U.N. Refugee Agency Finds Record 71 Million Displaced by War and Persecution

The U.N. refugee agency published a report for World Refugee Day (June 20) that found a record 71 million people around the world forced from their homes by war and persecution. 26 million of those people were driven out of their home countries entirely, while the rest were “internally displaced” or are currently in search of asylum.

In this photograph taken on October 15, 2018, show people getting off a boat in Bhashan Char island off the Bangladeshi coast, as it was being prepared for the relocation of Rohingya refugees living in the country's south after fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar. - Dhaka has spent some $280 …

Venezuelan Man Killed in Violent Scrap for Gasoline

A Venezuelan man was killed and another wounded following a dispute at a service station in the western state of Merida on Saturday, as vehicles owners were forced to wait hours or even days to get access to gasoline.

Cars queue to refill their gasoline tanks at a gas station in the town of Acarigua, in the Venezuelan state of Portuguesa, on May 25, 2019. (Photo by Marvin RECINOS / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARVIN RECINOS/AFP/Getty Images)

Report: Pompeo Complains About Messy Venezuelan Opposition

The Washington Post published off-the-record remarks on Tuesday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in which he laments the fractured state of Venezuela’s opposition to dictator Nicolás Maduro, quipping that “forty-plus people” think they are the rightful heirs to the presidency.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a news conference to talk about the dire economic and political situation in Venezuela at the Harry S. Truman State Department headquarters March 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pompeo blamed the governments of Cuba and Russia for the political, economic and infrastructure turmoil …

Venezuela: Maduro Declares Country Wants Parliamentary Elections

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro has reiterated his call for fresh elections to be held for the country’s National Assembly, a move that would pave the way for his socialist regime to take back control of the country’s only democratically elected lawmaking body. 

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Venezuela Court Forces Publication to Pay $4.7 Million to Alleged Socialist Drug Lord

Venezuela’s Supreme Court, run by loyalists to socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro, ordered the online news outlet La Patilla to pay senior chavista official, television show host, and alleged cartel chief Diosdado Cabello 30 billion bolivars ($4.7 million) for aggregating a 2015 article in which Hugo Chávez’s former security chief accused Cabello of drug trafficking.

The president of the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly Diosdado Cabello (L) gestures during a rally called by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on April 6, 2019. - Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido urged his supporters to demonstrate in the streets Saturday to maintain pressure on his rival President Nicolas …

Venezuelan Central Bank Admits Economy Is Crashing

Venezuela’s central bank published comprehensive economic data this week for the first time since 2015. The report published by the regime of dictator Nicolas Maduro was not as horrifying as projections from outside observers like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) but nevertheless admits to dizzying rates of inflation and a collapsing economy.

A woman holds new Bolivar-notes in downtown Caracas on August 21, 2018. - Caracas is issuing new banknotes after lopping five zeroes off the crippled bolivar, casting a pall of uncertainty over businesses and consumers across the country. (Photo by Federico PARRA / AFP) (Photo credit should read FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty …

IMF Suspends Work with Venezuela over Distrust of Maduro Economic Data

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), of which the U.S. is the dominant stakeholder, confirmed on Thursday it had suspended its work with the anti-American socialist regime of Nicolás Maduro since the end of January due to the South American nation’s financial woes and deteriorating political and humanitarian conditions.

The move comes as President Nicolás Maduro (pictured) has clamped down on political opposition and consolidated power in his government’s hands. | Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images.