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Apr 18 02:03

IMF Medicine for Latin American Debt Killed the Patient

The history of IMF involvement in Latin America can be traced back the 1980s, known as the lost decade, during which Latin America experienced its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression; the common link among nations was their external indebtedness to the international private banking system.

Apr 17 08:08

A Prisoner Sentenced To Death In Alabama Was Released

An Alabama demise column detainee came to a supplication bargain Thursday that makes him the second detainee to escape capital punishment in the state in less than two weeks.

William Ziegler, 39, consented to confess to supporting and abetting in the killing of Russell Allen Baker, and a Mobile County judge issued him credit for the over 15 years he as of now has served in jail.

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Apr 14 19:12

DEA sex parties funded by local Colombian drug cartels go back to 2001

The chairman of the House Oversight Committee called Tuesday for the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration to step down amid allegations that DEA agents attended sex parties with prostitutes while stationed overseas. Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah said DEA chief Michele Leonhart has allowed problems at the agency to fester for more than a decade. "It's time for her to go," Chaffetz told The Associated Press. "I don't have confidence in her, nor does the majority of the committee."

Apr 14 13:59

Hillary Clinton – the ‘Liberal’ Puppet for War

Hillary Clinton this week launched her bid for the US presidential elections in 2016.

Clinton’s Republican rivals or would-be rivals immediately fired the brickbats, accusing the 67-year-old former First Lady of being a «Washington insider» and the «embodiment of all that is wrong» in US politics.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is lambasted by Republicans as a «liberal».

Whether described as «liberal», «conservative» or «hawk» – all American presidential candidates are the same in practice. Puppets for sale.

The unintended irony of Clinton’s Republican detractors, who include rabid rightwing Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, as well as the maverick Senator Rand Paul, is that every single one of them will have to spend similar amounts of cash in their anticipated presidential campaigns.

Apr 14 00:54

Summit of Americas in Panama: No Compromise Found

The seventh Summit of the Americas was held at Panama City, Panama, on April 10–11, 2015. President Barack Obama shook hands and chatted with Cuban President Raul Castro. The handshake to symbolize the normalization of relations between the two countries was the main event at the Americas top level meeting. It’s hard to say how long the process will last. There is a history of hostility and mistrust, many Cubans suffered as a result of US-imposed blockade of island – it cannot be instantly forgotten. US Congress has not deleted Cuba from the list of the countries sponsoring terrorism. If it takes place, then Washington and Havana will exchange ambassadors.

Apr 13 15:54

Israel Lobby Conference: How big is the Lobby ? VIDEO

American politicians and media have fallen captive to the Zionist network. This is a lethal ailment that afflicts the US.

C-Span refused to cover the conference? Speak of “Silencing voices of TRUTH” or any exposure of even the most legitimate and reasonable discourse about Israel — Apparently, “The invisible dictatorship (to borrow a phrase) J.I.D., which controls America certainly saw to it!”

Whether it is not already too late to do much about it, we shall see.

Let us get it out on as many Websites as possible, Twitter and Facebook it, as well. We should not underestimate the power of the internet.

Distribution! Distribution! Distribution!

Apr 12 23:15

Poets’ Talk: “Why Is This World So Sad?” And, “The Armor of God”

GC: Why is this world so sad? Do you have a religious answer? A faith-based answer?

CO: Life is suffering, and the ancient story of John the Baptist and Herod belongs to modern history…. Our “Herod” (POTUS) stands militarily above all other nations, and only Russia seems to stop the U.S. from cutting off (bombing) any head(s) our Controllers desire.

They intimidate the Vatican, and instead of “putting on the armor of God,” (St. Paul), the Roman Catholic Church often acquiesces, and by the “sin of omission,” helps hasten the making of a Rich Man & Lazarus world, an inevitable War of Civilizations.

At any rate, how will that “Ole Time Religion” square with this basically unimaginable world towards which we are racing?

Apr 12 13:07

Evo Morales Slams Washington During Speech at Summit

Bolivian president Evo Morales harshly condemned the United States Government for creating chaos, for promoting destabilization, and for attacking the sovereignty of nations as it continues to move forward with imperialist attitudes against countries around the world.

Apr 12 11:22

Argentinian President says West seeking to destabilize Latin America

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has slammed the West's “soft” campaign to destabilize Latin American countries.

Apr 12 11:16

‘I respect you, but I don’t trust you’ – Maduro to Obama

The Venezuelan and US presidents, whose strained relations cast a shadow over the Summit of the Americas in Panama, held a private meeting for the first time in an attempt to alleviate tensions over US-imposed sanctions.

Apr 12 03:11

Obama’s "Diplomacy" Masks His Bullying at Jamaica and Panama Summits

U.S. President Barack Obama had a number of awkward encounters with Latin American and Caribbean leaders at the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) summit in Jamaica and the Summit of the Americas in Panama. Present in Jamaica were leaders like Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. Skerrit had denounced Obama’s policy of sanctions against Dominica’s ally Venezuela and Washington’s calling the government headed by President Nicolas Maduro a threat to U.S. national security. Obama and his advisers were awkwardly forced to "walk back" the national security threat charge against Venezuela during both summit venues.

Apr 11 06:08

Obama says ‘days of meddling’ in Latin America are past

US President Barack Obama has told Latin American leaders that the days when his country could freely interfere in regional affairs are past.

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LOCK YOUR DOORS, SOUTH AMERICA!!!!!!

Apr 10 22:53

Poets’ Talk: “Why Is This World So Sad?” And, “The Armor of God”

At any rate, how will that “Ole Time Religion” square with this basically unimaginable world towards which we are racing?

Why is this world so sad? Do you have a religious answer? A faith-based answer?

CO: Life is suffering, and the ancient story of John the Baptist and Herod belongs to modern history…. Our “Herod” (POTUS) stands militarily above all other nations, and only Russia seems to stop the U.S. from cutting off (bombing) any head(s) our Controllers desire.

They intimidate the Vatican, and instead of “putting on the armor of God,” (St. Paul), the Roman Catholic Church often acquiesces, and by the “sin of omission,” helps hasten the making of a Rich Man & Lazarus world, an inevitable War of Civilizations.

GC: I agree. And I’m thinking these are threads we can address in a future “Poets Talk.” I don’t think we’ve dealt with religion at all (?!). Tough subject, but very necessary. Given your qualms, I wonder: how do you remain in the Church?

Apr 10 08:27

Summit of the Americas: U.S. Agenda is to Push TPP to Split Latin American Integration

Miguel Tinker Salas say the new U.S. agenda is an old one, a free trade agreement; this time it's the Trans-Pacific Partnership, many call NAFTA on steroids -

Apr 09 09:01

Rural Activists Destroy GMO Lab in Brazil

Apr 09 08:00

Dr David Duke & Adrian Salbuchi on Argentina TV

An incredible interview of Dr. David Duke on Buenos Aires Television with Adrian Salbuchi on why those who really believe in human rights, Gentiles and Jews alike, should stand up for the Palestinian people and against the Zio racism and extremism that afflicts not only Palestine but so much of Western media, finance and politics!

Apr 09 07:59

Head of London-listed company linked to illegal clearing of Peru rainforest

The CEO of a company listed on the London Stock Exchange, that aims to become the world’s largest producer of cocoa, is responsible for illegally clearing swathes of rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon, according to a report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

The website for the Cayman Islands-based company, United Cacao, implies the company could be a force for positive change in the chocolate business, mostly produced in West Africa, stating that it “seeks to provide a clear path forward for ethically-produced cacao to the world marketplace”.

But the EIA investigation alleges the company’s founder and CEO, Dennis Melka, has illegally deforested about 7,000 hectares (17,300 acres) of mostly primary rainforest. It says he is looking to expand his agricultural plantations by acquiring 450 units of rural private property in the Amazon, in addition to requesting at least 96,192 additional hectares of public land from the Peruvian government.

Apr 08 16:43

Rural Activists Destroy GMO Lab in Brazil

Apr 08 11:58

Brazil is the big prize for Shell in BG deal

Brazil, and its pre-salt oil fields, is the key prize. By acquiring BG, Shell will be the leading foreign oil company in the country.

Apr 08 07:52

Mayor of Venezuelan capital formally accused of coup attempt

The mayor of the Venezuelan capital city of Caracas has formally been accused of attempting a US-funded coup d’état against the South American country’s President Nicolas Maduro.

“The prosecutors’ office on Tuesday formally charged Caracas mayor and opposition member Antonio Ledezma, who was arrested February 19, with allegedly supporting groups plotting to use violent acts to destabilize the country,” the office said in a statement.

Chief Prosecutor of Caracas Luis Orta accused Ledezma, 59, of conspiracy and planning the coup with a number of unnamed individuals, the statement added.

