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Yesterday, the National Assembly’s Finance Committee presented their statistics: back in March, the inflation rate was 67%; the accumulated rate in the first quarter of the year is 453.7%, and between March 2017 and March 2018, the accumulated inflation is 8,878.1%.

Also, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Cepal) reported Venezuela as the only Latin American nation with economic contraction (-8.5%), while the rest of the countries will report increases in their Gross Domestic Product.

Source: Cepal

However, the National Bureau for the Defense of Socio-Economic Rights (Sundde) is more concerned with the marking of the prices of products (a pointless measure in our circumstances) and BCV chairman Ramón Lobo talks of monetary reconversion without giving a single clue of how the government plans to stop inflation.

According to the IMF, our inflation could reach 13,000% this year, a conservative estimate for several Venezuelan economists, and they must be right considering yesterday’s figures, just as the black market dollar reached Bs. 600,000 in money desks.

At Puente Llaguno

It’s 16 years since the infamous April 11, when a peaceful march that turned to Miraflores to demand el finado’s resignation was met with gunfire. While Puente Llaguno henchmen were treated like heroes, even now, five metropolitan police who defended the citizens languish behind bars.

Perhaps it was the rain that mayor Erika Farías now also campaign chief in Caracas took for el finado’s presence; perhaps it was his delegation’s agenda in Peru, but Nicolás didn’t attend the swear-in ceremony of his campaign team in that bridge; he didn’t use the occasion nor the bridge.

In compensation, vice-president Tareck El Aissami announced that they’ll freeze the accounts of companies linked with Panamanian president Juan Carlos Varela, in response to the retaliation announced by Panama’s government; he also spoke about the Broad Front of the Country, whose goal will be conquering the 10 million votes that Chávez never got even in his best moment.

Meanwhile, the Broad Front for a Free Venezuelan and student movements said that they’ll hold a National Youth Congress, where they’ll make proposals regarding the May 20 election.

Leocenis’ party

“Henri Falcón and Maduro, two faces of collectivism, have presented their slogans today. Nothing more. What’s the plan? They represent the same at heart. In Prociudadanos, we have a plan that limits the State and boosts individual initiatives,” wrote Leocenis García on February 27. It’s been a little more than a month of those words and the Prociudadanos movement not only has commercials on paid TV stations, but also National Assembly lawmakers, recycling Un Nuevo Tiempo (UNT) militants, including one of its founders, Timoteo Zambrano, appointed general secretary of Prociudadanos yesterday.

UNT issued a statement saying that this measure will only weaken “the unitarian strategy that is vital for triumph” and it will strengthen “the stance of those who refuse change.”

Broken

Jesús Guacarán, physiotherapist of the national football team and one of the persons responsible for the success of the U-20 team, was murdered yesterday in Barquisimeto. A shot in the head after leaving a drugstore ended the life of another talented and honest young man.

Sadly, the message on the Vinotinto Twitter account decided to call this vile murder a mere “death”.

Barring the euphemisms, this is another unpunished crime that reminds us of our helplessness, as if the collapse of a failed State wasn’t a constant crime, as if we weren’t broken enough…

#ElPitazoResiste

Once more, users with Cantv-ABA services couldn’t enter the webpage of El Pitazo, a media outlet with reports from all the country’s regions. The blockade takes place “without notifying Conatel or the aforementioned provider companies of the measure in violation of the rights to freedom of expression and information enshrined in the Constitution. Therefore, we demand that access to our website be restored immediately,” reads a statement issued by the outlet yesterday. With the hashtag #ElPitazoResiste, many Venezuelans supported their cause.

The State’s censorship against the media continues, that’s why we must remind them that covering news isn’t a crime.

Abroad

  • Early in the morning, Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he would start an attack against Bashar Al Assad’s regime in Syria. He later backtracked and asked Russia to put an end to the weapons race. By the end of the day, the White House had to deny the imminence of an attack against Syria and stated that Trump has other options against Al Assad.
  • With all air travel suspended between Panama and Venezuela, the U.S. embassy announced that Venezuelans could use their country as an intermediate stop for international flights, with emergency transit visas. Here’s all the information about the process.
  • Venezuela sent the Spanish government an invitation to restore diplomatic relations, Foreign minister Jorge Arreaza announced. The Spanish statement says that the representatives if both countries “have recognized the convenience of normalizing bilateral dialogue considering the important existing ties.”
  • Regarding his meeting with EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini, minister Arreaza wrote that they reminded her of our independence, the rejection for the EU’s aggressions, but also urged her to keep respectful, cooperative relations. Arreaza restated that only the CNE must recognize the electoral results on May 20.
  • Pope Francis admitted severe mistakes for the sexual abuse scandal in Chile. He asked Chileans to forgive him for underestimating the crisis caused by these abuses and called the bishops for a fraternal meeting in the Vatican.
  • The Nicaraguan National Assembly expressed its support for Nicolás during the visit of Adán Chávez and minister Elías Jaua. Parliament Speaker Gustavo Porras offered the service of the National Assembly, while el finado’s brother demanded the American government to leave them alone.
  • Democrat senator Dick Durbin said after his visit to Caracas that he found “a country at the edge of precipice.” Durbin requested the Venezuelan government an election without political prisoners, open to all candidates, with at least six months of campaign, with a credible CNE, without any method of coercion with CLAP bags and with observers for the entire process. He also asked Nicolás to release Josh Holt.
  • The former heads of State who are members of the Democratic Initiative of Spain and the Americas (IDEA) urged the rulers who will take part in the Summit of the Americas to disregard the elections convened in Venezuela and Cuba due to their lack of autonomy and freedom.

