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US foes seek new world order
October 21, 2010 Venezuela and Iran denounce US imperialism
Venezuela and Iran have denounced US imperialism and called for a new world order, saying they are united in trying to eliminate western dominance in global affairs.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, and visiting Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez, were quoted by Iranian media as calling their relationship a strategic alliance.
"We are united and determined to end the current unjust which dominates the world and replace it with a new world order based on justice," said Ahmadinejad.
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Hugo Chávez end stage cancer
Hugo Chávez in Cuban Hospital
June 25, 2011 Hell, here he comes, open up
Chavez allies dismiss reports of cancer
June 27, 2011 CNN
A close ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez denied media reports that the South American leader has prostate cancer.
"I would be the first to tell the country," said Rep. Fernando Soto Rojas, head of the National Assembly and a member of Chavez's United Socialist Party of Venezuela.
Speculation has surged in media reports and online posts since officials announced that doctors in Cuba performed emergency surgery on Chavez to treat a pelvic abscess more than two weeks ago.
Last week, unnamed U.S. intelligence sources told El Nuevo Herald -- the Spanish-language sister paper of The Miami Herald -- that Chavez was in critical condition. Reports from other media, including The Wall Street Journal, have raised the question of whether Chavez has prostate cancer.
Most official reports since Chavez's June 10 surgery sum up the situation with the same phrase, saying Chavez is "recuperating satisfactorily" in Cuba.
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez publicly curses himself
Nov 26, 2011
Then begs GOD for mercy
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez wept and asked God to spare his life.
Now the LORD said to Abram,
“Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you (ISRAEL) I will curse .
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
Hugo Chavez Brings First Shipment of Gold to Venezuela From Foreign Vaults as Global Economy Slides
November 26, 2011 In August Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez announced that he would be repatriating the foreign-held gold reserves in American and European banks and they received the first shipment of gold from European countries on Friday.
The Venezuelan central bank reports that about $300 million in gold was brought in to Caracas by plane and they plan to bring 160 tons held abroad back to Venezuela.
The president of the central bank, Nelson Merentes said that the first shipment came from “various European countries” by way of France and called the arrival of the gold bullion a “historic” moment for his country, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Hugo Chavez said, “Now [the gold] will go to a place from which it should have never left: the central bank vaults [in Caracas]; not those in London or in Europe, but our own land.”
This is likely quite a good move as Western banks are becoming increasingly exposed to massive amounts of derivatives and sovereign debt crises that are wracking several economies.
These crises very well might be engineered by central banks and their “too big to fail” cronies just as the crash in 2008 was, and Chavez might preempting a possible gold run by demanding physical delivery of his gold now before there is no gold to deliver.
Venezuela to ship more fuel to Syria as crackdown spreads
March 6, 2012 Reuters - Venezuela is readying a third shipment of diesel to the government of Syria even as President Bashar al-Assad intensifies a crackdown against protesters, said a Venezuelan lawmaker on Monday.
Last month, Venezuela's government confirmed it had sent at least two shipments of fuel to Syria, potentially undermining Western sanctions as a rare supplier to the increasingly isolated Assad regime.
Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, who is in Cuba recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, has been a vociferous supporter of Syria as part of a self-styled international "anti-imperialist" alliance.
Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA shipped cargo in February aboard the Negra Hipolita vessel after the same tanker carried a first shipment in November.
A special report from Dan Rather, anchor and managing editor of HDNet's Dan Rather Report
May 30, 2012 By Dan Rather
This reporter has been told that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive cancer that has "entered the end stage". The information and the quote come from a highly respected source close to Chavez and who is in a position to know his medical condition and history. This source says the prognosis is dire and that Chavez is now not expected to live "more than a couple of months at most." Chavez is running for re-elec tion in Venezuela but several sources--including the one who revealed the exact kind of cancer-- have told me that they believe it is doubtful the dictator will live to see the results.
Voting is scheduled for October 7th. Chavez has been treated three times in Cuba but the exact kind of cancer has been a closely guarded state secret.
Reporter's note: There is only one source for identifying the cancer and for the prognosis quoted in the first part of the above story. This is a person whom your reporter has very good reason to trust, but you should know that there is only one source so far; no other immediate confirmation. All sources asked for and were granted anonymity because to reveal their names could place them in danger or, at the very least cost them their positions.
Venezuela's Chavez says "totally free" of cancer, again
July 9, 2012 CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Monday declared himself fully recovered from cancer and ready to return to the streets for his re-election campaign ahead of an October vote.
"Free, free, totally free," an ebullient Chavez told reporters when asked if he was free of the disease that struck a year ago.
The 57-year-old socialist leader, who has dominated the South American OPEC member since taking power in 1999, was first diagnosed with cancer in the pelvic region in the middle of last year.
He wrongly declared himself cured at the end of 2011 and suffered a recurrence of the disease in February.
But after three operations in a year and repeated cycles of treatment in Cuba and Venezuela, Chavez is once again declaring himself fully fit at a crucial time when his health is the main wild card before the October 7 presidential vote.
Despite his optimism, doctors say it is impossible to be sure someone is completely cured of cancer until at least a couple of years have passed since the last recurrence.
Perceptions of Chavez's ability to campaign for the election, and govern afterwards, may play a decisive role in what could be one of Venezuela's tightest elections of recent times.
The former soldier is leading most opinion polls by double digits, but one recent survey put him neck-and-neck with opposition candidate Henrique Capriles and as many as a third of voters remain undecided.
Venezuela main oil refinery blast
25 August 2012
A huge explosion at Venezuela biggest oil refinery has killed at least 24 people and halted production for two days.
At least 50 people were also injured in the blast which started a fire at the Amuay plant in the northwest of the country.
Nearby houses damaged by the blast. The fire is said to be under control.
