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  1. Trump Administration Will ‘Shed Light’ On A Secretive Practice That Costs Taxpayers Millions Of Dollars

A 15 May 2019 Daily Caller article outlines Trump’s plans to “shed light” on Obama-era practices styled to benefit environmentalists willing to game the system.

The Interior Department will publicly list attorneys’ fees paid out, often to environmental activist groups, for legal settlements, according to a recent memo from Principal Deputy Solicitor Daniel Jorjani.

Jorjani’s memo states the Interior Department will develop a webpage within 30 days to publicly list details of legal settlements and cases, which the agency says is a big step in bringing sunshine to a non-transparent practice that the public is largely unaware is happening.

“This is a big deal that will shed light on the millions of dollars the DOI pays out every year in attorneys’ fees” under federal laws, an Interior Department official said in an email.

“This is your tax money and only by shining a light on this process can you decide if it is being put to good use,” the official said.

The memo was signed May 10, but made public Wednesday. Jorjani issued the memo in response to a 2018 order from Interior Secretary David Bernhardt while he served former Secretary Ryan Zinke’s number two. Zinke resigned earlier this year and has since been replaced by Bernhardt as head of the Interior Department.

Environmental groups have been particularly successful using “citizen suits” to sue the federal government into taking an action, then getting taxpayers to pay their attorneys’ fees. A 2016 Daily Caller News Foundation investigation found federal agencies paid out $49 million for 512 citizen suits filed under three major environmental laws during the Obama administration.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

This certainly has shades of Democrat dirty dealings, the legacy of Obama scandals, and other unsavory issues on the left. With all of the left’s problems with capitalism, this certainly shows that they have no problems with gaming the system and using crony capitalism.


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  1. ‘Cowardice’: Nikki Haley Takes Aim At Ocasio-Cortez, Omar And Sanders Over Venezuela

In a second 15 May 2019 Daily Caller article, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley calls out the reluctance of fake socialists (you know, the ones who have million-dollar royalties and three homes or three-figure salaries and exclusive apartments that they don’t share with the masses) to face the reality of socialism in Venezuela.

Former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley sharply criticized three prominent Democrats — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — for going soft on Venezuela’s socialist dictatorship.

“On the fringes of the left, celebrity politicians refuse to condemn [Venezuelan dictator Nicolas] Maduro. Worse, some have actually embraced him,” Haley wrote in a Monday post for Stand For America, her new political organization.

Haley ticked through the responses from Ocasio-Cortez, Omar and Sanders, taking shots at each one.

Ocasio-Cortez dodged when asked if Maduro was a legitimate ruler. “A simple ‘no’ would have sufficed,” commented Haley.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

Considering the fact that AOC does not understand the difference between socialism and capitalism (as demonstrated by the following video), it shouldn’t be hard to convince thinking liberals to consider the benefits of the system that has lifted more people from poverty worldwide.

When you compare Bernie Sander’s “Democrat(ic) Socialism” to the socialism that wrecked Venezuela, you’ll find mirror copies shared by Bernie and Venezuela. Both Bernie and Venezuela went for government-owned banking. Both Bernie and Venezuela went for universal healthcare. Most importantly, both Bernie Sanders and the socialists of Venezuela would rather that the people not be able to defend themselves with guns.

In retrospect, that did not work out very well for the people of Venezuela.

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  1. Jobless claims fall more than expected

A 15 May 2019 Reuters article points out how economic factors have worked in favor of anyone with a business. Therefore, this works well for non-socialists (non-Democrats).

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength that should underpin the economy as growth slows.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 212,000 for the week ended May 11, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Data for the prior week was unrevised.

Claims had been stuck at higher levels for three straight weeks, reflecting difficulties stripping out seasonal fluctuations from the data around moving holidays like Easter, Passover and school spring breaks.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims would fall to 220,000 in the latest week. The Labor Department said no states were estimated last week.

The four-week moving average of initial claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends as it irons out week-to-week volatility, rose 4,750 to 225,000 last week.

The labor market is strong, with the unemployment rate near a 50-year low of 3.6%. The robust job market is supporting the economy as the boost from the White House’s $1.5 trillion tax cut package fades and President Donald Trump’s escalating trade war with China disrupts supply chains at factories, which are already struggling with an inventory bloat that has cut production.

(Read more at Reuters article)

Reading the above Reuters article, you can tell that the author wants America to fail so that Republicans (and the evil business community that supports them) will fail. Oddly, nothing but a point of view separates the author from those he hates. Similarly, I have seen leftist Antifa supporters bludgeoning young women and old men over their having attended a Trump rally. Again, nothing but a disagreement on whether a socialist government or a free people would best govern America separates the attackers from the victims.

In contrast, I have worked for ideologies to fail, but not people. In s recent post, I advocated against the passage of the Equality Act because I am certain that it will lead to the subjugation of my religious rights. However, in other posts, I have stood against Islamists that would kill gays. That is to say, I have stood by those in the “Gay Agenda,” because I see life as sacred, all people as sinners, and the only unforgivable sin as the rejection of Christ.

However, I also cannot stand by while Christians continually find themselves abused by gay groups who had benefited from the Christians’ action. Additionally, I cannot ignore the harshness and inhumanity of a gay system that time and time again has proven itself willing to subjugate those who disagree on points of conscience.

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  1. Liberals have started to lose their composure due to fear of losing the battles they forced on the rest of America

Unborn Babies Are Not Human? CNN Debate Leads to Stunning Declaration: ‘That Is Not a Human Being’

A 10 May 2019 Christian Broadcasting Network article shows how liberals have been taken so aback by the possibility that Roe versus Wade might be returned to the states. As reported, a CNN panel consisting of former Senator Santorum, Chris Cuomo, and talking head Christine Quinn produced a surprising quote.

A CNN interview this week raised some powerful questions about the humanity of the unborn, taking the abortion debate straight to the most central question. But the arguments made by CNN’s host and contributor are stunning.

Host Chris Cuomo took the pro-abortion side as he questioned former US Senator Rick Santorum and CNN political contributor Christine Quinn.

They spoke about states that are passing restrictive abortion laws like Georgia’s hearbeat law, with Cuomo and Quinn arguing that a decision by five people on the Supreme Court is more valid than the rights of states or the beliefs of millions of Americans.

That turned into a heated exchange over when life begins before Quinn said something a lot of people find shocking.

The pro-life Santorum had challenged Cuomo and Quinn about their belief that the unborn baby inside a woman’s womb is not a human.

“Do you guys realize a baby DIES in an abortion? Are you ignoring that fact. This is a human life,” Santorum says.

“It’s not a legal fact,” Cuomo inserts.

“Do you disagree that at the moment of concept that child is human and alive? Is it biologically a human life?” Santorum says. Cuomo says the issue should only be about “viability,” to which Santorum replies, “You guys talk about being the party of science, that is so a-science.”

Then he raised the issue of humans being treated as property in a clear reference to the wrong-headed arguments that had been used by pro-slavery forces in the 1800’s. “That’s a unique human being inside that woman. So is it the property of a woman, that you can do whatever you want with it?”

Christine Quinn, a board member of the National Institute of Reproductive Health, said, “When a woman gets pregnant, that is not a human being inside of her. It’s part of her body, and this is about a woman having full agency and control over her body and making decisions about her body and what is part of her body with medical professionals.”

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

When liberals start claiming that babies in utero are not human, they are losing their grip with reality. Nobody thinks that you will crack an eagle egg and get a chicken or a wolf, but (somehow) liberals want us to believe that there is an immaculate conception each time a woman decides to keep her child. Until then, according to Christine Quinn, no human is human.

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  1. Even Street Artist Sabo recognizes the wrongness of Ilhan Omar’s Anti-Semitism

PHOTOS: Street Artist Sabo Calls Out Ilhan Omar over Her Anti-Semitic Remarks

As shown by a 23 March 2019 Breitbart article, it seems that even street artists have had enough of Representative Omar’s anti-Semitic rants.

IlhanomarPolitical street artist Sabo put up a number of signs criticizing anti-Semitic comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles amid the freshman lawmaker’s appearance in town for a speech.

Ilhan Omar is scheduled to speak at a fundraiser for the controversial Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Los Angeles Saturday. Counter-events have been organized against herIlhanOmardoor_hangers appearance.

“CAIR-LA is honored to have Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as the featured speaker for the 4th Annual Valley Banquet,” the group’s website states.

“Born in Somalia, Ilhan and her family fled the country’s civil war when she was 8 years old. They lived in a refugee camp in Kenya for four years before coming to the United States, eventually settling in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis in 1997.”

IlhanOmarSharia_ZoneStreet artist Sabo is mocking both Omar and CAIR with new street art. The art calls out Omar for her past of anti-Semitic statements.

(Read more at Breitbart)

When the arts community recognizes the way Democrats are working against the good of the rest of us, we are talking about a sea change. Like the tweets by Cher regarding the money spent on illegals while American vets and American homeless starve on the streets, it seems that some on the left have started to wake up.


