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
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Venezuelans lose average of 19lb in weight due to nationwide food shortages, study suggests - The Independent

The Independent

Venezuelans lose average of 19lb in weight due to nationwide food shortages, study suggests
The Independent
The economic crisis in Venezuela is so severe that 75 per cent of the country's population has lost an average of 19 pounds in weight, a new study has found. A third of the nation's citizens are now only eating two or fewer meals per day, as soaring ...
Keep Up the Pressure on VenezuelaU.S. News & World Report
Hunger Is in Retreat, But Not in Socialist VenezuelaCato Institute (blog)
As Venezuela goes short on food, a sense of hopelessness settles amongst citizensEconomic Times
Hot Air -Jewish Telegraphic Agency
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Venezuelan skier encounters snow for the first time, has a very ... - FOXSports.com

FOXSports.com

Venezuelan skier encounters snow for the first time, has a very ...
FOXSports.com
Being from Venezuela, he's not all that familiar with snow, but he made up his mind that he wanted to be a cross-country skier. So, he trained on wheels and was ...
Venezuela protests over skier's expulsion from France - BBC NewsBBC News
For Venezuelan skier, Finnish slopes prove mighty challengeThe Seattle Times
Venezuela complains to France over deported skierExpatica France
Prensa Latina -Wide World of Sports
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Venezuela denying trial to US man held since June, case goes to the UN - Fox News

Fox News

Venezuela denying trial to US man held since June, case goes to the UN
Fox News
CARACAS, VENEZUELA In the nearly eight months he's been held in a bleak intelligence facility in Caracas, Joshua Holt has not been able to argue his case before a judge. He has been in court just once, on July 4, 2016, when the 24-year-old Mormon ...



Venezuela's economic crisis is so dire that most people have lost an ... - Vox

Vox

Venezuela's economic crisis is so dire that most people have lost an ...
Vox
About a third of the country is skipping meals to get by.

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Venezuela's VP Refutes 'Kingpin' Charges in Full-Page New York Times Ad - Bloomberg

Bloomberg

Venezuela's VP Refutes 'Kingpin' Charges in Full-Page New York Times Ad
Bloomberg
Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami proclaimed his innocence and slammed a decision earlier this month by the U.S. Treasury to impose sanctions on him due to suspected narco trafficking in a full page advertisement published Wednesday in the ...
Venezuela VP blasts drug sanctions in full-page NY Times adABC News
Venezuelan Catholics face backlash for opposing governmentCatholic News Agency
On Venezuela, a surprise stand from President TrumpBristol Press
Business Insider -teleSUR English
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New Tiger William Cuevas, a Venezuelan, will pitch for Colombia in WBC - MLive.com

MLive.com

New Tiger William Cuevas, a Venezuelan, will pitch for Colombia in WBC
MLive.com
LAKELAND, Fla. -- William Cuevas had never been to Colombia until recently. Next month, he will wear the country's name across his chest as part of the World Baseball Classic. It was an unexpected honor for Cuevas, a Venezuelan right-handed pitcher who ...



Venezuela's Largest Bitcoin Exchange Resumes Trading After Bank Conflict Resolution - CoinTelegraph

CoinTelegraph

Venezuela's Largest Bitcoin Exchange Resumes Trading After Bank Conflict Resolution
CoinTelegraph
3, for the first time since its launch in August 2014, SurBitcoin suspended trading for all of its users as Banesco, Venezuela's largest bank with a market share of 14.2% percent, abruptly shut down the bank account of SurBitcoin. The bank told ...



Congratulations To Bolivarian Socialism - Venezuela Discovers The Perfect Weight Loss Diet - Forbes

Congratulations To Bolivarian Socialism - Venezuela Discovers The Perfect Weight Loss Diet
Forbes
Is there nothing that that Bolivarian socialism cannot achieve? That anti-economic brainchild of the Chavistas which is so enriching the people of Venezuela has, at various times, managed to make the country run out of beer, Coca Cola and Big Macs--one ...



Venezuela Increases Food Vouchers by 70% Effective March 1 - Venezuelanalysis.com

Venezuelanalysis.com

Venezuela Increases Food Vouchers by 70% Effective March 1
Venezuelanalysis.com
Caracas, February 21, 2016 (venezuelanalysis.com) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Sunday a 70 percent hike in the value of state food vouchers in a bid to safeguard workers' salaries against rising inflation. The measure follows the ...



On Venezuela, a surprise stand from Trump - Washington Post

Washington Post

On Venezuela, a surprise stand from Trump
Washington Post
So it was encouraging that the president and the State Department acted last week in support of political prisoners and democracy in a country where both badly need outside support: Venezuela. Mr. Trump met at the White House with Lilian Tintori, the ...
Venezuelans Now On A Forced Starvation Diet Thanks, Socialism ...Investor's Business Daily
Venezuela Is a Ticking Time BombRealClearWorld
Venezuela's crisis causes its people to cut meals and lose weightCNBC
Fox News -UPI.com -Q Costa Rica News
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