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Maduro Backs Venezuelan Diplomat Detained in Aruba

Venezuela's consul general has been arrested in Aruba, but President Nicolas Maduro says he will do everything he can to ha

Venezuela's consul general has been arrested in Aruba, but President Nicolas Maduro says he will do everything he can to have the official freed.

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Marta Harnecker: El Salvador, a New Progressive Hope in Latin America

Salvador Sanchez Ceren (Links / archive)

In this interview, Marta Harnecker discusses the possibilities for radical transformation in El Salvador under the new government of Salvador Sanchez Ceren. She compares the experience in El Salvador with that of Venezuela, and explains the impact Venezuela has had on progressive movements in the region.

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Venezuela Receives US$18 Billion of Chinese Financing, Signs 38 Accords

The new agreements were signed publically by Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro and Chinese president Xi Jinping in Caracas yes

Venezuela has signed 38 agreements worth US$18 billion with China, signaling a deepening of the two countries’ relations. 

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Venezuela Participates in Gathering of Emerging Powers in Brazil, New Agreements Reached

Participants of the China – CELAC Forum (presidencia de Brasil)

Venezuela participated in the gathering of the BRICS emerging powers and Latin American regional blocs in Brazil this week, where new agreements were hailed as beginning the creation of a new global financial architecture.

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Sacred Stone of Venezuelan Indigenous to Return After 15 Years in German Exhibit

The Kueka stone on exhibit in Tiergarten park, Berlin.

Earlier this month Venezuela's attorney general, Luisa Ortega Diaz, announced that proceedings were underway to secure the return of the sacred Kueka Stone, removed from Pemon indigenous land in 1998 to be part of a park installation in Berlin’s Tiergarten Park, in Germany.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Launches “SOS Palestine” Campaign to Demand End to Israeli Bombardment

“Enough already, I’ve joined the campaign. #SOS Palestina, let’s launch it,” Maduro told supporters during a televised b

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has launched an “SOS Palestine” campaign to demand an end to Israel’s ongoing bombardment of Palestine’s Gaza strip.

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Palestine Solidarity Movement Demands Venezuelan Government and MERCOSUR Cut All Ties with Israel

 Part of the crowd that gathered for a rally in downtown Caracas to demand cessation of Israeli bombing of Gaza and an end to al

Hundreds of people gathered after work yesterday in downtown Caracas to protest Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” - the continuing massive bombardment of Gaza. 

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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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Before You Go (Or Decide Not to Go) to the PreCOP in Venezuela, Consider This

The Orinoco river. Venezuela is categorised as one of the world’s seventeen “mega bio-diverse” countries (wikipedia.org)

The issue being raised by many of these European and North American activists is that Venezuela is a major oil producer and that attending such an event would lend tacit support to their fossil fuel extraction.  As a Bolivian, I believe the reality is more complex; this piece is my attempt to add nuance, as well as to call out some of the underlying assumptions of my Northern colleagues and allies in the climate fight.

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