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Oct 13 11:37

Indigenous-Led Protests Rock Ecuador Decrying IMF Deal and Demanding Moreno’s Resignation

Karma for Moreno's treatment of Assange?

QUITO, ECUADOR — “We don’t have a state! We don’t have any state!” The lady’s voice projects through a loudspeaker amid the crowd. She’s not having it. Nor is the groundswell of hundreds, if not thousands who’ve converged at Plaza Grande trolley stop, just meters from Simon Bolivar’s statue at the entrance to Quito’s historic center. They’ve come to express their disquiet over a fresh round of austerity measures declared by Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno last week, the backbreaker being the now-infamous fuel subsidy cut, as part of a $4.2 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan package.

Oct 04 06:17

Protesters in Haiti burn buildings, loot police station in drive to remove president (PHOTOS)

Thousands of protesters in Haiti took to the streets to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise, setting businesses and government buildings ablaze in chaotic demonstrations prompted by claims of official corruption.
In Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, demonstrators looted a police station and made off with ammunition, ballistics vests and even office furniture on Friday. Elsewhere in the city, homes and businesses were set on fire. A courthouse in the city of Jacmel was also torched.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please, take a good, hard look at the photo on top of this article; it does not appear to have been photoshopped, or compromised in any way; and there are a heck of a lot of people out there.

I don't know about you, but to me; this looks like the beginnings of a genuine revolution.

The big question, henceforward, is this; will the police and military continue to protect the powers that be, or will they ultimately side with the protestors?!?

Oct 03 05:05

Venezuela Denounces Airspace Incursions by 54 US Spy Planes

The Venezuelan government denounced Sunday discovery of more than 54 spy planes of the United States in the country’s airspace throughout September.

The Operational Strategic Commander of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (Ceofanb), Remigio Ceballos revealed the airspace violations through his Twitter account.

“Operation Venezuela Sovereignty and Peace. Commander Ceofanb AJ Remigio Ceballos denounced the detection of more than 54 exploration aircraft from the U.S. during the month of September,” said the tweet.

He said the devices were detected “by the radars of the Comprehensive Aerospace Defense Command.”

Oct 02 07:41

Peru at boiling point: Army and police side with president in standoff against parliament

The Peruvian military and police pledged loyalty to President Martin Vizcarra after he was accused of launching a coup by dissolving parliament. The opposition, meanwhile, voted to remove him from office.
The slow-burning political crisis in Peru reached the boiling point after Vizcarra dissolved the opposition-controlled parliament on Monday and called for a new general election in January.

“May this exceptional measure allow citizens to finally express themselves and decide the country’s future at the polls,” he said in a televised address.

Vizcarra previously threatened to dissolve parliament if the opposition continues to block his anti-graft bills. The president finally decided to make the move after lawmakers voted to replace almost all Constitutional Court judges despite his objections.

Oct 02 07:01

Ortega's Nicaragua is not Venezuela 2.0

The Zionist right-wing of the Illuminati want to remove Daniel Ortega
much like Nicholas Maduro in Venezuela. But Gabriel, a longtime
American ex-pat says Ortega has been good for Nicaragua and the US,
as usual, is out of line.

Oct 01 08:36

While El Salvador’s Security Improves, It Loses Ground in Freedom of Press

By Melissa Vida

In El Salvador, President Nayib Bukele is popular. The Twitter-savvy entrepreneur arrived at the presidency on June 1, 2019, without a clear ideological line at the heels of decades of disappointment in governments from the left and the right. Years of high-level corruption, gang violence, lack of jobs and forced migration made the population believe that Nayib Bukele could be the captain to steer El Salvador in the right direction...

El Salvador has been considered one of the relatively better countries in Central America to be a journalist, but it is now losing its position...

Sep 25 08:47

US triples regime-change aid to Guaido, doling out $52mn to restore ‘democratic governance’ in Venezuela

The US says it’s giving another hefty allowance to the Venezuela opposition in addition “to hundreds of millions of dollars” it already provided, pledging “full support” to self-declared ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) earmarked $52 million “in development assistance” to help Guaido and his supporters “restore citizen-responsive, democratic governance to their country,” Administrator Mark Green announced Tuesday.

Sep 21 06:37

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REACHES DEAL TO SEND ASYLUM SEEKERS TO EL SALVADOR

SOURCE: TEXASTRIBUNE.ORG
The Trump administration has reached an accord that could allow the United States to turn away asylum seekers at the U.S. border and send them to El Salvador to seek refuge, pushing migrants into one of the most dangerous countries in the world. The deal between the two governments is the latest in a series of policies aimed at creating new layers of deterrents to the influx of migrants applying for protection on U.S. soil.

Kevin McAleenan, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, is scheduled to announce the deal Friday afternoon, according to administration officials with knowledge of the agreement. McAleenan traveled to El Salvador to hash out the accord last month with president Nayib Bukele. News of the accord was first reported by the Associated Press.

Sep 17 04:02

ISRAEL WILL BEGIN TRAINING ECUADOREAN MILITARY UNITS

SOURCE: TELESURENGLISH.NET

Ecuador’s minister of Defense Oswaldo Jarrin confirmed Thursday that ‘elite’ units of Ecuador’s military will begin training in Israel. Jarrin made the announcement as he hailed a new era of close Israel-Ecuador relations, a turn away from the approach of leftist former President Rafael Correa who cut military ties in 2010, in solidarity with Palestine.

The cooperation will be to ‘modernize’ Ecuador’s armed forces and to take ‘counter-terrorism’ courses, given by Israel’s military. Details also emerged about US$30 million worth of weapons that Ecuador has purchased from Israel in the last year alone.

