MintPressNews (Alan Macleod): US Media, Pols Rage After Venezuelans Defy US Empire to Re-elect SocialistsGuaido backers in the Western press fear the result has neutralized him. The Guardian wrote that yesterday’s events “deal a further blow to Guaidó’s flagging crusade,” quoting bitterly anti-Maduro figure Phil Gunson, who said that “the coalition around Guaidó is really crumbling.” Ultimately, while turnout was relatively low, the ruling socialist party has gained a supermajority in the one body the opposition-controlled, handing them a clear victory and the U.S. government a defeat. Added to the return of democracy to Bolivia in October and a leftist election victory in Guyana earlier this year, 2020 has not been a good year for Washington in Latin America.
PressTV: Largest-Yet Fleet of Iranian Tankers on its Way to Venezuela (Bloomberg report)The biggest Iranian fleet of tankers is reportedly en route to Venezuela carrying fuel for the South American oil-producing country, which is suffering from a severe gasoline shortage. Citing unnamed people with knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg reported that some of the flotilla of about 10 Iranian vessels will also help export Venezuelan crude after discharging fuel. The shipment comes in defiance of illegal US sanctions targeting both Tehran and Caracas.