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    Perolator, you aren't seeing the big picture and I don't know why. If you dislike Cuba so much you are going to just LOVE the U.S if it takes over...but then again, it may not affect you or your friends, if they are a member of the tiny upper WHITE class. If not...hoo boy.
    @AutumnW, In my country there is no tiny upper WHITE class. The upper class is not tied to an ethnicity. My friends and family are ranging from the blond blue-eyed from Venezuelan andes to the afro-black from Venezuelan coast.

    Let's wait and see. I am hoping the narco-government is forcibly removed from the country, U.S. intervention or not.

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    Perolater,

    In your case, this may be true, but I trust Greg Palast's take on this and see no reason why I shouldn't. Those who oppose Maduro have more European ancestry in their blood. Why would your country be any different than any other former European colony?

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    Perolater,

    In your case, this may be true, but I trust Greg Palast's take on this and see no reason why I shouldn't. Those who oppose Maduro have more European ancestry in their blood. Why would your country be any different than any other former European colony?
    Well, I do respect your thoughts.

    What you are saying though, is not true. Those millions of souls who oppose narco-Maduro and Co. are simply Venezuelans, not "the wealthy white". Those lucky ones who had European ancestry took advantage and fled from the madness years ago. Some of them, mostly from Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Syrian, Libyan, Lebanese, Turkish and Italian ancestry are struggling to survive. All of the population is subject to crime, power and gas outages, lack of medicines, damaged infrastructure, high price and scarcity of food and services.
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    Trump Regime Targeting of Venezuela’s Food Distribution Program. Starve Venezuelans into Submission?

    By Stephen Lendman Global Research
    May 24, 2019

    Region: Latin America & Caribbean, USA
    Theme: Law and Justice



    President Nicolas Maduro initiated Local Provision and Production Committees (CLAPs) in early 2016.

    The program distributes subsidized food to around six million Venezuelan families, around two-thirds of the population, part of the nation’s participatory social democracy.

    From inception with Obama in office, the US falsely claimed the program is used as a political weapon against opposition interests.

    It’s nothing of the sort, all Venezuelans in need able to receive aid regardless of their political affiliations.

    The CLAP program is administered by neighborhood committees connected to communal councils, social organizations operating nationwide, including community, environmental and feminist groups, others involved in cultural, education and various other activities.

    Their common theme is defending Bolivarian social democracy they want preserved and protected, notably serving the rights and welfare of all Venezuelans as constitutionally mandated.

    The nation’s Social Development and Popular Participation Ministry, later the Communes Ministry, mobilized activists to form government funded communal councils, encouraging ordinary Venezuelans to become involved in defending the revolution from internal and external efforts to undermine it.

    In 1999, Chavez instituted revolutionary social change. Maduro carries his torch, participatory social democracy the way it should be, entirely absent in the West, fantasy democracies in these countries, not the real thing — notably how the US and its EU allies operate.

    According to the Wall Street Journal, the Trump regime is preparing criminal charges and sanctions against Bolivarian Republic officials involved in the food distribution CLAP program.

    What’s apparently coming has nothing to do with combatting what the Journal called
    “a large-scale money-laundering operation run by the government,” adding:
    “[The Trump regime] is preparing to allege in criminal charges and sanctions that Venezuelan officials and private contractors, including a Colombian businessman, have laundered billions of dollars in state funds meant for the food program and other state operations, the officials and other people familiar with the matter said.”
    In April, Maduro slammed the accusations, calling them a smear campaign to undermine Venezuela’s ability to import food, stressing his government “will never surrender” to US pressure, threats and intimidation tactics.

    What’s going on? Do Trump regime hardliners want to starve Venezuelans into submission? They continue going all out to topple Maduro and eliminate Bolivarian social democracy by waging war by other means, featuring unlawful sanctions and other hostile actions.

    In its article, the Journal cited no evidence proving allegations made, just baseless remarks by named and unnamed Trump regime officials, including from Justice Department criminal division head Brian Benczkowski, saying:
    The Venezuelan government and military commanders “are using the CLAP program to steal from it, launder money, and for political control (sic).”

    According to an unnamed Treasury Department official, “…Maduro insiders continue to seek illicit revenue streams (sic), even as the Venezuelan people and economy sink deeper into despair,” adding:

    “We are alerting financial institutions (that Maduro) is using sophisticated schemes (sic), including the diversion of humanitarian assistance (sic), to evade sanctions and maintain its grip on power (sic).”
    Neither official backed allegations made with evidence because none exists.
    Throughout Bolivarian Republic history, US regimes falsely charged its officials and entities with illicit drugs trafficking, including against Minister of Industries and National Production Tareck El Aissami.

    He debunked false accusations against him and the Venezuelan government, saying its “fight against drug cartels achieved the greatest progress in our history and in the western hemisphere, both in terms of the transnational drug trafficking business and their logistics structures,” adding:
    Under his public security corps leadership, “Venezuelan anti-drug enforcement authorities…captured, arrested and brought 102 heads of criminal drug trafficking organizations not only to the Venezuelan justice but also to the justice of other countries where they were wanted.”
    The CIA has been involved in illicit drugs trafficking throughout nearly its entire post-WW II history. So are major US and other Western banks, laundering dirty money, boosting their profits.

