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Macri to Pursue Venezuela Suspension from MERCOSUR, Opposition Celebrates

Opposition activist Lilian Tintori congratulates Macri on his presidential win. (Reuters)

Prominent members of the Venezuelan opposition are describing the electoral victory of controversial millionaire businessman Mauricio Macri in Argentina’s presidential elections this Sunday as a ray of “hope” for Latin America. An adversary of the Bolivarian process, Macri has vowed to push for Venezuela’s expulsion from MERCOSUR. 


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US State Department: 'No Interest' in Destabilizing Venezuela


The remarks are the first response from the U.S. government to evidence the NSA has been spying on Venezuelan officials.

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UNASUR Arrives in Venezuela as Parliamentary Campaigns Launch

UNASUR Secretary-General Ernesto Samper (R) and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. (TeleSUR)

A delegation of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) arrived yesterday in Caracas to install their observer mission for Venezuela’s upcoming Parliamentary elections on December 6th.

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Hooded Assailants Raid State Electric Facility in Venezuela’s Tachira State

Numerous vehicles were set on fire during the attack, while others were stoned. (@Tachira_Segura)

According to Ramon Cabeza, the director of Civil Safety in Venezuela’s Tachira state, “80 hooded youths jumped the security fence [and] threw molotov cocktails,” leaving 20 workers’ vehicles and one service vehicle severely damaged.

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Venezuelan Opposition Leader Arrested After Fleeing Charges

Manuel Rosales. (VTV/Archive)

The opposition leader is facing 11 charges, including corruption, illicit gain and embezzlement of funds.  

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Venezuelan Judge Sentences Leopoldo Lopez for Role in 2014 Violence

Leopoldo Lopez (C) speaking at the launching of his destabilization campaign dubbed "The Exit." The stand reads "

A Venezuelan judge sentenced far right opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to 13 years and nine months in prison Thursday evening for his role in leading last year’s violent anti-government protests.

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UPDATED: Venezuela: Tensions Increase, 1 Death Reported, as Lopez Verdict Due

National Guard outside the Justice Palace. (teleSUR)

As Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez awaits sentencing Thursday for his alleged role in last year's rightwing violence, a provocative video released by him and his wife has made rounds on social media. 

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OAS Court "Exceeds Its Jurisdiction" in Venezuela RCTV Case, Analysts Say

RCTV logo (wikipedia commons)

The Inter-American Human Rights Court, which forms part of the Organization of American States (OAS) human rights system in the hemisphere, published Monday its sentence that found that Venezuela had “violated freedom of expression” when it decided not to renew the over-the-air broadcast license of RCTV in 2007.

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Jailed Ex-Mayor Granted House Arrest amid Fracturing Opposition

Hard right opposition leader Daniel Ceballos (archive)

Daniel Ceballos, a former mayor of the Venezuelan city of San Cristobal, was granted house arrest yesterday due to health issues. The announcement comes amid fresh schisms in the opposition electoral coalition. 


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New Parliamentarian Candidates Announced in Venezuela Amid Controversy

Ricardo Sanchez once formed part of the opposition party Un Nuevo Tiempo (A New Time), made popular by Maria Corina Machado. (Ph

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced Monday that a former political opponent and two former opposition activists would appear on the ballot of the socialist alliance, the Great Patriotic Pole, for the December 6th National Assembly elections. The move coincides with the controversial barring of the Trotskyiest group Marea Socialista from fielding its own candidate list as well as fresh divisions within the opposition coalition following the expulsion of the Christian Democratic Copei. 


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New Poll: 52% of Venezuelans Say Opposition Lacks Plan for the Nation

The logo of the main Venezuelan opposition coalition, the Roundtable of Democratic Unity. (MUD)

A new study by the independent, Caracas-based polling firm Hinterlaces has determined that 52% of Venezuelans believe the anti-chavista opposition has no "plan for the nation."

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Maria Corina Machado Barred from Public Office for Failing to Disclose Income


Venezuelan far right leader Maria Corina Machado has been barred from holding public office for twelve months after she neglected to disclose the full extent of her earnings during her term as a congresswoman.

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Two Prisoners Arrested During 2014 Barricades Released

Resplandor (left) and Morillo (right) were both released on Tuesday night (archives)

Venezuelan authorities have released prisoners Gerardo Resplandor and Douglas Morillo. Both men were arrested last year for inciting violence during the protests commonly known as the barricades.


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Leopoldo Lopez Ends Hunger Strike in Venezuela

Lopez has attracted extensive corporate media coverage despite lacking popular support (archives)

Jailed far right Venezuelan opposition leader  Leopoldo Lopez ended a thirty day hunger strike today, claiming that the country’s National Electoral Council (CNE) had met one of his demands in fixing the date of parliamentary elections this December.

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Opposition March Marred by Poor Turnout and Embarrassing Blunders

JAVU activists attending Saturday’s march (Ultimas Noticias)

Around three thousand opposition supporters are reported to have taken to the streets on Saturday in response to calls by jailed politician, Leopoldo Lopez, to march against the Venezuelan government. 

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