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Old 26-01-2019, 10:35 AM   #21
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Prepping the Muh Russia!! narrative.

Exclusive: Kremlin-linked contractors help guard Venezuela's Maduro - sources

Maria Tsvetkova, Anton Zverev

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Private military contractors who do secret missions for Russia flew into Venezuela in the past few days to beef up security for President Nicolas Maduro in the face of U.S.-backed opposition protests, according to two people close to them.

A third source close to the Russian contractors also told Reuters there was a contingent of them in Venezuela, but could not say when they arrived or what their role was.

Russia, which has backed Maduro’s socialist government to the tune of billions of dollars, this week promised to stand by him after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself president with Washington’s endorsement.

It was the latest international crisis to split the global superpowers, with the United States and Europe backing Guaido, and Russia and China urging non-interference.

Yevgeny Shabayev, leader of a local chapter of a paramilitary group of Cossacks with ties to Russian military contractors, said he had heard the number of Russian contractors in Venezuela may be about 400.
But the other sources spoke of small groups.

Russia’s Defence Ministry and Venezuela’s Information Ministry did not respond to requests for comment about the contractors. But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We have no such information.”
The contractors are associated with the so-called Wagner group whose members, mostly ex-service personnel, fought clandestinely in support of Russian forces in Syria and Ukraine, according to Reuters interviews with dozens of contractors, their friends and relatives.

A person believed to work for the Wagner group did not respond to a message asking for information.
Citing contacts in a Russian state security structure, Shabayev said the contingent flew to Venezuela at the start of this week, a day or two before opposition protests started.

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He said they set off in two chartered aircraft for Havana, Cuba, from where they transferred onto regular commercial flights to Venezuela. The Cuban government, a close ally of Venezuela’s ruling socialists for the last two decades, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The contractors’ task in Venezuela was to protect Maduro from any attempt by opposition sympathizers in his own security forces to detain him, Shabayev said.
“Our people are there directly for his protection,” he said.
Venezuelan authorities said they had put down an attempted revolt on Monday by rogue military officers about a kilometer from the presidential palace in Caracas.

Maduro, the 56-year-old successor to Hugo Chavez, only takes to the streets in carefully-controlled situations, since crowds have barracked him in the past.

One of the two anonymous Russian sources, who is close to the Wagner group and fought in foreign conflicts where it was active, said the contractors first arrived in advance of the May 2018 presidential election, but another group arrived “recently.”

Asked if the deployment was linked to protecting Maduro, the source said: “It’s directly connected.” The contractors flew to Venezuela not from Moscow but from third countries where they were conducting missions, he added.

The third source, who is close to the private military contractors, said there was a contingent in Venezuela but he could not provide further details.
“They did not arrive in a big crowd,” he said.

Publicly-available flight-tracking data has shown a number of Russian government aircraft landing in or near Venezuela over past weeks, though there was no evidence the flights were connected to military contractors.
A Russian Ilyushin-96 flew into Havana late on Wednesday after starting its journey in Moscow and flying via Senegal and Paraguay, the data showed.

The aircraft, a civilian jet, is owned by a division of the Russian presidential administration, according to a publicly-available procurement contract relating to the plane.

Between Dec. 10 and Dec. 14 last year, an Antonov-124 heavy cargo aircraft, and an Ilyushin-76 transport aircraft, carried out flights between Russia and Caracas, flight-tracking data showed. Another Ilyushin-76 was in Caracas from Dec. 12 to Dec. 21 last year. All three aircraft belong to the Russian air force, according to the tracking data.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-v...-idUSKCN1PJ22M
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Old 26-01-2019, 05:50 PM   #22
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But... but... sanctions... not *real* socialism! https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/o...overnment.html

When the NYT runs an editorial like this, you know it's very bad.
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Old 26-01-2019, 06:53 PM   #23
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According to Nicolas Maduro, the United States are currently training 734 mercenaries in a training camp situated in Tona with a view to carrying out a false flag operation intended to spark a war with Venezuela. Taking into account the sociological particularity of Colombia, it is impossible to determine with certainty whether or not the training camp is controlled by Bogota.[…]


On 22 December 2018, in the absence of a [Guyanese] government, the Ramform Tethys (under the flag of the Bahamas) and the Delta Monarch (Trinidad and Tobago) undertook submarine explorations in the contested zone on behalf of Exxon-Mobil. Considering that this intrusion violated the Geneva agreement, the Venezuelan army chased the two ships away. The Guyanese Minister for Foreign Affairs, working with current affairs, declared it a hostile act.[…]


Guyana is a neighbour of Surinam (Dutch Guyana). Its President, Desi Bouterse, is wanted in Europe for drug trafficking – an affair which pre-dated his election. But his son, Dino, was arrested in Panama in 2013, despite the fact that he entered that country under a diplomatic passport. He was extradited to the United States where he was sentenced to 16 years of prison for drug trafficking - in reality because he was setting up the Lebanese Hezbollah in Surinam.[…]


In an interview on 3 January 2019, on the TV channel SBT, President Bolsonaro spoke of negotiations with the Pentagon concerning the possibility of creating a US military base in Brazil. This declaration raised powerful opposition within the armed forces, for whom their country is capable of defending itself without assistance.

