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Mar 12 10:23

US REGIME CHANGE BLUEPRINT PROPOSED VENEZUELAN ELECTRICITY BLACKOUTS AS ‘WATERSHED EVENT’ FOR ‘GALVANIZING PUBLIC UNREST’

SOURCE: THE GRAYZONE
THE US-FUNDED CANVAS ORGANIZATION THAT TRAINED JUAN GUAIDO AND HIS ALLIES PRODUCED A 2010 MEMO ON EXPLOITING ELECTRICITY OUTAGES AND URGED THE OPPOSITION “TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SITUATION…TOWARDS THEIR NEEDS”
BY MAX BLUMENTHAL
A September 2010 memo by a US-funded soft power organization that helped train Venezuelan coup leader Juan Guaido and his allies identifies the potential collapse of the country’s electrical sector as “a watershed event” that “would likely have the impact of galvanizing public unrest in a way that no opposition group could ever hope to generate.”

The memo has special relevance today as Guaido moves to exploit nationwide blackouts caused by a major failure at the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant at Guri dam – a crisis that Venezuela’s government blames on US sabotage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, now Americans know; this is textbook, and with US diplomats out on their collective ear by the weekend, expect the next chapter of this brutality to unfold close to that point in time.

There is a video from the daily mail which will haunt me for all my days; it is that of a mother, carrying the body of her dead daughter, because no hospital had the electricity to treat her, and were all shut down.

And DAMMIT, NO, Mike Pompeo, President Trump, or John Bolton, do not EVER let me hear you describe this situation as one of collateral damage; the blood on your hands, from this manufactured crisis, is and ultimately will be enough to drown oceans.

Mar 12 10:14

European Parliament Holds Plenary Session on Venezuela Crisis

The political turmoil has been ongoing in Venezuela since late January, when opposition figure Juan Guaido declared himself the interim president, leading to recognition by the United States and its allies. Russia, China, Mexico, and Turkey have said that they recognise Nicolas Maduro as the only legitimate president.

On Tuesday, the European Parliament is holding a plenary session in Strasbourg to discuss the developments in the Venezuelan political crisis.

Mar 12 10:05

'What Marco Rubio does not know is... everything': Senator is ridiculed after blaming Venezuela power outages on 'German Dam' blast, unaware that is the name of the reporter who broke story

Marco Rubio is being criticized for a number of tweets he has posted over the past few days about the increasingly fraught situation in Venezuela.

The most glaring of these came on Sunday, when he confused a reporter on the ground in the South American country with an actual dam.

'Today another transformer explosion at the German Dam in Bolivar State caused another massive blackout,' wrote Rubio.

'The result? Critically ill patients have died, the #Caracas metro remains out of service & few if any flights have arrived at or departed from Caracas in over 20 hours.'

Mar 12 09:53

Max Blumenthal: Report From the Real Venezuela

Mar 12 09:40

Venezuela Suffers major Power Outages After Alleged Cyber Attack

An blackout has covered most of Venezuela over the past several days after the country’s main electricity generator, the Guri Dam, failed. The Maduro administration alleges that the failure was due to cyber attacks and pointed the finger at the US government that has called for Maduro’s ouster. Venezuela’s Communications Minister reported that a cyberattack had taken place against the dam’s computerized system forcing its turbines to stop. Venezuela intends to present evidence of the attack to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and to other international bodies. Meanwhile, US-backed “Interim President” Juan Guaido is using the crisis to call for the armed forces to back his efforts in ousting the Maduro government and tweeted, “electricity will return once the usurpation ends.”

Mar 12 09:38

ESCALATION FEARS GROW IN VENEZEULA AS GUAIDÓ SIGNALS SUPPORT FOR FOREIGN INTERVENTION AND US WITHDRAWS DIPLOMATS

Concerns over the Trump administration's increasingly hostile policy in Venezuela grew Tuesday after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the U.S. was withdrawing all diplomatic personnel from the country.

Pompeo cited the "deteriorating situation" in Venezuela that escalated in January after the U.S. recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as "interim president," rebuking President Nicolas Maduro and coordinating efforts to overthrow the elected government.

Pompeo announces US pulling out all diplomats from #Venezuela pic.twitter.com/LAev9qtyqR

— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) March 12, 2019
The presence of embassy staff in Venezuela is a "constraint" on US policy? That sounds very regime changey to me. Buckle up just in case. pic.twitter.com/y1ckutYKG2

— Hawaii Delilah™ (@HawaiiDelilah) March 12, 2019

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is going to get uglier as things devolve in this country, and be completely assured that the US government is FAR from finished here; they want those oll reserves in the Orinoco Basin enough to steal this country away from its rightful owners, the Venezuelans.

I weep at what this country has become.

Mar 12 09:20

“Lights Out!” Did Trump and His Neocons Recycle Bush-Era Plan to Knock Out Venezuela’s Power Grid?

For nearly four days, much of Venezuela has been without power, bringing the country’s embattled economy to a near standstill. Though power is now returning, the outage saw U.S. officials and politicians blame the Venezuelan government for the crisis while officials in Caracas accused the U.S. of conducting “sabotage” and launching cyberattacks that targeted its civilian power grid as well as of employing saboteurs within Venezuela.

Although many mainstream media outlets have echoed the official U.S. government response, some journalists have strayed from the pack. One notable example is Kalev Leetaru, who wrote at Forbes that “the United States remotely interfering with its [Venezuela’s] power grid is actually quite realistic.”

Mar 12 08:42

Final countdown: US diplomats given 72 hours to pull out of Venezuela

US diplomats are undermining Venezuelan peace and stability, the nation’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said, setting a deadline for them to vacate the embassy in Caracas. Washington vowed to hurry the evacuation of its mission.

American diplomats must “abandon Venezuelan territory in the next 72 hours,” with the countdown starting at the “zero hour” on Tuesday, Arreaza wrote on Twitter.

Mar 12 08:34

VENEZUELA BLACKOUT: CYBER ATTACKS, SABOTAGE AND MIGHTY CUBAN INTELLIGENCE

During the past few days, Venezuela was suffering a major blackout that left the country in darkness. The crisis started on March 7 with a failure at the Guri hydroelectric power plant, which produces 80% of the country’s power. Additionally, an explosion was reported at Sidor Substation in Bolivar state.

Since then, the government has been struggling to solve the crisis with varying success.

President Nicholas Maduro says that the blackout is the reason of “the electric war announced and directed by American imperialism.” According to Maduro, electrical systems were targeted by cyberattacks and “infiltrators”. He added that authorities managed to restore power to “many parts” of the country on March 8, but the restored systems were knocked down after the country’s grid was once again attacked. He noted that “one of the sources of generation that was working perfectly” had been sabotaged and accused “infiltrators of attacking the electric company from the inside.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh? And just who do massive economic sanctions hurt, Mike?

Mar 12 06:16

Blackout Chaos in Venezuela: Looting, Rotting Food, Scarcity of News, and Death

Things have devolved into chaos after days without power in Venezuela. Jose reports that there's a terrifying scarcity of news, looting, rotting food, and death.

