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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.

Jul 26 13:29

What Trump's Venezuela Sanctions Will Do To Oil Prices: Barclays Explains

As discussed over the weekend, the endgame in Venezuela is accelerating and it is now only a matter of time before the Maduro regime exits, stage left, the only question is whether he does so peacefully or with the sound of gunfire in the background. And, as we also noted last week, the collapse of the Maduro regime, will "one way or another, send oil prices up."

But while a regime change will certainly lead to violent swings in oil prices (mostly higher), even less volatile events could have a significant impact on the price of crude. According to an overnight report by Barclays' Warren Russell, "even limited new US-imposed sanctions or discussion of broader sanctions could be a catalyst for Venezuela defaulting on its upcoming debt payments, which would put upward pressure on oil prices and help tighten light-heavy spreads."

Jul 26 10:52

Is Venezuela In Danger Of Becoming Another Syria?

You may recall this bizarre incident that occurred last month in Venezuela. A rogue police officer by the name of Oscar Perez, who is also well known in Venezuela for starring in several B-rated action movies, commandeered a helicopter, before dropping grenades on the nation’s Supreme Court building and strafing the Interior Ministry with gunfire. It was without a doubt, the strangest moment to come out of that nation’s ongoing civil unrest.

But this brazen attack isn’t just odd. In fact, it may portend something much more serious that is simmering under the surface of Venezuela’s slow motion social collapse.

Jul 26 10:10

Shock Horror! CIA Director Admits US Trying to Overthrow Venezuelan Government

US Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo has admitted the US is working to change the elected government of Venezuela, and collaborating with Colombia and Mexico to do so. While it's the first public acknowledgement of US meddling in the embattled country, Latin American political analysts likely won’t be surprized.

Jul 25 12:43

Battle Lines Are Being Drawn In Venezuela As The Socialist Nation Inches Toward Civil War - Mac Slavo

You may recall this bizarre incident that occurred last month in Venezuela. A rogue police officer by the name of Oscar Perez, who is also well known in Venezuela for starring in several B-rated action movies, commandeered a helicopter, before dropping grenades on the nation’s Supreme Court building and strafing the Interior Ministry with gunfire. It was without a doubt, the strangest moment to come out of that nation’s ongoing civil unrest.

But this brazen attack isn’t just odd. In fact, it may portend something much more serious that is simmering under the surface of Venezuela’s slow motion social collapse. It’s a sign that Venezuela is very close to erupting into a full-blown civil war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has got to be a particularly terrifying situation for Venezuelan families with kids, who can barely feed them at this point.

Jul 25 11:42

"We Are Tired Of Being Killed" Venezuelan Opposition Vows Violent Response To Maduro Power Grab

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has made it clear: Nothing short of the invasion threatened by President Donald Trump will stop him from holding a vote on a new constituent assembly that will officially replace the country’s legislature and likely allow the embattled president to rewrite the country’s Constitution, cementing his grip on power.

According to Bloomberg, Maduro has said the vote will be held next week in defiance of threats of US sanctions, and calls by his opponents for a two-day general strike. If approved, the new assembly will replace the country’s previous opposition-controlled assembly, which was annulled by the Maduro-controlled Supreme Court in March.

Once approved, it’s widely believed that Maduro will stock the assembly with political allies who will enable the re-drafting of the country’s constitution, allowing Maduro to consolidate power and officially marginalize anyone who opposes his regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the Venezuelan economy collapses, there is utterly nothing Maduro can do, except gather what personal funds and belongings he has, and run like hell out of the country.

The Venezuelan people know their history; they understand how a true democracy works; and ultimately will do their best to bring democracy back to Venezuela.

I seriously doubt that the Venezuelan people see a future where Maduro is still the President.

Jul 25 09:42

Regime Change In Latin America: A Short Documentary

Jul 24 09:46

Violence Flares In Venezuela As Opposition Calls For New Strike - Mac Slavo

Venezuela’s socialist government opposition called for a two-day national strike against President Nicolas Maduro after another day of violent clashes on Saturday where the injured included a violinist famous for his musical protests.

Wuilly Arteaga, the 23-year-old has become famous for playing the national anthem on his violin in front of security lines as battles rage around him, has been injured in the fight for freedom against Venezuela’s socialist regime. Paramedics attended Arteaga in the street as blood poured down his face. He later tweeted a video from the hospital with a bandaged face and clutching his violin. “Neither rubber bullets nor pellets will stop our fight,” said Arteaga. “Tomorrow I will be back in the streets.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question now is, not if Maduro and his government fall, but when.

I am quite certain that the US government has its very own "regime change" candidate already in the wings, waiting... for their opportunity to be "installed/anointed" as the next President of Venezuela.

Jul 24 09:32

Venezuela Will Be The First Sovereign Oil Producer To See An "All-Out Collapse"

Venezuela’s anti-government protests are growing increasingly violent, with the death toll from clashes between protesters and government forces that began in May topping 100. Despite the country’s increasing political instability, and US President Donald Trump’s half-serious threats of an invasion, President Nicolas Maduro has decided to press ahead with his vote to create a rubberstamp constituent assembly that will allow him to amend the country’s constitution.

With the country’s finances looking ever more precarious, Bloomberg warns that that this decision could bring about the first collapse of a sovereign oil producer. Venezuela has the largest natural oil reserves of any country on Earth, yet the decline in oil prices that began in 2014, coupled with years of economic mismanagement, have been enough to bring the country’s economy to its knees.

Jul 24 09:29

Violence Flares In Venezuela As Opposition Calls For New Strike

Venezuela’s socialist government opposition called for a two-day national strike against President Nicolas Maduro after another day of violent clashes on Saturday where the injured included a violinist famous for his musical protests.

