Yes, two Venezuela posts on one day:
That trade [fishing] has collapsed, along with virtually every industry across Venezuela. Gangs of out-of-work fishermen prey upon those who still venture out into the open sea, stealing their catch and motors, tying them up, throwing them overboard, and sometimes shooting them. The robberies have taken place daily this year, and dozens of fishermen have died.
“People can’t make a living fishing anymore, so they’re using their boats for the options that remain: smuggling gas, running drugs and piracy,” said Jose Antonio Garcia, leader of the state’s largest union.
In a trend that has gained momentum in recent weeks, the women are thronging to a bridge that connects Venezuela and Colombia, and selling their locks to self-appointed brokers who then sell the hair as extensions to Colombians.
Last, but not least, Reds against the Cardinals,
Vatican seeks to revive faltering Venezuela talks
A Vatican representative sought on Tuesday night to rescue faltering talks between Venezuela’s leftist government and the opposition, after President Nicolas Maduro’s rivals said they would sit out further meetings unless concessions were made.
Venezuela’s opposition snubbed a scheduled meeting with government officials on Tuesday, saying the government’s earlier electoral and foreign aid promises had not been kept.
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The Vatican’s envoy, Claudio Maria Celli, said after meetings with both sides that they would hold technical meetings until Jan. 13 to discuss issues including “justice and human rights” as well as “generating confidence in the electoral schedule.”
Frances Martel reports on the Chaos as All Sides of Venezuelan Conflict Turn Their Ire Towards the Vatican
Venezuela’s anti-socialist opposition has skipped a third meeting with the government mediated by the Vatican as the Socialist Party’s second-in-command chides Pope Francis for being “disrespectful,” in a sign that the Vatican’s role in attempting to bring an end to Venezuela’s woes has changed little.
Former National Assembly leader Diosdado Cabello publicly excoriated Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, in this report from the official propaganda station,
The letter that has so incensed Cabello is one in which Cardinal Pietro Parolin, writing on behalf of Pope Francis, demands that the Venezuelan government “take the necessary measures to restore as soon as possible the Constitutionally mandated role of the National Assembly” and “apply legal instruments to accelerate the process of liberating political prisoners.” Maduro’s Supreme Court decreed that the National Assembly’s rule was illegitimate after the opposition won last year’s national elections.