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  • 5 Harsh Truths You Learn as a Doctor in the Third World(Venezuela)

    06/23/2014 11:48:00 AM PDT · by BBell · 27 replies
    http://www.cracked.com ^ | 6/22/14 | Anonymous, J.F. Sargent
    I trained as a doctor in Caracas, Venezuela, the third most violent city in the world, just behind Deadwood and Rage Virus London. I worked every day to stem the tide of murder and suffering. So the next time you get miffed at the wait time and the weird stains on the chairs in the free clinic, spare a passing thought for us Third World doctors, who deal with stuff like ...
  • Russia opposes sanctions on Venezuela

    05/29/2014 2:59:59 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | May 29, 2014
    Moscow supports Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's efforts, in collaboration with the Vatican and the Union of South American Nations, to establish a negotiating process between the government and "a constructive opposition," Russia's top diplomat said. His comments came a day after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to impose sanctions on Venezuelan officials accused of violating human rights during the last three months of anti-government protests in the Andean nation.Violence surrounding those protests has claimed the lives of 42 people, including both opponents and supporters of Maduro as well as bystanders and members of the security forces. Venezuelan...
  • The disappearance of America’s will

    04/26/2014 8:00:41 AM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies
    carolineglick.com ^ | April 18th, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US’s indifferent response to it. In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America’s most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades. As Gordon Chang noted at a symposium in Los Angeles last month hosted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, since President Barack Obama entered office in 2009, the Chinese have responded to his overtures of goodwill and appeasement with intensified aggression against the US’s Asian allies and against US warships. In 2012, China seized the Scarborough Shoal from the...
  • Maduro announced 30 % wage increase

    05/02/2014 6:35:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Ecuador Times ^ | May 1, 2014
    The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, announced a 30% increase in the minimum wage and pensions to protect Venezuelan people from an inflation that reaches an annual rate of almost 60 %. “Now, on the occasion of May First, I have decided to increase the national minimum wage and pensions of 30 % to bring the salary and pension levels for a proper life demand of our people,” said the president in a meeting with union leaders in Caracas. Maduro blames for the rising prices of consumer products to an “economic war” of enemies of the socialist government, and often...
  • Venezuela Banned Guns: Let’s Not Follow Their Example

    04/25/2014 7:02:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Power Line ^ | April 24, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    In June 2012, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez banned all sales of firearms and ammunition to civilians: With Chavez’s new gun-control law, only the Venezuelan army, police officials and certain groups such as security and private detective firms are allowed to buy firearms, and then only from state-owned weapons manufacturers and importers. …According to a press statement, the Chavez government initiated a gun amnesty of sorts in order to phase in the new law and encourage people to give up their weapons peacefully and without incident in order to avoid necessary action such as house-to-house searches and arrests for illegal gun...
  • How the U.S. Put Latin America Up for Grabs

    04/05/2014 1:52:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2014 | Cliff May
    TAMARINDO, COSTA RICA – I’m not about to pretend that spending a few days in this rather funky little surfing village on the Pacific has given me great insights into Latin America’s current political, economic and social reality. On the other hand, if one keeps an open mind -- and a not excessively open mouth -- one generally learns something. Based on the evidence I’ve been able to gather, Costa Ricans – or Ticans as they refer to themselves – deserve the reputation they enjoy as friendly, good-natured and peaceable. The national slogan here is pura vida, literally "pure life,"...
  • Venezuela Enforces Fingerprint Registry to Buy Groceries:

    04/02/2014 5:56:12 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 99 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 4/2/14 | Daisy Luther
    What if you were forced to “register” in order to buy groceries? And what if, through that registration, the food you bought could be tracked and quantities could be limited? That’s exactly the plan in Venezuela right now. The AP reports that in an effort to crack down on “hoarding” that ID cards will be issued to families. These will have to be presented before foodstuffs can be purchased.
  • Russian Lawmakers Approve Satellite Navigation Hub in Nicaragua

