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  • U.S. Offers Amnesty to Venezuelan Leader, if He Leaves Power

    08/28/2019 6:06:19 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    NYT ^ | 8-28-19 | Lara Jakes and Anatoly Kurmanaev
    A top American diplomat said the United States would not prosecute or otherwise seek to punish President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela if he voluntarily left power, despite bringing his country to the verge of economic collapse and humanitarian disaster. Elliott Abrams, the State Department’s special envoy for Venezuela, said he had seen no indication that Mr. Maduro was willing to step down. But his offer of amnesty was a message to Mr. Maduro after both countries’ leaders described high-level talks that Mr. Abrams unequivocally said did not happen. “This is not a persecution,” Mr. Abrams said of Mr. Maduro on...
  • Executive Order on Blocking Property of the Government of Venezuela

    08/05/2019 8:34:35 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 5 replies
    White House Public Pool ^ | August 5, 2019 | PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP
    EXECUTIVE ORDER BLOCKING PROPERTY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF VENEZUELA... All property and interests in property of the Government of Venezuela that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in... unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in section 1(b) of this order would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and...
  • Miss Grand International 2019 to be held in Venezuela in Oct. Many countries already boycotting

    07/31/2019 11:29:47 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 18 replies ^ | 3/16/19 | TNN
    The much awaited Miss Grand International 2019 pageant will be held in Venezuela on 25th October 2019. Announcement about the venue and date was made on the Facebook page of the pageant. The officials uploaded a video showing the glimpse of the host country Venezuela and captioned along with it, ‘Official Announcement.’ The grand coronation night of this pageant will witness Miss Grand International 2018, Clara Sosa crowning the new queen with much pomp and fanfare. Miss Grand International 2019 will be the 7th edition of the pageant. Last year Meenakshi Chaudhary of India was sashed first runner up, at...
  • Venezuela back in darkness

    07/24/2019 1:41:11 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/7/19
    ...extensive power cut has once again paralyzed Venezuela in recent days. The Information Minister of the Maduro regime claims that "this is an electromagnetic attack".
  • Venezuelan government blames 'electromagnetic attack' for nationwide blackout

    07/23/2019 9:40:06 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 10 replies
    CNN News ^ | 23 July 2019 | Stefano Pozzebon and Jessie Yeung,
    Large swathes of Venezuela remained without power on Tuesday, the day after the country suffered its fourth nationwide blackout this year. The blackout, which officials blamed on a hostile "electromagnetic attack," affected almost the entire country, including the capital Caracas. About 94% of Venezuela's telecommunications infrastructure was hit by the outage, and internet connectivity was only running at 10% nationwide, according to Netblocks, a non-profit organization dedicated to tracking outages.
  • Treasury Sanctions Venezuela's Military Counterintelligence Agency ...

    07/12/2019 8:35:57 AM PDT · by robowombat · 3 replies
    Treasury Sanctions Venezuela's Military Counterintelligence Agency Following the Death of a Venezuelan Navy Captain U.S. Department of the Treasury July 11, 2019 Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated the Government of Venezuela's General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence, or La Dirección General de Contrainteligencia Militar, most commonly known as the DGCIM. This action, taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13850, as amended, targets the DGCIM for operating in Venezuela's defense and security sector. "The politically motivated arrest and tragic death of Captain Rafael Acosta was unwarranted and unacceptable," said Treasury Secretary...
  • Surviving hyperinflation in Venezuela

    07/09/2019 7:49:21 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 11 replies
    France 24 English, youtube ^ | 8/20/18 | France24 English
    I feel bad for them, but they probably helped Chavez get into power.
  • How 7.4 Tons of Venezuela’s Gold Landed in Africa—and Vanished

