Venezuela Coverage and Analysis

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Blood for Oil in Venezuela?

Blood for Oil in Venezuela?

February 10, 2019

Vijay Prashad discusses the extent to which US interest in Venezuelan oil and other natural resources is driving Trump’s policy of seeking regime change. The link is not that straight-forward, but it is there, says Prashad

Geo-Political Realignments Over Venezuela

Geo-Political Realignments Over Venezuela

February 7, 2019

On the heels of the hard-line anti-Maduro Lima Group meeting in Ottawa, countries favoring a negotiated solution, including Uruguay, Mexico, and Bolivia, met in Montevideo on Thursday. The final declaration, however, compromises Venezuela’s sovereignty, according to Bolivia. We discuss the outcome with Miguel Tinker Salas and Greg Wilpert

Trump Administration’s Rejection of Pope’s Mediation Offer Sends Ugly Signal

February 7, 2019

Trump’s efforts to overthrow the Maduro government in Venezuela reached new heights when it halted a Senate resolution supporting self-proclaimed president Guaidó because it also included a line against the use of US military force in Venezuela. We discuss the ramifications with CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot

Conservative Governments of Latin America Plus Canada Endorse Regime Change Efforts in Venezuela

Regime Change Canadian Style for Venezuela

February 5, 2019

The Lima Group met in Ottawa and signed the Ottawa Declaration to oust President Maduro from power in Venezuela. 13 conservative Latin American governments, plus Canada, officially recognized Juan Guaido as the transitional President of Venezuela and accepted Venezuela’s membership to the Lima Group. Yves Engler, Dimitri Lascaris, and Greg Wilpert discuss the outcome

Evenly Matched Pro- and Anti-Government Marches in Venezuela

Peaceful Pro- and Anti-Government Marches of Similar Size Take Over Caracas

February 4, 2019

TRNN Correspondent Dimitri Lascaris reports from the ground in Caracas about Saturday’s pro- and anti-government marches, highlighting their peacefulness and equal size

Venezuela Primer Pt. 1: Why Did Venezuelans Elect Hugo Chávez?

Venezuela Primer Pt. 1: Why Did Venezuelans Elect Hugo Chávez?

February 3, 2019

Over and over again US media outlets make the claim that Venezuela was the “jewel of Latin America” before Hugo Chavez was elected in 1998 and that his election marked the country’s downfall. In part 1 of this Venezuela primer, on the 20th anniversary of Chavez first taking office on February 2, 1999, we look at what led up to his election

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Many Countries at UN Oppose Trump Interference in Venezuela

January 29, 2019

Larry Wilkerson joins Paul Jay as they discuss the special meeting of the Security Council that took place on January 26, where many small countries stood up against American pressure and refused to recognize Juan Guaido as president of Venezuela, and defended the UN principle of non-interference

Trudeau Pushes Trump’s Regime Change in Venezuela

Trudeau Pushes Trump’s Regime Change in Venezuela

January 28, 2019

Why is Canada violating the UN Charter and leading the way for regime change in Venezuela? Paul Jay and Yves Engler join Sharmini Peries

UN Security Council Debates the Future of Venezuela

UN Security Council Debates the Future of Venezuela

January 27, 2019

Excerpts of the UN Security Council’s debate on whether countries should recognize opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the self-declared president of Venezuela exposed important geopolitical and ideological rifts among world leaders

White House Protest: No Matter What You Think of Venezuela, No Intervention!

White House Protest: No Matter What You Think of Venezuela, No Intervention!

January 27, 2019

Protesters gathered outside the White House on Saturday, to express their outrage about the US preparing to overthrow and intervene in yet another country. Medea Benjamin and Max Blumenthal were there

Attempted Coup in Venezuela with Abby Martin, Greg Wilpert, Paul Jay

Attempted Coup in Venezuela with Abby Martin, Greg Wilpert, Paul Jay

January 25, 2019

Sharmini Peries hosts a wide ranging conversation about the US backed attempted coup in Venezuela

Defusing the Crisis: A Way Forward for Venezuela

Defusing the Crisis: A Way Forward for Venezuela

January 25, 2019

Venezuelan Sociologist Edgardo Lander and TRNN’s Greg Wilpert discuss how Venezuela got into its current international, economic, and political crisis and what it might take to get out of it

The US Strategy for Regime Change in Venezuela

The US Strategy for Regime Change in Venezuela

January 23, 2019

From economic sanctions to international pressure, how has the US strategy for regime change in Venezuela worked until now? An analysis with CEPR’s Alex Main and TRNN’s Greg Wilpert

Coup in Progress in Venezuela? TRNN Live

Is the US Orchestrating a coup in Venezuela?

January 23, 2019

Lucas Koerner in Venezuela analyzes the current developments withTRNN’s Sharmini Peries and Greg Wilpert

Oil Sanctions on Venezuela Would Make Economic Recovery 'Impossible'

Trump Sanctions Against Venezuela Have Decimated Oil Production

January 18, 2019

The Trump administration is evaluating oil sanctions on Venezuela now. The sanctions that are already in place lead to many deaths and make an economic recovery practically impossible, says CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot

Temporary Arrest of Venezuelan Opposition Leader was "Unauthorized"

Temporary Arrest of Venezuelan Opposition Leader was “Unauthorized”

January 16, 2019

Does the brief unauthorized arrest of National Assembly president Juan Guaido, who suggested that he take over from Nicolas Maduro, signal growing divisions within the government? We discuss the current situation in Venezuela after President Maduro’s recent inauguration with Lucas Koerner

The Roots of Venezuela's Economic Crisis

The Roots of Venezuela’s Economic Crisis

December 28, 2018

As US sanctions against Venezuela take an ever-greater toll on the country and its people, it is important to understand how the sanctions work and the extent of the damage they have caused, say Steve Ellner and Greg Wilpert, in a joint analysis of the situation    

Russian Bombers Landing in Venezuela: A Reaction to US Threats

Russian Bombers Landing in Venezuela: A Reaction to US Threats

December 14, 2018

While the US tried to portray the landing of Russian nuclear weapons capable bombers in Venezuela as a threat, Venezuela clearly sees the US as the threat, which is why the Russian military was invited, say Steve Ellner and Greg Wilpert

Trump Considering to Put Venezuela on 'State Sponsor of Terrorism' List and Intensify Sanctions

Trump Considering to Put Venezuela on ‘State Sponsor of Terrorism’ List and Intensify Sanctions

November 23, 2018

According reports in Washington Post and Reuters, the Trump administration is actively exploring the option of placing Venezuela on the state sponsor of terrorism list, to further intensify sanctions that have already caused significant damage to Venezuela’s economy. We speak to Steve Ellner about the sanctions’ effects

Venezuela’s New Economic Program: Will it Stop Hyperinflation?

August 20, 2018

President Maduro is introducing a series of deep economic reforms, to put an end to hyperinflation and to re-start the economy. But this can only happen if faith is restored in the currency and if US financial sanctions come to an end, says CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot