Venezuela: Resistance or disintegration?

Aeneas

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Looking at the clothes of the wife of Juan Guaido Random Dude, Fabiana Rosales, it is seems clear that it is designer clothes:



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This is not clothes that you get for a few hundred dollars and Random Dude is not in office as the president of anything, thus he does not get paid as such. Perhaps part of the $30 billion that the US has stolen from Venezuela has helped grease the wheels.

It is a big PR campaign to sell this new young couple as the new God given rulers as if they had a mandate of heaven to rule. Somehow most of the world is not buying it.
 

Arwenn

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It is a big PR campaign to sell this new young couple as the new God given rulers as if they had a mandate of heaven to rule. Somehow most of the world is not buying it.
And thank goodness for that. Their usual dirty tricks are not working in Venezuela. Fancy thinking they can intervene in yet another sovereign state and declare Random Dude as the new president. Sheesh, the hubris! Can you imagine any other country doing that to the US? Would have loved to be a fly on the wall at the meeting with Elliott Abrams and Vasily Nebenzya :-D
 

Aeneas

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Brazil is obediently supporting the US and telling Russia not to prop up Maduro, but instead support Random Dude: Brazil Calls on Russian Military to Exit Venezuela if 'Propping Up Maduro'

Brazil Calls on Russian Military to Exit Venezuela if 'Propping Up Maduro'
The Brazilian foreign minister has stated that the Russian military should leave Venezuela if they were "propping up" President Nicolas Maduro.

In an interview with Reuters, Brazilian top diplomat Ernesto Arauijo said he hoped Moscow would recognise that supporting Maduro would "only deepen the collapse of Venezuela's economy and society and that the only way out of the crisis was to hold elections under an interim government led by opposition leader Juan Guaido."
One wonders if the Brazilian elite will sacrifice all their lucrative business deals with the fellow BRICS countries just to please the US. Trade is the way forward and they should know it.

So it will be interesting to see for how long the various countries will continue to support Random Dude. There will, I think likely be more attempts to escalate this whole thing as the Empire of Chaos will try to avoid a defeat at all cost. I sometimes think that the only thing that will stop the US is, if major disasters strike at home, such as extensive flooding causing destruction of infrastructure and a collapse in crops and thus food. Other natural disasters would also fit the bill if on an unprecedented scale.

The current WH administration seems intent on picking major fights with a lot of countries: Russia, China, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, India, the EU and many more. This is to me a sign that they are desperate. If the US would be happy to share and get along with other countries, then there would be no need for desperation. They would just have to act according to international law, diplomacy, transparency, integrity, fairness and honesty and a lot of countries would happily deal with the US. But a psychopathic elite intent on continuing to dictate, rape and plunder will not change its ways and thus will reap the consequences.
 

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She pointed to a series of actions aimed at destabilizing Venezuela, which include sanctions slapped on its financial, oil and gold mining sectors, sowing discord in society and in the armed forces, and attempts to force humanitarian aid down the country’s throat, in addition to actions that "could be branded as acts of sabotage against the country’s electric power system."

"All that is deliberately stoking chaos and the collapse of the state, which can result in no winners," Zakharova said. She was curious if officials in Washington realized that.
It's the strangling and making war on a country in broad daylight. Different day same agenda. :evil:
 

angelburst29

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Kremlin: our military specialists are in Venezuela to service arms deals
Russian military specialists are in Venezuela to service pre-existing contracts for the supply of Russian arms, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.
White House warns Russia, others against sending troops to Venezuela
White House national security adviser John Bolton attends a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Fabiana Rosales, wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The White House on Friday warned Russia and other countries backing President Nicolas Maduro against sending troops and military equipment to Venezuela, saying the United States would view such actions as a "direct threat" to the region's security.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia on Monday the US will not "stand idly by" as Moscow inserts military personnel into Venezuela to support the regime of President Nicolas Maduro.
Mike Pompeo urges Russia to cease ‘unconstructive behavior’ in Venezuela

Mike Pompeo urges Russia to cease ‘unconstructive behavior’ in Venezuela

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Russia to “cease its unconstructive behavior” in Venezuela. (AFP/File Photo)

In a phone call with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Pompeo denounced the growing Russian military reinforcements as prolonging the political crisis in the South American country.

