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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...

Commentary: Trump threatens Venezuela's dying economy with economic sanctions

July 21, 2017
Commentary: Trump threatens Venezuela's dying economy with economic sanctions Venezuela has been on a political and economic descent into the heart of darkness for years. I have bemoaned this unfolding tragedy in many commentaries, including most recently in “Venezuela’s Death Spiral of Recession, Protest, and Repression,” April 24, 2017. But it speaks volumes that...

The Venezuelan people's vote of rebellion

July 19, 2017
The Venezuelan people's vote of rebellion CARACAS, Venezuela -- After more than 100 consecutive days of popular protests, Venezuelan opposition and civil society groups organized a ‘plebiscite’, a popular referendum challenging the official Constitutional Assembly that President Nicolás Maduro has convened for July 30, 2017.

Commentary: If it happened in Venezuela, it can happen anywhere!

July 18, 2017
Commentary: If it happened in Venezuela, it can happen anywhere! Venezuela is failing as a nation state. The democratic institutions are frayed, the society has broken down and chaos is ensuing. What happened, you ask? A number of factors happened, but it all culminated when oil revenues took a dive amid the global price drop in oil that is down some 40-plus...

Invitation to CARICOM to mediate in Venezuela gets lost in mail

July 17, 2017
Invitation to CARICOM to mediate in Venezuela gets lost in mail ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- In a letter dated July 7, 2017, president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, formally extended an invitation for dialogue to the current Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chairman, prime minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell. However, the letter delivered to Grenada's ministry of...

Energy shortages in Cuba exacerbated by fall in Venezuela oil exports

July 17, 2017
Energy shortages in Cuba exacerbated by fall in Venezuela oil exports HAVANA, Cuba -- Venezuela's crude and fuel oil deliveries to Cuba fell almost 13 percent in the first half of this year, according to documents from state-run oil company PDVSA viewed by Reuters, threatening to exacerbate fuel and power shortages in the island. Since 2016, Cuba's government has...

Fears of Venezuelan migration crisis in Trinidad

July 13, 2017
Fears of Venezuelan migration crisis in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In the face of growing political unrest in Venezuela, a large number of Venezuelan immigrants living in Trinidad are concerned that the continued violence may spill-over into Trinidad and result in an immigration crisis. Approximately 15,000 Venezuelans are residing there and...

Commentary: Venezuelan minister urges: Know details of 1899 Award and Geneva Agreement

July 13, 2017
Commentary: Venezuelan minister urges: Know details of 1899 Award and Geneva Agreement As part of its activities to maintain its claim to Guyana’s Essequibo territory, the Venezuelan government has established an organization it calls the New Frontier of Peace Mission. A press release issued by the Venezuelan foreign ministry on June 2 announced that this organization held a seminar from...

Venezuelan opposition leader's release aided by Antigua-Barbuda

July 8, 2017
Venezuelan opposition leader's release aided by Antigua-Barbuda ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Friday’s surprise release of opposition leader Leopoldo López to house arrest by Venezuela’s Supreme Court of Justice was brought about in part by quiet diplomacy by Antigua and Barbuda officials, Prime Minister Gaston Browne revealed in a statement on Saturday.

Government paramilitaries attack Venezuela national assembly

July 7, 2017
Government paramilitaries attack Venezuela national assembly CARACAS, Venezuela -- During a special meeting held on Wednesday by Venezuela’s National Assembly to celebrate the 206th anniversary of the country's declaration of independence, groups of government paramilitaries, known as colectivos, armed with sticks and pipes, some brandishing knives...

Commentary: Venezuela divides CARICOM - Implications for Guyana

July 5, 2017
Commentary: Venezuela divides CARICOM - Implications for Guyana Venezuela divides the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and it was obvious at the recent Organisation of American States (OAS) meeting of foreign ministers in Mexico when at the last minute, according to diplomats present at the meeting, Suriname alleged that one sentence in the CARICOM.....

Letter: Gonsalves on Venezuela

July 4, 2017
Letter: Gonsalves on Venezuela Can anyone believe that Gonsalves said this? “We must resist the call to support intervention in Venezuela just because we are told that people are lining-up for food, or we may have to also justify and support similar action across the Caribbean, as people in all our territories also line-up for food at the...

Venezuela bans attorney general from leaving country; UN rights office voices concern

July 1, 2017
Venezuela bans attorney general from leaving country; UN rights office voices concern GENEVA, Switzerland -- Amid the ongoing violence in Venezuela, the United Nations human rights office on Friday expressed concern about a decision by the Supreme Court to revoke the appointment of the attorney general, freeze her assets and ban her from leaving the country.

