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Bi-Partisan support for sanctions against Venezuela gather steam

by Rodan ( 1 Comment › )
Filed under Democratic Party, Republican Party, Special Report, Venezuela at May 8th, 2014 - 10:15 pm

After months of ignoring the plight of Venezuelans a growing bi-partisan consensus is emerging. Led by Marco Rubio, a number of Republican  and Democrat senators are now planning legislation imposing sanctions on Venezuela. To no one’s surprise, the Obama Regime is opposing this.

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said in a Senate hearing Thursday it was hesitant to use individual sanctions as a tactic in the Venezuelan political crisis, saying that doing so could escalate the situation into a fight between the Maduro regime and the United States rather than a struggle between that country’s people and their government.

In response, Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committeesharply criticized the administration, indicating it was being far too timid in pushing back against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and its repressive tactics against political protesters.

Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, was among the sharpest critics, blasting officials from the State Department for failing to advocate for sanctions against individuals in Venezuela although sanctions have been used – and continue to be used – elsewhere.

Citing sanctions against individuals in Russia for that country’s actions in Ukraine, Rubio asked what the difference was between repressive officials there and those in Venezuela.

“We sanction human rights violators all the time,” Rubio said. “The only difference between those sanctions, those people, and others, is they spend their weekends in Miami.”

Better late than never.

 

Venezuelan Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez writes from jail

by Rodan ( 13 Comments › )
Filed under Headlines, Venezuela at March 26th, 2014 - 11:57 pm

Leopoldo Lopez who was arrested by the 3r World Liberation Regime writes a letter to the world from his jail.

Los Teques, Venezuela — As I compose these words from the Ramo Verde military prison outside Caracas, I am struck by how much Venezuelans have suffered.

For 15 years, the definition of “intolerable” in this country has declined by degrees until, to our dismay, we found ourselves with one of the highest murder rates in the Western Hemisphere, a 57 percent inflation rate and a scarcity of basic goods unprecedented outside of wartime.

Our crippled economy is matched by an equally oppressive political climate. Since student protests began on Feb. 4, more than 1,500 protesters have been detained and more than 50 have reported that they were tortured while in police custody. Over 30 people, including security forces and civilians, have died in the demonstrations. What started as a peaceful march against crime on a university campus has exposed the depth of this government’s criminalization of dissent.

I have been in prison for more than a month. On Feb. 12, I urged Venezuelans to exercise their legal rights to protest and free speech — but to do so peacefully and without violence. Three people were shot and killed that day. An analysis of video by the news organization Últimas Noticias determined that shots were fired from the direction of plainclothes military troops.

In the aftermath of that protest, President Nicolás Maduro personally ordered my arrest on charges of murder, arson and terrorism. Amnesty International said the charges seemed like a “politically motivated attempt to silence dissent.” To this day, no evidence of any kind has been presented.

Soon, more opposition mayors, elected by an overwhelming majority in December’s elections, will join me behind bars. Last week the government arrested the mayor of San Cristóbal, where the student protests began, as well as the mayor of San Diego, who has been accused of disobeying an order to remove protesters’ barricades. But we will not stay silent. Some believe that speaking out only antagonizes the ruling party — inviting Mr. Maduro to move more quickly to strip away rights — and provides a convenient distraction from the economic and social ruin that is taking place. In my view, this path is akin to a victim of abuse remaining silent for fear of inviting more punishment.

Sadly The Venezuelans are on their own. Ukrainian Euro-Socialists are more than important than freedom loving Venezuelans it seems.

 

Venezuelan Pregnant woman killed

by Rodan ( 2 Comments › )
Filed under Democratic Party, Headlines, Marxism, Progressives, Republican Party, Venezuela at March 25th, 2014 - 2:00 pm

While the media and online outlets continues to whip people in a frenzy over the Ukraine, people deserving of our support have been abandoned. It has been 2 months now since the Venezuelan people have risen up against the 3rd World Liberation regime of Nicolas Madura. On a daily basis Venezuelans are beaten and killed by the Marxist regime, while the rest of the world with the exception of Colombia has turned their backs on these people. Parts of Venezuela like Tachira have fallen out of government control and many opposition members are now armed. Yet none of this is being discussed.

