Nobody’s Candidates

For Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Translated by Javier Liendo.


Photo: Infobae

Yesterday was the first day to verify candidacies before the National Electoral Council (CNE). In the morning, a man called Reinaldo Quijada came up, saying that he’s running with the conviction that “Chávez has been betrayed,” that’s why he sees himself as opposition to Nicolás but a protector of the revolutionary process. Quijada, 58, an engineer, member of the party Unidad Política Popular 89 (allegedly a member of the late Great Patriotic Pole, if it existed at all), presented a government plan titled “The Path to Solve the Crisis,” assuming that he represents a different leadership that will recover “the revolutionary process, which has been perverted and twisted.”

In the afternoon, Lara Governor Henri Falcón submitted his candidacy as well, supported by Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) and Avanzada Progresista (AP) and he’s supposed to go tomorrow to present his own government plan. So, Falcón’s so called constant assessment of his candidacy doesn’t match the expectations of those who want change, but it does match his selfish aspirations that will legitimate the show set up by Nicolás, who will also formalize his candidacy today; this time supported by the Communist Party, the most cowardly (and beaten) party in the national spectrum.

CNE’s other announcements

Rectora Tania D’Amelio presented on Twitter the certificate proving the inspection of the Electoral Registry, carried out in the presence of witnesses from political parties Avanzada Progresista, PSUV, Acción Democrática, Copei, PCV and Somos Venezuela, among others; emphasizing that CNE’s technicians “offered satisfactory answers to the questions made by present organizations, and that there were no objections (sic) to the Registry, which ratified the transparency of the event.”

Amelia Alter, head of the National Electoral Registry Office, reported that the Electoral Registry the CNE will use for presidential elections reached 20,482,113 voters, an increase of scarcely 677,114 citizens compared with the one used in regional and municipal elections; and out of those, only 107,284 will vote abroad. Sadly, she forgot to mention that almost two million young potential voters were unable to register due to lack of time and insufficient stations to do it. The final ballot will be revealed on March 5.

Shamelessness as a norm

Yesterday morning, Transport Minister Carlos Osorio denounced an alleged attempt to derail one of the trains of the Valles del Tuy railway system, blaming the opposition for the incident.

Later, the stairs of El Calvario in Caracas were occupied by members of colectivos (paramilitary armed groups) who denounced that the U.S. creates shortages of food and medicines and the exodus of Venezuelans, while pledging their support for Nicolás’ candidacy and wielding rifles and shotguns.


After that, Diosdado Cabello ratified that the CNE and the ANC will announce the date for parliamentary elections. Upset by the results of the #Encovi2017 survey, he not only criticized the universities that made it, he also claimed: “We don’t deny the problems in the street, but we’re here in this situation due to a blockade and because of the economic war,” a great lie.

Only 1,169,357 citizens got their PSUV ID, interesting.

Over 24 million

The price of the Food Basket for January 2018 was Bs. 24,402,767, an increase of nearly eight million (47.9%) compared to December and 3,828.9% between January 2017 and January 2018. 98.2 minimum wages (Bs. 248,510.41) are required to purchase the basket (for a family of five) in other words, Bs. 813,425.57 per day, more than three minimum wages! All items are more expensive and the gap between controlled and market prices is 179,174.5%.


While a group of PDVSA retirees protested near El Palito Refinery demanding information on the pensions fund, Reuters revealed that a group of American investors are seeking approval from Washington to acquire a guarantee on the 49.9% of Citgo shares currently owned by Russian State-run oil company Rosneft and thus prevent Moscow from confiscating a large part of the refinery in case PDVSA fails to pay its debt. Remember that Venezuela handed over to Rosneft that 49.9% of Citgo as guarantee in exchange for a $1,5 billion loan two years ago and although Rosneft and PDVSA have been negotiating an exchange of that collateral to avoid complications caused by the sanctions, the talks haven’t prospered because PDVSA has nothing attractive to offer them.


Chief European diplomat Federica Mogherini asked Venezuela to guarantee credible elections, restating that the European Union is ready to react otherwise.

When they say “credible”, they mean free and fair, with the participation of all political parties and a balanced composition in the CNE. Mogherini added that even though Venezuela is living critical moments, “there’s still time to make formal decisions” to ensure fair elections.