Pompeo told Lavrov that "the United States and regional countries will not stand idly by as Russia exacerbates tensions in Venezuela," the State Department said in a statement.

"The continued insertion of Russian military personnel to support the illegitimate regime of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela risks prolonging the suffering of the Venezuelan people who overwhelmingly support interim President Juan Guaido," he said.

Guaido is supported by the United States and most Latin American and European nations but he retains the support of Russia and China, US rivals who have offered political and economic support to him.

Pompeo urged Russia to "cease its unconstructive behavior" and support Guaido.

Contrary to the high hopes that many in the Alt-Media Community had for a Russian base in Venezuela after false reports and “analytical” innuendo were spread about this possibility, Moscow officially denied that it’s planning to permanently base its military forces in the South American country.
March 28, 2019 - Russia Officially Rubbished Alt-Media’s False Reports About A Venezuelan Base

Russia Officially Rubbished Alt-Media’s False Reports About A Venezuelan Base - Eurasia Future

Another day, another fake news scandal, except this time it could have epic international consequences after none other than the US government seems to have fallen for Alt-Media’s false reports and “analytical” innuendo about a supposed Russian base in Venezuela. Trump threatened that “all options” are on the table to prevent this from happening after Moscow’s latest dispatch of military aid to the South American country saw it sending roughly 100 troops to train their Venezuelan counterparts on how to operate their new unspecified equipment. That highly publicized and grossly misreported development sent alarm bells ringing after Mainstream Media and Alt-Media alike interpreted it as representing a Syrian-like challenge to the US’ regime change efforts there, with these two diametrically opposed information forces curiously seeming to agree on this false narrative for their own separate reasons.
 

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Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said on Friday that U.S. national security adviser John Bolton has been sending him messages asking him to do the "right thing."

Venezuela defense minister says U.S. security adviser 'sending me messages'
FILE PHOTO - Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez speaks during a broadcast at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela March 8, 2019. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS

FILE PHOTO - Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez speaks during a broadcast at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela March 8, 2019. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS

“Mr. Bolton, I tell you that we are doing the right thing,” Padrino said in televised comments. “Doing the right thing is doing what’s written in the constitution. ... Doing the right thing is respecting the will of the people.”

It was not immediately evident if Padrino was referring to Bolton’s recent tweets, in which he made direct mention of Padrino.

Kremlin: USA has not requested phone call on Venezuela with Putin - TASS
The United States has yet to request a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the situation in Venezuela, the Kremlin was quoted as saying by TASS news agency on Saturday.

Trump says will probably talk to Russia's Putin about Venezuela
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he will probably talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping about the crisis in Venezuela.

Exclusive: Trump eyeing stepped-up Venezuela sanctions for foreign companies - Bolton

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks during an interview at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

U.S. President Donald Trump is considering imposing sanctions on companies from other countries that do business with Venezuela to cut off revenues to President Nicolas Maduro, Trump's national security adviser John Bolton told Reuters TV on Friday.
 

angelburst29

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Abrams is pushing his luck - he might find himself in a room with Sergei Ryabkov, again?

Abrams says U.S. response to Russian troops in Venezuela could include sanctions
FILE PHOTO: United States diplomat Elliott Abrams takes notes during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council called to vote on a U.S. draft resolution calling for free and fair presidential elections in Venezuela at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., February 28, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

The U.S. special representative for Venezuela said on Friday that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has a list of options, including sanctions, Washington could use to respond to the presence of Russian troops in Venezuela.


I doubt that there were "thousands" attending this rally? Maybe, a hundred?

Venezuelans rally to protest chronic power outages
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognised as the country's rightful interim ruler, attends a rally in San Antonio, Venezuela, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Thousands of Venezuelan opposition sympathizers protested on Saturday
against recurring blackouts that crippled much of the country this month and have aggravated the OPEC nation's economic and social crisis.

Russia dismisses speculation about its 'specialists' in Venezuela
Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova listens during the annual news conference of the Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (not pictured) in Moscow, Russia January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Russia has clearly stated the purpose of the “specialists” it has sent to Venezuela under a military cooperation deal, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday, dismissing U.S. concerns about their presence.