    06/18/2019 9:26:28 PM PDT · by luv2ski · 45 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 18, 2019 | Gabriele Steinhauser and Nicholas Bariyo
    ENTEBBE, Uganda—The government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is selling off his country’s gold reserves. Some of it has passed through a secretive operation in East Africa, a gambit that evades U.S. sanctions. On two early-March flights, at least 7.4 tons of gold with a market value over $300 million moved from Venezuela to a refinery in Uganda, say officials in Venezuela and Uganda, a foreign diplomat and Venezuelan opposition lawmakers, who have concluded Mr. Maduro’s government exported the ingots. The gold arrived on a Russian charter jetliner in two shipments at the international airport in Entebbe, says Ugandan national-police...
  • I Agree With This Evil Socialist Dictator

    06/16/2019 3:33:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | June 16, 2019 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Hugo Chavez was one of the most evil socialist dictators ever. He took the richest country in Latin America, Venezuela, and turned it into a disaster of misery and poverty in only five years. How bad? The people had no food or toilet paper. And critics of Chavez were tortured and murdered. Isn't socialism wonderful? But it gets worse. Just like Fidel Castro, Chavez got filthy rich based on the misery of his own people. His family made billions. Then this evil dictator died of cancer. He turned the country over to his handpicked successor, Nicolas Maduro. Maduro ran the...
  • In a Blow to Maduro, Russia Withdraws Key Defense Support to Venezuela

    06/02/2019 8:26:56 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 45 replies
    MOSCOW—Russia has withdrawn key defense advisers from Venezuela, an embarrassment for President Nicolás Maduro as Moscow weighs the leader’s political and economic resilience against growing U.S. pressure. Russian state defense contractor Rostec, which has trained Venezuelan troops and advised on securing arms contracts, has cut its staff in Venezuela to just a few dozen, from about 1,000 at the height of cooperation between Moscow and Caracas several years ago, said a person close to the Russian defense ministry. The gradual pullout, which has escalated over the last several months, according to people familiar with the situation, is due to a...
  • Univision Says It Has Recovered the Confiscated Video of an Interview With Nicolás Maduro

    05/31/2019 10:43:27 AM PDT · by cll · 6 replies
    Time ^ | 5/31/2019 | Jorge Rueda
    (CARACAS, Venezuela) — The Univision television network said Thursday that it has recovered the video of a contentious interview with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro that was confiscated after he cut it short, angered by critical questions from journalist Jorge Ramos. Ramos said the recovery of the video was “a real triumph against censorship” and that it was returned by “confidential sources” who cannot be named out of concern for their safety. On its website, Spanish-language Univision showed an excerpt of the 17-minute interview in late February in the presidential palace in Caracas. Ramos said the video will be broadcast in...
  • A frustrated Trump questions his administration’s Venezuela strategy

    05/09/2019 6:51:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/08/2019 | By Anne Gearan , Josh Dawsey , John Hudson and Seung Min Kim
    President Trump is questioning his administration’s aggressive strategy in Venezuela following the failure of a U.S.-backed effort to oust President Nicolás Maduro, complaining he was misled about how easy it would be to replace the socialist strongman with a young opposition figure, according to administration officials and White House advisers. The president’s dissatisfaction has crystallized around national security adviser John Bolton and what Trump has groused is an interventionist stance at odds with his view that the United States should stay out of foreign quagmires. Trump has said in recent days that Bolton wants to get him “into a war”...
  • Venezuela: The Reality of Socialism

    05/07/2019 2:14:13 PM PDT · by GeneBrownUSA · 1 replies
    GeneBrownUSA ^ | May 02, 2019 | Gene Brown
    Venezuela is in a crisis caused by the horrors of socialism. Nicolas Maduro, the socialist- president of Venezuela has ordered his military to harm Venezuelan citizens. This has resulted in innocent Venezuelan’s murdered by gun fire from Maduro’s controlled forces. It has also led to protesters being ran over with military vehicles. Venezuela has faced a hunger crisis for many years. This is due to the hyper-inflation that came with social programs and government spending.
  • America will never be a socialist country

    05/05/2019 3:50:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 2, 2019 | Scott Walker
    “Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free.” — President Donald Trump, State of the Union Address February 5, 2019 Venezuela is a real-time example of the failure of socialism. Promises of prosperity frequently lead to poverty for the masses and all-too-often opens the door to brutal dictators. Nicolas Maduro is such a ruler and we sadly see daily reminders of how far he is willing to go...
  • Maduro's top confidant tried to sneak Hezbollah into Venezuela, made deals with drug lords...

