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  • Woman, 80, trampled to death in Venezuelan supermarket stampede

    08/29/2015 9:12:30 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 27 replies
    An 80-year-old Venezuelan woman died, possibly from trampling, in a scrum outside a state supermarket selling subsidized goods, the opposition and media said on Friday. The melee at the store in Sabaneta, the birthplace of former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, was the latest such incident in the South American nation where economic hardship and food shortages are creating long queues and scuffles.
  • Venezuela’s Food Shortages Trigger Long Lines, Hunger and Looting

    08/26/2015 8:02:29 AM PDT · by grundle · 30 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | August 26, 2015 | Maolis Castro And Kejal Vyas
    LA SIBUCARA, Venezuela—Hours after they looted and set fire to a National Guard command post in this sun-baked corner of Venezuela earlier this month, a mob infuriated by worsening food shortages rammed trucks into the smoldering edifice, reducing it mostly to rubble. The incident was just one of numerous violent clashes that have flared in pockets around the country in recent weeks as Venezuelans wait for hours in long supermarket lines for basics like milk and rice. Shortages have made hunger a palpable concern for many Wayuu Indians who live here at the northern tip of Venezuela’s 1,300-mile border with...
  • Venezuela state under martial law against smugglers

    08/23/2015 12:08:35 PM PDT · by grundle · 16 replies
    At least 1,500 extra Venezuelan troops are being sent to the border The Venezuelan president has declared a state of emergency in a border region near Colombia following an attack by smugglers in which three soldiers and a civilian were injured. Nicolas Maduro said there would be 60 days of martial law in five municipalities in the state of Tachira. He also said the closure of the border, announced on Thursday, would be extended until further notice. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has criticised the move. Mr Santos said ordinary people on both sides of the border, including children, would...
  • Infestation of Opossums Kills 17 Babies in Venezuelan Birth Ward

    08/19/2015 3:38:55 PM PDT · by grundle · 40 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | August 18, 2015 | Frances Martel
    Newly-minted parents at Venezuela’s Dr. Luis Razetti Hospital in Anzoátegui are denouncing its maternity ward for killing 17 babies in a week, the victims of sanitation so poor the ward is overtly inhabited by a swarm of opossums. One relative of a dead newborn told El Tiempo that, upon challenging hospital officials regarding the opossums, she was told “the appearance of possums is something normal in the hospital..." ... the reason opossums are so common, says one employee at the hospital, is that sanitation employees have run out of cleaning liquids and necessary maintenance items, leaving them impotent in the...
  • Venezuela Isn’t Cooking The Books Under Mass Inflation. It’s Lighting Them On Fire.

    08/18/2015 11:19:05 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 7 replies
    Benweingarten.com ^ | 2015-08-18 | Ben Weingarten
    America’s government has gradually watered down its economic data over time, thereby painting a rosier picture of conditions on the ground than actually exists. Consulting economist John Williams has dedicated his life in fact to exposing its manipulation of economic data and backing into the real numbers. But you will know when America has really hit full on panic mode when the feds stop printing figures altogether, and the only way to measure price inflation is through tracking the daily price increase of say, cronuts, or some other confection. This is the position sadly but all-too-predictably in which Venezuela finds...
  • Venezuela’s Currency Is Now So Worthless That People Are Using It As Napkins

    08/18/2015 6:26:01 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/18/15 | Mike Bird
    An image is going round that sums up just how ridiculous Venezuela's economy has become. A Reddit user uploaded a picture on Monday of a man using a 2 bolivar note to hold an empanada. According to Venezuela's official bolivar-dollar exchange rate, the man using his money as a napkin is wasting about $0.31 (£0.20). But on the black market, the reality is completely different. You can get 676.88 bolivars to the dollar, according to dolartoday.com. That means holding food with a 2 bolivar note costs the holder less than a third of one US cent. Read more: http://uk.businessinsider.com/venezuelas-currency-is-now-so-worthless-that-people-are-using-it-as-napkins-2015-8#ixzz3jAmKI3sP .
  • Venezuela's currency is now so worthless that people are using it as napkins

