Venezuela

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

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Introduction

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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President Trump, put more pressure on Venezuela's regime, but do it the right way - Miami Herald (blog)

Miami Herald (blog)

President Trump, put more pressure on Venezuela's regime, but do it the right way
Miami Herald (blog)
The Trump administration, European and Latin American countries are threatening to step up sanctions on Venezuela after Sunday's fraud-ridden gubernatorial elections. But they're doing it the wrong way, each one separately. I was among those who, until ...
Venezuela opposition governors boycott swearing in ceremonyWashington Post
Venezuela's Opposition Hurt Its Own CauseBloomberg
Crushed hopes in VenezuelaTheSpec.com
Wall Street Journal -Gulf Times
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Bitcoin Exchange LocalBitcoins Posts Fourfold Trading Volume Increase in Venezuela - CoinTelegraph

CoinTelegraph

Bitcoin Exchange LocalBitcoins Posts Fourfold Trading Volume Increase in Venezuela
CoinTelegraph
Decentralized Bitcoin exchange LocalBitcoins has announced a fourfold increase in its Bitcoin trading volume since June in Venezuela. This substantial increase reflects the phenomenal rise in demand for the digital currency in the country and in other ...



Let Venezuela Live! - HuffPost

HuffPost

Let Venezuela Live!
HuffPost
As the U.S. government callously watches its own citizens die in Puerto Rico – a territory which has sent a disproportionately high number of U.S citizens to die in our unending wars – the U.S. government and press fixate on Venezuela's gubernatorial ...
Nicaragua Congratulates Venezuela on Regional ElectionsteleSUR English

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Marco Rubio declines Nicolas Maduro's invite to visit Venezuela - Miami Herald

Washington Post

Marco Rubio declines Nicolas Maduro's invite to visit Venezuela
Miami Herald
Sen. Marco Rubio has a lot of reasons not to visit Venezuela. The Florida senator successfully pushed the Trump administration to take a hard line on the Venezuelan government, managed to invite Venezuelan opposition leader Lillian Tintori to the White ...
Venezuela's democracy is fake, but the government's latest election win was realWashington Post
Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro defends Sunday's voteAljazeera.com
Venezuela Swears In Newly-Elected GovernorsteleSUR English
NPR -BBC News
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Venezuelans defiant in the face of US travel ban - Aljazeera.com

Aljazeera.com

Venezuelans defiant in the face of US travel ban
Aljazeera.com
The ban would apply on members of the government, military police, intelligence services and anyone that could have been involved in human rights abuses. The US says the sanctions are destined to hurt the government, but people in Venezuela remain ...
Federal Judge In Maryland Blocks Trump's Latest Travel Ban AttemptNPR

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Venezuela: Caracas after the chaos remains stressful - BBC News

BBC News

Venezuela: Caracas after the chaos remains stressful
BBC News
This year more than most, life in Venezuela has been characterised by chaos. The recent turmoil has been well documented, from violent protests to tear gas and riot police. However, now that the demonstrations have ended, a semblance of normal life has ...

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Antigua and Barbuda PM Gaston Browne Congratulates Venezuela On Elections - teleSUR English

teleSUR English

Antigua and Barbuda PM Gaston Browne Congratulates Venezuela On Elections
teleSUR English
The prime minister noted that he and his country are “opposed to interference in the internal affairs of states by the Organization of American States," which in June 2017 sought to orchestrate regime change in Venezuela. OAS Secretary General Luis ...

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Venezuela: The Airport from Hell - Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Venezuela: The Airport from Hell
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
MAIQUETÍA, Venezuela—The growing crisis in Venezuela has created a systemic wave of corruption which can be felt the minute you set foot in the territory. The Simón Bolívar International Airport is Venezuela's main gate to the tropical territory ...



Angola is not the next Venezuela, state oil firm says as it cuts debt - eNCA

eNCA

Angola is not the next Venezuela, state oil firm says as it cuts debt
eNCA
LONDON – Angola is not the next Venezuela, the head of state oil firm Sonangol said on Wednesday while pledging to further cut debt, even if both oil-rich nations have relied heavily on loans from China. Venezuela, the Latin American oil behemoth, has ...

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Pro-government candidates dominate Venezuelan election; opposition cries foul - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Pro-government candidates dominate Venezuelan election; opposition cries foul
Los Angeles Times
Candidates loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro won at least 17 of 23 governorships up for grabs in Sunday's elections, according to the National Electoral Council, but opposition leaders immediately rejected the tally, citing exit polls that ...
Venezuelan opposition denounces results of first major vote since violent electionCNN
Venezuelans go to polls in vote seen as gauge of Maduro's grip on powerThe Guardian
Overwhelmingly defeated opposition decries 'illegalities' in Venezuela voteWashington Post
U.S. News & World Report -Miami Herald -ABC News
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