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  1. HeavenlyHosts

    HeavenlyHosts Powers

    a complete nightmare, poor, poor people
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  2. Carol55

    Carol55 Ave Maria

    March 31, 2019
    Russia claims its Venezuela intervention is justified by - are you ready -
    the Monroe Doctrine

    By Monica Showalter |

    With the Mother of All Weird Logic, Russia's embassy in the U.S. just put out this tweet:

    "Part of @Russia, the Chukotka Peninsula, is located in the Western Hemisphere @AmbJohnBolton
    We recommend that #US stop threatening #Venezuela, strangling its economy, pushing for civil war, in open violation of international law - #Zakharova"​

    I look at that and all I can think is: Whuhhh? Why'd they bring up the Chukotka Peninsula, a spit of land up there by the Arctic Circle as their justification for defending Venezuela's Maduro regime? What's they're doing is using the Monroe Doctrine to justify their propping up of a brutal communist dictator operating 6,171 miles out from their capital by saying they, too, are part of the Western hemisphere.

    That's a new one. Up until now, Russia, and the left, have blasted the Monroe Doctrine as wicked U.S. imperialism designed to hold Latin America down, distorting its protective aims for the region's developing democracies. Now Russia is using the terms of the doctrine as its justification -- claiming that it's part of the Western hemisphere. It's attempting to nullify the doctrine, by including itself within it, errantly misreading it a bit, given that many European countries have territories in the hemisphere around the Caribbean. The doctrine was put there to ensure none of them started any new 'projects' - which is exactly what Russia is doing in Venezuela.

    And to do it, it's going to 'protect' Maduro.

    Which is rather horrific, given that millions and millions of Venezuelans want the communist monster out of there, and have begun setting up a transition regime to facilitate its removal. Russia is one of those very few overseas powers that stand in the way, and doesn't particularly care if Venezuelans like it or not, let alone can make themselves free or not. Its financial interests - and its grievances against the U.S. for its involvement in Eastern Europe - are likely the real reasons.

    So instead of just saying those things (which might make a deal possible), it argues that our Monroe Doctrine logic supports them - and we don't have a leg to stand on in opposing their role. that the status quo must stand, using our policy against us. Russia's now the 'protector' of the hemisphere' same as us, to take the logic further.

    The Russians also have a longer, strangely unlinked (Do they lack the technical prowess for this? Do they really not want anyone to see it because even they consider it 'out there'?) companion post out on Facebook. Here's the English part:

    'The arrival of Russian military-technical cooperation experts in Venezuela continues to provoke a nervous reaction in Washington. [US officials] have even begun saying that the US would consider the appearance of the representatives of armed forces from countries outside the Western Hemisphere [in Venezuela] as a provocative action posing a threat to regional peace and security," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement published on Saturday.

    Part of Russia's territory, the Chukotka Peninsula, is located in the Western Hemisphere. So for Russia the American continent is a close neighbor."
    Zakharova also refuted claims that Russian military specialists arrived in Venezuela to conduct "military operations." The Foreign Ministry spokeswoman stressed that Russia had already "clearly stated the purpose of the arrival of its specialists in Caracas."

    "There can be no talk of any 'military contigents'. Accordingly, speculation about Russia holding some kind of 'military operations' in Venezuela are completely groundless," the spokeswoman noted, suggesting that perhaps Washington was mistaking Moscow's actions for its own behavior, including in countries like Colombia, where US military instructors are operating out in the open.

    Finally, commenting on the US threat to issue new anti-Russian sanctions over the matter, Zakharova stated that the US's sharp reaction seemed to be connected to the fact that its "planned speedy coup in Caracas has not succeeded."

    According to the spokeswoman, Washington has already introduced so many sanctions against Russia that "Moscow has simply lost count and stopped paying attention to them."

    "For our part, we can only recommend that the US stop threatening Venezuela, strangling its economy and pushing for civil war, in open violation of international law. We call on all Venezuelan political forces who put the interests of their country above their own personal ambitions to engage in dialogue, and are prepared to assist in such dialogue in any way possible," Zakharova concluded.​

    Notice the second strike against Colombia, where President Trump, I think very unwisely, has strained relations with, due to Colombia's failures in halting the cocaine trade. The longer Russian note sought immediately to drive the wedge further there, appealing to Colombia's national pride (a courtesy it oddly doesn't extend to Venezuela) by noting U.S. troops walking around in the open in Colombia. Colombia's failures on the cocaine trade are not entirely Colombia's fault, as it happens - they are due to something that was foisted on it by Colombia's previous president - the odious FARC peace treaty that Colombia's voters rejected in a referendum, but which went through anyway. The former president at the time was angling for a Nobel peace prize, and he got it. Colombians, on the other hand, got the shaft, as well the result they feared - more drug lords, abetted by Venezuela. And now Russia is not only telling America the Monroe Doctrine also makes it a protector (of dictators) due to its hemispheric spike of land, it also seeks to separate the U.S. decisively from its ally Colombia.

