Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov
Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov
The US has imposed sanctions on 10 Venezuelan officials it accuses of undermining democracy, corruption and censoring the press, for a total of forty, including Nicolás Maduro.
The ten have had their US assets frozen and are also banned from travelling to the country, while American businesses are forbidden to work with them.
The treasury department also issued bans against several members of Venezuela’s all-powerful Constituent Assembly, including a vice-president.
In other news,
Ambassadors of European Union member states agreed on Wednesday to impose an arms embargo on Venezuela.
They also said there would be a ban on any equipment which could be used to repress opponents within Venezuela.
The sanctions come after a UN report released in August accused Venezuela of human rights violations and using excessive force against the opposition.
Caracas Chronicles calls it A Bad Day for the Dictatorship.
Not bad enough. They’re still in charge.
— Prof. Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) November 9, 2017
Last week the BBC reported on Santa Muerte: The rise of Mexico’s death ‘saint’
With readings, hymns and communion, Daniel Santana’s Sunday service could pass for a traditional Catholic Mass, if it were not for the cloaked skeletons and skulls that surround him.
The ceremony takes place at a modest temple to Santa Muerte, the Mexican folk saint of death, in a rundown area of Guadalajara, the nation’s second biggest city.
Despite a reputation as a death cult for criminals and drug traffickers, Santa Muerte has surged in popularity and taken on an increasingly prominent and polemic role in the Day of the Dead festivities held every 1 and 2 November.
A death cult is a death cult,
“She gives people what they want and when they finish their cycle of life here on earth she comes for their souls,” Mr Santana adds.
. . .
Although many Mexicans see no connection between the two, both are thought to stem from Mictecacihuatl, an Aztec goddess who presided over a festival of death every August.
The Vatican has repeatedly denounced Santa Muerte, but according to the article, this is the fastest growing religion in the Americas. CORRECTION: The information on the cult’s ascendance is from Andrew Chesnut, author of Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint, now on its 2d edition.
To quote Mark Steyn, “the decline of virtue is accompanied necessarily by the decline of the concept of evil.”
Santa Muerte as the fastest growing new religious movement in the Americas comes from my 9 years of research in both Mexico and the US https://t.co/73f5zdvnz8
— Andrew Chesnut PhD (@AndrewChesnut1) November 9, 2017
we have just finished an 18-month project to bring all of the different oil prices in the world (that have never been available to the public) out into the public domain and for free.
You used to have to pay a $50,000 annual fee for this pricing data, and I thought that was ridiculous, so we have created this page with the goal of bringing a bit more transparency to markets: http://oilprice.com/oil-price-charts
Most people don’t realize just how many oil prices there are in the world. You may be shocked to find out that on the 11th of October there was a 67.18% price differential between two oil blends.
So while oil prices ranged from $35.50 to $59.35, the monopoly that data companies hold over the industry meant that the price of oil was simply reported as $50.79 – the price of WTI.
I invite you to visit Oil Price Charts often, and read the Oil Price.com website’s many articles. As he explains, the significance of this data in everything from geopolitics to finance is undeniable.
Related: U.S. Output Hits All-Time High
Evil: It’s hardly surprising that cartels would be willing to exploit this tradition of the Catholic Church for their purposes.
Read my post, The cartels and their false gods.
National Geographic has an optimistic report,
While Plenitud and Flores Ortega have similar long-term goals, they may be taking different paths to get there. The Department of Agriculture is focusing on making sure the island is getting access to the right funds and programs, such as the Emergency Watershed Program, which “may bear up to 75 percent of construction costs for emergency measures,” according to its website. Flores Ortega says that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has promised Puerto Rico will be participating in the same programs that U.S. states have access to. Plenitud is focused on a more long-term grassroots approach, helping small groups at a time through their hands-on workshops. Somewhere along the line, maybe their programs will intersect.
“[Agriculture] is one of the economic sectors that can be easily recuperated, and we are going to prove that,” says Flores Ortega, who believes the island will have poinsettias for export by Christmas. “We will be the first economic sector in Puerto Rico that can stand again.”
Read the whole thing.
Worthy of a film script,
A gang leader in Mexico has been killed while undergoing plastic surgery to disguise his identity by changing his face and erasing his fingerprints. Jesús Martín, a.k.a El Kalimba, was the leader of the Huachicoleros,
Martin had been running an operation illegally siphoning fuel from pipelines. Apparently hit men of a rival gang burst into the doctor’s office and executed him.
The business has become Mexico’s second-biggest organised crime after drug trafficking.
. . .
Jesus Martin was known as a “Huachicolero” or a “chupaducto” (pipesucker). He had been running an operation that illegally tapped pipelines, stealing fuel for cheap resale.
The “Huachicoleros” siphon off the fuel and then sell it on at half the market price on busy highroads, costing Mexico’s oil company millions of dollars in lost revenue.
The article reports that thousands of families are involved in the racket, which also has its own patron saint, The Infant Huachicolero, essentially a baby Jesus with a jerry can,
Infobae (link in Spanish) has a long report on the gangs’ tactics, including US$600 monthly payments to local families for their cooperation.
Puebla authorities havee identified two crime bosses in the area, ‘El Bukanas’ and ‘El Toñín’, both members of Los Zetas cartel.
There’s even a cumbia for fun-loving huachicoleros,
Until the fun runs out, as it did for El Kalimba.
Ms. García told me that the moderator, commission executive secretary Paulo Abrão, was complicit in his silence during the uproar. Later, she told me, he announced that the curriculum will deal only with abuses committed by states. This, Ms. García noted, is “in clear contradictiwon to the postulates” of the commission. Another witness noted that the Venezuelan Marxists were not cut off when they accused civilians in their country of human-rights crimes.
Moreover, Mr. Abrão did not intervene when a Chilean called for a show of hands to expel the Argentines from the meeting, which is what transpired.
María Elena García’s “organization works to secure due process and humanitarian treatment for Argentines who fought guerrilla terrorism and are imprisoned in violation of their civil liberties.” She and her associates were expelled from the meeting, after commission executive secretary Paulo Abrão announced that the curriculum would deal only with abuses committed by states.
The left = totalitarianism.