Venezuela Coverage and Analysis

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The Evolution of Venezuela's Media Landscape: From Openness to Restriction and Propaganda?

The Evolution of Venezuela’s Media Landscape: From Openness to Restriction?

August 11, 2019

Prominent Venezuelan journalists talk about how Venezuela’s media landscape has evolved from the Chavez years to the present under the combined pressure of President Maduro and the US-Opposition’s onslaught against the government. A report from Venezuela by Ed Augustin

Two Brothers on Opposing Sides in Venezuela's Political Conflict

Two Brothers on Opposing Sides in Venezuela’s Political Conflict

June 11, 2019

Vladimir and Ernesto Villegas – both well-known Venezuelan journalists – one part of the Maduro government and the other an ex-Chavista, navigate opposing sides of Venezuela’s political divide while remaining true to each other and to themselves. Ed Augustin reports

Venezuelan Families Build Solidarity Amid Crisis

Venezuelan Families Build Solidarity Amid Crisis

June 7, 2019

Once a month, 181 families in Caracas, Venezuela, collectively buy tons of produce, directly from a cooperative in Lara state, five hours away. The project, known as Alpargata, shows how the economic crisis is also building solidarity. Mike Fox reports from Venezuela

U.S. Prepares Sanctions to Block Food Subsidy for Millions of Venezuelans

U.S. Prepares Sanctions to Block Food Program for Millions of Venezuelans

June 4, 2019

The United States is preparing sanctions against a major Venezuelan government subsidized food program that distributes important food staples to over half of Venezuelans each month. The impact would be devastating. Mike Fox reports from Venezuela

Sen. Graham's Call for Military Intervention in Venezuela: A Scare Tactic?

Sen. Graham’s Call for Military Intervention in Venezuela: A Scare Tactic?

May 29, 2019

Sen. Lindsey Graham issued one of the most explicit threats of military intervention against Venezuela yet. But does he mean it and does he truly believe Venezuela is a threat to the United States or is he just trying to scare the Maduro government? We discuss the latest escalation with CEPR’s Alex Main

Why Many Venezuelans Are Still Chavistas

Why Many Venezuelans Are Still Chavistas

May 15, 2019

Despite the dramatic economic crisis and the constant political conflict in Venezuela, there still is a significant proportion of the population that consider themselves to be “Chavistas.” Ed Augustin examined some of the reasons for this in Caracas

Guaidó Calls for US Military Cooperation, but few Venezuelans Support the Move

Guaidó Calls for US Military Cooperation, but few Venezuelans Support the Move

May 14, 2019

Parallel president and opposition leader Juan Guaidó says he would like to coordinate with the U.S. military, but following his failed April 30 coup attempt, few Venezuelans show interest. Mike Fox reports from Caracas

Venezuela's Maduro Government Not Near Collapse

Venezuela’s Maduro Government Not Near Collapse

May 12, 2019

Andrej Hunko, a member of Germany’s parliament recently visited with President Maduro and parallel president Juan Guaidó. Hunko discussed the importance of a negotiated solution, humanitarian aid, to Venezuela, and more

Denying Impact of Venezuela Sanctions is 'Like Climate Denial'

Denying Impact of Venezuela Sanctions is ‘Like Climate Denial’

May 10, 2019

CEPR co-director Mark Weisbrot responds to Guaidó economic advisors’ dismissal of the U.S. sanctions’ effects on Venezuela

Col. Wilkerson: US Would Face a Unified Venezuelan Military in an Armed Intervention

Col. Wilkerson: US Would Face a Unified Venezuelan Military in an Armed Intervention

May 9, 2019

Col. Larry Wilkerson describes the limits of a ‘gringo invasion’ and warns of repeating the failures of Vietnam and Iraq

The Calm After the Storm in Venezuela: Opposition and Government Measure Support in Streets

The Calm After the Storm in Venezuela: Opposition and Government Measure Support in Streets

May 3, 2019

It would seem that the April 30th coup effort by Juan Guaidó backfired and  energized the Chavista base while it demoralized the opposition. Mike Fox reports from Caracas

Venezuela’s Guaidó Falsely Claims Military Uprising in Progress: Mainstream Media Falls in Line

April 30, 2019

Tuesday morning self-declared president and opposition leader Juan Guaidó called on the military and the population to oppose the Maduro government. Only a few thousand civilians and very few soldiers heeded the call. Mike Fox reports from Caracas

Venezuela's Parallel Ambassador Seated at OAS as Activists Defend Embassy

Venezuela’s Parallel Ambassador Seated at OAS as Activists Defend Embassy

April 24, 2019

The Organization of American States allowed the ambassador of Venezuela’s self-declared president to participate in his first meeting. The move could signal an attempt to take over Venezuela’s embassy in DC, which activists are defending

Trump Administration Working to Divide Caribbean Against Venezuela

Trump Administration Working to Divide Caribbean Against Venezuela

April 19, 2019

The island nations of the Caribbean Community, or Caricom, have become increasingly divided as the Trump administration is working to win the back and oppose the Maduro government in Venezuela. Jeb Sprague discusses the development and what it means for the region

Venezuela Update: UN Human Rights Report, More Sanctions

Venezuela Update: UN Human Rights Report, More Sanctions

March 24, 2019

UN Human Rights Commissioner presented a critical report on Venezuela, which the government denounced for ignoring opposition violence. Meanwhile, the Trump administration introduced even more sanctions on the economically reeling country

Guaidó Claims He Can Authorize Foreign Military Intervention in Venezuela

Guaidó Claims He Can Authorize Foreign Military Intervention in Venezuela

March 14, 2019

Temir Porras, Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs under Hugo Chavez, says Guaidó’s assertion on Fox News is a violation of the Venezuelan constitution; Porras says the only way to avoid a blood bath is a negotiated political solution

Venezuela Update: Massive Blackout, US Unconventional Warfare?

Venezuela Update: Massive Blackout, US Unconventional Warfare?

March 13, 2019

While Venezuela struggled with the most massive blackout in its history, president Maduro said there is evidence that a US cyber-attack caused the blackout. Meanwhile, Trump administration officials continue the offensive against Venezuela and the NYT uncovers false reporting

Paul Jay interviews Adriano Espaillat

U.S. Rep. Opposes Military Intervention in Venezuela and Recognition of Guaidó

March 1, 2019

U.S. Congressmember Andriano Espaillat (D-NY 13th) calls for free and fair elections in Venezuela and critiques the double standard of U.S. policy, which calls for democracy in Venezuela yet is in bed with anti-democratic right wing governments in Central America – with Paul Jay

The “Permanent War State” Aims to Plunder Venezuela - Wilkerson and Jay

The “Permanent War State” Aims to Plunder Venezuela – Wilkerson and Jay

February 26, 2019

Trump promises “democracy and freedom” to Venezuela, delivered by Elliott Abrams who brought you illegal wars, coups, and support for dictatorships; and Mike Pompeo and VP Pence, both with deep ties to the Koch brothers who need Venezuelan heavy crude to feed their Texas refinery – Col. Larry Wilkerson joins TRNN’s Paul Jay

Massive Protest in Support of the Bolivarian Revolution Largely Ignored

Massive Protest in Support of the Bolivarian Revolution Largely Ignored

February 25, 2019

While the world’s attention was focused on the Venezuelan opposition, as it tried to transport US aid into Venezuela against the government’s will, a major protest took place in Caracas that was opposed to US intervention in Venezuela.