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Aug 24 09:45

VENEZUELA’S LATEST RESPONSE TO FOOD SHORTAGES: BAN LINES OUTSIDE BAKERIES

The tragedy of Venezuela continues unabated, but that doesn't mean the government of President Nicolás Maduro has stopped trying to fix problems like the devastating scarcity of food which has led to malnutrition, riots, food truck hijackings, vigilante lynchings of petty thieves, and the starvation of zoo animals.

No, Maduro hasn't admitted the failure of Chavismo — the brand of Bolivarian socialism imposed on the oil-rich country by his late predecessor Hugo Chavez — instead, Venezuela's embattled leader has launched a war on "anxiety."

The National Superintendency of Fair Prices has reportedly instituted a policy of fining bakeries that allow lines to stretch out their front doors, according to PanAmPost. The head of this particular bureaucracy, William Contreras, claims the lines aren't a true indicator of a severe shortage of bread, but rather, a political "strategy of generating anxiety."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One issue this report assiduously ignores is the reality of US sanctions against Venezuela, which were renewed on 6 March of this year. As reported at presstv.com on 6 March of this year:

US declares Venezuela a ‘threat’, renews sanctions against Caracas

I'm just more than a little baffled; how in the nave of heaven can Venezuela be characterized as a "threat" when its oil-based economy is going down in flames right now, because of the steep depression in oil prices?

Should we not, as an allegedly compassionate nation, actually be offering at least food aid to starving Venezuelans?!?

Apparently, what the Obama administration wants here is regime change, and badly, in Venezuela, so they are delighted that the Venezuelan people are so miserable that they might well revolt against their current government, so someone to the US government's liking can come to power.

That appears to be the game plan for now.

Aug 24 07:49

Israel armed Argentina to deadly effect during Falklands War, secret files show

Britain’s supposedly close ally, Israel, armed Argentina as the South American nation was bombing Royal Navy ships and killing UK troops in the vicious 1982 war to reclaim the Falkland Islands, secret files indicate.

The supply of arms and military equipment may have been fuelled by an old hatred of the British harbored by then Israeli Prime Minister Menachim Begin – himself a former Irgun terrorist who fought against British troops in Palestine.

Aug 22 09:23

Chileans demanding pension reform hold nationwide protests

Hundreds of thousands of Chileans have taken part in a nationwide protest demanding better provisions for retirees.

They milled through the streets in the capital on Sunday to put pressure on the government to adapt a pension system that would provide better retirement benefits.

The protesters in Santiago and other cities said they wanted the current pension system dismantled.

Chile’s current private pension system was launched in the 80s by free market advocate José Piñera during Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship.

Aug 21 20:45

Uncontacted Tribes Facing Extinction in Massive Amazonian Forest Fires

Waking Times

Already facing extinction from illegal logging, deforestation, the invasion of oil companies and colonization, uncontacted members of the Awá tribe living for centuries on the edge Brazil’s Amazon are now facing another serious threat to their survival as uncontrollable forest fires devour thousands of acres of pre-Amazon forest in their area.

Aug 19 16:12

VENEZUELA BANS Bread Lines....

Aug 18 17:30

Venezuela Destroys Thousands of Guns: “Renewal Of Efforts To Disarm” Hungry, Angry Population

Their form of gun control means, of course, that only the police, the military and the criminals will have guns...

Venezuelan police crushed and chopped up nearly 2,000 shotguns and pistols in a Caracas city square on Wednesday, as the new interior minister relaunched a long-stalled gun control campaign in one of the world’s most crime-ridden countries.

Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said... “We are going to bring disarmament and peace.”

What happens in a country where food is scarce, and those with guns can get everyone else to do what they want for food? How does decency survive?

Read more at SHTF

Aug 18 10:42

Venezuela Confiscates Guns As Murder Rates Soar

As murder rates soar in the capital city of Caracas, government officials look to seize guns and register ammunition...

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Aug 18 08:16

TOWN COMES TOGETHER AND FORCES MONSANTO GMO SEED FACILITY TO BE DISMANTLED

Residents of an Argentinian town have forced one of Monsanto’s half-completed GMO seed plants to be dismantled. Activists have been marching, petitioning, and talking to the government as well as Monsanto for three years now to urge them to disallow the company’s latest expansion — a multi-million dollar, genetically modified seed plant in Malvinas, Argentina.

