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  • What's up with Dick Durbin's and Pete Sessions's secret junket to Venezuela?

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

    11/19/2017 1:52:40 PM PST · by Nateman · 25 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Nov 17 2017 | Foreign Staff
    Former Caracas Mayor and prominent opposition leader Antonio Ledezma has escaped house arrest and fled to Colombia. Colombian immigration authorities say in a statement that Mr Ledezma entered the country legally on Friday by crossing the Simon Bolivar bridge separating the two countries.
  • News-For-Hire Scandal Deepens: ‘Fusion GPS’ Sleazy Venezuela Links Shed New Light on Trump Dossier

    07/30/2017 12:45:46 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | 27 July 2017 | Lee Smith
    The Fusion GPS news-for-hire scandal has not only led to the public identification of the source of the “Trump Dossier”—a for-profit company that provides opposition research to whoever could write big checks, which is staffed by four former Wall Street Journal reporters led by Glenn Simpson. The scandal has also lifted the lid off a sewer of corporate information warfare and opposition research that the flailing institutions of the mainstream press now regularly re-package as news, without ever saying where it came from—or who paid for it. While the idea that the products of paid opposition research are being main-lined...
  • Venezuela opposition aims to flood Caracas in anti-Maduro protest

    09/01/2016 2:08:40 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/1/2016 | Andrew Cawthorne, Daniel Kai
    White-clad opposition supporters from all corners of Venezuela were descending on Caracas on Thursday for rallies intended to press for a recall referendum this year against unpopular socialist President Nicolas Maduro. With protestors coming in from the Amazon jungle to the western Andes, the opposition hopes a million people will gather in a show of anger at Maduro and Venezuela's deep economic crisis. Maduro, 53, says the opposition-dubbed "Takeover of Caracas", disguises a US-fomented coup plan, akin to a short-lived 2002 putsch against his mentor and predecessor Hugo Chavez. Edgy authorities arrested some well-known activists in the run-up, with 13...
  • What Seven Hours of Waiting Will Get You in Venezuela

    05/23/2016 8:05:11 PM PDT · by grundle · 21 replies
    panampost.com ^ | August 19, 2015 | Editor’s note: the author of this article expressly asked not to be named for fear of reprisals.
    Take a Walk Down the Atrocity Covered in Wallpaper "The simplest explanation is usually the correct one." ~ Occam’s razor "Why can’t you get things? It is very difficult to explain. I understand you are upset, but you can’t give the oligarchy the upper hand. It’s a matter of being united … another economy is an option, the community economy, the one stemming from small producers … do not give these racketeers (the entrepreneurs) resources. You have to wait in line with us as well, but at least in the end you don’t pay as much." The above message is...
  • Venezuela opposition slams 'desperate' Maduro state of emergency

    05/14/2016 6:34:23 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/14/16 | Alexandra Ulmer and Corina Pons
    Venezuela's opposition on Saturday slammed a state of emergency decreed by President Nicolas Maduro and vowed to press home efforts to remove the leftist leader this year amid a grim economic crisis. Maduro on Friday night declared a 60-day state of emergency due to what he called plots from Venezuela and the United States to subvert him. He did not provide specifics. The measure shows Maduro is panicking as a push for a recall referendum against him gains traction with tired, frustrated Venezuelans, opposition leaders said during a protest in Caracas. "We're talking about a desperate president who is putting...
  • The Game Changed in Venezuela Last Night – and the International Media Is Asleep At the Switch

    02/24/2016 4:29:00 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 42 replies
    caracas chronicles ^ | February 20, 2014 | Francisco Toro
    Dear International Editor: Listen and understand. The game changed in Venezuela last night. What had been a slow-motion unravelling that had stretched out over many years went kinetic all of a sudden. What we have this morning is no longer the Venezuela story you thought you understood. Throughout last night, panicked people told their stories of state-sponsored paramilitaries on motorcycles roaming middle class neighborhoods, shooting at people and storming into apartment buildings, shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting. People continue to be arrested merely for protesting, and a long established local Human Rights NGO makes an...
  • BBC 100 Women: The fearless nun inside 'hell on earth' [Nun in Venezuelan prison]

