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Letter: Now the facts...

May 27, 2017
Letter: Now the facts... I cannot allow the lies and rubbish written by your columnist Bousquet to pass unchallenged. It is so often the case of extreme leftists spreading untruths, leaving who to challenge them? Unfortunately hardly anybody, which is where I come in. In his post of 25th May entitled, ‘Grenada must not...

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Grenada must not be repeated in Venezuela

May 25, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Grenada must not be repeated in Venezuela Like everyone else, heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) believe the ancient adage ‘once bitten, twice shy!’ Back in 1983, they largely supported the US invasion of Grenada in the name of a so-called ‘rescue mission’.

Open letter to Caribbean states regarding Venezuela

May 24, 2017
We, the former heads of state and government who have signed declarations of the Democratic Initiative of Spain and the Americas (IDEA-Democrática), respectfully address the Honourable Presidents and Prime Ministers of the Caribbean states, as well as...

Commentary: OAS compromised by its secretary-general

May 19, 2017
Commentary: OAS compromised by its secretary-general The Organisation of American States (OAS) has lost credibility as a multilateral institution capable of contributing to a resolution of the growing conflict in Venezuela.   There are two reasons for this.  The primary one is the hostile behaviour toward the Venezuelan government by the secretary-general.

Letter: Amazing

May 19, 2017
Letter: Amazing It's just amazing what the far left is choosing to believe about the situation in Venezuela, as exemplified by the latest article by St Lucian marxist Earl Bousquet.  When he writes about "Venezuela's friends hoping for the best" he means Maduro's friends!  Maduro does not own Venezuela and refuses...

Venezuelan media reports Trinidad oil spill has reached Margarita Island

May 17, 2017
Venezuelan media reports Trinidad oil spill has reached Margarita Island PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Venezuelan media and social networks have reported that oil from the April 23 Petrotrin oil spill in Trinidad has slicked beaches as far away as Margarita Island, where several beaches had to be closed.  At first Petrotrin claimed that 20 barrels of oil (3,179.75 litres)...

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Venezuela's friends hoping for the best, but fearing the worst

May 16, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Venezuela's friends hoping for the best, but fearing the worst Ahead of a secretive OAS foreign ministers meeting in Washington next week, Venezuela’s friends are hoping for the best, but fearing the worst! Some keen observers of Venezuelan politics today have described the current situation there as “The Cuban missile crisis in slow motion.” I cannot agree more.

Letter: Public warning for all seafarers!

May 10, 2017
Letter: Public warning for all seafarers! Large quantities of the heavy bunker fuel from the ruptured Petrotrin Tank Farm have washed ashore and become lodged in the mangroves and on the beaches of Guiria, Venezuela. The majority of the Petrotrin oil from the ruptured Tank 70 is still at sea and will continue to move in a clockwise...

Is this the end of the Fifth Republic in Venezuela?

May 9, 2017
Is this the end of the Fifth Republic in Venezuela? CARACAS, Venezuela -- After a month of continuous protests against President Nicolás Maduro's government, his announcement on May 1, 2017, calling for a “popular constitutional assembly” that would replace the country's current constitution -- approved in 1999 as the foundation stone of...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Venezuela's crisis raises wider regional issues

May 6, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Venezuela's crisis raises wider regional issues Last week, after months of growing street protests, detentions, escalating violence, at least 36 deaths, and shortages of almost all basic necessities, Venezuela's President, Nicolas Maduro, announced the creation of a constituent assembly with the ability to rewrite the country’s constitution.

Protests still spreading in Venezuela, despite political repression

May 4, 2017
Protests still spreading in Venezuela, despite political repression CARACAS, Venezuela -- Protests are still spreading across Venezuela, and the number of deaths is rising, as the crisis between the government and the opposition boils over. Both the Bolivarian National Guard and government-sponsored armed forces have been accused of attempted assassinations.

Commentary: The OAS and the crisis in Venezuela: Luis Almagro and his labyrinth

May 4, 2017
Commentary: The OAS and the crisis in Venezuela: Luis Almagro and his labyrinth In a shameful series of events that transpired this past April 3, a group of member countries decided on their own to convene the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) without authorization of the president of this body, Diego Pary, the representative of Bolivia to the OAS.

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Venezuela to 'Vexit' the OAS, but where does CARICOM stand?

May 3, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Venezuela to 'Vexit' the OAS, but where does CARICOM stand? The wider Caribbean finds itself slap dash in the middle of an unfolding situation that’s already tearing apart the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and possibly the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), even as it unfolds. The English-speaking part of the region is being separated over...

