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Cubans Turn Waiting for Hours in Ration Lines into a Social Media ‘Challenge’

Cubans stuck for hours in lines to buy basic goods like eggs, chicken, oil, and soap are sharing photos of their ordeal under the hashtag #LaColaChallenge, or “The Line Challenge.” The challenge is a tongue-in-cheek way to approach a crisis so pervasive that reports surfaced Thursday of mothers “renting” their children to ensure families have enough to eat.

Cubans line up to buy food in Havana, on April 4, 2019. - A drastic reduction in the circulation of Cuban state newspapers this week, awaken the spectre of the 90s crisis, amid the shortage of basic goods, the bad news from Venezuela and the tightening of the US blockade. …

Report: Venezuelan Oil Tanker Captain Refused to Ship Gasoline to Cuba

The captain of the Manuela Saenz, a Venezuelan oil tanker, fought back against orders to send a shipment of unleaded and diesel gasoline to Cuba last week, prompting dictator Nicolás Maduro’s political police forces to stop the ship and replace him, according to a report in Argentine news outlet Infobae on Tuesday.

An oil tanker remains at the Maracaibo Lake in Maracaibo, Venezuela on March 15, 2019. - Production cutbacks by OPEC nations are building a supply cushion that could be called upon to mitigate a possible supply shock from an abrupt drop in crisis-hit Venezuela's output, the International Energy Agency (IEA) …

Venezuelan General Implies Cuba Killed Chávez to Install Maduro in Power

A Venezuelan general who participated in a failed coup d’etat alongside Hugo Chávez in 1992 published a video this week urging soldiers to rise up against dictator Nicolás Maduro and suggested the communist government in Cuba killed Chávez to install Maduro as their puppet.

Hugo Chavez Mural, Caracas, Venezuela

Cuba Violently Shuts Down ‘Illegal’ Gay Pride Parade

Cuba’s communist regime sent police to beat and violently haul away some of the estimated 300 people congregating in Havana Saturday for an “illegal” gay pride march, organized after the regime canceled the annual Castro-led “conga against homophobia.”


Venezuela: Maduro Abducts Legislature’s #2 Using Tow Truck

Venezuela’s secret police (SEBIN) abducted the first Vice President of the National Assembly Edgar Zambrano late Wednesday, hauling him away in a tow truck. Zambrano’s is the first arrest of a lawmaker in the aftermath of the April 30 attempted military uprising led by President Juan Guaidó.

The move comes as President Nicolás Maduro (pictured) has clamped down on political opposition and consolidated power in his government’s hands. | Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images.

China Makes Lukewarm Call for ‘Peace’ in Venezuela Without Mentioning Maduro

The Chinese government officially responded to the attempted uprising against dictator Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela on Monday, issuing a tepid call for “political dialogue” but not issuing a straightforward defense of Maduro, to whom Beijing agreed to lend $5 billion as recently as last September.

The move comes as President Nicolás Maduro (pictured) has clamped down on political opposition and consolidated power in his government’s hands. | Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images.

Venezuela: Nicolás Maduro Danced on TV During Military Uprising

Venezuelan socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro triggered outrage yet again by responding to last week’s call for a military uprising by appearing on television and dancing to a pro-government rapper singing his praises. At the time of his appearance last week, his forces had killed four people and injured dozens of others.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (2-L), his wife Cilia Flores (L) and Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino (R) gesture during a military parade to commemorate the 17th anniversary of a failed 2002 coup d'état against former leader Hugo Chavez, at Fuerte Tiuna Military Complex, in Caracas on April 13, 2019. (Photo by …

Poll: 90 Percent of Venezuelans Want Foreign Military to Oust Maduro

An overwhelming majority of Venezuelans would support a foreign military intervention to oust socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro and believe that the rogue regimes in Russia and Cuba have colonized their country, the national polling firm Meganálisis found in a survey published Monday.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro attends a May Day rally in Caracas on May 1, 2019. - Opposition supporters demonstrated for a second consecutive day in support of their country's self-proclaimed leader Juan Guaido as he bids to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro and his government have vowed to put down …

Maduro Envoy in Moscow Suggests ‘Expanded’ Russian Troop Presence in Venezuela

Socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza suggested to reporters in Moscow Monday that Maduro may request a larger Russian military presence in the country after the nation’s president, Juan Guaidó, announced that Venezuela’s forces had agreed to stop taking orders from Maduro.

Russian military troops take part in a military drill on Sernovodsky polygon close to the Chechnya border, some 260 km from south Russian city of Stavropol, on March 19, 2015. About 500 soldiers take part in the military exercises until March 20. AFP PHOTO / SERGEY VENYAVSKY (Photo credit should …

Venezuela: 14-Year-Old Becomes Youngest Victim of Maduro Repression

Human rights group operating on the ground confirmed the deaths of four people Thursday since President Juan Guaidó announced the removal of socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela this week. The youngest protester killed was 14 years old.

CARACAS, VENEZUELA - MAY 01: Venezuelan National Guard throw tear gas to Pro-Juan Guaidó demonstrators after the May 1 demonstration at Plaza Altamira on May 1, 2019 in Caracas, Venezuela. Yesterday, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, recognized by many members of the international community as the country's rightful interim ruler, …

Venezuela: One Dead, over 100 Injured Since Military Turned on Maduro

Human rights groups and reporters on the ground confirmed on Wednesday the death of one person and over one hundred injured in protests against socialism in Venezuela, following an announcement by President Juan Guaidó on Tuesday that the nation’s troops had finally stopped answering to dictator Nicolás Maduro.

Opposition demonstrators clashes with soldiers loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after troops joined opposition leader Juan Guaido in his campaign to oust Maduro's government, in the surroundings of La Carlota military base in Caracas on April 30, 2019. - Guaido -- accused by the government of attempting a coup …

Martel: What Is Happening in Venezuela Is Not a ‘Coup’

Venezuelan President Juan Guaidó announced on Tuesday that, four months after legally assuming the office, he would finally be able to exercise his powers as commander-in-chief. Socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro – and a seemingly endless list of U.S. media sources – were eager to call this a coup.

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