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  • Amid Rationing, Venezuela Takes The Misery Crown

    08/26/2014 4:20:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Socialism: As Venezuelans prepare to be fingerprinted to buy bread, it bears noting that their country's transformation came with the late Hugo Chavez's promise of "a sea of happiness." Some happiness. Fact is, socialism has made Venezuela the most miserable place on earth. But don't take our word for it. That's the result of objective research by Johns Hopkins University economist Steve Hanke. He has created a "Global Misery Index" based on the original inflation-unemployment misery index of the late economist Arthur Okun and the interest rate and GDP per capita additions of Harvard economist Robert Barro. Put them all...
  • Fidel Castro Denounces 'Fascist' Israel’s 'Genocide' of Palestinians

    08/15/2014 3:01:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    “I think that a new, repugnant form of fascism is emerging with notable strength…The Nazi genocide of Jews outraged all the earth’s peoples. Why does this (Israeli) government believe that the world will be insensitive to the macabre genocide which today is being perpetuated against the Palestinian people?” (Fidel Castro, August, 5, 2014) “Who cares, what that senile ZOMBIE Castro says!” strikes me as a reasonable retort from many readers. “Unfortunately,” I’m forced to answer. “Many otherwise reasonable care very much what Fidel Castro says.” Take Israeli Prime Ministers Benjamin Netanyahu: “The remarks attributed to Castro demonstrate his deep understanding...
  • End “Hegemonic Capitalism” to Solve Human-Caused Climate Change?

    08/10/2014 9:32:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    capitalismmagazine.com ^ | 8/10/2014 | Jaana Woiceshyn
    Recently, 130 environmentalist groups gathered in an UN-backed event in Venezuela to gather more civilian support to combat climate change, reports the Daily Caller. A number of them signed the Margarita Declaration which calls for an end to the “hegemonic capitalist system” as the only solution to human-caused climate change. The environmentalists argued that measures such as carbon capture and trade and conservation efforts are not sufficient to prevent the environmental disasters they are predicting; instead, they demanded a radical system change. Although they did not spell out what their ideal social system would be, we can assume they want...
  • Scarborough: Don't Blame Obama For Foreign Policy Disasters

    07/18/2014 8:28:33 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 46 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It was strange. Joe Scarborough had just completed a comprehensive indictment of failed American foreign policy around the globe. But at the very moment when he should have laid those disasters at the feet of the sitting President of the United States, Scarborough came down with a bad case of . . . cold feet. Scarborough laid out to David Gregory a tour d'horizon of failed American foreign policy from the Middle East, to Iran, to Russia/Ukraine, describing it as "one disaster after another." But perhaps fearful of where the ineluctable logic of his comments was taking him, Scarborough suddenly...
  • The trouble with Jimmy Carter

    08/06/2005 3:18:34 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 113 replies · 3,698+ views
    Iranian.com ^ | Friday, August 5, 2005 | by Klaus Rohrich
    Jimmy Carter, the peanut farmer and former U.S. President, has a huge problem: his mouth. The things emanating from that orifice are bizarre in the extreme, considering that Carter was arguably the worst president in the history of the United States. His most recent foot-in-mouth episode involves his running commentary on George W. Bush’s veracity and the "atrocities" committed by American soldiers in the war on terrorism. Carter maintains that had the U.S. not waged war against the Taliban who were sponsors of Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network, or deposed Saddam Hussein, then the Islamic terrorists would have no...
  • Nicaragua’s President: ‘Netanyahu Appears to be Possessed by the Devil’ (Daniel Ortega)

    08/04/2014 8:11:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 4, 2014 - 2:21 PM | Michael W. Chapman
    Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, a Marxist and long-time friend of Communist Cuba and who Ronald Reagan once described as a “little dictator,” criticized Israel’s actions against Hamas terrorists as genocidal and said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “appears to be possessed by the Devil” and “needs Pope Francis to exorcise it.” "Prime Minister Netanyahu appears to be possessed by the Devil; he needs Pope Francis to exorcise it, to become appeased,” Ortega was quoted as saying on Aug. 1 in Globovision. Ortega also said that Israel is “committing genocide” in Gaza, a crime so “terrible that it is only comparable...
  • Nicaragua’s President: 'Netanyahu Appears to be Possessed by the Devil'