Grenada PM walks back foreign minister's 'inappropriate' comments on Venezuela

May 1, 2017
Grenada PM walks back foreign minister's 'inappropriate' comments on Venezuela ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell confirmed during a post cabinet news briefing on Thursday that foreign affairs minister Elvin Nimrod has admitted to inappropriate language during a recent public comment on Grenada’s relationship with Venezuela.

Vexit: Venezuela to quit OAS

April 28, 2017
Vexit: Venezuela to quit OAS WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the same day that a majority of member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved a resolution to convene a meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the region to consider the situation facing Venezuela, the South American country said...

Commentary: Venezuela's death spiral of recession, protest and repression

April 28, 2017
Commentary: Venezuela's death spiral of recession, protest and repression The democratic protests dominating life in Venezuela today are all too reminiscent of those that dominated life in Egypt six years ago. This is why nobody should hope for a political awakening to spring from the former, given what sprang from the latter. Specifically, far from harvesting the democratic freedoms...

Venezuela donates $500,000 to 'Comrade Trump'

April 22, 2017
Venezuela donates $500,000 to 'Comrade Trump' CARACAS, Venezuela -- One month after Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro referred to his US counterpart as "Comrade Trump" and told his people to expect "surprises" in the relationship between the two countries, on Tuesday, the Federal Electoral Commission reported that Citgo Petroleum...

UN urges all efforts be made to lower tensions in Venezuela

April 21, 2017
UN urges all efforts be made to lower tensions in Venezuela NEW YORK, USA -- The United Nations on Thursday expressed concern about the latest developments in Venezuela, calling on the government and the opposition to address the country’s challenges for the benefit of the people. “We call on the government of Venezuela and the opposition to engage...

For Venezuela's government, protesting is 'terrorism'

April 20, 2017
For Venezuela's government, protesting is 'terrorism' CARACAS, Venezuela -- Six protesters have died, President Maduro's government is accused of using torture on protesters to obtain false confessions of “terrorism,” and evidence of police abuse is circulating on social media. Despite the clampdown, the protests in Venezuela haven't stopped since...

Venezuela accuses Latin American neighbours of 'meddling'

April 19, 2017
Venezuela accuses Latin American neighbours of 'meddling' CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has criticised as "meddling" a joint statement by 11 Latin American countries calling on Venezuela's government to "guarantee the right to peaceful protest". In their joint statement, the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile...

Venezuela president makes surprise appearance at OECS meeting

April 15, 2017
Venezuela president makes surprise appearance at OECS meeting KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The sixty-fourth meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority, which resumed in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Wednesday, included a previously unscheduled appearance by Nicolas Maduro, president of Venezuela.

Press in Venezuela comes under renewed attack

April 14, 2017
Press in Venezuela comes under renewed attack MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) on Thursday expressed its strong condemnation of recent acts of violence against the press in Venezuela, which confirm the organization's repeated denunciations of the restriction of freedom of expression and of the press.

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Bountiful Benefits of Jean Baptiste Bideau's Bolivarian Bicentenary

April 13, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Bountiful Benefits of Jean Baptiste Bideau's Bolivarian Bicentenary Originally writing this column on the actual date of the bicentenary of the death of Saint Lucia-born Hero of Venezuela’s Independence Jean Baptiste Bideau, my mind raced back down Memory Lane to 2015, when I visited the place his bones remained buried where he died in battle.

Venezuela president arrives in Cuba for ALBA meeting

April 11, 2017
Venezuela president arrives in Cuba for ALBA meeting HAVANA, Cuba -- Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro arrived in Cuba’s capital Havana shortly after 9 pm on Sunday night to participate in Monday’s meeting of Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – Treaty of Trade of the Peoples (ALBA-TCP).

Situation in Venezuela could compel regional response, says US SOUTHCOM chief

April 10, 2017
Situation in Venezuela could compel regional response, says US SOUTHCOM chief WASHINGTON, USA -- The commander of US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Admiral Kurt Tidd, while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, as part of SOUTHCOM’s annual Posture Statement to Congress, noted that the deteriorating situation...

OAS secretary general calls on Venezuelan regime to halt repression immediately

April 8, 2017
OAS secretary general calls on Venezuelan regime to halt repression immediately WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, on Friday urged the government of Venezuela to halt the use of violence and other tools of repression against opposition demonstrators who are peacefully protesting in defense of democracy...

Commentary: OAS: a coup d'etat followed by a lynching?

April 7, 2017
Commentary: OAS: a coup d'etat followed by a lynching? “It was a coup d'état followed by a lynching”. That’s how an official of the Organisation of American States (OAS) described a meeting of the Permanent Council of the hemispheric body that was held on April 3 in the most unorthodox circumstances and at which 17 countries tore-up the rule book...

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