    Both Russian embassy posts on Twitter and Facebook link to a weird new flag I don't recognize, a sort of Russian-Cuban montage of a design that appears to be modern, and which, if it is, doesn't help their case. It has the look of Russia planting a new flag.


    Is it mockery? Or is it stupidity? It's kind of inchoate.

    But one thing does seem certain from these wobbly misfiring posts: They may have very little understanding of the hemisphere and its sensibilities, but they're playing a hardball game propping up the Maduro dictatorship, and they're not going to get out easily. It looks like they're committed to this one, and probably calculating that President Trump isn't.
  3. SteveD

    SteveD Archangels

    I despise the BBC and CNN and have no idea what they say or have said on the subject. I'd like to know what your sources are? Icke?
  4. Carol55

    Carol55 Ave Maria

    How Has Maduro Survived? With Lots of Help From Cuban Operatives
    Ethan Bronner, Alex Vasquez and David Wainer, Bloomberg News | April 1, 2019 |
    Nicolas Maduro shakes hands with Raul Castro in Margarita, Venezuela, in 2016. Photographer: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg , Bloomberg

    (Bloomberg) -- The men who ripped Carlos Guillen’s toenails out and tightened a plastic bag over his face at counterintelligence headquarters in Caracas were Venezuelan. But the officers overseeing his torture were Cuban.

    What immediately gave them away was how they spoke Spanish, said Guillen, a former lieutenant in the Venezuelan military who was accused of treason and, after being placed under house arrest and escaping, fled to Colombia.

    Accents were a tip-off, too, for Maria Martinez Guzman. She was on the Univision team that scored an interview in February with embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and she said she was amazed by what she witnessed: Cubans in suits and earpieces telling Maduro aides, wearing jeans, what to do. The president was so angered by the journalists’ questions that he ordered the crew briefly detained and then thrown out of the country.

    “It was very clear who was guarding Maduro, who was responsible for him and who was just taking orders,” Guzman, a Cuban-American television producer from Miami, said recently. She said the slang the suited-up men in the room used made it clear they were from the island.

    As the international community tries to comprehend how Maduro has, despite a collapsing economy and punishing U.S. sanctions, held onto power over these past couple months, the role played by Russia and China, key financial backers of his authoritarian regime, gets most of the attention.
    But Cuba and its cadre of operatives on the ground are crucial too, providing intelligence support that’s helped frustrate the bid by Juan Guaido -- the opposition lawmaker recognized by more than 50 countries as Venezuela’s rightful leader -- to topple Maduro and install a transitional government.

    ‘Nervous System’

    “We know that Maduro’s own bodyguards are Cuban. We know there is a very substantial Cuban presence in the two main intelligence agencies,” said Elliott Abrams, the U.S. State Department’s special envoy for Venezuela, in an interview. “The Cubans constitute a kind of nervous system for this regime. It wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for them.”

    In a tweet 10 days ago, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez described as lies and propaganda assertions that Cubans train and intimidate Venezuelan officials. Venezuelan government spokesmen didn’t respond to requests for comment.

    The tight relationship between the two countries began after Hugo Chavez was elected president of Venezuela in 1998, and he and Fidel Castro became close, aligned in their socialist visions. Over the following decade, tens of thousands of Cubans were sent to Venezuela to establish medical and community centers and develop athletic programs, as well as offer tools of political repression. Venezuela paid in oil.

    Caracas continues to provide the island with at least 50,000 barrels daily, Abrams said. After Chavez died and Maduro took over in 2013, the plunge in oil prices, along with rampant mismanagement and corruption, made that provision a bigger burden. Now, Venezuela’s unraveling means Cuba, once a Soviet-sponsored showcase of third-world defiance, must find other ways out of poverty.

    Transactional Relationship

    Still, there’s little debate that Cuba’s agents still hold substantial sway in Venezuela, a potential powerhouse with the world’s biggest oil reserves. As Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, put it in an interview, “Cuba has always punched above its weight in the intelligence field.”

