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  • Venezuelan Congress declares that Maduro has staged a coup

    10/23/2016 7:29:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 23, 2016 8:38 PM EDT | Hannah Dreier
    Venezuela’s Congress on Sunday declared that the government had staged a coup by blocking a drive to recall President Nicolas Maduro in a raucous legislative session that was interrupted when his supporters stormed the chamber. Opposition lawmakers vowed to put Maduro on trial after a court friendly to his socialist administration on Thursday suspended their campaign to collect signatures to hold a referendum on removing the deeply-unpopular president. Lawmaker Julio Borges said the opposition-led congress is now in open rebellion after a majority of its members voted that the decision constituted a coup with government participation. …
  • Non-Aligned Movement states call for more inclusive UN

    09/19/2016 5:17:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2016 7:14 PM EDT
    Member states of the Non-Aligned Movement called on Sunday for the United Nations to give more influence to developing countries. As the Cold War-era group wrapped up its 17th summit, its members said the U.N. should open the Security Council to more states and put more value on the self-determination of emerging powers. […] Venezuelan President Maduro said the U.N. should not only be reformed, it should be re-founded, with all nations on more equal footing. …
  • Venezuela’s President Tells His Starving People: My ‘Diet Gets You Hard, You Don’t Need Viagra!’

    09/14/2016 7:46:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 13, 2016 | Frances Maretl
    During a broadcast this weekend promoting new socialist food distribution policies, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro jokingly referenced a popular nickname for the nation’s dire food shortages, telling a crowd, “Maduro’s diet gets you hard – no need for Viagra!”
  • Crowds surge into the streets to demand recall of Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro

    09/02/2016 7:14:01 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 41 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 1 September 2016 | Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
    othing was going to stop Nelson Rivas from joining the Taking Caracas demonstration on Thursday — not his wheelchair, not the six-mile distance over uneven pavement, not the whiffs of tear gas, not the ominous threats of arrests from President Nicolas Maduro. “I came to demand that the recall election take place according to the constitution,” said Rivas, 35. “Whatever your point of view, the condition of the country is the worst.” Rivas took his place in the ranks that filled Francisco de Miranda Avenue, one of three main streets in the capital brimming with thousands and thousands of protesters,...
  • Socialist experiment' Venezuela in ruins as soldiers delete videos of 12-hour food queues

    08/03/2016 2:26:05 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 37 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 8-3-16 | JOE BARNES
    A BBC journalist, who attempted to film the crisis, was stopped and forced by soldiers to delete footage of a protest outside a supermarket as desperate Venezuelans waited for food. Baying crowds shouted “We want to buy stuff!” as they grouped outside the store in the country’s capital, Caracas. BBC journalist Vladimir Hernandez reports that many people approached him to say they had queued forIn the short clip, the crew are warned by a demonstrator that they have been spotted by members of the Venezuelan army. They are soon surrounded by soldiers as the crowd screams: “Let them film!” Soldiers...
  • How much they spent on the big cake "birthday" of Hugo Chavez

    07/30/2016 8:30:12 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 15 replies ^ | 7-29-16 | Informe21
    In the midst of economic crisis, the government a lot of money is spent on a cake for the "birthday" of Hugo Chavez, in a "celebration" that was held Thursday at the CDLM (Cuartel Mountain, January 23, Caracas) and also it included singers to llanera music. At least 1.20 meters and 90 kilos more ingredients were required for the "architectural replica" of the headquarters of the mountain that ended in the "whiskers" of Nicholas. Below is a list of the budget for the cake of "absent": Kilo of wheat flour: Approximately 2,000 Bolivars (Second-hand in Catia or Petare, by shortages)....
  • Venezuela’s socialist government adopts forced labor law

    07/29/2016 6:28:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 29, 2016 | John Sexton
    Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has a plan to “guarantee food supply, social justice, and democracy.” As with most of Maduro’s plans, it will accomplish none of those things. Vice News reports: “A new decree establishing that any employee in Venezuela can be effectively made to work in the country’s fields as a way to fight the current food crisis is unlawful and effectively amounts to forced labor,” Amnesty International said in a statement released on Thursday. President Nicolás Maduro signed a decree at the end of last week that gives powers to the labor ministry to order “all workers from...
  • Venezuela has a new 'forced labor' law that can require people to work in fields