    08/04/2014 10:36:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    cns news ^ | 8/4/14 | Michael W. Chapman
    (CNSNews.com) – Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, a Marxist and long-time friend of Communist Cuba and who Ronald Reagan once described as a “little dictator,” criticized Israel’s actions against Hamas terrorists as genocidal and said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “appears to be possessed by the Devil” and “needs Pope Francis to exorcise it.” "Prime Minister Netanyahu appears to be possessed by the Devil, he needs Pope Francis to exorcise it, to become appeased,” Ortega was quoted as saying on Aug. 1 in Globovision. Ortega also said that Israel is “committing genocide” in Gaza, a crime so “terrible that it is...
  • Tank Biathlon: World Championship fires off near Moscow

    08/04/2014 9:45:24 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    Tank Biathlon World Championship kicks off outside Moscow. Teams from Angola, Armenia, Belarus, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia and Venezuela are participating in the competition.
  • How Ted Cruz Trolls Obama’s Foreign Policy

    07/29/2014 1:27:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 29, 2014 | Eli Lake
    The Tea Party favorite loves to needle Team Obama. But in an interview, Cruz also reveals a new kind of conservative foreign policy: American exceptionalism without the nation building.One way to understand Ted Cruz’s foreign policy, particularly if you are a Democrat, is through the prism of the social media phenomenon known as trolling. The best trolls are provocateurs. Their language is meant to expose a fallacy or weakness in the opponent’s position as opposed to offering a constructive alternative. In a wide-ranging interview with the junior senator from Texas, there was a lot of trolling. Of Obama’s recent attempt...
  • Venezuela: Ex-Intel Chief's Release a 'Victory' over US Ideological Foes

    07/29/2014 9:01:55 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 4 replies
    NewsMaxWorld ^ | July 29, 2014 | Thomson/Reuters.
    WASHINGTON — The United States is "deeply disappointed" the Netherlands released a former Venezuelan military intelligence chief detained over U.S. drug trafficking allegations, and is "disturbed" at reports indicating Caracas used threats to obtain his freedom, the State Department said on Monday. Instead of being extradited to the United States, retired Venezuelan General Hugo Carvajal flew home on Sunday from the Netherlands' Caribbean island of Aruba after the Dutch government ruled he had diplomatic immunity. He had been arrested on Aruba on Wednesday. Jubilant Venezuelan officials hailed Carvajal's release at a ruling Socialist Party congress, calling it a "victory" over...
  • IATA seeks meeting with Venezuela president over money owed to airlines

    07/28/2014 7:35:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 28, 2014 | by Victoria Bryan
    A leading air transport industry body has called for a top-level meeting with the Venezuelan president to discuss ways to restore over $4 billion of airlines' money that is trapped in the country due to its currency controls. President Nicolas Maduro's government requires airlines to sell tickets in the bolivar currency but has been slow to allow them to repatriate the earnings. IATA said on Monday that international capacity on routes to Venezuela is down 36 percent year-on-year, or down 49 percent from 2013 peaks. "Confidence in the market is falling sharply," Tyler said. "Venezuela risks becoming disconnected from the...
  • EPA Admits to Senate that CO2 Regs Not About Pollution Control

    07/27/2014 3:10:20 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 29 replies
    www.drroyspencer.com Global Warming ^ | July 25, 2014 | Roy W. Spencer
    On Wednesday, before the Senate EPW Committee, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy had this priceless quote regarding the EPA’s proposed carbon dioxide regulations (italics added): “And the great thing about this proposal is it really is an investment opportunity. This is not about pollution control. It’s about increased efficiency at our plants…It’s about investments in renewables and clean energy. It’s about investments in people’s ability to lower their electricity bills by getting good, clean, efficient appliances, homes, rental units.”
  • Venezuela climate summit calls for end to “green economy” - an end to capitalism

    07/24/2014 1:13:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    RTCC - Responding To Climate Change ^ | July 23, 2014 | Sophie Yeo
    UN-backed event ends with unusual call from civil society groups to end capitalism A UN-backed conference in Venezuela has ended with a declaration to scrap carbon markets and reject the green economy. The Margarita Declaration was issued at the end of a four-day meeting of around 130 green activist groups, which the Venezuelan government hosted in order to raise the volume of civil society demands in UN discussions on climate change. “The structural causes of climate change are linked to the current capitalist hegemonic system,” the final declaration said. “To combat climate change it is necessary to change the system.”...
  • Hillel Neuer ..called Hamas missiles a ‘crime against humanity.’ Why won’t the UN?

