The Dictator’s Costly Freedom

For Thursday, March 22, 2018. Translated by Javier Liendo.

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Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) was president for just one year, seven months and 21 days. He resigned before facing the second removal motion in the Congress, after the crisis unleashed by the illegal pardon he granted to dictator Alberto Fujimori. A letter sent to Parliament and a recorded message broadcast on TV, summarize this resignation, accelerated after videos and audios surfaced incriminating his lawyer, a minister and other political partners in the paying off congressional votes in exchange for public works. Escorted by his ministers, Kuczynski didn’t admit any fault in his resignation and categorically refused the accusations against him. According to Peruvian Parliament Speaker Luis Galarreta, the resignation will be discussed today and Vice-President Martín Vizcarra — acting as ambassador of Peru in Canada — will be sworn in this Friday as president. Kuczynski is leaving and Fujimori is free.

Chavismo’s euphoria

The Venezuelan government sits on a pile of far worse corruption cases, flagrant violations against the Constitution, the destruction of the rule of law and every democratic institution. Venezuela faces an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, and the man responsible for it seeks reelection only because he controls the Electoral Branch. PPK resigns accused of accepting Odebrecht bribes, which pale in comparison to the amounts chavismo handled while the Prosecutor’s Office fails to open any investigations on the matter. We Venezuelans are losing a great ally with PPK, who worked at an international scale for our cause, but even more importantly, who facilitated many procedures for Venezuelan migrants in Peru. Chavismo should restrain its euphoria; apart from corruption, the lesson in this resignation lies in the value of branch autonomy.

17 years later

Chavista general Víctor Cruz Weffer was arrested in the Maiquetía airport, by order of the Prosecutor’s Office. Imposed prosecutor general Tarek William Saab announced on Twitter that the former chief of Plan Bolívar 2000 was detained thanks to an arrest warrant and a red alert against him, but Cruz Weffer wasn’t wanted by Interpol. Read the work of journalist Lisseth Boon explaining how in 2001, the former Army commander left the government accused of corruption, for the assets he couldn’t justify before the Comptroller’s Office, but which could be explained by irregularities in the Plan Bolívar 2000 and Fondur. Cruz Weffer kept doing business with the Venezuelan State despite the corruption and money laundering charges against him. He’s been arrested after 17 years of impunity and this is supposed to be an achievement.

And unusual decision

The Administration Council, top authority of the International Labour Organization (ILO), reached a consensus to appoint an Investigation Committee for Venezuela, due to the severe and persistent violations against ILO agreements and the Venezuelan government’s refusal to implement the institution’s recommendations.

The Investigation Committee doesn’t require the government’s approval and will investigate the complaints about the violation of workplace regulations, including freedom of association and the right of workers to organize.

ILO’s most recent investigation of this kind was carried out in Zimbabwe in 2008, and there’s only been 12 in the last 60 years.

More than 96 wages!

In February, the food basket reached the extraordinary price of Bs. 37,517,912, an increase of Bs. 13,115,145 (53.7%) compared to January and of 5,536% compared to February 2017, when its price was Bs. 665,682.12. Cendas explains that in order to pay for food in February, a family would require 96.5 minimum wages (Bs. 392,646). The price of all products increased. Just a matter of time before Nicolás links these figures with the humanitarian crisis, the mass exodus and the uselessness of his wage hikes without changing the economic model.

Non-existent dollar

The ANC approved an agreement condemning the sanctions imposed by president Donald Trump against the petro. During the session, chavistas claimed that the U.S. seeks to undermine the country’s stability and attack the government, intensifying what they insist on calling “the economic blockade.” The funniest part of the document says that Trump seeks to reduce “the international impact that the petro has had in its first issues,” accusing him of imposing illegitimate measures that violate international law to disturb our (solid) financial system. The ANC also ordered opening an investigation against opposition leaders to determine the degree of responsibility they might have in Trump’s sanctions against the petro; without clarifying if this theory matches the WhatsApp messages Nicolás was complaining about last Tuesday.

