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          Venezuelan government targets Guaido over national blackout      Cache   Translate Page      
Venezuela’s attorney general escalated the confrontation between the government and the opposition leader.
          Venezuela says breakdown in talks led to US withdrawal      Cache   Translate Page      
Nicolas Maduro’s government cut ties with the US in January over its recognition of opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s rightful leader.
          Out Mayor Pete Buttigieg Gets Some Traction Following CNN Town Hall      Cache   Translate Page      

Openly gay Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, appears to be building some momentum in his bid to become the Democratic candidate for president in 2020.

This past weekend, Buttigieg took part in a CNN town hall at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

Also taking solo turns on the stage were Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland.

But by many accounts, it was Mayor Pete who found the most traction.

While he isn't out-polling former Vice President Joe Biden or Sen. Bernie Sanders, Buttigieg showed he knew how to make the most of an opportunity.

Veteran political expert and chief strategist for the Obama campaigns, David Axelrod, gave Buttigieg high marks and predicted an uptick in his standing among the other candidates.



During his hour onstage, the 37-year-old displayed impressive poise and composure while throwing some shade on the Trump/Pence administration, including his now infamous “cheerleader for the porn star presidency” description of Vice President Mike Pence.

The former Navy intelligence officer and Afghanistan war veteran also took aim at Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, John Bolton, who has defended the invasion of Iraq for years.

Referencing Bolton’s suggestion that the U.S. use military force in the current conflict in Venezuela, Buttigieg replied, “I don’t understand how somebody leading us into the Iraq War is allowed near that situation.”

He also addressed some issues specific to the LGBTQ community.

The two-term mayor reaffirmed his support for the Equality Act, which would bring uniform civil rights protections to LGBTQs across the nation by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to existing civil righs laws.

He also called for an end to the “war on trans Americans.”

“For a transgender teen to get the signal from the White House that the highest officials in the land can’t tell the difference between her and a predator and make it harder for her to go to the bathroom shows you just how out of whack the climate is in our country right now. We've got to end the war on trans Americans and we need a federal Equality Act that would say that you cannot be fired just because of who you are or just because you love.”


There was also a fairly innocuous but human moment that occurred when CNN’s Jake Tapper tried to clarify how to pronounce the mayor’s last name.

Noting that Buttigieg’s husband has indicated a slightly different pronunciation (“I don’t want to get in the middle of a marital squabble, but…”), Tapper asked the mayor for the definitive answer.

Buttigieg said his name quickly (which sounded like ‘Booda-judge’) but added that either option worked, and at home, he just goes by "Mayor Pete."

The day when reporters blithely ask a presidential candidate about daily interactions with his husband has come.


Clearly sensing the appearance had gone well, Buttigieg was the only participant in the town hall to make a direct appeal from the stage for donations to his campaign.

According to CNN, Buttigieg had the single biggest fundraising day of his 2020 campaign after his appearance raising more than $600,000 from over 22,200 donations in the 24 hours after the event televised on CNN.

(h/t CNN)

          Venezuelan government targets Guaido over national blackout      Cache   Translate Page      

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is under investigation for alleged sabotage of the country’s power grid, the chief prosecutor has said. It came as the government sought to pressure an adversary who blames corruption and mismanagement for nearly a week of national blackouts. The announcement by attorney general Tarek William Saab escalated the confrontation between the government and Mr Guaido even as the US, a key backer of the opposition leader, said it was withdrawing its last diplomats in Caracas. The US has dismissed Venezuelan government accusations that it triggered the power crisis with a cyber attack. Mr Guaido is already under investigation for alleged instigation of violence, but authorities have not tried to detain the leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly since he violated a travel ban and then returned a week ago from a tour of Latin American countries. Mr Saab said the case against Mr Guaido also involves messages allegedly inciting people to robbery and looting during power outages. Information minister Jorge Rodriguez appeared on national television to condemn “Guaido and his gang” for their alleged attempt to cut the power as a way of fomenting chaos and toppling President Nicolas Maduro. Mr Rodriguez said the power grid had been almost completely restored and water service was also returning. More neighbourhoods of Caracas had power on Tuesday morning, but anecdotal reports indicated continuing outages for many Venezuelans, who were already suffering from hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicine. On Tuesday, long queues converged at springs in the mountains of Caracas to collect water in bottles because water pumps have been failing during the power outages. Venezuelans usually use debit cards to pay for food and other necessities since hyperinflation has rendered the national currency, the bolivar, nearly worthless, but the cards have not worked because of the blackouts, forcing people to scrounge for scarce cash and search for the few shops that were open. Schools and many businesses remained closed on Tuesday, and there were widespread reports of looting in the city of Maracaibo. Adding to tension over Venezuela’s fate, the last US diplomats in Venezuela prepared to head home as relations between Washington and Mr Maduro deteriorated further. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the US, which recognises Mr Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president, was withdrawing the remaining diplomats because their continued presence in Caracas had become a “constraint” on US policy as it campaigns to oust Mr Maduro. “We made the decision yesterday that it just was prudent to get these folks back,” Mr Pompeo added on Tuesday. “The situation there is deteriorating. The Maduro regime’s horrific leadership over the last years has just made life there so difficult, it began to make it more difficult for the United States to take the actions that it needed to do to support the Venezuelan people. So we concluded this was simply the right step to take and this was the right time to take it.” The Venezuelan government early on Tuesday disputed Mr Pompeo’s account, saying it had instructed the diplomats to leave within 72 hours. Their presence “entails risks for the peace, integrity and stability of the country”, foreign minister Jorge Arreaza said. “These are the same officials that have systematically lied to the world about Venezuela’s reality and personally have directed fake, flag-waving operations to justify an intervention,” he said. US President Donald Trump has said “all options are on the table” in his administration’s support for Mr Guaido, who says Mr Maduro is an illegitimate leader and must resign so Venezuela can hold elections. Mr Maduro accuses Mr Guaido and the US of plotting an invasion. The government cut ties with the US in January over its recognition of Mr Guaido as Venezuela’s rightful leader. US officials said Mr Maduro had no authority to take such a step. Venezuela later retreated and allowed a skeleton staff to remain at the hilltop US embassy in Caracas as the two countries attempted to negotiate an agreement to allow some sort of representation.  

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          全国停电第5日 委内瑞拉反对派宣布进入紧急状态      Cache   Translate Page      

早前在停电的第三日,马杜罗曾表示已恢复近70%地区的供电,但因受到新一轮的网络攻击,电力系统再次陷入瘫痪。当时他指责是美国对委内电力系统进行了高科技的电磁攻击 electromagnetic attacks)。



据此前报道,自37日起,委内瑞拉包括首都在内的多数地区都陷入了黑暗之中。委内瑞拉新闻部长罗德里格斯(Jorge Rodríguez)表示,此次停电的原因是委最重要的古里水电站遭到反对派蓄意破坏。



          Venezuela, blaming U.S. for six-day blackout, orders diplomats to leave      Cache   Translate Page      
Venezuela ordered American diplomats on Tuesday to leave within 72 hours after President Nicolas Maduro accused U.S. counterpart Donald Trump of cyber "sabotage" that plunged the South American country into its worst blackout on record.

          U.S. plans 'very significant' additional Venezuela sanctions: official      Cache   Translate Page      
The United States is preparing to impose "very significant" Venezuela-related sanctions against financial institutions in the coming days, U.S. special envoy Elliott Abrams said on Tuesday.

          War Drums: US Diplomats Ordered Home From Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      

Secretary of State Pompeo has ordered all US diplomats to return from Venezuela. Their presence in country is “constraining” US foreign policy, he says. Is this the pre-cursor to a US attack? What about the power outages in Venezuela? A US cyber-attack? Are the neocons about to pull the trigger? On today’s Ron Paul Liberty … Continue reading "War Drums: US Diplomats Ordered Home From Venezuela"

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          Venezuelans turn highway off ramp into cellphone hotspot      Cache   Translate Page      
A highway shoulder in Venezuela's capital has turned into one of the city's most sought-after destinations. It's one of the few places residents could find the slightest cellphone signal strong enough to reach loved ones around the world during the country's worst blackout.
          Colombia: Even Maduro's relatives seeking relief from outage      Cache   Translate Page      
The blackout engulfing Venezuela is forcing many to seek refuge — even, as it turns out, President Nicolas Maduro's own relatives.
          Socialism Ruins Economies, Even Worse –Socialism KILLS      Cache   Translate Page      

As socialism takes over the Democratic Party, opponents of this failed philosophy are quick to point out how it’s ruined economies, look at Venezuela they would say, or the lack of food in North Korea, the bread lines in Cuba. And it’s all true. But they neglect to point out the worst part, socialism has […]

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           Comment on This Could Devastate Your Real Estate Investing Business by Katie Rogers       Cache   Translate Page      
People citing Venezuela as if it were the only socialist country in the world are not helping the discourse.
          Venezuela, blaming U.S. for six-day blackout, orders diplomats to leave      Cache   Translate Page      

Venezuela, blaming U.S. for six-day blackout, orders diplomats to leave"The presence on Venezuelan soil of these officials represents a risk for the peace, unity and stability of the country," the government said in a statement, after talks broke down over maintaining diplomatic ties between the two countries. Chief Prosecutor Tarek Saab said on Tuesday he was asking Venezuela's pro-Maduro Supreme Court to open an investigation into opposition leader Juan Guaido for participating in the alleged "sabotage." Washington has taken the lead in recognizing Guaido as Venezuela's rightful president after the 35-year-old congress chief declared himself interim president in January, calling Maduro's 2018 re-election a fraud. The United States has implemented a raft of sanctions to put pressure on Maduro, and the U.S. special envoy on Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, said on Tuesday that Washington was prepared to impose "very significant" additional sanctions in the coming days against financial institutions deemed to be supporting Maduro's government.

          U.S. plans 'very significant' additional Venezuela sanctions: official      Cache   Translate Page      

U.S. plans 'very significant' additional Venezuela sanctions: officialAbrams did not elaborate on the fresh measures but his warning came a day after the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on Russian bank Evrofinance Mosnarbank for helping Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA evade U.S. financial restrictions. Abrams said Washington was also preparing to withdraw more U.S. visas from Venezuelans with close ties to President Nicolas Maduro. Washington has taken the lead in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful president after the 35-year-old Congress chief declared Maduro's 2018 re-election a fraud and announced an interim presidency in January.

          AP Explains: What's behind Venezuela's historic blackout?      Cache   Translate Page      

AP Explains: What's behind Venezuela's historic blackout?BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A massive blackout that left millions of Venezuelans without power has triggered one persistent question: How could a country with the world's largest proven oil reserves go dark?

          Desperate Venezuelans swarm sewage drains in search of water      Cache   Translate Page      

Desperate Venezuelans swarm sewage drains in search of waterTejedor, 28, joined dozens of people who had flocked to the Guaire river, which snakes along the bottom of a sharp ravine alongside Caracas' main highway, to fill up a four-gallon (15 liter) plastic container. Unlike the fetid liquid flowing through the Guaire river, the water emerging from the pipe was at least clear. It's horrible, horrible," said Tejedor, preparing to carry the container on a small hand cart back to her home in the neighborhood of San Agustin.

          Venezuela: Mỹ phải rút hết nhân viên ngoại giao trong 3 ngày      Cache   Translate Page      
Bộ trưởng Ngoại giao Jorge Arreaza nói các nhà ngoại giao Mỹ trên đất Venezuela phải rời đi trong vòng ba ngày, sau khi các cuộc đàm phán đổ vỡ về việc duy trì “các khu vực lợi ích” ngoại giao ở hai nước.
          Venezuelan Crisis Prompts No Shock for Global Energy Market - Petrobras CEO      Cache   Translate Page      
HOUSTON (Sputnik) — The current situation in Venezuelan is not a shock for the global energy market, and will not affect the world’s economy, Petrobras CEO Roberto Castello Branco told Sputnik on the sidelines of the CERAWeek conference on Tuesday.
          Venezuela: Toàn quốc mất điện, dân cướp phá siêu thị      Cache   Translate Page      
Một siêu thị ở phía đông nam Caracas bị cướp phá hôm 10/3, trong khi cảnh mất điện toàn quốc bước sang ngày thứ tư, khiến thực phẩm bị thối rữa trong các cửa hàng tại đất nước vốn đã khan hiếm thực phẩm, nhà cửa thiếu nước sinh hoạt, và điện thoại di động không có tín hiệu. Lực lượng Vệ binh Quốc gia bắt giữ hơn 40 người tại hiện trường và bắt họ nằm úp mặt trên con đường mà chính quyền...
          Ministry continues despite latest Venezuela crisis      Cache   Translate Page      
Venezuela (MNN) -- The straw that broke the camel’s back is an idiom used to describe something trivial that results in an extreme reaction or failure. Although the item or event itself is small, it becomes a catalyst when added to an increasingly-problematic situation. A nationwide power outage appears to be the straw that broke Venezuela’s back.

Panoramic view of the 10000MW Guri Dam in Venezuela, also called "Simón Bolívar"
(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

The Guri hydropower plant shut down on Thursday evening, plunging 80-percent of the country into darkness. While Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro immediately blamed U.S. interference, experts tell the New York Times this massive outage is likely the result of mechanical neglect. Whatever the cause, society – at least in Venezuela’s capital city, Caracas – is at its breaking point. At least 17 people have died as a result of the blackout. BBC News describes further medical failures due to the power outage and sporadic looting. TWR’s Steve Shantz says the blackout is a devastating blow to an already-crippled nation. “It’s heart wrenching, really, when you think about an entire country and all the people involved in this crisis,” he states.

“If the government is unable to restart the turbines, then I can see this crisis [continuing] for some time. That takes very critical engineering skills, and…many of those people (engineers) are gone.”

Nonetheless, the Venezuela crisis cannot stop their team from proclaiming the hope of Christ.

Broadcasting hope from darkness

Daily life is a struggle but TWR’s staff keeps on working, thanks to a generator installed during the last round of power outages. “They’re one of the lucky ones,” Shantz says. “They have a generator and can [create] enough power so production can continue.” Unfortunately, Venezuelan listeners can’t access the programs because no electricity means no radio. Batteries are either too expensive or unavailable. However, the Venezuelan team’s perseverance is blessing Spanish speakers throughout Latin America.

“We use the broadcasts produced by Venezuela on many outlets, so there are people around the region listening to those programs.”

(Photo courtesy of TWR)

The team also shares Christ’s hope with Venezuelan kids through rallies that feature food, puppets, and Bible stories. Learn more here. “These rallies are continuing but I imagine right now, with all the chaos that’s in the country, they’ve probably scaled that back for the time being,” Shantz explains. In November, the UN reported an exodus of three million Venezuelan migrants and refugees into neighboring nations and beyond. Many of them left their children behind. As stated here, at least 600,000 children and teenagers were left in Venezuela when one or both parents moved to other countries for economic betterment. TWR’s Pedrito el Pulpo (Little Peter the Octopus) program gives these “forgotten kids” a reason to hope.

What now?

The Venezuela crisis will continue as long as the battle between political leaders drags on. Juan Guaidó is recognized as Venezuela’s interim president by more than 50 nations, but Maduro refuses to relinquish power. A blockade stops any outside aid from entering the country, but it’s no barrier to prayer.

“In a situation like this, the only thing we can do is go to the Lord and ask Him to intervene.”

Ask the Lord to influence leaders and decision-makers so that problems may cease and help can reach the people who need it. Praise God for TWR staff’s perseverance, and pray that He will continue meeting their needs. Learn more about TWR-Venezuela here.     Header image is a stock photo obtained via Pexels.
          In reversal, US withdrawing all embassy personnel from Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      

The U.S. announced it was withdrawing all of its embassy staff from Venezuela amid the ongoing political and economic crisis, although Maduro says he is kicking them out.

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          Cantv-Movilnet reitera su compromiso para garantizar comunicaciones en Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
Cantv-Movilnet informa a Venezuela que desarrolla esfuerzos ininterrumpidos en articulación con los demás entes del Estado, así como la Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana (FANB), para garantizar los servicios de telecomunicaciones, fijos y móviles, en todo el territorio nacional, luego de la acción dirigida contra la operatividad del Sistema Eléctrico venezolano. En tal sentido, la Empresa ...
          Il procuratore generale del Venezuela ha aperto un’indagine su Juan Guaidó per i blackout degli ultimi giorni      Cache   Translate Page      
Il procuratore generale del Venezuela Tarek William Saab ha aperto un’indagine sul capo dell’opposizione Juan Guaidó per i blackout degli ultimi giorni. William Saab sospetta che Guaidó abbia partecipato a un attacco contro la rete elettrica del Venezuela al fine di
          The Toll Of Political Chaos On Daily Life In Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Forbes sugiere que #Washington ordenó ciberataque contra #Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
Un colaborador de la revista Forbes, Kalev Leetaru, afirmó que “es muy realista” pensar que el gobierno de los Estados Unidos efectivamente lanzó un ataque cibernético contra el complejo hidroeléctrico Guri, lo que ocasionó el apagón. “La idea de que un Estado … Seguir leyendo
          Canciller de #Cuba rechaza mentira difundida por el gobierno de #EEUU sobre efectivos militares en #Venezuela’      Cache   Translate Page      
Canciller manifestó que la isla rechaza de manera categórica la mentira difundida por el gobierno estadounidense de que tiene ‘entre 20 y 25 mil efectivos militares en Venezuela’. El canciller de Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez, rechazó hoy los pronunciamientos del secretario … Seguir leyendo
          #EEUU agrega 5 entidades cubanas más a su “lista negra”. #NoMásBloqueo      Cache   Translate Page      
Estados Unidos anunció este lunes la expansión de su lista negra de empresas cubanas con las que los estadounidenses tienen prohibido hacer negocios, en medio de su renovada ofensiva contra Cuba y Venezuela. El Departamento de Estado dijo que el … Seguir leyendo
          A #EEUU le molesta que India le compre petróleo a #Venezuela +(Video)      Cache   Translate Page      
Además de su aparente implicación en el sabotaje eléctrico en Venezuela, el gobierno estadounidense también busca cercarle los negocios al país bolivariano. Después del bloqueo comercial que le impone, el gobierno estadounidense también busca entorpecer los negocios de Venezuela. Ahora, … Seguir leyendo
          Venezuelan government targets Guaido over national blackout      Cache   Translate Page      
Venezuela’s attorney general escalated the confrontation between the government and the opposition leader.
          Venezuela says breakdown in talks led to US withdrawal      Cache   Translate Page      
Nicolas Maduro’s government cut ties with the US in January over its recognition of opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s rightful leader.
          Las denuncias de Luis Carlos Díaz que desataron la persecución del régimen de Maduro: "Tienen la capacidad de desaparecer, exiliar, desterrar"      Cache   Translate Page      
El conductor radial y activista por los derechos humanos hacía una crónica minuto a minuto de la tragedia venezolana, exponiendo los abusos permanentes del gobierno chavista en Venezuela
          EEUU adelantó que vendrán "importantes" nuevas sanciones contra instituciones financieras vinculadas al régimen de Maduro      Cache   Translate Page      
Elliot Abrams, encargado del gobierno de Donald Trump para Venezuela, advirtió que también habrá "nuevas visas revocadas"
          La dictadura de Maduro adelantó que abrirá una investigación contra Juan Guaidó por un supuesto "sabotaje eléctrico"      Cache   Translate Page      
El fiscal general de Venezuela presentó como "prueba" un tuit del proclamando presidente encargado cuando el apagón ya había iniciado. La oposición sostiene que la falla del servicio se debe a las graves faltas de mantenimiento
          La desesperada búsqueda de agua para los hogares en uno de los ríos más contaminados de Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
          #LiberenALuisCarlos: repudio global a la detención del periodista Luis Carlos Díaz en Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
Activistas y periodistas recordaron que Diosdado Cabello, número dos del chavismo, había amenazado con detener al periodista, al que acusan de ser parte de un supuesto saboteo de la red eléctrica. Amnistía activó un monitoreo internacional
          Máximo líder del ELN advierte a soldados colombianos sobre muertes si confrontan a Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
A través de un comunicado, Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista, alias ‘Gabino’, pidió al país no intervenir en situación de Venezuela
          España ofreció asistencia a Venezuela para solucionar el gigantesco apagón: "Hay un problema de fondo y podemos ayudar"      Cache   Translate Page      
El gobierno del socialista Pedro Sánchez respaldó las acusaciones de Juan Guaidó, al coincidir en que el servicio se deterioró por la falta de mantenimiento y averías sistémicas de la red
          En medio del masivo apagón en Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro llamó a los colectivos paramilitares chavistas a la "resistencia activa"      Cache   Translate Page      
Esas milicias están detrás de la muerte de siete personas durante el frustrado ingreso de ayuda humanitaria. El llamado del dictador se produce horas antes de protestas convocadas en todo el país por el presidente interino Juan Guaidó para expresar el descontento por el corte de energía más grave que haya sufrido el país
          Amazon domain battle rages on as internet overseer postpones decision      Cache   Translate Page      
BRASILIA, March 11- Brazil on Monday thanked the global body that oversees Internet addresses for extending until April a deadline for Amazon basin nations to reach a deal with Inc in their seven-year battle over the. amazon domain name. Amazon basin countries Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana and Suriname have fought the...
          Another Fox Host Calls Ilhan Omar 'Anti-American'      Cache   Translate Page      
Another Fox Host Calls Ilhan Omar 'Anti-American'

Fox News "reprimanded" Jeanine Pirro for questioning freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's loyalty to the United States.

And almost immediately Fox Business Network's Trish Regan attacks the Congresswoman as "seemingly anti-American."

It never stops with these Trump surrogates.

The Fox brigade is driving a wedge of insanity into the national conversation, with horrendous attacks on newly elected Democratic politicians because their policies are too popular for Fox's liking.

Discussing a NY Times article that contradicts reports from the US government that Venezuela's President Maduro had torched a convoy of humanitarian aid to help his suffering people, FBN's Trish Reagan used this tragedy to attack Fox News' two favorite targets: freshman Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar.

After playing video of Venezuela protestors gathered outside the NY Times, Trish Reagan began her monologue.

She attacked Maduro for refusing "the entry of so much needed humanitarian aid."

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          Venezuelan government targets Guaido as some power returns      Cache   Translate Page      

Venezuelan government targets Guaido as some power returnsCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan officials reported blackouts easing in some areas Tuesday, while the chief prosecutor said opposition leader Juan Guaido is being investigated for allegedly sabotaging the national power grid, whose collapse last week has inflicted misery on millions.

          Venezuela: resiliencia en tiempos de guerra no convencional      Cache   Translate Page      
Anular la racionalidad y el juicio, detonar la solidaridad y las posibilidades de la convivencia ciudadana se constituyen ahora en objetivos preciados de quienes planifican la agresión desde la suntuosa oficina oval.
          US Sanctions Moscow-Based Bank Accused of Financing Venezuela’s Controversial Petro      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Entregadas más de 3 mil 900 nuevas viviendas en todo el país      Cache   Translate Page      

Este jueves, a través de la Gran Misión Vivienda Venezuela (GMVV) se entregaron 3.975 hogares en todo el país, informó el ministro del Poder Popular de Hábitat y Vivienda (Minhvi), Ildemaro Villarroel. Destacó que con esta adjudicación, el Gobierno Bolivariano, presidido por Nicolás Maduro Moros, ha atendido a un total de 2.596.977 familias a escala […]

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          Los Niños Cantores de Venezuela ofrecerán concierto en el Museo de Bellas Artes      Cache   Translate Page      

El Museo de Bellas Artes (MBA) se vestirá de gala con el concierto que ofrecerán los Niños Cantores de Venezuela, dirigidos por Paola Alejandra Otero, este 15 de marzo a partir de las 3:30 de la tarde. Los Niños Cantores de Venezuela, es una agrupación que nació en enero del 2007, bajo la dirección musical de la profesora […]

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          Rey de Jordania recibió cartas credenciales del Embajador de Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      

Como parte del proceso de acreditación, el nuevo Embajador de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela ante el Reino Hachemita de Jordania, Omar Vielma Osuna, entregó este miércoles, sus cartas credenciales a su majestad el Rey Abdala II. La ceremonia se dio a conocer, a través de la cuenta oficial en la red social Twitter de […]

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          Taekwondo venezolano busca en Dominicana clasificación a Panamericanos 2019      Cache   Translate Page      

La selección venezolana de taekwondo busca en República Dominicana el clasificatorio a los Juegos Panamericanos, que se disputarán en Lima, Perú, entre el 26 de julio y 11 de agosto. Venezuela va por los boletos en poomsae (figuras) y Kyorugui (combate), en un evento que se disputa del 6 al 8 de marzo, en Santo Domingo, informó el Comité Olímpico […]

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          Estados Unidos anunció el retiro de todos sus diplomáticos que permanecen en Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
La decisión refleja el deterioro de la situación en Venezuela además de que la presencia del personal diplomático estadounidense en la embajada se ha vuelto una limitación para la política de Estados Unidos”, tuiteó el secretario de Estado Mike Pompeo El Gobierno de Estados Unidos anunció este que retirará a lo largo de esta semana […]
          Ford Motor de Venezuela presentó nuevo video de “Conduciendo tu Futuro”      Cache   Translate Page      
El programa impulsa la educación, el emprendimiento y el trabajo de los jóvenes venezolanos
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Deborah Bonello for Vice, March 12 2019 — When the former head of Venezuela’s intelligence service released a videodenouncing President Nicolás Maduro last month, the world listened. In a series of filmed statements circulated on Twitter and comments to the press, Hugo Carvajal Barrios, 58, accused the current government of the troubled South American nation of drug trafficking, […]
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  Juan GUAIDO, PRESEDINTELE PARLAMENTULUI VENEZUELEAN: „Eu inteleg disperarea noastra, a tuturor,
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Caracas, March 13 (IANS) Venezuela's Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez has said that electricity has been "fully restored" nationwide after a massive blackout starting late last week affected most of the country.

"At this time, almost all the electric energy supply has been restored throughout the national territory," Efe news quoted Rodriguez as saying to reporters on Tuesday.

He called the power restoration a "victory" in the face of what he and the Nicolas Maduro government claim to be a "terrorist attack" perpetrated by the US on the "distribution system" and the "brain" of Venezuela's electricity grid.

However, he called upon the public to remain alert because, he said, the "electric war" continues.

The Maduro regime had said last week that the electricity distribution system had been sabotaged and was the target of a cyber-attack by the US, the target being the country's main Guri hydroelectric facility in southern Bolivar state.

Restoring electric service has been overseen by Maduro, who has been monitoring developments from a "situation room," according to what Rodriguez said on Tuesday, along with workers from the state-run electric company Corpoelec.

Because of the power outage, the supply of potable water across much of the country was also affected, although now that power has ostensibly been "almost fully" restored the water pumping systems are operating again.

Last Thursday, Venezuela experienced a massive power blackout that paralyzed the country, and the government suspended work and school classes, with communications and transportation services also being severely affected.

The blackout resulted in about a dozen states being completely without electricity, and looting occurred in the states of Zulia and Merida, while the NGO Doctors Health Organization reported that several hospitals had been significantly affected, resulting in at least 21 deaths.

Venezuela has been experiencing power failures for years but they have become more serious recently and the one that hit the country last Thursday was by far the longest in history.

The political crisis in Venezuela intensified on Jan. 23 when the head of the opposition-controlled Parliament, Juan Guaido, proclaimed himself the country's interim president and received the support of a majority of countries in the Western Hemisphere as well some 20 countries in Europe.

The Venezuelan opposition, which does not recognize Maduro's second six-year term in office, which began on Jan. 10, says that the country is going through a "complicated humanitarian emergency" - including a severe lack of both food and medicine - and has asked for the international community's help in dealing with it.



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Karakas 12 mars – Prokurori publik i Venezuelës Tarek Vilijam Sab sot deklaroi se ka ngritur hetim kundër liderit opozitar

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A highway shoulder in Venezuela’s capital has turned into one of the city’s most sought-after destinations. It’s one of the few places residents could find the slightest cellphone signal strong enough…
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US to pull all remaining diplomatic staff from VenezuelaThe United States will withdraw all remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Caracas as the crisis in Venezuela deepens, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late Monday. The move worsens already tattered relations, with President Donald Trump having said he rules out no options including military intervention to oust President Nicolas Maduro as Washington monitors rapidly unfolding events in the oil-rich but crippled South American nation supported by Russia and China. The US has already imposed sanctions designed to choke off Venezuelan oil sales, the lifeblood of the leftist government in Caracas.

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Relations between the United States and Venezuela appeared all but collapsed Tuesday after the leftist government in Caracas set a 72-hour deadline for American diplomats to leave the country and the State Department said it was removing all U.S. Embassy staff.

Although the two nations did not...

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Mario Abdo Benítez, presidente do Paraguai, fez um pronunciamento conjunto com o presidente Jair Bolsonaro após encontro no Palácio do Planalto. Ambos ratificaram o compromisso de fortalecer as relações entre os países. No ensejo, foram abordados temas como a Usina de Itaipu, os valores morais e a democracia na Venezuela. Assista ao vídeo.

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O presidente Jair Bolsonaro realiza, hoje, um grande avanço no sentido de aprofundar e estreitar as relações bilaterais do Brasil com o Paraguai. De modo distinto do ocorrido com Juan Guaidó, presidente interino da Venezuela, Mario Abdo Benítez foi recebido com honras de chefe de Estado em uma cerimônia impressionante, contando com a participação da Guarda Presidencial. Assista ao vídeo.

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Washington sieht "Bedrohungen" für Guaidó durch Ermittlungen in dessen Heimat. Maduro ortet US-Cyberangriff
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Rusia anuncia su disposición para proveer alimentos y medicamentos a Venezuela sobre la base de contratos comerciales.

“Principalmente, estamos hablando de suministrar alimentos, materias primas para producir alimentos y medicamentos” a Venezuela, señaló el lunes el jefe del Comité de Asuntos Internacionales del Consejo de la Federación (Senado ruso), Konstantin Kosachev.

El funcionario ruso, que hizo estas declaraciones tras una reunión con el embajador venezolano en Moscú (capital rusa), Carlos Rafael Faría Tortosa, destacó el interés principal de Venezuela en recibir productos de los tres sectores mencionados.

De acuerdo con el alto titular ruso, el Gobierno venezolano está listo para firmar contratos comerciales sobre esas entregas, que no formarían parte de la ayuda humanitaria de Moscú a Caracas.

Los parlamentarios rusos, afirmó Kosachev, seguirán de cerca la situación y mantendrán contactos directos con las regiones de Rusia y los productores locales para acelerar el proceso.

Principalmente, estamos hablando de suministrar alimentos, productos agrícolas para producir alimentos y medicamentos”, señaló respecto a Venezuela el presidente del Comité de Asuntos Exteriores del Consejo de la Federación Rusa (el Senado), Konstantin Kosachev.

La vicepresidenta de Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, en una reunión en Moscú con el canciller ruso, Serguéi Lavrov, remarcó que el presidente Nicolás Maduro ha dado instrucciones muy claras de qué alimentos necesita el pueblo y qué alimentos se deben adquirir en Rusia.

Maduro, por su parte, anunció el próximo arribo de 300 toneladas de ayuda humanitaria proveniente de Rusia a su país y afirmó que su Gobierno aceptará el apoyo de otros países a través de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU).

El Gobierno de Maduro rechaza la supuesta ayuda humanitaria de EE.UU. y no ha permitido su ingreso a Venezuela, como esperaba el autoproclamado presidente venezolano Juan Guaidó, jefe de la Asamblea Nacional (de mayoría opositora y en desacato judicial desde 2016).

En medio de la crisis política y económica que vive el país bolivariano, tanto Caracas como Moscú han considerado que la “ayuda” de Washington se trata de un pretexto para invadir el país y propiciar un golpe de Estado contra el presidente legítimo Maduro.

Conforme a Caracas, si EE.UU. quiere de verdad ayudar al pueblo venezolano debe levantar las sanciones que ha impuesto contra el país, incluido contra el sector petrolero. En este contexto, Washington anunció sanciones el lunes contra el banco Evrofinance Mosnarbank de Rusia por seguir sus relaciones con la estatal Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA).
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El presidente Nicolás Maduro afirma que los ataques al sistema eléctrico de Venezuela se efectuaron en tres fases y con una tecnología que solo posee EE.UU.

“Ha sido un ataque de este golpe eléctrico por varias vías: Primero el ciberataque al cerebro del sistema computarizado de la empresa Corpoelec (Corporación Eléctrica Nacional) en El Guri y el ciberataque desde el exterior al cerebro de conducción que queda en Caracas (la capital)”, ha precisado este lunes el presidente venezolano, sobre la primera fase del sabotaje eléctrico.

El daño ocasionado contra el sistema de distribución de electricidad fue provocado con tecnología que únicamente cuenta Washington, ha aseverado el líder chavista, en declaraciones ofrecidas desde el Palacio de Miraflores, sede del Ejecutivo, en Caracas.

El segundo ataque fue lanzado vía electromagnética, “que mediante dispositivos móviles interrumpen y revierten los procesos de recuperación”, ha especificado en su informe detallado sobre los apagones masivos que han dejado a oscuras a Venezuela por varios días.

La última fase, prosigue Maduro, fue “a través de la quema y explosión de subestaciones eléctricas. Como a las 2 de la mañana hubo una explosión producto de un sabotaje a la subestación Alto Prado (estado Miranda) para tumbar toda la electricidad en Caracas”.

Ha sido un ataque de este golpe eléctrico por varias vías: Primero el ciberataque al cerebro del sistema computarizado de la empresa Corpoelec (Corporación Eléctrica Nacional) en El Guri y el ciberataque desde el exterior al cerebro de conducción que queda en Caracas (la capital)”, precisó el presidente venezolano, Nicolás maduro, sobre la primea fase del sabotaje eléctrico en el país bolivariano.

Hay suficiente elementos y evidencias que demuestran quienes están detrás de estos ataques, que constituyen graves crímenes contra los derechos humanos, contra la paz y la estabilidad de la República Bolivariana, ha denunciado el dignatario bolivariano.

“El gobierno de EE.UU. ordenó este ataque porque creía que el pueblo venezolano se iba a rendir; al contrario, el pueblo venezolano ha sacado la conciencia para resistir. Doy mi reconocimiento al pueblo de Venezuela”, ha subrayado.

En esta misma línea, ha dicho que la policía venezolana ha detenido hasta el momento a dos personas que pretendían sabotear el sistema de comunicaciones de El Guri, y ha pedido a la Justicia venezolana que determine todos autores materiales e intelectuales de los ataques.

En los últimos días, la mayoría de estados venezolanos ha sufrido masivos apagones y, por ende, fallos en los servicios de telecomunicaciones. El Gobierno de Caracas atribuye los cortes eléctricos a “una guerra” promovido por Washington para desestabilizar el país y justificar su intervención en el país bolivariano.

