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  • Venezuelans cried at the sight of fully-stocked supermarket shelves in Colombia.

    07/20/2016 10:27:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 62 replies
    money.cnn.com ^ | July 20, 2016: 11:56 AM ET | by Patrick Gillespie, Rafael Romo contributed
    Pregnant women, children and even elderly Venezuelans crossed into Colombia on Sunday after the border was temporarily reopened, allowing them to buy basic foods and toiletries -- rare commodities in their home country. Tearful Venezuelans had gone weeks without basic food items like milk, flour and toilet paper. It's a sad but common part of daily life today in crisis-ridden Venezuela, a country that has the world's largest proven reserves of oil. Colombian officials estimate that about 100,000 Venezuelans crossed the border. Venezuela is expected to dive deeper into the abyss this year, according to new projections published Wednesday by...
  • Venezuela’s inflation is set to top 1,600% next year

    07/18/2016 7:57:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | July 18, 2016 | Ian Talley
    While most advanced economies struggle to lift inflation, none would want Venezuela‘s situation: Consumer-price inflation is forecast to hit 480% this year and top 1,640% in 2017, according to the International Monetary Fund. A shortage of medical supplies means infants and other sick patients are dying of treatable illnesses. Soldiers guard empty grocery store shelves. Inflation is so bad, the government has had to order bolivars by the planeload.
  • 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...
  • We’re Witnessing A Complete Breakdown In Western Values

    07/15/2016 4:59:58 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    Sovereign Man ^ | 7-14-2016 | Simon Black
    Simon Black July 14, 2016 Moscow, Russian Federation Two months ago I was with the former President of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe, at his home outside of Medellin. He was telling me some hilarious stories about his interactions in the early 2000s with Hugo Chavez, who had recently seized power in Venezuela. Chavez was a fanatic socialist. He believed so strongly in the idea of redistributing wealth from rich to poor. Yet even when it was clear his policies weren’t working and Venezuela was rapidly sliding into economic chaos, Chavez’s only solution was to double down and redistribute even MORE wealth....
  • Venezuela army deployed to control food production and distribution

    07/14/2016 5:51:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | July 13, 2016 | Staff
    In a decree, President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the army to monitor food processing plants, and co-ordinate the production and distribution of items. Venezuela is going through a deep economic crisis despite having the world's largest oil reserves.
  • This Is What Happens To Car Sales In A "Socialist Utopia" (243 sold in June! LOL)

    07/13/2016 2:49:11 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7-13-16 | Tyler Durden
    Before the 'election' of President Maduro, Venezuelan domestic car sales were in the 8 to 10,000 range per month. Since Maduro's election things have gone south fast in the socialist utopia...
  • 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...
  • Citibank to close certain Venezuela accounts

    07/12/2016 5:04:05 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-12-16 | Sruthi Shankar
    Due to strict currency controls in place since 2003, the Venezuelan government relies on Citibank for foreign currency transactions.
  • Venezuela Seizes Local Kimberly-Clark Factory

    07/11/2016 6:56:51 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 107 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7-11-16 | Tyler Durden
    Just hours after Kimberly-Clark, the consumer-products giant that owns Kleenex and Huggies, said it will shutter its Venezuela operations after years of grappling with soaring inflation and a shortage of hard currency and raw materials, Venezuela retaliated by announcing it would seize the factory. Over the weekend, Kimberly-Clark said that the South American nation’s deteriorating economic situation had made “it impossible to continue our business at this time." The company had made a number of hard-to-find staples in Venezuela such as diapers and face tissues.
  • Venezuela’s democratic façade has completely crumbled (Hugo Chavez's Long Con)

