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Venezuela introduces monthlong electricity rationing

Venezuela announced on Sunday the beginning of a 30-day electricity rationing plan. President Nicolas Maduro said the rationing regime would balance generation and transmission with consumption. He did not elaborate on how the rationing program would be carried out. Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez also announced on...

Guaido Says He’ll Return Home After Ecuador Visit; Risks Arrest

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed “interim” president, Juan Guaido, on Saturday said he will go home after his visit to Ecuador, raising the prospect of a showdown with the Maduro government that he is trying to force from power and risking arrest. Ecuador’s President Lenin...

Venezuelan Opposition Leader Juan Guaido Declares Himself President

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president on Wednesday, with the support of the United States and many Latin American nations and prompting Nicolas Maduro to break relations U.S. and giving its personnel 72 hours to leave the country. Juan Guaido, President of...

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...

Murder rate soars in Venezuela, forcing population to take extreme precautions to stay alive

As if coping with constant food and medicine shortages were not enough for crisis-weary Venezuelans, many live in constant fear in a country where three people die violently every hour. Employees of Venezuelan app ‘Pana’ (Buddy) help a person whose car broke down in Caracas The...

Venezuela in Crisis with Major Gas Shortages as Transport Grinds to Halt

Venezuela, the country with the largest oil reserves in the world, faces a shortage of gasoline of 80%; a situation that has kept all regions of the country on the edge of chaos. Venezuela has 300 billion barrels of oil, but its oil industry is...

In Venezuela, the press is dying a slow death

Of the 134 printed newspapers that circulated in Venezuela five years ago, as of September 2018 there are only 60 left, only half of which are daily newspapers, which have shrunk in size and in number of copies sold, according to a study by...

Venezuela’s Maduro Says He Bought School Supplies, Goods Worth $200 Million Using The Petro

CARACAS – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday that his government made international purchases of school supplies and raw materials worth US$200 million with the petro cryptocurrency, banned by the United States and declared illegal by the opposition-led Venezuelan Congress. Maduro, at a business...

The New Stupidity of Maduro that Will Sink Venezuela Even Further

This week Peruvian journalist Jaime Bayly made a video that went viral on social media, which includes a spectacular editorial, in which he serves up a devastating tragicomic presentation of the dictator (at this point categorizing him as a dictator would be a compliment)...

Testimonies of Venezuelan Migrants Who Returned to the Homeland

Nicolas Maduro’s government implemented the “Back to the Homeland” plan to help bring Venezuelan migrants back to their home country. A Venezuelan woman and her child in Peru, before returning to Venezuela via the government’s ‘Back to the Homeland Plan.’ | Photo: Cancillería VE “This is...

Nicolás Maduro’s plan for Venezuela adds bewilderment to despair

Day after day the crowds flock to the Expresos Flamingo bus terminal in Caracas to begin checking out of their crumbling nation. The UN estimates 2.3 million Venezuelans have left the country since 2015. Photograph: Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images Some carry their earthly possessions in suitcases or...

Venezuela Just Moved One Step Closer to Authoritarianism

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has just claimed victory in a historic election that will vastly expand his power and potentially lead to a new era of authoritarianism in what had once been a vibrant democracy. Allies of Nicolas Maduro’s party made a clean sweep of...

Re-elected, Venezuela’s Maduro Faces Global Criticism

(Reuters) – Critics at home and abroad on Monday denounced the re-election of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro as a farce cementing autocracy, while the U.S. government imposed new sanctions on the crisis-stricken oil-producing country. Maduro wins Venezuela election challengers call illegitimate Maduro, the 55-year-old successor to...

7 Reasons for Describing Venezuela as a ‘Mafia State’

Insightcrime.org – There is no universally accepted definition of what constitutes a “mafia state.” Here are seven arguments as to why we think Venezuela qualifies and what the implications are of this troubled Andean nation as a regional crime hub. 1. Top level criminal penetration...

Summit Of America Leaders Urged To Take Stronger Measures To Isolate Venezuela’s Maduro

(Reuters) - The Heads of State and Government of Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia, and the Vice President of the United States, met in Lima, Peru on occasion of the VIII...

Concerns about a massive exodus deters sanctions against Maduro

“Nations could be avoiding issuing stronger economic sanctions against Maduro’s dictatorship because this could drive even more the migration of Venezuelans,” says Mariano de Alba, an expert in international affairs. Photo | (Twitter) The political and international analysts said in an interview that, despite governments studying...

‘I am still in shock’: Journalists flee Venezuela to publish ongoing investigation, amid legal threats

It sounded like another grim chapter in the repression that has gripped Venezuela during the rule of President Nicolas Maduro. Joseph Poliszuk, the editor of Armando.info in Venezuela, has been forced to leave the country. Earlier this week, four journalists from the investigative website Armando.info have...

