Shock Footage: Protester Shot Dead On Live TV During Venezuelan Riots

We’ve repeatedly warned our readers that a collapse of life as we know it in America would quickly devolve into violence, looting and outright anarchy. As the economic landscape in America deteriorates it is likely only a matter of time before millions of starving Americans make their way to the streets in protest. When that happens they’ll be met with a heavily armed response. It’ll start with tear gas and rubber bullets, but that won’t be enough to stave off the starving and hopeless masses, so we can fully expect real bullets to start flying in short order.
To see a real-world example of this one need only turn their attention to Venezuela, where the collapse of their currency has led to hyperinflation to the point that supplies of bare essentials like flour, meat, medicine and toilet paper are unavailable to the general population. The situation has been playing out for several years and it appears to be coming to a head.
As evidenced by the video below, which appeared on Live television, Venezuelan riot police and military are now to the point where they are willing to kill to ensure the security of the State.

This post was published at shtfplan on June 26th, 2017.

Did You Feel It, Something Has Changed – Episode 1315b

The following video was published by X22Report on Jun 25, 2017
CNN puts out fake news then deletes it because they had nothing backing the story. Nicaragua, Cuba and other nations are backing Venezuela. Iraq troops free more civilians in Mosul. US is now being blamed for torturing civilians in Yemen. Qatar sends a message and moves closer to Russia. US deep state is now in the process of breaking Syria apart, the Russian’s realize this is the plan. The Pentagon says it would work with Assad and Iran to fight terrorism in Syria. The deep state has one more trick up their sleeve, the big event. There are reports that Obama had cyber bombs inserted into Russian infrastructure.

In Socialist Venezuela, Oppressed People Set Fire To Supreme Court Building

With the shooting and now gun control dominating American news, few noticed that the protestors who are being oppressed by an intrusive and socialist government set fire to the Supreme Court building in Venezuela.
Word of the fire was buried by the news of the American socialist who shot at Republicans because the country isn’t socialist enough. As if Americans could bury their heads in the sand further, gun control has retaken the leading role as a top debate on social media too. Of course, most have continued to ignore Venezuela, which is the home to people who are suffering under the tyranny of the very system those on the left seek to force on us here.
Since Venezuelans have been disarmed, for their own good, of course, the protestors who simply want a little bit of freedom back have had to use fire and violent protests to get the attention of the oppressive government. And they did just that when setting the Supreme Court building on fire.

This post was published at shtfplan on June 15th, 2017.

Massive Anti-Government Protests in Venezuela Worsen, Patterns Emerge

As protests against Venezuela’s ‘democratic socialist’ government roll into their third month, Dr. Henrique Montbrun, who oversees the triage post in the municipality of Baruta, says the violence in the country has reached unprecedented levels. ‘It’s madness,’ he says.
As more people take to the streets to demand their freedom back in a nation where tyranny took a firm hold shortly after the election of self-proclaimed socialist, Nicolaus Maduro, the country descended into complete government control, and the only people with money, are now those in the government. Socialism is fair that way; as no system more equally distributes poverty, except maybe communism. But a pattern is now emerging in the battle for basic human rights and minimal freedoms.
The clashes between the demonstrators and security forces are entering their third month, and even doctors say that they can no longer predict the type of violence to prepare for, but they can predict that there will be increasing numbers of injuries and death. The only pattern emerging is one of even more violence. Dr. Montbrun says that the injuries sustained at the beginning of protests were largely superficial, usually buckshot wounds. More recently, however, as protesters have gone up against an increasingly desperate government, protestors have been treated for 5cm-deep holes caused by metal marbles shot at close range.

This post was published at shtfplan on June 11th, 2017.

