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  • Venezuelan parliament OKs decree powers for president

    03/15/2015 2:03:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 15, 2015 5:01 PM EDT
    The Venezuelan parliament has approved a law giving President Nicolas Maduro the power to legislate by decree for nine months in the face of what he describes as threats by the U.S. government. The so-called “anti-imperialist” law passed on Sunday will be in effect from the time it is published in Venezuela’s Official Gazette and until Dec. 31. …
  • Best of Venezuelan (Anti-Gringo) Propaganda

    03/10/2015 7:12:44 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 2 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 10 March 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Like other economically-dubious regimes in Tehran, Moscow, and elsewhere, Hugo Chavez's bumbling replacement Nicolas Maduro (same 100% commie as before, *now* with less-than-half-the-charm) has recently been painting America as the cause of all their problems, which are indeed considerable. Nothing new from them, but he's really pouring-it-on now that the US is slapping sanctions on the most corrupt of Maduro's shady bunch... Remember Obama's warm greeting of Chavez, the smiles, funky handshake, and all? Just like Hillary's 'reset button' schtick at the Kremlin -and Obama's current bargaining with the Iranians- none of this ever changed a damn thing: these types will always 'hate'...
  • Venezuela president Maduro announces diplomatic sanctions against US

    02/28/2015 6:55:47 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    UK Gaurdian ^ | 2-28-2015 | Sybilla Brodzynski
    In a further deterioration of diplomatic ties between Venezuela and the US, President Nicolas Maduro announced on Saturday that he will curb the number of US diplomats allowed to work in the country and will impose mandatory visas for Americans travelling to the socialist nation. Maduro also said that any meetings between US diplomats and Venezuelans would have to be “authorised” by the Venezuelan government. The president said he decided to require visas for US citizens after the capture of an American pilot of Latin American descent in the state of Táchira, in western Venezuela. He said the pilot, whom...

    02/28/2015 4:44:55 PM PST · by blueyon · 63 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | 2/28/15 | soopermexican
    As if foreign policy couldn’t get any worse. The President Piece of Crap Maduro announced that they have captured an American pilot that was trying to topple his regime. Watch below:
  • 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...
  • Caracas mayor arrested on ‘coup plot’ claims

    02/20/2015 6:57:24 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 2 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 20 | Nick Miroff
    Calling the twice-elected Ledezma "a vampire," Maduro vowed an "iron fist" response to the alleged coup plot.
  • Venezuela leader orders takeover of supermarket chain

    02/07/2015 11:33:52 AM PST · by grundle · 21 replies ^ | February 6, 2015
    Caracas (AFP) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday ordered the government takeover of a private supermarket chain, accusing the company of food hoarding amid huge lines and shortages in the crisis-hit country. Related Stories Venezuela to incorporate occupied grocery into state system Associated Press Venezuela Seizes Supermarket Chain Stores The Wall Street Journal Venezuela begins occupation of private supermarket chain Associated Press Venezuela president says seeking financing to offset oil fall Reuters Venezuela authorities probe drug store chain amid shortages Associated Press Maduro did not say whether the move amounted to an expropriation, but he said the government's PDVAL...
  • Venezuela's bizarre response to McDonald's running out of french fries

    01/08/2015 3:02:22 PM PST · by mandaladon · 27 replies
    Tico Times ^ | 8 Jan 2015 | Roberto A. Ferdman
    Venezuela’s leaders aren’t taking the ongoing McDonald’s french fry shortage in their country too well. Publicly sponsored news outlets, government officials, and even the country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, have all responded to McDonald’s unthinkable french fry shortage, which spans all 100 outlets in the country, by publicly criticizing the chain, and its french fries. One of the loudest responses came from Telesur, a state-sponsored news outlet, which wasted no time in getting to what it views as the heart of the issue. The outlet published a story headlined, “McDonald’s joins economic war against Venezuela,” not-so-subtly suggesting that the lack of...
  • "Now There's Not Even Soap" Maduro Heads To China To 'Save' Socialist Utopia Venezuela

