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US Expels Two Venezuelan Diplomats in Tit-for-Tat with Maduro

The United States responded to the expulsion of two of its diplomats ordered by Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro with a reciprocal measure. On Wednesday, the State Department gave the charge d'affaires of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington and the... Continue reading

Reactions after Maduro’s “Great Victory” in Venezuela

Venezuela is increasingly isolated internationally after numerous countries refused to recognize the results of the elections held on Sunday. Likewise, US president Trump signed an executive order to limit the capacity of the Maduro government to sell off the country’s assets. Continue reading

Maduro and Abstention Win in Venezuela

The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela declared on Sunday evening Nicolas Maduro the winner of the controversial presidential elections, with almost 68% of the votes, more than triple his weak opponent Henri Falcon (21%), who did not recogni... Continue reading

Venezuela Elects President Today amid Crisis and International Rejection

Venezuelans will vote or abstain Sunday in a controversial election in which President Nicolas Maduro seeks re-election against three rivals of little weight, after the leading opposition candidates were disqualified. The opposition coalition calls on... Continue reading

Falcon Insists on the Futility of Abstention in Venezuelan Elections

Venezuelan opposition candidate Henri Falcon reiterated today his criticism of the call of the opposition alliance Mesa de Unidad Democratica (MUD) to boycott the elections on May 20, in which President Nicolas Maduro seeks his reelection. Continue reading

Sixteen Countries Issue Declaration on Venezuela

Sixteen countries of the Americas, meeting in Lima in the framework of the VIII Summit of the Americas, on Saturday issued the Declaration of Venezuela to make "an urgent call" to the Venezuelan Government so that its elections are carried out through ... Continue reading

Venezuela: US Dollar Surpasses 400,000 Bolivars

The Venezuelan National Assembly’s Finance Commission, said on Wednesday that inflation reached 67% for March, with the year inflation rate now up to 8,878%. Continue reading

Brazil’s Lula Must Face Prison Term, says Supreme Court

The Brazilian Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio da Silva to stay out of jail while he appeals a controversial corruption conviction, putting a damper on his hopes to run for a new presidency. Continue reading

Homophobic Presidential Candidate Loses in Costa Rica

Carlos Alvarado of the governing Citizen Action Party (PAC) won the second round of the presidential elections on Sunday in Costa Rica with just over 60 percent of the vote defeating the openly homophobic candidate Fabricio Alvarado. Continue reading

LGBTI Rights Center Stage in Sunday’s Presidential Elections in Costa Rica

Costa Ricans go to the polls this Easter Sunday to elect their new president, in a second round characterized by polarization and with a marked religious accent. Continue reading

Ecuador Turns Off Internet for Wikileaks’ Julian Assange

Ecuador suspended communications to the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, held up in asylum since 2012 in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, after he questioned on Twitter the arrest in of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont in Germany. Continue reading

What Will a New Currency Mean in Venezuela?

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on Thursday a monetary reconversion based on a new currency, the Sovereign Bolívar, which he said will come into force on June 4th. We explore what that might mean. Continue reading

President of Peru Resigns Amid Oldebrecht Corruption Scandal

The president of Peru, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, suddenly resigned on Wednesday in a message recorded on video that was broadcast on television. He is the first standing president to fall in the multinational Oldebrecht corruption scandal. Continue reading

Venezuela: Trump Imposes New Economic Sanctions

President Donald Trump today banned all US citizens from all types of transactions with petros, the cryptocurrency launched by Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. He also imposed a new round of sanctions against a group of government officials. Continue reading

No Coup in Venezuela, says Defense Minister

Venezuelan Defense Minister General Vladimir Padrino today rejected rumors of a possible coup d'état in the face of an alleged discontent in the barracks over the recent arrest of several officers. Continue reading

Maduro and the Future of Venezuela

Nicolas, a product the Cuban Communist Party’s Nico Lopez School for leaders in Havana, is unaware of every president’s maxim: to be a political intellectual. Continue reading

Maduro Receives Support from his ALBA Allies

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro received strong support Monday from his allies from the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America (ALBA), on the fifth anniversary of the death of commander Hugo Chavez. Continue reading

Raul Castro Arrives in Venezuela for Chavez Tribute and ALBA Meeting

Cuban President Raul Castro arrived in Venezuela on Monday to attend the 15th Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA). Continue reading

Venezuela, Unrecognizable 5 Years after Chavez

This Monday, March 5th, marks the fifth anniversary of the death of Hugo Chávez, and the Venezuela he left is unrecognizable, with an economy in collapse, never-ending political tension and growing poverty that has led millions to flee the country. Continue reading

Venezuela Elections Postponed to May 20th

Venezuela's early presidential elections have been postponed for almost a month and will now be held on May 20th, the National Electoral Council (CNE) in Caracas informed on Thursday. Continue reading

Puerto Rico Relief Slashed by US Treasury Department

On Wednesday, Puerto Rico’s governor Ricardo Rossello said the US Treasury Department has unexpectedly slashed the disaster relief loan for the island, cut from $4.7 billion USD to $2 billion. Continue reading

Nicaragua, Haiti and Venezuela Recognized for Losing Corruption Battle

Venezuela, Haiti and Nicaragua are the Latin American countries where corruption is most prevalent according to the 2017 Perceived Corruption Index presented on February 22 by Transparency International. Continue reading

Maduro Virtually Unopposed in April Elections in Venezuela

The main Venezuelan opposition announced on Wednesday that it will not participate in the snap presidential elections of April 22, because it considers the vote a show by President Nicolas Maduro, who will now run virtually unopposed for re-election un... Continue reading

San Juan Mayor Calls for End to Puerto Rico’s Colonial Status

Five months after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, swaths of the island still have no electricity, while food and water supplies have been slow to arrive. Continue reading

Venezuelan Opposition Still Undecided on Participation in Elections

The Venezuelan opposition continues to debate and delay its decision on whether or not to participate in the presidential elections on April 22, in which President Nicolas Maduro assures his reelection with or without opposition. Continue reading

El Salvador Court Releases Woman Jailed over Stillbirth

In El Salvador, a court has released a woman who was sentenced to 30 years in prison after she gave birth to a stillborn baby, reports Democracy Now. She has already spent over 10 years in prison. Continue reading