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Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea

September 29, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- As expected, Tropical Storm Matthew formed early Wednesday as the system moved through the Windward Islands into the eastern Caribbean, bringing heavy rains and high winds and forcing the closure of government offices and schools.

Venezuela electoral council obstructionist and biased, says OAS secretary general

September 24, 2016
Venezuela electoral council obstructionist and biased, says OAS secretary general WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, said on Friday that Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE, for its initials in Spanish) is “obstructing a constitutional right and acting with a clear political bias” in announcing...

Developing nations at Caribbean summit call for greater say in UN reform

September 21, 2016
Developing nations at Caribbean summit call for greater say in UN reform MARGARITA ISLAND, Venezuela -- Caribbean, Latin American and other developing nations across the world are appealing for more say in the process of reforming the United Nations (UN). And they also want more say, too, in the selection of the next top officer at the world’s most important body.

Venezuelan state oil company will not renew Curacao oil refinery lease in 2019

September 21, 2016
Venezuelan state oil company will not renew Curacao oil refinery lease in 2019 WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuelan state-owned oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, SA (PDVSA), will not renew its lease with Curacao's government to operate the 325,000 b/d Isla refinery when the current lease expires on 31 December 2019, the energy ministry said on Monday.

NAM leaders demand better treatment and more respect for refugees and migrants

September 20, 2016
NAM leaders demand better treatment and more respect for refugees and migrants MARGARITA ISLAND, Venezuela -- While New Yorkers were on tenterhooks following the most recent discoveries of explosive devices ahead of a major United Nations meeting on Monday, Caribbean, Latin American, African, Arab, Asian and other developing country leaders welcomed...

Venezuelans trading guns, ammo with Trinidadians for food

September 16, 2016
Venezuelans trading guns, ammo with Trinidadians for food PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Venezuelans and residents of Trinidad and Tobago are reportedly bartering on the high seas, where arms and ammunition are sold or exchanged for food and basic commodities. These trades also take place at some of Trinidad and Tobago’s remote...

Venezuela hosts third NAM Caribbean summit this week

September 15, 2016
Venezuela hosts third NAM Caribbean summit this week MARGARITA ISLAND, Venezuela -- The 17th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is under way in Venezuela, where heads of state and government from 120 countries have gathered on a Caribbean island -- for the third time -- to come to grips with the myriad problems facing...

Commentary: 'What do you mean 20 percent?' and other questions about Venezuela's recall process

September 13, 2016
Commentary: 'What do you mean 20 percent?' and other questions about Venezuela's recall process The current political and economic turmoil in Venezuela has prompted those who oppose the government to pursue a recall referendum process. A recall referendum is the use of a popular vote to remove a public official before the end of his or her term. The process typically requires...

Venezuelan state oil company at risk of defaulting without US payment processor

September 8, 2016
Venezuelan state oil company at risk of defaulting without US payment processor HOUSTON, USA -- US-based Citibank has notified Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) that it is going to stop processing payments on its bonds, which could cause the Venezuelan state-owned oil company big problems. “Losing the main party responsible for paying the debt would...

Press freedom organisation calls for release of arrested Venezuelan journalist

September 8, 2016
Press freedom organisation calls for release of arrested Venezuelan journalist MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has called for the release from detention of Venezuelan journalist Braulio Jatar, director of the portal Reporte Confidencial (Confidential Report), on Margarita Island and it joined a request to the authorities that his safety...

Tensions rise as Venezuela opposition marches on Caracas

September 3, 2016
Tensions rise as Venezuela opposition marches on Caracas CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's opposition took to the streets of the capital Caracas on Thursday, generating significant buzz on social media, where independent and citizen reporters covered the event. The protest was days in the making, as native community groups from Amazonas...

Press organisations condemn repression of media freedom in Venezuela

September 3, 2016
Press organisations condemn repression of media freedom in Venezuela MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) have both condemned the Venezuelan government for repressing freedom of the press and expression after it had prevented the entry into the country of international journalists.

Venezuela detains television crew at airport, plans deportation

August 31, 2016
Venezuela detains television crew at airport, plans deportation CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan authorities detained a television crew from the Qatar-based news agency Al Jazeera at Maiquetia international airport outside Caracas and plan to expel them, a local journalists union said on Tuesday. The Al Jazeera workers, who had arrived...

Concern voiced over press freedom violations in Costa Rica, Honduras and Venezuela

August 29, 2016
Concern voiced over press freedom violations in Costa Rica, Honduras and Venezuela MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) said on Friday it views with concern a series of actions taken against media and journalists in Costa Rica, Honduras and Venezuela in recent weeks that it said impair press freedom in the Latin American region. In Costa Rica...

Commentary: Economic incentives vital for development of the Guiana Shield

August 25, 2016
Commentary: Economic incentives vital for development of the Guiana Shield The fourth international congress on the biodiversity of the Guiana Shield, sponsored by the International Biodiversity Society of the Guiana Shield (IBG) in conjunction with the Guyana government, was held during August 8-12 in Georgetown, Guyana. In his address to the forum on April 8...

