Category Archives: South America

April 19, 2017

Venezuelan Oligarchs Who Robbed Country Bring Cash and Corruption to Miami and Houston

“They come here to enjoy the fruits of their ill-gotten gains.”

More than 1.5 million Venezuelans have fled into the diaspora spurred by the election of Hugo Chávez, Maduro’s predecessor, as president in 1998. Many settled in the United States, including in Houston — lured by its oil and gas jobs — and Miami, the American metropolis closest to South America. Some are poor and working-class Venezuelans in search of economic opportunity. Some are professionals who were purged by the Chávez government. And some are the same corrupt businessmen who stole billions from the Venezuelan government and plunged the country into the worst economic crisis Latin America has seen in a generation.

“They go out and they buy the most expensive house, the most exotic cars, the fastest airplanes,” says Otto Reich, a former U.S. ambassador to Venezuela. “They do it here in the United States because they’re afforded the personal security that their fellow citizens are denied in Venezuela… they come here to enjoy the fruits of their ill-gotten gains.”

Venezuelans call them boligarchs, a portmanteau of “bolívar” (Venezuela’s currency) and “oligarch.” Hundreds hide in plain sight in Venezuelan enclaves such as Weston, Florida; and Katy, Texas. These American boligarchs include Roberto Rincón and Abraham Shiera, a pair of Venezuelan businessmen who bilked their country’s state-run oil company, PDVSA (PAY-duh-veh-suh), out of $1 billion before they were caught.

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March 28, 2017

Venezuelans Using ‘Rare Pepes’ and Bitcoin As Currency

Internet users in Venezuela have finally quantified what it truly means to have a rare Pepe, buying and selling Pepe-themed, bitcoin-linked trading cards as a way to escape the economic control of their socialist government.

The idea of images of the popular green frog being “rare” started off as a joke on 4chan, where users would claim that their images of Pepe were rarer and more valuable than everyone else’s. It escalated into people selling their collections of Pepe on eBay, with bids reaching up to almost $100,000 before eBay took it down.

There were never any serious transactions however, with everyone involved enjoying the ironic humour of the situation. More recently, a group of redditors have been “trading” memes of any shape and size on /r/MemeEconomy, attempting to create a stock market in meme popularity. But, it turns out that rare Pepe collecting online is now a serious business.

Sometime last year, an unknown individual began issuing “official” rare Pepe trading cards using the Counterparty platform to link them to bitcoin, in an attempt to poke fun at another online trading game called Spells of Genesis. Today, these cards can be exchanged for the equivalent of thousands of US dollars on Counterparty’s decentralised exchange.

This is due to a creation of artificial scarcity in the cards (as one would expect trading cards to have). Anyone can issue their own rare Pepes, but these are then verified by the official Rare Pepe Foundation, and linked to a certain piece of the bitcoin chain via a practice known as coin colouring. Whomsoever owns that particular bitcoin key address owns the Pepe associated with it. All verified rare Pepes can be viewed in a complete directory of them.

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March 20, 2017

Video: Ami Horowitz Destroys Democrats’ Worship Of Socialism With Footage Of Venezuela

When Horowitz asks one woman what she thinks of Americans wanting to bring democratic socialism to America, she says bluntly, “They would have to live what we are living so they can see for themselves that nothing is good, so they see this is only a nightmare for us, a terror.”

In a powerful and disturbing new video called Democrats Love Socialism, filmmaker Ami Horowitz posits that Democrats have moved hard to the left, proves it by showing American Democrats approving of socialism, then blows that sanguine perspective to smithereens by showing footage he gathered in the disaster that is socialist Venezuela.

?The Venezuelan footage begins with Horowitz walking down a dangerous street accompanied by a native. When Horowitz asks why they are there, the native answers that he is hungry, and looking for anything he can eat, whether it is a dog, cat or pigeon.

Images follow of riots, fires out of control, and starving natives fighting each other for food. Horowitz visits a barrio, and speaking with the starving natives there, notes that people will stand in line for days just to get a can of milk so they don’t starve. Horowitz points out that the natives are at risk of standing in lines for hours or days without getting food, as the lines are controlled by the government-approved mafia, called “The Collective.” They bus in their people before the stores open and grab all the food before the starving natives can get any.

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March 10, 2017

Venezuelans passports in short supply as millions try to flee troubled nation

“The pressure that Venezuelans face every day is tremendous because of all the uncertainty,” Schott said. “Nobody knows what will happen the next day.”

Along with basic food, medicine and even toilet paper, Venezuela now lacks the materials to meet to the soaring demand for new passports – making it almost impossible for those few Venezuelans with the monetary means of escaping the troubled Latin American nation to do so.

While estimates of how many passport requests the socialist government received last year vary from between 1.8 million to 3 million, only 300,000 of the elusive documents were doled out. Everyday, hundreds of people line up outside the passport agency, known as Saime, in the capital of Caracas in the hopes of obtaining one.

It’s an ironic, and yet sad situation, for a country that used to be one of Latin America’s wealthiest and one that was used to seeing people flock to, not away from.

“People used to move to Venezuela from all over the Americas, Europe and Asia and now they are all trying to leave,” Sonia Schott, the former Washington, D.C., correspondent for Venezuelan news network Globovisión, told Fox News.

