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Lord Byron
 14 Aug '17  08:07 : 0 recs

Lol
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Goel
 13 Aug '17  18:33 : 0 recs

Seven White Helmets shot dead during dawn raid in Syria

Comments are worth a look - you wonder why they allowed any.


G.
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Goel
 11 Aug '17  03:28 : 0 recs

The failures of Temer do not, and should not be used to, excuse Maduro’s. Nor should we equate the two men in brutality. Yet, if you live in Brazil where public servants are teargassed for not being paid for five months, where indigenous rights activists and others are killed by rich farmers in unprecedented numbers, where several states declare bankruptcy because of a crash in oil prices, where the army is called upon to tackle protesters, you may wonder when your situation will be worth debating.

The answer is whenever it becomes politically convenient. In the end, British commentators and politicians on both the left and right aren’t just opportunistic when it comes to Latin American suffering, they are glad when it happens: it proves their point, whatever that may be. Our lives are just a detail.


Why Venezuela and not Brazil?


G.
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Lord Byron
 10 Aug '17  17:23 : 0 recs

We go now
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little c
 10 Aug '17  14:36 : 0 recs

There is no Syrian cinema, Goel.
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Goel
 10 Aug '17  14:23 : 0 recs

Slavoj Zizek: The problem with Venezuela’s revolution is that it didn’t go far enough


G.
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Lord Byron
 09 Aug '17  07:54 : 0 recs

Oil war
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Goel
 08 Aug '17  16:11 : 0 recs

The Guardian’s propaganda on Venezuela: all you need to know


G.
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Lord Byron
 08 Aug '17  09:33 : 0 recs

CIA whistleblower admits Venezuela a psy op
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George Sore Ass
 08 Aug '17  09:29 : 0 recs

Chavez was always a wannabee dictator, though back in 2007 there was still enough democracy left that his referendum was narrowly defeated, and the defeat accepted. I always got the impression that he liked to be popular, and perhaps that was the only thing holding him back from really seizing dicatorial control. It seemed he would have loved more control, but only if he could get it by public approval. I recall seeing the referendum at the time as a powergrab, because regardless of how good intentions might be, term limits and so on exist for a reason.

Like many who follow, what Maduro lacks in charisma, he has to make up for in other ways. The political power grab he's made is pretty shameless.

I am sure the economic problems are in many ways due to sanctions, and I am pretty sure that the CIA has a long standing programme of trying to undermine any leftist governments in South America, whether they're democratic or not.

But none of this changes the fact that Maduro has effectively swept away democracy, and things are unlikely to get better for Venezuela, because as well as a plunging economy, they now have a government that's going to be fighting its own people and spending more time figuring out how to hold onto power than how to solve the countries various problems.
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Lord Byron
 08 Aug '17  09:14 : 0 recs

Ha ha cia cia cia
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prudence
 08 Aug '17  08:17 : 0 recs

GDP contracting by 10 percent a year, triple digit inflation, shortages of food and medicines....

Another ruined country, another success for babyshakers ......

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prudence
 08 Aug '17  08:17 : 0 recs

GDP contracting by 10 percent a year, triple digit inflation, shortages of food and medicines....

Another ruined country, another success for babyshakers ......

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prudence
 08 Aug '17  07:51 : 0 recs

So which of your baby shaking paradises do you choose to live in, Goel?

Syria, Iran, Venezuela, Zaire, N. Korea (it hates America so you must love it).

Even just visit?! ....


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prudence
 08 Aug '17  07:46 : 0 recs : edited 1 time : last edit 08 Aug '17  07:47

Caracas, Venezuela - Venezuela is in the midst of a severe economic crisis. The country, though one of the richest in natural resources, has been called the worst economy of 2016 by the International Monetary Fund, and its inflation rate could reach 700 percent by the end of the year.

Today, the biggest concern for Venezuelans is the food shortage, together with rampant crime and the lack of medicine.

Every day, thousands of people reach supermarkets or shops, sometimes as early as dawn, patiently waiting in long lines just to buy a few pieces of basic food items, such as rice or flour, at a lower price set by the government.

