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Dec 15 19:07

Venezuelans seeing bitcoin boom as survival, not speculation

According to data website Coin Dance, that’s far higher than the value of bitcoin transactions on the same website seen in more prosperous nations across the region, including Argentina, Brazil and Chile.

Dec 06 06:01

Venezuela's Cryptocurrency, the Petro, to Be Backed by Oil Reserves - Maduro

According to Nicolas Maduro, the Petro is needed to overcome the financial blockade of the country. The Ministry of Finance of Venezuela clarified that the cryptocurrency is necessary to carry out financial transactions and to seek new ways of financing.

Dec 05 07:32

Russia, Venezuela agree to a massive arms deal

Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Anatoly Punchuk has said at the Expodefensa 2017 arms exhibition in Colombia on Monday that Russia has signed more than 10 arms contracts with Venezuela.

"Venezuela is the largest operator of Russian armament and military hardware in the Latin American region," he said.

"The Russian side has delivered various armaments worth an impressive sum. The period of using the Russian government’s loan provided to Venezuela has ended," he explained.

Dec 04 09:22

Enter the 'petro': Venezuela to launch oil-backed cryptocurrency

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro looked to the world of digital currency to circumvent U.S.-led financial sanctions, announcing on Sunday the launch of the “petro” backed by oil reserves to shore up a collapsed economy.

The leftist leader offered few specifics about the currency launch or how the struggling OPEC member would pull off such a feat, but he declared to cheers that “the 21st century has arrived!”

“Venezuela will create a cryptocurrency,” backed by oil, gas, gold and diamond reserves, Maduro said in his regular Sunday televised broadcast, a five-hour showcase of Christmas songs and dancing.

The petro, he said, would help Venezuela “advance in issues of monetary sovereignty, to make financial transactions and overcome the financial blockade.”

Dec 04 08:02

Enter the 'petro': Venezuela to launch oil-backed cryptocurrency

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro looked to the world of digital currency to circumvent U.S.-led financial sanctions, announcing on Sunday the launch of the “petro” backed by oil reserves to shore up a collapsed economy.

Dec 04 06:59

Russian underwater vehicle makes first dive in Argentine submarine search area

The remote-controlled underwater vehicle Panther Plus, provided by Russia, took the first snapshot of the object found in the search area of the San Juan submarine, according to a representative of the Argentine Navy.

According to the representative, the signal recorded on November 30 by Victor Angelescu vessel’s sonar of the Ministry of Agriculture was verified with the help of an image taken by the Russian apparatus Panther Plus. Thus, that the object found at a depth of 477 meters is not the San Juan submarine.

The search for the vessel continues, three more signals recorded in the search zone at a depth of 700, 800 and 900 meters will be checked.

Dec 01 10:20

Brazil Is Offering Its Prisoners Ayahuasca For Rehabilitation

Some Brazilian prisoners are getting the opportunity to embark on their own ayahuasca journeys instead of simply being released to commit crimes again. The powerful herbal combination...

Dec 01 09:41

BRICS PLANNING ITS OWN GOLD TRADING SYSTEM

As the US and its E.U. partners continue to levy punitive sanctions on Russia, the BRICS are responding with new financial initiatives to help their members break-out of the US and European financial trading monopoly.

Currently, both China and Russia are surging ahead as the world’s top Central Bank buyers of gold, further consolidating their position to be able to weather a global dollar crisis which many expert believe is inevitable. When exactly that happens is still anyone’s guess.

NOTE: Russia is now the largest official buyer of gold – and the world’s third-biggest producer.

RT International reports…

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) are discussing the possibility of establishing a separate gold trading system, according to the First Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Central Bank Sergey Shvetsov.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why we are seeing such demonization of China and Russia; to prevent a loss of US dollar hegemony, the US government is willing to go to war to prevent this, if they deem it necessary.

Last Spring, Paul Craig Roberts shared the following report; and he is a guy who knows something about the inner workings in the Bowels of Power in DC:

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

And unfortunately for President Trump and this country, all of Trump's "President Whisperers" are war-centric, as though this was the only way to resolve the US government's geopolitical conflicts, rather than good faith, moral, hard-one negotiations.

Nov 24 08:34

'Explosion' Detected Near Last Known Location of Missing Argentine Sub - Navy

According to the Argentine Navy spokesman Captain Enrique Baldi, an "anomalous, singular, short, violent and non-nuclear event consistent with an explosion" had been detected near the last known location of the missing submarine shortly after the last communication with the crew had taken place.

"We will proceed with the attempts to detect [the submarine], until we have accurate data or other evidence that might be verified," Balbi said.

At the same time, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) has registered an "an underwater impulsive event" in the vicinity of the last known position of the disappeared Argentine submarine on November 15, Spanish media reported.

Nov 24 05:47

US Asks Venezuela for Access to Detained Citgo Executives

Washington has asked the government of leftist Nicolas Maduro for access to Venezuelan-American executives of U.S.-based refiner Citgo detained in Caracas this week, a State Department official said on Thursday.
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Relations between Caracas and Washington have long been tense. They have further soured under President Donald Trump since his administration imposed sanctions on Venezuelan officials including Maduro, and economic sanctions that have impeded the OPEC nation’s access to international banks.

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(*Still , is that reason enough for Venezuela to be uncivil about granting us access to our detained excutives ?)

Nov 22 18:28

'Death spiral': 4,000% inflation in Venezuela

The bolivar has lost 96% of its value this year. As of Tuesday, it took 84,000 bolivars to buy an American dollar. At the beginning of this month, a dollar was worth 41,000 bolivars. And at the start of this year, it only took 3,100 bolivars to buy a dollar, according to DolarToday, a website that tracks the unofficial exchange rate.

Nov 17 21:57

North Korea rejects Donald Trump’s call for nuclear talks, as images emerge of 'ballistic submarine' under construction

North Korea has rejected Donald Trump’s call for talks over its nuclear programme just days after the US president completed his high-profile to Asia. Han Tae Song, North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, said that negotiations would not happen while America continued “war games” in the region. The snub occurred as new satellite images suggested North Korea is pursuing an “aggressive schedule” to build its first operational ballistic missile submarine.
The developments mark a double setback for Mr Trump, who is seeking a breakthrough inZthe stand-off over North Korea after rallying support for his approach in Asia.
During a five-nation tour of the region Mr Trump surprised commentators with a call for North

Nov 17 05:22

Let’s Stop Glorifying War

When’s the last time our media covered war honestly? When’s the last time you saw combat footage of American troops under fire, or of American troops killing others in the name of keeping us safe from enemies? When was the last time you saw an American soldier panicking, firing wildly, perhaps killing members of his own unit (fratricide) or innocent civilians caught in the crossfire of war? Maybe in the 1960s during coverage of the Vietnam War?

War is not glorious. It may feature noble deeds and remarkable sacrifices, but it also features brutality and many other bloody realities. War breaks men (and women) down. It does so because war is unnatural. Yes, war is many things, but it most certainly is about killing. Occasionally, the killing is even necessary. (Just ask those enslaved by the Nazis or the Japanese whether they greeted Allied troops as liberators.)

Nov 16 12:35

This Guy Found Hitler’s Secret French Bunker

Adolf Hitler committed some of the most horrifying atrocities in human history, but when this photographer stumbled upon his secret French bunker, he was brave enough to go inside anyway.
THE EXPLORER WHO FOUND HITLER’S BUNKER
Urban explorer and photographer Marc Askat braved the hunting season to walk through the thick wooded countryside in northern France. He was searching for a new subject for photographs and stumbled upon what is believed to be one of Adolf Hitler’s last bunkers— a place where the Nazi leader plotted the invasion of Britain.
The eerie underground stronghold is filled with stories from one of the most devastating wars in human history, but despite finding and photographing the bunker, Askat won’t reveal its exact location. It turns out he has a very good reason for keeping Hitler’s underground bunker location a secret from the public.

