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Nov 16 12:22

Report: State Dept. says Hezbollah flooding Peru, Bolivia with terrorist assets

Massive caravans of migrants heading north to the United States are a problem for many reasons, but one of those reasons that gets overlooked, downplayed, or outright rejected by the Left and its compliant media is that they can be used as a means of infiltrating really bad people into the country.

Like terrorists.

In written testimony prepared for House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism hearing Wednesday, the State Department’s top counter-terrorism official Nathan Sales warned that Hezbollah is deploying “large caches of military equipment and explosives” in Bolivia, as well as delivering some to jihadists currently deployed in Peru.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"INVADE! INVADE!!!!"

Nov 16 07:28

Diabetes spike in Mexican town where Coca-Cola used as drinking water, currency & religious offering

Cristobal de las Casas, in the Mexican state of Chiapas, has for years been caught between an inept local government and a multinational corporation which is draining its local water supply in a case of crony capitalism at its worst.

Coca-Cola is produced locally at the Femsa plant, which bottles and sells the drink across Mexico. Under a long-standing agreement with the Mexican government, the factory owns the rights to draw out more than 300,000 gallons (around 1,135,623 liters) of water per day.

Desperate locals average more than two liters of soda per day, as it’s often more accessible than bottled water and is almost as cheap, with a 1.5-liter Coca-Cola bottle costing roughly 18 Mexican pesos ($0.88), compared with water, which costs 10 Mexican pesos ($0.48) per bottle.

The Chiapas state has seen a 30-percent increase in the mortality rate from diabetes between 2013 and 2016.

Nov 14 08:21

How ZTE helps Venezuela create China-style social control

Chinese telecoms giant ZTE is helping Venezuela build a system that monitors citizen behavior through a new identification card. The "fatherland card," already used by the government to track voting, worries many in Venezuela and beyond.

Nov 08 10:53

Brazilian president’s two sons wearing Israeli army and Mossad t-shirts

Amid talks about the preparation of the new Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, for the transfer of his country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem, media outlets and social media websites, including Walla! website, have been flooded with pictures showing the President’s two sons wearing two t-shirts, one bearing the IDF logo and the other the Mossad logo.

Eduardo and Carlos, the sons of Bolsonaro, had visited Israel while wearing t-shirts bearing the IDF and Mossad logos. The photo was published on Eduardo’s Twitter account in 2016.

Following the winning of President Bolsonaro, a right-wing candidate who pledged to transfer his country’s embassy to Jerusalem, the photo of the two brothers has been re-published.

Nov 07 12:27

Bank of England Refusing Venezuelan Request to Return $550 Mln in Gold – Report

Earlier, Caracas indicated that it was looking to repatriate some 14 tons of gold bars back from the UK out of concern that the bullion may be affected by harsh US sanctions against the Latin American country.

The Bank of England is refusing to release Venezuela's gold bars, worth about $550 million or £420 million, back to Caracas, with British officials understood to have referred to "standard" anti-money laundering measures, The Times reports, citing unnamed sources.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BULL BISCUITS!!!!!! The Bank of England simply does not have that gold to send back.

Nov 06 09:22

Venezuela Seeks To Repatriate $550 Million Of Gold From London

Venezuela is seeking to repatriate about $550 million in gold bars from the Bank of England because of fears it could be caught up in international sanctions on the country, two sources with direct knowledge of the effort told Reuters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good luck getting it!

Nov 02 02:54

Brazil's Bolsonaro wants Israel embassy moved to Jerusalem

Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro has told an Israeli newspaper he intends to defy the Palestinians and most of the world by moving his country's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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(*Sounds like another Rock Solid NATIONALIST , that wants Absolutely Nothing To Do with A GLOBALIST New Wotld Order .)

Nov 01 10:33

Fascism on the March

Latin America is re-converting into Washington’s backyard and as a sideline is returning to fascist rule, similar but worse than the sixties seventies and eighties, which stood under the spell of the CIA-led Operation or Plan Condor. Many call the current right-wing trend Operation Condor II which is probably as close to the truth as can be. It is all Washington / CIA fabricated, just with more rigor and more sophistication than Plan Condor of 40 and 50 years ago. As much as it hurts to say, after all the glory and laurels sent out to Latin America – with Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, Rafael Correa, Evo Morales, Lula, the Kirchners, José Mujica, Michelle Bachelet – more than 80% of the population of Latin America were living for some 15 to 20 years under democratically elected mostly left-leaning governments, really progressive. – Within no time, in less than 3 years the wheels have turned.

Nov 01 10:30

ISRAEL APPLAUDS THE EMERGENCE OF FASCISM N BRAZIL

Fascist Bolsonaro wins Brazil Elections. During the campaign he promised to move Brazil’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and kick the Palestinian Embassy out of Brasilia.

Oct 30 08:54

BRAEXIT? BOLSONARO’S ECONOMIC GURU SLAMS SOUTH AMERICAN CUSTOMS UNION

New Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s “economic guru,” Paulo Guedes, has suggested that the country could head for a ‘soft Braexit’ from the continent’s fledgling EU-like supranational organisation Mercosur, the ‘Southern Common Market’.

Oct 25 11:44

Notorious Canadian MP and Defender of Israel’s Human Rights Abuses Ratchets up Campaign Against Venezuela in the Name of Human Rights

Canadian MP Irwin Cotler claims to be committed to ending the humanitarian crises in Venezuela, yet Cotler has devoted much of his life to defending Israeli human rights violations, including its recent killing of unarmed protesters in Gaza.

Oct 25 07:14

US VP Pence’s Accusations of Venezuelan Financing of Migrant Caravan Disproved

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Pence, in an interview with the Washington Post, claimed that US-allied Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez had told him that the 7000-strong migrant march is “organized by leftist groups in Honduras, financed by Venezuela, and sent north to challenge our sovereignty and challenge our border.”

