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  • Reports: Trump Admin Considers Branding Venezuela State Sponsor of Terrorism

    11/21/2018 11:00:11 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Nov 2018 | Ben Kew
    The Trump administration is considering plans to designate Nicolás Maduro’s socialist regime in Venezuela a state sponsor of terrorism over its support for Hezbollah and Marxist guerrillas, according to a report from the Spanish newspaper ABC on Tuesday. According to U.S. officials who spoke with the Spanish newspaper, administration officials are currently deliberating whether to add Venezuela to the list of state sponsors of terrorism over its support for groups including the Basque separatist movement ETA, Iran’s Lebanese terror proxy Hezbollah, and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Officials have so far refused to officially confirm whether they plan to...
  • In Mexico: Lopez-Obrador invited Maduro to his inauguration

    11/07/2018 7:36:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/07/2018 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    According to news reports, President elect Andrés Lopez-Obrador of Mexico has invited Venezuela's dictator Nicolas Maduro to his inauguration.   By the way, he also invited Evo Morales of Bolivia.  I'm assuming that Cuba's Miguel Diaz-Canel will also attend. What does it mean?   Not much.  Mexicans always invite fellow Latin American leaders to their inaugurations.  In other words, Lopez-Obrador is not breaking new ground here. I do wonder about a couple of things: First, will President Trump or VP Pence attend?  I can't see that, specially after the tough language coming out of this administration about Venezuela.  Also, I recall that in 1981...
  • Maduro says Trump administration wants to have him killed

    10/12/2018 7:06:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 11, 2018 9:25 PM | Corina Pons, Eric Beech, Alexandra Ulmer
    Socialist Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused the Trump administration on Thursday of seeking to assassinate him, as relations strain between the ideologically opposed nations. […] Washington has imposed sanctions on Venezuela, denouncing Maduro as a dictator who has quashed human rights and triggered an economic meltdown. The White House accused Maduro’s government on Wednesday of involvement in the death of a jailed Venezuelan politician whom authorities say killed himself but whom opposition parties say was murdered. Maduro, a former bus driver and union leader, said in a televised broadcast on Thursday night the United States had asked the government in...
  • Suspect in Maduro assassination plot dies in mysterious fall from window

    10/09/2018 12:33:01 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | October 9, 2018 | Joshua Berlinger
    One of the suspects accused of trying to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro using drones armed with explosives died under mysterious circumstances Monday. Venezuelan government officials say Fernando Albán, a 56-year-old city councilor in the capital of Caracas and Maduro critic, died by suicide after jumping out a tenth floor window of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service, the country's top intelligence agency. Albán was arrested on Friday for his alleged involvement in the apparent assassination attempt on August 4, when armed drones flew toward Maduro during a speech at a military parade. Two loud explosions were heard and while Maduro escaped...
  • Is Trump Eyeing A Coup In Venezuela?

    09/28/2018 9:40:20 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 31 replies ^ | 09-28-2018 | Nick
    The Trump administration and some others in the U.S. government have sent some not-so-subtle hints lately that they are open to a military invasion of Venezuela to oust President Nicolas Maduro. “It’s a regime that frankly could be toppled very quickly by the military, if the military decides to do that,” President Trump told reporters on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. The words seem to offer some encouragement for a coup, which may not come as a surprise because the New York Times published an investigation in early September that found that the Trump administration met...
  • Yanqui come home'? "Everybody in Venezuela wants it to happen."

    09/27/2018 10:29:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/27/2018 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    Over the weekend, I spoke with a Venezuelan living in Virginia.  He was in the Dallas area at a religious retreat. So I asked him the same question I've asked many others: "What about a U.S. intervention to remove Maduro?" His answer is the same as I've heard from others: "Everybody in Venezuela wants it to happen." To be fair, I have not done a scientific survey, and I am speaking with anti-Maduro exiles living in the U.S.  At the same time, Maduro is not that popular down there.  I wouldn't be surprised if many Venezuelans living in the country agree with an intervention,...
  • Venezuela’s Maduro Heads To China In Search Of Funding

