Photo: Berliner Kurier, retrieved.

Last November, news broke of the arrest in Venezuela of Billy Six, a German journalist who has written mostly for publications of the far-right. According to Caraota Digital, he was detained on November 17 in Paraguana, Falcón, by 15 agents of Military Intelligence (DGCIM). Pictures of Nicolás Maduro found on his phone are considered “main evidence.” Six’s brother says they’re from two military parades in Fuerte Tiuna, in 2017 and 2018.

The Venezuelan state has been hostile to international correspondents for a while now: in recent months, two different groups of foreign journalists were arrested by security forces, later released and deported. The latest case is somewhat different, as the reporter detained works outside the mainstream.

Carlos Correa, head of NGO Espacio Público, told local journalist Beatriz Adrián that Six was investigating “drug trafficking, smuggling of gasoline and strategic material” at the time.

Espacio Público also informed that Six was brought to Caracas and charged for “rebellion” and “espionage” by a military court. He’s being held at the Helicoide (SEBIN’s headquarters) and, a week ago, he started a hunger strike. He’s in contact with the German embassy now.

This wasn’t Six’s first time in Venezuela: he shot video footage of himself witnessing the “21st century socialism” in Caracas and covered the migrant exodus for little-known group Die Deutschen Konservativen, describing the “prevailing doom atmosphere in the South Caribbean.” This organization confirmed to Deutsche Welle that Six travelled to Venezuela on their behalf.

Six’s family has spoken out, defending him and looking for answers about his health:

“He never touched a weapon, never joined in any demonstrations,” his father, Edward Six, told The Associated Press. “He just was on the street. He talked to all these normal people. He asked them questions and put that on the internet.”

Junge Freiheit, one of the publications Six has worked for, also gave him their public support. The weekly newspaper is known for its ultraconservative, nationalistic editorial line and openly supports the Eurosceptic, far-right political party Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD), which already has presence in the Bundestag and the majority of German regional parliaments.

This also isn’t Six’s first time detained while working as “war reporter” (as the JF statement called him): Back in 2013, he spent two and half months arrested after crossing into Syria to cover the civil war. He was returned through the Russian Embassy in Damascus.

He also covered the war in Eastern Ukraine and was particularly interested in the shut down of Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight on 2014. He made a documentary film in which he questions the conclusion reached by investigators that Russian-backed separatists took down the aircraft. In his view, a Ukrainian fighter jet was the real culprit and multiple witnesses, he says, can confirm it.

Pictures of Nicolás Maduro found on his phone are considered “main evidence.” Six’s brother says they’re from two military parades in Fuerte Tiuna, in 2017 and 2018.

In 2016, Six and British freelancer Graham Phillips (who covered the Ukrainian conflict for Russia Today) went to the main offices of the German non-profit journalist group Collectiv in Berlin, and harassed them for their own coverage of the MH17 flight, calling them “lying press.” Shortly after this incident, Six was interviewed by the German version of Russia Today (RT).

It’s probably because of his fringe views and the kind of outlets he worked for that his arrest has not gotten broader media attention in Germany. Before Christmas, Six’s father released a video statement, asking the mainstream press for more coverage.

Several weeks after this arrest, many questions still linger over the prisoner’s current situation. From the government, silence, even as the German embassy tries to have direct contact with him.

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79 COMMENTS

  1. “He also covered the war in Eastern Ukraine and was particularly interested in the shut down of Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight on 2014.”

    Shoot down. But yeah, it was shut down as well.

  2. Could this imprisonment be a favour our regime is paying the Putin regime (we know that Putin’s gangsterish revenges have a long arm ) while at the same time making him into a warning to other journalists who report on Venezuela not to dig too deeply into local sleazy and embarrasing delinquencies .??

    • Interesting thought Bill on the Putin connection, though might be something of a stretch in the grand scheme of things.

      As it relates to Venezuela, I think this regime has made it crystal clear to journalists that their snooping around and reporting anything negative about the situation here is not welcomed and will be dealt with swiftly.

    • No sé, este carajo parece bastante loco…por una parte reporta para la extrema derecha y por otra se deja entrevistar por el canal putinista de RT. Reportó sobre la Ruta de los Balcanes de una manera que le gusta no solo a la extrema derecha europea sino también a Vladimir Vladimirovich.
      Aunque bien sabemos cómo todos estos grupos de uno y otro lado terminan conectados entre sí.

    • I doubt that. Funny enough, lots of far right party AfD (Alternative für Deutschland) are sympathetic towards Putin, Russia and Russia Today.

