Read my post, Ted Cruz writes about The Mullahs and Their Missiles
Venezuela’s opposition marched to National Electoral Council in support of the petition to remove Nicolás Maduro from office. They were met by the National Police with tear gas, rubber pellets and drones:
Venezuela’s National Guard has clashed with opposition demonstrators who were marching on the headquarters of the country’s election commission.
Venezuelan police used tear gas twice against opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles as he was trying to participate in a march to the National Election Council in downtown Caracas, the access to which was blocked by officers.Capriles, who is also governor of Miranda state, was affected by tear gas sprayed at him by a Bolivarian National Police officer as he was trying to negotiate passage for the protesters into the downtown area.
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The demonstration was intended to pressure the CNE to move to the second phase of organizing a referendum to recall President Nicolas Maduro.
From Vanessa Neumann‘s FB post,
Let me see if it posts bigger this time. This is Caracas today. These are hungry Venezuelans protesting that their children are dying from lack of food and medicine. That they have not enough water or electricity. This is a country with more oil than Saudi Arabia. And the government has stolen all the money and now they bottleneck peaceful protesters and threaten them with bombs (I know: I have friends in the crowd). Or haul them to prison and torture them. Are you still thrilled with your Bolivarian Revolution all you buddies of the late Hugo Chávez: Oliver Stone, Naomi Campbell, Sean Penn and the editors of The Guardian newspaper? Is this what you wanted all you idiot celebrity apologists? Are these the human rights you had in mind for us? Your silence is deafening. Stand up and be counted. Admit your mistakes and turn on the oppressors you once so vehemently supported and used your media power to enable. Why don’t you go make a documentary about this, Oliver Stone?
Venezuela: Tanks, helicopters, 4 dead
- Senate voted 55 to 22 in favor of holding the trial
- Dilma suspended for 180 days
- Michel Temer, the vice-president will replace her
- Senate voting session started yesterday and lasted through the night
- Dilma’s the 2d president to be tried for impeachment since democracy was restored in 1985. In 1992, then-President Fernando Collar Collor de Mello resigned after he was put on trial by the Senate on corruption charges.
- #TachauQuerida trending
- Dilma’s most recent approval ratings at 10%
- Brazil is Latin America’s largest economy
— snap: caiosnom (@caiosnunes) May 12, 2016
Ms. Rousseff is being tried on charges that she illegally moved money between state-controlled entities to make her government’s budget deficit appear smaller than it really was. She denies wrongdoing and accuses her opponents of effectively staging a coup d’état.
Michel Temer is ready to take office. His party, the [Brazilian Democratic Movement Party] PMDB promotes (my translation),
labor and social security reforms, smaller government, reducing the interventionism that marked the PT’s administrations [under Lula and Dilma], and stimulating the private sector’s participation, especially in infrastructure.
The economy is in free fall: Brazil’s Economic Rise and Fall in Charts Underlines Temer’s Tough Task
Mr. Temer’s success or failure will depend on his ability to overcome three major crises—corruption, political dysfunction and Brazil’s worst recession in generations—that are deeply interconnected. Temer would permanently assume the presidency only if the Senate trial ends on a guilty verdict (see this post).
Socialism for the 21st Century headlines,
— ☆☆☆Sσy☆Vηєzσℓαησ☆☆☆ (@SoyVnezolano) February 13, 2014
Today: Venezuela Unleashes Tanks as 4 Killed, 1,200 Arrested (emphasis added)
Police and National Guard killed four suspects Tuesday during a wide raid in Western Caracas that involved tanks and helicopters, as Venezuela also underwent the rare climate phenomenon known as a “solar halo.”
“As has been the request of our people, we have deployed OLP New Phase in 4 areas of Caracas,” tweeted Interior Minister Gustavo Gonzalez as the operation began unfolding. Local media said eight suspected criminals were killed during the operation, but Gonzalez spoke only of four killed when resisting police action. Some 400 vehicles were used during the operation, ranging from motorcycles to tanks and choppers.
The purpose of the raid, Gonzalez said was to “eradicate organized crime” and “the paramilitary.” Venezuelan government officials frequently blame the country’s high crime rate on right-wing paramilitary groups supposedly originated in Colombia and affiliated with the local anti-Maduro opposition, a charge the opposition has denied and the government failed to prove conclusively.
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State television said 3,200 security personnel were deployed in the operation, called “OLP” by the government, the Spanish language acronym of “Operations for the Liberation of the People.” OLP’s are a forceful, wide raid implemented on high crime areas of Venezuela that have been criticized for their high casualty rates, both for police and suspects.
Follow-up post: Venezuela: Capriles pepper-sprayed
And say fare you well
Well I’m goin’ out east darlin’,
Hope you burn in hell
El Chapo to be extradited to New York
On Monday, a federal judge in Mexico gave a green light to his extradition to the US, where he faces charges for murder, kidnapping and drug smuggling.
“He will likely be extradited [to Brooklyn] in June. That’s the word,” said a source.
In 2014, El Chapo was indicted by a Brooklyn federal jury for allegedly laundering $14 billion in drug money as head of the violent Sinaloa Cartel, which feds called the world’s largest drug-trafficking organization.
His lawyer says there are nine appeals against El Chapo’s extradition orders.
Sing it, guys!
Sauces (SAH-oo-zes) means willows in Spanish, and this episode of the Kirchner’s real estate dirty deals is to weep by:
Kirchner Real Estate Firm with One Employee Makes Millions.Janitor Was Kirchner’s Only Employee at Booming Real Estate Firm. The janitor was 68 years old when they allegedly hired him to manage
eight properties located in the province of Rio Gallegos, El Calafate and the luxurious Buenos Aires neighborhood of Puerto Madero.
The investigation was opened after congresswoman Margarita Stolbizer filed a complaint,
Stolbizer noted that in 2007 and 2008, Los Sauces S.A. did not release their profits because those reports did not show that the business performed any operations. The following year, 2009, their investments in real estate exceeded AR $9 million (US $ 634,410).
Another irregularity that drew officials’ attention was the company’s false address, as well as the absence of financial records between 2008 and 2015.
In addition, Los Sauces S.A. did not submit most of its financial statements to the Directorate of Legal Entities of Santa Cruz Province. The company presented its 2015 records recently, after the outbreak of the Hotesur case, another real estate business belonging to the former president that is also under scrutiny.
Fake addresses, one old employee, no tax filings for seven years, millions of dollars in revenues – does that sound like money laundering to you?