    09/13/2018 1:38:29 PM PDT · by detective · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/13/2018 | Joseph Lafave
    Venezuela’s socialist president Nicolás Maduro is traveling to Beijing this week in hopes to secure more funding to keep his country afloat. Maduro will spend several days in China and will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. According to Reuters, President Xi initiated the meeting. “I am going with great expectations and we will see each other again in a few days with big achievements,” Maduro said on Wednesday during a government-broadcasted speech, Reuters reports. China’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the visit during a press conference held by ministry spokesman Geng Shuang. “Recently, the Venezuelan president has actively pushed forward economic...
  • Venezuela's Maduro travels to China in search of fresh funds

    09/12/2018 11:22:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 12, 2018 2:28 PM | Corina Pons
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is traveling to China to discuss economic agreements, as the crisis-struck OPEC nation seeks to convince its key Asian financier to disburse fresh loans. […] Venezuela’s Information Ministry did not respond to a request for comment. China’s Foreign Ministry, in a brief statement carried by the official Xinhua news agency, said Maduro would visit from Thursday until Saturday at the invitation of President Xi Jinping. It gave no other details. […] CNPC is a major investor in oil and gas exploration in Venezuela and also a top lifter of Venezuelan oil under the government-to-government loans for...
  • Venezuela arrests 131 accused of economic sabotage

    08/31/2018 5:25:25 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 57 replies
    Yahoo News (from AFP) ^ | August 30, 2018 | AFP
    Caracas (AFP) - Venezuelan authorities have arrested 131 people accused of attempting to sabotage reforms implemented by President Nicolas Maduro to alleviate a crippling economic crisis, the attorney general said on Thursday. Tarek William Saab said the arrests included "several managers of large chains" accused of "speculating and hoarding basic products" that are subject to prices fixed by the government. The detainees are accused of trying to "destabilize the economy," Saab added. Of those arrested, 29 have been permitted conditional release and 10 others exonerated.
  • Venezuela’s Tyranny of Bad Ideas

    08/27/2018 4:31:57 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 26, 2018 | Daniel Pipes
    Ideas run the world. Good ones create freedom and wealth; bad ones, oppression and poverty. You are not what you eat, but what you think. Politicians in particular fall under the sway of ideas. As John Maynard Keynes put it, “Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back. . . . It is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil.” The...
  • A military coup in Venezuela could pave the way to democracy, or to a Russian/Chinese protectorate

    08/16/2018 2:57:23 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 33 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | May 2018 | Andres Oppenheimer
    Trump administration officials have made thinly veiled calls for a military coup that would topple the Venezuelan dictatorship and pave the way for democracy. But some well-respected academics are warning that a military coup would more likely produce a Russia or China-backed anti-American dictatorship. Evan Ellis, a Latin America expert with the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute, and Brian Fonseca, a professor at Florida International University who has written extensively about the Venezuelan military, are among those who believe that a military coup in Venezuela would probably lead to a pro-Russian or pro-China regime, rather than to a...
  • Venezuela braces for possible crackdown after apparent drone attack on Maduro

    08/05/2018 9:46:12 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 19 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 5, 2018 | Rachelle Krygier and Anthony Faiola
    The Venezuelan government made more arrests Sunday in connection with an apparent assassination attempt on President Nicolás Maduro, as the crisis-plagued South American nation braced for a possibility of wider crackdown on dissent. Interior Minister Néstor Luis Reverol said six “terrorists” were detained Sunday, a day after the government said drones carrying explosives targeted Maduro in the midst of a nationally televised address. Reverol said there were two drones, which he identified as DJI M600s. Neither, he said, reached its intended target area before detonating. Two separate videos, posted on Twitter, showed drones at the scene; one crashed into a...
  • The Latest: 6 arrests in Venezuela drone plot; more likely

    08/05/2018 2:44:04 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 30 replies
    AP ^ | 08/05/2018 | Staff
    Venezuelan authorities say they’ve detained six people suspected of using a pair of drones each packed with 2 pounds (1 kilogram) of explosives to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro. Interior Minister Nestor Luis Reverol on Sunday described it as a terrorist attack and said more arrests could follow within hours. Two loud explosions sounded on Saturday as Maduro was speaking on national television at a military ceremony. Bodyguards quickly shielded Maduro as troops lined up in the street ran for safety. Reverol says the explosives on each drone could have affected an area more than 160 feet (50 meters) away. He...
  • Venezuela's Maduro: Drone Attack Was Attempt to Kill Him