In a bid to gain local support, Monsanto once said:

“Cordobeses (residents of Córdoba) will be proud to have one of the most important [seed-producing] plants in the world . . .The more than one thousand employees of Monsanto Argentina are proud and thankful to be a part of the community of Malvinas, Argentina.”

The sentiment was not shared among a massive number of Malvinas residents, however.

Aug 13 11:49

U.S. Backed Opposition in Venezuela Attempts to Usher in Monsanto

By Brandon Turbeville

As the U.S. empire exhausts itself on wars in the Middle East and provocations in Asia and Eastern Europe, the “democracy” and “free market reforms” that are a hallmark of the Anglo-American system are becoming more and more apparent to the rest of the world.

One hallmark of Western imperialism has been the spread and even the mandate of Big Ag GMO seeds where the Anglo-American empire cannot spread itself by corruption, bribes and covert means, militarily conquered nations are often forced to abandon traditional agriculture in favor of “biotechnology” particularly products that belong to multinational corporations like Monsanto...

Aug 12 13:37

Monsanto Backs Out Of Seed Plant In Argentina After Protests

In yet another victory against the multinational corporation Monsanto in Argentina, the company has now announced that it will dismantle its multi-million dollar GMO seed plant in Malvinas. Monsanto made the decision to give up on its seed plant after three years worth of protests from local citizens and GMO-free campaigners from…

Aug 12 07:42

This One Photo of the Olympics Sums Up Everything Wrong With Society

Waking Times

The world is fracturing at the seams at present, and in this recent photo from Rio, the stark contrast between manufactured reality and truth is clearly visible. Thousands of people are starving just outside of view of the cameras, poor people are being violently hustled out of sight by riot police, and crimes of desperation of rocking the city, yet, in the Olympic arena, paid security is doing its part to shelter event-goers from the harsh reality of life in one of the world’s most troubled cities.

Aug 04 09:09

Rio 2016: Fury erupts in streets as Olympic torch arrives in turmoil city

RIOTS have broken out in Rio de Janeiro after fury swept crowds as the Olympic torch arrived in the host city.

The growing discontent in the city reached boiling point at the end of the torch's three-month tour, as outraged locals took to the streets to demonstrate against the prestigious games.

In a shocking clip, infuriated Brazilians can be seen clashing with riot police after it was revealed the costs of hosting the games has increased by more than 50 per cent.

The country only recently admitted the total cost of the global event would reach $4.6bn as the country is facing its second year of recession.

Aug 03 09:32

'Socialist experiment' Venezuela in ruins as soldiers delete videos of 12-hour food queues

A BBC journalist, who attempted to film the crisis, was stopped and forced by soldiers to delete footage of a protest outside a supermarket as desperate Venezuelans waited for food.

Baying crowds shouted “We want to buy stuff!” as they grouped outside the store in the country’s capital, Caracas.

BBC journalist Vladimir Hernandez reports that many people approached him to say they had queued for 12 hours without being able to buy what they wanted.

In the short clip, the crew are warned by a demonstrator that they have been spotted by members of the Venezuelan army.

They are soon surrounded by soldiers as the crowd screams: “Let them film!”

Soldiers can then be heard saying: “Delete that video right now in front of me,” as the journalists are moved away from the demonstrations.

During his report on BBC Newsnight, the journalist said: “Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro faces an economic crisis unlike any Venezuela has seen before.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Conveniently absent in this report is the issue of US sanctions against Venezuela, which is reeling economically because of the severe drop in oil prices. As reported at presstv.com in March of this year:

US President Barack Obama has renewed an executive order that declares Venezuela a threat to the US, extending sanctions against the South American country for one more year. In renewing the measure, Obama said on Thursday that the situation in Venezuela constituted an "unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States" and that he was declaring a "national emergency" to counter that threat. The Obama administration first issued the executive order against Venezuela in March of last year, which provoked a storm of controversy inside the country and a backlash throughout Latin America. Following last year’s decree, Obama ordered sanctions against seven Venezuelan officials, whose economy has been battered by the steep drop in global oil prices. Venezuela has condemned the measure as a sign of Washington’s perpetual hostility towards the Latin American nation. The National Emergencies Act is a tool American presidents possess that allows them to impose sanctions on a country under certain circumstances that go beyond what Congress has approved.

While the sanctions per se would not put Venezuela over the edge geopolitically, they are a tool engineered to make the country fall more quickly and deeply into chaos, in order that "regime change" can happen, and more US-centric government can be installed.

