When Democrats and Republicans in the ultra-polarized U.S. Congress put out a joint foreign policy statement, as they did when they urged the Obama Administration to oppose Venezuela's admission to the United Nations Security Council, it’s sometimes worth reading. And in this case, it is.
Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso confirmed this week something that many of us have suspected: If the opposition wins the Oct. 5 presidential election, there will be changes in Brazilian foreign policy that might affect all of Latin America.
Venezuela threatened to extend a flight boycott and sink Aruba’s tourism industry as it fought for the release of a former general who is wanted in the U.S. on drug charges, a State Department official said.
The Obama administration said in a Senate hearing Thursday it was hesitant to use individual sanctions as a tactic in the Venezuelan political crisis, saying that doing so could escalate the situation into a fight between the Maduro regime and the United States rather than a struggle between that country’s people and their government.
Venezuela’s coalition of opposition parties on Tuesday said it had agreed to an “exploratory meeting” with the government that might lead to formal talks aimed at ending the country’s two-month-long political crisis.
Struggling to keep food on the shelves, Venezuela has been rolling out a series of economic measures including a new currency exchange and a plan to register the fingerprints of those who shop at state-run stores.