In Geneva, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced before the UN Human Rights Council that Venezuela is a victim of American interference, which includes: the threat of a military intervention, an economic blockade and the call to Venezuelan soldiers to rise in arms and topple Nicolás. The Foreign Ministry emphasized the solidarity of the Group of Like-minded States after Arreaza’s speech, but they forgot to explain that those countries are precisely the ones that despise democracy, destroy the rule of law and violate human rights. Arreaza claimed that there’s no humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

He quoted Francisco Valencia, head of Codevida:

“If there’s no humanitarian crisis, then there’s a deliberate and silent genocide of millions of Venezuelans.”


  • Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa said: “there are no conditions for democratic elections in Venezuela on April 22 (…) Would Uruguay go to elections with political leaders behind bars? Would we hold elections with outlawed parties? I think not. And what we don’t want for ourselves, we must not wish for others either.”
  • Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuzcynski said that he’ll meet with his Colombian counterpart, Juan Manuel Santos, to discuss several matters, including Venezuela’s situation as the most important issue.
  • Ecuador’s Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa said that her country doesn’t dismiss the possibility of being a friendly interlocutor in the Venezuelan crisis, pointing out that: “Latin American countries have different ways of seeing and facing the Venezuelan crisis. Non-interference doesn’t mean indifference.”
  • The group of Independent Venezuelan American Citizens (IVAC) will ask the U.S. Congress today in Washington to coordinate humanitarian aid for Venezuela as well as the “intervention of a military force of peace” able to oust the government (?).

Amnesty International will participate in two hearings convened by the IACHR for today: one about the right to food and health in Venezuela, the other about citizen security and institutionality, where they’ll explain the measures of the Venezuelan State to perform raids, arrests, the excessive use of force and the inappropriate use of the justice system. Families, representatives of victims and NGOs will also share their testimonies.

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  1. So, major political parties AD/COPEI certified that the CNE Electoral Registry has 20.5mm VOLUNTARILY registered voters 18/older, or 75% approx. of total eligible pop. (29mm-2mm youths unable to register-2mm emigrated Venezulans 18/older), which is, of course, a huge lie, but does allow the Regime plenty of non-voting votes for NM to stuff the 50%/+ of non-Oppo-witnessed voting machines, which I’m sure HF wont mind….

  2. These laughable political mercenaries, gross vultures and hyenas salivating around Caracas’ Carcass are simply trying to exploit the pueblo-people Immense Ignorance, its unfathomable lack of education:

    “..with the conviction that “Chávez has been betrayed,” .

    Believe it or not, that’s exactly what Millions and Millions of average people still think, TODAY. After the destruction of their country under their own eyes, in recent history, when a few years ago Chabestia was still alive and governing. That’s how utterly clueless our beloved, ‘bravo’ pueblo really is. They blame Maduro and the new thugs, but the Galactico Chavez is still adored. Some even do believe in the “guerras economicas del imperio”, but that requires more than just a tragic lack of education, that borders on sheer mass-stupidity. Zombie alienation, collective lobotomy.

    But they venerate and adore Chavez, who showered them with gifts while destroying every foundation of a country formerly known as Venezuela. Today, they even flee to Colombia or anywhere, praising Chavez. Yes, by the hundreds of thousands. Today. It’s hard to say that they deserve the shit that they got, because the previous MUDs share the blame of their lack of education and total cluelessness.

    But I guarantee you that if elections were fair, and some candidate like these with some charisma, Chavez-like were to run, he would win again! That’s how wise our “pueblo” truly is. That’s why Klepto-Cubazuela is where it is, right there with Zimbabwe, Haiti, or worse.

    • Right, waiting for another silk/forked-tongue Chveztoide Godot, playing Llanero music, dancing joropo, singing Ali Primera, all while metiendoseles doblado, y robandoles a manos llenas….

  3. What’s up with the comments section? I posted a comment hours ago and it never appears. I try to repost it and get a message that I’ve already posted those comments.

  4. More open dissent/anger being published on Aporrea. Example form the “ideology and socialism” section:

    (machine translation):

    “Really, I do not know which of the two is worse, if Cabello or Maduro, but the important thing to emphasize is that until now they have left with theirs, running over the country with impudence and arrogance, the malandro. This robolutionary malandreo will be very expensive: the country is overwhelmed, impoverished, mistreated and obstinate. More than 80 percent of our compatriots do not want or respect them, they hate them, despite the humiliation of the “Carnet de la Patria” and the other generous controls, which provide little relief and less education for work and solidarity and productive coexistence , while Venezuela continues to sink morally, politically, economically, socially and culturally.”