Por su parte, el líder golpista venezolano, Juan Guadió, jefe del Parlamento —en desacato judicial desde 2016— ha aprovechado de esos apagones para declarar la misma jornada del lunes alerta nacional en el país, con el fin de pedir “ayuda internacional”, más concreto, de EE.UU.

El presidente venezolano ha asegurado a su vez que acabará pronto con los intentos desesperados de Washington y su títere golpista para atentar contra la soberanía de Venezuela.
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Guaidó está quemado

Quedó demostrado. El diputado y autoproclamado presidente encargado de Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, mintió al mundo cuando acusó al Gobierno de Nicolás Maduro de incendiar los camiones con 'ayuda humanitaria' y también en cuanto a sus contenidos. Así lo desveló una investigación realizada por el periódico The New York Times [NYT]. Guaidó, quedó quemado.

La noticia, ilustrada mediante vídeos irrefutables –pese al ocultamiento del Gobierno de Colombia de los 13 minutos previos y comprometedores al lanzamiento de la bomba casera que derivó en el incendio del camión, según el NYT– ve la luz en pleno apagón de energía eléctrica que padece el país caribeño, considerado por Maduro como el producto de un ataque cibernético de parte de EEUU.

​Apagón también es el que de esta manera el New York Times provocó a Guaidó. No obstante, la noticia no corrió como reguero de pólvora como podía esperarse en la prensa internacional: casi ningún medio del mainstream de Occidente habla de ello.

Quedó claro que desde el lado colombiano de la frontera, por donde se pretendió forzar la entrada de la 'ayuda humanitaria' estadounidense –en todo caso, Colombia también necesita ayuda humanitaria real– se esmeraron muy poco para evitar que los seguidores de Guaidó, atacaran a las fuerzas del orden venezolanas que en ningún momento respondieron con esa peligrosidad a sus atacantes.

​El analista militar Juan Aguilar señala que "está claro que el día 23 de febrero […] la oposición venezolana guiada y dirigida desde Miami por [el senador estadounidense] Marco Rubio y la Administración norteamericana, lo que intentaban crear era un casus belli".

No obstante, el NYT de alguna manera disculpa el incendio del camión causado por los seguidores y patrocinadores de Guaidó: "parece que fue la misma oposición —y no los hombres de Maduro— quien accidentalmente prendió fuego al camión". Para empezar, porque ese 'accidente' no hubiera ocurrido si los guarimberos de Guaidó no estuvieran atacando a las fuerzas del orden venezolanas con bombas incendiarias, que en cualquier otro país, incluidos latinoamericanos, europeos, o el propio EEUU, hubiera recibido otro tipo de respuesta.

"Hay imágenes de ese día. Se lanzaron decenas de cócteles molotov. Es más, es curioso [que] el primer camión que está cercano al puesto fronterizo, ese no arde, arden los dos siguiente de atrás porque es [la distancia] donde alcanzaban las botellas inflamables lanzadas por los guarimberos", observa Aguilar.

Llegados a este punto, por un lado están los hechos demostrados por la investigación del NYT, y por otro, lo que dijo Guaidó, desde ese mismo lado colombiano, flanqueado y bendecido por el presidente, Iván Duque, y el secretario general de la OEA, Luis Almagro: "Maduro ordenó el incendio y destrucción de camiones con comida y medicamentos", disparó ante el gesto adusto y mirada de circunstancia de quienes le rodeaban.

Esta imagen no deja de ser sintomática, en opinión de Aguilar. "En aquel momento, en ese día, ellos tenían el convencimiento de que las Fuerza Armada [Bolivariana] se iba a desmoronar, que iba a quitar del poder a Maduro, que iban a ganar y que iba a ser un paseo. En función de eso se permitió alegremente mentir de una forma tan descarada y casi tan infantil".

"El problema es que cuando eso no ha sucedido, cuando vemos que pasan los días y las semanas y este señor [Guaidó] sólo manda en la oficina del despacho en el que está metido desde donde graba sus mensajitos para YouTube, entonces le vemos como un personaje ridículo, quemado. Este era un hombre que estaba destinado a ser quemado dentro de un plan mucho más general de asalto a un régimen político y a una nación soberana como Venezuela", subraya el analista.

En ese mensaje, Guaidó hizo un tres por uno: lanzó tres mentiras de una vez, y en una línea. Y es que la investigación del periódico norteamericano también demuestra, aparte de que Maduro no ordenó el incendio, que entre esa 'ayuda humanitaria', ni había comida, ni había medicamentos. Es lo que se puede leer en el rotativo:

"La Agencia de Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID), principal proveedor de la ayuda que estaba en el puente para ser cruzada desde Cúcuta, no tenía medicamentos listados entre los objetos que anunció como donación. Un funcionario de alto nivel que estaba en el puente ese día de febrero le dijo a The New York Times que el envío quemado contenía suministros como guantes y tapabocas, pero no medicamentos. Videos revisados por el Times muestran que algunas cajas tienen kits de cuidado e higiene, que, según lo que los estadounidenses identificaron en sus listas, tenían suministros como jabón y pasta dental".

Entonces, desde los niveles más altos retuitearon la mentira de Guaidó. En este sentido, el NYT llama las cosas por su nombre: "El día del incendio el Gobierno de Colombia estuvo entre quienes promovieron la teoría de que Maduro era responsable de ordenar el incendio. La vicepresidenta Marta Lucía Ramírez publicó una fotografía de lo que llamó 'Uno de los camiones incinerados por los colectivos por orden de Maduro. Prefiere destruir comida y medicamentos que alimentar y sanar las enfermedades de su pueblo'".

​Días más tarde, también puso su granito de manipulación y engaño para afianzar el contubernio el asesor de seguridad nacional de Donald Trump: "Maduro ha mentido sobre la crisis humanitaria en Venezuela; contrata a criminales para quemar comida y medicamentos destinados para el pueblo venezolano".

​En este sentido, el analista afirma que "estos señores no dudaron en utilizar todo tipo de artes sucias, entre ellas, la mentira más descarada. Porque hay que ser muy descarado y muy sinvergüenza para lanzar una mentira tan evidente".

Desde entonces, no se sabe nada de ninguno de los personajes que mintieron al mundo sobre el incendio del camión y de la 'ayuda humanitaria' en sí, en el sentido de una retractación. Ni de ellos, ni de toda la comparsa política y mediática que abona su juego. Y así se refleja también en las redes sociales.

"Claro, cuando la operación falla, lo que se hace es taparse", explica Aguilar. Al final, el fuego que provocó el cóctel molotov que incendió el camión con la 'ayuda humanitaria', alcanzó a Guaidó, quien terminó quemado.

"Guaidó es un hombre que estaba para ser quemado. […] Su única función es provocar la fractura, crear las condiciones del enfrentamiento y de estallido social; que permita la intervención exterior excusándose en la ayuda humanitaria, en la represión contra el pueblo", concluye Juan Aguilar.

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El plan presupuestario del Departamento de Estado de EEUU para el año fiscal 2020 prevé el uso de hasta 500 millones de dólares en una "transición democrática" en Venezuela.

"La solicitud del presupuesto para el año fiscal 2020 incluye fondos para apoyar la democracia en Venezuela y proporciona flexibilidad para hacer que haya más fondos disponibles para apoyar una transición democrática, incluidos hasta 500 millones de dólares para transferencias autorizadas", afirmó el subsecretario de Estado, John J. Sullivan, en una reunión informativa.

Estados Unidos reconoció a Juan Guaidó, quien se autoproclamó presidente interino de Venezuela. A su vez, el presidente del país, Nicolás Maduro, calificó a Guaidó de títere de EEUU. Rusia, China y varios otros países apoyan a Maduro como el mandatario legítimo de Venezuela.
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Cuba rechaza acusaciones de EEUU sobre presencia de militares de la isla en Venezuela

El canciller de Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, refutó las acusaciones de EEUU de que La Habana interviene en los asuntos internos de Venezuela y que participa en operaciones militares en esa nación sudamericana.

"Cuba no interviene en los asuntos internos de Venezuela, como Venezuela no interviene en los de Cuba. Es totalmente falso que Cuba esté participando en operaciones de la FANB (Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana) o los servicios de seguridad. Es una calumnia del gobierno de EEUU con agresivos fines políticos", escribió el jefe de la diplomacia cubana en su cuenta de Twitter.

El pasado 8 de marzo, el enviado especial de EEUU para Venezuela, Elliot Abrams, aseguró en una entrevista que en ese país "hay miles de agentes cubanos a su alrededor, literalmente, físicamente. Son asesores clave de (presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás) Maduro".

​En otro mensaje en Twitter, Rodríguez Parrilla enfatizó que "Cuba rechaza de manera categórica la mentira difundida por el gobierno de EEUU de que Cuba tiene "entre 20 y 25 mil efectivos militares en Venezuela" y toda insinuación de que existe algún grado de subordinación política de Venezuela a Cuba o de Cuba a Venezuela".

En un discurso ofrecido en la Universidad Internacional de Florida (FIU), el pasado 18 de febrero, el presidente estadounidense Donald Trump acusó a Cuba de "mantener un ejército privado en Venezuela", tesis que también sostienen el asesor de Seguridad Nacional de la Casa Blanca, John Bolton, y el senador cubanoamericano Marco Rubio.

​A su vez, Bolton y Rubio han sido acusados por las autoridades de la isla como los principales instigadores de un plan para derrocar al gobierno de Venezuela.

En una declaración oficial emitida el 11 de marzo, Cuba calificó a John Bolton "como un mentiroso reconocido, con credenciales de larga data".

Este funcionario —expresa el documento— acusó a Cuba en el año 2002 de poseer un programa de desarrollo de armas biológicas, "falacia desmentida públicamente por quien era entonces su jefe, el ex secretario de Estado Colin Powell, y por el ex presidente James Carter".

También acusa a Bolton de estar entre los promotores de la mentira de que el gobierno de Iraq poseía armas de destrucción masiva y un programa para desarrollarlas, lo que sirvió de pretexto para la agresión y ocupación militar de ese país del Medio Oriente por parte de los EEUU, a un precio de cerca de un millón de muertos y millones de desplazados iraquíes.

La declaración oficial del gobierno cubano reiteró además que las relaciones con Venezuela "se basan en el respeto mutuo, en la verdadera solidaridad, en el común compromiso bolivariano y martiano, fidelista y chavista, con la integración de "Nuestra América", independiente y soberana".

Añade que en los proyectos del Convenio Integral de Cooperación, suscritos entre La Habana y Caracas, participan poco más de 20 mil cubanos, la mayoría mujeres, 96% de los cuales están dedicados a la prestación de servicios de salud a la población, y otros que laboran en sectores como educación, cultura, deporte y agroalimentario.

El impacto acumulado en Venezuela de esa cooperación ayudó a salvar 1.473.117 vidas, a realizar 717.029.310 exámenes de diagnóstico médico, a dar atención oftalmológica a 62.031.309 de personas, a administrar 12.915.648 de vacunas contra el sarampión y la tuberculosis, a lo que se puede sumar 3.095.546 de alfabetizados, consigna el documento.

Es totalmente falso que Cuba esté participando en operaciones de la Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana o los servicios de seguridad, "a diferencia de EEUU que tiene unas ochenta bases militares en América Latina y el Caribe, incluida la que usurpa territorio cubano en Guantánamo, y unas ochocientas en el planeta que disponen de más de 250 mil soldados", subraya la declaración del gobierno cubano.

"Cuba no tiene ninguna en país alguno, ni especialistas en tortura y represión policial, ni cárceles secretas, ni fuerzas navales o aéreas merodeando las costas y el espacio aéreo inmediato de Estados soberanos ni satélites observando cada detalle", enfatiza la nota.

También recordó que con el uso de mentiras EEUU promovió el sangriento golpe de estado de Augusto Pinochet en Chile (en 1973), asesinó a más de diez mil ciudadanos indefensos en la invasión militar a Panamá de diciembre de 1989, y provocó la agresión militar y la desestabilización de Libia, además de ayudar y mantener al oprobioso régimen del apartheid en Sudáfrica.

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Venezuela braced for fresh protests called by opposition leader Juan Guaido on Tuesday, day five of a crippling power blackout, as the US moved to pull all remaining diplomatic staff from the crisis-wracked country.The global network of Agence France-Pres
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Venezuela ordered American diplomats on Tuesday to leave within 72 hours after President Nicolas Maduro accused U.S. counterpart Donald Trump of cyber "sabotage" that plunged the South American country into its worst blackout on record.

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The United States is preparing to impose "very significant" Venezuela-related sanctions against financial institutions in the coming days, U.S. special envoy Elliott Abrams said on Tuesday.

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Venezuela'da Başsavcılık, kendisini geçici devlet başkanı ilan eden Meclis Başkanı Juan Guaido hakkında sabotaj suçlamasıyla soruşturma başlattı.
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ABD yönetimi, Venezuela'daki büyükelçiliğinde bulunan tüm görevli personelini bu hafta geri çekeceğini açıkladı.
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Der Ton zwischen den USA und der Maduro-Regierung wird immer rauer. Jetzt wirft die Regierung in Caracas auch die letzten verbliebenen Botschaftsmitarbeiter aus dem Land. Ihre Anwesenheit war für Washington ohnehin «ein Hemmschuh» für mögliche Schritte.

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Thus, what was supposed to be a morale-boosting quickie regime-change operation to cheer up the rank and file on the road to Tehran – the overthrow of Nicolas Maduro’s sanctions-starved socialist state in Venezuela, the oil-rich fly in the ointment of “our own backyard” – has become just another entry on a long list of ignominious failures. Even the truest of true believers can no longer pretend that the US is in the business of spreading democracy – not when all the evidence and information available points the other way. The only remedy left for the “sole superpower” is to cut off the flow of information entirely and build an informational Iron Dome, an epistemological missile shield capable of withstanding all truth.

Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?

Lazy propaganda is largely to blame for the lapse in narrative superiority. The same tawdry psy-ops are recycled again and again, as we see now in Venezuela, where Iran-Contra felon and smirking genocide enthusiast Elliott Abrams has been wheeled out of cold storage to work his death-squad magic>>>

          Oil Prices Inch Higher On Venezuelan Crude Crisis      Cache   Translate Page      
Bullish news from Saudi Arabia sent oil prices higher on Tuesday morning, but market uncertainty still remains. (Click to enlarge) (Click to enlarge) (Click to enlarge) (Click to enlarge)- The U.S. saw electricity consumption rise to an all-time high in 2018 at 4,178 million megawatthours, according to the EIA. That was a 4 percent increase from the year before. - The previous peak was in 2007, so it took until last year to bring consumption levels back to the pre-recession peak. - Weather is a key factor. The higher levels in 2018 are largely…
          Oil Prices Jump As Saudis Promise To Do "Whatever It Takes"      Cache   Translate Page      
Oil prices rose early on Tuesday to their highest level this month, supported by the Saudi pledge to continue cutting deeper and a blackout in Venezuela that disrupted its oil production and exports. At 10:42 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, WTI Crude was up 1.27 percent at $57.51 and Brent Crude was trading up 0.92 percent at $67.19. Both benchmarks were trading at their highest levels so far in March. On Monday, OPEC’s de facto leader and largest producer, Saudi Arabia, signaled that it is determined to do ‘whatever it takes’ to rebalance…
          Bolton Threatens Companies Shipping Venezuelan Oil To Cuba      Cache   Translate Page      
Shipping companies and insurers that take part in sending crude oil from Venezuela to Cuba have been “put on notice,” U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said in a tweet, following a declaration by the Venezuelan opposition-dominated National Assembly that all oil exports to Cuba must be suspended in the wake of the five-day blackout that wreaked havoc on the already struggling South American country. “The Venezuelan National Assembly has decreed the suspension of crude exports to Cuba following the collapse of the national…
          Venezuelan Oil Sector Takes A Beating As Blackout Persists      Cache   Translate Page      
The Venezuelan national Assembly, dominated by the opposition, declared a state of alarm over a blackout that the government blamed on a U.S. cyberattack and that plunged the struggling country into darkness and chaos for five days. Reuters reports as of Monday there was electricity in most of the capital Caracas, but the rest of the country was still without power for the most part. President Maduro said the blackout was instigated by the United States as part of a “demonic” plot seeking to remove him from power. The blackout, he said,…
          Energy Minister confident of Dragon Gas deal      Cache   Translate Page      
Government remains confident of finalizing the Dragon Gas deal with Venezuela. During today’s Sitting of the Senate, Energy Minister Franklin Khan recounted negotiations as they happened over the last two years. He adds that one final step remains, and is confident of things working out, despite challenges facing Venezuela. Energy Minister Franklin Khan.
          Telefónicas venezolanas ofrecen Wi-Fi y SMS gratis      Cache   Translate Page      

A TRAVÉS DE UN COMUNICADO DE PRENSA, la filial de la empresa telefónica Movistar en Venezuela puso a disposición de sus clientes y de manera gratuita el uso de mensajes de texto (SMS) desde el 12 de marzo al mediodía y por 24 horas, como medida de apoyo para facilitar las comunicaciones en medio de […]

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          Elliot Abrams anuncia nuevas sanciones contra gobierno de Maduro      Cache   Translate Page      

EL REPRESENTANTE ESPECIAL DE ESTADOS UNIDOS PARA VENEZUELA, Elliot Abrams, informó este 12 de marzo que en los próximos días habrán nuevas y significantes sanciones contra el Gobierno de Nicolás Maduro. Reiteró que el presidente Donald Trump mantiene todas las opciones sobre la mesa. Abrams se refirió al retiro del personal estadounidense de la embajada en territorio venezolano, […]

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          Gobierno da plazo de 72 horas a personal diplomático de EEUU para salir Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      

EL GOBIERNO VENEZOLANO ANUNCIÓ ESTE MARTES que dio por terminadas las conversaciones con Estados Unidos (EEUU) para el establecimiento de oficinas de intereses, por lo que exhorta al personal diplomático estadounidense a abandonar el territorio venezolano en las próximas 72 horas. La decisión gubernamental se dio a conocer a través de un comunicado oficial del […]

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          Pompeo: Venezuela'daki tüm diplomatları geri çekiyoruz      Cache   Translate Page      
Pompeo: Venezuela'daki tüm diplomatları geri çekiyoruz
ABD Dışişleri Bakanı Mike Pompeo, Venezuela'daki tüm ABD'li diplomatları çekme kararı aldıklarını açıkladı.Devamı için tıklayınız
          U.S. pulling out remaining diplomats from Venezuela amid deteriorating conditions      Cache   Translate Page      

The United States said Tuesday it would pull its remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela this week, rupturing relations as the socialist South American country plunges deeper into chaos.

The move comes as Venezuelan society appears to be unraveling amid a nationwide blackout and critical...

          Crisis en Venezuela: Impiden ingreso de obispo a hospital de niños      Cache   Translate Page      
, 12 Mar. 19 (ACI Prensa).- En medio del apagón masivo que sufre Venezuela, fuerzas policiales evitaron que Mons. Tulio Ramírez, Obispo Auxiliar de Caracas, ingresara junto a un grupo de médicos al Hospital de Niños J.M. de los Ríos.
          Juan Guaidó declara "estado de alarma nacional" por el apagón en Venezuela que hoy cumple cuatro días - Telemundo      Cache   Translate Page      
  1. Juan Guaidó declara "estado de alarma nacional" por el apagón en Venezuela que hoy cumple cuatro días  Telemundo
  2. EEUU a navieras que lleven petróleo venezolano a Cuba: “Están avisadas”  Cubanet
  3. Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela aprueba oficialmente el estado de emergencia nacional  CNN
  4. Mike Pompeo: Pdvsa es un cajero automático para Maduro  El
  5. EEUU retirará a todos sus diplomáticos que permanecen en Venezuela  El Nuevo Herald
  6. Ver cobertura completa en Google Noticias

          "Estados Unidos retirará todo el personal de la embajada en Venezuela", Pompeo -      Cache   Translate Page      
  1. "Estados Unidos retirará todo el personal de la embajada en Venezuela", Pompeo
  2. EEUU sanciona a banco ruso por ayudar al régimen de Maduro  Cubanet
  3. Canciller ruso rechaza demanda de Pompeo para que renuncien al crudo de Venezuela  El Comercio - Perú
  4. EEUU castiga a banco ruso-venezolano Evrofinance por ayudar a Maduro evitar las sanciones  El Nuevo Herald
  5. ¿Oportunidad para la diplomacia en Venezuela?
  6. Ver cobertura completa en Google Noticias

          ICANN Postpones Amazon Domain Decision, Crusade Continues Between Amazon Nations and Amazon Inc.      Cache   Translate Page      

ICANN on Monday extended the deadline to April for Amazon basin nations to reach a deal with the tech giant Amazon Inc in their seven-year battle over the .amazon domain name. Reuters reports: "[ICANN] meeting this week in Kobe, Japan, decided to put off a decision that was expected to favor use of the domain by the world's largest online retailer. Amazon basin countries Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana and Suriname have fought the domain request since it was made in 2012, arguing that the name refers to their geographic region and thus belongs to them."

Amazon nations remain "firmly opposed" to Amazon Inc gaining exclusive control of the domain name, says Brazil's foreign ministry. He adds: "Brazil and its seven Amazon partners will continue to negotiate in good faith with to try to reach a 'mutually acceptable solution' to the domain dispute."

Supporting .Amazon domain strengthens global internet cooperation, says Christian Dawson of i2Coalition: "Though we should all be sympathetic to the position of the governments of Brazil and Peru, we should also be impressed with the extensive efforts that Amazon has undertaken in order to assuage as many of those concerns as possible. They have made formal signed commitments to not use the TLDs in a confusing manner. They have promised to support future gTLD applications to represent the region using the geographic terms of the regions, including .AMAZONIA, .AMAZONICA or .AMAZONAS. They also offered to reserve for the relevant governments certain domain names that could cause confusion or touch on national sensitivities.

           Comment on Pompeo Accuses Cuba and Russia of Propping Up Venezuelan Ruler by Mark Schumacher in LV       Cache   Translate Page      
Why not? We sure took good care of Kadafi right? I have a feeling Cuba is behind alot of what's going on there as well.
           Comment on Pompeo Accuses Cuba and Russia of Propping Up Venezuelan Ruler by Bluwater       Cache   Translate Page      
But it's A-OK for Amerika to depose a Venezuelan ruler?
          Staatskrise in Venezuela:Caracas weist verbliebene US-Diplomaten aus - n-tv NACHRICHTEN      Cache   Translate Page      
  1. Staatskrise in Venezuela:Caracas weist verbliebene US-Diplomaten aus  n-tv NACHRICHTEN
  2. Internationale Beziehungen - USA ziehen letzte Diplomaten aus Venezuela ab  Süddeutsche Zeitung
  3. Notstand in Venezuela: USA ziehen noch verbliebene Diplomaten ab
  4. Machtkampf in Venezuela: USA ziehen letzte Diplomaten aus Caracas ab  SPIEGEL ONLINE
  5. Washington zieht alle Botschaftsmitarbeiter aus Venezuela ab  FAZ - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  6. Mehr zum Thema in Google News

          Il Venezuela e le guerre di nuova generazione      Cache   Translate Page      

DI GENNARO CAROTENUTO Le denunce del New York Times e di Forbes sui casi degli aiuti umanitari bruciati e sul blackout, che analizzo qui, attestano che in Venezuela la guerra sia già cominciata e le false notizie dominino incontrastate la costruzione dell’opinione pubblica. Le guerre di nuova generazione fanno morti come e più di …

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          Colômbia impede parentes de Maduro de fugir de apagão, que chega ao sexto dia      Cache   Translate Page      
Órgão migratório do país barrou um primo do presidente venezuelano e outras nove pessoas - incluindo seis crianças - que tentavam chegar até a cidade litorânea de Riohacha, onde esperariam uma solução para a crise energética que afeta a Venezuela
          Washington retire du Venezuela tout son personnel diplomatique      Cache   Translate Page      
Les diplomates américains quittent Caracas
Les Etats-Unis vont retirer tout le personnel diplomatique encore présent dans leur ambassade à Caracas en raison de l'aggravation de la crise au Venezuela. Le secrétaire d'Etat Mike Pompeo l'a annoncé lundi.

(ats) "Cette décision reflète la dégradation de la situation au Venezuela ainsi que le constat selon lequel la présence de personnel diplomatique à l'ambassade américaine est devenue une contraint

          Venezuela'dan yeni açıklama: 72 saat süre verdi      Cache   Translate Page      
Arreaza, Twitter hesabından yaptığı açıklamada, ABD'nin diplomatik personeline, ülkeden ayrılmaları için 72 saat süre tanındığını ifade etti. ABD diplomatik personelinin ülkenin istikrarını ve bütünlüğünü... Devamı için tıklayınız
          Géographie de la guerre et scénarios de l'intervention au Venezuela. Mission Vérité (Caracas).Traduction D. Vives Simorra      Cache   Translate Page      
Rapport stratégique. Géographie de la guerre et scénarios de l'intervention au Venezuela. Mission Vérité, Groupe de Recherche Stratégique et de Communication politique, Caracas, Mars 2019. Traduction. D. Vives Simorra. [Informe estratégico. Geografía de la guerra y escenarios de la intervención en Venezuela, Misión Verdad, Grupo de Investigación Estratégica y Comunicación Política, Caracas, marzo 2019. (...) - Tribune Libre

          A venezuelai elnök az Egyesült Államokat hibáztatja a csütörtök óta tartó áramszünet miatt      Cache   Translate Page      

Nicolás Maduro szabotázsra gyanakszik, az ellenzék vezetője ellen nyomozást rendeltek el.

          VENEZUELA BOOTS AMERICAN DIPLOMATS...      Cache   Translate Page      


(Second column, 22nd story, link)

          Caracas elites drink whisky, dance as ordinary fester in dark...      Cache   Translate Page      

Caracas elites drink whisky, dance as ordinary fester in dark...

(Second column, 23rd story, link)

          Panne de courant au Venezuela : enquête pour "sabotage" contre Guaido      Cache   Translate Page      
Nicolas Maduro accuse les Etats-Unis d'être responsables de la panne géante qui touche le pays depuis cinq jours, quand l'opposition l'attribue à la "corruption".
          Emociones en crisis      Cache   Translate Page      

Año: 2019. País: Venezuela

Es necesario precisar la fecha, tener criterio de realidad. Este año ha representado para los venezolanos una montaña rusa de emociones. Vivimos un momento crítico, no importa dónde nos encontremos, somos venezolanos esparcidos por cada rincón de este lugar que llamamos Tierra. Las emociones son diversas, contrarias  y cambian rápidamente… son emociones en crisis… 1,2,3,4,5.

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          Venezuela, blaming U.S. for six-day blackout, orders diplomats to leave      Cache   Translate Page      

By Vivian Sequera and Deisy Buitrago CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela ordered American diplomats on Tuesday to leave within 72 hours after President Nicolas Maduro accused U.S. counterpart Donald Trump of cyber "sabotage" that plunged the South American country into its worst blackout on record. "The presence on Venezuelan soil of these officials represents a risk for the peace, unity and stability of the country," the government said in a statement, after talks broke down over maintaining diplomatic ties between the two countries.

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          U.S. plans ‘very significant’ additional Venezuela sanctions – official      Cache   Translate Page      

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is preparing to impose "very significant" Venezuela-related sanctions against financial institutions in the coming days, U.S. special envoy Elliott Abrams said on Tuesday.

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          Desperate Venezuelans Swarm Sewage Drains In Search Of Water      Cache   Translate Page      
The next chapter of this story will be raging epidemics of deadly diseases. Via Reuters: CARACAS (Reuters) – As Venezuela’s five-day power blackout left homes without water, Lilibeth Tejedor found herself looking for it on Monday in the last place she would have imagined – a drain pipe feeding into a river carrying sewage through […]
          Pompeo: U.S. Pulling All Embassy Workers Out of Venezuela; Slams Cuba for Crisis      Cache   Translate Page      
As the death toll linked to Venezuela’s national power outage edged higher, the Trump administration on Monday stepped up its criticism of Cuba’s support for the Maduro regime, while Havana insinuated that the United States was behind what it called “terrorist sabotage” of its ally’s power grid.
          Caravans of illegal aliens are at pace for nearly one million crossing border this year      Cache   Translate Page      
This is the first of a series on illegal immigration at the southern border, highlighting speeches delivered at a meeting Saturday in Deming, N.M. 

 Excerpts from Ed Ashurst's presentation as reported by Huey Freeman

Ashurst, 67, an Arizona native from a pioneer family who has lived on ranches near the border for more than 20 years, said one of the main problems behind the massive influx of illegal immigration is that Border Patrol agents are mostly stationed miles north of the border. “There are large sections of the international border, 60 to 70 miles in length, with no federal presence,” Ashurst said. This is an element of an “in-depth strategy” implemented by the Border Patrol, largely attributed to Richard Aguilar, who served as the acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of Border Patrol, during the Obama administration. Aguilar was credited with publicly pronouncing that the border was not a specific line, but a “third country” between the United States and Mexico. “Have you ever been notified where the capital of this third country is, so I can send my taxes to it?” Ashurst said, sparking much laughter from a crowd which included many people living in the Borderland. In 2010, Lt. Col. (retired) Oliver North visited the ranch where Ashurst lives. He was working on documentaries called “War Stories.” He was accompanied by Chuck Holton, a freelance war correspondent and former U.S. Army Ranger who has worked with North on his films and books. When the caravans of illegal immigrants began forming last year in southern Mexico, Holton was sent there to report on them. Ashurst shared some of the information he received from Holton. The migrants are not being paid to join the caravans, but they are being supported and encouraged to join by opposition political elements within Honduras, who are supported by the Venezuelan government, Holton said in his report. Many of the people joining the caravans said they saw the advertising for it on social media and heard about it on local news in Honduras. The Mexican government, which is complicit in facilitating the passage of thousands of illegal immigrants, was passing out pamphlets in southern Mexico, telling the caravan riders of seven sanctuary cities which were the best places for them to go to receive free services. They are being organized by a consortium of left-wing pro-immigration groups including the U.N. International Organization for Migration, and the International Migration Institute, a (billionaire George) Soros-funded organization, said a report written by Holton. Although the Honduran government officially discourages the caravans, the nation will benefit by letting citizens migrate to the United States, because illegal immigrants here will send money back to that impoverished nation, Ashurst said. Money sent to Honduras from Hondurans in America accounts for 20 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Probably hundreds or more of the illegal immigrants in these caravans have been deported at least once, which would make them felons, the Holton report said. Two of the illegal immigrants told the correspondent they had each been deported four times.

The vast majority of those who are joining the caravans from Honduras would not qualify for asylum in America if they applied through normal channels. Every migrant to whom Holton spoke said he was going to America for economic reasons. 

 Illegal immigrants who join the caravans are coached to check the box that they are seeking asylum for “reasonable fear of persecution or torture,” in order to receive a notice to appear at a hearing in the United States. Then almost all of them fail to appear in court for their hearings. Holton reported that caravans that were assembling in Tapachula, Mexico, included Somalis, Bangladeshis, Indians, Nepalese, Eritreans, Pakistanis and citizens from other nations. One group of citizens of India told Holton they flew into Mexico to take advantage of the caravans. There are “international observers” traveling with the caravans, who claim that they are impartial observers. But Holton wrote that he saw them intervene with Mexican officials on behalf of the caravans. One of the “observers” was a Mexican from a group called voces mesoamericanas, two were Spaniards from the Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation.

READ MORE to find out what Ashurst learns from University Professor Mark Hager.
          Historia de la chicha andina y cómo prepararla      Cache   Translate Page      

La palabra “chicha” es el nombre de una variedad de bebida alcohólica derivada de la fermentación del maíz y otros granos originarios de América, y también de frutas como la manzana, la uva, etc. Es una bebida muy famosa que gusta a todos, gracias a sus componentes y la tradición que la acompaña. Más Información: …

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           Comment on ¡Fuera Maduro! Socialism Does Not Imply Incompetence by John Peeler       Cache   Translate Page      
I do not support US intervention in Venezuela: it will turn out badly. I supported Chávez, though I thought he mismanaged the economy. The complete hash that Maduro has made of the economy has no excuse, and it serves only to open the door to US intervention.
          Embaixadora da Venezuela participa de sessão no Senado      Cache   Translate Page      

A convite do senador Carlos Viana (PSD-MG) a embaixadora da Venezuela, María Teresa Belandria, esteve hoje (12) no Senado. O parlamentar fez o convite porque disse temer a prisão de Juan Guaidó, autodeclarado presidente da Venezuela, e a dissolução da Assembleia Nacional pelo governo Nicolás Maduro.

Segundo Viana, o presidente da Comissão de Relações Exteriores (CRE), senador Nelsinho Trad (PSD-MS), irá nomear uma comissão externa com seis senadores para acompanhar a siotuação da Venezuela, propondo uma reunião em campo neutro, possivelmente no Panamá, país da América Central, considerado neutro, sede do Parlamento Latino-Americano e Caribenho (Parlatino).

A representante da oposição venezuelana, Maria Teresa Belandria, que foi recebida como embaixadora oficial de seu país no Brasil, participa de uma coletiva de imprensa em Brasília
A embaixadora Maria Teresa Belandria visitou o Senado a convite dos parlamentares - Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino/Direitos Reservados

O senador Luiz do Carmo (MDB-GO) destacou o receio de fechamento do Parlamento venezuelano e pediu aos parlamentares para buscar uma solução para a crise que atinge o país.

O presidente do Senado, Davi Alcolumbre (DEM-AP), reiterou que a Casa apoia Guaidó e que ao lado do governo brasileiro reconhece a autoridade de presidente da Venezuela.

*Com informações da Agência Senado.


