Robert Ready

1,893 Added | 4 Magazines | 16 Likes | 8 Following | 309 Followers | @notready | Retired Diplomat w interest in Canadian politics, understanding the Caribbean. Follows developments in international economic policies (trade; investment; air transport)

Canada to bring feminism to NAFTA talks in seeking new chapter on gender

Print<p>OTTAWA — The Liberal government wants to bring its feminism to the North American Free Trade Agreement, building on an agreement between Prime …

NAFTA

China warns Washington against ‘trade war’

BEIJING — China’s government on Thursday warned “there is no winner in a trade war” after an aide to President Donald Trump called in published comments for a tougher stance toward Beijing.<p>A foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, appealed for dialogue to preserve stable relations when asked …

China

Mexican farmers, workers protest NAFTA

Mexican farmers and workers reportedly came out by the thousands on Wednesday to demand the dissolution of the North American Free Trade Agreement …

Robert Lighthizer

The Case for Adding an Indigenous Chapter to NAFTA

The recent speech by Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s foreign minister, stating that there should be an Indigenous chapter added to the renegotiated North …

Indigenous Peoples

Venezuela tells Germany 'don't interfere'

Venezuela has told Germany not to meddle in its affairs after Berlin called for a return to democracy in the crisis-stricken South American country. …

Venezuela

Foreign oil has its eyes on 44 billion barrels in Cuba

One of the few foreign energy companies with a presence in Cuba is now seeking funding for a 2018 exploration drilling campaign for Block 9, which is expected to hold over 44 billion barrels of in-place potential oil reserves.<p>Melbana Energy, an Australia-based oil and gas explorer, has announced a …

Oil

Venezuela Diplomat Resigns to Protest Maduro Acts

Isaias Medina, former senior Venezuelan diplomat with the United Nations, explains to Bloomberg TV Canada’s Rudyard Griffiths why he resigned during …

Venezuela

Book Review of Carla Gardina Pestana’s The English Conquest of Jamaica

It is an exciting time to be a scholar of Caribbean history. From conferences to publications, the past decade has seen historians of early America, …

History

NAFTA negotiations: U.S. trade officials say Canada’s key demands will be tough sell

WASHINGTON – Some of Canada’s key demands in the upcoming NAFTA renegotiation will be a tough sell in the United States, according to former American …

Canada

High-level donors visit to Haiti aims to boost child immunizations | Miami Herald

In Haiti, 69 children out of every 1,000 born alive still die before their fifth birthday. And many of those deaths are from diseases that are …

Public Health

Stepping into the US Backyard: China’s Caribbean Policy

While the world’s attention focuses on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) connecting China with Eurasia and Africa, China is also making major investments in the Caribbean. In September 2016 the China Harbor Engineering Company (中國港灣工程有限責任公司) agreed to build a mega-port in Jamaica that would make …

China

Andrew Coyne: Canada's ultimate leverage in NAFTA talks — our willingness to walk away

Canada survived for 120 years without a free trade agreement with the United States. It can survive without one in the future, if it has to.<p>The first …

Globalization

Venezuela expected to dominant Pence's Latin American trip

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence's visit Latin America comes amid unrest in Venezuela and concern by its neighbors about a possible American military role.<p>Pence planned to meet with Colombia's president, Juan Manuel Santos, later Sunday at the start of a weeklong trip likely to be …

Venezuela

Industry associations lobby Liberals ahead of NAFTA talks

The federal government has spent a lot of time in the U.S. of late, making Canada’s case in advance of this week’s long-awaited NAFTA talks. Back home, though, industry groups have been working hard to make sure they deliver the right message.<p>Andrea van Vugt, the vice-president of policy for North …

Canada

The ultimate NAFTA primer

Canada, Mexico and the U.S. head back to the bargaining table on Aug. 16. Get caught up with our guide to the key players, disputes and strategies<p>The essentials<p>Need a NAFTA refresher? Here is where you should begin:<p>The Canadian strategy<p>Read through expert insights on what Canada should fight for – …

