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US concerned as Iranian warships cross Atlantic — reportedly headed for Venezuela and carrying arms

The Biden administration, Pentagon and several U.S. lawmakers are expressing concern as Iranian warships are making their way across the Atlantic Ocean, reportedly headed for Venezuela to make good on delivering arms in a deal the two nations made last year.

What are the details?

Politico reported Wednesday that as of that morning, two Iranian warships believed to be carrying arms “had completed more than half the journey from Iran to Venezuela, and were steaming slowly northwest more than 1,000 miles from Cape Town, South Africa,” according to a defense official, noting that this is the furthest the Iranian navy has ventured into the Atlantic.

A source told the outlet that the intelligence community “has evidence that one of the ships…is carrying fast-attack boats, likely intended for sale to Venezuela.”

“The sale of the Iranian weapons happened one year ago under the previous [U.S.] administration and like many situations related to Iran under the previous administration — including the breakout of Iran’s nuclear program following the Trump administration’s reckless withdrawal from the [Iran nuclear deal] — we are working to resolve it through diplomacy,” a senior Biden official told the outlet. “But to be clear, Iran sold weapons to Venezuela over a year ago, which we believe was to test the Trump administration’s maximum pressure posture.”

In reaction to the article, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tweeted, “#Venezuela bought attack boats from #Iran last year, but only now are they trying to deliver them. Ignore the petty sniping from Biden official & focus on what matters. Either #Maduro unconditionally turns them away or U.S. should force them to turn around.”

AFP reported that during a congressional hearing on Thursday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) addressed the situation with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, asking the Pentagon chief whether the Biden administration “knows exactly what is on those Iranian vessels.”

The Democrat noted that satellite imagery shows the fast-attack boats on the deck of one of the warships, but that “it’s still unclear whether those boats were aboard when the ships began their journey.”

Blumenthal also pointed out that “there are reports that Venezuela was considering purchasing missiles from Iran, including long range ones.”

“I am absolutely concerned about the proliferation of weapons, any type of weapons, in our neighborhood,” Austin told Blumenthal at one point, adding, “And so, I share your concern.”

The Washington Post reported that the ships travelling through the Atlantic are the Iranian destroyer Sahand, and a support vessel named Makran.

The two ships began their voyage last month according to Iran’s deputy Army chief, Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, and Iranian state-owned television provided footage of them chopping through the Atlantic waters.

“The Navy is improving its seafaring capacity and proving its long-term durability in unfavorable seas and the Atlantic’s unfavorable weather conditions,” Sayyari said, according to The Post.

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Chicago Teachers Union exec says it is too dangerous to open schools as she vacations at pool in the Caribbean

A Chicago Teachers Union leader is facing a wave of backlash after bragging about being on a Caribbean vacation, while at the same time demanding that schools remain closed because it is too dangerous.

Sarah Chambers, a member of the Chicago Teachers Union executive board and area vice president, boasted about a recent vacation to Puerto Rico. Chambers gloated about renting a house on the Caribbean island, and having the pool to herself on New Year’s Eve.

“Spending the last day of 2020 poolside,” Chambers wrote on a since-deleted Instagram post with a photo of her lounging by the pool. “We have the whole pool to ourselves.”

“Then, we are going to old San Juan to get some yummy seafood mofongo! We have an entire private Airbnb house to ourselves,” Chambers stated on her “sarah4justice” Instagram account. “I’m here with my friend who also had covid.”

Another post simply read, “Pool life.”

However, only a few hours before Chambers was sunbathing in a bikini and making plans to get yummy seafood mofongo in Puerto Rico’s capital, she rallied against reopening the schools in Chicago because she deemed it to be too dangerous.

On Thursday, Chambers said that reopening Chicago’s public schools for in-person learning on Monday would result in a widespread coronavirus outbreak and COVID-19 deaths.

“Sign the petition to continue to work remote, to be safe,” Chambers wrote on Twitter before making her social media account private. “The news is in Lori’s pocket like always! We’ve had so many family members die already, even remote. 50% of my staff, working in the building got Covid, imagine how many would die with reopening!”

After the criticism over her hypocrisy, Chambers attempted to defend her sunny vacation.

“I got 4 covid tests (2 rapid, 2 PCR) b4 coming here & wore 2 masks (N95),” she wrote on Twitter. “Scientists said airplanes are safer than grocery stores bc airplanes have ICU level filtration & everyone wears masks. My doc said it’s extremely unlikely for me to get Covid again since I had it so badly.”

She also lashed out on Twitter by saying, “If you haven’t had someone break into your house and try to strangle and assault you in your house or covid 60+ days where you could barely walk or talk this year, then don’t talk to me.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise Americans not to travel to Puerto Rico, and categorizes the island as having a “very high level of COVID-19” infection.

“Travelers should avoid all travel to Puerto Rico,” the CDC warns. “Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.”

The Chicago Teachers Union has threatened a possible strike if the schools reopen, according to WGN-TV. The CTU wants to delay in-person learning until all of the teachers get the coronavirus vaccine.