Israeli officials have told Ecuadorean media that there is now a ‘flourishing relationship’ between the two countries.

Jarrin said this is because there is “now an environment of international cooperation that did not exist before”, in reference to the breakdown in relations that took place under the previous government of Rafael Correa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How terrific!

Now the Ecuadorian people.... will have to get used to being treated just like the IDF treats Palestinians!!

Bravo, Oswaldo, well done!!

Sep 16 06:25

The US dollar is sewn into Argentina's economy and its culture

Lorenza Romero's stationary shop on Monroe Avenue is painted red on the outside, with a wide window and a glass-covered counter filled with banknotes from around the world. It's her son's collection, and all but one currency is out of circulation - the United States dollar bill.

"That's the one that drives people crazy here," she says. "Their own currency doesn't count for them."

The 72-year-old grandmother's observation exposes what is a raw nerve for many Argentines. The country's official, sovereign currency is the peso - people earn in it, and they spend with it - but it's the US dollar that defines value here.

Sep 15 03:10

BUSTED? JUAN GUAIDO POSES WITH NOTORIOUS COLOMBIAN DRUG CARTEL AT VENEZUELA BORDER IN LEAKED PHOTOS

SOURCE: RT

Juan Guaido may have some explaining to do. Photos have emerged depicting the Venezuelan opposition leader with gang members, confirmed by Colombian police to be leaders in the violent drug trafficking outfit, Los Rastrojos.
The photos first appeared in a tweet on Friday, shared by Wilfredo Canizares of the Fundacion Progresar (Progress Foundation), a Colombian NGO. They depict the US-sponsored “interim president” of Venezuela Juan Guaido posing chummily with two known drug lords, known under the aliases “The Brother,” and “The Minor.”

Canizares said the photos prove that Guaido “coordinated” with the gang to cross the border into Colombia in February, where he attended a Live Aid-style concert organized by billionaire philanthropist Richard Branson, hoping to gin up international support for the opposition’s cause.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Guaido was this Administration's "chosen one", to lead Columbia out of its current state of of chaos?!? IF these allegations are true, they would demonstrate that be they Democrats or Republicans, or "the US's anointed leaders" over seas, they just "can't get along" without mainlining that great "high" of freshly laundered drug money.

The Jorge Cabrera Scandal: First Lady Photo-OP with Convicted Cocaine Dealer

Sep 13 17:58

Busted? Juan Guaido poses with notorious Colombian drug cartel at Venezuela border in leaked PHOTOS

Juan Guaido may have some explaining to do. Photos have emerged depicting the Venezuelan opposition leader with gang members, confirmed by Colombian police to be leaders in the violent drug trafficking outfit, Los Rastrojos.

The photos first appeared in a tweet on Friday, shared by Wilfredo Canizares of the Fundacion Progresar (Progress Foundation), a Colombian NGO. They depict the US-sponsored “interim president” of Venezuela Juan Guaido posing chummily with two known drug lords, known under the aliases “The Brother,” and “The Minor.”

Sep 09 11:00

Trump Regime Training Paramilitaries to Attack Venezuela?

Washington wants Bolivarian Venezuela transformed into a US vassal state — to eliminate its social democracy and gain control over its vast oil reserves, the world’s largest.

On Wednesday, the Trump regime earmarked over $120 million for Colombia.

Masquerading as “humanitarian assistance” for Venezuelans in the country, what’s planned may be something similar to US Central American paramilitary wars in the 1980s.

Sep 06 08:23

US MILITARY SURROUNDING VENEZUELA WITH NEW DEPLOYMENT IN GUYANA

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

The US military has effectively surrounded Venezuela, ahead of a possible military intervention.

We've reported in the past that the Pentagon is jointly working with Colombia, Brazil and other regional partners on how to crush Venezuela's economy so that President Nicolás Maduro would step down.

Now there's a new report that the US military has been deployed to the impoverished South American nation of Guyana, the first time in a decade. The country is located on South America's North Atlantic coast and borders Venezuela to the West.

get very nasty here, and very quickly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what, pray tell, will Russia and China do, if the US attempts a military intervention here?!?

One thing I am betting against, is that neither the Russia Duma, nor the Chinese Parliament are going to be holding hands, and singing "Kumbya" at these developments

And we have a companion story, also appearing in zerohedge.com, which reads as follows: Venezuelan Military holding war games on Columbia's border The article goes on to state:

'Venezuelan armed forces will hold military drills on the border with Colombia, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday.

"I have ordered to hold military drills along the western border on September 10-28," Maduro said in a speech broadcast on Twitter.

Maduro also ordered to strengthen security on the border with Colombia. "I ordered the strategic operational command of the Venezuelan Armed Forces and all military units stationed at the border to declare the orange danger code due to the possibility of an aggression from Colombia toward Venezuela," he said.

Last week the Colombian authorities accused the Venezuelan government of sheltering and assisting members of the militant group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) who earlier announced their return to armed resistance'.

Folks, things may be getting ready to get very nasty, very quickly.

Sep 03 14:03

US Military Surrounding Venezuela With New Deployment In Guyana

By Tyler Durden

The US military has effectively surrounded Venezuela, ahead of a possible military intervention. In the name of humanitarian outreach, of course...

Aug 25 08:33

Conflicted Judge Abets Chevron Retaliation Against Heroic Lawyer Steven Donziger

By Aaron Kesel

For over a decade, New York lawyer and activist Steven Donziger, of Donziger and Associates, has been fighting Chevron after the oil giant bought out Texaco. However, just when we think we’ve seen it all in the Chevron case, NY District Court Justice Lewis Kaplan seeks to prove we ain’t seen nothing yet. Judge Kaplan wants Amazonian lawyer, Steven Donziger, destroyed...

