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Venezuela Meltdown Update (23)

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While the power is back on again, the meltdown continues, as does the Russian propaganda campaign. The regime seems to now be blaming all of its self-inflicted woes on the US. Just like Soviet satellites did during the Cold War.

Venezuela is still on the road to ‘Mad Max’

Power is being restored in some parts of Venezuela, but no one knows how long it will stay on. The nation still seems on the edge of a complete collapse, a la…

Army is loyal to Maduro out of ‘fear’ – BBC News

The military is not happy with what has been happening in Venezuela, says opposition party deputy.

Maduro’s muscle: Motorcycle gangs known as ‘colectivos’ are the enforcers for Venezuela’s authoritarian leader – Chicago Tribune

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is increasingly relying on paramilitary groups as he clings to power.

Veneuzela’s Maduro uses colectivos to crush protests – The Washington Post

Paramilitaries are assuming a larger role in tamping down protests.

Newt Gingrich: Venezuela’s dictator Maduro must go – Even if the military has to intervene | Fox News

There is one simple answer to the humanitarian disaster in Venezuela. The dictator Nicolás Maduro and his corrupt, violent, repressive regime must go.

Newt Gingrich: Nicolas Maduro Must Go | Opinion

Military intervention should be the last resort. But a decisive military intervention similar to what was done in 1992 in Panama is better than allowing the dictatorship to win.

U.S. Weighs Curbs on Venezuela Transaction Processing – Bloomberg

The U.S. is considering sanctions that would effectively prohibit Visa Inc., Mastercard Inc. and other financial institutions from processing transactions in Venezuela, an administration official said, a step aimed at cutting off funds to Nicolas Maduro’s regime.

China tries to prop up Venezuelan dictatorship: Trish Regan | Fox Business

FBN’s Trish Regan on reports that China is trying to help the Maduro dictatorship fix Venezuela’s power grid.

All US diplomats have left Venezuela: Mike Pompeo | USA News | Al Jazeera

US Secretary of State says Washington remains committed to supporting opposition leader Juan Guaido over Nicolas Maduro.

What is the Trump administration’s next move in Venezuela?

Democrats prepare a proposal that would bar President Trump from military intervention without congressional authorization.

Guaidó Claims He Can Authorize Foreign Military Intervention in Venezuela

Temir Porras, Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs under Hugo Chavez, says Guaidó’s assertion on Fox News is a violation of the Venezuelan constitution; Porras says the only way to avoid a blood bath is a negotiated political solution

A blackout deepens Venezuela’s woes – Lights out, but not curtains

THE SCENE by the polluted Guaire river that flows through central Caracas was dystopian. Residents from the nearby San Agustín slum had heard that a drainage pipe was leaking into the stream. They scrambled down its concrete banks with plastic containers to catch the water before it mixed with the sewage.

Venezuela: Videos show taps running black water after power outage – INSIDER

Residents of San Diego, Carabobo, filmed the water and jokingly referred to it as “oil.” Venezuela is entering the seventh day of a major blackout.

In embattled Venezuela, residents line up for hours just to get clean water: ‘Look at how we are living’ – ABC News

One orphanage, where sick children have been dropped off by their parents, just got milk during the outage. The milk expired the next day.

Venezuelan Minister Blames US for ‘Terrorist Act’ Targeting Oil Plant – Sputnik International

The accusations come after a fire broke out at the Petro San Felix heavy oil processing plant in eastern Venezuela on Wednesday. There were no reports of casualties.

Trump Administration Warns Venezuela Not to Arrest Opposition Leader – The New York Times

The administration said that any attempts to arrest Juan Guaidó would be met with “immediate reaction” from the international community, though it was unclear what that would mean.

