Category Archives: Venezuela

Venezuela’s health crisis nearing catastrophe, government pleads for help | Fox News

Several layers of dirt cover the floor. Pigeons fly about the rooms and across dim hallways where at least half of the lights are out. Sadly, the spooky scene is not from some movie but from one of Venezuela’s main hospitals, the Clinical University Hospital of Caracas (HUC).

Crisis here runs so deep that in the first two weeks of March most surgeries had to be cancelled for lack of running water. Patients wait for months to get a procedure because the hospital and the entire country is increasingly out of basic medication and surgical supplies.

Venezuela’s health crisis nearing catastrophe, government pleads for help | Fox News

US Military Warns of ‘Response’ to Venezuela ‘Instability’ | News | teleSUR English

The U.S. military’s top official for Latin America presented an ominous report to the Senate Thursday warning that Venezuela could be a “destabilizing” factor in Latin America.

“Venezuela faces significant instability in the coming year due to widespread food, and medicine shortages; continued political uncertainty; and a worsening economic situation,” said Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, the commander of the United States Souther Command in his report to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“The growing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela could eventually compel a regional response.”

US Military Warns of ‘Response’ to Venezuela ‘Instability’ | News | teleSUR English

Wealthy Venezuelans Are Seeking Haven in Madrid – Bloomberg

With its shared language, stable politics and a property market that’s still recovering from a six-year crash, Spain holds many attractions for wealthy Venezuelans seeking a shield their assets from economic disorder in their home country. The number of properties sold to Venezuelan nationals jumped 17 percent in 2016 according to Spain’s property register.

“The worse things get in Venezuela, the more they buy in Madrid,” said Alvaro Gonzalez de la Hoz, director general at the real estate unit of Petrus Grupo Inmobiliario, which specializes in selling and renting high-end properties in the upscale Madrid neighborhood of Salamanca. “They feel safe here, they like the quality of life, they speak the language — and they’re taking money out of Venezuela.”

Wealthy Venezuelans Are Seeking Haven in Madrid – Bloomberg

Power Moves: How Venezuela’s Maduro Is Shoring Up His Defenses | Americas Quarterly

If the mood on the streets of Caracas is a guide, Venezuelans are increasingly reconciling themselves to an uncomfortable idea: President Nicolás Maduro isn’t going anywhere.

Despite Venezuela enduring one of the most profound economic and political crises of any Latin American country in recent memory – and amid yearlong calls for Maduro’s ouster in 2016 – the president’s grip on power appears unexpectedly secure. After two decades spent consolidating control over the country’s institutions, Chavismo will be harder to dislodge from power than many had hoped.

Power Moves: How Venezuela’s Maduro Is Shoring Up His Defenses | Americas Quarterly

Venezuela survey: 75% of population lost 19 pounds amid food crisis – UPI.com

Venezuela’s Living Conditions Survey found that nearly 75 percent of the population lost an average of at least 19 pounds in 2016 due to a lack of proper nutrition amid an economic crisis.

Venezuelans are not consuming the 2,000 recommended daily calories needed, the survey said. Venezuela’s extreme poor said they have lost more than 20 pounds.

Venezuela survey: 75% of population lost 19 pounds amid food crisis – UPI.com

Congratulations To Bolivarian Socialism – Venezuela Sees The Old Child Killing Diseases Back

There were those of us who kept insisting that it wasn’t going to be amusing when those wheels did come of of course but we were, in general, shouted down by those who insisted that this Bolivarian socialism was something new, something wondrous. Look, look! Look how it reduced inequality, look how much better off the poor are! But as everyone who stayed awake in even their first economics class has always known those wheels would come off and it wouldn’t be pretty when they did. As has happened of course. And the latest evidence of this is that the old child killers are back. At present it’s diphtheria but it won’t be long before more of them start massacring the young. Measles, whooping cough cannot be far behind and it’s only because we’ve entirely wiped out smallpox that it won’t be making an appearance:

Congratulations To Bolivarian Socialism – Venezuela Sees The Old Child Killing Diseases Back

Rex Tillerson Already Talking Regime Change in Venezuela | News | teleSUR English

“If confirmed, I would urge close cooperation with our friends in the hemisphere, particularly Venezuela’s neighbors Brazil and Colombia, as well as multilateral bodies such as the OAS, to seek a negotiated transition to democratic rule in Venezuela,” the former executive in ExxonMobil told Latin America Goes Global.

He further claimed that the economic crisis in the oil-rich South American country was “largely a product of its incompetent and dysfunctional government, first under Hugo Chavez, and now under his designated successor, Nicolas Maduro.”

Rex Tillerson Already Talking Regime Change in Venezuela | News | teleSUR English

Something’s Got to Give in Venezuela | Geopolitical Futures

“We expect the breaking point to arrive this year, …”

There is no denying that Venezuela finds itself in the midst of an economic and political crisis. On Jan. 23, the South American country will make headlines with nationwide anti-government protests. Our 2017 forecast states that the government of President Nicolás Maduro in its current form will not survive because the status quo in the country is unsustainable. We expect the breaking point to arrive this year, but we do not believe the Jan. 23 protests will bring it about. However, the groundwork for its fruition is already being laid, and marking the baseline at the start of the year will be helpful for tracking its evolution.

Something’s Got to Give in Venezuela | Geopolitical Futures

Rex Tillerson got burned in Venezuela. Then he got revenge. – The Washington Post

Rex Tillerson hadn’t been CEO of ExxonMobil very long when the late president Hugo Chavez made foreign oil companies in Venezuela an offer they couldn’t refuse. Give the government a bigger cut, or else.

Most of the companies took the deal. Tillerson refused.

Chavez responded by nationalizing ExxonMobil’s considerable assets in the country, which the company valued at $10 billion. The losses were a big blow to Tillerson, who reportedly took the seizure as a personal affront.

Only Tillerson didn’t get mad, at least in public. He got even.

Rex Tillerson got burned in Venezuela. Then he got revenge. – The Washington Post