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Jun 22 07:33

HOW US POLICY IN HONDURAS SET THE STAGE FOR TODAY’S MASS MIGRATION

U.S. policy in Honduras, particularly during the Obama administration, is directly responsible for part of the immigration crisis now gripping the U.S., argues Joseph Nevins.

Jun 21 08:22

“THEY USED OUR GUNS…AND WE TRAINED THEM HOW TO USE THEM”

The chaos in Central America that brings tens of thousands of desperate people to our borders each year was and is largely made in the USA.

The US armed and continues to arm dictators in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

In Nicaragua in the 1980s, the US government funded terrorists (“the Contras”) who murdered peasants and destroyed social infrastructure in the countryside like medical clinics and agricultural processing centers – all to stimulate “regime change”, an objective the US still has and it working on in that country.

In Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, dictators we supported used our arms, training and encouragement to form death squads that targeted religious leaders, labor leaders, health care workers, university professors, and anyone who called for reform.

And some people wonder why these countries are in chaos with refugees showing up on our border.

Jun 20 10:12

AS MEXICANS WERE BUSY CELEBRATING WORLD CUP WIN, MEXICO GOV'T APPROVED PRIVATIZAD WATER

As Mexicans celebrated a historic win against World Cup defending champions, Germany, Mexico's federal government of Enrique Peña Nieto has cleared the way for the extraction of water in 300 areas, making up 55 percent of Mexican surface water, by companies within the mining, fracking and oil industries for the next 50 years, a move that is being described by some as “water privatization.”

Jun 20 09:45

Venezuela's 'millionaires,' the new poor

Elizabeth Torres is outraged, but as a Venezuelan she takes the affront in her stride. "We are a country of millionaires," she says ironically, eyeing a carton of eggs in the market. Price? Three million bolivars.

"You are a millionaire because you have to pay that much, and for that you get 36 eggs, but the minimum salary is 2.6 million! With what you get every month, you can't buy them," she says.

It's the great irony of the country's cruel decline. Sitting atop the world's largest reserves of crude, Venezuela -- once Latin America's richest country -- is now a state of millionaires, but the millions are in bolivars and practically worthless.

Jun 20 07:17

Nicaraguan Opposition Suspends Negotiations: A Return to Violence? (Pt 1/2)

Following two months of protests and an estimated 170 dead, the violence briefly subsided, as opposition-government negotiations tried to resolve the situation. The opposition now says the government is reneging on commitments and will abandon negotiations. What led to this crisis and where will it go from here? We discuss the situation with Trevor Evans and Camilo Mejia

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Part 2 is HERE

Jun 19 07:51

A Brazilian Judge Just Handed Facebook Censorship Powers

A Brazilian judge has ordered Facebook to remove all current posts that offend the “image, honor and privacy” of slain politician Marielle Franco — and all future posts of the same nature. This could set a dangerous precedent for freedom of speech online in the country.

Rio de Janeiro city councilor Marielle Franco and her driver Anderson Gomes were killed in a drive-by shooting on the night of the March 14. Franco, 38, was a vocal critic of local police violence. Soon after her murder, false reports claiming she had been married to a drug lord and that she was elected with the support of a criminal group began circulating online, among other unqualified rumors.

Marielle’s widow and sister filed separate libel claims against Facebook and Google in an effort to get the stories removed from search results and social media. In both cases, the courts ruled in their favor.

Jun 19 07:28

Pleasing Investors at the Expense of the People, Argentina Sells out to the IMF

Days before Christmas of 2001, a 54-year-old Argentine woman named Norma Cecilia Albino shoved her way past the throngs of demonstrators protesting the government’s new banking restrictions, walked into a bank branch in a northern Buenos Aires neighborhood, strolled to the counter, and asked to withdraw a few pesos from her account.

When the cashier explained to Albino that she’d already reached her limit and would not be able to withdraw more until the following month, Albino calmly rumbled through her purse for a bottle of alcohol, doused herself with it, and then, to the horror of a nation, set herself ablaze inside the bank lobby.

Jun 19 07:23

Far-Right Wins Presidency in Colombia: ‘A Frightening Result’

Ivan Duque, who is the candidate of former president Alvaro Uribe, won a solid victory for Colombia’s presidency and will probably take Colombia back towards civil war and internal repression, with the help of the US and other conservative governments, argues Manuel Rozental, of PueblosEnCamino.org

Jun 18 09:29

Trump, Pompeo Quietly Pursue Hawkish Course On Venezuela

The United States prioritizes a Western Hemisphere “distinguished by democracy, peace, respect for human rights, and cooperation,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Organization of American States, the principle organizing body of North and South America, at a meeting in Washington earlier this week.

It was his first address to the body as secretary, and he didn’t mince words: he called for Venezuela’s ouster.

Jun 14 11:48

Uruguay: First Nation To Legalize Marijuana Can’t Keep Up With Demand

By Aaron Kesel

The South American country was the first nation to legalize marijuana in 2013. However, the legal sales of cannabis began just last year and is still struggling to keep users within the law by purchasing from pharmacies...

Jun 14 09:46

Nicaragua kicks off national strike as bishops move to reboot talks

A national strike got underway Thursday in Nicaragua to protest the government's deadly crackdown on a two-month long popular uprising against President Daniel Ortega, hours after the Church moved towards rekindling talks to calm the crisis rights groups say has killed at least 152 people.

Anticipation of the "peaceful" nationwide 24-hour work stoppage that began at 12:00 am (0600 GMT) had meanwhile triggered a mad dash to gas stations and supermarkets to stockpile grain, milk and vegetables.