Aug 23 12:09

Suspicion Grows As Experts Suggest That Amazon Fires Were Intentional

By John Vibes

As news reaches around the world that the Amazon rainforest is burning at an unprecedented rate, people are beginning to ask questions about who is responsible. In the past week, since August 15, over 9,500 new forest fires were reported in Brazil, most of them spread across the Amazon basin...

Aug 22 12:31

Venezuela’s Health Care System Is in Shambles, but Markets Are Already Responding

By Byron Carson

Hospitals are supposed to help people, not become a source of their ailment. Generally, hospitals do help people. According to the data and graphing tools of Gapminder, rates of child mortality and malnourishment are negatively correlated with the number of physicians per 1,000 people and the number of hospital beds per 1,000 people. Similarly, the percentage of a population surviving to age 65 increases with the number of physicians and hospital beds.

Aug 22 10:14

After Covering Notre Dame Fire Non-Stop, Media Silent as the Amazon Burns for Weeks

By Matt Agorist

When the famous Notre Dame Cathedral erupted in flames last April, images of the blaze were plastered across television and computer screens alike. For days on end, mainstream media networks around the world devoted round-the-clock coverage to this burning church. While the burning of such a historical place was undoubtedly a tragic incident, the coverage devoted to it versus the coverage — or, rather, lack there of — given to the Amazon rain forest fires is insulting.

After the fires in Paris, donors from all over Europe came together and pledged millions to rebuild it and the work started almost immediately. Consequently, the Amazon has been on fire for three weeks, and there are no calls for unity, no 24-hour media coverage, and no one is pledging anything to help stop it. In fact, if you search Google News for “Amazon,” the first ten stories are about Jeff Bezos. And, if you look for “Amazon Fire” you get ads for the tablet...

Aug 22 08:35

US Navy ‘ready’ for Venezuela mission, says a top commander

The US Navy is ready to “do what needs to be done” on Venezuela, a top commander said on Monday, as America ramps up pressure on the crisis-wracked country.

US Southern Command chief Admiral Craig Faller made the remarks in Rio de Janeiro as the United States kicked off its annual UNITAS maritime exercise involving nine Latin American countries as well as the UK, Portugal and Japan.

“I won’t speak to details of what we’re planning and what we’re doing, but we remain ready to implement policy decisions and we remain on the balls of our feet,” Faller told reporters.
I don't think so!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxu9eYhi9-g

Aug 22 07:57

Russian Warships to Visit Venezuelan Ports After ‘Unacceptable’ U.S. Interference

No more cheap wins for the US over 3rd world nations. The US Military will be confronted by force wherever it ventures from now on.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Venezualan counterpart Vladimir Padrino Lopez signed an agreement in Moscow on August 15th 2019 to allow warships from both states to pay visits to one another’s ports. This comes amid comprehensive strengthening of defence ties between the two states following growing pressure from the Western Bloc on both parties - both militarily and economically. Russia has expressed strong solidarity with Venezuela amid a deteriorating economic situation, harsh economic sanctions and threats of a U.S. led invasion.

Aug 19 08:30

Trump Privately Suggested Full Naval Blockade of Venezuela Suggested ships could stop all goods entering Venezuela

So Trump is in favor of starving children now!

Officially there is not a full naval blockade yet, though the US has made efforts to prevent shipments to Venezuela, and earlier this week was reported to have seized a ship full of food to prevent it getting to Venezuela.

Aug 12 16:30

MSM ignores massive anti-sanctions ‘No More Trump’ protest rallies in Venezuela (VIDEOS)

Leading English-language news organizations have provided extensive and dramatic coverage of anti-government protests in Venezuela, but mostly ignored large-scale rallies against US sanctions, which took place over the weekend.

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans flooded the streets of the country’s capital, Caracas, on Saturday to denounce the economic blockade and sanctions imposed by the US. Many were wrapped in national flags and sported red shirts, typically worn by the supporters of the government. The rallies were held under the slogan ‘No More Trump’.

Aug 12 07:41

Criminal Embargoes: Venezuela and Iran in the Crosshairs of Murderers Inc – Who Is Next?

Imagine just for a moment, the World would stand up in unison, sick and tired of the aggressive killer arrogance of the United States and her vassals – and their joint war-force called NATO – and this World, our World, what’s left of it when you deduct Washington and its Brussels allies, would at once block every shipment of everything destined for the ports of the United States of America; every sea port, airport and road port. Hermetically. Nothing would enter. Nothing, no food, no medicine, no electronics, no cars – no nothing. And nothing could leave. No exports, no petrol, no grains, no meat, no pharmaceuticals and foremost, no weapons. Nothing.

And now, take your mind a step further – and imagine the same – exactly the same, a total and full blockage of Israel – nothing would enter, no food, no fuel, no medication, no machinery and especially no weapons – and nothing would leave; a full and total blockage.

Aug 09 09:25

Pelosi and Democrats Are Currently Campaigning in Central America — Promise Economic Opportunity and Security for Guatemala

Nancy Pelosi and a delegation of Democrat lawmakers are currently in Central America visiting future voters.

Pelosi promised the people of Guatemala economic opportunity and security.

When was the last time Pelosi and her cohorts traveled to West Virginia or Mississippi to promise economic opportunity?

Aug 08 11:11

US Seizes Cargo Ship Trying to Deliver Food to Venezuela

The US continues to escalate its anti-Venezuela measures this week, having announced Monday night that sanctions have grown to an economic embargo, and now that appears to include a naval blockade.

Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez announced on Wednesday that the United States had seized a cargo ship bound for Venezuela in the Panama Canal. The ship was carrying soy cakes for the production of food.

US officials as yet have not commented, but it’s not clear under what pretext they consider themselves allowed to seize a ship carrying food. The Panama Canal is no longer US territory in the first place, and seizing a food ship bound for Venezuela after spending most of 2019 claiming Venezuelans are starving and in need of food aid seems particularly spiteful.

Aug 08 11:09

Bolton says sanctions will cut off Maduro financially, warns Russia

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday that tough new U.S. sanctions against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro would choke off his international financing and warned Russia not to provide Venezuela with further support.

“The time to act is now. The United States is acting assertively to cut off Maduro financially, and accelerate a peaceful democratic transition,” Bolton said in prepared remarks to a conference in Lima, Peru.

“We say again to Russia, and especially to those who control its finances: “Do not double down on a bad bet!”

Aug 08 10:51

Will Mercenaries Fight America’s Wars? Private Mercenary Army on Behalf of Venezuela “Opposition”

It perhaps should surprise no one that a country dedicated to “free markets” should at least somewhat embrace the idea of using mercenaries to fight its wars. The concept is already embedded in the federal government, increasingly so since 9/11. A majority of the workers in the intelligence community as well as in the civilian ranks of the Pentagon are already paid contractors who work for the “Beltway bandit” firms that specialize in national security. A substantial number of those hires are armed paramilitaries operating in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Mideast and Africa.

Aug 08 10:26

Trump's Blockade Begins: Venezuela Says Food Shipment Blocked In Panama Canal

Venezuela’s Vice President Delcy Rodriguez has denounced what state media is describing as a ship seizure by the US in the Panama Canal Wednesday.

The ship is reportedly packed with 25 thousands tons of Soya and was entering the narrow vital central America waterway, when its progress was halted in an event which Maduro government officials have condemned as a "serious aggression" that impedes the country's "right to food".

Aug 08 10:18

More Sanctions Against Venezuela Means More Suffering

Aug 06 09:57

Trump Regime Aiming to Blockade Iran and Venezuela?

International law is clear. Blockades are undeclared acts of war.

No nation may legally use this tactic against another state unilaterally or with coalition partners.

UN Charter provisions are binding international law. Article 39 authorizes the Security Council alone to “determine the existence of any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression and shall make recommendations, or decide what measures shall be taken in accordance with Articles 41 and 42, to maintain or restore international peace and security.”

Aug 06 09:56

Omission of Atrocities Committed by the Venezuelan “Opposition” Discredits UN Human Rights Report

“As a former staffer of the Office of the High Commissioner For Human Rights, I know how things work. There are people with prejudices. They have an axe to grind and they grind it and they omit information that just doesn’t fit the matrix that they want to put forward…Now this, of course, is not just a problem of methodology. This is also a problem of ethics. The professional ethics of a staff member must include a true reproduction of the information received from all sources…the information given to the High Commissioner, I have seen much of that information, which also dates back to 2017, and none of it was ever reflected by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, and is also not reflected by this new report…I think it is necessary for the credibility of the office to change the team that has been doing these reports in the past because they have proven not to be objective. They have proven not to follow what I would consider the minimum requirements of any serious research.”

Aug 06 09:47

Trump Imposes Total Economic Embargo On Venezuela

Late Monday President Trump signed an executive order imposing a full economic embargo against Venezuela after a week ago the White House began signaling it could seek to "quarantine" and fully "blockade" the Maduro regime if the president doesn't immediately hand over power of his own accord.

The executive order freezes all government assets in the United States and prohibits all transactions by any Venezuelan officials, in what constitutes the first major expansion of sanctions targeting a nation in the western hemisphere in over three decades.

Aug 06 09:09

Moscow Views Blockade of Venezuela's State Assets by the US as Economic Terrorism

On 5 August, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to block all property and interests of the Venezuelan government in the United States.

Moscow views Washington's freezing of Venezuelan assets as economic terrorism, a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

Aug 05 10:32

Officials Say US Headed Toward Blockade of Venezuela

An unnamed senior administration official says that the Trump Administration is seriously considering imposing a naval blockade on Venezuela, saying President Maduro has a “short window” to voluntarily resign before the US makes such a move.

Trump had recently told reporters he was considering a naval blockade or full “quarantine” of Venezuela as the latest effort to try to impose regime change, something the US announced it had recognized month ago but which so far hasn’t happened.

President Maduro denounced the comments, and called on his ambassador to complain to the UN Security Council about the “illegal” US threat to blockade the Venezuelan coastline. Maduro added it was “clearly illegal.”

Aug 05 08:53

US Planes Enter Airspace Controlled by Venezuela - Venezuelan Armed Forces

BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - The US planes have once again entered the airspace controlled by Venezuela, the Strategic Command Operations of Venezuela, a branch of the country's armed forces, said.

"Today [on Saturday], once again US spy planes have entered the zone controlled by Venezuela, violating aviation security and international treaties. The United States continues to openly insult our country," the command tweeted.

This is not the first case of a violation of the airspace of Venezuela over the past few days by the US aircraft. Earlier in the week, the country's Defence Ministry said that those incidents could be regarded as a serious threat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It has been reported, that President Trump is thinking about a full-blown naval blockade against Venezuela.

So Mr. President, a word, please: Russia and China more than certainly will rally to Venezuela's aid, should you decide to do this. How and with what, I cannot say, but were I a betting woman, I would almost bet that they will.

And a ground war in Venezuela?!? Please remember just "how well" the US did in the Viet Nam war, which was primarily a war of attrition, and in a largely jungle environment. After the epic fail we call Afghanistan, do you really think it wise, to move forward against Caracas?!?

