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  • he monetary meltdown in Venezuela

    12/02/2016 11:29:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 2, 2016 | Francisco Toro
    Venezuela has run out of cash. Not metaphorically, mind you: The country literally doesn’t have enough cash to go around. Two weeks ago, facing an acute shortage of paper money, bank regulators capped cash withdrawals at 10,000 Venezuelan bolivars per day — about $5.25. As I write this, following an almighty rout on the black market, those same 10,000 bolivars are worth less than half that much: $2.17. (By the time you read this, the real number’s likely lower.)
  • Want Groceries in Venezuela? First Stop at Six ATMs

    12/02/2016 7:46:04 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 2, 2016 | Daniel Cancel
    Domingris Montano did the calculations as she stood in the rain at the midpoint of a queue outside a bank in Caracas. She needed to buy groceries. A package of rice would cost 3,500 bolivars, more than half the daily withdrawal limit, and the automated teller machine might be empty by the time her turn came. Maybe she could hit a few more before dark? “I’ve had to go to six different ATMs just to get 6,000 bolivars,” said Montano, a 36-year-old hair stylist...
  • Venezuela currency weakens 10 percent in three days on black market

    12/01/2016 10:52:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 30, 2016 | Brian Ellsworth and Anggy Polanco
    Venezuela's bolivar currency tumbled past the psychological barrier of 4,000 per dollar on the black market on Wednesday, racking up a 10 percent depreciation since Monday and fueling concerns about the crisis-stricken OPEC nation's economy. The black market rate has weakened 62 percent this month amid Soviet-style product shortages and a crippling recession that have become the norm in Venezuela's steadily unraveling socialist economy.
  • Venezuela’s currency is so devalued it no longer fits in ordinary wallets

    11/27/2016 8:18:26 PM PST · by detective · 34 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 27, 2016 | Sofia Barbarani
    It’s not so easy to find someone who still uses a wallet in Venezuela, where inflation is expected to reach 720 percent this year and the biggest bill — 100 bolivars — is worth about 5 U.S. cents on the black market. The currency has dropped dramatically in value as Venezuela’s oil-based economy has cratered and the government has frantically printed more money. Prices, meanwhile, are soaring. So Venezuelans must handle huge volumes of cash — so much that the bills don’t always fit in a standard wallet — with many people packing wads of currency in handbags, money belts or backpacks.
  • Bernardo Álvarez, Hugo Chávez’s Envoy in Washington, Dies at 60

    11/26/2016 8:45:28 AM PST · by detective · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | NOV. 25, 2016
    Bernardo Álvarez Herrera, a longtime ambassador to the United States who led Hugo Chávez’s diplomats in defending Venezuela’s socialist revolution to skeptical foreign governments, died on Thursday in Caracas. He was 60. President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela announced the death but did not give the cause.
  • Inside Venezuela: Empty Supermarkets, Fascist Imagery and a Collapsing Social Order

    11/24/2016 7:51:23 AM PST · by detective · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Nov 2016 | Ben Kew
    Under the rule of charismatic revolutionary dictator Hugo Chávez, Venezuela positioned itself as the one of the world’s most prominent socialist “havens,” with Chávez regularly expressing an extremely hostile approach to what he described as ‘US imperialism.’ Yet three years after Chávez’s death, his anti-democratic legacy remains, whilst his socialist policies have left the country in crisis.
  • Venezuela’s Nemesis Is a Hardware Salesman at a Home Depot in Alabama

    11/22/2016 2:19:30 PM PST · by oblomov · 29 replies
    WSJ ^ | 20 Nov 2016 | ANATOLY KURMANAEV
    HOOVER, Ala.—Public Enemy No. 1 of Venezuela’s revolutionary government is Gustavo Díaz, a Home Depot Inc. employee in central Alabama. On his lunch breaks from the hardware section, Mr. Díaz, 60 years old, does more than anyone else to set the price of everything from rice to aspirin to cars in his native Venezuela, influencing the inflation rate and swaying millions of dollars of daily currency transactions. How? He is president of one of Venezuela’s most popular and insurgent websites, DolarToday.com, which provides a benchmark exchange rate used by his compatriots to buy and sell black-market dollars. That allows them...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Venezuelan Diplomat Joins Chicago Communists Plotting Trump Resistance

