El poder es arrogante, el poder es petulante, el poder es altanero, es soberbio y muy grosero.

– Desorden Público.

Everything was serious yesterday. With 20 votes in favor, 11 against, two abstentions and one absence, after a one-hour delay thanks to the joint efforts of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia, the OAS Permanent Council meeting started. Vice-minister Samuel Moncada did his best to surpass even Foreign minister Delcy Rodríguez’s hostility and showcased PSUV’s brand of politics for all American countries to see. The diplomatic language of his peers was useless, Moncada was determined to take make up for his failure to shut down the meeting and concluded the long session attacking each country that dared call out Venezuela, one by one.

The phrase that best sums up his behavior: “I don’t care about your reactions, I’ll say what I came here to say,” because for PSUV, nobody has the right to discuss our colossal crisis, because they answer only to the Constitution that they violate daily, this is their turf and nothing stands or will ever stand above PSUV. And so, OAS member countries got an eloquent demonstration of why dialogue (which was invoked to exhaustion yesterday) didn’t work and won’t ever work in Venezuela.

With his attacks, Moncada fulfilled his purpose: the meeting was never concluded. What OAS delegate diplomats have probably never experienced in a session, constitutes the way of life of Venezuelans for nearly two decades. It was important to explain that the concept of foreign intervention can’t be used to mask violations to democracy or Human Rights, that the concept of self-determination applies to nations and not governments, that seeking a negotiated transition out of the crisis doesn’t equate to meddling or violation of sovereignty. In the end, Canada’s representative read a statement endorsed by 20 countries, after the majority insisted on taking concrete actions with results. Mexico promised to organize them and to structure the plan to follow. Moncada’s assault left the session in limbo. An important note: Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs supported the call for elections and the release of political prisoners in Venezuela.

TSJ’s ruling

According to the Constitution, states of emergency can’t be declared for more than 180 days, but the economic emergency decree has already lasted 14 months, thanks to the TSJ, whose Constitutional Chamber declared yesterday morning that the agreement approved by the National Assembly regarding the reactivation of the Democratic Charter was unconstitutional. The decision, serious on many levels, grants Nicolás broad powers and orders him to implement the appropriate actions to safeguard the constitutional order, as well as taking all necessary measures to avoid a state of commotion. Just to be clear: in the rest of the world, the state of commotion comes first, and then the president is given special powers, not the other way around.

The TSJ also ruled that Nicolás should review several laws to prevent the risks that threaten the country’s stability and governance, including evaluating the performance of international organizations of which Venezuela is a member. Lastly, the TSJ makes parliamentary immunity contentious because of the infamous “contempt,” a clear threat against Parliament and a mockery of the votes we cast on December 6th, 2015. There’s a reason why this ruling is issued right when the Venezuela State’s democratic standing is being reviewed; that’s why they rewrite the Constitution on top of violating it, this threat of being left completely helpless against PSUV’s arbitrariness is a way of preventing any form of an organized civil response. The government now openly considers civility as an act of terrorism.

Rally before Parliament

The National Assembly’s leadership condemned the TSJ Constitutional Chamber’s ruling, considering it a retaliation against Parliament for the work being done by its members to denounce the government’s abuses against democracy and electoral rights abroad. Speaker Julio Borges said that the only internal commotion Nicolás fears is an election and denounced that all of these provisions and decisions are illegal violations. PSUV organized a brief anti-imperialist march and a rally before the Legislative Palace’s entrance.

While vice-president Tareck El Aissami vigorously denying that Venezuelans are “subjected to calamities,” and after he threatened to sue OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro before international courts (after calling him a criminal, jalabola and queer) for “having frozen assets in the U.S.,” a group of opposition lawmakers tried to reach the rally’s stage to demand an end to persecution and respect for the Legislative Branch. The National Guard blocked them and several chavista militants attacked them.

The AN unanimously approved the Law on Humanitarian Aid to open a humanitarian channel to overcome the crisis.

