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The major focus in recent days, with regard to civil unrest, has been Ukraine. And that is understandable enough. After all, it appears to represent an attempt by Vladimir Putin to impose his will upon a neighbor, and thereby begin to reconstitute the former Soviet Union.

Still, it should not go unnoticed that what has been happening in Venezuela lately has also been shocking to the conscience. Venezuela's current president, Nicolás Maduro, is a thug--one almost wishes for the halcyon days of the late Hugo Chavez again (I never thought I would say that!)--who has no compunctions about quelling the protests by having their participants killed.

Here is a story about one of those people--a beauty contestant--who was shot and killed during a recent protest: Genesis Carmona : The Two-Way : NPR
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This is scary because we will probably get involved if we haven't already and it is in our hemisphere.
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Update: A portion of Ukraine has now officially declared its independence, entirely severing ties with the Ukrainian central government.

From International Business Times:

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Ukraine's western region of Lviv has reportedly declared independence from the central government.

Hours after protesters seized the prosecutor's office in central Lviv and forced a surrender by interior ministry police, the executive committee of the region council - also called the People's Rada – claimed control over the region. ...

The region, which is traditionally hostile to the easterner Yanukovich and favours closer ties with the European Union, has a population of 2.5 million.
Here is the link: Ukraine Facing Civil War: Lviv Declares Independence from Yanukovich Rule
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Update: A portion of Ukraine has now officially declared its independence, entirely severing ties with the Ukrainian central government.

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Here is the link: Ukraine Facing Civil War: Lviv Declares Independence from Yanukovich Rule
I hope it goes well with them. At least maybe Russia won't start bombing till after the international aesthetes leave Russia. I hope anyway.
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sadly this is current

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Unfortunately in Venezuela, Facebook and a lot of things are blocked but I guess there's still the old cell phone and if you can email someone back in the states...



twitter #Venezuela


Everything You Need To Know About The Uprising In Venezuela

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro threatened to throw @CNN out of the country for "war propaganda.
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Where is our beloved President on the Venezuelan unrest? Same place he was when millions of Iranians poured into the streets protesting their country's dictatorial theocracy, demogoging on domestic issues and playing golf. At the heart of the Venezuelan unrest is a failed economy run aground by an imperial leader with a pen and a phone. Sound familiar?
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UPDATE:

Venezuelan chaos Takes Psychological Toll on Children...

Venezuela's Unrest, Food Scarcity Take Psychological Toll on Children
October 05, 2017 — Venezuelan siblings Jeremias, 8, and Victoria, 3, were in their pajamas and preparing to go to bed when a tear gas canister smashed through their family's kitchen window in early July.
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National Guard soldiers were pelting the building in this highland town near Caracas with tear gas canisters as they searched for opposition activists who had been protesting unpopular President Nicolas Maduro for over three months. Amid screams and insults from neighbors, soldiers stormed the building and arrested dozens of youths, according to the children's mother, Gabriela. Gabriela and her husband, Yorth, hid the kids in their bedroom closet as the apartment filled with thick gas after seven canisters crashed in. The guards did not enter their apartment, but the family was unable to sleep that night and the apartment reeked for days. After that, the kids changed.


Yennifer Padron kisses her baby in her house at Petare slum in Caracas, Venezuela

Jeremias cried and begged to leave Venezuela. His younger sister, previously not even scared of the dark, was terrified every time she heard a loud sound — an object falling, a truck, or thunder. "She would say, 'The soldiers are attacking us' and cry," said Gabriela, 30, a nurse by training. "That was the trigger for us that we had to get the kids out of here, otherwise it would be even worse for them psychologically." A month after the incident, the family sold what it could, packed three suitcases, and left Venezuela by bus with around $250 in their pocket, joining droves fleeing the country. Out of fear of reprisals, Gabriela asked that their surname and country of residence not be published. Her children's case highlights the lasting psychological toll the OPEC nation's economic and political crisis is having on its youngsters.

Spiraling into chaos

Venezuela, home to the world's largest crude oil reserves, has spiraled deeper into chaos in recent years as Maduro — the narrowly-elected successor of leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez — has cracked down harder on the opposition amid a painful recession blamed by economists on his socialist government's interventionist policies. Recently, months of protests demanding early elections interrupted schools, leaving kids holed up at home or exposed to violence. A crippling recession has spawned shortages of products like milk and diapers, while rapid inflation means toys or school uniforms are unaffordable for poor families. There is no recent data examining the psychological effects of the deprivations on children, but teachers, psychologists, rights activists and two dozen parents interviewed by Reuters suggest it could have a heavy toll. "From a young age, children are being Maduro blames the opposition for traumatizing children and others via protests that often turned violent, with hooded demonstrators throwing stones and Molotov cocktails.