    08/18/2015 3:22:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 18, 2015 | Mike Bird
    There’s an image going round that sums up just how ridiculous Venezuela’s economy has become. A Reddit user uploaded a picture on Monday of a man using a 2 bolivar note to hold an empanada. According to Venezuela’s official bolivar-dollar exchange rate, the man using his money as a napkin is wasting about $US0.31 (£0.20). But on the black market, the reality is completely different. You can get 676.88 bolivars to the dollar, according to dolartoday.com. That means holding food with a 2 bolivar note costs the holder less than a third of one US cent.
  • Venezuela's Currency Is Now So Worthless That People Are Using It As Napkins

    08/18/2015 3:12:26 AM PDT · by blam · 11 replies
    BI ^ | 8-17-2015 | Mike Bird
    Mike BirdAugust 17,2015 There's an image going round that sums up just how ridiculous Venezuela's economy has become. A Reddit user uploaded a picture on Monday of a man using a 2 bolivar note to hold an empanada. According to Venezuela's official bolivar-dollar exchange rate, the man using his money as a napkin is wasting about $0.31 (£0.20). But on the black market, the reality is completely different. You can get 676.88 bolivars to the dollar, according to dolartoday.com. That means holding food with a 2 bolivar note costs the holder less than a third of one US cent.(snip)
  • Hundreds Of Thousands Take To The Streets In Brazil Demanding President's Impeachment

    08/16/2015 11:51:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/16/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Protests are underway in Brazil as hundreds of thousands take to the streets to call for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. Here's Bloomberg: An estimated 25,000 protesters in Brasilia marched toward Congress, chanting against Rousseff and corruption, carried a long banner demanding “Impeachment Now.” Rouseff monitored proceedings from her official residence, due to meet with some of her cabinet in the afternoon, said Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo. Protest in #Rio #Brazil: "Military intervention is not a crime" via @tariqpanja UNBELIEVABLE. pic.twitter.com/S8kcJmUJnq— juliana barbassa (@jbarbassa) August 16, 2015 Background: was chairwoman from 2003 to 2010. When the world’s foremost...
  • The Blessed Peace-Fakers

    08/16/2015 8:45:03 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | August 16, 2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    What Obama is pursing in Iran and Cuba isn’t peace.....The list of countries designated by the United States as state sponsors of terrorism is a pretty exclusive club, a veritable Legion of Doom populated by the likes of North Korea and Syria. The Obama administration has, for reasons that seem to be mainly political, shown extraordinary solicitude toward two countries that were on the State Department’s list when he became president: Cuba and Iran. Cuba has been removed from the list — “Cuba meets the statutory criteria for rescission” was the State Department’s bloodless explanation — and John Kerry has...
  • Shortages in Venezuela mean priests are running out of Hosts [Catholic Caucus]

    08/15/2015 8:02:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    CNA ^ | 8/15/15
    Venezuela's ongoing economic crisis has hit the Church in a unique way: the production of Hosts fell 60 percent during the past month, affecting three states in the South American country. Giovanni Luisio Mass, prior of the Order of Poor Knights of Christ of the Temple of Jerusalem, explained to local media that the shortage of unleavened wheat flour needed to make Hosts has been acute for a month now. According to Caracol TV, the monthly production of Hosts has dropped from 80,000 to 30,000. This drop, Mass indicated, has affected every parish in three Venezuelan states. He added that...
  • Local TV Station running Obama State Dept propaganda video as NEWS

    08/14/2015 3:48:38 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    8/14/15
    No link....could not find it on site. But I just tuned in to the Miami Fox station.....they are running STATE DEPARTMENT INTERVIEWS with some vets who are going to be in Havana today for the flag raising dog and pony show in Cuba. The Obama worship runs deep.
  • Being the ex-President's daughter pays off: Hugo Chavez's daughter is Venezuela's richest woman

