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Nov 17 05:22

Let’s Stop Glorifying War

When’s the last time our media covered war honestly? When’s the last time you saw combat footage of American troops under fire, or of American troops killing others in the name of keeping us safe from enemies? When was the last time you saw an American soldier panicking, firing wildly, perhaps killing members of his own unit (fratricide) or innocent civilians caught in the crossfire of war? Maybe in the 1960s during coverage of the Vietnam War?

War is not glorious. It may feature noble deeds and remarkable sacrifices, but it also features brutality and many other bloody realities. War breaks men (and women) down. It does so because war is unnatural. Yes, war is many things, but it most certainly is about killing. Occasionally, the killing is even necessary. (Just ask those enslaved by the Nazis or the Japanese whether they greeted Allied troops as liberators.)

Nov 16 12:35

This Guy Found Hitler’s Secret French Bunker

Adolf Hitler committed some of the most horrifying atrocities in human history, but when this photographer stumbled upon his secret French bunker, he was brave enough to go inside anyway.
THE EXPLORER WHO FOUND HITLER’S BUNKER
Urban explorer and photographer Marc Askat braved the hunting season to walk through the thick wooded countryside in northern France. He was searching for a new subject for photographs and stumbled upon what is believed to be one of Adolf Hitler’s last bunkers— a place where the Nazi leader plotted the invasion of Britain.
The eerie underground stronghold is filled with stories from one of the most devastating wars in human history, but despite finding and photographing the bunker, Askat won’t reveal its exact location. It turns out he has a very good reason for keeping Hitler’s underground bunker location a secret from the public.

Nov 15 11:34

Venezuela Signs $3.2 Billion Debt Restructuring Deal With Russia

As Venezuela teeters right on the brink of complete financial collapse, Bloomberg reports that Russia has agreed to restructure roughly $3.2 billion in outstanding obligations. While details of the restructuring agreement are scarce, both sides reported that the deal spreads payments out over 10 years with minimal cash service required over the next six years.

Russia signed an agreement to restructure $3.15 billion of debt owed by Venezuela, throwing a lifeline to a crisis-wracked ally that’s struggling to repay creditors.

The deal spreads the loan payments out over a decade, with “minimal” payments over the first six years, the Russian Finance Ministry said in a statement. The pact doesn’t cover obligations of state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA to its Russian counterpart Rosneft PJSC, however.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin, is always a million chess moves ahead of the US government in terms of geopolitical matters, and the issue of having thrown a financial lifeline to the Venezuelan government, is no exception here.

Nov 13 07:51

BREAKING - #Russia assumes the responsibility of repaying #Venezuela's debt estimated to be anything between 90 and 130 billion dollars.The agreement has already been reached and it's expected to be signed on November 15. George Ades

Nov 13 07:14

Venezuela’s Oil Rival Calls For Full U.S. Sanctions

Argentina’s President, Mauricio Macri, has called on the United States to install a full embargo on Venezuelan oil shipments. In an interview for the Financial Times, Macri said that the social situation in Venezuela is rapidly deteriorating and more decisive measures are needed to topple the Nicolas Maduro government.

It’s been said before more than once that a total oil embargo against Venezuela would hurt Gulf Coast refiners in a bad way, which is perhaps the only reason why it has not been used so far and remains unlikely to be used, whatever happens in Venezuela.

Nov 11 09:39

The US Southern Command's Silent Occupation of the Amazon

Brazil, Colombia and Peru share a triple borderland separating north from south on the South American continent. Located deep in the Amazon forest, this is the theater of operations in which more than 30 military companies test their services and merchandise. The multinational military exercise known as AmazonLog2017, is organized by the Armed Forces of Brazil.

The Southern Command of the United States -- the Unified Combatant Command of the United States Department of Defense with influence in the Caribbean, Central and South America -- is also an AmazonLog2017 participant.

Activists and researchers are alarmed about this military exercise. According to Mexican economist and geopolitical specialist Ana Esther Ceceña, AmazonLog2017 allows "the placement of troops that facilitate specific territorial incursions and rapid response operations, both of which imply the use of special forces, whether those be US forces, local or private on the triple borderland."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Once permanent, such a presence will also put the American troops in control of a huge amount territory where cocaine is processed, just as has Afghanistan, in the control of the opium poppy business, given various US alpha-bet soup agencies the ability to finance off-the-books operations which have zero Congressional oversight.

Nov 11 09:31

At UN, US warns of potential security threat from Venezuela

The United States hopes that a meeting next week at the United Nations on Venezuela will pave the way to international action to prevent the crisis from turning into a security threat, according to a US document sent to the Security Council on Friday.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley will chair the informal council meeting on Monday held as Venezuela, already reeling from political and economic crises, teeters on the brink of default.

"The international community needs to work collectively to address the unfolding crisis and its humanitarian impact in Venezuela and beyond before it worsens and potentially develops into a threat to international peace and security," the US mission said in the document obtained by AFP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a double Picard facepalm, at warp speed, upon reading this.

Ambassador Haley, do you not understand that it has been, in large part, courtesy of US sanctions against Venezuela that people are dying, and represent utterly no "threat" whatsoever, except that conjured in your febrile brain?!?

The Venezuelan people people need humanitarian aid, and right the heck now; food, water, shelter, and medications; but to criminalize them as a "threat" is just plain hipocritical , not to mention entirely insane.

Nov 11 06:57

U.S. Imposes Oil Blockade to Force Venezuela into Default

The U.S. is betting on the default of Venezuela affecting its financial credibility and hampering its debt repayments.

While continuing the commercial and financial embargo and the systematic attack on PDVSA, it was revealed at the start of November that imports of Venezuelan oil to the United States this year have declined to 56 percent compared to last year. This multi-pronged attack that this state industry is facing as the main foreign exchange earner of the country, has been run by a network of internal allies, many of whom have been detained by the Public Prosecutor's Office in recent months. This was after the former Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz became a key factor in allowing the continuity of these mafias to operate within the company.

In addition to corruption and internal sabotage, PDVSA is facing a series of sanctions for the issuance of debt, which has also complicated transactions with U.S. refineries for the purchase of crude oil.>>>

Nov 11 03:28

At UN, US Warns of Potential Security Threat From Venezuela

The United States hopes that a meeting next week at the United Nations on Venezuela will pave the way to international action to prevent the crisis from turning into a security threat, according to a US document sent to the Security Council on Friday.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley will chair the informal council meeting on Monday>>>
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"The international community needs to work collectively to address the unfolding crisis and its humanitarian impact in Venezuela and beyond before it worsens and potentially develops into a threat to international peace and security," the US mission said in the document obtained by AFP.

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Nov 10 11:50

Venezuela Officially Declared In Default

Today at 11am, the ISDA Determinations Committee sits down to decide whether an event of default has occurred due to the delayed principal payment on the Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, bond that matured Nov. 2, in the process triggering PDVSA (and perhaps Venezuela) CDS, and officially declaring Venezuela in default.

We won't have to wait that long: moments ago, Wilmington Trust, the Trustee of the 8.5% bonds due 2018, issued by Corpoelec, Venezuela's electricity company, declared that the missed interest payment originally due October 10, and whose 30 day grace period expired on November 9, and for which no pament was sent or received, officially constitutes an event of default.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that the question which now has to be asked, is will Venezuela be allowed to restructure their default, or will the country's economy just be pushed into complete, systemicfailure by US economic interests?!?

The Venezuelan people certainly deserve better than this.

Nov 09 10:25

EU envoys approve sanctions on Venezuela

Members of the European Union have announced their support for a series of sanctions by the bloc against Venezuela as the South American country continues to clash with the Western governments over an ongoing crackdown on the opposition.

