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Apr 01 08:43

The Cuban Army Will Support Maduro in the Event of US Interference

The Cuban Armed Forces expressed their support for the Government of Nicolás Maduro, after the United States threaten a military intervention to Venezuela.

In ceremonies, held this Saturday in different barracks, chiefs, officers, non-commissioned officers, sergeants, soldiers and civilian workers of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) of Cuba, dressed in military green, have ratified their support to the Venezuelan Executive with their signature on the campaign “Hands out of Venezuela!”

According to the state news agency Agencia Cubana de Noticias , which includes images in this regard, the Cuban military has launched its traditional slogans of “Hasta la Victoria, siempre!” Or “Patria o muerte, conquer!”.

“The US action is interventionist, to attack and invade a country. Only they (Venezuela) are responsible for resolving their internal problems, “said FAR Lieutenant Colonel Ignacio Ariosa, at an event in the city of Matanzas, 83 kilometers east of Havana, the capital.

Apr 01 07:08

Path To WW3? Russia Flies Jets Over U.S. Military Bases After Threats From Trump; Bolton To Get Out of Venezuela; NATO Drills In Europe

By Aaron Kesel

U.S. and Russian tensions are picking up, and several geopolitical moves have been made in the past week with much of the press mum on what’s happening between the U.S. and Russia over Venezuela and Ukraine...

Mar 31 10:01

"Return To Middle Ages": Venezuela Again Plunged Into Darkness, Red Cross Mobilizes

Ahead of broad opposition protests planned for Saturday, Caracas and other large cities across Venezuela were once again plunged into darkness Friday evening, just as the country struggled to fully recover from prior days-long outages.

The latest blackout began just after 7:00pm, leaving most of the capital as well as Valencia, Maracay, San Cristobal and Maracaibo without electricity, again crippling the country's transport, communication, water, and hospital infrastructures.

Mar 31 09:58

Hundreds march in Washington, DC to protest against NATO, US interference in Venezuela

Hundreds of people have taken to the streets of Washington, DC to oppose the upcoming NATO ministerial meeting in the US capital. The demonstrators also decried the continued US involvement in the Venezuelan political crisis.

The march was aimed at showing "mass popular opposition to NATO, wars, racism and US aggression against Venezuela," the National Mobilization Steering Committee, a loose, ad hoc coalition of activists representing dozens of peace movements and action groups, said in a statement.

Mar 31 09:57

Washington ascribes its own plans for Venezuela to Moscow – Russia comments on US threats

The US is projecting its own plans against Venezuela on Moscow, surmising about “military contingents” and “operations,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said, adding that Russian specialists have clear and open goals in the country.

“It looks like Washington is judging by itself, trying to ascribe its own plans it has against this country to Moscow. Yet again, they arrogantly announce they have ‘all option on the table,’” foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement on Saturday. She added that Russian specialists in Venezuela are not “military contingent” which Moscow made clear from the very beginning.

Mar 31 09:57

US is manufacturing a crisis in Venezuela so that there is chaos and 'needed' intervention

Venezuela is America's current target for mass destabilization in the hope of installing a puppet government.

America has for years been waging an economic war against Venezuela, including debilitating sanctions which have dramatically affected the state's ability to purchase medicines, and even mundane replacement parts needed in buses, ambulances, etc. Alongside the economic war there has been a steady propaganda war, but in recent months, the propaganda has escalated dramatically, from corporate media to US political figures.

Venezuela is described as “the country pilots are refusing to fly to,” as per a March 18, 2019, AP article on American Airlines cancelling all flights to Venezuela, containing scary phrases like “safety concerns” and “civil unrest.”

Mar 31 09:51

An Ocean of Lies on Venezuela: Abby Martin & UN Rapporteur Expose Coup

Mar 31 09:30

Guaido Set To Enact Uprising Rooted In US Regime-Change Operations Manual

With its hands tied when it comes to military intervention, only covert actions - such as those described in the RED Team document - are likely to be enacted by the U.S. government, at least at this stage of its ongoing “regime change” effort in Venezuela.

Mar 31 09:29

US Activist Suspects 'No One Showing Up' for Pro-Guaido Protests in Venezuela

Co-director Of Popular resistance activist group Kevin Zeese, who visited Venezuela earlier in the month with an American delegation, told Sputnik that one of the delegates who remains in the Latin American country, was unable to find any reported protests called by US-backed self-styled president, Juan Guaido.

“One of our delegates is in Venezuela and she was trying to go to these protests, and couldn’t find them. They seem like no one is showing up for these protests. So, Guaido is loosing power as he embraces the United States, as he calls for US troops, as he is tied to this terrorism and the electrical grid attack, he is loosing power. And on the other side, [Venezuelan incumbent President Nicolas] Maduro is gaining power," Zeese said.

Mar 31 09:08

‘Get Out of Syria First’: Moscow Reacts to Trump’s Demand to Leave Venezuela

The Trump administration should make good on its own promise to pull troops out of Syria before telling others where they should or shouldn’t be, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in reply to Washington’s threat over Venezuela.

“Before they have their say in the lawful interests of other nations, I would advise the US administration to fulfill the promises that it had given to the international community,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, referring to US President Donald Trump’s pledge to get American troops out of Syria.

The US is behaving like a “cowboy in the Louvre,” undermining international order with its “chaotic moves and unpredictable behavior,” Zakharova said.

Mar 31 08:53

Here’s what happened when Juan Guaido left his bubble and entered a working class barrio (El Valle) in Caracas

He is a despised figure who had to rely on the security forces of the govt he’s trying to destabilize for his own safety - the ultimate irony.

Mar 31 08:42

Trump Follows Through On Warning, Orders Aid To Be Cut Off From Central American Countries

The State Department announced Saturday it was cutting off aid to the Central American countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, home to the thousands of immigrants attempting to reach the U.S. illegally.

“At the Secretary’s instruction, we are carrying out the President’s direction and ending FY 2017 and FY 2018 foreign assistance programs for the Northern Triangle,” a spokesman with the State Department said. “We will be engaging Congress as part of this process.”

The State Department acknowledged it will need to “engage Congress in the process,” meaning it must win the approval of lawmakers before withholdingthe estimated $700 million in aid that would otherwise be given to the three Central American countries.

Mar 31 08:41

Zakharova Fires Back at Trump! US Is Arrogant and in COMPLETE Violation of Intl Law in Venezuela!

Mar 31 04:32

"GET OUT OF SYRIA FIRST!"

'Get out of Syria first': Moscow reacts to Trump's demand to leave Venezuela

The Trump administration should make good on its own promise to pull troops out of Syria before telling others where they should or shouldn't be, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in reply to Washington's threat over Venezuela.

"Before they have their say in the lawful interests of other nations, I would advise the US administration to fulfill the promises that it had given to the international community">>>

(*Trump's wanting to work with Putin campaign quip realized . Trump's biggest achievement; Bringing Back The Cold War .)

