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Sep 23 06:06

U.S. Ties Noose Around Neck Of Venezuela’s Economy

Washington’s decision to tie a noose round the neck of Venezuela’s economy (presented as sanctions for notional crimes) is effectively preventing Caracas from allowing its oil to flow to allies of the U.S.A.. The knock on effect: from now on, Venezuela will export its oil to China. By doing so, Venezuela’s contracts will no longer be established in dollars but the yuan. This will soon threaten the supremacy of the US currency and, clearly, the US economy. So now, “the party that thought it had the key to the prison door, is held hostage in the cell”.
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This is Caracas’s response to the sanctions imposed by the Trump Administration on 25 August; sanctions far harsher than those imposed by the Obama Administration in 2014, for the Trump sanctions prevent Venezuela from cashing in the dollars received from selling oil to the United States - more than a million barrels per day.>>>

Sep 22 10:28

U.S. not ruling out possible oil embargo on Venezuela: Haley

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Thursday a range of options remained on the table, including a possible oil embargo, if Venezuela did not move to restore its democratic processes.

“There’s a lot of support in Latin America to see Venezuela start to respect its people and go back to the democracy it’s supposed to be,” she told reporters. “If things don’t improve, all those options are always there,” Haley added, saying specifically that the possibility of an oil embargo remained.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported by ap.com on 10 August, 2017:

But even as the list of targeted individuals grows longer, promised economic sanctions have yet to materialize amid an outcry by the United States oil industry that a potential ban on petroleum imports from Venezuela – the third-largest supplier to the US – would hurt US jobs and drive up gas costs.

So the oil embargo suggested by Ambassador Haley is going to mess considerably with the American econony, yet she seems gung ho to do this, to achieve the Trump Administration's geopolitical objective of regime change in Caracas, and having Venezuelan oil ultimately sold only in US dollars?!?

Such a plan sounds absolutely as though it will be of no actual help to either the American or Venezuelan people; but of great help to the massive US oil companies, and the banks.

Sep 22 08:52

Haley: US Not Ruling Out Possible Oil Embargo on Venezuela

Reuters U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Thursday a range of options remained on the table, including a possible oil embargo, if Venezuela did not move to restore its democratic processes.

“There’s a lot of support in Latin America to see Venezuela start to respect its people and go back to the democracy it’s supposed to be,” she told reporters. “If things don’t improve, all those options are always there,” Haley added, saying specifically that the possibility of an oil embargo remained.

“It’s not off the table, I can tell you that”>>>

Sep 22 07:35

Venezuela’s Rebellion against the Petrodollar

Washington’s decision to tie a noose round the neck of Venezuela’s economy (presented as sanctions for notional crimes) is effectively preventing Caracas from allowing its oil to flow to allies of the U.S.A.. The knock on effect: from now on, Venezuela will export its oil to China. By doing so, Venezuela’s contracts will no longer be established in dollars but the yuan. This will soon threaten the supremacy of the US currency and, clearly, the US economy. So now, “the party that thought it had the key to the prison door, is held hostage in the cell”.

Sep 21 07:56

Brussels faces rebellion over South America trade deal that will 'devastate' EU farmers

BRUSSELS was today facing serious questions about its proposed trade deal with a group of South American countries after Irish farmers warned it would have a “devastating impact” the EU cattle industry.

Sep 20 14:51

Venezuela Bankrupt? Caracas Fails To Make Sept 15 Interest Payment

Exactly one week ago, we wrote that a "Venezuelan default is only a matter of time". We said that "while debt servicing has been a government priority, declining external liquidity and a deteriorating domestic situation (three-digit hyperinflation, shortages, and a political crisis between the government and the National Assembly) make it a daunting task. By 2020, the country must repay 30% of the external debt due to expire in the next 23 years."

Among other things we warned that "default seems inevitable in the medium term due to the prolonged period of low oil prices and increased US sanctions. President Trump's executive order of August 24, 2017, strengthened sanctions against PDVSA by prohibiting all transactions related to new debt with a maturity greater than 90 days and by forbidding Citgo from repatriating dividends in Venezuela."

Sep 18 08:58

VENEZUELA HAS OFFICIALLY ABANDONED THE PETRODOLLAR – DOES THIS MAKE WAR WITH VENEZUELA MORE LIKELY?

History has shown that when the status of the petrodollar is threatened, the U.S. is swift to take action.

And it is very interesting to note that President Trump will be meeting with Latin American leaders next week, and the main topic for discussion will be “the Venezuela crisis”…

U.S. President Donald Trump has invited three Latin American leaders to dine with him next week in New York as he seeks to address the Venezuela crisis and build bridges with the region after an acrimonious start with neighbor Mexico.

The political and economic turmoil in Venezuela, source of 10 percent of the oil consumed by the United States, will almost certainly top the agenda when he receives the center-right presidents of Peru, Colombia and Brazil at Trump Tower on Monday evening, diplomats said.
Could this latest move by Venezuela be enough to potentially spark a military conflict?

"The guys over at Zero Hedge seem to think so…

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government, practically, cannot afford to be supporting any more wars than it already has on its plate, and they can barely afford the continuing wars in Somalia; Libya; Iraq; Afghanistan; and Yemen.

I do hope and pray that the Deep State triumverate at the White House, which consists of Mc Master, Kelly, and Mattis, are not quietly suggesting to President Trump that a war against Venezuela (in retaliation for its dumping the dollar) is a war that the US military can actually win, when the US military is already pulled in a zillion directions by the existing wars from which it cannot, years on, extricate itself with anything which approximately resembles victory.

Sep 16 07:44

Miners Who Boasted About Massacring Amazon Tribe Now Under Investigation

According to Survival International, a London-based organization that advocates for indigenous rights, at least ten members of an uncontacted tribe in Brazil’s Amazon Basin were supposedly killed last month by illegal gold miners along the River Jandiatuba in western Brazil.

Brazilian authorities have started an investigation of the gold miners after they were overheard bragging about the slaughter of the members at a bar in a nearby town.

Someone recorded the bar talk and Funai, the National Indian Foundation in Brazil, filed a complaint with the prosecutor's office in the state of the Amazonas.

Sep 14 08:32

OIL RICH VENEZUELA STOPS ACCEPTING DOLLARS

Yesterday Venezuela temporarily suspended the sale of U.S. dollars through its Dicom auction system. This (and other moves) was in response to U.S. sanctions put in place by the Trump administration.

Trump claims the sanctions are there to punish the country's autocratic leaders. Maduro claims Washington's move was part of an “economic war”.

This morning The Wall Street Journal reports that the Venezuela is already telling oil traders not to accept the US currency.

Oil traders who export Venezuelan crude or import oil products into the country have begun converting their invoices to euros.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, Maduro is correct about sanctions being a component to an economic war the Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika against Venezuela, but is only one of the pieces.

And frequently, economic sanctions are a prelude to a shooting war.

One has to wonder if the next phase has American "boots on the ground" invading, to keep those huge oil reserves away from Russia.

Sep 13 08:50

Venezuelan Government Agrees to Start Talks With Opposition

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that his government agreed to start a dialogue with the country's opposition at the talks initiated by former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Zapatero and President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina.

Sep 13 08:30

Brazil's Corruption Scandals: No Winners, No End in Sight

In the latest installment of the ongoing corruption scandal in Brazil, the country's lead prosecutor Rodrigo Janot filed criminal corruption charges against former presidents Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff, and also against six lawmakers from the president's governing party, PMDB party, and is charging them with having formed a criminal organization. All are being accused, actually, of having taken up to several hundred million dollars in bribes, for the most part from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

Lawyers for the former Workers' Party president Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff are countering that the prosecution's failed to provide any concrete evidence against them. Last June, though, Lula himself was convicted of having taken smaller bribes. He is now appealing the conviction while he's also running for president again for elections that will be held late next year.

