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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Supreme Court Staged Effective Coup: ICJ

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Supreme Court Staged Effective Coup: ICJ

Supreme Court of Justice “effectively claimed legislative powers for itself, depriving the National Assembly of its Constitutional powers and granting sweeping arbitrary powers to the executive,” it said.

“These decisions amount to a coup d’état against the Constitutional order and have ushered in a new reign of arbitrary rule,” Sam Zarifi, ICJ Secretary General, said in a statement.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Possible ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ in Venezuela: UN Rights Boss

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Possible ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ in Venezuela: UN Rights Boss

“There is a very real danger that tensions will further escalate, with the government crushing democratic institutions and critical voices,” Zeid Ra‘ad al Hussein told the U.N. Human Rights Council.

“My investigation suggests the possibility that crimes against humanity may have been committed, which can only be confirmed by a subsequent criminal investigation,” Zeid said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani Urges Venezuelans to Unite Against US

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani Urges Venezuelans to Unite Against US

“We have no doubt that the new methods of the US government cannot last for long,” Rouhani said on the sidelines of the first science and technology summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Astana.

Rouhani underlined the importance of unity and further cooperation among independent countries in the face of US efforts to create divisions.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Venezuela to Sue Promoters of US Sanctions

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Venezuela to Sue Promoters of US Sanctions

Member of the assembly, Diosdado Cabello, said charges of treason would be pressed.

“We accept the call of President Nicolas Maduro to initiate, together with the competent state authorities, a historical judgment of treason against those engaged in the promotion of these immoral actions against the interests of the Venezuelan people,” said Cabello.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: ‘US Wants to Recolonize Venezuela’: Daniel Shaw

VENEZUELA POLITICS: ‘US Wants to Recolonize Venezuela’: Daniel Shaw

Daniel Shaw, a Latin America expert said, President Trump’s so-called smart sanctions on Venezuela are in line with Washington’s agenda for “regime change” and “recolonization. America is using a propaganda campaign on elections and democracy in Venezuela as a pretext to hurt the oil-rich country.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Signs New Sanctions Against Venezuela ‘Dictatorship’ PDVSA Debt

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Signs New Sanctions Against Venezuela ‘Dictatorship’ PDVSA Debt

“These measures are carefully calibrated to deny the Maduro dictatorship a critical source of financing to maintain its illegitimate rule, protect the United States financial system from complicity in Venezuela’s corruption and in the impoverishment of the Venezuelan people,” the White House said in a statement.

“We will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles,” it said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Venezuela-US Relations at Lowest Point Ever: Maduro

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Venezuela-US Relations at Lowest Point Ever: Maduro

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said that he and U.S. President Donald Trump should be respectful of each other and that relations between Venezuela and the United States should be normalized and a dialog established. “You and I should talk,” said Maduro. “Only by speaking can we understand each other.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro-Backed Body Usurps Venezuela Congress’ Authority

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro-Backed Body Usurps Venezuela Congress’ Authority

Assembly delegates approved a decree giving them the authority to pass legislation to guarantee the peace, sovereignty and economic well-being of Venezuelans in the face of what they consider machinations and sabotage by Maduro’s opponents. Since the constitutional assembly convened two weeks ago, Maduro has moved swiftly to jail opposition mayors and neutralize an outspoken critic from within his leftist ranks: chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Political Standoff: Congress Defies Push to Take Over its Powers

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Political Standoff: Congress Defies Push to Take Over its Powers

“They will have to kick us out with bullets,” said Freddy Guevara, Venezuela congress’ vice president, who tore up a copy of the edict while presiding over the special session. “But we will continue to defend this space the Venezuelan people gave us as long as we have the will and the means to do so.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: NCA Takes Over Legislative Powers from Opposition-Led Congress

VENEZUELA POLITICS: NCA Takes Over Legislative Powers from Opposition-Led Congress

One socialist party leader said for Venezuela lawmakers to continue meeting in the congressional building, they would need to seek permission from the NCA.