(*at least Pence had the good sense to deliver his bushel of BEX! to The WaPost , while flagrantly fueling America's Fake NEWS Epidemic !)

Oct 25 06:57

Blockading Venezuela: The Linchpin of the US Strategy of Aggression

Revealing examples are emerging of the cumulative impact that US sanctions against Venezuela are having on the Venezuelan people in the field of health, one of the key priorities of the Bolivarian revolution.

In July 2017, the US bank Citibank refused to handle Venezuela’s payment for the import of 300,000 insulin doses to meet the needs of 450,000 registered patients.

Three months later, the US blockade prevented Venezuela from depositing funds with the UBS Swiss bank, delaying a purchase of vaccines for months and disrupting the country’s vaccination schedules.

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(*that may well be , but POTUS Trump , for his part , purports to be a nationalist , not a globalist )

Oct 24 09:33

Mexico could be next country to legalize marijuana to curb drug violence

Mexico’s incoming foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, said the country could “absolutely” follow Canada in legalizing marijuana as a way to reduce violence generated by a war on drugs that “doesn’t work.”

This week he met with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and said that Ottawa’s experience “is a very interesting option in the short term for Mexico.”

Oct 19 17:26

WikiLeaks: Julian Assange Sues Ecuador For Violating “Fundamental Rights And Freedoms”

By Aaron Kesel

WikiLeaks claims Assange’s access to the outside world has been “summarily cut off” and stated Ecuador has threatened to remove all protection given to his person that he has been granted when he was accepted into political asylum...

Oct 17 12:45

Venezuela Ditches US Dollar, Will Use Euros For International Trade

Venezuela has just taken the next step in its quest to "free" itself from the tyranny of US dollar hegemony. One year after the country said it would stop accepting US dollars as payment for its (ever shrinking) oil exports (saying the country's state-run oil company would accept payment in yuan instead), Venezuelan Vice President for Economy Tareck El Aissami said Tuesday that Venezuela will officially purge the dollar from its exchange market in favor of euros.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"INVADE!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 17 12:22

Notorious Canadian MP and Defender of Israel’s Human Rights Abuses Ratchets up Campaign Against Venezuela in the Name of Human Rights

Canadian MP Irwin Cotler claims to be committed to ending the humanitarian crises in Venezuela, yet Cotler has devoted much of his life to defending Israeli human rights violations, including its recent killing of unarmed protesters in Gaza.
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Oct 16 10:44

Brazil Should Shun Venezuela and Embrace Israel, Bolsonaro’s Son Says

Brazil should sever ties with Venezuela’s socialist government, distance itself from Iran and consider recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, said Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of the front-running presidential candidate.

"You need to play tough with Venezuela. It’ll be a 180 degree-change in relation to Venezuela," the lawmaker said in an interview on Wednesday in Brasilia. He is one of the most influential voices in the presidential campaign of his father, Jair. "I wouldn’t recognize the Venezuelan government."

Oct 15 09:19

Brazil's Military Poised to Amass Power After Three-Decade Wait

If ex-Army Captain Jair Bolsonaro wins the runoff vote against the Workers’ Party’s Fernando Haddad on Oct. 28, he has promised to name as many as five generals to his cabinet, giving the security forces their biggest public role in decades. In addition, at least 38 former soldiers, police officers and firefighters rode the coattails of the former paratrooper to win election to congress Oct. 7. In 2014, only 14 veterans won.

“This is because of the insecurity that we’re experiencing in Brazil,” said Waldir Soares de Oliveira, a re-elected congressman and ex-cop known as Deputy Waldir. "No one can cope with this wave of insecurity any more."

Oct 13 10:23

Outside In: The Trump administration’s plan to remake the Middle East

The only promise that is new about the promised peace plan is the way it will be forced on the Palestinians: no one has promised that the plan itself will be new. With Saudi Arabia and Egypt—the outside—brought onside with the promise of continued military aid despite their crimes against humanity and violations of international law and the Palestinians weakened by being silenced, economically crushed and stripped of any friends to help them, the United States and Israel are now free to attempt to impose a peace plan on the Palestinians.

Oct 13 07:47

'TRUMP WANTS TO HAVE ME KILLED', SAYS VENEZUELA'S MADURO

As the US continues to send not-so-subtle signals that it could be open to a military invasion of Venezuela after a US-supported coup plot involving Venezuelan military officers fizzled, Nicolas Maduro - who only a few months ago evaded a bizarre assassination attempt involving C4-laden drones - has accused the Trump Administration of conspiring to have him assassinated.

When approached for a response to Maduro's comments, a White House spokesman did little to rebut his claims, saying only that the US's "policy preference" is "for a peaceful, orderly return to democracy in Venezuela." Given Venezuela's ailing energy infrastructure, and US sanctions that have made it difficult for the Maduro regime to sell its oil or tap capital markets for funding, the government has been forced to rely on China and, to a lesser extent, Russia to keep it afloat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter what the White House says, Maduro is probably very correct in his assessment here.

The problem here has been exacerbated by the sanctions, which have pushed Venezuela far more into the orbit of China and Russia; the same can be said about the sanctions against Iran.

The real test for Maduro will be that (as of right now, hypothetical) moment when his military turns on him, and starts cooperating with forces who want to see regime change, rather than have the continuation of the horrific conditions under which the Venezuelan people are living.

Oct 11 07:54

SUSPECT IN MADURO ASSASSINATION PLOT DIES IN MYSTERIOUS FALL FROM WINDOW

One of the suspects accused of trying to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro using drones armed with explosives died under mysterious circumstances Monday.

Venezuelan government officials say Fernando Albán, a 56-year-old city councilor in the capital of Caracas and Maduro critic, died by suicide after jumping out a tenth floor window of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service, the country's top intelligence agency.

