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originally posted by: MimiSia
a reply to: Anyafaj
it is starting to be very tiring
who can impose sanctions on USA ? has anyone done that? can anyone? just so we are fair
Top Story — U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a law placing sanctions on “persons responsible for violations of human rights in Venezuela,” the White House press secretary said in a statement.
The sanctions bill will freeze the U.S. assets of, and strip visas from, officials responsible for committing “significant acts of violence or serious human rights abuses” against participants in anti-government protests that have sporadically swept the country since this spring. The law would also target officials responsible for arresting or prosecuting those who either protested or spoke out against the government.
At the start of the year, a grave-faced President Nicolas Maduro promised "God would provide" after oil prices crashed by half, exacerbating Venezuela's deep recession, chronic shortages and sky-high inflation.
Now, though, it seems Uncle Sam might be the one providing an unlikely helping hand to the socialist leader at one of the worst moments for the ruling "Chavismo" movement.
The United States on Monday ratcheted up a diplomatic spat by declaring Venezuela a national security threat and ordering sanctions against seven officials.
Maduro roared back against "imperialist" aggression, promptly appointed one of the sanctioned officials as his interior minister, and said the U.S. threat justified him seeking decree powers.
Suddenly, the unpopular leader has an excuse to crank up the revolutionary rhetoric and try to fire up supporters, copying a tactic used skillfully for more than a decade by his mentor and predecessor, the late socialist firebrand Hugo Chavez.
A new fight with the enemy to the north may also help unite disparate ruling Socialist Party factions and distract Venezuelans from relentless and depressing talk about their day-to-day economic problems.
Though the impact would likely be short-term, it could still be useful with legislative elections looming, where some pollsters have forecast defeat for the government.
Cuba rallied behind Venezuela on Tuesday, offering its closest ally "unconditional support" after US President Barack Obama authorized new sanctions against officials of the turbulent South American oil producer.
The Cuban reaction marked its first public confrontation with the United States since the two countries began discussions in December on fully restoring diplomatic relations.
Cuba joins other leftist regional governments in closing ranks with Caracas in the deepening US-Venezuela row.
An official statement published in the island's state-run media called Obama's executive order implementing the sanctions "arbitrary and aggressive."
"Cuba again reiterates its unconditional support and that of our people for the Bolivarian Revolution, the legitimate government of President Nicolas Maduro, and the heroic brotherly people of Venezuela," the statement said.
As Venezuela's economy spirals and Maduro cracks down against dissent, friendly nations said they would not tolerate foreign interference.
Ecuador's Foreign Minister warned Monday that the Southern American bloc UNASUR would not allow foreign intervention or a coup in Venezuela.
Your link is supporting how we came over here and evolved into Native Americans, where is the "We stole Land and got our deserved Karma?"
Cuba throws it's weight behind Venezuela, against the US
Such fears are increasingly common in Venezuela. Critics fear the deteriorating economy, forecast to shrink 4 per cent this year and racked by inflation of 69 per cent, could prompt President Nicolás Maduro and his party to stomp on democracy in a desperate attempt to cling to power. An opposition victory could facilitate a “recall referendum” that could force Mr Maduro from office.
But Castro later delivered a searing defense of Venezuela at an emergency meeting of leftist Latin American governments called in response to U.S. sanctions levied on seven Venezuelan officials last week. In announcing the move, the U.S. declared Venezuela a threat to U.S. national security.
Washington has asserted that the Venezuelan sanctions wouldn't affect its negotiations with Cuba, but Castro made clear in Caracas that he sees the two issues as linked.
He described Obama's declaration of detente with Cuba as a recognition that a U.S. policy of hostility to Latin American socialism had failed.
"Nonetheless, the spokesmen of his government have made clear that the objective remains, only the methods have changed," Castro said. "The U.S. must understand once and for all that it's impossible to seduce Cuba or intimidate Venezuela."
originally posted by: StoutBroux
Yeah, agree there. We've had sanctions against Venezuela at least since 2011 and all it does is hurt their people in the long run. Just how do you "sanction" 7 people???? It's a joke.
Friday June 25, 2010 12:02 PM
Opposition leader: Venezuelan govn't has a strict control over food items
Julio Borges, a candidate to the National Assembly for the state of Miranda, insisted on June 21 that the Venezuelan government must take responsibility for the discovery of containers with rotten food. The government should not try to transfer the responsibility to the private sector, the opposition leader added.
Borges said in an interview with Venezuelan radio station Unión Radio that the government is responsible for the case of rotten food because it created the Integral System of Agrifood Control (SICA), a supervision system that monitors all the stages of food imports and production in Venezuela.
Venezuelan authorities aware of spoiled food cases since 2008
Since 2008, Venezuelan authorities were aware of complaints about spoiled food in government-run food distribution network Mercados de Alimentos (Mercal), but the information was disclosed only in June 2010. In fact, in 2008 local authorities discarded 471.22 kilos of spoiled food in Los Mangos, a low-income neighborhood in Caracas, as they were unfit for human consumption.
According to a report prepared by the Control Quality Management, Mercal in Los Mangos neighborhood, the fact was recorded in a document dated June 30, 2008. The report was forwarded to then coordinator of food distribution network Mercal in Caracas Metropolitan District.
Teenager’s shooting death in Venezuela sparks rallying cry by opposition
A day after a 14-year-old boy was shot to death by police forces in Venezuela, new details emerge from the protest where it took place — shining…
Daniel Lastra - VOXXI
PUBLICADO: Feb, 25, 2015 11:36 pm EST
A man tries to help an injured youth lying on the ground in a pool of blood after he was shot in the head during an anti-government protest in San Cristobal, Venezuela, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Identified by Venezuela’s Ombudsman as 14-year-old Kluiverth Roa, his death has sparked a rallying cry for anti-government protesters.. (AP Photo)
A day after a 14-year-old boy was shot to death by police forces in Venezuela, new details emerge from the protest where it took place — shining a light on rising tensions in the extremely volatile South American country and the arrests of the alleged gunmen.
In light of a new law passed this year that gives the Venezuelan government the right to use deadly force to quash public demonstrations, opposition activists are calling attention to the wave of violence in the country. One university student who asked to not be identified for fear of her safety, came forward to Univision news, detailing how she witnessed the boy’s shooting death on Tuesday.
The young woman says Kluiver Roa wasn’t involved in any of the demonstrations that took place in San Cristobal, rather he was trying to make it home from school when he got caught in violent street clashes: “The boy couldn’t enter the house, and managed to hide under a car, but the police noticed and dragged him out and almost a point blank range they shot him, a bit more than above his neck – it entered one side and exited the other.”