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  • Cuba Struggles as Venezuela Oil Subsidies Dwindle

    06/26/2016 9:07:07 PM PDT · by fella · 19 replies
    panampost.com ^ | 21 June 2016 | Sabrina Martin
    Blackouts on the Island Have Lasted Between Four and Eight Hours Raúl Castro has decided to implement austerity measures in Cuba as the oil the Venezuelan government has been sending over the past years has decreased and is no longer sufficient to cover for public sector expenses. According to news outlet Cubanet, island officials are trying to fight the fuel deficit by reducing consumption of oil and electricity by 20 percent, which means a partial paralyzing of production. “ The measure has starting to circulate this week in the ministeries and companies linked to production. The measures have included …...
  • Del Mar Family Fighting for Son Taken as Political Prisoner in Venezuela

    06/25/2016 8:48:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 6/24 | Omari Fleming and Jaspreet Kaur
    Francisco Marquez Lara and his friend, Gabriel San Miguel were arrested on Sunday. A Del Mar family is fighting for their son’s freedom after they say he was taken as a political prisoner in Venezuela. Francisco Marquez Lara is a dual citizen of the United States and Venezuela. He and his friend, Gabriel San Miguel were arrested on Sunday. Now, his parents, Maria-Luz Lara and Ricardo Marquez are on a mission to free their son and his friend from jail. Francisco’s mother spoke exclusively to NBC 7 on Friday about their fight and the emotional toll it has taken...
  • Grocery shopping during Venezuela’s food shortages

    06/24/2016 8:17:28 PM PDT · by SpaceBar · 36 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/21/2016 | VICE NEWS
    Grocery shopping during Venezuela’s food shortages
  • Venezuela: Mass Famine Is Imminent as Neighbors, Washington Stand By (it's not about oil)

    06/23/2016 3:10:44 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 82 replies
    PanAmPost ^ | June 22, 2016 | PanAm Post Staf
    A humanitarian crisis, the likes of which have never been seen in the Western Hemisphere, is brewing in Venezuela and it will be inevitable in a few weeks. Much has been written recently about the crisis in Venezuela. During the last week, the world’s leading media outlets have amply reported the shortages of food, medicine and other basic supplies in the country. Unfortunately, despite some great reporting by various journalists, the true extent and the reasons for the country’s desperate situation have not yet been clearly understood by the media and the international community. The majority of those reporting on...
  • Obama: Entitlements Are 'Necessities of a 21st Century Economy,' 'Realities of How People Live'

    06/20/2016 10:23:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    MRC TV ^ | June 15, 2016 10:04am ET | Craig Bannister
    Entitlements are “the realities of how people live now” and “necessities of a 21st century economy,” so “we’ve got to retool our system,” Pres. Obama declared Tuesday. Speaking at the White House Summit on the United State of Women, Obama said America has “got to retool our system,” because guaranteed benefits are a vital and immutable way of life …
  • Venezuelans Ransack Stores as Hunger Grips the Nation

    06/19/2016 5:15:18 PM PDT · by grundle · 103 replies
    New York Times ^ | JUNE 19, 2016 | NICHOLAS CASEY
    A staggering 87 percent of Venezuelans say they do not have money to buy enough food, the most recent assessment of living standards by Simón Bolívar University found. About 72 percent of monthly wages are being spent just to buy food, according to the Center for Documentation and Social Analysis, a research group associated with the Venezuelan Teachers Federation. In April, it found that a family would need the equivalent of 16 minimum-wage salaries to properly feed itself. Ask people in this city when the last time they ate a meal, and many will respond that it was not today....
  • Legendary Baseball Announcer Blasts Socialism During Game Broadcast (Vin Scully)

    06/18/2016 3:52:09 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 68 replies
    Chicks On The Right ^ | 6/18/16 | Hannah Bleau (Red Dawn)
    “Socialism failing to work as it always does, this time in Venezuela,” Scully said. “You talk about giving everybody something free and all of a sudden there’s no food to eat. And who do you think is the richest person in Venezuela? The daughter of Hugo Chavez. Hello. Anyway. Oh and two.”
  • NO FOOD, NO TEACHERS, VIOLENCE IN FAILING VENEZUELA SCHOOLS