Wuilly Arteaga, the 23-year-old has become famous for playing the national anthem on his violin in front of security lines as battles rage around him, has been injured in the fight for freedom against Venezuela’s socialist regime. Paramedics attended Arteaga in the street as blood poured down his face. He later tweeted a video from the hospital with a bandaged face and clutching his violin. “Neither rubber bullets nor pellets will stop our fight,” said Arteaga. “Tomorrow I will be back in the streets.”

Jul 24 09:04

Morales Declares 'Total Independence' from World Bank and IMF

Bolivia's President Evo Morales has been highlighting his government's independence from international money lending organizations and their detrimental impact the nation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bolivia just made the Special High Interest Targets list!

Jul 24 07:17

VENEZUELA WILL BE THE FIRST SOVEREIGN OIL PRODUCER TO SEE AN "ALL-OUT COLLAPSE"

Venezuela’s anti-government protests are growing increasingly violent, with the death toll from clashes between protesters and government forces that began in May topping 100. Despite the country’s increasing political instability, and US President Donald Trump’s half-serious threats of an invasion, President Nicolas Maduro has decided to press ahead with his vote to create a rubber stamp constituent assembly that will allow him to amend the country’s constitution.

With the country’s finances looking ever more precarious, Bloomberg warns that that this decision could bring about the first collapse of a sovereign oil producer. Venezuela has the largest natural oil reserves of any country on Earth, yet the decline in oil prices that began in 2014, coupled with years of economic mismanagement, have been enough to bring the country’s economy to its knees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I seriously doubt that the status quo ante will last until Christmas; I would bet, however, that the US government has a ready-made "regime change" in place when Maduro falls, which will put that country into the slave chains of the most painful financial austerity possible.

Jul 22 13:18

Mexican Drug War: 2,234 murders in June, the country's deadliest month in at least 20 years

Drug war bloodshed in Mexico has spiked to record levels, with more homicides recorded in June than in any month in at least two decades. Prosecutors opened 2,234 homicide investigations last month, according to government statistics released Friday. That’s an increase of 40% over June of last year and 80% over June of 2014.

Jul 22 08:45

Venezuela: Protesters and security forces face-off in east Caracas

Jul 21 09:34

U.S. May Halt Oil Imports From Venezuela

The Trump administration is mulling over sanctions against senior Venezuelan government officials, and additional measures could include sanctions against the country’s oil industry, such as halting imports into the U.S., according to senior Washington officials who spoke to media.

Jul 20 11:29

Brazilian court seizes ex-president Lula's assets

A Brazilian judge has ordered assets of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to be frozen and sold.

Judge Sergio Moro put the value of the assets of Lula, as he is widely known, at $4.3 million, according to court papers released Wednesday.

Lula's assets include three apartments, a plot of land, two vehicles and two bank accounts with more than the equivalent of $190,000.

Jul 19 09:11

Venezuela vows to continue with new congress despite US threats

The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has vowed to go ahead with its plans for a new congress despite the US’ "brutal interventionist" threats of economic sanctions.

Jul 18 09:50

Trump threatens sanctions if Venezuela creates Constituent Assembly

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Monday to take "strong and swift economic actions" if Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro goes ahead with plans to create a super-legislature known as a Constituent Assembly in a July 30 vote.

"Yesterday, the Venezuelan people again made clear that they stand for democracy, freedom and rule of law. Yet their strong and courageous actions continue to be ignored by a bad leader who dreams of becoming a dictator," Trump said in a statement issued by the White House.

"The United States will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles. If the Maduro regime imposes its Constituent Assembly on July 30, the United States will take strong and swift economic actions," Trump said.

Maduro's foes are demanding a presidential election and want to stop the leftist leader's plan to create the Constituent Assembly, which would have the power to rewrite the constitution and annul the opposition-led legislature.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word please; sanctions are not going to hurt the well-connected, one percenters of Venezuela.

Ordinary Venezuelan citizens have been documented as in such severe hunger, that they are eating protected flamingos, anteaters, dogs, cats, donkeys, and goats; and that was back in February of this year.

Hungry Venezuelans killing flamingos and anteaters for food, biologists say

IF these sanctions hasten the end of the Maduro government, which I believe is your design intent, I want to see the US come up with, and deliver, some massive food and medical aid for these people after the fall of the current regime.

There needs to be some practical compassion here, Mr. President: please consider this as part of your plan to aid, and stabilise, the incoming government.

Jul 18 09:16

"ZERO DAY" FOR VIOLENT REGIME CHANGE IN VENEZUELA

The U.S. supports the right-wing opposition in Venezuela against the socialist government of President Maduro.

Since April the opposition tries to dislodge the government by instigating a regime change by force. Its protests and street fights with the police are led by violent, militarized gangs:

Venezuela’s ongoing street protests are increasingly looking like outright warfare. As security forces shoot rubber bullets, tear-gas canisters and sometimes live rounds at the churning crowds, increasingly restive mobs are responding with lethal slingshots, homemade mortars and Molotov cocktails.
This week, seven National Guard members were injured in Caracas when a roadside bomb exploded as they drove by on motorcycles.

Leading the opposition shock-troops are loose-knit groups of young men and women that have names like The Templars, The Warriors and The Arcadias. Collectively, they’re known as the Chamos de la Resistencia or, roughly, the Youth Resistance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like a US-enabled "regime change" is in the works for Venezuela, but do not expect anything to get better for the Venezuelan people, once this has been accomplished.

Look for what has happened in all the countries the US has regime changed; past is prologue to the future.

You will see crushing government austerity, to grind the people of Venezuela even further down economically than they already are; the establishment of a Private Central Bank, loaning money at usurious rates, accompanied by brutal repressions of rights and liberties by a dictatorship which will suppress any criticism whatsoever of its actions.

Capital, and some of Venezuela's best and brightest, have already fled the country. Whatever government seizes power has got to, somehow, bring both back, if this country is not going to exist as a failed state, which may well be Venezuela's future, no matter who holds power here.

