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Is this "journalist" a Socialist Journalist? Or an evil capitalist journalist !!??

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... More than 300 Venezuelan soldiers have defected in just four days as the country plunges deeper into chaos.

Soldiers who have sought refuge in Colombia since the weekend told the Associated Press that the catalyst for defection was the command from above to keep desperately needed humanitarian aid from their compatriots.

"I was tired of people seeing me as just one more of them," Sgt. Jorge Torres said, referring to President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government. "I'm not."

A high-stakes plan by the Venezuelan opposition to bring humanitarian aid into the country floundered over the weekend when National Guard troops loyal to Maduro refused to let the trucks carrying food and medical supplies cross.

Troops found themselves engaged in violent confrontations with their fellow Venezuelans. Many abandoned their posts and ran for their lives across the border into Colombia, which has become a refuge for the newly homeless, mostly low-ranking soldiers.

Colombian immigration officials said on Tuesday that so far, more than 320 Venezuelan soldiers have defected since the weekend ...


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Massive Venezuela power outage raises tensions amid crisis

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and SCOTT SMITH
18 minutes ago

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Hospitals struggled to get back-up generators running, businesses shuttered and families anxiously tried to contact loved ones amid Venezuela’s worst-ever power outage Friday, raising tensions in a country already on edge from ongoing political turmoil.

Much of the nation of 31 million people was still without electricity as the blackout stretched into a second day and patience began to wear thin.

“This has never happened before,” a frustrated Orlando Roa, 54, said, decrying President Nicolas Maduro’s administration for failing to maintain the electrical system and letting qualified engineers leave the country. “This is the fault of the government.”

Maduro ordered schools and all government entities closed and told businesses not to open to facilitate work crews trying to restore power.

By many accounts the blackout hit 22 of 23 states, striking during the peak of evening rush hour Thursday, sending thousands of people on long nighttime treks home through some of the world’s most violent streets. Until now, Caracas has been spared the worst of a collapse in the nation’s grid, but the outage was still wreaking havoc more than 17 hours after it began.


Venezuela’s socialist government blasted the power failure on right-wing extremists taking orders from the United States, including Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, and said they were intent on causing pandemonium for several days but offered no proof.

“The electricity war declared and directed by the imperialist United States against our people will be overcome!” President Nicolas Maduro wrote on Twitter in his only public comments on the outage. “No one can defeat the people of Bolivar and Chavez. Maximum unity patriots!”

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shot back saying only Maduro was to blame.

“Maduro’s policies bring nothing but darkness,” Pompeo wrote on social media. “No food. No medicine. Now, no power. Next, no Maduro.”

The outage comes as Venezuela is in the throes of a political struggle between Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido, the head of congress who declared himself the nation’s rightful president in January and is recognized by the United States and about 50 other nations.


Without power to charge cell phones, normally hyper-active social media was eerily quiet. Even state TV — the government’s main vehicle for handing down a political line to its followers — went silent. Those who managed to get a signal used the hashtag #SinLuz — meaning without light in English — to share images of cities throughout the country that on Friday resembled ghost towns.

One user posted a video of a nurse manually pumping air into the lungs of an infant. Others posted photos of long lines of cars queuing up at gas stations in hopes of getting fuel. A man anguished that he’d gone 17 hours without hearing from his mother.

“What impotence!” he lamented.

The director of CODEVIDA, a coalition of Venezuelan health advocacy groups, reported that thousands of dialysis patients were going without treatment as a result of the blackout. While some hospitals were able to rely on back-up power sources, others were dark.

At the maternity ward at the Avila Clinic in wealthy eastern Caracas Thursday night, several mothers wept as nurses held candles to monitor the vital signs of premature babies in incubators.


Carlos Ramos stood outside the hospital early Friday along with medical staff and patients in the fading hope he’d be able to see a doctor. He rejected the government’s assertion of sabotage as false.

“They always say that,” Ramos said.


Venezuela’s electrical system was once the envy of Latin America but it has fallen into disrepair after years of poor maintenance and mismanagement. High-ranking officials have been accused in U.S. court proceedings of looting government money earmarked for the electrical system.


Locals scramble to board a bus after a power outage in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

While intermittent outages have become regular occurrences in Venezuela of late, rarely have so many states simultaneously been without power for such an extended period.