    Scholars offer a more nuanced view, but only somewhat more. Ted Piccone of the Brookings Institution said it’s an exaggeration that Cubans call all the shots in Caracas. But they’ve been instrumental in reinventing the way Venezuela is run, he said. “They’re political agents of that mindset of one-party control.”

    Whereas under Chavez the Cuba relationship flourished on many levels, today it’s transactional, as Cuban agents mostly just hold key security and intelligence slots, said Brian Fonseca of Florida International University, who has written a study of Cubans in Venezuela for Washington’s Wilson Center.

    But with that, “Cuba has been able to firewall the regime and help assure its survival.”

    Venezuelans say that, for years, if you needed documentation for property or motor vehicles or an ID card, you might find yourself facing a Cuban at the government office. As budgets have dried up, many of those Cubans have left, but their systems remain in place. The U.S. government estimates that between 5,000 and 10,000 Cubans hold key slots in Venezuela.

    At President’s Request

    Anthony Daquin, who worked for the Interior Ministry when it was modernizing its identification system, said that it is “technically and operationally controlled by Cubans from the University of Information Sciences of Cuba.” A consultant who now lives in the U.S., Daquin said there are some 300 Cubans running the Administrative Service of Identification, Migration and Foreigners Saime and that there is “a copy of the file of each Venezuelan ID” is at the university in Havana.

    Zair Mundaray, a senior Venezuelan state prosecutor who escaped in mid-2017, said in an interview in Bogota that when he was part of a six-member council advising Maduro on citizen security, he noticed two Cubans who sat on the side taking notes during meetings. Mundaray said he objected to the minister in charge, saying the meetings were secret, and was told the men were there at the president’s request.

    Many of the most important Cuban operatives in Venezuela are housed in well-guarded buildings, especially in Fuerte Tiuna, the main military base in Caracas near Maduro’s home, according to Guillen and other Venezuelans familiar with the base.

    Blending In

    Dissident former officers like Guillen -- who recounted his 2017 torture session in a recent interview in Colombia -- say that Cuban guards watch over the houses of Maduro and his defense minister, Vladimir Padrino Lopez.

    One question that hangs over the arrangement is why, given Venezuela’s decline into lawlessness and hunger, ordinary Venezuelans don’t now turn on the Cubans. They’ve been targets in the past, such as in 2002, during a coup that briefly removed Chavez from power, when a group of opposition supporters surrounded the Cuban embassy in Caracas to protest.

    Today, Rubio said, there are anti-Cuban factions within the Maduro regime and tensions over the Cuban role. Abrams, the special envoy, said he believes fear is keeping the Cubans safe.

    In a 2006 U.S. diplomatic cable from Caracas, published by WikiLeaks, a political officer discusses the low profile many Cubans kept and Chavez’s effort to sell the idea of welcoming Cubans, including on his weekly TV show. There have been consistent reports of Cubans being taught to blend in, taking on Venezuelan accents and mannerisms.

    Fonseca, the Florida scholar, said the relationship is ebbing, noting that trade with Venezuela accounted for just 5 percent of Cuban commerce in 2017, down from 17 percent in 2012. And while many Cuban doctors and social workers reported back to the Havana regime, “it’s clear that not every Cuban is a spy. For one thing, the slush fund of an earlier era is no longer there.” For now, though, their presence in the centers of power still appears crucial.

    To contact the reporters on this story: Ethan Bronner in New York at;Alex Vasquez in Caracas Office at;David Wainer in New York at

    To contact the editors responsible for this story: David Papadopoulos at, Anne Reifenberg

    ©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    HH, This a good idea, maybe Dolours will email him with her question about when the prophecy was stated by Maria Esperanza. I doubt that Michael Brown has additional information about the prophecy itself though but maybe Dolours would be willing to ask him that question also.
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  5. HeavenlyHosts

    HeavenlyHosts Powers

    Mr Brown was close to the family. He might know a great deal.
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  6. Byron

    Byron Powers

    Israel warned us against Iraq invasion, US official says
    Chief of staff of former secretary of state reveals that large number of senior Israeli officials warned Bush administration that invasion of Iraq would be destabilizing to region. 'The Israelis were telling us Iraq is not the enemy - Iran is the enemy,' he says
    Yitzhak Benhorin|Published: 09.01.07 , 10:22

    WASHINGTON – A senior official at the US State Department has said that political, diplomatic and military officials in Israel warned the United States against invading Iraq even before the American forces entered the country, the Inter Press Service news agency reported over the weekend.

    According to the official, Israel tried to convince the Bush administration that the main problem in the region was Iran, not Iraq.