           Comment on Nicaraguans Try Talking: Venezuela, Not So Much by Paul Haeder       Cache   Translate Page      
James Petras: Conclusion Washington has succeeded in securing non-reciprocal agreements with weak countries. This was the case in post-war Europe, post-Gorbachev Russia and among Latin America’s current colonized regimes. In contrast, Washington’s rejection of reciprocal agreements with Russia, China, Iran, Cuba and Venezuela has been a failure. US trade wars with China have led to the loss of markets and allowed China to pursue global agreements through its massive billion-dollar ‘Belt and Road’ infrastructure projects. US one-sided hostile policies toward Russia have increased ties between the Kremlin and Beijing. Washington has lost opportunities to work with neo-liberal oligarchs in Russia in order to undermine President Putin. Washington has failed to negotiate reciprocal ties with North Korea which would ‘de-nuclearize’ the peninsula in exchange for lifting economic sanctions and opening the door for a capitalist restoration. Demanding unilateral concession and submission has led to uniform failures; whereas negotiated compromises could have led to greater market opportunities and long-term political advances. President Trump and his top policy makers and negotiators have failed to secure any agreements. The Democratic Congress has been as ineffective and even more bellicose – demanding greater military pressures on Russia, expanded trade wars with China and fewer negotiations with North Korea, Iran and Venezuela. In a word, failed negotiations and non-reciprocal diplomacy has become the hallmark of US foreign policy.
           Comment on Nicaraguans Try Talking: Venezuela, Not So Much by Paul Haeder       Cache   Translate Page      
Amazing writer here on the lo down: US-Venezuela: Non-Negotiations a Formula for Defeat Over the past half-decade (2015-2019) Washington has succeeded in restoring client regimes in Latin America, by military coups, political intervention and economic pressure. As a consequence, the White House has successfully ‘negotiated’ one-sided political, economic, social and diplomatic outcomes in the region … with the exception of Cuba and Venezuela. President Trump has broken negotiated agreements with Cuba to no advantage; US threats have led to Cuba securing greater ties with Europe, China, Russia and elsewhere without affecting Cuba’s tourism business. The Trump regime has escalated its political and economic propaganda and social war against Venezuela. Multiple overt coup efforts have backfired beginning in April 2002 and continuing to February 2019. While the US succeeded in the rest of Latin America in consolidating hemispheric hegemony, in the case of Venezuela, Washington has suffered diplomatic defeats and the growth of greater popular resistance. US interventionist and sanctions policies have sharply reduced the presence of its middle- and lower-middle-class supporters who have fled abroad. US propaganda has failed to secure the support of the Venezuelan military which has become more ‘nationalist’ with very few desertions. The White House appointment of the convicted felon Elliott Abrams, known as the ‘butcher of Central America’, has certainly undermined any prospect of a favorable diplomatic settlement. US sanction of political and military leaders precludes efforts to co-opt and recruit leaders. The US appointed as its ‘interim ruler’ one Juan Guaidó who has little domestic support – widely seen domestically as an imperial stooge.
           Comment on Nicaraguans Try Talking: Venezuela, Not So Much by Paul Haeder       Cache   Translate Page      
A real hero with on the ground real news about Nicaragua: The Obsession With and Lies About Nicaragua by S. BRIAN WILLSON FacebookTwitterRedditEmail The intense focus on the “ills” of Nicaragua completely misses the deep issues of continued US intervention – imperial neocolonialism – into the sovereign lives of other countries, as here with Nicaragua. Whether you love or hate Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, their personalities and personal lives are not the issue, whatsoever. For US Americans to be so closely scrutinizing clearly the most progressive government in Central America, ignoring the new US friendly but unpopular president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesada; the systematic violence in the streets of El Salvador which is directly related to the US funded death squad governments of the 1980s; the repressive and illegal President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez; and the repressive and corrupt government of Guatemala under President Jimmy Morales, is very interesting, and disturbing. The elaborate, well-planned conspiracy behind the April-July 2018 US-orchestrated coup attempt against Nicaragua, included most of the church hierarchy, many wealthy ex-Somocistas, many NGOs including the European-funded CENIDH, the NED (National Endowment for Democracy) and USAID, and a couple thousand young Nicaraguans trained over 4 years in the use of social media to blitzkrieg an agenda-loaded propaganda campaign when the right opportunity arose. It had been in the works since at least 2011 when Nicaraguan Felix Maradiaga teamed up with Colombian narco-trafficker Julio Cesar Paz Varela to develop a drug distribution network in Nicaragua, many of the proceeds of which were to be devoted to overthrow the Sandinista government. S. Brian Willson, as a 1st lieutenant, served as commander of a US Air Force combat security police unit in Viet Nam’s Mekong Delta in 1969. He is a trained lawyer who has been an anti-war, peace and justice activist for more than forty years. His psychohistorical memoir, “Blood On The Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson” was published in 2011 by PM Press. A long time member of Veterans For Peace, he currently resides in Portland, Oregon.
          Movistar habilitó mensajes de texto gratis por la crisis eléctrica      Cache   Translate Page      

Oscar Morales / 12 mar 2019.- La empresa de telefonía Movistar anunció que habilitó por 24 horas mensajes de texto gratis para sus clientes en Venezuela, quienes han sido víctimas de la falta de señal, generado por el apagón nacional. “Desde el pasado jueves, la operadora trabaja intensamente para garantizar sus servicios. La topología y arquitectura […]

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          Barclays vaticinó etapa final del régimen de Nicolás Maduro      Cache   Translate Page      

Oscar Morales / 12 mar 2019.- El equipo de investigación de Barclays realizó un reportaje sobre la situación de Venezuela, vaticinando una etapa final de Nicolás Maduro y su administración en el poder del país, artículo que el economista Asdrúbal Oliveros compartió a través de su cuenta en Twitter. “El continuo colapso de los servicios […]

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          MCM sobre caso Luis Carlos Díaz: Es el Estado criminal desatado y esta lucha la ganamos nosotros      Cache   Translate Page      

Luis Sequera / 12 mar 2019.- La Coordinadora Nacional de Vente Venezuela, Maria Corina Machado, exigió la liberación del periodista Luis Carlos Díaz, quien fue detenido este lunes por agentes del Servicio Bolivariano de Inteligencia (Sebin), tras haber sido acusado por Nicolás Maduro de supuestos “delitos informáticos”. “Es el Estado criminal desatado de la forma más […]

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          Roraima continua sendo abastecida por usinas termelétricas      Cache   Translate Page      

Mesmo com o retorno da energia elétrica na Venezuela, o estado de Roraima, cuja maior suprimento elétrico é feito pelo país vizinho, segue abastecida por usinas térmicas. De acordo com a Roraima Energia, subsidiária da Eletrobras responsável pela distribuição de energia no estado, não há previsão de que Roraima retome o suprimento energético da Venezuela.

Desde o apagão na última quinta-feira (7), que deixou cerca de 90% do país sem energia, incluindo Caracas, o abastecimento de energia em Roraima está a cargo de cinco usinas termelétricas.

Roraima é o único dos 27 estados brasileiros desconectados do sistema elétrico nacional. Metade de seu suprimento de energia vem da usina hidrelétrica de Guri, através de uma linha de transmissão inaugurada em 2001 pelos então presidentes Hugo Chávez e Fernando Henrique Cardoso.

Antes do apagão, a importação de energia elétrica da Venezuela era de apenas 30 MW (megawatts) durante o dia, e o resto é suprido por usinas térmicas brasileiras. À noite, o volume aumentava para 120 MW.

Com o novo cenário, a Roraima Energia avalia que o acionamento das termelétricas consome diariamente cerca de um milhão de litros de óleo combustível. Para dar conta da demanda, uma operação logística foi montada pelo Ministério de Minas e Energia e a Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica para levar caminhões com diesel para as usinas.

A Roraima Energia estima que mesmo que o abastecimento diário fosse suspenso, o combustível armazenado é suficiente para manter as usinas funcionando por oito dias. A Aneel fala em dez.

"Dez dias é a reserva operativa (capacidade de estoque de combustível) para a ausência de reabastecimento, prevista na Portaria MME n° 483, de 14/12/2017. No caso de operação em capacidade máxima deverá haver utilização da reserva operativa e suprimento em contingência para repor os volumes dessa reserva operativa", informou a Aneel.


Contudo, o acionamento das térmicas faz com que o preço da eletricidade tenha um custo muito mais alto do que a linha de conexão para a Venezuela, cuja geração é hidrelétrica. Esse impacto é absorvido por um subsídio nas contas de luz, a Conta de Consumo de Combustíveis (CCC).

Segundo estimativas da Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica (CCEE), o aumento no subsídio para dar conta do custo anual de operação do sistema Boa Vista, com e sem a importação da Venezuela, seria de aproximadamente R$ 684 milhões.


A solução estrutural para o abastecimento de energia em Roraima é ligar o estado ao sistema elétrico nacional. A medida depende da construção do linhão de transmissão Manaus-Boa Vista, o chamado linhão de Tucuruí. Licitado em 2011, o projeto ainda está em processo de licenciamento ambiental, em razão de um impasse envolvendo os índios waimiri-atroari, que habitam a região. O motivo é o traçado previsto para o linhão. Dos 721 quilômetros da malha, cerca de 123 quilômetros passam dentro da Terra Indígena Waimiri-Atroari.

No último dia 27, o governo resolveu declarar o linhão um empreendimento de infraestrutura de interesse da política de defesa nacional. Com a declaração de interesse nacional, em tese, o governo pode acelerar as etapas para que o projeto receba o licenciamento ambiental. A intenção do governo é que as obras de construção do linhão tenham início a partir do dia 30 de junho.


Depois do apagão, a energia elétrica na Venezuela começou a retornar no domingo (10), gradualmente e de maneira parcial, em bairros de Caracas e vários estados. Na tarde desta terça-feira (12), o ministro de Comunicação e Informação da Venezuela, Jorge Rodriguez, informou que o serviço de energia elétrica tinha sido restaurado em quase todo o país.

Mesmo com o retorno da eletricidade, o presidente Nicolás Maduro anunciou hoje (12) que as aulas permanecerão suspensas até amanhã (13), até que o serviço elétrico esteja normalizado.

No domingo, a organização não-governamental (ONG) Codevida, que atua na Venezuela, informou que 15 doentes renais morreram nos últimos dias no país, em decorrência da falta de diálise.

Maduro culpou os Estados Unidos pelo apagão e disse que “ataques cibernéticos” ocorreram por intermédio de pessoas infiltradas na empresa estatal de energia Corpoelec. Segundo ele, o objetivo é desestabilizar seu governo por meio de sabotagem cibernética.

          Vecchio declaró “Alerta Diplomática” ante amenaza de cárcel contra Guaidó      Cache   Translate Page      

Oscar Morales / 12 mar 2019.- El representante diplomático de Venezuela ante Estados Unidos, Carlos Vecchio, activó una “Alerta Diplomática” ante posibles intentos de encarcelamiento en contra del presidente encargado de la República, Juan Guaidó, luego de que el fiscal designado por la ANC, Tarek William Saab, anunciara una “investigación judicial” por estar presuntamente implicado en el apagón nacional. […]

La entrada Vecchio declaró “Alerta Diplomática” ante amenaza de cárcel contra Guaidó se publicó primero en Noticiero Digital.

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Guvernul Republicii Bolivariene Venezuela informează opinia publică despre decizia sa de a considera încheiate conversațiile între Guvernul Statelor Unite și Guvernul Bolivarian  al Venezuelei despre un posibil acord pentru stabilirea mutuală a b"Birourilor de interese" după ruperea relațiilor...
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Venezuelan congress head Juan Guaido is preparing a groundbreaking reversal of late President Hugo Chavez's energy industry nationalization, allowing private companies a bigger role in its oilfields and shrinking state-run PDVSA, according to opposition advisers and a draft seen by Reuters.

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Argentina and Brazil support the candidate nominated by Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to represent the country at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), officials in both governments told Reuters on Tuesday.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday blamed Russia and Cuba for causing Venezuela's political crisis by supporting President Nicolas Maduro and said he had urged India not to help Maduro's government by buying Venezuelan oil.

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US condemns Cuba, Russia for backing Venezuela's MaduroTop US diplomat Mike Pompeo took aim at Cuba and Russia on Monday for their support of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who Washington wants to remove from power. The secretary of state rejected Maduro's assertion that the US was responsible for a widespread blackout, instead pointing the finger at the socialist nature of the Venezuelan leader's government. "Nicolas Maduro promised Venezuelans a better life and a socialist paradise.

          Protests expected as Venezuelan blackout continues      Cache   Translate Page      
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said schools and businesses will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday because energy officials are struggling with a blackout.
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L'opposant à Maduro a juré à la population, affectée par une coupure de courant, de «sortir le Venezuela de la pénombre»
          ODEBRECHT y Duro Felguera las principales empresas responsables del desfalco energetico en Venezuela”      Cache   Translate Page      

En la prensa, se ha hablado del caso de Derwick Associates como la empresa responsable

La entrada ODEBRECHT y Duro Felguera las principales empresas responsables del desfalco energetico en Venezuela” se publicó primero en InfoVzla.

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Elliott Abrams, el enviado especial de Estados Unidos para Venezuela, no quiso dar detalles sobre el comentario del secretario sobre la "restricción", pero dijo que "nada ha cambiado" en el enfoque estadounidense.
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Elliott Abrams, representante especial para Venezuela de EE.UU. explicó el alcance de la decisión del Departamento de Estado de retirar al personal que trabaja en la embajada de ese país en Caracas. Abrams negó la versión ofrecida por el gobierno de Venezuela, que asegura que los funcionarios se retiraron porque les dieron 72 horas para
          La angustia de los venezolanos que viven en Florida al no saber de sus familias en Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
Ana María Mejía habló con algunos venezolanos en Miami que cuentan que en los últimos días han vivido en la zozobra y la incertidumbre al no poderse comunicar mucho con sus seres queridos que están en Venezuela. “Es una catástrofe lo que está pasando en mi país”, la venezolana Patricia Busé.
          Juan Guaidó responde a acusación de presunto sabotaje al sistema eléctrico: Maduro es el saboteador      Cache   Translate Page      
Durante las protestas convocadas por Juan Guaidó y la oposición por los apagones en Venezuela, Guaidó reaccionó a la investigación que abrió la Fiscalía en su contra por su presunta participación en el sabotaje al sistema eléctrico: “Todo mundo sabe quién es el saboteador […] él es el responsable de la tragedia que vive nuestro
          ¿Cómo se incendiaron realmente los camiones con ayuda humanitaria en Venezuela?      Cache   Translate Page      
Este domingo, el diario The New York Times publicó un reportaje que cuestionaba la versión difundida por países contrarios al régimen de Maduro de que fueron efectivos de la Policía Nacional Bolivariana los que causaron el incendio de dos de los cuatro camiones con ayuda internacional en uno de los puentes que une Venezuela y
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El apagón masivo en Venezuela ha afectado a hospitales, escuelas, empresas y las actividades diarias de los ciudadanos. Osmary Hernández conversó con algunos comerciantes quienes le aseguraron que han tenido que bajar los precios de sus productos para que no se dañen y otros ciudadanos aseguran que han pagado más dinero por productos no precederos
          Fiscalía de Venezuela inicia nueva investigación contra Guaidó por presunta responsabilidad en apagones      Cache   Translate Page      
El fiscal general de Venezuela, Tarek William Saab, anunció este martes que su despacho iniciará una nueva investigación contra Juan Guaidó, quien se declaró presidente interino del país en enero, por, según dice William Saab, su presunta participación en el apagón que dejó a Venezuela a oscuras por más de 100 horas.
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El fiscal general de Venezuela, Tarek William Saab, anunció que se inició una investigación a Juan Guaidó por su presunta implicación en el sabotaje del sistema eléctrico.
          Graves consecuencias ocasiona el apagón en Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
Venezuela vive momentos de angustia y desesperación tras largas horas del apagón a nivel nacional. Aunque el servicio eléctrico ha vuelto de manera intermitente en algunas zonas del país, otras continúan sufriendo la falta de energía. Esto se ha derivado en escasez de agua, combustible, comida, medicina y otros insumos. También se registran saqueos por
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En Venezuela algunos negocios han decidido regalar la comida en lugar de perderla debido a la falta de electricidad. Tras el apagón, no hay refrigeradores para almacenarla y prefieren, dicen, dársela al pueblo antes que dejar que se eche a perder. En las imágenes se puede ver en Maracaibo a gente desesperada recogiendo embutidos y
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El ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, anunció en Twitter el martes por la mañana que todos los funcionarios diplomáticos de los Estados Unidos tienen 72 horas para salir del país.
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La incertidumbre sobre el destino de los venezolanos mantiene en alerta a muchos de ellos residentes en el estado de Florida. La periodista venezolana María José Martínez relata cómo un grupo de colegas concentran sus energías en crear plataformas digitales para intentar enviar información a sus compatriotas que viven en una crisis de por la
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A través de redes sociales, Naky Soto, pareja de Luis Carlos Díaz, denunció el allanamiento realizado por el SEBIN a su residencia la madrugada del martes y convocó a una concentración en la sede de la Fiscalía, en Caracas, para pedir por la libertad de Luis. CNN ha intentado obtener la posición de las autoridades,
          La canciller hondureña recibe copias de estilo del nuevo embajador de Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      

La Prensa

Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

La canciller hondureña, María Dolores Agüero, recibió este lunes las copias de estilo del nuevo embajador designado de Venezuela por el autoproclamado presidente interino de ese país, Juan Guiadó, ante Honduras, Claudio Sandoval.

La ceremonia se celebró en la sede de la Cancillería con la participación, además, de la subsecretaria para Asuntos Consulares y Migratorios, Nelly Jerez; la subsecretaria para Asuntos de Cooperación y Promoción Internacional, Norma Cerrato, y la directora de Política Bilateral, Aracely Banegas.

Lea: Juan Guaidó, el discípulo de Leopoldo López que sorprende a VenezuelaEl Gobierno de Honduras otorgó el 31 de enero el beneplácito a Sandoval como representante diplomático del Gobierno del autoproclamado presidente interino de Venezuela, Juan Guaidó.

La ceremonia de ayer es previa a la presentación de cartas credenciales de Sandoval como nuevo embajador de Venezuela en Tegucigalpa al presidente hondureño, Juan Orlando Hernández.

Además: Desesperación y caos en Venezuela: miles están sin agua y sin energíaSandoval es abogado por la Universidad Católica Andrés Bello de Caracas y posee un postgrado en Derecho Internacional Público y Relaciones Internacionales en la Universidad de Leiden, Holanda.

&lt;amp-twitter width="375" height="472" layout="responsive" data-tweetid="1105225394519707650"&gt;&lt;/amp-twitter&gt;Además tiene una maestría en Derecho de la Georgia State University de los Estados Unidos, y ha sido consultor del Banco Mundial en proyectos de reforma judicial, estado de derecho y justicia en América Latina.

Ha escrito libros y ensayos especializados en materia jurídica y política, y dictado conferencias internacionales en materia de liderazgo emergente, democracia y derechos humanos, según señala un comunicado de la Cancillería hondureña.

Sandoval sustituye en el cargo a Filinto Durán, quien el 5 de febrero regresó a su país tras cumplirse los cinco días que el Gobierno de Honduras le dio para que lo abandonara.

El día de su regreso a Venezuela, el exembajador Durán dijo a periodistas en el Aeropuerto Internacional de Toncontín que la Embajada de su país queda al frente del ministro consejero y el primer secretario.

Agregó que ya se había "adaptado a este pueblo hermoso que es el pueblo hondureño" y que fue "el Gobierno hondureño quien decidió que saliera yo de Honduras".

Durán, quien ejerció como embajador de Venezuela durante cuatro años, enfatizó que no reconocía a Claudio Sandoval como su sucesor, designado por el autoproclamado presidente interino de Venezuela.

"Ese ciudadano no ha sido nombrado por nadie (.



), por un supuesto presidente que no sabemos", expresó Durán en alusión a Sandoval.

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El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, anunció la noche de este lunes la captura de dos individuos en el momento que trataban de cometer un nuevo sabotaje contra la Central Hidroeléctrica Simón Bolívar. “Capturamos a dos individuos tratando de sabotear el sistema de comunicaciones de El Guri”, dijo el mandatario.
           Venezuela: la belle campagne de désinformation démontée!      Cache   Translate Page      
Comprenons-nous bien, cet article n'est pas un soutien, pas plus qu'une condamnation d'ailleurs du régime de Maduro. Je ne me sens pas suffisamment ni au courant ni informé de ce qui se joue exactement dans ce pays. Je laisse à chacun la liberté de se faire une opinion ailleurs que sur mon blog. Par contre, je tiens à vous livrer cette traduction personnelle d ’un article précieux du New-York Times concernant l'événement dont tout le monde a entendu parler : L'incendie du fameux convoi d'aide humanitaire prétendument incendié par les troupes de Maduro lui-même! Que n'a-t-on entendu! Tous les médias de la planète se sont déchaînés! Et bien, une fois encore, on a assisté à un déferlement de mensonges uniquement destinés à discréditer le régime et de justifier à la fois les soutiens de l'opposition et qui sait, un...
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The U.S. will continue to do whatever it takes to rid Venezuela of disputed leader Nicolas Maduro, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNBC.
          Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - March 12, 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
Robert Palladino
Deputy Spokesperson
Department Press Briefing
Washington, DC
March 12, 2019

Index for Today's Briefing
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    2:42 p.m. EDT

    MR PALLADINO: Good afternoon, everybody.

    QUESTION: Good afternoon.

    MR PALLADINO: Afternoon. At the top today, we are privileged to have with us our Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams. He’ll be – make a few remarks and be willing to take some questions. At the conclusion of the briefing, we also have some subject matter experts from our Bureau of Consular Affairs. If there are additional questions on matters pertaining to American citizens that you’d like to dive into a little bit, we’ll make them available as well.

    QUESTION: American citizens anywhere or in Venezuela?

    MR PALLADINO: We’re talking – that’s for Venezuela we’re talking about today. Okay? Great. Mr. Abrams, thanks.

    QUESTION: Then you’re going to --

    MR PALLADINO: We have a normal briefing as well.

    MR ABRAMS: Thank you. Happy to be here for my daily briefing. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: You are becoming quite a fixture up there.

    QUESTION: You’re setting a good example.

    MR ABRAMS: Oh.

    QUESTION: There may be an opening for a spokesman. (Laughter.)

    MR ABRAMS: I wouldn’t touch that with a 20-foot pole. (Laughter.)

    On January 23rd and January 24th, we announced and began a process of bringing back to the United States the great majority of Americans who work at the U.S. embassy in Caracas. The decision announced yesterday is, in a sense, a follow-on to that initial decision and is the product of the same considerations for the conditions in Caracas, which make it so difficult to continue keeping the embassy staffed there, and for the general situation in Caracas.

    If you think back, it’s only six weeks ago, but the situation in Caracas has deteriorated very considerably in that period and especially in the last few days since the blackouts began on Friday. So the Secretary made that decision.

    You may have seen the interviews he did this morning. I’ll just read one paragraph: “We made the decision yesterday that it just was prudent to get these folks back. The situation there is deteriorating. The Maduro regime’s horrific leadership over the last year[s] has just made life there so difficult, it began to make it more difficult for the United States to take the actions that it needed to do to support the Venezuelan people. So we concluded this was simply the right step to take,” and it “was the right time to take it.”

    I should say that this does not represent any change in U.S. policy toward Venezuela nor does it represent any reduction in the commitment we have to the people of Venezuela and to their struggle for democracy. You will see very soon a significant number of additional visa revocations. You will see in the coming days some very significant additional sanctions and the international group, of which we are a part – that includes most EU countries, the Lima Group, Canada, the U.S. – continues to do its work.

    Why don’t I stop there and we’ll take some questions.

    MR PALLADINO: We’ll start with Associated Press.

    QUESTION: Thanks. I’m curious to know what the Secretary meant by saying that the presence of – continued presence of any American diplomats in Caracas was a constraint on policy. He didn’t quite explain. What exactly did their presence constrain, number one?

    Number two, you talked about the blackouts and all this kind of thing, but presumably there are no family members there. It was very, very – only a handful of staffers still at the embassy. Presumably, they have generators, right?

    MR ABRAMS: Generators require fuel, the embassy requires water.

    QUESTION: Okay.

    MR ABRAMS: The embassy’s own situation also had a – let’s say a finite number of days.

    QUESTION: Okay. All right. So can you explain what exactly the constraint was on – what kinds of policies were being constrained by the presence --

    MR ABRAMS: Well, I don’t --

    QUESTION: Especially because yesterday, the Secretary said that – when he was asked about support for – U.S. support for Juan Guaido, said that as long as our team is on the ground in Caracas, you’d continue to provide the same kinds of support that you do. Well, now that’s gone or very soon will be gone, so I don’t understand how these – those mesh.

    MR ABRAMS: Well, we will – we will – obviously it makes it more difficult to meet with all Venezuelans when the – we – when the team is not on the ground. I’m kind of reluctant to sort of try to parse the Secretary’s words, but let me just say that in every decision we made – every decision, decisions on diplomatic activities, on visas, on sanctions – the safety of that staff was a key consideration. And that was something that weighed very heavily on our mind every day, literally every day. So I think that’s – I think that was what the Secretary was referring to, and I’ll just leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Okay, but when you said it doesn’t reflect a change in policy --

    MR ABRAMS: No.

    QUESTION: -- it means that it was not intended to be some kind of hint or harbinger of military intervention or some kind of use of force?

    MR ABRAMS: Nothing has changed. We continue to say, because it is true, all options are on the table.

    QUESTION: But?

    MR ABRAMS: But they did not change yesterday.

    MR PALLADINO: There we go. Let’s go Michelle, CNN.

    QUESTION: So just hours before this statement came out from the Secretary we heard from the Secretary on Venezuela and he made no mention of the need to get people out. In fact, he really didn’t talk about U.S. people at the embassy there. So what changed between the time we spoke to him and close to midnight when he put this out?

    MR ABRAMS: He made his final decision. We have been talking about this literally – literally – every day. I’ve only been here six weeks, but that was right after the decision to move most of the people from the embassy back to the United States. We have had daily phone calls, daily meetings about this question, been before the Secretary, and he made his decision.

    QUESTION: And then that line that Matt mentioned, “constraint on U.S. policy” – that reads like a threat. I mean, it’s obviously curious. So should Maduro see that line as a threat?

    MR ABRAMS: I can only repeat what the President has said: All options are always on the table.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to AFP.

    QUESTION: Yes. Just to – thank you. Just to follow on on this constraint thing, is there a link between the decision of withdrawing all the diplomats and some actions you might want to take to make sure the aid, which is at the border, come inside Venezuela?

    MR ABRAMS: No.

    MR PALLADINO: Reuters.

    QUESTION: Hello, Mr. Abrams. Two questions. One is: Who do you leave the embassy to? Do you appoint a protective power? What happens to the embassy, how do you ensure, number one.

    MR ABRAMS: Right.

    QUESTION: Number two: We understand that the decision was made because the talks with the Venezuelans collapsed late yesterday and that that – this is according to the Venezuelans – that’s what led to this. Did you – did the U.S. get any kind of direct threat from Maduro’s government that something was going to happen?

    MR ABRAMS: On the first part, normally we would get a protecting power, and that is, I think, what we’ll do here, and we are in discussions now about that. What will happen to the embassy grounds, the embassy physically, let’s say, is something that we then discuss with the protecting power, with potential protecting powers. So we don’t have a final answer on that, and when we do we’ll announce it.

    On the regime, you know on --

    QUESTION: Are you in discussions with other countries to – as to who will be the protecting power?

    MR ABRAMS: Yes. We are in discussions.

    QUESTION: But it hasn’t been decided who?

    MR ABRAMS: Right. About – we are trying to decide on a protecting power. January 23rd, the Secretary said the United States does not recognize the Maduro regime as the government of Venezuela. Accordingly, the United States does not consider former President Nicolas Maduro to have the legal authority to break diplomatic relations with the United States or to declare our diplomats persona non grata. So from our point of view, the regime cannot make a decision about whether we stay or go. And as a matter of fact, the National Assembly yesterday said we have the legal authority to stay, and they are the legitimate government of Venezuela. But the regime also cannot, in our view, provide security for the embassy, and the situation in Caracas is deteriorating. So our decision was made really fundamentally without regard to what the regime wants or thinks.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go with Los Angeles Times.

    QUESTION: Thank you. Just to follow on Lesley, so there were talks going on between the Venezuelans and you guys about creating an interest section or something like that and then the Venezuelans gave you 72 hours to leave. Is that not true?

    MR ABRAMS: No, we have had – as you know, we’ve talked about this before. I have – I had a couple of meetings with the de facto regime Foreign Minister Arreaza. And those meetings were essentially about exactly this. So this subject has been out there for a long time. But we made a decision at one point, and you talked about it here – I’ve certainly talked about it in public – that an interest section was really not appropriate. You do an interest section where there is no government that you consider legitimate. There is a legitimate government in Venezuela, from our point of view. Maybe that would have satisfied some demands of the regime, but it was not something that the Untied States was going to do. So that really was off the table.

    QUESTION: And 72 hours? The deadline?

    MR ABRAMS: Well, as I said, we do not believe the regime, on the one hand, has the ability to tell us when to leave, on the other hand, doesn’t have the ability to protect us if we stay.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Washington Post.

    QUESTION: Mr. Abrams, the Maduro government’s attorney general announced that Juan Guaido is going to be investigated for – on suspicion of sabotage in the blackout. Does the departure of the U.S. diplomats put him in a weaker position at all, at a time when he would seem to be under greater threat?

    MR ABRAMS: First, we’ve seen that as well, and it’s a threat against Interim President Guaido. They have made such threats before. They’ve talked about going after him on one basis or another, and we also know that the supreme court, the TSJ, has essentially been packed by the regime. So that’s a – that report is of real concern. I don’t think the regime is going to base its decision on that, on our presence or absence, any more than it made the decision on whether to arrest him upon his return on the basis of whether we were there or not there. I think it’s largely a matter of how they think the public, the Venezuelan public, will react.

    QUESTION: You have any warnings to the government or any message to them?

    MR ABRAMS: We have --

    QUESTION: Should they be contemplating arresting him on this?

    MR ABRAMS: I think – I hope they’re aware of the fact that there are 54 countries, some important countries, that consider Juan Guaido to be the legitimate interim president of Venezuela. And I think not only we but the other 53 will react immediately. There are a number of diplomatic and financial and economic steps that governments can take. We’ve taken many of them; other countries haven’t. I would think that the arrest, incarceration of Juan Guaido would lead a lot of countries to react very quickly.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to EFE.

    QUESTION: Thank you. I want to ask you a question about the possible scenario of the Maduro government collapses. The Spain’s foreign minister today said that the U.S. asked Spain to receive Venezuelan ministers loyal to Maduro in case the Venezuelan Government collapses. So I wanted to ask you if the U.S. has actually made this petition to Spain, and what were the terms in which these petitions were made?

    MR ABRAMS: This is an old discussion. When I was assistant secretary of state for Latin America, and there were a lot of military regimes, the question of what to do with dictators arose, and it was actually Felipe Gonzalez, who was prime minister at the time, who said maybe Spain can help by taking some of these people. We’ve had some conversations with Spain. I wouldn’t say we made a request, they made an answer. We have certainly had conversations. We’ve had them with a couple of other places too, because this question may arise, and we have talked about off-ramps and we have talked about wanting some of the regime officials to leave the country as part of a transition.

    So the question therefore obviously arises: well, where would they go? And they may prefer to go to Cuba or Russia, but there are other places, and so that is a conversation we’ll continue to have. Unfortunately, none of the people at the top of the regime have yet made that decision, the decision that they should make. And as we’ve said before, we are willing to help them out in those circumstances.

    QUESTION: Can I ask a follow-up of – on that? You mentioned that they’re – the U.S. Government with Spain and a couple other places. Which ones are these other --

    MR ABRAMS: I’m not going to say, because it has not been as public as it has in the case of Spain.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Washington Times.

    QUESTION: Thanks for coming out to talk with us. Big picture question regarding all the – all of the options on the table. Can you discuss the military option for a minute? And specifically, has the administration asked the Pentagon to draw up such an option? And assuming that it has, are you satisfied with the option that the Pentagon has, which is headed by an interim defense secretary, provided at this point?

    QUESTION: He’s a legitimate interim defense secretary. (Laughter.)

    MR ABRAMS: The President has said all options are the table. They are. Further than that it would be foolish for me to go, and I’m not going to do it.

    MR PALLADINO: Bloomberg.

    QUESTION: Mr. Abrams, can you talk a little bit more about the finite resources that the embassy is facing? I mean, it seems to be a suggestion that they’re running out of fuel and water. What were the constraints on the embassy?

    MR ABRAMS: It’s a difficult situation for the embassy. It’s a difficult situation for Venezuelans, of course, far more. I don’t believe the embassy is at this point connected to any water system. So there’s a question of how would you get fresh water. Obviously, there are continuing blackouts on and off. So the question then is: How are your generators working, and do you have enough fuel? There’s also a question of communications. If there’s no electricity, there are no communications, which obviously speaks immediately to the safety of our people.

    So the deterioration of the general situation in Caracas doesn’t affect the embassy exactly as it effects Venezuelans, but it does affect the embassy.

    QUESTION: But were you – was there any concern that there was some new or imminent security threat that the embassy might be overrun, that the Maduro regime was unable or unwilling to provide or to guarantee security?

    MR ABRAMS: We do not think that the regime is really able to provide security, and I would note that in his most recent public statement, former President Maduro spoke about calling upon the colectivos to come forward. Now, that – that’s calling for armed gangs to take over the streets, and it is obviously going to be a great worry to Venezuelans, but we noted it.

    QUESTION: I’m sorry, was that part of the – was that the deciding factor?

    MR ABRAMS: That – actually, that statement by Maduro came today. So it was not part of the decision. But the background was – and as you know, they’ve been using colectivos more in Caracas, along the borders. Perhaps it is a sign of Maduro’s lack of confidence in his own security forces. But it is by definition a breakdown of law and order.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go Wall Street Journal.

    QUESTION: Thank you. You said that the decision to remove embassy personnel doesn’t represent a policy change by the United States, but you have acknowledged that it would make it more difficult to meet with Venezuelans, both the Maduro regime and the Guaido government. So functionally, how is the U.S. going to proceed without an embassy staff on the ground? Are you just – are you going to remove them to nearby countries? Are they coming back to the States? What is the plan?

    MR ABRAMS: Who to nearby countries? The Americans?

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MR ABRAMS: The Americans will come back here to Washington, which is what the much larger group of Americans from the embassy in January did. I am very – I am one of the beneficiaries of this, because my team is made up in great part of people from Embassy Caracas, and the WHA team on Venezuela was also greatly enriched by their presence. Now, obviously people in the summer will go on to whatever forward assignments they had.

    We will – as I said, it’ll be harder, because we’re not going to be able to do the face-to-face meetings we were doing. Admittedly, we were not able to do a lot of face-to-face meetings because the embassy staff had become quite small. But it wasn’t – so it will be something that we’re going to have to try to accomplish outside of Venezuela or by telephone or by emails and other forms of communication.

    QUESTION: And are you able to give us even just rough estimates of the number of people we’re talking about?

    MR ABRAMS: No, we – I’m told we just – by the Diplomatic Security people we just don’t do that.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Fox.

    QUESTION: At the top you said that significant sanctions would be coming in the coming days. Can you elaborate a little bit on that? Are they targeting financial institutions or country-specific? The Secretary said yesterday a handful of nations are providing aid and comfort to the Maduro regime.

    MR ABRAMS: Well, we did, you know, Friday sanction a Russian-Venezuelan bank, one that was basically 50/50 owned by Russian and Venezuelan state institutions. There will be more sanctions of financial institutions – I think I would leave it at that – and more visa revocations coming very soon.

    QUESTION: Like today?

    MR ABRAMS: Possible. Possible.

    QUESTION: How about Turkey?

    MR PALLADINO: No, no Turkey. Voice of America, please.

    QUESTION: Well, Turkey and Venezuela is actually a thing.

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MR PALLADINO: Turkey and Venezuela. Okay.

    QUESTION: Yes, that’s what I – that’s what I mean.