    06/17/2016 9:22:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    AP ^ | June 17, 2016 | Hannah Dreier
    Maria Arias slipped her notebooks into her backpack, scrounged for a banana to share with her brother and sister, and set off for high school through narrow streets so violent taxis will not come here for any price. She hoped at least one of her teachers would show up.
  • Super-rich Socialists quaff champagne in Venezuela country club while middle class mothers [tr]

    06/16/2016 6:20:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 16, 2016 | Jake Wallis Simons
    Venezuela's super-rich are enjoying lavish parties and gourmet cuisine, while middle-class people are forced to scavenge for food as the Socialist country's economy collapses. In the opulent Caracas Country Club, where membership costs an astonishing £77,000 – 458 times the average Venezuelan salary – glamorous women in cocktail dresses were seen relishing a banquet of beef and lobster, followed by a colourful selection of puddings. Meanwhile, in the Petare slum a few miles away, home to 370,000 Venezuelans, ordinary middle-class people were rummaging in stinking piles of rubbish for rotten cabbage leaves, desiccated limes and scraps of fetid meat.
  • Obama Invites Top Communist Military-Intelligence Officials to Inspect Vital

    06/13/2016 6:57:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 13, 2016 | Humberto Fontova
    In 2001 a group of Castroite spies in south Florida known as the Wasp Network were convicted of charges ranging from espionage to conspiracy to commit murder (of U.S. citizens.) They were sentenced to terms ranging from 15 years to two life sentences. According to the FBI’s affidavit, the charges against these KGB-trained Communist spies included: • Compiling the names, home addresses, and medical files of the U.S. Southern Command’s top officers and that of hundreds of officers stationed at Boca Chica Naval Station in Key West.• Infiltrating the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command.This past April, on Obama’s orders,...
  • NPR + NYT: A Recipe for Cluelessness

    06/12/2016 7:22:59 AM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    Powerline ^ | June 11, 2016 | John Hinderaker
    What happens when a National Public Radio host interviews a New York Times reporter on the subject of Venezuela’s economic collapse? You get a perfect storm of cluelessness. The host is Terry Gross, the guest is New York Times reporter Nicholas Casey, and the program is Fresh Air. Gross asks Casey about the utter disaster that Venezuela has become. Casey understands the depth to which Venezuela has fallen–he lives in Caracas!–but he can’t bring himself to offer an honest diagnosis.
  • 'We want food!' Looting and riots rock Venezuela daily

    06/12/2016 6:45:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    reuters ^ | 06/12/2016 | Girish Gupta and Alexandra Ulmer
    Food riots and violent looting have become a daily occurrence across scarcity-struck Venezuela and a major problem for the struggling leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro. Despite hours in lines, Venezuelans increasingly find that coveted supplies of subsidized flour and rice run out before they can buy them. Many are skipping meals, getting by on mangoes stripped from trees - or taking matters into their own hands.
  • Obama’s Newest Communist Friend Tortured Doctor For Opposing Abortions

    06/11/2016 11:44:43 AM PDT · by russbart · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | SAAGAR ENJETI
    The Castro regime threw Cuban Doctor Oscar Biscet in jail in the late 1990’s for speaking out against the Cuban practice of aborting late-term fetuses and in some cases murdering babi
  • Venezuela trying to solve food shortages by having party loyalists control distribution

    06/10/2016 8:49:23 AM PDT · by SSS Two · 52 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | June 10, 2016 | By Franz von Bergen
    CARACAS, VENEZUELA – Venezuela’s most recent initiative to deal with the widespread food shortages? Some 9,000 “committees” across the country made up of government loyalists are now directly handling the distribution of whatever groceries are still available. Under the new provision, the selected members of the committees (known as CLAP for its Spanish acronym) are authorized to take truckloads of some food products from supermarkets, warehouses or state-run companies and distribute them directly to families – which have previously been “surveyed” by such committees.
  • How Socialism Failed Venezuela

