97 kilos of drugs seized in Apure, Venezuela

The Bolivarian National Guard in Venezuela seized over 92 kilograms of marijuana and over 4 kilograms of crack cocaine in Apure. According to El Tiempo, the drugs were found in a Ford 150 vehicle driven by a 61-year-old citizen of Tachira. The name of the citizen and whether the suspect was arrested has not been reported. Read Article

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Venezuelan arrested for transporting 98 kilos of marijuana

A Venezuelan man was caught transporting 98 kilos of marijuana on August 15, 2012. He was travelling along the Francisco Fajardo highway near San Agustín when officials stopped him and discovered the drugs in his truck, according to an El Universal report. The suspect, who was not identified by name, was placed in the custody […]

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Spaniard arrested in Venezuelan airport with 1.277 grams of liquid cocaine

Santiago Martín Monforte (33) was arrested after attempting to fly to Portugal from Venezuela with 56 capsules of liquid cocaine. The drugs weighed a total of 1.277 grams, according to an El Carabobeno report. The suspect was found in the Caracas airport after displaying nervous behavior. He admitted he was carrying drugs in his stomach. […]

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Suspicious Venezuelan plane grounded in the Canary Islands

Officials stopped a plane in Gran Canaria that had travelled from Venezuela to the Canary Islands after Interpol alerted the aircraft might have been carrying drugs. The private jet was believed to have been transporting drugs disguised as humanitarian aid, according to El Nacional. Three people had been travelling in the plane. Dozens of packages […]

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Apure, Venezuela along new drug route to North America; Controlled by FARC

Officials have determined that the state of Apure in Venezuela is a crucial stop along a drug route from South America to the United States and Europe. Because the state is located along the Colombian border, most of the drugs passing through are related to FARC. According to La Patilla, 24% of cocaine that reaches […]

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Venezuela: Colombians arrested after foiled attempt to fly to Portugal with drugs

A drug ring operating in Caracas, Venezuela was foiled after four individuals, all Colombian, were caught planning to fly to Portugal with drugs. The drugs were  hidden inside a double-bottomed suitcase, Noticias 24 reports. The drug operation, planned to occur at night, was intercepted after intelligence work. The four suspects were caught after leaving a […]

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Over 63 kilograms of cocaine headed to Dominican Republic confiscated in Venezuela

The Bolivarian National Guard in Venezuela confiscated 63 kilograms and 431 grams of cocaine at the Maracaibo port. According to a Noticias de Prensa Latina report, the drug shipment was to make its way from the port to the Dominican Republic. The drugs were concealed in two bags that were to be loaded onto a […]

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Four people charged after operating clandestine laboratory in Venezuela

Two women and ten men were accused of operating a clandestine drug laboratory dismantled on May 26, 2012. The laboratory was located the the Venezuelan state of Nueva Sparta, La Saeta reports. The public prosecutor formally charged the suspects with the crime of drug distribution. The suspects were identified as Urdalis María Ramos (55), Yurima […]

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Two drug shipments confiscated in Venezuela airport; One Spaniard, one Venezuelan arrested

A Spaniard and a Venezuelan were arrested after officials in the Maiquetía airport seized two drug shipments. The first occurred when the Spaniard was caught with 12.5 kilos of cocaine taped to his body. He attempted to board a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt, Germany, Correo del Orinoco reports. The 41-year-old Venezuelan citizen attempted to board […]

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12 packages of cocaine found in Dominican Republic, to be sent to Venezuela

The National Drug Control seized 12 packages of cocaine in the port of Boca Chica, the Dominican Republic on July 25, 2012. The shipment was to be sent to Secre, Venezuela, authorities believe. The drugs originated in Curaçao, but a mechanical issue forced the boat to seek land. The vessel is registered with the name […]

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820 kilograms of high-purity cocaine seized in Venezuela, found on creek bank

The National Guard in Venezuela seized 820 kilograms of high-purity cocaine in the south of the Apure state. The drugs were located on the banks of a creek, Entera Gente reports. The creek flows into the Meta River. Officials discovered the drugs in 23 bundles hidden in high tree branches. The drugs were transported to […]