    01/04/2015 6:37:55 PM PST · by Kartographer · 84 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1/4/15
    Social media is awash with striking images of #EmptyShelvesInVenezuela (#AnaquelesVaciosEnVenezuela) as the evaporation of basic human staples such as toilet paper has now been hyperinflated to total chaos at warehouses and supermarkets. As President Maduro decries the loss of $100 oil "stability", vowing to return oil prices to their rightful places (and heads to China for help), lines reach for miles for milk and soap... and the people defy governmental bans on photographing empty market shelves... "We couldn't find shampoo, so we washed our hair with soap. Now there's not even soap."
  • Letter from a Venezuelan Jail

    12/29/2014 12:52:28 PM PST · by nuconvert · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | Dec. 26, 2014 | Leopoldo Lopez
    My country, Venezuela, is on the verge of social and economic collapse. This slow-motion disaster, nearly 15 years in the making, was not initiated by falling oil prices or by mounting debts. It was set in motion by the authoritarian government’s hostility toward human rights and the rule of law and the institutions that protect them. -excerpt- I am writing from a military prison, where I have been held since February as a result of speaking out against the government’s actions. I am one of scores of political prisoners in my country .... -excerpt- ... Venezuela’s road to ruin was...
  • Yes, Venezuela could collapse if oil keeps dropping

    12/17/2014 6:44:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/17/2014 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    The drop in gasoline prices is a wonderful Christmas present for U.S. consumers.  It's great up here, but keep an eye on Venezuela.  The country could collapse if prices keep dropping. TIME magazine has a good summary about the mess in Caracas: The economic dysfunction and falling price of oil leaves Maduro in a tough spot. He lacks both the political will and popularity to push through meaningful reforms to push Venezuela’s economic house in order. At the same time, he is being increasingly squeezed by the weakness in the oil price. Hugo Chávez was luckier. At the height of...
  • Venezuela’s Maduro Must Adapt to Survive. He Won’t.

    12/13/2014 6:51:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Foreign Polic ^ | December 12, 2014 | Juan Cristobol Nagel
    The international price of oil has dropped by more than 40 percent in the past six months. To put it lightly, this presents a major challenge to oil-exporting nations. Many analysts agree that, of all oil rich countries, Venezuela is the most vulnerable. A combination of persistent fiscal deficits, out-of-control inflation, and plunging public support for President Nicolás Maduro threatens to make the nation of 30 million ungovernable. What can Maduro do to survive? In order to answer this question, we must differentiate between what Maduro can do, and what he most likely will (or, rather, will not) do.
  • Venezuela seizes warehouses packed with medical goods, food

    10/26/2014 8:31:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 23, 2014 | Andrew Cawthorne
    President Nicolas Maduro's government said on Thursday it had taken over warehouses around Venezuela crammed with medical goods and food that "bourgeois criminals" were hoarding for speculation and contraband. The socialist government says businessmen and wealthy opponents are trying to sabotage the economy to bring Maduro down, while also seeking to make profits from hoarding, price-gouging and smuggling across the border to Colombia. Critics say 15 years of failed policies of state intervention are to blame for the OPEC nation's widespread shortages, high inflation and apparently recessionary economy. They accuse nouveau riche officials and military officers of illegal business practices....
  • Amid Rationing, Venezuela Takes The Misery Crown

    08/26/2014 4:20:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies ^ | August 26, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Socialism: As Venezuelans prepare to be fingerprinted to buy bread, it bears noting that their country's transformation came with the late Hugo Chavez's promise of "a sea of happiness." Some happiness. Fact is, socialism has made Venezuela the most miserable place on earth. But don't take our word for it. That's the result of objective research by Johns Hopkins University economist Steve Hanke. He has created a "Global Misery Index" based on the original inflation-unemployment misery index of the late economist Arthur Okun and the interest rate and GDP per capita additions of Harvard economist Robert Barro. Put them all...
  • Russia opposes sanctions on Venezuela

