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Venezuela hold massive military exercises amid new US sanctions

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    Venezuela holds massive military exercises amid new US sanctions - The Economic Times
    By AFP | 15 Mar, 2015, 01.47AM IST


    CARACAS: Venezuela begins a week and a half of military exercises on Saturday, amid rising tensions with the United States over sanctions imposed on officials accused of an opposition crackdown.

    About 80,000 troops were due to take part in the massive display of weaponry, as Caracas shows off its Chinese amphibian weapons, Russian-built missiles and other military hardware.

    The exercises will last 10 days and will enlist the participation of 20,000 civilians, in addition to the troops, officials said.

    The manuevers come at a time of heightened tensions with the United States, which has clashed repeatedly with the leftist-led South American country over the years.

    Relations hit a new low on Monday, when US President Barack Obama slapped new sanctions on the regime, calling the oil-rich Venezuela "an extraordinary threat to the national security" of the United States.

    After Obama made the move, which targeted senior Venezuelan officials for cracking down on the opposition, Caracas angrily recalled its envoy to Washington and ramped up its military preparedness.


    The country's defense minister, General Vladimir Padrino Lopez, said Saturday that the maneuvers, many of which were to be held in the south of Caracas, were meant to prepare soldiers for "their mission, their goal, and with the will to be victorious."

    Other maneuvers will focus on Venezuela's oil-producing areas, including the Caribbean coast and an oil field some 200 kilometers (125 miles) to the west of Caracas.

    Military officials said they will also test the nation's air defenses and will ensure that its anti-aircraft systems are ready to be deployed if needed.

    President Nicolas Maduro has accused Washington of backing an alleged opposition plot to overthrow him. He is seeking extraordinary powers from the legislature that would allow him to rule by decree.

    Maduro's popularity has sunk in the past year amid an economic crisis, galloping inflation and huge lines outside supermarkets plagued by drastic food shortages.

    Elected to succeed his late mentor Hugo Chavez in April 2013, Maduro had obtained one-year-long powers to impose economic laws by decree later that same year.

    Communist Cuba rallied behind Maduro this week, pledging "unconditional support" to Caracas. Another ally, Ecuador's leftist President Rafael Correa, denounced the US sanctions as "grotesque" and a "sick joke."
     
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    meanwhile the price of oil is falling, and the average and poor Venezuelan is barely making a living and can't find the most basic goods.


    and it's only sanctions against corrupt officals. if we wanted to hurt Venezuelan we would ofsanctioned them economically, but that is entirely unnecessary. Mister Maduro and friends are doing just a find job themselves at that.


    FACT SHEET: Venezuela Executive Order | The White House
     
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    Price of oil is way too high as it is. You know how much oil there is?
     
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    I know how much oil Venezuela is exporting compared to it's obligations and it's not enough.
     
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    Sure it does. Suffocating people in the name of profits. :mad: You may feel, the air is much thicker than it once was.
     
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    again what does this have to do with Venezuela?
     
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    Just Venezuela's oil is enough to suffocate the world. Earth is a living planet only because its CO2 is very low compared to most other planets its size.
     
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    how so??

    they produce less than 3 million barrels of oil a day.
    Venezuela - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
    the 300 billion barrel reserve is meaningless since most of that oil will never be recovered.

    they can't even get the easy oil out fast enough... let alone trying to get that heavy oil out in a profitable quantity.

    Canadian tar sands are worse for the environment than Venezuela oil.
     
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    Hypothetically speaking.
     
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    no this is fact.
     
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    Canadian tar sands requires more energy to extract oil from ground. That's correct but the Canadian people and government don't see it. They just want US dollars to feed their lazy masses.