Mar 11 12:55

Trump Regime Electricity War in Venezuela More Serious than First Believed

On Thursday, Venezuela’s Guri dam hydroelectric power plant was cyberattacked at 5:00 PM during the late afternoon rush hour to cause maximum disruption.

Up to 80% of the country was affected, damage done more severe than initially thought. Weeks or months of planning likely preceded what happened – US behind it? considerable expertise needed to pull it off.

On Friday, another cyberattack occurred, followed by a third one on Saturday, affecting parts of the country where power was restored, further complicating resolution of the problem, Maduro saying:

After power was restored to about 70% of the country, “we received another attack, of a cybernetic nature, at midday…that disturbed the reconnection process and knocked out everything that had been achieved until noon,” adding:

“(O)ne of the sources of generation that was working perfectly” was sabotaged again…infiltrators…attacking the electric company from the inside.”

Mar 11 12:54

US Is Pushing Venezuela to the Brink by Attacking Its Power Grid

The Hybrid War on Venezuela just took a dark turn – literally – after the US used cyber weapons and insider sabotage to attack the country’s power grid last week, cutting off most of its electricity and creating a chain reaction of negative consequences all throughout the Bolivarian Republic. According to unverified reports cited in one of RT’s recent articles on the topic, the Guri hydroelectric power plant – which provides 80% of the country’s power – failed (possibly due to a cyberattack), which was followed by an explosion at the Sidor Substation that was sustaining most of the country’s power in the aftermath of the aforementioned.

Mar 11 11:13

Venezuela's Guaido calls for massive protest as blackout drags on

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Saturday called on citizens nationwide to travel to the capital Caracas for a protest against socialist President Nicolas Maduro, as the country's worst blackout in decades dragged on for a third day.

Addressing supporters in southwestern Caracas, Guaido - the leader of the opposition-run congress who invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency in January - said Maduro's government "has no way to solve the electricity crisis that they themselves created."

"All of Venezuela, to Caracas!" Guaido yelled while standing atop a bridge, without saying when the planned protest would be held. "The days ahead will be difficult, thanks to the regime."

Mar 11 11:09

Venezuela Aided Poor Americans With Free Heating Oil

Mar 11 10:54

Black Alliance for Peace Heads to Venezuela

If you’re reading this blast, you’re aware of some of the ways the U.S. empire has manipulated in its latest attempt at a coup in Venezuela. In an act of brazen illegality, the Trump administration has barred the Bolivarian republic from being able to access its own money in foreign banks and has transported “humanitarian aid” that was embedded with materials that could have been used by the largely white supremacist opposition to ferment violence against the Venezuelan government.

Mar 11 10:49

Journo: Reason for Aggression Against Venezuela Is to Knock It Out of Oil Market

Venezuela’s self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido has said that Venezuela’s expulsion of the German ambassador constitutes a threat to Germany. Sputnik spoke about the latest developments in Venezuela with Patrick Henningsen - Journalist and Founder of 21stCenturyWire.com.

Mar 11 10:47

Russia to defend its Venezuela oil assets in ‘toughest way possible’

Nicolas Maduro’s staunchest international ally—Russia—reaffirmed last week its full support to the Socialist leader’s regime and his efforts to prevent what Moscow sees as interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs.
At the same time, Russia, which vowed to defend its oil assets in Venezuela as early as the political crisis began in January, sees risks to its investments in the Latin American country and pledges to react “in the toughest way” possible within international law if those investments are threatened, Russia’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Vladimir Zaemsky, told Russian government-run newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta in an interview published this week.

Mar 11 10:43

Internet Collapses in Venezuela with 80% Offline; Twitter, YouTube, SoundCloud Blocked

In the midst of a second nationwide power outage in Venezuela, the vast majority of the country is engulfed in a massive internet outage. The first electrical blackout, which swept across the nation on Thursday, left Venezuela with only two percent connectivity amid the ongoing presidential crisis. Most of the country has been offline since Thursday with limited or no connectivity being reported across large swaths of the South American nation. The NetBlocks Group, a private internet watchdog organization based in the UK, reported on Saturday that 96 percent of the country was offline:

Mar 11 10:36

Dozens Reported Dead In Venezuela After Mass Blackout Reaches Four Days

Much of Venezuela is still in the dark — now four days running — after the worst blackout on modern record in Latin America enveloped the country last Thursday evening. And as of Saturday, Reuters reported at least 17 deaths at hospitals across the country attributable to the power outage, given many hospitals are now for days completely reliant on back-up generators to keep life saving ventilators and other medical devices going. Other reports have claimed multiple dozens of deaths across the country, especially in hospital neonatal units.

Embattled socialist president Nicolas Maduro has continued to blame the crisis on an act of "sabotage" by the United States at the Guri hydroelectric dam, for which he's mobilized troops to protect the national electricity system for the duration of the power outage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing of this mass blackout is just too cute. I tend to agree with those that this was an act of sabotage.

Mar 11 10:25

US Wants India to Stop Oil Trade With Venezuela - Special Envoy Abrams

Previously, Bloomberg suggested that Caracas shipped 620,000 barrels a day to India in the first half of February, which is 66% more than the average daily shipments a month earlier

US Special Envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams confirmed that Washington is pressing India to stop buying Venezuelan oil.

"We say you should not be helping this regime, you should be on the side of the Venezuelan people", Abrams told Reuter, adding that the White House had given the same message to other governments.

Mar 11 09:45

Venezuela crisis: Rich and poor both suffer as Venezuela struggles without power

The longest nationwide power outage in world history is threatening to plunge Venezuela into even further chaos.

Shops, businesses, schools and hotels are closed because of the lack of power.

Communication and telephone systems have collapsed.

There are no flights from any of the country's airports.

There is no water in taps. People are queuing with bottles at mountain wells.

Mar 11 09:06

Greenwald: Coordinated Lie Over Maduro Burning Aid Trucks Reveals How Fake News Spreads

NYT’s Exposé on the Lies About Burning Humanitarian Trucks in Venezuela Shows How US Govt and Media Spread Fake News

EVERY MAJOR U.S. WAR of the last several decades has begun the same way: the U.S. Government fabricates an inflammatory, emotionally provocative lie which large U.S. media outlets uncritically treat as truth while refusing at air questioning or dissent, thus inflaming primal anger against the country the U.S. wants to attack. That’s how we got the Vietnam War (North Vietnam attacks U.S. ships in the Gulf of Tonkin); the Gulf War (Saddam ripped babies from incubators); and, of course, the war in Iraq (Saddam had WMDs and formed an alliance with Al Qaeda).

Mar 11 08:55

Guaido, Maduro rallies set as Venezuela emerges from blackout

Thousands of Venezuelans prepared to protest once again Saturday as opposition leader Juan Guaido cranks up the pressure on beleaguered President Nicolas Maduro and the lights came back on following an electricity blackout that caused chaos in the crisis-wracked country.

Both Guaido and Maduro, who are locked in a bitter power struggle for the right to lead the oil-rich South American nation, have asked their supporters to fill the streets of Caracas and other cities.

