Venezuela http://wlrn.org en Jetting To Venezuela Just Got Harder: Why American Is Slashing Flights http://wlrn.org/post/jetting-venezuela-just-got-harder-why-american-slashing-flights <p>It’s going to get even tougher to find a seat on a flight to Venezuela now. International airlines are cutting if not ending their service to the South American country. And&nbsp;that now includes the major U.S. carrier&nbsp;&nbsp;– American Airlines.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 21:33:13 +0000 Tim Padgett 35027 at http://wlrn.org Jetting To Venezuela Just Got Harder: Why American Is Slashing Flights Venezuela's Socialist Millionaires May Be Appalling, But Can We Sanction Them? http://wlrn.org/post/venezuelas-socialist-millionaires-may-be-appalling-can-we-sanction-them <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">El Nuevo Herald journalist Antonio Delgado reported something pretty nauseating this week.</span></p><p>In his<strong> <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/19/4125546/globovision-owners-leave-socialism.html">excellent&nbsp;May 19 article</a></strong>, Delgado details the opulent Coral Gables lifestyle enjoyed by the new owners of the Venezuelan television news network Globovisión.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 12:20:45 +0000 Tim Padgett 32786 at http://wlrn.org Venezuela's Socialist Millionaires May Be Appalling, But Can We Sanction Them? Florida Senators In Doral To Make Stronger Call For Venezuela Sanctions http://wlrn.org/post/florida-senators-doral-make-stronger-call-venezuela-sanctions <p><span style="background-color: rgb(239, 239, 239); color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">Not one but both Florida Senators came to Doral Thursday morning to show solidarity with the state's large Venezuelan community.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:34:53 +0000 Tim Padgett 30956 at http://wlrn.org Florida Senators In Doral To Make Stronger Call For Venezuela Sanctions The Miami Herald Has A New President And Publisher http://wlrn.org/post/miami-herald-has-new-president-and-publisher <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Miami Herald Media Company has a new president and publisher—and it didn't have to look too far. Alexandra&nbsp;</span>Villoch<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, currently Senior Vice President for advertising, will start her new role on April </span>14<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The announcement was made to a receptive room mostly comprised of Herald employees.</span></p><p>Villoch is the first woman to fill the role in the company's 110-year history.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:13:50 +0000 Wilson Sayre 30406 at http://wlrn.org The Miami Herald Has A New President And Publisher Castro Opens Cuba's Capitalist Door Another Notch – Should Washington Walk Through? http://wlrn.org/post/castro-opens-cubas-capitalist-door-another-notch-should-washington-walk-through <p></p><p>It may or not be a coincidence that Cuban leader Raúl Castro disclosed his new foreign investment law this week just as Venezuela was getting another&nbsp;big thumbs-down from the financial world.</p><p>Cuba’s threadbare communist economy depends on kindred benefactors like socialist Venezuela. But as that oil-rich country’s own economy continues to implode – the Fitch Ratings company downgraded Venezuelan credit to “Outlook Negative” on Tuesday – Castro has no choice but to open his island’s rusted doors more broadly to capital, capitalism and capitalists.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:54:51 +0000 Tim Padgett 29910 at http://wlrn.org Castro Opens Cuba's Capitalist Door Another Notch – Should Washington Walk Through? Venezuela: Maduro's Offensive Puts Human Rights On The Defensive http://wlrn.org/post/venezuela-maduros-offensive-puts-human-rights-defensive <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Caracas suffered another big power outage on Tuesday. The blackout shut down a hospital and a metro line and left large swaths of the Venezuelan capital without juice for much of the day.</span></p><p>One official response could be an upgrade of oil-rich Venezuela’s antiquated power grid. Another might be more spurious arrests of opposition politicians.</p><p>I’m betting on the latter.</p><p>That’s because the socialist government of President Nicolás Maduro seems much more skilled at finding scapegoats than at fixing problems.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:53:33 +0000 Tim Padgett 29775 at http://wlrn.org Venezuela: Maduro's Offensive Puts Human Rights On The Defensive Memo To Doralzuelans: Barrio Visits Are More Effective Than Witch Hunts http://wlrn.org/post/memo-doralzuelans-barrio-visits-are-more-effective-witch-hunts <p></p><p>Of all the on-scene reporting from the deadly anti-government protests in Venezuela, Frank Bajak of the Associated Press may have written one of the most<strong> <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/venezuelan-student-protesters-seek-woo-poor">important pieces</a></strong>&nbsp;this week – and it didn’t involve tear gas or street barricades.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:11:31 +0000 Tim Padgett 29545 at http://wlrn.org Memo To Doralzuelans: Barrio Visits Are More Effective Than Witch Hunts WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories March 9-15 http://wlrn.org/post/wlrns-five-most-popular-stories-march-9-15 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Venezuelan boycotters and the history of the I-95 road symbol were our top stories. Other honorable mentions include Ira Glass telling us how weird Florida is as a state, Beckham bringing soccer to Miami and -- where does our water come from? Seriously, where?