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Venezuelan opposition prepares to fight on as controversial election begins

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Polls are due to open at 7am local time but millions of people will boycott them to undermine the "illegal" vote's legitimacy.

Opposition leaders in Venezuela have issued a rallying call for millions of protesters to take to the streets - as polls open in a controversial vote.

They are boycotting the "Constituency Assembly" election, claiming President Nicolas Maduro will use its result to crush dissenters and tighten his grip on power.

Polling stations are to open at 7am local time (12pm BST) and are expected to close 11 hours later.

If successful, President Maduro will essentially govern a one-party state, controlling the powerful 545-member body charged with re-writing the Venezuelan constitution.

http://news.sky.com/story/venezuelan-opposition-prepares-to-fight-on-as-controversial-election-begins-10967180


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  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Vote or lose your home: Venezuela's 'illegal' election

    Stuart Ramsay describes the extraordinary lengths to which the Venezuelan government is going to try and legitimise the election.

    The vast barrios, the slums of Caracas, should be the heartland of support for a socialist government.

    Traditionally they have been, but it is changing.

    The streets teem with people. Venezuela's economic collapse is most keenly felt here. Everyone is poor on these streets, everyone.

    The anti-government movement may have its roots in the middle classes, but it is here too. The barricades are up. Nightly they clash with the National Guard.

    A lady stopped me in the street and told me her home had been attacked, tear gas fired towards her windows, because she and her neighbours were chanting anti-government slogans.

    Activists claim the security forces are now targeting the homes of the opposition supporters to try and scare them off the streets.


    *** State employees get free housing and food subsidies to live on. They depend on it.

    All are being bombarded with texts and calls telling them to vote or risk losing it all.

    All radio stations must simultaneously play pro-election adverts at specific times set by Nicolas Maduro's government.

    Government owned banks urge customers to vote. Managers of state-owned businesses must guarantee their staff turn out or lose their jobs.

    http://news.sky.com/story/vote-or-lose-your-home-venezuelas-illegal-election-10967207



    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Red-faced Jeremy Corbyn deletes tribute to Chavez as Venezuela hits breaking point

    BRITAIN may be forced to temporarily withdraw its diplomatic staff from Venezuela as the once wealthy country lurches towards becoming the world’s first sovereign oil producing state to fail.

    The warning comes as supporters of beleaguered President Nicolás Maduro mounted a pressure campaign to intimidate more than two million state workers to support today’s controversial vote which would give a new assembly powers to re-write the constitution and dismantle any government brach deemed disloyal to his Government.

    Britain’s small UK diplomatic contingent, headed by Ambassador John Saville, was last night being forced to “work from home” because street riots make it too dangerous to travel to the Embassy building, in the city’s commercial district. 

    France, Germany and Canada have already withdrawn their ambassadors, while the US has ordered all relatives of Embassy staff to leave the country.

    Two days ago Ambassador Saville made a point of Tweeting “reports of my departure are greatly exaggerated - I’m still in Caracas enjoying London-like weather.” It caused one Venezuelan to reply” “That’s not fog - it’s teargas.” 

    Two weeks ago more than 7.5 million people  - around half the electorate - voted against the reforms in an unofficial plebiscite, with recent polls suggesting 70 per cent of the population is now against. 

    However, today’s vote will not allow them to overturn it, but rather simply vote for its pro-Government members. 

    Last night it emerged that Jeremy Corbyn - who once boasted that former president Chavez “showed us that there is a different, and a better way of doing things. It’s called socialism”  - has been forced to remove a post on his website proclaiming that Venezuela is “seriously conquering poverty by emphatically rejecting … Neo Liberal policies.”

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/834624/Venezuela-news-jeremy-corbyn-hugo-chavez-riots?utm_source=traffic.outbrain&utm_medium=traffic.outbrain&utm_term=traffic.outbrain&utm_content=traffic.outbrain&utm_campaign=traffic.outbrain

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Venezuelan officials killed as voting starts.


    A leading candidate in Sunday's assembly elections and an opposition activist have been killed in Venezuela.

    The killings took place before voting started to elect a new assembly with powers to rewrite the constitution.

    The opposition says it is a power grab by President Nicolás Maduro and is boycotting the vote.

    The government says the constituent assembly is the only way to bring peace back to the country after months of violent protests.

    José Felix Pineda, a 39-year-old lawyer running in the election, was shot in his home on Saturday night local time, a senior Venezuelan minister said.

