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  • S. Africa bill to redistribute whites’ land to blacks risks leaving people homeless

    05/28/2016 3:26:36 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 120 replies
    rt.com ^ | 27 May, 2016
    South Africa’s parliament has approved a bill that would see the government make compulsory land purchases from rich whites and redistribute it more fairly to address racial disparities, two decades after the fall of apartheid. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has the August elections to consider, and the party has promised to ramp up the series of measures with its Expropriation Bill, South Africa’s Mail & Guardian reports. Having passed the National Assembly, which added changes on Thursday, the bill will now head to President Jacob Zuma’s desk for signing. The bill combines a series of measures that would...
  • Two minute video shows empty shelves at a Venezuelan supermarket

    05/28/2016 2:03:00 PM PDT · by grundle · 32 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 7, 2016 | TheKnino69
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtMODsO2NZ4
  • Lava-Loving Tourists Flock to Active Nicaragua Volcano

    05/28/2016 11:58:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Phys.org ^ | May 27, 2016 | Blanca Morel
    Centuries ago, a native Central American people terrified of a witch believed to live deep in the earth used to sacrifice children and young women to Nicaragua's Masaya volcano. Today, the crater southwest of the capital Managua is an international tourist magnet, where photo-snapping visitors scramble among sulfurous fumes to get views of its bubbling lava—a rare sight. The only volcanoes in the world to boast lakes of incandescent magma are Masaya, Hawaii's Kilauea and Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo, explained a Nicaraguan geographer and environmentalist, Jaime Incer.
  • Venezuela Drifts Into New Territory: Hunger, Blackouts and Government Shutdown

    05/28/2016 7:18:58 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 66 replies
    NYT ^ | 5-28-16 | NICHOLAS CASEY and PATRICIA TORRES
    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...
  • Getting Tired of All That Hopey Changey Crap? Feel the Bern.

    05/28/2016 6:11:03 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-29-2016 | MOTUS
     Suddenly Bernie wants to keep his opinions to himself? In order to focus on running for President of the United States where, I guess, we are to assume that a candidate’s opinions are irrelevant. Or something: LEÓN KRAUZE, UNIVISION: I am sure that you know about this topic: various leftist governments, especially the populists, are in serious trouble in Latin America. The socialist model in Venezuela has the country near collapse. Argentina, also Brazil, how do you explain that failure?BERNIE SANDERS, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: You are asking me questions…LEÓN KRAUZE, UNIVISION: I am sure you’re interested in that.BERNIE SANDERS, DEMOCRATIC...
  • 5 Ways Capitalist Chile is Much Better Than Socialist Venezuela

    05/26/2016 5:27:20 PM PDT · by russbart · 19 replies
    The story of Chile’s success starts in the mid-1970s, when Chile’s military government abandoned socialism and started to implement economic reforms. In 2013, Chile was the world’s 10th freest economy. Venezuela, in the meantime, declined from being the world’s 10th freest economy in 1975 to being the world’s least free economy in 2013 (Human Progress does not have data for the notoriously unfree North Korea).
  • Bernie Hits Bump on Univision: Speechless on Socialism’s Failures

    05/26/2016 11:32:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 5/26/16 | Edgard Portela |
    The Democrats’ socialist candidate for President of the United States, Bernie Sanders, was seriously tripped up this week in an interview with Univision’s León Krauze. When asked to explain the failure of socialist governments in Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil, Sanders completely clammed up, saying he has an opinion on the subject, but was unwilling to share it, as he is “focused on my campaign.”
  • How Venezuela’s socialist dream collapsed into a nightmare

    05/26/2016 9:14:29 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 42 replies
    Vox Media ^ | May 26, 2016
    Venezuela is in the midst of a stunning social, political, and economic collapse. The country of 30 million people is facing dire food and medicine shortages, frequent power outages, serious political unrest, the world’s highest inflation rate, rampant violent crime, and one of the world’s highest murder rates. Earlier this month, Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, declared a state of emergency.
  • Venezuela sells gold reserves as economy worsens