Since his arrest, Ledezma has been imprisoned at the Ramo Verde military prison along with fellow Maduro opponent Leopoldo Lopez. The latter has been charged with provoking anti-government protests that resulted in the death of 43 people between February and May 2014.

Apr 07 15:23

Faithful dog lies down with companions as they’re arrested

A drug raid in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina turned up some drugs, guns and one faithful dog. The photo, which has since gone viral in Brazil, shows the suspects – and apparently their companion as well – surrendering to authorities during the raid.

Apr 07 12:48

Authentic Journalism that Challenges Empire and Its Centers of Power

Exposing Lies of the Empire is a monumental work.

Some years back, I was approached to come up with a story that I’d really like to cover. There were many, but right away I was drawn to a story whose angle was completely marginalized in any media I had checked. I was interested to go to Zimbabwe and get a genuine impression from Zimbabweans of how they view the direction of their country under the government of Robert Mugabe. How they viewed the redistribution of land within the country.

In the case of theft, when the stolen property is recovered, the usually accepted, and rightful, custom is that the property be returned to its rightful owner(s).

Apr 06 16:54

Socialism at Its Finest: Venezuela Facing Toilet Paper Shortage

It appears that the shortages are being caused by price controls, which is arguably one of the dumbest economic rules any nation can impose on their people.

Apr 06 14:07

Where the Argentine Debt Case Stands Now, and Why it Still Matters

Allowing a U.S. court ruling to determine the process for international debt repayments sets a dangerous precedent, and exposes gray areas in international legal jurisdiction.

Apr 06 13:38

Colombian President Rejects Sanctions against Venezuela

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos rejected the U.S.-imposed sanctions on Venezuela, calling on all political parties in the South American country to engage in dialogue.

Apr 06 06:46

Guatemalans deliberately infected with STDs sue Johns Hopkins University for $1bn

Nearly 800 plaintiffs have launched a billion-dollar lawsuit against Johns Hopkins University over its alleged role in the deliberate infection of hundreds of vulnerable Guatemalans with sexually transmitted diseases, including syphilis and gonorrhoea, during a medical experiment programme in the 1940s and 1950s.

Apr 06 02:24

The CIA Is on the Attack in Argentina. Who Will Be its Next Victim?

By all indications, the investigation into the reasons and circumstances surrounding the death of Argentine federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman is far from complete. His body was discovered on the night of 18 and 19 January on the tiled floor of his bathroom. A Bersa Thunder 22 handgun lay under the prosecutor’s right hand, and an entrance wound from a bullet to the temple indicated possible suicide.

Apr 05 09:04

British firms discover oil and gas off Falklands, Argentina threatens legal action

A group of British exploration companies have found oil and gas in an area north of the Falkland Islands. The Argentine government has threatened to challenge all exploration and drilling efforts in court.

Apr 05 07:16

The Plane With A Ton Of Cocaine Crashed In Venezuela

A small plane crashed in the State of Cojedes State. Who arrive by accident, the National Guard found 863 cabin package of cocaine weighing a total of more than 999 kilograms.

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Apr 04 10:08

British firms discover oil and gas off Falklands, Argentina threatens legal action

A group of British exploration companies have found oil and gas in an area north of the Falkland Islands. The Argentine government has threatened to challenge all exploration and drilling efforts in court.

The discoveries by the Zebedee exploration well were described by companies involved as “better than expected”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may well get militarily ugly between Argentina and the UK very quickly.

Apr 04 04:15

Argentina threatens legal action against Britain over drilling for oil on coast of Falkland Islands

"We want the owners of the companies to be tried according to Argentine laws and international statutes.”
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Argentina is seeking to renew a 2013 reform of a hydrocarbons law that states penalty fines and lengthy prison sentences can be levied on company executives who orchestrate the search and harvest of natural resources without permission from the government.

It was announced last month that Britain will spend £280m over the next 10 years on renewing and strengthening Falkland forces, by the Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon.

This declaration was fiercely slapped down by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, who said on Thursday that Britain should focus on fighting poverty instead of increasing the amount spent on defence.

(*especially when it appears that the defense of the oil drilling operation is where Britain is going with this .)

Apr 03 02:52

Democracy Behind Bars in Venezuela? A Reply to the UK Guardian

One wonders how many mistakes, glaring omissions and biased statements can one fit in just two paragraphs of just 88 words. When it comes to Venezuela, the answer is, a lot.

Apr 02 11:37

And the Plot Thickens: Oil and Gas Discovered in Disputed Falkland Islands

British companies Premier Oil Plc and Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd have found oil and gas at a well off the disputed Falkland Islands. The discovery could aggravate further tensions between Buenos Aires and London over the sovereignty of the archipelago.

Apr 02 07:34

Amnesty International Whitewashes Venezuelan Opposition Abuses

“The Amnesty International report documents events of February 2014 when thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets, resulting in the death of 43 people, including eight law enforcement officials,” Amnesty said in a press release accompanying the release of the report's executive summary.

While the full report was unavailable online at the time of writing, the executive summary unequivocally laid the blame for 2014's violence at the feet of state security forces, but ironically chose to shy away from actually admitting how those 43 people died.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shades of Ukraine!

Apr 01 13:31

Amnesty International Whitewashes Venezuelan Opposition Abuses

Amnesty International's latest report on Venezuela calls for justice for the dozens of people killed during the unrest that shook the country a year ago, while using sleight of hand to deflect attention away from those responsible.

Apr 01 12:51

Venezuelan Coup Plotter Gustavo Cisneros Donated $1M to Clinton Foundation

A recent report has emerged revealing that Venezuelan billionaire and media tycoon, Gustavo Cisneros, donated up to US$ 1 million dollars to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation between 2009-2013, while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State for the Obama administration.

Mar 31 11:49

5mn Venezuelans sign petition against US aggression & interference

Rejecting what they see as interference in Venezuela’s internal affairs, over five million people across the country have signed a petition demanding that the US president repeals his executive order that declared Caracas an extraordinary security threat.

“We have collected more than 5 million signatures and we want to call on the Venezuelan people to keep on going to reach 10 million,” Jorge Rodriguez, mayor of Caracas and coordinator of the initiative told Venezolana de Television.

For the past week plazas, government offices and buildings opened their doors seeking to collect some 10 million signatures against Washington’s policy towards the Latin American country.

“Our intention is to deliver the collected signatures to the President of the United States, Barack Obama, as clear evidence that the people of Venezuela reject the crude interference in our internal affairs,” Rodriguez added.

Mar 30 12:58

Latin America, China and USA

The US-unleashed propaganda war against China has reached unprecedented level in Latin America. Americans use all means at their disposal for that purpose, including hundreds of TV channels, thousands of radio stations and films telling about “Chinese threat”. Puppet journalists are regularly used now to make skillfully prepared fakes go around. Ballyhoo is raised by “ecologists” concerned over the China’s plans to build the Nicaraguan Canal or the joint China-Venezuela gold mining project in the Venezuelan national park. Even a furtive look is enough to pinpoint the source of this stories circulating around the Western Hemisphere from Mexico to Chile.

Mar 28 15:57

Lies and Deceptions on the Left: The Politics of Self Destruction

Several explanations for these political betrayals come to mind. First, despite their popular or ‘workerist’ claims, these parties were run by middle class lawyers, professionals and trade union bureaucrats, who were organically disconnected from their mass base. During election campaigns, seeking votes, they briefly embraced workers and the poor, and then spent the rest of their time in pricey restaurants working out “deals” with bankers, business bribe granters and overseas investors to finance their next election, their children’s private school and their mistresses luxury apartments…

Mar 28 08:00

El Salvador Farmers Successfully Defy Monsanto

The perils of ingesting food that has any contact with a Monsanto-produced product are in the news on nearly a weekly basis.

As Dr. Jeff Ritterman has documented, Monstanto's herbicide, Roundup, has been linked to a fatal kidney disease epidemic, and has also been repeatedly linked to cancer.

Recently, a senior research scientist at MIT predicted that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup, will cause half of all children to have autism by 2025.

Farmers in El Salvador are acutely aware of the importance of producing their own seeds, and avoiding those from the bioengineering giant. The farmers, who have already been consistently outperforming Monsanto with their seed, as the local seed is far healthier and more productive, have just managed to bring about a giant defeat of Monsanto by preventing it from supplying El Salvador with its seeds. Recently, the Ministry of Agriculture released a new round of contracts to provide seed to subsistence farmers across the country.