    Ricardo Campos, a youth secretary with the opposition Acción Democrática party, was shot dead during a protest, the head of the national assembly said.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40769737



    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
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    U.S. 'Sweetheart' of Venezuela Sees Worrying Signs of Authoritarianism

    CARACAS (Reuters) - Dubbed the "sweetheart" of Venezuela's socialist revolution more than a decade ago by former President Hugo Chavez, American lawyer Eva Golinger accompanied him to eat lunch with Bashar al-Assad, dine with Muammar Gaddafi and drink cocktails with Vladimir Putin.

    She was showered by impromptu kisses from supporters when in Venezuela but reviled and spat at by critics, who branded her a naive foreigner supporting a corrupt and repressive government - often on Western TV news shows.

    In recent months, however, Golinger has increasingly criticized the policies of Chavez's successor, Nicolas Maduro, who she says has trampled basic rights and let corruption run rampant.

    She joins a small but growing group of critics, including former and current officials. These dissenting voices are speaking out against Venezuela's government - though not necessarily siding with the opposition - as the country undergoes a major economic crisis, leaving millions suffering food shortages.

    "These are people who haven't gone grocery shopping in 15 years," she said, referring to government leaders, noting the stark contrast with Chavez who was known for engaging with everyday Venezuelans.

    "They don't walk the streets. They're not taking the subway."

    Authorities have convened a vote on Sunday for a legislative superbody that will have the power to rewrite the constitution and dissolve state institutions.

    https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-07-29/us-sweetheart-of-venezuela-sees-worrying-signs-of-authoritarianism

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
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  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Youth leader dies amid Venezuela poll violence

    Several police officers are injured after an explosion during a protest over an election which opponents say is a grab for power.

    A youth opposition leader has been killed in demonstrations against a vote in Venezuela which protesters say is rigged.

    Ricardo Campos, 30, a regional secretary for the youth opposition party Democratic Action, died in the northeastern town of Cumana.

    The country's prosecutors' office said the circumstances were still to be investigated but an opposition parliamentarian, Henry Ramos Allup, said Mr Campos was shot dead.

    http://news.sky.com/story/youth-leader-dies-amid-venezuela-poll-violence-10968041

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    At least six protesters, including two children, die during protests over an election which opponents say is a grab for power.


    Soldier among several shot dead in Venezuela poll violence

    A soldier and two children have been shot dead in Venezuela - the latest of several people killed in demonstrations against a vote which protesters say is rigged.

    The member of the armed forces was shot in the face when clashes broke out between protesters and security forces in the western town of La Grita, prosecutors said.

    A 13-year-old was shot dead in the town of Capacho Viejo and a 17-year-old in Tucape, both in the western state of Tachira.

    A youth opposition leader also was shot dead in Cumana and three men died in Merida and Barquisimeto after protests.

    It brings the official number killed during the weekend to nine, with two losing their lives on Saturday.

    http://news.sky.com/story/youth-leader-dies-amid-venezuela-poll-violence-10968041


    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
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    Deadly protests as Venezuela poll branded 'sham', Maduro, however, hailed the result as the "biggest ever vote for the revolution"


    Britain and the US have called Venezuela's landmark vote a "sham" as 10 people - including two teenagers - were killed during violent protests.

    Many in the South American country say it is heading for dictatorship and boycotted Sunday's vote for an assembly that would give President Nicolas Maduro virtually unlimited powers.

    Opponents reacted with anger and mockery after the National Electoral Council said more than eight million people had voted - a 41.53% turnout - despite empty polling stations.

    http://news.sky.com/story/deadly-protests-as-venezuela-poll-branded-sham-10968400

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Venezuela is beginning to resemble a war

    Sky's Stuart Ramsay is caught up in a tear gas attack and shot at by police while covering Venezuela's election.

    Quite where this increasingly violent political crisis is going to lead is impossible to gauge, but the view from the protest groups is that the fight is entering a new phase.

    The election result was never in doubt.

    How the opposition politicians, the street fighters and Venezuela's security services react will determine whether or not the death toll rockets in the coming days.

    The omens are not good.

    http://news.sky.com/story/venezuela-is-beginning-to-resemble-a-war-10968378


    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
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    Shock moment Abbott praised chaos hit Venezuela saying socialism 'shows other way'

    FOOTAGE has emerged of Diane Abbott bizarrely praising socialist Venezuela which has now been hit by deadly clashes as the country descends into chaos.

