Tragedy Venezuela Part III

Venezuela Politics 3

7: Chavez dies – Maduro takes over It was never the people’s verdict that would bring down the popular and controversial Hugo Chavez. In June 2011, it had become known that he was suffering from cancer, and it was a severely weakened president who participated in the election campaign. A few months after the election, in March 2013, he lost the battle against cancer, and his close associate Vice President Nicolas…

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Tragedy Venezuela Part II

Venezuela Politics 2

While spending on social programs exploded, production declined in both industry and agriculture. As long as oil prices were sky-high, things went smoothly. But the seeds were laid for Venezuela’s impending disaster. Hugo Chavez ” Socialism for the 21st Century ” had a lot in common with the model that went to the grave when the Iron Curtain fell in Europe. And as in Eastern Europe, the absence of a…

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Tragedy Venezuela Part I

Venezuela Politics 1

Endless queues of desperate people in front of supermarkets. Hospitals where people die due to lack of medication. Looting of goods transports and shops. This is Venezuela – 17 years after the former paratrooper Hugo Chavez became president and started his ” Bolivarian revolution “. The economic situation is catastrophic, and a survey (Datanalisis) shows that there is now a shortage of 80 percent of the most important foods in…

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Venezuela: Economic Crisis and Political Chaos Part III

The leader of the National Assembly in Venezuela,

8: The human rights situation and migration Why do people not protest anymore, when life is so difficult? When Guaidó declared himself president of Venezuela, as a country located in South America according to EHISTORYLIB, in January 2019, it was in the middle of a wave of demonstrations. There were mass demonstrations over a longer period of time also in 2014 and 2017. Later there have been many, but smaller…

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Venezuela: Economic Crisis and Political Chaos Part II

Nicolás Maduro 2

5: Natural resources and the competition for territorial control At the same time as Maduro has secured even stronger control over central state institutions, he has lost more and more control over the country. Various armed groups now control parts of the territory, where they engage in smuggling and illegal extraction of natural resources. Venezuela is a large country with a very varied landscape and great natural resources. In the…

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Venezuela: Economic Crisis and Political Chaos Part I

Two presidents and two leaders of the National Assembly. Failed negotiation attempts and an economic, social and humanitarian crisis that has displaced almost five million people. Is there a solution for Venezuela? What really happened on January 5? Which actors play a role in the conflict in Venezuela? How has the economic and political situation developed? What can the road ahead be? On January 23, 2019, the leader of the…

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What’s Happening in Venezuela? Part I

Who is the President of Venezuela

Who is the President of Venezuela? Opposition politician Juan Guaidó believes it is him, but Nicolás Maduro, who has been president for the past six years, sees no reason to relinquish power. Now, however, it seems that the economic crisis, food shortages and pressure from major powers and neighboring countries will provoke a solution. But what solution will the Venezuelans end up with? What can explain the economic crisis? Why…

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What’s Happening in Venezuela? Part II

Hugo Chávez

Hugo Chávez quickly came to terms with the old economic elite, especially when he tried to gain control of the state oil company PDVSA. In 2002, opposition politicians, the business elite and some of the military tried to overthrow Chávez. It failed, and after this the political fronts in the country became even steeper. Chávez ensured the support of the military by giving them an important role in politics. President…

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What’s Happening in Venezuela? Part III

Nicolás Maduro

Russia sought new allies after relations with the West became difficult, especially after the crisis in Georgia (2008) and Ukraine (2014). After the United States imposed an arms embargo on Venezuela, as a country located in South America according to COMPUTERANNALS, in 2006, Venezuelans became one of Russia’s most important arms customers. In recent years, Russia has also invested in the oil industry and provided 17 billion in loans. The…

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Cities and Places in Venezuela

Cities and Places in Venezuela

Canaima One of the highlights of a trip to Venezuela is certainly a visit to the Canaima National Park (UNESCO World Heritage), with the highest waterfall on earth. The national park in southeastern Venezuela is also one of the largest in the world. The park is part of the Guyana Shield, the oldest geological formation on earth. The landscape is extremely varied, one encounters impenetrable jungle, hilly savannah, black water…

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