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  • ‘Struggling’ Businessman Gave Rep. Meeks $40K Loan (Guyana ties?)

    07/19/2010 10:25:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 19, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
    At the same time that Guyanese-born businessman Edul Ahmad gave Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) an unsecured $40,000 personal loan, he was pleading poverty to state authorities who had suspended his real estate license, according to Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein in yesterday’s New York Post. Meeks failed to report the 2007 loan on his annual financial disclosure report, that all member of Congress are required to file, until June of this year after the FBI reportedly started asking questions about the loan. Meeks has repeatedly referred to Ahmad as his “friend,” but when asked by the New York Post last...
  • More Hillary emails breach security, reveal donor favors

    08/03/2017 8:33:53 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 21 replies
    One News Now ^ | 8/3/2017 | Michael F. Haverluck
    Above and beyond of the tens of thousands of incriminating emails already discovered last year, a new batch of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails reveal a more extensive abuse of classified information – along with more evidence that she gave donors favors for their generous contributions to the Clinton Foundation. The government watchdog group Judicial Watch’s lawsuit has released a new batch of Clinton’s emails – communications that reveal more proof that Clinton Foundation donors consistently received special favors from her staff, and that her top aide, Huma Abedin, routinely sent information that was classified through a non-secure...
  • Ken Livingstone: Venezuela crisis caused by Chávez's failure to kill oligarchs

    08/03/2017 6:41:59 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 52 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Aug 3, 2017 | Jessica Elgot
    Ken Livingstone, a former mayor of London, has blamed the turmoil in Venezuela on Hugo Chávez’s unwillingness to execute “oligarchs” after he came to power. ... “One of the things that Chávez did when he came to power, he didn’t kill all the oligarchs. There was about 200 families who controlled about 80% of the wealth in Venezuela,” Livingstone told Talk Radio. “He allowed them to live, to carry on. I suspect a lot of them are using their power and control over imports and exports to make it difficult and to undermine Maduro.”
  • News-For-Hire Scandal Deepens: ‘Fusion GPS’ Sleazy Venezuela Links Shed New Light on Trump Dossier

    07/30/2017 12:45:46 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | 27 July 2017 | Lee Smith
    The Fusion GPS news-for-hire scandal has not only led to the public identification of the source of the “Trump Dossier”—a for-profit company that provides opposition research to whoever could write big checks, which is staffed by four former Wall Street Journal reporters led by Glenn Simpson. The scandal has also lifted the lid off a sewer of corporate information warfare and opposition research that the flailing institutions of the mainstream press now regularly re-package as news, without ever saying where it came from—or who paid for it. While the idea that the products of paid opposition research are being main-lined...
  • Washington's UN envoy urges action on Venezuela crisis

    06/27/2017 8:18:40 PM PDT · by Rabin · 24 replies
    US Ambassador Nikki Haley has called for international action to address the crisis in Venezuela, after a US-backed proposal for regional mediation failed to win support at the Organization of American States. (The US-backed proposal failed to overcome opposition from the 14 similar national jurisdictions that benefit from turmoil and discounted Venezuelan oil.) "The tragic situation in Venezuela calls out for action. The Venezuelan people are starving while their government tramples their democracy". //Snipp// The Judiciary has sold out and military command is wavering as the country, pummeled by the plunge in oil prices and the Hugo Chávez, legacy of...
  • Flashback: Here’s how most Venezuelans lost an average of 19 pounds in 2016...

    06/09/2017 8:36:54 AM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 21, 2017 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Here’s how most Venezuelans lost an average of 19 pounds in 2016, and how to make sure it doesn’t happen again in 2017 In early 2017, a nationwide survey of the people of Venezuela showed that during the year 2016, almost 75% of the population had lost weight due to not having enough food, and that their average weight loss was 19 pounds.Before I explain how this came to happen, I want to start out by explaining what did not cause this to happen.Many media outlets have been blaming Venezuela’s food shortages on the 2014 collapse in the price of oil....
  • Venezuelan protesters tear down statue of Hugo Chavez

