Jumpin’ Ju-Ju Beans, A Coup! – Venezuela Opposition Leader Juan Guaido Declares Himself President…

The Precursor – Yesterday there was a meeting at the White House between FL Senator Rick Scott, FL Governor Ron DeSantis, FL Senator Marco Rubio, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump.  Florida is home to most of the Venezuela political exiles and opposition groups who oppose Venezuela’s dictator Nicolas Maduro.

Today, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president while surrounded by thousands of supporters. At a rally that brought hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans into the east of Caracas, Guaido said Maduro had usurped power and promised to create a transitional government that would help the country escape its hyperinflationary economic collapse.

“I swear to assume all the powers of the presidency to secure an end to the usurpation,” 35-year old Guaido, the head of the opposition-run congress, told an exuberant crowd.

Minutes later, U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Guaido as the legitimate interim president.

 

Within hours of the support for Juan Guaido being announced by President Trump and Secretary Pompeo,…. Canada, Brazil, Paraguay, Columbia, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Chile and Guatemala followed suit and also voiced their support.

(Via Reuters) […] Guaido’s declaration takes Venezuela into uncharted territory, with the possibility of the opposition now running a parallel government recognized abroad as legitimate but without control over state functions.

In a televised broadcast from the presidential palace, Maduro accused the opposition of seeking to stage a coup with the support of the United States, which he said was seeking to govern Venezuela from Washington.

“We’ve had enough interventionism, here we have dignity, damn it! Here is a people willing to defend this land,” said Maduro, flanked by top Socialist Party leaders, although the defense minister and members of the military high command were absent. (read more)

It’s never a good sign for a dictator when the military isn’t standing next to him/her during the coup.

(Follow AP Updates Here)

Keep in mind that China has invested hundreds of billions into Venezuela in an attempt to prop up the Maduro regime.  Russia has also given Venezuela a lot of financial support.

China currently owns 49% of PDVSA (Venezuela oil production) and receives reimbursement for the continued inbound cash flow via oil exports.  However, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin placed restrictions on that process last year; and said any nation that engages in oil sales may run the risk of economic sanctions from the U.S.  Venezuela and China were both impacted financially.  [Cuba and Russia became the fall back position]

If regime change is successful in Venezuela there’s a likelihood all of the prior investments by China, Russia and Cuba could be worthless instantly.  Geopolitically this couldn’t come at a worse time for China given their economic softening…. then again, the timing here is almost guaranteed to be by design.

Keep watching….

5:10 p.m. – Lawmakers in Russia, which has close relations with Venezuela, are sharply critical of U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of an opposition politician who has declared himself the country’s legitimate interim president.

“I think that in this developing situation the United States is trying to carry out an operation to organize the next color revolution in Venezuela,” the deputy chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the upper house of parliament, Andrei Klimov, told state news agency RIA-Novosti. “Color revolution” is a Russian term for the popular uprisings that unseated leaders in Georgia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan.

“I do not think that we can recognize this — it is, in essence, a coup,” another committee member, Vladimir Dzhabrailov, was quoted as saying by the Interfax agency.

Russia is a major political ally of Venezuela, and Russia’s largest oil company, Rosneft, is heavily invested in the South American nation’s oil fields, which produce less crude each month.  (link)

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309 Responses to Jumpin’ Ju-Ju Beans, A Coup! – Venezuela Opposition Leader Juan Guaido Declares Himself President…

  1. G3 says:

    Liked by 20 people

    • Sigh2016 says:

      No doubt, they know exactly what they’re promoting.

      Liked by 6 people

      • Rhoda R says:

        Yes because 1) they expect to be the top dogs and 2) they don’t much give a d@mn about the ‘people.’

        Liked by 13 people

      • Mr. T. says:

        And if they continue to promote their bullshit socialist progressive communist agenda, then they should be prepared for what’s happening to Maduro to happen to them. I am one of millions of America’s citizens who isn’t going to roll over and look the other way while these communists try to take down our government and our U.S. Constitution.

        Liked by 17 people

        • InAz says:

          @ Mr. T

          👍👍

          I’m with you!!!!