But Maduro critics have accused the regime of murdering Albán as part of a massive crackdown on opposition groups and human rights activists.

Oct 09 13:35

Wolf at the Door: Prospects of US Military Intervention in Venezuela

There is another fact that stands out in the poll: 62% of Venezuelans prefer President Maduro to solve the economic problems of the country, while 34% prefer an opposition government. 61% blame economic problems on agents external to the government such as the economic war, the fall of the price of oil, price speculation, and U.S. financial sanctions, while 37% attribute them to the economic policies implemented by the government.

The possible conspirators within the armed forces, meanwhile, have been detected and imprisoned, while the foreign media speak of other disgruntled soldiers who have deserted.

Foreign mainstream media outlets insist on imposing the military options on public opinion (even posting bizarre surveys), but opposition political leaders consider that this debate could feed expectations for an external saviour, which would go against reorganising efforts made by some [opposition] politicians.

Oct 08 09:05

Six cases of rare ‘polio-like’ illness diagnosed in children in Minnesota

Since, mid-September Six children in Minnesota have been diagnosed with a rare “polio-like” disease, State health officials said.

AFM (Acute Flaccid Myelitis) is rare but serious condition that affects the body’s nervous system specifically, the spinal cord causing muscles to weaken and can cause paralysis.

Oct 07 10:19

Puerto Rico Governor Calls for ‘Elimination’ of Venezuelan Government, Offers to Host ‘Transition’ Logistics

Hypothetical post-Maduro planning has been discussed “at many levels”, Governor Rossello claimed. His comments follow Trump’s endorsement of a military coup d'état in Venezuela.

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Oct 05 08:23

RUDY GIULIANI’S $1.6 MILLION AMAZON ADVENTURE HAS BECOME AN ISSUE IN THE BRAZILIAN ELECTION

It’s the latest example of Giuliani traveling abroad to cash in on his tough-on-crime reputation from his days as New York City mayor, despite the fact that new research has increasingly discredited his signature implementation of the “broken windows” policing strategy.

Back home, Giuliani is defending president Donald Trump in a probe related to foreign interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, but his own ties to foreign governments, through lucrative contracts such as this one, have drawn scrutiny in Washington. Critics in multiple countries where Giuliani operates — including the U.S. — argue that his specialty is serving as a media diversion, rather than the job description written on his contracts.

Oct 01 11:21

RON PAUL: VENEZUELA'S SOCIALISM...AND OURS

This week we witnessed the horrible spectacle of Nikki Haley, President Trump’s Ambassador to the United Nations, joining a protest outside the UN building and calling for the people of Venezuela to overthrow their government.

“We are going to fight for Venezuela,” she shouted through a megaphone, “we are going to continue doing it until Maduro is gone.”

This is the neocon mindset: that somehow the US has the authority to tell the rest of the world how to live and who may hold political power regardless of elections.

After more than a year of Washington being crippled by evidence-free claims that the Russians have influenced our elections, we have a senior US Administration official openly calling for the overturning of elections overseas.

Imagine if President Putin’s national security advisor had grabbed a megaphone in New York and called for the people of the United States to overthrow their government by force!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, President Trump has made some astonishingly bad choices in the people he has appointed to represent the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, and Nikki Haley is one hysterically horrific example of Trump's taste in officials, second only to that of Gina Haspel's nomination to - and leadership of - the CIA.

Please don't get me wrong; I would love to see centrist women with impeccable credentials get nominated, and approved, for leadership roles in this country. But somehow, this just doesn't happen under President Trump's watch.

Sadly, both of these ladies are just to the extreme right of Attila the Hun when it comes to both human rights, and national, peaceful self-determination when it comes to countries which do not conduct themselves as the US government would wish (and are sitting over huge oil reserves, as is Venezuela).

Haley is the Neocons' consummate wet dream, when it comes to advocating for regime change in countries sitting over vast fortunes in oil or other resources, like Iran; Venezuela; Russia; or China.

But she has a couple of problems with publicly calling out Venezuela for regime change.

First and foremost, China has just given Venezuela 5 billion dollars as a loan last month with which to create a lifeline for its battered economy last month. China to give Venezuela a 5 billion dollar loan, as Maduro visits Beijing.

And secondly, at least for the moment, Venezuela's military are still on his side, particularly those 16,900 military Maduro "promoted" last July: Maduro "promotes" 16,900 members of his military for "loyalty"

And there is utterly no guarantee, if the US goes in with the usual bovine excrement rationale of "attack to protect the people" of Venezuela, that the outcome will be to the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika's liking.

Remember Libya, and just how brilliantly well that went, after the assassination of Qaddafi?!? Talk about a "mammary glands up" outcome!

Ambassador Haley behaves as though she is a Miss Cleo wannabe, declaring that she can see the outcome of events before they unfold; for example, the accusation, made as late as August of this year, that Iran had a secret nuclear weapons program Nikki Haley warns that Iran could become "The Next North Korea", taking a phrase right out of Bibi Netanyahu's playbook

And remember, this was done right before the IAEA's statement that the P5+1 agreement was still being honored by the Iranians.IAEA states that Iran is still acting in accord with the P5+1 agreementThe article went on to state the following:
"Mogherini further pointed to the 12th report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) certifying that Iran is still complying with all its nuclear related commitments in accordance with the JCPOA and said, "This is good news."

Acting upon what is not there, does not make for good states craft; it is unfortunate that Ms. Haley appears to be dancing to the tune of Neocon delusional thinking, and that there is no equivalent in the US Constitution of the 25th Amendment, for removal of a US representative who is no longer physically, or intellectually fit, to represent this country.

Oct 01 01:19

‘Doomsday chemical -Fentanyl’ seized, ‘US-hating’ scholar arrested

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) with the help of a group of scientists from Defence Research & Development Establishment busted an illegal chemical laboratory in Indore, India and they seized 9 kg’s of a fentanyl (deadly synthetic opioid).

