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  • Vatican to Act as Mediator Between Venezuela’s Dueling Sides

    10/24/2016 10:11:18 PM PDT · by detective · 9 replies
    NYT ^ | OCT. 24, 2016 | ANA VANESSA HERRERO and ELISABETH MALKIN OCT. 24, 2016
    As President Nicolás Maduro flew to Rome for a hastily arranged meeting with Pope Francis, representatives of Venezuela’s government and a leader of the opposition agreed on Monday to allow the Vatican to mediate a dialogue intended to solve the country’s political crisis. The accord appeared to mark a pause in Venezuela’s escalating tension, which intensified last week when the country’s electoral council suspended the opposition’s drive for a referendum to recall Mr. Maduro. This is the first time that the Vatican has succeeded in bringing representatives of the two sides together since it began attempts to intercede in May.
  • 'Error' to Think That 'America Is Invincible,' Ayatollah Tells Venezuela’s Maduro

    10/24/2016 7:02:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 24, 2016 | 4:23 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Two world leaders who are among Washington’s most outspoken critics met in Tehran at the weekend and discussed whether the United States is unbeatable. Also on their minds — the two candidates running for the White House. “Some people think that America is invincible, while this notion is a big error,” Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. “Frequent mistakes made by Americans during the past 15 years have caused them to seriously run aground in the region and be hopeless now,” he added. “Steadfastness and rational resistance combined with foresight in the face of pressures...
  • Venezuelan Congress declares that Maduro has staged a coup

    10/23/2016 7:29:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 23, 2016 8:38 PM EDT | Hannah Dreier
    Venezuela’s Congress on Sunday declared that the government had staged a coup by blocking a drive to recall President Nicolas Maduro in a raucous legislative session that was interrupted when his supporters stormed the chamber. Opposition lawmakers vowed to put Maduro on trial after a court friendly to his socialist administration on Thursday suspended their campaign to collect signatures to hold a referendum on removing the deeply-unpopular president. Lawmaker Julio Borges said the opposition-led congress is now in open rebellion after a majority of its members voted that the decision constituted a coup with government participation. …
  • Opposition cries dictatorship after Venezuela blocks recall

    10/21/2016 10:31:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    AP ^ | October 21, 2016 | Hannah Dreier
    The Venezuelan opposition's campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro has been thrown into disarray with elections officials' decision to suspend a recall drive against the socialist leader a week before it was to start. In a related move, a court appeared to issue a ruling Friday blocking key opposition leaders from leaving the country. With the latest actions, the government has effectively halted the effort to stage a recall effort that polls suggest Maduro would have lost by a wide margin. The ruling is particularly dramatic because it comes just days before critics of the socialist administration were to start...
  • Man claims son was eaten by fellow inmates during riot in Venezuelan prison

    10/14/2016 2:53:50 PM PDT · by plain talk · 66 replies
    Fox News Lationo ^ | October 14, 2016 | Alex Vasquez
    Juan Carlos Herrera is beyond devastated. He says his 25-year-old-son, jailed in 2015 for robbery, was beaten, dismembered and eaten by fellow inmates at the Táchira Detention Center. The shocking claim became public on Oct. 10, when Herrera told the local media he made the gruesome discovery during a regular prison visit. He explained the alleged atrocity occurred during a month-long mutiny that had ended three days earlier. “One of those who were with him when he was murdered saw everything that happened,” Herrera told reporters. “My son and two others were taken by 40 people, stabbed, hanged to bleed,...
  • Face it: Property taxes are forcing Illinoisans out of their homes

    10/14/2016 10:09:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 109 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | October 13, 2016 | Austin Berg
    Pardess Mitchell is watching her community crumble. She and her husband have lived in Lake County for 16 years. They pay more in property taxes than they do on their mortgage. The tax bill is $15,000 a year on a house they bought for $227,000 in 2013. “They’re taxing us out of the neighborhood. They’re pushing us out. They’re pushing us out of our homes and communities,” she said. “If it continues this way we’ll have to leave.” A Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll released Oct. 10 revealed nearly half of registered Illinois voters said they would leave the...
  • Venezuela top court: President can bypass Congress on budget

