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  • Bernardo Álvarez, Hugo Chávez’s Envoy in Washington, Dies at 60

    11/26/2016 8:45:28 AM PST · by detective · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | NOV. 25, 2016
    Bernardo Álvarez Herrera, a longtime ambassador to the United States who led Hugo Chávez’s diplomats in defending Venezuela’s socialist revolution to skeptical foreign governments, died on Thursday in Caracas. He was 60. President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela announced the death but did not give the cause.
  • ACADEMIC ABSURDITY OF THE WEEK: CYNTHIA MCKINNEY, PHD??

    11/08/2016 5:38:37 AM PST · by DFG · 23 replies
    Powerline ^ | 11/07/2016 | Steve Hayward
    Political junkies will recall with a giggle the less than distinguished career of Cynthia McKinney, the six-term congressperson from Georgia who was an embarrassment even to far lefties who are usually immune to embarrassment. (In fact, when she returned to the House in 2005 after having been defeated for re-election in the Democratic primary in 2002, the Democratic House leadership refused to restore her committee seniority. She was defeated again in the Democratic primary in 2006.) Among other things, McKinney was a 9/11 “truther,” and also speculated that the CIA had a role in the killing of rapper Tupac Shakur....
  • A Showdown Looms in Venezuela as Maduro Tramples Democracy

    10/28/2016 9:11:46 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 10 replies
    World Politics Review ^ | 27 Oct, 2016 | Frida Ghitis
    Venezuela’s embattled socialist government is steadily moving the country toward the abyss, and the escalating crisis is taking on increasingly ominous tones. Venezuelans are caught in a fast-spinning economic spiral that has already devastated living standards and created a large-scale humanitarian crisis. But as Venezuelans take to the streets, so far the government has responded with measures that exacerbate tensions and make a peaceful political solution increasingly difficult. President Nicolas Maduro, the heir to the late President Hugo Chavez, was elected by popular vote in 2013. But the Venezuelan system of government can no longer be called a democracy. The...
  • The Bronx Inaugurates Mural in Honor of Hugo Chavez

    09/23/2016 6:51:36 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 35 replies
    The Foreign Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Delcy Rodriguez inaugurated the mural along with members of the community, artists and activists from the U.S. and Latin America. Rodriguez was also accompanied by members of the African American community in the Bronx. During the inauguration people shouted, “You can see him, you can feel him! Chavez is present!"
  • New evidence Iran evaded sanctions, continued nuclear weapons development with Venezuela

    08/30/2016 1:17:46 PM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    Foreign desk News ^ | Aug 26, 2016 | Lisa Daftari
    New evidence suggests Iran received help from Venezuela with its nuclear program despite a decade of U.N.-mandated sanctions aimed at curbing the rouge regime’s controversial nuclear and ballistic missile programs. A 2009 document obtained by Brazil’s leading weekly, Veja magazine, shows late dictator President Hugo Chavez signing off on the release of funds to help Iran with its nuclear ambitions. Specifically, the document states the funds were to be designated for the import of equipment for a gunpowder factory and the development of production plants for nitroglycerin and nitrocellulose, elements used in rocket propulsion for Iran’s government. There is also...
  • How much they spent on the big cake "birthday" of Hugo Chavez

    07/30/2016 8:30:12 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 15 replies
    informe21.com ^ | 7-29-16 | Informe21
    In the midst of economic crisis, the government a lot of money is spent on a cake for the "birthday" of Hugo Chavez, in a "celebration" that was held Thursday at the CDLM (Cuartel Mountain, January 23, Caracas) and also it included singers to llanera music. At least 1.20 meters and 90 kilos more ingredients were required for the "architectural replica" of the headquarters of the mountain that ended in the "whiskers" of Nicholas. Below is a list of the budget for the cake of "absent": Kilo of wheat flour: Approximately 2,000 Bolivars (Second-hand in Catia or Petare, by shortages)....
  • Venezuela’s democratic façade has completely crumbled (Hugo Chavez's Long Con)

