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Venezuela Meltdown Update (18)


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Shooting civilians and torching aid trucks – not the smartest play in this situation. US meeting with Latin American leaders to decide on next steps. Some apt tweets by SECSTATE, NATSECADV, and Sen Rubio. The WSJ OpEd gets it in one.

What is astounding is the Russian and Cuban response.


Secretary Pompeo on Twitter: “The U.S. condemns the attacks on civilians in #Venezuela perpetrated by Maduro’s thugs. These attacks have resulted in deaths and injuries. Our deepest sympathies to the families of those who have died due to these criminal acts. We join their demand for justice. #EstamosUnidosVE… https://t.co/4KrPv0Ikc4”

The U.S. condemns the attacks on civilians in #Venezuela perpetrated by Maduro’s thugs. These attacks have resulted in deaths and injuries. Our deepest sympathies to the families of those who have died due to these criminal acts. We join their demand for justice. #EstamosUnidosVE pic.twitter.com/YW7hE3y1Ll

— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) February 24, 2019

John Bolton on Twitter: “Masked thugs, civilians killed by live rounds, and the burning of trucks carrying badly-needed food and medicine. This has been Maduro’s response to peaceful efforts to help Venezuelans. Countries that still recognize Maduro should take note of what they are endorsing.… https://t.co/b5EqVZYJne”

Masked thugs, civilians killed by live rounds, and the burning of trucks carrying badly-needed food and medicine. This has been Maduro’s response to peaceful efforts to help Venezuelans. Countries that still recognize Maduro should take note of what they are endorsing. pic.twitter.com/KlSebd2M5a

— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) February 23, 2019

Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “God Bless the people of Venezuela!”

Marco Rubio on Twitter: “… “

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— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 24, 2019

#MaduroRegime has all the attributes of regimes that appear invulnerable to outsiders & then collapsed

Small circle of paranoid cronies,isolated from reality by yes-men;&

Grip on power entirely dependant on incentives to get security forces to protect them & spy on each other

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 25, 2019

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— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 24, 2019

Jeskaze on Twitter: “I made this one, Marco.… “

Maduro and Cuba Lose – WSJ

The dictator closed the border—but Venezuela’s democrats won the day.

Venezuela: Pressure mounts on Maduro as US plans ‘concrete steps’ | News | Al Jazeera

Mike Pence to announce ‘clear actions’ to address Venezuela crisis as Brazil urges allies to join ‘liberation effort’.

Venezuela standoff turns deadly as troops block aid delivery

CUCUTA, Colombia — A U.S.-backed drive to deliver foreign aid to Venezuela met strong resistance as troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro blocked the convoys at the border and fired tear gas on protesters in clashes that left two people dead and some 300 injured.

U.S.-Backed Guaidó To Meet With Pence, Latin American Leaders Over Venezuela Crisis : NPR

The meeting is set for Monday in Bogota, Colombia. At least four people were killed in clashes at the border Saturday, as military forces blocked humanitarian aid from entering the country.

Venezuela crisis: Defectors fear for families under Maduro – BBC News

Defecting troops tell the BBC President Maduro’s government may “lash out” at their loved ones.

Venezuelan exiles in Florida: Old tensions in a new home | DW Stories – YouTube

Venezuelans park aid boats, retreating from navy threat

Willemstad, Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles) (AFP) – US-based Venezuelan opposition supporters have parked two boatloads of humanitarian aid in Curacao, retreating from a bid to ship it to their country following a warning from the navy. The shipments are part of a broader aid drive that aims to help

The Latest: New clash at Brazil-Venezuela border | Fox News

The Latest on Venezuela’s political crisis (all times local): 1:35 p.m. Renewed clashes have broken out between protesters and Venezuelan national guardsmen at the border with Brazil.

Venezuela opposition leader urges foreign allies to be open to military options – MarketWatch

Opposition leader Juan Guaido has called on the international community to consider “all options” to resolve Venezuela’s crisis, a dramatic escalation in rhetoric that echoes comments from the Trump administration hinting at potential U.S. military involvement.

i24NEWS – US ‘will take action’ in support of Venezuela democracy: Pompeo

Trucks Loaded With Aid Set On Fire at Venezuela-Colombia Border – YouTube

Venezuela’s Border Goes Up in Flames: Portraits of a Chaotic Day – Bloomberg

What was a symbolic moment to bring in aid devolved into mayhem.

After Venezuelan troops block aid, Maduro faces ‘diplomatic siege’

Juan Guaido, recognized by most Western nations as Venezuela’s legitimate leader, urged foreign powers to consider “all options” in ousting Maduro, ahead of a meeting of the regional Lima Group of nations in Bogota on Monday that will be attended by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. Pence

Maduro opponents boost military rhetoric in Venezuela crisis | KSL.com

Opposition leader Juan Guaido has called on the international community to consider…

Venezuela crisis: President Maduro’s ‘days numbered’ – Mike Pompeo – BBC News

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks after deadly clashes over humanitarian aid deliveries

Venezuela’s power struggle has captured world’s attention but most citizens worry about something else — food | Fox News

I pray that the reappearance of Venezuela’s crisis in the news will move people to remember this isn’t simply about politics. It’s really about people, like you and me, who need our help.

