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The Risk Of A Catastrophic US Intervention In Venezuela Is Real

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By declaring himself Venezuela’s president on Wednesday, Juan Guaidó has brought Venezuela to the edge of catastrophe. The hitherto unknown opposition leader’s actions, which appear to be closely coordinated with if not directed by the US, have set in motion a perilous chain of events.

The US recognized Guaidó as president minutes after his declaration. A number of Latin American nations, most with conservative governments backed by the US, have also done so. The growing list includes Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, and Paraguay. Canada and the Organization of American States have also recognized Guaidó. The European Union has reportedly considered such a step, but for now has instead issued a call for new elections.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has responded to these actions by breaking relations with the US and ordering US diplomats to leave the country within 72 hours. Guaidó, in turn, told US and other diplomats to stay, a message also put forward by Republican US senator Marco Rubio, a leading opponent of Maduro. The Trump administration is ignoring Maduro’s order, which a senior official called “meaningless.” Another senior Trump official has declared, “All options are on the table,” reiterating a message Trump himself has put forward since 2017.

What happens next is anyone’s guess. But a US invasion feels like a real possibility.

This course of action must be firmly rejected. This is not because Maduro deserves anyone’s support or sympathy. It is because of the untold suffering and damage US military intervention would bring to Venezuela and the region, and the vanishingly small likelihood such action could bring the change Venezuela needs.

Venezuela does, indeed, need change. The economic crisis ravaging the country since 2013 shows no sign of abating and has grown worse in the last 18 months. Severe shortages of food, medicine, and basic goods, alongside punishing hyperinflation, have driven an estimated three million Venezuelans to leave the country in recent years. The government has reacted by governing in an increasingly authoritarian manner.

The case against Maduro is easy to make. Yet it must be recognized that Venezuela’s crisis is not solely Maduro’s doing. The US government and opposition also share responsibility. The US has acknowledged that its sanctions could harm Venezuelans, with the following appearing in a November 2018 Congressional Research Service report:

Although stronger economic sanctions could influence the Venezuelan government’s behavior, they also could have negative effects and unintended consequences. Analysts are concerned that stronger sanctions could exacerbate Venezuela’s difficult humanitarian situation, which has been marked by shortages of food and medicines, increased poverty, and mass migration. Many Venezuelan civil society groups oppose sanctions that could worsen humanitarian conditions.

There is little doubt sanctions have worsened humanitarian conditions. The main reason is that harsher sanctions imposed in mid-2017 severely curtailed Venezuela’s ability to incur debt, and in so doing decimated Venezuelan oil production. This has lessened the public resources available to an increasingly desperate population. Far from being an accidental side effect, this seems to be one of the intents of US policy: make Venezuelans so desperate that they turn against Maduro. The inhumanity of such a policy is clear.

The opposition bears a share of responsibility for the crisis for two reasons. One is the direct and indirect damage wrought by episodes of violent protest, such as occurred in 2014 and 2017, with full-throated encouragement by the US. In addition to property damaged and lives lost, many at the hands of opposition forces (with the government also responsible for many deaths), opposition violence fed a climate of fear and polarization, inhibiting the prospects for economic reform and government-opposition dialogue.

The opposition also deserves criticism for its inability to establish more effective links to Venezuela’s working classes. While historically strongly supportive of Chavismo, the working classes – comprised largely of formal and informal workers, the unemployed or domestically employed poor – have suffered tremendously in the current crisis. This suffering has led to repeated instances of popular protest directed against the Maduro administration. The opposition has been unable to effectively connect with these protests for several reasons, foremost amongst them being its inability to articulate a positive program that effectively addresses everyday popular-sector concerns (e.g. declining livability). The working classes are also wary of the opposition’s history of violence and close ties to the US.

To overcome the severe challenges it faces Venezuela needs a broad-based, peaceful opposition that effectively welds together legitimate political demands (eg for free and fair elections and meaningful government-opposition dialogue) and pressing social and economic demands, for access to food, medicine, and basic services. Guaidó’s and the US’ reckless adventurism have made this scenario far less likely, while dramatically increasing the risk of catastrophe and civil war. Such adventurism must be rejected.

