Tag Archives: Venezuela

Venezuela Back in the U.S. Dollar Business

If you can’t beat them, join them.  That’s the old saying, right?  Well the Venezuelan government has just shown signs of waiving a white flag.  That thing that they told their citizens not to do, they’re doing it.  Venezuelans lined up Thursday for their first chance in years to change bolivars into dollars without having to justify why they need foreign currency.

The socialist South American country launched a new exchange system last week that allows individuals and businesses to circumvent decade-old currency controls and legally buy greenbacks.  Not to belabor the point, but times are sure getting tough in Venezuela these days.

Read Hannah Dreier’s Miami Herald article here:

http://hrld.us/1BvYOct

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CRISIS: Lack of Breast Implants in Venezuela

Oh the humanity!  Shortage of toilet paper, I can live with, currency exchange limitations, grin and bear it, but lack of breast implants!  Yes, we have a crisis on our hands in Venezuela.  Venezuela’s chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job. Beauty-obsessed Venezuelans face a scarcity of brand-name breast implants, and women are so desperate that they and their doctors are turning to devices that are the wrong size or made in China, with less rigorous quality standards.

Read Hannah Dreier’s Miami Herald article here:

http://hrld.us/1AReT7x

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Doralzuela is a Benefit for Miami, and a Major Detriment to Venezuela

The U.S. Presidential election wasn’t the real news in local, Miami politics.  The real news was that a fairly recently emigrated Venezuelan-American citizen, whose English is, shall we say, less than fluent, defeated a native born Cuban-American, whose Spanish is, shall we say, less than fluent, for the position of mayor of Doral, affectionately known as Doralzuela for its concentration of Venezuelans.  Never mind the politics of how he did it, the mere fact that he did it is astonishing, newsworthy, and, well, amazing.  And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the strength of the U.S. and Miami as a microcosm of the U.S.  We no longer want your poor huddled masses, we now want your rich, educated elite to buy two of everything from us, export two more of everything back to your home country, and make us better off for it.  Everyone participating in the local economy should hold out a big “Welcome” sign to our immigrants, and send a giant “Thank You” note to Hugo Chavez.  Then, go have some tequeños.

Read Andres Oppenheimer’s Miami Herald article here:

http://hrld.us/Vh1Ah1

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May Day Battle Royale in Venezuela

It’s not over in Venezuela.  The rallies were, ostensibly, to celebrate international workers day, and counted on the support of rival unions and labor organizations. But they were also a show of political strength in a nation still at odds over the April 14 presidential vote.

Read Jin Wyss’ Miami Herald article here:

http://hrld.us/ZY1XgZ

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May Day in Royale in Venezuela

Shopper in Venezuela Stock up on Supplies

Well, the good news is, they’ve got Ms. Universe, again.  The bad news is, they’ve got their same asinine government, still.  The Venezuelan government hopes the implementation of price controls and profit limits will help curb inflation, inching closer and closer to a completely state-run economic system.  That’s good news if you’re an international business attorney in Miami.  Bad news if you’re a common citizen in Venezuela, more bad news.

Read Ricardo Nunes The Associated Press article here:

http://yhoo.it/1aRttUo

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Shopper in Venezuela Stock up on Supplies

Samsung in Vulture Capitalism Deal with Venezuelan Government

The Venezuelan Government is getting into the refrigerator business!  Right after a week of government raids on Venezuelan retailers and the emptying of store shelves by consumers taking advantage of officially forced discounts, the government has allied with Samsung to jointly produce consumer electronics and appliances.  Vulture Capitalism at its finest?  Another sign that Venezuela jumped the shark a long time ago.

Read Jorge Rueda’s Miami Herald article here:

http://hrld.us/18QszSw

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 Samsung in Vulture Capitalism Deal with Venezuelan Government

Venezuela: Beauty Queens in a Land of Mostly Ugly These Days

Only a few months ago, in November 2013, the world was reminded of the beauty of Venezuela when another Miss Venezuela was crowned Miss Universe. Only a few days ago, the world was reminded of the ugly of Venezuela when a former Miss Universe was senselessly slain in a random act of violence. This tragic New Year reminder was another sign of the rapid decay of what was once Latin America’s most promising country. It has been overtaken by a strange mix of anarchy and autocracy, a recipe for disaster. Venezuela needs to be rescued from itself.

Read Joey Flechas & Andrea Edde’s Miami Herald article here:

http://hrld.us/1ahs9Wj

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Venezuela Beauty Queens in a Land of Mostly Ugly These Days

No More Cheap Gas for Venezuelans

One thing you typically won’t hear Venezuelans complaining about is the price of gasoline.  For a long time, Venezuela has had the world’s cheapest gasoline, about 6 cents a gallon, a price so low that drivers often fill their tanks for less than a dollar and tip the gas station attendant more than the cost of the fuel for their cars.   But given the continuing and relentless crisis in Venezuela, and the need for the government to increase revenue, things may soon change.  Lo unico yo puedo decir:  Pobrecito.

Read William Neuman’s New York Times article here:

http://nyti.ms/1eQpyoU

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No More Cheap Gas for Venezuelans