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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.

Venezuelan parliamentary elections to take place on December 6

June 24, 2015
Venezuelan parliamentary elections to take place on December 6 CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's electoral authority (CNE) announced on Monday that parliamentary elections will be held on December 6, contrary to opposition speculation that President Nicolas Maduro would suspend the vote. CNE president Tibisay Lucena said the elections were always...

The View from Europe: CARICOM's continuing support in border dispute essential

June 20, 2015
The View from Europe: CARICOM's continuing support in border dispute essential Every time that CARICOM heads of government meet, they include language in their final communiqué on the Guyana-Venezuela border dispute. However, at their encounter next month in Barbados the matter will no longer be about a dormant claim, but one that has come alive and is potentially dangerous.

Bilateral talks set to take place with Venezuela as Guyana seeks extension of PetroCaribe deal

June 19, 2015
Bilateral talks set to take place with Venezuela as Guyana seeks extension of PetroCaribe deal GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The Guyana Cabinet has mandated that efforts be undertaken to engage neighbouring Venezuela on the terms of the PetroCaribe agreement, and its extension. Minister of State Joseph Harmon told reporters of this development during a post-Cabinet briefing.

Guyana seeks UN assistance as Venezuela 'annexes' further territory

June 15, 2015
Guyana seeks UN assistance as Venezuela 'annexes' further territory GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana's new foreign minister, Carl Greenidge, in an address during the opening of Parliament last week, said that his country will seek UN assistance in resolving once and for all the territorial dispute with Venezuela that was escalated on May 27 by a presidential decree...

InselAir commences non-stop service from Curacao to Manaus and Puerto Ordaz

June 15, 2015
InselAir commences non-stop service from Curacao to Manaus and Puerto Ordaz WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- InselAir will start its Curacao-Manaus operations on July 3 on Mondays and Fridays. Puerto Ordaz flights start on July 14 and will be flown on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The largest Caribbean-based carrier offers its customers a total of 24 destinations and offers passengers...

Commentary: Guyana and Venezuela: Let the International Court decide

June 12, 2015
Commentary: Guyana and Venezuela: Let the International Court decide It is, to say the least, unfortunate that Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, has allowed domestic pressures to cause him to take the extreme measure of issuing a decree on May 27, creating the “Atlantic coast of Venezuela” that includes sovereignty over Guyana’s territorial waters in the...

Venezuela pushes neighbouring Guyana, but may raise its own country risk instead

June 10, 2015
Venezuela pushes neighbouring Guyana, but may raise its own country risk instead CARACAS, Venezuela -- Last month, Venezuela reasserted an old territorial claim against a large portion of Guyana, its neighbour to the east. This dispute, which was settled by an international tribunal in 1899, has been revived by the Maduro regime, probably to distract Venezuelans from the economic...

Venezuela must pay $3.7 billion owed to airlines, says IATA

June 10, 2015
Venezuela must pay $3.7 billion owed to airlines, says IATA MIAMI, USA -- Venezuela should urgently seek a solution to the $3.7 billion it owes to several international airlines, CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Tony Tyler, said during the annual meeting of his organization in Miami. Tyler said that all countries which are members...

New Venezuelan decree claims ownership over Guyana's continental shelf

June 8, 2015
New Venezuelan decree claims ownership over Guyana's continental shelf GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro on May 27 issued a decree creating the “Atlantic coast of Venezuela”, which now includes sovereignty over Guyana’s territorial waters in the Atlantic Ocean off the Essequibo region. A map, issued to coincide with this decree...

Venezuela is not a threat, but a risk, says Dutch foreign minister

June 6, 2015
Venezuela is not a threat, but a risk, says Dutch foreign minister WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuela is no threat to the former Netherlands Antilles, but it is a risk, according to Dutch foreign affairs minister Bert Koenders last Thursday after the debate on the tensions in the South American country. “The economic situation is very bad, even the political tensions...

Counterfeit goods worth US$60 million seized in operations across Americas and Caribbean

June 5, 2015
Counterfeit goods worth US$60 million seized in operations across Americas and Caribbean LYON, France -- Car parts, fuel, food, detergent, cigars, shampoo and steel were among fake goods worth nearly US$60 million seized in a two-week operation across the Americas and the Caribbean. Codenamed Maya II, more than 2,000 interventions by police, customs, investigators and...

New Guyana president seeks to strengthen bilateral ties

May 20, 2015
New Guyana president seeks to strengthen bilateral ties GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- High on the agenda of Guyana’s newly-elected President David Granger and his soon-to-be-sworn in administration will be to accelerate infrastructural and economic developments with CARICOM and Guyana’s other immediate neighbours.

Travel ban is now part of Venezuela's harassment of independent media

May 20, 2015
Travel ban is now part of Venezuela's harassment of independent media PARIS, France -- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the increased pressure that the Venezuelan authorities are putting on the country’s few independent news media by using their control of the judicial apparatus and access to resources. On 5 May, Judge Maria Eugenia Núñez...

Letter: Venezuela gives away PetroCaribe funds whilst its people prostitute themselves

May 20, 2015
Letter: Venezuela gives away PetroCaribe funds whilst its people prostitute themselves Venezuela’s president currently has only a 20% approval rating. Yes, they have built some houses and apartments for the poor, but that is only a vote catcher. Perhaps without the social housing project the president’s approval rating would only be at 5%. In 2012, the US dollar was selling on the streets...

Letter: If you think we should support Cuba and Venezuela - the 'CubVen Empire' - watch this video

May 5, 2015
Letter: If you think we should support Cuba and Venezuela - the 'CubVen Empire' - watch this video This is so important that everyone in the Caribbean should view the video embedded above. This is the confirmation of what I have told you about Venezuela. The stories I have told you about my being there and witnessing the slaughter of Venezuelan students by Cuban special forces in civilian attire.

Press association condemns charges filed against Venezuelan media

April 25, 2015
Press association condemns charges filed against Venezuelan media MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) on Thursday condemned civil and criminal charges filed by the speaker of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, against several Venezuelan media for reproducing information published by a Spanish media outlet.

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