All About Venezuela

COLOMBIA / 25 APR 2011

Despite criticism from sectors of the previous Colombian administration, including former President Uribe, President Santos’ strategy of pursuing friendship with neighboring Ecuador and Venezuela seems to have paid off. It…

CARTEL OF THE SUNS / 19 APR 2011

In the coming days, President Santos is expected to extradite alleged drug trafficker Walid Makled to Venezuela, instead of the U.S. With him not only goes Colombia’s traditional foreign policy…

COLOMBIA / 18 APR 2011

In an interview with the radio station La FM in Colombia, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said that leftist guerrillas operate in Venezuela but do not have camps…

COLOMBIA / 12 APR 2011

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos told Television Española that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Revolucionarias Armadas de Colombia - FARC) no longer have camps…

VENEZUELA / 11 APR 2011

Semi-submersible drug trafficking vessels have been produced in clandestine shipyards in the northeast Venezuelan state of Delta Amacuro, reports El Nacional. The newspaper says that a shipyard was…

CARTEL OF THE SUNS / 4 APR 2011

As it becomes more and more likely that Colombia will extradite drug kingpin Walid Makled to Venezuela instead of the U.S., Makled has stepped up his accusations of corruption within…

POLICE REFORM / 1 APR 2011

Venezuela has taken another step in the overhaul of its dysfunctional and often corrupt police force, announcing that the notorious Caracas Metropolitan Police (PM) will be dissolved over the next…

ECUADOR / 25 MAR 2011

According to a new cable released by WikiLeaks via El Espectador, the government of former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe planned to leak compromising material that linked both Venezuelan President Chavez and…

VENEZUELA / 14 MAR 2011

As both Venezuela's government and the opposition battle over the significance of the country's rising murder rate, neither side seems to be focusing on the street-level factors of the violence.

KIDNAPPING / 13 MAR 2011

El Nacional did a special over the weekend on kidnapping, charting how this crime has increased in Venezuela more than 430 percent since 1999. Venezuela has now far…

COLOMBIA / 9 MAR 2011

(Originally published 3 March, reprinted with permission from Adam Isacson and Just the Facts.) The State Department has just released its annual International Narcotics…

KIDNAPPING / 15 FEB 2011

A Venezuelan think-tank stated that kidnappings could have risen by 60 percent between 2009 and 2010, with this nation overtaking Colombia, once the world kidnap capital.

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