Pompeo keeps open military option for Venezuela – POLITICO

Pompeo said that the U.S. will continue to offer humanitarian assistance to the Venezuelan people.

UAWire – Kremlin: US wants to transfer weapons to the opposition in Venezuela with the help of Ukraine

The Russian Foreign Ministry official representative Maria Zakharova stated that, at the beginning of March, the US wants to transfer weapons to the opposition in Venezuela with the help of the Ukrainian Antonov company. In addition, according to her, starting on February 23rd, the US will send humanitarian aid to Venezuela while Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro does not intend to allow this aid into the country. “The transport of cargo to Venezuela is planned for early March of this year in several batches through the territory of neighboring countries, using international freight transport aircraft. Ukrainian trace can be observed in this ugly story. In particular, the state enterprise Antonov will be involved. [ for the delivery of the cargo],” reports RIA Novosti quoting Zakharova According to the diplomat, the United States and NATO are going to buy weapons for the Venezuelan opposition “in one of the Eastern European countries.” In particular, according to Zakharova, this includes large-caliber machine guns and similar weapons, rifled and automatic grenade launchers, and also mobile air defense missile systems. In addition, Washington is sending special forces and equipment closer to Venezuela,” she said. In early December, Venezuelan President Maduro stated that Moscow and Caracas signed investment agreements for $6 billion. $5 billion will be provided for oil production and another $1 billion for gold production. According to Reuters, as of 2017, the Russian government and the Russian oil giant Rosneft provided Venezuela with loans or credit lines for at least $17 billion starting from 2006.

The Latest: 2 killed, 18 injured in Venezuela border clashes – To Inform is to Influence

Please note, the situation in Venezuela is getting major attention from the major news outlets.   I am counting at least six killed at the border.  </end editorial> CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 3 p.m. An emergency doctor says two protesters have been killed and another…

Venezuela’s Maduro mocks Trump, opposition leader Guaido; vows to never surrender | Fox News

Embattled Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro vowed to defend his nation’s independence with his life during a speech before thousands of cheering supporters Saturday, calling the opposition against him a “small group of dummies” who “can’t think for themselves.”

The Latest: Maduro breaks diplomatic relations with Colombia – To Inform is to Influence

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is obviously very desperate.  </end editorial> CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro announced he’s breaking all diplomatic ties with neighboring Colombia amid deepening political turmoil. Maduro spoke Saturday as opposition leader Juan Guaido launched an effort…

Venezuela’s Guaido says “all options open” after Maduro soldiers set fire to aid convoys at border (video) – To Inform is to Influence

Despite crushing evidence of the Maduro regime’s mendacity, Russia’s RT is actually claiming the burning of a truck at the border is a false flag operation,Who burnt the truck? Venezuelan FM says ‘false flag expert’ Pompeo should look among his ‘agents’. Russian and pro-Russian media are also making claims of imminent US military action. This,…

Venezuela’s Guaido says “all options open” after soldiers set fire to aid convoys at border – news world | UNIAN

Juan Guaido, Venezuela’s self-declared interim president, proposed that Washington consider “all options” to oust Nicolas Maduro on Saturday night after troops violently repelled foreign aid convoys from the border. Nicolas Maduro had ordered the Venezuelan military to close the border with Colombia to bar humanitarian aid, which is being supported by the opposition, from entering the country.

Venezuela: Mike Pompeo denounces Nicolas Maduro as a ‘sick tyrant’ – CNN

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has denounced President Nicolas Maduro’s obstruction of aid deliveries to Venezuela as the actions of a “sick tyrant.”

Venezuelan troops abandon posts amid violent clashes with protesters at Colombian border | Fox News

At least three Venezuelan troops have abandoned their posts at the country’s border with Colombia as confrontations with protesters over incoming humanitarian aid grow more violent by the day.

Andy Puzder: As Venezuela is devastated by Maduro, Trump is forcefully confronting the evils of socialism | Fox News

With his stirring repudiation of socialism, both at home and abroad, President Trump is proving himself to be the very champion of liberty and freedom the world needs.

Top Maduro Ally Slams U.S. ‘Intervention’ in Venezuela – WSJ

Diosdado Cabello, a powerful figure in President Nicolás Maduro’s regime, told The Wall Street Journal that the authoritarian leader’s embattled government would withstand an American-led effort at regime change.