Jorge Esquivel, 60, voiced support for the strike -- to include all sectors besides those "related to the preservation of life and the coverage of basic services" -- called by a coalition of student, business and other civic representatives, one of the main groups involved in the now-stalled talks.

Jun 13 08:17

Pope Francis accepts resignation of bishop at the centre of Chile's sex abuse scandal that has devastated Catholic Church's reputation in the country

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Chilean bishop at the centre of a child sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic church.

The pontiff accepted the resignation letters of three of the highest figures in the Chilean church on Monday - including the controversial Juan Barros.

All 34 of Chile's bishops had offered to resign last month, but Pope Francis announced only three would be stepping aside - Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Bishop Gonzalo Duarte of Valparaiso and Bishop Cristian Caro of Puerto Montt.

Barros, 61, is accused of covering up the crimes of Father Fernando Karadima who was first accused of abusing teenage boys in Chile in 1984.

Jun 12 10:07

Venezuela's hyperinflation at new dizzying high

Venezuela's sky-high inflation soared to 24,571 percent in the past 12 months, lawmakers said Monday.

President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government controls most of the country's economy and is in the midst of an ever-deepening crisis with food and medicine in short supply.

Analysts blame what they call mismanagement of a state-led economy. That includes its control over hard currency, as well as low oil prices. Venezuela depends on crude oil for its earnings.

The government blames US sanctions and businessmen speculating on the problems.

Jun 11 10:48

Why Venezuela and Syria Cannot Fall

Despite tremendous hardship which the Venezuelan people are having to face, despite the sanctions and intimidation from abroad, President Nicolás Maduro has won a second six-year term.

Two weeks ago, at the Venezuelan embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, where I addressed several leaders of East African left-wing opposition, an acting Charge d’ Affaires, Jose Avila Torres, declared: “People of Venezuela are now facing similar situation as the Syrian people.”

True. Both nations, Venezuela and Syria, are separated by a tremendous geographical distance, but they are united by the same fate, same determination and courage.

Jun 10 08:56

Embarrassing Defeat for the U. S. in Its Efforts to Expel Venezuela from the OAS

At the OAS nineteen member states voted in favor, four against and eleven abstained when the US tried to have Venezuela sanctioned. US will not hesitate to bear tremendous pressure on member countries to get its way in Latin America. We speak to CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot about the vote and how it came about

Jun 09 10:33

Venezuela’s Bolivar Surges Past 2,000,000 VEF/USD

In the past week, Venezuela’s economic death spiral has picked up speed. When, Venezuela’s hyperinflationary episode began in November 2016 the bolivar was valued on the black-market (read: free-market) at roughly 1,500 VEF/USD. Today, 6/8/18, a greenback will fetch a stunning 2.3 million bolivars. Less than a month ago, that same greenback would have fetched “only” 800,000 bolivars. With the collapse of the bolivar, inflation has soared to a record high of 37,076%.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has got to be horrific for the Venezuelan people; I would imagine that much of the commerce here, is now dominated by barter.

Jun 08 08:42

Argentinian soccer team boycotts Israel — and ‘NY Times’ whitewash fails to quote a single player

The New York Times faced a dilemma. How to downplay this stinging defeat for Israel in world opinion? The Times has a correspondent in Buenos Aires, Daniel Politi, and here’s what he did in today’s sports pages; he did not quote Higuaín or any other player for Argentina. Instead, he spent 22 paragraphs partly peddling an alternate conspiracy theory: that Argentina canceled not for political reasons, but because the team feared “violence” from Palestinians.

Jun 07 10:03

US media openly calling for Venezuela military coup

If you’ve followed American media in recent times, you will have probably heard that meddling in affairs of foreign nations is a bad thing — but it seems that view changes dramatically when the US is the one doing the meddling.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was reelected in May in what Washington wrote-off as a “sham” election. In response, the Trump administration slapped new sanctions on the South American country and seemingly won’t be happy until Maduro and his socialist regime packs up and disappears.

Jun 06 11:31

The Salvador Option: The US Is Once Again Supporting Death Squads in Central America

The United States has been quietly funding and equipping elite paramilitary police units in El Salvador accused of extrajudicially murdering suspected gang members, according to a forthcoming United Nations report reviewed in advance by CNN.

Beginning with George W. Bush in 2003, successive US administrations have provided tens of millions of dollars in aid for Salvadoran military and police in support of the government’s “Mano Dura” (“Firm Hand”) security program, an aggressive campaign to combat out-of-control gang violence in a country with one of the world’s highest homicide rates.

Jun 06 11:22

MONTH OF PRIDE FOR BDS

Argentina‘s national football team has cancelled an upcoming friendly match with Israel, Argentine news sources reported.

Argentinian sports website Minutouno reported on Tuesday that Saturday’s game in Jerusalem had been “suspended” amid an “escalation of violence, threats and criticism” directed at captain ‘Leo’ Messi.

Argentina, a major contender to win the World Cupthis summer, has made four previous pre-World Cup visits to Israel since 1986.

The fixture between the two teams was set to be played in Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium on June 9, which is built on land that was once a Palestinian village that was destroyed in 1948.

Israeli media reported that in light of this latest development, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak to his Argentinian counterpart Mauricio Macri by telephone.

The ambassador of Palestine in Argentina, Husni Abdel Wahed, had expressed his opposition to the friendly.

Jun 06 10:04

Amid worsening violence, Nicaraguans say crisis has reached 'catastrophic' proportions

Nearly seven weeks after a violent crackdown on student protesters ignited a movement to oust the president of Nicaragua, daily life has become difficult and dangerous for a population increasingly in open rebellion against the government.

At least 113 people have been killed, more than 1,000 injured and hundreds arrested since the political uprising began in mid-April, according to human rights groups. Dozens of others have disappeared.

