Obama approves sanctions against Venezuela, thousands march to condemn US interference

Obama approves sanctions against Venezuela, thousands march to condemn US interference

Published on 19 December 2014 collated from  www.venezuelanalysis.com Thousands of Venezuelans March to Celebrate their...

Venezuela Creates Council for People with Disabilities

Venezuela Creates Council for People with Disabilities

Published on 9 December 2014 by TeleSUR English The presidential council will advance participatory democracy...

Venezuela’s Maduro Cuts Spending in Face of Oil Glut, Starting with his Own Salary

Venezuela’s Maduro Cuts Spending in Face of Oil Glut, Starting with his Own Salary

Published on 3 November by www.venezuelanalysis.com Maduro meets with Uruguays Pepe MujicaIn an announcement made...

Maduro passes laws to target monopolies, stimulate production, fight corruption and promote security

Maduro passes laws to target monopolies, stimulate production, fight corruption and promote security

Abridged from two articles published on 19 and 20 November by www.venezuelanalysis.com Maduro passes a...

Venezuela Receives Over 100 Palestinian Medical Students in Scholarship Programme

Venezuela Receives Over 100 Palestinian Medical Students in Scholarship Programme

Published on 11 November 2014 by TeleSUR - Venezuela analysis A Palestinian woman is greeted...

  • Obama approves sanctions against Venezuela, thousands march to condemn US interference

    Obama approves sanctions against Venezuela, thousands...

  • Venezuela Creates Council for People with Disabilities

    Venezuela Creates Council for People with Disabilities

  • Venezuela’s Maduro Cuts Spending in Face of Oil Glut, Starting with his Own Salary

    Venezuela’s Maduro Cuts Spending in Face of Oil Glut,...

  • Maduro passes laws to target monopolies, stimulate production, fight corruption and promote security

    Maduro passes laws to target monopolies, stimulate...

  • Venezuela Receives Over 100 Palestinian Medical Students in Scholarship Programme

    Venezuela Receives Over 100 Palestinian Medical Students...

Obama approves sanctions against Venezuela, thousands march to condemn US interference

Published on 19 December 2014 collated from  www.venezuelanalysis.com

Thousands of Venezuelans March to Celebrate their Constitution and Condemn US InterferenceThousands of Venezuelans March to Celebrate their Constitution and Condemn US InterferenceIn the same week as re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba, U.S. president Barack Obama has just signed in legislation to impose sanctions on Venezuelan government officials. After the United States congress approved sanctions on Venezuela last week, President Barack Obama signed them on Thursday, thereby punishing Venezuelan government officials.

The U.S claims the sanctions are in retaliation for the so called repressive or violent role of government officials earlier this year. Some opposition supporters participated in blockades, burning of over a hundred public buses, stations, and buildings, sharp shooter targeting of Chavista marchers, and physical and verbal attacks on people trying to get to school or hospitals in February, March, and April this year. Forty-three people were killed, the majority being civilians and members of the pro-government national guard.

Pro-revolution Venezuelans responded to the sanctions in mass demonstrations on Monday, flooding the streets and social media platforms with ant-imperialist messages.

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Venezuela Creates Council for People with Disabilities

Published on 9 December 2014 by TeleSUR English

The presidential council will advance participatory democracy for people with disabilitiesThe presidential council will advance participatory democracy for people with disabilitiesVenezuela has approved the creation of a new national council for people with disabilities in an attempt to eliminate the stigma around such communities, announced President Nicolas Maduro in a national address late Monday. 

The Presidential Council for People with Disabilities was created to strengthen the participation of disabled persons in state and societal affairs, as well as increase awareness and eliminate discrimination towards disabled individuals across the country. 

In the past months, Venezuela has tried to address the needs of the country's large disabled community.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Cuts Spending in Face of Oil Glut, Starting with his Own Salary

Published on 3 November by www.venezuelanalysis.com

Maduro meets with Uruguays Pepe MujicaMaduro meets with Uruguays Pepe MujicaIn an announcement made on 28 November , Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro pledged to slash spending in certain areas, such as senior government officials’ salaries, while swearing “we will never cut one bolivar of what we spend on education, food, housing... on our people.”

