For Friday, November 11th, 2016. Translated by Javier Liendo.

“We have to put the opposition in their corner and leave them there, and we’ll take the rest of the country,” said Nicolás. Later, he’d speak again about his opposers to tell his audience that, if they stumbled upon any of them, they should sing them a song by Eddie Palmieri, though he couldn’t sing its simple chorus: “Sujétate, la lengua, sujétate.” Maybe it’s a warning to himself.

Sube el volumen de la radio

Aware of how difficult it is to regroup their lost supporters with a bankrupt country and their spokespeople dedicated to villainy, the PSUV resorts to rhythm and overexposure in the media to show the joy they don’t inspire. That’s why “Suena Caracas” has a two million dollar budget and on top of Nicolás’s salsa show, now Cilia Flores also has one of her own in Radio Miraflores. Sadly, due to the time of the show (from 8:00 to 9:00 am,) she couldn’t comment on the videos presented by the District Attorney’s office in her nephews’ trial, or verify the statement made by Efraín Campo Flores in one of them: “I’m 30 years old, right? Well, I’ve been working on this since I’m 18,” disproving -thanks to his 12-year experience- the argument about the inexperienced newbie. The one about his stupidity stands, don’t worry.

El tipo se cree un James Bond

After presenting the Productive Councils of Workers, another piece of coercion that won’t correct the important issues: recession, scarcity, inflation, price and exchange controls; Nicolás announced this Thursday that all construction industries will be under the Ministry of Housing’s supervision, another useless measure. Claiming that he’s not obsessed with reelection -obviously, as long as his stay in power doesn’t hang on elections-, Nicolás spoke about his true concerns: handing out houses (unverifiable,) emphasizing education (with no food in schools,) work (without investing to create new jobs,) life (as crime rates rise on par with the shortage of medicines) and solving the economic war, as fictional as it is efficient: the bolívar’s depreciation reaches 113.764% and the inflation rate between January and October was 526%.

Persígnate, man

Nicolás advised US Secretary of State John Kerry: “to create and establish a positive work agenda for the next administration, favoring bilateral relations and adequate convergence for our region,” also asking him to express his congratulations to newly elected president Donald Trump and his regards to Hillary Clinton. Nicolás also got a phone call from dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of Turkey, to support him “in view of violent attempts from opposition sectors who seek to subvert people’s will through anti-democratic actions.” Supposedly, Nicolás and Erdogan agreed “to consolidate the good path of extensive relations of cooperation and friendship” and a visit from the Turkish head of state to Caracas to sign bilateral agreements. Great partner.

Comienza la segunda del noveno

About the dialogue that’s yet to happen, we only know the demands made by the opposition and the government’s disruptive actions in these last eleven days. Today, as the truce scorned by so many dissidents runs out, they’ll sit down again with the Vatican’s mediation and the former presidents chosen by UNASUR. While the Democratic Unity Roundtable expects concrete actions as evidence of the PSUV’s political willingness to a negotiated transition, all of the PSUV’s spokespeople have stated that they’ll concede nothing.

“We’re going to fight here (…) we’re going to sit at the negotiation table to demand the restitution of people’s right to vote,” said Jesús Chúo Torrealba, head of the MUD, reiterating that elections are the key point of their demands, besides the release of political prisoners, the supply of food and medicines, the replacement of National Electoral Council authorities and Supreme Tribunal justices, as well as the restitution of the National Assembly’s powers. The challenge? Reactivating the streets after providing the government with this charade that diminished international pressure.

De la manera más vulgar y descarada

Ombudsman Tarek William Saab claimed that “it’s impossible to determine a result from four working tables in only two meetings,” advising both parties to take the opportunity to seek solutions to the conflict, but without setting deadlines or launching ultimatums, inviting them to keep negotiations open and let results come in due time.

A ver si la regla viene

Reinaldo Muñoz received and carried out an instruction from Nicolás: filing a protective measure before the TSJ against the National Assembly’s recent acts. Yesterday, he argued that they want the TSJ “to order them to stop approving agreements that have no judicial effect but generate sensationalism in society (…) all of these actions seemingly amount to a violation of the constitutional order,” giving the tribunal 48 hours to decide. Parliament responded to this action by arguing that Reinaldo Muñoz is usurping the Attorney General’s post, because he wasn’t appointed by the president (but by Cilia Flores, as Attorney in charge,) he wasn’t authorized by the National Assembly and he doesn’t meet that office’s criteria. And so, the AN agreed to request the Prosecutor’s Office to open a criminal investigation against Muñoz, who is illegally holding the Attorney General’s office.

Por eso hunde el pie en el acelerador

Our prolific and expedient Supreme Tribunal has already issued 38 decisions against the National Assembly and, in consequence, against popular sovereignty. They published another three decisions yesterday, which further cut negotiations short. Two of them dated November 4th, and strangely published a day before the truce ends and ruling that an Assembly in contempt only produces void and invalid acts, among other arguments that support each decision.

And so, the Constitutional Chamber nullified the reform to the Law on Telecommunications and the Law of the General Comptrollership of the Republic. Lastly, under the shadows of the night, the Electoral Chamber rejected the protective measure that attempted to reactivate the recall referendum, the 20% signature collection drive. The point is not for the opposition to leave negotiation table, but to never have them sit.