      • Genau.
        And it is not only in Germany, the same happens in France (Le Pen going and meeting the Putinistas etc) and even in a country in the Americas I won’t mention but it is south of Canada and north of Honduras…the current president of said country even preferred to believe Putin than his own intelligence services.

          • why irrelevant Ira. Juli’s comment, and the one above that were about Putin and his influence/interference in the Western Hemisphere. Trump is on record dozens of times for publicly stating he believes Putin over US intelligence agencies. At one point this past summer heads of 8 different US intelligence agencies held a press conference with the press, and answering questions, to refute Trump’s assertion that the Russians did not actively interfere in 2016 and that the interference is ongoing. Not trying to pick a fight, but Keplers comment is factual, and relevant. And Russia continues to up their influence in Venezuela, as clearly demonstrated by the landing of two supersonic nuclear bombers in Caracas, a few weeks back, which was strangely not covered in CC.

  3. Gustavo, with all respect, this guy is not a journalist. He sounds like a witting or unwitting tool of fringe and Russian backed propagandists, judging by your description of his work. The the treatment of him should be like any other foreigner improperly detained by the regime. Notwithstanding his strange pursuits, I hope he can get back to his civilized, democratic and mostly tolerant country of birth soon.

    The following is a recent article on German extreme right political movements.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/27/world/europe/germany-far-right-generation-identity.html

    • “Carlos Correa, head of NGO Espacio Público, told local journalist Beatriz Adrián that Six was investigating “drug trafficking, smuggling of gasoline and strategic material” at the time.”

      Sounds like journalistic endeavors to me. But then what do I know. I’m not an expert in spotting unwitting tools.

      • Venezuela, as with other conflict and disaster areas, attracts some strange birds along with the legitimate professionals.

        • Won’t disagree with your premise cannuckles that conflict and disaster areas attract some strange birds. You probably consider me to be a strange bird. My point though is, who are you to state categorically that the guy is no journalist?

          You’ve recently pounded US policy for allowing companies to buy Venezuelan oil thereby supporting the Maduro regime in your estimation, even accusing me personally of the same because of the taxes you believe I pay here. Since I never once saw you state a negative word about American companies buying oil during the Obama administration years, I suspect your “concern” of such support on the part of American companies is more tied to current American politics than anything else. I also suspect your views of who represents legitimate, professional journalists is tied to whom they report and perhaps how their stories lean.

          My step-son tells me that while the states bordering Colombia these days have a better-functioning economy than what he sees here where I live, they’re also basically lawless. According to him, gasoline smuggling is a huge business in the region with plenty of support from the highest levels of the military. That should come as no surprise to anyone, nor should the issue of drug smuggling with its tentacles also reaching into the highest levels of the military. And the young man should know what he’s talking about as he was an officer in the Venezuelan Army after graduating from the militiary academy in Caracas. He worked the border on his first assignment and what he saw was enough to make him resign from the miiltary.

          As I suspect you’d agree, the proceeds from any such illegal operations go a long way towards keeping the military loyal to the Maduro regime who simply looks the other way, and I, for one, wish there were more journalists, regardless of their political beliefs, willing to tackle such issues and shed some light on them for the rest of the world to see.

          I’ll now step down off my soap box.

          • “Since I never once saw you state a negative word about American companies buying oil during the Obama administration years..”

            Not true. That is so far from the truth. For some reason, either you were not around then, or if you were, you were not freaking out about me being “anti-American” and so forth. (Where’s that guy who likes to pull out my old comments and put them up in bold and italics when you need him?)

            Here’s my theory though. Most of you guys are ex oil industry types, so I imagine it sticks in your craw to have to hear from some chump that your lifelong endeavors have inadvertently been aiding dictatorships of one stripe or another. I understand that. And I understand that there are certain realities around which our modern economies function that are not to be mentioned in polite company without people burning up with inchoate rage and indignity and throwing around wild accusations that people are communist sympathizers and troublemakers. My main concern in my comments is to point out the hypocrisy of people who lay the entire blame for the present situation at the feet of El Pueblo. That is a modest aim. I do not have all the solutions figured out. But the reality of who buys Venezuelan oil is incontrovertible and who gains from that is not seriously debatable. Make of it what you want. One position is: so what?

            Yes, Venezuela is a narco-state. No doubt about it. North American markets for oil and for cocaine keep the socialist dream alive.

            As for strange people, I’ve always said, even back in the Obama administration, the only people who go to Venezuela who are not Venezuelans are the insane and the in love.

