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  • Police raid Nicaragua journalist's offices in crackdown on dissent

    12/14/2018 10:49:35 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 14, 2018 | by Ismael Lopez
    MANAGUA - Nicaraguan police raided the offices of a prominent journalist often critical of President Daniel Ortega, the latest sign of a broad crackdown on civil society and independent media organizations. Carlos Fernando Chamorro, the son of former president Violeta Chamorro, runs the digital newspaper Confidencial and hosts television news programs. He blamed the Thursday night raid and seizure of equipment on increasingly authoritarian efforts to purge the country of domestic dissent. “This was an absurd attack on free expression,” the award-winning Chamorro told Reuters on Friday.
  • Venezuela's last anti-Maduro newspaper publishes final print edition

    12/14/2018 10:54:19 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 14, 2018 | by Vivian Sequera
    CARACAS - Venezuela’s El Nacional newspaper, which has been heavily critical of the ruling Socialist Party, on Friday published its last print edition after struggling for years under government pressure and a collapsing economy. The paper, which is transitioning to a web format, has found it increasingly difficult to obtain newsprint due to exchange controls that make imports nearly impossible, and has potentially massive payments in a defamation lawsuit brought by Socialist Party No. 2 Diosdado Cabello. “I want to think that this is a pause,” said the editor-in-chief of the newspaper, Patricia Spadaro, at a press conference in the...
  • Venezuelans regret gun ban, 'a declaration of war against an unarmed population'

    12/14/2018 11:35:13 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-14-2018 | Holly McKay
    As Venezuela continues to crumble under the socialist dictatorship of President Nicolas Maduro, some are expressing words of warning – and resentment – against a six-year-old gun control bill that stripped citizens of their weapons. “Guns would have served as a vital pillar to remaining a free people, or at least able to put up a fight,” Javier Vanegas, 28, a Venezuelan teacher of English now exiled in Ecuador, told Fox News. “The government security forces, at the beginning of this debacle, knew they had no real opposition to their force. Once things were this bad, it was a clear...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Wednesday 12/12/2018

    12/12/2018 5:18:22 AM PST · by Nextrush · 8 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 12/12/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    Police in France are looking for the suspect in a terrorist attack near a Christmas market in Strasbourg that killed three people and wounded 12 others. The terrorist suspect is known to French authorities who raided his home yesterday. Authorities revealed today that the attacker shouted "Allahu Akhbar".... Laurent Nunez, France's Secretary of State for the Interior, says he hopes that the "yellow vests" protests will be fewer this Saturday saying there is a need for responsibility after the terrorist attack.... The Battle of Brexit. British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a leadership challenge from within her own party....
  • Nicaragua: Priest Attacked in the Cathedral with Sulfuric Acid

    12/09/2018 5:55:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Fr. Mario Guevara was Hearing ConfessionsFr. Mario Guevara, aged 59, vicar of Managua Cathedral, suffered a sulfuric acid attack on December 5, 2018, when a 24-year-old woman threw the acid on the priest’s face and body while he was in the cathedral hearing confessions. This is according to a December 6 report by Fides News Agency. According to information obtained by Fides, the rector of the cathedral took Fr. Guevara immediately to the hospital for treatment. Despite serious burns, the priest’s condition appears stable. The woman, detained by people in the cathedral as she tried to escape, was arrested by...
  • Russia Dispatching Blackjack Bombers to Venezuela

    12/10/2018 9:38:23 AM PST · by PeteePie · 51 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Dec 10, 2018 | Bill Gertz
    Russia is deploying nuclear-capable Tu-160 Blackjack bombers to Venezuela this week as part of an increasingly provocative pattern of bomber training flights, according to American defense officials. At least two Blackjacks will fly from a strategic forces air base in Russia to Venezuela as part of a series of training exercises that will include long-range refueling, said officials familiar with Russian plans for the flight. The bomber foray to South America will be Russia's seventh training flight for Blackjack bombers in the past three months. Mark Schneider, a former Pentagon official and specialist on the Russian military, said Tu-160 flights...
  • Venezuela really, really wants its $550 million of gold back (@ the Bank of England)