Nov 15 11:34

Venezuela Signs $3.2 Billion Debt Restructuring Deal With Russia

As Venezuela teeters right on the brink of complete financial collapse, Bloomberg reports that Russia has agreed to restructure roughly $3.2 billion in outstanding obligations. While details of the restructuring agreement are scarce, both sides reported that the deal spreads payments out over 10 years with minimal cash service required over the next six years.

Russia signed an agreement to restructure $3.15 billion of debt owed by Venezuela, throwing a lifeline to a crisis-wracked ally that’s struggling to repay creditors.

The deal spreads the loan payments out over a decade, with “minimal” payments over the first six years, the Russian Finance Ministry said in a statement. The pact doesn’t cover obligations of state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA to its Russian counterpart Rosneft PJSC, however.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin, is always a million chess moves ahead of the US government in terms of geopolitical matters, and the issue of having thrown a financial lifeline to the Venezuelan government, is no exception here.

Nov 13 07:51

BREAKING - #Russia assumes the responsibility of repaying #Venezuela's debt estimated to be anything between 90 and 130 billion dollars.The agreement has already been reached and it's expected to be signed on November 15. George Ades

Nov 13 07:14

Venezuela’s Oil Rival Calls For Full U.S. Sanctions

Argentina’s President, Mauricio Macri, has called on the United States to install a full embargo on Venezuelan oil shipments. In an interview for the Financial Times, Macri said that the social situation in Venezuela is rapidly deteriorating and more decisive measures are needed to topple the Nicolas Maduro government.

It’s been said before more than once that a total oil embargo against Venezuela would hurt Gulf Coast refiners in a bad way, which is perhaps the only reason why it has not been used so far and remains unlikely to be used, whatever happens in Venezuela.

Nov 11 09:39

The US Southern Command's Silent Occupation of the Amazon

Brazil, Colombia and Peru share a triple borderland separating north from south on the South American continent. Located deep in the Amazon forest, this is the theater of operations in which more than 30 military companies test their services and merchandise. The multinational military exercise known as AmazonLog2017, is organized by the Armed Forces of Brazil.

The Southern Command of the United States -- the Unified Combatant Command of the United States Department of Defense with influence in the Caribbean, Central and South America -- is also an AmazonLog2017 participant.

Activists and researchers are alarmed about this military exercise. According to Mexican economist and geopolitical specialist Ana Esther Ceceña, AmazonLog2017 allows "the placement of troops that facilitate specific territorial incursions and rapid response operations, both of which imply the use of special forces, whether those be US forces, local or private on the triple borderland."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Once permanent, such a presence will also put the American troops in control of a huge amount territory where cocaine is processed, just as has Afghanistan, in the control of the opium poppy business, given various US alpha-bet soup agencies the ability to finance off-the-books operations which have zero Congressional oversight.

Nov 11 09:31

At UN, US warns of potential security threat from Venezuela

The United States hopes that a meeting next week at the United Nations on Venezuela will pave the way to international action to prevent the crisis from turning into a security threat, according to a US document sent to the Security Council on Friday.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley will chair the informal council meeting on Monday held as Venezuela, already reeling from political and economic crises, teeters on the brink of default.

"The international community needs to work collectively to address the unfolding crisis and its humanitarian impact in Venezuela and beyond before it worsens and potentially develops into a threat to international peace and security," the US mission said in the document obtained by AFP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a double Picard facepalm, at warp speed, upon reading this.

Ambassador Haley, do you not understand that it has been, in large part, courtesy of US sanctions against Venezuela that people are dying, and represent utterly no "threat" whatsoever, except that conjured in your febrile brain?!?