            “Adventurer”. That’s the neutral word I’m looking for Mr. Six. He sounds like what we call an “adventurer”. Others call these folks PSFs. PSF or not, anyone in Venezuelan custody is in an awful situation. I’m not sure that broadcasting always assists these awful situations, but I’m no expert on these judgments and the story is out anyway.

          • LOL at you cannuckles. I must have hit a nerve.

            Cannuck, I’d have to be blind as a bat or crazier than a Canadian leftist to believe that America, or its policies, have never supported, propped up, or otherwise extended the life a dictatorship. And I’ve never made any such claim either, btw.

            What I am claiming is that you stretch the limits of sanity and by constatntly trying to hang the cluster fuck that is Venezuela today around the neck of America.

            “My main concern in my comments is to point out the hypocrisy of people who lay the entire blame for the present situation at the feet of El Pueblo.”

            Okay, 98% of the blame? I mean, who voted Chavez into office overwhelmingly? Americas? Heck, Chavez himself, followed by his hand-picked successor, who was also elected by Venezuelans, have both claimed from a day one and at least a thousand times that America was trying to overthrow them. Now you would claim that America and its policies support the regime?

            There’s only one reason that this regime still stands today and that is because of either support from a majority of those who still inhabit the country, or because of a lack of will on the part of those who didn’t, or don’t. That cannot be denied and guess what, they’re all VENEZUELANS.

            “Yes, Venezuela is a narco-state. No doubt about it. North American markets for oil and for cocaine keep the socialist dream alive.”

            America does not need Venezuelan oil and Venezuela does not need to sell its oil to America. Venezuela sells its oil to American companies for convenience and for profit, but make no mistake about it, they could sell it anywhere, all day, every day as long as they can produce it. OIL keeps the Venezuelan socialist dream alive, not America’s appetite for it because quite frankly, it’s crappy oil.

            Look, I’m all for an all-out blockage of the sale of Venezuelan oil but those who make such decisions have gone a different route. I respect their decision. The only reason I see for them allowing Maduro to sell something for $$$ is probably because they believe it’s the only way to stop mass starvation of those who are left in the country. Now, not wanting to put words in your mouth, but I suspect you’d agree that mass starvation is not a good thing for any people. And from what I’ve seen, short of massive food handouts from the government, this place would be in even worse shape than it is today.

            Finally, please please please show me a single post you made here critical of the Obama administration. Do so and I will apologize for having ever been suspicious of your leftist motives here. Promise. 🙂

          • MRubio”

            “Since I never once saw you state a negative word about American companies buying oil during the Obama administration years..”

            Canucklehead:

            (Where’s that guy who likes to pull out my old comments and put them up in bold and italics when you need him?)

            I have done searches regarding Canucklehead’s criticizing or not criticizing Obama. Here is a report of what I found.

            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 Canucklehead claims he made a statement, I for one will not believe his claim until he has documented that he has actually made that statement.
            If you want further evidence of what most charitably be called Canucklehead’s faulty memory- do we have a case of Alzheimers here?- I will provide same.

          • To sum up Boludo Tejano’s excellent detective work, it appears flying pink unicorns are as equally scarce as a single negative comment by cannuckles on this site about Obama or his administration.

            Color me shocked.

          • MRubio, looks like Boludo has given you some homework. And maybe he could run the same search for my comments on American oil companies! I have discussed the issue at length using the word Obama though.

          • I don’t have the time folks but there’s plenty there. Jeez though I have to say a quick look back and it is striking, striking!, how the comments section used to be full of smart, interesting opinions and observations. The content has not gotten worse, but the commentary sure has gone to the primary school level.

          • Canucklehead:
            MRubio, looks like Boludo has given you some homework. And maybe he could run the same search for my comments on American oil companies! I have discussed the issue at length using the word Obama though.

            Canucklehead has reading comprehension problems. Recall what I recently wrote:

            If Canucklehead claims he made a statement, I for one will not believe his claim until he has documented that he has actually made that statement.
            If you want further evidence of what most charitably [could] be called Canucklehead’s faulty memory- do we have a case of Alzheimers here?- I will provide same.

            Canucklehead, do your own documentation. If you have actually made such a statement, YOU should have no trouble finding it. Until you do, your claim is unproven.

          • “Good lord. I’ve baited the comments section stalker. That was an error in judgment.”

            I’d say your error in judgment was making an assertion without any evidence to back it up. Like this one for instance trying to refute my observation that I’d never seen you criticize the Obama administration:

            “Not true. That is so far from the truth. For some reason, either you were not around then, or if you were, you were not freaking out about me being “anti-American” and so forth.”

            I can’t claim I read every post of yours by any means. But I can say with 100% accuracy that I read this site for a number of years without posting here as I was instead posting at the Devil’s Excrement before Miguel’s unfortunate accident. Ira and a few others can probably attest to my posting there.

