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Venezuela Meltdown Update (12)

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Maduro overtly embraces his role as a Russian surrogate. Indeed, he would not still be in power was it not for the implied military backing of Russia and a Russian propaganda campaign.  

Conversely, the West highlights the rampant corruption of Maduro’s Venezuela, the extreme poverty and starvation of the Venezuelan people, and the deprivation of humanitarian aid at the country’s borders. 

It might be categorized as a ‘he said, she said’ situation were it not for the utter lack of coverage of the reality on the ground inside the country. This only serves to highlight the propaganda efforts of Maduro’s disinformation friends and allies and their deliberate control of damaging information to the illegal and unrecognized Maduro regime. 

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Muscovy’s propaganda firehose continues, as does the aid blockade. Russia denies setting up GazpromBank accounts to bypass sanctions. Another senior officer defects from the Chavistas, and states that 90% of the military are not happy. Maduro attends air defense exercise claimed to be a preparation to repel an invasion – more interesting is that the RT clip shows very modern Chinese supplied JYL-1 radars (on Type 120 trucks).  Maduro promises more advanced weapons for the military.

Secretary Pompeo on Twitter: “As @jguaido said, Maduro will no longer be able to rob the people of #Venezuela of their dreams and opportunities. That’s why the U.S. is answering his call by sending humanitarian aid to a warehouse in Colombia on Venezuela’s border to help the people Maduro has starved.…”

Joe Biden on Twitter: “Only a tyrant would prevent the delivery of food and medicine to people he claims to lead. The international community must support Juan Guaido and the National Assembly. It is time for Maduro to step aside and allow a democratic transition. The Venezuelan people deserve better.”

Venezuela: Nicolás Maduro’s demise is ‘irreversible’, Trump adviser says | World news | The Guardian

Top Latin America adviser claims ‘there is not a single scenario’ in which Maduro and his ‘cronies’ are able to retain power

US seeks UN draft resolution calling for Venezuela elections

The draft resolution stresses “deep concern with the violence and excessive use of force by Venezuelan security forces against unarmed, peaceful protesters.

US, Russia present rival UN draft resolutions on Venezuela | News | Al Jazeera

As US and Russia compete within UN on backing opposing factions, another colonel shifts side in support of Guaido.

Venezuela’s Guaido warns military on blocked aid

The warning comes as international aid has taken center stage in a test of wills between Guaido and President Nicolas Maduro in which the military is seen as the pivotal player. Medicine and food sent by the United States has been blocked for three days in Cucuta, Colombia after the Venezuelan military

Venezuela’s Guaido: those blocking aid are ‘almost genocidal’ – YouTube

AFP news agency Published on Feb 10, 2019 Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido charges that those blocking badly-needed humanitarian aid from entering the country are “almost genocidal” and warns the Armed Forces that “it is a crime against humanity”. SOUNDBITE

Venezuela’s military is 90% against Maduro, claims defecting colonel | World | The Times

A colonel in the Venezuelan army has become the latest senior officer to renounce President Maduro’s regime.Rubén Paz declared support for Juan Guaidó, the rival president, in a video and asked colleagues to join him. “Ninety per cent of us in the armed forces are really unhappy,” he said. “We are b

Venezuelan military official drops allegiance to Maduro – World News

An active-duty Venezuelan army colonel who is a military doctor has dropped his allegiance to President Nicolas Maduro, backing opposition leader Juan Guaido instead.

Inside Caracas slum where hard-left ‘Chavistas’ loyal to Maduro say they’ll ‘fight to the death’ to defend crumbling legacy of communist icon Hugo Chavez

Venezuela is hit by empty supermarkets, dwindling medical supplies and massive inflation making people’s meagre salaries almost worthless. Yet despite chaos, the hard-left are loyal to Maduro

As Maduro Digs in, His Aides Hunt for an Emergency Escape Route – Bloomberg

Nicolas Maduro is under pressure at home and abroad, and being encouraged by the U.S. to go to “a nice beach somewhere far from Venezuela.” The question is where would — or could — he go?

Venezuelan oil ventures’ accounts shifted to Russia’s Gazprombank – Breaking News – Jerusalem Post

Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA is telling customers of its oil joint ventures to deposit sales proceeds at an account it recently opened at Russia’s Gazprombank AO, according to sources and an internal document seen by Reuters on Saturday.

Exclusive: Venezuela shifts oil ventures’ accounts to Russian bank – document, sources | Reuters

Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA is telling customers of its joint ventures to deposit oil sales proceeds in an account recently opened at Russia’s Gazprombank AO, according to sources and an internal document seen by Reuters on Saturday.

Venezuela utilizing Russian banks to skirt US oil sanctions: sources – Daily Sabah

Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA is telling customers of its joint ventures to deposit oil sales proceeds in an account recently opened at Russia’s…

Citgo Might Have a New Board, Thanks to Venezuela’s Guaidó – Bloomberg

The refiner’s decision to ignore Nicolás Maduro and go along with Juan Guaidó’s new board is pretty spectacular.

