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Aug 22 10:14

After Covering Notre Dame Fire Non-Stop, Media Silent as the Amazon Burns for Weeks

By Matt Agorist

When the famous Notre Dame Cathedral erupted in flames last April, images of the blaze were plastered across television and computer screens alike. For days on end, mainstream media networks around the world devoted round-the-clock coverage to this burning church. While the burning of such a historical place was undoubtedly a tragic incident, the coverage devoted to it versus the coverage — or, rather, lack there of — given to the Amazon rain forest fires is insulting.

After the fires in Paris, donors from all over Europe came together and pledged millions to rebuild it and the work started almost immediately. Consequently, the Amazon has been on fire for three weeks, and there are no calls for unity, no 24-hour media coverage, and no one is pledging anything to help stop it. In fact, if you search Google News for “Amazon,” the first ten stories are about Jeff Bezos. And, if you look for “Amazon Fire” you get ads for the tablet...

Aug 22 08:35

US Navy ‘ready’ for Venezuela mission, says a top commander

The US Navy is ready to “do what needs to be done” on Venezuela, a top commander said on Monday, as America ramps up pressure on the crisis-wracked country.

US Southern Command chief Admiral Craig Faller made the remarks in Rio de Janeiro as the United States kicked off its annual UNITAS maritime exercise involving nine Latin American countries as well as the UK, Portugal and Japan.

“I won’t speak to details of what we’re planning and what we’re doing, but we remain ready to implement policy decisions and we remain on the balls of our feet,” Faller told reporters.
I don't think so!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxu9eYhi9-g

Aug 22 07:57

Russian Warships to Visit Venezuelan Ports After ‘Unacceptable’ U.S. Interference

No more cheap wins for the US over 3rd world nations. The US Military will be confronted by force wherever it ventures from now on.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Venezualan counterpart Vladimir Padrino Lopez signed an agreement in Moscow on August 15th 2019 to allow warships from both states to pay visits to one another’s ports. This comes amid comprehensive strengthening of defence ties between the two states following growing pressure from the Western Bloc on both parties - both militarily and economically. Russia has expressed strong solidarity with Venezuela amid a deteriorating economic situation, harsh economic sanctions and threats of a U.S. led invasion.

Aug 19 08:30

Trump Privately Suggested Full Naval Blockade of Venezuela Suggested ships could stop all goods entering Venezuela

So Trump is in favor of starving children now!

Officially there is not a full naval blockade yet, though the US has made efforts to prevent shipments to Venezuela, and earlier this week was reported to have seized a ship full of food to prevent it getting to Venezuela.

Aug 12 16:30

MSM ignores massive anti-sanctions ‘No More Trump’ protest rallies in Venezuela (VIDEOS)

Leading English-language news organizations have provided extensive and dramatic coverage of anti-government protests in Venezuela, but mostly ignored large-scale rallies against US sanctions, which took place over the weekend.

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans flooded the streets of the country’s capital, Caracas, on Saturday to denounce the economic blockade and sanctions imposed by the US. Many were wrapped in national flags and sported red shirts, typically worn by the supporters of the government. The rallies were held under the slogan ‘No More Trump’.

Aug 12 07:41

Criminal Embargoes: Venezuela and Iran in the Crosshairs of Murderers Inc – Who Is Next?

Imagine just for a moment, the World would stand up in unison, sick and tired of the aggressive killer arrogance of the United States and her vassals – and their joint war-force called NATO – and this World, our World, what’s left of it when you deduct Washington and its Brussels allies, would at once block every shipment of everything destined for the ports of the United States of America; every sea port, airport and road port. Hermetically. Nothing would enter. Nothing, no food, no medicine, no electronics, no cars – no nothing. And nothing could leave. No exports, no petrol, no grains, no meat, no pharmaceuticals and foremost, no weapons. Nothing.

And now, take your mind a step further – and imagine the same – exactly the same, a total and full blockage of Israel – nothing would enter, no food, no fuel, no medication, no machinery and especially no weapons – and nothing would leave; a full and total blockage.

Aug 09 09:25

Pelosi and Democrats Are Currently Campaigning in Central America — Promise Economic Opportunity and Security for Guatemala

Nancy Pelosi and a delegation of Democrat lawmakers are currently in Central America visiting future voters.

Pelosi promised the people of Guatemala economic opportunity and security.

When was the last time Pelosi and her cohorts traveled to West Virginia or Mississippi to promise economic opportunity?

Aug 08 11:11

US Seizes Cargo Ship Trying to Deliver Food to Venezuela

The US continues to escalate its anti-Venezuela measures this week, having announced Monday night that sanctions have grown to an economic embargo, and now that appears to include a naval blockade.

Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez announced on Wednesday that the United States had seized a cargo ship bound for Venezuela in the Panama Canal. The ship was carrying soy cakes for the production of food.

US officials as yet have not commented, but it’s not clear under what pretext they consider themselves allowed to seize a ship carrying food. The Panama Canal is no longer US territory in the first place, and seizing a food ship bound for Venezuela after spending most of 2019 claiming Venezuelans are starving and in need of food aid seems particularly spiteful.

Aug 08 11:09

Bolton says sanctions will cut off Maduro financially, warns Russia

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday that tough new U.S. sanctions against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro would choke off his international financing and warned Russia not to provide Venezuela with further support.

“The time to act is now. The United States is acting assertively to cut off Maduro financially, and accelerate a peaceful democratic transition,” Bolton said in prepared remarks to a conference in Lima, Peru.

“We say again to Russia, and especially to those who control its finances: “Do not double down on a bad bet!”

Aug 08 10:51

Will Mercenaries Fight America’s Wars? Private Mercenary Army on Behalf of Venezuela “Opposition”

It perhaps should surprise no one that a country dedicated to “free markets” should at least somewhat embrace the idea of using mercenaries to fight its wars. The concept is already embedded in the federal government, increasingly so since 9/11. A majority of the workers in the intelligence community as well as in the civilian ranks of the Pentagon are already paid contractors who work for the “Beltway bandit” firms that specialize in national security. A substantial number of those hires are armed paramilitaries operating in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Mideast and Africa.

