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  • Venezuela is starting to take hostages: Chevron Employees Arrested on Trumped Up Charges

    04/19/2018 8:30:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/19/2018 | Monica Showalter
    Venezuela arrested two Chevron employees in Caracas Monday on trumped up charges of corruption. On the surface, the act looks just plain insane: Venezuela's oil industry has cratered into a heap of rubble. Production of oil has fallen to 1949 levels, and five-digit inflation is destroying the value of the currency. Those two events are related: some 25,000 highly skilled state oil company employees have walked away from their jobs, unable to stand working for worthless currency that won't even buy them a cup of coffee. Oil is responsible for 90% of Venezuela's export earnings and pretty well finances the...
  • Sunday Schadenfreude: Venezuela goes from summit darling to literally pig at garden party

    04/17/2018 5:37:21 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/15/2018 | Monica Showalter
    You've heard of skunks at the garden party? Such as still-ruling Nicaraguan socialist strongman, Daniel Ortega, who got his famous nickname from none other than the great Ronald Reagan? Well, now we have pigs at the garden party of democracy, the Organization of American States' Summit of the Americas, and this time, quite literally. At the globally watched summit, locals released a bunch of pigs through the streets of the Peruvian capital of Lima, around the Plaza San Martin, which is one of its main public spaces, spray-painted with the names of Venezuela's dictator, Nicolas Maduro, and Cuba's dictator, Raul...
  • Iranian-Backed 'Sleeper Cell' Militants Hibernating In U.S., Positioned For Attack

    04/18/2018 4:40:31 AM PDT · by Strategy · 40 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 17, 2018 | By Adam Kredo
    Iranian-backed militants are operating across the United States mostly unfettered, raising concerns in Congress and among regional experts that these "sleeper cell" agents are poised to launch a large-scale attack on the American homeland, according to testimony before lawmakers. Iranian agents tied to the terror group Hezbollah have already been discovered in the United States plotting attacks, giving rise to fears that Tehran could order a strike inside America should tensions between the Trump administration and Islamic Republic reach a boiling point. Intelligence officials and former White House officials confirmed to Congress on Tuesday that such an attack is not...
  • So Cheap You Can’t Afford to Meter It

    04/17/2018 7:19:11 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 10 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 4-17-18 | MOTUS
    While the wheels of justice turn slowly (just in: Cohen can review seized docs but judge will decide who vets what investigators can see) the economic engine just keeps rolling along: Kroger sweetens employee benefits as it moves to ramp up hiring Kroger announced Monday new investments in employee benefits, education and wages as retailers across the board are spending more on their employees to keep pace in a tighter labor market. Last week, Kroger said it planned to hire for 11,000 new positions, including 2,000 management roles. At that time, it said would invest $500 million in associate wages...
  • Under military rule, Venezuela oil workers quit in a stampede

    04/17/2018 5:59:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 17, 2018 | Deisy Buitrago, and Alexandra Ulmer
    Chauffeured around in a sleek black pick-up, the head of Venezuela’s oil industry, Major General Manuel Quevedo, last month toured a joint venture with U.S. major Chevron. Flanked by other trucks carrying security guards, Quevedo passed a handful of workers waiting by an oil well cluster. They wanted a word with the OPEC nation’s oil minister and president of its state-run oil firm, PDVSA [PDVSA.UL], about the sorry state of the company.
  • Trump's hidden gem: Mike Pence hits it out of the park in Latin America

    04/15/2018 7:46:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies ^ | 4/15/2018 | Monica Showalter
    Unless you read the Spanish-language tweets, or read all the way to the bottom of U.S. news accounts about the Summit of the Americas, you'd never know what a kickass job Mike Pence did for the U.S. this week in Lima, Peru. He knocked it out of the park with his lead on Venezuela's moral odiousness and failed democracy and in so doing, brought the rest of the long-reluctant Latin states along with him, stating: “We want one message to be clear: We are with the people of Venezuela.” He openly met with Venezuela's opposition leaders who have been shut...
  • California College Celebrating Socialism with Venezuelan Gov't Speakers

