Category Archives: Latin America

SURINAME: Large oil discovery offshore near Guyana/Suriname border

BLACK GOLD FIND IN SURINAME

Authorities in Dutch-speaking Suriname reported that Texas-based Apache Corporation had struck it rich in an offshore concession right on the border with Guyana and near to some of the largest wells that American super major ExxonMobil has discovered in Guyana since 2015. Large amounts of associated gas has also been found according to officials.  Continue reading

Over 36,000 Venezuelans now in Guyana – mostly in Region One

— Region One chairman concerned about food, medical supplies.

Brentnol Ashley
Brentnol Ashley
The Chairman of the Regional Democratic Council told Stabroek News yesterday that food for migrant families continues to be in high demand. He observed that during 2019, the Civil Defence Commission was distributing food hampers to families but he has not observed any distribution for this year.        Continue reading

Guyana Commentary: Only Oil Matters to the Empire – by Rosaliene Bacchus

Only Oil Matters to the Empire

by Rosaliene Bacchus

Oil drives our global economies. Oil is power. Oil fuels the Empire. Iraq and Iran together produce 8.3 million billion barrels a day of the liquid gold (figures from Offshore-Technology). Their joint oil reserves amount to 300,903 million barrels (figures from World Atlas). While the world’s largest oil producer with 12 mbbl barrels/day, the United States has only 39,230 million barrels of oil reserves. Venezuela tops the list with 300,878 million barrels. It’s no accident that the Empire is embedded in the Middle East. Controlling access to all that oil is vital to its continued survival.

Guyana will soon be part of that blessed-accursed herd of oil producing nations. With six billion barrels, and climbing, of oil reserves, Guyana now overtakes Venezuela in the overheated top seat.      Continue reading

Caribbean Warned As 6.4 Magnitude Quake Hits Puerto Rico

— At Least One Killed… Triggering State of Emergency

One of the collapsed homes following this morning’s earthquake. (Credit: Reuters TV)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Tuesday January 7, 2020 – At least one person is said to have been killed when a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Puerto Rico this morning, following a 5.8 magnitude quake yesterday.

And the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) at the University of the West Indies’ St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago says the region must be prepared.

The 6.4 quake struck at 4:24 a.m., with its centre located about 8 km south of the southern town of Indios, and was followed by several aftershocks, including two of magnitude 5.6.          Continue reading

Venezuela remains one of Guyana’s biggest rice buyers, despite no PetroCaribe deal

The Guyana Rice Development Board, Cowan Street, Kingston, Georgetown.

Venezuela is Guyana’s biggest rice market, accounting for 34 percent or 177,682  tonnest of all that grain exported to several Latin American countries the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) said in a statement.

This means that despite Venezuela stopping the rice for oil PetroCaribe agreement with Guyana in 2016, a number of private exporters are still selling rice to that neighbouring Spanish-speaking country.          Continue reading

Venezuela’s ruling Socialists seize congress, defiant opposition re-elects Guaido

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CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuela’s socialist government installed a new head of Congress yesterday after armed troops blocked opposition legislators from entering parliament, in a move condemned by dozens of nations as an assault on democracy.

Troops with riot shields blocked opposition leader Juan Guaido from entering parliament for what was expected to be his re-election as head of Congress, at one point pulling him off the compound’s iron railings after he tried to push past security forces.

The blockade allowed the ruling Socialist Party to hand the post to legislator Luis Parra, who was recently expelled by an opposition party over corruption allegations. (See earlier report below) Continue reading

CUBA: Quiet docks, empty streets … Cubans count the cost as tourists stay away

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After Donald Trump reversed Obama’s warming of relations, curtailing flights and cruise ship visits, the island is braced for a return to economic limbo

Along the docks in Havana, the streets are quiet. Where thousands of people disembarked from cruise ships on a daily basis, the port now lies empty. A quick stroll away, in the Almacenes de San José crafts market, María Hernández watches a handful of tourists browsing the aisles of this vast restored 19th-century warehouse, hoping they will pause at her stall. For the past nine years, she has been selling a range of goods: decorative plates, coffee mugs, vintage car magnets and Che Guevara key rings. She welcomed the influx of people from the United States after the “normalisation” of relations with Cuba in December 2014.

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Guyana Politics: PPP “likely” to win next elections but tighter anti-corruption efforts needed- US expert

Dr. Evan Ellis

The United States (US) will have to ensure that the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) sticks to its promises to keep a lid on corruption, with the likelihood of that party winning next year’s general elections, a Senior Advisor at U.S. State Department says in a recent assessment of the political and security situation.

“At the same time, given concerns regarding corruption in prior PPP administrations, while the US should embrace and work in good faith with a future PPP government, it must do so with its eyes open, holding the PPP to account with respect to its commitments to transparency, democracy, and commitment to free market and the rule of law,” Dr. Robert Evan Ellis states in his contribution titled “Security Challenges in Guyana and the Government Response” in Journal of the Americas.          Continue reading

Immigration: Guyana as a magnet – Editorial Kaieteur News

Update: Bolivia Coup Regime Agrees to Nine of Ten Peasant Demands

….  Coup Leaders will Withdraw Military from the Streets
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https://images.pagina12.com.ar/styles/focal_3_2_960x640/public/media/articles/32154/documento.jpg?itok=dH8hlvF0Yesterday, the Minister of the Presidency of the Bolivian coup regime accepted eight of the nine demands presented by the peasant and social organizations of La Paz.

The agreement, signed by Minister Jerjes Justiniano, removes the military from the streets of the country, frees those arrested in the protests, promises economic reparations to the victims of the repression and the continuity of certain policies of the government of Evo Morales.    Continue reading

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