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UN Rapporteur: US Sanctions Cause Death in Venezuela
Over 150 intellectuals and activists signed an open letter urging the US and Canada to stop their economic sanctions on Venezuela, which are making the country's economic problems worse. Special UN Rapporteur Alfred de Zayas is a signer and visited Venezuela late last year

  March 14, 2018

Trump Renews Venezuela Sanctions, Violating International Law,
Declaring Venezuela an "unusual and extraordinary threat" to the U.S., President Trump renewed Obama's sanctions against Venzuela--violating international law in the process, says CEPR co-director Mark Weisbrot

  March 6, 2018

US Efforts to Sabotage Venezuelan Elections Intensify
The presidential election in Venezuela is now being derailed by the threat of a U.S. oil embargo and the opposition coalition's call for a boycott. A strong opposition challenger to President Maduro is running anyway

  March 1, 2018

Venezuelan Opposition Undecided Over Whether and Who to Run in Presidential Race
Following several months of negotiations between Venezuelan government and opposition representatives, the opposition refuses to sign the agreement, despite pressure from Spain's ex-Prime Minister. Venezuela's Charge D'Affairs in DC explains the panorama from the government's perspective

  February 12, 2018

Tillerson Tries and Fails to Rally Latin American Support for Sanctions Against Venezuela
US Secretary of State recently completed a tour of Latin American countries where he unsuccessfully tried to rally support for regional sanctions against Venezuela. However, as Venezuela's Charge D'Affairs in DC explains, US unilateral financial sanctions against Venezuela is causing significant problems for the country

  February 11, 2018

Trump Preemptively Dismisses Upcoming Venezuelan Presidential Vote
In an effort to discredit Venezuela's upcoming presidential election, the Trump administration is rallying conservative governments in Latin America to discredit the vote and isolate Venezuela. If the opposition enters the race divided and if new economic measures work, President Maduro could still win explains Lucas Koerner

  February 3, 2018

Venezuela's Opposition Sidelines Itself in Municipal Elections
The opposition's decision to boycott the Dec. 10 municipal elections guaranteed that governing party candidates would sweep the vote. Lucas Koerner, of, explains that the boycott had nothing to do with the electoral system, but rather with the dysfunctional dynamics within the opposition

  December 11, 2017

US Sanctions on Venezuela: 'Attempt to Destroy the Economy'
Venezuela's recession is making it difficult for the country to meet its debt payments, but US sanctions are making a difficult task almost impossible explains CEPR's Mark Weisbrot

  November 10, 2017

Why did the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) Win the last Election?
Scholar James Petras says The Left won the battle but the war continues

  November 2, 2017

Venezuela Elections: Why Does the Corporate Media Keep Crying Fraud?
The international media was quick to report on potential fraud in Venezuela's regional elections, in which the ruling socialist party won a majority of governorships. But there isn't any evidence of massive fraud, says Alex Main from the Center for Economic and Policy Research

  October 22, 2017

Venezuela's President Maduro Presents New Economic Measures
CEPR's Mark Weisbrot explains that the new measures can help alleviate some of Venezuela's economic problems, but do not address the heart of the problem, which is an inflation-depreciation spiral that has given the country an extraordinarily high inflation rate. Trump's recent illegal sanctions will make the situation even more difficult

  September 11, 2017

New US Sanctions Against Venezuela to Cause Greater Economic Instability
US sanctions against Venezuela, which VP Pence announced Wednesday, target Venezuelan debt and will make borrowing more expensive, hurting the people Trump claims to help, says CEPR's Mark Weisbrot

  August 25, 2017

UN Human Rights Report on Venezuela Ignores Opposition Violence
Prof. George Ciccariello-Maher of Drexel University analyzes the latest developments in Venezuela, including a new UN human rights report, US sanctions, and the begrudging admission by President Maduro's foes that he still has popular support

  August 9, 2017

Controversy Over Venezuelan Vote Count
The CEO of the company that sold and operates the voting machines in Venezuela says that there was a discrepancy of 1 million votes between the turnout figures announced by the CNE and those recorded by his systems. TRNN correspondent Gregory Wilpert and labor and human rights lawyer Dan Kovalik discuss the implications. Shortly after this interview, CNE president Lucena said the pronouncement was irresponsible and is considering legal action against Smartmatic

  August 2, 2017

Venezuelan Opposition Largely Responsible for the Rising Death Toll and Violence in Venezuela
Lucas Koerner of says the death toll and violence are on the rise but according to the Attorney General's reports more of these deaths are being instigated and attributed to opposition supporters

  July 2, 2017

Venezuela's Opposition Receives Solid Support from International Media
Media analyst Joe Emersberger takes apart recent international media coverage of Venezuela, which is openly siding with the country's opposition in portraying the government as a dictatorship

  June 19, 2017

Abby Martin: World Ignores Opposition Violence at Venezuela Protests
Empire Files host Abby Martin just returned from Venezuela where she saw first hand how violent opposition protesters attempt to intimidate reporters and thereby give a false impression of what is happening

  June 11, 2017

Venezuelan Government's Call for a Constitutional Assembly is a "Mixed Bag"
Steve Ellner considers the government's call for a constitutional assembly a positive step for breaking the political deadlock, but it still won't solve the country's most pressing problems

  May 12, 2017

Is Venezuela's Withdrawal from the OAS Justified?
Mark Weisbrot, of CEPR, argues that the Organization of American States is not a true multilateral body because the US largely controls it, often against the interests of individual member states

  May 8, 2017

Opposition Protests in Venezuela Lead to Six Deaths
Clashes between protesters and police continued throughout the week in Venezuela, but polls indicate that the government is recuperating popularity and most Venezuelans disagree with opposition tactics says Lucas Koerner of

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