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Old 03-05-2013, 09:41 PM   #1
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WASHINGTON - While the death of Venezuela's stridently anti-American President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday raised hopes in Washington for better U.S.-Venezuela relations, the Obama administration reacted cautiously as it weighed the prospects for a diplomatic thaw. President Barack Obama quickly reached out to Venezuelans, expressing an interest in a "constructive relationship" in the post-Chavez era. But analysts said it would be hard to make tangible progress when deep political uncertainty risks destabilizing the South American oil-producing nation. ...




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Obama lookin' forward to a better relationship with Venezuela...

Obama: US Hopes for Improved Relations with Venezuela
March 05, 2013 U.S. President Barack Obama has marked the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, saying the United States looks forward to improved relations with Venezuela.
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Obama's statement on the passing of the Venezuelan leader was brief, one paragraph in all. At this challenging time, Obama said, the U.S. reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with Venezuela's government. As Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, Obama continued, the U.S. remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights. President Obama met President Chavez only once. In 2009, they shook hands in a hotel meeting room on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago.

Chavez's anti-American rhetoric, which reached a peak during the administration of former president George W. Bush, continued during the Obama administration. After Obama voiced concern that Chavez's government had aided Colombia's FARC guerrillas, Chavez said Obama had "the same stench" as former president Bush. In written responses last year to Venezuela's El Universal newspaper, Obama voiced concern about Chavez government actions he said "restricted universal rights, threatened basic democratic values and failed to contribute to security in the region."

At the same time, Obama said he hoped to eventually have a better relationship with Venezuela. The Obama administration continued to criticize Chavez's close ties with Iran and Syria, as did critics of Chavez in the U.S. Congress. The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Republican Ed Royce, issued a statement Tuesday calling President Chavez "a tyrant" and saying "his death dents the alliance of anti-U.S. leftist leaders in South America."

In 2012, as both Presidents Chavez and Obama fought for re-election, Chavez said, "if I were from the United States, I [would] vote for Obama," adding if Obama were Venezuelan he would vote for Chavez. During a Latin America trip in 2011, and at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia last year, President Obama urged respect for democracy, rule of law and human rights, but did not use speeches in the region to criticize President Chavez by name. The Venezuelan leader did not attend the last Summit of the Americas because he was receiving medical treatment in Cuba.

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Obama administration upset over Venezuela's jailing of opposition leader...

U.S. 'deeply disturbed' over Venezuela's jailing of opposition leader
Aug. 29, 2016 -- The U.S. Department of State said it is "deeply disturbed' by the decision of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's administration to jail opposition leader Daniel Ceballos, the former mayor of San Cristobal.
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Ceballos is one of several opposition leaders, including Leopoldo Lopez, arrested in early 2014 and accused of corruption and of inciting violent anti-government protests in which 43 people died -- both government supporters and opponents. Ceballos was later released from jail to serve in house arrest due to kidney problems but he was rearrested and sent to prison on Saturday ahead of a planned nationwide opposition rally scheduled for Thursday. Authorities initially told Ceballos and his wife he was being taken for a medical exam.

The jailing of Ceballos has been criticized by the United States and human rights groups. Venezuela's Interior Ministry said he was jailed because authorities believed he was going to flee the country. "The United States is deeply disturbed by the Venezuelan government's decision to move opposition leader Daniel Ceballos from house arrest to prison," U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. "Mr. Ceballos' transfer to prison represents an effort to intimidate and impede the Venezuelan people's right to peacefully express their opinion September 1. We condemn it and call for Mr. Ceballos' immediate release."


Venezuela's former mayor of San Cristobal, Daniel Ceballos, seen here signing a referendum petition seeking to establish a recall against President Nicolas Maduro, was jailed on Saturday by Venezuelan authorities. Ceballos was under house arrest after previously being released due to medical concerns

Kirby said rule of law in Venezuela has been "degraded to an alarming degree." "There is no place in a democratic society for employing the instruments of the state to bully, intimidate, and silence the political opposition," Kirby added.

Amnesty International said the move was an attempt to silence the opposition. "Authorities in Venezuela seem to be willing to stop at nothing in their quest to prevent anyone from criticizing them, particularly as the political and humanitarian situation in the country continues to deteriorate," Erika Guevara-Rosas, Amnesty International's Americas director, said in a statement.

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Nicolas Maduro: U.S. launching 'imperialist attack' on Latin American left
Aug. 29,`16 -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has likened the killing of a Bolivian minister and the impeachment on Brazil's president to an U.S. "imperialist attack."
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Maduro said the imperialist attack is a plan to destabilize the leftist governments of South America. "It's an imperialist attack against all," Maduro said during a pro-government rally in Caracas. "From Venezuela we will fight the coup of the oligarchy."

Maduro said the recent alleged destabilization efforts are similar to the Cold War's Operation Condor, in which the U.S. government partly supported some right-wing dictatorships in South America in order to repress left-wing movements that were perceived as communist.

The Venezuelan head of state has often accused the United States of working against the socialist government left behind by late former President Hugo Chavez. Maduro accuses the United States of supporting the Venezuelan opposition and corporations as part of an "economic war" against his administration. "Venezuela has lived hours of anguish and pain that we can't afford to live again," Maduro said. "In order to maintain and build our freedom and our independence, to not be slaves any more of the Yankee empire."

Maduro's comments follow the death of Bolivian deputy interior minister Rodolfo Illanes, who was killed by striking miners who kidnapped him, and amid the Brazilian impeachment trial against President Dilma Rousseff.

Nicolas Maduro: U.S. launching 'imperialist attack' on Latin American left - UPI.com
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Rubber Bullets Fired on Venezuelan Protesters; 1 Killed
June 22, 2017 - Venezuelan security officials clashed with protesters again Thursday, firing rubber bullets at demonstrations in Caracas. One protester was killed.
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David Jose Vallenilla, 22, died after arriving at a hospital in Caracas' Chacao municipality, where the protest happened. His death brought the toll to at least 76 fatalities since April. There have been almost daily protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro for the past three months. The unrest was set off by an attempt by Maduro's government to nullify the opposition-controlled congress in late March. But demonstrations have escalated into a vehicle for airing grievances against the government regarding triple-digit inflation, food and medicine shortages, a rise in crime and Maduro's attempt to rewrite the constitution.


An injured opposition supporter is helped by volunteer members of a primary care response team during clashes with riot security forces at a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela

The opposition blames the bloodshed on state security forces using excessive force. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday urged the international community to take action to deal with the worsening crisis. "The tragic situation in Venezuela calls out for action. The Venezuelan people are starving while their government tramples their democracy," Haley said in a statement in which she complained about the lack of action from the U.N. Human Rights Council and the Organization of American States.

Maduro has repeatedly rejected such calls for action by the international community. On Thursday, he praised the country's police and national guardsmen for their "heroic'' efforts to maintain public order without the use of firearms. He condemned any excessive use of force while also criticizing the opposition for not renouncing violence and for allegedly using teen demonstrators as human shields. The United States organized the first-ever U.N. Security Council consultations on Venezuela on May 17 to spotlight the worsening crisis. The U.S. mission to the United Nations said Thursday that it had no immediate plans for additional U.N. action.

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