Nicolás Maduro

The biggest risk to American journalism isn't posed by Trump

Journalists in the US are facing an unprecedented crackdown on their work. This crackdown is at its most visible when it intersects with protest<p>Independent journalism holds the unaccountable to account and shines light on the darkest corners of our world. It seeks to inform, to ignite, to inspire …

Opinion (UK)

Readers on the Fake News awards presented by President Trump

<i>President Trump gave out fake news "awards" to six news organizations Wednesday night. Comments are edited for clarity and grammar:</i><p>Trump wins the "Hypocrite of Year" award. He is the biggest fake of them all — 2,000 false or misleading claims in 355 days (that we know of)!<p><b>— Nick Anderson</b><p>I love …

Donald Trump

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/01/18

A daily guide to what's happening in the Catholic Church<p>Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has accused two bishops of committing “hate …

Catholicism

Barring Major Reforms, Venezuela's Oil Industry Is Finished

This week the Wall Street Journal reported that Venezuela’s oil output in December fell by 11% to 1.62 million barrels per day (BPD). That represented a decline of 29% in 2017 and an overall decline of 53% since the late Hugo Chávez was first elected President of Venezuela in 1998.<p>To put this in …

Oil

Pushback against authoritarian populism is working, human rights group says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Strong pushback against authoritarian populism in several countries, including France and Canada, has weakened its advance and is a cause for hope around the world, according to Human Rights Watch in its annual global report.<p>The continued rise of authoritarian populism seems "less …

Rights & Freedoms

Venezuela’s Currency Rout Hits a New Milestone at 200,000 per Dollar

Venezuela’s currency crossed a new barrier this week as hyperinflation exploded and Nicolas Maduro’s government readied a cryptocurrency issuance …

Venezuela

EU prepares sanctions against Venezuelan officials amid growing unrest

The European Union is preparing sanctions on several top Venezuelan officials amid mounting international fears over the political and economic crises that have plunged the country into violence and looting.<p>At least seven senior figures, including the country’s interior minister, Nestor Riverol, …

Venezuela

Venezuela talks stalled over remark on slain rebel policeman

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A top official's claim that Venezuelan opposition leaders helped reveal the hideout of a rebel police officer who was later killed by security forces stalled talks Thursday on resolving the country's deep political and economic crisis.<p>Opposition politician Luis Florido …

Venezuela

Politics this week

Thousands of <i>Tunisians</i> took to the streets to protest against lower subsidies and higher taxes, which have led to a rise in the prices of basic goods. …

Economics

Tug-of-war in Venezuela over rebels' bodies

Dozens of Venezuelan soldiers ringed a Caracas morgue Wednesday where the body of dissident former police officer Oscar Perez and six others were …

Venezuela

This is how democracies die

We tend to think of democracies dying at the hands of men with guns. During the Cold War, coups d'état accounted for nearly three out of every four …

Democracy

Quest: A fractured world at Davos; Apple's big check; China trade

<b>Quest's Profitable Moment</b><p>Every year the World Economic Forum decides on a theme for its meeting of the world's elite in Davos, Switzerland. Usually it's highfalutin nonsense that no one understands and everyone ignores.<p>But this year, I think, the organizers have struck gold. The theme is "creating …

World Economic Forum

Has Venezuela become a totalitarian regime?

So far, the new year has not gone well for Venezuela. Neither did 2017 or 2016, of course, but it turns out a bad crisis can always get worse.<p>January …

Venezuela

Venezuela's Oil Output Crumbles

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's oil output is collapsing, making it unlikely the South American country can benefit from rising global prices for oil and increasing the chances of a debt default this year that could turn its economic crisis into a humanitarian disaster.<p>Production fell 440,000 …

Venezuela

In 2018, Chavismo's time may finally run out

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's embattled regime ended a tumultuous 2017 by having to suppress renewed food riots resulting from the government's failure to import sufficient supplies of pork leg, a traditional holiday staple. In one disturbance, a pregnant woman was shot dead by security …

