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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

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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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White House statement>>>

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.

Aug 14 10:21

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.

Jeremy McDermott of Insight Crime, a nonprofit that studies organized crime in the region told the Washington Post that “It’s criminal chaos, a free-for-all, along the Venezuelan coast.”

“This reminds me of how the problems started off the coast of eastern Africa," said Roodal Moonilal, a politician from Trinidad and Tobago while speaking to the Washington Post. “What we’re seeing – the piracy, the smuggling – it’s the result of Venezuela’s political and economic collapse.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive my cynicism here, but I have to wonder if this violence has perhaps been "underwritten" by the American Deep State in some way, so that unthinking American s will cheer when the Marines go into the region to "clear this up", and ultimately invade the country (with one of the largest oil reserves on the planet) in order to "save it from itself."

Aug 14 10:15

'DEEPLY DISTURBING': FOR SECOND TIME THIS YEAR, FACEBOOK SUSPENDS LEFT-LEANING TELESUR ENGLISH WITHOUT EXPLANATION

Deeply Disturbing': For Second Time This Year, Facebook Suspends Left-Leaning teleSUR English Without Explanation

"It seems like the censorship power many people on the left want Silicon Valley executives to unilaterally exercise might end up being wielded against the left. One good way to know that would happen is that is already is happening."

For the second time this year, Facebook removed TeleSUR English's page without an explanation beyond claiming the media network had violated the platform's terms of service. (Photo: TeleSUREnglish/Twitter)

For the second time this year, Facebook has suspended teleSUR English's page, claiming the left-leaning Latin American news network violated the social media platform's terms of service without any further explanation—a move that provoked outrage and concern among journalists, free speech advocates, and Big Tech critics.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely suggest that all of us, when confronted with this electronic shunning of a site we believe should be up there, even if we may pointedly disagree with its content, should be emailing Facebook, and asking specifically what "terms of service" were violated by that site.

If ALL of us do this, it will at least put Facebook on notice; perhaps (peacefully) overwhelming its servers would make the point.

But in light that this station originates in Venezuela, and the US government doesn't want anything but the "US Official Narrative" to be heard by both English and Spanish-speaking people, one wonders; after the colossal flub of its attempting to murder Maduros via drone strike, what other "pleasantries" the US government has in store for him and the Venezuelan people, and soon?!?

Aug 09 10:01

Venezuela Releases Evidence Tying Maduro Assassins to Colombia, US

Following the attempt on Venezuelan Nicolas Maduro’s life with two explosive-laden drones on Saturday, the President promised to get to the bottom of the failed plot. Last night he showed that his government has learned some things at least, and Maduro says there is still more evidence to come.

Prior to releasing the evidence, Maduro announced that he would be showing off what Venezuelan security had found late Monday night. According to Maduro at the time the evidence backed up the initial claims he had made right after the assassination attempt that “there is sufficient evidence of the participation of the outgoing Colombian government of President Juan Manuel Santos.”

On Tuesday night Maduro presented the evidence to the people of Venezuela in a televised address. Much of what Maduro presented seems to confirm his conclusions and exposes a wider network of the forces plotting to end his life, and the Bolivarian revolution.

Aug 08 12:42

8~8~18 CONFIRMED(!)AMERICAN IN MIAMI PLANNED EVENT IN VENEZUELAN CAPITOL!!

Aug 08 10:49

Maduro Hopes Trump Won't Permit Assassination Plots Against Foreign Leaders

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has said he believes that his US counterpart Donald Trump would not allow anyone to plot the assassination of other world leaders on United States’ soil.

On Saturday, a military parade in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas attended by Maduro was interrupted by what authorities said was an assassination attempt on the life of the president. Venezuela’s Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said several drones detonated close to the presidential box during Maduro's address. The president was unharmed, but seven soldiers sustained injuries.