          Liked by 3 people

        • BroMole says:

          They’ve made tons of progress already and we haven’t done a whole lot of pushing so far

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        • RLTW says:

          AOC is a bug-eyed Marxist freak with Mr. Ed teeth who has the IQ of a salad bar and is precisely as deep as a college girl doing a Jello-shot. She is also a rich daddy’s girl who went to private schools, daddy paid for college but she lied and said she grew up poor in the hood. She is the future of Marxism here in the USA. Totally appropriate.

          Please President Trump. Announce and support the same coupe in Iran as you just did in Venezuela. Not only would you liberate the great Persian people of Iran, you would solve 90% of the problems in the Middle East by overthrowing the Mullahs.

          Liked by 9 people

        • RoddREpub says:

          Hear, hear! I stand with you. These nuts have another thing coming!

          Liked by 1 person

          • RLTW says:

            AOC is the American version of Leo Tolstoy. An ultra rich aristocrat Russian who was one of the founders of the Liberation Theology (communist) version of Christianity, which has so successfully and thoroughly corrupted our religion and our Country. Tolstoy loved to play benefactor to the Russian peasants but was merely masturbating his ego as he suborned them to his so-called generosity.

            It was not generosity at all since Tolstoy was a rich man who was sacrificing nothing. But Tolstoy fooled the peasants. He pretended he was poor. Told them there was no afterlife. No God. That this was what Christ truly believed in. Tolstoy was one of the founders of the left.

            AOC follows in his footsteps. Except that Tolstoy was actually quite brilliant (and evil). AOC is a useful idiot. But also quite dangerous and evil since most i phone kids her age are also idiots.

            Throughout history all of these leaders of the left have fit the same mold. They are the pampered children of rich parents. They endear themselves to the poor and convince the poor to relinquish all of their rights in the interest of a Godless utopia where the State takes the place of God.

            Instead of providing utopia, once the people relinquish their arms and all other rights these pampered children of the rich confiscate the wealth of the entire nation, slaughter millions who are suspected of dissent and starve millions more until eventually the nation collapses.

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      • Mrs. E says:

        Yes they do.

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    • George Hicks says:

      Notice how he didn’t mention Occasional Cortex, wonder if that was by design?
      Children should be seen and not heard

      Liked by 5 people

      • Voltaire says:

        I looooove details…

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      • I mentioned this a few days ago, It was dismissed as “tin-Foil” .. A Coup was underway..

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      • lanahi says:

        It isn’t at all hard to believe when you know the enemy. Killing people isn’t exactly unusual for them, and with Trump and Pence out of the way, Pelosi would be president, as Donna Brazile noted. With another SCOTUS vacancy probably soon, with possible trials coming up for corruption, with documents that could be released at any time, they are getting desperate but nothing has worked to get rid of Trump so far. Pelosi third in line for president and Trump and Pence staying in the WH during the shut-down…this is the best opportunity to stop him. There have been over a dozen known attempts to assassinate the president so far, and I doubt that the majority are from foreign powers.

        Pelosi and many of the others involved have almost certainly been under surveillance for some time for other matters too. They know who she contacted, where she’s gone, what she’s done, why she was going on that Afghanistan trip, and it’s possible that the would-be bomber arrested in Georgia was found through that. It will be interesting to have his evidence added to what they already have. In any case, Brazile apparently knew about it. So did Schiff. Schiff, BTW, is also in danger of going to prison for other reasons.

        I hope all the unredacted documents will be coming soon so that it will not make it such an immediate need to get rid of Trump after they are released. And a new SCOTUS judge appointed. They really have reached a critical point where they must act.

        Military tribunals are rumored to be happening now and some are very nervous about that. There is a law (Ex parte Milligan) that military tribunals can be expanded during times that civilian courts are not operating. During the shut down, federal courts have also not been open. Perfect time to start more trials by tribunals.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ex_parte_Milligan

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    • I made this comment several years ago to a bunch of Antifa protesters. The just ridiculed me and used the shopworn claim that Venezuela is not using “true” socialism.

      Just check out the posts of trolls on any site–exemplars of the same closed minds and unwillingness to hear anything that does not align with their pre-conceived ideas. Not sure if there is any way to break through the bars that imprison these folks minds.

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  2. Publius2016 says:

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    • Publius2016 says:

      way MORE than 1 million!!!