“I call on the Venezuelan people to make a huge statement in the streets against the usurper, corrupt and incapable regime that has plunged our country into darkness,” Guaido wrote on Twitter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Raising on a busted flush. The people of Venezuela believe the massive blackouts are caused by the US!

Mar 11 08:28

The Psychosis of the Neocons: Senator Marco Rubio “Makes Fun” of the Suffering of the Venezuelan People

Marco Rubio, the neocon senator from Florida, considers a suspicious power outage across Venezuela to be funny. He would no doubt feel different if his mother was on a ventilator in a Caracas hospital—then again.

Mar 11 07:55

Presstitutes Turn Blind Eye to UN Report on Venezuela

Don’t you think something is fishy when the presstitutes orchestrate a fake news “humanitarian crisis” in Venezuela, but totally ignore the real humanitarian crises in Yemen and Gaza?

Don’t you think something is really very rotten when the expert, Alfred Maurice de Zayas, sent by the UN to Venezuela to evaluate the situation finds no interest by any Western media or any Western government in his report?

Don’t you think it is a bit much for Washington to steal $21 billion of Venezuela’s money, impose sanctions in an effort to destabilize the country and to drive the Venezuelan government to its knees, blame Venezuelan socialism (essentially nationalization of the oil company) for bringing “starvation to the people,” and offer a measly $21 million in “humanitarian aid.”

Mar 10 09:44

NYT’s Exposé on the Lies About Burning Humanitarian Trucks in Venezuela Shows How US Govt and Media Spread Fake News

EVERY MAJOR U.S. WAR of the last several decades has begun the same way: the U.S. Government fabricates an inflammatory, emotionally provocative lie which large U.S. media outlets uncritically treat as truth while refusing at air questioning or dissent, thus inflaming primal anger against the country the U.S. wants to attack. That’s how we got the Vietnam War (North Vietnam attacks U.S. ships in the Gulf of Tonkin); the Gulf War (Saddam ripped babies from incubators); and, of course, the war in Iraq (Saddam had WMDs and formed an alliance with Al Qaeda).

Mar 10 08:31

FOOTAGE CONTRADICTS U.S. CLAIM THAT MADURO BURNED AID CONVOY

The narrative seemed to fit Venezuela’s authoritarian rule: Security forces, on the order of President Nicolás Maduro, had torched a convoy of humanitarian aid as millions in his country were suffering from illness and hunger.

Mar 10 03:17

Another Failed Coup in Venezuela?

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Underestimating the People
We’ve seen this all before: On April 11 of 2002, the Venezuelan opposition—according to the most credible accounts—unleashed snipers on its own supporters and used the ensuing deaths to justify a coup against Hugo Chávez. But the opposition dramatically overplayed its hand and underestimated the Chavista grassroots, who it routinely smeared as the blind followers of a populist strongman.>>>

Mar 09 11:40

Venezuela Deploys Troops "To Protect National Power Grid" From US "Aggression"

update: Though some parts of Venezuela's power grid have reportedly begun to come back online after the country was plunged into nation-wide darkness beginning Thursday evening, the mass blackout crisis continues, which Caracas has blamed on US-orchestrated saboteurs.

To prevent further "sabotage" Venezuela's Defense Ministry has vowed in an official statement via state TV social media channels to deploy armed forces to protect the national electricity system for the duration of the power outage.

“All the security agencies, civil protection and the nation’s integral defense system are deployed to protect and help the people across the country,” a statement said, via Bloomberg. This as official accusations against Washington for conducting what Maduro previously called a US "electricity war" have become even more strident.

Mar 09 11:40

US Attack on Venezuelan Power Grid ‘First Act in the Next Play’ of Regime Change

A massive power outage at the Guri Dam in Venezuela caused 18 of the country’s 23 states to go dark on Thursday, bringing life to a halt. Caracas has alleged it’s the work of Washington, where key politicos seemed to know about the attack almost as it happened. An activist told Sputnik it’s the “first act in a new play” of regime change.

While electricity is slowly being restored across Venezuela on Friday, the government of President Nicolas Maduro distributed portable electric generators to keep hospitals, clinics and other essential facilities operating, as well as public places like markets.

Internet observatory page NetBlocks.org reported Friday afternoon: "Power is returning to parts of #Venezuela after 23 hours but new outages are slowing the recovery; data shows internet connectivity now at 20 percent up from 2 percent earlier today."

Mar 09 11:26

Back to square one? Washington now says ‘no timeline’ for regime change in Venezuela (VIDEO)

After weeks of insinuating that Nicolas Maduro’s ouster was imminent, Washington now insists that there’s “no timeline” for regime change in Venezuela. RT looks at how the US’ best laid plans haven’t panned out.
When Vice President Mike Pence released a video statement in January pledging full US support for Juan Guaido’s claim to the Venezuelan presidency, many assumed that an operation to install the opposition leader in Caracas was just around the corner. But more than a month later, and with Maduro still firmly in power, Washington seems to be out of ideas: Not only has the US failed to deliver its “humanitarian aid” to Venezuela, but Washington’s allies have unanimously ruled out military action.

Mar 08 11:00

German Minister REVEALS Why Guaido Wasn't Arrested Upon His Return to Venezuela

Earlier, Caracas declared the German ambassador to Venezuela persona non-grata, citing his alleged attempts to interfere in the country's internal affairs.

The presence of foreign diplomats, including German Ambassador Daniel Kriener, at Caracas Airport on Monday probably "contributed" to Guaido's not being arrested by Venezuelan authorities, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said.

"There was information that [Guaido] was meant to be arrested there, and I think the presence of various ambassadors contributed to helping prevent this arrest," Maas said, speaking to reporters in Berlin on Thursday, according to AP.

Mar 08 10:56

Senator Marco Rubio: US Must Initiate Widespread Unrest in Venezuela

During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Thursday, Republican chairman Marco Rubio condemned Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro as a “clear danger” and a “threat to the national security of the U.S.” As was to be expected, the hearing was filled with plenty of threats and talk of flipping “military elites” and enforcing tougher sanctions.

But perhaps unexpected was just how out in the open and brazen Rubio’s own admissions of how far he’s willing to go in promoting regime change in Caracas. In public testimony, he called on the U.S. to promote “widespread unrest” in order to eventually bring down the Maduro government.

Mar 08 10:55

End Venezuela Sanctions Says Rep. Ro Khanna and 15 Progressive Democrats

Mar 08 09:01

Elliott Abrams’ Bloody Lies

Elliott Abrams, President Trump’s special envoy to Venezuela, first became notorious in 1982 after he was named assistant secretary of state for human rights in the Reagan administration. As a junior point man for the Reagan administration’s wars in Central America, Abrams was an aggressive defender of pro-U.S. forces that committed human rights atrocities and fierce critics of those who reported accurately on their war crimes.

With Abrams set to testify this week before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, his early days as a U.S. policymaker can serve as a guide to what we can expect from the Trump administration’s policy of “regime change” in Venezuela.

