BANCO PUERTORRIQUEÑO WAS ALLANATED BY ASSUMED TRANSACTIONS WITH VENEZUELA

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(Waka News. Puerto Ayacucho, 08/02/2019) .- A group of FBI agents raided this Wednesday, February 6, the facilities of the San Juan International Bank (BSJI), accused of carrying out alleged transactions with Venezuela.

In this way, the officials indicated that the entity violated the sanctions previously established by the United States government to any person or organization that conducts business with the Caribbean country.

His spokesman Luis Rivera Santana, mentioned that the agents had a court order with which they could link accounts with those people or entities that are in the list of those involved. Also, Rivera said that the authorities suspect about the use of the bank to launder the funds of the people or companies that are in that list.

“The United States is in a war against money laundering. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are battlegrounds in this war, ”said Douglas Leff, an FBI agent in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

It was known, according to the respective investigations, the security agencies have assured that there has been no arrest. This procedure consisted of the collection of all printed and digital documentation. After this investigation, contacts were found in Venezuela and the United States, it was also found that the bank performed these services to clients from other countries.

Bank director Héctor Vázquez Muñiz said in a statement that the bank has taken appropriate measures to comply with the sanctions imposed on them. Finally, I mentioned that the bank is collaborating with the investigation opened by the FBI. In this regard, he said that the investigation will be resolved once the security agency has examined the aforementioned documents to prove whether or not there was any link with Venezuela.

By: TSU Juan Carlos Mendoza


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3:17 PM 8/11/2019 – The Maduro’s Revenge | Trump and Trumpism – Review Of News And Opinions

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Ireland’s first openly gay strongman attends his first Pride in Belfast

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Unlike many of us, Chris “Big Bear” McNaghten can lift an adult male over his head. Like many of us, though, he’s also obsessed with RuPaul’s Drag Race. “Drag is about putting on a performance and about performing for people,” he says. “It’s the exact same way whenever I’m on stage competing.”

McNaghten attended his first Pride celebration in Belfast, Northern Ireland, this month, and his experience is one of the stories chronicled in the new BBC documentary My First Pride.

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It’s a historic occasion for a man who has already made history. “I’m the first openly gay strongman to come out in the UK and Ireland, possibly even Europe,” he says in the documentary.

The 30-year-old said it was difficult to come out, even when it came time to tell a coach who had become a best friend. “I was just as nervous about telling him about it as I was about my dad,” he explains. “It was a wee bit emotional. That was just a massive weight off my back.”

Once out of the closet, though, McNaghten looked forward to attending his first Pride in his home country with his fiancé, Jon, even though same-sex marriages are still illegal in Northern Island.

 

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“Whenever we have been in London together, there’s no issue with holding hands, there’s no issues being in restaurants with each other or kissing or showing any type of affection with each other,” he observes. “But back home we have yet to do it.”

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As the world changes — and hopefully becomes more accepting — McNaghten wants his sexuality and his sport to exist side by side. “I want to be Ireland’s strongest man,” he says. “I don’t want to be Ireland’s strongest gay man.”


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Stage star and trainer Sam Leicht, on how sports can build a bridge to queer acceptance

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Name: Sam Leicht, 24

City: New York. I’m from Appleton, Wisconsin.

Occupation: Trainer, though I think of myself as an actor. I went to school for music theatre. [Leicht also just finished a 7-month tour of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief: The Musical]

Favorite Gym:  I work at CrossFit NYC on the upper west side. When I left on tour, I was nervous about having anything that at all resembled structure. That turned into dropping into as many different CrossFit gyms across the country as I could. I would drop into as many as 3-5 different gyms per week.

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Favorite Work Out Song: I’m definitely about the power ladies. Ariana, Demi, Gaga, Cardi…anyone who has a great beat and takes my mind off the hurt.

Recommended Work-Out Foods: With my clients, and with myself out on the road we just started doing the 800-gram challenge. With all my fitness training, I look for something sustainable. The 800-gram challenge is just eating 800 grams by weight of fruits and vegetables every day. It’s not restrictive; there’s nothing in the diet I can’t eat as long as I get 800 grams of fruit and vegetables every day.

Best Workout Outfit: If I have a preferred outfit, I wear Bird Dog shorts a lot, and a lot of Lulu tank tops.

How do you balance staying in shape and having fun? That is always the question, isn’t it? It’s a delicate balance. Whenever I’m with my best friends, I always want to have a good time, but at the same time I look at what I do in the gym, and I look at how going out affects my sleep and what I do in the day. It’s hard to reconcile the two. My last four months on the road I was sober. I didn’t choose to do it consciously, it just happened. I try and stay on the track of doing outdoor things on the track or in the city that don’t include drinking. Then, every once in awhile, I go out and have a really good time with my friends.

What about as a vocalist and stage performer? Honestly, I see my fitness and acting goals as fueling each other. When I think of staying in shape for acting, I think it stems a lot from what I do physically. That is also a delicate balance as well. There are times where I’m working out in the gym and really feel tension in my neck, and so I have to take a step back and figure out what that is going to do for me when I sing for two hours on stage. If I’m building tension in my jaw and from my neck in the gym, that doesn’t go well.

In your essay, you note the hostile attitude towards gay people in sports, and link that to a hostility towards femininity. What is that about? Is that just sexism? It’s something I think about all the time. I remember reading an article in college saying we need to reevaluate those bullies in high school who were really rough on gay kids. We need to reevaluate it because there is a double standard of women allowed to experiment with their sexuality more freely than men. With men, especially in high school, looking in the wrong direction can be death for you, or experimenting kissing a boy is the talk of the school. It’s a double standard in society we have to evaluate because it shouldn’t be that way. I understand that I could walk into a gym and people will be nervous to interact for fear that being nice will be admitting you’re gay by association. It’s so screwed up.

For that matter, what is the obsession with masculinity among gay men about? It does seem like society has really lifted up this idea of masculinity as being the absolute goal for men. In the gay community, it seems we’ve also lifted up that idea. I don’t know what that is.

You note also that you were a track star by the time you were a sophomore, and how your team loved and accepted you. Do you think you would have been so respected, or that people would have been so welcoming if you hadn’t been as good? I don’t think I would have continued playing, honestly. It probably would have been a situation where I do track my freshman year. I think that if I hadn’t have been good, I wouldn’t have gotten equal treatment. I don’t have any proof that’s the case, but I think about some of the kids who were at my high school, and I don’t know if they should get the benefit of the doubt.

Did that acceptance help you come out? Yes. I came out the summer after my senior year of high school. By that time, it seemed incredibly safe. I had an incredibly amazing experience with my family and close friends. When I got to school for music theatre that September, all those kids were way more accepting of me than I was [of myself] at the time. My experience of seeing other gay kids at my school who were out completely deterred me from coming out. I don’t know for sure if they were super bullied; I wasn’t in the same group of friends that they were. I think the bit of it I struggled and empathized with was that they just seemed to really struggle to find friends. There was nothing about high school that was fun or easy for them. High school should be a really exciting time to form relationships.

You talk a lot about the link between religion and sports. For me, because I never played sports, and for our readers didn’t either, what is that link between the two? It definitely is something I’m still trying to figure out. There’s a weird thing in CrossFit especially where there does seem to be this mentality of “thank you God for allowing me to be this strong.” And I get that, but at the same time, you made you this strong. It’s a very interesting thing to see them give credit to religion. I won’t say that it’s not big in other sports as well. It’s easy to look at professional sports as a whole: there are more religious people than we may realize. I don’t know why that is.

What steps can both pro and recreational sporting groups take to foster more of an inclusive attitude? I think the gay community has done so much amazing work in getting gay sporting groups together. When I went to school in Cleveland, the Gay Games were [there]. It was so great: all these sports get people active. They have a community. They get people moving. It has competitive nature to it, and it doesn’t have a super high burn out rate. Going to 24 Hour Fitness and walking on a treadmill for an hour—you’re not going to want to do that for the rest of your life. You’ll get bored. The solution is that gay athletes would feel comfortable enough in a league with anyone, not a gay soccer league. I think there’s a bigger goal there: that sports can be a place for everyone, not just the most masculine.

