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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...

Supporters of Guaidó and Maduro clashed outside the Venezuelan embassy in San Jose

Supporters of Juan Guaidó and Nicolás Maduro clashed Wednesdau morning outside the Venezuela embassy in Los Yoses, on the east side of San Jose. The clash occurred after diplomatic officials of Guaidó, the self-proclaimed president of Venezuela, took possession of the Embassy of Venezuela in...

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...

Roger Waters: From Pink Floyd Icon to Nicolas Maduro Puppet

Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters has been making headlines this week in an unlikely region of the world: the Andean region. Is he going to be swinging through Quito, Bogota, Lima, Caracas, and LaPaz for a tour, you ask? Hardly. (Although given his affinity 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...

Carlos plans to travel through Latin America to advocate for Nicaragua and Venezuela

President Carlos Alvarado is considering to travel through Latin America to advocate for a solution to the socio-political crisis in Nicaragua and Venezuela. In the caricature by Crhoy.com, we see the prez with his suitcase packed with "soluciones para las crisis en esas dos naciones"...

Is authoritarianism bad for the economy? Ask Venezuela

Democracy is at risk worldwide. And the economy may be, too. Seventy-one out of the world’s 195 countries saw their democratic institutions erode in recent years, according to the 2018 year-end report by democracy watchdog Freedom House, a phenomenon known as “democratic backsliding.” Signs of...

Regime change in Venezuela would open business opportunities for Costa Rica

There is no certainty that the Venezuelan political regime is about to change. However, the events of the last few weeks would increase the likelihood of a transition to an economic system in which the market plays an important role, which encourages Costa Rican merchants. Venezuela...

Juan Guaidó appoints a new diplomatic representative in Costa Rica

The Venezuela National Assembly on Tuesday appointed María Faría as the new diplomatic representative in Costa Rica, following Juan Guaidó's self-proclaimed presidency of Venezuela last week. María Faría was appointed along with other diplomats in different countries of Latin America and many of these from...

The History – and Hypocrisy – of US Meddling in Venezuela

There isn’t a nation in the Western Hemisphere that hasn’t at one time or another found itself caught in the far-reaching tentacles of U.S. imperialism. Venezuela is certainly no exception. Washington has been meddling in its internal affairs since the 19th century and it continues...

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...

Maduro: Venezuela Faces Coup Ordered by US, Lima Group Ahead of Inauguration

In a press conference delivered to local and international media, the president of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday that a coup against the country is underway. “A coup is underway, ordered from Washington (capital of the U.S.), ordered from the Lima Cartel (Lima Group), in...

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,...

Costa Rica refuses to recognize Maduro’s mandate, despite diplomatic threat from Venezuela

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated that it will not recognize the new term of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela, despite the diplomatic threat made to the countries of the Lima Group, including Costa Rica, on Wednesday. Maduro issued on Wednesday an ultimatum to the Lima...

Costa Rica’s New Chancellor Will Have A “More Active Role” In The Crisis in Nicaragua and Venezuela

President Carlos Alvarado said on Tuesday his government will give greater impetus to the approach of the crisis in Nicaragua and Venezuela, as part of a new phase in the foreign policy of the country. The president made the statement was made during the official...

Beatriz Becerra: The MEP Fighting for Freedom in Nicaragua and Venezuela

Two days before the end of 2018, the MEP and vice president of the Human Rights subcommittee of the European Parliament, Beatriz Becerra, said through her Twitter account: “I promise to remain firm with Venezuela, accompanying their struggle to recover their freedom and future....

Venezuela: One of the Worst Cases of Hyperinflation in Human History

Venezuela, the country with the lowest wages in the region and an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, has broken the record for the highest inflation in the Americas, to such an extent that by 2019 hyperinflation will reach the astounding figure of 10,000,000%. This is due,...

Latin America Showcases the Desperate Need for Term Limits

In 2010, Alvaro Uribe’s two terms as president of Colombia were drawing to a close. Uribe had won two decisive presidential contests, without the backing of a major political party. Rather than running with the Liberal or Conservative parties, he formed his own party,...

