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Nov 09 10:25

EU envoys approve sanctions on Venezuela

Members of the European Union have announced their support for a series of sanctions by the bloc against Venezuela as the South American country continues to clash with the Western governments over an ongoing crackdown on the opposition.

Nov 09 09:40

U.S. military joins Brazil army exercises in Amazon

U.S. military personnel are taking part this week in the largest international army operation ever held deep in the Amazon jungle of northern Brazil, in a sign of closer U.S.-Brazil defense ties.

Nov 02 16:57

Indigenous Tribe Prepared to Fight to Defend Amazon From Brazilian Mining

By Derrick Broze

Several new reports indicate that the Waiãpi tribe of the Brazilian Amazon remains committed to opposing future mining projects on or around their land. The Waiãpi’s reserve is in the rainforest near the eastern end of the Amazon river in a conservation area called Renca.

The Waiãpi have been under threat of extinction since the Brazilian government’s indigenous affairs department first made contact in 1973. The government first reported that the tribe was made up of only 150 people. More recently the tribe has over 1,200 people...

Oct 31 09:40

Don't mention it! Russia pardons $1 billion of Venezuela's debt for 2017

Russia will not demand Venezuela repay its owed debt in the amount of $ 1 billion for 2017 alone, said the head of Russia's Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov.

Thus, Moscow continues to support Caracas and the Maduro led government. At the same time, there is no coherent reason to demand a return of the money from Venezuela, due to the severe economic and social crisis in the country, accompanied by a currency deficit, would not allow it to be payed off.

Oct 31 01:06

37 Percent Rate Increase In 2018??? Obamacare Is Imploding And It Must Be Repealed Now!

Are you ready to pay 37 percent more for health insurance in 2018? Obamacare is imploding faster than most of us imagined, and these rate increases are absolutely killing hard working middle class families all across the country. I wrote about the steady erosion of the middle class yesterday, and health insurance is one of the main reasons why the cost of living is increasing at a much faster rate than our paychecks are. It greatly frustrates me that we have given the Republicans control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives and Obamacare still has not been repealed. The truth is that should have happened on day one of the Trump presidency.

Oct 25 20:55

America's Drug War is Devastating Mexico

Even if the drug war were to end today, there would still be street crime and gangs in the far-distant future. However, these issues would be on a dramatically smaller scale. Mexico’s street gangs could never ascend to the level of an organized crime outfit without the massive profits from illegal drugs to pay for the necessary weaponry, hitmen, political protection, etc.

Oct 24 07:29

Venezuelan Opposition Governors Pledge Allegiance to Pro-Government Assembly

Four newly-elected opposition governors pledged allegiance to Venezuela's Constituent Assembly, which until now they had dismissed as illegitimate, authorities said. The governors broke with their coalition's official position to swear themselves in before a pro-government legislative superbody, in a major setback for Venezuela's opposition, TRT World reported. The Democratic Unity coalition went into the October 15 gubernatorial polls as favourites for a big win due to voter anger at a brutal economic crisis in the OPEC member, but it ended up only taking just five of 23 states. Initially alleging fraud at the election, the opposition later acknowledged abstentionism in its ranks played a big part in the defeat, which cast into question its ability to beat the ruling Socialist Party at next year's presidential vote.

Oct 19 04:25

Commission for Military to Consider Draft,

Commission for Modern Military to Consider Skills-Based Draft, Women's Roles, Millennial Recruitment

A U.S. commission on national service has been impaneled to provide Congress and the White House with the experts’ opinion on revamping a proposed gender-neutral military draft.
Congress also wants the U.S. National Commission on Military, National and Public Service to suggest methods to close the cultural gap between the conscript-free armed forces and private citizens by inspiring millennials to join.

(*Strike While The Iron's HOT , and Patriotism is high !)

Oct 16 10:25

US Regime Change in Venezuela: The Truth Is Easy if You Follow the Money Trail. The Opposition is Pro-Washington, Not “Pro-Democracy”

Venezuela’s ongoing crisis is not driven by political ideology – it is not a battle of socialism versus capitalism or dictatorship versus democracy – it is the result of two centers of political power possessing opposing interests and colliding geopolitically.

The nation of Venezuela is currently under the control of Venezuelans who derive their support, wealth, and power from Venezuela itself – its people and its natural resource. This political order also receives aid and support from Venezuela’s economic and military partners both in the region and around the globe.

The opposition opposed to the current political order and seeking to supplant it represents foreign interests and more specifically, the United States and its European allies.

Oct 14 07:11

US to Maintain Cuba, Venezuela Sanctions Until Freedoms Restored: Trump

(*THE GENIOUS OF TRUMP: Who knew The Restoration of Freedom was easier to accomplish With Sanctions In Place ?)

