Venezuela

Venezuela President’s Cabinet Choice Further Politicizes Drug Cases

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has named a man US authorities accused of drug trafficking as the country’s new Interior minister, a move that further politicizes a series of drug cases brought by the United States against Venezuelan officials…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

US Charges Fmr Venezuela Anti-Drug Officials with Cocaine Trafficking

US officials have formally announced cocaine trafficking charges against two men who previously served in top positions in Venezuela‘s national anti-narcotics agency, a major indictment that comes in the midst of a highly contentious political atmosphere in the country…

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Witness Killings Deepen Mystery in Venezuela ‘Narco Nephews’ Case

At least two witnesses in a politically-charged drug case involving relatives of Venezuela‘s president have reportedly been murdered, raising questions about whether the so-called “narco nephews” were part of a larger trafficking operation…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Venezuela: All Shook Up

At a public appearance in the working-class Caracas neighborhood of Los Magallanes de Catia on 1 July 2014, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced a “shake-up” in his government. He promised “a complete and profound revolution within public administration.”  The nation is certainly seeking solutions to ongoing issues such as high rates of inflation and violent crime, shortages of key consumer goods, and problems with electricity provision and infrastructure. However, the country’s increasingly fragmented political landscape could complicate efforts to meaningfully address these concerns…

Read this piece in its entirety at Southern Pulse.