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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...

ALBA countries hold extraordinary summit in Caracas in support of Venezuela

March 18, 2015
ALBA countries hold extraordinary summit in Caracas in support of Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela -- The member nations of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA) regional integration bloc held an extraordinary summit on Tuesday in Caracas in support of Venezuela amidst US sanctions. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne...

US military concerned over ISIS terrorists returning to Caribbean

March 14, 2015
US military concerned over ISIS terrorists returning to Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- A top US general has warned that Caribbean countries are unable to track nationals that could return from fighting for ISIS in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. The war in Syria has attracted roughly 100 foreign fighters from the Caribbean.

Venezuela under more financial pressure from arbitration awards

March 14, 2015
Venezuela under more financial pressure from arbitration awards CARACAS, Venezuela -- US glass maker Owens-Illinois said on Thursday it had been awarded over $455 million in a nationalization claim against Venezuela, the latest in a number of arbitration cases arising from massive state takeovers during the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez's rule.

Guyana optimistic boundary dispute with Venezuela can be resolved diplomatically

March 13, 2015
Guyana optimistic boundary dispute with Venezuela can be resolved diplomatically GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Head of the Presidential Secretariat in Guyana, Dr Roger Luncheon, in addressing the media at his weekly post-Cabinet press briefing, reiterated that Guyana and Venezuela have both sought specific mechanisms not to have the ongoing boundary dispute...

ALBA ambassadors in Cuba express support for Venezuela

March 13, 2015
ALBA ambassadors in Cuba express support for Venezuela HAVANA, Cuba -- The ambassadors of the member nations of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) accredited to Cuba, expressed on Tuesday in Havana their unconditional support for the government of Venezuela in its faceoff with the United States.

Commentary: US and Venezuela: Don't fan the flames, put out the fire

March 13, 2015
Commentary: US and Venezuela: Don't fan the flames, put out the fire US President Barack Obama’s Executive Order imposing sanctions on another seven officials of the Venezuelan government for alleged intimidation of political opponents was boilerplate. In other words, the language is the standard government-speak used when measures of this kind...

Cuba supports Venezuela against US sanctions

March 12, 2015
Cuba supports Venezuela against US sanctions HAVANA, Cuba -- The Cuban government has issued a statement in support of Venezuela following an executive order signed by US President Barack Obama describing the South American nation a threat to US national security. The Cuban statement said that the US order sounds difficult to believe.

Venezuela assures Grenada of continued support under PetroCaribe

March 12, 2015
Venezuela assures Grenada of continued support under PetroCaribe ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- Grenada need not fear that falling world oil prices will result in a threat to the PetroCaribe programme. In fact, the Venezuelan government has assured Grenada and other PetroCaribe member states that as long as it holds the reins of power, they will continue to benefit.

Letter: The US should sanction all the ALBA satellite states as well, not just Venezuela

March 12, 2015
Letter: The US should sanction all the ALBA satellite states as well, not just Venezuela We have been battling our Marxist leaders in the Caribbean for the last 15 years regarding getting into bed with the scum leadership in Venezuela. When Chavez came to SVG he gave a public speech from a platform in which he ranted and raved about the US and its president. Our leadership clapped...

US declares Venezuela national security threat, sanctions top officials

March 10, 2015
US declares Venezuela national security threat, sanctions top officials WASHINGTON, USA -- The United States on Monday declared Venezuela a national security threat and ordered sanctions against seven officials, whose actions, the White House said, undermined democratic processes or institutions, had committed acts of violence or abuse of human rights.

Commentary: Hugo Chavez passed away two years ago on March 6, 2013

March 9, 2015
Commentary: Hugo Chavez passed away two years ago on March 6, 2013 In October 1999, after only eight months in office, President Hugo Chavez made a state visit in Japan. I had the honor of meeting him at the Foreign Correspondence Club in Tokyo, where he gave a speech that remained engraved in my memory. In that speech he shared with the diplomatic corps...

Venezuela rejects accusation of hindering development of Guyana

March 6, 2015
Venezuela rejects accusation of hindering development of Guyana CARACAS, Venezuela -- The government of Venezuela said on Tuesday it considers unacceptable and unjust, a statement issued last weekend by the ministry of foreign affairs in Guyana, which claimed that Venezuela is hindering the development of Guyana and it’s people and that would be...

Letter: Who was responsible for the recognition of Aves (Bird) Rock Island as an island and not as a rock?

March 6, 2015
Letter: Who was responsible for the recognition of Aves (Bird) Rock Island as an island and not as a rock? I am researching and writing about how on the recognition of Aves [Bird] Rock Island as an island and not as a rock may well have cost CARICOM and OECS member states billions of US dollars. I believe there was no need to make such recognition and in doing so cede thousands of...

Letter: Venezuela has been well and truly fracked by the USA

March 5, 2015
Letter: Venezuela has been well and truly fracked by the USA Oil prices are down worldwide due to the Americans’ discovery and application of a process called fracking, and an oil pipeline from Canada. Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside. Water, sand and...

Guyana oil exploration revives Venezuela border dispute

March 3, 2015
Guyana oil exploration revives Venezuela border dispute GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The recent announcement that Exxon/Mobil’s Deepwater Champion oil exploration rig has departed from Louisiana to the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana, where it is expected to commence drilling in mid-March, has prompted an objection from Venezuela.

Dutch Antilles hardly affected by Venezuela situation, says Dutch minister

March 3, 2015
Dutch Antilles hardly affected by Venezuela situation, says Dutch minister WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The southern Caribbean parts of the Netherlands are hardly affected by the political situation in the neighbouring South American country of Venezuela, according to the Dutch Minister Bert Koenders in a letter to the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Dutch Parliament.

Letter: Scientific Socialism

March 2, 2015
Letter: Scientific Socialism I read with great interest the excellent letter in Caribbean News Now from Nigel X. Huggins entitled “The path to modern day scientific socialism in the Caribbean”. It is perfectly true that most of us are unaware of being led into a better life, myself included. Now Nigel has made us aware.

Letter: The path to modern day scientific socialism in the Caribbean

February 28, 2015
Letter: The path to modern day scientific socialism in the Caribbean Most Caribbeans are unaware that their governments are gradually leading them into a better life, a life of equality and better times. It’s only a socialist government that can take you there; it’s only a socialist government that can carry the flag on your behalf. Remarkable leaders like Ralph E. Gonsalves...

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