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  • Venezuela mobs kick, burn thieves in lynching epidemic

    06/16/2017 8:38:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    AFP ^ | June 16, 2017 | Alexander Martinez
    Swearing in fury, the crowd strips the man naked and stomps on his head as he sprawls on the ground. "You want things that come easy? Then take this, you bastard." In Venezuela, this is what robbers get when they are caught by passers-by. It is not just the country's economy and political system that are sick, but society itself, experts say. An epidemic of lynchings is one of the most gruesome symptoms. - 'Justice' -
  • Cuba Scrambles As Venezuela’s Oil Industry Collapses

    06/15/2017 10:12:35 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 14 June 2017 | Haley Zaremba
    As Venezuela’s oil industry goes down it flames, it’s looking like it may just take Cuba down with it. Venezuela, once the crude powerhouse of South and Central America, is no longer able to produce enough oil to sustain its own economy, much less those of other countries. Cuba is frantically drilling in search for new reserves and reaching out for new suppliers, but there is no guarantee they’ll be able to stabilize their oil income any time soon. Cuba became dependent on Venezuelan oil in the 1990s, when they were sold cut-price crude in exchange for the services of...
  • Venezuela politician's 'disappearance' stirs Chavez's home state [May 2017 Disappear]

    06/15/2017 8:57:19 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/15/17 | Andrew Cawthorne
    BARINAS, Venezuela, June 15 (Reuters) - He had just left his office by car and was passing a nearby church when the state security vans swooped in on Wilmer Azuaje. Put on a military plane hours later on May 3, the 40-year-old regional lawmaker - one of the best-known opposition figures in the rural home state of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez - has not been seen since.
  • We won't be COURT: Justice goes up in flames with protesters setting fire to Venezuela's Supreme

    06/14/2017 5:45:01 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 2 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 13, 2017 | Kelly Mclaughlin
    Clashes at daily protests in Venezuela calling for President Nicolas Maduro to quit have left 68 people dead since April 1, prosecutors said. Protests continue to rock the nation after Venezuela's Supreme Court on Monday rejected the chief prosecutor's motion to stop Maduro's push to rewrite the constitution. Opposition leaders said pro-government armed groups known as 'colectivos' clashed with protesters and journalists near the Supreme Court on Monday and witnesses' videos showed fistfights and people being shoved to the ground at the demonstration site. National guardsmen in black helmets and bulletproof vests stretched across a street with plastic shields, blocking...
  • Venezuela Bishops Give Pope “Cruel” Realities

    06/12/2017 10:06:46 AM PDT · by detective · 8 replies
    Latin american Herald Tribune ^ | June 12,2017 | Charlette Sosa
    At their “request,” Pope Francis met Venezuela’s top bishops Thursday. Discussions centered on the country’s growing political unrest against a “cruelly” repressive government. Six bishops, including Venezuelan Episcopal Conference (CEV) President Archbishop Diego Padrón Sánchez of Cumaná, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, and Cardinal Baltazar Porras Cardozo of Mérida came to tell His Holiness the “very direct, crude, realistic view of the situation we are going through.” The Vatican’s daily bulletin listed the meeting but without specific details. “The situation is very, very grave,” Urosa Savino told Crux Tuesday. “What we see is a people who are suffering, who...
  • Venezuela's bishops let the pope have it on the reality of life under socialism

    06/12/2017 8:05:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/12/2017 | Monica Showalter
    It probably wasn't easy but Venezuela's bishops have managed to buttonhole Pope Francis for a rundown on the facts of life in Marxist Venezuela. At their “request,” Pope Francis met Venezuela’s top bishops Thursday. Discussions centered on the country’s growing political unrest against a “cruelly” repressive government. So it was the bishops who had to ask or else they'd go unheard. That they even had to ask is evidence of how opaque the pope has been about the nightmare engulfing the retrograde communist country. “The situation is very, very grave,” [Venezuelan Cardinal Jorge] Urosa Savino told Crux Tuesday. “What...
  • 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....
  • Venezuela cardinal says Socialist regime leaves people ‘cruelly repressed’

