Venezuela Closes Colombia Border Amid Paramilitary Violence

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Venezuela has closed its western border with Colombia in response to paramilitary violence, President Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday. The border will remain closed for at least 72 hours. Maduro said the order to close the border was issued after three soldiers were injured by a paramilitary ambush in the western state of Tachira. “It’s outrageous…

Venezuela’s Pension System – the most Generous in Latin America – expands

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Venezuela will grant an additional 22,600 elderly people with retirement pension plans. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro announced via Twitter on Monday the incorporation of 22,600 new pensioners into the Venezuelan Institute of Social Security (IVSS). Venezuela’s social pension program, known as the “Greater Love” mission, was introduced in 2012 and has dramatically increased pension coverage….

Venezuela Rejects Kerry’s Latest Intervention in Its Affairs

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Venezuela’s foreign minister, Delcy Rodriguez, insists that U.S.-Venezuela relations must be based on mutual respect reports Telesur English Responding to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest comments on Venezuela, foreign minister Delcy Rodriguez called on him to stop interfering in Venezuela’s internal affairs, which she described as violating international law. Rodriguez was specifically referring…

Venezuela Appeals Against ConocoPhillips Ruling, Pitches Special OPEC Meeting

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By Z.C. DUTKA, Santa Elena, August 12th, 2015, Venezuelanalysis.com On Monday, the Venezuelan Attorney General’s Office reportedly requested that the World Bank’s arbitration panel “reconsider its position” with respect to its ruling in favour of ConocoPhillips’ compensation claim. The US oil giant filed for further arbitration in October through the International Centre for Settlement Disputes (ICSID)…

Venezuela’s Maduro to Present Evidence of US Economic Sabotage & Destabilisation

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By Z.C. DUTKA  – venezuelanalysis.com – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged yesterday evening to share evidence in the coming days of the United States’ “Plan Vulture”, which he claims is currently destabilizing leftist Latin American governments through economic sabotage. “I have proof of how the [US] Southern Command, personally, has placed functionaries in the US embassy…

Over 1,000 Candidates to Contest Upcoming Venezuelan Elections

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Venezuela’s national electoral council received 1,270 applications for the upcoming parliamentary elections that will be held on December 6, of this year. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela, known as PSUV, presided over the swearing in of the candidates of the leftist coalition for the parliamentary elections on Saturday….

Venezuela Rejects US ‘Interference’ in Upcoming Elections

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After the U.S. State Department made comments about Venezuela’s internal democratic processes, the country has requested that its sovereignty be respected. The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry rejected in a statement Wednesday the “interfering expressions made by the (deputy spokesperson) of the U.S. State Department, Mark Toner.” The ministry was referring to an Aug. 4 statement by…

Venezuela: Chavez gone, but Chavismo here to stay

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Had Hugo Chavez not passed away in 2013, the former Venezuelan president and revolutionary socialist would have turned 61 on July 28. However, though Chavez is gone, his indelible imprint on Venezuela’s political landscape endures. On December 6, Venezuelans will go to the polls for the 20th time since Chavez was first elected president in…

Extreme Poverty in Venezuela Drops to Historic Low of 4.5%

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The number of Venezuelans living in extreme poverty has dropped to a historic low of 4.5 percent, according to figures released Monday. “In the midst of an economic war, extreme poverty has dropped below 5 percent,” Planning vice president Ricardo Menendez said. He said the continued decline of poverty is vindicating “the model we are…

Ecuador’s Rafael Correa Again Condemns US Aggression Toward Venezuela

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Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said his government backs the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, but condemned Washington’s aggression toward Venezuela this Thursday. Correa said that during the Summit of the Americas celebrated in Panama last April, President Obama “committed a historic mistake by issuing an executive order against Venezuela and by…