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Health Ministry sets call center to find medicines in Venezuela

Vice-President for the Social Area Jorge Arreaza asserted that all state-owned pharmacies "Farmapatria" were re-stocked TODAY VENEZUELA - The Venezuelan Health Ministry created a call center that will allow people to consult the availability and...

Venezuela’s Central Bank to absorb VEB 15 billion in liquidity

TODAY VENEZUELA - The Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) has placed on Friday new absorbing operations amounting to VEB 15 billion (USD 1.5 billion based on the foreign exchange rate of VEB 10 per...

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...

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

Over 5,000 death bodies were taken to the Bello Monte morgue 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...

Jurists deem it necessary a new criminal code

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 her office's annual report at the...

Venezuela asks more than 100 malls to close to save electricity

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 socialist government is asking more than 100 malls to close or...

Lifestyle in Revolution

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 Castro said...

Report Reveals How Venezuela Gangs Control Their Turf

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...

Venezuelan Crime Wave Forces American Expats To Hunker Down

ANYTHING FOR A DOLLAR. John Pate used to drive around Caracas in a bullet-proof Volkswagen. As an American expat with more than 35 years of experience living in Venezuela, Pate avoided going out at...

Venezuela is on the brink of a complete economic collapse

From the Washington Post: The only question now is whether Venezuela’s government or economy will completely collapse first. The key word there is "completely." Both are well into their death throes. Indeed, Venezuela's ruling party...

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Venezuelans View Russia as an ‘Elder Cousin Ready to Lend a Helping Hand’

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has come to Moscow for talks with President Putin. Venezuelan political analyst Basem Tajeldine and journalist Jordán Rodríguez told Sputnik...

US Will Never Break Venezuela’s ‘Freedom-Loving Spirit’: Maduro

US President Donald Trump in August imposed new sanctions on Venezuela against the backdrop of protests in the country. He expressed hope that the...

Venezuela First Country to Lose All Glaciers

In spite of an overwhelming body of evidence there are some who still debate whether global warming as a result of human-induced climate change...

To Survive in Venezuela, Multinationals Slash Operations and Payrolls to Bare Minimum

Multinational companies in Venezuela are starting to look like the living dead versions of what they once were, as the country continues to flounder...

Maduro Regime Arrests Three Journalists Reporting from Venezuelan Prison

Venezuela’s National Press Workers Union (SNTP) alerted on late Friday, October 7, that three journalists who were reporting from a prison in Tocorón, northern...

Venezuela Explores Alliances with U.S. Companies for More Crude Oil

(Prensa Latina) The State-run oil firm Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) has explored new alliances with U.S. companies to assess the progress in the recovery...

Venezuela Sees Iran, Syria To The Rescue

Facing potentially debilitating oil sanctions from the Trump administration, the Caracas government is searching desperately for new ways to get its most valuable commodity...