4 recent instances of self-inflicted wounds by Democrats

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Ilhan Omar Is a Game-Changer for Democrats—and Not in a Good Way

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Breitbart shares in a 13 April 2019 article how Ilhan Omar has dragged down Democrat ratings.

My bet is that most Democrats would rather be talking about healthcare than Rep. Ilhan Omar, the by-now-notorious Democrat from Minnesota.

This wager is based on a simple enough axiom: It’s best to fight on your strong issues, not your weak ones. Or, as the ancient Roman military strategist Vegetius wrote of the general who wants to win: “He must consider the field of battle and judge whether the ground is more advantageous for him or his enemy.”

As the 2018 midterm elections showed, the most advantageous ground for the Democrats has been healthcare, and so naturally, they were planning on more such campaigning in the 2020 election.

But not every plan happens. Now, instead, the Democrats are confronted with a much different issue, being fought on much less advantageous terrain—in the form of Omar. This is, of course, the nature of anything in human affairs; be it politics, or warfare—things change. As another famous military strategist, Helmut von Moltke, put it, “No plan survives contact with the enemy.”

The disruption of the Democrats’ happy healthcare plan started on March 23, when Omar delivered a speech to a Council of American-Islamic Relations assembly in Los Angeles in which, bringing up 9/11, she said those words that will live in infamy: “some people did something.”

Actually, Omar’s words didn’t get much attention until they were highlighted by Mohamad Tawhidi, an Australian Muslim cleric who holds decidedly anti-jihad views. As he tweeted on April 8,

(Read more at Breitbart)

Considering the number of times that Ilhan Omar has used anti-Semitic tropes (refer to the first and second video below), laughed about Americans’ fear of Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah (refer to the third video), and dismissed the 11 September 2001 attacks on America as “some people did something” (refer to the fourth video), this woman is a one-person Democrat mine field.

   

Bernie Sanders Defends Being Millionaire: ‘I Didn’t Know It Was a Crime to Write a Good Book’

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Again, we have a case of a politician either being willfully ignorant of the Bolshevik revolution, the Cultural Revolution in China, and other socialist uprisings where the rich (or those accused of formerly being rich) were accused and murdered. So this declared socialist tells us through a 13 April 2019 Breitbart article that he did not know that it was a crime to be rich — maybe he should study the history of socialist uprisings.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Saturday attempted to play down the significance of his millionaire status, quipping dryly that he didn’t imagine lucrative book sales would hurt his chances to win the White House.

Sanders said in his remarks at a community meeting in Gary, Indiana:

I didn’t know that it was a crime to write a good book which turns out to be a bestseller. My view has always been that we need a progressive tax system which demands that the wealthiest people in this country finally start paying their fair share of taxes,” he continued. “If I make a lot of money, you make a lot of money, that is what I believe. So again, I don’t apologize for writing a book that was number three on the New York Times bestseller, translated into five or six languages and that’s that.

Sanders’ remarks come after revealing in an interview this week that his New York Times best-selling book Where We Go From Here made him a hefty sum of money. “I wrote a best-selling book. If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too,” he told the paper. The 77-year-old Democratic Socialist also confirmed he plans to release his tax returns on Monday.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Mr. Sanders, don’t think that we don’t remember last year’s charge from you that people making over a million should pay 52% in taxes. Don’t think that we don’t expect you to lead by example — we expect you to pay the taxes you have been haranguing us about for years.

For a change, lead by example. Stop trying to change the subject as you did in the sham of a townhall.

Anyone who votes for this idiot is voting for the hope of a government handout before the economy tanks so badly that government programs start getting shut down.

Additionally, despite Mr. Sanders assertion that his wealth comes from his having “written a good book,” he amassed quite a holding in the banks, a set of 3 houses, and an expensive sports car purportedly on the six-figure salary afforded to a member of Congress for over 35 years (16 years in the House and a Senator since 2006).

   

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Melts Down over Criticism of Fake Accent

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Breitbart shows us the shallowness of AOC’s attachment to other minority voters through a 6 April 2019 article.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) responded to criticism for her patronizing use of a fake accent in front of a black audience in the usual manner — crybabying.

The not-terribly-bright socialist was caught on video Friday patronizing the mostly black audience with a fake southern drawl at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference.

The humiliating video quickly made the rounds on social media, earning the criticism and ridicule it deserved.

The video is as shocking as it is excruciating. All of a sudden, the Westchester socialist, who is famous for her Jerry the Mouse voice, starts talking like a black preacher.

“This is what organizing looks like. This is what building power looks like,” Ocasio-Crazy said with her affected cadence. “This is what changing the country looks like. It’s when we choose to show up and occupy the room and talk about the things that matter most, talking about our future.”

“Ain’t nothing wrong with that. There’s nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy,” she continued. “There is nothing wrong with preparing the food that your neighbors will eat. There is nothing wrong with driving the buses that take your family to work”:

(Read more at Breitbart)

Glad to see that — at least when the heat is turned on — OAC can understand that maybe she should stop emulating Hillary Clinton.

   

Democrats Battle Justice Dept., Citing Nixon and Clinton as They Demand Full Mueller Report

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According to a 4 April 2019 Christian Broadcasting Network article, it seems that some long-time Democrats don’t like the restrictive laws they passed regarding reports from special counsels.

Congressional Democrats are going to battle with the Justice Department, voting to subpoena the full Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. They say Attorney General Bill Barr’s redacted version won’t be enough. They want to see everything.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said, “I frankly believe that we are being both fair and balanced.”

Democrats in the House made it official and partisan, voting 24-17 along party lines to authorize subpoenas, but waiting before firing them off.

“The committee has a right and the responsibility to see the full contents of this report,” Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) said.

Attorney General Barr has already promised to get them a version scrubbed of classified material, secret grand jury testimony, and anything related to ongoing investigations or the personal privacy of third parties.

“The department is wrong to try to withhold that info,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). “The Constitution charges Congress with holding the president accountable for alleged official misconduct. That job requires us to evaluate the evidence for ourselves – not the attorney general’s summary – not the substantially redacted substance – but the full report.”

Nadler compared Mueller’s report to the release of the Ken Starr report into President Bill Clinton, holding up boxes of information produced by Starr along with “some of the grand jury material” from the Nixon impeachment process.

Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins said those props are like apples and oranges, saying the comparison between the Starr report and the Mueller report “just doesn’t work.”

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

Never mind that some of the same Democrats (i.e., Jerry Nadler) who want Attorney General Barr to break the law by exposing the full content of Special Counsel Mueller’s report were the same lawmakers who changed the law after Special Counsel Starr exposed all sorts of dirty laundry from the Clintons.

If Nadler doesn’t like how he wrote the law, maybe he should look in the mirror and give himself a good lecture for a couple of years.

If you compare the videos of today’s Nadler demanding to see all of the special counsel’s report to 1990’s (really fat) Nadler telling us why the special counsel’s report violates the President’s legal rights, you get the idea that Nadler must have Dissociative identity disorder.

14 times Democrats did their best to alienate voters

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#1: Connecticut woman says then-Vice President Joe Biden touched her inappropriately at a Greenwich fundraiser in 2009

The Hartford Courant reports in a 2 April 2019 article how a Connecticut woman has charged Joe Biden with unwanted advances.

A Connecticut woman says Joe Biden touched her inappropriately and rubbed noses with her during a 2009 political fundraiser in Greenwich when he was vice president, drawing further scrutiny to the Democrat and his history of unwanted contact with women as he ponders a presidential run.

“It wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head,” Amy Lappos told The Courant Monday. “He put his hand around my neck and pulled me in to rub noses with me. When he was pulling me in, I thought he was going to kiss me on the mouth.”

Lappos posted about the alleged incident on the Facebook page of Connecticut Women in Politics Sunday in response to a similar account by former Nevada legislator Lucy Flores, which comes as Biden is considering a 2020 run for president. Flores accused Biden of kissing her on the back of her head in 2014, when she was a candidate for lieutenant governor.

Lappos, 43, who is now a freelance worker with nonprofit agencies, said she felt extremely uncomfortable when Biden approached her at the 2009 fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th, where she was volunteering. At the time, Lappos was a congressional aide to Himes, who she said was not in the room when the incident took place.

“I never filed a complaint, to be honest, because he was the vice president. I was a nobody,” Lappos said. “There’s absolutely a line of decency. There’s a line of respect. Crossing that line is not grandfatherly. It’s not cultural. It’s not affection. It’s sexism or misogyny.”

(Read more at the Hartford Courant)

The weird thing is that, so far, none of these “problems” with Joe Biden are illegal. They’re weird. They’re something that I would not allow him to do to any 14-year-old girl under my care, but they’re not illegal acts.

The thing that has been at work here has been the full-blown identity politics that the Obama regime perfected.

Well, if you like your politician, you can keep your politician.