    07/24/2014 1:32:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    National Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Hillel Neuer
    What follows is testimony delivered on Wednesday by UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer, at the UN Human Rights Council Emergency Session on Gaza, in Geneva. The Palestinian ambassador to the UNHRC, together with Iran, Syria, Egypt, Cuba and Venezuela had tried but failed to silence Mr. Neuer. As expected, the council voted 29 to 1 (USA), with 17 abstaining (EU & others), to condemn Israel for “gross violations of international human rights,” and it created a new commission of inquiry. ... An entire nation—towns, villages and cities, from the Negev Desert up to the Galilee, from the Judean hills...
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • Venezuela's Transformation To Socialist Utopia Is Nearly Complete (shortened)

    07/22/2014 1:49:53 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7/22/14 | Tyler Durden
    "I can't find anything. Prices are climbing daily," said Jesus Ramirez, a taxi driver who has spent a year trying to replace the 2008 Renault he purchased new for $7,441. He sold the car for over $30,000 five years later. With inflation at 60% a year, among the highest in the world, Venezuelans protect their earnings by buying cars, among other big-ticket items. Car parts needed to keep vehicles on the road have also become difficult to find. That has led thieves to steal parts such as batteries from parked cars. The owner of a Caracas car dealership who said...
  • Venezuela blackout leaves commuters scrambling, silences president

    06/27/2014 3:07:43 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 27, 2014 | BY BRIAN ELLSWORTH AND PATRICIA VELEZ
    A blackout cut power to much of Venezuela on Friday, snarling traffic in the capital Caracas and other major cities as authorities scrambled to restore electricity after the outage, which twice interrupted a presidential broadcast. Pedestrians streamed into the streets of Caracas as the blackout shuttered the underground metro trains and left frustrated drivers honking in the chaos without stoplights. The OPEC nation has suffered an increasing number of power outages in recent years, which critics have attributed to low electricity tariffs and limited state investment following the 2007 nationalization of the power sector. Critics call the power problems a...
  • 5 Harsh Truths You Learn as a Doctor in the Third World(Venezuela)

    06/23/2014 11:48:00 AM PDT · by BBell · 27 replies
    http://www.cracked.com ^ | 6/22/14 | Anonymous, J.F. Sargent
    I trained as a doctor in Caracas, Venezuela, the third most violent city in the world, just behind Deadwood and Rage Virus London. I worked every day to stem the tide of murder and suffering. So the next time you get miffed at the wait time and the weird stains on the chairs in the free clinic, spare a passing thought for us Third World doctors, who deal with stuff like ...
  • Poverty Shoots Up in Venezuela

    06/05/2014 11:37:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | June 4, 2014 | Juan Nagel
    When the Venezuelan government defends itself from its critics, it usually points to declining poverty rates as proof of its success. For a while, this worked; poverty figures indeed improved during a portion of the chavista years. But the days when poverty was a winning issue for chavismo are over. Official statistics now show that poverty is rising rapidly. Venezuela's official statistics office (INE) mostly spends its time producing reports charged with political language -- but it still manages to report actual data once in a while. A few weeks ago, the statisticians published proof that one in three Venezuelans...
  • A Most Successful President

    06/01/2014 11:42:52 AM PDT · by kingattax · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 1, 2014 | By Eileen F. Toplansky
    If one sets out to destroy the core pillars of a society, to incrementally break down the values of a country, and to dishearten its inhabitants, then Barack Hussein Obama has been a sterling success. He is no amateur; he is not a feckless individual who doesn't know what he is doing. His actions are deliberate, and his goals are in direct opposition to the vast majority of the American people. His so-called misdirections are calculated, and his leadership traits are not intended to support America. He knows exactly what he is doing, and far too many people still don't...
  • Democratic Party Opposition to Venezuela Sanctions Reprehensible

