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Venezuela government claims huge power outage caused by ‘electromagnetic attack’

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The lights are returning for millions in Venezuela after a major power failure knocked out electricity to about two-thirds of the country on Monday afternoon.The incident — which Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said was caused by an
'The lights are returning for millions in Venezuela after a major power failure knocked out electricity to about two-thirds of the country on Monday afternoon.The incident — which Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said was caused by an “electromagnetic attack” without providing evidence — was reminiscent of another failure in March which dragged on for as long as 10 days in some areas and prompted Nicolas Maduro’s administration to begin power rationing outside of the capital city Caracas to normalize the grid.Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said that school and work activities would be suspended on Tuesday in order to keep power demand lower and state-run electricity company Corpoelec said that service had been restored to all of Caracas, with work still to be done in other states nationwide.Maduro and his government have insisted that the country’s electrical problems are a product of sabotage and sophisticated attacks by the U.S. and local opposition who are seeking to remove him, while industry experts and critics point to a lack of investment and maintenance. People are seen in the streets of Petare neighbourhood after Caracas and other parts of Venezuela were hit by a massive power cut on July 22, 2019. Matias Delacroix / AFP/Getty Images Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has claimed to be the legitimate leader of Venezuela and is recognized as such by more than 50 countries following Maduro’s dubious re-election in 2018, said he’ll take to the streets on Tuesday to rally people against the government.“They tried to hide the tragedy with rationing across the country but their failure is evident,” he wrote in a post on Twitter. “They destroyed the electric system and they don’t have any response.”Power failures in March cut into Venezuela’s already flagging oil production, with output falling to zero in some areas for several days. Electricity was cut off at joint venture crude operations involving Petroleos de Venezuela SA, Chevron and Rosneft on Monday afternoon in the east of the country, according to two people with knowledge of the situation who aren’t authorized to speak publicly on the issue. PDVSA, as the state producer is known, didn’t reply to a request for comment. People are seen in a street of Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela, on July 22, 2019 as parts in the country, including the capital Caracas, were hit by a massive power cut. Federico Parra / AFP/Getty Images Since the crippling blackout in March, the government has been rationing electricity in more than 20 states, excluding Caracas from the restriction to avoid spurring protests. Still, for many the only assurance is trying to buy a generator in preparation for the next failure.On Monday, crowds of Venezuelans packed the Caracas sidewalks as shops and restaurants closed. Many trekked home after the buses provided by the city’s transit system filled up and with the subway system closed. Amid Internet disruptions, drivers parked along the city’s highways seeking a signal from cell phone tower.“The only thing that matters to me is getting home as soon as possible to avoid getting robbed,” said Julio Penalver, a 52-year-old handyman as he walked home to Petare, the large area of slums in eastern Caracas.'

Venezeula capital plunges into darkness after massive power outage

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CARACAS, Venezuela — The lights have gone out across much of Venezuela, snarling traffic in the capital and reviving fears of the blackouts that plunged the country into chaos a few months ago. The power in the capital went out after 4 p.m. and
'CARACAS, Venezuela — The lights have gone out across much of Venezuela, snarling traffic in the capital and reviving fears of the blackouts that plunged the country into chaos a few months ago. The power in the capital went out after 4 p.m. and immediately backed up traffic as stop lights and the subway stopped..'

Top White House Advisor: ‘Squad’ Wants America to be a ‘Socialist, Open Borders Country’

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A top advisor to President Donald Trump said that the four radical freshman lawmakers known as the Squad “detest America as it exists.” “These four congresswomen detest America as it exists, as it is currently constructed. They want to tear down the
'A top advisor to President Donald Trump said that the four radical freshman lawmakers known as the Squad “detest America as it exists.” “These four congresswomen detest America as it exists, as it is currently constructed. They want to tear down the structure of our country. They want it to be a socialist, open borders country,” Stephen Miller , the advisor, said during an appearance on Fox News on July 21. Miller was referring to Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). “If you, as Donald Trump says, want to destroy America with open borders, you cannot say you love your country. If you attack border agents the way that Ocasio-Cortez has, it means you have a deep-seated hatred of the nation as it exists,” Miller added. “That’s why you want to erase its borders, fundamentally transform the country and in the process, it doesn’t matter if American citizens lose their jobs, lose their homes, lose their livelihoods, lose their health coverage and lose their very lives.” (L-R) Reps. Rashida Tlaib, (D-Mich.), Ilhan Omar, (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley, (D-Mass.), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (D-N.Y.), respond to remarks by President Donald Trump during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington on July 15, 2019. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo) Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller returns to the White House in Washington on April 5, 2018, after an event in West Virginia. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times) Host Chris Wallace asked Miller about Trump telling the congresswomen to leave the country if they don’t like it before noting that Trump himself in the past criticized America while Barack Obama was president. “Anybody who’s running for office, right, left, or center, always points out where they think America can do better, where they think America needs to go,” Miller responded. “But there’s a fundamental distinction between people who think that we need to lean into and strengthen America’s core values, whether it’d be our constitutional values, the rule of law, the principles of Western Civilization, or people who think it would basically need to turn America into Venezuela.” Miller also singled out Omar for her comments about the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and Ocasio-Cortez for her comparison of immigration detention facilities to concentration camps , rhetoric mirrored in the manifesto of an Antifa extremist who attacked a facility in Washington recently before being shot dead. \t\t \t\t “Let’s get specific about it. You saw the quotes from Representative Omar saying some people did something at 9/11. And yes, if you watch it in context, its worse. You saw the quotes from Representative Omar talking about how, oh, well, we talk about al-Qaeda in menacing tone—and by the way, she’s giggling throughout this interview, but we don’t talk about the Army in a menacing tone. And, yes, if you watch it in context, which I have, it’s even worse,” Miller said. “And perhaps the most shocking of all, with the comments made by Representative Ocasio-Cortez saying that our border agents are running concentration camps, and therefore they are Nazis, and therefore, everyone in that audience and you and me and everyone who supports our border patrol are by extension Nazis sympathizers. We support Nazis if we support border agents.” “As a Jew, as an American Jew, I am profoundly outraged by the comments from Ocasio-Cortez. It is a historical smear. It is a sinful comment. It minimizes the death of 6 million of my Jewish brothers and sisters. It minimizes their suffering and it paints every patriotic law enforcement officer as a war criminal, and those are the comments, Chris, that we need to be focusing on,” Miller added. From NTD News'

The Fallout From A Seemingly Sweet Oil Deal For Venezuela's Neighbors

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The PetroCaribe program provided fuel to Venezuela's neighbors on long-term credit to spur economic growth. What has happened now that Venezuela is in free fall?
'The PetroCaribe program provided fuel to Venezuela's neighbors on long-term credit to spur economic growth. What has happened now that Venezuela is in free fall? (Image credit: John van Hasselt/Corbis via Getty Images)'