The Brazilian government expressed its disappointment with Venezuela after it found out that Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua travelled to the country last month and signed a cooperation agreement with MST, a Brazilian political movement.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo said that he “disagreed” with Jaua’s trip, which was unannounced. Figueiredo said:

We’re voicing our disagreement. From the point of view from [our Foreign Ministry], we believe we did what we had to do… we don’t view [Jaua’s visit] as a normal thing. 

The MST – the “Landless Worker’s Movement” in English – announced that the deal with the Venezuelan government will involve the participation of three Venezuelan government officials to define and develop joint projects. These joint projects will include, for example, collaborative works between Brazilian and Venezuelan farmers.

Air Ticket Sales Down 50% in 2014

The head of the Asociasion de Lineas Aereas de Venezuela (ALAV), Humberto Figuera, revealed today that 1.45 million airplane tickets had been sold in the country up to October of this year. In all of 2013, 3,133,144 tickets were sold.

Figuera said that a major reason for the decrease in sales has to do with the fact that fewer airlines are making fewer seats available to and from Venezuela as a result of the country’s inability to pay a multi-billion dollar debt owed to foreign air carriers. According to Figuera:

In any case, the number is close to 47% fewer seats [available] than in 2013.

Carabobo Continues to Suffer

According to investigators from the Mesa de la Unidad Democratica, Carabobo has suffered 100 hours of electrical blackouts over the last 10 days. The most affected cities were Juan Jose Mora and Puerto Cabello, with Naguanagua and Valencia suffering from frequent disruptions as well.

Guillermo Manosalva, one of the investigators, explained that the blackouts were partly a result of improper infrastructure:

The [power plant] Planta Centro is only operating on turbines I and IV, which create 200 and 360 megawatts for the Incorporated National Electric Service, respectively. That plant has five turbines, but they haven’t been able to get them up and running properly in 15 years.

Carabobo appears to be particularly hard hit by the country’s infrastructural problems, which also affects garbage collection in the state. More recently, citizens of the state had difficulty finding gas, as many gas stations ran dry out of it earlier this week.

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