The Venezuelan people people need humanitarian aid, and right the heck now; food, water, shelter, and medications; but to criminalize them as a "threat" is just plain hipocritical , not to mention entirely insane.

Nov 11 06:57

U.S. Imposes Oil Blockade to Force Venezuela into Default

The U.S. is betting on the default of Venezuela affecting its financial credibility and hampering its debt repayments.

While continuing the commercial and financial embargo and the systematic attack on PDVSA, it was revealed at the start of November that imports of Venezuelan oil to the United States this year have declined to 56 percent compared to last year. This multi-pronged attack that this state industry is facing as the main foreign exchange earner of the country, has been run by a network of internal allies, many of whom have been detained by the Public Prosecutor's Office in recent months. This was after the former Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz became a key factor in allowing the continuity of these mafias to operate within the company.

In addition to corruption and internal sabotage, PDVSA is facing a series of sanctions for the issuance of debt, which has also complicated transactions with U.S. refineries for the purchase of crude oil.>>>

Nov 11 03:28

At UN, US Warns of Potential Security Threat From Venezuela

The United States hopes that a meeting next week at the United Nations on Venezuela will pave the way to international action to prevent the crisis from turning into a security threat, according to a US document sent to the Security Council on Friday.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley will chair the informal council meeting on Monday>>>
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"The international community needs to work collectively to address the unfolding crisis and its humanitarian impact in Venezuela and beyond before it worsens and potentially develops into a threat to international peace and security," the US mission said in the document obtained by AFP.

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Nov 10 11:50

Venezuela Officially Declared In Default

Today at 11am, the ISDA Determinations Committee sits down to decide whether an event of default has occurred due to the delayed principal payment on the Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, bond that matured Nov. 2, in the process triggering PDVSA (and perhaps Venezuela) CDS, and officially declaring Venezuela in default.

We won't have to wait that long: moments ago, Wilmington Trust, the Trustee of the 8.5% bonds due 2018, issued by Corpoelec, Venezuela's electricity company, declared that the missed interest payment originally due October 10, and whose 30 day grace period expired on November 9, and for which no pament was sent or received, officially constitutes an event of default.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that the question which now has to be asked, is will Venezuela be allowed to restructure their default, or will the country's economy just be pushed into complete, systemicfailure by US economic interests?!?

The Venezuelan people certainly deserve better than this.

Nov 09 10:25

EU envoys approve sanctions on Venezuela

Members of the European Union have announced their support for a series of sanctions by the bloc against Venezuela as the South American country continues to clash with the Western governments over an ongoing crackdown on the opposition.

Nov 09 09:40

U.S. military joins Brazil army exercises in Amazon

U.S. military personnel are taking part this week in the largest international army operation ever held deep in the Amazon jungle of northern Brazil, in a sign of closer U.S.-Brazil defense ties.

Nov 02 16:57

Indigenous Tribe Prepared to Fight to Defend Amazon From Brazilian Mining

By Derrick Broze

Several new reports indicate that the Waiãpi tribe of the Brazilian Amazon remains committed to opposing future mining projects on or around their land. The Waiãpi’s reserve is in the rainforest near the eastern end of the Amazon river in a conservation area called Renca.

The Waiãpi have been under threat of extinction since the Brazilian government’s indigenous affairs department first made contact in 1973. The government first reported that the tribe was made up of only 150 people. More recently the tribe has over 1,200 people...

Oct 31 09:40

Don't mention it! Russia pardons $1 billion of Venezuela's debt for 2017

Russia will not demand Venezuela repay its owed debt in the amount of $ 1 billion for 2017 alone, said the head of Russia's Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov.

Thus, Moscow continues to support Caracas and the Maduro led government. At the same time, there is no coherent reason to demand a return of the money from Venezuela, due to the severe economic and social crisis in the country, accompanied by a currency deficit, would not allow it to be payed off.