Sep 11 08:25

Is Venezuela About to Ditch the Dollar in Major Blow to US? Here’s Why It Matters

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday that Venezuela will be looking to “free” itself from the U.S. dollar next week, Reuters reports. According to the outlet, Maduro will look to use the weakest of two official foreign exchange regimes (essentially the way Venezuela will manage its currency in relation to other currencies and the foreign exchange market), along with a basket of currencies.

According to Reuters, Maduro was referring to Venezuela’s current official exchange rate, known as DICOM, in which the dollar can be exchanged for 3,345 bolivars. At the strongest official rate, one dollar buys only 10 bolivars, which may be one of the reasons why Maduro wants to opt for some of the weaker exchange rates.

Sep 09 07:14

Double trouble: Mexico is hit by tropical storm Katia, less than 24 hours after devastating 8.1 magnitude earthquake

One day after suffering from a massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake, Mexico is hit with another natural disaster as tropical storm Katia made landfall Friday evening. The US National Hurricane Center said the storm hit Tecolutla in Mexico. State Officials say that Katia is expected to produce a 'total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches over northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, and Puebla.'

Sep 09 05:06

Venezuela Is About To Ditch The Dollar In Major Blow To US: Here's Why It Matters

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday that Venezuela will be looking to “free” itself from the U.S. dollar next week, Reuters reports. According to the outlet, Maduro will look to use the weakest of two official foreign exchange regimes (essentially the way Venezuela will manage its currency in relation to other currencies and the foreign exchange market), along with a basket of currencies.

According to Reuters, Maduro was referring to Venezuela’s current official exchange rate, known as DICOM, in which the dollar can be exchanged for 3,345 bolivars. At the strongest official rate, one dollar buys only 10 bolivars, which may be one of the reasons why Maduro wants to opt for some of the weaker exchange rates.

Sep 08 12:03

The horrors of ‘the first 9/11’ are routinely overlooked

On September 11, 1973, Salvador Allende’s democratic government in Chile was ousted by United States-backed forces in one of the Cold War’s defining moments. Allende himself was killed during the coup while his presidential palace, La Moneda, was extensively bombed. Many thousands of Chileans were either murdered, “disappeared”, imprisoned, and coerced to emigrate or enter exile. Allende’s widow and family were forced to go into hiding in Mexico for many years.

Sep 02 10:36

Fitch Downgrades Venezuela’s Rating to CC, Notes Great Risk of Default

"Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating actions on Venezuela's sovereign ratings: long-term foreign and local currency IDRs downgraded to 'CC' from 'CCC'; senior unsecured debt downgraded to ‘CC’ from ‘CCC’; short-term foreign and local currency IDRs affirmed at 'C'; country ceiling downgraded to 'CC' from 'CCC,'" Fitch said in a statement.
The agency pointed out that the threat of default was caused by the new US sanctions against Venezuela.

"Venezuela's downgrade reflect Fitch's view that a default is probable given the further reduction in financing options for the Government of Venezuela following the imposition of additional sanctions on Venezuela by the US government on Aug. 25, 2017," the statement added.

The sanctions ban US citizens from or entities from a number of financial transactions with the Venezuelan government of the country’s PDVSA oil and gas company.

Aug 30 10:54

Russia Condemns US Attacks against Venezuela

The Russian Foreign Ministry condemned today the interference by the United States in the Venezuelan internal affairs, as well as the imposition of economic sanctions and threats of a military intervention in the South American country.

'We categorically reject unilateral sanctions against sovereign States. The financial pressure on Venezuela is clearly oriented to destabilizing that country and worsen its economic problems,' said spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajarova.

She also called those actions cynical, because they 'generate more tension,' she said.

Aug 29 09:36

100 police killed in Rio, on pace to be worst year in decade

Military police on Sunday buried the 100th officer to be killed in Rio de Janeiro state this year, a 39-year-old who was shot multiple times while off duty and visiting his father.

The grim milestone underscores a surge in violence in Rio, Brazil's signature city that just a year ago hosted the 2016 Summer Olympics. Authorities acknowledged in recent months that drug trafficking organizations and other criminal gangs now control large areas of the city. Thousands of soldiers have been deployed to help police, but even their presence has not slowed the bloodshed.

Aug 28 09:30

Venezuelan Collapse? Wishful Thinking? Caracas Oil Deals with Russia and China

So, Venezuela seems to have been set up to fall and become a collapsed state, after which it can be “saved” by the opposition, backed by western credit and thus, return it to its preordained status as a ‘backyard’ vegetable!

As for its OPEC partners, they are watching from the sidelines, drooling at the prospect of Venezuelan oil going off the market and triggering the, oft prayed for, spike in oil prices.

All the above assumes that Venezuela is a docile nation, population wise and government wise. That it doesn’t have the wherewithal to survive, the will power to resist or the intelligence to think outside the box – especially as it is deemed cornered, with the odds heavily stacked against it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You can't DO that!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 28 09:26

Countdown to War on Venezuela – Step II: Trump Imposes More Sanctions

The White House statement calls Maduro a “dictator” and his Presidency “illegitimate”. Both descriptions are laughable. Maduro was elected in free and fair elections. The former U.S. president Jimmy Carter called the election system in Venezuela the best in the world. The new sanctions will likely increase the support for the current government.

The White House hinted at further economic measures:

In a call to brief reporters on the measures, the [senior Trump] official said the United States has significant influence over Venezuela’s economy but does not want to wield it in an irresponsible manner that could further burden the already-struggling Venezuelan people.

Venezuela will now have some troubling times. But unless the U.S. launches an outright military attack on the country -by proxy of its neighbors, through mercenaries or by itself- the country will easily survive the unjust onslaught.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the kind of job for which President Trump would most likely sign off on the use of hired assassins, like Erik Prince's Academi.

US Troop deployment is stretched so thinly, that I would not imagine him placing US military resources there.

Aug 28 08:06

International Mediator Zapatero Says Trump's Sanctions on Venezuela "Inconvenient"

The former Spanish prime minister, Jose Luis Zapatero, said the United States' imposition of sanctions on Venezuela, as well as President Trump's talk of a possible military intervention, are “profoundly inconvenient.” In a communique, Zapatero said that progress has been taken towards a peaceful outcome in Venezuela, and the actions of the US administration “do not contribute to an intelligent and constructive solution,” TeleSUR reported. The declaration was also signed by the former presidents of the Dominican Republic and Panama, Leonel Fernandez and Martin Torrijos. Since 2015, the three former leaders have been leading international efforts to broker a dialogue between the Venezuelan government and opposition. Their text calls on the international community to back this search for an understanding between political sectors in Venezuela.

Aug 28 08:03

Maduro Invites All to World Solidarity Summit with Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro invited all countries to participate in the World Summit in Solidarity with Venezuela to be held Sept. 16-17, amid new sanctions and threats from the United States. "The whole world is invited to the day of solidarity and support with Venezuela, for peace, for sovereignty," Maduro said during a preparatory meeting with representatives from social and political organizations from various countries, TeleSUR reported. The meeting was held in the capital city of Caracas, led by Vice-President for Social Development Elias Jaua with 23 social activists from 17 nations and representatives of 22 social movements as well as Venezuelan intellectuals. Maduro was accompanied by Vice President Tareck El Aissami, a Constituent Assembly member Tania Diaz, among other leaders who met with activists and representatives of social movements. Maduro said the Bolivarian Republic will not yield to the interests of Washington.

Aug 27 16:44

Human Rights Hypocrisy - Colombia vs. Venezuela

(*Columbia Has The Cocaine
Venezuela has The Oil)

Aug 25 12:58

Trump imposes hard-hitting economic sanctions on Venezuela

The United States has imposed potentially hard-hitting economic sanctions on Venezuela, barring banks from any new financial dealings with the government or state-run oil company PDVSA.

The White House on Friday announced President Donald Trump had signed an executive order "imposing strong, new financial sanctions” on the government of Venezuela.

