che famous posterOLLIE HOPKINS, the campaigns officer for the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, writes on the life, times and legacy of the revolutionary hero Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara

HALF a century ago, on October 9 1967, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, was assassinated by Mario Teran, a Bolivian army officer, following orders from the CIA. The Argentinian-born Cuban revolutionary hero died leading a guerilla struggle against the US-backed Bolivian military regime of Rene Barrientos, eight years after playing a leading role in the Cuban revolution.

Commemorations will take place in Cuba and in Vallegrande, Bolivia, where Che’s remains were buried before being returned to Cuba in 1997.

Cuban first vice-president Miguel Diaz-Canel will attend as well as Che’s four children, who all live in Cuba. Aleida Guevara, Che’s eldest daughter, will also be in Britain and Ireland for a speaking tour in November to mark the anniversary.

Over the last 50 years, Che’s image has become a globally recognised symbol ...... The enduring legacy of the Cuban revolution has been at the heart of the longevity of Che’s legend.

Over the last 50 years, Che’s image has become a globally recognised symbol, seen by millions the world over as the embodiment of the Cuban revolution and the struggle for a better world.

SEAN MELEADY reports on his recent visit to Cuba

IT WAS with a mixture of excitement and trepidation that I paced around Gatwick departure terminal. I’d been a staunch supporter of Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution for years but what was it really going to be like? 

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Here is a digital copy of the newletter Winter 2016.

fidel castro condolence

The Scottish Cuba Solidarity Campaign have paid tribute to former Cuban President Fidel Castro who passed away on Friday .

Despite an economic blockade imposed by the US for over 50 years the country still managed to develop first class public services in important areas such as Health and Education.
Cuba under Castro also had a splendid record in providing medical aid and support in many disaster situations down the years.

Scottish Cuba Solidarity Campaign extends its sympathy to Fidel Castro's family and friends .
We also stand in solidarity with the Cuban people at this sad time.

Our sister campaign the Cuba Solidarity Campaign based in London have set up an online book of condolences for Fidel.
This can be accessed at

Wednesday 13th July at 7pm, STUC, Glasgow

We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting Gerardo Hernández and René González. 


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M5 freedom tour 2016 06 A5 glasgowGrahame Smith, STUC General Secretary

Denise Christie, FBU Scotloand Chair

Sam McCartney, Unison Scotland, International Committee Chair

Neil Findlay MSP, Cross Party Group on Cuba

Chair, Vicky Grandon, Scottish Cuba Solidarity.


Tuesday May 3rd at 7:30pm 

Ayrshire Cuba solidarity campaign public meeting in volunteer rooms Irvine.

Frieda Park a long term activist in Scottish Cuba solidarity campaign and Scottish Venezuela solidarity campaign will speak about a conference she attended in late 2015,
This conference was called Cuba Futures and was attended by a range of experts and campaigners who examined future possibilities for Cuba in the light of the recent significant developments in its relationship with the US. There will be a chance to ask questions and raise points following Frieda's input to the meeting.

Please pass the word round - anyone interested is very welcome to attend.

Thursday 21st April

sickoScottish Cuba Solidarity Collective @6pm

The next Scottish Cuba Solidarity Collective meeting takes place on Thursday April 21st at 6pm in the STUC building 333 Woodlands Road Glasgow.

This meeting is open to all members of the campaign.

Film Night - Sicko by Michael Moore @7pm

The collective meeting is followed by a free showing of the film Sicko made by US documentary film maker Michael Moore . It shines a light on the inadequacies of health and social care in the US as well as giving a fascinating insight into the excellence of the Cuban health system.

Film starts at 7pm and is also in the STUC building. All welcome.


Recently appointed, Cuban Ambassador, Her Excellency, Teresita Vincente, along with her husband, Antonio Rodriguez made her first visit to Scotland recently.

