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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    At this rate you will catch up to AF's double post record in half the time it took him to set it.
    hahaaaaaaaahallolloll.. true!

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    Exclamation MIC globalist regime change stooges - Amnesty International

    Venezuela: Amnesty International in Service of Empire

    Uncle Sam has a problem in his South American “backyard” with those uppity Venezuelans who insisted on democratically electing Nicolás Maduro as their president instead of by-passing the electoral process and installing the unelected US asset Juan Guaidó. No matter, Amnesty International has come to the rescue with a full-throated defense of US imperialism:

    “Faced with grave human rights violations, shortages of medicines and food and generalized violence in Venezuela, there is an urgent hunger for justice. The crimes against humanity probably committed by the authorities must not go unpunished.”
    Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International

    Amnesty International fails in its broadside to put its claims against the Maduro government in the context of a concerted regime-change campaign, which amounts to war, by the bully from the north. The US is waging an illegal war against Venezuela and Amnesty International’s broadside leaves out this inconvenient fact, egregiously even omitting any mention of sanctions.

    As human rights activist Chuck Kaufman of the Alliance for Global Justice noted about Amnesty International (AI): “They don’t seem to even care about their credibility anymore.” A more credible and honest account of what is unfolding in Venezuela, than the hatchet job presented in AI’s May 14th Venezuela: Crimes against humanity require a vigorous response from the international justice system, would have also noted along with the alleged transgressions of the Maduro government:

    • Grave human rights violations. Economists Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University recently reported that US sanctions on Venezuela are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths. This is the price being exacted on Venezuela, with a prediction for worse to come, for the regime change that AI is implicitly promoting.

    • Shortages of medicines and food. Since 2015, when US President Obama first instituted them, the US has been imposing ever more crippling illegal sanctions on Venezuela expressly to create misery for the population in the hope that it would then turn against their own democratically elected government. The sanctions are specifically designed to suffocate the economy so that Venezuela cannot address its problems. The US government boasts about the impacts of sanctions. Playing the good cop to the US role as bad cop, AI laments the very conditions they are tacitly promoting in asking for ever increasing “punishments.” New US sanctions on Venezuela were imposed on May 10th.

    • Generalized violence. The US government has repeatedly and unapologetically threatened military intervention in Venezuela if the elected government doesn’t abdicate. Short of attacking militarily, the US has waged war against Venezuela by economic and diplomatic means, not to mention low-intensity warfare such as cyber attacks. The extreme rightwing opposition has called for the extra-legal overthrow of the government and has eschewed electoral means for effecting political change. AI is correct in noting that since 2017 new violence has been inflicted on the Venezuelan people but fails to note the role of the opposition in provoking that violence with their guarimbas and other actions. Meanwhile Guaidó, whose popular support in Venezuela is bottoming out, is reported sending his envoy to meet with the US Southern Command to “coordinate.”

    How is it possible that an organization purporting to stand for human rights and global justice can so blithely ignore facts that do not fit into their narrative and so obsequiously parrot the Trump-Pompeo-Bolton-Abrams talking points? Why would AI go so far as to meet with the self-appointed Guaidó and then within days issue a report condemning the Maduro government, without also investigating the other side in the conflict?

    Unfortunately, this is not the first time AI has shown an imperial bias as it has regarding US-backed regime-change projects in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Nicaragua.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenequity View Post
    Max. Blumenthal.

    Syria, Venezuela.

    Last edited by goldenequity; 05-26-2019 at 11:11 AM.

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    Venezuela? Is there something happening there? If the MSM does not report on it, does it really happen?
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    Pompeo Accidentally Tells Truth About Failed Venezuela Coup

    June 6 - Secretly recorded while speaking off the record to a group of supporters, Secretary of State Pompeo revealed that US policy toward Venezuela has been a disaster and that the US government has lied from the beginning about the level of support for the opposition and the ease of "restoring democracy" to the country. Will Pompeo be made to pay for revealing an inconvenient truth? Tune in to today's Liberty Report:

    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
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    nice catch Ron... + rep.
    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to RonZeplin again.
    Last edited by goldenequity; 06-06-2019 at 06:47 PM.

