Jan 14, 2016

Venezuela tottering on the brink

Despite Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's promise, his government and its supporters are trying to undermine the opposition's recent election victory.

Dec 10, 2015

A new day dawns for Venezuela

Venezuela's political opposition camp scored a major electoral victory, and now poses a direct threat to the power of Socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

In Venezuela, power grows of Cilia Flores, Evita-like first lady

Nov 13, 2015

In Venezuela, power grows of Cilia Flores, Evita-like first lady

Venezuelan first lady Cilia Flores is a political heavyweight who steadfastly served late leader Hugo Chavez and married his successor, her longtime partner Nicolas Maduro — who now calls her the nation’s “first fighter.” Flores, 59, has been engulfed by controversy after two of ...

'Patently false' that Biden conspired against Venezuela, U.S. says

Feb 3, 2015

'Patently false' that Biden conspired against Venezuela, U.S. says

The United States dismissed an accusation from Venezuela’s president that Vice President Joe Biden conspired to overthrow him as “patently false,” arguing Monday that President Nicolas Maduro was merely trying to distract the world’s attention from his government’s abuses of basic rights. The exchange ...

Jan 19, 2015

Frozen chickens threaten Venezuela's regime

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While Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blames "saboteurs" for hoarding goods and scalping prices in an alleged plot to "destabilize" the national economy, Venezuelans are steaming over an economy in deadfall, inflation heading to three digits and supermarkets stripped of frozen chickens.

Two dead as Venezuelans clash at protest barricades

Mar 7, 2014

Two dead as Venezuelans clash at protest barricades

A National Guardsman and a civilian were killed Thursday as gangs of government supporters on motorcycles rode into east Caracas neighborhoods to remove street barricades placed by opposition protesters. The pitched battle in a mixed industrial and residential district heightened tensions on the same ...

Venezuelans learn from world demos

Mar 4, 2014

Venezuelans learn from world demos

Venezuelan protesters ripped a dead tree from a vacant lot and dragged it down the street to rebuild a barricade in a Caracas neighborhood that has become an epicenter of unrest. Others in masks grabbed shields made out of aluminum siding or television satellite ...

Maduro shadow government puts opposition in bind

Nov 6, 2013

Maduro shadow government puts opposition in bind

Venezuela’s leftist regime has created shadow governments in states led by the opposition, establishing special entities with money to spend ahead of next month’s crucial, test-of-strength municipal elections, experts say. Three government-funded corporations have popped up since March in states that elected opposition governors ...