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    Murder of Beauty Queen Highlights Violence in Venezuela

    Over the holiday, beauty queen Monica Spears and her husband were gunned down while visiting her home country of Venezuela. The couple was traveling with their five-year-old daughter when their car broke down. As they waited for help, armed robbers assaulted the family. While the child survived with only a … More

    Death of Chavez Could Resurrect Economic Freedom in Venezuela

    Although Hugo Chavez just died last week in Caracas, economic freedom predeceased him in Venezuela by at least a decade. When Chavez took power in 1999, the Venezuelan economy was rated at 54 points out of 100, according to The Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal’s annual Index of Economic Freedom. This … More

    Venezuela Refinery Disaster Spotlights Chavez's Mismanagement

    Early on August 25, a gas leak in a storage facility at Venezuela’s largest refinery led to a deadly explosion that so far has claimed 41 lives and injured at least 80 others. The horrific accident took place in the Amuay refinery, part of the Paraguaná refinery complex, one of … More

    Sanctions on Venezuela’s Oil Company Just a Start

    With considerable prodding from Congress—especially from the new Republican majority in the House—the Obama Administration and Department of State announced on May 24 that it is placing Venezuela’s national oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) on its list of companies sanctioned for their work in helping expand Iran’s petroleum and … More