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    Re: Venezuelan parliament votes to begin impeachment proceedings against Maduro

    Fernando Menéndez, a researcher at the Center for a Safe Free Society (SFS) and Joseph Humire, Director of the SFS, associate Tareck El Aissami to a money laundering network used to cover up funding for extremist groups in the Middle East, and that for years he has been facilitating the entry of Iranian terrorists into Venezuela.

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    Re: Venezuelan parliament votes to begin impeachment proceedings against Maduro

    U.S. sanctions Venezuelan vice president on drug trafficking
    U.S. sanctions Venezuelan vice president on drug trafficking

    Jessica Durando and Alan Gomez , USA TODAY Published 5:48 p.m. ET Feb. 13, 2017


    Tareck El Aissami

    The Trump administration imposed sanctions Monday against Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami, accusing him of playing a significant role in international drug trafficking.

    The Treasury Department has been investigating El Aissami for years over his alleged relations with Venezuela’s largest convicted drug trafficker and a Middle Eastern militant group, resulting in the decision to designate him a narcotics trafficker under the federal "Kingpin Act."

    The department said he orchestrated drug shipments from a Venezuelan air base and multiple seaports, some weighing more than 2,200 pounds per shipment.

    The department also sanctioned Samark Lopez Bello, a Venezeulan businessman accused of being El Aissami's frontman. Lopez Bello helped launder money through a network of 13 companies in the U.S., Venezuela, Panama, the British Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom.
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    Tareck is the highest ranking official of being accused of drug trafficking, not the only one since other former ministers had also being accused. These accusations are from international anti- drug groups and other foreign governments supported by official documents.

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    Re: Venezuelan parliament votes to begin impeachment proceedings against Maduro

    Tareck, as Interior Minister, illegally gave Venezuela passports to members of Middle Eastern radical groups. It is very possible that Tareck could increase his political power in the incoming months. The Trump administration should considered to add Venezuelans to the new travel ban.

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    Re: Venezuelan parliament votes to begin impeachment proceedings against Maduro

    The Tear Gas and the Glory
    https://www.caracaschronicles.com/20...ear-gas-glory/

    As I rushed the dictatorship’s goons, surrounded by a swarm of fellow protesters, I suddenly realized: this is exhilarating.
    By Victor Drax -
    April 13, 2017

    When I reached Avenida Francisco de Miranda, Capriles was already speaking. His voice —amplified by invisible speakers— seemed placed above us, directing the meeting to the Ombudsman’s Office. For this eighteen-year-old opera, this was new. He was telling us to take the fight not to some secluded spot in the city, but to one of the seats of government.

    If you block your street, Diosdado will laugh as he stirs his scotch with his pinky. But if you march right to where he is, you challenge the infrastructure of power.

    So, minutes after Capriles’s speech, María Corina, Pizarro, Ocariz and Capriles himself are walking right next to us. Watching them, people cheer and get hectic. They’re embraced by a halo of celebrity that still makes a deep impression on us. The vibe is very civil, similar to the one on September the 1st. People walk, sing, smile, take pictures. You forget what you’re doing, where you’re going, what’s about to happen. It feels normal.
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    Venezuela’s Supreme Court of Justice enacted a series of anti-democratic measures like invalidating the legislature and removing the immunity of the parliamentarians. It also transfer the right to legislate to the President, established de facto a dictatorship.

    This sparked protests in the country and widespread international condemnation. This caused the Supreme Court to reverse its decision to strip congress of its legislative powers.

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    Re: Venezuelan parliament votes to begin impeachment proceedings against Maduro

    Venezuela is heading toward cataclysm
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    Demonstrators sit in front of riot police during a rally against Venezuela's president. (Marco Bello/Reuters)

    By Editorial Board May 3

    FOR A month, Venezuela has been rocked by massive popular demonstrations against the regime of Nicolás Maduro, which has led the country into a dystopia of economic dysfunction and criminality while blatantly violating democratic and constitutional norms. The demands of the opposition have been echoed by the majority of Venezuela’s neighbors in the Organization of American States: release political prisoners, hold democratic elections, and take steps to remedy drastic shortages of food and medicine, including by accepting humanitarian aid.

