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  • Angry Venezuelans take to streets, setting up barricades and raiding shops for food

    04/28/2016 3:50:03 PM PDT · by daisy12 · 65 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | 28 April 2016 | Fox News Latino
    Cities across Venezuela are increasingly agitated, as government offices closed their doors for the rest of the week in the face of a worsening energy crisis that is causing daily blackouts. Venezuela is among the world's most violent countries, and crime generally spikes here when the lights go out. Looting and fiery protests starting spreading Wednesday in Caracas, as hundreds of angry voters lined up to sign a petition beginning the process of recalling the deeply unpopular President Nicolas Maduro. The socialist administration began imposing a four-hour daily blackout around the country this week to save electricity. Then, Maduro announced...
  • Looting On the Rise As Venezuela Runs Out of Food, Electricity

    04/28/2016 4:55:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    PanAm Post ^ | April 27, 2016 | by Sabrina Martín
    Food Producers Alert They Have Only 15 Days Left of Inventory amid Rampant Inflation. Despair and violence is taking over Venezuela. The economic crisis sweeping the nation means people have to withstand widespread shortages of staple products, medicine, and food. So when the Maduro administration began rationing electricity this week, leaving entire cities in the dark for up to 4 hours every day, discontent gave way to social unrest. On April 26, people took to the streets in three Venezuelan states, looting stores to find food. Maracaibo, in the western state of Zulia, is the epicenter of thefts: on Tuesday...
  • This Is The End: Venezuela Runs Out Of Money To Print New Money

    04/27/2016 5:29:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/27/2016 | Tyler Durden
    Back in February, when we commented on the unprecedented hyperinflation about the be unleashed in the Latin American country whose president just announced that he would expand the "weekend" for public workers to 5 days...... we joked that it is unclear just where the country will find all the paper banknotes it needs for all its new physical currency. After all, central-bank data shows Venezuela more than doubled the supply of 100-, 50- and 2-bolivar notes in 2015 as it doubled monetary liquidity including bank deposits. Supply has grown even as Venezuela has fewer U.S. dollars to support new...
  • Venezuela Doesn't Have Enough Money to Pay for Its Money [Bloomberg Link Only]

    04/27/2016 10:12:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] ^ | April 27, 2016 | Andrew Rosati
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  • PROTESTS AS VENEZUELA EMBRACES 2-DAY WORKWEEK TO SAVE POWER

    04/27/2016 10:01:06 AM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies
    AP ^ | April 27, 2016 | HANNAH DREIER
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan cities cleaned up from a night of looting and fiery protests Wednesday as government offices closed their doors for the rest of the week in the face of a worsening energy crisis that is causing daily blackouts. The socialist administration began imposing a four-hour daily blackout around the country this week to save power. Then on Tuesday, President Nicolas Maduro announced that millions of officials will now work only Monday and Tuesday.
  • Venezuela Imposes 2 Day Work Week To Save Energy

    04/27/2016 7:32:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | April 26, 2016 | by Andrew Cawthorne and Daniel Kai
    CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's socialist government ordered public workers on Tuesday to work a two-day week as an energy-saving measure in the crisis-hit South American OPEC country. President Nicolas Maduro had already given most of Venezuela's 2.8 million state employees Fridays off during April and May to cut down on electricity consumption. Water shortages and electricity cuts have added to the hardships of Venezuela's 30 million people, already enduring a brutal recession, shortages of basics from milk to medicines, soaring prices, and long lines at shops.
  • In Venezuela, Former Chavistas Risk Lives Fighting over a Bag of Onions

    04/27/2016 7:55:23 AM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Apr 2016 | Frances Martel
    A disturbing video of a crowd physically beating each other to get at a select few bags of onions outside a supermarket in Venezuela highlights the struggle the average Venezuelan must endure to keep his or her family fed in the increasingly impoverished socialist nation.
  • Fridges go off as Venezuela power-rationing hits

