Putin’s Oil War With the West Comes at His Allies’ Expense

Russia’s use of energy as a weapon in its standoff with the West is redrawing the geopolitical map, but it could strain ties with allies like Iran and Venezuela.

#economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #iran, #maduro-nicolas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pdvsa, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #venezuela

A Decaying Art Gem Signifying Venezuela’s Divisions Could Now Help It Heal

Caracas’s Museum of Modern Art, a symbol of a westernized Venezuela, was dismantled by the Socialist governments. Its modest recovery offers hope to the troubled nation.

#art, #caracas-venezuela, #chavez-hugo, #maduro-nicolas, #museums, #venezuela

Venezuela Releases Imprisoned Americans After Talks With U.S.

The release of at least two Americans came after the Biden officials moved to thaw relations with Venezuela, long a steadfast Russian ally.

#citgo-petroleum-corp, #detainees, #maduro-nicolas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-international-relations, #venezuela

US Officials Travel to Venezuela, a Russia Ally, as the West Isolates Putin

The trip is the highest-level visit by American officials to Caracas in years, driven by a desire to separate Russia from its remaining Latin American allies.

#caracas-venezuela, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #maduro-nicolas, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #state-department, #stryk-robert, #taylor-scott-w-1979, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

U.S. Officials Travel to Venezuela, a Russia Ally, as the West Isolates Putin

The trip is the highest-level visit by American officials to Caracas in years, driven by a desire to separate Russia from its remaining Latin American allies.

#caracas-venezuela, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #maduro-nicolas, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #state-department, #stryk-robert, #taylor-scott-w-1979, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

Maduro Trades Old Guard for Slick Technocrats to Keep Power

A new generation of cosmopolitan Venezuelan officials has allowed President Nicolás Maduro to halt the economic collapse and remain in power, at the cost of fostering potential future challenges to his rule.

#cabello-diosdado, #chavez-hugo, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #maduro-nicolas

Behind Kazakhstan Unrest, the ‘Strongman’s Dilemma’

Since the Cold War’s end, most dictatorial governments have collapsed after their ruler’s departure.

#franco-francisco, #kazakhstan, #maduro-nicolas, #nazarbayev-nursultan-a, #politics-and-government, #russia, #venezuela

In Venezuela’s Flawed Vote, Maduro Shows One Way to Retain Power

European observers said the elections were neither free nor fair. They showed how President Nicolás Maduro’s government, however unpopular, can win by excluding and splitting opponents.

#elections, #maduro-nicolas, #venezuela

Venezuelan Opposition Risks an Election Challenge to Maduro

With little hope of a fair vote, opposition candidates take a desperate risk to gain any edge against Venezuela’s entrenched autocrat, Nicolás Maduro.

#chavez-hugo, #content-type-personal-profile, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elections, #guaido-juan, #maduro-nicolas, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #venezuela, #voting-and-voters

Spanish Court Agrees to Extradite Former Venezuela Spy Chief to U.S.

Hugo Carvajal, once a prominent figure in the government of the Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro, faces drug-trafficking charges in the United States.

#carvajal-hugo, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #extradition, #fugitives, #madrid-spain, #maduro-nicolas, #politics-and-government, #spain, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #venezuela

U.S.-Venezuela Tensions Heat Up Again After Extradition of Maduro Ally

As Secretary of State Antony Blinken heads to the region, the window of opportunity for a political resolution has slammed shut. At least for now.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #maduro-nicolas, #politics-and-government, #saab-alex, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #venezuela

U.S. Arrests Alex Saab, Deal Maker for Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela

Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman, is accused in the U.S. of siphoning millions from programs intended to help the needy in Venezuela.

#cape-verde, #corruption-institutional, #interpol-international-criminal-police-organization, #maduro-nicolas, #politics-and-government, #saab-alex, #united-states-international-relations, #venezuela

In Venezuela, a Rum Maker Offers Gangsters a Life Outside of Crime

In the process, the family running the company, Ron Santa Teresa, has gone from bankruptcy to exporting an award-winning vintage rum.