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190 packages of drugs found in Venezuela; Four arrested

Authorities seized 190 packages of drugs in Maracaibo, Venezuela. The drugs were found on a truck travelling in the Valmiro León neighborhood. According to Noticia Al Dia, the packages were wrapped with plastic. Four people were arrested during the operation, although their names were not specified. The type of drug seized was not reported. Read […]

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Romanian arrested in Venezuela; Attempted to traffick drugs to France

A 52-year-old Romanian man was arrested by the Bolivarian National Guard in the Maiquetia International Airport in Venezuela after attempting to fly to Paris, France with cocaine. He had planned to then connect to Frankfurt, Germany. He was carrying the drugs in a brown suitcase with a false bottom, Noticias 24 reports. The total weight […]

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Two drug dealers, one a minor, arrested in Venezuela with marijuana

Two Venezuelans, one 23 and the other 15, were arrested on July 14, 2012 after the Bolivarian National Guard found them with marijuana. The drugs were going to be distributed around the Colinas de Mara de Morón community, in which the suspects were found. According to Etorno Inteligente, the suspects face charges of drug possession. […]

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Campsite dedicated to international drug trafficking destroyed in Venezuela

The Bolivarian National Guard, with help from the NationalAnti-Drug Office in Venezuela, discovered and destroyed an international drug trafficking campsite located in the state of Apure. According to officials, the site consisted of a rudimentary hangar and three huts. The campsite was located in the Morichales forest, La Patilla reports. A clandestine laboratory was also […]

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Clandestine airstrip discovered in Venezuela; Connected to plane captured in airport

The Bolivariana National Guard discovered and dismantled a clandestine airstrip in the Apure state of Venezuela. The airstrip is believed to be the take-off location of a plane stopped and captured at the Punto Fijo airport on July 6, 2012. The illegal airstrip was 1.4 kilometers long and was located near the Juriepe river. 220 […]

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Venezuela: Man stopped with 11 kilograms of cocaine in suitcase

A Venezuelan man was stopped and arrested as he was travelling the Cucuta-El Vigia route with 11 kilograms of cocaine. He had been travelling with public transportation, Venezolana de Television reports, and was caught by the Bolivariana National Guard in Tachira. According to officials, the suspect had been carrying drugs in the false bottom of […]

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Man caught in Caracas, Venezuela airport; Attempted to fly to Italy with cocaine

An unidentified Venezuelan citizen, 29, was caught in the Caracas airport attempting to fly to Europe with 60 sacs of liquid cocaine. According to El Tiempo, the suspect had tried to board flight AZ-687 of the Alitalia airline on the Rome-Milan route. After the suspect had expelled the drugs, security officials determined the total weight […]

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Venezuelan forces intercept cocaine shipment to Madrid,Spain

Security officials in Venezuela discovered 220 grams of liquid cocaine in an international shipping company. The drug was intended to be sent to Madrid, Spain, Ultimas Noticias reports. Officials state the discovery was made after intensive intelligence work. It was found contained within a cardboard box after an X-ray machine displayed shadows not typical of […]

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Mother and daughter detained in Venezuela for drug trafficking

A mother and daughter were arrested in the Zanjón de Cúa sector of Miranda state, Venezuela for drug trafficking, drug consumption, and illegal possession of a weapon. The two were arrested after officials raided their residence and discovered a gun without a permit. Seven bundles of marijuana and cash were also found, El Universal reports. […]

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U.S. issues money-laundering sanctions in Venezuela and Colombia; links to Hezbollah

The U.S. Department of Treasury announced sanctions against five individuals for laundering money in Venezuela and Colombia on behalf of a Lebanese drug-trafficking organization. One of the suspects is believed to be raising money for Hezbollah, an Islamic terrorist group. Ali Mohamed Saleh, who has dual Colombian-Lebanese citizenship, is accused of coordinating Hezbollah’s activities in […]

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Drug discovery at Port of Maracaibo in Venezuela, 21 tons seized