During his investiture on 2 January 2019, the new President welcomed Israëli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This was the first time that an Israëli personality of this importance had been to Brazil. On this occasion, President Bolsonaro announced the coming transfer of the Brazilian embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who also went to the investiture, where he met Peruvian Minister for Foreign Affairs Néstor Popolizio, announced with President Bolsonaro his intention to fight with him against the « authoritarian régimes » of Venezuela and Cuba. Returning to the United States, he stopped over in Bogota to meet with Colombian President Iván Duque. The two men agreed to work for the diplomatic isolation of Venezuela. On 4 January 2019, the 14 States of the Lima Group (including Brazil, Colombia and Guyana) met to agree that Nicolas Maduro’s new mandate, which begins on 10 January, is « illegitimate ». This communiqué has not been signed by Mexico.[…]


It is perfectly clear today that the process towards war is under way. Enormous forces are in play, and there is little that can be done to stop them now. It is in this context that Russia is studying the possibility of setting up a permanent aero-naval base in Venezuela. The island of La Orchila – where President Hugo Chávez was held prisoner during the coup d’etat of April 2002 – would enable the storing of strategic bombers. This would constitute a much greater threat to the United States than the Soviet missiles stationed in Cuba in 1962.
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On Wednesday 9 January, Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, presented proof that his country’s territorial waters were violated on 22 December 2018. He denounced this as an international manoeuvre against Venezuela.

He has published videos and recordings of conversations between the captain of one of the two ships at issue and the Venezuelan Navy. In this exchange, the captain gives his precise location and he admits being in waters that are internationally recognized belong to Venezuela. The captain provides an authorization given only by the government of Guyana which had fallen just the day before. The Venezuelan Navy then invites him to leave Venezuela’s territorial waters.

This evidence negates the communication of ExxonMobil, the main supplier of oil to the Pentagon and the company previously led by Rex Tillerson (the former US Secretary of State of the Trump Administration).
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Old 28-01-2019, 11:57 AM   #24
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According to a commentator on the Richie Allen show the Bank of England is refusing to honour a deal by not returning over a billion dollars of Venezuelan gold which had been deposited as collateral for a loan.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world...ro-juan-guaido


Article fails to mention (according to the commentator )that the gold was deposited as collateral on a large loan which has now been paid off. BoE collaborating with the CIA?
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Old 29-01-2019, 09:47 AM   #25
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John Boltons memo. He forgot that there were cameras while he held his notice papers the wrong way around. Photo from jan 28th 2019

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Old 29-01-2019, 08:11 PM   #26
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it's amazing, NOBODY cares....

looks well timed right upon election in Brazil, it's a wide scale operation...

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During a press conference on Monday, reporters spotted national security adviser John Bolton carrying a notepad that appeared to say: "Afghanistan -> Welcome the Talks. 5,000 troops to Colombia."[...]

As Trump denounces Maduro, he's simultaneously embracing another controversial leader in the region: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
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Identical condemnations from the US and allies and the synchronicity show that Venezuela is being targeted for regime change in a concerted plot led by Washington.

Given the South American country is reckoned to possess the largest known oil reserves anywhere on the planet, that obviously makes it a major prize for US and European corporations and banks.

How dare the Venezuelan government aspire to harness its vast natural wealth for independent national development! Especially contemptible is a socialist government in the presumed backyard of Uncle Sam. Such temerity qualifies for urgent regime change.

It has emerged US Vice President Mike Pence phoned Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido last week urging him to make the unprecedented move to declare himself the “acting president”, and denounce the incumbent leader Nicolas Maduro as a “usurper.”

In addition, it was also reported that several weeks ago the Bank of England blocked the Venezuela government from repatriating $1.2 billion in gold reserves held in London. That extraordinary refusal by the British authorities had to have been a deliberate political decision, and was way before the tumultuous events in Venezuela last week, suggesting those events were not simply spontaneous.[…]

Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, as well as several rightwing Latin American governments have harped on the same talking points issued by the US: Maduro is “illegitimate”, a “usurper”; the opposition leader Juan Guaido is the authentic president, even though Maduro won with an overwhelming majority in last year’s election.

