For Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Photo: AN

Yesterday, the lawmakers of the National Assembly’s Finance Committee commented on their National Price Index: “inflation for February was estimated at 80%, so interannual inflation rose to 6,147% and cumulative inflation for the first two months of the year rose to 164.2%. The lack of control in public spending, fiscal indiscipline and restrictions and regulations in a crumbling economy, explain part of this tragedy. Hyperinflation has destroyed our currency to the point that a Bs. 100,000 banknote — which started circulating in November 2017 — has already lost 80% of its value,” according to lawmaker José Guerra. As if on cue, later in the day BCV chairman Ramón Lobo announced the relaunching of the new Bs. 100,000 with other security elements, such stupidity, considering how low the forgery risk and how urgent the need of incorporating higher denominations is. For the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Cepal), Venezuela is the only country in the region that won’t grow in 2018 and they estimate a 5.5% drop in our GDP.

Celebrating dependency

Nicolás held a cadena to celebrate the creation of the Local Committees of Supply and Production (CLAP) that, according to the Economic Emergency Decree, were created to gradually reduce the dependency on external supply of strategic products, although they’re the best mechanism of dependency to the State and they keep importing thousands of tons of food and making foreign private companies rich in the process, but according to Nicolás, the “chains of the oil rent have been broken.”

With the fast increase of inflation, shortages have grown more serious, but for him, the CLAP mark the way to “non-speculative food security” since they’re a route for guaranteed supply; despite everyday protests evidencing the opposite.

Nicolás made an effort — by sheer pre-production, abundance and optimism — to overshadow Diosdado Cabello’s statement recognizing the dissatisfaction within the Armed Forces, “but there’s full awareness of where we must go.”

Let’s dance for rain

The considerable malfunctions of the national power system were distributed among several spokesmen and causes, emphasizing droughts, fires and sabotage. For Electrical Energy minister Luis Motta Domínguez, the issue lies in the low water levels in La Vueltosa dam (Barinas), which not only cripples water services, but also affects the Peña Larga and Leonardo Ruíz Pineda dams. But don’t worry, in a period no greater than 15 days, Motta will come up with “a solution to this situation that’s caused by mother nature.”

Interior minister Néstor Reverol shows on Twitter his inspection at the “Don Luis Zambrano” power plant (Mérida), announcing the activation of a Contingency Plan to monitor the behaviour of the power system and the installation of a situation room to follow the issue.

Lastly, vice-president El Aissami asked people in affected locals to be “understanding” and claimed that the system will start normalizing in the next few days, while he keeps denouncing electrical sabotage.

In the Brazilian Roraima state, people denounced that Venezuela suspended power services since Saturday, and the 10 cities that depend on it suffered constant blackouts.

All of these authorities should read the statements of engineer José Aguilar for El Pitazo, who explains in simple terms that a production deficit of thermal megawatts in the plants located in the country’s southwest is one of the causes for the failure affecting so many states. In his view, “the system is experiencing a serious malfunction that the minister has yet to accept.”

Don’t validate the fraud

The Broad Front for a Free Venezuela met in UN headquarters in Caracas to express their condemnation for presidential elections set for May 20, calling them fraudulent. Dissident chavista Sergio Sánchez read the statement they took with them, with these opening words: “Nicolás Maduro’s regime, supported by the spurious and illegitimate ANC and by the CNE, unconstitutionally convened an illegitimate and fraudulent electoral process for May 20.”

Lawmaker Delsa Solórzano submitted the document accompanied by other representatives and clarified that the Broad Front is not an abstentionist movement: “We want to vote, but we want to vote in a real, free process, convened in compliance with the Constitution (…) We’re demanding the UN not to validate that fraud,” she said.

Víctor Márquez, representative of the UCV’s Teachers Association, said that they’ll call for a another protest on Saturday and that the Broad Front’s actions won’t be conventional.


