Category Archives: Latin America

Washington Owes The Region An Explanation – By David Jessop

 Washington Owes The Region An Explanation

| March 10, 2019 | By David Jessop 

US National Security Adviser John Bolton

From Iraq, through Libya to Syria, the approach to regime change by the United States and its allies has been to support the removal of a disliked government with little serious thought as to the broader consequences.

Absent in these and other lower intensity conflicts has been any informed long-term thinking or planning about the ensuing instability, the multiple damaging effects on neighbours, or the additional cost in human suffering an intervention causes.      Continue reading

BRAZIL: Lights, sequins, samba: Rio carnival at the Sambadrome – in pictures

Performers from the Salgueiro samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome

Venezuela and PetroCaribe, sanctions and collateral damage – By David Jessop

Commentary: The View from Europe: PetroCaribe, sanctions and collateral damage

David Jessop

February 24, 2019 – By David Jessop

As this is being written an uneasy calm prevails in Haiti following nearly two weeks of widespread demonstrations against the government of President Jovenal Moïse. Protesters had been demanding his resignation, blocking roads, burning vehicles and attacking government buildings and businesses in many parts of the country including the capital Port-au-Prince.

More protests are planned in the coming days following what many Haitians see as the continuing failure to address their concerns about the disappearance of US$1.7 billion in PetroCaribe funds between 2008 and 2016 intended for social programmes in Haiti. Among those implicated by a Senate report were former ministers, officials, and senior political figures.    Continue reading

As Maduro holds on, Venezuela opposition eyes negotiated transition

Stabroek News – 20 February 2019

Congress chief Juan Guaido (left) and President Nicolas Maduro

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition is trying to convince ruling Socialist Party officials to join a transition government, shifting focus as it seeks to unseat President Nicolas Maduro, who has clung to power in the face of growing international pressure and U.S. sanctions.

Last month, Venezuelan opposition leader and Congress chief Juan Guaido invoked the constitution to assume the interim presidency after declaring Maduro’s reelection in May 2018 illegitimate. He swiftly received recognition from the United States and Latin American powers.  Continue reading

Venezuela’s Collapse Holds Lessons For Neighboring Guyana – Forbes

Commentary By FORBES

Venezuela’s slide from top of the heap to a virtual bit player in the oil market is a slow-motion car crash. Production sank progressively from 2.6 million barrels per day (b/d) a decade ago, when it was third in OPEC behind only Saudi Arabia and Iran, to 2.0 million b/d by Q3 2017. Decline since has been precipitous – today it’s just 1.1 million b/d.

The market has shrugged off the loss, even with the absence of sanctioned Iranian oil. Venezuela’s heavy barrels have been largely displaced by supplies from Canada, Mexico and elsewhere.


The Venezuelan crisis requires a planned humanitarian response – By David Jessop

David Jessop

The View from Europe: By David Jessop

In the years following the Arab Spring, Europe learnt that, without prior planning and consideration, large numbers of people fleeing instability can rapidly create political, social and economic tensions in ways that polarise national discourse, change politics, affect foreign relations, and redefine social thinking.

Without clear policies and a well-planned response to the accelerating humanitarian disaster in Venezuela there are good reasons to believe that similar consequences could follow in the Caribbean.          Continue reading

Venezuela’s Maduro must leave office but invasion not the answer — By Mohamed Hamaludin

Nicolás Maduro


By the time this column is being read, Nicolas Maduro may no longer be president of Venezuela. The successor to Hugo Chavez has run the country’s economy into the ground, with an inflation rate that could reach 10 million percent by year-end; for comparison, in the U.S. it is under three percent.  An estimated three million Venezuelans, about 10% of its population, have fled to neighboring countries.

Maduro served six years and claimed victory in an election late last year widely regarded as rigged and took the oath of office in January. Massive street protests have become a daily routine and a young politician, Juan Guaido, emerged as Maduro’s main opponent, calling on him to resign and declaring himself interim president.        Continue reading

Concern over 200,000 Trinidadians holding US visas after PM’s stance on Venezuela

Stabroek News – January 28, 2019

Kamla Persad-Bissessar

(Trinidad Express) There are more than 200,000 Trinidad and Tobago citizens who hold United States visas and can be impacted by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s “not-so-veiled attack” on the United States over its stance on Venezuela.

So said Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, at the United National Congress (UNC) national assembly meeting at Couva South Hall on January 27, 2019

United States Ambassador Joseph Mondello had slammed the Trinidad and Tobago Government for continuing to recognise Nicolas Maduro as president of the troubled country.

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Trump says U.S. military intervention in Venezuela ‘an option;’ Russia objects

Stabroek News – 04 February 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump

CARACAS, (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said military intervention in Venezuela was “an option” as Western nations boost pressure on socialist leader Nicolas Maduro to step down, while the troubled OPEC nation’s ally Russia warned against “destructive meddling.”

The United States, Canada and several Latin American countries have disavowed Maduro over his disputed re-election last year and recognized self-proclaimed President Juan Guaido as the country’s rightful leader.

Trump said U.S. military intervention was under consideration in an interview with CBS.         Continue reading

Guyana: Deep water port planned; but no source of funding yet- Minister Patterson

From left: Chinese Ambassador to Guyana, Cui Jianchun and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge.

Diálogo Chino is an independent journalism platform dedicated to promoting a better understanding the China-Latin America relationship and its sustainable development challenges.

On January 28, Diálogo Chino reported, “In the coming months, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) is set to deliver its report on a Guyana–Brazil transport link and a deepwater port project for the northern coast.  Continue reading

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