US refiner Citgo emerges as key to Venezuela’s power battle – Boston Herald

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. and dozens of other countries may have declared that Nicolas Maduro is no longer the legitimate president of Venezuela, but that has not loosened his grip on power. Maduro still controls the military, despite scattered defections. He has the loyalty of the Supreme Court. And he has rendered the opposition-controlled National Assembly powerless by setting up a rival constitutional assembly.

President Maduro’s Fort Plenty keeps hunger out | World | The Sunday Times

The thwack of tennis balls echoed across a palm-fringed lake. A gaggle of white geese waddled along the shore. With its bowling alley and bars, this military district in southern Caracas looked like some tropical holiday camp. But it is where Venezuela’s leader lives in comfort while the masses stru

Doctors demand humanitarian aid be allowed into Venezuela – ABC News

Volunteers ready U.S. aid for Venezuela as Maduro digs in

Volunteers prepared sacks of rice and other food on the Colombian border as Venezuela’s opposition vowed to deliver the U.S. aid to their troubled nation.

Maduro will step down soon enough, former Venezuela opposition leader says

For members of Venezuela’s democratic underground, it’s just a matter of time before Nicolas Maduro, the country’s socialist dictator, is forced to step down.

Venezuela CRISIS: US on course for SHOWDOWN with China and Russia | World | News |

THE UNITED States is facing a showdown with Russia and China over Venezuela as Washington continues in its mission to oust Nicolas Maduro as head of the crisis-hit country.

Dem tells Venezuela’s Guaidó: ‘You don’t get to authorize US military interventions’ | TheHill

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) on Saturday warned Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaidó against any attempt to authorize U.S. military force to strengthen his claim to power.

The accidental leader: How Juan Guaidó became the face of Venezuela’s uprising – The Washington Post

Secret trips, global pressure and fortunate timing propelled the 35-year-old engineer and politician.

Venezuela Crisis: South America Is a Battlefield in the New Cold War – Bloomberg

The Venezuela crisis is a test of Russian and Chinese power in America’s backyard.

Of the three major scenarios for Venezuela, U.S. military intervention is the least likely | Miami Herald

Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro may be forced out of power and democracy restored if the current escalation of U.S. and international economic sanctions keep growing.

In Venezuela, Life After Socialism Will Require IMF Life Support

What happens in Venezuela when a new government eventually takes over?

Power and Money in Venezuela – WSJ

Some opponents of Nicolás Maduro remain supporters of socialism.

How Venezuela turns its useless bank notes into gold – Business Insider

Venezuela’s most successful financial operations come from primitive gold-mining camps in the nation’s southern reaches. Venezuela’s most successful financial operations come from primitive gold-mining camps in the nation’s southern reaches. With the country’s economy in meltdown, an estimated 300,000 fortune hunters have descended on this mineral-rich jungle area to earn a living in makeshift mines turning the country’s near-worthless banknotes into gold. The semi-secret operations support the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro, whose leadership has been rejected by the majority of United Nations members and President Donald Trump.

Russia’s Gazprombank rejects Reuters report, denies opening new accounts for Venezuelan oil giant — RT World News

Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA has not opened any fresh accounts in Russia’s Gazprombank, the latter said, calling a report by Reuters on the alleged transfer inaccurate.

Joe Biden reminded of past ‘humanitarian’ actions after he blasts Maduro over aid block — RT USA News

A former US Vice President has urged Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro to step aside for a “democratic transition.” Twitter, however, doubted Joe Biden’s ‘humanitarian’ motivation, pointing out his warmongering past.

Maduro kicks off Venezuela’s ‘most important military drills in history’ (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) — RT World News

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has launched what he described as the ‘most important’ drills in history, preparing to repel any potential invasion after the US and its allies backed self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Guaido.

Another Venezuelan Army Official Swears Allegiance to Guaido – Reports – Sputnik International

Another high-ranking officer has followed General Francisco Esteban Yanez Rodriguez’ example by switching sides and recognising Guaido as president, denying Nicolas Maduros’ power, according to the Argentine website TN y la Gente.

President Maduro Says Caracas Will Invest in Weapons for Venezuelan Military – Sputnik International

CARACAS/BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has pledged that Caracas would make investments to provide the country’s armed forces and militia with the most advanced military equipment and warned other countries against trying to threaten Venezuela.

Venezuelans Cross Simon Bolivar Bridge (VIDEO) – Sputnik International

Tensions in Venezuela escalated several weeks ago when Venezuelan opposition parliament speaker Juan Guaido declared himself interim president, disputing last year’s re-election of Maduro. Guaido was almost immediately recognised by the United States and several other countries.

Regime Change “Made in the U.S.A.” |

Steve Ellner looks at the ongoing US-orchestrated coup attempt and its implications.

Chavistas March Against Imperialism: What Is the Next Step in Trump’s Coup? |

Jorge Martin looks at how the coup has been unfolding and what comes next.

How the Media Manufactures Consent for Regime Change in Venezuela |

Alan MacLeod looks at the role of the media in the regime change operation in Venezuela.