nick Miroff reports.
NICK MIROFF: Castro summoned thousands of Cuban students to the steps of the University of Havana for a 7:30 a.m. speech. Those steps were the frequent site of protests six decades ago when Castro was a student launching his political career with fiery tirades against the Cuban politicians of the day. But for the thousands of young people who arrived this morning, Castro rule is all they know, and protests are not allowed.
With his 79-year-old brother, Raul, running the island now, Castro has carefully avoided talking about domestic Cuban affairs, instead he's become a kind of antiwar prophet, convinced that U.S. and Israeli tensions with Iran are pushing the world toward nuclear war. ...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