Canada, Brazil Diplomatic Expulsions "Good Sign" — Venezuela

Freeland called Venezuela's decision to expel the Canadian diplomat a typical move by the Maduro regime, saying that efforts to restore democracy in the country have been consistently undermined.

"Every single Petro will be backed by a barrel of oil", Maduro said, promising to provide cryptocurrency mining throughout the country.

It said the seizure would cause irreparable damage to the company, its 2,678 workers, its 79 dealers and to its suppliers.

Nothing will come of it, of course, except an unsettling atmosphere in the geo-political landscape of northern South America, and more of Russia getting involved in Cuba-Venezuela oil ventures.

Canada's envoy was kicked out of Venezuela back in October, and was just the most recent diplomat dustup between the Trudeau Liberals and hardline Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela is not alone in their quest to benefit from the advantages of digital currencies.

"We are facing a financial war against the country which we have denounced, and the opposition has denied".

In Russia, meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin was clearing the way for his 2018 re-election on March 18 by joining the booting-out crowd, with his main rival, populist lawyer Alexei Navalny, having recently been ruled unable to run by the central election commission because of a suspended prison sentence hanging over him.

The Brazilian government said the move showed "once again the authoritarian nature of president Maduro's administration".

In the United States, President Donald Trump cut a massive $285-million from its funding of the United Nations in wake of the international forum of largely rogues, dictators, and reprobates criticizing Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"This historic reduction in spending is a big step in the right direction". They stripped him of his diplomatic credentials and barred him from returning to the country.

The Kremlin argued, of course, that it didn't matter if Navalny ran or not, since polls are showing Putin to be a runaway favorite.

"We will continue to work with our partners in the region ... to apply pressure on the anti-democratic Maduro regime and restore the rights of the Venezuelan people".

His attempt at calling the Aga Khan a "close friend of the family" was an absolute dud, particularly since the two had not spoken for at least 30 years, but don't expect Trudeau to throw under the bus the only person who deserves to be thrown under the bus. There were also late-night barricades and some looting in Caracas' middle class neighborhood of El Paraiso on Wednesday night.

Maduro critics increasingly doubt that the ruling Socialist Party, which was soundly defeated in 2015 legislative elections, will allow for free and fair elections.