    07/29/2016 7:02:04 AM PDT · by bkopto · 47 replies
    Vice News ^ | 7/28/2016 | Alan Hernández
    International human rights activists are complaining that new laws have introduced forced labour in Venezuela. "A new decree establishing that any employee in Venezuela can be effectively made to work in the country's fields as a way to fight the current food crisis is unlawful and effectively amounts to forced labor," Amnesty International said in a statement released on Thursday. President Nicolás Maduro signed a decree at the end of last week that gives powers to the labor ministry to order "all workers from the public and private sector with enough physical capabilities and technical know-how" to join a government...
  • 100,000 Venezuelans cross border shopping for scarce food

    07/17/2016 4:13:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 17, 2016 5:42 PM EDT | Hannah Dreier
    Almost 100,000 Venezuelans, some of whom drove through the night in caravans, crossed into Colombia over the weekend to hunt for food and medicine that are in short supply at home. It was the second weekend in a row that Venezuela’s socialist government opened the long-closed border with Colombia, and by 6 a.m. Sunday, a line of would-be shoppers snaked through the entire town of San Antonio del Tachira. Some had traveled in chartered buses from cities 10 hours away. Venezuela’s government closed all crossings a year ago to crack down on smuggling along the 1,378-mile (2,219 kilometer) border. It...
  • Venezuela Now a Military Dictatorship (RUMINT: Military about to move on Maduro)

    07/13/2016 12:28:34 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 68 replies
    The New American ^ | 13 JUL 16 | Bob Adelman
    Venezuela’s Marxist President Nicolás Maduro (shown, left) closed the loop on Monday night, declaring under powers granted to himself by his “emergency decree” announced in January (later to be declared “constitutional” by his hand-picked Supreme Court) that his new Great Sovereign Supply Mission would be run by the country’s defense minister, Vladimir Padrino López (shown, right). Maduro put everything that moves into the hands of Padrino: "All the ministries, all the ministers, all the state institutions are at the service [of] and in absolute subordination [to the new mission]." Padrino, the head of Venezuela’s armed forces, now will be in...
  • Venezuela: Mass Famine Is Imminent as Neighbors, Washington Stand By (it's not about oil)

    06/23/2016 3:10:44 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 82 replies
    PanAmPost ^ | June 22, 2016 | PanAm Post Staf
    A humanitarian crisis, the likes of which have never been seen in the Western Hemisphere, is brewing in Venezuela and it will be inevitable in a few weeks. Much has been written recently about the crisis in Venezuela. During the last week, the world’s leading media outlets have amply reported the shortages of food, medicine and other basic supplies in the country. Unfortunately, despite some great reporting by various journalists, the true extent and the reasons for the country’s desperate situation have not yet been clearly understood by the media and the international community. The majority of those reporting on...
  • Venezuela trying to solve food shortages by having party loyalists control distribution

    06/10/2016 8:49:23 AM PDT · by SSS Two · 52 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | June 10, 2016 | By Franz von Bergen
    CARACAS, VENEZUELA – Venezuela’s most recent initiative to deal with the widespread food shortages? Some 9,000 “committees” across the country made up of government loyalists are now directly handling the distribution of whatever groceries are still available. Under the new provision, the selected members of the committees (known as CLAP for its Spanish acronym) are authorized to take truckloads of some food products from supermarkets, warehouses or state-run companies and distribute them directly to families – which have previously been “surveyed” by such committees.
  • Venezuela's Maduro rooting for 'revolutionary friend' Sanders in U.S. campaign

    05/31/2016 7:28:08 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 7 replies
    Venezuela's Maduro rooting for 'revolutionary friend' Sanders in U.S. campaign By Girish Gupta and Corina Pons CARACAS Venezuela's embattled president, Nicolas Maduro, said on Tuesday night he supported Bernie Sanders in the U.S. presidential race, adding that the candidate, who describes himself as a democratic socialist, would win if the vote were "free." Maduro, a socialist who sees himself as the political heir to his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, has long railed against the United States, blaming it for Venezuela's economic crisis and accusing Washington of attempting to topple him. "Bernie Sanders, our revolutionary friend, ought to win in the United...
  • Venezuela Drifts Into New Territory: Hunger, Blackouts and Government Shutdown