#2: MeToo Movement Strikes Again: Even MORE Women Accuse Biden of Sexual Harassment

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A 2 April 2019 article on Townhall tells us about more women who have reportedly come forward with tales of impropriety against Joe Biden.

Two more women stepped forward on Tuesday and accused former Vice President Joe Biden (D) of sexual harassment. The women, Caitlyn Caruso and D. J. Hill, told their stories to The New York Times.

Here’s what took place, according to The Hill:

Caruso, 22, told the Times that Biden rested his hand on her thigh even as she attempted to show her discomfort by squirming in her seat during a sexual assault event at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Caruso, who was 19 at the time, added that Biden hugged her “just a little bit too long.”

She told the newspaper that the interaction was uncomfortable because she had just discussed a time she was sexually assaulted and expected Biden to be aware of physical boundaries.

“It doesn’t even really cross your mind that such a person would dare perpetuate harm like that,” she told the paper. “These are supposed to be people you can trust.”

Hill, 59, told the Times that while taking a photograph with Biden in 2012, the then-vice president placed his hand on her shoulder and began moving it down her back, something she said made her “very uncomfortable.”

“Only he knows his intent,” she added.

(Read more at Townhall)

While I don’t come anywhere near Uncle Joe’s politics, this stupid stuff is not criminal.

Maybe #MeToo (or Bernie Sanders) would like to make it a felony for a short time, but the law now …

#3: More identity politics

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#3: Democrats double down on identity politics with Pete Buttigieg

As pointed out by a 6 April 2019 on SFGate, it seeems that Democrats are intent on doubling down on identity politics. In this case, Pete Buttigieg is counting on riding the label of “gay” into the White House.

Pete Buttigieg sat in the back of a black SUV with a couple of staffers, sipping a still-steeping cup of tea to ease the fatigue from his suddenly frenetic schedule, when he looked out the window and interrupted himself.

“Man,” said Buttigieg, taking in the rainbow-hued signs and colorfully dressed passersby that signaled he had entered West Hollywood, Los Angeles’ de facto gay neighborhood. “It got real gay real quick out there.”

Few Democratic presidential candidates could assess their surroundings so bluntly without seeming painfully out of line. But Buttigieg is not like any other Democratic presidential candidate – in part, if not exclusively, because he is gay.

(Feel free to read more liberal tripe at SFGate)

Although I did not understand the electorate’s support of a moral reprobate like Bill Clinton, I understand a little of their desire to keep government out of private affairs. Considering that, Obama and his NSA scandal should have been a bigger deal (except for the cover provided by the Democrat press).

Still, Democrats are going to have to provide more of a reason for voter support than “Vote for me, I’m gay.”

#4 – #9: The AOC Efforts to kill voter followings

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#4: AOC – You Guys, They Amended the Constitution to Stop FDR From Running Again, or Something

As we see in a 1 April 2019 article on Townhall, AOC has uttered another set of indefensible statements about FDR.

According to her supporters, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a singular obsession of the right-wing media. This framing ignores the indisputable reality that she’s a creation of the mainstream and left-wing media, heralded and celebrated as the fresh face of a new generation of hard-charging progressives. She’s also succeeding in yanking her party leftward, as multiple presidential candidates have endorsed her fanatical and fanciful “green new deal” legislation — although they all scurried behind a wall of “present” votes when the moment to support the resolution actually arrived.

Her latest media showcase occurred on MSNBC late last week, during with the freshman Congresswoman made all sorts of attention-grabbing assertions and comparisons — including advancing the notion that “environmental justice” must only be achieved alongside “economic justice,” which certainly won’t hlep dispel many skeptics’ suspicion that programs like the green new deal are less about addressing an urgent crisis, and more about redistributing wealth and amassing governmental control. Among other topics, she explained that the Tea Party is different than her movement because unlike those xenophobic white supremacists, she doesn’t call her opponents names:

Seems legit, and duly noted. She went on to make the following claim about the success of aggressive statism in American politics. FDR’s vast expansion of government was so popular, she averred, that opponents had to amend the constitution to prevent him from winning again:

Her point is correct, except for the fact that (a) President Roosevelt (who ignored the Washington-set precedent of serving a maximum of two consecutive terms) had been dead for roughly two years when the 22nd Amendment was passed by overwhelming and bipartisan Congressional majorities, and approximately six years by the time it was ratified by the states and implemented, and (b) even if it had been directed at FDR while he were still in office, the amendment only applied to future presidents. It’s also worth noting that Republican majorities were only able to introduce this ultimately-successful amendment because they’d won sweeping landslide victories in the 1946 midterm elections, winning control of both legislative chambers. Also, at least two Republican presidents opposed the amendment, with Ronald Reagan going so far as to urge its repeal. Some dutiful media acolytes are performing their own version of Trumpist ‘translations’ in order to ostensibly demonstrate how AOC was actually kind of correct, if you ignore the actual substance of her core claim.

(Read the rest at Townhall)

I don’t care whether or not the Democrats auditioned AOC for her abilities before a crowd, this woman and her faux pas are a gift of God to the Republicans.

#5: Ocasio-Cortez slammed as ‘financially illiterate’ at Sharpton event over Amazon, faces calls to be ousted from office

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According to one 6 April 2019 Fox News article, even members of the socialist branch of the Democrat party have had enough of the idiocy that comes out of AOC.

Hours before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for an “agenda of reparations” at an Al Sharpton-sponsored event in New York on Friday, she was slammed as “financially illiterate” at the same conference for killing the Amazon deal with the state.

Ocasio-Cortez spoke to the crowd at the National Action Network, saying her Green New Deal will consider reparations to black Americans for slavery in addition to the radical overhaul of the economy in a bid to combat climate change.

But at the same conference, hours before Ocasio-Cortez’s speech, an investor ripped those who opposed the Amazon deal with the state that would have generated billions in tax revenue and 25,000 jobs.

“The people campaigning against the Amazon campus are financially illiterate,” said Tracy Maitland, president and chief investment officer of Advent Capital Management during a panel discussion the Black Economic Agenda, according to the New York Post.

{Read more at Fox News)

It’s nice when we can count on these guys to turn on themselves.

#6: Ocasio-Cortez de-listed from board of Justice Democrats after controversy

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According to a 19 March 2019 Fox News article, it seems that a previous group has decided that AOC is a persona non grata.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., reportedly has been de-listed from the board of left-wing activist group Justice Democrats, following legal and ethical questions about her affiliation with the group.

The Daily Caller reported that Ocasio-Cortez, along with chief of staff and former campaign chair Saikat Chakrabarti, have been removed from the board of the political action committee after previously holding “legal control over the entity” in late 2017 and early 2018.

The Daily Caller had reported earlier this month on Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti’s role with the PAC, noting that the congresswoman never disclosed to the Federal Election Commission that they “controlled the PAC while it was simultaneously supporting her primary campaign.” Former FEC officials said at the time this could represent violations of campaign finance law.

Well, at least someone is catching on.

#7: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Melts Down over Collapsing Poll Numbers

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Just when good news seems sparce, Breitbart News reports in a 17 March 2019 article how AOC didn’t receive the news of her falling popularity very well.

Earlier this week, Breitbart News reported on Ocasio-Crazy’s awful polling numbers as reported by Gallup. There is just no question that as her national profile has exploded, primarily through gushing coverage from the establishment media, it has backfired bigtime with the public.

The more people know about Ocasio-Crazy, even though the media’s Vaseline-smeared filter, the less they like her.

Although she is much better known than almost all of her counterparts in congress, better known than even Chief Justice John Roberts, a plurality of 41 percent view her unfavorably, a leap of 15 points since September.

Meanwhile, her favorable rating has only jumped seven points, from 24 to 31 percent.

Right now, Ocasio-Crazy is underwater with the public by double digits, by ten full points.

(Read more at Breitbart News)

AOC, you made this bed. You get to lay in it.

#8: Ocasio-Cortez lashes out at unflattering likability poll

#9: Gallup – Negativity toward AOC piling up

OneNewsNow reports in a 17 March 2019 article that Gallup has confirmed that AOC’s falling numbers.

The latest Gallup poll reveals that the public’s opinion of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has plummeted, as the socialist Democrat’s ignorance on issues and shocking ultra-left stances continue to make more and more Americans fearful about the potential damage she can do in Washington.

Before the young “rock star” candidate rocked the world by defeating 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) at the ballot box last November, American negativity toward the self-proclaimed socialist was relatively low, but after her numerous controversial gaffs and oblivious comments exposing her inexperience and dangerous worldview, more Americans are becoming wary about the destructive path on which the left-leaning representative could lead America.

Since Americans were surveyed in early September, a shocking upward shift in their negative opinion toward AOC has been discovered, as Gallup’s new poll indicates that the millennial Democrat is scaring off many once-impressed left-leaning sympathizers.

Let’s just hope she keeps it up.

