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  • Venezuelan gold pilot pleads guilty for light sentence; U.S. keeps $5 million haul

    11/18/2019 6:10:19 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 14 replies
    Two Venezuelans charged with smuggling about $5 million worth of gold bars in a private plane to South Florida have cut plea deals with federal prosecutors to gain light prison sentences along with immediate deportation to Venezuela. Pilot Victor Fossi Grieco, 51, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to transport 230 pounds of gold hidden in the nose of the plane to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. He was sentenced to the time he has served while in custody since his arrest in September. His passenger, Jean Carlos Sanchez Rojas, 42, plans to plead guilty to the same charge later this week...
  • Is Colombia a ticking time bomb?

    11/18/2019 3:43:37 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11 18 2019 | Hardin Lang and Natacha Weiss
    Next year, the number of Venezuelans fleeing their country will overtake the Syrian exodus. To date, more than 4 million have left. One-third of these refugees and migrants are sheltering in Colombia, which has maintained a very generous open-door policy. However, the strain is beginning to show. We were recently in Colombia, where a senior international official told us, “Colombia is a now a ticking time bomb.” This description may be hyperbole, but the country indeed appears headed towards a tipping point. Such an outcome would exacerbate the regional humanitarian crisis triggered by Venezuela’s collapse. It could also threaten the...
  • Chile boots 50 illegals involved in rioting -- mostly from Cuba and Venezuela

    11/18/2019 7:28:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/18/2019 | Monica Showalter
    Chile has been engulfed in fearsome riots, and a lot of speculation has rolled around about the influence of foreign agents, pretty much all dismissed by the establishment President Trump has said as much, and naturally been criticized, for it. Chile's weak president, Sebastian Pinera has said it, too. Nothing to see here, move along. But now a story emerges from Rancagua, a mid-sized Chilean city of about 200,000 situated about 54 miles south of Santiago. Here's a Google Translate from a piece that ran in El Rancaguino, the local newspaper: Mayor ordered the expulsion of 50 foreigners from...
  • Russia allegedly meddled in Bolivia’s controversial election (Lithium for batteries grab)

    11/17/2019 8:45:51 PM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 16 replies
    Quartz | November 16, 2019 | Max de Haldevang
    Link Only in Post 1 due to copyright complaint Essentially Russia helped Morales cheat. Rosatom agreed to build a nuke plant in Bolivia. All of this was so Rosatom could mine the massive Bolivian lithium deposits.
  • Protests swell in Bolivia as new interim leader challenged

    11/15/2019 2:33:54 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    cbc ^ | Nov 13, 2019
    A day after Jeanine Anez claimed the presidency, violent clashes broke out between rock-throwing Morales' supporters and police in riot gear, who fired volleys of tear gas to disperse the large crowd of protesters. "My commitment is to return democracy and tranquillity to the country," she said. "They can never again steal our vote." Bolivia's top constitutional court issued a statement late Tuesday laying out the legal justification for Anez taking the presidency — without mentioning her by name. Eduardo Gamarra, a Bolivian political scientist at Florida International University, said the constitution clearly states that Anez didn't need a congressional...
  • Bolivia: Police Arrest Cubans Caught Paying Socialist Rioters

    11/14/2019 9:58:21 PM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Nov 2019 | Frances Martel
    Local civilians in El Alto, Bolivia, detained three Cuban nationals and handed them over to police on Wednesday, who found evidence that the foreigners were paying people to riot on behalf of the nation’s socialist party. The revelation follows the arrests of several Venezuelan and Cuban citizens among the thousands rioting in El Alto and La Paz, the seat of the executive branch, and the positive identification of a man injured during protests two weeks ago as an Argentine member of the Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) terrorist group. Members of anti-socialist groups who organized peaceful protests against...
  • Ilhan Omar calls resignation of Bolivia's socialist president Evo Morales 'a coup'...

