This is the warning posted by the U.S. embassy in Caracas to all U.S. citizens. In the mind of the U.S Department of State the capital of Venezuela is some akin to tropical Baghdad. And yet, this agency of the U.S. government has been insistent in looking for political accommodation with the Venezuelan regime, a gang of thieves. If Venezuela is a rogue state, why would the U.S. government insist in keeping "good relations" with it? Why doesn't the U.S take a strong, principle-driven posture against the bunch of gangsters who have taken over the Venezuelan government? President Obama should start living up to his professed principles and values concerning democracy and justice. Today, the U.S. is viewed by Venezuelan democrats as too passive an actor in the fight for democracy in Venezuela.I find this difficult to understand.
United States Embassy Caracas, VenezuelaSecurity Message for U.S. Citizens: Updates to Embassy Movement PolicyAugust 15, 2013Please be aware we have updated our policy regulating the movements of U.S. citizen Embassy employees and their family members in Caracas and their travel outside the city. As always, the Embassy encourages all U.S. citizens living in and traveling through Venezuela to remain vigilant at all times and to practice good personal security.The Embassy’s security office has designated three zones within Caracas for purposes of movement by U.S. citizen Embassy staff within the city: yellow, orange, and red. In this update, the Yellow Zone has shrunk in size, the Orange Zone has grown in size, and the Red Zone remains the same. Please see the neighborhoods included in each zone below. When traveling to and from the Yellow Zone, U.S. personnel are now strongly encouraged to notify the Embassy. When transiting through the Orange Zone between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., U.S. personnel are now required to notify the Embassy when leaving home and when departing the zone. In addition, U.S. personnel must now request armored vehicles for travel in the Orange Zone between 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Unofficial visits to the Red Zone remain prohibited, and U.S. personnel are only authorized to transit through the Red Zone on personal business during daylight hours provided they remain on one of the city’s highways. Lastly, U.S. personnel are now required to leave public establishments in any of the zones by 2:00 a.m.Yellow Zone: Baruta (Las Mercedes, Santa Rosa de Lima, San Roman, Prados del Este, Valle Arriva, Cumbres de Curumo, La Trinidad, Cafetal, Santa Paula, San Luis, Caurimare, Cerro Verde and El Peñon).Orange Zone: Northern Chacao (El Bosque, La Castellana, El Rosal, Country Club, Chacao, Altamira, Los Palos Grandes, Campo Alegre and Chacaito), Eastern Libertador (Montalban, El Paraiso, Vista Alegre, San Bernardino, Los Chaguaramos, Valle Abajo, Santa Monica, Bello Monte, Coche, El Valle, Sabana Grande, Ciudad Universitaria, La Florida), El Hatillo (Las Marias, Oripoto, La Boyera, Los Pinos, Los Geranjos, Los Naranjos, La Lagunita and El Hatillo), and Western Sucre (Sebucan, Los Chorros, Montecristo, Los Dos Caminos, El Marquez, Horizonte, La Urbina, Macaracuay, Santa Cecilia, La Carlota, Terrazas del Avila, Urbanización Miranda, Boleita, and Los Ruices).Red Zone: Western Libertador (El Retiro, 23 de Enero, Blandin, La Vega, La Rinconada, Las Mayas, Tazon, Oropeza Castillo, Lomas de Urdaneta, Propatria, Casalta, Lomas de Propatria, Carapita, Antimano, Tacagua, Ruiz Pineda, Caricuao, La Quebradita, El Atlantico, Sarria, La Candelaria, San Martin, La Yaguara), Eastern Sucre (Barrio Piritu, Barrio La Rubia, Barrio Altavista, Petare , Caucaguita, La Dolorita, Paulo Sexto, El Llanito) and Baruta (Las Minas, Santa Cruz del Este, Ojo de Agua, La Naya, Las Minitas).