News from Venezuela:
November 27, 2013
MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- In response to press inquiries in Mexico, where he is attending several international meetings, the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, said he is following recent events in Venezuela "with concern.”
November 25, 2013
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Venezuelan airline Conviasa made its inaugural flight on Friday to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), launching a direct service from Puerto Ordaz to Georgetown, Guyana. The airline, located at the Simón Bolívar International Airport in Venezuela...
November 20, 2013
WASHINGTON, USA -- A senior official in Venezuela’s state economic development bank has pleaded guilty in New York federal court to accepting bribes from agents and employees of a New York-based broker-dealer in exchange for directing her bank’s business to the broker-dealer.
November 19, 2013
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Dominican Republic has taken prompt action to avoid a threat of suspension from Venezuela’s PetroCaribe energy programme. The prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves has written to the Venezuelan president...
November 18, 2013
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Following Guatemala’s announcement in early November that it was pulling out of Venezuela's PetroCaribe alliance, the Hugo Chavez-era oil-for-regional-influence program could be on its last legs, the Christian Science Monitor (CSM) reports.
November 18, 2013
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Of the 50 countries that attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 15 to 17 November 2013, on the theme Growth with Equity: Inclusive Development, just 27 were represented by their...
November 8, 2013
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Anesia Baptiste, founder and leader of the newest political party in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) – the Democratic Republican Party (DRP) -- has come forward to clarify what she described as erroneous reporting that her party would end foreign relations with Cuba and Venezuela.
November 6, 2013
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The gradual elimination of import duties is one of the initiatives that will boost trade and economic cooperation between Cuba and Venezuela, it was made known on Monday during the second day of Havana’s International Trade Fair (FIHAV-2013).
November 5, 2013
Viewing the president of the Saint Lucia Manufacturers Association, Paula Calderon, on the television program Mr Chairman on October 17, 2013, was informative and judicious on the situation with industry in Saint Lucia. But, as many have come to realize, some of the unwilling choices facing Saint Lucia...
October 26, 2013
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- As part of the regional integration policy implemented by the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of our Americas (ALBA), the third multipurpose cargo ship built for Venezuela at the Damex shipyard in the Cuban capital departed on Thursday.
October 25, 2013
The internal politics of Venezuela is playing a big part in the sudden deterioration of that country’s relations with its smaller neighbour Guyana after a period of steady improvement. Elements in the military apparatus of Venezuela appear to be determined to press a spurious claim to two-thirds of Guyana’s territory.
October 23, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- A United Nations envoy has presented a plan to move forward the long-standing border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela. According to a note on Tuesday from a UN spokesperson, Norman Girvan, the personal representative of the Secretary-General on the border dispute...
October 15, 2013
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Although the OAS Secretariat has not been officially notified of the diplomatic row between Guyana and Venezuela following the arrest of a research vessel in Atlantic waters claimed by both countries as their maritime territory, the hemispheric body is watching the developments.
October 11, 2013
ASUNCION, Paraguay -- On Wednesday, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elías Jaua paid an official visit to Asuncion, in order to revitalize his country’s bilateral relations with Paraguay. This is the first official visit undertaken by a high ranking Venezuelan official after the suspension of...
September 28, 2013
As a member of the Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of New York delegation to Venezuela this past August, this researcher was able to observe a variety of community-based organizations and their social production of goods and services in both urban centers and the countryside.
September 21, 2013
I attended the 11th meeting of the foreign ministers of the PetroCaribe group in Petionville, Haiti, recently. I was pleased to be invited to a family reunion. The host, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, adorning his red gwyabel (shirt) a la maniere of the Chavinists, was proud to wear the symbolic wedding gown...
September 11, 2013
UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations has expressed concern over Venezuela’s withdrawal from the American Human Rights Convention, which entered into force on Tuesday, and stressed the move could have a negative impact on human rights not just inside the country but also in Latin America as a whole.
September 10, 2013
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, said on Monday that a newly signed project to establish direct air transportation between Venezuela and Haiti will help strengthen ties between the two nations, arguing that travelers, from or toward one of the two...
September 9, 2013
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- The Haitian government said on Friday that funds, collected as a result of the Venezuelan-sponsored PetroCaribe agreement have helped Haiti fight extreme poverty, build roads, social housing, airports and power plants, in the Caribbean country.
September 7, 2013
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Dialogue between the governments of Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela regarding the development of the cross-border Loran/Manatee field is ongoing and at an advanced stage. An agreement concerning the functional structure and governance of the unit operator for...
September 6, 2013
A visit to Guyana by Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro Moros and a Joint Declaration issued by the two governments on August 31 represent a great leap forward in relations between the countries, but not without antagonism from within Venezuela. Shortly after Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar joined...
September 2, 2013
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- One of the concrete outcomes of the seventh summit of heads of government of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) held in Suriname last week, along with the state visit of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to Guyana on Saturday, was an agreement to link...
September 2, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- Three employees of a New York-based US broker-dealer have pleaded guilty for their roles in bribery schemes involving two state economic development banks in Venezuela. Ernesto Lujan, Jose Alejandro Hurtado and Tomas Alberto Clarke Bethancourt pleaded guilty...
August 10, 2013
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The government of Venezuela has officially welcomed Saint Lucia as a full member of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA). Saint Lucia became a full member during the 12th ALBA presidential summit, which took place in Ecuador on July 30, 2013.
August 9, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- In response to a request for comment about recent claims of drones being stationed in Curacao and Aruba that could be used to attack Venezuela and other countries in South America, the US Consulate in Curacao has denied the reports.
August 9, 2013
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s minister of science, technology, energy and mining, Phillip Paulwell, has refuted media reports of plans by the government of Venezuela to increase the interest rate on loans provided under the PetroCaribe agreement. "We have been in contact with the government of Venezuela...
August 8, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Former Venezuelan vice president, Jose Vicente Rangel, has warned of a possible US drone attack, stating that the drones had entered Venezuelan airspace. “These drones, airplanes without pilots, which have been used by the United States of America as a military weapon...