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Imaginary Lines - Venezuela-Colombia Border Crisis

In this week's program, host Michael Fox interviews independent journalist Z.C. Dutka from venezuelanalysis.com on what's behind President Nicolas Maduro's decision to close the border with Colombia and the international press uproar over the deportation of 1,000 Colombians. Also, the latest in the biased media campaign by Human Rights Watch against Ecuador, falsely claiming that environmental activists are being persecuted, and first-hand accounts by Colombians living in Venezuela.

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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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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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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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Follow the Minerals: Why the US is Threatened by Venezuela's 'Blue Gold'

The US relies on coltan to build the basic circuitry in guidance control systems. (Archive)

The author argues that Venezuela's abundance of the highly strategic mineral cotane could be behind Obama's labeling of the South American nation an "unusual and extraordinary threat". 

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1.395 Arrested in Venezuelan Anti-Smuggling Operation

The distribution to hospitals of hoarded medical supplies discovered in two large warehouses last week has begun (archive)

As part of an on-going operation against the hoarding and smuggling of basic goods, Venezuelan authorities have reported that a total of 1,395 people have been arrested for contraband activities.

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Maduro Announces Tougher Measures on Smugglers of Food and Medical Supplies in Venezuela

Thousands of tons of medical equipment were found in a warehouse in Tejería in the central state of Aragua.  Government officia

The measures were announced on Thursday following the seizure of two large warehouses jam-packed with basic goods and medicines that were destined for Colombia, authorities say.

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Venezuela, Country of Overwhelming Riches and Intense Contrast

Smuggling toilet paper across the Simon Bolivar bridge, between Venezuela and Colombia. (Ramón Lepage / Orinoquiaphoto)

Quechua anthropologist Ollantay Itzamná writes of his crossing from Baranquilla, Colombia to Venezuela. After choosing not to heed the colorful warnings of famine and crime parroted by Colombian taxi drivers, Itzamná finds as he draws closer to the border that he is just one foreigner among hundreds of Colombians who cross over daily to fill their bags with low-priced goods.

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Fuel Trafficking Decreases 53% in Venezuela

Venezuela's Vice-President Jorge Arreza (Photo: Reuters)

Venezuela's vice-president Jorge Arreaza said on Saturday that fuel trafficking in the country decreased 53 percent during 2014. Government said the decrease is result of program “Zero trafficking”.

 

 

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