      Remember, Colombia, Brazil, and USA…leave now Maduro…maybe Tehran will take you in…China won’t…

      Liked by 3 people

    • Bogeyfree says:

      If this was a conservative rally in the US the MSM would probably say there was a hundred or so people in attendance based on their vantage point.

      Liked by 8 people

      • G. Combs says:

        And carefully edited photos and film showing the ragtag outskirts of a massive rally.

        People keep saying we should ‘Protest’ My response is why bother?

        The Left is well aware that most Americans are NOT hard Left and are getting angrier every day. The Media WILL NOT COVER IT. And the Tea Party SHOWS how the elite deals with organized protests.

        The IRS Targeting of Catherine Engelbrecht [True the Vote] The IRS was only one of several departments to target the Engelbrechts.

        Tea Party Distinguished by Racial Views and Fear of the Future The carefully constructed poll used to call the Tea Party ‘Racist’ and thus discredit it, while the Astroturf Occupy Wall Street group sucked away middle of the road types.

        How We Killed the Tea Party Scam artists descend to setup ‘Funding’ for tea party candidates and then run off with the money.

        After the softening up, the Big Guns go after the Tea Party: Report: Chamber of Commerce to Spend $100 Million to Destroy Tea Party

        On the other hand the Elite did not kill the Tea Party and the revenge was the surprise election of President Trump.
        >>>>>>>>>>>>

        Doing real grassroots ‘redpilling’ educating friends and strangers and getting THEM to help educate others is your best method not ‘protests’

        I have been doing it for years, now people come to me for the real news.

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    • Cathy M. says:

      And reportedly, being shot at.

      I read that Pres Trump told Maduro to pound sand.

      Liked by 5 people

    • Petrel says:

      We have witnessed media over-reporting and under-reporting of mass gatherings — e.g. the 2017 Inauguration & the 2019 Right to Life March, on the Washington Mall.

      Is there some way of verifying that the NBC images of a million-person-march were taken on 1.23.19 ? A gathering of millions would require considerable advance planning and such could not happen a few hours after an early-morning coup.

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  3. Latina says:

    LOL, Trump Karma

    “Pence: Honduran President Says #Venezuela Funding Migrant Caravan”

    Liked by 9 people

  4. montanamel says:

    You never REALLY know, do you?
    Check-6

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  5. spoogels says:

    Obama and Soros won’t be happy

    They tore down and torched Hugo Chavez’s statue

    I hope Maduro gets the Ceaucescu treatment

    Proof that socialism does not work

    Liked by 10 people

  6. Timmy-the-Ute says:

    What will stop Hillary Clinton from declaring herself President and asking France and Germany to recognize it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Maquis says:

      Americans in the streets with weapons putting her down.

      Liked by 5 people

      • Justanelectrician says:

        Agreed, but I’d like to let it play out a little first, just to see who, besides Germany and France, needs to be broken.

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      • Paul Tibbets says:

        Yes do not kid yourself, the numbers of weapons in the hands of citizens here is a really problem for any such action.

        Keep in mind it only takes a very very small fraction of armed people to take down very powerful Nations and Governments. Think Vietnam.

        Force of arms falls to force of the will every time.

        Liked by 2 people

        • Daniel M. Camac says:

          Paul, Yeppir, and the Commies here don’t even have the luxury of hiding behind rice paddies or underground. Just read “MeKong First Light” by Joseph Callaway for a second time just to refreshen my memory and it wasn’t good. The book was good but the message was not. We need to crush this shit NOW!

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    • boogywstew says:

      Because nobody likes her?

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  7. Latina says:

    Venezuelan Protesters TORCH Socialist Party Headquarters — BURN DOWN CHAVEZ STATUE

    “But but but, we want to be like Sweden not Venezuela.”

    SWEDEN BOMBING CRISIS: Four Explosions in 24 Hours!

    LOL!

    Liked by 3 people

  8. thedoc00 says:

    The best thing that could happen now, is the Military to stay IN THEIR BARRACKS but make a public statement that the Military will not tolerate any outside forces entering the country, i.e. Cuban’s working China and Russia.

    The US should then announce they will support the Venezuelan Military after the Public statement.

    Liked by 3 people

    • armie says:

      Best move Guaido could make now is request immediate US humanitarian aid and make it directly available to the people. If supporting him is the key to eating and getting medical care, Maduro’s supporters will abandon him very quickly.

