Cheryl Ruiz

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Venezuela's Opposition Hurt Its Own Cause

This week's failure at the polls will make it harder to muster voters in 2018.<p>Almost every day, it seems, Venezuela's crypto-dictatorship manages to outdo itself. Consider the strong showing in last Sunday's regional elections by the government, which has presided over the world's worst inflation …

Venezuela

Venezuela's deteriorating oil quality riles major refiners | Reuters

CARACAS/HOUSTON (Reuters) - Venezuela’s state-run oil firm, PDVSA, is increasingly delivering poor quality crude oil to major refiners in the United States, India and China, causing repeated complaints, canceled orders and demands for discounts, according to internal PDVSA documents and interviews …

Oil

Specter of coup, surge in violence haunt Venezuela

Venezuela appears to be sliding toward a more volatile stage of unrest after anti-government forces looted weapons during a weekend raid on a …

Venezuela

Exclusive - Venezuelan vote data casts doubt on turnout at Sunday poll | Reuters

CARACAS (Reuters) - Only 3.7 million people had voted by 5.30 p.m. in Venezuela’s controversial Constitutional Assembly election on Sunday, according to internal electoral council data reviewed by Reuters, casting doubt on the 8.1 million people authorities said had voted that day.<p>People wait in …

Venezuela

How to deal with Venezuela

VENEZUELA claims to have more oil than Saudi Arabia, yet its citizens are hungry. An astonishing 93% of them say they cannot afford the food they …

Venezuela

Crisis-hit Venezuelans leave for Brazil in search of new life

<b>In the Brazilian border town of Pacaraima, Venezuelan small business owner William Camero is emptying a rucksack decorated with the yellow, blue and red colours of the Venezuelan flag.</b><p>He pulls out big wads of Venezuelan currency - like rabbits out of a magician's hat. Each wad of 50,000 bolivares …

Venezuela

Venezuela Cut Deeper Into Junk by S&P

The world’s riskiest credit got another jolt after S&P Global Ratings lowered Venezuela’s rating deeper into junk as the economy spirals down amid …

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Venezuela oil production dives as big debt bills loom

Venezuela's only source of cash is quickly dwindling as the country faces mounting unpaid bills, violent political protests and citizens starving due to food shortages.<p>Oil makes up nearly all of Venezuela's exports, and with the country in a full-blown crisis, oil is only thing it can sell.<p>But …

Venezuela

Green Cross Volunteer Medics, on the Frontline of Venezuela’s Protests

A teenage boy lay on the ground after a clash with the police.<p>“Médico, médico!” a young man screamed through the thick fog of tear gas at a protest in Caracas, Venezuela.<p>The medics he was calling for, known as the Cruz Verde or Green Cross, have become a regular fixture at violent clashes between …

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Key Chavistas Abandon Maduro as Crisis Intensifies

Luisa Ortega Diáz<p>Public prosecutor<p>Venezuela’s chief prosecutor represents the deepest crack in Chavismo, Chávez’s self-styled socialist project. Once …

Venezuela

US calls for international action on Venezuela's 'tragic situation'

A senior US official has accused Venezuela of trampling on "democracy" as she urged further action to redress an explosive political crisis. But …

Venezuelan soldier shoots protester dead in airbase attack, minister says | Reuters

CARACAS (Reuters) - A Venezuelan military police sergeant shot dead a protester who was attacking the perimeter of an airbase on Thursday, the interior minister said, bringing renewed scrutiny of the force used to control riots that have killed at least 76 people.<p>At least two soldiers shot long …

Latin America

Meet a Young Venezuelan Artist Known As the 'Painter of Protests'

Abuse is hurled daily at the art of Oscar Olivares.<p>Rubber bullets and tear gas canisters clatter off protesters' shields adorned with his works — cartoon-like digital paintings that have made him an instant icon for the demonstrators who have taken to Venezuela's streets in recent weeks to oppose …

Venezuela

Venezuelan opposition lawmakers protest at military base | Reuters

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela opposition lawmakers placed pretend coffins and body bags at gates of the National Guard headquarters on Tuesday in protest after the latest fatality in anti-government unrest that has killed at least 75 people since April.<p>Dummies simulating corpses and cardboard …

Venezuela

Is Venezuela on a path to civil war?

