Huff Post: Venezuela Prison Riot: More Than 60 Reportedly Killed

January 28, 2013 12:26 pm0 comments
Huff Post: Venezuela Prison Riot: More Than 60 Reportedly Killed

CARACAS, Venezuela — The death toll has risen to 61 following fierce gunbattles between inmates and National Guard troops at a Venezuelan prison, a hospital director said Saturday. About 120 more people were wounded in one of the deadliest prison riots in the nation’s history. Penitentiary Service Minister Iris Varela […]

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Financial Times: Ecuador banks: not so happy days

January 25, 2013 3:42 pm0 comments
Financial Times: Ecuador banks: not so happy days

It is not easy being a bank in Ecuador these days. Not only has the combined profit of the Andean country’s private banks dropped 21 per cent last year as the government of leftwing president, Rafael Correa, tightened its grip on the sector. But elsewhere, the industry is being probed […]

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Miami Herald: Cuba confirms a fiber-optic cable from Venezuela is being tested

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Miami Herald: Cuba confirms a fiber-optic cable from Venezuela is being tested

Two years after a fiber-optic cable reached Cuba from Venezuela, and at least five months after it was activated, Havana has confirmed the ALBA-1 cable is working but cautioned that doesn’t mean residents will have more access to the Internet. A brief note from ETECSA, the government’s telecommunications monopoly, published […]

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WP: Hugo Chavez a potent symbol in Venezuela as cult of personality flourishes during long absence

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WP: Hugo Chavez a potent symbol in Venezuela as cult of personality flourishes during long absence

CARACAS, Venezuela — While Venezuela’s sick president recuperates from surgery behind closed doors in Cuba, at home he is more visible than ever. Iconic images of his eyes look out from murals lining the streets of Caracas, his portrait appears on T-shirts sported by followers, and on television he can […]

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Bloomberg: Chavez Cancer Freezes Venezuela’s Overseas Oil Funding: Energy

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Bloomberg: Chavez Cancer Freezes Venezuela’s Overseas Oil Funding: Energy

Venezuela’s $100 billion oil industry is seeing the first drop in funding in five years from some of its closest partners, as concern mounts President Hugo Chavez’s battle with cancer is creating a political vacuum, people familiar with the matter said. The government, which for a decade has disclosed credit lines […]

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A family with a case against the government faces “extermination” | The Economist

January 24, 2013 4:46 pm0 comments
A family with a case against the government faces “extermination” | The Economist

JORGE ANTONIO BARRIOS was just nine years old in 1998 when the Aragua state police came looking for his father, Benito. He watched as the officers beat him and took him away. Later that day Benito died from multiple gunshot wounds. The police said they shot him in self-defence after […]

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BBC: Venezuela oil deals: Poor nations worry about future

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BBC: Venezuela oil deals: Poor nations worry about future

As Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez continues to receive medical care in Cuba after a fourth cancer operation, many small countries across the region have their own reasons for carefully monitoring his health. From Jamaica to Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic to Uruguay, and not least in Cuba itself, dozens of […]

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Bloomberg: Venezuela VP Maduro Arrives in Havana to Visit Ailing Chavez

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Bloomberg: Venezuela VP Maduro Arrives in Havana to Visit Ailing Chavez

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro arrived in Havana yesterday to receive instructions from cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez on a regional summit taking place this week. Maduro and Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez were greeted at the airport in the Cuban capital by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua, Venezuelan Attorney General Cilia Flores and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, the […]

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El Universal: Maduro to travel to Havana on Wednesday

January 23, 2013 6:08 pm0 comments
El Universal: Maduro to travel to Havana on Wednesday

Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro on Wednesday said at a rally to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the fall of dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez that with President Hugo Chávez people regained the historical flag of January 23. He announced that in the next few minutes he would depart for Havana, Cuba, […]

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Capitol Hill Cubans: Why Obama’s ‘Extended Hand’ is Counter-Productive

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Capitol Hill Cubans: Why Obama’s ‘Extended Hand’ is Counter-Productive

By Mauricio Claver-Carone in The Hill: Why Obama’s ‘extended hand’ is counter-productive In the 19th century, U.S. abolitionist leader William Lloyd Garrison astutely observed, “With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly […]

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