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  • Venezuela says it is refining gold in Turkey following sanctions

    07/29/2018 10:27:50 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 25 replies
    CARACAS, July 18 (Reuters) - Venezuela’s central bank this year began refining gold in Turkey following a wave of international sanctions that have left it unwilling to carry out such operations in Switzerland, the country’s mining minister said on Wednesday. The central bank for several years has been buying gold from small miners in the south of the country and refining it to be used as monetary gold to shore up its international reserves that have tumbled as the country’s socialist economy implodes. “This is an agreement established with Turkey and the Venezuelan central bank,” said Victor Cano in a...
  • Colombia asked Trump to urge end to Russian support for Venezuela

    07/21/2018 7:24:23 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 7 replies
    Colombia Reports ^ | July 16, 2018 | Adriaan Alsema
    Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos asked his American counterpart Donald Trump to urge Russian leader Vladimir Putin to stop supporting Venezuela’s government. Santos took to Twitter on Saturday to ask Trump to address Russia’s support for the authoritarian government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The governments of both Colombia and the United States fiercely oppose Maduro. Russia, however, has been accused of helping Venezuela evade sanctions imposed by Washington DC. Furthermore, Venezuela’s military appears to have received thousands of Russian surface-to-air missiles, according to news agency Reuters. “To contribute to the crisis in Venezuela I am asking President Trump to...
  • Venezuela pegging its economic recovery to a cryptocurrency that’s widely considered a scam

    08/20/2018 10:09:35 AM PDT · by NRx · 51 replies
    CNBC ^ | 08-20-2018 | Kate Rooney
    Venezuela is doing something completely unprecedented. Some even say illegal. As part of an attempt to stop skyrocketing inflation, the country is issuing a new fiat currency called the "sovereign bolivar," which will be backed by a cryptocurrency. But that cryptocurrency, called the "petro," does not trade, and Venezuela's own parliament says it's being illegally used to mortgage the nation's cash-strapped oil reserves. "This is a smoke-and-mirrors operation typical of Venezuela — I'll believe it when I see it," said Steve Hanke, professor of applied economics at Johns Hopkins University and one of the world's leading experts on hyperinflation. "The...
  • Trump's policies could enable America's economy to outpace China's

    08/20/2018 12:12:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 18, 2018 | Steven W. Mosher
    The great engine of American capitalism is once again firing on all cylinders, as shown by the 4.1 percent annualized growth of America’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter of this year. Most Americans (with the exception of Democrats in Congress) are celebrating the good economic news. There is quiet rejoicing in many European and Asian capitals as well, since their mostly sluggish economies will now be drawn along in America’s powerful wake. But there is one capital where the American economic renaissance is definitely not welcome news. Consternation reigns in China, where President Xi Jinping is nervously...
  • Russia Allocates $10M to Restore Cuban Capitol’s Golden Dome

    08/17/2018 12:07:02 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 15 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Aug 16, 2018
    Russia will spend hundreds of millions of rubles on restoring the golden dome of the National Capitol Building in Havana, Cuba, in what Russian critics have said is an example of misplaced spending. Russian users reacted sarcastically to the plan, with opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s aide Leonid Volkov calling it “brilliant news, simply the best.” Popular blogger Ilya Varlamov wrote a post on Telegram ridiculing Russia’s decision to spend the money abroad. “Russia will spend 642 million rubles to restore roads and repair hospitals across the country!” he wrote. “Whoops, I made a typo, sorry!" Though opened after eight years...
  • Brazil presidential front-runner vows to close Palestinian embassy

    08/09/2018 6:43:51 AM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 8 replies
    The Tiimes of Israel ^ | August 9, 2018 | Marcus M. Gilban
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (JTA) — Brazil’s front-running presidential candidate has announced he will close the Palestinian embassy in Brasilia in addition to moving his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “Is Palestine a country? Palestine is not a country, so there should be no embassy here,” Jair Bolsonaro, a lawmaker from the Social Liberal Party, declared on Tuesday when the National Congress reopened after a three-week recess. “You do not negotiate with terrorists,” he added.
  • Hospitals scrap surgeries, Venezuelans forgo showers as taps run dry

    08/16/2018 10:24:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 15, 2018 | Andreina Aponte
    At one of Caracas’ biggest public hospitals, most bathrooms are closed. Patients fill jugs from a tiny tap on the ground floor that sometimes has a trickle of water. Operations are postponed or canceled. The Central Venezuelan University hospital, once a Latin American leader, is reeling as taps run dry.
  • The Emmy Awards Tilt to the Left

