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  • If your wages haven't been devalued by the hour you get to the market to the point where you can only afford one potato....

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    • Potato is lie, only soldier rape and politburo.

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      • Photos and video of oil tankers and shipping containers blocking a bridge between Venezuela and Colombia were used as proof Caracas was “blocking” US aid. Left out was the fact that the bridge was never open for traffic.

        https://www.rt.com/news/451235-venez...dge-fake-news/

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        • Future of democracy in #Venezuela is largely in hands of 6 men:
          - Gen. Vladimir_Padrino_
          - Adm. Remigio Ceballos
          - Maj. Gen. Jesús Rafael Suárez Chourio
          - Adm. Giuseppe_Alessandrello_Cimadevilla
          - Maj. Gen. Edgar Valentín Cruz Arteaga
          - Major Gen. Antonio Benavidez Torrez
          1/3
          They fear opposition will purge military & put them in jail if #Maduro is removed from power.

          But they also know that they may,at any moment,be given orders their rank & file subordinates will refuse to follow.

          And they know when that happens it all comes crashing down.

          2/3
          There won’t be a purge of military after #Maduro,because #Venezuela will need them for security & stability during transition to democracy.

          And if they help restore democracy, these 6 officers will enjoy immunity from National Assembly that the U.S. will honor & follow.

          3/3
          https://mobile.twitter.com/marcorubi...02515479937025

          Subtle as a freight train Rubio, but he’s completely correct.

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          • Originally posted by HisRoyalHighness View Post


            https://mobile.twitter.com/marcorubi...02515479937025

            Subtle as a freight train Rubio, but he’s completely correct.
            The regime is increasingly relying on FEAS, a paramilitary force recruited based on ideological fervor of about 1500 created last year. Trust in the military's willingness to crack down on the people must be low.

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            • Bottom line, Venezuela has one of two paths to follow.
              1. Maduro & his regime step down. Allowing the opposition party to bring law & order back
              2. Continue down this road & keep the status of Somalia.
              As it stands now, this nation is not improving!

              There is a 3rd option, outside assistance (which is happening) or an invasion. Yes, I said it. If the first two options do not work then this is all that's left...

              My case example's, Grenada in 1983 & Panama in 1989 (of course, US forces were stationed there to protect the Canal) looking at both nations today, they are doing pretty good. Or the world can leave Venezuela to be a Nicaragua or Cuba. (& No ONE is moving to those countries!)

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              • Originally posted by Mike1976 View Post

                The regime is increasingly relying on FEAS, a paramilitary force recruited based on ideological fervor of about 1500 created last year. Trust in the military's willingness to crack down on the people must be low.
                I've never heard of FEAS. I was aware that Maduro relied heavily on the Tupamaros, a sort of an armed Marxist gang, to police the slums around Caracas and that this has been going on almost since the beginning of Chavez's rule.

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                • Originally posted by Vox View Post

                  I've never heard of FEAS. I was aware that Maduro relied heavily on the Tupamaros, a sort of an armed Marxist gang, to police the slums around Caracas and that this has been going on almost since the beginning of Chavez's rule.
                  Meant to say FAES, tiny phone buttons

                  The base of the support used to be in the slums but even there the support is eroding because the goods they used to get from the government to buy their support are running thin.

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                  • Originally posted by haze17 View Post
                    Bottom line, Venezuela has one of two paths to follow.
                    1. Maduro & his regime step down. Allowing the opposition party to bring law & order back
                    2. Continue down this road & keep the status of Somalia.
                    As it stands now, this nation is not improving!

                    There is a 3rd option, outside assistance (which is happening) or an invasion. Yes, I said it. If the first two options do not work then this is all that's left...

                    My case example's, Grenada in 1983 & Panama in 1989 (of course, US forces were stationed there to protect the Canal) looking at both nations today, they are doing pretty good. Or the world can leave Venezuela to be a Nicaragua or Cuba. (& No ONE is moving to those countries!)

                    Military force? Not by the US, anyway. The times are this principally needs to be taken care of regionally, within So America.

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                    • So... Maduro sends troops, blocks with containers and trucks, and closes a bridge that is "not even used" to prevent humanitarian aid to enter the country?

                      Sounds like a great tactical move.

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                      • And now, Delcy Rodríguez, vice-president, says that the humanitarian aid is "contamined, poissened and is carcinogenic".

                        https://www.elpais.com.co/mundo/ayud...venezuela.html

                        Meanhile people goes to streets in a great demonstration in Caracas to demand humanitarian aid income:

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpgH-6YvWlY

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                        • Originally posted by Mokordo View Post
                          And now, Delcy Rodríguez, vice-president, says that the humanitarian aid is "contamined, poissened and is carcinogenic".

                          https://www.elpais.com.co/mundo/ayud...venezuela.html
                          Trying to kill the people? While trying to overthrow Maduro to put Guaido to power instead?

                          Why bothering in doing a coup if you want to kill the whole population?

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                          • A good read, I think.

                            Yes, Venezuela Is a Socialist Catastrophe

                            In the age of A.O.C., the lesson must be learned again.
                            By Bret Stephens
                            https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/o...overnment.html

                            Conspicuous by its absence in much of the mainstream news coverage of Venezuela’s political crisis is the word “socialism.” Yes, every sensible observer agrees that Latin America’s once-richest country, sitting atop the world’s largest proven oil reserves, is an economic basket case, a humanitarian disaster, and a dictatorship whose demise cannot come soon enough.
                            But … socialist? Perish the thought.

                            Or so goes a line of argument that insists socialism’s good name shouldn’t be tarred by the results of experience. On Venezuela, what you’re likelier to read is that the crisis is the product of corruption, cronyism, populism, authoritarianism, resource-dependency, U.S. sanctions and trickery, even the residues of capitalism itself. Just don’t mention the S-word because, you know, it’s working really well in Denmark.

                            Curiously, that’s not how the Venezuelan regime’s admirers used to speak of “21st century socialism,” as it was dubbed by Hugo Chávez. The late Venezuelan president, said Britain’s Jeremy Corbyn, “showed us there is a different and a better way of doing things. It’s called socialism, it’s called social justice, and it’s something that Venezuela has made a big step toward.” Noam Chomsky was similarly enthusiastic when he praised Chávez in 2009. “What’s so exciting about at last visiting Venezuela,” the linguist said, is that “I can see how a better world is being created and can speak to the person who’s inspired it.”

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                            • The problem with such articles is that neither the author nor the overwhelming majority of its readers actually understand what socialism is or should be. They also don't get that there's a massive difference between socialism (you know the real one and not the defacto fascistic or dictatorial versions that basically only had the name somewhere in its designation) and democratic-socialism or a social-democracy. That's why such people should better refrain from writing or talking about it at all.

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                              • There’s also a massive difference between Democratic Socialism and Social Democracy. A national leader had to clarify that when his country was called a socialist state.

                                Russia's Gazprombank freezes accounts of Venezuela's PDVSA: source
                                MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian lender Gazprombank has decided to freeze the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm to reduce the risk of the bank falling under U.S. sanctions, a Gazprombank source told Reuters on Sunday.

                                While many foreign firms have been cutting their exposure to PDVSA since the sanctions were imposed, the fact that a lender closely aligned with the Russian state is following suit is significant because the Kremlin has been among Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s staunchest supporters.
                                https://www.reuters.com/article/us-v...-idUSKCN1Q60BK

                                And it keeps tumbling down.

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