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Press association rejects Venezuelan government accusations

August 31, 2015
Press association rejects Venezuelan government accusations MIAMI, Florida -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) on Friday responded to Venezuela’s foreign minister who accused the press of inciting hatred and distortion in covering the Venezuela-Colombia border conflict, declaring that “his government, a permanent aggressor of freedom of expression...

Letter: Introducing Eva Golinger

August 31, 2015
Letter: Introducing Eva Golinger On August 27, 2015, a commentary appeared in Caribbean News Now from one Eva Golinger, who may not be known to many Caribbean readers. However, she is extremely well-known in Venezuela, where Chavez gave her the title “Venezuela’s Girlfriend”. Born in Virginia, USA, in 1973, she is now...

Colombia and Venezuela called on to resolve border situation through dialogue

August 29, 2015
Colombia and Venezuela called on to resolve border situation through dialogue GENEVA, Switzerland -- Concerned over the situation at the border between Colombia and Venezuela, particularly reports of human rights violations occurring in the context of deportations of Colombians, the United Nations human rights office on Friday called on the authorities in both countries to ensure the...

Commentary: The secret agenda behind the Venezuela-Guyana conflict

August 27, 2015
Commentary: The secret agenda behind the Venezuela-Guyana conflict It all began in 1835 when the British Empire sent a German-born naturalist and explorer to conduct geographical research in the South American territory it had colonized and named British Guiana. In the course of his explorations, a map was drawn that well-exceeded the original western boundary.

Curacao considering measures to keep unwanted Venezuelans out, following Aruba's lead

August 25, 2015
Curacao considering measures to keep unwanted Venezuelans out, following Aruba's lead WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Authorities in Aruba have taken measures, which they call “indirect visa” to keep the unwanted Venezuelans out. The Aruban government has identified four categories of Venezuelan tourists. Number one is the “prudent tourist” that visits the island for five to seven days and...

Letter: The Venezuelan regime is still the same despotic regime today as it was yesterday

August 25, 2015
Letter: The Venezuelan regime is still the same despotic regime today as it was yesterday Since I last wrote about Venezuela it has got many time worse there. The people are starving and there is virtually nothing in the shops and supermarkets. The main occupation of the youth is currently mugging not just old ladies, but anyone who dares to step out of their homes. Yet our nasty leaders...

Commentary: Opposition coalition's murky future in Venezuelan politics

August 19, 2015
Commentary: Opposition coalition's murky future in Venezuelan politics Henrique Capriles Radonski, opposition politician and governor of Venezuela’s Miranda state, disclosed a pressing reality of Venezuelan politics in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El País on June 13. When asked if the Venezuelan opposition is unified, Capriles, two-time presidential candidate...

Commentary: Guyana-Venezuela: The 'controversy' over the arbitral award of 1899

August 17, 2015
Commentary: Guyana-Venezuela: The 'controversy' over the arbitral award of 1899 Every so often, sections of the local and foreign media propagate the erroneous idea of an existing territorial “dispute” between Venezuela and Guyana over the Essequibo region. They write and report about the “disputed” Essequibo territory, conveniently ignoring the fact that the territory was firmly...

St Lucia, Venezuela deepen ties

August 14, 2015
St Lucia, Venezuela deepen ties CASTRIES, St Lucia -- On August 7, a delegation from Venezuela, led by Venezuela’s minister for external affairs, Delcy Rodriguez, arrived in Saint Lucia. The visiting Venezuelan minister met Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony and minister for external affairs Alva Baptiste. The Venezuelan delegation is...

Commentary: Chavez Chavismo: More Robbing Hoodlum than Robin Hood

August 14, 2015
Commentary: Chavez Chavismo: More Robbing Hoodlum than Robin Hood My socialist affinities are such that I used to be a big fan of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. But it did not take long before I began denouncing him as just another tin-pot dictator who was betraying the very socialist causes he championed. Here is an illustrative excerpt from “Bolivia’s Woes Expose...

Venezuelan visitors to Curacao don't want to leave

August 11, 2015
Venezuelan visitors to Curacao don't want to leave WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to the minister of justice, Nelson Navarro, he has observed that there is an increase in the number of Venezuelans who come to Curacao on vacation, but are not traveling back to their country. The minister stressed, however, that there is currently no increase in the...

CARICOM chair reiterates Community support of Guyana's territorial, maritime integrity

August 10, 2015
CARICOM chair reiterates Community support of Guyana's territorial, maritime integrity BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Current chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, on Friday met with Jorge Arreaza, vice president Venezuela, who was in Barbados as part of a regional tour to discuss Venezuela’s territorial and maritime claims.

Guyana clarifies position on talks with Venezuela

August 10, 2015
Guyana clarifies position on talks with Venezuela GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Following local and regional media reports claiming that the president of Guyana, David Granger has changed his mind about meeting with and holding discussions concerning to the border controversy with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, the government said...

IAPA tells US Congress of press freedom deterioration in the region

July 31, 2015
IAPA tells US Congress of press freedom deterioration in the region WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA), in a hearing of the US Congress’s House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, said that the increase in direct and indirect censorship and physical attacks on journalists have caused deterioration in...