Russia has said its “specialists” pose no threat to regional stability, brushing aside a call from the United States to remove all its military personnel from Venezuela.
 

Pashalis

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The following is a repost from the "Russia Begins Operations in Syria" thread, since I think it belongs here as well:

There is a very interesting development happening in Venezuela that I think might be related to the following post:

There is a significant development that went largely unnoticed in the press during Putins recent visited to China. Putin and Xi Jinping released a joint signed statement in which both countries promised and set themself the goal of reforming the UN and thereby essentially stopping the actions of certain countries without an UN-Mandate. For way to long certain countries bluntly ignored the rules of the UN-Charta by interfering in other countries against all rules of the UN and started war after war also in defiance of those rules.

We all know that russia pointed those things out again and again the last two decades so clearly and consistently as no other country has, which has a significant position in the world.

I would go as far as to say that China committing itself now so openly together with russia to essentially stop all those illegal interventions in a step by step fashion, through reforms at the UN, is a huge step forward for the world! I think the times that wars like in Afghanistan, Irak or Libya can be pulled of as easily as in the past, will be gone sooner or later, (and that might already have happened, thanks to the efforts of russia) if both parties stick to it and maybe pull in more countries into that initiative. That development might also include interventions in other countries that are done "in secret" which will get harder and harder to be pulled of. Or at least we can hope so.

Seems like Putins team has worked hard to get to a point that they eventually can implement the already existing rules that the UN provides in a way that everyone has to abide by without exception in the future. That might still be quite a way ahead though, but still it seems it develops into that direction.

I hope other countries will join China and Russia in their efforts as soon as possible. As far out as it might sound, what we see here maybe could lead to something like world peace in the future.

Here is the only article in english that I could find that mentions some of the points of that agreement:
Russia, China to jointly support reasonable UN reforms - statement

BEIJING, June 8. /TASS/. Moscow and Beijing will jointly support the necessary and reasonable reforms of the United Nations, including its Security Council, according to the two countries’ statement signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping following Russian-Chinese talks.

According to the statement, the parties will uphold the UN’s pivotal role in global governance and jointly support the necessary and reasonable reforms of the organization and its Security Council "in order to better comply with the UN Charter." Moscow and Beijing believe it is necessary to discuss these reforms "solely through broad and democratic consultations, without imposing artificial time limits and immature projects." Russia and China believe it is necessary to look for a "package" solution taking into account the interests and concerns of all parties; proceed from the premise that the reform of the UN Security Council, should, first of all, expand the representation of the developing countries and their right to vote to make sure that a wide range of small and medium-sized states have more opportunities to take part in the Security Council’s work and the decision-making process on the basis of the principle of rotation."

In their joint statement, Vladimir Putin and Xi Xinping highlighted their intention "to counteract attempts by any countries to unilaterally conduct military operations without the authorization of the UN Security Council or without the consent of the legitimate government of a country on whose territory such actions are carried out." Russia and China will also take part in shaping the equal and indivisible security architecture "based on the refusal to use force or the threat of the use of force, non-interference in the internal and external affairs of other countries, the resolution of international disputes by purely political and diplomatic means."
After Russia, China has now send military personnel to Venezuela too, which is quite a remarkable step for china that used to not commit itself and "stay out of the fringe" in regards to the empire and its doings worldwide. I think this might mark a game changer event and is derectly related to the above quote. China seems to slowly cover the back of russia and also help, not only verbally, to stop the US nonsense.


I think we will see similar stuff in the future every time the empire tries another coup or military aggression in a country. The times that the empire could do all of that are pretty much over I think.

I think the main driver behind those developments is the russian government headed by Putin. They seem to have learned a lot in the last years about the strategies the empire uses to conduct its business in other countries and how to stop it in its tracks. I further think that they are now starting to aid other countries via knowledge of how the empire operates so that they can help themselves in that regard and not fall prey to the empire and its follies.

In this german article it is pointed out that the Venezuelan government already started heavy buying of chinese and russian military stuff between 2010 and 2014 for 349 Million Dollar. In 2017 this was than topped by heavy investment in Chinese and Russian "tanks, ammunition, uniforms, infantry equipment as well as spare and service parts".

