Venezuela

Country Venezuela
Capital Caracas
Continent South America
Currency Bolivar fuerte(VEF)
Languages Spanish

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Venezuela was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Ecuador and New Granada, which became Colombia). For most of the first half of the 20th century, Venezuela was ruled by generally benevolent military strongmen, who promoted the oil industry and allowed for some social reforms. Democratically elected governments have held sway since 1959. Hugo CHAVEZ, president since 1999, seeks to implement his "21st Century Socialism," which purports to alleviate social ills while at the same time attacking capitalist globalization and existing democratic institutions. Current concerns include: a weakening of democratic institutions, political polarization, a politicized military, drug-related violence along the Colombian border, increasing internal drug consumption, overdependence on the petroleum industry with its price fluctuations, and irresponsible mining operations that are endangering the rain forest and indigenous peoples.

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Venezuela - Wikipedia
Venezuela - CIA World Fact Book
Venezuela - BBC
Venezuela - Timeline - BBC

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As Venezuela Opposition Shuns Vote, Many Feel It's a 'Waste of Time' - New York Times

New York Times

As Venezuela Opposition Shuns Vote, Many Feel It's a 'Waste of Time'
New York Times
CARACAS, Venezuela The polls had been open for several hours on Sunday and the future of more than 300 mayoralties around the country was at stake. But Carlos Paez and Edgar Martnez, resting between weight lifting sets at a makeshift outdoor gym in ...
Venezuela opposition banned from running in 2018 election - BBC ...BBC News
Voting counting begins in Venezuela's mayoral electionsNews & Observer
Venezuela opposition parties banned from electionThe Independent
Reuters -Deutsche Welle
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For Older Venezuelans, Fleeing Crisis Means 'Starting From Zero,' Even at 90 - New York Times

New York Times

For Older Venezuelans, Fleeing Crisis Means 'Starting From Zero,' Even at 90
New York Times
CARACAS, Venezuela Mara Abad Cruz, 90, sits on the cusp of her fourth migration, and it may be the hardest one. Within a few months, if her children's plan works out, she will move to Spain, the country of her birth, leaving behind Venezuela, the ...



Democracy in a post-truth world: The case of Venezuela - Times of India (blog)

Times of India (blog)

Democracy in a post-truth world: The case of Venezuela
Times of India (blog)
A lot was said this 2017 about Venezuela in the news, especially during the months from April to July where daily reports depicted the country as a rouge state facing the wrath of a dictator. Yet 6 months and three electoral processes later, not a word ...

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Venezuelans create 'medical flea markets' to combat shortages ... - New York Post

New York Post

Venezuelans create 'medical flea markets' to combat shortages ...
New York Post
SAN CRISTOBAL/MARACAIBO, Venezuela Venezuela's critical medicine shortage has spurred medical flea markets, where peddlers offer everything from...

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Venezuela's opposition in disarray over boycott of mayoral elections - The Guardian

The Guardian

Venezuela's opposition in disarray over boycott of mayoral elections
The Guardian
But opposition leaders insist Venezuela's elections are rigged in the government's favour: electoral authorities are loyal to Maduro; state workers are coerced to vote for the ruling party; the government has banned some popular opposition leaders from ...



Trump sends diplomat known for candid views to Venezuela - Washington Post

Trump sends diplomat known for candid views to Venezuela
Washington Post
CARACAS, Venezuela The Trump administration will send to Venezuela as its top diplomatic envoy a former ambassador with a reputation for candidness and controversy at a time when relations between the countries are rapidly deteriorating. The ...

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Venezuela's Ruling Party Set to Dominate in Local Elections - Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

Venezuela's Ruling Party Set to Dominate in Local Elections
Wall Street Journal
CARACAS, VenezuelaThe ruling Socialist Party was set to sweep local elections in Venezuela on Sunday, amid an opposition boycott and widespread allegations of pro-government bias. The vote for 335 mayors is expected to further tighten President ...



Never Heard of Hoed & Shouders? It's a Top Seller in Venezuela - Bloomberg

Bloomberg

Never Heard of Hoed & Shouders? It's a Top Seller in Venezuela
Bloomberg
Products such as Convenrt toothpaste and Yahnsan's soap illustrate a knockoff brand bonanza in a country with massive product shortages. By. Patricia Laya. @PattyLaya More stories by Patricia Laya. December 8, 2017, 4:00 AM PST Updated on December 8 ...

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Report: Venezuela's inflation could surpass 2000 percent this year - Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Report: Venezuela's inflation could surpass 2000 percent this year
Miami Herald
Venezuela's inflation rate could surpass 2,000 percent by year's end worse than war-ravaged economies like South Sudan and Libya as the once-wealthy nation continues to be mired in a deep economic crisis. In a report issued Thursday, the ...

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Lawsuit shows China losing patience with Venezuela - Financial Times

Financial Times

Lawsuit shows China losing patience with Venezuela
Financial Times
One of China's biggest state-owned oil companies is suing its Venezuelan counterpart in a US court, in a sign that Beijing's patience over unpaid debts is running out as the Caribbean nation falls deeper into economic and social chaos. A US subsidiary ...
A full-scale Venezuelan default could push up oil pricesThe Economist
China's Sinopec sues Venezuela in sign of fraying relations - ReutersReuters
Chinese firm sues Venezuela as crisis tests ally's patienceFox News

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