    04/26/2016 7:53:18 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 54 replies
    AFP, via Yahoo News ^ | 4/26/2016 | Alexander Martinez
    Caracas (AFP) - Fridges zapped off in kitchens across Venezuela as the government turned off the electricity supply to help ease a power shortage that is worsening the country's economic crisis.It is the latest drastic measure by the government in a crisis that already has Venezuelans queuing for hours to buy scarce supplies in shops.The government imposed a four-hour blackout in eight states starting Monday and said the measure will last 40 days. The states of Caracas and Vargas had also been on the list for blackouts but were spared at the last minute.The timing of the switch-off caught Pedro...
  • Don’t be fooled by the ‘new’ Donald Trump [The LSM is worried about his strategy]

    04/22/2016 3:14:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    DO YOU remember when Donald Trump crudely mocked the disability of a New York Times reporter, and then lied about having done so? No? That’s just as the Republican candidate might hope. Now that he is nearing the Republican nomination, he says he will become more “presidential.” After winning the New York primary, he referred to “Senator Cruz” instead of “Lyin’ Ted.” You can expect multitudes of office-seekers and sycophants to follow Chris Christie’s craven path to believing, or pretending to believe, in a presidential Trump. So it is important to remember. Remember that Mr. Trump said that Mexicans crossing...
  • Former President of Mexico Compares Bernie Sanders to Hugo Chávez

    04/22/2016 11:46:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | Fri Apr. 22, 2016 | AJ Vicens
    Sanders, he says, is a "false prophet" who could be as dangerous as Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.With Donald Trump putting Mexico at the center of the Republican presidential conversation, the country's former president, Vicente Fox, has gone hard at the GOP front-runner, saying, "He reminds me of Hitler." But Fox, who served as president from 2000 to 2006, has some comparisons for Bernie Sanders that are not much more flattering. "In Latin America, we have a century of experience of suffering from messianic, populist leaders that have broken our economies, that have brought poverty into all of Latin America,"...
  • Venezuela’s Empresas Polar May Have to Stop Making Beer Because of Dollar Shortage

    04/22/2016 12:11:44 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 21, 2016 | JUAN FORERO
    Venezuelans grumbling over the scarcity of food and toilet paper may soon face another shortage, beer produced by Empresas Polar SA., the country’s largest private company and biggest beer maker. Polar said on Thursday that it will be forced to stop producing beer next week because it cannot get the U.S. dollars, which are controlled by the government, to import the malted barley needed to brew. Under Venezuela’s stringent currency exchange system, only the government can legally control dollars, which companies need to import raw materials, food, machine parts and other supplies.
  • Venezuela to begin electricity rationing

    04/22/2016 12:00:04 PM PDT · by Truth29 · 18 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | April 22, 2016 | Staff
    Venezuela's government has said it will turn off electricity supply in its 10 most populous states for four hours a day for at least 40 days to deal with a severe power shortage.(Snip)Recently, the country's main brewery Polar, which is part of Venezuela's largest cooperative Empresas Polar, announced that it would stop production as a result of financial difficulties. The company, which produces 80 percent of the country's beer, says thousands of workers will lose their jobs as a result of the stoppage.
  • US kicks out Cuban exile activist [Obama hates man who has been resisting Castro 50 years]

    04/20/2016 3:29:06 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Newsok.com ^ | 4/16/16
    Living for nearly half a century in the United States offers no guarantee that one can stay. That is the reality facing Cuban exile activist Ramon Saul Sanchez, leader of the Democracy Movement, who received a letter Thursday from the federal government....
  • Kerry: Cuba wrong to exclude Cuban-born travelers from cruising to the island

    04/15/2016 3:48:21 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | April 14, 2016
    On a busy Thursday that included meeting with Cuban-American leaders and encouraging Miami Dade College students to embrace diversity, Secretary of State John Kerry waded into the Carnival Corp. controversy, criticizing enforcement of a Cuban decree that prevents those born on the island from traveling to and from Cuba by sea. “The United States government will never support, never condone discrimination. And the Cuban government should not have the right to enforce on us a policy of discrimination against people who have the right to travel,” Kerry said during an interview with the Miami Herald and CNN en Espańol in...
  • Heroism at the Bay of Pigs--a 55th Anniversary Tribute

