May 21, 2018

The View From Europe: the future cost of Trump’s ‘America First’ policy

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BY: DAVID JESSOP From The Barbados Advocate At first sight, last week’s decision by the US President to abrogate the hard-won 2015 UN Security Council deal on nuclear weapons with Iran may seem to have little bearing on the Caribbean. What it does, however, is take US exceptionalism to a new level. It ignores the […]

MIVD warns against ‘secret activities’ in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom

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From Curacao Journal THE HAGUE – The Caribbean parts of the Kingdom can be the target of ‘secret activities’ of foreign powers. According to Rene Zwart of Koninkrijksrelaties.nu, the Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD) warns about this in its annual report. In the chapter ‘Espionage’ the following passage is stated: “In addition to espionage, […]

350 victims rescued in Caribbean and Latin America

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From DaVibes (BBC) Nearly 350 victims of human trafficking have been rescued by police in 13 Caribbean and Latin American countries. The Interpol-coordinated Operation Libertad saved men, women and children trafficked abroad and forced into work. Victims were found working in night clubs, factories, markets, farms and mines. Some worked in spaces “no bigger than […]

Trump administration calls on Latin America, Caribbean ‘to do more’ about Venezuela

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BY FRANCO ORDOÑEZ From McClatchy DC Bureau The Trump administration challenged partners in Latin America and the Caribbean to do more to address the economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela during this weekend’s Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru. Vice President Mike Pence delivered the message on behalf of President Donald Trump during his […]

Caribbean Market Overview – 2018 Q1

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From CIBC FirstCaribbean  CIBC World Markets Inc. Caribbean Economic Overview Summary: In the IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook issue of January 2018, it points to a significant y/y acceleration in world economic expansion during 2017, as 120 economies experienced some acceleration in growth over the period. Faster growth in advanced economies (up from 1.7% in […]

Mexico to strengthen Caribbean energy ties

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From The Oil & Gas Year KINGSTON, March 7, 2018 – Mexico aims to expand co-operation with Jamaica in the energy arena, the country’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray said on Tuesday. While on an official visit to the Caribbean region, Secretary Videgaray said that one goal was to establish Mexican oilfield services providers […]

CARICOM maintains ‘Non-Intervention, Non-Interference’ policy on Venezuela

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Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Keith Rowley, Haiti’s President and Current Chair of the Caribbean Community, Jovenel Moise, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves and Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamina Johnson-Smith (L to R), during a news conference at […]

OPINION: It’s time for the good of humanity to invade Venezuela

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From Jolly Green Whilst Dr Ralph E Gonsalves [DREGs] is getting so fat that he is approaching the point of human self combustion. The people of Venezuela are starving and babies and old people dying. The president of Venezuela lives high on the hog, plenty of food for him his family, his friends, the Generals […]

OPINION: Time for Maduro to go

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By Jolly Green Venezuela’s minimum wage is roughly US$10 a month or EC$6.73 a week. Not enough to live on when you consider 12 eggs cost US$10. Food for a family of 3 is US$45 a month, so people are starving, some grow rabbits, chickens and ground provision, others eat dogs, cats and rats. Even […]

Latin America and the Caribbean in 2018: An economic recovery in the making

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By Alejandro Werne From IMF Recent trends in the world economy and financial markets are good news for Latin America. Global growth and trade are on an upswing, and we expect the momentum to continue in 2018. Stronger commodity prices have also helped the region rebound. Benefiting from these better global conditions, Latin America’s economic […]