    Langley relies on involvement in drugs trafficking for a significant portion of its revenues. Venezuela leads the hemisphere in combatting this scourge.

    The CIA in cahoots with organized crime and major Western financial institutions constitute ground zero for the global proliferation of illicit drugs, vital information major media suppress.

    Accusations against Venezuela’s CLAP program are fabricated. It’s not a money laundering operation to enrich Bolivarian government and military officials.

    Activist Gloria La Riva, former US Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) presidential candidate, observed how the CLAP program works firsthand, saying the following:
    “Outrageous lies against the government of President Nicolas Maduro are being published or broadcast on a daily basis by the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, etc…to justify” unjustifiable Trump regime actions against Venezuela, adding:

    “This battering ram of false propaganda hides a more insidious truth: The US government is the biggest reason for the shortages, with the strangling sanctions it has imposed.”

    “Major Venezuelan and US corporations have engaged in a concerted production, an act of war, and in this war the attacks are increasing daily.”
    Maduro’s government “has gone into overdrive to help the population resist the economic war, by expanding the scope and reach of the historic missions begun by the revolution’s leader Hugo Chavez” — including food distribution through the CLAP program to millions of Venezuelans in need.

    A woman showed La Riva the food box her family receives monthly. It “contain(s) six pounds of rice, six pounds of black beans, two pounds of lentils, two liter bottles of oil, two bags of milk, 2.2 pounds of sugar, 10 pounds of corn flour, the essential ingredients of arepas, mayonnaise, catsup, two cans of tuna fish,” she explained.

    “CLAP supplies (also) include chicken, meat, and 36 eggs per month,” said La Riva. The program involves entire communities, local coordinators administering it.

    Trump regime claims about Venezuelan officials siphoning off funds earmarked for the program are refuted by its recipients.

    Nourishing food reaches millions of Venezuelans on a regular basis. False Trump regime accusations about the program, along with sanctions and other measures apparently coming to target it are all about wanting to undermine what’s vital for millions of Venezuelans — aiming to starve them into submission.

    There’s no ambiguity about how the US operates, demanding other nations bow to its will or face the full force of its wrath.

    It’s an agenda risking humanity-destroying nuclear war by going too far — where things are heading if not challenged and stopped by the world community.

    *

    Award-winning author Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG)

    The original source of this article is Global Research
    Copyright © Stephen Lendman, Global Research, 2019


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    According to the above, evil Trump wants to target noble Venezuelan food distribution program.

    How bad.

    I have a question for whom it may concern and:
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    @Daughter of Time - by the way, we Venezuelans abroad are not ignorant, much less brainwashed. You have to have some respect for those people who had to abandon their country, leaving everything behind.

    This question is addressed also to all the glorious "journalists" defending narco-Maduro's regime.

    What do you prefer: going to the local grocery store, Walmart, K-Mart, order online your food whenever you want OR having to wait, Fatherland card handy, to get a monthly box stuffed of some food of doubtful quality, from an undisclosed origin, without any sanitary revisions, and containing what the government considers good and healthy for you?

    I will wait for your answers.

    I want to share this with you. And no, It was not written by me.

    https://www.quora.com/What-is-a-CLAP-box-in-Venezuela

    On paper, CLAP means Comité Local de Abastecimiento y Producción (Local Committee for Production and Supply), and they are intended to make sure every person from their communities get the Government-subsidized boxes of basic goods such as milk, corn flour, vegetable oil, etc. Sounds awesome, right? Well…

    ON PAPER.

    In reality, it’s not so cool. But let’s go back a little.

    Before the oil boom of the late 2000s, Hugo Chavez, that ugly ass walking cancer, put in place an economic policy called exchange control, which means you cannot buy or sell any currency other than Bolívares unless it’s from and to the government. Naturally, as basic economic says, a black market emerged, and a so-called black dollar, at about 50% to 100% more than the official exchange rate. It all still stands to this day, but they replaced the system about 3 or 4 times, with multiple exchange rates and a corruption mess that ended up taking about $1 trillion from our country.

    You read that right, ONE TRILLION DOLLARS. Poof! Gone, just like that.

    After a lot of years of corruption, legal corruption and political and privatized stupidity, the oil crisis started. Prices went down, along with our cash reserves, our gold reserves and every Venezuelan’s way of life. Why? Because the Intergalactic Leader Hugo Chavez and his followers cheered as he took private property from honest men and corrupt opposition idiots alike, and expropriated more than half of Venezuela’s food industry, fertile lands, cattle farms and the like. If it was a factory and somebody with connections to the Bolivarian Government or the PSUV (Chavez’s Party) wanted it, it was gone.

    Obviously, PSUV is mostly made of thugs and lazy ass malandros who can’t make anything themselves so they gotta steal it. There are a few bright minds such as Jorge and Delcy Rodríguez, but they use it to, well, steal and hold power. So just educated thugs.

    Down that path we went, and we went from importing about 30% of our food to now somewhere about 80%, and if the only USD available come from the Government, the end up in off-shore accounts in Andorra or the Cayman Islands. So food producers have to make magic to produce or their companies will be expropriated too, and, add price control to our no-access-to-USD-recipe and you get…

    You guessed it! Scarcity.