    US in Iraq
    Report: Thousands of US arms missing
    Yitzhak Benhorin
    Government Accountability Office report says 190,000 American assault rifles, pistols go missing on way to Iraqi security forces
    The man, Lawrence Wilkerson, was a member of the US State Department's policy planning staff and later chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell.

    In an interview with the news agency, he said that "the Israelis were telling us Iraq is not the enemy - Iran is the enemy."

    According to Wilkerson, different sources in Israel explained to senior US officials that "if you are going to destabilize the balance of power, do it against the main enemy."

    Wilkerson noted that the main point of their communications was not that the US should immediately attack Iran, but that "it should not be distracted by Iraq and Saddam Hussein" from a focus on the threat from Iran.

    The message was conveyed by a large number of senior Israeli officials to their American counterparts, including political figures and intelligence sources.

    According to Wilkerson, the Israeli advice was apparently triggered by reports reaching Israeli officials in December 2001 that the Bush administration was beginning serious planning for an attack on Iraq.

    Journalist Bob Woodward revealed in Plan of Attack that on December 1, 2001, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had ordered the Central Command chief, General Tommy Franks, to come up with the first formal briefing on a new war plan for Iraq on December 4.

    Soon after Israeli officials got wind of that planning, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon asked for a meeting with Bush primarily to discuss US intentions to invade Iraq.

    In the weeks preceding Sharon's meeting with Bush on February 7, 2002, a procession of Israeli officials conveyed the message to the US administration that Iran represented a greater threat, according to a Washington Post report on the eve of the meeting.

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  7. Byron

    Byron Powers

    YNetnews and Reuter’s- as well as articles from the Guardian, Washington Times, and even conservative Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul warned against the war.
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  8. Don_D

    Don_D ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

    I have wondered for some time how a nation like VZ which is reported to be 77% Catholic went down the road of socialism with Chavez. Was it encouraged by the church or by Jesuit support of overturning their capitalist society via liberation theology? Did the church not fight against it?
    There has to be more to this than simply a strong man rising up and seizing power. From what I have read about Maria Esperanza these forces were active in various states in VZ when she was living there but were not in a position of strength or power at that time although they were causing chaos that was reflected in their news etc.
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  10. Carol55

    Carol55 Ave Maria

    I'm not sure that the following really answers your questions directly but it does shed some light on what has occurred in Venezuela in regard to the practice of Catholicism and other religions in the past 20 years or so.

    Religious Beliefs In Venezuela
    The majority of Venezuelans are Roman Catholics, while Protestantism and Santeria have been gaining ground in recent times.

    Venezuela is a South American country located along the Caribbean Sea. It has a diverse population of 31 million whose ancestry has been influenced by the Spanish colonial era and European immigration that took place through the mid 20th century. Today, the major ethnic groups in the country are mestizo, white, black, and indigenous. In the same way that colonialism and immigration has affected the ethnicities found in the country, it has also affected the religions practiced here. This article takes a look at the major religious beliefs of Venezuela.

    Religious Beliefs in Venezuela

    Roman Catholicism
    As is common throughout Latin America, Catholicism is the most widely practiced religious belief system in the country. Approximately 71% of the population identify as Roman Catholic. This religion was introduced during the colonial era, but the Church did not gain as much influential power here as it did in nearby countries. It did, however, contribute to the educational system. Prior to the government of Hugo Chavez, the Catholic religion lost followers to the Protestant religion. During the rule of Chavez, the government took control of Catholic schools and removed religious education from public schools. Both of these events have resulted in a smaller percentage of Catholic followers compared to other Latin American countries. [emphasis added]

    Protestant Christianity
    The second most common religious identity in Venezuela is Protestant Christianity. This denomination has a following of 17% of the population. The majority of these individuals are Evangelicals who have converted from the Catholic religion. The Protestant religion has faced some hardship within the country due to political constraints. Prior to Chavez, Christian TV and radio broadcasts were illegal. In 2005, however, the government suspended visas for missionaries after a famous Evangelical made comments about assassinating the President of Venezuela.

    Another 8% of the population identifies as being irreligious. This can be broken down into 6% as Agnostic and 2% as Atheist. Often, a country’s movement toward secularization goes hand in hand with urbanization and increased educational attainment, which seems to be the case in Venezuela. These percentages began to grow in the early 21st century as the nation began to modernize.

    Santería has a smaller following of around 1% of people in Venezuela. This religion developed under Spanish rule in the Caribbean among West African descendants. It is believed to be a fusion of African and Native American traditional religions with Christianity, particularly Catholicism.

