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Caracas (AFP) - President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday that remarks by US Secretary of State John Kerry on the unrest in Venezuela gave violent groups a "green light" to carry out attacks.

In a tweet, Maduro also slammed the remarks made by Kerry late Friday as "arrogant" and "insolent."

"John Kerry threatens Venezuela with more violence, with his statements gives the green light to violent groups to attack our people," Maduro wrote.

The top US diplomat on Friday condemned Venezuela's "unacceptable" use of force against anti-government protesters, and declined to respond to a call from Caracas for bilateral talks.

"The government's use of force and judicial intimidation against citizens and political figures, who are exercising a legitimate right to protest, is unacceptable and will only increase the likelihood of violence," Kerry said.

At least nine people have been killed, 104 injured and 137 arrested in weeks of anti-government street demonstrations in Caracas and other major cities that begin peacefully but have often turned violent.

Pro-government "collectives" have been blamed for attacking demonstrators, who are seen as the biggest test to Maduro since he succeeded leftist icon Hugo Chavez last year.

Maduro, who denies any links to the armed groups, says the protests are part of a "coup d'etat in development" instigated by Washington and conservative ex-Colombian president Alvaro Uribe
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Believe me, I'm no fan of Kerry's, but this is beyond ridiculous. Maduro blaming his mess on Kerry shows what lengths these dictators will go to try and spin their ineptness.
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Maduro huffin' anna puffin'...

Venezuela congress going ahead despite 'imperial' threat: Maduro
July 23, 2017 - Defying pressure from abroad and at home, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday that a controversial election would go ahead next weekend for a new congress his foes fear will institutionalize dictatorship.
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Defying pressure from abroad and at home, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday that a controversial election would go ahead next weekend for a new congress his foes fear will institutionalize dictatorship.[ "The imperial right wing believes it can give orders to Venezuela, the only ones who give orders here are the people," Maduro said in reference to a threat from U.S. President Donald Trump to impose economic sanctions if the vote is not aborted. "This time next week Venezuelans will vote for a Constituent Assembly," the leftist leader added in his weekly TV program.

Venezuela's opposition has been protesting in the streets since April against the unpopular Maduro whom they accuse of wrecking the OPEC nation's economy and crushing democracy. Opponents are boycotting the Constituent Assembly vote, which they see as a farce designed to ensure a majority for a government with minority popular support, and demanding instead conventional free elections including for a new president.

The European Union and major Latin American nations have also stated their opposition to the constituent body, which will have power to rewrite Venezuela's 1999 constitution and override other institutions. "We need the support of other democracies to avoid turning into another Cuba," said Julio Borges, who leads the opposition-led National Assembly legislature that officials say will be replaced by Maduro's new constituent body. Opposition leaders are planning a week of protests, including a two-day national strike on Wednesday and Thursday, to try to force Maduro's hand. He says they are "terrorists" working for Washington to try to control Venezuela's oil.

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Declining Oil Output Increases Economic Pressure on Maduro Regime
September 27, 2017 – The Venezuelan government, dependent upon cash-for-oil loans from China and Russia, is facing a decline in domestic oil production and a bleak outlook for the future of its state-owned oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA).
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The situation is so dire that Venezuela is importing light crude oil from the U.S. because Venezuela’s refineries can’t process the country’s own heavier crude, according to Miriam Grunstein, chief energy counsel at Brilliant Energy Consulting and a nonresident scholar at the Baker Institute Mexico Center. The state oil company’s future, she told CNSNews.com, looks “very bad.” Its revenues are “not sufficient to prop up any government” in Venezuela, including the regime of President Nicholas Maduro. “The national oil company has no liquidity and service companies haven’t been paid. They are importing oil from the U.S. which is absolutely scandalous.”