Aug 24 17:28

As First NAFTA Round Opens in Secrecy, Digital Rights Groups Fear Another TPP

he opening round of a series of negotiations over a proposed revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) began this week in Washington, D.C. between trade representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Already it is clear that the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has ignored our specific recommendations (to say nothing of USTR Robert Lighthizer’s personal promises) about making the negotiations more open and transparent. Once again, following the failed model of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the USTR will be keeping the negotiating texts secret, and in an actual regression from the TPP will be holding no public stakeholder events alongside the first round. This may or may not set a precedent for future rounds, that will rotate between the three countries every few weeks thereafter, with a scheduled end date of mid-2018.

Aug 24 02:06

Prosecutors plan to incriminate Brazilian President with plea deal testimony amid corruption scandal

It has been revealed by an anonymous source at Brazil's Prosecutor General's office that Lucio Funaro, an entrepreneur embroiled in a corruption scandal involving politicians allied to Brazilian President Michel Temer, has signed a plea deal that will help prosecutors level a corruption case against him. Temer's legal team did not respond to Funaro's expected revelations and whose testimony will build part a case of racketeering and obstruction of justice charges against the President in coming days. While Brazilian prosecutors find themselves amid a plethora of investigations related to the country's worst corruption scandal, Temer has avoided becoming the second Brazilian president to be removed from office in little more than a year, TeleSUR reported.

Aug 23 15:30

Indigenous people in Peru have seized Canadian oil facilities. They are demanding the government consult them before signing oil contracts.

Aug 22 08:44

VENEZUELAN ATTORNEY GENERAL TO SEEK ASYLUM IN US TO “EXPOSE THE NARCO-DICTATORSHIP”

The mystery continues regarding the whereabouts of Venezuelan Attorney General, Luisa Ortega Díaz, who fled her country after suffering threats and persecution by the regime of Nicolás Maduro. She is alleged to be applying for asylum in the United States.

Former Colombian president Andres Pastrana said Sunday, August 20, that “most assuredly” Luisa Ortega, who arrived in Bogota on Friday, will “end up in the United States.”

Pastrana said Ortega will be seeking political asylum in the United States, where, according to him, she will reveal important information about criminal activities in the Maduro regime.

“I think it is difficult for the attorney general to stay in Colombia…she is going to end up in the United States because she will be fundamental to exposing the ‘narcodictadura’ of president Maduro,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, No, No, Venezuelan Attorney General Diaz; the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America are the last places on this planet you want to go: the governmental, institutional narcocracy here will be thoroughly displeased by your presence, and your life will be very much in peril, particularly if you are talking about drug corruption's influence in politics.

Think about it: Hillary Clinton was so comfortable with the narcocracy which supported her and Bill Clinton, that she did not object to her picture being taken with convicted drug felon, Jorge Cabreras, at a White House Christmas party.

Image: Hillary Clinton next to convicted drug felon Jorge Cabreras at a White House Chirstmas Party

Here's the info about his financial relationship to the Clintons:
The Jorge Cabrera Scandal

Aug 19 10:01

Mexico a Paradise for Oligarchs: Poverty, Inequality Soar as Wealth Rises

Mexico is nothing if not a land of bewildering contrasts. Economically speaking, the country is a regional powerhouse. On the one hand, it boasts one of the richest “official” billionaires on the planet; on the other, some of the worst income inequality rates in the Western hemisphere. It places 20th on the list of countries with the most millionaires but it’s also home to the 15th largest population of poor people on the planet.

Aug 18 11:01

A Venezuelan Tanker Is Stranded Off The Louisiana Coast

A tanker loaded with 1 million barrels of Venezuelan heavy crude has been stranded for over a month off the coast of Louisiana, not because it can't sail but as a result of Venezuela's imploding economy, and its inability to obtain a bank letter of credit to deliver its expensive cargo. It's the latest sign of the financial troubles plaguing state-run oil company PDVSA in the aftermath of the latest US sanctions against the Maduro regime, and evidence that banks are slashing exposure to Venezuela across the board as the Latin American nation spirals into chaos.

As Reuters reports, following the recently imposed US sanctions, a large number of banks have closed accounts linked to officials of the OPEC member and have refused to provide correspondent bank services or trade in government bonds. The stranded tanker is one direct casualty of this escalation.

Aug 17 23:55

Venezuelan Armed Forces Fully Ready to Confront Possible US Aggression

Members of the National Armed Forces attended a news conference given by Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino. Venezuelan DM warned that the US wants to steal the country's oil reserves, after President Donald Trump threatened the Caracas government of a possible military action.

Aug 17 12:09

Trump Says “Military Option” On The Table For Venezuela; Provokes Statement From Russia

By Brandon Turbeville

The United States has finally rattled its sabers loud enough against Venezuela that it has provoked a response from Russia. After imposing yet another round of sanctions upon an already economically embattled nation following a questionable Venezuelan move to reassemble the Western-backed opposition-dominated National Assembly, the U.S. is grandstanding yet again about “democracy,” “human rights,” and all the other things America tends to ignore except when it is able to use those concepts to justify foreign wars...

Aug 17 07:46

Horror as zoo animals feared EATEN by starving Venezuelans

MISSING zoo animals are feared to have been eaten by starving Venezuelans as the country is gripped by a political and economic crisis.

Aug 16 10:22

What’s Really Happening in #Venezuela – From Someone Who Knows

The BBC is responsible for some of the most disingenuous portrayals. They’re showing violent protesters as if they’re some kind of defenders of peaceful protesters against a repressive police force, but in reality peaceful protests have been untouched by police.

What happens is that the guarimbas [violent, armed opposition groups] follow the peaceful protests and when they come near police, they insert themselves in between the two. They then push and push and push until there’s a reaction – and they have cameras and journalists on hand to record the reaction, so it looks like the police are being aggressive.

We were once filming a protest and a group of guarimbas challenged us. If we’d said we were with teleSur, at the very least they’d have beaten us and taken our equipment. But we told them we were American freelance journalists – they need Americans to film them and publicise them, so we were accepted.

Aug 16 08:35

VP Pence: US Will ‘Bring Full Measure of American Power to Bear’ on Venezuela

During his first stop on a tour of Latin America, Vice President Mike Pence told an audience in Colombia that Washington was “absolutely determined to bring the full measure of American economic and diplomatic power to bear until we see democracy restored in Venezuela.” Radio Sputnik’s Loud and Clear examined the ramifications of Pence’s tour.

"I'm not going to rule out a military option [to quell unrest in Venezuela]," said US President Donald Trump on Friday. "We have many options for Venezuela, this is our neighbor. We're all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away, and the people are suffering and dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President and Vice President, a word here, please.

Neither Maduro's government, nor its opposition, want US troops on the ground in Venezuela.

And let's face facts here, please; neither of you are that concerned with Venezuela becoming a dictatorship. The US government has been very comfortable, supporting US-centric dictators before, like the Shah of Iran, and Pinochet in Argentina.

But what is of concern to you are those huge oil reserves in Venezuela, which you don't want either Russia or China developing, and which you only want to be sold in US dollars, by a US-centric government: that is the crux of your "concern" over recent developments here, and thinking Americans understand this.

Aug 16 07:59

Bolivian top diplomat slams foreign interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs

Any external interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs in unacceptable, Bolivian Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni Mamani said following his meeting with Russian top diplomat Sergey Lavrov. "At the moment Venezuela is shaping its own democratic process so it is particularly important to maintain dialogue based on the respect for the country’s sovereignty," Huanacuni Mamani stressed. "Any foreign interference in other country’s affairs is unacceptable," he added. Huanacuni Mamani also pointed out that the West should stop meddling in the Latin America’s affairs. "This logic and ideology of colonization are inappropriate as they inflict damage on many countries," the Bolivian top diplomat said. "This is the reason why Bolivia has been searching for opportunities to build relations with Russia and other countries, as it will give us a chance to create a single world order that would benefit all," Huanacuni Mamani noted.