    But don’t worry, you just have to blame the USA and the private sector and raise your military’s salaries at about 400% a year, plus bribe them with cars and phones and allow them to extort the people, and of course give some of those $1TN to the Electoral Council officials and you have nothing to worry about. And, whenever you’re running low on cash, you can print it! It won’t cause major economic disruption! I promise. The 700% inflation we had last year wasn’t due to it, it was because of the American Empire!

    Yeah, Nicolás, ripping off the Central Bank’s independence was a great idea. Thanks, Huguito.

    So yeah, after all that, plus a rate of 120 murders for every 100.000 people, we Venezuelans have a lot to worry about. If you don’t get mugged or murdered while going to the super market, you won’t find rice or corn flour or anything else. And if you do find it in the black markets, it will get at least twice as expensive by the week. Yeah.

    How does this whole thing have anything to do with the CLAPS?

    Well, as it turns out, Mexico and Colombia sent some food to Venezuela, and Maduro and his team just came up with something awesome! They give them to loyalists to be sold in their communities. So, if the official exchange rate for basics is 10 bolívares for every USD, and it costs somewhere around 15.000 bolívares, every CLAP box is sold at around $1.500.*

    Yeah, CLAP boxes are the product of years of mismanagement, corruption and stupidity, all inside an ugly ass cardboard box. And it’s only sold to communities with government loyalists, so it’s also a tool to extort an already hungry people.

    ---

    * this was written in 2017. The guy talks about the cost of each CLAP box to the country, i.e. the hidden costs that makes the people involved in this "noble cause for the people" ultra-billionaire.

    Even Wikipedia has the right information.

    By the way, CLAP boxes are also marketed to the "White Supremacists/Upper Class" at 5x (average) the price. Business is business. In the States neighboring Colombia, CLAP boxes are distributed by ELN guerrilla.

    Those boxes were banned (not being distributed anymore) from Mexico and Colombia. There are corruption cases opened in those countries. Now, those boxes are brought from Turkey, one of the “Allies” receiving gold as payment.
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    To those who don't believe, take a trip to Venezuela and find out for himself (See to believe).

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    A sword of many edges...



    I guess some people believe Maduro is insane enough to starve his people and foster festering nests of revolution...

    But, if not him, who? And Why?

    When one gets an idea of who Stalin and the Bolshevik were the puppets of, and Kissinger a mouthpiece for, then a totally different worldview begins to emerge...

    Quote Posted by Hervé (here)
    ...

    Regarding the Rothschilds/Rockefellers consortium:


    Quote Posted by Hervé (here)
    For an idea on the “big” picture…

    Below are excerpts from the work of whistle blower Sue Ann Arrigo.

    These give the blue print for what’s happening currently to this planet on the 3D level

    Here is how the implemented strategy has worked in the past:

    Rothschilds/John D. Rockefeller, Sr. funded the Bolshevik Revolution

    Per his writings in the Archives, John D. Rockefeller helped fund the Bolshevik Revolution to get the wealth of the Czars, the labor of the Russian people, and much the Southern Oil fields in Russia. That wealth changed its name from Czarist, to Russian Government owned. Ignore the names, what happened to it? Did the people of Russia get it? No. The Rockefeller Archives show that he built a private army in Russia, much like the Brown Shirt army later. His accountant said that for each 2 cents that he spent to build that Army he got a dollar back. That Army was not staying up late to knit socks to sell. They were beating people up and committing assassinations, massacres, and mayhem to terrorize the populace into submission. And he was bribing officials to get what he wanted. He was apparently famous for that in the US as well. See www.reformation.org/rockefeller-bribery.html .

    [...] the Rockefellers charged about 18% interest on the money that they loaned Lenin for the Revolution. The way that agreement was set up made all of the loot that Lenin could seize in Russia, the Rockefellers/Rothschilds.


    […]That meant that Lenin and Stalin could never get out of debt unless they could work people nearly to death to produce the goods Rockefeller/Rothschilds wanted. People thought that the ridiculous factory quotas the Russians tried to accomplish were the result of communism. That was not what I thought after reading the Archives. The Rockefellers were setting the quotas and delighting in the profits. They also delighted in giving the Russians quotas they could not meet as a way of humiliating them.

    […] I sent him [Gorbachev] copies from the Archives of documents that showed those policies had been forced upon Stalin by Rockefeller. While the people of Russia starved, Rockefeller was also insisting that Stalin sell him the grain at the price and amounts previously agreed to. But Rockefeller did not need that grain. And Rockefeller was, to a large extent, responsible for the bad policies that caused the poor crop yields and meant that selling that same amount of grain overseas ensured famine. It appeared to be a deliberate attempt, not just to get grain cheaply, but to starve people. The private journals of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. confirmed that. The Rockefeller Family seemed obsessed by the desire to kill people off, including by starvation. The Rockefellers have long backed population control measures fairly publicly. That was not a secret, nor their funding of ‘eugenics’ research’. See http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/omegafile29.htm , http://www.eugenics-watch.com/eugbook/,euod_ch1.html , http://illuminati-news.com/nazi-california.htm. But, the behind the scenes maneuvers on how they were committing those Crimes Against Humanity were secret. To them Communism was a lovely excuse to steal the wealth of the rich Russians and then kill off the poor who were not working in their factories. The factories and the oil fields had the name of the Soviet Union on them, as if they belong to the Russian Govt.. But an examination of the chain of command structure and the flow of money made it look like the Rockefellers et al were already well on their way to being Kings of the World.