Aug 07 18:27

Glyphosate use SUSPENDED in Brazil as cancer concerns take center stage

A federal judge in Brasilia has ruled that any new products that use the chemical in its formulation cannot be registered there, and existing registrations will be suspended in the next 30 days while the government takes a closer look at the toxicology. The fungicide thiram and the insecticide abamectin will also be subject to this decision.

Aug 07 11:53

US Abandons Oil Sanctions To Avoid Owning Venezuela's Collapse

Industry collapse
The downfall of Venezuela’s chief industry, coupled with International Monetary Fund predictions that inflation in the country will skyrocket to 1 million percent by the end of this year, have created an unusual scenario, in which Maduro may even welcome US sanctions on its oil sector. As Venezuela’s economy continues to unravel, leading to surging prices and rampant hunger, Maduro could try to pin the blame on sanctions.

“If you break it, you buy it,” said George David Banks, a former international energy and environment adviser to President Trump. “The White House doesn’t want to own this crisis.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, but a drone strike nearly killing President Maduro is PERFECTLY OK!!!"
-Official White Horse Souse.

Aug 06 10:11

Colombia’s Uribe to US Business Leaders: Help Take Out Maduro

A video was revealed on Sunday showing former Colombian president, Alvaro Uribe, telling a group of listeners that Venezuelan soldiers need to “remove” President Nicolas Maduro from office.

The recording was released just 24 hours after two air drones carrying explosives were detonated above President Maduro and several members of his administration on Saturday as the head of state addressed a large crowd at the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard in Caracas. Maduro and other Venezuelan officials are saying that right-wing factions in the United States, Venezuelan and Colombia are behind the drone bombs.

In the video the former president and current Congress member says in English:

“I have said this in public, I have said that the Venezuelan soldiers need to remove that government (of Nicolas Maduro), not to establish a military government, but to call for a rapid transition, with democratic and transparent elections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder: just what did the guy know, and when did he know such an attempt would be made on Maduro's life, to be saying this to a group of US businessmen hours before the attempt?!?

Aug 06 10:11

Two Drones Each Carrying 1Kg Of C-4 Explosive Used In Maduro Assassination Attempt, US Denies Involvement

Update: Speaking on state TV a day after the alleged assassination attempt on Maduro, Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said that six people have been taken into custody and more arrests are possible in the coming hours. He also said that two drones carrying 1 kg each of C-4 explosive were "disoriented" by govt. signal blockers.

He added that the government has raided several Caracas hotels in search for evidence, and noted that one suspect linked to a 2017 attack on Carabobo military base, another to last year’s anti-government protests.

Aug 06 09:58

Footage 'shows moment drone bomb exploded over Presidential rally in Venezuela' as six 'terrorists and assassins' are arrested amid claims the incident was faked

Footage has emerged which appears to show the moment a drone bomb detonated over a packed rally where Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was giving a speech.

The video, which has been widely shared by Venezuelan social media accounts, shows a single drone hovering above the military parade - before suddenly exploding into a fireball.

Venuzuelan officials have claimed dissidents used two M600 drones, each carrying 2lb of C4 explosive. One of the drones was allegedly set to explode above the president while the other was to detonate directly in front of him.

Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said the military managed to knock one of the drones off-course electronically and the other crashed into an apartment building two streets away from where Mr Maduro was speaking to the hundreds of troopsl.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The footage of an actual drone undermines media claims that anonymous firefighters had claimed it was just a gas explosion.

Aug 06 08:51

UNITED STATES FLUBS ASSASSINATION IN CARACAS?

Did the US try to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro?
John Bolton, Trump’s veteran neocon national security adviser, told Fox News the US had nothing to do with the explosive drone attack during an appearance in Caracas that injured several people but left Maduro and his entourage untouched.

“I can say unequivocally there was no U.S. government involvement in this at all. If the government of Venezuela has hard information that they want to present to us that would show a potential violation of U.S. criminal law, we’ll take a serious look at it, but in the meantime I think what we really should focus on is the corruption and oppression in the Maduro regime in Venezuela,” said Bolton during an interview with Chris Wallace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully apparent to me that no other nation-state on the planet has the resources to do something like this, or would do something like this; whatever alphabet soup agencies put this together flubbed, horrifically.