Mar 30 08:58

ERIC ZUESSE: “TRUMP THREATENS NUCLEAR WAR IF RUSSIA PROTECTS VENEZUELA”

On March 27th, US President Donald Trump said that “Russia has to get out” of Venezuela, and that “All options are on the table” if Russia refuses to withdraw from Venezuela the protection it has recently provided to Venezuela’s elected Government, which Trump is attempting to overthrow, by an illegal coup. And Vice President Mike Pence, on the same day, said “Nicolás Maduro is a dictator with no legitimate claim to power, and it is the policy of the United States of America, at the direction of President Donald Trump, that Nicolás Maduro must go.” The United States is therefore trying to do to Maduro what Barack Obama did to Victor Yanukovich in Ukraine in 2014, and to Muammar Gaddaffi in Libya in 2011, and tried to do to Bashar Assad after 2011 in Syria, and what George W. Bush did in 2003 to Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

Mar 30 08:45

Trump says may discuss Venezuela with Putin soon

US President Donald Trump said he may discuss the situation in Venezuela with Russian President Vladimir Putin soon, Reuters reported on Saturday.

"We will probably be talking at some point," the US leader told reporters at his estate in Florida. "I’ll be talking to a lot of people - perhaps President Putin, perhaps President Xi of China."

US national security adviser John Bolton said on Friday that Trump was set to talk with Putin by phone soon. He also said his country viewed the deployment of other states’ troops in Venezuela as a threat to the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin may well be laughing his head off, considering that the US "blinked and missed" the window for accomplishing anything militarily achievable in Venezuela.

Right now, Putin has President Trump "by the sensitive bits"; Russian troops, who were ordered to Venezuela by Putin, will not leave until Putin tells them to; and right now, that means, indefinitely.

So, what is President Trump prepared to do, fight Russia in Venezuela for its vast oil reserves?!? I would like to hope (and pray) that the people around him, are not prodding him to do so.

And I say that because, right now, the US military doesn't have the manufacturing, the money, the weaponry, or the troop strength, to insure a positive result against Russia and/or China.

An invasion into Venezuela now, is an utterly, a no-win situation, and I would like to hope that the people around Trump have the smarts to see this.

Mar 30 08:25

China Takes on US Over Venezuela After Russia Sends Troops: It’s Not Your “Backyard”

China has defended Russia’s recent deployment of troops to Venezuela amid U.S. statements suggesting Moscow and Beijing had no right to support a Latin American government disavowed by Washington.

White House national security adviser John Bolton tweeted Monday that the U.S. “will not tolerate hostile foreign military powers meddling” within the Western Hemisphere. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Washington “will not stand idly by as Russia exacerbates tensions in Venezuela,” according to State Department.

Asked about these developments, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang told a press briefing Tuesday that “countries in the Western Hemisphere, including Latin American countries, are all sovereign states,”so “they have the right to determine their own foreign policy and their way to engage in mutually beneficial cooperation with countries of their own choosing.”

Mar 30 08:21

'Are You a Monster Too?' Melania Trump Slammed Over Photo Op With Guaido's Wife

Caracas has accused Washington and its allies of supporting a coup plot against the Latin American country after the US moved to recognise opposition figure Juan Guaido as Venezuela's self-proclaimed 'interim president'.

US First Lady Melania Trump has found herself on the receiving end of Twitter users' wrath over a photo op with Juan Guaido's spouse Fabiana Rosales following their private meeting at the Mar-a-Lago retreat in South Florida last week.

In a message accompanied by a photo of the two women standing and smiling against the background of US and Venezuelan flags, Melania's official twitter account said that Rosales had "shared her passionate ideas and plans to restore democracy and to care for the children of Venezuela", adding that the US stood "with you & Pres @Jguaido."

Mar 30 08:09

Brazil's Bolsonaro visits Israel amid speculation on embassy

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro was leaving Saturday on an official visit to Israel, where he was expected to decide whether he will move the Brazilian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The far-right president has repeatedly promised to move the embassy to Jerusalem, despite longstanding complaints that such moves would complicate efforts to reach peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

"As I promised during the campaign, we intend to move the Brazilian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel is a sovereign country and we respect them," Bolsonaro tweeted four days after winning the election.

Mar 30 07:45

NATIONAL WEBINAR: NATO AND THE WAR ON VENEZUELA

National webinar on NATO in Colombia and its role in regime change, particularly the current efforts to intervene in Venezuela. Speakers are James Jordan of the Alliance for Global Justice and Eduardo Correa, a Colombian who runs the Human Rights department at the Autonomous University of Mexico City. Correa is an expert on US bases and NATO in Colombia.

Mar 29 14:30

Maduro's 'Intelligence Service'-HQ is on Flames; Caracas, Venezuela

Mar 29 12:47

White House tells Russia that sending troops and military equipment to Venezuela to prop up Maduro is a 'direct threat to international peace' after special forces land in Caracas

The White House on Friday warned Russia and other countries backing President Nicolas Maduro against sending troops and military equipment to Venezuela, saying the United States would view such actions as a 'direct threat' to the region's security.

The warning comes after two Russian air force planes landed outside of Caracas on Saturday, believed to be carrying nearly 100 Russian special forces and cybersecurity personnel.

Maduro, who is clinging to presidential power in the face of mass protests and an election result which the U.S. and most western nations refuse to recognize, is an ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The BEX meter just exploded.

Mar 29 12:39

Russia Opens Helicopter Flight Training Centre in Venezuela

Russia opened on Friday a helicopter flight training centre in Venezuela to assist Venezuelan pilots in learning how to fly Russian-made Mi-family helicopters, Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said.

"A modern helicopter training centre was built under the contract between JSC Rosoboronexport [part of Rostec State Corporation] with the Venezuelan defence company CAVIM," the Russian company said in a statement.

According to the statement, the capabilities of this centre allow Venezuelan pilots to undergo comprehensive training in flying the Mi-17V-5, Mi-35M and Mi-26T helicopters in close-to-reality conditions.

Mar 29 11:05

‘Unwritten Rules’: US Demands Foreign Oil Companies Cut Ties With Venezuela

The verbal demand reportedly exceeds the scope of sanctions established on paper, sources say.

The US has reportedly contacted trading houses and oil refineries around the world and instructed them to curtail their dealings with Venezuela or face sanctions themselves, Reuters reported Thursday, citing three unnamed sources.

According to the sources, the demand is unjust, since the US is asking for the cessation of trade that is not, on paper, prohibited by US sanctions.

Mar 29 11:02

Guaido Refuses to Account for $100,000 Spent on Foreign Trips - Reports

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has declared himself an "interim president," refused to detail the sources of $100,000 he used to pay for foreign trips he had taken, as well as opposed the authorities’ decision to ban him from holding public office for 15 years, El Nacional newspaper has reported.

"[Amoroso] is not a state comptroller. And the Constituent Assembly does not exist […] The legitimate parliament is the only structure mandated to appoint a state comptroller", Guaido said in a speech in front of his supporters on Thursday.

The restrictions were imposed on Guaido on Thursday.

Mar 29 10:54

Satellite PHOTOS Allegedly Show Venezuela's Deployment of S-300 at Key Airbase

A group of Russian military personnel arrived in the Venezuelan capital Caracas on 23 March to participate in consultations with government officials on bilateral defence industry cooperation as the ongoing political crisis in the Latin American country has heated up.

Israel-based Image Satellite International (ISI) has shared alleged satellite images of the deployment of Russia-made S-300 air defence missiles by the Venezuelan military to the Captain Manuel Rios Airbase in the Guarico state, a key airbase south of Caracas, amid simmering tensions in the region.

Mar 29 10:53

US Shows ‘Double-Faced Nature’ By Demands Russia Respect Venezuelan Sovereignty

As Venezuela continues to recover from a fourth major blackout Thursday, Caracas has presented evidence that the power loss was a deliberate act of sabotage. Meanwhile, the US, without a hint of irony, demands Russian officials and troops in the country respect Venezuela’s sovereignty and leave.

