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US Activist Suspects 'No One Showing Up' for Pro-Guaido Protests in Venezuela

09:44 31.03.2019

© REUTERS / Carlos Jasso

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Co-director Of Popular resistance activist group Kevin Zeese, who visited Venezuela earlier in the month with an American delegation, told Sputnik that one of the delegates who remains in the Latin American country, was unable to find any reported protests called by US-backed self-styled president, Juan Guaido.

“One of our delegates is in Venezuela and she was trying to go to these protests, and couldn’t find them. They seem like no one is showing up for these protests. So, Guaido is loosing power as he embraces the United States, as he calls for US troops, as he is tied to this terrorism and the electrical grid attack, he is loosing power. And on the other side, [Venezuelan incumbent President Nicolas] Maduro is gaining power," Zeese said.

Guaido, the Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, reportedly organized "thousands" of protesters at some 100 rally points across the nation, Efecto Cocuyo website reported Saturday.

He called for mass protests on March 30 earlier this week in order to prepare for the April 6 active phase of what he dubbed "tactical actions" of his Operation Freedom, aimed at ousting Maduro.

Guaido said opposition had formed aid and freedom committees that would take part in the action but gave away no details of what was planned.

Earlier in March, Zeese, along with a 13-member delegation from the US Peace Council organization, visited Venezuela to get a first-hand look of the situation in the country. The delegation met with Maduro, country’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza other government officials, as well as with the leaders of the Human Rights Council.

In January, Guaido declared himself interim president of Venezuela after disputing Maduro’s reelection victory in May of 2018.
The United States and 54 countries recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president and called on Maduro to step down.

Maduro, on his part, has called Guaido a US puppet and accused the United States of trying to orchestrate a coup to topple Venezuela’s legitimate government as well as claim the country’s resources.

Russia, China, Turkey, Cuba, Bolivia and a number of other countries have said they recognize Maduro as the only legitimate president of Venezuela.

R ~ Guaido has to be the biggest loser to have never run for the Presidency ever. This rich punk made mistake one - he trusted the CIA.
‘Russians will a pay price’ for military deployment to Venezuela: Bolton

By News Desk -2019-03-30

US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams announced on 29 March that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would soon come up with a response to last week’s arrival of Russian military planes in Venezuela.

“We have a very nice options paper of the various things that can be done in US-Russia relations. There are a lot of things we can do in economic terms, in terms of sanctions. There is a lot of things that are on the list. So, The Russians will pay a price for this”, he said.

US to Consider Deployment of Military Assets to Venezuela as Threat — Bolton

In turn, the US president’s National Security Advisor John Bolton has warned countries “external to the Western Hemisphere” against deploying military forces in Venezuela or “elsewhere in the Hemisphere” in a statement made on 29 March. He further underscored that the US would consider such military deployments to be provocations and “a direct threat to international peace and security in the region”.

“We strongly caution actors external to the Western Hemisphere against deploying military assets to Venezuela, or elsewhere in the Hemisphere, with the intent of establishing or expanding military operations”, he said.

He also accused Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro of trying to remain in power by using “Russian military personnel and equipment”. Bolton further said that the US vows to continue protecting its interests in the Western Hemisphere.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza suggested that Bolton should focus in his actual responsibilities, namely “ensuring US security”, and not spend his time trying to intervene in Venezuela’s “domestic matters”.

Russian Military Restore S-300 Operation — State Department Claims

The US State Department in a statement suggested that the Russian military planes that arrived in Venezuela had brought specialists tasked with restoring the S-300 air defence systems to operation after several blackouts hit the country in March.

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“One of the things they are doing seems to be, and we thought this from the very beginning, helping the regime with the S-300 ground-to-air missile system, which apparently got all screwed up by the blackout”, he said.

Caracas’ military attaché in Moscow, Jose Rafael Torrealba Perez, earlier stressed that Russian specialists, who recently arrived in Venezuela, had come there to discuss defence industry cooperation between the two states and not to conduct any sort of military operations.

Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov advised the US against worrying about Russian planes in Venezuela, as their arrival had been “done within the framework of normal relations with the legitimate government”.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, noted that Russia had not violated either international or Venezuelan law with its actions and that it did not “change the balance of forces in the region”. The ministry’s spokeswoman also added that as opposed to Washington, Russia has never threatened anyone in the region.