Anti-government protests in Venezuela are now in their third month, with nearly 70 people killed and 1,300 injured. Barely a day goes by without new scenes of flaming street anarchy or some horrific act of state violence. Venezuela is coming unglued.<p>Syria is the most recent and most alarming …

Venezuela

Cry for Venezuela

Not so long ago, the country enjoyed a semblance of comfort, security and hope. Today, Stephanie Nolen reports, it is a shambles, the people suffering from inadequate health care, food shortages – and government that appears to be looking out for its own, sometimes brutally<p>Carmen Tovar remembers …

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Venezuela's mass anti-government demonstrations enter third month

There is a pattern to the protests that have rocked Venezuela for the past two months. Anti-government demonstrators set off on a march to the government buildings in Caracas’s city centre to protest against a government they consider illegitimate. Halfway to their destination national guards and …

Venezuela

Venezuela government turns on 'traitor' prosecutor Ortega | Reuters

CARACAS (Reuters) - Ruling Socialist Party officials have launched a series of attacks against Venezuela’s chief state prosecutor this week, from accusations of insanity to promoting violence, after her high-profile break with the government.<p>FILE PHOTO: Venezuela's chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega …

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Venezuela jailed 14 army officers for dissent at start of protests: documents | Reuters

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s security forces arrested at least 14 army officers on suspicion of “rebellion” and “treason” in the first week of protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s government in early April, according to military documents seen by Reuters.<p>FILE PHOTO: Riot security forces …

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Why Mexico’s government wants to keep Venezuela in the news

MEXICO CITY — One of Mexico's most cherished political principles is “nonintervention.” Mexican governments have traditionally stayed silent on the internal matters of other nations — and showed little patience for international scrutiny of its own affairs. But when it comes to Venezuela, Mexico is …

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Venezuela opposition sit-in blocked, lawmaker says pushed in manhole | Reuters

CARACAS (Reuters) - Two Venezuelan lawmakers said they were roughed up on Monday with one pushed into a manhole by soldiers blocking an opposition sit-in against President Nicolas Maduro, among chaotic scenes around Caracas.<p>Demonstrators run away from tear gas as they clash with riot security …

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Venezuela eyes assembly vote in July; man set ablaze dies | Reuters

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s government is set to press ahead with a vote to elect a constituent assembly on July 30, an official said on Sunday, prompting the opposition to blast the body as a sham designed to keep embattled President Nicolas Maduro in power.<p>FILE PHOTO - A government supporter …

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Goldman, Nomura heeded warnings before Venezuela bond deal | Reuters

CARACAS/NEW YORK (Reuters) - In early May, Goldman Sachs (GS.N) turned down a request from Caracas to convert $5 billion in sovereign bonds into marketable securities partly because it would mean dealing directly with a Venezuelan state bank, according to people familiar with the talks.<p>A sign is …

Venezuela

For Venezuelans, Holding Their Country’s Bonds Is a Moral Quandary

Investors have reaped big profits as South American nation grapples with a deep economic crisis<p>As managing director at hedge-fund manager Knossos Asset Management, Francisco Ghersi buys and sells Venezuelan debt for a living. But as a Venezuelan, he is also hoping for the day when his country puts …

Venezuela

United Airlines Suspends Service to Venezuela - Live and Let's Fly

Venezuela is on the verge of economic collapse and United Airlines has decided enough is enough. Effective July 01, 2017 United is suspending service …

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Venezuela’s descent into anarchy is only beginning

Venezuela is on the brink of civil war.<p>Its economy has collapsed, its people are starving, and its government is to blame — although its grip on power is still strong enough that, as we'll get to in a minute, Goldman Sachs sure seems like it's betting that it will continue. Which is to say that …

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Shaming 'Chavistas': Venezuela activists decry officials' luxury lifestyles

CARACAS (Reuters) - One is shown blowing a kiss from a private jet. Another is seen posing in front of a store of luxury jeweler Cartier in China. Others grin as they tuck into a plate of lobster or a massive birthday cake.<p>Venezuelan activists are increasingly posting details of locations and …

Venezuela

Venezuela Needs International Intervention. Now.

The huge protests rocking Venezuela, which began in early April, were triggered by a decision of its Supreme Court to assume the powers of Venezuela’s National Assembly in violation of the country’s Constitution. In response, President Nicolás Maduro has responded with an iron fist. More than 50 …

Venezuela