Connect with us
//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Latest

As His Regime Falters, Here Is Where Venezuela’s Maduro May Seek Asylum

Anybody who believes the demise of the Maduro regime is imminent should take another look at what happened in Syria during the wake of the Arab Spring.

Avatar

Published

on

Via Zerohedge


As US sanctions on Venezuelan oil restrict one of the last lifelines for the embattled regime of Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro, talk of all-out civil war has intensified (one US admiral even suggested that the US could dispatch ground forces to the ailing socialist republic if it feels its diplomatic personnel are being threatened). And with opposition leader Juan Guaido winning the support of a growing share of the international community, his government will soon benefit from more financial support in the form of escrow accounts that will be seeded with revenues from Venezuelan oil.

Last month, John Bolton tweeted that he sincerely hopes Maduro will abandon his claim to power and flee to “a nice beach somewhere far from Venezuela.”

Though he declined to name names, Elliott Abrams, the State Department’s special envoy to Venezuela, said that countries other than Russia and Cuba “have come to us privately and said they’d be willing to take members of the current illegitimate regime if it would help the transition.”

And Maduro’s wife, Cilia Flores, reportedly has been pressuring her husband to have a “Plan B” ready

With Maduro’s fate looking ever more tenuous (though, to be sure, despite a wave of defections, he still commands the loyalty of the Venezuelan military), Bloomberg on Monday offered a comprehensive look at all of the countries where Maduro and the senior ranks of his government could end up seeking asylum.

To be sure, offering safe haven to Maduro could carry risks both for the Venezuelan dictator and the country involved. Still, the locations reportedly under discussion include both unsurprising candidates (Cuba) and surprising ones (…the Vatican?).

Here’s a quick roundup, sourced from BBG:

Cuba:

The Cuban Communist regime led by Miguel Diaz-Canel has been both an ideological ally to Maduro’s Bolivarian Republic and a source of financing during times of stress. But taking in Maduro could put Cuba “back on the US radar” after President Trump has done surprisingly little to roll back the detente ushered in by the Obama Administration.

Russia

Moscow has been one of the Maduro regime’s most outspoken backers (its state-controlled oil company Rosneft has sunk billions of dollars in investments into Venezeula’s state-run oil company). Still, Russian lawmakers insisted they would rather see Maduro remain in power in Venezuela. One Russian lawmaker said he believes Maduro and his allies would sooner take to the hills and become guerillas before leaving the country.

Moscow is not fond of Maduro, but has little choice in the matter, according to a person with knowledge of the internal discussions who spoke on condition of anonymity. The Kremlin won’t encourage him to flee unless there is a clear alternative — and for Moscow that is not Guaido, the person said.

“He is not planning to go anywhere,” Russian lawmaker Andrey Klimov, deputy head of the upper house of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said by phone. He dismissed talk of Maduro’s evacuation as “psychological warfare” aimed at “sowing panic and hysteria.

“I think Maduro and his people are more likely to become guerrillas and make a second Vietnam of Venezuela,” he said. Russia, he added, is “talking to Maduro in order to ease tensions inside the country and abroad. But we can’t command him.”

Still, Russia said it doesn’t “give up on its own”, suggesting that if Maduro was truly desperate, he could turn to Moscow.

If Maduro turned to Russia, President Vladimir Putin would give him refuge, said Andrey Kortunov, head of the Russian International Affairs Council, a research organization set up by the Kremlin. “It’s not in our rules to give up our own – and he is still one of ours,” he said.
Russia, however, thinks Maduro can survive the crisis, according to Kortunov. “I believe Maduro has boltholes closer than Russia,” he said. “But this is still premature. So far, the regime has shown some resilience.”

Mexico

Another likely contender is Mexico, which has a long tradition of taking in leftist exiles and also the Shah of Iran. After his falling out with Stalin, Leon Trotsky, the infamous Soviet revolutionary, fled to Mexico, where he was welcomed proudly by the country’s leftist leader (though he was later murdered by agents of Stalin). Lazaro Cardenas, the leader who took in Trotsky, is a hero for AMLO, Mexico’s current leader. Mexico has remained one of the few countries in Latin America to continue to recognize Maduro as Venezuela’s legitimate ruler.

In another sign that Mexico could offer asylum to Maduro,  Jorge Rodriguez, Venezuela’s communications minister, traveled to Mexico last month while Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez was also in the country. Talks between the various parties reportedly focused on Mexico’s utility as a conduit for talks between Maduro and the opposition.

