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Humorously, a pro-Russian publication, OpEd News, is using 1960s style “Yankee, go home” rhetoric in this article published five minutes ago: 

The irony of Russia’s warning to the US to not interfere in Venezuela is striking, as Russia props up another illegal regime.  

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China blinks. Russia threatens the US over intervention. Guaido issues a deadline to the military over aid blockade. Maduro emulates Muscovy with a tirade of nonsense, some truly bizarre. More analyses and opeds.


China Talks With Venezuela Opposition to Protect Investments – WSJ

China has been holding talks with Venezuela’s opposition to safeguard its investments, hedging its bets as pressure builds on embattled leader Nicolás Maduro.

Beijing puts its money on Maduro’s rival taking power | World | The Times

China has been holding talks with representatives of the Venezuelan opposition in a sign that one of President Maduro’s closest allies has doubts that he will survive the country’s political crisis.Chinese diplomats have held debt negotiations in Washington with representatives of Juan Guaidó, the

Russia: Venezuela hasn’t asked for military assistance | Fox News

A senior Russian diplomat says Venezuela hasn’t asked Russia for military assistance amid the South American country’s political crisis.

Russia Warns United States Against Intervening In Venezuela

Russia’s foreign minister has warned the United States against interfering in Venezuela’s internal affairs.

Russia warns United States against intervention in Venezuela | Reuters

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo against any interference, including military, into Venezuela’s internal affairs, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement following a phone call between the two.

Venezuela’s Guaido says he’s working to restore ties with Israel | Israel News | Al Jazeera

Self-declared president says he’s also open to relocating Venezuela’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Russia ready to help Venezuela resolve crisis, warns U.S. against meddling | Reuters

Russia said on Tuesday it was ready to facilitate the start of dialogue between Venezuela’s government and opposition but warned the United States against intervening in Caracas’ internal affairs.

Venezuela’s Maduro: Trump and ‘gang of extremists’ are ‘warmongering’

Venezuela’s embattled president Maduro accused the Trump administration of being filled with a “gang of extremists” who want to take over Venezuela.

Maduro calls Trump white supremacist, says KKK ‘rules the White House’ | TheHill

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in an interview released Tuesday called President Trump a white supremacist and said that the Ku Klux Klan “rules the White House.”

Maduro’s Foreign Minister Courts Support, Mediation From U.N. – WSJ

The foreign minister for the Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro said his government is ready to negotiate with the opposition and that the country plans to increase its cooperation with U.N. agencies to improve the economy.

UN Chief Meets With Maduro Regime, Despite US Request to Deal Only With ‘Legitimate Guaidó Government’

The U.S. and 50 other nations have recognized Venezuela’s National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó as interim president, but in New York on Monday, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met with the leftist regime’s foreign minister, as his office continues to stress its cooperation with “the government of Venezuela.”

Maduro calls for return of Venezuela’s UK-deposited gold

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro has called on Britain to return “more than 80 tons of gold” reserves deposited in London instead of sending humanitarian aid, in an interview with the BBC. Venezuela is in the midst of an economic crisis as millions of people face shortages of basic necessities

‘Allow in aid. That’s an order’: Venezuela opposition leader sets army deadline for food and medicine

Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido told tens of thousands of supporters on Tuesday that desperately-needed humanitarian aid would be brought into the country on February 23, despite opposition from President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela’s opposition leader Guaidó sets deadline for aid to come in as thousands rally

Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaidó set Feb. 23 as the deadline for U.S. humanitarian aid to enter the country while thousands rallied behind him. President Nicolás Maduro continues to reject aid.

Showdown looms as Venezuela’s Guaido sets aid entry date

Tens of thousands of protesters had taken to the streets to demand that Maduro allow aid into Venezuela, where food and medicine shortages are rife. Most Western countries, including the United States, have recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate head of state, but Maduro retains the backing

Rival rallies held in Venezuela as political crisis continues | News | Al Jazeera

Opposition calls for aid to be allowed in as Maduro accuses US of ‘distorting situation to justify intervention’.

