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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...

Venezuela threatens Netherlands if diplomat is not released in Aruba

July 26, 2014
Venezuela threatens Netherlands if diplomat is not released in Aruba CARACAS, Venezuela – The Netherlands must ensure the release of the Venezuelan diplomat who was arrested in Aruba on suspicion of drug trafficking. If this does not happen then it will have consequences for the diplomatic and trade relations between the Netherlands and Venezuela.

Venezuelan general detained in Aruba

July 25, 2014
Venezuelan general detained in Aruba ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- In the evening hours of Wednesday, General Hugo Carvajal, who was head of Venezuela’s Directorate of Military Intelligence from 2004 to 2009, was reportedly detained in Aruba, a military source revealed. Carvajal was appointed Venezuelan consul in Aruba in January.

Letter: Hand held microwave weapons

July 15, 2014
My Cuban friends told me told me at the weekend that Cuba has been developing a handheld microwave weapon. A weapon that seriously damages eyesight, causes strokes, and fries the brain, giving the effect of senility to those who are targeted. It’s apparently for use during...

Venezuela's airlift woes deepen as United cuts flights

July 14, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela -- On Friday, United Airlines became the last of the three largest US carriers to cut flights to Venezuela in a dispute with the government over cash trapped in the country. Service will be reduced to four round trips a week from the current daily flights.

Venezuela now charges air travellers to breathe

July 12, 2014
Venezuela now charges air travellers to breathe CARACAS, Venezuela -- Along with the ubiquitous range of taxes and surcharges on air travel, Venezuela’s largest international airport is now charging travellers a fee for the right to breathe clean air. Passengers flying out of Maiquetia International Airport in Caracas have to pay a tax of 127 bolivars...

Airlines not the only ones affected by Venezuela currency controls

July 10, 2014
Airlines not the only ones affected by Venezuela currency controls CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela’s arcane system of multiple exchange rates and currency controls is making life difficult not just for airlines but also for other multinational companies doing business in the South American country. Armoured car company Brink’s could see some $400 million...

Chinese president to visit Cuba and Venezuela

July 10, 2014
Chinese president to visit Cuba and Venezuela HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- China's president Xi Jinping will take his second tour of Latin America in two years, including visits to Cuba and Venezuela. Xu Jinzhan, director for Latin America at China's Trade Ministry recently met in Beijing with a group of Cuban, Venezuelan, Argentinean and Brazilian journalists...

Jamaica to send more clinker to Venezuela

July 10, 2014
Jamaica to send more clinker to Venezuela KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Discussions are well advanced for the expansion of the arrangement between Caribbean Cement Company Limited (CCCL) and the government of Venezuela, under the PetroCaribe Trade Compensation Mechanism, for the supply of more clinker from Jamaica.

Delta Air Lines latest carrier to cut back flights to Venezuela

July 8, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Delta Air Lines is the latest air carrier to reduce service to Venezuela amid a dispute with the government over unpaid revenue owed by the South American country. Delta confirmed on Monday that the airline is reducing service by 85 percent.

Commentary: Puerto Rico may consider PetroCaribe?

July 3, 2014
At a time when individuals and opposing political parties in some Caribbean islands are voicing disagreement that their island is signatory to the PetroCaribe agreement with Venezuela and that, given the opportunity, they would revoke the agreement,

Concern expressed over ongoing human rights violations in Venezuela

June 30, 2014
Concern expressed over ongoing human rights violations in Venezuela GENEVA, Switzerland -- The United Nations on Friday expressed concern about the continuing human rights violations reportedly taking place in Venezuela and reiterated its call on authorities to respect the rights of peaceful demonstration and assembly. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner...

A top ten list no one wants to be on but seven are located in the wider Caribbean

June 26, 2014
LONDON, England -- Drawing on the latest report from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Britain’s Guardian newspaper has published a list of the world’s top ten most populous cities in each country, ranked by the most up-to-date available homicide rates per 100,000 people.

Cuban doctors abused in Venezuela, says US report

June 25, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, recently published by the US State Department, claims that the 30,000 Cuban doctors working in Venezuela do this in circumstances that in some cases may even be considered forced labour.

Commentary: Russia and Latin America: Geopolitical posturing or international partnership?

June 23, 2014
Since the end of the Cold War, Russia has swallowed its pride and bitterly reconstructed its outdated domestic infrastructure. This is no easy task as the country is the world’s largest in terms of landmass, spanning nine time zones from St Petersburg on the Bay of Finland to Vladivostok.

Ad campaign compares Puerto Rico to Venezuela

June 21, 2014
DES MOINES, USA -- The American Future Fund (AFF), a US nonprofit organization, has launched an advertising campaign warning that Governor Alejandro Padilla of Puerto Rico is leading the island commonwealth down a dangerous path with policies and tactics similar to...

Owed $750 million, American Airlines cuts flights to Venezuela

June 19, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Apparently frustrated over the continued non-payment of some $750 million owed to it by Venezuela through March 31, American Airlines will next month cut its weekly flights to the South American country to ten, down from 48 currently.

Curacao airline paid by Venezuela; 16 others still waiting

June 18, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- CADIVI, the Venezuelan foreign exchange authority, has paid a large part of the outstanding debt of $75 million to Curacao airline InselAir. This was confirmed by one of the directors of the airline, Edward Heerenveen. The exact amount is not known.

Cuba calls on G-77 summit to support Venezuela

June 16, 2014
Cuba calls on G-77 summit to support Venezuela SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA, Bolivia -- Cuban President Raul Castro told a Group of 77 (G-77) + China summit in Bolivia on Saturday that Havana's closest ally Venezuela needed support amid the fallout from anti-government protests. "Venezuela today needs our staunchest support."

Commentary: Venezuela's economic offensive: An end to the unrest?

June 6, 2014
This May, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro announced several fiscal strategies intended to resuscitate the country’s struggling economy. The measures, including the issuance of new government bonds and contracts with petroleum extraction partners, come on the heels of...



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