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You gotta admit that Indhriana Parada, Venezuelan vice-minister of health, found quite a subtle way to tell the delegates of the other 193 countries attending last Tuesday’s 71st Annual World Health Organization’s Summit in Geneva that the dictatorship she represents transformed the formerly flawed Venezuelan health system into a complete pile of garbage. In other words: the Venezuelan Health Ministry lies, once again, in a worldwide summit and doesn’t even flinch.

She did so representing not only Venezuela, but the 120 countries forming the Non-Aligned Movement (NOM), an organisation funded in the middle of the Cold War, somehow still alive today and presided by Venezuela since 2016.

“We’ve come from a privatizer, unequal health system, to a humanist one, one of free access and universal coverage for the whole population of Venezuela. Regarding access and universal health coverage, today we have a 100% coverage of the Barrio Adentro Mission, having a doctor with a basic health team for every 1,337 inhabitants, deployed in the most vulnerable and hard to reach areas of the country.”

Mrs. Parada could’ve taken a few minutes to explain why, with that 100% coverage, and her government allegedly building 24,478 popular clinics and adding seven new vaccines to the National Vaccination Program, child and maternal mortality are rising faster here than in any other country in the region. Or why diphtheria and measles, diseases long eradicated from the country, have re-emerged, reaching numbers never before seen, prompting the United States’ Center for Disease Control (CDC) to recommend travelers to avoid any non-essential travel to Venezuela.

Duh! How is Diosdado supposed to buy all those vaccines kids are counting on now that he can’t access his dollars abroad?

Instead, the young nurse and lawyer from Maracay presented a never-ending stream of lies and twisted facts to hide her government’s ultimate responsibility in the meltdown of Venezuelan health services.

Regarding a crisis that even Samuel Moncada kind of acknowledged last month in an OAS meeting, she simply said that “there’s no humanitarian crisis in Venezuela” and the rest of the world should demand the immediate lift of “the criminal sanctions” that prevent the Maduro administration from “guaranteeing the health of the Venezuelan people.”

“We denounce that imperialist and interventionist factors make calls to decree a humanitarian crisis. They ask for humanitarian channels but at the same time, block our possibilities to get medicines and food for the Venezuelan people.”

Duh! How is Diosdado supposed to buy all those vaccines kids are counting on now that he can’t access his dollars abroad?

Talking about frozen assets, Mrs. Parada also stated that a foreign Venezuelan bank account holding nine million dollars supposedly meant to buy hemodialysis material was blocked by the U.S. government, jeopardizing the treatment for some 15,000 patients. Funny thing how she forgot to mention the 23 children at Caracas’s JM de los Ríos Pediatric Hospital who still haven’t been dialysed because the hospital’s sewer system overflowed, filling the place with feces… a month ago.

Seropositive patients in the country might be over the million and the disease is literally pushing indigenous tribes into extinction.

You couldn’t have a public health forum regarding the Venezuelan crisis without addressing malaria. With an estimate of more than 400,000 cases in 2017, compared to the already alarming 240,613 cases registered in 2016, Venezuela holds the greatest porcentual increase of malaria in the world, beating all African nations. But the vice-minister still had the nerve to remark the “positive indicators of the anti-malarial plan”, arguing that the government has acquired some 11 million pills and over a million quick tests to diagnose it, achieving a 68% reduction in the number of cases compared to last year, a fact impossible to confirm since the ministry hasn’t released a single epidemiological bulletin for over a year. Illegal mining in Bolívar, the main epidemiologic factor fueling the national malaria epidemic, wasn’t even mentioned.

In another demonstration of cynicism, Parada assured that Venezuela guarantees the timely delivery of antiretroviral therapy to over 69,000 HIV+ patients, even though the real number of seropositive patients in the country might be over the million and the disease is literally pushing indigenous tribes into extinction.

