Don’t get excited

For Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

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The foreign ministers of the Lima Group agreed that Nicolás is no longer welcome at the 8th Summit of the Americas to be held in Lima; they rejected the government’s decision “that prevents the holding of democratic, transparent and credible elections” and urged them to reconsider the unilateral call and to present a new agreed timetable. They took note of the IACHR’s report on Venezuela, of the announcement made by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and also called for the government to allow the opening of a humanitarian corridor. Once again, it was Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, whose speech was blunt, as she said that the regime was fixed on “a path that does not lead to an agreement”; stating that they won’t recognize elections that bar leaders and parties from participating, that force authorities to give their oaths of office before the ANC, and pointed out that there are reasons to believe that Nicolás won’t act legitimately and in compliance with international parameters. By the way: the Lima Group really takes its time, eh.

The Executive’s interference

After the statement issued by the four United Nations rapporteurs on extreme poverty, food, health and housing due to Venezuela’s alarming living conditions, the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued its third report on Venezuela called “Democratic institutionality, rule of law and human rights,” which includes the recommendations they ask the Venezuelan State to adopt with maximum urgency to improve the protection and guarantee of human rights. In their analysis, the IACHR remarks that the serious interference of both the executive and judicial branches on the legislative branch is one of the key elements of our crisis and accounts for the intense levels of corruption, the existence of a matter of reprisals, severe restrictions to freedom of expression, the rise in violence and crime and the general shortage of food, medicines and medical supplies. The report was handed to OAS chief Luis Almagro and will also be handed to each member nation to read and study.

Prosecuted

After the Spanish goverment agreed last Friday to  send former Vice-Minister Nervis Villalobos and former Electricidad de Caracas Finance Manager Luis Carlos León Pérez over to the U.S., to be tried in that country; the U.S. Justice Department accused them this Tuesday of allegedly engaging in criminal association and money laundering alongside Rafael Reiter Muño, former PDVSA manager; Alejandro Istúriz Chiesa, Bariven manager, fugitive; and César David Rincón, also extradited by Spain, the only one who testified before judge Stephen Smith. For Criminal Division Vice-Prosecutor John Cronan, corruption “threatens economic and political stability and victimizes law-abiding citizens”; meanwhile, for Mark Dawson, special agent of the Office of National Security Investigations, this case “is an example of what can be achieved when international police agencies work together to prevent complex transboundary crimes.”

A new massacre

17 men and one woman were murdered when the Venezuelan Army stormed the Cicapra mine in Guasipati, Bolívar, early last Saturday, February 10. The original version said that the victims had fired against the authorities and that they had various weapons in their possession, including pistols, revolvers, shotguns and grenades. Governor Justo Noguera told journalist Carlos Suniaga that “there was an attack against a military commission that was performing sovereignty patrols” and that the “glorious” Army, in compliance with the protocols and the doctrine, repelled the attack. According to the official report, all victims had several firearm wounds, while all officers were unharmed, which is inconsistent for a shootout. The victims’ families say that they were murdered and that none of them had any police records. Lawmaker Rachid Yasbek said that he’ll request the National Assembly to create a special committee to investigate this incident.

On bombardment

After Roy Chaderton’s brilliant words on VTV claiming that Colombia is one of the countries “prepared to invade Venezuela,” imposed prosecutor general Tarek William Saab denounced in a sort of theatrical statement that Colombia is staging a military incursion into the country and, just like Chaderton claimed that Venezuela “has more than enough technology, ammunition, courage and motivation,” Saab called on the Armed Forces, the people and “legitimate institutions” —oh, the irony— to face the threat. But Alberto Mejía, commander of the Colombian Military Forces, denied any plan to invade or bombard us, saying: “we have so many issues in our country that we’re dedicated and focused. We only want to solve the problems of Colombian citizens.” Foreign Minister María Ángela Holguín took the opportunity at the Lima Group’s forum to reject the accusations and restate that they have enough problems “to be thinking of a military intervention.” Chaderton and Saab should check president Santos’ speech on corruption as one of the worst forms of violence, citing Venezuela as the most pathetic example. If you want to refute him, consider that yesterday, Venezuela once again lost voting rights at the UN General Assembly for holding the highest worldwide debt with the institution. $25,200,296.

The best carnivals?

There were arrests and people injured during protests in Táchira on Youth Day. Ányelo Quintero, a young man wounded in the head during 2017 protests, unfortunately died after facing difficulties to find medicines. A shootout during a carnival parade in El Callao left three people dead and five wounded, while Youth Day was commemorated in the Eastern Cemetery, honoring the protesters killed during 2014 and 2017 protests. Over twenty people were poisoned after eating bitter cassava in Aragua, and eight of them died. Despite all of these successive tragedies, yesterday Nicolás congratulated the country for celebrating the best carnivals in recent years in Venezuela, for being an example “of peace and joy.”