    04/15/2016 10:22:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 15, 2016 | Humberto Fontova
    “The Bay of Pigs took place the year that I was born. The next year, the entire world held its breath, watching our two countries, as humanity came as close as we ever have to the horror of nuclear war.” (President Barack Obama, Havana, Cuba, March, 22, 2016.) Moral equivalence, anyone? Was this threat “humanity’s” fault? America’s fault? Are—just maybe, who knows?--were the Soviet satraps in Cuba at fault for this threat of nuclear war? You’d never know it from Obama. Here’s a little background on an event dated exactly 55 years ago this week that could have easily strangled...
  • Another gun ban, another bad outcome: Venezuela homicide rate rose after gun ban

    04/13/2016 11:16:03 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 17 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | April 12, 2016 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Private gun ownership was banned in Venezuela in June 2012, but their homicide rate went from 73 per 100,000 people in 2012 to 82 per 100,000 people in 2015. The BBC seriously repeats the Venezuelan government’s claim that the ban is an “attempt by the government to improve security and cut crime.” The ban was preceded by an amnesty to get people to turn in their guns. The video gives some idea of what life is like in Venezuela these days. As the homicide rate was already rising before the gun ban and Venezuela is such a mess of a...
  • Of Diapers and Dictators in Venezuela

    04/12/2016 6:57:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 12, 2016 | Sarai Suarez
    “Welcome to the Maiquetia Simón Bolívar International Airport,” said the stewardess with a metallic voice as our plane touched down on Venezuelan soil. The excitement of a family reunion and anguish over the situation in the country shook me out of a brief sleep after eight hours flying from Paris. I was coming back to my country after three years of absence, in the company of my almost-2-year-old daughter and her father. The two most important people in my life were going to depend on me for 15 days traveling in Venezuela, a place increasingly unknown to me and radically...
  • Palestinians hope for Obama change of heart with UN vote

    04/10/2016 11:34:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 10, 2016 12:23 PM EDT | Aron Heller
    With President Barack Obama in his last months in office, the Palestinians are hoping he will follow up his historic breakthroughs with Iran and Cuba with a push for their cause as well. The first step is reintroducing a United Nations Security Council resolution the United States vetoed back in 2011 seeking “accountability” for Israeli West Bank settlement building. In an interview, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said the hope is that Obama, freed of re-election concerns, will break with American protocol and refrain from vetoing it this time around. …
  • You Won't Believe What We Saw In Socialist Venezuela

    04/07/2016 9:59:40 PM PDT · by fella · 38 replies
    YouTube ^ | 4 April 2016 | we are change
    You Won't Believe What We Saw In Socialist Venezuela
  • 'The most miserable country in the world' is taking Fridays off for the next 2 months

    04/07/2016 7:27:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/07/2016 | AFP
    CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan workers will get Fridays off for the next two months as part of an emergency plan to save electricity, the president said. Venezuela has the world's largest proven oil reserves, but its economy is a mess, with rampant inflation, shortages of goods as basic as soap and toilet paper, and constant blackouts. Now, because of a severe drought that has left levels at hydroelectric dams at extremely low levels, to save on electricity the government is effectively shutting the labor force down for a three-day weekend, starting Friday and lasting until June 6. The decision was...
  • In Venezuela, the Lights Are Going Out

    04/03/2016 4:27:06 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 67 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 1 Apr, 2016 | JUAN CRISTÓBAL NAGEL
    nezuela is, once again, in the throes of a full-blown electricity crisis. Citizens complain of unannounced blackouts are shutting down factories, forcing shopping malls to close early, and otherwise wreaking havoc on an already-sputtering economy. The crisis is so severe that President Nicolás Maduro has curtailed working hours for government workers. Last week he even extended the Holy Week holiday to reduce power usage. And Venezuelans are preparing for even worse news. Many are anxiously monitoring the dwindling water supply of the enormous Guri dam, which supplies roughly half of the country’s electricity. Experts are predicting that, as soon as...
  • Iran announces naval deployment in Latin America

    04/03/2016 3:21:38 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/4/16 | Ari Yashar
    Iranian Army Commander Maj. Gen. Ataollah Salehi on Saturday announced that Iran intends to deploy warships and destroyers in Latin America, in a sign of the attempts of the leading state sponsor of terror to expand its military cooperation with countries opposing the US. We intend to take a longer stride in marine voyages and even go towards friendly states in Latin America," Salehi told reporters at the southern port city of Bandar Abbas, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. Speaking at a ceremony welcoming back the Iranian Navy's 38th fleet after 75 days of international deployment, he said...
  • Rolling Stones Ink Business Partnership with Cuba’s Castro Family