Aug 16 07:45

Military intervention in Venezuela crisis is unacceptable – Lavrov

“We are united in the need to overcome the existing disagreements in the country by peaceful means through a nationwide dialogue as soon as possible, without any external pressure, not to mention the unacceptability of the threats of military intervention in the internal affairs of this country,” Lavrov stated.

The minister added that most Latin American states also condemn the possibility of such actions.

Aug 15 12:16

"Attack Venezuela!?" Ron Paul Rants "Trump Can't Be Serious!"

There is something unsettling about how President Trump has surrounded himself with generals. From his defense secretary to his national security advisor to his White House chief of staff, Trump looks to senior military officers to fill key positions that have been customarily filled by civilians. He’s surrounded by generals and threatens war at the drop of a hat.

President Trump began last week by threatening “fire and fury” on North Korea. He continued through the week claiming, falsely, that Iran is violating the terms of the nuclear deal. He finally ended the week by threatening a US military attack on Venezuela.

Aug 15 11:23

Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Latin American countries oppose US meddling in Venezuela’s affairs

US Vice President Michael Pence has begun his Latin American tour to discuss the Venezuelan crisis with a visit to Columbia. He will arrive in Argentina in Tuesday and then pay a visit to Chile and Panama. However, some Latin American countries reject the idea put forward by US President Donald Trump to use military force against Venezuela, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes. Vladimir Davydov, Academic Director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute for Latin American Studies, singled out several aspects of Pence’s Latin American tour in an interview with the paper. "First of all, this is an attempt to go over from the improvisation hitherto felt in remarks made by the top officials in Washington to some degree of systematization in the work on the Latin American track," he emphasized. "Secondly, Pence will have to solve such a ‘technical’ task as translating the language of threats into the language of diplomacy.

Aug 15 11:16

US mulling new ways of toppling Venezuela’s leader, including military option: US not to leave Venezuela alone for sake of its image

Washington is exploring new options to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power, including through the use of force, expert of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS) Igor Pshenichnikov said in an interview with TASS on Tuesday. "Unfortunately, the forecasts of those analysts who did not rule out US military involvement in Venezuela are materializing," he noted. "Such tools to exert influence on President Maduro as ‘people’s protests’ and attempted coups do not bring success to the Americans. This being so, Washington is undoubtedly considering some new ways of toppling Venezuela’s president, that is, through military intervention.

Aug 15 09:46

Pence: Failed State Venezuela a Threat to US

Speaking to reporters during a visit to Colombia, Vice President Mike Pence warned that Venezuela is “collapsing into dictatorship,” and that the country becoming a “failed state” would make it a threat to the security and prosperity of the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Mike ...

Aug 14 09:55

Trump refuses to take call from Venezuela’s Maduro

President Trump rebuffed the offer of a phone call from the president of Venezuela late Friday night, after Mr. Trump warned that he is considering military options to address civil and political unrest in the South American country.
“President Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country,” the White House said.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro requested a phone call with Mr. Trump after Mr. Trump made a surprise statement late Friday that he’s considering unspecified military action to address what the administration is calling a “dictatorship.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is a really bad sign of how much the relationship between Venezuela and the US has deteriorated.

Aug 14 08:55

Venezuelan President’s Son Threatens To Take The White House With Guns If US Takes Military Action

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.

Aug 14 07:25

Pence defends Trump’s military threat against Venezuela

US President Donald Trump’s military threat against Venezuela showed his “resolve” to help the neighboring country amid a political crisis, Vice President Mike Pence says, claiming that Washington was looking for a “peaceable” solution.

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Aug 14 07:23

CIA head says ‘Iran, Hezbollah & Russians’ involved in Venezuela, pose ‘risk’ to US

CIA Director Mike Pompeo claimed Venezuela is overrun with Iranians, Hezbollah, Cubans and Russians in response to questions about Donald Trump’s statements about US military intervention.

Pompeo appeared on Fox News Sunday where he responded to comments made by President Donald Trump on Friday, in which he said there was “a possible military option” for Venezuela.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aug 14 07:03

Venezuela’s Opposition Rejects US Intervention

The opposition coalition in Venezuela rejected "the military threat by any foreign power," days after US President Donald Trump announced that he was considering such an option against the crisis-hit South American nation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even Venezuelan opposition do not want a military invasion or military solution to Venezuela's current problems.

Aug 13 07:58

Venezuela: Trump Threat of US Military Intervention "Madness" of US Imperialism

Threat to Latin American nation "an unprecedented threat to national sovereignty," says top government official in Caracas

Aug 13 07:57

Venezuela expected to dominate Pence’s trip to Latin America

Vice-President Mike Pence’s visit Latin America comes amid unrest in Venezuela and concern by its neighbours about a possible American military role.

Pence planned to meet with Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, later Sunday at the start of a weeklong trip likely to be dominated by conversations about the crisis in Venezuela. The United States accuses Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of a power grab that has sparked deadly protests and condemnation across the region.

President Donald Trump on Friday said he would not rule out a “military option” in response to Maduro’s moves.

Aug 12 17:29

"Dear President Trump: What The F**k Business Is Venezuela Of Ours?"

Ten Questions for Trump

Are you willing to “own” the problems in Venezuela?
What does “necessary” mean?
Did US nation building in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan work?
Did not Vietnam turn out OK starting the moment we left?
Did the US intervene to stop hyperinflation in Zimbabwe? Argentina?
Are there not more repressive regimes in Africa?
What’s different about Venezuela?
By any chance is this about oil?
Other than oil, what the F business is Venezuela of ours?
Regardless of your threats and concerns, when has US nation building ever worked?

I thank you in advance for your answers.

Bonus Question

Dear Mr. President, I almost forgot: How do you propose we pay for a military solution in Venezuela?

Unless you can provide answers, I strongly suggest we do not need another quagmire, we cannot afford another quagmire, and we should stay the F* out of it.

I voted for you and would appreciate some answers.

Aug 12 08:51

UK Ships Arms Worth Millions to Venezuela, While Alleging Human Rights Abuses

It's been revealed the UK has sold military equipment worth millions to Venezuela since 2008, despite Foreign Office "concern" about human rights in the country. The exposure suggests the UK may be more than willing to sell weapons to any state willing to pay - and official concern for human rights in certain countries may not be entirely earnest.

Aug 11 07:54

Report: Hezbollah, ‘Arabic Community’ Pushes for ‘Drug Kingpin’ VP to Replace Venezuela’s Maduro

A report in an Arabic newspaper this week cites Hezbollah media outlet al-Manar and unnamed “sources in the Arabic community” as beginning a push to replace embattled dictator Nicolás Maduro with Tareck El Aissami, alleged drug lord and appointed vice president of Venezuela.

Aug 08 10:08

EU Disavows Results of Venezuelan Constituent Assembly Election

The European Union does not recognize the results of the election to the Venezuelan Constituent Assembly as it has deteriorated the situation in the crisis-torn country and escalated the internal conflicts, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said in a statement Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear EU. It's really none of your business. And it was that exact same attitude by the US regarding the Crimean Independence Referendum which has brought the EU closer to all-out war with Russia.

Aug 08 10:06

This is Why the US Avoids Messing Around With Venezuelan Oil

The United States has imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, but stopped short of punishing the Latin American country’s oil sector. In an interview with Sputnik, economist Rafael Quiroz Serrano explained why.

Venezuela is exporting 823,000 barrels of crude oil to the US a year, all of which is bought by privately-owned refineries.

Of these, 550,000 barrels go to four Venezuelan-owned refineries in Texas, Louisiana and other US states.

Aug 08 08:20

Venezuela parliament to ignore constitutional assembly

Venezuela’s opposition-controlled parliament has announced that it will not recognize any decrees issued by the country’s newly formed constitutional assembly.

Aug 06 08:59

Venezuela slammed for firing dissenting attorney general

A new assembly loyal to President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday fired the country's attorney general, Luisa Ortega, one of his most vociferous critics, triggering a firestorm of condemnation from the US and Latin American nations.

