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24 minutes ago, hamradio said:

 

I think we should stay out of the country because getting involved will cause a refugee crisis. The 2009 Honduras Coup is why half of Central America is trying to get in to the US and what happened to Gaddafi in Libya caused mass migration into Europe.

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7 minutes ago, Gershwin fan said:

I think we should stay out of the country because getting involved will cause a refugee crisis. The 2009 Honduras Coup is why half of Central America is trying to get in to the US and what happened to Gaddafi in Libya caused mass migration into Europe.

Agree, his Vietnam remarks couldn't had been a worst comparison. (the video was pun toward his statement)

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My Italian wife has a lot of relatives in Venezuela since this was a place Italians would go to post-WWII.   We had her cousins over about 6 months ago and they wanted a new government but we didn't get into if the USA\West should 'assist' in making this happen.

We talked to them last night and they are hoping for a peaceful transition but don't think that will happen.     

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4 minutes ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

My Italian wife has a lot of relatives in Venezuela since this was a place Italians would go to post-WWII.   We had her cousins over about 6 months ago and they wanted a new government but we didn't get into if the USA\West should 'assist' in making this happen.

We talked to them last night and they are hoping for a peaceful transition but don't think that will happen.     

Just as long as we don't have to take the refugees!

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2 minutes ago, Gershwin fan said:

Just as long as we don't have to take the refugees!

Especially my wife's relatives (ha ha).   But really a few of them did leave the country and move in with US relatives in Florida,  a few years back.     The one's remaining no longer have the money to travel to the USA so they would have to go to counties like Columbia etc..

 

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https://www.rt.com/news/450320-twitter-venezuela-accounts-removed/

Twitter takes down hundreds of accounts linked to Venezuela amid US calls for regime change

Twitter has announced that it took down about 2,000 accounts in Venezuela, most of which it claimed were “engaged in a state-backed influence campaign.” This comes amid accusations of a US-led coup attempt.

The San Francisco-based social media giant released a blog post on Thursday saying that it removed 1,196 accounts located in Venezuela which it deemed to “appear to be engaged in a state-backed influence campaign targeting domestic audiences.” It also removed another 764 accounts, however, noted: “We are unable to definitively tie the accounts located in Venezuela to information operations of a foreign government against another country.”

The Twitter purge of accounts was met with criticism and accusations of censorship.

Host of the Empire Files, a documentary & interview series, Abby Martin lamented that amid Twitter censorship of pro-government supporters, “pro-coup Venezuelans & right-wing exiles dominate the media sphere.”

 

Independent journalist Ben Norton accused social media corporations of acting as an “extension of US government interests.”

The Twitter purge comes more than a week after US President Donald Trump recognized Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president in a provocative move against the elected government of Nicolas Maduro. Guaido, who is the president of the National Assembly, swore an oath standing on the streets of Caracas and declared himself interim president on January 23.

A vocal supporter of regime change in the Latin American country Florida senator Marco Rubio seemed to welcome the news of the Twitter purge on his own account on Thursday.

 

It’s not the first time social media has cracked down on Venezuela based accounts. In September Twitter suspended the official account of the Venezuelan government’s press team, reportedly without giving any explanation. Earlier, Telesur English, a multi-state-funded Latin American news network based in Venezuela, was targeted by Facebook. 

Along with the take down of Venezuela-linked accounts, Twitter removed ones linked to Iran, Russia and Bangladesh for what it deemed “malicious” activity. Simultaneously Facebook announced a purge on “inauthentic behavior” tied to Iran. It deleted multiple pages, groups and accounts which “repurposed Iranian state media’s reporting on topics like Israel-Palestine relations and the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, including the role of the US, Saudi Arabia, and Russia.

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Venezuela military blocks bridge in attempt to impede U.S.-backed aid

World Feb 6, 2019 3:30 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia — The Venezuelan military has barricaded a bridge at a key border crossing, issuing a challenge on Wednesday to a U.S.-backed effort by the opposition to bring humanitarian aid into the troubled nation.

The Tienditas International Bridge was blocked a day prior by the Venezuelan National Guard with a giant orange tanker, two large blue containers and makeshift fencing near the border town of Cucuta, Colombian officials said.

 

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/venezuela-military-blocks-bridge-in-attempt-to-impede-u-s-backed-aid

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Dr. Jill Stein🌻Verified account @DrJillStein 3h3 hours ago

 
 

The Red Cross has refused to participate in the US-led effort to deliver humanitarian aid to Juan Guaido in #Venezuela,

saying that using humanitarian aid to serve a political agenda would violate its "fundamental principles of impartiality, neutrality & independence."

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Dr. Jill Stein🌻Verified account @DrJillStein 1h1 hour ago

 
 

Pope Francis has offered to mediate talks between #Venezuela's President Maduro & US-backed opposition Guaido - if both sides are willing to talk.

Maduro says yes, but Guaido says no.

If Guaido is such a champion of democracy, why does he refuse to hold peaceful dialogue? 🤔

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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19 hours ago, mr6666 said:

Dr. Jill Stein🌻Verified account @DrJillStein 3h3 hours ago

 
 

The Red Cross has refused to participate in the US-led effort to deliver humanitarian aid to Juan Guaido in #Venezuela,

saying that using humanitarian aid to serve a political agenda would violate its "fundamental principles of impartiality, neutrality & independence."

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Yeah let them starve, 

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NPRVerified account @NPR 19h19 hours ago

 
 

The U.S. effort to distribute tons of food and medicine to needy Venezuelans

is also designed to foment regime change

–– which is why many humanitarian groups want nothing to do with it.

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/16/695154567/u-s-masses-aid-along-venezuelan-border-as-some-humanitarian-groups-warn-of-risks

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Of pushing out Maduro, Guaido says ‘Venezuela already decided for change’

President Trump has again called for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to resign and hand over power to Juan Guaido, president of the National Assembly, whom the U.S. and 60 other nations recognize as interim president.

Special correspondent Nadja Drost sat down with Guaido to discuss the country’s humanitarian crisis, whether he could negotiate with Maduro and the “decisive” role of the U.S. .......

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/venezuelas-guaido-on-humanitarian-crisis-potential-political-transition

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6 hours ago, mr6666 said:

Venezuela's Maduro cuts ties with Colombia amid border conflict

"I’ve decided to sever all ties with the fascist government of Colombia," Venezuela's Maduro said.

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/venezuela-s-maduro-cuts-ties-colombia-amid-border-conflict-n974991

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Maduro may want a wall.  Oh if he does, leftist will say more power to him. 

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