    11/12/2019 2:15:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/11/19 | Geoff Earle
    Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar is calling the ouster of Bolivian President Evo Morales a 'coup' after the socialist leader resigned from office under pressure from the military. Omar, the 'squad' member and frequent critic and target of President Trump, made the statement after Morales, the first indigenous leader of Bolivia, left office Sunday after 14 years in power. The military had pressured him to go amid street protests. The Organization of American States (OAS) denounced 'clear manipulations' in his reelection bid and urged new elections be held. 'There's a word for the President of a country being pushed out by...
  • Guess Who Was Called a ‘Fascist,’ Back in the Day

    11/11/2019 7:07:18 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 21 replies
    NY Sun ^ | 11 Nov 2019 | Ira Stoll
    Bigotry. Fascism. A threat to women’s rights. Alliances with foreign dictators. A president as entertainer, trampling labor and the environment. It sounds like the contemporary complaints against President Trump. Actually, it’s a 1984 newspaper advertisement from “Scholars Against the Escalating Danger of the Far Right.” “With Ronald Reagan as its performing star in the White House, the Far Right is attempting to take over the Republican Party,” says the ad, published in the November 2, 1984, New York Times and signed by, among others, Carl Sagan, Linus Pauling, Corliss Lamont, Stephen Jay Gould, John Hope Franklin, Gloria Steinem, and Frances...
  • As “America The Great” Fights; Trump-Hatred Soars

    11/11/2019 12:05:05 PM PST · by Liberty7732 · 20 replies
    It’s often said by conservative voices that Trump hatred is not about Trump, it’s about you! (Meaning Trump supporters.) That’s partially true. Trump haters certainly do hate his supporters, too. But it goes much deeper than that. Trump haters despise an America that sits atop the world economically, militarily and morally — particularly morally. They scoff at the idea of a bright shining city on a hill. And that means that this battle right now, today, is far bigger than Donald Trump, although he is an avatar for it. This battle is about whether America remains America — or the...
  • Socialist Bolivia heading for the ash heap of history?

    11/10/2019 9:17:47 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/10/2019 | Monica Showalter
    Like all dictatorships, every socialist hellhole dictatorship eventually falls. It's a law of nature, and with socialism inherently unsustainable as both a political and an economic system, it's a law about as certain as 'what goes up, must come down.' Which brings us to Bolivia, where embattled far left Hugo-Chavez-trained socialist dictator Evo Morales, now on his fourth term in a grossly rigged election, has for the first time wobbled in fear in response to protests. Here's the New York Times' comically delicate reportage: Faced with unrelenting protests over the results of disputed elections in which he claimed victory, President...
  • Police outside Bolivia's presidential palace abandon posts

    11/09/2019 12:26:53 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 15 replies
    wftv ^ | Associated Press | CARLOS VALDEZ
    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) - Police guards outside the presidential palace in Bolivia left their posts on Saturday, increasing pressure on President Evo Morales as he tries to stabilize the country after a disputed election. Growing dissension in police ranks poses a new threat to Morales, who claimed victory after the Oct. 20 vote but has since faced nationwide protests in which three people have been killed and hundreds injured. Morales faces "the most complicated moment" in his 14 years in power and the situation could deteriorate, said Jorge Dulón, a political analyst at the Catholic University of Bolivia in...
  • Morales doesn’t concede as ‘no’ keeps lead in Bolivia count

    02/22/2016 9:37:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 22 at 7:23 PM | Carlos Valdez and Frank Bajak | AP
    President Evo Morales said Monday he was not abandoning hope despite indications Bolivians had rejected by a slim margin amending the constitution so he could run for a fourth straight term in 2019. A member of the national electoral tribunal, Antonio Costas, said later that decisive official results from Sunday’s referendum could not be promised for Monday. Morales said at a televised news conference he had faith in the slower-reporting countryside, where he has greater support. ... With 47 percent of polling stations reporting Monday evening, the "no" vote stood at 59 percent. Unofficial quick counts by polling firms based...
  • Report: State Dept. says Hezbollah flooding Peru, Bolivia with terrorist assets

    11/15/2018 8:04:40 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | November 15, 2018 | National Sentinel
    (National Sentinel) Threat: Massive caravans of migrants heading north to the United States are a problem for many reasons, but one of those reasons that gets overlooked, downplayed, or outright rejected by the Left and its compliant media is that they can be used as a means of infiltrating really bad people into the country. Like terrorists. In written testimony prepared for House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism hearing Wednesday, the State Department’s top counter-terrorism official Nathan Sales warned that Hezbollah is deploying “large caches of military equipment and explosives” in Bolivia, as well as delivering some to jihadists currently...
  • Passing over US, Bolivia nearly doubles land slated for coca plantation