    05/30/2014 6:53:55 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 15 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | May 30, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    In a reprehensible slap in the face to the oppressed people of Venezuela, far-left members of the Democratic Party are urging President Obama to resist bipartisan efforts to level sanctions against the authoritarian government of Nicholas Maduro. Based on comments by the Administration, apparently their sympathy for the Marxist regime is shared by the White House in a startling reversal of national doctrine of supporting freedom and liberty that has endured since the US was founded in 1776. John Conyers, Democratic Congressman from Michigan, penned a letter to Obama signed by he and 13 of his colleagues urging them to...
  • Russia opposes sanctions on Venezuela

    05/29/2014 2:59:59 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | May 29, 2014
    Moscow supports Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's efforts, in collaboration with the Vatican and the Union of South American Nations, to establish a negotiating process between the government and "a constructive opposition," Russia's top diplomat said. His comments came a day after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to impose sanctions on Venezuelan officials accused of violating human rights during the last three months of anti-government protests in the Andean nation.Violence surrounding those protests has claimed the lives of 42 people, including both opponents and supporters of Maduro as well as bystanders and members of the security forces. Venezuelan...
  • US man finds lost mother in Amazon tribe (strangest story of the year!)

    05/26/2014 3:02:05 PM PDT · by Innovative · 37 replies
    Ny Post ^ | May 24, 2014 | Maureen Czllahan
    “I didn’t want my friends to know that my mom’s a naked jungle woman eating tarantulas,” he says today. David’s mother, Yarima, is a member of the Yanomami tribe of Venezuela. In 1978, he (David's Father) was offered Yarima, who was then about 9 to 12. Good was 36. He saw no real problem. After David was born, Kenneth attempted to settle Yarima into modern American domesticity. In 1991, The whole family would return to the Amazon for a documentary. While there, Yarima told Kenneth she would not be going back to America.
  • Mind your own business, Venezuela foreign minister tells Kerry

    05/26/2014 2:18:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/26/14 | Alexandra Ulmer
    CARACAS- Venezuela´s foreign minister on Monday rebuked his U.S. counterpart, John Kerry, for criticizing the handling of street protests and reiterated accusations Washington wants to topple the socialist government. In the U.S. government´s strongest comments since demonstrations began in February, Kerry said last week that Venezuela´s government had shown "total failure" of good faith in now-suspended talks to stem the unrest. In Venezuela´s worst violence in a decade, 42 people have died during months of daily protests demanding President Nicolas Maduro´s departure and solutions to economic hardships.
  • Socialist Venezuelan Owners of Globovision Live in Miami Luxury

    05/20/2014 11:50:36 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 5 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 21, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Does Sean Penn party down with the new socialist owners of Globovision? The upside is that, while discussing Thomas Piketty's tome on income inequality, they can relax in the luxury of one of their South Florida mansions. While the citizens of oil rich Venezuela reap the benefits of Chavista socialism by standing on long lines for hours to buy toilet paper and other basic commodities, if the bare store shelves do not empty out first, Penn and the Globovision owners can sip on fine wine purchased at exclusive Miami boutiques they have picked up while driving around town in one...
  • Venezuela to bring complaint against US at UN

    05/19/2014 9:02:22 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 9 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 19 May, 2014 | Staff
    Caracas (AFP) - Venezuela vowed Sunday to accuse the United States of meddling in its political crisis at the United Nations and other international organizations. President Nicolas Maduro's socialist administration has been jolted by three months of often deadly street protests that have killed 42 people and wounded more than 800. Violent protests began in February as an outpouring of anger against the government's inability to tamp down the high crime rate, but quickly spread and included protests against the lack of household basics like milk and toilet paper in this oil-rich nation. The government has blamed local elites and...
  • Turmoil and repression increase in Venezuela

    05/16/2014 9:55:27 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | May 16, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The ill-fated talks between befuddled opposition leaders and the Chavista regime have collapsed and the repression of protesters has increased."Dialogue" with ChavistasThe Chavista regime has not engaged in meaningful dialogue with the opposition and will continue to evade it. The regime has also increased its attacks on those who demonstrate against its repression. According to The Devil's Excrement, Venezuela’s Dictatorship No Longer Cares About Appearances. For two and a half months, the Venezuelan Government had been extremely careful with the students and their protests. While it was aggressive and repressive at attacking those protesting in the streets, it had been respectful of the student...
  • Canadian oil can make world safer