    Let me give you an example of that so you can understand how this system worked in practice.

    John D. Rockefeller, Jr., wanted to crash prices in South America of a type of goods to force his competitors into closing. If I remember correctly, the country was Argentina and the goods were stainless steel cookware--pots and pans, bowls, and cutlery. They were items peasants had to buy to live. They were also heavy and it made absolutely no sense to ship them from Russia since they were already made in adequate quantities by factories in that country. But they were not Rockefeller’s factories so a part of the markets’ share of money was not going to them. That was an anathema to John. D., Jr. He wanted to own everything and everyone, or kill them.

    So, he wrote a letter to Stalin and told him how much and what kind of each item he wanted. It was a huge order, perhaps several Latin American countries worth. Rockefeller was going to dropped the prices of the goods to drive the Latin American factories out of business. Then he would buy them cheaply. Having a monopoly he would then raise the price of the goods to steal even more from the peasants. His journal shows that he intended to cause their children to starve, if at all possible. It was not an unintended consequence of his business practices. I saw instances in which he was willing to lose money to make others starve. It was really quite sad to read about the life of a man who was so desperately unhappy that this was what it took to distract him from that fact.

    [...]

    Stalin got the order and wrote back saying that he could not meet those deadlines in 2 months time. Rockefeller wrote back saying he had to ‘or else’.

    I wanted to know what the “or else” was.

    Later I came across invoices for the guards of Stalin which Rockefeller was paying. They were not just regulars, they were a special outfit chosen by Rockefeller. They were not ethnically the same as Stalin. It appeared that they had been chosen by Rockefeller to have no qualms about killing Stalin, if ordered to do so. The head of them was writing reports on Stalin’s activities to John D. more often than Stalin was writing to John D. After looking into it even further than I have said, I concluded that John D.’s threat to kill Stalin was a credible one.

    Stalin was humiliated in more ways that one by trying to fill that order in time. He did not succeed, as hard and as desperately as he tried. He was a week late. Furthermore, this was during the height of the German attack on Russia, about a month before the battle of Stalingrad when the order was completed. It meant that steel and railway transport that would have gone into making of rifles did not. Russian soldiers went into the battle of Stalingrad, Stalin’s namesake, with only about 35% of them carrying a rifle! They had to rush forward into battle defenselessly or be shot in the back. Only after one of their buddies got killed could they pick up a fallen weapon to defend themselves. That caused a huge rift among them which they could not solve. It was designed to destroy their team spirit and turned them against each other.

    The Battle of Stalingard was almost a defeat for the Russia people because of what John D. did. His journal showed that he intended for the battle to be a Russian defeat and allow him to spread the war all across Russia. He agonized on the pages of his journal about whether his timing was right and the order big enough. He wanted the fighting to continue all across Russia and not just lead to a Russian capitulation. He wanted to destroy all the shop keepers and small enterprises that had not yet been nationalized and brought under his control. His journal said that he cried at his loses when the Russians bravely managed to force the Germans to retreat. But he did not call them brave in his journal and I will not repeat the derogatory phrases. Skull and Bones calls people not in it Barbarians, will they help the Rockefellers plan and execute mass murders, such as at Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps. It is clear that they have some problems in their thinking.

    […]

    Then, from a different quarter, about those same events in Russia:


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    [...]

    And you new Czar, cursed by the little father, you shake the hand of the black dictator.

    Look at the sea, It will be red with blood.


    [...]

    The new Tsar [Stalin] kills the true sons of the little father. He sports the eyes of a wolf. But the wolves are at the border.

    [...]

    The new Tsar has betrayed, he thought he had lost. He killed his men before the nails trampled them. And by his cowardice millions fall. But his honored body will be removed from the sanctuary.

    [...]

    We fight, but from the mountains, red and white flowers climb down, Europe, these are your best sons, who one day will be betrayed.

    Because the leaders they believe they shot down will control again, always the same.

    They shot down the money puppets, not the money masters. And they will be seduced by the new Tsar, who defeated despite the betrayal, with his fierce red flame.

    The sons of Luther in Europe. War of weapons, wars of the passions. The youngs from the mountains have new flags, which the powerful will tear out through deceit. Beware the sons of Luther and the sons of the new Tsar. They want a world battered for the last meal. France, rise up the Cross of Lorraine. Europe, brandish your songs louder than the sound of the guns.

    [...]

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    Allies granted the blind eye? US silent on Colombian general’s alleged links to civilian killings

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    FILE PHOTO: Colombian soldiers patrol a beach as delegations arrived for the Americas Summit in Cartagena April 12, 2012. © Reuters / Joaquin Sarmiento

    While US and Columbia rail against Nicolas Maduro’s “dictatorship” in Venezuela, Washington appears to be unconcerned by new evidence linking Colombia’s top general to scores of civilian killings.

