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Articles by Cheryl LaBash

Solidarity caravan for Cuba

June 30, 2015

“The blockade has not been lifted. We cannot miss that point,” emphasized Gail Walker, Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization director and daughter of Pastors for Peace founder the Rev. Lucius Walker. She spoke June 24 at the Florida Avenue Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., to [...]

Criminal blockade of Cuba still in force

June 10, 2015

Ads and articles promoting travel to Cuba seem to be everywhere. Didn’t President Barack Obama announce a new relationship with Cuba on Dec. 17? Didn’t that mean the U.S. blockade of Cuba, a relic of the Cold War, was over? Not so fast! The U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade of [...]

U.S.-Cuba talks proceed

May 31, 2015

Cuban negotiator Josefina Vidal. The third round of talks between Cuba and the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations took place at the U.S. State Department on May 21 and 22. In press conferences at the close of the meetings, the chief negotiators of both delegations characterized the meetings as [...]

Talking peace, U.S. attacks Venezuela

May 31, 2015

Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, left, has sworn to defend the head of the National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, right. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has called on supporters to join a campaign rejecting a smear campaign against the Bolivarian Revolution. Maduro was responding to [...]

At OAS & People’s Summits — Broad support for Cuba

April 14, 2015

Cuban President Raúl Castro U.S. President Barack Obama tried to use the Seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama on April 10-11 as a platform to rehabilitate U.S. relations in the hemisphere. Obama attempted to distance himself personally from U.S. imperialism’s history of oppression, [...]

At Summit of Americas, U.S. pushes ‘dissidents’

April 8, 2015

Cuban President Raúl Castro The “VII Summit of the Americas,” to be held April 10-11 in Panama City, Panama, is of particular interest since Latin American and Caribbean states firmly told the Organization of American States there would be no further summits where Cuba was excluded, forcing [...]

Cuba shows Black Lives Matter

April 8, 2015

On March 31 in Washington, D.C., the U.S. and Cuba held the first meeting on the topic of human rights. Cuba proposed this sub-discussion of the ongoing talks aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations and opening embassies that was launched on Dec. 17 by presidents Raúl Castro and Barack Obama. [...]

Tennessee students fight low pay

March 15, 2015

The United Students Against Sweatshops 2015 conference at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville did more than talk. Hundreds of marchers rallied on Feb. 20 in protest at campus buildings associated with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, who has proposed to cut state employee longevity pay and make other [...]

As U.S.-Cuba talks proceed: End the blockade!

March 8, 2015

Cuban and U.S. negotiators have announced progress after the second round of talks to formalize diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. Both delegations characterized the discussions as professional, respectful and constructive. A sticky point, however, is the U.S. persistence in [...]
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