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Venezuela under Maduro is reeling

Venezuela under Maduro is reeling

A woman throws a bottle during anti-government protests in Caracas. AP Photo TODAY VENEZUELA – Venezuela sits on the world’s largest oil reserves. It had been South America’s longest-running democracy. Now it is an economic and democratic basket case with even electricity rationed by the leftist government of Nicolas Maduro. Before the opposition coalition could […]

Death toll rises in worsening Venezuela unrest

Death toll rises in worsening Venezuela unrest

TODAY VENEZUELA – Three people have been killed during another day of protests in Venezuela, state television reported, bringing the total number of deaths in this month’s political unrest to 24. Anti-government protests entered a fourth week on Monday with mass sit-ins to press for early elections. Rival protests were also held. A 42-year-old man who worked […]

Why Maduro May Be about to Leave Power in Venezuela

Why Maduro May Be about to Leave Power in Venezuela

TODAY VENEZUELA – The Venezuelan dictatorship faces massive citizen protests, which for the first time include far more poor people than those of the middle and upper class, an unmanageable economic crisis, and increasing isolation from the international community. All of this is due to strongman Nicolás Maduro’s incompetence; his henchmen are equally inept. The […]

Why Venezuelans are protesting

Why Venezuelans are protesting

(CNN)Venezuela has been riven by violent protests in recent weeks as opposition leaders face off with President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters. Anti-government protesters want Maduro to step down, accusing him eroding democracy. Maduro, meanwhile, has ordered the Venezuelan armed forces onto the streets to maintain order. The political turmoil comes against the backdrop of […]

Mother of All Marches Rages Across Venezuela for Second Day

Mother of All Marches Rages Across Venezuela for Second Day

In the wake of three dead in yesterday’s march, Venezuelans took to the streets for a second day to demand a return to democracy and Constitutional order (VOA). TODAY VENEZUELA – Venezuela’s marches showed no signs of stopping as protests rage throughout the country for a second day. Yesterday’s death toll stood at three, with a […]

Clashes Erupt At Anti-Government Protests In Venezuela

Clashes Erupt At Anti-Government Protests In Venezuela

TODAY VENEZUELA – Tens of thousands of people were out protesting Wednesday in Venezuela, demanding that Socialist President Nicolas Maduro leave office. Organizers called this the mother of all marches, but there were clashes shortly after the march started. Police responded with tear gas. At least two people have died. the government established roadblocks, deployed […]

Venezuela’s Millions in Debt to Russia Led to Confiscation of Oil Cargo

Venezuela’s Millions in Debt to Russia Led to Confiscation of Oil Cargo

Workers stand in front of a drilling rig at an oil well operated by Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA in Morichal. Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA has been racking up debts around the world (El Ají). TODAY VENEZUELA – Russia is losing patience with ally Venezuela because of the country’s million-dollar debt. Russia confiscated an oil tanker […]

Venezuela Slams Latin American Countries for ‘Rude Interference’

Venezuela Slams Latin American Countries for ‘Rude Interference’

TODAY VENEZUELA – Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has criticized as “rude meddling” a joint communique by 11 Latin American countries calling on Venezuela’s government to “guarantee the right to peaceful protest”. The governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay rejected the violence, which led to the […]

Mob Justice: Venezuelans Celebrated Easter By Burning Effigies of President Nicolás Maduro

Mob Justice: Venezuelans Celebrated Easter By Burning Effigies of President Nicolás Maduro

As a symbol of “mob justice”, this Easter Sunday Venezuelans burned effergies of Nicolas Maduro in the religious tradition of “burning Judas”. (NotiHoy) TODAY VENEZUELA – This year, Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro was burnt instead of Judas, in the religious Easter tradition of the “quema de Judas” (burning of Judas). All over Venezuela, rag dolls with […]

Venezuelan NGO: 105 detainees during protests this week

Venezuelan NGO: 105 detainees during protests this week

The Venezuelan Criminal Forum reported that 105 demonstrators have been arrested this week TODAY VENEZUELA – The Non-governmental organization (NGO) Foro Penal Venezolano  – Venezuelan Criminal Forum – reported that 105 people arrested during the recent anti-government demonstrations throughout Venezuela; 67 of them remain detained indefinetely. Most demonstrations called by the Venezuelan opposition leaders were […]

Venezuelans to Protest Worldwide April 15 Against Nicolas Maduro’s Dictatorship

Venezuelans to Protest Worldwide April 15 Against Nicolas Maduro’s Dictatorship

TODAY VENEZUELA – Venezuelans plan to protest against President Nicolás Maduro’s regime on a global scale this Saturday, April 15. NGOs across the world are organizing efforts to demonstrate against Maduro’s oppressive and violent government, which is feeling international pressure to restore constitutional order amid widespread famine and medical shortage. The NGO “A World Without […]

Venezuela: What’s Next?

Venezuela: What’s Next?

Venezuela: What’s next? Only a strategy that targets Cuba and the army will produce results. (Twitter) Venezuela: What’s Next? Venezuela is again in the news. It has become an annual event. As Nicolás Maduro, Hugo Chávez’s handpicked successor, clings to power, the true dictatorial nature of the regime is finally revealed. Most English language analyses of […]

Clashes as Venezuelans protest in political crisis

Clashes as Venezuelans protest in political crisis

TODAY VENEZUELA, Caracas (news24.com) Protesters clashed with police in Venezuela on Tuesday as the opposition mobilised against moves to tighten President Nicolas Maduro’s grip on power and vowed to continue demonstrations. Nine protesters were injured, including one who was shot in the leg, said Ramon Muchacho, mayor of one of Caracas’s districts. None of the […]

As Venezuela Unravels, Govt Consolidates Hold on Power

As Venezuela Unravels, Govt Consolidates Hold on Power

Crisis Upon Crisis in Venezuela, Nyt.com TODAY VENEZUELA, by Insightcrime.org Venezuela Investigative Unit – Venezuela’s highest court has stripped the opposition-led National Assembly of its legislative duties, a sign the government is intent on consolidating power even as the country slips further into chaos, and crime and violence reach unprecedented levels. Venezuela’s Supreme Court (Tribunal […]

Venezuela’s Top Court Shuts Down Parliament, Hijacks Legislative Powers

Venezuela’s Top Court Shuts Down Parliament, Hijacks Legislative Powers

he Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) which has favored Nicolas Maduro’s regime through its Constitutional Chamber, ruled that the National Assembly -with an opposition majority- will no longer carry out its task because it is supposed to remain in “contempt.” (Arrobaradio)V TODAY VENEZUELA – Venezuela’s Supreme Court nullified the country’s legislative body in a ruling this […]

Venezuela Blames Climate Change after Its Troops Invade Colombia

Venezuela Blames Climate Change after Its Troops Invade Colombia

The government of Venezuela confirmed soldiers who invaded neighboring territory were part of a group carrying out operations to combat supposed criminal acts by Colombians near the border. (Flickr) TODAY VENEZUELA – Venezuela tried to downplay its illegal entry of troops into Colombia this week by claiming the constantly changing direction of a river near […]

Maduro Can’t Hide the Crisis, Even on his Own TV Program

Maduro Can’t Hide the Crisis, Even on his Own TV Program

Maduro has recently fielded embarrassing questions on his TV program from hungry citizens (El Universal). TODAY VENEZEULA – Television broadcasts of Nicolás Maduro are increasingly sinking him in Venezuelan public opinion. This is because the president has made it impossible to hide the humanitarian crisis facing the country even on his own television program. First […]

Foreign Journalists Not Welcome in Venezuela

Foreign Journalists Not Welcome in Venezuela

Without a free press there is dictatorship TODAY VENEZUELA (Paris, France) – Reporters Without Borders (RWB), or Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) has called on President Nicolas Maduro’s government to stop blocking the international media’s reporting in Venezuela. In recent months, the obstruction has included expulsions, the seizure of material and equipment, and outright censorship. The […]