    04/10/2018 7:44:16 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    MRCTV ^ | 4/10/2018 | Nick Kangadis
    If you don’t think Socialism exists in the U.S., it’s to wake up. College campuses are havens for Socialist activity, and one California college — go figure — is actively supporting it. California-based Scripps College will be hosting a Socialist love-fest with actual members of Venezuela’s Socialist government. They will talk about the joys of starving people and making people who disagree with the government disappear. Okay, they’re not going to say it like that, but you get the idea. The speakers — as well as the college — will paint Socialism with a democracy paintbrush and call it art....
  • Sen. Dick Durbin Meets American Hostage, Dictator Maduro in Venezuela

    04/10/2018 1:45:59 PM PDT · by detective · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Apr 2018 | Ben Kew
    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) has announced he is “heartbroken” after visiting the socialist state of Venezuela, currently embroiled in the worst political, economic, and humanitarian crisis in its history. In a statement on Monday, Durbin’s office confirmed that he “met with President Nicolás Maduro, members of the opposition, the President of the National Assembly, the Ministers of Health and Nutrition, business leaders, civil society groups, doctors, and humanitarian organizations.”
  • #MondayMoanin’- the Left’s New Version of “Just Shut Up!”

    04/09/2018 7:51:52 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 4-9-18 | MOTUS
    When Andrew Klaven first pointed out that the Left’s preferred way to end an argument was by yelling “Shut Up!” we smiled in recognition. Then the wheels of the train began to roll: the IRS denying non-profit status to conservative groups, college campuses demanding conservatives be “de-platformed,” Facebook, YouTube and Twitter shadowbanning or blocking posts and posters they found to be “dangerous to the community.”  Now they’re back with a new a tactic in the war to get us to Shut Up! – they will vanquish us. In the article The Great Lesson of California in America’s New Civil War they...
  • What's up with Dick Durbin's and Pete Sessions's secret junket to Venezuela?

    04/06/2018 11:52:32 AM PDT · by detective · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 6, 2018 | Monica Showalter
    Claiming he was just trying to free Josh Holt, a devout young Mormon from Utah held hostage by Venezuela's Maduro regime on phony charges, left-wing Illinois Democratic senator Dick Durbin isn't exactly credible about his real mission in his secret visit to Caracas this past week. Rep. Pete Sessions, a Dallas-based Republican, isn't exactly believable, either, given that he called his secret trip with Durbin "a peace mission" to Caracas last week.
  • Former Venezuelan VP: Supermarkets Would Be Full if People Didn’t Eat So Much

    04/03/2018 11:47:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 2, 2018 | Ben Kew
    Venezuela’s former Vice President turned Minister of Education Elías Jaua claimed in remarks this weekend that the country’s depleted supermarkets would be full of food if people did not eat so much. In a televised speech, Jaua said that, although Venezuela’s malnutrition crisis was a “timely issue,” it had “not at all affected people’s fundamental right to access food.” “A growing demand and possibilities to acquire food by the Venezuelan people are what has presented a great challenge for our country to produce more and more food every day,” he said. “If the Venezuelan people did not eat, surely the...
  • Even Venezuela's Russian and Chinese sugar daddies are dumping the socialist hellhole

    04/03/2018 10:23:57 AM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 3, 2018 | Monica Showalter
    Right under the radar, Venezuela is getting dumped by its two sugar daddies, Russia's state-linked Rosneft energy giant, and China's state-linked PetroChina. Bye-bye money, because this is a big blow. The pair of them were slated to run two of the three of Venezuela's monster-big refineries in the Paraguana complex, Amuay and Cardon, two refineries that were the crown jewel of Venezuela's global oil presence. Back in the 1990s, these were the most advanced and best-run refineries in the world. Today, they have fallen into such a state of shambles even the Russkis and Chicoms won't touch them. According to...
  • The Statism-Generated Misery of Venezuela, Captured in Four Videos

    04/02/2018 10:28:11 AM PDT · by bitt · 5 replies
    / ^ | 4/1/2018 | dan mitchell
    Yesterday’s column looked at the continued government-caused decay of Venezuelan society. To put it mildly, it’s a very sad story of how pervasive statism can destroy a country. I also wondered whether leftists such as Bernie Sanders, Michael Moore, and Jeremy Corbyn will ever change their minds and (hopefully) apologize for giving aid and comfort to the evil Chavez-Maduro regime. (I’m not holding my breath.) Today, let’s revisit the issue. But instead of citing news reports, let’s look at four videos on the tragedy in Venezuela. We’ll start with Reason‘s excellent summary.
  • Bernie Sanders mourns 'tragic' deaths of Gaza protesters

