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  • General Motors fires 2,700 in Venezuela after plant closure: workers

    04/24/2017 8:32:13 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 24, 2017 | Corina Pons
    General Motors' (GM.N) Venezuelan subsidiary has sent a message to almost 2,700 staff informing them that they are no longer employed by the company and had received severance pay in their bank accounts, according to two employees. A Venezuelan court last week ordered the seizure of the company's Valencia plant, ruling in favor of two dealers that had filed a case in 2000 against the subsidiary on grounds they had not complied with an agreed sale of 10,000 vehicles. Workers say that before the seizure was announced, GM had been dismantling the plant, which has not produced a car since...
  • This May Be Venezuela’s Tiananmen Square Moment

    04/24/2017 8:27:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | April 21, 2017 | Ana Quintana
    Venezuela is no stranger to protests, but the recent uprisings have rocked the country and stirred questions about the nation’s future.This past week, the “mother of all protests” has seen upward of 2 million Venezuelans take to the streets demanding an end to the notoriously corrupt Maduro regime.Beginning on what would be the 207th anniversary of the country’s independence from Spain, frustrated Venezuelans have taken to the streets demanding change. So far, three Venezuelans have been killed in the marches, hundreds have been injured, and 500 have been arrested.In the span of just over 20 years, President Nicolás Maduro, his...
  • Venezuela is about to force people to work in the fields

    04/24/2017 7:33:51 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 85 replies
    Amnesty International says a new decree in Venezuela that says the government can make any of its citizens farm the country's fields in order to combat its current, punishing food crisis "effectively amounts to forced labour." "The decree, officially published earlier this week, establishes that people working in public and private companies can be called upon to join state-sponsored organizations specialized in the production of food," Amnesty International reported. "They will be made to work in the new companies temporarily for a minimum of 60 days after which their 'contracts' will be automatically renewed for an extra 60-day period or...
  • Should Venezuelan Opposition Attempt to Break Off Outlying States from Central Government?

    04/24/2017 2:43:22 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 13 replies
    Self | April 24, 2017 | PJ-Comix
    Take a look at the map of Venezuela below. What a lot of people don't realize are the large distances in that country plus how difficult they are to reach. For example, the state of Tachira where San Cristobal is located in the west is about 400 miles from Caracas. It is difficult to reach by road due to the mountainous terrain that stretches for many miles. In fact, until the early 20th century, Tachira was almost completely isolated from the rest of the country. I had a feel for this isolation a few years ago when I visited San...
  • US businesses getting hammered by Venezuela crisis

    04/24/2017 11:47:39 AM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    MSN News ^ | April 24, 2017 | BILL PUGLIANO
    The political and economic crisis in Venezuela is costing US companies dearly, as General Motors can attest following the unexpected nationalization of its plant there. The big auto-maker shut down its operations in Venezuela and laid off its 2,700 workers after the government on Wednesday seized the plant, which had been idle because of the chaotic market environment. The group had been operating in the South American country for 69 years. GM isn't the only US business to be walloped by Venezuela's crisis.
  • Eyewitness in Caracas, from Venezuela's Mother of all Marches

    04/24/2017 10:23:47 AM PDT · by detective · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 24, 2017 | Monica Showalter
    Venezuela's gargantuan marches against the failed socialist tyranny of Nicolas Maduro have gone on low-boil now, but it's worth looking at a good eyewitness report to see how the Mother of all Marches went on the ground. Blogger Daniel in Venezuela has an excellent account, complete with photos and YouTube videos he shot himself, showing and describing the experience up close and personal. It all started fairly normal. walking down El Cafetal and Chuao until arriving at the Caracas small airport, La Carlota. Still, things felt different, quite a stream of people even though already a lot of people had...
  • Socialist Venezuelan Leader Arms Supporters After Outlawing, Confiscating Civilian Guns [tr]

