Stories written by Estrella Gutiérrez

RIGHTS-VENEZUELA: Domestic Abuse Shall No Longer Go Unpunished

The saying that he who abuses his family will come to ruin is finally beginning to resemble reality in Venezuela, where a progressive law against domestic abuse goes into effect this year.

COMMODITIES: Oil Market Needs Supply Cut of Four Million Barrels

The Venezuelan government believes that only a supply cutback of four million barrels a day could shore up slumping petroleum prices, and predicts that 1999 will be another hard year for oil producers.

TRADE-OUTLOOK: ALCA’s Prospects to Become Clearer in 1999

Regional states pursued plans this year to set up a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), but it will become clear only in late 1999 whether the ambitious, and rather lopsided project, will really get off the ground.

COMMODITIES: Oil Prices Sink as Iraq Remains in Market

The two massive U.S.-British air strikes against Iraq have had little to no impact on the oversupplied and weakened global petroleum market, which saw prices sink Thursday in a partial correction of the rise caused by the Wednesday night attack.

POLITICS-VENEZUELA: Chavez’ Rival Closes Gap

Leading pollsters in Venezuela agree that Sunday's presidential elections will be a close fight, after Henrique Salas closed front-runner Hugo Chavez' wide lead in the last few days of the campaign.

POLITICS-VENEZUELA: Chavez – Sweeping Away the Rot?

As the motorcade inches along in the blistering midday heat in a Venezuelan country town, youngsters and senior citizens on battered bicycles escort the vehicle of their leader, Hugo Chavez.

DEVELOPMENT BULLETIN-LATIN AMERICA: Violence Against Women Rises In The Home

"We are only want our half of heaven," runs the slogan of Latin American women's rights campaigners, but paradoxically the closer they come to their target in the public world, the more violence they suffer at home.

RIGHTS-LATAM: Violence Against Women Slugs Onward and Upward

"We are only want our half of heaven," runs the pet slogan of Latin American women's rights campaigners, but paradoxically the closer they come to their target in the public world, the more violence they suffer at home.

POLITICS-VENEZUELA: Polls Will Test Reforms, Traditional Parties

Regional and legislative elections to be held on Nov. 8 are expected to shake up the very foundations of Venezuelan politics and capture the public mood for presidential polls scheduled for Dec. 6.

RELIGIOUS BULLETIN-VENEZUELA: Church Criticises Election Authoritarianism

The Roman Catholic Church in Venezuela has spoken up against against the "ultra-conservativism and temptation toward authoritarianism" involved campaigning in general elections due later this year.

TRADE-LATAM: Steel Sector Demands Anti-Dumping Measures

Latin American steel manufacturers demanded that governments in the region adopt urgent anti-dumping measures against imports from Asia, the former Soviet republics and Turkey.

FINANCE-LATAM: Investment Boom Highly Concentrated in 1997

Capital flows into Latin America and the Caribbean set a new record of 73 billion dollars last year, nearly three times the total posted in 1995, says a new report released Wednesday in Venezuela.

CINEMA-VENEZUELA: New Movie Complexes Lure Crowds

Movies were playing to nearly empty houses in Venezuela just one year ago, but now the lines are back at the box office.

POLITICS: Church Criticises Election Authoritarianism

The Roman Catholic Church in Venezuela has spoken up against against the "ultra-conservativism and temptation toward authoritarianism" involved campaigning in general elections due later this year.

COMMODITIES: Time for Oil Negotiations at WTO, Experts say

Oil has never formed part of multilateral trade accords, but experts are starting to suggest that it is time the commodity is negotiated within the WTO and as part of a proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).

COMMODITIES: Oil Producers – Two Meetings, one Destiny

The Mexican island of Cancun and the Italian city of Venice will be united by oil from Friday to Sunday as they host meetings of ministers of the Riyadh Pact countries and leading oil transnationals respectively.

DEVELOPMENT BULLETIN-VENEZUELA: Jobs Take a Beating from Venezuela’s Economic Crisis

Workers trekked this week from Venezuela's provinces to the headquarters of the state-run oil company to protest a wave of dismissals by the sector, in an unprecedented act of desperation.

FINANCE: One Day of Capital Flows Equals Four Months of Trade

Capital flows move 1.3 trillion dollars in one day, equivalent to a full quarter's turnover by the global trade in goods and services - which gives an idea of the virtual economy's supremacy over the real economy, the Latin American Economic System (SELA) pointed out Friday in Venezuela.

FINANCE-LATAM: On a Wartime Footing Against Risk-Grading Firms

Venezuelan stockbroker Rafael Alcantara learned long ago to simply laugh it off when executives from firms in New York asked him if he knew such and such a trader from Buenos Aires.

//repeat//FINANCE-VENEZUELA: Government Slams Credit-Rating Agencies

Venezuela's government has called for a Latin American rebellion against credit-rating agencies, which are thinking of downgrading the country's credit rating despite an unexpected appreciation of the local currency, the bolivar.

LABOUR: Jobs Take a Beating from Venezuela’s Economic Crisis

Workers trekked this week from Venezuela's provinces to the headquarters of the state-run oil company to protest a wave of dismissals by the sector, in an unprecedented act of desperation.

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