  • Lawmaker Julio Borges and Carlos Vecchio met with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, as part of the Broad Front’s activities to seek support to hold elections with guarantees. Peña Nieto expressed his commitment with the recovery of democracy.
  • Remember PDVSA’s lawsuit against Helsinge, Inc.? Well, yesterday, Geneva’s regional prosecutors arrested a couple of Helsinge, Inc. executives -without saying names- for suspicions of corruption and money laundering.
  • With several Venezuelan states in the dark, foreign minister Jorge Arreaza attended the Founding Conference of International Solar Alliance in New Delhi (India), and stated that Venezuela has the responsibility to develop solar power, so cute. He used his press conference to claim that Nicolás will attend the Summit of the Americas because he’ll be backed by many governments. Good luck, eh.
  • Luisa Ortega Díaz said that she’ll travel this Friday to The Hague to broaden the accusation she filed before the International Criminal Court, submitting documents that include evidence linking Nicolás with Óscar Pérez’s murder. It’s absurd that she participated in a debate about the Venezuelan human rights crisis, presenting herself as a champion of the justice she denied and vilified.
  • The “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz,” Oskar Gröning, one of the last nazis to be tried for his actions during the Second World War 70 years after it ended, died yesterday at 96 years old. During his trial, he asked forgiveness for his moral failure, confessing that he never found “inner peace.” I still wish him a hot cauldron.

The online registration for the candidacies of those aspiring to be state legislative council lawmakers starts today. By the way, it’s been 12 days since Tibisay Lucena said that in a few hours she’d report the rescheduling of activities of the electoral timetable and she hasn’t done that, violating article 42 of the Framework Law on Electoral Processes (Lopre) and patching everything with tweets and press releases: violating the rules became a law to them.

Meanwhile, Nicolás claims that he’ll never give guarantees for others to win over him, breaks the agreement he signed with his contenders and feels in a position to criticize Colombia’s electoral system.

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    • The freaking Donald.. Rex was a great no-bullshit guy.. Trumptard is so focused on “Rocket man”, he doesn’t really care about “shitholes”, in his own words, as Kleptozuela. Luckily for the tropical hellhole’s remaining inhabitants, the US Administration is much bigger than just Trump, they are aware of the geo-political and economic relevance of the kleptozuelan mess, so they are going to the America’s summit in Peru to deal with Chavismo. Masburro said he’ll arrive “by sea”, with Evo Morales throwing coke leaves at the shoreline to welcome him. Grab the popcorn.

      • True, and Rex, he gave his public service to the country for nothing, he has too much experience and integrity to waste more time in the reality circus (remember he pulled the plug on Cierro Negro when Chavez tried to twist his arm.. and now it is another pdvsa disaster).

        But.. Dave is correct, Rex is now Mike.. and the new CIA director Gina Haspel, with 33 years experience, loves extreme rendition, torture. Diosdado, El Pollo, et al should be sh*ting themselves soon.

        • Rex did call the Donald “a moron” and when recently asked point blank about it on 60 minutes he did not deny it. That takes guts. He is a millionaire, accepted the job just to serve his country. But he gave it to the Trumpster straight. Respect.

        • Ira,
          Sacked Secretary of State Tillerson warned about
          Russia’s rogue behaviour in his parting statement.

          Do you think Trump’s
          next secretary will be more pro Russian?
          Less keen to trouble Maduro?

  1. Honest question, who is funding all this travelling? → “Luisa Ortega Díaz said that she’ll travel this Friday to The Hague”

    • With all she stole, the Ortega Whore could afford a private Jet plane. Unibrow Borges and all the MUD clowns? Excellent question.

    • It’s funny, I was also wondering the same thing myself. And it’s not just her, but all the other politicians in exile: Ledesma, the new TSJ, etc. Living abroad is rather expensive compared to Venezuelan salaries; and traveling all over would empty the piggy bank pretty quickly.

  2. “the lawmakers of the National Assembly’s Finance Committee”

    Hilarious. What “lawmakers”? What “National Assembly’? Finance Committee of what, for what? What do these clowns ever do? Who pays for their bloated salaries and frequent international travels? What have they ever done? Where does this Jose Guerra clown get his “economic indicator” figures, Brazilian/Mexican delicious Clap box? Talk about a laughable Banana republic..

  3. “Local Committees of Supply and Production (CLAP) that, according to the Economic Emergency Decree, were created to gradually reduce the dependency on external supply of strategic products, although they’re the best mechanism of dependency to the State and they keep importing thousands of tons of food and making foreign private companies rich in the process, but according to Nicolás, the “chains of the oil rent have been broken.”

