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Foreign journalists not welcome in Venezuela

March 23, 2017
Foreign journalists not welcome in Venezuela PARIS, France (RSF) -- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on President Nicolas Maduro’s government to stop blocking the international media’s reporting in Venezuela. In recent months, the obstruction has included expulsions, the seizure of material and equipment, and...

'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean

March 21, 2017
'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean NEW YORK, USA -- The fifth annual World Happiness Report, written by a group of independent experts under the aegis of the United Nations, was published on Monday, but the concept immortalised in song of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, often erroneously attributed to Bob Marley, seems to have...

In dealing with Venezuela, the OAS may encounter 'Comrade Trump'

March 17, 2017
In dealing with Venezuela, the OAS may encounter 'Comrade Trump' CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro has referred to his US counterpart as "Comrade Trump" and told his people to expect "surprises" in the relationship between the two countries, just as the Organisation of American States (OAS) secretary general Luis Almagro has...

OAS head calls for Venezuela to be suspended

March 16, 2017
OAS head calls for Venezuela to be suspended WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday called on members to suspend Venezuela from the hemispheric group, citing the country’s continued political crisis and failure to hold elections. In a new 73-page report, Luis Almagro...

IAPA condemns attacks on and intimidation of journalists in Colombia and Mexico, cyber attacks in Venezuela

March 15, 2017
IAPA condemns attacks on and intimidation of journalists in Colombia and Mexico, cyber attacks in Venezuela MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has condemned acts of aggression and intimidation against journalists in Colombia and Mexico, and online attacks on a Venezuelan independent portal, matters that will be taken up at the organization's midyear meeting to be held...

Venezuela donates 50 'petrocasas' to St Kitts-Nevis

March 14, 2017
Venezuela donates 50 'petrocasas' to St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Fifty “petrocasas” houses from Venezuela are being donated to St Kitts and Nevis by President Nicolás Maduro’s administration. Petrocasas are constructed from by-products of Venezuela’s oil refining industry. PVC panels are fitted together on a concrete base...

UN secretary-general appoints personal representative on border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela

March 2, 2017
UN secretary-general appoints personal representative on border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela NEW YORK, USA -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Dag Halvor Nylander of Norway as his personal representative on the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela. By the Geneva Agreement of 17 February 1966, Guyana and Venezuela...

Free expression under fire as Venezuela takes CNN en Espanol off the air

February 22, 2017
Free expression under fire as Venezuela takes CNN en Espanol off the air CARACAS, Venezuela -- The Venezuelan government and CNN's Spanish language service, CNN en Español, clashed for a final time on February 15, when state authorities issued an official order to remove the channel from cable and satellite TV stations. CNN says the order is a response to...

Venezuela takes over from Haiti as the poorest country in the hemisphere

February 20, 2017
Venezuela takes over from Haiti as the poorest country in the hemisphere PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- While Haiti has been regarded for many years as the poorest country in the hemisphere, Venezuela has now taken over this unenviable position. A national survey conducted in Venezuela in 2016 on the living conditions of Venezuelan households confirmed...

US sanctions Venezuelan vice president

February 15, 2017
US sanctions Venezuelan vice president WASHINGTON, USA -- The US government added newly appointed Venezuelan vice president Tareck El Aissami to its list of sanctioned individuals on Monday, saying he “played a significant role in international narcotics trafficking” and freezing his access to a fortune estimated at $3 billion.

Venezuela reported to have issued passports to people with ties to terrorism

February 10, 2017
Venezuela reported to have issued passports to people with ties to terrorism NEW YORK, USA -- Hard on the heels of an ongoing controversy over the issue of a diplomatic passport by the Dominica government to an Iranian national implicated in a multibillion dollar scheme to evade international sanctions against Iran, CNN has uncovered serious irregularities...

Commentary: Transparency vital in passport and residence programmes

February 10, 2017
Commentary: Transparency vital in passport and residence programmes The global US television company, Cable News Network (CNN), broadcast the first part of a programme on February 8, alleging the sale of Venezuelan passports to Iraqis and others through the country’s Embassy in Baghdad. The programme suggested that it is possible that terrorists might have...

Commentary: What happened to Venezuela?

February 3, 2017
Commentary: What happened to Venezuela? I'm sure that you've heard about the situation in Venezuela right now! It's in the middle of an economic crisis, there is almost no food on the shelves on the supermarkets, riots on the streets, a inflation estimated at 500% and around one new murder every 30 minutes. Venezuela was nominated...

Venezuela cannot now afford to export its oil

January 28, 2017
Venezuela cannot now afford to export its oil CARACAS, Venezuela -- More than four million barrels of Venezuelan crude oil and fuel exports are stuck in tankers in the Caribbean because Venezuela’s state-run oil firm Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) cannot afford to pay for cleaning dirty tankers and port inspections, Reuters reported.

