Disarmament and Its Discontents

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Elías-Jaua2 Take a look to this report from Brazil’s newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo:

“The family nanny for Elías Jaua (currently the Venezuelan Communes Minister) was detained in the early hours of Friday morning in São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport, charged of weapons trafficking. She was carrying a .38 revolver with ammunition, which she says belong to the Minister…

…the nanny, who’s name wasn’t revealed, was travelling with Jaua’s mother-in-law and other relatives in a plane of PDVSA, which landed in Guarulhos. When the baggage passed through X-rays, federal police officers identified an apparent gun inside one of the suitcases. The passenger said the suitcase belonged to the Minister. Jaua was supposed to participate in a series of meetings in Porto Alegre and Brasília with members of the (Brazilian) Labor and Agriculture Ministries…”

Why the need to pack heat for diplomatic meetings abroad? No wonder the new disarmament plan isn’t working. Obviously, HegemonCorp. is keeping the details under lots of wraps and the SIBCI isn’t even bothering at all.

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    • I think she might be a nanny motorizada. They pull their weapons when necessary to keep the Ministers on the Correct Path. Because that’s democracy.

  1. Jaua is going to a series of meetings on a PDVSA plane and has a nanny, mother-in-law and other relatives … I wonder how many dollars were on that plane ….

    • And people say that the poor don’t have a chance or the means to emigrate.

      Our friend Jaua is a prince of a fellow! Look at how he helped the help!

    • that’s what I’m wondering about. Is the nanny a stooge for Jaua? did the gun he wanted to use in Brazil, por si las moscas, really belong to him, but was handed to the *nanny*? If not, what kind of gun training does this *nanny* have? Might s/he be Cuban?

  2. I am reminded of another incident involving PDVSA people going through Customs of a Chavista ally. I refer to 2007’s Maletagate, when Antonini Wilson got caught with a suitcase containing $800,000 while going through Customs in Buenos Aires. Which reminds me of a song about going through Customs, courtesy of Arlo Guthrie: Coming into Los Angeles:

    Coming in from London from over the Pole
    Flying in a big airliner
    Chickens flying everywhere around the plane
    Could we ever feel much finer?

    Coming into Los Angeles
    Bringing in a couple of keys
    But don’t touch my bags if you please
    Mister Customs Man

    How about this:
    Coming into Sao Paoli
    With enough to stock a small army
    But don’t touch my bags if you please
    Mister Customs Man [‘Duana man?]

    Or for Maletagate:

    Coming into Bueno Saires
    With mangos for Nestor and Evita Tres
    But don’t touch my bags if you please
    Mister Customs Man.

    Which reminds me of the time that the Cubans tried to bring a package of what they claimed was mango ice cream through customs for Allende. The Cubans got caught, and it turned out that the “mango ice cream” contained some rather lethal- and explosive- elements. The US FDA should have gotten involved with product labels: “Mango ice cream reduces life expectancy- rather drastically if aimed in the right direction.”

    • “Which reminds me of the time that the Cubans tried to bring a package of what they claimed was mango ice cream through customs for Allende. The Cubans got caught, and it turned out that the “mango ice cream” contained some rather lethal- and explosive- elements. ”

      And that reminds me of the time cubans managed to bring packages full of weapons to arm gangs and provoke the slaughter that happened in the caracazo.

  3. So the heat’s on a nanny who travelled on a PDVSA flight to Brazil, all reflecting badly on Jaua. And the heat’s on Maduro after Mariano Rajoy publicly backed the UN order to free López. In that this is a regime of emotionally backwards men (principally) and women, easily outraged with those who dare go against it, today that regime moves citizen Leopoldo López from the military prison at Ramo Verde to the less visible one in Yare. Possibly other political prisoners will follow suit. Stay tuned.

  4. The gun is just a smoke screen for the subtle issue of bringing grandma, the nanny, the kid (if there is a nanny, there is a kid), etc. to an official trip, on a PDVSA plane,

    • A “smoke screen”?
      In figurative sense a smoke screen is “something that you do or say to hide something or to take attention away from something”

      I think the gun was just the trigger that made some people see a lot of wrong things at so different levels, gun use included.

    • One of Chavez earliest and noisiest complain was the ‘improper’ use of Pdvsa planes by its executives , With that excuse he took the planes away from Pdvsa , presumably to sell them and then simply gave them to the Air Force for use by any govt official (one of them fell on a rice field because they forgot to fuel it) .

      Now the planes are obviously being used by Regime big shots to have govt paid vacations with their families (mother in laws included) accompanied by an entourage of servants (ncluding one armed one) using the pretext of a govt function abroad .

      And this by people like Jaua who loudly presume of their spartan revolutionary principles.Remember watching on TV one time he was being sworn in by Chavez for some govt position asking for his permission to use his left hand over his heart rather than his right hand in the swear in as a gesture of his heart felt revolutionary convictions . !!

  5. As fun as it is to speculate on what this means, the most likely scenario is that Jaua simply called her from Brazil, where he had arrived the day earlier, and said, “Hey, bring me that briefcase”, forgetting that he had a gun in it. Now, as to why a high government official should need a gun in Venezuela? That is another subject. But, the issue of the nanny with the gun can be chalked up to Jaua just being a bonehead.

  6. Pretty gross all round.

    Has Juancito got over sneering at housemaids yet? Nannys of any nationality and religion are next up.

    • God forbid there should be a nanny, housemaid, au-pair Mädchen that has had the temerity to seek success in the wider world than wait on his silver foot-in-mouth sprogs.

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