A stolen game in the Bernabéu? Real Madrid disqualified Juventus with a penalty scored by Cristiano Ronaldo on minute 97. There are countless videos of the play that made the referee raise the red card that inspired the anger of Gianluigi Buffon, expelling him from his last game in the Champions League. Buffon, a memorable goal keeper!

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Those 3 MUDcrap clowns look like sports judges on some reality tv cheap show. Who pays for their bloated salaries and extensive travels is a matter for “Unsolved Mysteries”.

  2. Some bloggers spend more time attacking the opposition than the regime , tells you something about who incentivates their participation in these blogs …..and their troll status …….!!
    The true clowns are those that tell us how concerned they are about the russian diplomats being expelled from the US or about Lula being indicted for corruption by the courts of brazil than about the subjects they should be really be concerned about like the hyperinflation , the scarcities , the lack of medical supplies and other many matters much closer to the concerns of ordinary Venezuelans ….!!

  3. So the infallible pontifex maximus sort of apologized but does nothing to give justice to the victims or to prevent further abuse.

  4. How frighteningly evil are Maduro and his cronies? When compared to other cowardly killers of the vulnerable consider the process and not the end result, death. Russia and their surrogate in Syria, Assad, have regularly used two types of gas, chlorine and sarin (or NATO designation GB (G-series, ‘B’.). Chlorine, of course, is legal and very common but enough chlorine on a child and the child will be dead in 30 minutes to an hour or so. Sarin, on the other hand, is illegal but that doesn’t stop the likes of Assad and Putin from using it when and where it is expedient to do so. Sarin will kill a small child in as little as 10 seconds. An even deadlier nerve agent, VX, short for “venomous agent X” is preferred by the North Koreans, and can kill an adult in a matter of seconds. The end result of these toxic agents is a fairly rapid death. Ah but not so for Maduro and his ilk. They starve and maim the vulnerable, taking weeks, months, years of protracted pain and suffering to achieve the same result as the gasses. Reprehensible scum have created starvation, “common” childhood diseases that were once erased allowed to return, no medication for treatment of chronic maladies, all of these methods take a long, long time of pain and suffering to erase a human life. And the horrible truth is that Maduro on down don’t give a rats ass. They do not care one iota about their fellow Venezuelans. It’s mass sadism to the Nth degree. I cannot imagine how it is possible to see a child starving and not give that kid my last crust of bread. For some reason Venezuelans think they have done something relevant as signified by the number of deaths in the 2017 protests. Was it 163? Children are eating the leftover garbage from garbage, babies die without a chance, no end or relief in sight and 163 is considered noteworthy? How about 163,000. When 163,000 Venezuelans have put themselves into harms way to protect those incapable of protecting themselves, made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, then the rest of the world will be ready to take up arms for Venezuela. Until then ask Maduro to get his Russian buddies to send a supply of Sarin, it will be a quicker and more humane form of death. Oh, wait! I think there is an island not too far away that would have a good supply of sarin, placed their by Mother Russia years ago “just in case”.

    • ASA058 – Gad, I keep having to remind people of what General George S. Patton explained very clearly decades ago https://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/04/24/war/ : “No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making some other poor dumb bastard die for his country.” That is, let the other poor bastard make the “ultimate sacrifice” for HIS country, “reich”, regime, beliefs, idiocies, fellow dumb bastards … whatever! There is right, and there is wrong. When we get confused about what’s right, and what’s wrong, we don’t meet the legal definition of sanity. Since laws are pretty much nuts to begin with, not meeting even their definition of sanity is pretty doggone crazy. (So please, don’t forget what General Patton said. Look at it this way: if I should tick you off really good, are you going to stand up and “make the ultimate sacrifice”? Or are you going to smack my face in? I mean if a soldier is dead, how the heck is he going to enjoy victory? More people get killed on U.S. highways e-v-e-r-y y-e-a-r on average than the total of U.S. soldiers killed in the whole Vietnam war. Alcohol kills! So we should ban assault alcohol! Oh, wait … didn’t we try that one before? Maybe if we put big, red, scary warning labels on every socialist book we’d get somewhere. “Warning: this book contains pernicious, mind-altering lies, may not be sold to minors, and pregnant women should not read it. Prolonged reading may lead to sudden logical blackouts, and has been shown to cause irreversible insanity in laboratory rats. Keep it away from small children as suffocation may occur. Do not read and drive.”) “Ultimate sacrifice”, my Apache gunship’s gears and whispers! Gad.