#10: Obama acolyte warns of the unpopularity of socialism

#10: Famously ruthless Dem warns about going Red

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In a 15 March 2019 OneNewsNow article, news of the unpopularity of socialism comes to light (at least on other-than-main-stream press).

A prominent Democrat is warning his party that Donald Trump will exploit their far-left ideas in 2020, and a political analyst says it’s good advice that won’t be heeded.

“Rahm Emanuel warns Democrats in 2020 not to play to ‘socialist’ type,” a USA Today headline states to begin a March 21 story.

Emanuel, the outgoing Chicago mayor, wrote an op-ed for The Atlantic warning fellow Democrats that they are serving up “slow pitches over the plate” to Trump, and he said the Republican president will peel away Democrats over proposals such as the Green New Deal and Medicare for All.

Emanuel, a Bill Clinton advisor who later served as Barack Obama’s chief of staff, is not appealing to Democrats out of niceness: he is known as a ruthless political player who once sent a mob-like dead fish to a pollster he didn’t like, and rattled off a list of political “enemies” as he stabbed a steak knife into a table.

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

Hush, Rahm.

Let the Democrats make their mistake.

#11 – #14:Thanks to Bush and Obama, Some expect the Islamization of America

#11: Rashida Tlaib’s ties to anti-Semitism run deeper than previously known

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A 28 January 2019 Daily Caller article points to the anti-Semitic ties of Rashida Tlaib.

Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s ties to anti-Semitism run deeper than previously known, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation found.

Tlaib, part of a heralded freshman class of House Democrats, has already come under scrutiny over her positions on Israel and ties to fringe figures. But TheDCNF’s investigation uncovered additional ties to anti-Semitism.

Tlaib is a member of the Facebook group “Palestinian American Congress,” where members often demonize Jews. The group’s founder, Palestinian activist Maher Abdel-qader, was a key fundraiser for Tlaib and organized campaign events for her around the country.

In January 2018, Abdel-qader shared an anti-Semitic video that claimed Jews aren’t actually Jewish, and invented their historical claim to Israel and secretly control the media.

The video, which described Jews as “satanic,” also questioned whether 6 million Jews actually died in the Holocaust.

“Research the truth about the Holocaust, and you’ll definitely start to question what you thought you knew,” the video’s narrator says.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

#12: Ilhan Omar ignites new anti-Semitism controversy with comments on AIPAC

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According to a 10 February 2019 article in Politico, Ilhan Omar decides to use anti-Semitic language to associate Jews and Republicans (when, oddly, many Jews are Democrats).

Freshman Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar ignited a new controversy on Sunday night when she suggested GOP support for Israel is driven by campaign donations from a prominent pro-Israel group.

Omar singled out AIPAC, one of the most influential lobbying groups in Washington, as the source of those donations.

Omar’s comments touched upon a long-running, and particularly ugly, thread of the anti-Semitic movement — that Jewish money fuels backing for Israel in the United States and elsewhere. A freshman Democrat, Max Rose of New York, said, “Congresswoman Omar’s statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself.”

And the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee is a non-profit that doesn’t donate directly to candidates. AIPAC, however, does relentlessly push a pro-Israeli message on Capitol Hill and inside the executive branch, and its members donate to pro-Israel lawmakers and candidates while seeking to defeat those it considers a threat to U.S.-Israeli relations.

(Read more at Politico)

Although I don’t expect the press to report on her, I expect that this Representative will keep talking the way she always has spoken.

#13: She Said What!? Ilhan Omar Has Anti-Semitism Trouble Again

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As recorded in a 4 March 2019 Townhall article, it seems that Ilhan Omar repeated her anti-Semitic ways.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) just can’t get past the anti-Semitism issue. She has peddled in such trash before, posting tweets that were very…problematic with regards to this issue. And no, they’re not old. They’re not from high school. They’re from last month. And it’s stuff that isn’t new; Jewish Minnesota leaders had to have a sit-down with her because of her remarks. It was when she tweeted “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel” back in 2012. Now, after her “all about the Benjamins” fiasco, which once again peddled old anti-Semitic stereotypes about people of the Jewish faith, money, and influence, these local leaders might not treat her with “kid gloves” anymore. The media certainly hasn’t let her off the hook, reporting on her serial stupidity on this front.

So, what’s her latest anti-Semitic trainwreck? Well, she sort of accused people who are pro-Israel of exhibiting dual loyalty. She made such remarks last Wednesday. Even liberal writers can see through her nonsense, noting that she’s peddling the Palestinian cause to smuggle in bigoted talking points (via NYT):

Representative Ilhan Omar, a freshman Democrat from Minnesota, came under scrutiny again this week because of her comments about Israel.

The remarks in question came during a discussion at a Washington bookstore on Wednesday about how critics have repeatedly labeled Ms. Omar’s criticism of Israel as anti-Semitic. She argued that the label is being used in bad faith to shut down debate.

The sentence that garnered the most attention was, “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is O.K. for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.”

Ms. Omar questioned why it was acceptable for her to speak critically about the political influence of the National Rifle Association, fossil fuel industries and “big pharma,” but not the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. (After she was widely criticized for a tweet about Aipac last month, she deleted it and apologized.)

In an article for New York magazine about the bookstore event, the writer Jonathan Chait accused Ms. Omar of using the cause of Palestinian rights “to smuggle in ugly stereotypes.”

He added that she was “invoking the hoary myth of dual loyalty, in which the Americanness of Jews is inherently suspect.”

Some conservative news outlets also posted articles critical of the comments. And Marshall Wittmann, a spokesman for Aipac, said in a statement that the accusation of “dual loyalty” was alarming.

“The charge of dual loyalty not only raises the ominous specter of classic anti-Semitism, but it is also deeply insulting to the millions upon millions of patriotic Americans, Jewish and non-Jewish, who stand by our democratic ally, Israel,” Mr. Wittmann said.

(Read more at Townhall)

We have enough bigots without importing them, putting them on a fast track to citizenship, and electing them to represent the nation.

#14: One brave Minnesotan asks “Is Minnesota the First Sharia Law State?”

Cultural Appropriator O’Rourke tells Texas TV station he’s running for president

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Cultural appropriator O’Rourke tells Texas TV station he’s running for president

On the evening of 13 March 2019, Robert Francis (aka Beto) O’Rourke announced on a local Texas station that he would run for the Democrat nomination for president. Following that announcement, the Associated Press and numerous other Democrat mouthpieces fell over themselves repeating the vacuous statements of the former small town politician.

Democrat Beto O’Rourke has told a Texas TV station that he’s running for president in 2020.

The former Texas congressman sent a text message to KTSM Wednesday afternoon confirming the news that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination.

He wrote: “I’m really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents. It’s a big part of why I’m running. This city is the best example of this country at its best.”

O’Rourke was little-known outside his hometown of El Paso until he challenged Republican Sen. Ted Cruz last year. He got within 3 percentage points of upsetting Cruz in the nation’s largest red state and shattered national fundraising records while using grassroots organizing and social media savvy to mobilize young voters and minorities.

He claims to be proud of what El Paso is doing. What is El Paso doing and why does that qualify this skateboard-riding, lackluster politician for the presidency? Is it that he tried to use his position in government to condemn other people’s property so that his rich father-in-law could build commercial property?

Is it that his judge dad got him out of a DUI and a burglary charge on separate occasions?

What qualifies O’Rourke? Is it that his dad had the political foresight to nickname his kid with a Spanish nickname? If so, why didn’t he make it permanent? Why didn’t “Beto” use the name when he was at college?

What are the Democrats doing to themselves?

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After calling her big bill the “Green New Deal,” AOC ridicules FDR

Fox News reports in a 10 March 2019 article how Ocasio-Cortez, at SXSW, blasted FDR, Reagan and capitalism. Additionally, she puts down opposing Democrats by saying political moderates are “meh.”

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed political moderates at the South by Southwest Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas, calling their views “misplaced” as she defended her progressive politics in a room full of supporters.

“Moderate is not a stance. It’s just an attitude towards life of, like, ‘meh,’” the New York Democrat said Saturday during an interview with Briahna Gray, senior politics editor for the Intercept. “We’ve become so cynical, that we view ‘meh,’ or ‘eh’ — we view cynicism as an intellectually superior attitude, and we view ambition as youthful naivete when … the greatest things we have ever accomplished as a society have been ambitious acts of visions, and the ‘meh’ is just worshipped now, for what?”

The self-declared Democratic socialist also criticized the treatment of minorities throughout American history, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, which she claimed was racist, to Ronald Reagan’s policies, which she said “pitted” white working class people against minorities in order “to screw over all working-class Americans,” particularly African-Americans and Hispanics.

(Read more at Fox News)

It’s not odd that none of the presidential candidates at SXSW got any airtime. Every time that this political and economic neophyte opens her mouth, the vacuum inside of her head creates such a rush among the left-leaning “journalists” that it must be akin to standing by Niagara Falls.