    “That pretense, malarial of Hair and Mature, is unacceptable; his brutality is a world anthology. I feel an unprecedented grief, as a Venezuelan and lifelong political and social fighter: they disgust me, the proposal and its proponents: What do you think, these malandros, who behave like true bosses of the abuse of power and immorality in the exercise of the public?”

  5. On an another irrelevant matter. How the Venezuela ski team (Adrian Solano and César Augusto Baena Sierraalta,( the self-proclaimed best skiers in Venezuela) do in the Winter Olympics. (did they get training it France or Australia)

  6. Let’s see if I can trick the CC system into accepting this one:

    Meanwhile, at Vista Hermosa prison in Bolivar, prisoners have taken to eating pigeons and rats to survive.

    “Venezuelan prisoners are eating rats and pigeons as a means of survival as food supplies continue to dissipate in the failed socialist state, according to a report published this weekend.”

    Here in the east, even though we’re in the middle of an area that still produces some agricultural products, things are getting really dicey. For the first time ever the other night my woman wondered out loud if we’d be able to find enough food to sell in her bodega. A visit to the local Monday morning market yesterday showed how grim things are. Those vendors who normally are well-stocked with vegatables had only 2 or 3 items, in small volumes, and really crappy-looking to boot. Exotic stuff like carrots and beets no longer make it here because of the transportation breakdown. Can’t remember the last time I saw an apple or a pear.

    Auyama, which we normally have an average of 200 kilos for sale, has now disappeared. It’s normally inexpensive (7,000 bs per kilo the last we sold) and can be eaten steamed or in soup. I have no clue when we’ll see it again.

    We’ve still got ñame on hand but that too is now in short supply. Speaking of ñame, a guy bought 20 kilos last night along with 30 or so platanos. As he explained it, for his wife and 4 kids, ñame at 20,000 bs per kilo is a far better option than spaguetti which now goes 200,000 bs per kilo…..if it can even be found. And since ñame can sit on a shelf for months without damage, it’s worth it to buy in volume.

    We’re also seeing buyers of maiz trillado asking for it by the sack as opposed to just 2 or 3 kilos. I suspect people are starting to hoard it since it’s only a matter of time before that too runs out. I had a guy from Maturin come by and make a very generous offer for 2,000 kilos of maiz trillado but I declined since we’ve suspended large sales of processed corn to outsiders. We’ve decided instead to concentrate on selling it here locally. BTW, we’re down to about 10,000 kilos of raw corn.

    By late March things should be really ugly. By election day, critical, which means Maduro will win in a landslide.

    Venezuela. As Naky says, we go on.

    • Prisoners eating rats and pigeons sounds better than when they were eating the other prisoners.

      MRubio – your updates are greatly appreciated, as are all of those from people actually living through this in the country. Yes, with that can of spectacular performance, his re-election is a no-brainer.

    • MRubio, can you explain the decline in the value of the dollar? Is from a lack of physical cash or something else? What is the word from your step-daughter?

      Hope the little one is at the very least stabile and in reality doing well. Good luck going forward.

      • I really appreciate you asking waltz, thank you so much for caring about her condition. Crystal had another major surgery last week, concentrating on her intestines. She was in IC for a number of days, moved out, but is now back in and lined up for another emergency surgery tomorrow because it appears she’s got some sort of blockage. Her uncle showed me a pic of her last week, all swollen from the surgery and medications, but there she was with a big smile on her face. What an inspiration a 3 year old can be. I’m really concerned but so far she’s pulled through every single major surgery and has come storming back.

        As for the dollar, I can’t explain though someone here last week said they thought it had to do with the holdups on the government auctions. I had dollars offered to me today at 210,000 bs per dollar but the overall volume was more than we spare at the moment so we declined. I wished we could have though because I’m sure the trend will be back in the dollar’s favor soon. I’ve got a business deal pending that I’m trying to complete in dollars. If, however, the guy ends up paying in bolivares, I’m sure the dollar will take off the day I close the deal as I plan to convert the funds into dollars as quickly as possible.

        • Hope her recovery continues, we all know the dollar will skyrocket once Maduro starts spending on the upcoming election so get your deal done before then. Again, best wishes to Crystal and all the rest who suffer at the hands of the incompetent sadistic criminals.

      • Dollar decline–why, HF’s candidacy, what else? Seriously, it’s supply-demand in a thin market–every year Feb.-Mar. Ven. corps. bring/change $ for Bs. to pay their Ven. Bs. corporate income taxes (-30% $ decline, sometimes). End Mar./ early April $ zooms back up to trend.