    04/02/2016 9:30:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2016 | Humberto Fontova
    What? You missed the headline? Instead, you probably read about the item-- but under a different headline last week-end.You probably read about a “Historic!”-- even an “Epochal!”-- Rolling Stones concert in Havana Friday night! The hyperventilating “reporters” probably followed up by mentioning “historic changes!” and “reforms!” in Cuba, as proven by the very concert! In fact, the only “historic changes!” in Cuba—as recognized by the tiny number of people who actually study this issue—involve the source of the cash-flow into the Castro-Family-Crime-Syndicate (euphemized as “Cuba” by the media and U.S. State Dept.)When that cash flowed from the Soviet Union rock...
  • Cuban State Media: ‘Negro’ Obama ‘Incited Rebellion and Disorder'

    03/31/2016 5:46:53 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/31/16 | Frances Martel
    The Havana Tribune, a state-controlled Cuban newspaper, has added insult to injury following Fidel Castro’s scathing criticism of President Barack Obama upon his departure from the island. In an editorial, the title of which refers to President Obama as “negro,” an opinion columnist has accused him of “inciting rebellion.” The article is titled “Negro, żTu Eres Sueco?” which roughly translates to “Black Man, Are You Dumb?” (The idiom “pretend to be a Swede” means to play dumb, hence the title is literally asking, “Are you Swedish?”) The author, who is black, goes on to condemn President Obama for meeting with...
  • Unusual dissent erupts inside Cuban Communist Party

    03/30/2016 6:40:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 30, 2016 9:36 AM EDT | Andrea Rodriguez and Michael Weissenstein
    Days after President Barack Obama’s historic visit, the leaders of Cuba’s Communist Party are under highly unusual public criticism from their own ranks for imposing new levels of secrecy on the future of social and economic reforms. After months of simmering discontent, complaints among party members have become so heated that its official newspaper, Granma, addressed them in a lengthy front-page article Monday. It said the public dissatisfaction over the lack of open discussion before the upcoming Communist Party congress next month is “a sign of the democracy and public participation that are intrinsic characteristics of the socialism that we’re...
  • The Questions Liberals Never Have to Answer

    03/29/2016 12:53:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2016 | John Hawkins
    Liberals do a poor job of defending their beliefs with facts, logic or debate, but they have become unparalleled masters at keeping their opponents’ side of the argument from being presented at all. We have kids who are never exposed to conservatism in high school who go to college where the professors are liberal; then they graduate and get their information from their local paper and all TV outlets except for Fox which are liberal, and they watch ostensibly non-political Hollywood-produced liberal movies and TV shows that reinforce left-wing viewpoints. As if that isn’t enough, liberals go to great lengths...
  • Obama's Unacceptable Love Affair With Communism

    03/29/2016 1:00:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2016 | David Limbaugh
    Conservatives and other Obama critics are entitled to a big "I told you so," after Obama's stunning admission that he doesn't believe there's that much difference between communism and capitalism. Actually, it's not that stunning to people paying attention. Many of us warned about Obama's Marxist sympathies before he was first elected president, and we've repeatedly pointed it out during his presidency. Obama was raised and mentored by communists and spent many years engaged in community organizing (radical leftist activism). He established himself as the most liberal member of the Senate. Yet our warnings were met with cries of extremism,...
  • Pres. Obama: Capitalist or Communist, "just decide what works."

