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Report Sketches Venezuela’s Organized Crime Landscape

TODAY VENEZUELA – A new report offers insights into where organized crime is most concentrated in Venezuela, but without more data from government agencies the country’s criminal landscape remains shrouded in uncertainty. A new report (pdf) by the civil society organization Paz Activa found the most reported cases of organized crime activity from August to December 2015 were in the...

A total of 3,414 murders recorded in 2015 in Caracas

Over 5,000 death bodies were taken to the Bello Monte morgue Most victims were 19-35 years old TODAY VENEZUELA (El Universal) According to figures disclosed by Venezuelan security authorities, murders have spiraled upward in the country. Only in Caracas and the Metropolitan Area, 3,414 killings...

Jurists deem it necessary a new criminal code

Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz during her presentation at the National Assembly (AVN TODAY VENEZUELA (El Universal) The debate on the need to pass a new criminal code was reopened recently by the Venezuelan Attorney General, Luisa Ortega Díaz. In producing...

Venezuela asks more than 100 malls to close to save electricity

People wait outside closed stores at a mall in Caracas, Venezuela on Wednesday. Photograph: Marco Bello/Reuters Shops in malls across Venezuela will be going dark, closing their doors to shoppers early to comply with a government electricity rationing order. Venezuela’s...



Lifestyle in Revolution

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An editorial published in El Universal, Wednesday, February 10, 2016: There are no vehicles, no spare parts, no food, no medicines, no dollars, just toy bolivars with no value except for the border Fidel...

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Report Reveals How Venezuela Gangs Control Their Turf

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A recent report sheds light on the level of control that some Venezuelan gangs wield over their territory, and is also indicative of how some gangs may continue to receive local support in the face of police violence in certain communities. According to Spanish news agency EFE, 2016 has seen at least two cases of criminal bands enforcing a curfew and ordering...

Pro-government parliament group requests judicial measures against Congress

  Pro-government deputy for ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) Pedro Carreño, along with all the members of the pro-government parliament group, went to the headquarters of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) to...

Maduro aims to guide Venezuela to a productive model in three years

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said this week he is on the alert for any possible attempts of “destabilization” by the newly installed opposition deputies who now hold the majority at the National Assembly (AN). In an...

El Niño phenomenon to cause draught this year in Venezuela

The National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (Inameh) forecast on Thursday that during January this year the country would have few rains and high temperatures as a consequence of El Niño climate phenomenon. Inameh’s President...



Timeline: Venezuela’s Chavez Era

PINTADAS CON EL ROSTRO DEL PRESIDENTE HUGO CHÁVEZ EN CARACAS

by CFR Multimedia Team – Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez took office in 1999 on a populist platform. But three terms into his “socialist revolution,” critics say the country increasingly...

LatAm ex-presidents: “There was a clear, convincing victory”

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The six former Latin American presidents invited by the opposition coalition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) expect that the final count of the votes of the parliament election held on Sunday, December...

Venezuelan dissent scores 112 seats at the National Assembly

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The Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE) handed over on Monday night to the political parties who took part in the legislative election of Sunday, December 6 the final results of the polls. The...

CNE announces vote results: opposition wins 99 seats; gov’t wins 46 seats

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TODAY VENEZUELA- President of the National Electoral Council (CNE) Tibisay Lucena informed on Monday early morning that the parliament vote held on Sunday, December 6, was held in calm and peace. She praised...

Top electoral body nullifies credentials of some international observers

TODAY VENEZUELA – President of the National Electoral Council (CNE) Tibisay Lucena reported on Sunday afternoon that the credentials given to a number of international observers earlier on Sunday have been revoked. “A few minutes ago, we saw some political observers, whom we gave credentials...

Venezuelan industries barely surviving

Various industries have had to temporarily halt some of their production lines due to lack of raw material and feed stock (Venancio Alcázares)

Various industries have had to temporarily halt some of their production lines due to lack of raw material and feed stock (Venancio Alcázares) TODAY VENEZUELA – Venezuelan industries find themselves...