Nov 09 09:40

U.S. military joins Brazil army exercises in Amazon

U.S. military personnel are taking part this week in the largest international army operation ever held deep in the Amazon jungle of northern Brazil, in a sign of closer U.S.-Brazil defense ties.

Nov 02 16:57

Indigenous Tribe Prepared to Fight to Defend Amazon From Brazilian Mining

By Derrick Broze

Several new reports indicate that the Waiãpi tribe of the Brazilian Amazon remains committed to opposing future mining projects on or around their land. The Waiãpi’s reserve is in the rainforest near the eastern end of the Amazon river in a conservation area called Renca.

The Waiãpi have been under threat of extinction since the Brazilian government’s indigenous affairs department first made contact in 1973. The government first reported that the tribe was made up of only 150 people. More recently the tribe has over 1,200 people...

Oct 31 09:40

Don't mention it! Russia pardons $1 billion of Venezuela's debt for 2017

Russia will not demand Venezuela repay its owed debt in the amount of $ 1 billion for 2017 alone, said the head of Russia's Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov.

Thus, Moscow continues to support Caracas and the Maduro led government. At the same time, there is no coherent reason to demand a return of the money from Venezuela, due to the severe economic and social crisis in the country, accompanied by a currency deficit, would not allow it to be payed off.

Oct 31 01:06

37 Percent Rate Increase In 2018??? Obamacare Is Imploding And It Must Be Repealed Now!

Are you ready to pay 37 percent more for health insurance in 2018? Obamacare is imploding faster than most of us imagined, and these rate increases are absolutely killing hard working middle class families all across the country. I wrote about the steady erosion of the middle class yesterday, and health insurance is one of the main reasons why the cost of living is increasing at a much faster rate than our paychecks are. It greatly frustrates me that we have given the Republicans control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives and Obamacare still has not been repealed. The truth is that should have happened on day one of the Trump presidency.

Oct 25 20:55

America's Drug War is Devastating Mexico

Even if the drug war were to end today, there would still be street crime and gangs in the far-distant future. However, these issues would be on a dramatically smaller scale. Mexico’s street gangs could never ascend to the level of an organized crime outfit without the massive profits from illegal drugs to pay for the necessary weaponry, hitmen, political protection, etc.

Oct 24 07:29

Venezuelan Opposition Governors Pledge Allegiance to Pro-Government Assembly

Four newly-elected opposition governors pledged allegiance to Venezuela's Constituent Assembly, which until now they had dismissed as illegitimate, authorities said. The governors broke with their coalition's official position to swear themselves in before a pro-government legislative superbody, in a major setback for Venezuela's opposition, TRT World reported. The Democratic Unity coalition went into the October 15 gubernatorial polls as favourites for a big win due to voter anger at a brutal economic crisis in the OPEC member, but it ended up only taking just five of 23 states. Initially alleging fraud at the election, the opposition later acknowledged abstentionism in its ranks played a big part in the defeat, which cast into question its ability to beat the ruling Socialist Party at next year's presidential vote.

Oct 19 04:25

Commission for Military to Consider Draft,

Commission for Modern Military to Consider Skills-Based Draft, Women's Roles, Millennial Recruitment

A U.S. commission on national service has been impaneled to provide Congress and the White House with the experts’ opinion on revamping a proposed gender-neutral military draft.
Congress also wants the U.S. National Commission on Military, National and Public Service to suggest methods to close the cultural gap between the conscript-free armed forces and private citizens by inspiring millennials to join.

(*Strike While The Iron's HOT , and Patriotism is high !)

Oct 16 10:25

US Regime Change in Venezuela: The Truth Is Easy if You Follow the Money Trail. The Opposition is Pro-Washington, Not “Pro-Democracy”

Venezuela’s ongoing crisis is not driven by political ideology – it is not a battle of socialism versus capitalism or dictatorship versus democracy – it is the result of two centers of political power possessing opposing interests and colliding geopolitically.

The nation of Venezuela is currently under the control of Venezuelans who derive their support, wealth, and power from Venezuela itself – its people and its natural resource. This political order also receives aid and support from Venezuela’s economic and military partners both in the region and around the globe.

The opposition opposed to the current political order and seeking to supplant it represents foreign interests and more specifically, the United States and its European allies.

Oct 14 07:11

US to Maintain Cuba, Venezuela Sanctions Until Freedoms Restored: Trump

(*THE GENIOUS OF TRUMP: Who knew The Restoration of Freedom was easier to accomplish With Sanctions In Place ?)

Oct 06 11:41

Venezuela raises possibility of Russian military help to counter US

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Wednesday raised the possibility of getting military support from Russia to boost its defensive capabilities after President Donald Trump threatened to use force against the South American nation.

Speaking at an energy forum in Moscow, Maduro said his administration will discuss increased military cooperation with the Russian government during his visit this week.

“I am sure, even if we do not ask, we will be given even more support to boost Venezuela’s defense capacity and sovereignty," Maduro said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A war with Russia over Venezuela's bounteous oil reserves?!?

PLEASE, GOD, NO!!!!

Oct 05 05:52

MADURO VISITS PUTIN, PROPOSES GLOBAL OIL TRADE IN RUBLES, YUAN

Three weeks after the US imposed financial sanctions on Venezuela in an effort to cripple its economy and choke the Maduro regime, which in turn prompted Caracas to announce it would no longer receive or send payments in dollars, and that those who wished to trade Venezuelan crude would have to do so in Chinese Yuan, today during an energy summit held in Moscow, Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro proposed to expand his own personal blockade of the US, by proposing that all oil producing countries discuss creating a currency basket for trading crude and refined products. One which is no longer reliant on the (petro)dollar.

“Developing a new mechanism of controlling the oil market is necessary,” Maduro said on Wednesday at the Russian Energy Forum, being held in Moscow this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nicholas Maduro has just painted a bullseye on his back, gotten on his knees, and begged for a decap strike, courtesy of the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika.

How they would pull this off, I do not know; however, I would be reasonably certain that those Deep Staters in the Bowels of Power in this country are weighing numerous military options to "restore Venezuelan Democracy to the Venezeulan people" (AKA: supporting a Western-centric coup here, so that Venezuela's oil is controlled only by US-centric politicians and only be sold for US dollars.)

Oct 04 09:50

Venezuela suggests global oil trade in Russian ruble & Chinese yuan

The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro has proposed oil producing countries should discuss creating a currency basket for trading crude and refined products.

Oct 03 08:18

Maduro to Spanish PM Rajoy: Who's the Dictator Now?

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has attacked the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, for the violent crackdown on the banned Independence referendum in Catalonia.

"Who is the dictator now?" Maduro said, on a broadcast on state media network, VTV.

"Mariano Rajoy has chosen blood, sticks, blows, and repression against a noble people. Our hand goes out to the people of Catalonia. Resist, Catalonia! Latin America admires you," the president added.

Oct 01 09:34

What Does the Sale of Venezuelan Oil in Currencies Other Than the US Dollar Mean?

The petrodollar is more important for US global domination than either arms exports or Hollywood culture, because it allows the US to be the biggest exporter of the dollar bills the rest of the world, which needs to be able to buy oil. Venezuela has decided to start de-dollarizing its economy. To understand what this means, it’s necessary to look at the geopolitical context in which the move takes place. After President Nicolas Maduro announced last Thursday that every business signing contracts with the Venezuelan State should do so in a foreign currency other than the US dollar, Vice President Tareck El Aissami sought to ensure the country’s productive sector gets the necessary mechanisms via public and private banks to be able to migrate to a new basket of foreign currencies.

