Remittances for me!

For Thursday, May 3, 2018. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Photo: Tal Cual

This Wednesday, Vice-president Tareck El Aissami announced that, through the operation Paper Hands, the government authorized the opening of exchange houses to control the access to family remittances and other operations that will be specified in the next few hours, in order to counter foreign currency trafficking and prevent them from falling “in the hands of mafias.” The operation of these houses will be reinforced in special economic zones, petro zones and touristic facilities. He also announced that after a meeting with imposed prosecutor general Saab, the Judiciary and Sudeban started  “a new phase of the operation Paper Hands and 28 people have been arrested so far,” and they’ve issued 149 arrest warrants against identified individuals; restating the “raids on suitcase companies” (it’d be interesting to watch a video of the method used) and the confiscation of money and foreign currencies.

Last night, Banesco said that its chairman, Oscar Doval, was making a statement in the headquarters of the Directorate of Military Counterintelligence.

PSUV’s amazing imaginarium

Nicolás, the man who fears nothing and no one, claimed that if a government should seek to give away the country’s wealth (as he’s done) he’d be the one to take up arms in an armed revolutions and to call the people to do the same. In a fit of bravado, he spouted: “What the hell do I care what Europe says! What the hell do I care what Washington says! What the hell do I care about foreign recognition!”, because he ostensibly only cares for the people’s recognition. Nicolás is known to be responsible for this unprecedented humanitarian crisis and perhaps that’s why he reiterated that he’s thinking of “a juicy prize” for those who vote with their carnet de la patria. Fortunately for him, Diosdado Cabello claimed that he’s already got six million votes —with PSUV carnet holders— but cautioned that these elections must be won with time to spare, so he demanded UBCh coordinators to hand over the lists of attendance to their events in order to measure their loyalty with votes because their main goal is to hold on to the Presidency: without it, “there’s no revolution.” Cabello criticized dissident chavistas, saying that in PSUV, people fight against corruption and that the corrupt are not chavistas, and he even had the nerve to say that they don’t persecute anyone: “we’re too nice, nobody disappears because of us.” When he mentioned Simón Bolívar’s “talent without integrity” quote, I turned off the TV. He’s the best example of a scourge.

About May 20

CNE chairwoman Tibisay Lucena claimed that the agreement of guarantees is being properly fulfilled. With Plan República members by her side, she said that the CNE has been actively monitoring compliance with these agreements, remarking that all the guarantees for the May 20 process are established “and it will develop with credibility, transparency, excellence (…) We’ve made good progress from the logistical standpoint of organization and production,” said Tibisay. Meanwhile, lawmaker Enrique Márquez announced his support for Henri Falcón because in his view: “abstention is a call to do nothing.” The leader of his party, Manuel Rosales, said that Márquez’ position doesn’t reflect that of UNT as a whole. Candidate Luis Alejandro Ratti said that he continues to work for a unified candidacy because that would allow them to win the elections, that opportunism can be defeated with mass attendance to the polls, although shortly after he restated that there are no guarantees for the process. Such a coherent dude.

Brief and serious

  • Labor Minister Néstor Ovalles claimed that the minimum wage hike doesn’t cause inflation, that it’s positive for the “defense of purchasing power,” leaving the possibility of establishing “fair” prices to Sundde and its coercion.
  • Lawmaker José Guerra disagrees and said that the measure won’t solve hyperinflation nor increase purchasing power: “Yes, inflation is politically induced, but by the BCV in order to print money to finance the government,” Guerra explained to Nicolás.
  • For the fourth time in these last few weeks, the National Assembly carried out its session without the presence of journalists because the National Guard restricted their access. “The Federal Legislative Palace is militarized today,” said lawmaker Juan Guaidó, adding that blocking access to the press is “evidence that the Parliament is hijacked.”
  • The mother of Daniel Queliz, the young man murdered by a PoliCarabobo officer during last year’s protests, killed herself. Those close to her said that she couldn’t overcome her son’s murder. It’s a tragedy that revolves around impunity. There’s no calm without justice.
  • Santa Bárbara Airlines will cease operations in Venezuela definitively in two months.


