Tag Archives: Venezuela

Venezuela: Regime forces launch deadly assault, capture rebel police officers

Source: Miami Herald

“Venezuelan special forces on Monday captured five members of a band led by a rebel police officer who has been on the run for six months. The capture followed a deadly early-morning assault in a village outside Caracas that ended with at least two officers killed and five injured, the government reported. It was not clear if the rebel group’s leader Oscar Perez survived the assault, but CNN reported — citing a high government source — that he had been killed. … The assault was made public early Monday by Perez himself, who posted video snippets on social media, including one in which he appears with a bloodied face. ‘They are firing at us with RPG, grenades and grenade launchers, snipers,’ Perez says in one video. ‘There are civilians in here. We told them that we’re going to turn ourselves in and they don’t want to let us surrender. They want to kill us.'” (01/15/18)


Socialism: Iran’s weapon against the west?

Source: Acton Institute
by Angel Manuel Garcia Carmona

“As 2017 ended, the Iranian people surprised the world by protesting against their nation’s theocratic system — including the Ayatollah — over rising prices, political corruption, and the lack of civil liberties. At least 21 people have been killed, and the head of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court has threatened protesters with the death penalty. The Iranian regime killed protesters in the streets, shortly after Venezuela’s repressive socialist government killed protesters in its own nation. However, disturbing reports indicate that one of Spain’s main political parties may be funded by both totalitarian regimes — because Iran believes socialism undermines the West.” (01/04/18)


Venezuela: Maduro bans opposition parties from 2018 presidential election

Source: Time

“As the President of Venezuela consolidated his party’s hold on power with what appeared to be a landslide win at municipal polls this weekend, he dealt another blow to the country’s main opposition groups by disqualifying them from next year’s bid for the presidency. None of the political parties that boycotted the mayoral race will be allowed to participate in the 2018 presidential election, incumbent Nicolas Maduro said …. In August, Maduro created the Constituent Assembly — a new, all-powerful body — to replace the opposition-dominated National Assembly and seen as vehicle for enforcing the president’s bidding. Maduro said barring opposition parties from next year’s presidential race was in keeping with criteria set by the Constituent Assembly, according to the BBC.” (12/11/17)


Venezuela: Regime, having destroyed its currency, plans to make a new cryptocurrency to destroy

Source: Business Insider

“Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro looked to the world of digital currency to circumvent U.S.-led financial sanctions, announcing on Sunday the launch of the ‘petro’ backed by oil reserves to shore up a collapsed economy. The leftist leader offered few specifics about the currency launch or how the struggling OPEC member would pull off such a feat, but he declared to cheers that ‘the 21st century has arrived!’ ‘Venezuela will create a cryptocurrency,’ backed by oil, gas, gold and diamond reserves, Maduro said in his regular Sunday televised broadcast, a five-hour showcase of Christmas songs and dancing.” (12/04/17)


Venezuela’s default disaster

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Daniel Lacalle

“Socialism always promises heaven and gives hell. In the early hours of Thursday, November 2, the Maduro regime certified its latest failure with what they promised would never happen: technical default. With his usual arrogance, Maduro issued a ‘decree’ demanding ‘the refinancing and restructuring of the debt as of November 3.’ That is, default. The bad news for investors or high-yield hunters is that the likelihood of being swindled again is almost 100%.” [editor’s note: It should be noted that “investors” in state debt are “investing” on a promise that others will be robbed to pay them back with interest. They deserve to lose every dime they “invest” in that kind of enterprise – TLK] (11/20/17)


Secession — not military intervention — can help Venezuela

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jose Nino

“Not too long ago, US President Donald Trump made headlines by suggesting a potential military option in Venezuela in the face of the country’s rapidly decaying political situation. It’s undeniable that Venezuela is suffering a humanitarian and economic crisis of unprecedented proportions all thanks to the socialist policies that the country has experimented with over the past two decades. But a military intervention in Venezuela is likely to be costly and damaging to Americans, while disastrous for Venezuelans. … If the Us were to have any diplomatic role in how Venezuela transitions out of its current tyrannical regime, It should pledge to recognize and engage in unilateral free trade with any breakaway regions of Venezuela that seek to escape the current regime.” (11/07/17)


Wabbit season — or duck responsibility season?

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Venezuelans are starving. The country’s children are malnourished and — if something is not done soon — ‘it will be very difficult for these children ever to get back onto their nutritional growth curve.’ That is the testimony of the director of Caritas Venezuela. Clearly, ‘Bolivarian’ socialism has failed. And yet, dictator Nicolas Maduro blames American ‘sanctions’ for ‘exacerbating’ the situation.” (09/20/17)


Socialism has unleashed a profound humanitarian crisis in Venezuela

Source: PanAm Post
by Angelo Florez de Andrade

“The economic and political collapse in Venezuela is evident from recent news coverage, but even more so from the numbers: In 2016, the country’s GDP shrank by 10 percent. In 2017, its economy could shrink another seven percent. Inflation reached a reported 720 percent by the end of 2016 and could inflate another 200 percent by 2018. Crime runs rampant in the Bolivarian Republic, which averaged the second-most homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in the world last year. Combine these factors with Nicolas Maduro’s oppressive, socialist dictatorship and it becomes clear why so many Venezuelans have decided to leave the country.” (09/06/17)


Venezuela’s rebel prosecutor heads to Brazil as Maduro seeks her arrest

Source: Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]

“Venezuela’s former chief prosecutor — who says she has proof of corruption at the highest levels of the socialist administration — travelled to Brazil on Tuesday amid fevered speculation that she would ultimately seek asylum in the United States. Luisa Ortega Diaz’s exact whereabouts have been shrouded in mystery since she fled Venezuela with her husband on Friday — taking a boat to Aruba and then a charter flight to Bogota. … Diaz, a long-time government insider who became chief prosecutor in 2007, is likely safeguarding some of the administration’s most damning legal secrets. And she’s thought to be working with US law enforcement at a time when Washington is ratcheting up sanctions on Caracas.” (08/23/17)


Venezuela: Maduro’s puppet “constituent assembly” claims power to legislate

Source: Reuters

“Venezuela’s new legislative superbody on Friday gave itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress and fueling criticism by government adversaries that socialist President Nicolas Maduro is consolidating a dictatorship. In practice, the move does little to change the existing situation. The Socialist-dominated Supreme Court has stripped power from the congress and shot down nearly every law it has approved since it was taken over by the opposition in 2016. But the decision suggests the constituent assembly, elected in July in a vote boycotted by the opposition, is more interested in limiting the opposition’s influence than carrying out its official task of rewriting the nation’s constitution.” (08/18/17)