In what was until recently one of the safest countries in Latin America, families are now afraid to leave their homes after dark. Barricades set up by protesters block highways, public transportation is scarce and business in some parts of the country has ground to a halt.

Jun 06 10:03

The US's Fingerprints Are All Over Nicaragua's Bloody Civil Unrest

Bloody protests against Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega’s government have the United State’s fingerprints all over it. Over 100 people have been killed since the civil unrest broke out in mid-April and it doesn’t take much to realize the US government is fueling the bloodbath.

According to RT, the so-called marea rosa, or “pink tide”, of allied leftist governmentswhich held sway across Latin America in previous years is being rolled back. Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff was removed from power in a right-wing coup, co-conspirators of which have now managed to imprison the current presidential frontrunner, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Ecuador’s Lenin Moreno has stabbed his former leader Rafael Correa in the back by barring him from seeking re-election, while seemingly purging his cabinet of remaining Correa loyalists and beginning the process of allowing the US military back into the country.

Jun 06 10:01

Palestinians thank Argentina for cancelling match with Israel

Palestinians have thanked the Argentinian football team and star forward Lionel Messi for cancelling their friendly match with Israel scheduled for Saturday, according to the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI).

Football fans and Palestinian human rights supporters had urged the Argentinian team to cancel the match, set to take place in an Israeli stadium built on the ethnically cleansed Palestinian village of Al-Maliha in response to Israel’s violent response to peaceful protesters on the Gaza border that left over 120 dead.

Initially set to be held in Haifa, the Israeli government moved the match to the Jerusalem village, offering the organisers $760,000 in compensation. Israel was reportedly already paying Argentina $3 million to play the match as part of its celebrations to mark 70 years of its independence, when it forcibly expelled more than 750,000 Palestinians from their homes.

Jun 06 05:04

Argentina cancels Israel World Cup friendly after Gaza violence

Argentina has cancelled a football World Cup warm-up match with Israel, apparently under pressure over Israel's treatment of Palestinians in Gaza.
Striker Gonzalo Higuain said they had "finally done the right thing".
But Israel's defence minister said it was "too bad" Argentina's footballers did not "withstand the pressure of the Israeli-hating inciters".
"We will not yield before a pack of anti-Semitic terrorist supporters," Avigdor Lieberman tweeted.
Note: That's it, as always anti-Antisemitism!

Jun 05 12:16

Maduro Confirms Venezuela Exiting From OAS

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that the ongoing session of General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) would become the last one for the country, as Caracas was withdrawing from the organization.

"This is the last OAS General Assembly where the Venezuelan foreign minister participates, we criticize the OAS and we withdraw," Maduro was quoted as saying by the Globovision channel.

Maduro noted that the US government launched a campaign against Venezuela within the OAS.

Caracas Slams New US Anti-Venezuela Sanctions as 'Crime Against Humanity'
On Monday, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo urged the OAS members to increase pressure on the government of Venezuela and to impose additional sanctions. He added that suspending Venezuela from the organization would send a powerful message to Venezuelan leader.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly don't blame Maduro for doing this, looking at the way the US government has manipulated the actions of the OAS against Venzuela.

Jun 05 12:04

Venezuela charges Pompeo with leading coup d'etat

The Venezuelan Foreign Minister accused Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Monday of leading a coup d'etat against the Caracas government.

Jorge Arreaza, the Venezuelan official, promised to fight the “imperalists” to the North. He delivered the strong rebuke following Pompeo's calls for the Organization of American States to suspend Venezuela from the hemispheric organization.

Pompeo also called on allies to sanction and further isolate the government of Venezuelan leader leader Nicolás Maduro.

Jun 05 10:33

The Salvador Option: the US is Once Again Supporting Death Squads in Central America

The United States has been quietly funding and equipping elite paramilitary police units in El Salvador accused of extrajudicially murdering suspected gang members, according to a forthcoming United Nations report reviewed in advance by CNN.

Beginning with George W. Bush in 2003, successive US administrations have provided tens of millions of dollars in aid for Salvadoran military and police in support of the government’s “Mano Dura” (“Firm Hand”) security program, an aggressive campaign to combat out-of-control gang violence in a country with one of the world’s highest homicide rates.

Jun 05 09:49

In chaotic Venezuela, guerrillas from Colombia find new territory to grow

With dark curly hair and a wiry frame, the 29-year-old gold miner said she had grown used to the violence, lawlessness and the rule of strongmen in southeastern Venezuela.

For years, the muddy patch of land that she worked with her family had been trapped in a turf war between rival gangs that left dozens dead.

But life changed abut a year ago when a new gang arrived: Colombia’s National Liberation Army, or ELN.

The miner said more than 100 well-armed ELN soldiers — hauled in by truck and wearing unmarked fatigues — descended on her isolated mining village along the border with Guyana and almost 500 miles away from the Colombian border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The excuse for the US to go into Venezuela.

Jun 05 09:28

Will Iran Follow in the Footsteps of Venezuela – a Vanguard of a New World?

Venezuela is a champion in democracy, in democratic elections, as proven twice within the last twelve months and more than a dozen times since 1999. Never mind that the lunatic west doesn’t want to accept it – simply because the west – the US and her handlers – and her European vassals, cannot tolerate a socialist country prospering – one that is so close to the empire’s border and on top of it, loaded with natural riches, like oil and minerals. Venezuela’s economic success could send intellectual “left-wing” shock waves to the dumbed and numbed American populace, with shrapnel ricocheting all the way to blindfolded Europe.

Jun 04 09:26

A Defense of Capitalism and Free Markets as Millennials Flock to Socialism in Droves

A socialist society will be the future of America if Millennials have their way. This is a scary reality that cannot happen if we hope to remain the world’s top economy and not become another socialist failure like Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, Brazil, and the Soviet Union.