    Other Beliefs
    Other minority religions practiced in the country include Islam, Buddhism, Judaism. Together, they make up around 3% of the population. Islam is practiced by 95,000 people of Syrian and Lebanese descent. Buddhism is practiced by 52,000 people of mainly Chinese, Japanese, and Korean descent. Judaism is practiced by about 13,000 people living principally in Caracas.

    Religious Freedom in Venezuela
    The Venezuelan Constitution protects the rights regarding freedom of all religious practices as long as those practices do not interfere with public decency and order or infringe upon the religious rights of others. Despite this, the country has experienced instances of religious persecution. Anti-Semitism has been expressed on both public and private media channels. Evangelicals report obstacles to registering their religion with the government. Additionally, Mormons have been denied access to their house of worship because it has been occupied by flood victims. As of 2014, the US Department of State was unsuccessful in its attempts at holding a discussion with the government concerning issues of religious freedom.

    Religious Beliefs In Venezuela
    Rank Belief System Share of Venezuelan Population
    1 Roman Catholic Christianity 71%
    2 Protestant Christianity 17%
    3 Irreligious 8%
    4 Santeria 1%
    Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, and Other Beliefs 3%

    This page was last updated on April 25, 2017.
    By Amber Pariona |

    I think that this Wikipedia link helps explain things a little bit too but not in relation to how religion was related to Venezuela's transition to Socialism.

    "A collapse in confidence in the existing parties led to Chávez being elected president in 1998, and the subsequent launch of a "Bolivarian Revolution", beginning with a 1999 Constituent Assembly to write a new Constitution of Venezuela. Chávez also initiated Bolivarian missions, programs aimed at helping the poor.[70]"​
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  11. Byron

    Byron Powers

    Government corruption lead to Chavez.
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  12. Carol55

    Carol55 Ave Maria

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  13. Agnes rose

    Agnes rose Archangels

    Something should have been announced if the Pope didnt want the ring kissed. Its embarrassing
  14. Don_D

    Don_D ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

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  15. padraig

    padraig New Member

    If You Are Not Paying Attention, the World-Ending Storm of a Third World War Is Gathering in Venezuela

    by Charles Mudede • Apr 2, 2019 at 1:05 pm


    At first, the US's aggressive position on Venezuela seemed uncomplicated. Troops were quickly on the mind of the top hawk in D.C.—White House National Security Adviser John Bolton, the man who, in the first years of the 2000s, played a key role in leading the US into an adventure—the second Iraq war—that proved to be disastrous, and placed American imperial power in a terminal crisis (the collapse of the Project for the New American Century). The fickle public had forgotten about all that. Bolton, a member of the "old gang" (Cheney, Rummy, Wolfowitz), could resume the war drumming he loves so much. The press could be expected to amplify it. And old allies would fall into line. Venezuela has oil, a socialist government in turmoil, and pro-American opponents who are ready to exploit the oil and turmoil. What could go wrong with the regional exertion of basic imperial power?
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    Then the Russians arrived and began supporting the socialist leader that the US wants to oust, Nicolas Maduro. And now a team from the largest standing army in the world, the Chinese People's Liberation Army, have, according to Al-Masdar News, been deployed to a crisis that's becoming more and more dangerous. What this means is that three major nuclear-weapon countries are converging on Venezuela.

    Al-Masdar News says it directly:

    These moves by the Russian and Chinese armed forces appear to be a powerplay against the U.S. administration, who is actively pushing to remove Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power.

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    Sukhoi Su-57 frazor[​IMG][​IMG] @I30mki

    #Venezuela #China #Russia #Caracas #Chinese army soldiers arrived in Venezuela

    Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers, as part of a cooperation program, arrived, after delivering humanitarian supplies, to one of Venezuelan military facilities.

    There are more complications. Bolton's policy positions are clear enough:

    Since joining Trump’s White House, Bolton has pursued an agenda that includes trying to break Iran financially, oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, shield Americans from the reach of the International Criminal Court and toughen the U.S. posture toward Russia. He coordinated with key lawmakers, U.S. diplomatic and defense officials and the Israelis to compel Trump to slow an abrupt withdrawal of American forces from Syria.
    But his position in the White House is not so clear. His expanding public profile, Bloomberg reports, seems to be getting at Trump's goat (or, put another way, big ego). The growing split between Bolton the globalist hawk and Trump the anti-globalist is certainly on the radar of Russian and Chinese intelligence. This state of things is bound to throw US foreign objectives into a confusion that will debilitate the main peaceful way out of the crisis—diplomacy.
    But what would trigger a third world war? Simply the escalating costs of maintaining the key capitalist directive, which is limitless growth, in the face of real limits posed by climate change. We can expect this situation to be exacerbated by the world-historical development at this conjecture, which is the transition of political/economic power from Washington, D.C./New York City to Beijing/Shanghai. What the history of capitalism makes very clear is that such transitions (the Dutch to the British, the British to the US) are not gradual and peaceful, but always accelerated by war.
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  16. Don_D

    Don_D ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

    Looks like China may not be as neutral as we have been told.