She had the time to talk about the six million Colombian migrants receiving free healthcare in Venezuela after “being forced to leave their country due to the armed conflict caused by Colombian oligarchy”, to remind the world of how Nicolás Maduro was reelected last Sunday with 68% of the votes in an “election” with the highest abstention in Venezuelan history. She even took a picture with her staff in front of UN headquarters, but there was no time to address a single one of Venezuela’s countless health problems.

And in a classic show of out of context chavista rhetoric, Parada made a call to the world to “stop the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the Syrian Golan.”

The fact that Vice-Minister Parada doesn’t care about Venezuelan lives a tenth of what she does about Palestinian protesters is a shame, but certainly not surprising. After all, she’s the representative of a dictatorship that chose to starve its people in exchange for a few votes. Her absolute lack of empathy towards the countless victims ignored in her sad speech is enraging, but these are unrepentant criminals ready to twist the truth as much as they can before acknowledging their mistakes.

Don’t doubt that for a minute.

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74 COMMENTS

  1. For another example of regime lying, consider Infant Mortality. Most CC readers remember that Infant Mortality rose 30% in 2016.Guardian Feb 2017: Venezuela’s infant mortality rose 30% last year. Most CC readers also recall that the regime fired the Health Minister for releasing that data.

    The World Bank gets countries’ data from their respective governments.
    Venezuela, Infant Mortality rate per 1,000 live births.
    2014 14.5
    2015 14.3
    2016 14.0

    Lying, lying, lying.

    (Obtained by downloading the Excel sheet.)
    https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.DYN.IMRT.IN?end=2014&locations=VE&start=2014&view=chart

  2. Seeing that the internationally recognized National Assembly is in exile, can it name other individuals to better represent Venezuela before the international community?

  3. OT:

    But where the hell is Ramirez? How come we can’t a get straight answer on this?

    I see an interview online today (just a snippet of it) dispatched from Bogota, but not a mention on where he actually is.

    • If he sticks his head over the parapet, it’s going to get shot off. He knows where the bodies are buried and a lot of Chavistas want him dead.

    • Because he isn’t. I don’t know why they’re writing this nonsense.

      Corker went there again today to plead for their release…sidestepping Trump I’m sure but who knows, maybe in conjunction…

      But what kind of morons would claim he’s being released without it being fact, or close to fact?

      I think we’re talking about posts here done by trolls, or Chavistas, with zero sense of humor or common sense.

        • Because of the video Josh had the cojones to make. That elevated his plight to U.S. national attention. The Chavistas clearly not in control of his safety and security and God help them if something happened to Josh. This is remembering Otto Warmbier.

          Don’t get confused by the Senators taking credit

        • Egg?

          There was nothing reported anywhere on his release at the time of that or my post. Let alone confirmation.

          I’m proud to be crude…rude I don’t understand at all. What the hell is THAT supposed to mean? I have to be polite while thousands of Venezuelans rare dying? And hundreds of thousands…MILLIONS… suffering just to get through the day?

          So maybe I am rude, and fuck you for thinking that’s a bad thing as regards to Venezuela.

          AJ:

          What’s your history? Who are you? Tell us all your perspective on this. Where you live, and where you come from.

          Can you do that, or will you just disappear like another meaningless troll here?

          • Right. The suffering of Venezuelans explains your obnoxiousness. That’s great. I’ll have to try it out sometime: buddy, I’m not an asshole, I’m just overflowing with empathy…

          • Ira, your heart is in the right place, and we love you to death, but sometimes you drink too much and say things that I am sure you regret the next morning. When that happens it is best to man-up, accept that you were wrong, and apologize to those you were mean to.

  4. I can only imagine the Colombian and Brazilian representatives rolling their eyes. Like, yes, right now we have to factor the Venezuelan refugee crisis both in the fact that the health care situation pushes it forward and the fact that it will become a vector for those epidemics to reach us, and we also have to hear this 2-bit apparatchik lie. Fun

  5. The fact that this kind of BS can be spewed out at an international organization like the WHO- or the UN, FAO, or whatever alphabet organization you want- says more about these international organizations, than anything else…..