Apparently, some in the bowels of power in DC couldn't wait for the slow, inexorable slide into total chaos and economic oblivion into which the Venezuelan government has led its citizens.

They just wanted to insure that the long-awaited regime change happened a little bit sooner than was ultimately inevitable, because they wanted to make sure the incoming government was US-centric, and that Venezuela's huge oil reserves would only be sold in US dollars.

Speed, plus greed, can lead to massive foul-ups, as happened in this case. I can imagine that there were both ashtrays and very foul language flying in DC on Saturday evening.

Now, Maduro knows, incontrovertibly, that he is in the crosshairs of a US-backed assassination campaign, and that the US government will not rest, until they have accomplished their mission, which is to see him dead.

Were I Maduro, I would be chemically checking everything in his living environment, from the toothpaste (Mossad killed Arafat with polonium in his toothpaste) to the laundry detergent used on his clothing.

Aug 06 08:32

Bolton Denies Involvement in Venezuela Assassination Attempt

Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” US national security adviser John Bolton denied that the US government had at all been involved in the reported Saturday assassination attempt in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas.

There were conflicting reports on what happened, but the government reported seven National Guard soldiers were injured by a pair of “drone-like devices that carried explosives.” They believe this was a failed attempt to assassinate President Maduro, who was unharmed.

Aug 05 08:41

Venezuela’s Maduro Survives Assassination Attempt, Suspects Captured

“They have tried to assassinate me today, and everything points to the Venezuelan ultra-right and the Colombian ultra-right,” President Nicolas Maduro said.>>>

Aug 05 08:16

VENEZUELA'S MADURO SURVIVES ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT, SUSPECTS CAPTURED

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has survived an apparent attack on his life during a military parade celebrating the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard in the capital, Caracas.

In a televised national address late Saturday, Maduro said he was fine and laid blame for the attack firmly at the feet of “right-wing imperial forces” who he said had hired the would-be assassins.

“They have tried to assassinate me today, and everything points to the Venezuelan ultra-right and the Colombian ultra-right, and the name of Juan Manuel Santos is behind this attack,” he said.

“I must inform that they have been captured – those who attempted to take my life – and they are being processed. I won’t say more, but the investigation is very advanced.

“I tell the Venezuelan opposition that I guarantee you can live in this country peacefully. If something happens to me, you will have to face millions of Campesinos and humble people making justice with their own hands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somewhere in the bowels of power in DC last night, both ashtrays, and bad language, were, most probably, flying simultaneously.

And it strikes me very odd that Maduro is accusing the former President of Columbia, Juan Manuel Santos, for being behind the attack. (The current President of Columbia is Ivan Duque, elected 17 June of this year).
Santos won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for creating peace with the FARC Rebels

Now, we know the level to which this prize has been debased by specific awarding of it to war criminals, like Henry Kissinger.

And we know that Santos got much of his education here in the US
(See the bio above).

So, are drones flown in Colombia?!? The short answer is, yes: Drone Laws in Columbia

But an act of this magnitude which almost took out Venezuela's sitting President?!?

IF Santos was collaborating with another country to make this happen, I think we are looking at that collaborating country being a nation/state with a very advanced drone program, which uses them specifically for extrajudicial assassinations in places like Afghanistan and Yemen.

I think we are looking at a collaborating nation/state which desperately wants control of Venezuela's vast oil reserves, and has created sanctions calculated to slowly destroy Venezuela's economy.

And please remember what Santos said about the failing Venezuelan economy back in May of this year: A 'regime change' is coming very soon to Venezuela — according to ColombiaDid he know such an act was being planned by that collaborating country at that point, and that the attack was to take place from Colombian soil?!?

One cannot say for certain, but, to date, there is one country on the face of this planet with an advanced drone program which uses it to assassinate people for whom it does not particularly care: that is (yes, you guessed it), the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America.