    03/29/2016 12:38:17 AM PDT · by gattaca · 17 replies
    Philadelphia Church of God The Trumpet ^ | March 29, 2016 | Andrew Miller
    Americans are no longer taught the rationale behind why the Founders limited the power of the federal government. United States President Barack Obama stoked controversy last Wednesday when he suggested to an audience of Argentine youth that they shouldn’t get caught up in ideological disputes between capitalism and communism. Instead, he urged the next generation of Argentine leaders to pursue a mixed economy that uses bits of communist theory and bits of capitalist theory. During his speech at a Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Town Hall in Buenos Aires, the U.S. president advised: So often in the past there’s...
  • ´Life doesn´t stop because one terrible incident takes place´: John Kerry defends

    03/27/2016 12:28:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/27/16 | Clemence Michallon
    John Kerry has defended Barack Obama´s decision to stay in Cuba and stick to his diplomatic schedule after the Brussels attacks. The Secretary of State addressed the issue on CBS´s Face The Nation on Saturday. Host John Dickerson asked Kerry how he would respond to those who criticized Obama for attending a baseball game in Cuba on the day of the attacks and dancing the tango in Argentina the following day. Kerry responded by quoting conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, saying the President´s schedule was ´not set by terrorists´. The President of the US has major diplomatic responsibilities,´ Kerry said. ´He
  • Valerie Jarrett: Cuba's 'Extraordinary' Education System 'Values Every Boy & Girl'

    03/24/2016 8:38:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 3/24/16 | Tiffany Gabbay
    It's difficult to describe just how brazen the Obama administration is in flaunting its infatuation with Marxist-dictatorships. Take, for instance, the following Tweet from Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett about Cuba's glorious "education system. Valerie Jarrett ✔ ‎@vj44 "Cuba has an extraordinary resource – a system of education which values every boy and every girl" - @POTUS #CubaVisit 7:31 AM - 22 Mar 2016 84 84 Retweets 100 Sure. And this is why desperate Cubans are, at this very moment, flooding our shores seeking asylum. Below is a sampling of the backlash Jarrett received on Twitter immediately following her heinous...
  • President in the wrong place at the wrong time

    03/26/2016 10:04:53 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/26/16 | Jeff Crouere
    Barack Obama will leave office with our country in a weakened state and our enemies growing in power and influence. Once again, President Obama is in the wrong place at the wrong time. This week, it was Havana, Cuba, the home of the tyrannical Castro brothers, murderous communist dictators. On Tuesday, the President concluded his historic visit to the island nation. It was the first official trip by a U.S. President since Calvin Coolidge 88 years ago. The net effect of the visit is that Cuba scored massive propaganda points. They will soon start cashing in on more tourism and...
  • Obama dances while Brussels burns: President and Michelle take to the floor to TANGO

    03/24/2016 5:58:28 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 57 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | March 24, 2016 | Chris Pleasance and Francesca Chambers
    Obama dances while Brussels burns: President and Michelle take to the floor to TANGO during glitzy state dinner in Buenos Aires as he ignores calls to come home in wake of terror attacks Obama traveled to Buenos Aires to meet new Argentine leader Mauricio Macri following his visit to Havana, Cuba President was pictured Wednesday night at a state dinner with wife Michelle and Argentine first lady Juliana Awada There he danced the tango and sipped champagne, ignoring calls to return home after the Brussels terror attack Nine Americans were among hundreds wounded during a triple suicide bombing in the...
  • Fidel Castro lectures Obama after Cuba trip

    03/28/2016 11:12:09 AM PDT · by yoe · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | March 28, 2016 | Nick Gass
    President Barack Obama did not meet with Fidel Castro during his historic visit to Cuba last week, but apparently that does not mean that Castro did not have any thoughts about el presidente norteamericano in his country. [snip]"I do not know what Obama has to say on this story now," Castro wrote, adding, "although it is very doubtful that I knew absolutely nothing." "My modest suggestion is to reflect and do not try now to develop theories about Cuban politics."
  • Fidel Castro to Obama: We don't need your 'presents'

    03/28/2016 6:24:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 28, 2016 9:12 AM EDT | Michael Weissenstein
    Fidel Castro responded Monday to President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba with a long, bristling letter recounting the history of U.S. aggression against Cuba, writing that “we don’t need the empire to give us any presents.” The 1,500-word letter in state media titled “Brother Obama” was Castro’s first response to the president’s three-day visit last week, in which the American president said he had come to bury the two countries’ history of Cold War hostility. […] Obama’s visit was intended to build irreversible momentum behind his opening with Cuba and to convince the Cuban people and the Cuban government...
  • Obama en route to Cuba on trip to further advance rebuilding of ties