"The attack was carried out with a rifle from an elevated area," Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told the popular Chavista TV program "Con el Mazo Dando" on Wednesday. "We have the bullets and we are working out the caliber and who is responsible… US imperialism is behind this without a doubt."

Mar 29 10:52

'Russians Will Pay a Price': US Mulls Response to Moscow Over Venezuela

Earlier, the White House criticised the arrival of Russian military aircraft in Caracas, with Vice President Mike Pence calling it an "unwelcome provocation". US President Donald Trump, in turn, demanded that Russia "get out" of Venezuela, while at the same time did not exclude the use of military force by the US in the country.

US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams announced on 29 March that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would soon come up with a response to last week's arrival of Russian military planes in Venezuela.

"We have a very nice options paper of the various things that can be done in US-Russia relations. There are a lot of things we can do in economic terms, in terms of sanctions. There is a lot of things that are on the list. So, The Russians will pay a price for this", he said.

Mar 29 10:49

Putin Warns US: Hands Off Venezuela

Mar 29 09:34

Russia throws down the gauntlet to US on Venezuela

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova acknowledged in Moscow on Tuesday that Russian “specialists” are indeed in Venezuela within the ambit of a 2001 military-technical cooperation agreement with Caracas. Zakharova underscored that Russia’s bilateral military cooperation with Venezuela is in accordance with the latter’s constitution and has legal underpinning, which “doesn’t require any additional approval from the (opposition-controlled) National Assembly of Venezuela.”

This followed media reports that two Russian air force planes landed at Caracas on Saturday carrying Vasily Tonkoshkurov, chief of staff of the ground forces with nearly 100 military personnel and some 35 tonnes of material. An unnamed official at the Russian embassy in Caracas told the Sputnik that the Russian personnel had arrived to “exchange consultations. Russia has various contracts that are in the process of being fulfilled, contracts of a technical-military character.”

Mar 29 09:33

Pathological Deceit: The NYT Inverts Reality on Venezuela’s Cuban Doctors

After debunking Washington’s lies about the burning of “humanitarian aid” trucks on the Venezuelan/Colombian border (more than two weeks after being scooped by independent journalists), the New York Times quickly reverted to form in an article by Nicholas Casey headlined “‘It is Unspeakable’: How Maduro Used Cuban Doctors to Coerce Voters” (3/17/19).

As the title not-so-subtly suggests, Casey claimed to present bombshell revelations regarding the Nicolás Maduro government’s alleged weaponization of Cuban medical personnel as a means of holding on to power. On closer inspection, however, the article is riddled with factual inaccuracies, omissions and misrepresentations.

Mar 29 07:57

Russia moves to prevent regime change in Venezuela

Mar 28 15:11

Brazil Calls on Russian Military to Exit Venezuela if 'Propping Up Maduro'

When responding to US President Donald Trump's statement, saying that Russia "needed to get out of Venezuela," Moscow has emphasised that Russian military personnel is implementing bilateral defence agreements in the Latin American state and will stay there as long as both sides deem necessary.

The Brazilian foreign minister has stated that the Russian military should leave Venezuela if they were "propping up" President Nicolas Maduro.

In an interview with Reuters, Brazilian top diplomat Ernesto Arauijo said he hoped Moscow would recognise that supporting Maduro would "only deepen the collapse of Venezuela's economy and society and that the only way out of the crisis was to hold elections under an interim government led by opposition leader Juan Guaido."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can visualize Russia's President Putin laughing his head off, at this.

There is truly nothing either President Trump or Brazil's president can do at this time; they absolutely missed the window on this, and Guaido is up the creek,without the proverbial "paddle".

And whoever, in the US government could not see this scenario all the way through, that Russia was, in fact, going to send troops to protect Maduro, should be sacked, and immediately given their notice, and escorted out of this government...permanently.

Mar 28 14:41

Guaido To Launch Venezuela-wide "Tactical Action" To Topple Maduro

Is Venezuela heating up again or is this just more desperation setting in for the Juan Guaido-led opposition after recent failed efforts to gem up popular support for an anti-Maduro coup?

The US recognized "Interim President" has announced plans for his supporters to launch "tactical actions" starting next week as part of his "Operation Freedom" to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro. The opposition is now telegraphing their regime change maneuvers, in what appears more of a desperate strategy to maintain external and international pressure and visibility on the continuing political crisis in the country, lately felt in a series of major nation-wide electricity outages.

Guaido said via Twitter that such tactical actions are to begin April 6, which will involve "freedom cells" set up across the country rising up in mass protest when the order is given.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but I am not holding my breath that Guaido's "revolution" will have a ghost of a chance, against Russia's in-country troops here, plus the Russian S-300 defensive missiles.

And why the hell is he broadcasting this, so that Maduro's government knows precisely when and where these "tactical actions" will happen?!?

And you have to remember; not a lot of Venezuelans really like this guy, and know precisely how this horrific condition in their country was made to happen, primarily because of the US's crippling sanctions, and theft of Venezuela's money in other banks around the world.

Mar 28 14:02

TRUMP TELLS RUSSIA TO GET ITS TROOPS OUT OF VENEZUELA

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Russia to pull its troops from Venezuela and said that “all options” were open to make that happen.

Mar 28 13:31

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Gets Russia-Venezuelan Threat Mitigation Act Through the House

This week, the U.S. House passed on a voice vote a proposal from U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., to have the U.S. State Department provide a threat assessment and propose strategies on dealing with Russia’s increased ties to the Maduro regime’s military in Venezuela.

Wasserman Schultz introduces the “Russia-Venezuelan Threat Mitigation Act” at the end of February with the backing of Florida Democrat U.S. Reps. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Donna Shalala and Darren Soto and Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart.

The South Florida Democrat’s bill would “require the president to monitor the risk of Russian acquisition of...Venezuela’s CITGO assets in the United States , as well as impose a visa ban for any individuals working on behalf of the Russian government in direct support of Venezuelan security forces.”

Mar 28 12:27

Venezuela's Authorities Rule to Ban Guaido From Government Service for 15 Years

Opposition leader Juan Guaido has received the maximum punishment allowable by law in the Latin American country over a discrepancy in his personal financial disclosures, as well as a spending record that failed to match his level of income, state comptroller Elvis Amoroso explained.

Mar 28 10:03

US pushes Maduro's envoys off international bodies

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is being squeezed internationally as the United States pressures key multilateral bodies to boot out his "illegitimate" representatives.

To publicly underline America's position and its support of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim leader, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday welcomed Guaido's wife, Fabiana Rosales de Guaido, to the White House.

Trump boasted Maduro and his regime "have got plenty of pressure right now," adding: "Other than military you can't get any more pressure than they have."

But at home Maduro has dug in, determined to stay in charge of his now impoverished oil-producing country of 30 million people.

Mar 28 07:47

US can use Curacao island for intervention in Venezuela, warns diplomat

The United States has got cart blanche from The Netherlands to use the Curacao island (which is part of the kingdom) as a springboard for aggressive intervention in Venezuela, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing on Thursday.

"We’ve taken note of the agreement signed between the Netherlands and the United States on using the infrastructures of the Curacao island for humanitarian supplies to Venezuela," she said. "At first sight this agreement merely opens access for US officials to Curacao’s infrastructures exclusively for providing humanitarian aid, but, as it has turned out, this deal does not rule out the possibility of using not only civilian but other means of delivery. Of what type? Clearly, military ones."