Oct 06 11:41

Venezuela raises possibility of Russian military help to counter US

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Wednesday raised the possibility of getting military support from Russia to boost its defensive capabilities after President Donald Trump threatened to use force against the South American nation.

Speaking at an energy forum in Moscow, Maduro said his administration will discuss increased military cooperation with the Russian government during his visit this week.

“I am sure, even if we do not ask, we will be given even more support to boost Venezuela’s defense capacity and sovereignty," Maduro said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A war with Russia over Venezuela's bounteous oil reserves?!?

PLEASE, GOD, NO!!!!

Oct 05 05:52

MADURO VISITS PUTIN, PROPOSES GLOBAL OIL TRADE IN RUBLES, YUAN

Three weeks after the US imposed financial sanctions on Venezuela in an effort to cripple its economy and choke the Maduro regime, which in turn prompted Caracas to announce it would no longer receive or send payments in dollars, and that those who wished to trade Venezuelan crude would have to do so in Chinese Yuan, today during an energy summit held in Moscow, Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro proposed to expand his own personal blockade of the US, by proposing that all oil producing countries discuss creating a currency basket for trading crude and refined products. One which is no longer reliant on the (petro)dollar.

“Developing a new mechanism of controlling the oil market is necessary,” Maduro said on Wednesday at the Russian Energy Forum, being held in Moscow this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nicholas Maduro has just painted a bullseye on his back, gotten on his knees, and begged for a decap strike, courtesy of the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika.

How they would pull this off, I do not know; however, I would be reasonably certain that those Deep Staters in the Bowels of Power in this country are weighing numerous military options to "restore Venezuelan Democracy to the Venezeulan people" (AKA: supporting a Western-centric coup here, so that Venezuela's oil is controlled only by US-centric politicians and only be sold for US dollars.)

Oct 04 09:50

Venezuela suggests global oil trade in Russian ruble & Chinese yuan

The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro has proposed oil producing countries should discuss creating a currency basket for trading crude and refined products.

Oct 03 08:18

Maduro to Spanish PM Rajoy: Who's the Dictator Now?

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has attacked the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, for the violent crackdown on the banned Independence referendum in Catalonia.

"Who is the dictator now?" Maduro said, on a broadcast on state media network, VTV.

"Mariano Rajoy has chosen blood, sticks, blows, and repression against a noble people. Our hand goes out to the people of Catalonia. Resist, Catalonia! Latin America admires you," the president added.

Oct 01 09:34

What Does the Sale of Venezuelan Oil in Currencies Other Than the US Dollar Mean?

The petrodollar is more important for US global domination than either arms exports or Hollywood culture, because it allows the US to be the biggest exporter of the dollar bills the rest of the world, which needs to be able to buy oil. Venezuela has decided to start de-dollarizing its economy. To understand what this means, it’s necessary to look at the geopolitical context in which the move takes place. After President Nicolas Maduro announced last Thursday that every business signing contracts with the Venezuelan State should do so in a foreign currency other than the US dollar, Vice President Tareck El Aissami sought to ensure the country’s productive sector gets the necessary mechanisms via public and private banks to be able to migrate to a new basket of foreign currencies.

Sep 30 07:06

BEX? Counter-Terror Chief: Hezbollah ‘Deploying Operatives’ to Peru ‘to Lay the Groundwork for Attacks’

Iran’s narco-terrorist proxy Hezbollah is sending jihadists to Peru to prepare “for attacks,” warned the director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) during a Senate panel hearing on threats to the U.S. homeland.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This article could have been written by Netanyahu himself!

Sep 26 11:23

Venezuela says Trump is acting like 'the world's emperor'

Foreign minister Jorge Arreaza retaliates after US sanctions and a new travel ban against Venezuela, as well as harsh words from Trump

Sep 23 06:06

U.S. Ties Noose Around Neck Of Venezuela’s Economy

Washington’s decision to tie a noose round the neck of Venezuela’s economy (presented as sanctions for notional crimes) is effectively preventing Caracas from allowing its oil to flow to allies of the U.S.A.. The knock on effect: from now on, Venezuela will export its oil to China. By doing so, Venezuela’s contracts will no longer be established in dollars but the yuan. This will soon threaten the supremacy of the US currency and, clearly, the US economy. So now, “the party that thought it had the key to the prison door, is held hostage in the cell”.
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This is Caracas’s response to the sanctions imposed by the Trump Administration on 25 August; sanctions far harsher than those imposed by the Obama Administration in 2014, for the Trump sanctions prevent Venezuela from cashing in the dollars received from selling oil to the United States - more than a million barrels per day.>>>

Sep 22 10:28

U.S. not ruling out possible oil embargo on Venezuela: Haley

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Thursday a range of options remained on the table, including a possible oil embargo, if Venezuela did not move to restore its democratic processes.

