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Venezuelan Freedom Crusaders Fight an All-Powerful Regime

By: Helena Ball - May 4, 2017, 2:20 am
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Millions of Venezuelans took to the streets once more, bravely pushing through any fears, because now there is nothing to lose. (Noticias De Venezuela)

On May 1, Nicolás Maduro dealt the final blow to Venezuelan democracy. Not by declaring himself emperor, as leaders of the past would have done, but by creating a constitutional assembly that renders the opposition-led Congress powerless. It is an attempt to grasp at any remaining shreds of legitimacy, while completing the concentration of power in the hands of his totalitarian regime.

Hugo Chavez’s 1999 constitutional assembly changed the Venezuelan constitution in order to start the process of converting Venezuela into a socialist nation. Maduro’s new assembly will change the country’s constitution again, this time, to complete the transformation–Venezuela will officially become a 21st Century Socialist country.

Some might fall for the government’s pantomime, but Venezuela citizens, having lived through 18 years of systematic entrenchment on their civil and human rights, will not.

Wednesday, millions took to the streets once more, bravely pushing through any fears, because now there is nothing to lose.

In the frontlines of the street protests are students and young people, angry at a government that has taken away their human dignity and led them and their fellow citizens to die of hunger, illness, or torture. With their makeshift gear to protect themselves from the bullets, tear gas, and other weapons, some now also carry shields bearing the red on white Knight’s Templars cross.

They see themselves as crusaders, fighting for Venezuela’s democracy and freedom.

Credit: Leo Alvarez
Credit: Leo Alvarez
Credit: Leo Alvarez
Credit: Leo Alvarez

 

Credit: Leo Alvarez
Credit: Leo Alvarez
Credit: Leo Alvarez
Credit: Leo Alvarez
Credit: Leo Alvarez
Credit: Leo Alvarez
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Helena is managing editor of the PanAm Post. She previously worked at Inc. Magazine, the Financial Times' fDi Magazine, and London-based business newspaper City A.M. Helena holds a master’s degree in business and economic reporting from New York University and a bachelor's degree in economic history from the London School of Economics. Follow her @helemball

US Authorities Still Haven’t Found “A Single Dollar” of Drug Lord El Chapo

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - May 3, 2017, 5:51 pm
Sinaloa cartel boss Shorty "El Chapo" Guzman has been adept at staying one step ahead of authorities by avoiding financial institutions (

Español The ex-leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, did not use the financial system, so thus far, no financial resources have been recovered, Mexican Attorney General Raúl Cervantes Andrade said Wednesday. "To date US authorities have not found anything pertaining to the assets of el Chapo. We have realized that he did not use the financial system because we have not found any assets; they have not been able to find a single dollar," the official said. Read More: Senator Ted Cruz Proposes Bill to Make Mexican Drug Lord "El Chapo" Fund Trump's Border Wall Read More: Power Struggle Inside Sinaloa Cartel: El Chapo's Children Ambushed, Injured Cervantes Andrade said that in preliminary investigations, Mexican authorities have found few "Chapo" assets: "we have found very few assets", he added, adding: "The United States has not found anything, as el Chapo did not use the financial system; although we were always looking for assets to seize, we are aware that he was wary of using such systems." The head of the PGR indicated that these drug cartels use "transnational criminal methods of organized crime and corruption" and therefore it is important that they work together with the US and Colombian authorities. When asked if the Treasury Department has found assets, Cervantes Andrade said, "No, we have not found anything to this day." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); "They have not found anything; neither foreign investigations nor ours...As he is careful to cover his tracks, the investigation is not so simple. There are others who do use it," Said Cervantes Andrade. Guzman was the longtime head of the notoriously ruthless and violent Sinaloa Cartel, and was frequently deemed the biggest drug trafficker in the world, after muscling in on a key rival, the Gulf Cartel. As famous for his brazen prison escapes as his drug enterprises, Guzman masterminded three spectacular escapes from Mexican prisons, and was finally extradited to the United States in January 2017, where his is awaiting trial. The Sinaloa Cartel is now locked in a bloody battle with the equally notorious Los Zetas cartel, for control of lucrative trafficking routes. Source: Excelsior

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