Tag Archives: Venezuela

October 22, 2014

Maduro asegura que se reunió con un ‘lúcido y enérgico’ Fidel Castro

EFE — El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, comentó este miércoles que el martes se reunió durante cuatro horas con el líder cubano Fidel Castro en La Habana, a quien encontró con una lucidez y una energía “que impresiona”. “Ayer yo tuve, después de la cumbre sobre el ébola -extraordinaria,… read more »

September 29, 2014

Caracas Connect, September 2014 Report

It has been a long, hot summer in Venezuela; fortunately, there has not been a great deal of political violence. For the time being, President Nicolás Maduro is unlikely to face the kind of political unrest that plagued Venezuela earlier this year, but his political star continues to fall. A Datanálysis poll claimed that 62.3 percent of Venezuelans disapprove of his performance in government. Perhaps more telling is the poll’s finding that 59 percent of Venezuelans think that “Maduro has ideals different from those of Hugo Chávez.”

August 11, 2014

After offshore oil failure, Cuba shifts energy focus

Marc Frank, Reuters – Cuba has shifted its focus away from offshore oil, concentrating on renewable energy and improving output from onshore wells due to a lack of interest by foreign companies for further deepwater exploration, sources close to the industry say. With so much oil readily available around the world, oil… read more »

June 9, 2014

Caracas Connect, May-June 2014

Crises, said political scientist Charles Hermann, are typically defined by three factors: threat, time, and surprise. What we see in Venezuela is a gathering crisis characterized by high threat, a moderate but shrinking time to resolve it, and very little surprise. But, there is a large element of unpredictability due to the opaque nature of two key actors with influence: the Obama Administration and Venezuela’s military. The country’s political future is also clouded by divisions in both the government and opposition camps.

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 »

May 9, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: No Introduction

“Let me now introduce someone who needs no introduction.” It is a weird custom of the Washington windbag to follow sentences like this with a lengthy introduction of the next speaker. Normally, this is pointless, since that person is most often well-known to everyone within the sound of the speaker’s… read more »

April 21, 2014

OPEC to grant $50m in loans for water projects

Cuba Standard – The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) will grant close to $50 million in loans for water rehabilitation projects in Cuba over the next two years, official dailyGranma reported. The announcement came after a meeting in Havana by OFID General Director Suleiman J. Al-Herbish with First Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel. Al-Herbish… read more »

April 1, 2014

Nicolás Maduro: Venezuela: A Call for Peace

Nicolás Maduro, The New York Times – The recent protests in Venezuela have made international headlines. Much of the foreign media coverage has distorted the reality of my country and the facts surrounding the events. Venezuelans are proud of our democracy. We have built a participatory democratic movement from the… read more »

March 24, 2014

Soldier, pregnant woman killed in Venezuela unrest

Daniel Wallis, Reuters — A pregnant woman was shot dead near Caracas and a soldier was killed in the western state of Merida, officials said, as the death toll from weeks of anti-government protests in Venezuela rose to 36 on Monday. Supporters of both sides and members of the security… read more »