    11/17/2016 9:12:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 17, 2016 | Michael Volpe
    A Marxist, a Venezuelan diplomat and an illegal alien headlined a meeting of organizers of the Trump resistance as they announced their plan to shut down Chicago on Saturday and Washington, D.C. on Inauguration Day. The Chicago branch of Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) met in Chicago’s northwest side neighborhood of Albany Park to plot their next move in their resistance of the Trump presidency. Chicago ANSWER was one of the radical leftist groups that helped to organize anti-Trump protests when his campaign tried to hold a rally in March; that rally was canceled after protesters...
  • Wall Or No Wall: Trump Needs The Mexican Oil Industry

    11/15/2016 2:32:23 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 34 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 15-11-2016 | Trumpster
    Two of Donald Trump’s main pledges during the presidential race were building a wall along the border with Mexico, and making the U.S. energy-independent. Now that the election is over, these issues are coming to the fore. First, the president-elect said that the wall, which he mentioned on the campaign trail and in numerous debates, is still very much on the table, though what type of “wall” that may be is an unknow. Second, he said he planned to start deporting illegal aliens—those with criminal records—which could amount to as many as three million individuals. Despite “The Wall”, the deportation...
  • A letter to disappointed Clinton supporters aimlessly loitering

    11/14/2016 4:53:14 PM PST · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    Venezuela News And Views ^ | 11/11/2016 | Daniel Duquenal
    You are idiots. There was an election, you lost. That Hillary got more popular vote is irrelevant: it is a federal country, a union of 50 countries and thus the will of a majority of former independent countries is a must, like it or not. This is the reason of the electoral college and trust me, in a presidential system like the US you need all what you can to make it harder the election of a president and control him/her/: Instead of rioting in the streets think about what else could you have done to get more votes for...
  • Venezuela Needs a Second Amendment - too late!

    11/06/2016 5:38:08 PM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Sometimes, even the old media can see the obvious.  This picture is from a recent article in the Atlantic. From theatlantic.com: The headline and subtext from the article using the picture above is this: How Much Longer Can Venezuela Go on Like This? Large numbers of citizens want to oust President Nicolas Maduro. But he commands the loyalty of many men with guns. The fact the Venezuela has become another socialist distopian nightmare is obvious to any who care to look. Even a far-left writer from the Washington post can see it. It is hilarious how he admits that...
  • Venezuela’s currency is dying

    11/05/2016 6:52:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 4, 2016 | Matt O'Brien
    To paraphrase noted economic expert Obi-Wan Kenobi, many of the truths we cling to about currencies really do depend greatly on our own point-of-view. Take Venezuela. The good news is that, if you look at it over a long enough timeline, its currency hasn't changed much the past month. The bad news, though, is that's because it's gone from being almost worthless to almost entirely worthless. And the worse news is that it's actually lost over a third of its value during this stretch.
  • Venezuelan military to take over distribution of medical and surgical supplies amid shortages

    11/04/2016 5:58:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | November 3, 2016 | Staff
    As Venezuelans struggle with widespread shortages in everything from basic food stuffs to toilet paper, the socialist nation’s defense minister announced on Wednesday that the military will take control of the distribution of "all medical and surgical supplies managed in all hospitals." Venezuelan Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino López said during an address broadcast on state-owned Venezolana de Televisión that the National Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela will take control of the medical supply sector "to guarantee that these medicines and supplies get to the patient efficiently and are neatly distributed and assigned."
  • Venezuela's parliament delays trial of President Maduro

    11/02/2016 2:09:39 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/1/2016 | BBC
    Venezuela's opposition-led parliament has delayed the symbolic trial of President Nicolas Maduro, which was due to take place on Tuesday. The speaker of the National Assembly said the decision was aimed at easing the country's political crisis. An opposition march on the presidential palace planned for Thursday has also been postponed. President Maduro is accused of violating the constitution but claims MP's are attempting a "coup". The decision to delay the trial follows Vatican-sponsored talks between the two sides, and the release from prison of three anti-government activists......
  • Venezuela is telling hungry city dwellers to grow their own food

