A short treatise on Politics. “Poli” meaning “many” and “tics” from those blood sucking creatures that carry diseases and like chewing on your ass…
Well, I’d predicted it would have a revolution in 3 weeks, it is now over 4 weeks and it didn’t, so I presume they got more beer supply (what with that Spanish loan to the brewer and all).
Now a curious thing, the Unaligned Nations are supposed to have a Summit in Venezuela Real Soon Now.
16th 26–31 August 2012 Iran Tehran
17th 13-18 July 2016 Venezuela TBA
Now if you go searching for information on the “17th Non-Aligned Summit” you get many references to one in Tehran that most folks call the 16th, but the Iranians seem to call the 17th. Somebody can’t count all that well, it seems. Or Tehran called a do-over and it IS the 17th, but maybe didn’t happen either?
7th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement will be held in Tehran
Feb 2, 2015 – 3:26 pm
The 17th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement at the level of Foreign Ministers will be held in Tehran in June 2015, the secretariat of the organization announced.
The 16th meeting of Heads of State and Government also took place in the capital of Iran in August 2012.
It was attended by representatives of 120 countries, including 24 presidents, the heads of three monarchies, eight prime ministers and 50 foreign ministers. The chairmanship for three years was transferred to Iran, which will hand over its powers to Venezuela at the 18th summit in September 2015, Tass reports.
Check all you want. All I’ve been able to find are out of place references to Iran as “going to happen” in the past, and spurious statements from 2015 saying that the Venezuelan one is being postponed to, well, to now. Nothing about now. Like this one:
Venezuela Proposes 17th NAM Summit for July, 2016
Caribbean Digital Network | November 13, 2015
CARACAS (Prensa Latina) – President Nicolás Maduro will suggest to the Non Aligned Movement to hold the 17th summit of the group here, on July, 2016, a diplomatic source announced today.
According to a message posted on Twitter by Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez, the NAM summit will be held on July 14-16, 2016.
Venezuela will assume the pro tempore presidency from Iran during that meeting, expected to be attended by all 120 member countries of the bloc.
In September, 2014, when Maduro announced that he would lead NAM, he said efforts would prioritize the presence of the voice of the peoples in world processes without impositions.
Given that Venezuela is a Royal Mess, I think it isn’t going to happen. Maybe. But maybe it will be moved somewhere else, or somewhen else, again.
Maybe that’s what it means to be non-aligned… nothing lines up…
From what I think might be the Iranian site (link broken by me so as not to have a connection with them: http: namiran.org/ ) just to give you warm fuzzies, here’s the subtitle of their organization banner:
“Lasting Peace Through Joint Global Governance”… not like anybody would be nervous or antsy about a Global Government doing that job, or the Iranians being big wigs in it…
In other news…
Bold added by me:
April 20, 2016 8:12 AM
Venezuela nearing total “collapse”
A top International Monetary Fund economist says Venezuela could reach “total economic collapse” in 12-18 months
Judging from similar cases in Latin America, it’s hard to see how President Nicolas Maduro can finish his term in 2019
Democracies in the region should collectively press Maduro to respect democratic rules, and avoid a military coup.
A recent International Monetary Fund report that Venezuela will reach a 720 percent inflation rate this year — the highest in the world — has drawn a lot of media attention, but what I heard from a senior IMF economist this week was even more dramatic.
Robert K. Rennhack, deputy director of the IMF’s Western Hemisphere department, told me in an interview that Venezuela is on a path to hyperinflation — the stage where the economy reaches total chaos — and could reach a “total collapse of the economic system” in 12 to 18 months if there are no changes in economic policies.
“Inflation in Venezuela probably entered on a hyperinflationary path in 2015,” Rennhack says. He told me that he expects Venezuela’s inflation to reach 2.200 percent in 2017, and could balloon very fast to 13,000 a year, the stage that most academics define as full-blown hyper-inflation.
Editorial: Venezuela is grinding to a halt amid chaos
Rennhack said his team of economists looked at previous episodes of hyper-inflation in Bolivia (1982-1984,) Argentina (1989-1990) and Brazil (1989-1990.) From those experiences, they concluded that Venezuela is on a similar path as these countries were between 12 and 18 months before their hyper-inflationary crises.
President Nicolas Maduro’s term ends in 2019, although the opposition MUD coalition is considering launching a referendum to demand early elections.
