Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Petition To Remove Maduro Gets Wide Support

It took less than a week for more than 1.8 million people in Venezuela to sign a petition asking for a referendum to remove current President Nicolas Maduro from office. This is nine times the required 200,000 signatures required to do so. The opposition delivered the signed petitions in sealed boxes Monday morning without notifying […]

Venezuela Opposition Passes Amnesty Bill

After a fiery debate that took place on Tuesday opposition-controlled Venezuelan National Assembly decided to pass the amnesty bill which may possibly free dozens of jailed opposition leaders. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro had stated that he would fight to stop the bill which he said would act in freeing “criminals and terrorists”. In December, the […]

Obama Extends Sanctions on Venezuela

Barack Obama decided to extend an executive order which imposed sanctions on top Venezuelan officials and named the nation a national security threat. The following day, Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, said he was removing his main diplomat from the U.S. A national address stated that charge d’affaires Maximilien Arvelaiz would be heading back to his […]

Venezuelan Opposition Takes Control of National Assembly

The historic win by Venezuela’s opposition coalition in Sunday’s legislative elections in which they captured 112 seats in the 167 seat National Assembly over the ruling United Socialist Party of President Nicholas Maduro has politicians in the United States on both sides of the aisle praising the Venezuelan people for “bringing their country back from […]

Doubts Over Electoral Integrity Following Opposition Leader’s Assassination

Venezuelan opposition leader Luis Manuel Diaz, head of the Democratic Action Party, was shot and killed at a rally in Altagracia de Orituco ahead of this month’s legislative elections in which the ruling United Socialist Party is, for the first time in its nearly 16 years since coming to power, in danger of losing control […]

Venezuelan Opposition Leader López Receives Maximum Sentence

Leopold Lopez, the jailed Venezuelan opposition leader and head of the Voluntad Popular Party, received a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison this week on charges of inciting violence and plotting to overthrow the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro following an abruptly ended trial. Pro-Lopez demonstrators clashed with pro-government crowds outside the courthouse […]

As Summit kicks off, prospect of Obama-Castro meeting draws hype, skepticism

Just one day after Secretary of State John Kerry and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez held the highest-level meeting between the two nations in more than 50 years, the Summit of the Americas, kicking off today in Panama, will play host to a hugely hyped, potential encounter between Presidents Obama and Raúl Castro of Cuba. […]

Summit of the Americas: Cuba, Venezuela to frame the agenda

The U.S. government has hoped that the olive branch it extended to Cuba in December would reshape its image in the eyes of Latin American leaders, who have oft perceived the U.S. attitude toward the region as patronizing and high-handed. Friday’s Summit of the Americas in Panama, the seventh such meeting of up to 35 […]

With Venezuelan oil prices crashing, Caribbean nations brace for impact

The collapse in crude oil prices has spurred economic growth in nations across the globe in recent months, but oil-dependent Venezuela has not been able to cope with the downward trend and is strapped for cash to pay for domestic energy subsidies. With the economy contracting, small Caribbean nations who have been reliant on Venezuelan […]