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Venezuelans find safety in Colombia

When Darlys* fled Venezuela with her two children looking for safety, she never imagined she would end up sleeping on the streets of Maicao, a Colombian city near the northern border. Venezuelan asylum-seeker Darlys and her children arrive at the new reception centre in Maicao,...

Pompeo building up support for Maduro ouster

On a tour of four Latin American countries, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is has called for maintaining regional pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. In Peru, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offers a press conference after holding a meeting with President...

Venezuelans storm Colombian bridge

Thousands of Venezuelans broke through barricades on a bridge linking Venezuela with Colombia, according to the migration office in Bogota. Some climbed over containers that the Venezuelan military had placed on the Simon Bolivar bridge to block access to the Colombian border city of Cucuta. In...

“I’ll fix it” Donald Trump Tells Guaido’s Wife

United States President Donald Trump blames the actions of previous administrations have led to the current crisis in Venezuela and promised Fabiana Rosales, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido, in a meeting at the White House that would...

Panama will accept expired passports of Venezuelans

Panama announced that it will accept the expired passports of Venezuelan citizens who are in its territory, if they have the Venezuela Consulate-issued extension stamp, as valid for carrying out immigration procedures. According to the measure, approved by an executive decree on Tuesday, March 26,...

Venezuela’s water runs black as locals complain it is contaminated with oil

Venezuelans have woken up to find their tap water running black in the latest crisis to hit the beleaguered South American nation. Taps in San Diego, Venezuela, ran black with what appeared to be water contaminated with crude oil on Wednesday Residents in San Diego, Carabobo...

Venezuela lives through the worst blackout in its history

Electrical power went out across the socio-political stricken country on Thursday afternoon (March 7, 2019) due to a problem at Venezuela’s main hydroelectric plant. The government of Nicolas Maduro called the event an act of “sabotage by ideological adversarie.” Power was restored to some parts of...

‘This Is Going To End Ugly’: Venezuela’s Power Outage Drags On

Venezuela has been in the grip of a crippling blackout for four days — and the humanitarian situation there is growing increasingly dire. A worker inspects damage in a supermarket in Caracas on Sunday after it was looted during Venezuela’s dayslong blackout. Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters Signs...

Why I’m still a Chavista (and how I think the political crisis will end)

Angela Villarreal is 24 years old and comes from a professional middle-class family from a satellite city in Caracas. It is not easy for her to be a Chavista now in Venezuela. Photo Fabiola Ferrero However, Angela Villarreal, 24, remains firm in her ideas despite the economic...

Guaido returns to Venezuela

(AP) — Opposition leader Juan Guaido shrouded the route and timing of his return in secrecy amid concerns he might be detained by Venezuela’s government. Yet he breezed through airport immigration checks and brazenly called for the downfall of President Nicolas Maduro at a...

Costa Rica abstains signing declaration demanding the departure of Nicolás Maduro

The government of Carlos Alvarado abstained from signing the declaration of the Lima Group demanding "the immediate exit of Nicolás Maduro and the cessation of the usurpation, respecting the constitutional authority of the National Assembly and the President in Charge, Juan Guaidó", as a...

What next for Venezuela’s opposition?

After the fight for humanitarian aid, a weekend of violence, it is time for reflection. And Plan B. as opposition leader and self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido will be meeting regional members of the Lima Group in Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, today, Monday. United States Vice-President Mike...

Venezuela’s Maduro mocks Trump; vows to never surrender

Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro vowed to defend the nation’s independence with his life during a speech before thousands of supporters Saturday in Caracas, calling the opposition against him a “small group of dummies” who “can’t think for themselves.” Supporters of Nicolas Maduro cheer during a...

Maduro’s End Would Be Just the Beginning of Venezuela’s Road to Recovery

The timing of any power transition in Venezuela, however, will depend on closed-door negotiations between the opposition and key armed forces commanders. For a transition to come quickly and relatively painlessly, it will need to gain the support of most regional and national military...

Insight: How Venezuela turns its useless banknotes into gold

(Reuters) With the country’s economy in meltdown, an estimated 300,000 fortune hunters have descended on this mineral-rich jungle area to earn a living pulling gold-flecked earth from makeshift mines. Their picks and shovels are helping to prop up the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro....

Maduro Closes Venezuela Embassy and Consulates In United States

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced the decision to close the embassy and all consulates in the United States and recalled all diplomats home. Nicolas Maduro on Thursday, January 24, during a session as head of Constitutional State at the Opening of the Judicial Year 2019 “I...

How US-Venezuela Escalation Unfolded From Sanctions to Backing Anti-Maduro Coup

On Wednesday, the Trump administration officially recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the ‘legitimate’ president of Venezuela and dismissed Nicolas Maduro’s inauguration. Maduro, on the other hand, hit back, saying that the U.S. has been trying to oust him and were planning a military...