    05/15/2014 8:00:22 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 7 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | May 15, 2014 | MARK MILKE
    Given Canada’s proximity to the United States, we tend to take our peace and security for granted. This comfortable distance from most of the world’s violence has led us to underestimate how useful Canada might be in defusing threats elsewhere using energy as leverage. Canadians might have a general sense that oil in particular matters to world affairs; but given that Canada has never been a superpower, it has never been responsible for the wider world order to ensure that oil (or natural gas) flows to countries that need it. Given recent developments at home and abroad, that blissful unawareness...
  • Postcards From Venezuela

    05/14/2014 7:30:53 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 8 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 05/13/2014 | Moises Naim
    Fourth: “On February 13, Juan Manuel Carrasco, 21, and two friends were running away from a violent demonstration in Valencia. The three young men reached a car belonging to one of them and, as they got into it, they saw guardsmen drive up on approximately 15 motorcycles. They were forced to get out of the car, and the guardsmen beat them with their fists and the butts of their rifles, taking away their personal belongings before setting fire to the car. The guardsmen took the detainees to a nearby park, where they were forced to lie down on the ground...
  • Obama Blocks Keystone To Start Energy Takeover

    05/13/2014 5:00:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Investors.com ^ | May 13, 2014 | Scott Powell
    After successfully bringing more than 30% of the U.S. economy — the health care and financial services industries — under political control during his first term, President Obama made it clear last week that a priority of his second term is to go after the energy sector — another 10.5%. The purpose of the White House's orchestrated release of the National Climate Assessment on May 7 was to set the stage to drive energy markets and fossil fuels under the heel of more government regulation. Most Americans would celebrate knowing that the U.S. is on the cusp of oil and...
  • Sean Penn Defends Venezuela's Leftist Leader, Compares to Obama

    05/10/2014 4:03:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 10, 2014 | Christian Toto
    Sean Penn is taking a page out of President Barack Obama's playbook but twisting it to his own socialist-friendly liking. Obama has gotten plenty of mileage for blaming his predecessor for the country's woes. Now, Penn is blaming Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro's problems on what the leader inherited from his predecessor--Hugo Chavez. Only Penn doesn't blame his late friend at all, preferring to spin a yarn about paranoia and relationships meant to excuse the late leader from guilt. Confused? Wait until Penn compares Venezuela's collapsing economy with that of America's stagnant fiscal house. The Mystic River star talked politics with...
  • Democrat Told President Nixon in 1970:

    05/07/2014 4:42:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 7, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Well, well, well, looky here. Koko Jr. at RushLimbaugh.com just sent me a quick note. "Documents released Friday..." This is from July of 2010, folks, so it's from the archives at RushLimbaugh.com. "Documents released Friday by the Nixon Presidential Library show members of President Richard Nixon's inner circle discussing the possibilities of global warming more than 30 years ago. "Advisor Daniel Patrick Moynihan, notable as a Democrat in the [Nixon] administration, urged the [Nixon] administration to initiate a worldwide system of monitoring carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, decades before the issue of global warming came to the...
  • Unintended Consequences of Renewable Energy?

    05/05/2014 6:42:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 5/4/2014 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    The D.C. metro was plastered last month with ads by GoWithCanada.ca, promoting the proposed 1,179-mile Keystone XL Pipeline, a 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline originating in Hardisty, Alberta, and extending south to Steele City, Nebraska. Described as “America’s best energy partner,” Canada provides United States refineries every day with 2.4 million barrels of crude oil, more than Saudi Arabia and Venezuela combined. The ads explained that “80% of Canada’s oil sands production capacity is owned by North American companies.”
  • MSNBC: New USA Today/Pew Poll more TROUBLE for Obama and Democrats in 2014 (VIDEO)

    05/05/2014 7:43:21 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 27 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | May 5 2014 | The Right Scoop
    I thought Mika was going to cry as she presented the bad news in this new poll that basically shows that people are fed up with Democrats:
  • The disappearance of America’s will

