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[ISL] “Venezuela’s Fishermen Catch No Break as Crisis Riles Margarita”

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Bloomberg’s Noris Soto reports on how Venezuela’s Margarita Island is trying to cope with the wider country’s economic collapse.

Life for fishermen on Venezuela’s Margarita Island used to be easy, with the sparkling waters of the Caribbean yielding rich catches of grouper, red snapper and octopus for sale to wealthy tourists. Now the island has fallen into poverty and attempts to sell on neighboring islands can lead to a run in with one of the region’s oldest industries — pirates.

Many fishermen near the El Tirano fish market in the east of the island say costs are so high and prices so low that it isn’t worth taking their boats out. Even the tourists that used to pack local hotels are staying away, forcing some restaurants to close.

“Fishing isn’t profitable anymore in Venezuela,” Jose Diaz, a 40-year-old fisherman, said in an interview. “We have to leave for work at 3 a.m., we risk robbers and we have to sell at low prices, because in Venezuela no one can pay what things really cost.”

The economic slump is reaching every corner of the once oil-rich nation, including the so-called Pearl of the Caribbean that boasts palm-lined beaches backed by tropical jungles. Even as people on the island go hungry and thousands form long lines outside supermarkets and bakeries for the most basic items, fishermen can’t sell their produce.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 27, 2016 at 4:47 pm

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

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  • Bloomberg notes concerns over Northern Ireland’s frontiers, looks at how Japanese retailers are hoping to take advantage of Vietnam’s young consumers, examines the desperation of Venezuelans shopping in Colombia, looks at Sri Lankan interest in Chinese investment, suggests oil prices need to stay below 40 dollars US a barrel for Russia to reform, observes that Chinese companies are increasingly reluctant to invest, and suggests Frankfurt will gain after Brexit.
  • Bloomberg View gives advice for the post-Brexit British economy, looks at how Chinese patterns in migration are harming young Chinese, suggests Hillary should follow Russian-Americans in not making much of Putin’s interference, and looks at the Israeli culture wars.
  • CBC considers the decolonization of placenames in the Northwest Territories, notes Canada’s deployment to Latvia was prompted by French domestic security concerns, and looks at an ad promoting the Albertan oil sands that went badly wrong in trying to be anti-homophobic.
  • The Inter Press Service considers the future of Turkey and looks at domestic slavery in Oman.
  • MacLean’s looks at China’s nail house owners, resisting development.
  • The National Post reports from the Colombia-Venezuela border.
  • Open Democracy considers the nature of work culture in the austerity-era United Kingdom, looks at traditions of migration and slavery in northern Ghana, examines European bigotry against eastern Europeans, and examines the plight of sub-Saharan migrants stuck in Morocco.
  • Universe Today notes two nearby potentially habitable rocky worlds, reports that the Moon’s Mare Imbrium may have been result of a hit by a dwarf planet, and reports on Ceres’ lack of large craters.

[NEWS] Some Monday links

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  • Bloomberg notes the rail boom in Bangladesh, looks at the fall in the value of the pound, notes a German proposal to give young Britons German citizenship and observes Spanish concern over giving Scotland a voice, looks at competition between Paris and Frankfurt to get jobs from the City of London, looks at how a Chinese takeover of an American ham company worked well, and observes that revised statistics show a much rockier economic history in Argentina.
  • Bloomberg View notes that Merkel is Britain’s best hope for lenient terms and compares Brexit to the Baltic break from the Soviet Union.
  • The Globe and Mail notes continuing problems with the implementation of tidal turbines on the Bay of Fundy.
  • MacLean’s notes that pride marchers in the Manitoba city of Steinbach can walk on the street, and looks at the impact of immigrant investment on Vancouver’s housing market.
  • National Geographic notes the endangerment of Antarctica’s penguins.
  • Open Democracy compares Brexit and the breakup of the former Soviet Union, looks at water shortages in Armenia, and examines the impact of Brexit on Ireland.
  • The Chicago Tribune looks at urban violence.
  • Universe Today notes the Dutch will be going to the Moon with the Chinese.

[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

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  • Bloomberg looks at the European cities hoping to poach talent from London post-Brexit, notes central Europe’s support for the European Union, looks at how Venezuelans are dealing with broken cars with the car industry gone, and looks at the United Kingdom’s already substantial hit.
  • Bloomberg View considers peace in Columbia, notes American infant mortality, looks at China’s fears over Brexit and examines China’s anti-corruption crackdown.
  • CBC notes the substantial refugee population of Ukraine.
  • The Inter Press Service wonders about the consequences of Brexit for the United Nations.
  • MacLean’s notes the beginning of the North American leaders’ summit.
  • National Geographic observes the impending end of the ivory trade of Hong Kong.
  • The National Post looks at the Leave voters’ regrets.
  • Open Democracy looks at Scotland and also at the post-Brexit environment more generally.

[NEWS] Some Sunday links

  • Bloomberg notes how Switzerland’s dispute with the European Union over migration has been complicated by Brexit.
  • Bloomberg View argues that a European Union without the United Kingdom will not be friendlier to Russia, and looks at the state of Venezuela.
  • The CBC notes a spike in British inquiries about moving to Canada, and looks at the way Brexit complicates the nearly-complete EU-Canada trade pact.
  • The National Post looks at the strength of middle England’s nostalgia.
  • The Toronto Star shares Paul Wells’ article about the need for the European Union to engage with its citizenry, and notes how Brexit has closed the United Kingdom off as a gateway to Europe.

[NEWS] Some Friday links

  • Bloomberg notes Venezuela is considering dollarization in order to save its auto industry, and looks at the possibility of an OAS intervention.
  • Bloomberg View looks at the anti-immigrant mindset.
  • The Inter Press Service notes political crisis in Nicaragua and examines the plundering of African fisheries by foreign fleets.
  • MacLean’s notes Conrad Black’s seeking an emergency hearing to let him sell his home.
  • National Geographic investigates the origins of the stars which produced the first detected gravitational wave.
  • The National Post notes Bolivia’s interest in a new chronology.
  • Open Democracy examines the British Chinese perspective on Brexit and looks at the tremendous alienation in British society.

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

  • The BBC reports from Asmara, Eritrea’s capital, on the eve of war.
  • Bloomberg notes the economic problems of Hong Kong and Singapore, looks at the final day of campaigning in the Brexit referendum, and notes the interim president of Brazil’s desire to oust Rousseff.
  • Bloomberg View takes issue with the rejection of nuclear energy in the name of the environment and reports on how Russians are being hurt by their association with Putin.
  • The CBC reports on the ongoing trial of Led Zeppelin over the authorship of “Stairway to Heaven”.
  • The Globe and Mail notes the homophobia of a rural Manitoba MP.
  • The Independent notes a poll suggesting most Brexit supporters believe the referendum will be fixed.
  • MacLean’s notes the demand of a northern Ontario First Nation for mercury to be cleaned up.
  • At Medium’s Mel, Jay Rachel Edidin writes about the fears for their husband post-Orlando.
  • The National Post notes that the Commonwealth is not going to replace the EU for the UK.
  • Open Democracy argues for a right to online anonymity.
  • The Toronto Star notes the visit of Prince Edward and his wife to the Union-Pearson Express.
  • U.S. News and World Report suggests/a> Clarence Thomas may not speak much because he’s afraid of his native Gullah surfacing.
  • Wired looks at online mockery of Trump’s campaign finance issues.

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