The refinery, one of the biggest in the world, produces 645,000 barrels a day.
This is the 3rd refinery fire in August. There was one in Oklahoma and another in California.
Dec 12, 2012 CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The government warned Venezuelans that ailing President Hugo Chavez may not be well enough after his fourth cancer-related surgery in Cuba to be inaugurated on Jan. 10.
Moving to prepare the public for the possibility of more bad news, Vice President Nicolas Maduro looked grim earlier in the day when he acknowledged that Chavez faced a "complex and hard" process after his latest surgery.
At the same time, officials strove to show a united front amid the growing worries about Chavez's health and the country's future. Key leaders of Chavez's party and military officers appearing together on television as Maduro took the lead in giving updates on Chavez's condition.
"We're more united than ever," said Maduro, who was flanked by National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello and Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez, both key members of Chavez's inner circle. "We're united in loyalty to Chavez."
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez may not be well enough after his cancer surgery in Cuba to be inaugurated on Jan. 10.
Chavez chose Maduro to replace him.
Rumors Chavez is dead were denied.
Venezuela Chavez suffers new complications
Dec 31, 2012 Hugo Chavez has suffered “new complications” following his cancer surgery in Cuba and is in “delicate” condition, his vice president said Sunday.
Vice President Nicolas Maduro spoke with a solemn expression in a televised address from Havana, saying he had spoken with Chavez and that the president sent greetings to his homeland. Maduro did not give details about the complications, which he said came amid a respiratory infection.
“Several minutes ago we were with President Chavez. We greeted each other and he himself referred to these complications,” Maduro said, reading from a prepared statement. Maduro was seated alongside Chavez’s eldest daughter, Rosa, and son-in-law Jorge Arreaza, as well as Attorney General Cilia Flores.
The vice president’s comments suggest an increasingly difficult fight for the ailing president. The Venezuelan leader has not been seen or heard from since undergoing his fourth cancer-related surgery Dec. 11, and government officials have said he might not return in time for his scheduled Jan. 10 inauguration for a new six-year term.
“The president gave us precise instructions so that, after finishing the visit, we would tell the (Venezuelan) people about his current health condition,” Maduro said. “President Chavez’s state of health continues to be delicate, with complications that are being attended to, in a process not without risks.”
Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez in a coma 'only kept alive by life support' after cancer surgery
2 January 2013 Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is in an induced coma in Cuba being kept alive by life support following complications during cancer surgery.
His vital signs are very weak, doctors could decide to switch off the machines at any moment.
Venezuela Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Chavez condition remains delicate.
Hugo Chavez battles lung infection in Cuba hospital
January 4, 2013 Hugo Chavez still has severe respiratory problem
Translation - He's on life support - his death to be announced - whenever
Chavez final goodbye
January 5, 2013 Chavez aides and relations have flown to Havana for a final goodbye.
President Chavez is in Cuba, has not been seen in public since operation 3 weeks ago.
Hugo Chavez health crisis worsens from lung infection
Chavez is being treated for respiratory deficiency. Typical of a corpse.
Hugo Chavez Clinically Dead
He is Clinically Dead , and will not be officially announced till after the 10th.
Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez is rumored to be ‘clinically dead”, after a long battle with cancer which included a 4 operations in 18 months, with the most recent being on December 11th.
Chavez has not been seen publicly in more than three weeks following cancer surgery on December 11 – the fourth operation in 18 months.
Several unconfirmed sources have stated that Chavez never fully recovered from the latter operation and is being kept alive by machines. The source also goes on to state ” With constant fever, loss of consciousness and the antibiotics having no affect, Chavez came to the end of the year in intensive care, without eating anything solid since undergoing surgery three weeks ago.”
Many are saying that Venezuela officials are keeping this quiet and will not officially announce the Presidents death until after January 10th because in Venezuela’s constitution it requires an election in the event the elected official is not able to be inaugurated in Jan 10th.
Sounds like Israeli PM Ariel Sharon
Death of Hugo Chavez could set off shock waves across region
The likelihood that Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is close to death will pitch rivals against one another in a battle for power and oil riches, and trigger political shock waves across the region.
He is lying close to death in a Cuban hospital bed, quite possibly being kept alive on a ventilator, suffering from respiratory problems and a severe lung infection after his fourth round of surgery in 18 months for an undisclosed type of pelvic cancer.
His illness has already sparked a constitutional crisis in Venezuela, where he won a hotly-contested election in October but has not yet started a new term. His death would send shock waves across the region and could endanger the survival of Cuba's communist regime which is dependent on his largesse for cheap oil.
Chavez to Stay in Power Even Without Taking Oath
Ramon Jose Medina, deputy head of the opposition alliance, said Jan. 3 that Chavez’s failure to swear in on Jan. 10, without Cabello taking over the reins of the government, would constitute a government-staged coup.
January 10 (RIA Novosti) - Venezuelan authorities called for a massive show of support of cancer-stricken Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Thursday, the day he was to be sworn in for another six-year presidential term.
Venezuela's Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled to postpone President Hugo Chavez's inauguration until after he completes a course of treatment for cancer. Chief judge of Venezuela’s Supreme Court, Luisa Morales, said that inauguration of Chavez was unnecessary as he served a consecutive term.
Thousands of Venezuelans have flocked to the capital to take part in the rally.
Venezuela devalues currency amid dollar shortage
2/13/13 — Venezuela devalued its currency amid questions about how the government can get a grip on 22-percent inflation and satisfy growing demand for dollars to pay for imported goods.
Some economists predict that the devaluation won't solve problems such as a dearth of dollars for imports and shortages of some staple foods.
The country's fifth devaluation in a decade established a new government-set rate of 6.30 bolivars to the dollar, replacing the previous rate of 4.30 bolivars. Venezuela also has a flourishing black market in which bolivars are being traded for more than three times the new official rate.