The arrival of Russian An-124 and Il-62 military aircraft on 23 March drew harsh criticism from the US. Vice President Mike Pence called it an “unwelcome provocation”, while US President Donald Trump demanded that Russia “get out” of Venezuela and said that all options were on the table to force Moscow to do so.

The US earlier recognised self-proclaimed interim Venezuelan President Juan Guaido, with many of its allies following suit. However, a number of other countries, including Russia, China and US NATO ally Turkey, refused to recognise Guaido and instead reaffirmed their support for the legitimate president, Nicolas Maduro. Both Caracas and Moscow have slammed US actions as attempts to forcibly change the government in Venezuela.

R ~ Every time Bolton speaks the Russians start shaking in their boots - from laughter.
Russia Continues to Dump Dollar, Buying Up 31 Tonnes of Gold in Single Month

12:15 30.03.2019(updated 12:21 30.03.2019)

© Sputnik / Alexei Druzhinin

Moscow's sovereign gold stockpile jumped up to over 2,100 metric tonnes last year, with the country's status as a major gold producer allowing for reserves to be built up using domestically sourced bullion.

Russia's hunger for gold continues to grow, with freshly released Central Bank data showing reserves climbing by 31.1 tonnes, or 1.5 per cent of total reserves, in the month of February alone. Taking account of another 6.22 tonnes of the precious metal purchased in January, reserves now stand at some 2,149.25 metric tonnes, according to the Central Bank.

According to Bloomberg, Russia's gold rush'n approach to the precious metal is an indication that the country continues to make "rapid progress in its effort to diversify away from American assets."

According to the business resource, the impact of more countries taking a similar approach to the dollar could be problematic, with the US' European partners, including France, Poland and Hungary, already engaged in similar gold buys or referring to their dependence on the dollar "an issue of sovereignty."

For Russia, Bloomberg suggested, the gold stockpile means safety "against geopolitical shocks and the threat of tougher US sanctions as relations between the two powers continue to deteriorate." However, with Russian gold mines' output topping out at about 300 tonnes per year, and the Central Bank buying up nearly 275 tonnes of that in 2018, Russia is on-course to making substantial purchases abroad, according to observers.

"Should it reach the limit for domestic purchases, I think the Central Bank will start to import gold," Oleg Kouzmin, chief economist at the Moscow-based brokerage firm Renaissance Capital, said.

According to the economist, continued tensions with Washington mean that Russia's bullion reserves will keep growing as a percentage of total reserves. Gold already accounts for close to 20 percent of Russia's total foreign-exchange reserves, with the dollar dropping from a whopping 46 percent of reserves in mid-2017 to 22 percent now. The remaining dollar cushion is accounted for by Russia's continued dependence on the greenback for international trade.

Russia's Buy-Up Has Global Impact on Prices

Ronald-Peter Stoeferle, a managing partner at Liechtenstein-based investment firm Incrementum AG, said that Russia's gold bonanza has helped prop up global gold prices substantially in recent years, with prices jumping by over 20 percent since 2016 and going for roughly $1,300 per ounce in Friday trading. In 2018, Russia accounted for a whopping 40 percent of total gold purchased by central banks, with its purchases accounting for some 6 percent of total global buying.

And that strategy has already brought dividends, according to experts. Last month, economists estimated that the Russian Central Bank has already earned somewhere in the neighbourhood of $10 billion dollars thanks to rising prices for its gold holdings. Economist added, however, that the rising dollar value of the gold was just a bonus, since the Central Bank's main purpose was to diversify reserves and insure them against the threat of Western sanctions.
The World Below / Emboldened by Trump's Golan move, Israel attacks Aleppo
« Last post by Rudi Jan on March 28, 2019, 10:47:36 AM »
Emboldened by Trump's Golan move, Israel attacks Aleppo

Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:22PM [Updated: Thu Mar 28, 2019 02:25AM ]

A picture taken early on January 21, 2019, shows Syrian air defense batteries responding to Israeli missiles targeting
Damascus. (Photo by AFP)

The Syrian air defense system has responded to multiple missiles fired by Israeli jets on the northwestern city of Aleppo, intercepting the majority of them according to Syrian media.

