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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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Venezuelan President Maduro to Reevaluate U.S. Relations Due to “Interventionism"

In an interview with Telesur on Saturday Maduro claimed that actions being taken in the U.S. embassy were aimed at undermining V

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has warned of “interventionist” activity emanating from the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, and says he is reevaluating relations with his country’s northern neighbour.

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Venezuela Targeted by White House for Not Cooperating with DEA, Despite Steady National Progress

The DEA task force police are a controversial presence in Latin America (archive)

On Monday, the White House released this year’s list of problem countries in the area of drug trafficking and production, based on information tracked by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). In the memo, US president Barack Obama accused the governments of Venezuela, Bolivia, and Myanmar of having “failed demonstrably” to cooperate with international anti-drug efforts. 

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Delay in Leopoldo Lopez Trial Causes Unrest in Venezuela and Abroad

Leopoldo Lopez turned himself in to the police on February 19, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said Friday he will not tolerate any more violence from the opposition, after government buildings were vandalized on Friday in response to the postponement of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez's trial.

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Nobel Peace Laureates Slam Human Rights Watch's Refusal to Cut Ties to U.S. Government

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. (Reuters)
In a May 12 letter, two Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and over 100 scholars, journalists and human rights activists called on Human Rights Watch to close its revolving door to the U.S. government. On June 3, HRW published a response from executive director Kenneth Roth on its website, arguing that their “concern is misplaced."

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U.S. – Venezuela Relations Take Step toward Normalisation

The Venezuelan embassy in Washington D.C. (Venezuelan embassy, Washington)

Venezuela and the United States have designated chargé d’affaires to each other’s capitals, signaling a move toward the normalisation of relations.

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Venezuelan Opposition Figures Face Allegations of Conspiracy

Leopoldo Lopez (archive)

Several figures within the hard-line faction of the Venezuelan opposition are facing charges of conspiracy and instigation of violence in relation to their activities during the opposition’s recent unrest movement.

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U.S. Senate Committee Approves Sanctions, Venezuela to Appeal to United Nations

Roberta Jacobson attended the Senate hearing and expressed the White House’s disapproval of possible sanctions directed toward

Earlier this afternoon in Washington, the Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. Senate approved 13 to 2 the “Venezuelan Human Rights and Democracy Protection Act.” The bill includes sanctions on key individuals of the Venezuelan government and at least $15 million to “defend human rights… and strengthen the rule of law.”

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Venezuela’s Interior Affairs Minister Details Foreign Involvement in “Destabilisation Campaign”

Minister presents strategy

The Venezuelan interior affairs and justice minister, Miguel Rodriguez Torres, has given information on an alleged plan to destabilise the country, detailing foreign involvement in the recent militant opposition street barricades.

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Venezuela Slams US for Threatening Sanctions

The foreign ministry criticised the US for threatening sanctions (Zabdiel Gutiérrez/VTV)

 The Venezuelan government has condemned the United States for threatening to impose sanctions, and accused Washington of encouraging “extremist sectors”.

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