I think the empire is finding itself in a desperate situation now where it just can't do a darn thing anymore, as it was used to do in the past. I think they have been outmaneuvered mainly by the russians. They just can't do anything anymore that just "worked" in the past.

Amazing to watch.
 
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angelburst29

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Getting down to business and exercising Legal options ...

Venezuela lawmakers loyal to Maduro open door to prosecution of Guaido
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognized as the country's rightful interim ruler, acknowledges a crowd during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela April 2, 2019. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado


Venezuela's Constituent Assembly, an all-powerful legislature controlled by the ruling Socialist Party, on Tuesday approved a measure allowing for a trial of opposition leader Juan Guaido, in what appeared to be step toward having him arrested.

The Constituent Assembly’s decree is necessary
for the Supreme Court to move ahead with a trial of Guaido because as a legislator he has parliamentary immunity that makes it more difficult for him to be tried than the average citizen.

“This formally authorizes the continuation of the trial (of Guaido),” said Constituent Assembly Chief Diosdado Cabello, who is also the Vice President of the Socialist Party.

The Supreme Court on Monday had reiterated a previous measure blocking Guaido from leaving the country, an order which he openly violated in February when he embarked on a tour of Latin American nations to bolster support for his campaign to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela’s chief prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation of Guaido, into alleged links to “incidents of violence” in January, but has not ordered his detention or officially charged him with any crime.

“We are not going to evade our responsibility,” Guaido told reporters in eastern Caracas after the announcement. “They thought this would be easy. But it won’t be. If they want to move forward, they will have to assume the consequences.”

Constitutional lawyer Jose Vicente Haro called the decision a “constitutional fraud” that stripped Guaido of parliamentary immunity without the approval of the legislature, which under the constitution must approve such a decision.

The legislature is currently control by the opposition. “It also violated due process, because he should have had a hearing to defend himself,” said Haro in a telephone interview.

Maduro has said Guaido should “face justice” and calls him a coup-mongering puppet for the United States - but he has stopped short of calling for his arrest.

Guaido’s international backers, chiefly the Trump administration, have warned Venezuelan authorities not to touch him and threatened ever harsher sanctions against the Maduro administration to further cut it off from foreign financing.
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Venezuela lawmakers loyal to Maduro open door to prosecution of Guaido

On Monday, Venezuela’s Supreme Court requested the Constituent Assembly to strip Guaido of parliamentary immunity over his violation of a ban on leaving the country.
April 3, 2019 - Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly authorizes further investigation against Guaido

Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly authorizes further investigation against Guaido

Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly on Tuesday gave green light for further criminal investigation against opposition leader Juan Guaido after receiving a request from the Supreme Court to strip him of parliamentary immunity.

"Considering the Supreme Court’s request <…> the Constituent Assembly <…> rules to permit further investigation against citizen Juan Guaido," Constituent Assembly President Diosdado Cabello said at the assembly’s meeting, broadcast live by the Venezolana de Television TV.

"Under normal circumstances, this request would have been sent to the National Assembly, but at present it is non-existent as a functioning state body," he said.

April 2, 2019 - Venezuela's Supreme Court seeks to strip Guaido of immunity

Venezuela's Supreme Court seeks to strip Guaido of immunity

Venezuela’s Supreme Court has asked the Constituent Assembly to strip opposition leader Juan Guaido of parliamentary immunity over his violation of a ban on leaving the country.

"A request will be sent to the Constituent Assembly’s president that Juan Guaido be stripped of parliamentary immunity for failing to abide by the Court’s decisions," Supreme Court President Maikel Moreno said, as cited by the El Nacional newspaper.

Venezuela’s Supreme Court earlier barred Guaido from leaving the country. However, on February 22, he traveled to the Colombian border city of Cucuta, which hosts a humanitarian aid distribution center. Guaido returned to Venezuela after visiting Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Ecuador.

Kudlow says working on rescue, restructuring plan for Venezuela
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow takes notes during a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and China's Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 22, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow takes notes during a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and China's Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 22, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Wednesday said the United States has plans to rapidly revitalize the Venezuelan economy, including financial and food planning as well as getting cash to people in the country.

