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As chaos envelops Venezuela, Caracas spends millions on lobbyists in Washington

Venezuela’s currency is essentially worthless. Its people are starving. Rampant inflation has rendered the bolívar less useful than toilet paper. And since Donald Trump’s election, the Venezuelan government has spent … Click to Continue »

'Despacito' singers slam Venezuela's Maduro for 'illegal' use of song

The Puerto Rican duo behind the worldwide sexy smash Latin pop hit "Despacito" on Monday slammed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for "illegally" using their song to promote a controversial vote he is organizing. "Illegally appropriating...Show More Summary

Venezuela crisis enters pivotal week, Maduro foes protest

By Andrew Cawthorne and Anggy Polanco CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition plastered election centers with slogans and planned to rally in honor of dead protesters on Monday in a final week-long push to force President Nicolas Maduro into aborting a controversial congress. Show More Summary

Venezuela's president released a version of 'Despacito' to support his effort to rewrite the constitution

Venezuela is less than a week from the vote called by President Nicolas Maduro to elect for members of a constituent assembly that would start redrafting the country's constitution — a move widely criticized as an attempt to expand government's...Show More Summary

13 MLB Players Denounce Repression And Deaths In Their Native Venezuela

“We’re speaking not as players but as citizens, as people who love their country.”

The LA Philharmonic Is Once Again Training Youth Orchestras To Work Hard And Kick Ass

7 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

But is this enough, in a time of political upheaval (consider Venezuela, for instance, home of El Sistema)? "The mold is definitely breaking, but it is anyone’s guess how 100 young musicians playing for maybe 1,000 listeners can change the world. Isn’t it enough that they have changed their lives, and that they can go […]

LATE-STAGE SOCIALISM: Violinist symbolic of Venezuela protest bloodied. A young violinist who bec…

LATE-STAGE SOCIALISM: Violinist symbolic of Venezuela protest bloodied. A young violinist who became a symbol of anti-government protest in Venezuela has apparently been injured at a demonstration. Images broadcast on local television show emergency response workers tending to Wuilly Arteaga as he bleeds from his nose. His shirt and baseball cap with the colors of […]

Venezuela crisis enters pivotal week, Maduro foes protest

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition planned to plaster election centers with banners and rally in honor of dead protesters on Monday in a final week-long push to force President Nicolas Maduro into aborting a controversial congress.

Venezuelan opposition readies fresh strike

Venezuela's opposition has called a fresh 48-hour general strike against embattled President Nicolas Maduro's plans to have the constitution rewritten giving him broader powers. "We are calling out the entire people, all groups in society, for a 48-hour strike" Wednesday and Thursday, lawmaker Simon Calzadilla said. Show More Summary

The Latest: New judge in court clash detained in Venezuela

22 hours agoNews : The Cutline

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on protests in Venezuela against President Nicolas Maduro's bid to rewrite the constitution (all times local):

Amid chaos of Venezuela street demos, a lone violinist plays

As tear gas chokes the air and water cannons gush in the streets, a skinny young man wearing the red, blue and yellow of Venezuela's flag stands bravely amid the chaos and plays the violin. That is 23-year-old Wuilly Arteaga doing his...Show More Summary

Venezuela opposition urges boycott of vote to overhaul constitution

Venezuela's angry opposition called Sunday for a boycott of an upcoming vote that it dismisses as a ploy by President Nicolas Maduro to cling to power. Ahead of next Sunday's election for a 500-plus member assembly to rewrite the constitution...Show More Summary

Maduro says Venezuela vote going ahead despite 'imperial' threat

CARACAS (Reuters) - Defying pressure from abroad and at home, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday that an election would go ahead next weekend for a controversial new congress his foes say will institutionalize dictatorship.

Venezuela Will Be The First Sovereign Oil Producer To See An "All-Out Collapse"

Venezuela’s anti-government protests are growing increasingly violent, with the death toll from clashes between protesters and government forces that began in May topping 100. Despite the country’s increasing political instability, and...Show More Summary

Why even foes of Venezuela’s government are wary of U.S. oil sanctions

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It’s the “nuclear option” against Venezuela — a U.S. oil embargo that would hit the government of President Nicolás Maduro where it most hurts: the wallet. As the crisis in Caracas intensifies, that lever has never been closer to being pulled. The Trump administration confirmed this past week that “all options are on the table” […]

Venezuela’s symphony of protests

yesterdayNews : The Lookout

Musicians in Venezuela have been taking their instruments to protests this year, and a violist was killed in June. Here are some of the players in action.

A Sistema violinist is injured in Venezuela violence

Wuilly Arteaga, a Sistema violinist who plays his instrument in anti-government protests, has posted a video of his bullet-swollen face, pledging continued defiance. He was hit by a volley from armed police. (Video) Ni PERDIGONES NI METRAS nos detendrán de seguir luchando hasta lograr la INDEPENDENCIA DE VENEZUELA. Mañana vuelvo a las CALLES… — […]

Venezuela's violinist protestor injured again

Violinist Wuilly Arteaga, who gained fame for playing at many of Venezuela's opposition marches, was injured during a protest Saturday and taken to a clinic. The 23-year-old was seen with blood gushing from cuts on the left side of his face. Show More Summary

Venezuelans Are Now Paying 1000 Times More For US Dollars Than They Did In 2010

The hyperinflationary-hell in Venezuela’s currency is deepening as a crippling dollar shortage and a threat of oil sanctions (amid President Maduro's attempts to rewrite the constition to maintain his grip on power) take their toll on...Show More Summary

Venezuelans protest Maduro's bid to amend constitution

Clashes erupt in Caracas as security forces fire tear gas to block opposition march on Venezuela's Supreme Court.

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