    05/29/2014 2:59:59 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies ^ | 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...
  • Scores of Venezuelans march against government

    04/26/2014 2:35:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 26, 2014 4:45 PM EDT
    Scores of opponents of President Nicolás Maduro are marching in Caracas, vowing to remain on the streets in defiance of a high court ruling limiting protests. […] Opponents say the ruling is the latest attempt by the socialist government to muzzle dissent amid widespread discontent with runaway inflation and record shortages. …
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Carnival holiday may take heat out of Venezuela crisis

    02/28/2014 2:06:27 PM PST · by Simmy2.5 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:21pm EST | Andrew Cawthorne and Daniel Wallis
    (Reuters) - Venezuelans began a week-long national holiday on Thursday as some protests still simmered, but President Nicolas Maduro's government was hoping the break would take the heat out of the nation's worst unrest in a decade. The 51-year-old successor to Hugo Chavez brought forward by two days a long national holiday weekend for Carnival when Venezuelans traditionally abandon cities and head for Caribbean coast beaches to unwind and party. There will be another day off for the March 5 anniversary of Chavez's death from cancer, meaning a week-long break that officials hope will dampen student-led street protests. In the...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • In Venezuela, it’s the president who changes the channels

    02/22/2014 12:32:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | February 21, 2014 | Jim Wyss
    BOGOTA, Colombia -- In Venezuela, President Nicolás Maduro controls the TV remote. A week after he turned off Colombian television station NTN24, he threatened to pull the plug on CNN. “They want to show the world that there’s a civil war in Venezuela,” Maduro told a cheering audience Thursday night. “CNN, get out of Venezuela, enough of your propaganda.” Hours later, four of the broadcaster’s journalists had their press passes revoked. Adding to the confusion of the past two weeks of violent protests in Venezuela is that they’ve taken place amid a broadcast brownout. As local television stations have either...
  • Nasty things are being said about government of, for and by Chavistas.

    02/21/2014 10:43:45 AM PST · by DanMiller · 8 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 21, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Most are true, but what difference does that make? The left prefer spin.An article posted on February 20th at Puffington Host, titled In Defense of Venezuela, praises governmental actions against the violent, rich, elitist brats who protest against the benign and wonderful Venezuelan government under el Presidente Maduro. They protest because they hate little people and selfishly want everything for themselves. The U.S. media, echoing the sentiments of the U.S. government, is openly encouraging violent regime change in Venezuela. An emblematic story from yesterday was aired in what is considered a "liberal" media source, National Public Radio (NPR). In short, this piece featured...
  • Hugo Chavez’s Daughters Refuse to Leave Presidential Party Palace

    02/21/2014 9:08:51 AM PST · by RightGeek · 47 replies
    Vocativ ^ | 2/21/2014 | Jan-Albert Hootsen
    It’s hard times in Venezuela these days. The economy is in shambles, crime is spiraling, and the opposition is leading increasingly strident protests on the streets. To make matters worse, President Nicolás Maduro can’t even deal with the crisis from the comforts of the presidential palace. Constitutionally, of course, Maduro has been able live in La Casona, a luxurious villa in the heart of the capital, since he was sworn in last year. The only problem: Almost a year after Maduro’s predecessor, Hugo Chávez, passed away, his three grown children—Maria Gabriela, Rosa Virginia and Hugo Jr.—are still living in the...
  • Madonna Labels Maduro a Fascist on Instagram

    02/20/2014 5:51:08 PM PST · by cll · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/20/2014 | John Sexton
    Pop star Madonna weighed in on events in Venezuela and Ukraine Thursday, launching an attack against President Maduro via Instagram. Beside a picture of Maduro, Madonna wrote: Apparantly Maduro is not familiar with the phrase "Human Rights"! Facism is alive and thriving in Venezuela and Russia. The Ukraine isn't far behind! #wakethe[%$@#]up #revolutionoflove
  • Venezuela Demonstrations Reach Boiling Point

