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Behind Cuba's Opening to the U.S.: Dropping Oil Prices Are Forcing an End to Venezuela's Subsidy of the Cuban Economy

Jorge Castañeda | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Jorge Castañeda

For anyone who can still see straight, it is obvious that Venezuela won't be able to keep on subsidizing the Castro regime with 100,000 daily oil barrels. Moreover, each day it becomes likelier that there will soon be a major political overhaul in Venezuela, one that, in one way or the other, will spell an end to the island's economic salvation.

Venezuela To Boost Minimum Wage

AP | Posted 11.04.2014 | World

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro is boosting Venezuela's minimum wage to protect workers' salaries from inflation running at nearl...

Hugo Chavez Revered In Controversial Revision Of Lord's Prayer

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.05.2014 | Religion

A member of Venezuela's United Socialist Party delivered a prayer at the party's Third Congress that has drawn criticism from some in the Christian co...

Why Sanctions Are Right in the Case of Venezuela

Sergio Muñoz Bata | Posted 10.11.2014 | World
Sergio Muñoz Bata

I beg to differ with liberals who say the recent U.S. sanctions against individual members of the Venezuelan government are counterproductive. By the same token, I disagree with conservatives who dismiss them for being too light and applaud the White House and Congress efforts to punish Venezuelan drug traffickers and human rights violators for a very simple reason: in the rigged system of justice that Hugo Chavez set up in the country, it is impossible for any member of its repressive political system to ever face justice in a court of law.

11 Venezuelan Students Ordered To Stand Trial

AP | Posted 05.12.2014 | Latino Voices

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan courts have ordered 11 student protesters to stand trial, but they have freed more than 150 others arrested wit...

Venezuelans Post 'Better Naked Than' Photos To Protest Brutality Against Opposition (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 04.10.2014 | World

After a university student was beaten and stripped naked by masked government supporters in Venezuela last week, outraged men and women have taken to ...

Venezuelan Journalist Kidnapped

AP | Posted 04.08.2014 | Latino Voices

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The father of a Venezuelan TV journalist says his daughter has been kidnapped by armed, masked men in the western section ...

Venezuelan Institutions Unite Behind Nicolás Maduro

AP | HANNAH DREIER | Posted 03.27.2014 | Latino Voices

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's military, congress and Supreme Court are rallying behind President Nicolas Maduro and joining forces in an inc...

Congress Claims Venezuelan Lawmaker Lost Immunity

AP | Posted 03.25.2014 | Latino Voices

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The head of Venezuela's congress says leading opposition politician Maria Corina Machado has lost her seat in the legislat...

Bad News For Disney World

AP | HANNAH DREIER | Posted 03.25.2014 | Latino Voices

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S.-Venezuela relations have been deteriorating for years, and for members of the socialist-governed county's better off,...

Venezuelan Attorney General Cites 'Excesses' Against Anti-Government Protesters

AP | Posted 03.24.2014 | Latino Voices

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's attorney general says some security force members have committed "excesses" in dealing with anti-government pr...

Bad News For Venezuelans Looking To Travel To The U.S.

AP | Posted 03.24.2014 | Latino Voices

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Venezuela is partially suspending the issuance of tourist visas because President Nicolas Maduro's rec...

Venezuelan President Moves Swiftly Against The Opposition

AP | ANDREA RODRIGUEZ and FABIOLA SANCHEZ | Posted 03.21.2014 | Latino Voices

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has used the military, legislative and judicial power consolidated during 15 years of ...

How The Opposition Is Winning Over Chavistas In Venezuela's Slums

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2014 | World

By Brian Ellsworth CARACAS, March 19 (Reuters) - Opposition activists in the slums of eastern Caracas hope to unseat President Nicola...

This Airline Suspends Service In Venezuela

AP | Posted 03.18.2014 | Latino Voices

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Air Canada says it has suspended its flights to and from Venezuela due to civil unrest. In a statement posted on its webs...

'No Nos Callarán!' 'We Will Not Be Silenced'

Sergio Muñoz Bata | Posted 05.18.2014 | World
Sergio Muñoz Bata

According to a report of the Venezuelan Press National Union, 89 journalists have been attacked or arrested by the police or the paramilitary government sponsored brigades since the protests began about a month ago.

Venezuelan President Calls For Stepped-Up Security

AP | FABIOLA SANCHEZ | Posted 03.14.2014 | Latino Voices

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Thursday that six people had been arrested after the National Guard searched...

Venezuelan Protestors Get Creative With Protective Masks

AP | Posted 03.11.2014 | Latino Voices

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Fashion is not foreign to the young demonstrators who skirmish nearly nightly with security forces at the barricades in th...

Venezuela Increasingly Under International Scrutiny

AP | EZEQUIEL ABIU LOPEZ and JORGE RUEDA | Posted 03.08.2014 | Latino Voices

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is coming under increasing international scrutiny amid violence that most recently killed a National Guardsman a...

Venezuelans, Like Ukrainians, Are Not Alone

Andrés Velasco | Posted 05.07.2014 | World
Andrés Velasco

It would have been preposterous to tell Ukrainian demonstrators facing government storm troopers to just grin and bear it without any external solidarity or support. It is just as preposterous to tell Venezuelan demonstrators the same thing. In these circumstances, the principle of self-determination, so beloved of foreign ministries everywhere, becomes an empty slogan.

At Least 2 Dead In Venezuelan Protests

Reuters | Posted 05.06.2014 | World

CARACAS, March 6 (Reuters) - A Venezuelan soldier and a motor cyclist were killed in a standoff with opposition demonstrators who had set up a barri...

'Chavez Didn't Die'

Reuters | Posted 05.05.2014 | World

By Andrew Cawthorne and Girish Gupta CARACAS, March 5 (Reuters) - Followers of the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez took to the stre...

Venezuela on the Brink

Moisés Naím | Posted 04.30.2014 | World
Moisés Naím

Venezuela is now the world champion of inflation, homicide, insecurity, and shortages of essential goods -- from milk for children to insulin for diabetics and all kinds of indispensable products. All this despite having the greatest oil reserves in the world and a government with absolute control of all state institutions and levers of power.

WATCH: Pro-Maduro Motorcycle Gangs Terrorize Venezuelans

Charlotte Alfred | Posted 02.26.2014 | World

Videos of armed motorcycle gangs attacking protesters have emerged from Venezuela with increasing frequency in recent weeks despite a "media blackout"...

News You Missed From Latin America This Past Week (PHOTOS)

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 02.24.2014 | Latino Voices

Venezuelans on both sides of the nation's bitter political divide took to the streets last week during the second week of mass protests that have Pres...