There are some warnings I never thought I’d have for Venezuelans, of all people. Yet here we are, talking about the dangers of seeing right-wing populists as “saviors” from left-wing populism.
Venezuelans abroad have to endure, among the usual hardships of forced migration, being called by the Left all kinds of things just for rejecting the regime that destroyed their country.
All kinds of irregularities surround the incarceration of more than 800 political prisoners in Venezuela, among them the first vice-president of the National Assembly. Are they still isolated, waiting for their fates to be decided over a talk in Norway?
The new report by the CEPR, “Economic Sanctions as Collective Punishment: The Case of Venezuela” written by Dr. Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot, is generating sympathy for the chavista cause in the liberal media at a critical moment, but it’s already being challenged by the heavyweights.
For decades, the Berkeley campus of the University of California has been a mecca for the American left. So, for it to gather some important voices on Venezuela who are not part of the regime’s propaganda network meant an opportunity to discover the awful truth of a country in crisis. Can it open some eyes?
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