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Nurse Who Sold A Newborn Baby To A Barren Woman For ¢11,715 Arrested

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A nurse has been arrested for selling a newly born twin brother to a a barren woman and her husband for 800,000 Naira (GH¢11,715)

The incident occurred in Abeokuta in the Ogun State in Nigeria after the nurse (name withheld) willingly walked into the Divisional Police Headquarters to confess.

According to the nurse, she has known the rich couple who lived in her neighborhood for years and she knows how hard they have been trying get a child.

So when she was approached to help them, she was eager to help them and planned the baby stealing scheme with the family. In return, she demanded N800,000 which they paid.

Luckily, a woman at their hospital was already pregnant with twins which was discovered after a scan. With assistance from her colleagues, she stole the male child for the rich couple.

But she claims her conscience is just killing her and wouldn’t allow her to have a peace of mind since the baby was stolen for the poor couple.

Her statement to the police reads:

“I really regret my action for putting myself into this, the two family Mr and Mrs Okunola are my neighbour in abeokuta, they have been married for over 7 Years without a child in their home.

They met with me which i promised to help them out only if they can cooperate, which our agreement is them to pay me sum of N800 000. We planned it that, the wife should be putting bundles of cloth on stomach just to deceived people around of being getting pregnant.

We have a pregnant woman scanned, who has been confirmed to give birth to twins in one private hospital in Abeokuta.

The moment the woman gave birth to twins, i planned with my other collegue at the hospital to carry out the assignment.

The pregnant woman who gave birth to male and female twins, i congratulate the mother of the new born baby, that she gave birth to bouncing baby girl while i took the other male child to the fake pregnant woman.

Since then, my conscience never allow me to rest”, she added.

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Lady Who Sleeps With Her Brother Has Committed 16 Abortions Cries For Help On Live Radio

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A young lady who has had years of se.xual affair with her own blood brother for years and ended up having over 16 abortions for her brother and other men have confessed her seasons.

Rev. Nyansa Boakwa is a radio pastor with Accra based Happy FM. He hosts the Nsem Pii religious show on Happy FM.

It was during the Bone Ka phone-in session of the show when the woman called to confess her seasons. She also explained how it all happened.

According to the lady whose identity was kept a secret, her mother’s son (her half brother) forced himself on her when she was just 12 years old.

She wanted to tell her mother the first time it happens and the subsequent ones but he threatened to kill her if she tells their mother.

Over the years, he slept with her many times. The affair continued for a very long time until she was free from her brother’s manipulation.

Besides her mother, she continued to sleep with many other men. Collectively, she has had over 16 abortions for her brother and the other men.

The young lady further confessed that she slept with her best friend’s husband for money but in the end, the man did not honor his promise to her. This was when her best friend traveled.

Currently, the lady is 23 years old. She has no husband or child and she can’t stop thinking about the 16 abortions she has had so far.

Rev. Nyansa Boakwa prayed for her and advised her on how to live a chaste life from now onward.

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‘You Mean The World To Me Sheyi’ : Dillish Matthew Celebrates Her Boo Emmanuel Adebayor On His 36th Birthday

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Today, February 26th is footballer Emmanuel Adebayor’s 36th birthday. His girlfriend and Big Brother Africa The Chase winner, Dillish Mattews took to her Instagram page to celebrate the Togolese superstar by posting sweet words alongside loved-up videos of them spending quality time together.

She wrote: ‘Today is my sweetheart’s birthday. You mean the world to me Sheyi.

I’m so proud of you and everything you have accomplished so far. May you continue to age gracefully and live a happy, long and healthy life.

You bring so much joy to our lives and there isn’t enough words express how much I appreciate you baby. God bless you abundantly. Have a blast dzaddy.’

Emmanual Adebayor, who previously played for English clubs Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, and Crystal Palace recently secured a move to Paraguay to play for Club Olimpia.

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