ANALYSIS: Venezuela’s Caracazo: How Neoliberal Failure Led to State Repression

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In February 1989, thousands of Venezuelans took the streets in a wave of protests that highlighted the right-wing misrule in the country. The protests came to be known as the Caracazo — an uprising that began in the capital Caracas — and ultimately shaped the country’s future. On Feb. 27, the poorest Venezuelans living in the barrios,…

Venezuela’s VP sets record straight on sanctions in full-page NYT advert

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This week, Venezuela’s Vice President Tareck El-Aissami took out a full-page advert in the New York Times declaring the sanctions taken against him by the US Treasury illegal and defending his record on combating drug trafficking. In a strongly worded article (presented below), he compared Venezuela’s success in cracking down on drug cartels to the…

Venezuela’s Right Wing: From Violent Barricades to National Assembly

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By: Rachael Boothroyd Rojas for TeleSUR English From the 2014 violence to legislative majority, Venezuela’s right-wing may change its face, but not its goal. In February 2014, Venezuela witnessed one of the most prolonged and violent periods in the past 18 years against the nationally elected government. What began as violence at some of the country’s…

ANALYSIS: The Context of Trump’s ‘Vile Aggression’ Against Venezuela

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The announcement of sanctions against Venezuela’s vice president conveniently left out some revealing, and self-incriminating, details. On Monday, the U.S. launched its latest diplomatic attack on Venezuela by officially putting Vice President Tareck El Aissami on a sanctions list reserved for “drug kingpins” without offering any evidence or issuing any criminal charges. Venezuela was quick…

Venezuela Blasts “Illegal” US Sanctions Against VP

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By Lucas Koerner for venezuelanalysis.com Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement Tuesday denouncing a move by the Trump administration to sanction Venezuelan Vice-President Tarek El Aissami over drug trafficking allegations. On Monday, the Treasury Department froze all of El Aissami’s alleged assets in the US under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, making the vice-president…

Hawks in US Congress Demand Tougher Sanctions Against Venezuela

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By Jeanette Charles for venezuelanalysis.com Thirty-four US legislators submitted a statement to President Donald Trump advocating for greater sanctions against the Venezuelan government, reports the Associated Press. The letter was co-written by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida) former chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Senator Menendez (D-New Jersey) sitting member of the Senate…

Venezuelan Vice President Calls US Sanctions ‘Vile Aggression’

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Venezuela’s Vice President Tareck El Aissami has hit back against his U.S. sanctioning for allegedly aiding drug traffickers and funding terrorist groups, calling the move a “miserable provocation” from Washington. El Aissami took to Twitter to attack the sanctions on Tuesday, appealing to his supporters “that these miserable provocations do not distract us, our main…

Trump’s Appointed Secretary of State Confirms Support for Regime Change in Venezuela

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By Rachael Boothroyd-Rojas for venezuelanalysis.com US President Donald Trump’s designated Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed his support for regime change in Venezuela last Friday in a written exchange with think tank Latin America Goes Global. In the interview, which aims to gauge the new Trump administration’s prospective Latin American foreign policy, Tillerson states that…

ANALYSIS: Trump in Latin America

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  Trump’s administration will likely capitalise on the decline of Latin America’s left-wing governments during Obama’s term, writes Alexander Main   The 2016 US election results provoked shock and horror in many parts of the world but probably in no place more than Latin America. All along the campaign trail the election winner vilified Latin American immigrants…

Opposition Deputy Found with Explosives and Arrested

Venezuelan Vice President Tarek El Aissami announcing the arrest of opposition deputy Gilber Caro, Jan. 11, 2017. | Photo: AVN

Venezuelan Vice President Tarek El Aissami announcing the arrest of opposition deputy Gilber Caro, Jan. 11, 2017. | Photo: AVN   Vice President El Aissami announced the arrest of an opposition deputy found transporting explosives as part of what the Government is calling an alleged destabilisation plot. During a nationally broadcast press conference on Wednesday,…