    05/28/2016 7:18:58 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 67 replies
    The courts? Closed most days. The bureau to start a business? Same thing. The public defender’s office? That’s been converted into a food bank for government employees. Step by step, Venezuela has been shutting down. This country has long been accustomed to painful shortages, even of basic foods. But Venezuela keeps drifting further into uncharted territory. In recent weeks, the government has taken what may be one of the most desperate measures ever by a country to save electricity: A shutdown of many of its offices for all but two half-days each week. But that is only the start of...
  • Venezuelan president in Jamaica for working visit (On verge of collapse???)

    05/22/2016 10:57:59 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 31 replies
    Jamaica Observer ^ | May 22, 2016
    KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro Moros, arrived in the island last night for a working visit. He was met on arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, among other dignitaries. Senator Johnson Smith said the visit is an important one, and is expecting fruitful talks from a bilateral meeting between President Maduro Moros and Prime Minister Andrew Holness today. The Venezuelan President is also expected to meet with Cabinet ministers.
  • Venezuela: how the socialist paradise turned into debt and hyperinflation hell

    05/21/2016 8:28:46 AM PDT · by yoe · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | May 21, 2016 | Szu Ping Chan
    They call them bachaqueros. Venezuela’s army of black market shoppers descend every day at dawn outside Caracas’s biggest stores. They stand for hours in the blistering heat, motivated not by hunger, but profit. Half-empty shelves in most shops means goods bought at government-controlled prices can be sold at a significant mark-up.[snip]Led by Hugo Chávez, the country’s firebrand former president, the country embarked on a wave of expropriation and redistribution with the charismatic leader offering cut-price fridges, appliances and even new homes to poor Venezuelans. Chávez wanted to create a socialist paradise, an ideology that has been reinforced by his successor...
  • Venezuela: Food and Medicine Shortages are a Government Policy

    05/21/2016 6:39:30 AM PDT · by fella · 16 replies ^ | 20 May 2016 | Luis H. Ball
    President Maduro Deliberately Causes Shortages to Cow Venezuelan Citizens into Submission Even with the collapse of the price of oil, Venezuela’s total export revenue this year will yield a similar amount to Peru’s total exports. Peru and Venezuela have the same population, and the world knows there are no food lines in Peru and no one is dying for lack of medicines in that country. Unfortunately, most reporting by the international press on Venezuela’s current crisis, while mentioning the Chavista regime’s mismanagement and corruption, also places the blame on the economic crisis that befell the country after oil prices collapsed...
  • Venezuela Readies for 'State of Internal Commotion' Ahead of Civilian Unrest (Booting Maduro)

    05/20/2016 10:30:11 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 35 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 20, 2016 | MARIAM KHAN
    As opposition to Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro intensifies, the country is now preparing for the biggest military exercises in its history this Saturday – an opportunity to flex its military muscle ahead of possible violent street protests spurred by civilian unrest. Maduro, who is facing a recall referendum, has warned that he may declare a “state of internal commotion” if a coup occurs, according to the Latin America Herald Tribune. The state of internal commotion would allow the government to bypass normal legislative procedures in order to impose stricter security measures.
  • What Does Maduro’s New State of Emergency Mean for Venezuela?

    05/20/2016 4:53:47 PM PDT · by fella · 11 replies
    Panam Post ^ | 17 May 2016 | Orlando Avendano
    Venezuelan President Grants Himself New List of Powers in Response to "Threats" Last Friday, May 13, the President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro signed a new decree establishing an economic emergency that extended the original decree made in January 2016, but which included something called a “state of exception” this time around. The state of exception is intended to allow the government to take “exceptional” measures to control the country’s crisis, as well as to protect the Venezuelan people from whatever the government may consider a threat. But it’s still not clear what Maduro is going to do with such tremendous...
  • 'We want food!': Venezuela crisis deepens

