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Messenger: Nesta1 Sent: 3/11/2019 9:20:07 AM

I get that you don't know U.S. history or anything about Latin America so I try to be tolerant of your ignorance when it comes to being unable to understand that the U.S. government is not involved in Latin American countries to liberate anyone or provide opportunities for historically disenfranchised people to advance -- it's there to keep the yoke on them or, in the case of Venezuela, to get the yoke put back on them. If you listen carefully, you can still hear the crack of the slaver's whip in the U.S. coup in Venezuela. Every single time the people of Latin America try to break out and free themselves, the U.S. and its vassals double down on them to extinguish any hope. This is the essence of the history of U.S. involvement in Latin America. And, yes, the reality of it is that it's extremely racist.

Reality isn't an opinion and it doesn't CHANGE based upon ignorance of it or wishful thinking. Think what you want, but reality is still out there.

Messenger: The BANNED -- Hemphill Sent: 3/11/2019 10:39:06 AM


Oh nesta.

Too bad the USA is sending humanitarian aid to the people starving at the hands of Maduro only to have it burned BY MADURO..

This might help you..

Messenger: The BANNED -- Hemphill Sent: 3/11/2019 10:43:50 AM

Expect attacks on minors like this to continue, and go completely ignored by the mainstream media.

A school bus aide allegedly yanked a Trump hat off a 14-year-old studentfs head who was celebrating hat day and his gpride in Trumpfs America.h

Immediately after boarding the bus, the aide shouted gboy, if you donft take that hat off this bus,h according to surveillance footage that is part of the incidentfs investigation.

gI was really confused, I was like eI canft wear this?fh Said the student. gShe, like, threatened me with a referral and threatened to turn the bus around.h

gI said ewrite me up, I didnft do anything wrong,f and then she yanked my hat off. It was crazy.h

Other students on the bus, who were allowed to wear their different hats, began texting the boyfs mother about what happened.

The mother went to the police after she was told she wouldnft be able to see the footage of the incident until after the school district completed its investigation.

gWefre able to confirm that the hat was removed from the child,h said Lieutenant Ryan Grimsdale. gThe crux of our investigation will be the interaction directly, physically with the child and how that panned out.h

Correspondingly, Trump supporters have been dealing with confrontations and even assault from leftists since his presidential campaign began in 2015.

A recent example involves the investigation of Zachary Greenberg, 28, who was charged with assaulting a Trump supporter on UC-Berkeleyfs campus.

Despite video footage of the incident, an analyst says Greenberg could go gunpunishedh because jurors may not see all of the evidence.

Messenger: Nesta1 Sent: 3/11/2019 11:00:35 AM

The U.S. and its thugs illegally seize billions of a country's foreign reserves, embargo and sanction them, illegally threat secondary sanctions on entities over which the U.S. has no LEGAL jurisdiction (a la how gangsters operate) and then Washington pretends to want to send "humanitarian aid". Only an absolute moron would believe the sincerity of such a "humanitarian aid" gesture. How many people can there be out there who are so bottomed out on the IQ chart that they would actually buy into this John Bolton ruse?

Messenger: Nesta1 Sent: 3/11/2019 12:31:28 PM

And there's the upshot of Trump Administration arrogance & incompetence: We'll just have to laugh and dismiss it the next time Americans are whining about foreign meddling in a U.S. election. We've witnessed Washington unilaterally discard the democratic elections results in Venezuela, declare over 6 million people's votes null & void, and appoint a new unelected president for that country (yes, Washington has APPOINTED another country's president for it). Seriously, going forward, who cares what any country does to America's elections - - America has established the ground rules and it's open season for anybody to do to anybody else whatever they can get away with. Next stop: anarchy.

Messenger: GARVEYS AFRICA Sent: 3/14/2019 3:16:12 AM

This made I laugh

Messenger: The BANNED -- Hemphill Sent: 3/14/2019 8:07:56 AM

Yes yes Uncle Rukus is quite the funny character..

Humor is appreciated but this was not very factual..

Here is some reality.

Messenger: The BANNED -- Hemphill Sent: 3/14/2019 8:57:15 PM

Hey 'Nesta'.. Since you get Venezuelan news from me here.. What do you think about this??