Aug 06 08:44

3,500 BRAZILIAN SOLDIERS ENTER RIO SLUMS AMID VIOLENCE SPIKE

More than 3,500 Brazilian soldiers are occupying a series of slum communities in northern Rio de Janeiro as part of efforts to combat a spike in violence.

The troops moved into the Complexo do Lins communities and neighboring Camarista Meier in the early hours of Saturday. Defense Minister Raul Jungmann told Globo TV that the troops would stay there as long as necessary.

Last week 8,500 soldiers were deployed in Rio to fight organized crime gangs, which control many of the city's slums.

Aug 06 08:06

Venezuelan authorities crush military rebellion: ruling official

Venezuelan authorities have suppressed a military rebellion near the central city of Valencia, a ruling official said on Sunday, days after President Nicolas Maduro formed a legislative superbody internationally condemned as a power grab.

Aug 05 07:38

VENEZUELA CURRENCY DISINTEGRATES: DOWN 16% TODAY

Venezuela's currency, the bolivar, is disintegrating at an incredible pace under the country's political and economic crisis that has left citizens broke, desperate and in many cases, homicidal. The depreciation accelerated this week, after a disputed vote electing an all-powerful "Constituent Assembly" filled with allies of President Nicolas Maduro, which the opposition and dozens of countries have called illegitimate.

Just two days ago, on August 2, we reported that one dollar would buy 14,100 bolivars, up from 11,280 the day before.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not going to end well for Maduro.

Coupled with US covert/overt pressure to regime change the country Shock Horror! CIA Director Admits US Trying to Overthrow Venezuelan Government, it is not a question of if the current government will be regime changed: it is only a question of when.

Aug 04 12:19

China Backs Ally Venezuela's Constituent Assembly Process

China has come out in support of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, defending the country's National Constituent Assembly election as "generally held smoothly," dismissing criticisms from the United States and its junior partners regarding alleged voting irregularities.

Aug 03 08:09

Venezuelan Community Members Explain Opposition Violence

On Saturday, March 8, Gisella Rubilar, 47, was shot dead and two other people suffered serious gunshot wounds when they were removing an opposition roadblock which prevented safe passage to their working class and poor neighbourhood of Pie del Tiro, in the Andean capital of Merida, Venezuela. You will not have heard about it in the mass media, but this incident was part of a growing trend of opposition violence against working class and poor neighbourhoods fighting back.

It was after 9 pm on Saturday, March 8. Gisella Rubilar Figueroa came out with a group of people from the working class and poor neighbourhood of Pie del Tiro to clear the road blockade in the intersection of the main Avenida Los Proceres and Lomas de los Vientos in Mérida, Venezuela.

Aug 02 12:29

Venezuela Bolivar Loses A Third Of Its Value In The Past Week

With events in Venezuela now well into the endgame, following US sanctions that named "dictator" Maduro personally and a likely subsequent sanction that will cripple Venezuela's oil industry promptly resulting in the nation's insolvency as it loses its last remaining source of revenue, things are moving fast. So fast, in fact, that according to Reuters, Venezuela's money supply surged 10% in just one week earlier this month, its largest single-week rise in a quarter of a century.

Aug 02 09:23

Venezuelan Default Fears Rise With Billions in Debt Coming Due Soon

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With Venezuela dependent on oil revenues for survival, the current US sanctions, coupled with the expected default, will destroy what is left of their economy.

Aug 02 09:21

VENEZUELAN ELECTION TURNOUT FIGURES MANIPULATED BY 1 MILLION VOTES, SAYS ELECTION COMPANY

Turnout figures in Venezuela's Constitutional Assembly election were manipulated up by least 1 million votes, Smartmatic, a company which has worked with Venezuela since 2004 on its voting system, said on Wednesday. "We know, without any doubt, that the turnout of the recent election for a National Constituent Assembly was manipulated," Smartmatic CEO Antonio Mugica said at a news briefing in London.

Aug 02 09:09

US Regime Change in Venezuela: The Truth Is Easy if You Follow the Money Trail. The Opposition is Pro-Washington, Not “Pro-Democracy”

The nation of Venezuela is currently under the control of Venezuelans who derive their support, wealth, and power from Venezuela itself – its people and its natural resource. This political order also receives aid and support from Venezuela’s economic and military partners both in the region and around the globe.

The opposition opposed to the current political order and seeking to supplant it represents foreign interests and more specifically, the United States and its European allies.

The Opposition is Pro-Washington, Not “Pro-Democracy”

As early as 2002, US-backed regime change targeting then Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, sought to violently overthrow Venezuela’s political order and replace it with one obedient to Washington. Current leaders of the opposition were not only involved in the 2002 failed coup, many are documented to have received political and financial support from the United States government ever since.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that this destabilisation is being methodically orchestrated by none other than our Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, formerly COO of ExxonMobil.

This is, again, an attempt at regime change to insure that the incoming government is Western-Centric; to insure that only Western countries are developing Venezuela's vast oil reserves; and to insure that Venezuela's oil is only sold in US dollars.

Aug 02 06:10

Venezuela: Is the West that ignorant or just plain evil?

The whole idea behind the National Constituent Assembly is to create the conditions for Venezuela to be governable, since at present the Opposition elements in the legislative bodies are blocking the country's economy, forcing it into stagnation, disrupting chains of supply to create mayhem and blame the Government of the PSUV (United Socialist Party of Venezuela). The National Constituent Assembly (NCA) is covered and provided for under the Venezuelan Constitution, whose Article 347 states "The people of Venezuela are the holders of the original constitutional power. In the exercise of this power the people can call a National Constituent Assembly with the objective of transforming the State, creating a new juridical order and drawing up a new Constitution"; Article 348 states clearly that it can be set up by the Executive or by not less than 15 per cent of the electorate. Article 349 prohibits the President and other State Bodies from blocking the deliberations of the NCA...

Aug 01 15:25

US OCCUPATION OF VENEZUELA HAS ALREADY BEGUN AND IS BEING CONDUCTED BY EXXONMOBIL

The priority of this U.S. oil company to topple Venezuela is geopolitical and geo-economic, as a fundamental pillar of a new political, economic and financial configuration of the continent (with Russia and China as alternative strategic partners), which poses a threat to the strategic advantages and the almost absolute control of the energy resources of the region that these corporations boasted throughout the 20th century. Securing that source of supply not only enabled it to carry out its arms race and military campaigns in the Middle East, but to maintain a global superpower status which is challenged today by emerging rivals.

In the demarcation reinforced by this second round of contracts in the Liza-1 and Liza-2 fields, there is an implicit interest in appropriating an energy corridor as an Exxon exclusive exploitation zone that runs from the Orinoco Oil Belt, through the Essequibo, reaching the mouth of its Atlantic front.

Aug 01 15:17

US Occupation of Venezuela Has Already Begun and Is Being Conducted by ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil awarded contracts to Guyana for infrastructure, drilling and storage with a view to extracting the huge oil and gas reserves from the so-called “Liza Project” located in maritime territory claimed by Venezuela as stipulated by the Geneva Agreement of 1966. In 2015 the first oil discovery in the area provoked a diplomatic conflict between the nations due to the activities of the oil company on the Atlantic front of the Essequibo river.

Aug 01 09:48

Reuters: "JUST IN: Venezuela opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez, Antonio Ledezma taken from their homes

Venezuela opposition leaders taken from homes, say relatives

Jul 31 13:38

U.S. SLAPS SANCTIONS ON VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT MADURO

The move comes a day after Maduro declared a sweeping victory in a vote that will allow him to further consolidate his power over the crisis torn nation. Much of the world -- and many of Venezuela's own citizens -- have called the vote an assault on democracy.

Jul 31 09:52

US Ambassador to UN Calls Venezuelan Election 'Step Toward Dictatorship'

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called the Venezuelan election to the Constituent Assembly a "step toward dictatorship" adding that the United States would not recognize the results of the vote.

