Robert Ready

1,686 Added | 4 Magazines | 17 Likes | 9 Following | 309 Followers | @notready | Retired Diplomat w interest in Canadian politics, understanding the Caribbean. Follows developments in international economic policies (trade; investment; air transport)

India, Cuba resist pressure on WTO e-comm rules

Cite ‘digital divide’ to spike proposal

Armed Civilian Bands in Venezuela Prop Up Unpopular President

CARACAS, Venezuela — The bikers thundered up in a phalanx of red jackets and dark clothes, some with faces covered, revving motorcycles before a thousand protesters in Caracas. They threw tear gas canisters to disperse the crowd. Then, witnesses say, they pulled pistols and fired.<p>Someone fell. …

Venezuela

CONCACAF sues 2 ex-officials charged in FIFA bribery scandal

NEW YORK (AP) — North America's soccer federation has filed a lawsuit claiming it was victimized by two defendants charged in the FIFA bribery scandal.<p>In papers filed earlier this week in federal court in Brooklyn, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football …

Corruption

PetroCaribe quota to Ja falls dramatically ... Down from 23,000 to 1,300 barrels per day

As the political crisis in Venezuela appears to be spinning out of control with daily demonstrations, some turning violent, Jamaica's Minister of …

Trump immigration agency wants to kick 50,000 Haitians out of the USA

President Trump’s immigration agency wants to end protective status for 50,000 Haitians living in the U.S. Veuer's Nick Cardona (@nickcardona93) has that story. Buzz60<p><i>Corrections & Clarifications: Due to an editing error, a previous version of this story misspelled Department of Homeland Security</i> …

Immigration Law

GM Ceases Operation in Venezuela as Plant is Expropriated

CARACAS, Venezuela -- General Motors Co., the world's third-largest car maker, said it has stopped operating in Venezuela following the expropriation of its plant.<p>Venezuelan authorities on Wednesday unexpectedly took over GM's plant in the central Carabobo state, seizing production facilities and …

Venezuela

Princess Cruises Hit With Historic Fine

<i>PHOTO: The Caribbean Princess cruise ship. (photo via Flickr/Prayitno Photography)</i><p>Princess Cruises was officially sentenced Wednesday by the United …

Cuba

Haiti to rebuild National Palace smashed in 2010 earthquake

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A new National Palace will be built over the next several years to resemble the iconic 90-year-old structure smashed during Haiti's cataclysmic 2010 earthquake, authorities announced Wednesday.<p>President Jovenel Moise, who took office in February, launched a palace …

Earthquakes

Developed nations raising protectionist walls: Nirmala

India today expressed concern over moves of certain countries like the US and Australia to tighten their visa regime and pressed for a WTO-backed …

Economics

Canada must look beyond China toward a broader Asian trade deal

<i>Joshua Brown is chief representative for Canada at Tractus Asia, an Asia-based business advisory firm, and Canada chair at the Canada ASEAN Business Council (CABC). Wayne Farmer is president of the CABC and managing partner of Islemount Capital, a financial and capital advisory firm.</i><p>Aggressively …

Canada

American Storm: What NAFTA “Tweaks” Mean for Canada

From the street, thoughts on changes such as dispute-settlements and tariffs that may be applied to products coming from countries with a U.S. trade …

Venezuela braces for the 'mother of all protests' as both sides call for rallies

As dissatisfaction with the government grows, opposition leader needs no reminder of the risks involved in inflaming an already febrile national mood<p>Are you taking part in protests in Venezuela?<p>As Venezuela braces for the “mother of all protests” on Wednesday, opposition figurehead Henrique …

Latin America

Maduro executes Plan Zamoro to tackle “mother of all protests” in Venezuela

With what the opposition is calling the “mother of all protests” called for today the Venezuelan government has met in crisis as the latest wave of public unrest escalates.<p>President Nicolas Maduro has gathered his government and generals, signing into law a police and military security plan and …

