The usual Hollywood celebrities and Democratic Congressmen joined Jesse Jackson, Cuba's Raul Castro and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in eulogizing deceased Marxist dictator Hugo Chávez.

Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, commander of the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) — the U.S. military command responsible for operations in 20 countries in the Middle East — has recommended that 13,600 U.S troops remain in Afghanistan after the White House-mandated 2014 withdrawal date for American and NATO troops.

Hugo Chávez stole not just money from his people, but also their democratic institutions and prosperity. He rewrote his nation’s constitution to suit himself, rigged elections, neutered opponents in politics and the judiciary, and silenced critical media. Thus, it’s no surprise that his land is presently moving closer to anarchy. This is what happens when a nation’s mechanism of government — which ideally should be a perpetual-motion machine of stability — is destroyed and replaced with a cult-of-personality demagogue. For when that man becomes the government and then dies, you’re left with nothing but a scramble for power.

After helping to destroy the once relatively prosperous economy of Venezuela, socialist strongman Hugo Chávez died of cancer on Tuesday at 58, with some of his allies and subordinates insisting that the tyrannical leader was actually murdered by some sort of secret U.S. “cancer” weapon. With the passing of Chávez, more than a few analysts are already heralding the death of socialism in Latin America. Despite the loss of one of their most outspoken and visible leaders, however, the statist forces quietly seizing control of the region will continue to march onward.

The Turkish Communist terrorist organization the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) has claimed responsibility for the March 1 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, which killed a security guard and the bomber.

In a radio interview, Senator Rand Paul asked whether the Obama administration is covering up its supply of arms to the very extremists it has named as enemies in the War on Terror.

A top general with the Communist dictatorship ruling mainland China, who became infamous in 2005 for threatening to use nuclear weapons to destroy hundreds of U.S. cities, is arriving in Washington, D.C., this week as part of a “military exchange program” between the Obama administration and the mass-murdering Chinese regime. The explosive revelations, first exposed Monday by the Washington Free Beacon, sparked an instant public outcry, with critics slamming the visit as everything from a national security threat to a slap in the face to the American people.

Iraq confirms that it will buy $4.2 billion in new Russian arms. The first Russian arms shipments are expected to arrive in Iraq no later than before this summer.

JBS CEO Art Thompson's weekly news video update for March 4 - 10, 2013.

Without any authority from Congress or the U.S. Constitution, the Obama administration announced this week that, in coordination with other Western governments and Arab dictatorships, U.S. taxpayers will provide yet another $60 million in direct aid to the Syrian “rebels” — a broad coalition of foreign Islamists, mercenaries, Muslim terrorists including al-Qaeda, and other forces. Since the war broke out, the president has already spent close to half-a-billion taxpayer dollars propping up the “revolutionaries,” who have strong support from the highest ranks of the global establishment. Tens of thousands have already died in the conflict.

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