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Post by Addie » Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:44 am

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Donald Trump Attacks Nations Supporting U.S. on Venezuela: ‘They Do Nothing for Us’

President Donald Trump has criticized two Central American nations supporting his stance on the political crisis in Venezuela, where the United States and a number of regional allies have recognized an opposition leader as acting president.

At a press briefing Friday, Trump reiterated his support for a border wall project that has polarized the country's political atmosphere, prompting the longest government shutdown in U.S. history as Republicans and Democrats failed to agree on a spending bill for nearly five weeks, until a temporary compromise was reached last month. Trump has argued that the wall would stem the flow of undocumented immigration, especially from Latin America—a region with an extensive history of U.S. intervention.

Trump railed against Mexico, calling it "the most unsafe country in the world" and went on to attack Central America, from where migrants have fled crime and poverty in caravans attempting to enter the U.S. Some have been met with a militant response at the border a the Trump administration enforces its hard-line on immigration.

"We need a protective barrier in our country," Trump said. "And that doesn't include Honduras, who we are not happy with and we're looking very serious at taking away all funding, and the same thing for Guatemala, and the same thing for El Salvador. It's a disgrace what's going on in these countries. For years and years, the United States has paid them hundreds of millions of dollars and they do nothing for us."



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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:05 pm

Addie wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:44 am
Newsweek
Donald Trump Attacks Nations Supporting U.S. on Venezuela: ‘They Do Nothing for Us’
:snippity:
"We need a protective barrier in our country," Trump said. "And that doesn't include Honduras, who we are not happy with and we're looking very serious at taking away all funding, and the same thing for Guatemala, and the same thing for El Salvador. It's a disgrace what's going on in these countries. For years and years, the United States has paid them hundreds of millions of dollars and they do nothing for us."
Dear Donald: especially China, and possibly Russia, are taking note of your intentions and will be very happy to replace the missing financial support for getting some favours back instead. :brickwallsmall:



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Post by Addie » Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:47 pm

Reuters
Inside a raid in Maduro's crackdown on critics in Venezuela slums

CARACAS (Reuters) - After Venezuelan police officers clad in black military uniforms and masks stopped 27-year-old Yohendry Fernandez at gunpoint in the Caracas slum of Jose Felix Ribas, they asked him if he had a criminal record. He replied yes.

The officers then dragged him into an alley and shot him twice in the chest, killing him, according to his family and a witness.

It was the afternoon of Jan. 24, the day after tens of thousands of slum residents left their hillside homes to join mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro, who they blame for an economic crisis that has left them without water, power, medicines and food.

Several dozen officers from the National Police’s Special Action Force (FAES) drove into the slum in armored vehicles and on motorcycles. ...

Residents said the FAES officers returned to Jose Felix Ribas for the next three afternoons, spreading terror in a poor community that used to be a bastion of support for Maduro and his predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez. Five years of economic recession have turned many into Maduro’s most fervent opponents. ...

Rights groups accuse the government of using the FAES to raid Venezuelans’ homes after they return from protests, with the help of tip-offs from supporters. Authorities have arrested more than 900 protesters since Jan. 21, the rights groups say.



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Post by Addie » Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:46 am

New York Times
Guaidó Steers Venezuela to a Perilous Crossroads

CARACAS, Venezuela — Calls from world leaders were piling up. The prime minister of Denmark was trying to reach him. So, too, was Justin Trudeau.

But Juan Guaidó, the young Venezuelan lawmaker leading an effort to topple the country’s authoritarian government, did not appear to be in a hurry to speak with them, as he held the hand of a woman whose son had been gunned down by security forces during a recent nighttime demonstration.

“This can’t be in vain,” Mr. Guaidó told the mother, Ana Cecilia Buitrago, on Sunday morning as tears welled up in his eyes.

“My son had a big heart,” Ms. Buitrago, 58, said in a shaky voice. Her son, Jhonny Godoy, 29, was killed Jan. 25 outside his modest home in Caracas. “This government has to fall so we can put an end to all this misery.”

Mr. Godoy’s death came a few days after Mr. Guaidó, the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, formally launched an audacious bid to force Nicolás Maduro out of the presidency, arguing that Mr. Maduro had “usurped” power by taking office on Jan. 10, following an election that was broadly seen as rigged.

Since then, Mr. Guaidó, a lanky 35-year-old, has spent long days working to shore up his support abroad while leveraging his escalating public support at home to get government insiders, in particular military leaders, to turn on Mr. Maduro.

While it’s still far from certain that Mr. Guaidó will ever set foot in the presidential palace, the number of ordinary Venezuelans and foreign powers taking his side is growing.



