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PetroCaribe will continue, says Venezuela president

January 15, 2015
PetroCaribe will continue, says Venezuela president CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday that the PetroCaribe agreement will continue its path toward the consolidation and transformation of a great economic zone between the regional countries that are involved. “There are 20 states that...

Venezuela's credit rating downgraded; outlook stable

January 14, 2015
Venezuela's credit rating downgraded; outlook stable NEW YORK, USA -- Moody's Investors Service on Tuesday downgraded Venezuela's government bond ratings to Caa3 from Caa1 and changed the outlook to stable from negative.  According to Moody's, the key drivers of Monday’s rating actions are the following: 1) Default risk has increased substantially.

Commentary: Venezuelans addicted to cheap oil need price jolt

January 14, 2015
Commentary: Venezuelans addicted to cheap oil need price jolt The 48 percent plunge in oil price in the last five months has dramatically altered the fortunes of oil producing nations and oil-rich/dollar-poor Venezuela may have to confront yet another crisis.  Oil has been boon and curse to this resource-rich South American nation with 30 million people.

Attack on Venezuela newspaper brings condemnation

December 30, 2014
Attack on Venezuela newspaper brings condemnation MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) on Monday expressed outrage at a hand-grenade attack on a newspaper in Venezuela and called on the authorities of that country to act urgently to identify those responsible for this act of violence and bring them to justice.

Armed bandits rob 300 tourists on Venezuela beach

December 29, 2014
Armed bandits rob 300 tourists on Venezuela beach CARACAS, Venezuela -- Just days after Venezuela’s tourism minister announced a plan to attract more tourists to the country, a group of seven armed bandits robbed some 300 people relaxing on a Caribbean beach in eastern Venezuela. The attack took place on Friday at Arapito Isla Beach.

Commentary: The View from Europe: The price of oil and the Caribbean

December 27, 2014
Commentary: The View from Europe: The price of oil and the Caribbean Two days before Christmas, the Saudi oil minister, Ali al-Nami, made a statement that is likely to change geo-politics and the face of the world economy in 2015. Speaking to The Middle East Economic Survey, a specialist oil industry publication, the minister said that the Organisation of Oil Producing...

Bahamas is 11th most homicidal country in the world, says new report

December 20, 2014
Bahamas is 11th most homicidal country in the world, says new report NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas’ murder rate is among the top 15 in the world, according to the United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2014 Global Status Report on Violence Prevention. Based on the data compiled in the report, The Bahamas has the 11th highest homicide rate.

Commentary: ALBA Cuba summit ignores reality

December 17, 2014
Commentary: ALBA Cuba summit ignores reality The foreign policy gimmick known as ALBA, created by the late Hugo Chavez to bolster his international standing relative to the United States, held a summit in Cuba this week. Attendees, including Dominica’s prime minister, seemed to ignore the elephant in the room: A remaking of the world economic order.

Venezuela looks to tourism to shore up falling oil revenues

December 11, 2014
Venezuela looks to tourism to shore up falling oil revenues CARACAS, Venezuela -- With revenue from the world's largest reserves of crude oil plummeting along with the price of global oil, Venezuela is seeking to improve its image and promote its diverse natural attractions to make tourism a major source of revenue, tourism minister Andres Izarra said.

Press association condemns ruling by Venezuela's supreme court

December 10, 2014
Press association condemns ruling by Venezuela's supreme court MIAMI, Florida -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) on Tuesday condemned a court ruling in Venezuela that it said contravened constitutional principles on freedom of expression and transparency, and amounted to “judicial censorship contrary to the people’s right to information about matters of public interest.”

Venezuela cuts PetroCaribe oil shipments

December 8, 2014
Venezuela cuts PetroCaribe oil shipments CARACAS, Venezuela -- Shipments of cut-rate oil from Venezuela to Caribbean and Central American countries under the PetroCaribe programme were cut by about 20% through October compared with the same period last year, ClipperData, a New York data tracker, has reported.

Venezuela may sell PetroCaribe debt

December 5, 2014
Venezuela may sell PetroCaribe debt NEW YORK, USA -- According to a blog post by John-Paul Rathbone and Andres Schipani in the Financial Times, socialist Venezuela may sell out its Caribbean friends to capitalist Wall Street by securitizing debts owed under its $3.5 billion a year PetroCaribe subsidised oil program.

Venezuela to cut public spending as oil price continues to slide

December 1, 2014
Venezuela to cut public spending as oil price continues to slide CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced plans on Friday to cut public spending as the price of oil continued to fall after the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided on Thursday not to cut production in order to boost prices.