May 31 09:41

Colombia-NATO Deal Threatens War With Venezuela, ‘Conquest’ Of Latin America

Colombian President Manuel Santos announced on his Twitter that the Colombia’s status as “NATO’s global partner” will soon be formalized.

“We will be the only country in Latin America with this privilege,” he assured, adding that this will help to “improve the image of Colombia” and allow the country to have “much more presence on the international stage.”

Approval of the statute is scheduled for May 31 during Santos’ visit to Brussels.

May 31 09:24

Angry mob brutally lynch man accused of raping pregnant woman and girl, 4

AN ANGRY mob lynched a man accused of raping a pregnant woman and a four-year-old child in horrifying scenes. Police tried to intervene in the bloody incident in the municipality of Soledad in northern Colombia, but the accused later died in hospital.

Local media say the lynched man goes by the nickname Boca de Perro, or Dog Mouth, and was accused of raping at least four victims including a four-year-old girl and a pregnant woman.

The graphic ordeal was filmed and starts with the man already on the ground soaking in his own blood.

May 29 08:54

US meddled in Venezuelan elections, says Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza in new interview

Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza, talked about how the US embassy and American diplomats meddled in Venezuela’s elections, calling for the opposition to boycott the elections in a bid to undermine its legitimacy, in a recent interview with Deutsche Welle.

Western media, in attempts to parrot the illegitimacy claims, have often pointed to the boycotts that much of the opposition carried out.

But if we take Arreaza at his word, then it would seem to appear that these boycotts were an attempt by Western diplomats to meddle in the elections of Venezuela.

May 29 07:50

IT COULD HAPPEN HERE: LATIN AMERICA AND THE U.S. BOTH HAVE AN AUTHORITARIAN PROBLEM (AND FOR THE SAME REASONS)

Retracing the rise and fall of authoritarianism across civilized society is like watching a pendulum swing back and forth. Its comings and goings have become inevitable, and essentially predictable, because we’ve never addressed the underlying cause — just its symptoms. You will hear Venezuela’s most recent presidential election described by its victor, Nicolás Maduro, as a triumph for democracy. Most world leaders tell a different story, alleging blatant corruption and election fraud. It’s an alarming but not surprising turn of events for the country and indeed for the entire continent.

May 28 11:11

Strings Attached? US Wants To Donate Military Vehicles To Brazil

The United States has made a proposal to donate 120 M198 155 mm towed howitzers, 200 M577A2 command armored vehicles, and six M88A1 ??(ARV) armored recovery vehicles to the Brazilian Army.

The Brazilian Army confirmed that the United States has offered these materials, but has said that the Brazilian team will first go to the United States to check the conditions of the materials.

“The visit will determine if the Brazilian Army will receive the total donation, partial, or if it will not receive any material,” the Brazilian Army explained.

May 24 10:48

Arab League cancels deals with Guatemala over Jerusalem embassy move

The Arab League has severed ties with Guatemala following the latter’s decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem.

Arab League spokesman, Mahmoud Afif, said in a statement yesterday that the decision is in accordance with the results of the recent Arab League meeting which condemned Guatemala for moving its embassy to Jerusalem and vowed to take appropriate political and economic measures against it.

May 24 09:07

NETHERLANDS DOESN'T RECOGNIZE RESULTS OF VENEZUELA ELECTIONS

The Netherlands does not recognize the outcome of the elections held in Venezuela over the weekend, in which leftist president Nicolas Maduro was re-elected. "They were not free and independent elections", Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, RTL Nieuws reports.

May 24 08:34

The vultures of Venezuela

As we are bussed through Caracas to the airport, vultures perched on lamp posts on the concrete banks of the Rio Guaire remind me of a T-shirt I had in high school. The T-shirt featured two vultures in a tree. One addresses the other: "Patience my ass, I'm gonna kill something."

The vultures hanging around what's essentially a concrete drainage ditch through the capital might represent moneyed interests both inside and outside Venezuela. The country is a treasure trove of petroleum and minerals, and while the socialist government has made many mistakes, it doesn’t seem poised to fail anytime soon. And some vultures just can't wait. Sanctions and an infowar by corporate media, parroting the neoliberal party line, have turned Venezuela into an economic warzone.

May 23 09:51

VENEZUELA'S MADURO REJECTS TRUMP'S SANCTIONS, EXPELS TOP US DIPLOMAT

A day after being re-"elected", Venezuela's Maduro spoke on State TV rejecting U.S. sanctions - which "offend national dignity" - and expelling the top US diplomat from Caracas due to "conspiratorial behavior" against the government.

Tensions have mounted mount between the two countries following Maduro's victory in disputed presidential elections on Sunday. The White House has branded the election a "sham," and Maduro claims he "earned every vote and fought to win."

“How many times have they underestimated me?” Maduro, 55, called out to crowd of supporters outside the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas.

“You have believed in me, and I’m going to respond to this infinite confidence, this lovely confidence.”

“They say you were forced to vote, that you were coerced into voting -- it’s an insult to the people!"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Was the Venezuelan vote tampered with?!? Most probably. But the same kind of shenanigans happen in the Unhinged, Surveilled State of WarMerica on a consistent basis.

Ask Debbie Wasserman Schultz about how she insured that Bernie Sanders was robbed of the Democratic nomination for President, if you don't believe me.

I very strong regret that Maduro has thrown out Naranjo and Robinson, the American diplomats on the ground here.

This will, in turn, set the stage for a US-backed "color revolution", to bring Maduro down, and have installed a more US-centric puppet, eager to make sure that Venezuelan oil, which is documented as being one of the largest oil reserves on the planet... is only sold in US dollars.

