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How Democratic Socialism Paved the Way for Venezuela’s Totalitarian Misery

How Democratic Socialism Paved the Way for Venezuela’s Totalitarian Misery

TODAY VENEZUELA / Contrary to many accounts, socialism did not arrive in Venezuela when the late Hugo Chávez took power in 1999. Actually, it had taken root in the country much earlier. Venezuela has been governed by more or less moderate socialist parties <a href=”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venezuelan_general_election,_1958″ target=”_blank”>since 1958</a>. These parties were founded by a generation of […]

Venezuelan Government Ready to Fight Coup

Venezuelan Government Ready to Fight Coup

TODAY VENEZUELA (Prensa Latina) Venezuela’s executive vice president Tareck El Aissami said today the Government is ready to thwart any attempted coup d´etat, seeking to rule the country. El Aissami, interviewed by the program Jose Vicente Hoy broadcast by television Televen, said that the command against the coup, set up by the Government, seeks to […]

Maduro Laughs Off Opposition’s Attempt to Remove Him from Power

Maduro Laughs Off Opposition’s Attempt to Remove Him from Power

Nicolás Maduro admitted he would ignore any measures passed by the opposition-controlled National Assembly. TODAY VENEZUELA – “I am President of Venezuela by constitutional mandate,” Nicolás Maduro said in response to the National Assembly ths voted by majority to remove him from office. Maduro reiterated through a television broadcast that he will continue to preside […]

Venezuela President Creates “Anti-Coup Committee” Amid Impeachment Efforts

Venezuela President Creates “Anti-Coup Committee” Amid Impeachment Efforts

Executive Vice President Tareck El Aissami with President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro (Tareck Psuv) TODAY VENEZUELA – Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro continues to seek out alleged coups against his administration, having just announced the creation of a new anti-treason committee. Maduro appointed Executive Vice President Tareck El Aissami as the new head of the “National Anti-coup Command” […]

Venezuela Set for Murderous 2017

Venezuela Set for Murderous 2017

Venezuelans scavenging for food TODAY VENEZUELA (Insightcrime.org) Venezuela is likely the second most dangerous nation on earth, and with the situation of political, economic and social crisis set to worsen, escalating homicides are expected in 2017. The Venezuelan Violence Observatory (Observatorio Venezolano de Violencia – OVV) estimated 28,479 “violent deaths” during 2016, a homicide rate of […]

More Food and Currency Controls Lay Ahead in Venezuela, Experts Say

More Food and Currency Controls Lay Ahead in Venezuela, Experts Say

TODAY VENEZUELA – There look to be no major economic changes in Venezuela to worsen the country’s situation, several analysts have said, but there won’t be much improvement either, as food and currency controls persist. The new ministers of the country’s economic cabinet said there will be more radicalization of the control mechanisms imposed on […]

Vatican Backs Venezuelan Catholic Church’s Resistance to Maduro Regime

Vatican Backs Venezuelan Catholic Church’s Resistance to Maduro Regime

Venezuela’s Catholic Church has taken a strong stance against Maduro’s administration. (Efecto Cocuyo) TODAY VENEZUELA – The Vatican reportedly supports the Venezuelan Catholic Church in its request to parishioners to “rebel in a peaceful and democratic way against the Chavez dictatorship” led by President Nicolas Maduro. Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, also Archbishop of Caracas, urged […]

Venezuela Reaffirms Its Total Ownership Over Citgo

Venezuela Reaffirms Its Total Ownership Over Citgo

Venezuela holds the total ownership and control over Citgo in the United States (TODAY VENEZUELA) Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (Pdvsa) informed the country that it still holds the total ownership and control over its branch in the United States, Citgo Petroleum Corporation, and categorically rejects the national and international media campaign against the Venezuelan oil […]

Venezuela’s Military Traffics in Food at the Expense of the Hungry

Venezuela’s Military Traffics in Food at the Expense of the Hungry

The military is drastically effecting the food distribution process (taringa) TODAY VENEZUELA – The Venezuelan military is reportedly taking advantage of the power given to them by Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro: Instead of fighting hunger, they profit from it, according to a recent report. An investigation conducted by the Associated Press found corruption in Venezuela’s […]

