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  • Venezuela Food Shortages Claim Lives of Malnourished Children

    09/14/2016 1:31:29 PM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies
    Panama Post ^ | August 26, 2016 | Sabrina Martín
    When 18-month-old Royer Machado died from malnutrition in Zulia, Venezuela, the authorities did not arrest his mother. The child had gone more than 72 hours without eating, but his mother lived in extreme poverty and couldn’t get the resources she needed; that was just the nature of Venezuela today. The boy’s mother told officers she ran out of money, and then out of food. The baby continued to cry, so she wrapped him in a rag, gave him water and rocked him to sleep. After several days, the crying stopped. He was no longer breathing. Officers interrogated the boy’s mother,...
  • Venezuela's "Death Spiral"

    09/14/2016 11:31:06 AM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | Sep 14, 2016 | Susan Warner
    The question of whether Socialism can be an effective economic system was famously raised when Margaret Thatcher said of the British Labor Party, "I think they've made the biggest financial mess that any government's ever made in this country for a very long time, and Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them. They then start to nationalise everything." â—¾There are dire reports of people waiting in supermarket lines all day, only to discover that expected food deliveries never arrived and the shelves are empty. â—¾There...
  • Venezuela’s President Tells His Starving People: My ‘Diet Gets You Hard, You Don’t Need Viagra!’

    09/14/2016 7:46:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 13, 2016 | Frances Maretl
    During a broadcast this weekend promoting new socialist food distribution policies, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro jokingly referenced a popular nickname for the nation’s dire food shortages, telling a crowd, “Maduro’s diet gets you hard – no need for Viagra!”
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Chinese bullet train in Venezuela stalls as alliance derails

    05/15/2016 3:39:09 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 5-14-16 | JOSHUA GOODMAN
    It was once billed as a model of socialist fraternity: South America's first high-speed train, powered by Chinese technology, crisscrossing Venezuela to bring development to its backwater plains. Now all but abandoned, it has become a symbol of economic collapse — and a strategic relationship gone adrift. Where dozens of modern buildings once stood, cattle now graze on grass growing amid the rubble of the project's gutted and vandalized factory. A red arched sign in Chinese and Spanish is all that remains of what until 16 months ago was a bustling complex of 800 workers. That's when the project's Chinese...
  • [03/10/2016] Venezuela´s socialist president praises Bernie Sanders' 'revolutionary' message

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

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

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

    05/14/2016 5:23:34 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 47 replies
    PanAm Post ^ | 5-14-16 | Staff
    At the moment, the armed forces’ position vis-à-vis the government is not clear. Some speculate that the Bolivarian National Guard is divided. Others claim that the regime exerts full control over the Bolivarian National Guard’s members. The only certainty is that uncertainty abounds. The PanAm Post had the opportunity to interview a Bolivarian National Guard member of middle rank, who asked to remain anonymous since his views could expose him to danger. Why has the state launched an offensive against criminal groups? The situation was getting out of hand for political reasons. The state has no means to control criminal...
  • U.S. intelligence officials fear Venezuelan coup, government crackdown

    05/14/2016 1:23:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 14, 2016 | JOHN SEXTON
    U.S. intelligence officials said Friday they are concerned Venezuela is slipping into a crisis that could lead to a coup attempt or a government crackdown on dissent. Reuters reports: In a bleak assessment of Venezuela’s worsening crisis, the senior officials expressed doubt that unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro would allow a recall referendum this year, despite opposition-led protests demanding a vote to decide whether he stays in office…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...
  • Biography of a Bernie Sanders Failed State

    05/14/2016 10:29:08 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/14/16 | Tim Dunkin
    Under Bernie Sanders, the United States of America would become a failed state such as Venezuela If nations could have biographies, Venezuela’s would read something like this: After a rocky adolescence, Vennie got his life straightened out, got an education, a good job, and lived a fairly comfortable life. However, in his dotage, he was suckered by a succession of con artists and blew through all his savings, ending his days penniless and bitter. That, in a nutshell, is pretty much what Hugo Chavez and his socialist caudillo successors have done to the country. By Latin American standards, Venezuela used...
  • Hungry Venezuelans Hunt Dogs, Cats, Pigeons as Food Runs Out

    05/13/2016 4:11:05 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 82 replies
    This is what happens when you mix hyper-inflation, price controls, and totlaitarianism. Pan Am Post reports: Ramón Muchacho, Mayor of Chacao in Caracas, said the streets of the capital of Venezuela are filled with people killing animals for food. Through Twitter, Muchacho reported that in Venezuela, it is a “painful reality” that people “hunt cats, dogs and pigeons” to ease their hunger... The population’s desperation has begun to show, with looting and robberies for food increasing all the time. This Sunday, May 1, six Venezuelan military officials were arrested for stealing goats to ease their hunger, as there was no...
  • Venezuela president declares emergency, citing U.S. domestic 'threats'

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

    05/13/2016 10:38:46 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri May 13, 2016 | Reuters
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared a 60-day state of emergency on Friday due to what he called plots from within the OPEC country and the United States to topple his leftist government. Maduro did not provide details of the measure. A previous state of emergency, implemented in states near the Colombian border last year, suspended constitutional guarantees in those areas, except for guarantees relating to human rights.
  • U.S. intelligence warns of Venezuela collapse (Socialism)

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

    04/28/2016 4:55:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    PanAm Post ^ | April 27, 2016 | by Sabrina Martín
    Food Producers Alert They Have Only 15 Days Left of Inventory amid Rampant Inflation. Despair and violence is taking over Venezuela. The economic crisis sweeping the nation means people have to withstand widespread shortages of staple products, medicine, and food. So when the Maduro administration began rationing electricity this week, leaving entire cities in the dark for up to 4 hours every day, discontent gave way to social unrest. On April 26, people took to the streets in three Venezuelan states, looting stores to find food. Maracaibo, in the western state of Zulia, is the epicenter of thefts: on Tuesday...
  • Venezuela is shipping gold to pay debt

    02/25/2016 5:44:22 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    krcrtv ^ | 02/25/2016 | Patrick Gillespie
    Venezuela sent $1.3 billion worth of gold bars to Switzerland in mid-January, according to data from the Swiss Federal Customs Administration. That gold was shipped out just weeks before two big debt payments due this month, totaling $2.3 billion. On Friday alone, Venezuela has to pay bondholders $1.5 billion. Venezuela is running out of cash and many experts believe there's a high chance it will default by this fall when a string of big debt payments are due. "It's a question of when Venezuela will default, not if," says Russ Dallen, managing partner at LatInvest, a firm that invests in...
  • Venezuela Orders Bank Notes by the Planeload

    02/04/2016 10:26:59 AM PST · by detective · 20 replies
    Msn Money ^ | Feb 4, 2016 | Kejal Vyas
    Millions of pounds of provisions, stuffed into three-dozen 747 cargo planes, arrived here from countries around the world in recent months to service Venezuela's crippled economy. But instead of food and medicine, the planes carried another resource that often runs scarce here: bills of Venezuela's currency, the bolivar.
  • 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
    Reuters ^ | October 15, 2014 | BY JULIA SYMMES COBB AND CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS
    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...