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Not much to see, this attack was a blunder




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Firefighters who were at the scene of the suspected drone bomb attack are disputing Maduro's version of events, claiming it was simply a gas tank explosion in someone's home nearby (which was the original claim, with photos of a burning apartment). …
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Also, @QuicoToro (reliable in my opinion) says that independent journalists on the ground were immediately arrested after the explosion. Considering Madruo's antics of the last year, it'd be fair to remain skeptical about all of it at this point.
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Post by Addie » Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:43 am

If it was an attack. I'm leaning toward the residential gas explosion. I don't think the explosion was faked by the govt, either; they really were taken by surprise.

The video in this BBC article convinced me:

BBC News: Venezuela President Maduro survives 'drone assassination attempt'


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Not much to see, this attack was a blunder


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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:38 pm

This Liveleak post and video clip suggests that there was a real drone attack with the explosives going off midair. The explsosion may have triggered a fire in the neighbourhood. No additional info given.

https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=9STM1_1533500180



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Post by Addie » Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:02 pm

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Venezuela makes six arrests in alleged Maduro assassination attempt

(CNN) Six people have been arrested after Saturday's apparent assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, the nation's interior minister said on national TV.

Maduro survived the assault after several drones armed with explosives flew toward him during a speech at a military parade, an attack he blamed on far-right elements and Colombia's outgoing president, Juan Manuel Santos.

Those arrested are accused of "terrorism and assassination," Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said Sunday.

Reverol said one of the detained had an outstanding arrest warrant for his alleged role in the August 2017 attack on a military base in Valencia.

Another of the detained people was previously arrested during the 2014 anti-government protests. Reverol said he doesn't rule out further arrests.


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Post by Addie » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:58 am

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Venezuela 'drone attack': Maduro would accept FBI help to investigate

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has said he would allow US FBI agents into the country to help investigate the alleged assassination attempt against him a week ago.

The president said he believed that the people involved had fled to Florida, Peru and Colombia.

The US has indicated it will co-operate with investigations, but it has not made a known offer for an FBI visit.

The Venezuelan leader regularly accuses the US of wanting to overthrow him. ...

However, in a televised address late on Saturday, President Maduro surprised many by saying he would accept US help to investigate the alleged plot.

"If the US government offered, or confirmed its offer, of FBI co-operation to investigate, I would accept it," he said.

Mr Maduro said there were "terrorist" cells in Florida, which had masterminded the plan and needed to be dismantled.


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Post by Addie » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:06 am

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Venezuela arrests 131 accused of economic sabotage

Caracas (AFP) - Venezuelan authorities have arrested 131 people accused of attempting to sabotage reforms implemented by President Nicolas Maduro to alleviate a crippling economic crisis, the attorney general said on Thursday.

Tarek William Saab said the arrests included "several managers of large chains" accused of "speculating and hoarding basic products" that are subject to prices fixed by the government.

The detainees are accused of trying to "destabilize the economy," Saab added.

Of those arrested, 29 have been permitted conditional release and 10 others exonerated.

Maduro has launched a raft of reforms aimed at ending four years of recession and arresting hyperinflation the International Monetary Fund predicts will reach one million percent this year.


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Post by Volkonski » Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:58 am


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Momentum gathering around some kind of US military action in Venezuela: Rubio, as well as some in DC bureaucracy openly discussing now. A friend with high-level DC contacts told me recently “I’m afraid they’re gonna do something crazy.”Brian Winter added,
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Post by Foggy » Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:47 pm

Of course they're going to do something crazy. How long did you think John Bolton was going to be there without them doing something crazy? :think:


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Post by TollandRCR » Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:00 pm

It would be supremely crazy to invade Venezuela with the intent of forcing a change of government. Bolton is fully capable of this.


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Post by RVInit » Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:21 pm

War is one of the best ways Republicans have of winning elections. Unfortunately, they wrap themselves up in the flag and pay lip service to the military and voters associate them with strong military. It's BS of course, but, it works. I have no doubt they would be willing to go to war if they fear Democrats are going to take the House.