    07/10/2016 6:14:45 AM PDT · by doghorse · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/1/16 | Moisés Naim and Francisco Toro
    Not long ago, the regime that Hugo Chávez founded was an object of fascination for progressives worldwide, attracting its share of another-world-is-possible solidarity activists. Today, as the country sinks deeper into the Western Hemisphere’s most intractable political and economic crisis, the time has come to ask some hard questions about how this regime — so obviously thuggish in hindsight — could have conned so many international observers for so long.
  • Venezuela: Mass Famine Is Imminent as Neighbors, Washington Stand By (it's not about oil)

    06/23/2016 3:10:44 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 82 replies
    PanAmPost ^ | June 22, 2016 | PanAm Post Staf
    A humanitarian crisis, the likes of which have never been seen in the Western Hemisphere, is brewing in Venezuela and it will be inevitable in a few weeks. Much has been written recently about the crisis in Venezuela. During the last week, the world’s leading media outlets have amply reported the shortages of food, medicine and other basic supplies in the country. Unfortunately, despite some great reporting by various journalists, the true extent and the reasons for the country’s desperate situation have not yet been clearly understood by the media and the international community. The majority of those reporting on...
  • Rare Good News in Venezuela: Beer Is Back

    06/03/2016 11:04:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Venezuelans struggling through an economic crisis got a rare bit of good news Thursday when the country’s largest brewery announced it had obtained a loan to resume production. Polar breweries, maker of the country’s best-known beer brands, shut down production at its four plants in April, blaming a barley shortage. It said it was unable to import the key ingredient because it could not access dollars under socialist President Nicolás Maduro’s tight currency controls. But with bars and liquor stores running dry, Polar said it had reached a deal for a $35-million loan from Spanish bank BBVA, putting up its...
  • Price of corn flour in Venezuela soars 900 percent

    05/24/2016 9:03:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | May 24, 2016 | Staff
    Venezuelans on Tuesday woke up to discover that the government-controlled price of corn flour -- used to make corn patty arepas, a staple of local cuisine -- has risen 900 percent. The socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro had kept the price of corn flour frozen for 15 months at 19 bolivares a kilogram (two pounds).
  • "Countless Wounded" After 5,000 Loot Supermarket Looking For Food [Venezuela]

    05/16/2016 2:17:07 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 36 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 15 May 2016 | Tyler Durden
    As pure desperation has set in, crime has becomes inevitable. A man accused of mugging people in the streets of Caracas was surrounded by a mob of onlookers, beaten and set on fire, who published a pixeled-out but still graphic video of the man burning as mob justice is now the supreme arbiter of who lives and who dies: "Roberto Fuentes Bernal, 42, was reportedly caught trying to mug passersby in the Venezuelan capital and before police arrived at the scene, the crowd took the law into their own hands." The video can be seen here. Now, in the latest...
  • Venezuela: Countless Wounded after 5,000 Loot Supermarket

    05/11/2016 6:59:42 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 76 replies
    PanAm Post ^ | 05.112016 | Sabrina Martin
    As for March, there was an increase in yearly prices due to inflation — a 582.9 percent increase for food,
  • Locals march to honor Cesar Chavez and bring social justice

    04/03/2016 5:55:31 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    KION ^ | Apr 03, 2016 | Maya Holmes
    "He gave his life for the field worker," said Adan Ramirez.
  • Cindy Sheehan: Hugo Chavez's Legacy Will Continue to Inspire

    03/12/2016 3:38:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    teleSUR ^ | March 5, 2016 | Cindy Sheehan
    Three years ago today, I wept for my friend Chavez and myself, for the people of Venezuela and the world.In 2006, shortly after my first peace camp in Crawford, Texas to confront the person who I felt murdered my son Casey: George Bush, I was invited to Caracas, Venezuela to attend the World Social Forum. Amazingly, at the time I really had no idea that the World Social Forum was about socialism, and I really didn't know much more about President Hugo Chavez other than that he was a very vocal opponent of my opponents: George Bush and the U.S....
  • The Trump Revolution is Real. And It's a Threat to the Constitution