    07/10/2016 6:14:45 AM PDT · by doghorse · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/1/16 | Moisés Naim and Francisco Toro
    Not long ago, the regime that Hugo Chávez founded was an object of fascination for progressives worldwide, attracting its share of another-world-is-possible solidarity activists. Today, as the country sinks deeper into the Western Hemisphere’s most intractable political and economic crisis, the time has come to ask some hard questions about how this regime — so obviously thuggish in hindsight — could have conned so many international observers for so long.
  • Venezuela's Energy Woes Spread to Its Closest Ally: Cuba

    07/09/2016 9:02:34 PM PDT · by Rabin · 17 replies
    Reuters via Rigzone ^ | Friday, July 8, 2016 | Marianna Parraga and Alexandra Ulmer|
    Venezuela's falling crude output and self inflicted financial woes have left it decimated... State-run oil firm PDVSA has slashed oil export to Cuba by 40 percent from the first half of 2015.
  • Crazy Christiane Amanpour

    07/09/2016 10:22:02 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 24 replies
    NRO ^ | 8 July 2016 | Andrew Badinelli
    She’s a walking parody of an unhinged leftist ‘reporter.’...But even among leftist hacks, Amanpour is a special case: It’s almost as if she’s trying to mock herself — a Trump-is-a-Clinton-plant conspiracy theory, if you will, but in the mainstream media. She referred to devout Christianity as “totalitarian” in her August 23, 2007, CNN profile “Christian Warriors.” But in 2008, she fawned over the “progress” achieved by Fidel Castro, and in 2013 she wished Zimbawean dictator Robert Mugabe a happy birthday. If a higher-profile (read: important) person had such a rich historical cache of commentary, they would have already been driven...
  • New York Times Reporter Uses Takeout Food Excuse to Explain Venezuela Economic Collapse

    07/04/2016 4:39:40 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 39 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 4, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    Takeout food? Yeah! That's just the ticket! It's about as good excuse as consumerism to explain the economic woes of Venezuela. A few weeks ago reporter Nicholas Casey of the New York Times almost completely avoided any mention of socialism and placed the blame for Venezuela's economic woes on a vague "consumerism" during an interview on National Public Radio's Fresh Air as chronicled in Newsbusters by Clay Waters. Since that "consumerism" excuse seems to have been widely mocked, Casey went to bat with an even more laughable excuse, comparing Venezuela's economic woes to someone who has been ordering takeout food for years...
  • Venezuela’s democratic façade has completely crumbled

    07/02/2016 7:17:40 AM PDT · by NRx · 47 replies
    WaPo ^ | 07-01-2016 | Moisés Naim and Francisco Toro
    ...Chávez was either admired as a progressive visionary who gave voice to the poor or dismissed as just another third-world buffoon. Reality was more complex than that: Chávez pioneered a new playbook for how to bask in global admiration even as he hollowed out democratic institutions on the sly.Step one was his deft manipulation of elections. Chávez realized early that, as long as he kept holding and winning elections, nobody outside Venezuela would ask too many questions about what he did with his power in the interim. And so he mastered the paradoxical art of destroying democracy one election at...
  • The Embrace of Socialism -- Despite Its Track Record

    06/30/2016 6:53:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30 | Larry Elder
    One of life's enduring mysteries is why the left -- against overwhelming evidence to the contrary -- insists on more taxation, more government spending and more government control over the private sector. Europe's socialism has, over the last several decades, generated few private sector jobs and lags in growth when compared to the United States with its comparatively lighter hand of government. What does it take to show that, good intentions aside, government bureaucrats cannot spend money as efficiently and as effectively as the people who produce the money? The most recent example is Venezuela. Hugo Chavez's handpicked successor now...
  • Obama Partners with Terror-Sponsoring Castro Family against

    06/29/2016 10:45:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2016 | Humberto Fontova
    Some U.S. lawmakers still take their jobs seriously, especially members of the House Committee on Homeland Security. You see, as a crowning component of his fetish for “normalizing” relations with (embracing and subsidizing) the Terror-Sponsoring Castro-Family-Crime-Syndicate (called “Cuba” by Obama and his lapdog mainstream media) President Obama has given rapid and enthusiastic approval for six U.S. airlines to start flying one hundred direct flights a week from nine airports in Terror-Sponsoring Cuba to fifteen airports in our homeland.In light of this, some members of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security thought it prudent to check on what security measures...
  • Venezuela government mulls move to dissolve congress