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Post by RTH10260 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:46 pm

Volkonski wrote:
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:58 am
https:// twitter.com/BrazilBrian/status/1035491937564995585
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Momentum gathering around some kind of US military action in Venezuela: Rubio, as well as some in DC bureaucracy openly discussing now. A friend with high-level DC contacts told me recently “I’m afraid they’re gonna do something crazy.”Brian Winter added,
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Marco Rubio says there is a “very strong” argument to be made for considering a military option in #Venezuela. That’s a terrible idea. https://www.infobae.com/america/venezue ... -cambiado/
6:38 AM - 31 Aug 2018
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Someone wants a repetition of the Pigs Bay invasion ? Or bombing Maduros government seat reminisence of Kathafi/Lybia? The only viable military intervention would be some bombing raid by air, but which target to chose? Maybe move the crumbling oil industry nearer to metal recycling with the danger of environmental damage? The South American nations will very strongly oppose to such a thing happening, even though they are unhappy with the Venezoelan regime. Will damage the US reputation for years to come. They have not forgotten those years of CIA interventions in their countries. Dear Leader Kim Jong Un will just get another argument not to disarm and denuclearize North Korea. Russia may stand by the side of Maduro, may also use the opportunity that the US is bound up and do some of its own nasty work in the Ukranian border area. China may also see an opportunity to challenge the US military in South East Asia.
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Post by Notorial Dissent » Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:19 pm

What I still don't understand is how Maduro has managed to hang on to power. He has managed to turn a once relatively healthy and thriving economy and put it on the road to Zimbabwedom. Their currency still retain "some" value, but the Bolivar is worth so little that it takes immense wads of high denomination bills to buy a quart of milk, if you can find it.

The last thing we/they need is us sticking our nose in, so of course, that is precisely what La Ramp and Bolton will want to do. I don't know if they can sell it to Congress right now, and we certainly can't afford it the way things are going.


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Post by TollandRCR » Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:41 am

Corruption and incompetence have to be large parts of the explanation for why Venezuela has failed. It was once the richest country in Latin America because of its petroleum resources. A socialist economic philosophy should not have so thoroughly destroyed that.

I doubt that Venezuela is socialist today; I see it as a corrupt dictatorship. I have long been waiting for the military to assert itself and overthrow Maduro, but the dictator has done a good job of buying off the generals. The hope is for a colonels' rebellion.

The people of Venezuela are suffering while a few people are becoming rich. This does not justify military intervention by the US. .


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Post by TollandRCR » Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:10 am

A very good CFR article on Venezuela's travails:

https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/venezuela-crisis


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Post by Addie » Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:54 am

New York Times
Trump Administration Discussed Coup Plans With Rebel Venezuelan Officers

The Trump administration held secret meetings with rebellious military officers from Venezuela over the last year to discuss their plans to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro, according to American officials and a former Venezuelan military commander who participated in the talks.

Establishing a clandestine channel with coup plotters in Venezuela was a big gamble for Washington, given its long history of covert intervention across Latin America. Many in the region still deeply resent the United States for backing previous rebellions, coups and plots in countries like Cuba, Nicaragua, Brazil and Chile, and for turning a blind eye to the abuses military regimes committed during the Cold War.

The White House, which declined to answer detailed questions about the talks, said in a statement that it was important to engage in “dialogue with all Venezuelans who demonstrate a desire for democracy” in order to “bring positive change to a country that has suffered so much under Maduro.”

But one of the Venezuelan military commanders involved in the secret talks was hardly an ideal figure to help restore democracy: He is on the American government’s own sanctions list of corrupt officials in Venezuela.

He and other members of the Venezuelan security apparatus have been accused by Washington of a wide range of serious crimes, including torturing critics, jailing hundreds of political prisoners, wounding thousands of civilians, trafficking drugs and collaborating with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which is considered a terrorist organization by the United States.

American officials eventually decided not to help the plotters, and the coup plans stalled. But the Trump administration’s willingness to meet several times with mutinous officers intent on toppling a president in the hemisphere could backfire politically.


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Post by Addie » Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:54 am

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Venezuela Accuses U.S. of Plotting Coup Against Maduro

Venezuela and one of its allies accused the United States on Saturday of plotting against its president, Nicolás Maduro, who has presided over a near collapse of the country.