Mar 27 11:28

U.S. Soldiers Sexually Abused 54 Children in Colombia - Then Filmed And Sold It As Pornography

A new report commissioned by the Colombian government and FARC rebels has concluded U.S. soldiers and military contractors sexually abused at least 54 children in Colombia between 2003 and 2007. The investigator cites one case where 53 girls in the town of Melgar were targeted by contractors who filmed the abuse and sold the films as pornography. In another case, a 12-year-old girl was allegedly drugged and raped by a U.S. Army sergeant and a contractor. Under immunity agreements, none of the alleged abusers were ever punished. The media group FAIR notes the story has received no coverage in the U.S. corporate media. A number of U.S. outlets have reported on a new Justice Department probe which concludes U.S. drug enforcement agents in Colombia participated in "sex parties" with prostitutes hired by Colombian drug cartels.

Mar 26 09:20

US MILITARY SEXUALLY ABUSED AT LEAST 54 COLOMBIAN CHILDREN

U.S. soldiers and contractors have not been prosecuted for sexually abusing Colombian girls because of diplomatic immunity. U.S. soldiers and military contractors sexually abused at least 54 children between 2003 and 2007, according to a report commissioned by the Colombian government and the FARC. ?

Mar 25 09:54

Brazilian cities battling dengue fever epidemic

The potentially-deadly dengue fever has reached epidemic proportions in one in 10 cities across Brazil, according to the Ministry of Health, with São Paulo state the worst affected.Over 500 municipalities have registered a high number of cases, some of them significantly above levels defined as epidemic by the World Health Organization.

Mar 25 09:54

Britain to spend £280mn on renewing Malvinas defenses

Britain has unveiled plans to bolster defenses on the Malvinas Island to counter what it calls possible threats from Argentina.

Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told the parliament that London will spend £280mn over the next decade on renewing its military arrangements on the Malvinas Island.

“The principle threat to the islands remains…I am confident that, following this review, we have the right deployment,” he was quoted as saying by the British media.

Mar 25 09:17

Russia questions Britain's claim to the Falklands as garrison reinforced

Britain will send two troop-carrying Chinook helicopters and new surface-to-air missile system to the Falkland Islands, amid fears Russia could be arming the Argentine government.

Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, said the Islands will be ready to repel “any potential threat” following reports that the Kremlin is preparing to lease 12 Su-24 long range bombers to Buenos Aires in exchange for beef and wheat.

It came as Russia questioned the legitimacy of Britain’s claim on the Islands.

Mar 25 08:11

Colombia invites Russian companies to energy, infrastructure cooperation

Colombia seeks to develop energy cooperation with Russia, Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin said after talks with her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday.

"Colombia opens a lot of prospects for Russian companies," she said, inviting them to cooperate in the energy sector as well as on infrastructure.

Mar 24 07:26

Children Suffer Genetic Damage from Pesticides in Argentina GM Soy Region

Children exposed to pesticides sprayed in a GM soy-producing region of Argentina have genetic damage, a team of researchers from the National University of Río Cuarto, Cordoba (UNRC), found in a new study.

The study compared 50 children living in the town of Marcos Juárez (Córdoba) at different distances from pesticide-sprayed areas with 25 children from the city of Río Cuarto (Córdoba), who were considered not to be exposed to pesticides...

Mar 24 06:57

Venezuela collecting millions of signatures on anti-U.S. petition for Obama

The Venezuelan government on Sunday announced that so far it has collected well over a million signatures on a petition demanding that President Barack Obama put an end to U.S. aggression against that socialist South American country, according to media reports.

Mar 23 10:02

Colombia drug debate revived as herbicide deemed carcinogen

The new labeling of the world's most-popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the U.S.-backed war on drugs.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a French-based research arm of the World Health Organization, has reclassified the herbicide glyphosate as a result of what it said is convincing evidence the chemical produces cancer in lab animals and more limited findings it causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans.

The ruling on Thursday is likely to send shockwaves around the globe, where the glyphosate-containing herbicide Roundup is a mainstay of industrial agriculture.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Not only will we eradicate the cocoa plants;we'll also eradicate the people living in the general vicinity of those plants!!" - official White House souse.

Mar 23 07:09

Ecuador’s President Accuses CIA of Involvement in Opposition Protests

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has accused the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of being involved in opposition protests in the country with the aim of dragging it into chaos.

"There is a CIA presence there [in Ecuador's opposition] which has a goal of weakening the government," Correa said on Saturday, as quoted by the TeleSUR television network.

Mar 22 14:40

CIA inciting chaos in Ecuador: President

Mar 20 22:31

Cuba – Between a Rock and a Hard Place

On 17 December 2014, President Obama declared that 55 years of embargo didn’t work in bringing ‘freedom’ to Cuba. He proposed reestablishing diplomatic relations with the southern neighbor. An emotion of joy shook the world, especially Latin America. Raul Castro received wires and calls of congratulations. Cubans cheered “we won, we won!” – The US Congress right wing was not quite ready for this initiative and, indeed, there was no concrete mention of how and when the ‘blockade’ would be lifted.

Two days after Obama’s bold initiative, on 19 December 2015, he went to the Washington Press Club to tell a horde of puppet journalists, conservative politicians and onlookers that soft measures, like reestablishing diplomatic relations with Havana might be more successful in bringing the desired regime change to Cuba than more years of isolation. He couldn’t have been more direct and more honest about his intention. The Cuban Government and whoever else listened didn’t miss the point.

Mar 20 02:41

Protests Test Resilience of Brazil's Democracy

This wave of “anti-Dilma” demonstrations which was planned weeks ago made Brazil’s first female president a magnet for all the misdeeds of Brazil's intransigent political class.
The New York Times, now controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, ran a headline claiming 1.5 million demonstrators took to the streets calling for the impeachment of Workers Party president Dilma Rousseff.
Somewhat more circumspect was The Guardian, controlled by a private non-profit libertarian foundation, which estimated that hundreds of thousands of demonstrators demanded the impeachment of president Dilma.
The "vox populi" seems to have forgotten to tell the readers in social media that there is no legal basis for the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff.

Mar 19 07:11

Morales: "Bolivia Ready for War with US"

In the event of a US invasion of Venezuela, Bolivia would side with Venezuela.
So said Bolvia's president Morales during an emergency session of ALBA, and
called on other Latin American heads of state to draw closer together.
Bolivia's president Evo Morales warned that the USA would pay a high price for
any act of aggression against Venezuela. He also called on US President Barack
Obama to apologize for the recent announcement that Venezuela presented a
threat to the national security of the USA. Sputnik reported him as saying
further that his country was ready to fight against the USA.

Mar 19 07:10

Jackson Browne - Lives in the Balance

Mar 18 15:00

Letter to the People of the United States: Venezuela is not a threat

The histories of our people have been connected since the beginning of our struggles for freedom. Francisco de Miranda, a Venezuelan hero, fought with the American people during their independence fight. We share the idea that freedom and independence are fundamental elements for the development of our nations.

Mar 18 08:37

BEX ALERT - New photos reveal expanding reach of Iran in Venezuela and other parts of Latin America

As the Obama administration seeks a deal with Iran on its nuclear program, new congressional testimony, documents and photos show Tehran is expanding its reach into South America by advising rogue regimes on suppressing anti-government protests and financing secretive military facilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here comes the pitch for an invasion of Venezuela, justified as "containing" Iran.

Mar 18 06:34

Cuba's Fidel Castro Pens Letter of Support to Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro

uba’s former leader Fidel Castro offered another show of support to embattled Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro this week, writing him an open letter that was published in Cuba’s state newspaper Granma. Castro assured Maduro that Venezuela would “never accept threats” from abroad, in reference to escalating tensions between Caracas and Washington.

Mar 17 14:33

Maduro Sends Letter to Putin: 'Venezuela is Your Home'

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro expressed confidence that Caracas and Moscow can achieve more than they have over the past 61 years of diplomatic relations.

Mar 17 09:16

Reader photos from protests in Brazil

Mar 16 14:27

Obama’s War in the Western Hemisphere and Venezuela’s National Liberation Struggle

Why did Obama declare a ‘national emergency’, claim that Venezuela represents a threat to US national security and foreign policy, assume executive prerogatives and decree sanctions against top Venezuelan officials in charge of national security, at this time?

Mar 16 06:55

WATCH STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN SQUIRM WHEN ASKED ABOUT U.S. POLICY AGAINST SUPPORTING COUPS

In case you weren’t aware, Venezuelan authorities recently accused the U.S. of attempts to overthrow its government. In a press conference, U.S. State Department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, vehemently denied such claims and then went ahead and spouted talking points so ridiculous, only a complete ignoramus could believe them. She said:

As a matter of long-standing policy, the United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means.
Interesting, because it seems to me that the primary role of U.S. foreign policy throughout my lifetime has been specifically to initiate political transitions by non-constitutional means.

The line was simply too much to bear for some members of the press. One guy in particular, incredulously asked her to elaborate on her definition of “long-standing” in light of the historical reality that the U.S. government has been constantly involving itself in coups all over the world, particularly in Latin America.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government encourages and funds coups and putsches, as it did in Ukraine; therefore, no US government spokesperson has any right to state, with a relatively straight face, that " As a matter of long-standing policy, the United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means." because she is lying through her teeth.