The country’s oil production has dropped 8.5 percent from October of 2016 to July of this year, according to the economic indicators tracking website Trading Economics. Venezuelan oil exports to the U.S. are also on the decline. Venezuela is the third largest supplier of oil to the U.S. (eight percent) after Canada (38 percent) and Saudi Arabia (11 percent), according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The U.S. imported 291.4 million barrels of Venezuelan oil in 2016, down from 351.2 million barrels in 2012 and 496.6 million barrels in 2007. Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft is providing a “critical lifeline” to the Maduro regime with “outstanding loans of $6 billion” in exchange for pre-payments on oil, according to Harold Trinkunas, senior research scholar at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Testifying at a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing earlier this month, Trinkunas said the Maduro regime was forced to hold a “fire sale” of state-owned oil assets this year to “guarantee a $1.5 billion loan from Rosneft,” needed to pay government debts. Another key backer of the Maduro regime, China, is having its own problems with Venezuela’s declining oil output. “Venezuela has been one of the largest recipients of Chinese policy bank loans, up to $60 billion since 2007 in exchange for guaranteed deliveries of approximately 500,000 barrels of crude oil per day,” Trinkunas told the panel. China, however, has been forced to agree to a moratorium on Venezuela’s debt repayments through next January as a result of Venezuela’s economic crisis and slipping oil production. Trinkunas blamed “corruption, poor maintenance, under-investment,” as well as “incompetent leadership” at PDVSA for the decline in the country’s oil output.

Another key backer of the Maduro regime, Cuba, is feeling the pinch, too, Trinkunas told the hearing. “The Cuba-Venezuela economic relationship has diminished as the world price of oil has dropped. Venezuela is now less able to continue subsidizing Cuba’s imports due to its declining oil production.” Meanwhile Iran, a strong ally of Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez, has reduced its involvement with Venezuela’s government. Cooperation between the two nations has declined as they find themselves in competition on world oil markets, Trinkunas said. He said Iran has resisted pleas by the Maduro regime to lower its oil output to tighten world oil supplies and increase prices. According to R. Evan Ellis, senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Maduro regime’s fate is now tied to China more than to any other foreign ally. The “long-term viability of the Venezuelan regime,” Ellis said in testimony before the subcommittee, depends upon “the work performed by Chinese companies in sectors such as petroleum, construction, and energy.”

Without China’s support, Venezuela would be unable to continue to pump oil from its oilfields. And Venezuela’s national oil company is three months behind on oil deliveries to both China and Russia. The Maduro regime is also making it difficult for Chinese companies operating in Venezuela to submit their invoices to China’s banks in order to get paid, Ellis testified. He also warned the committee that Venezuela has been “exporting military weapons to black markets throughout the world.” Since 2008, he said, Russia has sold the Venezuelan government between 2,000 and 5,000 portable anti-aircraft missiles. Those missiles “could present a significant threat to civil aviation if they fell into the hands of terrorists,” Ellis said.

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Oh my, Venezuela nationalized their oil industry in the public interest , it has turned out to be a disaster. Universal healthcare advocates want to pursue the same policy of nationalization in the US but promise by some miracle very different results.
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Didn't Obama hold up Venezuela as this big success story or am I dreaming.
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Didn't Obama hold up Venezuela as this big success story or am I dreaming.
things were good but the underlying economy was based on oil with rules favoring US and other powerful nations.
the fact Venezuela went all-in socialist is because of the corruption of the system in place that claimed to be democratic but was more of a capitalist oligarchy.
we would do well to heed those warnings against allowing powerful oil and other big money interests to influence so much of our society here.
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Venezuela's Maduro Offers to Help Trump Fight Drugs
Saturday 18th November, 2017 | Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whose top political allies have been accused by Washington of dealing in illegal narcotics, on Friday offered to help U.S. President Donald Trump in fighting the drug trade.
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Top Venezuelan officials including Vice President Tareck El Aissami and Interior Minister Nestor Reverol have been blacklisted by the U.S. Treasury on allegations they have helped move drugs from neighboring Colombia into North America. Venezuela';s Vice President Tareck El Aissami talks to the media during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Nov. 17, 2017.

Maduro calls those charges a smear campaign, and insists that the United States must do more to reduce drug consumption. 'President Trump, if you really want to fight drug trafficking that has destroyed U.S. youth and filled the country with drugs from Colombia, you have an ally in me,' Maduro said in a televised broadcast. 'Come find out about our experience, we can join forces.'


He did not provide further details. Maduro has repeatedly excoriated Trump for sanctions against Venezuela, which range from restrictions on U.S. banks buying newly issued debt to barring American citizens from having any dealings with specific individuals in his government.

The Trump administration slammed Maduro's decision to create an all-powerful legislature called the Constituent Assembly in August. The opposition and the international community decried that move as the consolidation of a dictatorship. Maduro, who is himself under U.S. sanction, has in the past requested meetings with Trump. The White House responded to one such entreaty this year by saying it will meet with Venezuela's president when the country returns to democracy.

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