In any case, Delcy Rodríguez has already reached a conclusion: to her, Trump’s executive order “is evidence of a criminal alliance with the Venezuelan right-wing.” She also claimed that “the petro is reminding the dollar that it lacks support, that it doesn’t exist”; if this is true, why do they keep exchange controls up?

Abroad

  • Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis said that Spain will promote new sanctions against the Venezuelan regime at the European Union, if presidential elections are not held in full freedom; remarking that they’ll be sanctions against regime officials and that they won’t advance any measures against the economic system.
  • China could keep providing ways for Nicolás to pay pending loans, but they wouldn’t grant any further funds to relieve his liquidity crisis. Reuters’ long analysis about this topic concludes by comparing Nicolás with Mugabe and Venezuela with Zimbabwe: “a case where China had a poor return of investment.”
  • Eurochamber Speaker Antonio Tajani proposed sending a parliamentary delegation to two of Venezuela’s posts at the border with Brazil and Colombia “to assess the humanitarian situation.”
  • During his visit to Chile, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the U.S. will continue applying sanctions against those responsible for destroying Venezuela’s democracy. President Sebastián Piñera said that ours “is a humanitarian crisis and it’s compromising the lives of Venezuelans.”
  • Yesterday, the Brazilian  government asked the World Health Organization to modify the agreement signed by the members of the Pan-American Health Organization in order to force Venezuelans to take vaccines as they enter its territory.
  • The Red Cross cautioned about the growing needs of Venezuelans who cross over to Colombia and asked the international community for support.
  • The OAS asked Brazil’s government to include Venezuelan migrants in their workplace training and insertion programs. Brazil’s interim Labour Minister Helton Yomura said that the government is already making progress on the matter.
  • Soon after Kuczynski’s resignation, Uruguay issued a letter in which President Tabaré Vázquez urged Peru to invite Nicolás to the Summit of the Americas.

The Miss Venezuela pageant is going on hiatus to wait out the public opinion crisis created by the clash between former misses and TV hosts. The complaints about corruption and prostitution won’t disappear by suspending castings.

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33 COMMENTS

  1. “The Kleptozuelan Narco-Tyranny sits on a pile of far worse corruption cases, flagrant violations against the Constitution, the destruction of the rule of law and every democratic institution. Cubazuela faces an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, and one the main thugs responsible for it seeks reelection only because they control the Electoral Branch. PPK resigns accused of accepting Odebrecht bribes, which pale in comparison to the amounts chavismo handled while the Prosecutor’s Whorehouse Bordello Office fails to open any investigations on the matter. We Venezuelans are losing a great ally with PPK, who worked at an international scale for our cause, but even more importantly, who facilitated many procedures for Venezuelan migrants in Peru. Narco-Chavismo should restrain its euphoria; apart from corruption, the lesson in this resignation lies in the value of branch autonomy.”

    Well said. That’s one of the differences between Peru, Colombia, Brasil and Kleptozuela. Although imperfect, and somewhat corrupt, sure, they are still Democracies of sorts because of separation of powers and some accountability. Some crooks like Lula are caught, the media and the opponents can investigate. It’s harder to steal and perpetuate themselves in power. Whatever dimes or nickels PPK stole are laughable compared to the Trillions thousands of Kleptozuelan crooks have embezzled, decimating a rich country down to it’s last filthy oil barrel. Thousands are major Criminals against Humanity, (giving away hundreds of millions again yesterday to the Caribbean leeches while people die) and will probably go unpunished. One can only hope Marco Rubio isn’t bullshitting now when he says some Narcos will be extradited face the DEA. Some will lose a few stolen millions. But most Kleptozuelan criminal will escape unscathed, heck many will be even embraced by the freaking MUD and given Congress seats one day, FARCs style!

    • It is awkward to compare PPK’s corruption and Chavismo’s by degree. Those who believe in the rule of law understand that it must be applied equally. Being a little bit corrupt is like “being a little bit pregnant”.

