July 2017 / 119 posts found

Venezuela heading for dictatorship after ‘sham’ election, warns US amid clashes

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At least six die in clashes with security forces as many voters boycott poll that President Nicols Maduro hails as a vote for peace Protesters and security forces engaged in deadly street battles across Venezuela as many voters stayed away from an election for a controversial constitutional assembly called by President Nicols Maduro that the opposition said would turn the country into a full-fledged dictatorship. As many as 14 people died in the protests, according to opposition leader Henrique Capriles, and the prosecutors office confirmed at least six people were killed by gunfire, including one national guardsman. Seven policemen were […]

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Opposition Candidate Shot Dead in Venezuela

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An opposition activist and a candidate in Venezuelas election were killed in the run-up to the vote taking place on Sunday. Jos Felix Pineda, 39, who was running in the national assembly election, was fatally shot at his home on Saturday night. Ricardo Campos, an activist and member of the Accin Democrtica party, was shot and killed during a protest. Venezuelans are voting to send representatives to possibly rewrite the countrys constitutiona move that opposition leaders have decried as a power grab by President Nicols Maduro. Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/opposition-candidate-shot-dead-in-venezuela

Blast rocks motorcycle convoy of Venezuelan police officers

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(CNN)An explosion knocked police officers off their motorcycles Sunday as violence surrounding the election spread through Venezuela. “I stepped back when I heard the explosion as I thought it was a megabomb they were firing to the press,” witness Carmen Andrea Rengifo said. “I am still not sure what sort of accident it was, if it was a motorcycle crashing and exploding or some sort of projectile. We saw at least one policeman heavily injured.” Ramsey S. Monh captured video of the scene. Monh said that after the explosion, police officers “grabbed three motorbikes from people who were standing there […]

Sex, lies and paternity claims: Bolivia’s president reels amid tumultuous scandal

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That Evo Morales lost a bid for a fourth term in February is today the least of his problems, as his government stands accused of targeting press freedom over coverage of the spiralling saga of a child fathered with an ex-girlfriend A real-life telenovela of sex, lies and paternity claims has gripped Bolivia, putting unprecedented pressure on one of Latin Americas most consistently popular leaders and prompting warnings that press freedom in the country is under threat. When Evo Morales, the countrys first indigenous president, celebrated 10 years in office in January Morales narrowly lost his bid for a fourth […]

Venezuela to vote on constituent assembly after months of protests

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Critics warn that a vote to create the 545-member assembly with power to rewrite constitution will damage democracy Venezuelas beleaguered government appeared prepared to go ahead with a vote on Sunday that critics at home and abroad have warned will seal the demise of the oil-rich nations democracy. At least five people were killed last week after the opposition stepped up its protests against the controversial vote that will elect a 545-member constituent assembly with the power to rewrite the constitution and dissolve state institutions. A government legislate was hamstrung by a supreme court decision in April, prompting the protests. […]

Spanish elections: renewed deadlock beckons as no party wins majority

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Conservative Peoples party wins largest share of vote but falls short of majority and Unidos Podemos surge fails to materialise Spain is facing further political deadlock after the countrys second general election in six months proved a near rerun of the December vote, leaving the conservative Partido Popular (PP) with the most votes but once again short of an overall majority. Exit polls, which had suggested that the far-left Unidos Podemos coalition was on course to stage a historic breakthrough by pushing the socialist PSOE into third place, were thoroughly confounded as it became clear that the anticipated surge would […]

Nicols Maduro: will Venezuelas president drag his people to the edge? | Observer profile

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Once he dreamed of turning his country into a workers paradise, but as Venezuelans go to the polls today in a vote on constitutional changes, Chvezs heir stands accused of becoming a virtual dictator When told the Guardian in 2014 he was a bit of a hippy with a penchant for John Lennon and Led Zeppelin. Our side is peace, love and tolerance, he said. Three years on, that sounds Orwellian. Venezuela is a basket case and Maduro, 54, is on his way to dictatorship. The government has banned protests and mobilised 370,000 troops in advance of todays vote that […]

Super sleuth Joy Reid traces Venezuela’s collapse all the way back to Donald Trump

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Remember that scene from Anne Rice’s “Queen of the Damned” where the tears of Hillary’s supporters slowly seeped into the ground beneath the Javits Center and rousedChristiane Amanpour from her long slumber? Angered by this disturbance, she called to her minions to awaken and save both journalism and democracy from mortal peril. Not that we needed anyone to confess that the press had been fast asleep for eight long years, but Google has really come a long way in that time, and there’s no reason for someone like Joy Reid to tweet something like this without doing a quick history […]

One Extremely Important Takeaway From Rolling Stones El Chapo Story

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Critics have been quick to pounce on Penn, whose article focused at least as much on himself as it did on the fugitive drug capo. But the piece did contain one important nugget that should prompt Americans to rethink how their government is fighting a four-decade war against drugs. In a pre-recorded video, Guzmán told Rolling Stone repeatedly that he got involved in drug trafficking in the first place because he didn’t have any other options. ASSOCIATED PRESS In this March 4, 2010, file photo, a soldier stands on a poppy field during an eradication supervised by the army on […]
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