    05/18/2016 10:55:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 105 replies ^ | May 18, 2016 | Staff
    It was around noon when a food truck rolled up to a Venezuelan state-subsidized supermarket in the town of Guarenas just east of the capital. But, to the fury of the long line of people waiting out front, the cargo wasn't unloaded. Instead soldiers took it away. "We want food!" the crowd roared in protest, to no avail. Some tried to run after the truck. Under the state of emergency imposed by President Nicolas Maduro, the military, along with government-organized civilian committees, ensures that food packets are delivered door-to-door in order to -- as officials say -- cut out black...
  • Venezuela opposition rejects Maduro's state of emergency

    05/17/2016 5:55:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 17, 2016 7:07 PM EDT
    Venezuelan opposition leaders are rejecting a 60-day state of emergency declared by President Nicolás Maduro. Maduro declared the state of emergency over the weekend, giving himself decree powers to intervene in the economy and protect national sovereignty. He said the expanded powers were needed to guard against U.S. meddling in the socialist country. Opposition leader Henrique Capriles called the move unconstitutional Tuesday because Maduro acted unilaterally. Capriles said Venezuelans should reject the decree. …
  • Venezuela emergency decree boosts security powers (dictatorship)

    05/16/2016 6:21:16 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 19 replies
    Yahooooooooooo ^ | May 16, 2016 | Marc Burleigh
    Venezuela's army is to be backed by civilians grouped into ancillary security units, to tackle food shortages and public unrest, under a state of emergency decree published on Monday. The decree, published in the government gazette, brings into effect for at least 60 days sweeping powers President Nicolas Maduro announced on Friday. The measures give his government and security forces broad authorization to ignore most constitutional safeguards in a bid to keep order and supply basic food and services, and to counter a crippling energy shortage. But the opposition, which controls the National Assembly and is seeking Maduro's ouster through...
  • [03/10/2016] Venezuela´s socialist president praises Bernie Sanders' 'revolutionary' message

    05/14/2016 7:09:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | 03/10/2016 | Franz Von Bergen
    ...praised the Vermont lawmaker and even empathized with his humble beginnings. “He is an emerging candidate with a renovating and revolutionary message,” Maduro told a crowd congregated in Caracas to commemorate the “Anti-Imperialism Day” — a holiday created last year to mark March 9 as the day President Obama declared Venezuela a national security threat. ... Meanwhile, during the Wednesday night debate Sanders was asked to comment on positive remarks he made in the past about Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, two close allies of Venezuela’s Chavismo. One of the hosts played a 1985 video in which Sanders...
  • Venezuela opposition slams 'desperate' Maduro state of emergency

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

    05/14/2016 5:39:09 PM PDT · by Publius · 198 replies
    MSN ^ | 14 May 2016
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday ordered authorities to seize factories that have stopped production and jail their owners, a day after declaring a state of emergency to combat the country's economic crisis. "We must take all measures to recover productive capacity, which is being paralyzed by the bourgeoisie," he told a rally in Caracas. "Anyone who wants to halt (production) to sabotage the country should get out, and those who do must be handcuffed and sent to the PGV (Venezuelan General Penitentiary)," he said.
  • Venezuela president declares emergency, citing U.S. domestic 'threats'

    05/13/2016 10:45:52 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 46 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/14/2016 | Reuters
    Nicholas Maduro, the Venezuelan president declared a 60-day state of emergency on Friday due to what he called plots from within the OPEC country and the United States to topple his leftist government. Mr. Maduro did not provide details of the measure. A previous state of emergency, implemented in states near the Colombian border last year, suspended constitutional rights guarantees in those areas....... Earlier on Friday, U.S. intelligence officials told reporters they were increasingly worried about the potential for an economic and political meltdown in Venezuela and predicted Mr. Maduro was not likely to complete his term.....
  • U.S. intelligence warns of Venezuela collapse (Socialism)

    05/13/2016 10:34:18 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 18 replies
    LA Times ^ | 5/13/2013 | LA Times
    With dire shortages of basic goods, a looming foreign debt payment, horrific street crime and intransigent political divisions, Venezuela is in danger of collapsing into waves of deadly violence, U.S. intelligence officials warned Friday. Venezuela, which controls the world's largest reserves of crude oil, is in the throes of a potentially explosive political stalemate after opposition parties gained a majority in the national congress in elections late last year. President Nicolas Maduro, a leftist, faces a possible recall vote sponsored by the opposition that he is maneuvering to block.
  • US officials: Venezuelan president's hold on power weakening