Jul 13 08:21

Venezuela’s Currency Is So Devalued that Cops Are Demanding Bribes in Colombian Pesos

The cataclysmic devaluation of the bolivar in Venezuela and the brutal repression in the South American country now go hand in hand; state security agencies are increasingly demanding bribes in relatively strong Colombian pesos to release unjustly detained protesters.

Jul 13 07:31

Brazil's former socialist President is sentenced to 10 years for accepting bribe of $1.1million and a beach house

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been found guilty of corruption and money laundering and sentenced to almost 10 years in prison.

Silva, who ran Brazil from 2003 until 2010 and is still known affectionately as Lula, was handed nine and a half years for accepting a bribe of a luxury seaside apartment and $1.1 million.

The decision was expected but still shocked many in the country as Silva left office with soaring popularity ratings having lifted millions of Brazilians out of poverty.

Jul 12 09:09

Meanwhile In Venezuela, The Real Mad Max Emerges

While Silicon Valley seems obsessed by 'blood boys', its another part of the world that appears to have gone full Mad Max. As the following clip shows a gang of bikers chase down and attack a truck (with molotov cocktails) to steal its sugar payload...

Jul 06 11:03

Must watch: Rare on-the-ground reporting on violent (US backed) right-wing opposition in Venezuela

Rare on-the-ground reporting on violent (US backed) right-wing opposition in Venezuela

Jul 06 08:08

MADURO THUGS STORM VENEZUELA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, BEAT OPPOSITION LAWMAKERS, DEFAULT RISK JUMPS

Venezuela celebrated 206 years of independence in a manner uniquely befitting Latin America’s socialist paradise: A gang of armed Maduro supporters broke into the National Assembly and viciously assaulted opposition lawmakers, nearly killing one.

Pipe-wielding government supporters burst into Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress on Wednesday, witnesses said, attacking and besieging lawmakers in the latest flare-up of violence during a political crisis.

The melee, which injured seven opposition politicians, was another worrying flashpoint in a traumatic last three months for the South American OPEC nation, shaken by opposition protests against socialist President Nicolas Maduro.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know what the Vegas odds are of Maduro staying in power much longer, but I would not probably rate them as being excellent, right now.

Of course, that being said, I am quite certain that both the Trump Administration and the Deep State of the Unhinged Surveilled State of America, have their very own "government in a box", ready to spring on Venezuela when the time is right.

And the "price" the Venezuelan people will be expected to pay, for having supported a socialist government for so long, is more austerity; more hunger; and far less freedoms.

Jul 03 10:45

Planting “Regime Change” in Venezuela

The myth of human rights playing a decisive role in the diplomacy of the United States is an important façade to be broken before touching the current political crisis in Venezuela. A noble crusade for democracy and promotion of human rights are applied by the State Department only in times when these enlightening qualities serve the interests of Washington.

Thus, the regime change is conveyed to the public as liberal intervention, while the predominantly authoritarian outcomes of such liberal interventions are rarely discussed in the corporate press. This goes without plunging deep into describing the Western protectionism of the most repressive regimes in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Afghanistan, Egypt and Turkmenistan.

With such resume of hypocrisy, human rights and democracy were used to formally glorify the overthrow of Ukrainian government in 2014, replacing one corrupt regime with a right-wing, marionette and fascist-leaning oligarchy.

Jul 03 09:23

Venezuelan Opposition Largely Responsible for the Rising Death Toll and Violence in Venezuela

Lucas Koerner of Venezuelanalysis.com says the death toll and violence are on the rise but according to the Attorney General's reports more of these deaths are being instigated and attributed to opposition supporters

Jul 03 06:22

VENEZUELA'S UNBELIEVABLE CURRENCY COLLAPSE IS GETTING WORSE

Violent protests are growing, the economy is spiraling further out of control and Venezuelans are suffering through shortages of food and medicine. And the bolivar, already worth next to nothing, keeps losing value.

At the beginning of the year, it took about 3,000 bolivars to buy one U.S. dollar. By Wednesday, it took almost 8,000. That's according to dolartoday.com, which tracks the unofficial exchange rate used by most Venezuelans because official rates are considered overvalued.

"I'd describe it as the result of a government that prints money like it's confetti," says Raul Gallegos, senior analyst at Control Risks, an international consulting firm. "The government has simply employed the wrong policies to stay in power."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We cannot forget, and this is an issue which CNN conveniently ignores, the power of US sanctions on Venezuela, and the chilling effects they have had.

US government extends sanctions on Venezuela,
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Obama Extends Executive Order Targeting Venezuela for Second Time

Obama Signs Venezuela Sanctions Extension

US sanctions Venezuela's Vice President

I am quite certain that certain elements in the US government are plotting "regime change" in Caracas as I type this; it is only a matter of time, at this point, before Maduro is forced to leave office, one way or the other.

Jun 29 09:34

Venezuela's shield-bearing protesters inspired by Ukraine

Drawing inspiration from Ukraine's 2013-14 revolt, Venezuela's young protesters are donning Viking-like shields in battles with security forces and eagerly watching a film on the Kiev uprising.

Foes of Venezuelan socialist President Nicolas Maduro are holding public showings of Netflix's "Winter on Fire" documentary about the three-month standoff in Ukraine that led to 100 deaths and the exit of then-president Viktor Yanukovich.

In Venezuela's anti-government unrest, where 80 people have died since April, youths bear colourfully decorated homemade shields akin to those used in Kiev's Maidan Square.

Jun 28 09:48

Venezuela crisis: Helicopter launches attack on Supreme Court

A helicopter has attacked Venezuela's Supreme Court in what President Nicolás Maduro called a "terrorist" incident.

Four grenades were dropped on the court and 15 shots fired at the interior ministry on Tuesday, officials said.

