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Monday, February 27, 2017

Maduro's new top judge has seen jail from inside


One of Venezuela’s most controversial judges, who was once jailed for murder, has been appointed president of the country’s supreme court. Maikel Moreno, 50, a former member of the intelligence police force, was convicted of killing a youth in 1987. He is understood to have spent several months in jail before being acquitted on appeal. He was also implicated in another murder in 1989, but in that case was found not guilty.  Venezuela’s opposition has expressed exasperation at his appointment, which was approved by President Maduro. Lester Toledo, an opposition leader, described the judge as a “human rights violator”. After leaving the security services after the murder allegations, Mr Moreno trained as a lawyer. He went on to associate himself closely with the radical left-wing…More…

Trump: The US has a "great problem" with Venezuela

US President Donald J. Trump said on Friday that he has a “great problem” with Venezuela, ahead of his meeting with his Peruvian counterpart, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.  “We have a problem with Venezuela, they are doing very badly and then we will talk about many different things," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.  For his part, Kuczynski claimed to be “happy” for being in Washington and to feel “great respect” for the United States. "Latin America needs to grow further, and we are going to talk about how to do this. Have you got any ideas?, the Peruvian president asked Trump. More…

Venezuelan VP, ministers to submit their annual reports to high court


Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Tareck El Aissami, as well as the ministers of the Executive Cabinet of President Nicolás Maduro, will submit their annual reports at the Supreme Tribunal of Justice of Venezuela (TSJ) instead of the National Assembly (AN). Based on an interpretation of Article 244 of the National Constitution, the TSJ Constitutional Chamber declared “unconstitutional default by the National Assembly.” For this reason, the top government authorities “shall present their reasoned and sufficient annual report on their office management during the previous year,” at the TSJ, according to a press release posted on the TSJ website More…

Amnesty presses Venezuela, Argentina to release ‘political prisoners’

The directors of Amnesty International’s branches in Argentina and Venezuela have again called on their governments of both nations to release political prisoners, warning them for what the NGO perceives as their worsening human rights record, in a press conference at Amnesty International’s offices in Buenos Aires. Amnesty International Venezuela Director Marcos Gómez began by criticising the Emergency Decree recently issued by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro adopting “discriminatory measures” that the executive claims will have “an almost criminal effect on the poor.” Gómez also outlined his worries about systemic arbitrary detentions, and how the intelligence services in Venezuela is not following through with judicial rulings ordering the release of 18 prisoners. Civilians are also being tried in military tribunals, the NGO’s director warned, adding that journalists and human rights defenders are being persecuted and targeted by government-led media campaigns. More…

Venezuela’s Economic Crisis Makes Way For Acute Starvation


As per the revelation by annual national survey, the woes of the South American nation of Venezuela has reached a shocking stage. The survey showed nearly three-quarters of respondents losing an average of 19 pounds between 2015 and 2016. This is just part of the sad stories plaguing the Latin American nation for a long time now. The country’s National Survey of Living Condition is overseen by three major Venezuelan universities and other research groups. Venezuela has been suffering from an economic crisis from 2014, after oil prices around the world plunged. This along with the government’s short-sighted fiscal policy and overreliance on unaffordable imports that it can’t afford to keep up, the economy has ground to a halt. More…

Venezuela PDVSA says expects PetroSaudi arbitration decision in Q4


Feb 24 Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA said on Friday it expects an arbitration panel in Paris to reach a decision on its dispute with PetroSaudi Oil Services Ltd over an offshore drilling rig in the final months of this year. PDVSA is seeking damages for what it says was "poor performance" by the rig which worked in the Caribbean waters off Venezuela's eastern Sucre state. "The Arbitral Tribunal, which has heard the reasons for the contractual disputes, is expected to issue a Final Award during the fourth quarter of this year," the company said in a statement. More…

Peru warns against the "danger" of Venezuelan massive migration


Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski warned on Friday at the United Nations (UN) against the “danger” of emigration “en masse” of Venezuelans to neighboring countries, few hours after his meeting in Washington with US President Donald Trump. Kuczynski, the first Latin American president that has met with the incoming US President Donald Trump at the White House, disclosed on “red-hot issues” that needed to be discussed, such as the Venezuelan case, AFP quoted. More…