SOS Venezuela

By Janette Speyer | A country under economic siege. Here is a tribute to all Venezuelans that continue the fight for freedom and justice.

Venezuela & The Dominican Republic Win Gold At 2017 Bolivarian Games

Last month, the 2017 Bolivarian Games took place in Santa Marta, Colombia from November 12-23, with Venezuela and the Dominican Republic taking the …

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Canada Moves To Expel Venezuelan Diplomat As Tensions Mount

OTTAWA — Canada is moving to expel a Venezuelan diplomat from the country and strip his credentials in retaliation after his Canadian counterpart was …

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Venezuela's opposition reinvents itself with soup kitchens

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Miguel Castillo hurried up a narrow, dusty street in a poor neighborhood in Venezuela's capital city carrying a boy who clung to him as if his life depended on it.<p>Castillo, a member of the country's tattered opposition movement, brought the 6-year-old named Tomas to a …

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Goodbye Venezuela, hello Russia. Can Vladimir Putin save Cuba?

When Cuban ruler Raúl Castro met recently with Igor Sechin, head of Russia's state-owned Rosneft oil company, it was an intimate gathering, held in …

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Brazil orders Venezuela's top diplomat to leave country

Brazil has expelled Venezuela's charge d'affaires, a retaliatory move after its envoy was expelled last week from Caracas. Canada has also ordered …

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Venezuelans scramble to survive as merchants demand dollars

CARACAS/CIUDAD GUAYANA, Venezuela (Reuters) - There was no way Jose Ramon Garcia, a food transporter in Venezuela, could afford new tires for his van at $350 each.<p>Whether he opted to pay in U.S. currency or in the devalued local bolivar currency at the equivalent black market price, Garcia would …

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Thirty-six Maduro foes freed in Christmas gesture in Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) - Three dozen opponents of Venezuela's socialist government were released from prison and reunited with loved ones on Sunday as part of a wider Christmas release, a local rights group said.<p>Lambasted by critics at home and abroad for holding around 270 activists in prison, …

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As Venezuela Collapses, Children Are Dying of Hunger

For five months, The New York Times tracked 21 public hospitals in Venezuela. Doctors are seeing record numbers of children with severe malnutrition. Hundreds have died.

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Venezuela’s Fallow Fields

<i>Photographs by Fabiola Ferrero; story by Patricia Laya</i><p>As Venezuelans in cities scavenge for food, once-fertile farmlands are barren as well.<p>In …

Will Venezuela Be the Next Zimbabwe? Military Coup Against Maduro Is Very Likely

On Tuesday, Zimbabweans took the streets of Harare to dance and celebrate the end of Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule. Today, some are wondering if …

Putin extends lifeline to cash-strapped Venezuela

Russia just gave Venezuela a big break on debt payments. It's the latest sign that the two nations are deepening ties as the Trump administration cracks down on Venezuela.<p>The Kremlin announced that it had agreed to restructure $3.15 billion of debt payments that Venezuela owes Moscow. Russia's …

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Venezuela: We can't pay our debts anymore

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro finally admitted his government can't afford to pay all of its mounting bills.<p>Maduro said in a televised speech Thursday that Venezuela and its state-run oil company, PDVSA, will seek to restructure their debt payments.<p>The oil company made a $1.1 billion payment …

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The hope for change in Venezuela suffers a crushing blow

HOPES THAT Venezuela could emerge from its catastrophic political and economic collapse by democratic means suffered a crushing and perhaps terminal blow on Sunday. Having abolished the National Assembly, crushed street demonstrations, jailed nearly 500 opposition activists and all but wiped out …

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Venezuela another step closer to being cut off from the world

With its spectacular Caribbean coastline, vibrant cities and world famous Angel Falls, Venezuela should be a dream holiday spot.<p>Lately, it's been …

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Venezuela's President Mocked Donald Trump While At A Conference In Russia

Nicolás Maduro deflected questions about issues at home, and used the time to accuse the US leader of being unable to find Venezuela on a map — or Puerto Rico for that matter.<p>Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro used a rare interview with a US news outlet on Wednesday to thank god for Vladimir Putin …

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Get moving: Easy steps to get active and improve your heart health

One of the best ways to keep your heart healthy is through regular exercise. Even simple, regular activity can strengthen your hear muscles, lower …

President Trump issues new travel ban

Posted: Monday, September 25, 2017. 7:37 p.m. CST.<p><i>By BBN Staff:</i> United States President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation imposing strict …

Venezuelan lawmaker says hunger, not politics, will drive Maduro from power

A former student activist and lawmaker in Venezuela, Gaby Arellano has become hardened by seeing friends and colleagues languish in jail or die on …

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America sanctioned Venezuela. Then it offered $5 million in aid to Harvey victims.

The United States and Venezuela are not on good terms.<p>Since President Trump took office, he's sanctioned the country four times (and threatened military action too), taking Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to task for his increasingly autocratic tendencies.<p>But that bad blood didn't stop …

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Venezuela: New assembly approves treason trials for opposition

<b>Venezuela's new constituent assembly has unanimously voted to put opposition leaders on trial for treason.</b><p>The assembly said it would pursue those it accuses of supporting US economic sanctions against the country.<p>Washington approved the measures last week in response to what it called the …

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Storm Harvey adds to headwinds for Venezuela bonds

Venezuelan bonds due for payment this autumn are dipping lower in price as concerns rise that the tropical storm that struck Texas could destabilise …

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Venezuela assembly orders probe of 'traitors' supporting US sanctions

Venezuela's newly installed constitutional assembly has demanded that opposition lawmakers be investigated for treason for supporting US sanctions. …

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Hunger eats away at Venezuela’s soul as its people struggle to survive

The Maduro regime denies its oil-rich country is in crisis. But on the streets the desperation cannot be hidden<p>Hunger is gnawing at Venezuela, where a government that claims to rule for the poorest has left most of its 31 million people short of food, many desperately so. As night falls over …

Venezuelans make a big impression at Little League World Series

The Venezuelan team showed up at the Little League World Series last week with the tiniest player, the smallest rooting section and some of the longest odds to win the title.<p>It bowed out of the tournament Tuesday, losing 8-0 to Mexico. Along the way its players won over fans in two countries with …

Venezuela Scorns Threat of Sanctions: ‘We Kneel for No One’

President Nicolas Maduro said Venezuela’s authoritarian regime is prepared for additional retaliation from the U.S., one of the crisis-torn nation’s …

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Venezuela-U.S. relations at lowest point ever: Maduro

CARACAS/BOGOTA (Reuters) - Relations between Caracas and Washington are at their lowest point ever, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday in a speech at the presidential palace for international media that was televised to the nation.<p>“Unfortunately we are in the worst moment of the …

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Venezuela asks pope for help against potential US military intervention

Maduro fronted the press at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas on Tuesday and addressed the nation's poor relationship with the United States and asked …

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An off-the-cuff remark by Trump may have helped Venezuela’s slide 'into dictatorship'

Within hours of President Donald Trump's assertion the US had a "military option" in response to turmoil in Venezuela, governments in the region, which had been nearing consensus on confronting the Venezuelan government, repudiated the statement.<p>The president's comments came two days before Vice …

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