    05/26/2016 5:54:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 25, 2016 | Henry Sanderson and Andres Schipani
    Venezuela’s gold reserves have plunged to their lowest level on record after it sold $1.7 billion of the precious metal in the first quarter of the year to repay debts. The country is grappling with an economic crisis that has left it struggling to feed its population.
  • Hey, Bernie Sanders Supporters -- All Roads Lead to Venezuela

    05/26/2016 5:15:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2016 | Larry Elder
    When socialist Hugo Chavez became president of Venezuela after the 1998 election, he promised a path he described as "revolutionary," the same word Bernie Sanders uses for his "movement" to fight "income inequality." Useful American idiots like actors Sean Penn and Danny Glover, who got rich making movies for capitalist Hollywood, sang Chavez's praises. Penn described him as "one of the most important forces we have had on this planet." Glover praised Chavez as "a social champion of democracy, material development, and spiritual well-being." Chavez promised to help finance films for Glover. The Venezuelan National Assembly even reportedly gave Glover...
  • Bernie Sanders vs. Donald Trump Debate: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    05/26/2016 4:23:37 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    Heavy ^ | May 26, 2016 | Stephanie Dube Dwilson
    It may have felt like a pipe dream for many Bernie Sanders supporters: a Bernie vs. Trump televised debate. But the possibility seems to be getting closer and closer to becoming a reality. Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have expressed a willingness to debate each other before the California primary on June 7. A debate almost happened in March, and now it’s looking like a debate is more and more likely to happen before the primary. After you read this article, take our poll at the very end of the story and let us know if you think Trump...
  • Bernie Sanders: Game on. I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before primary

    05/25/2016 9:54:25 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 171 replies
    https://twitter.com/BernieSanders ^ | 9:30 PM - 25 May 2016 | User Actions Follow Bernie SandersVerified account ‏@BernieSanders
    Game on. I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before the June 7 primary.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 26, 2016
  • Venezuelan Government

    05/25/2016 3:02:34 PM PDT · by rey · 7 replies
    25 May 2016
    I have recently heard reports on the news and read articles in newspapers and magazines concerning the current situation in Venezuela. To hear the reporters talk, the only problem is the death of Chavez. Seemingly, were the right dictator found all would be well. The most interesting thing, in all the mainstream media, I have yet to hear mention of what type of government is starving its people in Venezuela. None dare call it communism.
  • Washington Post Editorial Board Writes Socialism-Free Critique of Venezuela

    05/25/2016 12:11:01 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 7 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 25, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    The Washington Post sure knows how to very carefully nibble around the edges when it comes to criticizing the economic system that brought disaster to a country. In this case, the Post's editorial board managed to severely criticize Venezuela for being a complete economic failure despite have the largest known oil reserves of any nation in the world. It had to be an incredibly disastrous economic system to bring such a nation so low that now it is running out of food, toilet paper, and beer. So do you think the Washington Post editorial named that system? Nope. Instead they...
  • Nicolás Márquez: Che Guevara’s Own Words Shatter His Myth

    05/24/2016 11:38:31 AM PDT · by fella · 31 replies
    Panam Post ^ | 18 Aug 2014 | Belen Marty
    Marxist Marketing Gimmick Cannot Overturn Murderous, Racist Legacy Nicolás Márquez is a lawyer, journalist, political analyst, and native resident of the coastal city of Mar Del Plata, Argentina. Above all, Márquez is a writer. Perhaps inspired by the fresh sea air that permeates the city, Márquez wrote El Canalla (The Scoundrel): The True Story of Che, where he brings to the surface the man beneath the myth, the Argentinean behind the Latin American, and the murderer underneath the façade of a righteous man. Márquez speaks slowly and possesses the enviable vocabulary and oratory skills of man who has been immersed...
  • Price of corn flour in Venezuela soars 900 percent

    05/24/2016 9:03:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | May 24, 2016 | Staff
    Venezuelans on Tuesday woke up to discover that the government-controlled price of corn flour -- used to make corn patty arepas, a staple of local cuisine -- has risen 900 percent. The socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro had kept the price of corn flour frozen for 15 months at 19 bolivares a kilogram (two pounds).
  • Imagine No Possessions, Imagine Venezuela