Maduro's muscle: Motorcycle gangs known as 'colectivos' are the enforcers for Venezuela's authoritarian leader

The neighbors were fed up. For days, they'd had no electricity or running water because of a massive national blackout. So one morning this week, they piled logs and garbage into a makeshift barricade in their middle-class Caracas neighborhood and started yelling slogans against the government.

Then came the motorcycles.

There were at least 20 of them, their motors buzzing, driven by men with scarves over their faces, according to interviews with 10 witnesses. The demonstrators scattered. But as people in surrounding buildings started hurling bottles at the bikers, the men raised their weapons - pistols and rifles - and opened fire.

No one was injured. But the neighbors were terrified.

"Now we can't even protest, because they'll shoot at us," said Delia Arellano, 72, one of the demonstrators.

The attack on Sunday was a chilling sign of how President Nicolá;s Maduro is increasingly relying on paramilitary groups as he clings to power. This week, he publicly urged the motorcycle-riding "colectivos" to intensify their efforts, as the country teetered on the edge of economic collapse and a U.S.-backed opposition movement pressed for his ouster.

"I call on the colectivos; the hour of resistance has arrived, active resistance in the community," Maduro declared in the speech on Monday.

Pompeo says all U.S. diplomats have left Venezuela as crisis deepens
The colectivos aren't nearly as big as Venezuela's armed forces - they number perhaps 5,000 to 7,500 members nationwide, most of them in cities, according to Alejandro Velasco, a history professor at New York University who has studied the phenomenon. But they help explain how Maduro has remained in power even as the country's economy and poorly maintained power grid have broken down. The paramilitary forces are nimble and committed - and they have an extraordinary ability to sow terror.

"Before, government repression just meant tear gas," said Maldonado, 49. "Now there are bullets. It's different. You think twice about going out."

The colectivos have their roots in the Cuban-inspired guerrilla forces that battled Venezuela's staunchly anti-communist governments in the 1960s. After that conflict, some former rebels returned to poor neighborhoods determined to spread socialism through community activities - offering classes, showing movies, giving out free bread - and to protect residents from corrupt police.

Under the "Bolivarian revolution" of Hugo Chá;vez, Maduro's predecessor, the number of these small armed groups grew. Some were permitted to control neighborhoods and run criminal rackets such as drug trafficking and extortion, analysts say. In return, they rounded up votes and provided other political support.

But Chá;vez, who ruled from 1999 until his death in 2013, was popular. He wasn't as dependent on the colectivos.

"He didn't need to use violence," said Rafael Uzcá;tegui, coordinator of the human rights group Provea. "Chá;vez could maintain political control of the country."

Maduro, in contrast, is widely reviled for the economic mismanagement that has brought hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicine to this oil-rich nation.

"That's why resorting to violence and intimidation has been so important," Uzcá;tegui said.

Venezuela's Ministry of Communications did not respond to a request for comment.

Over the past several years, a new kind of colectivo has emerged, composed of current or former police personnel or government bodyguards.

"Their primary allegiance is not to 'chavismo' or an ideological project or a radical leftist vision of change, but basically to stay in power," Velasco said.

And "power," for colectivos, often means access to government funds or goods. While it is difficult to pin down the groups' exact ties to the state, some have been put in charge of the distribution of government food packages in poor areas - giving them control over hungry neighborhoods. Some might be paid by individuals in the government, analysts say.

The colectivos vary widely in their activities and organization. One group of about 100 black-helmeted riders in dark clothing roars regularly through the colonial center of Caracas, near the Miraflores presidential palace, waving the giant red flags of the ruling Socialist party. They are an intimidating sight - even if they don't flash their weapons.

Others don't hesitate to threaten violence. Recently, a community activist in the poor Caracasneighborhood of La Vega was leaving a meeting about organizing a teachers strike. Armed men on motorcycles roared up and demanded to know what he was doing, said the activist, Jose Gregorio Velá;squé;z. They warned him against closing off streets for protests. "We know where you live," the men said, according to Velá;squé;z.

Venezuela investigates Juan Guaidó; for sabotage of electrical system, arrests prominent journalist
That sort of grass-roots control could discourage poor Venezuelans from joining the protests that have swept the country in recent weeks in support of Juan Guaidó;, the opposition leader recognized by the United States and dozens of other countries as the legitimate president.

While middle-class Venezuelans turn out, Velasco said, "it's difficult for Guaidó; to have the barrios rise up. They are bearing the brunt of the oppression."

