World Press Archive
2009-09-14 / Jeff Franks (Reuters)
Cubans pay respect to revolution hero Almeida
HAVANA (Reuters) - A solemn President Raul Castro placed a red rose at a memorial to Juan Almeida on Sunday, then looked silently at a photograph of the man whose death on Friday was the loss of both an old friend and a fellow leader in the Cuban revolution five decades ago.
Castro, who left without speaking, was the first of tens of thousands of Cubans to pay tribute to Almeida as they filed past the photograph flanked by flowers and a military honor guard.
One of the floral arrangements was sent by Fidel Castro, who Almeida befriended in 1952, then fought beside from the earliest days of the guerrilla uprising that toppled dictator Fulgencio Batista on Jan. 1, 1959. ...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