Ms. Psaki's statements are yet another unsettling demonstration of the reality that the words "truth" and "The US Government" can never, ever be used in the same sentence anymore.

Mar 16 06:24

Thousands Crowd Brazil's Streets: Demand Military Intervention & Rousseff Resignation, Impeachment

It appears the 'people' are growing more and more dissatisfied with their corrupt and greedy leaders across the world. As we noted recently, Brazil's economy is imploding, consumer sentiment is at record lows, and with the Petrobras scandal providing a glimpse at just how deep the corruption might go, Brazilians are revolting. Hundreds of thousands are crowding the streets in several regional Brazilian capitals, dominated ironically by the middle and upper classes. Demands for "Dilma Out" and "Impeach Dilma" are also interspersed with calls for a quasi-coup and "military intervention."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am getting emails from Brazil saying the protests are nationwide and number in the millions.

Mar 15 17:32

Thousands Crowd Brazil's Streets: Demand Military Intervention & Rousseff Resignation, Impeachment

It appears the 'people' are growing more and more dissatisfied with their corrupt and greedy leaders across the world. As we noted recently, Brazil's economy is imploding, consumer sentiment is at record lows, and with the Petrobras scandal providing a glimpse at just how deep the corruption might go, Brazilians are revolting. Hundreds of thousands are crowding the streets in several regional Brazilian capitals, dominated ironically by the middle and upper classes. Demands for "Dilma Out" and "Impeach Dilma" are also interspersed with calls for a quasi-coup and "military intervention."

Mar 14 22:34

Venezuelan, Russian Troops Stage Large-Scale Military Exercises

The Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said that the nation's military is conducting massive air defense and artillery drills involving visiting Russian troops and hardware.

Mar 13 14:19

Venezuela Next on Neocon Hit List for Regime Change

Venezuela seems to be following Ukraine on the neocon hit list for “regime change” as Washington punishes Caracas for acting against a perceived coup threat. But a broader problem is how the U.S. conflates “free markets” with “democracy,” giving “democracy” a bad name, writes Robert Parry.

Mar 13 12:46

Chilean accused of murder, torture taught 13 years for Pentagon

A member of the late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s brutal secret police who’s been accused of murder taught for more than a decade at the Pentagon’s premier university, despite repeated complaints by his colleagues about his past.

Jaime Garcia Covarrubias is charged in criminal court in Santiago with being the mastermind in the execution-style slayings of seven people in 1973, according to court documents. McClatchy also interviewed an accuser who identified Garcia Covarrubias as the person who sexually tortured him.

Despite knowing of the allegations, State and Defense department officials allowed Garcia Covarrubias to retain his visa and continue working at a school affiliated with the National Defense University until last year .

Mar 13 10:50

US Sanctions on Venezuela Not Really About Human Rights

But what’s not too obvious to point out is what the U.S is actually doing in Venezuela. It’s truly remarkable how the very same people who demand U.S. actions against the democratically elected government in Caracas are the ones who most aggressively mock Venezuelan leaders when they point out that the U.S. is working to undermine their government.

The worst media offender in this regard is The New York Times, which explicitly celebrated the 2002 U.S.-supported coup of Hugo Chavez as a victory for democracy, but which now regularly derides the notion that the U.S. would ever do something as untoward as undermine the Venezuelan government. Watch this short video from Monday where the always-excellent Matt Lee of Associated Press questions a State Department spokesperson this week after she said it was “ludicrous” to think that the U.S. would ever do such a thing:

Mar 13 06:53

WAPO, OWNED BY CIA'S WEBMASTER, BLASTS VENEZUELA'S 'STATE-FINANCED' NEWS

Venezuelans are worried because US President Barack Obama declared a “national emergency” that called Venezuela “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.” But there’s no need for them to get upset, the Washington Post’s Nick Miroff and Karen DeYoung (3/11/15) reassure. The Obama administration explained that it just wanted to impose sanctions on some of Venezuela’s top officials because “it wanted to send a strong message in defense of human rights and democracy”

Mar 13 06:51

VENEZUELA LIQUIDATING GOLD TO COUNTER U.S. SANCTIONS

It was only a matter of time before Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro took steps to offset the decision that the U.S. government made against his country. On March 9th, President Obama issued an executive order declaring Venezuela a national threat after seven of the country’s officials were involved in a diplomatic dispute with the U.S.

Mar 13 02:34

The Mental Ideology of Revolution - The Venezuelan “Threat”

We are being told by President Obama that Venezuela is a national security threat to the United States of America. Some say it is necessary for this to be claimed so that Obama can legally take punitive actions against Venezuelan officials. Pause for a moment and let the phrase sink in. “National security threat”.

Mar 12 18:21

Texas Agency Proposes Adding Thousands of Cameras Along Border

The Texas Department of Public Safety is recommending the addition of up to 4,000 cameras to be placed along the US-Mexico border, in an effort to curb the burgeoning human trafficking trade and other illicit activity.

Mar 12 14:30

Russia Warns US Action on Venezuela Threatens Latin America

The Russian Foreign Ministry accused the U.S. of stepping up destabilization efforts against Venezuela.

Mar 12 13:27

State Department Announces New "Long-standing" Policy Against Backing Coups

After Venezuela accused the United States of plotting another coup, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki rejected the claim as "ludicrous." She said, "As a matter of long-standing policy, the United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means." The response from reporters may surprise you.

Mar 11 13:05

Looking for Enemies - Venezuela, the Latest ‘National Security Threat’

Seriously? Venezuela is a “national security threat”?

That is what President Obama has reportedly declared today in a new executive order.

Mar 11 12:03

U.S. Sanctions Against Venezuela Denounced by Latin American Leaders

President Obama has issued an executive order placing sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials for alleged human rights violations and political prosecution of opposition protesters since February 2014. The statement, which opens by describing, quote, "the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela." Obama will order the freezing of the officials' assets and block their entry to the U.S.

It has been denounced by several Latin American leaders. Bolivian President Evo Morales said, "We condemn, we repudiate, in the 21st century we won't accept this kind of intervention by the United States". Well, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said, "It must be a bad joke, which reminds us of the darkest hours of our America, when we received invasions and dictatorships imposed by imperialism."

Mar 11 10:27

US Preparing for Military Aggression on Venezuela

Barack Obama, an ornamental figure in the White House, who was not able to impede a lunatic like Benjamin Netanyahu from addressing both houses of Congress to sabotage the talks with Iran on the country’s nuclear program, has received a strict order from the “military-industrial-financial” complex: he must create the conditions to justify a military aggression against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

The presidential order issued hours ago, and broadcast by the White House press office, establishes that the country of Bolivar and Chavez is an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” and declares a “national emergency” to deal with that threat.

Mar 11 08:16

Venezuela Begins Liquidating Its Gold

Yesterday we reported that in retaliation to the latest Obama executive order which declared Venezuela a national security threat and ordered sanctions against seven officials, Maduro promptly took advantage of this "outside threat" to rally his toilet paper-starved population "around the flag", and while pointing at the "evil imperialist" Obama, granted himself even greater authoritarian powers: "I have put together a special law that gives me special powers to preserve the peace, the integrity and the sovereignty of the country before any situation that presents itself due to this imperialist aggression."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember the big stink when Venezuela demanded their gold back? Now, courtesy of the oil price war, the bankers are simply buying it all back!

Mar 11 06:46

US Labels Venezuela a Threat While Backing Human Rights Abusers

Barack Obama has upped the ante in his aggressions against Venezuela. The U.S. president claimed Monday that the democratically-elected Venezuelan government poses a “threat to national security,” due to a full compliment of alleged human-rights abuses.

Yet this preoccupation with human rights becomes perplexing when one considers that many of the chief recipients of U.S. aid — a combination of military and economic assistance — or support employ highly-questionable practices to prop up their regimes.

Mar 11 06:01

Correa calls US sanctions on Venezuela a 'bad joke'

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa blasted the U.S. government’s listing of Venezuela as a national security threat while slapping sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials through an executive order signed by President Barack Obama.

“An executive order by Obama declaring Venezuela a national security threat and declaring a national emergency to face this threat... It must be a bad joke, which reminds us of the darkest hours of our America, when we received invasions and dictatorships imposed by imperialism... Will they understand that Latin America has changed?” said the Ecuadorean leader Tuesday through his Facebook account.

Mar 11 06:00

UNASUR supports Venezuela against outside interference

The head of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) said Monday that the regional bloc is in total support of the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro following the U.S. government’s declaration of Venezuela as a national security threat.

Mar 10 15:40

Ecuador Alerts Public to CIA Actions Across the Continent

The Foreign Ministry is backing a new book outlining CIA actions in Ecuador to raise public awareness of interventions committed by the organization.

