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Letter: Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA)

October 28, 2014
Letter: Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) In response to the total rubbish by Larry Birns et al at COHA, a Marxist organisation in Washington DC, please read this comment from a Venezuelan: "What rubbish! Obviously the writers are not suffering from the shortages of such basics as soap... every kind of soap. When my two bars of blue soap...

Commentary: A seat on the UN Security Council for Venezuela; a setback for Washington

October 23, 2014
Commentary: A seat on the UN Security Council for Venezuela; a setback for Washington With 181 out of 193 of the United Nations representatives voting yes on Thursday, October 16, the Venezuelan government has gained not only a seat on the UN Security Council, but an affirmation of a leadership role in the Americas. As a result, there are now two strong features of Venezuelan...

ALBA summit on Ebola was a success, say leaders

October 22, 2014
ALBA summit on Ebola was a success, say leaders HAVANA, Cuba -- Presidents Evo Morales of Bolivia and Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela agreed on the success of a recent summit of the countries within the regional bloc known as Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of the Americas-Commercial Treaty of the Peoples (ALBA-TCP)...

Venezuela called on to release opposition leader, politicians

October 21, 2014
Venezuela called on to release opposition leader, politicians GENEVA, Switzerland -- Expressing serious concern at the detention of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, as well as more than 69 other people who were arrested in February during mass public protests that took place across the country, the United Nations human rights chief...

Venezuela buys two Russian crude cargoes for Curacao refinery

October 20, 2014
Venezuela buys two Russian crude cargoes for Curacao refinery WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA has bought two cargoes of Russian Urals light crude from a unit of Petrochina to be delivered starting in early November to the Isla refinery in Curacao, according to credible sources. The 1-million-barrel cargoes will be the second...

Facing debt default, Venezuela blames the US

October 18, 2014
Facing debt default, Venezuela blames the US CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday blamed the United States for the recent slump in global oil prices that threatens to choke off the hard currency the country needs to pay its overseas debts and may precipitate a default on its foreign-currency bonds.

Venezuela elected to UN Security Council

October 17, 2014
Venezuela elected to UN Security Council NEW YORK, USA -- In three rounds of voting the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday elected Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2015.

Commentary: Oil prices fall sharply: Will poor populations benefit?

October 17, 2014
Commentary: Oil prices fall sharply: Will poor populations benefit? To anyone living in a developing country that is not an oil-producer, the present drop in the price of oil is very welcome. Ever since the world’s major oil-producing nations, through the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), dramatically increased prices in 1973, the economies...

Venezuela's PDVSA to import crude from Russia for test run through Curacao refinery

October 15, 2014
Venezuela's PDVSA to import crude from Russia for test run through Curacao refinery WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA plans to import from Russia between 750,000 and 1 million barrels of Urals grade crude to be processed in the 335,000 b/d Isla refinery in Curacao, a PDVSA source, who asked not to be identified, said on Monday to platts.com.

Little known Venezuelan airline to begin Suriname flights

October 11, 2014
Little known Venezuelan airline to begin Suriname flights PARAGUANA, Venezuela -- As part of tourism agreements between Venezuela and Suriname, an obscure small airline from Venezuela, Aero Paraguana, will commence service to Suriname from November 27 according to the manager of the airline, Venancio Polanco.

No Che Guevara and Chavez perfumes, says Cuba

September 29, 2014
No Che Guevara and Chavez perfumes, says Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba said it will punish officials with the Biological Laboratories Entrepreneurial Group Labiofam after they launched two fragrances in apparent homage to Cuban-Argentinean guerrilla fighter Ernesto Che Guevara and former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

Haitian PM and Venezuelan president meet briefly on bilateral cooperation

September 24, 2014
Haitian PM and Venezuelan president meet briefly on bilateral cooperation NEW-YORK, USA (HCNN) -- Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met on Tuesday in New York where the two men spoke briefly about the cooperation and the strong and genuine friendship that Haiti and Venezuela and leaders on both sides have...

Cuba and Venezuela sign two new cooperation agreements

September 23, 2014
Cuba and Venezuela sign two new cooperation agreements CARACAS, Venezuela (AIN) -- Two new cooperation agreements between Cuba and Venezuela to exchange supplies between the Labiofam SA and Agropatria SA enterprises were signed on Thursday in Caracas. This new program of exchanges was signed in the presence of Rogelio Polanco...