    04/26/2014 8:00:41 AM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies
    carolineglick.com ^ | April 18th, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US’s indifferent response to it. In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America’s most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades. As Gordon Chang noted at a symposium in Los Angeles last month hosted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, since President Barack Obama entered office in 2009, the Chinese have responded to his overtures of goodwill and appeasement with intensified aggression against the US’s Asian allies and against US warships. In 2012, China seized the Scarborough Shoal from the...
  • Maduro announced 30 % wage increase

    05/02/2014 6:35:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Ecuador Times ^ | May 1, 2014
    The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, announced a 30% increase in the minimum wage and pensions to protect Venezuelan people from an inflation that reaches an annual rate of almost 60 %. “Now, on the occasion of May First, I have decided to increase the national minimum wage and pensions of 30 % to bring the salary and pension levels for a proper life demand of our people,” said the president in a meeting with union leaders in Caracas. Maduro blames for the rising prices of consumer products to an “economic war” of enemies of the socialist government, and often...
  • Foreign Policy: From Bad to None

    04/29/2014 2:45:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | April 29, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    ----Our enemies are gloating, and our allies are grimly deciding where to go from here.---- Barack Obama had a foreign policy for about five years, and now he has none. The first-term foreign policy’s assumptions went something like this. Obama was to assure the world that he was not George W. Bush. Whatever the latter was for, Obama was mostly against. Given that Bush had left office with polls similar to Harry Truman’s final numbers, this seemed to Obama a wise political approach. If Bush wanted garrison troops left in Iraq to secure the victory of the surge, Obama would...
  • Scores of Venezuelans march against government

    04/26/2014 2:35:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 26, 2014 4:45 PM EDT
    Scores of opponents of President Nicolás Maduro are marching in Caracas, vowing to remain on the streets in defiance of a high court ruling limiting protests. […] Opponents say the ruling is the latest attempt by the socialist government to muzzle dissent amid widespread discontent with runaway inflation and record shortages. …
  • Venezuela Banned Guns: Let’s Not Follow Their Example

    04/25/2014 7:02:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Power Line ^ | April 24, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    In June 2012, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez banned all sales of firearms and ammunition to civilians: With Chavez’s new gun-control law, only the Venezuelan army, police officials and certain groups such as security and private detective firms are allowed to buy firearms, and then only from state-owned weapons manufacturers and importers. …According to a press statement, the Chavez government initiated a gun amnesty of sorts in order to phase in the new law and encourage people to give up their weapons peacefully and without incident in order to avoid necessary action such as house-to-house searches and arrests for illegal gun...
  • Pentagon: Russian Spy Ship, Tug Operating Near U.S.

    04/25/2014 10:43:34 AM PDT · by NMRed · 30 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/25/14 | Bill Gertz
    A Russian intelligence-gathering ship has been operating off the U.S. East Coast and near the Gulf of Mexico for the past month, the Pentagon said Thursday. “We are aware that the Russian ships Viktor Leonov and Nikolay Chiker are currently operating in waters that are beyond U.S. territorial seas but near Cuba,” said Lt. Col. Tom Crosson, a Pentagon spokesman. “We respect the freedom of all nations, as reflected in international law, to operate military vessels beyond the territorial seas of other nations.” The Leonov is an intelligence gathering ship outfitted with high-tech electronic spying gear. The Chiker is an...
  • OUR SHAMEFUL SILENCE: The Forgotten Freedom Fighters of Venezuela

    04/21/2014 6:50:18 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 7 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | April 21, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    While much of the world has focused on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, opposition forces in Venezuela continue to battle the brutal regime of Nicolas Maduro. While opposition forces battle for their basic human rights, the world, and in particular the government of the United States has remained largely silent. In February of this year, opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was arrested by government officials on charges of "inciting unrest" for leading, at the time, peaceful protests against the policies of Nicolas Maduro and his ruling United Socialist Party. Despite the overriding belief that he was being held illegally, few world...
  • Venezuela unrest: Fresh violence erupts in Caracas

    04/21/2014 9:11:34 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/20/2014 | BBC
    Fresh violence has erupted in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, between police and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro. Masked protestors burned effigies of the president after a rally called "Resurrection of Democracy". Police responded to petrol bombs in the Chacao district with tear gas and water cannon..... On Sunday the rally started with a "Via Crucis" march, mirroring Jesus's walk to crucifixion. "We're staying in the street until we get our country back," student leader Djamil Jassir, 22. told Reuters news agency. Another protestor, Naybeth Ramirez, said: "There are many who have already died and it's for them that we're here....
  • A Show of Contempt, at Home and Abroad ... Mark Steyn