Jul 31 09:03

Venezuela: Youth opposition leader killed in violent election clashes

One of the leaders of a youth opposition party in Venezuela has been killed during widespread violence that marred Sunday's (30 July) controversial election for a new constituent assembly.

President Nicolás Maduro hailed the election result, with the government claiming that more than 8 million people – or 41% of the country's electorate – voted in favour of a new assembly that can rewrite the country's constitution and override the opposition-controlled congress.

Jul 31 08:42

CAUGHT ON TAPE: EXPLOSION ROCKS CARACAS, INJURES POLICE AS VENEZUELA VOTES

With opposition parties boycotting what they call a rigged election, Reuters reports the streets of Caracas were deserted on Sunday as a minority of Venezuelans trickled to the polls to elect a constitutional super-body that unpopular leftist President Maduro vowed would begin a new era of combat in the crisis-stricken nation. That is good news as, following the death of two people yesterday, shortly after a large group of motorbikes sped through the city, and explosion hit, reportedly injuring a number of police officers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The end game will not go well for Maduro.

I am reasonably certain that there are US-sponsored assassination teams, tracking his every move, and the moment they have a clear shot...the man is probably going to get killed.

The question is, not if... but when, and who does the US government have in the wings to replace him?!?

Jul 31 07:58

Peru Refuses to Recognize Results of Venezuela's Constituent Assembly Election

The Peruvian government will not recognize the results of the ongoing Constituent Assembly election in Venezuela, Peru's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

Jul 30 15:56

Candidate in Venezuela shot dead ahead of election

The death of a candidate in Venezuela’s highly-contested elections taking place on Sunday is being investigated after a group of assailants entered his home and fired several shots, a local prosecutor has said, according to the Venezuelan Public Ministry.

Jul 30 08:24

Venezuela to Investigate Food Giant Kraft Heinz for 'Sabotage'

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday officials will investigate whether the directors of U.S. food company Kraft Heinz are deliberately “sabotaging” the country’s economy.

“Tomorrow they are going first thing, and they will look into what’s happening at the Heinz company and if the directors are sabotaging (the economy),” Maduro said on his weekly television program, according to the EFE news agency.

The order came after three Heinz employees reportedly claimed the company’s factories are capable of operating at full capacity to meet the country’s shortage of certain food items—but that the owners do not want that to happen.

Jul 28 06:00

US Urges its Citizens to Leave Venezuela as Maduro Urges Opposition to Start a Dialogue

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has urged the Venezuelan opposition to abandon its path of rebellion, as he put it, and begin a dialogue that would eventually allow for a national agreement being reached. Maduro’s words come in the wake of the upcoming vote on the new Constitutional Assembly, scheduled to take place on July 30th. Meanwhile, the US Department of State has called on the US diplomats and their family members to start leaving Venezuela, in addition to warning the American citizens not to go there...

Jul 28 05:48

Venezuela's Constituent Assembly, Economic and Media Warfare

American analyst Whitney Webb speaks in the following interview on the Constituent Assembly to be voted in Venezuela on July 30th, a Caracas initiative to face the economic war provoked by the axis Miami-Mexico City-Bogotá-Madrid, and the increasing violence caused by the opposition to generate chaos in the caribbean country. Mint Press' American journalist also analyzes the US economic boycott and media war against Venezuela: all this, according to Whitney, similar to those which hit Latin America in the past to overthrow progressive governments, architected and financed exactly by the CIA. Today in Venezuela, as well as all over the world in order to produce the most recent Washington way to apply coups d'état: the so-called Color Revolution.
Edu Montesanti: What is the importance of the upcoming Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly? The opposition claims it is undemocratic: how do you respond to it?..

Jul 28 05:43

Countdown To War On Venezuela

On Sunday Venezuela will hold an general election of participants of a constitutional assembly. Half of the representatives will be elected from regular electoral districts. The other half will be elected from and by eight special constituencies like "workers", "farmers", "employers", etc. The second part may be unusual but is no less democratic than the U.S. system which gives voters in rural states more weight than city dwellers.

Jul 27 10:13

High noon in Venezuela with strike then vote

Venezuela is hurtling toward a high-stakes political confrontation this week pitting an increasingly isolated President Nicolas Maduro against an opposition scenting blood.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the opposition is staging its second nationwide strike in a week, then another mass protest on Friday, upping the pressure on the leftist leader.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Recall that the head of the CIA has admitted the US is running a regime change operation in Venezuela!

Jul 27 10:06

Venezuelans Stockpile Food and Water Ahead of Maduro Power Grab

Venezuelans are stockpiling scarce food and water as tensions mount ahead of a widely criticized Sunday vote that President Nicolas Maduro has called to elect an assembly of supporters to rewrite the constitution and strengthen his grip on power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the obvious "Maduro is evil" slant here.

Jul 26 13:29

What Trump's Venezuela Sanctions Will Do To Oil Prices: Barclays Explains

As discussed over the weekend, the endgame in Venezuela is accelerating and it is now only a matter of time before the Maduro regime exits, stage left, the only question is whether he does so peacefully or with the sound of gunfire in the background. And, as we also noted last week, the collapse of the Maduro regime, will "one way or another, send oil prices up."

But while a regime change will certainly lead to violent swings in oil prices (mostly higher), even less volatile events could have a significant impact on the price of crude. According to an overnight report by Barclays' Warren Russell, "even limited new US-imposed sanctions or discussion of broader sanctions could be a catalyst for Venezuela defaulting on its upcoming debt payments, which would put upward pressure on oil prices and help tighten light-heavy spreads."

Jul 26 10:52

Is Venezuela In Danger Of Becoming Another Syria?

You may recall this bizarre incident that occurred last month in Venezuela. A rogue police officer by the name of Oscar Perez, who is also well known in Venezuela for starring in several B-rated action movies, commandeered a helicopter, before dropping grenades on the nation’s Supreme Court building and strafing the Interior Ministry with gunfire. It was without a doubt, the strangest moment to come out of that nation’s ongoing civil unrest.

But this brazen attack isn’t just odd. In fact, it may portend something much more serious that is simmering under the surface of Venezuela’s slow motion social collapse.

Jul 26 10:10

Shock Horror! CIA Director Admits US Trying to Overthrow Venezuelan Government

US Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo has admitted the US is working to change the elected government of Venezuela, and collaborating with Colombia and Mexico to do so. While it's the first public acknowledgement of US meddling in the embattled country, Latin American political analysts likely won’t be surprized.

Jul 25 12:43

Battle Lines Are Being Drawn In Venezuela As The Socialist Nation Inches Toward Civil War - Mac Slavo

You may recall this bizarre incident that occurred last month in Venezuela. A rogue police officer by the name of Oscar Perez, who is also well known in Venezuela for starring in several B-rated action movies, commandeered a helicopter, before dropping grenades on the nation’s Supreme Court building and strafing the Interior Ministry with gunfire. It was without a doubt, the strangest moment to come out of that nation’s ongoing civil unrest.

But this brazen attack isn’t just odd. In fact, it may portend something much more serious that is simmering under the surface of Venezuela’s slow motion social collapse. It’s a sign that Venezuela is very close to erupting into a full-blown civil war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has got to be a particularly terrifying situation for Venezuelan families with kids, who can barely feed them at this point.

Jul 25 11:42

"We Are Tired Of Being Killed" Venezuelan Opposition Vows Violent Response To Maduro Power Grab

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has made it clear: Nothing short of the invasion threatened by President Donald Trump will stop him from holding a vote on a new constituent assembly that will officially replace the country’s legislature and likely allow the embattled president to rewrite the country’s Constitution, cementing his grip on power.

According to Bloomberg, Maduro has said the vote will be held next week in defiance of threats of US sanctions, and calls by his opponents for a two-day general strike. If approved, the new assembly will replace the country’s previous opposition-controlled assembly, which was annulled by the Maduro-controlled Supreme Court in March.

