World Press Archive
2009-06-29 / Latin American Herald Tribune
Cuba Goes After Those Stealing Electricity in Capital
HAVANA – A corps of inspectors will pursue fraud in the consumption of electricity in Havana’s residential sector starting on July 1 as one of the measures implemented by Gen. Raul Castro’s government starting a month ago to save energy, the official Tribuna de La Habana newspaper reported Sunday.
The inspectors will go out in pairs through the streets and “electric power cuts will be – among the measures” that could be applied to families circumventing the service regulations, the newspaper said.
Prevailing legislation establishes a fine of 500 Cuban pesos (equivalent to about $23), the retroactive collection of outstanding fees for the illicitly-used power and a cut in electricity supply for 72 hours for first-time offenders who are found to be committing fraud, Tribuna de La Habana said.
Repeat offenders will be liable for fines of 1,000 pesos (about $45), suspension of their electricity for 15 days and other penalties, the newspaper said. ...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