Article 124 of the Framework Law on Electoral Processes establishes that any voters who holds “residence or any other regime denoting legality of permanence outside Venezuela” must be allowed to vote. However, the Venezuelan embassies that have reactivated the Electoral Registry, included obstacles against voters, demanding permanent (definitive) legal residence and attending citizens by ID card number, as if it was a line to buy price-controlled products instead of a political right. Patience for all those who will update their information, read the requirements carefully.

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25 COMMENTS

  1. Look for the Chavista regime to require nationals living abroad to return to Venezuela, register with the CNE, pledge allegiance to the ANC, update their passport (impossible), and only THEN be allowed to vote in elections abroad.

  2. The Grupo de Lima decision to ban Kleptozuela’s narco-regime does matter. It’s a blunt slap in the face of Chavismo. And it entails that virtually no one in America and most of Europe will recognize Maduro as president after the imminent stolen election.

    But it matters most because it paves the way for my buddy Rex.

    After the obvious, anticipated Mega-Fraud, the conditions for a Perfect Storm will set:

    1/ Utterly destroyed economy, scarcity, hunger – even worse than now.
    2/ The intolerable prospect of 7 more years of the wildly detested, loathed Maduro.
    3/ Unprecedented Int’l consensus and condemnation against the isolated narco-regime.
    4/ US oil bonanza, becomes #1 oil producer on the planet, not needing Kleptozuela’s heavy stuff.

    That’s when Rex will lay down the hammer. Oil/Gas embargo means no cash to bribe the Millions of pueblo-people enchufados and leeches, no cash for the thousands of corrupt military, no cash for clap crap.

    That’s when the shit hits the fan.

    • It certainly deprives Maduro of a forum to lambast the United States, the EU, Colombia, Spain, Portugal, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaco, Panama, Brazil, Chile, the Illuminati, Trilateral Commission, Ancient Aliens and Winnie the Pooh for the economic hardships that Venezuelans must endure…

    • “means no cash to bribe the Millions of pueblo-people enchufados and leeches, no cash for the thousands of corrupt military, no cash for clap crap”

      You hugely underestimate those millions of “el bravo pueblo” that just won’t EVER vote or except a non-chavista as president. They’ve been brainwashed too long and are afraid that “el cuarto República” comes back to power. I’m pretty sure they also are going hungry like the rest of the country but they believe in all the BS the regime is throwing at them, you know economic war, gringo financial blockade etc..

      “Oil/Gas embargo”

      The US might stop buying VZ crude but an actual embargo, US warships stopping VZ oil tankers going to open seas I don’t see that happening. It would need the support of the U.N. and China and/or Russia would veto it. So VZ would look and find another customer, India, Russia and China being the obvious once.

      Unless there is an armed uprising in VZ nothing is going to change in the next couple of years.

      • Agreed

        I read (and then watched a clip) of some woman who was wasting away due to Chavismo. She must have weighed less than 50kg. She was angry that she didn’t get her pernil… but out of her pie-hole comes this (parapharasing) “I admit it. I am 100% Chavista. But if Maduro doesn’t give me more free shit, I MIGHT not vote for him next time.”

        WTF?

        You are dying of hunger,
        You have no prospects of a better life under the current regime,
        You admit that your politician is buying your vote… but,
        You can’t see an alternative, other than holding your nose and not voting?

        I am sorry, but some people need to suffer. A few of her family and friends needs to die in front of her. Though I doubt she would see the light even then. I expect her last breath, as she succumbs to starvation, would be, “iViva Chavez!”

        ~~~

        In regards to an embargo, I think that once Venezuelas debt holders get their day in court, the wheels are going to come off the Chavista wagon quick enough. Ships with oil will be quickly seized once they get to port, and their contents garnished. There doesn’t need to be so much as a rowboat to clip Chavismo’s wings. There will be no need at all for a military style blockade. Of course, Chinese and Russian oil shipments will continue, but Venezuela isn’t seeing a dime from them anyway.

      • Duncanvd, I believe an embargo (no purchases of Venezuelan oil or sales of light crude to Venezuela by the US) would be devastating to Maduro right now, much more so than a few years ago. The country has no reserves to fall back upon, no sugar daddy willing to step in and fund them, and finding new clients for the gunk they’re trying to sell today would be really difficult.