The Israeli regime launched the attacks on Shaykh Najjar industrial city located 10 km northeast of Aleppo at around 11 p.m. local time (2100 GMT) on Wednesday, the official Syrian news agency SANA reported.

SANA quoted a military source as saying that the Syrian air defense has "downed a number of the hostile missiles”.

The Syrian TV said the majority of the missiles had been intercepted by the Arab country’s air defense, and those that hit their targets only caused material damage.

Meanwhile, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims the airstrikes have targeted an arms depot in Aleppo airport, causing huge explosions.

The attacks have also caused a massive blackout in Aleppo, according to the Syrian TV.

The Israeli regime launches airstrikes on the Syrian territory from time to time. Such aggressive moves are usually viewed as attempts to prop up terrorist groups suffering defeats at the hands of Syrian government forces.

Israel used to be very careful with its operations over Syria after Russia equipped Damascus with the advanced S-300 surface-to-air missiles in October 2018.

However, US President Donald Trump's recent decision to recognize the “Israeli sovereignty” over the Syrian territories of Golan Heights has seemingly emboldened Tel Aviv to launch new aggression on the Arab country.

PressTV-Trump’s Golan move part of ‘criminal project’: Syria
Syria slams Donald Trump’s recognition of “Israeli sovereignty” over the Golan Heights at a meeting of the UN Security Council.

Trump signed a decree recognizing Israeli “sovereignty” over the occupied Golan at the start of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington on Monday.

Since then, the US has become the subject of a new round of furor by world countries over Trump’s controversial decision.

R ~ First Jerusalem, now the Golan - next we take Berlin.
Facebook bans all praise of ‘white nationalism’ & ‘white separatism’

Published time: 28 Mar, 2019 04:50
Edited time: 28 Mar, 2019 09:00

Commander Jeff Schoep of the National Socialist Movement, a white nationalist group, speaks at a rally in Arkansas © Reuters / Jim Urquhart

Facebook has announced that it will ban content relating to ‘white nationalism’ and ‘white separatism’ from its platform. The nature of the content that will be banned raises some free speech concerns.

Facebook’s hate speech policies already forbid any content praising or promoting “white supremacy.” The company has, until now, drawn a distinction between this content and “white nationalism” and “white separatism,” much to the ire of civil rights activists, who argue that the terms are interchangeable.

“Going forward,” the company announced in a blog post on Wednesday, “while people will still be able to demonstrate pride in their ethnic heritage, we will not tolerate praise or support for white nationalism and separatism.”

As of next week, users attempting to post such content will be redirected to Life After Hate, a nonprofit staffed by former extremists that seek to turn young people away from white supremacy. The new policy will apply to both Facebook and Instagram.

White nationalism and white separatism are hazy concepts. Facebook initially considered them in the same category of Basque separatism in Spain, the Zionist movement, or Malcolm X-style black separatism. However, the latest decision seems to place explicitly white movements into a category of their own.

Enforcing the ban will likely prove controversial, especially in the United States where Facebook has been accused of a pervasive anti-conservative bias. Phrases like “I am a proud white nationalist” and “Immigration is tearing this country apart; white separatism is the only answer” will now be banned, the company told Motherboard. Less explicit and “coded” references will be removed on a case-by-case basis, an opaque policy that will surely draw accusations of misuse.

Behind the scenes, most of the content sifting will be done using artificial intelligence and machine learning, Facebook said on Wednesday.

Facebook’s clampdown on the extreme right comes less than two weeks after gunman Brenton Tarrant murdered 50 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Tarrant livestreamed his rampage on Facebook, and the social media giant was criticized for failing to take down reposts of the video quick enough in the days afterward.

Tarrant’s murder spree, inspired by a blend of white supremacist and fascist ideologies, prompted New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden to issue a “global call” to fight the “ideology” of racism, particularly online.

RT ~ Thank you RT for putting up a picture of what we know to usually be false operatives financed by the CIA to demonize nationalism. You in Russia who are now finally embracing nationalism ought to be far more careful about who you view as nationalaists in Nortth America. It isn't what the jews at facebook like to present. Very disappointed in your coverage on this issue with this article.