    Chinese PLA soldiers arrive in Venezuela
    The reported arrival of Chinese military personnel in Venezuela last weekend is undoubtedly a watershed moment in world politics.

    Published: April 3, 2019, 7:37 am

    In an extremely rare Chinese move, a 120-strong group of Chinese military personnel arrived in Venezuela “to deliver humanitarian aid and military supplies to the government forces”, but further details of the Chinese PLA mission have not been disclosed.

    Even though vital Chinese interests were at stake in Afghanistan and Syria, China refrained from announcing a military deployment. Unlike Russia, China does not have a history of force projection around the world.

    After delivering the humanitarian supplies, the Chinese PLA troops were transferred to a Venezuelan military facility, according to local reports. The Chinese PLA Navy’s hospital ship The Peace Ark had docked at the port in la Guaira, Venezuela, on September 22, 2018.

    According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Venezuela imported $349 million worth of arms from China between 2010 and 2014 alone. In 2017 armoured tanks, ammunition, uniforms and infantry equipment, as well as replacement and service parts for Russian-made pieces, were delivered.

    A week ago, some 100 Russian military personnel were deployed to Venezuela to instal a military helicopter training facility.

    In a recent report in the LA Times, it was noted that “over the decade ending in 2016, China loaned Venezuela approximately $62 billion, much of which Caracas could repay with oil. Moscow in the last several years gave Venezuela $17 billion in loans and investment, and in December the two governments signed a new deal in which Russia will invest $6 billion in Venezuela’s oil and gold sectors”.

    China and Russia are Venezuela’s two main creditors in support of the Maduro government and China’s move put an end to speculation that it was losing faith in President Nicolas Maduro.

    On Monday, the Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal of Justice called on the Constituent Assembly to strip opposition leader Juan Guaido of parliamentary immunity, coinciding with the arrival of Chinese soldiers.

    Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly also approved a continuation of proceedings against the the self-proclaimed “interim president”. The ruling paves the way for Guaido’s prosecution and possible arrest.

    The arrival of Russian military personnel in Venezuela has “caused a nervous reaction in Washington”, the foreign ministry in Moscow noted on March 30 in response to a sharply-worded statement by the US National Security Advisor John Bolton.

    Bolton had warned the Kremlin against “deploying military assets to Venezuela, or elsewhere in the Hemisphere,” adding that “such provocative actions as a direct threat to international peace and security in the region”.

    Russia’s Chukotka Peninsula is located in the Western Hemisphere, and if Moscow had any intention to establish or expand military operations in the region, it would have already done so.

    Washington has let down those in Latin America and Western Europe who unwisely hastened to recognise the impostor Guaido, whom the people of Venezuela had not elected to lead the country.

    #Venezuela #China #Russia #Caracas #Chinese army soldiers arrived in Venezuela

    Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers, as part of a cooperation program, arrived, after delivering humanitarian supplies, to one of Venezuelan military facilities.

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  17. Don_D

    Don_D ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

    China refutes reports of sending troops to Venezuela to help Maduro

    Beijing has dismissed reports that it sent a cohort of soldiers to Venezuela along with a shipment of humanitarian aid.
    A shipment of 65 tons of Chinese medicine reached Caracas on Friday. Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami welcomed the aid flight, and praised the “important and strategic level” of the partnership between Beijing and Caracas.

    However, unconfirmed reports stated that a deployment of more than 120 Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers accompanied the aid flight, bringing military supplies for President Nicolas Maduro’s forces.

    #Venezuela#China#Russia#Caracas#Chinese army soldiers arrived in Venezuela

    Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers, as part of a cooperation program, arrived, after delivering humanitarian supplies, to one of Venezuelan military facilities.