    03/10/2017 10:07:35 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 23 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 9, 2017 | By Martin Arostegui
    On Wednesday, President Evo Morales, a former coca grower, signed the bill into law allowing farmers to plant up to 54,000 acres in coca — up from 29,000 under the previous legislation. Bolivia is the world’s third largest cocaine producer after Colombia and Peru. Once the new law goes in effect, Morales’ government has said it wants to “industrialize” the added production, but analysts and critics fear it will be diverted to cocaine production. Opposition lawmakers are planning to sue to block the law, calling it unconstitutional because it breaches international treaties. They said it would turn Bolivia into a...
  • Malia Obama Disappeared For Two Months & Secretly Traveled to Bolivia and Peru (15k per person)

    01/22/2017 5:56:56 PM PST · by drewh · 54 replies
    US Weekly/New York Times ^ | jan 20 2017 ast | By Megan French
    Adding even more stamps to her passport! President Barack Obama’s oldest daughter, Malia Obama, took a secret, two-and-a-half-month trip to South America this past fall, The New York Times reports. Malia Obama during a tour with the Bolivian Mountain Guides agency on the Cordillera Real mountain range in Bolivia. The 18-year-old spent part of her gap year traveling to Bolivia and Peru before starting at Harvard University this coming fall. Malia traveled with a group of other teens through the Colorado-based organization Where There Be Dragons, which helps students “examine current political trends, social movements and environmental conversation efforts in...
  • Haley forces Bolivia to defend Assad 'atrocities' in 'public view' at UN session

    04/07/2017 2:36:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 90 replies
    Fox News. com ^ | April 7, 2017 | Adam Shaw
    U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley forced Bolivia to "defend the atrocities of the Syrian regime" in "full public view" on Friday, after the country's ambassador requested a closed session to discuss President Trump's strikes in Syria. Trump ordered the missile strikes in response to a chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar Assad Tuesday which killed dozens in northern Syria. Haley revealed the Bolivian ambassador's request for a private emergency session of the U.N. Security Council in a written statement Friday morning. She countered: "The United States, as president of the Council this month, decided the session would...
  • Russia beclowns itself on Bolivia — alongside Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua...

    11/11/2019 7:45:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/11/2019 | Monica Showalter
    It wasn't a big surprise to see Latin America's lefty states whining and licking their wounds after the ignominious exit of Evo Morales after a long near-dictatorship in Bolivia.  The Bolivian tradition is to boot them out when they do something egregious, and this guy committed naked electoral fraud in the October 20 election for his fourth term.  The protests were huge and fierce, the United Nations and the Organization of American States certified it all as fraud, and then the cops and the military joined the protesters.  That left Morales with no power and, as of yesterday, out on his ear.  It was cut and dried.  Good...
  • Bolivian armed forces orders operations to 'neutralise' armed groups

    11/10/2019 5:34:51 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | NOVEMBER 10, 2019 | Reuters
    The Bolivian Armed Forces said it had ordered air and land operations to “neutralise” armed groups that act outside the laws, in a statement released on Sunday.
  • Venezuela's Maduro condemns 'coup' against Bolivian ally Morales

    11/10/2019 5:29:58 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 5 replies
    Reuteurs ^ | NOVEMBER 10, 2019 | Reuters
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday condemned a “coup” against his leftist ally Evo Morales after the Bolivian president announced his resignation following a political and military rebellion against his 14-year rule.
  • Evo Morales: Bolivia's president quits over electoral fraud claims

    11/10/2019 2:45:18 PM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 18 replies
    Sky News ^ | November 10, 2019
    Bolivian President Evo Morales has resigned amid deepening unrest over allegations of electoral fraud. The announcement came after the country's military chief called for him to quit Mr Morales has endured weeks of violent protests since his election victory last month was called into question, with the Organization of American States (OAS) later saying there was "clear manipulation" at the polls. Supporters of the Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS) clash with riot police during a rally in support of Bolivia's President Evo Morales in Cochabamba, on November 6, 2019 Image: Supporters of Mr Morales clashed with police in Cochabamba earlier this...