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Venezuelan political prisoners urge vote in Sunday election

A few days before regime-sponsored gubernatorial elections on Sunday, 18 Venezuelan political prisoners being held at the notorious El Helicoide prison– a former futuristic shopping mall– released an open letter to the people of Venezuela.
The prisoners did not call for a boycott. Instead they urged people to do what they themselves cannot– vote.
We’re taking the [...]

Alberto Nisman was indeed murdered

It’s not a surprise, but it’s good news that after two-and-a-half years of lies and coverups (some of which we documented here), the truth has finally come out.
A team of forensic analysts has determined that Alberto Nisman, the special prosecutor who claimed that the president of Argentina [Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner] covered up Iran’s role [...]

Maduro extinguishes democracy in Venezuela

As the Maduro regime snuffs out the last embers of democracy in Venezuela, I appreciate President Trump’s forthright demand for the release of political prisoners, especially opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma.
Trump to Maduro: "We reiterate our call for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners." #Venezuela
— Joshua Hoyos (@JoshuaHoyos) August [...]

Maduro regime helped fund Trump’s inaugural

As shortages of food and other basic commodities continue, and angry and desperate Venezuelans from formerly pro-chavista neighborhoods rioted, looted and clashed with government forces, resulting in at least 12 deaths, The Guardian reported on one of the Maduro regime’s recent expenditures:
A Venezuelan state-owned oil company, heavily indebted to the Russian oil giant Rosneft, made [...]

Venezuela on the edge

There have been a lot of turbulent moments in Venezuela recently, but the latest events seem to be on a whole new level.
It started last week when opposition leader Henrique Capriles, a two-time presidential candidate, was banned from public office for 15 years.
Another opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez, has been in prison on phony charges since [...]

Venezuela: The left’s giant forgetting

This is a cross-post by Paul Canning

“Malnourished children who faint in class. Children who, in the worst cases, die from hunger, their bodies nothing but skin and bones, the outlines of their ribs visible.
Images like those have become common in Venezuela, where critical food shortages are pushing hundreds of thousands of children under a blanket [...]

Venezuela sinks into the abyss

I haven’t posted about the chavista regime in Venezuela recently, but that’s not because things there have got any better. I’ve just run out of ways to describe how abysmal the political and economic situation in that benighted country has become.
The collapse of oil prices and the failure to plan for that likelihood, combined with [...]

Argentine prosecutor: Nisman was murdered

Now that Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is no longer president of Argentina, and her chosen successor was defeated in last November’s election, we may get closer to the truth about the death of Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor who turned up evidence that Kirchner and others helped cover up Iranian involvement in the 1994 bombing of [...]

Corbyn on “fascinating” Bolivia

The Telegraph reports:
Jeremy Corbyn has revealed he would choose to live in Bolivia – the socialist South American nation – if he had to move away from Britain.
The Labour leader said he spent time in the country while a teenager and found its development in recent years “absolutely fascinating”.
Pushed on where he would live [...]

Chavistas suffer huge defeat in Venezuelan elections

Although Hugo Chavez’s chosen successor Nicolas Maduro’s term as president of Venezuela doesn’t end until 2019, he and the chavista political movement suffered a huge defeat Sunday in elections for the National Assembly.
About a half hour after midnight, the head of the country’s electoral body announced that the opposition coalition had won at least 99 [...]