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Venezuela and Bolivia Attempting to Sway Public Opinion Against the U.S.
Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, is traveling to Beijing this weekend for a state visit. His flight would take him through international airspace.
Maduro claims the U.S. denied him permission to fly through Puerto Rican airspace.
The U.S. issued an authorization to travel through Puerto Rican airspace late on Thursday. The request was filed on Wednesday; the U.S. requires three days of notice.
The U.S. has supported Maduro's opposition, asking for a full recount of his recent election.
Maduro further accused the U.S. of denying a visa to his minister to attend a General Assembly meeting of the U.N. in New York next week.
Standing with Maduro, Bolivian president Evo Morales has announced that he is preparing a lawsuit against Barack Obama for crimes against humanity, which will be presented to the International Court.
Further, Morales has called a meeting Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) suggesting the countries withdraw their ambassadors from the U.S.
Members of CELAC include Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Saint Lucia.
Venezuela Withdrew From the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
4/13: Candidate Henrique Capriles loses presidential election to Nicolas Maduro with less than 2% discrepancy.
8/13: Venezuelan Supreme Court finds against presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, who claimed Venezuela's April election was fradulent.
9/9/13: Capriles files a request at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to declare Venezuela's April election void.
9/10/13: Venezuela withdraws from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
President Nicolas Maduro and other Venezuelan leaders claimed the court is a U.S. tool to impose control.
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