Oct 31 01:06

37 Percent Rate Increase In 2018??? Obamacare Is Imploding And It Must Be Repealed Now!

Are you ready to pay 37 percent more for health insurance in 2018? Obamacare is imploding faster than most of us imagined, and these rate increases are absolutely killing hard working middle class families all across the country. I wrote about the steady erosion of the middle class yesterday, and health insurance is one of the main reasons why the cost of living is increasing at a much faster rate than our paychecks are. It greatly frustrates me that we have given the Republicans control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives and Obamacare still has not been repealed. The truth is that should have happened on day one of the Trump presidency.

Oct 25 20:55

America's Drug War is Devastating Mexico

Even if the drug war were to end today, there would still be street crime and gangs in the far-distant future. However, these issues would be on a dramatically smaller scale. Mexico’s street gangs could never ascend to the level of an organized crime outfit without the massive profits from illegal drugs to pay for the necessary weaponry, hitmen, political protection, etc.

Oct 24 07:29

Venezuelan Opposition Governors Pledge Allegiance to Pro-Government Assembly

Four newly-elected opposition governors pledged allegiance to Venezuela's Constituent Assembly, which until now they had dismissed as illegitimate, authorities said. The governors broke with their coalition's official position to swear themselves in before a pro-government legislative superbody, in a major setback for Venezuela's opposition, TRT World reported. The Democratic Unity coalition went into the October 15 gubernatorial polls as favourites for a big win due to voter anger at a brutal economic crisis in the OPEC member, but it ended up only taking just five of 23 states. Initially alleging fraud at the election, the opposition later acknowledged abstentionism in its ranks played a big part in the defeat, which cast into question its ability to beat the ruling Socialist Party at next year's presidential vote.

Oct 19 04:25

Commission for Military to Consider Draft,

Commission for Modern Military to Consider Skills-Based Draft, Women's Roles, Millennial Recruitment

A U.S. commission on national service has been impaneled to provide Congress and the White House with the experts’ opinion on revamping a proposed gender-neutral military draft.
Congress also wants the U.S. National Commission on Military, National and Public Service to suggest methods to close the cultural gap between the conscript-free armed forces and private citizens by inspiring millennials to join.

(*Strike While The Iron's HOT , and Patriotism is high !)

Oct 16 10:25

US Regime Change in Venezuela: The Truth Is Easy if You Follow the Money Trail. The Opposition is Pro-Washington, Not “Pro-Democracy”

Venezuela’s ongoing crisis is not driven by political ideology – it is not a battle of socialism versus capitalism or dictatorship versus democracy – it is the result of two centers of political power possessing opposing interests and colliding geopolitically.

The nation of Venezuela is currently under the control of Venezuelans who derive their support, wealth, and power from Venezuela itself – its people and its natural resource. This political order also receives aid and support from Venezuela’s economic and military partners both in the region and around the globe.

The opposition opposed to the current political order and seeking to supplant it represents foreign interests and more specifically, the United States and its European allies.

Oct 14 07:11

US to Maintain Cuba, Venezuela Sanctions Until Freedoms Restored: Trump

(*THE GENIOUS OF TRUMP: Who knew The Restoration of Freedom was easier to accomplish With Sanctions In Place ?)

Oct 06 11:41

Venezuela raises possibility of Russian military help to counter US

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Wednesday raised the possibility of getting military support from Russia to boost its defensive capabilities after President Donald Trump threatened to use force against the South American nation.

Speaking at an energy forum in Moscow, Maduro said his administration will discuss increased military cooperation with the Russian government during his visit this week.

“I am sure, even if we do not ask, we will be given even more support to boost Venezuela’s defense capacity and sovereignty," Maduro said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A war with Russia over Venezuela's bounteous oil reserves?!?

PLEASE, GOD, NO!!!!