    05/13/2016 8:31:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 13, 2016 11:16 PM EDT | Joshua Goodman
    U.S. intelligence analysts are increasingly convinced that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is likely to be pushed aside by members of his own socialist movement before finishing his term. Senior American intelligence officials said Friday that as Venezuela’s economy spins out of control, Maduro’s grip on power is more fragile. They briefed reporters on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss their assessments by name. […] The officials said the main concern for the Obama administration is that the deep political divisions and mounting economic hardships could trigger mayhem of the sort that Caracas experienced in 1989, when at...
  • Venezuela’s Collapse Brings ‘Savage Suffering’

    02/13/2016 7:24:51 AM PST · by grimalkin · 91 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/12/2016 | ANATOLY KURMANAEV and MAOLIS CASTRO
    Dying infants, chronic power outages and empty shelves mark the world's worst-performing economy CARACAS, Venezuela--In a hospital in the far west of this beleaguered country, the economic crisis took a grim toll in the past week: Six infants died because there wasn't enough medicine or functioning respirators. Here in the capital, the crisis has turned ordinary life into an ordeal for nearly everyone. Chronic power outages have prompted the government to begin rationing electricity, darkening shopping malls. Homes and apartments regularly suffer water shortages. Rosalba Castellano, 74 years old, spent hours this week in what has become a desperate routine...
  • Military vows Maduro support in deepening Venezuela crisis

    01/08/2016 8:16:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    AFP ^ | January 7, 2016 | Maria Isabel Sanchez
    Venezuela's military pledged loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday, ramping up a high-stakes standoff between his socialist government and a center-right opposition that has vowed to use its new legislative powers to oust him. The opposition laid claim to a big majority in the National Assembly, which could empower it to force out Maduro. He has rejected the assembly as illegal and formed a new hardline leftist cabinet to fight it, in a deepening political crisis.
  • Venezuela contesting elections; opposition on verge of losing supermajority in assembly

    12/30/2015 3:19:03 PM PST · by Truth29 · 16 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | December 30, 2015 | Franz von Bergen
    Venezuela’s ruling party filed motions to dispute the election of eight lawmakers from the opposition coalition, which on Dec. 6 obtained a majority with enough power to rein in President Nicolás Maduro, sack Cabinet ministers and even call an assembly to rewrite Hugo Chávez's 1999 constitution. The government’s party needs to succeed in unseating just one of the eight elected lawmakers to take away the so-called supermajority from the opposition. The motions were filed Tuesday before the Supreme Court, just days after the government appointed 13 new justices — including two of the five justices from the Sala Electoral, the...
  • Why Venezuela’s Fight for Freedom Is Just Beginning

    12/08/2015 12:49:20 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Slate ^ | December 7, 2015 | Srdja Popovic and William J. Dobson
    Dictators are typically bad losers. Whenever the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez felt in danger on the eve of an election, he would conjure the possibility of violence, death,or chaos if the vote didn't go his way. The modern dictator doesn't threaten a bloodbath, of course; rather,he suggests obliquely that "forces could be unleashed," that the "will of the people" cannot be denied, or that the "streets will erupt.".... Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro followed suit in the final days of Venezuela's parliamentary election..... the opposition's tally could rise to 112 or 113 seats. If the opposition wins a supermajority, it...
  • Venezuela's opposition party wins parliament in a blow to Maduro and Chavismo

    12/07/2015 9:28:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/06/2015 | By Brian Walker and Tiffany Ap
    Venezuela's opposition party has claimed the majority of seats in the National Assembly in elections held Sunday, the first major shift in power in the legislative branch since the late President Hugo Chavez took office in 1999. The Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) took 99 seats to just 46 for the United Social Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Tibisay Lucena, president of Consejo Nacional Electoral announced. "Venezuela, we won!" said opposition key figure Henrique Capriles, governor of the state of Miranda. "I always told you all, this was the way! Humility, maturity and serenity. Long live the people of Venezuela!" Setback for...
  • Venezuela opposition wins parliamentary majority

