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Venezuelan Supreme Court Rejects Latest Wave of Sanctions, UNASUR Follows Suit

UNASUR General Secretary, Ernesto Samper, with Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro (VTV).

The President of the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), Gladys Gutiérrez, announced today that the highest judicial body in the country will issue a sentence rejecting the latest round of sanctions imposed by the U.S. government on Venezuela. UNASUR General Secretary, Ernesto Samper, also dencounced the sanctions as part of a "destabilization" effort against the Venezuelan government. 

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Managers at Pharmaceutical Chain Arrested for Irregularities, Rightwing Cries Persecution

(Entornointeligente)

Several managers at the Venezuelan pharmaceutical chain, “Farmatodo,” have been questioned due to what authorities have described as a number of irregularities taking place at the business. 

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US Slaps Venezuelans with New Sanctions

(Reuters)

The United States officially imposed new sanctions on Venezuela Monday, amid accusations from President Nicolas Maduro that Washington is trying to destabilize his country.

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Sabino Romero's Widow Testifies Amidst Threats

Sabino's widow, Lucia Martinez de Romero, testified at court today (Aporrea)

Caracas, February 2nd 2015 (Venezuelanalysis) Dozens of activists gathered outside the Ministry of Justice in the capital today in solidarity with Lucia Martinez de Romero, the widow of assassinated indigenous Yukpa leader Sabino Romero. Lucia testified in the trial of Angel Antonio Romero Bracho, (aka “Manguera”) accused of murdering the indigenous chief or "cacique".

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US Further Isolated as CELAC Rejects Regional Intervention

(TeleSUR)

The 33 member states of CELAC (the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) vehemently rejected North American intervention in the continent, and particularly the US-led blockade of Cuba, during the organisation's annual summit, held on January 28th and 29th in Costa Rica. 

 

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US May Be behind Drug Accusations against Venezuelan Politician

Diosdado Cabello (PHOTO:Archives)

Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Assembly and first vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) responded on Tuesday to allegations by his former bodyguard that he supposedly has links to drug trafficking.  The U.S. is protecting a former body guard who claims to have denounced a Venezuelan government official’s so called links to drug trafficking, and has opened up an investigation.

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Ex-Presidents Pastrana, Piñeda and Calderón Show Support for Venezuelan Opposition

Mr Lopez's wife, Lilian Tintori, went to the Ramo Verde prison with Mr Pastrana (left) and Pinera (right) (PHOTO: REUTERS)

Former Chilean and Colombian Presidents attempt to visit jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez while in Venezuela attending an event organized by the opposition. The visit has strained Venezuelan-Colombian relations, and created more fervor around Lopez, whom the opposition claims is a political prisoner.

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Venezuelan President Congratulates Syriza on Election Victory

Photo President Nicolas Maduro arrived at the oil producing country on Sunday (PHOTO: Hoy Venezuela)

Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, has described the triumph of the leftwing coalition, Syriza, in the presidential elections in Greece as a "new wave of hope for Europe" after the party was elected with 36.3% of the vote on Sunday night.

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Venezuelan Opposition Stages March as Rightwing Violence Breaks out again in Merida State

(Noticiasdiarias)

Venezuelan opposition leaders grouped under the banner of the Roundtable of Democratic Unity led a march through the streets of the capital on Saturday, beginning from various points in the city center and concluding at the Centro Comercial Único, in the largely middle class opposition neighborhood of Chacaito.

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Thousands March in Caracas to Commemorate Fall of Dictator

(Lucas Koerner - Venezuelanalysis)
 
On Friday, thousands took to the streets of the Venezuelan capital to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the toppling of the Pérez Jiménez dictatorship as well as to voice their support for the government of President Nicolás Maduro in the face of economic war and political destabilization. 

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Maduro Entertains Raising Gas Prices But Rejects Devaluation of Venezuela´s Currency

President Nicolas Maduro addressing to the Venezuelan legislature, he announced slight changes to monetary policies and the need

On Thursday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made a much-anticipated address to the Venezuelan legislature in which he announced slight changes to monetary policies and the need to raise the extremely low cost of gasoline in the country.  He also announced a 15% increase in the minimum wage and increased investment in education and housing.

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Social Movements Demand ¨Maximum Sentence¨ for Indigenous Leader´s Murderer as Trial Continues

(Rachael Boothroyd - Venezuelanalysis)

Movements gathered in Caracas on Monday to demand a 30 year sentence for Sabino Romero´s murderer. They also denounced a lack of media coverage of the case, as well as the increasing presence of Colombian paramilitaries and drugs traffickers on Yukpa territory.

 

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Venezuela Commemorates Uprising with March against Economic War

A supporter of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro holds up a picture of late president Hugo Chavez (PHOTO: Reuters)

Venezuelan leftists and government supporters will march in Caracas this Jan. 23, a symbolic date for Venezuelan democracy, a municipal mayor of the city has announced.

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Venezuelan Opposition Relaunches Rallying Cry for Anti-Government Protests

Opposition Leader of the First Justice Party, Henrique Capriles called the economic turmoil fueled by ongoing food shortages and

Right-wing opposition leaders are calling for mobilizations against the government as food shortages continue in Venezuela. Meanwhile, government officials claim they have evidence that the right wing is planning to revive street barricades and violence as a means of creating destabilization.

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Venezuela Arrests 13 Police Officials over Corruption Charges

Under late President Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan government sought to radically reform the country's security forces. (PHOT

The country's authorities detained on Wednesday 13 police officials for alleged corruption. The government of Nicolas Maduro demonstrated again its commitment to combating corruption in the police forces of the country.

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