The alternative to "colas" (food lines in Spanish) can be found in expensive supermarkets, where only the wealthy can afford to shop. The others rely on "bachaqueros", or food smugglers who re-sell on the street subsidised goods at much higher prices.

WATCH: Life on the line - Inside Venezuela's crisis

In the slums of Caracas, the situation is difficult. Many families are unable to provide two to three meals a day for their children. Lunch often consists of a banana or a piece of bread.

As a result of this climate of uncertainty and helplessness, crime is rising fast in Venezuela, especially in Caracas, already ranked in 2015 as the most violent city in the world.

In the rest of the country, the food crisis is worse, and health workers have noted increased cases of malnutrition within the poorest segments of the population.....

Life in babyshakers' paradise - and this is according to Al Jazeera! ....
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Goel
 08 Aug '17  04:45 : 0 recs

Yeah, Pru.

SANCTIONS AGAINST VENEZUELA NOW! (for holding an election)




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prudence
 07 Aug '17  05:31 : 0 recs

Venezuela fuc***.

Babyshakers' paradise ......
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Goel
 06 Aug '17  20:00 : 0 recs

Meanwhile, 15 years later:

Venezuela arrests over 'uprising attempt'

The BBC is normally quite good at providing a little context, however biased. But strangely, no mention of the failed 2002 coup attempt here.


G.
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Lord Byron
 05 Aug '17  04:09 : 0 recs

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2017/mar/06/ppe-the-oxford-degree-that-runs-britain-podcast
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prudence
 03 Aug '17  17:05 : 0 recs : edited 1 time : last edit 03 Aug '17  17:07

“Words are difficult to come by while I am about to announce, on behalf of Bassel's family and mine, the confirmation of the death sentence and execution of my husband,” she wrote.

“He was executed just days after he was taken from Adra prison in October 2015. This is the end that suits a hero like him.

“This is a loss for Syria. This is loss for Palestine. This is my loss.”

Mr Safadi, born to a Syrian mother and Palestinian father, was 34 at the time of his death.

The advocate for freedom of speech, information and access to the internet was mourned by rights activists both inside Syria and internationally after news of his death broke.

“We are deeply saddened and outraged at this awful news," said Anna Neitstat, Amnesty International's Senior Director of Research.




Before the civil war erupted, Mr Safadi worked tirelessly to open up Syria - where censorship is rife - to internet access, bringing together engineers and democracy campaigners through his Aiki Lab project, and working on open software projects with Wikipedia and Creative Commons.

After the revolution began his work became even more important, giving demonstrators and activists the tools to communicate and broadcast news through social media. Mr Safadi is "credited with opening up the internet in Syria and vastly extending online access and knowledge to the Syrian people," a 2014 European Parliament report found.


Foreign Policy magazine named him one of its Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2012, and the Index on Censorship awarded him the 2013 Digital Freedom Award.

Before his death he created the New Palmyra Project, which he worked on from prison. It uses open source information to digitally recreate the ancient city of Palmyra, which was seized and partly destroyed by Isis in 2015.

After his disappearance, the MIT Media Lab offered him a research scientist position.


Human rights organisations have consistently deemed Mr Safadi a prisoner of conscience, campaigning for his release as well as access to legal representation and his family.

“Around the world, activists and advocates seek the sharing of culture, and open knowledge… the global commons of art, history, and knowledge, are stronger because of Bassel’s contributions, and our community is better because of his work and his friendship. His death is a terrible reminder of what many individuals and families risk in order to make a better society,” a statement from Creative Commons said.

More than 400,000 people have been killed in Syria’s complex civil war to date, the UN says.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, 65,000 of those have disappeared in the regime’s notorious prisons.

“The tens of thousands of people currently locked away inside Syrian government detention facilities face torture, ill-treatment and extrajudicial executions. These cruel acts undoubtedly amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity," Ms Neitstat of Amnesty continued.

“We urge the Russian government to use its influence on the Syrian authorities to help end this madness. It must allow for independent monitors inside detention sites across Syria and for an investigation to be conducted. Thousands of lives are on the line.”......I dependent
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