On Wednesday at a US Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to consider Anthony Blinken's nomination as deputy secretary of state, the Obama administration's frontrunner indicated a willingness to support further sanctions against Venezuela.
In a television address yesterday evening, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro indicated that a $4 billion loan from China would be added to the country’s international reserves. Meanwhile, as oil prices to continue to slide and with eight days to go to the next OPEC meeting, Venezuela has signed a major deal with the largest exporting non-OPEC member, Russia.
The private and mainstream media's coverage of the disappearance and likely murder of 43 Mexican students and the developing protest movement against such impunity has been sympathetic, if unanalytical. Yet, earlier this year the mainstream media gave no such sympathy to the 43 people who were killed during months of opposition violence in Venezuela.
By Hannah Ellis-Petersen - The Guardian, Nov 13th 2014
A British academic has criticised Venezuela’s El Sistema youth orchestra system as a “model of tyranny”, provoking a response from a range of UK and Venezuelan music figures over the nature of the world famous program.
During a visit to Brasilia yesterday, Ernesto Samper, general secretary of Unasur (Union of South American Nations), bid the Venezuelan government settle internal matters and stimulate economic growth, in the interest of regional progress.
The Venezuelan government is seeking the extradition of the paramilitary Leiva Padilla Mendoza, who is suspected of having planned the assassination of leftwing Venezuelan lawmaker Robert Serra and his aide Maria Herrera.