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Freeing Inmates Not Enough to Fix Venezuela Prisons

Venezuela's new prison minister has promised to release nearly half of the country’s inmates in an effort to ease overcrowding, but this fails to take into account...
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New Venezuela Prison Minister Promises Reform

Venezuela’s newly appointed prison minister has promised sweeping reforms to tackle overcrowding and violence in the country’s penal...
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Chavez’s Brother Tipped as Heir; Unlikely to Crack Down on Organized Crime

With growing signs that President Hugo Chavez may be suffering from an advanced stage of cancer, his brother, Adan, seems to be positioning himself as the heir...
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Venezuela Negotiates End to Prison Stand-Off

A 27-day uprising in a Venezuelan prison has ended after talks, with some claiming that the government allowed an inmate ringleader to go...
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Ecuador the ‘UN of Crime’ and Venezuela the ‘Refuge of Terrorism’?

The arrest of a suspected member of the Russian mafia in Ecuador has prompted a U.S. official to describe it as the "United Nations" of organized crime, while...
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Venezuela Seizes Almost 7 Tons Cocaine Hidden in Heavy Machinery

In the latest indication that the country is becoming a major operations center for international organized crime, Venezuelan officials have seized nearly seven...
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Center for International Media Assistance: Confronting the News – The State of Independent Media in Latin America

A report by the Center for International Media Assistance and the National Endowment for Democracy on the state of independent media in Latin America. Conducted via...
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Security in a Post-Chavez Venezuela

The announcement that Venezuela’s president is suffering from cancer raises the question of what lies ahead for the country, which under Chavez's leadership has...
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Venezuela Probes TV Network Over Prison Riots

Venezuelan authorities have opened an investigation into one of the country’s major news networks for its coverage of an ongoing prison...