Economist Jose Guerra said he doubts that the Central Bank and government currency agency will be able to meet heavy demand for dollars, especially now that officials have eliminated a state-run bond trading system that had provided dollars at a second-tier rate.
Vice President Nicolas Maduro, who has taken on additional authority during the past two months while President Hugo Chavez has been away in Cuba for cancer treatment, has said the government has enough dollars from oil earnings to meet all the needs of the economy.
Maduro said on Wednesday that the government decided to carry out a "restructuring" of its currency exchange agency and will strengthen oversight of companies that receive dollars at the official exchange rate. He also said that government plans to crack down on price speculation by wholesalers in order to combat inflation.
Planning and Finance Minister Jorge Giordani has said that dollars allotted by the government will go toward "priority" goods, leading some economists to conclude that the government seems to be stiffening its currency exchange controls.
Venezuela's government has maintained strict currency controls since 2003. Under the controls, people and businesses must apply to the government currency agency to receive dollars at the government-set official rate to import goods, pay for travel or cover other obligations.
Giordani said at a news conference that a new entity being created by the government, called the Superior Body for the Optimization of the Exchange System, will be in charge of overseeing the distribution of dollars for priority imports. The government typically has favored companies importing food, medicines and other basic goods.
Government officials haven't provided details about how they plan to meet the demands of importers and other businesses for dollars that used to be provided through the government-run bond market.
Sporadic shortages of some basic foods such as sugar, flour, cornmeal and cooking oil have worsened during the past few months while the government has been making available fewer dollars at the fixed exchange rate. Amid heavy demand for foreign currency, economists estimate the black market has recently been satisfying about 12 percent of the demand for dollars in the country.
Many Venezuelans have turned to buying cars, appliances and other goods to try to protect the value of their money as the country's inflation has eroded the value of their savings.
But Ronald Balza, an economics professor at Andres Bello Catholic University in Caracas, said he doesn't expect much of an additional buying boom by consumers after the devaluation because the measure had been widely expected for months and many Venezuelans had already been buying large numbers of appliances and electronic items since late last year to try to convert their bolivars into goods that would hold their value.
The devaluation should further drive up inflation, but the effect won't be immediate because the government allowed for some previously approved dollar transactions to be completed at the previous rate for imports of food, construction supplies and other goods, Balza said.
Guerra also predicted that the devaluation is likely to push inflation to 25 percent this year, following 20 percent inflation during 2012.
Industry Minister Ricardo Menendez, however, said the devaluation shouldn't increase inflation. He said the government will step up inspections of businesses that receive dollars at the official rate to make sure they aren't engaging in price speculation. The government has announced similar measures after previous devaluations and also maintains price controls on many foods and other items.
Hugo Chavez back in Venezuela
18 February 2013 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he has returned to the country after receiving treatment for cancer in Cuba.
In three messages posted on Twitter, Mr Chavez, 58, thanked Cuban President and ex-leader Raul and Fidel Castro.
He also thanked Venezuelans for their support and said he would continue treatment in his home country.
Darn, I thot he died
WHO IS RUNNING VENEZUELA?
Venezuelans hold candlelight vigil for Chavez
February 23, 2013 Officials insist that ailing president, unseen in public for months, is still in charge.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Hundreds of Venezuelans held a candlelight vigil Friday for President Hugo Chavez, praying for their leader while he remained in a hospital undergoing cancer treatment.
Chavez’s supporters gathered on a wide stairway in a hillside park near the presidential palace. They lit candles at sunset and sang along with a recording of a healthy Chavez belting out the national anthem.
Some wiped away tears. Others closed their eyes and prayed.
Some said they felt sad, yet still hopeful that Chavez might be able to survive.
“We’re praying for the president, for him to get through all of this,” said Ana Perez, a seamstress holding a candle and shielding her flame from the breeze with a piece of paper.
Her eyes filled with tears as she talked about Chavez. “There is no other president like this one. He’s unique,” she said, wiping a wet cheek.
“He’s going to come out of all of this, and he’s going to get better,” Perez said. “He’s survived many hard things. He’s strong.”
A group of indigenous people wearing colorful dresses, beads and feathers danced around a bonfire at the base of the stairs. One man blew on a conch shell, while others shook maracas as they danced around the flames.
Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Friday night that he and other officials had met with Chavez at the military hospital. Maduro said Chavez is continuing to undergo treatment for “respiratory insufficiency” and is breathing through a tracheal tube, which hinders speech.
Hugo Chávez Is Not Dead, But He's Close
Venezuela's vice president went on TV Thursday evening to bat back rumors that Hugo Chávez has died. He didn't do much to encourage the Venezuelan people about their president's health, either. Quite specifically, Nicolás Maduro said that Chávez "is battling there for his health, for his life, and we're accompanying him." Besides implying that Chávez is still alive, this does not actually offer any news of progress, since over two months ago Maduro said the Venezuelan president "is fighting a great battle ... for his life, for his health." Two months of fighting for one's life is not encouraging. No worries. A recent poll says that nearly 60 percent of Venezuelans believe Chávez will recover and return to power.
Maduro's latest however repetitive report about Chávez's health came less than 24 hours after CNN Chile falsely reported that the leader had died. The network attributed the news to Panamanian diplomat Guillermo Cochez who said, "I challenge the Venezuelan government to prove me wrong, and to present President Chávez so that it's known whether what I say is the truth or a lie." And so it appears the Venezuelan government heard the challenge. Nevertheless, we do know that Chávez has been breathing through a tube since a serious respiratory infection that followed four cancer surgeries, and he hasn't been seen publicly since December 11 of last year. The man is in very, very poor health. If he's not facing death yet, Chávez is certainly knocking on its door.