    08/01/2018 2:56:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2018 | Brent Bozell and Tim Graham
    On July 26, the News and Documentary Emmy Award nominations were announced, and PBS topped the list with 45 nominations. CBS led the broadcast networks with 31 nods, followed by CNN and HBO with 22 each, and ABC with 20. MSNBC got 5. Vice News got nine. Al-Jazeera International USA got five. And The New York Times got seven -- for videos! Even the liberal website Vox got three. The Fox News channel, which leads in cable-news viewership year after year after year, got none. Raise your hand if you're surprised. Given the liberal tilt of the news industry, did...
  • Venezuelan leader 'survives drone attack' and blames Colombia

    08/05/2018 9:25:49 PM PDT · by robowombat · 15 replies
    ITV ^ | Aug 5, 2018
    Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro dodged an apparent assassination attempt when drones armed with explosives detonated while he was delivering a speech, officials said. Mr Maduro and his wife, Cilia Flores, looked up at the sky and winced on Saturday after hearing the sound of an explosion pierce the air. He was giving a speech to hundreds of soldiers in Caracas which was being broadcast live on television when the incident occurred. “This was an attempt to kill me,” the 55-year-old said later in an impassioned retelling of the events. "Today they attempted to assassinate me." A uniformed official bleeds from...
  • Trump Confronts Russia With the Fleet Obama ‘Sank’

    08/02/2018 6:55:42 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 35 replies
    FrontPage ^ | August 2, 2018 | Greenfield
    Trump Confronts Russia With the Fleet Obama ‘Sank’ What real power and national greatness look like. August 2, 2018 Daniel Greenfield Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism. On October 1962, destroyers from the Second Fleet streamed out to intercept Russian vessels suspected of delivering missiles to Cuba. Under the shadow of DEFCON 2, Vice Admiral Alfred Ward, commander of the Second Fleet, watched over a blockade of Cuba. The Navy men putting Russian ships under their guns knew that they were the...
  • Is Cuba abusing its overseas workers? A Tampa dissident takes Cuba to court

    07/09/2018 8:28:05 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 11 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 7/9/18 | Paul Guzzo
    Raul Risco was once loyal to Cuba’s socialist cause... Then 18 years ago, disillusioned with socialism...Risco became a vocal dissident... This ...landed him in a Cuban prison 300 times, for a total of five years... Risco sought asylum and moved with his family to Tampa 11 months ago... Risco... has filed a lawsuit in Havana demanding changes... His ultimate goal is to bring the case before the United Nations and its International Court of Justice. "It is important for people to hear what is going on," said Risco... The Cuban government sends about 65,000 of its citizens to work in...
  • Che Guevara's boiling contempt for Mexicans - and AMLO's love for Che

    07/07/2018 6:07:09 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 7, 2018 | Monica Showalter
    Nobody had a greater loathing for Mexicans than the left's much-vaunted Argentine Castroite 'revolutionary,' Ernesto 'Che' Guevara. “Mexicans are mostly a rabble of illiterate Indians,” the great Che summed that nation's people up. Guevara makes President Trump with his controversial remarks about individual Mexicans who commit crimes look like a piker. Guevara hated all of them.
  • June 28th, 2000 - The Day The Left Cheered The Separation of a Child From His Family

    06/27/2018 7:07:21 AM PDT · by LRoggy · 15 replies
    Vanity ^ | 6/27/18 | LRoggy
    Tomorrow marks the 18th anniversary of the return of Elian Gonzalez to Cuba, the original ripping away of a child from his family. It was an event that the Left CHEERED. A mother (with her husband's blessing . . . if he didn't grant it they would never have made it out and everyone knows that) makes the ultimate sacrifice for her child's future by giving her life up so that her child could be raised in Florida by her family. We all remember that photo, the one that the Left can never accept was true fascism in action, of...
  • Pope Denounces Trump’s Border Policy as 'Immoral'– but Hailed Fidel Castro

