Archive for the ‘Venezuela’ Category

Drying Up: Venezuela’s Oil Industry

Via The Wall Street Journal, a look at how Venezuela has seen its production dwindle after decades of graft and mismanagement under Chávez and Maduro regimes, and now the burden of U.S. sanctions: Venezuela’s oil industry—rich in reserves, a crucial Allied resource in World War II, a founding member of OPEC—is grinding toward a halt. Venezuela […]

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Iranian Military-Owned Conglomerate Sets Up Shop in Venezuela

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal (subscription required), a report on a new Venezuelan grocer brings ties to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps: An Iranian conglomerate owned by the country’s military and tied to its missile program has established a retail foothold in Venezuela, according to officials and records detailing the move, deepening Tehran’s involvement with […]

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Venezuela’s New Oil Minister

Via Ozy, commentary on Venezuela’s new Oil Minister: By selecting Tareck El-Aissami as his new oil minister, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has given the enormous task of fixing the country’s most important industry to a man who has little expertise in the sector — and who is wanted in the U.S. on drug trafficking charges. […]

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Venezuela Proposes Major Overhaul of Energy Sector

Via The Wall Street Journal, an article on Venezuela’s plan downsize national oil monopoly while ambitiously aiming to double production: Venezuela’s government is proposing a sweeping overhaul of its energy industry, scaling back the role of the state and handing over greater control to private companies in an effort to boost plummeting oil output, according to […]

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Venezuela’s Socialists Embrace Business

Courtesy of The New York Times, a look at how, after decades of socialist-style control devastated the economy, capitalism is back in Venezuela, helping keep the country afloat — and Nicolás Maduro in power: As Venezuela tumbled deeper into economic crisis in 2017 and its people searched for a way out, one name kept coming up: […]

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The Collapse Of Venezuela And Its Oil Industry

Via Forbes, an article on the destruction of PDVSA, Venezuela’s national oil company: How could Venezuela, the country with the largest oil resources in the planet — which received the largest commodity windfall in Latin America’s history and had the highest income per-capita in the region — end up with the worst economic depression, hyperinflation, […]

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