    04/01/2014 5:15:47 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 6 replies
    RIANOVOSTI ^ | 1 Apr 2014
    MOSCOW, April 1(RIA Novosti) - Russian lawmakers have endorsed draft legislation to allow the country to set up a satellite navigation monitoring system in Nicaragua, a Cabinet committee said Tuesday. "The agreement is aimed at creating an organizational and legal framework for mutually beneficial partnership between Russia and Nicaragua in terms of exploring and using space for peaceful purposes," the official statement explained. Under the agreement, Russia would set up a network of land-based control stations in the Latin American country to monitor and augment the accuracy of navigation satellites in Earth orbit. It is hoped the system will boost...
  • Venezuela issues ID cards to curtail food hoarding

    04/01/2014 4:13:38 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9:31 P.M.MARCH 31, 2014 | HANNAH DREIER
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Battling food shortages, the government is rolling out a new ID system that is either a grocery loyalty card with extra muscle or the most dramatic step yet toward rationing in Venezuela, depending on who is describing it. President Nicolas Maduro's administration says the cards to track families' purchases will foil people who stock up on groceries at subsidized prices and then illegally resell them for several times the amount. Critics say it's another sign the oil-rich Venezuelan economy is headed toward Cuba-style dysfunction.
  • Chavez will control Colombia's FARC from Venezuela...

    04/18/2005 6:50:09 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies · 608+ views
    Notiven ^ | 18.04.05 | Javier Cáceres
    Let's review the following four scenarios: on December, El Nuevo Herald reports that on the occasion of a big group of rebels that came down from the mountains "In the Colombian's war black market there is an acute need for ammunitions 7.62 x 39 mm, appropriate for AK-47 rifles; In a Florida court there is a file from August 2004 related to 204.000 rounds of 7.62 x 39 mm ammunition that were seized before being illegally exported; and the press mentioned that these difficult to get ammo were going to be negotiated on western Venezuela, near the Colombian border". In...
  • STANDING UP TO THE COMMIE THUGS IN VENEZUELA ( news blackout)

    03/29/2014 9:57:47 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 8 replies
    http://www.powerlineblog.com ^ | March 29 2014 | STANDING UP TO THE COMMIE THUGS IN VENEZUELA
    n Venezuela, a popular uprising threatens to sweep Nicolas Maduro, the heir to Hugo Chavez, from power, along with his brutal, corrupt, viciously anti-American socialist regime. The magnitude of anti-Maduro demonstrations in Venezuela has not been adequately or consistently reported in the American press. Millions have taken part. To take just one example, this aerial photograph of an anti-government demonstration in Chacao last week, conveys some sense of the magnitude of the pro-freedom movement. When Miss Fernandez won the Miss Universe title in 2009, she was the second consecutive winner from Venezuela. I liked her predecessor Dayana Mendoza, who was...
  • Condi Rice Blasts Obama on Weakness, Leadership

    03/27/2014 12:57:31 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 27 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 3/27/14 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Barack Obama of dramatically weakening the United States' position in the world, drawing a straight line between Obama’s ever-yielding foreign policy and the increasing troubles around the world. Rice “Right now, there’s a vacuum,” she told a crowd of more than two thousand attending the National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual dinner last night in Washington, D.C. “There’s a vacuum because we’ve decided to lower our voice. We’ve decided to step back. We’ve decided that if we step back and lower our voice, others will lead, other things will fill that vacuum.” Citing Bashar...
  • Venezuelan Congress seeks criminal investigation of opposition deputy (Maria Corina Machado)

    03/27/2014 7:53:25 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 19 March 2014
    Ruling Socialist Party legislators seek charges of treason against Maria Corina Machado, one of the opposition's most visible leaders during the demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro ____ Venezuela's Congress on Tuesday requested a criminal investigation of opposition deputy Maria Corina Machado for crimes including treason in relation to her involvement in anti-government protests that have left dozens dead. Mrs Machado, a 46-year-old engineer, has been one of the most visible leaders in six weeks of opposition demonstrations against socialist President Nicolas Maduro that have unleashed the country's worst unrest in a decade. Ruling Socialist Party legislators, who hold a majority...
  • It' Starting! THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA ARE FIGHTING BACK!

