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  • Shalala walks into anti-Castro buzz saw: How a campaign event with Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee [tr]

    10/18/2018 1:08:12 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Poltico ^ | October 18, 2018 | Marc Caputo
    There’s a simple rule in running for Congress in Miami: Don’t campaign with someone who praised Fidel Castro and fought sanctions against Venezuela’s dictatorial regime. But Donna Shalala didn’t figure it out until it was too late. In a district filled with Castro-hating Cuban-Americans and Venezuelan exiles, Shalala’s campaign committed an egregious gaffe — and set off a round of Democratic finger-pointing — by posting an announcement that she would hold a campaign event Wednesday with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Californian, Rep. Barbara Lee.
  • New Venezuela fuel payment system gets off to slow start

    10/14/2018 10:34:51 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/24/18 | Shaylim Castro
    **SNIP** The new system entails Venezuelans applying for and using a state-backed digital identification document to pay for fuel, with the government providing gas stations with wireless devices that will read the card. Leftist Maduro has said the system will limit the cross-border trading of gas, which is so heavily subsidized that drivers often do not even bother paying for it. Last week, he said the new payment system would roll out on Monday. **SNIP** “To me this system is garbage,” said Mercedes Fernandez, 41, a systems engineer. “We don’t even know how much it’s going to cost, or how...
  • 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...
  • 'Florida will become another Venezuela': President Trump talks only to WFTV during Orlando stop

    10/08/2018 5:44:52 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    WFTV ^ | 10-8-18 | Kevin Williams , Christopher Heath
    ORLANDO, Fla. - President Donald Trump visited Orlando Monday to speak at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Convention. It was the president's first public appearance since his Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, just barely cleared the final hurdle for Senate confirmation. Kavanaugh had been accused of sexual misconduct by several women.
  • Trump Says Democrats Will Turn America Into Venezuela

    10/08/2018 12:28:36 PM PDT · by detective · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/08/2018 | Benny Johnson
    President Donald Trump lashed out Monday at Democrats for their treatment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation process, while speaking with reporters on the White House driveway. Trump was asked about the situation dealing with Kavanaugh, who was confirmed Saturday by the Senate, saying that Democrats overplayed their hand with the allegations. “The things they said about him, I don’t even think he ever heard of the words. It was all made up. It was fabricated. And it’s a disgrace. And I think it’s going to really show you something come November 6th,” Trump said. Trump then...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 10/5/2018

    10/05/2018 4:00:40 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 10/5/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    The Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh is headed for a procedural vote by the full Senate today..... Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee is headed to Venezuela soon..... Vice President Mike Pence says any Russian activities against the US pale in comparison with what China is doing right now to influence the mid-term election this November..... Accusations from and against Russia raged yesterday.... The latest polling data from Germany's state of Bavaria show the lowest numbers yet for the Christian Social Union, sister party of Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats...... The Nobel Peace Prize has...
  • Lavrov: Russia To Do 'Everything Possible' To Preserve Iran Nuke Deal

    09/28/2018 12:22:05 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | September 28, 2018 | Associated Foreign Press
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has vowed Russia will do "everything possible" to preserve the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal despite the U.S. withdrawal. Speaking to the UN General Assembly on September 28, Lavrov denounced U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the deal that curbs Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Lavrov called the U.S. move a violation of UN resolutions and a threat to regional stability. Lavrov also denounced what he said were "baseless accusations" of Russian interference in foreign affairs and criticized U.S. policies in Iran, Syria, and Venezuela. Lavrov accused...
  • Koch-backed veterans’ group to boost Ron DeSantis with direct mail (FL-Governor's Race)

    10/02/2018 4:23:24 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 8 replies
    Florida Politics ^ | October 2, 2018 | A.G. GANCARSKI
    Concerned Veterans for America Action announced Tuesday its intentions to wade into the Governor’s race, with direct mail on behalf of Republican Ron DeSantis. CVAA is an offshoot of Americans for Prosperity, a Koch Network initiative. Koch support was a flashpoint in the Republican primary between DeSantis and Adam Putnam, with a Putnam spox describing “D.C. DeSantis” as “a puppet of the open-border, anti-Trump Koch brothers.” That messaging won’t be heard again this campaign season. The campaign, per the Koch veterans’ group, is “highlighting his dedicated support for veterans.” Expect a six-figure spend for this purpose. “In a landscape full...
  • Can Latin America handle Venezuela’s collapse without the U.S.?

