Author Archives: SCOTT SMITH

Venezuela lawmakers strip opposition leader of his immunity

Venezuelan lawmakers loyal to President Nicolas Maduro have stripped opposition leader Juan Guaido of his immunity from prosecution. Continue reading

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Darkness lingers for Venezuela’s most vulnerable

Darkness has yet to lift for 72-year-old Elizabeth Guzman and thousands of her poor neighbors in a forgotten corner of Venezuela’s capital that was barely getting by even before the lights went out over a week ago. Continue reading

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Priest under siege in battle over Venezuela’s political soul

Salsa music and long tirades blasted through loudspeakers for days at a colonial church in one of Venezuela’s toughest slums aimed at drowning out Monsignor Hector Lunar — an outspoken priest who isn’t shy about criticizing President Nicolas Maduro, … Continue reading

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AP Explains: Venezuela’s humanitarian aid standoff

Opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido declared himself Venezuela’s interim president last month, vowing to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power and end the once-wealthy nation’s deepening political and humanitarian crisis. Continue reading

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Oil workers flee Venezuela’s crisis for a better life

Nieves Ribullen, a Venezuelan oil worker sick of struggling to get by as his country falls apart, is betting it all on far-away Kurdistan to give his family a better life. Continue reading

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Family: German journalist jailed in Venezuela as spy

German freelance journalist Billy Six has circled the globe with a hand-held video camera asking people living through wars and strife to tell their stories. Continue reading

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Venezuela’s next generation of opposition plays a long game

Roberto Patino, a rising star in Venezuela’s unravelling opposition movement, pushes through a crowd of children clutching spoons and waiting to eat. Continue reading

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Venezuelans nervously await dramatic economic reforms

Venezuelan shopkeepers and consumers nervously awaited the launch of dramatic reforms announced by President Nicolas Maduro to rescue a downward-spiraling economy, including a new currency and a more-than-3,000 percent hike in the minimum wage. Continue reading

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Maduro alleges 2 opposition leaders linked to drone attack

President Nicolas Maduro has accused two opposition legislators of having roles in the drone attack that Venezuelan officials have called an assassination attempt on the leader, and his allies are moving against the accused. Continue reading

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Venezuela president ties opposition leader to drone attack

President Nicolas Maduro went on television Tuesday night to accuse one of Venezuela’s most prominent opposition leaders of being linked to a weekend assassination attempt using drones. Continue reading

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Venezuelan government: Drone strikes targeted Maduro

Drones armed with explosives detonated near Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as he gave a speech to hundreds of soldiers in Caracas on Saturday but the socialist leader was unharmed, according to the government. Continue reading

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Mexico’s new president could help ease pressure on Venezuela

The landslide victory of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico’s presidential election is likely to provide some relief to another leftist firebrand: Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro. Continue reading

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Venezuela’s wealthy beat water crisis drilling private wells

Reaching for the faucet felt like a frustrating game of chance for Elizabeth Robles. Continue reading

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Maduro’s backers press socialism amid Venezuela’s nightmare

On cue each week, Hector Madera takes his battle for Venezuela’s socialist revolution to the airwaves of a small radio station in the capital of Caracas, even as his once-wealthy country crumbles around him. Continue reading

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Mounting economic chaos leaves many Venezuelans in the dark

A month-long blackout in Jennifer Naranjo’s neighborhood in the Venezuelan port city of Maracaibo leaves her anxious. Continue reading

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US senator meets with Venezuelan president, jailed Utah man

An influential U.S. senator has pressed for fair elections and the release of a jailed American during his private meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Continue reading

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Relatives demand answers after Venezuela jail fire kills 68

It wasn’t long after Daniel Marquez’s family showed up at the Venezuelan police station jail where he’d been locked up for nearly a year awaiting trial when black smoke began billowing from the building. Continue reading

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Underpaid Venezuelans skipping out on work to make ends meet

On many days, Ramon Medina has no choice but to skip work to make ends meet. Continue reading

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US diplomat: Utah man jailed in Venezuela blocks dialogue

The Trump administration’s top diplomat in Venezuela pressed for the release of a jailed Utah man Thursday, saying the case is the main obstacle to improving strained relations between the two countries. Continue reading

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International criticism of Venezuela’s election plans mount

International pressure has been mounting on Venezuela over the government’s decision to push up presidential elections under conditions that opponents say overwhelmingly favor President Nicolas Maduro, who is so far the only candidate. Continue reading

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