Nonetheless, in response to her criticisms of FDR, maybe she should look into how President Roosevelt’s policies took America closer to a socialist state before she denigrates him and suggests her socialist program.

Regarding her comment on Reagan, unless she has a quotation source more extensive than EBSCO, JSTOR, and the plethora of other library databases available through my local university — she must be lying again.

Ilhan Omar Is a “Bridge-Destroyer”

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According to a 9 March 2019 Breitbart article covering Thomas Friedman’s statements at CNN, Ilhan Omar is a bridge burner.

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman told CNN’s Smerconish on Saturday that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) did nothing to build bridges with Jews and Muslims after her recent antisemitic comments about Israel and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Friedman said that while Omar had the opportunity to “build bridges” between the Jewish and Somali-Muslims who reside in her district, she squandered that opportunity by repeatedly pushing forth antisemitic tropes.

“Ilhan Omar represents, I believe, the biggest Jewish community in the whole upper Midwest,” Friedman told CNN in a Saturday interview. “She represents that community. She also represents a Somali immigrant community that’s come to our city since then and added their voices and their richness and their culture.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

Thankfully, one person on the left (and Mr. Friedman is a constant critic of Trump and anyone on the right) criticizing the anti-Semitic statements made by Omar.

Furthermore, it is good to differentiate between criticism of Israel (which is a part of the debate over our foreign policy) and anti-Semitic comments (which constitute bigotry and is unacceptable for a representative).

Reuters claims that Democrats are dividing over the anti-Semitic charges against Omar

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Reuters claims in a 7 March 2019 article that the Democrat party has started to divide over the anti-Semitim charges against Rep. Omar.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a broad resolution condemning bigotry on Thursday after remarks by a Democratic member that some viewed as anti-Semitic exposed an ideological and generational rift in the party.

Some Democrats, including several U.S. senators who are seeking the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, warned that party leaders were playing into Republicans’ hands and had stymied legitimate debate over U.S.-Israel policy.

The House, which is controlled by Democrats, approved the resolution condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination and other forms of bigotry by a 407-to-23 vote.

The vote came less than a week after Representative Ilhan Omar, one of the two first Muslim women elected to Congress, made statements at a Washington event that were denounced by some as anti-Semitic.

The resolution does not mention Omar by name. But Republicans have seized on Omar’s statements and the resulting intra-party conflict as a sign the Democratic Party is fractured.

Many Democrats, in turn, have said House leaders were cowed by a Republican effort to divert attention from bigotry within their own ranks and that Omar is being held to a different standard.

“Unfortunately, I think the Democratic leadership here has made what I think is a pretty serious mistake in caving to this pressure,” said Democratic strategist Peter Daou, who has advised Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.

The disagreement began after Omar, in an appearance at a Washington book store, said she feared that statements she and fellow Representative Rashida Tlaib made about foreign policy and the pro-Israel lobbying group the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) would be viewed as anti-Semitic because they are Muslim.

“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it’s OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country. I want to ask why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the NRA (National Rifle Association), of fossil fuel industries or Big Pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobbying group that is influencing policies?” Omar said.

Omar’s critics denounced the statement as playing into the anti-Semitic trope that Jewish Americans are loyal to Israel over the United States. Omar said opposing the policies of Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not synonymous with anti-Semitism.

(Read more at Reuters)

Although I don’t believe that a civil war of sorts could be occurring among the Democrats (rather, I think that this is a Saturday-night-Wrestling-type event being staged by the press to make the Democrats not seem so racist — except to the racist audiences that Democrats are playing to) – I say we ought to let them go at it in full view of the American public. This should be covered in the nightly news and not just on the second or third opinion pages of a conservative-leaning newspaper.

 

Ilhan Omar explodes at a reporter who later releases audio proving the reporter right

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A Daily Mail article reports on an instance where Ilhan Omar yelled at a reporter who quoted her saying that Obama got “away with murder” on drone strikes because he had a “pretty face.” After the outburst, the reporter released audio proving the journalist to be right.

A day after her comments prompted a House vote condemning anti-Semitism, Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar landed herself in a new controversy by claiming a reporter misquoted her bashing former President Barack Obama – and then releasing audio of the interview that appears to back him up.

Omar, 37, told Politico Magazine that while she finds some of President Donald Trump’s initiatives objectionable, Obama escaped the consequences of his own ‘bad policies’ because of his ‘pretty face.’

After the news outlet quoted from the interview, Omar tweeted that the result was ‘[e]xhibit A of how reporters distort words. I’m an Obama fan!’

‘I was saying how Trump is different from Obama, and why we should focus on policy not politics. This is why I always tape my interviews,’ she added, along with a winking, tongue-out emoji and nearly two minutes of audio.

DailyMail.com reviewed and transcribed the recording, which supports what Politico reporter Tim Alberta wrote.

Alberta fired back at Omar in a tweet: ‘Exhibit A of how politicians use the media as a straw man to avoid owning what they said. Your tape…supports what I wrote 100%. So does my longer tape. It’s beyond dispute. Next time, a phone call from your office before the Twitter ambush would be appreciated.’

(Read more at Daily Mail)

First rule of good journalism: have proof of your researched information that does not sit well with the interviewee. Second rule: never pull your punches.

Ocasio-Cortez follows the Hillary Clinton model of political action

Ocasio-Cortez has racked up three major ethics complaints during her first months in Congress

The Daily Caller enumerates in a 8 March 2019 article the accused transgressions of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has racked up several ethics complaints since she began her first congressional term.

She has yet to address one of the most damning reports about her campaign team’s actions during the election.

Two watchdog groups have filed ethics complaints against Ocasio-Cortez for misusing her resources as a congresswoman with the Office of Congressional Ethics, while another group filed a complaint with Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging she and her chief of staff set up a million-dollar private slush fund. Ocasio-Cortez’s term officially began in January.

Ocasio-Cortez “improperly converted U.S. House resources to her non-official, personal use by obtaining an official ‘@mail.house.gov’ e-mail address for her boyfriend, despite the fact he was not employed by her congressional office,” the Coolidge-Reagan Foundation claimed in a complaint Thursday.

She also falsely designated her boyfriend, Riley Roberts, a “staff” member to help secure the address, the group noted. The Coolidge-Reagan Foundation’s website champions itself as a first amendment watchdog group that defends, protects and advances “liberty.”

(Read more at Daily Caller)

I hope that the FBI, the FEC, and all other law enforcement agencies that might normally have a hand in controlling wayward politicians would learn to prosecute liberals the way that they go after conservatives. I would love to see Fox News staked out at AOC’s place in the way CNN was placed for the Roger Stone raid.

House Democrats vote to water down citizens votes

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Fox News reports in a 9 March 2019 article on the provisions of Nancy Pelosi’s HR 1.

U.S. House Democrats passed a sweeping anti-corruption and voting rights bill Friday that they said was intended to make voting easier, as well as strengthen ethics rules, while also rejecting a motion to condemn voting by undocumented immigrants.

The legislation, dubbed the “For The People Act” or “H.R.1,” passed 234-193 along party lines.

The proposal — nearly 700 pages — calls for Election Day to be designated a federal holiday, requires all states to offer automatic voter registration, restores voting rights to convicted felons, institutes independent redistricting commissions to weed out gerrymandering and requires nonprofit organizations to disclose the names of donors who contribute more than $10,000 in an effort to rein in dark-money groups.

In the broader debate over voter accessibility, House Democrats also voted Friday to defend localities that allow non-citizens to vote in their elections, the Washington Times reported. The 228-197 vote would have almost no effect as noncitizens are barred from participating in federal elections. The GOP-backed measure would have added language to “H.R.1 stating that “allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.”

(Read more at Fox News)

Take this bill into mind the next time you have to choose between a Democrat and any other candidate.

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News Surrounding Venezuela

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Soldiers unleash tear gas amid tension on Venezuela’s border

The Associated Press tells us through a 23 February 2019 article how Venezuelan soldiers shot tear gas at the border

A U.S.-backed campaign to force President Nicolas Maduro from power met strong resistance Saturday from Venezuelan security forces who fired tear gas on protesters trying to deliver humanitarian aid from Colombia and Brazil, leaving two people dead and some 300 injured.

Throughout the turbulent day, as police and protesters squared off on two bridges connecting Venezuela to Colombia, opposition leader Juan Guaido made repeated calls for the military to join him in the fight against Maduro’s “dictatorship.” Colombian authorities said more than 60 soldiers answered his call, deserting their posts in often-gripping fashion, though most were lower in rank and didn’t appear to dent the higher command’s continued loyalty to Maduro’s socialist government.

In one dramatic high point, a group of activists led by exiled lawmakers managed to escort three flatbed trucks of aid past the halfway point into Venezuela when they were repelled by security forces. In a flash the cargo caught fire, with some eyewitnesses claiming the National Guardsmen doused a tarp covering the boxes with gas before setting it on fire. As a black cloud rose above, the activists — protecting their faces from the fumes with vinegar-soaked cloths — unloaded the boxes by hand in a human chain stretching back to the Colombian side of the bridge.