    06/10/2016 4:17:30 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    Usnews.com ^ | June 6, 2016 | Andres Malave
    The force that is driving Venezuela into the ground is socialism. I've had a front-row seat to the consequences of socialism, watching the hardships of my friends and family in Venezuela. I read the messages telling me they had to go to five different markets that day to find bread. Even basic staples like Harina-Pan are missing from the shelves or skyrocketing in price. I've heard them break down crying because they lack basic needs like toilet paper. And I hear the fear of not knowing what's next or when these struggles will end. In the midst of this chaos,...
  • Venezuela's top court bans media's publishing videos of lynchings

    06/09/2016 5:26:34 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6-8-16 | Diego Oré; Alexandra Ulmer
    Venezuela's Supreme Court on Wednesday banned media from publishing videos of lynchings, saying they create "anxiety and uncertainty" in a country ravaged by violent crime and an economic crisis. The OPEC nation's society is in upheaval amid triple-digit inflation, a deep recession and brutal shortages of food and medicine. As Venezuelans have grown increasingly angry at frequent thefts, hold-ups and homicides, mob beatings and lynchings have increased in the country, which is already one of the world's most violent. Gory videos of mob justice or photos of bloody corpses sometimes make the rounds on social media. President Nicolas Maduro's socialist...
  • Venezuela’s New Food Distribution System Could Be Used As Punishment

    06/09/2016 10:47:24 AM PDT · by PROCON · 20 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | June 9, 2016 | Karla Zabludovsky
    MEXICO CITY, Mexico — A recently launched government-controlled, home-delivery food distribution system in Venezuela has further riled the restive country, prompting fears that the state may withhold basic items from those who do not support it. The new system, known as Local Supply and Production Committees, or CLAP in Spanish, is meant to reduce hours-long lines outside of supermarkets. Lines, lootings and black market sales of everything from diapers to cooking oil have grown as shortages of basic commodities in the country have worsened in recent months.
  • As food grows scarce, Venezuelans turn to dumpster diving

    06/08/2016 4:21:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 8, 2016 | John Sexton
    To the long list of degradations the people of Venezuela have to suffer because of their awful socialist government, you can now add dumpster diving. The Associated Press reports that people desperate for food have now turned to rooting through the garbage for meals: Until recently, Julio Noguera worked at a bakery. Now he spends his evenings searching through the garbage for food. “I come here looking for food because if I didn’t, I’d starve to death,” Noguera said as he sorted through a pile of moldy potatoes. “With things like they are, no one helps anyone and no one...
  • Venezuelans pick through trash for food to eat or sell

    06/08/2016 5:58:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    AP ^ | June 8, 2016 | Fabiola Sanchez
    Until recently, Julio Noguera worked at a bakery. But he now spends his evenings searching through the garbage for food. "I come here looking for food because if I didn't, I'd starve to death," Noguera said as he sorted through a pile of moldy potatoes. "With things like they are, no one helps anyone and no one gives away meals." Across town, unemployed people converge every dusk at a trash heap on a downtown Caracas sidewalk to pick through rotten fruit and vegetables tossed out by nearby shops. They are frequently joined by small business owners, college students and pensioners...
  • The biggest worry in crisis-ridden Venezuela: crime

    06/07/2016 6:12:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 6, 2016 | Patrick J. McDonnell
    Her body, like the remains of so many lost souls here, was discarded along one of the capital’s highways, notorious dumping grounds for the ever-rising toll of homicide victims. Savvy motorists avoid certain thoroughfares after dark, when carjack gangs set up ambushes, sometimes laying down nail-embedded strips to puncture tires of vehicles ferrying potential quarry. Motorists speak matter-of-factly of spotting body parts along roadways.
  • White people now finally excluded from the South African job market.