Oct 05 05:52

MADURO VISITS PUTIN, PROPOSES GLOBAL OIL TRADE IN RUBLES, YUAN

Three weeks after the US imposed financial sanctions on Venezuela in an effort to cripple its economy and choke the Maduro regime, which in turn prompted Caracas to announce it would no longer receive or send payments in dollars, and that those who wished to trade Venezuelan crude would have to do so in Chinese Yuan, today during an energy summit held in Moscow, Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro proposed to expand his own personal blockade of the US, by proposing that all oil producing countries discuss creating a currency basket for trading crude and refined products. One which is no longer reliant on the (petro)dollar.

“Developing a new mechanism of controlling the oil market is necessary,” Maduro said on Wednesday at the Russian Energy Forum, being held in Moscow this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nicholas Maduro has just painted a bullseye on his back, gotten on his knees, and begged for a decap strike, courtesy of the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika.

How they would pull this off, I do not know; however, I would be reasonably certain that those Deep Staters in the Bowels of Power in this country are weighing numerous military options to "restore Venezuelan Democracy to the Venezeulan people" (AKA: supporting a Western-centric coup here, so that Venezuela's oil is controlled only by US-centric politicians and only be sold for US dollars.)

Oct 04 09:50

Venezuela suggests global oil trade in Russian ruble & Chinese yuan

The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro has proposed oil producing countries should discuss creating a currency basket for trading crude and refined products.

Oct 03 08:18

Maduro to Spanish PM Rajoy: Who's the Dictator Now?

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has attacked the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, for the violent crackdown on the banned Independence referendum in Catalonia.

"Who is the dictator now?" Maduro said, on a broadcast on state media network, VTV.

"Mariano Rajoy has chosen blood, sticks, blows, and repression against a noble people. Our hand goes out to the people of Catalonia. Resist, Catalonia! Latin America admires you," the president added.

Oct 01 09:34

What Does the Sale of Venezuelan Oil in Currencies Other Than the US Dollar Mean?

The petrodollar is more important for US global domination than either arms exports or Hollywood culture, because it allows the US to be the biggest exporter of the dollar bills the rest of the world, which needs to be able to buy oil. Venezuela has decided to start de-dollarizing its economy. To understand what this means, it’s necessary to look at the geopolitical context in which the move takes place. After President Nicolas Maduro announced last Thursday that every business signing contracts with the Venezuelan State should do so in a foreign currency other than the US dollar, Vice President Tareck El Aissami sought to ensure the country’s productive sector gets the necessary mechanisms via public and private banks to be able to migrate to a new basket of foreign currencies.

Sep 30 07:06

BEX? Counter-Terror Chief: Hezbollah ‘Deploying Operatives’ to Peru ‘to Lay the Groundwork for Attacks’

Iran’s narco-terrorist proxy Hezbollah is sending jihadists to Peru to prepare “for attacks,” warned the director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) during a Senate panel hearing on threats to the U.S. homeland.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This article could have been written by Netanyahu himself!

Sep 26 11:23

Venezuela says Trump is acting like 'the world's emperor'

Foreign minister Jorge Arreaza retaliates after US sanctions and a new travel ban against Venezuela, as well as harsh words from Trump

Sep 23 06:06

U.S. Ties Noose Around Neck Of Venezuela’s Economy

Washington’s decision to tie a noose round the neck of Venezuela’s economy (presented as sanctions for notional crimes) is effectively preventing Caracas from allowing its oil to flow to allies of the U.S.A.. The knock on effect: from now on, Venezuela will export its oil to China. By doing so, Venezuela’s contracts will no longer be established in dollars but the yuan. This will soon threaten the supremacy of the US currency and, clearly, the US economy. So now, “the party that thought it had the key to the prison door, is held hostage in the cell”.
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This is Caracas’s response to the sanctions imposed by the Trump Administration on 25 August; sanctions far harsher than those imposed by the Obama Administration in 2014, for the Trump sanctions prevent Venezuela from cashing in the dollars received from selling oil to the United States - more than a million barrels per day.>>>

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