    03/20/2016 12:18:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    DPA international ^ | March 20, 2016 | Maren Hennemuth and Georg Ismar
    Havana/Washington (dpa) - US President Barack Obama departed Washington Sunday for a three-day visit to Cuba, a historic trip culminating a process of a rapprochement that began more than a year ago. Obama and his family, including first lady Michelle Obama and her mother, Marian Robinson, boarded Air Force One around 1:30 pm (1730 GMT) at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington and the plane took off in a light drizzle. The only other sitting US president who has ever visited Cuba, Calvin Coolidge, travelled there by ship in 1928. Obama is expected to be feted during his stay on...
  • Widespread Blackouts Loom As Venezuela’s Dams Run out of Water

    03/17/2016 8:28:48 AM PDT · by detective · 31 replies
    Panampost ^ | March 16, 2016
    Although the Venezuelan government blamed the decrease in size of the Guri dam — the fourth largest artificial lake in the world — on El Nińo, engineers said recently that the crisis was actually caused by mismanagement of resources, thermal system malfunction and drought. The Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant, second in the world for electricity production, recently saw its water levels decrease to just 3.56 meters above total collapse.
  • Multicultural Lesson from Guatemala

    03/14/2016 8:57:52 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 14, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The frightening thing about looking at schools in other countries is that you can see where our own education is going. At this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, Gloria Alvarez of the National Civic Movement of Guatemala, showed the cover of a textbook circulating in Latin America which depicts deceased Venezuelan Marxist strongman Hugo Chavez shaking hands with Bolivian founding father Simon Bolivar in front of Jesus Christ. Just one of the ironies of this depiction, Alvarez averred, is that Bolivar was a great admirer of America's founding fathers: There is no evidence that Chavez ever was. In Guatemala itself,...
  • Bernie Sanders in 1985: Fidel Castro is pretty awesome, you know

    03/10/2016 2:28:40 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/10/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Denial then, denial now. The video you’re about to see is more than 30 years old, and it’s only fair to Bernie Sanders that we point that out. But it’s also fair to ask: What about Bernie Sanders’s views has changed in 30 years? Not much that we can see. It was pretty standard left-wing boilerplate back then to dismiss any problems people had with socialist governments abroad, especially if opposing said governments was a priority of the Reagan Administration. You might recall that in the 1980s, the Reagan Administration gave massive support to the contras fighting the communist Sandinista...
  • Cindy Sheehan: Hugo Chavez's Legacy Will Continue to Inspire

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

    03/10/2016 12:31:56 PM PST · by detective · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Mar 2016 | by Frances Martel
    Years of crippling socialist policies have left Venezuela so bereft of food, average Venezuelans must spent up to six hours waiting in line to received their allotted rations of basic goods like vegetable oil, flour, or milk. Musician Jonathan Acosta has offered to help ease the frustration by visiting supermarkets and performing for those waiting in line.
  • White House appears surprised that Netanyahu canceled visit

    03/07/2016 2:41:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    inn | 3/7/16 | Elad Benari
    <p>The United States reacted with surprise on Monday to news that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu canceled his annual trip to Washington.</p>
  • Ocala’s Ivan Rodriguez Gelfenstein balances socialist revolution with horse racing opulence

    03/03/2016 8:02:48 PM PST · by houstonastros · 4 replies
    Mysterious Venezuelan socialist "businessman" now a rich capitalist-- builds $20 million horse racing facility and flies in private jet? Where'd he get (steal) the money?
  • Venezuela is shipping gold to pay debt

    02/25/2016 5:44:22 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    krcrtv ^ | 02/25/2016 | Patrick Gillespie
    Venezuela sent $1.3 billion worth of gold bars to Switzerland in mid-January, according to data from the Swiss Federal Customs Administration. That gold was shipped out just weeks before two big debt payments due this month, totaling $2.3 billion. On Friday alone, Venezuela has to pay bondholders $1.5 billion. Venezuela is running out of cash and many experts believe there's a high chance it will default by this fall when a string of big debt payments are due. "It's a question of when Venezuela will default, not if," says Russ Dallen, managing partner at LatInvest, a firm that invests in...
  • Venezuelan economy to turn even worse in 2016, study finds