    06/06/2016 4:17:01 AM PDT · by SAT2014 · 58 replies
    South Africa Today ^ | South Africa Today
    The Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Amendment Bill eliminates all white people including the disabled. “The definition of black people is now clear and aligned with the Constitution,” Tlhoaele said.... Read more on South Africa Today
  • Venezuelan Regime Attacks Journalists to Hide Protests

    06/04/2016 8:47:00 PM PDT · by fella · 14 replies
    panampost.com ^ | 2 June 2016 | Sabrina Martin
    Protests Erupted in Caracas against Government's Decision to Forbid Sale of Certain Food Products Protests erupted in Caracas on Thursday, June 2nd as the hundreds of citizens waiting in line for their ration of food since the early hours of the morning realized that the local government was not delivering supplies to regular shops. Rather, the food was being delivered in trucks to special government stores. The demonstrations began on Fuerzas Armadas Avenue, a main thoroughfare in the Libertador municipality of Venezuela’s capital. The protesters then moved to Panteón Avenue, another important street in the vicinity of the presidential palace...
  • Afghan national tied to Taliban, attack plot smuggled into US

    06/03/2016 1:22:29 PM PDT · by topher · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 3-June-2016 | By Judson Berger
    An Afghan national with ties to the Taliban — and a plot to carry out a terror attack somewhere in North America — was caught last fall after being smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico, an incident sure to further inflame the debate over national security risks at the border. The Afghan national’s alleged terror ties were not initially flagged in a terror database – and as a result, not initially reported – when the incident first came to light last November, according to Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who obtained Homeland Security documents on the incident. It was only later...
  • Smuggling network guided illegals from Middle East terror hotbeds to U.S. border

    06/02/2016 4:38:26 PM PDT · by Mariner · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 2nd, 2016 | By Stephen Dinan
    A smuggling network has managed to sneak illegal immigrants from Middle East terrorism hotbeds straight to the doorstep of the U.S., including helping one Afghan man authorities say was part of an attack plot in North America. Immigration officials have identified at least a dozen Middle Eastern men smuggled into the Western Hemisphere by a Brazilian-based network that connected them with Mexicans who guided them up to the U.S. border, according to internal government documents reviewed by The Washington Times. Those smuggled included Palestinians, Pakistanis and the Afghan man who Homeland Security officials said had family ties to the Taliban...
  • International Airlines Suspend Services to Venezuela One After Another

    06/03/2016 10:31:46 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    Nearshore Americas ^ | June 1, 2016
    Latin America’s largest airline, Latam, has announced that it has suspended its flights to Venezuela. The news comes barely a day after Germany’s Lufthansa suspended its services to the country. The suspension of air services underlines the worsening economic conditions in the South American country. Low oil prices and the socialist government’s expensive social welfare programs have pushed Venezuela to the brink of an economic disaster, with people queuing for hours to purchase basic goods.In a statement, Latam airlines said flights on its Sao Paulo to Caracas route would be suspended within the next few days, while routes to Caracas...
  • We want food!: Venezuelans cry at protest near presidency

    06/03/2016 10:20:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    DNA India ^ | June 3, 2016 | Reuters
    Venezuela's economic chaos, critics say is the consequence of failed socialist policies for the last 17 years, especially price and currency controls. Venezuelan security forces fired teargas at protesters chanting "We want food!" near Caracas' presidential palace on Thursday, the latest street violence in the crisis-hit OPEC nation. Hundreds of angry Venezuelans heading towards Miraflores palace in downtown Caracas were met by National Guard troops and police who blocked a major road. President Nicolas Maduro, under intense pressure over a worsening economic crisis in the South American nation of 30 million, had been scheduled to address a rally of indigenous...
  • So What Will Venezuela Eat Once Dogs, Cats & Horses Are Gone?

    06/02/2016 7:27:41 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 95 replies
    Have anyone of us contemplated this dilemma? Here we have a nation, run by liberals and socialists. And this year we have seen how it all ended. Just like in Greece and Maybe Puerto Rico. No Money, and in the case of Venezuela, no food. By now they have probably wiped out most of their pets and farm animals. But they have to eat meat once in a while. What are they going to do? cross over in their neighboring nations and kidnap any animal walking the streets and take them back home for dinner?
  • Oil Prices Down As OPEC Fails To Agree Output Ceiling

    06/02/2016 8:35:11 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 10 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 02-06-2016 | Nick
    The much anticipated OPEC meeting in Vienna on June 2 ended pretty much as expected: the group once again failed to put any production targets in place. Without a ceiling on output, all OPEC members will continue to produce as they see fit, leaving the oil market to sort itself out. The result was largely anticipated, given the lack of agreement at several prior meetings. However, the meeting in Vienna was not without some news. OPEC members managed to agree on several small bore issues, which could be viewed as a modest success, especially after the apparent hostility on display...
  • Sanders gets rare foreign endorsement from socialist Venezuelan president

