Venezuela Coverage and Analysis

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Ultra-Right Group Behind Assassination Attempt on Venezuela’s President Maduro

August 6, 2018

The failed drone attack on President Maduro could lead to a “closing of ranks” behind Maduro, which would complicate internal dialogue and the overcoming of Venezuela’s economic problems. We speak with Venezuelanalysis.com’s Paul Dobson  

Venezuela Introduces New Measures to Halt Hyperinflation: Will they Work?

July 30, 2018

Venezuela’s hyperinflation is now exceeding 200% per month. President Maduro plans to introduce a new currency that is tied to Venezuela’s oil basket, but will the measures work and how has inflation affected the general population? We discuss these issues with Cira Pascual Marquina of Venezuelanalysis.com and TRNN’s Greg Wilpert

Embarrassing Defeat for the US in Its Efforts to Expel Venezuela from the OAS

June 10, 2018

At the OAS, 19 member states voted in favor, 4 against, and 11 abstained when the U.S. tried to have Venezuela sanctioned. The U.S. will not hesitate to bear tremendous pressure on member countries to get its way in Latin America. We speak to CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot about the vote and how it came about

Exposing the OAS' Anti-Venezuela, Pro-US Bias and Right-Wing Hypocrisy

Exposing the OAS’ Anti-Venezuela, Pro-US Bias and Right-Wing Hypocrisy

May 31, 2018

The Organization of American States (OAS) is a Cold War-era group that acts as a vehicle for US influence, opposing leftist governments in Latin America. Journalist Max Blumenthal challenged the OAS on its extreme anti-Venezuela bias and enlisting of right-wing pro-Israel lobbyists to demonize Nicolas Maduro

Maduro Wins the Presidency in Venezuela – What Will the US Do Next?

May 21, 2018

Opposition candidate Henri Falcon cries foul. We speak with journalist Lucas Koerner of Venezuelanalysis.com, election observer Roger Harris, and Venezuela analyst Greg Wilpert about the legitimacy of the results, and what is next for Venezuela

Venezuela's Opposition Strategy in Presidential Election is to "Have it Both Ways"

Venezuela’s Opposition Strategy in Presidential Election is to “Have it Both Ways”

May 14, 2018

This coming Sunday is Venezuela’s Presidential election, which was moved up by several months. A large part of the opposition is boycotting the vote, but a serious challenger is in the running against Maduro. We speak to Venezuela expert Miguel Tinker-Salas

Trump Renews Venezuela Sanctions, Violating International Law,

March 6, 2018

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

US Efforts to Sabotage Venezuelan Elections Intensify

March 1, 2018

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

Venezuelan Opposition Undecided Over Whether and Who to Run in Presidential Race

February 12, 2018

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

Tillerson Tries and Fails to Rally Latin American Support for Sanctions Against Venezuela

February 11, 2018

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

Trump Preemptively Dismisses Upcoming Venezuelan Presidential Vote

February 3, 2018

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

Venezuela’s Opposition Sidelines Itself in Municipal Elections

December 11, 2017

The opposition’s decision to boycott the Dec. 10 municipal elections guaranteed that governing party candidates would sweep the vote. Lucas Koerner, of Venezuelanalysis.com, explains that the boycott had nothing to do with the electoral system, but rather with the dysfunctional dynamics within the opposition

US Sanctions on Venezuela: ‘Attempt to Destroy the Economy’

November 10, 2017

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

Venezuela Elections: Why Does the Corporate Media Keep Crying Fraud?

October 22, 2017

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

Venezuelan Regional Election: Opposition Claims Fraud in Areas They Won

October 16, 2017

The Governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela won 17 out of 23 governor races in Sunday’s regional vote, prompting the opposition to claim fraud once again, without evidence. Lucas Koerner of Venezuelanlaysis.com analyzes the situation

Venezuela’s President Maduro Presents New Economic Measures

September 11, 2017

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

New US Sanctions Against Venezuela to Cause Greater Economic Instability

August 25, 2017

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

Wilkerson: Trump Has No Business Threatening Venezuela

August 15, 2017

As President Trump claims he won’t rule out military force in Venezuela, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, says “we need to keep our dirty hands off Latin America”

UN Human Rights Report on Venezuela Ignores Opposition Violence

August 9, 2017

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

Controversy Over Venezuelan Vote Count

August 2, 2017

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