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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 […]

In Venezuela, Socialism is so Absurd, Some People Don’t Realize It’s the Cause of Their Suffering

In Venezuela, Socialism is so Absurd, Some People Don’t Realize It’s the Cause of Their Suffering

Young Venezuelans have no memory of when foreign exchange control did not exist. (Youtube) (Today Venezuela) Talking to the common people in a revolutionary socialist country is like an experience from science fiction — a journey through time or out of this reality. After decades of isolation, how they think about the world and the […]

Leaked DEA Tape Ties Venezuelan First Lady to Drug Money

Leaked DEA Tape Ties Venezuelan First Lady to Drug Money

Attorneys said the recordings were tainted by the improper conduct of informants. (diarioavance) (Today Venezuela) The first evidence linking Venezuela’s presidential family to the “narcosobrinos” drug-trafficking case in the United States has surfaced. The transcript of an alleged conversation between a nephew of Venezuelan First Lady Cilia Flores and a DEA informant was recently made […]

Maduro Requested Political Asylum In Panama

Maduro Requested Political Asylum In Panama

The former ambassador of Panama to the OAS, Guillermo ‘Willy’ Cochez said the meeting between Nicolas Maduro and Pope Francis was not to agree on dialogue with the opposition, but to negotiate his ouster from power and Venezuela (Photo El Telegrafo) (Today Venezuela) A report by Panamapost.com says that the according to the local media […]

Venezuelan Regime Threatens to Take Over Businesses that Join Opposition Strike

Venezuelan Regime Threatens to Take Over Businesses that Join Opposition Strike

Several members of Maduro’s adminstration threatened local businesses. (notihoy) (Today Venezuela) Following the Venezuelan opposition’s announcement that there will be a strike held October 28, the government has threatened all companies that attempt to participate. First Deputy Chairman of the Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) Diosdado Cabello threatened all companies, saying that those that participate […]

The day when MUD met its followers

The day when MUD met its followers

(Today Venezuela) by Emiliana Durarte, You could see it in their faces. Scratch that, most people were so far away from the makeshift stage their faces were reduced to tiny, sweaty blurs. And the hastily put-together sound systems barely carried speeches across the vast expanse of highway, packed tight with bodies, so you can’t say […]

“I live in the streets because I went jobless”

“I live in the streets because I went jobless”

Ramón, a Caracas resident, claimed his economic situation changed when he lost his job as a worker in dwelling construction led by a government social program (Today Venezuela) “Thanks to what I can get from the river Guaire I make money to eat,” said Ramón -pseudonym to protect his identity- in reference to his daily […]

Widespread Corruption in Venezuela Backfires on President Maduro

Widespread Corruption in Venezuela Backfires on President Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a demonstration against corruption in Caracas, Venezuela (Today Venezuela) A congressional commission in Venezuela says that a staggering US$70 billion dollars has been siphoned off from public institutions, a sign that widespread corruption may further destabilize the country’s precarious political situation given its crumbling economy. The vice president of […]

“Increased crime mirrors security failure in Venezuela”

“Increased crime mirrors security failure in Venezuela”

The head of the Venezuelan Violence Watch (OVV), Roberto Briceño León, said that while there is a trend to claim that violence is related to poverty, killings in Venezuela hiked during the years when the country was better off economically speaking The head of the Venezuelan Violence Watch (OVV), Roberto Briceño León, blamed the country’s […]

US Drug Trial Could Expose Criminal Ties of Venezuela Elites

US Drug Trial Could Expose Criminal Ties of Venezuela Elites

Efraín Campo Flores, secondfrom left and Franqui Francisco Flores (third from right) arrest in Haití in Novemeber. Photo U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Today Venezuela – New evidence from a high-reaching drug trafficking trial has directly implicated immediate relatives of Venezuela’s president and his wife, in a saga that could expose the criminal ties of some […]

Canada Issues Travel Warning on Venezuela

Canada Issues Travel Warning on Venezuela

Today Venezuela – Canada joined the list of countries which have recommended their citizens not to travel to Venezuela, for security purposes. In a notice issued late Wednesday by Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian government advised against visiting the South American nation unless essential. The advisory reads: Venezuela – AVOID NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL Global Affairs Canada […]

Venezuela promises to become Latin America’s largest gas exporter

Venezuela promises to become Latin America’s largest gas exporter

A total of 28,000 barrels per day (Mbbls/d) of condensate gas will be produced under the Mariscal Sucre project, which encompasses four large deposits located in northern Paria Peninsula (TODAY VENEZUELA) Venezuelan Minister of Petroleum and Mining Eulogio del Pino this week said Venezuela will be the largest exporter of gas in Latin America, able […]