Mar 10 14:48

U.S. President Barack Obama Brands Venezuela a “Security Threat,” Implements New Sanctions

U.S. President Barack Obama issued an executive order this Monday slapping Venezuela with new sanctions and declaring the Bolivarian nation an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security”.

Mar 10 12:37

President Obama Declares Venezuela “A Threat to National Security”, Seeks Regime-Change

The Obama Administration, which in 2009 provided the crucial assistance that enabled the progressive democratic President of Honduras to be overthrown and a junta of oligarchs to replace him; and which in 2014 perpetrated a bloody coup that replaced the corrupt but democratically elected Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, replaced by a rabidly anti-Russian equally corrupt Government, and thus sparked Ukraine’s civil war against the area of Ukraine that had voted 90% for Yanukovych; is now again trying to overthrow Venezuela’s democratically elected President, Nicolas Maduro.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This article doesn't mention the US' previous attempts to regime change Venezuela under Hugo Chavez.

Mar 10 05:28

Venezuela's Maduro Mocks Obama

Venezuela's Maduro Mocks Obama, Grants Himself "Special Powers" To Defend Against "Imperialist Aggression

"I have put together a special law that gives me special powers to preserve the peace, the integrity and the sovereignty of the country before any situation that presents itself due to this imperialist aggression,” Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro says on state television.

Mar 09 11:13

US issues sanctions on Venezuelan officials

The White House on Monday slapped sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials, freezing their U.S. assets and banning them from entering the United States.

The measures were announced as President Barack Obama issued an executive order declaring a national emergency related to threats posed by Venezuela's political turmoil.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... just one week after Venezuela exposes a US-backed coup plot!

Mar 09 11:01

U.S. declares Venezuela a threat, sanctions top officials

The United States on Monday declared Venezuela a national security threat and ordered sanctions against seven officials in the worst diplomatic dispute with the oil-rich country since socialist President Nicolas Maduro took office in 2013.

President Barack Obama issued and signed the executive order, which senior administration officials said did not target the energy sector or Venezuela's broader economy. The move raises tensions between Washington and the OPEC member just as U.S. relations with Cuba, another longtime U.S. foe in Latin America, are set to be normalized.

Declaring a country a national security threat is the first step in starting a sanctions regime. The same process has been followed with countries such as Iran and Syria, U.S. officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, you are aware that April Fool's Day is at least three weeks away, are you not?!?

And would you mind, please, explaining, rationally to the American people as to WHY you woke up this morning, and declared "Venezuela a national security threat." ?!?!?

Is it because, sir they happen to be selling their oil for other currencies than the US dollar, is this not the real reason?!?

And as has happened, and is about to happen, to countries dealing with US sanctions; sanctions are most generally a prelude to war.

Mar 09 08:45

Ecuador Alerts Public to CIA Actions Across the Continent

The Foreign Ministry is backing a new book outlining CIA actions in Ecuador to raise public awareness of interventions committed by the organization.

Mar 08 15:20

Israel Shamir: Who Killed Nemtsov

The Russians are worried that pro-Western neoliberal party will regain the positions they lost after 2000, and dead Nemtsov will indeed be more useful for his cause than alive one.

Anyway, while the mourning and the funeral did not cause any breach of peace, the march did not turn into a Maidan or Tahrir, and Bernard Henri Levi did not land on the Red Square, the Putin’s government got cold feet. For a long eight days Russian police looked for the murderers, and meanwhile the Yeltsin’s cadres, people of nineties assaulted Putin from within and the Western media and officials from without. President Putin is not a Genghis Khan, he is a non-confrontational bloke whose great ambition is to live in peace and harmony with the West while defending Russia’s vital interests, and observing interests of Russia’s wealthies and worthies. He also wants to be accepted as an equal among the world’s great, East and West.

Mar 08 03:37

A Sea of People Fighting for Water in Sao Paulo

Activists demand transparency and increasing access to information about the real situation of the reservoirs, and oppose to the state proposal of increasing water supply charges (scheduled to come into effect in April), that is considered a perverse measure that privileges the biggest and wealthier water consumers, while leaving the poor unassisted.

Mar 07 14:09

Don’t Believe Media Coverage of Venezuela

Most of what Americans knew about the country other than that it had abundant oil reserves was the fact that it once won a Miss Universe contest and was home to a few good baseball players. That ignorance has been a perfect blank slate on which the U.S. government, mainstream media and right-wing opposition parties have been able to carve their warped perspectives about Venezuela’s left-wing government.

Mar 07 06:26

Kerry Re-writes History of U.S. Support for Color Revolutions

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry either has a blind spot when it comes to the last 15 years of U.S. foreign policy or he told a big whopping lie in Geneva. Kerry, in defining U.S. action in Ukraine, said that «We [the United States] are not involved in multiple color revolutions». Someone in Kerry’s position should know better. After all, he is not only the chief foreign policy officer of the United States but he served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2009 to 2013 and was a member of the committee from the very outset of America’s «themed» or «color» revolutions, beginning with the October 5th Revolution, which overthrew Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic in 2000.

Mar 05 16:10

Brazilian Farmers Occupy and Cancel Approval Meeting for GMO Trees

300 farmers have taken over the building where Brazil’s GMO regulator CTNBio was meeting Thursday to decide about whether to approve GE eucalyptus trees. The meeting was cancelled.

Also Thursday, 1,000 women took over operations of FuturaGene across Brazil...

Mar 05 08:08

Biden in Guatemala: "Rob the Poor, Feed the Rich"

Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, he’s been in Guatemala on US immigration matters according to the all the news. The VP is supposed to be ensuring the administration’s $1 billion budgetary allotment for stemming Central Americas migrants flowing to the US. However noble and normal this cause may seem though, it sure Biden is not there just to ramrod refugees. With Cold War II afoot, Biden is in Central America to fortify US interests and influence in anticipation of Russia’s next move. For those who do not remember, Nicaragua was a bastion for Soviet presence back in the day, and Guatemala’s ongoing instability makes that country vulnerable still.

Mar 01 09:12

Cocaine Wars: US Troops in Peru's Coca Zone

It has been making practically no headlines outside Peru, and hardly any within, but a force of US Marines has apparently been mobilized to the Andean country—specifically to the conflicted coca-growing jungle region known as the VRAE, or Valley of the Apurímac and Ene Rivers. Peru's Congress quietly approved the deployment in a resolution Jan. 29. The first contingent of 58 soldiers arrived on Feb. 1, and a second of 67 troops on Feb. 15. They are to stay for a year on what is being called a "training" mission. A much larger contingent is to arrive in September, a total to 3,200 Marines, for a six-day joint exercise with Peruvian forces.

Feb 27 11:45

Venezuelan Gov. Releases Audio of Coup Plotters

On Thursday, two senior officials of the Venezuelan government released what they say is evidence of the coup that the government announced about a week ago. These are audio intercepts of what they say are coup plotters, as well as a recording of an imprisoned military officer confessing to various details of the coup.

Feb 27 09:30

Venezuela's Military Can Now Legally Use Firearms Against Demonstrators

Venezuela's Ministry of Defense has authorized the military to use firearms against demonstrators as a last resort in the demonstrations taking place in the country.

Released through a regulation published in the Official Gazette on 27 January, the measure seeks “to avoid disorder, to support the legitimately constituted authority and to reject any aggression, facing it immediately and with the necessary means”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US has been working for quite some time to destabilize the Venezuelan government; with collapsing oil prices, oil being a pillar of Venezuela's economy, the US government may be close to achieving their goal of regime change here.

Feb 26 09:26

US Aggression Against Venezuela

Recently, several different spokespersons for the Obama administration have firmly claimed the United States government is not intervening in Venezuelan affairs. Department of State spokeswoman Jen Psaki went so far as to declare, “The allegations made by the Venezuelan government that the United States is involved in coup plotting and destabilization are baseless and false.” Psaki then reiterated a bizarrely erroneous statement she had made during a daily press briefing just a day before: “The United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means”.

Anyone with minimal knowlege of Latin America and world history knows Psaki’s claim is false, and calls into question the veracity of any of her prior statements.

Feb 26 09:20

US Air Force C17 transport caught smuggling arms and drugs into Argentina

Argentina’s foreign ministry has issued a press release stating that it will be making a formal protest over undeclared weapons and drugs brought into the nation at Ezeiza last Thursday.

A manifest provided by the US did not list war materiel and drugs which were seized by Argentine authorities.

Among the confiscated materiel were communications interception equipment, encrypted communications equipment, sophisticated GPS devices, high power rifles, a machine gun and narcotics as well as a full trunk of expired pharmaceuticals including stimulants. All boxes had the stamp of the 7th Army Airborne Brigade based in North Carolina.