    08/13/2015 11:21:34 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/11/2015 | Pete D'Amato
    The daughter of Hugo Chavez, the former president who once declared 'being rich is bad,' may be the wealthiest woman in Venezuela, according to evidence reportedly in the hands of Venezuelan media outlets. Maria Gabriela Chavez, 35, the late president's second-oldest daughter, holds assets in American and Andorran banks totaling almost $4.2billion, Diario las Americas reports. ... Others close to Chavez managed to build up great personal wealth that was kept outside the petrostate. Alejandro Andrade, who served as Venezuela’s treasury minister from 2007 to 2010 and was reportedly a close associate of Chavez, was discovered to have $11.2billion in...
  • Venezuela Says Pushing for OPEC, Russia Action to Stem Oil Fall

    08/12/2015 5:45:21 AM PDT · by thackney · 24 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | August 12, 2015 | Reuters
    Cash-strapped Venezuela is pushing for an emergency OPEC meeting and joint coordination with Russia to stem a tumble in oil prices, President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday night. "We're working towards a special OPEC meeting, in coming days we'll announce .... We're making contacts with OPEC governments," Maduro said during an hours-long televised broadcast. "We're evaluating the possibility that a very high ranking OPEC meeting be called, and that in coordination with the Russian Federation, President Vladimir Putin, we can advance in taking a series of actions to defend the oil market in the face of this latest fall," he...
  • Venezuela's embattled president is acting as if he wants to annex 2/3 (Guyana) shortened

    08/10/2015 10:57:33 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8/10/15 | Martin De Angelis
    "In defense of the homeland" is President Nicolas Maduro's renewed public speech, reframed in a manner to evoke patriotic emotions and divert the attention from the domestic emergency. Venezuela is suffering an economic meltdown with chronic food shortages and nearly 120% inflation (this year alone) fueling outbreaks of street violence. Companies operating there are facing increased political risks. After days of unrest and turmoil, with mobs looting supermarkets in search for living goods and food in several cities, the government has announced the expropriation of Nestlé distribution warehouses and depots, the country's biggest food company, as well PepsiCo, Cargill, and...
  • Venezuela is tilting toward a major social crisis

    08/09/2015 6:41:39 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 41 replies
    With crucial legislative elections less than four months away, Venezuela is tilting toward a major social crisis. Endemic food shortages have plagued Venezuela for years, worsening with the decline of global oil prices in late 2014. Now they are the norm across the country. This has stoked public discontent and led to the isolated looting of food stores and supermarkets.
  • Venezuelan Strongman Wants to Seize 2/3 of Neighboring Guyana

    08/08/2015 4:17:24 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 49 replies
    The New American ^ | 8/7/2015 | Alex Newman
    Apparently all of that “anti-imperialist” rhetoric from Caracas was just a farce for public consumption. As Venezuela’s economy implodes amid skyrocketing inflation and crippling shortages of practically everything, Socialist strongman Nicolás Maduro (shown) has a new plan to prop up his imploding regime: annex two thirds of neighboring Guyana’s territory and almost one third of its population. The area eyed by Maduro’s autocracy is especially noteworthy now that potentially lucrative oil deposits have been discovered offshore. Unsurprisingly, a powerful alliance of the region’s socialist strongmen and their allies has sided with the regime in Venezuela. Talk of war is escalating....
  • Looting Sweeps Venezuela as Hunger Takes Over

    08/08/2015 9:22:35 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 83 replies
    PanAm Post ^ | 8/8/15 | SABRINA MARTÍN
    It’s the law of the jungle in Venezuela, as shopping for groceries becomes an increasingly dangerous activity. As the shortage crisis worsens, more and more angry mobs are raiding the nation’s supermarkets, looting whatever basic goods they can find.+ During the first half of 2015, the Venezuelan Observatory for Social Conflict (OVCS) registered no fewer than 132 incidents of looting or attempted looting at various stores throughout the country. In addition, Venezuelan consumers staged over 500 protests that condemned the lack of available products at state-run grocery stores, markets, and pharmacies.+ The OVCS has documented at least 132 incidents of...
  • Food lines in Venezuela are getting worse

