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Russian State Oil Company Rosneft Cuts Venezuelan PDVSA’s Credit

August, 9 2017 (Panampost) Russian state oil company Rosneft has cut off credit to Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, according to Reuters. Rosneft recently made an advance payment of over US $1 billion to PDVSA in April, deemed by many in Venezuela’s local media as a “lifeline” for President Nicolás Maduro’s floundering regime. The two [...]

Chief FARC-Santos Pact Negotiator to Run for President in Colombia

August, 9 2017 (Panampost) In the face of significant support from various sectors of the country, former peace negotiator Humberto de la Calle announced that he will be throwing his hat into the ring for the presidency of Colombia in 2018. This morning, on Wednesday, August 9, via his Twitter account, he made reference to [...]

Venezuela’s new assembly creates ‘truth commission’

August, 9 2017 (BBC) Venezuela's controversial constituent assembly has passed a law creating a "truth commission". The head of the assembly said the law was a "powerful instrument to stifle violence, hatred and intolerance". More than 120 people have been killed in the violence since anti-government protests began sweeping through the country on 1 April. [...]

Rafael Márquez: Mexico footballer denies drugs cartel link

August, 10 2017 (BBC) The Mexico national football team captain Rafa Márquez has denied US accusations that he has links with a drugs cartel. Mr Márquez said he would co-operate with investigations and has made a voluntary declaration to Mexico's attorney general. He was one of 21 people and 42 organisations singled out by the [...]

Tropical Storm Franklin menaces Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula

August, 7 2017 (CNN) ropical Storm Franklin is strengthening over the Caribbean Sea, menacing Mexico with storm warnings and a hurricane watch issued for the Yucatan peninsula. The government of Mexico has issued a hurricane watch for part of the eastern peninsula from Chetumal to Punta Allen. Track the storm here The National Hurricane Center [...]

U.S. Sanctions Eight More Venezuelans, Including Hugo Chavez’ Brother

August, 9 2017 (Huffpost) WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Wednesday imposed sanctions on eight more Venezuelan officials, including the brother of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, to punish them for their role in President Nicolas Maduro’s creation of a new legislative superbody, U.S. officials said. The United States targeted individual politicians [...]

Chilean Embassy in Venezuela Offers Protection from Regime to New Judges

August, 2 2017 (Panampost) The Chilean embassy in Venezuela is protecting two judges appointed by the Venezuelan opposition, who fear persecution from President Nicolás Maduro’s regime. Currently, the country’s embassy is hosting one other judge and a political opposition leader. Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz tweeted that the embassy took in the two justices who [...]

Cuban Dictatorship Claims U.S. Conspiring with OAS to Install Puppet Government in Venezuela

August, 1 2017 (Panampost) Cuban President Raúl Castro claimed there is an ongoing “international operation” against Venezuela following the implementation of Nicolás Maduro’s Constituent Assembly. His regime claimed that the US is plotting against Venezuela and ignoring the Chavista elections that were held Sunday, July 30. It also denounced US sanctions against Nicolás Maduro — [...]

Former Brazil President Lula faces sixth trial for corruption

August, 1 2017 SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, already found guilty of corruption in one graft trial, will now face a sixth trial on charges related to a sweeping political kickback scheme that sent Latin America's biggest economy into political chaos, a judge ordered on Tuesday. A federal [...]

Exclusive: Venezuelan oil supply to Phillips 66 falls amid quality issues

August, 1 2017 (Reuters) HOUSTON (Reuters) - Venezuela's supply of heavy crude to U.S. independent refiner Phillips 66 has dropped by more than two-thirds this year in part due to quality problems, and the company has cancelled at least one cargo in recent months, according to sources from state-run oil company PDVSA. Phillips 66 (PSX.N) [...]

Brazil’s Temer wins Congressional votes to block graft charge

August, 1 2017 (Reuters) BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's lower house of Congress voted on Wednesday to reject a corruption charge against President Michel Temer for allegedly taking bribes, saving him from facing a possible Supreme Court trial that could have ousted him from office. Temer won enough ballots to keep the opposition from gaining the [...]

Venezuela Just Spawned A Totalitarian Regime

August, 1 2017 (Huffpost) Venezuela just became more authoritarian and chaotic than ever before. Sunday’s fraudulent elections marked a new chapter in the republic’s history. As a result of the illegitimate and rigid Constituent Assembly vote, the country now finds itself well on its way to becoming a “communal state” run by the central government. [...]