Hugo Chavez finally dead at 4:25 local time VEnezuela
Chavez's breathing problems worsen, has severe new infection
March 5, 2013 I think he is dead and the guy in power wont tell people.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's breathing problems have worsened and he is suffering from a "severe" new respiratory infection as he struggles to recover from cancer surgery.
He has not been seen in public nor heard from in almost three months since undergoing the operation in Cuba. It was his fourth surgery since the disease was detected in mid-2011.
"Today there is a worsening of his respiratory function, related to his depressed immune system. There is now a new, severe infection," Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said, reading the latest brief statement on Chavez's condition.
Chavez made a surprise pre-dawn homecoming two weeks ago with none of the fanfare and celebration that had accompanied previous returns from treatment in Havana. The government said he is now fighting for his life at a Caracas military hospital. Armed guards are providing heavy security outside.
"The president has been receiving high-impact chemotherapy, along with other complementary treatments ... his general condition continues to be very delicate," Villegas said.
Chavez suffered multiple complications after the December 11 surgery.
Hollywood mourns Hugo Chavez
06 Mar 2013 As thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets of Caracas to mourn President Hugo Chavez after learning of his death Tuesday, tributes began pouring in from supporters around the world — including several Hollyweird heavyweights like Sean Penn stood by Chavez during his reign.
Hugo Chavez's last words: 'Please don't let me die'
Citgo lowers US flag to half-staff for Chavez — in Texas
3/7/13 Did they think no one would notice? Citgo, the oil company, has its corporate headquarters in Houston but is owned by the national oil company of Venezuela. Following the death of President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday, the company did the patriotic thing and lowered its flags to half-staff. Including the American flag. It is not a surprise that this has raised many an eyebrow in a country that Chavez regularly decried as an enemy of the Venezuelan people. "I told the person that answered the phone that if she had a problem with raising the flag back up that I could come down and do it for her," said one Texan.
Luk 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Luk 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Luk 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
Luk 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
Luk 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
Luk 16:27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
Luk 16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Luk 16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
Luk 16:30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
Luk 16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
Chavez's body embalmed, to be permanently on display
Ahmadinejad Predicts Hugo Chavez Will Be 'Resurrected With Jesus'
3/6/13 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has predicted that Hugo Chavez would be resurrected along with Jesus and a sacred Muslim prophet. “I have no doubt he will come again along with all the righteous people and the Prophet Jesus and the only successor of the righteous generation, the perfect human,” Ahmadinejad said in a statement released in Persian on the president's official website Wednesday, the New York Times reported. The "perfect human" refers to the Hidden Imam, who Shiite Muslims believe disappeared in the ninth century but expect to re-emerge.
Jesse Jackson leads delegation for funeral
3/8/13 Of all the people attending Hugo Chavez's funeral Friday in Caracas, Jesse Jackson Sr. is among them.
The father of disgraced former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. confirmed his attendance on Twitter. He reportedly arrived Thursday night in Venezuela and will lead a delegation organized by his Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.
Jackson told Fox News he knew the Venezuelan president "in a direct and personal way" and says he is "deeply saddened by his passing." Chavez presented Jackson with the Liberator's Award in 2005.
Venezuela unable to embalm Chavez remains
March 15, 2013 Venezuela's government said it may not be possible to embalm the remains of late leader Hugo Chavez as planned because the process should have been started earlier.
Chavez died last week aged 58 after a two-year battle with cancer. His body has been on display in a glass-topped coffin at a grandiose military academy in the capital Caracas, where millions of people have filed past to pay homage.
The government had said it planned to embalm Chavez's remains "for eternity" in much the same way as was done with the remains of Soviet leaders Lenin and Stalin and communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong after they died.
"Russian and German scientists have arrived to embalm Chavez and they tell us it's very difficult because the process should have started earlier ... Maybe we can't do it," acting President Nicolas Maduro said in televised comments on Wednesday.
"We are in the middle of the process. It's complicated, it's my duty to inform you."
Government sources said they expected a formal announcement to be made later this week that, despite the efforts of the team involved, it had not been possible to embalm Chavez.
World leaders and celebrities paid a last tribute to the flamboyant late Venezuelan leader at his funeral last week. On Friday, his body is due to be transferred from the military academy to a museum on a hilltop overlooking the Miraflores presidential palace.
Hugo Chavez buried
I thot Chavez died in Cuba. Whether this proves it - you decide
Venezuelan candidate Maduro puts curse on rival voters
The acting president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has put a curse on citizens who do not vote for him in next week's election.
He likened his main rival candidate, Henrique Capriles, to Spanish conquerors fighting indigenous people in the 16th Century.
A centuries-old curse, he said, would fall on those who did not vote for him.
Mr Capriles responded by saying the only curse for Venezuelans would be if Mr Maduro won the election.
The country goes to the polls next Sunday to elect a successor to Hugo Chavez, the long-time leftist leader who died of cancer last month.
Opinion polls suggest Mr Maduro, who was Chavez's deputy, has a lead of at least 10 points over his rival.
'Curse of Maracapana'
Wearing a local indigenous hat at a rally in Amazonas state, a largely jungle territory on the borders of Brazil and Colombia, Mr Maduro said: "If anyone among the people votes against Nicolas Maduro, he is voting against himself, and the curse of Maracapana is falling on him."
He was referring to a 16th Century battle when Spanish colonial fighters defeated indigenous fighters decisively.
"If the bourgeoisie win, they are going to privatise health and education, they are going to take land from the Indians, the curse of Maracapana would come on you," the candidate continued.
Analysts say that Venezuela's mix of Catholic and animist beliefs, especially in the south-central plains and jungles, is fertile ground for talk of spirits and curses which may otherwise seem out of place in an election campaign.
Mr Capriles dismissed the election favourite's rhetoric.