The government keeps home power bills exceptionally low — just a couple dollars a month — relying heavily on subsidies from the Maduro administration, which is under increasing financial duress.

The nation is experiencing hyperinflation projected to reach a mind-boggling 10 million percent this year, is grappling with food and medical shortages, and has lost about 10 percent of its population to migration in the past few years — including many with valuable energy expertise. Venezuela’s economic woes are likely to increase as U.S. sanctions against its oil industry kick in.

State-owned electricity operator Corpoelec blamed the outage on an act of “sabotage” at the Guri Dam, one of the world’s largest hydroelectric stations and the cornerstone of Venezuela’s electrical grid. Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez described it as a “cyber” attack intended to derail the whole system. He said electricity in Venezuela’s eastern region had been restored within hours.

“What’s the intention?” he said. “To submit the Venezuelan people to various days without electricity to attack, to mistreat, so that vital areas would be without power.”

Pro-government officials often blame outages on Venezuela’s opposition, accusing them of attacking power substations with Molotov cocktails, though they rarely provide any evidence.

The blackout snarled traffic amid confusion generated by blackened stoplights; the subway in Caracas broke down; an international soccer match in the central city of Barquisimeto was suspended; and there were reports a flight from neighboring Colombia was turned back because the Caracas airport’s backup generators failed, leaving customs officials without the ability to screen those arriving.

A video posted online of the Caracas airport showed angry passengers waiting in front of check-in counters in the dark demanding to be let on planes.

“Flight! Flight! Flight!” they cried out.

Guaido took to Twitter to blast Maduro for the outage, looking to capitalize on what some decried as a sign of Venezuela’s newfound status as a “failed state” even though it sits atop the world’s largest oil reserves.

“Sabotage is stealing Venezuelans’ money, sabotage is burning food and medicine, sabotage is robbing elections,” he wrote Friday.

Rubio, who has been driving the Trump administration’s confrontational stance toward Maduro, seemed to relish Rodriguez’s accusations that he was somehow to blame for the power crisis.

“My apologies to people of Venezuela,” the Florida Republican said in a message on Twitter. “I must have pressed the wrong thing on the ‘electronic attack’ app I downloaded from Apple. My bad.”

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Associated Press writers Christine Armario and Joshua Goodman in Bogota, Colombia, contributed to this report.

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 Post subject: Re: More news from the people's paradise.....
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JAZZ SHAWPosted at 12:31 pm on March 12, 2019

The power has been out in much of Venezuela now for days, including at most of the hospitals, and the nation is unquestionably in the midst of a transitional crisis. Protests in the streets are turning into riots on a regular basis and the few places where any food or medical supplies remain available are being openly looted, with no sign of law enforcement to protect those properties in many cases. It’s not a stretch to say that Venezuela is a country in the midst of collapse.

With that as the backdrop, it’s perhaps not all that surprising to learn that the last of the American diplomatic presence is being withdrawn from the embassy in Caracas. The announcement came from the Vice President last night. (NPR)

Amid continuing unrest in Venezuela, the United States plans to remove all diplomatic personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Twitter late Monday.

“The U.S. will withdraw all remaining personnel from [the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela] this week,” Pompeo tweeted. “This decision reflects the deteriorating situation in #Venezuela as well as the conclusion that the presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on U.S. policy.”

U.S. citizens and government personnel have been advised to avoid areas of demonstrations and large gatherings, which have taken place throughout Venezuela for weeks as President Nicolás Maduro faces pressure from a U.S.-backed coalition to step down.


The interesting part of Pence’s announcement is that keeping our diplomats at the embassy represents “a constraint on U.S. policy.” If the Veep had simply said that the conditions on the ground were no longer safe for our personnel, that would have been more than sufficient. There’s food and running water at our embassy (along with power provided by generators, at least as of a couple of days ago). That makes them a target for potential looting and violence. Spain’s major airline asked for flights to be canceled to Venezuela this week after one of their flight crews was attacked and held at gunpoint. Keeping our people out of harm’s way is a reasonable response.

But it’s a different matter to say that their presence is constraining our policy. That seems to imply that we would be taking stronger measures against Maduro were it not for fears that he might respond by arresting our diplomats and sparking another hostage crisis. We already imposed new sanctions on Maduro and some of his associates just this past week. Aside from the failed efforts to get more food and medical aid over the bridge from Colombia, what else is there left to do?

