MUD opposition party leader, Jesús Torrealba. (Image: Carlos Díaz/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — The Venezuelan opposition coalition, MUD, submitted more than 1.8 million signatures to the country’s election council to initiate the recall referendum process for President Nicolás Maduro. The signatures, collected in just five days, were nearly nine times more than the 200,000 required by the council and mark the first steps to remove…

A Maracaibo Shop Manager Surveys Her Looted Store (Youtube)

Top Story — Venezuelans across the country protested on Tuesday night, lighting fires and looting stores for food in response to new energy-saving measures that will shorten the workweek of millions of government officials to two days. The protests were stoked after Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced on Tuesday that government employees would only work…

Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo López. (Image: A. Davey, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — A political showdown in Venezuela is likely to intensify after lawmakers in the National Assembly voted late on Tuesday to pass an amnesty bill covering jailed opposition leader Leopoldo López and more than 70 others, which President Nicolás Maduro said he will veto, The Associated Press reported. Before the bill passed, Venezuela’s…

Family members block a key road in protest of the disappearance of 28 miners from Venezuela's Bolivar state. (Image: YouTube)

Top Story — Venezuela’s government said Monday it is investigating the disappearance of 28 gold miners in the state of Bolívar, highlighting the importance of illicit mining as a source of income in the country’s flailing economy. The miners’ disappearance was first noted on Saturday, the BBC reported, and quickly led to protests by family members…

Venezuela's National Assembly. (Image: YouTube)

Top Story — Venezuela’s National Assembly will not be permitted to investigate, and potentially reverse, last year’s appointment of 13 new Supreme Court justices following a Tuesday ruling from the same court, which came down hours before legislators were set to debate the issue. The ruling is the latest institutional blow against the opposition-led legislature and…

Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo López. (Image:  A. Davey, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced on Wednesday that he will devalue the country’s currency and raise gasoline prices in an effort to boost Venezuela’s tanking economy. While gasoline will still only cost a few cents per gallon after the 60-fold increase, the action is the first of it’s kind in some 20…

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduros on a visit to PdVSA oil workers in the Orinoco Petroleum Belt (Image: Venezuelan Government, Public Domain)

Top Story — Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro gained effective decree powers on Thursday after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of his declaring a state of economic emergency, dealing a blow to the opposition-controlled National Assembly. The top court’s move was swiftly branded unconstitutional by Maduro’s critics and denounced as equivalent to a coup, The Associated…

Supreme Court President Gladys María Guitiérrez Alvarado announces the Decision to Invalidate Venezuela's National Assembly. (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Venezuela’s Supreme Court has ruled that “decisions taken or to be taken” by the opposition-led National Assembly are void until three opposition members who were previously barred are removed from office. The court banned four legislators in December — one from President Nicolás Maduro’s socialist party and three from the opposition coalition…

Opposition lawmakers in Venezuela are sworn in on Tuesday in the National Assembly. (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Venezuela’s opposition coalition gained control of congress for the first time in 17 years on Tuesday as legislators were sworn in during an animated parliamentary session that The New York Times compared to a “professional wrestling smackdown.” The Democratic Unity Roundtable, Venezuela’s opposition coalition, won a coveted two-thirds majority in a landslide…