Tip for staying in shape: I’m a big fan of CrossFit. Their mantra is that you should do functional movements in everyday life. When you focus on functional movements, you’re plotting muscle for life.

  • So the first tip: doing a machine, think about if that machine mirrors any activity you do in everyday life. If it doesn’t, most likely there’s a better exercise you could be doing that has a better payoff.
  • The second thing: you want your workouts to vary constantly. Our bodies are super intelligent, and after the fifth day of doing the same workout, your body has figured out the most efficient way of doing that workout, and will severely decrease the amount of energy you are expending. Finding new ways to shock the body, new workouts, different combinations reduce the chance of flat falling. Doing new things is not comfortable, but if you want to see more progress, you have to keep doing the hard stuff.
  • Third, do high-intensity workouts. If you look at Barry’s Bootcamp, that’s high intensity. That’s great. Thinking about your energy expenditure on a 60-minute elliptical workout, that’s so much less than you doing eight minutes of 80% energy threshold. It pays out in dividends.

What do you keep on your nightstand? I’m big into reading before bed. I read and turn off my phone for an hour before bed, and my deep sleep goes from like 45 minutes to an hour and a half. Just seeing those stats, I can absolutely turn off my phone before bed. So I have my book. I have my phone, face down. And I have my journaling notebook.

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The first thing we need to understand when writing workouts for ourselves is that routine is the enemy. If you’re someone who goes to the gym and does the same workout every time, I get it. For most of us, coming up with a gym routine is stressful enough the first time and there’s no way we’re going to risk looking stupid by trying new things. The problem with these routines though is that our bodies are super smart, and if we do the same fitness routine every time we go to the gym, we’re going to stop seeing results. In a fully equipped gym, we have a vast number of exercises we can cycle between. On the road, the best option for varying your workouts is changing the TYPE of workout you’re doing. . . Get some new ideas for workout types in the full blog post. Link in bio ??? . . ?: @anthonychatmonjr

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Mother who organized Straight Pride blames her gay son for their bad relationship

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Matthew Mason

The battle over Straight Pride continues, as Mylinda Mason, the mother of activist Matthew Mason, has slammed her son for their poor relationship despite confessing to her own homophobic attitudes.

Matthew Mason has hotly criticized a Straight Pride event organized by Mylinda and scheduled to take place in Modesto, CA. Now Mylinda has lashed out at her son for destroying their relationship. In an NBC News interview, Mylinda dismissed her own role in her relationship with her son, saying “homosexuals in general pull away from family and friends at some point.”

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“All I can say about my son is that I have read a lot of the word ‘hate’ out there and I do not hate my son, I do not like my son, I do not love my son, I adore my son — and I want my son in heaven ultimately with me one day,” Mylinda adds. “And so I will remain firm on standing what I believe are biblical family values.” She also defended the Straight Pride rally, saying “I think that the word ‘pride’ has been stolen, if you will, or hijacked by the evil one, and I want to say that we are taking pride in our God almighty, in our creator, and in his order.”

Matthew Mason came out at age 19 and became estranged with his family shortly thereafter. Both he and Mylinda also say that she took him to anti-LGBTQ protests when she began to suspect he was struggling with his sexuality. Mylinda had hoped it would “cure” him of his homosexuality. For that reason, among others, he now speaks out against his mother, and Straight Pride, which he insists is a white supremacist event. Mylinda Mason denies the allegation.

“Mylinda constantly talks about revisionist history, but really her style of history is the one that’s revisionist,” Matthew says. “The genocide of the indigenous population of North America was not ever covered in our home-schooling. I learned about ‘the white men that built the world,’ to quote Mylinda, but as I got older and I got a little more aware of history, I realized that these white men who built the world built it on the backs of people of color, of slaves, and through genocide.”


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» Caribbean neighbors Cuba and Puerto Rico wonder who really won cold war | World news
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11/08/19 06:10 from Mike Nova’s Shared Newslinks
Michael_Novakhov shared this story . Venezuela: declaration to the revolutionary people – before the … www.marxist.com/venezuela-declaration-to-the-revolutionary-people-before-the-impe… Cached Feb 22, 2019 – The Venezuelan section of…
» The Counterintelligence – Venezuelan – New Abwehr Hypothesis of the political events in Puerto Rico of July 2019 – Google Search
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11/08/19 03:29 from Mike Nova’s Shared Newslinks
Michael_Novakhov shared this story from Trump and Trumpism – Review Of News And Opinions. 3:24 AM 8/11/2019 Puerto Rico News: Who has capability to hack Telegram chats? – Google Search Saturday August 10th, 2019 at 11:02 AM | The New Ara…
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11/08/19 03:21 from Mike Nova’s Shared Newslinks
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» The American Left Goes Increasingly Stalinist
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» Puerto Rico News: It looks like nobody believes that the suicide is the cause of Jeffrey Epstein’s sudden death in his prison cell in NYC today. This is the very significant loss, as the source of evidence, for the prosecutions of crimes related to Trump 
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Michael_Novakhov shared this story from Puerto Rico News. It looks like nobody believes that the suicide is the cause of Jeffrey Epstein’s sudden death in his prison cell in NYC today. This is the very significant loss, as the source of …
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10/08/19 12:45 from Mike Nova’s Shared Newslinks
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» FBI investigating death of Jeffrey Epstein in US prison
10/08/19 12:41 from Mike Nova’s Shared Newslinks
Michael_Novakhov shared this story . Disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein has been found dead in a US prison. Officials and US news media reported that he died by suicide while awaiting trial on charges that he trafficked underage girl…
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» Counterintelligence – Venezuelan – New Abwehr Hypothesis of the political events in Puerto Rico of July 2019 – Google Search
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10/08/19 09:09 from Mike Nova’s Shared Newslinks
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» Puerto Rico News: Everything has to be done to ERADICATE corruption, nepotism, governmental incompetence and dysfunctions. But these efforts should not be phony, for the show and masking of the same things on the much larger scales, and not for the person
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» Puerto Rico News: The Counterintelligence – Venezuelan – New Abwehr Hypothesis of the political events in Puerto Rico of July 2019: Maduro decided to get back at Rossello for calling to oust him, and turned the tables: he ousted Rossello himself instead..
10/08/19 08:56 from Mike Nova’s Shared Newslinks
Michael_Novakhov shared this story from Puerto Rico News. The Counterintelligence – Venezuelan – New Abwehr Hypothesis of the political events in Puerto Rico of July 2019 Maduro decided to get back at Rossello for calling to oust him, an…
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Anthony Scaramucci on Trump: ‘Eventually He Turns on Everyone and Soon it Will Be You and Then the Entire Country’

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Former White House Communications Director Anthony “the Mooch” Scaramucci blasted Donald Trump early on Sunday morning, saying the president would eventually turn on the country.

Tweeted Scaramucci: “For the last 3 years I have fully supported this President. Recently he has said things that divide the country in a way that is unacceptable. So I didn’t pass the 100% litmus test. Eventually he turns on everyone and soon it will be you and then the entire country.”

Scaramucci’s tweet was in response to tweets from Trump calling him “incapable of handling” his position at the White House.

Scaramucci has been critical of Trump’s racist attacks on congresswomen and called his recent trip to El Paso a “catastrophe” in MSNBC appearances.

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Why the black gay romance on ‘Pose’ is still such a big deal

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It’s been almost a year since I covered a little show about the New York City ballroom scene and how gay black boys can finally see themselves in love & lust on screen.

Since then, fans and critics have been giving Pose 10s across the board. Billy Porter, who plays the hell out of emcee Pray Tell, became the first-ever out-gay black actor nominated for a Best Actor Emmy. Plus, the show has already been renewed for a third season. This is great news for the representation queer black boys so desperately need.

