How your lawmakers want to punish Cuba for not returning Joanne Chesimard to N.J.

How your lawmakers want to punish Cuba for not returning Joanne Chesimard to N.J.

By Jonathan D. Salant

Legislation funding the State Department would block the U.S. from expanding its diplomatic presence in Cuba until convicted cop-killer Joanne Chesimard is returned to New Jersey.

The House Appropriations Committee spending bill for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 would prevent the U.S. from building new facilities or hiring additional staff except for those needed for health safety and security reasons. It imposes the same restrictions on Cuba in this country.

Chesimard “has been sheltered by the Castro regime for decades,” said Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen ...  

Exclusive: Russia, Venezuela discuss Citgo collateral deal to avoid U.S. sanctions – sources

Exclusive: Russia, Venezuela discuss Citgo collateral deal to avoid U.S. sanctions – sources

By Alexandra Ulmer and Marianna Parraga

CARACAS/HOUSTON (Reuters) – Russia’s top oil producer Rosneft is negotiating to swap its collateral in Venezuelan-owned, U.S.-based refiner Citgo for oilfield stakes and a fuel supply deal – a move to avoid complications from U.S. sanctions, two sources with knowledge of the negotiations told Reuters.

State-owned Rosneft holds a 49.9 percent stake in Citgo as collateral for a loan last year of about $1.5 billion to the OPEC nation, which is reeling from ...  

Millions Heed Anti-Maduro Shutdown in Venezuela

Millions Heed Anti-Maduro Shutdown in Venezuela

By Andrew Cawthorne and Girish Gupta

CARACAS (Reuters) – Many Venezuelan streets were barricaded and deserted on Thursday for a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro to demand elections and the scrapping of plans for a new congress they fear would consolidate dictatorship in the OPEC country.

From the Andes to the Amazon, millions joined the 24-hour shutdown, staying at home, closing businesses or manning roadblocks in a civil disobedience campaign the opposition hopes will end nearly two decades of ...  

Trump podría liderar el rescate internacional de Venezuela

Trump podría liderar el rescate internacional de Venezuela

[Traducción por IASW]

Por Roger F. Noriega

No hay suficiente gas lacrimógeno o balas en Venezuela para mantener al dictador Nicolás Maduro en el poder, precisamente porque su régimen no tiene dinero disponible para apoyar su aparato represivo e importar alimentos al mismo tiempo. Aunque los titiriteros cubanos y rusos de Nicolás Maduro están dispuestos a ver a los venezolanos hambrientos, golpeados, y en la sumisión, la comunidad internacional no lo está.

Existe un consenso entre las principales naciones de la región y ...  

President Trump should muster an international rescue of Venezuela

President Trump should muster an international rescue of Venezuela

By Roger F. Noriega

There are not enough tear gas canisters or bullets in Venezuela to sustain the regime of dictator Nicolás Maduro, which is so cash-strapped it can’t even import food. And although his Cuban and Russian masters are willing to see hungry Venezuelans beaten into submission, the international community is not.

There is an emerging consensus among key nations in the region and among bipartisan leaders in Congress that Venezuelans can resolve ...  

Factbox: Impacts of US sanctions on Venezuelan oil

Factbox: Impacts of US sanctions on Venezuelan oil

The Trump administration is considering major sanctions on Venezuelan oil exports into the US, a policy move which could exacerbate the current heavy crude supply tightness, and cause a months-long dip in US refining margins.

A senior administration official said this week that a ban on Venezuelan imports was one of the options being considered, but views on the practicality and effectiveness of such a ban remain divided with the administration.

While specifics remain largely unclear, here’s a look at the ...  

Venezuela Could Go the Way of Cuba, Members of Congress Say

Venezuela Could Go the Way of Cuba, Members of Congress Say

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress denounced Venezuela’s government Wednesday, echoing harsh criticism from the White House and likening the political situation there to Cuba under Fidel and Raúl Castro.

Speaking at a briefing at the Capitol, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro has consolidated power, corrupted the courts and removed checks on his executive authority while silencing political opposition. He has “condemned his own people to poverty, starvation and immense suffering,” while amassing wealth ...  

Venezuela’s Maduro, foes head into crucial showdown

Venezuela’s Maduro, foes head into crucial showdown

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN AND FABIOLA SANCHEZ

Large swaths of Venezuela’s capital were shuttered and silent Thursday as opponents of President Nicolas Maduro called the first major national strike since a 2002 stoppage that failed to topple Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez.

A public transport strike appeared to have halted nearly all bus traffic and thousands of private businesses defied government demands to stay open. State-run firms were open, though many were short on staff after employees failed to appear. Improvised roadblocks closed many streets.

The 24-hour strike was ...  

Ecuador risks Opec split by increasing oil output

Ecuador risks Opec split by increasing oil output

By Adam Vaughan

Ecuador has become the first country to publicly admit it will not meet Opec’s production curbs, saying it needs to pump more oil to address its fiscal deficit.

The South American country’s promised cut of 26,000 barrels of oil a day is a tiny drop in the 1.8m b/d that the cartel recently agreed to curb until early 2018, but the decision is still the first crack in the deal’s unity.

“There’s a need for funds for the fiscal treasury, hence ...  

One Way Or Another – Venezuela Will Send Oil Prices Up

One Way Or Another – Venezuela Will Send Oil Prices Up

By Nick Cunningham

In a desperate bid to survive its economic meltdown, Venezuela is lobbying other OPEC members to agree to steeper oil production cuts, a move that would likely lead to higher oil prices.

Venezuelan officials have reached out to their counterparts in Iran, Russia and Saudi Arabia to press them on more collective action, according to Argus Media. If there was enough interest, the next step would be an “extraordinary meeting,” which would weigh the option of ...  