Aug 08 10:26

Trump's Blockade Begins: Venezuela Says Food Shipment Blocked In Panama Canal

Venezuela’s Vice President Delcy Rodriguez has denounced what state media is describing as a ship seizure by the US in the Panama Canal Wednesday.

The ship is reportedly packed with 25 thousands tons of Soya and was entering the narrow vital central America waterway, when its progress was halted in an event which Maduro government officials have condemned as a "serious aggression" that impedes the country's "right to food".

Aug 08 10:18

More Sanctions Against Venezuela Means More Suffering

Aug 06 09:57

Trump Regime Aiming to Blockade Iran and Venezuela?

International law is clear. Blockades are undeclared acts of war.

No nation may legally use this tactic against another state unilaterally or with coalition partners.

UN Charter provisions are binding international law. Article 39 authorizes the Security Council alone to “determine the existence of any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression and shall make recommendations, or decide what measures shall be taken in accordance with Articles 41 and 42, to maintain or restore international peace and security.”

Aug 06 09:56

Omission of Atrocities Committed by the Venezuelan “Opposition” Discredits UN Human Rights Report

“As a former staffer of the Office of the High Commissioner For Human Rights, I know how things work. There are people with prejudices. They have an axe to grind and they grind it and they omit information that just doesn’t fit the matrix that they want to put forward…Now this, of course, is not just a problem of methodology. This is also a problem of ethics. The professional ethics of a staff member must include a true reproduction of the information received from all sources…the information given to the High Commissioner, I have seen much of that information, which also dates back to 2017, and none of it was ever reflected by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, and is also not reflected by this new report…I think it is necessary for the credibility of the office to change the team that has been doing these reports in the past because they have proven not to be objective. They have proven not to follow what I would consider the minimum requirements of any serious research.”

Aug 06 09:47

Trump Imposes Total Economic Embargo On Venezuela

Late Monday President Trump signed an executive order imposing a full economic embargo against Venezuela after a week ago the White House began signaling it could seek to "quarantine" and fully "blockade" the Maduro regime if the president doesn't immediately hand over power of his own accord.

The executive order freezes all government assets in the United States and prohibits all transactions by any Venezuelan officials, in what constitutes the first major expansion of sanctions targeting a nation in the western hemisphere in over three decades.

Aug 06 09:09

Moscow Views Blockade of Venezuela's State Assets by the US as Economic Terrorism

On 5 August, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to block all property and interests of the Venezuelan government in the United States.

Moscow views Washington's freezing of Venezuelan assets as economic terrorism, a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

Aug 05 10:32

Officials Say US Headed Toward Blockade of Venezuela

An unnamed senior administration official says that the Trump Administration is seriously considering imposing a naval blockade on Venezuela, saying President Maduro has a “short window” to voluntarily resign before the US makes such a move.

Trump had recently told reporters he was considering a naval blockade or full “quarantine” of Venezuela as the latest effort to try to impose regime change, something the US announced it had recognized month ago but which so far hasn’t happened.

President Maduro denounced the comments, and called on his ambassador to complain to the UN Security Council about the “illegal” US threat to blockade the Venezuelan coastline. Maduro added it was “clearly illegal.”

Aug 05 08:53

US Planes Enter Airspace Controlled by Venezuela - Venezuelan Armed Forces

BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - The US planes have once again entered the airspace controlled by Venezuela, the Strategic Command Operations of Venezuela, a branch of the country's armed forces, said.

"Today [on Saturday], once again US spy planes have entered the zone controlled by Venezuela, violating aviation security and international treaties. The United States continues to openly insult our country," the command tweeted.

This is not the first case of a violation of the airspace of Venezuela over the past few days by the US aircraft. Earlier in the week, the country's Defence Ministry said that those incidents could be regarded as a serious threat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It has been reported, that President Trump is thinking about a full-blown naval blockade against Venezuela.

So Mr. President, a word, please: Russia and China more than certainly will rally to Venezuela's aid, should you decide to do this. How and with what, I cannot say, but were I a betting woman, I would almost bet that they will.

And a ground war in Venezuela?!? Please remember just "how well" the US did in the Viet Nam war, which was primarily a war of attrition, and in a largely jungle environment. After the epic fail we call Afghanistan, do you really think it wise, to move forward against Caracas?!?

Kindly remember this, when "kicking the concept around" with your cabinet.

You are welcome, Mr. President.

Aug 03 10:33

Trump threatens to impose blockade, quarantine on Venezuela

US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose a quarantine or blockade against Venezuela, as part of Washington’s latest efforts to pressure legitimately-elected President Nicolas Maduro to step down.

Trump made the comment as he departed the White House for a campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday.

Asked by reporters whether he was considering a blockade or quarantine on the Latin American country, Trump said, “Yes, I am.”

The US president did not elaborate or provide details on when or how such a blockade could be imposed.

Moreover, the administration in Washington said on Friday that it would bar two Venezuelan officials from traveling to the United States over accusations of human rights violations.

Aug 01 10:55

Russia Ignores Neocon Regime-Change Losers, Plans Major Investments in Venezuela

Venezuela has faded from the news since Guaido's [read: the US'] failed coup.

But although Venezuela is out of the limelight, Russia has not forgotten her ally...

Jul 30 09:33

Venezuela Ready For War Against Likely US Invasion, Warns Socialist Party No. 2

Venezuelan Socialist Party Vice President Diosdado Cabello on Saturday said US Marines would "likely" invade the country, Reuters reported.

"We are few, a small country, we are very humble, and here it is likely that the US Marines enter. It is likely that they enter," Cabello told the 25th Sao Paulo Forum in Caracas.