In the latest atrocity of the 3rd World Liberation regime or Madura, a pregnant woman named Adriana Urquiola was gunned down by government thugs in Caracas.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A pregnant woman has been killed amid a protest outside the Venezuelan capital of Caracas. It’s unclear why she was fired upon.

The mayor of Guaicaipuro says Adriana Urquiola died Sunday night in that municipality after she left a bus that was stuck in traffic as the result of a barricade built by anti-government protesters. She doesn’t appear to have been participating. The 28 year-old began walking toward the barricade, and was shot in the head. She was five months pregnant.

The lack of outrage over the situation in Venezuela is disgusting. I fully expect the Obama regime and Democrats to support the Madura Regime. But seeing how the Republican Party and its outlets have turned their backs on the Venezuelan people is despicable act.

 

 

Venezuelan Beauty Queen dies from gun shot

by Rodan ( 8 Comments › )
Filed under Special Report, Venezuela at February 19th, 2014 - 7:12 pm

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Genesis Carmona a Venezuelan beauty queen who was Miss Tourism for Venezuela dies protesting the regime in the city of Valencia. She was shot in the head and killed instantly, thus becoming a martyr for the Venezuelan Liberty movement.

Venezuelan beauty queen Genesis Carmona made headlines after being shot during anti-government protest in Valencia, part of several massive demonstrations going around the country on Tuesday, February 18th.

The 22-year-old was rushed in a motorcycle to the Centro Medico Guerra Mendez in Valencia, where she was operated and kept in intensive care thereafter.

 She was pronounced dead on Wednesday, Feb. 19, according to Reuters, after many media outlets reported that there was a high possibility the model would lose her vision.

Carmona suffered a gunshot wound to the head as a result of the anti-government protests held Feb. 18, according to several media reports, including “Venezuela al Dia.”

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You may be wondering, who was this beautiful young girl and why is she causing mayhem in the news?

Genesis Carmona was famous in her country for being a beauty queen.

She was crowned Miss Turismo Carabobo last year at the age of 21.

She competed for the title of Miss Turismo Venezuela among 25 other gorgeous women.

Prior to owning the promising 2013 title, Carmona was known for being an uprising model in Venezuela.

The 5 feet and 8 and a half inch doll with hazel eyes strutted many catwalks including Venezuela In Moda and Fashion Week Valencia.

She also modeled for a list of reputed designers such as Eduardo Kano, Olga Bolaños, Eduardo Macero and Franco Montoro.

Sadly no one in America is speaking out in support of the Venezuelan protestors. The nation builders in the GOP are silent and as expected, the Marxist Democrats are not saying anything either. If these people were Muslims, you best bet the media and our bi-partisan elites would be falling all over themselves to support the protestors. But since they are Hispanic Catholics, no one cares.

Expert panel on EMP threat: Electric grid protection urgently needed – Support H.R. 2417

by 1389AD ( 5 Comments › )
Filed under Iran, North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, Special Report, Technology, Venezuela at July 26th, 2013 - 3:00 pm

This is truly vital. Please contact your US representative.

EMP damage may be caused by a high-altitude nuclear explosion or by solar activity. More articles about the electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threat here.

On YouTube:

Published on Jul 25, 2013 by securefreedom

http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/

MISSILES INTERCEPTED ON NORTH KOREAN FREIGHTER PROMPT FRESH WARNINGS FROM ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE EXPERTS

Washington, D.C.—Yesterday, a distinguished panel of six industry and policy experts, moderated by Center President and CEO Frank Gaffney, convened at the National Press Club to discuss challenges and solutions regarding Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attacks as well as naturally occuring EMP events. Dr. Henry Cooper, former Director, Strategic Defense Initiative Dr. Peter Pry, former Executive Director, Congressional EMP Threat Commission Clare Lopez, former career CIA Officer Peter Huessy, national security expert Stephen Spiker, The Polling Company Michael Del Rosso, former Chairman, IEEE-USA Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee

113th Congress (2013-2014): H.R.2417 – Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage Act

Introduced in House (06/18/2013)

Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage Act or SHIELD Act – Amends the Federal Power Act to authorize the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), with or without notice, hearing, or report, to order emergency measures to protect the reliability of either the bulk-power system or the defense critical electric infrastructure whenever the President issues a written directive or determination identifying an imminent grid security threat.

