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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2000
While reading of the estimated 30,000 lives lost by the landslides in Venezuela (Dec. 26), I wondered: Have there ever been rainfall events this severe in that part of the world before? Why is this happening now? A quick search on the Internet (start with "logging in Venezuela") points to the real cause of this massive catastrophe. The widespread failure of the slopes there was a direct result of nonexistent or inadequate erosion prevention measures to accompany logging and mining activities.
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April 4, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - Officials at Venezuela's largest university called on President Nicolas Maduro on Friday to help protect students after masked pro-government vigilantes attacked a peaceful gathering on campus and injured seven people. Victor Marquez, president of the faculty association at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas, said the attack Thursday on a group of about 1,200 students was carried out by men armed with metal pipes and wooden rods as national guard members stood by. Witnesses said the assailants also had pistols, but no shots were fired.
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WORLD
November 9, 2013 | By Chris Kraul
BOGOTA, Colombia --  A Miami Herald reporter detained Thursday by authorities in western Venezuela on suspicion of working in the country without permission has been released and is expected to return to the United States on Sunday. Jim Wyss , the Herald's Bogota-based Andean bureau chief, was detained in San Cristobal in  Tachira province as he was reporting on several stories in connection with December local elections and Venezuela's troubled economy.   Nadja Drost , a freelance journalist on the board of the Foreign Journalists Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Dassler Jimenez stood on a busy stretch of Western Avenue in East Hollywood, ready to plant a flag and call it "Little Venezuela. " Never mind that none of his countrymen live or own businesses in the neighborhood - or the fact that Jimenez has no money to finance the effort and little clue how to make it happen. "If the Armenians and the Koreans did it," Jimenez said, "why can't we?" Jimenez and other Latino leaders have teamed up to promote a common goal: carving out islands for their communities in Los Angeles' jumbled landscape - Peru Village, Little Venezuela, Paseo Colombia, Guatemalan Mayan Village, Oaxacan Corridor.
OPINION
June 21, 2006
Re "U.S. Is Aiming to Block Chavez," June 19 How dare Venezuela threaten to exercise free will and self-determination? How much clearer can we make this simple lesson: that what the U.S. wants is good for the world, period. The State Department's Eric Watnick summed it up beautifully: Venezuela's continued intransigence might undermine all the good work the U.S. is thinking about doing in Darfur. DOUG WEAVER North Hollywood
WORLD
August 7, 2013 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed opposition leader Henrique Capriles' lawsuit seeking the nullification of April presidential election results and alleging voter irregularities and levied a $1,500 fine against him for "offensive and disrespectful allegations" against the court and other officials. The court also asked public prosecutors to make a “detailed analysis” of whether criminal charges should be filed against Capriles for having made unfounded favoritism charges against government officials.
WORLD
October 1, 2013 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - President Nicolas Maduro's expulsion Monday of three U.S. diplomats was another sign of the increasingly dire problems Venezuela's government faces and the extreme measures he is taking to try to divert supporters' attention from them, analysts said. In a speech commemorating the 200th anniversary of a revolutionary battle in western Falcon state, Maduro said he was expelling acting charges d'affaires Kelly Keiderling, Elizabeth Hoffman and David Moo for allegedly meeting with opposition figures and “taking actions to sabotage the electricity system.” Maduro had previously charged right-wing opponents with sabotage last month in connection with the outage of a high voltage transmission line in western Venezuela that caused blackouts across the country.
WORLD
November 12, 2013 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela--An elderly Caracas woman recently called a travel agency to buy an airline ticket to Argentina because of a family medical emergency. She was told that no seat on any plane leaving Venezuela was available at any price on any airline until next fall. “There is essentially no availability of air tickets out of Caracas until September 2014,” said the travel agent, who dealt with the woman, and who spoke only on the condition of anonymity out of fear for government reprisals.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By David Ng
The civil unrest that has gripped Venezuela this month has swept up one of the country's key cultural figures -- Gustavo Dudamel, the renowned conductor and music director of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. There have been calls in recent days for Dudamel to speak out against Venezuela's hard-line President Nicolas Maduro for cracking down on political dissenters who have taken to the streets in protest of the country's worsening economic and social conditions.
WORLD
February 28, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela -- The Venezuelan government was seeking to arrest a top associate of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on Friday as the official death toll from more than two weeks of violence in the country rose to 17. Protests continued to rage in parts of Venezuela, despite a days-long holiday declared by President Nicolas Maduro beginning Thursday in hope of damping the demonstrations and violence. Many businesses sent employees home through at least Tuesday. Clashes between demonstrators and government supporters and authorities were reported Friday in eastern Tachira and central Aragua states.