    11/01/2016 7:40:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 74 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 1, 2016 | Sofia Barbarani
    Some Venezuelan city dwellers are trying to grow their own produce to offset the country’s severe shortages following socialist President Nicolás Maduro’s calls for “food sovereignty.” But in a country where families are going hungry as a result of government mismanagement and sky-high inflation, many view the “Great Agro-Venezuela Mission” with skepticism.
  • Venezuelans Give Up on Counting Piles of Cash and Start Weighing Them [Bloomberg Link Only]

    10/31/2016 7:58:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] ^ | October 31, 2016 | Fabiola Zerpa and Andrew Rosati
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  • Atlantic Magazine Accidentally Reveals Importance of Second Amendment

    10/30/2016 2:18:27 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 30, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    I'm sure it wasn't the intention of the liberal Atlantic magazine but they published an article that provided an excellent reason for why the Second Amendment is so important. The article itself was about the turmoil in Venezuela. However, the story revealed the reason why the highly dissatisfied citizenry of that troubled nation are unable to remove their highly unpopular government: they lack ownership of guns and it is the government and their goons that have them. The article was authored by associate editor Siddhartha Mahanta and the subtitle reveals the bottom line of why the folks in Venezuela are...
  • Could Venezuela Become the Next Syria?

    10/30/2016 11:30:20 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 7 replies
    Value Walk ^ | 29 Oct, 2016 | Frank Holmes
    Article starts about half way down the page: Speaking of poor policymaking, hyperinflation and violence—Venezuela is sliding closer and closer to the brink of collapse, with some sobering consequences. This was among the topics of conversation this week at the Mining & Investment Latin America Summit in Lima, Peru. While there, I had dinner with a couple of Canadian lawyers who represented a few Latin American oil producers, some of them based in Venezuela. Things have gone from bad to worse, they informed me. Since 2013, when Nicolás Maduro took power after the death of Hugo Chávez, the socialist country...
  • Venezuelan jail reveals emaciated prisoners left starving to death [two minute video]

    10/29/2016 1:03:00 PM PDT · by grundle · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 10, 2016
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cks4OBHGG5U
  • A Showdown Looms in Venezuela as Maduro Tramples Democracy

    10/28/2016 9:11:46 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 10 replies
    World Politics Review ^ | 27 Oct, 2016 | Frida Ghitis
    Venezuela’s embattled socialist government is steadily moving the country toward the abyss, and the escalating crisis is taking on increasingly ominous tones. Venezuelans are caught in a fast-spinning economic spiral that has already devastated living standards and created a large-scale humanitarian crisis. But as Venezuelans take to the streets, so far the government has responded with measures that exacerbate tensions and make a peaceful political solution increasingly difficult. President Nicolas Maduro, the heir to the late President Hugo Chavez, was elected by popular vote in 2013. But the Venezuelan system of government can no longer be called a democracy. The...
  • Venezuela Throws In The Towel On Hyperinflation: Will Print 200x Higher-Denominated Bills

    10/27/2016 2:28:25 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 65 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10-27-16 | Tyler Durden
    Venezuela’s government, slammed by hyperinflation has finally thrown in the towel, and is planning to issue new bills in December with larger denominations—up to 200 times higher than the current biggest bill, according to people familiar with the plans. The move marks an implicit acknowledgment by the government that skyrocketing prices have slashed the value of the currency The new coins and notes will go up to 20,000 bolivars, according to people close to the central bank, the finance ministry, the country’s banks and bill suppliers. This would make the biggest note worth $15 on the black market. And since...
  • Video: Beatings, Chavista Mob Attacks Mark Venezuela’s Anti-Socialist Protests

    10/27/2016 9:29:14 AM PDT · by detective · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Oct 2016 | Frances Martel
    Following the government’s decision to dismiss a constitutional recall petition to remove Nicolás Maduro as president, Venezuela’s anti-socialist opposition staged massive nationwide protests on Wednesday. Maduro’s government, despite just having agreed to “talks,” responded with widespread violence against peaceful protesters. The “Venezuela Takeover” (“Toma de Venezuela”), as the opposition dubbed the protests, began Wednesday morning throughout the nation’s largest cities, from western San Cristóbal to the capital, Caracas. Police used tear gas, shot at crowds, and surveillance video revealed severe beatings of protesters caught away from the crowds.
  • WOMEN FIGHTING THE REGIME IN VENEZUELA....

