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What You Need to Know about Venezuela


Venezuela is a "national security threat" only because it refuses to be controlled by the US

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US Preparing for Military Aggression on Venezuela

A U.S. Army M113 armored personnel carrier during the second day of Operation Just Cause, 1989.  (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Argentine sociologist Atilio Boron argues that when the U.S. denounces a country, it is often a pretext for intervention and regime change.

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U.S. President Barack Obama Brands Venezuela a "Security Threat," Implements New Sanctions

The order targets a further 7 state officials for sanctions (Reuters)

U.S. President Barack Obama issued an executive order this Monday slapping Venezuela with new sanctions and declaring the Bolivarian nation  an "unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security".

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Venezuela Sanctions Highlight US Hypocrisy on Human Rights

 Cuban President Raul Castro, left, shakes hands with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro in Havana, Dec. 14, 2014. (Prens

Obama should follow his example on Cuba and engage with, not punish, Venezuela.

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Obama Throws Another Bone to the Right on Venezuela

U.S. President Barack Obama (AP)

Today the Obama administration threw a bone to the extreme right, with a press release from Secretary of State John Kerry announcing “restrictions on travel to the United States by a number of Venezuelan government officials who have been responsible for or complicit in such human rights abuses.”   This is of course a very hostile gesture that is transparently political, and has nothing to do with human rights.  

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Venezuela’s Maduro Writes Letter to Obama, “No War in Syria”

“We are all Syria” reads this placard at a protest outside the US embassy in Venezuela on Monday (EFE)

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has written a letter to US president Barack Obama, arguing against a war on Syria. He also volunteered Venezuela for a peace negotiation commission.

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Venezuela to Obama: “Please Get Informed”

Comments made by Obama in Mexico on Friday have ignited criticism from Caracas (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The Venezuelan government hit back at a series of what it describes as “false and “interventionist” statements made by U.S. President Barack Obama over the weekend.

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Obama Signals Four More Years of Bad Relations with Latin America [with video]

Many in Latin America pray for a healthy recovery for Venezuela's Chavez, who is undergoing cancer treatment [EPA]

President Obama's crass comments about newly-elected Chavez only serve to further alienate himself from Latin America, argues Weisbrot.

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Venezuela Criticizes Obama's Comments on Chavez

The Venezuelan minister of communication, Ernesto Villegas, read out the Venezuelan government’s condemnation of Obama’s com

The Venezuelan government expressed outrage at U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday for calling Hugo Chavez's policies "authoritarian" at such a "delicate moment," with the Venezuelan president recovering from a difficult cancer surgery.

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Obama Slamming Chavez – Will Venezuela Be Able to Hold Elections As Planned?

Nine months ahead of the presidential poll in Venezuela, US President B. Obama gave a written interview to the country's top-conservative and sternly anti-Chavez outlet El Universal. Obama's provocative comments were immediately read as a mobilizing signal by the opposition in Venezuela. 

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