    05/07/2017 2:00:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 7, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    Roughly one month ago I asked what the end game in Venezuela might look like as the country continues to spiral out of control. Judging by what’s been happening this weekend we may be getting close to an answer to that question. Despite the ramped up “militias” of President Nicolas Maduro and the dozens of people who have died in violent clashes between protesters and militia groups, starving and disaffected citizens continue to take to the streets. In one Venezuelan city, a statue of former dictator Hugo Chavez was torn down and smashed in the streets. (Video via the Daily...
  • [ From July 29, 2016 ] Venezuela is about to force people to work in the fields

    04/24/2017 7:33:51 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 85 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 29, 2016, 9:32 PM | Linette Lopez
    Amnesty International says a new decree in Venezuela that says the government can make any of its citizens farm the country's fields in order to combat its current, punishing food crisis "effectively amounts to forced labour." "The decree, officially published earlier this week, establishes that people working in public and private companies can be called upon to join state-sponsored organizations specialized in the production of food," Amnesty International reported. "They will be made to work in the new companies temporarily for a minimum of 60 days after which their 'contracts' will be automatically renewed for an extra 60-day period or...
  • Rex Tillerson's old feud with Venezuela may play role in bilateral relation

    01/11/2017 3:02:10 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 11, 2017
    Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, is a familiar name in Venezuela – and some are wondering if a decade-old feud will play a role in the bilateral agenda. The longtime chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil became persona non grata among socialist Chavistas in the late 2000s, when he confronted then President Hugo Chavez as they negotiated compensation arrangements after the oil industry was nationalized. “I don’t know if Tillerson will personalize his relationship with Venezuela or implement an institutional policy,” said Venezuelan analyst Luis Salamanca to FoxNews.com, also pointing out that the U.S. has nothing...
  • Here’s how most Venezuelans lost an average of 19 pounds in 2016, and how to make sure it...

    02/21/2017 1:09:09 AM PST · by grundle · 19 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 21, 2017 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Here’s how most Venezuelans lost an average of 19 pounds in 2016, and how to make sure it doesn’t happen again in 2017 In early 2017, a nationwide survey of the people of Venezuela showed that during the year 2016, almost 75% of the population had lost weight due to not having enough food, and that their average weight loss was 19 pounds.Before I explain how this came to happen, I want to start out by explaining what did not cause this to happen.Many media outlets have been blaming Venezuela’s food shortages on the 2014 collapse in the price of oil....
  • Venezuelan jail reveals emaciated prisoners left starving to death [two minute video]

    10/29/2016 1:03:00 PM PDT · by grundle · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 10, 2016
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cks4OBHGG5U
  • 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...
  • Why Bernie Sanders would be an exccellent president [ZOT! Feel the bern]

    08/28/2016 10:57:48 AM PDT · by montypythonsflyingcircus · 117 replies
    Jeff P
    Bernie Sanders offers a real solution that the current condidates wont have. Bernie Sanders would first of all return tax levels to the way they were in the 1950s, tax the rich 90% and use the massive massive massive surplus from that tax to create jobs for the unemployed. One trillion should be paid for rebuilding infrastructure and bridges and creating jobs. Another trillion will be used to create new healthcare opertunety for workers to earn doctors degrees and to heal the sick and poor. Bernie sanders will also create government funded industries and factories that will create paying jobs...
  • Crazy Christiane Amanpour

    07/09/2016 10:22:02 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 24 replies
    NRO ^ | 8 July 2016 | Andrew Badinelli
    She’s a walking parody of an unhinged leftist ‘reporter.’...But even among leftist hacks, Amanpour is a special case: It’s almost as if she’s trying to mock herself — a Trump-is-a-Clinton-plant conspiracy theory, if you will, but in the mainstream media. She referred to devout Christianity as “totalitarian” in her August 23, 2007, CNN profile “Christian Warriors.” But in 2008, she fawned over the “progress” achieved by Fidel Castro, and in 2013 she wished Zimbawean dictator Robert Mugabe a happy birthday. If a higher-profile (read: important) person had such a rich historical cache of commentary, they would have already been driven...
  • New York Times Reporter Uses Takeout Food Excuse to Explain Venezuela Economic Collapse

