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OAS to hold meetings over Venezuela's dwindling democracy

Source: UPI

CARACAS, Venezuela, May 31 (UPI) -- Despite strong opposition by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the Organization of American States on Tuesday announced it will hold meetings over fears of Venezuela's diminishing democracy.

Under the OAS' Inter-American Democratic Charter, the international organization's Permanent Council can meet to discuss situations in which democracy has been seriously impaired in a member state. The OAS will hold Permanent Council meetings on June 10 and June 20 over Venezuela, whose consent was not required.

The OAS' Permanent Council includes one ambassador from each of the 35 member states who meet in Washington, D.C. Maduro on Monday said the OAS should leave Venezuela, calling the organization "enemies of the state seeking to divide and demoralize" Venezuela.

The use of the Democratic Charter is unprecedented and could see Venezuela's suspension from the OAS depending on the meetings and Venezuela's response.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/05/31/OAS-to-hold-meetings-over-Venezuelas-dwindling-democracy/7971464703612/
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue May 31, 2016, 01:53 PM (10 replies)

Second airline suspends flights to Venezuela

Source: Springfield Business Journal

The largest airline in Latin America, Latam, is suspending its flights to Venezuela because of the worsening economic situation.

The move came a day after Germany's Lufthansa suspended flights to the country.

The decisions occur as oil-rich Venezuela faces high inflation and a shortage of basic goods due to the global drop in oil prices.

Read more: http://sbj.net/Content/Default/TIB/Article/Second-airline-suspends-flights-to-Venezuela/-3/935/105390
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue May 31, 2016, 01:49 PM (4 replies)

Sanders caught snoozing at Memorial Day ceremony


Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue May 31, 2016, 01:46 PM (11 replies)

Price of corn flour in Venezuela soars 900 percent

Source: Agence France-Presse

Caracas (AFP) - Venezuelans on Tuesday woke up to discover that the government-controlled price of corn flour -- used to make corn patty arepas, a staple of local cuisine -- has risen 900 percent.

The socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro had kept the price of corn flour frozen for 15 months at 19 bolivares a kilogram (two pounds).

But late Monday the government's Superintendent of Fair Prices increased the price to 190 bolivares a kilo, or $19 at the government rate used for imports such as medicine and scarce food.

Flour is one of the most scarce food basics, and the Venezuelan Association of Corn Flour Industrialists has been asking for a price increase, arguing that the low government-set price does not cover the cost of production.

Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/price-corn-flour-venezuela-soars-900-percent-115846076.html?ref=gs

Anyone who thinks that nominating Bernie Sanders is good idea needs to start paying attention of what is happening Venezuela. It will be all too easy for Republicans to use Venezuela as a cautionary tale for what could happen to this country if an admitted Socialist were in the White House.
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue May 24, 2016, 11:42 AM (68 replies)

Hillary Clinton to speak at Fort Lauderdale gala for Trayvon Martin Foundation

Hillary Clinton will speak later this month at a Fort Lauderdale gala for the Trayvon Martin Foundation, created to honor the Miami Gardens 17-year-old who was shot dead in 2012 in Sanford.

The likely Democratic presidential nominee will keynote the May 21 gala for the third annual Circle of Mothers conference, which offers assistance to women who have lost a child.

The group was created by Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mother, who along with other mothers of children killed by gun violence have frequently joined Clinton on the campaign trail.

A $1,500 minimum donation to the foundation is required to attend the dinner. The three-day conference will be held at the Embassy Suites at 1100 SE 17th St.

more: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/hillary-clinton-to-speak-at-fort-lauderdale-gala-for-trayvon-martin/2276203
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri May 6, 2016, 12:45 PM (1 replies)

A Member of “Bernie’s Army” Is Still Waiting for the Candidate’s Help

John Fetterman, the populist mayor and long-shot Democratic Senate candidate, was one of the first elected officials in the country to endorse Bernie Sanders for president. He is, like Sanders, a political outsider. A tattooed giant—6-foot-8, more than 300 pounds—he’s spent the past 11 years presiding over Braddock, Pennsylvania, a largely black town outside Pittsburgh that was wrecked by the collapse of the local steel industry. Income inequality is at the center of his campaign. “I think there’s a great deal of overlap” between Sanders’ platform and his own, he tells me, “whether it’s a $15-an-hour living wage or health care, trade deals, a rigged economy.” Ideologically, the only real difference between the two men is that Fetterman is more in favor of gun control. He has the date of every homicide in Braddock since his election—nine in all—inked on his right arm.