    02/17/2014 1:55:28 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    Sky News ^ | 17 February 2014 | Tim Marshall
    The anti-Government demonstrations in Venezuela may be approaching boiling point with a showdown set for Tuesday in the capital Caracas. Three US diplomats have been expelled and an arrest warrant issued for opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. The demonstrations have grown in intensity over the past two weeks. They are partially a response to an economic crisis in an oil-rich country. Inflation is the highest in Latin America. Crime has soared, there are power blackouts, the black market is flourishing and food staples are sometimes difficult to find. The Socialist Government blames shortages on saboteurs and sees the hand of the...
  • US condemns ‘senseless violence’ in Venezuela

    02/16/2014 6:35:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 16, 2014 | Kyle Balluck
    Secretary of State John Kerry is joining officials from the United Nations, Organization of American States and European Union in condemning “senseless violence” in Venezuela. “The United States is deeply concerned by rising tensions and violence surrounding this week's protests in Venezuela,” Kerry said in a statement. “Our condolences go to the families of those killed as a result of this tragic violence.” “We are particularly alarmed by reports that the Venezuelan government has arrested or detained scores of anti-government protestors and issued an arrest warrant for opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. These actions have a chilling effect on citizens' rights...
  • Army sent in to Venezuelan cities as unrest prompts coup warning

    02/14/2014 11:34:27 AM PST · by iontheball · 29 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 13, 2014 | Hannah Strange, Alasdair Baverstock
    Venezuelan troops fanned out across the capital, Caracas, and other major cities on Thursday after President Nicolás Maduro ordered a military clampdown against deadly unrest that he warned was part of a "fascist" coup plot. Piles of burning rubbish sat smoking along Caracas' main avenue as troops moved to secure the city following an outbreak of street violence that left three dead on Wednesday. Armed soldiers surrounded government buildings and diverted traffic, while riot troops guarded entrances to the shuttered subway system as residents picked their way through broken glass.
  • Obama “Going Dictator” - a Brief How-To Course

    02/06/2014 9:31:35 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Did you hear what El Presidente said now? "I make an appeal to the country economic sectors, for work and self-regulation of commodities and prices. You have time until next Monday; otherwise, I will take the most radical measures. I am determined to make an economic revolution. Nobody, nothing will stop me!" No, that wasn’t Big Guy; that was Nicolás Maduro, Hugo Chavez’s successor and president of the other most dubiously democratic country in the Western hemisphere. Hugo (RIP) presents BHO with a book documenting 5 centuries of American and European Imperialism: BHO’s response, “ I wrote one of them...
  • Chávez charm void filled by Maduro muscle as Venezuela votes

    12/08/2013 3:12:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Tico Times, Puerto Rico ^ | December 8, 2013 | Anatoly Kurmanaev and Corina Pons with Nathan Crooks in Caracas
    CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro has sent troops into the streets, clamped down on the press and sidestepped Congress to intensify what he calls the war against the "parasitic bourgeoisie" ahead of local elections. The opposition says Sunday's vote to elect 337 mayors and 2,455 councilors is a referendum on Maduro, as Venezuelans cope with the fastest inflation in the world, blackouts, water cuts and a surge in violence. Maduro says the vote is a chance to show loyalty to the late President Hugo Chávez, who reduced poverty by more than half in his 14-year tenure. Maduro's answer...
  • Venezuelan president tries out new emergency powers

    11/22/2013 7:23:06 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    AFP News ^ | November 22, 2013
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro exercised new emergency powers for the first time Thursday, signing decrees limiting business profit margins and tightening regulation of imports. He acted as part of a so-called "economic war" against a crisis for which he blames the opposition "bourgeoisie" and imperialism. Under new powers granted to Maduro on Tuesday, the two new laws aim to control prices and profits in the business sector and closely monitor imports and exports and hard currency that comes in from oil sales, Venezuela's main source of revenue.
  • Venezuela’s “economic war” escalating quickly as Maduro throws 100 business owners in jail