If you’re watching this season, you know Ricky (Dyllon Burnside) and Damon (Ryan Jamaal Swain) are no longer dating, but Pose is still bringing us gay black love and in a way that’s never been seen before.

This week, Ricky and Pray Tell made television history showing us two black, queer, HIV positive men getting it on. Before the opening credits even rolled our screens were filled with their beautiful bodies thrusting and caressing and embracing, ending with a shot of Burnside’s backside. When we look back at television and entertainment in the 2010s this is scene is going to be seminal, in more than one way.

Major props to Pose for showing an older man desirable and sexy, and comfortable enough in his own skin to date a younger dude, who likes older ones.

“I have spent my entire career never having been an object of anyone’s affection in anything — until now,” Porter pointed out in a recent interview on the Television Critics Association press tour. “To be turning 50 on September 21, and having a very loving, connected sex scene is sort of blowing my mind.”

Once my mind was blown and my jaw lifted off the floor, I got a little misty. It was that powerful a moment for a gay black man like me, and thousands just like me, who have never witnessed such a show of affection on the screen until then.

And did you see them flip fuck and Ricky ask to bottom without any hesitation or shame? Here for it. In the episode prior to this one, Pray Tell scolded Ricky about bottom shaming. He’s clearly taking Pray’s lessons to heart. And by the way, how incredible was it to see Pray and Ricky all nuzzled up afterwards? In today’s world of in and out (pun intended), I was moved by the intimacy and vulnerability these two characters shared—especially as two black men.

As Porter also mentioned in interviews this week, gay men weren’t always sexualized in media, but when queer romantic storylines finally began showing up, the characters sure didn’t look like Ricky or Damon or Pray.

“They were always white boys,” Porter said.

Co-executive producer Janet Mock added, “It’s revelatory to see these men together, sharing their bodies…we’ve never seen that in mainstream culture.”

The first gay movie I ever watched, The Broken Hearts Club (to honor that wonderful film, I’ve named this column after it), starred Porter whose lover does him wrong and we never even see him on screen.

Related: Why the black gay love story on Pose is such a big deal

So, there I was a young, black, horny teen left to see himself in a sad (although fabulous) Porter for most of the film and lust after white boys Andrew Keegan, Dean Cain, and Timothy Olyphant who had on-screen romances and kisses. (Not that there’s anything wrong with lusting after white gay boys.)

Somewhere, there’s a young black kid watching Damon, Ricky, and Pray Tell (or is finding screengrabs on celebrity nudity message boards) seeing himself not reduced to just his dick for the exploration and experimentation of non-black dudes, but as desirable, attractive, sexy and worthy of love—even if he is positive.

Maybe, just maybe, he won’t have to hop from bed to back room to alley trading sex for validation—unless, of course, that’s what his heart desires.


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Gay guys get real about their most ‘unexpected sex experience’

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We’ve all heard and read the hookup horror stories, so now it’s time for a change of pace. In a recent thread, Reddit users revealed their “most unexpected sex experience.” Here are some of those greatest hits, edited for readability and only censored a little!

The Wedding Reception

“I met two guys at my mom and stepdad’s wedding. The reception was in a hotel. After some talking and a few drinks, we went to their room and they took turns [with] me.”

Related: Gay guy says he was catfished by someone who looked way better than his pics

The Communicator

“I had sex with a hot deaf guy once, and he did a better job communicating with me than a lot of other people I’ve had sex with. To this day, I find that experience fascinating.”

The Dare

“When I was about 20 years old, I met up with a friend that I hadn’t seen since second grade. One of my friends dared him to blow me, and I ain’t no p*ssy, so I let him. It eventually led to us having sex. I haven’t talked to him since.”

The Train Ride

“I was waiting for a train in Chicago and thought I heard a dude next to me whisper, ‘Nice bulge,’ but didn’t think anything of it because I looked over and he wasn’t looking at me. Got on the train, and the dude sits across from me started grabbing his crotch. … I got super turned on and started doing the same but was afraid others would see. He followed me off at my stop and we f*cked at my buddy’s place where I was staying.”

Related: Gay guys reveal the weirdest, wildest things they’ve done with a hookup

The Girlfriend

“Naive young me. Got talking to a guy in the pub, invite him to join me and my friends. Ends up just me and him, and he invites me back to his to smoke some weed. Yeah. sure, sounds great.

“His girlfriend is at home but she’s in another room with a female friend. We smoke and drink, and he hits me with the fact he’s bi and starts coming on heavy. I tell him I feel bad about the fact his GF is there, and he says, ‘What do you think she’s doing with her friend in the other room?’ So we got down to it on the sofa while his GF got down to it with her friend in the bedroom.”


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‘Glee’ turns ten: Check out the the best covers from the show to celebrate

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It’s easy to remember Glee as the hot mess it became; we’re still having nightmares about the show’s Thanksgiving-themed cover of “Let’s Have a Kiki” with guest stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Shangela.

Whhhhy?

Still – in spite of the show’s quirker moments, you can’t dispute that Glee was a cultural fixture that made a point to tear down tired tropes and showcase diverse characters.

As the show’s first season turns ten years old, we looked back at the show’s six seasons to count down McKinley High’s best moments.

10. “Singing In The Rain/Umbrella” by Holly Holliday, Will Schuester and New Directions
(Season 2, Episode 7, “The Substitute”)

Gwyneth Paltrow’s guest-starring slot as Holly Holliday was a bit disjointed, but that didn’t stop the Goddess of Goop from scoring an Emmy for it. This mash-up underscored the show’s ability to create magical mash-ups.

9. “Seasons of Love” by New Directions and Alumni
(Season 5, Episode 3, “The Quarterback”)

The Rent classic soundtracked the series’ most somber moment; after Cory Monteith’s unexpected death, the show killed off his character, Finn Hudson. McKinley alum who had since graduated returned to tribute the athlete (and the actor).

8. “Don’t Stop Believin’” by New Directions
(Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”)

There is no song more synonymous with Glee than this Journey stadium stomper. While the song has been performed six times throughout the series, it’s the original motley crew’s take that is the most cherished. This version sold over one million downloads on iTunes, making it the most successful song of the series.

7. “Just The Way You Are,” by Finn Hudson
(Season 2, Episode 8, “Furt)

The pure love between Finn and Kurt (played by Chris Colfer) was immortalized in Finn’s serenade to his new stepbrother with this Bruno Mars hit.

6. “How Will I Know,” by Mercedes Jones, Rachel Berry, Santana Lopez, and Kurt Hummel
(Season 3, Episode 17, “How Will I Know”)

While a majority of the show’s musical arrangements didn’t do much to differentiate from the source material, this acappella take was unexpected, a muted swerve on one of Whitney’s most jovial hits.

5. “Cough Syrup” by Blaine Anderson
(Season 3, Episode 14, “On My Way”)


This obscure track soundtracked one of the series’ most sensitive scenes: After being bullied for coming out, Dave Karofsky (Max Adler) suffers an emotional breakdown and prepares to hang himself. Thankfully his father finds him just in time, narrowly preventing his suicide attempt. The episode dealt also featured a Trevor Project PSA with actor Daniel Radcliffe.

4. “Don’t Rain On My Parade” by Rachel Berry
(Season 1, Episode 13, “Sectionals”)


Let’s be real: Rachel Berry was an ally before it was cool. Lea Michele delivered several stunners throughout the show’s stint, but her rendition of this Babs classic was the ultimate jaw-dropper. Those chops!

3. “If I Were a Boy” by Unique Adams
(Season 5, Episode 5, “The End of Twerk”)

It’s easy to make jokes about the later seasons of Glee, but amongst that mess, we met Unique (played by Alex Newell), who is later revealed to be the show’s first transgender character. Her cover of Beyonce’s 2008 ballad is heart-wrenching.

