Tag Archives: Nicolas Maduro

Erik Prince In Hot Water Over Venezuela Outreach

The Associated Press reports: Erik Prince, a major Republican donor and founder of controversial security firm Blackwater, has been referred to the U.S. Treasury Department for possible sanctions violations tied to his recent trip to Venezuela for a meeting with a top aide of President Nicolas Maduro, two senior U.S. officials said. There’s no indication that Prince, whose sister is …

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Erik Prince Held Secret Talks With Maduro Regime

Reuters reports: Erik Prince, the controversial private security executive and prominent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, made a secret visit to Venezuela last month and met Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, one of socialist leader Nicolas Maduro’s closest and most outspoken allies, according to five sources familiar with the matter. The visit, described by one source as “outreach” by Prince …

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Giuliani Was Part Of Shadow Effort To Oust Maduro

The Washington Post reports: The international call came in September 2018, after months of rising tension between the United States and Venezuela, a key strategic player in South America. On one end of the line was Venezuela’s socialist president, the pariah leader of a disintegrating economy whom President Trump’s administration was seeking to isolate. On the other end: the U.S. …

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US Official: Mike Pence To Offer “Carrots” To Venezuela Military In Attempt To Spawn Uprising Against Maduro

Reuters reports: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is set on Tuesday to offer new incentives to Venezuela’s military to turn against President Nicolas Maduro, responding to an attempted uprising that fizzled out last week, a senior administration official told Reuters. Maduro – who has said Guaido is a puppet of Washington – has sought to show that the military remains …

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Trump Seeks Ways To Finance Venezuela Opposition

CNN reports: The Trump administration is looking for ways to financially bolster Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has been recognized by the US as the country’s interim president, with an influx of cash, which could involve freeing up frozen assets or loans. The initiative is meant to help Guaido pay Venezuelan military and government workers, three US officials have …

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Maduro Regime Yanks CNN Off The Air Amid Uprising

CNN reports: CNN has been taken off the air in Venezuela by the government. DirecTV, Net Uno, Intercable, and Telefónica all received orders from Venezuela’s government regulator Conatel to block CNN. CNN en Español was blocked in Venezuela in 2017. CNN obtained a video that appears to show the exact moment it was taken off the air by the Venezuela …

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US “Fully Supports” Venezuela Military Coup Attempt

Axios reports: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó posted a video to Twitter on Tuesday calling for a military uprising while surrounded by soldiers and a detained activist, per the AP. Guaidó’s stance against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has so far been relatively peaceful, but Tuesday’s video marks a significant escalation in his strategy — which the Trump administration “fully supports,” …

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VENEZUELA: Military Coup Attempt Underway [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido [photo] has taken to the streets with detained activist Leopoldo Lopez and a small contingent of heavily armed soldiers in a military uprising. “This is the moment of all Venezuelans, those in uniform and those who aren’t,” said Lopez in his first public appearance since being detained in 2014 for leading …

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Robertson: The US Should Kill Maduro With A Drone

“It’s time for action and the OAS, the Organization of American States, needs to come together. We have very effective drones. We have what they call Hellfire missiles that can be fired from drones and I believe its time to give Mr. Maduro a little taste of what he’s been doing to the opposition.” – Pat Robertson, openly calling for …

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Trump Threatens Russia Over Troops In Venezuela

Reuters reports: U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Russia to pull its troops from Venezuela and said that “all options” were open to make that happen. The arrival of two Russian air  force planes outside Caracas on Saturday believed to be carrying nearly 100 Russian special forces and cybersecurity personnel has escalated the political crisis in Venezuela. “Russia …

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Venezuela Blames US For Another Nationwide Blackout

Bloomberg reports: A second blackout in less than a week occurred in Venezuela on Wednesday, leaving the vast majority of the country’s residents without internet connections or other electrical needs. A graph tracking disruptions to the country’s internet connectivity by NetBlocks.org showed about 91 percent of the country offline just before 6:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, the worst outage the …

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Fox Host Calls On CIA To Overthrow Maduro [VIDEO]

“Earlier this week John Bolton on this program said all options on the table when it comes to getting [Nicolás] Maduro out. Should we use the CIA? I realize I’m going back to the late 1950s or something. But I mean why not? Why not? The guy is a corrupt socialist dictator. He’s killing his own people in the street. …

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VENEZUELA: US To Withdraw All Diplomats As Situation “Deteriorates” With Blackouts And Water Shortages

ABC News reports: The U.S. is withdrawing its remaining diplomatic personnel from the embassy in Venezuela, citing the “deteriorating situation” given days of blackouts, increased water shortages, and the threat of further protests. The decision also comes amid growing concern that American diplomats could become a pawn in the battle with President Nicolas Maduro as the U.S. tries to push …

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VENEZUELA: Nicolas Maduro Blames US Sabotage As Nationwide Power Outages Enter Fifth Day [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: Furious Venezuelans lined up to buy water and fuel on Sunday as the country endured a fourth day of a nationwide blackout that has left already-scarce food rotting in shops, homes suffering for lack of water and cell phones without reception. Authorities have managed to provide only patchy access to power since the outage began on Thursday in …

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Brazil To US: You Can’t Invade Venezuela From Here

Reuters reports: Brazil’s vice president, retired general Hamilton Mourão, said on Monday that under no circumstances would his country allow the United States to intervene militarily in Venezuela from Brazilian territory. In an interview with Globo News cable channel, Mourão said Brazil will do all it can to avoid a conflict with neighboring Venezuela. He spoke from Bogotá, where he …

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Pence Unveils New Sanctions On Venezuela, Money For Opposition, Threatens US Military Intervention [VIDEO]

Agence France-Press reports: The Trump administration on Monday announced new sanctions on allies of Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro and financial assistance to his opponent Juan Guaido as an effort to deliver humanitarian aid to the economically devastated nation faltered amid strong resistance from security forces who remain loyal to the socialist leader. Vice President Mike Pence arrived in the Colombian capital …

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Venezuela Orders Closure Of Border With Brazil

The Associated Press reports: Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro is ordering the border with Brazil closed as opposition leaders plan to bring in foreign humanitarian aid from neighboring nations. Maduro said on state television Thursday he’s also considering a closure of Venezuela’s border with Colombia. Opposition leaders say they plan to mount caravans to bring aid into Venezuela from Colombia and …

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Trump: Sending Troops To Venezuela Is An “Option”

Reuters reports: U.S. President Donald Trump said that sending the military to Venezuela was “an option” and that he had turned down President Nicolás Maduro’s request for a meeting. “Certainly it’s something that’s on the – it’s an option,” Trump said in an interview broadcast on Sunday on the CBS “Face the Nation” program. “Well he has requested a meeting …

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US Imposes Sanctions On Venezuela’s State Oil Giant

The Wall Street Journal reports: The U.S. imposed sanctions against Venezuela’s state-oil giant Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. on Monday in an effort to cripple President Nicolás Maduro’s government and empower an opposition leader. President Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton said the actions will block $7 billion in assets and cost the country $11 billion in lost exports during the …

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VENEZUELA: Kremlin Beefs Up Security For Maduro

Reuters reports: Private military contractors who do secret missions for Russia flew into Venezuela in the past few days to beef up security for President Nicolas Maduro in the face of U.S.-backed opposition protests, according to two people close to them. Russia, which has backed Maduro’s socialist government to the tune of billions of dollars, this week promised to stand …

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