Rogue policeman Oscar Pérez said he had piloted the stolen helicopter to attack what he called a "criminal government". His whereabouts are unknown.

Venezuela is in the midst of a political and economic crisis that has sparked mass protests.

Jun 28 09:47

Washington's UN envoy urges action on Venezuela crisis

US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Thursday called for international action to address the crisis in Venezuela, after a US-backed proposal for regional mediation failed to win support at the Organization of American States.

Jun 28 07:33

The Latest: Venezuela minister says chopper fired 15 shots

The Latest on a helicopter attack on Venezuela's Supreme Court. (all times local):

11:40 p.m.

Venezuelan Information Minister Ernesto Villegas says that a stolen helicopter fired 15 shots against the Interior Ministry as a reception was taking place for 80 people. It then flew a short distance to the pro-government Supreme Court and launched what he said were four Israeli-made grenades of "Colombian origin," two of them against national guardsmen protecting the building.

Authorities said there were no injuries from Tuesday's attack and that the area was still being surveyed for damages. Villegas said security forces were being deployed to apprehend Perez, who the government of President Nicolas Maduro accused of working under the instructions of the CIA and the U.S. Embassy in Caracas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would not doubt, for one moment, that elements of the CIA are working feverishly to topple Maduro.

Were I he right now, I would be doing a lot of due dilligence on what countries do not have extradition treaty with both Venezuela and the United States.

Jun 27 09:30

Brazilian President Temer Officially Charged With Corruption

Just over a month after O Globo newspaper first brought the world's attention to the fact that Brazil's President Michel Temer was 'allegedly' involved in "hush money" payments, then vehemently denied by him; and just a week after the police confirmed it had evidence that Temer received bribes, O Globo, reports citing court documents, that President Michel Temer was formally charged with corruption by Prosecutor-General Rodrigo Janot.

Jun 26 15:53

Driver plows through 100s of people at ‘Go Skate Day’ event in Brazil (VIDEOS)

A driver indiscriminately rammed through crowds of skateboarders who packed the city streets on Sunday at an event in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
"Lots of people were running, some guys tried to smash the car, of course. But a lot of people just ran trying to protect themselves while the guy zigzagged trying to hit the crowd," eyewitness Ezequiel Magalhães told El Globo.

Jun 26 11:05

Shock Footage: Protester Shot Dead On Live TV During Venezuelan Riots: Mac Slavo

We’ve repeatedly warned our readers that a collapse of life as we know it in America would quickly devolve into violence, looting and outright anarchy. As the economic landscape in America deteriorates it is likely only a matter of time before millions of starving Americans make their way to the streets in protest. When that happens they’ll be met with a heavily armed response. It’ll start with tear gas and rubber bullets, but that won’t be enough to stave off the starving and hopeless masses, so we can fully expect real bullets to start flying in short order.

To see a real-world example of this one need only turn their attention to Venezuela, where the collapse of their currency has led to hyperinflation to the point that supplies of bare essentials like flour, meat, medicine and toilet paper are unavailable to the general population. The situation has been playing out for several years and it appears to be coming to a head.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Warning: very graphic video, and not for the faint of heart.

That being said, as we have cautioned our readers many, many times: please don't panic: plan. And if you haven't started to prep by now, now is the time to start!!

This needs to translate into: extra storable food; potable water; and extra medications for yourselves and your pets.

You need to find a way to defend your cache with which you are emotionally comfortable.

Figure out what goods and services you can barter.

Create community with those around you who you trust.

Make sure you have a bug out plan, if the excrement hits the ventilator, and find out what your child's school's policy is on releasing your child early from school, and have a plan to reunite with family and friends, should you get separated, should something big hit. Plan your work on this, then work your plan.

Jun 21 08:29

"Brazil Now Facing A Major Crisis": Police Says It Has Evidence President Temer Received Bribes

Almost exactly one month after Brazil's stock market crashed, and the Real plunged after the country's never-ending political drama made a triumphal return following accusations that president Michel Temer had encouraged a "hush money" bribe to former House Speaker Eduardo Cunha in return for not getting dragged into the Carwash scandal, on Tuesday afternoon, Brazil’s federal police force said it has found evidence that the embattled president received bribes to help businesses, Brazil's O Globo reported.

Jun 21 08:06

'Ongoing and Loathful': Bolivia Condemns Israeli Settlements

Bolivia warned the international community not to turn its back on Palestine.

Bolivia delivered a scathing condemnation of Israel's continued occupation of Palestine,

Jun 20 16:07

Argentina (!) Sells 100-Year Dollar-Denominated Junk Bonds

Yield-desperate investors stop before nothing. What have central banks wrought?

Jun 20 09:25

Xi: BRICS cooperation will usher in new 'golden decade'

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that BRICS cooperation would be more productive and usher in a new "golden decade."

Xi made the remarks when meeting with the heads of delegations from Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa, who are in Beijing to attend the BRICS foreign ministers' meeting.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi chaired the meeting, which also included Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and India's Minister of State for External Affairs Vijay Kumar Singh.

Xi extended congratulations on the success of the meeting and thanked other BRICS members for their support.

He said that BRICS countries faced the common task of safeguarding domestic stability and development, creating a favorable international environment and working to make the international order more just and equitable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BRICS is a brilliant concept, and should benefit all members quite nicely, both economically and socially.

Jun 19 10:25

“Transgenic Corruption” and GM Crops in Argentina

GM crops in Argentina are approved by people from the same companies that produce and market them, a new investigation by the journalist Dario Aranda reveals.

The agency in which these people are collected is called the National Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology (Conabia). According to Aranda, it is composed of representatives of Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, Indear/Bioceres, Pioneer/DuPont, Don Mario, ASA (Seed Companies’ Association), Aapresid (Association of No-Till Producers – farmers who grow GM crops and use herbicide applications to control weeds), Argenbio and INTA (National Institute of Agricultural Technology). Out of 34 members, 26 belong to the same companies that produce seeds or are scientists with conflicts of interest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How very much the way things go in this industry in the Unhinged Surveilled States of America!!