Venezuela

Wave of looting by hungry mobs spreads fear in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela — A wave of looting by hungry mobs across Venezuela has left streets of shuttered shops in provincial towns and pushed some store owners to arm themselves with guns and machetes.<p>Worsening food shortages and runaway inflation have unleashed the spate of pillaging since Christmas …

Venezuela

HRW says Trump is 'disaster' for human rights, fuels authoritarians

PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's record on human rights in his first year in office has been a "disaster" and has encouraged oppression by authoritarian leaders from China to Russia, the head of Human Rights Watch said in an interview on Wednesday.<p>Kenneth Roth was speaking ahead of …

World News

Venezuelan Officials Visit Qatar to Pitch Cryptocurrency

A delegation from Venezuela’s government is in Qatar to pitch officials there on its soon-to-be-issued cryptocurrency, according to two people with …

Business

Venezuela says 'false information' published about petro cryptocurrency

CARACAS, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Venezuela’s government on Wednesday said online media had published “false information” about the petro cryptocurrency being proposed by President Nicolas Maduro.<p>Maduro is pressing ahead with an attempt to capitalize on the success of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin as …

Venezuela

Venezuelan bishops accused of “hate crimes”

Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 18, 2018 / 12:00 am (CNA).- The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, called for an investigation of two bishops accused of …

Catholicism

How to Stand Up For Human Rights in the Age of Trump

One year ago, there seemed to be no stopping politicians around the globe who claimed to speak for “the people” but built followings by demonizing …

Democracy

A Medicaid work requirement isn’t cruel and other comments

<b>Policy expert: The Truth Behind Trump Immigrant Storm</b><p>As is “so often the case,” says Kay Hymowitz at City Journal, President Trump’s “noxious wording …

Opinion

'Alarmingly premature' return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar worries aid groups

A deeper dive into the day's most notable stories<p><i>Welcome to The National Today, which takes a closer look at what's happening around some of the</i> …

Photographers

You can't get $1 out of the bank in Venezuela. I tried.

Four hours. Four banks. Six cents.<p>This was a typical day in Caracas, Venezuela, capital of the world's most miserable economy.<p>In most of the world, getting a little money out of the bank is an errand, something forgettable. In Venezuela, for millions of people, it is complicated, tedious and …

Venezuela

Dramatic smart-phone video of slain Venezuelan rebel could trigger ICC probe

The Venezuelan dictatorship’s extra-judicial killing of rebel police inspector Óscar Pérez on Jan. 15 may have bigger repercussions than many …

Opinion

EU likely to hit Venezuelan officials with sanctions - diplomats

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU governments are set to agree sanctions on seven Venezuelans close to the government of President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday, two EU diplomats said, in the bloc’s firmest response yet to the South American nation’s political crisis.<p>Those likely to be hit with travel bans and …

Sanctions

Venezuela Says Rogue Chopper Pilot Killed in Raid on ‘Terrorists’

Venezuela’s most-wanted man, Oscar Perez, a renegade cop who took up arms against the ruling socialist government, was killed in a raid by security …

Venezuela

U.S. Warns Investors to Avoid Venezuela's 'Petro' Cryptocurrency

The U.S. Treasury Department is concerned about Venezuela’s new “petro” cryptocurrency and is warning investors to steer clear or face unspecified …

Tech Industry

Venezuela says rogue pilot and rebel known as 'Rambo' is dead

Venezuelan authorities on Tuesday announced the death of a rebel group leader, a pilot known as “Rambo” and the subject of an intense manhunt since June when he hijacked a government helicopter and hurled grenades at the Supreme Court.<p>The announcement came the day after President Nicolas Maduro …

Venezuela

SEBIN enforcers fundamental to Maduro’s toolkit of repression

Tyrannical regimes generally employ repressive domestic intelligence directorates to keep the opposition at bay. In Venezuela, the Bolivarian …

Opinion