Mar 28 07:29

'Get out of Syria first': Moscow reacts to Trump's demand to leave Venezuela

The Trump administration should make good on its own promise to pull troops out of Syria before telling others where they should or shouldn't be, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in reply to Washington's threat over Venezuela.

"Before they have their say in the lawful interests of other nations, I would advise the US administration to fulfill the promises that it had given to the international community," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, referring to US President Donald Trump's pledge to get American troops out of Syria.

The US is behaving like a "cowboy in the Louvre," undermining international order with its "chaotic moves and unpredictable behavior," Zakharova said.

Mar 27 19:47

Venezuela blackouts: Maduro blames the US, but is it possible?

Adding to the mystery, roughly 18 minutes after the first blackout happened on March 7, Florida Senator Marco Rubio announced via Twitter that "backup generators have failed" at the plant — before Venezuelan officials themselves even had the same information. “How did Marco Rubio know that backup generators had failed? At that time, no one knew that,” Venezuelan communications minister Jorge Rodriguez asked.

Shortly before, regime-change enthusiast Rubio had also told the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Venezuela that the country was about to "enter a period of suffering no nation in our hemisphere has confronted in modern history."

Of course, there is no proof that the US is behind the recent blackouts, but the document suggests that this exact scenario was mapped out by the US-funded CANVAS as being potentially hugely beneficial for regime change efforts.

Mar 27 12:33

Pompeo Requests $500 Mln For ‘Regime Change’ In Venezuela – But The Twist Reveals More

The U.S has stated that it intends to spend up to five hundred million dollars to change the government in Venezuela, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

“The budget bill requests (from Congress) new moneys to support the democratic transformation in Venezuela, including the transfer of up to $ 500 million to accounts intended for foreign aid,” Pompeo communicated to Congress in a written testimony.

In addition, the Secretary of State said that the main priority of the budget of the United States is the fight against the “pernicious influence” of Russia in Venezuela.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Our meddling is GOOOOOD. Russia's meddling is BAAAAAAD!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 27 11:37

Moscow Believes Western Sabotage Caused Venezuelan Blackout

"According to the country’s legitimate government headed by President Maduro, as well as to information from other credible sources, Venezuela’s power grid was attacked from abroad," Zakharova noted.

"It was an attempt to remotely influence control systems at major electrical substations where Canadian-made equipment is installed," Zakharova pointed out. "Clearly, those who carried out this act of aggression were well aware of its operation algorithms and vulnerabilities. It is them who are to blame for the loss of human life, including in hospitals that were left without power," she said.

Mar 27 10:40

Russia must get out of Venezuela, all options open - Trump

US President Donald Trump has warned that Russia must get out of Venezuela. Two planeloads of Russian troops are currently in the Latin American country under the terms of a 2001 cooperation treaty.
Speaking at the White House, Trump also warned that “all options are open” when it comes to getting Russia out of Venezuela.

Around 100 Russian troops touched down in Caracas on Saturday, a show of support for President Nicolas Maduro’s government. The move caused consternation in Washington, however, with Vice President Mike Pence calling the deployment an “unnecessary provocation.”

Pence also called on Russia to withdraw its support of Maduro and “stand with Juan Guaido,” the Washington-sponsored opposition leader who declared himself interim president in January.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Donald...

Mar 27 07:20

VIDEO – Citizens Attack Guaido’s Car – Usurper Is Neither Safe Or Popular

The U.S appointed president of Venezuela, who does not have any functions or powers of a president, was attacked by citizen passers-by, as he attempted to travel through Caracas, leaving the offices of the National Assembly on March 26th.

The tweet below comes from an Anti-Maduro, Anti-Chavista mainstream news outlet operating freely in Caracas, as all opposition and privately owned news-networks and the politicians they support, generally do.

Their reference to this being a ‘paramilitary group’ is a specious claim, but standard-place histrionics in the region for the ‘starving’ opposition.

What are called a ‘paramilitary group’ appear instead to be pro-sovereigntist activists in the opposite of paramilitary attire, and lacking signs of organization. It is possible that they knew of his route; it is more likely an attack of opportunity, as Guaido was leaving the National Assembly, where he no longer has status as a representative.

Mar 27 07:08

Third Trump Regime Sabotage of Venezuela’s Electrical Grid Foiled

Unbowed after over two months of failed efforts to topple Maduro, failure to win over its military or gain popular support, its paramilitary attack scheme and other tactics foiled so far – the Trump regime cyberattacked Venezuela’s electrical power grid for the third time since March 7.

This time, preparations were in place to counter further cyberattacks. The latest one occurred on Monday, affecting much of the country, according to Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez, saying:

“We have experienced a new attack to the transmission and charging center of the National Electric System, aimed to take out the machines of the Simon Bolívar Hydroelectric Power Plant located in Guri.”

With countermeasures in place, power was restored in most parts of the country within hours, Rodriguez explaining:

Mar 27 01:39

US expansion of global gag rule will 'punish women' worldwide

(*Get Into That Kitchen and
Rattle Those pots And Pans
Well, roll my breakfast
Cause I'm a hungry man !
Shake Rattle and Roll
Bill Haley & The Comets
)

T*R*U*M*P
2*0*2*0

Mar 26 12:58

Russia on military planes in Venezuela: Our specialists are there based on cooperation treaty

Russian specialists are in Venezuela as part of the 2001 military-technical cooperation deal with Caracas that doesn’t need further approval, Moscow said after reports of the arrival of two military planes with troops and cargo.
Russia develops its relations with Venezuela “in strict accordance with the Constitution of this country and in full respect of its legislation,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

The existing deal was ratified by both Russia and Venezuela, and it “doesn’t require any additional approval from the National Assembly of Venezuela,” she pointed out.

Mar 26 12:31

U.S. calls Russia deployment of planes to Venezuela 'reckless escalation'

The United States on Monday accused Russia of “reckless escalation” of the situation in Venezuela by deploying military planes and personnel to the crisis-stricken South American nation that Washington has hit with crippling sanctions.

The Russian planes and military personnel arrived outside the Venezuelan capital Caracas on Saturday, according to local media reports, two months after the Trump administration disavowed President Nicolas Maduro.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This would be hysterically comical, except for the hard reality people are dying due to shortages, and hospitals had to close, because the electricity was down.

Putin has made himself very clear, here; and DC moved far too late in the process, to prevent the arrival of Russian troops and weapons, so the only thing the US government can do, is bellicosely deny that the US government had anything to do with the current situation in Venezuela

Mar 26 10:51

Over $30 billion of Venezuela’s assets stolen on ‘Trump’s orders’ – official

More than US$30 billion were illegally diverted from Venezuela in two months, the country’s communications and information minister has revealed, accusing the US of orchestrating the operation.

Around $1 billion of the stolen funds from national assets in international banks was transferred to the personal accounts of opposition leaders, according to Communications and Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez. The money is meant to finance “terrorist cells against the country,” he added.

Mar 26 09:04

Oil prices rise as attention turns to tightening global supplies

WTI crude futures trade back above $60 a barrel

(*A God sent Miricle For America's Victimized Billionaires !
Is how it shall be written into new age dogma and it shalt not be POTUS Trump's fault , nor His Devine Sanctions on Iran , the way the satanic oil glut that the heathen Obama created so the tired , poor , huddled masses could get a less costly tank of Gas , to get to work !
Praise the lord!)

