Venezuela’s government criticized Canada’s Friday announcement of targeted sanctions against 40 of its senior officials, accusing Ottawa of “submission” to U.S. President Donald Trump in a bid to overthrow the South American country’s leftist administration.
Two of the most prominent targets of Donald Trump’s maiden UN speech, Iran and Venezuela, have responded to the US president’s condemnations with some of their own, arguing that Washington continues to be a destabilizing influence.
“Trump’s shameless and ignorant remarks, in which he ignored Iran’s fight against terrorism, display his lack of knowledge and unawareness,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, according to the official Fars news agency.
Trump called Iran a “depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos,” saying that it funds “terrorists that kill innocent Muslims and attack their peaceful Arab and Israeli neighbors” and uses its oil wealth to “shore up Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship, fuel Yemen’s civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East.”
In turn, Zarif accused Washington of supporting “tyrannical regimes” in the region, and “the criminal Zionist state.”
The president urged crisis-hit Venezuelans to breed rabbits and eat them as a source of animal protein.
Zoo animals are being stolen from parks in western Venezuela and police believe they are being snatched to be eaten by the starving local population.
A wave of animal thefts in city of Maracaibo near the Colombian border – including tapirs and a buffalo – have been linked to the chronic food shortages in Venezuela
Most recently, two collared peccaries, similar in appearance to boars, were stolen over the weekend, local police say.
CIA director Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that Venezuela could become a “risk” to the US if chaos continues to roil the South American country.
“The Cubans are there; the Russians are there, the Iranians, Hezbollah are there,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” “This is something that has a risk of getting to a very, very bad place, so America needs to take this very seriously.”
Our glitterati’s favorite socialist paradise has, like so many similar experiments, become a murderous den of oppression and privation.
Venezuela’s self-destruction has embarrassed more celebrities than has National Enquirer. Our glitterati’s favorite socialist paradise has, like so many similar experiments, become a murderous den of oppression and privation, and none will speak on its behalf. However, Venezuela’s collapse has dashed fantasies far older and more sincere than Sean Penn’s.
Maduro consults socialist vegetable.
President Trump refused to take a phone call from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Friday, and said he will not speak with the socialist leader until “democracy is restored in that country.”
A leading member of the Venezuelan government says arrests have been made after soldiers apparently tried to launch an uprising against President Maduro.
The ruling Socialist Party’s deputy leader, Diosdado Cabello, called it a “terrorist attack” on Twitter.
It happened in Valencia in Carabobo state in the country’s north-west.
A video circulated on social media of a uniformed group calling themselves the 41st Brigade.
In London’s posh South Kensington on Sunday afternoon I witnessed anti and pro-Venezuelan government protests form outside the Venezuelan embassy. On the pro-government side stood British socialists living in a fairyland defending Venezuela’s slide to totalitarianism. On the anti-government side, Venezuelans whose family members are literally starving.
Turnout figures in Venezuela’s constituent assembly election were manipulated by at least 1m votes, according to a company that has worked with the country on its voting system since 2004.
“We know, without any doubt, that the turnout of the recent election for a national constituent assembly was manipulated,” Antonio Mugica, the chief executive of Smartmatic, said in London.
Mugica said Smartmatic, which has provided electronic voting technology for elections around the world, was able to detect the overstated officially announced turnout because of Venezuela’s automated election system.
“We estimate the difference between the actual participation and the one announced by authorities is at least 1m votes,” he said.
PM Useful Idiot was too busy mincing about to comment.
The Liberal government denounced Sunday’s vote for a new legislative superbody in Venezuela that gives President Nicolas Maduro sweeping powers to reshape the country’s political system but will not follow the Trump administration in imposing sanctions against the Venezuelan president, a government official said Monday.
Venezuelan opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma have been taken from their homes, where they were serving house arrest, family members said on Tuesday, adding that President Nicolas Maduro was responsible for their fates.
The socialist government of Venezuela has declared its election Sunday to create a parallel legislature to rewrite the constitution a popular success, despite reports of low turnout and at least 13 dead in clashes between protesters and the military.
As of press time Sunday night, the state-run Venezuelan network VTV’s top story on its website declared that the election for the “constituents’ assembly,” a fabricated lawmaking body meant to usurp the power of the democratically-elected National Assembly, a success.
With opposition parties boycotting what they call a rigged election, Reuters reports the streets of Caracas were deserted on Sunday as a minority of Venezuelans trickled to the polls to elect a constitutional super-body that unpopular leftist President Maduro vowed would begin a new era of combat in the crisis-stricken nation. That is good news as, following the death of two people yesterday, shortly after a large group of motorbikes sped through the city, and explosion hit, reportedly injuring a number of police officers.
Streets were deserted on Sunday as a minority of Venezuelans trickled to the polls to elect a constitutional super-body that unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro vowed would begin a new era of combat in the crisis-stricken nation.