“There’s a lot of support in Latin America to see Venezuela start to respect its people and go back to the democracy it’s supposed to be,” she told reporters. “If things don’t improve, all those options are always there,” Haley added, saying specifically that the possibility of an oil embargo remained.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported by ap.com on 10 August, 2017:

But even as the list of targeted individuals grows longer, promised economic sanctions have yet to materialize amid an outcry by the United States oil industry that a potential ban on petroleum imports from Venezuela – the third-largest supplier to the US – would hurt US jobs and drive up gas costs.

So the oil embargo suggested by Ambassador Haley is going to mess considerably with the American econony, yet she seems gung ho to do this, to achieve the Trump Administration's geopolitical objective of regime change in Caracas, and having Venezuelan oil ultimately sold only in US dollars?!?

Such a plan sounds absolutely as though it will be of no actual help to either the American or Venezuelan people; but of great help to the massive US oil companies, and the banks.

Sep 22 08:52

Haley: US Not Ruling Out Possible Oil Embargo on Venezuela

Reuters U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Thursday a range of options remained on the table, including a possible oil embargo, if Venezuela did not move to restore its democratic processes.

“There’s a lot of support in Latin America to see Venezuela start to respect its people and go back to the democracy it’s supposed to be,” she told reporters. “If things don’t improve, all those options are always there,” Haley added, saying specifically that the possibility of an oil embargo remained.

“It’s not off the table, I can tell you that”>>>

Sep 22 07:35

Venezuela’s Rebellion against the Petrodollar

Washington’s decision to tie a noose round the neck of Venezuela’s economy (presented as sanctions for notional crimes) is effectively preventing Caracas from allowing its oil to flow to allies of the U.S.A.. The knock on effect: from now on, Venezuela will export its oil to China. By doing so, Venezuela’s contracts will no longer be established in dollars but the yuan. This will soon threaten the supremacy of the US currency and, clearly, the US economy. So now, “the party that thought it had the key to the prison door, is held hostage in the cell”.

Sep 21 07:56

Brussels faces rebellion over South America trade deal that will 'devastate' EU farmers

BRUSSELS was today facing serious questions about its proposed trade deal with a group of South American countries after Irish farmers warned it would have a “devastating impact” the EU cattle industry.

Sep 20 14:51

Venezuela Bankrupt? Caracas Fails To Make Sept 15 Interest Payment

Exactly one week ago, we wrote that a "Venezuelan default is only a matter of time". We said that "while debt servicing has been a government priority, declining external liquidity and a deteriorating domestic situation (three-digit hyperinflation, shortages, and a political crisis between the government and the National Assembly) make it a daunting task. By 2020, the country must repay 30% of the external debt due to expire in the next 23 years."

Among other things we warned that "default seems inevitable in the medium term due to the prolonged period of low oil prices and increased US sanctions. President Trump's executive order of August 24, 2017, strengthened sanctions against PDVSA by prohibiting all transactions related to new debt with a maturity greater than 90 days and by forbidding Citgo from repatriating dividends in Venezuela."

Sep 18 08:58

VENEZUELA HAS OFFICIALLY ABANDONED THE PETRODOLLAR – DOES THIS MAKE WAR WITH VENEZUELA MORE LIKELY?

History has shown that when the status of the petrodollar is threatened, the U.S. is swift to take action.

And it is very interesting to note that President Trump will be meeting with Latin American leaders next week, and the main topic for discussion will be “the Venezuela crisis”…

U.S. President Donald Trump has invited three Latin American leaders to dine with him next week in New York as he seeks to address the Venezuela crisis and build bridges with the region after an acrimonious start with neighbor Mexico.

The political and economic turmoil in Venezuela, source of 10 percent of the oil consumed by the United States, will almost certainly top the agenda when he receives the center-right presidents of Peru, Colombia and Brazil at Trump Tower on Monday evening, diplomats said.
Could this latest move by Venezuela be enough to potentially spark a military conflict?

"The guys over at Zero Hedge seem to think so…

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government, practically, cannot afford to be supporting any more wars than it already has on its plate, and they can barely afford the continuing wars in Somalia; Libya; Iraq; Afghanistan; and Yemen.

I do hope and pray that the Deep State triumverate at the White House, which consists of Mc Master, Kelly, and Mattis, are not quietly suggesting to President Trump that a war against Venezuela (in retaliation for its dumping the dollar) is a war that the US military can actually win, when the US military is already pulled in a zillion directions by the existing wars from which it cannot, years on, extricate itself with anything which approximately resembles victory.