    — Sukhoi Su-57 frazor (@I30mki) April 1, 2019
    Beijing, however, denies sending troops to Venezuela. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters on Tuesday

    "I don't know where you got this information or for what purpose was it produced, but I can tell you this: what you said is simply not true," he said at a briefing.
  18. Carol55

    Carol55 Ave Maria

    US renews call on Russian personnel to leave Venezuela
    The Associated Press
    April 05, 2019 08:45 AM, Updated 4 hours 8 minutes ago
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appealed for the allies to stand together to confront "great power" challenges from Russia, China and Iran after a meeting in Washington to mark the 70th anniversary of NATO on April 4, 2019.
    The Trump administration is renewing calls for Moscow to withdraw its military personnel from Venezuela, where they are helping prop up embattled President Nicolas Maduro (nee-koh-LAHS’ mah-DOO’-roh).

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told “Fox & Friends” on Friday that he’s seen no signs the Russian personnel were leaving and that Moscow’s involvement might “get worse before it gets better.”

    The U.S. and several dozen other nations have recognized Venezuela’s opposition leader as interim president, while Russia and China have staunchly backed Maduro.

    The Kremlin has rejected U.S. calls for Moscow to withdraw, saying U.S. troops are in many parts of the world and no one is telling America where it should or shouldn’t be.

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that the U.S. is 'prepared to provide more aid than any other country in the world' to ensure the 'the success of the Venezuelan people' despite President Trump saying he is considering cuts.

    Read more here:

    Venezuela's health emergency: Calls for UN intervention
    Severe food and medicine shortages have led to a dramatic increase in disease, as well as infant and maternal mortality.

    8 hours ago |

    The United Nations is being urged to offer a full-scale response to the collapse of Venezuela's healthcare system.

    A report by Johns Hopkins University and Human Rights Watch says a shortage of vaccines is leading to a rise in cases of preventable diseases.

    Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman reports from Caracas.
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  19. Carol55

    Carol55 Ave Maria

    AP Explains: What's next in Venezuela's political stand-off?
    Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president, is greeted by a supporter as he leaves a meeting at a university in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 1, 2019. He's backed by more than 50 nations, which consider Nicolas Maduro's presidency illegitimate following what they call sham elections last year. "We must unite now more than ever," said Guaido, speaking at the university. "We must mount the biggest demonstration so far to reject what's happening."Natacha Pisarenko / AP
    The Associated Press | Scott Smith | April 3, 2019 5:56 PM EDT |Last Updated April 3, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

    CARACAS, Venezuela — A previously little-known Venezuelan congressman, Juan Guaido, leaped to the front stage of Venezuela’s political conflict early this year by declaring himself interim president in a bid to force the removal of President Nicolas Maduro.

    Maduro loyalists so far have stopped short of arresting Guaido, but that may not last long. A pro-government assembly voted this week to strip Guaido of the immunity enjoyed by congressmen, paving the way for him to be prosecuted and potentially jailed for allegedly violating the constitution. Guaido says he’s undeterred, despite the risks he runs for threatening to end 20 years of socialist rule.

    The power struggle is playing out amid growing social unrest as millions of Venezuelans have endured nearly a month of rolling blackouts that have crippled water services, public transportation and electronic communication.

    The question looms more than two months after Guaido claimed presidential powers: Whether he’ll ultimately succeed and topple Maduro — or land in jail.

    Here’s a look at what led to Venezuela’s political stalemate and what’s next.


    Guaido, a 35-year-old engineer, was first elected to the Venezuela’s National Assembly in 2015 and became the opposition-dominated body’s president in January, rising from relative obscurity. He launched his campaign to oust Maduro on Jan. 23 before a cheering crowd in Caracas. He claimed Maduro’s re-election last year was fraudulent, making the head of congress acting president. He is vowing to hold free elections to end what he calls Maduro’s “dictatorship.”

    Maduro, the 56-year-old hand-picked successor to the late President Hugo Chavez, took the helm of government following Chavez’s 2013 death. Maduro won a second, six-year term a year ago in elections rejected by critics as a sham because the most popular challengers and political parties were banned. Maduro denies being a dictator or the need for early elections, calling Guaido a “puppet” of the U.S.



    At each public event, he calls for an end to Maduro’s “illegitimate rule” with the president’s departure from power, and then the creation of a transitional government to oversee free presidential elections. Guaido has tried, unsuccessfully, to lure soldiers away from support for Maduro and has urged Venezuelans into the streets for protests, some of which have turned violent. It’s unclear whether Guaido would eventually launch his candidacy.



    Guaido has won support from the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump among 50 nations that reject Maduro’s rule. The U.S. tried to send emergency aid to Venezuela, which Maduro refused to allow in, saying it was an attempt by Washington to launch an invasion. Trump adviser John Bolton recently tweeted that any threats or acts against Guaido would trigger a “strong and significant response.” Meanwhile, Maduro continues to hold power over all state agencies. His primary backers are Cuba, Russia, China and Turkey. Most countries still recognize him as president.



    Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly — filled with Maduro loyalists — unanimously stripped Guaido of immunity this week, paving the way for the opposition leader’s prosecution and potential arrest for supposedly violating the constitution when he declared himself interim president. He’s also under investigation on suspicion of inciting violence at the rallies. Officials have jailed Guaido’s chief of staff as an accused “terrorist” and barred Guaido from holding public office for 15 years for allegedly hiding or falsifying data in his sworn statement of assets.



    Experts say Maduro’s government is unlikely to follow through and arrest Guaido, which would trigger a stronger response from Washington. However, actions taken to silence Maduro’s past challengers suggest otherwise. Prominent opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez — Guaido’s mentor — was jailed, and he’s now under house arrest banned from speaking publicly. Other leaders in the opposition have sought refuge in foreign embassies or fled abroad, fearing for their safety. Others say Maduro’s government is testing the waters by stripping Guaido’s immunity, weighing how the international community would react to detaining him.

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    As the Crisis in Venezuela Grows, the Options Narrow
    Russian military advisers are on the ground, and American officials are issuing threats. Now what?
    By The Editorial Board
    The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.
    April 3, 2019 |

    Anthony Russo

    For 10 weeks now, Venezuela has had two presidents playing a tense game of chicken. The United States and a host of other countries have arrayed themselves behind Juan Guaidó, the young challenger from the opposition, beginning a broad drive to force the disastrously incompetent and dictatorial Nicolás Maduro out of office.

    But despite threats of intervention, calls on the military to rebel, economic sanctions, promises of aid for the long-suffering Venezuelans and long power failures, Mr. Maduro remains defiantly entrenched in the presidential palace, his corrupt generals at his side and his Russian and Cuban backers behind him.

    The confrontation ratcheted up when Russia demonstratively flew two military planes with roughly 100 military “advisers” into Caracas on March 23. That prompted an echo of the Monroe Doctrine from President Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, to the effect that the United States regards any military forces arriving from outside the Western Hemisphere as a “direct threat” to the region.

    Upping the ante, Mr. Maduro had his legislature (there are also two of those) strip Mr. Guaidó of his parliamentary immunity as head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, opening the way to his potential arrest. Mr. Guaidó, who previously defied a ban against traveling abroad, responded by vowing to continue fighting the “cowardly, miserable and murderous” regime. “The regime believes that by attacking me, they will stop us,” Mr. Guaidó told supporters. “There’s no way back in this process.”

    That may be so, and it certainly would be a great relief for Venezuela to be rid of the leader who inherited a broken country from his revolutionary mentor Hugo Chávez and has continued to push it to utter ruin, creating a humanitarian disaster atop the world’s largest oil reserves. But how long that “transition” might last, and what horrors it may yet visit on people hovering on the edge of starvation, are open questions.

    Mr. Trump has repeatedly warned that any move to arrest or harm Mr. Guaidó will draw a “significant” response. But then Mr. Trump has frequently rattled his sabers — “all options are on the table” — and there are no suggestions that any military action is being seriously contemplated. And despite bellicose warnings from both Mr. Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Russia has shown no sign of pulling back its “advisers” or halting its support for Mr. Maduro, if only in hopes of recovering some of the large sums it has lent him.

    In effect, what was intended as a swift operation to pry out a nasty despot has turned into a stalemate while Venezuela further disintegrates, lately with long, debilitating blackouts.

    That is not to argue that Mr. Trump should become more aggressive. Mr. Maduro and his patron in the Kremlin may have called Washington’s bluff for now, leaving the American president with his own “red-line moment,” as David E. Sanger wrote in The Times, reminiscent of President Barack Obama’s failure to follow up on his threats against President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. But a military intervention in a country bigger than Texas would be ugly, even if Russia did not get further involved, and nearly all the other nations backing Mr. Guaidó firmly opposed one.

    The reality is that Mr. Trump has no real option but to wait. It is hard to conceive that Mr. Maduro will hang on indefinitely, or that his generals will not see the writing on the wall as the situation becomes ever more dire. Vladimir Putin, for all his longing to prop up a rare ally in Latin America and to stick it to the United States, cannot project serious power halfway around world, or risk the serious response this could provoke.

    It is terrible to witness the suffering of a nation for no reason other than the criminal obduracy of a corrupt clique. But the last act in this tragedy can only be performed by the Venezuelans, knowing that the sooner they and their armed forces evict the thieves, the sooner the world will pitch in to help them recover their lives.

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