Jun 19 08:24

Empire Files: Venezuela Economy Minister—Sabotage, Not Socialism, is the Problem

Jun 18 09:53

Venezuela's 'Goldman Bounce' In Reserves Is Gone

As Bloomberg notes, the country’s cash hoard has fallen $326 million this week to $10.2 billion, near the 15-year low reached last month before the windfall.

Investors follow the level intently, trying to gauge how much time Venezuela has left before its dollar shortage results in a default.

Jun 14 08:41

What The Hell Is Happening In Venezuela?

By Brandon Turbeville

As Venezuela continues to burn, Western media outlets are also aflame with reports of the brutal crackdown on protesters, the oppression by the Venezuelan government, and the dire straits of the Venezuelan economy. According to these outlets, the reason Venezuela is in the condition it finds itself in today is simple – a refusal to embrace “Western” democracy and free trade neoliberalism as well as the inherent corruption of oppressive rulers like Chavez and now Maduro.

Unfortunately, many alternative media outlets are aflame with much the same rhetoric, glorifying the “democracy” protesters and the Venezuelan “opposition” while similarly blaming the oppressive Venezuelan government and socialism for the country’s ills...

Jun 13 10:33

LITHIUM BOOM 2.0 – THE WORLD’S HOTTEST COMMODITY JUST GOT HOTTER

Lithium is the hottest commodity on the planet right now, and investors trying to profit from it don’t understand how to invest in it.

MOST ARE MAKING A CRITICAL MISTAKE and investing in the wrong companies.

That’s because, in this game, lithium GRADE is the key to profitability.

Why? First, lithium...

Lithium is the most important component of electric vehicles, high-energy batteries, power storage, a vast menu of consumer electronics—and even Nirvana-reaching drugs.

Even today’s hyper-growth EV industry is just the tip of the iceberg compared with where it's headed to. Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that 35% of all new vehicle sales by 2040 will be EVs, equivalent to 100 million units every year.

Tesla’s “halo effect” will make astute investors lifetime riches because that's 100 times greater than current production.

Jun 01 13:56

When Does Buying Gov’t Bonds Support Corrupt Governments?

The president of Venezuela’s opposition-run Congress led by Julio Borges came out and accused Goldman Sachs of “aiding and abetting the country’s dictatorial regime” after a report that Goldman had bought $2.8 billion in bonds from the cash-strapped country at 31 cents on the dollar. They paid $865 million.

Jun 01 10:36

Venezuela devalues currency in crisis dollar sale

Crisis-hit Venezuela devalued its currency by 64 percent in a dollar auction that aimed to stabilize its foreign exchange market, officials said Wednesday.

Under an overhauled official exchange system, the government let investors bid for the dollars at a new higher rate in what President Nicolas Maduro said was an effort to undermine the black market.

It was the latest in a series of moves to ease a crisis in a country stricken by soaring inflation and shortages of food and medicine.

Jun 01 07:26

CIA ASSET TURNED AMERICAN ENEMY, MANUEL NORIEGA, DEAD AT 83

News reports on the recent death of dictator Manuel Noriega have largely ignored the U.S.’ invasion of his country after he ceased to be “useful.” The 1989 invasion resulted in countless civilian deaths and helped cement the U.S.’ reputation as an oppressive force in Latin America.

May 26 10:06

Venezuela Opposition Goes Extreme on Eve of Maduro’s Constituent Assembly

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced that elections to the Constituent Assembly will take place in July. In the meantime, the country’s opposition is becoming more and more violent, denying each and every initiative presented by the contested president.

May 26 09:49

And the best performing stock market in the world is...

Pop quiz: What country has the world’s best performing stock market?

It’s not the United States. Or Canada. Or China.

May 26 08:09

Destruction and Deforestation of the Peruvian Amazon, Threats to Community Leaders

After over a year of deliberation and an independent satellite analysis commissioned by the RSPO, the Complaints Panel concurred with the complaint filed in December 2015 by the Shipibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya that PdP had deforested over 5000 hectares of forests, including primary forests.

In so doing, it had failed to comply with RSPO’s restrictions on the conversion of primary forests to plantations, measures to address risks to forests considered of High Conservation Value (HCV) and requirements to disclose all information about planting and conversion plans to the RSPO and affected communities.

May 25 13:53

Groundbreaking discovery of early human life in ancient Peru

A-tisket, A-tasket. You can tell a lot from a basket. Especially if it comes from the ruins of an ancient civilization inhabited by humans nearly 15,000 years ago during the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene ages.

An archeologist from Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is among a team of scientists who made a groundbreaking discovery in Huaca Prieta in coastal Peru—home to one of the earliest and largest pyramids in South America. Hundreds of thousands of artifacts, including intricate and elaborate hand-woven baskets excavated between 2007 and 2013 in Huaca Prieta, reveal that early humans in that region were a lot more advanced than originally thought and had very complex social networks.

May 25 11:42

Brazil's Temer Deploys Army as Protesters Battle Police

- Protesters demanding the resignation of Brazilian President Michel Temer staged running battles with police and set fire to a ministry building in Brasilia on Wednesday, prompting the scandal-hit leader to order the army onto the streets.

Police unleashed volleys of tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets to halt tens of thousands of protesters as they marched towards Congress to call for Temer's ouster and an end to his austerity program.

Masked protesters fired powerful fireworks at police, set ablaze furniture in the Agriculture Ministry, and sprayed anti-Temer graffiti on government buildings.

It was the most violent protest in Brasilia since anti-government demonstrations in 2013 and fueled a political crisis sparked by allegations Temer condoned paying off a potential witness in a massive corruption probe.

