Socialist hell: 120,000 desperate Venezuelans cross into Colombia for food, medicine

Socialist hell: 120,000 desperate Venezuelans cross into Colombia for food, medicine

by WorldTribune Staff, July 18, 2016 Some 120,000 desperate Venezuelans poured into Colombia over the weekend to buy food and medicine that are in short supply in socialist Venezeula. Under the 21st century socialist, or “chavismo”, movement started by Hugo Chavez and continued by his hand-picked successor Nicolas Maduro, 70 percent of Venezuelans live in […]

Socialist nightmare: On brink of collapse, Venezuela sells off gold reserves

Socialist nightmare: On brink of collapse, Venezuela sells off gold reserves

by WorldTribune Staff, May 27, 2016 “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” – Margaret Thatcher As Venezuela sinks further into the economic abyss, the South American country has begun selling off its remaining gold reserves. The country’s gold reserves have dropped almost a third over the past […]

Oil prices over $50 a barrel for first time in 2016

Oil prices over $50 a barrel for first time in 2016

by WorldTribune Staff, May 26, 2016 Ongoing unrest in Nigeria and Libya and the economic meltdown in Venezuela have knocked enough oil out of the market to enable crude to top $50 per barrel for the first time in 2016. Wildfires in Canada’s oil sands also contributed to the nearly 4 million barrels per day […]

2016: Light vs darkness, time to solve Syria, opportunity in Latin America, rising China threat

2016: Light vs darkness, time to solve Syria, opportunity in Latin America, rising China threat

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — It’s time to consult the crystal snow globe for a look at both the likely and unexpected events which will shape the New Year. Serious strife both in the Middle East, and Africa to a lesser extent, have expanded leading to a culture of conflict […]

Pyongyang nights: A modest proposal for Edward Snowden

Pyongyang nights: A modest proposal for Edward Snowden

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Edward Snowden seems to have considered just about every conceivable option for asylum. At least two countries, Venezuela and Nicaragua, whose leaders are deeply critical of U.S. foreign policy, are happy to accept him. He would no doubt be glad to live in either while disclosing still more […]

Deathwatch for dictator a timebomb in Venezuela

Deathwatch for dictator a timebomb in Venezuela

Special to WorldTribune.com Global Information System CARACAS — Venezuela’s ruling Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (United Socialist Party: PSUV) has, since mid-December 2012, been working on devising a plan to initiate President-elect Hugo Chávez Frias’ new term in office without the president necessarily being physically able to govern. By the beginning of January 2013, there […]

Venezuela gains seat on UN Human Rights Council: ‘Neither the U.S. nor the EU said a word’

Venezuela gains seat on UN Human Rights Council: ‘Neither the U.S. nor the EU said a word’

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — First, the good news. The United States has been re-elected to the UN Human Rights Council along with Germany and Ireland. So too have been South Korea and Japan. Now fasten your seat belts for the rest of the eighteen new selections to the 47 member Geneva-based Council which […]

Sean Penn, the latest lightweight, hypocritical celebrity traitor

Sean Penn, the latest lightweight, hypocritical celebrity traitor

Jeffrey T. Kuhner Sean Penn loves dictators, especially if they are anti-American leftists. Recently, the Hollywood star visited Venezuela to campaign for strongman Hugo Chavez. Mr. Penn joined Mr. Chavez at a major rally in the city of Valencia. The actor has been a longtime friend of the despot. With Venezuelans going to the polls […]

Barack Obama, Hugo Chavez, the Cuban DGI and U.S. national security

Barack Obama, Hugo Chavez, the Cuban DGI and U.S. national security

Special to WorldTribune.com By Cliff Kincaid President Obama’s mind-boggling statement about Marxist Hugo Chavez of Venezuela not having “a serious national security impact” on the United States is getting little national media attention. But like the private conversation with outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in March, the comments about Chavez, who operates Venezuela as a […]