On 2 December the South American leader authorized a 20% cut in what he denominated “discretionary and luxury spending” in order to “maximize resources” in the face of the tumbling price of oil, which has already seen a 30% decrease in Venezuela’s hard cash income.

To determine what expenses are superfluous, Maduro has assembled a committee for efficient spending.

The president urged Venezuelans to see the measure as a tool for “deepening our strategic methods of savings and the optimization of resources… we must take advantage of this crisis.”

Maduro also mentioned plans to modify the Sicad II currency exchange system, in the hopes to create a “true, new alternative” for citizens to access dollars at a preferential rate by minimizing the amount of paperwork required to participate.

“We’re going to be delivering a blow to the parallel dollar,” Maduro warned.

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Maduro passes laws to target monopolies, stimulate production, fight corruption and promote security

Abridged from two articles published on 19 and 20 November by www.venezuelanalysis.com

Maduro passes a wave of new lawsMaduro passes a wave of new lawsOn 18 November,  Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro passed 28 laws by means of the enabling law, which permits executive action without parliamentary approval. The bills, 16 of which were revealed in Tuesday’s promulgation ceremony, make up a comprehensive economic reform directed at industry, agriculture, tourism and tax revenue.

During the live broadcast from the Miraflores presidential palace, President Maduro called the new measures “enabling laws to diversify the economy, to guarantee its growth, and to gain stability in the face of an economic war.”

In recent months, Maduro has gone after buhoneros, or those who buy regulated goods in bulk to re-sell for a profit on the street, and contrabandistas; those who smuggle food and gasoline across land and sea borders. An estimated 40 percent of subsidized goods are removed from Venezuela through the latter method, making it one of the main drivers of scarcity.

However, with these latest statutes, the Venezuelan president is poised to be threaten the stronghold of those elite families and powerful companies who he believes have waged “economic war” on the government, by manipulating the economy to their political and financial gain.

The Anti-Monopoly Law was presented yesterday as a means to “create mechanisms to regulate those positions of power in the market which exercise control over the greater economy.”

Additionally, Venezuela’s upper class will be hardest hit by a series of tax reforms. On top of the pre-existing 12 percent consumer tax (IVA), one law introduces a 15 percent additional tax on “luxury items.”

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Venezuela Receives Over 100 Palestinian Medical Students in Scholarship Programme

Published on 11 November 2014 by TeleSUR - Venezuela analysis

A Palestinian woman is greeted by a crowd upon her arrival in Venezuela AVNA Palestinian woman is greeted by a crowd upon her arrival in Venezuela AVNLast week, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced the beginning of the Yasser Arafat Scholarship Programme, which aims to train 1000 Palestinians in various fields.

The first delegation of 119 students arrived in Venezuela on Thursday to begin their studies in medicine at the Dr. Salvador Allende Latin American Medical School.

“We will train at least 1,000 Palestinian students,” Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced after the delegation arrived in Caracas. “I just ordered the Ministry of Education to expand the program not just in medicine, we also will enable them to study engineering, architecture and every field of knowledge.”

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15% Wage Increase, Workers’ Bank Launched by Venezuela’s Maduro

Published on 4 November 2014 by Venezuela Analysis

Workers and PSUV members celebrate creation of Workers BankWorkers and PSUV members celebrate creation of Workers BankOn Monday, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced his approval of a workers’ proposal to increase the minimum wage by 15% starting December 1st. 

The new wage will be 4,889 bolivars per month (US$776 at the official exchange rate of 6.3)

This marks the third hike in salaries approved in 2014, making the current minimum wage 64.5% higher than at the start of the year. However, this latest announcement brings workers’ salaries just above the rate of inflation, which reached 63.4% during that same period.

An additional adjustment to the denominator used to calculate food tickets, which are mandatorily issued by employers and used like cash at most major supermarkets, increases workers’ access to items hardest hit by inflation. 

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