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  • Buried news:Colombia's poor rejected socialism...time, out of a credible fear of 'another Venezuela'

    06/19/2018 4:55:25 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6/19/2018 | Monica Showalter
    Sunday's election of a hard-core conservative in Colombia has left the media elites and their pundits befuddled. Some are calling Ivan Duque, the 41-year-old new conservative president-elect a 'populist' as if to suggest that both President Trump and the late unlamented Venezuelan strongman, Hugo Chavez, are all dreadful peas in the same pod. Others are speculating that Colombia elected another Emmanuel Macron, as if France's youthful, namby-pamby president amounted to a comparable sea change that this election represents. We heard of the new president summed up as 'pro-business' by the Wall Street Journal, as if that was all he meant...
  • Venezuela pegging its economic recovery to a cryptocurrency that’s widely considered a scam

    08/20/2018 10:09:35 AM PDT · by NRx · 63 replies
    CNBC ^ | 08-20-2018 | Kate Rooney
    Venezuela is doing something completely unprecedented. Some even say illegal. As part of an attempt to stop skyrocketing inflation, the country is issuing a new fiat currency called the "sovereign bolivar," which will be backed by a cryptocurrency. But that cryptocurrency, called the "petro," does not trade, and Venezuela's own parliament says it's being illegally used to mortgage the nation's cash-strapped oil reserves. "This is a smoke-and-mirrors operation typical of Venezuela — I'll believe it when I see it," said Steve Hanke, professor of applied economics at Johns Hopkins University and one of the world's leading experts on hyperinflation. "The...
  • James Mattis: Latin American countries selling out their sovereignty to Russia, China

    08/17/2018 12:30:07 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 17, 2018 | Martin Arostegui
    A Chinese space force in Argentina, Russian control of Venezuelan gas and South American armies equipped with the latest Chinese and Russian hardware. Until recently, it might have sounded like the plot of a geopolitical thriller in a region once considered America’s backyard. But this is what Defense Secretary James N. Mattis faced on his visit this week to several South American nations, where economic and military posturing by Beijing and Moscow has been on the rise for the past decade. Analysts say Chinese loans in recent years have allowed authoritarian leaders to consolidate power in Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua,...
  • Brazil presidential front-runner vows to close Palestinian embassy

    08/09/2018 6:43:51 AM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 8 replies
    The Tiimes of Israel ^ | August 9, 2018 | Marcus M. Gilban
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (JTA) — Brazil’s front-running presidential candidate has announced he will close the Palestinian embassy in Brasilia in addition to moving his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “Is Palestine a country? Palestine is not a country, so there should be no embassy here,” Jair Bolsonaro, a lawmaker from the Social Liberal Party, declared on Tuesday when the National Congress reopened after a three-week recess. “You do not negotiate with terrorists,” he added.
  • Venezuelan leader 'survives drone attack' and blames Colombia

    08/05/2018 9:25:49 PM PDT · by robowombat · 15 replies
    ITV ^ | Aug 5, 2018
    Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro dodged an apparent assassination attempt when drones armed with explosives detonated while he was delivering a speech, officials said. Mr Maduro and his wife, Cilia Flores, looked up at the sky and winced on Saturday after hearing the sound of an explosion pierce the air. He was giving a speech to hundreds of soldiers in Caracas which was being broadcast live on television when the incident occurred. “This was an attempt to kill me,” the 55-year-old said later in an impassioned retelling of the events. "Today they attempted to assassinate me." A uniformed official bleeds from...
  • Pence Denounces Nicaragua, China, North Korea, Russia and Iran For Brutalizing People Of Faith

    07/28/2018 9:48:37 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Jul 26, 2018 | Joshua Gill
    Vice President Mike Pence lambasted China, Nicaragua, North Korea, Russia and Iran Thursday for their systemic persecution of various faith groups. "Those nations that reject religious freedom breed radicalism and resentment in citizens. They sowed the seeds of violence within their borders. Violence that often spills over into their neighbors and across the world, and as history has shown too many times those who deny religious freedom for their own people have no qualms trampling upon the rights of other people undermining security and peace across the wide and world,” Pence said. Pence then called for an end to the...
  • Why do Democrats only care about Russian meddling when it comes to Trump?