    02/16/2016 4:59:00 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 90 replies
    Daily Wire ^ | 2/15/2016 | Ben Shapiro
    It's easy to underestimate Donald Trump. The other Republican candidates in the race continue to do so, writing him off as a clown, a charlatan, a fool. Today, David French of National Review writes him off as a conventional Democrat: Trump doesn't threaten the Republican establishment because he's too conservative or too populist. He threatens the Republican establishment because he belongs in the other party. There's truth to this - there's a reason that Code Pink essentially endorsed Trump over the weekend, after Trump veered into Iraq trutherism and blamed George W. Bush for 9/11. And Trump, as I've written...
  • Venezuela's socialists angered over ban on Chávez images in congressional building

    01/08/2016 11:54:50 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    foxnewslatino ^ | 01/08/2016 | ap
    As if the politically charged streets of Venezuela's capital weren't plastered enough with the gaze of Hugo Chávez , supporters of the late socialist leader are now vowing to put up images of the "eternal commander" on every street corner. Caracas Mayor Jorge Rodríguez gave the order at a rally Thursday to protest the decision by the new opposition-controlled congress to banish from the neoclassical legislature building all images of Chávez and his mentor, independence hero Simon Bolívar. ... Opponents say the socialists' outrage is being feigned to distract from the economic crisis that led to the government's thrashing in...
  • Why Venezuela’s Fight for Freedom Is Just Beginning

    12/08/2015 12:49:20 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Slate ^ | December 7, 2015 | Srdja Popovic and William J. Dobson
    Dictators are typically bad losers. Whenever the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez felt in danger on the eve of an election, he would conjure the possibility of violence, death,or chaos if the vote didn't go his way. The modern dictator doesn't threaten a bloodbath, of course; rather,he suggests obliquely that "forces could be unleashed," that the "will of the people" cannot be denied, or that the "streets will erupt.".... Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro followed suit in the final days of Venezuela's parliamentary election..... the opposition's tally could rise to 112 or 113 seats. If the opposition wins a supermajority, it...
  • Is Venezuela The Next Foreign Policy Crisis?

    12/06/2015 12:01:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 4, 2015 | Keith Naughton
    "... Venezuela is the true end point of socialism and the politics of class warfare. Not hope and peace, but misery and violence. Socialism in Venezuela was not successful,just propped up by massive oil reserves.In order to be elected in the first place, the Chavista Maduro resorted to widespread intimidation, shackling of independent media and outright voter fraud. He has resolutely continued the failed socialist policies of Hugo Chavez,resulting in 200 percent inflation,massive shortages of basic goods,skyrocketing violence and a general descent into a de facto police state.Chavez used oil to build political ties with the small nations of the...
  • Even in Chavez's hometown, Venezuela 'revolution' ails before election - "Chavistas destroyed us"

    11/27/2015 10:08:06 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 27, 2015 | Alexandra Ulmer
    ........."We were 'Chavistas'," said Julio Coromoto...a workman next to a queue of dozens at a shabby supermarket."But they destroyed this town.".... Nationwide polls predict voters will punish the socialists next month, possibly taking away their majority in the National Assembly for the first time since Chavez took power in early 1999.To hold on to loyalists, the government is milking Chavez's legacy at every turn, re-naming voting centers after him, splashing his smiling face on billboards and filling state television with his most rousing speeches.In Barinas, his brother Argenis and cousin Asdrubal are running for the legislature, hoping to follow in...
  • Being the ex-President's daughter pays off: Hugo Chavez's daughter is Venezuela's richest woman

    08/13/2015 11:21:34 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/11/2015 | Pete D'Amato
    The daughter of Hugo Chavez, the former president who once declared 'being rich is bad,' may be the wealthiest woman in Venezuela, according to evidence reportedly in the hands of Venezuelan media outlets. Maria Gabriela Chavez, 35, the late president's second-oldest daughter, holds assets in American and Andorran banks totaling almost $4.2billion, Diario las Americas reports. ... Others close to Chavez managed to build up great personal wealth that was kept outside the petrostate. Alejandro Andrade, who served as Venezuela’s treasury minister from 2007 to 2010 and was reportedly a close associate of Chavez, was discovered to have $11.2billion in...