Venezuelan Gov’t Seizes Immigrant-Owned Bakeries

Venezuelan Gov’t Seizes Immigrant-Owned Bakeries

The Venezuelan government has been closing or expropriating bakeries throughout Caracas (Twitter). TODAY VENEZUELA – More than 20 closed bakeries, 2 occupied by the government and 4 closed, is the balance that has been left by the new regimen of bakery inspections implemented by the regime of Nicolás Maduro at Caracas locales. There are more […]

Mass Grave in Venezuela Prison Signals Authorities’ Lack of Control

Mass Grave in Venezuela Prison Signals Authorities’ Lack of Control

(TODAY VENEZUELA via Insightcrime.org) The recent discovery of a mass grave in a Venezuela prison highlights the dangerous conditions that prevail in the country’s penitentiary system, as well as the inability of authorities to effectively maintain order in penal facilities. Venezuela’s General Penitentiary, the site of the mass grave At least 14 bodies have been […]

CIA Pays ‘Traitors’ to Say We Traffic Drugs: Venezuela’s Maduro

CIA Pays ‘Traitors’ to Say We Traffic Drugs: Venezuela’s Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. | Photo: Reuters TODAY VENEZUELA – “The evidence will give them cold sweats and diarrhea,” said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro on Tuesday accused the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), of paying former Chavista leaders to fabricate evidence with which to accuse the his government of drug trafficking. Maduro vowed to […]

Venezuelan Gov’t Threatens to Expropriate Bakeries, Jeopardizing Bread

Venezuelan Gov’t Threatens to Expropriate Bakeries, Jeopardizing Bread

The Venezuelan government is making moves to expropriate bakeries that it deems to be non-compliant with its new regulations (El Estimulo). TODAY VENEZUELA – The baking industry in Venezuela is hanging by a thread, after a new threat of expropriation by the regime of president Nicolás Maduro. Bakeries in the South American country must not […]

The Legacy of Hugo Chavez

The Legacy of Hugo Chavez

CARACAS April 13, 2005 .- El presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez. EFE/Miraflores TODAY VENEZUELA – Hugo Chavez, the people’s president, led Venezuela from 1998 to 2013. It’s been four years since Nicolas Maduro went on national TV to announce the tragic death of beloved revolutionary leader, Hugo Chavez. The size and intensity of the outpouring that […]

Venezuela Wins Lawsuit Against ExxonMobil

Venezuela Wins Lawsuit Against ExxonMobil

World Bank Tribunal Annuls Venezuela Damages Reward For Exxon TODAY VENEZEULA – The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) annulled an earlier decision that would have seen Venezuela pay more than a billion dollars to Exxon for the nationalization of two projects it ran in the country. The news was announced by a […]

Espionage against Venezuelan Opposition In Broad Daylight, New Video Shows

Espionage against Venezuelan Opposition In Broad Daylight, New Video Shows

A video revealed undoubtable proof that the opposition is persecuted in Venezuela. (El Siglo) TODAY VENEZUELA – The Bolivarian Intelligence Service, Venezuela’s secret service, has developed a reputation for harassing opposition leaders. A new video released this month shows how opposition leaders in Venezuela are submitted to obvious harassment. The most recent victim is Congressman […]

Homeless Venezuelans Aren’t the Only Ones Eating From the Trash — Blue Collar Workers Do Too

Homeless Venezuelans Aren’t the Only Ones Eating From the Trash — Blue Collar Workers Do Too

TODAY VENEZUELA – Being in charge of a family, having a job and earning a minimum wage but not being able to feed your loved ones is now the harsh reality for hundreds of Venezuelans across the country.Venezuela is in a crisis that continues to worsen, and with it comes an increasing number of Venezuelans — from the […]

“A World Where Many Worlds Fit:” Zapatismo and Chavismo in Conversation

“A World Where Many Worlds Fit:” Zapatismo and Chavismo in Conversation

(Q24N) There is much to learn from studying Black and Indigenous liberation processes across the Americas. The Zapatistas and Chavistas embody two critically important revolutionary movements part of a greater historical trajectory spanning Haiti, Cuba, Grenada and Bolivia among others for their conception of people’s power. While admittedly different contexts, both Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution (VBR) […]

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