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
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Venezuela: supreme court attacked with grenade from police helicopter - The Guardian

The Guardian

Venezuela: supreme court attacked with grenade from police helicopter
The Guardian
Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro has confirmed that two hand grenades were launched at the supreme court building on Tuesday evening from a helicopter. He said the helicopter was piloted by an agent from the country's intelligence unit who then ...
Helicopter used for protest flight against Maduro, heightening Venezuela tensionsWashington Post
Venezuela says Supreme Court attacked from helicopterCNBC
Police Officers in Helicopter Attack Venezuela's Supreme CourtNew York Times
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The Latest: Venezuela minister says chopper fired 15 shots - News 12 Hudson Valley

The Latest: Venezuela minister says chopper fired 15 shots
News 12 Hudson Valley
Venezuelan Information Minister Ernesto Villegas says that a stolen helicopter fired 15 shots against the Interior Ministry as a reception was taking place for 80 people. It then flew a short distance to the pro-government Supreme Court and launched ...



Venezuela: A Crisis Is Brewing - STRATFOR

STRATFOR

Venezuela: A Crisis Is Brewing
STRATFOR
According to unnamed Stratfor sources, the Venezuelan government has taken to keeping a closer eye on its troops. The General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence has reportedly begun to monitor midranking military officers deployed to the ...

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Venezuela's latest deadly plight: AIDS - USA TODAY

USA TODAY

Venezuela's latest deadly plight: AIDS
USA TODAY
More than a decade ago she covered the AIDS pandemic in Africa, and was recently in Venezuela where she she says, "There is nowhere in the world today where people are dying of AIDS at the pace and in the sheer numbers that they are in Venezuela: ...
Heroes or agitators? Young lawmakers on Venezuela's front lineReuters

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Venezuela Scrapes the Bottom of Oil Barrel Diplomacy - Bloomberg

Bloomberg

Venezuela Scrapes the Bottom of Oil Barrel Diplomacy
Bloomberg
Hand it to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. His country's streets are choked in tear gas. Scenes of his guard beating heads and shooting protesters are lighting up social media. The nation boasting the world's biggest oil reserves is importing ...



Split at Venezuela Broker-Dealer Torino Spurs Founder's Exit - Bloomberg

Split at Venezuela Broker-Dealer Torino Spurs Founder's Exit
Bloomberg
The co-founder of one of the most respected broker-dealers focused on Venezuela left the company amid a disagreement about the firm's direction. Jorge Piedrahita departed New York-based Torino Capital on June 13 after he unsuccessfully pushed to ...



Balseros By Air? Venezuelan Immigrants Increasingly Poorer, More Desperate - WLRN

WLRN

Balseros By Air? Venezuelan Immigrants Increasingly Poorer, More Desperate
WLRN
Greilys arrived in South Florida two months ago from Los Teques, Venezuela, south of Caracas, with “a few dollars and four suitcases” – hounded out of her job and her country, she says, by an increasingly brutal socialist regime. And her story is ...



Jamaica right on Venezuela* - Trinidad & Tobago Express

Jamaica right on Venezuela*
Trinidad & Tobago Express
It is important to accurately reflect a full understanding of engagement in the context of negotiations in multilateral fora and the circumstances leading to Jamaica's decisions on the Venezuela issue within the Organisation of American States (OAS).

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Chile, Argentina leaders pledge cooperation; express concern over Venezuela - Reuters

Reuters

Chile, Argentina leaders pledge cooperation; express concern over Venezuela
Reuters
SANTIAGO The leaders of neighboring Chile and Argentina pledged on Tuesday to further integrate the countries' economies and expressed mutual concern about the unrest in Venezuela. In a televised press conference, Argentina's President Mauricio Macri ...

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OAS chief offers to resign in exchange for Venezuela's 'freedom' - Miami Herald

Miami Herald

OAS chief offers to resign in exchange for Venezuela's 'freedom'
Miami Herald
The head of the Organization of American States on Saturday said he would step down from his post in exchange for a laundry list of reforms in Venezuela that he said would bring “freedom” to the embattled South American nation. In a video posted on ...
Venezuelan opposition lays siege to air baseABC News
Venezuelan bonds are a fabulous investment, if you don't mind the starvationThe Boston Globe
Venezuelan president's opponents lay siege to airbaseAljazeera.com
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