    06/23/2018 12:04:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Townhall ^ | 06/23/2018 | Humberto Fontova
    "Pope Francis has criticized the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the Mexican border…Speaking to Reuters, the Pope said he supported recent statements by U.S. Catholic bishops who called the separation of children from their parents 'contrary to our Catholic values' and 'immoral.'" (Reuters, June 20, 2018)“During their meeting the Pope thanked comrade Fidel Castro for his contributions to world peace in a world saturated with hate and aggression." (Cuba’s Communist party paper, Sept 21st 2015.)“What?!” Nikita Khrushchev gasped on Oct. 28th 1962, as recalled by his son Sergei. “Is he (Fidel Castro) proposing that we start a nuclear war?! That...
  • Pope Denounces Trump’s Border Policy as 'Immoral'–but

    06/23/2018 5:43:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 23, 2018 | Humberto Fontova
    "Pope Francis has criticized the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the Mexican border…Speaking to Reuters, the Pope said he supported recent statements by U.S. Catholic bishops who called the separation of children from their parents 'contrary to our Catholic values' and 'immoral.'" (Reuters, June 20, 2018)“During their meeting the Pope thanked comrade Fidel Castro for his contributions to world peace in a world saturated with hate and aggression." (Cuba’s Communist party paper, Sept 21st 2015.)“What?!” Nikita Khrushchev gasped on Oct. 28th 1962, as recalled by his son Sergei. “Is he (Fidel Castro) proposing that we start a nuclear war?! That...
  • 25th Person at U.S. Embassy in Cuba Is Mysteriously Sickened

    06/22/2018 8:25:43 AM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 21 June 2018 | Gardiner Harris
    Another diplomat working at the United States Embassy in Havana has been sickened by a mysterious attack, bringing to 25 the number of personnel who have fallen ill there, the State Department said on Thursday. The case was the first confirmed in Cuba since August and could suggest that whatever caused the illnesses in late 2016 and the first part of 2017 had started again or was continuing. Complicating the situation for officials was news this spring that at least one diplomat at a consulate in Guangzhou, China, had experienced symptoms almost identical to those reported by diplomats in Havana....
  • Dem senator: Trump groveling at the feet of our adversaries

    06/08/2018 9:16:25 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/08/18 | Aris Folley
    Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Friday that President Trump is “groveling at the feet of our adversaries” shortly after the president called for Russia to be reinstated the Group of Seven (G-7). Durbin in a tweet mockingly quoted Trump saying of himself, “Nobody has been tougher on Russia than Donald Trump,” before adding: “Now watch President Trump grovel at the feet of our adversary and punish our strongest allies,” a reference to recent tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. While speaking to reporters on Friday prior to departing for Canada to attend the G-7 summit, the president said...
  • State Department says consulate employees in China suffering similar symptoms to those in Cuba

    06/07/2018 7:47:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/07/2018 | Rick Moran
    The mystery illness that struck several employees at the US embassy in Cuba appears to have hit some US diplomats in China. The State Department says they have evacuated some employees and their families from our consulate in Guangzhou, China after one diplomat was sent home with symptoms eerily similar to the sickness that caused the US government to recall more than half or our embassy staff in Havana.  NBCNews: Heather Nauert, the State Department's spokeswoman, said "several" consulate employees had returned to the United States from China for further evaluation after they were screened as part of a task...
  • Fake News Media still Faking History about Failed KGB Agent Ernest Hemingway

    06/02/2018 4:58:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 2, 2018 | Humberto Fontova
    “There’s no politics here ….In fact, there's no clear no evidence that Hemingway was a Castro enthusiast, or critic, says Sandra Spanier, an English professor at Penn State University who is the editor of the Hemingway Letters Project. "He felt that it was important, as a guest living in another country, that he be apolitical," Spanier said in an interview.” (Los Angeles Times story on the restoration of Ernest Hemingway’s mansion Finca Vigia near Havana, Cuba, May 30.)  Got it, amigos? According to the Los Angeles Times a former KGB agent living in a KBG-founded and mentored Soviet satrapy while...
  • Venezuela Buys Oil for Cuba as Venezuelans Suffer

    05/19/2018 8:55:53 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 29 replies
    Voice of America ^ | May 17, 2018 | Marianna Parraga, Jeanne Liendo, Jonathan Evans
    Venezuela’s state-operated oil company reportedly has bought nearly $440 million worth of foreign crude oil and shipped it directly to Cuba. The Reuters news agency says this information comes from company documents. It said the Venezuelan business, PDVSA, purchased the oil on friendly credit terms and often at a loss. The shipments are said to be the first documented example of Venezuela buying oil for its nearby allies. Usually, the country sells them oil from its own supply.