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  • Police believe thieves steal Venezuela zoo animals to eat them

    08/17/2017 2:38:47 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 16, 2017 | Lenin Danieri and Isaac Urrutia
    MARACAIBO, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela authorities are investigating the theft of animals from a zoo in western state of Zulia that were likely snatched to be eaten, a further sign of hunger in a country struggling with chronic food shortages. A police official said two collared peccaries, which are similar in appearance to boars, were stolen over the weekend from the Zulia Metropolitan Zoological Park in the sweltering city of Maracaibo near the Colombian border. "What we presume is that they (were taken) with the intention of eating them," Luis Morales, an official for the Zulia division of the National...
  • Armed Venezuelan soldiers caught in Guyana begging for food

    BOGOTA, Colombia A handful of Venezuelan soldiers — armed and in uniform — were caught in neighboring Guyana last week begging for food, local police reported, another sign of Venezuela’s deepening hunger crisis. Read more here: Guyanese Police Inspector Christopher Humphrey said he’d gone to the border along the Amacuro river, which divides the two nations, to investigate reports that the Venezuelan military was stealing food from locals. But the three soldiers he encountered — two carrying military assault rifles — said they had come to beg for meals and hadn’t harmed anyone.s Humphrey said the men had crossed...
  • Hungry Venezuelans turn to Colombia for a plate of food

    08/15/2017 8:26:26 AM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 14, 2017 | LUZ DARY DEPABLOS
    CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Under a scorching sun just a short walk from Colombia's border with Venezuela, hundreds of hungry men, women and children line up for bowls of chicken and rice — the first full meal some have eaten in days. An estimated 25,000 Venezuelans make the trek across the Simon Bolivar International Bridge into Colombia each day. Many come for a few hours to work or trade goods on the black market, looking for household supplies they cannot find back home. But increasingly, they are coming to eat in one of a half-dozen facilities offering struggling Venezuelans a...
  • VP Mike Pence: US not going to stand by while Venezuela 'crumbles'

    08/14/2017 7:33:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 14, 2017 | Veronica Stracqualursi
    Vice President Mike Pence, speaking from Colombia, emphasized today the U.S. has "many options" when it comes to dealing with the crisis in Venezuela. "What's appropriate is for the United States of America to make it clear that we have, as the president said, many options on Venezuela," Pence said in an interview with NBC News. "We're simply not going to tolerate seeing Venezuela collapse into dictatorship." "President Trump has made it clear - we’re simply not going to stand by while Venezuela crumbles," he continued. Venezuela has recently been rocked by violent protests and political unrest. In a controversial...
  • Venezuela’s Descent Into Chaos Buries The Left’s Hopes Of ‘Good Socialism’

    08/14/2017 4:11:35 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 11 Aug, 2017 | Matthew Boomer
    Our glitterati’s favorite socialist paradise has, like so many similar experiments, become a murderous den of oppression and privation. Venezuela’s self-destruction has embarrassed more celebrities than has National Enquirer. Our glitterati’s favorite socialist paradise has, like so many similar experiments, become a murderous den of oppression and privation, and none will speak on its behalf. However, Venezuela’s collapse has dashed fantasies far older and more sincere than Sean Penn’s. Hugo Chávez’s election in Venezuela realized a dream that festered in left-wing hearts for decades: a revolutionary socialist regime, with the sovereignty and resources to fulfill decades’ worth of pledges from...
  • Powerful Venezuelan lawmaker may have issued death order against Rubio

    08/14/2017 8:08:57 AM PDT · by cll · 19 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | 8/13/17 | Patricia Mazzei
    One of Venezuela’s most powerful leaders may have put out an order to kill Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a fervent critic of the South American country’s government, according to intelligence obtained by the U.S. last month. Though federal authorities couldn’t be sure at the time if the uncorroborated threat was real, they took it seriously enough that Rubio has been guarded by a security detail for several weeks in both Washington and Miami. Believed to be behind the order: Diosdado Cabello, the influential former military chief and lawmaker from the ruling socialist party who has publicly feuded with Rubio. At...
  • Will Venezuela end up like Syria? (Thinks President Trump is part of the Deep State)