    The shadow home secretary, speaking a number of years ago, said the country treated its poor better than that seen in European nations.

    She said Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela from 1999 to 2013, was successfully reducing poverty and the poor “really identified” with him.

    In a clip on YouTube, she said: “It does seem like the poor really identify with Chavez and he has got one of the most successful poverty reduction programmes in Latin America.

    "I think the importance of Venezuela is it shows another way is possible. Obviously it’s got oil wealth which makes a difference, but nonetheless they’ve sought to invest in the country and they’ve sought to continue to fight poverty. 

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/834995/diane-abbott-venezuela-nicolas-maduro-hugo-chavez-labour-socialism-latin-america-europe-us

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
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  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    In Venezuela 82% of people live in poverty – where are our friends now?


    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/05/venezuela-western-socialists-nicolas-maduro-abuse
    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator
    2014:

    Poverty Shoots Up in Venezuela

    When the Venezuelan government defends itself from its critics, it usually points to declining poverty rates as proof of its success. For a while, this worked; poverty figures indeed improved during a portion of the chavista years. But the days when poverty was a winning issue for chavismo are over. Official statistics now show that poverty is rising rapidly.

    Venezuela’s official statistics office (INE) mostly spends its time producing reports charged with political language — but it still manages to report actual data once in a while. A few weeks ago, the statisticians published proof that one in three Venezuelans are poor, when twelve months ago the figure stood at one in four. Since an important part of the argument against the opposition is the government’s claim that they, and only they, ensure decreasing poverty, this is a significant development.

    In order to calculate the poverty rate, the INE estimates the cost of a representative basket of goods, which includes things such as food, dress, housing, transportation, health, communications, and education. The basket is intended as a representative sample of the type of things an average Venezuelan family consumes during a year. If per capita income falls below the cost of this basic basket of goods, the person is considered poor.

    According to this measure, the number of Venezuelans classified as poor shot up in the last year by 1.8 million people. Roughly 6 percent of all Venezuela’s 30 million people became poor in the last year alone. The situation is even direr when one looks at extreme poverty, i.e., the number of people whose income cannot even buy a representative basket of food and drink. In the last year alone, the number of extremely poor Venezuelans rose by 730,000. They now reach close to three million people, or roughly 10 percent of the population.

    The chavista revolution indeed helped the poor between 2003 and 2007, but since 2007, the number of poor Venezuelans has actually increased. All of the government’s successes in reducing poverty happened more than six years ago.



    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Being the ex-President's daughter pays off: Hugo Chavez's ambassador daughter is Venezuela's richest woman with $4.2billion


    The daughter of Hugo Chavez, the former president who once declared 'being rich is bad,' may be the wealthiest woman in Venezuela, according to evidence reportedly in the hands of Venezuelan media outlets.

    Maria Gabriela Chavez, 35, the late president's second-oldest daughter, holds assets in American and Andorran banks totaling almost $4.2billion, Diario las Americas reports. 

    The figure would make Gabriela Chavez wealthier than media mogul Gustavo Cisneros, whom Forbes named the wealthiest Venezuelan earlier this year with $3.6billion in assets.

    Others close to Chavez managed to build up great personal wealth that was kept outside the petrostate. 

    Alejandro Andrade, who served as Venezuela’s treasury minister from 2007 to 2010 and was reportedly a close associate of Chavez, was discovered to have $11.2billion in his name sitting in HSBC accounts in Switzerland, according to documents leaked by whistleblower Hervé Falciani.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3192933/Hugo-Chavez-s-ambassador-daughter-Venezuela-s-richest-woman-according-new-report.html
    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator
    Got to love socialism... 

    Venezuelan 'daughters of Chavismo' exposed living lavishly overseas

    In the past few weeks, VVsincensura has been posting photos provided by its followers showing family members of the political elite having a good time in their brand new car, eating in Paris or surfing in some exotic beach.

    One of them is Lucia Rodriguez, daughter of hard-left mayor of Caracas and niece of the foreign minister, who actually started the trend by posting images of herself as a student at a private university in Sydney. This enraged many in the hyperinflationary country, where the population is struggling with accute shortages of food and medicine.

    According to The Times of London, Rodriguez was tracked down by an opposition activist to Bondi Beach, where she was photographed surfing and sipping cocktails.