Kindly remember this, when "kicking the concept around" with your cabinet.

You are welcome, Mr. President.

Aug 03 10:33

Trump threatens to impose blockade, quarantine on Venezuela

US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose a quarantine or blockade against Venezuela, as part of Washington’s latest efforts to pressure legitimately-elected President Nicolas Maduro to step down.

Trump made the comment as he departed the White House for a campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday.

Asked by reporters whether he was considering a blockade or quarantine on the Latin American country, Trump said, “Yes, I am.”

The US president did not elaborate or provide details on when or how such a blockade could be imposed.

Moreover, the administration in Washington said on Friday that it would bar two Venezuelan officials from traveling to the United States over accusations of human rights violations.

Aug 01 10:55

Russia Ignores Neocon Regime-Change Losers, Plans Major Investments in Venezuela

Venezuela has faded from the news since Guaido's [read: the US'] failed coup.

But although Venezuela is out of the limelight, Russia has not forgotten her ally...

Jul 30 09:33

Venezuela Ready For War Against Likely US Invasion, Warns Socialist Party No. 2

Venezuelan Socialist Party Vice President Diosdado Cabello on Saturday said US Marines would "likely" invade the country, Reuters reported.

"We are few, a small country, we are very humble, and here it is likely that the US Marines enter. It is likely that they enter," Cabello told the 25th Sao Paulo Forum in Caracas.

Jul 30 07:59

Brazil’s toxic pesticides ‘affecting people all over the world’ through agricultural exports

Brazil’s embrace of highly toxic pesticides – the government has approved 262 so far this year and loosened regulations on what is considered “extremely toxic” – is affecting people far outside its borders, an expert tells RT.

“EU-banned pesticide[s are] being manufactured in the EU, and then coming back to citizens in the EU, in the food we eat,” environmental journalist and founding member of the Green Economic Institute think tank Oliver Tickell told RT, explaining that as one of the largest soy exporters in the world, Brazil supplies a significant quantity of the feed that cattle and other livestock worldwide consume. European consumers tucking into a juicy steak have no idea that the creature they’re eating might have been nourished on soy sprayed with highly toxic pesticides.

Jul 28 10:15

Here’s What Happened When a Journalist Exposed a Pedo Sex Ring in Mexico

By Kurt Nimmo

On July 23, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called for Mexican authorities to protect investigative reporter Lydia Cacho Ribeiro.

Two days prior, unidentified thugs broke into the journalist’s home, killed her two dogs, stole a laptop, audio recorder, three cameras, memory cards, and ten hard drives “containing information about sexual abuse cases the reporter was investigating,” according to the CPJ and Cacho. The attackers also damaged personal belongings including photographs...

Jul 28 09:40

HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED WHEN A JOURNALIST EXPOSED A PEDO SEX RING IN MEXICO

It’s remarkable Cacho is still alive. In 1999, she was beaten and raped in retaliation for her investigations. Despite this, she continued to report on sex rings and the trafficking and murder of Mexican girls.

Jul 25 17:18

Venezuelan Government Accused of Using Bitcoin to Bypass US Sanctions

By Jamie Redman

Nicolás Maduro and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela have been accused of circumventing financial blockades imposed by the U.S. government. According to local reports, Maduro’s regime evades sanctions with cryptocurrency alongside an airline application called Jetman Pay. Allegedly, Jetman Pay collects airline taxes from travelers who purchase tickets from Maiquetía International Airport and the Venezuelan government agency Sunacrip converts the tax money into BTC and sends the funds to regime accounts in Russia, China, and Bulgaria...

Jul 24 11:36

Opposition rallies as Venezuela blackout eases in some areas

Venezuela's opposition on Tuesday sought to harness anger over a massive blackout that deepened hardship nationwide, but turnout at a Caracas demonstration was relatively modest as many Venezuelans despair of an imminent solution to their plight.

Lights came back on in parts of the capital and other areas of Venezuela overnight following a nearly nine-hour outage that the government blamed on an "electromagnetic attack" against the power grid, without providing any evidence. Government opponents say years of mismanagement and corruption were to blame.

Jul 24 11:36

U.S. willing to offer Maduro guarantees he’ll be left alone if he leaves Venezuela

With no resolution in sight for Venezuela’s leadership six months after the leader of the national assembly declared himself president, the Trump administration appears willing to offer guarantees to Nicolas Maduro that the U.S. will leave him alone if he leaves Venezuela.

A senior Trump administration official suggested that the U.S. would consider not indicting Maduro if he leaves power.

Jul 24 09:28

OR ELSE? U.S. Threatens Maduro To Leave The Venezuelan Presidency

The United States has informed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro that he has a short deadline to leave power with guarantees if he does not want to face international justice and further sanctions.

The announcement was made yesterday, July 23, to the Efe news agency by the White House official for Latin America, Mauricio Claver-Carone.

According to him, Maduro was informed indirectly, through a message sent to his close circle, that he has a much shorter than the end of the year period to leave the government of the country.

Jul 23 11:15

Venezuelan TV Releases Video Proving Airspace Violation by US Spy Plane That Was Shadowed by Su-30

On Monday, Venezuela’s Communications and Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said that a US spy plane had violated Venezuelan airspace a second time in three days and that a total of 78 such violations have taken place since the start of this year.

The state-run Venezuelan channel Multimedio VTV has published a video that shows a US reconnaissance aircraft apparently violating Venezuela’s airspace on 19 July.

“The EP-3E plane was detected by the Aerospace Defence System of the CEOFANB [the Strategic Command Operations of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces] at 09:52 local time”, the footage’s captions read.