    06/29/2016 7:55:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    AFP ^ | June 28, 2016 | Hector Velasco
    Venezuela's government is considering asking the high court to dissolve the legislature controlled by President Nicolas Maduro's opponents who are seeking to remove him from office, a spokesman said Tuesday. It was the latest maneuver in a political conflict that has raised tensions in the volatile South American country as it struggles with an economic crisis.
  • Venezuelans are storming supermarkets and attacking trucks as food supplies dwindle

    06/29/2016 5:13:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 28, 2016 at 12:31 PM | Joshua Partlow and Mariana Zuñiga
    In the darkness the warehouse looks like any other, a metal-roofed hangar next to a clattering overpass, with homeless people sleeping nearby in the shadows. But inside, workers quietly unload black plastic crates filled with merchandise so valuable that mobs have looted delivery vehicles, shot up the windshields of trucks and hurled a rock into one driver’s eye. Soldiers and police milling around the loading depots give this neighborhood the feel of a military garrison. […] The fight for food has begun in Venezuela. On any day, in cities across this increasingly desperate nation, crowds form to sack supermarkets. Protesters...
  • A Socialist Les Miserables in Venezuela

    06/28/2016 5:53:45 PM PDT · by detective · 17 replies
    Frontpage ^ | June 24, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    A mob of starving people advanced on the presidential palace chanting, “We want food”. They were met by soldiers and police dispatched by the tyrant from his lavish palace decorated opulently with a golden sun, giant rock crystal mirrors, sparkling chandeliers and towering oil portraits. The scene wasn’t 19th century France, but 21st century Venezuela. And if you are wondering why you haven’t seen it on the news, it’s because Venezuela is a Socialist disaster area that was once being used as a model by the left. Now it’s a place where the vast majority of people can’t afford basic...
  • Cuba Struggles as Venezuela Oil Subsidies Dwindle

    06/26/2016 9:07:07 PM PDT · by fella · 19 replies
    panampost.com ^ | 21 June 2016 | Sabrina Martin
    Blackouts on the Island Have Lasted Between Four and Eight Hours Raúl Castro has decided to implement austerity measures in Cuba as the oil the Venezuelan government has been sending over the past years has decreased and is no longer sufficient to cover for public sector expenses. According to news outlet Cubanet, island officials are trying to fight the fuel deficit by reducing consumption of oil and electricity by 20 percent, which means a partial paralyzing of production. “ The measure has starting to circulate this week in the ministeries and companies linked to production. The measures have included …...
  • Del Mar Family Fighting for Son Taken as Political Prisoner in Venezuela

    06/25/2016 8:48:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 6/24 | Omari Fleming and Jaspreet Kaur
    Francisco Marquez Lara and his friend, Gabriel San Miguel were arrested on Sunday. A Del Mar family is fighting for their son’s freedom after they say he was taken as a political prisoner in Venezuela. Francisco Marquez Lara is a dual citizen of the United States and Venezuela. He and his friend, Gabriel San Miguel were arrested on Sunday. Now, his parents, Maria-Luz Lara and Ricardo Marquez are on a mission to free their son and his friend from jail. Francisco’s mother spoke exclusively to NBC 7 on Friday about their fight and the emotional toll it has taken...
  • Grocery shopping during Venezuela’s food shortages

    06/24/2016 8:17:28 PM PDT · by SpaceBar · 36 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/21/2016 | VICE NEWS
    Grocery shopping during Venezuela’s food shortages
  • 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...
  • Obama: Entitlements Are 'Necessities of a 21st Century Economy,' 'Realities of How People Live'