The financing and guidance, as bad as the intel was, most probably came from the US government and military, who will swear on a stack of Bibles they didn't do it, and the current President of Columbia was most probably kept out of the loop, for issues of plausible deniability.

This is how, most probably, the attack came down. They blinked, and missed this time.

But Maduro has got to understand, at this point, that the US deep state will not end its attacks against him, including assassination attempts, until they have "neutralized" him, and the regime change, to a more US-centric government, will be put into place at that point.

Aug 04 10:26

“I’M TOTALLY FREAKED OUT”: BRAZIL’S ELITE FLEEING BLOODSHED AND CHAOS

Amid the economic, political, and social collapse, Brazil has been described by many as being in the midst of a “zombie apocalypse” as years of corruption and violence spectacularly implodes all at once.

Horrified by the out of control violence and pessimistic about the nation’s political and economic outlook, thousands of wealthy Brazilians are now fleeing the country.

Thiago Lacerda, a high-profile actor, is one of the thousands of celebrities, bankers, lawyers and affluent Brazilians considering emigration before the next round of turmoil.

“I’m totally freaked out by what’s been happening, especially here in Rio [Rio de Janeiro],” Mr. Lacerda told The Wall Street Journal.

The 40-year-old actor said he has considered moving his family to Europe for the safety of his three children. “In several years, they’re going to want to go out, to start dating, without worrying about getting shot.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though Brazil is descending into true Terry Gilliam territory.

Aug 03 12:48

Chomsky on Regime Change in Nicaragua

With patented angst, Noam Chomsky opined on President Daniel Ortega’s Nicaragua to an agreeing Amy Goodman: “But there’s been a lot of corruption, a lot of repression. It’s autocratic, undoubtedly.”

Earlier in their DemocracyNow! interview, the main talking points were established via a video clip of a dissident former official from Ortega’s Sandinista Party: Ortega’s “entire government has been, in essence, neoliberal. Then it becomes authoritarian, repressive.”

Left out of this view is why the US has targeted Nicaragua for regime change. One would think that a neoliberal regime, especially if it were authoritarian and repressive, would be just the ticket to curry favor with Washington.

Aug 02 14:15

MEET CHINA'S "SECRET" SPACE CONTROL LISTENING BASE IN ARGENTINA NOW ALARMING US OFFICIALS

A recent New York Times piece has sounded the alarm over what Washington perceives as China's "expanding reach into Latin America," related to a space mission control center located in the heart of the Patagonia region of Argentina.

The underlying perspective of the New York Times report over what is otherwise ostensibly a peaceful Argentine-Chinese space communications partnership is presented bluntly in the third stanza: "The isolated base is one of the most striking symbols of Beijing’s long push to transform Latin America and shape its future for generations to come — often in ways that directly undermine the United States’ political, economic and strategic power in the region."

Jul 31 11:15

Ortega Slams US for Financing Violence in Nicaragua, Destabilizing the Country

Nicaraguan leader Daniel Ortega said he had sufficient proof that the United States was financing the ongoing violence in his country through organizations like the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

"We are facing a powerful enemy, which has carried out an armed invasion of Nicaragua several times, the United States, and it continues to interfere in Nicaragua's affairs. Yes, of course [Nicaragua has evidence of such financing]. Through these US accounts, the US Agency for International Development and other US organizations… they declare millions which are allocated for Nicaragua, for democracy as they say," Ortega said in an interview with the Euronews TV channel.

Jul 30 13:22

No Peace in Colombia as ex-FARC Guerrilla Sonia Awaits Release From US Prison

On joining the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 1990, Anayibe Rojas Valderrama, became “Sonia.” By then the insurgency had already, for 26 years, been fighting Colombia’s rich and powerful over their control of land.

