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Col. Hugo Chavez Imprisoned for Killing 120 People

Some 120 people are killed in two attempted coups, the first led by future president Colonel Hugo Chavez, and the second carried out by his supporters.  Chavez is jailed for two years before being pardoned.

Hugo Chavez Elected President.

Chavez Re-elected.

Chavez wins another six years in office and a mandate to pursue political reforms.

Castro and Chavez croon together

The leaders of Cuba and Venezuela, Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, are used to singing in unison in themes of politics and diplomacy.

Chavez Bypasses National Assembly to Institute Economic Reforms

President Chavez appears on TV to hail 49 reform laws which his government has introduced, including land and oil industry reforms, under powers which did not require them to be approved by the National Assembly.

Analysis: Venezuela's crippled economy

With unprecedented support of about 60% of the electorate, mainly among the disadvantaged majority so often overlooked by previous leaders, Mr Chavez planned to reduce the country's debilitating dependence on oil.

Army officers urge Venezuela rebellion

A group of military officers has called on Venezuelan citizens and soldiers to rebel against President Hugo Chavez and join a protest in central Caracas

Venezuela troops take fuel plants

National Guard troops have taken control of oil distribution centres after President Hugo Chavez ordered them to keep the country's vital industry running.

Venezuela's oil troubles

Venezuela still has petroleum reserves estimated to last another 50 years.

Venezuela troops storm oil tanker

Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, has deployed army troops to seize an oil tanker, in a gesture of defiance to opponents leading a general strike which is now entering its third week.

Venezuela begins importing oil

"This is a fight of a people who are demanding liberty!" said Timoteo Zambrano, an opposition negotiator at talks sponsored by the Organisation of American States.

Chavez fights strike fallout

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is planning to impose price controls on a number of products in response to an eight-week strike which has led to some severe food and fuel shortages.

Chavez halts energy rationing in Venezuela's capital

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has reversed his decision to ration electricity in Caracas a day after nationwide power cuts were announced.

Chavez takes control of foreign supermarket

Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez has seized control of a foreign supermarket chain, Exito, after he accused the company of hiking its prices.

Venezuela TV channels taken off air

The revolution will NOT be televised.

The Venezuelan government has taken six cable television channels off the air for breaking a law on transmitting government material.

Chavez puts Venezuela under 'electricity emergency'

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has signed a decree declaring an "electricity emergency" to help his government tackle power shortages.

What Socialism Has Done to the World's Economy

No socialist society has ever existed without the assistance of capitalists.  Soviet Russia was constantly helped by the capitalist West.  Cuba depends on tourists from capitalist countries to bolster its non-wealth producing economy.  Hugo Chavez is using Venezuela’s oil revenues to destroy capitalism in that nation.  And communist China has completely abandoned socialist economics and adopted the profit-making principles of capitalism, although the centers of production are still in the hands of its government.

Hugo Chavez, passionate but polarizing Venezuelan president, dead at 58

A gifted, charismatic orator with a keen ability to connect with the poor masses, Mr. Chavez was able to marshal public backing for a series of referendums that created a new constitution and permitted him to bring every important institution — from the legislature to the state oil company — under his control.

Hugo Chavez’s Economic Miracle

The Venezuelan leader was often marginalized as a radical. But his brand of socialism achieved real economic gains

This May Day:  Media Fail to Acknowledge Any Downside of Socialism

While lamenting the death of a socialist dictator like Chavez, the networks failed to consider the effects that socialism has had.  More than 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust during World War II — a tragedy so horrendous it’s called it a “Holocaust.”  Socialism has claimed 94 million more victims.  Media outlets would not dare to revel in the legacy of Hitler, yet Chavez was a dictator to be remembered.  Don’t forget that Chavez was a ruthless dictator, who often aided Cuba and guerilla gangs in neighboring countries to Venezeula.

Venezuela hopes to wipe out toilet paper shortage by importing 50m rolls

First milk, butter, coffee and cornmeal ran short.  Now Venezuela is running out of the most basic of necessities — toilet paper.  Blaming political opponents for the shortfall, as it does for other shortages, the government says it will import 50m rolls to boost supplies.  That was little comfort to consumers struggling to find toilet paper on Wednesday.  "This is the last straw," said Manuel Fagundes, a shopper hunting for tissue in Caracas.  "I'm 71 years old and this is the first time I've seen this."

Two U.S. Embassy Personnel Shot in Venezuela

Venezuela has the highest murder rate in South America with 54 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.  In the first quarter of 2013 alone, there were 3,400 murders, according to government statistics.