    11/15/2013 2:24:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/15/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    In his dauntless, noble commitment to perpetually fighting back the tyrannical forces of supply and demand, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro is upping the ante on punishing those unscrupulous private business owners that would dare to do anything so selfishly shortsighted as to react to changing market forces and actually charge prices high enough to keep themselves operational. Such moral bankruptcies are obvious grounds for imprisonment — at least in whatever socialist fantasyland Maduro is living in at the moment. Via the Financial Times: Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has intensified his crackdown on private businesses by jailing more than 100 “bourgeois”...
  • Venezuela government creates happiness agency

    10/26/2013 1:47:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 25, 2013 | JORGE RUEDA
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Americans may insist on the right to pursue happiness, but Venezuela now has a formal government agency in charge of enforcing it. President Nicolas Maduro says the new Vice Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness will coordinate all the "mission" programs created by the late President Hugo Chavez to alleviate poverty. Wags had a field day Friday, waxing sarcastic on Twitter about how happy they felt less than 24 hours after the announcement.
  • President Maduro creates office of Vice-Minister on "Supreme People Happinness"

    10/25/2013 2:00:33 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 9 replies
    I decided to create the office of the vice-minister for the supreme social happiness of the Venezuelian people and the vice-minister for coordination of these activities.
  • Venezuela inflation hits 49.4 percent

    10/13/2013 6:38:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | October 13, 2013 | JIM WYSS
    BOGOTA, Colombia -- Annual inflation in Venezuela hit 49.4 percent in September, up from 18 percent a year ago, and basic goods became harder to find, the Central Bank reported Thursday. The soaring consumer price index gives Venezuela the highest inflation in the hemisphere. In September alone, inflation spiked 4.4 percent, driven by agricultural goods, transportation, education expenses and a 19.3 percent hike in electricity prices, the government said. The new figures are ammunition for an opposition that is trying to turn December’s municipal election into a referendum on the six-month administration of President Nicolás Maduro. Inflation is a pocketbook...
  • Socialism Leads to Toilet Paper Shortage in Venezuela

    05/16/2013 10:52:59 AM PDT · by villagerjoel · 17 replies ^ | 5/16/13 | Editor
    The Venezuelan government was forced to begin importing 50 million rolls of toilet paper this week, due to massive shortages in consumer goods, and food in the country. Alejandro Fleming, Venezuela’s Minister of Commerce reportedly addressed the shortage of toilet paper, stating that, “the ‘Revolution’ will bring the equivalent of 50 million rolls of toilet paper to our country to calm things down.” He went on to address the perceived insidious nature of the shortage, asking citizens that they “please understand that we should not allow ourselves to be manipulated by a media campaign portraying shortages.”
  • Ruling Regime Refuses Recount in Venezuela

    04/23/2013 10:57:14 AM PDT · by villagerjoel · 5 replies
    USBC News ^ | 4/22/13 | USBC News Wire
    According to reports by the ruling regime, Hugo Chavez’s hand picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, barely managed to squeak by opposition candidate, Henrique Capriles, in a highly criticized special presidential election. Those figures were provided by the administration Chaves controlled, and were out of the ordinary for the official press organs who routinely claimed staggeringly high support for the president. Yet even by their own official count Maduro barely pulled off the victory. Critics doubt whether he won at all, citing evidence of widespread fraud and voter intimidation.
  • Venezuela: An Election That Reeks Of Fraud

