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Venezuela first lady's nephews confessed to drug scheme, say US prosecutors

July 25, 2016
Venezuela first lady's nephews confessed to drug scheme, say US prosecutors NEW YORK, USA -- According to documents filed by US prosecutors in a Manhattan federal court on Friday, two nephews of Venezuela's first lady, who face charges of conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, confessed to US agents after being arrested in Haiti in November.

Venezuela oil production hits 13-year low

July 16, 2016
Venezuela oil production hits 13-year low CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela’s oil production fell to a 13-year low last month, declining by 170,000 barrels per day (bpd) since the start of 2016 to 2.18 million barrels per day (mb/d) in June, according to the latest oil market report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Venezuela state oil company denies cutting exports to Cuba

July 15, 2016
Venezuela state oil company denies cutting exports to Cuba HAVANA, Cuba -- Officials with Venezuela's state-run oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), have rejected allegations that the firm has reduced crude oil exports to Cuba. "There has not been any issue or reduction with the supply of Venezuelan oil to Cuba. There is a technical...

Panama Papers law firm representative in Venezuela arrested

July 11, 2016
Panama Papers law firm representative in Venezuela arrested CARACAS, Venezuela -- Jannet Almeida, a local representative of the Panamanian law firm of Mossack Fonseca, which is at the center of the Panama Papers offshore scandal, has been arrested by Venezuelan authorities in Caracas. "The woman was in charge of seeking customers...

CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana

July 9, 2016
CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The 37th regular meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held in Georgetown, Guyana, on July 4 – 6, 2016, concluded on Wednesday. The prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, chaired the proceedings.

Venezuela slashes oil exports to Cuba

July 9, 2016
Venezuela slashes oil exports to Cuba CARACAS, Venezuela -- During the first half of this year, Venezuela's state-run oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has slashed its oil exports to Cuba, where some joint ventures and state-owned firms were recently ordered to reduce power usage as a result.

Miracle Mission surgery phase concludes in Antigua-Barbuda

July 7, 2016
Miracle Mission surgery phase concludes in Antigua-Barbuda ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- On June 30, 2016, the surgery phase of the Miracle Mission eye care project in Antigua and Barbuda concluded successfully. The third and last team of Venezuelan doctors closed the third week with 109 surgeries, for a total of 306 surgeries overall (cataracts and...

Commentary: The ongoing OAS Democratic Charter saga exposes deep hypocrisy

July 2, 2016
Commentary: The ongoing OAS Democratic Charter saga exposes deep hypocrisy A meeting of foreign ministers and ambassadors of the Organization of American States (OAS) convened last week to discuss the ongoing efforts of OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro to use the Inter-American Democratic Charter against the government of President...

Venezuela and Panama to launch Panama Papers inquiry

June 30, 2016
Venezuela and Panama to launch Panama Papers inquiry CARACAS, Venezuela (ICIJ) -- The attorney general of Venezuela has announced an unprecedented joint investigation with their Panamanian counterparts to probe individuals suspected of wrongdoing after their names surfaced in the Panama Papers. Luisa Ortega Díaz, Venezuela’s...

Letter: The PetroCaribe and PDVSA accounts

June 29, 2016
Letter: The PetroCaribe and PDVSA accounts Sorry, Eustace, you cannot have the PetroCaribe or PDVSA accounts because you have not sworn allegiance to the Chavez revolution. PetroCaribe is part of PDV Caribe, which is wholly owned by Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA). Most of us thought it was the other way around.

Top South American diplomats arrive in Suriname to meet President Bouterse

June 28, 2016
Top South American diplomats arrive in Suriname to meet President Bouterse PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Delcy Rodríguez, the foreign minister of Venezuela, and Ernesto Samper, the secretary general of UNASUR, arrived on Monday in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, where they will hold meetings with President Dési Bouterse, according to Venezuela...

Surgery phase of the Miracle Mission eye care begins in Antigua-Barbuda

June 24, 2016
Surgery phase of the Miracle Mission eye care begins in Antigua-Barbuda ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- On Sunday, June 19, 2016, the second week of the surgery phase began within the framework of the continuation of the Miracle Mission in Antigua and Barbuda. The second Venezuelan medical team comprised of ophthalmologists, anesthesiologists and internal...

Commentary: The OAS: Not a moment for pride

June 24, 2016
Commentary: The OAS: Not a moment for pride On June 23, the Permanent Council of the Organisation of American States (OAS) held a meeting called by the Secretary-General, Luis Almagro, under Article 20 of the Inter-Democratic Charter, to present a report on Venezuela to the 34-member body. Below is the statement I made at the meeting.

Another warning issued that Venezuelans will flee to Caribbean islands

June 21, 2016
Another warning issued that Venezuelans will flee to Caribbean islands WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The mayor of Chacao in Venezuela, Ramon Muchacho, this weekend issued another warning in local media of a Venezuelan exodus to neighbouring Caribbean islands and Colombia. This may well be the case, especially for the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and...