Mar 26 08:13

US Will Not Tolerate ‘Hostile Foreign Meddling’ in Western Hemisphere - Bolton

Earlier on Monday, the United States said that the deployment by Russia of air force planes and personnel in Venezuela over the weekend was a "reckless escalation of the situation" in the country.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton, commenting on the situation in Venezuela, said that the US would not tolerate what he described as "hostile meddling with the Western Hemisphere's shared goals of democracy, security, and the rule of law".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Because meddling in other countries is OUR JOB!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 25 14:53

Venezuela Plunged Into Darkness Hours After Russian Troops Arrive

Less than one day after two Russian Air Force planes landed in Venezuela carrying nearly 100 troops and a Russian defense official, a new power outage was detected across the country at 1pm local time, affecting 57% of the country, according to Netblocks - which detects power outage based on internet outages.

Today marks the third power outage this month, which began on March 7. In response to the earlier outages, Venezuela's Defense Ministry vowed to deploy armed forces to protect the national electricity system.

Mar 25 13:18

Another Blackout Leaves 16 of Venezuela's 23 States Without Electricity - Source

Venezuela suffered another major blackout on Monday, with disruption of electricity grids having been observed in at least 16 of Venezuela's 23 states and the capital region, a high-ranking source in Caracas police told Sputnik.

According to a source in Venezuelan police, a new major blackout has left at least 16 of Venezuela's 23 states without electricity.

"Currently, the capital region and the country's 16 states remain fully or partly without electricity," the source said.

Mar 25 12:33

Trump Regime Anti-Government Paramilitary Plot Uncovered in Venezuela

On Saturday, Venezuelan President Maduro announced the capture of a Colombian paramilitary head of a (Trump regime) plot to oust him by brute force. More on this below.

So far, everything Trump regime hardliners threw at Venezuela to topple its democratically elected government failed.

It notably includes continued efforts to turn the country’s military against President Maduro and Bolivarian governance – by pressure, false promises, perhaps threats and bribes.

It aims for gaining overwhelming popular opposition to Maduro, for acceptance of Guaido to replace him as interim president – despite nothing in Venezuela’s Constitution permitting the scheme.

Two false flags failed – notably the February 23 Trojan horse “humanitarian aid” PR stunt, fooling no one but establishment media, portraying out-of-date/unsafe to use food and meds as Trump regime concern for the welfare of ordinary Venezuelans it doesn’t give a hoot about.

Mar 25 12:33

US and Puppet Guaido Implicated in Terrorism Plot Against Venezuela

The US coup with the self-proclaimed Venezuelan puppet president Juan Guaidó has been failing. Right-wing Latin American countries and the European Union, while willing to go along with the charade farce president have not been willing to take military action against Venezuela.

This week the US was caught seeking to create violent chaos with imported mercenaries disguised as Venezuelan military, funded by assets seized from Venezuela as part of the US economic war. Telesur reports the government unveiled telephone conversations and other evidence between leaders of the right planning violence against the country that came from a Guaidó aide.

Mar 25 12:32

Venezuela Military Deploys S-300 Missiles Following Russian Troop Arrival

Following the major weekend development of Moscow unambiguously asserting its 'red line' concerning potential US military intervention in Venezuela, for which Russia sent a military transport plane filled with Russian troops which landed in Caracas Saturday, new satellite images reveal a major deployment of S-300 air defense missile systems to a key airbase south of Caracas.

Mar 25 11:35

Trump dangles investment to Caribbean leaders who back Venezuela's Guaido

U.S. President Donald Trump pledged investment in a rare meeting on Friday with five Caribbean leaders who have sided with the United States in backing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as head of state, the White House said.

Mar 25 11:35

U.S. cautions Venezuela's Maduro over detained Citgo workers, others

The Trump administration on Friday warned the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro over the detention of Americans, including six executives from Houston-based oil company Citgo Petroleum who have been jailed since 2017.

“We will hold Maduro and his prison officials to account for their safety and well-being,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement, adding that the Citgo employees include five individuals with dual U.S. citizenship and one U.S. legal permanent resident.

The United States is concerned about reports of prison officials preventing attorneys and families of detained U.S. citizens from delivering food and denying communication, the statement said.

Mar 25 11:34

U.S. blacklists Venezuelan state banks after arrest of Guaido aide

The United States imposed sanctions on Friday on Venezuela’s development bank, Bandes, a day after the Trump administration warned there would be consequences for the arrest by Venezuelan authorities of opposition leader Juan Guaido’s top aide.

Mar 25 11:06

Maduro Allegedly Foils US Assassination Plot Against Him That Used BofA Funds 

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday said the country's special forces have thwarted a plan to assassinate him, directed by the opposition’s leader Juan Guaido, reported Agence France-Presse.

"The North American imperialism wants to kill me. We have just exposed a plan to kill me, which was personally led by the devil’s puppet [Guaido]," Maduro told thousands of supporters in Caracas, noting that government prosecutors had made significant progress in investigating the "terrorist plot."

Mar 25 10:33

Pompeo Demands Moscow "Cease Unconstructive Behavior" In Venezuela 

As we predicted a number of times before, a proxy war between Russia and the United States appears now heating up in Venezuela — this after over the weekend Russia sent a military transport plane filled with Russian troops commanded by First Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces of Russia Gen. Vasily Tonkoshkurov, which landed in Caracas Saturday. We also reported the major development this morning that new satellite images reveal a major deployment of S-300 air defense missile systems to a key airbase south of Caracas.

Russia's highly visible deployment of a small troop contingency along with a reported 35 tons of cargo has resulted in a direct and firm response from Washington as on Monday morning the US Secretary of State called on Russia to “cease its unconstructive behavior”.

According to Reuters Pompeo conveyed the message directly via a phone call with his Russian counterpart Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mikey, Mikey, MIKEY!!

Wake up and smell those tons of reserve heavy crude being rudely pulled away from the US by way of a Russian "military presence" in Venezuela, invited by its LEGITIMATE LEADERSHIP, UNDER MADURO.

And if you thought about pro-actively sending US troops to fend off Russian troops here, in the immortal words of my late Grandmother, "The horse is already out of the barn, which is what she would say if a situation was already out of control, and couldn't be fixed.

If you were even thinking/fantasising about a decap strike on Caracas, it is too bloody late now.

So what are you going to do now, just sit there and whine about missed opportunities, because you waited too long to do them?!?

And your telling Lavrov (who I consider one of the adults in the room in geopolitics) that "... the United States and regional countries will not stand idly by as Russia exacerbates tensions in Venezuela."

Was that ever a rich "pot...kettle...black" moment for you, considering all that the US has done to instigate regime change in this country; and sir, your options just got royally minimized here.

It is almost painful to see how many chess moves ahead Russia's President Putin is, ahead of US foreign policy.

Mar 25 10:10

Russian plane in Venezuela amid reports of Russian military arrival

A cargo plane bearing the Russian flag was spotted by AFP at the main airport in Venezuela Sunday amid reports that Moscow has dispatched troops and a senior military official to the country.

The aircraft was seen at Maiquetia airport outside Caracas guarded by a contingent of Venezuelan National Guardsmen.