2. “Rumour Has It/Someone Like You,” by Santana Lopez and Mercedes Jones
(Season 3, Episode 6, “Mash Off”)


Santana and Mercedes (Naya Rivera and Amber Riley, respectively) were often stuck playing second fiddle to Rachel Berry, but this knockout one-two punch of Adele classics was one of the show’s biggest highlights. It also came moments after Finn outed Santana as a lesbian, making the song choice of “Rumour Has It” especially fitting.

1. “Teenage Dream,” Blaine Anderson and the Warblers
(Season 2, Episode 6, “Never Been Kissed”)

This scene made everyone, Kurt included, fall in love with the lead Warbler, Blaine (Darren Criss). And unlike many of this show’s love affairs, this one actually lasted – the pair ended up getting married in a super-gay double ceremony alongside Santana and Brittany (Heather Morris).

Related: These are the 20 most important gay anthems of all time


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Gay Instagram ‘Influencer’ Blasted After Posting Photo with ‘Beach Bro’ Aaron Schock

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Jeremy Cormier, an Instagram “influencer,” was blasted by followers on Saturday after posting a photo with his “beach bro,” disgraced former GOP Congressman Aaron Schock.

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Cormier was quickly slammed by followers.

Activist James Duke Mason, who was the first to call out gay men posing with Schock at Coachella earlier this year, wrote: “Jeremy, you know I love you, and you’re entitled of course to associate with whomever you choose to associate with- but this is disappointing. I don’t know who @aaronschock is in his heart, but this is a man who spent a decade actively fighting our rights and has STILL not apologized for it publicly. Think about the LGBT youth who have literally taken their lives because of anti-gay politicians like Aaron. This post really breaks my heart.”

Wrote activist and drag queen Marti Gould Cummings: “Tell him he is a horrible person who put lives in danger and set lgbtq equality back. Tell him 28 states still discriminate in employment, housing, adoptions. Tell him 14 trans women of color have been murdered this year. Tell him he can’t have his cake and eat it too. He needs to apologize for his actions in congress and spend everyday of his life working to right the wrongs of the votes he made agains lgbtq people. This is despicable.”

Wrote travel blogger Ben Schlappig: “Nothing to see here, just a disgraced anti-gay politician who refuses to acknowledge his hypocrisy and the harm he has done to our community…”

Added the Instagram sit ‘sexyfamousmen’: “When abs are more important than principles. Hope you continue to enjoy the freedoms Aaron fought so hard to deny you in the first place.”

Wrote Ryan Hensler: “This is so f**king corny and so typical of the instagay community. How do you not care he voted against our communities interest while in congress?”

Schock’s hypocrisy has been talked about much in recent months, after photographs were taken of him with a group of gay men at the Coachella Music festival, he was spotted talking up various men at a West Hollywood pool, he was photographed putting money in a go-go boy’s briefs, and after a nude, sexual video turned up on Twitter.

You may recall that Schock recently slid out of corruption charges including filing false tax returns, mail fraud, wire fraud, submitting false reports to the FEC, false statements, and theft of government funds, defrauding the government of more than $100,000.

Aside from the dropped corruption charges, Schock is known for his support of a federal amendment to ban same-sex marriage and his support of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. As well as that Downton Abbey office, and his unforgettable turquoise belt.

Mason, who took the photo of Schock at Coachella, said at the time: “Normally I wouldn’t comment on something like this, but I am just infuriated by these images of former Republican (and anti-gay) Congressman Aaron Schock partying with a group of gay men at Coachella. The fact that he would think he could show his face in public, particularly when he has NEVER renounced or apologized for his votes against gay marriage, gays in the military and against anti-discrimination laws is astounding. My intention isn’t to out him or target him personally, but simply to point out the hypocrisy. I saw him at a recent gay social event in West Hollywood and shook his hand before I even knew who he was; he should really be ashamed of himself. And the gays who associate with him without calling him out should know better. It really is a disgrace.”

An FEC filing from Schock in early June raised speculation that he was planning another run for office, but Schock has denied that is happening.

The post Gay Instagram ‘Influencer’ Blasted After Posting Photo with ‘Beach Bro’ Aaron Schock appeared first on Towleroad Gay News.


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Timeline: Venezuela’s Political Standoff | AS/COA

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Venezuela’s crisis reached a breaking point in early 2019. At the heart of it is a constitutional battle playing out between the dueling administrations of Nicolás Maduro and interim president Juan Guaidó. Maduro, who’s been in office since 2013, is widely viewed as an illegitimate president, and several dozen countries have shifted their official recognition to Guaidó as the country’s interim president until new elections can be held.

With most national traditional media outlets shuttered and new stories swirling every hour, AS/COA Online tracks the need-to-know developments.


July 30 — In a vote that split the G.O.P. caucus, the U.S. Senate Republicans blocked a vote that would have granted temporary protected status (TPS) to Venezuelans. Venezuela is the top country of origin for asylum seekers in the United States.  

July 29 — Venezuela stands to lose its most valuable foreign asset, Citgo, after a U.S. appeals court ruled that a Canadian mining company can seize the stock of Citgo’s parent company as part of an arbitration award. Both the Maduro and Guaidó administrations—which are fighting for control of the refiner in a separate U.S. court casehad asked the appeals court to reverse a lower court’s ruling. 

The firm, which is owned by state oil firm PDVSA, is not just important for the value it represents but also as a lever in the tug-of-war for control of the country. Caracas could still hold on to Citgo’s assets if it wins a longshot appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court or if the Trump administration issues a temporary protective order against claimants. The ruling also opens the door to a broader group of creditors who could potentially go after other PDVSA assets. Investors have sued for some $65 billion in defaulted bonds. 

July 27 — Chevron and four other oil companies got a three-month extension from the U.S. Treasury Department to continue operations in Venezuela. Chevron, the last remaining major U.S. oil company in the country, has operated there for a century. Washington initially issued sanctions on the oil sector in January but gave Chevron, Halliburton, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, and Weatherford International a six-month waiver. They can now legally operate in Venezuela through October 25.  

July 26 — The Moreno government announces Venezuelans will need visas to enter Ecuador as of August 26. The Andean country of about 17 million has taken in over a quarter of a million Venezuelans, the fourth-highest total after Colombia, Peru, and Chile, according to the UN. Both Peru and Chile tightened migration controls for Venezuelans in June. 

July 23 — In its meetings in Argentina, the Lima Group agrees to submit the Bachelet report to the International Criminal Court as evidence in the court’s ongoing preliminary investigation into crimes against humanity committed in Venezuela.   

The IMF updates its forecast for Venezuela, now projecting the country’s economy will contract 35 percent in 2019, revised from a 25 percent contraction. 

July 22 — The fourth nationwide blackout in less than five months—and the first to hit Caracas since March—plunged the country into darkness on MondayThe Maduro government called it an “electromagnetic attack” but did not provide any evidence. 

July 21 — Spanish police are investigating the death Sunday of a former PDVSA executive in Madrid. Authorities had arrested Juan Carlos Márquez three days before and, though he denied any wrongdoing, had agreed to cooperate with a money laundering investigation and was due to appear in court on Monday. 

A Venezuelan fighter aircraft “aggressively shadowed” a U.S. Navy aircraft flying in international airspaceU.S. Southern Command said Sunday in a tweet with footage of the incident, which occurred two days prior. The Venezuelan military responded, saying it was the U.S. aircraft that was violating “international treaties.” The day before the incident, Foreign Policy reported that Washington was looking to sell 15 F-16 fighter jets to the Colombian military

July 16The Maduro regime released 25-year-old clarinetist Karen Palacios from prison, where she’d been held for 45 days without trial and a month after a judge had ordered her release. The government said she’d violated the notoriously subjective “hate speech” law for posting a screed against the de facto administration on Twitter after she’d been told she’d lost her first chair in the National Philharmonic because she’d “signed against the regime,” an apparent reference to the thwarted 2016 recall referendum. Palacios remains on probation and cannot address the media. In 2018, 24 people were arrested for criticizing the government online. So far in 2019, 2,200 people have been detained for political reasons, according to Foro Penal, with 600 still behind bars.