    03/26/2014 5:21:34 PM PDT · by LibFreeUSA · 40 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 25, 2014 | YouTube
    It's starting. The brave students and people of Venezuela are starting to fight back against the socialist CUBAN-run dictatorship in Venezuela. The brave people there need support. In the meantime, the United States sits on it's hands SHAMEFULLY doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!! SEE THE ON THE SCENE VIDEO....... HERE!
  • Venezuela President Maduro arrests 'three plotting generals'

    03/25/2014 5:37:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 25, 2014
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said that three air force generals have been arrested for plotting an uprising against his government. Mr Maduro said that the authorities had been tipped off by "young officers". The three generals, who have not been named, had links with the opposition, said Mr Maduro. The arrests are the latest development in nearly two months of political unrest, which have cost the lives of at least 32 people.
  • How Venezuela Exploded

    03/24/2014 11:32:18 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 24 Mar 14 | Linette Lopez
    Last month Venezuela exploded, as discontent with the Socialist government that has ruled the country for more than a decade reached a boiling point. You can blame food shortages and inflation; you can blame joblessness and corruption. Ultimately, though, these problems have been compounded by the fact that Hugo Chavez is dead, and his party — The United Socialist Party of Venezuela — lacks the legitimacy he gave it in life. Now Chavez's successor, Nicolas Maduro, must deal with country-wide protests, with dissenting mayors in major cities, and the make-shift barricades protestors are building to keep government forces at bay....
  • US Embassy in Venezuela Halts New Visas

    03/24/2014 4:13:51 PM PDT · by mgist · 5 replies
    US Embassy in Venezuela Halts New Visas US Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela Notification March 23, 2014 We regret that as a result of the expulsion of several consular officials and Venezuelan government delays in issuing visas for incoming officers, the U.S. Embassy in Caracas does not have sufficient consular staff at present to continue to schedule appointments for first-time tourist (B-1/B-2) visa applicants. Until further notice, we are able to offer such appointments only in emergency situations. If you already have an appointment, please appear at the appointed date and time, because it is unlikely under current staffing conditions that...
  • With Venezuela in a tailspin, Jews opting for 'Plan B'

    03/24/2014 8:14:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    haaretz ^ | 3/24/14 | JTA
    They left after Venezuelan secret police raided a Jewish club in 2007, and after the local synagogue was ransacked by unidentified thugs two years later. They left after President Hugo Chavez expelled Israel's ambassador to Caracas, and when he called on Venezuela's Jews to condemn Israel for its actions in Gaza in 2009. They left when Caracas claimed the ignoble title of most dangerous city in the world, and when inflation hit double digits, food shortages took hold and the country's murder rate reached 79 per 100,000 people. With Venezuela now roiled by anti-government demonstrations-the death toll reached 18 last...
  • What CNN en espańol did not show tonight or how part of the truth is hidden by media

    03/22/2014 11:29:12 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 5 replies
    I dare any pro Chavez, pro Maduro, or CNN, or BBC or anything to show me a similar turnout recently for a Maduro support rally where NO buses to ferry people were used, where NO booze was given out, where NO breakfast or lunch or cookies were offered, where NO military were asked to attend. Then we can talk again about who has the most enthusiastic support in the country.
  • Drone Camera Corrects CNN Espańol 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 Espańol 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 Espańol 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...
  • Venezuela's Breakaway City Of San Cristobal

    03/22/2014 4:23:12 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 17 replies
    700,000 have effectively seceded from the corrupt, socialistic, and repressive government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The rebels are working on defensive perimeters to keep out the National Guard. Meanwhile, back in Caracas Maduro is getting an upper hand on the opposition. Maduro is trying to pacify San Cristobal by sending goods to its supermarkets that were rarely there before the rebellion. Students want their deaths at the hands of thugs to have meaning for a big cause: “We prefer to die in an army attack than for an iPhone in an armed robbery outside our homes.” Hey Mexican readers,...
  • Venezuelan opposition leader interviewed in English by Al Jazeera

    03/22/2014 12:08:30 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 22, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Maria Corina Machado, a not-yet-arrested Venezuelan opposition leader, is well spoken, understands how to respond effectively to question and knows what she, the people -- and the opposition in general -- want.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9Qgnu-e76c?feature=player_detailpage] Video linkPlease watch the entire twenty-five minute video -- her English is as excellent. Is it too much to hope for that some of our own opposition "leaders" will watch and learn from her? Many of them could profit from doing so; if they do, the rest of us would too. I have often written about the worsening mess in Venezuela here, here, here, here and elsewhere over the...
  • Venezuelan Deputies Find New Evidence Nicolas Maduro Was Born in Colombia

