What exactly is the government trying to signal through Aragua Governor Tareck El-Aissami’s extremely high profile over the last few days? In the space of a week, he went from announcing a major security operation on the Colombian border to making a new batch of paranoid-schizophrenic allegations of opposition murder plots. 

Why him? Technically, Tareck is nothing more than the governor of a mid-sized, hyper-violent, once-upon-a-time Industrial state a couple of hours west of Caracas.

Other than hosting the country’s hardest-partying prison and some of its most out-of-control gangsters, there isn’t much to recommend Aragua as a power base…and certainly no reason why its governor should come to act as, well as what, exactly? A kind of combination interior-minister/defense-minister/foreign-minister/president, actually, with special powers over places hundreds of kilometers away.

So why? Is it just that the real Interior Minister, González López, is so catastrophically unpresentable they don’t dare to put him before the cameras? But then, when has chavismo ever worried about looking outright insane on TV?

No, I don’t think it’s that. I don’t think it’s because he’s being groomed for higher office, either. He used to have higher office – he is a former Interior Minister, after all. If that was the play, they’d just reappoint him to that role.

I don’t think that’s it. I think he already has the job he wants: controlling the mind-blowingly profitable traffic in contraband in both direction between Venezuela and Colombia.

The message isn’t being sent to you and me. The message is being sent to anyone who might get it into his head to try to make a grab for those trafficking routes.

And trust me, the people he intended to send that message to are hearing it loud and clear.

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  1. Well, there’s the fact that he bears a low political cost for doing the dirty work: He’s one of the few high-profile chavistas not running for office right now, and Vielma Mora might as well be shitting his pants right now being in human-rights-violations-massive-deportation apocalypse ground-zero.

  2. First, a disclaimer: I am no fan of TWS nor am I a Chavismo apologist. However I suggest your entire thesis would be better served with links to proven accusations of his being linked to smuggling. Otherwise, there is no constructive reason to post your thoughts of his wrongdoing.

    Also, your parting thought would be much more impactful and would sustain your opinion that much better if you presented the proof rather than asking your readers to hold faith in your word.

    Again… Do I have proof positive he is involved in smuggling personally? Nope. Do I believe that the odds of him not being involved are infinitesimally small? Absolutely.

    I suggest distinguishing mere opinion and published facts as well as possible, considering your goal of pivoting to becoming a new source of Venezuelan news rather than just political commentary.

    • Before the obvious reply of him being on the U.S. List of sanctioned officials being used as the proof of malfeasance is brought out, one additional comment. The publication of his name on that list points to him being involved, no question about it.

      Without further details though, going as far as to say he is controlling the trade on that basis alone is insufficient.

        • Good links, I especially appreciate the link to the book and the summary over at Newsmax. That takes care of the first paragraph in which Toro states that Tareck is happy controlling the trade. I would like to see the statements he makes in his last paragraph, in which he asks the reader to place faith in him, substantiated with hard proof. Journalistically much better, and, it will age much better, especially if his goal is for Caracas Chronicles to be used in 50 years from now by historians to piece the mess together that Chavismo has caused.

          One thing stands out in the Newsmax article, which is going to surely derail the conversation and it’s not my intent: in the first paragraph of the summary, it states that there was ‘electronic fraud’ during the elections, but Toro has stressed that the fraud committed is not electronic. I think he has shown ample evidence that this is the case and would tend to believe his proof (there is also the first hand eye-witness account of the forum contributor – I forget his name – that goes into the voting centres in under-privileged Caracas areas that buttress Toro’s statements), although at the same time there does seem to be social fraud in which multiple voting, non-closure of voting centres and intimidation occur. Apologies for derailing the conversation…

          • The “fraude” is systemic.

            From a packed higher court which never rules against the regime down to the lowest level of election day tinkering and manipulation.

            Its important to remember that one of the first measures by the newly elected Chavez government LAST CENTURY, was to cut off public funding for political parties. From day 1 the chavista regime was clear on the strategic goal of dismantling democracy and competitive elections. Every single tactic and mean has been aligned to this goal.

            I find it amusing how respectable otherwise bloggers and commentators deny themselves of this reality. I guess it must be self-delusion or a self rationalization that they need to keep up that message to sustain a chance in keeping people motivated to vote time after time at best.

            a la hora del te, the national interest will demand a necessary neutralization and elimination of the ruling regime and its not going to be through voting alone that this will be achieved. Again, this is to hoping opposition and resistance forces are working on mire than one scenario for December 6th.

            Should not only be about voting, “winning” but predominately about ” collecting”, and even further about the day after and waht to do when the regime minimizes results by other means (ley de comunas, executive decree, open violation/ disregard for results)

    • imposible creerte Marcus cuando te expresas de este modo pero estoy contigo al menos en que el futuro The Veneconomist que dicen querer hacer en un futuro (tampoco les creo) nunca habría publicado algo así.

  3. Totally unrelated, but today i had this idea that China’s investment in Venezuela and the coming default might have serious repercussions for China’s economy. Its like a bad feedback loop of low oil prices and low oil demand from China. Just watch the next administration in Venezuela dishonor the iffy treaties and leave them hanging. Any thoughts?

    • GOOD. The ruling class of BRICS countries (and BRICS colonies, like Venezuela) want the whole world to be a neo-Feudalist hellholle ruled by oligarchs. Anything that puts a damper to their plans is good news to me.

  4. Just wondering , is there any poll which says who , among the Regimes Bigwigs, is seen as a better communicator , as most presentable and credible . Maduro seems to be a disaster as does DDC but how about Rodriguez ?? There arent that many ,, Maduro and DDC also have had too much exposure , people get tired of them , they are always so offensive and uncouth that they have become repulsive,!!

    • really el huerfanito? i think he has not take his meds, and well he uses sarcasm too much. And if you don’t think he is repulsive…good grief. Well he has not been Minister of justice…or whatever names they have…The worst part that he announced this as the PSUV speaker, not as the Governor… I think Rodrigues had that position before…

  5. I will say, I do like his Adidas jacket he was sporting the other night with his name on it. Not a cheap, off the rack jacket to say the least.

    • Yeah i remember thinking to myself how fly that jacket was watching the video, definetly not cheap and the fact is custom made well…..

      But funny how the anti-imperialist,anti-burguesia Chavistas in this country rock imperialist,foreigner and expensives top brands from head to toe while preaching their bullshit to the poor as dust pueblo.

  6. “El gobernador del estado Táchira, José Vielma Mora, pidió a los venezolanos “fortalecer con el verbo el bolívar” y propuso la creación de una red social llamada “Bolívar hoy” para contrarrestar el peso mediático que genera el portal económico Dólar Today.

    “Debemos poner ahora una red social que se llame Bolívar hoy, así como hay un Dólar Today”, expresó este martes desde la sede del Consejo Legislativo en San Cristóbal.

    “Tenemos fuerza, voluntad, actitud y gana para defender al bolívar bajo cualquier condición. El bolívar se respeta”, declaró.

    La máxima autoridad tachirense solicitó que se deroguen todas las leyes en Colombia que “manipulan y siembran” casas de cambio en la frontera. “Hay más de 3.000 casas de cambio en Cúcuta para destruir nuestro signo monetario”, aseguró.

    https://bolivalfueltetudey.com/

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