Citgo’s U.S. parent company announced it plans to refinance $1.9 billion of debt due next year. The refinancing will take place as debate continues over who controls the refiner, one of the original crown jewels in the Venezuelan state’s holdings.

“The status quo is not a sustainable option for Venezuela,” said EU policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday, in announcing the bloc will implement new sanctions on the Maduro regime if no progress is made in ongoing talks in Barbados, a response to UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet’s findings that the administration is responsible for human rights violations. Maduro’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza rejected Mogherini’s statement as “issuing unacceptable threats.”

The Trump administration declined a request by a bipartisan group of 24 U.S. senators to grant temporary protected status (TPS) for Venezuelans. In a letter dated July 11 that was publicized Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Immigration Services Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli said the administration “continues to monitor” the situation in the country.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports that the Maduro administration is looking to use a Russian-backed international payments system as a safeguard against possible new sanctions that would prevent them from accessing the current system, SWIFT, which is used to move trillions of dollars worldwide.

July 11OPEC’s latest numbers show that Venezuela produced an average of 753,000 barrels per day of oil in the second quarter of 2019, down 22 percent from the previous quarter and 46 percent below the same quarter the previous year, based on secondary source reporting to OPEC. From 1980 to 2015, Venezuela produced 10 percent of all oil from OPEC countries. In the Q2 2019, it produced 2.5 percent.

July 10 — Twelve days after the death of Navy Captain Acosta Arévalo while in custody of military counterintelligence police, a government lawyer announced there would be a “controlled burial.”

July 7 — The Venezuelan opposition announced it will meet with Maduro representatives in Barbados in the coming days in another round of talks mediated by Norway.

July 5 — UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet’s human rights report is released in Geneva based on her multi-day investigation in June that included hundreds of interviews. The report details and denounces the grim and systematic human rights violations perpetrated by the Venezuelan security forces over the past 18 months. Maduro’s officials responded by condemning the report. Bachelet urged the international community to stop Venezuela’s crisis from prolonging.

July 2 — Top Guaidó economic and legal officials present a plan to restructure Venezuela’s $150 billion of outstanding debt with creditors. The plan focuses on treating all creditors as equals. The exception is Russian and Chinese debt, which will be negotiated separately, as well as loans backed by commercial claims. The latter group includes the PDVSA bonds due in 2020, the last Venezuelan bonds not in default.

June 30 — The Venezuelan Defense Ministry announced the death of Navy Captain Rafael Acosta Arevalo. His lawyer said Acosta, one of more than 100 active and retired officers thus far jailed for treason, showed signs of torture at a June 28 court hearing. The Guaidó team pulls out of a scheduled third round of talks with the Maduro administration in Barbados in protest over Acosta’s death.

June 21 — The day Bachelet leaves the country, Venezuelan authorities arrest an Air Force general and a Navy captain, two of six arrests of police and military officers carried out over the weekend. As of April 2019, there were at least 152 detained members of the military, most often on charges of treason, inciting rebellion, or dishonorable conduct.

June 19Bachelet lands in Caracas. During her three-day visit, she meets with everyone from Maduro and Diosdado Cabello to Guaidó and recently released Congressman Gilber Caro. Before leaving, she acknowledged “serious human rights violations” and called on the Maduro government to release all political prisoners. She is scheduled to present a full report on her visit to the UN Human Rights Council on July 5.

June 18The U.S. Navy deploys the USNS Comfort—a massive hospital ship that can treat up to 500 patients a day—on a five-month aid mission to attend to Venezuelan migrants scattered throughout the Caribbean and Central America.

The Wall Street Journal reports on a maneuver by which the Maduro regime has sold upward of 7.4 tons of gold reserves worth about $300 million via Uganda in a way that allows it to avoid U.S. sanctions.

June 17 — Two days ahead of Bachelet’s visit, Caro is released after close to two months of arbitrary detention.

June 15Peru tightens its entry requirements for Venezuelan migrants, who now must present either a valid passport or visa before entering. Peru hosts the second-largest Venezuelan migrant population—more than 700,000 people—after Colombia. The United States announced the week prior that it would accept Venezuelan passports that had expired within the last five years.

June 9 — PDVSA oil shipments to Nicaragua, one of Caracas’ few remaining allies, tanked by 73 percent in 2018, reports EFE. The Nicaraguan economy contracted nearly 4 percent in 2018 as the country faces its own political crisis.

June 8 — Maduro reopens the border with Colombia, three and a half months after he closed it when international groups made a push to try and bring aid into Venezuela.

June 7 — The UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration announce that the number of Venezuelan migrants will hit 4 million, almost doubling in 2019 from the 2.3 million through the end of 2018. At the end of 2015, there were 695,000 Venezuelans living outside the country.

May 29 — Talks in Oslo, Norway, between the Maduro and Guaidó camps end without an agreement. The opposition’s demand that Maduro step down as a precondition to any agreement was a nonstarter for chavistas.

May 28 — The family of an 11-year-old boy who died two days earlier of Hodgkin’s lymphoma holds an open-casket funeral, in what becomes a national symbol of grief over the health crisis.

May 21 — In a statement to the National Assembly, Hugo Carvajal, Chávez’s former intelligence chief, avows that Maduro’s electoral win the year prior was due to fraud perpetrated by election official Carlos Quintero.

Spanish oil giant Repsol, the last such Western extractor with major operations in Venezuela, says in its annual report that it will be winding down what was once a $1.7 billion operation within a few months, after seeing losses of up to 70 percent.

Venezuela’s oil production is down to its lowest level in more than 15 years, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data.

May 20 — The former Spanish ambassador to Venezuela gets arrested in Madrid, along with his son and two others, on charges of accepting bribes. Ten days earlier, a former Venezuelan minister was arrested in the Spanish capital on similar charges.

May 17 — Bloomberg reports that Venezuela was able to sell $570 million worth of gold to firms in Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, despite sanctions.

May 16 — After 15 years in detention, Iván Simonovis—once Venezuela’s most famous SWAT cop—escapes his house arrest in the middle of the night, eventually making his way to Washington, DC.

A mayor who’d been a close confidant of chavista-turned-opposition General Figuera is found dead in Caracas.

The Guaidó administration takes control of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, which Maduro sympathizers had occupied for weeks.

May 15 — SEBIN agents seize a PDVSA tanker and force it to reroute to Cuba.

One chavista deputy joins the ranks of the National Assembly. The minority congresspeople have been boycotting the assembly’s meetings for years.

May 14 Amnesty International asks the ICC to investigate Venezuela for crimes against humanity.

The UN Security Council holds a closed-door meeting on the crisis and the arrest of Zambrano in particular.

The chavista-stacked Constituent Assembly votes to remove legislative immunity for seven opposition deputies after removing that of nine other deputies the week prior.

May 13The Washington Post identifies Supreme Court Chief Justice Maikel Moreno’s withdrawal of support as a key reason why the April 30 plot failed.

May 10 —The US Treasury OFAC office issues sanctions on two vessels transporting oil from Venezuela to Cuba. That same day, the Cuban government announces new rations on food and hygiene products.

May 8 — SEBIN agents arrest National Assembly Vice President Edgar Zambrano by towing him in his car, which he refused to leave, to their headquarters. As of this point, Zambrano is arguably the most high-profile politician arrested and hails from a different party than Guaidó’s.

May 7 — At AS/COA’s annual conference at the State Department, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announces that Washington is lifting sanctions on General Manuel Cristopher Figuera for his defection from chavista ranks. The Trump administration’s move is designed to encourage others to desert Maduro.

May 6 — The Venezuelan army has been training ELN fighters to use heat-seeking missiles, Colombian officials tell Bloomberg.

