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Video Contradicts Venezuela Govt Claims in Politician's Death

Video Contradicts Venezuela Govt Claims in Politician's Death

Venezuela's government attempted to present a young politician's murder as a political killing, but a surveillance video appears to contradict this narrative, suggesting the embattled president may be manipulating information to bolster his weakening position. Read More

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Venezuela is a key transit country for drug shipments going from Colombia to the United States and Europe. The illegal drug trade has traditionally been controlled by foreign organizations, particularly Colombians, attracted by poor rule of law and corruption. However, there is evidence that beginning in the mid-2000s corrupt elements in the security forces stepped up their role in the business, forming a loose network dubbed the “Cartel de los Soles” (Cartel of the Suns).

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  • Video Contradicts Venezuela Govt Claims in Politician's Death

    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro

    Venezuela's government attempted to present a young politician's murder as a political killing, but a surveillance video appears to contradict this narrative, suggesting the embattled president may be manipulating information to bolster his weakening position.

  • No Top National Guard Officials Will Stand Trial in Venezuela's Air France Cocaine Bust

    Cocaine discovered on Air France flight

    Venezuela has charged 27 suspects in a case involving a massive cocaine seizure made on an Air France flight last year, but high-ranking members of the National Guard are conspicuously absent from the list. 

  • Tensions in Venezuela as Collectives Bury Members Killed by Police

    Members of a "collective" killed by police were buried in a public funeral in Caracas, amid concerns that these armed civilian groups -- many originally supplied and trained by the Chavez government -- could be slipping out of the state's control. 

  • 5 Killed in Police Clash With Venezuela Political Collectives

    Venezuelan collective leader and congressman, both dead

    A bloody clash between police and militant collectives in Caracas may feed suspicions that the collectives played a role in the recent dramatic murder of a Venezuelan Congressman, and raises the specter of more violence ahead as the investigation into the murder continues. 

  • What Is Behind Murder of Venezuela Politician?

    Murder victim Robert Serra

    After a young star of Venezuela's ruling socialist party was murdered in his home, the government has sought to blame the opposition and portray the victim as a political martyr. However, this narrative is drawn into question by his reported ties to the murky world of Caracas' militant collectives. 

  • Venezuela Launches App to Speed Up Police Response

    The Venezuelan smartphone security app

    Venezuela has launched a smartphone app that connects users to the nearest police unit in case of emergency, part of the more progressive side of the government's new security strategy. 

  • Meeting Raises Question: Just What is Citizen Security in Venezuela?

    On September 9 to 10, Venezuela's Attorney General's office organized a conference called "Prevention is Citizen Security." It sought to bring government representatives, academics, police, and community organizers together to discuss prevention "as an indispensable tool to guarantee citizen security."

  • US Singles Out Venezuela, Bolivia for Drug Failures

    The White House says that Venezuela and Bolivia "failed demonstrably" in anti-drug efforts in the last year. But while there are clear signs that these countries are growing drug hubs, diplomatic considerations played a role in singling them out for criticism.

  • 'Venezuela Never Reported Cocaine Haul in Jet Plane'

    Venezuelan authorities never disclosed that another cocaine haul was discovered in a jet plane earlier this year, raising new questions about the amount of drugs being moved through the country's main international airport to destinations abroad.

  • Venezuela Minister Claims Homicides Are Dropping

    According to Venezuela's interior minister, homicides and kidnappings have decreased significantly in 2014. But his refusal to release concrete figures and the Venezuelan government's reputation for manipulating statistics cast doubt on his claims.