    06/01/2016 4:09:34 PM PDT · by PROCON · 33 replies
    mcclatchydc.com ^ | June 1, 2016 | TERESA WELSH
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has endorsed fellow socialist Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., for president, calling him “our revolutionary friend.” In a televised address on Tuesday, Maduro criticized the U.S. election system, which he called “archaic,” for putting Sanders at a disadvantage.
  • Rich Eating Well in Venezuela, Basque Executive Shows

    06/01/2016 1:14:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Venezuela Analysis ^ | May 31, 2016 | teleSUR English
    (PHOTOS-AT-LINK) Agustin Otxotorena, a Basque executive living in Caracas, grew tired of constant calls from friends and relatives in Spain telling him that there was no food in Venezuela, so on May 20 he began publishing photos on Facebook of supermarkets in upscale sectors of Caracas filled with goods. In addition to showing evidence of an abundance of food stuffs, Otxotorena also analyzed the situation. He concluded that there are two countries in Venezuela—one where "there are many people having a hard time, who don’t have the money to live,” and another where there is "an upper class that has...
  • Venezuela is running out of everything: Bread, sugar, toilet paper...

    06/01/2016 1:40:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    CNN Money ^ | May 31, 2016 | Rafael Romo and Patrick Gillespie
    Venezuela is running out of just about everything. Food, medicine, electricity, toilet paper, condoms -- you name it. And over the weekend at least two large international airlines -- Lufthansa and LATAM -- said they will suspend service to Venezuela in the coming months due to the economic crisis. The widespread scarcities and fleeing businesses reflect a country in crisis. "There's a shortage of everything at some level," says Ricardo Cusanno, vice president of Venezuela's Chamber of Commerce. Cusanno says 85% of companies in Venezuela have halted production to some extent. Venezuela's economy is spiraling into extreme recession. It is...
  • Venezuela is running out .. everything. Food, medicine, electricity, toilet paper, condoms

    05/31/2016 4:10:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 69 replies
    CNN ^ | May 31, 2016 | Osmary Hernandez
    Venezuela is running out of just about everything. Food, medicine, electricity, toilet paper, condoms -- you name it. ( Full title ). And over the weekend at least two large international airlines -- Lufthansa and LATAM -- said they will suspend service to Venezuela in the coming months due to the economic crisis. The widespread scarcities and fleeing businesses reflect a country in crisis. "There's a shortage of everything at some level," says Ricardo Cusanno, vice president of Venezuela's Chamber of Commerce. Cusanno says 85% of companies in Venezuela have halted production to some extent. Venezuela's economy is spiraling into...
  • Alan Greenspan Warns That Venezuelan Style Martial Law Will Soon Come To The US

    05/31/2016 10:32:00 AM PDT · by blam · 70 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 5-31-2016 | Jeff_Berwick
    May 31, 2016 Jeff_Berwick It seems barely a day passes now without some big name person warning of imminent collapse. The latest is Alan Greenspan. In an interview on Thursday he told Fox News that Venezuela is now under martial law and that “America is next.” He said that what was happening in Venezuela was inevitably going to take place in the US. I agree with this. In fact, we said this exact thing just last week with our article, “Venezuela Descends Into Chaos… Europe and US Next.” Funny enough, a few brainwashed sheeple said we were crazy for saying...
  • Envy: The Roadmap to Ruin

    05/31/2016 6:54:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 31, 2016 | Robert Knight
    There’s a dark cloud hanging over the progressive push to turn America into a collectivist paradise. Things are so bad in socialist Venezuela, whose economy is cratering, that even the liberal news media have taken notice. Day after day, stories emerge from the oil-rich South American nation about power outages, bankruptcies, long lines for toilet paper, urban unrest, and now even food shortages. Millions of Venezuelans, no longer smitten by the kind of envy-laden appeals that Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton dish up on a daily basis, are having big-time buyers’ remorse since approving Hugo Chavez’s socialist uprising back in...
  • Bernie Sanders Asked About Failures of Socialism in Venezuela and Refuses to Comment