        Remember, those refineries in the US that have been processing their crude are tooled to handle their heavy stuff……it can’t just be sent to whatever refinery elsewhere.

        Also, the world is pretty much awash with oil right now so buyers can certainly be selective. Venezuelan crude is generally of very low quality, high asphaltenes, low API, and now, because of poor maintenance and lack of chemicals, high in BS & W…..bottom sediment and water. They’ll take a big hit in price trying to unload the stuff elsewhere.

        • Agree, VZ heavy crude is difficult to sell but they’ll just discount it at god knows … 40-50-60-70%? Like they did with the bonds. They couldn’t care less, they just want to stay in power at any cost. Too many are having very long jail sentences waiting for them. And I also wouldn’t be suppriced if China coughed up some more cash when push Really comes to shove. China has a chunk of change out standing with those chevere rojo rojitos. I know the “opposition” swung by last year, if I remember right, to tell them Not to expect any honoring of any new loans, and maybe even not the last couple of loans, with maduro. Seeing China’a last statements it seems to me they rather see Chavismo in power, for now at least. Out standing loans, investments and influence in the region being their main concern I would think.

          Now besides China and Russia”s rather large interests in keeping the revolution alive I think that lots of people forget Cuba. First of all Fidel was COUNTING on VZ’s richest way before he boarded Granma with his 82 cunts in November 1956. His whole revolution throughout South America should’ve been financed with VZ riches. The brothers Castro have been able to keep in power in the last 2 decades ONLY because of VZ support in every way possible. Secondly Maduro has been educated an molded by Cuba since he was still in his early 20’s. He has huge loyalty towards the Castro regime and will sacrifice VZ with a smile on his face, fuck he’s been doing that since his first day behind the wheel.

          Beside all the different factions within this dictatorship that don’t want to lose their wealth nor go to jail, besides China and Russia’s interests, Raul is not quite ready to pack his bags just yet.

          CubaKleptoNarcoCorruptoZuela is going to be around a little longer then most of you would think/like imho.

          • Well, I never said Maduro couldn’t manage to hold on to power after an embargo, just that it’ll be a shit-load more difficult. I still stand by that and hope that the next Trump admin move is an embargo on all petroleum products between Venezuela and the US.

          • Duncanvd – Thanks, you explained a couple of things my naive mind couldn’t dope out, e.g. “remain in power at all costs” – I could not figure out why the “remain in power” thing was important. If I screwed up like they have, I’d want to get OUT of “power” as quickly as possible and find someone competent to take over. And your point about the Cuba/ Castro/ communists infiltrating anywhere they could in LatAm is what I’ve thought for a very long time, with the addition that it began way before Castro, who was one of the first stupid enough to fall victim. I’ll wait for you to explain the socialist mindset or whatever the disease is – I have my own ideas about it, but I’m not totally sure I have it right..

          • No, Raul is not packing his bags yet. But Cuba is not hedging all their bets on Venezeula either, as indicated by their oil deal with Algeria.

            https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cuba-algeria-oil/cuba-agrees-algerian-fuel-imports-after-venezuelan-oil-shipment-slide-idUSKBN1FK06F

            The fate of this regime lies within the fate of PDVSA. And it is highly doubtful that these lot can get PDVSA turned around any time soon. This whole corruption scheme runs on oil dollars and eventually we will arrive at the breaking point. Hyper inflation will go into warp drive; Bank systems will fail; Massive power outages and punto de ventas wont work– and no cash to pay for anything!!; Transportation system completely breaks down… the list goes on and on. That is the point we are reaching right now and if you are actually in Venezeula you would realize that.

            I know the Cubans are evil and the hardliners in this regime are trying to hold on to power at all costs, but I would err more on the side of “chimbo” (i.e. that these ideologues and thieves have bumbled themselves into this shitstorm) than to say the complete destruction of Venezuela was their sinister goal all along. Like any other ideologue, they want their cake and to eat it too!!!

            Yes, the geopolitical goal was to turn Venezuela into the gas pump of Latin American Revolution/Robolution. Yes, the Cubans are masters of crushing dissent and keeping dictators in power. But what is going on now in Venezuela is completely unsustainable and a very difficult situation to govern- even for the Cubans.

            We are reaching the boiling point. We dont know when, but it is getting hotter and hotter each passing day…and PDVSA will officially enter the “death spiral” soon, if it has not already.

        • MG, you’re right, reading back you stated “( no purchases of Venezuelan oil or sales of light crude to Venezuela by the US) , I still don’t think that would tumble this dictatorship.

    • There is a huge mistake: people that really loathe the gang buy the lies of the gang.