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March 5, 2017

Narco State: U.S. Confirms Venezuelan Officials Engage in Drug Trade

The socialist government of Venezuela has been allowing drug traffickers, including the notorious Mexican Sinaloa and Zeta cartels, as well as potential terrorists and other unsavory individuals, to freely operate inside the South American country unabated, without fear of reprisal, according to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

In written testimony on Venezuelan drug connections prepared for a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Thursday, Dr. Shannon O’Neil Nelson from CFR noted:

In terms of security, Venezuela’s willingness to permit drug traffickers, organized crime networks, potential terrorists, and other nefarious actors within its borders affects U.S. national security as well. Reports show that Colombia’s Bandas Criminales (BACRIM), Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and National Liberation Army (ELN) all operate in the country, as do Mexico’s Sinaloa and Zeta cartels.

The nation has become a preferred drug smuggling route out of South America, with cocaine heading to the United States through Central America and the Eastern Caribbean, and to Europe through West Africa. The Venezuelan government effectively ended anti-narcotics cooperation a decade ago; since then Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations point to active collusion and collaboration between prominent government officials and drug traffickers.

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February 11, 2017

The Death of Venezuela. Prepare Yourself Accordingly – Stefan Molyneux (Video)

Question: “What can we do to stop the spread of the disease of socialism in Venezuela? What are the best arguments against socialism when talking to uncultured people and or young children?”

February 4, 2017

Argentina’s Trump-Like Immigration Order Rattles South America

Argentina’s president, the son of an immigrant, has echoed some of Mr. Trump’s “America First” theme, making it clear that his “first concern” should be “caring for Argentines, caring for ourselves.” “We cannot continue to allow criminals to keep choosing Argentina as a place to commit offenses,” Mr. Macri said during a news conference.

Argentina is so used to celebrating immigration as a cornerstone of society that a 19th-century saying — to govern is to populate — remains in use to this day.

But in an abrupt shift coinciding with the immigration restrictions put in place by the Trump administration, President Mauricio Macri has issued a decree curbing immigration to Argentina, with his government declaring that newcomers from poorer countries in Latin America bring crime.

The measures announced by Mr. Macri in recent days made it much easier to deport immigrants and restrict their entry, prompting irate comparisons to President Trump and igniting a fierce debate over immigration.

“A decree like this scares people,” said Arfang Diedhiou, 33, a Senegalese immigrant who runs his own clothing store here in the capital, Buenos Aires. “It came out just after what Trump did, a coincidence that seems very strange to me.”

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January 25, 2017

‘Cannibal’ prisoners ‘feast on human flesh of fellow inmate’ cooked on barbecue as 26 killed in 10-day riot

WARNING: Contains distressing images. The prisoner holds up a skewer draped in lumps of human ‘meat’ said to be from member of rival drug gang.

Prisoners have been filmed allegedly cooking the flesh of fellow inmates over a barbecue during a 10-day riot which has seen 26 men killed.

In the sick video the apparently cannibalistic lags gloat as they show off pieces of meat on a skewer over a bonfire, claiming they’re toasting the remains of a rival without even bothering to hide their faces.

The footage was recorded at Alcacuz Prison in the north eastern Brazilian city of Natal which is in the midst of a bloody riot as rival gangs attack each other.

The bodies of some prisoners have been returned to their loved ones with their heads missing after they were decapitated.

Only 22 victims of the horrific violence had been identified so far, with forensic experts still trying to determine who two heads, a forearm, an arm and a leg removed by the prison grounds belonged to.

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December 3, 2016

Colombian crash plane missed crucial refuelling stop after it took off 20 minutes late – because the crew were looking for player’s video game

Plane virtually wiped-out top Brazilian football team Chapecoense Real. Defender, Demerson, who was not on the plane, speaks for the first time. He says a Whatsapp group used by the players gave clues about the crash. Club’s director of football had mentioned delay caused by lost video game. Delay meant plane could not refuel at Cobija, which was by then closed.

The plane which crashed in Colombia, wiping out a Brazilian football team, was late taking off because crew had to search for one of the players’ lost video games, it was revealed today.

The delayed departure meant a planned refuelling stop in Cobija, on the border between Brazil and Bolivia, was abandoned because the airport did not operate after midnight.

The chartered flight carrying members of top flight club Chapecoense to the final of the Copa Sudamericana then had to wait for a landing slot at Medellin airport – and ran out of fuel before it was able to land.

The jet crashed into a mountain, killing 71 people. It had been flying for 20 minutes longer than its four-hour fuel capacity.

The BAE 146 Avro RJ85 jet’s maximum range was 1,600 nautical miles. That is just under the distance between Medellin and Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where the plane took off at almost full capacity.

The Daily Telegraph reported that Bolivia today suspended airline LaMia’s operating certificate.

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October 10, 2016

Socialism has Venezuelans eating garbage to survive

Country once considered candidate for 1st World status.

Venezuela has deteriorated to the point where a significant chunk of the population has to eat garbage to survive. A recent study found a stunning 15 percent of Venezuelans say they can feed themselves only with “food waste discarded by commercial establishments.”

What’s more, the study found three-fourths of all Venezuelans were unable to eat an optimal diet of breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Just over half (54 percent) said they had gone to bed hungry, while 52 percent said they buy their food through the black market. Almost half (48 percent) said they had been forced to take time off work to search for food.

The severe food shortage can be pinned squarely on Venezuela’s socialist economy, according to William J. Murray, author of “Utopian Road to Hell: Enslaving America and the World with Central Planning.”

“The difficulty in Venezuela is the key element of central planning, and that’s price fixing,” Murray told WND. “Price fixing causes shortages, regardless of what price is fixed. In Venezuela, it’s food. In the United States, we have a shortage of certain medical care because the government sets prices on it.”

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