An alleged Wikipedia edit placing someone not named Maduro as Venezuela's President on Wikipedia lead to numerous stories in English language publications declaring Wikipedia was being blocked in Venezuela. These declarations said connections to Wikipedia were failing due to SSL handshake molesation rather than the more common state actor method of DNS manipulation.
Attempts to verify the block and its implementation with people actually in Venezuela suggest no such thing is happening on a country wide scale if it is had happened at all.
Contacts in Venezuela who offered evidence countering the popular claim of a block on Wikipedia countered with this upcoming Wednesday as the soonest any challenger to the Maduro government is planning to formally present their challenges his power. In this context the evidence suggests the Wikipedia block story was more likely a USG state department effort to justify "regime change" than an action knowlingly undertaken by the Maduro government.
Persons in Venezuela are advised to maintain high levels of preparedness for US humanitarian missile strikes and intervention within the next 6 months. Persons in the US Navy are advised to maintain very high levels of preparedness for the possibility their ship is sank within the next 6 months.
A court in Buenos Aires has ordered prosecution and prevantative detention for former president Christina Fernandez Kirchner (archived). Handcuffs however need to wait for Kirchner's impeachment in the Senate, or failing that the end of Kirchner's time as an elected Senator.
US grown soybeans, unwanted in the largest market, are being bought by Argentina (archived). After a disappointing domestic harvest Argentina needs to keep their soy crushing plants in order to maintain their valued quilombo, and they can't afford to buy Brazil's higher protein crop.
In a petition to the US District Court for Eastern Virginia, US Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger and Assistant US Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer argue for issuing sealed charges in a case titled "United States of America v. SEITU SULAYMAN KOKAYI" with SEITU SULAYMAN KOKAYI presumably being a pseudonym for the defendant who may not be named. Except further down in the document a failure in redaction yields gold:
Another procedure short of sealing will not adequately protect the needs of law enforcement at this time because, due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged.
And a bit further down:
The complaint, supporting affidavit, and arrest warrant, as well as this motion and the proposed order, would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested in connection with the charges in the criminal complaint and can therefore no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition in this matter.
And so any order to seal the charges being leveled at Julian Assange is moot. If there are not already sealed charges against Assange in different pseudonymously obscured case, it can be assumed there will be in another regardless of the determination in this one. Full text below: Continue reading →
Reports are emerging that Venezuela is attempting to repatriate 14 tons of gold from the United Kingdom (archived). The British are obstructing by insisting plans be offered for the gold after it is removed from their custody, though they could be stalling for a lack of actual gold to deliver. Meanwhile new USG sanctions this week target people involved in the gold trade who do business with Venezuela making insurance for the shipment difficult to acquire, but it is not outside the realm of possibility that a Bolivarian Navy warship could ferry 14 tons of cargo across the Atlantic.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is begging China to "act like a normal nation" and avoid capturing developing nations in a debt trap leading to decades of pain widely distributed around the world (archived). This appeal seemingly crafted to tear at the heartstrings is void of a certain necessary context: Trapping developing nations in debt and amplifying their pain is the US and EU's schtick and they would very much like China to step back and get out of their way.
After having been stabbed and suffering foreign interference Jair Bolsonaro is President Elect of Brasil. The unyielding is expected to continue as polls published in Pantsuit media continue failing to reflect reality until reality makes great, great again.
Whatsapp, a division of Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook, has banned numerous users in Brazil including Presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro's son in an effort to reduce the number of messages promoting Bolsonaro's campaign on Zuckerberg's US based platform (archived). With the presidential election less than a week away, this is exactly Facebook meddling in a foreign election to favor one candidate over the other.
Judge Claudio Bonadia has levied criminal charges against former Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, requested her immunity from prosecution as a sitting Senator be stripped, and further requested her imprisonment (archived). The charges stem from an investigation which revealed Cristina, her late husband Nestor, and others turned the aparatus of the Argentine state into their very own mechanized bribe collection network.
Whether Cristina's prosecution moves forward depends on her Senate collegues accepting or rejecting Judge Bonadia's request.
In one of his first acts as President of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benitez has ordered Paraguay's embassy moved from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv undoing his predecessor's move of the embassy in the opposite direction (archived). In a completely disproportionate response Israel has decided to shutter their embassy in Paraguay and enlisted Mike Pence in an effort to shame Paraguay. Meanwhile Turkey has decided to open an embassy in Paraguay. Previously Turkey's ambassador to Paraguay worked out of Buenos Aires though Turkey maintains two consulates in Paraguay.