Los gringos de mierda que no se van al carajo

“Piece if shit gringos who won’t go away.” To further enrage Blanca Eekhout, who uttered that phrase during family broadcast time yesterday, the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Western Hemisphere Sub-committee held a hearing called “Venezuela’s Tragic Meltdown,” to review the international community’s role in offering aid to solve the country’s political, economic and social crisis. The head of the sub-committee, republican Jeff Duncan said: “We urge President Trump to keep pressuring Venezuela and to watch its criminal activities.” Democrat Albio Sires said that Venezuela’s situation has worsened as months pass and numerous families search the garbage for food: “Maduro and his people grow wealthier every day with money and drug trafficking, doing nothing for the people who suffer (…) Venezuela is acting as a narco state, facilitating the shipment of drugs throughout the region.” We’ll have more information on this hearing in the following days.

Venezuela’s triumph?

That’s what Nicolás repeated obsessively during a council of ministers that he broadcast to reject the OAS meeting. His arguments weren’t any better than Moncada’s. For instance, he claimed that between 1948 and 1998, there were 100 coups d’Etat in the continent, “all of them with the OAS’s blessing.” That’s why they called for a national and international debate to evaluate the pertinence of Venezuela’s membership to the institution. Delcy told him via on-air phone call that the yesterday’s OAS session never took place, that Almagro was defeated, that she demanded the repeal of Obama’s executive order against corrupt members of the regime and this is an overwhelming victory for Venezuela. Crazy.

 

25 COMMENTS

  1. …why dialogue (which was invoked to exhaustion yesterday) didn’t work and won’t ever work in Venezuela.

    Absolutely correct.

  2. The one hour delay wasn’t the fault of Venezuela, Bolivia, or Nicaragua, it was the fault of the meeting’s chairman from Belize. Why the hell was he letting them speak so much?

    The plain text of the treaty says that a vote should have been called immediately without any discussion and the he allowed an hour of discussion. He didn’t do his job and even his own legal affairs secretary was getting pissy at him.

  3. Obama’s order is not against a few alleged criminals. It labels Venezuela an existential threat to the United States. It is potentially part of a justification for military intervention.

    I realize that many Venezuelans are frustrated by the seeming “no exit” political deadlock that is coupled with a downward spiral of shortages, inflation and pitiful compensation for work. I share this feeling of despair, having family in Venezuela and once having hope that Venezuela could be a beacon showing a peaceful road to socialism.

    As someone who lived through the Vietnam War days the Americanism “We had to destroy the village in order to save it” gives me reason to be opposed to any military intervention that involved the US in any role whatever.

    US DEA and Special Forces are deployed to Combos with permission of its government. As you probably know coca production there has been on the uptick, as had child malnutrition.

    I’m not a Venezuela’s but I care about Venezuela. I would not want meddling that makes a bad situation worse. Some kind of “nelp” is the kind of help we sure can do without.

    • Who in the U.S. is seriously talking about military involvement? Who, give me one name with a modicum of influence? Sorry, but your little diatribe of throwing out a few unrelated facts as a justification for I do not know what, seems to be just the meandering thoughts of someone who supports the current regime but is afraid to or unable to make that argument.

    • Ah, again your racism and hatred towards the venezuelan people make you write the most senseless things, taken directly from the ridiculous chavista / castrista propaganda pamphlets.

      How was that again: “Venezuela is not a trick, it is hop”?

      • You blither and you blather. You make no sense. Something about me seems to set you off. I’m against Venezuela being invaded. I’m against embargoes, blockades, sanctions of any kind against Venezuela. I’m against Venezuela’s lifeblood being sent to bond speculators while children faint from hunger in their classrooms. I’m not going to support people like Ramos who take money from the US State Department. I’m not going to support an opposition that doesn’t offer policy alternatives but does offer FIVE presidential candidates.