    06/20/2016 10:23:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    MRC TV ^ | June 15, 2016 10:04am ET | Craig Bannister
    Entitlements are “the realities of how people live now” and “necessities of a 21st century economy,” so “we’ve got to retool our system,” Pres. Obama declared Tuesday. Speaking at the White House Summit on the United State of Women, Obama said America has “got to retool our system,” because guaranteed benefits are a vital and immutable way of life …
  • Venezuelans Ransack Stores as Hunger Grips the Nation

    06/19/2016 5:15:18 PM PDT · by grundle · 103 replies
    New York Times ^ | JUNE 19, 2016 | NICHOLAS CASEY
    A staggering 87 percent of Venezuelans say they do not have money to buy enough food, the most recent assessment of living standards by Simón Bolívar University found. About 72 percent of monthly wages are being spent just to buy food, according to the Center for Documentation and Social Analysis, a research group associated with the Venezuelan Teachers Federation. In April, it found that a family would need the equivalent of 16 minimum-wage salaries to properly feed itself. Ask people in this city when the last time they ate a meal, and many will respond that it was not today....
  • Legendary Baseball Announcer Blasts Socialism During Game Broadcast (Vin Scully)

    06/18/2016 3:52:09 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 68 replies
    Chicks On The Right ^ | 6/18/16 | Hannah Bleau (Red Dawn)
    “Socialism failing to work as it always does, this time in Venezuela,” Scully said. “You talk about giving everybody something free and all of a sudden there’s no food to eat. And who do you think is the richest person in Venezuela? The daughter of Hugo Chavez. Hello. Anyway. Oh and two.”
  • NO FOOD, NO TEACHERS, VIOLENCE IN FAILING VENEZUELA SCHOOLS

    06/17/2016 9:22:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    AP ^ | June 17, 2016 | Hannah Dreier
    Maria Arias slipped her notebooks into her backpack, scrounged for a banana to share with her brother and sister, and set off for high school through narrow streets so violent taxis will not come here for any price. She hoped at least one of her teachers would show up.
  • Super-rich Socialists quaff champagne in Venezuela country club while middle class mothers [tr]

    06/16/2016 6:20:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 16, 2016 | Jake Wallis Simons
    Venezuela's super-rich are enjoying lavish parties and gourmet cuisine, while middle-class people are forced to scavenge for food as the Socialist country's economy collapses. In the opulent Caracas Country Club, where membership costs an astonishing £77,000 – 458 times the average Venezuelan salary – glamorous women in cocktail dresses were seen relishing a banquet of beef and lobster, followed by a colourful selection of puddings. Meanwhile, in the Petare slum a few miles away, home to 370,000 Venezuelans, ordinary middle-class people were rummaging in stinking piles of rubbish for rotten cabbage leaves, desiccated limes and scraps of fetid meat.
  • Obama Invites Top Communist Military-Intelligence Officials to Inspect Vital

    06/13/2016 6:57:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 13, 2016 | Humberto Fontova
    In 2001 a group of Castroite spies in south Florida known as the Wasp Network were convicted of charges ranging from espionage to conspiracy to commit murder (of U.S. citizens.) They were sentenced to terms ranging from 15 years to two life sentences. According to the FBI’s affidavit, the charges against these KGB-trained Communist spies included: • Compiling the names, home addresses, and medical files of the U.S. Southern Command’s top officers and that of hundreds of officers stationed at Boca Chica Naval Station in Key West.• Infiltrating the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command.This past April, on Obama’s orders,...
  • NPR + NYT: A Recipe for Cluelessness

    06/12/2016 7:22:59 AM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    Powerline ^ | June 11, 2016 | John Hinderaker
    What happens when a National Public Radio host interviews a New York Times reporter on the subject of Venezuela’s economic collapse? You get a perfect storm of cluelessness. The host is Terry Gross, the guest is New York Times reporter Nicholas Casey, and the program is Fresh Air. Gross asks Casey about the utter disaster that Venezuela has become. Casey understands the depth to which Venezuela has fallen–he lives in Caracas!–but he can’t bring himself to offer an honest diagnosis.
  • 'We want food!' Looting and riots rock Venezuela daily

