Venezuela On The Brink – Images and Video…

The media is downplaying, and in most cases ignoring, the extreme nature of the crisis currently going on in socialist Venezuela under the Maduro regime.  Most of the cries for help are from people begging the international media to cover their plight.

Some of the video and photography are stunning as millions of people take to the streets to protest a collapsing economy and food shortages while being met with tanks, guns and rogue militias hired by the government.

Some of the targeted citizens appear chosen at random.  Some of the citizens are also desperate and fighting back. Warning – These images are graphic and the video feeds are also alarming.  However, the media are barely reporting on any of this, and unfortunately, it looks like things are getting worse:

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — At least 12 people were killed overnight following looting and violence in Venezuela’s capital amid a spiraling political crisis, authorities said Friday. […] Venezuelan social media was ablaze late into the night with grainy cellphone videos of light-armored vehicles plowing down dark streets to control pockets of protesters who set up burning barricades in several neighborhoods.

This woman’s cry for freedom is heartbreaking.

As this lady and her family was filming the armed official shooting in the street, he turned and shot at her in her home.

So much tear gas has been deployed people are fleeing their homes amid the confrontations.  The local district medical units appear overwhelmed, and also fearful of being targeted.

This woman was shot in her home by either militia or Venezuelan guards.

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383 Responses to Venezuela On The Brink – Images and Video…

  1. sundance says:

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    • KitKat says:

      Berniie is a very stupid person, and Camille Paglia, who is supposed to be an intelligent person, is stupid because she supported him and Jill Stein.

      Liked by 7 people

      • georgiafl says:

        Which makes Paglia a socialist.

        Liked by 6 people

        • flova says:

          Paglia has always admitted she is a socialist.

          She is a dirtbag who couldn’t break through Gloria Steinem’s PR success so she decided to be an ‘anti-feminism’ feminist back in the 1970;s when she was all pro-abortion. Of course, the friction between her and mainstream celebrities like Steinem helped her get noticed.

          Why Drudge posts her fake opinions, which she does not believe, but which help her with conservatives, where the money and notoriety is, is beyond me.

          Paglia loves socialism and she went gaga over Obama in 2008 and 2012.

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        • singingsoul says:

          Where is the Pope in all of this..? The man has something to say about everything and how we need to embrace refugees but he is silent about Venezuela..?
          I have not herd a pip out of him on the suffering of the people. Sanders promising a chicken in every pot without people having to work for it is a set up for disaster. Socialism in my opinion feeds weakness of envy and wanting to covet your neighbors good. When all is spent then all is gone and people all people are left with nothing. Greedy ruthless people on top not serving but oppressing. Our congress it on its way ignoring the people and serving those who give them a pot of silver.
          Thomas Merton wanted to revile before his death in India why Socialism does not work in society. Having spent much time in Cistercian Monastery I believe the only place where socialism works is in Monasteries.
          I pray for the people of Venezuela.

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          • georgiafl says:

            Francis seems like a leftist first and Christian second. He has affirmed all of the left’s mantras and Obama’s positions.

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    • SEJMON says:

      VENEZUELA WILL END UP AS CHILE IN SEPT. 1973- SOCIALISM SIMPLY DOES NOT WORK…OLIGARCHY CAPITALISM (UKRAINE ) EITHER……NEXT COUNTRY TO COLLAPSE.

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    • Frank says:

      Very sad, and entirely predictable a long time ago. We must never become inured to the suffering of the politically persecuted. at home or abroad.

      (Maybe a phone call of encouragement from former president Obama from the super yacht in Tahiti would turn things around for the Venezuelan people. – sarc.)

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    • Years ago back in the 70’s, I worked on an audit in Venezuela and was left with two lasting impressions. The locals were quite intelligent and resourceful, and there was a limited middle class. I presume the socialists were able to capitalize on that gap in prosperity and come to power. It’s unfortunate and I certainly hope the good people of Venezuela work through this tragedy. As Americans, we were treated extremely well by the those we worked with. The street was not quite the same. I remember our car being pelted with a papaya while riding to work one morning. No big deal, but it made their point. Regardless, we should support the people of Venezuela and not leave them stranded like Obama did regarding Iran’s potential uprising.

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    • Sentient says:

      Malkin’s comments make perfect sense until “halls of congress”. The Venezuelan people repeatedly chose socialism. Let them dig their own way out of it. What would she have congress do?

      Liked by 4 people

    • Jim Bryan says:

      Michelle M hit a bullseye… Where are the Republicans making academia and the Democrats OWN this one?

      Liked by 3 people

  2. A2 says:

    The Left Internationale (the MSM wherever they be), does not want to show the centuries of failure of their weird and anti-human politics.

    Venezuelans, that is the people, have no support, except revolt. Cannot feed families, whilst the crony government feeds off of selling the country’s resources, Failed State.

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    • mike says:

      Atlas Shrugged.

      Alas, shrug.

      Liked by 6 people

      • got243kids says:

        Venezuela, an in-your-face example of; The Twentieth Century Motor Corp.