        I second the motion by several former government leaders for an audit of CADIVI recipients and legal efforts to reverse the Great Embezzlement.

        https://youtu.be/2WgKmbEKEM0

        I am impressed with CC’s tolerance for my views and thank Mr. Toro once again for allowing me this space.

        • “Something about me seems to set you off.”

          Liars annoy me, don’t consider yourself so important.

          “I’m against Venezuela being invaded. I’m against embargoes, blockades, sanctions of any kind against Venezuela.”

          This is the exact ridiculous bullshit that chavismo pukes 24/7, the basic castrist lies from 60 years ago, barked ad-nauseam, you’re repeating the same fallacies that are broadcast by the chavista brainwashing propaganda.

          “I’m against Venezuela’s lifeblood being sent to bond speculators while children faint from hunger in their classrooms. ”

          You’re a hypocryte, if you were against the bond speculators, you would be against chavismo, because those very speculators that sucked dry Venezuela’s funds after destroying its production to establish monopolies through the engineered famine are the heads of chavismo, from the dead Chávez all the way down to the last imbecile of the colectivos, such as the one that stole a fricken bakery, all with the full support of Maduro and each of the chavista heads.

          “I’m not going to support people like Ramos who take money from the US State Department.”

          Crackpot conspiranoics without any base or proof at all, go get your tinfoil hat.

          “I’m not going to support an opposition that doesn’t offer policy alternatives but does offer FIVE presidential candidates.”

          If you stopped covering your ears while chanting your stupid socialist mantras, you would notice that the worst of the opposition is a billion times better that the “bestest” of chavismo

          “I second the motion by several former government leaders for an audit of CADIVI recipients and legal efforts to reverse the Great Embezzlement.”.

          Yeah, such as the time more than five years ago that prosecutor Luisa Orterga claimed she had in her hands the famous list of every single person who had stolen funds through that sludge that’s the currency monopoly, the same with the narco-cretin terrorist Diosdado, and until this day, crushing silence, maybe it was because they read only high chavista figurehead names on that list, right?

          Your hypocrisy comes from following the same hollow leftist rethorics and senseless lunacy that made Bernie Sanders to praise the hours-long lines to buy scarce food in Venezuela, showing not only HIS intentions for USA (Which was the first reason no one wanted to vote for him), but also showing that he’s either the most clueless person talking about Venezuela because of the crass ignorance about its situation, or he was openly advocating for the regime you claim to be against.

    • “That Venezuela could be a peaceful road to socialism ” Please give me one example of a country where socialism (a fancy word for communism) has worked?! Ffs socialism/communism IS the bigest cancer that has hit our world since Karl Marx thought of it.

  4. Moncada went with the plan to disrupt the meeting by steam rolling over diplomacy and decorum. I think he achieved just that. He got his second best outcome which was to go back to the BS of the dialog (the first one was to pull out of the agenda but that was at best an already lost battle). Why not?, I mean it has worked twice it may work a third time, at the end we are dealing with the Venezuelan opposition!.

    Maduro and Co. know that this is a matter of when but not of what. Hence they got the types of Moncada and the hyper-chloridric Delcy Eloina to do the dirt job and go bare knuckles with a bunch of schooled diplomats (that have never seen a Venezuelan wannabe communist malandro within 5 meters) in order to buy precious time.

    Meanwhile the oppo remains headless, rudderless and with el pajuo de Capriles that continues to insist in his presidential bid without having a modicum of political instinct. The oppo is not only wasting time but wasting people, literally. The oppo seems oblivious to the fact that the longer Maduro stays in power the harder is going to be to get rid of the regimen.

    We are coming back to the ruling of the ni-ni, and having the gross of the population disenfranchised from any of the two alternatives will keep the government alive and kicking.