    08/06/2015 11:46:13 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 36 replies
    It was in Macaracuay, in front of a small shopping center called CC Macaracuay which has the misfortune of its grocery store (former C.A.D.A.) become a public shop, Bicentenario after the expropriation of EXITO chain. I drove in front around 7:30 and the line was much bigger. Driving in front again around 10 AM I was so surprised at the remaining extent of the line that I filmed it.
  • Looting and violence on the rise in Venezuela supermarkets

    08/06/2015 11:38:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Yahoo ^ | August 6, 2015 | Diego Ore
    Venezuelan supermarkets are increasingly being targeted by looters as swollen lines and prolonged food shortages spark frustration in the OPEC nation struggling with an economic crisis. Shoppers routinely spend hours in lines to buy consumer staples ranging from corn flour to laundry soap, turning lines into venues for shoving matches and now more frequent attempts to plunder shops.
  • Venezuelan President Blames U.S. for Supermarket Riot That Left One Dead

    08/03/2015 2:10:13 PM PDT · by PROCON · 11 replies
    breitbart ^ | Aug. 3, 2015 | Frances Martel
    Socialist Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is blaming a United States conspiracy for a supermarket riot over the weekend that left one 21-year-old man dead–a man witnesses say was shot to death by Venezuela’s Bolivarian National Guard. A mob attacked a supermarket warehouse in San Félix, Bolívar, on Friday, attempting to tear down the walls of a warehouse and acquire basic food items, such as milk and flour. Video shows a crowd of dozens organizing in front of the building and attempting to break through, with Bolivarian National Guard troops attempting to violently disperse the crowd. When police finally managed to...
  • Venezuela’s Socialist Paradise: No Food, No Beer, No Toilet Paper, No Freedom

    08/02/2015 4:26:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | July 31, 2015 | S. Noble
    The Socialist Utopia has come to Venezuela and so has triple-digit inflation. Inflation is soaring at about 65%, murder rates are the second highest in the world, they don’t have food, chocolate,cooking oil, sugar, beer, shampoo, chicken, beef or even toilet paper. Businesses put the blame on the socialist government’s economic policies and the government blames it on everyone else. A number of U.S. movie stars have gone to Venezuela many times to applaud their regime and compare their economy to ours. Sean Penn was one. ... American leftists cheered the Socialist government and the social justice he forced on...
  • (Socialist Utopia) Venezuela Increasingly Looks Like A War Zone

    08/02/2015 10:29:26 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 46 replies
    ZeroHedbe.com ^ | 08/02/2015 | Tyler Durden
    HyperinflationOver the years, we have repeatedly poked fun at the transformation of Venezuela into a "socialist utopia" - an economy in a state of terminal collapse, where the destruction of the currency (one black market Bolivar is now worth 107 times less than the official currency's exchange rate) and the resulting hyperinflation is only matched be barren wasteland that local stores have transformed into now that conventional supply chains are irreparably broken. Just this past Wednesday we showed a clip of what is currently taking place inside Venezuela supermarkets, noting that "the hyperinflationary collapse in Venezuela is reaching its terminal...
  • Venezuela supermarket looting leaves one dead, dozens detained

    07/31/2015 5:17:34 PM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    reuters ^ | July 31, 2015
    One person was killed and dozens were detained following looting of supermarkets in Venezuela's southeastern city of Ciudad Guayana, the state governor said on Friday, amid the ongoing food shortages in the recession-hit OPEC nation. Shoppers seeking scarce consumer staples including milk, rice and flour broke into a supermarket warehouse on Friday morning, leading businesses in the area to shut their doors, local newspaper Correo del Caroni reported.
  • Venezuela troops occupy Polar food distribution warehouses

    07/30/2015 1:23:37 PM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 30, 2015 | Girish Gupta
    Venezuelan troops occupied a Caracas warehouse complex used by local food giant Empresas Polar and Nestle to distribute food and beverages, workers and company officials said on Thursday. The move follows months of accusations by President Nicolas Maduro that Polar, the country's largest private employer, is working to sabotage the economy. The company denies the accusations.
  • Socialism Works: Venezuela Out of Food, Doctors Make $15 a Month and There's No Beer