    05/23/2016 4:36:47 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 34 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 20, 2016 | Robert Tracinski
    About the same time I was listening to those girls sing “Imagine,” this item came across my news feed: By morning, three newborns were already dead. The day had begun with the usual hazards: chronic shortages of antibiotics, intravenous solutions, even food. Then a blackout swept over the city, shutting down the respirators in the maternity ward. Doctors kept ailing infants alive by pumping air into their lungs by hand for hours. By nightfall, four more newborns had died. “The death of a baby is our daily bread,” said Dr. Osleidy Camejo, a surgeon in the nation’s capital, Caracas, referring...
  • What Seven Hours of Waiting Will Get You in Venezuela

    05/23/2016 8:05:11 PM PDT · by grundle · 21 replies
    panampost.com ^ | August 19, 2015 | Editor’s note: the author of this article expressly asked not to be named for fear of reprisals.
    Take a Walk Down the Atrocity Covered in Wallpaper "The simplest explanation is usually the correct one." ~ Occam’s razor "Why can’t you get things? It is very difficult to explain. I understand you are upset, but you can’t give the oligarchy the upper hand. It’s a matter of being united … another economy is an option, the community economy, the one stemming from small producers … do not give these racketeers (the entrepreneurs) resources. You have to wait in line with us as well, but at least in the end you don’t pay as much." The above message is...
  • Production of Coke halted in Venezuela for lack of sugar

    05/23/2016 3:32:18 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 41 replies
    May 23 (Reuters) - The Venezuelan bottler of Coca-Cola has halted production of sugar-sweetened beverage due to a lack of sugar, a Coca-Cola Co spokeswoman said on Monday. Venezuela is in the midst of a deep recession, and spontaneous demonstrations and looting have become more common amid worsening food shortages, frequent power cuts and the world's highest inflation.
  • U.S. Embassy in Venezuela halts new visas for lack of personnel, high demand

    05/23/2016 1:43:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | May 23, 2016 | By Franz von Bergen
    The U.S. Embassy in Venezuela has temporarily stopped scheduling appointments for first-time visa seekers because of the consular staff is insufficient to serve the overwhelming demand, the consular office announced. The measure applies to all new tourist and business visas, for which an average of 1,800 applications were being filed daily. "We had to make this decision because in the last eight months [Venezuela's] Foreign Ministry hasn't responded to various requests to increase personnel," said Lola Petrova, the embassy spokeswoman. She said that with the current number of employees they can handle 800 daily appointments at the most. In an...
  • Editorial: The Left on the Run in Latin America

    05/23/2016 12:38:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 23, 2016 | Editorial Board
    In 2004, Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro launched the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our Americas, a regional alliance of leftist leaders designed to subvert a hemispheric free trade agreement that the United States had been pushing for a decade. Today Latin America's leftist ramparts appear to be crumbling because of widespread corruption, a slowdown in China's economy and poor economic choices. For the most part, leaders failed to create diversified economies capable of withstanding slumps. The welfare and pension programs that kept voters loyal proved unsustainable. Leaders in Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia flouted democratic traditions by expanding or...
  • Venezuela arrests business owner because he somehow managed to acquire enough toilet paper...

    05/23/2016 8:07:52 AM PDT · by grundle · 33 replies
    wordpress ^ | May 22, 2016 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Venezuela arrests business owner because he somehow managed to acquire enough toilet paper to properly stock his employees’ bathrooms According to this article from the Atlantic, in Venezuela, a labor union at a private business has a clause in its contract which says that the bathrooms must always have toilet paper. I agree with the union on this.Since price controls caused a shortage of toilet paper, the only way the employer could get enough toilet paper was to illegally buy it on the black market for a price that was higher than the government controlled price.Now the government is accusing...
  • Democrazy: Venezuela Needs a Military Coup

    05/23/2016 8:37:54 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/23/16 | Selwyn Duke
    Cautionary tale: When socialism is instituted democratically, it’s a good indication that your days of making decisions democratically may be numbered With Venezuela spinning out of control, it’s said that U.S. officials fear a military coup. We ought to ask “Why?” Democracy on the brain can be a dangerous condition. George W. Bush pursued his unwise “nation-building” policies under the assumption that, as he put it, “democracies don’t go to war with each other.” (Note: technically we’re speaking of “republics,” not democracies.) So WWI was the “war to end all wars,” and now there’s the political system to end all...
  • Venezuela’s Maduro: The U.S. wants to turn my military against me!

