Archive for the ‘Venezuela’ Category

PDVSA: Once A Cash Cow, Now On Verge Of Collapse

Courtesy of the New York Times, a detailed report on the demise of Venezuela’s PDVSA: A general with no energy experience has been installed as the head of the state oil company. Arrests, firings and desperate emigration have gutted top talent. Oil facilities are crumbling, while production is plummeting. As the rest of the oil-producing world recovers on the […]

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Empresa Polar: Feeding Venezuela’s Hungry Masses

Via Ozy, a report on He’s one of Latin America’s most private billionaires. But as Venezuela lurches through the worst economic, social and political crisis in its history, he’s also become something of a Han Solo figure, called on by the famished masses to fight for them. Lorenzo Mendoza, 52, doesn’t exactly come off as […]

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Rosneft: Petroleum and Policy

Courtesy of The New York Times, a report on Russia’s use of Rosneft, as a foreign policy instrument: Russia is increasingly wielding oil as a geopolitical tool, spreading its influence around the world and challenging the interests of the United States. But Moscow risks running into trouble, as it lends money and makes deals in turbulent […]

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How The Venezuelan Collapse Could Bring Down A Region

Via Frontera News, speculation on the potential impact that Venezuela’s collapse could have upon the region: The Venezuelan government is living on borrowed time. The embattled United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) government faces increased pressure from all directions to relinquish power and allow free elections. Popular street protests and government opposition have created volatile […]

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How Venezuela Ruined Its Oil Industry

Via Forbes, a look at how Venezuela ruined its oil industry: Venezuela is a country in crisis. Protesters that are opposed to the socialist government are being killed, and Venezuelan citizens are starving to death. A humanitarian disaster is unfolding that has been in the making for years. But how can it be that the […]

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How Chávez and Maduro Have Impoverished Venezuela

Courtesy of The Economist, a detailed look at Venezuela’s economic crisis: IT IS hard to convey the severity of Venezuela’s unfolding crisis. Its extent is astounding: the economy shrank by 10% last year, and will be 23% smaller than in 2013 by the end of this year, according to IMF forecasts. Inflation may exceed 1,600% […]

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