Sep 16 07:44

Miners Who Boasted About Massacring Amazon Tribe Now Under Investigation

According to Survival International, a London-based organization that advocates for indigenous rights, at least ten members of an uncontacted tribe in Brazil’s Amazon Basin were supposedly killed last month by illegal gold miners along the River Jandiatuba in western Brazil.

Brazilian authorities have started an investigation of the gold miners after they were overheard bragging about the slaughter of the members at a bar in a nearby town.

Someone recorded the bar talk and Funai, the National Indian Foundation in Brazil, filed a complaint with the prosecutor's office in the state of the Amazonas.

Sep 14 08:32

OIL RICH VENEZUELA STOPS ACCEPTING DOLLARS

Yesterday Venezuela temporarily suspended the sale of U.S. dollars through its Dicom auction system. This (and other moves) was in response to U.S. sanctions put in place by the Trump administration.

Trump claims the sanctions are there to punish the country's autocratic leaders. Maduro claims Washington's move was part of an “economic war”.

This morning The Wall Street Journal reports that the Venezuela is already telling oil traders not to accept the US currency.

Oil traders who export Venezuelan crude or import oil products into the country have begun converting their invoices to euros.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, Maduro is correct about sanctions being a component to an economic war the Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika against Venezuela, but is only one of the pieces.

And frequently, economic sanctions are a prelude to a shooting war.

One has to wonder if the next phase has American "boots on the ground" invading, to keep those huge oil reserves away from Russia.

Sep 13 08:50

Venezuelan Government Agrees to Start Talks With Opposition

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that his government agreed to start a dialogue with the country's opposition at the talks initiated by former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Zapatero and President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina.

Sep 13 08:30

Brazil's Corruption Scandals: No Winners, No End in Sight

In the latest installment of the ongoing corruption scandal in Brazil, the country's lead prosecutor Rodrigo Janot filed criminal corruption charges against former presidents Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff, and also against six lawmakers from the president's governing party, PMDB party, and is charging them with having formed a criminal organization. All are being accused, actually, of having taken up to several hundred million dollars in bribes, for the most part from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

Lawyers for the former Workers' Party president Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff are countering that the prosecution's failed to provide any concrete evidence against them. Last June, though, Lula himself was convicted of having taken smaller bribes. He is now appealing the conviction while he's also running for president again for elections that will be held late next year.

Sep 11 08:25

Is Venezuela About to Ditch the Dollar in Major Blow to US? Here’s Why It Matters

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday that Venezuela will be looking to “free” itself from the U.S. dollar next week, Reuters reports. According to the outlet, Maduro will look to use the weakest of two official foreign exchange regimes (essentially the way Venezuela will manage its currency in relation to other currencies and the foreign exchange market), along with a basket of currencies.

According to Reuters, Maduro was referring to Venezuela’s current official exchange rate, known as DICOM, in which the dollar can be exchanged for 3,345 bolivars. At the strongest official rate, one dollar buys only 10 bolivars, which may be one of the reasons why Maduro wants to opt for some of the weaker exchange rates.

Sep 09 07:14

Double trouble: Mexico is hit by tropical storm Katia, less than 24 hours after devastating 8.1 magnitude earthquake

One day after suffering from a massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake, Mexico is hit with another natural disaster as tropical storm Katia made landfall Friday evening. The US National Hurricane Center said the storm hit Tecolutla in Mexico. State Officials say that Katia is expected to produce a 'total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches over northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, and Puebla.'

Sep 09 05:06

Venezuela Is About To Ditch The Dollar In Major Blow To US: Here's Why It Matters

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday that Venezuela will be looking to “free” itself from the U.S. dollar next week, Reuters reports. According to the outlet, Maduro will look to use the weakest of two official foreign exchange regimes (essentially the way Venezuela will manage its currency in relation to other currencies and the foreign exchange market), along with a basket of currencies.

According to Reuters, Maduro was referring to Venezuela’s current official exchange rate, known as DICOM, in which the dollar can be exchanged for 3,345 bolivars. At the strongest official rate, one dollar buys only 10 bolivars, which may be one of the reasons why Maduro wants to opt for some of the weaker exchange rates.

Sep 08 12:03

The horrors of ‘the first 9/11’ are routinely overlooked

On September 11, 1973, Salvador Allende’s democratic government in Chile was ousted by United States-backed forces in one of the Cold War’s defining moments. Allende himself was killed during the coup while his presidential palace, La Moneda, was extensively bombed. Many thousands of Chileans were either murdered, “disappeared”, imprisoned, and coerced to emigrate or enter exile. Allende’s widow and family were forced to go into hiding in Mexico for many years.

