Venezuelan protesters dig in as death toll jumps

Feb 25, 2014

Venezuelan protesters dig in as death toll jumps

Venezuelans erected barricades in major cities Monday in some of the worst demonstrations against the government since the protests began almost three weeks ago. By the same day, the death toll had reached 14. Flames raged as tires were burned in cities from the ...

Maduro gears up for talks to defuse growing protest threat

Feb 24, 2014

Maduro gears up for talks to defuse growing protest threat

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is readying crisis talks to try to defuse a deadly wave of protests that have brought the biggest challenge yet to his government. “This is a national peace conference I am calling for Wednesday with all social, political, union and ...

Shambolic Venezuela's biggest threat? Itself.

Feb 23, 2014

Shambolic Venezuela's biggest threat? Itself.

by Rory Carroll

Late President Hugo Chavez used to call it “la revolucion bonita” (the pretty revolution), but the world looked at Venezuela last week and saw only ugliness. Protesters gunned down in the streets, barricades in flames, chaos. One of the dead was a 22-year-old beauty ...

Venezuelan protest violence has roots in obscure incident

Feb 22, 2014

Venezuelan protest violence has roots in obscure incident

The violent protests that have roiled Venezuela’s major cities and challenged its socialist government have their roots in a little-known incident on a college campus in a city far from the capital. Just over a week before the Feb. 12 opposition rallies across Venezuela, ...

Venezuela opposition hits out at heavy-handed crackdown

Feb 21, 2014

Venezuela opposition hits out at heavy-handed crackdown

Venezuelan opposition leaders condemned the government Thursday for its heavy-handed attempt to subdue a protest movement with nighttime sweeps that have turned many parts of the country into dangerous free-fire zones. Police, National Guard troops and members of private militias have swarmed through streets ...

Venezuela opposition leader jailed over protests

Feb 19, 2014

Venezuela opposition leader jailed over protests

Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez emerged from days of hiding and surrendered to police before thousands of supporters Tuesday, saying he hopes his arrest awakens Venezuela to the corruption and economic disaster caused by 15 years of socialist rule. Speaking with a megaphone to more ...

Venezuela blasts U.S. interference, expels three diplomats

Feb 17, 2014

Venezuela blasts U.S. interference, expels three diplomats

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday accused Washington of plotting with anti-government protesters and expelled three U.S. diplomats in retaliation. Maduro’s order came on the same day that fugitive opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez re-appeared and called for a mass rally on Tuesday and challenged ...

Venezuela split by pro- and anti-Maduro protests

Feb 17, 2014

Venezuela split by pro- and anti-Maduro protests

Supporters and opponents of Venezuela’s leftist government staged rival rallies in Caracas Saturday amid spiraling discontent at the country’s stubborn inflation and shortage of basic goods. This was the 12th straight day of street protests, with no end in sight. Two antigovernment protesters and ...

Venezuela seeks opposition leader's arrest

Feb 16, 2014

Venezuela seeks opposition leader's arrest

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday that a police manhunt was under way for Leopoldo Lopez, the hardline opposition leader behind recent anti-government demonstrations that ended with three deaths. The socialist president’s announcement came amid dueling pro-government and student-led opposition groups’ demonstrations, held in ...

Venezuelan youths flee to Ireland

Feb 1, 2014

Venezuelan youths flee to Ireland

Citizens of Venezuela’s socialist revolution have grown accustomed to long lines for everything from bread to buying a car. But 26-year-old Daniela Rodriguez hopes this line will be her last. Like some 50 other college students and graduates, she has been lounging for the ...