    10/14/2016 6:42:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    AP ^ | October 12, 2016 | Staff
    Critics of Venezuela’s socialist administration are denouncing as undemocratic a move to bypass Congress’ role in approving the country’s budget. The South American country’s top court ruled on Wednesday that it could approve President Nicolas Maduro’s budget instead of the opposition-controlled Congress. The court has systematically dismantled Congress’ power after the opposition took control of the body in January.
  • Prisoners STARVE to death in Venezuela's jails as country's economic collapse sees food [tr]

    10/10/2016 6:58:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 10, 2016 | Julian Robinson
    These shocking images show how prisoners are starving to death in Venezuela's jails as food and medicine continues to run out amid economic collapse in the country. Video smuggled out of a jail at San Juan de los Morros, in the central Guarico region of Venezuela, show emaciated inmates struggling to survive. With the country in the grip of a crippling economic crisis, starving prisoners can be seen standing in line and begging for help from the outside world.
  • Cadavers Explode in Venezuela's Neglected Morgues

    10/10/2016 1:06:40 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 9 replies
    PanAm Post ^ | October 7, 2016 | Orlando Avendaño
    Wednesday October 5, several patients of the University Hospital Antonio Patricio de Alcalá (Huapa) had to evacuate after a body exploded in the morgue after two days of decomposition. The incident was reportedly caused by faulty storage facilities. “It’s not the first time that a body exploded,” said one worked. “It has already occurred two times since the middle of September. We don’t use formaldehyde here, so the preparation of the bodies is in the hand of the funerary. There are no disinfectants or chlorine either.”
  • Venezuela crisis: Caracas hospital shows sorry state of health system

    10/08/2016 10:00:14 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/8/2016 | Julian Keane
    Asked if children are dying because of political mismanagement and corruption, Maritza Landaeta sighs wearily and, with an air of resignation, says: "Yes."
  • Venezuela skipping regional election to keep Chavista governors in place, critics say

    10/07/2016 6:00:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | October 6, 2016 | Alex Vasquez S.
    The Venezuelan Constitution mandates governors to be elected every four years, but this year’s election may have to wait — and wait. The National Electoral Council is not saying a word about it, but the clock keeps ticking and the mid-December vote has not even been scheduled. When confronted by the media, electoral officials skip the question or matter-of-factly explain that they are busy dealing with the presidential recall vote requested by the opposition.
  • Jamie Foxx Meets with Socialist President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela

    10/06/2016 12:14:19 AM PDT · by detective · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5 Oct 2016
    Actor Jamie Foxx has met with President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. Foxx, who won the Oscar Award for “Ray” in 2004, visited Maduro in the presidential palace in Caracas. State media said Foxx was there to support the country’s socialist revolution and attend the signing of an agreement between Venezuela and its allies for the construction of houses for the poor. Foxx posed for photos with the deeply-unpopular president of the economically embattled South American country.
  • Miss Universe 'fat-shamed' by Donald Trump was accused of threatening to kill a judge and...

    09/27/2016 4:08:55 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 68 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 9/27/2016 | David Martosko
    The former Miss Universe at the center of a bitter exchange in Monday's presidential debate was accused of aiding a would-be murderer and threatening to kill a judge, it has emerged. Alicia Machado was named by Hillary Clinton as having been shamed for her weight in 1996 by Donald Trump, when she was Miss Universe and he bought the beauty contest, by being called 'Miss Piggy' when she gained weight. The then Miss Venezuela was photographed with Trump at a gym as he spoke about how she 'loves to eat', and she also claimed he mocked her Latino accent, calling...
  • Miss Universe 'fat-shamed' by Donald Trump was accused...