      Liked by 6 people

  9. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    Curious if the self-proclaimed “elections expert” verified crooked Maduro’s win last year? Paging Jimmy Carter, president Carter please top the front desk. Taking notes now that lines are quickly being drawn. The muslim dictator of Turkey, Erdogan, has sided with America’s enemy as usual.

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  10. David R. Graham says:

    Mexico is not listed among the countries immediately recognizing Guaido as Interim President. I did note that Pompeo said Guaido is proceeding per Venezuelan Constitution, referencing the section therein.

    Liked by 3 people

    • mimbler says:

      I saw elsewhere Mexico was supporting Maduro.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

        Yes, the new president, an admitted socialist, has sided with fellow commie to the south. That’s no surprise really. Time to declare Mexico an unfriendly nation and shut down the US southern border; at least temporarily.

        Liked by 9 people

      • David R. Graham says:

        I may be behind the times/announcements. Last I saw, Obrador spox says Mexico is maintaining traditional neutrality but not happy with Guaido and other governments’ recognition of a legitimacy to his claim to be Interim Pres. I may be behind the times.

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  11. Shop says:

    When will Little Marco, and all the others call for regime change in France. #Giletsjaunes have been protesting for now over 10 weeks, only to be met by Macron’s violence.

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    • Bogeyfree says:

      If the people of France see that with millions turning out in Venezuela are capable of kicking out their socialist leader then hopefully more French people will feel embolden to rally and push Macron out.

      Nationalism on the move across the globe thanks to PT!

      Liked by 6 people

  12. Latina says:

    Sundance is not just China and Russia. Read about Iran spreading their tentacles all over Latin America (Hezbolah)

    The area between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil is a hot bed for Iranian terrorists.

    That party is OVER!

    Liked by 3 people

  13. Latina says:

    “Keep in mind that China has invested hundreds of billions into Venezuela in an attempt to prop up the Maduro regime. Russia has also given Venezuela a lot of financial support.

    China currently owns 49% of PDVSA (Venezuela oil production) and receives reimbursement for the continued inbound cash flow via oil exports.”

    Checkmate!

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  14. Paul Tibbets says:

    I think asking donations from all American’s Physicians allied health care workers would be great gesture.
    Helping the people of Venezuela free themselves from the evils of socialism would be a very worthy cause.

    And let us never forget as well, many women in Venezuela are En Fuego! Like off the chart.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Grant says:

    Hey guys, check out this story from Juan Guaido: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Guaid%C3%B3

    His political party is actually center-left, but they supported some socialist issues. But it’s not like the party of Nicolás Maduro.

    So let’s hope this new guy doesn’t get too much political power like corruption and globalism. But we’ll see what happens.

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  16. tufro says:

    what is AMLO’s response on this? Or what will it be? I notice Mexico is conspicuously absent from Sundance’s list of countries offering support.

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  17. Curt says:

    I’m sorry but the people of Venezuela voted for Hugo Chavez and Socialism. We should stay out of their politics and…….. troubles. It won’t be long before they will be blaming their problems on the United States. There are just too darn many people in Venezuela, and in the United States, that believe whatever the MSM prints or says. Forget it!

    Liked by 3 people

    • Hmmm... says:

      This is a very valid point and is the same one that I felt applied to Ukraine and the guy that Obama overthrew. That being said my biggest issue with Obama’s moves in Ukraine and Syria were not necessarily the clear case of them being geopolitical moves but rather that they were easily foreseeable failures.

      In my opinion this could be a make or break moment for President Trump’s foreign policy as a civil war or some other catastrophe in Venezuela would render his foreign policy no different than Obama with Rubio replacing McCain as the meddling Senator. Failure is not a tolerable option.

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      • lanahi says:

        President Trump has supported Iranians who want to riot against their regime, and now he supports the people of Venezuela. That’s all he should do, IMO. It helps the Iranians and Venezuelans to know they have at least the emotional support from the US. We don’t have to do any more.
        We could withdraw our financial support from Honduras, Guatemala, etc, and give it to the new government under Guaido to help restore his country to economic stability instead, if he is indeed looking out for his people.