"Anyone who threatens the people, who tells the people a curse can fall on them, has no right to govern this country," he said at a rally in the western state of Tachira.
"I tell you here, all Venezuelans, the real curse is that little group that we are going to get rid of on April 14."
There are five other candidates for the presidency but they trail far behind Mr Maduro and Mr Capriles.
Venezuela - Maduro wins election
April 15, 2013 ALL ELECTIONS INCLUDING U.S.A. ARE RIGGED!
Chavez heir Maduro wins Venezuela presidential election, opponent Capriles demands recount.
Socialist Nicolas Maduro, hand-picked successor of Hugo Chavez, has won a narrow victory in Venezuela presidential poll.
Maduro won 51% of the vote against Henrique Capriles.
Capriles has demanded a recount of votes, rejecting the election of Maduro as illegitimate.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Cuban leader Raul Castro congratulated Maduro on his win.
Protests flare as Venezuela government rejects vote recount
By Brian Ellsworth and Diego Ore
CARACAS (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters clashed with police in Venezuela's capital on Monday as the government rejected opposition demands for a vote recount after Sunday's contested election to replace the late Hugo Chavez.
Police fired tear gas to disperse young demonstrators who threw rocks in an upscale district of Caracas after opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles refused to recognize the narrow victory of Chavez's preferred successor, Nicolas Maduro, and called for peaceful demonstrations. "What happened yesterday was fraud, a lie. The opposition won and they know it," said Briand Alvar, who was among the protesters involved in the battle with police.
Capriles hopes protests will highlight the weakness of Maduro's mandate and stir up opposition outrage over accusations that the electoral authority is biased in favor of the ruling party.
Venezuelans scrambling to find scarce toilet paper
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelans scrambled to stock up on toilet paper Thursday as fears of a bathroom emergency spread despite the socialist government's promise to import 50 million rolls.
After years of economic dysfunction, the country has gotten used to shortages of medicines and basic food items like milk and sugar but the scarcity of bathroom tissue has caused unusual alarm.
"Even at my age, I've never seen this," said 70-year-old Maria Rojas. She said she had been looking for toilet paper for two weeks when she finally found it at a supermarket in downtown Caracas.
Thousands of rolls flew off the store's shelves as consumers streamed in and loaded up shopping carts Thursday morning.
"I bought it because it's hard to find," said Maria Perez, walking out with several rolls of paper.
"Here there's a shortage of everything - butter, sugar, flour," she said. But the latest shortage is particularly worrisome "because there always used to be toilet paper."
Economists say oil-rich Venezuela's shortages of some consumer products stem from price controls meant to make basic goods available to the poorest parts of society and the government's controls on foreign currency.
President Nicolas Maduro, who was selected by the dying Hugo Chavez to carry on his "Bolivarian revolution," claims that anti-government forces, including the private sector, are causing the shortages in an effort to destabilize the country.
The government this week announced it would import 760,000 tons of food and 50 million rolls of toilet paper.
Commerce Minister Alejandro Fleming said "excessive demand" for tissue had built up due to a "media campaign that has been generated to disrupt the country."
He said monthly consumption of toilet paper was normally 125 million rolls, but current demand "leads us to think that 40 million more are required."
"We will bring in 50 million to show those groups that they won't make us bow down," he said.
That was little comfort to consumers struggling to find bathroom supplies. Several supermarkets visited by The Associated Press in the capital on Wednesday and Thursday were out of toilet paper. Those that received fresh batches quickly filled up with shoppers as the word spread.
"I've been looking for it for two weeks," Cristina Ramos said at a store on Wednesday. "I was told that they had some here and now I'm in line."
Many Venezuelans vented their frustration on social media, with both bitter and humorous comments on the toilet paper crisis.
The government has "even managed to stop production of toilet paper!" said a tweet from opposition leader Henrique Capriles. "It doesn't even help having the biggest oil reserves on the planet."
Claiming fraud and voter intimidation, Capriles refused to concede defeat after a narrow election loss on April 14 to Nicolas Maduro, who was anointed by Chavez as his successor before the president died from cancer. Capriles filed a complaint to the Supreme Court, asking for the vote to be annulled, though that's highly unlikely to happen since the court is packed with government-friendly justices.
An audit being carried out by the government-controlled national electoral commission is highly unlikely to change the result. Some Venezuelans tweeted sarcastically that the paper receipts from the electronic voting machines could resolve the country's latest shortage.
Finance Minister Nelson Merentes said the government was also addressing the lack of foreign currency, which has resulted in the suspension of foreign supplies of raw materials, equipment and spare parts to Venezuelan companies, disrupting their production.
"We are making progress ... we have to work very hard," Merentes told reporters Wednesday.
Many factories operate at half capacity because the currency controls make it hard for them to pay for imported parts and materials. Business leaders say some companies verge on bankruptcy because they cannot extend lines of credit with foreign suppliers.
Merentes said the government had met the U.S. dollar requests of some 1,500 small- and medium-sized companies facing supply problems, and was reviewing requests from a similar number of larger companies.
Chavez imposed currency controls a decade ago trying to stem capital flight as his government expropriated large land parcels and dozens of businesses.
Patience is wearing thin among consumers who face shortages and long lines at supermarkets and pharmacies. Last month, Venezuela's scarcity index reached its highest level since 2009, while the 12-month inflation rate has risen to nearly 30 percent. Shoppers often spend several days looking for basic items, and stock up when they find them.
Power blackout in Venezuela
Dec 3, 2013 Caracas Venezuela and other regions had a power blackout for about 10 minutes.
They have had periodic electricity cuts for years, either due to rationing or utility failures. In September there was a huge blackout . debka
Venezuela coup attempt
Feb. 13, 2014 Violent protests in Caracas Venezuela
President Nicolas Maduro condemned an attempted coup.
