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UN criticise sanctions.

The UN's human rights chief has criticised the latest US sanctions against Venezuela saying they would intensify the suffering of millions.

Michelle Bachelet, a former president of Chile, said the sanctions were "extremely broad" and would hit the most vulnerable sections of society.
The unilateral measures freeze all Venezuelan government assets in the US and ban commercial transactions. They are aimed at piling pressure on President Nicolás Maduro to step down.

"I am deeply worried about the potentially severe impact on the human rights of the people of Venezuela of the new set of unilateral sanctions imposed by the US this week," the UN human rights commissioner said in a statement.
"The sanctions are extremely broad and fail to contain sufficient measures to mitigate their impact on the most vulnerable sectors of the population."

Despite some exceptions for sales linked to food, clothing and medicine, she said the measures were "still likely to significantly exacerbate the crisis for millions of ordinary Venezuelans".

Ms Bachelet has raised concern about the consequences of previous US sanctions against Venezuela. She has also criticised Mr Maduro's government, mainly over its ill-treatment of opponents.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-49287899
 

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a) Five minutes’ Googling fails to reveal any publication of this incident anywhere other than on antiwar.com and other sites reprinting antiwar.com

b) The source of this info is solely an announcement from the Venezuelan government.

c) The “foodstuff” mentioned is “soy cakes”. l wasn’t aware that these formed a part of the Venezuelan diet.

d) Wikipedia suggests that, globally, 98% of soy meal is used as animal food.

In short, this story reeks.

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Soy is used in the manufacture of many foods. But more important is the veracity or otherwise of the story. I can't find any sources other than those relying on the original statement. I will watch out for any independent back up.
 

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Alleged coup attempt by US mercenaries?

Venezuelan government has arrested two American citizens alleged to have been attempting an invasion, has described them as mercenaries.
Other men arrested, nationalities unknown at present.

All looks a bit "Mark Thatcher!"

Venezuela: Two US citizens arrested after beach invasion aimed at capturing Nicolas Maduro, says regime
President says 13 'terrorists' have been detained following the raid and has mobilised 25,000 troops to fight in invasion attempt

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/20...zens-arrested-beach-invasion-aimed-capturing/
 

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I posted this in 2019, referring to a radio broadcast of (around, it may have been earlier) 2008/9:

Apropos of the thread's theme, I recall a BBC R4 documentary from at least 10 years ago (it might have been 'Correspondents Look Ahead'?) where a journalist opined that the US was sizing up Syria, Libya and Venezuela for future régime change (and lots of lovely oil). I think he placed Iran as an outsider but possible. He also mentioned west African nations in strategic positions; Nigeria was namechecked.
Three down, two to go....
 

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Alleged coup attempt by US mercenaries?

Venezuelan government has arrested two American citizens alleged to have been attempting an invasion, has described them as mercenaries.
Other men arrested, nationalities unknown at present.

All looks a bit "Mark Thatcher!"

Venezuela: Two US citizens arrested after beach invasion aimed at capturing Nicolas Maduro, says regime
President says 13 'terrorists' have been detained following the raid and has mobilised 25,000 troops to fight in invasion attempt

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/20...zens-arrested-beach-invasion-aimed-capturing/
A coup with only 2 US Citizens was never going to work unless one of them was John Wayne.
 

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A coup with only 2 US Citizens was never going to work unless one of them was John Wayne Chuck Norris.
Fixed that for you ... :evillaugh:

(The second one could be Wayne, but the absolutely mandatory one would have to be Chuck Norris.)
 

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I posted this in 2019, referring to a radio broadcast of (around, it may have been earlier) 2008/9:



Three down, two to go....
“The boom in U.S. oil and natural gas production will make the U.S. a net energy exporter in 2020 — a feat the country has not achieved in nearly 70 years, the Department of Energy’s statistics bureau said on Thursday.

The U.S. will start exporting more energy products than it imports as U.S. crude output continues to grow and domestic oil consumption declines, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its latest Annual Energy Outlook. Growing shipments of natural gas and petroleum byproducts will also boost the country’s role as a major energy exporter.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/24/us-becomes-a-net-energy-exporter-in-2020-energy-dept-says.html
maximus otter
 

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The price of oil is also very low right now, seems the wrong time to invade a country for oil.
There are plenty of odd folk around though. Remember the loons who plotted to assassinate Morales in 2009? Led by a Hungarian fascist. It got a lot of coverage in Ireland because one of them was Irish, a Walter Mitty type who posed online with guns. Three of them were killed, the police may have shot first and asked questions later.
 

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“The boom in U.S. oil and natural gas production will make the U.S. a net energy exporter in 2020 — a feat the country has not achieved in nearly 70 years, the Department of Energy’s statistics bureau said on Thursday.

The U.S. will start exporting more energy products than it imports as U.S. crude output continues to grow and domestic oil consumption declines, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its latest Annual Energy Outlook. Growing shipments of natural gas and petroleum byproducts will also boost the country’s role as a major energy exporter.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/24/us-becomes-a-net-energy-exporter-in-2020-energy-dept-says.html
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As I said, the broadcast was over a decade ago. I sincerely hope that no more countries undergo revolutions or regime change at the moment apart from perhaps North Korea.
 