Jul 22 18:09

Venezuela blames nationwide blackouts on ‘electromagnetic attack’

Preliminary probe into the incident has suggested the “existence of an electromagnetic attack that sought to affect the hydroelectric generation system of Guayana, the main provider of this service in the country,” the minister told state channel VTV.

While authorities are struggling to resolve the crisis, the US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido has used the power outage to once again attack his political opponent, accusing President Maduro of “destroying” the country's electrical system.

Jul 22 15:34

Widespread power outage hits Venezuela

Much of Venezuela is suffering from a massive blackout, social media users and local news outlets have reported. Power shortages, which began on Monday morning, have impacted at least 18 states, including the capital, Caracas.

The lack of electricity has caused chaos for the transportation network in the capital and has disrupted phone and internet connections.

In March, Venezuela suffered two major blackouts that send the country into darkness for days. The government of President Nicolas Maduro blamed the US-led local opposition of sabotaging the power grid, amid Washington's attempts to topple the elected president.

Jul 22 11:21

US military complains Venezuelan jet ‘aggressively shadowed’ its spy plane… blames Russia

A Venezuelan Su-30 fighter “aggressively shadowed” an American spy plane over the Caribbean Sea, the US military said, claiming the jet was at an “unsafe distance” and blaming Russia for its “irresponsible” support for Caracas.

Footage of the Russian-made Su-30 aircraft approaching a US EP-3 reconnaissance plane was released by the Southern Command on Sunday. The US military said the incident took place over the Caribbean Sea on July 19, but did not indicate how close the EP-3 was to the Venezuelan border, stating that the planes were in international airspace.

Jul 18 11:23

US to Divert $40 Million in Humanitarian Aid to Venezuela Opposition

The Trump Administration has informed Congress that they intend to divert $40 million in humanitarian aid away from that and giving it to Venezuela’s opposition instead.

USAID, nominally a humanitarian aid body but in practice tends to be used to subsidize covert actions, informed Congress that the $40 million will be used to pay for salaries and other expenses for the Guaido “government” budget.

USAID argues that the funding of Guaido is in “the US national interest,” while Maduro criticized the vote as more proof that Guaido is just a US-funded puppet.

Jul 17 08:35

US to divert funds from ‘poor Central American children’ to pay Guaido salaries, propaganda – report

Instead of spending some $41.9 million on humanitarian aid for Guatemala and Honduras, the US has reportedly decided to pump the spare money into Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido so he can seize power in Caracas.

With Guaido’s campaign to oust Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro failing to gain traction in the last several months, Washington decided to boost his stalled effort with $41.9 million diverted from humanitarian aid to Central America, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing officials and an internal memo circulated by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Jul 17 08:29

Venezuela may switch from SWIFT to Russian payment system to skirt US sanctions – report

Venezuela is considering using the Russian alternative to the traditional SWIFT international payment system, as the country braces for new US sanctions that could further weaken its financial sector, according to Bloomberg.

Venezuela’s central bank has sent a request on the matter to the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) as the regulator’s approval is necessary if Caracas wants to use the payment platform, the report said, citing sources. However, neither of the sides involved, nor the world’s largest payment system, SWIFT, has commented on the report.

Jul 15 10:03

MAJOR: Venezuelan Government Reveals Evidence Of Guaidó’s Involvement In Arms Theft

Venezuelan Minister of Popular Power for Communication and Information, Jorge Rodríguez, presented evidence linking the opposition deputy Juan Guaidó with the theft of regulatory weapons from the Bolivarian Republic that were used in the coup attempt on April 30.

Speaking to the press from the Miraflores Palace, Rodríguez said that after the events of April 30 different lines of investigation were generated, one of which was the follow-up to the stolen weapons to perpetrate the coup d’état.

Rodríguez denounced the carrying of war weapons by security personnel of Juan Guaidó from the gun park assault on April 30.

Jul 13 12:10

Glenn Greenwald becomes focus of Brazil press freedom debate

Several weeks after publishing explosive reports about a key member of Brazil’s far-right government, U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald was called before a congressional committee to face hostile questions.

“Who should be judged, convicted and in prison is the journalist!” shouted congresswoman Katia Sastre, an ally of President Jair Bolsonaro.

And by some accounts that wasn’t an empty threat: A conservative website reported that federal police had requested that financial regulators investigate Greenwald’s finances. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and his Brazilian husband also say they have been receiving detailed death threats, calls for his deportation and homophobic comments in an increasingly hostile political environment.

Jul 11 08:07

Brazil court convicts Vale for damages caused by deadly dam rupture

A Brazilian state judge on Tuesday convicted mining company Vale SA for damages caused by the deadly rupture of a tailings dam in January that killed at least 240 people.

Judge Elton Pupo Nogueira ruled that Vale is responsible for fixing all the damages, although he did not set a monetary value for compensation, the Minas Gerais state court said on its website. It “is still not possible to quantify solely by technical-scientific criteria,” the statement said.

The value “will not be limited to the dead, but also effects on the local and regional environment, in addition to economic activity in the affected regions,” the statement quoted Nogueira as saying.

Jul 08 10:12

Bolton Losing Ground On Venezuela, Iran... But Far From Down-And-Out

The wave of wishful thinking articles, including some by friends of mine whose judgment I usually respect was entirely wrong. President Donald Trump has not fired John Bolton for the failed fiasco of his latest inept attempt to topple the legitimate democratically-elected government of Venezuela: At least not yet.

