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    U.S./Venezuela Work Together...on Human Rights

    "The U.S. was elected to a second term on the U.N.'s Human Rights Council on Monday.

    Venezuela also secured a position on the council, which means Obama administration officials will now be working side by side on Human Rights' issues with officials from the government of Hugo Chavez, the Latin American leader who said he wished he could have voted for Obama."
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2...Rights-Council

    Now, when President Obama finishes visiting his bunk buddies in Russia he can stop by Venezuela to see how he can implement Hugo Chavez' views on human rights in the U.S.

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    Hey, Hugo stands in awe of Barry. I'll bet there wasn't a single precinct in Venezuela that gave him 100 percent of the vote.

    And I do mean "gave."

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    Venezuela may get kicked outta OAS...

    OAS chief calls for emergency meeting to evaluate Venezuela
    May 31,`16 -- The head of the Organization of American States called Tuesday for an emergency meeting of regional governments to evaluate Venezuela's respect for democracy, a move that could lead to the country's suspension from the hemispheric body. President Maduro responded by saying he would take action against his country's opposition-controlled Congress.
    OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro said Venezuela had suffered "grave alterations of democratic order" and called for a vote on the matter in the coming weeks, possibly to coincide with the group's annual meeting next month in the Dominican Republic. Socialist-ruled Venezuela could be suspended from the Washington-based OAS if two-thirds of its 34 member states voted that the country's leadership has gravely undermined democracy. The last time that occurred was in 2009, when Honduras was suspended following the military's removal of President Manuel Zelaya.

    Almagro has been feuding with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who responded Tuesday by calling for a "national rebellion" to fight what he said is international aggression. Maduro said Almagro had overstepped his authority and undermined the very principles of the OAS by trying to dictate policies to a sovereign nation. "Almagro, stick your democratic charter wherever it fits. Venezuela must be respected," Maduro told a rally of transport workers who support the government. Maduro has accused Almagro of working with Venezuela's opposition and the U.S. government to undermine his administration. Almagro has called Maduro a petty dictator.

    Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress formally asked for OAS intervention earlier this month. On Tuesday, Maduro threatened to take action against the institution, accusing it of committing treason by meddling in the country's international affairs. Tensions have been building in deeply polarized Venezuela as the economy continues to fall apart and the ruling party blocks the opposition from legislating in congress and holding marches in downtown Caracas.

    The country saw weeks of bloody street protests in 2014 followed by formal talks between the two sides, which broke down and were never reinitiated. Last week, a group of former presidents held secret meetings in the Dominican Republic with Venezuelan officials and Maduro's opponents. The two sides did not meet face-to-face, but the fact that the mediators passed messages between them was major news in Venezuela.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...05-31-19-44-22

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    Quote Originally Posted by waltky View Post
    Venezuela may get kicked outta OAS...

    OAS chief calls for emergency meeting to evaluate Venezuela
    May 31,`16 -- The head of the Organization of American States called Tuesday for an emergency meeting of regional governments to evaluate Venezuela's respect for democracy, a move that could lead to the country's suspension from the hemispheric body. President Maduro responded by saying he would take action against his country's opposition-controlled Congress.
    Venezuela has a congress that stands up to the president?

    what a novel idea.

    maybe our congress should at least consider doing the same thing here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waltky View Post
    Venezuela may get kicked outta OAS...

    OAS chief calls for emergency meeting to evaluate Venezuela
    May 31,`16 -- The head of the Organization of American States called Tuesday for an emergency meeting of regional governments to evaluate Venezuela's respect for democracy, a move that could lead to the country's suspension from the hemispheric body. President Maduro responded by saying he would take action against his country's opposition-controlled Congress.
    But of course no one will dare challenge the DNC's sham primaries as being a slap in the face to democracy.

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    Mebbe we should send `em some food?...

    Report: Protests in Venezuela up 24 percent; most over food
    July 14, 2016 -- There has been a 24 percent increase in protests -- roughly 19 demonstrations a day -- throughout Venezuela in which six people have died in the first half of 2016 when compared to last year, according to a report by the Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict.
    The local non-governmental organization on Wednesday reported 3,057 protests have been recorded in Venezuela within the first six months of 2016. The figure does not include 416 incidents of looting or attempted looting nationwide. About 27 percent of protests in the first part of 2016 were related to food shortages.

    The Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict, or OVCS, said the six deaths occurred during protests over food. "In these six months the Venezuelan streets have been the scene of many massive demonstrations to demand the human right to food," the OVCS writes in the report. "The government's response to these protests has been repression."



    About 24 percent of protests were to "demand basic services in residential dwellings," the OVCS said. Water shortages, electricity blackouts, and little to no Internet or phone services have affected millions of Venezuelans. Eighteen percent of protests were held over labor rights, while 15 percent of protests were held over crime.

    Venezuela has one of the highest murder rates in the world, which is estimated to be up to one killing for every 28,000 people. About 10 percent of protests were related to politics while 6 percent were related to education rights. In 2014, at least 43 people were killed during protests against the country's rise in crime, shortages in stores and triple-digit inflation.

