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Venezuela remains committed to PetroCaribe, says Maduro

May 24, 2016
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Despite facing severe economic challenges, the Venezuelan government has reiterated its commitment to maintaining its arrangements with the region under the PetroCaribe agreement. President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro...

Research confirms censorship of news platforms, currency websites in Venezuela

May 24, 2016
Research confirms censorship of news platforms, currency websites in Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela -- A recent study conducted by the Institute for Press and Society (IPYS) in Venezuela has confirmed that at least 43 different websites are being blocked in the country, shedding new light on the filtering practices of the Venezuelan government. The research focused...

Letter: Dominica's opposition proposal

May 23, 2016
Letter: Dominica's opposition proposal With regard to Dominica's opposition proposal that the Dominican government donate EC$1 million to Venezuela to help Venezuelans who are suffering from shortages of everything, I detect some politicking here. The opposition to Skerrit wishes to embarrass him by rubbing his nose...

Venezuela president asks to visit Trinidad on Monday

May 21, 2016
Venezuela president asks to visit Trinidad on Monday PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will pay a brief state visit to Trinidad and Tobago next Monday at his own request. Speaking at Thursday's post-Cabinet media briefing, Stuart Young, minister in the ministry of the attorney general...

Commentary: The View from Europe: The gap between rhetoric and reality

May 21, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: The gap between rhetoric and reality As each day passes, the internal situation in Venezuela deteriorates. Rumours of military coups and unstoppable violence swirl, street protests escalate, ordinary citizens suffer shortages of medicine, everyday foodstuffs, and almost everything else, while enduring rapidly escalating inflation.

Venezuela rejects 'interventionist statements' by OAS

May 20, 2016
Venezuela rejects 'interventionist statements' by OAS KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- In a statement released through the Venezuelan embassy in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Thursday, the country’s foreign minister Delcy Rodríguez rejected what were described as “interventionist statements” by OAS secretary general Luis Almagro.

Letter: As Venezuela eventually collapses

May 20, 2016
Letter: As Venezuela eventually collapses It’s time for the islands to repay Venezuela what they owe them. The nasty socialist [Marxist-Leninist] regime in Venezuela that started with Hugo Chavez has utterly destroyed the country. But they are blaming everyone but themselves. It’s the Americans, it’s the opposition party...

US officials warn of possible coup in Venezuela

May 18, 2016
US officials warn of possible coup in Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela -- According to US intelligence officials, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is at risk of being ousted by his own military, as the country experiences widespread unrest prompted by severe food shortages, daily power outages, triple-digit inflation and serious political tensions.

Caribbean islands warned as Venezuela collapses

May 17, 2016
Caribbean islands warned as Venezuela collapses CARACAS, Venezuela -- The mayor of Chacao in Venezuela’s capital Caracas has warned that Caribbean islands and Colombia may suffer an influx of refugees from Venezuela if food shortages continue in the country. Español Ramón Muchacho said that people have been reduced to...

Aruba reaches deal to lease and restart idled refinery

May 17, 2016
Aruba reaches deal to lease and restart idled refinery ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- The Citgo Petroleum refining unit of Venezuela’s state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has reached a deal to lease and restart an idled 235,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Aruba, the government of the Caribbean island said on Friday.

Aruba at heightened state of alert due to political situation in Venezuela

May 14, 2016
Aruba at heightened state of alert due to political situation in Venezuela WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to a report by the Aruban news site NoticiaCla.com in connection with the current political situation in Venezuela, where protests and civil unrest are a concern, the Aruba Police Force, together with other relevant authorities, has decided to raise...

Venezuelan government denies funding left-wing party in Spain through St Vincent bank

May 13, 2016
Venezuelan government denies funding left-wing party in Spain through St Vincent bank KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- In a statement on Thursday, the Venezuelan embassy in St Vincent and the Grenadines denounced as a forgery a payment order purporting to show that $272,325 had been transferred on March 11, 2014, to Euro Pacific Bank Limited in Kingstown, for the benefit of...

Payment from Venezuela through St Vincent bank raises questions

May 12, 2016
Payment from Venezuela through St Vincent bank raises questions KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- A Spanish media report that the Venezuela government has been secretly sending money to fund a left wing political party in Spain through an offshore bank based in St Vincent and the Grenadines has been denied by the bank in question but affirmed by the newspaper.

Editorial: Belize, Guyana and the Iron Lady

May 3, 2016
Editorial: Belize, Guyana and the Iron Lady Following the recent shooting incident on the Belize-Guatemala border and the subsequent buildup of Guatemalan troops in the area, Amandala (described as Belize’s leading newspaper) published a scathing editorial, highly critical of the perceived passivity of the government in Belmopan.