    MR PALLADINO: Go ahead, Laurie. Okay, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Thank you. To follow up on this question, Turkey’s support for – is prominent among those countries supporting the Maduro regime, including through the gold trade. What – do you have a comment on that and are you considering the possibility of secondary sanctions?

    MR ABRAMS: Well, those are two different questions. We – Turkey’s support for the Maduro regime obviously is completely contrary to U.S. policy and very unhelpful, and we will continue to take a look at the ways in which that support takes place, and in the context of sanctions by Treasury. Maybe I should leave it at that.

    MR PALLADINO: Okay, fair enough. Voice of America.

    QUESTION: Thank you. So a follow-up on Nick’s question. Is yesterday’s sanction against the bank based in Russia a secondary sanction? And is it the beginning of more sanctions against foreign financial institutions? That’s number one, and number two: Can you please give us a sense if there is any diplomatic effort to bring China on board? Thank you.

    MR ABRAMS: The bank – the sanctions of Friday on the Russian-Venezuelan bank were not secondary sanctions. We have not done any secondary sanctions. The – we will continue to make efforts to bring China aboard. We have told – in various places have told the Chinese that we think if their concern is in essence getting their money back, they’ll never get it back from the bankrupt Maduro regime and from a basically destroyed Venezuelan economy. As the Secretary explained yesterday, the only way they’ll get it back is when Venezuela returns to prosperity, which it won’t do under Nicolas Maduro. Obviously they haven’t changed their policy yet, but we will continue to talk about that.

    QUESTION: Will they be subject to potential sanction?

    MR ABRAMS: Well, we have not done secondary sanctions. That’s always one of the options on the table.

    MR PALLADINO: Last one. Let’s – someone new. (Off-mike.)

    QUESTION: Really?

    QUESTION: NTN24, Emiliana Molina, Mr. Abrams. So removing U.S. diplomats and bringing them back to D.C., is this perhaps a show of lack of confidence from the U.S. in Juan Guaido’s government to restore democracy, and what does this mean for his government? Some experts are saying that this looks bad for Guaido.

    MR ABRAMS: It certainly is not a display of any lack of confidence in him. The fact is that today the regime has the guns. The National Assembly and Interim President Guaido are trying, through exclusively peaceful means, to bring democracy back to Venezuela, and that is obviously something we and dozens of other countries support. It is a reflection of the deterioration that we see on the ground in Venezuela, and it is in essence a follow-up to the major part of the decision, which was made on January 24th, to take most of the embassy staff. It’s – we left a few people there, not many, but it’s really the same logic. Our support for Interim President Guaido is absolutely undiminished, and I think, more importantly, the support of the Venezuelan people for him is undiminished.

    MR PALLADINO: Perfect. All right.

    MR ABRAMS: Okay.

    MR PALLADINO: Mr. Abrams, thank you very much.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MR ABRAMS: Thank you. Should I say see you tomorrow?

    MR PALLADINO: Yeah. No, no, no, no, no, no, no. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Or later this afternoon. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Robert, are some of these experts (inaudible)?

    MR PALLADINO: Some of our subject matter experts remain in the room, and so let’s get through some of our other issues today and then I’d be happy to make them available if you’ve got some specific questions that you’d like to ask on the subject of consular services in Venezuela, okay?

    QUESTION: You’re going to make them sit through the whole press briefing?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m going to apologize in advance. You are going to have to listen to some other things, it’s true, so all right. Thank you. All right.

    Let’s start with this: We are outraged to hear reports that the Iranian regime sentenced Iranian human rights defender and women’s rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. This sentence is beyond barbaric. Her alleged crime was advocating for Iranian women’s rights and for defending other Iranian women who were arrested by the regime for peacefully protesting the mandatory hijab law. Nasrin was sentenced in absentia without a fair trial by the notorious revolutionary court, which is led by Judge Moghiseh, an accused human rights violator.

    In addition, just this week, the regime cynically announced that as they enter the fifth decade of the Iranian Revolution, they would appoint Ebrahim Raisi, a man involved in mass summary executions of prisoners of conscience, as the head of the regime’s judiciary. The Iranian regime makes a mockery of the entire legal system in Iran, placing innocent people at the mercy of accused human rights violators. We condemn Nasrin’s sentence in the strongest possible terms and call on all of our partners and allies to speak out and demand the release of this courageous human rights defender and all those arbitrarily detained immediately. The Iranian people deserve a government that respects their legitimate demands and the human rights of all in Iran, not one that subjects them to prosecution in a justice system led by accused human rights violators.

    And we are pleased to have a group of teachers and students from Oakton, Virginia with us today. They’re in the back row. Welcome. They’re visiting the State Department as part of their history course and they are here to learn about American foreign policy. So welcome, we’re happy that you could join us, and – yeah, don’t ask questions. Perfect, all right. (Laughter.)

    Great. Questions?

    QUESTION: Yeah. Robert, I mean, this is going to be for the end. I would just like to know from the consular – roughly how many Americans or people, dual American citizens they estimate – I know that there’s no exact figure. You can never be exact, but like, is it tens of thousands, hundreds of – I mean, what’s the population? And how much of a difference is this going to be mean with – it was only a handful of people at the embassy in Caracas anyway, so there couldn’t – must have been very limited what they could do for people who needed assistance. So I mean, is – what’s the actual impact on that?

    And then more broadly on Venezuela, not for the CA people, although maybe: What is the – what’s the current standing of this debate over TPS or some other kind of – if that’s determined not to be applicable in this Venezuela situation, some other mechanism that would allow Venezuelans to stay in the U.S. beyond what Special Representative Abrams has spoken about, the 74,000 who are already in this asylum pipeline?

    MR PALLADINO: Regarding American citizens, I will defer on some of the more specifics on what we’re able to do to some of the folks that we have with us today, but we – I can say at the top that we will hold the Maduro regime directly responsible for the safety and welfare of United States citizens that are in Venezuela, and like our travel advisory says, we – U.S. citizens – U.S. citizens residing in or traveling in Venezuela should strongly consider departing Venezuela. That’s something we’ve said previously and something that we reiterate. We’re pursuing all possible possibilities to secure travel options for U.S. citizens, and we will be announcing additional information for foreign government partners in the days that follow. We continue to advise American citizens to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings and to monitor local media for updates.

    To repeat, the travel advisory in Venezuela remains the same, and that is Level Four, do not travel. And I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: TPS or some other --

    MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any updates on that issue today. I don’t want to get ahead. It’s something that’s being looked at, I know, but I don’t have any information to --

    QUESTION: But what exactly is being looked at? Some alternate mechanism? Has it been – has it actually been decided at some – by – has it actually – has the administration actually decided that TPS in the case of Venezuela is not the right – is not the applicable vehicle or mechanism for --

    MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any policy announcements to make on that. It’s just something – I don’t have any policy announcements to make.

    QUESTION: I have a follow-up just – I don’t know if I didn’t hear properly. Are you saying you’re pursuing all options as to get U.S. citizens out of Venezuela?

    MR PALLADINO: No, no. That’s something we do to help facilitate, not --

    QUESTION: To facilitate.

    MR PALLADINO: Yes, there’s no – yes.

    QUESTION: Okay.

    MR PALLADINO: Okay. Correct.


    QUESTION: So with the situation deteriorating enough to now pull everybody out of the embassy, do you feel it necessary to put out additional information to all American citizens there, or do you feel like the “do not travel” sort of stands for itself?

    MR PALLADINO: Well, we routinely look at our travel information, and given that circumstances are changing, I would not think it – I would think – I would expect that additional information would be updated and provided in short order. I don’t think it’s going to change from Travel Four, that said, okay – from Level Four.

    QUESTION: Yeah, the advice that you – the advice that you last gave to – that you strongly, whatever that exact wording is, urge them to --

    MR PALLADINO: Yeah, “do not travel” was our – that’s our advice, okay?

    QUESTION: That’s – okay, that’s – but for those who are already there, I mean, the current language you said is, like, strongly suggest that they leave or something to that effect. Is that language from the alert going to be updated to, like, get out now?

    MR PALLADINO: That’s – I don’t want to preview what’s being done. It’s being looked at and reviewed, and in short order – safety of American citizens is one of the highest priorities of the State Department. It’s something that we are constantly reviewing, and as situations on the ground change, we review these things regularly and update them.


    QUESTION: Robert, after the American diplomats leave, will the local staff remain or will they – will they still be going into work and maybe protecting the property? And if not, will you be giving things like any remaining food and water that you have to them to take home, or can you tell me what --

    MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any additional information on that topic.

    (Inaudible.) Please, go ahead, Christina.

    QUESTION: Thanks. Can you give us – can you give us some guidance on when we might see the evacuation start? I’m hearing the end of the week. Does that sound about right? Is there an evacuation plan in the works? Can you give us, like, an update on where that is? Commercial? Are we going to send transports down?

    MR PALLADINO: We’re not going to get – the Secretary last night in his statement and tweet indicated this week, and we’re not going to get into details on when exactly or how exactly that will be transpiring.

    QUESTION: And just a follow-up, my colleagues asked a couple times but it wasn’t quite answered – Mr. Abrams didn’t quite answer the question when he was asked whether there had been some sort of new specific threat from the Maduro regime. He kept saying we don’t trust them to protect our diplomats, but can you say definitively, yes or no, if there had been some sort of new threat in the last couple hours that prompted this decision by the Secretary?

    MR PALLADINO: I have nothing beyond what Mr. Abrams said. I don’t.


    QUESTION: Did you accept the premise of her first question, which was that this is an evacuation, or did you just not --

    MR PALLADINO: This is – no. This is – I did not. This is – we’re withdrawing U.S. personnel.

    QUESTION: Right, but do you consider it to be an evacuation?


    QUESTION: Are you going in – is this Saigon ’75?

    MR PALLADINO: We’re withdrawing our personnel in an orderly fashion. The security of our people is paramount.

    Please. Said, please.

    QUESTION: Robert, thank you. Change topics. Okay.

    QUESTION: Could I just have one real quick question? Will the embassy be closed? Will that be the way to describe it? How would you describe --

    MR PALLADINO: I would not say it’s closed, no.

    QUESTION: How – when --

    MR PALLADINO: I would say – the legal status of the embassy – I would say we’re withdrawing from the embassy, but I believe closure is a matter of legality, and that’s not something that we have decided. So this is interim, I would say.

    QUESTION: One more on Venezuela?

    MR PALLADINO: Said, please go ahead.

    QUESTION: Yes, thank you. Changing topics, very quickly, Israel is set to deport the Human Rights Watch director for the West Bank because of a tweet, I guess. He’s a U.S. citizen. Are you aware of that? And what will you do to help him stay and conduct his job?

    MR PALLADINO: We are aware of those reports, and yes, the answer is --

    QUESTION: And what are you offering him? Aid? Help? Has he come – has he gone to the – not the consulate but the embassy?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not aware of anything like that, Said.

    QUESTION: Okay. All right. Let me move on to another --

    QUESTION: Well, wait a second. Let’s stay.


    QUESTION: Just are you talking to the Israelis about this? Would you – or is it – is it that you come to the defense of American citizens any – in all countries except Israel?

    MR PALLADINO: That is not true. The United States has no greater --

    QUESTION: Okay. Well --

    MR PALLADINO: Let me finish – has no greater responsibility, priority than the safety of American citizens, the welfare of our citizens overseas. In this particular case, I’m not going to talk about specifics. But I can say, as a matter of general principle, we value freedom of expression, even in cases where we do not agree with the political views espoused, and I’ll stop there.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    QUESTION: But did he --

    QUESTION: Okay, let me just follow-up --

    MR PALLADINO: Go ahead.

    QUESTION: -- on another issue on the Palestinian-Israeli issue. The government signed agreement, the Israeli Government, to build 23,000 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem. And also, there’s been such an uptick in settlements and so on. I know that you stick to your policy, but has there been – I mean, past administrations would issue concern from time to time, say, “We’re concerned about the acceleration of settlement building,” and so on. What is your position on this latest thing, since we haven’t heard anything from this administration on settlements?

    MR PALLADINO: The President has made his position on settlements clear. This is something we’ve talked about before. The Israeli Government has also made clear that its intent is to adopt a policy regarding settlement activity that takes into account the President’s concerns, that takes those into consideration. And that’s something that we welcome.

    QUESTION: And do you think that they have – I mean since this President’s been in office for the past two years, that they took his concern into consideration?

    MR PALLADINO: We welcome the Israeli Government’s decision to take the President’s views into consideration, and I would just reiterate what the President has said repeatedly, that the administration is committed to pursuing a comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    MR PALLADINO: Laurie.

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    QUESTION: The Western press yesterday ran headlines like, “Iran’s Rouhani in Iraq for His Third Visit to Offset U.S. Sanctions.” Is it still your position that Iraq has to abide by the Iran sanctions?

    MR PALLADINO: As far as sanctions go, as you know, a waiver was granted to Iraq to allow it to continue to pay for its electricity imports from Iran. And that has helped Iraq limit electricity shortages in the south since the re-imposition of sanctions that took place in November. And we’re going to continue to discuss Iran-related sanctions with our partners in Iraq to ensure continued compliance. And finally, any decisions related to those sanctions waivers, they’re at the discretion of the Secretary of State, and I would leave it there.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: And there are two issues in specific. One has to do with banking and reports that Iraq and Iran will establish a joint bank, which will allow Iran to circumvent sanctions. And the second has to do with a railroad from Iran to Basra, which would allow Iran to send military supplies to its proxies in Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. Is that compatible with your understanding of sanctions?

    MR PALLADINO: Laurie, I don’t have any information on these proposals that you’re identifying today, so I’m going to refrain from talking on them.

    QUESTION: Robert --

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    MR PALLADINO: Yep. Let’s go --

    QUESTION: Could you give us your reaction, the U.S. reaction, on President Bouteflika of Algeria not to seek a fifth term but to stay – to postpone the election and to stay in power, at least until the end of the year and probably after that?

    MR PALLADINO: We support efforts in Algeria to chart a new path forward based on dialogue that reflects the will of all Algerians and their aspirations for a peaceful and prosperous future.

    QUESTION: That’s all?

    MR PALLADINO: Well, we respect the rights of the Algerians to assemble and peacefully express their views, and we’re closely monitoring reports that Algeria’s elections have been postponed. We support the right of the Algerian people to vote in a free and fair election, as we do around the world.

    QUESTION: You think it’s a good thing that he’s not seeking a fifth term?

    MR PALLADINO: We support efforts in Algeria to chart a new path forward, and I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: Robert?

    MR PALLADINO: Please. Afghanistan.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Khalilzad tweeted a short while ago that they’re – the – the two parties agreed in – in draft to some sort of proposal on the U.S. withdrawal as well as the Taliban providing safe haven in Afghanistan to terror groups. Can you share any more details on what that draft looks like, whether it’s – there’s a timetable now on U.S. withdrawal?

    MR PALLADINO: I did see those tweets. Special Representative Khalilzad and a team representing agencies across the United States Government concluded today talks with the Taliban delegation in Doha, and that’s what he was tweeting about. These have been the most substantive talks with the Taliban to date. We’ve received reports back from Special Representative Khalilzad that they’ve had meaningful progress. The Taliban have agreed that peace will require both sides to fully address four core issues, and they are: counterterrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan dialogue, and a comprehensive ceasefire.

    In this round of talks, we were able to move to agreement in draft on the first two principles – counterterrorism assurances and troop withdrawal. And when that agreement, in draft, is finalized, the Taliban and an inclusive Afghan negotiating team that includes the Afghan Government and other Afghans will begin intra-Afghan negotiations of a political settlement and comprehensive ceasefire.

    And I’d also add that Special Representative Khalilzad will be returning to Washington. He’ll be consulting with Secretary Pompeo as well as the interagency and also partner countries in this process. Much work remains to be done. As Special Representative Khalilzad has said before, “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”

    QUESTION: So you can’t share any details then of what was agreed to in that draft?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not going to be able to go into details on the results of the just concluded and ongoing talks.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: Second part of this though, as you said and as the ambassador tweeted, once this agreement in draft is finalized, then those intra-Afghan party talks will begin. Is that a commitment from the Taliban that they will engage, once this agreement is finalized, with the Afghan Government?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not going to be able to go into more details on the agreement itself, because they’re private conversations, and we want to give the parties time to work things out and to work out these issues in private. But intra-Afghan dialogue that includes the Afghan Government as well as the Taliban and other Afghans encourages – is something that we’re very much focused on and remains part of what we’re pursuing.

    QUESTION: Can I ask you, on a separate topic, your statement at the beginning on Iran and the sentencing of a women’s rights activist: Why didn’t you issue a similar statement when Saudi Arabia arrested women rights activists there, including a State Department International Women of Courage Award winner, Samar Badawi?

    MR PALLADINO: We’ve – I mean, this particular case really was barbaric. Many others have spoken out on this as well. Thirty-eight – this is a – basically, a lawyer representing women clients that’s been sentenced to 38 years and 148 lashes. That kind of barbarism is something that must be called out.

    In regards to other countries, Secretary Pompeo – we’ve spoken about – we speak about human rights, frankly, when we engage – when we travel the world engaging partners, allies. We do this regularly. It’s something that we stand for. It’s something that we’ll continue to do.

    QUESTION: But why not do it from the podium in a similar fashion?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not sure what specific case you’re referring to. We choose different ways to communicate our – to promote the value – human rights values. It’s something we’re going to continue to be outspoken about and we raise this regularly with all partners.

    Sure, Janne. Please, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Thank you very much, Robert. On South Korea, not North Korea this time.


    QUESTION: Okay. The – reported by the South Korean Channel A News, the former unification minister of South Korea, Jeong Se-hyun, said that the United States National Security Advisor John Bolton is a very unlucky person. I think the insulting language about John Bolton is a (inaudible) about – against the American people. How do U.S. react diplomatically?

    MR PALLADINO: Yeah, I haven’t seen that report and I’m – I have no reaction. Okay.

    QUESTION: Because he blaming about Hanoi talks, so John Bolton made the decisions break down this U.S.-North Korea summit. Can you find that out?

    MR PALLADINO: I would just say that the lead negotiator for the United States of America is the President of the United States, and that’s the President’s decision.

    QUESTION: Robert --

    QUESTION: That’s President’s decision. Okay. Thank you.

    QUESTION: Can I ask about the Ethiopian Airlines crash? It’s my understanding that Ethiopia has a lot of control over the investigation, at least at this point. Is the State Department working with Ethiopian authorities to make sure U.S. investigators have access to black boxes?

    MR PALLADINO: In response to the Government of Ethiopia’s request, we have sent a team from the United States National Transportation Safety Board. That includes the Federal Aviation Administration personnel as well. And they’re assisting in the investigation to determine the cause of death. Officials from the United States are also coordinating with INTERPOL and Ethiopian authorities in support of efforts to identify the remains of victims. These are some of the steps that the United States Government is taking to assist, and we – again, we extend our deepest condolences to all those families and the friends of those that lost their lives on that tragic accident.

    QUESTION: On Syria, Robert --

    MR PALLADINO: Please, right there.

    QUESTION: Thank you. If we can move to North Korea. Given the UN panel of experts’ findings on North Korea and sanctions, is the administration concerned that North – that the sanctions regime is not being enforced?

    MR PALLADINO: We made progress in Hanoi at the summit, and although we did not reach an agreement with North Korea, we were able to exchange detailed positions and to narrow the gap on a number of issues. Also made clear the United States expects complete denuclearization before sanctions relief. So I’d say that in response to your question, the United States and the international community have a shared understanding of what final, fully verified denuclearization entails, as well as meaningful progress, what that will constitute, what that goal looks like. And we remain ready to move forward. And I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Can I just follow quickly? Does the administration believe that there should be more economic pressure applied on North Korea?

    MR PALLADINO: We remain ready to engage North Korea. We are looking – I’m sorry, what was your question again? Increased? So we – our policy’s been explained many times; the President explained that these sanctions are the world’s sanctions and that they will be maintained until denuclearization is achieved. And I’ll leave it at that for now.

    Let’s go – last question. Michel, please.

    QUESTION: Yeah. You tweeted on Syria and building a statue of Hafez Assad in Daraa. Can you make the statement on camera, please?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m sorry, can you say it one more time, Michel?

    QUESTION: On Syria. You tweeted on building a statue of Hafez Assad in Daraa. Do you remember?

    MR PALLADINO: When was this?

    QUESTION: Before noon today.

    MR PALLADINO: Before noon. Of course. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: If you can make the statement on camera, please.

    MR PALLADINO: (Laughter.) And what is your question? Help me establish --

    QUESTION: If you can make the statement on camera, please.

    MR PALLADINO: I need the tweet in front of me. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Okay. I will retweet it. You can --

    MR PALLADINO: All right, I’ll do it afterwards. If you want me to read the tweet, I’d be happy to do that. All right. All right.

    QUESTION: Quick question on Israel?

    MR PALLADINO: Shri, go ahead. Oh, I’m sorry, not Shri. Shri, go ahead. There’s your hand there.

    QUESTION: I wanted to know if you have an update on the exemption from Iran sanctions for India on oil purchases. It’s been six months since they were granted, and I think the foreign secretary is – Gokhale is scheduled to discuss them with his U.S. counterparts.

    And a second question: Is the U.S. concerned that China might block the UNSC 1267 listing request for Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar? Because Beijing made some comments yesterday that would suggest that China was potentially going to put a hold on it or block it.

    MR PALLADINO: As you point out, Foreign Secretary Gokhale is in town for high-level meetings this week at the State Department. He met with Secretary Pompeo yesterday. He’s got meetings at the White House, Department of Defense, as well as on Capitol Hill on a range of diplomatic and security issues.

    Regarding Masood Azhar, the United States and India work closely together on counterterrorism efforts, and that includes at the United Nations. And our views on Jaish-e-Mohammed and its founder are well known. JEM is a United Nations-designated terrorist group. Azhar is the founder and the leader of JEM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations. JEM has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace.

    Now, the United Nations sanctions committee, their deliberations are confidential, and as such we don’t comment on specific matters, but we’ll continue to work with the sanctions committee to ensure that the designation list is updated and accurate.

    Regarding your specific question on China, I would say that the United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and that a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal.

    And with that, we’ll end.

    QUESTION: The National Security Advisor John Bolton welcomed the foreign – Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi. Do you have any readout of that?

    MR PALLADINO: The national security advisor works at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and I’d have to refer you to the White House for a readout on his call, but thanks. I don’t have a readout for you.

    (The briefing was concluded at 3:38 p.m.)

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          Venezuelans, Desperate For Food, Medicine And Aid, Are Crossing Into Colombia      Cache   Translate Page      
Venezuela's authoritarian leader has closed the border with Colombia to frustrate opposition efforts to bring in humanitarian aid. But that hasn't stopped Venezuelans from crossing the border for aid.
          The Toll Of Political Chaos On Daily Life In Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Jorge, a resident of Caracas, Venezuela, about the political and economic chaos throughout the country.
          Venezuela, blaming U.S. for six-day blackout, orders diplomats to leave      Cache   Translate Page      
Venezuela ordered American diplomats on Tuesday to leave within 72 hours after President Nicolas Maduro accused U.S. counterpart Donald Trump of cyber "sabotage" that plunged the South American country into its worst blackout on record.
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Venezuelan congress head Juan Guaido is preparing a groundbreaking reversal of late President Hugo Chavez's energy industry nationalization, allowing private companies a bigger role in its oilfields and shrinking state-run PDVSA, according to opposition advisers and a draft seen by Reuters.
          Argentina and Brazil support Venezuelan opposition candidate at IADB      Cache   Translate Page      
Argentina and Brazil support the candidate nominated by Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to represent the country at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), officials in both governments told Reuters on Tuesday.
          Botschafter sagt Caracas adios      Cache   Translate Page      
Der deutsche Botschafter Daniel Kriener hat nach seiner Ausweisung Venezuela verlassen und ist nach Berlin zurückgekehrt. Er nahm dort ...
          Guaid plant Marsch auf Caracas      Cache   Translate Page      
Juan Guaid bläst zum Sturm auf Caracas: Seit Wochen tobt der Machtkampf in Venezuela schon jetzt will der selbst ernannte Interimspräsident ...
          Venezuela: el gobierno le da 72 horas a diplomáticos estadounidenses para salir del país y Maduro adjudica el apagón al Comando Sur de EEUU      Cache   Translate Page      

Venezuela ordena salida de personal diplomático estadounidense en 72 horas El canciller de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, dilucidó la decisión del Ejecutivo nacional de cesar las conversaciones con el Gobierno de Estados Unidos acerca de un posible acuerdo para el mutuo establecimiento de oficinas de intereses tras la ruptura de relaciones diplomáticas […]

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          Venezuela: el Ministerio Público investiga a Guaidó por presunta participación en el sabotaje eléctrico      Cache   Translate Page      

MP inicia investigación contra Guaidó por su presunta participación en sabotaje eléctrico El Ministerio Público inicia investigación al presidente de la Asamblea Nacional en desacato (AN), Juan Guaidó, por su presunta participación en el sabotaje al Sistema Eléctrico Nacional, anunció este martes el fiscal General de la República, Tarek William Saab. “Iniciamos una nueva investigación […]

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          “Que Dios lo bendiga”, claman simpatizantes de Guaidó      Cache   Translate Page      

Con bendiciones y oraciones recibieron los caraqueños al presidente interino de Venezuela reconocido por 55 países, Juan Guaidó, en una convocatoria en la que recorrió la ciudad capital y donde los presentes exigieron el cese de la usurpación de Nicolás Maduro.
En una camioneta, Guaidó recorrió varios puntos de concentración en Caracas. Pese a la grave [...]

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          Guaidó: “Muy pronto vamos a ir a buscar nuestra oficina en Miraflores”      Cache   Translate Page      

Juan Guaidó, proclamado presidente interino de Venezuela el pasado 23 de enero ante una multitud de personas, aseguró en una protesta convocada este martes que “todas las opciones están sobre la mesa” refiriéndose a una posible salida de Nicolás Maduro del poder, pero que “cuando tengamos amarrado al burro, es que lo vamos a arrear”.
“Sentimos [...]

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          Informe Barclays: Situación venezolana podría implosionar este trimestre      Cache   Translate Page      

La Unidad de Investigación de Barclays realizó un informe sobre Venezuela, titulado The final stage (La etapa final). El economista Asdrubal Oliveros comparte lo más relevante de este documento que sólo se difunde por suscripción.
“El título lo dice todo: The final stage (La etapa final)”, resumió el economista venezolano Asdrubal Oliveros antes de comenzar a [...]

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          Caracas es la tercera ciudad y primera capital más violenta del mundo      Cache   Translate Page      

Tijuana, en el norte de México, fue la ciudad más violenta del mundo en 2018, seguida de la también mexicana Acapulco y de Caracas (Venezuela), según un informe del Consejo Ciudadano para la Seguridad Pública y la Justicia Penal de México divulgado este martes.
En el caso de Venezuela, cuya capital está en tercer lugar de [...]

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          Estados Unidos: Maduro llama a atacar a los civiles en Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      

John Bolton, el asesor de Seguridad Nacional del presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump, acusó al mandatario venezolano, Nicolás Maduro, de pedir a los llamados colectivos que desaten la violencia contra los civiles, e instó a los militares del país a que protejan a la población.

“Anoche, Maduro hizo una súplica desesperada a grupos de bandas armadas, conocidos [...]

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          Abrams: Habrá más sanciones tras retiro estadounidense de Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      

El enviado de Estados Unidos para Venezuela, Elliot Abrams, advirtió de que muy pronto habrá importantes sanciones adicionales contra instituciones financieras vinculadas al gobierno de Caracas. 
Abrams advirtió que se emitirán revocaciones de visas adicionales contra personas cercanas a Nicolás Maduro.
El funcionario explicó que la decisión de retirar a los diplomáticos estadounidenses que permanecían en [...]

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          Ataque cibernético o negligencia, ¿qué se sabe del apagón?      Cache   Translate Page      

Un ataque electromagnético de Estados Unidos con apoyo de la oposición, o negligencia y corrupción de un gobierno que destruyó la infraestructura. Esto es lo que se sabe del peor apagón que ha colapsado a Venezuela desde el 7 de marzo.

Sabotaje múltiple

El corte se produjo a las 16:54 (hora local) por una falla en [...]

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          Pompeo says 'constraint' on Venezuela action has been lifted      Cache   Translate Page      
The US will soon impose new sanctions and visa revocations against the regime of embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pulled remaining US diplomats from the country and hinted that other, perhaps more muscular, measures are under consideration.

          Gobierno mexicano contacta a EEUU y Centroamérica por migrantes desaparecidos      Cache   Translate Page      

La Prensa

Ciudad de México.

El presidente de México, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, dijo este martes que se ha contactado a Gobiernos de Centroamérica y al de Estados Unidos para investigar el caso de los 22 migrantes presuntamente secuestrados cuando viajaban en autobús por el norteño estado de Tamaulipas.

"Estamos pidiendo información a gobiernos centroamericanos y al Gobierno estadounidense, estamos haciendo la investigación", dijo el mandatario mexicano en su rueda de prensa matutina.

Desde Palacio Nacional, indicó que "no hay indicios" de que el autobús estuviera custodiado por la Policía Federal, tal y como habían apuntado algunas informaciones.

"Lo que queremos es seguir investigando porque no queremos que se repitan casos lamentables u horrendos como los de San Fernando.

Tenemos que cuidar a los migrantes y no dejarlos sin protección", agregó.

Lea más: Trump pide a republicanos lealtad ante “emergencia”En esta zona del país tuvo lugar la muerte de 72 migrantes centroamericanos en el municipio de San Fernando, una matanza atribuida el cártel de los Zetas, en 2010.

A pregunta expresa, confirmó este martes que los desaparecidos eran migrantes, y por ello no ha habido denuncias por desaparición por parte de familiares.

Sin descartar que se tratara de un secuestro, apuntó que también podría ser una manera de entrar en territorio estadounidense.

Y afirmó que, durante su mandato que arrancó el 1 de diciembre, se han dado otros dos casos parecidos.

"Estamos revisando (el caso), pero no tenemos indicios de que haya desaparecidos", puntualizó.

Lea más: España ofrece ayuda a Venezuela para solventar gigantesco apagónLos hechos ocurrieron el jueves 7 de marzo cuando el autobús de la compañía Transpaís circulaba de sur a norte sobre la carretera 53 (Tampico-Reynosa), a la altura del municipio de San Fernando, donde en los últimos años se registraron muertes y desapariciones de migrantes.

El domingo, el Gobierno estatal informó que al menos 19 pasajeros habían sido presuntamente secuestrados tres días antes de un autobús que cubría la ruta de Tampico a Reynosa.

El autobús salió de Tampico con 42 pasajeros y mientras se encontraba en su recorrido fue detenido por hombres armados que circulaban en al menos cuatro vehículos.

Tras abordar el autobús obligaron a descender a los pasajeros del sexo masculino para subirlos en sus vehículos con los que llegaron al lugar y darse después a la fuga con rumbo desconocido.

El conductor del autobús decidió continuar su recorrido hasta su destino final en Reynosa, ciudad en la frontera de México con Estados Unidos, donde hizo la denuncia ante las autoridades.


          Crisis Venezuela - Washington kondigt nieuwe sancties aan tegen financiële instellingen      Cache   Translate Page      
De Verenigde Staten hebben dinsdag bevestigd dat ze "zeer belangrijke" sancties zullen opleggen aan buitenlandse financiële instellingen, die de Venezolaanse president Nicolas Maduro steunen.
          No habrá fútbol venezolano este fin de semana      Cache   Translate Page      

Tal como lo ameritaba, la octava jornada del fútbol venezolano en la Primera División fue suspendida por los problemas eléctricos que azota la nación criolla.

No habrá fútbol venezolano este fin de semana

La jornada ocho del Torneo Apertura no se podrá jugar, todo se rodará e incluso habrá que esperar que la FVF y la Liga FutVe haga oficial la reprogramación.

El Consejo Directivo de la Federación Venezolana de Futbol tomó la decisión en horas de esta mañana (12 de marzo), donde también participó que las actividades que estaban programadas para la Segunda División, campeonatos filiales y la Superliga Femenina.

Fuente: meridiano


          Venezuela: Singular protesta de dos equipos de fútbol por el apagón (VIDEO)      Cache   Translate Page      

Los jugadores del Zulia y el Caracas boicotearon un partido del Torneo Apertura-2019 del fútbol de Venezuela, negándose a jugar en protesta por la decisión de la Liga de disputar la jornada pese al apagón que golpea al país desde el último jueves.

Al sonar el pitazo inicial del compromiso, pautado en el estadio 'Pachencho' Romero de la ciudad de Maracaibo, ambos clubs de primera división tomaron una medida insólita, pero comprensible: se quedaron parados y dejaron que corran los minutos en un juego correspondiente a la séptima fecha del Torneo Apertura.

Después se limitaron a mover la pelota de lado a lado sin atacar a sus rivales e incluso tomaron tiempo para conversar entre ellos. Así pasaron los 90 minutos.

El club Caracas también tuvo serias dificultades para poder arribar al partido. Con cinco horas de demora desde el Aeropuerto Internacional La Chinita, se presentaron al Estadio José Encarnación Romero de Zulia que no lucía con la preparación adecuada.

Caracas estuvo demorado cinco horas en el Aeropuerto Internacional La Chinita (Crédito: @Thomascl25)

"(Quiero) pedir disculpas y a la vez agradecer el enorme esfuerzo que hicieron las personas que llegaron a la cancha a ver un partido donde no hay condiciones para que haya fútbol", escribió en Twitter el mediocampista Evelio Hernández, uno de los principales referentes del Zulia.

El petrolero estado Zulia, cuya capital es Maracaibo, es una de las regiones más afectadas por las recurrentes fallas eléctricas que ocurren en Venezuela.

Así lucieron los camarinos previo al encuentro entre Zulia y Caracas por la séptima fecha del Torneo Apertura (Crédito: @Thomascl25)

En los camerinos del 'Pachencho' Romero no había ni luz ni agua. Varios jugadores habían mostrado descontento por la decisión de la Liga venezolana de mantener la fecha del fin de semana en medio de los cortes de luz que afectan a Caracas y a 23 de los 24 estados del país.

Richard Blanco, estrella de Mineros de Guayana, difundió en redes sociales un video del plantel llegando a oscuras al estadio Hermanos Ghersi de Maracay, con el mensaje "Venezuela sin Luz". Su equipo perdió 2-0 ante Aragua.


          Secretário de Estado Adjunto Sullivan Viaja à África do Sul e Angola      Cache   Translate Page      
O Secretário de Estado Adjunto John J. Sullivan viajará à África do Sul e Angola de 12 a 18 de Março de 2019. A sua visita terá como foco a promoção do comércio e investimento dos EUA, bem como no avanço da paz e segurança, incluindo a crise humanitária na Venezuela. Durante a viagem,...

          Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to South Africa and Angola      Cache   Translate Page      
Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to South Africa and Angola from March 12 to 18, 2019. His visit will focus on promoting U.S. trade and investment, as well as advancing peace and security, including with respect to the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Throughout the trip, th...