Venezuela Regards New US Sanctions as Crime Against Humanity

Venezuela condemned new US sanctions introduced against Caracas calling them crime against humanity, the country’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. US President Donald Trump Bans US Transactions With Venezuela’s Digital Currency On Monday, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to prevent US citizens from using...

Venezuelan dictator Maduro takes advantage of the same “feminism” that condemns Trump

The two most controversial presidents in the Americas decided to speak out on feminism last weekend. Maduro declared himself the president of women; Trump said that he’s with everyone.(PanAm Post) In Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro declared himself a feminist, and said he is and always will...

Opposition Wants ‘National Front’ to Protect Venezuelans’ Rights

enezuela’s opposition will present a nationwide front to protect people’s rights, its negotiator Julio Borges said Thursday after talks with the government collapsed. “We are beginning a series of meetings with political parties and opposition sectors to create a big national front representing the Venezuelan...

Venezuela’s opposition is on the verge of collapse

It’s been a bittersweet couple of weeks for the Venezuelan opposition, which for six months this year staged daily protests against the authoritarian-leaning regime of president Nicolás Maduro. On Oct. 26, the alliance – which began working together in 2008 to counterbalance Hugo Chávez’s “Chavista”...

Venezuela May Not Be Able To Pay Off Its Billion-Dollar Debt

Venezuela is strapped for cash. And the country is facing deadlines on critical payments that, if missed, would result in the country defaulting on its debt. The nation’s state-owned oil company PDVSA just made a payment of more than $800 million to one of its bondholders....

Maduro’s Rabbit Plan Won’t Save Venezuelans from Going Hungry

(FEE.org) President Nicolas Maduro wants Venezuelans to breed rabbits to solve the economic disaster he and his predecessor Hugo Chavez created, which has led to millions of formerly middle-class Venezuelans starving, begging on the streets, and giving up their children. “The rabbit isn’t a pet,...

Shunning US Dollar, Venezuela Lists Oil Prices in Chinese Yuan

Venezuela on Friday began listing the price of its oil in the Chinese yuan, following President Nicolas Maduro's announcement last week that he would rid the economy of the "US imperialist system." The move was seen as a bid to weather US-imposed sanctions on the...

Shunning US Dollar, Venezuela Lists Oil Prices in Chinese Yuan

A gas station worker pumps gas into a car at a gas station of the state oil company PDVSA in Caracas, Venezuela August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins Venezuela on Friday began listing the price of its oil in the Chinese yuan, following President Nicolas...

Criticizing Nicolás Maduro’s regime may soon become a crime in Venezuela

(TODAY VENEZUELA) Criticizing Nicolás Maduro’s regime in Venezuela online may soon become a crime there. The new Constituent Assembly, which Maduro implemented unconstitutionally to usurp the country’s legislature, announced it will regulate messages they consider to be hateful or intolerant. Constituent Assembly has created a...

Maduro strips Venezuela’s parliament of power

Venezuela’s political crisis has deepened after a new pro-government “superbody” stripped the opposition-held parliament of its legislative powers and the fugitive attorney general accused President Nicolás Maduro of links to a corruption scandal. The move by the national constituent assembly, denounced by regional powers and...

Venezuelan Activists Request US Sanctions

“We are going to send a memo to the State Department and to the American authorities so that they start investigating opposition leaders, both in Venezuela and in the United States.” (Manuel Rosales) This Saturday, August 12, the Venezuelan Organization of Venezuelan Political Exiles (VEPPEX)...

Cuban Embassy in Venezuela Reinforces Outer Walls Amid Armed Uprisings

The reason for the increased security is unconfirmed, but social media has been abuzz with speculation that the wall intends to protect against a wave of violent backlash to Maduro’s policies. (Twitter) Workers are currently reinforcing the Cuban Embassy with cinderblocks and steel bars as...

Arrest of Venezuelan opposition leaders draws global outcry

A man holds a sign with a portrait of opposition leader Antonio Ledezma in front of a wall with a portrait of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez in Caracas, Venezuela. The sign reads, “The bars will not shut the truth”. August 1, 2017. Venezuelan President Nicolas...

Venezuela’s opposition delays planned rally against new assembly

Members of the Venezuelan community in Argentina protest against the election for a “Constituent Assembly”, in Buenos Aires on July 30, 2017. © ALEJANDRO PAGNI / AFP Venezuela’s opposition will hold a protest rally Thursday to coincide with the expected inauguration of a new assembly...

What next for Venezuela? Crisis and isolation

President Nicolas Maduro’s government held a vote Sunday that will replace the opposition-controlled National Assembly with an entirely new legislature known as the Constituent Assembly filled with his supporters. Ten people were killed Sunday in the bloodiest day of protests since March. The attorney general...

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