    02/28/2016 6:37:19 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | February 26, 2016
    If misery loves company, then at least Venezuela is located in the right corner of the globe. A recent study projects that the South American nation has far and away the world's most miserable economy in 2016, nearly four times worse off than second-place Argentina. A survey conducted by Bloomberg Business using the "misery index" projects that Venezuela in 2016 will continue to worsen. Bloomberg estimates that Venezuela's inflation rate will rise from 98.3 percent last year to 152 percent in 2016. Argentina, another South American nation that has flirted with socialist economic policies, is facing many similar problems. With...
  • Venezuelan toilet paper shortage an unwelcome symptom of socialism

    02/26/2016 8:10:06 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 26, 2016 | By John Kass
    The problem with socialism, Margaret Thatcher is credited with saying, is that you eventually run out of other people's money. But the late Mrs. Thatcher - heroic conservative prime minister of Great Britain - was too well-mannered to tell people what actually comes next. So I'll have to do it. After socialists run out of other people's money, the people eventually run out of something almost as precious as money: Toilet paper. It's happening right now in Venezuela, once a socialist, oil-rich paradise and land of great shortstops. But Venezuela is fast becoming a thoroughly failed state. Let's just hope...
  • Not amused (No More Bottled Water in Venezuela)

    02/25/2016 8:04:14 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 15 replies
    Venezuela News And Views ^ | February 23, 2016 | Daniel
    ...Bottled water seems to be gone for good. Choice is also gone. Deli is getting to a "it is that or nothing level". Now grocery stores are not even trying to hide the empty spaces with junk. On the medical front things are worse, if possible. Today I learned of the arrival of some generics from a medicine for triglycerides that I had to stop taking. I arrived in time at my local "LOCATEL". I tried to get also a small bottle of rubbing alcohol. To my surprise there is none. The lone brand on the market has stopped delivering....
  • The Game Changed in Venezuela Last Night – and the International Media Is Asleep At the Switch

    02/24/2016 4:29:00 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 42 replies
    caracas chronicles ^ | February 20, 2014 | Francisco Toro
    Dear International Editor: Listen and understand. The game changed in Venezuela last night. What had been a slow-motion unravelling that had stretched out over many years went kinetic all of a sudden. What we have this morning is no longer the Venezuela story you thought you understood. Throughout last night, panicked people told their stories of state-sponsored paramilitaries on motorcycles roaming middle class neighborhoods, shooting at people and storming into apartment buildings, shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting. People continue to be arrested merely for protesting, and a long established local Human Rights NGO makes an...
  • Venezuela: Opposition Claims Gov’t Hiding Up to 500,000 Zika Cases

    02/23/2016 6:47:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 22, 2016 | Mary Chastain
    Venezuelan opposition legislator José Manuel Olivares claims the country has under-reported cases of the Zika virus and the country lacks necessary medical supplies to properly combat the outbreak sweeping the region. “I hope that President Nicolas Maduro will not continue putting policy and ideology before the health and life of Venezuelans,” he declared.
  • Small problem: Socialist Venezuela has run out of food

    02/19/2016 2:13:00 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 53 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/19/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Oh, and the power's out, so they can't preserve what little is sitting around. I’m sure the Bernie lovers will come up with a reason this is different and not the same, but every policy the Chavistas have put in place in Venezuela since the revolution has more or less tracked to what Bernie Sanders would do here - with one exception. At least Hugo Chavez and his hapless successor Nicolas Maduro believed in exploiting the country’s oil resources. It’s just that they used them to grease their own palms rather than meet the needs of their people, which is...
  • Oil didn't wreck Venezuela's economy. Socialism did

    02/19/2016 10:46:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Week ^ | February 19, 2016 | by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    Venezuela's economy is collapsing. The country has topped Bloomberg's "Economic Misery Index," which takes into account several economic measures, for two years. Runaway inflation and high unemployment are plaguing the country. Socialism is what produces bread lines in an oil-rich country. In developed countries, economic debates often focus on narrow questions, such as raising the minimum wage, where it's possible for reasonable people to disagree. This leads to an impression that the relative merits of free enterprise and big government policies can be in the eye of the beholder. To a certain extent this is true. Or, at any rate,...