    07/28/2018 9:34:25 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jul 2018 | Mary Anastasia O'Grady
    Democrats’ moralizing Helsinki hysteria is phony. They’re upset with Mr. Putin’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election because Hillary Clinton lost. When it comes to Russian expansionism in the Western Hemisphere and the Kremlin’s abysmal human-rights record, the American left mostly looks the other way. Democratic ballyhooing over Mr. Putin’s habit of jailing and sometimes killing his political and media opponents is especially rich. Russia’s longstanding ally Cuba has an even worse civil-liberties record. Yet when President Obama unconditionally reshaped U.S. policy to please Cuban dictator Raúl Castro, his party cheered. Mr. Obama even trotted off to a baseball game...
  • 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...
  • ‘Pack Up and Get Out’: Nicaraguan Unrest Shakes U.S. Expat Community

    07/20/2018 9:16:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 65 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 20, 2018 | John Otis
    After decades teaching social studies at a California high school, Noel Correa moved to Nicaragua, buying a home on the outskirts of this colonial city. Then, the country he chose as his retirement paradise began to unravel. “We were just getting settled when the fighting broke out,” said Mr. Correa, 67, who arrived here with his wife in December. “Now we are in limbo.” So are many other expats caught up in a three-month-old uprising against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, whose crackdown in response has killed more than 300 people.
  • ‘Pack Up and Get Out’

    07/20/2018 8:02:18 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 76 replies
    WSJ ^ | 7/20/18 | By John Otis
    After decades teaching social studies at a California high school, Noel Correa moved to Nicaragua, buying a home on the outskirts of this colonial city. Then, the country he chose as his retirement paradise began to unravel. “We were just getting settled when the fighting broke out,” said Mr. Correa, 67, who arrived here with his wife in December. “Now we are in limbo.” So are many other expats caught up in a three-month-old uprising against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, whose crackdown in response has killed more than 300 people.
  • Nicaragua forces violently retake symbolic city

    07/18/2018 5:00:11 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 14 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7-17-2018 | unknown
    Nicaraguan national police and armed pro-government civilians laid siege Tuesday to and then retook a symbolically important neighborhood that has recently become a center of resistance to President Daniel Ortega's government. Government forces began advancing on the Monimbo neighborhood of Masaya city before dawn and had largely regained control of it by the afternoon for the first time since massive protests against Ortega's government began in mid-April. Youths fired homemade mortars from behind barriers of stacked paving stones pried from streets lined by single-story homes and artisan workshops in the town about 16 miles southeast of the capital, Managua.
  • News Summary At This Hour

    07/17/2018 7:45:09 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 7/17/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    President Trump told the mainstream media today that he agrees with the notion of the intelligence community that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections. He responded to the media frenzy over comments he made after his meeting Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Tonight Trump tweeted that 'the meeting between President Putin and myself was a great success, except in the Fake News Media!" In Nicaragua today government police and paramilitaries assaulted an opposition controlled neighborhood in the city of Masaya. Three were reported killed, dozens wounded with opposition youth being hauled away by the government forces..... The government of...
  • Nicaraguan Government: 'President Ortega will not resign'

    07/17/2018 12:59:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    EuroNews ^ | 07/17/2018
    Responding to criticism from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, who has asked the Nicaraguan government to stop state violence and disarm pro-government groups, Mr Oquist accused the UN High Commissioner was guilty of inaccuracy. "This is based on nothing," Mr Oquist said. "It's based on local human rights sources, which have been partial for decades. These unproven generalizations are not helping the search for peace." When asked about the possibility that President Ortega will resign and hold elections, the minister responded: "... Why should the president resign?... Sandinistas also know how to put barricades on the street." Daniel Ortega...
  • Russia in Central America. Again.