Sep 30 07:06

BEX? Counter-Terror Chief: Hezbollah ‘Deploying Operatives’ to Peru ‘to Lay the Groundwork for Attacks’

Iran’s narco-terrorist proxy Hezbollah is sending jihadists to Peru to prepare “for attacks,” warned the director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) during a Senate panel hearing on threats to the U.S. homeland.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This article could have been written by Netanyahu himself!

Sep 26 11:23

Venezuela says Trump is acting like 'the world's emperor'

Foreign minister Jorge Arreaza retaliates after US sanctions and a new travel ban against Venezuela, as well as harsh words from Trump

Sep 23 06:06

U.S. Ties Noose Around Neck Of Venezuela’s Economy

Washington’s decision to tie a noose round the neck of Venezuela’s economy (presented as sanctions for notional crimes) is effectively preventing Caracas from allowing its oil to flow to allies of the U.S.A.. The knock on effect: from now on, Venezuela will export its oil to China. By doing so, Venezuela’s contracts will no longer be established in dollars but the yuan. This will soon threaten the supremacy of the US currency and, clearly, the US economy. So now, “the party that thought it had the key to the prison door, is held hostage in the cell”.
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This is Caracas’s response to the sanctions imposed by the Trump Administration on 25 August; sanctions far harsher than those imposed by the Obama Administration in 2014, for the Trump sanctions prevent Venezuela from cashing in the dollars received from selling oil to the United States - more than a million barrels per day.>>>

Sep 22 10:28

U.S. not ruling out possible oil embargo on Venezuela: Haley

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Thursday a range of options remained on the table, including a possible oil embargo, if Venezuela did not move to restore its democratic processes.

“There’s a lot of support in Latin America to see Venezuela start to respect its people and go back to the democracy it’s supposed to be,” she told reporters. “If things don’t improve, all those options are always there,” Haley added, saying specifically that the possibility of an oil embargo remained.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported by ap.com on 10 August, 2017:

But even as the list of targeted individuals grows longer, promised economic sanctions have yet to materialize amid an outcry by the United States oil industry that a potential ban on petroleum imports from Venezuela – the third-largest supplier to the US – would hurt US jobs and drive up gas costs.

So the oil embargo suggested by Ambassador Haley is going to mess considerably with the American econony, yet she seems gung ho to do this, to achieve the Trump Administration's geopolitical objective of regime change in Caracas, and having Venezuelan oil ultimately sold only in US dollars?!?

Such a plan sounds absolutely as though it will be of no actual help to either the American or Venezuelan people; but of great help to the massive US oil companies, and the banks.

Sep 22 08:52

Haley: US Not Ruling Out Possible Oil Embargo on Venezuela

Reuters U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Thursday a range of options remained on the table, including a possible oil embargo, if Venezuela did not move to restore its democratic processes.

“There’s a lot of support in Latin America to see Venezuela start to respect its people and go back to the democracy it’s supposed to be,” she told reporters. “If things don’t improve, all those options are always there,” Haley added, saying specifically that the possibility of an oil embargo remained.

“It’s not off the table, I can tell you that”>>>

Sep 22 07:35

Venezuela’s Rebellion against the Petrodollar

Washington’s decision to tie a noose round the neck of Venezuela’s economy (presented as sanctions for notional crimes) is effectively preventing Caracas from allowing its oil to flow to allies of the U.S.A.. The knock on effect: from now on, Venezuela will export its oil to China. By doing so, Venezuela’s contracts will no longer be established in dollars but the yuan. This will soon threaten the supremacy of the US currency and, clearly, the US economy. So now, “the party that thought it had the key to the prison door, is held hostage in the cell”.

Sep 21 07:56

Brussels faces rebellion over South America trade deal that will 'devastate' EU farmers

BRUSSELS was today facing serious questions about its proposed trade deal with a group of South American countries after Irish farmers warned it would have a “devastating impact” the EU cattle industry.

Sep 20 14:51

Venezuela Bankrupt? Caracas Fails To Make Sept 15 Interest Payment

Exactly one week ago, we wrote that a "Venezuelan default is only a matter of time". We said that "while debt servicing has been a government priority, declining external liquidity and a deteriorating domestic situation (three-digit hyperinflation, shortages, and a political crisis between the government and the National Assembly) make it a daunting task. By 2020, the country must repay 30% of the external debt due to expire in the next 23 years."

Among other things we warned that "default seems inevitable in the medium term due to the prolonged period of low oil prices and increased US sanctions. President Trump's executive order of August 24, 2017, strengthened sanctions against PDVSA by prohibiting all transactions related to new debt with a maturity greater than 90 days and by forbidding Citgo from repatriating dividends in Venezuela."

Sep 18 08:58

VENEZUELA HAS OFFICIALLY ABANDONED THE PETRODOLLAR – DOES THIS MAKE WAR WITH VENEZUELA MORE LIKELY?

History has shown that when the status of the petrodollar is threatened, the U.S. is swift to take action.

And it is very interesting to note that President Trump will be meeting with Latin American leaders next week, and the main topic for discussion will be “the Venezuela crisis”…

U.S. President Donald Trump has invited three Latin American leaders to dine with him next week in New York as he seeks to address the Venezuela crisis and build bridges with the region after an acrimonious start with neighbor Mexico.

The political and economic turmoil in Venezuela, source of 10 percent of the oil consumed by the United States, will almost certainly top the agenda when he receives the center-right presidents of Peru, Colombia and Brazil at Trump Tower on Monday evening, diplomats said.
Could this latest move by Venezuela be enough to potentially spark a military conflict?

"The guys over at Zero Hedge seem to think so…

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government, practically, cannot afford to be supporting any more wars than it already has on its plate, and they can barely afford the continuing wars in Somalia; Libya; Iraq; Afghanistan; and Yemen.

I do hope and pray that the Deep State triumverate at the White House, which consists of Mc Master, Kelly, and Mattis, are not quietly suggesting to President Trump that a war against Venezuela (in retaliation for its dumping the dollar) is a war that the US military can actually win, when the US military is already pulled in a zillion directions by the existing wars from which it cannot, years on, extricate itself with anything which approximately resembles victory.

Sep 16 07:44

Miners Who Boasted About Massacring Amazon Tribe Now Under Investigation

According to Survival International, a London-based organization that advocates for indigenous rights, at least ten members of an uncontacted tribe in Brazil’s Amazon Basin were supposedly killed last month by illegal gold miners along the River Jandiatuba in western Brazil.

Brazilian authorities have started an investigation of the gold miners after they were overheard bragging about the slaughter of the members at a bar in a nearby town.

Someone recorded the bar talk and Funai, the National Indian Foundation in Brazil, filed a complaint with the prosecutor's office in the state of the Amazonas.

Sep 14 08:32

OIL RICH VENEZUELA STOPS ACCEPTING DOLLARS

Yesterday Venezuela temporarily suspended the sale of U.S. dollars through its Dicom auction system. This (and other moves) was in response to U.S. sanctions put in place by the Trump administration.

Trump claims the sanctions are there to punish the country's autocratic leaders. Maduro claims Washington's move was part of an “economic war”.

This morning The Wall Street Journal reports that the Venezuela is already telling oil traders not to accept the US currency.

Oil traders who export Venezuelan crude or import oil products into the country have begun converting their invoices to euros.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, Maduro is correct about sanctions being a component to an economic war the Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika against Venezuela, but is only one of the pieces.

And frequently, economic sanctions are a prelude to a shooting war.