          PERFIL. José Tucupita, de profesor de ciencias biológicas, a peluquero canino      Cache   Translate Page      
Le dicen José ‘Tucupita’, y pocos saben que Tucupita es en realidad un seudónimo que lo vincula estrechamente con la tierra donde nació. En una distante, pero acogedora y majestuosa provincia de Venezuela, su patria querida, la del tricolor nacional, las arepas, la música llanera, las mujeres hermosas y de un calor de gente increíble. …
          The US embassy in Venezuela is effectively closed      Cache   Translate Page      

Danger zone

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          Maduro insta a tener radio con pilas, velas y linternas ante un posible apagón      Cache   Translate Page      

Oscar Morales / Jhoan Meléndez / 12 mar 2019.- Nicolás Maduro aseguró hoy que el apagón que dejó sin electricidad a toda Venezuela, afectando hospitales y clínicas en el país, fue causado por un “ciberataque” dirigido desde las ciudades de Houston y Chicago en EEUU. “El ciberataque fue dirigido desde dos ciudades de EEUU, desde […]

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          Canciller colombiano desmiente al New York Times: Maduro quemó camión de ayuda      Cache   Translate Page      

New York TimesNaciones Unidas, 12 mar (EFE).- El canciller colombiano, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, negó este martes que su Gobierno manipulase un vídeo que recogió el incendio de parte de un convoy con ayuda para Venezuela e insistió en que todo lo que ocurrió el pasado 23 de febrero fue responsabilidad del Ejecutivo de Nicolás Maduro, desmintiendo la […]

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          3/12/2019: WORLD: MILITARY ANALYST WARNS ‘CIVIL WAR’ COULD BE COMING      Cache   Translate Page      
CARACAS Venezuela is on course for civil war, one of the country’s most respected military analysts has warned. “If the U.S. go in, it’ll be three days. If the Colombians go in, maybe a week,” said retired colonel Jose Machillanda. “But there will...
          ¡CAOS TOTAL! Gran Apagón en Venezuela causa incertidumbre y muerte durante 4 días seguidos      Cache   Translate Page      
Un gran apagón en Venezuela dejo a su población sin electricidad por de más 30 horas, en los cuales ya se contabilizan fallecidos, pérdidas incalculables de alimentos sin contar que las ganancias en los comercios se hacen mayormente con electricidad y sistemas digitalizados en ventas; el gobierno del país redobló fuerzas militares en las calles […]
          26 personas han fallecido como consecuencia del apagón #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

El diputado ante la Asamblea Nacional, José Manuel Olivares, informó a través de su cuenta en Twitter @joseolivaresm que hasta la fecha se contabilizan 26 personas fallecidas en los hospitales debido al apagón general prolongado en Venezuela.

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          Becerra: Maduro es responsable de cada bebé y cada enfermo que mueren en los apagones #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

Beatriz Becerra, vicepresidenta de la Subcomisión de Derechos Humanos del Parlamento Europeo, aseguró este martes 12 de marzo que el régimen de Nicolás Maduro es el único responsable de los apagones que se ha registrado en Venezuela.

La entrada Becerra: Maduro es responsable de cada bebé y cada enfermo que mueren en los apagones #12Mar se publicó primero en El Impulso.

          40 periodistas y trabajadores de la prensa han sido ilegalmente privados de libertad #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

El régimen de Nicolás Maduro ha sido despiadado con el trabajo de los periodistas en Venezuela. El Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Prensa de Venezuela (SNTP) informó a través de su cuenta en Twitter @sntpvenezuela que en lo que va de 2019, 40 periodistas y trabajadores de la prensa han sido ilegalmente privados de libertad.

La entrada 40 periodistas y trabajadores de la prensa han sido ilegalmente privados de libertad #12Mar se publicó primero en El Impulso.

          Nicolás Maduro: Venezuela se quedó sin luz por culpa de ciberataques #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

Nicolás Maduro Moros, informó desde Miraflores que el pueblo venezolano se quedó sin luz por culpa de ciberataques enviados las cuales son metodos que toman controlar, desestabilizar y dañar cualquier sistema informátivo, aunque en este caso según Maduro fue a la electricidad.

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          Juan Guaidó: Cuando tengamos amarrado al burro, es que lo vamos a arriar #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

Durante la concentración en Los Ruices, Caracas, el presidente encargado de Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, puntualizó que todas las opciones siguen estando sobre la mesa y exhortó a la colectividad a no caer en la frustración.

La entrada Juan Guaidó: Cuando tengamos amarrado al burro, es que lo vamos a arriar #12Mar se publicó primero en El Impulso.

          Guaidó: Muy pronto vamos a ir a buscar mi oficina en Miraflores #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

El presidente encargado de Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, aseguró, durante varias concentraciones que se realizaron en Caracas para rechazar el apagón prolongado que dejó sin electricidad por cuatro días al país, que pronto irá a buscar su oficina en el palacio de Miraflores.

La entrada Guaidó: Muy pronto vamos a ir a buscar mi oficina en Miraflores #12Mar se publicó primero en El Impulso.

          Adriana Pichardo: Denuncian nueva arremetida del régimen contra dirigencia de VP #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

Una nueva arremetida por parte del régimen usurpador de Nicolás Maduro, contra la dirigencia de la tolda naranja, la cual ha dejado varios dirigentes privados de libertad en los estados Mérida, Yaracuy, Táchira y Portuguesa, denunció la responsable del Comité de Liberación de Presos Políticos de Voluntad Popular y diputada a la Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela, Adriana Pichardo

La entrada Adriana Pichardo: Denuncian nueva arremetida del régimen contra dirigencia de VP #12Mar se publicó primero en El Impulso.

          Copa Airlines: Informa a pasajeros que sus operaciones se verán afectadas por el día de hoy #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

Copa Air Lines emitió un comunicado en el cual informa a sus pasajeros que sus operaciones desde Caracas (Venezuela) se verán afectadas durante el día de hoy, debido a que se mantienen las intermitencias en el fluido electrico.

La entrada Copa Airlines: Informa a pasajeros que sus operaciones se verán afectadas por el día de hoy #12Mar se publicó primero en El Impulso.

          Lilian Tintori: Piden a Comisión Técnica de la ONU verificar emergencia humanitaria en Venezuela #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

La grave crisis que atraviesa el país, agudizada por el apagón registrado desde el jueves pasado en todo el territorio nacional, denuncio la activista por los derechos humanos, Lilian Tintori, en el marco de la visita de la Comisión Técnica de la Oficina de la Alta Comisionada de Derechos Humanos de la ONU, Michelle Bachelet.

La entrada Lilian Tintori: Piden a Comisión Técnica de la ONU verificar emergencia humanitaria en Venezuela #12Mar se publicó primero en El Impulso.

          Gilbert Caro: Si salen los colectivos movilizarán al pueblo de Venezuela que quiere libertad #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

La grave situación de violaciones a los derechos del pueblo venezolano cometidas por el régimen usurpador de Nicolás Maduro, debatió este martes la Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela.

La entrada Gilbert Caro: Si salen los colectivos movilizarán al pueblo de Venezuela que quiere libertad #12Mar se publicó primero en El Impulso.

          Larenses marchan este martes contra el régimen de Maduro #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

Larenses se concentran este martes en la avenida Venezuela con calle 29, en las adyacencias de la Catedral de Barquisimeto, en rechazo al régimen de Nicolás Maduro.

La entrada Larenses marchan este martes contra el régimen de Maduro #12Mar se publicó primero en El Impulso.

          Juan Guaidó: la misma Guardia Nacional ha tenido que sacar agua del río Guaire #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

El presidente encargado de Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, señaló este martes 12 de marzo que tras las graves crisis eléctricas que atraviesa el país, funcionarios de la Guardia Nacional Bolivariana (GNB) han tenido que buscar agua en el río Guaire.

La entrada Juan Guaidó: la misma Guardia Nacional ha tenido que sacar agua del río Guaire #12Mar se publicó primero en El Impulso.

          Elliott Abrams: Si tocan a Juan Guaidó, 53 paises más Estados Unidos responderán #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

El diplomático estadounidense Elliott Abrams durante una rueda de prensa aseveró que existen 54 naciones que respaldan al presidente encargado de Venezuela Juan Guaidó y que si alguién lo toca, todas las naciones responderán.

La entrada Elliott Abrams: Si tocan a Juan Guaidó, 53 paises más Estados Unidos responderán #12Mar se publicó primero en El Impulso.

          Eurodiputado: Colapso del sistema eléctrico en Venezuela, es el resultado de años de corrupción #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

El eurodiputado, José Inácio Faria, responsabilizó al regimen de Nicolás Maduro por el apagón nacional de este fin de semana.

La entrada Eurodiputado: Colapso del sistema eléctrico en Venezuela, es el resultado de años de corrupción #12Mar se publicó primero en El Impulso.

          Guaidó exigió la liberación del periodista Luis Carlos Díaz y del secretario Rodney Moreno #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

El presidente (E) de Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, se pronunció este martes 12 de marzo y exigió al régimen de Nicolás Maduro la liberación del periodista Luis Carlos Díaz y del secretario de Un Nuevo Tiempo, Rodney Moreno.

La entrada Guaidó exigió la liberación del periodista Luis Carlos Díaz y del secretario Rodney Moreno #12Mar se publicó primero en El Impulso.

          Michelle Bachelet: Estoy profundamente preocupada por la detención de Luis Carlos Díaz en Venezuela #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

La Alta Comisionada de los Derechos Humanos Michell Bachelet se pronunció este martes sobre la injusta encarcelación del periodista venezolano Luis Carlos Díaz en la ciudad de Caracas.

La entrada Michelle Bachelet: Estoy profundamente preocupada por la detención de Luis Carlos Díaz en Venezuela #12Mar se publicó primero en El Impulso.

          Jugadores del Zulia y Caracas se negaron a jugar ante la crisis energética del país #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

Ante la crisis energética vivida en Venezuela durante más de 90 horas, la Federación Venezolana de Fútbol (FVF) pretendió que se disputase con normalidad la fecha del Futve

La entrada Jugadores del Zulia y Caracas se negaron a jugar ante la crisis energética del país #12Mar se publicó primero en El Impulso.

          SNTP convoca concentración para exigir liberación inmediata de Luis Carlos Díaz #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

El Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Prensa de Venezuela realizó una convocatoria a los trabajadores de prensa para exigir la liberación del periodista Luis Carlos Díaz

La entrada SNTP convoca concentración para exigir liberación inmediata de Luis Carlos Díaz #12Mar se publicó primero en El Impulso.

          Barquisimetanos se solidarizaron ante la crisis y contribuyeron con energía para cargar celulares #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

Ante la crisis vivida en Venezuela tras el gran apagón nacional, se generó mucha polémica al surgir informaciones de venezolanos que se aprovechaban de sus compatriotas ante la necesidad de los servicios básicos

La entrada Barquisimetanos se solidarizaron ante la crisis y contribuyeron con energía para cargar celulares #12Mar se publicó primero en El Impulso.

          España dispuesto a ayudar a Venezuela para solventar crisis eléctrica #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

Este martes 12 de marzo, el ministro de Asuntos Exteriores de España, Josep Borrell, informó a través de un medio radial que el gobierno español está dispuesto a ayudar a Venezuela para solventar la crisis eléctrica.

La entrada España dispuesto a ayudar a Venezuela para solventar crisis eléctrica #12Mar se publicó primero en El Impulso.

          Barquisimetanos se concentrarán en la Catedral a las 3 de la tarde #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

Luego de la desidia vivida en Venezuela al no contar con energía eléctrica en todo el territorio nacional por más de 90 horas, siguen haciéndose llamados de concentración para rechazar al régimen de Nicolás Maduro

La entrada Barquisimetanos se concentrarán en la Catedral a las 3 de la tarde #12Mar se publicó primero en El Impulso.

          Peompeo anunció el retiro total de los diplomáticos estadounidenses de Venezuela #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

Mike Pompeo, el secretario de Estado de EEUU informó a través de las redes sociales la decisión de las autoridades estadounidenses de retirar del territorio venezolano a todos sus diplomáticos

La entrada Peompeo anunció el retiro total de los diplomáticos estadounidenses de Venezuela #12Mar se publicó primero en El Impulso.

          Guaidó a Maduro: Después de días escondido, sale a burlarse del dolor, de la muerte de niños y enfermos #12Mar      Cache   Translate Page      

El presidente (E) de Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, se pronunció minutos después de que lo hiciera en cadena nacional Nicolás Maduro, para acusarlo y culparlo de las secuelas dejadas por el apagón eléctrico que dejó sin luz al 90% del territorio nacional.

La entrada Guaidó a Maduro: Después de días escondido, sale a burlarse del dolor, de la muerte de niños y enfermos #12Mar se publicó primero en El Impulso.

           Pompeo: Russland und Kuba verantwortlich für Krise in Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
Die US-Regierung zieht ihr diplomatisches Rest-Personal aus Caracas ab, weil dessen Präsenz vor Ort die Handlungsfreiheit der USA einschränke.
          Venezuelan government targets Guaido over national blackout      Cache   Translate Page      
Venezuela’s attorney general escalated the confrontation between the government and the opposition leader.
          Venezuelan crisis: Running out of food, power and cash in blackout      Cache   Translate Page      
Venezuela's blackout has lasted several days and with poverty levels already high and 40C heat, how is the country coping?
          Doenças infecciosas proliferam em meio à agitação política da Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
Cientistas atribuem a epidemia à supressão da pesquisa pelo governo, falta de dados atualizados e mudanças climáticas
          Maduro: Venezuela'daki elektrik kesintilerine ilişkin 2 kişiyi yakaladık      Cache   Translate Page      
Maduro: Venezuela'daki elektrik kesintilerine ilişkin 2 kişiyi yakaladıkMaduro: Venezuela'daki elektrik kesintilerine ilişkin 2 kişiyi yakaladık
Venezuela Devlet Başkanı Maduro, "Simon Bolivar Hidroelektrik Santrali'ne yönelik yeni bir sabotaj hazırlığı yapan iki kişiyi yakaladık." dedi.

          Venezuela: Mỹ phải rút hết nhân viên ngoại giao trong 3 ngày      Cache   Translate Page      
Venezuela ngày 12/3 ra lệnh cho các nhà ngoại giao Mỹ phải rời khỏi đất nước họ trong vòng 72 giờ, sau khi Tổng thống Nicolas Maduro cáo buộc Tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump “phá hoại” mạng khiến quốc gia OPEC này rơi vào tình trạng mất điện nghiêm trọng nhất từng được ghi nhận. […]
          3/13/2019: ENQUÊTE: LES ÉTATS-UNIS RETIRENT LEURS DIPLOMATES      Cache   Translate Page      
Les Etats-Unis vont retirer tout le personnel diplomatique encore présent dans leur ambassade à Caracas en raison de l’aggravation de la crise au Venezuela, a annoncé le secrétaire d’Etat Mike Pompeo. « Cette décision reflète la dégradation de la...
           Kommentar zu Venezuelas Öcalan ist Erdogans Bruder von GerdA.Beckmann (@Antikulturalist)       Cache   Translate Page      
Kotz ! Diese antizionistisch-"antiimperialistische" Ekelbande !
          Ancora censura da FB, Venezuela: black out elettrico o block out tecnologico?, rinominare l’ambiente, corretta partecipazione alla vita pubblica, epitaffio di: Stefano Amoretti, il sistema sta implodendo, l’inganno dell’illuminazione…      Cache   Translate Page      

Il Giornaletto di Saul del 12 marzo 2019 – Ancora censura da FB, Venezuela: black out elettrico o block out tecnologico?, rinominare l’ambiente, corretta partecipazione alla vita pubblica, epitaffio di: Stefano Amoretti, il sistema sta implodendo, l’inganno dell’illuminazione…

Care, cari, facebook mi informa che “Ti è stato temporaneamente impedito di iscriverti a gruppi che non gestisci e pubblicarvi contenuti. La restrizione durerà fino a: giovedì alle 14:08.” – Ho risposto, per quel che serve: “Almeno fatemi sapere qual è l’azione incriminata e perché è meritevole di censura. Da parte mia non credo di aver commesso alcuna infrazione…” – Ovviamente nessuno ha risposto…

Venezuela. Black out elettrico o Block out tecnologico…? – Scrive Marinella Correggia: “Mentre a quanto pare in molte zone della capitale è durato di meno, a Barquisimeto dal giovedì 7 marzo alle 16 fino al 9 marzo alle 11 (quando sono tornata a Caracas con la corriera) ce lo siamo preso in pieno. Niente luce, dunque niente acqua (e cosa MOLTO meno importante, niente wifi e Internet)…” Continua:

Commento di Nicolas Maduro: “Hanno usato un’arma dell’alta tecnologia… Gli estremisti di destra dell’opposizione sono gli autori e gli esecutori di questi attacchi contro il paese, e hanno usato l’alta tecnologia che solo il governo USA possiede. E noi lo sappiamo perché Dio è sempre dalla nostra parte. La verità verrà a galla”

Rinominare l’ambiente. La Terra casa di tutti! – La nostra Terra è  forse unica in tutto l’Universo, il solo pianeta per noi abitabile. In natura non esistono infatti due cose identiche,  prendiamo l’esempio di una foglia di un  albero  che non è mai uguale ad un’altra dello stesso albero, così è  anche per un cristallo di neve od un granello di sabbia, ognuno con la sua peculiarità.  La nostra Terra è il solo pianeta per noi abitabile ma la nostra  civiltà lo considera meno di un “valore aggiunto”. Quando i politici, gli scienziati e gli economisti prenderanno coscienza di ciò?  - Continua:

Commento di Marco Bracci: “Caro Paolo,  il compito dei pionieri (come anche dei profeti) è quello di gettare il seme, come dici tu, e aspettare che germogli, finché un giorno TUTTI SAPRANNO, PRENDERANNO COSCIENZA e AGIRANNO DI CONSEGUENZA. Quel giorno è vicino…” – Continua in calce al link soprastante

Epitaffio per un poeta – Scrive Gianni Donaudi: “Il poeta Stefano Amoretti (classe 1926) è mancato a Imperia (sua città natale e di residenza) alla bella età di 92 anni. Sullo sfondo dei libri di Stefano c’è una reale presenza di disintegrazione che sembra travagliare l’uomo d’oggi. E onde evidenziare tale disgregazione non è necessario dare risposte cattoliche, religiose  o moralistico-piccolo-borghesi in genere…” – Continua:

Spie e spioni. Ovunque – Scrive BBUS: “Il combinato disposto della Via della Seta più le reti di comunicazione 5G targate Huawei fa capire che c’e’ in gioco la sicurezza nazionale e la sovranità economica: l’Italia non può diventare il cavallo di Troia per la supremazia della Cina sull’Occidente”. Cosi’ all’ANSA il vicepresidente del Copasir, Adolfo Urso, sui possibili rischi di spionaggio determinati dalla concessione alle aziende cinesi delle reti per i cellulari di nuova generazione. Il Copasir sta svolgendo una serie di audizioni sul tema e la prossima settimana sentirà il premier Giuseppe Conte…”

Corretta partecipazione alla vita pubblica – Scrive Danilo D’Antonio: “Certi processi sociali non possono essere invertiti, condotti alla rovescia, pena la distruzione stessa del sistema. I populisti, persone al presente con scarse risorse capacitive, non possono accedere direttamente all’apice di una macchina complessa quale è uno Stato. E’ come affidare un transatlantico da crociera alla guida di bambini irritati…” – Continua:

Ancona. Stupro consentito – “Scrive M.O.: “Ad Ancona, due stupratori peruviani, accusati di aver violentato una ragazza di 22 anni nel 2015, sono stati assolti perché, secondo la sentenza, la vittima assomiglia a un maschio. Insomma, è brutta. Quindi per legge si dichiara che: se vai in giro femminile come Dita Von Teese e ti stuprano, te la sei cercata. Se vai in giro come una camionista senza fronzoli, sei un cesso, e ti stuprano, ringrazia il cielo, non è possibile che volevano violentarti. Ti hanno fatto un’opera pia. Vanno premiati…”

Il sistema sta implodendo – Scrive Michael Snyder: “So bene che molte persone stanno anticipando da molto tempo il collasso economico globale e che molte di loro hanno perso la pazienza e vogliono solo ‘farla finita’ una volta per tutte. Beh, la verità è che nessuno dovrebbe desiderare di vedere ciò che sta arrivando. Personalmente, mi rallegro per ogni giorno o settimana o mese in più che ci viene dato. Ogni giorno in più è un altro giorno per prepararsi, per godersi il confortevole livello di vita che la nostra prosperità, alimentata dal debito, ha prodotto per noi…” – Continua:

Israele si prende anche il Golan siriano – Scrive Sputnik: “Il senatore Lindsey Graham ha promesso a Benjamin Netanyahu di intervenire con un’iniziativa per il riconoscimento delle alture del Golan come parte del territorio dello stato ebraico…”

L’inganno dell’illuminazione – Anni addietro mi venne l’idea di scrivere le mie memorie sugli incontri da me fatti con donne, uomini ed animali particolari, il testo l’avevo chiamato “incontri con i santi” (è ancora disponibili per chi ne facesse richiesta). Certo alcuni di questi cosiddetti “santi” appaiono come esseri umani un po’ anomali, e di difficile accettazione da parte delle masse di cercatori tradizionali… Una di queste “persone” particolari da me incontrate fu Uppaluri Gopala Krisnamurti – Continua:

Ciao, Paolo/Saul


Pensiero poetico del dopo Giornaletto:

“To know the source as source and appearance as appearance, and oneself as the source only is self-realization…” (Nisargadatta Maharaj)

          Chỉ Một Cánh Én Đã Là Mùa Xuân      Cache   Translate Page      
Cuộc xuống đường ở Venezuela như những cánh én báo mùa xuân đã làm khơi dậy một cách mãnh liệt cái khát vọng tự do trong lòng người dân VN – một đất nước cách xa nó đến hàng chục ngàn cây số. Ở đây, như Venezuela, đa số dân nghèo cũng tuyệt vọng cùng […]
          Pompeo: Maduro Promised Venezuelans a ‘Socialist Paradise’ and Delivered on the Socialism Part. ‘The Paradise Part, Not So Much’      Cache   Translate Page      
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday slammed the regime in Venezuela and its Cuban backers, saying Nicolas Maduro “promised Venezuelans a better life in a socialist paradise, and he delivered on the socialism part, which has proved time and time again is a recipe for economic ruin. The paradise part, not so much.”
          Ha muerto el gobierno de Maduro (Artículo)      Cache   Translate Page      
"La caída de Maduro-Cabello puede suceder cualquier día", asegura Heinz Dieterich.
          Anuncia Maduro que ya fue superado el ciberataque al sistema eléctrico      Cache   Translate Page      
El mandatario informó la creación de una comisión de investigación con ayuda de especialistas internacionales.
          Venezuela: llevan ante el juez al periodista Luis Carlos Díaz; presencia cateo a su casa      Cache   Translate Page      
Tras estar desaparecido por 7 horas, Luis Carlos fue llevado esposado a su casa por agentes de inteligencia para presenciar el cateo; preocupación en la ONU.
          The 1% takes care of itself      Cache   Translate Page      
Did you see this:

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among more than four dozen people charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scandal that involved wealthy individuals paying up to $6.5 million to place their children into elite universities, according to court records revealed Tuesday.
The alleged scam -- which placed students into top colleges such as Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, University of Southern California, UCLA and the University of Texas -- was run by William Rick Singer, from California, who helped parents get their children admission through bribes, court documents unsealed in Boston showed. Officials have been investigating the case for more than a year.

From CNN:

"This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud," Lelling said. "There can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy, and I'll add that there will not be a separate criminal justice system either."
He added, "For every student admitted through fraud, an honest, genuinely talented student was rejected."
Athletic coaches from Yale, Stanford, the University of Southern California, Wake Forest and Georgetown, among others, are implicated in the case. The extensive case involved arrests in six states across the country, and accused the defendants of committing crimes between 2011 and 2019.
"The charges brought forth today are troubling and should be a concern for all of higher education," the NCAA said in a statement. "We are looking into these allegations to determine the extent to which NCAA rules may have been violated."

That really is disgusting.  As a parent, you can understand the temptation.  But we all know wrong from right and Loughlin and Huffman should be ashamed.  Think of the people who earned those spots but didn't get in.  It's so unfair. 

Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Tuesday, March 12, 2019.  The Iraq War continues -- and Tulsi Gabbard brings some reality to late night TV.

NEW: Speaker Pelosi on impeachment: "They wanted me to impeach President Bush for the Iraq War. I didn’t believe in it then, I don’t believe in it now. It divides the country. Unless there is some conclusive evidence that takes us to that place."
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Nancy Pelosi didn't end the Iraq War.  She didn't impeach Bully Boy Bush,  She didn't do much of anything.  She spoke a lot in front of the media.  Most of the time, the media covered for her.  Even in 2007, she had huge cognitive problems (we covered the time Rahm Emanuel had to rescue her publicly).  Adam Schiff and others are wasting time with investigations and wasting tax payer monies.  Impeachment will not happen under Nancy.

She didn't want accountability for the Iraq War and if something that monumental goes unanswered for, nothing else will be.

Part of Nancy's reasoning, as we've explained before, is the timeline issue.  Impeachment attempts will take you right into an election cycle at this point.  And an impeachment attempt, she fears, will energize the Republicans (not just the base) where as it will alienate swing voters and some Democrats.

War is never questioned, apparently, just used to turn out votes for both of the two major political parties.  Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) reports:

 As had been previously reported late last week, President Trump has unveiled a budget plan which, in addition to cutting social spending across the board, would seek a huge increase in military spending, centered almost entirely on war funding.

US military spending is always by far the largest on the planet, several times the amount of the next highest spending, China. But while other nations like China and Russia are scaling back their budgets, the Pentagon’s budget, as ever, continues to rise.

Trump’s proposal would bring the overall defense budget for 2020 to $750 billion. This includes a $544 billion base-line defense budget, which is not in and of itself a huge increase. But on top of that will be a nearly $100 billion in the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) Fund, and a $9 billion “emergency” funding request meant to make up for the money already taken from the military to build the border wall.

And it goes beyond just the US.

What Wikileaks reveals about the Blair and Brown governments – next 3 tweets.
1/ Wikileaks file show how the UK govt made promises to the US to “protect your interests” in the Chilcot enquiry into the Iraq war.
2/ Wikileaks file shows how US and UK rigged the International Criminal Court to stop it being able to hold Blair and Bush accountable for the crime of aggression over Iraq
          Mike Pompeo Tells Embassy In Venezuela To Come Home      Cache   Translate Page      

By Jason Hopkins -

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday that he is pulling remaining U.S. embassy staffers from Venezuela because of the country’s worsening situation. “The U.S. will withdraw all remaining personnel from [the Caracas embassy] this week, Pompeo tweeted late Monday night. “This decision reflects the deteriorating situation in [Venezuela] ...

Mike Pompeo Tells Embassy In Venezuela To Come Home is original content from Conservative Daily News - Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust - Conservative News Website for U.S. News, Political Cartoons and more.

          Maduro: Two suspected of sabotage on Venezuela's power system detained      Cache   Translate Page      

Maduro: Two suspected of sabotage on Venezuela's power system detained. Caracas, Mar 12 (UNI) The Venezuelan authorities have detained two people on ... on the country's power system, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. ... They are being questioned," Maduro said

          The Jimmy Dore Show: Reporter Confronts U.S. Gov. Tool On Venezuela Lies      Cache   Translate Page      

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.

It was authored by Srdja Popovic of the Center for Applied Non-Violent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), a Belgrade-based “democracy promotion” organization funded by the US government that has trained thousands of US-aligned youth activists in countries where the West seeks regime change.

This group reportedly hosted Guaido and the key leaders of his Popular Will party for a series of training sessions, fashioning them into a “Generation 2007” determined to foment resistance to then-President Hugo Chavez and sabotage his plans to implement “21st century socialism” in Venezuela.

          '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      Cache   Translate Page      

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.'

          Max Blumenthal: Report From the Real Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      

          Venezuela Suffers major Power Outages After Alleged Cyber Attack      Cache   Translate Page      

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.”


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

— 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.

— Hawaii Delilah™ (@HawaiiDelilah) March 12, 2019
The US *intentionally created* that "deteriorating situation" in Venezuela, which is why it is withdrawing its embassy staff. This is a criminal US war of aggression, suffocating and strangling Venezuela and its people to try to make their country collapse

— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) March 12, 2019
Meanwhile, Guaidó told Fox News on Monday that he plans to invoke Venezuela's constitutional Article 187, which he claimed "allows for an outside country to cooperate or to assist Venezuela in this sense."

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

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.”

Leetaru also noted that “timing such an outage to occur at a moment of societal upheaval in a way that delegitimizes the current government, exactly as a government-in-waiting has presented itself as a ready alternative, is actually one of the tactics” he had previously explored in a 2015 article detailing U.S. government hybrid warfare tactics “to weaken an adversary prior to conventional invasion or to forcibly and deniably effect a transition in a foreign government.”

In addition to Leetaru’s claims, others have asserted U.S. government involvement after U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who is deeply involved in Trump’s Venezuela policy, appeared to have prior knowledge that the blackouts would occur when he tweeted about them only three minutes after they had begun.

          I Can't Believe They Actually Told The Truth About Venezuela!      Cache   Translate Page      
          Final countdown: US diplomats given 72 hours to pull out of Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      

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.


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.”

Communication and information minister Jorge Rodriguez described the situation as “the most brutal attack on the Venezuelan people in 200 years”. He also described the situation as the “deliberate sabotage” on behalf of the US-backed opposition.

In own turn, the US continues to reject claims accusing it of attempts to destabilize the situation in the country. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo even claimed that Washington and its allies would not hurt the “ordinary Venezuelans.”

          L’Europe expose à l’Onu sa vision sur une éventuelle opération militaire au Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
L'Europe s'élève contre tout «développement militaire» de la situation au Venezuela, venant «de l'intérieur du pays comme de l'extérieur», a déclaré la Haute représentante de l'Union européenne pour les Affaires étrangères et la politique de sécurité, Federica Mogherini.
          Blackout au Venezuela: le fonctionnement du réseau énergétique rétabli      Cache   Translate Page      
Le fonctionnement du réseau énergétique a été presque complètement rétabli au Venezuela, a annoncé le ministre vénézuélien de la Communication Jorge Rodriguez.
          Crisis Venezuela – Washington kondigt nieuwe sancties aan tegen financiële instellingen      Cache   Translate Page      
De Verenigde Staten hebben dinsdag bevestigd dat ze “zeer belangrijke” sancties zullen opleggen aan buitenlandse financiële instellingen, die de Venezolaanse president Nicolas Maduro steunen. Deze “heel belangrijke bijkomende sancties” zullen op “zeer korte termijn” toegepast worden, verklaarde Elliott Abrams, de Amerikaanse speciaal gezant voor Venezuela. Hij stelde nog dat de Amerikaanse autoriteiten zich vooral richten […]

Het bericht Crisis Venezuela – Washington kondigt nieuwe sancties aan tegen financiële instellingen verscheen eerst op Metro.

          Caracas privé d’électricité      Cache   Translate Page      
Le 7 mars, la majorité des États du Venezuela a été privée d’alimentation électrique. La raison en est une panne survenue à l’une des plus grandes centrales hydrauliques du pays: le barrage de Guri.
          Venezuela: la falta de agua y los saqueos agravan el apagón      Cache   Translate Page      
12:00 – La falla eléctrica que sufren la mayoría de las ciudades del país caribeño afecta la vida cotidiana en todas sus facetas; no se sabe cuánto tiempo más se extenderá el colapso Por: Daniel Lozano En su regreso al pasado, Venezuela sufrió ayer su quinta jornada entre apagones totales de energía y cortes parciales, […]
          Konspirationsteorier sprids i vattenbristens Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
RIO DE JANEIRO. Det sex dagar långa elavbrottet i Venezuela har gjort att det saknas dricksvatten i oljelandet. Oppositionsledaren Juan Guaidó har deklarerat nödläge och USA flyger i veckan ut all sin ambassadpersonal från Venezuela.
          VENEZUELA BLACKOUT: CYBER ATTACKS, SABOTAGE AND MIGHTY CUBAN INTELLIGENCE      Cache   Translate Page 12.03.2019 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 […]
          Nationwide Power Outages Sending Venezuela Back to the Dark Ages      Cache   Translate Page      
by Bob Adelmann Monday, 11 March 2019 Most of Venezuela is without power, and what little is available is unreliable and intermittent. It started last Thursday with the failure of the San Geronimo B power station that transmits electric power from the country’s enormous Guri hydroelectric power plant. Guri supplies 80 percent of the […]
          Hey Ilhan! Hey Alexandria! Venezuela’s democratic president wants you to come to Venezuela to see some socialism      Cache   Translate Page      
By Monica Showalter March 12, 2019 In the past, lefties have flocked to political pilgrimages to newly created socialist countries to drink in the collectivism and praise the new regimes. It happened in Cuba with the Venceremos Brigade sugar cane-cutting harvest, it happened in Nicaragua with the Sandalistas (ain’t that right, Bill de Blasio), […]
          SOCIALISM IN ACTION: Venezuelans Collect Drinking Water …FROM THE SEWER!      Cache   Translate Page      
by Bright Start News March 12, 2019 Socialism in action! These poor bastards, Venezuelan citizens of the socialist revolution, are forced to collect sewage runoff for drinking water! “Desperate Venezuelans swarm sewage drains in search of water Desperate Venezuelans swarm sewage drains in search of water — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) March […]
          Caracas goes dry      Cache   Translate Page      
(Scott Johnson) Bloomberg has a vivid story on one of the incidental effects of Venezuela going dark: it’s going dry too. Its water system, designed to run on electricity, has now become at least intermittently inoperable. Bloomberg quotes Norberto Bausson, the head of state utility Hidrocapital in the 1990s. “As of this morning, this system hasn’t been restarted yet,” Bausson said yesterday. “The supply of water for the city is at risk.”
          Colombia: Even Maduro's relatives seeking relief from outage      Cache   Translate Page      

Colombia: Even Maduro's relatives seeking relief from outageBOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The blackout engulfing Venezuela is forcing many to seek refuge — even, as it turns out, President Nicolas Maduro's own relatives.