Church Wine Runs Low in Latest Venezuelan Shortage

Church leaders say the problem arose when the local supplier of the specialty sacramental wine used at Mass had a bad harvest.  They turned to importers, but the companies told them it was impossible to obtain dollars to bring the wine into the country because of Venezuela's strict currency controls.

Venezuela hit by blackout, government blames 'sabotage'

A blackout hit much of Venezuela including the capital Caracas on Tuesday, but the oil industry was not affected and the government said it expected power to be restored within hours.

Venezuela orders temporary takeover of toilet paper factory

A Venezuelan state agency on Friday ordered the temporary takeover of a factory that produces toilet paper in what it called an effort to ensure consistent supplies after embarrassing shortages earlier this year.

Maduro Seeks Decree Powers From Venezuela Lawmakers

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro went to parliament on Tuesday to seek decree powers that he says are essential to tackle corruption and fix the economy but opponents view as proof he wants to rule as an autocrat.

Venezuelan military seizes major retail chain

Chávez often theatrically expropriated or seized assets from more than 1,000 companies during his 14-year tenure.  This, among other difficulties for foreign firms, led to a severe lack of foreign investment in the country which, according to OPEC, has the world's largest oil reserves.

Venezuela arrests looters, store bosses in 'economic war'

But critics say the government has only itself to blame for the problems due to excessive state controls, persecution of the private sector, corruption, failed nationalizations and lack of foreign currency for importers.

Venezuela Expands Crackdown on Prices

President Nicolas Maduro said Sunday he was extending the crackdown, which so far has focused on appliance stores, to textiles, footwear, toys, hardware and automobiles.  He also said he would use special powers that he is seeking from the National Assembly to impose caps on private sector profits.  "I am going to ask for norms and the maximum penalty allowed under the constitution for these types of crimes because we have to stabilize the functioning of the economy," he said.

Power outage plunges most of Venezuela into darkness

Venezuela's second massive power outage of the year plunged much of the nation into darkness on Monday night, prompting renewed talk of sabotage from President Nicolas Maduro's government and cries of incompetence from its foes.

Venezuela divisions deepen as protest over food shortages is halted

President Nicolás Maduro’s socialist government, meanwhile, celebrated an Organisation of American States (OAS) declaration supporting its efforts to bring a solution to the country’s worst political violence in years, calling it a diplomatic victory.

Tear Gas, Molotov Cocktails as Venezuela Cracks Down on Demo

Venezuela has seen almost daily anti-government demonstrations over violent crime, shortages of essential goods such as toilet paper, and soaring inflation, in the most serious challenge yet for Maduro since he succeeded late socialist-populist Hugo Chavez last year.

Venezuela Arrests Three Generals for Alleged Coup Plot

Venezuela has arrested three air force generals suspected of plotting an uprising against the leftist government, President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday.  The disclosure comes amid a broadening government crackdown against Maduro's opponents after weeks of street protests that have left at least 34 dead.;_ylt=AwrBEiQBxTFTfEsA2XLQtDMD

Amnesty Reports Dozens of Venezuela Torture Accounts

Amnesty International has received dozens of accounts of torture allegedly carried out by government security forces in Venezuela since protests that have left at least 37 dead broke out in February.  “Inhuman and degrading treatment inflicted on detainees appears to be intended to punish them for their involvement, or suspected involvement, in the protests,” Amnesty said.

Severe Scarcity Prompts Venezuelan Government to Ration Water

Long lines at grocery stores and ration cards that prevent citizens from buying more than the allotted amount of basic needs, such as flour, milk, vegetable oil, and toilet paper, have become the norm in Venezuela.  This week, however, the government has begun to ration an even more essential commodity:  water.

Venezuela blackout leaves commuters scrambling, silences president

The OPEC nation has suffered an increasing number of power outages in recent years, which critics have attributed to low electricity tariffs and limited state investment following the 2007 nationalization of the power sector.

Venezuelan Socialist Party swaps God for Chavez in new prayer

A member of Venezuela's Socialist Party has rolled out a variation of the classic Christian "Lord's Prayer" to implore beloved late leader Hugo Chavez for protection from the evils of capitalism.  "Our Chavez who art in heaven, the earth, the sea and we delegates," red-shirted delegate Maria Estrella Uribe recited on Monday at the PSUV party Congress.  "Hallowed be your name, may your legacy come to us so we can spread it to people here and elsewhere.  Give us your light to guide us every day," she said in front of an image of Chavez.  "Lead us not into the temptation of capitalism, deliver us from the evil of the oligarchy, like the crime of contraband, because ours is the homeland, the peace and life forever and ever.  Amen.  Viva Chavez!" she exclaimed to applause.

