Category Archives: Latin America

Maracaibo – Venezuelan El Dorado Hits Rock Bottom – By Katrin Kuntz | Der Spiegel

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Maracaibo used to be the Dallas of Venezuela; its wealth fueled by oil. But today, residents are fighting for survival and the city is experiencing an exodus. The collapse of Maracaibo is emblematic of what may lie in store for the country at large.

Katrin Kuntz | Der Spiegel International

The day on which residents of Maracaibo destroyed their own city out of sheer desperation began relatively normally, considering the circumstances. It was March 10, 2019, and for the preceding three days, the power had been out across almost the entire country. Fernel Ricardo, a resident of Maracaibo, the second-largest city in Venezuela, remembers how his city took one ste p closer to the abyss that day.            Continue reading

U.S. — Puerto Rico is another presidential litmus test which Trump has failed –By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

   –By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Among all of President Donald Trump’s many character flaws, perhaps the most unfortunate one is a lack of empathy, especially for those who need it the most. But compassion is a necessary trait for any president, who, as head of state, often has to comfort and console Americans in times of crisis.

Take the case of Puerto Rico. As then tropical storm Dorian bore down on the island last Wednesday morning with a likelihood that it would become a hurricane, the president tweeted, “We are tracking closely tropical storm Dorian as it heads, as usual, to Puerto Rico. FEMA and all others are ready, and will do a great job,” referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “When they do, let them know it, and give them a big Thank You – Not like last time. That includes from the incompetent Mayor of San Juan!”          Continue reading

Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest: Mother forgive us. We know not what we do…

MAP OF ACTIVE FIRES IN THE AMAZON BASIN – BRAZIL – AUGUST 27, 2019
PHOTO CREDIT: BBC NEWS

Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is under attack. So far this year, she has received nearly 75,000 stab wounds, setting the targeted areas ablaze. Seventy-five thousand! Her belching smoke trails turned daylight into darkness over Brazil’s largest city, some 1,677 miles away. How many trees and the non-human lives they sustain have we humans condemned to ashes? For what?

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Guyana-born Chemist and Ethno-botanist – Conrad Gorinsky – Dead at 83

An Ethno-botanist Who Wanted to Save the Amazon But was Accused of Biopiracy

Dr. Conrad Gorinsky

Obituary | The Times

Conrad Gorinsky was born in Parubaru, near the Kuyuwini river, in British Guiana on March 7, 1936. He died of pneumonia after being treated for nasal cancer on August 18, 2019 at age 83 

As a young woman lay dying after being bitten by a venomous sea snake in Papua New Guinea, Conrad Gorinsky bemused his fellow explorers by smearing her swollen leg with mashed mango.

A world authority on the medicinal properties of tropical plants, whose reputation was later tarnished by allegations of “biopiracy”, Gorinsky was familiar with the ancient treatment for snake bites used by the indigenous people. The girl made a full recovery.            Continue reading

Brazilian bus company plans to launch Lethem-Georgetown service in November

By Alva Solomon – August 19, 2019 – Guyana Chronicle

An Amatur bus

Deemed an international line, Brazilian company, AMATUR, plans to commence a bus service linking Lethem with Georgetown by November this year.

President of the Brazil-Guyana Chamber of Commerce,Remídio Monai, confirmed the plans of the company with Brazilian media entity Radio Folha.

Monai highlighted Guyana’s economic growth and its future and how the service could benefit the Brazilian state of Roraima.          Continue reading

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

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