    Leaked documents recently obtained by the Associated Press suggest that General Nicacio Martinez Espinel, the head of Colombia’s army, participated in a cover-up of extrajudicial and civilian killings more than a decade ago.

    Washington, which has cited alleged human rights abuses as part of its campaign to topple the socialist government of Venezuela, has remained curiously silent about the scandal unfolding in Colombia. Coincidentally, Bogota is a key partner in Washington’s efforts to bring about regime change in Caracas.

    Colombia receives hundreds of millions of dollars in US foreign aid each year, distinguishing itself as Washington’s go-to ally in the region. Between 2000 and 2016 Congress appropriated some $10 billion in aid to the South American nation.

    RT’s Caleb Maupin explored why Washington’s deep concern for human rights in South America appears to be rather selective.

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    How can a small Latin American country become a superpower?

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    On May 29, 2019


    GEORGETOWN, Guyana – ExxonMobil says it has discovered more than 5.5 billion barrels of oil in Guyanese waters in the Atlantic Ocean. What future does this Latin American country expect and what does this have to do with Venezuela?

    Nowadays, Guyana is the second poorest country in the region. According to estimates, in the coming decades this country can become one of the world’s largest oil producers per capita. However, the existence of resources does not always correspond to a developed economy.

    The small Caribbean country could be the essential piece in the scheme that the United States is setting up in the region, according to the comment made by Tamara Lajtman, a specialist at the Latin American Strategic Center for Geopolitics (CELAG).
    The recent history of relations between the US and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean indicates that US transnational corporations will be the major beneficiaries of this discovery.

    Lajtman cites US researchers pointing out that Washington can replace Venezuelan oil from the so-called Caracas regional petro-political regime with a much more stable supplier.

    The analyst explains that at the end of last year, the American Segurity Project (ASP), an organization dedicated to the study of national security problems, held an event called Guyana Building Sustainable Security.

    Following the discussions at this event, a document was drawn up recommending that US policymakers establish a closer relationship with Guyana to ensure long-term sustainable security.

    This implies that, as chaos continues to rise in Venezuela, a growing and more prosperous Guyana could become an axis of stability for the Caribbean Basin, Lajtman points out.

    According to the Stratfor agency, some of the major US oil companies have already begun production in Guyana. However, even if Guyana’s government revenues increase, most of the country will not feel the economic benefits of oil, as jobs will be directed primarily to foreigners.

    Earlier this month, the US Southern Command initiated the New Horizons military exercises in Guyana. These maneuvers are taking place precisely at the right moment, given that Guyana is at the center of regional geopolitics. There are two reasons for this, the crisis in neighboring Venezuela and the energy future of the Caribbean country.

    In addition, there is a territorial dispute over Essequibo, a region with an area of ​​about 160,000 square kilometers and whose sovereignty has been claimed by Venezuela for centuries. The US sees a threat to the oil extraction operations that are approaching the maritime border between the two countries.

    In July 2018, Guyana entered the Chinese initiative of the New Silk Road, which includes investments in the plan to build new ports and roads.

    The road link project is of extreme geostrategic importance, as it would reduce the transportation time to northern Brazil (China’s main trading partner in the region) with a faster route to the Panama Canal.

    Guyana has long been considered as a transit country of cocaine that passes from Colombia to the US. The government has carried out anti-drug assistance programs and legislation against money laundering and terrorist financing. With the increase in oil revenues, more can be done about these problems.
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    Sabotage to Ten Cargo Ships Preventing Them from Arriving in Venezuela

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    The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, on Monday announced that ten boats with gasoline heading to the South American country were the object of sabotage, as part of the “persecution” resulting from the sanctions imposed by the US, against the Caribbean nation.
    “The boat that brought gasoline last week, ten ships sabotaged so that they did not reach the Venezuelan coasts,” Maduro said at a meeting with the political leadership of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) in Caracas .
    Despite the incident, the South American president said that the problem with the ships “is in the process of being resolved”.

    Boats with CLAP
    The head of state also revealed the sabotage to the boats that brought food for the program of products with subsidized prices, known as CLAP (acronym of Local Committees for Supply and Production).
    “The boats to bring the CLAP supplies were sabotaged and did not leave the ports where they were docked,” he said.
    Last Thursday, the Bolivarian leader guaranteed to the population of the South American country the continuity of CLAP, despite US threats to sanction the officials involved in the plan.
    “Do whatever you want to do, Venezuela will continue with the CLAP, which stings and extends from the hand of the people, from the national production,” he said.
    The president’s announcement came after the US envoy for Venezuela, Elliot Abrams, indicated that the US prepares new sanctions against Venezuelan officials who allegedly profited from CLAP.

    Meeting this Monday with the PSUV political high command, Maduro said that these actions against Venezuela are part of the financial blockade promoted by Washington, which includes the withholding of resources in international banks to make it impossible to purchase medicines, supplies and food for the population.
    “It is a torture to the economic body of the country,” he added.
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    US Hints at Sanctions Against Venezuela CLAP Food Programme. Bolivarian Militia to Protect CLAP

    By Paul Dobson Global Research, May 31, 2019
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    President Nicolas Maduro held a televised meeting alongside Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez (L) and Food Minister and Militia Commander Carlos Leal Telleria (Presidential Press)
    The Venezuelan President looks to combat corruption and improve the programme which benefits 6 million Venezuelan families.
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced the incorporation of the National Bolivarian Militia into the subsidised CLAP (Local Supply and Production Committees) food programme.

