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Yesterday, a lot of Venezuelans had to suppress their gag reflex when they found an op-ed by no other that our commander in chief Nicolás Maduro, inside the glossy and reputable pages of Spain’s El País newspaper.

In a rambling and incoherent piece apparently written by an intellectual 10-year-old, Maduro (or perhaps designated genius Jorge Rodríguez) trolls us with claims that blatantly contradict all available evidence about current Venezuelan affairs:

“For example, 20 years ago it was normal to be born in Venezuela in the middle of obstetrical violence. And it was far from us to imagine that at the time of birth not only the health of the newborn was at stake, but also the health and the rights of a mother and her family… ”

Despite what this Maduro op-ed says, everyone knows Venezuela’s health system is in tatters today, most women can’t eat properly or lack access to drugs to prevent pain during childbirth. Many are forced to give birth on the street or lying in hospital waiting chairs. I guess chavismo’s definition of “obstetrical violence” is the advances of modern medicine.

Maduro also talks about wages:

“20 years ago, before our bolivarian revolution, it was normal to blame youth unemployment on young people themselves, and the idea that the poor were poor because they were lazy and that for being lazy they deserved very poor health, hunger wages and homelessness.”

Maduro, who destroyed the bolivar’s value and whose policies resulted in the world’s only existing hyperinflation, reducing the minimum wage’s real value to three dollars, dares to talk about hunger wages.

Look, I know Maduro is a morally rotten individual who will take any opportunity to advance his cause, but shame on El País for giving a voice to a brutal dictator in the name of a hypocritically “balanced” coverage of news. Does the guy who control and who censors all media in Venezuela and has enough money to buy page-long ads in the New York Times need help from Spain’s premier newspaper to tell blatant lies without getting fact-checked or edited for comprehension? Was Bashar al-Assad busy? Did Kim Jong-un said “no”?

I guess whitewashing dictators is a Spanish thing.

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23 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve been here since 1993 and it’s always been pretty much the same, it was always dangerous to go out at night or so our protectors told us. Everything was the same big mess as it is now except with more cash flowing. The people in charge were stealing copious fortunes as well, some of them gave back to their districts and were loved for it even though everyone knew they were taking bribes and getting rich. It’s the latino way. Latinos love their drama, their trampa. Es sabroso, the spice of life! And most people were dirt poor.

    Now its the Chavistas who have gained power and the dirty bastards are doing the same thing. Except they are sucking way harder then they should and now there isn’t enough for the poor! What dirty pool, trick the people into voting for them and then never give up power and run it into the ground. Who were these resentful bastards? What made them so angry and destructive?

    • In 1996, when they let Chavez out I often said that Venezuela had always had “Ratas” in public service, greedily sucking the state teat. Chavez would usher in a whole host of new Ratas that would make the current ones look like pikers.

      I hate to know I was right.

      • With all due disrespect, you were only half-right.

        Not only the Chavistas, “public service” or the 4-5 Million public employeees, leeches and thieves pueblo people are sucking “the state teat”. Many more average people are too, and have been for years, on ‘private’ industries too, or how do you think they’ve been able to feed themselves all these years with 4-10 dollars per month in legal “salaries”. Remesas came much later.

    • sure, our murder rate was always high, but it was about 18 murders every every 100 thousands inhabitants in ’98. now it is about 90 with caracas being 130. Far from reducing it, it was increased manyfold, the conditions are not at all the same.

      I don’t even know how worse we are as far as theft is concerned as most of the time people don’t even bother to report it because they expect absolutely nothing to come out of reporting to the police. They might file a report if it’s their house or their car that gets stolen, but otherwise, fat chance… and even when it’s a car they might not even contact the police as I’ve heard of cases where they prefer to contact the local pran and give him some money to rescue (or “rescue”) the vehicle.

  2. “…help from Spain’s premier newspaper to tell blatant lies…I guess whitewashing dictators is a Spanish thing.”

    The culture runs deep.

  3. I’m with you on the outrage. But “whitewashing dictators is a Spanish thing”…Epa. I’d say in fairness, a certain type of Spanish thing.

    • More like a leftist thing. Remember Bernie, Sean Penn, Danny Glover, Michael Moore, Stiglitz, Corbyn, Weisbrot, Chomsky and all the other nobodys?