            That I never saw you fault the Obama administration for ANYTHING related to the issue of Venezuela and the mess it was in never moved the needle for me at the time. And the reason is logical.

            I personally never thought Obama or American policies had anything of signficance to do with the disaster of biblical proportions unfolding in Venezuela. I clearly recalled telling anyone who would listen here from the very beginning that they were traveling a dangerous path, that I believed the man, Chavez, would ply them with free shit while slowly taking away their rights until the point that when they finally realized it, it would be too late.

            So to me, reading your posts in those days, you came across as just another know-it-all Canadian leftist telling everyone else how the world worked while looking down your nose at those who might dare disagree. It was only when Trump came on the scene, and suddenly he (and by extension, pubs and capitalists) was suddenly the cause of Venezuela’s ills in your opinion, did I take note of your ass-hattery.

            My bullshit detector is old, but still functioning quite well so I have no homework to do. I’d say it’s you who needs to put up or shut up. I won’t hold my breath on either outcome.

          • Hey cannuckles, on that link you posted, I saw this gem from Judi Lynn:

            “Obama didn’t directly attack the Venezuelan leadership because he realized the government was widely popular, and he even tried to help them where he could, for example by blocking Keystone and keeping an important market for Venezuelan oil.”

            That last part made me snicker. And by applying cannuck-like logic, it makes perfect sense. Stop the flow of heavy oil from Canada to the gulf coast refineries and you protect Maduro’s source of dollars. Shame on Obama. Bet you were all over the man like white on rice and have the posts to prove it. LOL

          • Canuckldhead
            You want evidence I was critical of Obama policies. I’d say I was ambivalent about them in terms of Venezuela.

            Once more I will refer to Advanced Google Serch on CC: CANUCKLEHEAD AROUND(30) OBAMA. “Canucklehead” and “Obama” within 30 words of each other. There are about 20 links/hits that come up. In NONE of the links/hits is there a Canucklehead comment where I see any ambivalence towards Obama and/or his policies towards Venezuela.

            I’ve done the searching- more than once. Takes 10-15 minutes.

          • BT, just for shits & grins I took a look at some of those posts from you advanced google search.

            A few of my favs:

            “I just throw the thought out that the new Trump administration may be talking a tough game -talk being cheap, as years of talk between Chavez and Bush to zero effect demonstrated- to obscure what might be exactly the opposite: a policy of rapprochement with shitty petro dictatorships which are not Iran.”

            Can anyone guess what’s missing from the above quote? LOL

            This one from 6 May 2017 was catchy:

            “But Obama isn’t responsible now. The guy responsible now has the ability, along with other willing partners in the region, to put serious pressure on this regime. He’s doing nothing. Let’s be clear about that. He’s busy instead alienating said partners, and admiring kleptocrats and autocrats, including himself.”

            Did you catch that? Cannuckles talking about Trump……he’s doing nothing. LOL

            And then this one, 2, maybe 3 weeks into the administration of His Orangeness and cannukles is already getting restless for Trump’s lack of action on Venezuela.

            “Marc, I was making a simple point that it appears Trump has given more consideration to the question of what Nordstrom should sell- namely his daughter’s stuff- than the grave humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

            Now, I may be wrong on that and he may be losing sleep wondering what can be done to promote democracy in Venezuela, now that he is leader of the free world, but I have seen no evidence of that thus far.”

            LOL, if I was a cynic, which I’m not……………

            Okay, I looked, and looked, and looked some more. They’re not there, those quotes about Obama. But much as cannuckles has whined about Trump supporters apparently coming out of the woodwork when he was elected president, it appears cannukles’ concern about what an American president should do to promote democracy in Venezuela also surfaced at about the same time. I wonder why that is?

        • Canucklehead
          1.(Where’s that guy who likes to pull out my old comments and put them up in bold and italics when you need him?)

          2.Good lord. I’ve baited the comments section stalker. That was an error in judgment.

          You solicit my input, and when you get it, you insult me. Oh well… 🙂

          I reminded of an old saying common among trial attorneys- never ask a question to which you don’t know the answer. You might get surprised.

        • Rubio, we are looking for two different things. You want evidence I was critical of Obama policies. I’d say I was ambivalent about them in terms of Venezuela. I have however, made the point over the years- including the Obama years- about American oil purchases supporting the regime. It is a problem that at once gives the American administrations substantial leverage, and also has made them weak on the regime. I raise it when the hypocrisy goes off the charts. It consistently goes off the charts these days. As for Obama himself, I’d say I was generally supportive. He was a respected leader at home and internationally. And I think Trump is an appalling, destructive con man. That is clear to most people, including most Americans.