    The UN human Rights Council, being the perfect example of how utterly meaningless these organizations are. The fact there have been basically no resolutions against Venezuela or Syria, but endless numbers against Israel…- goes to show how little they represent western liberal democracies’ ideals. But then again, no real surprise, just look at its members…

  6. Super. At last, someone who actually sees these organizations for what they really are. Beyond me why anyone looking at their track record would anticipate anything positive or worthwhile from these parasitic groupings.

  7. Step-son arrived from Tachira yesterday and I had a long conversation with him. He says along the border most anything one wants can be found, at a price of course, unlike here in this area where’s there’s little to be found to eat these days. He says the agriculture of the region has totally collapsed, no seed, no fertilizer, no insecticide, but more than anything else, it’s easier to make a living smuggling gasoline than working the land.

  8. @ MRubio…are there going to be new crops of corn being harvested this year in your area? I know you have mentioned that you have limited and dwindling reserves at this time. If there is no harvest to speak of will you be able to bring in corn from other areas?

  9. Yo, Rubio,
    Heat goes out to you, hermano. You’re the conscious of this entire site. Persevere, or hope dies.

  10. “@ MRubio…are there going to be new crops of corn being harvested this year in your area? I know you have mentioned that you have limited and dwindling reserves at this time. If there is no harvest to speak of will you be able to bring in corn from other areas?”

    Tom, we’re down to a couple of thousand kilos in total. I’ve got about a thousand kilos already run through the trilladora and stored in plastic drums. The rest is waiting to be processed. We’re selling what we’ve got little by little, trying to make it last as long as possible.

    Last year’s harvest was the smallest I’ve ever seen in my immediate area. I suspect that this year I’ll be down to two options for buying raw corn, as opposed to the dozen or so options normally. One option is a guy who seems to manage to plant at least a couple of hundred hectares every year. I don’t know how he manages to do it, but he does. Guess he’s got the contacts. If he’s able to plant something on that order this year, then I’ll probably buy most of what I need from him.

    The other option is a Brazilian co-operative about 30 minutes drive from here. They typically bring in their own seed and other supplies from outside the country and sell at least some of their harvest locally. Prices are usually stout as compared to others, but if they’re the last resort, I’ll go that route.

    So far there’s been little rainfall so it’s hard to tell how good the season will be. Having said that, most seed doesn’t make it here until about August anyway so I guess it won’t matter. Last year’s harvest planting of corn locally probably represented 10% of what I’d call normal. It’ll probably be even worse this year.

    Oh, I talked yesterday to a guy here in town who normally has the best-supplied shop for veggies. Lately he’s had little and has even stopped setting up at the Monday morning open market. I asked what was going on, why he had such a slim supply and he told me simply, “no one is planting…..no seed, no fertilizer….no chemicals”.

    We’re in a world of hurt right now.

    • MRubio – you must really want to be/stay there, because most of us would have folded up shop and gotten the hell out of there by now. It will be Cuba (total repression) or Chaos (total anarchy) at some point when the government can no longer provide any gas to be smuggled or subsidized food or water or electricity or medicines or any security against roving gangs looking to plunder whatever they can get their hands on.

    • @ MRubio…will be praying for a good growing season and a good harvest! I hope some veggies start showing up too! As Guy Clark sang about…” Nothing better than homegrown tomatoes”.

    • Do we get another photo op where the President His Orangeness praises the greatness of the dictator guilty of crimes against humanity, and the good treatment of the hostages? Or did Holt’s video squash that idea…

        • MRubio: scroll up the comments. You are not being truthful, are you?

          Maria: this reminds me of when Ingrid Betancourt was released and thanked Chavez. The release was a good thing. It did not change my view of Chavez. And of course, my ambivalence at the time would be dismissed in some places as being that of a typical privileged Canadian viewpoint, and a stubborn unwilliness to accept the accomplishments of The Great Man Doing Great Man Things.