Sep 30 07:36

Will Moscow Station its Army in Venezuela?

RUSSIAN MILITARY INTO LATIN AMERICA? Will Moscow Station its Army in Venezuela?

The suffocating situation in which Venezuela has been found, largely due to economic sanctions, has forced the country to consider calling a foreign, that is a Russian, contingent on its territory.

Nowadays, Venezuela continues its fight to never again be a “backyard” of bigger powers, as it used to be in the past.

Lately Caracas has even become the target of threats of military intervention, only because its government follows a path that does not please foreign interests.

Moreover, in the midst of this struggle, Venezuela has also become the victim of a severe economic war, with the risk of being subject to more and more sanctions. Despite erroneous criticism that Venezuela’s economy is faltering due to its planned economy, what has been seen as a sanctions regiment against the country which has caused it grievous harm. Nevertheless, displaying no small amount of leadership, Maduro has publicly taken responsibility for the economy of Venezuela, and promised to rationalize and improve many areas of the economy. This is not analogous to privatization or the introduction of unnecessary market mechanisms.

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Sep 28 12:18

Is Trump Eyeing A Coup In Venezuela?

The Trump administration and some others in the U.S. government have sent some not-so-subtle hints lately that they are open to a military invasion of Venezuela to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

“It’s a regime that frankly could be toppled very quickly by the military, if the military decides to do that,” President Trump told reporters on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

The words seem to offer some encouragement for a coup, which may not come as a surprise because the New York Times published an investigation in early September that found that the Trump administration met secretly with Venezuelan military officers over the last year to discuss an overthrow of Maduro.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is typical US Federal Government hubris; regime change, sometimes leading to brutal civil wars (think Afghanistan; Libya; Iraq;and Yemen); have the next leader infinitely more US-centric in his or her leanings than was their predecessor, and insure that the resources of that country are only sold in US dollars.

Sep 27 11:35

Talk of U.S. Military Intervention in Venezuela Suddenly Gains Traction

When President Donald Trump said a year ago that the U.S. was considering a “military option” for Venezuela, hardly anyone in Washington thought it was a good idea.

Today, as Venezuela slides toward dictatorship and collapse, triggering a millions-strong migration crisis, support for such a move is being discussed openly. The notion of using force to topple the government of President Nicolas Maduro is gaining adherents -- although it remains a distinctly minority view.

Sep 26 13:19

A Living Example of Political Anarchy – No State, No Police, No Gangs, No Crime

In 2011, the indigenous people of Cherán gathered together and waged a popular uprising against government, the police and the cartels who were causing a wave of homicides, kidnappings, extortion, and all of the stress and heartache that comes with this.

Sep 26 12:39

"No One Will Stop Us" - Venezuela's Maduro Slams Trump's UN Speech Which Hinted At Coup

During his Tuesday UN General Assembly address President Trump held nothing back in terms of excoriating the socialist pariah state of Venezuela and leader Nicolas Maduro.

"Not long ago, Venezuela was one of the richest countries on Earth," Trump said. "Today, socialism has bankrupted the oil-rich nation and driven its people into abject poverty."

Trump continued, "Virtually everywhere socialism or communism has been tried, it has produced suffering, corruption, and decay. Socialism’s thirst for power leads to expansion, incursion, and oppression. All nations of the world should resist socialism and the misery that it brings to everyone."

The US president blamed Venezuela's collapsed economy and worthless currency, which has created a humanitarian crisis resulting in some 2 million citizens fleeing the country in recent years on the “Maduro regime and its Cuban sponsors”.

Sep 25 13:54

U.S PLANS TO INVADE VENEZUELA WOULD BRING SAME SCALE OF CRISIS AS IRAQ WAR, Says Analyst

In August 2017, Donald Trump said he did not exclude the military option to solve the Venezuelan crisis, which provoked a strong rejection both inside and outside the United States. However, the idea remains present even though many express themselves against it, writes the Business Insider newspaper.

The military option for resolving the crisis in Venezuela is on the table or at least in the head of the US president. So the AP news agency reported earlier this summer that President Donald Trump had discussed the military invasion of Venezuela during a White House meeting last year. To bolster his arguments, Trump recalled the military interventions of Grenada and Panama, which he said were a success.

Sep 24 13:55

US Prepares For ‘Action’ Against Venezuela In Coming Days

The United States is preparing to take “action” against socialist Venezuela, while simultaneously going down the same path. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that in the coming days, the US’s “series of actions” will put pressure on the Venezuelan government.

“You’ll see in the coming days a series of actions that continue to increase the pressure level against the Venezuelan leadership folks, who are working directly against the best interest of the Venezuelan people,” Pompeo said according to Reuters. “We’re determined to ensure that the Venezuelan people get their say.”

The Trump administration has been steadily increasing sanctions against officials in the leftist socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro, accusing it of “stifling democracy” by jailing opposition leaders. Although Pompeo did not say what actions specifically would be taken, it appears the US seeks to somehow “punish” Venezuela while continuing to take America down the same path.

Sep 23 08:39

Venezuela crisis: Chinese hospital ship docks for a week

A Chinese hospital ship has docked in Venezuela, where for the next week it will provide free health care to local patients.

Venezuela's Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino López, went to the port of La Guaira to welcome the Chinese crew.

He said that the Peace Ark's visit was agreed by President Nicolás Maduro during a visit to Beijing last week.

Venezuela agreed at the time to increase its exports of oil to China, which is one of its main creditors.

Sep 22 10:36

Pompeo: US Preparing a ‘Series of Actions’ Against Venezuela

Citing the US desire to increase pressure “against the Venezuelan leadership folks,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that in the days to come, the administration will announce a series of actions against Venezuela.