      What galls us about the Chavistas’ crowing is the the unmitigated hypocrisy.

  2. “ILO’s most recent investigation of this kind was carried out in Zimbabwe in 2008, and there’s only been 12 in the last 60 years.”

    Were there any concrete RESULTS to any of these “investigations” by ILO? I googled it: ZERO.. as one could expect. PURA PAJA.

    • There has been an ongoing struggle between chavismo and defenders of workers rights before the ILO for years now and the ILO has been publishing its concerns for years. Why? Because chavismo’s central propaganda point is that it is the party of the worker…complete with its obrero President.

      Chavez recognized early on the threat that independent trade unions posed to his power and his self constructed image, and so he created a parallel, officially sanctioned labour relations structure, Cuban style. It has arguably been a major factor in the endurance of chavismo, perhaps the key factor along with suppression of freedom of the press.

      The work of the ILO, one of the oldest international organizations we have, has a direct impact on laws and norms around the globe. It’s impact, as with many things, may not be readily reflected in a Google search.

      Your lack of time for international law and the investigations and findings of international organizations is clear. What I wonder though, is if what you write here every day neither sheds new light on the situation in Venezuela, nor does anything about it – which is clearly the case- is what you do less than pura paja, and simply mischief…

  3. Naky like anyone that lives above the scum, we’ll it’d be scum too. I wonder if she disclosed how she manages, just describe a few things. Naky, please, just help us understand how you navigate in the scum. Instead of making these silly postings, please explain how you travel back and forth to Miami? Where do you get fresh dollars to trade in the black market? Besides, how do you keep up so healthy and pretty?

    • Jose, she’s obviously a G-2 mole, planted in FT’s compliant CC, so that she can make extravagant/unfounded claims disguised as “news”, which will then be concisely parried/ rebutted by astute Delcy in front of the ANC, and DC, with his Mazo Dando, to set the record straight for the World/not-easily-fooled Venezuelan Pueblo.

    • “Besides, how do you keep up so healthy and pretty?”

      What are the assumptions impicit in this question?

      1. Normal women should NOT be healthy and pretty?

      2. The only way to be healthy and pretty is engage in black market corruption?

      3. Decent and honest women are sickly and drab?

      Wow! You are one sick bastard.

      • Roy…I actually took Jose’s remarks about her health and looks as a thinly veiled threat to health and/or her appearance.

    • Wow, I didn’t know such ignorant jerks existed.

      Us regulars here find plenty to complain about in many of the articles on CC, but Naky? Are you fucking nuts!?

      She’s a rock when it comes to straight journalism.

      • So you believe in that shit. I want someone in Venezuela, living above the scum, with such a high standard of life to explain how she does it without participating in a corruption scheme. Please confess.

        • Lapuremerde, go suck a big fat cock!!! I live here. People who fucking work get ahead. That simple. Fucking monkeys looking for handouts suffer. That simple. You are a fucking worthless piece of shit. Please come here and I will beat the shit out of you with my black ass hands…better know the police do not solve the problems here. We do it with linchamientos. Please come here faggot. You fuck with nacky, you fuck with a big ass nigga in margarita.

          • Calm down keyboard warrior. Naky is a big girl and will be fine.You however may have to go to Brazil or Colombia to get your medication as it has obviously sold out in Venezuela.

        • Do you live here scumbag???? Please, people who actually work can actually get ahead. Yes there is a black market, yes there is a free market, and anyone who produces in a shit hole where there is “no hay” and you can fucking make “si hay” FUCK YOU!!!!! There are fucking productive people here in Venezuela and you can go fucking suck and unproductive dick YOU Faggot!!!

          • Calm down keyboard warrior. Naky is a big girl and will be fine.You however may have to go to Brazil or Colombia to get your medication as it has obviously sold out in Venezuela.