Is this Maduro’s final year in office in Venezuela?
Many Venezuelans believe the country will explode much sooner than in 12 to 18 months. Prices go up daily, supermarket shelves are near empty, there are growing electricity shortages — Maduro has declared every Friday in April and May a non-working holiday in order to save energy — and crime statistics are skyrocketing.
The Venezuelan currency, the Bolivar, is increasingly worthless. Not even robbers want it: a few months ago, news report quoted an engineer named Pedro Venero as saying that he was attacked by armed robbers who were looking for U.S. dollars stashed in his home, but refused to take Bolivars.
Essentially, Venezuela is on economic death watch and Hospice is being called… When even the robbers won’t take your currency, it is pretty much worthless.
The major questions now are just when, and in what manor? (Elections, Revolution, Invasion, etc. etc.)
The rest of Latin America is looking askance at them too:
Monday, June 27th 2016 – 08:01 UTC
Temer will be absent from Mercosur summit; displeasure with Venezuela
Temer ”does not wish to participate in the solemnity of the event when Venezuela takes over the Mercosur presidency “according to sources in Folha de Sao Paulo.
Brazilian interim president Michel Temer will be absent from the next Mercosur summit scheduled to take place in Montevideo, and this decision is considered a strong message to the Venezuelan government of president Nicolas Maduro that will be taking the group’s chair for the next six months.
Tuesday, June 28th 2016 – 06:28 UTC
Mercosur presidential summit off, but chair transfer to Venezuela will be done at foreign ministers’ level
“There won’t be any presidential summit, but yes the Mercosur chair transfer to Venezuela for the next six months will take place”, pointed out the two ministers
Mercosur presidential summit next July in Montevideo has been cancelled, but the six-month presidency of the group, currently held by Uruguay will be transferred as scheduled to Venezuela, although some conditions of the event are “pending discussion”, said on Monday foreign ministers Susana Malcorra and host Rodolfo Nin Novoa.
Thursday, June 30th 2016 – 13:22 UTC
Paraguay does not accept Venezuela as Mercosur pro tempore chair; group split in half
Loizaga said Paraguay will not accept Venezuela’s presidency since “it’s not a good message for Mercosur because we were not consulted, nor was Brazil”.
Mercosur is again split over Venezuela because Paraguay, and apparently Brazil, have not been consulted regarding the decision to hand the pro tempore presidency of the block to Venezuela in July, as was agreed in Montevideo by Uruguay and Argentina.
Wednesday, July 6th 2016 – 06:54 UTC
Brazil asks Mercosur chair transfer to Venezuela to be delayed until August
Serra told Uruguay president Vázquez, “we’re asking for more time. Let’s wait ’til August, the Mercosur presidency must be the result of an unanimous decision”
The deep differences among Mercosur members as to who should hold the group’s rotating chair this second half of the year surfaced openly in Montevideo with the surprise visit of Brazilian foreign minister Jose Serra and ex president Fernando Henrique Cardoso. The Brazilin delegation formally requested Uruguay, which currently holds the six/month Mercosur chair to suspend the transfer to Venezuela until at least August.
Friday, July 8th 2016 – 04:56 UTC
Uruguayan government insists in transferring Mercosur presidency to Venezuela
A release from Uruguay’s foreign ministry, which was not signed by Nin Novoa, reiterates its decision to transfer the Mercosur chair to Venezuela
Uruguay ratified on Thursday its willingness to transfer the Mercosur presidency to Venezuela despite objections from the other members, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. In a brief statement in its official site, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Uruguay, currently holding the Mercosur pro tempore chair “reiterates its position to proceed to transfer the presidency, in abidance with what is established by the current Mercosur rules”.
So that’s two international Summit Bodies that are all messed up over Venezuela…
And all of South America waiting for Venezuela to collapse so they can get on with life.
From Russia, With Bruises
The Nightly News was dominated by a lost guy running out of the Dallas police parking structure and all of Dallas’s finest looking for him under every car, so the potential start of W.W.III was relegated to the Crawler at the bottom of the screen.