Commentary: Canada's lamentable double standard towards Venezuela

June 30, 2017
Commentary: Canada's lamentable double standard towards Venezuela In Ottawa, on May 1, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke on the phone with Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, affirming a commitment to encourage dialogue between the government of Venezuela and the opposition, Mesa Unidad Democrática (MUD). Trudeau offered his support...

Stolen police helicopter used to attack government buildings in Venezuela

June 29, 2017
Stolen police helicopter used to attack government buildings in Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan authorities were hunting on Wednesday for a rogue police officer who attacked key government buildings using a stolen helicopter. Oscar Alberto Pérez, a police pilot named as the mastermind of the raid, fired shots at the Interior Ministry and dropped grenades on...

Little to celebrate on Day of the Journalist in Venezuela

June 28, 2017
Little to celebrate on Day of the Journalist in Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela (RSF) -- Political tensions continue to fuel growing violence against the media in Venezuela, which marked Day of the Journalist on Tuesday with little to celebrate after a dramatic decline in the environment for reporters since the start of the year. The figures are dizzying.

Letter: Response to David Commissiong's letter

June 28, 2017
Letter: Response to David Commissiong's letter In your issue of 27th June I read David Commissiong’s response to Ms Taglialatela, the US Ambassador’s plea to Caribbean leaders to support the oppressed people of Venezuela. The tone of his letter is suggestive of paroxysms of rage. He writes, “You must not believe that our people are so ignorant...

Letter: A response to the US ambassador's offensive article about Venezuela

June 27, 2017
Letter: A response to the US ambassador's offensive article about Venezuela After reading the article by Ms Linda Taglialatela (the United States ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean) that was published in several Barbadian and Eastern Caribbean newspapers on Tuesday 20th June 2017 under the headline "Support the Venezuelan People", it occurred to me that...

Tropical Storm Bret moves into southeastern Caribbean

June 21, 2017
Tropical Storm Bret moves into southeastern Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- After bringing gusty winds and torrential showers to Trinidad and passing to the south of Grenada on Monday night, Tropical Storm Bret moved into the southeastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday. Little change in strength is forecast, with a weakening trend expected to begin later Tuesday.

St Vincent PM calls for regional condemnation of US reversal of Cuba policy

June 21, 2017
St Vincent PM calls for regional condemnation of US reversal of Cuba policy VARADERO BEACH, Cuba -- St Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, has called on Caribbean governments and regional credit unions to loudly condemn US President Donald Trump’s reversal of recent positive advances in US-Cuba relations started by his...

Storm warnings issued for potential tropical cyclone

June 20, 2017
Storm warnings issued for potential tropical cyclone MIAMI, USA -- Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana including Isla de Margarita. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bonaire and Aruba. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami...

Commentary: Venezuela signals possible shift to dialogue

June 14, 2017
Commentary: Venezuela signals possible shift to dialogue Recent events in Venezuela have demonstrated a directional shift towards a more responsive dialogue in the embattled country’s search for a political consensus. Polling and statements made in response to President Maduro’s call for a national constituent assembly have shown support for peace.

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: A bumpy road to Cancun!

June 13, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: A bumpy road to Cancun! No Caribbean ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) put a middle finger up when it came to voting at the controversial May 31, 2017, Washington meeting of its members’ foreign affairs ministers, hastily summoned by the US and a few allies to discuss ‘The Situation in...

Rare CARICOM unity defeats anti-Venezuela declaration at OAS

June 2, 2017
Rare CARICOM unity defeats anti-Venezuela declaration at OAS WASHINGTON, USA -- In a rare display of regional unity, the 14 independent member states of the Caribbean Community (CARCOM) effectively blocked the adoption of a declaration by the Organisation of American States (OAS) criticising the Venezuelan government. Representatives of 33 out of the...

Commentary: ICJ adjudication of Guyana-Venezuela border issue draws nearer

June 1, 2017
Commentary: ICJ adjudication of Guyana-Venezuela border issue draws nearer On February 27 this year, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Dag Halvor Nylander of Norway as his personal representative to help find a solution to the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela. Nylander comes with the experience as ambassador...

Commentary: Deconstruction of democracy in Dominica: Labour Party's 'mission' to emulate Venezuela!

May 30, 2017
Commentary: Deconstruction of democracy in Dominica: Labour Party's 'mission' to emulate Venezuela! Thirty months ago, in a piece entitled 'Dominica: Rectifying the stride towards quasi-independence' evidence was presented to alert readers that the ruling Dominica Labour Party was on the path to deconstruction of democracy on the island. Factors that promoted and sustained this path were identified and...

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...

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