The scandal has raised chances Brazil could see a second president fall in less than a year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't see this ending well for President Temer, particularly if he has called out the Brazilian Army against the demonstrators.

I hope and pray that there can be a peaceful resolution of these issues, with Temer making the choice to step down, but I don't see this coming.

The big question here is, how long is the Army going to stay loyal to the existing government?!?

May 25 10:15

On the edge of anarchy, Venezuela has 5,000 shoulder-mounted missiles

Venezuela, a country increasingly on the precipice of anarchy, has a cache of 5,000 Russian-made surface to air missiles — a fact that has U.S. officials concerned.

The South American country acquired most of the stockpile of SA-24 Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS) missiles during the reign of late President Hugo Chavez, according to documents reviewed by Reuters.

The missiles are fired from shoulder-mounted launchers by one person, and can be used to shoot down commercial and military aircraft. More than 40 civilian aircraft have been hit by MANPADS since the 1970’s, according to the Small Arms Survey, leading to at least 28 crashes and 800 deaths.

The weapons are popular with insurgent groups because of their portability, effectiveness, and ease of operation. More than 84 non-state groups are believed to have the missiles, or similar light-weight systems.

May 24 15:28

Brazil Deploys Troops To Protect Government Buildings As Protesters Set Ministries On Fire

Physical confrontation erupts in Brazil's Congress between Temer's supporters & opponents after he deploys the military against protesters.

May 22 11:18

Trump and “Regime Change”: ‘We Will Do Whatever is Necessary’ to ‘Fix’ Venezuela

US President Donald Trump said Thursday he would work with Colombia to “fix” Venezuela, as he slapped Caracas with new sanctions.

The sanctions targeted Venezuela’s chief judge and seven other members of Venezuela’s Supreme Court (TSJ). The sanctions were in retaliation to a controversial TSJ ruling that effectively granted the court with the power to pass legislation without parliamentary approval. The ruling was quickly reversed, but kicked off a wave of opposition violence that has so far left 54 people dead.

The announcement of the new sanctions came after Trump held a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. During the conference, the US leader claimed the world hasn’t seen any political crisis as bad as Venezuela’s in “decades”.

“People don’t have enough to eat. There’s great violence. We will do whatever is necessary … to help with fixing that,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word please:

The people in Yemen are starving, courtesy of the US/Saudi blockade of Yemen's ports.

Images:
Yemeni children starving to death, due to US/Saudi port blockades

Yemeni children are being assassinated and maimed for life daily, courtesy of US-enabled Saudi air attacks on civilians.
Images: Yemeni children killed and mailed for life by Saudi airstrikes

So, Mr. President, before you go about regime-changing here, please take a good hard look at the bitter fruit the Saudis have created in their attempt to regime change Yemen.

And as long as these atrocities on behalf of the US-enabled Saudi military still exist, as a Christian witness, and Pacifist Activist, I am morally compelled to continue link them to this site.

May 21 10:43

Trump Administration Green Light’s “Regime Change” in Venezuela

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley said that the Trump administration “wants to prevent another conflict like Syria, North Korea or South Sudan” in Venezuela which is a code phrase for “regime change.” According to a May 17th report by the Associated Press (AP):

Haley said the U.S. intention wasn’t to be “intrusive” or “heavy-handed” but to support regional efforts to find a political solution and “show respect for the Venezuelan people” who want free and fair elections, the release of political prisoners and the worsening humanitarian situation addressed.

“We think if that doesn’t happen we will certainly be hearing this in the Security Council because it will be a real problem — not just in the region but internationally,” Haley told reporters after the closed-door briefing and discussions that lasted over 1½ hours.

Venezuelan Ambassador Rafael Ramirez accused Washington of trying “to interfere in our domestic issues.” The AP report says that the

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American Deep State understood full well the consequences of what this precipitous drop in oil prices would do the both the Venezuelan and Russian economies; look at it as a form of destabilisation of regimes it doesn't particularly like.

Russia is recovering, economically, rather nicely, because its economy was diversified, which Venezuela's economy was not.

So now, regime change has been greenlit in Venezuela, courtesy of the US government. This horrific pattern persists, no matter who is in the White House.

That Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is seriously considering running for office, demonstrates, very clearly, the absolute figurehead nature of the position; the people really running the country are the American Deep State, and the US military.

May 21 10:25

Brazil's President Tells Supreme Court To Suspend Corruption Probe Of Brazil's President

In a move that will surely light the proverbial lightbulb over Donald Trump's head, Brazilian President Michel Temer, having been officially dragged into Brazil's massive corruption scandal after a record emerged in which he urged the payment of "hush money", said on Saturday he would ask the Supreme Court to suspend its investigation into allegations he was also involved in the carwash corruption scheme, vowing to remain in power.

Speaking during a televised address on Saturday afternoon, Brazil’s deeply unpopular president, who replaced a just as deeply unpopular president last year when Dilma Rouseff was impeached, claimed the recording that implicated him in the scandal was doctored and said he would file a petition with the Supreme Court to suspend the investigation until it could be verified, the WSJ reported.

May 19 15:49

Protest turns violent: Brazilians call for impeachment of Temer over bribery allegations

Violence erupted late on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro after protesters rallying for the resignation of President Michel Temer, who is engulfed in a corruption scandal, clashed with police.

May 19 10:19

STRIKING VIDEO: VENEZUELAN POLICE UNLEASH DEVASTATING WATER CANNON ON PROTESTERS

If the protests that have rocked Venezuela over the past few months can teach us anything, it’s that the Maduro regime is desperately clinging to power. As SHTFplan.com's Mac Slavo writes, protests are normal in any country, but when they occur every day for weeks on end, and result in dozens of deaths, it’s obvious that the government is in an unstable position. And as the government grows more desperate, their methods of controlling the population will always become more extreme.

