Category Archives: Venezuela

Ecuador tightens entry rules for Venezuelan migrants

Ecuador has brought in new rules to stop Venezuelan migrants entering the country without a passport, leaving many stranded in neighbouring Colombia.

Thousands of Venezuelans fleeing their country’s economic and political crisis have been crossing into Ecuador from Colombia using only identity cards.

Most are heading south to join family members in Peru and Chile.

Colombia has protested against the move, saying vulnerable people will be trapped on its side of the border.

In a separate incident, residents of a Brazilian town attacked a Venezuelan migrant camp on Saturday and drove the occupants back across the border.

Justin better call them racists or they’ll just keep doin it!

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Venezuela has dirt-cheap fuel, so why is driving nearly impossible?

In crisis-hit Venezuela, one dollar can buy two Polar beers, a dozen eggs, or a bar of chocolate. Or, taking advantage of the black market exchange rate, it’s enough for 3.5m litres of petrol.

But the 92 tankers needed to carry the fuel would probably be stuck at the pump, broken down and without replacement parts.

Fuel in the oil-rich nation may be practically free, but motorists are finding it increasingly hard to keep their vehicles on the road. Petrol shortages are ever more common: motorists commonly wait for six hours or more in fuel queues.

Justin’s handling of our oil sector is a concern no?

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Was Venezuela ‘drone attack’ faked? Firefighters claim explosion in ‘assassination bid’ was actually a GAS TANK blowing up and TV cameras failed to capture footage of the ‘drones’ – but President Maduro rounds up political opponents

Questions have been raised about whether the ‘drone attack’ against the president of Venezuela was faked after he began blaming his political opponents for attempting to assassinate him but TV cameras failed to captured any footage of the missiles and firefighters said the incident was actually a gas tank explosion.

Nicolas Maduro had been addressing a military parade in Caracas on live TV on Saturday, when he suddenly halted and looked to the sky after hearing an explosion.

Maduro and his wife Cilia Flores were swamped with aides carrying bulletproof shields and both escaped uninjured.

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Explosive laden drones disrupt speech by Venezuelan Tin Pot Socialist Dictator Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has been targeted in an attempted attack during a televised public address, officials confirm. Several explosives-laden drones detonated as he was speaking at a military ceremony.

Venezuela’s Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez has confirmed that an attack on Maduro took place at the event. Several drones rigged with explosives went off close to the presidential box during the address.

“All the investigations have indicated that (the explosions) were an attack on President Nicholas Maduro,” Rodriguez told media

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From riches to rags: Venezuelans become Latin America’s new underclass

Free-spending Venezuelans once crammed store aisles in foreign countries famously uttering “dame dos” — “I’ll take two.” But the citizens of what was once South America’s richest nation per capita are now confronting a devastating reversal of fortune, emerging as the region’s new underclass.

As their oil-rich country buckles under the weight of a failed socialist experiment, an estimated 5,000 people a day are departing the country in Latin America’s largest migrant outflow in decades.

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Donkey herds are dwindling as hungry Venezuelans slaughter them for food

A few years ago, there were so many donkeys, or burros, in the Venezuelan state of Falcón that they were a problem — herds everywhere, causing highway crashes and blocking airport runways.

But over the past three years, the herds have shrunk dramatically as thousands of burros have been slaughtered for their meat by Venezuelans suffering through a near-famine.

“There’s no more burros here,” said Odalys Martinez, a resident of the Paraguana Peninsula in northern Falcón.

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Kids fleeing Venezuela left hungry, sick and even abandoned

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — On a recent humid evening in the Colombian border city of Cucuta, a Venezuelan woman wrapped her newborn daughter in a pale yellow blanket and left her with a note alongside a car parked near a stadium hosting a high school field day.

“I don’t have the means to take care of her,” she wrote on graph paper with a pink border of hearts, paw prints and flowers. “She is four days old and her name is Angela.”

In his heart Justin admires their basic dictatorship.

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Venezuela’s hyperinflation soars to 24,571 percent

The opposition-dominated Venezuelan parliament issued fresh economic data on Monday, showing that inflation for the month of May spiked 110.1 percent compared with April, and sending annual inflation to a staggering 24,571 percent.

With daily inflation running at 2.4 percent, the country’s currency, the bolivar, plunged about 98 percent in the course of the past 12 months alone.

“It’s a tragedy that we are experiencing every day,” said the parliament’s finance commission spokesman Rafael Guzman as he revealed the latest figures.

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Piracy returns to Caribbean as Venezuela turmoil spurs rise in attacks on yachts

Luxury yacht owners have been warned of a surge in piracy in the southern Caribbean, as Venezuela’s economic collapse spurs its penniless fishermen into banditry.

According to a new global survey of global maritime security, 71 piracy incidents took place in the region last year, compared to just 21 the year before.

Researchers for the charity Oceans Beyond Piracy, which compiled the survey, said that a majority of the attacks had been off the coast of Venezuela, which is currently engulfed by political turmoil and hyperinflation.

After a couple of years of NDP rule that headline will read “Piracy Returns to the Great Lakes” due to Ontario’s economic collapse

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Surprise Venezuela election result: Maduro wins in landslide! Socialism Triumphs! Free wheelbarrows of money for everyone!

Venezuela’s leftist leader Nicolas Maduro won a new six-year term on Sunday, but his main rivals disavowed the election alleging massive irregularities in a process critics decried as a farce propping up a dictatorship.

Victory for the 55-year-old former bus driver, who replaced Hugo Chavez after his death from cancer in 2013, may trigger a new round of western sanctions against the socialist government as it grapples with a ruinous economic crisis.

US President Donald Trump’s administration is threatening moves against Venezuela’s already reeling oil sector.

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Maduro Set For Victory Election

Gee, what a surprise:

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was seeking a six-year term on Sunday in an apparently poorly attended vote condemned by foes as the “coronation” of a dictator and likely to bring fresh foreign sanctions.

With the mainstream opposition boycotting the election, two of his most popular rivals barred from standing and state institutions in loyalists’ hands, the 55-year-old former bus driver is expected to win despite his unpopularity.

That could trigger oil sanctions from Washington, and more censure from the European Union and Latin America.

The self-described “son” of Hugo Chavez says he is battling an “imperialist” plot to crush socialism and take over the OPEC member’s oil wealth. But opponents say the leftist leader has destroyed Venezuela’s once-wealthy economy and ruthlessly crushed dissent.

Maduro’s main challenger is former state governor Henri Falcon, who predicts an upset due to widespread fury among Venezuela’s 30 million people at the economic meltdown.

Most analysts believe, however, that Falcon has only a slim chance given abstention, the vote-winning power of state handouts, and Maduro’s allies on the election board. Results are expected by late evening.

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CNN on Venezuela’s Oil Industry Collapse: No Mention of Socialism or Maduro

Wednesday, CNN presented yet another story about Venezuela’s implosion which did a fine job of portraying that country’s human misery, this time in the oil industry. Unfortunately, it was yet another example of a story failing to mention its socialist form of government or even its leader, President Nicolas Maduro.

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