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Sep 23, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Utopia for a government that wants a population that can't fight back against tyranny, maybe... Excerpted from The BBC: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced he is expanding a plan to disarm civilians. Speaking on the International Day of Peace, Mr Maduro said his government would invest $47m (£29m) and create 60 new disarmament centres. According to United ...

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Jul 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

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May 28, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved new sanctions Wednesday against Venezuela, instructing the Obama administration to compile a list of human rights abusers in the government, freeze any assets they hold in American banks and ban them from entering the United States. The bill, passed by voice vote, raises the stakes in Congress' efforts to hold ...

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Apr 10, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from FUSION: As the Venezuelan government and the opposition enter talks aimed at resolving that country´s political, economic and security crisis, one of the sticking points will likely be the status of the Chavista militias known as "colectivos." Those sympathetic with the opposition have long accused the militia groups of shooting at protesters, while ...

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Apr 6, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from IJREVIEW: Kevin Spacey is not your average Hollywood actor, by any means. Although he did meet with Hugo Chavez in 2007 and tends to keep his personal life very private, he just wrote a strongly worded statement in defense of the Venezuelan protestors on his blog. Some key points: “These students ...

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Apr 1, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from BLOOMBERG: Amnesty International has received dozens of accounts of torture allegedly carried out by government security forces in Venezuela since protests that have left at least 37 dead broke out in February. “We’ve received reports from detainees who were forced to spend hours on their knees or feet in detention centers,” Amnesty wrote in ...

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Mar 27, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Nicolás Maduro disclosed the arrest of three air force generals for allegedly plotting to overthrow his government amid nearly two months of protests that have roiled the country. The president didn't name the generals nor did he offer details about their plot or capture. Speaking at a gathering of South American nations here, ...

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Mar 22, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

CARACAS (Reuters) - Two Venezuelans died from gunshot wounds during protests against socialist President Nicolas Maduro, witnesses and local media said on Saturday, pushing the death toll from almost two months of anti-government protests to 33. Opposition demonstrators complaining of soaring prices and product shortages have vowed to remain in the streets until Maduro resigns, although ...

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Mar 17, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

(Reuters) - A Venezuela National Guard captain died on Monday after being shot in the head during a demonstration, the military said, the 29th fatality in six weeks of clashes between protesters and security forces. General Padrino Lopez, head of the armed forces' strategic operational command, said the captain was shot late on Sunday at ...

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Feb 26, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke out strongly in support of the political uprising in Venezuela and criticized President Obama for his history of "negotiating with tyrants and bullies" in the country. Cruz criticized a State Department spokeswoman who explained Tuesday that the United States was open to closer engagement with the regime ...

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Feb 25, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from WASHINGTON TIMES: The Obama administration has ordered the expulsion of three Venezuelan diplomats from the U.S. after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro earlier this month kicked out three U.S. diplomats whom he accused of fomenting unrest in the Latin American nation. The State Department on Monday night gave the three diplomats at the Venezuelan Embassy ...

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Feb 25, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

(Reuters) - Anti-government demonstrators put up barricades and set fire to trash in Caracas on Monday despite calls from within the opposition to rein in protests that have led to 13 deaths in Venezuela's worst unrest for a decade. Traffic in the capital slowed to a crawl and many people stayed home as protesters burned trash ...

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Feb 22, 2014 Comments Off Jack Flash

(CNN) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told a CNN reporting team Friday that it could continue reporting in the South American country, a day after the government revoked or denied press credentials for CNN journalists. Earlier, Maduro had said he would expel CNN if it did not "rectify" its coverage of anti-government protests. During a news ...

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Feb 22, 2014 Comments Off Jack Flash

Caracas (AFP) - President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday that remarks by US Secretary of State John Kerry on the unrest in Venezuela gave violent groups a "green light" to carry out attacks. In a tweet, Maduro also slammed the remarks made by Kerry late Friday as "arrogant" and "insolent." "John Kerry threatens Venezuela with more violence, with ...

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Feb 19, 2014 Comments Off Jake Hammer

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Feb 17, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Washington Free Beacon: Observers say Venezuela’s security situation is spiraling “absolutely out of control” as socialist President Nicolas Maduro continues to crack down on pro-democracy protesters who have taken to the streets to demand that he resign. Protests in Venezuela entered their sixth day on Monday with students and other demonstrators braving violent ...

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Feb 15, 2014 Comments Off Jake Hammer

(Reuters) - Thousands of supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro marched in the center of Caracas on Saturday to call for peace and make a show of political strength after this week's deadly violence at street protests. In a well-off eastern part of the capital, several hundred protesters gathered to demand the president resign, denouncing him ...

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Dec 22, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from The Hill: President Obama’s nomination of Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) as U.S. ambassador to China is the latest shake-up in the tumultuous battle for the Senate majority. Democrats believe the nomination will increase their chances of winning seats in Montana and potentially in Louisiana, where vulnerable Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) is in line ...

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Nov 30, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

OAKLAND, Calif. — The weekly meetings of Mouthing Off!, a group for students at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, always start the same way. Members take turns going around the room saying their names and the personal pronouns they want others to use when referring to them ...

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Nov 10, 2013 Comments Off Darby Crash

Excerpted from USA Today:Thousands of Venezuelans lined up outside the country's equivalent of Best Buy, a chain of electronics stores known as Daka, hoping for a bargain after the socialist government forced the company to charge customers "fair" prices. President Nicolás Maduro ordered a military "occupation" of the company's five stores as he continues the government's ...

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Oct 16, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from BIG GOVERNMENT: Over at the hard-left Daily Kos, diarist Tirge Caps, who has a years-long history as a reliable left-wing Daily Kos diarist, lashed out at ObamaCare. After receiving a notice that said his monthly health insurance premiums will nearly double, Caps writes, "I am canceling insurance for us and I am not ...

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Sep 15, 2013 Comments Off Darby Crash

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday sent a strong warning to Syria, saying 'the threat of force is real' if it does not carry out an internationally brokered agreement to hand over its chemical weapons. Kerry issued the warning during a stop in Jerusalem, where he briefed jittery Israeli leaders on ...

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Aug 30, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from The Daily Mail: Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro appeared to make a mistake of Biblical proportions this week - when he muddled a well-known religious quote and said Christ multiplied loaves and 'penises'. Maduro made the unfortunate error during a speech on education at the Miranda stadium, in the country’s capital, Caracas. Referring to the iconic story ...

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Jul 9, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — WikiLeaks claims that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela after a Russian lawmaker tweeted, then deleted minutes later, that Snowden accepted asylum from the South American country. “The states concerned will make the announcement if and when the appropriate time comes. The announcement will then ...

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Jul 2, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from WASHINGTON TIMES Edward Snowden’s frantic bids for asylum to escape prosecution on espionage charges could lead him back to America — specifically, South America. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro defended the accused National Security Agency leaker to Russian reporters Tuesday during a visit to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “He did not kill anyone ...

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