The Clock Is Ticking On Venezuela

The Clock Is Ticking On Venezuela

By Paul Coyer

Venezuela is fast on its way to becoming the next Cuba, if the Socialist Party of Venezuela gets its way and succeeds in rewriting the constitution to enshrine its authoritarian rule permanently – and that should be worrisome for those of us that share the Western hemisphere with Caracas. Due to its immense natural resources and wealth, strategic importance, and established relationships with hostile, extra-hemispheric powers, Venezuela has the potential to be a far greater problem than ...  

Who’d Lose Most From U.S. Ban on Venezuela Crude?: QuickTake Q&A

Who’d Lose Most From U.S. Ban on Venezuela Crude?: QuickTake Q&A

By Alex Nussbaum, Lucia Kassai, and Meenal Vamburkar

U.S. President Donald Trump may turn up the pressure on Venezuela’s crippled regime by going after the most vital link between the two countries: crude oil. The Trump administration is considering a ban on oil imports from Venezuela as part of a spate of sanctions to punish President Nicolas Maduro, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg News. Maduro’s government has been accused of corruption and attempts to quash political opposition. Targeting crude oil is ...  

Threat of U.S. oil sanctions on Venezuela sparks fears of economic ‘collapse’

Threat of U.S. oil sanctions on Venezuela sparks fears of economic ‘collapse’

BY JIM WYSS, PATRICIA MAZZEI AND ALEX DAUGHERTY

Venezuelan lawmakers warned Tuesday the country could be headed for a “catastrophic” meltdown if the United States limits or blocks its crude exports amid an escalating struggle over the fate of the socialist administration.

The fears come as the White House confirmed it’s considering a range of political sanctions against the South American nation if it goes ahead with plans to rewrite the constitution, including a ban on oil imports.

...  

The Private Sector In Cuba Isn’t Private At All

The Private Sector In Cuba Isn’t Private At All

By Robert Donachie

HAVANA — Oscar Hernandez could have finished his bachelor’s degree, but instead he elected to drop out of college to drive a taxi cab around Havana.

The choice for Hernandez was simple: in Cuba, cabbies can earn way more money in a single day, or even one trip, than government employees make in a month.

Oscar did a quick cost-benefit analysis and realized his career as a government psychologist would pay significantly less than ...  

President Trump Unveils Goals for a New NAFTA Deal With Canada and Mexico

President Trump Unveils Goals for a New NAFTA Deal With Canada and Mexico

By Josh Boak

President Donald Trump vowed Monday to boost U.S. manufacturing by cutting the $64 billion trade deficit with Mexico as he showcased products made in all 50 states — everything from a fire truck to a baseball bat.

“No longer are we going to allow other countries to break the rules, to steal our ...  

Ecuador’s Succession Politics Get Ugly

Ecuador’s Succession Politics Get Ugly

By Mac Margolis

When the government candidate eked out a victory in the bitter runoff for president of Ecuador in April, incumbent Rafael Correa was ebullient. The willful populist who ran the small Andean nation like a private finca for the last decade had staked his legacy on the continuation of his “Citizen’s Revolution,” pulling out the stops for his anointed successor against a surging opposition.

So it wasn’t unreasonable to expect both gratitude and fealty from his understudy. But in ...  

In Cuba, Trump’s policy proving hard to follow

In Cuba, Trump’s policy proving hard to follow

BY MELANIE ZANONA

HAVANA — In the heart of Old Havana along the city’s historic Cathedral Square, a restored colonial mansion housing a popular tourist restaurant is packed with travelers sipping mojitos and nibbling on plantain chips.

El Floridita, a daiquiri bar made famous by novelist Ernest Hemingway, has become such a hot spot for tourists that the establishment sells merchandise in the corner.

Not too far away, a historic Cuban building has recently been turned into a ...  

Trump threatens sanctions if Venezuela creates Constituent Assembly

Trump threatens sanctions if Venezuela creates Constituent Assembly

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Monday to take “strong and swift economic actions” if Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro goes ahead with plans to create a super-legislature known as a Constituent Assembly in a July 30 vote.

“Yesterday, the Venezuelan people again made clear that they stand for democracy, freedom and rule of law. Yet their strong and courageous actions continue to be ignored by a bad leader who dreams of becoming a dictator,” Trump said in ...  

Spike in Venezuelans seeking asylum in U.S. could hit another record

Spike in Venezuelans seeking asylum in U.S. could hit another record

By Amanda Trejos

Carlos Sanchez worries constantly about the safety of the family he left behind in Venezuela three years ago.

“What worries me the most is that something might happen to them, like getting robbed or that they get killed for some reason, or that they get kidnapped because they think that because I’m here I have a lot of money,” said Sanchez, 19, who lives in Maryland with his father.

Sanchez is one of thousands of Venezuelans who migrated to the United States ...  

After protest vote, Maduro foes warn of ‘zero hour’ for Venezuela’s democracy

After protest vote, Maduro foes warn of ‘zero hour’ for Venezuela’s democracy

By Rachelle Krygier and Nick Miroff

Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Monday pledged to defy the government with escalating protest tactics, a day after showing their strength in an unofficial referendum that they said drew more than 7 million votes condemning his rule.

Leaders of the Democratic Unity coalition say they will bring the country to a halt with a 24-hour general strike Thursday, urging workers to stay home and businesses to shut their doors to protest Maduro’s controversial plan ...  

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During the last several decades, the United States has invested billions of dollars in trying to help the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean deliver better lives for their citizens. This has meant helping them increase internal security by combating the illicit growing and trafficking in narcotics and the activities of terrorist groups, as well as helping them to shore up their democratic and free market institutions.

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