Resolución bipartidista del Senado de EE.UU. sobre Venezuela

Resolución bipartidista del Senado de EE.UU. sobre Venezuela

Legislatura 114

Segunda Sesión

Expresando profunda preocupación por la crisis política, económica, social y humanitaria que se vive en Venezuela, instando a la liberación de los presos políticos, y pidiendo respeto a los procesos constitucionales y democráticos.

EN EL SENADO DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS

El Sr. Cardin (por sí mismo, el Sr. Rubio, el Sr. Durbin, el Sr. Menéndez, el Sr. Nelson, el Sr. Kaine, el señor Kirk, el Sr. Gardner, y la señora Boxer) presentaron la siguiente resolución; que fue remitida a al ...  

Venezuela Resolution Introduced by Bipartisan Senators

Venezuela Resolution Introduced by Bipartisan Senators

Expressing profound concern about the ongoing political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, urging the release of political prisoners, and calling for respect of constitutional and democratic processes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

Mr. CARDIN (for himself, Mr. RUBIO, Mr. DURBIN, Mr. MENENDEZ, Mr. NELSON, Mr. KAINE, Mr. KIRK, Mr. GARDNER, and Mrs. BOXER) sub- mitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on

RESOLUTION Expressing profound concern about the ongoing political, eco- nomic, social and humanitarian crisis in ...  

Cuban human rights leader: Obama policy undermines American values

Cuban human rights leader: Obama policy undermines American values

One of Cuba’s best-known human rights activists and a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom said Wednesday that the Obama administration’s efforts to restore relations with the Cuban government had undermined American values.

Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, who spent more than nine years as a political prisoner in Cuba until 2011, told U.S. lawmakers that oppression in Cuba continues and the U.S. policies divide the Cuban and American people.

“Congresspersons, don’t allow the creed of the nation, the Bill of ...  

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Venezuela’s Embattled President Loses Support, But Clings To Power

As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he’s still holding onto power.

“The truth in Venezuela is there is real hunger. We are hungry,” says a man who has invited me into his house in the northwestern city of Maracaibo, but doesn’t want his name used for fear of reprisals by the government.

The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn’t always this way, ...  

Agreement With the FARC Should Reflect a Victorious Colombian State, Not Equal Partnership

Agreement With the FARC Should Reflect a Victorious Colombian State, Not Equal Partnership

Recently, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos announced an historical agreement with the narco-terrorist guerrilla group known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that he hopes will be signed in the coming weeks.

The Colombian government as well as that of the United States views this agreement as an important step towards ending violence and war in a country that has fought tenaciously in the last few decades to secure law and order.

Thanks largely to the policies of the previous ...  

TSA says Cuba must meet security standards for flights

TSA says Cuba must meet security standards for flights

The head of the Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that scheduled airline flights from Cuba wouldn’t be allowed in the U.S. until security is as tight as any other foreign airport sending flights to this country.

The Transportation Department approved flights from 10 Cuban airports, with the first scheduled to arrive in September. But some lawmakers have questioned whether Cuba’s airports will meet U.S. security standards or potentially become a pipeline for bombs and terrorists.

“Before we allow a flight to come ...  

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American bond lords are increasing glued to the crisis in Venezuela as any shift in the political crisis there will radically shift the futures of those holding sovereign and quasi-sovereign debt, mainly that of oil firm PDVSA. But a solution to the political stand-off between the Hugo Chavez Socialists at the PSUV party and the opposition will not be solved by year’s end. The biggest hope on Wall Street, and likely even in Venezuela, is that a more moderate political ...  

Venezuela Trucks Food Directly to the Poorest as Chaos Spreads

Venezuela Trucks Food Directly to the Poorest as Chaos Spreads

Catia, a vast network of makeshift homes in western Caracas, has long been a proud bastion of Venezuelan socialism. The residents may be working class but their housing is subsidized, their clinics free, their favorite color ruling-party red.

Red T-shirts were everywhere in Catia one recent morning but not for another ribbon cutting. This time, loyalists were unloading a government truck packed with food for once-resolute supporters whose pantries are achingly empty.

“Since they told me last night it was on its ...  

Brazil beefs up security ahead of Olympic Games in Rio

Brazil beefs up security ahead of Olympic Games in Rio

The federal government in Brazil says it is releasing additional funding to beef up security ahead of next month’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani said the armed forces would get an extra $24m (£18m) to help them meet security needs.

The military would begin patrolling sports venues from 24 July, he added. More than 80,000 police and soldiers will patrol the streets of Rio for the duration of the games.

The state of Rio de Janeiro has recently ...  

Venezuela turns to its military to combat food shortages

Venezuela turns to its military to combat food shortages

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuela’s military is getting a major promotion as the socialist-run country struggles to combat severe shortages and stave off food riots. President Nicolas Maduro on Monday created a new government initiative to boost production and guarantee the smooth distribution of food supplies in the face of what he called economic sabotage by his opponents.

He said the Great Mission of Sovereign Supply will be headed by Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, who will coordinate the work of every ministry. ...  

The Colombia-Venezuela Border: Open To Smugglers, Closed To The Desperate

The Colombia-Venezuela Border: Open To Smugglers, Closed To The Desperate

As we drive from the coastal Venezuelan city of Maracaibo toward Colombia, we see dozens of trucks, some of them escorted by Venezuelan National Guard soldiers.

They’ve come from Colombia — laden with illegal contraband — even though the border is officially closed.

Regular people or smugglers who don’t have deals with the military have to brave what my driver calls la carretera sin ley, or the lawless road.

We stop at a crowded strip mall where a group of smugglers is sitting. ...  