In an exchange that made national news at a House Foreign Affairs Committee last month, Rep. Ilhan Omar confronted Abrams about his conviction for lying to Congress and false statements he made about the infamous El Mozote massacre.

Mar 08 08:49

Most of Venezuela Hit By Power Outage - Reports

Power outage was registered in 21 out of 23 states of Venezuela, local media have reported amid "sabotage" at the major hydroelectric power plant Guri, reported by the National Electric Power Corporation.

The corporation made its statement on Thursday, saying it was working to restore power supply.

"Guri has faced sabotage … It is a part of an electric war against the state. We will not allow this! We are working to restore power supply," the corporation wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

Mar 08 08:43

Political Scientist: Guaido's Gov't Exists Only in Social Networks and Media

The government of the self-proclaimed president of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, can be called elusive: everyone talks about it, but no one can prove that it really exists, that's what political scientist and Latin American relations expert Arantxa Tirado told Sputnik.

Tirado lived in Venezuela in 2011 and since returning to her native Spain, she has been back to Venezuela four times and has had strong ties to the country for the last 15 years.

During her last trip in February of this year, Tirado admitted that she felt how the economic blockade and crisis had hit the people of Venezuela, so the atmosphere was different from what she was used to.

Mar 08 08:28

The Pentagon’s “Ides of March”: Best Month to Go to War

There are ongoing military threats against Venezuela. Is a US sponsored war contemplated for March 2019?

Various scenarios are envisaged by Washington. Sofar there is no firm evidence regarding the nature or timeline of a US sponsored military operation directed against Venezuela.

National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have confirmed their intent to wage war on Iran.

Mar 08 08:19

Venezuela blames sabotage & ‘US electricity war’ after major power outage

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused the US of waging an “electricity war” against the country, as Caracas and other cities were plunged into darkness Thursday night. The government says the incident is likely sabotage.

Thousands of commuters in Caracas had to walk home as a power outage shut down the capital’s subway, resulting in massive traffic jams.The lights also went out in the largest airport of Caracas.

Mar 08 08:19

Venezuela hit by major blackout, government blames ‘sabotage’

A major power outage hit crisis-stricken Venezuela on Thursday, according to Reuters witnesses, a problem the government of President Nicolas Maduro quickly blamed on “sabotage” at a hydroelectric dam that provides much of the country’s power.

Electricity outages are frequent in Venezuela, where the economy is collapsing under hyperinflation, with chronic shortages of food and medicine and a mass emigration of more than 3 million citizens.

Critics say corruption and under investment have left the country’s power grid unable to function, while Maduro says the problems are intentionally created by political adversaries.

Crowds flooded a main avenue of Caracas. Many people said they expected they would have to walk several hours to their homes because the few buses on the streets were full and the city’s metro system was shut down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Stuxnet?

Mar 08 08:10

US Extends Wind-Down Period for Doing Business With Venezuela's PDVSA - Treasury

On January 28, the United States blocked $7 billion in PDVSA assets in its jurisdiction and imposed a ban on deals with the entity as part of efforts to facilitate a power transfer in Venezuela.

The United States has extended the deadline for investors to cut ties with Venezuela's Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) until May 10, the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said in a notice on its website on Friday.

"OFAC is extending the expiration date of provisions relating to the wind down of certain financial contracts or other agreements involving, or linked to, the bonds listed on the Annex to General License 3D or to certain Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. securities," the notice said. "This authorization is valid through 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time, May 10, 2019."

Mar 07 15:46

VENEZUELA'S ALLIES *WILL RESPOND IN DEFENSE(!)

Mar 07 15:00

Exclusive: Pence crossed blames with Guaidó at the summit of Bogotá

The vice of the United States reproached the Venezuelan that the expected military desertion did not take place. They fear that opposition to the Maduro regime will lose its momentum.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This article from Argentina is pretty hot. It reveals:

1. Guaidó managed to convince VP Mike Pence half the military would join him

2. Pence somehow believed him

3. 0.1% of the Venezuelan army has joined Guaidó

4. Pence is furious at Guaidó

Mar 07 12:22

US military threats empty, Venezuela army kept nervous, Russian pranksters find out

US threats of military intervention in Venezuela are empty, suggests special representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams in prank calls.

Abrams, however, asserted that the US wants to keep the Venezuela military “nervous about a US invasion.”

The revelations came in two prank calls by Vovan and Lexus, Russian telephone pranksters known for their trolling of politicians from around the world, posing as Swiss President Ueli Maurer, Sputnik reported Wednesday.

The pranksters reportedly spoke with Abrams for over 23 minutes in mid-February and early March, elaborating on Swiss policy towards the situation in Venezuela.

Mar 07 11:13

Guaido Claims Venezuelan Gov't Threatening Germany After Envoy's Expulsion

His comments come after the Venezuelan government expelled the German ambassador, who welcomed the opposition leader at the Caracas airport on Monday. Germany has earlier supported sanctions on Venezuela, which were initially imposed by the United States in a bid to force out President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido has described the expulsion of the German ambassador by Caracas as a threat against Germany, which threw its weight behind the opposition leader.

"Venezuela lives under a dictatorship, and this [action] represents a threat against Germany," Guaido said in an interview with Der Spieger, adding that he'd asked the German envoy to stay in the country.

Mar 07 10:47

PDVSA DECLARES EMERGENCY ON TANKER FLEET

Venezuela’s struggling oil company PDVSA declared a maritime emergency after a German company operating a portion of its tanker fleet said it planned to return ten vessels because of unpaid fees, Reuters reports, citing a PDVSA document and anonymous sources.

The news is the latest in a string of bad tidings for PDVSA, which has found itself juggling falling crude oil production due to mismanagement and U.S. sanctions, and an outflow of qualified personnel, including in the tanker department.

According to Reuters, the company needs as many as 160 people, including tanker captains, machinists, and operators, to bring back the ships that Germany Bernhard Schulte Ship Management (BSM) is returning because of unpaid fees. However, PDVSA does not have these crews.

The pile of unpaid PDVSA bills is getting higher: last month, the German company said it would abandon two of the Venezuelan company’s vessels in Portugal because of unpaid bills to a number of third-party companies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is precisely the kind of outcome the Trump Administration wanted to see here.

Mar 06 18:58

8 Venezuela Lies the US Government & Mainstream Media Want You to Believe

Venezuela lies abound. Both the USG (United States Government) and its lapdog MSM (Mainstream Media) have been going into overdrive, exaggerating or just plain lying about the state of affairs in Venezuela. Truth is always a casualty of war, and it’s also a casualty of pre-war, as the NWO prepares the ground for military intervention by demonization and propaganda. Here are 8 lies about Venezuela which are being used to justify yet another coup in a long, long history of US coups in foreign lands.

Mar 06 12:21

Washington Considering Imposing Secondary Sanctions Over Venezuelan Crisis

The United States is considering imposing sanctions on third country actors in response to the Venezuelan crisis, US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams said during a press conference.

Trump Extends Sanctions, National Emergency With Respect to Venezuela
"We haven't done that yet, secondary sanctions, it's clearly a possibility," Abrams said on Tuesday. "It would depend on the conduct of the regime over time."

