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Venezuela Meltdown Update (35)

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I am struck by the Washington Post’s position of undermining or resisting every Trump action or perceived position on Venezuela.  Yes, they tell the truth but they appear to be actively opposing the administration.  They are implying, no, outright stating, that the US is actively waging an active information campaign against the Maduro administration.  In light of the corruption in the Presidential election and the non-certification of the same, this is almost a ‘duh’ statement.  One is left wondering why.  Why is the WaPo so actively pro-Mauro?  Here is where domestic policies are affecting foreign policy – resist at all costs.

Yes, it would also appear the WaPo is siding with Russia.  Quell surprise. Collusion?

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Finally a promising development – delegations from both sides in Venezuela meet on neutral ground in Oslo, Norway, to talk. Whether this produces the long awaited exodus of regime leaders remains to be seen.

Putin’s Syrian Playbook Won’t Work in Venezuela – Bloomberg

Russia has enabled a geopolitical crisis and is now offering to help solve it.

Chinese cargo plane arrives in Venezuela – CNN

A Chinese cargo plane arrived in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas on Monday, the Venezuelan Ministry of Communication has told CNN.

US suspends all passenger, cargo flights to Venezuela | Fox News

The Trump administration suspended all commercial passenger and cargo flights to Venezuela in light of worsening safety conditions, recent social unrest and political turmoil engulfing the South American nation.

Venezuelan, Opposition Envoys in Norway for Talks

As representatives of both sides travel to Norway to discuss a potential solution to political and economic crisis, US suspends commercial flights to and from Venezuela

Maduro’s regime and Guaido’s opposition meet for secret talks in Oslo  | Daily Mail Online

Maduro’s government and Guaidó’s opposition party have sent envoys to a secret location in Oslo, Norway to attend talks on ways of ending the South American country’s current crisis.

Venezuelan government and opposition reportedly headed to Norway for talks – The Washington Post

The meetings in Oslo could be a sign that neither the government nor the opposition think it can prevail.

The Latest: Venezuela gov’t, opposition reported in talks | Fox News

The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Officials in Venezuela say representatives of the government and opposition have traveled to Norway for talks on resolving the political crisis in the South American country.

U.S. officials describe Maduro as weak, paranoid and isolated | Miami Herald

Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro has lost trust in his inner circle, can’t venture out into public and is sleeping in a bunker as he clings to power in the shattered country, said Mauricio Claver-Carone, the senior director of the White House National Security Council. Speaking at the Concordia conference in Colombia’s capital Tuesday, Claver-Carone, one of the Trump administration’s key national security advisers, pushed back against the idea that a brief military uprising on April 30 in Caracas had been a failure, instead arguing that it had unveiled how many of Maduro’s closest allies were plotting against him. “One of the positive elements [we saw] is that there were many people involved,” he said. “And the amplitude of [the conspiracy] is much larger than has been reported.” “I can count the people who support Maduro on one hand,” he said. “If pro-Maduro sentiment existed, he wouldn’t have to be surrounded by Cubans and Russians.” Read more here:

Venezuela crisis: More opposition lawmakers accused of treason – BBC News

Four more opposition lawmakers face accusations as security forces block off the parliament building.

Venezuelan opposition denounces seizure of parliamentary building | TheHill

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó on Tuesday said the country’s parliament building was illegally seized by forces loyal to President Nicolás Maduro, under the pretext of investigating a bomb scare.

Amnesty urges ICC to probe ‘crimes against humanity’ in Venezuela | News | Al Jazeera

Amnesty accuses Maduro of responding to anti-gov’t protesters with ‘systematic policy of repression’ in late January.

Inside the secret plot to turn senior Venezuelan officials against Maduro – The Washington Post

A spy chief, a chief justice, a Miami businessman — and a last-minute change of heart.

Venezuela’s Opposition Requests U.S. Military Support Against Government and ‘Foreign Forces’

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s U.S. envoy “welcomes the support of the United States and confirms our government’s willingness to begin discussions regarding the cooperation that has been

Venezuela’s Opposition Leader Guaidó Asks U.S. Military To Put More Pressure On Maduro | TIME – YouTube

TIME Published on May 13, 2019 Venezuela’s opposition leader Guaidó asks U.S. military to put more pressure on Maduro. Subscribe to TIME ►►

Venezuelan general says ‘it’s time to rise up’ in new video

A Venezuelan general called on the country’s armed forces on Sunday to rise up against President Nicolás Maduro.

Maduro’s foes fill embassies in Venezuela as crisis deepens | Fox News

From the lush tropical garden of the Chilean ambassador’s residence, Venezuelan opposition leader Freddy Guevara takes a much-anticipated call from a foreign diplomat and asks him to protect a fellow lawmaker fleeing President Nicolás Maduro’s latest crackdown.

Venezuela’s Guaido seeks U.S. Pentagon cooperation to solve political crisis – Reuters

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Saturday he has asked his envoy to the United States to meet with Pentagon officials to “cooperate” on a solution to the South American country’s political crisis.

Venezuelan Opposition Leader Seeks Contact With US Military |

(Bloomberg) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido told an emissary to meet with U.S. military officials in a bid to establish “direct” cooperation, a signal he’s warming to the idea of intervention by force after months of failed attempts to topple President Nicolas Maduro. Guaido told supporters during a rally in Caracas on Saturday that he’s sending his envoy in Washington, Carlos Vecchio, to meet immediately with Florida-based Southern Command, which oversees U.S. military activity in Latin America and the Caribbean, “to be able to establish a direct and far-reaching relationship in terms of cooperation.”