    04/20/2014 2:36:00 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 13 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 18 Apr 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Happy Easter, Happy Passover. On this Good Friday, we mark the tenth anniversary of Mel's movie, and over the weekend we'll have something with a lighter touch. Caroline Glick, my old colleague from The Jerusalem Post, has a column using a very Steynian word, "The Disappearance of America's Will": The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US's indifferent response to it. In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America's most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades.
  • Will Hillary voters hand the GOP nomination to Rand Paul? (Operation Chaos)

    04/09/2014 2:16:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/09/2014 | AllahPundit
    A fiendishly clever theory from Peter Beinart. Remember “Operation Chaos”? That was Rush Limbaugh’s plan to have GOP voters wreak havoc on the Democratic nominating process in 2008. With McCain’s nomination already all but assured and Obama clinging to an apparently insurmountable lead over Hillary, Rush encouraged Republicans in states with open primaries (i.e. states where you don’t have to be registered as a party member to vote in that party’s primary) to cross over and vote for Hillary in the Democratic primary instead. The idea was to drag the primary process out for Democrats as long as possible, forcing...
  • 'Close Observers of History' Hate Ollie North

    04/18/2014 3:50:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Tim Graham. For its second season, the creators of the FX series "The Americans" have chosen a new source for insight into the Cold War during the Reagan years -- one Lt. Col. Oliver North. It's a dramatic reversal from the first season, and it has infuriated some hard leftists. The show began with the shocking promise from creator Joel Weisberg that the series' heroes would be KGB agents: "We're making them the sympathetic characters. I'd go so far as to say they're the heroes." It quickly became apparent that these characters could...
  • "We're Not Communists, We're Democrats!" Sean Penn's Political Pedigree

    02/16/2005 9:00:06 PM PST · by huac · 34 replies · 3,083+ views
    Amazon ^ | February 16, 2005 | Richard T. Kelly
    "...And Leo was never a card-carrying communist; he was a Democrat all his life...he went to some meetings (Communist Party USA) and was interested in what they had to say..." - Eileen Ryan Penn, mother of Sean Penn, on her husband and Sean's father, blacklisted Communist...meeting attender...Leo Penn
  • Ted Cruz Bashes Obama, Rand Paul: ‘When U.S. Doesn’t Stand for Freedom, Tyrants Notice’

    03/10/2014 7:30:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 03/09/2014 | Evan McMurry
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) went after fellow Republican Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and President Barack Obama on This Week With George Stephanopoulos sunday morning, telling ABC’s Jonathan Karl that Obama’s “five years of weakness” had emboldened Putin and that the U.S. needed to defend its values across the globe, in contrast to Paul’s less-interventionist foreign policy. “I’m a big fan of Rand Paul,” Cruz said, “but I don’t agree with him on foreign policy. I think U.S. leadership is critical in the world. I agree with him that we should be very reluctant to deploy military force abroad. But...
  • Senator Patrick Leahy deserves an Oscar

    04/12/2014 8:23:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 12, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    It’s not often that a U.S. government agency gets caught red-handed abiding by its charter and performing its publicly-avowed and legislatively-approved duties. But last week the AP "broke" a long and breathless story from Havana that nailed the USAID (United States Agency for International Development) for just that. In their own words, "a secret plan aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist government," was courageously exposed by the AP’s intrepid Havana bureau. Such is the magnitude of the scandal that a red-faced and snarling Senator Patrick Leahy is now chairing hearings on Capitol Hill where he grills USAID director Rajiv Shah on...
  • Venezuelan Globovision editor Nairobi Pinto kidnapped

    04/09/2014 7:27:14 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    BBC (Latin America) ^ | 7 April 2014 Last updated at 20:45 ET | none stated
    The assignment editor of the Venezuelan TV news network Globovision has been kidnapped, according to her father. Nairobi Pinto was seized by two masked gunmen at her home in the capital Caracas, her father Luis said. He asked the kidnappers to "see sense" and release his daughter.