Maduro is in deep trouble right now with his people, and the food shortages, coupled with "forced agricultural work" is not helping at all. As reported at money.cnn.com on 29 July:

A new decree by Venezuela's government could make its citizens work on farms to tackle the country's severe food shortages. That "effectively amounts to forced labor," according to Amnesty International, which derided the decree as "unlawful." In a vaguely-worded decree, Venezuelan officials indicated that public and private sector employees could be forced to work in the country's fields for at least 60-day periods, which may be extended "if circumstances merit." "Trying to tackle Venezuela's severe food shortages by forcing people to work the fields is like trying to fix a broken leg with a band aid," Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas' Director at Amnesty International, said in a statement. President Nicolas Maduro is using his executive powers to declare a state of economic emergency. By using a decree, he can legally circumvent Venezuela's opposition-led National Assembly -- the Congress -- which is staunchly against all of Maduro's actions.

Aug 02 18:06

YAY SOCIALISM! Venezuela in Ruins: 12-Hour Food Lines… (Where flour, pasta and milk can cost a month’s pay)

“There’s some food on sale but most people can’t afford to buy it. Venezuela has the highest inflation in the world and it’s hitting the poor the hardest."

Jul 31 20:24

Controlled explosion at Rio’s Olympic stadium just days before opening ceremony

Authorities sent in a robot to investigate the toolbox on Sunday at the Maracana Stadium as rehearsals for the ceremony were underway.

The toolbox is believed to have exploded when the robot touched it. No injuries have been reported.

Jul 31 19:27

How the Treasonous Venezuelan Oligarchs are Sabotaging Venezuela

The problems in Venezuela are caused by Oligarchs stealing from the people using fraud via manipulated currency rates.
The US supports these Oligarchs because they want the Oil back that Chavez nationalised. They also want to show other nations that taking back resources from Wall St. will not be tolerated.

Nations are not allowed to put the interest of the People before the interests of Wall St.

Jul 31 08:25

Starving Venezuelans Break Into Zoo And Eat Equally Starving Animals

A food shortage plaguing Venezuela right now has thrown citizens into a frenzy in search for sustenance and they have resorted to breaking into zoos to butcher and eat the animals. Last week, groups of intruders broke into Caricuao Zoo in Caracas, Venezuela, pulled a rare black stallion from its cage, and slaughtered him there on the spot. They left behind only his head and ribs, which zookeepers found in the morning when they entered to care for the lone horse.

Jul 30 09:01

Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List

General Dumbford head of the joint chiefs of staff is headed to Turkey to convince Erdogan that the US didn't try to overthrow him.
Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.
The world no longer believes the lies that spew from the mouths of American politicians and generals like vomit!
China 1949 to early 1960s
Albania 1949-53
East Germany 1950s
Iran 1953 *
Guatemala 1954 *
Costa Rica mid-1950s
Syria 1956-7
Egypt 1957
Indonesia 1957-8
British Guiana 1953-64 *
Iraq 1963 *
North Vietnam 1945-73
Cambodia 1955-70 *........
Add Turkey to the list!

Webmaster addition: Also Cuba in 1898 and 1955, Chile in 1973, Philippines in 1899 and 1965, Hawaii in 1893, China 1900, Panama and Honduras in 1903, Mexico 1914, Panama again in 1989, Dominican Republic 1965, Cuba again in 1961 (failed), etc.

Jul 30 08:46

Neoliberalism to push Brazil off the cliff optimistically

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff refused to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio. She has been removed from power for six months and remains outraged by the impeachment that was organized by neo-liberals. Their media outlets trumpet about the "optimism" that has gripped the masses against the backdrop of an economic recovery in Brazil. Judging by the example of Argentina, Brazil's neighboring state, this optimism will not last long. The vote for the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff will take place on 20 August. To finally remove President from office, two-thirds of Brazilian senators will have to support the initiative. If it happens, acting head of state, neoliberal of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), Michel Temer, will stay in office before the elections in 2018...

Jul 27 13:41

Leaked Clinton Emails Reveal Continued Efforts to Sabotage Venezuela

Despite her public appeals for friendship, a series of leaked emails show that during her time as Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, has continued to promote subversion against the Latin American country behind closed doors.

Jul 25 14:45

Report: Mexico Wants To Build Trump’s Wall To Stop Illegal Immigration

There is one small caveat, however. Mexicans don’t want to build the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, but rather, they want to stem the tide of immigration into their own country by building the wall on their southern border with central America...

