The late President Hugo Chavez’s dream of leveraging Venezuela’s oil wealth to spread revolution across Latin America is crumbling under the weight of an economic crisis that is forcing his hand-picked successor to cut back on generous foreign aid.
While Venezuela has fallen behind on payments before, the latest cash crunch is more severe, [...]
Russians arms inventories in Venezuela are blighted by widespread malfunction, breakdown and an endemic lack of operational readiness, opposition critics said.
Amid data indicating Venezuela is now Russia’s largest weapons customer in Latin America, thanks largely to deals reached before former President Hugo Chavez died of cancer in March, the [...]
Calling the main opposition figures thieves and terrorists “prepares the ground for dangerous days in Venezuela.”
Dangerous Days in Venezuela [Nov. 13, 2013]
By describing the three main opposition figures as thieves and terrorists, the government has crossed the line that separates political confrontation, no matter how aggressive, from the criminalization of dissidence and opposition. [...]
In San Cristóbal, people line up for hours to buy a few kilograms of flour. On the Colombian side, that same flour crams storefronts and is hawked by street vendors.
When Maduro talks about economic “warfare” and “sabotage,” Táchira is a frontline.
I wanted statistics on contraband. Several sources told me to ask the Bolivarian [...]
Two Russian strategic bombers have flown to Venezuela as part of a military exercise.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement Monday that the two Tu-160 supersonic long-range bombers took off from Engels air base near the Volga River city of Saratov in the country’s southwest.
The bombers, which are capable of carrying nuclear-tipped [...]
The incompetence of President Nicolás Maduro’s government in Venezuela, coupled with rampant corruption, is reaching dangerous levels that could portend a social explosion in that politically tense nation. With inflation reaching just under 50 percent for September and shortages of basic consumer goods multiplying by the day, there is no clear path to resolution of [...]
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has lately been accused of hypocrisy for seeking enhanced powers to rule by decree so that he can tackle the corruption that rots Venezuela’s political institutions.
The accusation is fitting. Maduro is finally admitting that the Venezuela he inherited from the late Hugo Chavez is [...]
In Venezuela, Russia is building naval capabilities, including nuclear-powered guided-missile cruisers and anti-submarine ships. Chile’s Scorpène class submarine can be fitted with missiles. Argentina is also eyeing nuclear-powered submarines, equipped, however, at least for now, with conventional weapons.
Brazil, a party to the Non Proliferation Treaty, is reportedly planning to develop indigenously a nuclear-propulsion system: [...]
The current situation in Venezuela — under the Chavez-designated heir and proclaimed winner of a tainted election Nicolás Maduro — is similar to, and no less untenable than, that of the Soviet Union at the time of Chernenko.
The misallocation of resources brought about by price and foreign exchange controls, the wasting of [...]
The Venezuelan opposition on Monday released a recording of what it says is a conversation between Mario Silva, a prominent Venezuelan television host and a favorite of the late Hugo Chávez, and a Cuban intelligence officer, in which Silva details a feud within the government between Chávez loyalists and Diosdado Cabello, the [...]