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Wed Jan 23 13:43:00
We could play this game, too, beware!


Maduro recognizes US opposition leader Ocasio-Cortez as interim president

Jan. 23, 2019,
By Carmen Sesin

President Maduro officially recognized USA opposition leader Ocasio-Cortez as interim president on Wednesday after Ocasio-Cortez declared herself the country's leader amid cheers from thousands who were protesting in the streets of the capital, Washington.

"In its role as the only legitimate branch of government duly elected by the American people, the Congress invoked the country’s constitution to declare Donald Trump, and the office of the presidency therefore vacant," said Maduro in a statement. "The people of the USA have courageously spoken out against Trump and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law."

Ocasio-Cortez, leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, declared herself interim president as hundreds of thousands marched in Washington demanding an end to Trump's government.

Wed Jan 23 13:48:53
Pretty good trolling.
Wed Jan 23 14:35:53
We could do worse. In fact we have with what we have.
Fri Jan 25 05:07:16
Venezuela is not alone!!!


January 25 2019 09:50:00

Venezuelan President Maduro hails support of Turkey, Russia, China

Venezuela's president expressed his gratitude to Turkey, Russia and China on Thursday for their support after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself “interim president”.

"I thank Russia, China, Turkey and other governments and people of the world for their strong support of the legitimately established government of Venezuela," Nicolas Maduro said in a Twitter post.

"Venezuela is not alone!" he added.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan voiced solidarity with Maduro on Jan. 24, a day after Washington recognized Guaido as the interim leader of Venezuela.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the foreign interference in Venezuela's internal affairs a serious violation of international law.

China also said it supports "efforts" by Venezuela's government to secure its national sovereignty.

U.S. Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar also condemned the coup attempt.

“A US backed coup in Venezuela is not a solution to the dire issues they face. [President Donald] Trump's efforts to install a far right opposition will only incite violence and further destabilize the region. We must support Mexico, Uruguay & the Vatican's efforts to facilitate a peaceful dialogue,” she said on her Twitter page.

A growing number of countries have lined up behind Guaido, the head of the National Assembly, who declared himself president under Articles 333 and 350 of the Venezuelan Constitution amid mass anti-government protests over the country's economic crisis.

Guaido's declaration was quickly recognized by the U.S., Canada and several fellow Latin American nations.

Maduro first took office in 2013 following the death of his predecessor Hugo Chavez.

After being inaugurated earlier this month, he is set to govern for another six-year term through 2025.

The U.S. has criticized Maduro throughout his time in office and has shown support for the National Assembly as the "last vestige of democracy".
Fri Jan 25 05:20:41
All guns are on our side!


In a televised news conference, the leader of Venezuela’s armed forces declared loyalty to Mr. Maduro and said the opposition’s effort to replace him amounted to an attempted coup.
Fri Jan 25 05:43:21
I believe Venezuela has suffered from American and European sanctions for quite a while, which is a reason why their economy is destroyed. But the opposition to Maduro, both domestic and abroad, seems to ignore this and instead put all blame on Maduro and says that he must go because he makes his people go hungry.
Fri Jan 25 09:01:50

No. Venezuela went in the tank because as these people are prone to do, they confiscated property and replaced the competent with the ignorant.

Anarchist Prime
Fri Jan 25 13:37:20
The Wall Street Journal‏Verified account @WSJ · 4h4 hours ago

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Pence called Venezuela's opposition leader the night before he declared himself interim president, pledging U.S. backing if he seized power
Fri Jan 25 15:09:54

The Venezuelan opposition may want to have a word with Shite Iraqis before they count on US support.

Fri Jan 25 16:22:52
North Koreazuela's government needs to go.
Sat Jan 26 09:42:49
This can only mean war!


Nicolas Maduro’s embattled Venezuelan regime, desperate to hold onto the dwindling cash pile it has abroad, was stymied in its bid to pull $1.2 billion worth of gold out of the Bank of England, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Bank of England’s decision to deny Maduro officials’ withdrawal request comes after top U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, lobbied their U.K. counterparts to help cut off the regime from its overseas assets, according to one of the people, who asked not to be identified.
Sat Jan 26 10:28:45
"I believe Venezuela has suffered from American and European sanctions for quite a while, which is a reason why their economy is destroyed. "

Other kleptocratic petrostates are nowhere close to collapsing, so no.
Sat Jan 26 10:43:48

Now the socialist revolution in Venezuela is invulnerable!