Venezuela Without Currency Despite Alleged Shipments

Venezuela Without Currency Despite Alleged Shipments

Nicolas Maduro’s government has still not delivered the new money supply to the Venezuelan people (Noticia al Dia). TODAY VENEZUELA – Although shipments of Venezuela’s new 500 bolivar bills have allegedly arrived in Venezuela, Venezuelans have not yet seen the promised deliveries. On Tuesday, the government of Nicolás Maduro announced that a third shipment had […]

How Maduro Plans to Stay in Power in Venezuela without Elections

How Maduro Plans to Stay in Power in Venezuela without Elections

Maduro, faced with dismal prospects in democratic elections, is preparing to hold on to power by all means necessary (AlbaCiudad). TODAY VENEZUELA – Aporrea, a popular Chavista-oriented website, has published an article in which it details the dark future for the government of Nicolás Maduro. During the government of Hugo Chavez, Aporrea became the premiere […]

Venezuela Families Struggle To Maintain Christmas Traditions

Venezuela Families Struggle To Maintain Christmas Traditions

TODAY VENEZUELA – For many who live in Caracas, Christmas is the best time of the year. It is the time for preparing hallacas (Venezuelan traditional holiday dish), showing off new clothes, receiving gifts from Christ Child, celebrating Christmas Masses, performing parrandas and concerts, among other Venezuelan holiday traditions that this year have been reinvented […]

Venezuelan Troops Obligate Businesses to Offer “Discounts” of 80%

Venezuelan Troops Obligate Businesses to Offer “Discounts” of 80%

The Venezuelan government has sent soldiers to businesses to demand that they lower prices during the Holiday season (Fashion Network). TODAY VENEZUELA The Venezuelan dictatorship seems to be looking for some quick and easy popularity points, at least in December. For several weeks it has used the National Superintendence for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights […]

Report Predicts Further Unrest in Venezuela without Regime Change

Report Predicts Further Unrest in Venezuela without Regime Change

TODAY VENEZUELA NEWS – The International Crisis Group has said that the political conflict in Venezuela could deepen in 2017 to the point of social outbreak unless President Nicolás Maduro addresses the recall referendum. The report published by the NGO, entitled “Venezuela: dialogue with difficulty,” analyzes different points of crisis the country is currently experiencing. […]

Venezuela’s Withdrawal of Bolivar Bill Promises to Benefit Organized Crime

Venezuela’s Withdrawal of Bolivar Bill Promises to Benefit Organized Crime

  TODAY VENEZUELANEWS (from Insightcrime.org) President Nicolas Maduro has justified the withdrawal of Venezuela’s 100 bolivar note as a means of undercutting criminal earnings, but past examples suggest that criminal groups will actually profit from the move and the related border closure with Colombia. The announcement of the currency withdrawal within three days coupled with […]

US Warns The Situation in Venezuela Is Only Going To Get Worse

US Warns The Situation in Venezuela Is Only Going To Get Worse

A view shows the U.S. embassy building in Caracas. The US government warned that the situation in Venezuela is only going to get worse. (El Venezolano News) TODAY VENEZUELA NEWS – United States government officials warned its citizens looking to travel in Venezuela to leave the country as soon as possible, as conditions could get […]

Venezuela Economic Crisis Fueling Piracy on Caribbean Coast

Venezuela Economic Crisis Fueling Piracy on Caribbean Coast

TODAY VENEZUEAL NEWS – Insightcrime.org – Venezuela’s dire economic situation is fueling piracy off the coastal state of Sucre, providing one example of the various illicit activities growing along the country’s Caribbean coast that have come to affect local communities. The ongoing economic crisis in Venezuela has hit the once-thriving fishing industry in Sucre particularly […]

U.S. Warns Against Travel To Venezuela

U.S. Warns Against Travel To Venezuela

U.S. Issues Travel Warning To travel to Venezuela TODAY VENEZUEAL NEWS – On Thursday, December 15, 2016, the U.S. State Department issued a “Venezuela Travel Warning” for its citizens against travelling to Venezuela, “due to violent crime, social unrest, and pervasive food and medicine shortages” in the country. The warning stated that security measures adopted […]

Venezuelan border shutdown with Colombia, Brazil extended for three days

Venezuelan border shutdown with Colombia, Brazil extended for three days

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced that the measure would be effective during the weekend TODAY VENEZUELA NEWS – Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Thursday instructed authorities to extend for more 72 hours the shutdown of the common borders with both Colombia and Brazil in a final move to end the so-called “fight against mafias” smuggling […]

In Venezuela, Police Kill Someone Every 1.5 Hours

In Venezuela, Police Kill Someone Every 1.5 Hours

TODAY VENEZUELA NEWS –  Insightcrime.org – the National Bolivarian Police used its informal WhatsApp networks to share the results of an operation that led to the rescue of a 65-year-old businessman, who, according to the police, had been kidnapped the same day. The operation was carried out in the Tuy Valley’s La Bonanza landfill in […]

Caracas Named the World’s Most Violent City. Again.

