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Venezuela Bans Lines Outside of Bakeries that Spread “Anxiety”

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Aug 19, 2016, 12:09 pm
The President of the National Federation of Flour Workers, Juan Crespo, warned in an interview "there's not enough raw materials to produce bread". (La Guarimba)
President of the National Federation of Flour Workers Juan Crespo said the problem is there’s not enough raw materials to produce bread. (La Guarimba)

EspañolThe Venezuelan government has announced it will be fining bakeries that make people stand in lines to buy bread.

The National Superintendency of Fair Prices noted this measure is intended to “dismantle the strategy of generating anxiety” in Venezuelans, as the lines are more of a political decision than they are a reflection of a lack of raw materials.

A spokesperson said they are evaluating various cost structures to make a price adjustment, though it did not specify which products will see their prices changed.

The decision was reportedly made after inspecting at least 1,900 bakeries across the country.

Shortages of food and medicine have recently reached 80 percent, according to estimates by the firm Datanalisis. Venezuelans must stand in endless line to obtain ever-scarce resources.

However, President of the National Federation of Flour Juan Crespo said in an interview “there is not enough raw material to produce bread.”

“The government must understand bakeries are not wheat-processing plants and that the problem is production,” Crespo said.

“To supply the market, we need 120,000 tons of regular baker wheat, without even mentioning cookie wheat and hard wheat,” he added.

Nicolás Maduro has accused the private sector of promoting an “economic war” to destabilize his government and sabotage production.

The business community denies these accusations and called on the government to provide greater access to foreign exchange amid tight exchange controls in force since 2003.

Source: Sumarium; El Tiempo

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Investigators: Trump Campaign Also Target of Hackers

By: Amanda Blohm - Aug 19, 2016, 11:06 am
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It was revealed this week that the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic organizations were not the only ones recently compromised by cyber attacks. Sources close to the DNC hacking investigation revealed the computer systems of Donald Trump's campaign and other Republican Party organizations were also compromised, according to Reuters. A Republican campaign insider and outside security expert reportedly said at least one of Donald Trump’s staff member’s email was infected with malware and sent malicious emails to colleagues last year. However, it was unclear whether or not the hackers actually gained access to the campaign’s computer and network system. In the past month, United States security officials have revealed that since last year, hackers have infiltrated computers of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the party’s congressional fundraising committee for other electoral campaigns. Read more: House Speaker Paul Ryan Half-Heartedly Endorses Trump, again Read more: Mexico Will Issue Birth Certificates to Illegal Immigrants in United States U.S. security official reports have traced the cyber attacks to Russia or one of its proxies, leading several Democrats to ask the Obama administration to make a public statement against Russia that would hold them accountable. Kremlin officials have repeatedly denied their involvement in the matter, calling the accusations “ridiculous.” // Security firm CrowdStrike was hired by the Trump campaign to asses the damage and possible campaign leaks that may have resulted from the hack. The company is also assisting the DNC in its own investigation. Both spokesmen for the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee declined to comment. The tools that were used to hack these Republican organizations are similar to those used in the attacks against the Hillary Clinton campaign, the DNC and other Democratic Party institutions. U.S. security officials are reportedly suspicions of Russia's possible attempt to affect the results of the election November 8, 2016. Measures have already been taken to prevent future attacks and invasions. Additionally, the FBI and the Department for Homeland Security have both offered assistance to each political party in identifying further intrusions and increasing defenses. Trump initially received a lot of negative press surrounding the cyber attacks when knowledge of the DNC hacks first came out, due to the fact that he is Putin's favorite candidate in the electoral race. Source: Reuters.

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