World Press Archive
2008-10-27 / Marc Frank - Reuters
Cuba broadens new supply system to all farmers
HAVANA (Reuters) - Communist Cuba will allow most farmers to purchase basic supplies at stores for the first time since the 1960s, local media said on Monday, as Havana seeks to encourage farmers to increase production.
Cuba nationalized all small businesses, including wholesale and retail farm supply outlets, decades ago. Since then farmers have had to wait for the state to deliver what they need, down to machetes, rope and rubber boots, in exchange for their products.
Farmers complain the cumbersome system does not work, leaving crops to rot and farmers without timely supplies. ...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