    10/27/2016 5:10:45 AM PDT · by LibFreeUSA · 19 replies
    Twitter ^ | October 27, 2016 | Luz Dary Depablos
    Check this OUT.... WOMEN FIGHTING THE REGIME IN VENEZUELA. https://twitter.com/luzdarydepablos/status/791356302995910656
  • Vatican to Act as Mediator Between Venezuela’s Dueling Sides

    10/24/2016 10:11:18 PM PDT · by detective · 9 replies
    NYT ^ | OCT. 24, 2016 | ANA VANESSA HERRERO and ELISABETH MALKIN OCT. 24, 2016
    As President Nicolás Maduro flew to Rome for a hastily arranged meeting with Pope Francis, representatives of Venezuela’s government and a leader of the opposition agreed on Monday to allow the Vatican to mediate a dialogue intended to solve the country’s political crisis. The accord appeared to mark a pause in Venezuela’s escalating tension, which intensified last week when the country’s electoral council suspended the opposition’s drive for a referendum to recall Mr. Maduro. This is the first time that the Vatican has succeeded in bringing representatives of the two sides together since it began attempts to intercede in May.
  • 'Error' to Think That 'America Is Invincible,' Ayatollah Tells Venezuela’s Maduro

    10/24/2016 7:02:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 24, 2016 | 4:23 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Two world leaders who are among Washington’s most outspoken critics met in Tehran at the weekend and discussed whether the United States is unbeatable. Also on their minds — the two candidates running for the White House. “Some people think that America is invincible, while this notion is a big error,” Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. “Frequent mistakes made by Americans during the past 15 years have caused them to seriously run aground in the region and be hopeless now,” he added. “Steadfastness and rational resistance combined with foresight in the face of pressures...
  • Venezuelan Congress declares that Maduro has staged a coup

    10/23/2016 7:29:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 23, 2016 8:38 PM EDT | Hannah Dreier
    Venezuela’s Congress on Sunday declared that the government had staged a coup by blocking a drive to recall President Nicolas Maduro in a raucous legislative session that was interrupted when his supporters stormed the chamber. Opposition lawmakers vowed to put Maduro on trial after a court friendly to his socialist administration on Thursday suspended their campaign to collect signatures to hold a referendum on removing the deeply-unpopular president. Lawmaker Julio Borges said the opposition-led congress is now in open rebellion after a majority of its members voted that the decision constituted a coup with government participation. …
  • Opposition cries dictatorship after Venezuela blocks recall

    10/21/2016 10:31:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    AP ^ | October 21, 2016 | Hannah Dreier
    The Venezuelan opposition's campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro has been thrown into disarray with elections officials' decision to suspend a recall drive against the socialist leader a week before it was to start. In a related move, a court appeared to issue a ruling Friday blocking key opposition leaders from leaving the country. With the latest actions, the government has effectively halted the effort to stage a recall effort that polls suggest Maduro would have lost by a wide margin. The ruling is particularly dramatic because it comes just days before critics of the socialist administration were to start...
  • Man claims son was eaten by fellow inmates during riot in Venezuelan prison

    10/14/2016 2:53:50 PM PDT · by plain talk · 66 replies
    Fox News Lationo ^ | October 14, 2016 | Alex Vasquez
    Juan Carlos Herrera is beyond devastated. He says his 25-year-old-son, jailed in 2015 for robbery, was beaten, dismembered and eaten by fellow inmates at the Táchira Detention Center. The shocking claim became public on Oct. 10, when Herrera told the local media he made the gruesome discovery during a regular prison visit. He explained the alleged atrocity occurred during a month-long mutiny that had ended three days earlier. “One of those who were with him when he was murdered saw everything that happened,” Herrera told reporters. “My son and two others were taken by 40 people, stabbed, hanged to bleed,...
  • Face it: Property taxes are forcing Illinoisans out of their homes