Venezuela's long-term ratings lowered on worsening economy; outlook negative

September 18, 2014
Venezuela's long-term ratings lowered on worsening economy; outlook negative NEW YORK, USA -- On Tuesday, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services (S&P) lowered its long-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on Venezuela to 'CCC+' from 'B-'. The outlook on both long-term ratings is negative. S&P also lowered its short-term foreign and local currency...

Suriname secures rice export deal with Venezuela

September 15, 2014
Suriname secures rice export deal with Venezuela PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Suriname and Venezuela are one step closer to signing a long-term rice export deal that ultimately could result in a boost for Suriname’s struggling rice industry, the ministry of foreign affairs in Paramaribo confirmed. The breakthrough came on Thursday in Caracas.

Venezuela state oil company willing to extend presence in Curacao

September 15, 2014
Venezuela state oil company willing to extend presence in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The government of Venezuela and the state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PdVSA) are willing to extend the contract for the operations of the Isla oil refinery in Curacao. This emerged during a meeting between representatives of the Isla unions Apri and PWFC and...

US concerned over lack of due process in Venezuela

September 12, 2014
US concerned over lack of due process in Venezuela WASHINGTON, USA -- The US State Department said on Thursday it is deeply concerned by the lack of due process or fair trial guarantees for persons detained in relation to protests in Venezuela. Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, mayors Enzo Scarano and Daniel Ceballos...

Venezuela export ban creates shortages in Curacao

September 5, 2014
Venezuela export ban creates shortages in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- There is a growing shortage of items at the floating market at Punda in Curacao following Venezuela’s recently introduced ban on 21 products that may not be exported. Venezuelan vendors sell their goods directly from their boats at Punda’s famous market.

Commentary: Chavistas debate economic and institutional reform in Venezuela

August 29, 2014
Commentary: Chavistas debate economic and institutional reform in Venezuela The Bolivarian project in Venezuela has warded off the latest counter revolutionary offensive and is now engaged in a profound debate over the next phase of the revolution. Though the smoke over the barricades has settled, neither President Nicolas Maduro nor the popular sectors labor under...

Fourth Guyana debt arrangement written off under PetroCaribe deal with Venezuela

August 11, 2014
Fourth Guyana debt arrangement written off under PetroCaribe deal with Venezuela GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana’s finance minister, Dr Ashni Singh, said that, under the PetroCaribe deal with Venezuela, the fourth debt compensation arrangement has been written off by Venezuela for rice supplied to the neighbouring country. Responding to questions about the future of the PetroCaribe deal...

ALBA rejects subversive US programs against Cuba

August 11, 2014
ALBA rejects subversive US programs against Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The member countries of the a regional integration bloc, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our Americas (ALBA), has rejected the most recently exposed subversive US program against Cuba, calling it an immoral project. In a communiqué released on Thursday...

Don't fly for me, Venezuela

August 6, 2014
Don't fly for me, Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela -- An ongoing currency feud between the government in Caracas and international airlines has now made it nearly impossible to fly to or from Venezuela. Some airlines have cut back on flights and others have simply stopped flying to the country altogether.

Venezuela threatens its Jews over Gaza conflict

August 5, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- The American Jewish Committee (AJC) has urged Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his government to end immediately their incendiary statements against Israel, which have led to attacks on the Jewish community. The climate of fear experienced by...

Panel warns of Caribbean dependence on PetroCaribe

August 5, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- With the Venezuelan economy worsening and residents of Caracas unable to buy diapers or even toilet paper due to foreign-exchange shortages, how much longer will Venezuela be able to subsidize cheap oil for its political allies throughout the Caribbean.

US imposes visa restrictions against human rights abusers in Venezuela

July 31, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the US State Department announced that Secretary of State John Kerry has decided to impose restrictions on travel to the United States by a number of Venezuelan government officials who have been responsible for human rights abuses.

Venezuela used military and economic threats to release drug trafficker

July 30, 2014
Venezuela used military and economic threats to release drug trafficker ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- A top official in Aruba said on Monday that Venezuela used economic and military pressure on two Dutch islands in the Caribbean in order to secure the release of accused drug trafficker General Hugo ‘Pollo’ Carvajal, who had been arrested in Oranjestad.

Venezuela accuses Netherlands of disturbing regional relations

July 28, 2014
Venezuela accuses Netherlands of disturbing regional relations CARACAS, Venezuela -- The Dutch government has “torpedoed” good relations between Venezuela and Aruba and the other former Netherlands Antilles, according to the president of the Venezuelan parliament and vice president of ruling party, Diosdado Cabello. The Netherlands is, Cabello claimed, behind the arrest of...

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