Colombian soldiers captured her onFebruary10, 2004. Charged with drug trafficking, Sonia was extradited to the United States on March9, 2005. Convicted by the U.S. District Court in Washingtonon February 7, 2007, Sonia is serving a 16 year, eight month sentence at the Carswell woman’s prison in Fort Worth, Texas. She leaves prison on August 18 and presumably will be deported to Colombia. Her experience illustrates aspects of revolutionary struggle in Colombia and U.S. intervention and points to the currently dim prospects for peace there.

Jul 30 12:00

Nicaragua’s Agony

As the Nicaraguan police and their attendant pro-government “militia” invaded the poor neighborhood of Managua known as “Americas 1,” where residents are routinely harassed, Karina Navarette and her husband took her two children to a relative’s house, where they were to be watched, as usual, while Mama worked in a nearby residence. On the way, they saw “several armed men, ready to shoot.” That’s when all hell broke loose:

“They were all dressed in black and hooded and began to shoot at them. ‘My husband who was carrying the baby turned back to see and that’s when the bullet hit my baby’s head. We left running and there a boy helped us and they took him to the hospital, but there they told us that he was already dead.”

Jul 27 09:34

Argentina’s President is Advancing the Neocon Agenda With the Drug War

By Brian Saady

The President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, announced last Monday that the military would now be involved in domestic crime efforts. It was a reversal of a law akin to the U.S. law, the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. (The Posse Comitatus Act was also amended by Congress during the Reagan administration as part of the war on drugs.)

This decision by Macri is deeply troubling on multiple levels. Bear in mind, he’s taking this step toward authoritarianism while thousands of Argentine protesters have recently contested his decision to accept a $50 billion loan from the IMF...

Jul 27 08:39

Mexico turns to Russian wheat amid escalating trade spat with United States

Producers of Mexican bread, pasta and flour tortillas are looking for cheaper supplies of wheat from Russia in an attempt to reduce reliance on the US due to an ongoing trade conflict with its northern neighbor.

The US market share is currently undergoing a dramatic decline as Mexico, the major purchaser of American grains, is turning to alternative markets amid increasing concerns over surging prices of US produce,

Jul 26 10:31

Soybean giant Brazil swoops on US crop as China trade war punctures prices

Who’s winning the US-China trade war? When it comes to soybeans, the answer is Brazil. The South American nation is capitalising on the strife caused by US President Donald Trump’s trade war to profit from both China and America in soybean trade.

China has been the biggest buyer of US soybean in recent years, but as imports have become caught up in Beijing and Washington’s tit-for-tat tariffs, Chinese purchasers are now looking to to Brazil to make up the shortfall.

As a result, US soybean prices have fallen by 20 per cent since April to their lowest price in nearly a decade, while the Brazilian crop is being sold at a premium, according to industry watchers.

Jul 26 06:46

US Accuses China of Seeking to Build a “Military Base” in El Salvador Commercial Port

Claims of Chinese military activity in Central America should be taken with a grain of salt, at the very least, given the right-wing political forces and pro-U.S. business circles that are levying the accusations.

(*Come on .China only uses other country's land to bury their dead . If anyone should understand , it should be the right-wing political forces )

Jul 25 10:34

Argentina Needs An Amputation

The Argentine peso has lost a third of its value relative to the U.S. dollar in the space of three months, and locals have been to this rodeo before. For seven decades, Argentina has addressed her social and economic problems with massive state interventionism and deficit spending, funded by the printing press. The result has always been the same: economic stagnation and inflation.

Jul 24 13:31

Violent Coup Fails in Nicaragua, US Continues Regime Change Efforts

The people of Nicaragua showed their support for the democratically-elected government of Daniel Ortega with a massive outpouring in Managua in a celebration of the 39th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution. In addition to the mass protest in Managua, various cities had their own, in some cases very sizeable ones.

Jul 24 13:00

The Expansion of U.S. Military Installations in Argentina and Their Implications for Argentine Sovereignty

A number of US military bases have been established throughout Argentina since the election of president Macri.