May 2 — A court in Caracas issued an arrest warrant for Leopoldo López on Thursday for “flagrant violation” of his house arrest, which he was able to escape on Tuesday. The Spanish government responded to say it has no intention of turning over the opposition leader to Venezuelan authorities. Late that afternoon, López appeared outside the Spanish ambassador’s residence to say that he expects Maduro to fall within “weeks” and that he is in ongoing talks with high-ranking members of the regime.

Many countries have signaled that if the lives of top opposition leaders are threatened, that could escalate their collective response. Thursday afternoon, Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo said that, in Friday’s Lima Group meetings, he will be making “strong proposals,” per President Iván Duque’s instructions. The night before, U.S. President Donald Trump told FOX Business that, were Guaidó to be arrested, Washington could “help them a little…and maybe a lot.”

On Thursday, The New York Times published one of the most detailed reports yet about former Vice President and current Industry Minister Tareck El Aissami’s and his family’s ties to one of Venezuela’s top drug traffickers and also to Hezbollah via his father’s native Syria.

May 1 — Protests continued today as Guaidó led large marches in Caracas.

Journalist Luz Mely Reyes and her site Efecto Cocuyo reported on the pressures facing Maduro to maintain unity among chavistas and armed forces that are too depleted to either overthrow Maduro or keep him in power. Reyes also highlighted divisions within the SEBIN intelligence police and the Supreme Court.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNN on Tuesday evening that Maduro was prepared to leave Venezuela by plane bound for Havana that morning but was talked out of doing so by Moscow, a report the Russian foreign ministry disputed. Other senior Maduro administration officials also had told U.S. authorities they were prepared to leave, Pompeo said. Minutes prior to Pompeo’s interview, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened a “full and complete embargo” plus high-level sanctions if Cuba does not withdraw its operatives from Venezuela.

Opposition couple Leopoldo López and Lilian Tintori meanwhile moved from the Chilean embassy to the Spanish one on Tuesday. They are not seeking asylum.

April 30, 6 p.m. — Colombian President Iván Duque has deployed Colombian troops to the border with Venezuela.

López and Tintori are now “guests” at the Chilean embassy in Caracas, said Chilean Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero, along with at least one of their daughters. They join opposition leader and López’s Popular Will colleague Freddy Guevara, who’s taken refuge in the same embassy since November 2017.

Decorated journalist Luz Mely Reyes reported that Guaidó and López’s “Operation Liberty” was originally planned for later—Guaidó previously was calling on people to protest on May 1—but was moved up due to reports of Guaidó’s imminent arrest. That said, the date change gave some top Maduro officials who were preparing to defect cold feet and they stayed mum on Tuesday, thereby weakening the opposition’s plan. U.S. Special Envoy Elliott Abrams also said that Operation Liberty was not “out of the blue” and involved discussions with senior Maduro officials.

During the course of the day, eight international news channels, including the BBC and CNN, were taken off Venezuelan air waves. Twitter and YouTube were also blocked for local IP addresses.

Venezuelans have been out on the streets all day across the country, and while some security forces appear to have stepped down, much remains unknown.

April 30, 12 p.m. — Tuesday is shaping up to be one of the most critical in 2019 so far for Venezuela. Early in the morning, Guaidó called on members of the military to join him at the Carlota air force base and “end the usurpation,” i.e. Maduro’s regime, in what he and his allies are calling “Operation Liberty.”

Over his left shoulder stood a figure few have seen in the open air in years: Leopoldo López, Guaidó’s mentor and Popular Will party head, who’s been serving a nine-year sentence most observers call a farce. According to López, the SEBIN intelligence police who had been guarding and monitoring his house arrest released him into the protection of a National Guard unit that had defected from the ranks and were now recognizing Guaidó as their commander in chief.

Crowds gathered at the air force base, and there were reports of tear gas fired between rival Maduro- and Guaidó-aligned National Guard units. Though there were several instances of military members and units breaking from Maduro to come to the Guaidó administration, by mid-morning Guaidó had left the Carlota base and was rallying supporters at a nearby park, a potential sign that the plan to take control of the base did not go as intended.

By early afternoon, the situation on the ground had turned violent and remains in flux. (Note: the below video is graphic.)

April 29Peru is deporting 50 Venezuelans for providing false declarations saying they had no criminal history in their residency applications, Reuters reported on Monday. Peru is home to the second-largest population of Venezuelan migrants after Colombia, with about 700,000 migrants in the country of 32 million.

April 26 — Early on Friday morning at an arepa shop in east Caracas, Venezuelan police arrested Congressman Gilber Caro, a close ally of Guaidó’s and a fellow member of the Popular Will party. Caro, who is supposed to have parliamentary immunity, was previously jailed in 2017 and held for a year and a half without trial, reports Bloomberg’s Andrew Rosati.

Also that morning, the U.S. Treasury added Jorge Arreaza, Maduro’s foreign minister, to its OFAC list of sanctioned Venezuelan individuals.

April 25 — There were protests on Wednesday in several parts of Maracaibo that had spent more than 40 hours without power, and notably without air conditioning units in the city where springtime temperatures are already hitting triple digits Fahrenheit.

April 22 —Two sources close to Venezuela’s Energy Ministry tell Colombian daily El Espectador that the Guri hydroelectric plant is operating on its last transformer. If it blows, it will collapse and could shut down Venezuela’s entire electric grid for more than five weeks. The only three companies in the world that manufacture the necessary replacement parts are located in Austria, Germany, and the United States—three countries that recognize the interim Guaidó government.

The Maduro government is using Russian state oil firm Rosneft to bypass U.S. sanctions and fuel its cash payments, Reuters reported over the weekend. In response, Rosneft asked Russian authorities to ban Reuters from the country.

April 17 — The Trump administration announces sanctions on Venezuela’s Central Bank, removing Maduro’s access to U.S. currency and reducing the bank’s capacity to engage in international transactions.

April 16 — The first Red Cross shipment of medical and hygiene products for Venezuela arrives at the Caracas airport. The 24 tons of humanitarian supplies are expected to help up to 650,000 Venezuelans.

April 10 —The International Monetary Fund suspends Maduro’s access to $400 million as members debate who the president is, Bloomberg reports.

Also on Wednesday, the UN Security Council holds meetings on Venezuela, at which U.S. Vice President Mike Pence calls on the body to recognize the Guaidó interim government.

April 9 — The OAS votes to switch its recognition from Maduro to Guaidó. The measure passed with 18 countries voting in favor, nine votes against (including the Maduro representative voting for Venezuela), six abstentions, and one absence.

April 8 — The World Bank projects the Venezuelan economy will contract 25 percent in 2019, according to adjusted figures released April 4, triple its previous estimate. The country is expected to see 10 million percent inflation, as well. The contraction will be even greater if blackouts persist, say researchers at the Institute of International Finance.

On Saturday, Guaidó led thousands in rallies in Caracas and elsewhere as unrest and concerns about water shortages and the spread of water-born illnesses increase. According to analysts, roughly two-thirds of the entire population—about 20 million people—have faced water shortages or completely lost water in the last couple of weeks, and physicians are reporting increases in cases of diarrhea, typhoid fever, and hepatitis A.

April 4Washington hosted NATO ministerial meetings on Wednesday and Thursday to talk about growing threats from Russia, including in Venezuela. In addition to two military planes that landed near Caracas, Moscow has also sent an oil tanker to help get embargoed Venezuelan oil out of the country. A report this week by Reuters found that Venezuela was able to keep export levels stable at about 1 million barrels per day last month, in spite of U.S. sanctions.

April 2 — On Tuesday, the Constituent Assembly—a chavista body not recognized by much of the international community—approved a solicitation from the Supreme Court to remove Guaidó’s parliamentary immunity, which could open him up to prosecution and/or detention.

Earlier in the day, Colombia rejected insinuations by the Russian parliament that Bogotá was considering military intervention in Venezuela and reaffirmed its commitment to a democratic transition. This came after the Russian upper house issued a letter on March 28 to Colombia’s Congress that said it would consider “illegitimate use of military force against Venezuela by other states that support the opposition…as an act of aggression against a sovereign state.”

