The United States for now has ruled out holding any negotiations with Nicolas Maduro and instead is focused on how to orchestrate a “dignified exit” for the Venezuelan leader after an opposition uprising and a series of sanctions failed to oust him from power.
For months, hawkish Florida Republicans have dominated the narrative on Venezuela, meeting with President Donald Trump days before the US recognised Juan Guaido as the country’s legitimate leader and arguing that the president sees the situation in Venezuela differently than his “America First” desire to pull US troops out of Syria.
To some on the left and the right, the Venezuela crisis has taken on the epic proportions of a final standoff between socialism and capitalism.
President Donald Trump’s unconventional foreign policy appeared in disarray amid a series of setbacks around the globe and mounting signs that the president and his advisers were on the verge of losing several risky policy bets. The evidence came in one hot spot
The New York Times released a report on Bernie Sanders’ foreign policy activities before his time in Congress that appears to show him aligning with Ortega, Castro, and the Soviet Union. As mayor of Burlington, Vermont, he spent a great deal of time traveling internationally and proclaiming on foreign matters in service of an “anti-imperalist” ideology that seemingly led him to support authoritarians.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido triumphantly appeared outside La Carlota air base here Tuesday with a group of soldiers wearing blue armbands that signified support for his efforts to topple the government of President Nicolas Maduro. “To all the brothers of the armed forces, this is the moment,” Guaido declared,
Overall, just over half of the deaths this year — 259 — were caused by drowning, such as through shipwrecks in the Caribbean or failed river crossings. About 65 were from highway crashes, and around 20 each on railroad routes, from dehydration or exposure, violence including homicide, and sickness or lack of medical care.
Threatening to bring forward parliamentary elections is the latest card played by Venezuela’s regime to put pressure on the US-backed opposition at the negotiating table, analysts say.
Lionel Ortega had worked as an engineer for nearly 40 years for the Venezuelan state oil company when he walked off the job last October, defying authorities who demanded he stay and oversee repairs to the crumbling infrastructure that is choking off the lifeblood of the country’s beleaguered government.
If the US-Cuba embargo policy model has proven anything in the last 60 years, it’s that starving people doesn’t bring about regime change. Instead, they flee into exile. Already, Venezuelans have not only mimicked the Cubans on making the choice to emigrate rather than endure hardship — but surpassed them.