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    Last edited by goldenequity; 06-18-2019 at 10:32 AM.

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    Last edited by goldenequity; 06-19-2019 at 06:04 AM.

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    Ian56 @Ian56789
    US-backed Venezuela opposition caught embezzling ‘humanitarian aid’ cash

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    Thumbs up Jorge Ramos beatdown by Maduro

    Quote Originally Posted by goldenequity View Post
    Sarah Palin went on Univision in 2008 and promised Jorge Ramos "a path to citizenship", and then she & Senator McCain lost to Joe Biden & Obama.

    Nice to see him getting smacked around by Maduro. Trump sure as hell ain't going to deport him.
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    Make America the Land of the Free & the Home of the Brave again

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    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

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    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

    A Zero Hedge comment

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    Question An "electromagnetic attack"

    Venezuela opposition rallies as blackout eases in some areas

    Electricity slowly returns to some areas as Venezuela's National Assembly approves return to US-led defence pact.

    Much of Venezuela's capital Caracas woke up with the lights back on after the worst blackout since March knocked out power in half of the country a day earlier, although service remained down in other states and some key oil infrastructure sites were still offline.

    State power company Corpoelec said on Tuesday that nine states were in the process of recovering service and power had fully returned to the capital Caracas. Tuesday's blackout left over half of Venezuela's 23 states in the dark.

    Stores closed Monday night as the lack of electricity prevented the use of credit and debit cards.

    "I was hungry, and I wanted to eat," Hernan Montalbo, a Caracas resident, told Al Jazeera.

    "But there was nowhere to swipe my card because none of the machines worked, and with the financial crisis, I can't even buy a hot dog with cash," he added.

    President Nicolas Maduro's government told Venezuelans not to go to work or school on Tuesday to "help the process of reconnection".

    Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said the outage on Monday was caused by an "electromagnetic attack". He offered no additional details or evidence.

    The blackouts have increased the difficulties for many Venezuelans already dealing with widespread shortages of food and medicine and the world's highest inflation rate.

    'We have to win'

    On Tuesday, opposition leader Juan Guaido, brought a relatively modest crowd of supporters on to the streets to protest against the blackouts and to mark six months since he invoked the Constitution to declare himself Venezuela's interim president.

    Guaido said that the government he calls a "dictatorship" is crumbling.

    "We have to win," he said.

    The opposition-controlled National Assembly also approved a law that would allow Venezuela to return to the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR). Opposition hardliners had been pressuring Guaido to join the TIAR as a precursor to requesting a foreign military intervention to remove Maduro.

    "The TIAR is not magic, it is not a button that we press and then tomorrow everything is resolved," Guaido told a rally of supporters in Caracas. "In itself, it is not the solution - it obliges us to take to the streets with greater force to exercise our majority."

    The treaty states that an attack on one of the members - which include most large Western Hemisphere countries including the United States, Brazil and Colombia - should be considered an attack on all.

    However, analysts believe that regional intervention is unlikely.

    "Although many opposition supporters [dream] with the option of military intervention, the reality is that it's not an easy move, not even for the US who is the only country capable of that," said Javier Buenrostro, a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

    "This was more of a move to generate news, than a real one," he told Al Jazeera.

    In addition to congress deputies, hundreds of other people attended the opposition rally on Tuesday, a far smaller crowd than the throngs that poured into the streets in January when Guaido declared himself interim president and that Maduro's 2018 re-election was a sham. Dozens of Western countries, including the US, have thrown their support behind Guaido.

    Some activists said the turnout was low because public transport was not available, though opposition demonstrations in Caracas have diminished in size over several months.

    In January, expectations of change were high among many Venezuelans, but six months later Maduro remains in power, maintaining the support of Russia, Cuba, China and Venezuelan military leaders.

    "The sympathy and the enthusiasm that the opposition generated in January has been fading," Buenrostro said.

