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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...

Maduro Government Rejected Opposition’s Takeover of The Venezuela Embassy in San Jose

The government of Nicolas Maduro rejected the actions of opposition legislator and who declared himself an "interim president" late last month, Juan Guaido's appointee in Costa Rica forcibly entering the Venezuelan embassy in Costa Rica. “The thieves of a group of strangers entered the headquarters of...

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...

Costa Rica defies Maduro: will send a diplomat to Caracas after recognizing Guaidó

Costa Rica will send its Chargé d'Affaires in Venezuela back to Caracas after recognizing Juan Guaidó as the interim president of Venezuela, instead of the Nicolás Maduro regime. The Foreign Ministry informed that Danilo González will return to the capital of Venezuela "during the next...

Invasion unlikely, but fever builds in Venezuela, Reports

Caracas is a city where everyone knows the dominant political affiliation of each neighbourhood. Basically, the east belongs to the opposition, much of the west to the Chavistas. Many opposition supporters would be reluctant to venture into the poor barrios where President Nicolas Maduro can...

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...

Invasion fever in Venezuela

As the Lima Group countries ready for an emergency meeting on Venezuela hosted by Canada, here in Venezuela on Sunday, Nicolas Maduro attended the latest in a string of almost daily military exercises. Anti-government protesters hold Venezuelan flags as they block a highway to demand...

“90% of the Army is not with the dictator”

A general from Venezuela’s Air Force has announced he no longer recognizes Nicolas Maduro as the country’s president, in what appears to be the highest ranking military defection to hit the regime. General Francisco Esteban Yanez Rodriguez In a video circulating the social media, wearing a...

U.S. to Boost Pressure on Venezuela, Cuba to Curb Russia, China in Region

The United States has unleashed a full-blown campaign to force out Nicolas Maduro, having reaffirmed its commitment to continue supporting Juan Guaido, the self-proclaimed interim president. The US attempts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro mark a new step in implementing the current administration’s plan to reinforce control...

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...

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...

US: ‘Choose a Side’ on Venezuela

The United States on Saturday called on the world to “choose a side” on Venezuela and urged countries to financially disconnect from the government Nicolas Maduro, while the European Union is getting set to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s rightful leader. Venezuelan...

Gauido Declared Himself President After Pence’s Call

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself Venezuela’s Interim President after he received a call on Tuesday from the United States Vice President Mike Pence, who pledged Washington’s support for Guaido, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports. The report comes a few days after US...

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 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...

“You Are not a Legitimate President”: OAS Message to Maduro

Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Honduras, the United States, Canada, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Panama, Costa Rica, Peru, Guatemala, Paraguay, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Ecuador, and Haiti are the 19 countries, representing, representing well over 80% of the combined population of the Americas, that...

Maduro sworn as president but most of the Americas reject his legitimacy

(MercoPress) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was sworn into a second term on Thursday amid international calls for him to step down, a devastating economic crisis and growing diplomatic isolation. Only Cuba’s Miguel Diaz-Canel, Bolivia’s Evo Morales and president Anatoli Bibilov of a Georgia breakaway province...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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’s New Plan to Dollarize Tourism and Discriminate against Venezuelans

Taking inspiration from Cuba, Nicolás Maduro has recently decided that tourism will now only be only for foreigners or for “well off” Venezuelans, since he announced that the regime will charge in foreign currencies and cryptocurrencies for tourist services in some “economic zones.” Tourism has...

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 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...

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...

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