          • Okay, cannuckles, I’ll accept your assertion that you were ambivalent about Obama’s policies on Venezuela but also critical of American oil companies doing business with the regime, though I honestly recall no such comments from you during the Obama years.

            The question I have is, why so much hate directed at Trump and his policies on Venezuela when it’s clear to most people, including most Americans, that he has made more effort to influence events here than all the other US presidents combined since Chavez was elected?

            I understand your hatred of the man, but it appears you let that hatred influence your ability to evaluate honestly the benefits of his efforts here in Venezuela. You say you were ambivalent about Obama’s policies in terms of Venezuela. Fine. I’d say Obama was equally ambivalent about Venezuela in general, wasting valuable years that allowed Maduro to consolidate his power and plunge the country deeper into chaos and misery.

            Example:

            “The U.S. Department of State — under the directive of the Obama administration — helped stabilize Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s regime by blocking sanctions against government leaders involved in drug trafficking and promoting a process of dialogue that ended up weakening the opposition, according to Roger Noriega, former assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs under President George W. Bush.

            The strategy, which came from the State Department, was questioned within the administration itself, particularly in its insistence to push the Venezuelan opposition to negotiate with the regime, an initiative that involved suspending its efforts to impeach Maduro and organize massive street protests against him.

            Mark Feierstein, Obama’s top security adviser on Latin America, told The Guardian newspaper that several U.S. agencies had tried months ago to apply sanctions against El Aissami on suspicion that he was one of the main forces behind drug trafficking in Venezuela.

            But the sanctions were “held up last year” at the insistence of the State Department for fear that they would interfere with the dialogue efforts between the government and the opposition, Feierstein told the newspaper.”

            https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/venezuela/article133212274.html

            Say what you want about Trump being a “destructive con man”, but he’s done something Obama, or any other US president for that matter, ever attempted to do from what I recall and that’s put together a multi-national coalition of nations who are applying significant pressure to this regime via world-wide banking sanctions. While Venezuela’s decline in oil production has been underway for a number of years, it now appears to be declining at an increasing rate. I would submit that one factor most definitely playing a key role in the increase in decline is the difficulty of by-passing banking sanctions that disrupt the regime’s ability to buy spare parts and perform and pay for routine well maintenance services.

            I recently spoke to a young man (excellent English on his part) who represents a Chinese company selling oilfield equipment, specifically high pressue values, to PDVSA. He told me the sanctions are forcing PDVSA to make one of two decisions on the products he sells. Buy crappy Chinese products at a 300% markup or buy top-quality US-made valves at 10 times their face value. The 10 times face value comes about because the Chinese company must first purchase the values in the US, transport them to China, re-invoice the products, and then ship them to Venezuela. Due to cash flow problems, PDVSA usually chooses to buy the crappy Chinese products which end up causing more production and transport delays due to their poor quality.

            You either care about what’s happening in Venzuela cannuckles and wish to see a positive outcome, regardless of who might ultimately get credit, or you care more deeply about seeing Trump fail because, well, because he’s Trump.

            I’m not a betting man, but I think I could win some serious dough if I was.

          • MRubio, we’ve had this exchange about the Trump administration and Venezuela what, a half dozen times? Rather than doing it all again, it’s available here if you want to look it up.

          • “MRubio, we’ve had this exchange about the Trump administration and Venezuela what, a half dozen times? Rather than doing it all again, it’s available here if you want to look it up.”

            Translation: Look! Over there! Shiny.

          • Canuckelhead
            MRubio, we’ve had this exchange about the Trump administration and Venezuela what, a half dozen times? Rather than doing it all again, it’s available here if you want to look it up.
            ….I don’t have the time folks but there’s plenty there.

            You have the time to write verbiage upon verbiage upon verbiage upon verbiage, but you claim you do not have the time to- for example -take advantage of this Advanced Google Search regarding your claim- which I set up months ago and to which I again referred to yesterday.Advanced Google Search @ CC: “Canucklehead” within 30 words of “Obama.” It would take you maybe 10-15 minutes to check your claim, but you inform us that YOU do not have the time for that, but that OTHERS should take the time for that.
            I have checked that Google Search several times, and have found NO comment of yours that is even mildly critical of Obama or his policies towards Venezuela. Perhaps you and I might disagree on what “mildly critical” means.

