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DOJ Warrant and Complaint Seek Seizure of All Iranian Petroleum Products Aboard Four Tankers Headed to Venezuela

A forfeiture complaint and warrant were filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that all petroleum-product cargo aboard four ships are subject to forfeiture based on the terrorism forfeiture statute. The documents name the “Bella” with international maritime organization (IMO) number 9208124, the “Bering” with IMO number 9149225, the “Pandi” with IMO number 9105073, and ...

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Trump Signs Executive Order Putting Embargo On Venezuela

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday evening putting an economic embargo on Venezuela [Full Text]. The executive order freezes all government assets and puts a stop on transactions with Venezuela. The U.S. has also placed this order on North Korea, Iran, Syria and Cuba. Trump previously imposed sanctions on individuals and entities within Venezuela as the political crisis ...

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Executive Order Blocking Property of the Government of Venezuela – 8/5/19 [Full Text]

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title ...

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Venezuelan Opposition Says China Is Helping Cut Off Internet Access

China has been working with Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro to cut off internet access around the country, officials say. Ambassador Carlos Vecchio said Chinese technicians have been “providing technical support to the regime” in an attempt to reduce social media and internet access to Venezuelans, the Washington Examiner reported. “Listen well: Juan Guaido has become the most important, the most ...

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Temporary Immigration Protections For Venezuelans Passes In House

The House passed a bipartisan bill to grant Venezuelans temporary relief from immigration enforcement Thursday after failing to pass the measure Tuesday. The Venezuela TPS Act of 2019 passed 272-158 and included 39 Republicans who voted in favor. Florida Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican, and Darren Soto, a Democrat, co-sponsored the bill. The bill gives Venezuelans Temporary Protected Status in ...

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Pompeo: US Is Trying To Keep Venezuelan Opposition Unified, But It’s ‘Devilishly Difficult’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said keeping Venezuela’s opposition regime unified “has proven devilishly difficult” in another round of leaked audio from a May 28 off-the-record meeting published Wednesday night. “Our conundrum, which is to keep the opposition united, has proven devilishly difficult,” Pompeo said in the recording according to The Washington Post. “The moment Maduro leaves, everybody’s going to ...

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Federal Agents Storm Venezuelan Embassy, Arrest Protesters

Federal agents stormed the Venezuelan Embassy in the U.S. Thursday morning and ousted four remaining protesters sympathetic to socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro, according to the State Department. Protesters from three activist groups started occupying the embassy in mid-April, reported Reuters. Their numbers dwindled after the building’s utilities were cut off and they were given an eviction order, the activist groups ...

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‘Cowardice’: Nikki Haley Takes Aim At Ocasio-Cortez, Omar And Sanders Over Venezuela

Former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley sharply criticized three prominent Democrats — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — for going soft on Venezuela’s socialist dictatorship. “On the fringes of the left, celebrity politicians refuse to condemn [Venezuelan dictator Nicolas] Maduro. Worse, some have actually embraced him,” Haley ...

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Trump Administration Orders Suspension of Air Service Between U.S. and Venezuela

Venezuelan passports

With the approval of the Secretary of State and in close coordination with the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao has issued an order today suspending air service between the United States and Venezuela. Federal law authorizes the Secretary of Transportation, with the approval of the Secretary of State, to take immediate action to suspend ...

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Venezuelan Revolutionaries Ask For US Military Aid

Venezuelan revolutionary leader Juan Guaido officially requested aid from the U.S. military in ousting Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro on Saturday. An official in Guaido’s camp sent a letter to Navy Admiral Craig Fuller, head of U.S. Southern Command (SouthCom), requesting assistance in “strategic and operations planning” to take down Maduro. The U.S., along with more than 50 other countries, recognizes ...

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Navy Hospital Ship Deploying to Help Venezuelan Refugees

The U.S. is sending a hospital ship to aid in the refugee crisis resulting from instability in Venezuela. At the annual Washington Conference on the Americas at the State Department, Vice President Mike Pence announced the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort will deploy to the U.S. Southern Command area of operations next month. The ship will visit the region to ...

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Treasury Removes Sanctions Imposed on Former High-Ranking Venezuelan Intelligence Official After Public Break with Maduro

Washington – Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) removed sanctions imposed on Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera (Cristopher), who last week broke ranks with the Maduro regime and rallied to the support of the Venezuelan constitution and the National Assembly.  Cristopher is the former Director General of Venezuela’s National Intelligence Service, more commonly known as ...

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Pompeo: US To Offer Guaido ‘Range Of Options’ To Help Topple Maduro

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made clear that the U.S. government is prepared to support Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido in a multitude of ways, leaving open the possibility of military intervention. “Oh, make no mistake, we have a full range of options that we’re preparing for,” Pompeo said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” after host Jonathan Karl asked if U.S. ...

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How Juan Guaido’s Gamble To Oust Venezuela’s Dictator Fell Apart

Venezuelan revolutionary leader Juan Guaido failed to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro Tuesday after calling on the military to oust the South American dictator. Secret talks between Venezuelan military officials and revolutionary leader Juan Guaido reportedly broke down or were sabotaged. Guaido called on the military to revolt but lacked support from the generals, and Maduro remained in control despite thousands ...

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Ilhan Omar Blames America For Venezuela Chaos And ‘Devastation’

Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar stated Wednesday American policies were the catalyst for the armed conflict that tore through the Venezuelan capital of Caracas a day earlier, rather than blaming socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro. “You know, I mean, a lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela,” Omar said ...

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