    07/04/2016 4:39:40 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 39 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 4, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    Takeout food? Yeah! That's just the ticket! It's about as good excuse as consumerism to explain the economic woes of Venezuela. A few weeks ago reporter Nicholas Casey of the New York Times almost completely avoided any mention of socialism and placed the blame for Venezuela's economic woes on a vague "consumerism" during an interview on National Public Radio's Fresh Air as chronicled in Newsbusters by Clay Waters. Since that "consumerism" excuse seems to have been widely mocked, Casey went to bat with an even more laughable excuse, comparing Venezuela's economic woes to someone who has been ordering takeout food for years...
  • Venezuela’s democratic façade has completely crumbled

    07/02/2016 7:17:40 AM PDT · by NRx · 47 replies
    WaPo ^ | 07-01-2016 | Moisés Naim and Francisco Toro
    ...Chávez was either admired as a progressive visionary who gave voice to the poor or dismissed as just another third-world buffoon. Reality was more complex than that: Chávez pioneered a new playbook for how to bask in global admiration even as he hollowed out democratic institutions on the sly.Step one was his deft manipulation of elections. Chávez realized early that, as long as he kept holding and winning elections, nobody outside Venezuela would ask too many questions about what he did with his power in the interim. And so he mastered the paradoxical art of destroying democracy one election at...
  • The Embrace of Socialism -- Despite Its Track Record

    06/30/2016 6:53:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30 | Larry Elder
    One of life's enduring mysteries is why the left -- against overwhelming evidence to the contrary -- insists on more taxation, more government spending and more government control over the private sector. Europe's socialism has, over the last several decades, generated few private sector jobs and lags in growth when compared to the United States with its comparatively lighter hand of government. What does it take to show that, good intentions aside, government bureaucrats cannot spend money as efficiently and as effectively as the people who produce the money? The most recent example is Venezuela. Hugo Chavez's handpicked successor now...
  • Obama Partners with Terror-Sponsoring Castro Family against

    06/29/2016 10:45:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2016 | Humberto Fontova
    Some U.S. lawmakers still take their jobs seriously, especially members of the House Committee on Homeland Security. You see, as a crowning component of his fetish for “normalizing” relations with (embracing and subsidizing) the Terror-Sponsoring Castro-Family-Crime-Syndicate (called “Cuba” by Obama and his lapdog mainstream media) President Obama has given rapid and enthusiastic approval for six U.S. airlines to start flying one hundred direct flights a week from nine airports in Terror-Sponsoring Cuba to fifteen airports in our homeland.In light of this, some members of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security thought it prudent to check on what security measures...
  • Venezuelans are storming supermarkets and attacking trucks as food supplies dwindle

    06/29/2016 5:13:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 28, 2016 at 12:31 PM | Joshua Partlow and Mariana Zuńiga
    In the darkness the warehouse looks like any other, a metal-roofed hangar next to a clattering overpass, with homeless people sleeping nearby in the shadows. But inside, workers quietly unload black plastic crates filled with merchandise so valuable that mobs have looted delivery vehicles, shot up the windshields of trucks and hurled a rock into one driver’s eye. Soldiers and police milling around the loading depots give this neighborhood the feel of a military garrison. […] The fight for food has begun in Venezuela. On any day, in cities across this increasingly desperate nation, crowds form to sack supermarkets. Protesters...
  • Venezuelans Ransack Stores as Hunger Grips the Nation

    06/19/2016 5:15:18 PM PDT · by grundle · 103 replies
    New York Times ^ | JUNE 19, 2016 | NICHOLAS CASEY
    A staggering 87 percent of Venezuelans say they do not have money to buy enough food, the most recent assessment of living standards by Simón Bolívar University found. About 72 percent of monthly wages are being spent just to buy food, according to the Center for Documentation and Social Analysis, a research group associated with the Venezuelan Teachers Federation. In April, it found that a family would need the equivalent of 16 minimum-wage salaries to properly feed itself. Ask people in this city when the last time they ate a meal, and many will respond that it was not today....