Mar 06 11:15

REPORT: U.S. journalist Cody Weddle ‘has been detained by Venezuelan military intelligence’

Breaking news out of Venezuela where we’re seeing reports that U.S. journalist Cody Weddle and his Venezuelan colleague have been detained by the Venezuelan military after an early-morning raid on his home in Caracas:

Weddle is down in Venezuela reporting for WPLG Local 10 in Miami:.

'Care to share'? 'Right-wing mailing list' subscriber Paul Krugman is very disturbed by what he's seen about AOC

'Never tweet from the can': Sky Harbor tells David Corn what they found in the airport bathroom;

Mar 06 09:07

Venezuela names German ambassador ‘persona non grata’ for ‘interference in its internal affairs’

The Venezuelan authorities have declared the German ambassador Daniel Kriener persona non grata over what it called “interference into its internal affairs."

Germany’s envoy has become the first European diplomat to be expelled from the Latin American state amid the ongoing escalation of tensions between Caracas and Washington and its allies, supporting a self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido, who challenges the rule of elected leader Nicolas Maduro.

“Venezuela considers its unacceptable that a foreign diplomat … plays a public role on its territory, which is more typical for a political leader, who clearly supports the conspiracy agenda of the extremist parts of the Venezuelan opposition,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement explaining its decision.

Kriener was granted a period of 48 hours to leave the territory of Venezuela, the statement said.

Mar 06 08:41

'Useful to Keep Them Nervous': LISTEN as Top Trump Aide Blabs US Venezuela Plans

Vovan and Lexus, Russian telephone pranksters known for their trolling of politicians from around the world, have struck again, targeting US special representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams to find out more about the US-backed effort to unseat that country's legitimate government. Sputnik got ahold of the full audio from the talks.

Posing as Swiss President Ueli Maurer, who also serves as the country's finance minister, the pranksters contacted Abrams on two occasions – in mid-February and early March, speaking to him for over 23 minutes about Swiss policy on the ongoing effort to freeze the Venezuelan government's assets as part of broader plans to replace President Nicolas Maduro with US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Mar 06 08:29

US threatens ‘secondary sanctions’ against those who refuse to back its Venezuela coup

With the vast majority of the world still seeing Nicolas Maduro as the legitimate leader of Venezuela, America’s hawkish special envoy has hinted that Washington might sanction third parties that defy the US regime-change efforts.

The international community must choose sides wisely in the Venezuelan conflict, the curator of US intervention in the Latin American country, special envoy Elliott Abrams, suggested on Tuesday, noting that Washington would not limit itself to economic sanctions just against the Maduro government, but against all who chose to support him.

Mar 06 08:27

BREAKING: Venezuela names German ambassador ‘persona non grata’ for ‘interference in its internal affairs’

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on March 4 to aid the transition of active-duty service members and military veterans into the United States Merchant Marine.

Peter Navarro, assistant to the president and director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, told reporters in a conference call before the signing that one of the broad themes behind the order relates to the national security strategy of 2017—where economic security is national security.

Mar 06 08:22

US military is “already active” near Venezuela as America prepares sanctions on Cuba: Major Gen. Bob Scales

Retired U.S. Army General Robert Scales told FOX Business’ Trish Regan Opens a New Window. that the United States military is indeed operating in the region of Venezuela Opens a New Window. . He says U.S. forces have been active for some time in Colombia attempting to thwart the drug trade.

“Let's be very clear. The military is involved. We have had a Special Forces group in Colombia for almost 60 years fighting against the terrorist groups in Colombia” Major Gen. Scales said on “Trish Primetime Opens a New Window. ” Monday. “But they are purely on the periphery. They are helping facilitate the delivery of aid. They are training the Colombian army. They are keeping watch electronically over the border with Venezuela.”

Mar 06 08:20

Russian oil imports surge in US as Venezuela’s slow to a trickle

Only two ships carrying 766,000 barrels of crude oil from Venezuela arrived in the United States last week in the wake of debilitating oil sanctions lodged against the state-run oil company, PDVSA, according to investment bank Caracas Capital Markets, which tracks Venezuelan oil shipments.

Russian companies, meanwhile, sent nine ships carrying more 3 million barrels of crude oil and petroleum products, according to a review of the U.S. Bill of Ladings database by Caracas Capital.

That import data is clear evidence that Russia is profiting off the geopolitical battle, selling into the U.S. market while helping to prop up the Caracas leadership that Washington is aiming to replace, said Russ Dallen, a managing partner at the investment bank who advises U.S. officials on Venezuelan matters.

Mar 05 12:23

Trump Extends Sanctions, National Emergency With Respect to Venezuela

The crisis has been brewing in Venezuela for over a month, as Washington has backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, who unilaterally declared himself Venezuela's "interim president."

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday extended the sanctions against Venezuela for another year, which were imposed on the country's officials under former President Barack Obama in 2015, according to POTUS' declaration sent to Congress.

The document reads that the situation in Venezuela continues to "unusual and extraordinary" threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.

"For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13692 with respect to the situation in Venezuela."

Mar 05 12:14

The Pentagon's "Ides Of March": Best Month To Go To War

There are ongoing military threats against Venezuela. Is a US sponsored war contemplated for March 2019?

Various scenarios are envisaged by Washington. Sofar there is no firm evidence regarding the nature or timeline of a US sponsored military operation directed against Venezuela.

National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have confirmed their intent to wage war on Iran.

Mar 05 12:08

Bolton Assumes Strategy on Maduro-Guaido Spat Leading to Regime Change – Scholar

US National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Sunday that any attempt at preventing the safe return of Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido would meet a strong and significant response from Washington.

Radio Sputnik has discussed the statement with Temir Porras Ponceleón, a visiting professor at Sciences Po, the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, and who has served as deputy foreign minister of Venezuela, a foreign policy adviser to President Hugo Chávez, and as chief of staff to President Nicolás Maduro.

Mar 05 12:05

Guaido returns to Venezuela to the welcome of foreign ‘bodyguard’ envoys

Self-declared “interim president” of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, returned from his South American tour on Monday, arriving into the loving (and protective) arms of ambassadors from the foreign governments backing him.

Despite Venezuelan authorities making it clear he could face 30 years in prison for attempting to overthrow the government and violating a travel ban, Guaido chose to arrive directly to an airport in Caracas.

The risk of arrest was notably mitigated by the presence of ambassadors from Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands and several other countries which gathered at the arrival gate to huddle around him like a high-profile human shield. While Guaido was all smiles, his Western-world entourage seemed a bit on edge.

Mar 05 10:41

Mystery Flight: Venezuelan Aircraft Lands in Athens in Absolute Secrecy

A government plane from the South American nation of Venezuela landed in Athens on Saturday, March 2 at 14:00 local time (12:00 GMT) and reportedly stayed there for approximately four hours.

This odd occurrence was revealed by Greece’s SKAI TV station on Monday evening. According to the report, the entire procedure was kept in a veil of absolute secrecy.