The paramilitary groups are effective in part because they enjoy impunity. While the traditional colectivos were embedded in their communities, many of the newer ones aren't, and it's difficult for citizens to identify their members. They mask their faces, and their motorcycles often lack license plates. As political instability grows, even bands of car thieves or other criminals are calling themselves'colectivos,' said David Smilde, a Venezuela expert at Tulane University.

"They fulfill the classic work of paramilitaries, doing violent security tasks that security agents in uniform would be held accountable for," he said.

Perhaps the colectivos' most important weapon, though, is their ability to sow fear.

Roberto Patiñ;o, an opposition activist, helped lead demonstrations on Feb. 23 in the Venezuelan border city of Ureñ;a aimed at pressuring security forces to allow humanitarian aid to cross from Colombia. When the Venezuelan National Guard launched tear gas, he said, the crowd persisted.

But then the colectivos turned up, firing their weapons.

"Most people fled to save themselves," Patiñ;o said. "There was a high risk of being killed."

The colectivos have become particularly important as the government appears hesitant to use the army to put down demonstrations. While the military leadership has been loyal to Maduro, many rank-and-file soldiers are suffering the same hunger as other Venezuelans - and could defy orders.

The government has also turned to a relatively new branch of the national police, the Special Actions Force (known by its Spanish initials, FAES) to intimidate and kill young protesters in poor neighborhoods, according to human rights groups. Some activists say the new branch works closely with colectivos. The FAES says it is only going after criminals.

The clash in Chacao on Sunday was unusual in that it took place in wealthier East Caracas. Two bakery workers watched as neighbors threw up the barricade across Guaicaipuro Street at the intersection with a major avenue, Francisco de Miranda. At one point, a black government pickup truck tried to pass, the workers said, but the neighbors wouldn't allow it.

About a half-hour later, the colectivo roared up and the protesters scattered. As residents of apartments yelled and tossed bottles at the motorcyclists, the workers said, the leader of the colectivo issued an order: "Let them have it."

The motorcyclists opened fire, witnesses said, and eventually dismantled the barricade.

"I don't think the neighbors of Chacao will go out again to protest," said 18-year-old Ricardo Linares, one of the bakery workers.

"I'm not afraid to protest," insisted Junaiker Martí;nez, a 19-year-old co-worker. "It's the only power we have. But I'm not going to go out there alone."

Messenger: Nesta1 Sent: 3/17/2019 6:19:21 AM


By South Front
March 12, 2019

During the past few days, Venezuela was suffering a major blackout that left the country in darkness. The crisis started on March 7 with a failure at the Guri hydroelectric power plant, which produces 80% of the country’s power. Additionally, an explosion was reported at Sidor Substation in Bolivar state.

Since then, the government has been struggling to solve the crisis with varying success.

President Nicolas Maduro says that the blackout is the reason of “the electric war announced and directed by American imperialism.” According to Maduro, electrical systems were targeted by cyberattacks and “infiltrators”. He added that authorities managed to restore power to “many parts” of the country on March 8, but the restored systems were knocked down after the country’s grid was once again attacked. He noted that “one of the sources of generation that was working perfectly” had been sabotaged and accused “infiltrators of attacking the electric company from the inside.”

Communication and information minister Jorge Rodriguez described the situation as “the most brutal attack on the Venezuelan people in 200 years”. He also described the situation as the “deliberate sabotage” on behalf of the US-backed opposition.

In own turn, the US continues to reject claims accusing it of attempts to destabilize the situation in the country. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo even claimed that Washington and its allies would not hurt the “ordinary Venezuelans.” According to him, what’s hurting the people is the “Maduro regime’s incompetence.”

“No food. No medicine. Now, no power. Next, no Maduro,” Pompeo wrote in Twitter, adding that “Maduro’s policies bring nothing but darkness.”
Unfortunately, the top diplomat did not explain how wide-scale economic sanctions imposed to wreck the country’s economic should help the “ordinary Venezuelans”.

The State Department attitude was expectedly supported by US-proclaimed Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido, who recently returned to country after an attempt to get more foreign support for US-backed regime change efforts. Guaido accused the “Maduro Regime” of turning the blackout during the night in a “horror movie” with his “gangs” terrorizing people.