On the ground, rolling blackouts, paired with water shortages throughout Venezuela, are heightening unrest. Protests, which the armed forces are finding increasingly difficult to contain, are essentially continuous at this point.

March 29 — Red Cross head Francesco Rocca said that his group is preparing to deliver much-needed aid supplies to up to 650,000 Venezuelans in the next 15 days. Rocca said the Maduro government had met conditions, which include no interference, for the group to carry out the humanitarian work.

March 28 — The Maduro government said on Thursday that it had banned Guaidó from holding public office for 15 years on the basis of supposed financial improprieties. But the interim administration brushed the charges aside as a chavista tactic of disqualifying members of the Venezuelan opposition from public office on either electoral or criminal charges. Moreover, Guaidó has consistently said he is serving in an interim capacity until free and fair elections can be held, in which Leopoldo López, Guaidó’s mentor currently under house arrest, is expected to run.

March 27 — It was known that Fabiana Rosales, a journalist and Guaidó’s wife, would meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Washington on Wednesday. But she also ended up also having a surprise meeting at the White House with the president himself. Donald Trump spoke with Rosales about Venezuela’s crisis and pledged to “fix it.” Romy Moreno Molina, wife of Guaidó’s jailed chief of staff, joined the meeting as well.

During the same meeting, Trump delivered a message to Moscow—which sent troops to Caracas over the weekend—saying, “Russia has to get out.”

March 26 — Government workers stayed home, schools shut down, and streets emptied after another blackout hit much of Venezuela on Monday. The blackout is affecting 21 of 23 states plus the capital, reports The Guardian, and comes two weeks after a six-day blackout hit the country.

March 25 — The BBC reports that two Russian military planes arrived in Caracas on March 23 and Venezuelan journalist Javier Mayorca tweeted that some 100 troops, along with 35 tons of military equipment, were on the ground. This morning the Maduro government said a Russian general had also arrived with the troops to service equipment as part of a military pact, reports Bloomberg.

March 22 — The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) opted to cancel its upcoming annual summit to be held March 26–31 in Chengdu, China. Sources told Reuters that the IDB took the step after Beijing wouldn’t give a visa to Guaidó’s representative, Harvard economist Ricardo Hausmann.

Also, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that Washington would apply new sanctions, this time on Venezuelan development bank BANDES.

March 21 — Early Thursday morning, Venezuelan intelligence police known as the SEBIN detained Guaidó’s chief of staff, Roberto Marrero, in Caracas and raided both his home and that of a congressman from Guaidó’s party. The day prior, a former SEBIN agent testified before an OAS hearing of the torture practices carried out by the Maduro regime, with the aid of Cuban agents, and provided video he’d secretly recorded from inside a SEBIN detention center.

The effects of U.S. sanctions on Caracas’ oil are starting to take effect: U.S. imports of Venezuelan crude fell to zero last week, according to government figures published on Wednesday. The United States has imported oil from Venezuela every month since the U.S. government started tracking the data in 1973. The lack of oil from Venezuela, coupled with drops in shipments from Saudi Arabia amid a general OPEC production cut, pushed the price of U.S. oil to over $60 a barrel this week for the first time since November.

March 19The New York Times’ Nick Casey published a report on Monday detailing how chavistas used Cuban doctors in the country as a tool to manipulate Venezuelan elections over the years. For example, during Maduro’s May 2018 election—widely considered a sham—doctors said they were forced to withhold life-saving treatments from patients until closer to election day. That same day Casey’s story came out, a young doctor became the third in two weeks to be removed from his job after speaking up about the humanitarian crisis. His dismissal letter cited “serious lack of respect” for higher-ups.

Vice President Delcy Rodríguez said over the weekend that Maduro has asked all the members of his cabinet to submit their resignations as part of an “in-depth restructuring” of his administration.

U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams said his meetings with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in Rome on Monday and Tuesday regarding the situation in Caracas were “positive” but not fruitful. Abrams previously testified on Capitol Hill that he’d met with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. and had “not yet” met with the Chinese. On the trip to Rome, Abrams also met with officials from Italy, one of the few EU countries that does not recognize Guaidó, and the Vatican, which has not engaged in Venezuela since failed peace talks in 2016.

March 13 — Power is coming back slowly and intermittently to Venezuela’s cities, but one sociologist said the country is effectively in a state of anarchy. Few outside the Maduro regime believe the chavistas’ claim the outage was due to a cyberattack since most of the grid is analog and not networked.

Late Tuesday night, Venezuelan intelligence police, known as the SEBIN, arrested high-profile investigative journalist Luis Carlos. They also raided his home and pocketed cash savings of his and his wife, a Caracas Chronicles journalist who is in remission from cancer. They released Carlos 30 hours later but with several restrictions on his liberties in place. The regime did so while a team from the UN Office for the High Commissioner of Human Rights was in Venezuela preparing for Commissioner Michelle Bachelet’s upcoming visit.

Yesterday, the U.S. State Department announced it was pulling all diplomatic personnel from the country and said the embassy in Caracas would no longer provide consular services. It also advised all U.S. citizens living or traveling in Venezuela to leave the country and advised against traveling there.

March 11 — Venezuela marks its fourth day of a national blackout, an outage experts say could continue indefinitely, according to a report from The New York Times. The article details how the San Geronimo B substation, which supplies power from the Guri hydroelectric dam to 80 percent of Venezuelans, failed on Thursday. The Maduro government tried four times since then to restart the Guri’s turbines with no success; the latest attempt even caused a second substation to explode and internal reports suggest a major equipment failure. Government plant workers were told to stay home on Monday, and the Maduro government called a national holiday, closing schools and businesses across the country.

But despite the government’s attempts to keep people off the streets, anxiety is rising. So far, at least 21 deaths in hospitals have been linked directly to the blackout, according to the NGO Médicos por la Salud. Looting is taking place across the country, as are arrests of some of the looters. By Monday, thirsty residents of Caracas had taken to collecting water from the notoriously unsanitary Guaire River. Hugo Chávez pledged to clean up the river back in 2005 and took in $150 million in investment for the project within five years, but little to no progress was made.

With oil production already flagging, the blackout has also shut down exports from Venezuela’s primary port. If and when PDVSA is able to resume production, it won’t be until after the national grid is back up.

March 8 — By midday Friday, Venezuela hits 20 hours of a nationwide power outage. All but one state reported outages. The one that didn’t report any was the jungle state of Amazonas because news site Efecto Cocuyo couldn’t get in touch with anybody there.

Nicolás Maduro, predictably and yet improbably, blamed the outage on an “electric war” caused by U.S. imperialism.

The World Bank dealt the Maduro administration another blow on Thursday when its tribunal ruled that the Bolivarian country must pay ConocoPhillips $8 billion in losses stemming from oil assets lost when Chávez expropriated them in 2007. The Venezuela Central Bank reported having $8.75 billion in international reserves at the close of 2018.

March 6 — Venezuelan military counterintelligence agents detained U.S. journalist Cody Weddle and his Venezuelan assistant Carlos Camacho early Wednesday morning on two unspecified charges, according to Venezuela’s National Union of Journalists, known as SNTP. Weddle’s housekeeper told media she saw the officers raid his home, and force him out with his passport, other documents, money, and equipment in hand. A graduate of Virginia Tech, Weddle has been based in Caracas for close to five years, working for his first two and a half for teleSUR and later as a freelance journalist. Organization of American States head Luis Almagro, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and U.S. Western Hemisphere Affairs Assistant Secretary of State Kimberly Breier, among others, all called for Weddle’s immediate release. Camacho was released that afternoon, and later, after 12 hours of detention, Weddle was also and will be deported.

