The decision to send two prominent Venezuelan opposition leaders back to prison this morning in the wake of a controversial vote over the weekend has once again ratcheted up tensions in the South American country. Read More
Tension in Venezuela is on the rise again as the opposition and the government accuse each other of trying to stage a coup.
There has been a wave of anti-government protests and dozens of people have been killed in protest-related violence since April
Here, we look more in depth at the problems facing Venezuela and its president, Nicolas Maduro…. Read More
Venezuela: How paradise got lost,
By Ray Sanchez, CNN
Updated 5:07 PM ET, Thu July 27, 2017
(CNN)- The mounting crisis in Venezuela is entering a new chapter as President Nicolás Maduro’s plans to rewrite the constitution face a pivotal vote.
On Sunday 545 seats in the new Constituent Assembly will be decided. The winners would essentially replace the current National Assembly, which is controlled by Maduro opponents — who have called for a boycott of the vote.
For months, opponents have taken to the streets to voice their frustration with Maduro’s government. More than 100 people have died in connection with bloody protests. Chaos has consumed this country of astonishing natural beauty — one that also possesses the largest proven oil reserves in the world.
Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, has seen almost daily demonstrations in recent weeks, some of which have turned violent. Read More