    04/01/2018 4:20:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 50 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/4/18 | JTA
    JTA - Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders criticized Israel’s use of force on the border with Gaza in a tweet. “The killing of Palestinian demonstrators by Israeli forces in Gaza is tragic. It is the right of all people to protest for a better future without a violent response,” Sanders, who was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 and the first Jewish presidential candidate to win nominating contests in a major party, tweeted on Saturday. The tweet garnered 26,000 likes. He also tweeted: “Meanwhile, the situation in Gaza remains a humanitarian disaster. The U.S. must play a...
  • Doctors in violent Venezuela work under threat of death if patients die

    03/30/2018 5:43:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | March 29, 2018 | Antonio Maria Delgado
    Junior Rodríguez is used to seeing death and violence up close because he's a doctor in a public hospital in Venezuela, one of the world's most dangerous countries. But the violence has been turning more personal for Rodríguez and the rest of the medical staff at the Dr. Luis Razetti de Barcelona University Hospital in the eastern state of Anzoátegui. The staffers work under constant death threats made by relatives or friends of patients — some of them dangerous gang members — if the patients die.
  • 68 dead in Venezuelan prison riot, attorney general says

    03/29/2018 2:10:46 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 18 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | March 29, 2018
    CARACAS, VENEZUELA Sixty-eight people have died in a prison riot in northern Venezuela, Attorney General Tarek William Saab said late Wednesday. Initial reports had said that five people had died when inmates at a detention center at the regional police headquarters in Carabobo state took a guard hostage and set fire to mattresses. However, Saab said in a series of tweets that the dead comprised 66 men and two women, who were visiting the prison overnight. An investigation would be launched immediately to clarify what had happened, he added, saying that four prosecutors had already been assigned to the case.
  • Venezuela fire: 68 die in Carabobo police station cells

    03/29/2018 5:13:45 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/29/2018 | BBC
    A fire at a police station in the Venezuelan city of Valencia, in Carabobo state, has left 68 people dead. The blaze reportedly started after prisoners set fire to mattresses in an attempt to break out on Wednesday. Police used tear gas to disperse relatives who surrounded the station after news of the fire broke. Chief state prosecutor Tarek Saab said an investigation into what had happened would begin immediately.......
  • Sixty eight killed in Venezuelan police station riot and fire

    03/28/2018 10:24:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/28/2018 | Tibisay Romero
    Families hoping for news outside the police station were dispersed with tear gas and authorities did not give information until late into the evening. “The State Prosecutor’s Office guarantees to deepen investigations to immediately clarify what happened in these painful events that have left dozens of Venezuelan families in mourning,” said Chief Prosecutor Tarek William Saab on Twitter. Venezuelan prisons are notoriously overcrowded and filled with weapons and drugs. Riots leaving dozens dead are not uncommon. ... “Forensic doctors are determining the number of fatalities,” Santander said. A policeman was shot in the leg and was in a stable condition...
  • Venezuela's health system is in worse condition than expected, survey finds

    03/28/2018 10:08:37 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | March 28, 2018 | Julia Jones and Stefano Pozzebon
    (CNN)A survey of 104 health facilities in Venezuela, commissioned by the opposition-controlled National Assembly, paints a grim picture of a collapsed system hurting for even the most essential goods and services. According to the report, most laboratory services and hospital nutrition services are intermittent or completely inoperative. Staggering statistics highlight the shortages of items such as basic medicines, catheters, surgical supplies and infant formula. Venezuela has been in a downward spiral for years, caused by a combination of mismanagement of government funds and the plummeting price of oil. Skyrocketing inflation has created extreme shortages of food, medicine and other essentials,...
  • In Venezuela, hungry child gangs use machetes to fight for ‘quality’ garbage

    03/27/2018 4:00:05 PM PDT · by detective · 54 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | March 27, 2018 | Eduard Freisler
    As Liliana picks lice from the tangled, thick hair of her boyfriend, Patricio, while they sit together on the sidewalk of a Caracas street, she’s also multi-tasking, keeping a watchful eye on her “family.” When a 10-year-old girl named Danianyeliz kneels down to drink water from a puddle, Liliana reproaches her, urging her to have a sip from a juice bottle they’ve just found in a garbage bag. At 16, Liliana has become the mother figure for a gang of Venezuelan children and young adults called the Chacao, named after the neighborhood they’ve claimed as their territory. The 15 members,...