One has to wonder if the next phase has American "boots on the ground" invading, to keep those huge oil reserves away from Russia.

Sep 13 08:50

Venezuelan Government Agrees to Start Talks With Opposition

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that his government agreed to start a dialogue with the country's opposition at the talks initiated by former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Zapatero and President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina.

Sep 13 08:30

Brazil's Corruption Scandals: No Winners, No End in Sight

In the latest installment of the ongoing corruption scandal in Brazil, the country's lead prosecutor Rodrigo Janot filed criminal corruption charges against former presidents Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff, and also against six lawmakers from the president's governing party, PMDB party, and is charging them with having formed a criminal organization. All are being accused, actually, of having taken up to several hundred million dollars in bribes, for the most part from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

Lawyers for the former Workers' Party president Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff are countering that the prosecution's failed to provide any concrete evidence against them. Last June, though, Lula himself was convicted of having taken smaller bribes. He is now appealing the conviction while he's also running for president again for elections that will be held late next year.

Sep 11 08:25

Is Venezuela About to Ditch the Dollar in Major Blow to US? Here’s Why It Matters

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday that Venezuela will be looking to “free” itself from the U.S. dollar next week, Reuters reports. According to the outlet, Maduro will look to use the weakest of two official foreign exchange regimes (essentially the way Venezuela will manage its currency in relation to other currencies and the foreign exchange market), along with a basket of currencies.

According to Reuters, Maduro was referring to Venezuela’s current official exchange rate, known as DICOM, in which the dollar can be exchanged for 3,345 bolivars. At the strongest official rate, one dollar buys only 10 bolivars, which may be one of the reasons why Maduro wants to opt for some of the weaker exchange rates.

Sep 09 07:14

Double trouble: Mexico is hit by tropical storm Katia, less than 24 hours after devastating 8.1 magnitude earthquake

One day after suffering from a massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake, Mexico is hit with another natural disaster as tropical storm Katia made landfall Friday evening. The US National Hurricane Center said the storm hit Tecolutla in Mexico. State Officials say that Katia is expected to produce a 'total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches over northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, and Puebla.'

Sep 09 05:06

Venezuela Is About To Ditch The Dollar In Major Blow To US: Here's Why It Matters

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday that Venezuela will be looking to “free” itself from the U.S. dollar next week, Reuters reports. According to the outlet, Maduro will look to use the weakest of two official foreign exchange regimes (essentially the way Venezuela will manage its currency in relation to other currencies and the foreign exchange market), along with a basket of currencies.

According to Reuters, Maduro was referring to Venezuela’s current official exchange rate, known as DICOM, in which the dollar can be exchanged for 3,345 bolivars. At the strongest official rate, one dollar buys only 10 bolivars, which may be one of the reasons why Maduro wants to opt for some of the weaker exchange rates.

Sep 08 12:03

The horrors of ‘the first 9/11’ are routinely overlooked

On September 11, 1973, Salvador Allende’s democratic government in Chile was ousted by United States-backed forces in one of the Cold War’s defining moments. Allende himself was killed during the coup while his presidential palace, La Moneda, was extensively bombed. Many thousands of Chileans were either murdered, “disappeared”, imprisoned, and coerced to emigrate or enter exile. Allende’s widow and family were forced to go into hiding in Mexico for many years.

Sep 02 10:36

Fitch Downgrades Venezuela’s Rating to CC, Notes Great Risk of Default

"Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating actions on Venezuela's sovereign ratings: long-term foreign and local currency IDRs downgraded to 'CC' from 'CCC'; senior unsecured debt downgraded to ‘CC’ from ‘CCC’; short-term foreign and local currency IDRs affirmed at 'C'; country ceiling downgraded to 'CC' from 'CCC,'" Fitch said in a statement.
The agency pointed out that the threat of default was caused by the new US sanctions against Venezuela.

"Venezuela's downgrade reflect Fitch's view that a default is probable given the further reduction in financing options for the Government of Venezuela following the imposition of additional sanctions on Venezuela by the US government on Aug. 25, 2017," the statement added.

The sanctions ban US citizens from or entities from a number of financial transactions with the Venezuelan government of the country’s PDVSA oil and gas company.

Aug 30 10:54

Russia Condemns US Attacks against Venezuela

The Russian Foreign Ministry condemned today the interference by the United States in the Venezuelan internal affairs, as well as the imposition of economic sanctions and threats of a military intervention in the South American country.

'We categorically reject unilateral sanctions against sovereign States. The financial pressure on Venezuela is clearly oriented to destabilizing that country and worsen its economic problems,' said spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajarova.

She also called those actions cynical, because they 'generate more tension,' she said.

Aug 29 09:36

100 police killed in Rio, on pace to be worst year in decade

Military police on Sunday buried the 100th officer to be killed in Rio de Janeiro state this year, a 39-year-old who was shot multiple times while off duty and visiting his father.

The grim milestone underscores a surge in violence in Rio, Brazil's signature city that just a year ago hosted the 2016 Summer Olympics. Authorities acknowledged in recent months that drug trafficking organizations and other criminal gangs now control large areas of the city. Thousands of soldiers have been deployed to help police, but even their presence has not slowed the bloodshed.

Aug 28 09:30

Venezuelan Collapse? Wishful Thinking? Caracas Oil Deals with Russia and China

So, Venezuela seems to have been set up to fall and become a collapsed state, after which it can be “saved” by the opposition, backed by western credit and thus, return it to its preordained status as a ‘backyard’ vegetable!

As for its OPEC partners, they are watching from the sidelines, drooling at the prospect of Venezuelan oil going off the market and triggering the, oft prayed for, spike in oil prices.

All the above assumes that Venezuela is a docile nation, population wise and government wise. That it doesn’t have the wherewithal to survive, the will power to resist or the intelligence to think outside the box – especially as it is deemed cornered, with the odds heavily stacked against it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You can't DO that!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 28 09:26

Countdown to War on Venezuela – Step II: Trump Imposes More Sanctions

The White House statement calls Maduro a “dictator” and his Presidency “illegitimate”. Both descriptions are laughable. Maduro was elected in free and fair elections. The former U.S. president Jimmy Carter called the election system in Venezuela the best in the world. The new sanctions will likely increase the support for the current government.

The White House hinted at further economic measures:

In a call to brief reporters on the measures, the [senior Trump] official said the United States has significant influence over Venezuela’s economy but does not want to wield it in an irresponsible manner that could further burden the already-struggling Venezuelan people.

Venezuela will now have some troubling times. But unless the U.S. launches an outright military attack on the country -by proxy of its neighbors, through mercenaries or by itself- the country will easily survive the unjust onslaught.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the kind of job for which President Trump would most likely sign off on the use of hired assassins, like Erik Prince's Academi.

US Troop deployment is stretched so thinly, that I would not imagine him placing US military resources there.

Aug 28 08:06

International Mediator Zapatero Says Trump's Sanctions on Venezuela "Inconvenient"

The former Spanish prime minister, Jose Luis Zapatero, said the United States' imposition of sanctions on Venezuela, as well as President Trump's talk of a possible military intervention, are “profoundly inconvenient.” In a communique, Zapatero said that progress has been taken towards a peaceful outcome in Venezuela, and the actions of the US administration “do not contribute to an intelligent and constructive solution,” TeleSUR reported. The declaration was also signed by the former presidents of the Dominican Republic and Panama, Leonel Fernandez and Martin Torrijos. Since 2015, the three former leaders have been leading international efforts to broker a dialogue between the Venezuelan government and opposition. Their text calls on the international community to back this search for an understanding between political sectors in Venezuela.