    04/17/2013 11:49:08 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 16 April 2013 | Editorial
    Latin America: Venezuela's election on Sunday, which saw bus driver Nicolas Maduro declared the winner by a razor-thin margin, reeked of electoral fraud. Kudos to challenger Henrique Capriles for calling it out. Fraud is a strong word but, yes, it's the clearest conclusion from Venezuela's election Sunday to pick a successor to the late socialist dictator Hugo Chavez. Chavez's hand-picked successor "won" Venezuela's election Sunday, with what Chavez's anything-but impartial CNE electoral body declaring he'd gotten 50.6% of the vote, while his challenger, Miranda state governor Henrique Capriles Radonski garnered 49.07% — a gap of just 235,000 votes. That's suspicious...
  • Nicolas Maduro Wins Venezuela Presidential Election (50.7%): Opposition Gets 49.1%

    04/14/2013 9:17:30 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    BBCNews ^ | April 13, 2013
    Nicolas Maduro Wins Venezuela Presidential Election (50.7%): Opposition Gets 49.1% Socialist candidate Nicolas Maduro has won a narrow victory in Venezuela's presidential poll. Mr Maduro, who was chosen by the late Hugo Chavez, won 50.7% of the vote against 49.1% for opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. The electoral commission said the results were "irreversible". There has been no comment from Mr Capriles, who earlier on Sunday has suggested there was an attempt to doctor the result. Mr Maduro told a rally of supporters in the capital Caracas that he had won a "just, legal and constitutional" victory. However, the margin of...
  • CNN: Nicolas Maduro Won Venezuela's Presidential Election With 50.6% of Votes

    04/14/2013 9:14:07 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies ^ | April 13, 2013 CNN: Nicolas Maduro won Venezuela's presidential election with 50.6% of votes, officials announced Sunday night.
  • Official: Maduro wins Venezuelan presidency (likely voter fraud)

    04/14/2013 9:45:35 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | updated 12:11 AM EDT, Mon April 15, 2013 | Catherine E. Shoichet
    (CNN) -- The man former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez handpicked to be his successor has won the country's presidential vote, officials said late Sunday. With 99% of votes counted, Nicolas Maduro won 50.66% of votes, National Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena said, calling the results "irreversible." Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles won 49.07% of votes, she said. "I have won by nearly 300,000 votes. It is the decision of the people," Maduro told cheering supporters late Sunday, calling on Venezuelans to respect the results and respond peacefully.
  • Chavez's legacy gains religious glow in Venezuela

    03/30/2013 7:29:53 PM PDT · by haffast · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3-30-2013 | JACK CHANG
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Holding a Bible in her arms at the start of Holy Week, seamstress Maria Munoz waited patiently to visit the tomb of the man she considers another savior of humanity. The 64-year-old said she had already turned her humble one-bedroom house into a shrine devoted to the late President Hugo Chavez, complete with busts, photos and coffee mugs bearing his image. Now, she said, her brother-in-law was looking for a larger house to display six boxes' worth of Chavez relics that her family has collected throughout his political career. "He saved us from so many politicians...
  • Venezuela Accuses U.S. of Meddling in Elections

    03/19/2013 1:49:01 PM PDT · by jmcenanly · 10 replies
    You Tube ^ | March 19,2013
    Acting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accuses U.S. of 'plot' to kill rival opposition candidate Henrique Capriles.
  • Venezuela's Maduro urges Obama to halt "plot" against rival

    03/17/2013 8:11:43 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar 17, 2013 | Daniel Wallis
    CARACAS, March 17 (Reuters) - Venezuela's acting president urged U.S. leader Barack Obama to stop what he called a plot by the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency to kill his opposition rival and trigger a coup before an April 14 election.
  • Venezuela's Maduro pleads with Obama not to kill rival