            I would very strongly suggest that YOU spend the 10-15 minutes to search it out to understand why I and others regard your claims of “I said this back then” to be bovine excrement. If you can spend all this time writing verbiage upon verbiage in your comments, you can certainly spend 10-15 minutes to check out the Advanced Google Search that I set up. Or are you afraid to find out that the search I set up utterly debunks your claim?

    • He sounds like a witting or unwitting tool of fringe and Russian backed propagandists, judging by your description of his work.
      “Russian-backed propagandists” would have a pro-Chavista stance. He didn’t get jailed for being pro-Chavista. IOW, your claim doesn’t pass the sniff test.

      • We don’t know why he was detained. Gustavo has given us an account of his so called journalism and activism. That was the basis of my observation.

  4. Kepler: So, because he is reporting from a “far right” perspective, whatever happens to him is his fault anyway?

    What would your opinion be if he were known to be very liberal and progressive? Still his own fault? I doubt it. The main stream press would be all over it.

    Part of the reason that the more extremist publications exist is because the mainstream media is much more leftist than the general public. The extreme right publications are filling a void that the rest of the press has abandoned.

    If the mainstream media would simply do their jobs and report the news instead of deciding what the news should be, they would drive out much of the shoddier reporting from the fringes.

    • The extreme right is filling a void that the rest of the press has abandoned.

      True. We rarely get the National Socialist perspective on current events from the New York Times or ABC News.

    • Roy, where did I write in my Spanish text that it is his fault? I did not. In fact, I would be the first one to please for his release. I am still saying the guy seems to be a looney and I do not think they put him in jail for the sake of Putin. As far as I can see, he seems to have simply been very keen on taking pictures of military and guerrilla gangsters, even if those pictures are per se not very telling.

      • I’d say most anyone, Venezuelan or otherwise, who was hanging around the western side of the country taking photographs and talking to common folks about stuff like “investigating drug trafficking, smuggling of gasoline and strategic material”, would get his ass in a sling in a hurry.

      • Hey Kep this is supposed to be an English website. You know, for the benefit of us right-wingers up here in “Grigolandia.”

        So why post in Spanish in the first place?

        • Lorenzo, this is a site about Venezuela and not about its tourist possibilities, so
          it is DE CAJON que la gran mayoria habla español y a mí me da la real gana de hablar en español.
          If you want to criticize people who speak in other languages than English, you might try your luck in some of those US states like Nevada, but even there things are changing.

          • Yes, for some reason that escapes me, Spanish speaking people keep pouring into the boarder states. But that is a good thing because they can teach us gringos what they know about how to run a country.

  5. I don’t think he’s getting more press because it’s just more of the same. Nothing new.

    Now, if the argument is being made that he’s not getting sufficient press in Germany, I didn’t see that argument, but granted, I read the article pretty quickly. The main impression I came away with was is that he’s ultra-right-wing. So is the author saying that’s why he’s being “forgotten?”

    I just don’t get it, but I think this is just another example of press suppression.

  6. Just another quick apology on behalf of all Canadians. Granted I’m from the west but I honestly can’t recal meeting another Canadian quite so….suffice to say I bet he got slapped around quite a bit growing up. Not enough mind you, spare the rod, spoil the child. Oh and here’s another: it’s better to remain silent and have people think you are a fool then to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
    Just to ease the pain a bit, I really did appreciate the link to the old blog, opened my eyes to something I just now realized has been the case since day one. And yes I agree, there was great debate back then, pre-censor era.

    • Marc: My cousin is in his 80’s, has a PhD and two masters degrees, has spent his working years as an educator corrupting the minds of innocent Minnesota children with his socialistic rantings. He still believes, to the bottom of his black heart, that Castro’s Cuba would be perfect if It hadn’t been for the US’s “illegal and unethical” embargo. He sounds exactly like Canucklehead, down to the sideways shots at religion. But, it may be brain freeze of the northlands as the University of Minn. Duluth has a tenured prof. who has taught for years that the Nazi holocaust of the Jews never happened. It was all propaganda campaign by American Jews. Back to Gustavo’s original article. Given his work history can’t help but wonder who actually employs Billy Six and what he actually may be doing on his employers behalf.

      • Sounds like he’s looking for a Pulitzer. Trying to break open a great story. Maybe he’s freelance? He certainly has balls of street to continue on the same career path after spending a fair chunk of time in a Sirean prison and then come here. It really is a great story this whole Venezuelan saga, I hope some day the whole truth comes out and gets documented for future generations to marvel at. This whole country reminds me of the lord of the flies. Look what happens when you leave a bunch of teens alone to make up their own rules. Shows you just how fragile civilization really is.