UAWire – Kremlin: Russia does not intend to increase the number of its military in Venezuela

The Russia does not plan to increase the number of military specialists in Venezuela, said Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov as quoted by RIA …

Venezuelan opposition members seek refuge in foreign embassies as Maduro cracks down | Fox News

Venezuelan opposition lawmakers stripped of their congressional immunity by the Maduro regime are seeking refuge in foreign embassies.

Venezuela crisis: Opposition lawmakers take refuge in embassies – BBC News

Opposition MPs take shelter in the Argentine and Italian embassies after being stripped of immunity.

Rick Scott calls the Venezuela crisis a genocide | Miami Herald

Rick Scott is using the word genocide to describe the crisis in Venezuela, a word that President Donald Trump, National Security Advisor John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Marco Rubio won’t use.

Venezuela’s Guaidó puts on brave face after failed uprising | Fox News

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó wants to jumpstart his movement to oust Nicolas Maduro following last week’s failed military uprising.

Supporting Non-Violent Resistance in Venezuela: What Might US Military Involvement Look Like? – Modern War Institute

The US government has wavered on what to do in Venezuela. Some have called for Washington to butt out and let things take their course. Others have called for a more direct military intervention to depose of a despotic regime. The result is a kind of eyeball-to-eyeball paralysis, with neither the Venezuelan regime nor Washington willing to blink first. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó is considering asking the US military to get more involved. Yet what should this look like? Arguably, the White House’s jingoistic rhetoric and diplomatic half-measures have only strengthened President Nicholas Maduro’s hand, as he consolidates power, rallies volunteers into his armed forces and thumbs his nose at Washington. Not to mention there would be very little American appetite for a large military intervention, and Venezuelans appear to be dead-set against it. Operationally it would be difficult, too; Venezuela is twice the size of Iraq. However, there are non-kinetic ways the US military can force Maduro’s hand without deploying mass forces, occupying Caracas or risking conflict escalation.

Cuba to increase rationing amid shortages – BBC News

Staple products like rice, beans, eggs and sausage will only be available on the ration card.

US Military intervention in Venezuela should be strategic, nonviolent

There are non-kinetic ways the US military can force Maduro’s hand without deploying mass forces, occupying Caracas or risking conflict escalation.

Cuba announces rationing of food and hygiene products amid US sanctions – CNN

Cuba announced new rationing of food and basic cleaning and hygiene products as the communist-run island grapples with increased US sanctions and the economic crisis affecting its close ally Venezuela.

Cuba forced into rationing as US sanctions and Venezuela crisis bite | World news | The Guardian

Commerce minister announces limits on purchases of staples such as chicken, eggs, rice, beans and soap

David Smolansky: I’m sure that soon Belarus and Venezuela will be free – Charter’97 :: News from Belarus – Belarusian News – Republic of Belarus – Minsk

Venezuelan people are supported by democracies of the world and Maduro is supported by dictators. David Smolansky is one of the youngest leaders of the Venezuelan opposition. In 2009 he became one of the co-founders of People’s Will party (Voluntad Popular), headed by former mayor of Caracas Leopoldo Lopez. In 2017 under the threat of arrest he had to flee the country. He managed to escaped to Brazil and later to the USA, where he is active in the opposition. David invited me to the meeting of the permanent council of the Organization of American States where the role of external actors in Venezuela was discussed. At the meeting Lukashenka’s regime was mentioned together with Russian, Cuban and Nicaraguan groups that support Maduro’s regime. After the meeting David commented on the current situation in Venezuela. – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus recently made a statement condemning attempts of “unconstitutional seizure of power in Venezuela to oust legitimate president Maduro” and called on the opposition to enter a peaceful dialogue. I have to say that this statement comes from criminal group that illegally holds the power in Belarus and I want to convey a message from the people of Belarus who support your fight for freedom and wish you every success. – Thank you for this message which is very important for us and I would like to respond to the Foreign Ministry of Belarus that the legitimate president of Venezuela is Juan Guaido according to our Constitution. He is recognized by the vast majority of Venezuelans and by 54 countries that support him as the head of state. Right now Venezuela is a victim of dictatorship with organized crime: drugs, human trafficing and other kinds of criminal activities, so what affects Venezuelans in fact affects also the region. Maduro together with Chavez for 20 years were destroying my country creating humanitarian crisis, refugee crisis.

Trump’s Venezuela policy could backfire – The Washington Post

The president won early praise for his tough stance on Venezuela. But as Maduro clings to power, there is a danger of looking weak.

Venezuelan Embassy’s D.C. neighbors are thrust into an intensifying standoff – The Washington Post

Residents, businesses and workers have adjusted to the tumultuous demonstrations.

D.C. Venezuela Embassy Activists Served Eviction Notice | Time

Three activists, who are supporters of Nicolas Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela, left the embassy, but four remain inside

State Department: US trying to remove protesters from Venezuelan Embassy in DC – CNNPolitics

US law enforcement on Monday started the process of trying to remove protesters from the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, a State Department official said.

UAWire – Russian oil giant Rosneft claims US approved oil deliveries from Venezuela to India

Since the Venezuelan oil that Rosneft has been sending to factories in India was bought with prepaid contracts, the US State Department gave …