Sep 02 10:36

Fitch Downgrades Venezuela’s Rating to CC, Notes Great Risk of Default

"Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating actions on Venezuela's sovereign ratings: long-term foreign and local currency IDRs downgraded to 'CC' from 'CCC'; senior unsecured debt downgraded to ‘CC’ from ‘CCC’; short-term foreign and local currency IDRs affirmed at 'C'; country ceiling downgraded to 'CC' from 'CCC,'" Fitch said in a statement.
The agency pointed out that the threat of default was caused by the new US sanctions against Venezuela.

"Venezuela's downgrade reflect Fitch's view that a default is probable given the further reduction in financing options for the Government of Venezuela following the imposition of additional sanctions on Venezuela by the US government on Aug. 25, 2017," the statement added.

The sanctions ban US citizens from or entities from a number of financial transactions with the Venezuelan government of the country’s PDVSA oil and gas company.

Aug 30 10:54

Russia Condemns US Attacks against Venezuela

The Russian Foreign Ministry condemned today the interference by the United States in the Venezuelan internal affairs, as well as the imposition of economic sanctions and threats of a military intervention in the South American country.

'We categorically reject unilateral sanctions against sovereign States. The financial pressure on Venezuela is clearly oriented to destabilizing that country and worsen its economic problems,' said spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajarova.

She also called those actions cynical, because they 'generate more tension,' she said.

Aug 29 09:36

100 police killed in Rio, on pace to be worst year in decade

Military police on Sunday buried the 100th officer to be killed in Rio de Janeiro state this year, a 39-year-old who was shot multiple times while off duty and visiting his father.

The grim milestone underscores a surge in violence in Rio, Brazil's signature city that just a year ago hosted the 2016 Summer Olympics. Authorities acknowledged in recent months that drug trafficking organizations and other criminal gangs now control large areas of the city. Thousands of soldiers have been deployed to help police, but even their presence has not slowed the bloodshed.

Aug 28 09:30

Venezuelan Collapse? Wishful Thinking? Caracas Oil Deals with Russia and China

So, Venezuela seems to have been set up to fall and become a collapsed state, after which it can be “saved” by the opposition, backed by western credit and thus, return it to its preordained status as a ‘backyard’ vegetable!

As for its OPEC partners, they are watching from the sidelines, drooling at the prospect of Venezuelan oil going off the market and triggering the, oft prayed for, spike in oil prices.

All the above assumes that Venezuela is a docile nation, population wise and government wise. That it doesn’t have the wherewithal to survive, the will power to resist or the intelligence to think outside the box – especially as it is deemed cornered, with the odds heavily stacked against it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You can't DO that!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 28 09:26

Countdown to War on Venezuela – Step II: Trump Imposes More Sanctions

The White House statement calls Maduro a “dictator” and his Presidency “illegitimate”. Both descriptions are laughable. Maduro was elected in free and fair elections. The former U.S. president Jimmy Carter called the election system in Venezuela the best in the world. The new sanctions will likely increase the support for the current government.

The White House hinted at further economic measures:

In a call to brief reporters on the measures, the [senior Trump] official said the United States has significant influence over Venezuela’s economy but does not want to wield it in an irresponsible manner that could further burden the already-struggling Venezuelan people.

Venezuela will now have some troubling times. But unless the U.S. launches an outright military attack on the country -by proxy of its neighbors, through mercenaries or by itself- the country will easily survive the unjust onslaught.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the kind of job for which President Trump would most likely sign off on the use of hired assassins, like Erik Prince's Academi.

US Troop deployment is stretched so thinly, that I would not imagine him placing US military resources there.

Aug 28 08:06

International Mediator Zapatero Says Trump's Sanctions on Venezuela "Inconvenient"

The former Spanish prime minister, Jose Luis Zapatero, said the United States' imposition of sanctions on Venezuela, as well as President Trump's talk of a possible military intervention, are “profoundly inconvenient.” In a communique, Zapatero said that progress has been taken towards a peaceful outcome in Venezuela, and the actions of the US administration “do not contribute to an intelligent and constructive solution,” TeleSUR reported. The declaration was also signed by the former presidents of the Dominican Republic and Panama, Leonel Fernandez and Martin Torrijos. Since 2015, the three former leaders have been leading international efforts to broker a dialogue between the Venezuelan government and opposition. Their text calls on the international community to back this search for an understanding between political sectors in Venezuela.

Aug 28 08:03

Maduro Invites All to World Solidarity Summit with Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro invited all countries to participate in the World Summit in Solidarity with Venezuela to be held Sept. 16-17, amid new sanctions and threats from the United States. "The whole world is invited to the day of solidarity and support with Venezuela, for peace, for sovereignty," Maduro said during a preparatory meeting with representatives from social and political organizations from various countries, TeleSUR reported. The meeting was held in the capital city of Caracas, led by Vice-President for Social Development Elias Jaua with 23 social activists from 17 nations and representatives of 22 social movements as well as Venezuelan intellectuals. Maduro was accompanied by Vice President Tareck El Aissami, a Constituent Assembly member Tania Diaz, among other leaders who met with activists and representatives of social movements. Maduro said the Bolivarian Republic will not yield to the interests of Washington.