Canada

What U.S. Wants From Nafta Talks

U.S. negotiators hope to translate President Trump’s protectionist rhetoric into policy without disrupting big business and trade partners<p>WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump’s trade team this week will begin the complicated task of rewriting the sprawling North American Free Trade Agreement, the …

United States

Round 1: Canada stakes out ground as historic NAFTA rewrite begins

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will push environment, labour standards in trilateral trade deal<p>Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland …

Canada

Special Report: Vladimir's Venezuela - Leveraging loans to Caracas, Moscow snaps up oil assets

CARACAS/HOUSTON (Reuters) - Venezuela’s unraveling socialist government is increasingly turning to ally Russia for the cash and credit it needs to survive – and offering prized state-owned oil assets in return, sources familiar with the negotiations told Reuters.<p>As Caracas struggles to contain an …

Venezuela

Did covert spy gear cause U.S. and Canadian diplomats in Cuba to lose their hearing?

It is a mysterious episode seemingly ripped from the pages of a Cold War spy novel.<p>In recent months, several U.S. and Canadian diplomats posted in Havana have reported experiencing unusual medical symptoms, including impaired hearing, sometimes so severe that they had to return home.<p>News of the …

Cuba

Caribbean Cigar Makers Turn to the European and Chinese Markets

Radhames Rodriguez is using a rare tobacco and special wrapper to roll 50,000 of his new premium cigars, the Pulita, in the Dominican Republic. U.S. …

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Ja faces economic colonialism - Bunting - Former nat'l security minister decries Chinese dominance of construction industry

Former Minister of National Security Peter Bunting has added his voice to the growing concerns surrounding Chinese investment in Jamaica, accusing …

Jamaica

Venezuela's Maduro: 'Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand'

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro said Thursday he wants a meeting with President Donald Trump — the same man he ridicules as a crass imperial magnate and blasts for U.S. sanctions against officials in his socialist administration.<p>In a lengthy address to the 545 members of …

Venezuela

Venezuela’s instability has far broader implications. Here’s what’s at stake.

Venezuela seems locked in a downward political and economic spiral. But what happens in Venezuela has far broader implications for international security.<p>“Here you must not speak badly about Chávez” — this was the message on banners at the Colombia-Venezuela border bridge I crossed recently on a …

Venezuela

Canada has 'no grounds' for optimism in NAFTA talks: ex-U.S. envoy Burney

Former ambassador to the United States Derek Burney is warning Canadians against undue optimism over looming North American free-trade agreement talks, cautioning the reopening of the trade deal at Donald Trump’s request will usher in a period of uncertainty for businesses and that the American …

Canada

Bahamas Tourism Minister Not Happy with Cruise Industry

The Bahamas Minister of Tourism Dionisio D'Aguilar is making his frustrations with the cruise industry known, sounding off in local media.He told …

Tourism

Puerto Rico’s Exodus of Doctors Adds Health Care Strain to Dire Financial Crisis

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico's struggling financial crisis has set off an exodus of medical personnel, leaving physicians with unmanageable patient loads and triggering a cascade of problems for patients and hospitals. The government, some hospitals and non-profits are offering incentives to …

Health Care

Pay reparations for slavery, says Trinidad and Tobago President

By Sean Douglas<p>Anthony Carmona, President of Trinidad & Tobago, yesterday publicly supported a call to have European governments, whose countries …

Black History

Foreign minds - Jamaica’s youngest and brightest would migrate today if given a chance

Despite the myriad challenges facing Jamaica, there is an almost even split between those who would migrate today if given the chance and those who …

Jamaica

Canada v Mexico: Trump seeks to divide and conquer in Nafta negotiations

Both countries are scrambling to best handle a president who ranks among the more unpredictable elements of the upcoming negotiations<p>The rhetoric against a neighbouring country dominated Donald Trump’s presidential campaign: a billion-dollar wall, a crackdown on immigration, and a steep border tax. …

Canada

Venezuela’s shameless and colossal vote-rigging

“IT WAS a result that was so big, so surprising,” said Tibisay Lucena, the head of Venezuela’s electoral authority, late on July 30th. She was …

Latin America