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Daily news – February 8, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Astana Times, Atlantic Council, Brookings, Bruegel, Chatham House, CSIS, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Global Times, Human Rights Watch, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Nextgov, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, StartMagazine, The Jamestown Foundation, Vatican  AFGHANISTAN – USA Where are the detailed Pentagon reports like […]

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State win for Venezuela’s opposition masks deeper problems (Chris Arsenault, Al Jazeera)

Venezuela’s opposition has won an important symbolic battle in securing the governorship in Barinas State, but analysts say they are still losing the broader political war with government forces. On the home turf of the oil-rich country’s late leader, Hugo Chavez, opposition candidate Sergio Garrido late on Sunday defeated the governing socialist party’s Jorge Arreaza, who served […]

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Venezuela’s youth have a long-term strategy for building democracy. Biden should listen (Willow Fortunoff – Atlantic Council)

Daily life in Venezuela has long been grim: Through mismanagement and corruption, Nicolás Maduro’s administration fails to provide basic government services and continues to undermine the essence of democracy. Every day, citizens face uncertain access to wages, running water, medical supplies, and stable internet. Young students, in particular, lack the educational and economic opportunities to […]

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How Venezuela this year almost doubled its oil output (Al Jazeera)

Venezuela this year almost doubled its oil production from last year’s decades-low as its state-owned company struck deals that let it pump and process more extra heavy crude into exportable grades. The surprising reversal began as state-run Petroleos de Venezuela, known as PDVSA, won help from small drilling firms by rolling over old debts and later obtained steady supplies of a key […]

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Former Colombia FARC leader killed in Venezuela: Local media (Al Jazeera)

A former leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), who rearmed in the wake of a 2016 peace agreement between the group and the Colombian government, has been killed in Venezuela, according to local media. Hernan Dario Velasquez, known as El Paisa (the Peasant), announced in 2019 that he and several well-known FARC commanders were […]

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Venezuela President Maduro brands EU electoral observers ‘spies’ (Euractiv)

Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro on Sunday (28 November) denounced members of the EU’s electoral observation mission who monitored voting last weekend as “spies,” and accused them of looking to “stain” the regional elections on their preliminary report. Venezuela President Maduro brands EU electoral observers ‘spies’ – EURACTIV.com

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Venezuela’s Flawed November 21 Elections (US Department of State)

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Maduro regime deprived Venezuelans yet again of their right to participate in a free and fair electoral process, during Venezuela’s November 21 regional and local elections. Fearful of the voice and vote of Venezuelans, the regime grossly skewed the process to determine the result of this […]

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Venezuela’s Maduro: Conditions to restart talks with opposition not there yet (Reuters)

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday there will be no renewed talks with opposition politicians until “the kidnap” of a prominent government envoy Alex Saab – who was extradited to the United States – is answered for. Venezuela’s Maduro: Conditions to restart talks with opposition not there yet | Reuters

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Venezuela ruling socialist party, allies sweep regional elections (Al Jazeera)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela and its allies have won big in regional elections participated by the opposition for the first time in four years. Sunday’s vote for governors and mayors across the South American country, which was overseen by European Union observers, was widely seen as a political weather vane for a […]

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting on Venezuelan Refugee Assistance in Uruguay (US Department of State)

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met today with representatives of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Uruguayan civil society to discuss assistance to Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Montevideo, Uruguay.  Deputy Secretary Sherman thanked Uruguayan government and civil society leaders for their work to assist Venezuelan refugees and migrants and highlighted how U.S. funding of IOM supports its […]

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Moscow stands in solidarity with Caracas to confront meddling in internal affairs — Lavrov (TASS)

Russia stands in solidarity with the Venezuelan government and country’s President Nicolas Maduro in confronting illegitimate sanctions and interference in internal affairs, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reported on Monday to open talks with his Venezuelan counterpart Felix Plasencia. Moscow stands in solidarity with Caracas to confront meddling in internal affairs — Lavrov – Russian […]

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Lavrov says accepted Venezuelan top diplomat’s invitation to visit Venezuela (TASS)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday he has accepted his Venezuela counterpart Felix Plasencia’s invitation to visit that country. Lavrov says accepted Venezuelan top diplomat’s invitation to visit Venezuela – Russian Politics & Diplomacy – TASS