    05/23/2016 7:00:55 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/23/16 | Dan Calabrese
    I'm praying that Venezuela can find a way back from this. And that the United States isn't dumb enough to go down the same road In case you haven’t heard, Venezuela went all in on feeling the Bern more than a decade ago. Socialism has been about as complete a disaster there as it’s possible for a thing to be. Just to give you one example: How does a country with more oil reserves than Saudi Arabia end up with a gas crisis? I’ll tell you how: A corrupt central-planning government mismanages its resources while making it impossible for anyone...
  • 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.
  • A Future You Can Believe In - Visit It Today!

    05/22/2016 7:54:36 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-22-2016 | MOTUS
    I read a great article in the Wall Street Journal this week: Decoding Millennials – For $20,000 an hour. Wow! Sounds like the Millennial dream job! Unfortunately Millennials need not apply; apparently in order to be a Millennial expert you have to not BE a Millennial.Butt first the problem: the generation born in the 1980s and 1990s (referred to as Millennials as they came of age around 2000) now make up the largest single generational group in the workforce and big companies are scrambling to figure out how to make them happy. Remember when recent hires used to do the...
  • Venezuela: Food and Medicine Shortages are a Government Policy

    05/21/2016 6:39:30 AM PDT · by fella · 16 replies
    panampost.com ^ | 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.
  • Coca-Cola halts production in Venezuela

    05/20/2016 7:34:12 PM PDT · by fruser1 · 34 replies
    CBS News / AP ^ | 20 May 2016 | AP Copy
    Coca-Cola is halting production in Venezuela of its namesake beverage due to a sugar shortage brought on by the country's grinding economic crisis. The Atlanta-based company said in an emailed statement Friday said that its production of sugar-sweetened beverages will be suspended in the coming days after local suppliers reported they had run out of the raw material. Sugar-free beverages are not affected and the company said its offices and distribution centers remain open in Venezuela.
  • Disaster: Venezuelan hospitals lack basic medical supplies, soap,

    05/20/2016 5:32:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 20, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    We know that Venezuela’s headlong plunge into the socialist experiment has turned into a total nightmare. Food shortages have led to mass looting and the eating of dogs, cats, and pigeons to abate the wave of hunger that’s set in, as supermarkets are not being regularly stocked. The Venezuelan Chamber of Food reported on April 27 that the country’s producers only have about 15 days worth of inventory left. Toilet paper is now a luxury item, and the rolling blackouts from the energy shortage is also a major problem, especially for those working in the hospitals. Right now, there’s an...
  • 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...
  • The Socialist Paradise Of Venezuela

    05/19/2016 4:04:30 PM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 21 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 5/19/2016 | blueunicorn6
    They have a socialist paradise in Venezuela! People there receive "according to their needs". But you'd better not need much in Venezuela Lest you find your self buried under weeds. Oooooooooohhhhh! They're cooking cats on every corner in Caracas. In Maracaibo they make a meal of mud. Palmasolans put pepper on their pooches. Hugo Chavez sure turned out to be a dud! The professors in their classes in the US Tell their students that socialism is great. But I don't think they'd be asking for seconds If Spot and Mittens were cooked and on their plate! Oooooooooohhhhh! They're cooking cats...
  • Mob Burns Venezuelan Man Alive Over $5 as Justice Fails

    05/19/2016 5:45:11 AM PDT · by detective · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 19, 2016 | hannah dreier
    The mob didn't know at first what Roberto Bernal had done, but he was running and that was enough. Dozens of men loitering on the sidewalk next to a supermarket kicked and punched the 42-year-old until he was bloodied and semi-conscious. After all, they had been robbed of cell phones, wallets and motorcycles over the years, and thought Bernal had a criminal's face. Then a stooped, white-haired man trailing behind told them he'd been mugged. The mob went through Bernal's pockets and handed a wad of bills to the old man: The equivalent of $5. They doused Bernal's head and...
  • As Venezuela Crumbles, Will America’s New ‘Socialists’ Pay Attention?