    12/08/2018 12:34:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    Newstimes ^ | 12/07/18 | Will Martin
    Senior officials for the Venezuelan government have reportedly travelled to London for crunch talks with the Bank of England as they seek to repatriate more than $500 million of gold back to Caracas. **SNIP** Venezuela has in recent years been a major seller of gold, and this year alone it has sold about 26 tons, worth close to $900 million, to Turkey. In the past four years, Venezuela's gold reserves have decreased to about 175 tons from about 400 tons, Reuters reported, citing statistics from the country's central bank. Venezuela has been selling its sizeable gold reserves, built up under...
  • MLB players Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo killed in stickup gone wrong

    12/07/2018 6:39:33 PM PST · by RightGeek · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/7/2018 | Cedar Attanasio and Ruth Brown
    The professional baseball players who were killed in a car crash in Venezuela on Thursday actually rolled their car in a highway robbery gone wrong, according to officials and new reports. Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo died when the car overturned while trying to avoid a rock placed in their path by roadside bandits, while two other teammates, Carlos Rivero and Raúl Álvarez, survived with injuries, El Nuevo Herald reports. The thieves then stripped the players of their belongings, according to the paper. ... Placing rocks in the road to force motorists to stop is a...
  • Hyperinflationary Venezuela announces 150 percent minimum wage hike

    12/03/2018 6:54:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 30, 2018 | Staff
    Venezuela is hiking the monthly minimum wage by 150 percent to about $9.50, President Nicolas Maduro said late on Thursday, as part of the struggling OPEC nation’s frequent wage increases that have failed to keep pace with inflation. The once-wealthy nation’s annual inflation now tops 800,000 percent, according to the opposition-run legislature, and citizens face chronic shortages of food and medicine. Maduro said in a televised broadcast that the new monthly salary would be 4,500 bolivars. Citizens routinely complain they cannot afford basic items despite a 60-fold minimum wage increase in August.
  • Qatar to withdraw from OPEC in January 2019

    12/02/2018 11:12:39 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 26 replies
    AlJazeera ^ | 12-3-2018 | AlJazeera
    Qatar will withdraw from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Qatar's Energy Minister Saad Sherida al-Kaabi announced on Monday. The decision to quit the bloc of 15 oil-producing countries that account for almost half of the world's oil production was confirmed by Qatar Petroleum, the country's state oil company.
  • Pro-Erdogan foundation takes over 2 Gulen-affiliated schools in Venezuela: report

    12/01/2018 12:14:07 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    Turkey Purge ^ | Dec 1, 2018 | Turkey Purge
    The Maarif Foundation, which was established by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government in 2016, has taken over the management of two schools linked to the Gülen group in Venezuela, the pro-gov’t Sabah daily reported on Saturday.The Foundation has so far taken over at least 78 schools linked to the Gülen group in Guinea, Somalia, Sudan, People’s Republic of the Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Tunisia, Senegal and Chad with their 8,506 students. The foundation has recently signed an agreement to take over Gülen movement schools in Afghanistan, which have more than 8,000 students.The foundation also has opened...
  • Stealth Warship Joins Iran's Naval Fleet

    12/01/2018 6:02:59 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    ndtv ^ | December 01, 2018 14:25 IST
    Sahand destroyer -- which can sustain voyages lasting five months without resupply -- joined Iran's regular navy at a base in Bandar Abbas on the Gulf. The Sahand has a flight deck for helicopters, torpedo launchers, anti-aircraft and anti-ship guns, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles and electronic warfare capabilities, state television reported. "This vessel is the result of daring and creative design relying on the local technical knowledge of the Iranian Navy... and has been built with stealth capabilities," Rear-Admiral Alireza Sheikhi, head of the navy shipyards that built the destroyer, told the state news agency IRNA. Iran launched its first...
  • Er, Socialism? Vox Video Skips Reason Why Venezuelans Are Leaving Their Country

    11/28/2018 10:20:35 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 8 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | November 28, 2018 | P.J. Gladnick
    Johnny Harris of Vox reported on the enormous numbers of refugees who have fled from Venezuela and crossed the border to live in Colombia. Since Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world, one might wonder how it came to be an economic basket case where inflation is so high that the paper currency needed to buy a roll of toilet paper would actually be more useful to use in the desired function than the product it is supposed to purchase. Here is Johnny Harris reporting on the what but never on the why of the Venezuelan refugee crises....
  • Please Cry For Me, Venezuela

