Venezuela was abruptly thrust into total darkness Thursday night as power grids failed across the troubled country, with a crippling blackout impacting 22 out of the nation’s 23 states including the capital Caracas.
“Thousands of commuters had to scramble to find a way back home as subway service stopped operating, while roads came to a standstill due to confusion over blackened stoplights,” writes Fox News. “The blackout forced hospital nurses to monitor patients, including premature babies in incubators, while holding candles.”
Venezuela’s embattled socialist President Nicolas Maduro accused the United States -particularly Florida Sen. Marco Rubio- of perpetrating an “electrical war” against his country.
My apologies to people of Venezuela. I must have pressed the wrong thing on the “electronic attack” app I downloaded from Apple. My bad. https://t.co/5oZURMSnrB
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 8, 2019
“My apologies to people of Venezuela. I must have pressed the wrong thing on the ‘electronic attack’ app I downloaded from Apple. My bad,” posted Rubio on social media.
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IS SHE SERIOUS? Ocasio-Cortez Calls Starving, Brutalized Venezuelans a ‘Complex Issue’
Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refused to condemn Nicolas Maduro’s brutal socialist regime Monday; calling the humanitarian and financial crisis taking place in Venezuela a “complex issue.”
“As a Democratic-Socialist, I’m wondering what are your thoughts on the Venezuelan crisis? Would you denounce the Maduro regime?” asked one reporter.
“I think this is absolutely a complex issue. I think it’s important that we approach this very carefully… I think it’s important that any solution we have centers the Venezuelan people and centers the democracy of Venezuelans first,” said Cortez.
LETHAL LEGACY: Venezuela Marks 20 Years Since the Rise of Socialist Hugo Chavez
Venezuela’s starving citizens continued their struggle to survive under the socialist regime’s total failure to stem the financial crisis this week; marking roughly 20 years since Hugo Chavez’ rise to power in the once-rich nation.
“On 6 December 1998, Hugo Chávez proclaimed a new dawn of social justice and people power. ‘Venezuela’s resurrection is under way and nothing and nobody can stop it,’” writes the Guardian. “Two decades on, those dreams are in tatters.”
“The comandante is dead and his revolution in intensive care as economic, political and social chaos engulf what was once one of Latin America’s most prosperous societies. Almost 10% of Venezuela’s 31 million-strong population have fled overseas; of those who remain, nearly 90% live in poverty,” adds the author.
Stunning statistics released earlier this year show approximately 80% of Venezuelans struggle to find food on a daily basis; with two million citizens leaving the country since the collapse began in 2016.
Read the full story at the Guardian.