May 22 11:02

Venezuela expels top US diplomat for 'conspiring' against government

The top US diplomat in Caracas, Venezuela has been expelled for allegedly conspiring against the government, President Nicolas Maduro announced.

"I have declared him persona non grata and I announce the exit of the US chargé d'affaires in 48 hours," Maduro said on Tuesday, referring to Todd Robinson.

May 22 10:13

Nicolas Maduro Reelected President of Venezuela

Nicolas Maduro won another six-year term overwhelmingly by a two-thirds majority – far greater than polls predicted, turnout disappointing at less than 50%.

His main adversary, Chavista turncoat Henri Falcon, fared much poorer than predicted with around 21% of the vote.

Businessman/evangelical pastor linked to the Panama Papers tax haven scandal got only about 11% support.

Addressing a late Sunday night crowd of supporters, Maduro hailed his triumph as a victory over “imperialism,” saying:

“How much have they underestimated our revolutionary people, and how much have they underestimated me. And here we are victorious,” adding:

“It has been a heroic, beautiful, popular victory forged in the struggle. I’m the president of all of the Venezuelans. I call for a dialogue process. Permanent dialogue is what Venezuela needs. The revolution is here to stay!”

May 21 11:08

Venezuela's Maduro eyes second term despite economic crisis

Venezuelans, reeling under a devastating economic crisis, began voting Sunday in an election boycotted by the opposition and condemned by much of the international community but expected to hand deeply unpopular President Nicolas Maduro a new mandate.

Maduro, the political heir to the late leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez, has presided over an implosion of once wealthy oil producer Venezuela's economy since taking office in 2013.

Hyperinflation, food and medicine shortages, rising crime and broken water, power and transportation networks have sparked violent unrest, and left Maduro with a 75-percent disapproval rating.

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have fled the country in a mass exodus in recent years as the country descends into economic ruin.

May 21 11:04

U.S. will not recognise Venezuela election result - State Dept.

The United States will not recognise the result of Venezuela’s presidential election on Sunday, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan told journalists.

The United States is actively considering oil sanctions on Venezuela and Sullivan said a response to Sunday’s vote would be discussed at a G20 meeting in Buenos Aires on Monday.

“We need to make sure we adhere to our goal which is to target corrupt regime officials and not the people of Venezuela,” Sullivan said. “We don’t want to damage the country in a way that makes it difficult to repair after democracy is restored.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Sullivan, a memo, please: the US government has already done its best to destroy the Venzuelan economy through sanctions which have desperately degraded the living condition of working Venzuelans, particularly those imposed by President Obama.

And in light of the fact of the reality that Russia and Venezuela are going to trade oil in cryptocurrencies, to skirt current sanctions, what does the US government intend to do when a Russian tanker comes to a Venezuelan port to pick up its oil, attack it?!?

Sir, in the immortal words of my late Grandmother, "The horse is already out of the barn.

So are we to completely withdraw from diplomatic relations; shoot the Russians, when they come for their oil, or attack Venzuela directly?!?

I know that the last choice might be very tempting, in light of the reality that Venzuela has intense oil reserves, and some of the largest in the world; but the optics here suck, sir, and will demonstrate to the world, that the US has lost all its former moral diplomatic desire and ability, and has traded that in for bullets and bombs, in our foreign policy.

May 21 10:03

Hidroituango Dam Colombia SA UPDATE

They are building a dam,
but 3 of what I assume is 4 relief tunnels have been plugged
by debris in the rainy season. So the dam has a chance to fail.

May 21 09:40

Ecuador’s Lenin Moreno Moves Further Right With New Cabinet

Guillaume Long, Ecuador’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, discusses Lenin Moreno’s rightward shift since his election – a shift that his new cabinet further deepened

May 20 09:25

Christianity and Depression: It’s Difficult

Today you will know about the Christianity depression in the words of LaKeisha Fleming.
When a devout Christian mother spiraled into a serious depression after a miscarriage, she realized she needed more than just prayer.

May 20 08:34

Why the new outbreak terrifies public health authorities. Ebola Deaths Rised to 26, Says Congo Health Ministry

A new outbreak of the Ebola virus that has killed at least two dozen people.
First of all, for getting a clear understanding of this subject, Let’s see
What is Ebola? & How is Ebola transmitted?
Be aware!!!

May 19 11:51

River Power: Hydroelectric Dam Bursts in Colombia

A dam in Colombia has failed due to faults in the construction of the hydroelectric power plant, resulting in roads being flooded. The incident was captured on video.

According to the local media, tens of thousands of people had to be evacuated after the Cauca River broke through the infiltration tunnel in Colombia. Two bridges, two schools and a hospital were destroyed and about 600 people lost their homes. The video captured by one of the workers shows people running away from the powerful burst of water that made its way through the tunnel.

May 19 10:49

Doria Ragland holds hands with Prince Charles at royal wedding

My girl's a princess! Meghan's proud American mom Doria holds hands with Prince Charles after sitting alone and shedding a tear during emotional ceremony
Doria Ragland appeared overcome with emotion as she watched her daughter marry at St George's Chapel
She had escorted Meghan to Windsor Castle in a Rolls-Royce Phantom IV on the way to the ceremony
Following the wedding she was seen walking arm in arm with Prince Charles and Camilla
Doria was only member of the Markle family to attend the wedding, after bride's father Thomas dropped out

May 19 09:35

US SUPPORTS VENEZUELA'S DEMOCRACY BY ACCUSING MADURO OF DRUG PROFITEERING AHEAD OF ELECTIONS

The US has criticized the upcoming Venezuelan elections as 'fake,' and rushed to support 'democracy' by slapping a top ruling-party member with new sanctions and accusing President Nicolas Maduro of drug-trade profiteering.
The "second most powerful man in Venezuela," Diosdado Cabello, immediately brushed aside the accusations and new US sanctions introduced against him for allegedly heading a drug ring. He said such slander would only strengthen the ruling party's candidate, Maduro, to win Sunday's elections.