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      • fannieprl says:

        How many times have I said these two words? Everyone around me is sick of hearing me repeat them. When Obama was elected, I felt as if the world was playing out each page. Any Rand grew up in Russia and she understood the system of oppression from personal experience. We should all be reading her instead of Oprah’s pick of the liberal month.

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    • farmhand1927 says:

      Silence from Hollywood. Actresses such as Meryl Streep & Ashley Judd aren’t screeching abt the injustice toward women and their vagina costumed brigades ignore the plight of women in Venezuela, at least until they over throw the U.S. govt.

      Madonna isn’t levying any threats to blow anything up. Joy Behar and the idiots on The View aren’t flying in abused, deprived Venezuelan women to sit on the couch and tell their horror stories and blame the govt.

      Maxine Waters, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary, Chelsea, the daughters of George W. Bush, the Snowflake Girls on college campuses, the bleeding heart female journalists on TV, Planned Parenthood activists and men that have transgendered themselves into women are all silent.

      Bruce Springsteen isn’t writing a song that denounces the Venezuelan govt and the boys on late night comedy shows aren’t talking abt people scrounging through garbage in search of the least rotten food scraps. No, there’s still too many orange hair jokes to tell before they can act like men and face the fact that they are absolutely wrong when it comes to effective, free, liberating, empowering govt of, by and for The People.

      American Leftist females and wanna be females have nothing to say abt women suffering at the hands of a failed, socialist govt, the same system they hope will befall America.

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  3. psadie says:

    All the conservative talking heads should be calling out Bernie Sanders on his Socialist agenda that he touts so much. During the campaign he refused to discuss Venezuela and only wanted to talk about his utopia, the stupid old fool. These people are so weak many cannot come out to protest due to lack of food. Maduro said he will “arm” the Socialist Chavistas against the citizenry to take control of the country and quiet them. The snowflakes that think Socialism is so great need to see these photos of what is really happening there for all of South America is Socialist.

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  4. In Venezuela it was all fun and games when the poor were given other people’s money. They voted time and again to give dictator power to the President. But when other people’s money run out. Those in power no longer care for the votes. They have the guns the power and in this case the food.

    A lesson this country should be mindful to watch.

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    • wheatietoo says:

      Things started going downhill when the price of Oil went down.

      Venezuela has a lot of it.
      The govt took it over and when the price of oil was at $100/br or higher, there was enough money to make things work.

      But when oil prices went down…and stayed down…there wasn’t enough money from oil to keep it all going.

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      • Sylvia Avery says:

        And the Venezuelans got greedy and kicked out all the experienced petro engineers from other countries and when the going got tough, they lacked the expertise to fix it. Not good. But this is where socialism always ends…with blood and violence. It never works.

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        • Angry Dumbo says:

          This is sad because we haven’t learned from history. Lady Thatcher warned eventually you run out of other people’s money and Hayek taught that freedom and responsibility are inseparable. Chavez/Maduro thought that Obama was right about redistribution because they never learned from history. You can’t pay it forward unless you can pay it back.

          God Bless you freedom seekers in Venezuela.

          MAGA ’20

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        • fuzzi says:

          I read that the Venezuelan government has confiscated the GM plant, too.

          So, what company would want to build there?

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      • Peg_C the Deplorable says:

        And like Saudi Arabia, they are a 1 commodity country. If that commodity drops like a stone in value, so does the country.

        Liked by 3 people

      • Jedi9 says:

        Oil recently as last week was peaked at 56.25, now it is dropping like a ton bricks into the low 40’s.

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      • dayallaxeded says:

        Actually, even when oil was up, it was obvious that Venezuela was on a fast ride down to hell. Even then, there were shortages and lack of infrastructure and services funding, b/c Chavez, then Maduro were raiding the treasury for their own purposes, including making the Venezuelan LEOs and armed forces into their personal forces. In neighboring countries, Chavez was long ago known as “Chavezito” which was translated to me by, e.g., Panamanian locals as a “nasty little prick.” The word became a general purpose insult, like Xerox became a word for copies. It is probably wrong to assert that the Venezuelans repeatedly voted for these goons–that assumes that the elections are not completely manipulated and fraudulent, though I think we can be well assured they are.

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        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          Those fraudulent elections will likely be forgotten history, unless some safely tenured, honest old person gets the story soon and commits it to accounts that are “rediscovered” later, after the current crop of Marxists and other “fake academia” are squeezed out.

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        • Jedi9 says:

          Agree! What is interesting about how Chavez/Maduro turning the LEO’s into serving their own interests is exactly what people are talking about with the Berkely Police recent allegations of purposely firing into crowds of Trump supporters. This is for sure a very troubling development if any of the claims is proven to be true and I hope AG will be looking into it A.S.A.P.!

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    • graciegram says:

      Thank you for telling the truth. The people, who are mostly uneducated and poor, were happy to live off the government. Now, the reality of socialism is literally killing them. I’m not sure anything will change anytime soon. The people have made their own bed.