Famous Venezuelan ice-cream store closes over milk shortage

An ice-cream store listed in the Guinness World Records book for its 863 different flavours has become the latest victim of Venezuela's economic crisis.  "We are closed during the season due to shortage of milk," the famous Coromoto ice-cream store in the highland town of Merida announced on its Facebook page.

UPDATE 1-Venezuela confirms recession, inflation hits 63.6 percent in Nov

In a statement, the bank said GDP contracted 4.8 percent in the first quarter, versus the same period of last year, then it fell a further 4.9 percent in the second quarter and shrank 2.3 percent in the third quarter.  The statement added that 12-month inflation, which is the highest in the Americas, reached 63.6 percent in November.

McDonald's runs out of French fries in Venezuela

McDonald's has likely been grappling with shortages in Venezuela for a while, according to Alixa Sharkey, a researcher with the market research company Euromonitor International. And while other countries might be able to adjust to hiccups at the ports by finding alternate solutions like flying in frozen potatoes, the dysfunction in Venezuela makes these workarounds impossible.

Venezuelan Textbooks Teach Math, Science, Socialism

Students here study math by calculating the benefits of government land takeovers.  They practice English by reciting where late President Hugo Chavez was born and learn civics by explaining why the elderly should give him thanks.

Venezuelans Throng Grocery Stores Under Military Protection

Shoppers thronged grocery stores across Caracas today as deepening shortages led the government to put Venezuela’s food distribution under military protection.  Long lines, some stretching for blocks, formed outside grocery stores in the South American country’s capital as residents search for scarce basic items such as detergent and chicken.

Venezuela rations power as demand soars on hot weather

Venezuela's socialist government on Tuesday announced a nationwide electricity rationing plan to tackle a surge in demand caused by rising temperatures in recent weeks.

Venezuela’s Food Shortages Trigger Long Lines, Hunger and Looting

Food-supply problems in Venezuela underscore the increasingly precarious situation for Mr. Maduro’s socialist government, which according to the latest poll by Datanálisis is preferred by less than 20% of voters ahead of Dec. 6 parliamentary elections.  The critical situation threatens to plunge South America’s largest oil exporter into a wave of civil unrest reminiscent of last year’s nationwide demonstrations seeking Mr. Maduro’s ouster.

Venezuela is running out of cash and selling its gold

Venezuela is running out of money fast and has started selling its gold.

Chicken for diapers

Bartering abounds in scarcity-stricken Venezuela

Like many 16-year-olds, Yannilay Liendo spends the better part of her day glued to Facebook.  However, unlike her peers, she’s not using the social media site to connect with friends or catch up on gossip — she’s trying to find diapers and formula for her baby.

Venezuela's Opposition Wins Control of National Assembly

Venezuela's opposition won control of the National Assembly by a landslide on Sunday, delivering a major setback to the ruling party and altering the balance of power after 17 years of socialist rule.

Maduro Calls Owner of Largest Food Company `Thief' and `Traitor'

And while discontent over soaring prices and shortages of everything from chicken to car parts largely fueled the government’s defeat in congressional elections last year, Maduro has so far doubled down on his socialist model.

Venezuela opposition calls talks on ousting president

Venezuela's opposition said it will launch discussions Sunday aiming to devise a legal procedure within weeks to oust President Nicolas Maduro, whom it blames for the oil-rich country's economic crisis.

At 15 cents a gallon, it's the cheapest gas in the world

yet Venezuela worries

The price increase is expected to reduce the government subsidy by $2 billion, a savings that will be applied to importing more food, Maduro said.  Scarcities of basic foods are forcing Venezuelans to wait for hours in line to buy groceries.

Venezuela:  ‘Maintenance’ Leaves Millions in Caracas Without Drinking Water

While the socialist government of Venezuela insists that water rationing is the result of the El Niño climate phenomenon, as it did when imposing a potable water ration in 2014, some have claimed that government inefficiency is behind the shortage.

Socialist dream under threat in Venezuela's 'Chavez City'

Venezuela can't find the dollars to pay for vitally needed goods languishing in its ports, much less afford the largesse that funded Chavez City and other marquee projects that dramatically improved life for Venezuelans once trapped in isolated slums.

Venezuela to ration malls, change clocks, to save power

President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday punitive electricity rationing would be imposed on 15 shopping malls and drought-hit Venezuela's time zone would also be modified to save power.  The socialist government says the El Nino weather pattern is to blame for Venezuela's water and power problems.  But critics insist the state is also responsible for inadequate preparation, investment and diversification of electricity sources.

Venezuela Opposition Slams ‘Desperate’ Maduro State Of Emergency

Venezuela’s opposition on Saturday slammed a state of emergency decreed by President Nicolas Maduro and vowed to press home efforts to remove the leftist leader this year amid a grim economic crisis.

