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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Congratulations To Venezuela - Now Maybe Real US Sanctions, Not The Claimed Fake Ones - Forbes

The Denver Post

Congratulations To Venezuela - Now Maybe Real US Sanctions, Not The Claimed Fake Ones
Forbes
The Bolivarian socialists in Venezuela have been claiming for years now that the reason the wheels came off the economy there was because of the sanctions that the United States was imposing. Obviously, taking a middle income country, and oil rich one ...
US lawmakers propose sanctions for Venezuela food corruptionThe Denver Post
Thousands march against Maduro government in Venezuela as crisis deepensWashington Post
Tillerson's history with Venezuela could signal push for 'transition to democracy'Fox News
Yahoo News -Voice of America -CNBC
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Mother of American Detained in Venezuela Pleads With Trump for Help - ABC News

ABC News

Mother of American Detained in Venezuela Pleads With Trump for Help
ABC News
The parents of an American who has been detained in Venezuela since June are calling on President Donald Trump to “do what the previous administration could not" and secure the release of their son. Laurie and Jason Holt of Utah say they have ...
New video makes emotional plea for Josh Holt's release from Venezuela prisonKUTV 2News
Mother of Riverton native imprisoned in Venezuela implores Trump to prioritize his releaseDeseret News

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For Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, A Second Life On The Small Screen - 90.3 KAZU

90.3 KAZU

For Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, A Second Life On The Small Screen
90.3 KAZU
Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, who died of cancer in 2013, is coming back to life – on television. A new Spanish-language series, from Sony Pictures Television, recounts how Chavez rose from obscurity to carry out a socialist revolution in his homeland.

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'Alternative facts'? Journalists from Venezuela to Turkey have 'seen this movie before' - Toronto Star

Toronto Star

'Alternative facts'? Journalists from Venezuela to Turkey have 'seen this movie before'
Toronto Star
WASHINGTON—Lisseth Boon, a veteran investigative journalist in Venezuela, was in her Caracas office on Saturday when she came across the brazenly inaccurate claims from Donald Trump and his chief spokesman about the size of the crowds at his ...

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Venezuelan parliament leader rejects negotiations with Maduro - UPI.com

UPI.com

Venezuelan parliament leader rejects negotiations with Maduro
UPI.com
Henry Ramos Allup, leader of Venezuela's National Assembly, on Monday said his political party will not re-engage in negotiations with President Nicolas Maduro's regime and instead said protests need to continue to pressure Venezuela's electoral ...
Opposition Marches for “Return to Democracy” in VenezuelaVenezuelanalysis.com

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Venezuela: Socialist Food Rations Cost 25% Monthly Minimum Wage Salary - Breitbart News

Breitbart News

Venezuela: Socialist Food Rations Cost 25% Monthly Minimum Wage Salary
Breitbart News
A socialist food distributor in Venezuela was arrested this week for keeping “faulty” food packages and selling them on the black market for 10,500 bolívars, about one-fourth of the state-mandated minimum wage monthly salary. While Delimar Ríos, former ...



Rex Tillerson Already Talking Regime Change in Venezuela - Center for Research on Globalization

Center for Research on Globalization

Rex Tillerson Already Talking Regime Change in Venezuela
Center for Research on Globalization
The new U.S. administration of Donald Trump has made it public that it will seek a regime change policy in Venezuela disguised in “transition to democracy” rhetoric, the country's potential new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in an interview this ...
I believe the president is entitled to... - Senator Marco Rubio | FacebookFacebook

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Reports Find Insecurity Is Driving Factor of Venezuela Exodus - Insightcrime.org

Insightcrime.org

Reports Find Insecurity Is Driving Factor of Venezuela Exodus
Insightcrime.org
A series of reports highlight how rampant crime and insecurity have spurred Venezuelans to leave their home country, a perhaps overlooked driver of migration amid the country's ongoing economic crisis that has left food shelves and medicine cabinets bare.



Venezuela Names Ricardo Sanguino New Head of Central Bank - Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

Venezuela Names Ricardo Sanguino New Head of Central Bank
Wall Street Journal
Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro on Sunday named a longtime ruling Socialist Party lawmaker as the new head of the central bank as the oil-rich nation tries to turn around a devastating economic crisis. Ricardo Sanguino, who has been a legislator ...



'We were too scared to report it': Express abductions on the rise in crisis-hit Venezuela - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

'We were too scared to report it': Express abductions on the rise in crisis-hit Venezuela
Telegraph.co.uk
It was 5pm on a Sunday afternoon when Elena and her husband Juan were jolted out of their car by three armed men and bundled into an unknown vehicle. The couple stopped their 4x4 when the two preceding vehicles came to an abrupt halt and a third one ...