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Commentary: Economic incentives vital for development of the Guiana Shield

August 25, 2016
Commentary: Economic incentives vital for development of the Guiana Shield The fourth international congress on the biodiversity of the Guiana Shield, sponsored by the International Biodiversity Society of the Guiana Shield (IBG) in conjunction with the Guyana government, was held during August 8-12 in Georgetown, Guyana. In his address to the forum on April 8...

Commentary: The campaign of intervention against Venezuela must end

August 24, 2016
Commentary: The campaign of intervention against Venezuela must end As Venezuela’s Vice Minister for North America and Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, I often urge my counterparts in the region to look beyond sensational headlines, in favor of a more realistic and nuanced perspective on my country.

Commentary: Uruguay continues to support Venezuela's Mercosur presidency despite Brazilian pressure

August 24, 2016
Commentary: Uruguay continues to support Venezuela's Mercosur presidency despite Brazilian pressure On August 15, Uruguayan media released congressional transcripts in which Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa accused Brazilian officials of attempting to “buy” the country’s opposition to Venezuela’s Mercosur presidency. The bribe included an invitation to accompany Brazil as a...

Venezuela official suggests the arrest of its citizens in Guyana was unlawful

August 20, 2016
Venezuela official suggests the arrest of its citizens in Guyana was unlawful CARACAS, Venezuela -- A Venezuelan government source with close ties to President Nicolás Maduro has suggested that the arrest of 14 Venezuelans in the Essequibo region by Guyanese officials may have been a breach of international norms since Venezuela views the area...

Letter: Time to stop visitors from Venezuela from entering the Caribbean without a treatment certificate

August 17, 2016
Letter: Time to stop visitors from Venezuela from entering the Caribbean without a treatment certificate In 2001, Venezuela was so affected by dengue that it trickled down through the Caribbean and the Americas, which reached a crescendo by 2014. Almost every citizen throughout the Caribbean suffered from the disease; it proved unstoppable. Dengue is still hampering Venezuela.

Venezuela turns to the 'Jesus Christ of economics' for salvation

August 13, 2016
Venezuela turns to the 'Jesus Christ of economics' for salvation CARACAS, Venezuela -- As Venezuela grapples with an economic and political meltdown, President Nicolas Maduro has turned for guidance to an obscure Marxist professor from Spain, who the president describes as 'the Jesus Christ of economics’. Officials in the ruling party told The Wall Street Journal...

Commentary: Politicization and Venezuela's presidential recall referendum timeline

August 13, 2016
Commentary: Politicization and Venezuela's presidential recall referendum timeline In recent months, the Venezuelan government has faced pressure from the US-backed opposition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), regarding the timeline of the petition for a proposed presidential recall referendum. MUD alleges that the petition process has been slowed down by...

Rights experts 'deeply disturbed' at erosion of media freedom in Venezuela

August 6, 2016
Rights experts 'deeply disturbed' at erosion of media freedom in Venezuela GENEVA, Switzerland -- The United Nations special rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, and the Inter-American special rapporteur on freedom of expression, Edison Lanza, have expressed concern at the eroding media freedom in Venezuela.

Brazil objects to Venezuela assuming Mercosur presidency

August 4, 2016
Brazil objects to Venezuela assuming Mercosur presidency CARACAS, Venezuela -- Brazil has objected to Venezuela taking over the rotating presidency of Mercosur, South America’s customs union. On Monday, Brazil’s foreign minister, José Serra, sent a letter to Mercosur members criticizing Uruguay’s decision to hand over the bloc’s leadership...

Jamaica to pay off PetroCaribe debt with food, medication and fertilizers

August 3, 2016
Jamaica to pay off PetroCaribe debt with food, medication and fertilizers KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica has announced it will pay off its PetroCaribe oil debts to Venezuela with food, medication, and fertilizers, instead of cash, at a time when Venezuela is suffering from acute shortages of basic products amid a major economic and political crisis, with few signs...

Two high-ranking Venezuelan officials indicted on drug trafficking charges in New York

August 3, 2016
Two high-ranking Venezuelan officials indicted on drug trafficking charges in New York NEW YORK, USA -- The US attorney’s office in Brooklyn unsealed indictments on Monday against two high-ranking Venezuelan officials for conspiring to smuggle cocaine into the US. General Néstor Reverol is the former head of Venezuela’s National Guard and its National Anti-Drug Office.

Venezuela now ranks below Afghanistan and Syria in citizen security perception

July 30, 2016
Venezuela now ranks below Afghanistan and Syria in citizen security perception WASHINGTON, USA -- As Venezuela edged closer to collapse in 2015, the country's score on Gallup's Law and Order Index -- its annual global gauge of people's sense of security -- dropped to a new record low of 35 out of 100. This score was not only the worst in the world last year, but it...