Pompeo declined to offer any specifics, which is probably going to lead to speculation of something major coming, since recent reports of US policy toward Venezuela has been uniformly hostile.

President Trump threatened to attack Venezuela back in August of 2017, and this summer reports are that he’d repeatedly had to be talked out of such attacks. Early this month, the administration was confirmed to be engaging in secret coup talks with Venezuelan rebels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would think that, with all the wars, present and coming, in which and with which the US military is embroiled, the plan may well be destabilization and regime change in Caracas, courtesy of hired rebels and mercs.

"Erik Prince, white courtesy telephone, please; Erik Prince, white courtesy telephone."

Sep 22 10:18

WINNING THE WAR ON DRUGS? COLOMBIAN COCAINE OUTPUT SOARS TO RECORD LEVELS

Colombia is producing more cocaine now than it ever has, according to a new report by Bloomberg. The amount of land planted with coca shrubs is up 17% last year, rising to 171,000 hectares, which surpasses levels prior to US president Bill Clinton’s "Plan Colombia" counter-narcotics program.

Almost all of the world's cocaine comes from Colombia, Bolivia and Peru. Colombia produces more than half of the total cocaine in the world. Under Clinton’s plan, the aid provided to Colombia over the course of the last six decades was "stepped up dramatically". Colombia has repaid the world by cranking out record levels of cocaine - probably not the solution Clinton, or other advocates for aid-giving, were seeking.

Colombia's 171,000 hectares is enough raw material to produce 1,379 tons of cocaine, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. It’s also more than triple the output of five years ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The alleged "War on Drugs" is, and always has been, a complete sham.

There are too many people, and institutions, making obscene amounts of money from the drug trade, for those in power to ever want it to end.

Sep 19 11:13

Colombia false positive scandal: Families demand 'greater truth'

Carmenza Gomez was planning a surprise Christmas dinner in the winter of 2008 to celebrate having her eight children back together under one roof in their home in an impoverished suburb in Bogota, the capital of Colombia.

That summer, the family had finally been reunited after years apart due to the sons' military service. It was months away, but Carmenza wanted to throw an elaborate dinner to share their first Christmas together in years.

But just days after the last of her sons arrived home, 23-year-old Victor Fernando, her third youngest, disappeared.

Sep 18 09:40

TRUMP COMMITS TO ENDLESS WAR

Tags: AFGHANISTAN AFRICA ASIA CHINA IRAN IRAQ KOREA MIDDLE EAST SOUTH AMERICA SYRIA (*VS.) WHITE HOUSE

Sep 17 10:47

40% Of Venezuela Stores Go Bust After 3,000% Minimum Wage Hike

The "dream" of socialism has once again collided with the realities of economics, after nearly 40% of stores in Venezuela have been forced to close following a mandated 3,000% increase in minimum wages by the Maduro government, according to the Miami Herald, citing the National Council of Commerce and Services of Venezuela.

Further complicating the situation are price caps on goods sold in stores - which are now selling below cost, and cannot raise prices to cover the mandatory increases in salaries.

If store owners are caught raising prices, they face fines and prison.

"We have inspections, and they force us to sell at last month’s prices," said Uzcátegui. "That takes money away from the business because of the hyperinflation, when you can’t even sell at yesterday’s prices because you lose money."

Sep 15 10:54

MILITARY INTERVENTION IN VENEZUELA ‘ON THE TABLE,’ SAYS OAS SECRETARY GENERAL

The head of the Organization of American States (OAS), accused by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of being a “CIA agent,” says military intervention against Caracas should not be ruled out as a response to the ongoing crisis.
OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro has hinted that the bloc may consider taking military action in Venezuela if it runs out of diplomatic options in its bid to alleviate the plight of people in the crisis-stricken country.

“With regards to a military intervention aimed at overthrowing the regime of Nicolas Maduro, I think we should not exclude any option,” Almagro said on Friday.

Venezuelans have been fleeing to neighboring countries in droves due to shortages of food and water, as well as soaring inflation and unemployment at home.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you flipping kidding me, that OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro is actually floating the idea of an invasion, occupation, and regime change in Venezuela, to see how it resonates?!?

I would like to hope that the OAS is not pig-headedly stupid as to attempt this; even with Venezuela's current economic woes, I would not bet that the Venezuelan people will "welcome these troops as saviors", throwing roses at their feet.

Sep 14 10:23

China Offers Venezuela $5 Billion Loan To Support 'Ideological Ally' Maduro

For a brief period earlier this year, it appeared that Beijing had finally had enough of supporting its "ideological allies" in Caracas when it decided to limit its "exposure" to Venezuela after the country struggled to make interest payments on a $19 billion loan. But in the wake of reports that the US nearly supported a military uprising against the socialist government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the Chinese Communist Party has apparently changed its mind. Instead of tightening the leash, Beijing has offered a $5 billion loan to the struggling socialist "republic" as Maduro prepares to travel to Beijing to grovel before the Party bosses, according to a Bloomberg report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China is trying to counter the US economic war against Venezuela.

Sep 13 12:08

Iran WARNING: US tells airlines not to fly through airspace as WW3 fears rise

The advisory also warns military activities linked to the bloody conflict in Syria have been ramped across Iran's airspace.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington are running high following Donald Trump’s controversial decision to pull out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal re-introduce economic sanctions last month.

Flight Service Bureau, which provides safety information on airspace to airlines, said "without seeming alarmist", the deteriorating relationship between the US and Iran must be taken into account when planning flights in Iran's airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is getting just about as serious as is a heart attack: I find myself very alarmed at these developments.

Sep 13 09:46

Venezuela Is Doing Something It Hasn’t Done Since The 90s

Caracas is preparing the return of oil contracts with private companies that were last used in the 1990s before the Chavez era that made PDVSA the one and only operator of oil fields. Reuters reported this week it had seen a draft of the contract stipulating the state oil company will give control over several fields to a set of local companies for a period of six years. The companies will have to commit to boosting production, funding field maintenance, and purchasing whatever equipment they need to do all this. In exchange, PDVSA will pay them a fee for the oil they extract.

