International Venezuela, The Socialist Dystopia, v2: Dueling Aid Concerts At The Border

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  1. Arkain2K

    Arkain2K Si vis pacem, para bellum

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    That it happened during an opposition protest I think tells you a lot though and its far from the only incident. Indeed I think its quite telling that the exact nature of the violence in Venezuela largely goes unreported in the west, perhaps because it paints a much less favourable picture than the idea its only Manduro backed oppression.
     
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    so a former cia-director is now the source of truth?
     
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    Because its a lie, most of the economy isnt in the hands of a few non-government individuals, most of the economy is directly in the hands of the Chavista regime.

    1.- Its not the oligarchs who are printing money like crazy.

    2.- Its not the oligarchs who prevent people from buying and selling foreign currency (reason why a lot of foreign companies left).

    3.- Its not the oligarchs setting prices below production costs.

    4.- Its not the oligarchs looting and extorting business.

    5.- Its not the oligarchs expropiating and threatening with jail business that refuse to follow these suicidal paths.
     
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    International aid arrives at Venezuela’s border.
    Will it get to those in need?
    By Jim Wyss | February 07, 2019


    Cucuta, Colombia - Amid honking horns and cheering onlookers, the first tangible signs of international aid to Venezuela rolled into this Colombian border town Thursday. But the brief celebrations masked a deeper uncertainty: How will the food and medicine be delivered if the Nicolás Maduro regime is vowing to keep it out at all costs?

    The first batch of aid was hauled on two tractor trailers and seven cargo trucks that had made the 340-mile journey from Colombia’s capital, Bogotá. Rounding a corner on the outskirts of Cúcuta, the convoy disappeared into the “Las Tienditas” border compound — one of three international staging sites for Venezuelan relief efforts.

    Venezuela’s Interim President Juan Guaidó has said the aid is critical to keeping hundreds of thousands of people alive. But Maduro — who also considers himself president — says it’s a cynical U.S. ploy to lay the groundwork for a military intervention.

    Earlier this week, Venezuelan authorities used cargo containers and a tanker truck to block an international bridge that connects Colombia and Venezuela in an attempt to derail or hinder the aid.

    On Thursday, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza accused the United States of causing the country’s hardships with financial and oil sanctions that have cost $30 billion.

    “If we had those more than $30 billion, Venezuela would be at the peak of its prosperity,” he said.

    Analysts point out, however, that Venezuela’s economic troubles began long before the U.S. began imposing sanctions in earnest in 2015. And the harshest sanctions on the country’s oil sector were only imposed last month.

    Instead, economists say, widespread corruption, draconian price and currency controls and mismanagement have ruined the once wealthy nation.

    The U.S. Agency for International Development and the Colombian government provided this first round of aid, largely food and medicine, but organizers are hoping it’s the beginning of a larger push.

    Guaidó has said that aid collection sites will also be established in Brazil and on an undisclosed island in the Caribbean.

    On Wednesday, Puerto Rican officials said they had flown 3,600 pounds of medicine and food to Venezuela. But the news that the commonwealth had made a stealth delivery caught some U.S. officials by surprise, and the effort wasn’t linked to the broader aid strategy.

    The Trump administration has pledged $20 million in direct aid to Venezuela in addition to the estimated $140 million it has spent since Fiscal Year 2017 helping Venezuelan migrants in the region.

    Part of that U.S. assistance is going to a soup kitchen in Cúcuta run by the Catholic Church that offers 4,600 free meals a day Monday through Saturday.

    On Thursday, Evelia Carrero, 76, was at the Divine Providence food bank with her three grandchildren. Carrero said they had traveled 10 hours by bus in the hopes of getting the free plate of food.

    “I have been so hungry,” she said, crying. “Yes, we eat in Venezuela, but it’s so pitiful, some days it will be just an arepa or rice without meat or anything.”

    While she was in Colombia, she said she hoped to sell some lollipops and candy to make enough money to take some food back with them to Venezuela. With such desperate needs in Venezuela, she said couldn’t understand why Maduro, 56, would punish his own people by refusing free food and medicine.

    “He’s lying and spreading falsehoods,” she said. “He’s trying to fool us, but everyone’s going hungry.”

    https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/venezuela/article225939345.html
     
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    Sean Penn better get his ass down there ASAP to clear all this up with the people of Venezuela.

    Danny Glover and George Lucas, too. Please hurry, gentlemen!
     
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    Colombia cancels entrance cards for 300 Venezuelan Maduro supporters
    February 8, 2019


    BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia’s migration office on Friday said it canceled over 300 daily entrance passes for Venezuelan politicians and their families who support President Nicolas Maduro.

    Colombia has borne the brunt of the exodus of Venezuelans fleeing malnutrition and political turmoil in their once-prosperous nation, with about 800,000 flooding over the border and settling in Colombia.

    “It doesn’t make sense that while (they) migrate by hunger and necessity, supporters of the dictatorship enjoy these benefits and enter our country, using this card, to shop, among other things,” Christian Kruger, the head of the migration agency, said in a statement.

    Trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Venezuela arrived in the Colombian border city of Cucuta on Thursday even as Maduro refused them entry, blocking the Tienditas bridge amid an escalating political crisis.

    The arrival of the aid convoy, which includes supplies provided by the United States, has increased the pressure on Maduro after Washington as well as nations from across Latin America and Europe recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the rightful interim ruler of Venezuela.

    Maduro has rejected the aid convoy as a “political show” and vowed to remain in office.

    Kruger said that among those barred from using their entry cards are former Tachira Governor Vielma Mora, Zulia Governor Erika Farias and Caracas Mayor Sandra Oblitas.

    Estimates of how many Venezuelans have left their home country during the tenures of former President Hugo Chavez and current leader Maduro vary widely, with some opponents and academics putting the figure at 4 million.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...00-venezuelan-maduro-supporters-idUSKCN1PX1F1
     
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    Great post.
     
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    Rematch Female oil checking = AWESOMENESS!!!!!

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    The Venezuelan people need to assassinate Maduro. You cannot negotiate with someone so monstrous.
     
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    He is protected by a Cuba praetorian guard and Russian advisors, while the people has what? rocks and sticks?
     
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    Rematch Female oil checking = AWESOMENESS!!!!!

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    They have empty bellies that will lead to death via starvation the longer they wait. The have mildly sick children that will succumb to minor illnesses the longer they wait. More of their people will be murdered by the Maduro's henchmen the longer they wait. These are desperate times for them.
     
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    Sounds like they need a truckload of freedom.

    By which I mean “advisors” in country.

    No actual military intervention, of course. Just “advisors”....”advising”...
     
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    Looks like Maduro' safety net is set.

    I hope he doesn't have time to flee when his generals inevitably turns against him.

     
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    Venezuela shifts oil ventures' accounts to Russian bank
    Corina Pons, Marianna Parraga | February 9, 2019


    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...o-russian-bank-document-sources-idUSKCN1PY0N3
     
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    Indigenous Pemon on Venezuela's border with Brazil vow to let aid in
    Maria Ramirez | February 9, 2019


    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...r-with-brazil-vow-to-let-aid-in-idUSKCN1PY0MO
     
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