Death threats made against three journalists by Venezuela National Guard members

November 29, 2014
Death threats made against three journalists by Venezuela National Guard members PARIS, France -- Two newspaper photographers and a TV cameraman have received death threats from members of Venezuela’s Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) in charge of security at David Viloria Penitentiary (also known as Uribana prison) in the western state of Lara on 24 November.

Commentary: Venezuela in financial difficulty, will PetroCaribe survive?

November 28, 2014
Commentary: Venezuela in financial difficulty, will PetroCaribe survive? The government of Venezuela is undoubtedly disappointed with the outcome of the 166th meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) held in Vienna, Austria, on 27 November 2014.  Despite intense lobbying by Venezuela, the OPEC decided not to cut oil production.

Venezuela wants oil price back up to $100 a barrel

November 27, 2014
Venezuela wants oil price back up to $100 a barrel VIENNA, Austria -- Venezuela wants oil prices to return to $100 a barrel, the country’s foreign minister said on Tuesday, ahead of a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Speaking to reporters, Rafael Ramirez, who will represent Venezuela at the gathering on Thursday...

Four CARICOM countries cut back reliance on PetroCaribe

November 26, 2014
Four CARICOM countries cut back reliance on PetroCaribe MIAMI, USA -- At least four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member countries are taking steps to reduce their reliance on Venezuela’s PetroCaribe oil subsidy as crude prices plunge, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  The four countries are Guyana, Haiti, Belize and Jamaica.

IMF wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent

November 25, 2014
IMF wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is monitoring the potential impact of Venezuela's current economic stress on PetroCaribe, the country’s oil alliance with several Caribbean islands, and it also wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent.

No devaluation says Venezuela; investors vote with their feet

November 15, 2014
No devaluation says Venezuela; investors vote with their feet CARACAS, Venezuela -- The Venezuelan government confirmed this week that it will not devalue its currency or take any other measures to stop the country from sinking deeper into chaos. In the meantime, investors are abandoning Venezuela at a stunning rate. Over the past year, the country with the world’s...

First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit opens in Turkey

November 15, 2014
First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit opens in Turkey ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Under the theme “Building Our Traditions and Our Future,” the Office of the President of Religious Affairs of Turkey (Diyanet) is hosting the First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit in Istanbul, which began on Wednesday and ends on Saturday.

Letter: Is PetroCaribe about to fold and destroy the Caribbean as we know it?

November 10, 2014
Letter: Is PetroCaribe about to fold and destroy the Caribbean as we know it? In St Vincent and the Grenadines the initial tale the citizenship were led to believe was PetroCaribe would supply us with cheap petrol, diesel and cooking gas. I ask was that quite simply a downright straight up and down lie? I personally think it was a lie designed to make ignorant people believe that...

IMF calls for review of St Kitts-Nevis PetroCaribe agreement

November 5, 2014
IMF calls for review of St Kitts-Nevis PetroCaribe agreement BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis should review its PetroCaribe arrangement with Venezuela as it is not receiving the full benefits of the program, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). “I think in principle it was a very good idea because then...

Venezuela's economic problems likely to get worse

November 3, 2014
Venezuela's economic problems likely to get worse CARACAS, Venezuela -- With Goldman Sachs forecasting that US oil prices will drop by 10 percent next year from current levels, Venezuela's already dire economic straits seem likely to get worse before they get better. According to Paul Shortell, a Latin America analyst from the Inter-American Dialogue...

Letter: Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA)

October 28, 2014
Letter: Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) In response to the total rubbish by Larry Birns et al at COHA, a Marxist organisation in Washington DC, please read this comment from a Venezuelan: "What rubbish! Obviously the writers are not suffering from the shortages of such basics as soap... every kind of soap. When my two bars of blue soap...

Commentary: A seat on the UN Security Council for Venezuela; a setback for Washington

October 23, 2014
Commentary: A seat on the UN Security Council for Venezuela; a setback for Washington With 181 out of 193 of the United Nations representatives voting yes on Thursday, October 16, the Venezuelan government has gained not only a seat on the UN Security Council, but an affirmation of a leadership role in the Americas. As a result, there are now two strong features of Venezuelan...

ALBA summit on Ebola was a success, say leaders

October 22, 2014
ALBA summit on Ebola was a success, say leaders HAVANA, Cuba -- Presidents Evo Morales of Bolivia and Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela agreed on the success of a recent summit of the countries within the regional bloc known as Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of the Americas-Commercial Treaty of the Peoples (ALBA-TCP)...

Venezuela called on to release opposition leader, politicians

October 21, 2014
Venezuela called on to release opposition leader, politicians GENEVA, Switzerland -- Expressing serious concern at the detention of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, as well as more than 69 other people who were arrested in February during mass public protests that took place across the country, the United Nations human rights chief...

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