          Venezuela: science ‘brain drain’ threatens future of research      Cache   Translate Page      
Study shows high percentage of Venezuelan migrants are scientists.
          ¡PEDIRLE PERAS AL OLMO!…Bolton: “Los militares venezolanos deben trabajar hacia la democracia y la reconstrucción del país”      Cache   Translate Page      
El asesor de Seguridad Nacional del presidente Donald Trump, John Bolton, se refirió ayer lunes en referencia a la situación de emergencia nacional que se vive actualmente en Venezuela debido a la debacle eléctrica. El funcionario cuestionó duramente al régimen de Maduro, acusando a su responsabilidad en la gestión pública, que tiene al país en… [más]

          ¡LA GRAN OBRA DE LA REVOLUCIÓN! Una década de apagones en el país con las mayores reservas de petróleo del mundo      Cache   Translate Page      
Desde hace una década, los apagones son habituales en el país sin que hasta la fecha se haya hecho nada para subsanar estas fallas TalCual Un gigantesco apagón mantiene paralizada a Venezuela desde la tarde del jueves 7 de marzo. El suministro eléctrico pareció empezar a recuperarse en zonas de Caracas y otras regiones entre… [más]

          ODEBRECHT y Duro Felguera las principales empresas responsables del desfalco energetico en Venezuela”      Cache   Translate Page      
En la prensa, se ha hablado del caso de Derwick Associates como la empresa responsable del desfalco energético en Venezuela, pero en realidad son 6 las compañías que se hicieron millonarias estafando con contratos hechos por el Estado venezolano. . Una tabla publicada en un estudio de la Fundación de Investigación y Desarrollo de la… [más]

          [VIDEO] ¡EL FIN ESTA CERCA! Juan Guaidó: Pronto iremos a buscar mi oficina en Miraflores      Cache   Translate Page      
Juan Guaidó, presidente interino de Venezuela, habló este martes desde la protesta convocada para exigir la restitución de los servicios de agua y luz. El Nacional “El cese de la ususrpación está muy cerca. Pronto necesitaremos una nueva oficina para trabajar, próximamente iré a buscar mi oficina en Miraflores”, dijo Guaidó durante su participación en… [más]

          Trump pide al Congreso de EEUU “reservar” $500 millones para transición en Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
El presidente de EE.UU., Donald Trump, pidió al Congreso que recorte la ayuda a Latinoamérica pero que permita al Departamento de Estado reservar 500 millones de dólares para “responder a la crisis” en Venezuela y “apoyar una transición democrática”, en la propuesta presupuestaria presentada este lunes. ND El Gobierno difundió hoy su proyecto de presupuesto… [más]

          'ABD Venezuela halkını çıldırtamayacak'      Cache   Translate Page      
ABD Dışişleri Bakanı Mike Pompeo 'Küba ve Rusya yönetimi, Maduro için cankurtaran halatı görevi görüyor. Küba ve Maduro ortaklığı, cehennemde yapılmış bir eşleşmedir' diye konuştu. Pompeo, Venezuela'daki elektrik kesintilerinin arkasında ABD'nin olduğu iddialarını da yalanladı. Venezuela Devlet Başkan Yardımcısı Rodriguez, kesintinin başladığı perşembe gününden bu yana elektrik sistemine 5 saldırı gerçekleştirildiğini bildirdi. Venezuela Devlet Başkanı Nicolas Maduro, Maduro 2 kişinin yakalandığını açıkladı. Maduro 'Simon Bolivar Hidroelektrik Santrali'ne yönelik yeni bir sabotaj hazırlığı yapan iki kişiyi yakaladık' dedi
          [VIDEO] Elliott Abrams aseguró que en los próximos días vendrán sanciones más “significativas”      Cache   Translate Page      
Elliott Abrams, delegado de Estados Unidos para la crisis en Venezuela, señaló que más de 54 países respaldan a Juan Guaidó, presidente interino del país, y que actuarán rápidamente si es encarcelado. “Los dirigentes oficialistas están contemplando encarcelar a Guaidó. Hay que destacar que hay más de 54 países que respaldan, algunos muy importantes, al… [más]

          ¡20 AÑOS DE SAQUEO Y DESIDIA! Las 10 claves del apagón más prolongado de la historia de Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
Venezuela registró el pasado jueves 7 de marzo un apagón que afectó a todo el país, y aunque en algunas zonas el servicio eléctrico ha sido restituido de forma parcial, todavía hay varias regiones que para este lunes se mantienen sin energía. El Nacional Los siguientes datos procuran dar una luz ante la falta de… [más]

          Desmontan versión de ataque cibernético: “Es como hackear una nevera”      Cache   Translate Page      
Han transcurrido más de 50 horas sin energía eléctrica en varias zonas de Venezuela luego de que produjera una falla este jueves a las 4:56 pm. Comercios cerrados, electrodomésticos dañados y pacientes renales sin tratamiento han sido parte de las consecuencias del apagón. EL NACIONAL Diversas teorías han tenido lugar entre la población venezolana sobre… [más]

          Maduro: Colapso eléctrico es culpa de un “ataque cibernético y electromagnético” contra Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
Nicolás Maduro, en su afán por buscar un culpable por el gran apagón del pasado jueves en casi todo el país, no le quedó de otra de hablar de ataque y culpar a cualquiera que se le cruce en el camino. Por PT/ Según Maduro lo ocurrido en el Guri, “fue un ataque electromagnético, eso… [más]

          Governo venezuelano prende jornalista espanhol e acusa-o de ser autor do apagão      Cache   Translate Page      
O governo venezuelano deteve, na segunda-feira, o jornalista de nacionalidade espanhola Luis Carlos Díaz, acusado pelo presidente Nicolás Maduro de...
          Panne de courant au Venezuela: Guaidó visé par une enquête pour «sabotage»      Cache   Translate Page      
La justice vénézuélienne a ouvert une enquête contre le chef de l'opposition et président par...
          Εισαγγελική έρευνα κατά Γκουαϊδό για το μπλακ άουτ στη Βενεζουέλα      Cache   Translate Page      

Τις ΗΠΑ και τον Χουάν Γκουαϊδό βλέπουν πίσω από το γενικό μπλακάουτ που έπληξε τη χώρα, οι αρχές της Βενεζουέλας. Η τελευταία εξέλιξη θέλει τον γενικό εισαγγελέα της λατινοαμερικάνικης χώρας να ξεκινά έρευνα κατά του ηγέτη της αντιπολίτευσης, τον οποίο [...]

          CERAWEEK-Venezuelan opposition leaders look to energy future without Maduro - []      Cache   Translate Page      

Venezuelan opposition leaders said on Tuesday that the opposition-controlled congress was preparing to consider new energy legislation that would allow faltering oil production to recover with outside help. Δείτε περισσότερα:

          UPDATE 1-Venezuela's Guaido readies to open up oil industry after years of nationalization - []      Cache   Translate Page      

Venezuelan congress head Juan Guaido is preparing a groundbreaking reversal of late President Hugo Chavez's energy industry nationalization, allowing private companies a bigger role in its oilfields and shrinking state-run PDVSA, according to opposition advisers and a draft seen by Reuters. Δείτε...

          'We call it survival': Venezuelans improvise solutions as blackout continues      Cache   Translate Page      

With the crisis in its sixth day, neighbors are sharing generators, contraband supplies and skills for survival

At a street corner in eastern Caracas, Rosa Elena stepped from her car and started picking handfuls of leaves from a modest tree growing at the roadside.

“This is neem,” she said. “It’s high in sugar and great in a tea.”

Rosa is diabetic. Worried about ruined insulin (which must be refrigeriated) #sin luz she is collecting neem plants, high in sugar. #Caracas

Related: Venezuela: blackouts in Caracas – in pictures

Increíbles las imágenes de la explosión de transformadores adyacentes al Concresa. Se escuchó en varias zonas del este de Caracas. Muchos se quedaron sin luz... #11Mar

Related: 'A city of shadows': fear as Venezuela's crippling blackout enters day four

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          Maduro: "Elektrik Yavaş Yavaş Gelecek"      Cache   Translate Page      
Maduro: Maduro: "Elektrik Yavaş Yavaş Gelecek"
Venezuela Devlet Başkanı Nicolas Maduro, elektriklerin yavaş yavaş geleceğini söyledi.

          Birleşmiş Milletler Heyeti Venezuela’da      Cache   Translate Page      
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Birleşmiş Milletler İnsan Hakları Yüksek Komiseri Michelle Bachelet tarafından görevlendirilen heyet, Venezuela'ya ulaşarak görüşmelere başladı.

          U.S. military not involved in withdrawing diplomats from Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
The U.S. military has not been asked to assist with the removal of American diplomatic personnel from Venezuela, the top U.S. military commander for the region told Reuters, adding they were expected to depart the country by commercial means.

          Το τραβάει ο Μαδούρο: Εδωσε διορία 72 ωρών σε Αμερικανούς διπλωμάτες για αν εγκαταλείψουν τη Βενεζουέλα      Cache   Translate Page      
Το τραβάει ο Μαδούρο: Εδωσε διορία 72 ωρών σε Αμερικανούς διπλωμάτες για αν εγκαταλείψουν τη Βενεζουέλα

Η κυβέρνηση της Βενεζουέλας έδωσε σήμερα διορία σε Αμερικανούς διπλωμάτες να εγκαταλείψουν τη χώρα σε […]

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          Impeachment Off the Table? Again?; Also: The Venezuela Scam Worsens: 'BradCast' 3/12/2019      Cache   Translate Page      
On today's BradCast: Some good reporting, some bad politics, and some accountability on the horizon. [Audio link to today's show follows below.] Among the many stories worth your while covered on today's program... Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems to take impeachment "off the table", just as she did back in 2006 ...
          We Resist: Day 782      Cache   Translate Page      
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One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures (plus the occasional non-Republican who obliges us to resist their nonsense, too, like we don't have enough to worry about) is keeping on top of the sheer number of horrors, indignities, and normalization of the aggressively abnormal that they unleash every single day.

So here is a daily thread for all of us to share all the things that are going on, thus crowdsourcing a daily compendium of the onslaught of conservative erosion of our rights and our very democracy.

Stay engaged. Stay vigilant. Resist.

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Earlier today by me: What the F#@k Is Even Happening and Nancy Pelosi: "I'm Not for Impeachment." and Bernie Sanders, Where Are Your Taxes?

Here are some more things in the news today...

Let's start out with some good news. Rebekah Entralgo at ThinkProgress: Democrats Introduce Latest Version of DREAM Act, Offering Protection to More Young Immigrants.
Eighteen years after the original Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, was introduced, House Democrats formally unveiled their new-and-improved version Tuesday.

While previous iterations of the bill focused narrowly on providing a path to citizenship only for undocumented youth brought to the United States as children, the new version does this in addition to expanding it to include immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). With the inclusion of TPS and DED recipients, the DREAM Act has rebranded to the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, to reflect the government's longtime goal to make good on its promise of providing permanent solutions to legal immigrants who have been living at the whims of the federal government for decades.

Like the DREAM Acts that came before it, the Dream and Promise Act would grant undocumented immigrant youth — known as "Dreamers" — conditional permanent resident status for 10 years and cancel any removal proceedings so long as they: have been continuously physically present in the United States for four years preceding the date of the enactment of the bill, were 17 years or younger when they first arrived in United States, pass a background check, have a clean criminal record, and graduate from high school or an academic equivalent.

...The bones of the DREAM Act have largely remained the same since 2001, when the bill was first introduced in the House by former Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) and in the Senate by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT). What makes the Dream and Promise Act different, however, is that it for the first time includes protections for TPS and DED holders.

There's an unprecedented level of urgency with this version of the DREAM Act because the Trump administration has pulled the legal rug out from under thousands of immigrant families.
I know I'm the brokenest of broken records, but I'll say once more: Regardless of the chances of this legislation becoming law during the Trump administration, this is worth doing, because it's the right and necessary thing to do.

Donald Trump may reject this legislation, because of his vile nativist agenda, but that very agenda is what obligates the attempt.

Speaking of which...

Travis Gettys at Raw Story: Trump Administration 'Very Seriously' Considering Plan to Designate Some Mexicans as Terrorists. "The president told Breitbart News that his administration was 'very seriously' considering a policy change that would label Mexican drug cartels or some of their factions as Foreign Terrorist Organizations. 'We are, we are,' Trump told the website. 'We're thinking about doing it very seriously. In fact, we've been thinking about it for a long time.' The president appeared to admit the change was intended to gin up fear of Mexican immigrants to justify his proposed border wall and other controversial anti-immigration policies. 'It's psychological, but it's also economic,' Trump said. 'As terrorists — as terrorist organizations, the answer is yes. They are.' Trump then cited an inflated statistic to justify his fear-mongering about gang violence across the border."

Absolutely chilling.

Fabiola Sanchez and Scott Smith at the AP: U.S. Pulling Last Diplomats from Venezuela Amid Power Crisis.
The U.S. said late Monday that it is pulling its last remaining diplomats from Venezuela, saying their continued presence at the country's embassy in Caracas had become a "constraint" on U.S. policy as the Trump administration aggressively looks to oust socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

The announcement came from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a tweet shortly before midnight comes as Venezuela struggles to restore electricity following four days of blackouts around the country.

...Pompeo said the remaining diplomats would be out of Venezuela by the end of the week but gave no indication of future policy steps despite past warnings that "all options" — including the use of military force — are on the table for removing Maduro.
Fucking hell. Unless I'm somehow misreading this, it sounds like the Secretary of State is ordering the removal of diplomats because they are trying to stop the administration from taking extreme measures, including the possibility of military force, in pursuit of regime change. That blows my mind. The Trump Regime is truly out of fucking control.

To wit:


William Booth and Karla Adam at the Washington Post: Ahead of Crucial Brexit Vote, Key Lawmakers Won't Support Theresa May's Plan. "Prime Minister Theresa May presented a Brexit deal with some new add-on language to a skeptical Parliament for a landmark vote on Tuesday. But the British leader faced strong headwinds, as crucial blocs of lawmakers signaled they will not support her withdrawal agreement. Before May rose to speak, Britain's attorney general told lawmakers that May's hard-fought changes might not go far enough — an assessment that increased the odds that her Brexit deal will fail again and that the nation won't depart on schedule on March 29."

Nicholas Nehamas and Lily Dobrovolskaya at the Miami Herald: Wanted in Russia, He Partied at Mar-a-Lago — and Invested in Cheap South Florida Homes.
Last year, [Donald] Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club hosted a black-tie 'Safari Night' fundraiser for a favorite charity of one of his older sisters. The event included Chinese dancers, a silent art auction, and one unusual guest: Sergey Danilochkin, a Russian real estate investor who had settled in South Florida after authorities in his home country accused him of taking part in a massive tax fraud linked to the most contentious corruption case of the 21st century.

Party-goers had no idea they were rubbing shoulders with a wanted man. While the guests sipped cocktails and studied photos of African wildlife, Danilochkin, who is also an aspiring journalist, filmed the bustling ballroom on a smartphone and posted the footage on YouTube. Holding a flute of champagne and wearing a dark suit, the Russian émigré addressed the camera in his native tongue, alluding to the uncanny way Russians seem to turn up in the president’s orbit.

"The most interesting thing," Danilochkin said, "is that we met a lot of people here who speak Russian."
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[Content Note: White supremacy] Madeline Peltz at MediaMatters: Unearthed Audio Shows Tucker Carlson Using White Nationalist Rhetoric and Making Racist Remarks. I'm sure we're all shocked that a toxic chauvinist is also a white supremacist.

[CN: Abduction; sexual assault] Melanie Eversley at the Grio: Ohio Police Officer Indicted for Sexually Assaulting Women. "Andrew Mitchell, 55, a 31-year-veteran of the police force in Ohio's state capital, is charged with holding two women against their will and demanding sexual favors in exchange for their freedom, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Mitchell is charged with three counts of deprivation of rights while using his police authority — with two of those counts involving one woman — two counts of witness tampering, and one count each of obstruction of justice, as well as making false statements, the Dispatch reports."

Ryan Mac at BuzzFeed: Facebook Removed Elizabeth Warren's Ads Calling for Its Breakup; Then It Put Them Back Up. "Facebook briefly removed and then restored four ads on Monday from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, which advocated for the breaking up big technology companies, for violating its terms of service. On Monday, the social networking company confirmed that it had removed the ads, all of which featured a video with a thumbnail image incorporating Facebook's logo. 'We removed the ads because they violated our policies against use of our corporate logo,' a Facebook spokesperson said. 'In the interest of allowing robust debate, we are restoring the ads.'" Shady.

What have you been reading that we need to resist today?
          Panne de courant au Venezuela: Guaidó visé par une enquête pour «sabotage»      Cache   Translate Page      
La justice vénézuélienne a ouvert une enquête contre le chef de l'opposition et président par...
          Tuesday Afternoon Links      Cache   Translate Page      
[Reuters] S&P, Nasdaq rise on tame inflation data; Dow felled by Boeing

[Reuters] Treasuries-Yields fall after benign U.S. inflation data, Brexit woes

[BBC] Brexit: MPs reject Theresa May's deal by 149 votes

[Reuters] No more talks planned with EU on Brexit for now - May's spokesman

[Reuters] U.S. trade representative hopes U.S., China in final weeks of talks

[CNBC] Global debt is up 50% over the past decade, but S&P still says next crisis won't be as bad

[Reuters] Venezuela gives U.S. diplomats 72 hours to leave, blames Trump for blackout
          Millions of Venezuelans Need Protection      Cache   Translate Page      
The international community must extend protections for Venezuelans in light of a growing humanitarian crisis with no end in sight. Human Rights Watch has urged governments in the Americas to provide temporary protection to the millions of Venezuelans fleeing a severe humanitarian crisis.
          Another Take on the Crisis in Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
"The the crisis in Venezuela is the result of the cumulative impacts of 20 years of internal and external economic war, financial blockade, and sanctions. The mainstream narrative attributes the crisis to incompetence and corruption, but these also plague most Latin American countries.
          Venezuela: Maduro Gov. Arrests Journalist Accused of Involvement with Power Cut      Cache   Translate Page      
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Venezuela's opposition leader, Juan Guaido, on Tuesday demanded the release of journalist Luis Carlos Diaz, whom President Nicolas Maduro's government has reportedly accused of involvement with the country's massive power outage.
          Cuba Says US Behind Prolonged Venezuela Blackout      Cache   Translate Page      
The Cuban government on Monday charged that the United States was behind the now five day-long power blackout in Venezuela, accusing Washington of "sabotage" and a "terrorist act." Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blamed the outage on what he termed cyber attacks by the United States.
          Avicena :: Sánchez quiere controlar las noticias que se publiquen de cara a las elecciones generales       Cache   Translate Page      
Escandaloso gesto de autoritarismo del PSOE contra un derecho constitucional

Sánchez quiere controlar las noticias que se publiquen de cara a las elecciones generales

En una democracia los medios de comunicación están llamados a desempeñar una labor de control de la actuación de los gobiernos. Pero algunos políticos parecen entenderlo justo al revés.
Dos medios próximos al Gobierno informan del plan contra la libertad de prensa
Ayer dos medios de comunicación próximos al Gobierno publicaron sendas noticias cuyos titulares ya deberían provocar preocupación a cualquier demócrata. El periódico socialista El País titulaba la suya así: “El Gobierno activa una unidad contra la desinformación ante las elecciones”. Además, la agencia Efe -cuyo principal accionista es el Estado- difundía el siguiente titular: “El Gobierno pondrá en marcha un grupo para controlar noticias falsas en internet”. Lo de “controlar noticias falsas” es una forma tramposa de disfrazar un hecho peligroso: que un gobierno se dedique a controlar las noticias. Un gobierno que se dedica a controlar la información está violando uno de los pilares en los que se basa toda democracia: la libertad de prensa.
El Gobierno apela a la “seguridad nacional” como excusa
Las excusas más usadas por los gobiernos para laminar libertades fundamentales desde hace décadas tienen que ver con la seguridad. Es una forma de intentar convencernos de que recortan nuestros derechos pero lo hacen por nuestro bien. En la citada noticia de El País no cuesta encontrar esta excusa. De hecho, figura ya en la entradilla: “La participación de ese órgano evidencia que la manipulación es percibida como amenaza a la seguridad nacional. El diario de PRISA habla de las noticias falsas y cita las siguientes declaraciones de una fuente de Moncloa: “Por el momento no hay herramientas informáticas que garanticen la detección de las llamadas fake news. Estamos pidiendo a empresas de alto nivel que trabajen en programas que las detecten, pero no es sencillo”.
Sánchez quiere defendernos de Rusia: ¿y quién nos defiende de Sánchez?
Uno de los pretextos esgrimidos, concretamente en El País, es el de las intoxicaciones que tienen su origen en Rusia. Y sí, ha habido tales intoxicaciones. El Kremlin tiene una potente maquinaria de manipulación, es cierto. Igual que los demás gobiernos de Europa. Basta con repasar los medios que tiene a su servicio el gobierno socialista de Pedro Sánchez: además de la citada agencia Efe, tiene Televisión Española (con siete canales, uno de ellos dirigido al exterior) y Radio Nacional de España (con seis emisoras, entre ellas una enfocada al extranjero). A eso hay que añadir los propios cauces de comunicación del Gobierno español. Las noticias falsas que vienen de Rusia son tan alarmantes como las que vienen de La Moncloa, con la diferencia de que estas últimas las estamos pagando todos los españoles por medio de nuestros impuestos.
La veracidad de las noticias, controlada por un gobierno que miente
De las noticias publicadas por El País y Efe se deduce que pretende controlar la veracidad de las noticias un Gobierno que ya ha sido pillado mintiendo demasiadas veces. No cuesta mucho encontrar ejemplos. El 21 de febrero denuncié aquí un montaje informativo del Gobierno y de El País sobre el Valle de los Caídos. La intoxicación informativa, difundida por el ejecutivo y publicada por el diario de PRISA, llevaba este título: “El Vaticano forzará al abad del Valle de los Caídos a permitir la exhumación de Franco”. El 2 de marzo, el defensor del lector de El País reconoció la manipulación (“EL PAÍS difundió una información incompleta, fue demasiado lejos en el titular y dejó al aire una práctica tramposa del Gobierno”, señaló Carlos Yárnoz), pero El País dejó la noticia sin rectificar, tanto en español como en inglés. Eso sí, indicando al final de cada una que El País se adhiere a los criterios de The Trust Project, lo que se usa como garantía de una información veraz.
El caso de la tesis de Sánchez como ejemplo de su autoritarismo
Ayer señalaba otro ejemplo: el Consejo de Transparencia y Buen Gobierno (CTBG) ha dejado en evidencia que el Gobierno mintió al afirmar que la tesis doctoral de Sánchez pasó un test antiplagio. El informe oficial que avalaba esa prueba no existe. El citado medio advertía de la gravedad de lo ocurrido: La Moncloa mintió al difundir como propio y oficial un comunicado literalmente titulado “La tesis del presidente supera ampliamente los softwares de coincidencias” con el que frenó las informaciones de periódicos como Abc, OK Diario o El Mundo que sostenían lo contrario y publicaban incesantes pruebas de los amplios plagios incluidos en el trabajo con el que Sánchez logró la titulación de Doctor”. El 12 de septiembre de 2018, Sánchez ya había mentido en el Congreso al afirmar que su tesis había sido publicada en TESEO, pero dos días después envió un burofax exigiendo una rectificación a varios medios, amenazándoles con acciones legales, a pesar de que esos medios decían la verdad. El 16 de septiembre, en una entrevista televisiva le preguntaron si daría explicaciones sobre este asunto en el Parlamento, y Sánchez mostró su rostro más autoritario: “soy presidente del Gobierno y yo haré lo que quiera en la cámara”.
Al día siguiente, el dirigente socialista señaló que no tenía intención de ofrecer explicaciones sobre su tesis, con este argumento: “Hablar sobre mi tesis es enturbiar la calidad de la democracia”, como si la calidad de nuestra democracia mejorase cada vez que él pronuncia una mentira. Después de aquellos bochornosos hechos, imaginarse al jefe del PSOE controlando la veracidad de las noticias es para echarse a temblar. Es aún más escalofriante imaginar en este experimento orwelliano a alguien como la vicepresidenta Carmen Calvo, una doctora en Derecho constitucional que tergiversa la Constitución, que pone en solfa el derecho a la presunción de inocencia y que incluso ha atacado la independencia judicial. Tal vez algunos lo hayan olvidado, pero lo recuerdo para que nadie se despiste: lo que tenemos en España es un gobierno que se declara socialista, la misma ideología que dice defender Nicolás Maduro. Echad un vistazo a Venezuela e imaginaos cómo podemos acabar de la mano de esa ideología.
(Foto: La Moncloa)

          US Sanctions Russian Bank over Support for Venezuelan Regime      Cache   Translate Page      
The US Treasury Department on Monday sanctioned a Moscow-based bank owned jointly by Russian and Venezuelan state companies in a bid to step up pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's embattled regime.
          Internet Outage for 96% of Venezuela with Prolonged Blackouts      Cache   Translate Page      
Venezuela has been suffering an almost total Internet outage during the last three days, a reflection of how serious the power outage is that began Thursday night and continues, despite a minor restoration that keeps suffering setbacks.
          Mass Rallies in Venezuela as Opposing Sides Up the Pressure      Cache   Translate Page      
For weeks now, Juan Guaido has fought a fierce battle for power with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro; now the self-proclaimed interim president wants to increase the pressure with major demonstrations all over the country.
          Venezuelans turn highway off ramp into cellphone hotspot      Cache   Translate Page      
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A highway shoulder in Venezuela’s capital has turned into one of the city’s most sought-after destinations. It’s one of the few places residents could find the slightest cellphone signal strong enough to reach loved ones around the world during the country’s worst blackout.
           Comment on What I Did to Prep This Week – Week 34 – Mar 3rd – Mar 9th 2019 by The Ohio Prepper       Cache   Translate Page      
Zulu 3-6, <blockquote>True, the Internet and GPS are completely separate systems, but the government could always change the encryption on the GPS so civilian receivers would be useless. Sort of a MILNET for GPS, if you will.</blockquote> There is no encryption per. se.; but, the current system does have what is called <strong>SA<strong> or <strong>”Selective Availability”</strong> that was turned off by President Clinton, since DGPS made it all but useless. SA will add or subtract pseudo random values to the ephemeris data, making the position calculations of the earth stations off, by meters to miles, with the military stations knowing the correct position offsets; however, with the advent of cellular networks, DGPS (Differential GPS) was created, initially by the surveying industry. How it works is a GPS receiver is placed at a fixed known position, and when it calculates the position from the GPS satellite data, if it doesn’t match the known position, the difference (differential) is calculated and sent via the cellular network to the surveyors in the field, whose equipment makes the proper corrections. It’s basically making the original SA obsolete. It’s kind of a real world Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy kind of thing. LOL. <blockquote>Not that I think it is a realistic near term possibility, but if we get into a serious shooting match with some other country, it could easily happen as the military GPS is different from the civilian GPS. Many other countries rely on the civilian GPS as they do not have access to the military encryption.</blockquote> Only the signals are different since all use the same satellite constellation, with different data streams used for decoding. <blockquote>Some countries (China comes to mind) are building their own GPS network.</blockquote> The US has begun launching its new upgrade, more accurate GPS III" satellites starting back on December 23rd. The spacecraft, is called "Vespucci," and was deployed into medium Earth orbit about 2 hours after liftoff by a Space-X Falcon rocket. Actually Russia already has asatellite system called GLONASS and you can purchase receivers for it or for both the US & Russian systems. China’s system is called BeiDou; but, I don’t know much about it. The EU has its Galileo program to launch another constellation of navigation satellites and I understand that the UK is also working on its own Sat Nav system. There is already so much space junk in orbit, I don’t see how NORAD keeps track; but, supposedly they do. <blockquote>In any event, the US military scaled back their manual land navigation training for a number of years, but now they are bring it back. Special Ops always kept up their manual landnav, but regular forces only worked the basics. I always used manual landnav as GPS was only just coming into semi-common use when I retired from the military.</blockquote> Land navigation is a good skill to have; but, unfortunately I don’t think too many civilians have a clue either. Prior to GPS I traveled all over this country with books of maps like the Road Atlas and the state Gazetteer, e.g. “Ohio Gazetteer” While we use a GPS in the vehicle, it’s a GPS device (Tom Tom), that contains the maps of all of north America in its memory, with lifetime updates every so often. Some use their smart phones with apps like Waze that don’t contain all of the needed maps, and downloads them in pieces when needed, assuming you are in a coverage area, meaning that no bars or no internet yields no maps. We still keep appropriate maps in the vehicles as a backup. Your take on the Venezuela power problem is spot on, and like the collective farms of the USSR, being run by party apparatchiks with no farming experience causing widespread starvation, I don’t see much of a future for Venezuela and hopefully its current regime. Even bringing those farmers back to the scorched fields of the USSR didn’t magically make food appear.
           Comment on What I Did to Prep This Week – Week 34 – Mar 3rd – Mar 9th 2019 by Zulu 3-6       Cache   Translate Page      
TOP, True, the Internet and GPS are completely separate systems, but the government could always change the encryption on the GPS so civilian receivers would be useless. Sort of a MILNET for GPS, if you will. Not that I think it is a realistic near term possibility, but if we get into a serious shooting match with some other country, it could easily happen as the military GPS is different from the civilian GPS. Many other countries rely on the civilian GPS as they do not have access to the military encryption. Some countries (China comes to mind) are building their own GPS network. In any event, the US military scaled back their manual land navigation training for a number of years, but now they are bring it back. Special Ops always kept up their manual landnav, but regular forces only worked the basics. I always used manual landnav as GPS was only just coming into semi-common use when I retired from the military. A big part of the power outage in Venezuela stems from the fact that the majority of their power comes from one big generation facility that is now shut down. Most of the skilled operators have flown the coop too. Restarting the generators is a tricky process that unskilled operators are screwing up causing sub-stations to blow-up and burn. Even if all the skilled operators came back to work today, there would still be serious issues because of damaged equipment, generators, and sub-stations. Things are REALLY going to get ugly in that country soon. But, socialism is sooooo great!
           Comment on What I Did to Prep This Week – Week 34 – Mar 3rd – Mar 9th 2019 by The Ohio Prepper       Cache   Translate Page      
Thor1 & all, To answer the question in the video: <strong>“Are you prepared for the blackout”</strong> I would say “yes”. We could provide our own power for months at full operation and longer than that in austerity mode, which has already been tested numerous times. The only things left to accomplish would be some blackout curtains or materials for covering some of the windows and to bring some firewood into the house in cold weather; but, the later can be accomplished this upcoming summer. The answer to your question: <strong>“Is this a trial run by the dark state for the USA ???”</strong> is an emphatic NO. The “Dark State” or “Deep State” will not tear down the infrastructure that we all count on, including them, when they can simply loot the treasury and line their pockets. The blackouts in Venezuela are not the diavolical USA cutting their power to steal their oil and minerals; but, simply the result of poor maintenance of the infrastructure by the socialist dictatorship, which historically is always the end point of those regimes. North Korea & Cuba are perfect examples, as were / are large portions of the USSR / Russia. I find it interesting that the video narrator calls Juan Guaidó a puppet, even though he has been recognized as the interim president of Venezuela by dozens of countries including the United States and European Union member states, and including numerous Central and South American countries in the OAS (Organization of American States) who border that once wealthy socialist wasteland. He also makes the assertion that our defense infrastructure cannot operate without the internet; but, fails to understand the “other” internet, known as MILNET and then makes the assertion that in Middle America, “The conversation has ceased and people are no longer willing to talk to each other” and has become a hostile environment. His research has determined that after 8 hours of no power, we will see aggressive looting and fires. If I recall, some on this forum have mentioned having their power out for days, and they got along with no looting. How can this be? To the narrator, the assertion that Marco Rubio tweeted about the grid down in Venezuela before the Venezuelan officials knew about it, is somehow proof of a conspiracy, or could it be proof that our surveillance and communications infrastructure is fast and efficient. While not real-time like the Keyholes and Aquacades (previously called Rhyolite), any of us can look at a rather interesting birds eye view of our property on Google or with Google maps and street view. I had to laugh out loud when he mentioned the “The Pyramid of Preparedness”, like It was something he created. FEMA has used this phrase for a long time, and there is a good guides here: I went through the steps to get his pdf & it’s quite honestly not as good as the one above from FEMA. Just the typical list of Food, Water, Shelter, Defense and power; but, at least at first glance, it doesn’t appear to be trying to sell me something. Since I had to supply an email address that could of course come later, LOL. He does BTW mention “fear’ numerous times in his presentation, to get the point across that we should all be scared into prepping and if that doesn’t work, there is that time tested bogy man, <strong>“The illuminati”</strong> who of course orchestrated “9/11”. I have worked with GPS systems since the early days, and this idiot also thinks that taking down the internet stops the GPS system from operating; but, I suspect the uneducated will believe I also have to wonder if Christopher Greene is the narrators real name, since Christopher was an American legislator and soldier who is best known for leading the spirited defense of Fort Mercer in the 1777 Battle of Red Bank, and for leading the African American 1st Rhode
          U.S. Keen On Removing All Diplomatic Personnel From Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      

The United States says it is removing all remaining personnel from its embassy in Venezuela. In a statement issued late Monday night, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the personnel will be pulled out of Caracas this week. Secretary Pompeo said the decision to shut down the embassy “reflects the deteriorating situation in Venezuela” […]

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The US will soon impose new sanctions and visa revocations against the regime of embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pulled remaining US diplomats from the country and hinted that other, perhaps more muscular, measures are under consideration.

          US diplomats have 72 hours to abandon Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      

Venezuela had earlier demanded that Washington clear the embassy in Caracas of any remaining personnel

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The US will soon impose new sanctions and visa revocations against the regime of embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pulled remaining US diplomats from the country and hinted that other, perhaps more muscular, measures are under consideration.
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  1. Oil Prices Continue to Recover; U.S. to Drive Global Oil Supply Growth, IEA Says
  2. Oil prices rise amid broad market rally, OPEC supply cuts  Times Now
  3. Oil rises to $67 on cuts to Saudi, Venezuelan exports
  4. Oil Gains as Industry Report Shows Unexpected Cut in U.S. Supply  BloombergQuint
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          Festival Cinéma Espagnol et Latino-Américain : Focus sur le Venezuela en crise      Cache   Translate Page      

Le festival Regards sur le Cinéma Espagnol et Latino-Américain de Valence programme ce jeudi 14 mars une Ciné-Thématique autour du Venezuela en proposant deux documentaires dont voici la présentation. Venezuela, en temps de Guerre de Thomas Michel et Rafael Abril Le sujet : Ce documentaire dépeint un type de guerre non conventionnelle, baptisée « guerre de 4e génération ». Au Venezuela, l’année 2017 est marquée par une récession économique catastrophique et accompagnée de mouvements insurrectionnels dirigés par l’opposition, tant nationale qu’internationale… Alors que les grands médias européens décontextualisent ces événements politiques, ne laissant qu’une lecture possible, ce film donne la parole à l’autre camp, le camp chaviste. Les réalisateurs nous proposent un point de vue que l’on ne trouve pas dans le cadrage occidental de l’information.  Autour du documentaire : Bruxellois d’adoption, les réalisateurs Thomas Michel et Rafael Abril Cuervo sont membres de ZIN TV et attachés à la critique des médias. Basée à Bruxelles, ZIN TV est une WebTV indépendante qui regroupe des cinéastes, des professionnels de l’audiovisuel, des artistes et des citoyens engagés dans la construction d’un modèle de communication à participation citoyenne.   Femmes du chaos vénézuélien de Margaritas Cadenas Le sujet : Cinq femmes de classes sociales...