Chambers was reportedly fired in 2017 for “leaving her own classroom to barge into classrooms of other teachers and issue her own instructions to students, interfering with statewide tests, and participating in a scheme to remove and transport students without any chaperone who had cleared criminal background checks.”

She was reinstated in 2019 with the help of the union.

Chambers allegedly traveled to Venezuela as part of a delegation of CTU members in 2019.

“Their goals were to learn what they could from Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, exchange views on effective education and to show solidarity with the students, teachers and social movements of Venezuela,” according to the Post Millennial.

“The teachers’ delegation sat down with Vladimir Castillo, the Venezuelan Director of International Affairs. They learned that Chavez started to talk about socialism in 2005, at the World Social Forum in Brazil, and that a few years after 2007 and 2008, community councils emerged as a result.”

In August, the Chicago Teachers Union struck a nerve with a since-deleted tweet that said the organization was “completely in support” of the construction of a mock guillotine outside of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ home. Coincidentally, the Chicago Teachers Union owns tens of millions in Amazon stock.

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American oil executives known as the ‘Citgo 6’ sentenced between 8 and 13 years in prison in Venezuela

A group of American oil executives known as the “Citgo 6” have been found guilty of corruption in Venezuela, three years after being arrested in the socialist nation shortly after they arrived for a purported business meeting.

They were each handed sentences of several years in prison, leaving their anguished families vowing to appeal and pleading for their return.

What are the details?

The six men are brothers Alirio Zambrano and Jose Luis Zambrano, Gustavo Cardenas, Jorge Toledo, Jose Pereira, and Tomeu Vadell, all American citizens who “are employees of Houston-based Citgo refining company, which is owned by Venezuela’s state oil company, PDVSA,” according to the Associated Press.

“They had been lured to Venezuela in November 2017 for a business meeting and were arrested,” the outlet noted.

On Thanksgiving Day, they were all found guilty of corruption and handed sentences of 8 years, 10 months in prison except for Pereira — Citgo’s president at the time of his arrest — who received 13 years.

Pereira’s family has written a letter to Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro, pleading for the release of the 63-year-old and the others, citing his serious health conditions.

Alirio Rafael Zambrano, the brother of two of the men, told the Daily Mail the men were “undeniably innocent,” saying they had fallen victim to “judicial terrorism.”

“We, the family, are heartbroken to be separated even further from our loved ones,” he said. “We pray that the leaders of our nation step forward and continue to fight unceasingly for their freedom and human rights.”

The outlet noted that “Roger Carstens, the U.S. envoy for hostage affairs, said in June all six men were ‘in mortal danger’, with several displaying Covid-19 symptoms.”

The Daily Wire pointed to a Wall Street Journal article quoting Maduro’s attempt to justify the arrest of the Citgo 6 at the time that it occurred, when he said in a speech, “These people were born in Venezuela. They’re Venezuelans and they’ll be tried for corruption, for being thieves and traitors against the fatherland.”

What has the Trump administration done to help?

The Trump administration has called repeatedly for the release of the Citgo 6 by Caracas, but relations between the U.S. and the Maduro regime are tense at best. America has imposed strict sanctions on Venezuela and does not recognize Maduro as its president.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted Friday, “We unequivocally condemn the wrongful convictions of the Citgo 6 in Venezuela. There was no justice, no evidence, and no opportunity for defense. The use of a legal system to exert political power is yet another example of why free and fair elections are needed in Venezuela.”

Venezuela judge convicts Citgo 6, orders prison

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BREAKING: US prosecutors to criminally charge Venezuelan socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro

According to CNN, federal prosecutors with the Department of Justice are expected to announce criminal charges against Venezuelan socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro and other high-ranking Venezuelan officials.

It is unclear what crimes the U.S. will accuse Maduro and the members of his regime of committing, but sources told CNN they are related to Venezuela’s involvement in drug trafficking.

‘Significant law enforcement actions’

The Southern District of New York announced on Twitter it will be holding a news conference at 11 a.m. to announce “significant law enforcement actions related to Venezuelan government officials” where the charges against Maduro and others are expected to be announced.

State sponsors of terrorism

The U.S. State Department is also expected to designate Venezuela as a state sponsor of terrorism. Countries currently on the list include Iran, Sudan, Syria, and North Korea. The U.S. defines a “state-sponsor of terrorism” as a country “determined by the Secretary of State to have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.”

CNN reported the decision to include Venezuela among the list of countries that sponsor terrorism comes after years of massive protests and well-documented human rights abuses by the socialist regime in Caracas:

The official designation will come several months after a period of historic tumult in Venezuela that saw Maduro’s leadership challenged following an election condemned by international authorities and massive street protests. The US and a host of other countries and international bodies have instead recognized the president of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, as the country’s leader, and the Trump administration has waged a campaign of aggressive economic punishment that aimed to force Maduro out of power.

This is a developing story that we will be updated as new details emerge.