Aug 27 16:44

Human Rights Hypocrisy - Colombia vs. Venezuela

(*Columbia Has The Cocaine
Venezuela has The Oil)

Aug 25 12:58

Trump imposes hard-hitting economic sanctions on Venezuela

The United States has imposed potentially hard-hitting economic sanctions on Venezuela, barring banks from any new financial dealings with the government or state-run oil company PDVSA.

The White House on Friday announced President Donald Trump had signed an executive order "imposing strong, new financial sanctions” on the government of Venezuela.

Aug 24 17:28

As First NAFTA Round Opens in Secrecy, Digital Rights Groups Fear Another TPP

he opening round of a series of negotiations over a proposed revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) began this week in Washington, D.C. between trade representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Already it is clear that the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has ignored our specific recommendations (to say nothing of USTR Robert Lighthizer’s personal promises) about making the negotiations more open and transparent. Once again, following the failed model of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the USTR will be keeping the negotiating texts secret, and in an actual regression from the TPP will be holding no public stakeholder events alongside the first round. This may or may not set a precedent for future rounds, that will rotate between the three countries every few weeks thereafter, with a scheduled end date of mid-2018.

Aug 24 02:06

Prosecutors plan to incriminate Brazilian President with plea deal testimony amid corruption scandal

It has been revealed by an anonymous source at Brazil's Prosecutor General's office that Lucio Funaro, an entrepreneur embroiled in a corruption scandal involving politicians allied to Brazilian President Michel Temer, has signed a plea deal that will help prosecutors level a corruption case against him. Temer's legal team did not respond to Funaro's expected revelations and whose testimony will build part a case of racketeering and obstruction of justice charges against the President in coming days. While Brazilian prosecutors find themselves amid a plethora of investigations related to the country's worst corruption scandal, Temer has avoided becoming the second Brazilian president to be removed from office in little more than a year, TeleSUR reported.

Aug 23 15:30

Indigenous people in Peru have seized Canadian oil facilities. They are demanding the government consult them before signing oil contracts.

Aug 22 08:44

VENEZUELAN ATTORNEY GENERAL TO SEEK ASYLUM IN US TO “EXPOSE THE NARCO-DICTATORSHIP”

The mystery continues regarding the whereabouts of Venezuelan Attorney General, Luisa Ortega Díaz, who fled her country after suffering threats and persecution by the regime of Nicolás Maduro. She is alleged to be applying for asylum in the United States.

Former Colombian president Andres Pastrana said Sunday, August 20, that “most assuredly” Luisa Ortega, who arrived in Bogota on Friday, will “end up in the United States.”

Pastrana said Ortega will be seeking political asylum in the United States, where, according to him, she will reveal important information about criminal activities in the Maduro regime.

“I think it is difficult for the attorney general to stay in Colombia…she is going to end up in the United States because she will be fundamental to exposing the ‘narcodictadura’ of president Maduro,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, No, No, Venezuelan Attorney General Diaz; the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America are the last places on this planet you want to go: the governmental, institutional narcocracy here will be thoroughly displeased by your presence, and your life will be very much in peril, particularly if you are talking about drug corruption's influence in politics.

Think about it: Hillary Clinton was so comfortable with the narcocracy which supported her and Bill Clinton, that she did not object to her picture being taken with convicted drug felon, Jorge Cabreras, at a White House Christmas party.

Image: Hillary Clinton next to convicted drug felon Jorge Cabreras at a White House Chirstmas Party

Here's the info about his financial relationship to the Clintons:
The Jorge Cabrera Scandal

Aug 19 10:01

Mexico a Paradise for Oligarchs: Poverty, Inequality Soar as Wealth Rises

Mexico is nothing if not a land of bewildering contrasts. Economically speaking, the country is a regional powerhouse. On the one hand, it boasts one of the richest “official” billionaires on the planet; on the other, some of the worst income inequality rates in the Western hemisphere. It places 20th on the list of countries with the most millionaires but it’s also home to the 15th largest population of poor people on the planet.

Aug 18 11:01

A Venezuelan Tanker Is Stranded Off The Louisiana Coast

A tanker loaded with 1 million barrels of Venezuelan heavy crude has been stranded for over a month off the coast of Louisiana, not because it can't sail but as a result of Venezuela's imploding economy, and its inability to obtain a bank letter of credit to deliver its expensive cargo. It's the latest sign of the financial troubles plaguing state-run oil company PDVSA in the aftermath of the latest US sanctions against the Maduro regime, and evidence that banks are slashing exposure to Venezuela across the board as the Latin American nation spirals into chaos.