    10/14/2016 10:09:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 109 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | October 13, 2016 | Austin Berg
    Pardess Mitchell is watching her community crumble. She and her husband have lived in Lake County for 16 years. They pay more in property taxes than they do on their mortgage. The tax bill is $15,000 a year on a house they bought for $227,000 in 2013. “They’re taxing us out of the neighborhood. They’re pushing us out. They’re pushing us out of our homes and communities,” she said. “If it continues this way we’ll have to leave.” A Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll released Oct. 10 revealed nearly half of registered Illinois voters said they would leave the...
  • Venezuela top court: President can bypass Congress on budget

    10/14/2016 6:42:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    AP ^ | October 12, 2016 | Staff
    Critics of Venezuela’s socialist administration are denouncing as undemocratic a move to bypass Congress’ role in approving the country’s budget. The South American country’s top court ruled on Wednesday that it could approve President Nicolas Maduro’s budget instead of the opposition-controlled Congress. The court has systematically dismantled Congress’ power after the opposition took control of the body in January.
  • Prisoners STARVE to death in Venezuela's jails as country's economic collapse sees food [tr]

    10/10/2016 6:58:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 10, 2016 | Julian Robinson
    These shocking images show how prisoners are starving to death in Venezuela's jails as food and medicine continues to run out amid economic collapse in the country. Video smuggled out of a jail at San Juan de los Morros, in the central Guarico region of Venezuela, show emaciated inmates struggling to survive. With the country in the grip of a crippling economic crisis, starving prisoners can be seen standing in line and begging for help from the outside world.
  • Cadavers Explode in Venezuela's Neglected Morgues

    10/10/2016 1:06:40 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 9 replies
    PanAm Post ^ | October 7, 2016 | Orlando Avendaño
    Wednesday October 5, several patients of the University Hospital Antonio Patricio de Alcalá (Huapa) had to evacuate after a body exploded in the morgue after two days of decomposition. The incident was reportedly caused by faulty storage facilities. “It’s not the first time that a body exploded,” said one worked. “It has already occurred two times since the middle of September. We don’t use formaldehyde here, so the preparation of the bodies is in the hand of the funerary. There are no disinfectants or chlorine either.”
  • Venezuela crisis: Caracas hospital shows sorry state of health system

    10/08/2016 10:00:14 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/8/2016 | Julian Keane
    Asked if children are dying because of political mismanagement and corruption, Maritza Landaeta sighs wearily and, with an air of resignation, says: "Yes."
  • Venezuela skipping regional election to keep Chavista governors in place, critics say

    10/07/2016 6:00:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | October 6, 2016 | Alex Vasquez S.
    The Venezuelan Constitution mandates governors to be elected every four years, but this year’s election may have to wait — and wait. The National Electoral Council is not saying a word about it, but the clock keeps ticking and the mid-December vote has not even been scheduled. When confronted by the media, electoral officials skip the question or matter-of-factly explain that they are busy dealing with the presidential recall vote requested by the opposition.
  • Jamie Foxx Meets with Socialist President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela

    10/06/2016 12:14:19 AM PDT · by detective · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5 Oct 2016
    Actor Jamie Foxx has met with President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. Foxx, who won the Oscar Award for “Ray” in 2004, visited Maduro in the presidential palace in Caracas. State media said Foxx was there to support the country’s socialist revolution and attend the signing of an agreement between Venezuela and its allies for the construction of houses for the poor. Foxx posed for photos with the deeply-unpopular president of the economically embattled South American country.
  • Miss Universe 'fat-shamed' by Donald Trump was accused of threatening to kill a judge and...

