Five news stories from Venezuela being ignored by U.S. negotiators in “normalization” talks with Castro regime

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As the Obama-Castro romance continues to heat up — with more “normalization” talks being held this week — the Castro colony of Venenozuela seems to be vying for attention.

So much is happening all at once in Caracastan that it’s actually difficult to keep track of all the noteworthy news.

Here are five of the most significant developments, all of which point to the increasing Cubanization of Caracastan.

Apparently, the U.S. diplomats involved in those “normalization” talks with the Castro regime prefer to turn a blind eye to all of these events.

1. First item: Maduro’s Castro-style response to the lame-ass sanctions imposed on some Venezuelan oligarchs accused of human rights abuses.

(Keep in mind that the topic of human rights is not being discussed at all in those “normalization” talks with the Castro regime).

Militia members take part in a defensive military exercise in conjunction with the general public in La Guaira

From Granma Euro-Lite, a.k.a. Reuters

Venezuela stages military exercise to counter U.S. ‘threat’

Venezuela on Saturday staged a military exercise to counter an alleged U.S. threat, deploying soldiers and partisans across the country to march, man shoulder-fired missiles and defend an oil refinery from a simulated attack.

Socialist President Nicolas Maduro has framed recent U.S. sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials as a bid to topple him, and on Saturday his government mobilized 80,000 soldiers and 20,000 civilians as part of a 10-day military drill.

“The United States has declared Venezuela a threat,” said General Vladimir Padrino, Venezuela’s defense minister.

“And that means an imminent danger for us, so we have to use the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) as part of our constitutional mission to guarantee independence and sovereignty.”

Opposition leaders labeled the exercise a farce and accused Maduro, increasingly unpopular as a result of an economic crisis, of seeking to distract Venezuelans from long queues for scarce products, sky-high inflation and rampant crime.

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2. Then, while  the current occupant of the White House and his acolytes babble about the way in which repression in Castrogonia will decrease as a result of “normalized” relations with the U.S., Maduro offers them a clear glimpse of the true nature of Castronoid political philosophy.

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From Al Jazeera America

Venezuela Assembly gives initial approval for expanded presidential powers

Venezuela’s National Assembly has approved President Nicolás Maduro’s request for expanded powers, which he says he needs to protect the socialist South American country from the “imperialist” U.S.

His request to enact laws for up to six months without consulting the National Assembly was given initial approval by lawmakers Tuesday. It’s expected to gain final approval Sunday.

Critics condemned the move as a power grab and an attempt to distract Venezuelans from shortages and recession.

Maduro requested the powers after the U.S. declared Venezuela a national security threat and imposed sanctions Monday on a handful of top Venezuelan officials accused of human rights violations. In a nationally televised speech that night, Maduro said, “President Barack Obama, representing the U.S. imperialist elite, has decided to undergo the task of overthrowing my government and intervening in Venezuela in order to control it.”

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3. As if the two items above were not enough of a warning about the perils of “normalizing” relations with the Castro regime, this strong reminder of the true nature of the Castronoid approach to foreign trade and investment surfaced this week:

From Granma Euro-Lite (Reuters)

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Venezuela likely to seek annulment of $455 million Owens-Illinois award

U.S. bottle maker Owens-Illinois said on Thursday it had been awarded over $455 million in a nationalization claim against Venezuela, though a lawyer for the South American country said it was likely to seek an annulment.

The award comes at a tricky time for the cash-strapped OPEC country, which is struggling to foot major bond payments, other arbitration claims and debts with private companies amid a tumble in oil prices and a severe recession.

It has sought revisions and annulments in other arbitration cases that stem from massive nationalizations during the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez’s rule, though companies say they are intent on getting their due.

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4. Yeah.  And that’s not the only such reminder of the dangers of trade with the pirates who run Cubazuela.   Here’s another case of outright theft of foreign property and of the lousy deals worked out as compensation for the theft.

From Granma Euro-Lite (Reuters)

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 Venezuela ordered to pay oil firm Tidewater $46 million after vessels seized

A World Bank tribunal has ordered Venezuela to pay oil service company Tidewater around $46 million in compensation for seized vessels, in a decision the South American country hailed as a victory.

The claim, one of many similar cases, stems from the 14-year rule of late leader Hugo Chavez, who made sweeping nationalizations a cornerstone of his socialist administration.

However, this award is far smaller than the hefty arbitration decisions that have hit cash-strapped Venezuela in recent months.

Eleven Tidewater ships were seized in 2009 by Venezuelan authorities after signing a law to nationalize them, according to Tidewater.

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5. To top it off, here’s a news item missing from the English-language news media.  It seems that Maduro is following the Castro Repression Playbook very carefully and obediently.

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From ABC Spain:

Maduro regime will not allow inspection of its prisons by international agencies

Countries belonging to the South American Union (Unión de Naciones Suramericanas / Unasur) were unable to obtain permission from the Venezuelan government to visit its prisons and check on the  political prisoners.
Venezuelan authorities have also denied a similar request from the Red Cross.
At the very same time, however, Venezuela persuaded the member countries of Unasur to issue of condemnation of U.S. sanctions recently imposed on the Maduro regime.
Whole story HERE, in the Castellano dialect.
Allow the boy to govern on his own!
Let the boy govern on his own undisturbed!