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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...

Venezuela: Surviving in the Country with the Worst Hyperinflation in History

How do you survive in a country where inflation can reach 1,000,000%? That is the current situation in Venezuela, the country with the largest oil reserves on the planet, but which became one of the poorest in the world thanks to the arrival of...

Daniel Ortega To TeleSUR TV: ‘The Coup Was Defeated’

In an exclusive interview with TeleSUR TV’s Patricia Villegas, in Managua, Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega said that the “coup was defeated” and that the country has experienced extreme violence over the past several months at the hands of the “extreme right” of Nicaragua and...

Maduro’s Brazen Attempt to Cover up the Violence By Ortega in Nicaragua

The Venezuelan regime has finally spoken about the crisis in Nicaragua that has been ongoing for two months. Through a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Maduro administration condemned the violence that has left more than 200 dead, but, as expected, placed...

It’s Nice To Have Friends In Low Places!

Rico's TICO BULL - Last week we learned that the Venezuelan government company, Alunasa, based in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, under the control of Venezuelan strongman Diosdado Cabello, was allegedly laundering money in the country. The allegations, though issued by the U.S. Treasury Department on May...

Venezuela Strongman Used Alunasa To Launder Money in Costa Rica, Accuses the United States

An investigation by the US Treasury Department concluded that Venezuela's strongman, Diosdado Cabello, laundered money in Costa Rica through the Alunasa company, located in Juanilama de Esparza, Puntarenas. The events date back to December 2016, says a statement issued on May 18, which said Cabello’s...

The Bankruptcy of 21st Century Socialism

Jorge G. Castañeda, Mexico City (The New York Times Opinion) — It is difficult to say whether the Cubana de Aviación airliner’s crash in Havana a few weeks ago or the mock elections in Venezuela on May 20 are the best illustration of the...

Venezuelan President Accuses US of Attempts to Corrupt Top Oil Execs

Venezuela’s president has put the blame for the corruption scandal that hit the country last year on US attempts to infiltrate high-level positions in the country’s oil industry. “I have serious proof of US diplomatic staff in this country trying to bribe their way into...

Venezuela releases 39 political prisoners

(UPI) The Venezuelan government said it released 39 political prisoners, a move the country’s authoritarian president called “an act of generosity.” San Cristobal’s former mayor Daniel Ceballos (2-L) and wife Patricia de Ceballos (L) greet sympathizers and relatives after his release at the Bolivarian Intelligence...

Nicaragua,Venezuela: One Enemy, One Fight For Democracy

By Tortilla Con Sal – Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela are all targets of the U.S. government because they challenge control of Latin America and the Caribbean by Western corporate elites and their local allies. People in Nicaragua won’t get fooled again. | Photo: Reuters By...

Maria Gabriela Lobaton

Venezuelan Instagram star Maria Gabriela Lobaton has accumulated over 700,000 followers on her Instagram account. She first started posting to Instagram in November 2014. Her YouTube channel has been viewed over 20,000 total times. See more of Lobaton at Volemo!

Santos: Venezuela’s Maduro plans to bring in Colombians to vote for him

BOGOTA (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government has been giving Venezuelan identification cards to Colombians in order to transport them over the border to vote for him in Sunday’s presidential elections, the Colombian government said on Thursday. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro greets supporters during...

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...

Latin American elections mean volatility for emerging markets investors

Latin America has election fever. El Salvador held parliamentary and mayoral votes in March, Costa Rica elected a new president in April and Paraguay held general elections two weeks ago. Venezuelans go to the polls in two weeks’ time, Colombians a week later, and...

Bolivian President Evo Morales Warns of Plan ‘to Invade Venezuela’ by US, OAS

Bolivian President Evo Morales said Sunday that the United States and the Organization of American States are implementing a plan with the purpose of defeating the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. "Before the elections they will carry out violent actions supported by the media and after...

Pence calls on Latin America to join US in isolating Venezuela, suspend election

Washington - The Trump administration called on Latin American and Caribbean nations Monday to take bold moves against Venezuela that will make allies squirm, including kicking the crisis-ridden country out of the region's main diplomatic body and launching money-laundering probes of Venezuelan officials in...

Venezuela Pushes Forward in Corruption Purge, Arrests 11 Bankers

Venezuelan authorities arrested 11 high-ranking bankers from the country’s biggest private financial institution, Banesco, and would “intervene in the institution”for 90 days in an effort to stamp out illegal banking practices. Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab made the announcement in a TV broadcast Thursday,...

Venezuela, Panama Discuss Re-establishing Bilateral Relations

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro announced Thursday that he has spoken with his Panamanian counterpart, Juan Carlos Varela, to establish a commission of foreign ministers to resolve the diplomatic issues between their respective nations. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and his counterpart...

‘Breathtaking homicidal violence’: Latin America in grip of murder crisis

Latin America has suffered more than 2.5 million murders since the start of this century and is facing an acute public security crisis that demands urgent and innovative solutions, a new report warns. “The sheer dimensions of homicidal violence are breathtaking,” says the report by...

Venezuelan Parliament approves trial against Nicolás Maduro: What’s Next?

The Venezuelan National Assembly approved preliminary impeachment proceedings against Nicolás Maduro with 105 votes in favor (and 2 against), citing enough evidence linking him to acts of corruption regarding the Odebrecht scandal. Although this is a step forward in the struggle against the dictatorship, there...

Panama – Venezuela Conflict Worsens

In response to actions taken by the Maduro government, Panama will suspend cargo and passenger transport activities of Venezuelan airlines operating in the country for three months. Venezuela forces Copa Airlines to suspend flights… Airline says it will refund passengers Immediately after the retaliation measures that...

Venezuela: ‘Lula’s Imprisonment Directed by US Empire’

Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has approved a resolution demonstrating solidarity with Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the Brazilian people. Brazil’s former President Lula (R) and Venezuela’s former President Chavez during a ceremony in Salvador City in 2013. | Photo: Cubadebate Constituent...

Panama withdraws ambassador from Venezuela

Panama’s spat with Venezuela intensified on Thursday, April 5 with the announcement that it is withdrawing its ambassador from Venezuela and has asked the authorities of that country to to remove their representative from Panamanian soil says the Foreign Ministry. Panama Foreign Minister Isabel Saint...

Venezuela State Firm Announces Worker Layoff In Costa Rica

The Venezuelan state-owned aluminum firm Alunasa has announced its intention to layoff more than 300 workers at its plant in Costa Rica due to lack of raw materials to operate, the Ministry of Labor reported. Labor confirmed in a statement that Alunasa submitted on March...

Panama puts Venezuela’s Maduro on money laundering watch

Panama has placed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and other top officials on a watch list for money laundering. The National Commission Against Money Laundering published a resolution naming 55 people and 16 Venezuelan companies “considered high risk for money laundering” and financing terrorism. Source: Today Panama

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