    03/21/2014 8:34:31 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 21, 2014 | Frances Martel
    Venezuelan deputies claim to have found new evidence that President Nicolás Maduro was born in Colombia and presented the nation with a fake birth certificate, according to one of Spain's largest newspapers. ABC reports today that deputy Walter Márquez, who initially revealed his concerns that Maduro was not legally able to run for president last autumn. While Márquez and fellow deputy Abelardo Díaz had accused Maduro of lying about his birthplace in the past, they revealed the results of a year-long research project on Thursday. They interviewed relatives and witnesses and concluded that Maduro not only has dual citizenship, but...
  • Venezuela is falling down the rabbit hole into Blunderland.

    03/21/2014 2:43:19 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 15 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 21, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The protests continue. Off with their heads, says the Red Queen. When Venezuela reaches the bottom, will she be able to get back up?  Bello Monte when tear gas was dropped from far away the protest rally.Daniel at Venezuela News and Views posted an excellent article on March 20th titled First day of the dictatorship, referring to March 20th as the first day. An article at My Way titled Venezuela moves swiftly against opposition lists many of the same regime perversions and begins, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has used the military, legislative and judicial power consolidated during 15 years of socialist rule in a sudden series of blows...
  • Venezuela mayor arrested for 'civil rebellion' over violent protests

    03/20/2014 10:53:52 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 03/20/2014 | The Guardian staff
    Venezuelan intelligence agents have arrested an opposition mayor accused of fomenting violent anti-government protest, while another was jailed for 10 months in the latest move against opponents of President Nicolás Maduro. Daniel Ceballos, mayor of western city of San Cristóbal, which has been a crucible of anti-government protest, was detained by the national intelligence service Sebin and accused of "civil rebellion". Later on Wednesday, the supreme court jailed another opposition mayor, Enzo Scarano of San Diego in central Carabobo state, for 10 months and 15 days for failing to comply with a previous order to take down barricades there. Venezuela's...
  • Obama in Blunderland

    03/14/2014 11:09:37 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 14, 2014 | Dan Miller
    During her visit to Wonderland, Alice had odd reactions to the weird things she experienced. Is President Obama trying to best her?The critters Alice met and spoke with in Wonderland made no sense at all. Neither did her responses. For example, having invited herself to a tea party with the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Door Mouse, The Hatter [asked], `Why is a raven like a writing-desk?' `Come, we shall have some fun now!' thought Alice. `I'm glad they've begun asking riddles.--I believe I can guess that,' she added aloud. `Do you mean that you think you can...
  • Here’s What Lindsey Graham Offered to John Kerry When He Thought the Microphone Was Off

    03/13/2014 3:02:16 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 3/13/14 | Jason Howerton
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was caught on a hot mic Thursday telling Secretary of State John Kerry to let him know how he could “help” with House Speaker John Boehner. Screengrab via NBC News Screengrab via NBC News Kerry had just testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee on the need to provide Ukraine with economic assistance amid its turbulent transition following the ouster of former President Viktor Yanukovich. Both House and Senate Republicans have expressed opposition to the proposed bill, mainly over a provision that would give unused U.S. Military money to the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F.). Graham was offering...
  • Protests rage in Venezuela, one month on

    03/12/2014 3:53:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed March 12, 2014 | Catherine E. Shoichet,
    It's been a month since violent clashes between opposition demonstrators and government forces in Venezuela first grabbed global attention. Since then, at least 23 people have been killed, according to the latest government tally. The tally did not specify whether the deaths occurred among demonstrators or government forces, or both. Protests rage on, and demonstrators show no sign of backing down. ... Violence surged this week in Tachira state, which borders Colombia. Government forces shot tear gas at opposition barricades there, and a well-known student leader was gunned down Monday. Daniel Tinoco, 24, was a university student studying mechanical engineering....
  • Biden says Venezuela 'concocting' bogus stories