Nicolas Maduro assumed the presidency in 2013 replacing Hugo Chavez.
The protests are over rampant crime, economic hardship and alleged state repression.
Maduro has pinned his presidency on maintaining Chavez legacy.
Venezuela anti-govt protests
Feb 16, 2014 Venezuelan police have deployed water cannons and used tear gas against crowds of angry stone-throwing protesters in Caracas.
Police clashed with a crowd of protesters who attempted to block a Caracas highway. The violence erupted in the late evening after hundreds of thousands of supporters and opponents of Venezuela's leftist government had gone home.
About 3,000 opponents dressed in white and carrying red, blue and yellow Venezuelan flags gathered in the capital earlier on Saturday demanding the release detained students and other opposition activists.
Venezuela online 'WAR'
Feb 21, 2014 Venezuela threatens to expel CNN * GOOD!
Nations are being attacked online, leaders toppled. That is how Tunesia, Egypt started. Perhaps Maduro is simply trying to keep peace in his nation. Smart phones and computers were a popular organizing tool for protesters from Egypt to Ukraine.
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro has threatened to expel the US CNN news network over its reporting of recent protests there if CNN did not rectify its war propaganda coverage.
Maduro wont accept war propaganda against Venezuela.
Maduro sent troops to Tachira where there has been continuing unrest.
Opposition leader Henrique Capriles called for a fresh, peaceful anti-government march on Saturday.
More clashes in Tachira and Caracas.
Capriles rejected violence and said he was ready for dialogue, but claimed the government was not willing to listen.
This is an infamous rebel (Muslim?) tactic for - the govt wont obey us.
Battle for Venezuela being fought on internet
The battle for Venezuela is being fought as vigorously online as in the streets, with authorities cutting off a university internet.
Hugo Chavez died 2013 March.
5.1 earthquake off Venezuela Feb 21, 2014
Venezuela in crisis
Feb 22, 2014 Caracas has always been one of the most dangerous cities in the world.
Is Venezuela communist?
There is a big difference between Venezuelan socialism and true Communism from the Soviet Union era. These 2 are opposite.
Venezuela is a puppet of Cuba, Cuba is Russian puppet
Progressive=Communist - they are the same. Both advocate redistribution of wealth and the equal sharing of misery and neither ideology has ever worked anywhere.
Maduro Venezuela is a Socialist Paradise
No profits permitted. Price controls, a government bureaucracy to set profits, and prison for capitalist parasites.
In the past 5 months Venezuela has become a socialist autocracy which only insures things will continue to get worse.
In 2013 Venezuela had a 56% inflation rate. Maduro was given special powers to rule by decree for a year.
In Nov he began an economic offensive in which he sent inspectors to 1,400 shops accused of being capitalist parasites.
Some store owners remained closed in order to avoid the surprise inspections.
Venezuela, socialist paradise, is sliding into poverty and dictatorship
Venezuela Maduro requests talks with US
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro requested an exchange of ambassadors with the United States,
just days after he expelled 3 US diplomats. The US and Venezuela have not had resident ambassadors since 2010.
Maduro has blamed the US for fomenting anti-government sentiment in Venezuela.
Maduro will revoke or deny press credentials to CNN for war propaganda.
Venezuelan consulate in Aruba attacked
A Venezuelan national drove a vehicle into the consulate causing significant damage.
Maduro ordered consulates closed in Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire.
Venezuela says CNN can stay, a day after saying get out
Venezuela government says the protests are part of a coup attempt.
Clash in Caracas
Feb. 23, 2014 Venezuelan police clashed with rebels in Caracas.
Police fired tear gas and activists hurled stones in Altamira.
Maduro accuses the US of destabilising his government.
Venezuela protests continue
Mar 3, 2014 Thousands of opposition demonstrators in Venezuela have marched through the streets of Caracas in new protests against the government.
At the end of the march, activists clashed with police in the opposition strongholds of Chacao and Altamira.
President Nicolas Maduro extended the traditional carnival holidays until the end of this week and asked Venezuelans to rest and celebrate peace.
At least 17 people have been killed in more than three weeks of unrest.
Opposition leaders have asked people to ignore the carnival season, when many Venezuelans traditionally go to the seaside.
They are demanding the release of dozens of demonstrators and activists arrested since last month, including high-profile politician Leopoldo Lopez.
The opposition blames the left-wing policies of Mr Maduro and his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, for high inflation, rampant crime and the shortage of many staples.
Air Canada suspends Venezuela flights
Mar 18, 2014 Air Canada suspended flights to and from Venezuela, citing concerns over security.
It will consider resuming operations once the situation in Venezuela had stabilised.
Venezuela protests continue
Mar 23, 2014 Three more die in Venezuela amid clashes between protesters and police, bringing the death toll to 34. Saturday protesters tried to block a highway in Caracas, demanding the release of students detained during the unrest. Venezuela has been hit by a wave of violent protests. They are angry at President Nicolas Maduro over inflation and the lack of basic products in the country such as paper, sugar, and oil.
37 killed in Venezuela in 2 months
March 29, 2014 A total 37 people have been killed during violent protests that started February, 12, 29 are civilians.
They protested against President Nicolas Maduro government over inflation and the lack of basic products in the country such as paper, sugar and oil.
Government Introduces Food Rationing
Abbas buys Venezuela diesel
May 17, 2014 Abbas signs deal with Maduro to buy Venezuelan diesel
During the Palestinian Authority president's visit to Caracas, Venezuelan President Maduro pledges his support for PA by selling oil, diesel in deal he calls "PetroPalestine."
Ties between the Palestinian Authority and Venezuela were strengthened in Caracas on Friday during talks between Mahmoud Abbas and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro that saw both leaders sign in a new accords between the two governments in the areas of energy and finance.