Jul 30 07:59

Brazil’s toxic pesticides ‘affecting people all over the world’ through agricultural exports

Brazil’s embrace of highly toxic pesticides – the government has approved 262 so far this year and loosened regulations on what is considered “extremely toxic” – is affecting people far outside its borders, an expert tells RT.

“EU-banned pesticide[s are] being manufactured in the EU, and then coming back to citizens in the EU, in the food we eat,” environmental journalist and founding member of the Green Economic Institute think tank Oliver Tickell told RT, explaining that as one of the largest soy exporters in the world, Brazil supplies a significant quantity of the feed that cattle and other livestock worldwide consume. European consumers tucking into a juicy steak have no idea that the creature they’re eating might have been nourished on soy sprayed with highly toxic pesticides.

Jul 28 10:15

Here’s What Happened When a Journalist Exposed a Pedo Sex Ring in Mexico

By Kurt Nimmo

On July 23, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called for Mexican authorities to protect investigative reporter Lydia Cacho Ribeiro.

Two days prior, unidentified thugs broke into the journalist’s home, killed her two dogs, stole a laptop, audio recorder, three cameras, memory cards, and ten hard drives “containing information about sexual abuse cases the reporter was investigating,” according to the CPJ and Cacho. The attackers also damaged personal belongings including photographs...

Jul 28 09:40

HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED WHEN A JOURNALIST EXPOSED A PEDO SEX RING IN MEXICO

It’s remarkable Cacho is still alive. In 1999, she was beaten and raped in retaliation for her investigations. Despite this, she continued to report on sex rings and the trafficking and murder of Mexican girls.

Jul 25 17:18

Venezuelan Government Accused of Using Bitcoin to Bypass US Sanctions

By Jamie Redman

Nicolás Maduro and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela have been accused of circumventing financial blockades imposed by the U.S. government. According to local reports, Maduro’s regime evades sanctions with cryptocurrency alongside an airline application called Jetman Pay. Allegedly, Jetman Pay collects airline taxes from travelers who purchase tickets from Maiquetía International Airport and the Venezuelan government agency Sunacrip converts the tax money into BTC and sends the funds to regime accounts in Russia, China, and Bulgaria...

Jul 24 11:36

Opposition rallies as Venezuela blackout eases in some areas

Venezuela's opposition on Tuesday sought to harness anger over a massive blackout that deepened hardship nationwide, but turnout at a Caracas demonstration was relatively modest as many Venezuelans despair of an imminent solution to their plight.

Lights came back on in parts of the capital and other areas of Venezuela overnight following a nearly nine-hour outage that the government blamed on an "electromagnetic attack" against the power grid, without providing any evidence. Government opponents say years of mismanagement and corruption were to blame.

Jul 24 11:36

U.S. willing to offer Maduro guarantees he’ll be left alone if he leaves Venezuela

With no resolution in sight for Venezuela’s leadership six months after the leader of the national assembly declared himself president, the Trump administration appears willing to offer guarantees to Nicolas Maduro that the U.S. will leave him alone if he leaves Venezuela.

A senior Trump administration official suggested that the U.S. would consider not indicting Maduro if he leaves power.

Jul 24 09:28

OR ELSE? U.S. Threatens Maduro To Leave The Venezuelan Presidency

The United States has informed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro that he has a short deadline to leave power with guarantees if he does not want to face international justice and further sanctions.

The announcement was made yesterday, July 23, to the Efe news agency by the White House official for Latin America, Mauricio Claver-Carone.

According to him, Maduro was informed indirectly, through a message sent to his close circle, that he has a much shorter than the end of the year period to leave the government of the country.

Jul 23 11:15

Venezuelan TV Releases Video Proving Airspace Violation by US Spy Plane That Was Shadowed by Su-30

On Monday, Venezuela’s Communications and Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said that a US spy plane had violated Venezuelan airspace a second time in three days and that a total of 78 such violations have taken place since the start of this year.

The state-run Venezuelan channel Multimedio VTV has published a video that shows a US reconnaissance aircraft apparently violating Venezuela’s airspace on 19 July.

“The EP-3E plane was detected by the Aerospace Defence System of the CEOFANB [the Strategic Command Operations of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces] at 09:52 local time”, the footage’s captions read.

Jul 22 18:09

Venezuela blames nationwide blackouts on ‘electromagnetic attack’

Preliminary probe into the incident has suggested the “existence of an electromagnetic attack that sought to affect the hydroelectric generation system of Guayana, the main provider of this service in the country,” the minister told state channel VTV.

While authorities are struggling to resolve the crisis, the US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido has used the power outage to once again attack his political opponent, accusing President Maduro of “destroying” the country's electrical system.

Jul 22 15:34

Widespread power outage hits Venezuela

Much of Venezuela is suffering from a massive blackout, social media users and local news outlets have reported. Power shortages, which began on Monday morning, have impacted at least 18 states, including the capital, Caracas.

The lack of electricity has caused chaos for the transportation network in the capital and has disrupted phone and internet connections.

In March, Venezuela suffered two major blackouts that send the country into darkness for days. The government of President Nicolas Maduro blamed the US-led local opposition of sabotaging the power grid, amid Washington's attempts to topple the elected president.

Jul 22 11:21

US military complains Venezuelan jet ‘aggressively shadowed’ its spy plane… blames Russia

A Venezuelan Su-30 fighter “aggressively shadowed” an American spy plane over the Caribbean Sea, the US military said, claiming the jet was at an “unsafe distance” and blaming Russia for its “irresponsible” support for Caracas.

Footage of the Russian-made Su-30 aircraft approaching a US EP-3 reconnaissance plane was released by the Southern Command on Sunday. The US military said the incident took place over the Caribbean Sea on July 19, but did not indicate how close the EP-3 was to the Venezuelan border, stating that the planes were in international airspace.

