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Maduro escalates conflict with Colombia as he looks to December's election

Saturday, August 29th 2015 - 04:51 UTC
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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro escalated his country's conflict with Colombia Friday by expanding the partial closure of their shared border to four new frontier towns. However most political analysts believe there is a huge premeditated interest in arising strong nationalistic feelings ahead of the December legislative elections. Read full article


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  • Skip

    Common ploy used by undemocratic regimes when they can't hide their domestic problems any longer.

    Aug 29th, 2015 - 07:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    I'll be incredulous if anyone believes this guff from Maduro. “Maduro blames Colombian smuggling for severe shortages of basic goods in Venezuela, a problem that fueled violent protests in the country last year.” Let's figure out the quantity of goods imported by Venezuela to supply a population of more than 33 million. Just how many tons of goods would have to be smuggled away for there to be shortages?

    Aug 29th, 2015 - 10:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mendoza Canadian

    He needs all the enemies he can dream up in order to account for what will happen when he eliminates all the opposition in time for the next election. The blame game goes on and on....

    Aug 29th, 2015 - 11:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    Colombia must expel all Northamericans. Brazil already has plans to destroy all military bases in Colombia in case of conflict.

    Aug 29th, 2015 - 01:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @4. I believe that North America already has plans, in the event of any attack on any US ally, to destroy Brazil. Bye bye, asshole.

    Aug 29th, 2015 - 02:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    There becomes a world war ...

    Aug 29th, 2015 - 03:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    Just what Maduro needs: A border conflict against an enemy to join the people together... Only one problem...when you have nothing to eat, patriotism is the last thought in the minds of the hungry, ESPECIALLY when your children are crying for food as well.

    Aug 29th, 2015 - 04:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    brASSHOLE, you are schizophrenic. You think your fantasies are real. Keep on dreaming.
    @6 And then what, asshole ?

    Aug 29th, 2015 - 04:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    With a bit of luck somebody will put a bullet in Maduro's head and put him out of our misery.

    Aug 29th, 2015 - 07:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Apparently that turtle suit that he is wearing will be issued to all military personal,

    hopefully the trick is the kill of the enemy by making them laugh to death.

    Aug 29th, 2015 - 07:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo


    A military overthrow is nearly impossible as he has them in his pocket and one bullet would only result in the Chavistas replacing him with another idiot. No what they need is a violent bloody uprising of the masses that will result in the deaths of countless innocent civilians.

    Aug 29th, 2015 - 09:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    “Colombia must expel all Northamericans. Brazil already has plans to destroy all military bases in Colombia in case of conflict.”

    Colombia doesn't listen to Brazil.

    Aug 29th, 2015 - 10:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @11. I wonder about a phrase you've used. “innocent civilians”. Perhaps you could clarify that. I look around the world and I see it used in many situations. For Gaza, Israel is criticised for attacking so that “innocent civilians” are injured or killed. So who “voted” to let Hamas govern the place? Who stands by and watches terrorists store and then use weapons? Come to think of it, in 1947/8, it was intended that those arabs who didn't want to live in a Jewish state would move to Transjordan. Who insisted on staying? Who gets out in the streets and chants about destroying Israel?
    In Ukraine there is this strange idea that the government is shelling and killing its own “innocent civilian” citizens. But these people declared a separate state. So they aren't Ukrainians. And they choose to stay in a war zone. And who can tell what they do when there are no reporters around?
    Turning to Venezuela, who voted for Maduro? Why aren't there millions, or at least thousands, trying to cross the borders into Colombia and Brazil? It's much like argieland. From the outside we can see all the problems, shouldn't the people be able to see them? Then they must like things the way they are. Including the illegitimate claim to the Falkland Islands.

    So tell us, where are all these “innocent civilians”? Remember when the Islamic State persecuted the Yazidi. The Yazidi fled to the Sinjar Mountains. They might properly be called “innocent civilians”. They didn't stay put as Venezuelans are doing.

    But then there's another feature. The people crossing the Mediterranean and trying to force their way through Eastern Europe. And these aren't really “innocent civilians” either. All these terrified people who manage to have the latest model smartphones, and the chargers, and are quite well dressed. Have enough money to pay smugglers.

    So think carefully before using “innocent civilians”. Remember that the German people were all in favour of Hitler while they were winning!

    Aug 30th, 2015 - 10:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    Colombia continues to undermine the stability efforts promoted by the Venezuelan government.

    The Colombian government has encouraged by the Evil Empire transfers the obligation of their own people to Venezuela through the massive invasion of Colombian needy citizens who cross the border in search of medical services, basic products and financial assistance from the Venezuelan government.

    These raids must stop immediately!

    Aug 30th, 2015 - 12:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 11 Chicureo

    The risk to the use of one bullet, is of course, just as you say.

    I was hoping that a bloody civil war could have been avoided by the one bullet, but even that would not suit a certain female who knows all there is to know about 'bullets'. :o)

    Oh dear me!

    Aug 30th, 2015 - 12:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    Colombia is becoming a pariah country in South America. What happened to Santos? These military bases ... (bribe, bribe)
    Resort to OAS? Why? Brazil and South America will not easily forget it!
    The correct place for discussion is the UNASUL!
    Brazil and South America will reject any dialogue in which North Americans are present.

    Aug 30th, 2015 - 01:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @14 Brasshole
    You sounds like one of the less ignorant of your group, but just as radically stupid.
    There is nothing decent left to undermine in Venezuela, Maduro , and Chavez before him, did a good job at ruining everything.
    In yr #16, you talk of “bribe, bribe” ...that's one thing that you, the PT and “one- foot-in-the-grave” Lulla know a lot about.
    Last but not least , I like your “Brazil and South America will reject...” blah-blah-blah.....Brazil IS in South America,'s like your saying “I'm going to France then I'm going to Europe” this too much for your brain to handle ?? you a.hole.

    Aug 30th, 2015 - 09:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo


    Yes, one twenty-five caliber bullet on a quiet Sunday with no witnesses...
    ...they STILL have not released the security camera footage from the building or neighborhood. I hate to admits it, but Cristina was successful in solving the problem.

    Meanwhile, no medicine, lack of basic goods like toilet paper and rice.... Blame it on Guyana or Colombia...

    Aug 31st, 2015 - 02:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    The alleged fortune of María Gabriela Chávez, daughter of the late Hugo Chávez, has recently stirred up controversy in Venezuela. Media reports suggest that Chávez’s daughter has US$4.2 billion stored in bank accounts in the United States and Andorra, which might make her the wealthiest person in Venezuela.+

    Critics have pointed to a supposed inconsistency: how can one support the so-called Bolivarian Revolution while enjoying such enormous riches? However, the premise of this critique is flawed, because it assumes that Chavismo emerged to uphold rights and equality.

    Yes, off topic, but I am posting this because MP is too lazy.
    So fuckin' sue me!

    I hate these corrupt people that are destroying Vnzla.

    Sep 03rd, 2015 - 02:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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