Venezuela: Presidential Elections Moved to May, Falcon & Maduro Agree to Electoral Guarantees

The government and electoral opposition have agreed to push presidential elections back until May 20. By Paul Dobson for venezuelanalysis Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) made the shock announcement this Thursday that it would postpone much anticipated presidential elections scheduled for April 22 until May. According to declarations made by CNE President Tibisay Lucena at…

White House Mulls Venezuela Oil Embargo

The US government is actively evaluating an oil embargo against Venezuela, alleged sources within the Trump administration have told press. (1/3/18) According to McClatchy, the White House, the National Security Council, the State Department and the Treasury Department are currently considering different mechanisms to remove elected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from office ahead of April…

The media’s fake news about Latin America

TIM YOUNG demonstrates how Western coverage of South America is heavily biased against the continent’s progressive leaders, movements and governments (1/3/18) Fake news” may have shot to prominence in 2017, courtesy of Donald Trump, but the power of the corporate media to mislead, misinform and under-inform for political purposes — usually to protects the interests…

The Other Side of the Story: Exposing Extreme Right Wing Violence in 2017

Much international corporate media coverage of Venezuela last year focused on violence in the country, but failed to tell the whole story, writes Callum Stevens (28/2/18)   Supporters of Trump’s ‘regime change’ agenda have characteristically ignored the scale of violence from extreme elements of the right-wing opposition in Venezuela with the aim of destabilising, and ultimately…

Sign the petition – No to Trump’s Illegal Sanctions on Venezuela

Sign the petition We note with concern the growing impact and reach of the Trump administration’s sanctions on Venezuela, and call on governments internationally (including the UK) not to follow this path. US financial sanctions are opposed by a majority of both pro- and anti-government Venezuelans. They will not help Venezuela’s people or solve the…

Shades of Chile 1973 as US moves against Venezuela

The Trump administration returns the US to its infamous and bankrupt policy of treating Latin America as if it were its ‘own backyard,’ endangering peace and stability in the region. TIM YOUNG reports (15/2/18) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently suggested that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro might be removed by a military coup —…

Letter of Former President Rodriguez Zapatero to the Venezuelan opposition

Former Spanish PM and mediator of Venezuela’s dialogue, Rodriguez Zapatero has responded to Venezuela’s opposition representatives pulling out of the peaceful process. Read the full letter below (7/2/18):    My dear sir:   After working without rest for two years for a peaceful, democratic coexistence, to overcome the economic and social problems of Venezuela, and with…

Tillerson Invokes Possibility of Pinochet-Style Coup in Venezuela

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson [has] raised the prospect of a military coup against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and seemingly praised past military dictatorships as “agents of change.” (1/2/18) “In the history of Venezuela and South American countries, it is often times that the military is the agent of change when things are so…

Despite economic challenges, Venezuela consolidates social programmes

By Tim Young Despite the ongoing economic challenges that it faces, the Venezuelan government continued to prioritise meeting social need in 2017. In his recent ‘state of the nation’ address to the National Constituent Assembly, President Maduro detailed how government programmes were assisting Venezuela’s poorest citizens. Public expenditure to meet social need amounted to 74%…

National Electoral Council – Presidential Elections in Venezuela

The National Constituent Assembly (ANC) of Venezuela issued a constitutional decree requesting the National Electoral Council (CNE) to convene the presidential elections of 2018 before April 30. (7/2/18)   This call for elections in Venezuela has the enormous peculiarity of taking place in a context of many internal and external political pressures on the Venezuelan…