    08/05/2018 6:05:43 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 59 replies
    U.S. News and World Report (from AP) ^ | August 4, 2018 (about 1:30 PM) | Clbyburn Saint John
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is blaming the "far right" for an apparent assassination attempt using a drone. Snip- "That drone came after me," he said. "But there was a shield of love that always protects us. I'm sure I'll live for many more years."
  • Foreign powers, or hoax: who's behind Venezuela 'drone attack'?

    08/05/2018 4:14:19 AM PDT · by McGruff · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 5, 2018 | Joe Parkin Daniels
    Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has survived an apparent and – if true – audacious assassination attempt when, according to official reports, drones loaded with explosives flew towards the president while he was speaking at a military parade in Caracas. According to Maduro, the plot was concocted by an international cabal of rightwing schemers. He claimed the Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, was “behind the attack”, supported by a network of plotters and financiers based in Florida, adding that a group of hired assassins had already been captured. Firefighters interviewed by the Associated Press, meanwhile, claimed that the bangs heard were...
  • Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro survives ‘assassination bid using a drone ’[trunc]

    08/04/2018 5:29:30 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 49 replies
    SUN UK ^ | 4 AUG 18 | By Lauren Fruen
    THIS is the moment Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro survived an apparent assassination attempt using drones laden with explosives as he addressed a military rally. Hundreds of soldiers, who had been watching the speech, were caught on camera breaking ranks and scattering
  • Venezuelan president speech cut short in panic

    08/04/2018 4:22:40 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 32 replies ^ | Site Administrator 5:48 pm August 4, 2018
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — State television is showing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro abruptly cutting short a speech and hundreds of soldiers present breaking ranks scattering. Maduro spoke Saturday in the capital of Caracas during a celebration of the National Guard’s 81 anniversary. Maduro was standing next to his wife Cilia Flores and several high ranking military officials for the event broadcast on radio and television. A video shows Celia Flores wince and look up after a sound.
  • Venezuela to remove five zeroes from ailing currency

    07/25/2018 9:43:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 25, 2018 7:46 PM | Brian Ellsworth
    Venezuela will remove five zeroes from the bolivar currency rather than the three zeroes originally planned, President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday, in an effort to keep up with inflation projected to reach 1 million percent this year. The OPEC nation’s economy has been steadily collapsing since the 2014 crash of oil prices left it unable to maintain its socialist economic system that for years provided lavish subsidies while enforcing strict price controls. Annual inflation in June topped 46,000 percent, according to the opposition-run Congress. The IMF said this week it could hit seven digits this year, putting it on...
  • Colombia asked Trump to urge end to Russian support for Venezuela

    07/21/2018 7:24:23 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 7 replies
    Colombia Reports ^ | July 16, 2018 | Adriaan Alsema
    Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos asked his American counterpart Donald Trump to urge Russian leader Vladimir Putin to stop supporting Venezuela’s government. Santos took to Twitter on Saturday to ask Trump to address Russia’s support for the authoritarian government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The governments of both Colombia and the United States fiercely oppose Maduro. Russia, however, has been accused of helping Venezuela evade sanctions imposed by Washington DC. Furthermore, Venezuela’s military appears to have received thousands of Russian surface-to-air missiles, according to news agency Reuters. “To contribute to the crisis in Venezuela I am asking President Trump to...
  • Venezuela crisis: UN says security forces killed hundreds

    06/26/2018 3:09:06 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    BBC UK ^ | 22 June 2018 | none stated
    The UN Human Rights Office alleges that extra-judicial killings were carried out by officers involved with the Operations for the Liberation of the People, ostensibly a crime-reduction initiative.These officers may have killed more than 500 people since July 2015 as a way to showcase crime-reduction results, it says. They are alleged to have faked evidence to make it look as though the victims died in exchanges of fire. Where a coffee costs wads of banknotesWhy mums-to-be are fleeing Venezuela UN investigators have been denied access to Venezuela. They made their findings from interviews with about 150 witnesses and victims contacted...