Tag: Maduro, Nicolas

Donald Trump’s Incompetent Foreign Policy

Stefani Reynolds for The New York Times For all the sound and fury, Trump’s foreign policy has few accomplishments. Oct. 16, 2020 Kathleen Kingsbury, acting editorial page editor, wrote about the editorial board’s verdict on Donald Trump’s presidency in a special edition of our Opinion Today newsletter. You can read it here. This month, with […]

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Venezuela, Once an Oil Giant, Reaches the End of an Era

CABIMAS, Venezuela — For the first time in a century, there are no rigs searching for oil in Venezuela. Wells that once tapped the world’s largest crude reserves are abandoned or left to flare toxic gases that cast an orange glow over depressed oil towns. Refineries that once processed oil for export are rusting hulks, […]

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Venezuela Ordered Killings and Torture of Critics, U.N. Investigators Say

GENEVA — United Nations investigators said on Wednesday that President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela and other high-ranking officials ordered or contributed to arbitrary killings, torture and sexual violence carried out by state security services and called for criminal investigations to determine the extent of their involvement. A three-member international fact-finding mission appointed by the U.N. […]

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What the Oil Spill in Venezuela Tells Us About Its Politics

AMHERST, Mass. — It has been a tough summer for Venezuela. The already ailing country, in the throes of a severe lockdown, is also experiencing a major environmental disaster. In July, a state-owned refinery began to spill oil into the Morrocoy National Park, one of the country’s most biodiverse areas. Venezuela also experienced a new […]

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Venezuela’s Opposition Splits Over Taking Part in Coming Elections

CARACAS, Venezuela — Since joining forces last year, Venezuela’s fractious opposition has tried protests and strikes, and encouraged international sanctions, amnesty offers and a coup. It even considered a mercenary invasion to try to unseat President Nicolás Maduro. All have failed, leaving opponents of the increasingly repressive Mr. Maduro hounded and demoralized, and the once-wealthy […]

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Venezuela Deploys Security Forces in Coronavirus Crackdown

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan officials are denouncing people who may have come into contact with the coronavirus as “bioterrorists” and urging their neighbors to report them. The government is detaining and intimidating doctors and experts who question the president’s policies on the virus. And it is corralling thousands of Venezuelans who are streaming home after […]

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In Diplomatic Doubleheader, U.S. Seizes Iranian Fuel From Ships Headed to Venezuela

WASHINGTON — The United States has seized more than 1.1 million barrels of Iranian fuel that was headed to Venezuela, officials said on Friday, in a high-seas handover that blocked two diplomatic adversaries from evading American economic sanctions. The transfer of fuel from four Greek-owned ships, occurring over the past several weeks, risked igniting a […]

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2 Ex-Green Berets Sentenced to 20 Years for Venezuela Attack

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan court has sentenced two former U.S. Special Forces soldiers to 20 years in prison for their part in a failed beach attack aimed at overthrowing President Nicolás Maduro, prosecutors announced. The former Green Berets, Luke Denman and Airan Berry, admitted to taking part in the May 4 operation orchestrated […]

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Latin America Is Facing a ‘Decline of Democracy’ Under the Pandemic

CARACAS, Venezuela — Postponed elections. Sidelined courts. A persecuted opposition. As the coronavirus pandemic tears through Latin America and the Caribbean, killing more than 180,000 and destroying the livelihoods of tens of millions in the region, it is also undermining democratic norms that were already under strain. Leaders ranging from the center-right to the far […]

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With Officials’ Backing, Dubious Virus Remedies Surge in Latin America

TARIJA, Bolivia — In Cochabamba, high in the Bolivian Andes, people line up daily outside pharmacies on the central plaza, eager to buy the scarce elixir they hope will ward off Covid-19: chlorine dioxide, a kind of bleach used to disinfect swimming pools and floors. Experts say drinking it is pointless at best and hazardous […]

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