Directs FERC to consult with governmental authorities in Canada, Mexico, and the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) regarding implementation of emergency measures.

Prescribes: (1) implementation procedures; and (2) related cost recovery measures affecting owners, operators, and users of either the bulk-power system or the defense critical electric infrastructure.

Directs FERC to require any owner, user, or operator of the domestic bulk-power system to implement measures to protect the system against specified vulnerabilities.

Requires FERC to issue an order directing ERO to submit for approval, within 30 days, a reliability standard requiring implementation, by any owner, operator, or user of the bulk-power system in the United States, of measures to protect the bulk-power system against an identified grid security vulnerability (including a protection plan with automated hardware-based solutions).

Directs FERC also to order the ERO to submit reliability standards to: (1) protect the bulk-power system from a reasonably foreseeable geomagnetic storm event or electromagnetic pulse event (EMP); and (2) require entities that own or operate large transformers to ensure their adequate availability to restore promptly the reliable operation of the bulk-power system in the event of destruction or disability as a result of attack or a geomagnetic storm or EMP.

Directs the Secretary of Energy to establish a program to: (1) develop technical expertise in the protection of electric energy systems against either geomagnetic storms or malicious acts using electronic communications or electromagnetic weapons; and (2) share it with owners, operators, or users of systems for the generation, transmission, or distribution of electric energy located in the United States and with state commissions.

More here.

Chavez lackey accuses Obama Regime of plotting to kill Capriles

by Rodan ( 2 Comments › )
Filed under Headlines, Venezuela at March 17th, 2013 - 11:47 pm

Is Venezuelan President and Chavez lackey Nicolas Maduro, ratting out the Obama Regime? He is accusing the Obama Regime of planning to kill Center-Left opposition leader Henrique Capriles before the Venezuelan election.

CARACAS, March 17 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s acting president urged U.S. leader Barack Obama to stop what he called a plot by the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency to kill his opposition rival and trigger a coup before an April 14 election.

Nicolas Maduro said the plan was to blame his opponent’s murder on the OPEC nation’s government and to “fill Venezuelans with hate” as they prepare to go to vote following the death of socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

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Maduro, who is Chavez’s preferred successor, said the purpose of the plot was to set off a coup and that his information came from “a very good source.”

I normally would laugh at this charge. But I can see the Obama Regime doing this.

Venezuela to investigate Chavez murder allegations

by Speranza ( 3 Comments › )
Filed under Headlines, Israel, Venezuela at March 15th, 2013 - 2:37 pm

It’s remarkable that despite their tense relationship, Obama and Netanyahu are able to cooperate on so many nefarious deeds.

Venezuelan officials have said they will set up an inquiry to investigate suspicions that President Hugo Chavez was murdered by foreign agencies.

Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez told the BBC the United States and Israel were to blame for Mr Chavez’s death.

He said he hoped the special commission would provide evidence.

Mr Chavez himself suggested he might have been injected by “foreign imperialist forces” after discovering he had cancer in 2011.

On an interview with BBC Mundo in Caracas, Mr Ramirez said he had no doubt that Mr Chavez’s death was an act of confrontation and similar to Yasser Arafat’s.

On the day Mr Chavez died, the Vice-President Nicolas Maduro also likened his case to the death of the Palestinian leader.

‘Destabilise Venezuela’

Venezuelan official rhetoric against the United States has stepped up since last Tuesday.

Hours before announcing the death of the leader, Mr Maduro said live on state television that a plot to “destabilise Venezuela” had been foiled.

He also said two US military attaches were being ordered out, accusing them of involvement in the alleged conspiracy.

Mr Maduro said that one day a scientific commission would prove that Mr Chavez’s cancer had been “injected by imperialist forces”.

On Monday, the US expelled two Venezuelan diplomats following the expulsion of their officials from Caracas.