Jul 18 11:23

US to Divert $40 Million in Humanitarian Aid to Venezuela Opposition

The Trump Administration has informed Congress that they intend to divert $40 million in humanitarian aid away from that and giving it to Venezuela’s opposition instead.

USAID, nominally a humanitarian aid body but in practice tends to be used to subsidize covert actions, informed Congress that the $40 million will be used to pay for salaries and other expenses for the Guaido “government” budget.

USAID argues that the funding of Guaido is in “the US national interest,” while Maduro criticized the vote as more proof that Guaido is just a US-funded puppet.

Jul 17 08:35

US to divert funds from ‘poor Central American children’ to pay Guaido salaries, propaganda – report

Instead of spending some $41.9 million on humanitarian aid for Guatemala and Honduras, the US has reportedly decided to pump the spare money into Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido so he can seize power in Caracas.

With Guaido’s campaign to oust Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro failing to gain traction in the last several months, Washington decided to boost his stalled effort with $41.9 million diverted from humanitarian aid to Central America, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing officials and an internal memo circulated by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Jul 17 08:29

Venezuela may switch from SWIFT to Russian payment system to skirt US sanctions – report

Venezuela is considering using the Russian alternative to the traditional SWIFT international payment system, as the country braces for new US sanctions that could further weaken its financial sector, according to Bloomberg.

Venezuela’s central bank has sent a request on the matter to the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) as the regulator’s approval is necessary if Caracas wants to use the payment platform, the report said, citing sources. However, neither of the sides involved, nor the world’s largest payment system, SWIFT, has commented on the report.

Jul 15 10:03

MAJOR: Venezuelan Government Reveals Evidence Of Guaidó’s Involvement In Arms Theft

Venezuelan Minister of Popular Power for Communication and Information, Jorge Rodríguez, presented evidence linking the opposition deputy Juan Guaidó with the theft of regulatory weapons from the Bolivarian Republic that were used in the coup attempt on April 30.

Speaking to the press from the Miraflores Palace, Rodríguez said that after the events of April 30 different lines of investigation were generated, one of which was the follow-up to the stolen weapons to perpetrate the coup d’état.

Rodríguez denounced the carrying of war weapons by security personnel of Juan Guaidó from the gun park assault on April 30.

Jul 13 12:10

Glenn Greenwald becomes focus of Brazil press freedom debate

Several weeks after publishing explosive reports about a key member of Brazil’s far-right government, U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald was called before a congressional committee to face hostile questions.

“Who should be judged, convicted and in prison is the journalist!” shouted congresswoman Katia Sastre, an ally of President Jair Bolsonaro.

And by some accounts that wasn’t an empty threat: A conservative website reported that federal police had requested that financial regulators investigate Greenwald’s finances. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and his Brazilian husband also say they have been receiving detailed death threats, calls for his deportation and homophobic comments in an increasingly hostile political environment.

Jul 11 08:07

Brazil court convicts Vale for damages caused by deadly dam rupture

A Brazilian state judge on Tuesday convicted mining company Vale SA for damages caused by the deadly rupture of a tailings dam in January that killed at least 240 people.

Judge Elton Pupo Nogueira ruled that Vale is responsible for fixing all the damages, although he did not set a monetary value for compensation, the Minas Gerais state court said on its website. It “is still not possible to quantify solely by technical-scientific criteria,” the statement said.

The value “will not be limited to the dead, but also effects on the local and regional environment, in addition to economic activity in the affected regions,” the statement quoted Nogueira as saying.

Jul 08 10:12

Bolton Losing Ground On Venezuela, Iran... But Far From Down-And-Out

The wave of wishful thinking articles, including some by friends of mine whose judgment I usually respect was entirely wrong. President Donald Trump has not fired John Bolton for the failed fiasco of his latest inept attempt to topple the legitimate democratically-elected government of Venezuela: At least not yet.

Jul 06 11:07

REVERED SOCIAL LEADER AND ACTIVIST KILLED IN COLOMBIA

SOURCE: TELESURENGLISH.NET

Social leader Tatiana Paola Posso Espitia, 35, was shot twice in the head Wednesday morning in front of her house in El Copey located in the Department of Cesar when two men on motorcycles fired at the activist and fled the scene.

The assassination occurred just as Espitia’s taxi driver, Wilson Ortega Palomino, arrived at her home to take the social leader to work, according to local media reports. The bad timing resulted in Ortega also being shot four times by the hitmen. He is in critical condition at a nearby hospital.

The National Network for Democracy and Peace in Colombia published a communique on its Twitter account firmly condemning the murder.

“Posso Espitia was a social activist committed to humanitarian aid, helping vulnerable people and victims of the armed conflict that continue to affect Colombia,” said the report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prayers for her friends and her family; but expect no movement from the current Colombian government in terms of identifying the killers, which probably got their "marching orders" from certain elements in that same government, which wanted her dead.

Jul 06 10:29

HOW MANY COUPS (AND LIVES) WILL IT TAKE BEFORE THE US SURRENDERS IN VENEZUELA?

Venezuela used to be an “oil republic,” which made oil executives from the United States and the wealthy class in Venezuela very rich. That lasted until the election of Hugo Chavez in 1998 when the Bolivarian Process began and oil profits were used to provide for basic needs of all the people. Ever since then, the US and its allies have used everything they have to overthrow the revolution, but like Cuba, the people have resisted, despite great suffering being inflicted on them, and the US has failed.

Jul 06 10:16

Russia to Strengthen Venezuela's Military Defense Capabilities

"We will continue to implement projects in various areas, to hold events within the existing agreements that would strengthen the military potential of this country’s armed forces."

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stated on Friday that his country will continue to develop international cooperation with Venezuela, which includes strengthening military defense capabilities.

Jul 05 14:29

Scientists Discover Massive Seaweed Patch Stretching From Mexico to Africa

By Elias Marat

A humongous mass of heavy, stinking seaweed stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to West Africa has already become the biggest seaweed bloom in recorded history, according to the journal Science.

