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A blessed and happy Easter to you and your loved ones,
Easter Thoughts from Roger Kimball.
American leftist websites proclaim that “Venezuela is one of the most democratic nations on Earth.” So democratic, that now the government may censor crossword puzzles:
Venezuelan newspaper accused of devising revolutionary crossword clues
Delcy Rodríguez, minister of information, calls for investigation of El Aragueño for allegedly printing anti-government puzzle
She tweeted that beaut, after which dozens of Venezuelans tweeted back mocking her. Some even made up a crossword (no hay means “there isn’t any”) listing shortages of staples – sugar, rice, milk, meat – and “what supermarkets have”, number 15 across, is “shortage”:
“Here’s the crossword they’re sending Delcy Rodríguez”
Este es el crucigrama que le mandan a Delcy Rodríguez pic.twitter.com/6OepzChgLh
— Revista NI IDEA (@revistaniidea) March 27, 2014
Let’s point out that Twitter and other social media have not been successfully blocked by the government – unlike print, radio and TV. Which, of course, the Left can’t believe because Mark Weisbrot says it ain’t so, just as they believe that Chavez “improved the economy drastically and ameliorated poverty drastically”:
This in NOT a demonstration, this is a line to buy food in Venezuela. The result of 15 years of Chavismo.
Esto NO es una manifestación, sino una cola para comprar alimentos en Venezuela. El resultado de 15 años de chavismo pic.twitter.com/Iq0M9RrG6x
— adriana cabrera (@adrianabravista) March 6, 2014
Those who believe that Chavez “improved the economy drastically and ameliorated poverty drastically”, on the other hand, will affirm that he had nothing to do with shortages, no matter what the Venezuelans themselves have been saying on the matter for the past four years.
Over in Miami, Thor Halvorssen of the Human Rights Foundation filed a lawsuit accusing the president of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, of receiving at least $50 million in bribes from Derwick Associates for kickbacks on electric plants.
Alek Boyd posts on Diosdado Cabello & Wikileaks
Wikileaks provides examples of how American authorities perceive Cabello, and so it is relevant to showcase these opinions, to get a measure of the man. I have chosen a few, among the 116 cables (2003-2010) that mention Cabello.
Go to his blog Infodio more.
If you check Alek’s twitter feed, you’ll see that he posts links specifically for Venezuela that bypass the government’s censorship, which of course Mark will have you believe doesn’t exist – no matter that Alek was banned in Caracas,
It seems, though, as if Infodio has been rocking a few too many boats - a few weeks ago, the site was banned in Venezuela.
At this point even Dilma – who is facing falling approval ratings and is not impressed with Venezuela’s government public relations b.s. – is getting tired of the regime’s shenanigans, and wants to get paid: Brazil grows wary of Venezuela under Maduro, reduces support
Rousseff is worried the Venezuelan government’s repression of recent street protests, and Maduro’s refusal to hold genuine dialogue with opposition leaders, may make the political crisis worse over time, the officials said.
Worsening turmoil could, in turn, endanger the sizeable interests of Brazilian companies in Venezuela. They include conglomerate Odebrecht SA.
Brazilian newspaper Valor Economico reported this month that Venezuelan public-sector companies already owe Brazilian companies as much as $2.5 billion in debt.
You know you’re in trouble when Odebrecht starts complaining.
Linked to be Pirate’s Cove. Thank you!
Fascinating article in Popular Science on Radio Tecnico: How The Zetas Cartel Took Over Mexico With Walkie-Talkies
Inside the communications infrastructure of the ultraviolent syndicate
Why walkie-talkies? To enable communication even in locations without cellular service.
How Jose Luis Del Toro Estrada was tapped to develop the covert radio network also remains a mystery, but as his system grew, it supplied the Zetas with what’s called a command-and-control capacity. “It essentially linked all the different members of the cartel—the people doing the trafficking and the people doing the protection—so there was a communication between them,” says Pike, the DEA special agent. Armed with handheld radios, the cartel’s street-corner halcones, or hawks, could help commanders avoid arrest by alerting them whenever police set up checkpoints. A midlevel boss in Nuevo Laredo could monitor a semitruck carrying several tons of cocaine as it trundled across the border into Texas. Most crucially, Zetas gunmen could use the system to attack and seize plazas, or smuggling corridors, held by other drug gangs.