Sep 12 11:19

The other 9/11 tragedy: The day Chile’s democracy died

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While many around the globe remember 9/11, fewer may recall that before 2001, September 11 was already known as a day of catastrophe for those residing in the less affluent Global South. September 11 1973 was a day when democracy in Latin America was dealt a heavy blow, a day when a democratically-elected government in Chile was struck by a coup supported by the CIA, no less. The response of Chile’s president, Dr Salvador Allende, to an attack on democracy could not be more different from the reaction of George W. Bush 28 years later. President Allende fought to the end for his country’s democracy.

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Sep 10 10:36

VENEZUELA PLANS "ANTI-IMPERIALIST" MARCH AFTER REVELATION OF US COUP MEETINGS WITH REBEL OFFICERS

After it was revealed in a weekend New York Times piece that the Trump administration held multiple meetings with "rebellious officers" inside Venezuela's army to consider launching a military coup against the country's socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro, we cited a former Latin America diplomatic official quoted in the Times who aptly described, “This is going to land like a bomb” in the region.

The astounding revelation — though perhaps familiar-sounding when considering the historical string of coups and CIA covert interventions across the 20th century from Cuba to Nicaragua to Chile — comes just over a month after a bizarre assassination attempt involving two C-4 explosive laden drones which detonated near Maduro as he gave a televised speech during a military parade in Caracas.

In the aftermath of the story, Venezuela has announced plans to hold a massive march on Tuesday against Washington's now confirmed attempts to meddle in the country's internal affairs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised, given Venezuela's vast oil wealth.

And unfortunately for the Venezuelan people, the attempted assassination on August 4th will most probably not be the last time elements in the US government will attempt to take down Maduro by force.

Sep 10 07:52

‘Peaceful return of democracy?’ US doesn’t deny meeting Venezuelan military coup plotters

Washington would still “prefer” a peaceful restoration of “democracy” in Venezuela, the White House said in response to a scandalous report about US officials’ contacts with Venezuelan military officers seeking to stage a coup.

Sep 09 04:49

Trump Officials Met Venezuela Military 'Coup Plotters'

Trump administration officials held secret meetings with Venezuelan military officers to discuss plans to oust President Nicolas Maduro, according to a report by the New York Times.

The news outlet said on Saturday that at least three distinct groups from the military were involved in attempts at overthrowing the Venezuelan leader.

According to the report, there were plans for a coup in the summer of 2017, and later in March and May of this year. However, when US officials declined to cooperate, the plans for Maduro's overthrow fell apart.

The report comes just a month after two explosive-laden drones blew up near Maduro in an apparent assassination attempt. He blamed the US, Colombia, and his domestic enemies for the attack.

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Sep 08 08:38

NYT RECONFIRMS U.S. COUP PLOT IN VENEZUELA - ADDS PRO-COUP PROPAGANDA

As the saying goes: "Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied." The above denial confirmed Nicolas Maduro's claim of U.S. coup attempts against the Venezuelan government. A new report reconfirms the plot and reveals some new details of the still unwritten larger story.

Sep 07 09:24

The Burning Down of Brazil’s National Museum: A Capitalist Crime Against the Heritage of Humanity

Brazil’s National Museum in Rio de Janeiro was gutted Sunday night by a massive fire that consumed not only the historic 19th century palace that housed the institution, but a vast and irreplaceable collection of what was by far the largest natural history and anthropology museum in Latin America. The majority of the 20 million items it contained were destroyed.

While the immediate cause of the blaze is still unknown, this catastrophe and the irreparable loss to human culture were the product of policies of austerity and the diversion of vast social resources to feed the profits of international finance capital and a rapacious and culturally backward Brazilian capitalist ruling class.

Sep 06 13:57

Brazilian Presidential Candidate Jair Bolsonaro Stabbed at Campaign Event

Brazilian far-right candidate for president Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed in the abdomen during a parade in the city Juiz de Fora Thursday. The wound is reportedly superficial.

Sep 05 08:16

Abby Martin: US sanctions penalize Venezuelan people for voting & electing ‘wrong’ candidate

Sep 05 05:27

Evo To Rubio: US is The Real Global Threat, Not Venezuela

President Evo Morales denounces Senator Marco Rubio's threat of using the 'Empire's army against the people of Venezuela because he assumes a threat against the security of the US.'

Bolivian President Evo Morales said Friday, on Twitter, that "the U.S. is the real threat to humankind">>>

(*did you think The White House would tell you ?)

Sep 04 10:53

The Collapse Of Venezuela's Imaginary Oil Currency

Earlier this year, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro rolled out his latest scheme to rescue his economy, offer an alternative to the increasingly worthless bolivar, and skirt U.S. sanctions on financial transactions. But Maduro’s cryptocurrency, supposedly backed by Venezuela’s oil reserves, is a very hollow promise.

To be sure, few analysts expected much from the “petro,” Maduro’s hastily launched cryptocurrency. One petro was supposed to be backed by one barrel of oil, and the vast reserves of oil located in a specific part of Venezuela were promised as a backstop for the new cryptocurrency. It was always an odd scheme. After all, what makes the petro any different from the bolivar, Venezuela’s official currency? Isn’t the value of and faith in the bolivar also effectively backed by the country’s oil wealth?

Sep 03 08:58

Peso Set To Disintegrate After IMF Tells Argentina To Stop Supporting Currency

On May 11, three days after Argentina secured a $50 Billion IMF bailout - the largest in the fund's history - we jokingly noted that with the peso resuming its slide, an indication the market did not view the IMF backstop as credible, the ECB would need to get involved.

