A startling new video posted to social media apparently shows a Venezuela supermarket with endless aisles stocked with nothing but Heinz Ketchup as the nation experiences a socialism-sponsored food shortage.
The video shows a couple walking through a supermarket, revealing aisle after aisle sparingly stocked with ketchup. Occasionally, between rows and rows of ketchup bottles, other food items can be spotted in the one minute video.
There also appear to be a few bottles of salad dressing, barbecue sauce, and water available for purchase.
Food shortages have got so bad in Venezuela that shops are stocking shelves with nothing but tomato ketchup 😳🍅
Posted by UNILAD on Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Last month the United States attempted to send more aid shipments including food and medical supplies to Venezuela, only to have illegitimate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro stop the shipments at the border. As the socialist nation continues to collapse, it has been unwilling to accept most foreign assistance.
American officials expressed optimism that interim President Juan Guaidó would be able to facilitate the aid shipments.
The U.S. officials said trucks carrying the aid, including high-protein foods, would arrive in Cucuta this week at the request of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who last month declared himself to be the South American nation’s interim president.
Opposition lawmaker Miguel Pizarro told reporters in Caracas on Tuesday that Guaido’s team would talk about how the aid would move once it was in place. Shipments were also coming from Venezuelan companies abroad, Colombia, Canada and Germany.
A senior U.S. administration official said it was up to Guaido to decide when and how to move the supplies into the country. “We will seek to help him to do so by whatever means possible,” the official said.
While meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro yesterday, President Donald J. Trump thanked him for standing with the United States against the Maduro regime, and for allowing the United States to use Brazil as a staging area for relief shipments.
President Bolsonaro viewed the cooperation as the possible foundation of a new alliance between the two largest capitalist nations in the Western hemisphere, and President Trump discussed the possibility of allowing the South American nation to join NATO. The two presidents also celebrated what President Trump calls the “twilight hour” of socialism.
Baghdad Bombings Could Give Biden Administration Excuse to Increase US Presence in Iraq
The first major Baghdad bombings in three years happen on Joe Biden’s first full day as president.
Two suicide bombings rocked a marketplace in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 32 people and wounding over 100. As of now no one has claimed responsibility, although Iraqi military leaders suspect the Islamic State, the paramilitary group often referred to as “ISIS” in years past.
Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji said that the first suicide bomber shouted in the marketplace that he was not feeling well, and when a group of people drew near him, he detonated an explosive belt he was wearing. Not long after that, a second suicide bomber then detonated his own belt several feet away.
This was Baghdad’s first major bombing in three years, and interestingly enough it came on the first full day of Joe Biden’s presidency. Even the Associated Press pointed out that “many questioned the timing of the attack.”
“The US-led coalition recently ceased combat activities and is gradually drawing down its troop presence in Iraq,” the article reads.
The Jerusalem Post also writes that the bombings provide Biden with “an early opportunity to show US support for Iraq.”
“Biden has said that the US is ‘back’ and the world can expect the US to care again about foreign policy and work multilaterally to solve problems,” said the Post.
All this leads many to believe that the Biden administration will once again increase the US presence in Iraq, thereby dragging us deeper into a situation that the Trump administration had been eager to get out of.
This is not the first time that a Middle Eastern tragedy has coincided with a change of power. In March of 2017, two months after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Assad government in Syria allegedly used chemical weapons against its own people, leading to international outcry and the Trump administration’s unilateral decision to launch an April 7 missile strike on the Syrian government’s Shayrat Airbase.
Bombings and attacks have also been known to happen shortly after the US announces commitments to scale back military operations.
Perhaps groups like the Islamic State feel emboldened by such announcements and power changes. In any case, the military-industrial complex often uses such attacks to justify never-ending involvement in the Middle East. As of now, however, it still remains to be seen what they will do as a result of Thursday’s bombings, if anything. Fingers crossed that it’s not much.
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