    12/06/2015 10:21:43 PM PST · by Nextrush · 40 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/7/2015 | BBC
    The opposition in Venezuela has won a majority of seats in the National Assembly, overturning nearly two decades of dominance by the Socialists of President Nicolas Maduro. Five hours after polling ended, the National Electoral Council announced the opposition had won 99 seats. The Socialists have gained 46 seats, with another 22 yet to be declared. President Maduro has admitted defeat, saying his party recognized 'these adverse results'. The opposition alliance, made up of centre and conservative parties, is confident of ultimately taking 112 seats after 17 years of socialist rule. According to senior figures in the movement, that would...
  • Venezuela opposition claims victory ahead of vote results

    12/06/2015 8:19:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 6, 2015 10:43 PM EST | Hannah Dreier
    Leaders of Venezuela's opposition are claiming victory ahead of official results in Sunday's crucial legislative elections that could alter the country's balance of power after 17 years of socialist rule. Hours after polls closed, several opposition leaders took to the Internet to announce that they had won a majority of seats in the National Assembly for the first time since 1998. But with no official results released and the ruling socialist party not commenting, their claims could not be confirmed. "The results are as we expected. Venezuela won," former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles said on Twitter. "With great humility, serenity...
  • Is Venezuela The Next Foreign Policy Crisis?

    12/06/2015 12:01:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 4, 2015 | Keith Naughton
    "... Venezuela is the true end point of socialism and the politics of class warfare. Not hope and peace, but misery and violence. Socialism in Venezuela was not successful,just propped up by massive oil reserves.In order to be elected in the first place, the Chavista Maduro resorted to widespread intimidation, shackling of independent media and outright voter fraud. He has resolutely continued the failed socialist policies of Hugo Chavez,resulting in 200 percent inflation,massive shortages of basic goods,skyrocketing violence and a general descent into a de facto police state.Chavez used oil to build political ties with the small nations of the...
  • Even in Chavez's hometown, Venezuela 'revolution' ails before election - "Chavistas destroyed us"

    11/27/2015 10:08:06 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 27, 2015 | Alexandra Ulmer
    ........."We were 'Chavistas'," said Julio Coromoto...a workman next to a queue of dozens at a shabby supermarket."But they destroyed this town.".... Nationwide polls predict voters will punish the socialists next month, possibly taking away their majority in the National Assembly for the first time since Chavez took power in early 1999.To hold on to loyalists, the government is milking Chavez's legacy at every turn, re-naming voting centers after him, splashing his smiling face on billboards and filling state television with his most rousing speeches.In Barinas, his brother Argenis and cousin Asdrubal are running for the legislature, hoping to follow in...
  • Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Says He Will Sue U.S.

    10/30/2015 12:57:45 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 7 replies ^ | october 29, 2015 | kejal vyas
    Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said Thursday he would sue the Obama administration in an attempt to lift an executive order signed earlier this year that declared the South American country an extraordinary threat to U.S. national security. "We can't have that decree around. It's like the Sword of Damocles here," Mr. Maduro said in a televised address, pointing to his neck. "We're going to file a lawsuit in the U.S. against that decree." He said the suit would expose the "international illegality" of President Barack Obama's March 9 order, which also slapped sanctions on seven Venezuelan government officials accused of...
  • Venezuelan President Debuts the Official Sneaker of Socialism

    09/18/2015 11:28:29 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 13 replies
    Sole Collector ^ | 09/16/2015 | Brendan Dunne
    Venezuelan socialists will no longer be starved for sneaker options thanks to a new piece of footwear unveiled by the country's president, Nicolas Maduro. The video comes from Saturday's grand unveil of the shoes that happened on state television. In it, Maduro calls the shoes "the boots of Bolivarian youth socialism,” in reference to the Bolivarian Revolution socialist movement. The sneaker's introduction was part of a speech honoring the country's youth socialist movement. Maduro went so far as to make sure the colorway on these tells a story, as sneaker brands so often do these days. According to him,...
  • 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 · 19 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...