    11/26/2018 5:43:42 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/26/18 | Dave Merrick
    "Do you really want America to wind up like California?" Because soon, if we don't put the brakes on, we will have earned the empathy of a thoroughly busted and DESPERATE, socialist Venezuela. Were you arguing with your liberal friends and relatives over Thanksgiving dinner? You know you did - or at least you have. Do you have liberal friends/relatives? I sure do. Those dunderheads will occasionally, unwittingly send out danger signals, rather like stroke victims (“Your eyes are going in different directions! Curl your tongue for me!”). Some of our liberal friends and family are worth keeping, of course....
  • Honduras and the United States: What’s Wrong With This Picture?

    10/12/2009 9:36:44 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 36 replies · 995+ views
    The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College ^ | October 12, 2009 | By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson
    As this is being written, Manuel Zelaya, the ousted and exiled ex-president of Honduras, is holed up in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, having been smuggled there on Sept. 21. His followers acted like the anti-capitalist protesters who haunt G-20 meetings, smashing windows, spraying graffiti, attacking police cars, and suchlike. Here is how we got to this point: Zelaya was elected president of Honduras in 2005. His administration has been plagued by charges of corruption, with the impartial group, Transparency International, ranking Honduras under Zelaya as corrupt as Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Libya. In 2008, Zelaya joined the...
  • Ex-President Micheletti: The US Asked Me to Return Power to Zelaya [Honduras]

    02/04/2018 7:34:31 AM PST · by Yardstick · 5 replies
    PanAm Post ^ | May 4, 2015 | Elena Toledo
    Roberto Micheletti Baín played a significant role in the political crisis that struck Honduras in 2009. He assumed the presidency of the country when the Supreme Court of Justice ordered the arrest of then-President Manuel Zelaya, who was subsequently expelled from the country by the armed forces. Six years on, Micheletti has retired from political life, and lives surrounded by nature and his family. Yet the specter of political turmoil has returned once more to the Central American nation. Late in April, a chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice revoked two key constitutional provisions that prohibited presidential reelection: paving...
  • Unfixable? Several nations have tried to restore democracy after populist strongmen. It was...

    11/21/2018 6:15:04 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | November 16, 2018 | Joshua Kurlantzick
    FULL TITLE: Unfixable? Several nations have tried to restore democracy after populist strongmen. It was never the same. In April, aided by massive gerrymandering, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling coalition crushed opposition in Hungary’s national elections, claiming a supermajority in the parliament. The prime minister — who had used two prior terms in office to dominate media outlets, alter electoral rules so that urban areas were massively underrepresented and seize control of the top courts — moved to further consolidate his power. He is pushing Central European University, a leading academic institution backed by George Soros, whom Orban has demonized,...
  • 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...
  • Report: 80 Percent Of Venezuelans Short Of Food

    11/21/2018 10:24:16 AM PST · by blam · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11-21-2018 | Ben Kwe
    Around 80 percent of Venezuelans are now short of food, according to the new data compiled by NGO Human Rights Watch on Tuesday. Following a trip to the Venezuelan border with Brazil by a team of health experts from John Hopkins University, researchers found that malnutrition continues to rise aggressively, with 80 percent of households unable to access enough food and rates of malnutrition among five years now over the World Health Organization’s crisis limit. In 2017, the average person lost around 11 kilos (24 pounds). In 2016, that number was 19 pounds; it is expected to have risen in...
  • Mexican Journalist Reveals the Truth About the Caravan

    11/19/2018 10:42:18 AM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    Townhall ^ | Nov 19, 2018 | Rachel Alexander
    Mexican journalist Alex Backman has released a stunning expose on the caravan from Central America. He says the migrants are robbing and stealing in Mexico. They carjack cars containing just one occupant. There are even accounts of rapes. Many of the migrants will not let people film them. If they see someone filming them through a car window, they stop the car and demand the phone. Backman suspects the reason they don’t want to be filmed is because they have criminal histories. He said the Mexican president hasn’t done anything to stop it. The Mexican government is instead providing them...