    The move comes as rumours circulate of upcoming US-led sanctions against the leaders of the programme, which currently benefits six million Venezuelan families according to government sources.

    Speaking from a CLAP packaging warehouse in Vargas State, Maduro announced that the body will be involved “directly in the tasks and functions of supervising and controlling the food mission (…) in the 1,141 parishes of the country.”
    “We have to strengthen all of the food distribution mechanisms to make sure that our people are properly fed,” Maduro continued, before adding that the militia is also embarking on food production projects.
    The Bolivarian Militia is a popular defense organization and the civilian branch of the Venezuelan Armed Forces. Created by Hugo Chavez in 2007, it has been expanded by Maduro to include two million civilians organized into 51,743 Popular Defense Units throughout the country. The government has vowed to extend the militia to three million citizens by December this year. The leader of the Militia, Major General Carlos Leal Tellería, was named Food Minister in April.

    According to Maduro, one of the reasons behind the measure is to combat “the silent enemy” of corruption in the programme.
    “The main enemy [of the CLAP] is North American imperialism and its internal lackees. We will defeat them with more production, better packing and supervision etc. Now there is a silent enemy in the CLAP, which is like a weevil, which is corruption, the people who steal the products from the CLAP boxes for the black market. We must put a stop to this,” he told the nation.
    Government officials have previously gone on the record stating that over 200 local CLAP leaders have been detained for corruption. Maduro added that CLAP deliveries would be incorporated into the Patria electronic system, through which social benefits and bonuses are delivered.

    The CLAP programme was created in 2016 as the Venezuelan government looked to shield the most vulnerable sectors from the economic crisis. The boxes contain a range of basic foodstuffs including cornflour, cooking oil, rice, beans, and pasta. According to a recent interview by CLAP chief Freddy Bernal, the boxes, which cost a mere US $0.40, come with a 98 percent subsidy from “regular market” prices. They are distributed by the communal councils and are prioritized by sector.
    “If it weren’t for the CLAP, millions of families would be in an unsustainable crisis because of the US sanctions,” Bernal explained.
    While government officials look to increase the coverage of the CLAP programme to 12 million families and the frequency of deliveries to every 15 days, many sectors of the country continue to have irregular, delayed, or non-existent coverage of the scheme. Recent gasoline shortages have exasperated distribution problems in the interior of the country.


    The CLAP structures have also been used to sell other products, such as meat or cleaning supplies, at subsidised prices. (VTV)

    The attempts to strengthen the CLAP come on the heels of reports that the US Treasury Department is preparing direct sanctions against the food programme for the first time. US authorities accuse the programme of being a front for corruption, money laundering, and “political control” and are considering slapping sanctions against companies and individuals involved.
    “They know that this program is corrupt, we know it, and we are investigating the details. A lot is to come,” US Special Envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams told Efe in an interview on May 22. “We don’t have a date for the sanctions but the (legal) accusations will come in good time,” he went on to say.
    Abrams is known for his leading role in the Reagan administration’s Central America policy, including the Iran-Contra scandal, and later for advising George W. Bush in the lead up to the war in Iraq.

    US financial sanctions have hampered both the purchase and payment of the goods which constitute the boxes, most of which come from Mexico, Turkey, or Brazil, while Venezuelan authorities claim that Washington’s measures are also blocking the shipment of the goods.

    Caracas claims that only 2 of the 12 shipping companies involved in CLAP imports are currently delivering as a result of sanctions. Maduro also mentioned that a number of ships were blocked from leaving their ports on Monday, describing the action as “sabotage”. He did not offer further details.

    According to a Reuters report, international shippers Hamburg Sud and King Ocean Services have both added a US $1,200 surcharge per cargo container for all shipments from the United States to Venezuela this past May 15. The report adds that this move aggravates prices which are already considerably higher than the corresponding ones for similar journeys to other Latin American ports. The alleged surcharge is accredited to the “risk involved of coming to Venezuela with sanctions.”

    Last month Washington banned all direct flights to and from Venezuela, as well as landing sanctions on nine non-Venezuelan tankers and four shipping firms which they claim transport oil to Cuba.

    The US Treasury Department has imposed successive rounds of sanctions against Caracas in recent months, targeting several sectors of the Venezuelan economy. A January oil embargo cut off all oil exports to the US and imports of refining products, contributing to the current widespread gasoline shortages at the pumps.

    United Nations Special Rapporteur Idriss Jazairy has argued that US sanctions violate human rights and international law. A report from the Center for Economic and Policy research also concluded that sanctions against Venezuela amount to “collective punishment” and have been responsible for over 40,000 deaths since 2017.

