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New Guyana president seeks to strengthen bilateral ties

May 20, 2015
New Guyana president seeks to strengthen bilateral ties GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- High on the agenda of Guyana’s newly-elected President David Granger and his soon-to-be-sworn in administration will be to accelerate infrastructural and economic developments with CARICOM and Guyana’s other immediate neighbours.

Travel ban is now part of Venezuela's harassment of independent media

May 20, 2015
Travel ban is now part of Venezuela's harassment of independent media PARIS, France -- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the increased pressure that the Venezuelan authorities are putting on the country’s few independent news media by using their control of the judicial apparatus and access to resources. On 5 May, Judge Maria Eugenia Núñez...

Letter: Venezuela gives away PetroCaribe funds whilst its people prostitute themselves

May 20, 2015
Letter: Venezuela gives away PetroCaribe funds whilst its people prostitute themselves Venezuela’s president currently has only a 20% approval rating. Yes, they have built some houses and apartments for the poor, but that is only a vote catcher. Perhaps without the social housing project the president’s approval rating would only be at 5%. In 2012, the US dollar was selling on the streets...

Letter: If you think we should support Cuba and Venezuela - the 'CubVen Empire' - watch this video

May 5, 2015
Letter: If you think we should support Cuba and Venezuela - the 'CubVen Empire' - watch this video This is so important that everyone in the Caribbean should view the video embedded above. This is the confirmation of what I have told you about Venezuela. The stories I have told you about my being there and witnessing the slaughter of Venezuelan students by Cuban special forces in civilian attire.

Press association condemns charges filed against Venezuelan media

April 25, 2015
Press association condemns charges filed against Venezuelan media MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) on Thursday condemned civil and criminal charges filed by the speaker of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, against several Venezuelan media for reproducing information published by a Spanish media outlet.

Avior Airlines inaugurates flights from Valencia and Maracaibo in Venezuela to Curacao

April 20, 2015
Avior Airlines inaugurates flights from Valencia and Maracaibo in Venezuela to Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuelan carrier Avior Airlines on Friday started operating flights twice a week between Valencia and Curacao and on the same day between Maracaibo and Curacao. Avior has been flying to Curacao since 2006 with flights from Caracas, Venezuela. This will be an expansion...

US fraud reveals Chavez-connected Caribbean money trail

April 18, 2015
US fraud reveals Chavez-connected Caribbean money trail STAMFORD, USA -- The collapse in early 2011 of what prosecutors described as Connecticut’s largest ever Ponzi scheme and subsequent criminal and civil court proceedings have revealed a money trail of ill-gotten gains stretching from one end of the Caribbean to the other.

Commentary: Orphans of Obama's legacy?

April 17, 2015
Commentary: Orphans of Obama's legacy? Undoubtedly both Presidents Raul Castro of Cuba and Barack Obama warrant credit for breaking the 54-year old barrier to the establishment of diplomatic relations between their two countries. But, President Obama deserves greater praise because he took greater risks and bucked strong...

Dutch company signs contract with Venezuela to install gas production platforms near Aruba and Curacao

April 15, 2015
Dutch company signs contract with Venezuela to install gas production platforms near Aruba and Curacao CARACAS, Venezuela -- Seaway Heavy Lifting has entered into a contract with Cardon IV in Venezuela for transportation and installation of the Perla project gas production platforms complete with tie-in of the subsea infrastructure. The Perla development consists of three gas production platforms.

Barbados PM calls for dialogue between Venezuela and US

April 14, 2015
Barbados PM calls for dialogue between Venezuela and US PANAMA CITY, Panama (BGIS) -- Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart believes that there must be frank and honest dialogue between Venezuela and the United States. While addressing the Seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama on Saturday, Stuart said: “Dialogue between Cuba and...

Open letter to the heads of state and government at the Summit of the Americas

April 11, 2015
Amnesty International welcomes the holding of the VII Summit of the Americas as a regional forum to promote dialogue between the governments of the American continent. The organization believes that prioritizing the protection and promotion of human rights of all people...

St Kitts-Nevis position on US-Venezuela dispute not influenced by $16m grant, says PM

April 10, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis position on US-Venezuela dispute not influenced by $16m grant, says PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis’ position on the dispute between the United States and Venezuela is not being influenced by Venezuelan assistance to the Federation. That position has been articulated by Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, who is among Caribbean Community...

Commentary: Guyana wants judicial settlement of border issue with Venezuela

April 10, 2015
Commentary: Guyana wants judicial settlement of border issue with Venezuela On March 3, the Guyana government announced its intention to opt out of the United Nations Good Offices process – a mechanism anticipated to assist in resolving the renewed claim that Venezuela had made on a portion of the Essequibo region of Guyana.  In explaining the country’s decision...

