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U.S. Congress Passes Venezuela Sanctions, Obama Expected to Sign

White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, confirmed Thursday that President Obama plans to sign the bill (El Universal)

Late on Wednesday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to introduce sanctions against Venezuela.

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Land Rights Activist Arrested in Venezuela, Protestors Claim Oligarchical Influence in Judicial System

Protestors call for David Diaz's release. (Comunidad Socialista Guerrera Ana Soto)

Venezuelan communards and activists marched yesterday to demand the release of David Diaz, a leading member of an urban community project in Barqisimeto, Lara state. Diaz was arrested on 3 December and ultimately charged with “invading” private property, an accusation that his comrades feels is suspect.

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US Senate Passes Bill to Impose Further Sanctions on Venezuela, Maduro Blasts “Economic Blockade”

Senator Robert Menendez said the bill was an "unequivocal message" to the Venezuelan government (Getty Images)

Yesterday the United States Senate passed the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014 by voice vote, a bill that will impose further sanctions on Venezuelan senior government officials if passed tomorrow by Congress.

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Maria Corina Machado Indicted as Lawyer Claims Lopez Will Be Released Before Christmas

Venezuela's opposition leader Maria Corina Machado arrives at the state prosecutor office in Caracas December 3, 2014.

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The Venezuelan state prosecutor’s office announced today that former deputy Maria Corina Machado has been indicted for conspiracy. Meanwhile the lead attorney defending hardline opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez asserted today his belief that his client would be released this month, before Christmas Eve.

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Maria Corina Machado will Face Charges over Alleged Plot to Assassinate Venezuela’s Maduro

Maria Corina Machado (archive)

Hard-line Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado will be charged for her presumed link to an alleged plot to assassinate Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.

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Venezuelan Committee of Victims of Guarimba Violence Present Case before UN

Photo: Family members of victims and others injured during the 2014 violent protests traveled to Santiago, Chile to bring their

A Venezuelan committee made up of victims of the 2014 violent anti-government protests traveled to Chile this week to meet with a regional representative of Human Rights Commission of the United Nations to rectify the international “distortion” of those events.

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2013 Video Shows Leopoldo Lopez Strategizing for Maduro’s Ouster with Miami-Venezuelans

Leopoldo Lopez addressing supporters in El Arepazo Venezuelan restaurant in Miami, Florida. (VEPPEX)

In a 31 October event held in El Doral, Florida, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez presented to supporters in attendance the need to remove president Nicolas Maduro from power before his term is up.

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Unasur Bids Maduro Seek Economic Solutions, Colombia Suspends Mercosur Visas to Venezuelans

Parliament of Mercosur Summit in Uruguay on Monday. (Prensa AN)

During a visit to Brasilia yesterday, Ernesto Samper, general secretary of Unasur (Union of South American Nations), bid the Venezuelan government settle internal matters and stimulate economic growth, in the interest of regional progress.

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Venezuelan Government Recalls Ambassador to Spain, Leopoldo Lopez Skips Out on Court Date

Spanish president Mariano Rajoy meets with Lilian Tintori, wife of Leopoldo Lopez. (Mariano Rajoy- Facebook)

On Tuesday the Venezuelan Foreign Office announced the government’s decision to recall their ambassador to Spain, Mario Isea Bohórquez, for consultations. A hardline opposition leader, currently imprisoned and facing charges of inciting violence, refused to attend his own trial yesterday in in an attempt to pressure the government to respond to a United Nations request for his immediate release.

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Venezuelan Communist Youth Group Attacked, Right Wingers Blamed

Building that serves as headquarters for the Communist youth organization in Caracas. Note burn marks left by the bomb. (Photo:

Members of the Communist Youth of Venezuela (JCV) had just finished publicity work at 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 21 when incendiary devices, launched from different points, struck the façade of their headquarters building in Caracas

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Venezuelan Opposition Leaders in Foreign Lobbying, Government Clashes with UN Commissioner

Henrique Capriles (left) and Julio Borges (archive)

Several opposition figures, including former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, are currently engaged in networking and lobbying trips in the U.S. and Europe. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan government has clashed with a UN human rights official over the demand to release jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

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Thousands of Venezuelan Youth March to Demand End to “Terrorism”

A youth participant in Saturday's march against terrorism and for peace stands among thousands of participants and a photo

On Saturday thousands of Venezuelan youth and government supporters participated in a march against terrorism and for peace.  The youth march was organized in response to the assassination of 27-year old lawmaker and Chavista leader Robert Serra, who was murdered along with his partner Maria Herrera in their home earlier this month. 

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Venezuela’s Maduro: Colombian Paramilitary Devised Serra Assassination, All Killers Identified

The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, during his speech, in the Miraflores Palace. (Photo: AVN)

All eight men who participated in the murder of pro-government lawmaker Robert Serra have been identified, said Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro in a press conference last night.

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Venezuelan Government Rejects UN Body’s Opinion of Lopez Case

On Friday, Venezuelan foreign minister Rafael Ramirez responded to the statement from the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions.

The Venezuelan government has responded to the statement released by a United Nations working group recommending the release of jailed opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez.

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UN Body Recommends Release of Venezuelan Opposition Leader Leopoldo Lopez

Leopoldo Lopez was arrested on 18 February, one week after an opposition demonstration descended into deadly clashes and damaged

A United Nations body has recommended that jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez be released, arguing that according to its sources, the hard-line politician’s detention on 18 February was “arbitrary”.

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