The Argentine government estimates the value of the goods and the C17 transport expenses to exceed $2 million.

Feb 20 07:08

Venezuela Coup Timeline: Plotters Paid in US Dollars, Planned to Assassinate President and Install De Facto Regime

This story was completely blacked-out in the US media, and it’s no wonder why.

Last week an attempted coup d’é·tat took place in Venezuela. It is the third failed US-backed coup attempt in the last 25 years.

It was the latest episode of Washington’s war on democracy in South America. TeleSUR provided detailed coverage of a US-backed power grab which was reminiscent of the CIA’s gilded age of southern hemisphere nation-wrecking in the 1970?s. The ouster attempt saw key opposition fascist-oriented figures took advantage of plunging oil prices and used student street protests as cover for the attempted coup which was foiled by the Maduro government.

Feb 16 13:39

Sanctions Imposed on the U.S.?

This year, it is all beginning in February. First the onslaught against Argentina and following that comes yet another coup against Venezuela, and its democratically elected, progressive government.

The coup has been thwarted. Venezuela prevailed!

As Telesur reported:

“Nicolas Maduro announced Thursday that the government had thwarted a coup attempt which was being coordinated by Venezuela’s right-wing opposition with the support of the U.S. government.

Just the day before the revelations, opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez, Maria Corina Machado and Antonio Ledezma released a “transition plan” which involved privatization of the country’s oil, deregulation of the economy and accords with “international financial institutions” including the International Monetary Fund.”

The army stood firmly by the government of President Maduro. Most of Latin America, including UNASUR, expressed both their solidarity and support.

Feb 16 07:10

Britain and Canada Involved in Foiled US Venezuelan Coup Plot

Britain and Canada were co-conspirators in the latest plot to topple Venezuela’s government.

TeleSUR provided detailed coverage of Washington’s war on Venezuelan democracy. Its dirty hands manipulate violence and instability worldwide.

US funded and supported key opposition fascist figures Antonio Ledezma, Maria Corina Machado and Leopoldo Lopez released a joint February 11 communique a day before the foiled coup.

Titled “A Call on Venezuelans for a National Accord for the Transition,” it promoted regime change. Called for Venezuela to be handed back to monied interests.

Feb 13 11:19

Venezuela announces defeat of US-funded coup attempt

Venezuela’s president has announced the defeat of a US-bankrolled coup attempt against the country, which was being plotted by five aviation officers.

Speaking in the capital Caracas on Thursday, Nicolas Maduro said, “We have broken up and foiled a coup attempt against democracy and the stability of our country.”

Upon potential realization, the coup, financed by the United States and directed “from Washington,” would have seen an aerial attack on the presidential palace or another target, he said.

“This was an attempt to use a group of military aviation officers to provoke a violent event,” added the Venezuelan chief executive.

Feb 11 07:55

Russian defense minister to pay first visit to Venezuela

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu sets off on a three-day Latin American tour during which he will visit Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba, a Defense Ministry spokesman has said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The economic predations of the Private Central Banks are on the verge of driving Greece and Eastern Ukraine into alliance with Russia. The same thing could easily happen with Venezuela!

Feb 04 08:46

US Slaps Venezuelans with New Sanctions

The United States officially imposed new sanctions on Venezuela Monday, amid accusations from President Nicolas Maduro that Washington is trying to destabilize his country.

The new sanctions expand the number of Venezuelan government officials barred from entering the United States.

He asked, “What human rights are they talking about?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...A wave of unrest that hit Venezuela in early 2014." ?!?!?!?

The timing of such sanctions seems to be off by a country mile.

I would suggest that the US thinks that the timing may be right for another "color revolution" in Venezuela.

Feb 04 08:29

‘Scandal on a Level Previously Unseen’: Explosive Documents Found Inside Home of Argentine Prosecutor Who Warned His Investigation Might Kill Him

Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was found dead last month after warning that his investigation into the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish Center “might kill him,” drafted a 26-page arrest warrant for Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman before his death, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Nisman spent over a decade investigating the gruesome 1994 attack that killed 85 people, and was found dead just a day before he was scheduled to reveal his findings. His papers reportedly accuse the Argentine president and foreign minister of protecting Iranian officials who may have been involved in order to bolster trade with the regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Emphasis on "reportedly", because Nisman made no such statement. In fact, Iran was cooperating with the new investigation while Israel tried everything they could to prevent it. The most likely theory is that Nisman uncovered proof that the attacks were an Israeli false-flag, which triggered Israel's usual response, leaving Kirchner to clean up the mess.

Feb 03 08:28

US Slaps Venezuelans with New Sanctions

The United States officially imposed new sanctions on Venezuela Monday, amid accusations from President Nicolas Maduro that Washington is trying to destabilize his country.

The new sanctions expand the number of Venezuelan government officials barred from entering the United States.

“These restrictions will also affect the immediate family members of a number of those individuals subject to visa restrictions for believed involvement in human rights abuses or for acts of public corruption,” said State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sanctions for human rights abuses and corruption? If that is the case, it is time to wall off all of Washington DC!

Feb 02 12:53

U.S. companies face billions in Venezuela currency losses, Reuters analysis shows

At least 40 major U.S. companies have substantial exposure to Venezuela’s deepening economic crisis, and could collectively be forced to take billions of dollars of write downs, a Reuters analysis shows.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The downside of globalism is that anything the US Government does to mess with other countries inevitably causes equivalent harm here!

Jan 28 12:15

False flag in Argentina?

The mysterious death of Alberto Nisman, the Argentine Public Prosecutor who was investigating the 1994 AMIA Jewish Mutual building terror bombing in Buenos Aires, raises questions. Accumulating evidence suggests the bombing may have been a Mossad false flag operation to implicate Iran and Nisman has been murdered to discourage further revelations.

Jan 25 10:41

Robbers target food delivery trucks in shortage-hit Venezuela

Robbers and looters are targeting trucks carrying food across Venezuela in another sign of worsening shortages that have turned basics like flour and chicken into coveted booty.

Crime has long plagued shops and roads in Venezuela, which has one of the world's highest murder rates.

But widespread shortages due to a restriction of dollars for imports have worsened since the New Year.

Jan 25 10:40

City That Sparked Venezuela Protests Braces for More Unrest

The young men move furtively among the would-be shoppers queued outside a supermarket, passing out pamphlets calling for the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro, whose socialist policies they blame for leaving store shelves barren and Venezuela's economy in shambles.

A lookout signals that he's spotted an armed national guardsman approaching, and the group scatters like birdshot. This is not the time to risk being detained, student activist Osmel Garcia explained.

"Nobody wants to get arrested now when things are about to heat up," he said.

Jan 19 14:03

Who Will Stand With Venezuela?

Who in the world stands with a country when it is under the looming threat of a major U.S. government intervention? When Guatemala (1954), the Dominican Republic (1965), Chile (1973), and Haiti (2004) were in trouble, there was no one. Cuba was different; over the years, at different times, the Soviet Union, Latin American countries, and nations voting in the UN General Assembly all weighed in with support and solidarity. And Cuba’s socialist revolution survives.

Now the U. S. government targets Venezuela, its socialist government and national sovereignty. This time, however, the intended victim is not alone.

Jan 15 09:54

Argentina: The Country That Monsanto Poisoned

American biotechnology has turned Argentina into the world’s third-largest soybean producer, but the chemicals powering the boom aren’t confined to soy and cotton and corn fields. They routinely contaminate homes and classrooms and drinking water. A growing chorus of doctors and scientists is warning that their uncontrolled use could be responsible for the increasing number of health problems turning up in hospitals across the South American nation. In the heart of Argentina’s soybean business, house-to-house surveys of 65,000 people in farming communities found cancer rates two to four times higher than the national average, as well as higher rates of hypothyroidism and chronic respiratory illnesses. Associated Press photographer Natacha Pisarenko spent months documenting the issue in farming communities across Argentina.

Jan 15 07:23

FLASHBACK - Israel’s False Flags over Argentina

The two worst terror attacks in Argentine history occurred in 1992 and 1994: the bombings of first Israel’s Embassy and then the AMIA Jewish Mutual building.

Two decades on, no one knows who was responsible forthese horrendous attacks that killed almost 200. Now, a former Israeli Ambassador’s explosive declarations shed new light on what were probably two Zionist-sponsored False Flag attacks.

Jan 08 11:31

Russia to Lease Bomber Jets to Argentina. Deal Spooks UK

Russia replaced EU food imports with those from Argentina. It will partly pay for them by leasing a squadron of Su-24 attack aircraft

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another unforeseen consequence of the oil price wars!

Jan 01 07:51

Venezuela plunges into recession with record inflation

Venezuela's economy has entered a recession with the economy contracting 2.3 percent in the third quarter and the highest inflation in the Americas at 63.6 percent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another victim of Obama's oil price war with Russia!

