Robert Ready

2,130 Added | 4 Magazines | 17 Likes | 10 Following | 313 Followers | @notready | Retired Diplomat w interest in Canadian politics, understanding the Caribbean. Follows developments in international economic policies (trade; investment; air transport)

Caribbean island pressured to act against Palestine mission

A member of a Palestinian delegation travelling from St Vincent to Panama was released yesterday morning after being detained in Trinidad since …

Palestine

Puerto Rico’s Mass Migration Is Reshaping Florida

After Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, Luis Cruz got a generator connection from the bakery next door to run lights and fans in his Humacao …

FEMA

Venezuela official orders probe into former UN ambassador

The chief prosecutor in Venezuela says his office has launched a probe into the country's former oil czar and ambassador to the United Nations.<p>Tarek …

Venezuela

Sinopec settles with Venezuela’s PDVSA, ending 5-year dispute

December 12, 2017<p>PDVSA, the Venezuelan state oil company, has settled in a US court with Sinopec, its Chinese counterpart, less than a week after a …

Nicolás Maduro

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro bans opposition parties from election

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro announced Sunday that leading opposition parties will be barred from taking part in next year's presidential vote after they boycotted mayoral polls, in a move set to further consolidate his grip on power.<p>That includes the groups of key figures who have led …

Venezuela

With foes absent, Venezuela's socialists to gain from local vote

CARACAS: Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party looked set to sweep Sunday's nationwide mayoral polls, deepening opposition splits and consolidating …

Venezuela

Venezuela arrests ex-oil bosses for sabotage attempt and corruption

Venezuela has arrested a former minister and ex-chief of the state oil company on corruption and sabotage charges. But opposition lawmakers have …

Venezuela

Guyana's Mental Health Care Shortage

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA—At 10 a.m. on June 22, 2017, the Georgetown Public Hospital Psychiatric Ward was bustling. Inside, people waited on wooden benches …

Guyana

Puerto Rico Still Waits for $4.9 Billion From U.S. Treasury

Over two months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the island’s government still hasn’t received any of the $4.9 billion of short-term …

Caribbean

Ever heard of Hoed & Shouders? Chinese knock-offs of famous brands crowd shelves in Venezuela

You most likely have tried, or at least heard of, Head & Shoulders shampoo. But Hoed & Shouders? No? How about Max Quottro razors or Aluays pads or …

Venezuela

Puerto Rico’s Official Hurricane Maria Death Toll Off by 1,000, NYT Reports

Two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the official death toll from the storm was surprisingly low, at only 16. President Trump said on a …

Puerto Rico

Feature: China helps convert Santiago de Cuba into modernized port - Xinhua

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Cuban and Chinese national flags fly side by side in Santiago de Cuba in southeastern Cuba, where an ambitious …

Cuba

Justin Trudeau searches in vain for new free-trade partners

JUSTIN TRUDEAU, Canada’s prime minister, set off for China on December 2nd amid speculation that the two countries would start free-trade talks. …

Canada

China sues Venezuela's oil company over unpaid bills

China is turning up the heat on Venezuela.<p>One of its biggest state-owned companies has filed a lawsuit against Venezuela's oil company, PDVSA, in a U.S. court, claiming millions of dollars it says it is owed.<p>Chinese oil and gas company Sinopec is suing PDVSA for $23.7 million plus interest and …

Venezuela

In 1825, Haiti Gained Independence From France For $21 Billion -- It's Time For France To Pay It Back

The devastation wreaked on Haiti by Hurricane Matthew last fall was just the latest in a seemingly endless string of misfortunes that have befallen that country, which in March concluded a year-long interlude of caretaker governance by installing banana exporter Jovenel Moïse as its 58th president. …

Haiti

The coming trade war over data

Technology companies are facing growing international obstacles affecting how their most valuable asset — data — flows across borders. New trade …

Privacy

Obstacles Ahead for Canada-China Trade

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s December 4 statement from Beijing didn’t include the widely expected announcement of an official start to the …

China

China is chasing Trudeau less now that they think he needs them

Justin Trudeau now knows his trade agenda is stuck between a rock and a harder place.<p>One is U.S. President Donald Trump, and the other is a Chinese regime that is no longer so anxious to do a free-trade deal with Canada.<p>Chinese leaders once chased the Prime Minister. Now, they think he needs …

China

EU names and shames 17 countries in tax haven blacklist

The European Union has named and shamed 17 countries on a new tax haven blacklist. But the bloc's effort to crack down on tax avoidance has come …

Fraud

Venezuela’s UN Ambassador to Resign, Sources Say

Rafael Ramirez, Venezuela’s ambassador to the United Nations since 2014 and former Petroleos de Venezuela head, will resign from his post today amid …

Venezuela

The APEC summit and Canada’s reputation in Asia

Five take-aways from the Trudeau government’s actions at APEC and what they mean for Canadians.<p>The news trickling out of the APEC Summit in Vietnam …

Canada

Haiti / Dominican Republic

One island, two worlds<p>The Caribbean island of Hispaniola is home to two countries: Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Both have a population of around 10 million — but that’s about where their similarities end.<p>The average Haitian is nearly 10 times poorer than the average Dominican, and much more …

Caribbean

Retirement, brain drain affect Cuban state sector - Xinhua

HAVANA, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- An aging population and brain drain of professionals to the better-paid private sector are affecting some state-run …

Cuba

Bahamas, Jamaica Among Most at Risk From Climate Change: Moody's

The Bahamas, Fiji, Jamaica and the Maldives have been identified as among the most vulnerable small island sovereigns in a report on the credit …

Solomon Islands

Concern expressed that citizenship price war could lead to pan-Caribbean revenue collapse

BASSETERRE, St Kitts — The current price war in the Caribbean citizenship by investment programmes (CIPs), frequently referred to as a “race to the …

Economy

In Haiti, Tracing a Paradise Lost

Haiti is a fixture in my mind, as permanent as memories of high school graduation or the weekend I first met my wife.<p>I lived there twice as an American diplomat for a total of four years since 2000, but its hold on me is not a function of time. Of all the countries I lived and worked in, Haiti …

Travel

Nicolás Maduro’s Accelerating Revolution

Venezuela’s President has outmaneuvered his opponents. Can he survive an economy in free fall?<p>One afternoon this August, at the Venezuelan Presidential palace of Miraflores, a crowd waited for President Nicolás Maduro to set out the country’s political future. The palace is in downtown Caracas, …

Venezuela

Meet the 'Petro,' Venezuela's New Oil-Backed Cryptocurrency Aimed at Skirting U.S. Sanctions

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro looked to the world of digital currency to circumvent U.S.-led financial sanctions, announcing on Sunday the …

Venezuela

The opinion poll guru, the Caribbean islands and the $10m consultancy deal

Mori founder Robert Worcester says that revelations of his Caribbean firm’s deal with Trinidad and Tobago government are politically motivated<p>As the proud owner of a majestic castle in Kent and a luxurious villa in Mustique, the founder of Mori, Sir Robert Worcester, is a man who has clearly done …

Brexit

Law enforcement officials question 'scandalous' fines received by 15 lottery scammers

<b>There are reports of disquiet among Jamaican law enforcement officials over news that 15 men who pleaded guilty to lottery scam-related charges in</b> …

Jamaica