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OAS Secretary General Targets Venezuela (Again) Ahead of Opposition Demos

OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro (Reuters).

Secretary General Luis Almagro released another statement accusing the Venezuelan government of criminalizing the opposition march set for September 1st.

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 Why Is Venezuela in Crisis?

Supporters of the Maduro administration carry a Venezuelan flag during a march in Caracas, Venezuela on June 14, 2016. (Reuters/

"Much of it is due to government blundering. But opposition protests, often violent, and destabilization from Washington have wreaked havoc as well," says Professor of Latin American Studies Gabriel Hetland. 

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Politicization and Venezuela’s Presidential Recall Referendum Timeline

A Venezuelan opposition rally in favour of the recall referendum (archives)

COHA's Erika Sato looks at the timeline to Venezuela's recall referendum, responding to accusations that the National Electoral Council lacks impartiality. 

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Venezuelan Opposition Sets New Conditions for Dialogue with Government

MUD General Secretary Jesus Torrealba. (Noticias 24)

Among the preconditions is a demand for the inclusion of the Vatican and the OAS as mediators as well as a timetable for the recall referendum to be held this year.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Opposition Health Law, Declares AN’s May Activities Invalid

Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice building in Caracas (Reuters).

Venezuela’s high court declared an emergency health law approved by the opposition-controlled parliament unconstitutional due to its infringement upon the Executive branch’s powers.

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Venezuelan Government Opens Dialogue with Opposition in Dominican Republic

The Venezuelan opposition explains to UNASUR its preconditions for talks with the Maduro government. (El Universal)

Top-level representatives of the Maduro government held indirect talks with the country’s right-wing opposition in Punta Cana Friday under the auspices of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).

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190,000 Dead Venezuelans 'Support' Recall Referendum on Maduro

A Venezuelan woman signs the petition backing a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro (Rachael Boothroyd/Venezuelan

The commission overseeing the referendum process said tens of thousands of names that were submitted belong to people who are not alive.

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Venezuelan Opposition Announces Plan to Oust Maduro, Faces Constitutional Roadblocks

Caption: MUD press conference announcing their “roadmap for change”. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

Venezuela’s right-wing opposition coalition unveiled on Tuesday its “roadmap” for ousting President Nicolas Maduro, which may, however, face difficult constitutional hurdles. An opposition delegation to Chile came under fire from Communist legislator and ex-student leader Camila Vallejo.

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Social Movements Decry Conflict of Interest, as Amnesty Law Passed in First Discussion

The legislation would set free many of those who participated in the 2014 guarimbas (archive).

Venezuela’s opposition-majority National Assembly approved the controversial Amnesty and National Reconciliation Law in first discussion yesterday, which could exonerate dozens convicted of various crimes over the last seventeen years, including those responsible for 2014’s violent anti-government protests known as the guarimbas. 

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From Violent Barricades in 2014 to Official Right-Wing: Venezuela's Opposition

The effects of the barricades in 2014 (Aporrea).

From the 2014 violence to legislative majority, Venezuela's right-wing may change its face, but not its goal.

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