    09/27/2016 4:08:55 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 68 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 9/27/2016 | David Martosko
    The former Miss Universe at the center of a bitter exchange in Monday's presidential debate was accused of aiding a would-be murderer and threatening to kill a judge, it has emerged. Alicia Machado was named by Hillary Clinton as having been shamed for her weight in 1996 by Donald Trump, when she was Miss Universe and he bought the beauty contest, by being called 'Miss Piggy' when she gained weight. The then Miss Venezuela was photographed with Trump at a gym as he spoke about how she 'loves to eat', and she also claimed he mocked her Latino accent, calling...
  • Miss Universe 'fat-shamed' by Donald Trump was accused...

    09/27/2016 9:33:17 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/27/16 | David Martosko
    ...of threatening to kill a judge and being an accomplice to a MURDER bid in her native Venezuela Alicia Machado, from Venezuela, was Miss Universe in 1996 when Donald Trump bought the franchise for the contest She was spoken about at Monday night debate by Hillary Clinton who told how Donald Trump had called her 'Miss Piggy' because of weight gain But reports from the time have surfaced which reveal questions over her background in Venezuela Court documents in 1998 revealed she was accused of driving her boyfriend from the scene of a murder attempt - at a woman's funeral...
  • Venezuelan children fainting in school because they are hungry

    09/26/2016 12:15:15 PM PDT · by detective · 28 replies
    Klaireth Díaz is a 1st-grade teacher at Elías Toro School, one of the biggest public schools in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. Last year, she says, attendance was painfully low. Every day, of a class of 30 children at least 10 would be absent. “The reason was always lack of food,” she told Fox News Latino. She said she had a student who skipped class every single Thursday and when she asked his mother about it, she explained that Thursday was the day of the week assigned to her family to buy food at government-regulated prices – which involves standing...
  • The Bronx Inaugurates Mural in Honor of Hugo Chavez

    09/23/2016 6:51:36 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 35 replies
    The Foreign Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Delcy Rodriguez inaugurated the mural along with members of the community, artists and activists from the U.S. and Latin America. Rodriguez was also accompanied by members of the African American community in the Bronx. During the inauguration people shouted, “You can see him, you can feel him! Chavez is present!"
  • Venezuela: Can A Powder Keg Implode?

    09/21/2016 11:13:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2016 | Austin Bay
    Despite the touts that it would "be remembered for centuries," Venezuelan socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro's non-aligned summit proved to be a less-than-memorable bust. The non-aligned nation summit, held in Caracas from September 16-18, was supposed to showcase Maduro as a radical and resilient socialist leader. Instead, it revealed Venezuela's weakness and exposed Maduro as delusional. Summit attendee Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe lauded Maduro and Venezuela's great "Bolivarian" revolution, but when Mugabe sings your praises, the praise is thin indeed. Zimbabwe and Venezuela have much in common: violence, turmoil and poverty. As The Economist noted earlier this year, the arc of...
  • Fabulous new garbage diet sweeps Venezuela

    09/20/2016 9:52:02 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/20/16 | Matthew Vadum
    Venezuelans are using a new euphemism for starvation. They call it “Maduro’s diet. If socialist Bernie Sanders ran a media outlet, we might see the above headline on a story about how starving Venezuelans have been eating tasty roadkill, vermin, and municipal waste in order to survive. Don’t laugh. Remember that Sanders said breadlines are a good thing. “You know, it’s funny. Sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is when people are lining up for food. That’s a good thing. In other countries, people don’t line up for food. The rich get the food and the poor...
  • Venezuela Crises Compound as Oil Industry Falls Into Disarray

    09/20/2016 6:39:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 20, 2016 | Nicholas Casey and Clifford Krauss
    One oil rig was idle for weeks because a single piece of equipment was missing. Another was attacked by armed gangs who made off with all they could carry. Many oil workers say they are paid so little that they barely eat and have to keep watch over one another in case they faint while high up on the rigs. Venezuela’s petroleum industry, whose vast revenues once fueled the country’s Socialist-inspired revolution, underwriting everything from housing to education, is spiraling into disarray. To add insult to injury, the Venezuelan government has been forced to turn to its nemesis, the United...
  • Venezuela: Over 15% of People Eat Garbage to Survive