“They burned the aid and fired on their own people,” said 39-year-old David Hernandez, who was hit in the forehead with a tear gas canister that left a bloody wound and growing welt. “That’s the definition of dictatorship.”

(Read more at the Associated Press)

When the socialist leader of Venezuela will not allow starving citizens to get to food and medicine, that shows him to be a dictator.

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Venezuelan troops abandon posts amid violent clashes with protesters at Colombian border

Fox News reports in a 23 February 2019 article how Venezuelan troops have abandoned their posts in the middle of clashes with protesters.

At least five Venezuelan troops have abandoned their posts at the country’s border with Colombia as confrontations with protesters over incoming humanitarian aid grow more violent by the day.

The soldiers abandoned their watch on Saturday near the Simon Bolivar International Bridge at the Venezuela-Colombian border and reportedly requested assistance from Colombian immigration officials. In nearby Urena, the Venezuelan National Guard fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters attempting to cross the border in order to work, BBC reports. Protesters were seen throwing rocks at troops and attacking buses.

At the country’s other border in Brazil, four people have been killed as of Friday, and an additional 18 have been injured by colectivos — armed gang members who support President Nicolas Maduro, according to Alfredo Romero, the director and president of the Venezuelan human rights association Foro Penal.

Rising tensions have erupted amid opposition leader and self-declared President Juan Guaido’s decision to lead a caravan with thousands of volunteers to the Colombian border to collect at least 200 tons of humanitarian aid, primarily food and medicine. On Saturday, Guaido announced that the first shipment of aid had crossed the border from Brazil, calling it a “great achievement.” That statement, however, has been refuted by news that two trucks carrying aid from Brazil are stuck at the Venezuelan border.

(Read more at Fox News)

It is heartening to hear that at least some of the soldiers had compassion on the starving citizens and abandoned their posts. While it is understandable (since Maduro’s military holds the families of the soldiers), it is sad that some soldiers would fire on civilians trying to reach food and medicine.

Venezuela humanitarian aid met with tear gas and gunfire on borders

Venezuela humanitarian aid met with tear gas and gunfire on borders

Reuters reports in a 23 February 2019 article how Maduro deals with protestors.

Troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro turned back foreign aid convoys from Venezuela’s border using tear gas and rubber bullets on Saturday, killing two protestors and putting his socialist government on a collision course with Washington.

Trucks laden with U.S. food and medicine for Venezuela returned to warehouses in Colombia after opposition supporters failed to break through lines of troops, who fired rubber rounds to disperse them, injuring dozens of people.

Angered by the Colombian government’s support for opposition leader Juan Guaido, Maduro said he was breaking diplomatic relations with Bogota and gave its diplomatic staff 24 hours to leave the country.

Guaido, who most Western nations recognize as Venezuela’s legitimate leader, had given a personal send-off to Saturday’s convoy carrying aid from the Colombian city of Cucuta.

The opposition had hoped Venezuelan soldiers would baulk at turning back supplies desperately needed in the country, where a growing number of its 30 million people suffer from malnutrition and treatable diseases.

(Read more at Reuters)

Two killed and 12 injured in clash at border with Brazil

Two people killed in Venezuelan town near Brazil in clashes over aid

Reuters reports in a 23 February 2019 news release how Maduro deals with those who try to get aid.

Two people were killed on Saturday in the Venezuelan town of Santa Elena de Uairen in clashes with security forces over the opposition’s plan to bring in aid from nearby Brazil, a doctor at the hospital where they were taken said.

We must all pray for the families of those who were shot.

Maduro meets with US envoy

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AP News reports from a 15 February 2019 interview how Maduro has been meeting with a US envoy.

A month into Venezuela’s high-stakes political crisis, President Nicolas Maduro revealed in an Associated Press interview that his government has held secret talks with the Trump administration. He also predicted he would survive an unprecedented global campaign to force his resignation.

While harshly criticizing President Donald Trump’s confrontational stance toward his socialist government, Maduro said Thursday that he holds out hope of meeting the U.S. president soon to resolve a crisis triggered by America’s recognition of his opponent, Juan Guaido, as Venezuela’s rightful leader.

Maduro said that during two meetings in New York, his foreign minister invited the Washington-based special envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, to visit “privately, publicly or secretly.”

“If he wants to meet, just tell me when, where and how and I’ll be there,” Maduro said without providing more details. He said both New York meetings lasted several hours.

U.S. officials have not denied Maduro’s claim of talks.

A senior administration official in Washington who was not authorized to speak publicly said U.S. officials were willing to meet with “former Venezuela officials, including Maduro himself, to discuss their exit plans.”

(Read more at >AP News)

Since we are to pray for our leaders, we should pray for the work of this envoy and the Venezuelan diplomats. Hopefully, Maduro will allow a regime change in what was once the most prosperous country of South America.

Russia's Gazprombank freezes PDVSA accounts

Russia’s Gazprombank freezes accounts of Venezuela’s PDVSA

We read in a 17 February 2019 Reueters article that Russian bank Gazprombank froze Venezuela’s PDVSA.

Russian lender Gazprombank has decided to freeze the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm to reduce the risk of the bank falling under U.S. sanctions, a Gazprombank source told Reuters on Sunday.

While many foreign firms have been cutting their exposure to PDVSA since the sanctions were imposed, the fact that a lender closely aligned with the Russian state is following suit is significant because the Kremlin has been among Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s staunchest supporters.

“PDVSA’s accounts are currently frozen. As you’ll understand, operations cannot be carried out,” the source said. Gazprombank did not reply to a Reuters request for a comment.

PDVSA brandished the story as “fake news” on its Twitter account in capital red letters, but did not reply to a request for comment.

(Read more at Reueters)

Like the saying goes, “There is no free lunch.” Someone will pay in the end.

It is just too bad that Venezuela’s banks have been emptied, its riches made near worthless, and its peoples starved all while Maduro gets fatter.

Colombia leader urges China to back Maduro foes

Colombia leader urges China to back Maduro foes

Seeking a more stable neighbor, Columbia has urged China to support the foes of Maduro — as reported in a 14 February 2019 Associated Press article

The president of Colombia says China’s role in Latin America would be stronger if the Asian country recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president instead of backing President Nicolas Maduro.

Speaking during a visit to Washington, Ivan Duque said Thursday: “I really would advise China to make that decision.”

China is one of 16 countries that have publicly supported Maduro during the recent resurgence of Venezuela’s political crisis. The United States, Canada, most Latin American nations and many European countries are siding with Guaido.

The Colombian leader is also urging the international community to cooperate so humanitarian aid can be taken into Venezuela on Feb. 23 as Guaido is planning. Venezuelans have been suffering with severe shortages of food and medicine amid their country’s economic collapse.

Duque says that “February 23 has to be the day in which everybody mobilizes and tells the dictatorship: ‘That’s it. Allow the humanitarian aid.’”

(Read more at the Associated Press)

Venezuela shifts oil ventures' accounts to Russian bank

Venezuela shifts oil ventures’ accounts to Russian bank

Reuters reports in a 9 February 2019 article how Venezuela has shifted their monies to a Russian bank.

Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA is telling customers of its joint ventures to deposit oil sales proceeds in an account recently opened at Russia’s Gazprombank AO, according to sources and an internal document seen by Reuters on Saturday.

PDVSA’s move comes after the United States imposed tough, new financial sanctions on Jan. 28 aimed at blocking Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s access to the country’s oil revenue.

Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido said recently that a fund would be established to accept proceeds from sales of Venezuelan oil.

The United States and dozens of other countries have recognized Guaido as the nation’s legitimate head of state. Maduro has denounced Guaido as a U.S. puppet seeking to foment a coup.

(Read more at Reuters)

Oil workers flee Venezuela's crisis for a better life

Oil workers flee Venezuela’s crisis for a better life

According to one Associated Press article dated 8 February 2019, Venezuelan oil workers have been fleeing the regime as they seek a better life.

Nieves Ribullen, a Venezuelan oil worker sick of struggling to get by as his country falls apart, is betting it all on Iraq’s far-away Kurdish region to give his family a better life.

Over the years he’s watched dozens of co-workers abandon poverty wages and dangerous working conditions at the rundown complex of refineries in Punto Fijo on Venezuela’s Caribbean coast for jobs in far-flung places like Kuwait, Angola and Chile.

Now it’s his turn. Leaving his wife and three children behind, he’ll soon ship out to Iraq’s semi-autonomous northern Kurdish region, where he expects to earn more than $3,500 a month — a fortune compared to the less than $20 he brings home monthly in increasingly unstable Venezuela.

“I only earn enough to buy a kilo (2 pounds) of meat and one chicken each month,” Ribullen said. “We’re in chaos.”

