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Venezuela Accuses AFP Of "Manipulating" News Coverage; Shuts Down Colombian TV Station

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Having described Venezuela as "absolutely calm" today - when it was anything but; the fact that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has the stones to accuse Agence France Press of "manipulating" news coverage is stunning.


Furthermore, Maduro has taken a TV station off-air that competed with Telesur (the state-owned TV station). Of course, we should not worry as Maduro has explained the violence is all protesters' fault and that he will propose his "peace plan" tomorrow.


Via Bloomberg,

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro asked his information minister in a national address to take unspecified actions against AFP France Press. Maduro accused AFP of “manipulating” news coverage


Decision to take Colombian TV station NTN24 off the air in Venezuela was made by the government, Maduro says


“The NTN24 station tried to compete with Telesur and yesterday created confusion about the possibility of a coup. Off the air”: Maduro


I denounce AFP for manipulating information, and I’ve asked the information minister to speak clearly with their correspondents”: Maduro (Telesur is TV network owned by Venezuelan government)


And here is Maduro presenting his perspective of the troublemakers from his Twitter account:

And yet he also told us that things were "absolutely calm"?


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Thu, 02/13/2014 - 21:42 | 4434805 Soul Glow
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They have an info minister?  

Fucking Orwell was a genius.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 21:53 | 4434849 LetThemEatRand
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Department of Homeland Information.  Known as MSM in these parts.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:19 | 4434956 Prisoners_dilemna
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 Greetings from America! Just a friendly suggestion... Use single ply toilet paper instead of double and it will last twice as long!!



Hmmm twatter wouldnt let me send so I post it here.

Ah well I will try again tomorrow.

*edit* nevermind I had to shorten it slightly.  I'm talking to world leaders!!!  I love twatter!!!

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:57 | 4435110 NoDebt
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I was going to write "Obama scribbles notes furiously on how to do the same in the US."

Then I realized that's bullshit.  He doesn't need to tell them.  They'll do it on their own.  They all believe the same thing.  They'll do it on their own, without his explicit direction.  They're all so sure they're right, their "holy" quest, they'll commit all manner of atrocity against their own people and the Constitution to FORCE it to happen, without batting an eye.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 23:23 | 4435176 Prisoners_dilemna
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Which is why we must mock them.


*peeks out the curtains for black helicopters*

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 05:15 | 4435740 Wile-E-Coyote
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You know the more you clamp down on a pressure vessel the bigger the explosion.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 08:40 | 4435966 kralizec
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That tears it...there will most certainly be war now.  How else can Venezuela pump some life into their atrophying economy?

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:54 | 4435112 max2205
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Shit....back to Telemuoudo or al jahearha

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:16 | 4434961 DoChenRollingBearing
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I am enjoying the fact that AFP is FRANCE'S press agency, and who was just in town with his con-frere...?

/LOL, as Venezuela is about to suffer big time.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 05:55 | 4435771 StychoKiller
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"MiniTru" by any other name....

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:13 | 4434936 Ignatius
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The CIA reads too, I think.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 21:44 | 4434807 LetThemEatRand
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Where are the hollow points and Patriot Act to suppress the people?  Amateurs.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 21:44 | 4434819 nmewn
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Waiting on Hope-n-Change to refine it ;-)

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 21:48 | 4434830 LetThemEatRand
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You're better than that comment, nmwen.  Hope-n-change is a puppet of the same people who are bringing down VZ.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 21:57 | 4434865 nmewn
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Ok, I'll bite...who is bringing down Verizon?

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:00 | 4434885 LetThemEatRand
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The Network. It's mad as hell and won't take it anymore.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:06 | 4434896 nmewn
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lol...unleash the fonestar!

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:13 | 4434929 LetThemEatRand
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Release the BitCrackpot.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 21:47 | 4434825 seek
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Looks like more than a few bullets were placed into students... so that's where some of those hollow points are.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:21 | 4434974 DoChenRollingBearing
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"Faster and Furiouser", because Mexico is not enough!

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 21:48 | 4434827 unrulian
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Thu, 02/13/2014 - 21:42 | 4434814 nmewn
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Because...socialism, so...

Shut Up!

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 21:57 | 4434856 kaiserhoff
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I've been wondering when Barry will shut down a media outlet or three...,


Thu, 02/13/2014 - 21:59 | 4434862 LetThemEatRand
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Why would Barry shut down the information ministry?   The internet, maybe.  MSM?  Never.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:06 | 4434904 kaiserhoff
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FOX has been making noises about the Dictatorship, and Moochelle is always pissed about something.

Can you imagine waking up next to that beast?  It would scare me out of three years growth.

