Europe Shuts the Door

For Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Translated by Javier Liendo.


This Monday, the European Union’s (EU) Foreign ministers approved sanction on another 11 Venezuelan government officials, considering that they’ve “violated human rights and undermined democracy and the Rule of Law,” increasing the list of individuals to whom they’ve imposed bans for travelling to Community territory and frozen the assets they might have in the Union to 18 people. The EU called yesterday to hold new elections “in accordance with internationally recognised democratic standards and the Venezuelan constitutional order” and restated the need to respect all democratically elected institutions, particularly the National Assembly, release all political prisoners and defend democratic principles, the Rule of Law and human rights. The Venezuelan government rejected the measure and claimed in its statement: “It’s astonishing how flagrantly subordinated the European Union is to the Trump Administration, emulating its attacks against Venezuela.”

Sanctioned officials

This time, they’ve included vice-presidents Delcy Rodríguez and Tareck El Aissami; Armed Forces general inspector Sergio Rivero; Army general commander Jesús Suárez; Iván Hernández, chief of the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence, and Education Minister Elías Jaua. They complete the list with Sandra Oblitas, Socorro Hernández and Xavier Moreno of the National Electoral Council (CNE); Freddy Bernal, head of the Local Committees of Supply and Production (CLAPs) and Deputy General Prosecutor Katherine Harrington. Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrel said that the new Spanish government will emphasize “the need to find political solutions to Venezuela’s situation, which won’t be solved merely with sanctions.” Delcy embraced irony and authorized Federica Mogherini with a Tweet to “use the alleged assets” she owns “to attend the migration crisis that she’s caused with her warmongering, racist and xenophobic policies.”

Nurses in protest

The nursing staff of several healthcare centers in the country joined the indefinite strike called by the DC chapter of the Nurses Association to demand better salaries and adequate working conditions. Most of the testimonies collected by the media talk about miserable wages (insufficient to even pay for bus fares) while others denounced the remarkable workplace dropout rate they’ve been experiencing.

The nurses faced several layoff threats; Bolivarian National Police (PNB) officers arrived to the Miguel Pérez Carreño hospital to prevent the protest and Tal Cual reported that a truck with CLAP boxes arrived at the University Hospital of Caracas, claiming that “they’ve never seen something like that happen before.” Amidst this crisis and with the excuse of “advancing in an integrated health system,” Nicolás appointed Carlos Alvarado as the new Health minister. In 2016, he was the rector of the “Hugo Chávez Frías” University for Health Sciences (UCS).

Meanwhile, Lourdes Ramírez de Viloria, head of the Venezuelan Federation of University Professors Associations, said that universities have joined the strike to resume the permanent conflict in view of the collapse of education institutions, denouncing that they’ve been threatened with losing their jobs if they join the strike.

For Elías Jaua

The Venezuelan Chamber of Private Education (CAVEP) estimates that by the end of 2018, the student dropout rate could reach 70%, deeming the current crisis as unprecedented and very serious. Over 80% of students are requesting documents to emigrate, lowering reenrollment levels by about 15%. Professor Pedro Castro, head of CAVEP, explained that they’ve already closed 20 schools in Caracas this year, that there was a 40% dropout rate during the previous school period and that the worst scenario would be that the dropouts increase by 30% for the coming school year, in addition to the notable loss of teachers who leave the country, a circumstance they can’t handle, and they’ve already had reports of how parents themselves create incentives by paying teachers bonuses in dollars “to keep them in school, for as long as possible.” Another important limitation is the shortage of school texts and other supplies, because the editorial industry’s working at 50% of its installed capacity, so many schools are recycling books and rationing the use of notebooks, because they’re hard to find.

We, migrants

Ligia Bolívar, researcher and human rights defender of UCAB’s Human Rights Center, spoke yesterday before the UN Human Rights Council thanks to the solidarity of Brazilian NGO Conectas.

