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  • Venezuela state under martial law against smugglers

    08/23/2015 12:08:35 PM PDT · by grundle · 16 replies
    At least 1,500 extra Venezuelan troops are being sent to the border The Venezuelan president has declared a state of emergency in a border region near Colombia following an attack by smugglers in which three soldiers and a civilian were injured. Nicolas Maduro said there would be 60 days of martial law in five municipalities in the state of Tachira. He also said the closure of the border, announced on Thursday, would be extended until further notice. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has criticised the move. Mr Santos said ordinary people on both sides of the border, including children, would...
  • Venezuela's currency is now so worthless that people are using it as napkins

    08/18/2015 3:22:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 18, 2015 | Mike Bird
    There’s an image going round that sums up just how ridiculous Venezuela’s economy has become. A Reddit user uploaded a picture on Monday of a man using a 2 bolivar note to hold an empanada. According to Venezuela’s official bolivar-dollar exchange rate, the man using his money as a napkin is wasting about $US0.31 (£0.20). But on the black market, the reality is completely different. You can get 676.88 bolivars to the dollar, according to dolartoday.com. That means holding food with a 2 bolivar note costs the holder less than a third of one US cent.
  • Venezuela's Currency Is Now So Worthless That People Are Using It As Napkins

    08/18/2015 3:12:26 AM PDT · by blam · 11 replies
    BI ^ | 8-17-2015 | Mike Bird
    Mike BirdAugust 17,2015 There's an image going round that sums up just how ridiculous Venezuela's economy has become. A Reddit user uploaded a picture on Monday of a man using a 2 bolivar note to hold an empanada. According to Venezuela's official bolivar-dollar exchange rate, the man using his money as a napkin is wasting about $0.31 (£0.20). But on the black market, the reality is completely different. You can get 676.88 bolivars to the dollar, according to dolartoday.com. That means holding food with a 2 bolivar note costs the holder less than a third of one US cent.(snip)
  • Socialism Works: Venezuela Out of Food, Doctors Make $15 a Month and There's No Beer

    07/30/2015 8:54:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 07/30/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Venezuela used to have oil literally coming out of the ground. Then the Socialists took over and under Hugo Chavez made it a model for the world... to run away from. Here's what's going on in Venezuela now. Universal Health Care - Venezuela's widely praised government health care system is doing great. Doctors are being paid $15 a month In some hospitals, they had less than a third of the medical supplies they require. Almost every patient told me they had to buy at least some of their drugs on the street. Oncologists said that people who were diagnosed...
  • Venezuelan farmers ordered to hand over produce to state

    07/22/2015 8:31:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 115 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | July 21, 2015 | Harriet Alexander
    Venezuela's embattled government has taken the drastic step of forcing food producers to sell their produce to the state, in a bid to counter the ever-worsening shortages. Farmers and manufacturers who produce milk, pasta, oil, rice, sugar and flour have been told to supply between 30 per cent and 100 per cent of their products to the state stores. Shortages, rationing and queues outside supermarkets have become a way of life for Venezuelans, as their isolated country battles against rigid currency controls and a shortage of US dollars – making it difficult for Venezuelans to find imported goods.
  • Venezuela reaches the final stage of socialism: no toilet paper

    04/05/2015 7:40:29 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 112 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 4/5/15 | DAVID BOAZ,
    Venezuela's product shortages have become so severe that some hotels in that country are asking guests to bring their own toilet paper and soap, a local tourism industry spokesman said on Wednesday…. "It's an extreme situation," says Xinia Camacho, owner of a 20-room boutique hotel in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada national park. "For over a year we haven't had toilet paper, soap, any kind of milk, coffee or sugar. So we have to tell our guests to come prepared."… Montilla says bigger hotels can circumvent product shortages by buying toilet paper and other basic supplies from black market...
  • Venezuela leader orders takeover of supermarket chain

    02/07/2015 11:33:52 AM PST · by grundle · 21 replies
    yahoo.com/AFP ^ | 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 'socialist paradise' turns into a nightmare: medical shortages claim lives (shortened)