Commentary: The many dangers to the region of Secretary Tillerson

January 28, 2017
Commentary: The many dangers to the region of Secretary Tillerson With the confirmation of former CEO of ExxonMobil Rex Tillerson to the office of secretary of state, the Trump administration is poised to relive the mistakes of the Reagan era foreign policy towards the Caribbean and Latin America in a way that may fundamentally destabilize the region for decades.

These Venezuelans have some ideas to share with Trump opponents

January 24, 2017
These Venezuelans have some ideas to share with Trump opponents CARACAS, Venezuela -- It's not the first time that Trump-Chavez comparisons have been made in citizen media -- people have already noted the ways in which both leaders rely on their personalities to push forward their political projects -- but now that the presidency of Donald J. Trump...

Obama renews designation of Cuba and Venezuela as national security threats

January 16, 2017
Obama renews designation of Cuba and Venezuela as national security threats WASHINGTON, USA -- The United States declared a national emergency to deal with perceived "threats" in Cuba and Venezuela on Friday, along with Iran, Libya, Ukraine, Zimbabwe and countries that Washington claims "support terrorism." The declarations effectively extend for another year...

Aruba and Curacao parliaments want the Netherlands to pay more attention to Venezuela

January 13, 2017
Aruba and Curacao parliaments want the Netherlands to pay more attention to Venezuela WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The parliaments of Aruba and Curacao would like to see more attention from the Netherlands to the relationship with the islands’ largest neighbour Venezuela. This was one of the topics that were discussed during the first day of the Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary...

Two men plead guilty to charges in connection with Venezuela bribery schemes

January 12, 2017
Two men plead guilty to charges in connection with Venezuela bribery schemes HOUSTON, USA -- A former general manager and partial owner of a Florida-based energy company and an owner of multiple Texas-based energy companies each pleaded guilty on Tuesday to foreign bribery charges for their roles in a scheme to corruptly secure contracts from Venezuela’s...

Islamic terrorists said to raise cash in Caribbean and Latin America to attack US

January 10, 2017
Islamic terrorists said to raise cash in Caribbean and Latin America to attack US MADRID, Spain -- According to a new report released by Spain’s defence ministry, some Latin American and Caribbean countries and islands are hotbeds of Islamic terrorism where groups like ISIS and Hezbollah operate freely and raise large sums of money to finance terrorist activities.

Press freedom organisation condemns tough censorship in Venezuela

January 2, 2017
Press freedom organisation condemns tough censorship in Venezuela MIAMI, Florida -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has expressed regret that the old year ended with the toughest censorship and restriction of the Venezuelan press following the announcement by the South American country's oldest newspaper, El Impulso, that in 2017...

OAS urges Venezuela government to respect rules of the National Assembly

December 29, 2016
OAS urges Venezuela government to respect rules of the National Assembly WASHINGTON, USA -- The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday urged the Venezuelan government, particularly the executive branch, to respect the National Assembly’s internal regulations to elect its board of directors, which is to take office on...

OAS calls for restoration of civil order in Venezuela

December 20, 2016
OAS calls for restoration of civil order in Venezuela WASHINGTON, USA -- The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Monday called for calm and the reestablishment of civil order in Venezuela amid serious incidents of public unrest in at least 12 states, with reports of demonstrations, disturbances and...

Venezuela foreign minister tries to crash Mercosur meeting

December 16, 2016
Venezuela foreign minister tries to crash Mercosur meeting BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez tried to gatecrash a Mercosur meeting in Buenos Aires on Wedneday. Rodriguez had not been invited to the meeting because Venezuela has been expelled from the regional trade bloc. Nevertheless, she turned up at...

Venezuela government seizes Christmas toys to distribute to poor

December 12, 2016
Venezuela government seizes Christmas toys to distribute to poor CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan authorities have arrested two toy company executives and seized almost four million toys, which they say they will distribute to the poor. Officials accused the company of hoarding toys and hiking prices in the run-up to Christmas, the BBC reported.

Opposition-minded Venezuelans have their say on the legacy of Cuba's Fidel Castro

December 12, 2016
Opposition-minded Venezuelans have their say on the legacy of Cuba's Fidel Castro CARACAS, Venezuela -- In the era of Castro-inspired homages, debates, farewells and even celebrations that are still going strong in the Americas, Venezuelans have also had their say on the Cuban communist icon's legacy. For Venezuelans, Fidel Castro and his Cuba loom large. To some...

Venezuela reportedly shipping arms to Hezbollah

December 10, 2016
Venezuela reportedly shipping arms to Hezbollah MIAMI, USA -- Iran and Syria are not the only nations sending missiles and rockets to Hezbollah in Lebanon, according to a reliable source in Panama, who has been monitoring similar shipments from Venezuela. Iran has been shipping arms, including Shabab 3 missiles, to Venezuela...

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