    05/04/2019 11:36:23 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/04/19 | Lukas Mikelionis
    Venezuela’s ex-vice president and now the top confidant of Nicolas Maduro is said to have tried sneaking in Hezbollah militants into his country, made a business deal with a drug lord and became extremely wealthy as the once-rich country turned into an economic basket case. Tareck El Aissami has emerged as a hardliner of Maduro’s socialist regime as the country remains on the brink of an all-out civil war due to economic misery. **SNIP** But El Aissami, while not having the same scrutiny as Maduro, has long been the subject of various investigations both at home and in the U.S....
  • Let Venezuela Decide Its Own Destiny

    05/03/2019 4:28:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | May 3, 2019 | Pat Buchanan
    "Who would be free themselves must strike the blow... "By their right arms the conquest must be wrought." So wrote Lord Byron of Greece's war of independence against the Turks, though the famed British poet would ignore his own counsel and die just days after arriving in Greece to join the struggle. Yet Byron's advice is the wise course for the United States, and for the people of Venezuela who seek to free their country of the grip of the incompetent and dictatorial regime of Nicolas Maduro. Let the Venezuelans decide their own destiny, as did we. As of today,...
  • Venezuela's Failed Uprising: How a Deal to Oust Maduro Unraveled

    05/02/2019 10:48:35 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 26 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 3, 2019
    Maybe Venezuela’s most famous political prisoner, Leopoldo Lopez, was the thread that unraveled it all. The overthrow that sputtered began when opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido tried to spark an uprising in Caracas on Tuesday, standing not only with masked soldiers who had defected but Lopez, his mentor and a cult figure in some circles. That dramatic turn sent a signal that this wasn’t mere posturing. To many watching, it seemed the opposition plan to replace President Nicolas Maduro was finally moving swiftly forward. But it turns out that Lopez’s first appearance in public in years might actually have had the...
  • Let’s Face It: The Venezuelan Coup Has Fizzled

    05/01/2019 7:35:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/01/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    When opposition leader Juan Guaido called for the military to join him and oust dictator Nicolas Maduro yesterday, I suggested that he was making a high stakes bet against long odds and it might backfire on him. Barely 24 hours later, it looks as if that bet isn’t going to be paying off. There were sporadic protests in a number of areas, with Guaido’s supporters throwing stones and even tear gas canisters at some soldiers, but by the end of the day, he was still standing with only a handful of soldiers at an airport near Caracas. The anticipated,...
  • CNN, BBC pulled off the air by Maduro's regime

    05/01/2019 5:52:57 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/30/2019 | Zachary Halaschak
    CNN and BBC were taken off the air by Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro’s government as violent protests broke out in the South American country. Spurred on by an early morning speech by interim President Juan Guaidó, demonstrators massed in the streets of Caracas demanding that Maduro relinquish control of the country. As videos of the violence began to proliferate, CNN International was taken down after airing footage of gunfire and military vehicles running over protesters. A clip posted on social media purported to show the moment that the channel was pulled.
  • Venezuela’s Maduro was preparing to flee to Cuba but was stopped by Russia, Pompeo says

    05/01/2019 6:12:49 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 59 replies ^ | April 30, 2019 6:32 PM | By Jim Wyss
    enezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro was prepared to leave the country Tuesday and seek asylum in Cuba but was stopped by Russia, U.S. officials said. “We’ve watched throughout the day, it’s been a long time since anyone’s seen Maduro,” Pompeo told CNN. “He had an airplane on the tarmac, he was ready to leave this morning as we understand it and the Russians indicated he should stay.” Pompeo said Maduro had been planning to travel to Havana. Asked if Maduro would have been allowed to safely depart for Cuba, Pompeo dodged the question. “Mr. Maduro understands what will happen if he...