Sep 03 08:55

US military can intervene in Venezuela: Senator Rubio

The US military can take necessary actions to remove Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power as his government has become a threat to US national security, says Republican Senator Marco Rubio.

In an interview with Univision, an American Spanish-language TV network, Rubio, who is a vocal opponent of Maduro, said a military intervention by Washington was not out of question.

“I believe that the Armed Forces of the United States are only used in the event of a threat to national security. I believe that there is a very strong argument that can be made at this time that Venezuela and the Maduro regime has become a threat to the region and even to the United States," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Aug 29 18:37

Argentina asks IMF to release $50bn loan as crisis worsens

Argentina's government has unexpectedly asked for the early release of a $50bn (£37.2bn) loan from the IMF amid a growing economic crisis.

President Mauricio Macri said the move was designed to restore confidence in the Argentine economy.

The Argentine peso has lost more than 40% of its value against the US dollar this year and inflation is rampant.

Aug 29 11:17

Argentine Currency Collapses Most Since 2015 As Investors Finally Lose Faith

Mauricio Macri’s presidency was meant to lead Argentina out of a dismal period of debt defaults, currency controls and recession. But, as Bloomberg reports, markets show investors are losing faith in the new dawn for South America’s second-largest economy.

Despite all the constant propaganda spewing forth from officials in Argentina (and at The IMF), we leave it to an old friend and veteran EM trader to sums things up: "The Argies are proper f**ked."

Indeed, judging by today's market action and headlines, he is right, as despite the promise of a USD 50 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout (which is now being accelerated), the Argentine peso continues to collapse, inducing the next wave of inflation, and it could shortly usher in the next recession/depression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This does not augur well for the financial future of Argentina.

Aug 27 08:57

Blood-sucking 'kissing bugs' spreading dangerous parasitic disease in US, health officials warn

Insects known as “triatomines” which is also known as a kissing bugs, assassin bugs, or vampire bugs are starting more common in USA.This Vampire bugs spread a dangerous illness called Chagas diseases. This disease was previously found in the Central, South America and Mexico.

Aug 26 06:18

The White House Ain’t Happy That El Salvador Switched Sides

El Salvador’s decision to switch sides from Taipei to Beijing has inflamed the White House.

In a rare, strongly worded statement on Friday, the White House said that the Central American nation’s decision to cut ties with Taiwan was of “grave concern” to the United States, and a matter that would “affect the economic health and security of the entire Americas region.”

It warned that the Central American nation might be “disappointed over the long run” after falling prey to “China’s apparent interference in the domestic politics of a Western Hemisphere country.”

El Salvador has said that its decision to switch its recognition to China was primarily driven by a need for cash.
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Aug 25 22:12

More than one million people flee Venezuela amid 'food shortages, political turmoil and economic meltdown' as inflation hits 82,000 per cent while UN warns that country is building towards 'crisis moment'

The exodus of migrants from Venezuela is building toward a 'crisis moment' comparable to events involving refugees in the Mediterranean, the United Nations migration agency said on Friday.

Growing numbers are fleeing economic meltdown and political turmoil in Venezuela, where people scrounge for food and other necessities of daily life, threatening to overwhelm neighboring countries.

Officials from Colombia, Ecuador and Peru will meet in Bogota next week to seek a way forward.

Aug 24 10:24

Abby Martin’s ‘Empire Files’ series forced to shut down as US sanctions stifle alternative voices

The Trump administration’s sanctions on Venezuela have not just weakened the country’s economy but have deprived millions of viewpoints questioning the US policies, as Abby Martin’s show on TeleSUR shut down citing financial woes.

“From inside history’s biggest empire...recording a world shaped by war & inequality” – The Empire Files’ (TEF) airs on TeleSUR, a latin-American TV network that derives most of its funding from the Venezuelan government. Abby Martin, a former RT journalist now hosting TEF announced on Wednesday that the show would completely shut down its operations, citing the tough US sanctions on Venezuela’s socialist government as responsible.

Aug 23 11:23

"What A Disaster": Chaos Returns To Venezuela One Day After Massive Devaluation

Just one day after Venezuela's historic currency devaluation, which lopped off 5 zeros from the currency and prices while bizarrely pegging the "sovereign Bolivar" - the country's latest currency incarnation - to the petro, an oil-backed cryptocurrency (which has been banned by the US Treasury), chaos has predictably returned to the country with the greatest petroleum deposits in the world.... and hyperinflation failed to depart for even one day.

That what Henrique Rosales discovered when he went to an ATM on Tuesday - the day after Venezuela's historic currency transformation took place - to withdraw Venezuela’s new currency: he found it dispensed a maximum of 10 sovereign bolivars a day, the equivalent of 15 U.S. cents.

Aug 22 09:42

Venezuela 'paralysed' by launch of sovereign bolivar currency

Venezuela came to a standstill on Tuesday as the country tried to deal with its newly introduced currency.

Thousands of businesses closed in order to adapt to the "sovereign bolivar", and many workers stayed at home.

President Nicolás Maduro launched the new banknotes on Monday, revaluing and renaming the old bolivar currency.

The government says this will tackle runaway inflation, but critics say it could make the crisis worse. The notes went into circulation on Tuesday.

President Maduro had declared Monday to be a bank holiday.

Aug 22 09:30

The Engineered Collapse of Venezuela Was the Beginning of a War on the Free World

The reports I have been receiving are mostly from friends and relatives concerned about the economy. I explained to them that it is just the consequence of a depopulation plan being applied. Many Venezuelans still believe that Maduro is an inept moron. Far from that, fellows. He is a clever guy. Not clever enough to take care of his own health, and getting as fat as a whale (hopefully this should be helpful for us, a lethal stroke would be very welcome these days) is a proof of this.