OPEC at the Crossroads

OPEC is currently in a difficult situation. How should it react to the oil glut that followed the emergence of shale oil technology? In our view, today’s situation is comparable to the oil glut in the 1980s. Back then OPEC unsuccessfully tried to support prices by curtailing supply with the result that core-OPEC members were sitting on vast amounts of idle capacity for nearly two decades. Thus, we view the recent production cuts as an attempt to speed up the drawdown of the global inventory overhang rather than a sign that OPEC has returned to a policy of balancing the market. If OPEC, going forward, truly allows market forces to play out without carrying a lot of spare capacity, unforeseen shortfalls could result in violent price swings.
View the Entire Research Piece as a PDF here.
Trading oil has been challenging over the past few months. To be fair, it has been challenging for a while, but those trying to predict price movements based on fundamentals have had a particularly hard time recently. Rather than moving with improving fundamentals, the oil market has hung on every word from OPEC officials, which has sent oil prices on a rollercoaster ride. In the past two weeks, fundamentals continued to improve with U. S. oil inventories showing counter-seasonal draws, yet prices collapsed on May 25 after OPEC announced it would extend production cuts by nine months. The price action indicates that market participants were hoping for an even larger cut and were disappointed that the current cuts were merely extended, but the current curtailments have already had a profound impact on inventories (we saw and continue to see large counter-seasonal draws in high frequency data), which is what we suspect OPEC had intended.
OPEC is currently in a difficult situation. How should it react to the oil glut that followed the emergence of shale oil technology? In our view, OPEC’s options and its influence on oil prices are limited. To understand this, we must go back to the 1980s, which is the last time OPEC was faced with a technological step change that led to an oil glut from non-OPEC producers.
OPEC was founded in 1960 by Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. The founding members were later joined by Qatar (1961), Indonesia (1962 – 2008; rejoined 2016), Libya (1962), United Arab Emirates (1967), Algeria (1969), Nigeria (1971), Ecuador (1973 – 1992; rejoined 2007), and Gabon (1975 – 1994; rejoined 2016). By 1973, OEPC had increased its production to about 30 million b/d, just over 50% of world production. Supported by Egypt and Syria, the Arab members of OPEC imposed an oil embargo against the United States and other countries that supported Israel during the Yom Kippur war in October 1973. OPEC output subsequently dropped by close to 4 million b/d, which was about 7% of global output. As a result, oil shortages occurred in the west and prices soared from USD3.29/bbl in 1973 to USD11.58/bbl in 1974, and prices remained high even after the oil embargo ended in March 1974. In 1979 oil prices moved sharply higher again to as high as USD40/bbl. In our view, the 1979 price increase must be attributed to several factors; the Iranian revolution and ensuing Iran-Iraq war certainly played their part, but general USD price inflation was rampant, reaching 20% per annum. Arguably, part of the reason why inflation was so high was because oil prices had previously risen on the back of the oil embargo, which trickled into general price inflation. But even without the tightness in oil fundamentals, USD inflation would have been high given the monetary environment of the time; however, the price inflation in oil was several magnitudes higher than broad price inflation, suggesting that the tightness in the oil market itself was the main reason for the sharp price increase in oil. Most importantly, this prolonged period of extremely high oil prices and the crippling effect the oil shortages had on western economies led to profound changes in oil and energy markets.

This post was published at GoldMoney on JUNE 06, 2017.

White House Considers Sanctions Against Venezuela Oil Sector

Washington is studying options for imposing sanctions against Venezuela’s energy sector as a way of pressuring the South American country’s government to step down. No decision has been made yet, however, two sources from the Trump administration told Reuters. It may never be made, given all the questions surrounding such a move.
For one thing, sanctions may well have the opposite effect and solidify Maduro’s power – the Venezuelan president is accusing the U. S. of working with the opposition to topple the government. For another, if the U. S. imposes sanctions, this will almost certainly lead to a humanitarian crisis, which nobody wants.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 6, 2017.

The Coup d’tat Has Begun Which Will Divide America – Episode 1283b

The following video was published by X22Report on May 18, 2017
There is a special investigator to investigate the Russian collusion fantasy. Trump responds and says he has nothing to hide. On May 3rd, Comey admits that there was no obstruction of justice and nobody asked him to stop the investigation. 60% of the positions in government have been filled by Obama. The deep state is dividing the US and they are pushing their agenda to remove Trump. Venezuela crisis is worsening and the deep state wants to interfere via the UN. Trump and South Korea agree that they would talk to Kim Jong Un. Trump advisers want 50,000 troops in Afghanistan. US coalition forces violate the de-escalation zone and fire upon the Syrian Army. There is another piece of malware that is worse than wannacry.

Maduro Urges “I’m No Mussolini” As Venezuela Drifts Towards Civil War

‘I am no Mussolini,’ Venezuela’s beleaguered President Nicolas Maduro insisted on television early this month. But if things go on this way, he could end up like Mussolini. That would be very unfortunate for him and also for Venezuela.
The daily street protests against Maduro’s rule are in their second month, and around 40 people have already been killed, most of them by the police. ‘Molotov cocktails’ (fire-bombs) are old hat; the new fashion is for ‘poopootovs’ – containers of human or animal excrement that are thrown at the security forces. Nobody knows when it will all end, but most people fear it will end badly.
It didn’t begin all that badly. Hugo Chavez, a radical former army officer who led a failed coup attempt in 1992, was elected to the presidency quite legitimately in 1998. Venezuela was the richest country in South America because of its oil wealth, but most of the 31 million Venezuelans were very poor, and Chavez proposed to change that.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 15, 2017.