Now that I mention it, sounds like a Hollywood Diet plan..., the Horror Treatment.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 03:49 | 4435663 Tall Tom
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FOX NewsTM works for OBAMATM(Oh Be Another Murdering Agent). Their main goal is to make the opposition, Red TeamTM proponents, sound exceedingly stupid and ignorant.


Of course the Blue TeamTM proponents also promote there own style of Idiocy on CNNTM and MSNBCTM.


FOX NewsTM succeeds overwhelmingly at doing that.


For what purpose would OBAMATM want that shut down?


It serves Bathhouse Barry Soetero all too well.


It is a master plan by the US NSATM (United States of National Socialist America) to keep the masses in control through the promotion of FEARTM (False Evidence Appearing Real) and HATREDTM (Have Another Tired Ridiculous Empty Debate).

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:23 | 4434989 nmewn
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With his obsession over Fox (otherwise known as Faux to some) I'd put my money on that one to be shut down.

MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CNN, CNBC, CBS, E & NPR will fall under the umbrella of a new Executive Order (Protection of the States Voice #3908648) soon to be known as GOOFY.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 00:32 | 4435355 Dr. Destructo
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I'm not so sure about that simply because it's useful to keep the illusion of choice.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 04:04 | 4435678 Tall Tom
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Yes. You got it.


All of the Debate and fights are Staged. It is all theater.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 23:10 | 4435152 NoDebt
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Kaiser- I caught a piece of a report that the FCC is going to be instituting a panel that will document coverage of what they deem are "important" reporting criteria for broadcast news.  Those criteria will include things like Poverty, Unemplyment, Climate Issues, Women's health, etc.  Yep, they're going to tally them up and spit out a report card to the FCC.

Don't know if that's true, but you can imagine what would happen to any network that failed to meet these requirements.

The premise is that these networks are using "public" airwaves, to the government can decide what's important to report about over them.  



Thu, 02/13/2014 - 21:47 | 4434824 FieldingMellish
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No difference.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 21:57 | 4434860 Spungo
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Their economy would recover if they dramatically increased government spending.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:02 | 4434888 nmewn
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Thats right, its simple socio-economics!

(Yes, that was a slam on Krugman)

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:11 | 4434921 tip e. canoe
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what's up with these dicks giving nazi salutes?

guy from ukraine just gave one last week:

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:15 | 4434950 shutdown
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Lol. That the worst, the dumbest-looking photo shopped picture I've seen in ages. But someone'll fall for it. 

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:42 | 4435061 tip e. canoe
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point taken

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:54 | 4435104 shutdown
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Tip, it happens to all of us. No biggie. :)

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:11 | 4434937 shutdown
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The USA and the EU shouldn't meddle in this. It's an internal matter for the Venezuelans to hammer out by themselves. 

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:15 | 4434943 ShortTheUS
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AFP is the most socialist of the 3 big news agencies (AP & RTRS). This speaks volumes.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:22 | 4434977 LetThemEatRand
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Ironically, that probably means that it is not owned by a giant corporation.  Thus, the lack of news cleansing for the benefit of TPTB.  Which also speaks volumes. Or are you thinking the corporate owned media is the answer?

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:29 | 4435007 jo6pac
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Yep this good news, Amerikas ngos and cia embassy is going to protect Amerikas oil in Venezuela. Yep just the Amerikan govt doing what it does best protecting corp. Amerikas interest nothing else. Who cares if they elected a president, he isn't one of the the Amerikan govt. friends.  Butler Smedley said it best? 

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:37 | 4435045 Who Laughed
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I don't understand?
How can we recognise the obvious meddling of the US and foreign interests in Syria and not in Venezuela.

Hasn't the US been involved in this shit in the Americas for over 60 years?

Dosn't Venezuela have the largest proven oil reserves on the planet?

Don't the Venezuelans cooperate with the 'axis of evil'?

Sure, there's no toilet paper and the country is a mess, and Maduro comes off as a tool.. but the inconsistency and the refusal to identify clear stakeholders and most probable participants in the unrest is concerning.

Why does ZH want Venezuela so badly? Is it the anti-socialism thing or is it something more

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 01:41 | 4435537 MEAN BUSINESS

I was just flipping back through Jeff Rubin's 'The Big Flatline' (2012) for some #'s I wasn't totally unfamiliar with (seeing as how I had just by coincidence read them today sitting by the fire at the ski hill! lol), when I saw your comment. For sure Tyler knows better, this must be a 'for kicks and clicks' meme, this Venezuala thing, and I'm not judging TD. ZHrs need to think for themselves once in a while. 

