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Venezuela and Iran are more similar than you think

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (R) meets with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani during the 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit, in Margarita Island, Venezuela, on Sept. 16, 2016. (Xinhua) By Alireza Nader May 9, 2019 The collapse of Venezuelan society under the dictatorial and socialist Maduro regime cannot fail to remind us of Iran under the [...]

By |May 9th, 2019|Latin America, Venezuela|

How Hezbollah evades sanctions in Venezuela and partakes in Maduro’s drug trade

A Lebanese soldier stands beside posters of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez on a bridge in Beirut, Dec. 1, 2006. (Reuters) By Vanessa Neumann May 8, 2019 The international media has been rife with analysis about the events of April 30th and May 1st, when Venezuelan Interim President [...]

By |May 8th, 2019|Latin America, Venezuela|

Maduro confidant helped Iran, Hezbollah in Venezuela

Tareck el Aissami, left, played a key role in helping Iran and Hezbollah. (AP) May 4, 2019 Tareck el Aissami, a close confidant of Hugo Chávez and Nicolas Maduro, who was indicted in the United States on drug trafficking charges in March, played a key role in helping Iran and Hezbollah, the Lebanese [...]

By |May 4th, 2019|Latin America, Venezuela|

Iran happy Venezuelans ‘defeated coup’

Opponents to Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro face off with Bolivarian National Guards in armored vehicles who are loyal to the president, during an attempted military uprising in Caracas, Venezuela, April 30, 2019. (AP) May 1, 2019 Iran expressed renewed support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Wednesday, as the opposition called for a huge [...]

By |May 1st, 2019|Latin America, Venezuela|

New air route sparks concern over Iran influence in Venezuela

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (R) meets with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani during the 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit, in Margarita Island, Venezuela, on Sept. 16, 2016. (Xinhua) April 18, 2019 The re-opening of an air link between Iran and Venezuela this month is yet more evidence of Iran's growing role in helping Venezuelan [...]

By |April 18th, 2019|Latin America, Venezuela|

Pompeo needs to confront Paraguay’s Hezbollah problem

A boy carried a Hezbollah flag in Jibchit, Lebanon, as he ran past portraits of, from left,  Khamenei, the current supreme leader of Iran, Khomenei, the leader of Iran's Islamic Revolution; and Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah. (Getty Images) April 15, 2019 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is headed to Paraguay this week to [...]

By |April 15th, 2019|Latin America|

Pompeo says Iran engages in illicit activities in Latin America

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference during the NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting at the State Department in Washington, April 4, 2019. (AFP) April 15, 2019 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that Iran continues to engage in illicit activities in Latin America and is “the largest [...]

By |April 15th, 2019|Latin America|

Iranian delegation travels to Venezuela to discuss direct flight route

A plane from the Iranian private airline, Mahan Air. (AP) April 10, 2019 An Iranian delegation landed in Venezuela on Monday to discuss launching direct flights between the two countries, Venezuela’s foreign minister said, as Tehran voices support for President Nicolas Maduro against the opposition backed by most Western countries. A plane belonging [...]

By |April 10th, 2019|Latin America, Venezuela|

Iran’s Mahan Air launches direct flights to Venezuela

Iran’s second-largest carrier, Mahan Air, is flying commercial routes to more than a dozen European and Asian countries in spite of U.S. terror-related sanctions. (AP) April 8, 2019 Mahan Air, a private Iranian airline accused by the West of transporting military equipment to Middle East war zones, on Monday launched a direct flight [...]

By |April 8th, 2019|Latin America, Venezuela|

The Iran-backed Hezbollah-Venezuela relationship

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (R) meets with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani during the 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit, in Margarita Island, Venezuela, on Sept. 16, 2016. (Xinhua) March 27, 2019 The Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group could have its illicit activities in Venezuela disrupted due to the ongoing political and humanitarian crises besieging the [...]

By |March 27th, 2019|Latin America, Venezuela|