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  • A way out for Venezuela: the post Duque election effect

    06/18/2018 5:45:22 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Venezuela News And Views ^ | 6/17/2018 | Daniel Duquenal
    The time has come to discuss what could be done about the Venezuelan narko kleptocracy. And the election of Ivan Duque in Colombia today does affect the possible outcomes...... The thing now is that 1) Colombia has put in office for 4 years an openly declared adversry of the Maduro dictatorship 2) the flow of refugees from Venezuela can only increase now with all the political implications that this can have and 3) Maria Corina Machado is the chosen. Not that it may be the wisest one since she may be articulate and all but she has failed at establishing...
  • Venezuela's hyperinflation at new dizzying high

    06/12/2018 6:27:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    AFP ^ | June 11, 2018 | Staff
    Venezuela's sky-high inflation soared to 24,571 percent in the past 12 months, lawmakers said Monday. President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government controls most of the country's economy and is in the midst of an ever-deepening crisis with food and medicine in short supply. Analysts blame what they call mismanagement of a state-led economy. That includes its control over hard currency, as well as low oil prices. Venezuela depends on crude oil for its earnings.
  • Venezuela First to Join Caricom Fight for Slavery Reparations

    06/08/2018 10:19:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    teleSUR ^ | May 10, 2018 | La Radio del SUR
    Gaining international recognition is the first step in securing global reparations for the descendants of African slaves. Venezuela is joining the Caribbean Community (Caricom) in the fight for global slavery reparations, discussing appropriate compensation for centuries of injustice. During a speech entitled 'Reparations of Resistance to Action,' Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza urged Latin America and colonizing countries to assume responsibility for past wrongs which affected Africans and their ancestors around the world. The Venezuelan government is working to guarantee that the social rights of residents of African descent are respected, and officials have opened the floor to dialogue for...
  • Is Venezuela the world's most dangerous country? Its residents think so

    06/07/2018 10:22:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies ^ | 6/7/2018 | Jim Wyss
    Venezuelans perceived their country to be the most dangerous place on the planet in 2017 — worse than war-torn nations, failed states and global trouble spots. In its annual 2018 Global Law and Order Index, Gallup found that Venezuelans distrusted their police, felt unsafe walking at night and had been robbed or assaulted at an alarming rate compared to the rest of the world. The country had a law and order score of 44 in Gallup’s survey, putting it dead last among 140 nations — behind Afghanistan, South Sudan, Gabon, Liberia and South Africa. It was the second year in...
  • MSNBC Compares Ceremony By Trump ‘Regime’ to RFK Assassination(Nutbaggery!)

    06/06/2018 10:55:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 6/6/2018 | Scott Whitlock
    When people think of the liberal venom coming from MSNBC, many would single out Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow or Lawrence O’Donnell. But the 9am hour has quietly become another home on the network for angry rants. On Wednesday, guests compared Donald Trump to a dictator and somehow linked Trump’s White House speech on Tuesday to the assassination of Robert Kennedy. Talking about Trump’s patriotism event in the wake of cancelling the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles' appearance at the White House, New York Times columnist Bret Stephens linked: “This reminds me of certain regimes around the world. The Maduro regime...
  • It’s Time for a Coup in Venezuela

    06/06/2018 6:36:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies ^ | June 5, 2018, 5:22 PM | By José R. Cárdenas
    Now that Venezuelan autocrat Nicolás Maduro has engineered his re-election in what reasonable observers have decried as a sham vote, it’s impossible to say how long he will remain in office. But the United States and its allies should lay the groundwork for the remaining portions of the Venezuelan government not beholden to Maduro to take the choice out of his hands. Nearly two decades of creeping authoritarianism and large-scale economic mismanagement have taken a staggering toll on Venezuelans. Moreover, with reports of low voter turnout in an otherwise stage-managed electoral process and rising military dissension, clearly the Maduro regime...
  • Mormon missionary, 26, tells of the horrific conditions he endured during two-year Venezuelan [tr]

    06/04/2018 10:53:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 4, 2018 | Ryan Perry
    The Mormon missionary jailed in Venezuela over bogus claims of government espionage has spoken of his prison hell and how his new wife was electrocuted and tortured to elicit a false confession about her American husband. In an exclusive interview with, Josh Holt said he's 'grateful to God' he and Venezuelan wife Thamy Caleno, who was also jailed, survived their two-year ordeal. Speaking from his home in Riverton, Utah, Josh tells how callous Venezuelan intelligence operatives roughed him up and terrified him with staged fake executions.
  • India-US ties sour as they bypass sanctions to strike trade and missiles deals with Iran and Russia