And the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt, as it is now known, could be a sign of a “new normal” wrought by deforestation and the use of fertilizer...

Jul 04 18:47

Brazil’s Government to Criminally Investigate Glenn Greenwald

By Eoin Higgins

The Brazilian government is targeting one of its biggest critics, journalist Glenn Greenwald, in a move that has been decried by observers as an intimidation tactic designed to stifle opposition to right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro.

The government finance ministry’s money laundering unit was asked by federal police to investigate Greenwald’s finances...

Jul 02 20:41

On The Advisory Board Of The Company Charging $750 Per Day To Detain Each Immigrant Child? Kelly, Armitage, Corbin, Hayden, Kerr, Zinni, Loftus.

by Emily Price

Yes, it’s a private company called Comprehensive Health Services (a subsidiary of Caliburn International). CHS operates the largest child migrant detention center, which is in FL and was already getting horrible press — especially from local FL papers — last year. But that didn’t matter, because CHS recently opened up a few more child prisons in TX, as it snagged a new government contract, despite many documented concerns about conditions...

While I can’t name for you the private investors getting rich off of this humanitarian crisis, I can name for you members of the advisory board of DCCP, which approves everything in the portfolio.

First up: Trump’s former Chief of Staff, John Kelly, who was named to the board LAST MONTH, and photographed riding a golf cart into a CHS child prison....

read more here, incl. links to sources & extra credit assignments

Jul 01 11:45

Total Solar Eclipse 2019: A Complete Guide

On July 2, millions of people people in South America will witness the day turn into night for a few minutes as the moon passes in front of the sun.

The so-called "Great South American Eclipse" will be the only total solar eclipse of 2019. During the eclipse, the moon will cast a dark shadow over parts of Chile and Argentina as it blocks out the sun. Neighboring countries will be able to see a partial eclipse.

Here is Space.com's complete guide to the "Great South American Eclipse," including viewing maps, timetables and useful tips for skywatchers and photographers. We will continue to update this page as we post more information about the eclipse.

Jun 27 12:02

Venezuela claims it has foiled a coup against Nicolas Maduro and accuses the U.S. of plotting to kill the socialist leader

Venezuela claims it has foiled a coup attempt against Nicolas Maduro - alleging that America was behind the plot.

Government ministers claim that the U.S. colluded with Colombia and Chile in a plot to assassinate Maduro and install an army general in his place.

Naming Donald Trump ally John Bolton as one of the conspirators, Caracas said at least six alleged plotters had been arrested.

Jun 25 09:22

Violence escalates at Honduras student protests amid molotov cocktails & police fire (VIDEOS)

Honduran military police opened fire at protesters outside the national university, injuring five people. Authorities said live ammunition was used in response to molotov cocktails which injured officers.

Protests demanding the resignation of the country's president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, have intensified in recent weeks as momentum gathers against privatization and austerity measures targeting the health and education sectors.

Jun 24 07:25

DEAD ON ARRIVAL: A BRIEF POST-MORTEM ON THE US' REGIME-CHANGE OPERATION IN VENEZUELA

SOURCE: JOAQUIN FLORES VIA THE STRATEGIC CULTURE FOUNDATION
They say hindsight is 20/20, and nothing exemplifies that more than the kind of post-mortem that can be done on the failed attempt by the US to overthrow the government of Venezuela. Working through the lack of options that the US has in terms of regime-change in Venezuela, should lead towards a higher degree of investor confidence in the Bolivarian Republic.

We understand that there are ultimately only three ways to attack a target state until it collapses:

Supporting an internal coup/revolution or terrorism;

Economic embargo perhaps leading to or justified by 1, and;

Military invasion justified by the government’s reaction to 1

Jun 23 09:24

Honduras protest crackdown: Five things to know

The Honduran government announced the nationwide deployment of military forces on Thursday, amid intensifying nationwide protests against President Juan Orlando Hernandez.

Mass demonstrations began nearly two months ago, when teachers and medical professionals took to the streets to protest a series of decrees they say facilitate the further privatisation of health and education.

The movement quickly evolved into nonstop multi-sector nationwide protests and blockades demanding "Fuera JOH" (Out With JOH), using the acronym for the president's name.

At least three protesters have been killed and more than 20 wounded in the last four days alone.

Jun 20 10:55

Venezuela: Massive Embezzlement Scandal Threatens Juan Guaido’s Political Future

What was supposed to be Guaido’s watershed moment has instead turned out to be a public-relations failure far worse than his quickly quelled attempted military coup, which MintPress News reported caused even the New York Times to describe Guaido as “deflated.”

What happened in Colombia appears to be so damning that not only is the Colombian intelligence service leaking documents exposing wrongdoing by Popular Will representatives appointed by Guaido, but the Organization of American States (OAS) — which is typically just as pro-opposition as the Colombian government — has called for an investigation.

Jun 20 10:17

MAGNITUDE 9 BEX ALERT - IS VENEZUELA'S MADURO TRAFFICKING NAZI GOLD STOLEN FROM HOLOCAUST VICTIMS?

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is looking into whether or not Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro has been trafficking Nazi gold that includes ingots made from fillings taken from Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

The Center said in a statement on Wednesday that it’s studying information exposed by the Wall Street Journal indicating that Maduro has managed to hold onto his regime through selling some 73.3 tons of gold valued at $3 billion, to Middle East and Turkish companies between 2017 and February 2019.

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Jun 18 08:52

Ecuador 'allows US military planes to use Galapagos island airfield'

Ecuador has agreed to allow US military planes to operate from an airport on the Galapagos Islands, reports say.

US aircraft will be able to use San Cristobal airport, Ecuador's defence minister Oswaldo Jarrin has been quoted as saying.

They will "fight drug trafficking" under a deal with Ecuador's government, Mr Jarrin said.