That’s what’s happening in Venezuela, where the police have unleashed a devastating water cannon on protesters, which has been referred to as “La Ballena,” or “The Whale.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We may well see the same kind of unrest if President Trump is "removed" from office, one way or the other; and watch for such unrest to be put down with the same extreme prejudice as is Venezuela's.

And if you don't believe me, take a look at the following article:Cops are bulking up on military gear in preparation for mass civil unrest

The Deep American State, as the real agent of change in this country, is martial, nasty, and thoroughly sinister in its quest for world domination; it won't let a little thing like an allegedly "mistakenly elected president" get in its way.

May 18 12:27

Venezuela’s Oil Production On The Brink Of Collapse

Desperation is spreading in Venezuela as violent protests continue to paralyze the country, further damaging the country’s shattered economy. Venezuela’s already-decrepit oil industry is deteriorating by the day, and an outright implosion is no longer out of the question.

May 18 08:17

US: Venezuela crisis worsening, wants to prevent new Syria

The United States called Wednesday's first-ever U.N. Security Council consultations on Venezuela because the crisis is getting worse and the Trump administration wants to prevent another conflict like Syria, North Korea or South Sudan, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said.

Venezuelan Ambassador Rafael Ramirez strongly rejected the U.S. bringing his country's political dispute to the United Nations' most powerful body and accused Washington of again trying "to interfere in our domestic issues."

Haley said the U.S. intention wasn't to be "intrusive" or "heavy-handed" but to support regional efforts to find a political solution and "show respect for the Venezuelan people" who want free and fair elections, the release of political prisoners and the worsening humanitarian situation addressed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; just as with Syria; North Korea; and South Sudan, the US government wants regime change in Venezuela.

May 17 09:06

VENEZUELA ECONOMIC CRISIS - The Masses Join Together To Put More Pressure Against Those In Power

These poor people are involved in a futile effort. They may be "many," but they don't seem to have a clue of what they want done or what the solution is for their problem. They put pressure on the ones in power--great. Pressure to do what? What is it they want done? Who is going to do it? They are desperate and lost people.?

May 11 13:04

“PEOPLE ARE MOVING AROUND ON TOP OF THIS POWDER KEG”

A half-hour before dawn, the pedestrian bridges that connect the Venezuelan towns of San Antonio and Ureña with the Colombian city of Cúcuta begin to fill with people. The traffic is circular, as it has been for years, with large numbers crossing in both directions — but those headed into Colombia are greater in number.

Venezuelans crossing the border are easily distinguished by their luggage. Many drag rolling suitcases behind them, bulging at the edges; others lug duffel bags and cardboard boxes on their shoulders. Some even have their cats and dogs in pet carriers.

In January, 47,095 Venezuelans entered Colombia, more than double the number from January of last year. Some 21,000 of them crossed into Norte de Santander, the state of which Cúcuta is the capital. Here and at other points along the nearly 1,400-mile border, the situation is beginning to feel like a refugee crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This cannot stand for very much longer, as the center, in Venezuela, both socially, and economically, cannot hold.

May 10 13:15

Are Forces Being Put Into Place Outside Of Venezuela For Regime Change?

JP Morgan is telling smaller banks to consolidate deposits before the economy comes down. Kushner stepped in and stopped Trump from doing away with NAFTA. Trump is now thinking about the Paris Climate Agreement.

May 10 12:29

US Senator Marco Rubio Introduces Bill to Allot $20M Toward Regime Change in Venezuela

This week’s bipartisan Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Defense of Democratic Governance Act not only seeks to pump US$10 million to Venezuela as part of a “humanitarian assistance” package but also looks to provide millions to efforts to undermine the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

May 10 08:27

Assassination of 41 Activists in Colombia Threatens Peace Process

The Colombian government's peace agreement with the FARC rebels requires the government to protect activists and former FARC fighters, but their government is not living up to this requirement, says Prof. Mario Murillo

May 09 08:47

TENSIONS RISE AS US ANNOUNCES MILITARY DRILLS NEAR EMBATTLED VENEZUELA

The involvement of the U.S. military in an upcoming multilateral military drill in South America has raised concerns over potential ulterior motives on the part of the U.S. The drill, dubbed “Operation: America United,” will involve the installation of a temporary military base on the triple border shared by the drill’s other participating nations: Peru, Brazil and Colombia.

According to Theofilo de Oliveira, the top general of the Brazilian Armed Forces, the U.S. military will carry out the drill along with the three Latin American nations this November over a period of ten days. The Brazilian military has asserted that the objective of the exercise is to “ develop greater knowledge, share experiences and develop mutual trust.” Brazilian government officials have strongly denied rumors that the exercise will lead to the establishment of a multinational military base in the Amazon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Interesting timing of this drill!!

May 07 10:31

The Inflection Point: Venezuela's Military Begins To Defect, March With Protesters

One month ago, when discussing the latest "explosive" turn in Venezuela's political situation, we predicted that the worst case for president Nicolas Maduro who has so far managed to keep the army on his side even as Venezuela faces now daily violent and in some cases deadly protests, would be the start of the local army turning on the regime, and defecting to join the protesters. Overnight, according to Thor Halvorsen of the Human Rights Foundation, this "inflection point" appears to have arrived when he observed in a Tweet that "the military in parts of Venezuela has begun to defect. They are now marching *with* the protesters. Dozens of soldiers are under arrest."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am quite certain that there are a number of people in the bowels of DC who are very pleased with this outcome, and may well have been instrumental in bringing it about.

I am sure also that there is a "candidate du jour" the US government has waiting in the wings to bring Venezuela into the US dollar hegemony, once Maduro is well and truly overthrown.

May 07 07:28

Global Collapse: Children Are Literally Starving To Death In Venezuela And Yemen

Venezuela and Yemen were both once very prosperous nations, but now parents are literally watching their children starve to death as the economies of both nations continue to utterly collapse.