    04/23/2017 8:40:20 AM PDT · by pabianice · 16 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/23/17 | Gutowski
    Maduro plans to arm 400,000 supporters amid protests and unrest The socialist leader of Venezuela announced in a speech to regime loyalists his plan to arm hundreds of thousands of supporters after a years-long campaign to confiscate civilian-owned guns. "A gun for every militiaman!" Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said to uniformed militia members outside the presidential palace, Fox News reported on Tuesday. The Bolivarian militias, created by Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez, already number in the hundreds of thousands and are being used to supplement the regime's armed forces. Maduro is boosting the number of armed supporters in hopes of keeping...
  • Venezuela Dictatorship to Arm Brownshirts

    04/24/2017 7:06:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    ammoland ^ | 22 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Venezuela is following a predictable pattern of dictators as they feel threatened. They disarm the general population, while allowing or insuring that their loyalists are armed.It is a pattern as old as history. The English did it by disarming the Irish, then the Catholics. Responses to the later disarmament brought about the English Bill of Rights, which served as the base for our Second Amendment.The British did it again in India, after the mutiny/revolt in 1857.Hitler did it, building on the base that the Weimar Republic built in the late 1920s.  If you were in the SS or SA,...
  • America Should Be Ready, Venezuela Might Become the Next Syria

    04/24/2017 6:38:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies ^ | April 24, 2017 | David Grantham
    Said former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Nazi buildup in Europe: “When the situation was manageable it was neglected, and now that it is thoroughly out of hand we apply too late the remedies which then might have effected a cure.” The unwillingness to act when such action would have been simple and effective constitutes the “endless repetition of history,” he concluded. Today, observers would rightly associate this statement with Syria. But Churchill did not make this proclamation so future generations would seek out examples that affirmed his logic. He made the statement so future generations would break that...
  • Enough of This Crap, We’re Taking the Country Back

    04/23/2017 6:45:41 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 12 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-23-17 | MOTUS
    On March 30 the Venezuelan Supreme Court ruled that they could remove all of Congress’ constitutionally provided powers and assume them themselves: Venezuela's Supreme Court ruled it can take over the powers of congress in what opponents of socialist President Nicolas Maduro as well as foreign governments denounced as the latest step toward installing a dictatorship in this South American nation.In a decision late Wednesday, the magistrates said that as long as lawmakers remain in contempt of past court rulings nullifying all legislation coming out of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, the high court can step in and assume congressional duties...
  • Maddow madness: MSNBC host blames Trump for Venezuela crisis

    04/22/2017 7:55:34 AM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 49 replies
    WND ^ | 4/22/2017 | Bob Unruh
    According to many Democrats, President Donald Trump is at fault for the problems concerning the Middle East, North Korea, China, Russia, the economy, illegal immigration, the tax code, Obamacare and more. Now, he’s being blamed even for the rioting enveloping Venezuela in response to the economic devastation brought by its socialist regime. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who famously melted down over Trump’s election victory last November, was reporting this week about a donation from Venezuela’s state-run oil company to the Trump inauguration.
  • And the next stop is.....(VENEZUELA)

    04/22/2017 4:01:35 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 19 replies
    Venezuela News And Views ^ | 4/22/2017 | Daniel Duquenal
    OK, a lot has been going on. I cannot catch up with everything. So here follows a summary of sorts mixed with my conclusions..... FACT 1 April 19 was the nail in the coffin for street protest from chavismo. The opposition drew a GIGANTIC crowd from Eastern Caracas. Basically anyone that could make it did so....Some experts put at 3 million those who set foot on the street if anything to wave a flag as marchers went by. I will settle for two million which is A-W-E-S-O-M-E..... But that is not all, there were huge marches in many places of...
  • Venezuela On The Brink – Images and Video

    04/21/2017 11:28:53 AM PDT · by detective · 111 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 21, 2017 | Sundance
    The media is downplaying, and in most cases ignoring, the extreme nature of the crisis currently going on in socialist Venezuela under the Maduro regime.  Most of the cries for help are from people begging the international media to cover their plight. Some of the video and photography are stunning as millions of people take to the streets to protest a collapsing economy and food shortages while being met with tanks, guns and rogue militias hired by the government. Some of the targeted citizens appear chosen at random.  Some of the citizens are also desperate and fighting back. Warning –...
  • GM faces hard road getting compensated for Venezuela factory