"In truth I feel liberated, that imperialism is busy persecuting this humble soldier and his family, strengthens me, forces me every day to continue fighting for the causes that I believe and to be faithful and loyal to our beloved people," Cabello, who is vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), said in a tweet after the US Treasury slapped him – as well as two members of his family, and his "front man" – with sanctions ahead of the election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These most-probably fact-free smears are not going to change the way this election will go.

Russia has already started to assist economically by using the petromoneda, an oil-backed currency, and short of an outright US invasion, Venezuela is going to continue upon the political road it is on right now.

May 19 08:56

FDA just approved Latest Highly Effective Drug to get rid of Migraines.

FDA just approved the first drug to prevent migraines. About 1 in 5 girls and one in 16 men get migraines, in step with the yank sick headache Foundation.
"It may not get rid of all of them, but it really dramatically improves following things...

May 18 10:11

Venezuelan Government Seizes Kellogg's Factory After Closure: A Recipe For Failure

The socialist Venezuelan government has seized a closed Kellogg’s factory and decided to make the perfect storm for failure out of their theft. The government has handed control of the factory over to the workers who will attempt to continue to produce Kellogg’s products.

May 18 09:11

Empty stomachs drive Venezuela soldiers to desert in droves

He enlisted in Venezuela's National Guard to earn a ticket out of poverty. But little more than two years later, his monthly pay is worth only about $2, forcing him to moonlight at a tire shop, and he has put in for a discharge.

"I don't know what everybody else does to survive," said Ruben, a 21-year-old sergeant, who fearing retaliation agreed to speak about his situation only if his last name was not revealed. "If I don't get out of this, I'll starve to death."

Not even Venezuela's once-proud military is immune to the oil-rich country's deepening economic crisis of food shortages and skyrocketing prices, and while top commanders deny there is any discontent, analysts say thousands of soldiers are asking for honorable discharges or deserting their posts by simply walking away.

May 18 08:58

The U.S. Role in Removing a Revolutionary and in Restoring War to Colombia

Former FARC leader Jesús Santrich has been conducting a hunger strike since his arrest on April 9. His looming death ought to be big news in the United States whose government has responsibility for his fate. The U.S. State Department and DEA personnel did the groundwork in Colombia in manufacturing a case against him. The Southern New York District Court is requesting his extradition on a charge of drug-trafficking. Santrich won’t be judged in Colombia.

Santrich’s case deserves continuing attention especially because his arrest and threatened extradition portend the return of civil war to Colombia.

May 17 12:37

US-Trained Special Forces Joined Police Crackdown on Dam Protesters in Honduras

It started at dawn. A vehicle full of Honduran police officers showed up at around 5 am on May 3 in front of the community protest camp in Pajuiles, where residents have been present day and night for more than a year to prevent the passage of hydroelectric dam construction machinery. Less than two hours later, the whole area was crawling with hundreds of members of various police units, including regular national police, the Police Investigations Directorate, the elite COBRAS unit and the TIGRES special forces, which are heavily supported by the US and trained by Green Berets from the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

"It was like a war zone," Pajuiles community leader Albertina López told Truthout.

May 16 11:49

Why is Venezuela’s Buying Foreign Oil for Latin American Allies?

Reuters published an exclusive report claiming that Venezuela is purchasing foreign oil for its regional friends, but contrary to what the outlet implies is a desperate bid by a failing state to hold on to its last partners left, it’s really doing so in order to stave off the hemisphere’s re-subjugation to full-spectrum American dominance.

May 15 11:01

RUSSIAN BANK HELPS VENEZUELA DEFY US SANCTIONS ON CRYPTOCURRENCY

In March, Washington prohibited trade in the petro in the US with President Donald Trump calling the cryptocurrency a 'scam supporting a dictatorship.' The executive order signed by Trump banned “all transactions related to, provision of financing for, and other dealings in, by a United States person or within the United States, any digital currency, digital coin, or digital token,” issued by Venezuela's government.

Maduro vowed that, despite the sanctions, Venezuela would continue pushing forward the domestic blockchain technology and “make the petro one of the most solid and trustworthy cryptocurrencies in the world.”

He added that the digital currency will be traded for several global currencies, including the Russian ruble. The president also announced four “exclusive economic zones” in the country, in which it will be possible to use the petro “for the sale of goods and [payment] of services.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia's President Putin... is, at least, one hundred chess moves ahead of President Trump on this issue; and there is nothing President Trump can do, short of an invasion of Venezuela, which can change that.

May 14 08:54

5/10~TU-160 SUPERSONIC NUKE BOMBER SPOTTED HERE!COLOMBIA INTERCEPT!

May 14 08:51

Hungry, sick and increasingly desperate, thousands of Venezuelans are pouring into Colombia

For evidence that the Venezuelan migrant crisis is overwhelming this Colombian border city, look no further than its largest hospital.

The emergency room designed to serve 75 patients is likely to be crammed with 125 or more. Typically, two-thirds are impoverished Venezuelans with broken bones, infections, trauma injuries — and no insurance and little cash.

"I'm here for medicine I take every three months or I die," said Cesar Andrade, a 51-year-old retired army sergeant from Caracas. He had come to Cucuta's Erasmo Meoz University Hospital for anti-malaria medication he can't get in Venezuela. "I'm starting a new life in Colombia. The crisis back home has forced me to do it."