Jul 24 16:55

Eric Trump’s full speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention

“To whom much is given, much will be required.

“This is the very belief that made my father make this great sacrifice.
“To run for the most powerful yet unforgiving office in the world.

“There is no greater calling….

“Vote for the candidate who can’t be bought, sold, purchased, coerced, intimidated or steered from the path that is right, and just and true….

“To the veteran tuning into this speech from his or her hospital, whose been ignored and disrespected by an ungrateful system, my father is running for you….

“Vote for the one candidate who does not need this job.”

— Eric Trump, son of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, spoke Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Jul 24 16:47

Democratic convention draws thousands of protesters to Philadelphia

Thousands of demonstrators took to the sweltering streets of Philadelphia on Sunday, chanting and beating drums in the first major protests ahead of the Democratic national convention.

The group of about a dozen marchers walked on sidewalks from near the convention site up toward the Liberty Bell. One played This Land is Your Land on bagpipes as the group weaved around people eating brunch at sidewalk cafes and others walking dogs.

Jul 23 15:27

Donald Trump and the Revolt of the Proles

The Trump phenom is about economic insecurity. This isn’t about ideology, or racism, it’s about reality;

Western elites were shocked by Brexit, shocked that all their fear mongering and finger-wagging amounted to nothing. The same is true in the US, where the media’s daily attacks on Trump have failed to erode his base of support at all, in fact, they may have added to it.

That’s the reality that made Trump possible, and that’s what this election is about, economic insecurity.

Jul 20 16:59

2016 election decides who controls the drug trade

In the Presidential Election of 2016, Republican and Democratic insiders are wrestling like two dogs over a bone over who controls the illegal drug trade. To the victor go the spoils. Who wins the election wins control of America’s vast drug bazaar, largest in the world, whose proceeds prop up lucky bankers and politicians lapping at the trough of the biggest richest slush fund in the history of the world.

Jul 15 12:50

BRICS NDB to issue yuan-denominated bond in Its maiden fundraiser

The New Development Bank (NDB), a one-year-old, infrastructure-focused lender backed by emerging BRICS economies, said this week it would issue 3 billion yuan, or US$ 447.8 million, worth of bonds in China’s interbank market on July 18.

It is also the first time the multilateral bank, set up by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, has issued bonds denominated in a currency of a member country.

The bond is a five-year green bond, which raises funds for projects that benefit the environment in ways such as improving energy efficiency and preventing pollution.

The bond yield will be decided on the day of issuance, according to the bank, which is headquartered in Shanghai. Analysts expect it to fall between 2.8 percent and 3.6 percent per annum.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would imagine that these bonds, due to go on sale next Monday, will sell quite well.

Jul 13 09:53

US-Led Economic War, Not Socialism, Is Tearing Venezuela Apart

Americans have been trained by decades of Cold War propaganda to look for any confirmation that ‘socialism means poverty.’ But in the case of Venezuela and other states not governed by the free market, this cliche simply doesn’t ring true.

Jul 12 16:42

Venezuela army deployed to control food production and distribution

Venezuela's military has started monitoring ports and food processing plants, in a new effort to guarantee supplies of food and medicines. In a decree, President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the army to co-ordinate the production and distribution of items. Venezuela is going through a deep economic crisis, despite having the world's largest oil reserves.

Jul 12 12:23

US-LED ECONOMIC WAR, NOT SOCIALISM, IS TEARING VENEZUELA APART

The political and economic crisis facing Venezuela is being endlessly pointed to as proof of the superiority of the free market.

Images and portrayals of Venezuelans rioting in the streets over high food costs, empty grocery stores, medicine shortages, and overflowing garbage bins are the headlines, and the reporting points to socialism as the cause.

The Chicago Tribune published a Commentary piece titled: “A socialist revolution can ruin almost any country.” A headline on Reason’s Hit and Run blog proclaims: “Venezuelan socialism still a complete disaster.” The Week’s U.S. edition says: “Authoritarian socialism caused Venezuela’s collapse.”

Indeed, corporate-owned, mainstream media advises Americans to look at the inflation and food lines in Venezuela, and then repeat to themselves clichés they heard in elementary school about how “Communism just doesn’t work.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this point, overtly, or covertly, as is happening in Venezuela, theUS government has become the "assassination nation" of any government whose system it doesn't like, or whose resources (to which it has utterly no moral right) it wants to control.

