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Venezuela Takes Control of Its Border as Bogotá and Caracas Bring Their Cases to UNASUR

President Maduro speaking at the march against paramilitarism in Caracas.

The author argues that chronic shortages in Venezuela are a direct result of cross-border smuggling networks, which are the target of President Maduro's recent anti-contraband offensive in the Colombian-Venezuelan border zone. 

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Venezuela Responds to International Criticism Regarding Border Closure

Venezuela's Vice President Jorge Arreaza (L) supervises security operations in the border with Colombia. (VTV)

Venezuela accused the United States and the European Union of hypocrisy after both bodies criticized the South American nation for deporting over 1000 undocumented Colombians in a crackdown on border smuggling last week.

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Maduro Announces Further Border Closures After Colombia and Venezuela Recall Ambassadors

Colombian police stand guard in front of the border with Venezuelan Bolivarian Army soldiers near Villa del Rosario village, Aug

Venezuela and Colombia recalled their ambassadors for consultations on Thursday after a meeting between the two nations’ foreign ministers on Wednesday failed to calm diplomatic tensions over Venezuelan border closures and Colombian smuggling activities. The move was followed by further border closures announced by Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro on Friday.

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The Secret Agenda Behind the Venezuela-Guyana Conflict

Guyana has approved drilling by Exxon Mobil in the disputed Esquibo region. (Reuters)

Eva Gollinger traces the neocolonial roots of the current Esquibo border dispute, arguing that the US and Exxon Mobil are backing Guyanese annexation of the contested territory in a bid to weaken Venezuela and shore up US influence in the Caribbean.

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Colombia and Venezuelan Ambassadors to Meet after Border Closure Highlights Tensions

1. A man carries another man while crossing to Colombia through the Tachira river, next to others carrying their belongings, at

Venezuelan and Colombian foreign ministers will meet today to discuss the issues surrounding Venezuela’s border closure and the crackdown on smuggling and undocumented Colombian immigrants in Tachira state, amid rising controversy.

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Colombian and Venezuelan Governments Work Together after Attack Closes Border

The attack of two soldiers caused Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro to close the International Simon Bolivar bridge (pictured)

On Wednesday, following an attack on Venezuelan troops leaving two soldiers in critical condition, president Nicolas Maduro closed a major border crossing to Colombia for “at least 72 hours” and launched a search for the assailants. 

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Mehmet Ali Dogan: Communes, Counter-Hegemony, and the Kurdish Fight for the Middle Eastern Patria Grande

Mehmet Ali Dogan (courtesy)

As Turkey ramps up its bombing of Kurdish forces in northern Syria, VA sits down with Mehmet Ali Dogan, a Kurdish anthropologist and documentary filmmaker from Turkey, who is spokesperson for the Kurdistan-Latin America Solidarity Committee. With powerful testimony, Dogan bridges the gaps between peoples' movements across the globe, emphasizing the need to reduce state roles in order to create and defend revolution from the ground up.

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Maduro Calls for Radicalizing Bolivarian Revolution, Voices Solidarity with Ecuadorian and Brazilian Leaders

President Nicolas Maduro speaking at a meeting of the Presidential Council of Communes Government on Saturday (Photo: Correo del

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro issued calls for "a more radical revolution" on Saturday, announcing expanded funding for the country's growing commune movement.

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Venezuela Appeals Against ConocoPhillips Ruling, Pitches Special OPEC Meeting

Nicolas Maduro speaks during his weekly broadcast "In contact with Maduro" at Miraflores palace in Caracas on Aug. 11,

On Monday, the Venezuelan Attorney General’s Office reportedly requested that the World Bank’s arbitration panel “reconsider its position” with respect to its ruling in favor of ConocoPhillips’ compensation claim. 

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Venezuela’s Maduro to Present Evidence of US Economic Sabotage as Gold Tumbles

President Nicolas Maduro during the ALBA trade bloc meeting on Monday, in Caracas. (Presidential Press)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged yesterday evening to share evidence in the coming days of the United States’ “Plan Vulture”, which he claims is currently destabilizing leftist Latin American governments through economic sabotage. The upcoming revelation coincides with worsening economic difficulties befalling the Bolivarian nation as gold and oil prices collapse. 

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