    Other daughters of the Bolivarian Revolution exposed as leading lavish capitalist lifestyles are two teenage children of Defense Minister Vladimir ­Padrino Lopez, who are reportedly studying in Spain, and Daniella Cabello, a glamorous daughter of senior government adviser Diosdado Cabello, believed to be studying in Brazil.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/05/18/venezuelan-daughters-chavismo-exposed-living-lavishly-overseas.html

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Leftist President Maduro ‘ready for national dialogue’ (but only with "good" Venezuelans) as vote on Venezuela’s new assembly gripped by violence

    Venezuela’s newly-elected Constituent Assembly will be a “place for dialogue,” President Nicolas Maduro pledged after a Sunday vote marred by violence and boycotted by the opposition. The leader stated he is still ready to talk to those “who want peace.”

    Maduro noted during an event on Sunday, aired on Venezuela de Television, that the 545-seat Constituent Assembly, which will have the power to draft a new constitution, has legal powers to “deprive the parliamentary immunity of those who should be deprived of it.”

    The leftist president said he still “calls for a national dialogue, but only with a good Venezuela that wants peace,” Tass reported.

    “I ask our countrymen to close ranks so that the assembly can be a place of dialogue,” Maduro said, cheering the results of the vote. Venezuela's chief prosecutor's office reported 10 deaths in fresh rounds of clashes on Sunday as people in opposition hotbed Caracas rallied against the new assembly, AP and Reuters reported.

    https://www.rt.com/news/398078-venezuela-assembly-election-violence/

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Venezuela’s Maduro celebrates new assembly, mocks US criticism

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday celebrated the election of a new legislative superbody that is expected to give the ruling Socialist Party sweeping powers and mocked US criticism that the vote was an affront to democracy.

    At least 10 people were killed on Sunday in protests against the unpopular Maduro, who insists the new body known as the constituent assembly will bring peace after four months of protests that have killed more than 120 people.

    Countries across the Americas, as well as the European Union, denounced the creation of the assembly, which will have the power to rewrite the constitution.

    The United States – the top market for the Opec nation’s oil – called the vote a sham, and officials in Washington said they were preparing oil-sector sanctions.

    “A spokesperson for emperor Donald Trump said that they would not recognize the results ofVenezuela‘s constituent assembly election,” Maduro told a crowd of cheering supporters following the completion of the vote.

    “Why the hell should we care what Trump says?” he added. “We care about what the sovereign people of Venezuela say.”

    http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/07/31/venezuelas-maduro-celebrates-new-assembly-mocks-us-criticism/


    Celebrating whilst the countries starves & civilians are killed.. classy

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    US imposes sanctions on Venezuelan 'dictator' Maduro

    The US has hit Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with financial sanctions after the election to rewrite the constitution.

    "Yesterday's illegitimate elections confirm that Maduro is a dictator who disregards the will of the Venezuelan people," US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement announcing the action.

    The controversial vote, held on Sunday, elected a constitutional assembly that would supersede the country's opposition- controlled National Assembly.

    http://news.sky.com/story/us-imposes-sanctions-on-dictator-maduro-10969265


    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Venezuela Socialism: President Nicolas Maduro's rivals 'taken away in in the night'

    President Nicolas Maduro's rivals are believed to have been detained, after a vote that granted him virtually unlimited powers.

    Venezuela's intelligence service has taken away two prominent opposition leaders in the middle of the night, according to their families.

    Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma were already under house arrest when they were apparently detained in the early hours of Tuesday.

    It comes a day after a controversial vote to give the country's president Nicolas Maduro sweeping new powers that many fear will turn his tight grip on the country into a full-blown dictatorship.

    "12:27 in the morning: the moment when the dictatorship kidnaps Leopoldo at my house," Mr Lopez's wife Lilian Tintori wrote on Twitter.

    She posted a video that showed armed men putting a man, who appears to be Mr Lopez, into a car.

    "They just took Leopoldo away. We do not know where he is or where they are taking him," she added.

    http://news.sky.com/story/venezuela-president-nicolas-maduros-rivals-taken-away-in-in-the-night-10969579

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    US warns Venezuela's Maduro after government opponents detained


    Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma were detained in the early hours of Tuesday, following a vote giving Maduro more power.

    Donald Trump has warned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro that he will be held "personally responsible" for the safety of two opponents who were jailed on Tuesday.

    Leopoldo Lopez, 46, and Antonio Ledezma, 62, had already been under house arrest when they were apparently detained in the early hours of Tuesday.

    It comes after a controversial vote to give Mr Maduro sweeping new powers that many fear will turn his tight grip on the country into a dictatorship.

