Thirty countries use ‘armies of opinion shapers’ to manipulate democracy report

November 26, 2017

Governments in Venezuela, the Philippines, Turkey and elsewhere use social media to affect elections, drive schedules and counter commentators, says report The governments of 30 countries around the globe are using legions of so called sentiment shapers to meddle in elections, improvement anti-democratic schedules and repress their citizens, a new report shows. Unlike widely reported Russian attempts to influence foreign elections, most of the offending countries use the internet to…

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Trump threatens ‘military option’ in Venezuela as crisis escalates

August 13, 2017

In a surprise intervention, Donald Trump said he has not been able to rule out using military force as the country descends further into civil unrest Donald Trump threatened a US military intervention in Venezuela on Friday, a dramatic escalation in his government stance towards the Countries of latin america which is descending into political chaos. Trump established the remarks in response to questions from reporters at his golf club…

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‘Totally divided’: how Venezuela’s crisis split the Latin American left

August 11, 2017

After months of political disarray in the country, The countries of latin america formerly broadly joined leftist movement is in disarray In her first international speech as the chairmen of Brazils powerful Workers party, Gleisi Hoffmann waded immediately into polemic when she voiced uncompromising is supportive of Venezuelas president violent offensive by the privilege and endorsed a controversial brand-new ingredient assembly which Maduros commentators have described as a bare-faced grab…

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Could political tension in Venezuela ignite a civil war?

August 6, 2017

The governments determination to uproot democratic institutions is sure to increase violence but the prospect of a takeover, or worse, remains uncertain The Venezuelan governments determination to uproot the countrys democratic institutions gazes almost certain to elevate the impoverished neglected nation and chaos. The abrupt removal of the independently minded “prosecutors ” Luisa Ortega, whose agency was prominent opposition leaders were taken from their dwellings by intelligence agents last week….

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Venezuela: 50th day of protests brings central Caracas to a standstill

August 5, 2017

Venezuelans take to the streets, furious about dearths, rocketing inflation and human rights crackdowns, necessitating President Maduro hold elections Masses of demonstrators with lily-white shirts, homemade gas disguises and flags draped around their shoulders shut down a main road in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, in a continuation of near-daily street protests. Soldiers shut access to the centre of the city and officials shut at least 10 metro stations in anticipation…

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US hits Nicols Maduro with sanctions after Venezuela’s ‘sham’ election

August 3, 2017

Sanctions freeze Venezuelan chairmen resources under US jurisdiction and prevent US citizens from doing business with him The US government has Maduro hailed Sundays election as a popular authorization to dramatically recast the agitated state, but his political opponents have warned this could lead to the dissolution of existing the authority and become the two countries into a fully fledged dictatorship. On Monday, he was added to the growing roster…

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On the frontline of Venezuela’s punishing protests

July 30, 2017

After two months of political upheaval, many wonder whether the relentless skirmishes with police will affect change or make things worse It starts with a distant rumbling, and then a chanted countdown from the demonstrators packed tight along the Caracas freeway. As the count reaches zero, the crowds briefly part, and a record of young protesters faces covered by T-shirts or makeshift gas masks hasten forward to confront heavily armed…

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‘I will be back’: Violin-playing face of Venezuela’s protests injured in clashes

July 23, 2017

Wuilly Arteaga posts defiant video message from hospital bunk as opponent announces fresh national strikes Venezuelas opposition announced a two-day national strike against President Nicolas Maduro after a day of violent clashes in Caracas on Saturday where the injured included a violinist who has become the appearance of the protests. Neither rubber bullets nor pellets will stop our fight for Venezuelas independence, supposed musician Wuilly Arteaga. The 23 -year-old has…

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Venezuela opposition calls for zero hour action against Maduros plan

July 21, 2017

Escalated street protests and 24 -hour strike organized in weeks leading up to election of assembly to rewrite constitution after 7.1 m people rejected proposal Venezuelan opposition leaders have called for their supporters to intensify street protests and support a 24 -hour national strike afterwards this weekafter more than 7.1 million people rebuffed both governments initiatives to revision the constitution. It is time for zero hour, announced Freddy Guevara, a…

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Cassava crisis: the deadly food that doubles as a vital Venezuelan crop

July 21, 2017

It is a plant that millions depend on for survival. But another, identical potpourrus is also possible lethal and desperate people turning to the black market cant tell them apart Venezuela has suffered food shortages for several years but things only thought would be getting worse. People are resorting to the black market for meat, hop-skip dinners and rummaging through garbage in search of sustenance. Last time, three one-quarters of…

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Venezuela protests: woman shot dead as thousands vote in unofficial referendum

July 17, 2017

President Nicolas Maduro denounces vote as illegal as activists tell gunmen fired on gang of protesters Gunmen in Venezuela kill into a crowd of voters on Sunday, activists told, killing one woman and wounding three others during an unofficial referendum organised by the opposition to push for an end to two decades of socialist rule. The opposition Democratic Unity coalition replied a pro-government paramilitary gang opened fire in Caracas poor…

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Venezuela’s El Sistema musicians still play to the government’s tune

July 12, 2017

In the deepening political crisis, disappointment with the state-funded music programme is produce as few musicians speak out against regime Venezuelas myself included paint a somewhat different illustration. They point to performance at the 2007 BBC Proms in London. The programme to start to heralded globally as a supernatural, a glorious programme that changes the lives of Venezuelas poorest progenies through classical music. And now, as the domestic political frictions…

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Guns, political turmoil and hummingbirds in the living room my farewell to Latin America

July 11, 2017

Venezuelan president Hugo Chvez made one look at the Keeper match and yelled out: Hey, Gringo! But if he could never quite fit in, Jonathan Watts has come to love the continent he is now leaving after five years It was the merest of views, but nothing less thrilling for that. A darknes, glossy mas, approximately the dimensions of the person or persons, arched elegantly out of the Tapajs river…

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