#bacardi-ltd, #chavez-hugo, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #gangs, #maduro-nicolas, #organized-crime, #politics-and-government, #ron-santa-teresa-usa, #rum, #venezuela, #vocational-training

The U.S. Needs a Sanctions Policy That Works

The government needs to establish a clear criteria by which punishment’s failure or success can be measured.

#diaz-canel-bermudez-miguel, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #maduro-nicolas, #united-states-international-relations

Spain Arrests Former Venezuela Spy Chief Accused of Drug Trafficking

Hugo Carvajal, the former intelligence chief, had been hiding in Madrid, the police said, trying to avoid extradition to the United States.

#carvajal-hugo, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #extradition, #fugitives, #guaido-juan, #international-relations, #maduro-nicolas, #politics-and-government, #spain, #venezuela

Dollarization Is Helping the Collapsed Venezuelan Economy, for Now

After years of deprivations, an informal trade in American dollars is allowing Venezuelans to buy groceries and medication.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #guaido-juan, #maduro-nicolas, #remittances, #zelle-early-warning-services-llc

Bouncy Castles and Grenades: Gangs Erode Maduro’s Grip on Caracas

As Venezuela collapses, armed gangs are taking over parts of the capital, exposing President Maduro’s vulnerability even in his seat of power.

#caracas-venezuela, #corruption-institutional, #gangs, #maduro-nicolas, #politics-and-government

Venezuela Releases 6 U.S. Oil Executives to House Arrest

The group, known as the “Citgo 6,” has been held on corruption charges. Their release may be a sign that Venezuela would like to improve relations with the Biden administration.

#citgo-petroleum-corp, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-relations, #maduro-nicolas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

Armed Groups Step Into Venezuela as Lawlessness Grows

With Venezuela in shambles, criminals and insurgents run large stretches of the nation’s territory. We traveled through one of the regions under their control.

#indigenous-people, #maduro-nicolas, #smuggling, #terrorism, #venezuela

Girl’s Rape in Venezuela Becomes a Rallying Cry for Abortion Activists

The assault of a 13-year-old girl in Venezuela and the arrest of her mother and a teacher who helped her end the pregnancy have forced a national debate about legalizing abortion.

#abortion, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #maduro-nicolas, #sex-crimes, #venezuela, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Biden Grants Protections for Venezuelans to Remain in U.S.

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans can temporarily continue to live and work in the United States as the administration considers its next steps in the effort to force out Venezuela’s president.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #maduro-nicolas, #mayorkas-alejandro, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #venezuela

Venezuelan Women Lose Access to Contraception, and Control of Their Lives

Affordable birth control has disappeared, pushing many women into unplanned pregnancies at a time when they can barely feed the children they already have.

#abortion, #abortion-drugs, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #caracas-venezuela, #chavez-hugo, #maduro-nicolas, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #women-and-girls

Navy Warship’s Secret Mission Off West Africa Aims to Help Punish Venezuela

The tale of the cruiser San Jacinto underscores the Trump administration’s animus toward Venezuela and how the postelection purge of top Pentagon leaders is roiling the military.

#abrams-elliott, #arreaza-jorge, #cape-verde, #defense-department, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #maduro-nicolas, #miller-christopher-c-1965, #money-laundering, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #venezuela

Venezuela to Vote in an Election the Opposition Calls a Charade

A victory by the party of President Nicolás Maduro is likely to further weaken Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader who launched a bold but ultimately failed bid backed by the U.S. to take power.

#datanalisis, #elections, #guaido-juan, #maduro-nicolas, #venezuela, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Judge in Venezuela Convicts 6 U.S. Oil Executives of Corruption

The so-called Citgo 6, who had been lured to Venezuela three years ago for a business meeting, were immediately sentenced to prison.

#citgo-petroleum-corp, #decisions-and-verdicts, #houston-tex, #maduro-nicolas, #prisons-and-prisoners, #venezuela

Venezuela Raids Food Charity, Interrupting Meals for Children

The charity, Feed the Solidarity, often provides the only meals children receive each day. The government accuses it of subversion, with no evidence.

#biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #feed-the-solidarity-charity, #food-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #international-relations, #maduro-nicolas, #nonprofit-organizations, #roman-catholic-church, #save-the-children, #united-nations, #venezuela

They Championed Venezuela’s Revolution. They Are Now Its Latest Victims.

In an effort to complete his consolidation of power, Nicolás Maduro is cracking down on the leftist activists who once supported him, but have begun to speak up against his administration’s corruption and cronyism.

#chavez-hugo, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #maduro-nicolas, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #venezuela

Trump’s Post-Election Tactics Put Him in Unsavory Company

Denying defeat, claiming fraud and using government machinery to reverse election results are the time-honored tools of dictators.

#africa, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #europe, #gbagbo-laurent, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #maduro-nicolas, #milosevic-slobodan, #pinochet-ugarte-augusto, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Trump, Venezuela and the Tug-of-War Over a Strongman

How a yearslong battle over U.S.-Venezuela relations aided President Trump’s campaign in Florida — and left the Maduro regime standing.

#ballard-brian-d, #florida, #gorrin-raul, #guaido-juan, #maduro-nicolas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sargeant-harry-iii, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #venezuela

The Venezuelan-American Vote, From a First-Timer

Our vote could play a key role in November. We need to see beyond the bluster, and look at the way Trump has treated our community in the U.S.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #florida, #maduro-nicolas, #miami-fla, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #venezuelan-americans

Biden’s Plans for Latin America: End ‘Bully Dictating Policy’

If elected, Joe Biden plans to spearhead a repudiation — in policy and tone — of President Trump’s legacy in the region.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #foreign-aid, #guaido-juan, #latin-america, #maduro-nicolas, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Venezuela Opposition Figure, Long Confined, Flees Country

Leopoldo López had spent the past six years in jail, house arrest and diplomatic asylum. He fled on Saturday to an undisclosed location, his party said.

#lopez-leopoldo, #maduro-nicolas, #politics-and-government, #venezuela

Grenell Pursued Talks Over Change of Power in Venezuela

A close ally of President Trump quietly met with an associate of President Nicolás Maduro, whom the United States does not recognize as the leader of Venezuela.

#economic-conditions-and-trends, #grenell-richard, #guaido-juan, #maduro-nicolas, #presidential-election-of-2020, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #venezuela

Richard Grenell Pursued Talks of Maduro, Power Change in Venezuela

A close ally of President Trump quietly met with an associate of President Nicolás Maduro, whom the United States does not recognize as the leader of Venezuela.

#economic-conditions-and-trends, #grenell-richard, #guaido-juan, #maduro-nicolas, #presidential-election-of-2020, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #venezuela

Donald Trump’s Incompetent Foreign Policy

For all the sound and fury, Trump’s foreign policy has few accomplishments.

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Venezuela, Once an Oil Giant, Reaches the End of an Era

Venezuela’s oil reserves, the world’s largest, transformed the country and the global energy market. Now its oil sector is grinding to a halt — perhaps never to recover.

#caracas-venezuela, #chavez-hugo, #maduro-nicolas, #nationalization-of-industry, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #oil-spills, #organization-of-the-petroleum-exporting-countries, #pdvsa, #reserves-natural-resources

Trying to Hammer Iran With U.N. Sanctions, U.S. Issues More of Its Own

The Trump administration targeted Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs after the U.N. refused to enforce international penalties that the U.S. said it had triggered over the weekend.

#arms-trade, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #maduro-nicolas, #nuclear-weapons, #pompeo-mike, #security-council-un, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Venezuela Ordered Killings and Torture of Critics, U.N. Investigators Say

President Nicolás Maduro and other high-ranking officials were accused of being behind the detention of government critics and assaults by state security services.

#defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #maduro-nicolas, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #torture, #united-nations-human-rights-council, #venezuela, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

What the Oil Spill in Venezuela Tells Us About Its Politics

The largest oil reserves and one of the world’s most incompetent governments have brought authoritarianism, economic collapse and environmental disaster to the country.

