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“They Threatened to Kill Us if Nicaragua Rises Up Again”

The Nicaraguan “civic insurrection” has spawned hundreds of political prisoners and this is the welcome message they get when entering prison: “They told us that if Nicaraguans rise up civically again, they will kill all of us without even thinking about it.” Jorge Zapata poses...

Red Cross asks for clarity in its role in the release of political prisoners

Checking the list of detained protesters that will be released and returned to their families, as well as support in the logistics to achieve this task, are some of the tasks that could be performed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC),...

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...

Tosferina (Pertussis) outbreak in Panama: 11 Deaths reported

Panamanian health officials report an outbreak of tosferina (pertussis, or whooping cough) in the Comarca Ngäbe Buglé region since mid-December. To date, 95 confirmed cases have been reported, of 84 are recovering and 11 fatalities in children under two years of age. According to the head...

US planning Venezuela military intervention: Russian official

Deutsche Welle or DW, Germany’s public international broadcaster, reports that a Russian security official said on Tuesday he believed Washington was planning to intervene militarily in Venezuela. Juan Guaido (left) with Colombia President Ivan Duque (middle0 and U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence (tight), in Bogot on...

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...

Five Killed, 285 Injured In Saturday’s Clashes At Colombia – Venezuela Border

Venezuela severed diplomatic ties with Colombia in the wake of the violence along the border between the two countries. From Twitter President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday also pledged to stop the aid from coming into Venezuela and called it a coup attempt by the opposition led...

Historic Mega-Concert on Colombian-Venezuelan Border

British billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Richard Branson is spearheading a unique and historic concert on the Venezuelan-Colombian border, in conjunction with the beginning of the delivery of international humanitarian aid to mitigate the shortages of food and medicine generated by socialism in Venezuela. Richard Branson...

Pope Francis Lifts Sanction on Nicaraguan Poet Ernesto Cardenal

After 35 years, the Vatican reversed the punishment again former priest and member of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), Nicaraguan poet Ernesto Cardenal. After hearing the news, Cardenal celebrated mass from his hospital bed. Nicaraguan Poet and Liberation Theologist Ernesto Cardenal delivers a speech...

VOA Latin America Interviews Ivan Duque

Colombian President Ivan Duque, interviewed Saturday by VOA’s Latin America Division, discussed the battle against the National Liberation Army in Venezuela and strengthening his country’s ties with Washington. Question: So, Mr. President, with a new government in Venezuela, what opportunities do you see in dealing...

Ortega Government Accepts To Negotiate, Business Sector Welcomes “Opening Of Door”

The government of Nicaragua admitted Saturday night “the need for an understanding” to resolve the crisis, after a meeting with businessmen and the Catholic Church, to which the US ambassador, Kevin Sullivan, expressed his support, noting that the negotiations must produce “real-time solutions for...

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...

Ortega Regime Imposes Its Own “Normality” in Nicaragua

As if the reality of Nicaragua took place in two different dimensions, the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo promote, on the one hand, festivals and fairs to impose their “normality”, and on the other, the Policía Orteguista (PO) – Ortega Police –...

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...

21 Dead, Dozens Hurt in Colombia Car Bomb Explosion

A car bomb exploded Thursday, January 17, at a police academy in Bogota, leaving at least 21 people dead and dozens injured, Colombian police reported. Members of the security forces and rescue personnel work at the site of an explosion on a police cadet training...

Nicaragua in 2019: Time for Change?

Nine months into the Nicaraguan sociopolitical crisis, the country is looking at a difficult year ahead. It faces a government who has shut its doors to everything but repression. There are at least six trends that will impact political outcomes in Nicaragua in 2019. Their...

La Prensa runs blank front page in protest of Ortega regime

Nicaragua’s oldest and most-widely read newspaper, La Prensa, published its Friday edition with a blank front page in protest against what it says is the government’s withholding of ink, paper and other materials needed for its printing press since September. La Prensa circulated on Friday...

“He is a traitor”, Ortega’s reaction to the resignation of Rafael Solís

The resignation of Rafael Solís to his position as magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) and to the militancy of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), is already described as treason by the officials who support the Daniel Ortega regime. Rafael Solis was...

Mothers of April Demand Application of Democratic Charter to Ortega

The Mothers of April Association of Nicaragua, formed by women who have lost their children or relatives in the demonstrations against President Ortega, demanded on Thursday to the OAS member countries to apply the Democratic Charter to the Government of Nicaragua. The “Mothers of April”...

World Leaders Begin to Arrive for Maduro Inauguration

This Thursday the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, will be sworn in before the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) for a second six-year term. enLeaders of several countries of the world have already arrived to accompany the Head of State, including his counterparts in Cuba,...

Cuba President Miguel Díaz-Canel To Attend Maduro Inauguration

Cuba’s Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, confirmed on Monday that President Miguel Díaz-Canel will be heading the Cuban delegation to attend the inauguration of Nicolas Maduro and reiterated Cuba’s support to Venezuela and “its legitimately elected government”. On his Twitter account, Rodriguez wrote, “President @DiazCanelB will...

Venezuela congress names new leader, calls Nicolas Maduro illegitimate

Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly opened a new legislative session on Saturday, swearing in a new leader who declared Nicolas Maduro’s presidency illegitimate. Juan Guaido, 35, assumed the presidency of the National Assembly stripped of power by Maduro, who is set to be inaugurated to a...

Lima Group Refuses to Recognize Maduro’s New Term

The Lima Group (Grupo de Lima in Spanish) of countries seeking an end to the Venezuelan crisis said in a declaration on Friday they do not recognize President Nicolas Maduro’s new term starting next week. The Lima Group has called on Maduro “not to assume...

Ortega Offers Nicaragua “Reconciliation” And A “Gallo Pinto” Economy

In his last speech of the outgoing year, Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega kept silent about the report of international human rights organizations, which point to his regime as responsible for the worst bloodbath in the country’s history in times of peace. Nor did he say...

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...

Daniel Ortega talks about world tragedies and omits his own massacre in his end of the year message

In his end of the year message on national television, dictator Daniel Ortega spoke about the tragedies around the world and evaded the massacre of more than five hundred Nicaraguans and the repression against the population that flared up against his regime since the...

The Fate of Nicaragua’s Ortega in a Region on Fire

(CONFIDENCIAL) Until April of this year, Nicaragua enjoyed the benefits of an undeserved reputation as a haven of peace. The indicators of violence provided by the National Police -probably skewed-, but of widespread credibility-, placed Nicaragua slightly above Costa Rica and many homicides below...

Inter-American Press Association denounces the government’s war against independent media

The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) said in a statement that the arrest of Miguel Mora and the closure of the 100% Noticias channel is “a serious violation of freedom of expression and the press” and called for his release. Members of the riot police monitor...

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