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  • Venezuelans regret gun ban, 'a declaration of war against an unarmed population'

    12/14/2018 11:35:13 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-14-2018 | Holly McKay
    As Venezuela continues to crumble under the socialist dictatorship of President Nicolas Maduro, some are expressing words of warning – and resentment – against a six-year-old gun control bill that stripped citizens of their weapons. “Guns would have served as a vital pillar to remaining a free people, or at least able to put up a fight,” Javier Vanegas, 28, a Venezuelan teacher of English now exiled in Ecuador, told Fox News. “The government security forces, at the beginning of this debacle, knew they had no real opposition to their force. Once things were this bad, it was a clear...
  • Police raid Nicaragua journalist's offices in crackdown on dissent

    12/14/2018 10:49:35 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 14, 2018 | by Ismael Lopez
    MANAGUA - Nicaraguan police raided the offices of a prominent journalist often critical of President Daniel Ortega, the latest sign of a broad crackdown on civil society and independent media organizations. Carlos Fernando Chamorro, the son of former president Violeta Chamorro, runs the digital newspaper Confidencial and hosts television news programs. He blamed the Thursday night raid and seizure of equipment on increasingly authoritarian efforts to purge the country of domestic dissent. “This was an absurd attack on free expression,” the award-winning Chamorro told Reuters on Friday.
  • Venezuela's last anti-Maduro newspaper publishes final print edition

    12/14/2018 10:54:19 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 14, 2018 | by Vivian Sequera
    CARACAS - Venezuela’s El Nacional newspaper, which has been heavily critical of the ruling Socialist Party, on Friday published its last print edition after struggling for years under government pressure and a collapsing economy. The paper, which is transitioning to a web format, has found it increasingly difficult to obtain newsprint due to exchange controls that make imports nearly impossible, and has potentially massive payments in a defamation lawsuit brought by Socialist Party No. 2 Diosdado Cabello. “I want to think that this is a pause,” said the editor-in-chief of the newspaper, Patricia Spadaro, at a press conference in the...
  • Russia Dispatching Blackjack Bombers to Venezuela

    12/10/2018 9:38:23 AM PST · by PeteePie · 51 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Dec 10, 2018 | Bill Gertz
    Russia is deploying nuclear-capable Tu-160 Blackjack bombers to Venezuela this week as part of an increasingly provocative pattern of bomber training flights, according to American defense officials. At least two Blackjacks will fly from a strategic forces air base in Russia to Venezuela as part of a series of training exercises that will include long-range refueling, said officials familiar with Russian plans for the flight. The bomber foray to South America will be Russia's seventh training flight for Blackjack bombers in the past three months. Mark Schneider, a former Pentagon official and specialist on the Russian military, said Tu-160 flights...
  • Cuba to roll out mobile internet for the first time

    12/05/2018 9:48:04 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 21 replies
    CNBC ^ | 12-5-2018 | David Reid
    Cuba has announced that 3G internet access for cell phone users across the country will become available from Thursday. The Caribbean island nation, which exists under communist rule, opened state-run internet cafes in 2013 and citizens have only had access to home internet and public Wi-Fi hotspots since 2017. In that same year, Google servers in Cuba went live, making the internet giant the first foreign internet company to host content in the country. Announcing the deal on television on Tuesday night, executives from Cuba's state telecom monopoly ETECSA said they will offer packages of data ranging from 600 MB...
  • The Girls Next Door (Illegal Alien Slavery)

    01/23/2004 2:57:23 PM PST · by sarcasm · 38 replies · 1,047+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 25, 2004 | PETER LANDESMAN
    he house at 1212 1/2 West Front Street in Plainfield, N.J., is a conventional midcentury home with slate-gray siding, white trim and Victorian lines. When I stood in front of it on a breezy day in October, I could hear the cries of children from the playground of an elementary school around the corner. American flags fluttered from porches and windows. The neighborhood is a leafy, middle-class Anytown. The house is set back off the street, near two convenience stores and a gift shop. On the door of Superior Supermarket was pasted a sign issued by the Plainfield police: ''Safe...
  • Puerto Ricans may have elected Rick Scott and other midterm surprises

