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Friday, March 20th 2015 - 08:23 UTC

Venezuela condemns US 'tyrannical” attempts in New York Times full page ad

“Never before in the history of our nations has a president of the United States attempted to govern Venezuelans by decree,” said Venezuela’s ad

Venezuela has placed a full page ad in The New York Times decrying what it charges are “tyrannical” attempts by the US government to undermine its socialist system. The ad declaring that “Venezuela is not a threat” comes amid mounting tensions between the two countries after President Nicolás Maduro this month accused Washington of plotting to oust him and ordered the US Embassy in Caracas to slash staffing levels.

Wednesday, March 18th 2015 - 08:37 UTC

Brazil coordinates efforts to guarantee supply of basic products to Venezuela

Maduro made the request personally to president Rousseff on a couple of opportunities according to Brazilian diplomatic sources

Following a request from Venezuela, the Brazilian government has acted alongside Brazilian companies to guarantee supply of basic products during Venezuela's economic crisis, according to diplomatic sources. The request was made by President Nicolas Maduro in at least two meetings with President Dilma Rousseff, in December 2014 and the day after Rousseff began her second term, on January 2.

Monday, March 16th 2015 - 10:48 UTC

President Maduro will rule the rest of the year with decree powers

“The US want to stick their hands into Venezuela's wealth, just as they have done in other countries,” ruling party legislator Tania Díaz said, on presenting the “anti-imperialist” bill

Venezuela's parliament has granted President Nicolas Maduro decree powers for the rest of 2015 in a move he says is to defend the country from US meddling but opponents decry as evidence of autocracy. In a noisy National Assembly session, ruling Socialist Party legislators, who have a majority, applauded the “Enabling Law” as a legitimate response to a US declaration that Venezuela is a security threat and sanctions on seven officials.

Monday, March 16th 2015 - 10:08 UTC

Unasur calls on the US to revoke measures against Venezuela and implement dialogue

The group said the signing of an executive order by President Obama labeling Caracas as an extraordinary threat to national security was actually a threat to Venezuela’s sovereignty.

The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) slammed the United States for its decision to label Venezuela as a security threat and impose sanctions against a number of its officials, calling on Washington to revoke the measure.

Friday, March 13th 2015 - 10:51 UTC

New York Times warns Obama's strategy towards Venezuela could be failing

The step could end up backfiring if President Maduro is able to use it to bolster his bogus contention that the United States is trying oust him through a coup.

In an editorial piece, “A failing relationship with Venezuela”, The New York Times expressed doubts about the latest measures imposed by the Obama administration on seven top officials from the Venezuelan government and goes even further questioning whether they will not end actually reinforcing President Nicolas Maduro position.

Wednesday, March 11th 2015 - 06:54 UTC

Unasur to hold a presidential summit on the Venezuela/US confrontation

Ecuadorean president Correa said foreign ministers will meet in Montevideo to prepare the presidential summit

Unasur (Union of South American Nations) presidents will meet next week to respond to the “grotesque and illegal” meddling of the United States in Venezuelan affairs announced Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa.

Wednesday, March 11th 2015 - 06:39 UTC

Maduro asks the Assembly for expanded powers to fight 'imperialism'

“We'll be able to prepare ourselves economically, financially and commercially for whatever kind of blockade the U.S. surely has planned,” said Maduro.

President Nicolas Maduro responded to new U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan officials by asking legislators Tuesday to give him expanded powers in the name of fighting imperialism. Government critics called it a power grab.

Tuesday, March 10th 2015 - 08:07 UTC

US confirms sanctions against seven top officials from Maduro's regime

Manuel Bernal Martínez, Justo Noguera Pietri, Gustavo González López, Antonio Benavides Torres, Miguel  Vivas Landino and Manuel Pérez Urdaneta

United States President Obama on Monday issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela.

Tuesday, March 3rd 2015 - 06:46 UTC

Maduro gives US two weeks to cut size of Caracas embassy staff to 17

The move came after Maduro lashed out at what he called U.S. “conspiracies” against his populist government

Venezuela's government has given the U.S. two weeks to slash the size of its embassy staff in Caracas to 17 diplomats as tensions between the two nations rise. Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez made the announcement Monday after a meeting with the top American diplomat in Caracas. She said it is up to the U.S. to decide which of an estimated 100 diplomats it wishes to send home.

Monday, March 2nd 2015 - 01:14 UTC

Maduro retaliates and will demand visas from US citizens travelling to Venezuela

The Venezuelan president had to remain in his country despite his announced Sunday trip to Uruguay for the change of government ceremony

President Nicolas Maduro said his government had captured American citizens involved in “espionage activities,” and said US citizens in the future will have to seek visas to come to Venezuela. Speaking during a rally, he said his government will prohibit some US officials from entering Venezuela in retaliation for a similar measure by the government of President Barack Obama against a group of Venezuelan public officials.

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