    Never seen an actual Clapcrap box, but I hear it’s obvious that the contents are made in Mexico and Brazil. Clearly. Are they labelled? In Spanish? Do the pueblo-people at least still know how to read? The Chavista thugs are so lazy that they probably don’t even take out the labels, or arrange for different packages to support their lies.. “Clapcrap y Leche Malk, Hecho en Cleptozuela, con mucho amor”.

  4. “Venezuela has the responsibility to develop solar power”.

    Finally a Chabestia statement that makes sense. With “solar power” they could cook another Mega-Gui$o, Derwick style, pretending to import billions of “Bolivarian Revolucionary Solar Equipment” from Africa or the Middle East, and get used chatarra instead por pennies. Then, when the lights go out, blame it on Zeus or Sun Ra, or new Chavista gods, in direct contact with El Comandante Supremo himself, inspired by Alectrona, goddess of the morning and man’s waking sense, Athena, goddess of wisdom and crafts, with solar deity characteristics, Apollo, Olympian god of light, the sun, prophecy, healing, plague, archery, music and poetry. Eos, Titan goddess of the dawn. Helios, god of the sun.

    That would be way more believable for the wise pueblo-people, something they could understand. “No hay Luz polque no ha salio el Sol, no ves, chamo? Esta nublado, vale, que vaina”. Instead of resurrecting Indian Tribe Rain Dances, popular events these days pleading to Mother Nature to let it rain.

  5. Poeta is having a very bad day. His buddy Rex got canned by the idiot in the White House. This comes as no surprise at all. The US will never give a damn about Venezuela. Trump will not embargo oil imports or exports because it would cause a shock to the middle class that he can ill afford. He has no policy beyond stupid populism “Make America Great Again” bullshit. Venezuela will have to sort this mess out themselves. Hopefully the OAS in coordination with the regions rational governments can apply pressure to force that repugnant dictator from power. Time is in the oppositions favor for now. The harder Maduro pushes for elections the weaker and more desperate he looks. God speed for the fall of tyrants.

    • Wow. You gotta be kidding.

      The OAS? Shock to the middle class from a VZ oil embargo, when the U.S is now the world’s largest oil producer and refiner?

      Maybe you should stick to reading newspapers, because those web banners are distracting you on Internet news.

    • Opposition. … which opposition are you talking about??? Surely you aren’t referring to those bought off pieces of shit that call themselves members of the AN?? Please don’t be That ignorant. If only there was some opposition, but Venezuela is blessed with a bunch of corrupt opportunist socialists that look out for one thing and one thing only … themselves. They couldn’t care less about “el cobarde pueblo”.

    • Pompeo knows the score on Venezuela, and knows what to do (read/listen to his few public declarations on the matter)–more so than anyone in wishy-washy State.

    • On the contrary Kool, Mike Pompeo is a badass, Chavistas must be shitting bricks today:

      “The situation in Venezuela continues to deteriorate.” In his testimony, Pompeo warned that President Nicolás Maduro “gets more desperate by the hour” and that he might not be fully in control of his government. He cautioned, too, that the country has a range of weapons. Pompeo’s comments suggest he will take a more aggressive approach with Venezuela, a country that Trump has threatened with sanctions and military intervention.


  6. “to overshadow Diosdado Cabello’s statement recognizing the dissatisfaction within the Armed Forces”
    Can anyone add to this?

  7. Careful with Pompeo.. he may scare the hell out of some corupto Chavistas, but he is a necon, will do Trumps bidding, with his eye on his future. Sorry to go down this rabbit hole, but look at his record, he comes from Kansas, worst performing state economy due to cutting taxes and expenses with promises of trickle down economics. 8 years later the state is a basket case, and Pompeo has moved on, twice.

    • Not unexpected. Conjecture has it that the brains behind things either quit, was pushed out, decided to sabotage, lost it, is throwing a smoke cover, or whatever, but the more recent moves seem to have lost effectiveness. Maybe it’s because the MUD held their ground in the meetings in the Dominican Republic. maybe it’s the decline in oil production (which can be recovered), maybe it’s pressure put on by President Trump.


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