Aug 28 08:03

Maduro Invites All to World Solidarity Summit with Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro invited all countries to participate in the World Summit in Solidarity with Venezuela to be held Sept. 16-17, amid new sanctions and threats from the United States. "The whole world is invited to the day of solidarity and support with Venezuela, for peace, for sovereignty," Maduro said during a preparatory meeting with representatives from social and political organizations from various countries, TeleSUR reported. The meeting was held in the capital city of Caracas, led by Vice-President for Social Development Elias Jaua with 23 social activists from 17 nations and representatives of 22 social movements as well as Venezuelan intellectuals. Maduro was accompanied by Vice President Tareck El Aissami, a Constituent Assembly member Tania Diaz, among other leaders who met with activists and representatives of social movements. Maduro said the Bolivarian Republic will not yield to the interests of Washington.

Aug 27 16:44

Human Rights Hypocrisy - Colombia vs. Venezuela

(*Columbia Has The Cocaine
Venezuela has The Oil)

Aug 25 12:58

Trump imposes hard-hitting economic sanctions on Venezuela

The United States has imposed potentially hard-hitting economic sanctions on Venezuela, barring banks from any new financial dealings with the government or state-run oil company PDVSA.

The White House on Friday announced President Donald Trump had signed an executive order "imposing strong, new financial sanctions” on the government of Venezuela.

Aug 24 17:28

As First NAFTA Round Opens in Secrecy, Digital Rights Groups Fear Another TPP

he opening round of a series of negotiations over a proposed revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) began this week in Washington, D.C. between trade representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Already it is clear that the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has ignored our specific recommendations (to say nothing of USTR Robert Lighthizer’s personal promises) about making the negotiations more open and transparent. Once again, following the failed model of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the USTR will be keeping the negotiating texts secret, and in an actual regression from the TPP will be holding no public stakeholder events alongside the first round. This may or may not set a precedent for future rounds, that will rotate between the three countries every few weeks thereafter, with a scheduled end date of mid-2018.

Aug 24 02:06

Prosecutors plan to incriminate Brazilian President with plea deal testimony amid corruption scandal

It has been revealed by an anonymous source at Brazil's Prosecutor General's office that Lucio Funaro, an entrepreneur embroiled in a corruption scandal involving politicians allied to Brazilian President Michel Temer, has signed a plea deal that will help prosecutors level a corruption case against him. Temer's legal team did not respond to Funaro's expected revelations and whose testimony will build part a case of racketeering and obstruction of justice charges against the President in coming days. While Brazilian prosecutors find themselves amid a plethora of investigations related to the country's worst corruption scandal, Temer has avoided becoming the second Brazilian president to be removed from office in little more than a year, TeleSUR reported.

Aug 23 15:30

Indigenous people in Peru have seized Canadian oil facilities. They are demanding the government consult them before signing oil contracts.

Aug 22 08:44

VENEZUELAN ATTORNEY GENERAL TO SEEK ASYLUM IN US TO “EXPOSE THE NARCO-DICTATORSHIP”

The mystery continues regarding the whereabouts of Venezuelan Attorney General, Luisa Ortega Díaz, who fled her country after suffering threats and persecution by the regime of Nicolás Maduro. She is alleged to be applying for asylum in the United States.

Former Colombian president Andres Pastrana said Sunday, August 20, that “most assuredly” Luisa Ortega, who arrived in Bogota on Friday, will “end up in the United States.”

Pastrana said Ortega will be seeking political asylum in the United States, where, according to him, she will reveal important information about criminal activities in the Maduro regime.

“I think it is difficult for the attorney general to stay in Colombia…she is going to end up in the United States because she will be fundamental to exposing the ‘narcodictadura’ of president Maduro,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, No, No, Venezuelan Attorney General Diaz; the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America are the last places on this planet you want to go: the governmental, institutional narcocracy here will be thoroughly displeased by your presence, and your life will be very much in peril, particularly if you are talking about drug corruption's influence in politics.

Think about it: Hillary Clinton was so comfortable with the narcocracy which supported her and Bill Clinton, that she did not object to her picture being taken with convicted drug felon, Jorge Cabreras, at a White House Christmas party.

Image: Hillary Clinton next to convicted drug felon Jorge Cabreras at a White House Chirstmas Party

Here's the info about his financial relationship to the Clintons:
The Jorge Cabrera Scandal

Aug 19 10:01

Mexico a Paradise for Oligarchs: Poverty, Inequality Soar as Wealth Rises

Mexico is nothing if not a land of bewildering contrasts. Economically speaking, the country is a regional powerhouse. On the one hand, it boasts one of the richest “official” billionaires on the planet; on the other, some of the worst income inequality rates in the Western hemisphere. It places 20th on the list of countries with the most millionaires but it’s also home to the 15th largest population of poor people on the planet.

Aug 18 11:01

A Venezuelan Tanker Is Stranded Off The Louisiana Coast

A tanker loaded with 1 million barrels of Venezuelan heavy crude has been stranded for over a month off the coast of Louisiana, not because it can't sail but as a result of Venezuela's imploding economy, and its inability to obtain a bank letter of credit to deliver its expensive cargo. It's the latest sign of the financial troubles plaguing state-run oil company PDVSA in the aftermath of the latest US sanctions against the Maduro regime, and evidence that banks are slashing exposure to Venezuela across the board as the Latin American nation spirals into chaos.

As Reuters reports, following the recently imposed US sanctions, a large number of banks have closed accounts linked to officials of the OPEC member and have refused to provide correspondent bank services or trade in government bonds. The stranded tanker is one direct casualty of this escalation.

Aug 17 23:55

Venezuelan Armed Forces Fully Ready to Confront Possible US Aggression

Members of the National Armed Forces attended a news conference given by Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino. Venezuelan DM warned that the US wants to steal the country's oil reserves, after President Donald Trump threatened the Caracas government of a possible military action.

Aug 17 12:09

Trump Says “Military Option” On The Table For Venezuela; Provokes Statement From Russia

By Brandon Turbeville

The United States has finally rattled its sabers loud enough against Venezuela that it has provoked a response from Russia. After imposing yet another round of sanctions upon an already economically embattled nation following a questionable Venezuelan move to reassemble the Western-backed opposition-dominated National Assembly, the U.S. is grandstanding yet again about “democracy,” “human rights,” and all the other things America tends to ignore except when it is able to use those concepts to justify foreign wars...

Aug 17 07:46

Horror as zoo animals feared EATEN by starving Venezuelans

MISSING zoo animals are feared to have been eaten by starving Venezuelans as the country is gripped by a political and economic crisis.

Aug 16 10:22

What’s Really Happening in #Venezuela – From Someone Who Knows

The BBC is responsible for some of the most disingenuous portrayals. They’re showing violent protesters as if they’re some kind of defenders of peaceful protesters against a repressive police force, but in reality peaceful protests have been untouched by police.

What happens is that the guarimbas [violent, armed opposition groups] follow the peaceful protests and when they come near police, they insert themselves in between the two. They then push and push and push until there’s a reaction – and they have cameras and journalists on hand to record the reaction, so it looks like the police are being aggressive.

We were once filming a protest and a group of guarimbas challenged us. If we’d said we were with teleSur, at the very least they’d have beaten us and taken our equipment. But we told them we were American freelance journalists – they need Americans to film them and publicise them, so we were accepted.