Javier Mayorca, an independent journalist, reported on his Twitter account the arrival of two Russian panes — an Antonov-124 cargo plane and a smaller jet — late Saturday at the airport.

He said around 100 Russian soldiers led by General Vasily Tonkoshkurov, head of the Mobilization Directorate of Russia’s armed forces, disembarked along with about 35 tons of equipment.

A picture of a Russian flagged aircraft posted on social media showed men in uniform clustered around it on the tarmac.

There was no confirmation from Venezuelan authorities, and the Russian embassy in Caracas declined to comment to AFP on the report, which was widely carried by Venezuelan media.

Mar 25 10:09

Eduardo Bolsonaro: Force Will Be Needed in Venezuela Because ‘Maduro Is a Criminal’

Brazilian congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro, the son of the nation’s president Jair Bolsonaro, said Friday that some sort of force would be necessary to oust the reigning Venezuela dictator Nicolás Maduro from office.
Mr. Bolsonaro said that “all options on the table,” including the military option, to resolve the crisis in Venezuela, while reiterating his conviction that “Maduro is a criminal.”

Brazil was one of the first countries to declare the government of Nicolás Maduro “illegitimate” after the presidential elections in Venezuela last May 20, while affirming its support for the Venezuelan Parliament.

“No one wants a war, war is bad, there are many lives lost, there are collateral consequences, but Maduro is not going to relinquish power peacefully. In some way it will be necessary to use force, because Maduro is a criminal,” Bolsonaro said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Eduardo...

Mar 25 08:52

How the Media Distort News From Venezuela

Whenever officials in Washington, D.C. set out to overthrow a foreign government, mainstream US media outlets are there to give a helping hand. All pretense of fairness and balance disappear in favor of outrageous distortion. For the most recent example, let’s look at Venezuela.

Both high-level Republicans and Democrats have decided it’s time for Venezuela, with the world’s largest oil reserves, to rejoin the US sphere of influence. Hawks may call for direct military intervention while doves seek punishing sanctions, but all agree that the elected government of President Nicolas Maduro has got to go.

Mar 25 08:06

MAJOR: Russian Troops Land In Venezuela – Show ‘Red Line’

A flight-tracking website showed that two planes left from a Russian military airport bound for Caracas on Friday, and another flight-tracking site showed that one plane left Caracas on Sunday.

Two Russian air force planes landed in Venezuela’s main airport on Saturday carrying a Russian defense official and nearly 100 troops, according to local journalists, as Moscow demonstrates to the rest of the international community that its red line on Venezuela is similar to its red line on Syria.

Mar 24 09:55

Russia Gives US Red Line On Venezuela

At a high-level meeting in Rome this week, it seems that Russia reiterated a grave warning to the US – Moscow will not tolerate American military intervention to topple the Venezuelan government with whom it is allied.

Meanwhile, back in Washington DC, President Donald Trump was again bragging that the military option was still on the table, in his press conference with Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro. Trump is bluffing or not yet up to speed with being apprised of Russia’s red line.

The meeting in the Italian capital between US “special envoy” on Venezuelan affairs Elliot Abrams and Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov had an air of urgency in its arrangement. The US State Department announced the tête-à-tête only three days beforehand. The two officials also reportedly held their two-hour discussions in a Rome hotel, a venue indicating ad hoc arrangement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hoping and praying, that President Trump "sees the light" of non-intervention in this situation.

But if he does not, and Abrams, Bolton, and Pompeo urge him to go into Venezuela, guns blazing, this country will most likely find itself in a war of attrition in a jungle environment, in which our military does not generally fare quite well (Anyone at the White House remember the Vietnam War?!? Thought not.)

Mar 24 09:12

Disaster in the making: Another dam in Brazil on verge of IMMINENT collapse

Another dam operated by the Brazilian mining giant Vale is in imminent danger of collapse and has been assessed at the highest level of threat. The warning comes two months after a deadly dam burst that killed over 200 people.

On Friday, the tailings dam attracted the highest, ‘third level’ of threat, according to the Brazilian municipality of Barao de Cocais, located in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. The dam was examined by independent experts, who said that the structure might collapse at any moment, the dam operator, mining giant Vale, revealed.

Mar 23 10:25

MADURO: US WITHHOLDING $5BN OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES IN ‘CRIMINAL’ MEASURE

The US government is withholding US $5 billion which was meant for the purchase of medicines and raw materials used in medical production, President Nicolas Maduro claimed Wednesday.

Speaking from Miranda State, Maduro denounced that US authorities “have ‘kidnapped’ US $5 billion [in] one of the most criminal, brutal, fascist economic measures which has been seen in the economic history of the world.” “Trump is the person responsible,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was a logical, if not horrific, thing Trump has done here; after all, very ill people in a country cannot fight against its overthrow.

Mar 23 09:44

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Says Trump, Pence 'MUST GO' for Future of Humanity

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza called on US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to step down "for the future of all humanity" in the wake of Pence's claim that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro "must go."

Pence wrote in his article for Miami Herald that Maduro should step down "for the future of Venezuela" amid a political crisis in the Latin American country.

"It's URGENT! For the future of all humanity, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and company must go!" Arreaza wrote on Twitter on Friday.

Mar 23 08:48

Fox show guest mangles Venezuelan history, claims Chavez was president in 1980s

A guest who appeared on right-wing commentator Tomi Lahren’s Fox News show appears to be very confused about Venezuela’s history, chiefly the years of Hugo Chavez’s term, despite it apparently directly affecting her own family.

Vanessa Rivera, a member of the ‘Network of Enlightened Women’, was part of a three-person panel of “conservative” contributors on the show to share their “inspirational stories of trials and triumphs on America’s college campuses.”

Part of Rivera’s rags-to-riches story appeared to begin with her mother fleeing a "socialist-ruined Venezuela". However, she proceeded to either confuse her family’s timeline, expose her lack of knowledge about the country’s history – or both.

Mar 22 17:57

US sanctions Venezuelan development bank in response to arrest of Guaido's 'terrorist' aide

The US Treasury has imposed sanctions on Venezuela's Economic and Social Development Bank and on four other institutions affiliated with it, calling in its statement for the release of Juan Guaido's Chief of Staff Roberto Marrero.

Mar 22 07:02

Citigroup to sell more than $1B of Venezuelan gold after the embattled country failed to repay their loan, marking a major financial blow to Maduro's regime

Venezuela's Central Bank missed a deadline on March 11 to repay Citigroup $1.1billion of their $1.6billion loan signed back in 2015, four sources familiar with the matter said.

Now that the deadline has passed, Citigroup will sell off the collateral gold Venezuela gave them, valued at roughly $1.358billion, to recover the loan amount.

The excess $258million made in the sale will then be deposited into a U.S. bank account in New York, as per two sources.

Mar 21 12:26

Gold Fever? US Treasury Sanctions Venezuela Gold Mining Company

The U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions on Tuesday against Venezuela’s state-run gold mining company Minerven, which is part of the Venezuelan Guayana Corporation (CVG) holding.

As part of the ongoing sanctions and attempts to destabilize the Venezuelan government, the U.S. government announced the new measure that aims to block state mining assets and prohibit U.S citizens from dealing with the company. The decision comes after Uganda said it was investigating its biggest gold refinery for importing Venezuelan gold.

The state-run ferrous metals mining company, and its president, Adrian Antonio Perdomo Mata, were included in the list of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Specially Designated Nationals And Blocked Persons (SDN), adding to more than half a dozen rounds of sanctions against the Venezuelan people and assets.