May 12 08:03

MEXICO: 91 POLITICIANS MURDERED LEADING UP TO GENERAL ELECTIONS

The mayor of the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan was killed making him the 10th politician in Guerrero to be murdered during this year’s political campaign. As another politician was killed in Mexico Tuesday, the country registers 91 politicians murdered during the electoral campaign leading to the national elections scheduled for July 1, 2018.

May 11 11:07

Ecuadorian Embassy Adds New Rules For Julian Assange — No Visitors, Phone Calls Or Internet

By Aaron Kesel

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained according to the UN for almost 8 years. Now Ecuador has expanded that arbitrary detainment to solitary confinement by forbidding Assange from any human contact including visitations, phone calls and barring his Internet usage. All without Assange ever being convicted of a crime besides publishing documents exposing corruption shedding light on the truth...

May 08 11:44

VENEZUELA STARTS BI-NATIONAL BANK WITH PALESTINE USING CRYPTOCURRENCY

Yesterday kicked off a two day diplomatic visit between the leaders of Venezuela and Palestine.

The first item on the agenda was the signing of an agreement to create a bi-national bank to fund infrastructure, technology, and industry between the two countries.

Additionally, a business council spanning economic and financial matters was agreed upon.

The bank will be started off with 20 million Venezuelan Petros.

As Reported by Telesur

Newly re-elected Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas landed in Caracas last night for a two-day diplomatic stay in Venezuela and already he and President Nicolas Maduro have signed an accord to create the binational bank to fund technological and industrial initiatives between the two countries.

During the same meeting Venezuelan minister of tourism Marlenys Contreras and Palestinian director general of international cooperation, Imad Zuhairi agreed to bilateral tourism and hotel projects.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will be good for both countries; that is, unless the U,S and/or Israel, finds a way to crush/sanction the deal to death.

May 08 09:35

Venezuelan Soldiers Desert in Droves With Presidential Election Ahead

Military officers are joining the exodus of Venezuelans to Colombia and Brazil, fleeing barracks and forcing President Nicolas Maduro’s government to call upon retirees and militia to fill the void.

High desertion rates at bases in Caracas and the countryside are complicating security plans for the presidential election in 13 days, which by law require military custody of electoral materials and machinery at voting centers.

“The number is unknown because it used to be published in the Official Gazette. Now, it is not,” said Rocio San Miguel, director of Control Ciudadano, a military watchdog group in Caracas. She said soldiers are fleeing for the same reason citizens are: “Wages are low, the quality of food and clothing isn’t good.”

May 07 11:29

Pence to announce new Venezuela sanctions in speech on Monday: aide

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is set to announce new sanctions on Venezuela in a speech to the Organization of American States on Monday, an aide to Pence said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the downside of the globalized economy. It can and has been weaponized.

May 07 10:55

China Has Halted Its US Soybean Orders Due to Trade Tensions

The market fear has raised since China issued the new tariff list of 106 U.S. products. Targeting at soybean, corn, cotton, sorghum and other U.S. agricultural exports, the additional tariff would result in the severe export decline as well as the growing panic of U.S. farming and agricultural industry. Today, U.S. soybean market’s biggest fear has been confirmed. Bunge, world’s biggest oilseed processor says China has essentially stopped buying U.S. supplies amid the brewing trade war, reported by Bloomberg.

Instead of buying U.S. soybeans, China is turning the sourcing region to Brazil and Canada, mostly Brazil. Many experts have predicted Brazil would be one of the beneficiaries in U.S-China trade war and the best alternative soybean exporter to the U.S.. Soren Schroder, chief executive of Bunge, said that he saw the U.S. making “very little if any” sales of soybeans to China, and not sure about how long it will last.

May 07 10:49

Creditors Gathering to Plan Seizures Following Venezuela’s Defaults

As Venezuela’s creditors are gathering to discuss how they may best protect their interests, additional pressure from former head of the country’s state-owned oil company, PdVSA, was applied on Saturday. Rafael Ramirez, the former head of the company under Chavez and Maduro, barely escaped with his life when Maduro arrested the top officials at the company last year for “engaging in corruption.” Maduro replaced Ramirez with Major General Manuel Quevedo, who is succeeding in even more rapidly running into the ground the once-prosperous and highly profitable energy producer.

May 06 09:57

Venezuela takes charge of big bank, arrests 11 executives

Venezuela arrested 11 top officials from the country's largest private bank and announced that the state would intervene in the institution's activities at least temporarily to clean up purported illicit activity, officials said Thursday.

It was not clear whether the 90-day intervention would be a first step toward a full takeover of Banesco. It's the second round of arrests recently at a private interest following the detention of two Chevron employees.

Attorney General Tarek William Saab in a state TV broadcast announced that the Banesco executives had been detained following a "surgical" probe uncovering "irregularities" that devalued Venezuela's flagging currency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Too bad we can't do that here!

Apr 29 08:38

How Shoddy Reporting and Anti-Russian Propaganda Coerced Ecuador to Silence Julian Assange

JULIAN ASSANGE HAS been barred from communicating with the outside world for more than three weeks. On March 27, the government of Ecuador blocked Assange’s internet access and barred him from receiving visitors other than his lawyers. Assange has been in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, when Ecuador granted him asylum due to fears that his extradition to Sweden as part of a sexual assault investigation would result in his being sent to the U.S. for prosecution for his work with WikiLeaks. In January of this year, Assange formally became a citizen of Ecuador.

Apr 28 06:43

ANTHROPOLOGISTS IN PERU HAVE UNEARTHED SITE OF LARGEST KNOWN CHILD SACRIFICE

Evidence for the largest single incident of mass child sacrifice in the Americas— and likely in world history—has been discovered on Peru’s northern coast, archaeologists tell National Geographic.

