A foretaste of homegrown jihad

The Trinidadian Muslim community has denounced abuse and discrimination against the five male Trinidadian Muslims still incarcerated in a Sebin prison in Caracas. A protest outside the Venezuelan Embassy in Port of Spain was staged last April (Handout photo: V.S.)

DOSSIER.  Three Venezuelans and five Trinidadians will stand trial on January 26 under the suspicion of being involved in alleged Muslim terrorist activities in Venezuela.  After nine months in prison, the defendants will appear in court to face charges of terrorism brought against them by the Attorney General Office.  


Venezuelan president's speech conditioned by avoidance

"Avoidance was a not very welcome guest in the speech" (AVN)

ANALYSIS.  In his address to the nation at the National Assembly (AN) on Wednesday, January 21, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro upheld his commitment to dialogue involving all sectors as part of his strategy to resolve the domestic standoff, ahead of the parliamentary election this year. In this context, sociologist and university professor Maryclen Stelling explained that the president's speech occurs in a "difficult, strained" political atmosphere.  


Cuba needs to retain economic oxygen provided by Venezuela

From 2008-2011, Caracas transferred USD 18 billion to Havana in loans, investment, or gifts, the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) disclosed in a report

CUBA.  The Cuban economy will continue, at least for other three years, depending on strategic trade with Venezuela, even though the measures adopted by Washington to improve ties with the island will help Cuba to alleviate the drop of imports from Caracas.  


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Annual Report and Accounts

Summary of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's Annual Report

GOVERNMENT Maduro announced several measures grounded on the country's economic indicators.

Ruling party leader: No economic package under the revolution

GOVERNMENT The first vice-president of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, regarded the annual speech of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro -delivered on Wednesday at the National Assembly- as a message of "union, hope, and love for the homeland."

Capriles: Maduro's announcements fail to solve Venezuelan crisis

REPORT AND ACCOUNTS Amidst the current situation in Venezuela and following the announcements made by President Nicolás Maduro on Wednesday during his Annual Report and Accounts 2014, opposition leader and Miranda state governor Henrique Capriles stated that "today more than ever we (Venezuelans) have to come together to overcome the crisis; today the crisis spoke up."

Oil News

Venezuelan oil basket rebounds; ends at USD 39.52 per barrel

HYDROCARBONS The Venezuelan oil basket rebounded this week.

Venezuelan oil exports down 4% in 2014

HYDROCARBONS Exports of crude oil and byproducts from state-run oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) retreated to USD 2.33 million per day in 2014, as reported by Minister of Petroleum and Mining Asdrúbal Chávez.

Venezuelan petroleum minister vows to work on stabilizing oil prices

HYDROCARBONS Venezuelan Minister of Petroleum and Mining Asdrúbal Chávez upheld on Tuesday the government determination to keep on working to reach a consensus and stabilize the hydrocarbons global market.

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