CNN tracks trail of 'bloody gold' that leads to Venezuela's government

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  • Published: 21 August 2019
  • Venezuela boasts the largest oil reserves in the world, but gold is increasingly its lifeblood. In the area around Venezuela's gold mines, gold has replaced the near-worthless bolivar, with even the cost of a haircut quoted in gold. In Caracas, it allows Nicolás Maduro to allegedly buy the military's loyalty to his embattled government. And abroad, Venezuelan gold is sold by the ton -- one of the country's few remaining means of foreign exchange.

    To extract the precious metal, miners must turn rocks into dust, from sunrise to sunset, under the brutal rule of a state-sponsored network of violent gangs and corrupt military, say several witnesses and a senior military source with knowledge of the security situation in the Orinoco Mining Arc.

    CNN's Isa Soares reports.

    #CNN #News

Comments • 579

  • Nevermore
    Nevermore  2 days back

    Communism at its finest.
    Like a pack of wild dogs fighting over a piece of meat.

    • Ilfart 218
      Ilfart 218  3 weeks back

      Unsubstantiated claims by known and proven liars and traitors as well as anonymous sources! Well that cinches it clearly we're going to have to send Elliot Abrams and his child raping criminal gangs down there to fix all this. Your propaganda is atrocious and I hope you scumbags burn in hell for what you are trying to do. The guillotines can't come quick enough and they should come for everyone involved in attempted war crimes like this.

      • Peter Newbranch
        Peter Newbranch  4 weeks back

        CNN fake news propaganda with paid crisis actors infront of CNN cameras.

        • Susan Diane Howell
          Susan Diane Howell  4 weeks back

          "But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified: Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written. And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN." - Daniel 5:23-25

          • Jamie Johnson
            Jamie Johnson  4 weeks back

            Whereas the trail of actual blood leads to the US

            • Matt Ingram
              Matt Ingram  4 weeks back

              American guns

              • bearsuc
                bearsuc  4 weeks back

                CNN says VZ and Maduro are great. Long live socialism they say. Now the truth is out.

                • The- potato-warrior
                  The- potato-warrior  4 weeks back

                  Years late....🙄
                  Remember when republicans told you socialism is bad?
                  Fuckin idiots

                  • Adolf Hitler
                    Adolf Hitler  4 weeks back

                    god bless maduro, death to trump and yankee swine

                    • Puppets & Traitors
                      Puppets & Traitors  4 weeks back

                      Fake News!

                      • Little Demon 18
                        Little Demon 18  4 weeks back

                        Fuck America it's their fault been n Venezuelan economy since the beginning. CNN supporting coups

                        • Dgp Ashok verma
                          Dgp Ashok verma  4 weeks back

                          Propaganda at its best!!

                          • Santiago Bron
                            Santiago Bron  4 weeks back

                            a good maduro supporter is dead one.

                            • Western V
                              Western V  4 weeks back

                              Vote democratic and we can soon be a third world country

                              • Go's With the Wind
                                Go's With the Wind  4 weeks back

                                cnn, they lies you tel are enough. we don't belief you

                                • Tauriel Daughter of Mirkwood

                                  Apparently CNN still needs to prepare the minds for the invasion of Venezuela just like they did back in 2003 with Iraq or back in 2011 with Lybia. Hmmm, what do these 3 countries have in common? ⛽️ Oh yeah, it was OIL!!

                                  • Tauriel Daughter of Mirkwood
                                    Tauriel Daughter of Mirkwood  4 weeks back

                                    @Rafael Mariscal oh that one might already be considered a classic https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nayirah_testimony

                                  • Rafael Mariscal
                                    Rafael Mariscal  4 weeks back

                                    And the newborn babies ripped from the incubators in Kuwait and thrown on the ground to get the first Iraq war started.

                                • David
                                  David  4 weeks back

                                  Communism a wonderful thing.

                                  • vincent fong
                                    vincent fong  4 weeks back

                                    It is all fake news. They are the perfect government. Venezuela is the socialist utopia. They have the support of most Venezuelan . It is the perfect democracy. democracy solves their problems

                                    • honest talk
                                      honest talk  4 weeks back

                                      Well what about the United Arab Emirates buying gold and UAE is a USA allie

                                      • Donald J Trump
                                        Donald J Trump  4 weeks back

                                        Water is worth more than your shit gold

                                        • Latysha L.
                                          Latysha L.  4 weeks back

                                          smh The poor being exploited for the wealthy and for greed.