The reported deal has prompted concerns over the potential impact on the environment and Ecuador's sovereignty.

Jun 17 15:41

Massive Embezzlement Scandal Threatens Juan Guaido’s Political Future

The political party of Juan Guaido — Voluntad Popular (Popular Will) — was never all that popular to begin with. The sixth largest political party in Venezuela, Popular Will is heavily financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Now, a recently exposed embezzlement scandal in Colombia risks to further alienate the party from the Venezuelan people.

What was supposed to be Guaido’s watershed moment has instead turned out to be a public-relations failure far worse than his quickly quelled attempted military coup, which MintPress News reported caused even the New York Times to describe Guaido as “deflated.”

What happened in Colombia appears to be so damning that not only is the Colombian intelligence service leaking documents exposing wrongdoing by Popular Will representatives appointed by Guaido, but the Organization of American States (OAS) — which is typically just as pro-opposition as the Colombian government — has called for an investigation.

Jun 17 11:46

Watch: Glenn Greenwald Explains the Political Earthquake in Brazil Caused by Our Ongoing Exposés

LAST SUNDAY, THE INTERCEPT and The Intercept Brasil published a series of exposés that has created a major political earthquake in Brazil that has only grown and intensified throughout the week. In less than a week, the once-revered justice minister of President Jair Bolsonaro’s government, Sérgio Moro, now faces widespread calls to resign from the same large Brazilian media outlets that spent years transforming him into an untouchable icon of integrity and uncritically applauding his every move.

Jun 17 09:53

‘We need points!’ US must invade Venezuela to scare Iran & N. Korea, Graham claims

Sen. Lindsey Graham has suggested President Trump "put military force on the table" by invading Venezuela (and possibly Cuba) in order to scare North Korea and Iran into doing what they're told. What could possibly go wrong?

"Give Cuba an ultimatum – without Cuba, Maduro doesn’t last one day – tell Cuba to get out of Venezuela. Do what Reagan did in Grenada – put military force on the table!" Graham told a Fox News host, going from zero to invasion in ten seconds flat in response to a question about how Trump should handle his foreign conflicts.

"We need points on the board," the South Carolina senator insisted. "Start with your own backyard… Fix Venezuela and everybody else will know you’re serious." North Korea and Iran, he implied, would fall right into line after Venezuela was put in its place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Lindsey ...

Jun 16 09:59

Refusal to hand over Venezuelan gold means end of Britain as a financial center – Prof. Wolff

The freezing of Venezuelan gold by the Bank of England is a signal to all countries out of step with US interests to withdraw their money, according to economist and co-founder of Democracy at Work, Professor Richard Wolff.
He told RT America that Britain and its central bank have shown themselves to be “under the thumb of the United States.”

“That is a signal to every country that has or may have difficulties with the US, [that they had] better get their money out of England and out of London because it’s not the safe place as it once was,” he said.

Jun 16 09:50

Millions In Argentina And Uruguay Without Electricity After Power Failure

Argentina and Uruguay woke up in darkness Sunday after an unprecedented power failure cascaded across their shared electrical grid, affecting millions of people.

The Edesur electric utility tweeted that "a massive failure" left Argentina and Uruguay without power. The BBC reported that parts of Paraguay were also affected.

Edesur's spokesperson Alejandra Martinez told Argentinian media "something like this never happened," according to the BBC.

By about 12 noon local time, Edesur tweeted that it had restored service to 450,000 customers, with hospitals and health centers a priority.

Jun 16 05:19

US must invade Venezuela to scare Iran and North Korea: Senator Graham

A hawkish Republican senator has suggested that the United States should take military action against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro so countries opposing the US are intimidated and surrender to Washington's demands.

To handle foreign conflicts “we need points on the board,” Senator Lindsey Graham, who is a close ally of President Donald Trump, was quoted as saying on Friday by Fox News.

The warmonger from South Carolina told Fox News that the US needed to resolve its issues with other countries using military actions.

Jun 14 10:36

BEHIND THE SYRIAN NETWORK FOR HUMAN RIGHTS: HOW AN OPPOSITION FRONT GROUP BECAME WESTERN MEDIA’S GO-TO MONITOR

Top media outlets turn to the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) for figures on deaths and detentions, never noting the group’s seamless connection to Syria’s opposition, the support it receives from states that waged war on the country, or its open lobbying for US military intervention.

Jun 14 08:16

Greenwald defiant after 'grotesque' threats over Brazil's Car Wash leaks

US journalist Glenn Greenwald said Thursday he has received "grotesque" threats also targeting his husband and children after publishing leaked chats showing Brazil's justice minister conspired to keep leftist icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva out of the 2018 presidential race.

Greenwald told AFP "political violence is a reality" in Brazil and he would not leave the country after The Intercept investigative website he co-founded released explosive material that has cast doubt on Sergio Moro's impartiality when he was an anti-corruption judge.

Jun 12 10:39

BERNIE SANDERS CALLS FOR BRAZIL’S JUDICIARY TO RELEASE LULA IN WAKE OF CORRUPTION EXPOSURE

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT

FORMER BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva should be released from prison and his conviction should be annulled, said Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, on Tuesday. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., meanwhile, is calling on the Trump administration to investigate the case that imprisoned the former president on corruption charges, following The Intercept’s exposé that showed Judge Sérgio Moro plotted with prosecutors to convict Lula and prevent the Workers’ Party from returning to power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I sincerely doubt that this will happen, and it is a rather Quixotic quest, to ask the Brazilian government to overturn its previous conviction.

Jun 12 09:54

Leaked Messages Confirm: Imprisonment of Brazil’s Lula da Silva was Politically Motivated

The website The Intercept received a massive archive of communications between prosecutors and judges, involving Brazil's corruption cases. Initial analysis reveals that former president Lula da Silva's prosecution and conviction were politically motivated. Mike Fox discusses the ramifications

Jun 10 12:24

US Treasury Department Tightens Sanctions on Venezuela Oil SectorWashington is targeting diluent imports, hurting Venezuela’s ability to export oil and produce fuel.