          So I’m familiar with the argument that Canadians do not inherently understand reality because I heard it for years from devotees of another demagogue con-man (Chavez), and the Canadian bashing was no less silly in that context. And you would have read some of it here, in the Caracas Chronicles comments section!

          Boludo: you don’t actually remember what I wrote about the Obama (or Bush) administration and Venezuela, do you? No. Of course you don’t. That’s okay, but don’t then go and just make something up, like MRubio here.

          I was referring here to Trump’s recent praises for a brutal communist dictator. What do you think of that? Oh I know, let’s not discuss that, this is a blog about Venezuela and not Trump, or communists, or dictators and how they behave….

          • Ah yes, after a post by post search, I did find a single comment about ” giving the president his due”…..from Waltz, who has admitted he’s no fan of the man.

            My point stands. You have a severe case of TDS. I think the first step to getting help is admitting you’re afflicted.

            I wish you well. It’s going to be a long 7 years.

          • Boludo: you don’t actually remember what I wrote about the Obama (or Bush) administration and Venezuela, do you? No. Of course you don’t.
            Then enlighten me, please.

            That’s okay, but don’t then go and just make something up
            In what way did I “just make something up?” Please inform me. BTW, I didn’t “just make up” your RDS. Canucklehead’s RDS is easily documented. (2012)
            I ask myself similar questions about the supporters of chavez and the supporters of the (current) republican party. Are they the beneficiaries of a corrupted system, the uneducated and manipulated, or a combination of both?Why is it so quiet around here?

            That is RDS. You wrote this example of RDS, not in response to Trump, but in response to Mitt Romney.

            (test to see if CC has fixed blockquote software)

          • Boludo. You can’t ask me what I said about the Obama administration and Venezuela, and claim you didn’t make something up when you made a statement about what I said about the Obama administration and Venezuela. Take a deep breath, read that again, and think about that for a minute.

            If you can pull up a question I posed about Trump supporters back in 2016, maybe you can pull what I said about the Obama administration and Venezuela from your archive as well. I made a number of very long, nuanced and brilliant comments about that subject that I’d be happy to see you dig up. I’m sorry you don’t remember them.

            And I’ll tell you, this case of TDS that I have? It’s actually a case of CDS, that had gone away but flared up in another form in Nov 2016. If the alternative is belonging to an ultra nationalist personality cult led by a corrupt, lying, inept sociopath, I’ll take the TDS/CDS.

          • Boludo. You can’t ask me what I said about the Obama administration and Venezuela, and claim you didn’t make something up when you made a statement about what I said about the Obama administration and Venezuela.
            This is what I wrote:

            I do not recall Canucklehead having made any criticism of the previous POTUS.

            I wrote a truthful statement. I didn’t recall any such statement, and to check out my memory –before writing my comment– I made an Advanced Google Search on the site regarding “Canucklehead …Obama.” I spent about 10 minutes going through the >250 hits, and didn’t find a comment of yours that criticized Obama. I looked. Granted, my not finding any didn’t mean there weren’t any, as I didn’t check all 250- only about 20.
            So yes, I made a truthful statement. I looked for any comments you had made about Obama, and reported what I found: nothing critical of Obama. That is not “making something up” but reporting what I found: zilch. Perhaps you did make a critical statement about Obama, but I didn’t find it. Which is what I reported. I didn’t write, “Canucklehead never made a statement that criticized Obama,” I wrote that I didn’t find such a comment.

            Your claim that I “made something up” is total bullshit. Total.

            I went back and polished up my Advanced Google searching, adding the proviso of the two words being within 30 words of each other [ABOUT(30)]. Advanced Google Search on CC. There were about 20 hits with “Canucklehead Obama” within 30 words of each other. There was NO comment you made that was, in my opinion, critical of Obama.