US businessman pleads guilty to charges in Venezuela bribery scheme

June 20, 2016
US businessman pleads guilty to charges in Venezuela bribery scheme HOUSTON, USA -- The owner of multiple US-based energy companies pleaded guilty on Thursday to foreign bribery and tax charges for his role in a scheme to corruptly secure energy contracts from Venezuela’s state-owned and state-controlled energy company, Petroleos de Venezuela.

Commentary: The Venezuelan crisis: Offers of help from neighbours

June 18, 2016
Commentary: The Venezuelan crisis: Offers of help from neighbours Much has already been written about the political, economic, financial and social crisis engulfing Venezuela. Despite having one of the world’s largest oil reserves, the country has been in crisis since the onset of the decline in oil prices on the world market. The most pressing impact...

Venezuela refutes blame for food shortage and clarifies recall referendum

June 16, 2016
Venezuela refutes blame for food shortage and clarifies recall referendum KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- In two press statements issued by the Venezuelan embassy in St Vincent and the Grenadines, the embassy refuted a report that a Venezuela state governor had blamed Aruba and Curacao for food shortages and also stated what it described as “truths about...

Health in Venezuela remains in the hands of its citizens

June 16, 2016
Health in Venezuela remains in the hands of its citizens CARACAS, Venezuela -- The health crisis in Venezuela has been thoroughly raked over by international media and is one of the most turbulent debates taking place inside the South American country at present. The Pharmaceutical Federation of Venezuela estimates that the medication...

Commentary: Venezuela: A perfect storm of disaster that shouldn't have happened

June 16, 2016
Commentary: Venezuela: A perfect storm of disaster that shouldn't have happened Keen observers saw it coming. Intelligence projected it would happen and others were in denial. It doesn’t matter now. The odds are perhaps the perfect storm of disaster was allowed to happen for copious reasons. Beyond the conceived theories, I think it boils down to gross economic...

Venezuela state governor blames Aruba and Curacao for food shortages

June 14, 2016
Venezuela state governor blames Aruba and Curacao for food shortages WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Jose Gregorio Vielma Mora, a former general who is now the governor of the Venezuelan state of Tachira, has accused Curacao and Aruba of contributing to the shortage of food in Venezuela. According to the retired general, tons of illegal products...

Venezuela and Aruba finalise agreement to re-open refinery

June 13, 2016
Venezuela and Aruba finalise agreement to re-open refinery CARACAS, Venezuela -- Authorities from the governments of Aruba and Venezuela, and officials from Petróleos de Venezuela, SA (PDVSA) and CITGO Aruba, gathered in Caracas on Friday to witness the execution of a commercial agreement between CITGO Aruba and the Aruban government...

Power outages limit basic communication in Venezuela

June 11, 2016
Power outages limit basic communication in Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela -- Can electrical shortages be seen as a form of censorship? Without electricity, communications via citizen media -- a process by which citizens participate and influence their communities -- cannot go very far. In the midst of the economic, social and political crises...

Letter: Destabilization in Venezuela: Battling opposition induced violence against Chavism

June 10, 2016
Letter: Destabilization in Venezuela:  Battling opposition induced violence against Chavism With the passing of Hugo Chavez in 2013, his successor Nicolas Maduro had been well prepared for the battle ahead. Right wing opposition forces who were battling with Chavez for power during his rule, once more posed a severe threat along with external forces, and...

Commentary: Demise of the OAS

June 8, 2016
Commentary: Demise of the OAS “The fact is that we need not only a new human rights system, but a new inter-American system. We must understand that the Americas to the north and to the south of the Rio Grande are different, and we must communicate as blocs. The Organization of American States, the OAS...

Keys to understanding the political and economic crisis in Venezuela

June 7, 2016
Keys to understanding the political and economic crisis in Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela -- The crisis and the polarization that have put Venezuela in the international media spotlight are often beyond the comprehension of those watching the situation unfold, whether from up close or from afar. For Venezuelans, the rise of Chavism as the so-called socialism...

OAS secretary general: A courageous voice on Venezuela or 'part of the imperial scum'?

June 4, 2016
OAS secretary general: A courageous voice on Venezuela or 'part of the imperial scum'? WASHINGTON, USA -- As Venezuela plunges further into economic chaos and a humanitarian crisis, battle lines are being drawn in Washington over the recent actions by Organisation of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro in invoking Article 20 of the Inter-American...

Journalists attacked during Venezuela street protests

June 4, 2016
Journalists attacked during Venezuela street protests CARACAS, Venezuela -- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the many attacks on journalists during major street protests on Thursday in Caracas against food shortages and Venezuela’s deepening economic crisis. At least 19 were attacked by police, members of the...

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