The Central Banker, Deep State Secret Weapon, The ‘Kill Switch’ – Episode 1280b

The following video was published by X22Report on May 15, 2017
Clapper admits that there is no evidence of Russian collusion. The deep state is now extremely worried about how Trump is dismantling what they have setup over the last many years. There more links between the Clinton’s and Russia than there are between Trump and Russia. Larry Klayman says the intelligent agencies are more powerful than the Presidency. Venezuela is imploding on itself and Maduro time is running out. North Korea fired a missile and it is being reported that the missile could carry a nuke. Syria, Iraq put troops into position for the upcoming offensive from the deep state. The deep state is now pushing another piece of propaganda about Assad. The latest cyber attack is a warning from the deep state and if they cannot keep control of the system they will use a cyber attack against the financial system to bring it down, there version of the kill switch.

McMaster Calls For ‘Quick, Peaceful Solution’ Needed In Venezuela

21st Century Wire says…
‘Violent protests have rocked the South American country since the beginning of April when a stand-off between the leftist national government and the opposition-controlled National Assembly came to a head. So far, 42 people have lost their lives in the unrest..’
Rachael Boothroyd-Rojas reports for Venezuelanalysis…
United States National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster released an official statement Saturday expressing the need for a ‘quick and peaceful solution’ to Venezuela’s ‘ongoing crisis’.
The press release was made public after McMaster met with Venezuelan opposition leader and current National Assembly President Julio Borges at the White House earlier that day.
It reads: ‘They [Borges and McMaster] discussed the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and the need for the government to adhere to the Venezuelan Constitution, release political prisoners, respect the National Assembly, and hold free and democratic elections.’

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on MAY 11, 2017.

Are Forces Being Put Into Place Outside Of Venezuela For Regime Change? – Episode 1275b

The following video was published by X22Report on May 9, 2017
JP Morgan is telling smaller banks to consolidate deposits before the economy comes down. Kushner stepped in and stopped Trump from doing away with NAFTA. Trump is now thinking about the Paris Climate Agreement. Yates and Clapper reported no proof at all during the hearing, the bigger question is who did the unmasking and leaked the information. US says they watched Russia hack during the French elections. Marine Le Pen claims the elections were fixed. US prepares troops outside of Venezuela to participate in a drill with other South American countries. The Arab nations will not suspend Syria’s membership in the Arab League. An anonymous sources says the US can fly where it wants in Syria. Another anonymous source says that Trump approved arms for the Kurds. These anonymous sources need to reveal themselves if they want to be believed.

Tensions Rise As US Announces Military Drills Near Embattled Venezuela

The involvement of the U. S. military in an upcoming multilateral military drill in South America has raised concerns over potential ulterior motives on the part of the U. S.
The drill, dubbed ‘Operation: America United,’ will involve the installation of a temporary military base on the triple border shared by the drill’s other participating nations: Peru, Brazil and Colombia.
According to Theofilo de Oliveira, the top general of the Brazilian Armed Forces, the U. S. military will carry out the drill along with the three Latin American nations this November over a period of ten days. The Brazilian military has asserted that the objective of the exercise is to ‘ develop greater knowledge, share experiences and develop mutual trust.’ Brazilian government officials have strongly denied rumors that the exercise will lead to the establishment of a multinational military base in the Amazon.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 9, 2017.

Something Is Brewing In Jordan And It Mimics Past Events – Episode 1274b

The following video was published by X22Report on May 8, 2017
Aetna CEO says that Obamacare is failing. Yates testifies in front of congress and nothing has been accomplished. Macron wins election which means nothing will change in France and the system will collapse with the EU in charge. The situation in Venezuela is getting worse so Marco Rubio is submitting a bill to have regime change. South Korean election are coming up on May 9th, and those who want a conflict with NK do not want the front winner to win. Saudi Arabia threatens to attack Iran, and Iran threatens to retaliate. Haftar in Libya is getting rid of the terrorist groups. The Syrian de-escalation zones are working and violence has decreased. Eager Lion drills begin in Jordan.