  • Yesterday, Europe’s chief diplomat Federica Mogherini demanded before the Eurochamber an agreed and credible electoral timetable, so she urged its revision, adding that this call “isn’t just about the date, but about the electoral procedure itself.”
  • Eurochamber lawmakers criticized the existence of “political prisoners,” as well as the fact that party leaders weren’t allowed to participate, in addition to a partial electoral branch, calling for the May 20 results to be disregarded.
  • The board of the International Monetary Fund issued a “declaration of censure” against Venezuela because the country hasn’t submitted the necessary economic data to the institution. They gave the government six months to apply corrective measures.
  • The Inter American Press Society (IAPA) issued a message of concern for the growing restrictions to the work of journalists and the persistence of authoritarianism in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. Its chairman, Gustavo Mohme, said: “We won’t cease our demands until Nicaraguans, Venezuelans and Cubans have the right to freely choose their representatives, dissidence is respect and they can exercise their rights to assembly, movement and expression.” By the way, the Nicaraguan Center of Human Rights reported yesterday that the death toll during protests in Nicaragua rose to 43.
  • The new U.S. ambassador before OAS, Carlos Trujillo, said that Venezuela shouldn’t be in the institution because it doesn’t respect democracy or human rights: “I don’t know why Venezuela has a seat at the table, from our perspective in the U.S., it’s something that we cannot accept.”
  • Alejandro Betancourt, one of Derwick’s bolichicos, is being investigated by the Spanish Unit of Economic and Fiscal Crime for alleged money laundering after purchasing a estate in El Alamín for over 22 million euros.
  • The Inter American Human Rights Commission (IAHRC) will start its 168th sessions period, which includes a discussion set for May 10 about the electoral process in Venezuela and its impact on the human rights situation; and on May 11, they’ll discuss the complaints of harassment against human rights defenders, journalists and the media in Venezuela, and they’ll also analyze the human rights of Venezuelans migrants.
  • “We’re going to process judges and prosecutors who are aiding political persecution in #Venezuela through international justice. They must take responsibility for authorizing arbitrary proceedings violating human rights,” Luisa Ortega Díaz tweeted yesterday. It’s not a joke.

  • It’s shameful that El País published an article from a dictator such as Nicolás. Coherence is serious lacking in this newspaper!

Until July 15, we can donate compact discs, vinyl records and cassettes in good conditions, taking them to any of Librería Lugar Común’s three stores (Plaza Venezuela, Altamira and Las Mercedes) which will serve as collection centers for “Music for medicines,” a project coordinated by NGOs Provea and Redes Ayuda. On Saturday, July 21, in a cultural campaign, the collected material will be exchanged for non-expired medication which will later be distributed by NGOs dedicated to the defense of the right to health.

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  1. “What the hell do I care what Europe says! What the hell do I care what Washington says! What the hell do I care about foreign recognition!”, because he ostensibly only cares for the people’s recognition.”

    The Castro-Chavista narco-tyranny has only one Intended Audience: the uneducated, misinformed, totally clueless, gullible, often corrupt and complicit “Pueblo”. A clear directive from Havana, working perfectly well. They know they can’t get away with the daily Galactic Mega-Turds in any civilized nation with semi-educated people. People who live on planet earth, who have traveled, who have minimum information at their disposal. So they hardly waste time on them, on you, or on the millions of malcontents who left that hellhole. It’s not their Intended Audience. Not Cabello’s, Tarek, Padrino’s or Masburros. They talk to the gullible, populachero zombies left in the country.

    They somewhat care to some extent about what the clueless people think only because if millions of them were to organize a bit, hit the streets, revolt, and not vote at all.. that would be trouble. Not easy to repress and control millions of angry mobs with just thousands of corrupt military, guardia nazional and Sebin crooks in the streets. It’s a numbers thing. Under Castrista directives, they still have some respect for the potential power of a potentially pissed-off “el pueblo”. That’s why they constantly lie to them only, that’s why they impoverish them on purpose and hire them in countless guisos. To keep them confused, divided, complicit and dependent. Thus, the threat of massive revolts is avoided, decade after decade, no matter how terrible the living conditions are.