    05/18/2016 4:34:15 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 36 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | May 18, 2016 | Joseph Sunde
    The Venezuelan economy is buckling1 under the weight of its severe socialist policies, and even as its president admits to a nationwide economic emergency2, the government continues to affirm the drivers behind the collapse, blaming low oil prices and global capitalism instead. This was supposed to be the dawn of “21st-century socialism,” as the late President Hugo Chavez proclaimed3 over 10 years ago, complete with the right tweaks and upgrades to its materialistic, mechanistic approach to the human person. “We have assumed the commitment to direct the Bolivarian Revolution towards socialism,” he said, “and to contribute to the socialist path, with a...
  • Venezuela’s Hunger Is No Game

    05/18/2016 4:46:45 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 23 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 8, 2016 | Mary Anastasia O’Grady
    In his craving for power, the late Hugo Chávez pledged to redistribute Venezuela’s wealth to the poor masses. The god-father of “21st-century socialism” seems to have been unaware that the resources he promised to shower on his people had to first be produced. Fifteen years into the Bolivarian revolution, Venezuela is facing dire food shortages. Among the many stupidities that socialism promotes is the idea that by imposing price controls and forbidding profits, government can make food both cheap and widely available. The opposite is true, and Venezuela proves the rule.
  • Crisis in Venezuela Reaches Apocalyptic Proportions

    05/18/2016 3:54:34 PM PDT · by detective · 77 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 May 2016 | Jen Lawrence
    The situation in Venezuela has been steadily declining in the past couple of years, but in the past few weeks, it has become so dire and disturbing that scenes coming out of the socialist country are said to mirror the apocalypse. News reports have surfaced of people having to eat their own pets in order to survive, due to a lack of food in the country. Currently, 75 percent of Venezuelans live in poverty, a stunning increase from the 25 percent rate just two years ago.
  • Venezuelan Police Unleash Tear-Gas, Rubber Bullets Amid Violent Anti-Government Protests

    05/18/2016 12:56:48 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 30 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | May 18, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    The conflagration that is the collapse of a socilaist utopia continues to escalate in Venezuela today. With morgues overflowing, medicines running out, and apocalyptic scenes playing out across the nation, Venezuelans took to the streets of Caracas today - at the behest of the opposition - demanding a recall referendum to end Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's socialist rule. The troubled nations leader was not happy and security forces fired tear gas and shut subway stations to block the thousands of protesters. Over the last two weeks, several provinces have hosted scenes of looting in pharmacies, shopping malls, supermarkets, and food...
  • Smartmatic: All Things Connected (our voting machines are Venezuelan)

    02/24/2014 5:22:29 AM PST · by mgist · 7 replies
    Vcrisis ^ | 8/2011 | Boyd
    Smartmatic: All Things Connected By Aleksander Boyd Smartmatic revisited 08.03.2011 London 14.08.05 | The Florida register of companies contains details of the board of directors of Smartmatic Corporation, which is formed by Antonio Mugica, Alfredo Anzola, Antonio Mugica Rivero, Roger Piñate, Antonio Mugica Sesma and Luis Feliu [1]. Its principal place of business is 1001 Broken Sound Parkway, NW, STE D, Boca Raton, FL 33487. The company's history in Venezuela dates back to seven years ago when the venture was "the Research and Development Unit of Panagroup in Venezuela" (sic) and in "2000 we realized the true impact of our...
  • 'We want food!': Venezuela crisis deepens

    05/18/2016 10:55:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 105 replies
    www.globalpost.com ^ | 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...
  • Gold Reserve Gives Venezuela Till End of May to Pay $750 Million Expropriation Award

    05/17/2016 5:24:12 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 11 replies
    MIAMI -- For the second time, Venezuela has failed to pay mining company Gold Reserve the $750 million it has been awarded for Venezuela's expropriation of its gold mining operation in 2007.
  • Venezuela's Parliament successfully votes to defy President's state of emergency