    In a statement issued by the White House, the US President said: "The United States hold Maduro - who publicly announced just hours earlier that he would move against his political opposition - personally responsible for the health and safety of Mr Lopez, Mr Ledezma and any others seized."

    The two men are described in the statement as political prisoners who are "being held illegally by the regime".

    http://news.sky.com/story/us-warns-venezuelas-maduro-after-govt-opponents-detained-10970344


    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
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    Venezuela set for more violence as chaos deepens

    A collapsing economy, massive unemployment and food shortages mean Venezuela is facing a humanitarian disaster

    When the company whose technology counts the votes says someone has tampered with the turnout figures, you know there must be a problem.

    Venezuela's recent election was controversial enough. Very few outside the Maduro regime believe its outcome.

    Smartmatic's extraordinary press conference lends greater weight to that scepticism.

    The company has worked in Venezuela for a decade providing the systems to operate and verify elections.

    It has a lot invested in the country, but appears compelled to put that at risk because it had to speak out.

    Smartmatic says the official turnout figure was exaggerated by a million. The company would not go into any further detail, but the implication is clear: the Venezuelan government has been engaged in monstrous electoral fraud.

    http://news.sky.com/story/venezuela-set-for-more-violence-as-chaos-deepens-10971205

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    Fraud probe delays Venezuela assembly launch

    Attorney General Luisa Ortega is investigating "scandalous" claims the turnout figure key to legitimising the vote was inflated.

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has postponed the launch of a powerful new assembly after claims of mass electoral fraud.

    His Attorney General, Luisa Ortega, ordered the probe to investigate "scandalous" claims that turnout in Sunday's controversial electionwas exaggerated.

    Ms Ortega, who is one of President Maduro's biggest rivals, said inflating the all-important participation in a poll boycotted by opponents was "one more element of the fraudulent, illegal and unconstitutional process".

    "We are facing an unprecedented, serious incident that represents a crime," she said.

    http://news.sky.com/story/fraud-probe-delays-venezuela-assembly-launch-10971721

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    The Venezuelan government denies any wrongdoing, dismissing criticism as "a reaction by the international enemy".

    http://news.sky.com/story/fraud-probe-delays-venezuela-assembly-launch-10971721
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    'It's embarrassing!' Nick Ferrari slams Labour MP for Corbyn's deafly silence on Venezuela.. 

    NICK FERRARI blasted a Labour MP for Jeremy Corbyn’s silence over Venezuela saying it was “embarrassing” for the party.

    The radio host hit out at Graham Jones, chair of the Venezuela all-party parliamentary group, for the Labour leader’s absence on clashes there.

    Anti-Government protests have hit the country against a power grab by the 'elected' president Nicola Maduro.

    Jeremy Corbyn has been heavily criticised for his historic praise of the Latin American country’s apparent socialist government.

    Speaking on his LBC show, Ferrari said: “Shouldn’t we be hearing something from Mr Corbyn personally?”

    The MP for Hyndburn replied: “I’m sure we will. I’m sure he’ll come out and condemn Venezuela.”

    But Ferrari added the Labour Party leader should have already made his position clear.

    He said: “Well it’s been going on for quite a while, it’s not as if this has just happened this morning, has it, in fairness, Mr Jones.”

    Mr Jones said the scenes in Venezuela were “unacceptable” but failed to give a clear response on Mr Corbyn’s silence.

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/836244/Jeremy-corbyn-venezuela-labour-graham-jones-nick-ferrari-lbc-Nicol-s-Maduro-Seamus-Milne

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    Tory MP SHAMES Jeremy Corbyn for silence over Venezuela's brutal opposition crackdown

    A TORY frontbencher slammed the leader of the Labour Party for his silence over the brutal suppression of opposition in Venezuela.

    Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan blasted Jeremy Corbyn for remaining silent about the ruthless crackdown of the Venezuelan armed forces on political dissidents.

    Speaking to Sky News, Sir Duncan said that Corbyn's silence was "astonishing" especially after several key international political figures condemned the Venezuelan President Nicolàs Maduro.

    "What is astonishing is that when the world is condemning Venezuela, we don't hear a squeak from the leader of the opposition here in the UK who for 20 years or more has said that he is a great friend of Venezuela."