"The Orinco belt, or Faja as it's known locally, is now credited with 297 Billion barrels of reserves, up from 211 Billion. THAT"S MORE than the 265 billion barrels stored under the oil-rich deserts of Saudia Arabia and the 170 billion in Canada's tar sands." JR-The Big Flatline pg 90

'tain't nuttin' bout SOCIALISM fooks. *socialist* Canukistan  *socialist* V 


01MAY11 Sunday night, Obama announces OBL thang

02MAY11  Monday, Harper wins (swayed, very recently purchased *surprise*) majority. What a coinkeedinkce)  TFHAToff / sad J Layton died


V's oil, like tar sands and arctic deposits are not cheap to extract. USA ain't gonna be held hostage to penny-ante mofo's be they *SOCIALIST* or princesses. But USA needs to learn how to "let's make a deal" without violence. Uncle Sam ain't foolin anyone. anymore.

Things could get better for everyone. 

+1 Who Laughed







Fri, 02/14/2014 - 07:03 | 4435811 ross81
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I think it's mostly the anti-socialism thang but its hard to tell. ZH has been obsessed with Venezuela since the outbreak of toiletpapergate, soaring stock market, etc as an indicator of what could happen in the US. But really, when you see gangs of violent young men bedecked in hoodies, scarves & backpacks causing mayhem on the streets of a "non-cooperative" oil rich country, I'd think most ZH readers should be hearing loud alarm bells ringing. I'd expect better from the Tylers. The whole "crazy socialist dictator losing control/killing his own people/using chemical weapons on children" theme is the reason I stopped watching the MSM cunts in the first place.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:42 | 4435060 tahoebumsmith
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Just a preview of the chaos that will happen once the Global Ponzi comes crashing down. Even a sixth grader who understands eonomics can see the writing on the wall. Over 30 Trillion spent, That's 30 with a T and nothing to show for it except a larger dept, 30 T+ globally and anemic growth and decline in many areas. Who ever decided to use Japan as an example was a fucking economic's idiot! This motherfucker has become so large that I see the Fed having a 10 T  balance sheet before the end of 2016! They are the ones that support the ponzi scheme and they are so buried in Bernanke's pipe dream it can never end. Wall ST. is priced at 60% over value if you look at the fundamentals! This monster keeps growing and growing. They keep feeding the monster denial which is his favorite food. By the time the next collapse happens the US will be 20t in debt.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 01:48 | 4435245 tahoebumsmith
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OBTW? In 2008 the debt was 8,623,014,069 . The Democrats reffered to that debt as staggering! Come on Nancy give a speech now! I would love you to justify 18 trillion dollars today when close to 80 million people have dropped off the employment ranks! HOOOORAAAAAY? I say Fuck you because I'm not stupid...

Just watch the first couple minutes.... Where are we today NAN? Is the party really over or it did it just begin... C word

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 23:45 | 4435229 Glen Livet
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It is impossible for the American Juggernaut to give up the dream of Venezuela.  There are so many drooling for all those assets at the final fire sale forced price.  Thank goodness cancer took Chavez before he lived to see his dream fall prey to the Vultures. It will most likely be some sick twisted triumph of neo-liberal economic theory when we orchestrate their complete economic implosion.  

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 23:55 | 4435260 logicalman
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I'm waiting for the leaked 'Fuck Venezuela' tape to come out.

Looking a bit kinda Ukraine-ish, I think.

Remember, they have the curse of oil. Attracts evil militarists better than shit attracts flies.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 00:04 | 4435279 syntaxterror
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Maybe this d-bag should buy the New York Times. They'll comply no questions asked. Just like they do now.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 02:23 | 4435599 Colonel Klink
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Don't you mean the Wall street Journal?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 00:51 | 4435411 joak
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I find it strange that ZH is ready to talk about the manipulations and civil unrest engineering in other parts of the world, but that Venezuela would be immuned to that. Ok they are socialists, I'm sure there are a lot of flaws, but they did make achievements re poverty level and wealth redistribution. At some point, if you are against crony capitalism, some socialism is required. The difficulty is to find the right balance. In the case of VZ, there is a huge gap between the poor and the rich that has to be quickly compensated. Maybe I'm wrong, but I have the feeling that Chavez, even if he did mistakes, was an honest man willing to help his country. For me, motives are more important than ideology. That's why I like Ron Paul and Chavez. 

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 01:36 | 4435518 Dr. Destructo
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It's clear from my point of view that this has less to do with socialism and more to do with king making, nation building, and the meddling of a 'superpower'. The truth is Venezuela can have another 'socialist' replace the current head of state just as long as it's OUR 'socialist'. This game has been played for damn near a century, if not longer.