    06/08/2017 12:15:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Crux ^ | June 8, 2017 | Inés San Martín
    Venezuela cardinal says Socialist regime leaves people ‘cruelly repressed’ In InterviewsInés San MartínJune 8, 2017 VATICAN CORRESPONDENTVenezuelan Jose Antonio dos Santos carries the flag of his country that reads "Virgin of Fatima, I ask for freedom for Venezuela," before the canonization Mass of Sts. Francisco and Jacinta Marto celebrated by Pope Francis at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal May 13. Several Venezuelans camped out all night at the shrine to pray for peace in their country. (Credit: Paul Haring/CNS.)Ahead of a Thursday meeting with Pope Francis as part of the country's bishops' conference, one of Venezuela's...
  • Cassandra's narco-curse (Venezuela)

    06/08/2017 2:41:13 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Venezuela News And Views ^ | 6/6/2017 | Daniel Duquenal
    It is hard not to be despondent in Venezuela these days. Even if the paradox is that the despondency of some translate into renewed energy. I suppose that when everything has been stolen from you, that is, your future, you may react strongly, if anything to see how many you can bring down with you...... ... last two weeks, as expected, the regime has been cranking up its terror machine. They attack with excess tear gas, excess violence, more and more live bullets, even before the protest marches get the time to coalesce. But that has not been enough to...
  • The Current Destruction of Venezuela & The Role of the (Catholic) Church

    06/07/2017 9:54:46 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | June 6, 2017 | Carlos A. Casanova
    Podcast ArchiveOn iTunesOn StitcherPodcast RSS Feed FeaturedSpecial FeatureThe Civic Sphere The Current Destruction of Venezuela & The Role of the Church Carlos A. Casanova June 6, 2017 32 Comments 227Shares Image credit: Alberto RodriguezEditor’s Note: The following testimony was sent to us by Dr. Carlos Augusto Casanova Guerra, Professor of the University of St. Thomas in Chile and signatory of the document sent by 45 Catholic scholars to the College of Cardinals concerning the possible heretical readings of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Professor Guerra is a native Venezuelan who served as a leader in the movement of universities to defend their...
  • This Is What It's Like To Spend A Day With A Venezuelan Government Minder

    06/07/2017 5:56:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | June 6, 2017 | Karla Zabludovsky
    We were trying to count the people standing in a breadline when William Contreras arrived. The line was forming outside of a bakery in the Caracas run-down neighborhood of Catia, about 20 people long with a half dozen more sprinting past me and our photographer, Cristian Hernández. It was a perfect illustration of the desperate situation of a country that was, a few years ago, boasting of its oil-funded socialist prosperity. Contreras was our government minder, a bulky 50-year-old alderman with salt-and-pepper hair. When he pulled up to us, he seemed oblivious to the snaking line.
  • Prosperity Cities

    06/07/2017 4:33:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | June 7, 2017 | John Stossel
    Lovers of socialism didn't like my column last week. I wrote that Venezuela's collapse shows the cluelessness of celebrities like Michael Moore, Oliver Stone and Noam Chomsky, who'd praised Venezuela's leader. Chomsky called me "an utter coward" for mocking him and said he expected "an abject apology." He won't get one. As Venezuelan-born filmmaker Thor Halvorssen puts it, "Chomsky provided cover for a regime where 11,500 infants died from lack of medical care." But assigning blame matters less than what should be done now. After the regime collapses, what comes next? How about trying capitalism? That's what Erick Brimen suggests....
  • Sunday, Mexico State will elect a governor....broad implications.

    06/03/2017 2:46:56 PM PDT · by rovenstinez · 3 replies
    Council on Hemispheric Affairs ^ | June 3, 2017 | rovenstinez
    Tomorrow a oossible overturn of 80 years of one party rule PRI, in the populous State of Mexico. Running neck and neck...the PRI.. has been in power for 8 decades.. MORENA, the leftist candidate Delfina, the Presidential Candidate, an outspoken critic of Donald Trump has always had good relations with Cuba and Venezuela. The other lady, Josefina, ran an unsuccessful candidacy for President of PAN. The party that came to power with Vicente Fox.
  • Civil Wars All Around