    11/28/2015 4:38:20 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    BBC Mundo ^ | 27 November 2015 | Margarita Rodriguez
    For more than 17 years, a Catholic nun named Neyda Rojas has been serving God in a place that many describe as hell on earth - a Venezuelan prison. For decades, penitentiaries here have been criticised by human rights organisations for allowing serious human rights violations to take place behind their walls. Venezuelan prisons are among the most violent and overcrowded in Latin America. None of that has stopped this missionary, who belongs to the Mercedarian Order, help teach inmates some of the basics of life, like literacy. "I'm very happy when they learn to read and write. I...
  • Caracas, Venezuela 2015: Living in one of the world's most dangerous cities

    06/10/2015 4:42:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/09/2015 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    How do you jog, take an evening walk, or go to the movies in one of the world's most dangerous cities?   The answer is that you do it and take the risk, as we see in this NY Times article about Caracas: Twice a week, Mariela Virguez ventures out for an evening ride with a cycling group that scales the hills of El Hatillo, a colonial-era district in the south that has seen a rash of kidnappings. "I refuse to give this up just because of the situation in this country," said the 50-year-old computer engineer. "We don't have food,...
  • Ahmadinejad and JFK

    06/05/2007 4:42:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 699+ views
    New York Sun ^ | June 5, 2007 | Staff Editorial
    The thing that caught our eye in the plot to blow up John F. Kennedy International Airport and its oil lines concerns a detail in respect of the arrest of one of the key Guyanese suspects. It was the fact that the former member of the Guyanese legislature who was fingered in the plot, Abdul Kadir, was arrested in Trinidad on his way to Caracas, Venezuela. According to Mr. Kadir's wife, who was quoted in the Guyanese press, he was there to pick up an Iranian visa that would enable him to attend an Islamic conference in Tehran. No doubt...
  • Venezuela's final death throes

    02/21/2015 12:12:50 PM PST · by DanMiller · 18 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 21, 2015 | Dan Miller
    Arrest of the mayor of Venezuela's largest city on charges of treason should, but probably will not, end the dictatorial reign of Chavista el Presidente Maduro.My wife, Jeanie, and I spent periods totaling more than two years, and ranging in length from six months to a few days, in Venezuela between 1997 and 2002. During those periods, we saw much of Venezuela, from the cities to the rural mountain areas. It was a beautiful and comparatively prosperous country then. Food, most of it locally grown or raised, was plentiful, good and inexpensive. We both received excellent but inexpensive medical care. I felt safer in...
  • The FBI is looking for Ghazi Nasr Al-Din and believes he could be in South Florida

    02/01/2015 4:09:08 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    WPTV ^ | January 30, 2015
    The FBI is looking for Ghazi Nasr Al-Din and believes he could be in South Florida. He was just added to the bureau’s seeking information terrorism list. The agency wants to talk to him about his fundraising efforts with Hezbollah contributors. Hezbollah is an Islamic militant group. Nasr Al-Din is 5 foot 7 and weighs about 175 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes and an olive complexion. He speaks Arabic and Spanish and he has dual citizenship in Lebanon and Venezuela. If you see him call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800- 225-5324) or contact your local...
  • FBI: Ex-Venezuelan Ambassador to Lebanon Fundraised for Hezbollah

    02/01/2015 4:47:35 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Breitbart/National Security ^ | January 31, 2015 | Frances Martel
    The FBI has added a former Venezuelan ambassador to Lebanon and Syria to their Terrorism “Seeking Information” list, after evidence indicated that Ghazi Nasr al Din was using his position to help fundraise for the Shiite terror group Hezbollah. Nasr al Din, a dual Venezuelan and Lebanese citizen, served both of his terms under socialist leader Hugo Chávez before his death and has also served at the head of the Shi’a Islamic Center in Caracas, Venezuela, according to the United States Department of Treasury. The Treasury designated Nasr al Din a “supporter” of Hezbollah in 2008, with Adam J. Szubin,...
  • (The Woes of Socialism) Venezuelans Not 'Lovin' It' as McDonald's Fries Go Scarce