    04/21/2017 9:52:29 AM PDT · by detective · 49 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 20, 2017 | tom krisher and joshua goodman
    General Motors became the latest corporation to have a factory or other asset seized by the government of Venezuela, and the Detroit automaker faces an uphill battle to recover any damages. GM said Thursday that its only factory in Venezuela was confiscated a day earlier, as anti-government protesters clashed with authorities in a country that is roiled by economic troubles. GM said assets such as vehicles were taken from the plant, causing the company irreparable damage.
  • In Venezuela, the 'Mother of all Marches'

    04/21/2017 9:38:59 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Atlantic, the ^ | 19 April 2017 | Alan Taylor
    On Wednesday, hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered in Caracas and other Venezuelan cities to step up their continuing demonstrations against the government of President Nicolas Maduro. The march, called the “mother of all marches” by organizers, was met by riot police who fired tear gas and rubber bullets, while some demonstrators threw stones and firebombs. At least two students and a member of the National Guard were killed in the clashes. The opposition called for renewed protests today, as some Caracas business owners returned to inspect damaged and looted stores.
  • Venezuela Seizes GM, Warning Sign to U.S. Companies

    04/21/2017 9:42:03 AM PDT · by detective · 19 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 20, 2017 | Brittany De Lea
    U.S. multinationals with plants in Venezuela are likely on edge Thursday, after American automaker General Motors (NYSE:GM) pulled the plug on its operations in the poverty-stricken country, following a government takeover of its plant amid large-scale violent protests. “All foreign companies, and especially U.S. firms, should be concerned with the increasingly extreme and aggressive behavior of the Venezuelan regime,” Ian Vasquez, director of the Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, told FOX Business. American beverage company Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), however, indicated to FOX Business Thursday it didn’t have any plans to pull its operations from the distressed South American...
  • Venezuela crisis: Police fire tear gas as protests enter second day

    04/20/2017 1:40:54 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/20/2017 | BBC
    Police in Venezuela have fired tear gas during the second day of violent protests in the capital, Caracas.... The huge protests in Caracas and western Venezuela come amid a serious economic crisis in the country. Opposition leaders have accused Mr. Maduro of ruling the country like a dictator...... Venezuela's opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, earlier this week called on the public to take part in anti-government protests across the country to press their demands for early presidential elections and the release of jailed politicians.....
  • Glorious socialist utopia of Venezuela illegally seizes GM factory

    04/20/2017 10:32:39 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/20/17 | Robert Laurie
    Roll the dice, pay the price Uh oh. Michael Moore has a problem on his hands. The glorious utopia known as Venezuela - a country where socialism has wreaked such havoc that prisoners are literally eating each other - has illegally seized a General Motors factory. Will Moore run down there to fight for the workers, or will he stand up to support his favorite form of government? Only time will tell. For now, here’s the report from Reuters:
  • Venezuela seizes General Motors plant as property of the state

    04/20/2017 8:17:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 125 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/20/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    This news broke overnight and it undoubtedly comes as a shock to anyone who hasn’t been paying to socialism in general and the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in particular. The government of Venezuela came in and seized control of the General Motors plant in the city of Valencia, taking over the property, assets and accounts. The automotive giant responded by saying that they were immediately halting operations. (CNN) General Motors says it will immediately halt operations in Venezuela after its plant in the country was unexpectedly seized by authorities.GM (GM) described the takeover as an “illegal judicial...
  • GM halts operations in Venezuela after factory is seized

    04/20/2017 7:52:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 20, 2017 10:16 AM EDT | Tom Krisher
    General Motors has stopped doing business in Venezuela after authorities took control of its only factory there in what GM called an illegal judicial seizure of its assets. The plant was confiscated on Wednesday as anti-government protesters clashed with authorities in a country that is roiling in economic troubles such as food shortages and triple-digit inflation. The Detroit automaker said in a statement Thursday that other assets such as vehicles were taken from the plant, causing irreparable damage to the company. It’s not the first time the Venezuelan government has seized a foreign corporation’s facilities. In July of last year,...