The mysterious event began to unfold way back on February 24, when the Falcon-type airplane with a registry number of YV2486, belonging to Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA, left Caracas and reached Portugal.

The plane didn’t have permission to land there, but after the pilot threatened that the plane would crash due to lack of fuel, the Portuguese authorities allowed it to land.

Mar 05 10:02

MAJOR: Venezuela Accuses UNHCR Of Covering For PARAMILITARY INVASION PLAN

The Protector of the state Táchira, Freddy Bernal, announced that irregular groups of mercenaries and paramilitaries are now being organized today in the Colombian region of Norte de Santander with the aim of venturing into Venezuela.

Bernal said that in three hotels in the town of Cúcuta remain about 435 Venezuelan individuals, among which there are some deserters and paramilitary mercenaries, who are in fact funded by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

Mar 05 10:00

The US Tried To Isolate Venezuela. It Has Only Isolated Itself

It is no secret that the United States has long been plotting regime change in Venezuela. For over 18 months President Trump has been publicly floating a military invasion of the country. At a speech in Florida President Trump recently announced “the days of socialism and communism are numbered in Venezuela” ominously stating “one day soon we are going to see what the people will do in Caracas.” Vice President Mike Pence declared President Nicolas Maduro a “dictator” and reiterated that self-declared president Juan Guaidó had the “unwavering support” of the American people. In an attempt to destroy the economy and force Maduro out of power, the US has leveled multiple rounds of punishing (and illegal) sanctions on the country, and encouraged and intimidated others to do the same in an effort to isolate Venezuela politically and economically.

Mar 05 09:49

Maduro’s Support from China, Russia Collapsing

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro sent his vice president, Delcy Rodriguez, to Moscow last week to see if she could arrange some more financing for Maduro’s failing and cash-starved Marxist regime. She came away with warm words but no cash. Russian president Putin was just too busy to see her and handed her off to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who told her: “We think the best way to help the Venezuelans is to expand practical, pragmatic, and mutual advantageous cooperation.”

Translation: Since you have nothing to bargain with, and since we’re greatly concerned about the return of the $17 billion that we spent propping up your regime, we’re not going to throw good Russian roubles after bad. Have a nice day.

In case that wasn’t clear enough, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We hope our Venezuelan partners sort out as soon as possible the difficulties, both domestic political and, of course, economic, difficulties, that are currently taking place in the country.”

Mar 04 20:04

US ‘didn’t expect resilience from Maduro’: Spain’s FM warns against ‘military-imposed democracy’

Those who organized the chaos in Venezuela likely underestimated President Nicolas Maduro, Spanish FM Josep Borrell said, apparently referring to the US as he lambasted military interventions, saying they have “never worked.”

“Perhaps, when this process began, someone behind it did not think that Maduro would be able to show resistance,” Borrell said in an interview on Spanish TV network LaSexta.

Mar 04 16:49

Tapper to Bolton: Doesn't U.S. Support For 'Dictators Around The World' Undermine Your Case For Ousting 'Dictator' Maduro?

CNN host Jake Tapper went rogue on Sunday and asked an actual good question to John Bolton which demonstrated how ridiculous it is that neocons simply pick and choose which "dictator" we're supposed to be outraged about to suit their foreign policy agenda.

Mar 04 15:55

Sorry Mr. Pence, The Venezuelan Military Aren't Rubes

We all know that this coup attempt by the US and Guaidó failed because we all saw the anti-Maduro thugs on the Colombia-Venezuela border throw a tantrum when they realized their error. Once these CIA stooges realized the trucks of aid weren’t crossing the border they just decided to burn them and blame it on Maduro (which has also failed).

But why did it fail?

In the weeks leading up to the latest coup, multiple US officials spoke publicly (and privately) to members of the Venezuelan military urging them to turn on the Bolivarian Revolution. For the sake of simplifying this argument, let’s focus in particular on the promises made by the Vice President of the US, Mike Pence.

Mar 04 14:27

Guaido returns to Venezuela to the welcome of foreign ‘bodyguard’ envoys

Self-declared “interim president” of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, returned from his South American tour on Monday, arriving into the loving (and protective) arms of ambassadors from the foreign governments backing him.

Despite Venezuelan authorities making it clear he could face 30 years in prison for attempting to overthrow the government and violating a travel ban, Guaido chose to arrive directly to an airport in Caracas.

Mar 04 13:01

US Seeks to Form Coalition For Gov't Change in Venezuela - Bolton

Earlier, in February, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who has described Guaido as a "US puppet" and accused Washington of trying to stage a coup in Venezuela, said that the opposition leader must be tried if he returns. Guaido may now face up to 30 years in prison for violation of the travel ban.

The United States is seeking to form a coalition for a change of government in Venezuela, US National Security Adviser John Bolton has stated.

"We are trying to rally support for the peaceful transition of power from [Venezuelan President Nicolas] Maduro to [self-proclaimed interim President of Venezuela] Juan Guaido, whom we recognise as president… I'd like to see as broad a coalition as we can put together to replace Maduro, to replace the whole corrupt regime. That's what we are trying to do", Bolton said in an interview with CNN.

Mar 04 13:01

Russia will prevent US intervention in Venezuela: Official

A Russian official says Moscow will do all it can to prevent potential intervention in Venezuela by the United States, which has not ruled out the military option to overthrow the elected government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Valentina Matviyenko, the chairperson of Russia’s Federation Council — the upper house of the Russian legislature — made the comment at a meeting with Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez in Moscow on Sunday.

“We are very much concerned that the US could carry out any provocations to shed blood, to find a cause and reasons for an intervention in Venezuela,” Matviyenko said, stressing that Moscow “will do all in order not to allow this.”

Venezuela has been in political turmoil over the past weeks. The opposition has been holding widespread anti-government protests, blaming Maduro for an ailing economy, hyperinflation, power cuts, and shortages of basic items, and urging him to resign.

Mar 04 13:00

Bolton dodges question on US support for Saudi, UAE dictators while discussing Venezuela

US National Security Adviser John Bolton has refused to answer a question about Washington’s long-running support for dictatorships around the world amid its push for regime change in Venezuela.

During an interview with CNN on Sunday, Jake Tapper, the host, confronted Bolton over his repeated calls to ouster Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whom he calls a “dictator,” and questioned Washington's support for allied dictators in countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“I’d like to see as broad a coalition as we can put together to replace Maduro, to replace the whole corrupt regime, that’s what we are trying to do,” Bolton said.

When pressed, he invoked the Monroe Doctrine to claim that the administration of President Donald Trump would rather have a democratic Western hemisphere than worry about other parts of the world.

Mar 04 12:55

Moscow Monitoring Talks of US Military Intervention in Venezuela - Russian PM

Russia wants peace in Venezuela and supports efforts to foster dialogue between the government and the opposition amid the political crisis in the Latin American country, since this is the only way to stabilize the situation, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

"Russia opposes any and all interference in the internal affairs of other countries. In Venezuela, we support efforts – including those by representatives of the region – to foster dialogue between the government and the opposition. We continue to do so now… The result that Russia wants to achieve is peace in Venezuela. It can be achieved only through a respectful, inclusive, intra-national dialogue", Medvedev said in an interview with the Bulgarian newspaper Trud.