The rescue and restructuring plan for Venezuela would involve getting dollars into the country, and the United States is working with banks in the region to help, Kudlow told reporters at an event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor news outlet.


(Comment - Does getting "dollars" into the Country include the INF waltzing in to save the day and using Venezuela's "assets" as collateral - like the INF took over valuable assets in Ukraine and elsewhere?)

Low oil prices mean U.S. can stand firm on Venezuela sanctions: Pence
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence listens as President Donald Trump meets with Fabiana Rosales, wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence listens as President Donald Trump meets with Fabiana Rosales, wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday the United States would continue to pressure Venezuela's oil industry and those who support it with economic sanctions, citing world oil prices as low enough to allow for the measures.

Oil prices hit their highest point since November on Tuesday, with Brent crude approaching $70 a barrel, based in part on fears that U.S. sanctions against OPEC members Iran and Venezuela would result in a cut to global supplies. [O/R]

“We recognize the importance of energy to the United States,” Pence told reporters. “But the price of oil around the world has been quite low for some time, quite competitive for some time, and we’re just going to continue to stand firm and bring even more pressure on this regime,” he said.

Pence’s comments stood in contrast to concerns that President Donald Trump has voiced about oil prices.
As recently as last week, Trump called for the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to boost production, saying on Twitter that the price of oil was “getting too high.”

Pence, who is helping lead the White House campaign to dislodge Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power, made his remarks in a meeting with family members of six executives jailed in Venezuela since 2017. The executives worked for Citgo Petroleum, the U.S. refinery division of Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA.

The United States slapped stiff sanctions on PDVSA in January, aimed at cutting Maduro’s government off from oil revenues.

US controlling oil prices - keeping it low - and using it as a weapon - in Venezuela and also with Iran?)

Three importers cut Iran oil shipments to zero: U.S. envoy
Three of eight importers granted waivers by Washington to buy oil from Iran have now cut their shipments to zero, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, adding that improved global oil market conditions would help reduce Iranian crude exports further.



Colombia rejects Russia warning against Venezuelan military action
Colombian President Ivan Duque speaks during the presentation of a security report, accompanied by the military commands in the presidential palace, in Bogota, Colombia April 2, 2019. Courtesy of Colombian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS

Colombia on Tuesday rejected a Russian warning against foreign military intervention in Venezuela and said it supported a peaceful transition to democracy in the neighboring South American country.

April 1, 2019 - People in civilian clothes open fire at protesters in Caracas — paper
People in civilian clothes open fire at protesters in Caracas — paper

© Valery Sharifulin/TASS

A group of armed people wearing civilian clothes opened fire at people taking part in an anti-government protest in the Libertador district of Venezuela’s capital Caracas, the Nacional newspaper has reported.

Two people were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds, the paper said.


Photos from the site of the attack show demonstrate two men, one carrying a weapon resembling a rifle, the other holds a pistol. The paper blamed the violence on Collectivo groups - irregular community organizations that support the current government.

(Note - A report came out on Tuesday, that Russia had opened a training center to instruct Venezuelan Military on Russian made Helicopter's. Now, a report has surfaced stating, "a helicopter with a group of unidentified people have opened fire on protesters?
Is it a provocation by the Guaido opposition to blame Russia?)

Russia says it has opened helicopter training center in Venezuela
Russia has opened a training center in Venezuela to help the country's pilots fly Russian-made military helicopters, Russian state-owned industrial conglomerate Rostec said on Monday, Moscow's latest gesture of support for President Nicolas Maduro.

Tuesday April 3, 2019 - Gunmen in helicopter open fire at protesters in Venezuela
Gunmen in helicopter open fire at protesters in Venezuela

A group of unidentified people travelling in a helicopter opened fire at protesters who gathered in the city of Cabimas in Zulia State on Tuesday, the privately owned VPI TV channel has reported.

A short amateur video shows a helicopter flying above the crowd and terrified people trying to flee it.

No information about deaths or injuries is available so far.

Earlier, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called upon his supporters to protest the frequent power outages and water supply disruptions in the country. The protests has continued since late March. According to a Venezuelan NGO, Foro Penal, almost 50 people were detained between March 29 and April 1. Clashes with police and pro-government groups have been reported earlier, but no casualties.