Salgan y hagan sus apuestas, ciudadanía

The National Assembly approved an agreement to hold scarcity and the high cost of food in Venezuela by creating a Special Committee to seek solutions, demanding Nicolás to allow humanitarian aid to enter the country, removing Food minister Rodolfo Marco Torres from office, publishing official figures about scarcity, inflation, malnutrition and shortages; applying policies to favor national production and ceasing their harassment against productive sectors.

And today? Ah, today!

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  1. Wonderful. The regime has a new ally in the Turkish dictator. Probably Assad is due for a tropical vacation- he has not been able to get away from the office for a while. Where’s Putin? Has he delivered his planes yet? I get the sinking feeling that these leaders that Marvel Comics cold not invent are collectively feeling like they just got a big boost.

  2. I am getting reports that an agreement was reached between the government and the opposition. First up, free the political prisoners within hours, next get a new CNE, and 3 others. Is this fake news from Maduro or is it true?

    • The most detailed report I could find, as of the moment, is one below coming out of Mexico:

      I will believe it when I see all the political prisoners released. Until then, I remain skeptical.


      Caracas.- Representantes del gobierno y la oposición de Venezuela acordaron hoy el respeto a la autonomía de la Asamblea Constituyente, apoyar la repetición de elecciones en la región de Amazonas y la liberación de opositores presos.

      En un comunicado leído por Jorge Rodríguez y Carlos Ocariz, representantes del gobierno y de la opositora Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, en forma respectiva, se destacó que el compromiso de las partes se establece en las bases de la convivencia, el respeto y el reconocimiento.

      En el tercer encuentro del diálogo político entre las partes, que tiene como facilitador al Vaticano, se acordó apoyar la repetición de las elecciones en Amazonas, la composición de un nuevo Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE), la liberación de opositores presos y aplicar soluciones al desabastecimiento de alimento y medicinas.

      Las elecciones en Amazonas fueron impugnadas por el oficialismo, que denunció compra de votos, luego que la oposición ganara tres de cuatro diputados en los comicios legislativos de diciembre pasado.

      El oficialismo rechazó que la Asamblea Nacional incorporara a la cámara a sus tres diputados de Amazonas, lo que propició que el Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ) declarara al foro legislativo en desacato.

      El facilitador por parte del Vaticano, Claudio María Celli, leyó el documento aprobado por ambas partes sobre los acuerdos para buscar soluciones a la crisis venezolana.

      Dijo que tanto el gobierno como la oposición se comprometieron a aceptar una hoja de ruta para restablecer el orden constitucional y mejorar la situación del país.

      Celli destacó la importancia de lograr en el corto tiempo el abastecimiento de medicinas y alimentos. En el aspecto económico y social acordaron combatir cualquier forma de sabotaje a la economía, así como también trabajar en conjuntos los sectores público y privado, agregó.

      En el aspecto político, se convino superar el desacato de la Asamblea Nacional emitido por el TSJ y la designación de dos de los cinco rectores principales del CNE.

      Celli dijo que en la declaración se adoptó el acuerdo conjunto de “vivir en paz” y ampliar la mesa de diálogo, cuya próxima reunión será el 6 de diciembre.

      El acuerdo no mencionó la principal condición de la oposición para el diálogo: Fijar una fecha para un referéndum contra el mandato del presidente Nicolás Maduro o adelantar las elecciones presidenciales.

      El portavoz del gobierno, el alcalde de Caracas, Jorge Rodríguez, dijo que ambas partes acordaron promover una política sana, donde no impere el odio, las amenazas y los insultos.

      Mientras, el vocero de la oposición, el alcalde Carlos Ocariz, destacó que se acordó promover elecciones en Amazonas, el respeto a la autonomía de la Asamblea Nacional y la liberación de algunos opositores presos, aunque no se dieron detalles al respecto.

      Agregó que la oposición continuará trabajando en alcanzar un acuerdo para reactivar el referéndum contra Maduro, que fue suspendido por órdenes de varios tribunales penales, o elecciones adelantadas.

      Por su parte, el presidente Maduro señaló en una declaración a la televisión oficial que la oposición “ha dado un paso importante en medio de sus discusiones internas”.

      Rodríguez señaló que “no hay política constructiva en la violencia, el odio y la amenaza”.

      “Nos comprometemos a promover una acción positiva para erradicar el odio y la intolerancia, el escarnio y el insulto”, dijo.

      Por su lado, Ocariz dijo que la oposición continuará en su lucha por “obtener el paso más importante, las elecciones o el referéndum revocatorio”.

      “Nos comprometemos a reforzar de manera conjunta para superar las dificultades que afectan nuestra economía y a que nuestras diferencias políticas estén enmarcadas en la constitución”, indicó.

  3. Very ineresting that they are negotiating or thinking in:

    Respect the Constitucion

    Let people have medicines and food

    Recognize the National Assembly elected by the people

    Or even letting people have the freedom to choice again

    One could make a joke and say next they should negotiate letting people breathe but it is scary because apparently this is the only thing left people are free to do


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