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Letter: As the bus driver takes Venezuela back 300 years

September 1, 2017
Letter: As the bus driver takes Venezuela back 300 years Some 300 years ago the Caribbean and South and Latin Americas were riddled with communicable and mosquito-borne diseases. It took the gradual introduction of medicines and inoculations to eradicate those diseases. Now today in Venezuela because of lack of all medication in the hospitals...

Human rights violations indicate repressive policy of Venezuelan authorities, says UN report

August 31, 2017
Human rights violations indicate repressive policy of Venezuelan authorities, says UN report GENEVA, Switzerland -- Extensive human rights violations and abuses have been committed in the wake of anti-government protests in Venezuela and point to “the existence of a policy to repress political dissent and instill fear in the population to curb demonstrations,” a report by the United Nations...

Letter: Venezuela: Trump wants to apply the same failed policy again

August 28, 2017
Letter: Venezuela: Trump wants to apply the same failed policy again It is said that man is the only animal that collides twice with the same stone. Donald Trump, with his aggressive stance against Venezuela, is confirming this. The blockade against Cuba, with all the economic and financial restrictions that it establishes, had its moment, we cannot deny it, but the "blocked ones"...

US imposes new sanctions on Venezuelan government

August 26, 2017
US imposes new sanctions on Venezuelan government WASHINGTON, USA -- The United States has imposed a new round of economic sanctions aimed at choking off money to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime, but "carefully calibrated" to preserve US oil imports from the South American country, according to the White House.

Press freedom organisation rejects expulsion of more TV channels in Venezuela

August 26, 2017
Press freedom organisation rejects expulsion of more TV channels in Venezuela MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has rejected the elimination in Venezuela of Colombian television channels RCN and Caracol Televisión and declared that this confirms that the government of President Nicolás Maduro has taken on "the dark shape of a dictatorship that despises...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Venezuela: The longer view

August 26, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Venezuela: The longer view Having established a constituent assembly able to rewrite the Venezuelan constitution, take essential political and economic decisions, and confirm key appointments, President Maduro’s government is now moving swiftly to assert its overall authority.  On August 18, the new body effectively nullified the legislative...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Trump's remarks give Venezuela breathing space

August 21, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Trump's remarks give Venezuela breathing space Speaking on August 11, at a press conference at one of his golf courses, the US president, Donald Trump, scored the equivalent of a foreign policy own goal. “We have many options for Venezuela and by the way, I’m not going to rule out a military option”, he said, before going on to elaborate on US...

Letter: Sir Ronald Sanders and playing a role in Venezuelan crisis

August 21, 2017
Letter: Sir Ronald Sanders and playing a role in Venezuelan crisis To suggest that "...it was prudent of four CARICOM governments - Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia - not to associate themselves with a declaration issued in Lima on August 8th, by 12 member-states of the OAS that gathered (with the CARICOM four) of their own volition in Peru..." is anathema to the...

Commentary: Playing a role in Venezuelan crisis

August 11, 2017
Commentary: Playing a role in Venezuelan crisis Continuing conflict in Venezuela between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and opposition political parties will not be resolved by external forces taking sides. In this regard, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government were right at their August 8 meeting to reject suggestions that...

CARICOM heads of government hold emergency meeting on Venezuela

August 10, 2017
CARICOM heads of government hold emergency meeting on Venezuela ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Dr Keith Mitchell, prime minister of Grenada and current chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), convened a special emergency meeting of heads of government of CARICOM on Tuesday by video conference, to discuss matters relating to the ongoing situation...

UN chief urges Venezuelans to ease tensions and engage in negotiations

August 9, 2017
UN chief urges Venezuelans to ease tensions and engage in negotiations NEW YORK, USA -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is closely following recent developments in Venezuela, his spokesperson told reporters on Tuesday. “In this critical moment for the future of the country, he urges all Venezuelans to make all possible efforts to lower tensions and engage...

Commentary: Examining the eight million: An analysis of Venezuela's constituent assembly vote

August 8, 2017
Commentary: Examining the eight million: An analysis of Venezuela's constituent assembly vote On Sunday July 30, Venezuela held the vote for its Constituent Assembly. The National Electoral Council (CNE) has claimed a turnout of just over eight million people. This is over 40 percent of the electorate and, considering the main opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) boycotted...

RSF launches campaign over violence against journalists in Venezuela

August 4, 2017
RSF launches campaign over violence against journalists in Venezuela PARIS, France -- Press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is launching a campaign with a disturbing visual on social networks to draw the international public’s attention to the persecution of journalists and censorship of the media that is intensifying dramatically throughout Venezuela.

Venezuela opposition leaders arrested

August 2, 2017
Venezuela opposition leaders arrested CARACAS, Venezuela -- The top United Nations human rights official on Tuesday expressed deep concern about the detention of two opposition leaders by Venezuelan authorities after Sunday's elections for a Constituent Assembly convened by President Nicolás Maduro.

Letter: Nasty mess

August 2, 2017
Letter: Nasty mess Please publish these automatically translated excerpts from an ABC International article in Spanish. At this point it would be said that it is no longer a question of oil. In fact, everything indicates that, due to the crisis, the Venezuelan national oil company – PDVSA – is only sending the participants of the...

US imposes sanctions on Venezuela president

August 1, 2017
US imposes sanctions on Venezuela president WASHINGTON, USA -- On Monday, the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated the president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, pursuant to an executive order that authorizes sanctions against current or former officials of the government of Venezuela..

Letter: Let them stay in the yonder cooker

August 1, 2017
Letter: Let them stay in the yonder cooker Two years ago, the prime minister told us that Venezuela had contributed more than a third of the cost towards the construction of the international airport. It was an expression of sincere gratitude for generous foreign aid. But was it generosity or political grandstanding? And, as for sincerity, before arriving...

Commentary: Does the United States care about democracy in Venezuela?

July 31, 2017
Commentary: Does the United States care about democracy in Venezuela? On July 17, President Trump declared that “The US once again calls for free and fair elections and stands with the people of Venezuela in their quest to restore their country to a full and prosperous democracy.” Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, also has called for a “transition to democracy” in the...

UN urges calm ahead of controversial weekend polls in Venezuela

July 29, 2017
UN urges calm ahead of controversial weekend polls in Venezuela GENEVA, Switzerland -- The United Nations human rights office expressed deep concern on Friday at the risk of further violence in Venezuela, where elections for a Constituent Assembly convened by President Nicolas Maduro are due to be held on Sunday. “The wishes of the Venezuelan people to participate...

US issues new travel warning for Venezuela

July 29, 2017
US issues new travel warning for Venezuela WASHINGTON, USA -- The US Department of State on Thursday warned US citizens against travel to Venezuela due to social unrest, violent crime, and pervasive food and medicine shortages. This latest travel warning also informed U. citizens that on July 27, the Department ordered the...

US sanctions 13 senior Venezuelan officials

July 27, 2017
US sanctions 13 senior Venezuelan officials WASHINGTON, USA -- The Trump administration has announced new sanctions on 13 senior officials of Venezuela's government, military and state oil company PDVSA on Wednesday, apparently seeking to increase pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to scrap plans for a...

Commentary: It's happening in Venezuela; at least we can all agree!

July 27, 2017
Commentary: It's happening in Venezuela; at least we can all agree! In response to the Venezuelan ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Raúl LiCausi, I’m thrilled at the notion that the ambassador saw fit to respond to my submission on the state of his country. To me, and several other observers, we claimed it to be a failing state at worst and...

Commentary: Venezuela turmoil implies an uncertain future for ALBA

July 27, 2017
Commentary: Venezuela turmoil implies an uncertain future for ALBA The declared exit of Venezuela from the Organization of American States (OAS), the suspension of Venezuela from Mercosur in 2016 for its failure to “conform” to the bloc’s “democratic principles,” and the unification of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in defiance of a United States...

Letter: In response to Transparencia Venezuela

July 27, 2017
Let it be known that a vast majority of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Dominica are solidly opposed to the supportive actions of Prime Minister Skerrit. We, the People’s Party of Dominica, are dismayed at the outcome of the OAS vote in June, and we fail to comprehend how...

Venezuela opposition avoiding meeting, says St Vincent PM

July 25, 2017
Venezuela opposition avoiding meeting, says St Vincent PM KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Speaking on the current situation in Venezuela, St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said President Nicolas Maduro wants to have a conversation with the opposition; however, the opposition is avoiding the conversation. Gonsalves said in light of this...

Letter: Response to Youri Aramin Kemp's article: Yes, it can happen anywhere!

July 24, 2017
Letter: Response to Youri Aramin Kemp's article: Yes, it can happen anywhere! I have read with keen interest your article, published last July 18, where you approach the current situation endured by my country, Venezuela. At once, let me agree with you on the relevance of the title as you affirm that “If it happened in Venezuela, it can happen anywhere”. However, this letter...

US lawmakers call for continued funding of US democracy programs in Venezuela and Cuba

July 21, 2017
US lawmakers call for continued funding of US democracy programs in Venezuela and Cuba WASHINGTON, USA -- US Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and others are urging Senate appropriators to continue funding programs aimed at building democracies in Venezuela and Cuba, despite President Trump’s budget request that would eliminate the programs altogether. Since the 1980s, US democracy...

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