The European Union has demanded that President Maduro calls new elections within eight days, or face reprisals from the bloc, presumably involving economic and diplomatic sanctions. The arbitrary and unreasonable nature of the EU ultimatum suggests it is designed to be impossible for Maduro to fulfill, thereby giving a pretext for sanctioning Caracas.

The president has offered dialogue with the opposition. But Guaido rebuffed the initiative as “fake talks.” That suggests Guaido is being advised by his foreign supporters to adopt a maximalist position. Not talking with Maduro is aimed at intensifying the pressure on the government to use force against the opposition, as well as trying to undermine the president’s legitimacy.

Russia, China, Cuba, Turkey, and Iran, among others, have condemned what they say is a violation of Venezuela’s sovereignty by the US and its allies. Russia’s UN envoy, Vassily Nebenzia, commented that what is going on is a coup d’état led by Washington. It’s hard not to agree with that assessment given the circumstances.[…]

Thirty-five-year-old Juan Guaido is evidently being coached by Washington to do its bidding for regime change against the socialist government in Caracas. The US has been trying to get rid of the socialist administration in the oil-rich country for the past two decades, first under Hugo Chavez then under his successor, Maduro.

Guaido has suddenly become a rising star in the country’s opposition, which has been bankrolled by Washington with millions of dollars and generally lionized by the US and Western news media. The script here is the same as in several other regime-change operations. As in Ukraine or Syria, among other countries targeted, the incumbent leader is demonized and delegitimized. The Western-backed opposition is simultaneously valorized as “pro-democracy.”[…]

The audacity of Washington and its allies is astounding. The wanton destruction these powers have inflicted on other countries in the name of bringing democracy – from Iraq to Afghanistan, from Libya, Ukraine to Syria, among others, is truly spellbinding in the worse sense. Still, here they are doing the same demolition job on Venezuela, trying to turn the country into a failed state at the mercy of American hegemony. As Russia’s foreign policy spokeswoman Maria Zakharova drily noted: “Now, it’s Venezuela’s turn.”[…]

Again, this is the same formula as was applied in Ukraine, Libya, Syria and elsewhere. Not only are the political institutions subverted by external forces, but then when the authorities try to move to defend the nation they have their hands tied behind their backs through slanderous blackmail.

If the UN Security Council actually functioned as it’s supposed to, it should be investigating the regime-change machinations of the US and its allies, with a view to prosecute for criminal aggression.
https://www.rt.com/op-ed/449986-vene...coup-un-probe/
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Old 29-01-2019, 10:42 PM   #28
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I wonder why some people here and I in a smaller scale even bother… what do you think ? that you will change the world by your own or that someone will hire you for your good work ?

Nobody cares… in our days only treachery, lie and lowness pay, evil rules and only the bad guys get to their ends… look at Maduro, he’s got almost the whole South America against him, his own bothers just because most other states got infiltrated and corrupted by an evil power…

That’s what happens to a oil rich country and its righteous leader today, so what do you expect for yourself ?

The whole West has been taken over by Satan. Period.
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Old 29-01-2019, 10:48 PM   #29
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John Bolton, today said the ag in venezuela, is not legitimate. lol

So john bolton, has a right to tell a sovereign country, who there leading police person is. lol

US Denounces Venezuela's Attorney General as 'Illegitimate' - Bolton

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"We denounce the illegitimate former Venezuelan Attorney General's threats against President Juan Guaido", Bolton said via Twitter. "Let me reiterate — there will be serious consequences for those who attempt to subvert democracy and harm Guaido".
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Thats supposedly what bolton said. Also how can john bolton, mention democracy in that statement, when america wanted a coup, to force change in leader?

This shows, how america acts as some sort of mob boss. How can john bolton, try and tell another countries top police person, what they can or cannot do?

I am glad the Venezuela calmed down, and messed up, trump, bolton, pompeos plans. They are really upset now, Venezuela calmed down, and this article above, shows how they cannot accept how wrong they were.

John Bolton, and Pompeo, were goading venezuela into doing something, and now venezueala calmed down against americas wishes, america is upset, there plan did not work out as planned.

Of course america will keep going. Venezuela future should be decided by venezuela people, not washington.

You can be sure, Trump is really seething, his plans for chaos, and violence in venezuela did not happen. Of course we know america being the bully they are, they will keep trying, as they always do.

Venezuela need to keep showing the world, how they are not going to react to americas goading, and attempts at throwing venezula over the edge.

America must of been very upset there plans to create chaos, anger, violence in venezuela with the use of psycho active satelittes never came to be, as venezeula calmed down, against the wishes, of trump, pompeo, and john bolton.
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John Boltons memo. He forgot that there were cameras while he held his notice papers the wrong way around. Photo from jan 28th 2019
IMO Bolton revealed that note intentionally. It was an indirect threat/posturing.
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