Commentary: The campaign of intervention against Venezuela must end

August 24, 2016
Commentary: The campaign of intervention against Venezuela must end As Venezuela’s Vice Minister for North America and Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, I often urge my counterparts in the region to look beyond sensational headlines, in favor of a more realistic and nuanced perspective on my country.

Commentary: Uruguay continues to support Venezuela's Mercosur presidency despite Brazilian pressure

August 24, 2016
Commentary: Uruguay continues to support Venezuela's Mercosur presidency despite Brazilian pressure On August 15, Uruguayan media released congressional transcripts in which Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa accused Brazilian officials of attempting to “buy” the country’s opposition to Venezuela’s Mercosur presidency. The bribe included an invitation to accompany Brazil as a...

Venezuela official suggests the arrest of its citizens in Guyana was unlawful

August 20, 2016
Venezuela official suggests the arrest of its citizens in Guyana was unlawful CARACAS, Venezuela -- A Venezuelan government source with close ties to President Nicolás Maduro has suggested that the arrest of 14 Venezuelans in the Essequibo region by Guyanese officials may have been a breach of international norms since Venezuela views the area...

Letter: Time to stop visitors from Venezuela from entering the Caribbean without a treatment certificate

August 17, 2016
Letter: Time to stop visitors from Venezuela from entering the Caribbean without a treatment certificate In 2001, Venezuela was so affected by dengue that it trickled down through the Caribbean and the Americas, which reached a crescendo by 2014. Almost every citizen throughout the Caribbean suffered from the disease; it proved unstoppable. Dengue is still hampering Venezuela.

Venezuela turns to the 'Jesus Christ of economics' for salvation

August 13, 2016
Venezuela turns to the 'Jesus Christ of economics' for salvation CARACAS, Venezuela -- As Venezuela grapples with an economic and political meltdown, President Nicolas Maduro has turned for guidance to an obscure Marxist professor from Spain, who the president describes as 'the Jesus Christ of economics’. Officials in the ruling party told The Wall Street Journal...

Commentary: Politicization and Venezuela's presidential recall referendum timeline

August 13, 2016
Commentary: Politicization and Venezuela's presidential recall referendum timeline In recent months, the Venezuelan government has faced pressure from the US-backed opposition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), regarding the timeline of the petition for a proposed presidential recall referendum. MUD alleges that the petition process has been slowed down by...

Rights experts 'deeply disturbed' at erosion of media freedom in Venezuela

August 6, 2016
Rights experts 'deeply disturbed' at erosion of media freedom in Venezuela GENEVA, Switzerland -- The United Nations special rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, and the Inter-American special rapporteur on freedom of expression, Edison Lanza, have expressed concern at the eroding media freedom in Venezuela.

Brazil objects to Venezuela assuming Mercosur presidency

August 4, 2016
Brazil objects to Venezuela assuming Mercosur presidency CARACAS, Venezuela -- Brazil has objected to Venezuela taking over the rotating presidency of Mercosur, South America’s customs union. On Monday, Brazil’s foreign minister, José Serra, sent a letter to Mercosur members criticizing Uruguay’s decision to hand over the bloc’s leadership...

Jamaica to pay off PetroCaribe debt with food, medication and fertilizers

August 3, 2016
Jamaica to pay off PetroCaribe debt with food, medication and fertilizers KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica has announced it will pay off its PetroCaribe oil debts to Venezuela with food, medication, and fertilizers, instead of cash, at a time when Venezuela is suffering from acute shortages of basic products amid a major economic and political crisis, with few signs...

Two high-ranking Venezuelan officials indicted on drug trafficking charges in New York

August 3, 2016
Two high-ranking Venezuelan officials indicted on drug trafficking charges in New York NEW YORK, USA -- The US attorney’s office in Brooklyn unsealed indictments on Monday against two high-ranking Venezuelan officials for conspiring to smuggle cocaine into the US. General Néstor Reverol is the former head of Venezuela’s National Guard and its National Anti-Drug Office.

Venezuela now ranks below Afghanistan and Syria in citizen security perception

July 30, 2016
Venezuela now ranks below Afghanistan and Syria in citizen security perception WASHINGTON, USA -- As Venezuela edged closer to collapse in 2015, the country's score on Gallup's Law and Order Index -- its annual global gauge of people's sense of security -- dropped to a new record low of 35 out of 100. This score was not only the worst in the world last year, but it...

Castro admits slowdown of Cuban economy after Venezuela cuts oil supplies

July 30, 2016
Castro admits slowdown of Cuban economy after Venezuela cuts oil supplies HAVANA, Cuba -- Cuban President Raul Castro admitted in the National Assembly earlier this month that the deepening crisis in Venezuela is having repercussions on the Caribbean island’s economy as a result of a reduction in the supply of crude oil. He said Cuba’s economy grew just one percent...

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