</span></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:49:17 +0000 Diego Saldaña-Rojas 29357 at http://wlrn.org WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories March 9-15 How A Doral Woman Became A Victim Of Anti-Chavista Witch Hunts http://wlrn.org/post/how-doral-woman-became-victim-anti-chavista-witch-hunts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pietra </span>Diwan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> takes pride in the master’s degree she earned in history back in her native Brazil. But a passion for historical accuracy may cost her the business she built here in South Florida.</span></p><p>As a historian, Diwan pays attention to document details. That’s why she raised flags last month when Venezuelan friends here started posting Facebook photos of the ongoing anti-government protests in Venezuela.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:29:04 +0000 Tim Padgett 29078 at http://wlrn.org How A Doral Woman Became A Victim Of Anti-Chavista Witch Hunts Venezuela: Can Anyone Mediate This Mess? http://wlrn.org/post/venezuela-can-anyone-mediate-mess <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="465" scrolling="no" src="//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/476179565?et=f0gE4oh8sEmAqbG6VrVCSA&amp;sig=CWRp2NIz1LkiQDc7uo7HcqOcpMvNUbdJT0xsoi2O4G8=" width="594"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a shame that Venezuela just severed diplomatic and economic ties with Panama, because their respective presidents – </span>Nicolás<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Maduro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Ricardo </span>Martinelli<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> – have a lot in common.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:51:58 +0000 Tim Padgett 28832 at http://wlrn.org Venezuela: Can Anyone Mediate This Mess? What My Talks With Hugo Taught Me About Chavismo In Venezuela http://wlrn.org/post/what-my-talks-hugo-taught-me-about-chavismo-venezuela <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back in 1998, just before he was first elected President of Venezuela, Hugo </span>Chávez<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> described his socialist revolution to me:</span></p><p>“Our revolution is like a river and the rain,” he said with typical bravado. “It’s a natural force.”</p><p>These days, it’s looking more like a spent force.</p><p>Today, March 5, marks the first anniversary of Chávez’s death from cancer. He was still in power when he died, and his revolution still rules Venezuela.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:16:24 +0000 Tim Padgett 28716 at http://wlrn.org What My Talks With Hugo Taught Me About Chavismo In Venezuela For Venezuelan Protesters, A Time To Ask: What's The Endgame? http://wlrn.org/post/venezuelan-protesters-time-ask-whats-endgame <p></p><p>There comes a moment in every political upheaval when the sound and fury of protests have to hook up with the clarity and practicality of platforms.</p><p>For anti-government demonstrators in Venezuela, that moment's arrived.</p><p>Since Feb. 12, the oil-rich but deeply divided country has been rocked by student-led unrest. Protesters are lashing out at President Nicolás Maduro’s heavy-handed socialist government and its inability to solve a raft of economic and social crises, including South America’s worst inflation and murder rates.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:56:30 +0000 Tim Padgett 28556 at http://wlrn.org For Venezuelan Protesters, A Time To Ask: What's The Endgame? Venezuela's West Side Story: Why Street Protests Aren't Likely To Topple The Regime http://wlrn.org/post/venezuelas-west-side-story-why-street-protests-arent-likely-topple-regime <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leopoldo </span>López<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a rock star among Venezuelans in South Florida. But in west Caracas he's the rich guy. And those contrasting images could affect the outcome of street protests playing out in Venezuela right now.</span></p><p>But first the obvious:&nbsp;This week’s arbitrary arrest of López, a top Venezuela opposition leader, is a reminder that President Nicolás Maduro’s already scant credibility is evaporating during the anti-government demonstrations that have swept his country since Feb. 12.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:59:03 +0000 Tim Padgett 28172 at http://wlrn.org Venezuela's West Side Story: Why Street Protests Aren't Likely To Topple The Regime Chocolate And Chávez: Valentine's Day Confronts Venezuela's Strife http://wlrn.org/post/chocolate-and-ch-vez-valentines-day-confronts-venezuelas-strife <p></p><p>Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves. Big deal. This is Valentine’s week, when cocoa matters more than crude – and what’s important is that Venezuela produces the world’s best chocolate.</p><p>Problem is, will politics soon drag down Venezuela’s <em>cacao</em> (cocoa) industry the way it’s reduced the country’s oil output? On Feb. 14, at least, that’s a worrisome question, especially inside gourmet chocolate shops like Romanicos.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:10:15 +0000 Tim Padgett 27771 at http://wlrn.org Chocolate And Chávez: Valentine's Day Confronts Venezuela's Strife Can Venezuela's U.S. Dollar Restriction Keep $1 Billion Out Of Florida? http://wlrn.org/post/can-venezuelas-us-dollar-restriction-keep-1-billion-out-florida <p>What do you do when your country’s foreign reserves are dropping at a rate that would make avid bungee jumpers nauseous? If you’re left-wing Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, you take strong, decisive macroeconomic action.</p><p>You withhold dollars from Mickey Mouse.</p><p>Yessir, you discourage your countrymen from traveling to Florida, by further restricting&nbsp;the amount of dollars they can spend there with their bank credit cards – from $2,500 to $700.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:46:40 +0000 Tim Padgett 27572 at http://wlrn.org Can Venezuela's U.S. Dollar Restriction Keep $1 Billion Out Of Florida?