- Cuba and Venezuela rank among the more difficult challenges facing incoming US President Joe Biden in Latin America.
- US domestic political factors go some way to explaining why policy shifts are most likely to be incremental.
Elections for the National Assembly (AN) take place on 6 December. The new legislature will be installed on 5 January 2021 for a five-year term. The regime-controlled National Electoral Council (CNE) has increased the number of seats from 167 to 277.… Read the rest
The regime is advancing its campaign to sideline genuine political adversaries and build a made-to-measure, cosmetic opposition in time for sham legislative elections before the end of 2020. The regime’s goal is to secure domestic political hegemony.… Read the rest
It has emerged that the regime and opposition reached an agreement on 1 June to allow the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to receive and administer funds currently under opposition control for the fight against Covid-19.… Read the rest
There have been two important political developments in the last 48 hours. First, on 24 March, the former opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski called for an agreement between President Nicolas Maduro’s regime and the opposition led by Juan Guaido to help avert a public health crisis arising from the Covid-19 outbreak.… Read the rest
● The regime’s bombshell request for IMF emergency assistance provides proof of Venezuela’s unique vulnerability to COVID-19.
● The run-down public healthcare system is not equipped to handle a significant spread of coronavirus.… Read the rest
Yesterday, 18 February, the US government announced sanctions against Rosneft Trading, a brokerage unit of Russian firm Rosneft. The entity is thought to handle at least 50% of Venezuela’s crude exports under deliberately opaque arrangements designed to bypass wider sanctions; typically, state oil company PDVSA sells oil at a discount to Rosneft Trading, which then sells the crude on to end-users in China and India.… Read the rest
National Assembly (AN) president Juan Guaido, who is recognized as interim president by over 50 countries, was blocked from entering the legislature yesterday, 5 January, for a vote to renew his position as AN head.… Read the rest