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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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The “Cubanization” of U.S. Policy Towards Venezuela

(Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis)

Venezuelan opposition politicians and their allies in the U.S.frequently decry Cuba’s alleged influence on the Venezuelan government. Ironically however, there seems to be an important and growing nexus between the Venezuelan opposition and the anti-Cuba lobby in the U.S. 

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US Vice President Promises to Forgive Venezuela if It Goes Away

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In a move widely applauded by those who know which side their bread is buttered on, the US vice president today attacked the Venezuelan government over its stubborn refusal to get out of the way for the good of the hemisphere.

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