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/836126/Venezuela-Alan-Duncan-UK-Jeremy-Corbyn-Nicolas-Maduro-antonio-ledezma

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    Be fair.. all the hard left are being silent on Venezuela, including Labour's Diane Abbott & Labours John McDonnell who have both publicly idolised Venezuela's Marxist policies  
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    Venezuela: US sanctions 'not right', says Corbyn ally

    A Labour MP has criticised the United States' decision to impose sanctions on the Venezuelan president, who the US called a "dictator".

    Chris Williamson said it would be "better to facilitate talks" between the government and the opposition.

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has faced pressure from some of his MPs to condemn President Nicolas Maduro, after voicing support for him in the past.

    More than 120 people have died during months of unrest in the country.

    Two opposition leaders who boycotted a controversial election to create a new constitutional assembly - denouncing it as an attempt by the government to strengthen its power - were put in a military prison on Tuesday.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-40810341

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    Venezuela’s socialist fast-track to the apocalypse

    Venezuela is on a fast track to the apocalypse — with the regime’s efforts to lock in its control only making it worse.

    Thanks to the socialist misrule of the late Hugo Chavez, the country was already the murder and kidnapping capital of the world when Nicolás Maduro took over as president.

    Now it’s No. 1 in inflation, too. Food is scarce; medicine scarcer still. Regime thugs answer protests with deadly force.

    Maduro has used corrupt courts to sideline the opposition-run parliament, and is in the process of setting up a phony “constituent assembly” of loyalists to replace it.

    In the wee hours Tuesday, the government “arrested” two prominent regime critics who’d questioned the vote in Sunday’s “election” to that assembly. Wednesday, the firm that provided the voting machines announced that it already has evidence of at least 1 million falsified votes.

    http://nypost.com/2017/08/02/venezuelas-socialist-fast-track-to-the-apocalypse/

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     What the left must learn from Maduro’s failures in Venezuela

    I, like other progressives, was so inspired by the Bolivarian revolution that I overlooked Chavismo’s abuses. But wilful blindness is no longer an option 

    • Asa Cusack is managing editor of the LSE Latin America and Caribbean blog

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/02/left-learn-maduros-failures-in-venezuela-bolivarian-revolution-chavismo
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    Venezuela's anti-Maduro chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega sacked

    Luisa Ortega says she was "attacked with shields" - as a staunch supporter of President Maduro is handed her job.

    Venezuela's chief prosecutor, Luisa Ortega, a staunch critic of President Nicolas Maduro, has been sacked and ordered to stand trial.

    A unanimous vote to remove her was top of the agenda at the first meeting of the new constitutional assembly.

    A vocal opponent of the controversial assembly, Ms Ortega has also accused Mr Maduro of human rights abuses.

    In the latest example of growing international condemnation, Venezuela has been suspended from South American trade bloc Mercosur.

    http://news.sky.com/story/venezuelas-anti-maduro-chief-prosecutor-luisa-ortega-sacked-10975978


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    Tory MP SHAMES Jeremy Corbyn for silence over Venezuela's brutal opposition crackdown


    Venezuelan expat urges Corbyn to 'MAN UP' and condemn Maduro’s strife-torn nation

    JEREMY CORBYN needs to “man up” and condemn Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro’s mass culling of his own citizens, a Venezuelan expat has claimed.

    Erika Urvina challenged the Labour leader to say he doesn’t “support what is happening right now” after Maduro allowed protesters to be shot in the street, deprived the country of food and medical resources and called on opposition leaders to be arrested in the night to make way for his dictatorship.

    Ms Urvina, who owns a delicatessen in southwest London, told the Times: “Everybody makes mistakes. But man up. Stand up and say, ‘Come on, this is not right.’ Say you don’t support what is happening now. Because if you stay silent, you’re part of the problem. Be an example for the rest of the world. Help us. We’re reaching boiling point.”


    http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/837604/Venezuela-news-jeremy-corbyn-nicolas-maduro-labour-party-crisis


    still not a word from the elusive Corbyn 

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    Venezuela quells 'paramilitary' attack at base; 2 dead

    Caracas, Venezuela (CNN)Venezuela remained a powder keg on Sunday as authorities said they had quelled an anti-government paramilitary attack at a military base that led to the deaths of two people, and the country's attorney general defied her ouster by the newly elected National Constituent Assembly.

    A man who identified himself as an army officer announced the revolt on social media, an action he called a "legitimate rebellion" aimed at the government of leftist President Nicolás Maduro.
      "We are united now, more than ever, with the brave people of Venezuela who do not recognize the legitimacy of Nicolás Maduro's murderous tyranny," according to a man who said he was Capt. Juan Caguaripano.

      http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/06/americas/venezuela-unrest/index.html
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      Venezuelan army hunts armed rebels after military base attacked

      President Nicolas Maduro has traditionally relied on military backing but there are signs of possible splits in that support.

      Venezuela's military says it is hunting 10 armed members of a "terrorist" gang who escaped after attacking a major base in the northwest of the country.

      The group of "mercenaries" led by an army officer deserter stormed the site and tried to take it over before being repelled after a three-hour battle, said the country's president.

      Nicolas Maduro congratulated the soldiers for their "immediate reaction" in ending the assault, saying they earned his "admiration".

      He has traditionally relied on the backing of the military but there are signs that there may be splits in that support.

      In the gunfight at the Paramacay Fort base in Valencia, two of the attackers were killed and eight were captured but 10 managed to flee with weapons they stole from the facility.

      http://news.sky.com/story/venezuelan-army-hunts-armed-rebels-after-military-base-attacked-10977650

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      A very socialist paradise: DOMINIC LAWSON says perhaps Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell should visit Venezuela to see how things are going

      Ten years ago this week, the world changed. On August 9, 2007, the French bank, BNP Paribas, froze three investment funds when it became clear that the credit markets were about to have the financial equivalent of a stroke.

      Within a month, this loss of circulation became obvious to every Briton when a run started on Northern Rock.

      But one man in Britain rejoiced. The backbench Labour MP John McDonnell crowed to a gathering of fellow socialists: ‘It’s a classic crisis of capitalism. I’ve been waiting for a moment like this all my life.’

      That man is now Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, alarmingly close to running the British economy.

      And he appeared as one of the central figures in a vast article in The Guardian last week — ‘How Britain fell out of love with the free market’ — about the political consequences of the credit crunch.

      Regime

      The author, the socialist historian Andy Beckett, describes catching up with McDonnell at a Labour Party rally in Parliament Square last month: ‘During the [Nineties] and [Noughties], I had been there repeatedly for slightly sparse anti-capitalist demonstrations.

      ‘But now the atmosphere was expectant . . . McDonnell made a short, fierce speech attacking “neoliberal trickle-down economics”. He ended with a promise: “Another world is in sight.” ’

      That alternative is indeed in sight. It is called Venezuela.

      It was in the portentous year of 2007 that McDonnell urged all Labour MPs to declare their ‘solidarity’ with the Venezuelan radical socialist regime of Hugo Chavez. Jeremy Corbyn is also fond of telling his followers in this country that ‘a better way of doing things is possible’. And Corbyn also regards the Venezuelan socialist path as that ‘way’ which is ‘better’ than the market economy.

      He wrote an article (now, oddly, wiped from his website) which declared: ‘Venezuela is seriously conquering poverty by emphatically rejecting the neoliberal policies of the world’s financial institutions.’

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-4766570/DOMINIC-LAWSON-socialist-paradise.html


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      Corbyn refuses to condemn Maduro as he breaks Venezuela silence

      The Labour leader condemns recent violence, but is criticised by a number of his own MPs for failing to criticise Nicolas Maduro.

      Jeremy Corbyn has condemned the "violence" inflicted by all sides in Venezuela, but failed to criticise President Nicolas Maduro.

      The Labour leader said "dialogue and a process" was needed to improve the situation in the South American nation, which has descended into chaos after a disputed vote which gave Mr Maduro's ruling socialist party almost unlimited powers.

      More than 100 people have been killed in four months of anti-government protests, with hundreds more in prison.

      Mr Corbyn said it was important to recognise the "effective and serious attempts" to reduce poverty, improve literacy and improve the lives of Venezuela's poor.

      http://news.sky.com/story/corbyn-calls-for-venezuela-dialogue-as-he-breaks-silence-on-crisis-10978287

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      As Maduro’s Venezuela Rips Apart, So Does His Military

      Fugitive Venezuelan soldiers have declared a rebellion against “the murderous tyranny” of the president. Dissident officers have fled the country, seeking asylum. Grenades have been fired at the Supreme Court and, this weekend, assailants under the command of a mutinous captain attacked an army base, making off with weapons.

      As Venezuela reels from a crippling economic crisis and deadly street protests, the military has often served as the guarantor of President Nicolás Maduro’s continued power over the country.

      But daring challenges to his rule in recent weeks have laid bare a split within the military that could ultimately determine the nation’s fate: a growing number of officers are openly breaking ranks with the president and taking up weapons.

      “They speak of resistance, now they think that the model is to use arms,” Cliver Alcalá, a retired Venezuelan general and government critic, says of those who have rebelled.

      Venezuela has a history of coups and attempted overthrows at times of crisis, and many in the country now wonder if this is one of those times.

      https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/08/world/americas/nicolas-maduro-venezuela-military.html

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      Venezuela's pro-government supreme court has ordered the removal and imprisonment of a Caracas area mayor at the center of protests against President Nicolas Maduro.

      The court has sentenced Ramon Muchacho to 15 months in prison for not following an order to remove barricades set up by anti-government prostesters in the Chacao district of eastern Caracas.

      Muchacho's whereabouts were not immediately known, but he denounced the ruling on Twitter, saying that "all of the weight of the revolutionary injustice has fallen on my shoulders" for doing his job to guarantee the constitutional right to protest.

      Relatively wealthy Chacao was the center of the most intense clashes between protesters and national security forces that have left at least 120 dead and hundreds injured over the past four months.

      http://www.nhregister.com/news/world/article/The-Latest-UN-team-decries-Venezuela-human-11741233.php

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      Chávez loyalists hold firm amid chaos in Venezuela: 'We are doing things right'

      In 1992, Ruben Ávila helped lead the Venezuelan revolutionary’s coup attempt. In a rare interview he defends Nicolás Maduro and the course Chávez set

      Ruben Ávila – an idealist raised on Marxist theory and stern military discipline – proudly followed the call of army paratrooper Hugo Chávezwhen he launched a coup d’etat in 1992 to try to oust a president they considered illegitimate.

      It was Ávila who led the assault on the presidential palace, boldly driving a small tank up the steps, in an incident which provided an iconic image of the ultimately failed coup attempt against president Carlos Andrés Pérez.

      “We were seeing the decomposition of the country,” says Ávila, now a retired major, explaining the decision to try to overthrow the government. “Our movement was born to fight against a corrupt unpopular government that was killing the Venezuelan people of hunger,” he said.

      They were certainly trying times. Government overspending and falling oil revenue caused massive levels of debt. Poverty, inflation and unemployment rose, while real incomes dropped. Corruption was widespread and blatant, and street crime made Venezuelans feel increasingly unsafe.

      That description could well be applied to Venezuela today. Its inflation rate is the world’s highest and many people are going hungry because basic foods are scarce. What food is available is too expensive to buy on an ever dwindling salary. Caracas, the capital, has the highest murder rate in the world.

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/08/venezuela-hugo-chavez-ruben-avila-interview-political-chaos


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      Zoo animals 'stolen to be eaten' amid Venezuela shortages

      Police are investigating whether pig-like mammals were taken for food as the South American country's economic crisis continues.

      Police in crisis-hit Venezuela believe animals stolen from a zoo were taken to be eaten amid chronic food shortages in the South American country.

      Two collared peccaries, a mammal similar to a pig, went missing over the weekend from the Zulia Metropolitan Zoological Park, near Venezuela's northeastern border with Colombia.

      "What we presume is that they (were taken) with the intention of eating them," said a local police official.

      An economic crisis gripping socialist-run Venezuela has left many supermarket shelves empty.

      A recent study revealed 93% of Venezuelans cannot afford to buy enough food and 73% have lost weight in the last year.

      http://news.sky.com/story/zoo-animals-stolen-to-be-eaten-amid-venezuela-shortages-10991977

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      Gun battle in Venezuela prison leaves 37 inmates dead

      Fighting broke out between armed inmates and security forces when authorities tried to regain control of a prison in Amazonas.

      At least 37 prisoners have been killed during fighting between armed inmates and security forces at a prison in southern Venezuela.

      Security forces raided the prison in Puerto Ayacucho the capital of the southern jungle state of Amazonas seeking to restore order.

      Inmates had seized control of the facility several weeks ago.

      Criminal gangs often effectively control prisons in the country, meaning inmates frequently have access to automatic weapons.

      "This was a massacre," tweeted the state governor Liborio Guarulla following the raid.

      "At midnight special forces showed up and through the night we heard gunfire and explosions," he said.

      He added that the city's morgue was overwhelmed and was struggling to handle so many bodies.

      A city council member, Jose Mejias, said gunshots were heard all night.

      http://news.sky.com/story/gun-battle-in-venezuela-prison-leaves-37-inmates-dead-10992248

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