    03/09/2014 5:22:26 PM PDT · by don-o · 12 replies
    AP via Independent Mail ^ | March 9, 2014 | FRANK BAJAK
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden calls Venezuela's situation alarming in remarks published Sunday, suggesting its government is using "armed vigilantes" against peaceful protesters and accusing it of "concocting false and outlandish conspiracy theories" about the United States.
  • Venezuela update -- it's still a mess

    03/08/2014 10:52:16 AM PST · by DanMiller · 7 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 8, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Little new information escapes from Venezuela, beyond that protests and repression by the Chavista/Cuban regime continue.As Daniel reported today (Saturday), the Organization of American States (OAS) produced a resolution about the situation in Venezuela. The regime scores because not only the OAS will not send any mission or observation, not only the OAS will not go beyond an exhortation but the OAS also writes "Its appreciation, full support, and encouragement for the initiatives and the efforts of the democratically-elected Government of Venezuela ...". there is an "and" after that to include other sectors but the first part is the one...
  • 19F – The Night Venezuela Finally Imploded

    03/01/2014 3:14:12 PM PST · by grundle · 17 replies
    caracaschronicles.com ^ | February 22, 2014 | Audrey M. Dacosta
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  • What's Going On In Venezuela?

    03/02/2014 6:02:42 PM PST · by Vinylly · 19 replies
    It's been several days now since there was any post on Venezuela and the riots. It seems it's all about the Ukraine when the greatest concern should be the people of Venezuela. There was nothing about them in today's newspaper either.
  • The face of the revolution in Venezuela?

    03/01/2014 9:02:03 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    Tavern Keepers ^ | February 21, 2014 | John
    Genesis Camona was a 22-year-old college student who participated in the protests. She was also a beauty queen, having won the title of Miss Tourism in her home state of Carabobo. According to her uncle, she and her mother were peaceful protestors wanting an end to the 15 years of socialism that have plagued the nation. He stated: ‘There’s no food, no milk, no baby food … It is horrible what is happening in this country,’ Gil said. ‘That’s why she was out at the protest.’ During the demonstrations, she was gunned down by members of armed militias known as...
  • Jimmy Carter plans trip to Venezuela

    03/01/2014 6:54:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/01/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    What could go wrong? A lot, if you consider the former peanut farmer and president’s last intervention in Venezuela.Joshua Goodman of AP reports on Carter’s expressed interest in going to Caracas: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is expressing concern about Venezuela's escalating political crisis and wants to meet with leaders on both sides in an upcoming trip. Carter, a mediator of past political conflict in the deeply polarized South American nation, made the offer in private letters he sent this week to President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Henrique Capriles. Expressing "grave concern" about the loss of life in recent...
  • Ukraine, Syria, Iran -- America isn't leading from behind, it's being left behind

    03/01/2014 3:53:36 PM PST · by Innovative · 14 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Feb 28, 2014 | K T McFarland
    Russia, flush with new-found wealth from oil exports, expands its military reach and political influence abroad. A war-weary America slashes defense spending and retreats from the world. The president embarks on a massive government-subsidized program to develop alternative energy to replace fossil fuels. Pundits cluck about America in retreat, and point to the rise of an Asian economic superpower. That’s the world circa 1976, but it sounds like quotes ripped from today’s headlines. History has a way of repeating itself, or to quote the great Yogi Bera, it’s déjŕ vu all over again. The Obama administration is looking a lot...
  • “Here I come to save the day!” Jimmy Carter offers to visit Venezuela

    03/01/2014 11:54:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    Last week Jimmy Carter fired off letters to Venezuela’s fraudulent President Nicolas Maduro and to Venezuela’s defrauded Presidential candidate Enrique Capriles expressing “grave concern” regarding the political turmoil and bloodshed convulsing their nation. From his pulpit at Emory University’s Carter Center, the former U.S. president calls for “dialogue” among the embattled Venezuelan parties and offers to visit the troubled nation--but not as a formal “mediator.” The news of Carter’s proposed Venezuela visit was only hours old when alarmed Venezuelan anti-socialists sent out an SOS: “Please, desist from your trip,” reads an open letter from Venezuelan blogger/journalist Daniel Duquenal. “You have...
  • MARCO RUBIO DESTROYS APOLOGISTS (The useful idiots)

