The death of a 14-year-old shot by police just blocks from his school is the latest flashpoint as political tensions mount in Venezuela and pockets of anti-government protests erupt throughout the country.
Kluibert Roa Nuñez, a high school student, was killed Tuesday when he got caught between protesters and national police in the western city of San Cristobal. A police officer fatally shot Kluibert, officials say.
A 14-year-old boy died Tuesday after being shot in the head during an anti-government protest in Venezuela’s restive western region.
The student was injured during a confrontation between police and protesters in the city, and died on the way to the hospital, according to local human rights workers. Officials said 23-year-old police officer Javier Mora Ortiz confessed to firing on the boy with plastic ammunition.
Natalia Álvarez isn’t plotting to overthrow Venezuela’s government – she’s just fed up with the lack of running water in the Caracas housing complex where she lives, and of having to stand for hours in line at the supermarket to buy basic subsidised goods such as flour, cooking oil and milk.
But she doesn’t dare protest openly: her neighbourhood – 23 De Enero – is a stronghold of support for the leftwing governments of the late Hugo Chávez and his successor, Nicolás Maduro.
Richard Fisher, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, believes “there’s too much power concentrated in the New York Fed.” And that goes as well for the Fed’s Washington headquarters. He’s calling for voting power at the central bank’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), which sets interest rates, to be reallocated to recognize the rising population and economic power of the South and the West.
In a visit to the Journal this week, Mr. Fisher sketched out his plan to limit the influence of Washington and Wall Street. It’s a parting shot for the inflation hawk who is wrapping up a decade as head of the Dallas Fed. It’s also an effort to head off Congressional efforts that Mr. Fisher believes could threaten the independence of the central bank.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to approve new net neutrality rules by reclassifying broadband as a regulated public utility, over the objections of the commission’s Republican members and large broadband providers.
The commission voted 3-2 Thursday to approve net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from selectively blocking or slowing Web traffic and from offering paid traffic prioritization services. The commission’s vote on the new rules prompted loud applause from the audience at the FCC meeting.