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  • Outrage after Venezuela opposition leader killed

    We take peaceful elections as a given in the US. In many places that's not a safe bet.

    Opposition leader Luis Diaz was shot Wednesday night at a rally in central Guarico state. His party, Democratic Action, is part of an opposition coalition that is mounting the strongest challenge in 16 years to the socialist government amid worsening economic problems in this oil-producing country.
    http://news.yahoo.com/calls-protecti...185330698.html
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  • #2
    Business as usual in Latin American politics?
    Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
    Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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    • #3
      Iirc there was a news article about a US aircraft and carrier near Venezuela.
      "We have no white flag."

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      • #4
        Looks like the closest one is in or near Rio.

        http://www.gonavy.jp/CVLocation.html

        Scroll about half way down.
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        • #5
          http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0SX0T720151108

          Venezuela says U.S. intelligence plane violated air space
          "We have no white flag."

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          • #6
            Venezuela arrests three for killing of opposition candidate

            And the plot thickens.

            The Prosecutor General's Office named three men, aged between 22 and 28, whom it said were arrested on Monday morning in the town of Altagracia de Orituco where Diaz was killed at a rally.
            http://news.yahoo.com/venezuela-arre...202354642.html
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            • #7
              Originally posted by GMan88 View Post
              http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0SX0T720151108

              Venezuela says U.S. intelligence plane violated air space
              Looking for what, smugglers?

              USCG planes don't pack the sort of gear that dedicated USAF reconnaissance or surveillance aircraft carry. Not to mention that most such work is now done by drones.
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              • #8
                Gun control the Left can get behind!

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                • #9
                  Any election results yet? I suspect there will considerable fraud on the part of Maduro's PSUV.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ChrisF1987 View Post
                    Any election results yet? I suspect there will considerable fraud on the part of Maduro's PSUV.
                    Not enough it turns out. Opposition won 99 seats out of 167, 22 undecided when this went to press. Socialists won 46. Good news for Venezuela. I expect Maduro will work to undermine the power of the legislature while continuing the Chavista tactic of using fair means & foul to pressure the various fracture points among the opposition parties.

                    Unfortunately the Presidential elections aren't for 4 years. Plenty of time to continue messing up the country.

                    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...wins-landslide
                    Human beings are the only creatures on Earth that claim a god and the only living thing that behaves like it hasn't got one - Hunter S. Thompson

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                    • #11
                      There is a chance they will win enough seats to pass constitutional changes that the president cannot veto. If they do they are expected to limit his powers.
                      Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
                      Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by GMan88 View Post
                        http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0SX0T720151108

                        Venezuela says U.S. intelligence plane violated air space
                        They say a lot of things.
                        Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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