Turkey

President Erdogan has praised Maduro, and officials in his government have suggested that Maduro could seek asylum there, though only as a last recourse.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Maduro last month to assure him of his support, addressing him as “my brother!” The destination for tons of Venezuelan gold, Turkey has offered to take in Maduro, although only as a last recourse, according to a person familiar with the discussions. Any decision would be taken by Erdogan directly, and right now the priority is on backing him at home, a senior Turkish official said.

The Vatican

Last month, Guaido appealed to Pope Francis for help in acting as a mediator between Guaido and Maduro, though the Vatican remains an unlikely source of respite for Maduro and members of his regime.

One factor that could complicate a Maduro exit is his vice president, Diosdado Cabello, who has been under investigation by US prosecutors since at least 2015 for his alleged involvement in cocaine trafficking.

* *  *

Still, anybody who believes the demise of the Maduro regime is imminent should take another look at what happened in Syria during the wake of the Arab Spring. Back in 2011, almost every analyst quoted in Western media predicted that Assad’s downfall would take a matter of weeks, not months or years, according to BBG.

Nearly eight years later, not only is Assad still in power, but he is stronger than ever before. The same could very well hold true for Maduro, who also enjoys the backing of Russia and Iran.

Liked it? Take a second to support The Duran on Patreon!
Advertisement //pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
33 Comments

33
Leave a Reply

avatar
16 Comment threads
17 Thread replies
1 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
17 Comment authors
Olivia KrothigorJustin TauaIt is I onlyDarryl Secret Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Olivia Kroth
Guest

Venezuela’s Government with President Maduro does not “falter” but stands strong. He does not seek “asylum” anywhere but will remain in Venezuela, his home country.

teles
Guest

Telesur English:

Venezuelans sign for peace and non-interference in Venezuela

Olivia Kroth
Guest

President Nicolas Maduro’s “evacuation” from Venezuela not on Kremlin’s agenda, says Putin’s spokesman Russian Politics & Diplomacy February 07, 12:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW, February 7. /TASS/. No work is underway in the Kremlin on the potential evacuation of President Nicolas Maduro from Venezuela because of the domestic political crisis, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “This issue has not been raised,” he said. “There isn’t any exchange of views with the United States regime. Moscow is not holding any consultations with other countries, including Uruguay.” Speaking on the exchange of views on the Venezuelan settlement, the Kremlin spokesman assured that… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Guest

Caracas has the support of influential allies, says Venezuelan top brass World February 12, 11:00 UTC+3 MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS/. Venezuela’s authorities are not isolated and have backing from influential allies amid the crisis in the Latin American country, head of the Operational Strategic Command (CEOFAN) of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela Remigio Ceballos said on VTV channel live on Monday. “We are not in isolation , we have influential allies,” Ceballos said. There are “more than 180 countries that support Venezuela in the current situation” in the country, he said. Ceballos also affirmed that the National Bolivarian… Read more »

Stunned_at_Sunset
Guest
Stunned_at_Sunset

I can understand why Russia is loathe to witness yet another “Deep State” regime change operation in Venezuela but we have to face the fact that Maduro’s “regime” was DOA the day he allowed the Venezuelan mobsters to take over the management of the people’s prosperity, safety, property, and security. It’s not that the people want a Capitalist Economy. They don’t seem to want that as they keep voting these socialist yahoos into power. The problem is that the people don’t want mobsters running their lives and Maduro behaves like the quintessential “Don” parsing out fiefdoms to the loyal “lieutenants”… Read more »

Jane Karlsson
Guest
Jane Karlsson

Please provide references for your statements about Venezuelan corruption. I have come across many accusations on this subject but no evidence. Perhaps there is indeed massive corruption. But until I see incontrovertible evidence I will reserve judgement.

teles
Guest

As the US regime falters, here is where US mafiosi Bolton and Pompeo may seek Asylum: in North Korea, in Iran, in Syria, in Cuba. Of course, they may also commit suicide in the CIA bunker of Langley, Virginia.

TravelAbout
Guest
TravelAbout

LOL, I’d vote for the last option!

bsamsin
Guest
bsamsin

yeah, but you know where they’d really run to … (as flag bearers for Israeli policy)

Von drexler
Guest
Von drexler

Fuck you daran fuck you!Venezuela is not a regime so fucking stop saying it…….