    09/19/2016 7:26:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 18, 2016 | Frances Martel
    A new study finds Venezuela on the brink of famine, with an alarming fifteen percent of citizens saying they can only feed themselves with “food waste discarded by commercial establishments,” while nearly half say they have had to take time off work to search for food. The study — conducted by More Consulting and published in the Spanish-language Diario de las Américas — reflects a reality that has become the signature of President Nicolás Maduro’s tenure: a food and medicine shortage that forces most in the nation to wait in supermarket lines that can last up to eight hours. On...
  • Non-Aligned Movement states call for more inclusive UN

    09/19/2016 5:17:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2016 7:14 PM EDT
    Member states of the Non-Aligned Movement called on Sunday for the United Nations to give more influence to developing countries. As the Cold War-era group wrapped up its 17th summit, its members said the U.N. should open the Security Council to more states and put more value on the self-determination of emerging powers. […] Venezuelan President Maduro said the U.N. should not only be reformed, it should be re-founded, with all nations on more equal footing. …
  • Venezuela solves food shortage by making it illegal to buy too much

    09/15/2016 12:08:10 PM PDT · by Laser_Ray · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/15/2016 | Mariana Zuñiga and Nick Miroff
    BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela – The hunt for food started at 4 a.m., when Alexis Camascaro woke up to get in line outside the supermarket. By the time he arrived, there were already 100 people ahead of him. Camascaro never made it inside. Truckloads of Venezuelan troops arrived in the darkness, arresting him and nearly 30 others seemingly pulled from the queue at random, according to his lawyer. Camascaro, 50, was charged with violating laws against interfering "directly or indirectly" with the production, transportation or sale of food. He has been in jail for three months, awaiting a hearing. “I went to...
  • In a hungry Venezuela, buying too much food can get you arrested

    09/15/2016 11:07:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 66 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 15, 2016 | Mariana Zuñiga and Nick Miroff
    The hunt for food started at 4 a.m., when Alexis Camascaro woke up to get in line outside the supermarket. By the time he arrived, there were already 100 people ahead of him. Camascaro never made it inside. Truckloads of Venezuelan troops arrived in the darkness, arresting him and nearly 30 others seemingly pulled from the queue at random, according to his lawyer. Camascaro, 50, was charged with violating laws against interfering "directly or indirectly" with the production, transportation or sale of food. He has been in jail for three months, awaiting a hearing.
  • A growing, catastrophic food crisis sows unrest in Venezuela

    09/14/2016 1:32:45 PM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
    PBS Newshour ^ | September 1, 2016
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJApHJAkGG8
  • Venezuela Food Shortages Claim Lives of Malnourished Children

    09/14/2016 1:31:29 PM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies
    Panama Post ^ | August 26, 2016 | Sabrina Martín
    When 18-month-old Royer Machado died from malnutrition in Zulia, Venezuela, the authorities did not arrest his mother. The child had gone more than 72 hours without eating, but his mother lived in extreme poverty and couldn’t get the resources she needed; that was just the nature of Venezuela today. The boy’s mother told officers she ran out of money, and then out of food. The baby continued to cry, so she wrapped him in a rag, gave him water and rocked him to sleep. After several days, the crying stopped. He was no longer breathing. Officers interrogated the boy’s mother,...
  • Venezuela's "Death Spiral"

    09/14/2016 11:31:06 AM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | Sep 14, 2016 | Susan Warner
    The question of whether Socialism can be an effective economic system was famously raised when Margaret Thatcher said of the British Labor Party, "I think they've made the biggest financial mess that any government's ever made in this country for a very long time, and Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them. They then start to nationalise everything." â—¾There are dire reports of people waiting in supermarket lines all day, only to discover that expected food deliveries never arrived and the shelves are empty. â—¾There...
  • Venezuela’s President Tells His Starving People: My ‘Diet Gets You Hard, You Don’t Need Viagra!’

    09/14/2016 7:46:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 13, 2016 | Frances Maretl
    During a broadcast this weekend promoting new socialist food distribution policies, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro jokingly referenced a popular nickname for the nation’s dire food shortages, telling a crowd, “Maduro’s diet gets you hard – no need for Viagra!”