A large shipment of drugs was intercepted in the afternoon on June 25, 2012 at the Port of Maracaibo, Venezuela. In total, 21 tons of drugs were seized. The type of drug was not specified, but Panorama reports that they were tucked inside rolls of water-proofing material. The drug was found in a storage area, […]

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Drug mule caught in Venezuela trying to fly to Rome, Italy with cocaine

A 24-year-old man from the Merida state of Venezuela was caught in the Simón Bolívar International Airport as he attempted to fly to Rome, Italy with 70 sacs of cocaine in his stomach. The total weight of the drugs was 1 kilo, El Tiempo reports. The flight was operated by the Alitalia airline. The plane […]

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Venezuelan National Guard seizes 330 kilos of marijuana in Tachira

The Bolivarian National Guard seized 330 kilos of marijuana in the Tachira area after noticing irregular cattle movements along a path between Tachira and Capache. Upon investigating, officials discovered 7 sacks containing 336 panels of marijuana weighing 330 kilos. The location of the drugs was approximately 5 miles from the border with Colombia in the […]

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Venezuela retains plane used in drug smuggling

The Bolivarian National Guard has retained a plane believed to be used for drug smuggling. The plane is a dual-engine aircraft and remains at the Josefa Camejo airport in Punto Fijo, Venezuela. The plane was retained after guards performed a narcotics test on the aircraft, which yielded positive results for cocaine, El Tiempo reports. Two […]

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Nigerian attempting to fly cocaine to Portugal interrupted in Venezuela

A Nigerian citizen was stopped at the Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía after attempting to board a plane bound for Lisbon, Portugal, with a stop in Accra, Ghana. The suspect had been carrying a brown leather suitcase with 5 compartments, in which the cocaine was concealed. According to El Tiempo, he was carrying a […]

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Teenager caught in possession of drugs in Venezuela

A 17-year-old high school student was arrested on June 11, 2012 with drugs contained in 17 small wrappers. 10 wrappers contained marijuana and seven contained cocaine, Diario Nuevo Día reports. The drugs were discovered in the right pants pocket The student had been searched after being spotted by security officials on Santa Ana street in […]

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Nearly 80 kilos of cocaine seized along Venezuela-Colombia border

Venezuelan officials seized almost 80 kilos of cocaine in the Ureña zone of the Táchira state that runs along the border with Colombia. The discovery occurred after drug-sniffing dogs belonging to the Bolivarian National Guard detected the cocaine in two vehicles. Two individuals were in the first vehicle, 55 and 20 years old, both of […]

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Clandestine airstrip dismantled in Apure, Venezuela

Members of the Bolivarian National Guard located and dismantled a clandestine airstrip 1.4 kilometers long in Apure, Venezuela, Venezolana de Televisión reports. The airstrip was located near the Juriepe River. 4,400 liters of vehicle gasoline were also discovered near the site, in addition to 220 liters of jet fuel. The operation was conducted with intelligence […]

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Leader of Colombian drug-trafficking gang Los Rastrojos captured in Venezuela

Diego Pérez Henao, better known as “Diego Rastrojo,” was captured early on June 3, 2012 in the Rojas municipality in Venezuela. The operation was coordinated by the National Drug Office in Venezuela with the support of Colombian authorities. He was the head of the Colombian drug trafficking organization Los Rastrojos and is accused of trafficking […]

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333 clandestine airstrips destroyed in Venezuela since 2007

On May 31, 2012, the Ministry of the Interior and Justice of Venezuela together with the National Armed Forces of Bolivia destroyed a clandestine airstrip that was used to traffick drugs in the Apure state. The government also claimed to have dismantled an additional 35 illegal runways along the border with Colombia, AVN reports. Since […]

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Ecuador and Colombia: Main origins of maritime drug trafficking to Central America

In 2005, the Southern Command of the United States began monitoring air and sea traffic to determine where illicit trafficking occurs in Latin America. It has determined that Ecuador and Colombia have seen the most maritime activity and claims these countries have more ships that are likely to be carrying drugs to Central America. In […]

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Cyber-terrorism in Venezuela

A new way of social control is taking place in Venezuela. Cyber-terrorists are attacking civilians by using methods of extortion and death threats to people who are openly against the current government, Tal Cual Digital reports. These hackers steal e-mail accounts, twitter accounts, and personal identities. It has been already two months and the government […]

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Argentina, Chávez congratulates Kirchner on primary election victory

President of Argentina, Crisitina Fernandez de Kirchner was congratulated by Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez after her near landslide victory in the primary elections yesterday, according to cronica.com. Chávez returned to Venezuela this weekend after receiving chemotherapy in Cuba, and sent greetings to Kirchner over his Twitter account. He wrote, “@ CFKArgentina Bravo dear Cristina! Bravo! […]

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Venezuelan ELN Member Captured in Colombia

•The Colombian army has captured ELN members alias Guiro and El Loco, the first of which is Venezuelan, during a military strike against a stronghold in the northeast of Colombia in San Andrés, Santander. •El Espectador reports that the captured individuals were working on recruiting people as well as creating a mobility corridor between Santander […]

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Colombia, Doctor of FARC Captured After Returning from Venezuela

•Miguel Ángel Ariñez, also known as the Doctor of FARC, was captured in Cúcuta, Colombia after returning from Venezuela. •Ariñez, according to EFE, was responsible for the health of FARC’s central command and has information and connections to upper members of the group. •He spent years hiding in Venezuela and was forced to return to […]

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Military and Police Summit Between Colombia and Venezuela to be Held in Cúcuta

•In Cúcuta, Colombia, there will be a summit between military and police forces of Colombia and Venezuela in order to discuss actions against guerilla groups such as FARC and the ELN. •The main point will be better control of the border area, and the summit will serve to carry out the anti-drug agreement signed April […]

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Press from 7 South American Countries Stand With EL UNIVERSO

According to ElUniverso.com seven press associations from South American countries stand with the Ecuadorian press organization, El Universo, condemning the attack on freedom of expression by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. On the 20th of July an Ecuadorian court found El Universo opinion editor and three directors guilty of slander against Correa, sentencing them to three […]

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Growing presence of Hezballah in Latin America worries U.S. officials

The U.S. House of Representatives released a report this month focusing on Lebanese and Iranian terrorist groups, specifically Hezballah, that have established networks in South America at the Triple Frontier between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay and in Venezuela, reports infobae.com. The Triple Frontier is already a haven for organized crime and trafficking, and the Islamist […]

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English Tourist Murdered During Robbery on Margarita Island, Venezuela

An English tourist, Thomas Ossel, has been murdered after resisting a robbery on Margarita Island, Venezuela. He and his brother Jack Ossel were planning to return to Britain according to El Nacional. Jack Ossel suffered from gunshot wounds. Read Article

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Colombia Continues to Supply Venezuela with Power

•El Espectador reports that Colombia will continue to supply Venezuela with power from Gaujira through the Cuestecitas – Cuatricentenario line until 2011. •The company Isagen has formally agreed to supply energy to Venezuela as an addition to the existing contract between Isagen and Edelca signed in 1992. •Venezuela is experiencing conditions of technical restrictions in […]

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Venezuelans Complain of Transit Rights Violated in Cúcuta, Colombia

•The Venezuelan consulate has sent to the Metropolitan Police at least 70 complaints of Venezuelan citizens claiming to have had their rights to travel violated in such incidences as seized vehicles and heavy fines. •Venezuelans have been coming to Cúcuta as tourists as well as within the context of business and commerce. •They are given […]

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Three Colombians Dead in San Cristóbal, Venezuela

•Three Colombian nationals have been found dead in the Venezuelan city San Cristóbal. •RCN Radio reports that one of the victims has been identified as Patricia Duarte, but the other two victims’ identities are still unknown. •Colombian authorities do not have any information about the murders. Read Article

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Latin American Countries to Study Amazon Deforestation and Water Resources