    This, of course, was only possible to do with an incredibly ignorant populace. It would have been impossible to lie to so many people, so obviously, for so long about “mafias” or “imperios” “evil fascist oligarchy” etc. to blame all national disasters. Imagine any President of a civilized nation like Chile, France or Germany, even Costa Rica or Argentina, saying these enormous lies year after year after year, while the country is in shambles. They wouldn’t have lasted a month in power with a semi-educated “pueblo”, let alone a year or 20 years as they have been able to last in the clueless, tragically uneducated Cubazuela.

    • “The Castro-Chavista narco-tyranny has only one Intended Audience: the uneducated, misinformed, totally clueless, gullible, often corrupt and complicit “Pueblo”. ”

      Actually, the audience that they care about is composed of two elements:

      – Their cuban overseers.

      – The boli-manure bondholders.

  2. “Remesas..” Remittances.. another intrinsic, important part of the Castro-Chavista Plan. They knew that after destroying the economy, private property and anh legal, honest business millions of people would get the hell out. In the first few waves, they would be the skilled professionals, educated, with high earning potential overseas. In the next waves, average people, on foot to Colombia or Brazil, with less earning potential but still a lot of remittances, great for the Chavista crooks. Billions of US$ and Euros. So now, as Tarek says here, it’s time to control that too, and get a hand on that massive jelly jar. Of course, as always in Kleptozuela, it’s all about money and how to steal it. Always.

    A win-win proposition from day 1, another big victory for the sinister Castro-Chavista Plan: Millions of malcontents get out, so they don’t have to control them and repress them, usually the more alert, better informed, better educated, more dangerous ones. They get rid of millions of potential threats, plus they don’t have to feed the last waves of refugees and emigrants we see now, the poorer, clueless ones. Colombia, Chile, Peru, Brazil and the international community takes care of those migrants. But here’s the icing on the cake: Inspite of all, they send shitloads of money back to their starving families! A thing of beauty, perfect plan working to perfection in Cubazuela. Now it’s only a matter of stealing that too, as this article illustrates.

  3. “Santa Bárbara Airlines will cease operations in Venezuela definitively in two months.“ Do you have a link to any news sites announcing this? I want something independent I can forward to a few people. Thanks.

  4. LOD continues forward as the hero of her own parallel universe. Judging by her following, I guess we are now at the point where there are worse things than rank hypocrisy and shamelessness.

  5. So the government now wants a piece of the remittances? Some vig. No one in their right mind would process their remittances through a government facility. But it does reiterate what Nixon said decades ago about 3rd world governments: “What is your is mine.”

    • How do you think Cuba has survived for decades, before and after help from Russia or Venezuela? Billions in remesas of course. Chavismo knows that and is now doing the same thing, plus tons of drugs and some oil left.

      Remittances are HUGE, ask anyone in Vzla, they’re all getting some. Time to steal that too, says Tarek.

  6. “…their main goal is to hold on to the Presidency: without it, “there’s no revolution.”

    Down is up!
    Bad is good!
    Establishment is revolution!
    Onward for the glory of marxism!

  7. “…the government authorized the opening of exchange houses to control the access to family remittances and other operations that will be specified in the next few hours, in order to counter foreign currency trafficking and prevent them from falling “in the hands of mafias.””

    Which means that the regime wants to KEEP THE PEOPLE DROWNING IN THE MISERY LATRINE FOREVER.

    • Not forever, only until they’re dead. The Castros and enchufados will then fight a short war over the real estate.

    • pretty sure they opened exchange houses last year to obtaine dollars. Of course, that shit is only in name to keep people distracted for a moment.

    • I ain’t no Forex expert, so what the hell is “Foreign Currency Trafficking?”

      Doesn’t the entire free world deal in foreign exchange as both a business and a hedge against a currency’s devaluation and its nation’s inflation?

