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“A Daunting Situation”: Doctor Zaira Medina Speaks about Venezuela’s Medicine Shortages

Medina (left) (Correo del Orinoco)

In an interview with the radio program “Ajicero” last Friday, Zaira Medina, a doctor and the director of the Pérez de León Hospital in Petare, Caracas, speaks with Carlos Novella and Miguel Denis about current shortages of drugs and medical supplies in Venezuela.

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15 Venezuelan Military Officials Arrested Amid Ongoing Anti-Smuggling Efforts

The officials were arrested in Táchira state (Correo del Orinoco)

Caracas, September 1st 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – 15 members of the military, among them a captain and lieutenant, have been charged for facilitating the smuggling of gasoline and basic food items in Táchira state.

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Snapshot from the Economic War in Venezuela

Johnny Moreno (left) teaching a Mision Robinson [literacy] class in 2004, in El Valle, Caracas. (Sujatha Fernandes)

Sujatha tells the dark understory of the economic war in Venezuela- the human side of the struggle against corruption that can hardly be expressed through graphs and charts.

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Venezuelan Biometric System Sees Positive Results amid Opposition Boycott

A biometric scanner. (quepasa.com)

Now installed in 11 major supermarket chains nationwide, the biometric system initiated by the Venezuelan government to combat scarcity has produced immediate results. 

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Venezuelan Voices, Part I: An Economic Spiral

On the border between Brazil and Venezuela, if you don't want to wait on the long gas station lines, you can fill up your t

As international media plays its favorite old game of lambasting the Venezuelan government, long-time observers of the Bolivarian process may be wondering how much truth lies in the prime-time reports depicting empty shelves, long lines and charts showing catastrophic inflation. How precarious is Venezuela’s current economy and, more importantly, how much are the effects of this felt by the Venezuelan people?

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Venezuelan Army Major Killed in Latest Wave of Anti-Smuggling Operations

Major Bracho was killed on Friday night (Photo: Radiomundial)

​The Venezuelan government has offered its condolences to the family of army Major, Raul Antonio Bracho Jaimes, after the high ranking army official was gunned down by ¨smuggling gangs¨ on Friday night.

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Poll Sees Conflicting Approval Rates for Venezuelan President Maduro

Nicolas Maduro (archive)

Two conflicting reports over the same data – a poll by the private firm Hinterlaces – have pegged Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s approval rating at 60 percent and 39 percent, respectively.

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Venezuelan Government Seeks to Curb Speculation, Smuggling of Food Products

The developments are part of an effort to reduce long lines and shortages in supermarkets (Reuters)

A report from teleSur's Rachael Boothroyd from Caracas on Venezuelan government markets that sell food at subsidized prices to the population. A recurring problem is the re-sale of such produce by speculators on the black market; in fact, an estimated 40% of food imports wind up in the hands of smugglers. The government is taking measures to address the problem.

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The Assault on Smuggling Continues on the Venezuela-Colombia Border

Small-scale smugglers simply drive over the border to unload their cargo, while large-scale operations are often conducted in is

“What we’ve discovered is much worse than we imagined,” said Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro yesterday while outlining the latest results of new measures taken to prevent smuggling. 

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As Border Restriction Continues, Venezuelan Officials Cite Positive Results

In the largest cases observed so far, the Fanb detained boats containing 5,500 liters of fuel and 5.2 tons of meat along the Lim

A week into an operation closing Venezuela’s 2,200 km border with Colombia between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., officials in the Venezuelan government have noted positive results in the prevention of contraband sales.

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