As Reuters reports, following the recently imposed US sanctions, a large number of banks have closed accounts linked to officials of the OPEC member and have refused to provide correspondent bank services or trade in government bonds. The stranded tanker is one direct casualty of this escalation.

Aug 17 23:55

Venezuelan Armed Forces Fully Ready to Confront Possible US Aggression

Members of the National Armed Forces attended a news conference given by Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino. Venezuelan DM warned that the US wants to steal the country's oil reserves, after President Donald Trump threatened the Caracas government of a possible military action.

Aug 17 12:09

Trump Says “Military Option” On The Table For Venezuela; Provokes Statement From Russia

By Brandon Turbeville

The United States has finally rattled its sabers loud enough against Venezuela that it has provoked a response from Russia. After imposing yet another round of sanctions upon an already economically embattled nation following a questionable Venezuelan move to reassemble the Western-backed opposition-dominated National Assembly, the U.S. is grandstanding yet again about “democracy,” “human rights,” and all the other things America tends to ignore except when it is able to use those concepts to justify foreign wars...

Aug 17 07:46

Horror as zoo animals feared EATEN by starving Venezuelans

MISSING zoo animals are feared to have been eaten by starving Venezuelans as the country is gripped by a political and economic crisis.

Aug 16 10:22

What’s Really Happening in #Venezuela – From Someone Who Knows

The BBC is responsible for some of the most disingenuous portrayals. They’re showing violent protesters as if they’re some kind of defenders of peaceful protesters against a repressive police force, but in reality peaceful protests have been untouched by police.

What happens is that the guarimbas [violent, armed opposition groups] follow the peaceful protests and when they come near police, they insert themselves in between the two. They then push and push and push until there’s a reaction – and they have cameras and journalists on hand to record the reaction, so it looks like the police are being aggressive.

We were once filming a protest and a group of guarimbas challenged us. If we’d said we were with teleSur, at the very least they’d have beaten us and taken our equipment. But we told them we were American freelance journalists – they need Americans to film them and publicise them, so we were accepted.

Aug 16 08:35

VP Pence: US Will ‘Bring Full Measure of American Power to Bear’ on Venezuela

During his first stop on a tour of Latin America, Vice President Mike Pence told an audience in Colombia that Washington was “absolutely determined to bring the full measure of American economic and diplomatic power to bear until we see democracy restored in Venezuela.” Radio Sputnik’s Loud and Clear examined the ramifications of Pence’s tour.

"I'm not going to rule out a military option [to quell unrest in Venezuela]," said US President Donald Trump on Friday. "We have many options for Venezuela, this is our neighbor. We're all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away, and the people are suffering and dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President and Vice President, a word here, please.

Neither Maduro's government, nor its opposition, want US troops on the ground in Venezuela.

And let's face facts here, please; neither of you are that concerned with Venezuela becoming a dictatorship. The US government has been very comfortable, supporting US-centric dictators before, like the Shah of Iran, and Pinochet in Argentina.

But what is of concern to you are those huge oil reserves in Venezuela, which you don't want either Russia or China developing, and which you only want to be sold in US dollars, by a US-centric government: that is the crux of your "concern" over recent developments here, and thinking Americans understand this.

Aug 16 07:59

Bolivian top diplomat slams foreign interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs

Any external interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs in unacceptable, Bolivian Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni Mamani said following his meeting with Russian top diplomat Sergey Lavrov. "At the moment Venezuela is shaping its own democratic process so it is particularly important to maintain dialogue based on the respect for the country’s sovereignty," Huanacuni Mamani stressed. "Any foreign interference in other country’s affairs is unacceptable," he added. Huanacuni Mamani also pointed out that the West should stop meddling in the Latin America’s affairs. "This logic and ideology of colonization are inappropriate as they inflict damage on many countries," the Bolivian top diplomat said. "This is the reason why Bolivia has been searching for opportunities to build relations with Russia and other countries, as it will give us a chance to create a single world order that would benefit all," Huanacuni Mamani noted.

Aug 16 07:45

Military intervention in Venezuela crisis is unacceptable – Lavrov

“We are united in the need to overcome the existing disagreements in the country by peaceful means through a nationwide dialogue as soon as possible, without any external pressure, not to mention the unacceptability of the threats of military intervention in the internal affairs of this country,” Lavrov stated.

The minister added that most Latin American states also condemn the possibility of such actions.

Aug 15 12:16

"Attack Venezuela!?" Ron Paul Rants "Trump Can't Be Serious!"