    *

    The original source of this article is Venezuelanalysis.com
    Copyright © Paul Dobson, Venezuelanalysis.com, 2019


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    What’s the Deal with Sanctions in Venezuela, and Why’s It So Hard for Media to Understand?
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    "You're going to choke on your provocation with Coca-Cola": Univision retrieves complete copy of Jorge Ramos' interview with Nicolás Maduro

    MIAMI, Florida. - The tense, 17-minute interview with Nicolás Maduro conducted by journalist Jorge Ramos in February was kept censored by the Venezuelan government - until Thursday.

    Univision News was able to recover the February 25 interview in its entirety right up to the moment that Maduro cut it short and stormed off after he became upset by the line of questioning by Ramos. Venezuelan officials seized the interview, and Univision's camera equipment, and deported Ramos and the team of journalists who accompanied him.

    "You come to provoke me. You're going to choke on your provocation. You are going to choke on your provocation with Coca-Cola," Maduro told Ramos when the journalist handed him a list with the names of 400 of the 989 political prisoners that human rights groups have registered in Venezuela.

    That was only one of a half dozen threats and insults that Maduro launched against Ramos in response to his questions about the current humanitarian and political crisis in Venezuela, which has led to the exile of more than 3.5 million of its citizens as well as the emprisonment - and death - of hundreds more.

    The tone of the conversation bothered Maduro from the first question: "You know, you are not the legitimate president. So, what do I call him? For them (National Assembly legislators) you are a dictator," Ramos told him.

    Maduro answered the question waving a miniature copy of the Venezuelan Constitution: "You have to call me as the Constitution says. My name is Nicolás, I have only one name: Nicolás Maduro Moros. I am a worker, a simple man, by popular vote I have been elected and re-elected president. So, well, it's up to you how you want to call me," he said.

    Maduro sought to dismiss the reasons why the Venezuelan National Assembly and more than 50 governments around the globe ceased to recognize him as the legitimate president, or the denounciations of fraud during presidential elections in 2013, the usurpation of legislative authority by he executive in 2015, and the allegations of fraud in the hastily advanced presidential elections in 2018 which resulted in the re-election of Maduro for six more years.

    "You have to be a little more balanced," Maduro instructs Ramos, adding: "You are biased against the Bolivarian revolution. You are a right-wing opponent living in the United States, very anti-revolutionary. You're not just a journalist, Jorge."

    Ramos employed the same incisive style with Maduro that he customarily uses to conduct his interviews with politicians and other powerful figures, his personal brand honed over a decades-long career. Maduro said he knew what he was facing: "I accepted your interview because I knew it would be like that," he said, before taking exception and bringing it to a halt.

    "This interview, I tell you, does not make any sense to me or to you, did you hear? I think it's better to suspend it, did you hear? I thank you for everything, see you later," Maduro said as Ramos tried to show a video on his iPad filmed days earlier on the streets of Caracas, where children and adults are seen feeding directly from a garbage truck.

    At minute 17:35 Maduro got up from his chair and ordered the temporary detention of the journalists and seized the material they had recorded until that point.

    On Thursday's 6.30pm evening newscast, Univision News will broadcast part of the censored interview. The entire interview will be broadcast this Sunday, June 2, in the program Aquí y Ahora, at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm CT).
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    Quote Posted by perolator (here)
    Quote Posted by AutumnW (here)
    Perolater,

    In your case, this may be true, but I trust Greg Palast's take on this and see no reason why I shouldn't. Those who oppose Maduro have more European ancestry in their blood. Why would your country be any different than any other former European colony?
    Well, I do respect your thoughts.

    What you are saying though, is not true. Those millions of souls who oppose narco-Maduro and Co. are simply Venezuelans, not "the wealthy white". Those lucky ones who had European ancestry took advantage and fled from the madness years ago. Some of them, mostly from Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Syrian, Libyan, Lebanese, Turkish and Italian ancestry are struggling to survive. All of the population is subject to crime, power and gas outages, lack of medicines, damaged infrastructure, high price and scarcity of food and services.
    I believe you. It's a terrible situation that nobody should have to endure. Just trying to figure out all of the behind the scenes dynamics from a distance, which is hard to do!

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    I just returned from observing my fourth election in Venezuela in less than a year. Jimmy Carter has called Venezuela’s electoral system “the best in the world,” and what I witnessed was an inspiring process that guarantees one person, one vote, and includes multiple auditing procedures to ensure a free and fair election.

    I then came home to the United States to see the inevitable “news” coverage referring to Venezuela as a “dictatorship” and as a country in need of saving. This coverage not only ignores the reality of Venezuela, it ignores the fact that the U.S. is the greatest impediment to democracy in Venezuela, just as the U.S. has been an impediment to democracy throughout Latin America since the end of the 19th century.


    https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion...s/201805240020

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    Ramos claims that his belongings were confiscated and his phone was wiped. “Our cameras and the records of our interview remained behind,” Ramos says. The “government’s intelligence agency cordoned off the hotel so we couldn’t leave,” he adds, but gives few further details. Miraculously, and conveniently for Ramos’ story, the footage that allegedly enraged Maduro survived.

