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Obama Declares Venezuela a Security Threat, Sanctions Officials | Democracy Now! Accuracy.org

President Obama has declared Venezuela a threat to national security and slapped seven top officials with sanctions amid the worst diplomatic flare-up of the past two years. The sanctions target leaders of security forces involved in violence last year, which left dozens of people dead from both sides of Venezuela’s political divide. The White House said it was targeting human rights abuses and corruption, not Venezuela’s rich oil sector. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki discussed the move.

via Headlines for March 10, 2015 | Democracy Now!.

Reuters reports: “The United States on Monday declared Venezuela a national security threat and ordered sanctions against seven officials from the oil-rich country in the worst bilateral diplomatic dispute since socialist President Nicolas Maduro took office in 2013.”

Miguel Tinker Salas, author of Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know, which will be released next month, recently wrote the article “Mexico and Venezuela: A Study in U.S. Bias,” which states: “The government of President Nicolás Maduro is depicted as losing popular support and purportedly relying on repression to stay in power. Meanwhile, in Mexico — where, according to a recent study, thirteen Mexicans disappear every day, and President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration has violently repressed public protests — Washington and the U.S. media have remained largely silent.”

via U.S and Venezuela: Who’s the Security Threat? | Accuracy.Org.

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