Tag Archives: Chávez

September 27, 2014

Government nixes perfume marketing plan

Granma– The Congress recently organized by LABIOFAM included the presentation of two perfumes that, according to statements to the international press from functionaries of that company, would carry as brands the names of “Ernesto” and “Hugo,” in an alleged “homage” to Comandantes Ernesto “Che” Guevara and Hugo Chávez Frías. The details… read more »

May 20, 2014

US Senate panel approves Venezuela sanctions

Tico Times — A U.S. Senate committee on Tuesday greenlighted new sanctions on Venezuelan officials responsible for violent crackdowns against anti-government student protesters that have left 42 people dead. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 13-2 in favor of the sanctions draft, which now goes to the Senate floor and is… read more »

May 19, 2014

Steve Ellner: Terrorism in Venezuela and its Accomplices

Steve Ellner, — The private media and important actors both at home and abroad including Washington have downplayed, and in some cases completely ignored, the terrorist actions perpetrated against the Venezuelan government over the past three months. Among the latest examples of terrorism news that have been underreported abroad is… read more »

February 16, 2014

Venezuela’s Lopez to march on Tuesday, says ready to face arrest

Reuters — A Venezuelan opposition leader wanted by police in connection with deadly street protests said on Sunday he will march with his supporters in the capital Caracas on Tuesday, and that he is ready to face arrest if necessary. Read more:,0,437076.story#axzz2tdZ06rPT

February 13, 2014

Venezuela anti-government rally turns deadly

Al Jazeera — At least four people have been killed, including a police officer, after thousands of Venezuelans opposing President Nicolas Maduro took to the streets of Caracas following two weeks of anti-government protests across the country. Gunfire erupted in the centre of the capital when armed members of a pro-government vigilante group arrived on… read more »

February 10, 2014

Venezuela suspends sending of remittances to Colombia

EFE — The Venezuelan government suspended for an indefinite period the sending of family remittances to people living in Colombia, according to a special edition of the Official Gazette on Monday. The prohibition against sending money outside Venezuela to relatives in Colombia will remain in effect “until the mechanism and the… read more »

January 31, 2014

Cuba back in Caribbean Series of baseball after 54-year absence

Daniel Trotta, Reuters — Cuba returns to the Caribbean Series of baseball for the first time in 54 years this weekend at a time of time of high interest in Cuban talent after some of its best players defected in recent years in search of multimillion-dollar contracts. The Cuban team Villa Clara,… read more »

July 18, 2013

Caracas Connect, July 2013 Report

Twelve weeks after the April 14 presidential election, the shape of government under President Nicolás Maduro has begun to take form. Although Latin American governments have recognized his victory in the election to replace the deceased President Hugo Chávez Frías, the United States continues to withhold formal recognition of the result.

May 19, 2013

Venezuela says taking steps to restore U.S. diplomatic ties

Reuters – Venezuela’s recent designation of an acting head of its diplomatic mission in the United States shows the OPEC nation’s desire to restore full diplomatic relations, the foreign minister said in an interview broadcast on Sunday. Disputes between Caracas and Washington were common during the 14-year-rule of late socialist… read more »

March 15, 2013

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Cuba A-Z (from Aruca to Zoo-bio)

The New York Times once described him as “a cheerful, box-shaped man with a face like a friendly bulldog.”  Like a bulldog, Francisco Aruca was resolute and courageous, friendly with strangers and, when provoked, he was a force to be reckoned with. So, we were stricken when friends like Silvia… read more »