    After touching back down in Miami, Ramos tweeted:

    I really want to thank the U.S. State Department and the American Embassy in Caracas for making sure that we were protected and safe in Venezuela. Their help was instrumental in our safe departure today from Caracas after being detained yesterday by the Maduro regime.”


    https://www.mintpressnews.com/the-ho...maduro/255678/

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    Quote Posted by AutumnW (here)
    I just returned from observing my fourth election in Venezuela in less than a year. Jimmy Carter has called Venezuela’s electoral system “the best in the world,” and what I witnessed was an inspiring process that guarantees one person, one vote, and includes multiple auditing procedures to ensure a free and fair election.

    I then came home to the United States to see the inevitable “news” coverage referring to Venezuela as a “dictatorship” and as a country in need of saving. This coverage not only ignores the reality of Venezuela, it ignores the fact that the U.S. is the greatest impediment to democracy in Venezuela, just as the U.S. has been an impediment to democracy throughout Latin America since the end of the 19th century.


    https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion...s/201805240020
    @AutumnW, this paragraph is only one of the myriad of incorrect statements in the Professor Kovalik's article:

    Quote Chavez even started a world-class music program which has now provided 1 million underprivileged children with music education. One graduate of this program, Gustavo Dudamel, is now considered one of the greatest conductors in the world!
    From Wikipedia: El Sistema is a publicly financed, voluntary sector, music-education program, founded in Venezuela in 1975 by Venezuelan educator, musician, and activist José Antonio Abreu.

    ---
    Excerpts from the comments section of the Professor Kovalik's article: (added emphasis mine)

    John Miller
    11 months ago
    I lived in Caracas from 1998 to 2015 and I have seen first hand Hugo Chavez raise to power, close relationship with Castro, the 2002 coup and return to power, his divisionist rhetoric and actions, demagoguery and destruction of democratic institutions. All in the name of the poor and marginalized. I am a registered Democrat. And I shook my head while watching democrats visiting Caracas and taking full side with a government only because it went full steam against the status quo, without seeing the horrible impact they were doing to the already eroded Venezuelan democratic institutions and productive system. Now in the US, and in a bizarre twist of destiny, I am witnessing the same demagoguery, divisional politics and thugocracy that destroyed Venezuela merrily spreading like a nasty virus with no other opposition in congress than from politicians who have nothing to lose. This is NOT OK. Venezuela's reliance on high oil prices fueled the chavista regime and its programs for the poor, which were unsustainable without that huge income of dollars that were not used to improve their productivity but instead, to purchase consciences of other branches of power, including the military. Bribe Caribbean countries with cheap oil and to bolster a new class of oligarchy that pocketed from the oil bonanza. Listen people: Maduro is NOT good for Venezuela. They control ALL powers. They control markets with Draconian measures. They are only good at grabbing what's already built and destroy it with their incompetence. Venezuelan left IS NOT to be befriended by the American LEFT.

    Mike Machi
    11 months ago
    Having family currently in Venezuelan, I can honestly say nothing in this article is true. Maduro is a bus driver who rigged elections to become president. He is destroying the country and has taken everything democratic away from its citizens. Nothing is left for its people besides the oil in the ground. The US government and everyone else in the region better act fast before China and or Russia has military bases in Venezuela. It will be Maduros next move since he will do everything he can to keep his ridiculous dictatorship.

    Michael Griffith
    11 months ago
    No mention that after the last election, in which his party lost many, many seats in their parliament, Maduro went to court and had judges invalidate the candidacy of the recently elected opponents. Then Maduro stacked parliament with loyalists. This professor is a "Human Rights" advocate in the most Orwellian sense of the term.

    Alexis Lozada
    11 months ago
    Mr. Kovalik's article reads as a typical script written by Maduro's regime. Such arguments ignore the human tragedy of a country with no rule law, proven evidence of crimes against humanity, severe scarcity of basic goods and services, high unemployment, cities with highest homicide rates in the hemisphere, hyper-inflation. Mr. Kovalik, I invite you to a public debate so the people of Pittsburgh can hear us and really capture views about Venezuela. Pick a place, date and time, and I will be there. You can contact me at (snip). Regards, Alexis Lozada, a citizen of Venezuela.

    I removed Alexis e-mail address on purpose.
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    The Venezuela-Bolivarian Global Money Laundering Empire

    Thursday, May 23, 2019 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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    Please join CSIS Americas for a public discussion about the criminal enterprise of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela and his Bolivarian allies. Douglas Farah, President of IBI Consultants and senior visiting fellow at National Defense University, will present a new report, based on five years of field research, which details the breadth of the global money laundering empire Maduro and his allies have developed throughout his regime. The report sheds new light on the Venezuela-Bolivarian money laundering structures and how they are are connected, the amounts of money they move, the geographic and criminal diversity of the network, adding context to help explain why regimes like those of Maduro do not fall quickly despite stiff U.S. sanctions.

    This event will also feature Celina Realuyo, Professor of Practice at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at National Defense University; José Cárdenas, Former Acting Assistant Secretary for LAC at USAID and Director of Vision Americas; and Caryn Hollis, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counternarcotics and Global Threats, who will provide unique insights and expertise on the nature of transnational organized crime and financial structures ongoing in Venezuela. Following the presentations, the panelists will have a moderated discussion led by CSIS Americas Associate Director and Venezuela expert Moises Rendon. Additional speakers to be announced shortly.

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