    05/29/2018 9:54:14 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 32 replies
    First Post ^ | May 2018 | FP Staff
    While New Delhi-Washington ties have strengthened in recent times with the US calling on India to play a more weighty role in the Indo-Pacific and also Afghanistan, the deal with Russia and US imposing sanctions on Iran after withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord seems to have created chinks in the relationship. India is planning to procure S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems for the Indian Air Force from Russia. A senior US Congressman has said that the proposed deal would "complicate" building interoperability between the United States and Indian militaries. "There is a lot of concern in the US...
  • Sen. Hatch Shares Heartwarming Moment Newly-Released American Prisoner Is Reunited With His Family

    05/26/2018 6:33:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | May 26, 2018 | Lauretta Brown
    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) shared the heartwarming moment Saturday that Utah native Joshua Holt and his wife were reunited with his parents after two years of imprisonment by the Venezuelan government. Reunited.— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) May 26, 2018 Holt, a Mormon, flew to Venezuela to marry Venezuelan resident Thamara Holt, who he had met online. Venezuela has held Holt and his wife on weapons charges without a trial since 2016.Sen. Hatch first announced news of Holt's release on Twitter early Saturday.Holt’s parents, Jason and Laurie Holt, expressed their gratitude and eagerness to be reunited with their son.“As announced...
  • 5 US 'hostages' still held by Venezuela

    05/26/2018 1:07:03 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 26, 2018
    Five former Citgo executives who are U.S. citizens remain detained in Venezuela following the surprise Saturday release of former Mormon missionary Joshua Holt. Two sources aware of efforts to free the men tell the Washington Examiner they have not been released after more than six months in captivity. A source said one detainee suffers from health issues and has lost 50 pounds in dungeon-like conditions. They said recent family requests for intervention from Citgo went unanswered.
  • Utah man incarcerated in Venezuela jail is on his way home, officials say

    05/26/2018 12:24:32 PM PDT · by BBell · 10 replies ^ | 5/26/18 | Kathleen Joyce
    A Utah man who has been incarcerated in a Venezuelan jail since 2016 was on a flight home to the U.S., Venezuelan officials said Saturday. Joshua Holt, 26, has been jailed in Venezuela after he traveled to the South American country in the summer of 2016 to marry Thamara Candelo, whom he met on a website for Mormon singles. The two planned to return to the U.S. after getting married, but where jailed in El Hilcolde on what human rights groups said were largely trumped-up charges. “Good news about the release of the American hostage from Venezuela. Should be landing...
  • Utahn Josh Holt released from prison in Venezuela, expected to arrive in D.C. Saturday night

    05/26/2018 12:22:47 PM PDT · by cardinal4 · 13 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 26 May 2018 | Dennis Romboy
    SALT LAKE CITY — A Riverton man who has been imprisoned in Venezuela for the past two years was released and is expected to arrive in Washington, D.C., on Saturday evening. The family of Josh Holt posted a statement on Facebook saying, "We are grateful to all who participated in this miracle."
  • The joy of socialism, directly from Caracas, Venezuela

    05/26/2018 10:58:38 AM PDT · by · 17 replies
    powdered wig society ^ | May 22, 2018 | Thomas Madison
    VIDEO: The joy of socialism, directly from Caracas, Venezuela where the people have just enough energy left to revolt Why is the mainstream media not covering this? Oh, that's right, I forgot. They are all wicked disciples and sycophants of Hitlery Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Barack Hussein, raging socialists all. Following is video sent to me by Powdered Wig reader Martin Jr Yunker who received it from relatives in South America. I posted this video to Bernie Sanders' facebook page in response to a bitchy post whining about Jeff Bezos' wealth. I posted it with the following message…. "Then, by...
  • Trump Has Secured the Release of Another American Prisoner Overseas

