Venezuela

30 million people
11,820 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Partly Free
Press:
Not Free
Partly Free

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More aggressive tactics by authoritarian regimes and an upsurge in terrorist attacks contributed to a disturbing decline in global freedom in 2014. 

In light of the Venezuelan government’s continued imprisonment of Leopoldo Lopez, Daniel Ceballos, and other political leaders, and the recently announced criminal charges against former legislator Maria Corina Machado, Freedom House issued the following statement.

Alexander Brockwehl
Guest Blogger



More troubling than Venezuela’s likely election to a seat on the UN Security Council is the fact that democratic countries in the region have tacitly supported its nomination.

President Obama's call to arms against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), like his response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, steps up U.S. efforts to curb major threats to U.S. interests. Does it also signal a greater commitment by Obama to stand up for democracy in the world? Probably not. But he should make democracy a priority.

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