    The fact of the matter is that Maduro will continue to survive with or without the OAS. At the end, Cuba is still Cuba without the OAS so lets keep the distraction going. He knows that by the time the OAS is ripe for activating the Democratic Charter it will be 2018 or who knows?; he may just dodge the (rubber) bullet by keeping the “little ones” fed with Venezuelan oil. No one said that oil can’t be re-exported for extra cash.

  5. I don’t support the Maduro government. I do oppose intervention, especially US intervention. The Washington Post calls for “political intervention.” For two consecutive years the President of the United States has officially labled Venezuela an existential threat. While neighboring Colombia hosts US Special Forces and the DEA it has jacked up cocaine production as the US and its semi official media label Venezuela a narco state. It’s no secret that the US has officially accused two top government officials of being cocaine kingpins and have convicted two relatives of the First Family of drug trade after abducting them from a third country.

    It’s not as though the US has been too shy to invade Panama under a similar scenario nor is it out of character for the United States to invade Latin American countries. United States Forces are deployed to Colombia, Peru, Aruba, Curacao, Puerto Rico, and Cuba (yes Guantanamo is located in Cuba and it’s not only a prison for people who have been abducted from abroad, it’s a military base.) Then there are Naval forces floating around the Carribean.

    It’s not off the wall to see the OAS campaign as a political and psychological preparation for a possible invasion. It’s not as though such a thing would never be considered by Trump/Bannon.

    • I assume that you are referring to Venezuela being declared by Pres. Obama under the Foreign Relations Authorization Act? Seventeen other Latin American countries were on the list of 22 (Venezuela is one of three that have been determined to have “failed demonstrably). As far as I am aware, neither this nor any other action by a Pres. of the US has led to any sanctions. Only a few “rogue” (trying to be nice here) officials with the Maduro administration have been personally sanctioned.

      Why do you keep going back to Colombia, yes, Panama was “taken” from Colombia over 100 years ago. Yes , coca production is up. Why, not because of some conspiracy theory, but because Pres. Santos has all but ended aerial fumigation and manual eradication. By the way Colombia was one of those 17. Do you believe that it is the policy of the Colombian government to increase coca production? Does this seem to be a distinction compared to some high ups in the Venezuelan government?

      About the only thing that seems to connect is the that what Pres. Trump may or may not chose to do is not predictable. Congrats on getting that one correct.

      • This is in reference to the presidential decree I’m talking about:

        “Tue Mar 10, 2015 | 10:49 AM EDT
        U.S. declares Venezuela a national security threat, sanctions top officials

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        Mar 9, 2015 | 01:39
        U.S. declares Venezuela a security threat

        By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton | WASHINGTON
        (Reuters) – The United States declared Venezuela a national security threat on Monday and ordered sanctions against seven officials from the oil-rich country in the worst bilateral diplomatic dispute since socialist President Nicolas Maduro took office in 2013.”

        I was not referring to the “ancient history” regarding Panama. I was talking about the invasion in which Manuel Noriega was seized at the cost of hundreds of Panamanian lives, but true enough the US has a lengthy record of bullying weaker nations, even dismembering some.

        As for the policy of President Santos I won’t speculate. The fact is though that the number one narco state in the neighborhood is Colombia and Colombia hosts not only Special Forces but also my country’s putative anti drug warriors. Some Venezuelans are very bad people who deal in cocaine that originates in Colombia. I don’t doubt that. Venezuela’s current Vice President had some of them deported to the US and some deported to Colombia, two narco states in my opinion, but he was doing his job.

        No high ups in the Venezuelan government have been convicted in any court of law of drug dealing.

        I oppose US intervention in Venezuela. I am in a state of despair over the rapidly declining well being of the Venezuelan people.

        Years ago I married someone from Venezuela. I visited there for three months between November 2014 and February 2015. My wife’s family and their neighbors were experiencing difficulties then and I know the present situation has very much deteriorated since then. I would wish that Venezuela has political forces, patriotic and of good will capable of halting the downward spiral and reversing it.

