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The Misguided MUD

Boy, this communiqué from the MUD in response to Barack Obama’s recent Executive Order is a clear example of the old adage about a camel being a horse designed by a committee. What a mish-mash. Let’s break it down – what is the text saying? 1. Venezuela is not a threat, and the only thing that…

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An important point on the Venezuelan “threat”

A friend from the States calls me up to say: “the word ‘threat’ and the declaration of an emergency is a technical requirement. The legal body that gives the President the authority to impose sanctions on Venezuelan human rights violators is the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, known in Washington by its acronym IEEPA. In it,…

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What’s in Roy’s head? (Updated: Chaderton sort of apologizes)

Roy Chaderton, Venezuela’s Ambassador to the OAS, has always been a curious little beast. A product of Venezuela’s ancien regime, he is one of the few highly-educated diplomats that remained in good standing with Chávez after the Revolution came to power. After the tides turned, many people in top positions turned in their resignations in disgust – Ambassador…

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Is he a threat?

In today’s Executive Order imposing tough sanctions on seven mid-ranking cogs in the chavista repression machine, Barack Obama had this to say: “I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, find that the situation in Venezuela, including the Government of Venezuela’s erosion of human rights guarantees, persecution of political opponents, curtailment of press…

Former presidents continue to speak out

Honorable President Nicolás Maduro Moros and Foreign Minister, Delcy Eloina Rodríguez Gómez We write to express our concern over the recent arrest of Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma and investigation of 33 mayors in your country.   Last week marked a year since the arrest of former mayor Leopoldo López Mendoza.  Mr. López has been held…