        • I would agree he is a freelancer looking for a good story … he found it .
          I would say he finds it hard to sit in an office under strip lighting after the adrenaline filled scrapes he has been through.
          I hope he is released soon , I wouldn’t wish Venezuelan prison on anybody.
          Hopefully he gets to write his book. Billy Six is a great name , sounds like a Larry McMurtry character.

  7. This Six guy is certainly no escapee from Seal Team, and he certainly has a death wish–Ukraine/Syria/Venezuela (narcotics trafficking/smuggling of fuel/strategic materials -coltan/uranium?).

    • I wonder how much wealth the Castros accumulated during over 60 years of “revolution”? More than Chavez’s kids? I have a hard time believing the Castros did not share some commissions from PDVSA with Chavez et al. A few hundred mil here and there?

      Stalin lived a relatively comfortable life compared with 99.9999% of his comrades, but I don’t think his daughter ended up with anything other than the course of being his daughter. Same with Pol Pot’s daughter, as I recall.

      There are revolutions, and then there are revolutions.

        • Mm bacon and peanut butter. So good! Try with thinly sliced raw onions. Been a few months since I’ve had bacon, it got REALLY expensive all of a sudden. Peanut butter disappeared ages ago and even onions are 4000 Soberanos per kilo (about 5 buck) around here. Our diet is shrinking. I solemnly swear to never eat another arepa when we move out of here but boy am I going to miss parque morrocoy.

          • Nailed it Marc, 4,000 bs S per kilo for onions, at least in Pta de Mata.
            I bought some here yesterday for 3,000 bs S but they were very small. I’ve seen peanut butter one time here, a jar my woman brought me from Maturin a couple of years ago. A buddy of mine who has a bodega a block over told me he’d never heard of peanut. Bacon? I’d guess over a year since I last found bacon……though my 4 hogs are gaining weight nicely in the back yard. 🙂

          • It’s wild how food prices are very quickly reaching and surpassing international prices hey tocayo? We are starting to see real hunger here in my little town, something new for here cause we have the sea in front and lots of coconuts and fruit trees around. But now there are very few boat mothers still running and fewer and fewer fishermen and they sell those fish elsewhere. Oh an chicken showed up a few days ago but they were these tiny little birds, Less than a kilo each. Obviously sent out just before the big day coming up to calm the masses I guess.
            Also very something else that piqued my interest last night I got a what’s app message quite late: Es necesario rechazar las declaraciones del Grupo de Lima por injerencista, ofende no sólo al Presidente Constitucional Nicolás Maduro sino al pueblo, poder constituyente, que votó mayoritariamente por su reelección para el período 2019-2025. Esa declaración atenta contra nuestra soberanía e independencia. Debemos publicar nuestro rechazo por las redes para que se haga viral nuestra protesta. To which I replied: Quien coño eres tu?.. y por que me estas escribiendo?.. to which he replied:Magnífico que te manifiestes hombre de radio, opositor didfrazado. To which I replied: al viento, mal aliento and I blocked him. No idea who he is or how he got my number or if they are just randomly sending out that message to people. Wierd hey?

          • Marc, we’re seeing significant food contraction here as well.

            We’ve basically gone into full survival mode here producing what we need even though we’ve got transport and we actually work for a living. Still, can’t rely 100% on finding what you need in the markets. They’re more thread-bare with each passing day.

            Since the alcalde last came in with the national guard and seized a number of cattle that had been butchered and were ready for sale, the butchers have all but closed shop and do business only with preferred customers. Their sales are obviously much slower, but at least they’re making a profit and can continue to do business.

            Fruits, outside of stuff like lechosa, have been virtually non-existent here for longer than I can remember. And even lechosa is very sporatic. Most of what’s sold here is stuff like auyama, yuca, and platanos from time to time. Guess you could consider platanos a fruit. Having said that, the number of vendors selling veggies has probably been cut in half here locally.

            Casabe is a major part of everyone’s diet here….mostly filler, of course. Don’t know if you guys have access to it where you live but we sell hundreds of tortas a week.

            Chickens, meat birds in particular, are exceedingly rare these days. Just before Christmas I bought 15 meat birds from a producer about 30 minutes from here. He had a flock of 30,000 destined for PDVSA and I was very happy to get them. I paid 1800 bs per kilo for birds of 2.2 kilos each. We’ve slaughtered only 4 and the others continue to gain weight, actually preferring the corn I feed them over commercial feed.

            And then there’s my pride and joy. My hogs. 🙂 I built a first class hog pen with running water, its own septic tank, and a locking, barred cover to keep the thieves out at night. I bought 6 lechones originally and slaughtered the two slower-growing animals for the family for Christmas. The other four are gaining weight rapidly. We’ll slaughter the 3 nuetered males one at a time and the female we plan to breed. By this time next year, she’ll have produced a litter and will probably be pregnant with her second group.