                                          • Rich Burgess
                                            Rich Burgess  4 weeks back

                                            Socialism is good! Venezuela just didn't do it right (irony intended)!

                                            • Capt. George
                                              Capt. George  4 weeks back

                                              Looks like Trump is responsible for El Dorado. LOL

                                              • slvr chrm
                                                slvr chrm  4 weeks back

                                                What a Luv Story
                                                U.S propaganda
                                                They’re in 🇸🇻 El Salvador

                                                • Enyo Sanchez
                                                  Enyo Sanchez  4 weeks back

                                                  leave the minecraft miners to take control of this u people

                                                  • CHECK ENGINE LOVER
                                                    CHECK ENGINE LOVER  4 weeks back

                                                    AMAZING... is AMAZING VENEZUELA... THEY DON'T HAVE TRANSNATIONALS MINERS.. EVERYTHING IS DONE BY THEIR OWN PEOPLE ...AND SMART MOVE OF MADURO.. A 100 DOLLAR BILL COST 10 CENTS TO MAKE IT... BUT GOLD IS GOLD...

                                                    • HONKY
                                                      HONKY  4 weeks back

                                                      Socialism is shit.

                                                      • Dave
                                                        Dave  4 weeks back

                                                        They sell that gold for way less than the going price. Pennies on the dollar.

                                                        • eve blot
                                                          eve blot  4 weeks back

                                                          499th "troll" calling this a regime change hit piece!

                                                          • Gus Klimt
                                                            Gus Klimt  1 months back

                                                            Another example of a great socialist country...

                                                            • Seventh Anubis
                                                              Seventh Anubis  1 months back

                                                              The US doesn't get all it's wealth and power from Disneyland either. The US will take over this gold operation and do the same thing.

                                                              • Thiosemicarbizide Benzoyl Alcohol

                                                                Maduro wins. Nuff said.

                                                                • Federico Barrio Linares
                                                                  Federico Barrio Linares  1 months back

                                                                  if maduro poisons de ground to extract his riches screwing the middle and lower class is horrible.. if trump does it, GOP applauds!

                                                                  • Peter Black
                                                                    Peter Black  1 months back

                                                                    You propagandaed wrong.
                                                                    These miners are actually beautiful women, who are prostituted at night then get pregnant. They have to work through the pregnancy and have babies only to be put in incubators.

                                                                    Wink wink


                                                                    Then the incubators aren't warm enough let's just throw these babies in the oven.


                                                                    Let's invade Venezuela and save the babies and hooker miners.

                                                                    • Ander Ander
                                                                      Ander Ander  1 months back

                                                                      I'm having trouble believing this..... CNN reporting on a failed socialist State???..... I thought socialism was wonderful and the wave of the future

                                                                      • D T
                                                                        D T  1 months back

                                                                        Are we not talking about the rain forest being on fire for 3 weeks???

                                                                        • A R
                                                                          A R  1 months back

                                                                          CNN goes there. Fox (excuse me) HOAX news stays around here

                                                                          • Vic 2.0
                                                                            Vic 2.0  1 months back

                                                                            I get my real news from Tim Pool, but I trust CNN to give me the rest of it.

                                                                            • Rooty Kazooty
                                                                              Rooty Kazooty  1 months back

                                                                              And stupid republicans can still be convinced that Venezuela is socialist. SMH.

                                                                            • Hildebeast Clinton
                                                                              Hildebeast Clinton  1 months back

                                                                              The socialist failure that is Venezuela endlessly embarrasses George Soros and his communist minion at CNN.

                                                                              • Rooty Kazooty
                                                                                Rooty Kazooty  1 months back

                                                                                If you think Venezuela is socialist you're a proper idiot.
                                                                                Socialism means looking after your people.

                                                                            • Boof
                                                                              Boof  1 months back

                                                                              This must be the result of that socialism that Mexicans love so much, thats why they’re flocking to Venezuela’s border.

                                                                              • Dennis Navarro
                                                                                Dennis Navarro  1 months back

                                                                                CNN SUCKS WHO CARES A CENT ABOUT VENEZUELA. PISS ON THIS WORTHLESS PROPAGANDA

                                                                                • dodid0
                                                                                  dodid0  1 months back

                                                                                  Thank you for your amazing journalistic zeal once again CNN. Keep up the amazing work, the world needs more of you.