    "The reality is Maduro still has support, including the army support, Guaido thought the army was going to turn its back, but that only showed the lack of knowledge he has of the army and of his own country," he added.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    You only show up to attack Trump when he is wrong
    Make America the Land of the Free & the Home of the Brave again

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    It looks like @goldenequity has left the forum...
    For some time I've been thinking about posting some more in this thread.

    In 2007, it was revealed that Giuliani’s firm lobbied for the US subsidiary Citgo Petroleum Corp of the Venezuelan state-oil company PDVSA.
    PDVSA got a $1.5 billion dollar loan from Russia’s Rosneft to avoid default on its other obligations, with 49.9% as collateral.

    Rudy Giuliani’s law and consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, has also represented Russian oil company Rosneft. In one deal Giuliani Partners represented both seller Rosneft and buyer, Qatar’s investment fund.

    In 2012, Bracewell & Giuliani announced that its client Chesapeake Energy had closed an energy deal with Royal Dutch Shell Oil.
    Shell announced that they were also advised in this deal by Bracewell & Giuliani.

    Giuliani left Bracewell & Giuliani in 2016, and joined Greenberg Traurig:
    (archived here:
    Do NOT ever read my posts. Google and Yahoo wouldn’t block them without a very good reason:

    Donald Trump, another puppet controlled by the international elite:

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    In August 2018, the international press reported on a massive exodus of Venezuelans fleeing the famine and chavist dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro. There were 18,000 to cross the border each day. At the time, the UN predicted that there would be 5.3 million Venezuelan migrants and refugees throughout Latin America by the end of 2019. There was a major crisis.

    Alas! These figures were pure propaganda: the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees has just published its official statistics as at December 31, 2018.
    57% of the world’s refugees came from Syria (6.7 million), Afghanistan (2.7 million) and South Sudan (2.3 million).
    Venezuelan refugees represented only 341,800 people (many of whom have since returned to their country).

    The campaign of media disinformation, relayed in all the allied states of the Pentagon, was initiated in preparation for the destabilization operation targetting the Venezuelan State that began in December 2018. It was intended to convince the nationals that they no longer had a future at home and and the people abroad that President Maduro was illegitimate.

    This is a clear application of the theory of "migrations as weapons of war" [1].
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    The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

    The CIA has strongly denied any involvement in the coup (either staging it or helping Hugo Chavez).
    Then on 24 November 2004, State Department Spokesman Adam Ereli referred to a 2002 report of the Office of Inspector General that in the run-up to the coup, the US Government had warned Chavez’s Government of Venezuela of the coming coup and an assassination threat.
    QUESTION: Yes. It's about Venezuela. What do you think of the terrorist attack in Caracas that killed the prosecutor Danilo Anderson, who was investigating opposition members for the coup against Chavez in 2002? And the suspect of the attack was killed by the Venezuelan police yesterday. I don't know if you have something.
    MR. ERELI: I hadn't seen that. We spoke to this matter last week. We condemned this. We condemn the killing of the prosecutor. We called it a terrorist act and we called for a swift and full investigation and said we viewed it as a terrible crime.

    QUESTION: Also on Venezuela, too. There are newly released CIA documents that show that the CIA knew of an imminent plot to oust Chavez in the weeks prior to the coup of April 2002. Why did the U.S. kept quiet on this plot to oust him?
    MR. ERELI: Well, I'm not aware that we did. In fact, my information is that, based on an Inspector General's report of U.S. policy toward Venezuela dated July 2002, that we alerted President Chavez to coup plots and warned him of an assassination threat that was deemed to be credible.

    And then, in one of those strange coincidences, a foreign team was there to have “The Revolution Televised” (I really don't have a clue who tipped them off)
    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter View Post
    When in April 2002, a coup was staged in Venezuela, in support of Hugo Chavez´s government, conveniently Irish filmmakers Kim Bartley and Donnacha Ó Briain where present.
    They made it into a real propaganda piece, even insinuating CIA involvement without any proof.

    Bizarrely they called the 2003 documentary “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” (a.k.a Chávez: Inside the Coup):

    Do NOT ever read my posts. Google and Yahoo wouldn’t block them without a very good reason:

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