The second secretary in Venezuela’s Washington embassy, Orlando Jose Montanez, and New York consular official Victor Camacaro were declared personae non gratae on Saturday and left the US on Sunday, state department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

“When you have an incident that you consider unjust… you need to take reciprocal action and make your point clear,” she added.

The Venezuelans were asked to leave a day after President Chavez’s funeral, US officials said.

The two countries have not had ambassadors in each other’s capitals since 2010.

Iran’s Ahmadinejad criticized over Chavez remarks

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Filed under Ahmadinejad, Headlines, Iran, Venezuela at March 9th, 2013 - 8:52 am

All those lefties at Hugo Chavez’s funeral – the very definition of a target rich environment.

by Zahra Hosseinian

(Reuters) – Senior Iranian clerics have criticized President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for saying Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will be resurrected alongside Jesus Christ and the hidden imam who Shi’ite Muslims believe will rise up to bring world peace.

Iran declared a day of national mourning on Wednesday after the death of Chavez, who shared the Islamic Republic’s loathing for what they both called U.S. imperialism.

Ahmadinejad was among at least two dozen leaders travelling to Venezuela to attend Chavez’s funeral on Friday.

In a condolence letter posted on his personal website on Wednesday, Ahmadinejad said he was certain that Chavez “will return” along with Jesus Christ and Imam Mahdi, who devout Shi’ite Muslims believe went into hiding in the 10th century and will reappear one day to spread justice in the world.

But Ahmadinejad’s comments angered some religious officials in Iran.

“The terms Mr Ahmadinejad used to describe the Venezuelan president are not appropriate for us,” the semi-official Mehr news agency quoted Ghorbanali Dorri Najafabadi, a cleric and a senior member of the Assembly of Experts, as saying.

“One can naturally send a diplomatic letter without getting into religious discussions,” hardline Friday prayer leader Ahmad Khatami was quoted as saying by Iranian media, adding that he believed Ahmadinejad’s decision to do so was wrong.

According to the parliamentary news agency ICANA, lawmaker Mohammad Taqi Rahbar said on Thursday Ahmadinejad’s comments were “certainly wrong and exaggerated”.

While the return of the 12th imam is a core Shi’ite belief, the issue of which mortal souls will return with him on resurrection day is rarely discussed in the Islamic Republic.

Ahmadinejad, whose second and final term in office ends in June, has increasingly fallen foul of more conservative elements within Iran’s establishment. Among their criticisms is that Ahmadinejad and his close allies are overly preoccupied with the return of Imam Mahdi.

Ahmadinejad and Chavez had sought closer ties between their geographically distant countries, although action on joint social and military projects often lagged behind their rhetoric.

Chavez died on Tuesday at age 58 after a two-year battle with cancer.

The United States had looked askance at Venezuela’s warm relationship with Iran, fearing that Caracas could give Tehran an economic lifeline as it struggles to stave off pressure from sanctions over its nuclear activities.

Iran denies seeking a nuclear weapons capability and says it has the right to develop its own nuclear fuel cycle under its membership of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Israel silent on Chavez’s death, but hopes to reboot relations with Venezuela

by Speranza ( 171 Comments › )
Filed under Ahmadinejad, Iran, Israel, Leftist-Islamic Alliance, Palestinians, Progressives, Venezuela at March 7th, 2013 - 12:00 pm

I sure hope so but I fear that Iran is too strongly entrenched in Venezuela.  Hopefully the death of Chavez will have a domino effect nt eh various left-wing regimes he had been propping up in Central/South America such as Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Ecuador.

by Barak Ravid

Israeli officials are keeping quiet on Wednesday after the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, unlike the United States and other countries that have reached out to Caracas.

At this stage, Jerusalem is simply following developments in the Latin American country. Foreign Ministry officials hope Venezuelan-Israeli ties will improve but say the change won’t happen in the short term. Still, the two main candidates to become Venezuela’s next president are more favorable toward Israel.

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“Ultimately there are wide-ranging grounds for cooperation between the two countries, and Venezuela will benefit much more from a relationship with Israel than one with Iran. There is no reason the relationship with Venezuela won’t resemble [Israel's] with Ecuador – there is criticism and there are disputes, but there is also cooperation.”