On Monday 20th April, they attended the STUC Congress in Ayr. After speaking to a packed Scottish Cuba Solidarity Campaign Fringe, 'The Miami Five are Free. Now End the Blockade!' Teresita addressed Congress. She expressed gratitude for the support shown by the STUC for the Campaign to Free the Five, and stressed the importance of International Solidarity efforts in achieving their freedom. She also reiterated the importance of ending the Embargo, and of the moves towards the normalisation of relations between the US and Cuba.


On Tuesday 21st April, Teresita and Tony visited the Scottish Parliament, where they were hosted by Elaine Smith MSP, Convener of the Cross Party Group on Cuba. They attended part of members' business, and the Presiding Officer welcomed the Ambassador to the Parliament. They then met formally with the Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick, MSP.

Elaine Smith had tabled the following motion:

S4M-12962 Elaine Smith: US Removes Cuba from Terrorism List—That the Parliament welcomes the Cuban Ambassador, Her Excellency Mrs Teresita Vicente Sotolongo, who will visit the Parliament for the first time on 21 April 2015; considers that the visit is taking place at a historic time for Cuba, given the recent decision by the US to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism; understands that the move by the US is seen as a key step to normalise relations between the US and Cuba; recognises that the announcement came days after President Obama and the Cuban President, Raul Castro, met on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama, marking the first formal meeting between the leaders of their countries in a half-century; congratulates President Obama on his efforts to normalise relations with Cuba and his attempts to end the five-decade Cuban embargo, however considers that more work needs to be done to ensure that Cuba is supported and treated fairly by its neighbours.

Their visit wound up with a meeting of the Cross Party Group on Cuba, chaired by Elaine, attended by MSPs , SCSC members and supporters and members of the public.

scottish cuba solidarity logoSCSC AGM

Our AGM next Saturday 30th May, 10am, at John Smith House, Glasgow., will be a business only meeting this year, as we are holding a public meeting next month on the recent developments in Cuba, and internationally.

Public Meeting: What's happening in Cuba? The New Era and the Future of Socialism.

On June 18th, at 7pm, STUC, Woodlands Rd, Glasgow, Dr Stephen Wilkinson of the International Institute for the Study of Cuba will speak.  Steve is one of the UK's experts on Cuba, and has spoken in Scotland before. We are delighted to welcome him back.

We hope that Steve will also speak at a Cross Party Group meeting at the Parliament during his time in Scotland.

Film Nights @ the STUC

This meeting replaces our next planned Film and Discussion meeting, but these will continue after the summer break with the next planned for Thursday 20th August, 7pm, STUC, Glasgow.

Cuban Music & Film Festivals

In late October/early November Glasgow will see a short Cuban Guitar music Festival, followed by a Glasgow-Havana Film Festival with a number of events planned around them. We'll keep you updated!


The recent visit to Scotland by the new Cuban Ambassador, Teresita Vicente was a great success, with her speaking to the STUC Congress, addressing a packed Fringe, and a visit to Parliament Further details are on SCSC/CSC websites.

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333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow

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Thursday June 18th June

NB - the film night planned for Thursday June 18th June (Viva Cuba) is being replaced by a Public Meeting with Dr Stephen Wilkinson of the International Institute for the Study of Cuba on the same night in STUC 7pm.

2015 film will real terrorist stand up7.00 pm Thursday 20th August : Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up

Tells the story of the case of The Cuban Five, intelligence agents sent to penetrate Cuban exile terrorist groups in Miami and now serving long prison sentences, the film highlights decades of assassinations and sabotage at first backed by Washington, then ignored by the very government that launched a "war against terrorism”.

2015 film Guanianmera7.00 pm Thursday 15th October: Guantanamera

Guantanamera is a 1995 comedy film from Cuba, directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío , featuring an ensemble cast. Screenplay by Eliseo Alberto and others. The film was produced by Camilo Vives


Please share with friends, family and colleagues - and anyone who'd be interested in these informal, informative & fun evenings.

scottish cuba solidarity logoCuban Ambassador's Visit

We are delighted to announce that the recently appointed Ambassador to the UK, her Excellency, Teresita Vincente will be making a short visit to Scotland in April.