    • When you can’t refute the message, attack the messenger.
      Maduro and his minions get more desperate every day.
      Naky and Javier both do a great service explaining events to people like me that aren’t fluent in Spanish.
      Naky’s insights are reasonable and thought provoking.
      Little wonder it bothers Jose.

      • You’re so naive. Certainly liberal to believe in that shit. I want her to explain her level of life in that country. How would she do? I don’t care this is a woman or a bastard like me. You cannot live well in Venezuela unless you access the ongoing corruption scheme of Maduro & Co.

        • Lapurfaggot, again, please come to Venezuela so I can rip you apart with my big black ass hands. You dont know shit. You are a fucking troll and everybody here knows it here. Worthless piece of fucking shit. Please come here to Venezuela, you will get eaten alive faggot.

          • Perhaps Naky leveraged the stupidity of this regime’s economic policy against itself years ago, like many others. Take a loan out in bolivars and convert it to dollars (when it was still possible), wait two years while making payments, then pay off the entire devalued amount and keep 2/3 of your original loan. Many financed their eventual escape this way. Naky is a patriot that decided to stay, for our benefit, and fully doubt she participated in any of the sarnosa megaguisos to survive.

        • Lapuremerde, I’m interested in knowing how you know so much about Naky’s personal circumstances. Care to share? I’ve read her briefings for years but, other than her photo, know very little about her. I do recall a number of months ago that she mentioned going to vote and one of the poll watchers commented to the other something like, “look, another esqualido”. That comment raised the hair on the back of my neck and I suspect alarmed her as well.

          BTW, the economy is so royally fucked and distorted here that most anyone who is a hard worker and willing to take risks can make a decent living. It’s certainly gotten a lot tougher over the last year or so with inflation now roaring like never before, but it can be done. I see it every day, especially among people who are willing to work the land to produce food. It’s not an easy life, bost are doing quite well.

      • STOP FEEDING THE TROLL FOLKS.

        THE TROLL WISHES ONLY TO MAKE THE CONVERSATION ABOUT ITSELF, NOT THE SUBJECT AT HAND.
        IGNORED, MOST TROLLS GO AWAY BY THEMSELVES.

  4. What the “economic model” referred above. Does MadEnrie (Masburro I learned yesterday) even have a “model”, other than let the Kleptozuelan crooks rob the cookie jar (including the cookies). At least Pinochet instituted more correct model (via the “Boys from Chicago”).

  5. Roy, excuse me. You don’t understand what I’m talking about. Have you lived in Venezuela ever? You advanced judgment without first asking, why. But because you do not deserve me, I won’t spend time explaining. One hint: yes, I’m bastard but that’s beyond my point. And never advance judgement without some knowledge.

    • So, in one comment thread, you are both “Jose Figueroa” and “lapuremerde”.

      You just exposed yourself as a troll and burned two identities. You aren’t very good at this, are you?

    • lAPURMERDE, OR WHOEVER THE f U ARE You do not know shit. YOu are a cuban g2 troll. YOu are are a WASTE OF SPERM!!! GET THE F OUT OF HERE!!!! YOU F WITH NAKY YOU F WITH ME AND THE REST OF THE CREW!!! F U!!!!

  6. I just read that Mad Ernie is going remove three digits from the Bolivar. I guess He is worried about running out ink and having to learn what quadrillion mean.

  7. Naky/Jose are LITERALLY the only viable/truthful/comprehensive news source available in Venezuela today (BTW, pioneer Radio Caracas Radio, the only reliable radio news source, has been off the air for 24 hours+ now–license revoked, antenna damaged/stolen, other??

  8. Well, I love her. I’m not trolling. Her news are nothing new to me. I have my sources too. Unfortunately neither my sources nor she can explain how you keep a standard of life far superior to middle class USA, without mixing up a corrupted scheme. How? It simply mystifies that someone ”can” survive the government and micro/macroeconomics conditions of this horrific place. How can she survive Madburro, sorry Maduro, aka SOB? If you never lived in Venezuela, guck off if you’re liberal, fuck off too. Sorry and Thanks

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