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Venezuelan exile issues ominous warning about COVID-19 in America — empty grocery stores and more: Here’s your first taste of socialism

Jorge Galicia, a 24-year-old Venezuelan exile in America, says that he is witnessing the unfolding of what socialism looks like in America — all because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

What are the details?

As reported by the College Fix, Galicia — who is seeking asylum in the U.S. — experienced life in Venezuela as a child and an adolescent.

“I feel like I’m back home when I see all these [grocery] shelves are empty,” he said in a recent interview. “It feels like a memory. I have already lived these kinds of episodes — not because of an epidemic, but because of socialism. This was my regular way of living when I was in Venezuela. It was like this every single day.”

Galicia — who has been living in America since October 2018 — added that there is one glaring difference.

“Here, at least, we have the expectation that everything will recover once we solve this problem with the [coronavirus] epidemic,” he reasoned.

Galicia has spent his time in the U.S. traveling around the the country, delivering speeches about the dangers of socialism at college and university campuses.

In at least one campus speech, Galicia warned, “One of the main similarities I see between America and Venezuela is that both countries … failed to control the level of spending. That fiscal irresponsibility led to a scenario where the country collapsed, and Venezuela ended up voting for Chavez and Maduro.”

You can read more background on Galicia’s campus appearances here.

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In socialist Venezuela, 1 in 3 are going dangerously hungry. But Bernie won’t denounce the regime.

Roughly one-third of Venezuela’s population is unable to reach minimum nutrition requirements, a recent study by the United Nations World Food Program has found.

What are the details?

Researchers concluded that the nationwide concern is due to economic crisis and political upheaval in the country, which has led to “hyperinflation [that] renders many salaries worthless,” according to the Associated Press.

A total of 9.3 million people are moderately or severely food insecure, according to the study, which found that a startling number of Venezuelans are surviving off a diet of mostly potatoes and beans. The World Food Program defines food insecurity as an individual being unable to meet basic dietary needs.

The problem is evidently not one of food availability, but of food affordability, with 7 in 10 reporting that while food could always be found, it is difficult to purchase due to high prices. And 37% also reported that they had lost their job as a result of the economic crisis in the country.

The survey also discovered that over 60% of households have adopted “food-related coping strategies,” which include rationing and limiting the variety of foods to be able to afford it. One-third admitted to accepting food as payment, and one-fifth said they have sold family assets to cover basic needs.

“The reality of this report shows the gravity of the social, economic, and political crisis in our country,” Miguel Pizarro, a Venezuelan opposition leader, told the Associated Press.

The study, which sent out 8,375 questionnaires and then analyzed responses, was surprisingly welcomed by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who has been previously been reluctant to allow researchers in the country.

A warning for Americans

With the rise of avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to the top of the Democratic presidential field, the study may serve as a warning of what socialistic policies could look like in practice.

Only days ago, a Venezuelan entrepreneur warned Americans in an interview with Fox News that socialism, quite literally, kills people. And earlier this month, Venezuelan Americans communicated a similar message, hoping to persuade voters in the U.S. to not let socialism happen here.

Sanders has heaped praise on communist and socialist regimes in the past and has refused to denounce Maduro’s reign in Venezuela.

President Trump, on the other hand, has taken a hardline stance on Maduro by placing a total economic embargo on his socialist regime and supporting the leader of his opposition in the country, Juan Guaidó.

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VIDEO: Venezuelan entrepreneur has a warning for Americans: Socialism literally kills people

Venezuelan small business owner Jose Monagas has seen his country go from being one of the richest in Latin America to the poorest and he has a clear message for Americans: Socialism literally kills people.

As Vermont democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders is proposing a socialist overhaul of America’s health care system through his Medicare For All scheme, Monagas warns how socialized medicine has brought nothing but misery and despair to the once-prosperous nation.

“For example, if you get into an accident and the ambulance takes you to the hospital, you will just die outside the hospital,” Monagas told Fox News. “People die going from one hospital to another to see which one can take you.”

He added, “They are sick and they are dying. They are waiting outside of the hospital for their medicine and their treatment and that happens every day.”

‘So many people don’t have water to drink’

Mongas noted that the crisis in Venezuela extends beyond the health care system and has now affected every aspect of life, including even depriving citizens of basic necessities.

“Right now, so many people in Venezuela are going to work without taking a shower. So many people don’t have water to drink. They have been robbed and they don’t know what to say. They don’t have anyone to go to,” he said.

Access to utilities like electricity has also been constrained under the country’s socialist government, which Monagas, who has a small software development firm, has said makes it impossible to conduct business in the country.

“One of the biggest problems for us is paranoia with electricity because we have a software development service team and you cannot do software development without electricity and internet,” he said. “Every day you’re risking that electricity will go out and you’ll have three days without electricity. It has happened before.”

A collapsing socialist economy

The main driver of Venezuela’s misery is the country’s economy, which has collapsed under the weight of years of socialist policies by the left-wing regimes of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro.

“The country has no conditions for producers to produce food, for companies to stay there,” Monagas told Fox. “The economic situation is very bad.”