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  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by bradd
    +21 +1

    Obama declares Venezuela a national security threat

    US President Barack Obama has issued an executive order declaring Venezuela a national security threat, and slapped sanctions on seven officials. According to a WHite House statement issued on Monday, the new set of targeted sanctions exclude the Venezuelan people and any trade relations with the oil-rich nation and are instead specifically aimed at government officials the US accuses of violating human rights.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by hyfi
    +17 +1

    Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro given power to rule by decree

    The Venezuelan parliament on Sunday approved a law giving the president, Nicolás Maduro, the power to legislate by decree for nine months in the face of what he described as threats by the US government. The so-called “anti-imperialist” law will be in effect from the time it is published in Venezuela’s Official Gazette until 31 December.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by mariogi
    +15 +1

    Venezuelan hotels are asking tourists to bring their own toilet paper

    Venezuela’s product shortages have become so severe that some hotels in that country are asking guests to bring their own toilet paper and soap, a local tourism industry spokesman said on Wednesday. In Merida, a state in western Venezuelan that's known for its stunning mountain landscapes, small hotels are struggling to stock their rooms with basic supplies, especially as the busy Semana Santa or Holy Week holiday gets underway.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by macavoy
    +24 +1

    Woman who hit Venezuelan president with mango rewarded with house

    A woman who hit President Nicolás Maduro on the head with a mango has been promised a new house for her troubles in a surreal tropical tale that has gone viral in Venezuela. The 52-year-old president was driving a bus through a crowd in the central state of Aragua last weekend when the fruit was thrown at him.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by Nelson
    +16 +1

    The 'misery index' professor says Venezuela's inflation rate is over 500%

    Venezuela’s bolivar is collapsing. And as night follows day, Venezuela’s annual implied inflation rate is soaring. Last week, the annual inflation rate broke through the 500% level. It now stands at 510%. When inflation rates are elevated, standard economic theory and reliable empirical techniques allow us to produce accurate inflation estimates. With free market exchange-rate data (usually black-market data), the inflation rate can be calculated.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by ppp
    +22 +1

    Keeping It In The Family: How Nepotism Is Helping Venezuela's Powerful Families

    Daniella Cabello smiled sweetly at the crowd, clutching a Venezuelan flag against her white lace minidress. Cabello’s voice filled the Karl Marx Theater, in La Havana, Cuba, with an ode to former president Hugo Chávez during a concert for peace in Latin America. These days, Cabello and her youthful, delicate features seem to be everywhere. She appears frolicking on a white beach for an official tourism promotional video, walking alongside beaming elementary...

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +18 +1

    The most electric place on Earth

    At one lake in Venezuela, lightning flashes 28 times a minute. By Ella Davies.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by rti9
    +46 +1

    The Nightmare Of Grocery Shopping In Venezuela

    Venezuela's economic model has imploded. With food production, import and distribution now controlled by the government, shelves are bare. A day's hunt for groceries in Caracas can prove futile.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by baron778
    +1 0

    The Nightmare Of Grocery Shopping In Venezuela

    For Caracas housewife Anny Valero, today is grocery day — whether she likes it or not. Here's why: It's Monday, and if Valero doesn't go now, she'll have to wait four more days to buy food. In Venezuela, government supermarkets sell price-controlled food, making them far cheaper than private stores. But Valero explains that people are allowed in state-run supermarkets just two days per week, based on their ID card numbers. The system is designed to prevent shoppers from...

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by distant
    +31 +1

    McDonald's French Fries Now Selling for $133 in Venezuela

    McDonald's French fries are being sold in Venezuela after a 10-month hiatus, but they come at a price: around 800 bolívares, or the equivalent of $133, Fusion reports. Why are they so expensive? The Venezuelan government keeps tight currency controls that make it hard for people to take their money out of the country. It also limits the number of dollars companies can buy without government approval.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by hedman
    +16 +1

    Venezuela opposition says it won majority of seats in legislative elections

    Leaders of Venezuela's opposition said they won a majority of seats in legislative elections ahead of the announcement of official results. "The results are as we expected. Venezuela won," former presidential Henrique Capriles celebrated on Twitter late Sunday. "With great humility, serenity and maturity we accept what the people decided." A source within the anti-government camp told The Associated Press that the coalition believed it had won around 100 seats in the 167-seat legislature.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by hxxp
    +19 +1