Opposition leader Juan Guaido has rallied support from distraught Venezuelans and roughly 40 countries that now recognize him as Venezuela’s rightful president.

But the accelerating exodus of oil workers means that Venezuela’s crude production — already at a seven-decade low — is unlikely to rebound anytime soon, even if recently-imposed U.S. sanctions are lifted and a business-friendly government replaces the increasingly wobbly President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela was once one of the world’s top five oil exporters, pumping 3.5 million barrels a day in 1998 when President Hugo Chavez was elected and launched Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution. Today, the state-run oil company PDVSA produces less than a third of that. Critics blame corruption and years of mismanagement by the socialist government.

Even worse, production is about to sink even further due to fresh sanctions by the Trump administration targeting PDVSA that have essentially cut off Venezuela from its Houston-based cash-cow, Citgo, with the aim of depriving Maduro of more than $11 billion in exports this year.

Despite the short-term pain they will bring Venezuela, Guaido said the sanctions are a critical part of stopping Maduro from consolidating power in what he calls a “dictatorship.”

(Read more at the Associated Press)

As for myself, I work for a oil-industry company. If the government of my country had changed to the extent that it threatened my family’s life and my life, I would take the action taken by these workers.

‘I Am Just Another Soldier’: Maduro Trains to Fight U.S. Troops

A 7 February 2019 Breitbart article shows how a coward Venezuelan who lost the election now pretends to be a common man and a protector.

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro once again posted videos of himself Wednesday appearing to train with his armed forces to prepare for an allegedly incoming U.S. invasion, this time participating in what appear to be cardiovascular exercises and training with the national air force.

Maduro has managed to retain control of much of the military since the nation’s legislature, the National Assembly, deposed him and replaced him with current President Juan Guaidó, as mandated by the Venezuelan constitution. The Air Force, however, has been among the least loyal. Last week, one of the highest ranking soldiers to defect to Guaidó, Air Force General Francisco Esteban Yánez Rodríguez posted a video on social media claiming “90 percent of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces are not with the dictator” and urging more to defect.

Maduro’s visit to air force training appears to be an attempt to dispel the perception of abandonment that Yánez’s video created.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Yeah. Maduro is “just another soldier.” Only thing is that his family is not starving, he is twice as fat as any soldier, and he has about 200 Russian mercenaries around him. But otherwise …

How Venezuela turns its useless bank notes into gold

According to a 10 February 2019 Reuters article, Maduro has found another way to extract money out of a bankrupt society where people eat pets.

Venezuela’s most successful financial operations in recent years have not taken place on Wall Street, but in primitive gold-mining camps in the nation’s southern reaches.

With the country’s economy in meltdown, an estimated 300,000 fortune hunters have descended on this mineral-rich jungle area to earn a living pulling gold-flecked earth from makeshift mines.

Their picks and shovels are helping to prop up the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro. Since 2016, his administration has purchased 17 tonnes of the metal worth around $650 million from so-called artisan miners, according to the most recent data from the nation’s central bank.

Paid with the country’s near-worthless bank notes, these amateurs in turn supply the government with hard currency to purchase badly needed imports of food and hygiene products. This gold trade is a blip on international markets. Still, the United States is using sanctions and intimidation in an effort to stop Maduro from using his nation’s gold to stay afloat.

The Trump administration is pressuring the United Kingdom not to release $1.2 billion in gold reserves Venezuela has stored in the Bank of England. U.S. officials recently castigated an Abu Dhabi-based investment firm for its Venezuela gold purchases, and have warned other potential foreign buyers to back off.

The existence of Maduro’s gold program is well-known. How it functions is not.

To get a glimpse inside, Reuters tracked Venezuela’s gold from steamy jungle mines, through the central bank in the capital of Caracas to gold refineries and food exporters abroad, speaking with more than 30 people with knowledge of the trade. They included miners, intermediaries, merchants, academic researchers, diplomats and government officials. Almost all requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, or because they feared retribution from Venezuelan or U.S. authorities.

(Read more at Reuters)

If you look at how the rich in Venezuela have taken the near-worthless notes and turned them into gold, think about the poor Venezuelans under the boot of socialism. Think about how they have been starving. Think about how their money has been made worthless. Think about how they have been bartering for what they need for years.

US emergency aid for Venezuela arrives at Colombian border

US emergency aid for Venezuela arrives at Colombian border

An Associated Press article dated 8 February 2019 tells us that US aid for the citizens of Venezuela arrived at the Columbian border.

Trucks carrying U.S. humanitarian aid destined for Venezuela arrived Thursday at the Colombian border, where opposition leaders vowed to bring them into their troubled nation despite objections from embattled President Nicolas Maduro.

Two semi-trailers loaded with boxed emergency food and medicine rolled into the Colombian border city of Cucuta, which is just across the river from Venezuela.

“The United States is prepositioning relief items — including food, nutritional supplements, hygiene kits and medical supplies — in Colombia so they are available to reach those most in need in Venezuela, as soon as possible,” said a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue.

The focus of Venezuela’s political fight now hinges on whether Maduro will allow the aid to enter the country, a move anticipated in coming days.

Maduro denies a humanitarian crisis exists and says Venezuela is not a country of beggars. The Venezuelan military has barricaded a bridge between the two nations with a tanker and two cargo trailers in an apparent attempt to block the aid.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who requested the international assistance, said it is necessary in a country racked by shortages of food and medicines.

Guaido, who has the backing of some 40 countries, including the United States, is seeking to oust Maduro following a 2018 election that many have denounced as a sham. Long-time allies Russia and China and several other countries continue to support Maduro.

About a dozen human rights activists stood at the gated entrance to the Tienditas International Bridge on Colombia’s side, demanding Maduro allow the emergency aid to cross into Venezuela. They waved flags while Colombian police trucks carrying armed officers and other authorities drove by throughout the day.

(Read more at the Associated Press)

So America gives to the Venezuelan people and Maduro has his troops set the trucks on fire. The only vehicles that survive are those that stay out of Venezuela.

Could women in white sway soldiers who block aid?

Could women in white sway Venezuelan soldiers blocking aid

In a 8 February 2019 Associated Press article, we are told how the women in white might sway the soldiers.

The soldiers blocking humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela look unlikely to give any ground, but Maria Acevedo thinks she knows how to make them let the shipments through.

Acevedo, 26, wants to join together with fellow Venezuelan women and escort the food and medicine across the border from Colombia.

Her bet is that a group of hungry and suffering mothers, sisters and daughters can convince the soldiers to break with President Nicolas Maduro and let the US aid shipments pass.

Maduro, who is locked in a power struggle with opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido, refuses to let the aid through. He calls it a “show” and says Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis has been manufactured by Washington to justify a “coup.”

What happens to the sea of shiny white plastic bags filled with vital supplies — and to Venezuela itself — now hinges on the military, which has so far stood by Maduro.

But Acevedo, who has three children, thinks she and her fellow Venezuelan women can change that.

She should know — she comes from a family of soldiers.

“I come from a military family, too. And my family is against this, against the army blocking humanitarian aid.

“But my family can’t do anything. Only the top brass,” Acevedo told AFP in Cucuta, on the Colombian side of the border.

(Read more at the Associated Press)

The answer is, “No.”

Internet censors hit the Venezuelan opposition

Venezuelan opposition targeted by internet censors

The Associated Press reports in a 3 February 2019 article that Maduro’s opposition has experienced targeting by Internet censors.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido’s calls for Venezuelans to abandon Nicolas Maduro’s government are booming across the world outside, but the self-declared interim president is having a harder time delivering his message at home.

Watchdog groups in Venezuela and abroad say Guaido’s efforts to reach citizens via the internet have been hindered by the dominant provider — state-run CANTV — in a country where critical newspapers and broadcast media already have been muzzled.

Since Jan. 23, when Guaido proclaimed himself interim president and when protests against Maduro’s rule broke out, CANTV has blocked access to social media sites at least four times, according to the monitoring groups.

Those disruptions have coincided with politically significant events, including a rally attended by thousands of people last week and a Jan. 27 night speech that Guaido livestreamed on Periscope to call for a new round of protests and urge members of the military to defect.

CANTV accounts for about 70 percent of Venezuela’s fixed internet connections and 50 percent of mobile, and Netblocks, a non-government group based in Europe that monitors internet censorship, found that the government provider blocked Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube during 12 of the 13 minutes that Guaido’s speech lasted, so the stream could only be seen without interruptions by people using privately run internet providers.

The organization runs tests from its headquarters with software that captures evidence of connection failures. It also has designed a scanner app that volunteers in affected countries can use to run tests from their own phones or computers.

(Read more at the Associated Press)

You can always count on Facebook, Google, Twitter, and tech companies to be on the side of tyranny.

Chavez-era ex-officials turn backs on Venezuela’s Maduro

A 2 February 2019 France24 article points out how the old guard Socialists in Venezuela have started to abandon Maduro.