Venezuela’s Guaido vows to bring in aid next week

Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido told tens of thousands of supporters on Tuesday that desperately-needed humanitarian aid would be brought into the country on February 23, despite opposition from President Nicolas Maduro. “It’s sure that the humanitarian aid will enter Venezuela

In Venezuela, protests over aid mount amid humanitarian and political crises | PBS NewsHour

In Venezuela, tens of thousands took to the streets demanding that President Nicolas Maduro allow emergency aid into the stricken country, where inflation has made basic necessities unaffordable. Many Venezuelans are urging Maduro to step down and let opposition leader Juan Guaido take over until free and fair elections can be held. Special correspondent Nadja Drost reports on the mood in Caracas.

Venezuelan Doctors Flood Border Bridge for Humanitarian U.S. Aid

Dozens of doctors flooded Venezuela’s border bridge with Colombia urging the Maduro regime to stop blocking the entry of humanitarian aid.

Venezuela’s Authoritarian President Maduro Continues Blockade Of U.S. Aid : NPR

U.S. food and medical aid for Venezuelans is sitting at the border, unable to move into the country because embattled President Nicolás Maduro has blocked the roads.

Vice President Mike Pence expected to send message to Iran, discuss Venezuela during Europe trip – ABC News

Vice President Mike Pence is expected to send a strong message to Iran and discuss the rising tension in Venezuela as he travels to Europe this week for two conferences.

Why Tuesday will be a big day for Venezuela’s future

This week will be pivotal in the revolt against despotic ruler Nicolas Maduro. That’s because on Tuesday, Venezuelans will gather to demand Maduro’s resignation, and will also attempt to bring U.S. aid across the Colombian border.

Hezbollah Is in Venezuela to Stay – Foreign Policy

Regime change in Caracas won’t change the country’s problematic relationship with the terrorist group.

Venezuela opposition rallies to tell Maduro: Let aid in | Reuters

Venezuela’s opposition supporters will take to the streets nationwide on Tuesday to keep up the heat on embattled President Nicolas Maduro and to call on him to let humanitarian aid into the country where food and medicine shortages are rife.

Venezuela pressures foreign partners on oil venture commitments: sources | Reuters

Foreign partners of Venezuela’s PDVSA are facing pressure from the state-run oil firm to publicly declare whether they will continue as minority stakeholders in Orinoco Belt projects following U.S. sanctions, three people familiar with the matter said.

Venezuela patients wait for aid stalled at Colombia border | Miami Herald

Kidney patients in Venezuela are fighting for their lives amid a hospital shortage of supplies such as catheters. Nicolas Maduro is blocking aid at the Colombia border, calling it propaganda and a US invasion.

Venezuela’s Socialist Establishment Bares its Ugly Fangs with Parasitic Crypto Tax

Venezuela’s parasitic new tax on crypto transactions has laid bare the ugly truth about Maduro-and-Chavez-style national socialism.

U.S. cargo plane ensnared in weapons scheme to Venezuela | McClatchy Washington Bureau

Cargo plane flying out of Miami delivered a small load of assault weapons, ammo, telescopic sights to airport in Valencia, Venezuelan National Guard general says.

Venezuelan women turn to prostitution to feed their families – CNN

As Venezuelan women flood across the Colombian border, desperate for work, many are finding there is only one job open to them: prostitution.

Oil up 1 percent on Saudi and OPEC cuts but outlook picture clouded | Reuters

Oil prices gained about 1 percent on Tuesday, supported by OPEC-led production cuts and U.S. sanctions against Iran and Venezuela, though remain wary of surging U.S. output and the outcome of U.S.-China trade talks.

Venezuela crisis: Expedia, Orbitz no longer sell tickets to turmoiled country

The world’s most isolated country has come another step closer to being wiped off the world map.