Weddle’s detention came the week after Maduro had Mexican-American journalist Jorge Ramos and his team detained and then released, but the regime confiscated their equipment and tapes. Weddle and Ramos are the two most high-profile foreign journalists detained in Venezuela of late, among many other journalist arrests. In 2019 alone, the Maduro regime has detained 36 members of the press, according to SNTP’s count. While some like Weddle, Ramos, and three EFE journalists were since released, others such as German freelancer Billy Six and Venezuelan multimedia reporter Jesús Medina remain in detention.

U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams this week said that Washington had other “stronger” measures against Caracas “ready.” He’s scheduled to testify on Thursday morning before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs, along with AS/COA Vice President Eric Farnsworth.

March 4 — All eyes were on Caracas’ main airport today, where Guaidó landed after completing his five-country tour. Diplomats from several countries in the Americas and Europe were there to await his arrival. Though there were concerns the Maduro administration might detain Guaidó on the basis that he violated a prohibition on his leaving the country issued by the chavista-stacked Supreme Court, Guaidó entered without incident, something he attributed to a broken chain of command. “I got in. Somebody did not follow orders,” he said. Guaidó is calling for more nationwide rallies on March 9.

March 1 — Guaidó visits Paraguay to meet with President Mario Abdo Benítez, after meeting with Jair Bolsonaro in Brasília on Thursday. The interim president says he plans to return to Venezuela on Monday, in spite of threats against his and his family’s life.

February 27 — Government sources reveal that, desperate for cash, the Maduro government surreptitiously removed roughly $500 million in gold from the Central Bank last week in a bid to sell it abroad illegally. Meanwhile, Venezuela’s oil inventories have hit a five-year high as the regime is unable to sell the little oil it’s been able to produce due to U.S. sanctions, forcing laden tankers to sit idle and Maduro to dip into precious metal reserves. At the end of 2018, the government reported 140 tons of gold in the Central Bank vaults, the lowest level in 75 years.

Today also marks the 30th anniversary of the event known as the Caracazo, a fateful string of days during the Carlos Andrés Pérez administration when, under the blanket of Marshall Law, troops killed several hundred civilians. The event is considered a pivotal moment that contributed to the rise of Hugo Chávez.

February 26 — U.S. oil refiner Citgo breaks with parent company PDVSA in order to be in compliance with U.S. sanctions. Citgo is the eighth-largest U.S. refiner and was, until today, the crown jewel of Venezuela’s foreign assets.

Meanwhile in New York, the UN Security Council holds meetings on the crisis in Venezuela. While the United States and several European countries urge action on aid and elections, Caracas allies China and Russia along with South Africa push back.

The number of Venezuelan military members who’ve defected and now recognize Guaidó as their commander-in-chief is over 320, doubling since Saturday, according to Colombian migration officials. One soldier tells reporter Dylan Baddour that “90 percent” of the ranks want Maduro to fall but don’t break ranks out of fear. The Colombian foreign minister says there are “serious threats” against Guaidó and his family should they return from Bogotá to Venezuela.

As pressure mounts on the regime, word gets out that two children of chavista power broker Diosdado Cabello were flown to Beijing over the weekend.

February 25U.S. Vice President Mike Pence meets with Guaidó, Duque, and others at Lima Group meetings in Bogotá and announces new U.S. sanctions as well as $56 million in aid. While the White House and the Venezuelan opposition seem the most determined to up the ante militarily against Maduro—with both Guaidó and Pence echoing an “all options” on the table line on Monday—leaders from Brazil, Chile, and Colombia each rule out foreign intervention on their part.

Back in Caracas, the Maduro administration detains high-profile Univision journalist Jorge Ramos and his six-member crew after an interview the president sours. The government confiscates the Univision host’s tapes and equipment and holds the team for several hours, eventually releasing the team but not their equipment.

February 23 — The plan to forcibly bring humanitarian aid into Venezuela is met with lethal force. Venezuelan armed forces and armed civil gangs known as colectivos kill six people—four along the border with Colombia and two in the Brazil border area—in clashes with those accompanying the aid and protesting the Maduro regime, bringing the weekend’s total fatalities to eight. Venezuelan security forces fire rubber bullets and tear gas across the border into Colombia at those protesting for the aid to be let in. Reporters later find shotgun shells as well.

Images of trucks laden with aid burning on the Tienditas Bridge dominate social media that day, though there was dispute as to who or what started the fires. In any event, while the supplies burned, Maduro dances at a rally in Caracas. By day’s end, around 160 members of the armed forces have defected.

With attention on the borders, the Maduro administration transfers Juan Requesens, a jailed congressman from Guaidó’s party, from the infamous Helicoide prison to the Palace of Justice for a preliminary hearing after his August 2018 detention.

That evening it’s announced that Freddy Superlano, also a congressman in Guaidó’s party, and his cousin Carlos Salinas were poisoned at a restaurant in Cúcuta, Colombia, that morning. Salinas passes away, though Superlano survives and files a claim with the Colombian authorities that they investigate what he said was an assassination attempt. The Maduro administration claims the two were poisoned by prostitutes in the border city.

February 22 — British business mogul Richard Branson hosts the Venezuela Aid Live benefit concert on the Tienditas Bridge on the Colombia-Venezuela border. Presidents Mario Abdo Benítez (Paraguay), Iván Duque (Colombia), and Sebastián Piñera (Chile) join Guaidó at the event. Chavistas, meanwhile, host a rival concert on the other side of the bridge, attended by fewer people, and many of those in uniform.

While the concerts played out amid high hopes for the following day’s plans to deliver humanitarian aid, two members of the Pemón indigenous group are killed by Venezuelan troops near the Brazil border, and another 14 injured in clashes as the community tries to forestall a convoy on its way to the border to block aid.

February 4 — After Maduro fails to respond to the call for new elections by the previous day’s end, 13 European countries announce they will now recognize Guaidó as Venezuela’s head of state.

January 28 — The United States issues sanctions on $7 billion worth of assets held by state-owned oil firm PDVSA. National Security Advisor John Bolton says the measure could lead to an estimated $11 billion in export revenue losses for the Maduro regime.

January 23 — At a rally in Caracas, Guaidó administers the oath of office to himself, citing the Venezuelan Constitution. The people in the crowd also raise their hands and take an oath to defend the democracy, in accordance with another article in the Magna Carta.

That day, the Trump administration announces the United States will recognize Guaidó instead of Maduro, with several other countries following suit.

January 22 — The deadly secret police known as the FAES raid poor, formerly chavista-friendly neighborhoods and begin terrorizing residents in an attempt to intimidate them so they won’t turn against the Maduro regime and attend the opposition’s rally the following day. In the next two weeks, at least 43 people will be killed by security forces and another 900 arrested.

January 11 — Guaidó, the newly elected speaker of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled legislature, calls Maduro a “usurper,” and says that the presidency is effectively vacant. Guaidó says he’s ready to assume the office on an interim basis, per the constitutionally mandated order of succession, until new elections can be held, and he encourages Venezuelans to attend rallies across the country on January 23.

January 10 —Maduro’s second, six-year term begins. Just four Latin American presidents attend his inauguration: Bolivia’s Evo Morales, Cuba’s Miguel Díaz-Canel, El Salvador’s Salvador Sánchez Céren, and Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega. They were joined by the prime ministers of Saint Kitts and Nevis and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The only other heads of state in attendance were from the de facto and partially recognized Caucasus states of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

January 4 — Thirteen members of the Lima Group—including neighbor Colombia and not-too-long-ago allies Argentina and Brazil—announce that they won’t recognize Nicolás Maduro’s second term when he’s sworn in the following week due to the fact that his May 2018 election “lacked legitimacy,” among other reasons. The group affirms its recognition of the National Assembly as a democratically elected constitutional institution. Mexico, under the leadership of new President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, was the only member that did not sign the letter, instead calling for dialogue.

This timeline was originally published on February 27. Carin Zissis contributed the March 22–27 updates, Fernanda Nunes the April 16 and 17 ones; and Luisa Horwitz for June 30, July 5, 7, and 10.


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