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More on the bizarre plot

Inside a glittering Miami high-rise, representatives of the Venezuelan opposition sat in a room adorned with samurai swords and listened to a pitch.

They had been appointed by opposition leader Juan Guaidó to explore all options in their U.S.-backed quest to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. On that afternoon on the shores of Biscayne Bay last September, a former U.S. Army Green Beret presented them with an answer.
Operation Resolution.

Jordan Goudreau, a 43-year-old Special Forces veteran who ran a strategic-security firm on the Florida Space Coast, laid out a plan that could double as a screenplay for an episode of “Jack Ryan.” Goudreau claimed to have 800 men ready to penetrate Venezuela and “extract” Maduro and his henchmen, according to J.J. Rendón, the Venezuelan political strategist tapped by Guaidó to help lead the secretive committee.

Guaidó “was saying all options were on the table, and under the table,” Rendón told The Washington Post. “We were fulfilling that purpose.”
By October, the plan had advanced to the point of a signed agreement, contingent on funding and other conditions. Rendón calls it a trial balloon, a test of what Goudreau could do that was never officially greenlighted. But the language of the agreement left no ambiguity on the objective: “An operation to capture/detain/remove Nicolás Maduro . . . remove the current Regime and install the recognized Venezuelan President Juan Guaidó.” ...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/worl...6222bc-8e4a-11ea-9322-a29e75effc93_story.html
 

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This will definitely be made into a comedy film.

Never Do A Discount Coup
An ex-Green Beret’s absurd attempt to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro will likely only deepen the country’s political crisis.

There are many striking and absurd details about the haphazard and sure-to-fail coup attempt a former Green Beret attempted to carry out against socialist Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro early Sunday morning.

Jordan Goudreau, the ex-Green Beret behind the plot, sent a small group of supposed mercenaries barreling toward the Venezuelan coast on speedboats.

He live-tweeted the efforts, even tagging President Donald Trump.

He entrusted the operation to a QAnon conspiracy theorist. And even with eight people dead and two Americans arrested, he insisted his crusade was only beginning.


But none of those details is as astounding and revealing as one particular nugget in The Washington Post’s deep-dive into how exactly the entire episode came about: Top officials in the Venezuelan opposition were initially attracted to Goudreau’s plan because he offered to do it on the cheap. ...

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/venezuela-coup-green-beret-maduro_n_5eb4388ec5b649a9ea667d58
 

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This will definitely be made into a comedy film.

Never Do A Discount Coup
An ex-Green Beret’s absurd attempt to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro will likely only deepen the country’s political crisis.

There are many striking and absurd details about the haphazard and sure-to-fail coup attempt a former Green Beret attempted to carry out against socialist Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro early Sunday morning.

Jordan Goudreau, the ex-Green Beret behind the plot, sent a small group of supposed mercenaries barreling toward the Venezuelan coast on speedboats.

He live-tweeted the efforts, even tagging President Donald Trump.

He entrusted the operation to a QAnon conspiracy theorist. And even with eight people dead and two Americans arrested, he insisted his crusade was only beginning.


But none of those details is as astounding and revealing as one particular nugget in The Washington Post’s deep-dive into how exactly the entire episode came about: Top officials in the Venezuelan opposition were initially attracted to Goudreau’s plan because he offered to do it on the cheap. ...

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/venezuela-coup-green-beret-maduro_n_5eb4388ec5b649a9ea667d58
An in depth analysis of the Bay of Piglets fiasco.

'Bay of Piglets': A 'bizarre' plot to capture a president
By Linda Pressly BBC News 30 July 2020

On Sunday 3 May, the government of Nicolas Maduro announced Venezuela's armed forces had repelled an armed incursion. Operation Gideon was a deeply flawed coup attempt. But what would compel exiled Venezuelans and former US Special Forces soldiers to join a plan that, from the outset, looked like a suicide mission?

It is a story that leaps straight out of a 20th Century playbook of Latin American conspiracies.

"It made the Bay of Pigs look like D-Day," quipped one commentator, referring to the failed US-financed invasion of Fidel Castro's Cuba in 1961. Operation Gideon is a staggering tale of hubris, incompetence and treachery. Eight men were killed by Venezuela's armed forces off the coastal town of Macuto. Dozens of others were captured and remain in jail in Caracas. Less than a handful escaped. And coinciding with the height of the coronavirus pandemic, it has attracted less attention outside the Americas than it otherwise might have done.

At the heart of the failed mission was a former US Special Forces soldier, Jordan Goudreau.

Medic, marksman, veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq and recipient of three Bronze Star medals, Goudreau was way out of his depth.

"A daring amphibious raid was launched from the border of Colombia," he intoned, in a widely distributed video published hours after it began. "Our men are continuing to fight right now… Our units have been activated in the south, west and east of Venezuela."

This was not true. Some supporters in Venezuela may have been tipped off, but Operation Gideon - named after a Biblical character who triumphed over a much larger army - consisted of fewer than 60 poorly armed men and one woman. And in reality the operation had already descended into bloody chaos. ...

https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-53557235
 
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