April 3, 2019 - Russia warns Venezuela for long on need for reforms, says Lavrov
Russia warns Venezuela for long on need for reforms, says Lavrov

Russia has numerously attempted to give Venezuela a clue about the need for reforms in order to improve its social and economic situation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with the Russian daily Moskovsky Komsomolets.

"I agree with you about Venezuela’s social and economic situation," he said in the interview published on Wednesday. "Honestly, we have been trying for longer than one year to give our Venezuelan counterparts a clue about the urgency of reforms. Special consultations have been held at their request. There has been no lack of corresponding consultations."

Lavrov added that Russia does not accept the ways the United States uses to improve the lives of the Venezuelans.
 

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I would love to know - where some of these "Committee's" get their "Million's of dollar's" to splash on foreign Aid, when our own Social Aid programs are incrementally being restructured and defunded? Or is this the Foreign Aid that Trump just cut to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras? $$$ 400 Million $$$

Senior U.S. House Republican questions Trump plan to cut Central American aid


Keeping up pressure for political change in Venezuela, 15 U.S. senators introduced bipartisan legislation on Wednesday to provide $400 million in new aid, internationalize sanctions and ease penalties on officials who recognize a new government.
April 3, 2019 - U.S. senators propose more aid, international sanctions for Venezuela
FILE PHOTO - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognized as the country's rightful interim ruler, talks to the media during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela April 2, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero

FILE PHOTO - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognized as the country's rightful interim ruler, talks to the media during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela April 2, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero

The Republicans and Democrats introduced the Venezuelan Emergency Relief, Democracy Assistance and Development (VERDAD) Act more than two months after President Donald Trump’s administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate leader, seeking the departure of President Nicolas Maduro.

Senator Bob Menendez, ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, led the bill. He said the act would “put teeth behind” support for the Venezuelan people and provide tools for a peaceful solution to the crisis in the OPEC nation.

“This legislation will offer needed humanitarian assistance and support for Venezuela’s long path to democratic order,” said Republican Senator Marco Rubio, another sponsor, who has worked closely with Trump on Venezuela.

The bill would provide $200 million in new aid for Venezuela and $200 million for neighboring countries taking in refugees.

Venezuela classes restart after weeks of blackouts

Children chat at a public square after they left from school in Caracas, Venezuela April 3, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
Classes resumed in Venezuela's schools on Wednesday after two major national blackouts left frustrated parents struggling to entertain their children and forced the education ministry to extend the school year.
 

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April 1 said:
People in civilian clothes open fire at protesters in Caracas — paper

A group of armed people wearing civilian clothes opened fire at people taking part in an anti-government protest in the Libertador district of Venezuela’s capital Caracas, the Nacional newspaper has reported.

Two people were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds, the paper said.


Photos from the site of the attack show demonstrate two men, one carrying a weapon resembling a rifle, the other holds a pistol. The paper blamed the violence on Collectivo groups - irregular community organizations that support the current government.
There are no photos on the site, but found this ones with an interesting replay ...
These photos correspond to armed "collectives" in Cabimas, Zulia, who arrived in the zone, in order to disperse shooting the neighbors who went out to the streets to protest the failures in the services. It happened this Tuesday afternoon #2abr
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In reply to @SergioNovelli
Sergio I am cabimera and these are my photos those collectives to which you indicate were people of cabimas village because... they were the ones who rescued cabimas of planned robbery of a group of delinquents q I seize of which if we work.....
---Cabimas, Venezuelan state of Zulia.

