Venezuela Meltdown

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Re: Venezuela Meltdown

Post by Witness » Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:50 am

Top lawmakers in Congress push tough new measures against Venezuela

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers will unveil a $58 million plan Monday that would force the Trump administration to push harder to isolate the Venezuelan government and restore democracy.

The plan would be the most comprehensive proposal on Venezuela taken up by Congress. It is already drawing comparisons to the controversial Helms-Burton Act signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996 shortly after Cuba shot down two civilian American planes that directed tens of millions of dollars toward democratic reforms.

The overarching Venezuela plan includes financial penalties against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, increases diplomatic pressure on regional allies to also take action and offers tens of millions in humanitarian aid to Venezuelans inside and outside the country.

“As millions flee repression, hunger and destitution at home, Nicolás Maduro’s criminal regime has turned Venezuela into a failed state with implications across the region,” said Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. “With Venezuela’s humanitarian catastrophe growing daily, Maduro betrays his citizens’ most urgent needs, while his inner circle plunders state coffers and profits from drug trafficking.”

Spearheaded by Menendez, the senior Democrat of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and working with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fl., who has worked closely with the Trump administration on Latin American policy, the Venezuela proposal includes $40 million for humanitarian assistance to be distributed between State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, $500,000 for international election observers and $3 million to help allies craft legislation and adopt their own financial penalties and visa restrictions against the Venezuelan government.

The U.S. government has already sanctioned 70 officials, including Maduro, and restricted U.S. investment and financial transactions, including those involving Venezuela’s new digital currency.
https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation ... 00985.html

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Re: Venezuela Meltdown

Post by shuize » Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:56 pm

Witness wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:52 am
Venezuela crisis: Chinese hospital ship docks for a week

A Chinese hospital ship has docked in Venezuela, where for the next week it will provide free health care to local patients.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-45616736
Something tells me that Chinese "free" health care isn't really "free."

Besides, I thought "free" health care was what socialism was all about. Next you're going to tell me Venezuela can't pump its own oil.

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Re: Venezuela Meltdown

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:22 am

"Free" == someone else pays. That is understood.

It might be a feature of socialism, but it is not peculiar to socialism.

The Roman Catholic church historically has been big on providing health care to the poor, and capitalist doctors working pro bono among the poor was not unheard of in the "Gilded Age".
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Re: Venezuela Meltdown

Post by Witness » Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:40 am

Venezuela: ICC asked to probe crimes against humanity

Peru, Paraguay, Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Canada have demanded the UN-backed court in The Hague look into Nicolas Maduro's alleged crimes. The unprecedented call came at a crucial moment for global institutions.
https://www.dw.com/en/venezuela-icc-ask ... a-45652251

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Re: Venezuela Meltdown

Post by Witness » Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:04 am

Things Are So Bad In Venezuela That Women Are Fleeing The Country To Give Birth

More than 2 million people have fled Venezuela since 2014. In one hospital in Colombia, that’s led to more Venezuelans giving birth than Colombians, reflecting a region struggling to cope.

[…] infant and maternal mortality rates in Venezuela increased 30% and 65% respectively between 2015 and 2016, according to the most recent government figures available.
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In June, more than 60% of the babies delivered at the Erasmo Meoz public hospital [Cúcuta, Colombia], just 2.8 miles from the border, were Venezuelan, underscoring the unprecedented number of fleeing migrants. With more than 2.3 million Venezuelans in exile since 2014 and the number rising dramatically in recent months, the exodus from the South American socialist country is approaching levels reminiscent of the European migrant crisis that began in 2015.
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ka ... th-refugee

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Re: Venezuela Meltdown

Post by Witness » Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:54 am

Venezuela Mandates Passport Fees Must Be Paid in Controversial Cryptocurrency Petro

Venezuelans can only use the state-backed cryptocurrency, the Petro, to pay for passport fees starting next week, the country’s vice president Delcy Rodriguez said in a press conference Friday, Oct. 5.

Ahead of Petro’s official “launch” in November, Rodriguez confirmed that as of Monday, Oct. 8, fees for all passport applications will only be payable in Petro, and will cost an increased amount: 2 petros for a new passport and 1 petro for an extension.

The average monthly minimum wage in Venezuela, Bloomberg reports, is four times less than the cost of the raised passport fee.

“In the case of Venezuelans who are abroad, until the first day of November the cost will be $200 for issuance and $100 for extensions,” Rodriguez stated, according to leading Latin American newspaper El Universal.
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Along with the passport fees shake-up, Rodriguez also announced the formation of a dedicated migration police force, ostensibly designed “to preserve citizen security and migratory control.”

