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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Venezuela, the New Regional Crime Hub - New York Times

New York Times

Venezuela, the New Regional Crime Hub
New York Times
There is no clear-cut definition of what constitutes a mafia state, but the fact that organized crime touches the daily lives of every Venezuelan, and has penetrated the highest level of state institutions, easily qualifies Venezuela. The Maduro ...



Futures Game: As Venezuela withers, its young baseball stars are forced to adjust elsewhere - USA TODAY

USA TODAY

Futures Game: As Venezuela withers, its young baseball stars are forced to adjust elsewhere
USA TODAY
All three Futures Game participants from Venezuela were 16 – the age of a typical high school sophomore in the United States – when they were forced to grow up in a hurry in a foreign land. That same trial by fire awaits their young countrymen who ...

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How Venezuela Became China's Money Pit - Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

How Venezuela Became China's Money Pit
Wall Street Journal
The world oil market is notoriously quick to react to headlines, but a seemingly significant one last week from the owner of the world's largest reserves didn't cause so much as a blip. According to reports, all from Venezuelan authorities, the China ...



Crab meat imported from Venezuela linked to multistate Vibrio outbreak - AL.com

AL.com

Crab meat imported from Venezuela linked to multistate Vibrio outbreak
AL.com
The CDC is asking consumers not eat, restaurants not serve and retailers not sell precooked fresh crab meat imported from Venezuela until further notice. Officials said the meat, which usually comes in plastic containers, can be labeled as fresh or ...
Venezuelan 'pre-cooked' crab meat linked to illness outbreak ...Miami Herald
Crab meat from Venezuela may be contaminated, FDA saysABC Action News
Tainted Venezuelan crab meat sickens 12 people, including 2 in LouisianaNOLA.com

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Venezuela seizes 16 tons of drugs in 2018 - Xinhua

Venezuela seizes 16 tons of drugs in 2018
Xinhua
CARACAS, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan authorities have seized 16 tons of illicit drugs so far this year, Juan Pedro Grillo, head of the National Anti-Narcotics Bureau (ONA), said on Sunday. Venezuela has also deported several foreign drug cartel ...



Measles strikes Yanomami tribes in Brazil and Venezuela - MercoPress

MercoPress

Measles strikes Yanomami tribes in Brazil and Venezuela
MercoPress
Brazilian health authorites have reported 67 cases of measles, including one baby dead among Yanomami natives on the Venezuelan border and labelled the situation as “catastrophic.” The situation is by no means under control. Of the total number of ...



Venezuelans Line Up for Motor Oil Sale as Hyperinflation Soars - Bloomberg

Bloomberg

Venezuelans Line Up for Motor Oil Sale as Hyperinflation Soars
Bloomberg
The two-day-only sale was announced by Venezuela's state oil giant, Petroleos de Venezuela SA, Thursday and at 300,000 bolivars per liter, the price is a steal compared to the 25 million bolivars ($8) charged for any imported kind at a car shops around ...

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Venezuelan cash is almost worthless, but also scarce - The Economist

The Economist

Venezuelan cash is almost worthless, but also scarce
The Economist
VENEZUELAN hawkers on the border with Colombia call it “money art”. The handbags, purses and hats they sell are made from nearly new Venezuelan banknotes and sold as mementos. Payment is in “real money”, meaning Colombian pesos.

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Venezuelan Canadians sound alarm over soaring visitor-visa refusal rates - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Venezuelan Canadians sound alarm over soaring visitor-visa refusal rates
The Globe and Mail
Venezuelan Canadians say family members hoping to visit Canada have been unfairly caught up in a soaring refusal rate for visitor visas, calling the federal government's decision to deny them the necessary travel documents discriminatory. It has become ...



'Holy cow, who is that guy?': Bryan Mata's journey from Venezuela to the MLB Futures Game - The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe

'Holy cow, who is that guy?': Bryan Mata's journey from Venezuela to the MLB Futures Game
The Boston Globe
As storm clouds gathered over the field in Venezuela in January of 2016, Red Sox decision makers in attendance caught a glimpse of possibility and a closing window in which to realize it. While Eddie Romero (then the team's vice president of ...