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    • mugzey302 says:

      Just like with the well-to-do Cubans who escaped and took over parts of Miami, the Venezuelans who escaped DEMAND that America free their country. Why didn’t they do something about it? Just as we face here, outside forces are at work with lots of $ and equipment/supplies. We know the CIA was messing around in Cuba and seems to be involved EVERYWHERE. Their budget needs to be shut down, their drug trade, gun trade ~ all of it. America can’t really speak to other countries with strength and honesty because dirty bas*ards like Brennan are undermining not only POTUS but also the administration of those countries.

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      • lanahi says:

        JFK said he wanted to get rid of the CIA and they likely killed him for it. That’s what happens when you have an unlimited budget and secrecy at the same time. They both created and destroyed whole governments regardless of the official policy of the United States. They are STILL trying to destroy our government under President Trump, even with Brennan out of his position. President Trump has been reported to want to dissolve the CIA and put it under Homeland Security instead. Of course, Homeland Security could also go rogue, but their budget is easier to oversee at least.

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  18. InAz says:

    Where is Sean Penn, Danny Glover and the other sniveling Communists who support Maduro, Cuba, China, Iran, etc. ?
    Not a word from these traitorous azz wipes.

    Liked by 4 people

  19. mashall says:

    Monroe Doctrine

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  20. sundance says:

    Liked by 2 people

    • ByrdDeplorable says:

      There is something in his face, in his eyes, that reminds me of Tommy Robinson. Is this the face of those of us who long for Truth and Freedom to prevail.

      Liked by 3 people

  21. jeff semda says:

    Looks like a few people there don’t believe in socialism. My guess is that they are racists.

    Liked by 4 people

  22. Enoughisenough says:

    The world looks to our POTUS for leadership. His recognition of the new president is huge.

    Liked by 7 people

  23. Latina says:

    Latinos are “woke”

    Translating:
    I hope you understand why it was fundamental that Trump won the election. His role was fundamental and will continue to be. US support is vital to dismantle the mafia. Obama or Hillary would be drinking coffee with Maduro.

    Juan C. Sosa Azpúrua

    Verified account

    @jcsosazpurua
    Follow Follow @jcsosazpurua

    En estos momentos, espero que entiendan el porqué era fundamental que @realDonaldTrump ganara presidencia de USA. Su rol ha sido fundamental y lo seguirá siendo. Es vital el apoyo de USA para desmantelar telaraña mafiosa. Un Obama, una Hillary, estarían tomando café con Maduro.
    1:56 PM – 23 Jan 2019 from Venezuela

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  24. Zorro says:

    “If regime change is successful in Venezuela there’s a likelihood all of the prior investments by China, Russia and Cuba could be worthless instantly”

    Damn Putin’s puppet!

    Liked by 4 people

  25. Latina says:

    Tons of people praising Trump in Latin America.

    They associate Obama and Hillary with Chavez and Maduro.

    #winning!

    Liked by 9 people

  26. Latina says:

    It’s WORKING! The world associates Democrats with Communism!!!!!!!

    Keep referring to Democrats as Marxists, Communists, Socialists, Progressives.

    BUT NEVER LIBERAL! NEVER EVER! LIBERAL IS LIBERTARIAN.

    A Liberal is pro individual liberty.

    Liked by 5 people

    • mr.piddles says:

      Classic Liberalism is dead for all intents. Taken over by a new breed of Radicals. Indoctrinated by the Old Breed Radicals. All under the noses of the “real” liberals… and everyone else. Scary.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Liberals are COMMUNITY TERRORISTS.

        The only question is how quickly the people discover their murderous mantra.

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        • G. Combs says:

          Liberal is a word STOLEN by the Commies here in the USA to HIDE THEIR TRUE NATURE! Just like they STOLE the Republicans support for black equality from the Civil War on.

          Many people now use the phrase ‘Classical Liberal’

          What Is Classical Liberalism? — Mises Institute
          “Classical liberalism” is the term used to designate the ideology advocating private property, an unhampered market economy, the rule of law, constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion and of the press, and international peace based on free trade.

          In Europe Liberal still means ‘Classical Liberal’ (or at least it did) which can be darn confusing!

          Oh and another Commie Word switch. Fascist ==> Third Way socialism. It was ‘invented’ by London School of Economics Director Giddens and heavily supported by UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bill Clinton.