Mar 21 10:31

America's Venezuela Strategy: Coup By Sheer Narrative Control

The Trump administration is working to overthrow the government of Venezuela. They are not at this time doing this by military invasion, nor by funneling thousands of armed militants into the country, nor even solely with starvation sanctions and CIA ops. The first and foremost means of overthrowing Venezuela’s government currently being utilized by the United States government is the low-risk, low-cost plan to simply control the stories that everyone tells themselves about who is in charge in Venezuela.

Mar 21 10:28

Brazilian Uranium Transport Convoy Caught In Gunfight With Gang By ‘Coincidence'

Members of a local gang in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro recently fired on police officers who were escorting a convoy of trucks transporting uranium to a nearby nuclear plant.

The Tuesday attack took place as the convoy and security detail drove past the gang-controlled Frade community, which is located some 19 miles from Angra dos Reis and the Angra 2 nuclear plant, the fuel's destination.

Eletrobras Eletronuclear, Brazil's government-run nuclear agency, explained in a statement that the series of events unfolded at roughly 12 p.m. local time after the police escort heard nearby gunshots. As a precaution, officers positioned themselves along the highway in order to guarantee the safety of the transport.

Mar 21 10:23

Citi To Sell Confiscated Venezuelan Gold From Maduro Deal

Reuters reports that Citigroup plans to sell several tons of gold placed as collateral by Venezuela’s central bank on a $1.6 billion loan after the deadline for repurchasing them expired this month.

As we detailed in February, back in April 2015, when Venezuela still had a somewhat functioning economy and hyperinflation was not yet rampant, the cash-strapped country quietly conducted a little-noticed gold-for-cash swap with Citigroup as part of which president Nicolas Maduro converted part of his nation's gold reserves into at least $1 billion in cash through a swap with Citibank.

Mar 21 09:57

Guaido's Chief Of Staff Detained By Venezuelan Intelligence In Pre-Dawn Raid

Two days after Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido's "government-in-waiting" forcibly took possession of three diplomatic facilities in the United States with the blessing of Washington, and following what many observers speculate are a series of US aggressive maneuvers paving the way for military intervention, Maduro's security forces have begun arresting members of Guaido's staff.

According to Reuters Venezuelan intelligence agents have arrested and detained Guaido's own chief of staff, Roberto Marrero, as well as opposition legislator Sergio Vergara.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word of observation; when one hires the geopolitical and military equivalent of the Keystone cops, what one gets at the end of the day... is "Keystone Cop results"; that is everything you didn't want from such an intervention, and nothing you do.

It appears that everything that could have gone wrong with your point man in Venezuela has, and is about continue to go wrong henceforward.

Let me ask; is the US State Department still creating foreign policy by throwing darts at a dart board, in some dank basement no one in the bowels of DC wants to visit, ever?!?

Perhaps, sir, it just might be time to change that policy, to something which one could at least, on the outside, be characterized as "cohesive, moral, and prudent"?!?

Because, Mr. President, this is precisely the polar opposite of how these numb-brain actions of Guido and his goons, appear to both the Venezuelan officials, and the rest of the world.

IF any of this is getting livestreamed to Moscow, Putin is laughing his head off, amazed at the level of stupidity and arrogance these "Guidoistas" have demonstrated; and of course, these are the guys the White House is backing!!

Mr. President, it appears that US foreign policy in Venezuela has resulted, so far, in an abominable epic fail; time to cut your losses (which you used to know how to do, before you became the President), and leave.

Mar 21 07:57

Brazilian ex-president Temer arrested in anti-corruption probe – reports

Brazil’s former president Michel Temer has been arrested as part of a sweeping anti-corruption probe, media reports say. Temer took the office in 2016 after the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff – also on allegations of corruption.

Mar 20 11:34

Lavrov’s deputy to war-hawk Abrams: Venezuela ‘aid’ op unacceptable, Russia to protect its interests

Russia is opposed to any efforts by the US to use ‘humanitarian aid’ as a pretext to intervene in Venezuela, Deputy FM Sergey Ryabkov told US special envoy Elliott Abrams, adding that Moscow will protect its interests there.

The diplomats met in Rome on Tuesday to discuss the increasing tensions between Washington and Moscow over the Donald Trump administration’s continued push for regime change in Venezuela.

“We strongly urged the US side… against any temptation to resort to military power. It includes our warning against, so to speak, hardcore massive military intervention, which can’t be excluded given the type of behavior we’ve seen on the US side in recent years,” Ryabkov told RT, where he appeared live after the talks.

Mar 20 11:29

WESTERN VALUES CHANGE REGIMES … FROM GAZA TO VENEZUELA

What we are currently experiencing in Venezuela makes us painfully aware that no state is safe from Western “values”. Even Egypt, Syria, Iran, Ukraine and currently Venezuela and Gaza show us how perfidious this method is.

Mar 20 10:29

RON PAUL: IS TRUMP REALLY ABOUT TO ATTACK VENEZUELA?

Last week Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ordered the last of the US diplomats out of Venezuela, saying their presence was a “constraint” on US policy toward the country. The wording seemed intended to convey the idea that the US is about to launch military action to place a Washington-backed, self-appointed politician to the presidency. Was it just bluster, designed to intimidate? Or is the Trump Administration really about to invade another country that has neither attacked nor threatened the United States?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get amazingly ugly, in light of the fact the Russia has said that it will "protect its interests in Venezuela", which was a non-subtle way of Putin promising that if US military goes in with a decap strike against Caracas, they will be met, force for force.

Mr. President, President Putin is a guy who keeps his promises, and were I you, I would not want to second guess him on this.

War with Russia over Venezuela's proven oil reserves?!? Right now, if I were a betting woman, I would not bet against it.

I would like to hope that there is an adult in the bowels of power in DC who has the horse-sense to talk President Trump out of such an action; unfortunately, however, the people around him right now, including Pompeo and Bolton, those recycled neocons who never saw a potential war in which they didn't want the US to engage, want this to move forward.

Mr. President, please; this fight, between the US and Russia over Venezuela's oil, could be catastrophic, and put the US economy into even more of a tailspin than it already is; and Mr. President, every economist I have read, indicates that we are headed into a recession about which you will not be able to do much.

Please consider that, as you and your minions march into the coming election cycle in 2020.

Mar 20 09:57

Venezuela - Journalists Doubt Guaidó's Legitimacy - Regime Change Plans Continue

On February 23 the U.S. created a 'humanitarian aid' stunt at the border between Colombia and Venezuela. The stunt ended in a riot during which the supporters of the self declared 'president' Guaidó burned the trucks that where supposed to transport the 'aid'. Even the New York Times had to admit that.

The riots also marked the day that Guaidó lost the legal argument he had used to make himself 'interim president'.

Guaido also lost his original legal position. He claimed the presidency on January 23 under this paragraph of article 233 of the Venezuelan constitution:

When an elected President becomes permanently unavailable to serve prior to his inauguration, a new election by universal suffrage and direct ballot shall be held within 30 consecutive days. Pending election and inauguration of the new President, the President of the National Assembly shall take charge of the Presidency of the Republic.

Mar 20 09:28

Video: Caracas Streets and Store — Food Crisis? See for Yourself!

I filmed these scenes on March 10, but until now have been too busy and also lacking good enough internet to upload.

