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Remember all those left-wing pundits who drooled over Venezuela? - Los Angeles Times

The majority of Venezuelans oppose the assembly and the new charter it will draft, fearing it will give Maduro dictatorial powers. "Pundits should have fixed terms," left-wing author Naomi Klein recently told the BBC. Awarded "jobs for life," most ...and more »

Constituent Assembly: Why Venezuela voted, and why it matters - Christian Science Monitor

Economic and political crises have continued escalating throughout months-long protests – a situation President Nicolás Maduro says can only be fixed with a new assembly, and a new constitution. Critics call it a final turning point away from democracy ...and more »

Venezuela's descent into dictatorship shows democracy can be lost - Los Angeles Times

On the last night of 2010, I was at a party in Caracas, Venezuela. Standing on the balcony of a house set high on a hillside, I watched fireworks burst randomly over the metropolis that spread across the valley below. A new year often brings hope of ...and more »

Venezuela Vote: Opposition Taken From Homes After Controversial Poll -

Venezuelan security officials seized two opposition leaders from their homes in overnight raids, their families said on Tuesday, after they urged protests against a new legislative superbody widely denounced as anti-democratic. Leopoldo Lopez and ...and more »

Venezuelan opposition leaders arrested as crisis escalates -

Teams of heavily armed security agents seized two of Venezuela's senior opposition leaders from their homes in the middle of the night, dragging one into the street in his pyjamas. The arrests came as President Nicolas Maduro's government defied US ...and more »

EU's Tajani reacts to Venezuela arrests - New Europe

President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani listens to a speech by President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker (unseen) at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 04 July 2017. Author. NEOnline | TB By NEOnline | TB. Read ...and more »

Nicolas Maduro: The Path From Bus Driver to Venezuelan President -

At the center of Venezuela's massive political and economic crisis is President Nicolas Maduro, an unpopular socialist who this week taunted President Donald Trump and was placed in an "exclusive club" of dictators subject to U.S. sanctions. Maduro ...and more »

Venezuela Reported False Election Turnout, Voting Company Says - New York Times

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The Venezuelan government reported false turnout figures for its contentious election over the weekend, announcing a tally that had been altered by at least one million votes, a software company involved in setting up voting systems ...and more »

To Venezuela, This Week's Sanctions Are a Joke - ProPublica

President Nicolas Maduro is building his brand of populism by celebrating each time the U.S. punishes officials for abuses. by Hannah Dreier. Aug. 2, 2017, 8 a.m. EDT. Nicolas Maduro, president of Venezuela, speaks during a press conference in Caracas ...and more »

Update: What to Know about Venezuela's Escalating Turmoil - AS/COA Online

How powerful is Venezuela's new Constituent Assembly? Nicolás Maduro said he'll put his presidency in its hands. Updated August 2, 2017 — On the morning of Tuesday, August 1, a rare thing happened: “Venezuelan” trended on Twitter in New York City ...and more »