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Russia, Cuba, Iran and China appear to be playing an escalation game, which is probably not the smartest play here. Iran proposing deployment of IRGC to Venezuela is not going to play well in the Western hemisphere. NB CNN report on Venezuelan involvement in cocaine trade.

Russia Warns U.S. ‘Getting Ready’ for War on Venezuela, China Says Leave Cuba Alone Too

Russia warned that “U.S. military action in Venezuela is not an abstraction, but a possible reality that is admitted in Washington.” China echoed similar concerns about Cuba.

Russia Vows to Continue Venezuela Support Despite New U.S. Sanctions As Iran Considers Deploying Revolutionary Guard

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the new measures are illegal….. While Iran has dismissed Pompeo’s allegations of meddling, on Tuesday Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif suggested Iran may send Revolutionary Guard troops to Venezuela to help protect Maduro. Earlier this month, Trump designated the elite Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization, prompting outrage in Iran. Last weekend, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi dismissed allegations of Iranian meddling as “ridiculous.” He added, “America’s Trump wants to turn Latin America into its own backyard, as it was in the 19th century, forgetting that the nations of the world and Latin America have awakened and the wheel of time does not move backward.”

Putin envoy in Caracas rejects US revival of Monroe Doctrine | Fox News

As Venezuela’s reliance on Russia grows amid the country’s unfolding crisis, Vladimir Putin’s point man in Caracas is pushing back on the U.S. revival of a doctrine used for generations to justify military interventions in the region.

Why President Trump’s hard-line approach to Cuba is a mistake – The Washington Post

It opens the door to increased Russian influence on the island.

Trump administration denounces Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba, but remains silent on Bolivia. Huge mistake! | Opinion | Miami Herald

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales is running for a fourth term in October elections despite the fact that Bolivia’s constitution prohibits him from doing so.

After Years of Denial, Venezuela’s President Allows Aid to Enter – The New York Times

The Red Cross sent in their first shipment of medical supplies and hopes to distribute them without political intervention. The delay cost an untold number of lives.

Venezuela crisis latest news: US to attack Nicolas Maduro country with Brazil and Colombia | World | News |

THE US is primed to attack Venezuela along with two close Latin American allies as it attempts to oust president Nicolas Maduro, the crisis-stricken country’s deputy has claimed.

World War 3 latest news: Russia, China and Iran attack US over Venezuela crisis | World | News |

THE US has been condemned by rivals China, Iran and Russia after it was accused of “slandering” the countries for supporting controversial Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela: We are days from change, claims Juan Guaidó | World | The Times

Venezuela’s rival president has called for a renewal of nationwide protests against the Maduro regime, pledging that the country is just “a few days” from political change. Juan Guaidó, recognised as the country’s legitimate leader by the United States and most western democracies, was speaking to a

‘Pompeo has lost his mind’: China denies US claim it’s prolonging Venezuela crisis | World news | The Guardian

China condemned the US secretary of state’s ‘groundless allegations’ after Pompeo criticized Beijing for backing Maduro

China says US treats Latin American like its ‘backyard’ – ABC News

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Venezuela oil workers despair in Maracaibo – CNN

Venezuela oil workers say that the money intended to maintain PDVSA’s equipment ended up elsewhere. They point to the thick layer of polluting oil sludge blanketing the shoreline of evidence of neglect.

Trump expected to become first President to target Cuba with this controversial policy – CNNPolitics

The Trump administration is expected to announce its plan to enforce a controversial provision of the decades-old trade embargo on Cuba Wednesday, a senior administration official tells CNN — a decision that will break with the precedent set by every President since Bill Clinton.

Pentagon developing military options to deter Russian, Chinese influence in Venezuela – CNNPolitics

The Pentagon is developing new military options for Venezuela aimed at deterring Russian, Cuban and Chinese influence inside the regime of President Nicolas Maduro, but stopping short of any kinetic military actions, according to a defense official familiar with the effort.

Germany’s Deutsche Welle TV taken off air in Venezuela | Fox News

Germany is pressing Venezuelan authorities to reverse a decision to take German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle’s Spanish-language channel off the air.

Senator Rubio Press on Twitter: “.@SecPompeo is right, “The #Maduro regime is a true threat to the United States of America.” Watch my conversation on #Venezuela with Secretary Pompeo in today’s SFRC hearing –>…″

US Secretary of State visits Venezuelan migrants in Colombia | Fox News

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is visiting with Venezuelan migrants in Colombia as he wraps up a four-nation tour of South America aimed at pressuring Venezuela’s socialist leader, Nicolas Maduro.

Trump moves to isolate Maduro regime

So far, the U.S. has revoked the visas of 718 of the Venezuelan strongman’s associates and has issued sanctions on more than 150 people and entities.

Pompeo Talks to VOA About Venezuela, Iran, Nicaragua

Top US diplomat is traveling in South America to strengthen ties and discuss trouble spots

Transcript of Secretary of State Pompeo Interview by Spanish Service Senior Reporter Gesell Tobias

Secretary of State says Venezuela’s people have spoken and Nicolas Maduro most go