Venezuela’s President Says Citibank Will Close Government Accounts Amid Financial Crisis

Venezuela’s President Says Citibank Will Close Government Accounts Amid Financial Crisis

Nicolás Maduro called the move a “financial blockade”. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said the global financial institution Citibank is about to close his government’s foreign currency accounts amid a financial crisis sparked by the slump in global oil prices.

Reuters reports that the New York-headquartered bank has not itself confirmed the closures. But Maduro said in a speech Monday that his government had been warned accounts belonging to the Central Bank and the Bank of Venezuela — which the government uses ...  

Venezuela seizes Kimberly-Clark plant as country plunges deeper into crisis

Venezuela seizes Kimberly-Clark plant as country plunges deeper into crisis

Venezuela’s government has declared it will seize a factory belonging to Kimberly-Clark Corp after the US personal care company said it was no longer possible to manufacture due to the country’s economic crisis.

President Nicolás Maduro accused Kimberly-Clark of participating in an international plot to damage Venezuela’s economy and said his socialist government would provide public funds to the workers at the plant.

Kimberley-Clark announced on Saturday that it was suspending production in Venezuela because of a lack of primary materials, currency ...  

Will Venezuela’s Impotent Supreme Court Lead to Civil War?

Will Venezuela’s Impotent Supreme Court Lead to Civil War?

The sense of abandonment in the streets of Venezuela these days is hard to describe. It goes far beyond the queues outside every single supermarket, the pharmacies stocked with trinkets and toys instead of medicines, the streets made dark and lonely by the self-imposed curfew of fear. Hardworking people wander about, aimless and hopeless, simply asking for help from anyone who can spare, at least, the time to listen to their laments.

There’s a feeling that anything could happen at any ...  

Neighbors Stand Up to Venezuela

Neighbors Stand Up to Venezuela

This summer, Venezuela was poised to assume the rotating presidency of Mercosur, a trade bloc that includes Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. But at the urging of Paraguay, Mercosur heads of state are considering blocking Venezuela, at least temporarily, citing the erosion of democracy there.

This shows that neighboring countries are starting to take a harder line against Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, whose authoritarian and reckless policies have plunged his country into economic and political crisis. It follows a hearing last ...  

The Unraveling of a Narco-Terror Non-Deal

The Unraveling of a Narco-Terror Non-Deal

A key unit of the terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has announced that it opposes the agreement its leaders are negotiating in Havana with the Colombian government.

The Armando Rios First Front operates in the country’s southeastern jungle, is active in the drug trade and took former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt hostage in 2002. One of its commanders, Gentil Duarte, used to be on the FARC negotiating team.

But last week the unit said that it will “continue to fight ...  

The Venezuela ‘Death-Watch’ Continues

The Venezuela ‘Death-Watch’ Continues

In the markets, the Venezuela “death-watch” goes into a new phase. It’s dire straits time now.

Looting is on the rise. Inflation is on the rise. Venezuelans are crossing into Colombia to buy groceries. President Nicolas Maduro and his entire government will need a miracle to turn things around.

Social and economic indicators are all terrible. The monthly (if not weekly) events of looting has become a leading indicator for monthly food inflation as well as an indicator for monthly food production. ...  

US: No More Financial Help to Conclude Haiti Elections

US: No More Financial Help to Conclude Haiti Elections

The United States has suspended financial assistance to Haiti’s electoral authorities as they plan to redo a presidential vote that a special commission found was marred by widespread fraud.

At a Washington press briefing Thursday, U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said the decision to stop funding a Haitian electoral cycle that began in 2015 did not “signal a reduction in U.S. support for the people or development of Haiti.”

He framed the decision as a simple budgeting matter by the U.S., ...  

Venezuela’s leader sidelines opposition-controlled congress

Venezuela’s leader sidelines opposition-controlled congress

When Venezuela’s opposition lawmakers took over the congress in January, they vowed it was the beginning of the end for President Nicolas Maduro.

But Maduro has since managed to almost completely sideline the legislature with the help of the Supreme Court, and now the ruling socialist party is talking about shutting congress down altogether.

“What has congress done these past six months? Wreak destruction. Prepare to say goodbye to history, because your time is coming,” Maduro said in a televised address last ...  

Brazil says it will shoot down any aircraft violating airspace of Olympic Games

Brazil says it will shoot down any aircraft violating airspace of Olympic Games

Brazil’s government warned Wednesday that it will shoot down any unidentified aircraft that violates the protected airspace around facilities of the Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro this August. “We are not playing,” said Defense Minister Raul Jungmann while introducing the security plan for the Olympics Games at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro.

The plan involves the use of 41,000 soldiers during the event, 21,000 of them in Rio de Janeiro and the rest in the other five cities ...  

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UNDERSTANDING AND ADDRESSING THE ROOT CAUSES OF CENTRAL AMERICAN MIGRATION TO THE UNITED STATES

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During the last several decades, the United States has invested billions of dollars in trying to help the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean deliver better lives for their citizens. This has meant helping them increase internal security by combating the illicit growing and trafficking in narcotics and the activities of terrorist groups, as well as helping them to shore up their democratic and free market institutions.

Unfortunately, in recent years, continued progress in these areas has been threatened, not least by the elections of radical populist governments in Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador. These governments have instituted retrograde agendas that include the propagation of class warfare, state domination of the economy, assaults on private property, anti-Americanism, support for such international pariahs as Iran, and lackluster support for regional counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics initiatives.

We are a group of concerned policy experts that fear the results of these destructive agendas for individual freedom, prosperity, and the well-being of the peoples of the region. Our goal is to inform American policymakers and American and international public opinion of the dangers of these radical populist regimes to inter-American security.