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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: French President Macron Held Talks With Julio Borges

VENEZUELA POLITICS: French President Macron Held Talks With Julio Borges

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said he had filed complaints with the ambassadors of France and three other European countries planning to meet with the Venezuelan opposition figures during their European tour for interference in the nation’s internal affairs.

“These types of expressions are absurd and offensive to the functioning of Venezuelan democracy and its institutions,” Arreaza said.
The developments came two days after a Venezuelan activist was barred from leaving the country in order to join the opposition European tour.

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 04 September 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 04 September 2017

WORLD BRIEF:
Maduro will speak shortly after an opening address by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein, who said last week democracy was “barely alive” in the Latin American country. An Aug. 30 report from Zeid’s office said security forces had committed extensive and apparently deliberate human rights violations in crushing anti-government protests. The report called for further investigation and accountability and urged Maduro to release arbitrarily detained demonstrators and to halt the unlawful use of military courts to try civilians.

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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 POLTICS: Maduro Launches War Games in Face of Trump Military Intervention Threat

VENEZUELA POLTICS: Maduro Launches War Games in Face of Trump Military Intervention Threat

Trump warned earlier this month that the United States was mulling a range of options against Venezuela, “including a possible military option if necessary.” War planes, tanks and 200,000 troops of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) deployed along with 700,000 reservists and civilians as socialist President Nicolas Maduro launched two days of military exercises on Saturday.

“Yankees out!” 60-year-old Erica Avendano yelled as she bashed a rag dummy with her rifle on an assault course. “I hope nothing will happen, but we are ready for anything,” she told AFP.

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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: Maduro Swaps Oil Minister and PDVSA President

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Swaps Oil Minister and PDVSA President

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Eulogio Del Pino will help drive forward negotiations among producer nations to strengthen energy markets.

“Eulogio is the architect of the OPEC/non-OPEC agreements. Soon we will have a set of trips with respect to that,” Maduro said during a televised broadcast, referring to deals negotiated by oil-producing nations since last year to boost prices.

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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: 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: Maduro Rejects Vote Rigging Charge

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Rejects Vote Rigging Charge

“Nothing can stain this process, because it’s transparent,” said the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at a meeting with the delegates elected to the new Constituent Assembly on Wednesday.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: SEBIN Arrests Leopoldo Lopez, Antonio Ledezma

VENEZUELA POLITICS: SEBIN Arrests Leopoldo Lopez, Antonio Ledezma

“We heard the news today and we believe it’s clearly a step in the wrong direction. We expect more information from the Venezuelan authorities on their situation which is still unclear,” Catherine Ray, a spokeswoman for EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini, told a daily briefing.

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COLOMBIA POLITICS: Venezuela Assembly Vote Result Unacceptable: Juan Manuel Santos

COLOMBIA POLITICS: Venezuela Assembly Vote Result Unacceptable: Juan Manuel Santos

“This constituent assembly has an illegitimate origin, and because of that, we cannot recognise its result,” said Santos, speaking at an education event and repeating a call for a peaceful solution to unrest in Venezuela.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Warns Trump: ‘Stop Aggression Against Venezuela’

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Warns Trump: ‘Stop Aggression Against Venezuela’

“Think well, US strategists, Venezuela wants to live in peace, it wants to live quietly. Stop your aggression,” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Vows to Go Ahead With New Congress Despite Donald Trump Threats

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Vows to Go Ahead With New Congress Despite Donald Trump Threats

US President Donald Trump: “If Maduro regime imposes its Constituent Assembly on July 30, United States will take strong and swift economic actions.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Disgruntled State Workers Seek Ways to Join Opposition Vote

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Disgruntled State Workers Seek Ways to Join Opposition Vote

Maduro says his July 30 vote for the controversial constituent assembly is the only way to bring peace to Venezuela after three months of violent anti-government protests.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: 123 Venezuelan Soldiers Detained Since Protests: Documents

VENEZUELA POLITICS: 123 Venezuelan Soldiers Detained Since Protests: Documents

“This shows low morale and discontent and, of course, economic necessity,” one former army general said of the detentions, asking not to be named for fear of reprisals.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: ‘We Are Ready to Continue Our Struggle for Liberation’: Oscar Perez

VENEZUELA POLITICS: ‘We Are Ready to Continue Our Struggle for Liberation’: Oscar Perez

“Once again we are in Caracas, ready and willing to continue our struggle for the liberation of our country,” police pilot Oscar Perez said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition to Hold Unofficial Referendum on Maduro Plan

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition to Hold Unofficial Referendum on Maduro Plan

“The people have a right to vote and the people will vote on July 30, rain or shine!” Maduro said during a speech at an event with candidates to the new assembly.

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