Olivia Kroth
Guest

I agree. This term is not correct. The Government of Venezuela has been demoxratically elected, international observers (even from the USA) were present as observers.

“Regime” has a negative connotation. Therefore I have started calling the US government a “regime”, and the current French government under Macron is also a “regime”. One might as well call them dictatorships.

Paddy Jameson Power
Guest
Paddy Jameson Power

Who writes this nonsense? Pres Maduro is the democratically elected president of Venezuela. Only someone deluded by US propaganda would refer to him as a dictator. This is what we have come to expect from US shills and propagandists.
And Pres Maduro is going nowhere.

Nikolaiki
Member
Nikolaiki

‘Embattled regme of Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro’…….that where I stopped reading! Maduro has been democratically elected president of Venezuela.

HelenB
Guest
HelenB

It’s BBC rubbish via ZeroHedge. Why The Duran would put its name anywhere near it is surprising.

bsamsin
Guest
bsamsin

actually, it’s not that surprising, since Mercouris talked on video about Russia doing a deal with Guaido, which was a bit of a head scratcher.

Olivia Kroth
Guest

What Mr. Mercouris said about Russia dropping Venezuela is not true. Actually, it is quite the opposite. Russia supports Venezuela in difficult times. Mr. Mercouris sayd in his interview that he does not know much about Venezuela and has never been there. I wonder where his ideas about Venezuela come from. TASS REPORTS: Venezuela thanks Russia for support in current situation Society & Culture February 12, 19:13 UTC+3 Venezuela’s ambassador in Moscow Carlos Rafael Faria Tortosa said that “our people, our government and our President Nicolas Maduro are very grateful to you and the Russian government” MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS/.… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Guest

DURAN has a lot of texts from Zerohedge. It might be better if the editors started writing their own.

craig watson
Guest

Maduro is going nowhere. He’s a Venezuelan, and a patriot. He’ll die there fighting before fleeing, like all courageous honest leaders. Russia and China are arranging their own proxies to stave off the USA’s NGO’s, CIA and proxies from Colombia and elsewhere. Here is where the USA finally hits the wall and crashes. And here is where China and Russia defend their $billions invested in Venezuela as well as elsewhere in South America. It will probably get ugly, but maybe not, can’t tell yet. America is on the warpath but clueless as ever.

HelenB
Guest
HelenB

Sourced from the BBC? Really?

thraxite
Guest
thraxite

Why does the author continuously call President Maduro a dictator? If he doesn’t know they’ve had 25 elections in the past 20 years and last years were found free and fair by international observers, he shouldn’t be given the opportunity to spread his rubbish! This seems like he’s in competition with a certain German journalist who got caught making things up recently. Seems this was as well researched as those articles. Boo!

notlurking
Guest
notlurking

Something stinks to high heaven here…..yea this article….

Olivia Kroth
Guest

The DURAN is taking a strange turn. Somehow it seems to have been “hijacked”. I wonder by whom ….

jrkrideau
Guest
jrkrideau

Should not this article have discussed where Juan Guaidô is planning as his new home. Given the USA’s record, he probably wants to have several alternatives available.

Olivia Kroth
Guest

The Venezuelan coup perpetrator could hibernate in Trump’s golf club of Mar-a-Lago, Florida. Maybe he’ll get a rentfree apartment in the Trump tower later? (If Trump is not too stingy for this sort of give-away to a failed puppet of his faltering regime ….)

Darryl Secret
Guest
Darryl Secret

The regime change attempt is over.
The U$A/Canada has failed spectacularly.

Get rid of U$ Guantanamo, put those S-400’s and Pantisirs in Venezuela and Cuba, and they may yet be safe.

Justin Taua
Guest
Justin Taua

So Tyler Durden deliberately choses to use the Authoritarian “Regime” word, that is associated with; US-supported military dictatorships; to denigrate Venezuela and Cuba. His “Communist” and “Regime” association of Cuba, is about his hateful desire to taint a “Workers State” with the “Regime” label that better fits; the tyrants who have been the lapdogs of US-led oppression around the World. For that reason, it’s the job of every well informed person on the planet; to accurately describe the USA as a, “Military Regime” (The Deep State). We call it a “Junta.” The “US-Deep State”, ain’t some ghostly play on words;… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Guest

“Tyler Durden” is a pen name for a Bulgarian refugee or refugee spawn, living under the US regime, and obviously doing quite well there, since he does not want to return home. All of the “Tyler Durden” texts are tainted by his new habitat (the US regime). You can find more about this on Wikipedia: Daniel Ivandjiiski is the “zerohedge” founder and editor From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Born Daniel Krassimirov Ivandjiiski November 8, 1978 (age 40) Sofia, Bulgaria Residence Mahwah, New Jersey, U.S. Nationality Bulgarian Other names Tyler Durden (on Zero Hedge) Education American College of Sofia (1997) Alma… Read more »

Justin Taua
Guest
Justin Taua

Thanks a lot mate From Aotearoa/New Zealand. Cheers!