There is something unsettling about how President Trump has surrounded himself with generals. From his defense secretary to his national security advisor to his White House chief of staff, Trump looks to senior military officers to fill key positions that have been customarily filled by civilians. He’s surrounded by generals and threatens war at the drop of a hat.

President Trump began last week by threatening “fire and fury” on North Korea. He continued through the week claiming, falsely, that Iran is violating the terms of the nuclear deal. He finally ended the week by threatening a US military attack on Venezuela.

Aug 15 11:23

Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Latin American countries oppose US meddling in Venezuela’s affairs

US Vice President Michael Pence has begun his Latin American tour to discuss the Venezuelan crisis with a visit to Columbia. He will arrive in Argentina in Tuesday and then pay a visit to Chile and Panama. However, some Latin American countries reject the idea put forward by US President Donald Trump to use military force against Venezuela, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes. Vladimir Davydov, Academic Director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute for Latin American Studies, singled out several aspects of Pence’s Latin American tour in an interview with the paper. "First of all, this is an attempt to go over from the improvisation hitherto felt in remarks made by the top officials in Washington to some degree of systematization in the work on the Latin American track," he emphasized. "Secondly, Pence will have to solve such a ‘technical’ task as translating the language of threats into the language of diplomacy.

Aug 15 11:16

US mulling new ways of toppling Venezuela’s leader, including military option: US not to leave Venezuela alone for sake of its image

Washington is exploring new options to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power, including through the use of force, expert of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS) Igor Pshenichnikov said in an interview with TASS on Tuesday. "Unfortunately, the forecasts of those analysts who did not rule out US military involvement in Venezuela are materializing," he noted. "Such tools to exert influence on President Maduro as ‘people’s protests’ and attempted coups do not bring success to the Americans. This being so, Washington is undoubtedly considering some new ways of toppling Venezuela’s president, that is, through military intervention.

Aug 15 09:46

Pence: Failed State Venezuela a Threat to US

Speaking to reporters during a visit to Colombia, Vice President Mike Pence warned that Venezuela is “collapsing into dictatorship,” and that the country becoming a “failed state” would make it a threat to the security and prosperity of the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Mike ...

Aug 14 09:55

Trump refuses to take call from Venezuela’s Maduro

President Trump rebuffed the offer of a phone call from the president of Venezuela late Friday night, after Mr. Trump warned that he is considering military options to address civil and political unrest in the South American country.
“President Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country,” the White House said.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro requested a phone call with Mr. Trump after Mr. Trump made a surprise statement late Friday that he’s considering unspecified military action to address what the administration is calling a “dictatorship.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is a really bad sign of how much the relationship between Venezuela and the US has deteriorated.

Aug 14 08:55

Venezuelan President’s Son Threatens To Take The White House With Guns If US Takes Military Action

Venezuela is a mess. There are lines to get bread and toilet tissue. There are people starving, people who have no electricity or utilities. Many in Venezuela are without basic necessities. Except for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his family, they are living a luxurious life with all they need and all they want. It has always been the case with Socialism, that the elites prosper while their people starve.

Aug 14 07:25

Pence defends Trump’s military threat against Venezuela

US President Donald Trump’s military threat against Venezuela showed his “resolve” to help the neighboring country amid a political crisis, Vice President Mike Pence says, claiming that Washington was looking for a “peaceable” solution.

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Aug 14 07:23

CIA head says ‘Iran, Hezbollah & Russians’ involved in Venezuela, pose ‘risk’ to US

CIA Director Mike Pompeo claimed Venezuela is overrun with Iranians, Hezbollah, Cubans and Russians in response to questions about Donald Trump’s statements about US military intervention.

Pompeo appeared on Fox News Sunday where he responded to comments made by President Donald Trump on Friday, in which he said there was “a possible military option” for Venezuela.

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Aug 14 07:03

Venezuela’s Opposition Rejects US Intervention

The opposition coalition in Venezuela rejected "the military threat by any foreign power," days after US President Donald Trump announced that he was considering such an option against the crisis-hit South American nation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even Venezuelan opposition do not want a military invasion or military solution to Venezuela's current problems.

Aug 13 07:58

Venezuela: Trump Threat of US Military Intervention "Madness" of US Imperialism

Threat to Latin American nation "an unprecedented threat to national sovereignty," says top government official in Caracas

Aug 13 07:57

Venezuela expected to dominate Pence’s trip to Latin America

Vice-President Mike Pence’s visit Latin America comes amid unrest in Venezuela and concern by its neighbours about a possible American military role.

Pence planned to meet with Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, later Sunday at the start of a weeklong trip likely to be dominated by conversations about the crisis in Venezuela. The United States accuses Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of a power grab that has sparked deadly protests and condemnation across the region.

President Donald Trump on Friday said he would not rule out a “military option” in response to Maduro’s moves.

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