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6th December 2017 - Quoted by Kyra Gurney - The Miami Herald

In Washington, Venezuela’s plan to create a ‘Bitcoin’ seen as a sign of desperation

Yaya J. Fanusie

Venezuela’s announcement that it plans to launch a national crypto-currency to evade U.S. sanctions has been met with skepticism in Washington, where lawmakers see the proposal as a sign of the regime’s increasing desperation.

16th November 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michaela Frai

FDD's Michaela Frai discusses Venezuela's economic and humanitarian crises on The John Batchelor Show.

30th September 2017 - Quoted by Paul Driessen - Townhall

Funding The Arts – or Hurricane Recovery

Clifford D. May

A couple of friends recently said it was terrible that some in Congress and the White House could even consider reducing National Endowment for the Arts funding. It’s a critical program, they feel, essential for the very survival of many community and even big-time theaters, orchestras and...

29th September 2017 - Quoted by Franco Ordonez and Teresa Welsh - McClatchy

Venezuela sees Iran, Syria riding to the rescue

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Facing potentially debilitating oil sanctions from the Trump administration, the Caracas government is searching desperately for new ways to get its most valuable commodity — oil — to awaiting buyers.

28th September 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Clifford D. May

FDD president Clifford May joins the John Batchelor Show to discuss the threat that Venezuela poses to the US.

19th September 2017 - The Hill

Trump rightly condemns Venezuela, but that’s just the beginning

Michaela Frai, Alex Entz

More can be done to combat the increasing centralization of power and rampant corruption within the Venezuelan government.

25th August 2017 - Infobae

Infobae

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Experto en terrorismo de la Fundación para la Defensa de las Democracias habla con Infobae.

16th August 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Watkins - Agence France Presse

Pentagon adjusts to life under unpredictable commander-in-chief

John Hannah

After days of fiery talk of possible military intervention in the North Korea nuclear stand-off, Pentagon officials late last week suddenly found themselves digesting a surprising piece of breaking news.

3rd August 2017 - PJ Media

Misery Doesn’t Cause Revolution

Michael Ledeen

Misery doesn’t cause revolution, whatever you may have been taught. Not in Venezuela, not in Iran, not in North Korea. Certainly the citizens in those countries are miserable, but I don’t think that revolution is about to erupt in any of them.

2nd August 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

The U.S. Sanctions Venezuela’s President

Michaela Frai, Alex Entz

On Monday, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The designation came a day after a nationwide referendum where voters chose 545 representatives, from a government-vetted list of 6,000, who will form the controversial Constituent Assembly.

1st August 2017 - WMAL

Mornings on the Mall

Clifford D. May

Cliff May of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies joins Mornings on the Mall to discuss foreign affairs.

1st August 2017 - Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

Michaela Frai

FDD Research Associate Michaela Frai discusses the recent events in Venezuela on the Arlene Bynon Show.

31st July 2017 - The Hill

How oil can break the back of Venezuelan despotism

Michaela Frai, Alex Entz

15th July 2017 - The Hill

Venezuela is on fire, and US national security will get burned

Michaela Frai, Alex Entz

Maduro has already taken unconstitutional steps to amass power, claiming they will restore peace.

8th July 2017 - Quoted by Emili J. Blasco - ABC International

Obama ordenó dejar de investigar la conexión Venezuela-Hizbolá

David Asher, Emanuele Ottolenghi

La Administración Obama ordenó dejar de investigar los nexos entre Hizbolá, Irán y Venezuela para no entorpecer el acuerdo que internacionalmente se negociaba con Teherán sobre la capacidad nuclear iraní, finalmente alcanzado en julio de 2015.

23rd March 2017 - Foreign Policy

In Venezuela’s Toxic Brew, Failed Narco-State Meets Iran-Backed Terrorism

John Hannah, Emanuele Ottolenghi

As if the political and economic chaos wracking Venezuela wasn’t worrying enough, a couple of recent stories underscore the potential national security threat brewing there.

14th February 2017 - Wall Street Journal Video

Opinion Journal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD senior fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses US sanctions against the Vice President of Venezuela.

19th January 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD senior fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi comments on Venezuela's political climate and Tareck El Aissami.

13th January 2017 - The Hill

Meet Venezuela’s new VP, fan of Iran and Hezbollah

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Facing a parliamentary vote to oust him and a call for new elections, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Jan. 4 replaced Vice President Aristóbulo Istúriz with regime loyalist Tareck El Aissami, the governor of Aragua State. El Aissami's appointment comes at a critical time for the...

15th April 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

FDD Journalist-in-Residence Claudia Rosett comments on Cuba's connection to terrorists and authoritarian regimes.

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