Dec 31 09:45

1000% Inflation in Venezuela?

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro, set to announce a new currency system today, needs to devalue the bolivar or risk inflation passing 1,000 percent as soon as next year, according to Bank of America Corp.

Under the current system, Venezuela’s overvalued bolivar means that the government effectively sells the dollars it gets from oil exports at a discount, compelling policy makers to print extra currency to cover domestic spending needs. Currency controls that limit Venezuelans’ access to dollars have spawned a black market in which the greenback fetches 172 bolivars, compared with officially sanctioned exchange rates that range from 6.3 to about 50 bolivars per dollar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia is not the only country hit by a downward spiral or oil prices!

Dec 31 07:37

Maduro blames plunging oil prices on U.S. 'war' vs Russia, Venezuela

Venezuela's petroleum export price has plunged by half during the second half of 2014 to $48, President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday in denouncing a U.S.-led "war" against Russia and his nation in the global oil market

The South American OPEC nation's crude trades at a discount to the U.S. and Brent benchmarks because of its higher content of heavy oil.

Average monthly prices for oil, a product that accounts for 96 percent of Venezuela's hard currency revenue, have dropped steadily since July, when it was at $96.14 per barrel.

Venezuela enjoyed average prices of $103.42 per barrel in 2012 and $98.08 in 2013.

Giving the latest figure for Monday, Maduro repeated his socialist government's accusations that the plunge in oil was a U.S.-planned conspiracy primarily intended to harm Russia.

Dec 31 07:26

Bolivia´s Morales: US 'Backs Drug Trafficking'

The so-called War on Drugs pushed by Washington is just one of the many means that the United States uses to pressure and control governments in Latin America, according to Bolivian President Evo Morales.

“(U.S. government) uses its War on Drugs to pursue its own geo-political agenda and now they use it to accuse other governments and take them down,” Morales, one of the Latin American leaders who has most fiercely criticized U.S. policy in the region, told the Mexican newspaper La Jornada in an article published Monday.

“They even named me the ‘Andinean Bin Laden’ and accused us of being terrorists and drug traffickers and at the same United States is the top-nation that backs and benefits from drug trafficking,” the Bolivian president continued.

Dec 29 11:30

Brazil's Economy Just Imploded

Here are the disturbing facts showing that behind the world's propaganda growth facade, it is all hollow: Brazil's consolidated public sector primary fiscal balance, which posted a significantly worse than expected R$8.1bn primary deficit in November driven by the R$6.7bn deficit of the Central Government, dipped into negative territory: -0.18% of GDP, driven by the significant deterioration of the Central Government finances.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But let's blame China for it!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 21 08:33

How the CIA Launched the «Financial Pearl Harbor» Attacks on Russia and Venezuela

The net result of the CIA-inspired fracking operations, which the Saudis were warned not to pursue by petroleum engineers working for some foreign-based firms like Schlumberger, is that there will be an oil supply glut for the next 5 years. The glut will be followed by a reduction in Saudi oil production unless new oil fields are brought on line. There is now a major push by U.S. and Canadian oil companies to bring online the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the United States to offset the expected sharp rise in oil prices in four to five years. But with Canada suffering financially from the drop in oil revenues, the Keystone XL project is also on financially shaky ground.

Dec 18 07:58

Indigenous Brazilians attack police with ARROWS as they storm Congress in angry dispute over new bill on land ownership

Indigenous Brazilians armed with bows and arrows tried to break into the lower house of the Brazilian Congress, battling with police who fired tear gas and pepper spray in response.

Around 30 Indians, many in colourful headdresses and some carrying arrows, clashed with law enforcement outside the building in the capital Brasilia yesterday in protest at a bill which would give parliament powers to demarcate indigenous territory.

One police officer escaped injury when an arrow struck his boot, but four of his colleagues were hurt in the clashes, as the indigenous people tried to force their way into the chamber of deputies.

Dec 17 08:04

Venezuela's Maduro: 'US Knows Where It Can Stick Its Sanctions'

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro denounced U.S. sanctions on Monday and told a crowd of supporters in Caracas that the recent police killings in New York and Ferguson were a sign of an "imperialist police state."

Sparking Maduro's comments at the rally to mark the 15th anniversary of Venezuela's constitution was legislation passed by Congress last week to impose new sanctions against the Latin American nation. The measure would freeze the assets of and ban visas for "persons responsible for violations of human rights of antigovernment protesters in Venezuela, to strengthen civil society in Venezuela, and for other purposes."

Speaking in front of a banner that read "Respect Venezuela," the leftist leader said that "insolent Yankees[...] already know where they need to put the sanctions."

Dec 15 11:36

Uruguay, 1964 to 1970: Torture—as American as apple pie

“The precise pain, in the precise place, in the precise amount, for the desired effect.”

The words of an instructor in the art of torture. The words of Dan Mitrione, the head of the Office of Public Safety (OPS) mission in Montevideo.

Officially, OPS was a division of the Agency for International Development, but the director of OPS in Washington, Byron Engle, was an old CIA hand. His organization maintained a close working relationship with the CIA, and Agency officers often operated abroad under OPS cover, although Mitrione was not one of them.

Dec 13 08:07

Venezuela to face US sanctions over violence against protesters

The US is poised to impose sanctions on Venezuela over the sometimes-violent suppression of anti-government protests which racked the country earlier this year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Because when we club down the Occupy protesters, that's GOOOOOOOOD, and when others club down their protesters, that's BAAAAAAAD!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 12 09:03

Indigenous Leader Tortured And Killed Days Before UN Testimony

For centuries, Indigenous people in various corners of the world have been thrown off of their property so their land and resources could be taken for aristocrats in far away lands. It was a war that began hundreds of years ago, and that war is still being waged today.

Just this week, it was announced that an indigenous leader from Ecuador was tortured and killed in the midst of a controversial fight against foreign mining companies who have unjustly taken land that has been claimed by indigenous people for centuries.

José Isidro Tendetza Antún, a former vice-president of the Shuar Federation of Zamora, had been missing since November 28th, and turned up dead just days ago, with some close to him saying that he was tortured.

Dec 10 11:30

US Senate approves sanctions bill on Venezuelan officials

The US Senate has approved a bill that would freeze the assets of Venezuelan officials accused of human rights violations, barring them from entry to the United States.

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Of course, this has nothing to do with human rights violations and everything to do with Venezuela selling their oil for the Yuan!

Dec 09 10:40

Venezuelan Bonds Crash To Lowest Price Since 1998

Bond prices in Venezuela have totally collapsed this morning - at 45c on the dollar, they are the lowest since 1998 - as the realization of the "abyss" they are staring into sparks an exodus from all credit positions in the country. VENZ 5Y CDS rallied 130bps which signals hedgers unwinding and the simultaneous sale of the underlying bonds implies broad-based capital flight (and profit taking) as 1Y CDS surges to record highs at 4830bps.

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Coming hard on the heels of the Greek problems and the US market being down, could this trigger a global sell-off?

Dec 01 10:36

Oil at $40 Possible as Market Redraws Politics From Caracas to Tehran

Oil’s decline is proving to be the worst since the collapse of the financial system in 2008 and threatening to have the same global impact of falling prices three decades ago that led to the Mexican debt crisis and the end of the Soviet Union.

Russia, the world’s largest producer, can no longer rely on the same oil revenues to rescue an economy suffering from European and U.S. sanctions. Iran, also reeling from similar sanctions, will need to reduce subsidies that have partly insulated its growing population. Nigeria, fighting an Islamic insurgency, and Venezuela, crippled by failing political and economic policies, also rank among the biggest losers from the decision by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries last week to let the force of the market determine what some experts say will be the first free-fall in decades.

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This is precisely the outcome the US government wanted to see happen, particularly concerning Russia, and coupled with US sanctions.

I would, however, strongly caution this government to be very careful about what it wishes for here: global destabilization could well have an industrial-strength blowback for this administration, and for which it may be singularly unprepared.

Dec 01 09:51

Peru Forcibly Sterilized 300,000 Poor Women in the '90s. Now They Could Decide the Country's Future.

Created as a result of collaboration between the University of Bristol and London-based Chaka Studio, the Quipu project relays the story of a recent and very dark moment in Peruvian history. As many as 300,000 women in rural areas of Peru were possibly hoodwinked into being sterilized during the mid-to-late 1990s, all in the name of bringing an end to poverty.

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Population does not cause poverty, private-central banks do. Reduce the human population to 10 million but keep private central banks and still the vast majority of those 10 million will live in poverty. What is being culled from the human herd is not the excess population, but merely that segment of the population from whom the bankers can no longer reap huge profits!