U.S. glass firm sues Venezuela to collect $500 million expropriation award | Reuters

U.S. glass container maker Owens-Illinois Inc has sued Venezuela and state-owned companies as it seeks to collect a $500 million arbitration award over the 2010 nationalization of two plants, according to a lawsuit filed on Monday.

Western-Backed Guaido Suggests Restoration of Israel-Venezuela Ties – Sputnik International

In late January, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that the Jewish state recognises the head of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the interim leader of the Latin American country.

Trump′s Venezuela policy ′correct and careful,′ says former US ambassador | Americas| North and South American news impacting on Europe | DW | 12.02.2019

Donald Trump gets good grades for his handling of the Venezuela crisis, says former US envoy Patrick Duddy. Duddy, who knows Nicolas Maduro, also explains why the embattled president will likely be forced to resign.

Salvador Allende Offers a Way Out for Venezuela’s Maduro | The Nation

Chile’s dead president has some advice from beyond the grave.

El Helicoide: The futuristic wonder that now sums up Venezuela’s spiral into despair – CNN Style

The huge futuristic spiral known as El Helicoide has a reputation as the country’s worst torture center. The huge futuristic spiral known as El Helicoide has a reputation as the country’s worst torture center. It has become a “dark site” where different Venezuelan police forces have their headquarters, in particular the intelligence agency Sebin and the PNB (national police). Several inmates have alleged abuses at the prison, which CNN has reported. The immediacy and horror of this situation tend to conceal a poignant structural condition that is the underlying cause of the socialist revolution led by the late Hugo Chávez and of the political impasse that afflicts Venezuela today. El Helicoide is a microcosm of the contradictions written into Venezuela’s modern history. A promise of instant “first world” development amid ever-expanding slums. These photographers capture the haunting beauty of ghost towns The book Downward Spiral: El Helicoide’s Descent from Mall to Prison (2018), which I edited along with cultural historian Lisa Blackmore, presents the history of the building and of its many failures and contradictions along with archival photography and personal testimonies that attest to the building’s original grandeur and eventual collapse.The huge futuristic spiral known as El Helicoide has a reputation as the country’s worst torture center. It has become a “dark site” where different Venezuelan police forces have their headquarters, in particular the intelligence agency Sebin and the PNB (national police). Several inmates have alleged abuses at the prison, which CNN has reported. The immediacy and horror of this situation tend to conceal a poignant structural condition that is the underlying cause of the socialist revolution led by the late Hugo Chávez and of the political impasse that afflicts Venezuela today. El Helicoide is a microcosm of the contradictions written into Venezuela’s modern history. A promise of instant “first world” development amid ever-expanding slums. These photographers capture the haunting beauty of ghost towns The book Downward Spiral: El Helicoide’s Descent from Mall to Prison (2018), which I edited along with cultural historian Lisa Blackmore, presents the history of the building and of its many failures and contradictions along with archival photography and personal testimonies that attest to the building’s original grandeur and eventual collapse.

We should accelerate positive changes in Venezuela without using our military | TheHill

To exercise the military option in Venezuela would probably be a serious mistake for the United States.

Venezuela news: The inside story of hunger, oppression and a FAILED socialist state | World | News | Express.co.uk

MILLIONS of Venezuelans are starving, while their streets are ridden with disease and rubbish piles line the streets. With Maduro’s failed socialist regime close to collapse, Express.co.uk has spoken to Venezuelans forced to leave their homeland about the crisis unfolding in Caracas.

Venezuela’s Standoff Is Socialist vs. Socialist | Opinion | OZY

Juan Guaidó has been cheered as a capitalist savior by Donald Trump and others in the West — but he’s a socialist too.

One Billionaire Is Happy to Invest in Venezuela Post Maduro Rule – Bloomberg

Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris said he would invest in Venezuela “anytime” after embattled President Nicolas Maduro leaves office.

Net Assessment: To Intervene or Not to Intervene? That is the Question – War on the Rocks

The crew looks at the crisis in Venezuela and considers the American and world responses to it. Is it any of Washington’s business what goes on there, and