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Thursday 29 July 2010
He may no longer be president of the country he ruled so uncompromisingly for almost half a century, but Fidel Castro once again seems to be everywhere in Cuba. His latest foray into the limelight, announced yesterday, is a first volume of memoirs to be published next month, chronicling the birth of Cuba's communist revolution when his few hundred guerrilla fighters defeated the far larger regular army of the dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Friday 09 July 2010
The Cuban regime has a tendency to time displays of clemency to coincide with the arrival of important visitors. In this case the visit of Spain's Foreign minster to Havana has been accompanied with a decision to release more than 50 political prisoners.
Friday 09 July 2010
The island of Cuba is like a Rorschach test for liberal opinion. For some, it represents hope followed by disappointment, a brave revolution which has hardened into insular authoritarianism, the music of heroic youth giving over time to the drone of three-hour speeches made my old men determined to hold on to power by whatever means necessary.
Friday 09 July 2010
Cuba's decision to release 52 political prisoners is overdue but still a positive sign from the island's communist government, the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday.
Thursday 08 July 2010
The regime in Cuba has agreed to the biggest release of political prisoners seen on the island nation in decades in a deal struck with the country's Catholic leader, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, church officials said last night.
Friday 18 June 2010
As Aung San Suu Kyi prepares to celebrate her 65th birthday tomorrow, confined in the house in which she has spent most of the past two decades, a confidante of the Burmese opposition leader has made a simple but passionate appeal to those in the West to use their freedom to help his country achieve the same.
Thursday 17 June 2010
A ground breaking photography project by award-winning documentary journalist James Mackay calls for the unconditional release of all Burmese political prisoners, of whom human rights groups estimate there are over 2,000 currently languishing in jail.
Sunday 13 June 2010
Hyperbole and football are no strangers, so the title of Mihir Bose's guide to events unfolding in South Africa, The World Cup: All You Need to Know (Endeavour, £12.99), is unsurprising. But actually, Mihir, there is one thing that would have been good to know: who's in the squads? For, while the quadrennial extravaganza is obviously a juicy marketing opportunity for publishers, they need to go to press some weeks before countries announce their final line-ups. That still leaves plenty to chew on, though, and Bose takes a traditional approach, with an Anglocentric potted history of the tournament, a group-by-group analysis of the 32 finalists and a survey of the stadiums. It was produced in conjunction with the picture agency Getty Images, and is all rather fact-lite, majoring instead on sizeable photographs. The 2010 Fifa World Cup: Official Book (Carlton, £10.99), by Keir Radnedge, has rather more in the way of stats and in-depth analysis, and has its merits as a large-format, keep-by-the-TV guide.
Wednesday 09 June 2010
Monday 24 May 2010
A Roman Catholic church official said the Cuban government agreed to move many of the country's 200 political prisoners to jails closer to their homes.
Saturday 24 April 2010
Monday 29 March 2010
The message could not have been clearer. On Armed Forces day, as soldiers marched through Naypyidaw, Burma's Senior General Than Shwe set out his vision for "disciplined democracy". A moment that could have been cause for celebration is instead a cause for concern and regret.
Tuesday 23 March 2010
An outspoken opponent of President Hugo Chavez said police took him into custody while he awaits trial on conspiracy charges for saying Venezuela has become a haven for drug trafficking.
Friday 18 December 2009
A few weeks ago I described the difficulties we, and the council, faced when trying to get a planning decision enforced. Well, I'm delighted to report that the two-storey lift shaft built – without permission – on the roof of a block opposite ours has almost been demolished. Some bags of bricks remain to be collected, but the original roofline has been restored.
Sunday 15 November 2009
US president Barack Obama has told Burma's junta to free pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners, a US official said.
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