Are we seriously considering some sort of military intervention in support of Juan Guaido? Whether it was a direct incursion by US troops or support for the Colombian military that’s been staging near the border, either seems like a terrible decision. This is a problem for the citizens (and hopefully the military) of Venezuela to solve, and if they’re going to get any outside muscle to help them, it should come from their South American neighbors. I suppose I’d be okay with some emergency funding or even weapons shipments to the Colombians if they need the help, but putting our boots on Venezuela’s ground, particularly with the Russians already stationed there, seems extraordinarily unwise.

One other consideration is what will become of all the American ex-pats living there. Without the services of the embassy, they could find themselves in a tight spot as the situation continues to deteriorate. Before considering any military aid, we should probably work on getting them all out of there until this mess is cleaned up.


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One other consideration is what will become of all the American ex-pats living there. Without the services of the embassy, they could find themselves in a tight spot as the situation continues to deteriorate.

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Travel AdvisoryMarch 12, 2019Venezuela - Level 4: Do Not Travel
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Do not travel to Venezuela due to crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

On March 11, 2019, the U.S. Department of State announced the temporary suspension of operations of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas and the withdrawal of diplomatic personnel from Venezuela. The U.S. Embassy in Caracas is not providing any consular services. U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Venezuela should depart Venezuela. Commercial flights remain available.



I suspect that there have been advisories about Venezuela up for quite a while.
Additionally, all you need to do is read or watch the news to see that Venezuela is not a not a good place to be at.

If you have either:
A) been in Venezuela for a while and not gotten out
or
B) decided to travel there in spite of the warnings and the stories
then you should be prepared to rely on no one but yourself.

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... Two Russian military planes landed in Venezuela's main airport on Saturday, reportedly carrying dozens of troops and large amounts of equipment.

The planes were sent to "fulfil technical military contracts", Russia's Sputnik news agency reported.

Javier Mayorca, a Venezuelan journalist, wrote on Twitter that he saw about 100 troops and 35 tonnes of equipment offloaded from the planes ..


I recall the rooskies saying furrin' powers should not interfere with Viny's Zoo and the Whalers ...

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President Donald Trump aka Putin's lap dog does Russia's bidding by telling Russia to get its troops out of Venezuela and by saying 'all options are on the table' to getting them out.




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It doesn't appear last Friday's strong warning from national security adviser John Bolton for countries "external to the Western Hemisphere" to keep their militaries out of Venezuela had the intended effect. Bolton's and other White House statements saying "Russia has to get out" came following Russian Air Force planes landing in Caracas with about 100 troops, which the Kremlin said were there as "specialists" servicing existing defense equipment contracts.

And now according to Al-Masdar News, citing defense analyst photographs and local reports, "more than 120 soldiers from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army arrived at Venezuela’s Margarita Island to deliver humanitarian and military supplies to the government forces."

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Chinese soldiers pose with Venezuelan troops, via Al-Masdar News

The military flight appears to have touched down on Sunday, two days after a prior Chinese cargo plane delivered 65 tons of medicine and other aid to Venezuela. The Chinese troops are also there ostensibly to assist with the humanitarian mission, but it appears Beijing is also now alongside the Russians pushing back against Washington ultimatums to stay out of Venezuela, after repeatedly condemning any external coup plotting against President Nicolas Maduro.

"We strongly caution actors external to the Western Hemisphere against deploying military assets to Venezuela, or elsewhere in the Hemisphere, with the intent of establishing or expanding military operations," Bolton had warned in his statement.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had also last week accused external actors of assisting Maduro in "plundering" the already cash-strapped and impoverished Latin American country, stating in a tweet: “Maduro calls for hands off Venezuela while he invites security forces from Cuba and Russia, so he and his cronies can keep plundering Venezuela. It is time for Venezuelan institutions to stand for their sovereignty..."



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I guess China might be getting a little nervous over the $50 billion they lent Venezuela over the last decade, which Venezuela was supposed to be paying back with oil shipments.

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Without the services of the embassy, they could find themselves in a tight spot as the situation continues to deteriorate. Before considering any military aid, we should probably work on getting them all out of there until this mess is cleaned up.


Screw that. American taxpayers should not have to foot the bill to rescue people whose economic loyalties are with foreign powers.

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