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February 21, 2014

CNN journalists lose their press credentials in Venezuela, because that’s not shady or anything

  • seven the number of CNN journalists who had their press credentials revoked or denied in Venezuela, a direct response to the country’s icy reaction to the network’s coverage of the country’s current protest-heavy situation. “Enough war propaganda,” President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised speech. “I do not accept war propaganda against Venezuela. If they do not rectify things, get out of Venezuela, CNN, get out.” source
21:56 // 5 months ago
July 9, 2013

Edward Snowden accepts political asylum in Venezuela—maybe

  • announcement Alexei Pushkov, chair of an international affairs committee in the Russian legislature, tweeted today that "Predictably, Snowden has agreed to [Venezuelan President Nicolas] Maduro’s offer of political asylum. Apparently, this option appeared most reliable to Snowden.”
  • retraction The tweet was deleted moments later, but Russia Today grabbed a copy. Pushkov then sent another tweet, saying that the information regarding Maduro’s asylum offer came from a Russian TV station and referring inquiries to said station. source

Maduro did confirm earlier that Venezeula hadreceived an asylum request from Snowden on Monday; considering Maduro previously pledged to offer Snowden asylum anyway, it’s not too tough to put two and two together. The tweet-then-delete by the Russian MP is odd, but we’re guessing Maduro (or someone) will make an official announcement soon enough.

11:25 // 1 year ago
July 5, 2013
20:47 // 1 year ago
April 16, 2013

Violent demonstrations follow narrow election victory of Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro

  • 7 people died in Venezuela on Monday night following violent clashes between supporters of recently elected president Nicolas Maduro and his top rival, Henrique Capriles. Capriles has called for a recall of Sunday’s election results after Maduro won by less than 250,000 votes.
  • 65 people were injured as tires were burned, protesters battled security forces, and other anti-Maduro demonstrations were carried out in the capital of Caracas and other major Venezuelan cities. More than 130 people were reportedly arrested by the time everything was said and done. source
15:02 // 1 year ago
April 15, 2013

A few numbers from Venezuela’s special election

  • 50.7 percent of the vote went to interim Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, former vice president under deceased leader Hugo Chavez, during the country’s special election on Sunday.
  • 49.1 percent of the vote went to Maduro’s top rival, Henrique Capriles, who has announced plans to contest the results of the election. Capriles says his team has collected more than 3,000 reports of polling place irregularities, including possible gun violence and illegal poll re-openings.
  • 235K votes separated the two nominees, though Venezuela’s election board has since declared the win “irreversible”, which certainly doesn’t bode well for a potential challenge from Henrique Capriles. source
13:55 // 1 year ago
March 9, 2013
17:53 // 1 year ago
March 6, 2013
Following the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday, many eyes have turned to the man seen as Chavez’s likely successor: Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro. While it’s unclear if he’ll be able to match his fallen predecessor’s global profile, Maduro is a staunch supporter of the socialist revolution championed by Chavez, calling it the “superior human state” during a recent speech. Many believe Maduro will emerge the victor of upcoming presidential elections given Hugo Chavez’s win last October. (Photo via Congress of the Republic of Peru) source

Following the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday, many eyes have turned to the man seen as Chavez’s likely successor: Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro. While it’s unclear if he’ll be able to match his fallen predecessor’s global profile, Maduro is a staunch supporter of the socialist revolution championed by Chavez, calling it the “superior human state” during a recent speech. Many believe Maduro will emerge the victor of upcoming presidential elections given Hugo Chavez’s win last October. (Photo via Congress of the Republic of Peru) source

15:23 // 1 year ago
March 5, 2013

Venezuela will hold week of mourning for Chavez

7 days of mourning for the death of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela officials say, after the 58-year-old President died today. Chavez was an intensely polarizing political figure, lauded by some on the left for his anti-capitalist ethos, condemned by some on the right for the same thing, and condemned by some on both sides for oppression of political opponents and muzzling of dissenting media. This divide is particularly stark in today, with pundits like Kristen Power tweeting “good riddance” to the dead leader (CNN contributor and GOP consultant Alex Castellanos rather sensationally termed him a “Hitler”), while liberal flagship The Nation’s Greg Grandin authored an article far more sympathetic to Chavez’s legacy, admission of his “strongman” status aside. source

20:47 // 1 year ago
March 2, 2013
In mid-January he was improving, the infection could be controlled, but he continued with problems of respiratory insufficiency. Afterwards, there was a general improvement, and the doctors along with President Chávez decided to initiate complementary treatments. You know what the complementary treatments are, right? They are chemotherapy that is applied to patients after operations.
Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro • Speaking on the condition of his boss, President Hugo Chavez, whose state of health is still relatively clouded in mystery. Chavez is not well, this much is clear — he’s been in intensive medical treatment, and hidden from the public eye since mid-December, battling a cancer with which he was first publicly revealed in 2011. Government officials have publicly stated that Chavez is battling for his life, but in absence of further transparency (a fact which has infuriated his political opposition), they’ve been dogged by reports and speculation of varying credibility of the leader’s death, the latest of which came from CNN Chile this week. source 
16:23 // 1 year ago
February 28, 2013
14:23 // 1 year ago