Bolívar denounced the situation of vulnerability and abuse of Venezuelan migrants’ rights, including “the militarization of operations in Brazil, the mass deportations in Trinidad and Tobago, migrants returned from Mexico without due process, the absence of response to pending shelter requests in Colombia and Brazil, the imposition of new visa requirements in Chile and the selective detentions in the Dominican Republic,” calling the states to shelter Venezuelan migrants and to avoid resorting to measures that violate their rights, just as she called for the government to supply new passports.

More about migrants

Colombian authorities said that in coming days, they’ll publish a decree for the temporary regularization of Venezuelan migrants, and it’s us along with Colombians who lead, according to data from the Spanish National Statistics Institute, the increase of immigrants in Spain during 2017, with 44.2% and 15.7% hikes respectively. A European Parliament mission arrived to Colombia for an official visit to the border with Venezuela to assess the situation on site and create humanitarian aid plans for Venezuelans. There will be a parallel visit to Brazil, where they’ll visit the border area of Boa Vista. This takes place while U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence starts his third Latin American tour, including meetings with President Michel Temer in Brasil, and Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno; visiting a shelter for Venezuelan refugees and travelling to Guatemala to visit the citizens affected by the Volcán de Fuego.

Today, a pack of sanitary pads costs Bs. 2,600,000, half of the new “integral” minimum wage. Another way of explaining the profound crisis we’re experiencing is telling how and to what extent it has affected women. Luisa Kislinger explained it for Spanish newspaper El País with data that dismantles Nicolás’ fake feminism, ranging from the alarming increase in maternal deaths (which rose to 65% in between 2015 and 2016 alone) in the country that shows the second highest teenage pregnancy rate in the entire region, including the serious shortage of contraceptive methods, information and supplies to allow women to decide about their bodies and live a life free from violence. Chavismo is the denial of feminism, equality and freedom are against their desire for control.

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  1. The sanctions must mean that it is time to hand out another bunch of Bolivar’s swords.
    That is if they can afford to buy any.

  2. Fuck that:

    The Supreme Court just upheld Trump’s travel ban, and Venezuela is on the list of countries!

    The shit is gonna hit the fan now.

  3. “The Venezuelan Chamber of Private Education (CAVEP) estimates that by the end of 2018, the student dropout rate could reach 70%, deeming the current crisis as unprecedented and very serious.”

    Washington Post headline using same data: Chavismo provides best teacher/student ratio in Latin American educational system.

  4. List of “Brother Nations” who still do business with, who allow their financial system to be used, and who welcome Maduro, Delcy, Cabello, Tarik, and his cronies to store their billions away…..

    Antigua & Barbuda
    Cayman Islands
    Costa Rica
    Dominican Republic
    El Salvador
    French Guiana
    Saint Barthélemy
    St. Kitts & Nevis
    St. Lucia
    St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    Trinidad & Tobago
    Turks & Caicos Islands

    and those who do not

    • Dale, That is naïve and misleading. The US still allows Venezuela to use financial services when it comes to buying and selling us oil. I doubt most countries on that list can completely sever ties with Venezuela. Until we stop oil trade with Venezuela, we will remain their biggest source of hard currency for the chavista thieves to steal.

  5. Venezuela’s largest ISP blocks Tor.
    Venezuelans have been relying on tools like Tor to access news sources, including local outlets like El Nacional and international ones like CNN en Español, after the government banned them in the country. Unfortunately, they’re going to have to work a little bit harder to circumvent government censorship — according to a report by human rights non-profit group Access Now, the largest ISP in the country, which just happened to be owned by the government, has blocked the software. Previously, people could simply change their DNS to access censored information online, but using Tor or VPN has become a necessity to get around the most recent bans.

    More at the link.

    • @Boludo Tejano….yep..we all knew it was on their to do list just didn’t know when. Welcome to Chinese and Iranian style internet. Of course if there is no electricity it becomes a moot point I guess.