Apr 25 09:40

Venezuela Banned Guns. Now Their Murder Rate Is Skyrocketing.

Want an example of how dangerous gun prohibition for citizens can be ? Try Venezuela, where since April 2017 at least 163 pro-democracy protesters have been murdered by the Maduro dictatorship.

In 2012, the Venezuelan National Assembly, which was dominated by communists, passed the “Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law." The bill was clear that it aimed to “disarm all citizens.” All gun sales were banned except to government entities. If a citizen was caught selling a gun or carrying one, they could get 20 years in prison.

The year preceding Maduro’s disarmament initiative, Caracas recorded a homicide rate of 122 per 100,000 inhabitants, roughly 20 times the global average of 6.2.

So what happened next? The national homicide rate rose from 73 per 100,000 in 2012 to 90 per 100,000 in 2015. In 2014, the Maduro government invested $47 million to create 60 centers for voluntary firearm trade-ins.

Apr 24 14:09

Venezuela Is Replenishing Its Gold!

Venezuela and Turkey have repatriated all their gold stored in the US – Venezuela now sells it. Venezuela, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands are some of the 11 countries that have repatriated a significant portion of their gold reserves held in the US and other countries in recent years. Turkey has recently announced that it has decided to repatriate all the gold it stores to the Federal Reserve (FED). According to the latest IMF data, Turkey’s gold reserves are estimated at 591 tons, worth just over $23 billion. Turkey ranks 11th among the biggest stocks, behind the Netherlands and ahead of India. However, what should be troubled by Turkey is what happened and continues in another country that has decided to repatriate all of its reserves to gold and which has been and continues to be openly against the US. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he did it for the citizens of his country, but he died a little later, and there was no way to appreciate his real intentions.

Apr 24 10:16

Colombia's Migrant Crisis Worsens With Venezuela Nearing ‘Implosion’

The flow of migrants fleeing Venezuela’s collapsing economy is increasing every day, putting a strain on Colombia’s health and education systems and its jobs market, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said.

“Venezuela is on the verge of imploding,” Santos told Bloomberg TV Monday. “What we hope is that this implosion will be peaceful and not violent, because otherwise we will have a tremendous avalanche of more Venezuelans coming to Colombia.”

The migrant crisis is probably the biggest challenge facing Colombia at the moment, Santos said. Venezuelans are currently crossing the border into Colombia at the rate of more than 100,000 per month, according to data from the immigration authority, with many more arriving illegally.

Apr 23 09:10

Neo-Liberal Policy Causes ‘Regress’ In Latin America – Former Brazilian President

Former Presidents of Ecuador and Brazil Rafael Correa and Dilma Rousseff discussed a positive impact on the decrease of poverty and starvation in Brazil made by the social-democratic forces in the times of their leadership, during an interview broadcast on RT in Porto Alegre on Thursday.

Rafael Correa praised Dilma Rousseff’s State merits and embedded her in the ranks of “the three great Latin-American women who used to lead the three biggest countries of the region.”

He said that the Latin-American countries experienced “renaissance period” when they were governed by the socialist leaders.

Apr 19 11:50

Brazil Accuses EU Of Instigating "Trade War", Threatens WTO Complaint

Brazil's agriculture minister is accusing the European Union of trying to start a trade war with South America's largest economy after it threatened to cut off imports of domestic Brazilian chicken following a food-contamination scandal Bloomberg reported.

With the European Commission set to discuss restrictions on imports from BRF, Brazil's largest packaged-food producer and leading poultry supplier, Blairo Maggi is apparently turning up the rhetoric in hopes of averting a potentially devastating export ban.

Apr 18 12:51

Venezuelans In Search Of Food, Jobs And Hope Push Brazilian Region To Breaking Point (VIDEO)

The recent influx of migrants from neighboring Venezuela has placed a huge burden on the northern Brazilian city of Boa Vista and the surrounding region, where authorities have declared a state of emergency. The UN’s UNHCR refugee agency says almost 800 Venezuelans are arriving in Brazil each day, many of them seeking asylum amid deteriorating economic conditions in their home country. Since the beginning of last year, over 52,000 Venezuelans have landed in Brazil, the UN says. Some 25,000 of those are asylum seekers and 10,000 hold temporary resident visas. The majority of new arrivals end up in the northern state of Roraima, where many make their homes in temporary accommodation facilities and makeshift camps located in the regional capital Boa Vista. However other Venezuelan migrants are forced to live rough while they search for jobs.

Apr 18 11:34

The Southwestern Hemisphere Is Sliding Towards Its Own “Arab Spring”

South and Central America are on a crash course for regional collapse and a geopolitical disaster which could drastically alter the political landscape of the Western Hemisphere and plunge the United States into dire crisis.

Apr 10 09:10

Despacito bounce back and Comes again after hacked by hackers in YouTube

Despacito video is hacked and deleted from YouTube. It’s the most viewed video on youtube and this is the first youtube video have got 5bn views in the history.

Apr 08 08:14

AS BANKS EMBRACE BIOMETRIC TRACKING OF CUSTOMERS, CYBERTHEFT EXPLODES IN MEXICO

Criminal organizations in Mexico have branched out into a lucrative new market and revenue stream: big data. They have developed innovative practices to obtain sensitive user information by lifting data from the databases of government agencies such as Condusef, Consar and Buró de Crédito. They call bank customers and spoof on the caller ID screen the phone number of the bank they claim to represent. To gain the target’s trust, they give the credit card security code to the target and ask if it matches what they see on the back of their card. And it goes from there. Now, they’re about to be gifted an invaluable cache of data: the biometric identifiers of Mexican bank customers.

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