Aug 16 08:35

VP Pence: US Will ‘Bring Full Measure of American Power to Bear’ on Venezuela

During his first stop on a tour of Latin America, Vice President Mike Pence told an audience in Colombia that Washington was “absolutely determined to bring the full measure of American economic and diplomatic power to bear until we see democracy restored in Venezuela.” Radio Sputnik’s Loud and Clear examined the ramifications of Pence’s tour.

"I'm not going to rule out a military option [to quell unrest in Venezuela]," said US President Donald Trump on Friday. "We have many options for Venezuela, this is our neighbor. We're all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away, and the people are suffering and dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President and Vice President, a word here, please.

Neither Maduro's government, nor its opposition, want US troops on the ground in Venezuela.

And let's face facts here, please; neither of you are that concerned with Venezuela becoming a dictatorship. The US government has been very comfortable, supporting US-centric dictators before, like the Shah of Iran, and Pinochet in Argentina.

But what is of concern to you are those huge oil reserves in Venezuela, which you don't want either Russia or China developing, and which you only want to be sold in US dollars, by a US-centric government: that is the crux of your "concern" over recent developments here, and thinking Americans understand this.

Aug 16 07:59

Bolivian top diplomat slams foreign interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs

Any external interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs in unacceptable, Bolivian Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni Mamani said following his meeting with Russian top diplomat Sergey Lavrov. "At the moment Venezuela is shaping its own democratic process so it is particularly important to maintain dialogue based on the respect for the country’s sovereignty," Huanacuni Mamani stressed. "Any foreign interference in other country’s affairs is unacceptable," he added. Huanacuni Mamani also pointed out that the West should stop meddling in the Latin America’s affairs. "This logic and ideology of colonization are inappropriate as they inflict damage on many countries," the Bolivian top diplomat said. "This is the reason why Bolivia has been searching for opportunities to build relations with Russia and other countries, as it will give us a chance to create a single world order that would benefit all," Huanacuni Mamani noted.

Aug 16 07:45

Military intervention in Venezuela crisis is unacceptable – Lavrov

“We are united in the need to overcome the existing disagreements in the country by peaceful means through a nationwide dialogue as soon as possible, without any external pressure, not to mention the unacceptability of the threats of military intervention in the internal affairs of this country,” Lavrov stated.

The minister added that most Latin American states also condemn the possibility of such actions.

Aug 15 12:16

"Attack Venezuela!?" Ron Paul Rants "Trump Can't Be Serious!"

There is something unsettling about how President Trump has surrounded himself with generals. From his defense secretary to his national security advisor to his White House chief of staff, Trump looks to senior military officers to fill key positions that have been customarily filled by civilians. He’s surrounded by generals and threatens war at the drop of a hat.

President Trump began last week by threatening “fire and fury” on North Korea. He continued through the week claiming, falsely, that Iran is violating the terms of the nuclear deal. He finally ended the week by threatening a US military attack on Venezuela.

Aug 15 11:23

Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Latin American countries oppose US meddling in Venezuela’s affairs

US Vice President Michael Pence has begun his Latin American tour to discuss the Venezuelan crisis with a visit to Columbia. He will arrive in Argentina in Tuesday and then pay a visit to Chile and Panama. However, some Latin American countries reject the idea put forward by US President Donald Trump to use military force against Venezuela, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes. Vladimir Davydov, Academic Director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute for Latin American Studies, singled out several aspects of Pence’s Latin American tour in an interview with the paper. "First of all, this is an attempt to go over from the improvisation hitherto felt in remarks made by the top officials in Washington to some degree of systematization in the work on the Latin American track," he emphasized. "Secondly, Pence will have to solve such a ‘technical’ task as translating the language of threats into the language of diplomacy.

Aug 15 11:16

US mulling new ways of toppling Venezuela’s leader, including military option: US not to leave Venezuela alone for sake of its image

Washington is exploring new options to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power, including through the use of force, expert of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS) Igor Pshenichnikov said in an interview with TASS on Tuesday. "Unfortunately, the forecasts of those analysts who did not rule out US military involvement in Venezuela are materializing," he noted. "Such tools to exert influence on President Maduro as ‘people’s protests’ and attempted coups do not bring success to the Americans. This being so, Washington is undoubtedly considering some new ways of toppling Venezuela’s president, that is, through military intervention.

Aug 15 09:46

Pence: Failed State Venezuela a Threat to US

Speaking to reporters during a visit to Colombia, Vice President Mike Pence warned that Venezuela is “collapsing into dictatorship,” and that the country becoming a “failed state” would make it a threat to the security and prosperity of the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Mike ...

Aug 14 09:55

Trump refuses to take call from Venezuela’s Maduro

President Trump rebuffed the offer of a phone call from the president of Venezuela late Friday night, after Mr. Trump warned that he is considering military options to address civil and political unrest in the South American country.
“President Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country,” the White House said.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro requested a phone call with Mr. Trump after Mr. Trump made a surprise statement late Friday that he’s considering unspecified military action to address what the administration is calling a “dictatorship.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is a really bad sign of how much the relationship between Venezuela and the US has deteriorated.

Aug 14 08:55

Venezuelan President’s Son Threatens To Take The White House With Guns If US Takes Military Action

Venezuela is a mess. There are lines to get bread and toilet tissue. There are people starving, people who have no electricity or utilities. Many in Venezuela are without basic necessities. Except for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his family, they are living a luxurious life with all they need and all they want. It has always been the case with Socialism, that the elites prosper while their people starve.

Aug 14 07:25

Pence defends Trump’s military threat against Venezuela

US President Donald Trump’s military threat against Venezuela showed his “resolve” to help the neighboring country amid a political crisis, Vice President Mike Pence says, claiming that Washington was looking for a “peaceable” solution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aug 14 07:23

CIA head says ‘Iran, Hezbollah & Russians’ involved in Venezuela, pose ‘risk’ to US

CIA Director Mike Pompeo claimed Venezuela is overrun with Iranians, Hezbollah, Cubans and Russians in response to questions about Donald Trump’s statements about US military intervention.

Pompeo appeared on Fox News Sunday where he responded to comments made by President Donald Trump on Friday, in which he said there was “a possible military option” for Venezuela.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aug 14 07:03

Venezuela’s Opposition Rejects US Intervention

The opposition coalition in Venezuela rejected "the military threat by any foreign power," days after US President Donald Trump announced that he was considering such an option against the crisis-hit South American nation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even Venezuelan opposition do not want a military invasion or military solution to Venezuela's current problems.

Aug 13 07:58

Venezuela: Trump Threat of US Military Intervention "Madness" of US Imperialism

Threat to Latin American nation "an unprecedented threat to national sovereignty," says top government official in Caracas

Aug 13 07:57

Venezuela expected to dominate Pence’s trip to Latin America

Vice-President Mike Pence’s visit Latin America comes amid unrest in Venezuela and concern by its neighbours about a possible American military role.

Pence planned to meet with Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, later Sunday at the start of a weeklong trip likely to be dominated by conversations about the crisis in Venezuela. The United States accuses Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of a power grab that has sparked deadly protests and condemnation across the region.

President Donald Trump on Friday said he would not rule out a “military option” in response to Maduro’s moves.

Aug 12 17:29

"Dear President Trump: What The F**k Business Is Venezuela Of Ours?"

Ten Questions for Trump

Are you willing to “own” the problems in Venezuela?
What does “necessary” mean?
Did US nation building in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan work?
Did not Vietnam turn out OK starting the moment we left?
Did the US intervene to stop hyperinflation in Zimbabwe? Argentina?
Are there not more repressive regimes in Africa?
What’s different about Venezuela?
By any chance is this about oil?
Other than oil, what the F business is Venezuela of ours?
Regardless of your threats and concerns, when has US nation building ever worked?

