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Black Market Bullets Are Killing Venezuelans

  (Bloomberg) — The Venezuelan military’s failure to comply with bullet coding laws is fueling the world’s second-highest murder rate and enriching black market speculators, according to lawmakers, police officers and activists. Almost two years after President Nicolas Maduro ordered Cavim, the army-owned munitions company, Read More

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U.S. Seeks to Destabilize Venezuela

By Bill Fletcher, Jr NNPA Columnist   Whether under Bush or Obama the U.S. appears determined to destabilize the Bolivarian government of Venezuela.  The U.S. political establishment, including these two administrations, regularly provoke the Venezuelan government, make false allegations, and demonstrate their support for the Read More

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Venezuelan President Maduro Given Power to Rule by Decree

[The Washington Post] CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s legislature on Tuesday gave President Nicolás Maduro decree powers that he says are necessary for an “economic offensive” against the spiraling inflation and food shortages buffeting the country’s economy ahead of important municipal elections. The 50-year-old former union Read More

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U.S. NSA ‘Spied’ on Most Latin American Nations – Brazil Paper

(Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency has targeted most Latin American countries in its spying programs, with Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and Mexico ranking among those of highest priority for the U.S. intelligence agency, a leading Brazilian newspaper reported on Tuesday. Citing documents leaked by Edward Snowden, Read More

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Obama is Hostile Toward Venezuela

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   When President Obama was first elected, in 2008, much of the world waited to see what sort of changes he would introduce in the relationship of the U.S. towards the rest of the planet. In fact, he was prematurely Read More

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Race, Venezuela and the Legacy of Chavez

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   In January 2004, as the president of TransAfrica Forum, I had the honor of leading the first African American delegation to meet with the leaders of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution.  It was important for us to conduct this visit Read More

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Democracy on Trial

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist On Election Day, I found myself thinking about Venezuela. In the context of a hotly contested race for the presidency of the country, all reports indicated that the Venezuelan elections were handled smoothly with very few problems.  This was true Read More