12 Mar 2015
This week President Barack Obama issued an executive order placing sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials for alleged human rights violations against opposition protesters since February 2014. His order will freeze the officials' assets and block their entry to the U.S. Several Latin American leaders have denounced the move with the Maduro government responding by demanding that the U.S. embassy in Venezuela reduce its staff by 80%. U.S. citizens are now also obligated to apply for visas before entering Venezuela. Miguel Tinker Salas, professor of Latin American history at Pomona College, explains why diplomatic relations between the two countries are deteriorating.
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Editor's Note: You might also be interested in Sea-Change in Venezuela by Chris Gilbert writing for Counterpunch, Don’t Believe Mainstream Media Coverage of Venezuela by Sonali Kolhatkar on Truthdig and Is Venezuela Really an "Extraordinary Threat"? U.S. Sanctions Top Officials as Tensions Grow by Democracy Now!