I thank you in advance for your answers.

Bonus Question

Dear Mr. President, I almost forgot: How do you propose we pay for a military solution in Venezuela?

Unless you can provide answers, I strongly suggest we do not need another quagmire, we cannot afford another quagmire, and we should stay the F* out of it.

I voted for you and would appreciate some answers.

Aug 12 08:51

UK Ships Arms Worth Millions to Venezuela, While Alleging Human Rights Abuses

It's been revealed the UK has sold military equipment worth millions to Venezuela since 2008, despite Foreign Office "concern" about human rights in the country. The exposure suggests the UK may be more than willing to sell weapons to any state willing to pay - and official concern for human rights in certain countries may not be entirely earnest.

Aug 11 07:54

Report: Hezbollah, ‘Arabic Community’ Pushes for ‘Drug Kingpin’ VP to Replace Venezuela’s Maduro

A report in an Arabic newspaper this week cites Hezbollah media outlet al-Manar and unnamed “sources in the Arabic community” as beginning a push to replace embattled dictator Nicolás Maduro with Tareck El Aissami, alleged drug lord and appointed vice president of Venezuela.

Aug 08 10:08

EU Disavows Results of Venezuelan Constituent Assembly Election

The European Union does not recognize the results of the election to the Venezuelan Constituent Assembly as it has deteriorated the situation in the crisis-torn country and escalated the internal conflicts, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said in a statement Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear EU. It's really none of your business. And it was that exact same attitude by the US regarding the Crimean Independence Referendum which has brought the EU closer to all-out war with Russia.

Aug 08 10:06

This is Why the US Avoids Messing Around With Venezuelan Oil

The United States has imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, but stopped short of punishing the Latin American country’s oil sector. In an interview with Sputnik, economist Rafael Quiroz Serrano explained why.

Venezuela is exporting 823,000 barrels of crude oil to the US a year, all of which is bought by privately-owned refineries.

Of these, 550,000 barrels go to four Venezuelan-owned refineries in Texas, Louisiana and other US states.

Aug 08 08:20

Venezuela parliament to ignore constitutional assembly

Venezuela’s opposition-controlled parliament has announced that it will not recognize any decrees issued by the country’s newly formed constitutional assembly.

Aug 06 08:59

Venezuela slammed for firing dissenting attorney general

A new assembly loyal to President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday fired the country's attorney general, Luisa Ortega, one of his most vociferous critics, triggering a firestorm of condemnation from the US and Latin American nations.

Aug 06 08:44

3,500 BRAZILIAN SOLDIERS ENTER RIO SLUMS AMID VIOLENCE SPIKE

More than 3,500 Brazilian soldiers are occupying a series of slum communities in northern Rio de Janeiro as part of efforts to combat a spike in violence.

The troops moved into the Complexo do Lins communities and neighboring Camarista Meier in the early hours of Saturday. Defense Minister Raul Jungmann told Globo TV that the troops would stay there as long as necessary.

Last week 8,500 soldiers were deployed in Rio to fight organized crime gangs, which control many of the city's slums.

Aug 06 08:06

Venezuelan authorities crush military rebellion: ruling official

Venezuelan authorities have suppressed a military rebellion near the central city of Valencia, a ruling official said on Sunday, days after President Nicolas Maduro formed a legislative superbody internationally condemned as a power grab.

Aug 05 07:38

VENEZUELA CURRENCY DISINTEGRATES: DOWN 16% TODAY

Venezuela's currency, the bolivar, is disintegrating at an incredible pace under the country's political and economic crisis that has left citizens broke, desperate and in many cases, homicidal. The depreciation accelerated this week, after a disputed vote electing an all-powerful "Constituent Assembly" filled with allies of President Nicolas Maduro, which the opposition and dozens of countries have called illegitimate.

Just two days ago, on August 2, we reported that one dollar would buy 14,100 bolivars, up from 11,280 the day before.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not going to end well for Maduro.

Coupled with US covert/overt pressure to regime change the country Shock Horror! CIA Director Admits US Trying to Overthrow Venezuelan Government, it is not a question of if the current government will be regime changed: it is only a question of when.

Aug 04 12:19

China Backs Ally Venezuela's Constituent Assembly Process

China has come out in support of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, defending the country's National Constituent Assembly election as "generally held smoothly," dismissing criticisms from the United States and its junior partners regarding alleged voting irregularities.

Aug 03 08:09

Venezuelan Community Members Explain Opposition Violence

On Saturday, March 8, Gisella Rubilar, 47, was shot dead and two other people suffered serious gunshot wounds when they were removing an opposition roadblock which prevented safe passage to their working class and poor neighbourhood of Pie del Tiro, in the Andean capital of Merida, Venezuela. You will not have heard about it in the mass media, but this incident was part of a growing trend of opposition violence against working class and poor neighbourhoods fighting back.

It was after 9 pm on Saturday, March 8. Gisella Rubilar Figueroa came out with a group of people from the working class and poor neighbourhood of Pie del Tiro to clear the road blockade in the intersection of the main Avenida Los Proceres and Lomas de los Vientos in Mérida, Venezuela.

Aug 02 12:29

Venezuela Bolivar Loses A Third Of Its Value In The Past Week

With events in Venezuela now well into the endgame, following US sanctions that named "dictator" Maduro personally and a likely subsequent sanction that will cripple Venezuela's oil industry promptly resulting in the nation's insolvency as it loses its last remaining source of revenue, things are moving fast. So fast, in fact, that according to Reuters, Venezuela's money supply surged 10% in just one week earlier this month, its largest single-week rise in a quarter of a century.

Aug 02 09:23

Venezuelan Default Fears Rise With Billions in Debt Coming Due Soon

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With Venezuela dependent on oil revenues for survival, the current US sanctions, coupled with the expected default, will destroy what is left of their economy.

Aug 02 09:21

VENEZUELAN ELECTION TURNOUT FIGURES MANIPULATED BY 1 MILLION VOTES, SAYS ELECTION COMPANY

Turnout figures in Venezuela's Constitutional Assembly election were manipulated up by least 1 million votes, Smartmatic, a company which has worked with Venezuela since 2004 on its voting system, said on Wednesday. "We know, without any doubt, that the turnout of the recent election for a National Constituent Assembly was manipulated," Smartmatic CEO Antonio Mugica said at a news briefing in London.

Aug 02 09:09

US Regime Change in Venezuela: The Truth Is Easy if You Follow the Money Trail. The Opposition is Pro-Washington, Not “Pro-Democracy”

The nation of Venezuela is currently under the control of Venezuelans who derive their support, wealth, and power from Venezuela itself – its people and its natural resource. This political order also receives aid and support from Venezuela’s economic and military partners both in the region and around the globe.

The opposition opposed to the current political order and seeking to supplant it represents foreign interests and more specifically, the United States and its European allies.

The Opposition is Pro-Washington, Not “Pro-Democracy”

As early as 2002, US-backed regime change targeting then Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, sought to violently overthrow Venezuela’s political order and replace it with one obedient to Washington. Current leaders of the opposition were not only involved in the 2002 failed coup, many are documented to have received political and financial support from the United States government ever since.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that this destabilisation is being methodically orchestrated by none other than our Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, formerly COO of ExxonMobil.

This is, again, an attempt at regime change to insure that the incoming government is Western-Centric; to insure that only Western countries are developing Venezuela's vast oil reserves; and to insure that Venezuela's oil is only sold in US dollars.

Aug 02 06:10

Venezuela: Is the West that ignorant or just plain evil?