    The richest woman in Venezuela is Hugo Chavez's daughter

    The daughter of Hugo Chavez, the former president who once declared 'being rich is bad,' may be the wealthiest woman in Venezuela, according to evidence reportedly in the hands of Venezuelan media outlets. Maria Gabriela Chavez, 35, the late president's second-oldest daughter, holds assets in American and Andorran banks totaling almost $4.2billion, Diario las Americas reports. The figure would make Gabriela Chavez wealthier than media mogul...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by messi
    +45 +1

    Venezuela´s response to food shortages? Grow your own food at home

    Amid the worst economic crisis Venezuela has faced in decades, the self-described "revolutionary" government led by President Nicolas Maduro has set in motion a revolutionary idea to solve the acute food shortages: let’s become producers at home. “Cilia and I have 50 chickens in our house,” said Maduro recently, referring to his wife. “It’s time to develop a new culture of production,” he added, before announcing the creation of yet another ministry called the Urban Farming Ministry.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Chubros
    +23 +1

    Oil-rich Venezuela is now importing U.S. oil

    Venezuela has more oil than any other country on the planet. But it just bought a bunch of American crude. A ship carrying half a million barrels of oil that was pumped in the U.S. docked at a terminal owned by Venezuela last week, according to oil data research firm ClipperData. The shipment was sent to a facility located on the Dutch island of Curacao in the Caribbean.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by rti9
    +31 +1

    Venezuela president raises fuel price by 6,000% and devalues bolivar to tackle crisis

    Nicolás Maduro uses decree powers to raise fuel prices for first time in 20 years and devalues currency in bid to boost nation’s coffers

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by messi
    +30 +1

    Venezuela increases 2-cent petrol prices to 85 cents a litre

    Premium petrol will rise from less than 0.1 bolivars ($0.02) a litre to 6 bolivars ($1.32) — but Mr Maduro has also announced a 37 per cent devaluation of the currency, which would see a price at the pump of around 85 cents a litre. Lower grade petrol would cost around 14 cents a litre. Under the current exchange rate, minimum wage in Venezuela is as low as 32 cents an hour.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by lostwonder
    +33 +1

    Update: Venezuela Is Running Short of Everything

    It might be easier to make a list of what is available, rather than what’s not. Venezuelans are getting some extra vacation this year. President Nicolas Maduro ordered extended shutdowns of businesses and offices across the country to close for all of the semana santa instead of the usual two days. The president says the measures are a necessary energy-saving step as the country faces rolling blackouts due to an electricity shortage, but business owners say it’ll cut into their Holy Week...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ubthejudge
    +41 +1

    Venezuela decrees Fridays a holiday to ease energy crisis

    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has decreed that all Fridays for the next two months will be holidays, in a bid to save energy in the blackout-hit OPEC country. "We'll have long weekends," Maduro said in an hours-long appearance on state television on Wednesday night, announcing the measure as part of a 60-day plan to fight a power crunch. A severe drought, coupled with what critics say is a lack of investment and maintenance in energy infrastructure...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by doodlegirl
    +35 +1

    President of Venezuela tells women to stop using hairdryers

    The President of Venezuela has urged women to stop using hairdryers and offered alternative styling tips as the country’s energy crisis continues. Nicolas Maduro has announced a decree giving state employees Fridays off for two months as part of measures to offset a crippling electricity shortage. He urged his compatriots to increase other efforts to save power, including cutting appliance use and raising the temperature on air conditioning units.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by lostwonder
    +3 +1

    Venezuela Scraps Half-hour Time Difference Set by Chavez

    Former president turned country's clocks back in 2007 so that children could wake up for school in daylight, his successor returns to previous system to ensure more daylight in evening when energy consumption peaks

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by robmonk
    +39 +1

    Venezuela orders 2-day work week to stave off power crisis

    Venezuela's public employees will work only on Monday and Tuesday as the country grapples with an electricity crisis. President Nicolas Maduro announced Tuesday that the government was slashing working hours for at least two weeks in a bid to save energy. He said the water level behind the nation's largest dam has fallen to near its minimum operating level thanks to a severe drought. Experts say lack of planning and maintenance is also to blame.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ubthejudge
    +26 +1

    Crisis-hit Venezuela pushes clocks forward to save power

    With their country gripped by an economic crisis, Venezuelans lost half an hour of sleep Sunday as their clocks were set forward to save power on President Nicolas Maduro's order. At 2:30 am local time, the oil-dependent South American nation shifted its time ahead by 30 minutes -- to four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by cone
    +5 +1

    Venezuela president declares emergency, cites U.S., domestic 'threats'