“We will teach them a historic lesson,” NCA President Delcy Rodriguez, who formerly served as Maduro’s foreign minister, said as delegates broke into loud applause while voting for the measure. We will not permit any more diverting of power” by the opposition, added Rodriguez, who formerly served as Maduro’s foreign minister. “The constituent assembly is here to impose order.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Tarek William Saab New Chief Prosecutor Vows to Jail Protest Leaders

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Tarek William Saab New Chief Prosecutor Vows to Jail Protest Leaders

Tarek William Saab New Chief Prosecutor said, “It will be a point of honor for the public prosecutor’s office to identify who was responsible for each of the hate crimes that occurred in this country. We will search the cameras, videos, photographs. We will get images of each one of them to make sure they pay for having killed, for having hurt people and left orphans behind.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Seeks to Capitalize on Trump’s Military Threat

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Seeks to Capitalize on Trump’s Military Threat

President Donald Trump’s comments may be a political lifeline for the unpopular Maduro. Like his predecessor and mentor, the late Hugo Chavez, Maduro says the country must be unified by socialism in order to defend against a U.S. invasion aimed at stealing Venezuela’s vast oil resources.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump’s Talks of Military Intervention in Venezuela Risks Alienating Latin American

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump’s Talks of Military Intervention in Venezuela Risks Alienating Latin American

“For years he’s been saying the U.S. is preparing an invasion, and everyone laughed. But now the claim has been validated,” said Mark Feierstein, who served as President Barack Obama’s top national security adviser on Latin America. “It’s hard to imagine a more damaging thing for Trump to say.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Threatens Military Intervention in Venezuela

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Threatens Military Intervention in Venezuela

“The people are suffering and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary,” U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters in an impromptu question and answer session.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Seeks to Meet Trump

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Seeks to Meet Trump

“If he (Trump) is so interested in Venezuela, here I am. Mister Donald Trump, here is my hand,” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: United States Hits Venezuela With New Sanctions

VENEZUELA POLITICS: United States Hits Venezuela With New Sanctions

“President Maduro swore in this illegitimate Constituent Assembly to further entrench his dictatorship, and continues to tighten his grip on the country,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

“This regime’s disregard for the will of the Venezuelan people is unacceptable, and the United States will stand with them in opposition to tyranny until Venezuela is restored to a peaceful and prosperous democracy.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Nicolas Maduro Urges ‘Respect’ for Venezuela

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Nicolas Maduro Urges ‘Respect’ for Venezuela

Addressing an extraordinary meeting of countries from the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) on Tuesday, Maduro said, “I think what we’re missing is a regional dialog.”

“I’d like to propose to ALBA and to powerful leaders of the countries present that we begin a dialog of respect for Venezuela,” he said. Maduro proposed dialog with Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Paraguay, and Argentina. He said he was not sure about Brazil, “because there’s no legitimate government there.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Luisa Ortega Ordered to Stand Trial

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Luisa Ortega Ordered to Stand Trial

The prosecutor, Luisa Ortega accused Maduro of human rights abuses and of fudging the results of last weekend’s election of the new 545-member constituent assembly. “The firing of Chief Prosecutor Luisa Ortega is the first dictatorial act of an illegitimate constituent assembly. We reiterate our solidarity with the Venezuelan people,” Juan Manuel Santos, president of neighbouring Colombia, said on Twitter.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Luisa Ortega Diaz Office Blocked By Security Forces

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Luisa Ortega Diaz Office Blocked By Security Forces

“Aggression against Ortega is aggression against all of us,” Luis Almagro, head of the Organization of American States tweeted, adding that the presence of the security forces “puts evidence of human rights violations and corruption on the part of the (Maduro) regime at risk.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Antonio Ledezma Now in House Arrest

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Antonio Ledezma Now in House Arrest

In a pre-dawn tweet, Antonio Ledezma’s wife said that her husband had just been brought to his residence. “Several minutes ago, Antonio was unexpectedly returned by the Sebin (intelligence agency) to our home. We thank the people of Venezuela and the international community for their concern and solidarity.”

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