  6. Everybody’s got CLAP here today!!!!

    25,000 bs for the box:

    2 kilos of powdered milk
    3 kilos of rice
    4 kilos of harina pan
    1 kilo of wheat flour
    3 kilos of lentil beans
    1 kilo of black beans
    1/2 kilo of pasta
    1 liter of aceite
    190 grams of mayo
    190 grams of ketchup

    Venezuelan content: 0%
    Mexican content: 100%

    • Wow! That’s a lot of protein! If one actually believes that beans provide significant protein.

      Of course, animal protein…which is what the body really needs…is totally absent.

      And looking at the quantities in that CLAP…that can keep a family of four fed for about 5 days! Kind of.

      Plus, 190 grams of ketchup and mayo is a little more than 6 ounces, which a normal family in the real world goes through in 2 days.

      I shit out more mayonnaise and ketchup by myself in a day than they’re “giving” the people to live on for God knows how long.

      Clap for the CLAP! If you don’t die from starvation first.

      • If it’s red, it may be hemorrhoids, or something worse; if it’s white, it’s probably just amoebiasis holdover from your time in Venezuela.

  7. Everybody’s got CLAP here today!!!!

    25,000 bs for the box, cash:

    2 kilos of powdered milk
    3 kilos of rice
    4 kilos of harina pan
    1 kilo of wheat flour
    3 kilos of lentil beans
    1 kilo of black beans
    1/2 kilo of pasta
    1 liter of aceite
    190 grams of mayo
    190 grams of ketchup

    Venezuelan content: 0%
    Mexican content: 100%

      • I don’t know the value of these goods today because the prices are changing so fast. My woman says buying the same merchandise on the open market (assuming one could find the products) you’d have to pay between 20 and 25 million bs.

        Love to know what each box cost the gubmint.

        • I believe I read somewhere around US$12.00, cost of actual goods maybe US$6.00 when bought in bulk. Double your money every few months and take credit for feeding the people. PRICELESS.

          • Yup, my woman asked me how many dollars that would be (her estimated price on the street for those items) and without looking at the current exchange rate, I told her about $6.

          • My guess is the U.S. retail would run over $50 bucks. The powdered milk alone is $18 (NIDO, which costs less than Carnation), the PAN is over $12.

          • At WalMart, you can purchase 4 LB powdered milk for $15. Which would be about $16.53 for 2 kilos. Not much different from NIDO.

            It used to be that powdered milk cost about half the equivalent of fresh milk. No more. Those 4 LB of powdered milk convert to 20 QT, or 5 gallons: $3 per gallon. You can purchase a gallon of milk at Wal-Mart for $2.18/gallon, though I suspect this will go up soon.

  8. There’s no way Cubano programmers are going to thwart Venezuelanos from accessing the internet by way of cencorship. Gringo technology and hackers (and probably some in-country wizards) will devise work-arounds in no time.

  9. There’s no way Cubano programmers are going to thwart Venezuelanos from accessing the internet by way of cencorship. Gringo technology and hackers (and probably some in-country wizards) will devise work-arounds in no time.

  10. The title of this post shoulda been: ” Tens of Thousands Chavista Mega-Thieves continue laughing at Europe and the USA”. Or “Getting richer after every useless sanction in Kleptozuela, 101”

  11. I am thinking this supposed failed coup attempt story may have been manufactured by the Maduro regime itself as a pretext to arrest officers whose loyalty was in question and also as a warning to others who might be considering similar plots.

        • You’ll find similar contempt for the Washington Post and Bloomberg on sites such as Venezuelananalysis and Aporrea. Bloomberg hit job! News manufactured by elites!, et cetera.

    • The Cuban G2 became very good at starting their own conspiracies. They use their own moles inside the military to talk up the coup. All the while, they are collecting the names of anyone who shows interest. Then, just before zero-hour, they arrest everyone. If they do that every so often, they weed out the ones inclined to participate in a coup and scare everyone else away from even talking about it. It is effective and proven.


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