    09/27/2016 9:33:17 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/27/16 | David Martosko
    ...of threatening to kill a judge and being an accomplice to a MURDER bid in her native Venezuela Alicia Machado, from Venezuela, was Miss Universe in 1996 when Donald Trump bought the franchise for the contest She was spoken about at Monday night debate by Hillary Clinton who told how Donald Trump had called her 'Miss Piggy' because of weight gain But reports from the time have surfaced which reveal questions over her background in Venezuela Court documents in 1998 revealed she was accused of driving her boyfriend from the scene of a murder attempt - at a woman's funeral...
  • Venezuelan children fainting in school because they are hungry

    09/26/2016 12:15:15 PM PDT · by detective · 28 replies
    Klaireth Díaz is a 1st-grade teacher at Elías Toro School, one of the biggest public schools in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. Last year, she says, attendance was painfully low. Every day, of a class of 30 children at least 10 would be absent. “The reason was always lack of food,” she told Fox News Latino. She said she had a student who skipped class every single Thursday and when she asked his mother about it, she explained that Thursday was the day of the week assigned to her family to buy food at government-regulated prices – which involves standing...
  • 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!"
  • Venezuela: Can A Powder Keg Implode?

    09/21/2016 11:13:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | September 21, 2016 | Austin Bay
    Despite the touts that it would "be remembered for centuries," Venezuelan socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro's non-aligned summit proved to be a less-than-memorable bust. The non-aligned nation summit, held in Caracas from September 16-18, was supposed to showcase Maduro as a radical and resilient socialist leader. Instead, it revealed Venezuela's weakness and exposed Maduro as delusional. Summit attendee Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe lauded Maduro and Venezuela's great "Bolivarian" revolution, but when Mugabe sings your praises, the praise is thin indeed. Zimbabwe and Venezuela have much in common: violence, turmoil and poverty. As The Economist noted earlier this year, the arc of...
  • Fabulous new garbage diet sweeps Venezuela

    09/20/2016 9:52:02 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/20/16 | Matthew Vadum
    Venezuelans are using a new euphemism for starvation. They call it “Maduro’s diet. If socialist Bernie Sanders ran a media outlet, we might see the above headline on a story about how starving Venezuelans have been eating tasty roadkill, vermin, and municipal waste in order to survive. Don’t laugh. Remember that Sanders said breadlines are a good thing. “You know, it’s funny. Sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is when people are lining up for food. That’s a good thing. In other countries, people don’t line up for food. The rich get the food and the poor...
  • Venezuela Crises Compound as Oil Industry Falls Into Disarray

    09/20/2016 6:39:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 20, 2016 | Nicholas Casey and Clifford Krauss
    One oil rig was idle for weeks because a single piece of equipment was missing. Another was attacked by armed gangs who made off with all they could carry. Many oil workers say they are paid so little that they barely eat and have to keep watch over one another in case they faint while high up on the rigs. Venezuela’s petroleum industry, whose vast revenues once fueled the country’s Socialist-inspired revolution, underwriting everything from housing to education, is spiraling into disarray. To add insult to injury, the Venezuelan government has been forced to turn to its nemesis, the United...
  • Venezuela: Over 15% of People Eat Garbage to Survive

    09/19/2016 7:26:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 18, 2016 | Frances Martel
    A new study finds Venezuela on the brink of famine, with an alarming fifteen percent of citizens saying they can only feed themselves with “food waste discarded by commercial establishments,” while nearly half say they have had to take time off work to search for food. The study — conducted by More Consulting and published in the Spanish-language Diario de las Américas — reflects a reality that has become the signature of President Nicolás Maduro’s tenure: a food and medicine shortage that forces most in the nation to wait in supermarket lines that can last up to eight hours. On...
  • Non-Aligned Movement states call for more inclusive UN

    09/19/2016 5:17:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2016 7:14 PM EDT
    Member states of the Non-Aligned Movement called on Sunday for the United Nations to give more influence to developing countries. As the Cold War-era group wrapped up its 17th summit, its members said the U.N. should open the Security Council to more states and put more value on the self-determination of emerging powers. […] Venezuelan President Maduro said the U.N. should not only be reformed, it should be re-founded, with all nations on more equal footing. …
  • Venezuela solves food shortage by making it illegal to buy too much