    07/30/2015 8:54:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 07/30/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Venezuela used to have oil literally coming out of the ground. Then the Socialists took over and under Hugo Chavez made it a model for the world... to run away from. Here's what's going on in Venezuela now. Universal Health Care - Venezuela's widely praised government health care system is doing great. Doctors are being paid $15 a month In some hospitals, they had less than a third of the medical supplies they require. Almost every patient told me they had to buy at least some of their drugs on the street. Oncologists said that people who were diagnosed...
  • Venezuela could run out of beer by next month

    07/26/2015 6:54:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Fusion ^ | July 24, 2015 | by Manuel Rueda
    Venezuela could stop making beer by August, as local breweries run out of ingredients needed to produce the country’s most popular alcoholic drink. A brewery shutdown would reduce the country’s beer supply by a terrifying 80 percent, according to industry leaders. Local breweries say they are down to their final batches of barley, malt and other imported products needed to make beer, thanks to Venezuela’s strict currency controls that have made it almost impossible to purchase supplies. The industry, which is calling the situation an “unprecedented crisis,” is already some $200 million in arrears to suppliers around the world. “Beer...
  • Venezuelan farmers ordered to hand over produce to state

    07/22/2015 8:31:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 115 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | July 21, 2015 | Harriet Alexander
    Venezuela's embattled government has taken the drastic step of forcing food producers to sell their produce to the state, in a bid to counter the ever-worsening shortages. Farmers and manufacturers who produce milk, pasta, oil, rice, sugar and flour have been told to supply between 30 per cent and 100 per cent of their products to the state stores. Shortages, rationing and queues outside supermarkets have become a way of life for Venezuelans, as their isolated country battles against rigid currency controls and a shortage of US dollars – making it difficult for Venezuelans to find imported goods.
  • Venezuela orders producers to divert food to state stores

    07/20/2015 2:07:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 20, 2015 4:49 PM EDT
    Private companies in Venezuela say the government has ordered them to distribute food staples to a network of state-run supermarkets amid chronic shortages of basic goods. The Food Industry Chamber said Monday that authorities ordered producers of milk, pasta, oil, rice, sugar and flour to supply between 30 percent and 100 percent of their products to the state stores. …
  • Greece, China, and Russia – a Plan B for Greece

    07/05/2015 5:21:37 AM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 3 replies
    Golem XIV ^ | 7-3-15 | Pseudonym
    If the Greeks were to vote ‘No’ what would happen next? Well no one can say. But here is a quick thought on what I hope the Greek government might have been exploring if they are excluded from the euro. It’s just food for thought nothing more. They have to be prepared to have a currency that does not depend on Europe supplying Euros. So they will need another currency – hopefully their own. I think we can be sure no western company has been printing them. There are few such companies and there is, I think, no possibility that...
  • A Spanish investigation into the Russian mafia 'could change the narrative of Putin in the West'

    07/01/2015 4:26:25 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 21 replies
    BUSINESS INSIDER ^ | 30 Jun 15 | Natasha Bertrand
    (Reuters) Vladimir Putin with Jose Maria Aznar, then Spain's prime minister, at Moncloa Palace on June 13, 2000. One of Russia's largest organized-crime syndicates allegedly operated out of Spain for more than a decade with the help of close allies of President Vladimir Putin, then the deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, Bloomberg reports. Prosecutors in Madrid have filed a 488-page petition to charge 27 people with money laundering and fraud in connection to the St. Petersburg-based Tambov crime syndicate's setting up shop in Spain in 1996. Vladislav Reznik, now the deputy head of the finance committee in Russia's lower house...
  • Putin promises 40 new nuclear missiles in 2015