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    • john graham says:

      great comment…until we are no longer the worlds police…and we no longer have govt involved in healthcare….and until we pay off our $20 plus trillion debt….this is but a glimpse into our future

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      • Paco Loco says:

        When the melt down occurs in the Estados Unitedos( we’ve been on the road to socialism and perdition since the Federal Reserve and the Income Tax were created in 1913) it will be catastrophic. Imagine the Federal government controlling how food is priced and distributed, creating scarcity to control the people.

        We were one election away from the coup de gras to the US Republic last year. The Uniparty are essentially socialists tasked with redistributing the wealth to their Big Business owners OBamaCare is the straw that will break the camels back and save for DJT and a few patriots in congress we’d be looking like Venezuela in a couple of years.

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        • ^^^^^THIS^^^^^

          The enormous elephant in the room that NO ONE wants to talk about, let alone FIX. Yep, not even POTUS DJT. As long as there is a fiat printing press run by banksters and an economy built on DEBT America cannot be great again. No way, no how… the system in place is in place to ensure destruction of the middle class.

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    • The supporters of the regime are still fat and happy. Any time Maduro speaks, he is always surrounded by his fellow travelers. The media assumes that the men wearing uniforms and shooting people are actually military, doubt that.
      Sorry Venezuela, I don’t see an easy solution for you to get rid of these thugs.

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    • NCTrumpster says:

      Not all voted this. I have a friend that has two cousins in Venezuela. When Chavez died they said now we are free. It broke my heart because I knew someone just as bad would take power. There are many who are suffering who did not and do not support the government. Pray for the people of Venezuela.

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      • wolfmoon1776 says:

        Just like Hillary. They always sell “hope” to regime opponents, but all you get is more and nastier “change”.

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        • Jenny R. says:

          That was exactly how Chavez got into power. The previous government had a lot of corruption scandals that the people were rightly angry about. Chavez packaged himself as “change you can believe in”, and many though not all fell for it hook, line, sinker.
          Perhaps a warning to the wise: not all change that you can believe in will be good for you.

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    • Peg_C the Deplorable says:

      The Left never conducts post mortems on these failures. They always say “they just didn’t do socialism right. We will.” Wash, rinse, repeat, forever.

      Liked by 2 people

  5. Janie M. says:

    This is heart-breaking. If only the Venezuelan military had their version of (then) General Al-Sisi. But that is too much to hope for.

    Liked by 7 people

  6. Eris says:

    I’d say unfortunately that Venezuela is not on the brink. It’s already a failed state that will continue to collapse more and more rapidly since other people’s money has pretty much ran out. Sigh.

    Liked by 5 people

  7. Joe Knuckles says:

    If anybody wonders what Obama and his ilk have in mind for America, see Venezuela. Chaos is their goal, they can kill everybody that disagrees with them and start over with complete, unchallenged power.

    Liked by 25 people

    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Yup. Obama and his fellow Soviet dupes, in their student rebel arrogance, always saw Cuba as a success. Secretly, I’m sure Obama thought Venezuela was just grand. His phone attitude toward them fooled nobody who understood Obama.

      Liked by 10 people

      • Coldeadhands says:

        …and this within the last couple of days:
        “Spirit Airlines became the fifth airline to either cut back or end service to Cuba when it announced it will discontinue flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Havana on May 31.” Travel Pulse

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      • seabrznsun says:

        All of this one day after the Bay of Pigs 56th anniversary where our own government, under Kennedy, didn’t want to get involved after putting the freedom fighters ashore only to watch them be slaughtered for 3 days and not send help despite ships off shore.

        http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/266440/bay-pigs-56-years-later-humberto-fontova

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        • Texian says:

          Stop parroting msm “history.” The Deep State put them ashore, not JFK. They then notified JFK of the situation – he had a difficult decision to make in a very short amount of time. He did not want to invade a Country off the cuff. Summer/Fall 1963 he meets with South Vietnam leader Ngo Dinh Diem and they agree on an exit strategy. November 1963 both Diem and JFK are assassinated..

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          • seabrznsun says:

            Look, I’m Catholic, so I’m not going to bad mouth Kennedy, as much as he deserves it. Of course the deep state set it up. Of course Kennedy likely didn’t know. Of course Kennedy did nothing, and not because he had little knowledge of the situation; he didn’t have directions. Of course Kennedy was, well, a Kennedy placed in the WH. He had a very large time as acting President. It was the honorable men of our armed forces who cared what was happening.
            I’m glad to see President Trump putting honorable men of our armed forces in high levels of office.

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    • dayallaxeded says:

      Ferguson was the camel’s nose under the tent. Thank God that we still had enough control of our elections and enough people who hadn’t taken blue pills with their progzi koolaide to get PDJT elected. This gives us a chance, but it is just a chance–it’s still our “…Republic, if we can keep it.”

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      • wolfmoon1776 says:

        HUGE upvote for “progzi”. THAT is the word I was looking for.

        Yes. Were it not for OUR fighting back against LIES from our “racial guilt imposed socialist leader”, we would have ended up like Venezuela under THEIR “racial guilt imposed socialist leader”.