Oil-rich Venezuela has been a firm ally of the Palestinian Authority since President Hugo Chavez, who had long criticized Israel and the United States.
Whats he doing? Palestine doesnt exist!
Widespread blackouts hit Venezuela
27 June 2014 Public transport suspended and presidential ceremony interrupted in latest failure of shaky electricity infrastructure.
A power plant failure has knocked out electricity across a large part of Venezuela.
The outage affected at least 14 of the country's 23 states and caused several hours of traffic jams, as well as darkening homes and offices, in the capital, Caracas
Venezuela to introduce new biometric card in bid to target food smuggling
21 August 2014 Fingerprint scanning to be used to fight food shortages made worse by hoarding and smuggling to neighbouring countries.
Venezuela's president, Nicolás Maduro, plans to introduce a compulsory "biometric card" designed to limit individuals' food purchases using a fingerprint scanner.
The move, announced on Wednesday, is part of the government's latest effort to fight the oil-rich nation's chronic food shortages, which it claims result from hoarding by speculators, who resell goods at a profit, and from smuggling into neighbouring countries.
This will be the second time the government has introduced a fingerprint-based system to track and limit food purchases. Earlier this year, Venezuelans were encouraged to sign up voluntarily for a similar system to be used in government-run shops, promising to end scarcity of basic food stuffs and ease the queues outside grocery stores. But this Secure Supply Card failed to survive beyond the trial phase.
A complex system of official and unofficial exchange rates, a legacy of Chavez 14-year rule, has left Venezuela with a shortage of dollars and stores empty of basics from toilet paper to medicine.
Venezuela death toll rises to 13 as protests flare
Feb 24, 2014 Caracas - Anti-government demonstrators put up barricades and set fire to trash in Caracas in protests that have led to 13 deaths in Venezuela.
VENEZUELA mysterious, deadly disease
Sept 21, 2014 The deaths of 10 people in the past week of a mysterious disease in several cities in Venezuela, including the capital of Caracas, have caused panic.
Doctors insist there is plenty of reason for concern about a highly dangerous and contagious disease of unknown origin. In its initial stages, the disease presents symptoms of fever and spots on the skin, and then produces large blisters and internal and external bleeding. Then, very quickly, patients suffer from respiratory failure, liver failure and kidney failure. Venezuelan doctors have not been able to determine what the disease is, much less how to fight it.
Some theories include the possibility that the disease could be a new type of very aggressive and severe dengue, an atypical version of the Chikunguña fever or an Ebola virus appearance in Venezuela.
Ebola Martyrs reach South America, US is next
Ebola Martyrs are preparing to target the United States, and are in Venezuela.
2/3 of the cocaine from South America to Europe passes through West Africa.
Ebola Martyrs plan to spread the virus through restaurants and road side cafes.
There was a report Islam has 3,000 jihadists who have infected themselves with ebola and headed for the USA to spread it coast to coast.
This smells like a NWO depopulation plan, part of UN Agenda 21.
EBOLA is part of the NWO globalist depopulation plan
UN AGENDA 21
NWO globalist depopulation plan
Venezuela plunges into recession
January 1, 2015 - Venezuela's economy has entered a recession with the economy contracting 2.3 percent in the third quarter and the highest inflation in the Americas at 64 percent.
Venezuela is in recession, GDP has been falling for 3 consecutive quarters.
Maduro accused the US of "flooding" the oil market as part of an economic war with Russia and Venezuela. Venezuela went through a recession in 2009-2010, which was also triggered by low oil prices.
ADL urges Venezuela to ensure Jews safety
January 8, 2015 - Following anti-Semitic graffiti found on a synagogue in Caracas, the ADL condemns the attack. The Anti-Defamation League sharply condemned the anti-Semitic graffiti found on a wall of the AIV del Esta Sephardic synagogue in Caracas, Venezuela. ADL said its the responsibility of Venezuela's government in protecting its Jewish community.
Graffiti included a Nazi swastika and a celtic cross, a symbol used by neo-Nazi organizations. The number "six million" - a reference to the number of Jews murdered during the Holocaust - was spray painted with a question mark.
Nazism is equally as Evil as Islam, in fact, there is little difference.
Now There's Not Even Soap in Venezuela.
Basic human staples such as toilet paper has now been hyperinflated to total chaos at warehouses and supermarkets.
Venezuelans throng grocery stores with military protection
January 11, 2015 - So - who pays for the goods?
Shoppers thronged grocery stores across Caracas as deepening shortages led the government to put Venezuela’s food distribution under military protection. Long lines, some stretching for blocks, formed outside grocery stores as residents search for scarce basic items such as detergent and chicken.
A dearth of foreign currency exacerbated by collapsing oil prices has led to shortages of imports from toilet paper to car batteries.
State seizes supermarket chain
February 7, 2015 - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the takeover of a private supermarket chain by the state food agency. He accused Dia a Dia of hoarding food during huge shortages.
Soldiers were sent to supervise sales.
Massive military drills in Venezuela
March 16, 2015 - Nearly 100,000 soldiers are taking part in 10-day military exercises across Venezuela, staged to counter US threat following Washington imposing new sanctions against Venezuelan officials. The military exercises are due to show off Chinese amphibian weapons, Russian-built missiles, and other military hardware.
Venezuelan DM General Vladimir Padrino Lopez said the US sanctions are an imminent danger for us. They will also be testing air defenses and anti-aircraft systems, ensuring they are ready to be deployed.
President Maduro granted power to govern by decree
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has been granted the power to govern by decree until 31 December. The measure was approved by the National Assembly after the United States issued new sanctions against Venezuelan officials. The United States shud STOP meddling in Venezuela's affairs.
Iran missiles in Venezuela can reach U.S.A.