    05/26/2018 9:51:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | May 26, 2018 | Lauretta Brown
    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) announced Saturday that the Trump administration has secured the release of Joshua Holt, 26, from captivity in Venezuela after he was held there for almost two years. BREAKING: Senator Hatch has secured the release of Utahn Josh Holt from Venezuela. #utpol— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) May 26, 2018 Holt, a Mormon, flew to Venezuela to marry Thamy Holt, who he had met online.Venezuela claimed Holt had weapons in his new wife’s family’s apartment. He and his wife have been held without a trial since 2016.President Trump celebrated the development in some tweets Saturday as the newly...
  • Utah man incarcerated in Venezuela jail to be released, Trump says

    05/26/2018 7:34:14 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 26, 2018 | Kathleen Joyce
    A Utah man who has been incarcerated in a Venezuelan jail since 2016 is set to be released, U.S. officials said Saturday. Joshua Holt, 26, has been jailed in Venezuela after he traveled to the South American country in the summer of 2016 to marry Thamara Candelo, whom he met on a website for Mormon singles. The two planned to return to the U.S. after getting married, but where jailed in El Hilcolde on what human rights groups said were largely trumped-up charges. “Good news about the release of the American hostage from Venezuela. Should be landing in D.C. this...
  • Senate Democrats look for traction on gas prices

    05/23/2018 9:52:08 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/23/18 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) is ripping the White House over high gas prices, arguing President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal is putting a pinch on middle class wallets. “According to energy analysts and experts, President Trump’s reckless decision to pull out of the Iran deal has led to higher oil prices,” Schumer said at a press conference held at an Exxon filling station on Capitol Hill, where a gallon of regular costs $3.89. “These higher oil prices are translating directly to soaring gas prices, something we know disproportionately hurts middle- and lower-income people,” Schumer...
  • [Cath Cauc] The Mutiny (?) of the Chilean Bishops and the Pope's Self-censorship on Venezuela

    05/22/2018 9:14:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | May 22, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    The glitches, the silences, the inconsistencies of the Vatican communications media often reveal serious divisions at the highest levels of the hierarchy. This is what has happened in recent days, in at least two pressing cases.*One of these concerns Venezuela. Against the background of the disaster into which the country has plunged and in the run-up to the false elections for reconfirming in power the heir of Hugo Chávez, Nicolás Maduro, there erupted last week a revolt - which was harshly repressed - in the El Helicoide prison in Caracas, a place of detention and torture for political prisoners who...
  • Venezuelans buy bus tickets out after Maduro wins re-election

    05/22/2018 1:52:02 PM PDT · by BBell · 26 replies ^ | 5/22/18 | Luc Cohen
    CARACAS, May 22 (Reuters) - Betsabeth Casique saved for eight months for bus tickets out of Venezuela for herself and her three children. At 1.4 million bolivars each, they are worth what she earns in a month working as a nurse. It is less than two dollars at the black market exchange rate. When socialist President Nicolas Maduro won re-election to a six-year term on Sunday in a vote the opposition and foreign governments called illegitimate, Casique decided to leave, first for the western city of San Cristobal and from there to Cucuta, Colombia. "That was the straw that broke...
  • Labour’s Would-be Chancellor: We Will ‘Overthrow Capitalism’ And ‘Radically Transform Society’

    05/21/2018 5:41:39 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/21/18 | Liam Deacon
    Labour’s Shadow Chancellor and right-hand man to party leader Jeremy Corbyn has said it is his “job” to “overthrow capitalism” and “radically” transform society, whilst praising the former leader of socialist Venezuela. John McDonnell repeatedly and emphatically backed bringing down the UK’s system of free enterprise and trade in an interview with the BBC, as well as calling for private firms to hand over their profits to the state. The man who Labour would put in charge of the Treasury, tasked with running Britain’s economy, said he aimed to transform society “in a way that radically changes the system”....
  • Venezuela election: Maduro wins second term amid claims of vote rigging

    05/20/2018 8:21:18 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 34 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5/20/2018 | BBC
    Venezuela's electoral council says President Nicolas Maduro has won re-election, in a vote marred by an opposition boycott and claims of foul play. Early reports said turnout for the vote was unusually low-about 46% of the electorate. The main opposition candidate, Henri Falcon, rejected the result soon after the polls closed, calling it invalid....... Government officials said the polls were "free and fair" but most of the opposition boycotted the vote. The administration of the US President Donald Trump has said it will not recognize the results of the election. Posting on Twitter ahead of the vote, the US mission...