Tag Archives: Venezuela

April 11, 2015

Obama Meets Raúl Castro, Making History

Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Randal C. Archibold, The New York Times — President Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba met here Saturday in the first face-to-face discussion between the leaders of the two countries in a half-century. Seated beside Mr. Castro in a small room in the convention center downtown where the Summit of the Americas… read more »

March 17, 2015

Latest Cuba-U.S. talks on diplomatic ties end after one day

Daniel Trotta, Reuters — The latest talks between Cuba and the United States on restoring diplomatic relations concluded after one day, Cuba said on Tuesday without disclosing what may have been agreed. Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson met in Havana on Monday with Josefina Vidal, the Cuban foreign ministry’s chief of U.S…. read more »

March 13, 2015

Senior U.S. diplomat to return to Havana for new Cuba talks

Matt Spetalnik, Reuters — The U.S. government is moving as quickly as possible to decide whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of terrorism-sponsoring countries, a senior State Department official said on Friday ahead of a new round of talks in Havana next week. The official, speaking on condition… read more »

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 »