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  8. willvecchio says:

    Atlas shrugged in Venezuela some time ago.

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  9. wheatietoo says:

    This has been going on for over a year.

    The govt imposed ‘Price Controls’ on food.
    But the food producers could not afford to sell at the prices that the govt imposed.

    So the grocery shelves gradually went bare.

    The govt has seized control of everything…and rations out the food, after the Upper Class is taken care of.

    An…’upper class’?
    In a Socialist Country?

    Yes. Those who work for the govt, those who are loyal to their leader, these people are the upper class.

    Socialism always fails.
    Socialism is a big Lie, that always ends up requiring extreme force to survive.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      The food control failure and popular uprising was when “Chilexit” happened in Santiago. Thankfully, their military was warned of a decapitation plot, and struck first. Had that not happened, Chile would have gone down the Castro road.

      Allegedly the CIA was behind warning the Chilean military, because of widespread wiretapping. If that’s true, then – in my opinion – they were heroes, and decades of relentless abuse they took from the leftists was still worth it. Had the Marxist takeover of Chile been completed, the abuses of the people would have dwarfed anything Pinochet did, IMO. As it was, Marxist crimes before the coup were severe – you just don’t hear about them, “because Enemedia”.

      The commies learned a lot from Chile, and that’s why STARTING their takeover in the Venezuelan military was so ingenious.

      We were very fortunate that Trump was able to evict the commies here. I’m still not fully sure how he did it. As Jarrett said, she really didn’t think Trump was going to win. Yeah. I’ll bet. I hope someday she’s “persuaded” into giving up exactly WHY our commies were so confident that Hillary would win. You can bet it’s not something you’ll read about in the failing New York Times.

      As I watch this script playing out, once again, in Venezuela, and realize these mindless Marx bots still want to do that here, it just angers me.

      Never give up your free speech or your guns. EVER.

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      • USMCLt says:

        I need to dispute your suggestion that Trump has evicted the “commies”. If he had indeed accomplished such a monumental task, the unemployment rate in DC would be about 90% and housing prices would be plummeting. The Communists in DC have all gone to ground and will be hunkered down until the next Marxist wunderkind comes along. The only way Trump will ever make a dent in the Communist occupation of our federal government is to truly return all federal activities back within Constitutional boundaries. I am still waiting for concrete evidence of his intent to do that.

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        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          Point well taken. I guess he’d evicted a few in some of the right places. But yeah – the place is still thick with them. Way too thick.

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        • Carolina Girl says:

          Around 1960, my grandfather said that the easiest way to get rid of most of the Communists in the United States was to bomb Washington. I was a little girl, but I never forgot that. He had lived through decades of federal intrusion such as the FDR years and also the Feds paying farmers not to plant crops. That never really sat right with Gran-Gran. Of course, his father was born during Reconstruction. Germany got the Marshall Plan. The South got Reconstruction. Now the history of Reconstruction has been rewritten.
          My family loved the USA and what it is supposed to be. I thanked the Lord in my prayers as a child for allowing me to be born an American. But my family was not so easily duped; they knew some history and they loved freedom.

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          • GrouchonotKarl says:

            1960 was the start of our downturn. JFK stole the election, Shockley’s concerns were ignored, LBJ destroyed Black America, the military industrial complex Ike warned us about took root, Preston Bush’s son Zapata Oil rose through the ranks of the CIA and help reverse the theft of the 1960 election theft and the coup was complete.

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          • wolfmoon1776 says:

            Love your glimpse into history there. And your grandfather was right. When it became obvious to me that a meteor striking Washington would be GOOD for America, I realized just how bad things really were.

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        • dbobway says:

          I believe Trump has the intent. It will take years to do this peacefully within the standard protocol.

          Trump’s biggest job is to start the process and bring recognizable results to the people.
          Ryan’s terrible bill would have changed insurance on millions of workers who get their insurance from their job. The impact would have been immediate. The parts of his replace would be much easier to repair and Obamacare would have been gone.

          How many hills did you have take one step at a time Marine.

          Trump faces an army of millions of anti American federal employees embedded, hell bent on protecting their control which includes their jobs.

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        • dalethorn says:

          “The intent to have government reduce itself” – seems like an oxymoron. We the people need to get a reality check on what it will really take to reduce government, and we need to assume that the bureaucrats will fight long and hard against it. Trump has priorities, among which are small things like keeping the world from blowing up. But, I am hopeful that together we will think of something new to clean up this mess.

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        • Paul Killinger says:

          Then you haven’t been paying attention.

          Did you seriously expect The Swamp not to push back…?

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        • dayallaxeded says:

          Quite right! PDJT has interrupted the commie traitors. It remains our job, as citizens/electors to evict all the progzi and commie scum.

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      • dalethorn says:

        “Never give up” – Churchill.

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      • Chuck says:

        “Never give up your free speech or your guns. EVER.”

        ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
        The 2 things the dems have never stopped trying to take away.