    05/18/2016 4:20:01 AM PDT · by Truth29 · 24 replies
    ABC Australia ^ | May 17, 2016 | Staff
    Venezuela's opposition has urged the public to defy a state of emergency that President Nicolas Maduro decreed over a nation sapped by food shortages and a collapsing economy. Key points: Opposition-controlled parliament rejects the President's state of emergency decree The opposition leader asks army: are you "with the constitution or with Maduro" Polls show 70 per cent of the population wants a new government The opposition-controlled National Assembly rejected the decree in a vote, saying it "deepens the severe disruption of constitutional and democratic order that Venezuela is suffering through".
  • Venezuela opposition leader Capriles says army must choose

    05/18/2016 12:42:12 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5/17/2016 | BBC
    Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles has urged the army to choose whether it is 'with the constitution or with (President Nicolas) Maduro", after a state of emergency was declared. President Maduro has announced a 60-day emergency, giving soldiers and police wider powers to deal with the country's sprialling economic crisis. Mr. Capriles said the decree gave the president unconstitutional powers. He called on Veneuelans to ignore it and take to the streets on Wednesday. "We Venezuelans, will not accept this decree. This is Maduro putting himself above the constitution," Mr. Capriles told journalists. "To impose this, he'd better start preparing...
  • Venezuela gives sweeping 'emergency' powers to security forces

    05/17/2016 7:03:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    France 24 ^ | May 17, 2016 | News Wires
    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....
  • 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...
  • "Countless Wounded" After 5,000 Loot Supermarket Looking For Food [Venezuela]

    05/16/2016 2:17:07 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 36 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 15 May 2016 | Tyler Durden
    As pure desperation has set in, crime has becomes inevitable. A man accused of mugging people in the streets of Caracas was surrounded by a mob of onlookers, beaten and set on fire, who published a pixeled-out but still graphic video of the man burning as mob justice is now the supreme arbiter of who lives and who dies: "Roberto Fuentes Bernal, 42, was reportedly caught trying to mug passersby in the Venezuelan capital and before police arrived at the scene, the crowd took the law into their own hands." The video can be seen here. Now, in the latest...
  • Venezuela’s Chaos: Every day is like Insane Black Friday [six minute video]

    05/16/2016 11:28:11 AM PDT · by grundle · 29 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 17, 2015 | tuboKanal
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isO52VeBUaQ
  • Socialist Paradise Venezuela Isn’t Doing So Well

    05/16/2016 6:29:05 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 38 replies
    HotAir ^ | May 15, 2016 | Taylor Millard
    Things are not looking good at all for socialist paradise Venezuela. President Nicolas Maduro declared a state of emergency a couple days ago due to unrest and a shortage of supplies, including flour. It’s so bad, some U.S. officials told Reuters they don’t expect Maduro to stay in power that much longer. They said one “plausible” scenario would be that Maduro’s own party or powerful political figures would force him out and would not rule out the possibility of a military coup. Still, they said there was no evidence of any active plotting or that he had lost support from...
  • More Powerful Than a Bomb

    05/16/2016 5:13:18 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 20 replies
    Belmont Club ^ | 5-15-2016 | Richard Fernandez
    (snip) Explosives can achieve gross destruction. But it misses things between the craters; by contrast a mental bomb can destroy civilization itself; its value, institutions, goals and even its grip upon reality. In the contest between Panzer division and Manifesto, the manifesto appears far the more powerful. The computer revolution has given us the tools to understand why Communism has so much devastating power. We can now recognize it as history's greatest and most dangerous piece of intellectual malware, whose only true rival is radical Islam. It tricks the social network into thinking you can get something for nothing; it...
  • Dying Infants and No Medicine: Inside Venezuela’s Failing Hospitals

    05/15/2016 8:59:45 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 43 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 15, 2016 | Nicholas Casey
    BARCELONA, Venezuela - By morning, three newborns were already dead. The day had begun with the usual hazards: chronic shortages of antibiotics, intravenous solutions, even food. Then a blackout swept over the city, shutting down the respirators in the maternity ward. Doctors kept ailing infants alive by pumping air into their lungs by hand for hours. By nightfall, four more newborns had died. "The death of a baby is our daily bread," said Dr. Osleidy Camejo, a surgeon in the nation's capital, Caracas, referring to the toll from Venezuela’s collapsing hospitals. The economic crisis in this country has exploded...