            Never a dull moment.

    • Ira, further to your story, my woman tells me that within the last 4 hours, two Supreme Court Justices, Yanina Carabin y Francia Coello, have been arrested by the regime.

      • They are denying they were arrested while trying to leave the country:

        Las magistradas de la Sala Electoral del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ), Yanina Carabin y Francia Coello, negaron informaciones emitidas este domingo por varias cuentas en Twitter -entre ellas de periodistas y algunos politicos-, y replicadas por varios medios de comunicacion, que aseguraban que habían sido detenidas cuando se disponían a salir del país.

        “Los insto a a no dejarse influenciar por información falsa difundida en cuanto a mi persona. Lo que demuestra es la desesperación de agentes apátridas que quisieran desestabilizar la democracia y la institucionalidad del Estado” difundió la cuenta oficial de la Comisión Nacional de Justicia de Género del Poder Judicial, citando a la magistrada Francia Coello. “Nosotras y nosotros seguimos trabajando con más entusiasmo y lealtad para el pueblo venezolano”.

        La versión difundida inicialmente señalaba que las dos magistradas del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ) habrían sido detenidas la tarde de este domingo cuando intentaban salir del país por el Aeropuerto Internacional de Maiquetía. El rumor se da en el marco de la polémica por la deserción del exmagistrado Christian Tyrone Zerpa, quien huyó a Estados Unidos y, en una entrevista, aseguró que no quiso ser parte de la juramentación de Nicolás Maduro el próximo 10 enero.

        http://www.2001.com.ve/en-la-agenda/199283/magistradas-yanina-carabin-y-francia-coello-niegan-versiones-sobre-su-salida-del-pais-.html

      • You’re fast!

        The whole bunch has to go…get no preferential treatment from the U.S….unless they can show a voting record that went against the unjust, criminal flow.

        They’re just jumping ship.

  8. So, a human being in Venezuela gets arrested on spurious charges, is jailed in a secret prison, without charges nor allowed legitimate legal representation… and the bedwetters get their lacy thongs in a twist because he is a “so-called” journalist who doesn’t represent their “virtuous” worldview?

    Keepin’ it classy…

    • Those who cried on camera on their news sets the night Trump was elected are the real heros. Hard-nosed, fact-finding, in-search-of-the-real-story journalists they are.

      Try to keep up.

      • I only wish the likes of Cenk Uygur or Rachel Maddow would get “disappeared” in Venezuela… oh how the tune would change.

        “Virtuous, hard-nosed relevant non-partisan investigative journalist vanishes after taking pictures of Delcy’s dookie after she takes a shit! Journalists worldwide are outraged!”

        • Guap, this simple guide may be useful to you in the future:

          CBS – journalists
          MSNBC – journalists
          ABC – journalists
          CNN – journalists
          Washington Post – journalists
          New York Times – journalists
          Slate – journalists
          The Young Turks- journalists
          NPR – journalists
          Salon – journalists
          Mother Jones – journalists
          The Huffington Post – journalists
          Fox New – not journalists
          Breitbart – not journalists
          Washington Examiner – not journalists

          I suspect you get the drift.

          • Actually, for me the best is to read what MRubio and Ira have to say…they are like the New Testament and the Torah and Talmud all wrapped up in two US Americans.

            Once I absorb a bit of their incredible wisdom I do follow a bit the news coming from the following sources (not all at the same time, obviously):

            The Economist
            Reuters
            Aftenposten
            Neuer Zürcher Zeitung
            Frankfurter Allgemeiner Zeitung
            Volkskrant
            Новая Газета
            Коммерсантъ
            El Pais

            TV:
            not much, a bit of Norsk RIkskringkasting
            a bit of ARD and ZDF

            I also follow specific journalists here and there.

            Sometimes I also read what Chavismo says, just to know how the other side think…and what the Russian foreign minister says.

            Apart from that I try to talk to friends living in the couple of
            countries I am interested in.

            Sometimes when it comes to Venezuela I do what Boludo Tejano does, even though I am not as efficient as he is: check out what is available in the databases of the World Bank, OECD. I have to own up I admire the way he delivers the right data selection from those sites.

            Still, nothing like learning from MRubio and Ira.

          • Kep, you only read those after reading Mein Kampf for the 10,000 time.

            You’re as obvious as any guy in Argentina in 1945 and after who speaks German, and has Eichmann’s phone number in his wallet.

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