Four dead, hundreds detained after Venezuela blackout: rights groups

The OPEC nation suffered its worst blackout in history last week following technical problems that the government of President Nicolas Maduro called an act of U.S.-backed sabotage but critics dismissed as the result of incompetence. Rights groups Provea and the Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict

Pranksters REVEAL Details of Phone Call With Venezuela’s Self-Proclaimed Leader – Sputnik International

Earlier, Swiss authorities denied having spoken to Juan Guaido after the opposition figure claimed to have held talks with the Swiss president on freezing Venezuelan state accounts in the country’s banks. As it turns out, Guaido was duped by the same pranksters who tricked Trump’s top aide on Venezuela into spilling the beans on Washington’s plans.

CBN News Reporter Attacked, Nearly Kidnapped by 3 Maduro Thugs on Venezuela Border | CBN News

The extended power outage in Venezuela and ongoing food crisis have sent a tidal wave of humanity fleeing the country to neighboring Brazil and Colombia. As I was filming along the riverbank, I was attacked by three men who tried to drag me into Venezuela.

Venezuela Blames U.S. for Record Blackout and Orders American Diplomats to Leave

President Nicolas Maduro accused Trump of cyber “sabotage”

Venezuela’s Maduro regime accuses US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido of sabotage causing electricity blackouts – CBS News

U.S backed opposition claims over 17 have died in power cuts

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro blames U.S. for nationwide power outage – New York Daily News

Venezuela power outage

Power has finally been restored to Venezuela, minister says – CNN

Venezuela’s information minister has said that a huge power outage that has left most of the country dark for a week has been completely restored.

China offers help to Venezuela to restore power

China offered on Wednesday to help Venezuela restore its power grid, after President Nicolas Maduro accused U.S. counterpart Donald Trump of cyber “sabotage” as the country is undergoing its worse blackout on record.

China steps in to help President Maduro get the lights back on after looters ran riot | Daily Mail Online

The Venezuelan government had scrambled on Wednesday to return power to the Western city of Jose, following heavy looting.

Guaido: ‘All options on the table’ on moving office to presidential palace in Caracas | One America News Network

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Mike Pompeo: ‘Constraint’ on Venezuela action lifted – CNNPolitics

The US will soon impose new sanctions and visa revocations against the regime of embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pulled remaining US diplomats from the country and hinted that other, perhaps more muscular, measures are under consideration.

Pompeo Urges Oil Industry To Help Administration Pressure Global ‘Bad Actors’

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the United States is seeking to “bring Iranian crude oil exports down to zero as quickly as market conditions will permit.”

U.S. official: ‘Very significant’ Venezuela sanctions to be imposed in days –

The United States will impose “significant” sanctions against financial institutions related to Venezuelan, U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams.

Why U.S. Military Intervention in Venezuela Is Now Less Likely – Bloomberg

The withdrawal of U.S. diplomats from the embassy is a precaution, not a prelude to war.

Venezuelans resort to drinking from sewage drains as nation’s massive power blackout continues – TheBlaze

Venezuela is entering its seventh day of a power blackout, which has left homes without water. On Monday, Reuters reported that Venezuelans are so desperate for drinking water that they’ve resorted to using sewage drains to hydrate themselves.

Hundreds of shops looted in Venezuela blackout: traders | ABS-CBN News

CARACAS – More than 500 shops were looted in Venezuela’s western city of Maracaibo during a vast nationwide blackout that struck last week and lasted for days, a retailers’ association said Wednesday.

Drones attacked Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela in August. Here’s the inside story – CNN

New videos obtained by CNN provide chilling insight into a mystery drone attack against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro last year—the world’s first known attempt to kill a head of state with a retail drone, purchased online and armed by hand with military grade explosives.

Venezuela Crisis 2019 Explained: Essential Information About Safety, the Economy and the Maduro-Guaidó Dispute

Venezuela, once boosted by Hugo Chávez, suffers one of the world’s worst economic crises amid a political row between President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó.

Trump is getting it right on Venezuela. In fact, he needs to double down – AEI

Governments that have committed to restoring democratic order in Venezuela must complete this urgent mission.

Venezuela, Iran may be crushed by sanctions but oil market has not

The sanctioning of two OPEC members by the Trump administration has caused some ripples in the oil market, but not the type of shortages or pain for consumers that could have occurred.