Category Archives: Latin America

China will determine the future of Venezuela – Opinion

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PHOTO: Chinese President Xi Jinping walks next to Venezuela”s President Nicolas Maduro during his welcoming ceremony in Beijing, China September 14, 2018 [File: Reuters]

On January 23, when US-backed opposition leaderJuan Guaido declared himself interim president of Venezuela, he thought deposing President Nicolas Maduro from power would be easy.

He had a simple, three-thronged plan: declare Maduro’s presidency illegitimate by exposing the irregularities in the election that brought him to power, establish a transition government, and hold new elections that would bring the opposition to power.

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U.S. ramps up Mexico asylum returns: ‘safe third country’ plan – ‘Remain in Mexico’ 

— Trump confirms ‘safe third country’ plan – ‘Remain in Mexico,’ 

Under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, Mexico agreed on June 7 to expand the programme, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, or ‘Remain in Mexico,’ which forces mostly Central American asylum seekers arriving at the U.S. southern border to await the outcome of their U.S. asylum claims in Mexico.  Continue reading

Trinidad announces visa requirement for Venezuelans….. as protests erupt

   –   15 June 2019

National Security Minister Stuart Young (centre) addresses the media at the close of registration on June 14, 2019.

(Trinidad Guardian) Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young has an­nounced that from Mon­day, the Gov­ern­ment of Trinidad and To­ba­go will im­ple­ment a visa sys­tem for Venezue­lans wish­ing to come to Trinidad and To­ba­go.

The min­is­ter made the an­nounce­ment at a news con­fer­ence in Port-of-Spain at the end of the Venezue­lan reg­is­tra­tion process.

“From Mon­day morn­ing we will be im­ple­ment­ing visas for Venezue­lans to come to Trinidad and To­ba­go,” Young said.            Continue reading

The view from Europe: Tariff wars and sanctions: the new normal? – By David Jessop

 By David Jessop

The moment is fast arriving when Caribbean Governments and business will have to consider the consequences of the tariff wars and sanctions that Washington is now pursuing.

Far from reducing its ‘America First’ rhetoric and seeking compromise, the Trump Administration has become committed to weaponising its trade policy to achieve its broader political objectives. If sustained this will reshape global markets, making an equitable rules-based global trading system no longer possible.

So serious has the matter become that the Chinese government recently issued a white paper on its trade dispute with the US. The document, which has much broader relevance, sets out clearly how since President Trump took office in 2017 the US administration has threatened its major trading partners with new tariffs and introduced measures provoking frequent economic and trade friction.      Continue reading

Frightful similarities encircling tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic

By Caribbean News Now contributor – June 12, 2019

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic – The latest in a series of startling similar fatalities in the Dominican Republic, a sixth American tourist was reported Monday to have died from a strange illness at a resort in the island.

Most of the deaths, and several other serious illnesses, include healthy, middle-aged adults who consumed a drink from their hotel room minibar before abruptly becoming severely ill.        Continue reading

Border mining areas affected by fuel shortage in Venezuela

The Eteringbang area, near Venezuela

The situation appears to be occurring in the Cuyuni, Region Seven, nearer to the Venezuela border, and in areas of Region One.

The situation would be blamed mainly on the problems of supply in Venezuela, from where dealers have been buying.    Continue reading

Maduro defying Trump, just like Assad did Obama and Castro did Kennedy – By Anthony L Hall

By Anthony L Hall  – https://www.caribbeannewsnow.com

President Trump is notoriously thin-skinned. And nothing gets under it quite like observations that he’s behaving just like his predecessor, Barack Obama. Yet there’s no denying that he’s behaving towards Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro just as Obama did towards Syrian President Bashir al-Assad.

No doubt you recall Obama declaring that Assad must go:

The future of Syria must be determined by its people, but President Bashar al-Assad is standing in their way. For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside.

(The Washington Post, August 18, 2011)            Continue reading

U.S. must cultivate Central America or lose out to China – Panama president-elect

Laurentino “Nito” Cortizo

PANAMA CITY,  (Reuters) – Panama’s president-elect, Laurentino “Nito” Cortizo, said the United States should pay more attention to Central America or risk losing ground to China, which has won diplomatic support and increased its investment in the region in recent years.

Cortizo, of the center-left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), won Sunday’s unexpectedly close presidential election with 33 percent of the vote and a 2 point gap over his nearest rival, the electoral tribunal said.

The U.S.-educated former agriculture minister and businessman said that if the United States neglected a region it has long considered its backyard, it was inviting China to fill the gap.          Continue reading

New training document for asylum screenings reflects tougher U.S. stance

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO, (Reuters) – The Trump administration has revised training guidelines for asylum officers in ways that could make it harder for migrants seeking refuge in the United States to pass an initial screening.

The revisions to a lesson plan used by hundreds of asylum officers suggest the Trump administration is finding new ways to narrow who can access asylum as bolder policy proposals with that same goal have been blocked by federals courts, said former government officials and immigration experts who reviewed the internal plan that was shared with Reuters. The changes could potentially lead to more denials and deportations before migrants’ full cases can be heard, they said.      Continue reading

Venezuela crisis: Maduro claims victory over ‘deranged’ coup attempt

Venezuela crisis: Maduro claims victory over ‘deranged’ coup attempt

President blames Trump imperialists and ‘coup-mongering far right’ as rival Juan Guaidó calls for more protests

 National Guard armoured vehicle drives into protesters in Venezuela – video

Nicolás Maduro claimed his troops have thwarted a botched attempt to topple him masterminded by Venezuela’s “coup-mongering far right” and Donald Trump’s deranged imperialist “gang”.

In an hour-long address to the nation on Tuesday night – his first since the pre-dawn uprising began – Maduro accused opposition leader Juan Guaidó and his political mentor Leopoldo López of seeking to spark an armed confrontation that might be used as a pretext for a foreign military intervention.                Continue reading

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