Jul 06 11:07

REVERED SOCIAL LEADER AND ACTIVIST KILLED IN COLOMBIA

SOURCE: TELESURENGLISH.NET

Social leader Tatiana Paola Posso Espitia, 35, was shot twice in the head Wednesday morning in front of her house in El Copey located in the Department of Cesar when two men on motorcycles fired at the activist and fled the scene.

The assassination occurred just as Espitia’s taxi driver, Wilson Ortega Palomino, arrived at her home to take the social leader to work, according to local media reports. The bad timing resulted in Ortega also being shot four times by the hitmen. He is in critical condition at a nearby hospital.

The National Network for Democracy and Peace in Colombia published a communique on its Twitter account firmly condemning the murder.

“Posso Espitia was a social activist committed to humanitarian aid, helping vulnerable people and victims of the armed conflict that continue to affect Colombia,” said the report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prayers for her friends and her family; but expect no movement from the current Colombian government in terms of identifying the killers, which probably got their "marching orders" from certain elements in that same government, which wanted her dead.

Jul 06 10:29

HOW MANY COUPS (AND LIVES) WILL IT TAKE BEFORE THE US SURRENDERS IN VENEZUELA?

Venezuela used to be an “oil republic,” which made oil executives from the United States and the wealthy class in Venezuela very rich. That lasted until the election of Hugo Chavez in 1998 when the Bolivarian Process began and oil profits were used to provide for basic needs of all the people. Ever since then, the US and its allies have used everything they have to overthrow the revolution, but like Cuba, the people have resisted, despite great suffering being inflicted on them, and the US has failed.

Jul 06 10:16

Russia to Strengthen Venezuela's Military Defense Capabilities

"We will continue to implement projects in various areas, to hold events within the existing agreements that would strengthen the military potential of this country’s armed forces."

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stated on Friday that his country will continue to develop international cooperation with Venezuela, which includes strengthening military defense capabilities.

Jul 05 14:29

Scientists Discover Massive Seaweed Patch Stretching From Mexico to Africa

By Elias Marat

A humongous mass of heavy, stinking seaweed stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to West Africa has already become the biggest seaweed bloom in recorded history, according to the journal Science.

And the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt, as it is now known, could be a sign of a “new normal” wrought by deforestation and the use of fertilizer...

Jul 04 18:47

Brazil’s Government to Criminally Investigate Glenn Greenwald

By Eoin Higgins

The Brazilian government is targeting one of its biggest critics, journalist Glenn Greenwald, in a move that has been decried by observers as an intimidation tactic designed to stifle opposition to right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro.

The government finance ministry’s money laundering unit was asked by federal police to investigate Greenwald’s finances...

Jul 02 20:41

On The Advisory Board Of The Company Charging $750 Per Day To Detain Each Immigrant Child? Kelly, Armitage, Corbin, Hayden, Kerr, Zinni, Loftus.

by Emily Price

Yes, it’s a private company called Comprehensive Health Services (a subsidiary of Caliburn International). CHS operates the largest child migrant detention center, which is in FL and was already getting horrible press — especially from local FL papers — last year. But that didn’t matter, because CHS recently opened up a few more child prisons in TX, as it snagged a new government contract, despite many documented concerns about conditions...

While I can’t name for you the private investors getting rich off of this humanitarian crisis, I can name for you members of the advisory board of DCCP, which approves everything in the portfolio.

First up: Trump’s former Chief of Staff, John Kelly, who was named to the board LAST MONTH, and photographed riding a golf cart into a CHS child prison....

read more here, incl. links to sources & extra credit assignments

Jul 01 11:45

Total Solar Eclipse 2019: A Complete Guide

On July 2, millions of people people in South America will witness the day turn into night for a few minutes as the moon passes in front of the sun.

The so-called "Great South American Eclipse" will be the only total solar eclipse of 2019. During the eclipse, the moon will cast a dark shadow over parts of Chile and Argentina as it blocks out the sun. Neighboring countries will be able to see a partial eclipse.

Here is Space.com's complete guide to the "Great South American Eclipse," including viewing maps, timetables and useful tips for skywatchers and photographers. We will continue to update this page as we post more information about the eclipse.

Jun 27 12:02

Venezuela claims it has foiled a coup against Nicolas Maduro and accuses the U.S. of plotting to kill the socialist leader

Venezuela claims it has foiled a coup attempt against Nicolas Maduro - alleging that America was behind the plot.

Government ministers claim that the U.S. colluded with Colombia and Chile in a plot to assassinate Maduro and install an army general in his place.

Naming Donald Trump ally John Bolton as one of the conspirators, Caracas said at least six alleged plotters had been arrested.

Jun 25 09:22

Violence escalates at Honduras student protests amid molotov cocktails & police fire (VIDEOS)

Honduran military police opened fire at protesters outside the national university, injuring five people. Authorities said live ammunition was used in response to molotov cocktails which injured officers.

Protests demanding the resignation of the country's president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, have intensified in recent weeks as momentum gathers against privatization and austerity measures targeting the health and education sectors.

Jun 24 07:25

DEAD ON ARRIVAL: A BRIEF POST-MORTEM ON THE US' REGIME-CHANGE OPERATION IN VENEZUELA

SOURCE: JOAQUIN FLORES VIA THE STRATEGIC CULTURE FOUNDATION
They say hindsight is 20/20, and nothing exemplifies that more than the kind of post-mortem that can be done on the failed attempt by the US to overthrow the government of Venezuela. Working through the lack of options that the US has in terms of regime-change in Venezuela, should lead towards a higher degree of investor confidence in the Bolivarian Republic.