        • so you have no problems with the accusations against VP El Aissami and are comfortable using words like “dismembering” and “abducting”?

          where does this idea of U.S. intervention come from? do you believe the U.S. plans to invade for oil? like in Iraq? how does the recently approved pipeline from Canada fit into this equation?

          • I have a big problem with the drug accusations against El Aissami. The allegations are just that – allegations that make me think “pot ,- kettle – black.” Except El Aisssmi has answered back. He was once Venezuela’s “Drug Czar” and he extradited bad actors to the US and Colombia.

            Paul Wolfowitz spelled out the doctrine that maintains that the United States is The Exceptional and Indispensable nation that must never allow any other nation or combination of nations to be capable of challenging US Full Spectrum Dominance. This would mean the United States must be capable of hobbling China and not permitting a functional alliance of China Russia and Iran. So the United States needs to be able to deny oil to China if and when it is deemed necessary. Yes, China owns oil fields in Iraq but the US and its allies can shut off the spigot when it’s desired.

            They don’t want China to have unfettered access to oil, uranium, coltan. They want to be able to shut down and or seize the Central American canal owned by China. They don’t want Chinese and – or Russian forces anywhere near them.

            Part of the way the doctrine rolls is to spy on Angela Merkel, and as many other leaders and opinion shapers as possible and map out as many human relationships as possible too. The Pentagon, the CIA, the NSA, possibly other entities that are unknown to the public – these are gigantic organizations that have the world’s fastest most powerful computers and thousands of well paid employees and contractors.

            I’m going to close out for now. If you want to take anything that I’ve written here up I’ll answer.

          • “so you have no problems with the accusations against VP El Aissami and are comfortable using words like “dismembering” and “abducting”?”

            Because he’s as ignorant as anyone could be on Venezuela, not having even an idea what the chavista fat fish are doing there, or is just plainly hypocryte.

            “where does this idea of U.S. intervention come from? do you believe the U.S. plans to invade for oil?”

            From the same communist propaganda pamphlets from the 60s, that guy needs to update his ideas for like 60 more years.

            ” like in Iraq?”

            Funny thing, that in spite of the almost infinite accusations that USA wanted to “steal Irak’s oil”, until this very day, no american has built the first drilling rig to plunder the “sacred black gold” from Irak’s soil.

            What the conflict in Irak served for was, is to force an increase in the oil prices, oil that Bush’s oil companies had stored for hundreds of millions to make a killing selling them at hiked prices.

            You see the concept of irony when the so-called worst enemies of chavismo have been the most responsible for keeping them afloat, without Bush, there wouldn’t have been oil barrel above 100$, and without Obama, there wouldn’t have been the meedling from State Department forcing the dialogue down the throat of Venezuela.

          • Controlling Iraq’s oil means being able not simply to take it but to deny it to others, China for example. There’s another important factor in the Iraq war. It’s been understood that the Iraqi Army under Hussein was respected as a serious and potent foe by Israel. Because a big chunk of the American elite is Jewish and many among them are single mindedly devoted to Israel the Israel Lobby has had disproportionate weight in US affairs, especially in regards to middle east policy.

            Bush Deputy Secretary of “defense” comb slimer Paul Wolfowitz spelled out the “Full Spectrum Dominance” doctrine, which happens to benefit Israel.IMO the Iraq war was at least as much a ear for Israel as for anything else.

            I know more about Venezuela than 99% of my countrymen but you’re right, there’s a lot I don’t know or understand.

  6. To answer Citoyen Egalitė’s question “what’s up with Suriname”; That country has been under the rule of its own drug kingpin name Desi Bouterse since has overthrew a democratic government in the early 80’s. Killed his opponents by ordering their executions. Sentenced to 9 years in the Netherlands for his involvement in a large cocaine smuggling operation (still on Interpol’s list). He still makes his money with cocaine smuggling but has diplomatic immunity bcuz of being the legit president of that banana republic. So voting in favor at the OEA would be taking too much risks I imagine!

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