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Global Fintech Circle Partners Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Airtm to Provide Aid to Nation’s Residents with USDC Stablecoin

Global Fintech firm Circle has teamed up with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Airtm in order to provide aid to Venezuelan residents using the USDC stablecoin. According to a release, the initiative has been introduced with government support and notably marks “a global first”… Read More

Crypto has become “Truly Global” as P2P Bitcoin Exchanges like Paxful Facilitate Transactions in Developing Countries: Report

Cryptocurrency adoption has been growing steadily across the globe, according to Chainalysis’ Global Crypto Adoption Index. As mentioned in a report from the blockchain security firm, the majority of cryptocurrency volume reflects trading and speculation that was conducted by professional or institutional investors that were… Read More

Chainalysis Confirms Venezuelans are Increasingly Using Bitcoin and other Cryptos for Remittance Payments, as Bolivar is Useless

Venezuela is experiencing one of the worst economic crises in history. The South American country’s national currency, the Bolivar, has become practically worthless due to extremely high levels of hyperinflation (about 10,000,000% during 2019). Venezuela’s residents are also suffering due to serious socioeconomic challenges, as… Read More

Venezuelan Digital Asset Exchange Criptolago Introduces Text Message-based Payment System to Conduct Cryptocurrency Transactions without Internet Connection

Venezuela-based digital currency exchange Criptolago has confirmed that it will introduce a text message-based payment platform that can handle transactions in Venezuela’s controversial (allegedly) oil-backed Petro (PTR) cryptocurrency and other major digital assets. The new payment system could potentially help Venezuela’s residents with transacting in … Read More

US Department of Justice Alleges that President Nicolas Maduro and other Venezuelan Leaders Used Cryptocurrencies to Bypass Political and Economic Sanctions

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is alleging that several Venezuelan leaders and politicians, including President Nicolas Maduro, took advantage of their positions, financial systems, and virtual currencies to conceal and carry out criminal activity for more than two decades. An indictment released on March… Read More

Nicolás Maduro, President of Venezuela, Says Country will Sell Oil and Gold for Petro Cryptocurrency

Nicolás Maduro, president of Venezuela, a country suffering from record levels of hyperinflation and rampant corruption, says that the South American nation will be selling oil and part of its gold it produces for Petro, the highly controversial national digital currency. In statements shared with… Read More

Burger King Venezuela Set to Accept Bitcoin Payments in 40 Restaurant Locations

Burger King in Venezuela will soon be allowing Bitcoin as a form of payment. According to Cointelegraph, a single Burger King branch, which is located in the Sambil area of Caracas, now accepts Bitcoin as well as altcoins Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Binance Coin (BNB),… Read More

Crypto Exchange Bittrex Suspends Trading Services in Venezuela and 30 other Countries

Bittrex International, the Malta-based international division of the US-headquartered digital asset exchange Bittrex, will reportedly halt operations in Venezuela and 30 other nations. Bittrex’s management sent an email to its Venezuelan customers, noting that the exchange operator would suspend accounts and trading access to the… Read More

Venezuela Pushing Citizenry to Use State Crypto, El Petro, for Remittances

Calling el Petro, “the simplest, easiest, and safest way to send money…(and) the only way to avoid depreciation of income,” Venezuelan politicians are now using their equally controversial national cryptocurrency to make a grab at profits gleaned from the country’s substantial remittance market, Miami New… Read More

Pundi X Teams Up With Traki to Enable Crypto Payments in Venezuela Stores

Singapore-based Pundi X announced on Thursday it is teaming up with department store chain Traki to enable crypto payments in its stores across Venezuela. Pundi X reported that through its software XPOS, Traki customers are able to use various cryptocurrencies as payment options for the… Read More

Report: Adversaries Building Commerce “Pipelines” to Undermine US Dollar Dominance

Two researchers at The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) have produced a comprehensive report on Russia, Venezuela, Iran and China’s efforts to create or exploit alternative payment systems that would allow them to circumvent the US dollar as a means of enforcing American foreign… Read More

FinCEN Slams Venezuela’s Attempt to Circumvent Sanctions with El Petro Crypto, Warns Maduro Regime Against Corruption, Money Laundering and More

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued an updated advisory to warn financial institutions of continued widespread public corruption in Venezuela. This is part of an ongoing effort to isolate the Maduro regime who recently lost a popular election but has refused to leave… Read More

US Department of Treasury Sanctions Russian-Venezuelan Bank Evrofinance

As part of its ongoing measures against the “illegitimate regime” of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has sanctioned Evrofinance Mosnarbank, “a Moscow-based bank that is jointly owned by Russian and Venezuelan state-owned companies.” According… Read More

Bank of England Refusing to Hand Over Venezuela’s Gold; Protestors in Toronto Denounce “Interference” in Venezuela

Sources to Bloomberg have claimed that The Bank of England (BOE) is refusing to release $1.2 billion USD of Venezuela’s gold to the country’s officials. A delegation led by Calixto Ortega, president of Venezuela’s central bank,  reportedly visited London in December seeking access to the… Read More

Venezuelan President Multiplies the Value of El Petro Cryptocurrency By Ten

Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela, has announced a ten-fold increase to the value of the country’s new national cryptocurrency, el petro, to 36 ooo sovereign bolivars (not to be confused with standard bolivars) and has also raised the minimum wage in the country by 18 000… Read More

Johns Hopkins Prof Steve Hanke Partners with Airtm to Spearhead Airdrop Venezuela’s $1M/Crypto Campaign

Airtm, which operates a blockchain and bank-connected digital wallet and the P2P exchange platform AirPlatform, aims to provide globally-connected financial services to consumers and businesses in the developing world. The platform is now focusing its efforts on Venezuela, specifically in the new Airdrop Venezuela campaign. “Over the… Read More

Venezuela Challenges US Sanctions at WTO, Including Sanctions on Its Cryptocurrency, El Petro

Venezuela has formally asked the United States to consult on the sanctions it has imposed on the South American country, including sanctions on its state-issued cryptocurrency, el Petro. The request was also, “circulated to the (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body.” Venezuela claims the “unilateral coercive” sanctions against… Read More

Venezuela Now Paying Pensioner Bonuses in Petro Cryptocurrency Not Yet Usable

The Government of Venezuela briefly sent pensioners’ money to their bank accounts on December 7th, but then immediately withdrew the funds and settled them in “petros” in digital wallets held elsewhere, Caracas Chronicles reports: “The elderly routinely receive a message everytime one of the government’s… Read More

Venezuela Plans to Sell Oil for Petro Virtual Currency in March

Venezuela will begin selling oil using its newly-created national cryptocurrency, El Petro, in March,”…in order to expand the modalities of commercial transactions and revenues…” state media outlet Telesur reports. Venezuela is also explicitly seeking a means of sidestepping escalating rounds of US, EU and Canada-imposed… Read More

Venezuela to OPEC: “Petro Will Become the Digital Currency of Oil Transactions Worldwide”

Venezuela’s Minister of Petroleum says he has been invited by the Secretary-General of OPEC to propose that Venezuela’s new state-issued cryptocurrency, El Petro, become the standard unit of account in global oil markets, XinhuaNet reports. Minister Manuel Quevedo, who is also President of the Venezuelan… Read More

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