    08/13/2017 8:39:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Malay Mail ^ | August 13, 2017 | Ronald Benjamin
    Would Venezuela end up being another Syria? It has been reported in the media, that President Trump is contemplating military intervention in Venezuela in the name growing humanitarian crisis.This sounds parallel to what happened in Syria in trying to save the civilian population, that ended up in supplying arms to rebels to topple president Assad and the war continues to this very day without concrete national solutions at sight. It is due to Russia’s backing of President Assad that has put the brakes on a full scale invasion of American forces. Millions of people have lost their lives from the...
  • Venezuelan President’s Son Threatens To Take The White House With Guns If US Takes Military Action

    08/13/2017 6:28:34 PM PDT · by Mafe · 22 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | August 13, 2017 | Sonja Bochow
    Venezuela is a mess. There are lines to get bread and toilet tissue. There are people starving, people who have no electricity or utilities. Many in Venezuela are without basic necessities. Except for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his family, they are living a luxurious life with all they need and all they want. It has always been the case with Socialism, that the elites prosper while their people starve. Because the political and the humanitarian situations are so dire in this once prosperous nation, President Trump has been mulling over his options. Violence is now the hallmark of political...
  • Maduro's son threatens to 'take the White House' with guns if Trump intervenes in Venezuela

    08/12/2017 5:31:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 12, 2017 | Caitlin Yilek
    The son of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro threatened to "take the White House" with guns if the U.S. military intervened in the country, as President Trump considered Friday. "If the U.S. soils the homeland, the rifles would come to New York and take the White House," Nicolas Maduro Guerra said, according to Politico....
  • Bishops of Venezuela Appeal to Our Lady for Deliverance, ...From Francis, Only Silence (Cath Caucus]

    08/12/2017 4:57:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | August 11, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    The Bishops of Venezuela Appeal to Our Lady for Deliverance from Maduro From Francis, Only Silence by Christopher A. Ferrara August 11, 2017 Francis and Maduro: Happy together? “Will Venezuela be Francis’s downfall?” That provocative question is posed by Monica Showalter in an important article at the American Thinker blog. There is no arguing with her opening line: “The world’s first Latin American pope isn't exactly covering himself with glory as the hellfire of Venezuela immolates that God-forsaken nation.” There has been nothing but silence from Francis as the socialist tyrant Nicolás Maduro oppresses the Venezuelan people and destroys the...
  • Venezuela crisis: Latin Americans condemn Trump over 'military response'

    08/12/2017 3:00:51 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12th August 2017 | BBC News
    The South American trading bloc Mercosur has condemned President Trump for saying he was considering military action in the Venezuela crisis. Argentina said dialogue and diplomacy were the only ways to promote democracy in Venezuela. Venezuela's foreign minister said Mr Trump's words had been hostile and disrespectful and risked destablising Latin America. Violent demonstrations since April have left more than 120 people dead. President Nicolas Maduro's new constituent assembly - which can rewrite the constitution and could override the opposition-controlled parliament - has been widely criticised as anti-democratic. Mercosur - which includes the region's largest economies Argentina and Brazil as...
  • Trump refused phone call with Venezuelan president

    08/11/2017 11:53:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 11, 2017 | Max Greenwood
    President Trump declined to speak with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday after the South American leader requested a phone call with him, the White House said in a statement. "Since the start of this Administration, President Trump has asked that Maduro respect Venezuela’s constitution, hold free and fair elections, release political prisoners, cease all human rights violations, and stop oppressing Venezuela’s great people," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. "The Maduro regime has refused to heed this call, which has been echoed around the region and the world. Instead Maduro has chosen the path...
  • Trump does not rule out military response to Venezuela crisis

    08/11/2017 10:37:42 PM PDT · by Spiridon · 48 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8/12/2017 | BBC
    US President Donald Trump has said he is not ruling out a military option in dealing with the crisis in Venezuela. "The people are suffering and they are dying," he said. Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said President Trump's suggestion was "an act of craziness". President Nicolas Maduro's new constituent assembly has been widely criticized as anti-democratic. The US recently imposed sanctions on President Maduro, branding him a dictator. "We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary," Mr. Trump told reporters on Friday evening. "We have troops all over the world in places that are...
  • Trump: 'I'm not going to rule out a military option' in Venezuela