    02/27/2014 2:27:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 31 replies
    Human Events ^ | February 26, 2014 | John Hayward
    A new low in the disgrace of the American political class was reached when Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) took the floor this week to extol the virtues of Cuban communism. A new high immediately followed, as Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) rose to annihilate Harkin, and all the other miserable apologists for left-wing tyranny. The civilized world continues to pay an appalling price for failing to cast out communism with the same vehement disgust we showed towards fascism. Among other things, the difference in our attitude toward these monstrous evils blinds us to their similarities. Too many Western politicians and academics...
  • Marco Rubio explains that Venezuela is turning into a Cuban-style dictatorship

    02/27/2014 2:39:08 PM PST · by grundle · 11 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 26, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    In this excellent 14 minute speech, Marco Rubio explains that Venezuela is turning into a Cuban-style dictatorship. He asks what good is Cuba’s high literacy rate if the government prevents the people from reading the things that they want to read. He asks what good is Cuba’s medical care if doctors can make more money from driving a taxi than from working as a doctor. He asks why, if Cuba is as great as its supporters in the U.S. say it is, do so many refugees, doctors, and baseball players flee Cuba for the United States, instead of it being...
  • Sen. Marco Rubio Blasts the Left's Lies and Willful Ignorance Regarding Cuba and Venezuela

    02/27/2014 3:20:54 PM PST · by LD Jackson · 9 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 02/27/14 | Mike Miller
    For some reason the left can never see the dark red side of communism. Yet they'll trumpet every flaw about America!Yesterday I posted in pictures the story of student protests in Venezuela and asked why the left was either silent in support or on the side of the oppressive government thugocracy? A day earlier, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), an arch liberal reported on a recent trip to Cuba where he swallowed every bit of left wing propaganda that was served up to him by the Cuban government. Senator Rubio (R-FL) followed Harkin to the floor with the real story about...
  • Rubio Delivers Floor Speech On Crisis In Venezuela [Venezuela is becoming Cuban-style dictatorship]

    02/26/2014 5:45:26 PM PST · by grundle · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 24, 2014 | Senator Marco Rubio·
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_wKhXurFyI
  • Ex-President Carter planning trip to Venezuela

    02/25/2014 7:41:47 PM PST · by kingattax · 69 replies
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | 2-25-14 | JOSHUA GOODMAN
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is expressing concern about Venezuela's escalating political crisis and wants to meet with leaders on both sides in an upcoming trip. Carter, a mediator of past political conflict in the deeply polarized South American nation, made the offer in private letters he sent this week to President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Henrique Capriles. Expressing "grave concern" about the loss of life in recent protests and the risk of more conflict ahead, Carter in the letter to Capriles said that for dialogue aimed at easing tensions to succeed both side must...
  • Venezuela protests flare anew, death toll rises to 12

    02/24/2014 10:58:08 AM PST · by Nextrush · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/24/2014 | Bryan Ellsworth and Andrew Cawthorne
    Anti-government demonstrators set up barricades and started fires in Venezuela's capital on Monday despite calls from within the opposition to rein in protests in which at least 12 people have died in the OPEC nation. Traffic slowed to a crawl around Caracas, and many people stayed home, as protestors burned trash and debris along main avenues a day after opposition leader Henrique Capriles called on them to keep demonstrations peaceful. "We know we're bothering people but we have to wake up Venezuela!" student Pablo Herrera, 23, said next to a barricade in the affluent Los Palos Grandes district of Caracas....
  • Hugo Chavez was an incompetent, communist dictator, who wreaked havoc on Venezuela’s ability...