    10/01/2018 12:17:51 AM PDT · by blueplum · 26 replies
    WaPo ^ | 30 Sep 2018 | Jackson Diehl, Dep Edutorial Page Editor
    As hundreds of thousands of desperate Venezuelans flee their country, in many cases on foot, their Latin American neighbors face a critical test: whether they can respond effectively to a crisis that threatens their own stability without the leadership of the United States. So far, they are flunking — and they know it. “The answer is, we can’t,” says Colombia’s ambassador in Washington, Francisco Santos. “It’s sad to say, but we can’t.”
  • 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,...
  • Trump takes aim at Iran in defiant UN speech

    09/25/2018 10:48:49 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/25/18 | Jordan Fabian
    President Trump on Tuesday took aim at Iran in a defiant address to the United Nations, calling on world leaders to join the U.S. in isolating Tehran over its "aggression." Trump used a large portion of his address to tout his administration's plans to launch a "campaign of economic pressure" aimed at starving Iran of money it would use "to advance its bloody agenda" in the Middle East and beyond. The president noted his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Obama-era nuclear agreement between Iran and other world powers and stressed that many sanctions would be reimposed on Iran...
  • The Latest: Trump says chaos in Venezuela is unacceptable (UN Speech)

    09/25/2018 10:10:57 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 5 replies
    APNews ^ | 09/25/18 | AP Staff
    President Donald Trump says the political and economic chaos in Venezuela is unacceptable. But he’s avoiding commenting on questions about whether the U.S. would ever intervene in the South American country. Trump notes that the country — once one of the wealthiest countries in the hemisphere — is spiraling downward. Venezuela’s inflation and homicide rates are among the highest in the world and more than 2 million people have fled the violence and conflict in recent years. The Trump administration on Tuesday slapped financial sanctions on four members of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s inner circle, including his wife and the...
  • Turkey eager to use local currencies in trade: FM (with Venezuela)

    09/23/2018 9:54:10 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    Anadolu Ajansı (Turkish State Propaganda Source) ^ | 9-22-2018 | Fatih Hafız Mehmet and Tugcenur Yilmaz
    Currencies should not be used as instruments to attack other countries' economies, says Mevlut Cavusoglu, referring to US ANKARA / CARACAS, Venezuela Turkey is eager to use local currencies in bilateral trade deals to counter attacks by the U.S., Turkey’s foreign minister said late Friday. "We are so keen actually to use local currencies in our bilateral trade, not only between Turkey and Venezuela, but also between Turkey and other countries," Mevlut Cavusoglu told a joint press conference in Caracas with his Venezuelan counterpart Jorge Arreaza. Cavusoglu said since Washington has been using the dollar as a tool to attack other countries’ economies,...
  • Chinese navy hospital ship docks in Venezuela amid crisis

    09/22/2018 2:44:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Interest in the goodwill visit has been building since the Pentagon announced in August it was sending its own hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, to neighboring Colombia to provide free medical treatment for thousands of Venezuelan migrants fleeing their homes amid widespread food and medicine shortages. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in a visit to Colombia last month, called the ship's deployment a humanitarian mission to deal with the fallout of President Nicolas Maduro's mismanagement of the economy. The United Nations estimates that 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled the crisis-torn country in recent years, mainly to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and...
  • Ex-president Kirchner charged in Argentina corruption scandal

    09/17/2018 6:42:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    France24 ^ | 9/17/18 | AFP
    BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Ex-Argentina president Cristina Kirchner was charged with corruption as a judge asked that her parliamentary immunity be lifted so she can be detained, reports said Monday. She is accused of having accepted tens of millions of dollars in bribes in the notorious "corruption notebooks" scandal that has rocked Argentina's political and business elites. As a senator, Kirchner is protected by parliamentary immunity from imprisonment, although not from prosecution. Unless that immunity is lifted, she cannot be jailed, even if found guilty. However, last month the Senate did vote to partially lift her immunity so that investigators...
  • Head of international group threatens military response in Venezuela

    09/16/2018 10:24:12 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 30 replies ^ | September 15, 2018
    The head of the Organization of American States joined President Trump in holding out the threat of a military intervention there to restore democracy and ease the country’s humanitarian crisis. OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro delivered the warning in a visit Friday to Colombia’s border with Venezuela. He also denounced Maduro’s socialist “dictatorship” for spurring a region-wide migration crisis. “With respect to a military intervention to overthrow Nicolas Maduro’s regime, I don’t think any option should be ruled out,” Almagro said. “Diplomatic actions should be the first priority but we shouldn’t rule out any action,” he added.
  • After comedian Jim Carrey goes ‘all in for socialism,’ a Venezuelan journalist schools him

    09/15/2018 12:36:39 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 56 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 9/15/18 | USA Features
    Reality Check: In a recent appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” actor/comedian and, most recently, POTUS Trump-hating activist Jim Carrey, professed his love for socialism and claimed that Americans should embrace it fully as well. After stating that we have to “say yes to socialism, to the word and everything,” Venezuelan columnist Laureano Márquez published a scathing column on Wednesday for the Venezuelan media outlet Runrunes, schooling Carrey over his economic worldview.
  • Presidential Proclamation on National Hispanic Heritage Month

    09/14/2018 12:45:08 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 11 replies ^ | 9/13/2018 | President Donald Trump
    Presidential Proclamation on National Hispanic Heritage Month White House PROCLAMATIONS Presidential Proclamation on National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2018 Issued on: September 13, 2018 During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we honor all American citizens of Hispanic descent and celebrate their rich and vibrant traditions of faith, family, hard work, and patriotism. We are grateful for the innumerable contributions they make to our society, which are vital to our thriving Nation. We are especially grateful for the 1.2 million Hispanic-American men and women who have answered the call to serve in our Armed Forces, demonstrating remarkable loyalty, bravery, and dedication to duty. My...