After Venezuela violence, Pence to meet with Guaido in Colombia | Reuters

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence plans to have his first meeting with Venezuela’s Juan Guaido in Colombia on Monday, Pence aides said, in a signal of support for the opposition leader after a weekend of violence.

Venezuela standoff turns deadly as troops block aid delivery | Fox News

A U.S.-backed drive to deliver foreign aid to Venezuela met strong resistance as troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro blocked the convoys at the border and fired tear gas on protesters in clashes that left two people dead and some 300 injured.

Venezuela Live Aid: Richard Branson hopes music concert will persuade Venezuelan military to open border – CNN

Billionaire businessman Richard Branson says he hopes his Live Aid-inspired concert to raise funds for Venezuelans will persuade members of the country’s military to defy President Nicolas Maduro and allow humanitarian aid to cross the border.

Why Some Judge in Delaware Could Play Key Role in Citgo Battle – Bloomberg

The leadership crisis in Venezuela could lead to an odd legal situation in the U.S. — a Delaware judge may be asked to decide who is the legitimate president of the South American country.

The battle for Citgo: How Venezuela’s opposition leaders seized control | Reuters

Asdrubal Chavez, chief executive of Houston-based Citgo Petroleum Corp, boarded the Venezuelan-owned firm’s corporate jet in Caracas on Jan. 30, after meeting with top officials of the embattled administration of socialist President Nicolas Maduro about the latest U.S. oil sanctions.

Trump’s threats leave him with few options on Venezuela

President Trump wants illegitimate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro out. Given the economic collapse, chaos, and scam elections that his socialist government has presided over, that’s a great goal. But with a showdown set for Saturday, Trump has backed himself into a corner should his show of force not quite work out as intended.

Why Venezuela’s Chavistas are fiercely loyal to Maduro, despite economic crisis – YouTube

PBS NewsHour Published on Feb 22, 2019 Violence has broken out in Venezuela as opposition groups, led by Juan Guaido, attempt to bring in foreign aid against the will of President Nicolas Maduro. Despite international support for Guaido, a fiercely loyal minority of Venezuelans known as Chavistas are determined to keep Maduro in power — and the U.S. out. Special correspondent Nadja Drost and videographer Bruno Federico report.

Maduro’s Troops Kill 1; Guaido Defies Travel Ban at Border – Bloomberg

Venezuelan soldiers on Friday opened fire on members of an indigenous Pemon community that was trying to stop a convoy from blocking the delivery of humanitarian aid in the crisis-torn country, killing one woman and wounding more than a dozen.

Maduro’s Troops Kill 2 as Opposition Tries to Open Borders

Members of the Pemon stopped anti-riot troops and their vehicles about 6 a.m. as they tried to assert control over the remote area around Gran Sabana, about 780 miles (1,260 kilometers) southeast of Caracas. Soldiers opened fire, leaving more than a dozen indigenous people injured, some seriously, said

At Venezuela’s Border, a Strange and Deadly Showdown Over Aid – The New York Times

The confrontation between Maduro and the opposition now includes dueling concerts, visiting presidents, plotting military defectors — and at least two deaths.

What Friday’s border violence means for Venezuela

On Friday, Venezuelan forces shot at protesters along Venezuela’s border with Brazil escalating the growing conflict between embattled and illegitimate president Nicholas Maduro and U.S. backed, self-declared interim president Juan Guaido. That violence, which left two dead and at least 14 wounded, signals that there will be no easy resolution to the crisis in Venezuela.

Trump threatens to deport Venezuelan officers’ families | Miami Herald

The Trump administration is threatening to essentially deport the family members of Venezuelan military officials if they don’t disobey the Maduro government and allow aid from the United States to enter Venezuela.

Venezuela crisis: Border clashes as aid row intensifies – BBC News

Two people are killed and others are injured as civilians confront troops at the border with Brazil.

Venezuela ‘Live Aid’ Concert Blocked As Tensions Rise On Colombia Border | Deadline

Venezuela ‘Live Aid’ Concert Blocked As Tensions Rise On Colombia Border

Venezuela’s Crisis Needs Solutions, Not Grandstanding – Bloomberg

Outsiders who want to help should focus on the facts on the ground, not their political agendas.

Juan Guaidó’s border showdown is a gamble | World | The Times

Venezuela’s opposition is already hailing today as the beginning of the end of the national nightmare. The country’s borders are being forced open, allowing humanitarian aid to pour in. The people are on the verge of being delivered from the vandalistic rule of President Maduro.The aid, mainly med

Venezuela crisis: Who is buying its oil now? – BBC News

Sanctions block US companies doing business with Venezuela’s state oil company.

Religious Leaders In Cuba Outspoken And Critical Of Proposed Constitution : NPR

Cubans vote this weekend on a new constitution that enshrines the Communist party as the “supreme guiding political force.” Religious leaders are critical of new limits on pluralistic thought.

 

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