    09/15/2016 12:08:10 PM PDT · by Laser_Ray · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/15/2016 | Mariana Zuñiga and Nick Miroff
    BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela – The hunt for food started at 4 a.m., when Alexis Camascaro woke up to get in line outside the supermarket. By the time he arrived, there were already 100 people ahead of him. Camascaro never made it inside. Truckloads of Venezuelan troops arrived in the darkness, arresting him and nearly 30 others seemingly pulled from the queue at random, according to his lawyer. Camascaro, 50, was charged with violating laws against interfering "directly or indirectly" with the production, transportation or sale of food. He has been in jail for three months, awaiting a hearing. “I went to...
  • In a hungry Venezuela, buying too much food can get you arrested

    09/15/2016 11:07:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 66 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 15, 2016 | Mariana Zuñiga and Nick Miroff
    The hunt for food started at 4 a.m., when Alexis Camascaro woke up to get in line outside the supermarket. By the time he arrived, there were already 100 people ahead of him. Camascaro never made it inside. Truckloads of Venezuelan troops arrived in the darkness, arresting him and nearly 30 others seemingly pulled from the queue at random, according to his lawyer. Camascaro, 50, was charged with violating laws against interfering "directly or indirectly" with the production, transportation or sale of food. He has been in jail for three months, awaiting a hearing.
  • A growing, catastrophic food crisis sows unrest in Venezuela

    09/14/2016 1:32:45 PM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
    PBS Newshour ^ | September 1, 2016
  • Venezuela Food Shortages Claim Lives of Malnourished Children

    09/14/2016 1:31:29 PM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies
    Panama Post ^ | August 26, 2016 | Sabrina Martín
    When 18-month-old Royer Machado died from malnutrition in Zulia, Venezuela, the authorities did not arrest his mother. The child had gone more than 72 hours without eating, but his mother lived in extreme poverty and couldn’t get the resources she needed; that was just the nature of Venezuela today. The boy’s mother told officers she ran out of money, and then out of food. The baby continued to cry, so she wrapped him in a rag, gave him water and rocked him to sleep. After several days, the crying stopped. He was no longer breathing. Officers interrogated the boy’s mother,...
  • Venezuela's "Death Spiral"

    09/14/2016 11:31:06 AM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | Sep 14, 2016 | Susan Warner
    The question of whether Socialism can be an effective economic system was famously raised when Margaret Thatcher said of the British Labor Party, "I think they've made the biggest financial mess that any government's ever made in this country for a very long time, and Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them. They then start to nationalise everything." â—¾There are dire reports of people waiting in supermarket lines all day, only to discover that expected food deliveries never arrived and the shelves are empty. â—¾There...
  • Venezuela’s President Tells His Starving People: My ‘Diet Gets You Hard, You Don’t Need Viagra!’

    09/14/2016 7:46:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 13, 2016 | Frances Maretl
    During a broadcast this weekend promoting new socialist food distribution policies, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro jokingly referenced a popular nickname for the nation’s dire food shortages, telling a crowd, “Maduro’s diet gets you hard – no need for Viagra!”
  • Almost 60 percent of Venezuelans say they want out

    09/10/2016 11:51:29 AM PDT · by fruser1 · 36 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 9, 2016 | Jim Wyss
    A survey by Caracas-based Datincorp found that 57 percent of all Venezuelans said they want to leave the country, up from 49 percent in May 2015. Broken down by political affiliation, the poll found that 24 percent of all government supporters and 71 percent of those who consider themselves the opposition want to emigrate. "People don’t want to leave for political reasons. It's not that they hate the left or socialism," said Datincorp President Jesús Seguías. "It’s because quality of life has tanked." From 1990 to 2015, the number of Venezuelans living abroad more than tripled from 185,282 to 606,344,...
  • Desperate Venezuelans turn to ritual slaughter to save sick relatives as failing economy [tr]