Once approved, it’s widely believed that Maduro will stock the assembly with political allies who will enable the re-drafting of the country’s constitution, allowing Maduro to consolidate power and officially marginalize anyone who opposes his regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the Venezuelan economy collapses, there is utterly nothing Maduro can do, except gather what personal funds and belongings he has, and run like hell out of the country.

The Venezuelan people know their history; they understand how a true democracy works; and ultimately will do their best to bring democracy back to Venezuela.

I seriously doubt that the Venezuelan people see a future where Maduro is still the President.

Jul 25 09:42

Regime Change In Latin America: A Short Documentary

Jul 24 09:46

Violence Flares In Venezuela As Opposition Calls For New Strike - Mac Slavo

Venezuela’s socialist government opposition called for a two-day national strike against President Nicolas Maduro after another day of violent clashes on Saturday where the injured included a violinist famous for his musical protests.

Wuilly Arteaga, the 23-year-old has become famous for playing the national anthem on his violin in front of security lines as battles rage around him, has been injured in the fight for freedom against Venezuela’s socialist regime. Paramedics attended Arteaga in the street as blood poured down his face. He later tweeted a video from the hospital with a bandaged face and clutching his violin. “Neither rubber bullets nor pellets will stop our fight,” said Arteaga. “Tomorrow I will be back in the streets.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question now is, not if Maduro and his government fall, but when.

I am quite certain that the US government has its very own "regime change" candidate already in the wings, waiting... for their opportunity to be "installed/anointed" as the next President of Venezuela.

Jul 24 09:32

Venezuela Will Be The First Sovereign Oil Producer To See An "All-Out Collapse"

Venezuela’s anti-government protests are growing increasingly violent, with the death toll from clashes between protesters and government forces that began in May topping 100. Despite the country’s increasing political instability, and US President Donald Trump’s half-serious threats of an invasion, President Nicolas Maduro has decided to press ahead with his vote to create a rubberstamp constituent assembly that will allow him to amend the country’s constitution.

With the country’s finances looking ever more precarious, Bloomberg warns that that this decision could bring about the first collapse of a sovereign oil producer. Venezuela has the largest natural oil reserves of any country on Earth, yet the decline in oil prices that began in 2014, coupled with years of economic mismanagement, have been enough to bring the country’s economy to its knees.

Jul 24 09:29

Violence Flares In Venezuela As Opposition Calls For New Strike

Venezuela’s socialist government opposition called for a two-day national strike against President Nicolas Maduro after another day of violent clashes on Saturday where the injured included a violinist famous for his musical protests.

Wuilly Arteaga, the 23-year-old has become famous for playing the national anthem on his violin in front of security lines as battles rage around him, has been injured in the fight for freedom against Venezuela’s socialist regime. Paramedics attended Arteaga in the street as blood poured down his face. He later tweeted a video from the hospital with a bandaged face and clutching his violin. “Neither rubber bullets nor pellets will stop our fight,” said Arteaga. “Tomorrow I will be back in the streets.”

Jul 24 09:04

Morales Declares 'Total Independence' from World Bank and IMF

Bolivia's President Evo Morales has been highlighting his government's independence from international money lending organizations and their detrimental impact the nation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bolivia just made the Special High Interest Targets list!

Jul 24 07:17

VENEZUELA WILL BE THE FIRST SOVEREIGN OIL PRODUCER TO SEE AN "ALL-OUT COLLAPSE"

Venezuela’s anti-government protests are growing increasingly violent, with the death toll from clashes between protesters and government forces that began in May topping 100. Despite the country’s increasing political instability, and US President Donald Trump’s half-serious threats of an invasion, President Nicolas Maduro has decided to press ahead with his vote to create a rubber stamp constituent assembly that will allow him to amend the country’s constitution.

With the country’s finances looking ever more precarious, Bloomberg warns that that this decision could bring about the first collapse of a sovereign oil producer. Venezuela has the largest natural oil reserves of any country on Earth, yet the decline in oil prices that began in 2014, coupled with years of economic mismanagement, have been enough to bring the country’s economy to its knees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I seriously doubt that the status quo ante will last until Christmas; I would bet, however, that the US government has a ready-made "regime change" in place when Maduro falls, which will put that country into the slave chains of the most painful financial austerity possible.

Jul 22 13:18

Mexican Drug War: 2,234 murders in June, the country's deadliest month in at least 20 years

Drug war bloodshed in Mexico has spiked to record levels, with more homicides recorded in June than in any month in at least two decades. Prosecutors opened 2,234 homicide investigations last month, according to government statistics released Friday. That’s an increase of 40% over June of last year and 80% over June of 2014.

Jul 22 08:45

Venezuela: Protesters and security forces face-off in east Caracas

Jul 21 09:34

U.S. May Halt Oil Imports From Venezuela

The Trump administration is mulling over sanctions against senior Venezuelan government officials, and additional measures could include sanctions against the country’s oil industry, such as halting imports into the U.S., according to senior Washington officials who spoke to media.

Jul 20 11:29

Brazilian court seizes ex-president Lula's assets

A Brazilian judge has ordered assets of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to be frozen and sold.

Judge Sergio Moro put the value of the assets of Lula, as he is widely known, at $4.3 million, according to court papers released Wednesday.

Lula's assets include three apartments, a plot of land, two vehicles and two bank accounts with more than the equivalent of $190,000.

Jul 19 09:11

Venezuela vows to continue with new congress despite US threats

The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has vowed to go ahead with its plans for a new congress despite the US’ "brutal interventionist" threats of economic sanctions.

Jul 18 09:50

Trump threatens sanctions if Venezuela creates Constituent Assembly

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Monday to take "strong and swift economic actions" if Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro goes ahead with plans to create a super-legislature known as a Constituent Assembly in a July 30 vote.

"Yesterday, the Venezuelan people again made clear that they stand for democracy, freedom and rule of law. Yet their strong and courageous actions continue to be ignored by a bad leader who dreams of becoming a dictator," Trump said in a statement issued by the White House.

"The United States will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles. If the Maduro regime imposes its Constituent Assembly on July 30, the United States will take strong and swift economic actions," Trump said.

Maduro's foes are demanding a presidential election and want to stop the leftist leader's plan to create the Constituent Assembly, which would have the power to rewrite the constitution and annul the opposition-led legislature.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word please; sanctions are not going to hurt the well-connected, one percenters of Venezuela.

Ordinary Venezuelan citizens have been documented as in such severe hunger, that they are eating protected flamingos, anteaters, dogs, cats, donkeys, and goats; and that was back in February of this year.

Hungry Venezuelans killing flamingos and anteaters for food, biologists say

IF these sanctions hasten the end of the Maduro government, which I believe is your design intent, I want to see the US come up with, and deliver, some massive food and medical aid for these people after the fall of the current regime.

There needs to be some practical compassion here, Mr. President: please consider this as part of your plan to aid, and stabilise, the incoming government.

Jul 18 09:16

"ZERO DAY" FOR VIOLENT REGIME CHANGE IN VENEZUELA

The U.S. supports the right-wing opposition in Venezuela against the socialist government of President Maduro.

Since April the opposition tries to dislodge the government by instigating a regime change by force. Its protests and street fights with the police are led by violent, militarized gangs:

Venezuela’s ongoing street protests are increasingly looking like outright warfare. As security forces shoot rubber bullets, tear-gas canisters and sometimes live rounds at the churning crowds, increasingly restive mobs are responding with lethal slingshots, homemade mortars and Molotov cocktails.
This week, seven National Guard members were injured in Caracas when a roadside bomb exploded as they drove by on motorcycles.

Leading the opposition shock-troops are loose-knit groups of young men and women that have names like The Templars, The Warriors and The Arcadias. Collectively, they’re known as the Chamos de la Resistencia or, roughly, the Youth Resistance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like a US-enabled "regime change" is in the works for Venezuela, but do not expect anything to get better for the Venezuelan people, once this has been accomplished.

Look for what has happened in all the countries the US has regime changed; past is prologue to the future.

