Americas Society's Spring 2015 concerts featuring guitar include such diverse artists as Argentine folk musicians, a duo of faculty from Ithaca College School of Music, and a Peruvian virtuoso.
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COA's vice president told CCTV that U.S.-Venezuela tensions are a distraction to a deteriorating economic and social situation in the Latin American country. ... Play Video
"Venezuela has no desire or intention to invade the United States," said Council of the Americas Vice President Eric Farnsworth on CCTV regarding recent U.S. sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials. At the same time, these "minimalist and targeted" sanctions do not warrant the disproportionate response they have received from Venezuela and its President Nicolás Maduro, who said "President Barack Obama will be remembered for his aggression towards the Venezuelan people."
With a deteriorating economy, food shortages, and increasing unavailability of healthcare, Farnsworth said Maduro is looking for any excuse to justify domestic issues. Instead of focusing on the U.S.-Venezuela tensions, "the real attention needs to be in Caracas, " he said.