'White nationalism and white separatism are hazy concepts.' maybe if you follow the jews on the subject that statement might be true but now for the aware, of whom there are far more than even 2 years ago. the only one that seems hazy about the concept are our politicians. I use 'our' rather cautiously as I know they are truly foreign to our essential and traditional culture of individual freedom. Is that concept that hazy? Only to idiots I would say.
Trump signs declaration recognizing Israel's sovereignty over disputed Golan Heights

Published time: 25 Mar, 2019 16:18
Edited time: 25 Mar, 2019 16:52

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu address the press in Washington © Reuters / Carlos Barria

US President Donald Trump has signed a declaration recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, seized from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War.

In a joint press conference with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, Trump hailed the “powerful” relationship between the US and Israel, while Netanyahu called the signing “historic justice” and a “diplomatic victory.”

The announcement comes less than a week after Trump tweeted support for Israel’s claim to the territory, despite the UN ruling the annexation “null and void.” The Golan Heights is home to some 27,000 Syrians, and the Israeli occupation of the area has been blasted as “completely beyond international law” by the Arab League.

Netanyahu’s visit to Washington was cut short on Monday morning, after a Palestinian rocket struck a house in a town near Tel Aviv, injuring seven people. As the PM and Trump spoke to the press, Israeli helicopters and jets began pounding Hamas targets in the Gaza strip in retaliation.

Before returning to Israel, Netanyahu vowed to respond “forcefully” to the “wanton” rocket attack.

R ~ While the cucks are all talking Mueller and Russian collusion Netenyahoo comes to get the latest Balfour Declaration in his grubby hands to ensure his re-election. It appears to me that we are back to step one after two years of Trump - back to what started all this - Israeli Collusion.
'Won't Stand Idly By as Russia Exacerbates Tensions in Venezuela' - Pompeo

17:43 25.03.2019(updated 18:21 25.03.2019)

© AFP 2019 / Cristian HERNANDEZ

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss the situation in Venezuela, State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said on Monday in a readout of a phone conversation between the two leaders.

"Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo called Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today, March 25 on the situation in Venezuela," Palladino said.

During the conversation, Pompeo told Lavrov that the United State would not stand by with respect to Russia's actions in Venezuela.

"The Secretary told Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov that the United States and regional countries will not stand idly by as Russia exacerbates tensions in Venezuela," Palladino said in the release. "The continued insertion of Russian military personnel to support the illegitimate regime of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela risks prolonging the suffering of the Venezuelan people who overwhelmingly support interim President Juan Guaido."

A group of Russian military personnel has arrived in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas to take part in consultations with the country's government officials on bilateral defense industry cooperation, a diplomatic source in Caracas told Sputnik.

The planes arrived in the Venezuelan capital on Saturday. Media earlier reported that an estimated 99 Russian military staff arrived in Caracas on board two planes, which also delivered 35 tonnes of cargo.

Venezuela has been suffering from a severe political crisis for around two months, after the leader of the country's opposition, Juan Guaido, illegally proclaimed himself interim president, contesting the re-election of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro last year.

R ~ Pompeo doing what he does best, bloviate and lie. I'm sure Lavrov laughed long and hard after a call from this pompous ass. When will be treated to the sight of Pompeo dressed in fatigues accompany the troops as they storm Venezuela? BTW - where are the pictures of this march...? If the count of those attending is anything like what that moron Sir Richard Branson claimed I doubt the protesters took up much more than a bicicle lane on the road to Caracas.
The World Below / Gaza hit by Israel after Hamas denies rocket attack on Tel Aviv
« Last post by Rudi Jan on March 25, 2019, 08:27:49 AM »
Gaza hit by Israel after Hamas denies rocket attack on Tel Aviv

Mon Mar 25, 2019 04:07PM [Updated: Mon Mar 25, 2019 04:24PM ]

Israeli troops prepare to close a road near Gaza on March 25, 2019, after a rocket from the strip hit north of Tel Aviv. Hamas denied such a strike. (Photo by AFP)

Only a few hours after the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas denied it had launched a rocket attack toward Tel Aviv, the Israeli military says it has begun striking the besieged Palestinian territory.

The Israeli military said on Monday it had started hitting Hamas targets throughout the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian security officials and Hamas media outlets said a naval position of the resistance movement was targeted west of Gaza City.

In northern Gaza, another target was a large training camp run by Hamas.