We understand that there are ultimately only three ways to attack a target state until it collapses:

Supporting an internal coup/revolution or terrorism;

Economic embargo perhaps leading to or justified by 1, and;

Military invasion justified by the government’s reaction to 1

Jun 23 09:24

Honduras protest crackdown: Five things to know

The Honduran government announced the nationwide deployment of military forces on Thursday, amid intensifying nationwide protests against President Juan Orlando Hernandez.

Mass demonstrations began nearly two months ago, when teachers and medical professionals took to the streets to protest a series of decrees they say facilitate the further privatisation of health and education.

The movement quickly evolved into nonstop multi-sector nationwide protests and blockades demanding "Fuera JOH" (Out With JOH), using the acronym for the president's name.

At least three protesters have been killed and more than 20 wounded in the last four days alone.

Jun 20 10:55

Venezuela: Massive Embezzlement Scandal Threatens Juan Guaido’s Political Future

What was supposed to be Guaido’s watershed moment has instead turned out to be a public-relations failure far worse than his quickly quelled attempted military coup, which MintPress News reported caused even the New York Times to describe Guaido as “deflated.”

What happened in Colombia appears to be so damning that not only is the Colombian intelligence service leaking documents exposing wrongdoing by Popular Will representatives appointed by Guaido, but the Organization of American States (OAS) — which is typically just as pro-opposition as the Colombian government — has called for an investigation.

Jun 20 10:17

MAGNITUDE 9 BEX ALERT - IS VENEZUELA'S MADURO TRAFFICKING NAZI GOLD STOLEN FROM HOLOCAUST VICTIMS?

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is looking into whether or not Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro has been trafficking Nazi gold that includes ingots made from fillings taken from Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

The Center said in a statement on Wednesday that it’s studying information exposed by the Wall Street Journal indicating that Maduro has managed to hold onto his regime through selling some 73.3 tons of gold valued at $3 billion, to Middle East and Turkish companies between 2017 and February 2019.

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Jun 18 08:52

Ecuador 'allows US military planes to use Galapagos island airfield'

Ecuador has agreed to allow US military planes to operate from an airport on the Galapagos Islands, reports say.

US aircraft will be able to use San Cristobal airport, Ecuador's defence minister Oswaldo Jarrin has been quoted as saying.

They will "fight drug trafficking" under a deal with Ecuador's government, Mr Jarrin said.

The reported deal has prompted concerns over the potential impact on the environment and Ecuador's sovereignty.

Jun 17 15:41

Massive Embezzlement Scandal Threatens Juan Guaido’s Political Future

The political party of Juan Guaido — Voluntad Popular (Popular Will) — was never all that popular to begin with. The sixth largest political party in Venezuela, Popular Will is heavily financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Now, a recently exposed embezzlement scandal in Colombia risks to further alienate the party from the Venezuelan people.

What was supposed to be Guaido’s watershed moment has instead turned out to be a public-relations failure far worse than his quickly quelled attempted military coup, which MintPress News reported caused even the New York Times to describe Guaido as “deflated.”

What happened in Colombia appears to be so damning that not only is the Colombian intelligence service leaking documents exposing wrongdoing by Popular Will representatives appointed by Guaido, but the Organization of American States (OAS) — which is typically just as pro-opposition as the Colombian government — has called for an investigation.

Jun 17 11:46

Watch: Glenn Greenwald Explains the Political Earthquake in Brazil Caused by Our Ongoing Exposés

LAST SUNDAY, THE INTERCEPT and The Intercept Brasil published a series of exposés that has created a major political earthquake in Brazil that has only grown and intensified throughout the week. In less than a week, the once-revered justice minister of President Jair Bolsonaro’s government, Sérgio Moro, now faces widespread calls to resign from the same large Brazilian media outlets that spent years transforming him into an untouchable icon of integrity and uncritically applauding his every move.

Jun 17 09:53

‘We need points!’ US must invade Venezuela to scare Iran & N. Korea, Graham claims

Sen. Lindsey Graham has suggested President Trump "put military force on the table" by invading Venezuela (and possibly Cuba) in order to scare North Korea and Iran into doing what they're told. What could possibly go wrong?

"Give Cuba an ultimatum – without Cuba, Maduro doesn’t last one day – tell Cuba to get out of Venezuela. Do what Reagan did in Grenada – put military force on the table!" Graham told a Fox News host, going from zero to invasion in ten seconds flat in response to a question about how Trump should handle his foreign conflicts.

"We need points on the board," the South Carolina senator insisted. "Start with your own backyard… Fix Venezuela and everybody else will know you’re serious." North Korea and Iran, he implied, would fall right into line after Venezuela was put in its place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Lindsey ...

Jun 16 09:59

Refusal to hand over Venezuelan gold means end of Britain as a financial center – Prof. Wolff

The freezing of Venezuelan gold by the Bank of England is a signal to all countries out of step with US interests to withdraw their money, according to economist and co-founder of Democracy at Work, Professor Richard Wolff.
He told RT America that Britain and its central bank have shown themselves to be “under the thumb of the United States.”

“That is a signal to every country that has or may have difficulties with the US, [that they had] better get their money out of England and out of London because it’s not the safe place as it once was,” he said.

Jun 16 09:50

Millions In Argentina And Uruguay Without Electricity After Power Failure

Argentina and Uruguay woke up in darkness Sunday after an unprecedented power failure cascaded across their shared electrical grid, affecting millions of people.

The Edesur electric utility tweeted that "a massive failure" left Argentina and Uruguay without power. The BBC reported that parts of Paraguay were also affected.

Edesur's spokesperson Alejandra Martinez told Argentinian media "something like this never happened," according to the BBC.

By about 12 noon local time, Edesur tweeted that it had restored service to 450,000 customers, with hospitals and health centers a priority.

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