    06/02/2017 6:40:55 AM PDT · by blam · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6-2-2017 | David Archibald
    Venezuela's coming civil war has been a long time coming, and it is still coming. The rot set in early after President Chávez was elected in 1999, as shown by Venezuela's cattle statistics. Chávez's agricultural reforms sent cattle production into a nosedive. But no matter – there was plenty of oil revenue to make good the shortfall with imported beef. Then the oil revenue fell away, too, so ordinary Venezuelans now subsist on starchy root vegetables. Recently, individual troops have been siding with the protesters, a sign that the civil war is not far off. Despite Venezuela's troubles, population growth...
  • Goldman Sachs underwrites Venezuelan tyranny

    05/31/2017 12:48:28 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/31/17 | Matthew Vadum
    Unconstitutional nature of Nicolas Maduro’s administration, its unwillingness to hold democratic elections and its systematic violation of human rights A key Venezuelan opposition leader is accusing Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs of “aiding and abetting the country’s dictatorial regime” by purchasing its government-issued bonds. The allegation, of course, is completely accurate and comes after two months of bloody unrest caused by the failing socialist economy presided over by President Nicolas Maduro. The amoral agenda-setting elitists of Goldman Sachs reportedly purchased $2.8 billion in Venezuelan debt. That apparently includes an $865 million transaction involving debt from state-run oil company PDVSA,...
  • Chomsky's Venezuela Lesson

    05/31/2017 5:45:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | May 31, 2017 | John Stossel
    Venezuela descends into chaos. Its people, once the wealthiest in Latin America, starve. Even The New York Times runs headlines like "Dying Infants and No Medicine." My Venezuelan-born friend Kenny says his relatives are speaking differently. Cousins who once answered "Fine" or "Good" when asked, "How are you?" now say, "We're eating." Eating is a big deal in the country that's given birth to jokes about a "Venezuelan diet." A survey by three universities found 75 percent of Venezuelans lost an average 19 pounds this year. So are American celebrities who championed Venezuela's "people's revolution" embarrassed? Will they admit they...
  • Venezuela opposition condemns Goldman Sachs debt (Commies Bailed Out)

    05/31/2017 4:01:45 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5/30/2017 | BBC
    Opposition leaders in Venezuela have strongly criticized the investment bank Goldman Sachs for buying $2.8 bn (2.1 bn pounds) of government bonds. Opponents of embattled President Nicolas Maduro say the move has given his government a financial lifeline.... "Goldman Sachs' financial lifeline to the regime will serve to strengthen the brutal repression unleashed against the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans peacefully protesting for political change in the country," said Julio Borges, head of Venezuela's Congress, in a letter to Goldman Sachs president Lloyd Blankfein.......
  • Venezuelans are outraged at Goldman Sachs for giving a lifeline to an incompetent government

    05/30/2017 1:56:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 05/30/2017 | Patrick Gillespie
    Venezuelans are furious with Goldman Sachs for buying the country's government bonds last week, which critics say gives a lifeline to an incompetent government that is starving its people. Goldman confirmed the purchase Tuesday morning after the Wall Street Journal first reported it. Goldman stands to make a nice profit from the purchase. It allegedly paid just 31 cents on the dollar, or $865 million, for bonds that were originally worth $2.8 billion. In other words, it got a huge discount on the bonds that pay a high return. Goldman Sachs defended its action, saying it bought the bonds --...
  • Venezuela opposition accuses Goldman Sachs of financing dictatorship

    05/30/2017 7:36:20 AM PDT · by Jonah Johansen · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 29,2017 | Corina Pons,Brian Ellsworth
    "Goldman Sachs' financial lifeline to the regime will serve to strengthen the brutal repression unleashed against the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans peacefully protesting for political change in the country," wrote Julio Borges in a letter to Goldman Sachs President Lloyd Blankfein.
  • With all that farmland, why are Venezuelans starving?

    05/28/2017 4:53:34 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 66 replies ^ | Jazz Shaw
    With all of the unrest, riots and murders in Venezuela these days, it’s easy to overlook one very basic question about the abysmal conditions its citizens are enduring. Venezuela has some of the richest farmland in the western hemisphere and was a net exporter of agricultural products until very recently. How can the people be starving? That’s the question being tackled at the Washington Post this week and the answer comes down to a single source: it’s the socialism, stupid. At a time of empty supermarkets and spreading hunger, the country’s farms are producing less and less, not more, making...