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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...

OAS secretary general invokes Democratic Charter on Venezuela

June 3, 2016
OAS secretary general invokes Democratic Charter on Venezuela WASHINGTON, USA -- In a letter dated May 31, 2016, to the chairman of the Organisation of American States (OAS) Permanent Council, Secretary General Luis Almagro requested the convening of an urgent session of the Permanent Council of member states between...

Washington Post blamed for amending ALBA communique

June 2, 2016
Washington Post blamed for amending ALBA communique WASHINGTON, USA -- Following our article on Saturday concerning the publication in last Thursday’s Washington Post newspaper of an advertisement by Venezuela, purporting to speak for all member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA)...

St Kitts-Nevis government working on PetroCaribe debt reduction

June 2, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis government working on PetroCaribe debt reduction BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The St Kitts and Nevis government is making efforts towards reducing the substantial debt owed by the federation to the government of Venezuela under the PetroCaribe arrangement. Speaking at his monthly press conference on Monday...

Open Letter to Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro

June 2, 2016
The Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) has been concerned since late last year over the growing indications that Secretary General Luis Leonardo Almagro Lemes would seek to invoke the Inter-American Democratic Charter of the OAS to isolate and delegitimize...

Venezuela and Trinidad hold security talks

June 1, 2016
Venezuela and Trinidad hold security talks CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela hosted the minister of national security Edmund Dillon and a delegation from the ministry of national security of Trinidad and Tobago for a bilateral security meeting on Monday. The meeting dealt with issues such as combating illicit drugs and firearms...

Venezuela steps on ALBA toes

May 28, 2016
Venezuela steps on ALBA toes WASHINGTON, USA -- At least one member country of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) has expressed surprise that its government was not consulted prior to the publication in Thursday’s Washington Post newspaper of an advertisement, presumably paid...

Efforts being made to strengthen PetroCaribe amid Venezuela crisis

May 27, 2016
Efforts being made to strengthen PetroCaribe amid Venezuela crisis BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Efforts are being made to strengthen the PetroCaribe energy agreement despite Venezuela’s current crisis, according to St Kitts and Nevis Energy Minister Ian Liburd. Liburd has confirmed that he’ll be attending an upcoming 16th ministerial council meeting...

Venezuela to buy US50m in food from Trinidad and Tobago

May 25, 2016
Venezuela to buy US50m in food from Trinidad and Tobago PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Venezuela, which is facing a severe economic and political crisis, has agreed to buy US$50 million in food from neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago. Among the priority items Venezuela had requested were butter, chicken, pork, ketchup, rice and black beans.

Venezuela remains committed to PetroCaribe, says Maduro

May 24, 2016
Venezuela remains committed to PetroCaribe, says Maduro 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, along with a delegation...

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...

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