    02/03/2015 9:58:47 AM PST · by Kartographer · 41 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/3/15 | Peter Foster,
    Mr Chavez might be dead, but as one of Latin America’s most charismatic political performers, he is far from forgotten. His placid features still stare out from billboards in Caracas, while Venezuelan television still plays his rambling speeches denouncing America, capitalism and the West. He promised the people the riches of the revolution, and for a while he was able to deliver, thanks to his country being blessed with the world’s largest proven oil reserves.
  • Economic crisis, political strife drive Venezuela brain-drain

    10/18/2014 7:04:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    After three weeks trapped inside their home, Natalie Pereira and her family made a final decision: they must leave Venezuela. "I could see clashes from my apartment window, tear gas, every day," Pereira said, recounting violent confrontations between anti-government protesters and security forces earlier this year. "The protests confirmed it - we had to go." Pereira, a 33-year-old dentist now living in Texas, is not alone in making that decision. As political strife drags on and an economic crisis brings soaring prices, tight currency controls and shortages of even basic goods, Venezuela's middle classes are increasingly seeing a future abroad....
  • Scores of Venezuelans march against government

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

    04/21/2014 9:11:34 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/20/2014 | BBC
    Fresh violence has erupted in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, between police and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro. Masked protestors burned effigies of the president after a rally called "Resurrection of Democracy". Police responded to petrol bombs in the Chacao district with tear gas and water cannon..... On Sunday the rally started with a "Via Crucis" march, mirroring Jesus's walk to crucifixion. "We're staying in the street until we get our country back," student leader Djamil Jassir, 22. told Reuters news agency. Another protestor, Naybeth Ramirez, said: "There are many who have already died and it's for them that we're here....
  • Ex-President Carter planning trip to Venezuela

    02/25/2014 7:41:47 PM PST · by kingattax · 69 replies
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | 2-25-14 | JOSHUA GOODMAN
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is expressing concern about Venezuela's escalating political crisis and wants to meet with leaders on both sides in an upcoming trip. Carter, a mediator of past political conflict in the deeply polarized South American nation, made the offer in private letters he sent this week to President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Henrique Capriles. Expressing "grave concern" about the loss of life in recent protests and the risk of more conflict ahead, Carter in the letter to Capriles said that for dialogue aimed at easing tensions to succeed both side must...
  • Global Consequences of the Venezuelan Revolt

    02/24/2014 12:07:41 PM PST · by Parmenio · 14 replies
    Curacao Chronicle ^ | February 24, 2014 | Jacob Gelt Dekker
    The bloodbath in Venezuela directly effects a large part of West-Indie but most of all, the 17 members of Caricom, and the Petrocaribe-oil alliance. The population of Venezuela is revolting because the socialist State of Venezuela is out of money, rather out of dollars, and since most consumptions is imported ( 80%) and not locally produced, out of food and everything else. The Bolivarian Revolution of Hugo Chavez spent more money than its economy produced and the shortfall could only temporarily be bridged by international loans, mostly from China, and the money press. The latter caused dramatic inflation ( 58%),...
  • This Is the App That’s Fueling the Uprising in Venezuela

    02/24/2014 9:30:27 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 28 replies
    Defence One ^ | 9:31 AM ET 2-24-14 | Patrick Tucker
    Entrepreneur Bill Moore was in his Austin, Texas, office last Thursday, watching explosive growth for his company’s walkie-talkie app, Zello, inside Venezuela. Zello had become the favorite app of protest organizers there after recently hitting the mark as the most popular app in Ukraine. Over the past few days in Venezuela, the protests ballooned following rapidly rising food prices, controversy over President Nicolas Maduro’s economic policies, public dissatisfaction over crime and multiple other factors. Moore was finding that in Venezuela that popularity had a price. Shortly after 9 p.m., his Twitter feed blew up with messages from users inside the...
  • For Venezuelan Regime, the Party’s Over

    02/22/2014 9:20:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 34 replies
    The American ^ | February 18, 2014 | Roger F. Noriega
    With intensifying unrest and the Maduro regime fighting a losing battle for survival, it appears that Hugo Chávez’s ‘Bolivarian revolution’ will outlive him by about a year. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is fighting a losing battle to salvage his regime, and student demonstrations that will continue today are only one of his problems. As details of his government’s bankruptcy are made public, his political base will continue to splinter. And as he follows Cuban advice to use brute force against peaceful demonstrators, the nationalist military will find the growing violence intolerable. In short, Maduro’s condition is terminal.According to a source...
  • On the March in Caracas - The silence on the subject is awkward

