Rubio, Cardin, Cassidy Condemn Maduro's Elimination of Opposition Ahead of Venezuelan Elections

Rubio, Cardin, Cassidy Condemn Maduro's Elimination of Opposition Ahead of Venezuelan Elections

Grayson Bakich
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June 3, 2024
Venezuela is set to hold presidential elections at the end of July, but few expect the contest to be fair as long as dictator Nicolas Maduro's regime remains in power. Ahead of the upcoming elections, Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) issued a joint statement condemning the Maduro regime and […]
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New White Paper Shows Economic Sanctions Ineffective;  Sanctions on Maduro Regime Members Work   

New White Paper Shows Economic Sanctions Ineffective;  Sanctions on Maduro Regime Members Work   

Javier Manjarres
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April 18, 2024
MIAMI, FL—As world leaders debate the effectiveness of removing or intensifying sanctions on dictatorial regimes across the globe, in particular Venezuela, Florida International University and the George W. Bush Institute have released a new white paper concluding that economic sanctions on autocracies are unproductive and inadequate, however, personal sanctions against individuals tend to be more effective. […]
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White House Ambivalent on Venezuelan Sanctions on Eve of Major Decision

White House Ambivalent on Venezuelan Sanctions on Eve of Major Decision

Mateo Guillamont
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April 17, 2024
The White House has refused to reveal whether lifted oil sanctions for Venezuela will be renewed as the deadline to make such a decision nears.  President Joe Biden is reportedly expected to not reinstate oil sanctions imposed on Venezuela during President Donald Trump’s term.  Biden lifted sanctions on Venezuela’s oil and gold sectors in exchange […]
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Rubio Condemns Venezuela's Arbitrary 'Anti-Fascism' Law to Crush Machado, Opposition

Rubio Condemns Venezuela's Arbitrary 'Anti-Fascism' Law to Crush Machado, Opposition

Grayson Bakich
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April 9, 2024
As Venezuela's Presidential Elections draw closer in July, few in the United States expect the results to be legitimate, and a recent bill presented in the South American country's legislature only reinforces the notion. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued a bipartisan statement with Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) condemning the regime of Nicolas Maduro […]
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Florida Lawmakers on Edge Following Maduro's Targeting of Journalists Abroad

Florida Lawmakers on Edge Following Maduro's Targeting of Journalists Abroad

Mateo Guillamont
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April 4, 2024
US lawmakers have denounced Venezuelan Dictator Nicolas Maduro allegedly ordering for the extrajudicial detainment of Venezuelan journalists living abroad.  Dictator Maduro’s regime carries a ghastly repertoire of unlawful detainments, extrajudicial killings, tortures, and kidnapping of regime dissidents and political opponents. Most recently, Colombian-Venezuelan journalist Orlando Avendaño, a public critic of Maduro’s regime, suffered a government […]
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Diaz-Balart Highlights Pro-Democracy Measures in Recently Passed Appropriations Bill

Diaz-Balart Highlights Pro-Democracy Measures in Recently Passed Appropriations Bill

Mateo Guillamont
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April 1, 2024
US Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) recently emphasized pro-democracy measures included in Congress’ latest appropriations package.  Primarily focusing on supporting Democracy in the Western Hemisphere, the bill includes measures aimed at specific countries suffering, or at risk of, from authoritarian regimes.  Globally, it prohibits non-governmental organizations facilitating and encouraging irresponsible and illegal migration in the Hemisphere […]
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Lawmakers Denounce Maduro Preventing Opposition Candidate's Registration

Lawmakers Denounce Maduro Preventing Opposition Candidate's Registration

Mateo Guillamont
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March 29, 2024
Venezuelan opposition party Democratic Unitary Platform (DUP) announced Tuesday they were unable to register their preferred candidate for Venezuela’s upcoming presidential elections.  The announcement arrived after months of failed negotiations between President Joe Biden’s administration, Venezuelan regime leader Nicolas Maduro, and DUP officials.   President Biden had spearheaded an effort to convince Maduro’s regime to permit […]
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Florida Legislators React to Maduro Officially Declaring Intentions to Remain in Office

Florida Legislators React to Maduro Officially Declaring Intentions to Remain in Office

Mateo Guillamont
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March 12, 2024
Venezuelan Dictator Nicolas Maduro officially announced his intention to remain in office for a third term.  The announcement came after Dictator Maduro was recently ‘selected’ by Venezuela’s United Socialist Party (PSUV) to represent their party’s presidential candidate in the upcoming July elections.  Maduro’s government has barred opposition candidates from participating in the elections and been […]
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Salazar Chides Venezuela's Closing of UN Human Rights Office