    08/11/2017 5:42:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    CNBC ^ | August 11, 2017 | Jacob Pramuk and The Associated Press
    President Donald Trump on Friday said he would not rule out a "military option" in Venezuela as the ruling regime there consolidates power. "We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary," Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf club on Friday. The president did not answer a question about whether American troops would lead a potential operation. "We don't talk about it. But a military operation, a military option, is certainly something we could pursue," he responded.....
  • Venezuela policy wins Trump unlikely friends in Latin America

    08/11/2017 8:26:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | August 11, 2017 | Patricia Mazzei
    In one of the most striking recent examples of Latin American unity, an emergency meeting held in Peru this week over how to handle Venezuela’s pressing political crisis drew 17 countries that denounced a “breakdown” of democracy. Foreign ministers flew to Lima from every corner of the Western Hemisphere — except the U.S. It wasn’t because the region had aligned itself against Washington. For once, Latin America’s biggest players came together to make the rarest of admissions: When it comes to Venezuela, they agree with President Donald Trump. At least for now. “What we have in Venezuela is a dictatorship,”...
  • Venezuela's Maduro wants 'personal conversation' with Trump

    08/10/2017 11:08:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Hiru News ^ | August 11, 2017
    Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has said he wants a face-to-face meeting with US President Donald Trump. He told the newly elected constituent assembly that he wanted "a personal conversation" when the two leaders attended the UN General Assembly in New York next month. Trump recently imposed sanctions on Maduro, accusing him of undermining democracy. The White House has not yet responded to the comments.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Will Venezuela be Pope Francis's downfall?

    08/10/2017 5:00:22 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 10, 2017 | Monica Showallter
    The world's first Latin American pope isn't exactly covering himself with glory as the hellfire of Venezuela immolates that God-forsaken nation. Fact is, he's been remarkably silent about the socialist communist disaster engulfing that country, not using the sharp language he is known for whenever he expresses displeasure about the United States, as William McGurn notes in this first-class essay, which is probably his best.
  • Venezuela inflation quickens to 248.6 percent in year to July: opposition

    08/09/2017 11:12:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 9, 2017 | by Corina Pons
    Inflation in Venezuela's crisis-hit economy quickened to 248.6 percent in the first seven months of the year, the opposition-led congress said on Wednesday in the absence of official data. Various factors underlay the seven-month price rise, including a lack of U.S. dollars in the country, a sharp weakening of the bolivar currency, and political uncertainty, opposition lawmaker Angel Alvarado said. The government says it is victim of an "economic war" led by opposition-linked businessmen.
  • ‘Struggling’ Businessman Gave Rep. Meeks $40K Loan (Guyana ties?)

    07/19/2010 10:25:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 19, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
    At the same time that Guyanese-born businessman Edul Ahmad gave Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) an unsecured $40,000 personal loan, he was pleading poverty to state authorities who had suspended his real estate license, according to Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein in yesterday’s New York Post. Meeks failed to report the 2007 loan on his annual financial disclosure report, that all member of Congress are required to file, until June of this year after the FBI reportedly started asking questions about the loan. Meeks has repeatedly referred to Ahmad as his “friend,” but when asked by the New York Post last...
  • Venezuela: Soldiers Attack Army Base, Declare ‘Legitimate Rebellion’ in Viral Video

    08/07/2017 1:17:45 PM PDT · by detective · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Aug 2017 | Frances Martel
    A group of men identifying themselves as Venezuelan soldiers published a video on social media calling for an overthrow of the socialist regime of dictator Nicolás Maduro, shortly before the government announced it had quelled an uprising in Carabobo state on Sunday. The incident, which Maduro claims was orchestrated by the American Department of State and unspecified Colombian agents, has added more intrigue to the increasingly chaotic situation in what was once Latin America’s wealthiest state, following Maduro’s imposition of a parallel socialist legislature tasked with drafting a new constitution more favorable to his regime.