    The regime’s response has been brutally uncompromising. It has pounded opposition marchers with rubber bullets and enveloped them in tear gas ; 29 people have been reported killed in the demonstrations. It has announced its intention to withdraw from the OAS, where it has faced demands to abide by a democratic charter that requires free assembly and free elections. On Monday, Mr. Maduro announced his most radical response yet: the calling of a constituent assembly to rewrite the constitution, a maneuver clearly intended to avoid future elections and formally convert Venezuela into an authoritarian state.
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    Maduro calling for a “constituent assembly” is a blatant effort to get rid of the last traces of democracy left in the country. The Castroit regimen is gearing towards converting Venezuela in another Cuba. If the regime succeed, the Venezuelans people is doom.

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    Re: Venezuelan parliament votes to begin impeachment proceedings against Maduro

    In secret recording, Venezuelan general pushes for snipers to control demonstrators
    Venezuelan generals talks about snipers on secret tape | Miami Herald

    By Antonio Maria Delgado and Sonia Osorio
    May 18, 2017
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    Claiming to be primed for civil war, a Venezuelan general issued orders to prepare for the future use of snipers against anti-government protesters, according to a secret recording of a regional command meeting held three weeks ago at a military base in the northwestern Venezuelan city of Barquisimeto.

    On the recording, obtained from a Washington source that has provided el Nuevo Herald with information on Venezuela for previous stories, the generals discuss the legality and risks of using snipers during the massive demonstrations taking place almost daily against President Nicolás Maduro.
    The military, however, insists publicly that it is not using lethal force against demonstrators, a claim that was repeated on Wednesday by Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez.

    The meeting, chaired by Division General José Rafael Torrealba Pérez, took place in the last week of April as Venezuela’s socialist government continued to try to contain the unrest. Local news reports said at least four demonstrators were killed by gunfire this week, raising the death toll to at least 42, with more than 700 wounded.
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    Some of the generals in the meeting advocated for the use of snipers to kill demonstrators, and some that doubt the Maduro regime will survive, and fear that they will be prosecuted for their actions, have reservation using sniper. One of the officer in the meeting was willing to take the risk of recording it and releasing it. This give hope that at one point the army could abandon Maduro regime.

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    Re: Venezuelan parliament votes to begin impeachment proceedings against Maduro

    Venezuela’s descent into anarchy is only beginning
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    By Matt O'Brien June 2, 2017


    Demonstrators who oppose the Venezuelan government clash with police on a main street of Caracas, (Miguel Gutierrez/European Pressphoto Agency)

    Venezuela is on the brink of civil war.

    Its economy has collapsed, its people are starving, and its government is to blame — although its grip on power is still strong enough that, as we'll get to in a minute, Goldman Sachs sure seems like it's betting that it will continue. Which is to say that things are about as dire as could be. The people are desperate, but so is the regime since it's terrified of facing any consequences for what is has done. The result has been a crescendo of state violence against the backdrop of a humanitarian catastrophe.
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    The Venezuela government has morphed into a dictatorship. Since 1998, when Chavez was elected, food imports skyrocketed, agricultural production had collapsed and Venezuelan are starving. The embrace of socialism by the Chavistas has taken the country in a death spiral.

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    Re: Venezuelan parliament votes to begin impeachment proceedings against Maduro

    The region cannot just stand by as Venezuela veers toward civil war
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    People rally against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government. (Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)

    By Editorial Board June 30, 2017

    VENEZUELA’S POLITICAL and humanitarian crisis, which has long been desperate and deadly, this week tipped toward the surreal. On Tuesday, a helicopter swooped over the Supreme Court and interior ministry, dropping grenades and firing shots; President Nicolás Maduro called it a U.S.-backed coup attempt. But no one was injured in the incident, and when the pilot of the helicopter turned out to be an actor who has played a police commando in the movies — and who has yet to be detained by authorities — opposition leaders understandably wondered whether the incident was orchestrated by Mr. Maduro.

    If so, it wouldn’t be surprising. The corrupt clique around the president, which inherited the leftist populist movement founded by Hugo Chávez, is resorting to increasingly far-fetched tactics to combat a mass protest movement that has the support of the vast majority of Venezuelans. It has dispensed tons of tear gas at the daily marches and demonstrations, and fired thousands of bullets, both rubber and real; at least 78 people have been killed since the unrest began in April. Five died on Wednesday.
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    The Venezuelan people need to put an end to the Maduro regime. Peaceful demonstrations alone would not do the job. The regime has to be remove by force. The international community would only act after thousands of Venezuelan civilians are murdered by the Maduro regime in a civil war.