    06/17/2015 2:04:08 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 30 replies
    UPI.Com ^ | Updated June 16, 2015 at 11:03 AM | By Ed Adamczyk
    MOSCOW, June 16 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday Russia's nuclear arsenal would be would increase by 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2015. Speaking at Army-2015 Expo, an international military trade show near Moscow, Putin said the new missiles could "overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems," adding a new long-range early-warning radar "to monitor in the western direction" was also being prepared. It was a reference to plans by NATO to permanently place troops and heavy armaments in Poland, a Russian neighbor and former Warsaw Pact country. In reference to apparent plans to reinforce NATO's...
  • Dancing With Another Dictatorship

    06/25/2015 9:16:06 AM PDT · by Dqban22 · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 21, 2015 | Mary Anastasia O’Grady
    Dancing With Another Dictatorship The most plausible answer is that the Obama administration is once again working to save a police state that is about to collapse under its own weight. The trouble is that every time team Obama sits down at the poker table with thugs—think Russia, Iran and Cuba—it gets cleaned out. The region’s democracy advocates are right to be nervous. The rest of the aricle http://www.wsj.com/articles/dancing-with-another-dictatorship-1434922282
  • Venezuela’s Economic Troubles Leading to False U.S. Asylum Applications

    06/23/2015 3:38:38 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/23/15 | Sierra Rayne
    As Venezuela's economy continues to collapse, the U.S. can expect the number of fraudulent asylum seekers to increase A report from El Universal documents skyrocketing asylum applications from Venezuelans seeking to enter the United States in recent years. According to American immigration authorities, the number of applications from this South American country tripled between 2013 and 2014. The U.S. government is becoming increasingly concerned about immigration fraud from this region, likely linked—at least in part—to Venezuela’s economic decline. In 2013, Venezuela’s economy grew by only 1.3 percent. In 2014 it contracted by four percent, and it is forecast by the...
  • The Pope joins the EU in a sad world of make-believe

    06/21/2015 4:44:27 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 22 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 6/21/2015 | Christopher Booker
    What has a Papal Encyclical calling on the world to end its use of fossil fuels and to pray to God for the success of the global “climate summit” in December got in common with the Greek euro crisis, the ominous rift between the West and Russia, and the shambles Europe is making over the desperation of African and Syrian refugees to find safety this side of the Mediterranean? They are all different aspects of the two greatest acts of political make-believe of our time, so all-pervasive that it is hard for us to grasp just how much effect they...
  • Stella McCartney’s New “Anti-Cruelty” Fashion Line Celebrates Fidel Castro and Che Guevara

    06/20/2015 5:36:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 19, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    With a little help from her friendly Dad (Paul) Stella McCartney has made quite a name for herself as an ultra-chic fashion designer. This week she introduced her spring line on Manhattan’s Elizabeth Street with a Cuba-themed garden party where Fidel Castro and Che Guevara featured among the main props of the cheeky soiree.The Stalinist mass-murderers featured both as mannequins and as live costumed humans who walked around posing for pictures with the ultra-chic models and guests along with the delighted (and scrupulously vegetarian) hostess. In keeping with Stella Mc Cartney’s “anti-cruelty” beliefs the event featured strictly vegetarian foodstuffs. None...
  • Cuba Offers Its Citizens Better Access to Internet

    06/20/2015 5:20:55 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 6/18/15 | Victoria Burnett
    Cuba, one of the Western Hemisphere’s least-wired countries, is poised to expand access to the Internet by introducing about three dozen Wi-Fi hot spots around the island and reducing the steep fees that Cubans pay to spend time online. .....“Their model was, ‘Nobody gets Internet,’ ” he said in a telephone interview. “Now their model is, ‘We’re going to bring prices down and expand access, but we are going to do it as a sovereign decision and at our own speed.’ ” Cuba’s Internet isolation is not the result of the United States’ five-decade economic embargo, Mr. Henken said, but...
  • Chinese-planned canal would displace many in Nicaragua, sparking anger, anxiety