UAWire – Pompeo: Maduro surrendered his power to Cubans and Russians

Venezuela needs a leader who can fight corruption, who will not hand over power to the Cubans or request Russian intervention, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo while on a visit to Paraguay. “Maduro and his henchmen have destroyed this nation. The Venezuelan people can see that very plainly. It’s why they didn’t want him back. They gave power to the National Assembly, now Juan Guaido, in a way that will ultimately deliver true democracy and prosperity back to Venezuela. You know the history. This is a rich nation, a wealthy nation, a nation of people who are industrious and are prepared to work very, very hard. What they need is a leader who is prepared to help them, not be corrupt, not turn over power to the Cubans, and demand interventions to save them by the Russians,” Voice of America cites Pompeo as saying. Pompeo remarked that sometimes people think that Maduro is winning, but he has actually handed over all of his power to the Cubans and the Russians. “This is weakness from Maduro. And so this weakness will ultimately lead to his departure, and democracy and prosperity will be restored in Venezuela,” the secretary of state observed. “The Russians will say the Americans shouldn’t intervene in Venezuela. I mean, it’s almost funny to say, right? They have intervened in the most fundamental ways. The Cubans own the security apparatus. I would think if you were a Venezuelan military leader, you’d be embarrassed by that, right? The people of Venezuela want their own security. They want their own democracy. They want Venezuelans to lead their nation, not people from a small island, not people from Russia. They want their country to be led by their own people, and that’s… what the United States stands ready to support,” Pompeo said. Russia recently stepped up its presence in Venezuela, sending two military planes full of soldiers and equipment to support the Maduro regime at the end of March. In response to this, Pompeo told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a phone call that the US “will not stand idly by as Russia exacerbates tensions in Venezuela”. Officially Russia claimed that the soldiers had been sent to Venezuela as part of an existing military and technology collaboration agreement. However, Pompeo made it clear that the White House’s warnings concerning Venezuela are “part of a broader campaign to deter Russian aggression in the Western hemisphere”.

U.S. says Russia’s meddling in Venezuela “fundamental” (Video) – news world | UNIAN

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in an interview with Voice of America accused Russia of fundamental meddling in Venezuela. Pompeo has accused Moscow of supporting the Maduro regime and deploying its troops, to set up a training center on the ground.

Scott: Need to ‘consider’ using military to get aid to Venezuela | TheHill

Florida Sen. Rick Scott (R) said Sunday that the U.S. needs to “consider” using military force to get aid into Venezuela.

Sen. Scott: Maduro Causing a ‘Genocide’ in Venezuela |

Venezuala’s President Nicolas Maduro is starving his citizens, said Florida GOP Sen. Rick Scott on Sunday, and the United States needs to consider using military force to get aid to those starving there….

Meet Venezuela’s civilian militia – BBC News

President Nicolás Maduro wants a million more people to join his civilian militia by the end of the year.

Pompeo Claims Iranian Money Remains in South America – Sputnik International

Over the last week, the US secretary of state has toured Latin America, building a coalition for Washington’s policy against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and slamming China and Russia for backing him. The trip will culminate with his visit to the Columbian city of Cucuta on the Venezuelan border.

Pompeo accuses Iran of supporting terrorism in Latin America

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of supporting terrorism in Latin America in an interview with the Voice of America while touring the

Pompeo: ‘Iranian Money Remains In Latin America’

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says there is “no doubt” that Iran has a financial presence in South America and that Tehran remains a “global threat.”

Venezuela’s military, despite US expectations, has not turned on Maduro – NZ Herald

Venezuela’s top-heavy military remains largely intact under President Nicolás Maduro.

Paraguay tells Mike Pompeo: ‘We have to combat’ Nicolás Maduro

Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro must be “fought against” to ensure that he leaves power, a top regional diplomat said Saturday after a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Venezuela’s Maduro orders militia expansion as Guaido tours blackout-ravaged state – Reuters

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday ordered an expansion of civilian militia by nearly one million members as opposition leader Juan Guaido toured western Zulia state, which has been hard hit by electricity blackouts.

Red Cross aid to Venezuela to triple as Maduro stance softens | Global development | The Guardian

International Committee of the Red Cross to increase budget to $24m after president approves humanitarian assistance

Pompeo: China financing of Maduro prolongs Venezuela crisis | Fox News

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China’s financing of President Nicolás Maduro’s government is prolonging the crisis in Venezuela.

Pompeo: Russia, China ‘spread disorder’ in Latin America | TheHill

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Russia and China of spreading “disorder” in Latin America through their economic projects and of backing U.S. adversaries like Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro in the region.

Pompeo, in Latin America, Has Criticism for Venezuela—and for China – WSJ

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo touted the Trump administration’s plans to promote democracy and prosperity in the Western Hemisphere—and to counter growing Chinese influence—during a trip to Latin America.

U.S. Sanctions Firms That Carry Much of Venezuela’s Oil to Cuba – Bloomberg

The U.S. sanctioned four companies it says transport much of the 50,000 barrels of oil that Venezuela provides to Cuba each day in an effort to punish the island nation for its support of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela’s ex-spy chief fights extradition from Spain to US | Fox News

A spokesman for a Spanish court says Venezuela’s former spy chief has refused to be extradited to the United States on a drug warrant.

Hugo Carvajal: Venezuelan ex-spy chief arrested in Spain – BBC News

The former head of Venezuela’s military intelligence is detained on US drugs charges.

Venezuela’s ex-spy chief arrested in Madrid on US warrant | Juan Guaido News | Al Jazeera

Hugo Carvajal, who had advised Hugo Chavez, recently became the biggest military figure to declare loyalty to Guaido.

Venezuelan ex-spy chief turned defector arrested in Spain | Miami Herald

Hugo Carvajal, the former director of Venezuela’s military intelligence and a high-profile critic of the Nicolás Maduro regime, has been arrested in Spain and is awaiting extradition to the United States.

In major shift, Trump to allow lawsuits against foreign firms in Cuba – Reuters

The Trump administration will allow lawsuits in U.S. courts for the first time against foreign companies that use properties confiscated by Communist-ruled Cuba since Fidel Castro’s revolution six decades ago, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.

Venezuela: corruption has created a cocaine superhighway to the US – CNN

Cocaine trafficking from Venezuela to the United States is soaring, even as the country collapses. And US and other regional officials say it’s Venezuela’s own military and political elite who are facilitating the passage of drugs in and out of the country on hundreds of tiny, unmarked planes.