Oil accounts for half the government’s revenues, but profits have evaporated amid a drop in global prices, forcing Venezuela to seek help from a nemesis: the United States.
Their problem goes well beyond the oil markets. They spent money that should have gone to maintenance on vote buying schemes. As the infrastructure fell into disrepair they could not afford to fix it. They also had runoff those with an expertise in managing these assets when they nationalized the companies. Meanwhile, the Americans developed new ways to extract oil and gas and do it cheaper than OPEC. Now Venezuela is using light US crude from shale fields to dilute its heavy crude to make it marketable.
Donald Trump’s Deals Rely on Being Creative With the Truth
Over the span of his career, project after project has produced allegations of bad faith, broken promises, blatant lies or outright fraud.
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Donald J. Trump at a campaign event this month in Virginia. A survey of his four decades of wheeling and dealing reveals an operatic record of dissembling and deception.
This is exactly the kind of story that Cruz said would be produced once Trump secured the nomination It appears the liberals in the media wanted Trump to get the nomination so they could use this stuff against him. I think it is likely true, but if they cared about the country more than they cared about electing Democrats we would have seen it during the GOP primary.
Iraq's military has cast doubt on reports that an air strike by the US-led coalition caused the deaths of dozens of civilians in west Mosul.
Instead it blamed explosive booby-traps set by so-called Islamic State (IS).
The US said on Saturday that it was investigating an air strike on 17 March at "the location corresponding to allegations of civilian casualties".
The Iraqi government offensive to drive IS from west Mosul continued on Sunday with helicopter gunships in action.
"Ignore reports Iraq forces have paused Mosul offensive," the BBC's Jeremy Bowen tweeted from Mosul.
"It continues. Have seen gunships firing and heard much activity in the last few hours." ...
The Iraqi claim is plausible. It is just the kind of thing that could be expected from ISIS forces. ISIS is in a desperate fight and appears willing to pull down all those around them as they lose.