    01/06/2015 10:05:29 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 6, 2015 | Corina Pons
    Venezuelans not 'lovin' it' as McDonald's fries go scarce CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan fast-food lovers are mourning the disappearance of McDonald's golden staple: the french fry. A recent shortage at the U.S. fast food chain comes as socialist Venezuela grapples with shortfalls of basic goods ranging from medicines to flour due to strict currency controls that stymie imports. McDonald's restaurants are coping by replacing the spuds with salad or local fare such as fried yuca or "arepa" corn pancakes - but Golden Arches fans are none too happy about the new meal. "Hamburgers don't go with arepas and this salad...
  • The Woes of Socialism ... Famous Venezuelan Ice-Cream Store Closes Over Milk Shortage

    12/29/2014 4:30:36 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 27, 2014 | Corina Pons
    Famous Venezuelan ice-cream store closes over milk shortage CARACAS - An ice-cream store listed in the Guinness World Records book for its 863 different flavours has become the latest victim of Venezuela's economic crisis. "We are closed during the season due to shortage of milk," the famous Coromoto ice-cream store in the highland town of Merida announced on its Facebook page. Locals confirmed that the shop, hugely popular among tourists for its exotic and strange flavours ranging from beer to beans, had been closed since Christmas Eve. A sign on the door asked customers' forgiveness "for not attending you due...
  • Venezualan Classical Music System Under Fire

    11/30/2014 4:45:20 PM PST · by tellw · 10 replies
    Waco Tribune (via AP) ^ | 11/30/14 | Joshua Goodman
    <p>BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — It has been praised the world over as a model for uplifting disadvantaged youth by connecting them with classical music.</p> <p>But a new book about Venezuela's network of youth orchestras known as El Sistema, or The System, portrays it as a "model of tyranny" where brutal, marathon practice sessions mirror the apparently unlimited power and top-down style of its magnetic founder, Jose Antonio Abreu.</p>
  • Venezuelan Globovision editor Nairobi Pinto kidnapped

    04/09/2014 7:27:14 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    BBC (Latin America) ^ | 7 April 2014 Last updated at 20:45 ET | none stated
    The assignment editor of the Venezuelan TV news network Globovision has been kidnapped, according to her father. Nairobi Pinto was seized by two masked gunmen at her home in the capital Caracas, her father Luis said. He asked the kidnappers to "see sense" and release his daughter.
  • Drone Camera Corrects CNN Español Report on Caracas Demonstrations

    03/23/2014 6:51:34 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 23, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Look, up in the sky! It's a bird... It's a plane... It's a drone camera! And it was a drone camera whose video corrected the false impression left by a CNN en Español report that there was somehow an equivalency in the size of competing demonstrations on Saturday in Caracas, Venezuela. As Daniel Duquenal of Venezuela News and Views complained, the CNN en Español report by Guillermo Arduino gave only closeup shots of competing Chavista and opposition demonstrations. However, the drone eye in the sky revealed the vast panoply of the opposition demonstration that seemed to number in the hundreds...
  • The society Chavez has left us: barbarians inside the gate

    09/28/2013 2:02:02 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 53 replies
    daniel-venezuela.blogspot.com ^ | 9/27/13 | danielinyaracuy
    This morning a truck broke the security barrier in a Caracas highway exchange and got stuck in the middle of the highway. The truck carried packs of frozen meat. It was 6 AM. Within minutes there were already people trying to loot the truck instead than trying to save the driver, who ended up dead later. The cops came and stopped for a while the actions. But since the Caracas main highway was paralyzed, motorbikes came from all around and started trying to rob all the unhappy drivers stuck in traffic. At 9 AM about 300 bikers arrived and tried...
  • Venezuelan man who shot two US defence attaches at a strip club jailed

    09/02/2013 11:04:11 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 08/31/2013 | Reuters
    A Venezuelan man has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for shooting and wounding two US military attaches at a strip club in the capital. Carlos Mejias, 32, admitted he shot the US Embassy employees in the early hours of May 28, the attorney general's office said. It said Mejias got into an argument with them at the Antonella 2012 club, better known as "Angelus," in the city's upscale Chacao district. "Later he pulled out a gun and repeatedly fired at the Americans, leaving them wounded at the location," it said in a statement. Five days later, Mejias...