The game our government is playing is to grab as much as possible and preserve our shitty dollar, while China/Russia are doing the same and hoping our shitty dollar collapses. Eventually our shitty dollar will collapse while gold backs the Renminbi and some western nations run to China. Our hegemony will implode and we'll be transformed into a true totalitarian state full of obedient soldiers who were medicated from the get-go and trained to obey/conform ready to kill, ready to invade.

It might not be the exact scenario, but I'm pretty sure it's pretty close to the mark.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 08:38 | 4435962 ross81
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absolutely. Protecting his country from the big thieving bully to the North was/is a hazardous job for Chavez and any other independent Latin American nation. Even if his domestic policies produced good and bad, the overriding issue for me is preventing the nation's resources from falling into the hands of the neoliberal gangsters, be they Venezuelan, American or whatever.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 01:02 | 4435439 Seize Mars
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Remember Chavez?

All was right with the world (seizure of peoples farms, expropriation of bank accounts, et cetera) and the PTB were all fine with that. Then one day he seized control of an Exxon refinery. Oops!

He got cancer and died.

Funny how that works.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 02:24 | 4435601 MEAN BUSINESS

doesn't SOS Kerry's wife Heinz'ez own some of those "folks/peoples" farms in VZ ? maybe refinery was just the last straw? 

LMAO@ comment though Sieze, thanks! +1

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 04:25 | 4435691 fuu
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He also asked for his gold back.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 00:47 | 4438827 Seize Mars
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Yup, that did it.

TPTB seem to like installing dictators but when they get "big ideas" then they get whacked.

For example, they were just fine with Hitler, even putting him on the cover of Time Magazine as "Man of the Year." Then, he decided to print "equity money" from the Treasury instead of "debt money" from the central bank. Oops! They mobilized a whole world's worth of industrial production to corner his ass.

Same with Napoleon, same with JFK. Two more installed dictators who went off-script, issued equity money and got whacked.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 01:39 | 4435526 Paracelsus
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Argentina,Venezuela,Puerto Rico,Ukraine,Kazahkastan,etc.,etc.

I can't stop thinking that the unsuppressed price of gold should be $5k /oz or higher.

Thank god things aren't manipulated....

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 02:20 | 4435595 Colonel Klink
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"And I've asked the Information Minister to speak clearly with their correspondents"

Translation: Psst, say what we want or you're dead.  Is that's clear enough?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 03:15 | 4435626 no2foreclosures
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It seems that Zerohedge has now become (and maybe always was) the official cheerleaders for Wall Street, the Neocons and Neolibs who are just salivating for the demise of current governments of both Venezuela and Argentina, so that the peoples of both countries can once again experience the wonderful world of "yankee democracy" and "free markets".

Does Zerohedge's Paul Singer have some debts to collect in Venezuela as well?

The only "manipulating" of news coverage is that Zerohedge foto of Maduro.


Fri, 02/14/2014 - 03:41 | 4435651 Atomizer
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Can you now tell us how you really feel?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 06:14 | 4435778 Tom Brady
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free markets and yankee democracy sound more appealing than centrally planned dictatorships.  Ever considered moving to north korea since u sound like u like the idea of not having any rights?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 08:46 | 4435977 ross81
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you're insinuating that relatively free countries (politically, socially & even economically) in S.America are comparable to the Stalinist dungeon that is N.Korea? Come on, be sensible.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 09:50 | 4436121 Scoobywan
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I'd bet an in-tune cultured American willing to shit on the U.S could do quite well in N. Korea as long as you can prove you aren't a spy.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:25 | 4436594 Who Laughed
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"free markets and yankee democracy"

The double oxymoron


“As a matter of fact, of the 92 elections that we’ve monitored, I would say the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world.”

-Jimmy Carter


Good to see all the Chavez support here. He did what he could with what he was given and he was an entertainer!

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 04:16 | 4435671 Atomizer
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Fri, 02/14/2014 - 11:27 | 4436390 shovelhead
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Although I love the Hollywood script of CIA bcked insurgents in the pay of major oil producers formenting unrest in Venezuela for a blockbuster movie, the simple facts are that Venezuela relys on the US for income far more than the US needs Venezuelan oil.

95% of V's export income is oil, of which the US buys roughly half.

Since Chavez nationalized oil assets of the producers who wouldn't agree to new contracts in '96, oil production in Venezezula has been dropping every year along with it's limited refinery capacity. It seems that party loyalists are not as adept as producing oil as professional developers.

China is finding this out the hard way with billions invested with a drip-like return on investment.

This is one the CIA can sit out because the socialists are doing the work for them. When Maduro can't keep subsidized gas in Venezuela cheaper than Coca-Cola, it won't matter how many news outlets he closes.


It will be like when the Obama-phones go silent.

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