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      • vdorta says:

        wolfmoon, maybe you would like to read my essay The Allende Myth that I wrote back in 2003. I just posted it again in my new blog:

        https://dorta.com/2017/04/21/the-allende-myth/

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    • joninmd22 says:

      Chavez’ daughter lives the high life in Europe wit $2 billion dollars and a former minister of finance took $9 billion.

      Socialism is always about the junta stealing the countries wealth and repressing the poor and middle class.

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  10. Mal says:

    No mention of the sanctions and their ultimate effect, which we are seeing here used by the US and their allies? SD, I’m not so sure about your integrity anymore, you are showing real signs of being easily duped and duping others.

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  11. BG2 says:

    If the people here were armed the regime is finished in a day.
    The 2nd guarantees freedom in the US.

    Trouble is the Venezuelan people will slide back to wanting other people’s work product for nothing from the replacement govt also. It’s a Bernie thing.

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  12. Have they had enough socialism yet?

    Most of the people now rioting supported each and every ruinous policy that has reduced this failed state to rubble.

    Ricebowl converts turn nasty when there’s no more rice.

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  13. missmarple2 says:

    My sister’s best friend is a Venezuelan immigrant and now a citizen. Her father was a doctor, and when Chavez took over, he saw the handwriting on the wall and they came here. She can’t say enough bad stuff about Chavez and Morduro.

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  14. H.R. says:

    There, but for the Grace of God, go we.

    It is up to Americans to take care of business at the ballot boxes so we don’t have to resort to boxes of bullets. Pay attention in the 2018 primaries and elections.

    Liked by 14 people

    • Paul Killinger says:

      Everyone who voted for DJT should heed your message, or we’ll be right back where we started from!

      Liked by 2 people

      • wolfmoon1776 says:

        This is why I’m still giving money when DJT asks for it. We can’t beat down communism enough, or long enough. The Democrat party is just doubling down on the crazy. They haven’t even THOUGHT about changing course. They’re like a viper out from under a rock. That is all. Exposed. The commie head and fangs have not been cut off.

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  15. Alec Rawls says:

    It is no coincidence that most of the 100+million murders committed by communists have been by starvation. Communist dysfunction automatically creates famine which the totalitarians always then use as a tool to wipe out those who resist their power.

    That is what is happening in Venezuela now and I doubt that there will be any way for the opposition to stop it. Maduro just needs to keep what little food there is for his various armies until everyone else is dead.

    How much can the people fight? They are already starving and any bits of food they are able to capture will only delay death for a few people for a little while.

    Feeding a nation takes massive decentralized coordination and all of that is long gone. There is nothing left but the dying.

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  16. David says:

    The people need to convince the good police/military to stop doing this. Once the government has no form of enforcement, they are done.

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  17. Joshua2415 says:

    Must be tough for the US media. I’m sure they would love to be showing these images on TV every night to lead the drive for importing a couple million more communist “refugees”. Of course they would first have to acknowledge that their latest dream state has gone down in blood and flames.
    If ONLY there was an old Trump University campus down there. That would solve everything!

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  18. distracted2 says:

    I don’t even know what to say.

    It’s frightening to contemplate that at least a third or more of our own country has also been lured by con men like Sanders and Obama into believing the same load of bull these people were conned into believing. And it was so easy! How do they not understand that nothing is free? NOTHING! There is always a price and it’s not always currency but a price much worse – a price these people are dearly paying.

    And yet my heart is breaking for Venezuela. All I can do is pray that karma is coming for the people responsible.

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    • georgiafl says:

      Remember how Obama sided with Venezuela dictator Chavez?

      Spit

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    • Carolina Girl says:

      It is easy to be lured when so many Americans have been
      brainwashed in college or even in K – 12. When so many are silly
      and apathetic. When there are far too many unassimilated
      immigrants and illegal immigrants voting.

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      • dbobway says:

        My 11 year old daughter came home with a project from her 5th grade class.
        Make a presentation of your favorite hero on this list.
        A problem arose. 90% of the class chose MLK jr to be their hero.
        2/3 of the class are Marine’s kids, with no distinct racial majority.
        She told me Trump is a bad man that doesn’t like minority children and he is going to send police to take hispanic kids out of school and send them away.
        Because of a divorce, I get my lovely daughter about 2 months a year.
        The public schools get her 8 hours a day.

        I will not give up.

        1966 is when to 2 teacher unions merged to create the union they have today.
        Since that day, this union started indoctrinated our children.

        Any American 65 and under, who went to American public schools, have subjected to social engineering to be socialists.

        An unsustainable form of government that will murder their own to keep it going.
        .

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    • dalethorn says:

      Unfortunately the guilty go free in these collapses.

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    • Kalena says:

      2 words, Public education. That is why we have 33% of our nation stupidly voting for socialism. We need to take education back from the hard core lefties via vouchers for all K-12. Free the kids from indoctrination at the government school monopolies.

      Maybe it is just me, but I am having a really hard time feeling too sorry for these people in Venezuela. They VOTED for this. They VOTED to destroy their constitution and give all that power to Chavez and his ilk. If there were any chickens left in that country, they have come home to roost, so to speak.