Mar 04 12:53

US wants ‘broad’ regime-change coalition on Venezuela – Bolton

National Security Adviser John Bolton said that the United States will form “as broad a coalition” as possible to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Bolton went on to call for a “completely democratic hemisphere.”

“I’d like to see as broad a coalition as we can put together to replace Maduro, to replace the whole corrupt regime,” Bolton told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday. “That’s what we’re trying to do.”

Mar 04 12:36

Thousands of Venezuelans defy blockade to flood across the border into Colombia as self-declared President Juan Guaido calls for nationwide protests

Thousands of Venezuelans were snapped on Sunday ignoring the country's border blockade and crossing illegally into Colombia.

Among them were Venezuelan mothers forced to carry young children on their backs as they crossed into La Prada, Colombia, which is near the city of Cucuta.

The crowds crossed the border into the neighbouring country, despite a blockade imposed by the Army on orders from President Nicolas Maduro.

Mar 04 11:57

Maduro orders European HQ of Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA to be moved to Moscow

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the European headquarters of state oil company PDVSA be relocated to Russia, Venezuela’s Vice President Delcy Rodriguez has said.

“President Maduro ordered to close the Lisbon office of PDVSA and move it to Moscow,” Rodriguez said on Friday at the joint news conference with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, during her visit to the Russian capital.

The decision comes as Venezuela expands energy cooperation with Russia’s oil and gas giants Gazprom and Rosneft, according to the official.

“It’s the perfect time, as we are reshaping our relations,” said Rodriguez.

Mar 04 11:53

White House is weighing TPS for Venezuelans

The White House is considering special protected immigration status to Venezuelans, a move that would prevent undocumented immigrants from the embattled South American country from being deported.

According to five people familiar with the discussions, the White House has been having high-level discussions about the possibility of granting Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, to Venezuelans in the United States, which would give qualified recipients the chance to legally remain in the country and get work permits.

Elliott Abrams, the Trump administration’s special envoy to Venezuela, has been one of the officials championing the cause at the White House. The idea also has received the support of Vice President Mike Pence, who earlier this week met in Colombia with Juan Guaidó, the internationally recognized interim president of Venezuela.

Mar 04 11:37

As Guaido Re-Enters Venezuela Monday, Bolton Threatens US Action If He's Detained

US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido plans to re-enter Venezuela on Monday after previously meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and other regional leaders in Colombia last week, and after visiting with the president of Ecuador on Sunday. The Maduro government, including Venezuela's Supreme Court, has said he could face up to 30 years in prison for violating a prior travel ban placed on him — something which the US has balked at, saying it would take action if Guaido were prosecuted or harmed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder: had Juan Guaido been chosen as the US's "sacrificial lamb", ultimately to be assassinated by the very elements he trusted for safe passage back home?!?

Will his imprisonment/"neutralization" by US alphabet soup agencies be his end, if he really goes back to Venezuela today, to create a larger outcry?!?

Assassinations are as Deep State American as apple pie; I seriously doubt that Guaido has even though about this, but right now, he really needs to consider this possibility, given the number of times this has happened on the international stage.

Mar 04 11:35

Sanders on Venezuela – Does His Critique of US Policy Go Far Enough?

At the CNN town hall, Sanders opposed U.S. intervention in Venezuela, refused to call Maduro a dictator, or recognize Guaido, but he didn’t call for an end to sanctions

Mar 04 10:01

MILITARY INTERVENTION AND MERCENARIES, INC. (MIAMI)

Authored by Wayne Madsen via The Strategic Culture Foundation.

The city of Miami, Florida may have started out as a retirement mecca for winter-worn pensioners from northern climes. However, after the beginning of the Cold War and US military and Central Intelligence Agency intervention in Guatemala, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Guyana, the Bahamas, and other Western Hemisphere nations, Miami became a refuge for exiled wealthy businessmen escaping populist revolutions and elections in South and Central America and spies. The retirement and vacation capital of the United States quickly became the “Tropical Casablanca.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anything which cannot be achieved and won legitimately by the Unhinged, Surveilled state of Amerika is now won illegitimately, and sheeple simply don't seem to be able to tell the difference, which just scares the living daylights our of me.

This country has become the Evil Empire Americana, very much like the Star Wars saga, where Princess Amidala (now Senator Amidala) makes the following observation: "So this... is how liberty dies; to thunderous applause!" - (Star Wars, Revenge of the Sith).

Mar 04 09:55

Supporters of Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaido Protest Against Maduro (VIDEO)

Amid unsuccessful attempts to forcefully deliver US-sponsored humanitarian aid from Venezuela's neighbours — a move that was blocked by Caracas over concerns that it might be a ploy to overthrow the legitimate government — the opposition leader visited a number of Latin American countries that have recognised him as interim president.

Self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido, after his return to Venezuela, is calling for nationwide protests against Nicolas Maduro on 4 March.

Guaido arrived in Colombia on 22 February, in defiance of a travel ban imposed on him by the Venezuelan Supreme Court as part of an ongoing investigation.

Earlier this week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who has called Guaido a US puppet and blamed Washington for trying to stage a coup in Venezuela, stated that the opposition leader must be put on trial upon returning. Guaido may now face up to 30 years in prison for violating the aforementioned travel ban.

Mar 04 09:48

George Galloway on Venezuela (subtitulos en Español)

Mar 04 09:48

MADURO SO FAR DEFIES ODDS IN U.S. REGIME CHANGE EFFORT | OILPRICE.COM

Venezuela is scrambling to find buyers for its oil, hoping to keep revenue streams alive even as Maduro loses control of Citgo.

The U.S.-based subsidiary of PDVSA officially severed ties with its parent company in order to comply with U.S. sanctions, according to Reuters. The American government is trying to shift control of Citgo into the hands of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Citgo has stopped sending payments to PDVSA, and Gauidó has appointed a new board to the company. Some Venezuelan employees working at Citgo in the U.S. returned back to Caracas.

Citgo is one of the major prizes that the U.S. has tried to wrestle away from Maduro as part of the American regime change campaign in Venezuela. Citgo is the eight largest refiner in the U.S. at 750,000 bpd, and it owns pipelines and retail gasoline stations. The company is a key source of revenue for the Venezuelan government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The operative words in the title of this articles are "so far".

Abrams (and the warhawks) are in this for the long game, and complete control over Venezuela's oil.

Yesterday, Guido announced that he would be coming back to Venezuela in the near future, and encouraged supporters to demonstrate, to create a lot of "noise" against Maduros, so that his homecoming could be drowned out by it.

I am very sure that he has a very specific set of "instructions" from one, or more, of the US's "Alphabet Soup" agencies as to how and when to accomplish this goal.

Mar 03 10:01

Deputy Freddy Superlano serious for poisoning in Cúcuta, his assistant died

Carlos José Salinas, who is cousin and assistant deputy for the National Assembly Freddy Superlano , died after an intoxication in the Colombian city of Cúcuta, where the operation was carried out for the delivery of humanitarian aid to Venezuela.