Commentary: Guyana and Venezuela - peace under law

July 31, 2015
Commentary: Guyana and Venezuela - peace under law A search of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s statements posted on his official website shows no mention of anything he said after a meeting last week with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro about the Guyana-Venezuela controversy. But, according to President Maduro...

Letter: Russia invades St Vincent with stealth and dynasty collaboration between 2002 and 2015

July 30, 2015
Letter: Russia invades St Vincent with stealth and dynasty collaboration between 2002 and 2015 The two main players in the 1979 Grenada revolution was Russia and Cuba. They introduced the rest of the world’s scum like Iran, North Korea, the East European communist countries of that time, Vietnam and just about every communist country the world could offer, as a backing to Maurice Bishop.

Experts denounce televised reprisals against human rights defenders in Venezuela

July 25, 2015
Experts denounce televised reprisals against human rights defenders in Venezuela NEW YORK, USA -- A group of UN and Inter-American rights experts has underscored their condemnation at attempts by Venezuela’s state-controlled television to discredit and intimidate rights activists in retaliation for their activities in Venezuela and cooperation with United Nations and regional human rights...

Analysis: Will Guyana be Curacao's new best friend?

July 25, 2015
Analysis: Will Guyana be Curacao's new best friend? Earlier this year, after hints of the possibility of new oil and gas pockets hit Venezuela elite executives in ALBA and MERCUSUR, a strategic move was made to capture much of the potentially oil producing area; in order to take advantage of smaller countries’ ignorance of the true worth of the natural resources within...

Commentary: A non-violent conflict: The Venezuela-Guyana dispute

July 23, 2015
Commentary: A non-violent conflict: The Venezuela-Guyana dispute An old territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana has flared up once again as the Guyanese government contracted ExxonMobil to look for offshore oil in an area that Caracas claims as its own. While it is unlikely that this particular instance will escalate into an armed conflict, these tensions highlight...

Letter: The dangers of allowing country leaders to practice nepotism

July 21, 2015
Letter: The dangers of allowing country leaders to practice nepotism When PM Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines started to involve his family into Vincentian politics, I must admit it worried me considerably, still does.  He has made his cousin Julian Francis year after year a senator on behalf of the Unity Labour Party [ULP] government, also made him...

Commentary: Venezuelan opposition MPs propose legislation to create an Essequibo state

July 18, 2015
Commentary: Venezuelan opposition MPs propose legislation to create an Essequibo state In a new twist to the Venezuelan renewed vociferous and heated claim to Guyana’s western Essequibo territory, eight opposition members of the Venezuelan National Assembly have presented a special bill for the creation of a new Essequibo “state”. The legislators, Andres Velasquez, Freddy Marcano...

Puerto Rico authorities seize endangered fish bladders smuggled from Venezuela

July 16, 2015
Puerto Rico authorities seize endangered fish bladders smuggled from Venezuela AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field operations officers in Puerto Rico seized 1,328 pounds (602 kilos) of totoaba fish bladders inside nine courier parcels delivered from Venezuela, destined to Hong Kong. During a routine inspection of parcels at the Rafael...

Guyana coalition member criticises CARICOM on Venezuela statement

July 13, 2015
Guyana coalition member criticises CARICOM on Venezuela statement GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Working People’s Alliance (WPA), a member of the ruling coalition, has criticised the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) over the statement on the recently escalated maritime border between Guyana and Venezuela issued following the recent CARICOM heads...

Venezuelan currency falls to 611 to one US dollar on black market

July 13, 2015
Venezuelan currency falls to 611 to one US dollar on black market CARACAS, Venezuela -- The unofficial black market exchange rate for the Venezuelan Bolivar stands at 611.25 to one dollar (US$), compared to the lowest official rate of 6.3 and which reflects what many believe is the upcoming collapse of the Venezuelan economy. In a nation where obtaining dollars...

Letter: Bishop Tutu is definitely not a scumbag and neither is Kamla Persad-Bissessar

July 10, 2015
Letter: Bishop Tutu is definitely not a scumbag and neither is Kamla Persad-Bissessar Prime Minister Gonsalves, leader of the Gonsalves dynasty family government group, owners of the ULP and the plantation known as St Vincent, has aligned our pretty adorable little country with a country what can only be described as a nation of political scumbags. We have all heard the saying that...

International agencies alleged to be infiltrating Venezuela from Guyana

July 8, 2015
International agencies alleged to be infiltrating Venezuela from Guyana CARACAS, Venezuela -- Journalist José Vicente Rangel claimed on Monday that “international intelligence agencies are carrying out infiltration activities” from Guyana into Venezuela. Based on allegedly confidential information, he claimed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States...

Trinidad pledges support to Guyana in territorial dispute with Venezuela

July 4, 2015
Trinidad pledges support to Guyana in territorial dispute with Venezuela BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (GINA) -- Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar says her country is in full support of Guyana as it relates to the recent decree made by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro over most of Guyana’s exclusive economic zone.

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