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Crafty_Dog
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« Reply #400 on: March 31, 2017, 11:09:38 AM »

WOW.

Keep us posted please, including your own adventures too should you wish.
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« Reply #401 on: April 01, 2017, 12:18:58 PM »

"The dismantling of the democracy started as early as 1998 when civilian gun permits were revoked in the name of public safety but with the real purpose of eliminating armed resistance by the people. A second and even more powerful blow was the packing of the Supreme Court with Chavez acolytes. The method was simple, they doubled the number of magistrates and appointed friends to the new posts. Now there was a new balance of power, a seemingly democratic one but dictatorial in practice."

Good thing that could never happen here!

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« Reply #402 on: April 02, 2017, 08:45:21 PM »

Back from the brink? Venezuela reverses its congressional ‘coup’ but tensions remain

BY JIM WYSS

CUENCA, ECUADOR

Venezuela’s Supreme Court on Saturday reversed a controversial decision that had stripped congress of all its powers, sparked fears of a coup and brought an anvil of international pressure down on the beleaguered socialist administration.

President Nicolás Maduro praised the court’s decision and said the “controversy had been overcome,” but the whiplash changes left many in the region uneasy — particularly since the theoretically independent court seemed to be following the president’s orders.

During an emergency meeting of the Mercosur bloc of countries Saturday, the foreign ministers of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay issued a statement asking Venezuela to follow its own constitution and guarantee “the effective separation of powers.”

Opposition governor and former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles went further, saying the court couldn’t undo the damage by issuing “clarifications.”

“You can’t resolve this coup with a ‘clarification’,” he wrote on Twitter. “Nothing is resolved.”

The firestorm began Wednesday, when the Supreme Court — stacked with ruling-party figures — declared that it was assuming all legislative functions under the premise that the opposition-controlled congress was illegitimate for being in contempt of previous court decisions.

The move raised alarms around the region as it drew comparisons to former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori’s 1992 decision to dissolve that nation’s congress. The Organization of American States has scheduled an emergency meeting Monday, several Latin American countries recalled their ambassadors and the opposition took to the streets.

The decision even opened divisions within Maduro’s usually lock-step administration, with cabinet members and high officials saying the move was a violation of the constitution.

The backlash prompted Maduro in a late-night speech to ask the courts to review their decision in order to “maintain constitutional stability.”

On Saturday, the Supreme Court complied, publishing two “clarifications” of its rulings.

Supreme Court President Maikel Moreno in a press conference Saturday reaffirmed that the court would not strip the National Assembly of its functions or deny legislators their parliamentary immunity.

However, the courts still don’t recognize the legitimacy of congress, and the administration is likely to keep ignoring lawmakers as its done since the opposition took control of the body in 2016. 

Wednesday’s contentious decision that sparked the troubles was embedded in a narrower ruling that allows the executive to sign joint-venture petroleum contracts without congressional approval.

By all accounts, the cash-strapped government needs foreign financing to make interest payments and stay afloat, and congress had threatened to block new debt. According to local media, that part of the ruling was maintained. (The Supreme Court’s website where the decisions were initially published, was offline Saturday.)

Opposition leaders celebrated their victory, transforming their planned morning protest into an outdoor political rally welcoming the move. Hundreds of people joined them at their gathering in a wealthy area of eastern Caracas.

Several high-profile opposition lawmakers cut international trips short to participate in the impromptu celebration.

But the tensions are unlikely to subside any time soon. Lawmakers have threatened to retaliate by encouraging street protests and demanding the impeachment of judges who participated in the ruling.

Late Friday, Maduro suggested the entire mess was part of a larger plot, saying the country was the victim of a “political, media and diplomatic lynching.”

“Dark forces,” he said, “want to get their hands on our Fatherland.”

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REPORT.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/world/article142133004.html
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« Reply #403 on: April 22, 2017, 08:38:57 PM »

This is crazy when you see this:

http://www.worldatlas.com/articles/the-world-s-largest-oil-reserves-by-country.html
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« Reply #404 on: April 22, 2017, 10:13:08 PM »

Why is this country starving?

Because minerals underground are not wealth.   sad
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« Reply #405 on: April 23, 2017, 09:24:59 AM »


There is nothing socialism can't fcuk up.
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« Reply #406 on: April 26, 2017, 12:14:26 PM »

Venezuela threatens to leave OAS over possible meeting



2017-04-25 | Venezuela | Politics — Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez stated on 25 April 2017 that if the Organization of American States (OAS) convenes a meeting of its foreign ministers, Venezuela will leave the organization. Seventeen member countries requested a meeting scheduled for 26 April to debate calling a session of the bloc's foreign ministers to discuss the situation in Venezuela (Tal Cual). Rodríguez specified that if the OAS approves such a meeting without Venezuela's approval, President Nicolás Maduro has instructed her to initiate Venezuela's withdrawal from the OAS (El Nacional). Globovisión noted that eighteen votes, an absolute majority of the OAS' 35 members, are needed to call a meeting of the group's foreign ministers. Argentina, the Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the United States, and Uruguay requested the meeting.


Venezuelan government publishes opposition leaders' home addresses



2017-04-25 | Venezuela | Security — Venezuelan opposition Deputies José Guerra and Tomás Guanipa on 25 April 2017 demanded that the Public Prosecutor's Office investigate the government's Plan Zamora and the release of the Manual del Combatiente Revolucionario, which includes photos, personal details, and home addresses of opposition leaders. President Nicolás Maduro launched Plan Zamora on 18 April, labeling it as a civic-military plan to maintain internal order but not offering further details (El Nuevo Herald). PSUV Vice President Diosdado Cabello promoted the release of the manual on his television program on 19 April as part of Plan Zamora, commenting that government supporters must go where they need to go (Tal Cual). The manual contains personal information about opposition leaders such as Lilian Tintori and Deputies Henry Ramos Allup, Freddy Guevara, and Tomás Guanipa. In a statement, Guanipa urged the the Public Prosecutor's Office to open an investigation into Plan Zamora and the manual, which he described as instruments of repression and assault against Venezuelans that think differently (El Nuevo Herald).


PDVSA pays off US$237 million in debt



2017-04-21 | Venezuela | Energy — Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami announced on 21 April 2017 that state oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) made US$237 million in debt payments. According to El Aissami, PDVSA has paid US$2.819 billion of the US$3.2 billion it owes, taking into account a recent payment of US$2.5 billion and an upcoming payment during the week of 1 May (El Nacional). El Aissami assured that future payments are guaranteed and added that President Nicolás Maduro has honored the country's debt payments without diminishing Venezuela's international reserves (Globovisión).


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