Venezuelan Gov’t Takes Over Goodyear Plant After Company’s Withdrawal – Reports

Venezuelan authorities have announced the immediate introduction of government control over the plant of the US-based Goodyear tire manufacturing company, located in the country’s northern Carabobo state, local media reported, citing the Labor Ministry’s order published in Gaceta Oficial newspaper. The document stipulated that the...

Maduro Doesn’t Care That People Call Him a ‘Dictator’

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday that he was not a ‘dictator,’ but a ‘modest man’. © REUTERS / Miraflores Palace “I don’t care that people call me a dictator. Those who say I’m a dictator can go to hell. I know who I am...

Venezuela Ditches the Greenback, Switches to Euros and Yuan: Consequences?

Venezuela will switch to international payments in euros or yuan, while the US dollar will cease to be the base currency amid the financial blockade imposed on the country by the administration of US President Donald Trump. The decision announced by Economy Vice President Tareck...

More than half a million Venezuelans fled to Ecuador this year, UN says

More than half a million Venezuelans have crossed into Ecuador this year as part of one of the largest mass migrations in Latin American history, the United Nations said on Friday. More than half a million Venezuelans have sought refuge in Ecuador to escape crime...

Venezuela’s Maduro gets support from Erdogan, Maradona ahead of vote

CARACAS/BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela (Reuters) – Venezuela’s diplomatically isolated president got a show of support from his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan and Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona on Thursday ahead of a weekend election widely decried as unfair. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro and his wife Cilia Flores...

Nearly Half of Venezuelans Expected to Vote for Maduro in Election – Poll

Nearly half of Venezuelan citizens intend to back incumbent President Nicolas Maduro in the upcoming presidential election, according to a poll published Monday. The poll, conducted by the Hinterlaces and released by the Prensa Latina news agency, showed that 48 percent of respondents planned to...

Maduro creates Venezuela’s first Petro special economic zone

Venezuela’s Margarita Island will be the country’s first special economic zone (SEZ) to use the national cryptocurrency, the Petro, President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday. Margarita Island, Venezuela’s Caribbean holiday island will be the country’s first special economic zone Maduro said he signed a presidential decree...

Venezuela Pushes Forward in Corruption Purge, Arrests 11 Bankers

Venezuelan authorities arrested 11 high-ranking bankers from the country’s biggest private financial institution, Banesco, and would “intervene in the institution”for 90 days in an effort to stamp out illegal banking practices. Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab made the announcement in a TV broadcast Thursday,...

Venezuelan Parliament approves trial against Nicolás Maduro: What’s Next?

The Venezuelan National Assembly approved preliminary impeachment proceedings against Nicolás Maduro with 105 votes in favor (and 2 against), citing enough evidence linking him to acts of corruption regarding the Odebrecht scandal. Although this is a step forward in the struggle against the dictatorship, there...

UN Human Rights Council Condemns Sanctions Against Venezuela

The United Nations Human Rights Council (OHCHR ) has adopted a resolution proposed by the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (NAM) condemning economic sanctions against Venezuela by the United States, Canada, the European Union and their allies. The United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution...

Inflation-Hit Venezuela Introduces New Highest-Denomination Banknote

Venezuela will put on Wednesday a new highest-denomination 100,000 bolivar bill worth only US$0.50 into circulation, the country’s Communication and Information Ministry said. The introduction of a new banknote takes place amid the out-of-control inflation in the country, which led to a severe cash shortage. In 2016, a 100-bolivar...

For Poor Venezuelans, a Box of Food May Sway Vote for Maduro

CARACAS — A bag of rice on a hungry family’s kitchen table could be the key to Nicolas Maduro retaining the support of poor Venezuelans in May’s presidential election. The contents of a CLAP box, a Venezuelan government handout of basic food supplies, is pictured...

Maduro Announces Pensions Fund Increase, Additional Food Cards – Reports

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced an expansion of pension fund and a delivery of additional food shopping cards to the population, the TeleSur reported. Maduro announced 200,000 additional pensions and the delivery of 3 million cards, the TeleSur broadcaster reported on Wednesday. The Venezuelan president...

Venezuelan Secret Police: The key to Maduro’s oppressive hold on power

Tyrannical regimes generally employ repressive domestic intelligence directorates to keep the opposition at bay. In Venezuela, the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Servicio Bolivariano de Inteligencia Nacional — SEBIN), under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Popular Power for the Interior, Justice and Peace, is President Nicolás...

Over half a million Venezuelans fled to Colombia

More than half a million Venezuelans have taken refuge in Colombia to escape the crippling economic crisis in their country, Colombia Immigration (Migración Colombia) said on Friday. Authorities said 550,000 Venezuelans entered the country in 2017, an increase of 62 percent in the last year. Venezuela’s...

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