    06/18/2015 4:26:10 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    McClatchy dc ^ | 6-18-2015 | Tim Johnson
    <p>Everything in the path of the proposed trans-oceanic canal in Nicaragua would have to be relocated. Churches. Cemeteries. Stockyards.</p> <p>As many as 28,000 people scattered in villages and towns face the likelihood that their lands would be expropriated. The government pledges they will be better off, living in new settlements with a bit of cash in their pockets. But skepticism abounds. Ranchers are angry. They’ve held 44 marches and rallies in the past nine months. A few events have turned violent.</p>
  • WH Science Adviser: ‘Cars, Trucks and Planes Are Going to Have to Run on Electricity, Biofuels or…’

    06/17/2015 7:31:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 16, 2015 | 6:58 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    John Holdren, President Barack Obama’s top science and technology advisor, said at a White House summit on clean energy on Tuesday that a “global low-carbon economy” by the year 2050 means that “cars, trucks and planes” will be powered by “electricity, biofuels or hydrogen.” “As we all know, a global low-carbon economy in 2050 is going to have to meet the energy needs of 9 or 10 billion people using technologies that will have to be more advanced than the technologies that are in place today,” he said. “Buildings, agriculture, machines must be dramatically more energy-efficient.” “Cars, trucks and planes...
  • Who is the most conservative Republican candidate for president? [CRUZ!]

    06/17/2015 9:45:26 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 93 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 16 at 2:00 PM | Pablo Barberá
    The Republican field is crowded, which implies that primary voters have little information about where some of the candidates stand. That is particularly the case this season, with a few relatively unknown contenders who lack legislative experience or a long history of campaign contributions that would allow researchers to precisely identify where they stand on the liberal-to-conservative political dimension.However, one characteristic all candidates share is that they have active and popular Twitter accounts. And as I showed in an article published earlier this year in the journal Political Analysis — now freely available online as an Editors’ Choice article —...
  • Here is a live War Map

    06/13/2015 12:07:28 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    Here is a live map of different war zones. You can zoom in or out just like on Google Maps. Hover over different icons and more. Check out how close ISIS is to Baghdad. Yikes!
  • Caracas, Venezuela 2015: Living in one of the world's most dangerous cities

    06/10/2015 4:42:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/09/2015 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    How do you jog, take an evening walk, or go to the movies in one of the world's most dangerous cities?   The answer is that you do it and take the risk, as we see in this NY Times article about Caracas: Twice a week, Mariela Virguez ventures out for an evening ride with a cycling group that scales the hills of El Hatillo, a colonial-era district in the south that has seen a rash of kidnappings. "I refuse to give this up just because of the situation in this country," said the 50-year-old computer engineer. "We don't have food,...
  • Hungry, desperate Venezuelans are targeting and looting food trucks

    06/05/2015 10:37:19 AM PDT · by PROCON · 53 replies
    foxnewslatino ^ | June 5, 2015 | Carlos Camacho
    Caracas – One of the many byproducts of Venezuela’s acute political and financial crisis is food truck looting, a pattern that is plaguing the country’s highways with chaos and fear. Just last week, some 200 looters swarmed into an overturned tractor-trailer carrying canned juice — men, women and children were seen taking as many boxes of juice as they could, either by foot or on motorcycles.Drivers and even emergency personnel just stood by, unaffected. "The two Venezuelas" (Las dos Venezuelas), a catchphrase so commonly used here these days to describe the rift between the poor and the middle or upper...
  • Breaking: Iran Has Several Military Bases in Libya

    02/27/2011 6:37:00 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies
    Pajama Media ^ | February 27, 2011 | 'Reza Kahlili'
    According to an inside source, the military collaborations between Iran's Revolutionary Guards and the Gaddafi government date back to 2006.In an interview today on the Al Arabyia news network, an informed source within the Revolutionary Guards Corps revealed that Iran has several military bases in Libya. The source, who requested anonymity due to his sensitive position within the Guards, elaborated further that the Iranian military bases are located mostly along Libya’s borders with the African countries of Chad and Niger. From there, he said, the Guards actively smuggle arms and supply logistical assistance to rebellious groups in the African countries.According...
  • Chavez Caught Red-Handed Sending Gasoline to Iran