#caracas-venezuela, #chavez-hugo, #maduro-nicolas, #oil-spills, #pdvsa

Venezuela’s Opposition Splits Over Taking Part in Coming Elections

Sanctions and boycotts have failed to bring down president Nicolás Maduro. Now some opposition leaders are ready to shift strategy and take him on at the ballot box, despite concerns about the vote’s fairness.

#capriles-radonski-henrique, #datanalisis, #elections, #european-union, #guaido-juan, #international-relations, #maduro-nicolas, #venezuela, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Venezuela Deploys Security Forces in Coronavirus Crackdown

A ruined economy and a broken health care system have left President Nicolás Maduro unable to fight the pandemic as other world leaders have. Instead, he’s detained thousands to try to halt the spread.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #maduro-nicolas, #quarantines, #venezuela

In Diplomatic Doubleheader, U.S. Seizes Iranian Fuel From Ships Headed to Venezuela

The high-seas handover blocked two diplomatic adversaries from evading American economic sanctions. Iran denied it was its fuel.

#defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #justice-department, #maduro-nicolas, #security-council-un, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #venezuela

2 Ex-Green Berets Sentenced to 20 Years for Venezuela Attack

Venezuelan prosecutors said the former Green Berets admitted to taking part in a failed attack aimed at overthrowing the country’s president.

#berry-airan, #caracas-venezuela, #defense-and-military-forces, #denman-luke, #goudreau-jordan-g, #guaido-juan, #maduro-nicolas, #politics-and-government, #united-states-army-special-forces-green-berets, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #venezuela

Latin America Is Facing a ‘Decline of Democracy’ Under the Pandemic

The coronavirus is battering Latin American health systems and economies. It is also threatening the region’s fragile political freedoms.

#anez-chavez-jeanine, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #caribbean-area, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #latin-america, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #maduro-nicolas, #ortega-daniel, #politics-and-government

With Officials’ Backing, Dubious Virus Remedies Surge in Latin America

A chlorine solution, particularly popular in Bolivia, is just one of several unproven treatments gaining ground in a region desperate for hope.

#bolivia, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #chlorine-dioxide, #cleansers-detergents-and-soaps, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #latin-america, #maduro-nicolas, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j

U.K. Judge Denies President Nicolás Maduro Access to Venezuelan Gold at Bank of England

It would be unlawful to allow Mr. Maduro access to the gold, the judge said, because the British government recognizes his rival, Juan Guaidó, as the country’s leader.

#bank-of-england, #decisions-and-verdicts, #great-britain, #guaido-juan, #maduro-nicolas, #politics-and-government, #venezuela

Secret Detentions Become a Common Tool of Repression Under Maduro

“Forced disappearances” are playing a critical role in the Venezuelan government’s efforts to muzzle opponents and instill fear, according to a new report.

#detainees, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kennedy-robert-f-center-for-justice-and-human-rights, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #maduro-nicolas, #prisons-and-prisoners, #venezuela

Oil-Starved Venezuela Celebrates Arrival of Tankers From Iran

The shipment represents a deepening of ties between two pariah states that are both under U.S. sanctions.

#chavez-hugo, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #maduro-nicolas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #ships-and-shipping, #shortages, #venezuela

From Nearly Free to Out-of-Reach: Gasoline’s Crazy Price Swing in Venezuela

Motorists queue for days to buy subsidized gasoline for next to nothing, but it is increasingly scarce — a reflection of the economic absurdities in the country.

#black-markets, #chavez-hugo, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #maduro-nicolas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #shortages, #venezuela

Venezuelan Oil Company Sues Miami Ex-Congressman Over $50 Million Deal

Former Representative David Rivera, a strident anti-communist, was quietly consulting for President Nicolás Maduro’s socialist government. He produced just two reports, totaling 5 pages, the lawsuit said.

#florida, #guaido-juan, #maduro-nicolas, #miami-fla, #petroleos-de-venezuela-sa, #rivera-david-mauricio, #rubio-marco, #venezuela