May 06 07:47

Hugo Chávez statue torn down as death toll rises in Venezuela protests

A 20-year-old Venezuelan protester has died after being shot in the head, authorities said, taking the death toll from a month of anti-government unrest to at least 37.

May 01 08:45

Venezuela's Maduro Arms Loyalists To PURGE Opposition! - THIS Is Why The Second Amendment Exists!

Josh Sigurdson reports as Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's socialist dictator arms his loyalists in the Bolivarian Militia to purge opposition.
In recent months, Maduro has had his opposition in government imprisoned, while millions hit the streets and riot. The people of Venezuela have been forced into bread lines as hyperinflation grips the country due to massive currency printing, devaluation and debt.

May 01 08:44

All Hell Breaks Loose In Brazil As First General Strike In 21 Years Paralyzes Nation

Less than a year after former president Dilma Rouseff was impeached and ousted for corruption, Brazil's economy continues to deteriorate at an alarming pace, and on Friday Brazilian police tear-gassed demonstrators and rioters burned buses in the violent conclusion of a general strike - the first in 21 years - that shut down transport, schools and banks in protest against the government's austerity reforms.

Apr 28 10:23

CRISIS & CHAOS IN VENEZUELA - People Demand Food, Medicine & Elections

As the opposition and the government clash in the streets of Caracas, Venezuelans have reverted to survival mode. Early elections demanded

The latest wave of protests was triggered by a Supreme Court decision on 29 March to take over powers from the opposition-controlled National Assembly. The national government, through the central bank, is going to try to swap gold held as reserves for dollars to stay in power unconstitutionally,” said one letter sent Thursday to John Cryan, the CEO of Deutsche Bank. “I have the obligation to warn you that by supporting such a gold swap you would be taking actions favoring a government that’s been recognized as dictatorial by the international community.”

Apr 26 11:48

Why We Have a Second Amendment: Venezuela Plans to Give Firearms to Loyalists So They Can Purge Growing Resistance

After enduring shortages of food and medicine for years, as well as a total collapse of their currency, the people of Venezuela have had enough. Last week it was estimated that 2.5 million people marched against the Maduro regime, which had previously tried to strip away the powers of the opposition-led parliament. It’s estimated that as many as 6 million people may have taken to the streets to protest throughout the country.

In the lead-up to the protest, which had been planned for weeks by opposition political parties, President Maduro issued an alarming proclamation that didn’t receive nearly enough press. He promised to expand the nation’s armed militia, and hand out firearms to as many as 400,000 loyalists.

Apr 25 12:41

General Motors fires 2,700 in Venezuela after plant closure: workers

General Motors' (GM.N) Venezuelan subsidiary has sent a message to almost 2,700 staff informing them that they are no longer employed by the company and had received severance pay in their bank accounts, according to two employees.

A Venezuelan court last week ordered the seizure of the company's Valencia plant, ruling in favor of two dealers that had filed a case in 2000 against the subsidiary on grounds they had not complied with an agreed sale of 10,000 vehicles.

Apr 25 10:11

US Has Given Green Light for Coup in Venezuela: Maduro

A day before opposition leaders convened more protests in Caracas calling for the ouster of Venezuela’s government, the country’s leader has accused the United States of working with right-wing leaders towards a coup.

“The U.S. government, the State Department has given the green light, the approval for a coup process to intervene in Venezuela,” President Nicolas Maduro said, speaking from the Miraflores Palace.

Maduro said that security forces had arrested an “armed commando group sent by the opposition in order to attack the mobilization called by the right-wing for Wednesday to generate violence and deaths in the country.” An investigation has been opened to determine who is behind the plan.

According to the Venezuelan leader, who also pointed to a U.S. State Department statement issued Tuesday evening warning of an “international response” should “peaceful protests” face repression, the U.S. government wrote up a coup scenario for opposition leader Julio Borges.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the US government's penchant for "regime change", it is totally illogical to dismiss, out of hand, a possible scenario where the US is planning to accomplish regime in Caracas.

Apr 24 11:10

Venezuela On The Verge Of Revolution As Hyperinflated Currency Crashes To New Record Low

Venezuela, a country with only $10 billion left in reserves to run on, is in trouble. As the currency hyperinflates to new record lows against the dollar...James Holbrooks points out that the people are starving. The government has gone full-on authoritarian, and now desperate human beings are dying in the streets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a terrible situation, but one, I am quite certain, that the US government is quite gleeful about, because it looks like Maduros, who they detested even more than they did Chavez, is about to go down.

Apr 23 07:35

Rachel Maddow Airs Headline Linking Venezuelan Protests to Trump, Retracts Online

A segment of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show displayed a chyron implying the widespread anti-socialist protests in Venezuela were actually against President Donald Trump.

Apr 22 08:44

DEATH TOLL JUMPS TO 20 IN VENEZUELA PROTESTS

The death toll in three weeks of violence at anti-government protests in Venezuela jumped to 20 people after a night of clashes and pillaging left 12 people dead in Caracas, reports AFP.

Riot police and pro-government vigilantes fought running battles on the capital's east, west and south sides with protesters demanding the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.

At nightfall on Friday, more protests and pockets of unrest were reported in eastern Caracas, and in Macuto in the neighboring state of Vargas.

Opposition leaders have called new protests for Saturday and Monday.

On Saturday, they plan to march in silence to the Catholic Church's episcopal seats nationwide. They plan to erect roadblocks on Monday to grind the country to a halt.

Protesters blame Maduro -- heir of the leftist "Bolivarian revolution" launched by the late Hugo Chavez in 1999 -- for an economic crisis marked by severe shortages of food, medicine and basic goods.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hoping this situation can be resolved without more bloodshed; however, realistically, I am not holding my breath that such a resolution can be achieved, or quickly.

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