Jorge Arreaza, Venezuela’s foreign minister, responded Saturday to an article by The New York Times detailing secret meetings between American officials and Venezuelan officers seeking to oust Mr. Maduro. “We denounce before the world the United States’ intervention plans and help to military conspirators against Venezuela,” he said on Twitter, adding that the article had “brought to light new and crude evidence” of such a plot. ...

On Saturday, Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said the United States preferred “a peaceful, orderly transition to democracy in Venezuela.” He added that the government “hears daily the concerns of Venezuelans from all walks of life” and that “they share one goal: the rebuilding of democracy in their homeland.”

However, some former officials defended the meetings, arguing that something must be done to stem the humanitarian crises set off by Mr. Maduro’s authoritarian leadership, from shortages of food and medicine to the migration of millions of Venezuelans from the country.


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Post by Addie » Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:32 pm

CBC News
Why some Venezuelans fear Maduro is selling them out to China

Flailing regime is seen as easy pickings for China's 'debt-trap diplomacy'


Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro took his exhausted country by surprise on Wednesday by boarding a flight to China.

The visit — widely believed to be a pitch by Maduro's fiscally-crippled government for a loan — is likely to sound alarms in capitals around the hemisphere as governments try to guess what Venezuela is offering China and what China's motives might be for lending money to a country that can't pay its debts now.

Beijing knows about Venezuela's solvency crisis better than most. Three years ago, China turned off the credit taps after lending Venezuela more than US$50 billion. It later had to grant the Latin nation a grace period for repayment.

Venezuela watchers say that if China is reopening those taps, it can only be in return for far-reaching concessions, leading some to ask whether Beijing is about to establish its first real beachhead here in the Americas.


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Post by Addie » Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:06 pm

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U.S. preparing 'actions' in coming days against Venezuela: Pompeo to Fox News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is preparing a “series of actions” in the coming days to increase pressure on the Venezuelan government, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Friday.

“You’ll see in the coming days a series of actions that continue to increase the pressure level against the Venezuelan leadership folks, who are working directly against the best interest of the Venezuelan people,” Pompeo said. “We’re determined to ensure that the Venezuelan people get their say.”

He did not give further details on the nature of the planned actions.

Venezuela’s information ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



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Post by Addie » Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:46 am

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Trump: Venezuelan socialist president easily toppled

President Donald Trump suggested on Tuesday that Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro could be easily toppled by a military coup and the U.S stepped up financial pressure by slapping the socialist president's inner circle with fresh sanctions.

"It's a regime that, frankly, could be toppled very quickly by the military if the military decides to do that," Trump said in comments on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. "It's a truly bad place in the world today."

Trump declined to respond to questions about whether a U.S.-led military intervention in the crisis-stricken country was possible, saying he doesn't reveal military strategy.

Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro later appeared on state television, thanking Trump for sanctions that he called a badge of honor for those around him in a battle against what he calls an imperialist power.



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Post by Addie » Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:15 pm

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Suspect in Maduro assassination plot dies in mysterious fall from window

(CNN) - One of the suspects accused of trying to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro using drones armed with explosives died under mysterious circumstances Monday.

Venezuelan government officials say Fernando Albán, a 56-year-old city councilor in the capital of Caracas and Maduro critic, died by suicide after jumping out a tenth floor window of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service, the country's top intelligence agency. But Maduro critics have accused the regime of murdering Albán as part of a massive crackdown on opposition groups and human rights activists.

Albán was arrested on Friday for his alleged involvement in the apparent assassination attempt on August 4, when armed drones flew toward Maduro during a speech at a military parade. Two loud explosions were heard and while Maduro escaped the attack unharmed, seven members of Venezuela's national guard were injured.

It's unclear exactly what happened to Albán in the time between his arrest and death.



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Post by Addie » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:51 pm

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Venezuela's Maduro Says Trump Administration Trying to Kill Him

CARACAS — Venezuelan Socialist President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday accused the Trump administration of seeking to assassinate him, as relations strain between the ideologically opposed nations.

Asked about the remarks, the White House did not immediately provide a comment.

