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Venezuela’s OAS Ambassador Reacts to Secretary General’s Claims

Roy Chaderton, Venezuelan Ambassador to the Organization of American States (Agencies)

In an interview on Monday, OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza claimed the Venezuelan government was unwilling to dialogue with the opposition, provoking a vehement response from Roy Chaderton, the Caribbean nation’s OAS representative. 

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The Hypocrisy of Leopoldo Lopez's New Lawyer

Irwin Cotler (WorldJewishCongress.org)

South African officials have refuted claims that Irwin Cotler was Nelson Mandela's lawyer, but the politician's connection to Israel is clear.

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Venezuelan Opposition Stages March as Rightwing Violence Breaks out again in Merida State

(Noticiasdiarias)

Venezuelan opposition leaders grouped under the banner of the Roundtable of Democratic Unity led a march through the streets of the capital on Saturday, beginning from various points in the city center and concluding at the Centro Comercial Único, in the largely middle class opposition neighborhood of Chacaito.

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Venezuelan Officials Seize Warehouse with Enormous Cache of Hoarded Items as Opposition Calls for Strike

A warehouse full of basic goods was seized in the Industrial Zone of the municipality of San Francisco in the state of Zulia bel

Following increased buying during the holiday season, Venezuela is facing shortages in food, basic goods, such as diapers and laundry detergent, medicine, and automotive items. As lines to purchase goods, especially at state-subsidized markets, have continued to grow, opposition leaders called for a nationwide strike on Monday- which was widely ignored.

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Invisible No More

(Edgar Barany C / Flickr)

If recent years have marked not the establishment of a socialist country but the appearance of the poor in the public life of the nation, then it is clear that some nostalgically wish that they would once again disappear, retreat into the shadows, or be compelled to withdraw.

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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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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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Venezuela's “Political Prisoner” Allegory

Photos of political prisoners detained at San Carlos between 1960-1979,  on a wall of the former prison in an exhibit maintained

In the face of arrests, trials, and detentions of opposition and student leaders, allegations of political repression in Venezuela are circulating international and private national press.  The Venezuelan government and its supporters adamantly reject the claim that Venezuela has any political prisoners and they assert that everyone in detention is being tried for their involvement in criminal conduct. This article aims to explore the issue of political prisoners in Venezuela by providing a broader historical context combined with an analysis of power in Venezuela today.

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Fired Political Cartoonist Claims Censorship in Venezuela, Colleagues Weigh In

Rayma Suprani at the Cannes Film Festival in France, 2014. (El Universal)

Political Cartoonist Rayma Suprani, long renowned for drawing scathing critiques of the Venezuelan government and its supporters, was fired last month from Venezuela's largest daily newspaper and leading anti-government news source, El Universal. 

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Hard-line Venezuelan Opposition Launches Signature Drive for Constitutional Assembly

Hard-line groups of the Venezuelan opposition, led by the Popular Will (VP) party of jailed politician Leopoldo Lopez, have laun

Hard-line groups of the Venezuelan opposition, led by jailed politician Leopoldo Lopez’ Popular Will (VP) party, have launched a signature drive in an attempt to convoke a National Constituent Assembly and remove the Bolivarian government from power.

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