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Venezuela Is Beginning To Resemble A War

Sky's Stuart Ramsay is caught up in a tear gas attack and shot at by police while covering Venezuela's election. The election result was never in doubt. How the opposition politicians, the street fighters and Venezuela's...

Maduro Makes Venezuela’s Dictatorship Official

Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro formally began the process to install himself as Venezuela’s dictator today. It began at 6:00am, when Maduro and his wife cast their vote in a constituent election which he summoned...

Maduro Accuses World Media of Spreading Fake News on Venezuela

In early May, Maduro announced his decision to convene the National Constituent Assembly in a bid to amend the acting constitution. The opposition regarded the president's decision as an attempted coup, resulting in an...

US Refineries Prepare for Imminent Sanctions against Venezuelan Oil

The United States is already preparing its refineries ahead of imminent sanctions against Venezuela and the state-owned oil company PDVSA, according to Reuters. The Valero Energy Corp and Marathon Petroleum Corp refineries said on Thursday...

Maduro Bans Public Demonstrations Ahead of Constituent Election

TODAY VENEZUELA - Venezuela has banned all public demonstrations, Minister of Interior and Justice Néstor Reverol announced this Thursday, July 27. The announcement comes just two days before Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorial regime will convene...

Venezuelans Celebrate Chavez’s Birthday Amid Opposition Protest

Thousands of Venezuelans gathered at the Mountain Barracks in Caracas on Friday to celebrate the 63 anniversary of the birth of deceased former President Hugo Chavez. Celebration events began at 9 a.m. local time in...

Venezuela: What You Need to Know About Elections for the Constituent Assembly

Venezuelans will head to the polls on Sunday, July 30, to elect representatives for the National Constituent Assembly, an initiative from President Nicolas Maduro to further develop the country's democracy and to help ease...

Avianca Suspends Venezuela Flights Starting Today

Avianca will suspend its Venezuela flights from today (Thursday, July 27), ending service abruptly to the crisis-ridden country instead of withdrawing on August 16 as announced yesterday (Wednesday). Avianca was operating to Caracas from both...

Global series: Venezuela’s collapse

Bankruptcy. Hunger. Creeping despotism. Political prisoners. Mass exodus. Popular uprisings. Police killings. The world has watched aghast this past year as Venezuela, once a rich and stable South American nation, has descended into chaos. The...

For Venezuela, there may be no happily ever after

Last week, over seven million Venezuelans both at home and abroad voted against president Nicolas Maduro’s proposed Constituent Assembly, which would have empowered his administration to rewrite the country’s constitution. But the logic of Venezuela’s...

US Citizens in Venezuela Urged to Stock Up on Food, Water ahead of Strike

Given the humanitarian crisis facing Venezuela and the series of protests convened by the opposition to stop the regime’s plan to rewrite the Constitution, the United States government advised its citizens residing in the...

Essay on Venezuelan Culture

Venezuela stands as the country with the largest oil reserves in the world. It is not just its oil and mineral resources; the country is also rich in its culture. Venezuela has a diverse...

Two killed, nine injured in Venezuela’s nationwide protests

A nationwide strike against plans to rewrite the constitution shut down much of Venezuela's capital on Thursday before erupting into sporadic violence that left at least two young men dead. President Nicolas Maduro pledged to...

The Venezuelan Regime Is Playing “Chicken,” and Maduro Might Be on His Way Out

Venezuela is caught up in a very dangerous game today, as President Nicolás Maduro’s regime plays chicken with the country’s political opposition. Especially after the referendum on Sunday, July 16, in which an overwhelming...

Presidents of Colombia, Mexico and Argentina Are Negotiating Exit of Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro

TODAY VENEZUELA - The Presidents of Argentina, Mexico and Colombia are involved in alleged negotiations to give dictator Nicolás Maduro a safe passage out of Venezuela, The Financial Times reports. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is...

Woman Shot Dead in Venezuela Voting

A 61-year-old nurse was shot dead in an attack on a Caracas polling station on Sunday, as voters queued for an unofficial referendum hailed by Venezuela’s opposition as a major strike against embattled president...

Seven Million Venezuelans In Symbolic Referendum Vote

More than seven million Venezuelans participated in an unofficial referendum organized by the opposition Sunday and 98% voted to delegitimize the rule of President Nicolas Maduro, according to academics monitoring the vote. Related: Woman Shot...

Venezuelan bishops call for an end to the “inhuman repression”

Venezuelan bishops called for an end to the “inhuman repression”, urged the government of Nicolas Maduro to hold elections and to dismantle and censure pro-regime civilian armed groups and also addressed the armed forces...

Venezuelans Vote On Sunday As Last Chance To Stop Power Grab by Maduro

Venezuelans head to the polls Sunday, July 16, in a tense vote that the opposition hopes will mark a watershed — and the government insists means nothing at all. The weekend plebiscite will ask voters...

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Recent Wave of Looting Shows Extent of Hunger in Venezuela

The economic crisis and the food shortage in Venezuela is so serious that looting has become commonplace throughout the country. In January alone, nearly...

Gourmet Chocolate Becomes Economic Lifeline in Venezuela

Caracas (VOA) - In a modest apartment near a Caracas slum, nutrition professor Nancy Silva and four aids spread rich, dark Venezuelan cocoa on...

As Crisis Worsens, Venezuelans Turn to Perilous Escape Routes by Sea

On January 10, a group of Venezuelan rafters headed for Curaçao were met with tragedy. Many people on the raft died, and then the...

Venezuela Cuts Transport Connection With Neighboring Islands to Fight Smuggling

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced that the transport connection with the Dutch islands of Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire will be cut amid the...

Venezuela’s Economic Woes Forces Women Into Prostitution to Feed Children

A three-story hotel in western Caracas has become home to a 50-year-old prostitute, Juana, who, along with her 30-year-old daughter, works in a brothel...

New Monthly Minimum Wage in Venezuela Barely Enough to Buy Daily Cup of Coffee

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced a new increase in the minimum wage this year, but it’s only worth enough to purchase one a cup...

Maduro Announces 40% Minimum Wage Increase for New Year

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Sunday, just before the new year, a 40 percent increase in the minimum wage — as a protection for...