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  19. Southern Son says:

    THIS!, is what BO, bErNiE, Shill, etc, would have Our Society reduced to, if not for the Second Amendment!
    Yet most people here do not even Realize it.
    I bought my AR, because I truly Believed, that soon after the Election of 2008 America would suffer a similar fate. I also added a Slidefire buttstock, that allows a Firing rate of 50 rds, in Under 4.5 seconds. I knew I could not stop a Rogue, Unconstitutional Government alone.
    But I also Believed, in my heart and mind, that at Least 3% of my Compatriots would stand against such a Treasonous Government.
    I don’t believe Our Armed Forces and LE would allow it either.
    In the late eighties, we decided to take, what turned out to be our only trip out of country.
    We narrowed it down to Venezuela or Antiqua.
    The Internet wasn’t available, so we relied on our Travel Agency.
    They recommended Antigua, because of risk of Crime in Venezuella.
    The exchange rate in Venezuella in 1986, was 7to1usd. This was Long before Chavez I think.
    Now, it is Ten to One!
    A dozen eggs, was 100 V dollars, months ago.
    That’s a Thousand Dollar carton of eggs Now!
    WE chose Antigua, because it was 8to1usd.
    History has Proven, that Socialism does not work.
    Thank God, for the Constitution,
    and the Bill of Rights!
    I Do Pray, and Thank him Every Day, for his Blessing me, with being Born in the USA!
    I now also Pray for Venezuela…

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  20. JAS says:

    Love to hear from Sean Penn, Oliver Stone, Michael Moore, Danny Glover now…..

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  21. fred5678 says:

    Looks like the “terrible U.S. military” will be called upon soon to perform yet another humanitarian mission. When communism fails, who ya’ gonna’ call???

    Amazing how almost all the Spanish colonies in the New World have failed periodically, while the two English colonies have thrived.

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    • JAS says:

      Venezuelan Europeans in particular are some of the most racist people on the planet. I visited Venezuela some 40 years ago and the writing was already on the wall. Theirs was a “caste” society at the time and the standards of living between the two classes, the “aristocracy” and the rest was appalling.

      Chavez, et al just replaced that failed “aristocracy” with theirs. And so go all the socialists, just another aristocracy with one difference, socialists are more violent, more brutal.

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      • wolfmoon1776 says:

        This is how Chavez snuck in, IMO. His military card offsetting suspicions, then acquiescence was powered by racial guilt. If anything, Venezuelans were more suspicious than we were with Obama. People gave Chavez too many chances at too many junctures, hoping for “healing”, but they were far more suspicious than we were of Obama.

        And Chavez played the Bolivar card like a champ. Simple and dumb, yet brilliant.

        The commies just get sneakier and sneakier. That’s why I keep my eyes out on the Democrats’ next crop of sneaker radicals.

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  22. alliwantissometruth says:

    Socialism is wonderful in theory, not so much when applied in reality. There can never be pure equality because someone has to be at the top of the food chain to run things & God didn’t make us all equal ability wise

    The concept of socialism/communism has always & will always be fraudulent because you can’t remove nature &, more importantly, human nature from the equation

    Humans are flawed by greed & temptation, which always leads to corruption & worse. The law of the jungle has always been in our DNA & the strongest will always prey on the weak

    Having one centralized authority over an entire people & system will always result in corruption & extreme thievery at the top, until there’s nothing left to steal & the people are reduced to absolute poverty

    You can’t remove that reality. It happens every time. Power corrupts because people hold power

    The power elite (globalists) in America understand all this, & use the concept to lull the masses into the “cool revolutionary” mindset against “oppression” & “the man”. Through indoctrination & brainwashing, the masses in America believe our system, which was put in place to actually make things as equal as they can be for all, is the problem

    The brainwashing is so deep no amount of history or present day “in your face” facts can sway them

    Socialism/communism is simply the way globalists believe they can control the masses & with it, the worlds wealth

    The stupidity of the average human being is what feeds it & keeps it going

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    • AmyB says:

      The difference between this NYT report and Stefan Molyneaux’s report is night and day. The NYT says poor people have to deal with “shortages of food and medicine” . Makes it sound like you may only be able to buy broccoli but no green beans and corn. Or, you can get your insulin but they’re a little short on aspirin. The reality is bare grocery shelves and hospitals with anesthesia or running water. But wait, they did clarify that just seven people died and not eight, as was originally reported, at the end of the article, so it’s all good.

      Disgusting reporting.

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  23. amwick says:

    I read in a couple places that a General Motors in Valencia plant was seized by the government. Not sure what to make of this, there hasn’t been much of a hue and cry…. Perhaps it is SOP down there now a days. Prayers for the everyday people, the ones caught in these terrible cross hairs.

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  24. mysticrose80 says:

    To think, there are folks in this country who actually want America to morph into a Socialist country. Oh, wait….make that “Democratic Socialist”. Hildabeast in charge would have be horrible enough, but I shudder to think what would happen if Bernie had won.

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  25. teekay says:

    The time has come to shock the dying MSM into covering these atrocities: add Venezuela to the list of countries in the travel ban EO. Have a special press conference about it. Make it impossible to ignore.