SCSC will be holding a Fringe Meeting, “The Miami Five are Free! Now the Blockade!”, on Monday 20th April at 12:45pm in the Red Rum Room, at Ayr Race Course. The Ambassador will be speaking alongside Elaine Smith, MSP, Convener of the Scottish Parliamentary Group on Cuba

Later that afternoon, the Ambassador will address Congress itself.

On Tuesday 21st April, the Ambassador will speak at a meeting of the Cross Party Group in the Parliament at 6.00pm

This will be the fist visit to Scotland since the release of the Miami Five, and the re-establishment of relations between the US and Cuba, and will provide a unique opportunity to hear about it from the Cuban perspective.

Film Nights

The flier is enclosed, with our next film being on Thursday 16th April at the STUC, at 7pm where we will be showing “The Cuban Wives”.  

Come along for the Film, discussion, a cocktail if you fancy, and an opportunity to support the Campaign by buying something from the stall.


This year, AGM will be on Saturday 30th May, 10am, at John Smith House, Glasgow. Details will follow shortly.

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1 January 1959 saw the victorious Cubans overthrow the US-backed dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista and the beginning of the world famous Cuban Revolution! Every attempt has been made to undermine and strangle the independence & sovereignty of the Cuban people - from the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, 638 assassination attempts on Fidel Castro, US-backed campaigns of terrorism including planting bombs in hotels and the blowing up of a Cuban airliner plane full of people, and the longest economic blockade in history by the USA Super Power on what was a tiny third world Caribbean Island. Yet still after all these massive attempts at subversion the Cuban Revolution continues. So do the attempts to crush it - as exposed recently with a CIA-controlled "independent Twitter" service and the covert use of "Non-Governmental Organisations" posing as mere charities, but who in reality were US agents involved in trying to organise & ferment civil unrest amongst youth and anybody they considered that could be turned by them against the Revolution.

In the 56th anniversary, the long awaited release of the Miami 5 has surely made this January 1st an even bigger celebration - heroic Cubans who became political prisoners after investigating terrorism being planned on US soil that was to be waged against Cuba! The recent promised improvements in relations between the USA and Cuba announced in December will also be watched with interest.

In 2015 the message is clear: the Miami Five Are Free, Now We Must End The Blockade!

Cuban Revolution anniversary 2015

When Latin America Was Awakened by a Hug

Special report by Telesur TV English: On 13 December 1994 two men with justice & vision at their hearts met and embraced each other in a hug - those men were the leader of Venezuela Hugo Chavez and the Revolutionary leader of Cuba Fidel Castro.

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Find out more about this special meeting, and the renewed hope for social justice & and the prospects for a better life that it has given millions, not just in Latin America but across the world.

Read more here:


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Cuba–U.S. relations took a historic turn on Dec. 17, when three Cuban political prisoners — unjustly held by the United States for more than 15 years — were released, and the White House announced numerous policy shifts.

President Barack Obama admitted that his country's half century attempt to defeat Cuba had failed.

Gerardo Hernandez, Luis Medina, and Antonio Guerrero — the three remaining imprisoned members of the renowned Cuban Five — had been incarcerated in the United States since 1998.

Accused of espionage, the three were detained during an attempt to uncover terrorist plots against the people of Cuba being masterminded by extremists in Florida.

The liberation of the three Cubans came as part of a prisoner swap, which included the release of a U.S. intelligence agent held by Havana.

Seperately, Alan Gross, a U.S. State department subcontractor, convicted of subversion in Cuba after attempting to create communication networks to destabilize the government, was released on humanitarian grounds.

During a televised speech, U.S. President Barack Obama announced policies moving towards a normalizing of relations with the Carribbean island; the two countries will open embassies.

And while a complete end to the economic blockade of the island was not announced, Obama spoke of re-establishing high-level diplomatic ties as well, as easing economic and travel restrictions that have been imposed on Cuba.

Obama said a full end to the blockade would be discussed with Congress, but as Cuban President Raul Castro said, it is time for Obama to go the whole way and lift the inhumane blockade.