R ~ Yet another israeli false flag to have an excuse to kill and maim. these are our 'bestest' allies folks... it's on the head of all those who participate or remain silent.
Entire territory of Syria, Iraq now liberated from Islamic State - Trump

March 24, 0:06 UTC+3

An Islamic State militant flag lies in a tent encampment after the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) took control of Baghuz, the last Islamic State stronghold in Syria on Saturday, March 23 © AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo

WASHINGTON, March 23. /TASS/. The United States and its partners in the international anti-terrorist coalition have liberated the entire territory of Syria and Iraq from the Islamic State terrorist group (outlawed in Russia), US President Donald Trump said in a statement released by the White House on Saturday.

"I am pleased to announce that, together with our partners in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, including the Iraqi Security Forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces, the United States has liberated all ISIS-controlled territory in Syria and Iraq 100% of the ‘caliphate,’" Trump said.

According to the US leader, just two years ago, terrorists "controlled a vast amount of territory in both Iraq and Syria."

"Since then, we have retaken more than 20,000 square miles of land and liberated millions of Syrians and Iraqis from ISIS’s ‘caliphate,’" the president added.

Trump also made an address to young people supporting Islamic State.

"You will be dead if you join. Think instead about having a great life," he warned.

The US president went on to say that his country would "remain vigilant against ISIS" and will keep fighting the Islamic State terrorists until they are finally defeated wherever they operate.

"We will continue to work with our partners and allies to totally crush Radical Islamic Terrorists," he said.

Commenting on the statement, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (NSA) John Bolton said in a Twitter post: "The U.S. will continue to closely monitor the remnants of ISIS and continue to work alongside our Coalition partners to prevent any resurgence."

Earlier, the international anti-terrorist coalition announced it had crushed the remnants of the ISIS "caliphate" in the village of Baghuz on the border with Iraq.

Coalition’s statement

The US-led international coalition said in a statement on Saturday that since the launch of the Inherent Resolve operation in 2014, the coalition and partner forces (74 nations and five international organizations) have liberated nearly 110,000 square kilometers (42,471 square miles) from the Islamic State. "As a result, 7.7 million people no longer live under Daesh oppression," the document reads.

"Make no mistake, Daesh is preserving their force," said US Army Lt. Gen. Paul LaCamera, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve commanding general. "They have made calculated decisions to preserve what is left of their dwindling personnel and capabilities by taking their chances in camps for internally displaced persons and going to ground in remote areas. They are waiting for the right time to reemerge."

"Many civilians evacuated from Baghuz Faqwani are family members of Daesh terrorists and they willingly subscribed to Daesh's radical ideology. These family members will not easily abandon their ideology. Their reintegration into society will require a collective effort from the coalition and international community to help eliminate conditions that would allow Daesh to reemerge," said LaCamera.

The US general added that the coalition will keep supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces in rebuilding the region and defeating the Islamic State and its ideology.

R ~ Is this the concept of snatching victory from defeat? I cannot imagine that Trump does not know that Syria and every other intervention by the 'Coalition' has been disaster after disaster. Other than short term territorial gains during which as much oil and artifact looting goes on it's defeat.

Defeat after defeat as a matter of fact. That and blood, death and carnage. So why is he making these absurd claims in stead of acknowledging defeat, attributing that defeat to those who have been swamp creatures and that he has raised up with titles and powers they ought not to have. If this is 'the plan' then we have a problem since Trump is giving away Jerusalem and now all of the Golan Heights. These were issues in abeyance, on the shelf so to speak, and gained America absolutely nothing except yet further money for Israel.

We have gone over two years and we have a man that offers no directions toward what was promised in his campaign. North Korea was of the same nature - a non issue that he made an issue out of. he just keeps tossing everything into the soup. Now add Venezuela. In his favor he has not acted by force as promised in his belligerent speeches. If I have even a smidgen of hope it is in that lack of action under a blizzard of rhetoric, mostly false and all extremely deceptive.

Russia and Syria have done the job Trump claims to have done. they have done the job in spite of the entire deep state and it's (((head))) throwing every bit of stolen money into the job of unseating Assad and devastating the country from end to end, with atrocities of all kinds committed by this USG proxy, financed by a coalition of psychopaths, psychopaths acting in our name.
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