    The ties to Hamas and Hezbollah and the prior passport scandal are sufficient reason in the context of a failing government. The fact that Venezuela a majority Catholic country destroys the “Muslim ban” narrative. Indeed, as a minority religion, the Muslims in Venezuela would therefore be given priority refugee status.

    Hence consider thoroughly vetting and accepting a few. Watch MSM heads explode everywhere while simultaneously obliterating a major plank on which the EO lawsuits are based.

    In case this seems too politically motivated, my wife is from Colombia and we’ve watched this train wreck with sadness and disgust for a long time. The refugee crisis is appalling. The terrorism threat is real. Maybe adding Venezuela to the EO would finally cause the perception to change.

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    • Angry Dumbo says:

      Clever, but I think the focus should be on rebuilding Venezuela, not immigration. There are some great lessons to be learned here. As our liberal friends would say, this is a teachable moment. Time to export the MAGA “can do” spirit and revisit the Monroe Doctrine.

      MAGA ‘ 20

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  26. Dora says:

    Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” Just Played Out in Real Life

    As Venezuela continues to fall down the disastrous rabbit hole of socialism, the government has now seized the General Motors plant in the country.

    http://thefederalistpapers.org/us/ayn-rands-atlas-shrugged-just-played-out-in-real-life

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  27. Angry Dumbo says:

    I would like to hear our President Trump step up and work with Columbia and neighbors to stabilize the situation. This is far from over but also there is no reason for the people to suffer. The Venezuelan people are blessed with tremendous natural resources and a great work ethic. They were deceived, but once bitten, twice shy. Venezuela will rise again.

    About that Monroe Doctrine . . .

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  28. Dora says:

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  29. ALEX says:

    Call it Socialism or whatever you want. It’s History playing out. President Trump cut to the chase in one of the debates about Iraq….He said it was naive to think democracy would come about and then mentioned like History itself “The biggest Baddest Dude would take over”…

    None of this is surprising and Chavez was about holding power, the rest was all talk…Waiting on the biggest baddest dude…You can watch if you want.

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  30. Dora says:

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  31. LKA in LA says:

    Chavez had the help of Obama and Castro with their selling of the communism idea. Cuban military were imported to the island to sell propaganda during the Chavez yrs and the people lapped it up. The smart ones got out. I hope the ones fighting are successful and can find a way. It is their country and their fight.

    Btw, where is Sean Penn? He should have to go live there.

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  32. Bert Darrell says:

    Remember: it was former president Jimmy Carter who validated, over and over again, the fraudulent Venezuelan elections as having been correctly and fairly conducted. Jimmy Carter was a democrat U.S. president. His current “humanitarian” activities are supported by funds from dictatorial muslim countries. As president, Carter denied support to the Shah of Iran and was largely responsible for the installation of the horrific muslim Iranian regime that has committed untold atrocities worldwide and is a main sponsor of international terrorism. That is what democrats have contributed to our nation and the world. Always ready to play for pay: Carter (AKA, Mr. American malaise), Clinton (AKA “I didn’t have sex with that woman” or Chinese money always welcome or my government is for sale), Obama (AKA lying traitor in chief). Need more proof?

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    • From what I’ve read, the larger underclass used Chavez as the tool to rob the middle class.

      Look at the situation today. A big problem facing the opposition is the large underclass still mostly supporting socialism, and marching in big counter-demonstrations of their own. From them are the militias being recruited and formed. There are defectors from the underclass joining the opposition, but critical mass evidently hasn’t happened yet. (Just a matter of time, prolly.)

      “Michael Shifter, president of Inter-American Dialogue, said the country remained in stalemate, but it would be wrong to assume nothing has changed.

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/21/venezuela-protests-nicolas-maduro-elections-analysis

      “We saw more anger and more intensity at this march. There were also more people from popular sectors who were willing to protest than previously. It was not just the middle class. This is a sign that the base of Chavismo is extremely upset and disenchanted.”

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Carter has been one of the most subversive dupes EVER. The damage he has done to the free world is almost incalculable.

      Liked by 1 person

  33. http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20170420/editorial/venezuela-what-comes-next

    “The national living conditions survey reports that the average Venezuelan has lost almost 20 pounds in weight in the past year.”

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  34. MIKE says:

    I will try to sympathize with Chavezistan but I am worried more about our own country. The recent Berkeley campus story about police deliberately trying to cause rioting and violence among Donald J. Trump supporters has me thinking the inevitable civil war 2.0 is coming sooner than I anticipated. Maybe B. springsteen will have someone write a song about venezuela’s plight and he can hack up another lunger of a song on his gee-tar. A song about his heroic efforts to combat the Capitalist pig establishment evil 1% fascists. Oh, wait….. he already did! I forgot about “born to run”…

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    • dalethorn says:

      Propagandists like Springsteen and the media they feed on can do tremendous damage. A great crisis is threatening in the U.S. because we are not meeting that threat – we are allowing their evil lies to indoctrinate our youth in huge numbers.