One of Yennifer Padron and Victor Cordova's daughters touches hot water in a pot in the house where they live at Petare slum in Caracas, Venezuela

He says his government, which did not respond to a request for comment, has done more for children than previous administrations, pointing to youth orchestras, sports programs and vacation camps. 'Mommy, when is the food box coming?' to think about survival," said psychologist Abel Saraiba at Caracas-based child protection organization Cecodap. He said around half of his 50 patients have symptoms linked to the crisis. Children are more prone to anxiety, aggression and depression, and could also struggle to relate with peers because they see the outside world as hostile. That could be another hurdle in Venezuela's eventual reconstruction. Maduro blames the opposition for traumatizing children and others via protests that often turned violent, with hooded demonstrators throwing stones and Molotov cocktails. He says his government, which did not respond to a request for comment, has done more for children than previous administrations, pointing to youth orchestras, sports programs and vacation camps.

'Mommy, when is the food box coming?'
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Looks like Venezuela just lost freedom of the press...

Venezuela Constituent Assembly Cracks Down On Media
November 8, 2017 - Human rights groups say President Nicolas Maduro's autocratic government aims to stifle dissent in both broadcasting and social platforms.
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Venezuela's Constituent Assembly has approved a law its authors say would punish messages of hate in broadcast and social media with penalties reaching 20 years in prison. The new law comes in a period of rising political tensions over the rule of socialist President Nicolas Maduro. The Assembly, created by Maduro in July and mainly composed of his supporters, bans any message transmitted through radio, television or social media that instigates hate. The new law is designed to encourage "broadcast message aimed at promoting peace, tolerance, equality and respect," according to the legislation, as quoted by the Associated Press.

The president of the Constituent Assembly, Delcy Rodriguez, said the law is designed to counter extremist sectors of Venezuela's right-wing opposition groups. The law also prohibits opposition political parties that don't comply with the Assembly's anti-hate law from registering with the government-dominated National Electoral Council.


Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace, in Caracas, Venezuela

As NPR's Philip Reeves reports: "Venezuela's opposition parties are in disarray. President Nicolas Maduro now seems to be capitalizing on their weakness with a law stifling dissent. It was passed by the Constituent Assembly that Maduro and his ruling social party recently created, and which they control. The law bans ... material on the airwaves, or via social media, that's deemed to incite hatred or violence. Social media operators must immediately pull posts defined as illegal, it says. Violators face ten to twenty years in prison. ... Many countries, including the U.S., don't recognise Venezuela's Constituent Assembly and will see this crackdown as an attempt to consolidate a dictatorship."

A spokesman for the New York-based Human Rights Watch, Jose Miguel Vivanco, said in a tweet, "The law passed today sinks Venezuela deeper into Maduro's tyrannical regime. But nobody should be surprised that Maduro's autocratic circus went this far: the mafia that governs Venezuela has shown too many times that it is willing to go as far as necessary to crackdown on dissent." Maduro already has accused some private media outlets of conspiring against him by covering anti-government demonstrations. He blocked Colombian networks Caracol and RNC earlier this year and pulled CNN en Espanol off the air in Venezuela, according to Bloomberg.

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Venezuelan power company in default...

Venezuelan Debt Crisis Widens, With Power Company in Default
NOV. 10, 2017 - Venezuela showed new signs of a financial unraveling on Friday, as the state electricity company was declared in default.
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The announcement of the country’s first bond default came three days before the government was to begin talks with investors to refinance and restructure more than half of its $120 billion in debt. “This is the first drizzle in a huge thunderstorm,” said Jose L. Valera, an international energy lawyer in the Houston office of the Mayer Brown law firm. “The whole country of Venezuela is bankrupt.” The electricity company, Corpoelec, based in Caracas, was unable to make a $28 million payment on a $650 million bond. The bond was originally issued by Electricidad de Caracas before it was nationalized as a Corpoelec subsidiary a decade ago.

The default was announced in a notice by Wilmington Trust after bondholders complained that they had not received payment on a coupon that was due on Oct. 10 but had a grace period that ended on Thursday. Venezuela and its state-owned enterprises — including the oil company Petróleos de Venezuela, known as Pdvsa — have missed roughly $350 million in interest payments over the last month. The grace period on many of them will end in the next few days. “There are going to be so many different debtors from the sovereign to these different state-owned companies,” Mr. Valera said, “and they are all going to be defaulting at the same time.”


Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro spoke in Caracas last month. His country’s debt problems intensified on Friday.

President Nicolás Maduro announced last week that the government would refinance and restructure $63 billion in bonds, and invited investors to meet with a government committee led by his vice president. It is uncertain how many investors will take part, since United States sanctions restrict any negotiation or purchases of new bonds by American-regulated financial institutions. Monday could be a decisive day in Venezuela’s credit crisis.

While President Maduro’s committee will offer restructuring proposals, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, a panel formed by the derivatives industry, will meet to discuss the Venezuelan debt situation. The panel will discuss whether late and partial payments of $1.2 billion due last week from Pdvsa constituted a “credit event” that could prompt bondholders to organize to seek payment. The creditors could pursue legal action to confiscate Venezuelan assets abroad, such as oil tankers or even refineries owned by the Pdvsa subsidiary Citgo.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/10/b...d-default.html
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