Salazar Chides Venezuela's Closing of UN Human Rights Office

Daniel Molina
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February 19, 2024
Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R) has joined a bipartisan delegation in condemning Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for closing the United Nation’s human rights office.
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Venezuelan Plane Seized by DOJ in Florida, Pressure Increases for More Sanctions

Venezuelan Plane Seized by DOJ in Florida, Pressure Increases for More Sanctions

Mateo Guillamont
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February 14, 2024
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it had successfully seized a Venezuelan Boeing 747 originally owned by Iran and subsequently sold to the former.  The plane was sold by Mahan Air, an Iranian airline with links to Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs), to Transporte Aéreocargo del Sur, S.A. (EMTRASUR), a Venezuelan cargo airline. According to […]
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Machado Looks to Turn Venezuela Into the 'Energy Hub of the Americas'

Machado Looks to Turn Venezuela Into the 'Energy Hub of the Americas'

Mateo Guillamont
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February 8, 2024
Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado appeared in a House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the fight for freedom in Venezuela led by U.S. Representative Maria-Elvira Salazar (R-FL). Machado overwhelmingly won the Venezuelan opposition party’s recent primary elections. However, Venezuelan Dictator Nicolas Maduro’s puppet Venezuelan Supreme Court invalidated the election results and barred Machado shortly afterward. Machado has […]
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Salazar to Host Venezuela’s Machado in Foreign Affairs Committee

Salazar to Host Venezuela’s Machado in Foreign Affairs Committee

Mateo Guillamont
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February 6, 2024
US Representative Maria-Elvira Salazar (R-FL) will lead a House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee hearing into the fight for freedom in Venezuela this Wednesday, January 7th.  The hearing will feature Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado as the main witness.  Machado overwhelmingly won the Venezuelan opposition party’s recent primary elections. However, Venezuelan Dictator Nicolas Maduro’s […]
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Scott, Rubio, and Colleagues Request Biden Take Immediate Action on Venezuela

Scott, Rubio, and Colleagues Request Biden Take Immediate Action on Venezuela

Mateo Guillamont
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February 1, 2024
Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) sent President Joe Biden a letter urging him to immediately impose recently lifted sanctions on Venezuela.   The letter comes amidst Venezuelan Dictator Nicolas Maduro’s latest actions to prevent a free and fair presidential election later this year.  President Biden had spearheaded an effort to […]
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Salazar Urges Biden to Reinstate Sanctions Against Venezuela

Salazar Urges Biden to Reinstate Sanctions Against Venezuela

Daniel Molina
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January 30, 2024
Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R) is leading the call for the Biden Administration to reinstate the sanctions against Venezuela that were eased at the end of 2023.
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Venezuela-US Barbados Sanctions Agreement Fails

Venezuela-US Barbados Sanctions Agreement Fails

Mateo Guillamont
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January 30, 2024
The US has announced it will consider imposing new sanctions on Venezuela after Venezuelan Autocrat Nicolas Maduro banned democratic opposition primary winner Maria Corina Machado.  President Joe Biden had spearheaded an effort to convince Maduro’s regime to permit for democratic elections to occur in Venezuela later this year. As part of President Biden’s initiative, the […]
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Florida Urges Biden to Reimpose Venezuelan Sanctions

Florida Urges Biden to Reimpose Venezuelan Sanctions

Liv Caputo
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January 10, 2024
TALLAHASSEE, FL --- The Florida Legislature is pushing for strong foreign policy action against Venezuela and their dictator Nicolas Maduro. Following Venezuela's violation of a deal granting sanction relief, Florida has taken steps to urge the federal government to reinstate all sanctions against them. "The November 30th deadline has passed without compliance," SM 398's sponsor, […]
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Florida Republicans Blast Biden's Release of Maduro Ally Alex Saab

Florida Republicans Blast Biden's Release of Maduro Ally Alex Saab

Grayson Bakich
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December 20, 2023
The Biden Administration recently performed a prisoner exchange with Venezuela's Maduro regime, with one of the most high-profile prisoners the U.S. released being Alex Saab, a Maduro ally accused of bribery and money laundering. Several Florida lawmakers, including Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Representative Carlos Gimenez (R-FL), and Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) condemned the freeing of […]
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Rubio Issues Statement Condemning Maduro's 'Bogus Warrants' Against Political Opponents

Rubio Issues Statement Condemning Maduro's 'Bogus Warrants' Against Political Opponents

Jackson Bakich
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December 8, 2023
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and some of his colleagues in the upper chamber released a bipartisan statement condemning Venezuelan President and dictator Nicolas Maduro. Maduro has arrested and imprisoned political opponents and has even barred opposition leaders such as María Corina Machado from holding office for 15 years. Additionally, the Maduro regime has issued “bogus […]
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