The whole idea behind the National Constituent Assembly is to create the conditions for Venezuela to be governable, since at present the Opposition elements in the legislative bodies are blocking the country's economy, forcing it into stagnation, disrupting chains of supply to create mayhem and blame the Government of the PSUV (United Socialist Party of Venezuela). The National Constituent Assembly (NCA) is covered and provided for under the Venezuelan Constitution, whose Article 347 states "The people of Venezuela are the holders of the original constitutional power. In the exercise of this power the people can call a National Constituent Assembly with the objective of transforming the State, creating a new juridical order and drawing up a new Constitution"; Article 348 states clearly that it can be set up by the Executive or by not less than 15 per cent of the electorate. Article 349 prohibits the President and other State Bodies from blocking the deliberations of the NCA...

Aug 01 15:25

US OCCUPATION OF VENEZUELA HAS ALREADY BEGUN AND IS BEING CONDUCTED BY EXXONMOBIL

The priority of this U.S. oil company to topple Venezuela is geopolitical and geo-economic, as a fundamental pillar of a new political, economic and financial configuration of the continent (with Russia and China as alternative strategic partners), which poses a threat to the strategic advantages and the almost absolute control of the energy resources of the region that these corporations boasted throughout the 20th century. Securing that source of supply not only enabled it to carry out its arms race and military campaigns in the Middle East, but to maintain a global superpower status which is challenged today by emerging rivals.

In the demarcation reinforced by this second round of contracts in the Liza-1 and Liza-2 fields, there is an implicit interest in appropriating an energy corridor as an Exxon exclusive exploitation zone that runs from the Orinoco Oil Belt, through the Essequibo, reaching the mouth of its Atlantic front.

Aug 01 15:17

US Occupation of Venezuela Has Already Begun and Is Being Conducted by ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil awarded contracts to Guyana for infrastructure, drilling and storage with a view to extracting the huge oil and gas reserves from the so-called “Liza Project” located in maritime territory claimed by Venezuela as stipulated by the Geneva Agreement of 1966. In 2015 the first oil discovery in the area provoked a diplomatic conflict between the nations due to the activities of the oil company on the Atlantic front of the Essequibo river.

Aug 01 09:48

Reuters: "JUST IN: Venezuela opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez, Antonio Ledezma taken from their homes

Venezuela opposition leaders taken from homes, say relatives

Jul 31 13:38

U.S. SLAPS SANCTIONS ON VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT MADURO

The move comes a day after Maduro declared a sweeping victory in a vote that will allow him to further consolidate his power over the crisis torn nation. Much of the world -- and many of Venezuela's own citizens -- have called the vote an assault on democracy.

Jul 31 09:52

US Ambassador to UN Calls Venezuelan Election 'Step Toward Dictatorship'

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called the Venezuelan election to the Constituent Assembly a "step toward dictatorship" adding that the United States would not recognize the results of the vote.

Jul 31 09:03

Venezuela: Youth opposition leader killed in violent election clashes

One of the leaders of a youth opposition party in Venezuela has been killed during widespread violence that marred Sunday's (30 July) controversial election for a new constituent assembly.

President Nicolás Maduro hailed the election result, with the government claiming that more than 8 million people – or 41% of the country's electorate – voted in favour of a new assembly that can rewrite the country's constitution and override the opposition-controlled congress.

Jul 31 08:42

CAUGHT ON TAPE: EXPLOSION ROCKS CARACAS, INJURES POLICE AS VENEZUELA VOTES

With opposition parties boycotting what they call a rigged election, Reuters reports the streets of Caracas were deserted on Sunday as a minority of Venezuelans trickled to the polls to elect a constitutional super-body that unpopular leftist President Maduro vowed would begin a new era of combat in the crisis-stricken nation. That is good news as, following the death of two people yesterday, shortly after a large group of motorbikes sped through the city, and explosion hit, reportedly injuring a number of police officers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The end game will not go well for Maduro.

I am reasonably certain that there are US-sponsored assassination teams, tracking his every move, and the moment they have a clear shot...the man is probably going to get killed.

The question is, not if... but when, and who does the US government have in the wings to replace him?!?

Jul 31 07:58

Peru Refuses to Recognize Results of Venezuela's Constituent Assembly Election

The Peruvian government will not recognize the results of the ongoing Constituent Assembly election in Venezuela, Peru's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

Jul 30 15:56

Candidate in Venezuela shot dead ahead of election

The death of a candidate in Venezuela’s highly-contested elections taking place on Sunday is being investigated after a group of assailants entered his home and fired several shots, a local prosecutor has said, according to the Venezuelan Public Ministry.

Jul 30 08:24

Venezuela to Investigate Food Giant Kraft Heinz for 'Sabotage'

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday officials will investigate whether the directors of U.S. food company Kraft Heinz are deliberately “sabotaging” the country’s economy.

“Tomorrow they are going first thing, and they will look into what’s happening at the Heinz company and if the directors are sabotaging (the economy),” Maduro said on his weekly television program, according to the EFE news agency.

The order came after three Heinz employees reportedly claimed the company’s factories are capable of operating at full capacity to meet the country’s shortage of certain food items—but that the owners do not want that to happen.

Jul 28 06:00

US Urges its Citizens to Leave Venezuela as Maduro Urges Opposition to Start a Dialogue

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has urged the Venezuelan opposition to abandon its path of rebellion, as he put it, and begin a dialogue that would eventually allow for a national agreement being reached. Maduro’s words come in the wake of the upcoming vote on the new Constitutional Assembly, scheduled to take place on July 30th. Meanwhile, the US Department of State has called on the US diplomats and their family members to start leaving Venezuela, in addition to warning the American citizens not to go there...

Jul 28 05:48

Venezuela's Constituent Assembly, Economic and Media Warfare

American analyst Whitney Webb speaks in the following interview on the Constituent Assembly to be voted in Venezuela on July 30th, a Caracas initiative to face the economic war provoked by the axis Miami-Mexico City-Bogotá-Madrid, and the increasing violence caused by the opposition to generate chaos in the caribbean country. Mint Press' American journalist also analyzes the US economic boycott and media war against Venezuela: all this, according to Whitney, similar to those which hit Latin America in the past to overthrow progressive governments, architected and financed exactly by the CIA. Today in Venezuela, as well as all over the world in order to produce the most recent Washington way to apply coups d'état: the so-called Color Revolution.
Edu Montesanti: What is the importance of the upcoming Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly? The opposition claims it is undemocratic: how do you respond to it?..

Jul 28 05:43

Countdown To War On Venezuela

On Sunday Venezuela will hold an general election of participants of a constitutional assembly. Half of the representatives will be elected from regular electoral districts. The other half will be elected from and by eight special constituencies like "workers", "farmers", "employers", etc. The second part may be unusual but is no less democratic than the U.S. system which gives voters in rural states more weight than city dwellers.

Jul 27 10:13

High noon in Venezuela with strike then vote

Venezuela is hurtling toward a high-stakes political confrontation this week pitting an increasingly isolated President Nicolas Maduro against an opposition scenting blood.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the opposition is staging its second nationwide strike in a week, then another mass protest on Friday, upping the pressure on the leftist leader.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Recall that the head of the CIA has admitted the US is running a regime change operation in Venezuela!

Jul 27 10:06

Venezuelans Stockpile Food and Water Ahead of Maduro Power Grab

Venezuelans are stockpiling scarce food and water as tensions mount ahead of a widely criticized Sunday vote that President Nicolas Maduro has called to elect an assembly of supporters to rewrite the constitution and strengthen his grip on power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the obvious "Maduro is evil" slant here.

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