As I mentioned, he is clever, and in my personal opinion, he is just another one of the bunch of sociopaths that rule the sadistic gang that has imprisoned our young members of the Special Forces, and has jailed to every patriot with a uniform that has raised his/her voice. Jeez, I wonder who they will go after when the last one is in jail. The Venezuelan Boy Scouts Association?

Aug 22 08:52

China establishes diplomatic relations with El Salvador

China and El Salvador established diplomatic relations on Tuesday after the Central American country severed "diplomatic ties" with Taiwan.

State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Salvadoran Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda signed the joint communique on the establishment of diplomatic ties in Beijing.

The establishment of diplomatic ties based on the one-China principle conforms to the universal consensus of the international community and the trend of the times, Vice-President Wang Qishan said at a meeting with the visiting Salvadoran delegation, including Castaneda.

Both sides should strengthen exchanges, deepen mutual trust and advance mutually beneficial cooperation, opening up a new chapter for bilateral ties, he said.

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Aug 21 11:53

Brazil Deploys Troops To Venezuela Border After Migrant Chaos - "This Is Going To Turn Into War!"

Brazil’s President Michel Temer announced an emergency meeting of government Sunday after deploying troops to the border town of Pacaraima where Venezuelan migrants clashed with residents.

Temer met with key officials at his presidential palace, including those of defense, public security, and foreign affairs, but limited details were disclosed, said the AFP.

The situation in Pacaraima was critical on Saturday, migrant camps were overwhelmed by angry residents following reports that a local restaurant owner had been attacked by a gang of Venezuelans.

There has been growing hostility towards the numbers of Venezuelan migrants entering the Roraima state, Brazil’s northernmost region, in recent months.

Groups of men carrying blunt objects set fire to the camps and other items belonging to the Venezuelans, and more than one thousand migrants fled town back across the border.

Aug 21 09:21

Venezuela’s New Economic Program: Will it Stop Hyperinflation?

President Maduro is introducing a series of deep economic reforms, to put an end to hyperinflation and to re-start the economy. But this can only happen if faith is restored in the currency and if US financial sanctions come to an end, says CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot

Aug 20 12:12

Venezuela’s New Bolivar is Anchored to Cryptocurrency and It Just Went Into Effect

The new bills (2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500) are already in the hands of public and private banks. The Sovereign Bolivar will be anchored to the cryptocurrency Petro, which is backed by the oil reserves of the Caribbean country.

Aug 20 09:52

Venezuela's Key Refineries At Risk Of Seizure

In 2007, following Venezuela’s expropriation of billions of dollars of assets from U.S. companies like ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips, I suggested a potential remedy.

Since Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, PDVSA (Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A.) owns the Citgo refineries in the U.S., the companies that had lost billions of dollars of assets should target these refineries for seizure as compensation.

Aug 19 08:41

VENEZUELA IN CHAOS AFTER MADURO ANNOUNCES MASSIVE 95% DEVALUATION, NEW FX RATE TIED TO CRYPTOCURRENCY

Chaos and confusion erupted across Venezuela, and most stores were shuttered on Saturday, after president Nicolas Maduro announced that the government would enact a massive currency devaluation, implement a new minimum wage, hike taxes, and also raise gasoline prices for most citizens even as the country struggles with the greatest hyperinflation on record, surpassing even that of the Weimar Republic.

"They've dollarized our prices. I am petrolizing salaries and petrolizing prices," Maduro explained in a Friday televised address. "We are going to convert the petro into the reference that pegs the entire economy's movements."

Aug 18 21:42

Venezuela's Maduro announces new minimum wage, exchange rate tied to petro cryptocurrency

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced the plan to tie the national currency's exchange rate to the state-launched cryptocurrency petro. The country's new and increase minimum wage will also be anchored to the petro.

Maduro said the petro would be valued at $60 or 3,600 sovereign bolivars after the redenomination planned for August 20 slashes five zeroes off the national currency. The minimum wage will be set at half that, 1,800 sovereign bolivars.

"They've dollarized our prices. I am petrolizing salaries and petrolizing prices," Maduro said in a Friday televised address. "We are going to convert the petro into the reference that pegs the entire economy's movements."

Aug 17 01:19

Chile grounds planes amid bomb threats

Chilean authorities are investigating at least 11 passenger plane bomb threats, received on Thursday, Chile’s Bio-Bio radio station has reported. Some of the planes are owned by South American air carrier LATAM, formed as a result of merger between Chile’s LAN and Brazil’s TAM, the rest belongs to Chile’s Sky Airlines. According to Bio-Bio, three planes had to perform emergency landings in Chile and Peru. After that, eight bomb threats were received. In two cases, the bomb threat was obviously a hoax, because the caller spoke about non-existent flights. "This is very unusual. Nothing of this kind has ever happened to us, but anyway we work in coordination with the carabineers and police investigators," Bio-Bio quoted Chilean civil aviation official Victor Villalobos as saying. Earlier in the day, the transport ministry of Peru reported that a LATAM plane made an emergency landing in the city of Pisco due to a bomb threat.

Aug 16 11:33

Venezuela Faces Threat of 'Indirect Intervention' From Colombia - Professor

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has said the country’s subsidized fuel prices should rise, to stop smugglers from cheating the country out of billions of dollars. Will this help alleviate the ongoing crisis or be another failed measure at redemption for the government?

Aug 16 04:56

U.S. FOREIGN ELECTION MEDDLING: Bannon to Advise Brazil Presidential Candidate

Steve Bannon to Advise Brazil’s Far-Right Presidential Candidate

Aug 14 11:33

Venezuelan Pirates Spread Fear Across The Caribbean

Vessels sailing in the vicinity of Trinidad and Tobago are now under threat of being the victims of piracy for the first since the 1700s. According to a report from the Washington Post, in the wake of Venezuela’s economic and societal collapse, criminals desperate to earn a living have taken up the centuries-old crime and are attacking yachts and fishing vessels along the coast of South America.

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