Caracas Named the World’s Most Violent City. Again.

TODAY VENEZUELA – Yet another report has named Caracas, Venezuela the world’s most dangerous city. Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, outranked San Pedro Sula in Honduras as the world’s most violent city in 2015. (El Confidencial) The Mexican NGO Citizen’s Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice recently released a list of 50 cities from across […]

Bodies Piling Up in Caracas: Venezuela’s High Cost of Burials

Bodies Piling Up in Caracas: Venezuela’s  High Cost of Burials

Burying their dead relatives puts families heavily into debt. The cheapest burials cost VEB 180,000, including only the grave and a body bag TODAY VENEZUELA NEWS – The critical economic situation Venezuelan families are facing has led to dead bodies piling up on the Bello Monte morgue, the main morgue in Caracas, due to lack […]

‘Worth the Risk’ – Starving People are Taking Extreme Measures to Escape Venezuela

‘Worth the Risk’ – Starving People are Taking Extreme Measures to Escape Venezuela

Hungry Venezuelans Flee in Boats to Escape Economic Collapse. Well over 150,000 people have fled Venezuela in the last year alone, the most in more than a decade, scholars say, with the sea route posing special dangers. Photo nytimes.com TODAY VENEZUELA NEWS  – Food and medicine shortages, violent protests, corruption, and skyrocketing inflation are among […]

Venezuela’s ‘Narco Nephews’ Case Hints at Govt Complicity in Drug Trade

Venezuela’s ‘Narco Nephews’ Case Hints at Govt Complicity in Drug Trade

Two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady have been found guilty of drug crimes in a US federal court TODAY VENEZUELA NEWS –  Insightcrime.org –  Two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady have been found guilty of drug crimes in a US federal court, with several pieces of evidence presented during the trial pointing to complicity in […]

Venezuela and the Unpredictable U.S. President-elect Donald Trump

Venezuela and the Unpredictable U.S. President-elect Donald Trump

Venezuela and the unpredictable Mr. Trump TODAY VENEZUELA NEWS – The election of Donald Trump as US president has sent shock waves around the world. The change in the White House is being followed with interest globally given its political, military and economic weight and the effect of its policies on other nations. Trump has […]

Venezuela’s Catholic Church Predicts Civil War if Dialogue Fails

Venezuela’s Catholic Church Predicts Civil War if Dialogue Fails

The Catholic Church spoke out against Venezuela in Rome recently. (El Estímulo) TODAY VENEZUELA NEWS – Venezuela’s Catholic Church predicts civil war if the dialogue between President Nicolás Maduro’s administration and the country’s political opposition doesn’t come to fruition. Venezuelan Episcopal Conference Spokesman Pedro Pablo Aguilar responded to a question in Rome regarding whether he […]

Over 11 Million Venezuelans Have Crossed the Colombian Border since August

Over 11 Million Venezuelans Have Crossed the Colombian Border since August

Mother and child shopping in Colombia TODAY VENEZUELA NEWS – Over 11 million Venezuelans have crossed the Colombian border since August’s reopening, with Colombian officials reporting that a little more than 5.6 million Venezuelans have entered, and around the same number have crossed back. Around 92 percent of Venezuelans travel to Colombia for food, cleaning […]

Is Venezuela’s Maduro Looking to Nicaragua as a Model for Future Elections?

Is Venezuela’s Maduro Looking to Nicaragua as a Model for Future Elections?

Despite low participation, officials said there was 70 percent voter turnout. (Trinchera de la Noticia) TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – Only three Latin American countries — Cuba, Bolivia and Venezuela — have congratulated Daniel Ortega on his reelection, probably because the entire campaign was a farce. On Sunday, Novemeber 6, empty polling stations across the country somehow correlated […]

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