|Area Total||912,050 sq km|
|Climate||tropical; hot, humid; more moderate in highlands|
|Natural Resources||petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, gold, bauxite, other minerals, hydropower, diamonds|
|Imports||agricultural products, livestock, raw materials, machinery and equipment, transport equipment, construction materials, medical equipment, petroleum products, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, iron and steel products – US 24.8%, China 14.2%, Mexico 9.5% (2017)|
|Government||federal presidential republic|
|Population||31,689,176 (July 2018 est.)|
|Ethnicity||unspecified Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Arab, German, African, indigenous people|
|Language||Spanish (official), numerous indigenous dialects|
|Exports||petroleum and petroleum products, bauxite and aluminum, minerals, chemicals, agricultural products – US 34.8%, India 17.2%, China 16%, Netherlands Antilles 8.2%, Singapore 6.3%, Cuba 4.2% (2017)|
News about Venezuela
“Who Protects Us?” - Anti-Left Violence in Venezuela
by Pedro Nunes - Venezuelanalysis.com on January 16, 2021
Pedro Nunes takes stock of a history of violence against the left in Venezuela.
Venezuelan Oil Industry Continues to Struggle as Private Sector Set to Play Bigger Role
by Ricardo Vaz on January 15, 2021
The Maduro government is pursuing increased private investment in the oil sector.
Guyana and United States sign defense and cooperation agreement
on January 14, 2021
Guyana and the Unites States have signed a new pact aimed at boosting the South American CARICOM nation’s military might. It comes following a decree issued by embattled Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, unilaterally laying claim to Guyana’s Essequibo territory.
Venezuela: Maduro Blasts Sanctions, Sets Sights on Economic Recovery
by Manuela Solé on January 14, 2021
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro presented his annual address to the new National Assembly
According to Maduro, extreme poverty in Venezuela reaches 4%; experts place it at 79.3%
on January 13, 2021
After greeting his cabinet, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday “we are back” to the legislative body that he did not attend in 4 years, a period in which the opposition-controlled the National Assembly. In a special session of a parliament now controlled by chavismo, Maduro offered his first annual message in four years. Among the […]
Revealed: UK Sets Up Media Influencing Project in Venezuela
by Matt Kennard and John McEvoy - Declassified UK on January 12, 2021
The UK government is undertaking a new £750,000 ‘democracy promotion’ programme through investigative journalism.
US openly supports Guyana: joint coast guard exercise and visit of top Navy commander
on January 12, 2021
The United States is doubling its support for Guyana in the territorial dispute with Venezuela, another flank in Washington's campaign to force Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro out of power.
Detention of Venezuelan Abortion Activist Prompts Continental Pressure Campaign
by Paul Dobson on January 11, 2021
Vannesa Rosales is facing charges for counselling a pregnant 13-year-old rape victim.
Police/gang warfare leaves some 25 people killed in Venezuela
on January 11, 2021
Some 25 people died over the weekend in a clash between police and gangs in Venezuela's capital Caracas, according to news reports and human rights activists, as the government faces international scrutiny for killings by security forces.
¡Populista! review: Chávez, Castro and Latin America's 'pink wave' leaders
by Carrie Gibson on January 9, 2021
BBC reporter Will Grant has produced an excellent look at the group of strongmen who came from left fieldIf there was ever a surreal start to a trip to Cuba, it was the one that coincided with the news Fidel Castro had died. That was what I woke up to on 26 November 2016, hours before my husband and I were due to fly to Havana. A day later, we found […]
[UPDATED] Venezuela Rejects ICJ Ruling, Reaffirms Claim Over Essequibo Strip
by Ricardo Vaz on January 9, 2021
The Maduro government called on the UN Secretary General to mediate the territorial conflict.
Changing Political Scenarios (Part II): A Conversation with Marco Teruggi
by Cira Pascual Marquina – Venezuelanalysis.com on January 8, 2021
A well-known journalist analyzes the geopolitical context in the continent and argues in favor of debate within progressive processes.
Leaders in Moscow, Beijing and Tehran revel in US Capitol chaos
by Shaun Walker, Helen Davidson in Taipei, Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro, Martin Chulov in Beirut and Bethan McKernan on January 7, 2021
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani says western democracy is brittle and weakIn much of the world, the scenes that played out in Washington on Wednesday prompted shock, horror and anguish.But in Moscow, Beijing and other capitals where autocratic governments have been subjected to frequent US criticism, there was a good dose of schadenfreude at the chaotic […]
Credit Suisse cuts relations with wealthy Venezuelan families
on January 7, 2021
Fearing of doing business with politically-exposed clients in a sanctions-hit country, Credit Suisse Group AG has cut relationships with a number of Venezuela’s wealthy.
The Dilemma of What to Do with Guaido
by Miguel Ugas – Aporrea.org on January 7, 2021
Now that his term in the National Assembly has ended and Trump has been ousted from the White House, should Guaido face justice?