The Zetas’ military training and ultraviolent tactics were crucial for propelling their rise to power, but one other factor was essential: After splitting from the Gulf Cartel, it was the Zetas who maintained control of the radio network.
Read the whole thing.
#SOSVenezuela: Maria Corina calls for protests today, Maduro Warns protesters “We are coming for you”Sunday, March 16th, 2014
National Assemblywoman Maria Corina Machado will be leading a demonstration today at 10AM Caracas time,
“Today, #March16, to the streets to defend our sovereignty and dignity! #AgainstCubanOpression and V[enezuela]‘s submission to Cuba. C[aracas] 10AM El Indio Square”
— María Corina Machado (@MariaCorinaYA) March 16, 2014
The gathering will protest the presence of Cuban military in the armed forces, and student leaders fron several universities are speaking.
Maria Corina has more guts than most men, continuing as a true leader, after having had her nose broken at the instigation and in the presence of National Assembly head Diosdado Cabello.
Dictator Nicolas Maduro escalated his comments
exclaiming that he “won’t be bullied,” and warning “prepare yourself, we are coming for you,” if protesters don’t “go home within hours.”
- *VENEZUELAN PROTESTERS HAVE ‘HOURS’ TO CLEAR BARRICADES: MADURO
- *MADURO SAYS HE’LL SEND ARMED FORCES TO ‘LIBERATE’ PROTEST AREAS
With 28 dead in the last month of protests, things are very serious but as we warned previously, Maduro still enjoying the support of the poor – as EuroNews reports, it appears he is not going anywhere soon. John Kerry also came under fire as the foreign minister called him “a “murderer of the Venezuelan people,” accusing him of encouraging the protests.
He then played John Lennon’s song ‘Give Peace a Chance’ and urged the United States to discuss “peace and sovereignty” in a high level commission mediated by the Union of South American Nations (Unasur).
Maduro, in an interview with Christiane Amanpour, seized the opportunity to speak out of both sides of his mouth, saying that
“Venezuela no necesita tener ninguna mediación… Creo que lo que requiere es colaboración”.
“Venezuela needs no mediation. . . I believe what it requires is colaboration”.
Also yesterday, in the spirit of such “collaboration,” the Communist government held an event loaded with Fascist imagery,
proving Hayek right when he said, “Fascism is the stage reached after communism has proved an illusion.”
Post re-redacted to add two links.
Wearing their lab coats, Doctors stage protest in Venezuela as Venezuela continues to become Cubazuela:
Another victim was reported over the weekend in the western Andean city of Merida, Giselle Rubilar, a 47-year-old Chilean national.
Chile’s outgoing President Sebastian Pinera said in Santiago Monday he had asked Venezuela to investigate her death of a gunshot wound to the head.
“Apparently there was a barricade near where she was living. She approached it and that’s where she was reportedly hit by the bullet that caused her death,” Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno said.
“Not only bullets kill, the lack of medicine does too,” read one sign.
The president of the Venezuelan Medical Federation, Douglas Leon, said 95 percent of hospitals have only five percent of the supplies needed to take care of patients.
“The hospitals are deteriorated, supplies aren’t available and we have to tell patients to buy their own,” medical student Caterine Acosta, 20, told AFP.
Meanwhile, at the Miraflores presidential palace, Maduro touted the 2,500 medical students who he said will graduate this year from programs in partnership with allies like Cuba.
Cuba gets 100,000 barrels of oil a day for sending 40,000 medics to Venezuela.
I had the distinct pleasure of talking about this blog at the Rotary Club of Princeton‘s monthly lunch, at the Nassau Club.
— Fausta (@Fausta) October 22, 2013
It was an honor, and thank you to all the Rotarians for their warm welcome and hospitality.
The event took place amid growing criticism that Capriles had wasted an opportunity in the days following the April election, when many of the millions of Venezuelans who voted for him were willing to take to the streets to protest and he asked them to stay home.