WORLD
April 1, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Grappling with scarcities of sugar, milk, cornmeal and other basic foods, the Venezuelan government Tuesday unveiled a new electronic identification system for shoppers that critics say is a modern version of a ration card. President Nicolas Maduro described it as a means of “safeguarding food sovereignty.” The system will employ electronic fingerprint IDs similar to those used to identify Venezuelan voters to register shoppers who purchase goods at the state-run grocery chains Mercal, Bicentenario and PDVAL.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Actress Maria Conchita Alonso, who will be headlining gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly's GOP convention party Saturday night, said she wants to discuss recent upheaval in his campaign with him but still believes the state Assemblyman would make a fine governor. Alonso said she had grown concerned by reports of a campaign staff shakeup, reports of Donnelly using a gun in violation of his probation at a campaign event and a post he placed on Twitter that likened President Obama's gun policies to those espoused by dictators such as Hitler.
WORLD
March 13, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Nicolas Maduro's government Thursday faced accusations of owing international airlines more than $3.7 billion and violating treaties, while separately officials said the number of deaths from violence related to antigovernment protests continued to rise. In a sign of Venezuela's deepening economic problems, the International Air Transport Assn. this week accused the Maduro government of failing to “repatriate” $3.7 billion in air ticket revenue owed to foreign carriers.
WORLD
March 12, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - Government forces used water cannons and tear gas Wednesday to turn back opposition marches in the capital, where borough mayors defied a Supreme Court order that they clear street barricades. Clouds of gas hovered near the entrance to the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas and at the adjoining Botanical Garden, where protesters had converged to join a march headed to the public defender's office. "It was horrible. I had to run a long way," said Maria Alfonzo, a 22-year-old science student who was leaving the campus when she was overcome by the gas. "The National Guard is supposed to protect us, not threaten and mistreat us. We should have the right to protest.
WORLD
March 6, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - In signs of a crackdown on protests that have paralyzed parts of Venezuela for three weeks, President Nicolas Maduro's government said Thursday that two mayors faced charges of neglecting their duties, and it issued an arrest warrant for a university rector. The government actions came as two more people were killed in violence related to protests against the Maduro administration over crime, food shortages, a weak economy and human rights. The dead were identified as a member of the National Guard and a member of the pro-government militant groups known as colectivos . They two died during a clash in the Los Ruices barrio when government supporters tried to remove a barricade erected by protesters.
WORLD
March 2, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Tens of thousands of students and other opponents of the Venezuelan government filled the streets of the capital Sunday, putting a damper on President Nicolas Maduro's hopes that a mandated holiday might bring a respite to weeks of protests. The march originated at four points near universities in Caracas that have been opposition hotbeds and converged on the Chacaito barrio where opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was arrested Feb. 18 for alleged incitement to violence.
WORLD
July 5, 2013 | By Chris Kraul, Tracy Wilkinson and Mery Mogollon
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offered NSA leaker Edward Snowden political asylum Friday, possibly the firmest offer of refuge the U.S. fugitive has received since exposing a massive program of surveillance of phone calls and emails in the United States and abroad. Also Friday, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said his government had received an asylum request from Snowden and would be willing to grant it under the right circumstances. Snowden, who is believed to be stranded in the transit area of a Moscow airport, has applied for refuge to about 30 countries.
WORLD
January 11, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Chavismo is alive and well in Venezuela, which is more than can be said with confidence about the man who inspired it. President Hugo Chavez remains so ill and incommunicado a month after undergoing cancer surgery in Cuba that he missed his inauguration Thursday, setting off new political disputes over whether he is still the legitimate head of state. Supporters of the once-larger-than-life former paratrooper nevertheless poured into the streets of Caracas to dance and declare their loyalty -- a demonstration, Latin America analysts say, of the enduring legacy of a president whose social welfare programs halved the poverty level and dramatically narrowed the gap between rich and poor.
WORLD
February 28, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela -- The Venezuelan government was seeking to arrest a top associate of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on Friday as the official death toll from more than two weeks of violence in the country rose to 17. Protests continued to rage in parts of Venezuela, despite a days-long holiday declared by President Nicolas Maduro beginning Thursday in hope of damping the demonstrations and violence. Many businesses sent employees home through at least Tuesday. Clashes between demonstrators and government supporters and authorities were reported Friday in eastern Tachira and central Aragua states.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By David Ng
The civil unrest that has gripped Venezuela this month has swept up one of the country's key cultural figures -- Gustavo Dudamel, the renowned conductor and music director of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. There have been calls in recent days for Dudamel to speak out against Venezuela's hard-line President Nicolas Maduro for cracking down on political dissenters who have taken to the streets in protest of the country's worsening economic and social conditions.
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