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          In reversal, US withdrawing all embassy personnel from Venezuela amid days of blackouts, protests      Cache   Translate Page      

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. is withdrawing its remaining diplomatic personnel from the embassy in Venezuela, citing the "deteriorating situation" given days of blackouts, increased water shortages and the threat of further protests.

The decision also comes amid growing concern that American diplomats could become a pawn in the battle with President Nicolas Maduro as the U.S. tries to push him from power.

Despite Maduro's calls for their expulsion, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed to keep American personnel there to support Juan Guaido, the president of the National Assembly who has been recognized as the country's interim president by the U.S. and over 50 other countries.

But the sudden reversal was announced late Monday night in a statement where Pompeo called embassy staff's presence a "constraint on U.S. policy."

"Decisions you make are always encumbered by the fact that you know there's real risk to your own people, people that you've sent into harm's way," Pompeo added Tuesday. "We wanted to get them out of the country so that we could move forward in a way that provided that opportunity."

U.S. Special Envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams wouldn't say what had been constrained, but that diplomats' presence weighed on senior officials in Washington because the U.S. does not believe Maduro's government had the ability to protect them.

Since recognizing Guaido, the U.S. has sanctioned the state-owned oil company and top Maduro-aligned officials, imposed visa bans or revocations on over 250 officials and amassed around 200 metric tons of humanitarian aid across the border in Colombia and supported efforts by Guaido and his supporters to rush it across the border.

But nearly two months after casting Maduro as no longer legitimate, the socialist leader remains in control, backed by allies Cuba and Russia. Top Trump officials have warned in recent days that they want to take action to accelerate Maduro's departure, with Abrams saying Tuesday that there will be a "significant number of additional visa revocations" and "some very significant additional sanctions" imminently.

That could have exposed U.S. diplomats to retaliatory action by Maduro's government, especially as it grows more desperate amid the declining humanitarian situation.

"In every decision we made ... the safety of that staff was a key consideration, and that was something that weighed very heavily on our mind," Abrams told reporters Tuesday.

The embassy's facilities were also facing "a finite number of days" because of fuel shortages, a lack of water access, and little to no electricity and, therefore, telecommunications, Abrams said.

Venezuela has been left in darkness, for five days now, with power outages across the country that have been blamed for deaths at hospitals and water and food shortages. Maduro's government has accused the U.S. of being behind the blackouts, which Pompeo denied Monday, calling them "a direct result of years and years of neglect to the Venezuelan energy system."

Maduro's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Tuesday that they were behind the departure of remaining U.S. diplomats, ordering them to leave after talks over their continued presence broke down Monday.

Abrams confirmed that there had been talks with the Maduro government about U.S. diplomats, but because the U.S. viewed him as the "former" president of the country, his government had no right to expel Americans, who remained at the request of Guaido. While the U.S. remains confident in Guaido and his fledgling government, Abrams added, "The fact is that today, the regime has the guns."

The embassy had previously ordered the departure of non-emergency personnel and families in late January, slimming a staff of 100 to 150 personnel down to just a handful, led by Chargé d' Affaires Jimmy Story. U.S. personnel will depart over the next couple of days, although the State Department has declined to say when that process will begin or end.

That means no U.S. government services for the remaining American citizens, who at one time numbered between 30,000 and 40,000, according to Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams. That number has likely decreased as the economic crisis has deepened in recent weeks, a State Department official told ABC News.

The State Department lists Venezuela as a "Level 4: Do Not Travel" on its advisory, urging American citizens to evacuate. The U.S. is in talks with a handful of countries to designate a protecting power -- a third-party nation that looks after U.S. citizens in a foreign country, like Sweden does in North Korea.

But even before a protecting power has been designated, the U.S. will not provide evacuations for U.S. citizens, urging them instead to leave as soon as possible on commercial travel.

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          Il Venezuela sull’orlo della Guerra Civile      Cache   Translate Page      
Il Black Out elettrico in Venezuela rappresenta fattivamente il buio che da anni attanaglia il paese, il buio della dittatura chavista di Maduro, il buio della mancanza di libertà, il buio della ricerca al mercato nero di quei generi ormai impossibili da trovare nelle catene di distribuzione ufficiali. Il Venezuela regge (o per meglio dire […]
          RussiaGate As Organised Distraction      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Prof. Oliver Boyd-Barrett, via Organisation for Propaganda Studies,

For over two years RussiaGate has accounted for a substantial proportion of all mainstream US media political journalism and, because US media have significant agenda-setting propulsion, of global media coverage as well. The timing has been catastrophic.

The Trump Administration has shredded environmental protections, jettisoned nuclear agreements, exacerbated tensions with US rivals, and pandered to the rich.

In place of sustained media attention to the end of the human species from global warming, its even more imminent demise in nuclear warfare, or the further evisceration of democratic discourse in a society riven by historically unprecedented wealth inequalities and unbridled capitalistic greed, corporate media suffocate their publics with a puerile narrative of alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.

The RussiaGate discourse is profoundly mendacious and hypocritical. It presumes that the US is a State whose electoral system enjoys a high degree of public trust and security. Nothing could be further from the truth. The US democratic system is deeply entrenched in a dystopian two-party system dominated by the rich and largely answerable to corporate oligopolies; it is ideologically beholden to the values of extreme capitalism and imperialist domination. Problems with the US electoral system and media are extensive and well documented.

US electoral procedures are profoundly compromised by an electoral college that detaches votes counted from votes that count. The composition of electoral districts have been gerrymandered to minimize the possibility of electoral surprises. Voting is dependent on easily hackable corporate-manufactured electronic voting systems.

Right-wing administrations reach into a tool-box of voter-suppression tactics that run the gamut from minimizing available voting centers and voting machines through to excessive voter identification requirements and the elimination of swathes of the voting lists (e.g. groups such as people who have committed felonies or people whose names are similar to those of felons, or people who have not voted in previous elections).

Even the results of campaigns are corrupted when outgoing regimes abuse their remaining weeks in power to push through regulations or legislation that will scuttle the efforts of their successors.

Democratic theory presupposes the formal equivalence of voice in the battlefield of ideas. Nothing could be further from the reality of the US “democratic” system in which a small number of powerful interests enjoy ear-splitting megaphonic advantage on the basis of often anonymous “dark” money donations filtered through SuperPacs and their ilk, operating outside the confines of (the somewhat more transparently monitored) ten-week electoral campaigns.

Regarding media, democratic theory presupposes a public communications infrastructure that facilities the free and open exchange of ideas. No such infrastructure exists.  Mainstream media are owned and controlled by a small number of large, multi-media and multi-industrial conglomerates that lie at the very heart of US oligopoly capitalism and much of whose advertising revenue and content is furnished from other conglomerates.

The inability of mainstream media to sustain an information environment that can encompass histories, perspectives and vocabularies that are free of the shackles of US plutocratic self-regard is also well documented.

Current US media coverage of the US-gestated crisis in Venezuela is a case in point. The much celebrated revolutionary potential of social media is illusory. The principal suppliers of social media architecture are even more corporatized than their legacy predecessors. They depend not just on corporate advertising but on the sale of big data that they pilfer from users and sell to corporate and political propagandists often for non-transparent AI-assisted micro-targeting during ‘persuasion’ campaigns.

Like their legacy counterparts, social media are imbricated within, collaborate with, and are vulnerable to the machinations of the military-industry-surveillance establishment. So-called election meddling across the world has been an outstanding feature of the exploitation of social and legacy media by companies linked to political, defense and intelligence such as – but by no means limited to – the former Cambridge Analytica and its British parent SCL.

Against this backdrop of electoral and media failures, it makes little sense to elevate discussion of and attention to the alleged social media activities of, say, Russia’s Internet Research Agency. Attention is being directed away from substantial, and substantiated, problems and onto trivial, and unsubstantiated, problems.

Moreover, in a climate of manufactured McCarthyite hysteria, RussiaGate further presupposes that any communication between a presidential campaign and Russia is in itself a deplorable thing. Even if one were to confine this conversation only to communication between ruling oligarchs of both the US and Russia, however, the opposite would surely be the case. This is not simply because of the benefits that accrue from a broader understanding of the world, identification of shared interests and opportunities, and their promise for peaceful relations.

real politik analysis might advise the insertion of wedges between China and Russia so as to head off the perceived threat to the USA of a hybrid big-power control over a region of the world that has long been considered indispensable for truly global hegemony.

Even if we address RussiaGate as a problem worthy of our attention, the evidentiary basis for the major claims is weak. The ultimate unfolding of RussiaGate discourse now awaits the much-anticipated report of Special Counsel and former FBI director Robert Mueller. Mueller’s indictments and investigations have to date implicated several individuals for activities that in some cases have no connection whatsoever to the 2016 Presidential campaign.  In some other instances they appear to have been more about lies and obstructions to his investigation rather than material illegal acts, or amount to charges that are unlikely ever to be contested in a court of law.

The investigation itself is traceable back to two significant but extremely problematic reports made public in January 2017. One was the “Steele dossier” by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele. This is principally of interest for its largely unsupported allegations that in some sense or another Trump was in cahoots with Russia. Steele’s company, Orbis, was commissioned to write the report by Fusion GPS which in turn was contracted by attorneys working for the Democratic National Campaign.

Passage of earlier drafts of the Steele report through sources close to British intelligence, and accounts by Trump adviser George Papadopoulos concerning conversations he had concerning possible Russian possession of Clinton emails with a character who may as likely have been a British as a Russian spy, were instrumental in stimulating FBI interest in and spying on the Trump campaign.

There are indirect links between Christopher Steele, another former MI6 agent, Pablo Miller (who also worked for Orbis) and Sergei Skripal, a Russian agent who had been recruited as informer to MI6 by Miller and who was the target of an attempted assassination in 2018. This event has occasioned controversial, not to say highly implausible and mischievous British government claims and accusations against Russia.

The  most significant matter raised by a second report, issued by the Intelligence Community Assessment and representing the conclusions of a small team picked from the Director of Intelligence office, CIA, FBI and NSA, was its claim that Russian intelligence was responsible for the hacking of the computer systems of the DNC and its chairman John Podesta in summer 2016 and that the hacked documents had been passed to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. No evidence for this was supplied.

Although the hacking allegations have become largely uncontested articles of faith in the RussiaGate discourse they are significantly reliant on the problematic findings of a small private company hired by the DNC. There is also robust evidence that the documents may have been leaked rather than hacked, and by US-based sources.

The fact that the documents revealed that the DNC, a supposedly neutral agent in the primary campaign, had in fact been biased in favor of the candidature of Hillary Clinton, and that Clinton’s private statements to industry were not in keeping with her public positions, has long been obscured in media memory in favor a preferred narrative of Russian villainy.

Why then does the RussiaGate discourse have so much traction? Who benefits?

First, RussiaGate serves the interest of a (1)corrupted Democratic Party, whose biased and arguably incompetent campaign management lost it the 2016 election, in alliance with with (2)powerful factions of the US industrial-military-surveillance establishment that for the past 19 years, through NATO and other malleable international agencies, has sought to undermine Putin’s leadership, dismember Russia and the Russian Federation (undoubtedly for the benefit of western capital) and, more latterly, further contain China in a perpetual and titanic struggle for the heart of EurAsia.

In so far as Trump had indicated (for whatever reasons) in the course of his campaign that he disagreed with at least some aspects of this long-term strategy, he came to be viewed as unreliable by the US security state. While serving the immediate purpose of containing Trump, US accusations of Russian meddling in US elections were farcical in the context of a well-chronicled history of US “meddling” in the elections and politics of nations for over 100 years. This meddling across  all hemispheres has included the staging of coups, invasions and occupations on false pretext in addition to numerous instances of “color revolution” strategies involving the financing of opposition parties and provoking uprisings, frequently coupled with economic warfare (sanctions).

A further beneficiary (3)is the sum of all those interests that favor a narrowing of public expression to a framework supportive of neoliberal imperialism. Paradoxically exploiting the moral panic associated with both Trump’s plaintive wailing about “fake news” whenever mainstream media coverage is critical of him, and social media embarrassment over exposure of their big data sales to powerful corporate customers, these interests have called for more regulation of, as well as self-censorship by, social media.

Social media responses increasingly involve more restrictive algorithms and what are often partisan “fact-checkers” (illustrated by Facebook financial support for and dependence on the pro-NATO “think tank,” the Atlantic Council). The net impact has been devastating for many information organizations in the arena of social media whose only “sin” is analysis and opinion that runs counter to elite neoliberal propaganda. The standard justification of such attacks on free expression is to insinuate ties to Russia and/or to terrorism.

Given these heavy handed and censorious responses by powerful actors, it would appear perhaps that the RussiaGate narrative is increasingly implausible to many and the only hope now for its proponents is to stifle questioning. These are dark days indeed for democracy.

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In our news wrap Tuesday, the Islamic State in Syria urged supporters via social media to launch vengeance attacks around the world. Several hundred die-hard fighters are under siege in the eastern part of the country. Plus, the Venezuelan government said it suspects opposition leader Juan Guaido and the United States are behind the power outage that has crippled the country for nearly a week.
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Maduro beskylder USA for at sabotere Venezuelas elnet, mens oppositionen klandrer regeringen for strømafbrud.
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Les Etats-Unis ont confirmé mardi qu'ils allaient imposer des sanctions "très importantes" à des institutions financières étrangères qui
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País com as maiores reservas de petróleo do mundo vive sua pior crise energética - grande parte do território está no escuro desde a última quinta-feira.
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Son bir haftadır, 100 saati aşan elektrik kesintileriyle mücadele eden Venezuela’daki krizin perde arkasında, Gezi Park...
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(CD) — 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 […]
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El dictador chavista volvió a responsabilizar a Washington del masivo apagón, criticó a la oposición venezolana, y llamó a la población a "prepararse" con radio, linterna, velas y agua
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Tijuana, en el norte de México, fue la ciudad más violenta del mundo en 2018, seguida de Acapulco y de Caracas (Venezuela)
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The U.S. will continue to do whatever it takes to rid Venezuela of disputed leader Nicolas Maduro, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNBC.
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A highway shoulder in Venezuela's capital has turned into one of the city's most sought-after destinations as a hotspot for cellphone service enabling calls to relatives abroad.
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They wanted war and lied to have it – The Mother Jones Time Line

January 20, 2001  - George W. Bush is Inagurated as President of the United States. We now know he was not legally elected.
February 3, 2001 - National Security Council (NSC) directed NSC staff to cooperate fully with the Energy Task Force as it considered the “melding” of two seemingly unrelated areas of policy:

The review of operational policies towards rogue states,” such as Iraq, and “actions regarding the capture of new and existing oil and gas fields”.
It is confirmed that these oil companies attending the meeting.  Officials from Exxon Mobil Corp., Conoco (before its merger with Phillips), Shell Oil Co. and BP America Inc. From:  Washingtons Blog and Washington Post.

Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts  Part One – Judicial Watch
Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts Part Two –  Judicial Watch

CNN interviews former Treasury Secretary, Paul O'Neill, who says, "From the very beginning, there was a conviction that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go," O'Neill told CBS, according to excerpts released Saturday by the network. "For me, the notion of pre-emption, that the U.S. has the unilateral right to do whatever we decide to do, is a really huge leap."

September 11, 2001 – The World Trade Center in NY and the Pentagon are hit, sending shock waves around the Globe.  The world reaches out to American in sympathy. 

Published: Wednesday May 2, 2007

September 28, 2001 – Osama ben Laden catagorically denies having any part of the attack on NY and the Pentagon in an interview published in Ummat, a Pakistani daily published in Karachi on September 28, 2001. The interview was translated into English by the BBC World Monitoring Service and made public on September 29, 2001. 

During the interview ben Laden said, “I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States. As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie. I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children, and other humans as an appreciable act. Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children, and other people.  From: Global Research

Such a practice is forbidden ever in the course of a battle. It is the United States, which is perpetrating every maltreatment on women, children, and common people of other faiths, particularly the followers of Islam. All that is going on in Palestine for the last 11 months is sufficient to call the wrath of God upon the United States and Israel.”

October 7, 2001- The United States and a coalition force launch Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.   which, under Taliban control, had provided a safe haven for Osama bin Laden while he and other al-Qaeda leaders plotted attacks against the Western world. President Bush declares a war on terrorism and vows to hold states responsible for harboring terrorist organizations.4

October 8, 2001 - The Office of Homeland Security, later to become the Department of Homeland Security, is established.

October 9, 2001 - Letters containing anthrax were sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. 1   Both senators had been attempting to slow the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act. Just seven days before the incident, Leahy accused the Bush administration of reneging on an agreement on the bill. 2   9/11 Research   

October 26, 2001 – Patriot Act - President Bush signs into law the USA Patriot Act, which greatly expands domestic law enforcement capacity to conduct surveillance and wiretaps, increases presidential powers during a terrorist attack and tightens federal oversight of financial activities. Concerns soon arise over restriction of civil liberties.

November 8, 2001 - The New York Times and the PBS program “Frontline” report that an Iraqi defector, an army general, claims that the Iraqi military trained Arab fighters to hijack airplanes. These claims could not be substantiated and one of the defectors is later exposed by Mother Jones to be using a false identity. 

December 3, 2001 – Bush denounces Saddam Hussein as evil.

December 5, 2001 - Interim government placed in Afghanistan

December 9, 2001 The city of Kandaharis surrendered by the Taliban.  Osama ben Laden is traced to the Tora Bora caves. Al-Qaeda leaders continue hiding in the mountains, 
April 4, 2002 - “I made up my mind that Saddam needs to go.” - Bush
April 18, 2002 - Democratically elected Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is removed from power in a military coup. The Bush Administration blames Chavez for his own downfall and recognizes the interim government of businessman Pedro Carmona. Officials from the Organization of American States tell the London Observer that the United States sanctioned the coup and that Carmona and his fellow plotters had been received at the White House by Bush's key Latin America policy maker. Carmona dissolves the Venezuelan congress and suspends the constitution. Governments across the Western Hemisphere condemn the coup. Chavez is reinstalled 48 hours later. Mother Jones Time Line

August 26, 2002 -  Dick Cheney publicly states, “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.”
September 16, 2002 - Iraq agrees unconditionally to the return of inspectors. CNN

September 19, 2002 - Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri delivers a letter to the United Nations from Saddam Hussein stating that Iraq has no chemical, nuclear or biological weapons. CNN

October 1, 2002 - The United Nations and Iraq agree on terms they say are consistent with existing U.N. resolutions. The United States threatens to veto unless a U.S. resolution is approved that would allow military action for non-compliance by Iraq. CNN

November 1, 2002 - High-level CIA operatives stationed in the Middle East gather in London for a secret meeting. They are told war is inevitable, and just a few months away, according to James Risen's book, "State of War." Lie by Lie: The Mother Jones Iraq War Timeline

November 8, 2002 - The U.N. Security Council passes Resolution 1441. CNN

November 9, 2002 – An ordinary American becomes aware of events which point to a conspiracy for invasion.  “Articles appeared from NBCNewsthrough Associated Press, in the Daily Mail, and Washington Post,  reporting offers from Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq before the invasion began either weeks before the date of the invasion or within days of the beginning of hostilities. This is followed by a demand issued by George Bush that Saddam and his sons leave within 48 hours before the scheduled invasion. A letter to this effect was issued from the White House and remains online today.
If Saddam was willing to leave and be paid to do so we should have let him or just left him alone.  One Billion dollars is much less than we are in the hole for today. 
War is expensive in every way imaginable. Paying Saddam to leave struck me as the better choice. Then no war would be necessary and we could return to focusing on our own country and the many problems confronting us. Then,  I trusted the good judgement of those in government to see this. 
Saddam Hussein would leave, being paid as he exited. But I also expected an announcement which never came. This was an investigation of Bill and Hillary Clinton for entering into a dialog with Saddam the previous November and telling him no invasion was seriously planned. It was clear we were getting ready for war – why would the Clintons lie?
I saw the correspondence between Saddam and the Clintons only partially, but these included one or two of the ongoing emails between traveling from Sidney Blumenthal, to his son Max, and then to Uday Hussein. I was told by the person who had hacked Blumenthal's computer the previous summer that Saddam was negotiating through this backdoor so he could leave Iraq and be paid for doing so. The hacker was my daughter.  I found out when she forwarded me a draft chapter of the book Blumenthal was then writing.  I advised her to stop - but she felt justified because Blumenthal had done the same to her earlier.  To told her to stop sending me his correspondence and the draft chapters of Sidney's book, "Clinton's War."
As for Saddam, leaving sounded like his best option.  But why would the Clintons tell him no invasion was imminent? You could tell it was going to happen.
As soon as I had realized what was happening, that shocking day in November, 2002, I informed someone well known to me at the CIA expecting any necessary action would be taken. The Clintons with Blumenthal, I believed, were acting without the knowledge of the White House.
Now, it appeared I had been very mistaken in trusting anyone within the U.S. Government.
It now appears this unexpected breech in a confidential back door had revealed information already well known to the Bush Administration. The assurances delivered by the Clinton via the Blumenthals, father and son, were orchestrated to lull Saddam into believing a deal had been cut, apparently. The only problem was the existence of a few people who had blundered into the scene playing out. That would be myself, the hacker-daughter, and two other people we had trusted with the information.
Now, we know the Bushes and Clintons were friendly after the end of the Clinton Administration. Hillary was receiving generous donations from Bush's 'Associates,'   If Saddam thought they had the power to negotiate he probably had reasons for believing this was authorized.
The stories about Saddam leaving and being paid were cover to stall any statement by Saddam, inconvenient to the Bush Administration and overwhelm any possible action on his part before the invasion began.
This is why these four additional names are included.  If they helped Bush they are also guilty.” 

November 13, 2002 - Iraq delivers a letter to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, accepting the terms set forth in resolution 1441. CNN

November 27, 2002 - Inspections resume in Iraq. CNN

December 7, 2002 - Iraq submits a 12,000 page report on its WMD programs. CNN

January 16, 2003 - Inspectors discover 12 chemical warheads, 11 of them empty, at the Ukhaider ammunition storage area. CNN

January 20, 2003 - After two days of negotiation, Hans Blix, Mohamed ElBaradei, and Iraqi officials reach an agreement about Iraqi cooperation and concessions regarding the inspections. CNN

February 5, 2003 - Secretary of State Colin Powell briefs the U.N. Security Council on inspections. He presents evidence that the United States says proves Iraq has misled inspectors and hid proscribed weapons and equipment. CNN

February 14, 2003 - Blix and ElBaradei brief the U.N. Security Council. Blix reports that the inspectors have not yet found any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Blix also reports that Iraq is in violation of U.N. resolutions concerning its al Samoud 2 missile program. CNN

February 19, 2003 - Inspectors visit the Ibn al Haytham factory northwest of Baghdad and tag 32 al Samoud II missiles. CNN

February 27, 2003 - Iraq agrees to destroy the country's al Samoud II missile stock. However, the letter doesn't specify a date that the missile destruction will begin.

March 10, 2003 - It is revealed that Iraq possesses drone aircraft that could have been used to launch a chemical or biological attack against other countries. The plane has a wingspan of 24 feet five inches, which suggests that it could fly further than 150km/93 miles, which is the limit imposed by U.N. resolutions.

March 16, 2003 – Dick Cheney publicly states,  “And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.”  Statement made just three days before the invasion.
March 18, 2003 - Inspectors withdraw from Iraq.

March 20, 2003 – Bush announces the start of a war against Iraq. Allied forces begin the campaign with strikes on military targets, including an attempt to kill Saddam Hussein.

April 9, 2003 - Saddam Hussein's rule collapses in a matter of hours as much of Baghdad comes under American control. Across much of the capital, Iraqis take to the streets to topple statues of Mr. Hussein, loot government ministries and interrogation centers, and give a cheering, often tearful welcome to advancing American troops. 

Published: Wednesday May 2, 2007
“According to NBC's chief Pentagon correspondent, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that his "interest is to hit Saddam Hussein" just hours after the attacks on September 11, 2001, "even though all indications pointed at al-Qaida as the guilty party," a Rhode Island newspaper reports.
At the annual Business Expo at the Rhode Island Convention Center Tuesday, NBC's Jim Miklaszewski "advanced a theme garnering attention since former CIA director George J. Tenet made his public revelations last week," writes Tom Mooney for the Providence Journal.
"Some things are right on the mark, when he says the Bush administration appeared predisposed to attack Iraq," Miklaszewski says of Tenet's book At the Center of the Storm.”

Quote from Dick Cheney from RightWeb  - “During the lead up to the invasion of Iraq, for example, he said that there was “no doubt” that the Saddam Hussein regime had “weapons of mass destruction” and predicted that Iraqis would greet U.S. troops as “liberators.” In 2005, Cheney insisted that the Iraqi insurgency was in its final stages. Faced with criticism for his mistaken views, Cheney has been unrepentant, arguing in July 2014: “I look back on it now, [the invasion of Iraq] was absolutely the right thing to do.”[1]

Letter from Washington   February 16, 2004 Issue

What did the Vice-President do for Halliburton?
By Jane Mayer
The list of cronies and how they used war for their own benefit is frightening.  The asserted, self-serving meme that America is, according to daughter, Elizabeth Cheney, “We know that America is the exceptional nation, and that there is no substitute for American leadership around the world.”[4]  is a chilling reminder of the  constructed reality these people have built, which allows them to ignore the swimming pools of blood draining from their victims. 

As the Invasion forces from America left, for what proved to be a temporary hiatus, the oil companies who had signed on with Cheney before 9/11 remained to steal the natural resource of this devestated nation.  Aljezeera - Western oil firms remain as US exits Iraq

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El gobierno venezolano informó este martes que el cuerpo diplomático estadounidense en Caracas deberá abandonar el país a más tardar este jueves, al fracasar las negociaciones para instaurar oficinas de intereses tras la ruptura de relaciones diplomáticas. Este anuncio ocurre un día después de que Washington informara sobre el retiro de sus representantes en Caracas, debido al "deterioro de la situación en Venezuela, además de que la presencia del personal diplomático estadounidense en la embajada se ha vuelto una limitación para la política de Estados Unidos".
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Un enorme apagón que dejó a millones de venezolanos sin electricidad ha dado pie a una pregunta persistente: ¿Cómo se puede quedar a oscuras el país con las reservas petroleras probadas más grandes del mundo? La respuesta incluye mala toma de decisiones, corrupción y fuga constante de ingenieros eléctricos, según expertos, aunque el gobierno culpa al sabotaje. A continuación, lo que llevó a un apagón histórico y por qué se ha demorado tanto la restauración de la electricidad.  
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Juan Guaidó, ayer, llegando a la Asamblea Nacional para declarar el estado de emergencia por los apagones.

El fiscal general de Venezuela, Tarek Saab, informó este martes de la apertura de una investigación en contra del jefe del Parlamento, Juan Guaidó, por su presunta responsabilidad en la crisis eléctrica que vive el país desde el pasado jueves.

"El Ministerio Público ha iniciado una nueva investigación (...) contra del ciudadano Juan Gerardo Guaidó Márquez por su presunta implicación en el sabotaje realizado al Sistema Eléctrico Nacional (SEN)", dijo Saab desde el Tribunal Supremo en Caracas.

Explicó que este expediente se suma a otro que fue abierto en enero pasado contra Guaidó debido a su proclamación como presidente interino, una medida que el opositor tomó con el respaldo del Parlamento y de una cincuentena de países al considerar que Nicolás Maduro usurpa la Presidencia.

El Tribunal Supremo prohíbe a Guaidó salir de Venezuela y congela sus cuentas

El fiscal presentó como un "hecho revelador" un mensaje difundido por Guaidó en su cuenta de Twitter dos horas después de producirse el fallo eléctrico en el que dijo: "Venezuela tiene claro que la luz llega con el cese de la usurpación".

Insistió en que el apagón, que afectó a casi todo el país y todavía no se ha resuelto por completo, "forma parte de una escalada cada vez más desesperada por derrocar a un Gobierno legítimamente constituido", en alusión al Ejecutivo de Maduro.

"En este momento (Guaidó) aparece como uno de los autores intelectuales de este sabotaje eléctrico y de este llamado prácticamente a una guerra civil en medio de ese apagón eléctrico que vivió la nación venezolana", sostuvo.


El titular de la acción penal dijo también que el jefe del Parlamento "prácticamente de forma directa" instigó al robo a la propiedad privada junto a otros voceros "alarmistas" y "escandalosos".

Indicó que la Fiscalía tiene "algunos detenidos en lugares del país" por hechos violentos ocurrido desde que comenzó a fallar el servicio eléctrico pero no ofreció mayores detalles al respecto.

El Supremo impuso unas medidas cautelares a Guaidó que le prohíben salir de Venezuela pero el líder antichavista las burló en febrero cuando realizó una gira por cinco países de Suramérica donde fue recibido con honores de jefe de Estado por gobiernos que le reconocen como tal.

Según el Gobierno de Maduro, los fallos eléctricos se deben a un ataque cibernético perpetrado por Estados Unidos y opositores locales contra la principal hidroeléctrica del país, el Guri, ubicada en el estado de Bolívar (sur), y han mantenido sin estabilidad el sistema eléctrico de casi todo el país desde el jueves por la tarde.

Así es Juan Guaidó, el "presidente encargado" de Venezuela


El ministro de Comunicación de Venezuela, Jorge Rodríguez, afirmó además este martes que a las 17.00 horas (hora española) "ya está" restituido "casi en su totalidad" el servicio eléctrico en el país tras el apagón ocurrido el pasado jueves que afectó casi todo el territorio nacional.

"A esta hora la casi totalidad del suministro de la energía eléctrica ha sido restituido en todo el territorio nacional", dijo Rodríguez ante periodistas.

El ministro calificó esto como una "victoria" ante lo que considera un "ataque terrorista" perpetrado, según él, por Estados Unidos en el "sistema circulatorio" y el "cerebro" del servicio eléctrico en Venezuela. Sin embargo, pidió estar atentos porque, dijo, la "guerra eléctrica" continúa.

(Puedes seguir leyendo tras el vídeo...).

La recuperación del servicio eléctrico ha estado a cargo de Maduro, quien ha vigilado desde una "sala situacional", según dijo hoy Rodríguez, junto a los trabajadores de la estatal empresa Corpoelec.

Por el fallo eléctrico también se vio afectado el suministro de agua en el país, pero tras la restitución "casi en su totalidad" del servicio eléctrico también han sido encendidos los sistemas de bombeo de agua.

Venezuela registró el jueves pasado un apagón masivo que paralizó al país, pues además de que se suspendieran las jornadas laborales y las clases, las comunicaciones y el transporte también se vieron afectados.

El apagón que mantuvo a varios estados sin luz por hasta cuatro días, provocó en regiones como Zulia (noroeste) o Mérida saqueos, mientras que ONG como la Organización Médicos por la Salud reportaron que varios hospitales se vieron afectados y que por ello murieron al menos 21 personas.

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The U.S. military has not been asked to assist with the removal of American diplomatic personnel from Venezuela, the top U.S. military commander for the region told Reuters, adding they were expected to depart the country by commercial means.

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Argentina and Brazil support the candidate nominated by Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to represent the country at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), officials in both governments told Reuters on Tuesday.

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Venezuela ordered American diplomats on Tuesday to leave within 72 hours after President Nicolas Maduro accused U.S. counterpart Donald Trump of cyber "sabotage" that plunged the South American country into its worst blackout on record.

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The United States is preparing to impose "very significant" Venezuela-related sanctions against financial institutions in the coming days, U.S. special envoy Elliott Abrams said on Tuesday.

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With the #blackout a key reason for U.S.-backed Guaido to call for a state of emergency in #Venezuela, the government says that electricity has been fully … Via Youtube With the #blackout a key reason for U.S.-backed Guaido to call for a state of emergency in #Venezuela, the government says that electricity has been fully […]

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'''Native Americans''' or '''Native American''' may refer to:

==Ethnic groups==
* [[Indigenous peoples of the Americas]], the pre-Columbian peoples of North and South America and their descendants
** [[Native American cuisine]]
* [[Native Americans in the United States]]
* [[Indigenous peoples in Canada]], the indigenous peoples of Canada
** [[First Nations]], indigenous Canadians who are neither Inuit or Métis
** [[Inuit]], indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic region
** [[Métis in Canada]], people who trace their descent to indigenous First Nations peoples and European settlers
* [[Indigenous peoples of Costa Rica]]
* [[Indigenous peoples of Mexico]]
* [[Indigenous peoples of South America]]
** [[Indigenous peoples in Argentina]]
** [[Indigenous peoples in Bolivia]]
** [[Indigenous peoples in Brazil]]
** [[Indigenous peoples in Chile]]
** [[Indigenous peoples in Colombia]]
** [[Indigenous peoples in Ecuador]]
** [[Indigenous peoples in Peru]]
** [[Indigenous peoples in Suriname]]
** [[Indigenous peoples in Venezuela]]

==Arts and culture==
* [[Native American (album)|''Native American'' (album)]], a 1992 album by Tony Rice
* ''[[The Native Americans]]'', a 1994 American documentary series
* "Native Americans", a 1972 composition by Ornette Coleman from ''[[Skies of America]]''
* "Native American", a 1987 song by Little Steven from ''[[Freedom – No Compromise]]''
* ''Native American'', or ''Sons of Beaches'', a 1995 [[The Bellamy Brothers discography#1990s albums|album by The Bellamy Brothers]]

* The "Native American" movement, a term for [[nativism in the United States]]
* [[Native American Party]], or Know Nothing, an American nativist political party of the 1850s

==See also==
* [[Native American name controversy]]
* [[American Indian (disambiguation)]]
* [[Native American languages]], languages spoken by indigenous peoples of the Americas


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THE United States is withdrawing its remaining staff from its embassy in Venezuela as the crisis-hit nation inches towards civil war. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced the move as the country struggled to restore power after four days of...
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ABD Dışişleri Bakanı, Mike Pompeo Venezuela'daki elçilik görevlilerini geri çekme kararı aldıklarını duyurdu. Maduro yönetimi daha önce iki ülke arasında yaşanan kriz sırasında bir kısım diplomatı sınırdışı etmişti.
          Venezuela'da muhalefet, elektrik kesintisi için sokağa iniyor      Cache   Translate Page      
Venezuela’da perşembe günü akşam saatlerinde başlayan ve hala birçok yerde devam eden elektrik kesintisi nedeniyle ilan edilen resmi tatil bugün de sürecek. Kendini geçici devlet başkanı ilan eden AN Başkanı Guaido, elektrik kesintilerini protesto etmek için Venezuela halkını sokağa çağırdı. Öte yandan, elektrik kesintileri nedeniyle bazı hastanelerde ölümlerin yaşandığı ifade edilmişti.
          OPEC Secretary General on Saudi Arabia's oil production, Venezuela and NOPEC      Cache   Translate Page      
Mohammed Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General, joins CNBC's Brian Sullivan to discuss Venezuela and Saudi Arabia's oil production and the NOPEC legistlation passing through Congress at CERAWeek in Houston, Texas.
          Panne d’électricité géante au Venezuela : « A Caracas c’est le chaos »      Cache   Translate Page      
Selon Catalina Vargas, coordinatrice de la réponse humanitaire en Amérique latine au sein de l’ONG Care, « les gens ont épuisé leurs réserves d’eau et de nourriture ».
          Juan Guaido visé par une enquête pour « sabotage » après la panne de courant qui touche le Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
Depuis la semaine dernière, le pays est confronté à une immense panne électrique. Le président contesté, Nicolas Maduro, affirme que les Etats-Unis et l’opposition sont derrières cette attaque « cybernétique ».
          Venezuela : la coupure d’électricité vue depuis l’espace      Cache   Translate Page      
La coupure d’électricité massive qui perturbe le pays depuis cinq jours se retrouve aussi dans les images satellite prises par la NASA.
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L’opposant Juan Guaido appelle la population à descendre dans la rue « partout dans le pays », au cinquième jour d’une gigantesque panne de courant.
          Au Venezuela, l’Assemblée nationale décrète l’état d’alerte à la demande de Juan Guaido      Cache   Translate Page      
Ce vote, symbolique, avait été demandé par le président autoproclamé par intérim, Juan Guaido, alors que le pays est confronté à une panne d’électricité depuis jeudi.
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Höhendifferenz 182 m (Höhe von: 831 m bis 1013 m)
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Gesamtanstieg: 5065 ft, Gesamtabstieg: 5045 ft


          Guaido, Asker Destek Verince Miraflores e Gideceğini ...      Cache   Translate Page      
Venezuela'da 7 Mart'tan bu yana süren ve önemli ölçüde düzeltilmesine karşın halen tam giderilemeyen elektrik kesintisi, muhaliflerce protesto edildi.
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I Gesuiti: un governo di transizione prepari elezioni libere e trasparenti
Il ruolo dei diversi protagonisti sociali e politici venezuelani, la posizione dei Paesi e dei blocchi transnazionali che incidono sulla crisi e il contributo della Compagnia di Gesù sono stati gli interrogativi sui quali ha lavorato il Seminario latinoamericano “Ricerca di alternative politiche alla crisi venezuelana”, organizzato a Lima dal 4 al 6 marzo dalla Conferenza dei superiori provinciali Gesuiti della regione (Cpal) (...)

