World Press Archive
2009-03-04 / AFP - Agence France-Presse
Fired cabinet members too ambitious: Fidel Castro
HAVANA (AFP) — The foreign minister and cabinet chief ousted in Cuba's political shakeup were driven by ambition to "undignified" behavior, ex-president Fidel Castro said, adding that he was consulted on the changes.
In the biggest cabinet reshuffle in Cuba's 50 years of communist history, President Raul Castro replaced and moved around 12 members of his government Monday, including foreign minister Felipe Perez Roque, 44, and cabinet chief Carlos Lage, 57.
"The nectar of power, for which they spared no sacrifice, stirred ambitions that drove them to an undignified role. The foreign enemy pinned many hopes on them," wrote the president's brother, Fidel, 82, in an article published by official media Tuesday.
Perez Roque and Lage drew most international media attention in the cabinet reshuffle, which Raul Castro, 77, said was needed for greater efficiency and to consolidate the country's unwieldy bureaucracy. ...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