Venezuela's opposition says Maduro lobs ludicrous accusations at enemies to deflect from his own incompetence.

Almost 2 million Venezuelans have fled the ailing oil-rich nation since 2015, driven out by brutal food and medicine shortages, hyperinflation, and violent crime.

Washington has imposed sanctions on Venezuela, denouncing Maduro as a dictator who has quashed human rights and triggered an economic meltdown.

On Wednesday, the White House accused Maduro's government of involvement in the death of a jailed Venezuelan politician whom authorities say killed himself but whom opposition parties say was murdered.



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Post by Addie » Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:33 am

WaPo - Amanda Erickson
Venezuela is a tragedy, not a terrorist threat

Venezuela is a country in crisis.

The economy is in shambles. By the end of this year, experts predict inflation there will hit 1 million percent, one of the highest rates in history. Public services and health care are nearly impossible to come by. Blackouts are common, water is scarce, and public transportation has all but stopped running.

Crime has become rampant: Four of the world’s 10 most dangerous cities are in Venezuela. There is so little food that 60 percent of Venezuelans say they’ve lost weight. Diseases once largely eradicated, such as diphtheria and tuberculous, are soaring. Things are so bad that parents are leaving their children at orphanages because they can’t afford to feed them.

It’s obvious that Venezuela needs help. Instead, the Trump administration is now threatening to add it to the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. Just four governments — Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria — have received that designation, which is given to states accused of repeatedly providing “support for acts of international terrorism.” My colleagues John Hudson and Lena H. Sun called it “a dramatic escalation against the socialist government of Nicolás Maduro,” the country’s leader.

Qualifications for the list, which was created in 1979, are vague. Joseph DeThomas, a former State Department official and professor of international affairs at Pennsylvania State University, has called placing countries on it “more of an art than a science,” saying that “political and diplomatic context plays a considerable role in such designations.” States on the list can face sanctions, bans on arms-related sales, prohibitions on economic assistance and other punishments.

But it’s a questionable tool, and there’s little evidence that it has helped keep the United States safer. A report by the Brookings Institution from 2008 argued that the whole idea of a list of state sponsors of terrorism is outdated and counterproductive.



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Post by Addie » Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:38 pm

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Venezuela seeks to extradite former official indicted by US

Venezuelan is seeking the extradition of a former national treasurer days after U.S. prosecutors say he pleaded guilty to accepting over $1 billion in bribes in a far-reaching corruption probe, officials announced Thursday.

Venezuela's chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab said his office has launched a case against Alejandro Andrade, a former bodyguard for the late-President Hugo Chavez who ascended the ranks to become Venezuela's treasurer.

After leaving office, Andrade, 54, moved to the exclusive South Florida enclave of Wellington, known for its lavish horse ranches.

"This person lives in the United States," said Saab, whose office is asking Interpol to issue an order for Andrade's detention. "We expect that the United State of America will hand him over to Venezuela."

Miami prosecutors said that Andrade pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in an indictment unsealed this week.



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Post by Addie » Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:44 am

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Russia sends two nuclear-capable bombers to Venezuela

The Tu-160 is capable of carrying conventional or nuclear-tipped cruise missiles with a range of 3,410 miles.


MOSCOW — Two Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers arrived in Venezuela on Monday, a deployment that comes amid soaring Russia-U.S. tensions.

Russia's Defense Ministry said a pair of Tu-160 bombers landed at Maiquetia airport outside Caracas on Monday following a 6,200-mile flight. It didn't say whether the bombers were carrying any weapons and didn't say how long they would stay in Venezuela.

The ministry said the bombers were shadowed by Norwegian F-18 fighter jets during part of their flight. It added that a heavy-lift An-124 Ruslan cargo plane and an Il-62 passenger plane accompanied the bombers to Maiquetia. ...

Code-named Blackjack by NATO, the massive warplane is capable of flying at twice the speed of sound. Russia has upgraded its Tu-160 fleet with new weapons and electronics, and it plans to produce a modernized version of the bomber.

The bombers' deployment follows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's visit to Moscow last week to shore up political and economic assistance even as his country has been struggling to pay billions of dollars owed to Russia.



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