          Diplomacy, not a military coup, is the way to help Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      

The United States is pushing for an overthrow of the government of Venezuela. The Trump administration has denounced Nicolas Maduro as a “dictator,” dismissing the 2018 election, which the opposition boycotted. Instead of a good neighbor policy or a policy of non-intervention, the Trump administration has set out intentionally to overthrow the regime. Long before […]
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il rose to around $67 (Dh246) a barrel yesterday, supported by Saudi Arabia’s plan for further voluntary supply curbs in April and by a cut in oil exports from Venezuela due to a power outage. Saudi Arabia, seeking to drain a supply glut and support...
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Kuwait plans to boost its natural gas output capacity to 3.5 billion cubic feet (scf) per day by 2031-2032 from 1.9 billion scf a day now, the chief executive of state-owned Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) said yesterday. When north Kuwait’s...
          Venezuela's Guaido readies to open up oil industry after years of nationalization      Cache   Translate Page      
Venezuelan congress head Juan Guaido is preparing a groundbreaking reversal of late President Hugo Chavez's energy industry nationalization, allowing private companies a bigger role in its oilfields and shrinking state-run PDVSA, according to opposition advisers and a draft seen by Reuters.

          U.S. military not involved in withdrawing diplomats from Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
The U.S. military has not been asked to assist with the removal of American diplomatic personnel from Venezuela, the top U.S. military commander for the region told Reuters, adding they were expected to depart the country by commercial means.

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País enfrenta falta de energia desde quinta-feira, agravando escassez de alimentos e água

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          Press Releases: Interview With KTRK Houston and Southeast Texas News      Cache   Translate Page      
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Houston, Texas
March 12, 2019

QUESTION: Given what’s happening in Venezuela, what’s your biggest concern on what’s happening right now?

SECRETARY POMPEO: The tragedy in Venezuela is deep and deepening. The people of Venezuela don’t have food, they’ll soon struggle to get water, and we’ve seen the power outages. Anybody who’s suffered an electrical outage knows what that ultimately means. We need to restore these services. The first step along the way is for Maduro to leave, for the regime to depart and allow democracy to flourish and let Interim President Juan Guaido take charge. And then the world – the United States, Europe, the neighbors of the region in South America and Central America – can begin to help the Venezuelan people restore democracy. And this is a once-wealthy country; we can make it so again.

QUESTION: Okay. Are you at all concerned that this might affect gas prices here in the U.S. (inaudible)?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So there’s always that risk, but we’ve certainly not seen that affect so far. There’s enough capacity; there’s enough room. We’re confident that we can work through this crisis, but frankly, we didn’t cause it, the Maduro regime did. And so if there’s an impact on gas prices, it’s a result of actions that another leader took. We’re working hard to make sure that there’s refined product gasoline – all the steps along the refinement process adequate so that we don’t see big price spikes here in the south part of the United States, or frankly, anywhere in the country.

QUESTION: Great. So what are you going to talk about today in your speech?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So I want to tell folks, really, three things. First, the incredible importance of what we’re doing here in the United States and the energy world. We’ll be the world’s largest exporter of crude oil before too terribly long, and that matters to American national security. It keeps people in Texas and Kansas and all across America safe.

The second thing I want to talk about is what it is we do for the people of Texas at the State Department. Sometimes out of mind, out of sight, are – they go along with each other. I want to convince them and show them what it is we’re doing on their behalf.

And then finally, I want to make sure that young people understand that being an American diplomat is an incredibly noble calling and see if I can’t convince a few of them to come join the United States Department of State.

QUESTION: All right. Anything else you can think of that I missed?

SECRETARY POMPEO: No, sir. That’s it.

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          Press Releases: Interview With Jason Miles of KHOU-11 News      Cache   Translate Page      
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Houston, Texas
March 12, 2019

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, thanks for sitting down with us. Let’s start with kind of the news of the day, and that is the decision to withdraw personnel from Venezuela. What can you tell us about that?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So Jason, it’s great to be with you, thanks for your time today. We made the decision last night that the situation in Venezuela changed, that the risk to American diplomats was too great. And so we’ve decided that we’ll have them all return to the United States. Keeping them safe is our first priority. We also found that it was constraining some of the things that we think we’re going to need to work on over the next weeks. We wanted to make sure we had the capacity to do that, so they’ll be coming home the next couple or three days.

QUESTION: What’s the biggest challenge in regards to Venezuela?

SECRETARY POMPEO: The devastation that Maduro has wrought on the Venezuelan people is truly horrific. They’ve got food and water shortages. We’ve seen over the past days the electrical outages that they can’t get fixed. This is really horrible. The American people have been very generous, have delivered over 200 metric tons of food aid into the region, but the Maduro regime won’t let it in. They won’t allow food for starving people or medicine for the sick to come in and take care of their people. And it’s what we, along with our partners in the region – Brazil, Colombia, all the neighbors of Venezuela – are working on to try and fix. We want a better life, we want democracy restored in Venezuela.

QUESTION: Obviously you travel the globe from country to country, crisis to crisis – North Korea, China, Venezuela, name it. As far as the Trump administration is concerned right now, what’s the most concerning or biggest global issue for you personally and/or the administration?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So it’s always hard to pick the top issue. We’ve certainly focused on North Korea, trying to convince Chairman Kim to honor the commitment he made this past June to denuclearize. The President’s focused on the border as well; that matters here in Texas. It’s a national security issue, too. The long-term threat that China poses to the United States is real, and we continue to work on that each and every day. And then I’m here, I’m here in Texas this week to talk about energy and American energy security. So the things we do domestically, the fact that we’re going to become the world’s largest producer and exporter of crude oil, is a big deal globally. It helps us make friends around the world and take pressure off some of those countries who have been relying on energy from countries they’d frankly rather not do business with.

QUESTION: There’s a new poll out this morning – Monmouth, I think – 57 percent of Americans supposedly wanting a new president in 2020. What is the Secretary of State’s role on the political side? Is there one?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, I’m in charge of working to be America’s senior diplomat and keep Americans safe. I suppose if we do that, the American people will be more likely to be happy, but it’s not what I’m focused on. What I’m focused on is making sure that each and every day, my team – that numbers in the tens of thousands that’s all around the world – is doing its job to project American values, the rule of law, the intrinsic greatness of the United States of America that helps keep Americans safe. I think we’re winning; I think we’re making real progress there. And I’m very proud of the work that this administration has done around the world.

QUESTION: A lot of Americans may not realize all the rank and file people who are doing day in and day out jobs in your department, many other departments, no matter what political crisis or drama is going on, right?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Everyone who gets a passport is interacting with an employee of the United States Department of State. We have a big task around the world. President Trump has enabled us to do really remarkable work. I’m very proud of our team, and I’m glad to be in Texas today to talk about what it is we do, how we recruit young people to come be American diplomats, and why I want Texans to come be part of the State Department as well.

QUESTION: The new budget proposal has a big chunk of money, obviously, for the border wall. You mentioned it a little earlier. What are the chances of that happening?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Sorry, I don’t do political predictions. I’m kind of out of that business. But I think there’s a bipartisan consensus that there’s real risk, that there’s a crisis down at our border. I hope they will provide the resources, that Congress will provide the resources that Americans are demanding along that border so that we can keep Americans safe. It’s not only about keeping people – and knowing who’s coming in, but we need to know what contraband’s passing along that border as well. I’ve seen this. We need to know who and what is coming across our southern border, and President Trump is firmly committed to achieving that.

QUESTION: CERAWeek, a lot of people realize it’s a big energy conference. What is the main message you’re going to deliver today?

SECRETARY POMPEO: The greatness of America and the importance of American energy to America’s national security, how it is the case that if we get it right at home, if we keep winning in the energy world here at home, that folks that live in San Antonio or Houston or Longview – I know Texas well – that the people of Texas will be safer and more secure, and that we’ll do a good turn for the rest of the world as well.

QUESTION: That it? Thank you, sir.

SECRETARY POMPEO: All right, Jason, thank you very much. It’s great to be with you.

QUESTION: Pleasure to meet you.

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          Press Releases: U.S.-India Foreign Office Consultations      Cache   Translate Page      
Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 12, 2019

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale and Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale held Foreign Office Consultations on March 12, 2019, at the Department of State. They affirmed the vitality of the U.S.-India strategic partnership and the importance of joint leadership to strengthen the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region. They affirmed their support for increased cooperation to include advancing initiatives undertaken as part of the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue process. Recognizing that the United States and India share complementary visions for the Indo-Pacific, they agreed to deepen cooperation toward their joint goals in the region, including in conjunction with other Indo-Pacific partners. They also discussed counterterrorism cooperation and a range of global and regional issues of mutual interest, including the current situation in Afghanistan, D.P.R.K., Iran, and Venezuela.

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          Press Releases: Interview With Laura Rice of Texas Standard      Cache   Translate Page      
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Via Teleconference
March 12, 2019

QUESTION: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joins us now. Secretary Pompeo, thank you for your time.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Laura. It’s great to be with you.

QUESTION: The U.S. has recently become the world’s largest oil producer and new reports say it could soon be the largest oil exporter. I understand your address today will focus on how this strengthens our national security. How is that?

SECRETARY POMPEO: I wanted to come to Texas today to talk about that very fact. This is a game-changer for American national security. As America’s most senior diplomat, I travel the world, and boy, there’s not a country I go to where energy isn’t at the top of their list, and what this does – what all of this success here in American domestic energy production does for me and for Americans, to keep them safe – is it permits us to share with those countries our wealth, our resources, to cut deals that support their energy security in places as far off as Vietnam and the Philippines and Europe.

And it permits them too to wean themselves from energy that they’re taking from adversaries, countries that want to do their country harm. This is a big deal for American national security. It gives us lots of power throughout the world, and our capacity has increased during the Trump administration. We intend to – intend to continue to do that, not only to create wealth for and jobs here in the United States, but to enhance America’s national security posture around the world as well.

QUESTION: The big news today again is Venezuela. One statistic you mentioned in a press conference yesterday is that Venezuela’s oil production is down by half since Nicolas Maduro took power. You accuse Cuba’s involvement as being about oil. Is oil also at the center of U.S. interest in Venezuela?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Only in the sense that we want the Venezuelan people to have access to their own wealth and not the corruption – the corruption that has followed the Maduro regime, this oil wealth being stripped away by the kleptocrats of the Maduro regime, taken for their personal benefit and not shared with the Venezuelan people. The Cubans have done the same. This isn’t what the Venezuelan people deserve, it’s not what they want, and America’s efforts to restore democracy and the rule of law, and to help feed and have medicine for the Venezuelan people – that’s the purpose of our efforts in Venezuela. And when we get this right, when Maduro is gone and there’s fair and free elections and democracy is restored, the oil wealth of Venezuela will be returned to its people.

QUESTION: Along with Cuba, you point to Russia as helping to support Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. You just announced you’re withdrawing all diplomatic staff in Venezuela. In a tweet, you said, “The presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on U.S. policy.” How do you mean?

SECRETARY POMPEO: We decided yesterday that it was important that we keep American diplomats safe, and so we made the decision that we would withdraw the remaining personnel there in Caracas and bring them back to the United States. So we’ll do that over the days ahead. Anytime you’re dealing with a situation that is deteriorating as fast that it is – as it is in Venezuela today, decisions you make are always encumbered by the fact that you know there’s real risk to your own people, people that you’ve sent into harm’s way. We wanted to get them back, we wanted to get them out of the country so that we could move forward in a way that provided that opportunity.

We have 200 metric tons of food sitting in the region, trying to deliver into Venezuela to feed the hungry and to provide medicine for the sick. We want to make sure that as we continue to work in the region alongside of our partners, we don’t have any constraints on action that we might need to take in order to achieve that.

QUESTION: That food that is waiting to support Venezuelan people, I assume part of the State Department budget goes out to pay for programs and food like that. What do you do with the Trump administration’s new budget proposal, which includes $13 billion in proposed cuts? Does that mean that support like this for places like Venezuela is lessened?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Oh, in fact just the opposite. Contained in the President’s budget request is up to $500 million, an enormous amount of resources that the Trump budget is proposing to provide to assist the Venezuelan people when the time is right. This budget will serve America well, America’s national security interests, because we’re prepared to help the Venezuelan people with real resources. The American taxpayers have been most generous, and President Trump has led that charge.

QUESTION: So as Trump’s budget decreases the spending for the State Department and also includes more military spending, should Americans be worried about policy shifting from diplomacy to boots on the ground?

SECRETARY POMPEO: You can take a look at the first two years of the Trump administration to see the effectiveness of our foreign policy. Our capacity to deliver really solid, really sound diplomatic outcomes – to build coalitions in a way that, frankly, the previous administration just chose not to do – a global coalition to put sanctions on North Korea, to hopefully get them to denuclearize. The world has come together – 50-plus nations – to recognize that Maduro’s time had come. A big, global coalition to take down the caliphate – over 80 countries in the Defeat-ISIS Coalition. We have worked diplomatic – incredibly successfully in the President’s first two years, and I’m very confident that we’ll have the resources, and I know we have the talent to deliver good outcomes for the American people in the days and weeks and months ahead as well.

QUESTION: You mentioned North Korea. The proposed cuts to the State Department come soon after a second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, where no agreement was made. Where do we stand now in that situation?

SECRETARY POMPEO: I’ve personally been working on this alongside the President for my entire time as the Secretary of State, and in fact even just a bit before. In Singapore, in June of last year, Chairman Kim made a historic commitment to denuclearize his country, and in exchange the United States and President Trump made a commitment to provide peace and security and stability on the Korean Peninsula and a brighter future for the North Korean people. Our Japanese partners, our South Korean partners are working alongside us to achieve each of those goals from Singapore.

We didn’t make as much progress as we would have hoped in Hanoi, but the conversations continue. And meanwhile, there are not missile tests being conducted, there aren’t nuclear tests being conducted. We’ve made progress. Obviously more needs to be done. This has been a problem of a long standing, and we continue to march down the path, hopefully leading to a place where the threat of nuclear weapons from North Korea will be enormously diminished.

QUESTION: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Houston today for the energy conference known as CERAWeek. Secretary Pompeo, thanks again for your time.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Laura. You have a great day.

QUESTION: You too.

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          Press Releases: Interview With WOAI San Antonio's First News With Charlie Parker      Cache   Translate Page      
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Via Teleconference
March 12, 2019

QUESTION: San Antonio’s First News with Charlie Parker, Charity McCurdy in the 24-hour news center. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Houston, Texas today for the CERAWeek conference all about energy, in particular America.

Mr. Secretary, appreciate the visit this morning, but before we talk about what’s going on here in Texas, in particular Houston today, have to ask you about last night and what’s currently going on in Venezuela. Back in January, the decision to withdraw all dependence and reduce embassy staff to a minimum, and then your announcement last night that it’s time for everybody to get out.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Charlie, thanks for having me on the show. It’s great to be in Texas. We did in fact make the decision last night that we needed to remove the remaining folks we had on the ground there in Caracas. The situation is continuing to deteriorate. We’ve all seen the power outages – food, water all becoming more and more difficult – and we wanted to make sure we kept all the Americans working for the United States Government safe and get them back home.

QUESTION: Yeah, and the international effort to get Maduro out – well, I say international, not counting China, Russia, and Cuba – if things are to this point, if things are this bad and probably looking like they could get worse, what are the options? What do we do in Venezuela?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, the Venezuelan people have set the direction very clearly. They want Maduro gone. The Interim President Juan Guaido is leading an effort to get humanitarian assistance and the American taxpayers have been incredibly generous. Over 200 metric tons of food and hygiene kits and medicine on the ground, we haven’t been able to get them in. The Maduro regime has denied food to starving people and medicine to the sick. It’s really, really evil. And we need to continue to work to deliver. The Venezuelan people deserve it. This is a once-proud, resource-rich nation, and I’m confident. One of the reasons I’m here in Texas is to talk about energy, and Venezuela has it. We need to return the capacity of Venezuela to produce and create wealth for the Venezuelan people, and we’re working diligently with all of our partners in South and Central America and Europe to hopefully achieve that here as quickly as possible. The time is drawing short.

QUESTION: Secretary Pompeo, good morning. This is Charity McCurdy. As you mentioned, you’re in Houston to talk about America’s energy revolution, and the U.S. is on pace to overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s biggest oil producer. As you know, Texas’s Permian Basin is a major player in that. What’s being done by the Trump administration to address pipeline capacity to ensure this production growth continues?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, Charity, great question, and incredibly important. First, I think the administration’s done an awful lot to get us where we are today, to reduce regulation, to make permitting faster. I was in this business for a bunch of years before I entered government service. I ran a company that made pumping units. I’ve spent a lot of time in Midland, Odessa, East Texas. I know the industry well. We now need to take all this product that we’ve got in the Permian Basin, and frankly in other places in America too, and make sure that we can get it to markets not only through pipelines here, but my task as America’s most senior diplomat is to make sure that there are markets available around the world, that the Europeans and Asia – they’re prepared to buy not only our crude oil, but our natural gas so that we can continue to create wealth here in America. And importantly, it has deep national security implications as well if we’re successful at this.

QUESTION: We’re talking to the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. Obviously when it comes to energy, you got to be strong, you got to grow, you got to integrate, diversify, and advance energy security. Just exactly what does that mean, Mr. Secretary, to advance energy security?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Everywhere I travel – I was in the Philippines last week and in Vietnam, I’ll be in the Middle East next week, then I’ll be back on to Europe – no matter which country I go to, they’re very focused on their own energy security. What does that mean? It means they have the capacity to deliver the energy that their citizens need to heat and cool their homes, that they have what they need for their infrastructure, for their businesses. And they want to get it from friends and allies and partners, and they don’t want to have to rely on adversaries who, when times get tough, can cut them off or raise prices or make their life difficult or, frankly, use energy to coerce them.

And so this American boom, this skyrocketing of energy production – you talked about us being number one in the world in crude oil exports. We’re going to approach that and natural gas before too long. Our ability to deliver that to our friends and partners around the world creates enormous security for people here in Texas and all across America.

QUESTION: We appreciate what you do and I guess on a light note, I’d like – I wish you got frequent flyer miles.

SECRETARY POMPEO: (Laughter.) Doesn’t quite work that way, but it is an incredible privilege to represent America around the world.

QUESTION: And we are glad that you do, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you very much. You all have a good day.

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          Press Releases: Interview With Hal Jay and Brian Estridge of WBAP Morning News      Cache   Translate Page      
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Via Teleconference
March 12, 2019

QUESTION: Yes, and Secretary Mike Pompeo joins us (inaudible) Secretary of State, kind enough to carve out a couple of moments for us. He’s headed to Houston for a – to deliver a keynote to – at a big energy conference, Hal.

QUESTION: All right.

QUESTION: And we’ve got a lot to get into. Secretary, thanks for the time this morning. Let’s dive right into the news that came out this week that all of the sudden, the U.S. is the number one exporter of energy in the world, and this really strengthens our standing internationally, doesn’t it?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: Well great, it’s thanks to be with you. And it does, that’s why I’m down here. I wanted to talk about what U.S. energy production does for American national security, how it keeps people from Dallas and San Antonio and Houston and all across Texas safer, lets us work more closely with our friends and puts real pressure on those who want to do harm to the United States. So this energy production really matters. I wanted to come down here and talk about how, as American’s most senior diplomat, we use that to advantage to keep America safe.

QUESTION: Yeah, is that leverage for you when it comes to negotiating around the world?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: There are very few countries I travel to – I was in the Philippines last week and Vietnam, I’ll be in Europe in a couple of days and the Middle East. Everywhere I go, energy is at the top of the list. Demand for energy is only growing, and those who can produce and provide it have an enormous advantage when it comes to security around the world.

QUESTION: Are we at the point now where America can say we don’t have to worry about other countries anymore, Middle East oil, anything like that, we’re – we are on our own?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: So we’re getting close to where we’ll have true American energy dominance. It’s a global market; it’s a complicated market. But the more energy that we produce here in America, so the more we can do – and the Trump administration’s done a lot of this, reduce regulations, create opportunities for jobs and wealth creation in the energy industry in America – the safer Americans will be around the world as well.

QUESTION: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is with us right now. That leverage that we talk about when it comes to energy doesn’t just play in the Middle East. Does it factor into the negotiations that are ongoing with North Korea at all?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: North Korea presents a special situation for sure, but nobody can escape the truth. The truth is to grow an economy you need energy. Their electrical infrastructure needs work. They need refined petroleum products. One of the ways that we’ve convinced North Korea to move towards denuclearization is to reduce the amount of energy that they can import, and those sanctions that the United Nations put in place alongside of us have made a material difference. It’s made it harder for the North Koreans to do the things they need to do, and I think that’s at least in part why Chairman Kim made the commitment to denuclearize, and we’re hopeful that even though we didn’t get as far as we would have liked when the President and I were in Hanoi last week, we still have a path forward there.

QUESTION: Is North Korea – are we paying too much attention to it? Is there – is there a real true threat?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: So the – any time you have a nation that has nuclear weapons and the capacity to either sell those weapons to those that would want to present risk to the United States or the capacity to use a missile system for delivery, there’s a threat to the United States. Nuclear weapons are unique and especially risky, as you all well know, so I think it’s important, important that we get this right, important that we take down that threat to the United States.

QUESTION: A different kind of threat in South America with Venezuela that I know has your attention as well.

SECRETATRY POMPEO: It does. Last night we made the decision that we would withdraw the last of our diplomats from Caracas, so they’ll all be coming home. The calamity, the chaos that is engulfing Venezuela today is a direct result of socialism, of the Maduro regime and the Cubans and the Russians all destroying a once proud economy. The United States, the neighboring regions in South America, Central America, they want to have a better life, democracy restored in Venezuela. And America is prepared to play its part, an important part I believe, in helping that happen.

QUESTION: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is with us. What keeps you up at night?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: Oh goodness. Lots of things to focus on in the world, but just like you all, right, you just keep focused, you set priorities. I work for a President that understands the incredible importance of American national security, and you get up each day, put your helmet on, and get to work.

QUESTION: Just so you’ll know, I voted for Donald Trump, so I’ll ask you this: Fill in the blank. I wish the President would stop --

SECRETATRY POMPEO: I’m not going to answer that one for you this morning. (Laughter.)

QUESTION: How about this one then: I wish the President would start --

SECRETATRY POMPEO: (Laughter.) You’re not going to draw me into that.



QUESTION: That’s why --

SECRETATRY POMPEO: I think we’re getting it right most days.

QUESTION: That’s why I said I voted for him, and I didn’t mind asking those questions, so – well, thanks for playing along.

QUESTION: Yeah, and your timing is perfect. You’re there for the last week of the Houston radio – rodeo. The Kings of Leon are playing tonight. Enjoy the concert.

SECRETATRY POMPEO: I would love to get to that, and Susan and I – my wife – we’re from Kansas. We love rodeo too.

QUESTION: Yeah. Mike Pompeo --

QUESTION: There you go.

QUESTION: -- the Secretary of State, thanks for the time today.

SECRETATRY POMPEO: Thank you very much. You all have a good day.

QUESTION: Yeah, you too.

QUESTION: And keep up the good work by the way, too.


QUESTION: Thanks for serving us.

SECRETATRY POMPEO: Thank you very much. Very nice, thank you.

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          Press Releases: Interview With Jimmy Barrett and Shara Fryer of KTRH Houston's Morning News      Cache   Translate Page      
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Via Teleconference
March 12, 2019

QUESTION: Joining us from our Secretary of State Department – the State Department, is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.


QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, welcome to Houston and thank you for joining us here this morning.

SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s great to be with you this morning.

QUESTION: Tell us a little bit about what’s going on in Venezuela and why we’re removing the last of our diplomats there.

SECRETARY POMPEO: We made the decision yesterday that it just was prudent to get these folks back. The situation there is deteriorating. The Maduro regime’s horrific leadership over the last years has just made life there so difficult, it began to make it more difficult for the United States to take the actions that it needed to do to support the Venezuelan people. So we concluded this was simply the right step to take and this was the right time to take it.

QUESTION: Now you’re more or less going around the country right now speaking to people. I understand we’re second on your tour. You’re here talking about energy policy. In Texas, energy security, border security, these are the foremost of Texans’ minds. How can you address both of those?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So that’s the reason I wanted to come down here. I – before I entered government service for the second time in my life, I was in that industry. I ran a company that made pumping units and sold (inaudible) equipment. I know the Permian Basin, I know East Texas well, and as the Secretary of State, energy turns out to be at the very center of what I do many, many days, whether I’m in the Philippines or in Europe. The issue of American energy, the ability of us to deliver that energy around the world, helps keep American safe. It’s an important diplomatic tool for the United States and the production boom that’s taken place over the past years is enormously important for American national security. I wanted to come to Texas today and share those thoughts with the people of Texas.

QUESTION: Okay. Do you have any thoughts on the border while you’re here as well? That’s an area that’s very, very important to the President is to secure more border wall funding to get that job done. Is there anything further we – that can be done in order to advance that agenda?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So you saw yesterday the President’s request for additional funding for the border wall and additional security measures as well. As the chief diplomat for the United States of America, I understand that we need to know who’s coming into our country. We need to make sure we can control the flow of not only people but drugs and other contraband across the border. So securing that border’s important. President Trump has made it an enormous priority and he is asking Congress to provide our administration the resources to achieve that goal.

QUESTION: We – how much cooperation are you able to get from these other countries? I mean, Mexico I know has been taking steps to try to help this blow-through that we’re getting from Central America, but how much influence can you really exert?

SECRETARY POMPEO: My relationship with the new Mexican Government has been fantastic. My counterpart Foreign Minister Ebrard has truly done a number of things which I think will, over time, have a real benefit, but we need them to do more. The number of folks crossing over the past weeks has increased. This isn’t good for Mexico to have these folks traversing. It’s not good for the people who are having to make this dangerous trek through Mexico as well. We need to do this collectively. We’re working closely with President Obrador and my foreign minister counterpart to come up with a comprehensive solution that will secure our border and also ensure that there’s less risk to the people who are sometimes living very desperate situations.

QUESTION: This is maybe a nonquitter here, but Europe, the EU is going to start requiring visas from Americans who want to head over to Europe. What’s that all about?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So I’ve seen those reports. I think we need to just learn a little bit more before we jump to too many conclusions.

QUESTION: All right, again, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is with us here on NewsRadio 740, KTRH. Obviously the President met not that long ago with Kim Jong-un in an attempt to try to move things a little bit forward in our dealings with North Korea. There’s been all sorts of reports about whether or not the North Koreans are restarting up some of their nuclear program. Is there anything you can tell us about that and bring us up to date on that story?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So the most important thing, I think, for folks to know is that the progress that we’ve made with North Korea over the past – goodness, year and change – has been real. They haven’t conducted any further missile tests, no more nuclear testing, two important tools for advancing their program. I was with the President in Hanoi. We didn’t make as much progress as we would’ve hoped achieving what Chairman Kim told us he would do. I’ve been with Chairman Kim I think now four or five times. He has promised to denuclearize. He did not arrive there prepared to do as much as we need him to do, and we’re going to continue to work to achieve that outcome. It is a real threat to the United States of America and we want to get North Korea to honor its commitment to denuclearize, and then there can be a brighter future for the North Korean people as well.

QUESTION: Stopping the war exercises or the naval exercises with South Korea, good idea you think?

SECRETARY POMPEO: The Department of Defense is confident it can maintain the readiness it needs to take whatever action it might need to take at some point to work with our allies, Japan and South Korea, and to keep the American people safe. President concluded that this made sense as we’re trying to develop a relationship with the North Koreans such that we can get this ultimate objective, something that frankly America has been trying to do for decades now without success. He concluded it made sense and I’m confident we can still protect American interests while reducing the number of major war games that take place there on the peninsula.

QUESTION: All right, Mr. Secretary, enjoy your time here with us in Houston.

QUESTION: We don’t have time to get to China, but thank you so much for --

SECRETARY POMPEO: Good enough. Good to talk to you. Thanks for having me on the show. It’s great to be here in Houston.

QUESTION: It’s good to have you here, sir. Thank you again.

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          Press Releases: Interview With Deneige Broom of KRIV Fox 26 Houston Morning News      Cache   Translate Page      
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Houston, Texas
March 12, 2019

QUESTION: Good morning. And the Secretary of State does have a packed schedule, but he was able to squeeze us in for a few minutes here. So thank you so much for being here this morning. Welcome to Houston.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Great to be here.

QUESTION: Now, in your keynote address tonight, right around 6 o’clock, you’ll be talking to people about – the title of your speech is the role of energy in this 21st century political system. So what do you plan to tell or talk to those American businesses about their role in this political ecosystem?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So what we’re doing in America with respect to energy is incredibly important to what I do every day, working to keep Americans safe through diplomacy. Our capacity to produce energy to convince adversary countries that we don’t rely on them for energy and to tell our friends that we can assist them by providing energy to their country to take leverage away from their adversaries has proven incredibly important. So the boom, the American energy boom is important. Our administration’s worked hard to make that happen, and it’s keeping Americans safe.

QUESTION: In talking about those foreign affairs, we do have to switch gears to Venezuela. Yesterday you announced that you’ll be removing all the diplomats from the embassy there, in part because of that deteriorating situation, but I want to also quote part of your tweet. You said, in part, “the conclusion that the presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on U.S. policy.” Are you willing to elaborate on what constraint on U.S. policy is and where you see things going after this?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Oh, sure. So the conditions on the ground have deteriorated over the last days and weeks. The Maduro regime has wreaked a real tragedy on the nation, the people of Venezuela. Our mission has been to restore democracy and help the Venezuelan people. Our embassy was an important part of that; the people there have done great work. But it was time for them to come back. Their security is always paramount. And it’s just gotten very difficult.

It’s also the case that when you’re making decisions about how to proceed, you have to consider the fact that there are still many Americans there on the ground. We wanted to get our diplomatic team back so that our capacity to work with Brazil and Colombia, and all the countries who have joined this enormous coalition to try to benefit the people of Venezuela, can be made in a way that doesn’t create further risk to American diplomats.

QUESTION: And you were talking about the humanitarian crisis. There’s already been a lot of money for aid going there. What else moving forward, since it has really only gotten worse?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So the American taxpayers have been very generous. We’ve delivered a couple hundred metric tons of assistance, medicine, food, hygiene kits. We haven’t been able to get it in; the Maduro regime has prevented us from delivering that. It’s horrific to deny food to starving people or medicine to the sick, but that’s what Maduro has chosen to do.

We’re going to keep at that. We’re going to continue to work with coalition partners. We’re going to try to help build up democratic institutions in a way that will ultimately convince Maduro that his days are numbered, that he ought to leave, and he ought to allow the duly elected Interim President Juan Guaido to begin to take charge to start the process of rebuilding this country that can be such a tremendous place.

QUESTION: And switching gears to North Korea, with the last – I know you know that it was coming – with the last summit with President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, it was essentially a stalemate. At least that’s what it seems to us, because Kim Jong-un was saying he doesn’t – he hasn’t released a plan yet, at least, for denuclearization. President Trump says that he isn’t willing to lift the U.S. sanctions to make that happen. So it seems like a stalemate, but you’ve actually been on record saying you don’t see it like that. Why is that?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Look, this is a long journey. We’ve been at this for a couple decades in the United States. What President Trump has done is he has built a global coalition. These are UN Security Council resolutions; they’re not American sanctions, they’re global sanctions. The whole world understands the threat that Chairman Kim’s nuclear weapons present to the world. Chairman Kim’s now committed to giving them up. He said he would denuclearize. He’s told me that face to face, personally, no less than half a dozen times. Now we need to figure out how to do it, how to achieve it. Our goal is to keep America safe, to keep South Korea and Japan from being under this threat. And when we do, we hope we can make a brighter future for the North Korean people as well. That’s the deal we’re trying to get to. President Trump understood that what was offered wasn’t sufficient, so more work to do.

QUESTION: And you having talked to him directly, Kim Jong-un, what is it about his statements that you actually believe?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, we only will value action. We all – talk is cheap. It’s important that we actually begin to deliver on the commitments. The two presidents back in June of last year were in Singapore. Each made serious commitments to the other. Chairman Kim committed to denuclearize; we committed to working to make North Korea have a brighter future and to stability and security arrangements on the peninsula. Our allies, South Korea and Japan, are prepared to work alongside of us. What we’ll need to see is action, and that’s what we’re counting on, and it’s what I’m hopeful we’ll get in the months ahead.

QUESTION: Thank you so much --


QUESTION: -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. And we’ll send it on back to you, Jose and Melissa.

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