Bloomberg notes that around 5,000 citizens flee Venezuela each day.
https://cointelegraph.com/news/venezuel ... ency-petro

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Re: Venezuela Meltdown

Post by Witness » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:21 pm

Continuing to spiraling down:
IMF sees Venezuela inflation at 10 million per cent in 2019

Venezuela's inflation rate will reach 10 million percent next year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday in a report forecasting that one of the worst hyperinflationary crises in modern history will further deepen.

In an update to its World Economic Outlook released at the Fund's annual meeting in Indonesia, the Washington-based lender estimated that consumer prices in Venezuela would rise 1,370,000 percent in 2018, up from a July projection of 1 million percent.
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President Nicolas Maduro slashed five zeros off the bolivar currency and boosted the minimum wage thirty-fold in an effort to stabilize prices in August. But inflation continued unabated in September, with prices rising 4 percent per day to reach an annualized rate of 488,865 percent, according to the opposition-run congress.
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/ne ... 139421.cms

Suspect in Maduro assassination plot dies in mysterious fall from window

One of the suspects accused of trying to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro using drones armed with explosives died under mysterious circumstances Monday.
Venezuelan government officials say Fernando Albán, a 56-year-old city councilor in the capital of Caracas and Maduro critic, died by suicide after jumping out a tenth floor window of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service, the country's top intelligence agency.
But Maduro critics have accused the regime of murdering Albán as part of a massive crackdown on opposition groups and human rights activists.

Albán was arrested on Friday for his alleged involvement in the apparent assassination attempt on August 4, when armed drones flew toward Maduro during a speech at a military parade. Two loud explosions were heard and while Maduro escaped the attack unharmed, seven members of Venezuela's national guard were injured.
It's unclear exactly what happened to Albán in the time between his arrest and death.
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/09/amer ... plot-intl/

Soon free helicopter flights over the sea?


And… Trump was in Florida:
And Donald Trump didn't even pretend politics are off-limits in an interview with WFTV in Orlando today, following his ostensibly non-political speech to police chiefs.

"(Gillum) runs an area and a city that's got among the worst statistics in the country and certainly in the state," Trump said, referring apparently to crime. "If his (DeSantis') opponent gets elected, you'll have Venezuela — Florida will become another Venezuela, and that is not good."
https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politi ... ng-gillum/

Bah, ed will just eat his gators and he has enough bullets to hold out till the next millennium. :mrgreen:

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Re: Venezuela Meltdown

Post by Giz » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:49 pm

An article about people being thrown out of windows and they don’t use “defenestrate”, one of the finest words in the English language!!

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Re: Venezuela Meltdown

Post by gnome » Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:28 am

Had a bit of a snide laugh today, a right wing friend who prides himself on not researching details or reading the articles posted a smug viral video showing "antifa snowflake liberals" at a protest being dispersed by high speed water hoses.

I haven't heard back since I pointed out the video was from a 2017 riot in Venezuela. I don't know if he caught the incongruity of his original glee.
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Re: Venezuela Meltdown

Post by Doctor X » Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:33 am

If the 2017 Venezuelans consider themselves 2018 American Anti-Freedom Fighters, who are you to complain, gnome?

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Re: Venezuela Meltdown

Post by ed » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:00 am

He hates freedom is why.
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Re: Venezuela Meltdown

Post by Skeeve » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:25 am

Suspect in Maduro assassination plot dies in mysterious fall from window
One of the suspects accused of trying to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro using drones armed with explosives died under mysterious circumstances Monday.

Venezuelan government officials say Fernando Albán, a 56-year-old city councilor in the capital of Caracas and Maduro critic, died by suicide after jumping out a tenth floor window of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service, the country's top intelligence agency.
But Maduro critics have accused the regime of murdering Albán as part of a massive crackdown on opposition groups and human rights activists.
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Re: Venezuela Meltdown

Post by Witness » Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:52 am

Bland video, you can watch a small part:

Spoiler:
Venezuelans who made video showing President Maduro as a donkey face 20 years in prison

Viral clip showing donkey making 'official visit' to a fire station led to two arrests

Two Venezuelan fireman who created a video depicting President Nicolas Maduro as a donkey are facing up to 20 years in prison.

Ricardo Prieto, 41, and Carlos Varon, 45, were jailed after they were arrested on Wednesday by military counterintelligence officers at the fire station where they work.

The men have insisted the viral video – widely shared after they posted it on social media – was merely a joke.
[…]
But on Sunday Judge Carlos Marquez ordered the pair should stand trial on charges of violating a new law against inciting hatred.

The hate crime incitement legislation was introduced last year.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/worl ... 40911.html

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