While Venezuela Releases Ex-Presidential Candidate Rosales, Student Activists (Rosales will remain under house arrest), David Paulin writes about Nicolás Maduro’s fantasy Christmas,
Maduro, the True Believer, puts political ideology above grim reality. He is thus clueless about the fact that his rosy television spot shows holiday scenes that no longer exist in Venezuela — not after decades of bread-and-circuses populism culminating in what the late Hugo Chávez, the firebrand socialist and Maduro’s mentor, called “21st century socialism.” Now as in communist Cuba, Venezuela has achieved true social equality: everybody is poor. Cuba and Venezuela are close allies.
— Prof. Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) January 2, 2017
Caracas Chronicles has the roundups:
End-of-the-year Social Conflict Map Update
A stroll down the festering crack-den that was Venezuela in 2016, as seen through Caracas Chronicles. Courtesy of Eddy, who wishes you a Happy 2017.
And here’s Venezuela News and View’s vision of 2017.
Venezuela’s own security forces are to blame for escalating violence and repression https://t.co/FLHST32BwS
— Prof. Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) December 31, 2016
The military, however, makes money by trafficking food as the people continue to go hungry. Cue Venezuela’s Ration Cards:
So there we have it, the infamous ‘ration card’ – the end result in every communist country. China, Cuba, Nicaragua, the Soviet Union, Angola and Mozambique.
Venezuelans Hawk Snacks on Dominican Streets as Revolution Dies (video below the fold)