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Friday, February 08, 2019

The Venezuelan government, led by embattled President Nicolas Maduro, has blocked a bridge connecting Venezuela to Colombia, according to Colombian officials and a CNN photojournalist at the scene. The move effectively blocks the passage of humanitarian aid called for by Venezuela's opposition, should it be delivered via this route.

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Maduro has rejected the international aid, saying, "We are not beggars."

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Maduro, I believe, has signed his own defeat, perhaps even his own death warrant. Preventing aid from reaching the people, and yes, the soldiers are starving too. He has taken one step too far to protect his own illigitimate power and will probably die soon because of it. I won't mourn his death.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-08 08:15 AM | Reply

--Maduro has rejected the international aid, saying, "We are not beggars."

But he'll take all the aid he can get from Putin.

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-02-08 10:01 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"We are not beggars."

Easy for Maduro to say, he's not the one starving. He'll regret this.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-08 10:11 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#3

Agreed. In this day and age, its pretty hard to keep something like this secret, and since his base has long been the poor, now that he is killing them in their neighborhoods and keeping humanitarian aid out of the country, it seems like it will only be a matter of time before the turn on him en masse.

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-08 12:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The Chinese and the Russians have both 'loaned' mega-bucks to Venezuela, and in short order they will come knocking to collect, attempting to take oil, oilfields, military bases, airfields and harbors as repayment. Unless their loans were collateralized by such property, their efforts might be seen as an invasion and an attempt to have a military presence in the Western Hemisphere. Any action taken by these players will be a dramatic test of our Dotard in Chief's ability to think and act. The time may soon come when all Americans will be closely watching their president to see if he can handle this matter in a manner consistent with American interests...

#5 | Posted by catdog at 2019-02-08 01:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

This is bad.

Didn't we block foreign aid from Venezuela when W. was President and Chavez offered to help us out with home heating oil?

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-08 02:19 PM | Reply

#6

No, Citgo provided a one time gift of 100/g of free heating oil to the poor in a half dozen of their major markets for about 6 years.

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-08 03:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Oh, damn. We took the free Socialist oil.
Thanks, Capitalism!
mobile.reuters.com

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-08 03:09 PM | Reply

#5 | Posted by catdog

I don't know about Russian loans but they owe China $60 Billion and the Chinese are nervous. Russia has sent troops to prop Maduro up - estimated 400 of them last I knew.

#9 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-02-08 03:45 PM | Reply

Turn out the lights...

The party's over...

Lights Go Out on Maduro Twice and He Rips an Aide in Public
www.bloomberg.com

A fitting metaphor for late-stage socialism.

#10 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-02-08 05:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Columbia is where Bolton planned to send 5000 troops. Maduro isn't paranoid, given what the USA has been up to this offer makes little sense. Given what his people are going through he has no right to refuse this help. He has surely lost his mind and will not last much longer. Neither will the US appointee, Guaido, our 30 year old stooge.

#11 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-02-08 10:03 PM | Reply

I don't know about Russian loans but they owe China $60 Billion and the Chinese are nervous. Russia has sent troops to prop Maduro up - estimated 400 of them last I knew.
#9 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE

First, "their" oil assets were basically stolen when they nationalized the private, western oil companies assets within the country. Second, they have mis-managed the assets to such and extent that they are virtually worthless. With fracking in the US producing oil much easier/cheaper to refine, Venezuela is sitting on assets that will be profitable under the same circumstances Canadian tar sands are profitable - basically oil at $75+ long term (which isn't happening) which would enable the infrastructure investment required to modernize and maintain their oil oil infrastructure and even that would need them to streamline their workers. So, they are basically screwed regardless of who is in control.

#12 | Posted by nobiasposter101 at 2019-02-09 01:12 AM | Reply

Didn't we block foreign aid from Venezuela when W. was President and Chavez offered to help us out with home heating oil?
#6 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Considering the current situation do you now consider this a good idea?

#13 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-02-09 01:43 AM | Reply

What a good idea?

Giving away oil to the needy?
Yes.

Blocking foreign aid?
No.

Starvation and other types of resource deprivation are political constructs, they're not a result of resource scarcity. It's been this way for all our lives.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-09 01:48 AM | Reply

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