Tag Archives: Venezuela

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)


Venezuela: Dozens of inmates killed in prison “massacre”

Source: New York Post

“An overnight raid on a prison in Venezuela turned into a ‘massacre’ early Wednesday — with more than 30 inmates being killed by security forces, according to officials. The government sent a special forces team into the prison, located in the southern jungle state of Amazonas, at around midnight to deal with a number of violent gangs that reportedly overtook the understaffed facility several weeks ago. ‘There was a massacre,’ tweeted state governor Liborio Guarulla, adding that at least 37 inmates had been killed during clashes with soldiers and jailers. … ‘The government went in to try to regain control of the jail. The prisoners resisted,’ city council member Jose Mejias said in a separate interview.” (08/16/17)


Venezuela: At the edge of a deeper chasm

Source: Reason
by Maria Alba Toledo

“Once the Latin American country with the highest growth rate, now the poorest in the hemisphere, Venezuela is in free fall. Hundreds are dying from diseases, some of them all but eradicated, because of a shortage of medicines and vaccines. According to the consultancy firm Econometrica, 2.1 million Venezuelans are now eating from the garbage. Its citizens are at war with the military. The situation has so deteriorated U.S. President Donald Trump surprised Latin American leaders this past Friday when he said, ‘We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary.’ Trump later added, ‘Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering and they’re dying.’ The real enemy responsible for this lethal landscape is not foreign. This destruction has come from within. For almost two decades, Venezuela’s socialist government has managed to undermine every institution that kept the country afloat.” (08/16/17)


Security theater: Feds claim that nearly forgotten Florida political has-been is Venezuelan assassination target

Source: Chicago Tribune

“One of Venezuela’s most powerful leaders may have put out an order to kill Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a fervent critic of the South American country’s government, according to intelligence obtained by the U.S. last month. Though federal authorities couldn’t be sure at the time if the uncorroborated threat was real, they took it seriously enough that Rubio has been guarded by a security detail for several weeks in both Washington and Miami. Believed to be behind the order: Diosdado Cabello, the influential former military chief and lawmaker from the ruling socialist party who has publicly feuded with Rubio.” [editor’s note: Want to bet on whether or not the “intelligence” in question was an anonymous call from the pay phone closest to Rubio’s home? – TLK] (08/13/17)


Venezuela: Maduro’s new assembly declares itself all-powerful


Source: CNBC

“The new constitutional assembly assumed even more power in Venezuela by declaring itself as the superior body to all other governmental institutions, including the opposition-controlled congress. That decree came Tuesday just hours after the assembly delegates took control of a legislative chamber and put up pictures of the late President Hugo Chavez, who installed Venezuela’s socialist system. … Leaders of congress, which previously voted not to recognize any of the new super-body’s decrees, said lawmakers would try to meet in the gold-domed legislative palace Wednesday, but there were questions whether security officers guarding the building would let them in. … Before its decree declaring itself all-powerful, the assembly ousted Venezuela’s outspoken chief prosecutor, established a ‘truth commission’ expected to target Maduro’s foes and pledged ‘support and solidarity’ with the unpopular president.” (08/09/17)


Venezuela: Regime crushes military rebellion, official says

Source: Reuters

“Venezuelan authorities have suppressed a military rebellion near the central city of Valencia, a ruling official said on Sunday, days after President Nicolas Maduro formed a legislative superbody internationally condemned as a power grab. Socialist Party deputy Diosdado Cabello made the announcement shortly after the release of a video showing a group of men in military uniform announcing a rebellion and calling for a broad uprising against President Nicolas Maduro. One witness in the area of a military base in the town of Naguanagua reported hearing gunshots before dawn, but Cabello said the situation had been brought under control.” (08/06/17)


Venezuela: Regime agents abduct opposition leaders in growing crackdown

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Venezuela’s domestic intelligence service on Tuesday arrested two opposition leaders following months of deadly anti-government protests. Leopoldo Lopez and Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma have been vocal critics of the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. In a tweet, Lopez’s wife, Lilian Tintori, posted a video showing the pro-democracy activist being detained by Venezuelan authorities. ’12:27 in the morning: the moment when the dictatorship abducts Leopoldo at my house. We will not bow,’ Tintori wrote in the tweet. … Meanwhile, Gaby Arellano, a parliamentarian with the opposition-controlled National Assembly posted a video showing Venezuelan intelligence agents detaining Ledezma in the middle of the night, escorting him out of his residence while still wearing pajamas. The arrests came a day after Venezuelan electoral officials announced the results of an internationally-condemned election for an all-powerful constituent assembly that supersedes parliament. Opposition parties boycotted the vote, saying it was a ploy for Maduro to consolidate power.” (08/01/17)


Venezuela: Maduro claims victory for new assembly

Source: CNN

“President Nicolas Maduro has thanked ‘the brave people of Venezuela’ for voting in a controversial election for a new Constituent Assembly that will have the power to rewrite his country’s constitution. The election will allow Maduro to replace Venezuela’s current legislative body — the National Assembly — with the new assembly, made up of 545 members, all nominated by his administration. … The opposition boycotted the election as a fraud and has called for massive protests to begin again Monday.” (07/31/17)