    05/30/2016 7:33:20 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 46 replies
    townhall ^ | May 27, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    It's no surprise Democrat Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is an advocate of socialism. He's openly advocated for socialist policies on the 2016 campaign trail and back in the 1980s, Sanders argued bread lines are a sign of economic progress. "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 starve to death," Sanders lamented at the time. But now that Venezuelan socialism is leading to the downfall of...
  • Sowell: Socialism for the Uninformed

    05/30/2016 3:46:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 31, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great. And it will probably always continue to sound great. It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster. While throngs of young people are cheering loudly for avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, socialism has turned oil-rich Venezuela into a place where there are shortages of everything from toilet paper to beer, where electricity keeps shutting down, and where there are long lines of people hoping to get food, people complaining that they cannot feed their...
  • S. Africa bill to redistribute whites’ land to blacks risks leaving people homeless

    05/28/2016 3:26:36 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 138 replies
    rt.com ^ | 27 May, 2016
    South Africa’s parliament has approved a bill that would see the government make compulsory land purchases from rich whites and redistribute it more fairly to address racial disparities, two decades after the fall of apartheid. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has the August elections to consider, and the party has promised to ramp up the series of measures with its Expropriation Bill, South Africa’s Mail & Guardian reports. Having passed the National Assembly, which added changes on Thursday, the bill will now head to President Jacob Zuma’s desk for signing. The bill combines a series of measures that would...
  • Two minute video shows empty shelves at a Venezuelan supermarket

    05/28/2016 2:03:00 PM PDT · by grundle · 32 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 7, 2016 | TheKnino69
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtMODsO2NZ4
  • Lava-Loving Tourists Flock to Active Nicaragua Volcano

    05/28/2016 11:58:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Phys.org ^ | May 27, 2016 | Blanca Morel
    Centuries ago, a native Central American people terrified of a witch believed to live deep in the earth used to sacrifice children and young women to Nicaragua's Masaya volcano. Today, the crater southwest of the capital Managua is an international tourist magnet, where photo-snapping visitors scramble among sulfurous fumes to get views of its bubbling lava—a rare sight. The only volcanoes in the world to boast lakes of incandescent magma are Masaya, Hawaii's Kilauea and Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo, explained a Nicaraguan geographer and environmentalist, Jaime Incer.
  • Venezuela Drifts Into New Territory: Hunger, Blackouts and Government Shutdown

    05/28/2016 7:18:58 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 67 replies
    NYT ^ | 5-28-16 | NICHOLAS CASEY and PATRICIA TORRES
    The courts? Closed most days. The bureau to start a business? Same thing. The public defender’s office? That’s been converted into a food bank for government employees. Step by step, Venezuela has been shutting down. This country has long been accustomed to painful shortages, even of basic foods. But Venezuela keeps drifting further into uncharted territory. In recent weeks, the government has taken what may be one of the most desperate measures ever by a country to save electricity: A shutdown of many of its offices for all but two half-days each week. But that is only the start of...
  • Getting Tired of All That Hopey Changey Crap? Feel the Bern.

    05/28/2016 6:11:03 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-29-2016 | MOTUS
     Suddenly Bernie wants to keep his opinions to himself? In order to focus on running for President of the United States where, I guess, we are to assume that a candidate’s opinions are irrelevant. Or something: LEÓN KRAUZE, UNIVISION: I am sure that you know about this topic: various leftist governments, especially the populists, are in serious trouble in Latin America. The socialist model in Venezuela has the country near collapse. Argentina, also Brazil, how do you explain that failure?BERNIE SANDERS, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: You are asking me questions…LEÓN KRAUZE, UNIVISION: I am sure you’re interested in that.BERNIE SANDERS, DEMOCRATIC...
  • 5 Ways Capitalist Chile is Much Better Than Socialist Venezuela