Tuesday April 3, 2019 - Gunmen in helicopter open fire at protesters in Venezuela
Gunmen in helicopter open fire at protesters in Venezuela
A group of unidentified people travelling in a helicopter opened fire at protesters who gathered in the city of Cabimas in Zulia State on Tuesday, the privately owned VPI TV channel has reported.
A short amateur video shows a helicopter flying above the crowd and terrified people trying to flee it.
No information about deaths or injuries is available so far.
The video must be this one from VPI TV channel, is a media from the opposition, as I could tell ... but, there is an other interesting replay:
I hope @VPITV has confirmed and requeteconfirmed this. That video shoots since yesterday and not on serious or trustworthy accounts to my knowledge. I haven't released it because of that, so I hope you tell me who recorded it, who confirms it is true because I searched and didn't find a reliable source.
Situations had been becoming caotic as is being mentioned here:
Solidarity, Survival and Sabotage: Timeline of The Blackouts That Tormented Venezuela
In many cities, the interruption of open radio and television signals was reported. Many stations don't have power plants and those that did survived thanks to backup generators. This meant that besides the electrical blackout, there was also an information blackout, given that many of the few private broadcasters still on air were simply playing music, violating their obligation to keep the population informed about the events under development.

The interference in communication systems and the radio-electric spectrum was the perfect recipe for a toxic broth of misinformation, especially in the Andean region, allowing fake news to overwhelm the reality of the situation.

All these components - rumors, false information, distortions and half truths - pushed a noticeable percentage of the population into a frenzied and anxious state of mind.

In the State of Zulia, violent groups looted deposits belonging to Empresas Polar: beer, soft drinks and other beverages. Guaidó justified the looting on the grounds that it was motivated by hunger.
There had been protests due electricity blackouts but also lootings, unfortunately. Everything indicates --Guaidó indicates, that they are going to continue with it's "Operation Freedom"
Protests and Looting Reported In Cabimas --spanish
Juan Guaidó Confesses Being Behind the Sabotage of Venezuela’s Electric System
By Gustavo Villapol and VTV
Translated from the Spanish by Global Research.

“A confession from [America’s] puppet pointing to evidence,” said journalist Gustavo Villapol Wednesday, noting that the deputy of the National Assembly in contempt Juan Guaidó confessed to be behind the attacks perpetrated against the National Electric Service (SEN) that have affected the Venezuelan people since last March 7.

“The gentleman, Deputy Guaidó, has told the world that, they are behind this devious and terrorist attack against the Electric System,” he said during an interview on the Punto de Encuentro program broadcast by Venezolana de Televisión.

(These are the quotations from Guaido’s statements at the National Assembly, video in the site 13′ 11″ – 14′ 09″, GR editor)

And I repeat, the cessation of darkness will definitely come with the cessation of usurpation,” culminates the self-proclaimed Juan Guaidó (VTV Fotogram)

“There will be no solution to the electrical problem, there will be no water to the houses much less domestic gas”. the parliamentarian of Voluntad Popular stated verbatim.

“We will generate the necessary internal pressure to add up in this process of definitive cessation of the usurpation,” he is heard saying in the video broadcast from the floor of the Federal Legislative Palace.

“And I repeat, the cessation of darkness will definitely come with the cessation of usurpation,” culminated his TV intervention.
Journalist Gustavo Villapol described Guaidó as a symbolic expression of the new political-military doctrine that Donald Trump is trying to develop from the presidency of the United States (USA).
 

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The Republicans and Democrats introduced the Venezuelan Emergency Relief, Democracy Assistance and Development (VERDAD) Act more than two months after President Donald Trump’s administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate leader, seeking the departure of President Nicolas Maduro.
It's amazing how both Republicans and Democrats can be in agreement on the "deep state" plans to rule the world but practically nothing else. :evil:
 

Alejo

The Living Force
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It's amazing how both Republicans and Democrats can be in agreement on the "deep state" plans to rule the world but practically nothing else. :evil:
I’m a bit more cynical about it,

They publicly disagree on meaningless issues to give the people the illusion of choice but when it comes down to the policy that affects the most lives, they have no choice but to agree with the deep state
 

goyacobol

The Living Force
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I’m a bit more cynical about it,

They publicly disagree on meaningless issues to give the people the illusion of choice but when it comes down to the policy that affects the most lives, they have no choice but to agree with the deep state
Sorry, I didn't give enough of a "cynical" signal. I was born here and you don't even know how cynical I feel. I think the same thing about the "meaningless issues to give the people the illusion of choice". I also think it is the same for the South American countries. They individually have the same/similar issues and need to work through their karma if you ask me.

You know it would be nice if once in awhile we could appreciate that we are all in big doo doo together.
 
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