Friday, August 19, 2022

Russia and China veto resolutions on Venezuela

Russia and China vetoed a U.S. resolution asking the United Nations Security Council to push for democratic elections and humanitarian aid access in Venezuela, according to Reuters. The resolution garnered the nine necessary votes to pass, forcing Russia and China to use vetoes to block it. The Security Council’s five permanent members, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom […]

Univision’s Jorge Ramos detained at the presidential palace in Caracas over interview

Univision reporter Jorge Ramos was reportedly detained at the presidential palace in Caracas last night by order of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and later released. Ramos, who was among a group of U.S.-based reporters conducting interviews with Maduro, was reportedly “arbitrarily detained” after he asked questions the Venezuelan strongman “didn’t like.” Univision said Ramos’s team was […]

U.S. orders all Americans in Venezuela to leave the country

The U.S. State Department ordered all nonemergency government staff out of Venezuela yesterday and advised other Americans in the country to leave. The security alert came a day after Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ordered the U.S. to close its embassy in Caracas and get all of its diplomatic employees out of the country. Maduro gave […]

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 […]

Something Spanglish: Dakar Lanzino “Venezuela-U.S. Relations Deteriorate Further”

This week, President Obama signed a much anticipated executive order expanding upon the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014 that congress passed last year. The executive order places sanctions on officials of the Venezuelan government accused of violating the human rights of the Venezuelan people who voiced their discontent with […]