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  35. jeans2nd says:

    Words, words, words. Nothing but weak words from those in charge and paid handsomely for protecting human rights.

    OAS is the Organization of American States. OAS is supposed to be a champion of human rights. Marco Rubio plays one on TV.

    And the United Nations? The United Nations is worried about Muh Russians, Israel…

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  36. Smif says:

    I have no sympathy for these people, this is what they voted for now they can live with it. All those who supported it here should be made to live there.

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  37. Janetoo says:

    I am going to try and make this succinct and understandable as possible. Yesterday I was in the car and briefly turned on NPR. A young, chipper NPR woman was interviewing a Venezuelan woman who was explaining what was going on. The NPR woman seemed bemused and surprised by the turn of events in Venezuela and chirpily asked the woman what she thought the future held for her country and the woman replied that both short and medium term – nothing good would come of this and long term was something she could not see far enough ahead, but it was bleak. The NPR woman signed off happily. She then introduced a professor from NYU who is the head of Latin American Studies. She asked him very confusedly how things had come to this point in Venezuela; especially since Hugo Chavez had ridden to the rescue all those years ago. Well, the NYU man said, Hugo made a few mistakes, such as when he nationalized everything and just started handing out cash rather than “investing for the future.” (He had no problem with the nationalizing everything part at all.) And then, he continued, oil prices fell and poor old Maduro didn’t have the same amount of cash to throw around and well, that’s how all this happened. Oh, those pesky oil prices. Nothing about dictatorships etc. At this point, the radio station cut away because it is pledge week (naturally) and the new, well-modulated local moderator came on and said – “we just heard nine minutes of information on Venezuela – this is what you can expect to hear when you pledge, quality stories, and I have to say, I learned so much myself today as I was unaware of these problems in Venezuela! “ So there it is. They are clueless.

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  38. F104 says:

    I wonder if the bankers that own our politicians are the same ones that owned the politicians in Venezuela?

    Liked by 3 people

  39. MK Wood says:

    Own guns and hoard ammo. Never, ever give them up. Even with Trump the majority of the political culture will allow this to happen here.

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  40. Concerned Virginian says:

    Maduro is reportedly (Breitbart.com a few days ago) arming large numbers of what are called “Chavistas” which I assume will be his personal militia.
    If my Spanish is still good enough, one of the reporters in the article says that Venezuela will be like Cuba, the world will look away.
    I cannot imagine the chaos in the hospitals and clinics—there ARE NO MEDICINES and many of the medical personnel HAVE QUIT because of Maduro.

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  41. Brant says:

    This is horrifying to see. I do wonder though, people “voted” for Chavez and Maduro. Even if rigged, I wonder how many of the people protesting now voted or supported them in the early days. A case of, “one man, one vote, one time”? They are now reaping the harvest of their decision(s). The same would happen to the supporters of Bernie and Clinton, but they would have a tin ear until they actually are starving and in the streets and still would have no self reflection. And the folks who probably voted against Chavez/Maduro? They saw the writing on the wall early on and got out of big population centers. Found a place to grow things way out in the boonies and trying to keep their heads down. Myself? I have found about 12 acres, 30 miles from the nearest interstate and 30-40 miles from the nearest town of 30,000. Nearly 2 hours to the nearest “big” town. 1 million, about 3-4 hours away. 2 Ponds, greenhouse, barn, old time windmill, 2 wells, this year starting the garden, looking to get some goats, neighbors who help neighbors, etc.

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  42. jefcool64 says:

    Another country destroyed in the pursuit of communism. How many times must the world go through with this insanity?

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  43. Bouchart says:

    Berniezuela

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  44. tradmomof3 says:

    This is tha Arab Spring coming to South America. Planned overthrow of Socialist Dictator whose VP just happens to be MUSLIM! Don’t forget the little dirty secret that Obama & company were letting in Muslims on fake passports issued from corrupt Muslim travel officer in Carracas. Perfect new Islamic beach head the northern tip of South America. Great for drug and child trafficking. Lots of missing kids & political prisoners already being trafficked.

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  45. blessdog says:

    The deep state/CIA destabilization of SOVEREIGN nations in Central and South America has been going on since their inception / for centuries – NOWHERE in the world is this more evident than in our own back yard.
    just another garden variety globalist sht show…

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  46. freddiel says:

    This is tragic. The future of the United States will be equal if we do not get the indoctrination out of our schools. It has to start there. Young people are being brainwashed into believing that socialism is the answer. It is very blatant and parents of school aged children need to get involved in their children’s education! Colleges need to lose government funding if their curriculum’s include all this bogus cr-p that has nothing to do with preparing students for available jobs!

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    • Michael says:

      Is already well on its way in the USA. Detroit. Chicago. Baltimore. Berkeley police siding with the mobs. Kalifornia will be Venezuela in what is left of my lifetime if things don’t change. I would love to see Justice file First Amendment lawsuits against Berkeley for failure to protect peaceful persons exercising their FA Rights.

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  47. Ploni says:

    The media is downplaying

    The media are monolithic, yes, but “[t]he media are downplaying” . . .

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