      Under what argument do they make that it’s “illegal?”

      • Possession of foreign currency, not related to that purchasesd from the regime (Dicom and its eighteen predecessors), has been illegal for years.

        • Since 2003, the only allowed thing to do with foreign currency is to run straight to the central bank to sell it at 10Bs/$.

  8. Is there anyway to guesstimate Remesas in Vzla now? I bet they already surpass Mexico’s and Cuba’s combined. No wonder Tarek and the other kleptozuelan hyennas are salivating, ready for the kill.

    • Remittances from U.S to Mexico in 2016 was more than 28 Billion U.S. dollars.
      Remittances from U.S to Venezuela in 2016 was 1 Billion U.S. dollars.
      I am sure the Venezuelan number has gone up considerably since 2016 as the diaspora continues.

      • Where do you get your numbers?


        I don’t trust Mexico’s. Now Venezuela’s? …. Multiply that by 20. At least, by now.

        • I think it was a site called if I remember correctly. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the numbers, I an sure they are estimates at best and yes you are probably right that the Venezuela number is much larger these days.

          • There are about 4 million venezuelan people abroad, and most of them are sending money to their families in an average of about 150$ per month, giving about 600 million $, and in a year a rough of 7,2 billion $.

        • Ulamog’s numbers here seem closer to reality. I’d guesstimate the remittances now at about $12 Billion: Close to 5 Million people left in the past 20 years, and many are making decent money by now. The people I know send a lot more than 150$ per month.

          • Asking for a source and then guesstimating, complimentary to not answering responses. How about your sources?

  9. If CC wants to do a public service to Venezuela, they can specify the way the Chavistas want remittances to go, and then list ways to avoid this happening. Since the Chavistas are economic morons, there must be simple ways to keep from getting shaken down and to avoid having to change dollars at some ludicrous exchange rate.

    There should be a national push to keep all remittances out of the hands of the Chavistas.

    • Hilarious. The remesas that they won’t steal in many ways straight up, are immediately injected into the kleptozuelan “economy” anyway. To buy bad yuca or bribe someone for electricity. Fidel and Chabestia must be rolling over in their graves, laughing to tears.

  10. No disrespect to honest journalists on this blog, as I’d like to know how to support them via remesas in Venezuela rather than through quico in toronto.. until he comes clean.. but that’s like asking the mud for a coherent policy. not gonna happen.

    • There’s another guy commenting here who is offering money in exchange for an editorial line. Maybe you could pool your resources and set up your own website. You could hire some people to write exactly whatever you wanted.

  11. We always sent cash via package (FedEx, etc) or courier. The dollars were always appreciated more than Bolivars. Does any entity fly in cargo any longer?

    Are CARE packages still arriving in Venezuela? We quit sending packages when 80% of them went missing after they got to customs.

    • ElGuapo
      I am still able to get money and packages in for the time being.
      Customs is terrible with ever increasing delays. I use a freight forwarder from Miami and I have been sending only the most necessary items by air freight. Air freight is clearing customs in about one week. Shipments by sea can be delayed a month or more at customs.
      For cash I have a Venezuelan national that arranges for US Dollars to be physically brought into the country. I deposit funds in his US account and he distributes them to a connection in Caracas. He is a good man that does not charge me any fees and simply distributes the same amount of money that I deposit.
      I have good friends in Brazil. I am hoping to start using a supply line from Brazil if possible. I need to develop a relationship with a shipper or an intermediary. I hope to have a Plan B in case future events stop supplies from the US being able to reach the people that I help.

  12. ElGuapo, the shakedown and outright theft at customs made me stop sending stuff to Venezuela easily eight years ago. Luckly I know a lot of nationals who are still crazy enough to visit, and whatever I want for family still in CCS, I send to amigos who are heading there and they can physically carry it to the destination.
    No hay otra manera – at least that I am aware of.

  13. Regarding the remittances…Maduro is in this to the bitter end. His goal is to make every Venezuelan dependent and subservient. This will not end well. Ugh


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