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Post by Volkonski » Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:51 pm

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Post by Volkonski » Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:04 pm

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#Russia’s media cites Venezuelan media reports that a Russian helicopter “crashed during anti-American exercises” in #Venezuela.
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Post by Addie » Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:02 am

Bloomberg OpEd: South America Is a Battlefield in the New Cold War

The Venezuela crisis is a test of Russian and Chinese power in America’s backyard.



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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:18 pm

Addie wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:02 am
Bloomberg OpEd: South America Is a Battlefield in the New Cold War

The Venezuela crisis is a test of Russian and Chinese power in America’s backyard.
And dotus is ignorant of current history including the more recent past upto WW1. :doh: :brickwallsmall:



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Post by Notorial Dissent » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:01 pm

He ever cracked a book or studied history, who knew????


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Post by Addie » Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:19 am

NBC News: Venezuela's opposition leader Guaidó sets deadline for aid to come in as thousands rally

CARACAS, Venezuela —Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó set Feb. 23 as the deadline for humanitarian aid to enter the country as his supporters Tuesday filled streets nationwide.

Speaking before masses of supporters, Guaidó said he is mobilizing caravans to get the badly needed food and medicine from across the border in Colombia.

He also announced a second collection of aid across the border in Brazil.



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Post by Addie » Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:07 am

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AP Interview: Maduro reveals secret meetings with US envoy

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro said in an AP interview Thursday that his foreign minister recently held secret talks in New York with the U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, even as the Trump administration was publicly backing an effort to unseat the Venezuelan president.

While harshly criticizing Donald Trump’s confrontational stance toward his socialist government, Maduro said he holds out hope of meeting the U.S. president soon to resolve a crisis over America’s recognition of opponent Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s rightful leader.

Maduro said that while in New York, his foreign minister invited the Washington, D.C.-based envoy, Elliott Abrams, to come to Venezuela “privately, publicly or secretly.”

“If he wants to meet, just tell me when, where and how and I’ll be there,” Maduro said without providing more details. He said both New York meetings lasted several hours.

A senior administration official in Washington who was not authorized to speak publicly said U.S. officials were willing to meet with “former Venezuela officials, including Maduro himself, to discuss their exit plans.”



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Post by RTH10260 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:50 pm

American invasion troops: be scared of the Venezuelan batallions

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Venezuelan Army Releases Video of ‘Intense Training’ to ‘Scare Off’ U.S. Military Forces. It Fails.
FEBRUARY 7, 2019

A video made its way to Facebook on Monday, showing clips of Venezuelan military forces taking part in “intense training” activities. The caption on the Facebook post asserts that the clip is not a “humorous television program” and that it was released by “the Venezuelan government to scare the US Marines.”

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Post by Volkonski » Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:58 pm

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Post by Volkonski » Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:22 pm

Trump is in Florida now holding a rally with Venezuelans.

Taking opportunity to bash socialism.
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Pres. Trump says embattled Venezuelan Pres. Nicolas Maduro is a "Cuban puppet."

"We seek a peaceful transition of power, but all options are open," the president says at a Venezuelan-American rally in Miami. http://abcn.ws/2SN0r4X


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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:03 pm

Volkonski wrote:
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:22 pm
Trump is in Florida now holding a rally with Venezuelans.

Taking opportunity to bash socialism.
ABC News @ABC

Pres. Trump says embattled Venezuelan Pres. Nicolas Maduro is a "Cuban puppet."

"We seek a peaceful transition of power, but all options are open," the president says at a Venezuelan-American rally in Miami. http://abcn.ws/2SN0r4X
Don't tell me that another Bay Of Pigs desaster is looming on the shores off the Gulf of Mexico Carribean Sea :shock: :brickwallsmall:



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Post by Dan1100 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:48 pm

RTH10260 wrote:
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:03 pm
Volkonski wrote:
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:22 pm
Trump is in Florida now holding a rally with Venezuelans.

Taking opportunity to bash socialism.
ABC News @ABC

Pres. Trump says embattled Venezuelan Pres. Nicolas Maduro is a "Cuban puppet."

"We seek a peaceful transition of power, but all options are open," the president says at a Venezuelan-American rally in Miami. http://abcn.ws/2SN0r4X
Don't tell me that another Bay Of Pigs desaster is looming on the shores off the Gulf of Mexico :shock: :brickwallsmall:
Luckily, Venezuela isn't on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

https://www.google.com/maps/@22.0965899,-74.9372837,5z


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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:52 pm

Dan1100 wrote:
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:48 pm
RTH10260 wrote:
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:03 pm
Volkonski wrote:
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:22 pm
Trump is in Florida now holding a rally with Venezuelans.

Taking opportunity to bash socialism.

Don't tell me that another Bay Of Pigs desaster is looming on the shores off the Gulf of Mexico :shock: :brickwallsmall:
Luckily, Venezuela isn't on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

https://www.google.com/maps/@22.0965899,-74.9372837,5z
Dang -- plate tectonics created some Carribean Sea basin :bag:



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