            There is a caveat: the oldest thread was Full Confidence from December 19,2011, nearly 6 1/2 years ago. Apparently the comments got trashed in a software update. Before that particular software update, which occurred some time before December 19,2011, you may have made some comment critical of Obama. But that can neither be proved nor disproved. From December 19, 2011 onward, for nearly 6 1/2 years, in my opinion you did NOT make a comment critical of Obama. Which I have documented sufficiently.

            If you can pull up a question I posed about Trump supporters back in 2016…
            But as I neither pulled up a question you posed in 2016 nor did I pull up a question you posed about Trump supporters, I have no idea what you are talking about. You need to read more carefully. Not the first time I have made such a statement to you. Apparently you lack the nuance, not to mention the brilliance, to read more carefully.

            I made a number of very long, nuanced and brilliant comments about that subject.
            Your comparing Republicans to Chavistas, such as “Are they the beneficiaries of a corrupted system, the uneducated and manipulated..” is all the brilliance and nuance I can take.
            You are apparently unable to see that you are insulting those who vote Republican, Mr. Nuance.

            And I’ll tell you, this case of TDS that I have? It’s actually a case of CDS.
            I have no idea what CDS is. Canadian DS? Caracas DS? California DS? Cincinnati DS? 🙂 My first comment was about your case of RDS, which I assume you know relates to Republicans.

      • Interesting that the release of Josh Holt occurred during the administration of a POTUS Canucklehead despises, and not during the administration of the previous POTUS. I do not recall Canucklehead having made any criticism of the previous POTUS. Funny, that.

        Canucklehead’s TDS is but of a subset of his RDS.

    • Hatch fought for him because they’re both Morman. That should tell you something right there:

      Religion over morality, because you gotta keep those donations coming into the church!

      Every time religion gets involved, it’s corrupt. Hence the Catholic Church which not only never did anything to discourage Chavismo, but has supported it for two decades.

      • Wrong. CEV leads the charge in Venezuela and Rome warned the DR talks where a sham and did not participate. The Pope is the softie but that does not mean or imply support as you state. Could Rome do more? Yes

      • Ira, the Catholic Church has not supported chavismo for two decades. That’s a figment of your fact free universe (and/or your Breitbart/RT habit).

  11. Smoke and Mrirors. Nothing was offered for Josh. People are taking credit for nothing. After the video, it was clear Josh was a liability for Ccs regime. His deterioting health, purported suicide thoughts/attempt(s) and unsafe and insecure prison conditions made the regime have second thoughts. The regime did not want a Otto Warmbier repeat.

    Corker and Shannon record on BRV clear. They wanted to offer Ccs concessions. Rubio stood his ground.

    Very typical of Maduro to weasel his way with U.S. lawmakers and Admin. They did it during the U.S. presidential campaign and they tried again to no avail.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-us-senate-negotiation-venezuela-prisoner-20180526-story.html

  12. The chavista propaganda machine loves to talk about those “six million Colombian migrants” (actual number fluctuates) everywhere. It’s one of the main talking points by the raving lunatics on Twitter: those you know are defending the regime not in exchange for a CLAP bag, but actually believing the socialist crap.

    Considering the level of migration from Venezuela to the rest of the continent, how many of those millions (assuming the numbers are even remotely close to reality, which I doubt) have returned to Colombia in recent years?

  13. Another reason to release Holt was to hijack the news cycle and change narrative from previous cycle that was the worse on record. This is a known MO of the Cubans and Chavistas. Very predictable.

  14. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/05/joshua-holt-meets-with-trump-in-oval-office.html

    “Saturday’s release may signal a softer approach, at least temporarily. In the Holt transaction, both sides appear to have gotten what they want: the release of the prisoner for the U.S., and the appearance of legitimacy for Maduro.”

    You still think Trump’s your friend in the fight against the Maduro dictatorship? Pfft.
    Remember that Citgo gave half a million USD to his inauguration committee.

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