Venezuela

Five things to understand about oil-rich, cash-poor Venezuela

Venezuela is flush with oil, but strapped for cash. Empty store shelves and hospitals short on medicine have driven its people to desperation. DW outlines five key points to understanding Venezuela's oil-based crisis.<p>An economic system aimed at freeing Venezuelans from poverty and a corrupt …

Oil

China urges Canada to relax curbs on high-tech exports: Xinhua

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday pressed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to relax curbs on high-tech exports to China and also suggested the two nations work together on clean energy, China's official Xinhua news agency said.<p>Trudeau wants to boost trade with China as …

China

Trump takes aim at Canada’s supply management system for dairy

President Donald Trump singled Canada out by name Tuesday as he put dairy farmers north of the border on notice that they are in America’s fair-trade sights.<p>Trump also signalled he wants to do more than simply tweak the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying he is looking for “very big …

Canada
Misogyny

Banned at sea: Venezuela's crude-stained oil tankers

HOUSTON/PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela (Reuters) - In the scorching heat of the Caribbean Sea, workers in scuba suits scrub crude oil by hand from the hull of the Caspian Galaxy, a tanker so filthy it can't set sail in international waters.<p>The vessel is among many that are constantly contaminated at two …

Oil

In the Bahamas, a Long-Awaited Opening for Baha Mar Resort

The Bahamas resort Baha Mar has taken more than 10 years to open, but on Friday, the $4.2 billion, 1,000-acre development on a half-mile of beachfront in Nassau is expected to finally debut — at least, in part.<p>Baha Mar comprises three hotel brands — Grand Hyatt, SLS Hotels and Rosewood Hotels & …

U.N. peacekeepers are leaving after more than two decades, but where does that leave Haiti?

The United Nations’ recent announcement that it would end its peacekeeping mission in Haiti in mid-October, removing its soldiers and leaving a smaller contingent of police, has been met with celebration, apathy and concern.<p>It also raised the perennial question: What’s in store for Haiti now?<p>The …

Africa

Venezuela's Maduro seeks to expand armed civilian militias

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced plans Monday to expand the number of civilians involved in armed militias as tensions in the crisis-wracked South American nation continued to rise.<p>Maduro said he hopes to expand the number of civilians involved in …

Venezuela

Meet the charismatic opposition leader the Venezuela government just can't silence

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles has taken the gloves off.<p>The 44-year-old governor of Miranda state kept to the high road during most of his political career, including his two unsuccessful tries for president, losing first to the late Hugo Chavez in 2012, and then in a photo-finish …

Venezuela

Venezuela illegally issued 10,000 passports to Syrians, Iranians, report says

A former director of Venezuela’s Office of Identification, Migration and Foreigners said that during his 17 months in the post, the socialist government gave at least 10,000 Venezuelan passports and other documents to citizens of Syria, Iran and other Middle Eastern countries.<p>In an interview with …

Venezuela

Maduro orders Venezuela army into streets

Caracas (AFP) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the army into the streets as the volatile country braces for what his opponents vow …

Venezuela

Modern Free Trade Agreements Are Not about Free Trade

Key Points<p>“Next-generation” international economic agreements now include issues such as investment dispute, intellectual property (IP) rights and …

Globalization
Venezuela

As Anti-Maduro Protests Swell In Venezuela, Death Toll Mounts

Protests are mounting against embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and the death toll is mounting too. As demonstrators braved a tropical storm on the streets of Caracas on Thursday, a 36-year-old died elsewhere of wounds he had sustained in other protests days earlier.<p>Opposition lawmaker …

Venezuela

US pulls HIV funding from hard-hit Caribbean countries

Caribbean governments now have limited time to ensure that they can sustain gains in their HIV programmes, and to finance gaps following the …

NAFTA at stake amid backroom battles in the White House

President Donald Trump’s administration is sharply divided over what demands to make in the upcoming renegotiation of the North American free-trade agreement, with some top officials favouring limited tweaks that would open markets further while others want a significant overhaul to usher in a new …

Canada

Japan rejects U.S. request for bilateral trade negotiations:The Asahi Shimbun

Japan has rejected a strong U.S. request to hold bilateral trade talks to rectify the trade imbalance between the two countries, sources said.<p>With …