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    • I have no idea where you got your last statement.

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  27. Zorro says:

    Best wishes to the people of Venezuela but please don’t give Pelosi any ideas of declaring herself president.

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  28. litlbit2 says:

    If they take your guns, you get two choices. Run or be carried!
    To old for the former not ready for the later.

    https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/raw-video-live-ammo-fired-into-protesters/

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  29. Latina says:

    Walid Phares

    Verified account

    @WalidPhares

    In 2018, Brazil kicked Iran out. Will #Venezuela kick Iran out in 2019?

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  30. Tiffthis says:

    If democrats in Cali start siding with maduro now, imma take my kids on the next flight outta here.

    Liked by 1 person

  31. Bendix says:

    Ladies, what do you think? Do we have ourselves another hottie?
    Not being shallow at all. Nope, not me.

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  32. Publius2016 says:

    in the morming, we see Maduro out…the number of people looking for capitalism and investment outnumber the socialists 10 to 1 now…Maduro, take the money and fly to Tehran Havana or Macau…

    Liked by 2 people

    • Sherri Young says:

      From what I hear, there are entirely too many people who have become welfare queens down there. One way to have better access to food is to be a Maduro communist activist. The dictator takes care of his friends.

      Too many are not very liberty-minded. That kind of attitude is going to put a drag on recovery.

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  33. Publius2016 says:

    Monroe Doctrine is MAGA! Crimea is already part of Russia Federation…China needs trade deal…Venezuela for Syria?

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  34. cripto says:

    I’ve been posting on the situation for the past two weeks (including posting today the wheels were coming off the situation).

    Expressed support or recognition of Maduro as president of Venezuela: – Bolivia – Cuba – Mexico – Russia – Turkey (Erdogan phoned Maduro).

    Recognising Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president: – US – Canada – Brazil – Paraguay – Colombia – Argentina – Peru – Ecuador – Costa Rica – Chile – Guatemala. EU Council, France and Panama and the chief of OAS.

    So far reported that 16 people have died.

    Columbia has 5000 troops on the border and this was tweeted. Not sure about it.

    Dan B
    @idannyb
    Follow
    #BREAKING An uncharted Russian plane (Gulfstream G550) has now landed in Venezuela. Maduro’s rule may soon be over. Screengrab via @flightradar24 pic.twitter.com/XGYuJVwkLv

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  35. cripto says:

    Russian interests are not just in oil; Recall this:

    “Russian media outlets are reporting that the Kremlin is planning to establish a forward outpost on the Venezuelan island of La Orchila in the Caribbean Sea and base nuclear-capable Tu-160 Blackjack bombers, two of which just wrapped up a recent deployment to the country, at the site. If true, this could help bolster the embattled regime of Venezuela’s dictatorial president Nicolás Maduro and would significantly change the strategic reality in the Western Hemisphere for the United States.

    Russian newspapers Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Kommersant both reported the possible basing deal on Dec. 12, 2018. Russia had sent a pair of Tu-160s to Venezuela on Dec. 10, 2018, and those bombers left the country on Dec. 14, 2018. This was the third visit by these type of aircraft to the Latin American country since 2008 and they conducted a 10-hour long-range patrol in the Caribbean for the first time ever during this trip.”

    http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/25570/venezuela-agreed-to-let-russia-set-up-a-bomber-outpost-on-this-carribean-island-reports

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  36. Some are saying that Columbia military support has been consequential in the timing of events in Venezuela. The Jan 18 terrorist bombing there, while attributed to “marxists” is apparently deemed to originate in Venezuela. Plus, Columbia (like Brazil) does not want more refugees. I’m hearing this from a source that knows Venezuelans that have (legally) immigrated to the USA.

    A war story from one of the Venezuelan (legal) immigrants–his father retired on a pension that at the time was worth $3000/month; now worth $25/month.

    Prayers needed for these folks so they can escape from corrupt government.

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  37. sundance says:

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  38. Sherri Young says:

    Oh, and in case there was any doubt of corruption:

    https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm583

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  39. Sherri Young says:

    Public utility service, including natural gas, has become spotty. People are reverting to using firewood as fuel for cooking.

    There are pics of young men jammed into the backs of open cargo trucks or even dump trucks. This is instead of using regular public transportation.