Another narrative, which recently set the mainstream media on fire, is the alleged Cuban meddling in the crisis. According to this very version of the event, “forces of democracy” were not able to overthrow the Venezuelan government because its political elite is controlled by Cuban intelligence services. President Donald Trump even said Maduro is nothing more than a “Cuban puppet.”

Taking account already existing allegations about the presence of Hezbollah and Russian mercenaries in Venezuela and an expected second attempt to stage US aid delivery provocation on the Colombian-Venezuelan border, it becomes clear that chances of US direct action to bring into power own political puppet are once again growing.
The February attempt to stage a provocation failed and make a final step toward a regime change by force failed after it was publicly revealed that the US-backed opposition was intentionally burning “aid trucks” to blame the Maduro government. Furthermore, the military backed Maduro, and the scale and intensity of protests across the country were not enough to paralyze the government.

The blackout in Venezuela was likely meant to bring the country into disorder and draw off army and security forces. Therefore, an attempt to stage a new provocation to justify a foreign intervention to overthrow the Venezuelan government could be expected anytime soon.

Messenger: The BANNED -- Hemphill Sent: 3/18/2019 5:03:52 AM

So you ignore the fact that Dictator Maduro employs motorcycle gangs to harass and kill protesters? Go figure..

Blame everything on the USA.. Tired and sorry excuses from a socialist dictator.


Venezuela is a country on the edge of total anarchy.

Zero Hedge - MARCH 17, 2019

"This Country Has Gone To Hell": Total Chaos In Venezuelan Oil Capital After Blackout

Venezuela’s oil capital, Maracaibo, was ransacked and looted in the midst of a blackout that hit the country around March 7. Even as the lights started to come back on, looting continued and residents overpowered disputed President Nichloas Maduro’s security forces. Store owners are just now starting to clean up, according a new Bloomberg article, which paints a picture of Venezuela as a country on the edge of total anarchy.

Enrique Gonzalez, an 18 year old bus conductor said: “If people made enough to make ends meet, we wouldn’t be trying to get by like this. This country has gone to hell.” His driver, at the time, was pillaging a Pepsi warehouse, where thousands of bottles had been looted in hours and where people were now ripping out spare copper wire and scrap metal.

Empresas Polar SA, a Venezuelan food giant, reportedly saw its Pepsi plant lose thousands of cases of beer and soda, 160 pallets of food, 22 trucks and five forklifts. A home improvement shopping center also saw its 50 stores looted by people who broke through its iron gates and glass doors. Travel agencies, cosmetic stands and snack shops were all pillaged among the chaos.

Bernardo Morillo, 60, who built and manages the mall told Bloomberg: “It’s hard to swallow. The national guard stood by as this vandalism happened and the firefighters didn’t even show.’’

Ricardo Costa, vice president of the Zulia state chapter of the Fedecamaras business group said: “…security forces were useless as people took anything of value, including cash machines, door frames, ovens, computers and surveillance cameras…”

The country’s Centro 99 food market saw looters pick its shelves clean. “They even carried off the lard and flour to bake bread in their bare hands,’’ the store’s manager said.

The looting started last Saturday afternoon after an ice company, on a hot day, demanded that it be paid in dollars. A crowd instead tore through its factory and then continued onto nearby pharmacies and stores. By the evening, the entire city was taken over by people seeking out life’s necessities by any means necessary.

The country’s blackout took an already flammable situation and threw a match on it. Maduro’s handling of the situation has prompted the U.S. and other nations to instead recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the rightful head of state. Maduro has concentrated his power, in the form of resources and troops, in Caracas, the country’s capital. But the recent chaos in Maracaibo, a city of 1.6 million, shows the rest of the country is in tumult and not even the largest cities are safe.
Maduro blamed the blackout on a U.S. cyberattack last week.

When power was restored, many transformers and substations wound up bursting into flames. There were long lines of people at water trucks, streams and burst pipes. As far as protection, “a single municipal squad car was seen” during a day of looting in the city – and the officers within warned that “no protection” was on its way.

Costa continued: “How is it possible that a thousand guardsmen are deployed to repel 50,000 protesters, but when a thousand looters come to a mall only 50 were sent?’ You could say this began because people are hungry, but the looters didn’t take just food — it morphed into aimless vandalism.’’

“Everyone knows that working here means working in anarchy, that anything can happen to you at any moment,” one local watchman said while watching his store disintegrate in front of him.

“They’re pulling wires, air conditioners, pipes — they’re literally running off with the roof.’’

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