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    Venezuela

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans stayed away from the polls in massive numbers on Sunday in a show of protest against a vote to grant President Nicolas Maduro's ruling socialist party virtually unlimited powers in the face of a brutal socio-economic crisis and a grinding battle against its political opponents and groups of increasingly alienated and violent young protesters.

    https://apnews.com/2c4a82f24baf407fb...overnment-vote
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    Trump just sanctioned President Maduro. What does this mean for Venezuela?

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/tr...rticle/2630225

    On Monday, the U.S. Treasury Department announced new sanctions on Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. The sanctions mean that ".... all assets of Nicolas Maduro subject to U.S. jurisdiction are frozen, and U.S. persons are prohibited from dealing with him."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elley Mae View Post
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans stayed away from the polls in massive numbers on Sunday in a show of protest against a vote to grant President Nicolas Maduro's ruling socialist party virtually unlimited powers in the face of a brutal socio-economic crisis and a grinding battle against its political opponents and groups of increasingly alienated and violent young protesters.

    https://apnews.com/2c4a82f24baf407fb...overnment-vote
    TY for starting this thread, Elley Mae!

    From your AP link:

    Across this capital of more than 2 million people, dozens of polling places were virtually empty Sunday, including many that in previous elections saw hours-long lines of thousands voting to keep the government in power over the last two decades.
    Opposition leaders had called for a boycott of the vote, declaring it rigged for the ruling party, and by late afternoon they were declaring the apparent low turnout to be a resounding victory. Ahead of the vote, the opposition organized a series of work stoppages as well as a July 16 protest vote that it said drew more than 7.5 million symbolic votes against the constitutional assembly.
    I don't understand how the opposition thought that refusing to vote was going to benefit them.

    If millions of voters had turned out to vote against Maduro (instead of boycotting the vote), wouldn't they have defeated his power grab?

    If the vote was rigged, then the millions who voted against Maduro would be able to say "We didn't vote for this..."

    Instead, the opposition is claiming victory (after they've lost) by refusing to vote? Makes no sense to me.
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    On Sunday, protesters attacked polling stations and barricaded streets around the country, drawing a bloody response from security forces, who opened fire with live ammunition in some cases.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017...-grab-victory/

    The socialist president is gambling his four-year rule on the 545-member assembly, which will be empowered to dissolve the opposition-controlled congress and rewrite the constitution.

    The election was also condemned by the European Union, Canada and Latin American powers including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.
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    Mr Maduro is only the fourth foreign leader to be blacklisted in this way, Mr Mnuchin said.
    US National Security Adviser HR McMaster said the Venezuelan leader had joined an "exclusive club" that also includes Syria's Bashar al-Assad, North Korea's Kim Jong-un, and Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40784516

    So far, Washington has not imposed restrictions on the country's huge oil exports to the US.
    Mr Mnuchin would not confirm whether oil sanctions were being considered, but said President Trump had decided not to take measures that would hurt the "Venezuelan people" rather than Mr Maduro's allies.
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    "The socialist president is gambling his four-year rule on the 545-member assembly, which will be empowered to dissolve the opposition-controlled congress and rewrite the constitution."

    So the poor Venezuelan people have the same problem as us here in USA, where our socialists also try to rewrite our Constitution, and take out a Democratically elected President.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TMAN2014 View Post
    "The socialist president is gambling his four-year rule on the 545-member assembly, which will be empowered to dissolve the opposition-controlled congress and rewrite the constitution."

    So the poor Venezuelan people have the same problem as us here in USA, where our socialists also try to rewrite our Constitution, and take out a Democratically elected President.
    Socialists?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer17 View Post
    Socialists?
    Maduro is not a socialist - he doesn't give a damn about the people of Venezuela.

    He only cares about concentrating power. If successful, Maduro's corrupt political moves will establish an autocracy in Venezuela that only benefits him & his corrupt supporters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer17 View Post
    Socialists?
    Yes socialist.

    In Caracas on Monday, Maduro celebrated the election of the new legislative superbody, which is expected to give the ruling Socialist Party sweeping powers.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ve...-idUSKBN1AG2C5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elley Mae View Post
    Yes socialist.

    In Caracas on Monday, Maduro celebrated the election of the new legislative superbody, which is expected to give the ruling Socialist Party sweeping powers.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ve...-idUSKBN1AG2C5
    I think she was referring to democrats being called "socialist" and equated with Maduro.
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    I'm not surprised that the misappropriation of the concept of what "socialism" means has led to some misinformed Americans to believe that Maduro is a 'defender of freedom' in Venezuela.

    Many Americans have been falsely led to believe that policies that benefit the people are "communist" policies.

    Sinclair Broadcast Group has been buying local media outlets across the country - especially in the Midwest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by everybodhi View Post
    I think she was referring to democrats being called "socialist" and equated with Maduro.
    One in the same, government control.
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    Oh well, another Socialist paradise up in flames. Socialism is a failure. Look at North Korea and Cuba. Free Enterprise and capitalism is the way to go. All this reapportionment of wealth never works. They divide everyone and malign the rich, but in the end, all the socialists bring you is misery and a lot of failed promises.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elley Mae View Post
    One in the same, government control.
    Hardly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TMAN2014 View Post
    Oh well, another Socialist paradise up in flames. Socialism is a failure. Look at North Korea and Cuba. Free Enterprise and capitalism is the way to go. All this reapportionment of wealth never works. They divide everyone and malign the rich, but in the end, all the socialists bring you is misery and a lot of failed promises.
    Except that conservatives call free market countries with socialised medicine socialist.

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