    03/18/2013 7:12:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/18/2013 | Rick Moran
    Venezuela's caretaker president, Nicolas Maduro, asked Barack Obama to halt a plot to kill the opposition candidate in next month's election. You see, it's complicated. Maduro - sort of a "Hugo-lite" - announced last week that his government had uncovered an insidious plot to kill Henrique Capriles, leader of the opposition which would be followed by a coup of army officers friendly to America. Obviously, Maduro is worried that he doesn't have the election in the bag. From Reuters: "I call on President Obama - Roger Noriega, Otto Reich, officials at the Pentagon and at the CIA are behind a...
  • Obama: US supports Venezuelan people as they begin 'new chapter' after Chavez

    03/05/2013 4:06:49 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 5, 2013
    U.S. officials quickly cast Hugo Chavez's death as an opportunity for America to rebuild a relationship with Venezuela and for the country itself to pursue “meaningful democratic reforms," with President Obama heralding a "new chapter" in the Latin American country's history. Chavez, who had been battling cancer since 2011, died Tuesday after 14 years in power. An election is expected to be held in 30 days – the transition marks one of the first major challenges for newly appointed Secretary of State John Kerry. Obama kept a measured tone in a statement released Tuesday evening. "At this challenging time of...
  • Venezuela Expels 2 US Diplomats; Vice President Claims Hugo Chavez was Poisoned

    03/05/2013 1:01:15 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 5, 2013 | Andrew O'Reilly
    After reiterating that President Hugo Chávez's health is looking grave, Venezuela’s vice president lashed out at the country’s “enemies” and expelled two U.S. diplomats whom he accused of spying on the country’s military. At a press conference on Monday, Vice President Nicolás Maduro also pointed to the U.S. and other foreign countries of somehow poisoning Chávez with cancer. Following a lengthy introduction of numerous officials in attendance, Maduro said U.S. military attaché David Delmonaco will be expelled from the country for conspiring against the government and the armed forces. Foreign Minister Elias Jaua also announced the expulsion of a second...
  • No Venezuelan Spring: 4500 Cuban Military on Venezuelan Soil: $10B Annual US Subsidy at Stake

    01/08/2013 5:53:27 PM PST · by maggiesnotebook · 3 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 1-8-13 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    The Miami Herald is reporting Hugo Chávez early demise was recognized long before the rest of the world was privvy to the details of a late diagnosed and lethal cancer. With the help of Cuban brothers Fidel and Raúl, and Chávez' hand-picked successor Nicolás Maduro, the Venezuelan presidential election was moved from December 2012 to October 2012, two months that the report says were crucial. In October Chávez could still stand before his supporters to applaud his re-election, but there was no certainty that he could do so in December. He returned to Cuba for a fourth round of cancer treatments in early...
  • The Chávez Legacy in Venezuela

    01/11/2013 2:08:13 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 10 replies
    Hudson Institute ^ | January 10, 2013 | Jaime Daremblum
    Shortly after Hugo Chávez won his first election as Venezuelan president in December 1998, a lawyer from the western state of Barinas, which was then governed by Chávez's father, delivered a prescient warning to Newsweek magazine: "Venezuelans are dreaming of a savior, but Chávez is a dictator. People don't know what they are getting."  More than 14 years later, a cancer-stricken Chávez is reportedly near death, but his autocratic legacy is very much alive. Venezuela long ago ceased to be a real democracy: The ruling regime effectively controls the Supreme Court (which in 2004 was expanded and packed with Chávez allies), the National Assembly...
  • Hugo Chavez faces tough cancer recovery, says Maduro (VeeP and hand-picked successor awaits end)

    12/12/2012 12:08:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/12/12 | BBC
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez faces a "complex and difficult" recovery from cancer, his vice-president has said. Nicolas Maduro, Mr Chavez's handpicked successor, said the president's latest surgery in Cuba had been "complex, difficult, delicate". Mr Maduro was speaking in Caracas following Mr Chavez's fourth cancer-related surgery on Tuesday. He urged Venezuelans to pray for the 58-year-old president, and to face the "hard days" ahead calmly. Mr Maduro was speaking alongside National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello and Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez, who had both joined Mr Chavez on his trip to Cuba. The president's children and grandchildren were also with him...