      • I’m just messing with you Davy. When we talk about the whitewashing of dictators and Spain, we are of course talking about Zapatero and Maduro. Of course. Ask any Spanish person.

  4. El Pais is bribed. Do any of you have any doubt? Spain ain’t Kleptozuela, but at certain levels they are certainly easily bribable. (new world: bribable, like most kleptozuelan pueblo-people are) $$$ talks. Ask Zapatero. Mercenaries, obviously.

    Now, do they “fool anybody”. You bet, not you, or me, or most half-educated people on the planet. Most of the remaining Kleptozuelans, the remaining clueless, ignrant populace. The Intended Audience. You bet, many of them are fooled to this day, or complicit enchufados, same difference.

    Do some of these CC writers comprehend some of that? Intended audiences and gullible, uneducated and/or complicit “pueblo”? Guess not, if you read this article. So I’ll repeat it until they do.

  5. “A Spanish thing”.. runs deep.. What runs deep is your historical ignorance: Where is Chile after 17 of education from Pinochet? Chile is great, isn’t it? Or Uruguay or Costa Rica and other civilized “Spanish” legacies. Even Argentina, or Mexico. Face it Africa was colonized by others, and that’s the only continent shitholes like Haiti and Kleptozuela can be compared to. From any “colonizers” 100’s of years ago, including the Dutch, the Brittish and the French.

    • Chile is a shining example of good…compared to the rest of Latin America (Lat. Am’s 33% of all worldwide murders and trending higher), but Chile is not so good compared to the rest of the world. Chile has the lowest degree of Spanish cultural influence in Lat Am — though still high, of course. Viveza criolla is deeply entrenched in the Chileno heart/mind/soul/culture. And what is viveza criolla but the unholy fusion of the worst aspects of Spanish and indigenous cultures. (Also, Costa Rica is trending the same direction as US involvement there: downward.)

      As for Spanish history I start with the reconquista of Iberia and the conquest of nuevo mundo. Have Spaniards, creoles, mestizos ever held the rule of law in high esteem? Have they ever demonstrated a meaningful respect for the rights of others? One need only look at property crime records to know.

    • And it was Spain who broke all kinds of international protocol, laws, etc., by requesting Pinochet’s extradition. And the U.K. helped by approving it!

  6. Maria Corina Machado. Leopoldo Lopez. Does it get more “Spanish” that that? Those are the educated people that could have saved Kleptozuela’s corrupt indians from themselves. The Elite, from Spain, mind you.

  7. While I dont have any defense (or need… or desired) for this thing in El País, it is kinda funny and sad at the same time, because over here in Spain the “true left” is very angry with El País for his constant coverage of the Venezuelan crisis, ranging from thinking it is just a smokescreen to not talk about “important” things to the usual “it is all a maneuver of the banks and the speculators and the Empire and is just all bullshit”. El País is in a deep crisis of all kind, including credibility and its traditional role as the voice and guide of the “normal” left.

    I guess they tried to go for some of that mythical “balance” stuff as to not be accused of partiality and screwed up big time.

    In any case, they just reported the Banesco kidnappings (I refuse to dignify that maneuver with the word arrest.

  8. The stupidity and incoherence of the article in El Pais speaks for itself. It is auto-condemning. If I was the editor, I might have been thinking, “OK, it’s your funeral…”

  9. Some geniuses here now blaming Kleptozuela’s disasters on Spain. Cool! That’s one the Chavistas could use: blame everything on the “guerra economica”, “el imperio yanki” and blame it on the Spanish too! Heck, blame Africa’s similar disasters, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Congo, etc on them evil Spaniards; or blame North Korea, Syria and Iraq on the Spanish too. Blame Haiti on them French, (but the Spanish must have been there too at some point). Now Chile, Uruguay, Costa Rica, they made it despite the evil Spanish colonization. Brilliant.

  10. If I were a Venezuelan in opposition to Maduro and the Chavistas I would not underestimate them . They may seem unsophisticated but I think they have a clever plan for their revolution which they execure quite effecively. They are more than a formidable adversary but were I a Venezuelan I would hate them.

  11. The pic of Maduro makes me think he is showing how big his cheeseburger at lunch was when folks were all starving around him.

    Or the cut of steak that he ate in one bite.

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