Leonardo Flores

Leonardo Flores

Leonardo Flores is a Latin American policy expert and campaigner with CodePink.

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A January 2015 meeting between Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and Vice President Biden—unlikely to be repeated if Biden wins the presidency. (Photo: AP) Views
Thursday, July 09, 2020
Biden and Trump on Venezuela: Two Sides of the Same Coin
The Biden campaign held an online event on Wednesday, July 8 pitched as the former Vice President’s “vision for Venezuela and Venezuelans in the U.S.” Spoiler alert: his vision for Venezuela barely differs from President Trump. This event, which didn’t merit an appearance from Biden himself, was...
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President Nicolás Maduro addressed hundreds of thousands of supporters on May 1, 2019, a day after Guaidó’s attempted coup. Views
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Bolton Weaves a Tall Tale in his Venezuela Chapter
From the first paragraph of “Venezuela Libre”, the ninth chapter of John Bolton’s upcoming book, The Room Where It Happened, it is obvious that the tale Bolton spins is full of fabrications, half-truths, propaganda and the occasional kernel of truth. The chapter is a 35-page screed in which the...
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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Trump Hammers Cuba While Cuba Cures the Sick Worldwide
A team of 85 Cuban doctors and nurses arrived in Peru on June 3 to help the Andean nation tackle the coronavirus pandemic. That same day, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced another tightening of the sanctions screws. This time he targeted seven Cuban entities, including Fincimex, one of the...
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The townspeople of Chuao, Venezuela, being honored for their role in the capture of eight mercenaries. Views
Monday, May 11, 2020
Botched Infiltration of Venezuela Leaves Guaidó Tainted Beyond Repair
The latest chapter in the ongoing effort to overthrow the Venezuelan government reads like a bad spy thriller: a group of mercenaries piloted speedboats from Colombia to Venezuela; half of them were killed or captured by Venezuelan security forces immediately upon landing, while the other half—...
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Littoral combat ship USS Detroit off the coast of Venezuela. (Photo: US Navy/DoD) Views
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Threatening Military Intervention in Venezuela During a Pandemic?
Unbeknownst to most Americans—and as we are grapple with this terrifying pandemic—the Trump administration is currently carrying out the largest military operation in Latin America in 30 years, and has made it clear that alleged Venezuelan “narco-terrorism” is the target. It’s worth noting that the...
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Venezuelan soldiers prepare for war… against COVID-19. (Photo: Twitter @Planifica_Fanb) Views
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
The U.S. Should Fight COVID, Not Venezuela
On April 1, the Trump administration hijacked a COVID-19 press conference to announce the deployment of U.S. Navy vessels and other military assets towards Venezuela. According to Defense Secretary Mark Esper , “included in this force package are Navy destroyers and littoral combat ships, Coast...
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A U.S. Justice Department images displays charges against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and other Venezuelan officials on March 26, 2020. Views
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Trump’s Narcoterrorism Indictment of Maduro Already Backfires
For twenty years, right wing extremists in Miami and Washington have been slandering the Venezuelan government, accusing it of drug trafficking and harboring terrorists without ever offering even a shred of evidence . They finally got their wish on Thursday, when the U.S. Department of Justice...
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Venezuelan doctors conducting a COVID-19 house visit. (Photo: Courtesy of @OrlenysOV) Views
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Venezuela’s Coronavirus Response Might Surprise You
Within a few hours of being launched, over 800 Venezuelans in the U.S. registered for an emergency flight from Miami to Caracas through a website run by the Venezuelan government. This flight, offered at no cost, was proposed by President Nicolás Maduro when he learned that 200 Venezuelans were...
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, President Donald Trump and U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien. (Photo: Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 16, 2020
'Maximum-Pressure March': US Hybrid War on Venezuela Heats Up
The first quarter of 2020 has seen the Trump administration escalate its rhetoric against Venezuela. At the State of the Union, President Trump promised to “smash” and destroy the Venezuelan government. This was followed by a renewed threat of a naval blockade on the country, which is an act of war...
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A supporter of former President Evo Morales hands over an indigenous flags "wiphala" to an anti-riot police officer during a protest in La Paz, Bolivia, on November 12, 2019. Protesters have been in the streets calling for Morales' resignation. He stepped down after the army requested he leave his post and requested political asylum from Mexico. (Photo: Marcelo Perez Del Carpio/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
How the OAS and US Just Helped Overthrow Another Government
The United States and the Organization of American States can add another coup to their scorecards, even if U.S. media refuses to recognize it as such . This time it was in Bolivia, where President Evo Morales was forced to step down on November 10, following weeks of pressure and extremist...
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