Nov 17 13:41

25th Anniversary of El Salvador Jesuit Murders

Twenty five years have passed since the horrifying murders in El Salvador of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter, during a rampage by Salvadoran security forces in the early morning hours of November 16, 1989, on the campus of the University of Central America (UCA) in the country’s capital. It has been twenty five years of grieving by the victims’ families and the Jesuit community; and twenty five years of waiting for justice to identify and prosecute the killers.

Nov 10 08:52

Military Personnel Trained by the CIA Used Napalm Against Indigenous People in Brazil

For the first time in the history of Brazil, the federal government is investigating the deaths and abuses suffered by Indigenous peoples during military dictatorship (1964-1985). The death toll may be twenty times more than previously known.

Nov 07 09:38

Argentine leader Cristina Fernandez 'stable' in hospital

Doctors treating Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, 61, say she is "in a stable condition".

They said she was being treated for symptoms of a bacterial infection of the colon.

Her doctors also said she would have to rest for a minimum of 10 days after her release from hospital, for which they did not set a date.

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Assassination attempt?

Oct 29 12:50

Attempts being made to suppress Russia, BRICS in international arena — experts

Attempts are being made to suppress in the international arena not only Russia but the entire BRICS developing-nation assembly of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, Russian experts said on Wednesday.

“The current situation shows that there are attempts to suppress not only Russia but also the BRICS given that the global role of this association has only intensified,” Vladimir Davydov, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Latin America, said at a Moscow-Brasilia video conference.

Oct 26 08:23

Brazil election: Why antigovernment protesters are now voting Rousseff

The bohemian neighborhood of Lapa is a familiar place for Marcus Galiña and his peers. Lapa's streets were host to many of the antigovernment protests that swept the nation over the past year and a half. And Mr. Galiña, an artist and an avid protester, was often there, witnessing the familiar scenes in demonstrations calling for better public services and government accountability: protesters in gas masks, Molotov cocktails, stun bombs, and arrests.

But just days before Brazil’s presidential runoff, the battleground for antigovernment protests in Lapa is a sea of red, the color of Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party.

Galiña – like many others active in Brazil’s protests – is doing something that few could have imagined just a few months ago: enthusiastically supporting the reelection of incumbent Dilma Rousseff.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The world is waking up to the underhanded games the US plays to covertly control other countries. And more and more such tactics are falling flat on their faces. The moment Brazil helped form BRICS, Brazil was on the US Government's Special High Interest Targets list! The goal of the covert US program was to replace Rousseff with a President who would swing BRICS towards US interests if not sabotage it outright, and for a while the race looked neck and neck. But the Brazilians have figured out that Rousseff's challenger is a US puppet, and are unwilling to vote their nation back into US servitude.

Oct 24 10:50

Clashes Between Police and Protesters Turn Violent in Argentina

Police march on workers protesting against the Lear Corporation.

Oct 22 08:13

Brazil under CIA Pressure

Over two thousand Brazilian political activists, intellectuals, people of art and culture signed a manifest on October 26 highlighting the hostile actions of Washington aimed at prevention of Dilma Rousseff election victory.

The document is posted to social nets. It says the coming to power of Aécio Neves of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira – PSDB), who serves the interests of tycoons, will inflict irreparable damage to the country and take away all the snags on the way of US direct interference into the Brazilian internal affairs. Neves is to play the role of obedient tool in the hands of US administration. Washington goes to any length to achieve its goal and bring the desired candidate to power – some things are done covertly, some tricks are resorted to in a clandestine way.

Oct 16 12:15

Venezuela elected to UN security council

The daughter of Hugo Chávez is set to play a more prominent role in international politics after Venezuela was elected to the UN security council.

María Gabriela Chávez is Venezuela’s deputy ambassador at the UN mission. The country garnered 181 votes from member states to secure one of five rotating seats at the security council. Angola, Malaysia and New Zealand were also successful, and Turkey and Spain will face a new round of balloting to decide who takes the last available seat.

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I think the Presidents of Turkey and Spain ought to have a wrestling match for that seat. Best three falls out of five takes it!

Oct 14 07:11

Venezuela Poised to Win Security Council Seat

No nation is more deserving. None less so than America. Bolivarian social justice warrants representation.

Permanency would be ideal. So voiceless interests are heard. Imperial ones opposed.

Right over wrong forthrightly supported. Views needing to be heard expressed on a world stage.

America, Britain, China, France and Russia are permanent Security Council members.

Each year, General Assembly members choose five new non-permanent members. They replace current ones stepping down.

Seats are apportioned regionally. Five for African and Asian states. One for Eastern European nations.

Two for Latin American and Caribbean countries. Two for Western European and other states.

On Wednesday, Venezuela will learn if it's chosen to represent its region.

Oct 09 06:03

Terrorism and Assassinations in Venezuela

Last Friday, the centre of Caracas was filled with thousands of mourning citizens as they accompanied two flag draped coffins loaded with flowers they had cast upon it in homage.

If a Member of Parliament representing the Venezuelan opposition had been brutally tortured and stabbed to death in his own home, the Western press –including Canada’s- would have splashed the news in headlines around the world.

Yet this has just happened to a Member of Parliament from the governing party of Venezuela, but the international press is mostly silent. International politicians have not wrung their hands with indignation or regret, as they have about the lawful incarceration of opposition leader Leopoldo López who publicly and repeatedly incited mobs to violence and caused has at least 47 deaths.

Oct 07 08:03

Mysterious Outbreak of hemorrhagic fever Syndrome in Venezuela kills Ten

An outbreak of a mysterious hemorrhagic fever syndrome in the Venezuelan state of Aragua and the country’s capital Caracas has left ten people dead in the last three weeks. Reports indicate that nine people have so far succumbed to the disease in the northern state and a tenth person has died in the capital.

It is unclear whether the cause of the syndrome is viral or bacterial – a distinction with implications for treatment – although autopsies have indicated that those who died were suffering from other complications, such as Chikungunya.

Venezuelan hemorrhagic fever (VHF) is endemic in the two states of Portuguesa and Barinas, but transmission from person-to-person is uncommon.

While samples have been sent to the Venezuelan National Institute of Health, the results have not yet been released publically and there is no suggestion from health officials that VHF is behind this particular outbreak.

Oct 01 12:06

Argentina president claims US plotting to oust her

Argentinian opposition politicians have accused the country’s president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, of being “completely out of touch with reality” after she gave a rambling televised address in which she claimed the US may be behind a plot to overthrow her government and possibly even assassinate her.

“If something should happen to me, don’t look to the Middle East, look to the North,” Fernández said during the address on Tuesday night, in which she alluded to an alleged plot against her by local bankers and businessmen “with foreign help”.

Sep 30 10:20

Raising minimum wage reduces poverty while increasing GDP in Brazil

The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) released a research paper today that looks at social and economic indicators, as well as policy changes that have occurred since 2003 in Brazil.

“The lives of tens of millions of Brazilians have been transformed by the economic and social policy changes of the past decade,” said CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot, lead author of the paper. “A sharp increase in economic growth, combined with increased social spending, large increases in the real minimum wage, and increased bargaining power for labor allowed for greatly reduced poverty and unemployment, as well as declining inequality.”

“These changes appear to be durable, having mostly withstood the world recession and the slowdown in worldwide economic and trade growth of the past few years.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No, no, no, no, NO! WE are supposed to have all the money! We are doing God's work! You wanna go up against GOD! Huh? HUH??" -- Gold in my Sacks

Sep 29 06:50

Media censor Argentine president’s remarks at UN

The Argentine president questioned countries such as the United States for attacking groups, including the ISIL Takfiri terrorists which Washington previously backed against the Syrian government.

“Where do ISIS (ISIL) and Al-Qaeda take their guns from? Yesterday’s freedom fighters are today’s terrorists,” Cristina Fernandez said, blasting US policies vis-a-vis terrorism.

The ISIL terrorists, who were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, control large parts of Syria’s northern territory. The group sent its members into neighboring Iraq in June and seized large parts of land there.

Sep 25 08:40

Where Is Venezuela’s 366 Tonnes Of Gold?

Is any of the country’s gold encumbered, loaned or leased to Goldman Sachs or other banks?

* Bank of America economist on visit to Venezuelan central bank last week was allowed to view the bank’s gold vault and the gold repatriated by Former President Hugo Chavez

* Is there a possibility of this given the Venezuelan economy’s weak position?

* An arbitration court of the World Bank ruled that Venezuela needs to immediately repay $740 million to US mining company ‘Gold Reserve’.

* Repayment is connected to Venezuela having terminated Gold Reserve’s gold and copper mining project in 2009 as part of Chavez’s nationalisation of energy and mining projects

* This ruling could set a precedent for other companies to seek compensation from Venezuelan government during a time in which Venezuelan economy is weak and heavily indebted

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"THAT'LL teach Venezuela to take their gold back from us!" -- Gold in my Sacks

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