    09/09/2016 12:53:11 PM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 9, 2016 | Jake Wallis Simons
    Jaime Otrupo chanted a solemn prayer then wrenched a chicken’s head from its body, allowing the blood to pump into a ceremonial clay pot as an offering to the gods. At his feet were the sacrificed corpses of a dove and a chick, both of which were beheaded with a kitchen-knife while his wife and young daughter looked on. This disturbing ritual, which was filmed by MailOnline in Mr Otrupo’s sitting-room in Caracas, Venezuela, may appear cruel to Western eyes. But to the father-of-five, the traditional healing ceremony was an act of desperation. For the collapse of the economy has...
  • Venezuela, Bankrupt, Destroys 2000 Rusty Shotguns and Homemade Pistols

    09/09/2016 6:38:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    ammoland ^ | 7 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Venezuela is a country rich in oil made poor by the government takeover of a kleptocracy with socialistic underpining.The solution to problems in that philosophy come with governmental edicts, followed by destructive policies.  In Venezuela’s case, the drop in oil price made it much harder to buy votes.  Votes are hard to buy when you do not have any money. The Venezuela government followed its predilections for solving society’s problems by outlawing the private ownership of guns, with the purported purpose of reducing crime.What happened was predictable for anyone who knows basic economics.  Guns became so valuable that police...
  • History Repeats Itself in the Venezuela Tragedy

    09/08/2016 9:28:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | September 9, 2016 | Jerry Newcombe
    How many people have to die before the world, including many Americans, realizes that socialism never works, always fails, and kills people? Look at the unspeakable tragedies that continue to unfold in Venezuela right now. People are scrambling just to get food to eat. Armed guards have to protect stores and trucks with food from being looted. Stories are emerging of people eating zoo animals and of Venezuelans feeling less safe than war-torn Syrians. The amazing thing about this tragedy is just how avoidable it is. But it’s almost as if each generation in the last 150 years has to...
  • Venezuela pets go hungry as economic crisis deepens

    09/06/2016 11:04:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 7, 2016 12:15 AM EDT | Fabiola Sanchez
    Carlos Parra used to love waking up to see his pet albino boxer, Nina. Now, seeing her skeletal body on the floor next to his bed has become a daily reminder of the economic crisis engulfing Venezuela. His other dog’s thick fur barely hides her ribcage as Parra struggles to feed his pets after losing his job at a shoe store. “It’s terrible to sit and eat, see them watching me with hunger, and not be able to do anything,” said the 30-year-old. As Venezuela’s economic crunch worsens, food shortages and rising poverty are forcing once middle-class Venezuelans to do...
  • Venezuelan President Is Chased by Angry Protesters

    09/03/2016 2:36:44 PM PDT · by Mariner · 44 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 3rd, 2016 | By NICHOLAS CASEY
    CARACAS, Venezuela — President Nicolás Maduro was chased at a routine political event by a crowd of angry protesters banging on pots and yelling that they were hungry, just days after thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets to call for his ouster, local news media reported on Saturday. Scenes from the confrontation late Friday, which also appeared in videos uploaded to social media, captured the attention of Venezuelans, many of whom blame the unpopular president for the country’s food shortages. In one video, Mr. Maduro tries to calm the pot-bangers by walking among them, only to be surrounded as...
  • Crowds surge into the streets to demand recall of Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro

    09/02/2016 7:14:01 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 41 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 1 September 2016 | Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
    othing was going to stop Nelson Rivas from joining the Taking Caracas demonstration on Thursday — not his wheelchair, not the six-mile distance over uneven pavement, not the whiffs of tear gas, not the ominous threats of arrests from President Nicolas Maduro. “I came to demand that the recall election take place according to the constitution,” said Rivas, 35. “Whatever your point of view, the condition of the country is the worst.” Rivas took his place in the ranks that filled Francisco de Miranda Avenue, one of three main streets in the capital brimming with thousands and thousands of protesters,...
  • Revolution Rising: Colossal Protests Rock Socialist Venezuela

    09/01/2016 10:27:55 PM PDT · by Rabin · 19 replies ^ | September 2, 2016 | Kit Daniels
    Millions rise up against socialism Anti-socialist protesters flooded Venezuela’s capital in one of the largest mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s rule in over a decade – and one of the largest protests in world history.
  • As despair spreads in Venezuela, Maduro doubles down