    05/26/2016 5:27:20 PM PDT · by russbart · 19 replies
    The story of Chile’s success starts in the mid-1970s, when Chile’s military government abandoned socialism and started to implement economic reforms. In 2013, Chile was the world’s 10th freest economy. Venezuela, in the meantime, declined from being the world’s 10th freest economy in 1975 to being the world’s least free economy in 2013 (Human Progress does not have data for the notoriously unfree North Korea).
  • Bernie Hits Bump on Univision: Speechless on Socialism’s Failures

    05/26/2016 11:32:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 5/26/16 | Edgard Portela |
    The Democrats’ socialist candidate for President of the United States, Bernie Sanders, was seriously tripped up this week in an interview with Univision’s León Krauze. When asked to explain the failure of socialist governments in Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil, Sanders completely clammed up, saying he has an opinion on the subject, but was unwilling to share it, as he is “focused on my campaign.”
  • How Venezuela’s socialist dream collapsed into a nightmare

    05/26/2016 9:14:29 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 42 replies
    Vox Media ^ | May 26, 2016
    Venezuela is in the midst of a stunning social, political, and economic collapse. The country of 30 million people is facing dire food and medicine shortages, frequent power outages, serious political unrest, the world’s highest inflation rate, rampant violent crime, and one of the world’s highest murder rates. Earlier this month, Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, declared a state of emergency.
  • Venezuela sells gold reserves as economy worsens

    05/26/2016 5:54:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 25, 2016 | Henry Sanderson and Andres Schipani
    Venezuela’s gold reserves have plunged to their lowest level on record after it sold $1.7 billion of the precious metal in the first quarter of the year to repay debts. The country is grappling with an economic crisis that has left it struggling to feed its population.
  • Hey, Bernie Sanders Supporters -- All Roads Lead to Venezuela

    05/26/2016 5:15:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2016 | Larry Elder
    When socialist Hugo Chavez became president of Venezuela after the 1998 election, he promised a path he described as "revolutionary," the same word Bernie Sanders uses for his "movement" to fight "income inequality." Useful American idiots like actors Sean Penn and Danny Glover, who got rich making movies for capitalist Hollywood, sang Chavez's praises. Penn described him as "one of the most important forces we have had on this planet." Glover praised Chavez as "a social champion of democracy, material development, and spiritual well-being." Chavez promised to help finance films for Glover. The Venezuelan National Assembly even reportedly gave Glover...
  • Bernie Sanders vs. Donald Trump Debate: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    05/26/2016 4:23:37 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    Heavy ^ | May 26, 2016 | Stephanie Dube Dwilson
    It may have felt like a pipe dream for many Bernie Sanders supporters: a Bernie vs. Trump televised debate. But the possibility seems to be getting closer and closer to becoming a reality. Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have expressed a willingness to debate each other before the California primary on June 7. A debate almost happened in March, and now it’s looking like a debate is more and more likely to happen before the primary. After you read this article, take our poll at the very end of the story and let us know if you think Trump...
  • Bernie Sanders: Game on. I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before primary

    05/25/2016 9:54:25 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 171 replies
    https://twitter.com/BernieSanders ^ | 9:30 PM - 25 May 2016 | User Actions Follow Bernie SandersVerified account ‏@BernieSanders
    Game on. I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before the June 7 primary.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 26, 2016
  • Venezuelan Government

    05/25/2016 3:02:34 PM PDT · by rey · 7 replies
    25 May 2016
    I have recently heard reports on the news and read articles in newspapers and magazines concerning the current situation in Venezuela. To hear the reporters talk, the only problem is the death of Chavez. Seemingly, were the right dictator found all would be well. The most interesting thing, in all the mainstream media, I have yet to hear mention of what type of government is starving its people in Venezuela. None dare call it communism.
  • Washington Post Editorial Board Writes Socialism-Free Critique of Venezuela

    05/25/2016 12:11:01 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 7 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 25, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    The Washington Post sure knows how to very carefully nibble around the edges when it comes to criticizing the economic system that brought disaster to a country. In this case, the Post's editorial board managed to severely criticize Venezuela for being a complete economic failure despite have the largest known oil reserves of any nation in the world. It had to be an incredibly disastrous economic system to bring such a nation so low that now it is running out of food, toilet paper, and beer. So do you think the Washington Post editorial named that system? Nope. Instead they...