In early 2018, Macri’s government also approved the construction of another American military base in the province of Misiones. This is a highly strategic position because the province is situated in the tri-border area (TBA) of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, which contains the Guaraní Aquifer, the largest subterranean drinkable and renewable fresh water reserve in the world. Specifically, of the 1.2 million square kilometers of land containing the Guarani Aquifer, 850,000 square kilometers are in Brazil’s territory, 225,000 square kilometers are in Argentina, 70,000 square kilometers are in Paraguay, and 25,000 square kilometers are in Uruguay.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me get this straight: the President of Argentina is refusing to have legal protocol observed, and have the Argentinian Congress approve of these US bases?!?

Jul 24 11:09

Will Trump Revert to Gunboat Diplomacy in Latin America?

Venezuela is the most visible problem. Under the disastrous Marxist economics that President Hugo Chavez and his successor, Nicolas Maduro, have pursued for nearly two decades, Venezuela has become a catastrophe of economic and political chaos. Once the wealthiest country in South America, Venezuela’s gross domestic product is plunging at double-digit rates, and inflation is now soaring at a mind-boggling 46,000 percent. Maduro’s increasingly beleaguered regime has responded with ever more severe authoritarian measures, virtually eradicating the country’s free press and imprisoning scores of opposition leaders.

Jul 24 10:53

Venezuela Surpasses Weimar As Hyperinflation Expected To Hit 1,000,000% By Year End

Some readers may recall this headline from January 2018 "IMF Projects Venezuela Inflation Will Soar to 13,000 Percent in 2018."

This, it turns out was just a little bit off, because as we reported only two weeks ago, Venezuela's annualized inflation hit an annualized rate of 482,153%, with food prices soaring 183% in just one month.

Fast forward to today, when it's time for another "slight revision" because according to the latest IMF forecast released today, Venezuela’s hyperinflation by the end of the year will hit, drumroll, 1,000,000% as the government continues to simply print money to in hopes of filling the void of what was once the country's economy. Putting that number in perspective, the IMF believes that Venezuela inflation hit only 2,400% in 2017, according to a report published Thursday by Alejandro Werner, head of the IMF’s Western Hemisphere department.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Venezuela has been on the US government's "regime change" to-do list for a lot of years, due to its (formerly) successful socialist government, its vast oil reserves, and its consistent refusal to sell its oil only for US dollars.

In February, Venezuela introduced the "petro", a crypto currency, to try to evade US and EU sanctions.

Venezuela introduces its petro-cryptocurrency in February, 2018

But there is only so long that a situation like this can be endured.

I would be certain that the US has its "internal assets" in place, or close to being in place, for when the Maduro government finally fails and falls, and may, in fact, become complicit in that failure.

And I am quite sure, when this happens, that the US government will have its "Saviour Candidate" in place, just as it did with Poroshenko in Ukraine, who will insist on private central banking, and that all of Venezuela's oil only be sold...for US dollars.

And from Sputnik.com, almost two weeks ago, we have a companion piece:

Maduro Accuses Columbia of Inflitration at the Border

The article goes on to state: "Speaking before a military gathering in Caracas, Maduro blamed Colombian tycoons and the US government for ordering the incursions, and urged the armed forces to remain vigilant".

Looking at the US governments's cost/benefit of destabilizing Maduro's government, I would tend to think the guy might be correct on this accusation.

Jul 24 09:47

Venezuela Surpasses Weimar As Hyperinflation Expected To Hit 1,000,000% By Year End

Some readers may recall this headline from January 2018 "IMF Projects Venezuela Inflation Will Soar to 13,000 Percent in 2018."

This, it turns out was just a little bit off, because as we reported only two weeks ago, Venezuela's annualized inflation hit an annualized rate of 482,153%, with food prices soaring 183% in just one month.

Fast forward to today, when it's time for another "slight revision" because according to the latest IMF forecast released today, Venezuela’s hyperinflation by the end of the year will hit, drumroll, 1,000,000% as the government continues to simply print money to in hopes of filling the void of what was once the country's economy. Putting that number in perspective, the IMF believes that Venezuela inflation hit only 2,400% in 2017, according to a report published Thursday by Alejandro Werner, head of the IMF’s Western Hemisphere department.