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared a 60-day state of emergency on Friday due to what he called plots from within the OPEC country and the United States to topple his leftist government. Maduro did not provide details of the measure. A previous state of emergency, implemented in states near the Colombian border last year, suspended constitutional guarantees in those areas, except for guarantees relating to human rights.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +19 +1

    Venezuela's president has accused the US of plotting a coup against him

    The relationship between the US and Venezuela has for many years been nothing less than toxic. In 2002, then President Hugo Chavez was briefly ousted in a coup by opponents supported by the US. Washington continued to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to his critics, while Mr Chavez took to the podium of the UN to accuse George W Bush of being the devil.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +25 +1

    Dying Infants and No Medicine: Inside Venezuela’s Failing Hospitals

    By morning, three newborns were already dead. The day had begun with the usual hazards: chronic shortages of antibiotics, intravenous solutions, even food. Then a blackout swept over the city, shutting down the respirators in the maternity ward. Doctors kept ailing infants alive by pumping air into their lungs by hand for hours. By nightfall, four more newborns had died.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by rti9
    +21 +1

    Venezuelans barter for leftover medicine as economic crisis deepens

    Scarcity forces people to trade drugs on social media as country faces public health emergency

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +5 +1

    Coke Has Suspended All Production in Venezuela

    As the nation’s economy teeters on the brink. Coca-Cola FEMSA has suspended all production in Venezuela because of a sugar shortage, the Mexican beverage multinational said in a statement. The company, the largest Coke bottler in the world, told workers sugar supplies were too low and that the problem could persist for months, according to several media reports.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by rti9
    +29 +1

    'We are like a bomb': food riots show Venezuela crisis has gone beyond politics

    Three years of shortages have left Venezuelans desperate and angry for change, posing the most serious threat yet to President Nicolás Maduro

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +2 +1

    Venezuela is running out of sugar

    Venezuela is running out of sugar. Amid a political and humanitarian crisis, Venezuela's state-run sugar producers announced earlier this week that they have temporarily ceased production due to a lack of raw sugar. On Thursday, Coca-Cola FEMSA, the largest bottler worldwide of Coke, threw up a red flag. To make Coke in Venezuela, FEMSA needs refined, industrial sugar made by the Venezuelan Agricultural Corporation of Sugar, a government entity.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by larylin
    +17 +1

    Venezuela: Patients dying as crisis hits hospitals

    Venezuela's economy is in trouble. With oil accounting for 95 percent of the country's export earnings, plummeting world prices have sent the South American economy reeling towards collapse. People are going hungry, inflation has spiralled out of control, the military is patrolling supermarkets to keep order amid rising anger, basic raw materials and supplies have run out, factories are shutting down and there is not enough electricity in the country.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ppp
    +16 +1

    It costs $150 to buy a dozen eggs in Venezuela right now

    The International Monetary Fund has predicted that inflation in Venezuela will hit 720% this year. That might be an optimistic assessment, according to some local economic analysts, who expect the rate to reach as high as 1,200%. A sharp drop in global prices for oil -- on which Venezuela depends for most of its foreign currency -- is a big part of the problem. Critics also accuse the government of irresponsible spending on social welfare programs and oil subsidies to Cuba and other countries.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by kxh
    +11 +1

    The Difference Between How the U.S. Treats Brazil and Venezuela in One Video

    Right-wingers have seized control of Brazil, but the State Department is more interested in trashing Venezuela's left-wing regime.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by hxxp
    +8 +1

    Venezuela's top court bans media's publishing videos of lynchings

    Venezuela's Supreme Court on Wednesday banned media from publishing videos of lynchings, saying they create "anxiety and uncertainty" in a country ravaged by violent crime and an economic crisis. The OPEC nation's society is in upheaval amid triple-digit inflation, a deep recession and brutal shortages of food and medicine. As Venezuelans have grown increasingly angry at frequent thefts, hold-ups and homicides, mob beatings and lynchings have increased in the country, which is already one of the world's most violent.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by bkool
    +14 +1

    Hundreds arrested as looting erupts in Venezuela

    Police in Venezuela have arrested 400 people after riots broke out over a deepening food crisis in the struggling South American country. At least three people have been killed in the unrest.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by hxxp
    +43 +1

    Venezuelans Ransack Stores as Hunger Grips the Nation

    With delivery trucks under constant attack, the nation’s food is now transported under armed guard. Soldiers stand watch over bakeries. The police fire rubber bullets at desperate mobs storming grocery stores, pharmacies and butcher shops. A 4-year-old girl was shot to death as street gangs fought over food. Venezuela is convulsing from hunger. Hundreds of people here in the city of Cumaná, home to one of the region’s independence heroes...