Luisa Ortega Diaz was once appointed by Hugo Chavez to be Venezuela’s Prosecutor General, the equivalent of Attorney General in many other countries such as the United States, a post she held for ten years between 2007 and 2017. Although ideologically aligned with Chavez and potentially some of Maduro’s programs, she broke with the current […]
If the Venezuelan military withdraws support for President Nicholás Maduro, his end may be near. A large middle class has been thrust into poverty in Venezuela. Food and medicine are in short supply, and malnourishment is widespread. Security forces have violently beaten back opposition protesters and jailed leading opposition figures. Reigning over this disaster is Maduro, who was […]
The theater, like any other artistic and creative activity that takes place in Venezuela, faces and reflects the national crisis that intensified in the last months. Economic, political and social struggles have been translated in deadly protests and numerous political turbulences including a referendum organized by opposition groups and the opening of a controversial constituent assembly. The difficulties experienced on the streets permeate all […]
The symbolic act aims to pressure Caracas and cement Mercosur's advocacy of democracy in Latin America.
Objections from Uruguay had previously prevented Mercosur from taking more strenuous action against Venezuela. But the recent events in that country have eroded the last remaining support that Nicolás Maduro still had in the South American trade union. The foreign ministers of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay decided on Saturday in São Paulo on the “political suspension” of Venezuela […]
The potential for a migrant crisis grows.
As Venezuela is faced with a constitutional crisis, tension continue to mount in the country. This situation was reflected most poignantly at the beginning of the week in an eloquent image repeated at several points of the border with Colombia. Tens of thousands of people – some 33,000 on Monday – crossed to the neighbouring […]
Venezuela has monumental choices to make in the coming week. It's less clear who will make those choices and what they will be.
Mass protests against the plans of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and general strikes throughout Caracas have spawned violence, the arrest of a famous violinist, and even a bizarre situation in which the national Volleyball team forfeited matches in Australia after the team’s multiple chartered flights failed to reach their destination. But, the coming week will […]
The Venezuelan opposition party held a popular referendum on constitutional reforms advocated by Nicolás Maduro’s government on Sunday. According to local projections, about 7.6 million people turned out for the vote out of a total of close to 20 million voters in the country. Pro-government armed groups attempted to boycott the opposition plebiscite, organized without […]
Scientists at The Rockefeller Institute in New York City have discovered an antibody to the Zika virus in what could be a key step in developing a vaccine. The antibodies were found in people exposed to the virus in Mexico and Brazil and examined by the researchers. Four hundred individual blood samples were analyzed. The […]
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s calls for a new constitution have set off new protests in Venezuela. The new constitution would be drafted by a committee selected by Maduro and exclude Congress, which is controlled by the opposition party. Mr. Maduro used Mayday rallies as the stage to announce his plans. While the specifics of the new […]