The US Treasury Department has announced a hardening of measures against Venezuela’s oil industry.

In an amendment to the Venezuela sanctions published on Thursday, Washington stated that the existing licenses, which allow certain companies to continue dealing with Venezuela state oil company PDVSA for a given period, “do not authorize transactions or dealings related to the exportation or reexportation of diluents, directly or indirectly, to Venezuela.”

Venezuela relies on imports of diluents to blend its heavy crude into exportable grades, as well as produce gasoline and diesel for internal consumption.

Venezuela’s declining oil production was significantly worsened by the impact of US economic sanctions, with crude output dropping by 30 percent, from an average of 1.911 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2017 to 1.354 million in 2018, following the August 2017 financial sanctions imposed by the Treasury Department.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The motivation here is very simple; bring Venezuela, economically, to its knees, to the point where it becomes ripe, for "regime change".

But the question I have to ask is, how much longer will Russia and China, put up with this monkey business, before they intervene in some way or another, either economically, or militarily?!?

Jun 10 11:54

Jailed Citgo executives ordered to stand trial in Venezuela

The decision was a painful blow to the families of the men who were initially heartened by news their loved ones would have the chance to profess their innocence in court after judge Gil had canceled 15 previous hearings giving little reason.

"After more than one and a half years of delayed due process, today's preliminary hearing was a sad spectacle and a travesty of justice," the family of Tomeu Vadell, Citgo's vice president of refining, said in a statement.

"Venezuela is depriving an innocent man, a deeply loved husband and father of his freedom," they added. "We will continue to demand his immediate and unconditional release."

The families of the "Citgo 6" — five of them, like Vadell, American citizens and all with deep roots in Texas and Louisiana — complain the men are being held in inhumane conditions, sharing overcrowded basement cells in a military counterintelligence prison and suffering severe weight loss in a country plagued by food shortages.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will be hell to pay, from Venezuela's side, when these cases go to court.

Jun 10 10:50

Scott Adams: Mexico Deal, Housing Emergency, Crazy George Conway, Magic Mushrooms

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1138083556150849542

Content:
Why does George Conway do what he does?
Jim Acosta’s book is called “Enemy of the People”
Oberlin college race HOAX…big award for victimized bakery
Analyst’s climate change PREDICTIONS blocked…NOT FACTS
Mexican tariffs story in the NYT and CNN, as they pay for the wall
Ben Carson says we have a fixable housing emergency
What regulations can we change or remove…to fix that?
Bill Pulte has the answers, or can find them, enlist Bill to help?
180 Business leaders say it’s bad for their business to restrict abortions
AOC has good aspirational stuff, LEARN from her technique
AOC want’s to limit lobbyists…and Ted Cruz agrees
AOC wants magic mushrooms medically studied
AOC says why not get rid of birth control restrictions?
AOC says she’s open to nuclear as part of a GND solution

Jun 08 11:12

Celebrating My Birthday With You While Talking About all the Good News

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1137358654682718208

Content:
Tariffs work!!! Hey China…ready to make a deal?
President Trump’s personality and his second term as President
How and why AI will be MORE creative than humans
There are NO wars…in the Western Hemisphere
10,000 steps per day for health…not so scientific apparently
News silo inefficiency creates income opportunities
Slippery slope of deplatforming influential conservatives
Social media company algorithms can produce political bias
A gun violence control system based on AI and algorithms

Jun 07 11:48

Scott Adams: Demise of VOX and the Daily Beast, Nervous Nancy, Floppy Joe, Shadowbanning

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1136996512645259265

My Apology: Joe Concha did NOT promote the “fine people” HOAX
Apologies to Joe Concha for the mistake
Carlos Maza is now the brand and face of VOX
Prediction: Vox and Daily Beast will be out of business in a year
Twitter should offer mass amnesty to those who have been banned
Shadowban.EU purportedly shows if a person has been stealth banned
My Twitter traffic has fallen off a cliff, @AJA_Cortes reports same
Michael Wolff…the poor man’s Avenatti
Gifting When tokens to help demonetized conservatives?
Russian military testing US and a near collision occurred…FAKE NEWS?
GND architect, Rhiana Gunn-Wright says expect 150 million deaths!!!
Mexican military at their border with Guatemala, POTUS tariffs work?
Comparing “Nervous Nancy” and “Floppy Joe”

Jun 07 08:24

Venezuela Suffers Mass Internet Outage Due to Fiber Cut

Confirmed Internet outage in Venezuela affecting Digitel (total) and Supercable (partial) from 3:00 pm UTC / 11:00 am VET following four hours of instability; sources report fiber cut .

Jun 05 12:19

No, Russia Specialists Aren't Leaving Venezuela - Just More Fake News and Total BS

The Kremlin says Russian specialists are operating in Venezuela as usual, after US President Donald Trump claimed in a tweet that Moscow has pulled its people out of the crisis-hit nation.

Jun 05 10:22

Brazil's Barão de Cocais waits as dam nearby at risk of collapse

The thick layer of mud which buried 270 people in Brumadinho has barely dried. Certainly, the scars of Brazil's worst mining disaster are still raw.

Yet, within just four months, another community in the south-eastern state of Minas Gerais faces being obliterated from the map by a torrent of mining waste.

The monitors in the hastily-assembled civil defence headquarters in Barão de Cocais display real-time images of the stricken mine, Gongo Soco, and the associated Sul Superior dam about 1.5 km (one mile) from it.

All eyes in the room are nervously fixed on the mine as it teeters on the brink. Mining company Vale, which owns the complex, warned last week that the embankment could collapse at any time this week.

Jun 05 09:51

Venezuela Defaults On $750 Million Gold-Backed Swap With Deutsche Bank

Somewhere Hugo Chavez, who several years ago successfully repatriated much of Venezuela's gold, is spinning in his grave.

