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Venezuela is experiencing the worst economic crisis for a country without war, experts say

MARACAIBO, Venezuela — Zimbabwe’s collapse under Robert Mugabe. The fall of the Soviet Union. Cuba’s disastrous unraveling in the 1990s. People shopping for unrefrigerated offal and other beef byproducts at the flea market in Maracaibo, Venezuela.CreditMeridith Kohut for The New York Times The collapse of Venezuela’s...

Venezuelans angry having to wait hours for fuel as shortages worsen

Gasoline shortages in Venezuela have become a regular occurrence, particularly in border regions where smuggling to neighboring countries is rife, the result of generous subsidies from state-run oil company PDVSA that have made gasoline nearly free. People with vehicles wait in line to attempt to...

Adiós gringo? Venezuela & Russia negotiating swap of US dollar for ruble in bilateral trade

Venezuela is in talks with Russia over the possibility of using the Russian ruble in mutual trade settlements and abandoning U.S. dollar transactions, according to Venezuela’s representative to the UN office in Geneva, Jorge Valero. © AFP / Alexander Nemenov The ambassador added that the countries...

Dirty money: The real reason for Maduro’s survival

When asked to explain why their efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro have fallen short, Trump administration officials typically cite the sinister influence of Cuba and Russia, which they say has stiffened the regime’s resistance. What they don’t speak about so much is a...

Guaido Officially Requests US Military Support

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaido, has formally requested the support of United States military forces in the ongoing socio-political crisis in the country, a letter published by his representative Carlos Vecchio said on Monday. “We welcome strategic and operational planning so...

General Tells Military To “Rise Up” Against Nicolas Maduro Regime

A Venezuelan general, Ramon Rangel, called on the country’s armed forces on Sunday to rise up against the Nicolas Maduro, who has relied on the backing of the military to hold on to power despite an economic collapse. Rangel, who identified himself as an air...

Venezuela opens borders with Aruba and Brazil; Colombia remains closed

The government of Nicolas Maduro is seeking to ease the country’s isolation, reopening borders with Aruba and Brazil after shutting off sea and land access in February to block the opposition from delivering humanitarian aid. Venezuela’s land and sea links with Colombia and two other...

Venezuela’s former intel chief was ‘CIA mole’: Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says his former intelligence chief, who joined opposition figure Juan Guaido during a recent coup attempt, was a “mole” recruited by the CIA to overthrow his government. This handout photo released by Miraflores Presidential palace press office shows Venezuela’s President Nicolas...

Russia urges US to abandon plan to topple Maduro

The United States and Russia traded words over Venezuela on Sunday with Russia’s foreign minister urging the United States to abandon its “irresponsible” plan to topple Nicolás Maduro and his US counterpart, Mike Pompeo, slamming Russian meddling. Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, right, and Venezuela’s...

Why Are The U.S. and Russia Clashing Over Venezuela?

Washington Post – There was an unexpected twist Tuesday evening as Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s attempted uprising against President Nicolás Maduro’s government appeared to be sputtering out. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Maduro was set to flee Venezuela — but that...

Russia: US Interference in Venezuela Fraught With “Serious Consequences”

The Russian newspaper, Sputnik, reports that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo that the continuation of the US’ “aggressive steps” toward Venezuela is fraught with “serious consequences.” This after Pompeo told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday that President Nicolas...

Venezuela: Following The Money

Unraveling Venezuela’s coup. The “final phase” of opposition leader Juan Guaido’s attempt to remove Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from office began this morning, Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognized as the country’s rightful interim ruler, whips up...

Venezuela: Coup or uprising?

TODAY VENEZUELA - Venezuelan leader Juan Guaido’s push for a military uprising against President Nicolas Maduro’s government Tuesday has the support of the United States, while Maduro’s backers such as Russia condemns the push as a coup. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney...

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...

Venezuela’s power struggle reaches a tense stalemate, as human suffering deepens

Even in a country where crisis has become the norm, the past month has been eventful. On April 3 Juan Guaidó, the Venezuelan National Assembly president who is leading an effort to remove President Nicolás Maduro from office, was stripped of his parliamentary immunity....

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...

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,...

The Danger of Replacing Chavismo with Chavismo Light

The fascism of the good, and the tyranny of just causes: we face this daily in Venezuela, because not only do we have to deal with a government that in its collectivist zeal destroyed the economy of an entire country, but in addition to...

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...

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...

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...

What will happen today in Venezuela?

On month after legislative opposition leader Juan Guaidó proclaimed himself ‘interim president” Venezuela will live a historic day this Saturday, February 23, when tens of thousands of people will gather at the borders of the country for a massive mobilization that expects to receive...

Caught in the middle of Venezuela’s politics, China mulls options

Chinese diplomats in Caracas are working day and night to help Beijing determine how best to deal with Juan Guaido, the self-declared leader of Venezuela who may not favor continuing the oil-for-loans deals that have underpinned China’s relations with Venezuela for years. Venezuelan opposition leader...

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