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by Bjinse on Tue Mar 26th, 2019 at 08:48:15 PM EST
REUTERS | Venezuela blames 'attack' as another crippling blackout hits, 25 Mar
"Power went out in much of Caracas and nearly a dozen states in the early afternoon, stirring memories of a week-long outage earlier in the month that was the most severe in the country's history."

SPUTNIK | Russian Military Officials Arrive in Venezuela for Defence Talks - Source, 25 Mar
"The planes arrived in the Venezuelan capital on Saturday. Media earlier reported that an estimated 99 Russian military staff arrived in Caracas on board two planes, which also delivered 35 tonnes of cargo."

EURACTIV | US calls Russia deployment of planes to Venezuela 'reckless escalation', 26 Mar
"A spokesman for the US military's Southern Command, which oversees US forces in Latin America, said Russia's deployment of troops 'directly undercuts the democratic aspirations of the Venezuelan people.'"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 04:12:38 AM EST
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Mexico braces for new caravan of Central American migrants
"We have information that a new caravan is forming in Honduras, that they're calling `the mother of all caravans,' and they are thinking it could have more than 20,000 people," [MX Interior Secretary Olga] Sanchez Cordero said Wednesday. But a WhatsApp [?!] group calling for people to gather Saturday in El Salvador to set off for Guatemala only has about 206 members.

Activist Irineo Mujica, who has accompanied several caravans in Mexico, said reports about "the mother of all caravans" were false, claiming "this is information that (U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen) Nielsen is using to create fear."

Now, that is an intriguing theory: MX and US gov COLLUDING to deny human "rights" to war (conflict, "intercommunal conflict") refugees in both! territories.
"We are going to do everything we can to help. We don't in any way want a confrontation with the U.S. government," he said. "It is legitimate that they are displeased and they voice these concerns."

Sanchez Cordero has pledged to form a police line of "containment" around Mexico's narrow Tehuantepec Isthmus to stop migrants from continuing north to the U.S. border. The containment belt would consist of federal police and immigration agents, but such highway blockades and checkpoints have not stopped large and determined groups of migrants in the past.

Soooo *.mx "pays for the wall" like some NATO ahh peripheral states pay for "containment."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 11:54:23 AM EST
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Obversely,
Border Patrol orders quick releases of families
The number of migrant families and children entering the U.S. from Mexico is so high that Border Patrol is immediately releasing them instead of transferring them to the agency responsible for their release, forcing local governments to help coordinate their housing, meals and travel.
No "fear" of accommodation, integration, or crime (as in the EU)
"Focusing on the humanitarian effort is the most important focus for the city, [Yuma Mayor Douglas] Nicholls.

The Yuma Sector has over the last two years seen an extraordinary spike in the number of immigrant families who turn themselves in. Yuma Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Carl E. Landrum said Thursday that agents have arrested 30,000 people in the relatively small sector since October 1.

One may expect UNPRECEDENTED congressional delegate re-allocations and numbers of district re-draws come Jan '21! 435 patronage stretched thin.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 01:02:29 PM EST
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De-colonizing hearts and minds is hard work.

The rise of shareholder activism signaled by Cho Yang-ho's fall
"'In South Korea, activist funds have had a strongly negative image, with associations of foreign funds hijacking domestic companies,'explained Shinhan Investment Corp. analyst Kim Sang-ho."
Moon and Trump to hold summit 10-11 April
"The next question is whether the summit will serve as a catalyst for reigniting North Korea-US negotiations after the collapse of the Hanoi summit."
Japan downplays its responsibility for forced labor and forced adoption of Japanese names
Korean press critiques 2019 juvenile textbooks approved for publication by Abe's regime (not quite TEXASS but close enough).
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Hankyoreh continues to be a vital resource for anglo-merican readers' queries of multi-lateral politics.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Mar 30th, 2019 at 03:00:56 PM EST
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w/e 30 Mar 2019
Guido "Operation Freedom" Launch
recruiting Aid and Liberty Committees Militia

Venezuela's Oil Production Plummets in February Due to New US Sanctions
Weisbrot/CEPR presents data

China, Russia Defy US Threats Over Venezuela Oil, Military Support, A/V, transcript
(under the radar: Mi-* flight training center accelerated)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Mar 31st, 2019 at 02:11:17 AM EST
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The Other Venezuela, A/V (ES/EN) running time 00:15:27

"We voted for Maduro. Why did we vote for Maduro? We didn't vote for Maduro as a person. We voted for a political project."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Mar 31st, 2019 at 02:33:10 AM EST
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US trade gap falls 15 percent to $51.1 billion in January
[Total] Exports rose 0.9 percent to $207.3 billion, and imports dropped 2.6 percent to $258.5 billion.
[...]
U.S. goods exports to China dropped 22.3 percent to $7.1 billion, lowest since September 2010; Chinese imports dropped 9.6 percent to $41.6 billion.
Incidentally, the Fed put the kibosh on rate hikes for the rest of 2019 (because ECB, finally). Former-chair Yellen disagrees, because.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 02:53:02 PM EST
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last week
Rio Judge orders arrest of Michel Temer
"Although the charges that led to Temer's arrest have not yet been released to the media, here is a list of the top 5 ongoing corruption charges against the former President."
Brazil's ex-President Temer jailed, accused of heading 'criminal organization'

this week
Bolsonaro Struggles to Sell Pension ["Reform"] Bill; Markets Tumble
"Guedes told a Senate committee that Bolsonaro's government was failing to convince lawmakers of the merits of his plan to save more than 1 trillion reais ($250 billion) over the next decade, squandering the political capital [?] won in the elections."

srsly?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 06:13:11 PM EST
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Temer released after 4 days: why did it happen? | Brasil Wire

Michel Temer was released from prison after serving only 4 days behind bars, after material evidence implicated him in hundreds of millions of dollars of personal enrichment and paying millions of dollars in bribes to Congressmen to impeach Dilma Rousseff. When he was first arrested, some foreign journalists used this opportunity to tweet out that the joint US Department of Justice/Brazilian Public Prosecutors Office Lava Jato investigation is not the political witch hunt the AFL-CIO and leading intellectuals have been saying it is, but that it is truly an impartial investigation. Temer's release four days later has been met with their utter silence, and now the motives for the episode are coming out.

by generic on Sat Mar 30th, 2019 at 03:06:37 PM EST
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Sunday, 31 March 2019 ELECTION
The Comedian, The Former-Chocolate-King, The Former-Aryan-Princess and presumed also-runnings

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Mar 31st, 2019 at 12:51:34 AM EST
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16 March 2019 ELECTION "LANDSLIDE"
Slovakia Sees 1st Woman President
Sefcovic ["backed by Slovakia's ruling political party"] called his rival, liberal lawyer Zuzana Caputova, 45, to congratulate her on her victory, Reuters reports.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Mar 31st, 2019 at 12:59:00 AM EST
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Comedian Zelensky and Chocolate King set for runoff vote -- exit poll
Final round 21 April, Former-Aryan-Princess leaves 14% of voters in play who very well might prefer cocoa and heroin

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Mar 31st, 2019 at 10:19:45 PM EST
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Turkey 31 March 2019
Erdogan's AKP in Instanbul, Imamoglu's CHP in Ankara
cross-country municipal polling with AKP holding majority; XTREMELY tiny margin for AKP in Istanbul, 48.71% to CHP 48.65%. Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party boycott, "Voting was marred by election violence that killed at least two people and wounded dozens across the country", as is the custom.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Mar 31st, 2019 at 10:34:11 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Mar 31st, 2019 at 06:56:16 PM EST
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