You will see crushing government austerity, to grind the people of Venezuela even further down economically than they already are; the establishment of a Private Central Bank, loaning money at usurious rates, accompanied by brutal repressions of rights and liberties by a dictatorship which will suppress any criticism whatsoever of its actions.

Capital, and some of Venezuela's best and brightest, have already fled the country. Whatever government seizes power has got to, somehow, bring both back, if this country is not going to exist as a failed state, which may well be Venezuela's future, no matter who holds power here.

Jul 13 08:21

Venezuela’s Currency Is So Devalued that Cops Are Demanding Bribes in Colombian Pesos

The cataclysmic devaluation of the bolivar in Venezuela and the brutal repression in the South American country now go hand in hand; state security agencies are increasingly demanding bribes in relatively strong Colombian pesos to release unjustly detained protesters.

Jul 13 07:31

Brazil's former socialist President is sentenced to 10 years for accepting bribe of $1.1million and a beach house

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been found guilty of corruption and money laundering and sentenced to almost 10 years in prison.

Silva, who ran Brazil from 2003 until 2010 and is still known affectionately as Lula, was handed nine and a half years for accepting a bribe of a luxury seaside apartment and $1.1 million.

The decision was expected but still shocked many in the country as Silva left office with soaring popularity ratings having lifted millions of Brazilians out of poverty.

Jul 12 09:09

Meanwhile In Venezuela, The Real Mad Max Emerges

While Silicon Valley seems obsessed by 'blood boys', its another part of the world that appears to have gone full Mad Max. As the following clip shows a gang of bikers chase down and attack a truck (with molotov cocktails) to steal its sugar payload...

Jul 06 11:03

Must watch: Rare on-the-ground reporting on violent (US backed) right-wing opposition in Venezuela

Rare on-the-ground reporting on violent (US backed) right-wing opposition in Venezuela

Jul 06 08:08

MADURO THUGS STORM VENEZUELA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, BEAT OPPOSITION LAWMAKERS, DEFAULT RISK JUMPS

Venezuela celebrated 206 years of independence in a manner uniquely befitting Latin America’s socialist paradise: A gang of armed Maduro supporters broke into the National Assembly and viciously assaulted opposition lawmakers, nearly killing one.

Pipe-wielding government supporters burst into Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress on Wednesday, witnesses said, attacking and besieging lawmakers in the latest flare-up of violence during a political crisis.

The melee, which injured seven opposition politicians, was another worrying flashpoint in a traumatic last three months for the South American OPEC nation, shaken by opposition protests against socialist President Nicolas Maduro.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know what the Vegas odds are of Maduro staying in power much longer, but I would not probably rate them as being excellent, right now.

Of course, that being said, I am quite certain that both the Trump Administration and the Deep State of the Unhinged Surveilled State of America, have their very own "government in a box", ready to spring on Venezuela when the time is right.

And the "price" the Venezuelan people will be expected to pay, for having supported a socialist government for so long, is more austerity; more hunger; and far less freedoms.

Jul 03 10:45

Planting “Regime Change” in Venezuela

The myth of human rights playing a decisive role in the diplomacy of the United States is an important façade to be broken before touching the current political crisis in Venezuela. A noble crusade for democracy and promotion of human rights are applied by the State Department only in times when these enlightening qualities serve the interests of Washington.

Thus, the regime change is conveyed to the public as liberal intervention, while the predominantly authoritarian outcomes of such liberal interventions are rarely discussed in the corporate press. This goes without plunging deep into describing the Western protectionism of the most repressive regimes in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Afghanistan, Egypt and Turkmenistan.

With such resume of hypocrisy, human rights and democracy were used to formally glorify the overthrow of Ukrainian government in 2014, replacing one corrupt regime with a right-wing, marionette and fascist-leaning oligarchy.

Jul 03 09:23

Venezuelan Opposition Largely Responsible for the Rising Death Toll and Violence in Venezuela

Lucas Koerner of Venezuelanalysis.com says the death toll and violence are on the rise but according to the Attorney General's reports more of these deaths are being instigated and attributed to opposition supporters

Jul 03 06:22

VENEZUELA'S UNBELIEVABLE CURRENCY COLLAPSE IS GETTING WORSE

Violent protests are growing, the economy is spiraling further out of control and Venezuelans are suffering through shortages of food and medicine. And the bolivar, already worth next to nothing, keeps losing value.

At the beginning of the year, it took about 3,000 bolivars to buy one U.S. dollar. By Wednesday, it took almost 8,000. That's according to dolartoday.com, which tracks the unofficial exchange rate used by most Venezuelans because official rates are considered overvalued.

"I'd describe it as the result of a government that prints money like it's confetti," says Raul Gallegos, senior analyst at Control Risks, an international consulting firm. "The government has simply employed the wrong policies to stay in power."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We cannot forget, and this is an issue which CNN conveniently ignores, the power of US sanctions on Venezuela, and the chilling effects they have had.

US government extends sanctions on Venezuela,
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Obama Extends Executive Order Targeting Venezuela for Second Time

Obama Signs Venezuela Sanctions Extension

US sanctions Venezuela's Vice President

I am quite certain that certain elements in the US government are plotting "regime change" in Caracas as I type this; it is only a matter of time, at this point, before Maduro is forced to leave office, one way or the other.

Jun 29 09:34

Venezuela's shield-bearing protesters inspired by Ukraine

Drawing inspiration from Ukraine's 2013-14 revolt, Venezuela's young protesters are donning Viking-like shields in battles with security forces and eagerly watching a film on the Kiev uprising.

Foes of Venezuelan socialist President Nicolas Maduro are holding public showings of Netflix's "Winter on Fire" documentary about the three-month standoff in Ukraine that led to 100 deaths and the exit of then-president Viktor Yanukovich.

In Venezuela's anti-government unrest, where 80 people have died since April, youths bear colourfully decorated homemade shields akin to those used in Kiev's Maidan Square.

Jun 28 09:48

Venezuela crisis: Helicopter launches attack on Supreme Court

A helicopter has attacked Venezuela's Supreme Court in what President Nicolás Maduro called a "terrorist" incident.

Four grenades were dropped on the court and 15 shots fired at the interior ministry on Tuesday, officials said.

Rogue policeman Oscar Pérez said he had piloted the stolen helicopter to attack what he called a "criminal government". His whereabouts are unknown.

Venezuela is in the midst of a political and economic crisis that has sparked mass protests.

Jun 28 09:47

Washington's UN envoy urges action on Venezuela crisis

US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Thursday called for international action to address the crisis in Venezuela, after a US-backed proposal for regional mediation failed to win support at the Organization of American States.

Jun 28 07:33

The Latest: Venezuela minister says chopper fired 15 shots

The Latest on a helicopter attack on Venezuela's Supreme Court. (all times local):

11:40 p.m.

Venezuelan Information Minister Ernesto Villegas says that a stolen helicopter fired 15 shots against the Interior Ministry as a reception was taking place for 80 people. It then flew a short distance to the pro-government Supreme Court and launched what he said were four Israeli-made grenades of "Colombian origin," two of them against national guardsmen protecting the building.

Authorities said there were no injuries from Tuesday's attack and that the area was still being surveyed for damages. Villegas said security forces were being deployed to apprehend Perez, who the government of President Nicolas Maduro accused of working under the instructions of the CIA and the U.S. Embassy in Caracas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would not doubt, for one moment, that elements of the CIA are working feverishly to topple Maduro.

Were I he right now, I would be doing a lot of due dilligence on what countries do not have extradition treaty with both Venezuela and the United States.

Jun 27 09:30

Brazilian President Temer Officially Charged With Corruption

Just over a month after O Globo newspaper first brought the world's attention to the fact that Brazil's President Michel Temer was 'allegedly' involved in "hush money" payments, then vehemently denied by him; and just a week after the police confirmed it had evidence that Temer received bribes, O Globo, reports citing court documents, that President Michel Temer was formally charged with corruption by Prosecutor-General Rodrigo Janot.

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