They embraced the socialist revolution of late leader Hugo Chavez along with millions of other Venezuelans, but four former officials have now been left disillusioned by Nicolas Maduro’s regime.

These officials from the Chavez era consider Maduro “illegitimate,” but they are torn between supporting self-proclaimed president-elect Juan Guaido and looking for another way out of the political crisis.

Maduro, with the backing of the powerful military, is desperately trying to hold onto power in the face of opposition leader Guaido’s audacious challenge, supported by the United States.

Twenty years after Chavez came to power, the country is in the grip of economic and political crises, and the four “Chavistas” have turned their back on his hand-picked successor.

(Read more at France24)

Mutiny Breaks Out At Venezuela’s Central Bank

According to a 2 February 2019 blog post at Zero Hedge, Venezuela’s central bank has started to revolt.

While the world obsesses how much longer Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro can remain in power before he loses the support of the local military or the US deploys yet another “humanitarian mission” to depose him, forcing the embattled dictator to place several tons of the country’s dwindling gold on a cargo plane to a non-extradition destination as he takes one final trip abroad, the ongoing “soft coup” is also playing out within the halls of the central bank, where in addition to a lot of currency printing in recent years, Bloomberg reports that staffers are waging a small mutiny and refusing to sign-off on key bank transactions.

(Read more at Zero Hedge)

Russian mercenaries reportedly in Venezuela to protect Maduro

Russian mercenaries reportedly in Venezuela to protect Maduro

The Guardian reports in a 25 January 2019 article that Maduro does not trust Venezuelan troops enough to use them in his protection detail.

Russian private security contractors have travelled to Venezuela to provide security to the embattled president Nicolás Maduro, the Reuters news agency has reported.

Citing three sources, the news agency said that the mercenaries are linked to the Wagner group, which has carried out missions in Ukraine and Syria and is now reportedly active in countries in Africa, too.

If it is confirmed that contractors from the group traveled to Venezuela, this would be their first known deployment in the western hemisphere.

“The order came down on Monday to form a group to go to Venezuela. They are there to protect those at the highest levels of the government,” Yevgeny Shabaev, a Cossack leader with ties to military contractors, told the Guardian by telephone.

Shabaev, one of the sources cited by Reuters, is a campaigner for the rights of veterans, a group that overlaps heavily with those who join mercenary groups in Russia. He said he had been told about the trip by the relatives of the military contractors. A government spokesman did not immediately respond for comment about the report, although he had earlier told Reuters that the Kremlin had “no such information”.

(Read more at the Guardian)

Let’s see, Russian mercenaries protect Venezuelan President Maduro and Senators Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders are adamant about keeping American troops out of Venezuela. If there are Russian mercenary companies there, does anyone suppose that they have no connection to the Russian military?

Are the American socialists opposing any intervention in Venezuela because they don’t want to have both the Russian socialists and Venezuelan socialists bested?

Pirates of the Caribbean: Venezuelans stalking open seas as economy collapses

Britian’s Telegraph reports in a 30 December 2019 article that Venezuelans have started acting as pirates.

With rich Caribbean fishing grounds on their doorstep, the villagers of Cedros in Trinidad are never short of fishermen’s tales to tell.

The latest stories to do the rounds though, are not about record-breaking hauls of kingfish. Today the fishermen themselves have become the catch.

“I was out picking up my nets late one afternoon when a boatload of armed men came at me at full speed,” said Brian Austin, 54. “From about 200 metres away they started firing shots around my boat – it was terrifying. Luckily, I have a high-powered engine, so I managed to speed off, but they took my nets and all the fish in them.”

(Read more at the Telegraph)

Venezuela & Russia are setting up a nuclear bomber base on idyllic Caribbean island

According to a 26 December 2018 article in The Sun, there is a cooperation between Venezuelan and Russian forces on a certain Caribbean island.

Venezuela’s socialist president Nicolas Maduro did not object to the proposals, according to Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

The deployment will represent the one of the largest postings of the Russian military in the region since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

Under Venezuelan law, military bases cannot be established by foreign nations in the country, but a temporary deployment of warplanes is possible.

Maduro and his left-wing administration has an acrimonious relationship with Washington.

(Read more at The Sun)

Oil output goes AWOL in Venezuela as soldiers run PDVSA

Reuters reports in a 26 December 2018 article that tells us how the Venezuelan military has taken over the oil industry of the country.

Last July 6, Major General Manuel Quevedo joined his wife, a Catholic priest and a gathering of oil workers in prayer in a conference room at the headquarters of Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA.

The career military officer, who for the past year has been boss at the troubled state-owned oil company, was at no ordinary mass. The gathering, rather, was a ceremony at which he and other senior oil ministry officials asked God to boost oil output.

“This place of peace and spirituality,” read a release by the Oil Ministry that was later scrubbed from its web site, “was the site of prayer by workers for the recovery of production of the industry.”

President Nicolas Maduro turned heads in November 2017 when he named a National Guard general with no oil experience to lead PDVSA [PDVSA.UL]. Quevedo’s actions since have raised even more doubts that he and the other military brass now running the company have a viable plan to rescue it from crushing debt, an exodus of workers and withering production now at its lowest in almost seven decades.

(Read more at Reuters)

Russian/Venezuelan cooperation in the Caribbean

A 14 December 2018 post at Tsarizm claims that Russia is in the process of setting up a military post on a Venezuelan island.

Russia has decided to develop a long-term military presence in the Caribbean in conjunction with the socialist nation of Venezuela, on one of its islands in the Caribbean Sea. The move seems to be a response to the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The recent flights of Russian Tu-160 long-range nuclear bombers are part of this effort.

“According to military envoys, Russian authorities have made a decision (and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro did not object) to deploy strategic aircraft to one of Venezuela’s islands in the Caribbean Sea, which has a naval base and a military airfield. Ten years ago, Russian experts and Armed Forces commanders had already visited the island of La Orchila, located 200 kilometers northeast of Caracas. Venezuelan laws prohibit the setup of military bases in the country, but a temporary deployment of warplanes is possible,” reported Russian state news agency TASS.

(Read more at Tsarizm)

German Media Suggests Venezuela Might Become Russia’s ‘New Cuba in US Backyard’

A 15 December 2018 post at Sputnik News points out that Venezuela has lined up to become Russia’s “new Cuba.”

German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine has alleged that the disturbance in US government circles, which was incited by the visit of Russian Tu-160s to Venezuela, is caused by the fact that while the US grip on the region weakens, especially on Venezuela itself, Russia is continuing to cement its positions in the Latin American country. The newspaper even suggested that Venezuela might become a “new Cuba in the US backyard” for Russia.

(Read more at Sputnik News)

Fleeing Venezuela, migrants flood Colombia amid region’s worst humanitarian crisis in decades

USA Today reports in a 19 November 2018 article how Venezuelans flooded the Columbian border rather than starve.

Lis Torrealba, a teenage mother from Venezuela, is perched on the edge of a milling street in downtown Medellin, Colombia, the same way she came to the country: alone, with her one-year-old daughter swaddled in the crook of her arm.

Once a student, Torrealba fled across the Venezuelan border three months ago with no prospects of a visa, a job or a future in Colombia.

“The money in our country, I couldn’t even buy candy if I wanted to,” she said. “I can’t buy anything, if there’s something you need. You would need a stack of money to even pay for a tomato. You would need a big stack of money.”

Now, Torrealba is among more than 1 million Venezuelans who crossed into Colombia fleeing widespread food and medicine shortages, rampant hyperinflation and violence by the regime of President Nicolás Maduro.

United Nations refugee officials said last week that the number of Venezuelan refugees and migrants who have fled their South American homeland has topped 3 million people. More than 1 million are in Colombia and almost 500,000 are in Peru, while the rest are in Ecuador, Argentina, Chile and Brazil. Venezuela is home to about 32 million people.

(Read more at USA Today)

Venezuelan firefighters jailed for mocking Maduro

Reuters reports in a 26 September 2018 article how Venezuelan firefighters have been jailed for mocking Maduro.

Two Venezuelan firefighters were detained by military officers this week as suspects behind the making of a viral video that mocked unpopular President Nicolas Maduro by likening him to a donkey touring a fire station, two rights groups said on Friday.

Government critics, who say former bus driver and union leader Maduro is to blame for oil-rich Venezuela’s brutal five-year recession, have long nicknamed him “Maburro,” a play on the Spanish word for donkey, “burro.”

The video showed a man using a rope to lead a donkey through a fire station in the Andean state of Merida. A narrator feigns guiding the president on an official visit in a style that seemed to make fun of fawning coverage on state television.

“Good evening comrades, as you can see we are receiving the visit of President Maduro. He is doing an inspection,” the man filming says in the video, as the donkey slowly walks through a dimly lit, spartan fire station.

As the donkey chews on a verdant patch overlooking a valley, the narrator says, “He is checking whether the grass is in a good state or not.”

(Read more at Reuters)