Jul 16 09:17

Washington’s Latest Myths, Lies and Oil Wars

As American motorists complain of rising gasoline prices, the Trump Administration and the oil and banking interests behind it are smiling on their way to the proverbial bank. If we look at seeming disparate events in Iran, in Venezuela and now in Libya it becomes clear there is a coherent strategy to promote disruption in key oil flows to the immediate advantage of US oil domination.

A decade ago the idea that the United States could displace Saudi Arabia or the Russian Federation as the world’s largest oil producer was considered unthinkable. Today it is clearly a foreign policy priority of the Trump Administration and the major Wall Street banks financing US shale oil production. The strategy is geopolitical and ultimately aims to weaken Russia, Iran and the other independent world oil producing powers like Venezuela.

Jul 11 09:03

A REALITY CHECK ON VENEZUELA - JOHN OLIVER READS THE CIA SCRIPT

Venezuela was considered an economic basket case…as far back as the early 1960s… when the US oil industry controlled the country.

So what’s really going on there?

Would you believe that the US news media is not telling the whole story, much less anything approximately the truth?

It’s simple: Venezuela has a lot of oil and we want it.

Jul 08 09:45

HOW U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN CENTRAL AMERICA LED TO A BORDER CRISIS

Thousands of Central American refugees and migrants have been coming to the Mexico-U.S. border for almost 40 years – and in spring of 2018, the Trump administration enacted a “zero-tolerance” policy that led to the arrest of any and all refugees and migrants attempting to cross the border into the United States. The most controversial aspect of the policy's enforcement was the forced separation of parents from their children. While much of the conversation has focused on Central Americans escaping violence, there hasn't been much on why there's so much violence in the region to begin with. The story? Almost 200 years of U.S. intervention.

Jul 06 12:07

The Balkanization of South America: The Role of "Fifth Columns" Throughout the World

President Hugo Chavez was the first one to warn his Latin American partners of the imminent clandestine infiltration of NATO into South America. Nobody listened. Today it’s a fact – too late to fight against. NATO troops are occupying gradually all seven American military bases in Colombia. They are just simply converting from US to NATO bases – sounds more palatable than US bases – for sure. In the minds of unfortunately still most uninformed or mal-informed people, NATO stands for security. NATO – the North Atlantic Treaty Organization – in South America, what an oxymoron! – Well, it is the same ‘security’ farce as is NATO in Afghanistan and bombing the Middle East.

Jul 06 06:38

Ambassador of Venezuela: we stand by Syria in its war against terrorism

Ambassador of Venezuela in Damascus Imad Saab affirmed on Thursday that his country always supports Syria in its war against terrorism. “The terrorist attack on Syria is very similar to that fierce attack on Venezuela sovereignty and internal safety,” Saab said during a celebration held in Damascus on Venezuela national day. He was confident Syria would come out victorious in the war on terrorism. For his part, Deputy Foreign and expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad affirmed that enemy of Syria and Venezuela is one, which is Israel and its obedient servant, represented by the US. He added that when Syria stands against terrorism in defense of the humanity, it also stands by people of Venezuela in their defense of freedom and independence.

Jul 05 08:56

Trump Reportedly Asked Aides About Invading Venezuela

Apparently, President Trump's offhanded remarks about sending tanks to Venezuela were more than just a scare tactic. Trump reportedly asked a group of senior administration officials why the US couldn't simply invade Venezuela during a meeting in the Oval Office, according to the New York Post. The meeting was called to discuss sanctions against members of the Venezuelan regime.

?Trump's suggestion shocked members of his administration who were in the room, including former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former national security adviser HR McMaster. Months later, Trump was told by his aides not to mention his invasion suggestion during private dinner with leaders from four Latin American allies on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. But he did it anyway, surprising members of his staff. Trump also raised the idea with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Jul 05 07:39

'Billionaire' Oil Tycoon Batista Gets 30 Years In Jail

One of Brazil's richest men, Eike Batista, has received a 30-year prison sentence for bribes given to the former governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sergio Cabral, Reuters reports, citing a federal court document. Cabral was also convicted.