Chavez was one of Israel’s main adversaries around the globe and the most prominent in Latin America. He based his foreign policy on opposition to the United States, a cooling of relations with Israel and a strengthening of ties with countries like Iran and Syria.

The deterioration in relations occurred in part during the Second Lebanon War in 2006. With Iranian and Syrian encouragement, Chavez criticized Israel more harshly than leaders whose countries had diplomatic ties with Israel.

“We feel that the Israeli aggression against the Palestinians and against Lebanon is directed against us too,” Chavez told Al Jazeera a week after returning from a state visit to Tehran. “This aggression is unjustified. It is perpetrated in the fascist manner of Hitler. Israel is justified in criticizing Hitler and his aggression – and we criticize this as well – but now they are doing what Hitler did to the Jews.  [........]”

During the Second Lebanon War, Chavez downgraded Venezuela’s diplomatic relations with Israel and recalled his ambassador from Tel Aviv. Israel’s foreign minister at the time, Tzipi Livni, then recalled ambassador Shlomo Cohen to Jerusalem for consultations  [......]

In January 2009, during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, Venezuela broke off diplomatic ties with Israel. Chavez continued to excoriate Israel and said “the Holocaust – that is what is happening right now in Gaza.” He later expelled all Israeli diplomats from Caracas. In response, Jerusalem expelled Venezuela’s diplomats from Israel.

In recent years, Israel has closely followed the warming between Chavez and Iran. After Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became Iranian president in 2005, he developed strong personal ties with Chavez. During Ahmadinejad’s first two years in office, Chavez visited Tehran six times; he then visited regularly until he became ill with cancer. Ahmadinejad and senior Iranian officials became regular guests in Caracas.

Israeli officials have said Venezuela has become an Iranian forward operating base in Latin America. The Foreign Ministry and the Mossad have kept an eye on the Tehran-Damascus-Caracas air route that has carried thousands of Iranians for several years now. These Iranians were ostensibly traveling to work at Venezuela’s oil installations, but Foreign Ministry officials believe that members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard were among the passengers.

Israel has claimed that Venezuela has aided Iran in getting around international sanctions. Israeli officials also suspect that in the past two years Venezuela has helped the Assad regime in Syria bypass sanctions. [.......]

For example, the Spanish newspaper ABC reported in June that Venezuela had transferred to Iran several F-16 fighter planes, a model used by the United States and Israel. The transfer was intended to help the Iranians’ radar and air-defense systems ahead of a possible American or Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear installations, the paper said.

Since Caracas has broken off relations with Jerusalem the number of anti-Semitic attacks against Venezuela’s small Jewish community has increased dramatically; many Jews have left the country. Only about 10,000 Jews remain in the country, about half the number in 2000.

[........]Much of the anti-Semitism has come from Chavez’s political party and is cropping up in the media, in comments by politicians and in physical attacks on Venezuelan Jews, synagogues and Jewish cemeteries.

Senior Foreign Ministry officials said Wednesday they didn’t expect a significant change in Venezuela’s policy toward Israel before the next presidential election.

Chavez’s political heir – vice president and former foreign minister Nicolas Maduro – is considered slightly more moderate toward Israel; he serves as a liaison to the Jewish community in the country. [......] According to Foreign Ministry sources, Maduro did not disparage Israel.

Maduro’s expected opponent, opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski, has a very positive view toward Israel. One reason Capriles may be so favorable are his Jewish roots, though he defines himself as a Catholic. Capriles’ maternal grandparents were Jews who fled the Holocaust to Caracas. Capriles’ father is a Catholic Venezuelan with Sephardi Jewish roots. A Capriles win in the next election would probably thaw Venezuela-Israel relations.

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speechless.

by Bunk X ( 31 Comments › )
Filed under Communism, OOT, Politics, Progressives, Satire, Uncategorized, Venezuela at March 5th, 2013 - 11:49 pm

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Today was a day to remember in sadness. I’m late in posting because words fail me; they seem so shallow and meaningless when we’re mourning the future of Sean Penn, freedom fighter and champion of the downtrodden masses. He must be distraught to the point of showering.

Sean, we feel your pain. Give me a call if you want to talk, because we really care about fucking assholes like you on The Overnight Open Thread.