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Venezuela Is Descending Into Chaos. Now This Issue Is on AmericaâEUR(TM)s Doorstep.

World  (tags: politics, violence, world, VENEZUELA, venezuela, humanrights )

- 918 days ago -
The number of Venezuelans applying for asylum is up 168 percent in fiscal 2016.


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Beryl Ludwig (79)
Sunday August 14, 2016, 6:47 am
Thank you Cal

Animae C (507)
Sunday August 14, 2016, 7:17 am
Soooo sad!!!

Marianne R (95)
Sunday August 14, 2016, 7:58 am
Thanks Cal

Dawnie W (250)
Sunday August 14, 2016, 8:08 am
❤️ Thanking you kindly for sharing this information❤️
💕💛ღ❤️Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ💕♥L💜ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all♥💕Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ❤️ღ💛💕

Sue H (7)
Sunday August 14, 2016, 9:02 am
Terrible situation. Maduro has let his people down. May the Recall bring about stability. ?

Hugh Smith (112)
Sunday August 14, 2016, 11:28 am
Shocking state of affairs.

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Sunday August 14, 2016, 1:01 pm

John De Avalon (36)
Sunday August 14, 2016, 3:24 pm
Terribly sad. And it shouldn't be happening, given Venezuela is an oil-rich country.

A chronic shortage of medicines. I don't know what leverage the American government has, but there is certainly every reason for an immediate food and medical aid programme.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Sunday August 14, 2016, 9:32 pm
"Oil-rich" ended over a year ago, in 2014, I think, when world oïl prices plummeted:

"The oil industry ... has been in its deepest downturn since the 1990s, if not earlier.

"Earnings are down for companies that made record profits in recent years, leading them to decommission more than two-thirds of their rigs and sharply cut investment in exploration and production. Scores of companies have gone bankrupt and an estimated 250,000 oil workers — roughly half in the United States — have lost their jobs.

"The cause is the plunging price of a barrel of oil, which at one point fell more than 70 percent compared with June 2014 levels. .../...

"Venezuela, Nigeria, Ecuador, Brazil and Russia are just a few petrostates that are suffering economic and perhaps even political turbulence. .../...

"States like Alaska, North Dakota, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana are facing economic challenges.

"Over the last year, Iran, Venezuela, Ecuador and Algeria have all pressed OPEC, a cartel of oil producers, to cut production to help firm up prices. .../... .../... "
(from NYTimes, UPDATED July 27, 2016 - "Oil Prices: What’s Behind the Drop?" / Scroll down past "Who benefits from the price drop?" to "Who loses?"

Venezuela had not planned for this eventuality. From what I understand, their whole economy was exclusively based on oïl revenue... at a time when "The global price of a barrel of oil remains near its LOWEST POINT since the depths of the 2009 recession —

a result of a supply glut and battle for market share between the OPEC oil cartel and the United States, which has shifted toward the role of global swing producer. .../..."

See How the U.S. and OPEC Drive Oil Prices also from NYTimes, UPDATED October 5, 2015

Arild Gone for now (174)
Monday August 15, 2016, 2:42 am
TY Cal.

Lucia A (16)
Monday August 15, 2016, 12:40 pm
Very sad. Thank you for sharing.

Janet B (0)
Monday August 15, 2016, 1:45 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday August 15, 2016, 1:55 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Yvonne White (229)
Monday August 15, 2016, 2:21 pm
What...isn't the DEA/CIA/whoever was trying to get rid of Hugo Chavez, READY for this to take control??? The "elites" were trying for years to get rid of he's gone & the 99% are dying because of it. :(

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday August 15, 2016, 2:50 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal.
I was thinking along the same lines as Yvonne's above comment......

Birgit W (160)
Monday August 15, 2016, 3:24 pm
Thanks for sharing Cal.

Mitchell D (82)
Monday August 15, 2016, 6:02 pm
Damn! I visited Venezuela, back in 1988, really liked it, but was sad seeing its typical 3rd world juxtaposition of huge wealth next to awful poverty. Chavez did not do his country any favor, i believe, by making it into a "Johnny one note" oil country! Dictatorships simply do not really work.

Wendi M (9)
Monday August 15, 2016, 7:12 pm
Noted and TYFS

Colleen L (3)
Monday August 15, 2016, 11:07 pm
Thanks Cal

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday August 16, 2016, 12:35 am
Thank you

Janet B (0)
Tuesday August 16, 2016, 3:26 pm

Lenore K (0)
Tuesday August 16, 2016, 4:44 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Wednesday August 17, 2016, 12:28 am
Thank you

Stan B (123)
Wednesday August 17, 2016, 12:57 am
Typical outcome from a socialist regime led by numbskulls. Cuba went the same way.

Eric Lees (6)
Wednesday August 17, 2016, 5:56 am
It's sad to see so many suffering under the repeated failed experiment of Socialism. These experiments have killed millions yet people like Sanders and Stein still think they can make them work. Any central planned system always fails in the long run. The only system that is sustainable is free market Capitalism, let the people control their own destiny.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday August 17, 2016, 6:12 am
Eric you are passing out misinformation. There is a BIG difference between Socialism that Venezuela has and the DEMOCRATIC Socialism that the Countries of Norway and Sweden have.

Just as there is a difference between fair trade Capitalism and free trade Capitalism or Capitalism that has no regulations and Capitalism that had regulation such as having the Glass-Steagall Act.

The 1% without restraints cause the economic problems that lead to social unrest all over the world. The oil Barons are part of that 1% and the driving force of ongoing wars and creation of poverty and pollution.

It will be the people like Dr. Jill Stein that want to push a GREEN economy to move us away from fossil fuels and to add regulations onto the Greedy Heartless Ones called the 1% as well as fair trade and a green economy that will lift millions out of poverty.

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Wednesday August 17, 2016, 8:34 am
Noted, Thank you

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Wednesday August 17, 2016, 12:29 pm
Noted, Thanks
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