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Has Venezuela Reached A Tipping Point?

Hundreds of thousands of people have marched across the country to demand elections in an effort to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power. Opposition politicians and activists blame the president for the disastrous state of the economy, which contracted by 18.6 percent in 2016. Venezuela’s economy is almost entirely based on oil revenues, which have been hit by the crash in oil prices that began in 2014.

April 21, 2017
Cartoon: Rudy Giuliani in his own swamp of foreign money

Cartoon: Mr. Giuliani On “Draining The Swamp”

Rudy Giuliani prances around in the muck of foreign interests that hired him — with no reason to “drain the swamp” as Donald Trump admonished.

November 18, 2016

Triumphant Venezuela Opposition Looks To Boost Economy, Free Prisoners

The opposition party wants to pass an amnesty law for jailed opponents of President Nicolas Maduro, when the new assembly begins work on Jan. 5.

December 7, 2015

Obama, Castro Head Toward Historic Encounter

U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro will break bread with other Americas leaders at a historic summit Friday, a potent symbol of their efforts to end decades of animosity.

April 10, 2015
Advertisement for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

As Cuba And U.S. Mend Ties Will Venezuela Follow Their Lead?

President Obama’s agreement with Cuba has put Caracas in a bind.

December 19, 2014

A Look At Who Loses As Oil Prices Keep Plunging

American consumers are winning — but not everyone is happy about the decline in oil prices.

November 20, 2014

In Venezuela, Cheap Gasoline Prices Stir Debate

By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald BOGOTA — When Venezuela recently announced it was considering raising the price of the world’s cheapest gasoline, it didn’t spark a rush to the pumps. Such threats have come and gone in the past and still it’s cheaper to buy a gallon of gas than a bottle of water. […]

August 29, 2014

Stolen Matisse Masterpiece Goes On Wild Ride, Now Back In Venezuela

By Jay Weaver, The Miami Herald MIAMI — A stolen Matisse masterpiece taken on a long and wild international ride that ended with a thwarted black market sale in Miami Beach has finally made it back home to Venezuela. FBI agents in Miami led the investigation to recover the $3.7 million painting, called “Odalisque in […]

August 29, 2014

U.S. Imposes Travel Restrictions On Venezuelan Officials

By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald BOGOTA, Colombia — The U.S. State Department Wednesday imposed travel and visa restrictions on Venezuelan government officials accused of human rights violations during widespread protests that have left more than 40 dead. “With this step we underscore our commitment to holding accountable individuals who commit human rights abuses,” State […]

July 30, 2014

Venezuela Opposition Leaders Call For U.S. Sanctions Amid Simmering Political, Economic Crises

By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald BOGOTA, Colombia — The United States has a moral “obligation” to impose sanctions against Venezuelan leaders accused of violating human rights and other crimes, opposition figures said Friday. During a forum in Doral, Fla., about the future of the South American nation hosted by El Nuevo Herald and the […]

July 11, 2014

Venezuela’s Troubled Times: Maduro’s First Year In Power

By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald BOGOTA, Colombia — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro often says he never wanted the country’s top job. Instead, the 51-year-old former union organizer and transportation worker says he’s simply following the orders of the late President Hugo Chavez, who asked him to carry on the Bolivarian Revolution. The last 12 months […]

April 18, 2014

Venezuelan Officials And Opposition To Meet After Weeks Of Protests

By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times CARACAS, Venezuela — The first face-to-face meeting between Venezuela’s government and the political opposition since violent protests erupted in February are scheduled to start late Thursday, with the proceedings mediated by three Latin American foreign ministers and broadcast nationwide. Though participants for each side have not been […]

April 10, 2014

Venezuela Factions Agree To Formal Talks To End Months’ Long Crisis

By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald BOGOTA, Colombia — In what might be the first step toward ending Venezuela’s two-month-long political crisis, the government and opposition leaders agreed Tuesday to begin formal peace talks that will be mediated by the Vatican and the foreign ministers of Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador. The agreement came after the two […]

April 9, 2014

Venezuela Factions Agree To ‘Exploratory Meeting’ Aimed At Ending Crisis

By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald BOGOTA, Colombia — Venezuela’s coalition of opposition parties on Tuesday said it had agreed to an “exploratory meeting” with the government that might lead to formal talks aimed at ending the country’s two-month-long political crisis. In a statement, Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, the executive director of the coalition known as […]

April 8, 2014

Venezuela Introduces Food ID In Face Of Shortages, Black Markets

By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times CARACAS, Venezuela — Grappling with scarcities of sugar, milk, cornmeal and other basic foods, the Venezuelan government Tuesday unveiled a new electronic identification system for shoppers that critics say is a modern version of a ration card. President Nicolas Maduro described it as a means of […]

April 1, 2014

Venezuela Rolls Out New Plan To Keep Shelves Stocked

By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald BOGOTA, Colombia — Call it fingerprints for food. In the latest effort to keep shelves stocked in Venezuela, the government on Tuesday will begin registering the biometric information of customers who use state-run grocery stores. President Nicolas Maduro says the measure will prevent hoarding and help keep price-controlled food from […]

April 1, 2014

Marchers, Mayors Defy Venezuelan Government

By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s government and opposition marchers were headed for a showdown Wednesday while several Caracas borough mayors defied a supreme court order that they clear barricades in parts of the capital where demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro have now entered a second month. Opponents […]

March 12, 2014

Venezuela Pursues Second Opposition Figure

Caracas (AFP) – Venezuelan authorities issued an arrest warrant for a second opposition figure, ramping up the pressure on protesters who have staged nationwide rallies this month in the biggest threat to President Nicolas Maduro since he came to power. Near-daily demonstrations have seen dueling pro- and anti-government protesters face off in sometimes violent confrontations […]

February 28, 2014

Venezuelan Intelligence Agents Charged In Protest Deaths

CARACAS, Venezuela — Five Venezuelan intelligence agents have been arrested and charged in the deaths of two people on Feb. 12, when the ongoing wave of protests against the government started, the attorney general’s office said Wednesday. The five were charged with premeditated homicide, unlawful use of an official weapon and obstruction of justice and […]

February 26, 2014

Venezuela’s Fugitive Opposition Leader Surrenders To Authorities

By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez turned himself in to authorities Tuesday to face what he says are trumped-up homicide charges, after urging supporters to stay in the streets and demonstrate peacefully against the government. Speaking before a crowd of supporters in the capital, […]

February 18, 2014