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Venezuela’s ‘Narco Nephews’ Case Hints at Govt Complicity in Drug Trade

Two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady have been found guilty of drug crimes in a US federal court, with several pieces of evidence presented during the trial pointing to complicity in the drug trade by high-level figures in the Venezuelan government…

This piece was co-written with Tristan Clavel. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

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.

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.