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A Not So Soft Coup in MERCOSUR: Suicide for Integration

Venezuela faces significant challenges to defend its MERCOSUR membership from opposing states Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay (Re

Latin American integration analyst Rubén Armendáriz explores the regional implications of recent attempts to suspend Venezuela from MERCOSUR. 

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ALBA Movements Summit Convokes Grassroots Media Activists from across Latin America

 The forum was organised by ALBA Movements, and held between February 24th-28th just outside of Caracas, Venezuela. (Rachael Boo

Dozens of representatives of social movements and grassroots media from 24 Latin American and Caribbean nations gathered in Caracas last week to devise a continental communicational strategy to counter the resurgent power of the right-wing in the region.

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Opposition’s Capriles Wants “Padlock” Law to Halt International Oil Treaties

Capriles proposes eliminating the government’s current international oil policy (Reuters).

Twice presidential candidate for the Venezuelan opposition Henrique Capriles Radonski has revealed that he has proposed a “padlock” law to the incoming opposition parliamentary bloc in the National Assembly. The legislation would prevent the government from negotiating further international oil treaties with other countries. 

 

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Venezuela’s Maduro Expands PetroCaribe Investments in Saint Vincent & Grenadines

Graphic art depicting the sunrise over the Caribbean, with the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) as the

In a diplomatic visit to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Monday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged new resources to the island nation and proposed a special economic zone in the Caribbean to strengthen regional trade.

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Maduro Touches Down in NYC Following Trip to Caribbean Islands

Maduro arrives in New York with Cilia Flores (PrensaPresidencial)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived in New York Friday morning on the back of a brief visit to Dominica and Saint Kitts and Nevis. The head of state will participate in the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly, as well as in several other events. 

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ALBA, PetroCaribe Reject Foreign Interference in Venezuela’s Lopez Verdict

The flags of the ALBA member states. (Photo: Andes)

The Latin American regional blocs, ALBA and PetroCaribe, issued statements this week rejecting foreign government interference in the Venezuelan judiciary’s conviction of far right opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

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ALBA and Non-Aligned Movement Reject US Aggressions Against Venezuela, Call for Dialogue

The ALBA summit (agencies)

Two multilateral bodies, the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), joined the international chorus condemning President Obama's executive order targeting Venezuela this week.

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Venezuelan Assembly Grants Executive Powers while Military Drills in Defensive Exercises

Venezuelan President Maduro has solicited executive powers in order to deal with the imperialist threat. (Photo: NicolasMaduro.o

In response to US president Obama’s use of an executive order to sanction Venezuelan authorities, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro requested decree powers to pass an “anti-imperialist law to prepare for all scenarios.” The National Assembly voted by majority their approval this on Wednesday morning.

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ALBA Alliance Celebrates 10 Years, Nicaragua Sanctions U.S. in Defence of Venezuela

Leaders of the ALBA member states at the XIII ALBA TCP summit in Havana, Cuba (prensa presidencial)

At its 13th summit, held in Cuba last weekend, the ALBA alliance celebrated its 10th anniversary. The leftist bloc charted plans for future integration and condemned U.S. “aggression” toward its member states.

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ALBA Countries Meet in Havana to Coordinate Preventative Plan Against Ebola

The ALBA trade bloc held an extraordinary summit meeting on Monday to coordinate a response to the ebola virus. (AVN)

At the request of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, member countries of the ALBA trade bloc met yesterday at a special summit in Havana, Cuba to discuss methods of preventing the spread of the ebola virus in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Venezuelan government has donated US$5 million to the United Nations to fight the spread of the virus.

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