Exclusive: Kremlin-linked contractors help guard Venezuela's Maduro - sources
Maria Tsvetkova, Anton Zverev

5 Min Read

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Private military contractors who do secret missions for Russia flew into Venezuela in the past few days to beef up security for President Nicolas Maduro in the face of U.S.-backed opposition protests, according to two people close to them.

A third source close to the Russian contractors also told Reuters there was a contingent of them in Venezuela, but could not say when they arrived or what their role was.

Russia, which has backed Maduro’s socialist government to the tune of billions of dollars, this week promised to stand by him after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself president with Washington’s endorsement.

It was the latest international crisis to split the global superpowers, with the United States and Europe backing Guaido, and Russia and China urging non-interference.

Yevgeny Shabayev, leader of a local chapter of a paramilitary group of Cossacks with ties to Russian military contractors, said he had heard the number of Russian contractors in Venezuela may be about 400.

But the other sources spoke of small groups.

Russia’s Defence Ministry and Venezuela’s Information Ministry did not respond to requests for comment about the contractors. But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We have no such information.”

The contractors are associated with the so-called Wagner group whose members, mostly ex-service personnel, fought clandestinely in support of Russian forces in Syria and Ukraine, according to Reuters interviews with dozens of contractors, their friends and relatives.

A person believed to work for the Wagner group did not respond to a message asking for information.

Citing contacts in a Russian state security structure, Shabayev said the contingent flew to Venezuela at the start of this week, a day or two before opposition protests started.

He said they set off in two chartered aircraft for Havana, Cuba, from where they transferred onto regular commercial flights to Venezuela. The Cuban government, a close ally of Venezuela’s ruling socialists for the last two decades, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The contractors’ task in Venezuela was to protect Maduro from any attempt by opposition sympathizers in his own security forces to detain him, Shabayev said.

“Our people are there directly for his protection,” he said.

Venezuelan authorities said they had put down an attempted revolt on Monday by rogue military officers about a kilometer from the presidential palace in Caracas.

Maduro, the 56-year-old successor to Hugo Chavez, only takes to the streets in carefully-controlled situations, since crowds have barracked him in the past.

One of the two anonymous Russian sources, who is close to the Wagner group and fought in foreign conflicts where it was active, said the contractors first arrived in advance of the May 2018 presidential election, but another group arrived “recently.”

Asked if the deployment was linked to protecting Maduro, the source said: “It’s directly connected.” The contractors flew to Venezuela not from Moscow but from third countries where they were conducting missions, he added.

The third source, who is close to the private military contractors, said there was a contingent in Venezuela but he could not provide further details.

“They did not arrive in a big crowd,” he said.

Publicly-available flight-tracking data has shown a number of Russian government aircraft landing in or near Venezuela over past weeks, though there was no evidence the flights were connected to military contractors.

A Russian Ilyushin-96 flew into Havana late on Wednesday after starting its journey in Moscow and flying via Senegal and Paraguay, the data showed.

The aircraft, a civilian jet, is owned by a division of the Russian presidential administration, according to a publicly-available procurement contract relating to the plane.

Between Dec. 10 and Dec. 14 last year, an Antonov-124 heavy cargo aircraft, and an Ilyushin-76 transport aircraft, carried out flights between Russia and Caracas, flight-tracking data showed. Another Ilyushin-76 was in Caracas from Dec. 12 to Dec. 21 last year. All three aircraft belong to the Russian air force, according to the tracking data.
Anarchist Prime
Sun Jan 27 05:03:39

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Biggest buyers of Venezuelan oil are @ValeroEnergy & @Chevron. Refining heavy crude from #Venezuela supports great jobs in Gulf Coast.

For the sake of these U.S. workers I hope they will begin working with administration of President Guaido & cut off illegitimate Maduro regime.

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