It is I only
Guest
It is I only

As His Regime Falters, Here Is Where Venezuela’s Maduro May Seek AsylumHumm ??
If I remember correctly didn’t you said that about Assad some years ago, you & the “respected” media, the mulatto faggot et al ??

Olivia Kroth
Guest

Yes, the US regime always likes to talk about others “faltering”. I hope the US regime will falter soon, once and for all.

igor
Guest
igor

Why publish garbage like this

Olivia Kroth
Guest

Yes, why indeed? Has THE DURAN no better articles to offer? How sad.

igor
Guest
igor

trash article

Latest

NXIVM Sex-Cult Prosecutors Have Evidence Of Illegal Clinton Campaign Contributions For “Political Influence”

NXIVM’s Clinton connections have been known for some time.

Avatar

Published

on

Via Zerohedge


US Attorney Richard Donoghue asked a federal judge last month for permission to present a mountain of new evidence in the NXIVM sex-cult trial – including evidence of an “illegal scheme to exceed contribution limits to a presidential primary campaign,” in the “hopes of obtaining political influence to advance their own agenda,” according to a March court filing.

“At the suggestion of a political operative, who has since pleaded guilty to an unrelated New York state bribery charge also involving campaign contributions, the contributions were “bundled” and presented to the candidate at a fundraising event attended by conspirators,” the filing continues.

And whose “presidential primary campaign” did the group allegedly attempt to buy influence with?

None other than Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to former NXIVM publicist-turned-whistleblower Frank Parlato, who told Big League Politics “I was there, and I knew that the contributions were made by more than a dozen NXIVM members to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

At present, the judge overseeing the case has not responded on the case docket.

Founded by accused pedophile Keith Raniere, NXIVM started out as a multi-level-marketing self-help business for people who wanted to “reach their potential” through various courses.

NXIVM’s Clinton connections have been known for some time 

After being run out of Arkansas in the early ’90s by then-Governor Bill Clinton’s attorney general on charges of fraud and business deception, Raniere and NXIVM executives emerged a decade later only to donate $29,900 to Hillary Clinton’s 2006 presidential campaign a decade later. At least three NXIVM officials are (or were) “invitation-only” members of the Clinton Global Initiative, according to the New York Post.

Meanwhile, NXIVM’s ‘inner sanctum’ turns out to have been sex-cult known as ‘DOS’ – which Parletto says stands for “dominus obsequious sororium,” or “master over the slave women.”

A 2009 photo of Raniere in Albany, New York, where Mack bought a house to be closer to the Nxivm founder.

Raniere’s inner cadre included Seagrams heiresses Clare and Sara bronfman, who joined NXIVM in 2002 and subsequently contributed $150 million of their inheritance to the organization, while Claire bought 80% of Wakaya island off the coast of Fiji for $47 million in 2016, according to Vanity Fair.

Female members of DOS – such as former Smallville actress Allison Mack, would procure women for Raniere – who required that prospective “slaves” upload compromising collateral into a Dropbox account. One such recruit-turned-coach was India Oxenberg – daughter of Dynasty actress Catherine Oxenbergwho met with prosecutors in New York in late 2017 to present evidence against Raniere.

Allison Mack

Raniere and Mack were arrested on federal charges which include sex trafficking, forced labor, wire fraud conspiracy, human trafficking and other counts. Most recently, Raniere was accused of having sex with children and producing kiddie porn, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

Mack – who allegedly held the second-most-senior position in NXIVM, pleaded guilty earlier this month to racketeering charges and manipulating women into becoming sex slaves.”I believed Keith Raniere’s intentions were to help people, and I was wrong,” a tearful Mack told a Brooklyn judge. “I know I can and will be a better person,” she added.

Prior to his death, Clare and Sara’s father, Seagrams founder and former president of the World Jewish Congress Edgar Bronfman (whose funeral Hillary Clinton spoke at), told Vanity Fair of NXIVM “I think it’s a cult.”

