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12 hours ago, mr6666 said:

The HillVerified account @thehill 2h2 hours ago


JUST IN: Venezuela opposition leader says he's in talks with military officials to force out Maduro


Be interesting to see what kind of deal he will have to cut.  The military has long sided with whoever gave them the best pieces of the pie, not the people.

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Bank of England blocks Maduro's $1.2B gold withdrawal - report


.......... The move by the Bank of England came after top U.S. officials urged the British government to help cut off Maduro's access to his country's assets, the report said, and instead steer them towards opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has claimed the presidency. ....


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I've covered South America a bit in person. Things are insane down there; not in the same way as they are in North America. Different kind of buzz. It's a wholly oddball place; things are more solid but somehow less trustworthy; or trustworthy in a different way. Like the water. Very much recommend the novels of Wilson Harris.

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Bolton just exposed real motive for intervention in Venezuela:

"We're in conversation with major American companies now

...It would make a difference if we could have American companies produce the oil in Venezuela.

We both have a lot at stake here."

6:49 PM - 28 Jan 2019
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Venezuela Has 20 Tons of Gold Ready to Ship. Address Unknown

Venezuelan lawmaker Jose Guerra dropped a bombshell on Twitter Tuesday: The Russian Boeing 777 that had landed in Caracas the day before was there to spirit away 20 tons of gold from the vaults of the country’s central bank.

The claim set off a welter of social media speculation and outrage. When asked how he knew this, Guerra provided no evidence.

Just another outlandish comment from a lawmaker trying to draw attention to the plight of crisis-torn Venezuela? Perhaps not. For one thing, Guerra is a former central bank economist who remains in touch with old colleagues there. For another, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg News Tuesday that 20 tons of gold have been set aside in the central bank for loading. Worth some $840 million, the gold represents about 20 percent of its holdings of the metal in Venezuela, the person said. He provided no further information on plans for those bars.

With strongman President Nicolas Maduro losing control of the country’s already-scant finances and reserves thanks to U.S. sanctions, who can put his hands on the nation’s estimated 200 tons of gold at home and abroad has become a key question. The nation owes billions to its patrons Russia and China as well as bondholders, and also needs hard currency to buy food for its starving people.

Venezuela has been trying for years to increase its gold reserves by encouraging mining, putting the military in charge of vast territories that yield the precious metal. State gold processor Minerven melts the ore into bars, which military aircraft take to airbases around Caracas. Soldiers regularly unload it into armored vehicles bound for the central bank and beyond.

The U.S. has been working to put National Assembly head Juan Guaido, who says he is the nation’s rightful president, in charge of Venezuelan finances and starve the regime. Last week, the Bank of England denied Maduro officials’ request to withdraw $1.2 billion of gold stored there after top U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, lobbied their U.K. counterparts to cut off the regime from its overseas assets.


Why does this guy remind me so much of Obama? Maybe it's the plane loads of money that went to Iran, and Bush sending a ton to Iraq.

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Elliott Abrams, Trump’s Pick to Bring “Democracy” to Venezuela,

Has Spent His Life Crushing Democracy-

"....Mike Pompeo named Abrams as America’s special envoy for Venezuela. According to Pompeo, Abrams “will have responsibility for all things related to our efforts to restore democracy” in the oil-rich nation.

The choice of Abrams sends a clear message to Venezuela and the world: The Trump administration intends to brutalize Venezuela, while producing a stream of unctuous rhetoric about America’s love for democracy and human rights.

Combining these two factors — the brutality and the unctuousness — is Abrams’s core competency......


Abrams participated in many of the most ghastly acts of U.S. foreign policy from the past 40 years, all the while proclaiming how deeply he cared about the foreigners he and his friends were murdering.

Looking back, it’s uncanny to see how Abrams has almost always been there when U.S. actions were at their most sordid. .......



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Tulsi GabbardVerified account @TulsiGabbard 7h7 hours ago


“Coercion, whether military or economic, must never be used to seek a change in government in a sovereign state.

The use of sanctions by outside powers to overthrow an elected government is in violation of all norms of international law,” warns UN expert.


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Venezuela's Guaido lays out broad vision for the country

During the speech, the self-declared interim president says police went to his home in an attempt to intimidate him.


"We have a plan, well thought out, structured," Guaido said at the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences in the Central University of Venezuela on Thursday, noting that "it is the sum of many sacrifices". 

The "National Plan" focuses on the opposition's vision for the economy and oil resources, but it also tackles public services, security, governability and society. 

Guaido said there would be something for everyone in society to do as Venezuela moved forward, including the military.

"The armed forces also have a role in the reconstruction of the country," he said...........

In Thursday's speech, Guaido divided the plan into three phases: the "cessation of the usurpation", the establishment of a "transitional government" and free elections. 

According to Guaido, the priorities include the coordination of humanitarian assistance, the restoration of public services and an effort to tackle people's dependency on subsidies. 

'No dialogue with Maduro'

Guaido indicated that there would be no dialogue with Maduro or anyone in his government.....




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