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    Default Venezuela (2019 onwards)

    Temporary separate thread, since this might fall outside the bell curve of the pre-existing thread on Venezuela.

    The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is holding an emergency meeting to discuss the situation in Venezuela. The political crisis in the country flared up as Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself the interim president.

    Addressing the UN Security Council, the Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza demanded the proof of the election fraud, the United States and its allies claimed. He repeatedly recalled that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is a legitimate head of state.


    Presenting the Trump administration’s case on Venezuela before the United Nations Security Council, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo minced no words calling out Cuba as the foreign power meddling in Venezuela and propping up what Pompeo called the “illegitimate mafia state” of Nicolás Maduro’s regime.
    Noting the protracted humanitarian crisis that has forced more than three million Venezuelans to flee the country and relegated those who remain to starvation — without basic utilities and services and no hope for economic prosperity — Pompeo posed an ultimatum for the UN’s member nations.

    “Either you stand with the forces of freedom,” he said, “or you’re in league with Maduro and his mayhem.”

    Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the U.S. of a long history of meddling in other nations’ politics, citing as examples the U.S.-financed Nicaraguan rebels and the Iran Contra Affair, the failed invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, and the overthrow of Chile’s former Marxist leader, Salvador Allende.

    “Venezuela is just another chapter in the U.S.’s long history of meddling,” Nebenzia said.

    nb: Another barometer reading on the situation.

    Bernie Sanders acknowledges 'economy is a disaster' in Venezuela, urges US not to intervene too strongly
    Fox News

    Vermont Independent and self-described socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders acknowledged on Thursday that the 'economy is a disaster' in Venezuela, but cautioned against U.S. involvement in the socialist county's affairs and condemned what he called "inappropriate" previous interventions that some have blamed for the country's crisis.
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