    02/24/2014 2:27:12 PM PST · by grundle · 19 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 24, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Hugo Chavez was an incompetent, communist dictator, who wreaked havoc on Venezuela’s ability to produce goods and services Last year, Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela, died.How do I know that Chavez was a dictator?Because only a dictator would use the military to seize food from private owners.How do I know that Chavez was incompetent?Because only a complete incompetent could create a shortage of gasoline in a country that has some of the world’s biggest oil reserves.How do I know that Chavez was a communist?Because only a communist would label toilet paper as a “luxury.”Hugo Chavez...
  • Venezuela: Leopoldo López Faces 10 Years in Prison

    02/21/2014 7:51:50 AM PST · by Prospero · 21 replies
    PanAm Post ^ | Thursday, February 20, 2014 | Staff
    Venezuelan political opposition leader and founder of the Popular Will Party, Leopoldo López, will spend the next 45 days in the Ramo Verde jail in Los Teques. During that time, the Public Prosecutor’s Office will decide whether it seeks to convict him of the alleged planning of the violent incidents that happened after the opposition rally on February 12 in the center of Caracas. Judge Ralenis Tovar Guillén delivered the detention measure today at 1:00 a.m. inside the military prison where López is held. She made use of a “mobile court” unit — basically a bus repurposed to function as...
  • U.S. Investigates Voting Machines’ Venezuela Ties (circa 2006)

    02/23/2014 3:19:46 PM PST · by mgist · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/29/2006 | Golden
    U.S. Investigates Voting Machines’ Venezuela Ties By TIM GOLDEN Published: October 29, 2006 The federal government is investigating the takeover last year of a leading American manufacturer of electronic voting systems by a small software company that has been linked to the leftist Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chávez. Enlarge This Image Tim Boyle/Getty Images A touch-screen machine by Sequoia Voting Systems was used this month during early balloting in Chicago. Politics Blog News, updates and insights on the midterm elections, the race for 2008 and everything in-between. Go to Election Guide More Politics News The inquiry is focusing on...
  • Cruz: Venezuela Can and Should be Prosperous

    02/23/2014 9:10:08 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 18 replies
    Cruz.Senate.Gov ^ | Senator Ted Cruz
    President Nicolas Maduro is taking a page out of the Castro playbook to violently oppress Venezuelans who are demanding an end to his disastrous rule. February 21, 2014 (202) 228-7561 WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz released the following statement regarding the crisis in Venezuela:"As opposition protests drag into their second week in Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro is taking a page out of the Castro playbook to violently oppress Venezuelans who are demanding an end to his disastrous rule. Activists have been detained and abused, and even shot dead in the streets. Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who has emerged...
  • Venezuelan police and opposition activists clash in Caracas

    02/23/2014 7:16:05 AM PST · by Nextrush · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/22/2014 | BBC
    Venezuelan police and opposition demonstrators have clashed at the end of a march that gathered tens of thousands of people in Caracas. Several people were injured, as police fired tear gas and activists hurled stones in the Altamira district....
  • For Venezuelan Regime, the Party’s Over

    02/22/2014 9:20:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 34 replies
    The American ^ | February 18, 2014 | Roger F. Noriega
    With intensifying unrest and the Maduro regime fighting a losing battle for survival, it appears that Hugo Chávez’s ‘Bolivarian revolution’ will outlive him by about a year. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is fighting a losing battle to salvage his regime, and student demonstrations that will continue today are only one of his problems. As details of his government’s bankruptcy are made public, his political base will continue to splinter. And as he follows Cuban advice to use brute force against peaceful demonstrators, the nationalist military will find the growing violence intolerable. In short, Maduro’s condition is terminal.According to a source...
  • On the March in Caracas - The silence on the subject is awkward

    02/23/2014 1:48:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | February 23, 2014 | Editors
    The protesters in Venezuela do not seek anything extraordinary: They demand to be secure in their homes and their persons, they demand an end to current shortages of staple foods and other goods in the country, and they demand the right to free speech. That these things should be considered a challenge to the Maduro regime is what is extraordinary, along with the regime’s brutal response to the protests — both speak to the character of the current Venezuelan government. If honoring such basic human decencies requires a regime change in Caracas, that is more a reflection on the current...
  • Maduro: (Effin') Kerry remarks give violence 'green light'

    02/23/2014 4:28:57 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/22/14
    Caracas (AFP) - President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday that remarks by US Secretary of State John Kerry on the unrest in Venezuela gave violent groups a "green light" to carry out attacks. In a tweet, Maduro also slammed the remarks made by Kerry late Friday as "arrogant" and "insolent." "John Kerry threatens Venezuela with more violence, with his statements gives the green light to violent groups to attack our people," Maduro wrote.