The federal court found Batista - whose business was mainly in oil and metals - guilty of paying US$16.5 million to Cabral in exchange for winning state contracts, including one for the management of the legendary Maracana stadium in Rio and one for the construction of a US$3.7-billion port, Acu.

According to the prosecution, Batista paid a quarter of the bribe to Cabral in cash. The rest came in the form of Petrobras, Vale, and Ambev stock.

Jul 04 12:46

EXCLUSIVE: Why Everything the Western Media Tells You About Venezuela is Lies

Over the course of two tumultuous decades, the US government has determinedly endeavored to destabilize, undermine and ultimately depose the democratically-elected government of Venezuela without pause. First they came for Hugo Chavez, then his successor Nicolas Maduro.

One wouldn't be able to discern this iniquitous reality from mainstream Western news reporting, however. Alan MacLeod, an academic specializing in media theory and analysis — and member of Glasgow University's respected Media Group — set out to discover why.

Jul 04 11:56

Orangutans are critically endangered - and people will not stop hunting them

Every year, hundreds of people are killed every year for their meat, and recent reports show that if the trend of current population does not change, the species will become extinct.

Jul 04 09:10

Inside the Failed Plot to Overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

The plot, code-named Operation Constitution, involved scores of captains, colonels, and generals from all four branches of Venezuela’s armed forces. The goal was straightforward and seismic—to capture President Nicolás Maduro and put him on trial. The plotters, wearing blue armbands marked OC, were supposed to storm the presidential palace and main military base and stop the May 20 presidential election. Some of the planning took place in Bogotá, but Colombian and U.S. officials, who allegedly knew about the plot and winked from the sidelines, declined to provide active support.

Then something went wrong.

Jul 03 08:38

Military Seizes Control Of Water Supplies As Venezuelan Infrastructure Collapses

If there’s one group that has benefited from Venezuela’s economic collapse, it’s the country’s military, which has been handed control over much of the country’s remaining industry as the collapse has intensified. Venezuela’s army, about 160,000 strong, controls the mineral-rich Arco Minero del Orinoco, and some of its top officers are also serving as executives of Venezuela’s state-run oil company.

Jul 01 09:45

Venezuela's inflation hits more than 40,000% as investors dump its currency 'like a hot potato'

Steve H. Hanke, an applied economics professor at Johns Hopkins University, told Business Insider on Friday that annual inflation in the country has risen as high as 41,838%. Hanke, who calculated the inflation figure, has tracked prices in the country for more than two decades.

Venezuela's government has largely stopped reporting economic data, including internal measures of inflation. The Central Bank of Venezuela, which did not immediately respond to request for comment, has not independently released inflation figures in at least a year.

Jun 30 02:51

The world lost an area of tropical forest the size of Bangladesh in 2017

Tropical tree cover loss in many countries has been ramping up in recent years, including in Brazil.

Jun 29 09:54

Military Seizes Control Of Water Supplies As Venezuelan Infrastructure Collapses

If there's one group that has benefited from Venezuela's economic collapse, it's the country's military, which has been handed control over much of the country's remaining industry as the collapse has intensified. Venezuela's army, about 160,000 strong, controls the mineral-rich Arco Minero del Orinoco, and some of its top officers are also serving as executives of Venezuela's state-run oil company.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is, how long before the Venezuelan military starts marching with its people against the Maduro government?!?

Jun 28 08:20

Honduras Is a Hellhole: Who’s Responsible?

As tens of thousands gather at our southern border, roiling US politics, the question arises: why are so many of the asylum-seekers and migrants crossing the border illegally from three Central American countries in particular: El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala?

To begin with, it’s no coincidence that these are the three “most invaded” countries south of the Rio Grande – that is, invaded by the United States and its proxies.

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