    09/01/2016 9:40:05 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 25 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 1 Sep, 2016 | ALVARO VARGAS LLOSA
    There is a solution to Venezuela’s social and economic tragedy: The recall referendum, a constitutionally sanctified mechanism allowing the voters to remove the president. The opposition is trying to force a recall, but autocratic President Nicolas Maduro and the “Chavista” military, which lost the the National Assembly elections in December, won’t allow it because Mr. Maduro would lose. Instead, they are bent on eliminating all civil resistance and political opposition. The result is a potential humanitarian nightmare for the Western Hemisphere. In one week, 400,000 Venezuelans flocked across the reopened border with Colombia looking for food and medicine; some are...
  • Venezuela opposition aims to flood Caracas in anti-Maduro protest

    09/01/2016 2:08:40 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/1/2016 | Andrew Cawthorne, Daniel Kai
    White-clad opposition supporters from all corners of Venezuela were descending on Caracas on Thursday for rallies intended to press for a recall referendum this year against unpopular socialist President Nicolas Maduro. With protestors coming in from the Amazon jungle to the western Andes, the opposition hopes a million people will gather in a show of anger at Maduro and Venezuela's deep economic crisis. Maduro, 53, says the opposition-dubbed "Takeover of Caracas", disguises a US-fomented coup plan, akin to a short-lived 2002 putsch against his mentor and predecessor Hugo Chavez. Edgy authorities arrested some well-known activists in the run-up, with 13...
  • Ultra-violent gangs thrive in chaotic Venezuela despite crackdown

    08/31/2016 10:27:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 31, 2016 | Frank Jack Daniel
    The click-clack of guns being cocked echoes in the cement safe house where seven kidnappers keep watch over a western Caracas slum, their 33-year-old gang leader boasting of grenade attacks on police and growing wealth and power. Venezuela's socialist economy is suffering triple-digit inflation, severe shortages and a third year of recession, but gangs like this have found strength and profit in the chaos. They are teaming up with former rivals and buying heavier weapons to control ever-larger territory in the capital and beyond, the criminals, the government and criminologists say. "The majority of the other slums are our friends....
  • Venezuela’s socialist president labels planned opposition protest a coup

    08/30/2016 8:55:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 30, 2016 | John Sexton
    The ongoing crisis in Venezuela could escalate this Thursday. The opposition party is holding a rally designed to pressure the ruling socialist government to allow a referendum which could remove unpopular President Maduro from office. In a sign that his government may be preparing a crack down on the protest, President Maduro said Monday that the planned protest was part of a U.S led coup attempt. UPI reports: “It has become clear the brand and authorship of the coup d’etat planned for this coming Sept. 1, 2016, in Venezuela in complicity with the anti-democratic opposition and the international right,” Maduro’s...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Exclusive: Venezuela's oil imports slump on payment woes, economic meltdown

    08/28/2016 9:18:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 25, 2016 | Marianna Parraga
    Venezuela has not been able to import all the crude and fuel it needs this year to cover shortfalls at oilfields and refineries as state-run PDVSA struggles to pay suppliers on time, according to trade sources and internal company data seen exclusively by Reuters. The decline is the largest in five years as the worst economic crisis in decades undermines PDVSA's ability to buy oil imports, which fell 21 percent in the first seven months of this year to 154,465 barrels per day (bpd), the data showed. Venezuela is also on track to suffer its steepest annual oil output drop...
  • A General of Rice? Venezuela Creates 18 Food Czars to Combat Shortages

    08/25/2016 2:54:22 PM PDT · by fella · 23 replies
    Panam Post ^ | 25 August 2016 | Sabrina Martin
    Eighteen Foods and Medical Goods to Receive General Leadership Venezuela will be appointing a “general” for 18 foods that are scarce in the country, officials announced Wednesday, August 24. The announcement was made by Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, who who was recently given power over the economy by President Nicolás Maduro. “I have assigned a general, along with a civilian-military team, for each food item,” the minister said. “A general or admiral will be chief of rice and will display on a map everything related to production, importation and commercialization.” Padrino, in charge of the “Great Sovereign Mission for...
  • In Miami, Recently Arrived Venezuelans Face Desperate Times