Is This WalMart ‘Free-For-All’ A Taste Of Things To Come?

by Stefan Stanford via AllNewsPipeline.com,
In the new story over at Survival Dan called ‘During The Collapse: Where To Go And What Places To Avoid’, he reports that when IT hits the fan, America’s ‘population hubs’ will likely explode with violence, looting and the total breakdown of law and order as resources become next to impossible to get and the masses suddenly realize the government isn’t coming to save them.
Whether that be via total collapse, WW3 coming home to roost upon US soil or a ‘grid event’ that leaves tens to hundreds of millions either without power or access to the money in their bank accounts, the video directly below from a WalMart in Mexico gives us a very small taste of what that world without law and order can quickly devolve into.
Showing what happens when suddenly ‘lawless people’ realize that there aren’t enough security guards in a Wal Mart store to stop them, we witness the kind of all-out ‘free for all’ that we’ll likely see in a collapse event, though the smart people would be carrying out food, toilet paper and other necessities instead of flat screen TV’s. And in an all-out SHTF event, we’d expect that the people will likely be fighting with each other for the few remaining resources as they are now in Venezuela where children are literally starving to death.
Following Alt Market’s Brandon Smith warning that ‘a full spectrum crisis is about to take place’ a Wal Mart in Mexico gives us a small glimpse of what might happen here once it all comes crashing down amid more signs that what we’re witnessing in Venezuela may be coming to America.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 7, 2017.

The Inflection Point: Venezuela’s Military Begins To Defect, March With Protesters

Thousands of women marching in Caracas today. Feels like people are prepared to keep protesting almost indefinitely pic.twitter.com/KzFRvfFjuT
— Hannah Dreier (@hannahdreier) May 6, 2017

One month ago, when discussing the latest “explosive” turn in Venezuela’s political situation, we predicted that the worst case for president Nicolas Maduro who has so far managed to keep the army on his side even as Venezuela faces now daily violent and in some cases deadly protests, would be the start of the local army turning on the regime, and defecting to join the protesters. Overnight, according to Thor Halvorsen of the Human Rights Foundation, this “inflection point” appears to have arrived when he observed in a Tweet that “the military in parts of Venezuela has begun to defect. They are now marching *with* the protesters. Dozens of soldiers are under arrest.”
Touching on this topic, overnight the NYT mused why have Venezuela’s “powerful political and military elites stuck by President Nicols Maduro”, noting that “the country would seem to be a prime candidate for something scholars call an ‘elite fracture,’ in which enough powerful officials break away to force a change in leadership.”
‘The fact that it hasn’t happened in the last two years is the biggest puzzle of all,’ said Steven Levitsky, a Harvard University political scientist. ‘If it happens next week, all of us will say, ‘Yeah, it was bound to happen.”
The NYT further notes that the government has been preparing its defenses since 2002. That year, amid major protests, Hugo Chvez, Mr. Maduro’s predecessor, ordered the military to impose order.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 7, 2017.

Global Collapse: Children Are Literally Starving To Death In Venezuela And Yemen

Venezuela and Yemen were both once very prosperous nations, but now parents are literally watching their children starve to death as the economies of both nations continue to utterly collapse. Just like so many here in the United States, most of those living in Venezuela and Yemen would have called you completely crazy if you would have warned them that this was going to happen five years ago. In particular, Venezuela has more proven oil reserves than almost anyone else on the planet, and so to most of their citizens it was unimaginable that things could ever get this bad. But it has happened, and the collapse that has already begun in parts of South America, Africa and the Middle East will soon spread elsewhere.
When I said that children are literally starving to death in Venezuela, I was not exaggerating one bit. The following comes from the Wall Street Journal…
Jean Pierre Planchart, a year old, has the drawn face of an old man and a cry that is little more than a whimper. His ribs show through his skin. He weighs just 11 pounds.
His mother, Maria Planchart, tried to feed him what she could find combing through the trash – scraps of chicken or potato. She finally took him to a hospital in Caracas, where she prays a rice-milk concoction keeps her son alive.
READ MORE

This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on May 5th, 2017.

Shocking Footage: Venezuelan National Guard Truck Drives Through Crowd of Dissidents

For several weeks Venezuela has been rocked with protests and riots as the Maduro regime increasingly tightens its grip on the population. It seems as if security forces are brutally cracking down on dissidents on a daily basis now. Wednesday in particular, saw some incredibly tense clashes between protesters and government forces in the capital city of Caracas. According to Bloomberg:
Injuries throughout the city included 134 traumas and 17 cases of people overcome by gas, Mayor Ramon Muchacho of the opposition-dominated Chacao municipality said in a post on his Twitter account. Those hurt included lawmakers Freddy Guevara and Julio Montoya. The opposition coalition, known as MUD, said in a statement that more than 300 people were injured in today’s clashes.

This post was published at shtfplan on May 4th, 2017.