Castro admits slowdown of Cuban economy after Venezuela cuts oil supplies

July 30, 2016
Castro admits slowdown of Cuban economy after Venezuela cuts oil supplies HAVANA, Cuba -- Cuban President Raul Castro admitted in the National Assembly earlier this month that the deepening crisis in Venezuela is having repercussions on the Caribbean island’s economy as a result of a reduction in the supply of crude oil. He said Cuba’s economy grew just one percent...

Colombian narcotics kingpin sentenced to 35 years in US prison for massive cocaine conspiracy

July 27, 2016
Colombian narcotics kingpin sentenced to 35 years in US prison for massive cocaine conspiracy NEW YORK, USA -- Daniel Barrera Barrera, also known as “Loco Barrera”, a citizen of Colombia, was sentenced on Monday in Manhattan federal court to 35 years in prison and ordered to forfeit $10 million by US District Judge Gregory Woods for his role in conspiring to distribute...

Venezuela first lady's nephews confessed to drug scheme, say US prosecutors

July 25, 2016
Venezuela first lady's nephews confessed to drug scheme, say US prosecutors NEW YORK, USA -- According to documents filed by US prosecutors in a Manhattan federal court on Friday, two nephews of Venezuela's first lady, who face charges of conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, confessed to US agents after being arrested in Haiti in November.

Venezuela oil production hits 13-year low

July 16, 2016
Venezuela oil production hits 13-year low CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela’s oil production fell to a 13-year low last month, declining by 170,000 barrels per day (bpd) since the start of 2016 to 2.18 million barrels per day (mb/d) in June, according to the latest oil market report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Venezuela state oil company denies cutting exports to Cuba

July 15, 2016
Venezuela state oil company denies cutting exports to Cuba HAVANA, Cuba -- Officials with Venezuela's state-run oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), have rejected allegations that the firm has reduced crude oil exports to Cuba. "There has not been any issue or reduction with the supply of Venezuelan oil to Cuba. There is a technical...

Panama Papers law firm representative in Venezuela arrested

July 11, 2016
Panama Papers law firm representative in Venezuela arrested CARACAS, Venezuela -- Jannet Almeida, a local representative of the Panamanian law firm of Mossack Fonseca, which is at the center of the Panama Papers offshore scandal, has been arrested by Venezuelan authorities in Caracas. "The woman was in charge of seeking customers...

CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana

July 9, 2016
CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The 37th regular meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held in Georgetown, Guyana, on July 4 – 6, 2016, concluded on Wednesday. The prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, chaired the proceedings.

Venezuela slashes oil exports to Cuba

July 9, 2016
Venezuela slashes oil exports to Cuba CARACAS, Venezuela -- During the first half of this year, Venezuela's state-run oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has slashed its oil exports to Cuba, where some joint ventures and state-owned firms were recently ordered to reduce power usage as a result.

Miracle Mission surgery phase concludes in Antigua-Barbuda

July 7, 2016
Miracle Mission surgery phase concludes in Antigua-Barbuda ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- On June 30, 2016, the surgery phase of the Miracle Mission eye care project in Antigua and Barbuda concluded successfully. The third and last team of Venezuelan doctors closed the third week with 109 surgeries, for a total of 306 surgeries overall (cataracts and...

Commentary: The ongoing OAS Democratic Charter saga exposes deep hypocrisy

July 2, 2016
Commentary: The ongoing OAS Democratic Charter saga exposes deep hypocrisy A meeting of foreign ministers and ambassadors of the Organization of American States (OAS) convened last week to discuss the ongoing efforts of OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro to use the Inter-American Democratic Charter against the government of President...

Venezuela and Panama to launch Panama Papers inquiry

June 30, 2016
Venezuela and Panama to launch Panama Papers inquiry CARACAS, Venezuela (ICIJ) -- The attorney general of Venezuela has announced an unprecedented joint investigation with their Panamanian counterparts to probe individuals suspected of wrongdoing after their names surfaced in the Panama Papers. Luisa Ortega Díaz, Venezuela’s...

Letter: The PetroCaribe and PDVSA accounts

June 29, 2016
Letter: The PetroCaribe and PDVSA accounts Sorry, Eustace, you cannot have the PetroCaribe or PDVSA accounts because you have not sworn allegiance to the Chavez revolution. PetroCaribe is part of PDV Caribe, which is wholly owned by Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA). Most of us thought it was the other way around.

Top South American diplomats arrive in Suriname to meet President Bouterse

June 28, 2016
Top South American diplomats arrive in Suriname to meet President Bouterse PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Delcy Rodríguez, the foreign minister of Venezuela, and Ernesto Samper, the secretary general of UNASUR, arrived on Monday in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, where they will hold meetings with President Dési Bouterse, according to Venezuela...

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.

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