    06/12/2016 6:45:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    reuters ^ | 06/12/2016 | Girish Gupta and Alexandra Ulmer
    Food riots and violent looting have become a daily occurrence across scarcity-struck Venezuela and a major problem for the struggling leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro. Despite hours in lines, Venezuelans increasingly find that coveted supplies of subsidized flour and rice run out before they can buy them. Many are skipping meals, getting by on mangoes stripped from trees - or taking matters into their own hands.
  • Obama’s Newest Communist Friend Tortured Doctor For Opposing Abortions

    06/11/2016 11:44:43 AM PDT · by russbart · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | SAAGAR ENJETI
    The Castro regime threw Cuban Doctor Oscar Biscet in jail in the late 1990’s for speaking out against the Cuban practice of aborting late-term fetuses and in some cases murdering babi
  • 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.
  • How Socialism Failed Venezuela

    06/10/2016 4:17:30 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    Usnews.com ^ | June 6, 2016 | Andres Malave
    The force that is driving Venezuela into the ground is socialism. I've had a front-row seat to the consequences of socialism, watching the hardships of my friends and family in Venezuela. I read the messages telling me they had to go to five different markets that day to find bread. Even basic staples like Harina-Pan are missing from the shelves or skyrocketing in price. I've heard them break down crying because they lack basic needs like toilet paper. And I hear the fear of not knowing what's next or when these struggles will end. In the midst of this chaos,...
  • Venezuela's top court bans media's publishing videos of lynchings

    06/09/2016 5:26:34 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6-8-16 | Diego Oré; Alexandra Ulmer
    Venezuela's Supreme Court on Wednesday banned media from publishing videos of lynchings, saying they create "anxiety and uncertainty" in a country ravaged by violent crime and an economic crisis. The OPEC nation's society is in upheaval amid triple-digit inflation, a deep recession and brutal shortages of food and medicine. As Venezuelans have grown increasingly angry at frequent thefts, hold-ups and homicides, mob beatings and lynchings have increased in the country, which is already one of the world's most violent. Gory videos of mob justice or photos of bloody corpses sometimes make the rounds on social media. President Nicolas Maduro's socialist...
  • Venezuela’s New Food Distribution System Could Be Used As Punishment

    06/09/2016 10:47:24 AM PDT · by PROCON · 20 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | June 9, 2016 | Karla Zabludovsky
    MEXICO CITY, Mexico — A recently launched government-controlled, home-delivery food distribution system in Venezuela has further riled the restive country, prompting fears that the state may withhold basic items from those who do not support it. The new system, known as Local Supply and Production Committees, or CLAP in Spanish, is meant to reduce hours-long lines outside of supermarkets. Lines, lootings and black market sales of everything from diapers to cooking oil have grown as shortages of basic commodities in the country have worsened in recent months.
  • As food grows scarce, Venezuelans turn to dumpster diving

    06/08/2016 4:21:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 8, 2016 | John Sexton
    To the long list of degradations the people of Venezuela have to suffer because of their awful socialist government, you can now add dumpster diving. The Associated Press reports that people desperate for food have now turned to rooting through the garbage for meals: Until recently, Julio Noguera worked at a bakery. Now he spends his evenings searching through the garbage for food. “I come here looking for food because if I didn’t, I’d starve to death,” Noguera said as he sorted through a pile of moldy potatoes. “With things like they are, no one helps anyone and no one...
  • Venezuelans pick through trash for food to eat or sell