Jul 11 15:04

Hungry Venezuelans Feed on Stray Dogs and Cats: “Pets May End Up in Cooking Pots”

There has been a sharp increase in stray animals on roadsides and city areas, and along with them, people desperate enough to turn to these once-beloved companions as a source of food.

Household pets are the latest casualty in a country where food and other essential goods are becoming ever scarce, inflation is rampant, looting is escalating and electric blackouts occur regularly.

Read more at SHTF

Jul 07 12:49

PABLO ESCOBAR’S HIPPOS KEEP HAVING SEX AND NO ONE IS SURE HOW TO STOP THEM

When drug kingpin Pablo Escobar was killed by the Colombian National Police in 1993, he left a vast and bloody legacy in his wake. The Medellín Cartel boss is regarded as one of the most prolific criminals in history, and is notorious for having built a cocaine-fueled empire on the bodies of thousands of murdered individuals. But El Patrón is also remembered by more than 50 hippopotamuses (Hippopotamus amphibius) that currently roam free near his palatial estate, Hacienda Nápoles. Escobar’s captive hippos were never meant for the rivers and estuaries of northern Colombia, yet since his death they’ve behaved as wild animals are wont to: by vigorously breeding and multiplying, slowly establishing themselves as the largest invasive species in the world.

Jul 07 10:05

The Global Favela

To the laughter of his SWPL audience, Colbert hammed it up and made silly faces as he recounted the violence, corruption, and incompetence as Brazil scrambles to put together the infrastructure needed to host the Summer Games. He noted billions of dollars were sent to companies which are currently being investigated for price fixing and kickbacks. He smirked about Brazil having one of the “highest violent crime rates in the world” and, making sure to trill his r’s for comedic effect, quoted the soccer player Rivaldo telling foreigners to “stay in their country of origin” because “here you will be running the risk of your life.” The meme-ready warning from police to arriving tourists “Welcome to Hell” was also featured. And though Colbert didn’t mention this, body parts recently washed ashore next to one of the key venues for the games.

Jul 07 08:47

Board collapses during Olympic training for synchronized diving

A diving platform collapsed when Russian athletes were performing synchronized diving during their Rio 2016 Olympic preparations in Havana, Cuba.

Sergey Nazin was executing a synchronized dive with his partner, when the diving board suddenly felt apart.

Jul 06 15:51

Brazilian soldiers begin patrolling Rio Olympic venues amid rising crime rates

Security operation of 85,000 personnel deployed month before summer games to ease concerns over violence, police strikes and economic and political turmoil

Jul 05 12:06

Trump Hammers On Brexit, “Independence Day” And Repudiation Of Rule By The Global Elite

One thing is clear, whether or not everyone will agree with what is said, Trump is at least speaking more directly than most politicians do

It turned out that Trump wasted no time in making sure that the people of America understood that what had been done in the UK can be done in the United States.

Jul 04 13:58

Dr Paul Craig Roberts: BREXIT, WHAT NEXT ?

Hopefully, a result of the Brexit will be the breakup of the European Union and NATO

Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) could probably prevent the United States from launching World War III, says Dr. P C Roberts.

Jul 02 22:52

Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

An exclusive interview with Dr. Alan Sabrosky

Q. Does a US-inspired NATO-generated Cold War climate already exist?

A. Not yet, but it is heading that way. Watch for it to intensify under Clinton, and to ameliorate under Trump.

Jul 01 05:56

Corbyn: Clowns to the left of him, jokers to the right

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am...

A political beacon is about to be extinguished unless he breaks with the doomed Labour Party and sets up on his own

Well I don’t know why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.
Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you,
And I’m wondering what it is I should do,
It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face,
Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place,
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right…
— Lyrics from ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’

Jul 01 05:51

Victory Is Possible – Israel Shamir

Brexit is a game-changing event. Now Euro-sceptics all over Europe has got fresh wind in their sails.

Few people expected the positive outcome of Brexit referendum. Among other doubters, I expected the UK government will borrow a trick from the Clinton collection, and proclaim the "Bremain" hath it.

The political establishment of both leading parties, the Tories and Labour, wished to remain in the cosy lap of the EC. This was the will of the Bank of England, and of the City of London; of the powerful media lords, of the creative minority of yuppies, of cosmopolitan intellectuals.

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