    02/23/2011 11:29:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 22, 2011 | Josh Shahryar
    Documents made available to Pajamas Media prove that the Venezuelan strongman has been selling reformate to Iran Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez has again frustrated the worldÂ’s attempt to derail IranÂ’s nuclear weapons program. Evidence now clearly shows that heÂ’s been sending gasoline to Iran in defiance of U.S. sanctions that sought to deprive the regime of that commodity and bring them back to the negotiation table.On July 1, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA). The act was a consequence of IranÂ’s continued defiance in the face of international pressure to...
  • Breaking News - Live Thread #2- Libya and Middle East

    02/26/2011 7:55:06 AM PST · by SE Mom · 352 replies
    Various | 26 February 2011
    From the BBC: 1545: Libyan TV says in an "urgent" screen caption the state news agency is under "piracy" attack, and gives a new web address: "Website of [state] al-Jamahiriyah News Agency (JANA) subjected to suspicious piracy operation." 1528: And AFP has just reported that there are violent clashes between demonstrators and government forces taking place in central Tunis. 1525: In Tunisia, where it all started, hundreds of journalists and technicians from the state-run TV broadcaster have gone on strike over what they say is continued government censorship of their dispatches, Reuters reports. State TV news bulletins have stopped. One...
  • Enough with the Holy Founders' Undemocratic Constitution

    05/31/2015 11:59:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    TeleSUR ^ | May 31, 2015 | Paul Street
    The U.S. constitution has remained in place with occasional substantive amendments over more than 220 years. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in a foreword to the book Dollarocracy wrote that, “we cannot govern our own affairs when our national, state, and local debates are bought and sold by billionaires, who use thirty-second commercials to shout down anyone who disagrees…The money and media election complex, producing a slurry of negative ads, spin, and obstruction, is not what the founders intended.” [1] Sanders was right to suggest that the United States’ revered “founding fathers” would be scandalized by the plutocratic madness of the...
  • THE TRAIL OF BLOOD AND SUFFERING LEFT BY THE CASTRO BROTHERS TERROR NETWORK

    05/31/2015 6:05:46 PM PDT · by Dqban22 · 19 replies
    5/31/2015 | self
    THE TRAIL OF BLOOD AND SUFFERING LEFT BY THE CASTRO BROTHERS TERROR NETWORKThe Castro brothers, mass murderer tyrants who terrorized a whole Island for over 56 years who killed, imprisoned, and tortured more Cubans per capita than Stalin during his reign of terror and founded and headed the most lethal international terror network is honored, embrace and rewarded by comrades Obama and Pope Francis.The trail of blood and suffering left by Castro’s exploits, especially throughout Africa and Latin America, has had no bearing on the Pope and on the American sycophants support for the longest lasting and most brutal regime...
  • See No Terror, Hear No Terror, Speak No Terror (Obama on Cuba)

    05/30/2015 11:35:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    Today President Obama further opened the financial floodgates from the U.S. to the world’s most notorious deadbeat nation—who is also a “State Sponsor of Terrorism.” Quotation marks are now required around the term “State-Sponsor of Terrorism” when referring to Cuba because just this morning, as the 45 day notification period to Congress expired, President Obama officially removed Cuba from the State Department’s list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, where President Reagan had placed it in 1982. “Laughing all the way to the bank,” hardly does justice to what the multi-billionaire Castro family must be doing this week. The $7 billion...
  • Ask Venezuelans How Bernie Sanders-Style Socialism Is Working Out for Them

    05/27/2015 6:25:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/27/2015 | by Michelle Malkin
    Socialist genius Bernie Sanders has figured out what’s really ailing America. Our store shelves have too many different brands of deodorant and sneakers. Just look at all those horrible, fully stocked aisles at Target and Walgreens and Walmart and Payless and DSW and Dick’s Sporting Goods. It’s a national nightmare! If only consumers had fewer choices in the free market, fewer entrepreneurs offering a wide variety of products, and fewer workers manufacturing goods that people wanted, Sanders believes, we could end childhood hunger. Nobody parodies the far Left better than far-leftists themselves. In an interview with financial journalist John Harwood...