Waves of protesters clad in masks and hoods battled riot police in Caracas and other major Venezuelan cities last night, leading to at least two more deaths in the latest outburst of unrest against President Nicolas Maduro. Back in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott seized the opportunity to slam the White ... More >>
Roughly 8,000 people flooded JC Bermudez Park in Doral this afternoon to rally in support of student protesters in Venezuela. The overall message was one of unity, as Miamians from all of Latin America lambasted the government of Nicolas Maduro. But many admitted they expected more bloodshed in Ve ... More >>
In Caracas, widespread street protests this week have left three dead, dozens injured, and President Nicolas Maduro's Chavista government looking for scapegoats. (Other than the nation's skyrocketing inflation, collapsing currency and stratospheric crime rate, of course.) Maduro has now issued an ... More >>
If not for cacao beans, we wouldn't have chocolate, not to mention Fairchild's 8th Annual International Chocolate Festival, a fest scheduled to take place from January 24 to 26. With enticing cooking demos, a "Choco-Walk," bean lectures, decadent tastings, and even poetry -- guess who's the muse - ... More >>
There's no question that in his day, no anti-Castro terrorist was more feared than Luis Posada Carilles. The Miami-based Cuban-American has been convicted abroad for roles in everything from the 1976 bombing that took down a Cuban airliner to a string of Havana hotel bombings in the late 90s. But ... More >>
This much is clear: there's something about gyrating ladies in South American clubs that drives all common sense right out of U.S. government officials' heads. We're just past the one year anniversary of the infamous Secret Service agents at a Colombian brothel incident, and now we've got a new tawd ... More >>
At a time when most bands were either grunge, punk, or nu-metal, Los Amigos Invisibles took a different route -- danceable Latin funk -- and it was a path that led them to becoming the premier party band in Venezuela. Over the last 20 years, these chamos musicales have definitively proved that Lat ... More >>
When it comes to sanitation, Americans are spoiled. We have so much toilet paper in this country of anal-wipe abundance that we can afford to slap politicians' faces on it in protest. Not so in Venezuela, where a TP shortage currently has government officials and opposition leaders blaming each oth ... More >>
The latest entry in the burgeoning downtown dining scene is Aijó, which opened yesterday on the ground floor of the Jade building in Brickell. The owner is Rene Buroz, a lawyer in his native Caracas, Venezuela; executive chef is Christian Bonilla, who was recently sous chef at Zuma.Aijó translates ... More >>
Read the incredible story of how Eligio Cedeño cheated death and Chávez's security forces to flee Venezuela and start a second life in Miami.Eligio Cedeño finally got his day in court -- or as close to it as he can get while Hugo Chávez is still alive. The Venezuelan banker was imprisoned for th ... More >>
According to recent reports, Venezuela has been supplying Iran with F-16s in an ominous arms trade that should make the rest of the world very queasy. And a federal indictment filed yesterday makes us wonder if any of those F-16 parts came from our back yard.
Hugo Chavez has a new plan to save Venezuela's teetering national economy and it's, uh, shipping giant mountains of gold into Venezuela amid a procession of tanks so he can end the "dictatorship of the U.S. dollar" and possibly "offer President Obama a loan."So how did his grateful people react? ... More >>
Anibal Sanchez, left, cancelled his trip home to Venezuela after Wilson Ramos's kidnappingToday is supposed to be the big day for the newly re-named Miami Marlins. Tonight the team unveils its new uniforms and, perhaps, a new blockbuster signing.But at least five players on the 40-man roster probabl ... More >>
Longevity is far more often the antithesis of punk rock than an adjective used to describe it. But Venezuelan rockers Caramelos de Cianuro don't subscribe to the usual rules. This band has been doing its thing for a very long time now, and it's been doing it well. The group first garnered attent ... More >>
"What? Is there something on my face?"Every now and then, a really cool local band comes along and you say, "Holy crap! This band is pretty fuckin' cool." Less often, they get to count themselves among those lucky few who make it beyond their city's area code, transcending region and working be ... More >>
So the last sane president of Venezuela died in Miami Saturday. Carlos Andres Perez was the probably the first Latin president to flex his muscles over oil, thus setting the stage for his one-time nemesis, the half wit Hugo Chavez, to take power. I interviewed Cap -- who was 88 at the time o ... More >>
La Criolla tetonaOkay, it wasn't until my colleague Esther Park's blog about Ms. Kat Stacks arrest and possible deportation that I learned hip-hop's most hated bitch is Venezuelan. Needless to say, I was disappointed. Not only is the country presided over by one of history's dumbest assholes, ... More >>
Cuba's crawl toward the 20th Century took a few major steps this week when the Communist regime -- which has struck oil offshore -- announced it would ease up on free-market restrictions and build an undersea cable to hook up with Chávez in Venezuela.The cable -- which will run 3,125 miles linking ... More >>
Raspberry, pink grapefruit, bubble gum and now "wild cherri" will be joining the flavored vodka market. Vodka withs something odd mixed in reminds us of the steak and potatoes ice cream we once chowed on in a little mountain place in Venezuela. But that's a story for another day. When you add someth ... More >>
One opposition paper reacted to the ban with a front-page "Censored" photo.Last year, more than 16,000 Venezuelans were felled by bullets, bombs, knives and other violent instruments of crime -- but don't look for their grisly death photos on the front pages in Caracas. A Venezuelan court yesterd ... More >>
The members of Bachaco are going to be busy little bees over the next few days. Well, ants maybe. Because, as you know, their name refers to a Brazilian leafcutter ant. Entomology lessons aside, the SoFla-based fusion group is going to be performing live at UM for the Patio Jam tomorrow. Then on ... More >>
via Destroyio RecordsClick for full-size image.What if you woke up this morning and the government decided it was time for you to leave this country? Ever been imprisoned and deported? In Miami, it happens every day. Destroyio Records says it's wrong, and in an effort to keep one of their own fro ... More >>
Amongst other changes, Mayor-elect Regalado plans to start talking about Cuba and Venezuela more. Right after he fixes those potholes and fires Chief Timoney I presume. [Herald]The Coast Guard will unload nearly 5 tons of Cocaine in Miami (or roughly a New Year's Eve worth for SoBe partying) today. ... More >>
I counted three Venezuelan girls in bikini's that made me want to defect on the next plane to Caracas.
OK, now this is funny. In a Herald correction this morning, the newspaper admitted the first paragraph of Andres Oppeneheimer's column "was inadvertently picked up from a previous column."What they actually "picked up" was the headline of the column from three days before: "One sure bet: Venezuela' ... More >>
An outlaw and former spook takes on the Venezuelan dictator
Patricia Poleo, a Venezuelan journalist and political activist, is accused of murder. She's in exile in Miami.
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