In February, the New Republic described Fetterman as part of “Bernie’s army,” a generation of Democratic candidates creating “a progressive revolution from within.” Like Sanders, Fetterman has raised most of the money for his primary online, from small-dollar donors. He’s in a three-way primary race against Joe Sestak, the defeated Democratic Senate candidate in 2010, and Katie McGinty, who has the backing of much of the national Democratic establishment.

Fetterman’s criticism of McGinty echoes Sanders’ case against Hillary Clinton. “When she ran less than two years ago, she was for $9 an hour instead of $15,” he says, referring to the minimum wage. “She brought fracking to Pennsylvania, and she also supported NAFTA.” She has a massive financial advantage in what is currently the most expensive Senate race in the country, with more than $17 million already spent.

Given the money and political power stacked against him, Fetterman says he needs Sanders’ help to have any chance next Tuesday, the same day as the Pennsylvania presidential primary. So far, however, it has not been forthcoming. There’s been no endorsement, no fundraising support, no joint appearances. Fetterman’s campaign finds this confounding. On the ground, he says, there’s enormous overlap between his supporters and the Sanders grassroots. (“The crowd at the Fishtown brewpub is young, liberal, urban. They rave about Sanders—and Fetterman,” says a recent Philadelphia Inquirer story.) In a three-way race, he believes, Sanders’ backing could be decisive; Fetterman estimates that he’ll win if he gets 60 or 70 percent of Sanders’ voters.

more: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2016/04/john_fetterman_s_senate_campaign_needs_bernie_sanders_help.html

How's Bernie going to get his agenda passed if he doesn't have any allies in Congress? I suppose he thinks that these people will just get elected by magic.
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Apr 27, 2016, 11:47 AM (3 replies)

Obama-backed Dem makes gains in Pa. primary

Source: The Hill

The Democratic Senate race in Pennsylvania has tightened as the party’s establishment seeks to topple the insurgent candidate Tuesday.

Until recently, polls had shown Katie McGinty, the establishment favorite, consistently trailing rival Joe Sestak in the race to take on vulnerable Republican Sen. Pat Toomey.

Party leaders are still angry over Sestak’s successful primary challenge against then-Sen. Arlen Specter (D) in 2010 and eventual loss to Toomey by 2 points in a year of major gains for Republicans.

But in a poll released Monday, McGinty overtook Sestak for the first time, leading him by 6 points, though a substantial number of voters remain undecided. That leaves political observers saying the heated race is anyone’s game.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/277583-obama-backed-dem-makes-gains-in-pa-primary
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue Apr 26, 2016, 07:48 AM (7 replies)

Sanders dodges on support for Clinton as nominee

Bernie Sanders in an interview early Tuesday dodged a question about whether he’d support Hillary Clinton without conditions if she becomes the Democratic presidential nominee.

“I think what the democratic process is about is going to the convention and arguing about what the platform should be,” Sanders said on CNN’s “New Day,” before shifting to healthcare.
“The media spends too much time speculating,” he said when pressed. “Let’s see what happens.”

“We’ll have a lot of delegates in Philadelphia fighting this fight,” he added, stressing an “agenda for the working people.”

more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/277618-sanders-dodges-on-support-for-clinton-as-nominee

Sounds like someone doesn't care what happens after he loses the nomination.
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue Apr 26, 2016, 07:44 AM (87 replies)

Jewish group rips Sanders for linking Baltimore, West Bank

A major Jewish advocacy organization on Monday blasted Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for saying parts of Baltimore and the West Bank have comparable suffering.

“What do the serious issues Baltimore’s leadership and population are confronting have to do with Palestinian life in the West Bank?” American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris asked in a statement.

“Inserting the Israel-Palestinian conflict into unrelated American political discourse serves only one purpose — to encourage those who are narrowly focused on assailing Israel for any shortcomings, failings by the Palestinian Authority.”
Sanders on Saturday said that the worst areas of Baltimore resemble the dire living conditions of some Palestinians in the West Bank.

more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/277521-jewish-group-rips-sanders-for-linking-baltimore-west-bank
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Mon Apr 25, 2016, 10:10 PM (22 replies)

Actor Tim Robbins blames Sanders losses on ‘voter fraud’

Actor Tim Robbins is alleging the “election is being stolen” from Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

In a tweet Monday afternoon, the actor called out The New York Times and CNN, suggesting the media is tipping the scales in favor of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.

The tweet included a chart purporting to compare exit polls to the actual election results.


more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/277537-actor-tim-robbins-blames-voter-fraud-for-sanders-losses

At least the Sanders campaign has enough dignity not to embrace this loony argument.
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Mon Apr 25, 2016, 10:05 PM (12 replies)
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