    06/08/2016 5:58:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    AP ^ | June 8, 2016 | Fabiola Sanchez
    Until recently, Julio Noguera worked at a bakery. But he now spends his evenings searching through the garbage for food. "I come here looking for food because if I didn't, I'd starve to death," Noguera said as he sorted through a pile of moldy potatoes. "With things like they are, no one helps anyone and no one gives away meals." Across town, unemployed people converge every dusk at a trash heap on a downtown Caracas sidewalk to pick through rotten fruit and vegetables tossed out by nearby shops. They are frequently joined by small business owners, college students and pensioners...
  • The biggest worry in crisis-ridden Venezuela: crime

    06/07/2016 6:12:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 6, 2016 | Patrick J. McDonnell
    Her body, like the remains of so many lost souls here, was discarded along one of the capital’s highways, notorious dumping grounds for the ever-rising toll of homicide victims. Savvy motorists avoid certain thoroughfares after dark, when carjack gangs set up ambushes, sometimes laying down nail-embedded strips to puncture tires of vehicles ferrying potential quarry. Motorists speak matter-of-factly of spotting body parts along roadways.
  • White people now finally excluded from the South African job market.

    06/06/2016 4:17:01 AM PDT · by SAT2014 · 58 replies
    South Africa Today ^ | South Africa Today
    The Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Amendment Bill eliminates all white people including the disabled. “The definition of black people is now clear and aligned with the Constitution,” Tlhoaele said.... Read more on South Africa Today
  • Venezuelan Regime Attacks Journalists to Hide Protests

    06/04/2016 8:47:00 PM PDT · by fella · 14 replies
    panampost.com ^ | 2 June 2016 | Sabrina Martin
    Protests Erupted in Caracas against Government's Decision to Forbid Sale of Certain Food Products Protests erupted in Caracas on Thursday, June 2nd as the hundreds of citizens waiting in line for their ration of food since the early hours of the morning realized that the local government was not delivering supplies to regular shops. Rather, the food was being delivered in trucks to special government stores. The demonstrations began on Fuerzas Armadas Avenue, a main thoroughfare in the Libertador municipality of Venezuela’s capital. The protesters then moved to Panteón Avenue, another important street in the vicinity of the presidential palace...
  • Afghan national tied to Taliban, attack plot smuggled into US

    06/03/2016 1:22:29 PM PDT · by topher · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 3-June-2016 | By Judson Berger
    An Afghan national with ties to the Taliban — and a plot to carry out a terror attack somewhere in North America — was caught last fall after being smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico, an incident sure to further inflame the debate over national security risks at the border. The Afghan national’s alleged terror ties were not initially flagged in a terror database – and as a result, not initially reported – when the incident first came to light last November, according to Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who obtained Homeland Security documents on the incident. It was only later...
  • Smuggling network guided illegals from Middle East terror hotbeds to U.S. border

    06/02/2016 4:38:26 PM PDT · by Mariner · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 2nd, 2016 | By Stephen Dinan
    A smuggling network has managed to sneak illegal immigrants from Middle East terrorism hotbeds straight to the doorstep of the U.S., including helping one Afghan man authorities say was part of an attack plot in North America. Immigration officials have identified at least a dozen Middle Eastern men smuggled into the Western Hemisphere by a Brazilian-based network that connected them with Mexicans who guided them up to the U.S. border, according to internal government documents reviewed by The Washington Times. Those smuggled included Palestinians, Pakistanis and the Afghan man who Homeland Security officials said had family ties to the Taliban...
  • International Airlines Suspend Services to Venezuela One After Another

    06/03/2016 10:31:46 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    Nearshore Americas ^ | June 1, 2016
    Latin America’s largest airline, Latam, has announced that it has suspended its flights to Venezuela. The news comes barely a day after Germany’s Lufthansa suspended its services to the country. The suspension of air services underlines the worsening economic conditions in the South American country. Low oil prices and the socialist government’s expensive social welfare programs have pushed Venezuela to the brink of an economic disaster, with people queuing for hours to purchase basic goods.In a statement, Latam airlines said flights on its Sao Paulo to Caracas route would be suspended within the next few days, while routes to Caracas...
  • We want food!: Venezuelans cry at protest near presidency