No electricity, no antibiotics, no beds, no soap

A devastating look inside Venezuela's crisis-hit hospitals where 7 babies die a day, bleeding patients lie strewn on the floor, and doctors try to operate without tools

The socialist leader, Hugo Chavez's successor, ... insists Venezuela's healthcare is one of the best in the world:  'I doubt that anywhere in the world, except in Cuba, there exists a better health system than this one,' he said.

Venezuela:  how the socialist paradise turned into debt and hyperinflation hell

Chávez wanted to create a socialist paradise, an ideology that has been reinforced by his successor Maduro following his death in 2013.

Flashback:  All Those People Who Praised Chavez’s Socialism

Dead Socialist Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez was praised throughout his life by many figures in academia, journalism and Hollywood despite his brutal regime.

Venezuela, where a hamburger is officially $170

'We can't go on like this': Shortages, economic crisis make Venezuela a nation of lines

Venezuela’s financial crisis has transformed this sprawling capital into a city of lines, where multitudes face the regular indignity of queuing up for basics — from pasta to toilet paper, rice to bank notes.  The lengthy, dehumanizing lines — a fact of life throughout the country — represent the most dramatic illustration of the human toll of Venezuela’s unforgiving economic breakdown.

As hunger mounts, Venezuelans turn to trash for food

Staples such as corn flour and cooking oil are subsidized, costing pennies at the strongest of two official exchange rates.  But fruit and vegetables have become an unaffordable luxury for many Venezuelan families.

Food riots kill one more in Venezuela:  legislator

A man was shot dead on Tuesday during looting and food riots proliferating round crisis-hit Venezuela, an opposition legislator said, bringing to at least four the number of fatalities from this month's wave of unrest.

EXCLUSIVE - 'Why shouldn't we enjoy ourselves just because the country is burning?'

Super-rich Socialists quaff champagne in Venezuela country club while middle class mothers scavenge for scraps in the gutter... and even the DOGS are starving

Venezuelans are storming supermarkets and attacking trucks as food supplies dwindle

Hungry Venezuelan women rush past border control in search of groceries

Venezuela’s inflation is set to top 1,600% next year

Food shortages, weak oil prices and economic mismanagement has forced the government to declare a state of emergency

Middle-Class Venezuelans Liquidate Savings to Buy Food

Hungry Venezuelans cry at the sight of food, as economic crisis deepens

Venezuelans cried at the sight of fully-stocked supermarket shelves in Colombia.

Venezuelans fleeing crisis flood into Colombia: UN

Venezuela's economic crisis has sent a huge but largely ignored wave of people into Colombia, and many more could be on the way, a senior UN refugee official said.

Venezuela's new decree: Forced farm work for citizens

More Than 50 Animals Starve to Death in Venezuela's Zoos as the Nation Endures Devastating Food Shortages

Venezuela: Where flour, pasta and milk can cost a month's pay

Venezuelan asylum applications to U.S. soar in 2016

Socialism Leads to Sterilization, Literally

The despair economic stagnation produces encourages potential parents to give up on the future.

Venezuelans feel less safe at home than Syrians


Thousands of Venezuelans on Saturday crossed into Colombia to buy food and medicine under the first step of a controlled, gradual reopening of the border.

Venezuela crushes 2,000 guns in public, plans registry of bullets
  • Hungry gang butchers thoroughbred horse after breaking into zoo in search of food 'due to economic crisis'

    Venezuela's socialist rulers are being blamed for the worsening food shortages, with their strict price controls and foreign exchange controls making food imports and production unprofitable.  The horse's killing is being investigated by proscutors.
  • Maduro says any Venezuela coup bid would meet tougher reaction than Turkey's

    Maduro is facing plunging popularity as low oil prices and economic mismanagement have dragged one of the wealthiest countries in the Americas into a deep recession, triggering shortages of basics like food and medicines.

Venezuelan Exodus Accelerates

Relocating to nearby Colombia is an option, but Guyana, which borders Venezuela on the east, is having its own set of problems and is deporting Venezuelans back home as fast as they arrive. Brazil, on the south border, is no mecca either, with its own economy being wrecked by socialist policies.

Venezuela's "Death Spiral"

A Dozen Eggs Cost $150 As Hyperinflation Horrors Hit Socialist Utopia

Severe shortages of food, clean water, electricity, medicines and hospital supplies punctuate a dire scenario of crime-ridden streets in the impoverished neighborhoods of this nearly failed OPEC state, which at one time claimed to be the most prosperous nation in Latin America.