Iran is planning to place missiles in Venezuela. The agreement was signed in 2010 for a jointly operated military base in Venezuela, and the joint development of ground-to-ground missiles.
Venezuela and Iran bypassed UN sanctions.
If Iran cannot get S-300 missiles from Russia, it can go thru Venezuela, and deploy them against the U.S.A.
Iran has developed a version of the Russian S-300 missile to share with Venezuela.
The situation resembles the Cuba crisis of 1962.
Back in the 1962, thanks to the stern stance adopted by the then Kennedy administration, the crisis was defused.
The news on this is dated 2011-12 - much has happened since.
Page thru my forum. I have a lot of info.
Venezuela hunger, looting
August 8, 2015 - Its the law of the jungle in Venezuela, as shopping for groceries becomes an increasingly dangerous activity. As the shortage crisis worsens, angry mobs are raiding supermarkets, looting whatever basic goods they can find. Venezuelans condemned the lack of available products at state-run grocery stores, markets, and pharmacies.
USA will see it here
Socialism - coming soon to USA
August 31, 2015 - Dozens of Venezuelan shot by police amid crime crackdown
Venezuela’s fight for freedom is just beginning
Dec 8, 2015 - Dictators are typically bad losers. Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is no exception.
Ab opposition supermajority would have the power to pass major pieces of legislation, sack ministers and Supreme Court justices, and rewrite Chavez's 1999 constitution that centralized so much power in the president's hands.
Venezuelans in Israel
Dec 8, 2015 - We finally have hope. Venezuelans rejected the ruling socialist party, which has been a close friend to Iran and openly hostile to Israel for years. Venezuela's opposition won by a landslide. President Nicolas Maduro's grip on power is challenged. Venezuelans living in Israel celebrated the vote.
Venezuela opposition wins majority
Inside Venezuela Failing Hospitals
May 16, 2016 - Dying babies and no medicine. The day had begun with: chronic shortages of antibiotics, intravenous solutions, even food. Then a blackout swept over the city, shutting down the respirators in the maternity ward. Doctors kept ailing infants alive by pumping air into their lungs by hand for hours. By nightfall, 4 more newborns had died.
The economic crisis has exploded into a public health emergency. It is just part of a larger unraveling here that has become so severe it has prompted President Nicolás Maduro to impose a state of emergency and has raised fears of a government collapse.
This fits the globalist plot to depopulate Earth
Venezuela bullet train stalls
May 17, 2016 - South America's first high-speed train, powered by Chinese technology, crisscrossing Venezuela all but abandoned, a symbol of economic collapse. A red arched sign in Chinese and Spanish is all that remains. Chinese managers quietly cleared out.
As with many unfinished politically motivated projects dotting Venezuela — government critics call them "red elephants" — the decaying infrastructure contrasts with the railway's promising beginnings. A decade ago then-President Hugo Chavez turned to China for engineering and financing for the project. The factory's demise appears to have been triggered by Venezuela's cash crunch.
Venezuelans go to Colombia for food
July 11, 2016 - Thousands of Venezuela people crossed to Colombia to buy food and medicine. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro had ordered the border closure because of Colombian gangs. The Venezuelan bolivar (money) was devaluated, limiting their purchase power.
There have been stories of people in Venezuela eating their pets
Venezuela Disarming Citizens, Confiscates Guns
Dec 15, 2016 - Venezuelans fight to protect their savings as government pulls bills from circulation. Venezuelans are rushing to the banks this week in a desperate attempt to protect their savings from the government’s latest spasm of reckless financial policymaking.
Thousands of people across Venezuela lined up outside banks and deposit bundles of cash into their savings accounts after the government gave everyone a 72-hour countdown to turn in all their 100 bolivar notes before they’re removed from circulation.
“I’ve been saving for so long, withdrawing money every week and for what? Nothing!” complained José Orozco.
Americans been hoarding CASH for 'the day' too - and the NWO plan to take our money out. Has Trump changed this evil plan?
Venezuela cash crisis sparks looting, protests
Desperate Venezuelans looted delivery trucks and clashed with police Friday as a botched plan to introduce new banknotes left people stranded without cash -- the latest shortage in a spiraling economic crisis.
Faced with world-high inflation that has made its money increasingly worthless, the government is trying to introduce new bills in denominations up to 200 times higher than the old.
But the plan went off the rails when President Nicolas Maduro ordered the 100-bolivar note removed from circulation before the new bills arrived.
Formerly the highest denomination bill, the 100-bolivar note was worth about three US cents, and accounted for 77 percent of the cash in circulation in Venezuela.
Angry protests erupted around the country as the chaotic reform left people without money to buy food or Christmas presents.
In the second city of Maracaibo in the west, groups of protesters hurled stones at police, reports said.
In the eastern city of Maturin, dozens of people blocked off a major avenue and looting broke out.
"I went by the market and it was being guarded by the military. A chicken truck was looted," Juan Carlos Leal, a farmer in Maturin, told AFP.
"A group of elderly people was at the door of the bank protesting because they wanted banknotes."
In the eastern city of Puerto la Cruz, "people rioted because they wanted to take out money and they weren't allowed to," a local baker, Genesis, told AFP.
"The police fired in the air to calm the riot. Everyone dispersed and the police ordered all shops to be closed," said Genesis, who asked not to be identified by her surname for fear of reprisals.
- 'World upside down' -
Protests were reported by users on Twitter in several other states.
Local media in the western city of Santa Barbara said four people were injured when the drivers of a security truck transporting money opened fire on people trying to break into it.
In the capital Caracas, thousands of Venezuelans from around the country meanwhile queued to rid themselves of 100-bolivar notes at the only place still accepting them: the central bank.
Many were angry to learn they would only be allowed to deposit the old bills or obtain "special vouchers" for new ones.