According to ElComercio.pe eight countries, including Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela will begin a joint study of water resources and deforestation in the Amazon region next August, announces the Treaty Organization of the Amazonian Region (ACTO). Officials say this is the first regional project of deforestation that can quantify and compare […]

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Uruguay beef exports up in 2011

According to data from the National Meat Institute, Venezuela, Brazil and Israel have increased the amount of beef they import from Uruguay in the first half of 2011 since last year, per elpais.com.uy. In Israel, imports increased 12.8% and revenue was up 46%, Venezuela import was up 37.1% and revenue up 32.3% and in Brazil […]

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Cuba awaits its fate in wake of Chavez illness

President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez’s struggle with cancer has severely shaken Cuban society, according to terra.com. A long-lasting friendship between Chavez and Fidel Castro, now carried on with Raul Castro, has been the glue to a strong economic relationship between the 2 nations that has greatly boosted the economy and overall standard of living in […]

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Latin America, A Global Destination for Money Laundering

•Latin America has become a destination for laundering money from trafficking of narcotics, kidnapping, and other illicit activities more than any place in the world, and afterwords, they go to European countries. •According to hoyveracruz.com.mx, countries such as Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil have become hotspots for laundering money using casinos, lotteries and even churches. […]

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Ecuador and Venezuela Receive Most Colombian Refugees

•Various studies state that over 2 million Colombians are living outside of Colombia against their will as refugees of violence, and there is even a day dedicated to refugees. •State policies of Latin American countries promise these refugees rights and protections, but they tend to arrives in areas already ridden with problems. •El Espectador’s article […]

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Workshops for Disarmament and Arms Control, Venezuela

•The Presidential Comission for Disarmament, Control of Arms and Munitions will set up different working meetings or workshops focusing specific issues of arms and munitions per el-nacional.com. •One topic will be the production, importation, and distribution of arms. •Another topic will be the registration, destruction, and auditing of seized arms. •Other topics will focus on […]

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Colombia, 10th Destination for Spaniards Seeking Work

•Having one of the highest unemployment rates in the European Union, Spaniards have been moving mostly to Latin America in order to find work as 20.7% of the Spanish population is without work per dinero.com. •Colombia is 10th among the countries that Spaniards travel to in order to find work with countries such as Argentina […]

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Chagas disease no longer for the poor

Roberto Briceño León, Venezuelan sociologist and consultant on parasitic diseases for the World Health Organization, gave a lecture entitled “Chagas Disease: from rural disease to urban epidemics” last week at the Second Conference for Strengthening the Teaching of Chagas Disease in Health Sciences. Per cuencarural.com, León explained that Chagas is no longer a disease that […]

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Influx of Venezuelan Immigrants to Colombia

•In Colombian society, Venezuelans have made a name for themselves in the fields of art, music, and even television, and this influx of immigrants has its roots in the dismissal of workers in the petroleum industry in Venezuela. •Semana.com calls the reason for the first wave of immigrants the P factor. Hugo Chávez dismissed 18,000 […]

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“Singer of FARC” Captured in Venezuela

•Elespectador.com reports that Guillermo Enrique Torres, alias Julián Conrado and “el cantante de las FARC” was captured this Tuesday in Barinas, Venezuela. •President Hugo Chavez assures that Torres will be handed over to Colombian authorities as the processes are being carried out. Read Article

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Venezuela Continues to Provide Fuel to Colombia Despite the Heavy Rains

•According to elespectador.com, Venezuela is carrying out its promise to keep sending fuel to Colombia despite the increased length of the transport (up to 122 extra kilometers) due to the heavy rains. •On April 2, Venezuela sent 15.2 million liters of fuel to Cúcuta, in the department Norte de Santander, Colombia. •Rafael Ramírez, minister of […]

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Chavez: Clinton Should Resign Over Wiki Leaks

CARACAS — Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez called on US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to resign after the leak of embarrassingly candid US diplomatic correspondence by WikiLeaks. “The empire stands naked… Mrs Clinton should resign,” Chavez said in a speech, using his favourite description of the United States. “It’s the least you can do: resign, […]

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