A scathing open letter by the head of the Organization of American States is the latest broadside against Venezuela. Luis Almagro has been the leading voice denouncing the country for human rights violations and economic malfeasance. No other Latin American leader, let alone any other world leader, has been as outspoken.
The U.S. has stepped up its rhetoric as it acknowledges that entrenched Venezuelan leaders are more willing to fight to remain in power than the administration had hoped after the opposition took control of the country’s legislature in voting last year.
Oil production in Venezuela – the country with has the biggest oil reserves in the world – has plunged to alarmingly low levels, a new study has found. The drop has worsened the country’s dire economic crisis and could threaten the global energy market.
Venezuela and Colombia formally reopened their common border on Saturday. As tens of thousands of Venezuelans swarmed the border looking for food and other basic goods, others are using the reprieve to leave for good.
Colombian authorities are urging Venezuelans not to rush the borders this weekend seeking food, medicine and other basic goods, as the two nations take the first step toward restoring commercial ties along their 1,274-mile frontier.
Venezuelans feel less safe in their home country than civilians living in war-torn Syria, according to a new Gallup poll. Far less, in fact. Just 14 percent of Venezuelans said they feel safe, compared to 32 percent of Syrian respondents. The poll reflects the concern many Venezuelans have about deteriorating economic conditions and surging homicide rates in the oil-rich South American country.
Venezuela’s grinding economic and social crisis is forcing its citizens to flee abroad. As Colombia, Brazil and Guyana deal with desperate shoppers and migrants, Aruba and Curacao are rescuing Venezuelan rafters trying to make landfall.
Venezuela and Colombia agreed to open their 1,274-mile common border to foot-traffic starting Saturday in what both sides described as the first stage in restoring full commercial ties. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met Thursday to hammer out the details of the opening.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is highly unlikely to face recall this year, after authorities on Tuesday provided a detailed electoral calendar suggesting a vote might not happen until early 2017. The opposition is calling for a march on Caracas Sept. 1
Opposition lawmaker William Barrientos distributed this video to highlight the malnutrition among Venezuelan children caused by the economic crisis hammering the country, once ranked among the richest in Latin America.