Edgar Bronfman Sr. receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton in 1999

A cult which tried to buy favor with Hillary Clinton, allegedly.

(March filing below, P. 24)

Liked it? Take a second to support The Duran on Patreon!
Continue Reading

Latest

Tulsi Gabbard: Trump is ‘Saudi Arabia’s servant’ as he refused to end US support of Yemen war

Tulsi tweets: “By vetoing War Powers Act, Trump again proves he’s the servant of Saudi Arabia.”

RT

Published

on

By

Via RT…


Tulsi Gabbard, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, has called President Donald Trump’s decision to veto a bill seeking to end US support for the Yemen war nothing less than proof he serves Saudi Arabia.

By vetoing the bill dubbed the War Powers Act, Trump again “proves he’s the servant of Saudi Arabia – the theocratic dictatorship spending billions spreading the most extreme and intolerant form of Islam around the world, supporting al-Qaeda & other jihadists, and waging genocidal war in Yemen with US help,” Gabbard said in an emotional tweet.

The War Powers resolution, approved in the House of Representatives in April and the Senate in March, was vetoed by President Donald Trump, who said it was an “unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members.”

In the video that accompanies the tweet, Gabbard is heard saying that the US is complicit “in this genocide that’s causing millions of people to starve and suffer.” She accused Trump of being “more interested in pleasing the Saudis that doing what is right.”

This is by no means the first time Gabbard has attacked Trump over Saudi Arabia. Last year, she tweeted: “Hey @realdonaldtrump: being Saudi Arabia’s b*tch is not ‘America First.’”

Since a Saudi-led coalition started the military offensive against Yemen in 2015, an estimated 60,000 Yemenis have died due to the conflict, and another 85,000 have succumbed to famine and malnutrition. Airstrikes conducted often with munitions supplied by the US and its allies frequently target areas with civilians. The Saudis say they are acting in support of the exiled president, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, against the Yemeni Houthis who control most of the country. Riyadh and its Western allies accuse the opposition group of being proxies of Iran.

Liked it? Take a second to support The Duran on Patreon!
Continue Reading

Latest

Is Lori Loughlin’s Daughter Olivia Jade Now Under Investigation?

Both Olivia Jade and Bella are technically still University of Southern California students whose accounts are on hold while the university reviews their cases.

The Duran

Published

on

Via Yahoo News…


Another day, another “ruh-ro” in the ongoing Operation Varsity Blues saga. After Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges in the college admissions scam on Monday, the Daily Mail now reports one of their two daughters—either influencer/vlogger Olivia Jade, 19, or Bella Giannulli, 20—has received a “target letter” declaring her the subject of an investigation by the Department of Justice.

As The New York Times reported earlier this week, “at least some children of the parents who were charged in the scandal have received so-called target letters, which notify people that they could be targets of a criminal probe.” So far, no students (read: kids of the dozens of parents) allegedly involved in the scandal have been charged.

Internet sleuths are now, inevitably, speculating that the daughter in question could be Bella, who deleted her Instagram account this week. (Her sister’s remains active.) Both Olivia Jade and Bella are technically still University of Southern California students whose accounts are on hold while the university reviews their cases; their parents, Loughlin and Giannulli, stand accused of paying $500,000 to Operation Varsity Blues ringleader William “Rick” Singer to pass their daughters off as crew recruits. Some of the high-profile parents charged, including Felicity Huffman, have pleaded guilty in hopes of reduced sentences, though prosecutors are still seeking a four- to 10-month jail sentencefor the actress. But on Monday, Loughlin and Giannulli entered not guilty pleas to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, and are vowing to fight the charges.

One potential line of defense? Loughlin and Giannulli—because, reminder, it wasn’t only the moms who were allegedly involved in the scam—were just trying really, really hard to help their kids, according to the L.A. Times, in this cultural moment of “parenting on steroids.” For future reference, though, steroid possession is also illegal.

Liked it? Take a second to support The Duran on Patreon!
Continue Reading

JOIN OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Your donations make all the difference. Together we can expose fake news lies and deliver truth.

Amount to donate in USD$:

5 100

Validating payment information...
Waiting for PayPal...
Validating payment information...
Waiting for PayPal...
Advertisement

Advertisement

Quick Donate

The Duran
EURO
DONATE
Donate a quick 10 spot!
Advertisement
Advertisement

Advertisement

The Duran Newsletter

Videos

Trending