Searching on line, I found many articles, but in order to avoid US / European/ Russian bias, I’m linking to one from Al Jazeera, who ought to be a bit jaundiced about all this… if you want other sources, just search on “Russia expels diplomats”…
Seems the USA and Russia have been tossing each others diplomats out. Never mind that this often precedes fighting. Never mind that Russia has a pattern of military action during The Olympics (and their track and field were kicked out for doping). Never mind that Russia likes doing things in the Lame Duck part of a presidential term, knowing The Prez usually doesn’t want to sully his exit with a surprise war (especially THIS Prez.) No, far more important for Barry Obummer to fly off to Dallas to argue for disarming the voters.
The USA “diplomat” got into a dust up with a cop when the “diplomat” was “trying to enter the US Embassy”. So the USA expelled 2 Russian “diplomats”. So Russia tatted the tit and expelled 2 US “diplomats”. Keep this up, the booze budget in the capitals could be severely impacted…
Politics 12 hours ago
Russia expels two US diplomats in ‘tit-for-tat’ move
Moscow’s move comes in response to Washington’s decision to expel Russian officials over an attack on a US diplomat.
Moscow says that both expelled US diplomats were CIA agents [AFP]
Russia has said it expelled two US Embassy staff members in a retaliatory move after a similar action by Washington last month.
“After their unfriendly step two employees of the US Embassy had to leave Moscow,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday, citing Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
One of the expelled diplomats was involved in an incident with a Russian policeman near the US Embassy entrance in Moscow, Ryabkov said, also claiming that both expelled diplomats were CIA agents.
“They were declared persona non grata for activities incompatible with their diplomatic status,” he said on “the tit-for-tat expulsions”.
“We hope Washington recognises all the same the perversity of its anti-Russian line. If they decide there to move further along the path of escalation it will not remain unanswered,” Ryabkov warned.
The US State Department on Friday announced that it had expelled two Russian officials over an attack on a US diplomat in Moscow.
Department spokesman John Kirby said that on June 6, a Russian policeman attacked the accredited US diplomat in question while entering the US embassy compound, after the US official identified himself.
“On June 17, we expelled two Russian officials from the US to respond to this attack,” Kirby said.
Moscow, disputes the US version of events and insists the diplomat was a CIA agent who attacked the policeman as he tried to stop him to check his ID as he returned from a spying mission in the city.
Relations between Russia and the US have chilled following Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, after which the West imposed sanctions against Russia.
Season with Russian jets buzzing US fleets, US moving forces into the Baltic area, and more…
US forces rumble across Lithuania to large-scale Baltic NATO drills (VIDEO)
Published time: 6 Jun, 2016 01:26
Edited time: 6 Jun, 2016 06:55
A newly released video shows US armed forces marching through Lithuanian territory as they take part in “Dragoon Ride II,” a tactical march taking place ahead of NATO’s massive annual military drills that will be conducted in the Baltic States this year.
In the video, columns of US military vehicles, including Stryker M1126 Infantry Carriers and M1128 Mobile Gun Systems equipped with 105mm cannons, can be seen moving along the streets of Lithuanian cities.
Military columns consisting of 10-20 vehicles rumbled along the route from the city of Kalvarija to the city of Panevezys throughout the day, Lithuanian Defense Ministry said.
In the second part of the video, US military vehicles are seen parked near a shopping mall in Panevezys, as US soldiers show the vehicles, weapons, and equipment to locals.
Dragoon Ride II is a “2,200-kilometer [1,370-mile] tactical road march from the town of Vilseck, Germany to Estonia” that is being conducted from May 27 to June 15 ahead of the annual drills, according to the US army’s official website.
Its purpose is to “demonstrate a dynamic presence throughout the region by showcasing freedom of movement,” the statement on the website says.
The demonstration of military might features “1,400 Soldiers and 400 vehicles stopping in several cities to host public displays of their equipment along with their Allied counterparts.”
The march is being held in the run up to “Saber Strike 16,” a US-led multinational exercise that has been held annually in the EU since 2011. This year’s exercises will take place in the Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania – from May 30 to June 22.
Nearly 10,000 service members from 13 states are to participate in the drills. Apart from major NATO forces and those of the host countries, troops and military equipment from Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, and the UK will also take part.
They have a photo of a B-52 with a caption that they are headed over too…
What could possibly go wrong…
So our President is indulging in Domestic Navel Gazing and a lust to disarm Americans, while South America grinds to a halt, the Middle East is mid-war, and NATO pees in the Russian Garden… And the Russians are sharpening their long knives…
God I wish we had someone with a clue running our country.
Anyone, of any party, just with a tiny bit of clue…