    11/24/2018 6:24:55 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/24/18 | Reid Wilson
    The narratives of the midterm elections were set when suburban voters turned against President Trump, women racked up record numbers of electoral wins and Republicans dominated rural states and counties. But dive deeper into the results and some more surprising storylines emerge, from familial ties to long shot candidates, expanding suburbs and new battlegrounds. Here are the overlooked stories that didn’t get enough coverage after the polls closed. Did Puerto Ricans elect Rick Scott? When Hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico devastated in 2017, almost 400,000 of the island’s residents moved to the mainland. Many of them landed in Florida, where...
  • Reports: Trump Admin Considers Branding Venezuela State Sponsor of Terrorism

    11/21/2018 11:00:11 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Nov 2018 | Ben Kew
    The Trump administration is considering plans to designate Nicolás Maduro’s socialist regime in Venezuela a state sponsor of terrorism over its support for Hezbollah and Marxist guerrillas, according to a report from the Spanish newspaper ABC on Tuesday. According to U.S. officials who spoke with the Spanish newspaper, administration officials are currently deliberating whether to add Venezuela to the list of state sponsors of terrorism over its support for groups including the Basque separatist movement ETA, Iran’s Lebanese terror proxy Hezbollah, and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Officials have so far refused to officially confirm whether they plan to...
  • UN Furious That President Trump Protects the American Taxpayer from Communist Thieves

    11/17/2018 5:44:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2018 | Humberto Fontova
    Don’t get me wrong, amigos. The Fake News Media does not term the recent UN vote in the same manner as does this column. Instead they reported (gloated) that: “UN voted overwhelmingly to condemn US embargo of Cuba….In a slap to the United States, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Thursday condemning the American economic embargo of Cuba and rejected proposed U.S. amendments strongly criticizing the lack of human rights in the island country.”The occasion was the annual and ritual UN vote against the U.S. “embargo” of mass-murdering, mass-torturing, terror-sponsoring and kleptocratic Cuba, which sits prominently on the...
  • Russia said to be ‘considering’ new military base in Cuba but would Putin risk provoking Trump?

    11/01/2018 2:02:02 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 13 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 11/1/18 | Jon E. Dougherty
    A top-ranking Russian military officer said Moscow was considering establishing a new military base in Cuba even as the Cold War-era allies were planning a high-level meeting in the coming days, Newsweek reported. Colonel General Vladimir Shamanov, chairman of the Russian lower house of parliament’s defense committee and a former airborne commander, also became the latest Russian official to warn of consequences if the Trump administration quits the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, as the president has warned, in response to intelligence that Moscow has been in violation of the agreement for years.
  • Cold War Coming Back? Russia ‘Assessing’ Military Base in Cuba [TR]

    11/01/2018 12:54:09 PM PDT · by McGruff · 29 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 10/31/18 | Tom O'Connor
    Full title: Cold War Coming Back? Russia ‘Assessing’ Military Base in Cuba as U.S. Set to Leave Nuclear Missile Deal A senior Russian official said Wednesday that his country was seriously considering establishing a military base in Cuba, just as the two Cold War–era allies were set to meet for high-level talks and the United States mulled quitting a nuclear missile deal. Colonel General Vladimir Shamanov, head of the Russian lower house of parliament's defense committee and a former airborne troops commander, became the latest Moscow figure to warn of the historic consequences of the U.S. leaving the 1987 Intermediate-Range...
  • John Bolton Debuts Sanctions Against ‘Three Stooges of Socialism’: Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua

    11/01/2018 12:53:54 PM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Nov 2018 | Frances Martel
    U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton announced on Thursday a new round of sanctions against Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. During his speech at Freedom Tower in Miami, Florida, Bolton declared that the “Troika of Tyranny” would fall with support from the Trump administration. Bolton specifically announced new sanctions on Venezuela’s oil industry and executive measures to prevent Americans from doing business with the Cuban military regime, which controls most of the Cuban economy, including its tourism sector. “I am here to deliver a clear message from the president … to those three regimes,” Bolton said. “We will not reward torturers,...
  • Guess who's speaking out against caravan border jumpers? Yes, Hispanics !