Superlano, for its part, is stable until now and recovers in a health center in the city.

The information was disseminated by several parliamentarians and confirmed by Voluntad Popular. US Senator Marco Rubio said on Twitter that the deputy and deputy were poisoned while having breakfast at the Colombian restaurant.

Mar 03 09:57

Welcome To MIAMI: Military Intervention And Mercenaries Inc.

The city of Miami, Florida may have started out as a retirement mecca for winter-worn pensioners from northern climes. However, after the beginning of the Cold War and US military and Central Intelligence Agency intervention in Guatemala, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Guyana, the Bahamas, and other Western Hemisphere nations, Miami became a refuge for exiled wealthy businessmen escaping populist revolutions and elections in South and Central America and spies. The retirement and vacation capital of the United States quickly became the “Tropical Casablanca.”

Mar 03 09:29

Shocker: "Humanitarian Aid" Stunt Used To Escalate Against Venezuela

So, you might want to sit down for this, but believe it or not it appears that the US government is using the fallout from its “humanitarian aid” performanceto justify further sanctions against the Venezuelan government.

I know, I know. I’m just as shocked as you are.

“This action, taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692, targets six security officials who control many of the groups that prevented humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela, thereby exacerbating the humanitarian crisis that has left millions of Venezuelans starving and without access to medical care under the Maduro regime,” reads a statement from the US Treasury, if you can imagine such a thing.

Mar 03 09:24

Lavrov to Pompeo: We can talk Venezuela, but US must stop threatening its legitimate govt

The US attempts to threaten Venezuela and meddle in the country’s affairs under the guise of supplying humanitarian aid have nothing to do with democracy, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov told his American counterpart, Mike Pompeo.

The top diplomats talked on the phone on Saturday on the initiative of Washington, the Russia Foreign Ministry said.

During the conversation, Lavrov blasted the American threats against the government of Nicolas Maduro, calling them “blatant interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state and a flagrant violation of international law.”

Mar 03 09:10

Guaido calls for further protests in Venezuela to avoid arrest upon return

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is on a tour of Latin American nations to drum up support for his regime change efforts, has said he will call for new rounds of protests against President Nicolas Maduro upon his return.

Speaking in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires on Friday, Guaido insisted that he would soon return home.

"Today we also announce that we will persist in our return home. And we will arrive there in a few days. And, we ask all the Venezuelan people that they join us in the streets, we will be calling for new protests and mobilizations," he said.

Mar 03 09:02

Chaos in Venezuela and tension between Pakistan and India spark fears of global unrest

Mar 03 08:34

The War Criminal Elliott Abrams and the Liberals Who Love Him

Practically the entire American political establishment and corporate press are repeating the Trump administration’s claims to have humanitarian motives in Venezuela. As that administration inches closer to full-blown military invasion, whether direct or by proxy, it behooves us to look into the track record of the officials steering this so-called “humanitarian policy.” None other are more deserving of scrutiny than Elliott Abrams, whose crimes have spanned the globe, from El Salvador to Nicaragua to Iraq.

Before this month, Elliott Abrams was likely glad to have been largely forgotten by the U.S. public. When the Trump administration announced Abrams’ appointment as U.S. Special Representative in Venezuela in late January, the news caused some ripples on the Left, but across mainstream media outlets, the reaction was mostly sedate.

Mar 03 08:31

An Ocean of Lies on Venezuela: Abby Martin & UN Rapporteur Expose Coup

Mar 02 09:21

Maduro 1 : 0 Abrams - But This Match is Far From Over...

The standoff between Venezuela and the AngloZionist Empire last week-end has clearly ended in what can only be called a total defeat for Elliott Abrams. While we will never know what was initially planned by the demented minds of the Neocons, what we do know is that nothing critical happened: no invasion, not even any major false flag operation. The most remarkable facet of the standoff is how little effect all the AngloZionist propaganda has had inside Venezuela. There were clashes, including some rather violent ones, across the border, but nothing much happened in the rest of the country. Furthermore, while a few senior officers and a few soldiers did commit treason and joined forces with the enemy, the overwhelming majority of the Venezuelan military remained faithful to the Constitution.

Mar 01 19:47

Venezuelan PDVSA moves HQ to Moscow to 'safeguard oil assets against seizure'

Venezuela’s state-run energy giant PDVSA will relocate its European office to the Russian capital because of high risks of potential confiscation of oil revenues amid US sanctions against the country’s energy sector.

“Venezuela is worried about further sanctions and asset seizures of PDVSA,” Mehmet Ogutcu, chair of the Bosphorus Energy Club, told RT. “Hence the decision to relocate its European headquarters to Russia so that the assets could not be risked.”

Mar 01 12:51

Venezuela Orders PDVSA Offices Relocate To Moscow; Putin Affirms Support To "Friend" Maduro

A top Venezuelan official has announced that President Nicolas Maduro has ordered national oil and gas company PDVSA to close its current European headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal and move it to Moscow. The announcement came from Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez during a press conference standing alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Friday.

"President Nicolas Maduro instructed the Lisbon branch of PDVSA to close this office and relocate the office to Moscow," Rodriguez said, according to Russia's TASS news agency. It appears the relocation is already underway, and is part of the framework of "broadening cooperation" with Russian energy giants Rosneft and Gazprom, according to the statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would imagine that Putin thought that this might be a reasonable idea, and has put it into place, must probably just in time for the Venezuelan government

Mar 01 12:38

Trump to expel dozens of Maduro loyalists from the US

The Trump administration is expelling dozens of officials loyal to Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro from the United States, a top administration official announced Friday.

“Maduro supporters that abuse or violate human rights, steal from the Venezuelan people or undermine Venezuela’s democracy are not welcome in the United States,” Special Envoy Elliott Abrams told reporters at the State Department. “Neither are their family members, who enjoy a privileged lifestyle at the expense of liberty and prosperity of millions of Venezuelans.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The optics on this appear churlish and infantile, all at the same time.

First of all, if these people who supported Maduro, going home, if they can make it, most probably means a hail of bullets for them and their families, by either US soldiers, special ops, or mercs.

And then, you have the following companion piece, also from freerepublic.com:

Trump Sanctions Top Maduros Military./ This article goes on to state:

"“We are sanctioning members of Maduro’s security forces in response to the reprehensible violence, tragic deaths, and unconscionable torching of food and medicine destined for sick and starving Venezuelans,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

The move came the same day Trump's State Department announced it was expelling dozens of Maduro loyalists from the United States.

The new Treasury blacklist includes a major general with the Venezuelan National Guard, three senior officials responsible for Venezuela’s internal defense, and a colonel in the state national police force. The United States also sanctioned a commander of the FAES, a special police squad “known for their violent role in suppressing dissent from Maduro’s political opponents,” according to the Treasury Department bulletin."

I frankly think that these two measures, taken so quickly, are the prelude to an attempt at military intervention very soon.

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