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  40. G. Combs says:

    Judith says: “Socialism always ends badly. That yellow brick road will eventually turn into a glass strewn, rat infested alley.”

    Heck, all you have to do is look at Nasty the Pig’s San Francisco… GROSS!
    (Oh and the Mayor is tossing a tantrum over President Trump’s Tweet about her city.)

    Used needles and human feces are found littering downtown San Francisco as infectious disease expert warns the area is becoming dirtier than some slums in India and Brazil
    h ttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5413551/Drug-needles-feces-line-streets-San-Francisco.html

    “A recent investigation found 100 drug needles and more than 300 piles of feces on a 153 block area of downtown San Francisco

    Infectious disease expert Dr Lee Riley told NBC Bay Area that the streets are getting dirtier than some slums in Brazil, Kenya and India… “

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  41. G. Combs says:

    Latina says:
    “Sundance is not just China and Russia. Read about Iran spreading their tentacles all over Latin America (Hezbolah)”
    >>>>>>>>>>>>

    Obama and Department of Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano as well as other DemonRats helped Hezbollah and the Mexican Drug Cartels make money to fund muslim terrorists by addicting and killing Americans.

    LONG comment with details starting HERE.

    Stories on Hezbollah in the Americas
    Politico: The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook

    Radical Islam makes inroads among Latin America’s Native peoples

    2009, Colombian authorities dismantled a network of narcotraffickers linked to Islamist terrorists. Funds derived from the narcotrafficking are believed to have been diverted to Hezbollah – an Islamist terror organization….

    The growth of Hezbollah is due to the strategic alliance reached by enemies of the United States. These are President Ahmadinejad of Iran and President Chavez of Venezuela. The latter has expressed support for the Shiite Muslims in Iran and Syria and allows them free sway in Venezuela – an important source of petroleum to the U.S. The Venezuelan government owns CITGO, a network of gasoline stations and refineries in the U.S.

    Islam has shown growth in Latin America, once a monolith of the Catholic faith. For example, the Wayuu Guajira people of Venezuela and Colombians– native Americans who live in the tropical forests – have provided numerous converts to Islam over the last decade and some of them are declared jihadis – warriors for Islam. Efforts to convert native peoples to Islam have been fostered by Iran with investments of money and other resources. Wayuu Guajira Indians are the largest indigenous group in Venezuela and Colombia (about 135,000 in Colombia and 170,000 in Venezuela). On October 23, 2006, the police in the Venezuelan capital found two explosive devices near the American Embassy….
    http://www.speroforum.com/a/27754/Radical-Islam-makes-inroads-among-Latin-Americas-Native-peoples#.UbhU9LARhoA

    Hezbollah Terrorists On Our Southern Border

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  42. hippielouie says:

    WW GREAT AWAKENING-Q
    Thousands of people gathering in Madrid, Spain, to support the protesters in Venezuela.

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  43. jeans2nd says:

    The EU has also officially recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s president.
    Today Venezuela, tomorrow Iran? One may only pray.

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  44. MrTuvok says:

    CTH’s support of US meddling in Venezuela on the grounds that Maduro is a “dictator” diminishes the value of an otherwise great blog on Trump’s presidency. It diminishes the value in the sense that it lays bare a blind spot in your view of Trump’s foreign policy. It seems your support for Trump makes you blind to the fact that Trump here follows the same pattern of interventionism like his predecessors because Venezuela has chosen not to be a Washington puppet. You also discount Maduro’s considerable popular support throughout these years of considerable hardships. You can disagree with Maduro’s politics, of course, but why cheer on the predators’ circling of their prey?

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    • railer says:

      This is a portion of a valid point. I’d rather not make an intervention into Venezuela, and so far Trump hasn’t done this. Wall Street has isolated them, and that’s not Trump. It’s investors, and China and Russia and perhaps others are working to counter Wall Street by pumping cash into Venezuela. This is fine too, and basically legitimizes whatever Wall Street is doing, so in effect nobody in the US is making an “intervention” there.

      The real problem is, Maduro’s gang appears to be using food as a weapon. Inevitably, countries around the world will turn on Maduro over that, including the US. That’s what we’re seeing. The streets will be full of people as long as this is the case. Maduro has to make some real movement, to call off the dogs.

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