News from Venezuela:
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...
May 24, 2016
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...
May 23, 2016
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...
May 21, 2016
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...
May 21, 2016
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.
May 20, 2016
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.
May 20, 2016
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...
May 18, 2016
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.
May 17, 2016
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...
May 17, 2016
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.
May 14, 2016
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...
May 13, 2016
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...
May 12, 2016
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.
May 3, 2016
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.
April 26, 2016
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.
April 25, 2016
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...
April 23, 2016
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...
April 21, 2016
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...
April 18, 2016
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.
April 16, 2016
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...
April 15, 2016
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...
April 13, 2016
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.
April 13, 2016
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...
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...
April 11, 2016
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.
April 4, 2016
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...
March 30, 2016
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...