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Could the Saudi strategy be working?

Take it away, OilPrice.com … “Slumping oil prices are putting pressure on U.S. drillers. The number of active rigs drilling for oil and gas fell by their most in two months, according to the latest data from oil services firm Baker Hughes. There were 19 oil rigs that were removed from operation as of Oct.…

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The pain from the China loans

One of the more interesting angles of the China financing story is the way it is hampering Venezuela’s ability to weather the current slump in the oil prices. Here is the lowdown on the renegotiation with China: “The MOFCOM article goes on to explain that the declining oil price requires Venezuela to export more oil, but that…

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Monday morning polls

Two new polls continue to show that support for the Maduro government has never been softer. The first one is from Datanálisis. Obviously, one of the slides that jumps out is the one showing that support for Maduro has never been this low. Nevertheless, we should be careful. While the opposition is currently more popular than chavismo,…

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“¡Los fenicios!”

This video leaves me speechless … Aporrea’s take on the incident leaves me doubly speechless. Luckily, our readers are not speechless! Take it away, venelondoner: “En serio… con estos caimanes no se puede. Intentar hablar o razonar con ellos es como hablar con un bloque de granito. Y de aporrea bueno… mucha gente les da…

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Apátrida Chronicles

In my latest piece for Transitions, I make the case for foreign intervention in Venezuela’s domestic affairs – namely, that the crime wave has gotten so out of hand, and the government has shown itself so clueless, neighboring countries need to intervene. The headliner: “In 2009, the U.N. Secretary General provided a blueprint for applying this…