    06/03/2016 10:20:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    DNA India ^ | June 3, 2016 | Reuters
    Venezuela's economic chaos, critics say is the consequence of failed socialist policies for the last 17 years, especially price and currency controls. Venezuelan security forces fired teargas at protesters chanting "We want food!" near Caracas' presidential palace on Thursday, the latest street violence in the crisis-hit OPEC nation. Hundreds of angry Venezuelans heading towards Miraflores palace in downtown Caracas were met by National Guard troops and police who blocked a major road. President Nicolas Maduro, under intense pressure over a worsening economic crisis in the South American nation of 30 million, had been scheduled to address a rally of indigenous...
  • VANITY: So What Will Venezuela Eat Once Dogs, Cats & Horses Are Gone?

    06/02/2016 7:27:41 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 95 replies
    Have anyone of us contemplated this dilemma? Here we have a nation, run by liberals and socialists. And this year we have seen how it all ended. Just like in Greece and Maybe Puerto Rico. No Money, and in the case of Venezuela, no food. By now they have probably wiped out most of their pets and farm animals. But they have to eat meat once in a while. What are they going to do? cross over in their neighboring nations and kidnap any animal walking the streets and take them back home for dinner?
  • Oil Prices Down As OPEC Fails To Agree Output Ceiling

    06/02/2016 8:35:11 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 10 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 02-06-2016 | Nick
    The much anticipated OPEC meeting in Vienna on June 2 ended pretty much as expected: the group once again failed to put any production targets in place. Without a ceiling on output, all OPEC members will continue to produce as they see fit, leaving the oil market to sort itself out. The result was largely anticipated, given the lack of agreement at several prior meetings. However, the meeting in Vienna was not without some news. OPEC members managed to agree on several small bore issues, which could be viewed as a modest success, especially after the apparent hostility on display...
  • Sanders gets rare foreign endorsement from socialist Venezuelan president

    06/01/2016 4:09:34 PM PDT · by PROCON · 33 replies
    mcclatchydc.com ^ | June 1, 2016 | TERESA WELSH
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has endorsed fellow socialist Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., for president, calling him “our revolutionary friend.” In a televised address on Tuesday, Maduro criticized the U.S. election system, which he called “archaic,” for putting Sanders at a disadvantage.
  • Rich Eating Well in Venezuela, Basque Executive Shows

    06/01/2016 1:14:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Venezuela Analysis ^ | May 31, 2016 | teleSUR English
    (PHOTOS-AT-LINK) Agustin Otxotorena, a Basque executive living in Caracas, grew tired of constant calls from friends and relatives in Spain telling him that there was no food in Venezuela, so on May 20 he began publishing photos on Facebook of supermarkets in upscale sectors of Caracas filled with goods. In addition to showing evidence of an abundance of food stuffs, Otxotorena also analyzed the situation. He concluded that there are two countries in Venezuela—one where "there are many people having a hard time, who don’t have the money to live,” and another where there is "an upper class that has...
  • Venezuela is running out of everything: Bread, sugar, toilet paper...

    06/01/2016 1:40:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    CNN Money ^ | May 31, 2016 | Rafael Romo and Patrick Gillespie
    Venezuela is running out of just about everything. Food, medicine, electricity, toilet paper, condoms -- you name it. And over the weekend at least two large international airlines -- Lufthansa and LATAM -- said they will suspend service to Venezuela in the coming months due to the economic crisis. The widespread scarcities and fleeing businesses reflect a country in crisis. "There's a shortage of everything at some level," says Ricardo Cusanno, vice president of Venezuela's Chamber of Commerce. Cusanno says 85% of companies in Venezuela have halted production to some extent. Venezuela's economy is spiraling into extreme recession. It is...