Tag Archives: Venezuela

Venezuela: Regime claims mobile phone service Movistar sent mass messages calling for protests

Source: US News & World Report

"Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday he had ordered an investigation of mobile phone operator Movistar, a unit of Spain's Telefonica SA, for allegedly sending mass messages calling for protests against his leftist government. The country is undergoing a wave of anti-government unrest, with the opposition holding what it called the 'mother of all marches' on Wednesday. The government said those taking to the streets were 'terrorists' who were plotting to oust the president in a coup. Maduro said in a televised address on Thursday evening that Movistar received money from the opposition to send out information about the march." (04/20/17)


Venezuela: Tens of thousands march against Maduro; two killed

Source: Los Angeles Times

"Tens of thousands of Venezuelans used a national holiday to demonstrate yet again against the government of embattled President Nicolas Maduro, and at least two people died as the government used heavily armed forces and tear gas to control the vast crowds. Marching on a day marking the beginning of Venezuela’s independence movement from Spain in 1810, protesters dressed mainly in white clogged freeways and main thoroughfares across metropolitan Caracas, the capital. Many held placards reading 'Maduro out,' 'Down with dictatorship,' and 'Liberty.' One of the fatalities was identified in social media as a 19-year-old Carlos Jose Moreno Baron, as having been killed by a gunshot to the head fired by informal motorcycle-riding militias who support Maduro known as 'colectivos.' … Later in the day, Paola Andreina Ramirez Gomez, 23, also was reported killed by gunshot in the San Carlos Plaza area of San Cristobal, capital of the western state of Tachira. It was not immediately clear who fired the shot." (04/19/17)


Venezuela and our stupid obsession with US "leadership"

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

"Another unwelcome side-effect of believing that the U.S. has the responsibility to 'police' the world is a tendency to think that other countries’ problems stem from a lack of 'American leadership.' Jackson Diehl offers the latest example of this error: 'Still, Venezuela also tells a story of the eclipse of American leadership. For at least the past 100 years, the United States’ conception of its international mission included a determination not to allow another state in the Western hemisphere to fail.' Considering that the U.S. has toppled governments in invasions, supported coups, or fueled civil wars in many of these countries, that is a questionable interpretation of what U.S. policy in our hemisphere has been for the past century. Regardless, Venezuela’s awful descent into ruin under Chavez and Maduro is not something that could have realistically been averted with more U.S. 'leadership.'" (04/17/17)


Venezuela: Maduro pelted by angry crowd at rally

Source: euronews [European Union]

"A parade in honour of former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez’s Chavista movement, and attended by President Nicolas Maduro, was interrupted by critics who threw objects at the embattled leader in Bolivar state. The rally event, purportedly attended by his supporters, turned into a public display of opposition directly targeting the South American president on Tuesday. As Maduro waved goodbye, standing in an open air caravan, he and his security detail were pelted by onlookers with what Venezuelan media are claiming were eggs. … It comes after days of violent opposition protests in the country’s cities in which two people have been killed sparking international condemnation against Maduro’s authoritarian rule." (04/12/17)


Venezuela: Bishops call for civil disobedience against Maduro regime

Source: PanAm Post

"On Friday, March 31, the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference (CEV) published a memorandum in which it summons Venezuelan citizens to adopt strategies such as 'civil disobedience' or 'peaceful protests' in reaction to the 'self-induced coup d'etat' in Venezuela. According to the memorandum, 'We are very close to Easter. For Catholics, the commemoration of the abuses against our Lord Jesus Christ is an urgent cry to build awareness and act in a peaceful but compelling manner in the face of this assault by the powerful.'" (04/03/17)


How to stop Venezuela's fatal inflation

Source: Cato Institute
by Steve H Hanke

"There are only two sure-fire ways to kill Venezuela's inflation and establish the stable conditions which are necessary to carry out much-needed economics reforms. One way would be to dump the bolivar and officially dollarize the economy, an option I covered in a Forbes piece Thursday, 'On Venezuela's Death Spiral.' A second method would be to adopt a currency board system. In such a system, the bolivar would become a clone of a reliable anchor currency, such as the U.S. dollar." (04/03/17)


Venezuela: Court effectively shuts down congress as opposition cries "coup"

Source: Miami Herald

"In a move rejected throughout the region and decried as a 'coup' by the opposition, Venezuela's Supreme Court effectively shut down congress, saying it would assume all legislative functions amid its contention that legislators are operating outside of the law. … The ruling essentially dissolves congress at a time when it was trying to push back against President Nicolas Maduro and the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela, or PSUV, which control virtually all the levers of power. The opposition Voluntad Popular party called the move a 'clear coup against our constitution and the National Assembly, which was elected by more than 15 million Venezuelans.'" (03/30/17)


Venezuela: Supreme Court annuls act of congress, parliamentary immunity

Source: PanAm Post

"Venzuela's Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) reported that it will begin a process of control that will define the limits of the immunity for the deputies of the nation's National Assembly. The ruling comes within the framework of the approval of the Agreement on the Reactivation of the Implementation of the Inter-American Democratic Charter of the Organization of American States (OAS)." (03/28/17)


Cuban doctors sent to Venezuela say they were deceived, forced to fabricate statistics

Source: PanAm Post

"Two Cuban doctors who abandoned their 'foreign mission' in Venezuela said they were lied to about the conditions of the country, and forced to continue those lies in order to make it seem better than it is. 'I was in the Cuban medical mission in Venezuela 14 months and we were deceived when we arrived to Venezuela,' Dr. Yanisley Felix said. 'It was not what we expected. Working conditions, living conditions, lying about what the mission consisted of and our purpose there.'" (03/24/17)


Venezuela: Regime blames climate change after its troops invade Colombia

Source: PanAm Post

"Venezuela tried to downplay its illegal entry of troops into Colombia this week by claiming the constantly changing direction of a river near the border accidentally led the soldiers beyond their jurisdiction. Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said the Venezuelan soldiers entered Colombia'’s eastern department of Arauca as a result of the Arauca River, which she said is constantly changing its flow and direction." (03/24/17)