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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...

Venezuela president blames World Cup in Brazil for flight suspensions

May 24, 2014
Venezuela president blames World Cup in Brazil for flight suspensions CARACAS, Venezuela -- Airlines are suspending flights to Venezuela not because of the unpaid $4 billion owed to them collectively by the government but because of the World Cup in Brazil, the country’s president said on Thursday. "Some of these European airlines...

Inter-American court called on to penalise Venezuela for unlawful TV station shutdown

May 23, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has asked the Inter-American Human Rights Court to rule against the Venezuelan government for the unlawful shutdown of Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV) broadcasting company in 2007. The request came after Monday’s...

Another major airline suspends flights to Venezuela

May 19, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Italian airline Alitalia has announced that it is suspending all flights to Venezuela "due to the ongoing critical currency situation” in the country," which is "no longer economically sustainable." The decision by Alitalia follows a similar suspension by Air Canada.

Three Trinidad imams detained in Venezuela released from custody

May 17, 2014
Three Trinidad imams detained in Venezuela released from custody PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The ministry of foreign affairs in Trinidad and Tobago has confirmed that three imams, who were detained in Venezuela last March, were released from custody on Tuesday. The Trinidad and Tobago Embassy in Caracas advised that the imams are due to return home shortly.

Trinidad Muslims travel to Venezuela for jihadist training

May 13, 2014
Trinidad Muslims travel to Venezuela for jihadist training PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Cellphone images seized by SEBIN, Venezuela’s intelligence service, allegedly show Trinidadian Muslims arrested in Venezuela engaging in what SEBIN described as “pre-jihad training” on a firing range using high-powered weapons.

UN concerned at renewed violence and reported excessive use of force in Venezuela

May 10, 2014
UN concerned at renewed violence and reported excessive use of force in Venezuela GENEVA, Switzerland -- The United Nations human rights office on Friday voiced concern at renewed violence in Venezuela, and at the reported excessive use of force by the authorities in response to protests. According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)...

US accused of interfering in Venezuela's domestic affairs

May 9, 2014
US accused of interfering in Venezuela's domestic affairs CARACAS, Venezuela (ACN) -- The Obama Administration has been accused of interfering in Venezuela’s internal affairs as the US Senate readied on Thursday to debate sanctions against the Venezuelan government following statements by Secretary of State John Kerry that the United States is concerned...

Unarmed protestors in Venezuela beaten and shot; prosecutors, judges complicit in rights violations

May 6, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- Venezuelan security forces have used unlawful force in response to antigovernment demonstrations, severely beating unarmed protesters and shooting them at point blank range, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Monday.

Venezuela fails to honour commitment to release $3.9 billion in airline funds

May 2, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on the Venezuelan government urgently to honour its commitment made in March to permit the repatriation of $3.9 billion of airline funds at fair exchange rates. The funds are from sales of airline tickets in Venezuela.



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