Venezuela Is a Case Study in the Brutality…

Roxaanne | June 20, 2019 | 0

Sanctions are a violent tool of U.S. control. And now this tool is in Trump’s hands. Regardless of their devastating results, the use of sanctions against “unruly” countries is a frequent U.S. foreign policy tactic, often posed as the only alternative to an invasion. On May 8, nearly a year to the day since the U.S. pulled out…

Venezuela to Suspend Foreign Debit, Credit Card Operations…

Roxaanne | June 17, 2019 | 0

MEXICO (Sputnik) – The Central Bank of Venezuela and the country’s banking sector regulator SUDEBAN decided to launch their own payment system and halt Visa, Mastercard and Maestro operations by the end of January 2020, local media reported.From 30 November 2019, operations on debit cards of these three systems should be terminated, Banca y Negocios news portal…

In Venezuela, Uncle Sam Roots From the Sidelines

Roxaanne | May 15, 2019 | 0

In the predawn hours of April 30, the contest for control of Venezuela once again appeared to be coming to a head. Juan Guaidó, the young reformer who claims the mantle of President, announced from inside a military base in the capital, Caracas, that he was taking charge. And nearby stood evidence that the security…

Venezuela and the Birth of the American Empire

Roxaanne | April 24, 2019 | 0

John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, took to Twitter recently to disparage the regime of Nicolás Maduro. In particular, Mr. Bolton vowed that the detention of opposition leader Juan Guaido’s chief of staff would “not go unanswered.” Roberto Marrero’s arrest was deemed “illegitimate,” and Bolton echoed the president, who has repeatedly warned Venezuela that “all…

Venezuela and the Myth of Kinder, Gentler Socialism

Roxaanne | March 12, 2019 | 0

Venezuela is a socialist country. Venezuela is also a dictatorship. Currently, Venezuela has fallen into open violence and complete chaos, with the strongman Nicolas Maduro ordering troops to open fire on those attempting to bring humanitarian aid into the country. Yet, strangely, Maduro still has his defenders. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the leading declared Democratic…

Venezuela: A simple guide to understanding the current…

Roxaanne | February 17, 2019 | 0

After years of turmoil, Venezuela’s political crisis escalated to a new level last week as the head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly,  Juan Guaido , declared himself interim president.  The proclamation came after President Nicolas Maduro experienced the biggest protests against his mandate in two years.  But Maduro said he is not leaving his seat…

Venezuela crisis: Maduro cuts ties after US backs…

Roxaanne | February 12, 2019 | 0

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThousands attended Wednesday’s rally in Caracas against President Maduro Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has broken off relations with the US after it recognised opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim leader.Mr Maduro gave US diplomats 72 hours to leave the country but the US said the “former president”…

Venezuela, a leading oil exporter in deep crisis

Roxaanne | February 12, 2019 | 0

1 / 4Opposition demonstrators have clashed with security forces in protests against the government of Nicolas Maduro (AFP Photo/Yuri CORTEZ)Caracas (AFP) – Venezuela, where opposition leader Juan Guaido has declared himself interim leader as President Nicolas Maduro comes under increasing criticism, is Latin America’s top oil exporter but wracked by a spiraling economic and political…