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On 15-17 September delegations from 135 nations met in Havana for the G77+China summit on ‘Science, technology and innovation’. Cuba has acted as chair of the group after being elected for the first time at the UN in 2022. Founded in 1964 by 77 nations as part of the ‘Non-aligned movement’, today the expanded G77+China represents 80% of global population and two-thirds of UN member states. Most are poorer nations facing the brunt of global debt and poverty. China engages with the organisation’s structures but remains a non-member. The group counterbalances international organisations dominated by Western imperialist powers. It contains contradictory interests, from the anti-imperialist voices of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua to the oil rich gulf monarchies and rising capitalist powers like India.

In December 2023 we will be sending our 15th solidarity brigade to Cuba. Young activists from Britain will spend two weeks meeting Cubans from all walks of life, visiting schools, hospitals, factories, community centres, farms; learning about Cuban socialism and holding exchanges with Cuban youth about the reality of living under capitalism in Britain, as millions face the severe consequences of the ‘cost of living crisis’ whilst Britain continues to fuel and engage in wars abroad.

We will also bring material aid to a paediatric hospital in Havana, to help Cuba alleviate the crisis it is facing under the crushing blockade, an act ever more precedent as the tightening of the blockade has left only a handful of banks willing to process transactions to Cuba, allow financial aid to be sent to the island or even process international transactions that have the word ‘Cuba’ in the reference. Please support our fundraising efforts in any way you can and make a donation.

The more we raise, the more material aid we can take with us! Over the years our brigades have coordinated with the Union of Young Communists in Cuba to assess the best forms of material aid to bring; this has included sports equipment, musical instruments, a sound system, ballet shoes, boxing gloves and more.

On our return we will host meetings, with brigadistas reporting back from their experiences, showing photos and film clips, and taking the lessons we can learn from Cuban socialism to the streets of Britain.

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Cuban Embassy in Washington DC

Statement from Rock Around the Blockade and the Revolutionary Communist Group.

We condemn the recent attack on the Cuban Embassy in Washington DC. The incident occurred on 24 September, when an individual threw two Molotov cocktails at the embassy building. Fortunately, no personnel were hurt. The attack took place just a few hours after Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel returned from his trip to the United Nations in New York where he addressed the UN General Assembly.

Highlights from the Unblock Cuba Rally in Govan, Glasgow 16/09/23

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Thanks to everyone who joined us today to stand in solidarity with Cuba against the US Blockade and the British banks which illegally impose sanctions on Cuba, in violation of British laws.
 
We unveiled a massive Cuban flag outside Bank of Scotland as part of the international 1c4Cuba campaign, shedding light on the illegal compliance of British and European banks with US sanctions against Cuba.
 
Visit our website for more info, event updates and find out how you can donate to our solidarity brigade to Cuba this December, https://ratb.org.uk/about-us/brigades-to-cuba/brigade-2023 which will take cancer medicines to a children’s hospital in Havana.
 
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Sept 17 Make a bank transfer to challenge British & European banks who are illegally blocking #Cuba! 🇨🇺Join #1c4Cuba campaign, Learn more: 1c4Cuba.eu #MejorSinBloqueo #EndTheEmbargo #LetCubaLive #OffTheList #CubaVsBloqueo #LiveBetter #ByeByeBlockade #UnBlockCuba
 

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On 12 June the Chinese Drug Administration approved the use of Cuba’s drug Nimotuzumab for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. The drug was developed by Cuba’s Centre for Molecular Immunology (CIM) and first approved for use in Cuba against nasopharyngeal cancers in 2002. It has since been approved for use against various types of cancer in numerous countries. Nimotuzumab is an antibody that targets a protein called ‘epidermal growth factor receptor’ (EGFR) on the surface of cells, which can cause uncontrolled cell division, the hallmark of cancer, if EGFR mutates.

Gay Pride Parade in Havana

As countries around the world roll back human rights for the LGBT+ community, socialist Cuba stands as a beacon of hope. It has enshrined the most progressive Family Code in the world in its own constitution and works tirelessly to fight reactionary sentiment towards LGBT+ people in its own country through the legal system and education.

On Sunday 25 June, hundreds joined the National Network on Cuba marching in Washington, DC demanding President Biden’s US government remove Cuba from the ‘State Sponsors of Terrorism’ list. Over the same weekend, Rock Around the Blockade (RATB) supporters around Britain supported this demand by joining the international Caravana for Cuba, demanding an end to the US blockade of Cuba, and that British banks and financial institutions stop imposing US sanctions against UK laws.

Floods in Granma Province (photo: govt of Cuba)

While Cuba is trying to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and resist the devastating, genocidal and internationally illegal US blockade, it now faces the aftermath of unprecedented flooding due to heavy rains. Since the rains started on 8 June, eight people have died, tens of thousands have been evacuated and significant damage has been done to nearly ten thousand homes. Almost 500 homes have been completely destroyed. Thousands of hectares of crops, including sugar cane, have been ruined. Roads and other infrastructure have been badly damaged in the eastern provinces of Granma, Santiago de Cuba, Camaguey and Las Tunas.

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On 26 March, Cuba completed the final stage of its General Election. Even in the midst of intense hardships caused by US sanctions including hours-long queues for basic goods, 6,164,876 Cubans turned out to vote for or against deputies to the National Assembly of People’s Power at 23,468 voting stations, a turnout of 75.92%.

This exercise in mass democratic participation, in defiance of the illegal US blockade of Cuba which is intended to bring about unrest and the overthrow of the socialist state, demonstrates the strength of popular support for the Cuban revolution.