Venezuela dismisses reported PetroCaribe cutback

April 1, 2015
Venezuela dismisses reported PetroCaribe cutback BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Venezuela has dismissed a Miami Herald report that suggests the country has drastically reduced its shipments of oil to PetroCaribe member nations, which include several in the Caribbean. The publication, quoting a Barclays Bank report...

Mature regional response to US-Venezuela dispute praised

March 30, 2015
Mature regional response to US-Venezuela dispute praised RANDOLPH, USA -- A town councilor for Randolph in Massachusetts has commended the reasonable approach taken by the newly elected prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis Dr Timothy Harris to the ongoing dispute between the United States and Venezuela.

Curacao PM 'unhappy' with Venezuelan consul

March 30, 2015
Curacao PM 'unhappy' with Venezuelan consul WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao Prime Minister Ivar Ajes did not have much to say about his recent conversation with the Venezuelan consul Marisol Gutierrez de Almeida. “It’s delicate. A discussion of this diplomatic level. I cannot say much about it. Except that the government is unhappy with...

CEO and managing director of Wall St firm sentenced for Venezuela bribery scheme

March 30, 2015
CEO and managing director of Wall St firm sentenced for Venezuela bribery scheme NEW YORK, USA -- The former chief executive officer and former managing director of a US broker-dealer (the Broker-Dealer), were sentenced to prison on Friday for their roles in a scheme to pay bribes to a senior official in Venezuela’s state economic development bank, Banco de Desarrollo...

Letter: Isn't it time to control our Caribbean media?

March 28, 2015
Letter: Isn't it time to control our Caribbean media? For the last few years the comrades who have bravely taken us into the midst of the Caribbean social revolution ‘ALBA’ have worked diligently to try and get some semblance of control over the media. There has been a continual onslaught against them which has almost certainly damaged the...

Letter: Arley Gill on Venezuela

March 25, 2015
Letter: Arley Gill on Venezuela Arley Gill's quite balanced article on US foreign policy rightly asserted that the timing of Obama's announcement that Venezuela under its present regime constitutes a threat to the security of the US could hardly be more clumsy, in view of currently improving relations between the US and Cuba.

Venezuelan consul went too far, says Curacao politician

March 24, 2015
Venezuelan consul went too far, says Curacao politician WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Alex Rosaria, leader of the coalition party PAIS, said in an official party statement that the Venezuelan consul has gone over the line with her appeal to the people of Curacao to sign a petition against US President Barack Obama. The consul was responding to...

Commentary: At the heart of US-Venezuela relations

March 24, 2015
Commentary: At the heart of US-Venezuela relations In response to the suggestion that the United States has a definite foreign policy strategy in the Middle East, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson – who was Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, the then US Secretary of State who also served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – had this to say...

OECS weighs in on increasing tension between US and Venezuela

March 21, 2015
OECS weighs in on increasing tension between US and Venezuela CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) said on Friday that it has noted “with grave concern” the increasing tension in the relations between the United States and Venezuela. “The OECS cherishes the principles of democracy and the rule of law, and...

Dutch government issues travel warning for Venezuela

March 21, 2015
Dutch government issues travel warning for Venezuela THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The ministry of foreign affairs in the Netherlands has issued a travel warning for Venezuela.  It is important to know that travel tickets are hard to get in Venezuela. This is especially true for domestic flights and flights to Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire, the ministry said.

Commentary: The View from Europe: The Summit of the Americas and Venezuela

March 21, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: The Summit of the Americas and Venezuela In a few weeks time President Obama will make a one day visit to Jamaica. There, in addition to a number of relatively brief national encounters, he will meet with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government. This summit is a belated follow up to a promise the US president made in April 2009.

Dominica PM should stay out of US-Venezuela dispute, says opposition

March 20, 2015
Dominica PM should stay out of US-Venezuela dispute, says opposition ROSEAU, Dominica -- The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has told Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit that Dominica has no issue with the United States, where thousands of Dominican-born individuals have been able to earn a living, make their homes and support their relatives and friends.

ALBA nations urge US president to repeal executive order against Venezuela

March 19, 2015
ALBA nations urge US president to repeal executive order against Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela (ACN) -- The member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA) have asked the United States and President Barack Obama to repeal the executive order issued against Venezuela, describing it as a threat to sovereignty.

Letter: The ALBA ambassadors in Cuba made an admission of revolution in the Caribbean

March 19, 2015
Letter: The ALBA ambassadors in Cuba made an admission of revolution in the Caribbean The latest news coming from Havana, Cuba, came as no surprise to me. What did surprise me was the sudden admission that ALBA is a revolutionary organization, just like the Venezuelan government. A bunch of ALBA member ambassadors who are located in Cuba said...

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