UNAIDS condemns killings and human rights violations against transgender people in the Caribbean

April 26, 2016
UNAIDS condemns killings and human rights violations against transgender people in the Caribbean KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has condemned killings and violations of human rights against transgender people reported in recent months by civil society and media in different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

BP ships US crude to Venezuelan terminal in Curacao

April 25, 2016
BP ships US crude to Venezuelan terminal in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- BP (formerly known as British Petroleum) has shipped a cargo of US crude oil to PDVSA’s terminal in Curacao, the third one that the firm has sent since winning a tender along with China Oil last month to provide the Venezuelan state-run oil company with...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Another blow for Venezuela

April 23, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: Another blow for Venezuela Last week in Doha, many of the world’s major producers of crude oil tried, but failed to agree to freeze production, in order to stabilise and eventually increase prices. It was an outcome that will have long term implications for the Americas and in particular Venezuela. The April 17 meeting...

Commentary: Washington Post reaches new low in calls for political intervention in Venezuela

April 21, 2016
Commentary: Washington Post reaches new low in calls for political intervention in Venezuela The Washington Post, in an op-ed issued last week by its Editorial Board, suggests that the remedy for the “accelerating spiral toward an economic and political crash” that now awaits Venezuela is “political intervention by its neighbors.” It recommends intervention by the Organization of...

Panama law firm worked for Venezuelan agent incarcerated in US prison

April 18, 2016
Panama law firm worked for Venezuelan agent incarcerated in US prison MIAMI, USA -- The press releases published by Panama law firm Mossack and Fonseca at the centre of the massive Panama Papers data leak, claiming that its customer identification procedure and compliance staff were conducting due diligence on all their clients, now appear to be a joke.

Colombian and Venezuelan smugglers detained in $32 million cocaine seizure

April 16, 2016
Colombian and Venezuelan smugglers detained in $32 million cocaine seizure SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon and the USS Shamal successfully interdicted more than 1,110 kilograms of cocaine and detained four suspected smugglers in international waters in the Caribbean Sea on April 7. The suspected smugglers...

US releases 2015 human rights report

April 15, 2016
US releases 2015 human rights report WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the US State Department released its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which include a number of countries in the Caribbean region. Speaking to reporters Secretary of State John Kerry emphasised that the human rights standards...

Don't call for me, Venezuela

April 13, 2016
Don't call for me, Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's two main cellular phone service providers are suspending international calling as the country’s economic situation worsens. Movistar, a subsidiary of the Spain-based Telefonica, and Digitel both announced last week that they would be cutting international service.

Commentary: Guyana-Venezuela border issue: The juridical option for a solution

April 13, 2016
Commentary: Guyana-Venezuela border issue: The juridical option for a solution Just after the conclusion of the conference of Commonwealth leaders in Malta, Guyana’s President David Granger on November 29, 2015, declared that the ongoing process by the United Nations could resolve the border controversy with Venezuela in three years’ time. While some may...

Open Letter to UN Secretary-General regarding genocide in Venezuela

April 12, 2016
On this the 22nd anniversary of the initiation of the genocide in Rwanda, and 83 years after the Holodomor in Ukraine, I am writing to call your attention to a new genocide unfolding in Venezuela. Maybe it has not yet reached the headlines, in fact, it has not...

Venezuelans named in Panama Papers to be investigated, says president

April 11, 2016
Venezuelans named in Panama Papers to be investigated, says president MIAMI, USA -- Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has asked the country’s chief prosecutor to investigate all Venezuelans whose names appear in the so-called “Panama Papers” – over 11 million leaked documents that originated with a Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca.

Venezuelan cash smuggler receives 12 months for money laundering in St Lucia

April 4, 2016
Venezuelan cash smuggler receives 12 months for money laundering in St Lucia MIAMI, USA -- In what appears to the first money laundering conviction in the Eastern Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, a Venezuelan national was sentenced to 12 months in prison after the authorities found a treasure trove of cash in his hotel room, and in his stomach.  Reglio Jesus Patino Reyes...

Letter: It's all very well being friends with Venezuela, but they are not even friends of their own people

March 30, 2016
Letter: It's all very well being friends with Venezuela, but they are not even friends of their own people Hugo Chavez made a committed statement that every Venezuelan family would have a dignified home by 2019 “whatever the cost”. For those of you that do not know the basic meaning of dignified: stately, noble, courtly, majestic, distinguished, proud, august, lofty, exalted, regal, lordly...

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