    10/26/2018 7:47:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/26/2018 | Monica Showalter
    Latinos and Hispanics, legally here in the U.S. are speaking out against the caravan heading north from Honduras to the U.S. That was the report from Univision, which is hardly a conservative news site. According to the Daily Caller, they're saying things like this: “How is it possible that a caravan from Central America is on it’s way to the U.S. and the people are speaking the way they’re speaking, demanding to get in. No sir, this isn’t their country and they need to respect it,” one man said. Another woman told Megid, “like the president says, they can...
  • Guess who's speaking out against caravan border-jumpers

    10/26/2018 5:45:55 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 26,2018 | Monica Showalter
    Latinos and Hispanics legally here in the U.S. are speaking out against the caravan heading north from Honduras to the U.S. That was the report from Univision, which is hardly a conservative news site. According to the Daily Caller, they're saying things like this: "How is it possible that a caravan from Central America is on it's [sic] way to the U.S. and the people are speaking the way they're speaking, demanding to get in[?] No sir, this isn't their country and they need to respect it," one man said. Another woman told Megid, "[L]ike the president says, they can...
  • Anthony Bourdain—What the Media Eulogies Left Out

    06/16/2018 8:07:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 111 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 6/16/2018 | Humberto Fontova
    In brief, Antony Bourdain wore his “anti-corporate hipness” on his shirtsleeve, always smirking and snarking that “evil corporations” and “crass commercialism” repelled him. But he gleefully signed on as a shameless tourism agent for the Castro-Family-and-Military Crony-Crime Syndicate, a thieving, murdering criminal-corporate empire that makes the Mafia look like Boy Scouts of America. “I will never eat in his (Donald Trump’s) restaurant. I have utter contempt for him, utter and complete contempt… I’m not going. I’m not going.” (Anthony Bourdain, Eater.)
  • US government broadcaster to punish workers for Soros report

    10/29/2018 10:03:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 30, 2018 12:09 AM EDT | Matthew Lee and Luis Alonso Lugo
    The U.S. government’s international broadcasting agency says it will discipline employees responsible for a television report on philanthropist George Soros that violated its professional ethics and standards. […] The report on Soros aired in May on Spanish-language Radio Television Marti network, which broadcasts to Cuba. It described him as a “Jewish multi-millionaire” influencing nations through non-government groups. It referenced the conservative organization Judicial Watch as believing he was undermining democracies. …
  • Attention millennials: Trump publishes socialism primer

    10/26/2018 5:38:58 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 31 replies
    WND ^ | Art Moore
    After Barack Obama was elected in 2008, the no-longer-printed Newsweek magazine declared in a cover story “We are all socialists now.” This month, as WND reported, a new poll examining the political leanings of the next generation of leaders found 31 percent of millennials identify as “democratic socialist” or “socialist” while 40 percent of men in that age group say the same. Now, the Trump administration is offering an educational resource through its Council of Economic Advisors that asks whether or not socialism has ever delivered on its promises. It’s an empirical question, contends the 72-page report “The Opportunity Cost...
  • Bitter taste for Cuba as it imports sugar for the first time

    10/25/2018 8:44:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Sugar: it’s so quintessentially Cuban that even a young, machete-wielding Fidel Castro used to hack away at the cane stalks vital to the Caribbean island’s economy. Now, the long-time world leader in sugar production is importing the stuff for the first time, and in large amounts, from France after another bad harvest. Sugar used to account for the vast majority of Cuba’s exports. But the fall of its big brother, the Soviet Union — a key, hungry customer — changed everything, as did a lack of investment in seeds, fertilizer and pesticides. To wit: in the early 1990s, Cuba produced...
  • Terror in Paradise: Trinidad and Tobago Is Now a Jihad Hotspot

    10/11/2018 7:44:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/11/2018 | Todd Bensman
    The Ministry of Tourism for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago hosts a website extolling the many exquisite charms of the “true Caribbean” to be found there. The islands offer rich history, culture, biodiversity, and lodging with views “to die for.”Of late, though, a diaspora of Trinidad and Tobago emigres have preferred the views in Syria and Iraq, and the company of Islamic terrorist group ISIS. At least 130 of T&T’s 1.2 million citizens left their white and turquoise shorelines to fight with vicious Islamists half a world away. How did that happen? “Entire families went,” including at least...
  • Robert De Niro throws party in New York in honor of Communist, Terror-Sponsoring Cuba’s “President!”

    09/29/2018 10:49:44 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 23 replies
    BabaluBlog ^ | September 29, 2018 | Humberto Fontova
    “Lane Rosenthal’s apartment in New York’s Dakota Bldg alongside Central park was the setting for a meeting by U.S. cultural figures and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel. His invitation was extended by actor Robert De Niro.’ (more here in Cuba’s KGB-mentored communist party newspaper.)... “The actor Robert De Niro won a standing ovation at the Tony awards in New York for attacking the president. Appearing on stage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, De Niro declared: “I’m gonna say one thing. ____ Trump!” Robert De Niro is on the record insulting U.S. President Donald Trump as: