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It’s been two days since 68 people died in Policarabobo dungeons and Nicolás only tweets about the Holy Week; Interior minister Reverol shares information as if he was the Head of Civil Protection and Prisons minister Varela got stuck in the joy for former Peruvian president Kuczynski’s resignation. Imposed prosecutor general Saab shares messages from a zen buddhist nun, while TSJ chairman Moreno left his condolences as the last activity on social media. Forgetting that the Prosecutor’s Office must take the lead in these circumstances, the Foreign Ministry issued a statement requesting an investigation to determine the causes and culprits of what happened at Policarabobo HQ, although judging by how the note develops, it seems more like an excuse to reject the statements of the UN Office of the High Commission on Human Rights, calling them a “multiform aggression” against the country. The same people who demand “the implacable and firm application of justice,” forget that the UN has a founded opinion about the situation of Venezuelan prisoners based on their investigations and the contributions of NGOs dedicated to the subject. According to the Foreign Ministry, the regime has agreed to make reparations to the victims and their families “in compliance with the Constitution.”

Sometimes, silence is best

Only the Education minister, Elías Jaua, broke the official silence to offer an alternate interpretation of empty shelves as evidence of shortages, which he considered an isolated issue, although we’ve been facing it for over a decade. Jaua claimed that the shortages haven’t diminished the guarantee of the right to food. And how does he know that? Because “if the Venezuelan people wasn’t eating food, shelves would surely be full.” He added that thanks to God and the revolution, people has the right “to eat meat, chicken, milk, which they didn’t have 10, 14 years ago,” in other words, amidst the oil boom and with Chávez still alive, but before that, he spoke of the challenge of producing more food in view of the growing demand and the possibility to purchase them, with this minimum wage and these prices! This minister’s brilliant.

Searching for enemies

PSUV released a video explaining their replica of the Cuban Committees of Republican Defense (CDR), called the Network of articulation and socio-political action (Raas). The video urges PSUV militants to understand dissidents as a “historical enemy,” despite the fact that minister Jorge Rodríguez has been parroting “peace” like crazy in recent interviews. The most important defense task that PSUV militants must develop is a “door to door” map to define the socio-political status of their neighbors. With that map, they will: identify the “historical enemy”; unite to “face it”; eletate the “will to fight” against it and, organize and train to “defeat it.” The party says that the basis for this network lies on the 5 Strategic Lines left by el finado (in addition to the Decalog of the UBCh,) which will create a bond and an organic structure to strengthen this catastrophe on all fronts. Each tweet issued by PSUV’s account about the network is addressed to Nicolás, Diosdado Cabello and Francisco Ameliach. Now, being a snitch is a noble task, or perhaps the victory of Nicolás the popular is impossible without fear?

All that glitters

Several journalists denounced that this Wednesday, 2.1 tons of gold departed from the Maiquetía airport on an AirBus -code A6-RRJ- bound for the United Arab Emirates and that the Armed Forces escorted 57 boxes containing the metal, which should be an scandal, considering the material sent and the opacity of the method. Computer scientist Jesús Lara wrote that, aside from the load, the AirBus A6-RRJ’s routes are strange, inquiring whether this was a commercial airline, because this time the plain left Dubai on March 26, landed in Caracas at 2:00 a.m. on March 27, and left bound for the Bahamas on March 28 (where it remained for two hours,) later departing for Dubai via Belfast. Mercedes de Freites, from Transparencia Venezuela, remarked: “Without the National Assembly’s consent, without a sale report, without telling which bank will receive the payments for that gold, without control of how much is being exported, at what price… is someone in the State recording this information?”. Questions without answers, about the possible embezzlement carried out by those who still denounce the embezzlement the Spanish carried out back in 16th century.