    02/23/2014 1:48:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | February 23, 2014 | Editors
    The protesters in Venezuela do not seek anything extraordinary: They demand to be secure in their homes and their persons, they demand an end to current shortages of staple foods and other goods in the country, and they demand the right to free speech. That these things should be considered a challenge to the Maduro regime is what is extraordinary, along with the regime’s brutal response to the protests — both speak to the character of the current Venezuelan government. If honoring such basic human decencies requires a regime change in Caracas, that is more a reflection on the current...
  • Venezuela leader Nicolas Maduro seeks talks with Obama

    02/22/2014 7:53:24 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | February 22, 2014
    Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has invited US President Barack Obama to join him in talks aimed at resolving the problems between the two countries. Mr Maduro said the meeting would help "put the truth out on the table". He has accused US conservatives and media organisations of plotting to overthrow his government.
  • Ted Cruz: Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is Taking a Page Out of the Castro Playbook

    02/22/2014 10:03:14 AM PST · by EBH · 4 replies
    Tea Party News Network ^ | 2/22/2014 | Matthew Burke
    In the face of the massive violence taking place in Venezuela, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, in a statement released today, sharply criticized Venezuela President and hand-picked successor to Marxist Hugo Chavez, Nicolas Maduro as using strongman tactics similar to Cuban communist tyrant Fidel Castro: “As opposition protests drag into their second week in Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro is taking a page out of the Castro playbook to violently oppress Venezuelans who are demanding an end to his disastrous rule. Activists have been detained and abused, and even shot dead in the streets.” Cruz went onto call out Maduro for arresting...
  • Venezuela: the Left's favourite 'socialist paradise' is sliding into poverty and dictatorship

    02/22/2014 11:35:37 AM PST · by neverdem · 61 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | February 21st, 2014 | Tim Stanley
    How are things coming along in Venezuela, that paradise of democratic socialism? You must remember Venezuela. That's the country that Diane Abbott said was showing "a better way", which Owen Jones told us had proven that "you can lead a progressive, popular government that says no to neo-liberalism"? The apple in the eye of Marx, the last hope for humanity in a world of fat cat banksters and austerity Scrooges. The Copacobana of the international revolution. Viva! How is Venezuela doing? Well, tens of thousands of protesters are in the streets, the army's been sent to crush revolt, an opposition...
  • Some Current Headlines from Venezuelan Newspaper El Impulso (The Impulse)

    02/13/2014 11:28:25 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 9 replies
    El Impulso ^ | 13 February 2014 | El Impulso
    It's worth noting that there is a university in Caracas called UCLA, which stands for "Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado," which (I believe) would be translated to English as "Lisandro Alvarado Midwest Univerisity." Rodriguez Torres: "Student Protest was manipulated" Minister of Interior, Justice and Peace, Miguel Rodriguez Torres, said the events on Wednesday in downtown Caracas that left 3 people dead, seeking "a violent solution," adding that such actions had a "conspiratorial characteristics" UCLA Authorities suspended activities until further notice. In extraordinary university council, authorities Lisandro Alvarado University, the university decided to suspend activities. (Presumably, this means all classes.) Capriles to...
  • FINALLY ! Venezuela is Blowing Up ( Run Commies Run ! )

    02/13/2014 10:56:02 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 104 replies
    http://imgur.com/ ^ | February 13 2014 | Vanity
    Images scoured from the interweb. This is Caracas, Venezuela right now.Alot of shooting going on. Marxist terrorist Red Shirt Chavistas on motorbikes gunning people down. Are Venezuelans finally going to overthrow the marxist dictatorship ?
  • Dictatorship and violence reign as Venezuela approaches a crisis

    02/13/2014 9:54:48 AM PST · by DanMiller · 17 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 13, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The economy is almost beyond repair, with inflation exceeding fifty percent annually and getting worse. Shortages, corruption and censorship are endemic. Yesterday, approximately 10,000 demonstrators protested. The Chavista regime responded violently, the only way it understands.Daniel, as far as I am aware the only English language writer still blogging in Venezuela, posted an article late yesterday titled A new landmark date for repression in Venezuela: confirming the dictatorship. More from him shortly, but first these reports: BBC News -- Police were out in force at the anti-government rally in Caracas on Wednesday.According to the BBC News article linked above with...