      FIRST LIE: what’s happening in the country, it’s because corruption and mediocrity. FALSE. What is happening it’s a well conceived plan to take over all the natural resources of the land (Castros, Chinese mafia, russian mafia, farc and some recruited members of the fanb). The whole emigration is a vital part of the plan. The perfect scenario will be when no more citizens are living inside the country. The only citizens will be members of the gang and their families. The rest of the people will be slaves: no citizenship and no rights (which is really close as it is now).

      SECOND LIE: Millions of poor people are supporting the gang. FALSE. The gang has used the “elections” of 2017 to impose this lie. Poor people are the most suffering the consequences of the “plan”, which includes starvation, elimination of public services 9that’s why apagones occur more and more frequently). The poor people which now even most of them are thinking to leave the country (which will be the final step of the “plan) are against the gang. Obviously, publicly some of them keep saying they are chavistas because of the consequences of saying otherwise. But the reality has been shown in the latest rallies the gang has done in la ave. Bolivar the CCS: only hundreds of people; not even the hundreds of free buses, free food or even free money let the gang fill a block of supporters. As such, those “millions of supporters” are only in the “actas” of the cne, the same cne that announced 8.2M votes (no voters) for the ANC.

  3. Wikipedia on sweet and bitter cassava, and proper preparation and use of both: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassava

    This is one plant you want to know how to treat and cook, and do not ever want to eat raw.

    Apparently, the root (and some other root or tuber foods) contains chemical mixes which release – the active ingredient – cyanide. Cyanide injures and kills. These chemicals “deter” insects and other pests. Most of the chemicals are found in the skins and close to the skins. With the sweet variety, one can get away with soaking it in water for five hours then boiling it, but it must be cooked thoroughly.

    The bitter variety contains 50 times as much of the chemicals which interact to release cyanide. The bitter can still be eaten, but it must be carefully prepared. That involves peeling it, grinding or grating it up, soaking it in water, and spreading the paste out over a basket for a minimum five hours and letting the water carry away the potentially deadly chemicals (hydrogen cyanide) as it evaporates. My guess is you don’t keep the stuff indoors while it’s drying out.

    I saw a video of a tribe in southeastern Venezuela preparing what I am pretty sure must be cassava, probably the bitter variety. They are aware it is a poison if not treated properly, so they scrape it – the whole thing, so it resembles shaved ice, all of it shredded – mix and soak that in water, shovel it into two meter long basket tubes or tube baskets, about a foot in diameter, and hang them up on a rack for several hours. The baskets are woven so that they constrict when pulled at the ends. Using a winch and rope, the baskets, after they have hung there for several hours, are pulled tight to squeeze out the water. The water is discarded.

    Not done yet, still not safe enough! The contents of the basket are emptied out and formed into thin disks, like pizza, and baked or toasted, both sides, turning various times. The tribe has some metal pans, which I guess are a modern convenience easier to use than heating a flat stone, but the idea is to supply sufficient heat to cook. The cooking drives out more of the potentially toxic chemicals, and the combination of all of the steps of this procedure leave it safe enough to eat.

    Even the sweet cassava must be soaked and cooked thoroughly. The bitter is apparently usually processed industrially, probably using soaking bins, drying pans, and mechanical presses, and dried or toasted into a flour to make breads.

    I get the idea there are safer foods to eat, like ants, termite larvae, grub worms, and such, which are high in protein. Not kidding. https://www.edibleinsects.com/ A bag of roasted crickets retail for $15 bucks. (Yum? …)
    Believe it or not, “stink bugs” have as much protein as beef, and they are edible, tasting a bit like nuts with a touch of lime. Some people eat them alive for the thrill of having them crawl around on their tongues, I guess. Don’t let one crawl up your nose. Grasshoppers, alacranes. All kinds of good food flying and crawling around. Hey … don’t look at me! They retail the things in the U.S. and all over Asia.

  4. I wish it would all collapse like the Communist governments in Eastern Europe.
    But that would require people with the courage of those countries.
    Probably just a wish.

  5. Can anyone answer a simple question:

    How long does the Chavista regime last after Rex lays down the hammer?

    Say the Grupo de Lima does nothing, Macron and Macri do nothing, but Rex stops buying heavy Kleptozuelan oil (Mexico and Canada are ready to supply that) and stops perhaps selling gasoline?

    How much of Maduro’s cash comes from Rex’s pocket?

    Where does Maduro get that CASH otherwise?

    How do they continue bribing the millions of enchufado leeches, and the thousands of corrupt military?

    How long does Maduro last after Rex lays down the hammer?

    I’d say 3 weeks.

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