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Venezuela Ramps Up Anti-Crime Offensive, Targets Hoarding and Contraband

176,000 liters of gasoline confiscated by authorities in Zulia state (@VTVcanal8)

Venezuelan security forces executed major raids on criminal groups engaged in hoarding and contraband on Sunday morning as part of the Bolivarian government’s ongoing, national anti-gang offensive.

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Venezuela and Greece Sign Energy Agreement

Secretary General for Foreign Relations Yorgio Tsipras with Vice-Minister for Economic Cooperation Calizto Ortega and Greek emba

Venezuela and Greece signed an agreement strengthening cooperation in the energy sector on Saturday, concluding a week-long visit to Caracas by Greek Secretary General for Foreign Relations Yorgos Tsipras.

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Venezuelan Social Movements Rally Against State Coal Mining Decree

Banner reads: The Wayuu of Socuy Oppose Coal Mining (Photo: Lucas Koerner)

Activists from diverse social movements gathered outside Venezuela's Ministry of Energy and Mining in Caracas this morning to demand the repeal of a controversial presidential decree authorizing coal mining in the country's northwestern Perija mountain range located in Zulia state.

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US Targets Venezuela Using Border Dispute as Pretext

Map indicating disputed area. (teleSUR)

Draitser argues that Venezuela and Guyana’s despute over the Essequibo region is a new front in the destabilization of Venezuela

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Venezuela to Review Relations with Guyana


The Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has temporarily withdrawn his government’s ambassador to neighbouring Guyana following a heated exchange over disputed waters. 


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Oil Provokes Diplomatic Spat Between Venezuela and Guyana

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez responds to the government of Guyana over disputed territory, Caracas, Venezuela Jun

Tensions between Venezuela and Guyana rose this week following a Guyanese statement rejecting Venezuelan claims to a disputed maritime territory where Exxon Mobil has discovered oil. 

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Obama Visits Jamaica, Urges Caribbean Nations to Break from PetroCaribe

St. Kitts and Nevis' prime minister (L) and Venezuela's ambassador to the country shake hands after sealing a $16M dea

US President Barack Obama arrived today in Jamaica as part of an ongoing effort to persuade the island and its neighbors to reduce dependency on Venezuela’s bilateral PetroCaribe program.

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Armed Militants Attack Main Government Gas Plant

The El Tejero plant is the country’s main source of gas (abrebrecha)

Operations at one of the state’s principal gas and oil production plants in Eastern Venezuela are up and running again after an attack by armed militants left installations temporarily out of action over the weekend.

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UPDATED: Guyana Warns Venezuela Not to Interfere in Offshore Drilling Project in Disputed Waters

Map of Venezuela, the disputed Essequibo region is the Eastern leg, colored with red and white stripes. The area is considered b

According to Guyanese officials, Venezuelan foreign minister Delcy Rodriguez sent a letter to ExxonMobil’s Guyana office last month to oppose an offshore drilling project, as Venezuela claims jurisdiction over the maritime zone in question.

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Raising the Price of Gasoline: An Inflationary Measure for No One’s Benefit

It is estimated that 100,000 barrels of oil and gasoline are smuggled out of Venezuela daily (Credit teleSur)

Deivi Peña argues that increasing the price of gasoline will give the Venezuelan oligarchy an excuse to intenify the economic war by setting off a further spiral of inflation that will harm working class people. 

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