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 Post subject: Re: More news from a the people's paradise.....
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:33 pm 
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His point is just that, Venezuela was 'presented' as a socialist utopia, which clearly it is not.

One has to wonder, apart from Norway, or perhaps France, are there _any_ socialist utopia's left?

And my point is that: democratic socialism is not responsible of the problems that Venezuela has. In a country like venezuela, inequalities are too strong to allow reforms to work. It is better in Scandinavia or even France, where inequalities are not as strong.



Bolivarian socialism http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolivarianism
Is the driving force in Venezuela. Chavez, his successor, are proponents of it.
The country's legislature is a rubber stamp for them.
They control the country's military and police forces.

If they cannot make democratic socialism work under those circumstances, then the concept is unworkable.

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Bolivarian socialism http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolivarianism
Is the driving force in Venezuela. Chavez, his successor, are proponents of it.
The country's legislature is a rubber stamp for them.
They control the country's military and police forces.

If they cannot make democratic socialism work under those circumstances, then the concept is unworkable.

It does not work very well in Venezuela, as "hard" capitalism does not work in Columbia or Mexico.


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AFP 28 minutes ago
Caracas (AFP) - Several hundred doctors and medical students protested conditions in Venezuela's hospitals Monday, citing shortages of medicines and critical supplies in the troubled oil-rich country.

As police held back the demonstrators in the city's Plaza Venezuela, other health workers marched without incident through the center to the presidential palace in a government-organized show of support for President Nicolas Maduro.

The rival protests were the latest in an unresolved, nearly five-week-old crisis that has claimed the lives of at least 20 people.

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.

Venezuelan doctors and medical students turned out in their white lab coats with signs denouncing the state of health care in the country.

"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 provides an estimated 40,000 doctors and health care workers to staff clinics for poor and hard to reach populations in Venezuela.

In exchange, Venezuela supplies Cuba with 100,000 barrels of oil a day at preferential rates.


Greedy 1% doctors protesting because hospitals do not have enough medical supplies to treat their patients.

[i wonder if the hospital that Maduro and his cronies also has a supply issue?]

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No luck Canuck if you want to visit Caracus.....

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-26621350

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Air Canada suspends Venezuela flights over 'civil unrest'

Air Canada has suspended flights to and from Venezuela, citing concerns over security.

The airline said it would consider resuming operations once the situation in Venezuela had stabilised.

It operated three return flights between Toronto and Caracas per week.

Twenty-nine people - from both sides of the political divide - have been killed in six weeks of protests against high inflation, crime and the shortage of many staples in Venezuela.

"Due to ongoing civil unrest in Venezuela, Air Canada can no longer ensure the safety of its operation and has suspended flights to Caracas until further notice," says the Canadian airline in a statement.

It says customers who have not begun their travel "may obtain refunds". