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Editorial: Belize, Guyana and the Iron Lady

May 3, 2016
Editorial: Belize, Guyana and the Iron Lady Following the recent shooting incident on the Belize-Guatemala border and the subsequent buildup of Guatemalan troops in the area, Amandala (described as Belize’s leading newspaper) published a scathing editorial, highly critical of the perceived passivity of the government in Belmopan.

UNAIDS condemns killings and human rights violations against transgender people in the Caribbean

April 26, 2016
UNAIDS condemns killings and human rights violations against transgender people in the Caribbean KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has condemned killings and violations of human rights against transgender people reported in recent months by civil society and media in different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

BP ships US crude to Venezuelan terminal in Curacao

April 25, 2016
BP ships US crude to Venezuelan terminal in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- BP (formerly known as British Petroleum) has shipped a cargo of US crude oil to PDVSA’s terminal in Curacao, the third one that the firm has sent since winning a tender along with China Oil last month to provide the Venezuelan state-run oil company with...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Another blow for Venezuela

April 23, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: Another blow for Venezuela Last week in Doha, many of the world’s major producers of crude oil tried, but failed to agree to freeze production, in order to stabilise and eventually increase prices. It was an outcome that will have long term implications for the Americas and in particular Venezuela. The April 17 meeting...

Commentary: Washington Post reaches new low in calls for political intervention in Venezuela

April 21, 2016
Commentary: Washington Post reaches new low in calls for political intervention in Venezuela The Washington Post, in an op-ed issued last week by its Editorial Board, suggests that the remedy for the “accelerating spiral toward an economic and political crash” that now awaits Venezuela is “political intervention by its neighbors.” It recommends intervention by the Organization of...

Panama law firm worked for Venezuelan agent incarcerated in US prison

April 18, 2016
Panama law firm worked for Venezuelan agent incarcerated in US prison MIAMI, USA -- The press releases published by Panama law firm Mossack and Fonseca at the centre of the massive Panama Papers data leak, claiming that its customer identification procedure and compliance staff were conducting due diligence on all their clients, now appear to be a joke.

Colombian and Venezuelan smugglers detained in $32 million cocaine seizure

April 16, 2016
Colombian and Venezuelan smugglers detained in $32 million cocaine seizure SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon and the USS Shamal successfully interdicted more than 1,110 kilograms of cocaine and detained four suspected smugglers in international waters in the Caribbean Sea on April 7. The suspected smugglers...

US releases 2015 human rights report

April 15, 2016
US releases 2015 human rights report WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the US State Department released its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which include a number of countries in the Caribbean region. Speaking to reporters Secretary of State John Kerry emphasised that the human rights standards...

Don't call for me, Venezuela

April 13, 2016
Don't call for me, Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's two main cellular phone service providers are suspending international calling as the country’s economic situation worsens. Movistar, a subsidiary of the Spain-based Telefonica, and Digitel both announced last week that they would be cutting international service.

Commentary: Guyana-Venezuela border issue: The juridical option for a solution

April 13, 2016
Commentary: Guyana-Venezuela border issue: The juridical option for a solution Just after the conclusion of the conference of Commonwealth leaders in Malta, Guyana’s President David Granger on November 29, 2015, declared that the ongoing process by the United Nations could resolve the border controversy with Venezuela in three years’ time. While some may...

Open Letter to UN Secretary-General regarding genocide in Venezuela

April 12, 2016
On this the 22nd anniversary of the initiation of the genocide in Rwanda, and 83 years after the Holodomor in Ukraine, I am writing to call your attention to a new genocide unfolding in Venezuela. Maybe it has not yet reached the headlines, in fact, it has not...

Venezuelans named in Panama Papers to be investigated, says president

April 11, 2016
Venezuelans named in Panama Papers to be investigated, says president MIAMI, USA -- Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has asked the country’s chief prosecutor to investigate all Venezuelans whose names appear in the so-called “Panama Papers” – over 11 million leaked documents that originated with a Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca.

Venezuelan cash smuggler receives 12 months for money laundering in St Lucia

April 4, 2016
Venezuelan cash smuggler receives 12 months for money laundering in St Lucia MIAMI, USA -- In what appears to the first money laundering conviction in the Eastern Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, a Venezuelan national was sentenced to 12 months in prison after the authorities found a treasure trove of cash in his hotel room, and in his stomach.  Reglio Jesus Patino Reyes...

Letter: It's all very well being friends with Venezuela, but they are not even friends of their own people

March 30, 2016
Letter: It's all very well being friends with Venezuela, but they are not even friends of their own people Hugo Chavez made a committed statement that every Venezuelan family would have a dignified home by 2019 “whatever the cost”. For those of you that do not know the basic meaning of dignified: stately, noble, courtly, majestic, distinguished, proud, august, lofty, exalted, regal, lordly...

Letter: Maduro's 'Economic War'

March 28, 2016
Letter: Maduro's 'Economic War' Once again we have the Washington-based communist organization COHA writing in defence of Maduro’s government in Venezuela. This time it’s written by a “research fellow” called Peter Bolton, on Friday 25th March. He expects us to believe that Venezuela’s economic disaster...

Letter: Speaking about Venezuela: In SVG, we know who our friends are

March 26, 2016
Letter: Speaking about Venezuela: In SVG, we know who our friends are Speaking about Venezuela, a recent poll conducted by one of Venezuela’s leading Pollster group Hinterlaces shows that around “79% of Venezuelans prefer a socialist productive economic model, while 52% believe that their economic situation will be better in 2016, and 9 out of 10 Venezuelans...

Commentary: The other explanation for Venezuela's economic crisis

March 25, 2016
Commentary: The other explanation for Venezuela's economic crisis Reports in the English-language press last week highlighted a series of small-scale street protests in Venezuela that bemoaned the scarcity of certain basic products, chronic shortages of medical supplies, and continued power and water outages throughout the country.

US businessman pleads guilty in connection with Venezuela bribery scheme

March 24, 2016
US businessman pleads guilty in connection with Venezuela bribery scheme HOUSTON, USA -- The owner of multiple US-based energy companies pleaded guilty on Tuesday to foreign bribery and fraud charges for his role in a scheme to corruptly secure energy contracts from Venezuela’s state-owned and state-controlled energy company, Petroleos de Venezuela.

Four-year jail term for newspaper editor who investigated corruption in Venezuela

March 18, 2016
Four-year jail term for newspaper editor who investigated corruption in Venezuela PARIS, France -- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the four-year jail sentence that a court in the southeastern state of Bolívar has imposed on David Natera Febres, the editor of the independent Correo del Caroní newspaper, in connection with...

World Happiness Report 2016 update shows significantly more inequality in Caribbean

March 17, 2016
World Happiness Report 2016 update shows significantly more inequality in Caribbean ROME, Italy -- The World Happiness Report 2016 Update, which ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, was released on Wednesday in Rome in advance of UN World Happiness Day, March 20, and shows that two regions – the Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America and Caribbean...

Letter: No, I will wait for the next bus, go feed the babies

March 17, 2016
Letter: No, I will wait for the next bus, go feed the babies Are we led in St Vincent and the Grenadines by a Scrounging Monster? Ralph Gonsalves is more than happy to take money from PetroCaribe whilst Venezuelans are in the throes of starvation and with little or no hospital or health care. Gonsalves claims that Venezuela is our friend.

US names fourteen major money laundering countries in the region in latest report

March 5, 2016
US names fourteen major money laundering countries in the region in latest report WASHINGTON, USA -- Fourteen nations in the wider Caribbean have been named by the US as “major money laundering” countries in the 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) released by the US State Department on Wednesday. A major money laundering...

Commentary: Venezuelan opposition wants 'mediation' of the border controversy with Guyana

February 24, 2016
Commentary: Venezuelan opposition wants 'mediation' of the border controversy with Guyana The Democratic Unity Roundtable (Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, MUD), the opposition coalition that now holds a huge majority in the Venezuelan National Assembly, feels that mediation should be applied to solve the problem surrounding the controversy over the arbitral award that...

Former diplomat promotes juridical resolution of Venezuela's claims to Guyana

February 15, 2016
Former diplomat promotes juridical resolution of Venezuela's claims to Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The signing of the Geneva Agreement was the only available option of resolving peacefully the conflict of Venezuela’s outrageous claims to Guyana, according to former Guyanese diplomat Sir Shridath Ramphal, who recently noted that, with the signing...

Commentary: Venezuela's collapse has happened

February 15, 2016
Commentary: Venezuela's collapse has happened Hit hard by 75% plummeting crude oil prices over the last 19 months has been catastrophic for Venezuela. This is compounded by President Nicolás Maduro's bad macroeconomic policy, socialist idiocy to placate the population, with phony hegemony that likewise buys friends and...

Curacao government will not renew oil refinery lease with Venezuela

February 5, 2016
Curacao government will not renew oil refinery lease with Venezuela WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- In a letter to the leader of the coalition party PAIS, Alex Rosaria MP, the minister of public health, science and environment, Siegried Victorina, has indicated that the Curacao government will not renew the oil refinery lease agreement with the Venezuelan state oil...

US career criminal fraudster claims Caribbean connections

February 3, 2016
US career criminal fraudster claims Caribbean connections SACRAMENTO, USA -- A 48-year-old career criminal Ralph lnnachia Sanders, formerly of El Dorado Hills, California, is reportedly claiming to be a wealthy retired professional basketball player, currently on contract as a basketball coach for teams in the Dominican Republic, Aruba and Venezuela.

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