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-Ne...?spt=sec&or=tn
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    Vital bridge in Venezuela could collapse as cars keep falling off, politician warns
    July 14, 2016 -- A National Assembly member of Venezuela's Carabobo state has warned the La Cabrera viaduct, one of the South American country's most vital bridge-tunnels, is in danger of collapsing after several deadly incidents.
    Williams Gil, who also serves as president of the unicameral parliament's Standing Committee on the Family, on Thursday said a 2013 restoration of the viaduct was a "great scam." At the time, the Venezuelan Ministry of Land Transportation said the lifespan of the viaduct would be extended by 75 years. "In 2013, they 'rehabilitated' the La Cabrera viaduct. Just three years later, we realize the great scam which that work represented," Gil said in a statement. "It is extremely alarming that in less than a month, four vehicles have fallen off of the viaduct." Gil said potholes are persistent on the stretch of road and steel rods are visible in some sections. There are no guardrails in some areas, which has been the main cause of cars falling off after drivers lose control when trying to maneuver their vehicle to avoid potholes.


    Venezuela's La Cabrera bridge-tunnel, considered one of the most important transport routes in the country, has had dangerous infrastructure problems on its viaduct, according to a National Assembly member who warns that if the viaduct collapses his state of Carabobo will be in "solitary confinement."

    La Cabrera bridge-tunnel connects the Venezuelan state of Carabobo with the state of Aragua. Gil said it is the most important road in the country as thousands of vehicles travel on it each day, particularly cargo trucks that carry products from the docks of the city of Puerto Cabello to the rest of the country. "We alert of a possible collapse of the La Cabrera viaduct for lack of maintenance," Gil said. "In the National Assembly, we will investigate the causes of the permanent deterioration." Puerto Cabello is one of five ports that was taken over by the Venezuelan military this week as part of "war strategies" to provide food and medicine carried out by President Nicolas Maduro amid the country's economic crisis.


    In January 2006, the Caracas-La Guaira viaduct was closed by the Venezuelan government under former President Hugo Chávez. A large section of the vital bridge collapsed about two months later. The collapse partially isolated Caracas from much of the country until a replacement viaduct was opened in June 2007. "If the viaduct collapses, we'll be in solitary confinement. Lack of maintenance takes its toll, as it happened with ... the Caracas-La Guaira viaduct," Gil warned, adding that it could cost an estimated $4 million to repair the viaduct.

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-Ne...or=1&sn=tn_int
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    The socialist paradise is performing as expected.
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    Venezuelan military had big role in economic woes...

    Analysis: Venezuelan military had big role in economic woes
    Jul 15,`16 -- President Nicolas Maduro's announcement this week that the military will lead the battle against widespread food shortages overlooks one key fact: The armed forces have played a big role in Venezuela's economic mess.
    Since Maduro took office in 2013, he has named a number of active and retired generals to run the economy. All five of his food ministers who manage one of the government's largest budgets have come from the armed forces. And they in turn have placed dozens of their military cohorts to lead everything from a state-run chain of supermarkets to an agency overseeing food imports. None of those moves, however, can match the scope of Maduro's promotion this week of Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino to head what is called the Great Mission of Sovereign Supply.

    The goal is to boost production and guarantee the smooth distribution of food in the face of what Maduro sees as economic sabotage by his opponents. As part of the overhaul, all ministries will take orders from Padrino, and the nation's ports will fall under the "total control" of the military. That has led some to compare the move to a discreet power grab by the armed forces, the historical arbiter of Venezuela's political disputes.

    Venezuelans caught their first glimpse of the initiative in images broadcast Wednesday on state TV showing uniformed officers inspecting chicken plants and studying delivery orders for a large shipment of vegetable oil. "We're going to defeat this economic war because there's political will, from the people's power and the armed forces," said Gen. Pedro Alvarez while carrying out the inspection near the capital. But despite the media blitz, little has changed for most Venezuelans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    The socialist paradise is performing as expected.
    But who's expectations? Certainly leftists had different expectations.

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    UNICEF says to put the children first...

    UNICEF calls for Venezuelan children, teens to be focus of crisis solution
    July 29, 2016 -- UNICEF has called on the Venezuelan government to prioritize the needs of children and teenagers amid a crippling economic crisis that has led to shortages of food and medicine.
    "UNICEF calls for any dialogue, as well as any action of the state and of society, to have the best interest of the child and the absolute priority of children at its core," UNICEF said in a statement following U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call for dialogue between the administration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the political opposition and non-governmental organizations to create solutions.

    Basic goods, food and medicines have been missing from store shelves throughout Venezuela, a country dependent on oil revenues to fuel its socialist system. Low oil prices have exacerbated an economic recession to the point the government has struggled to pay back debts. Venezuela this year has sold at least $1.7 billion in gold reserves to pay debts, which has decreased the South American country's gold reserves to the lowest level on record.

    The basic goods shortages have led some Venezuelans to cross the borders into Colombia and Guyana to purchase items. "UNICEF shares the concerns demonstrated by national authorities of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and relevant social sectors about the consequences of the current circumstances for children and adolescents in the country," UNICEF added. "UNICEF joins the U.N. Secretary General´s call for a dialogue between the sectors able to bring meaningful and practical solutions to society, and welcomes the integration of new actors to facilitate such a process."

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