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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent “a message of confidence to Venezuela” and “signed agreements on financial support.”
Meanwhile, in a message to Putin, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “expressed his solidarity, on behalf of the Syrian people, with Putin’s efforts to ‘restore security and stability in the friendly country of Ukraine.’”
Cross-posted from Venezuela News and Views
By Alex Beech
“There was a whiff of Ozymandias to it all, but foreign supporters applauded the fantasy. Oliver Stone, visiting Caracas to make a documentary, looked blank when I asked about the distortions and corruption haemorrhaging the economy. Shrewder observers – writers and academics – would visit and confide over [...]
Posted: February 24th, 2014 under Latin America.
Following the arrest of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, the repression against anti-regime protesters in Venezuela has turned frankly murderous.
Audrey M. Dacosta writes at Caracas Chronicles:
Tonight, Venezuela is seeing a spasm of violence that’s unlike anything the country has experienced since 1989. Information is fragmented, since an almost complete media black-out is in place, but you [...]
Posted: February 20th, 2014 under Latin America.
Last week the Venezuelan regime of Nicolas Maduro ordered the arrest of Leopoldo Lopez, leader of the opposition Voluntad Popular party, for his alleged role in a violent confrontation in Caracas that left three people dead.
Although Lopez clearly had nothing to do with the violence, he was accused of, among other things, murder and [...]
Posted: February 18th, 2014 under Latin America.
A Venezuelan judge has ordered the arrest of Leopoldo Lopez, leader of the Venezuelan opposition party Voluntad Popular, for his alleged role in a violent confrontation in Caracas Wednesday.
[T]he judge ordered to capture López to sue him for a wide array of offenses, ranging from conspiracy, solicitation to commit a crime, public intimidation, fire of [...]
Posted: February 13th, 2014 under Latin America.
With no apparent evidence, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has blamed his political opponents for a power failure that cut electricity to 70 percent of the country.
“Everything seems to indicate that the extreme right has resumed its plan for an electrical strike against the country,” he said in a tweet.
In a live address on state television, [...]
A Venezuelan judge has banned two daily newspapers from publishing “images of violent content, guns, physical aggression, bloody scenes and naked cadavers” and fined both outlets the equivalent of 1 percent of their 2009 earnings, the Committee to Protect Journalists reported.
The ruling stemmed from the publication of a front-page, archival photograph in El Nacional on [...]
This is a guest post by Garden Mole
Efrain Rios Montt, the former Guatemalan military dictator, is now on trial in his own country for genocide.
During his 18-month reign of terror, beginning in March 1982, Rios Montt embarked on a scorched earth campaign against communist guerrillas in which tens of thousands of Indians were massacred.
His methods [...]
Francisco Toro at Caracas Chronicles reports:
Miguel Ángel Pérez Pirela has just been named [Venezuela's] Information Minister.
If you don’t know who this is, picture a commie Glenn Beck, but way, way nuttier. Basically a paranoid schizophrenic has now been tapped to run the chavista propaganda machine.
When last we encountered Pérez Pirela here, he was a [...]
Guest post by Bruno Mota
Like many similar upheavals in the past, the current wave of protests in Brazil was sparked by a seemingly minor and local grievance, and fanned into a firestorm of discontent by overreacting authorities taken by surprise. Protests have now spread to the entire country, and evolved into a still inchoate mass [...]
Posted: June 22nd, 2013 under Latin America.