My objective in filming is not to say there is no poverty in Venezuela, nor to imply there is no hunger or shortages anywhere. However, when corporate media is flat out saying shelves are empty all over Caracas and the city is in crisis, well this is false. The scenes I’m seeing are much like I saw in 2010. I know there are differences since then and now, of course, but there isn’t the pandemonium MSM is attempting to claim is happening here. Also, this is not a wealthy area of Caracas, its perhaps lower middle class. I’ll film the wealthy areas where typically opposition live in coming days.

Mar 20 08:47

Max Blumenthal debunks corporate media lies about Venezuela at United Nations

Mar 20 08:26

Exposure of Another Pro-War Lie Doesn’t Make Media More Skeptical of Pro-War Claims

Listeners will likely know by now, that the late February story, complete with vivid video footage, about the forces of elected Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro burning trucks that were trying to bring the besieged country food and medicine was false. Weeks later, the New York Times (3/10/19) reported that the humanitarian trucks were not set on fire by Maduro’s forces, but instead by anti-Maduro protestors who threw a Molotov cocktail. The Times outlined how the fake story took root, passing from US officials to media that simply reported their claims as fact with no investigation—and does any of this sound familiar?

Folks like CNN‘s Marshall Cohen noted the Times debunking as if it were just an interesting development—a “classic example of how misinformation spreads,” Cohen said in a tweet. Except, as The Intercept‘s Glenn Greenwald pointed out (3/10/19), it was Cohen’s own network, CNN, that led the way in spreading the lie around the world.

Mar 20 08:24

Support HR1004: The Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela Act

We write to request your support for the bipartisan measure, H.R.1004 – Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela Act, introduced by Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island. We respectfully ask that any floor consideration of legislation addressing the crisis in Venezuela include H.R. 1004, a critical safeguard against unconstitutional U.S. military action. The newly elected Democratic majority of the House of Representatives must make explicit in its first step of developing and adopting legislation on Venezuela that the Congress will serve as an effective counterweight to the militaristic and anti-refugee policies of the Trump Administration.

Mar 20 08:20

Venezuela opposition names board to state chemical company

Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly named an ad-hoc board of directors to state chemical company Pequiven on Tuesday, a move aimed at allowing opposition leader Juan Guaido to gain control of the country's assets abroad.

That allowed Guaido's allies to name a board of directors to Monomeros, a Colombian chemical company owned by Pequiven. The move resembled Guaido's naming of an ad-hoc board for state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela last month, allowing him to name new directors to U.S. refiner Citgo, a PDVSA subsidiary and Venezuela's most important overseas asset.

Mar 20 08:18

Veterans Call on U.S. Troops to Resist Illegal Orders to Invade Venezuela

Veterans For Peace (VFP) calls on all members of the U.S. military to refuse illegal orders to intervene in Venezuela. Furthermore, VFP urges all U.S. military leaders to inform the president that they will order their units to stand down from preparations to invade Venezuela.

President Donald Trump has called on Venezuelan soldiers to disobey orders and join coup perpetrators headed by U.S.-backed opposition leader, Juan Guaidó. If they do not do this, President Trump threatened: “You will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out. You will lose everything.”

Mar 20 07:34

Nostalgia for coups past? Brazil’s Bolsonaro visits CIA before Trump on first US trip

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has made his geopolitical priorities clear, dropping by CIA headquarters for a clandestine chat on his first visit to the US before even meeting with President Donald Trump.

Bolsonaro’s visit was not published on his agenda and members of the press were barred at the door while the president and his justice minister, Sergio Moro, hobnobbed with the spooks at the agency’s Langley HQ.

Mar 19 15:43

Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford issued a statement Monday denying weekend media reports that the US plans to leave around 1,000 troops in Syria, saying the reports are “factually incorrect.”

Dunford presented the current planned “residual force” as 200, saying that this hadn’t changed since February. The US announced 200 would stay on February 21, but on February 22 officially increased that number to 400.

It’s not clear from Dunford’s statement where the “incorrect” aspect of the new report, which came out of a Wall Street Journal, exists. That report suggested that the 1,000 figure was not yet finalized, but was being discussed. Dunford’s comments didn’t include any details on what is actually being discussed, but just that nothing was finalized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the multiple troop numbers being given, are simply a way of creating confusion about how many US troops the US does have in Syria.

Mar 19 12:33

Venezuelan Opposition Seizes Control of 3 Diplomatic Buildings in US

Venezuela's opposition has taken control of three diplomatic facilities in the United States and will attempt to obtain further US-based assets in the near future, Carlos Vecchio, opposition leader Juan Guaido's envoy to the US, told reporters on Monday.

"Today, we are taking control over three facilities, three buildings. Two of them are located here in Washington, D.C., and the other one is the building in which the consulate services works," Vecchio said.

Vecchio explained that all three buildings are owned by the Venezuelan government. One of the two properties seized in Washington is a military building that belongs to Venezuela's Defence Ministry, the opposition envoy said.

Mar 19 12:30

US strongly looking at NATO membership for Brazil - Trump

US President Donald Trump has said that he is seriously looking at NATO membership or some other formal alliance with Brazil as he welcomed Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to the White House on Tuesday.

Bolsonaro made an unusual trip to the CIA headquarters yesterday, the first day of his trip to the US during which he hopes to articulate a pro-US stance and to expand trade ties and diplomatic cooperation.

Brazil's president was one of the first to throw his support behind Venezuela's pro-US opposition leader Juan Guaido after Trump declared support for him in January.

Mar 19 10:24

"Guaido Is The Most-Hated Man In Venezuela" - On-The-Ground In Caracas Versus The Media Spectacle

British photojournalist Alan Gignoux and Venezuelan journalist-filmmaker Carolina Graterol, both based in London, went to Venezuela for a month to shoot a documentary for a major global TV channel. They talked with journalist Paul Cochrane about the mainstream media’s portrayal of Venezuela compared to their experiences on the ground.

Mar 18 12:55

Massive Blackout Hits Venezuela's Caracas Again, Reason Behind Outage Unknown

A massive power outage occurred again in various parts of the Venezuelan capital of Caracas and nearby localities, eyewitnesses of the incident told Sputnik on Monday.

The blackout is reported mainly by the inhabitants of East Caracas, namely the districts of Altamira, La Urbina, El Cafetal, El Rosal, Los Palos Grandes, and others.

In the municipality of Chacao, where a number of foreign embassies and large hotels are located, power outages were registered on Sunday evening. According to a Sputnik correspondent, as of 10.30 a.m. (14.30 GMT), there was no electricity in this part of the city either inside houses or on the street.

Mar 18 11:35

India Mulls Rupee Payment to Continue Purchasing Venezuelan Oil

India's Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has advised private refiners Reliance Industries and Nayara Energy to avoid making payments for Venezuelan crude imports through channels that are likely to be impacted by US sanctions.

New Delhi (Sputnik): In a major indication that India is in no mood to buckle under US pressure, New Delhi has already started the process to make sure that purchases of crude oil from Venezuela would not be impacted in the absence of a sanction-proof payment system.

A government official told Sputnik that making payments in India's national currency is being considered, but that the proposal is at the initial stage.

Mar 18 08:57

US Regime threatens Maduro with a "BULLET TO THE FOREHEAD"

US General on #Maduro refusing to leave Venezuela: “He needs to understand that a bullet to the forehead may be his way out of #Venezuela. and we have that capability”

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