  5. Gringo. Lots of wine with your dinner? Exactly which soldier is dying for his country when it’s Venezuelan against Venezuelan in Venezuela?

    • More than a hundred opposition soldiers died last year during the protests.

      Just because they didn’t wear uniforms doesn’t make them less of a soldier.

      In fact, it makes them more so than the Chavista scum wearing their fucking Halloween costumes and killing the pueblo for their salary plus illegal and immoral enchufado gains.

    • ASA058 –

      The discussion about this all include the phrase, “It’s not as simple as it sounds”, but your points are as clear and forceful as a gunshot. However one defines the front lines, be it in terms of shots or be it in terms of talks or be it in terms of manipulations and persuasions – or whatever – those front lines are clearly in Venezuela.

      The current mass exodus is simply an acceleration of what has been going on for decades, and is not “ISIS-like terrorists” making an advance. The retreat occurred way back in the 1970’s, and today that has become a rout of the remaining civilian population which has finally caught on to what one would think should have been obvious. Socialism was permitted to advance.

      Yes … wine for dinner (I got my tax forms done). I like being facetious from time to time to time, to lighten things up a bit, but did not mean to detract from what I viewed as your obviously shocking post. You’re making forceful points in your post. I’ve thought for some time that it’s possible the goal of socialism in general is to eliminate substantial numbers of their own population. That seems to be the way it always goes. Can’t really call it genocide since discrimination of race isn’t the motivation. Weird world we live in, eh? Maybe if someone made up a catchy word for it, like “nationcide”, or “civilicide”, “econocide”, or “political-cleansing”, the world would learn to abhor and shun the horror that socialism is.

      No offense intended, if you felt that way, I’m sorry. The substance of what I was trying to say is that when military action is contemplated and undertaken, the objective – as horrible as it is in the actual fact, killing mothers’ sons – is to kill the enemy (not to make some self-defeating histrionic sacrifice). The often mentioned “stench of death” is something that does not wash off the human soul. War to me is the admission of the failure of diplomacy. It is regrettable. It still surprises and puzzles me that back some years ago the ISIS agglomeration was moving over the open desert towards Syria. Thirty years ago warplanes had the capability to kill everything larger than a mouse on a football field with one pass of machine-gun fire. So why did the world sit on its hands when the mass of ISIS was out in the open for three days or more? A Vietnam era war surplus “daisy cutter”, for example, has a blast radius alone of 300 meters. I feel fairly confident the Russians have similar bombs. So what was said over red-phone hotlines connecting 1st world nations? Was the knowledge that it would be plain slaughter repulsive? But what of the Yazidis ISIS slaughtered in 2014? Who weighed that, and other balances? Is there any similarity to what is going on – or is not going on – in Venezuela? What about countries in Europe that are approaching crisis-level problems because their political biases have brought them on themselves?

      The relevance of this to your post is logistics, in the broadest sense. It’s a very serious discussion guys from West Point and other war colleges could address logically and realistically, one that makes strategists sweat at night, give up on sleep, and go make a cup of coffee, sit in their kitchens, and try to get a grip. But the discussion would still come up against things like the LatAm countries opposing the idea of “intervention”. Colombia is trying to bring a 50 year civil war with FARC to an end.

  6. I don’t think it’s helpful, and it’s certainly not accurate, how Naky is “reporting” on Trump’s actions in the last few days that don’t involve VZ.

    I love her to death, but come on:

    She just wrote that based on her spin. It’s not what happened. Trump didn’t “backtrack.”

    But more important:

    Where is CC’s analysis of Trump not attending the Summit? Not a single blog, analysis, story, about how this affects the future of VZ? Nor Maduro backing down and not trying to invade Lima uninvited?

    They’re missing the big, relevant stories.

    • Maybe because a story on Trump and Venezuela in 2016 brought a gang here, including you, who engage exclusively in asinine and abusive commentary and who have apparently driven almost everyone else who came here before that, away. Just speculatin’….

    • How dare she question Donald J Trump?He NEVER backtracks or lies about ANYTHING EVER.I think Naky should be banned from CC and we should have gay Ira take her place so he can drool over Trump and write daily articles complementing him on the looks of the stable genius commander in chief and he can suggest new countries to invade.Payaso.

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