                                                                                  • J Stone
                                                                                    J Stone  1 months back

                                                                                    LOL...amazing work

                                                                                • Swee Jin Yap
                                                                                  Swee Jin Yap  1 months back

                                                                                  Why can't you track the trails of 'bloody gold' that leads to the CIA as well? This kind of self-serving news only breeds contempt for the other good work you've done before.

                                                                                  • charlespk2008
                                                                                    charlespk2008  3 weeks back

                                                                                    @Swee Jin Yap looked up that one, there was ONLY a no-fly-zone and placed there. literally no American boots on the ground, never mind stealing gold.
                                                                                    no doubt it's American banks/big-business stealing it and blaming the US fed.
                                                                                    instead invading a country for in wealth has been non-profitable for the last 200 years.

                                                                                  • Swee Jin Yap
                                                                                    Swee Jin Yap  4 weeks back

                                                                                    @charlespk2008 There are far too many examples if you would just do your own research (unless you're one of their paid mouthpieces). But let's try their most recent gold heist, type this into Google, "What happened to Libya's gold?".

                                                                                  • charlespk2008
                                                                                    charlespk2008  4 weeks back

                                                                                    ....CIA is not a economic power.
                                                                                    they seize A LOT of valuables from criminals.
                                                                                    the news does not have that kind of access to the CIA.
                                                                                    is there even any evidence or whistle-blowers claiming anything about this.

                                                                                • A Team
                                                                                  A Team  1 months back

                                                                                  cnn fake news and enemy of the people, so here you have cnn doing interview with a guy who has killed many people and implies he is a good guy, but he ran away because he knew he might be next. cnn loves killers and HRC democrats. but so what, this kind of thing goes on in many other countries now.

                                                                                • Alex McMeeken
                                                                                  Alex McMeeken  1 months back

                                                                                  So is CNN finally ok with getting rid of Midoro? Y'all sure took long enough... Send in the guerillas

                                                                                  • Alex McMeeken
                                                                                    Alex McMeeken  1 months back

                                                                                    Not too long ago y'all were calling Trump evil for pointing this out. What does that make you?

                                                                                • Dan Customer
                                                                                  Dan Customer  1 months back

                                                                                  Wow CNN two years ago you were calling Nicolas Maduro hero and Venezuela socialist Paradise !!! Now all of a sudden you don't believe your hero Danny Glover and Sean Penn anymore ? What is Don Lemon have to say about that ? What is Fredo Cuomo have to say about that ? What is April Ryan have to say about that ? Haven't seen them around too much ! Lmmfao ! Hypocritical fucking liberal scum !

                                                                                  • Jean S
                                                                                    Jean S  4 weeks back

                                                                                    im waiting for that fat ass michael moore to make another movie about how great socialism is working in Venezuela & how the United States should also be made into a socialist utopia just like this..

                                                                                • SISYPHUS VASILIAS
                                                                                  SISYPHUS VASILIAS  1 months back

                                                                                  CNN: Maduro should be civilised and steal VZLN gold from US/UK Banks.... Like a CIVILIZED government.

                                                                                  • Rafael Mariscal
                                                                                    Rafael Mariscal  3 weeks back

                                                                                    @charlespk2008 Indeed, big banks have a shady history. They own most politicians and have no problem causing deep recessions to buy up assets at a very good discount.

                                                                                  • charlespk2008
                                                                                    charlespk2008  3 weeks back

                                                                                    @Rafael Mariscal mind you those are banks you are talking about....they will steal your house after you paid it off.
                                                                                    one more reason why big banks/business should not get to "donate" to politicians.

                                                                                  • Rafael Mariscal
                                                                                    Rafael Mariscal  4 weeks back

                                                                                    No kidding, all that hard work and human sacrifice to mine the gold and Western banks in the blink of eye stole billions of dollars worth of it. Nothing new under the sun.

                                                                                  • charlespk2008
                                                                                    charlespk2008  4 weeks back

                                                                                    ....do you think, just maybe, that we WOULDN'T use absurdly outdated, dangerous and abusive mining methods?
                                                                                    people love to complain about safety standards and regulations in there nice towns.....
                                                                                    then when they see a lack of them, they somehow think we would do that..... WTF