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Venezuela-U.S. Relations; military

Trump Considers Military Option in Venezuela

Donald Trump speaks to reporters meeting at Trump’s golf estate

On Friday, August 11, a day after Maduro has reiterated his invitation to a "mutually respectful" dialogue.  Trump spoke about possible US responses to the situation in Venezuela   at improvised press conference after talks with US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, indicating possible military actions.

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US Must Abandon its Latin American Military Bases, Says Venezuela

US soldiers perform an equipment inspection on Colombian soldiers in 2015. (Handout/US Department of Defence)
Venezuelan foreign minister Delcy Rodriguez called on the United States Thursday to pull out of its military bases across Latin America.

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Venezuela Accuses US of Violating Airspace

Venezuelan Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez announces the intrusion of the US plane into the country’s airspace. (VTV)

Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez confirmed that a US intelligence jet had flown over the country’s territory on Friday. 

 

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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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Venezuelan General Deterrence: New Axis of Evil or Third World Liberation?

Venezuelan militia members (Juan Barreto /AFP)

Over the last decade general deterrence imperatives have played a major role in shaping Venezuelan foreign policy. This is largely a response to US imperialism. 

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