Abroad

  • Peru’s Foreign Minister released on the website of the Summit of the Americas, the list of invited presidents. Nicolás isn’t one of them, unlike his buddies Raúl Castro, Daniel Ortega, Evo Morales and Tabaré Vásquez.
  • The Venezuelan Foreign ministry reacted to Guyana’s action with a statement saying that on March 28, they senta  Diplomatic Notice to Guyana’s Foreign ministry rejecting the stance of UN secretary general António Guterres, objecting to judicial settlements as a means to solve the territorial controversy and proposing to resume diplomatic discussions to reach a satisfactory solution.
  • In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El País, IMF director Christine Lagarde said: “Venezuela is the saddest story in the continent. In four years, its GDP has dropped by 40%; it’s experiencing a humanitarian crisis which its government denies. I don’t know how this will be solved, but the country will need humanitarian and financial support, a complete reanimation.”
  • Cuba’s Central Bank urged calm in view of the fake rumors that one of the two currencies circulating in the country (the Cuban peso and the convertible peso) would be imminently removed in the process of monetary reunification. Sound familiar?
  • Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro claimed: “If you ask me whether Maduro is a dictator now, I’d say yes.” He compared Nicolás’ performance with Chávez’s (the spotless), and then he said that Nicolás lacks the operational capacity; “he kills” and has completely shut down democratic spaces: “That’s a dictatorship,” Petro said, while facing a scandal for the university degrees he apparently forged.
  • Exiled prosecutor Luisa Ortega Díaz backed the list created by Panama’s Economy and Finance Ministry and said that it should be replicated by other countries in the region. These are “positive actions aimed at financially dismantling the groups of organized criminals clinging to power in Venezuela,” disregarding how long she was a part of them herself.

Hell does exist, my friends. The Vatican reprimanded 93-year old Italian atheist journalist Eugenio Scalfari who, according to the Holy See, didn’t make a “faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father.” Scalfari asked the Pope where do evil souls to be punished. The Pope’s alleged reply was: ““They are not punished. Those who repent obtain God’s forgiveness and take their place among the ranks of those who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot be forgiven disappear. A hell doesn’t exist, the disappearance of sinning souls exists.” This is the third time that the Vatican has reprimanded Scalfari’s articles about the Pope.

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26 COMMENTS

    • Hard perhaps for a gringo to understand, but the Pope “has pull” in Latam.

      With a 70-80% in Latam claiming to be Catholic, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

      Remember when our “leaders” kept pointing to the involvement of the Vatican to “justify” dialogue?

      The imprimatur of the Vatican (and the local church too) in any kind of “deal” is going to be necessary, whether we think it appropriate or not.

  1. Venezuela is indeed fortunate. I stopped in at a supermarket north of Boston yesterday, and the shelves were full. Clear evidence that the people of Massachusetts are starving.

  2. With bond payments going unpaid, I’m surprised that any gold being transferred out of country is not attached by someone. 2.1 tons equals about 130 million US dollars. Rather than just report it, it would be exciting for someone to follow up on this and find out the specifics about where it goes and who profits and so forth. Yu reported the first act. Interesting to discover how the rest of the story plays out.

  3. “Because “if the Venezuelan people wasn’t eating food, shelves would surely be full.” He added that thanks to God and the revolution, people has the right “to eat meat, chicken, milk, which they didn’t have 10, 14 years ago,”.. ” This minister’s brilliant.”

    Not for Naky, or anyone with a half-decent education, who lived in Venezuela before Chavismo, or during early Chavismo as a thinking adult. But that was almost 20 years ago. These Cuban-made sinister media messages are Taylor-Made for the average, incredibly ignorant, and young pueblo-people, not you: at 15, 20 or even 25 years old, if you were raised in some Chavista barrio with all the Chavista gifts back then, media controls and brain-washed in horrible “schools”, you might believe such Interstellar Galactic Mega-Mojones are quite credible. People like Naky and anyone slightly educated keep forgetting what is the Intended Audience for the Castro-Chavista propaganda: a clueless, gullible, brain-washed, young populace remaining in Klepto-Narco-Cubazuela. A sinister plan working to perfection.

    • Do you get excited every time you write pueblo-people and Klepto-Narco-Cubazuela? Do you give yourself a pat in the back every time you write that.
      I have been antichavista since day one but frankly, your repetitive expressions of resentment about “the others” is rather similar to that of chavistas.

      • Poet is a numpty with only one poem. He has a few aliases to agree with his drivel to validate his monologue.. I just scroll by that rubbish , most of the other commenters have good positive opinions and hope to see Venezuela prosper. You only have to read his nonsense for a minute .. he has to be like that his whole life.

          • The topic is silence …
            “Taylor Made ” is a golf brand by the way , your top class education should have taught you how to spell .

        • Whatever Prick Cambell, please come in live in Venezuela 2018 and you will see what it is like day to day here, and in Castellano.

  4. “The most important defense task that PSUV militants must develop is a “door to door” map to define the socio-political status of their neighbors. With that map, they will: identify the “historical enemy”; unite to “face it”; eletate the “will to fight” against it and, organize and train to “defeat it.””

    I’m sure I’ve made someone’s shitlist. Oh well, as grandma would have said, “fuck ’em”.