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    Re: Venezuelan parliament votes to begin impeachment proceedings against Maduro

    After Maduro’s secret trip to Cuba, opposition leaders want to know: ‘Why did he go?’
    After Maduro?s secret trip to Cuba, opposition leaders want to know: ?Why did he go?? | Colorado Springs Gazette, News

    By: Nora Gamez Torres, Associated Press - August 17, 2017

    The unannounced visit to Cuba earlier this week by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, apparently to pay homage to the late Fidel Castro, has rekindled criticisms about the Cuban government’s strong influence on Venezuela’s crisis.

    “Mr. Maduro traveled secretly last night to Cuba. Why did he go? He’s been to Havana more than Maracaibo or San Cristobal,” Venezuelan opposition leader and Miranda state Gov. Henrique Capriles wrote in Spanish on a Tweet posted Monday.

    “Why did Mr. Maduro go?” Capriles added in a video posted Wednesday on Periscope. “To hand over more of our oil? To commit our armed forces even more, asking for reinforcements from the Cuban military so they can continue … to command the Venezuelan military?”
    In the midst of the deepening political crisis in Venezuela, opposition activists in both countries have stepped up their complaints about what they allege to be the noxious influence of Havana over domestic affairs in the South American country.

    “The Castro government tests and applies all its repressive technology in Venezuela,” said a declaration signed by 42 Cuban government opponents. “Havana designs the strategy for installing a totalitarian regime, and sends the agents necessary to carry out those objectives. The Chavista regime, plagued by corruption and drug trafficking, has been the perfect ally.”

    The declaration signers — including prominent Cuban dissidents Berta Soler, Guillermo Farinas, Jose Daniel Ferrer and Antonio Rodiles — added that Cuban ruler Raul Castro and his son Alejandro, as well as Maduro and his No. 2., Diosdado Cabello, “should be held equally responsible for the disastrous situation in the sister nation.”
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    Maduro’s opposition leaders want to know why he went to Cuba. Well a number of Cubans dissidents know what is going on. He went to get his orders from the Castroit regime of what to do to prop up the political system and survive with the support of the military.

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    Re: Venezuelan parliament votes to begin impeachment proceedings against Maduro

    Venezuelan Dictator Maduro Backs out of Attending UN Human Rights Council Session
    https://panampost.com/orlando-avenda...uncil-session/

    By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Sep 6, 2017, 10:29 am


    In an official statement, the organization said the dictator will be replaced by Venezuela Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza. However, the UN’s statement did not provide an explanation for why Maduro suddenly canceled. (Wikimedia)

    Reports late last week claimed Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro — whose regime has been sanctioned and denounced for human rights violations and corruption — would be attending the United Nations’ upcoming meeting of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland this September 11. Now, that doesn’t look to be the case, as the dictator unexpectedly backed out this Tuesday, September 5.

    The United Nations confirmed the scheduling change, saying that Maduro will in fact not be participating in the session at all.

    Reports late last week claimed Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro — whose regime has been sanctioned and denounced for human rights violations and corruption — would be attending the United Nations’ upcoming meeting of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland this September 11. Now, that doesn’t look to be the case, as the dictator unexpectedly backed out this Tuesday, September 5.

    The United Nations confirmed the scheduling change, saying that Maduro will in fact not be participating in the session at all.

    The change reportedly happened overnight, because on Monday, September 4, Venezuelan officials said Maduro wanted to speak at the opening of the thirty-sixth session of the Human Rights Council.

    UN Watch, which monitors the activity of the United Nations, tweeted, “The Venezuelan dictator — who murders, tortures, beats, jails, starves own people — to open UN Human Rights Council.”

    But on Tuesday, UN Watch reporter Hillel Neuer tweeted that the United Nations is planning to bring “pro-democracy” voices to the council meeting with the intention of denouncing the actions of Maduro’s regime.
    A coalition of human rights activists from different countries called on the U.N Human Rights Council to convene an urgent meeting to finally suspend the membership of Venezuela. He probably canceled the trip to Geneva because was afraid of been detained by a judge like the Pinochet case.

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