August 21, 2017

USA sanctions Venezuelan president, calls him a 'dictator'

01 August 2017, 11:50 | Christie Tate



Venezuelan security forces re-arrested Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma, key opposition leaders placed on house arrest, during early Tuesday raids, their wives said.

Tintori also posted video that she says shows her husband being taken away in a vehicle marked "SEBIN", an abbreviation for the Venezuelan intelligence service. "Maduro is responsible if anything happens", Lopez's wife, Lilian Tintori, said over social media early Tuesday.

"I know that the USA doesn't want to take a draconian approach because there would be economic and political implications", said Siobhan Morden, head of Latin America fixed-income strategy at Nomura Securities International.

Ledezma's daughter also posted a video which reportedly shows her father being detained by government officials.

Antonio Ledezma was granted house arrest in 2015 after being imprisoned on charges of leading a coup against Maduro.

The US Treasury Department has announced that it is sanctioning Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, describing the Constituent Assembly elections held in the country on Sunday as "illegitimate".

Colombia, Mexico, Peru and other nations joined the U.S. in saying they did not recognize the results of Sunday's election, which appointed a new Constituent Assembly superseding Venezuela's legislative body, the opposition-controlled National Assembly.

"If my jailing serves to awaken a people, serves to awaken Venezuela ... then it will be well worth the infamous imprisonment imposed upon me directly, with cowardice", he shouted through a megaphone from atop a statue of 19th century Cuban independence hero Jose Marti in a Caracas plaza. "I don't listen to orders from the empire, not now or ever ..."

England in box seat v Sth Africa 3rd Test
Philander managed only five overs and, when South Africa turned to their change bowling, Stokes tucked in with drives and pulls. Stokes ensured his early hard work and former captain Alastair Cook's innings of 88 did not go to waste.

The most severe measures would bar USA imports of Venezuelan crude or prevent state oil giant Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., or PDVSA, from transacting in US dollars.

It is unclear whether Maduro actually has any financial interests in the United States to penalise, making sanctions a largely symbolic gesture of Washington's disapproval. "The threats and sanctions of the empire don't intimidate me for a moment", Maduro said on national television. It could undermine Maduro's government, raise U.S. gas prices and deepen the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, a country that heavily depends on oil to survive.

Investors and analysts are increasingly anxious about whether Venezuela will be able to make a total $725 million in debt payments over the coming month amid the country's political and humanitarian crisis.

Further protests were called for Monday and beyond, stoking fears that the death toll of 120 people killed in four months of protests against Maduro could rise further.

For all his bluster, Maduro has much to lose if the United States strikes back with more sanctions.

"By designating Maduro himself, he joins a very exclusive club - including Mr. Mugabe, Bashar al-Assad, and Kim Jong-un in terms of the brutal repression of his people and, in this case, the abrogation of the constitution with the constitution - with the constituent assembly", McMaster said.

The pro-Maduro assembly will have the power to rewrite Venezuela's Constitution.

According to the authorities, more than eight million voters, or 41.5 per cent of the electorate participated in the election of the constituent Assembly.

Other News

Trending Now

McCain Praised by Unions for Killing Obamacare Repeal
The vote was on a so-called " skinny repeal " bill that would have rolled back only parts of Obamacare but kept the bulk of the law intact.

HomePod display specs and RAM details found in pre-release firmware
Developers Steven Troughton-Smith and Guilherme Rambo spotted the iPhone references and shared images of them on Twitter . Moreover, he also hints that the high-end model will incorporate a bezel-less screen with a camera notch at the top.

LGBT Advocacy Groups Talk Trump Transgender Ban
Trump's stated goal is to prevent disorder among the ranks. "It's unjust and disruptive to strip that away from them now". That includes Erika Stoltz of Sun Prairie, whom State Journal reporter Steven Verburg profiled in Friday's newspaper .

Trump rails against Senate rules in wake of health care defeat
"Last night's vote is a slap in the face to the millions of pro-lifers who worked hard to elect a pro-life majority in the U.S. But they each contained incentives for Americans to remain continuously insured, which is crucial for the health of the market.

Cersei Lannister has a new ally as Game of Thrones heats up
If you have cable and are now subscribed to HBO, you can live stream Game of Thrones " The Queen's Justice " on HBO GO . I suspect it may be another Greyjoy (Victarion?) unless I'm just failing at placing the face.

Trump Is Acting Suspicious Because He 'May Be' Innocent, Fox News Says
Comey's dismissal falls squarely within Attorney General Sessions' recusals", Coons writes in the letter. In the "real world", attacking a colleague or employee on social media could be grounds for termination.

Chaotic West Wing shake-ups continues in White House
But as time went on, the president became annoyed with the negative coverage because it "took over everything", the official said. Trump's tweets serve as a near constant reminder of those who have tried to bridle the president in the past - and failed.

Trump Slams '3 Republicans and 48 Democrats' for Skinny Repeal Failure
Senate Republicans released their latest Obamacare repeal bill late Thursday just hours before a planned vote on the proposal. Democrat Chuck Schumer said his party was relieved that millions of people would retain their healthcare.

Russia Closes US Properties, Cuts Embassy Staff in Retaliation for Sanctions
But the legislation cleared both the House and Senate by wide margins, indicating any presidential veto would be overridden . But a day later, Sanders walked back her statement , saying the president was still "looking over" the bill .

Donald Trump replaced Reince Priebus with John Kelly
Robert Kelly, was leading his platoon while on patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan on November 9, 2010 when he stepped on an explosive. Trump tweeted Friday that retired Marine Corps general Kelly had "done a spectacular job at Homeland Security ".