  7. Pigeons are excellent food. Birds in general, especially wild ones, can be delicious and highly nutritious. Las “tortolitas” as we used to call them in Caracas.. Pajarito Fritos!!.. Go to any tasca in La Candeleria, if there are any left, a delicacy in Spain, served as Tapas perhaps. We used to catch some at our Finca near Barlovento, nail’em with a “Flobber” (beebee gun) y a la parrilla.. awesome.. If you ain’t got no gun, build a China (sling shot) y listo. I suspect that’s what lots of campesinos are doing these days, besides stealing, of course, (for example 120,000 Turkeys stolen per year from the main producer still standing there, Avicola Mayupan, owned by a friend of mine).

    If my buddy Rex doesn’t lay down the hammer, and Chavismo is to stay forever Cuban style, people better get the hell out of there, overseas or back to the country side, and learn how to raise chickens, tomatoes, bastante yuca y ñame and, for the more exquisite tastes, for ex-capitalinos, learn to hunt Pajaritos Fritos or Lapas with sling shots in our expropriated Fincas out there.

  8. Ah yes, Barlovento. With my blue eyes and accent when people ask, “you’re not from here, are you?”, I always say, no, I was born and raised in Barlovento. Anyone who knows that area of the country will know why they laugh we I say that.

    And yes, being originally from S. Louisiana, I know all about the dishes prepared with doves, quail, duck, goose, and just about whatever animal one can get his hands on. I’ve eaten plenty of pigeons, including the local white-winged pigeon, but they’re much tougher than the smaller doves that are similar to those we have in the states. The quail here are delicious, though like those in the states can be on the dry side.

    • Yeah, maybe you remember “fincas Prado Largo, Caserios Las Martinez.. 10 minutes before Barlovento. We had 8 hectares there, and learned to kill and eat everything, with machetes bigger than ourselves when we were kids.. our ‘wachiman’ campesino there was Nemesio Borotoche. His real name, I kid you not. Among his favorite gourmet dishes were crocodile tail (cola e’ baba), morrocoy, lapa of course, and Cachicamo.. he taught us how to hunt it at night, putting a piece of meat as bait in front of their burrows, wait with lantern in one hand, machete on the other, silent until they came out sniffin’.. Excelent fishermen too on those caños.. where the real Guabinas come from (not Chavistas).. Nemesio would kill anything, dried snake skins hanging everywhere en el conuco, contra “la pava”, very superstitious.. One wild beast he would not dare go against: El Baquiro.. wild pigs.. if you heard a Cunaguaro or “Tigre”, don’t worry. But if you heard the dreaded Baquiros clanking their teeth, run for your life!

      • Interesting story PC. From what I recall of that area near Barlovento, it’s very heavily-wooded. Is that not an area that produces cacao?

        As for the many animals you’ve named, I’ve eaten most of them… Louisiana, armadillo (cachicamo), nutria (sort of a small version of the lapa), alligator tail, and even bullfrogs. I’ve also eaten canebrake rattlesnake and it was quite good. Here in Venezuela I’ve had lapa as well.

        Morrocoy I encountered often on my ranch as it butted up against the local mountains. I never could bring myself to kill and eat one though, always let them walk. They’re popular here in this region during Semana Santa for use in cuajado.

        The only baquiro I’ve ever seen here in the wild was also on my place. A buddy of mine has one at his house that he raised from a piglet and the thing sleeps inside at night. It’s like a dog. LOL. I think they’re also called a collared peccary which extends from S. Texas all the way to Argentina.

        Another beast I’ve seen on my place was a vicious-looking animal that somewhat resembles an otter though it’s not always near water. I wish I could remember what the locals call it. One of our ranch dogs thought about tangling with one in an open field one day but decided it was better left alone in the end. Dark brown in color, long in the body, relatively short legs, and I believe a long tail. Got any ideas?

    • Much enjoyed the bicho/animal stories and what grew in Barlovento. I had never heard of cachicamo, but a search engine showed it was the good old armadillo- which I have known south of Venezuela as quirquincho or tatu. I once mailed a box of armadillo shells from Argentina to a museum in the US. I had barbecued armadillo in Florida one time. IIRC, it had to be boiled a long time to make it more tender. Boil than grill.

      Wild boars, which appear to be not peccaries but descendants of domestic pigs, are a problem in Texas. A Plague of Pigs in Texas.


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