    • What’s next with the dictatorship? Use the list ala the khmer rouge if people do not agree or accept? the ignorance and violent direction of these peaceful revelutionarys is obvious

  5. History trivia for ElGuapo who has stated he resides in Rochester, Minnesota: Rochester was my favorite stomping grounds in the late 50’s. We would trek from the farming communities to the Pla-Mor Ballroom where we hoped to beguile young females to fall for our charms. At that time due to Rochester having a huge number of nursing schools, and nurses were 99.9% female, the accepted ratio of female to male in Rochester was 7 to 1. Unfortunately this was before the era of free-love and “rubbers” could only be purchased at a pharmacy in the People’s Republic of Minnesota. So we remained pimpled virgins.

    Regarding the US invasion or non-invasion of Venezuela. Several weeks back there was information on the CC forum about a possible large Russian base being constructed near lake Maracaibo. Does anyone know if this rumor has gained or lost merit? if there was indeed a base being constructed by the Russians the US would know about every shovel turned and hammer nailed. Depending on details of base it would greatly sway the cogitations of Mad Dog Maddis and “Devil Incarnate” Bolton. I don’t foresee either of these gentlemen cowering in the face of communism ala Jimmy (sending my wife to Venezuela) Carter’s knee trembling performance.

    • I remember the Pla-Mor Ballroom well. It closed in 2006, and it underwent the wrecking ball about 10 years ago. You may remember Hoot Gibson, who owned it? Later owned by Lloyd and Baldy Long (two brothers) in the 1970’s? (I don’t live IN Rochester, but very close!)

      I used to be dragged there as a young kid by my parents. I was paid in soda to “dance with the dollies”, older women whose husbands inevitably ended up soused and unable to dance. (They had set-ups and 3.2 beer, and it was BYOB, as you may recall!) My ass was thrown around that dance floor like a rag doll by old women. Busty old women who smelled like mothballs. Polka. Waltz. Foxtrot. Schottische. I used to sweat like a butcher. Ah, the memories! The Polka Padre, the Six Fat Dutchmen, The Polka Dots, the Chmielewski Funtime Band…

      https://www.postbulletin.com/couples-enjoy-last-dance-at-pla-mor/article_125be2f0-7c63-55dc-b5ca-72811acd6055.html

      It turned out that the 7:1 ration was urban legend. Closer to 2:1. But young women still complain that there isn’t enough men in Rochester. My ex-pat wife works for the VERY large local employer.

      Prost!

      • Hey! Great new movie about Polka, with Jack Black, on Netflix! The Polka King! Or King of Polka…I forget.

        Hysterical.

  6. Is this a thing now?

    https://dolartoday.com/de-frente-maria-corina-machado-condena-inaccion-del-gobierno-ante-la-controversia-por-el-esequibo-y-exige-actuar-ya/

    My understanding of the Essiquibo issue is that the United States and Venezuela lost that territory (to Russia and Britain), but gained a victory for the Monroe Doctrine.

    How much coastline and oil does Guyana have, compared to Venezuela, who is PISSING AWAY every last natural resource and ounce of goodwill anyone has towards it? Methinks María Corina Machado ought to consider carefully what she pops off about. She sounds like Evo and his caterwauling about land lost during the War of the Pacific.

      • I can’t believe this is an issue. Seriously.

        Venezuelans: Please look at a map of the United States. Look at our northern border with Canada. Notice the SMOOTH LINE from west to east, that suddenly has a little bump north about midway across? That bump is called the Northwest Angle, and it is an aberration in an otherwise normal-ish border at the 49th parallel.

        A close look at the Northwest Angle would reveal that the land in that area is cut off by water. There is NO WAY of getting to it without going by boat, or crossing the border with Canada. Its a pain in the ass to get to. There is NOTHING there but fishing camps. But, it was something that two countries agreed to many many years ago. When you go there, you check in at a customs place called…. Bob’s Bar. A FUCKING BAR! Or, maybe Bob sold it to a guy named Earl. Who knows. Nobody but drunk fisherman go there. NOBODY GIVES A SHIT. Its the border, and we moved on.

        Imagine if Canada wanted to fuss about that area because there was GIANT muskie in the lake. Imagine if the US wanted to extend our borders about 40 miles inland (north) into Canada to make that line “smooth” again. A pissing match, for slice of property that 100+ people live on. And to start a potential war because of a treaty in 1783 that someone SUDDENLY didn’t like?

        Please don’t turn this into something stupid. Don’t make the Essiquibo the Latin American Sudetenland.

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