It started in March, when Venezuela's embattled leader Nicolas Maduro defaulted on a $1.1 billion gold-backed loan with Citi, in the process losing several tons of gold placed as collateral by Venezuela’s central bank after the deadline for repurchasing them expired. Now, Bloomberg reports that Venezuela has also defaulted on a gold swap agreement valued at $750 million with Deutsche Bank, prompting the German bank to seize the precious metal which was used as collateral, and close out the contract.

Jun 05 09:36

Deutsche Bank confiscates 20 tons of Venezuelan gold after default on swap agreement

Germany’s biggest lender, Deutsche Bank, has taken control of 20 tons of gold belonging to Venezuela as collateral after Caracas defaulted on a gold swap agreement valued at US$750 million.

The seizure comes as part of a deal clinched between the Bolivarian Republic and the lender as early as 2016, Bloomberg reports. Under the terms of the agreement, Venezuela received a cash loan from Deutsche Bank and put up 20 tons of gold as collateral.

The initial deal was set to expire in 2021, but was settled earlier because of missed interest payments, according to unnamed sources close the issue, as quoted by the agency.

Jun 05 09:16

Brazil's Bolsonaro formally recognizes Venezuelan opposition envoy

Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro received the diplomatic credentials of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido's envoy to Brazil, formally recognizing her as the ambassador of the neighboring country.

Ambassador Maria Teresa Belandria had said on Friday that the Brazilian government withdrew its invitation to present her credentials at the presidential palace. But her spokeswoman told Reuters on Tuesday the government had changed its mind.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder as to what changed President Bolsonaro's mind on this; say, maybe a phone call from President Trump, with whom he met earlier this year?!?

President Trump meets Brazil's President, Jair Bolsonaro, at the White House

One has to wonder; what did President Trump say that turned his opinion on doing President Bolsonaro's opinion on this in the absolute opposite of his original stance?!?

Jun 05 08:01

Maduro Stymied in Bid to Pull $1.2 Billion of Gold From U.K.

Nicolas Maduro’s embattled Venezuelan regime, desperate to hold onto the dwindling cash pile it has abroad, was stymied in its bid to pull $1.2 billion worth of gold out of the Bank of England, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Bank of England’s decision to deny Maduro officials’ withdrawal request comes after top U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, lobbied their U.K. counterparts to help cut off the regime from its overseas assets, according to one of the people, who asked not to be identified.

Jun 05 07:35

Lindsey Graham Still Hankering for War With Venezuela

GRAHAM: Yes, really. So here’s the deal. We are being tested in North Korea, Iran, Syria, Assad is going into it Idlib now. There’s a lot of pressure on the Trump administration. And Trump said rightly, Maduro is not the legitimate leader of Venezuela, the entire region supports the Trump approach that Guaido is the legitimate leader. He wouldn’t be in power without 6,000 or 7,000 Cuban security forces in Venezuela.

I would do exactly what Reagan did. I would give Cuba an ultimatum to get out of Venezuela. If they don’t, I would let the Venezuelan military know, you got to choose between democracy and Maduro, and if you choose Maduro and Cuba, we are coming after you. This is in our backyard.

Jun 04 09:27

Dole fruit trucks burned in Honduras as protests spread

Protesters burned and looted some 30 shipping containers marked with the logo of the Dole Food Company in Honduras on Sunday, a military official said, in the second attack on symbols of U.S. power in the Central American nation in recent days.

Protests against U.S.-allied Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez have been building in recent weeks over planned reforms that Hernandez’s critics argue will lead to the privatisation of public services.

The attack on the convoy of trucks took place in rural Honduras early on Sunday on a road passing through a village known as Guadalupe Carney, some 330 km (205 miles) from the capital, Tegucigalpa, senior military official Fernando Leiva said in an interview posted by Honduran media.

Jun 04 09:09

Venezuela FURY: Putin hits out at claims of Russia abandoning Maduro

The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that Rostec – who train Venezuelan troops and offer advice on weapons contracts – cut their numbers to just a few dozen as crisis grips the nation. While there were up to 1000 staff in Caracas, the report goes on to say that a loss of trust in Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro was a key factor in the mass withdrawal. However, in response to the article, Russian ambassador to Venezuela Vladimir Zaemsky told Russian news outlet Sputnik: "This is another piece of 'news' which has absolutely nothing to do with reality.

Jun 04 03:39

Life Under Late-Stage Socialism

Jun 03 15:52

US Media Continues Spreading Lies About Russia And Venezuela

Data from the newspaper The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on the presence of employees of the state corporation Rostec (Russian Technologies) are exaggerated, Sputnik told a source of the press service of the Russian company.

On June 1, the American newspaper The Wall Street Journal reported, quoting an anonymous source close to the Russian Ministry of Defense, that Rostec decreased its staff in Venezuela from 1,000 to a few dozen.

According to the media, the retreat of Rostec employees, responsible for training Venezuelan troops, has intensified in recent months.

“The figures published in the Wall Street Journal article regarding the presence of Rostec employees in Venezuela are exaggerated dozens of times,” a source said in response to the Journal’s claims.

Jun 03 10:08

Racial Politics in Latin America

Darkness fell over the São Paulo skyline. Like most cities, dusk brings the evening commute, but this one is a little different. One by one, all across the business district, helicopters lifted off buildings and roared into the humid night sky.

São Paulo has one of the largest private helicopter fleets in the world. Usually they are ferrying wealthy businessmen home, but sometimes a trip can include discreet female companionship and a hop to a nearby club. It has been this way for years. When the city still allowed electronic billboards, people said it reminded them of the movie Blade Runner.

“My favorite time to fly is at night, because the sensation is equaled only in movies or in dreams,” said one local businessman. “The lights are everywhere, as if I were flying within a Christmas tree.”

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