    07/14/2018 8:40:20 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 34 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 2018 | Mary Anastasia O'Grady
    The privation in the northern triangle—Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador—that has sent thousands of migrants to the U.S. border in search of work and a better life is ultimately the result of failed institutions. The bloody upheaval in Nicaragua is another case in point. Since April 19 more than 300 people have been killed while protesting against strongman Daniel Ortega. The U.S. Treasury last week imposed sanctions on three Ortega henchmen—the national police commissioner and a Sandinista Youth official for human-rights violations, and the head of Nicaragua’s state-owned oil company for corruption. Central America is strategically important, and Russia’s role...
  • News Summary At This Hour

    07/11/2018 8:00:54 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 7/11/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    A Nevada judge has blocked the execution of two-time killer Scott Dozier scheduled for tonight. Pharmaceutical company Alvogen sued to stop its drug, the sedative midazolam, from being used for the execution. The company claimed that the drug was obtained by the state of Nevada illegally through subterfuge and was to be used for unapproved purposes. They also claimed that use of the drug might cause a botched execution. Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond are home tonight after they were pardoned by President Trump yesterday...... President Trump has urged NATO countries to increase their defense spending even more than...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Calls Divine Wrath Upon Sandinista Thugs

    07/11/2018 7:25:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | July 11, 2018 | Tancred
    Pope responds to an attack by Sandinista troops against the nuncio and bishops in Nicaragua - Edit: the Church is no stranger to hostility from the Communist Sandanista regime. And none of the news stories I see are covering the Communism angle and the apparent end of the romance. Managua (kath.net) On Monday, in Nicaragua, in an attack by pro-government thugs on the Cardinal of Managua, the apostolic nuncio and several bishops, including Managua suffragan bishop Silvio Baez, were injured. Demonstrators against dictator Ortega and his wife's government, who were attacked by Sandinista paramilitary groups, retreated to the Basilica of...
  • Nicaragua's crisis deals a crushing blow to businesses large and small

    07/01/2018 8:53:01 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 18 replies
    yahoo ^ | 6-30-18 | Julia RIOS
    The wave of violence unleashed during harshly repressed anti-government protests has left some 220 people dead. What had been a vibrant tourism industry has been devastated, with ripple effects on the broader economy in a country that was already one of the poorest in the Americas. Business closings have left 200,000 people jobless, and unless the crisis ends soon, some 1.3 million of Nicaragua's 6.2 million people "risk falling into poverty," according to a study by the Nicaraguan Foundation for Economic and Social Development (Funides).
  • Nicaraguans flood migration offices in bid to flee crisis

    06/15/2018 4:04:54 PM PDT · by BBell · 17 replies
    Managua (AFP) – One evening as she watched some local kids play outside in her Managua neighborhood, Nicaraguan Mireya Alegria was shocked to see police, motorcycles and a white van carrying hooded men speed past. “They started firing,” she says. It was the moment she decided enough was enough. Now Alegria is one of the thousands of Nicaraguans desperately seeking to process migration documents and flee to neighboring Central American countries, as two months of anti-government dissent has triggered increasingly violent state repression. “Thousands of people come daily to do paperwork,” said Nubia Manzanares, a migration agent, adding that many...
  • 'Human tragedy' of Nicaragua violence claims 121 lives: Rights group

    06/06/2018 6:24:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    www.channelnewsasia.com ^ | 06/06/2018 | Staff
    MANAGUA: At least 121 people have been killed in a wave of protests since Apr 18 against President Daniel Ortega's government, Nicaragua's main human rights group said Tuesday (Jun 5), calling it a "human tragedy." The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH) said another 1,300 people have been wounded in the protests, which have met with a violent crackdown from the government. "This is now a massacre, a human tragedy where the goal is to exterminate all those young people who think differently than or are critical of the government," the group's executive secretary, Marlin Sierra, told AFP. "It amounts...
  • Amid worsening violence, Nicaraguans say crisis has reached 'catastrophic' proportions

    06/06/2018 4:52:33 AM PDT · by BBell · 12 replies
    http://www.miamiherald.com/ ^ | 6/5/18 | KYRA GURNEY
    MANAGUA, NICARAGUA Nearly seven weeks after a violent crackdown on student protesters ignited a movement to oust the president of Nicaragua, daily life has become difficult and dangerous for a population increasingly in open rebellion against the government. At least 113 people have been killed, more than 1,000 injured and hundreds arrested since the political uprising began in mid-April, according to human rights groups. Dozens of others have disappeared. In what was until recently one of the safest countries in Latin America, families are now afraid to leave their homes after dark. Barricades set up by protesters block highways, public...