Latin America is facing its worst refugee crisis in its history

Venezuela is in the throes of a severe economic and humanitarian crisis. The incompetent, repressive policies of President Nicolás Maduro have propelled Venezuela into a downward spiral, and political turmoil is deepening the chaotic situation in the country. The economic and humanitarian crises, coupled with...

Venezuela Ambassador To Russia: US Depends on Venezuelan Oil

Venezuela it is not satisfied with its quota for oil production under the Vienna agreement of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC producers and is currently taking measures needed to restore its level of oil production, according to Venezuelan Ambassador...

Canada at odds with Latin American allies over intervention in Venezuela

(CBC.ca) Canada broke ranks this week with the majority of a group of American nations it helped to create to deal with the spiraling crisis in Venezuela. And although Canada's refusal to sign a joint statement of the Lima Group — a statement that commits...

Venezuela’s Maduro travels to China in search of fresh funds

CARACAS/BEIJING (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is travelling to China to discuss economic agreements, as the crisis-struck OPEC nation seeks to convince its key Asian financier to disburse fresh loans. Chinese President Xi Jinping walks next to Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro during his welcoming...

Bolivian president says U.S. is real global threat, not Venezuela

Bolivia President Evo Morales said on his Twitter account, that "the U.S. is the real threat to humankind," responding to Senator Marco Rubio's talk of using the U.S. Armed Forces against the Venezuelan Government as it "has become a threat for the region and...

Venezuelan oil fueled the rise and fall of Nicaragua’s Ortega regime

The downfall of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has been dizzyingly fast. In January 2018, he had the highest approval rating of any Central American president, at 54 percent. Today, Nicaraguans are calling for Ortega’s resignation. Chávez greets Ortega during a welcoming ceremony in Caracas. Reuters/Carlos...

7.3 Earthquake Hits Venezuela; Caracas Being Evacuated

CARACAS, Venezuela — A powerful earthquake shook Venezuela’s northeastern coast on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 5:32 pm local time (21:32 UTC), frightening residents in the capital city of Caracas, who evacuated buildings and briefly interrupting a pro-government rally. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) put...

Peru, Ecuador to Tighten Entry Rules for Venezuelans Amid Migration Spike

The Peruvian Authorities are reportedly going to start barring Venezuelan migrants from entering the country unless they have passports, the government sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. According to Reuters, the measure aims to curb a surge in immigration from economic crisis-hit...

Venezuelans Struggle to Adjust to Currency Revaluation

CARACAS, VENEZUELA — Venezuelans struggled Monday to calculate prices of food and household goods as a new currency scheme aimed at taming runaway inflation went into effect. Withdrawing cash from automated teller machines at a Mercantil bank branch in Caracas, Venezuela, Aug. 20, 2018 The new...

Bolivarian Project: How to Reactivate Chavismo

People in difficult circumstances often develop a culture of making the best of a bad situation. Their jokes are often revealing. A common form of humor on the streets of Venezuela today consists in talking about “the time when we were rich and didn’t...

Brazilian Border Town Residents Drive out Venezuelan Immigrants

BRASILIA — Angry residents of a Brazilian border town, Pacaraima, ran riot and drove out Venezuelan immigrants on Saturday after a local restaurant owner was stabbed and beaten, residents and government officials said. The demonstrations forced hundreds of Venezuelans to flee back across the frontier on...

Thousands Rally in Support for Maduro After Assassination Attempt

Thousands took to streets of the Venezuelan capital of Caracas on Monday in support for President Nicolas Maduro, who faced an alleged failed assassination attempt over the weekend. According to the Venezuelan authorities, Maduro faced a failed assassination attempt with use of explosive-carrying drones during...

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro Survives Drone Attack

A televised address by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was cut short during a speech at a military event on Saturday and soldiers were seen running before the TV transmission was cut off. The 81st anniversary of the country’s National Guard was abruptly interrupted after an...

‘The truth is we had to leave’: Fleeing Venezuela for Colombia

Cucuta, Colombia – Insecurity, instability and violence have forced more 1.5 million Venezuelans to flee the country since 2014, according to conservative government figures. Over half that population have sought refuge in neighboring Colombia. More than 35,000 people cross the bridge from Venezuela into Colombia...

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