    08/25/2016 8:26:30 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 10 replies
    NBC News ^ | Aug 24 2016 | Carmen Sesin
    With no job, just 50 cents...having run out of acquaintances with whom to stay, 26-year-old Carlos is facing the grim reality that he may have to sleep on the street... Since he arrived to Miami... he has only managed to find a couple of temporary jobs... "I have been eating one meal a day," Carlos said... Like many Venezuelans, Carlos said he could no longer live in a country where the collapsed economy, soaring inflation, food shortages and rampant crime have erased the middle class life he and his family once had. In the past couple of years an increasing...
  • Venezuela Confirms Plan to Purge State Workers Who Signed Recall [Bloomberg Link Only]

    08/24/2016 8:41:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Bloomberg [Link in Thread Body] ^ | August 23, 2016 | Fabiola Zerpa
  • Breadline aficionado Bernie Sanders in mourning as Venezuela bans breadlines

    08/23/2016 2:58:15 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/23/16 | Robert Laurie
    It's a sad day for socialists everywhere You may recall that the Bernie Sanders - the wealthy, multi-homed, socialist that he is - has a “thing” for breadlines. As he famously said: “It’s funny; sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is, that people are lining up for food. That is a good thing. In other countries, people don’t line up for food: the rich get the food and the poor starve to death.” Bernie’s also had a lifelong affinity for the glorious socialist uprisings throughout South America and in Cuba. You and I might laugh at this,...
  • With New Wage Increase, Venezuela Braces for Worsening Inflation, Layoffs

    08/21/2016 3:38:03 PM PDT · by fella · 36 replies
    Panam Post ^ | 19 August 2016 | Sabrina Martin
    President Nicolás Maduro Raises Minimum Wage 50 Percent Venezuela’s national minimum wage was raised 50 percent this week, but experts warned President Nicolás Maduro the increase could result in closures to small businesses. During a national radio and television broadcast, the president said the minimum wage will be set at VEF $22,076 (US $2,218) monthly, while the food bonus will be VEF $42,480 (US $4,269). Maduro has bragged in the past about the 14 increases in minimum wage made over the last three years, but fails to address that the country faces the highest inflation in the world. Economists predict...
  • Venezuela Is Collapsing and the Left Is Afraid to Admit Why

    08/19/2016 6:03:42 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 54 replies
    I feel sorry for the Venezuelan people, but I’m perversely glad that the country is collapsing. That’s because it’s nice to have proof that Margaret Thatcher was right when she famously warned that the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money. To be sure, we already had proof from Greece, France, the Soviet Union, Brazil, and many other places. But it’s still nice to have another piece of evidence that big government eventually produces very dire results.
  • Starving Venezuelans Break Into Zoo, Eat Horse Vietnamese pigs, and Sheep

    08/18/2016 11:10:21 AM PDT · by drewh · 41 replies
    Truth Revolt/Fusion ^ | Sarah Fisher | 8.18.2016
    The economic crisis in Venezuela continues to worsen, starving citizens broke into a zoo and slaughtered a horse to eat it. Several people busted into the Caricuao Zoo in Caracas and then butchered the zoo's stallion. According to, prosecutors say the horse was the only one of its kind in the zoo, before it was killed. It is thought that only its head and ribs were left behind in a pile for the zookeepers to find the next morning. However, it is not the first instance of animals being taken from the zoo, with Vietnamese pigs and sheep also...
  • Venezuelan Government Further Disarming Citizens By Crushing Guns, Registering Ammo

    08/18/2016 8:50:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies ^ | 8/18/2016 | Katie Pavlich
    "We are going to bring disarmament and peace," Reverol told reporters, while police officers drilled and sawed at rusty shotguns, home made pistols and some newer weapons. While the Venezuelan government and liberal western media will frame this move as an effort to reduce crime, it's about keeping the citizenry defenseless against the government in a time of complete societal breakdown. The government has come for guns belonging to Venezuelans before in the name of "safety," coupled with promises of lower crime. Both lies. Over to you, Gabby Franco: