World Press Archive
2010-10-19 / AFP - Agence France-Presse
US says it urged Cuba to release American contractor
A senior US diplomat met Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in New York last month to urge Cuba to release an American contractor held on suspicion of espionage, a US official said Monday.
It was the highest level meeting between the United States and Cuba -- nations that have no diplomatic ties -- under the government of President Barack Obama.
Arturo Valenzuela, the US assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, appealed for the release of Alan Gross when he talked with Rodriguez on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said.
"The meeting was to encourage the release of Alan Gross. Unfortunately that has not yet happened," Crowley told reporters.
Gross was detained on the communist-run island reportedly while distributing cell phones, laptops and other communications equipment in Cuba.
Cuba believes Gross is a spy. Rodriguez said in June he was being held for "committing grave offenses in our country at the service of the subversive policy of the government of the United States against Cuba." ...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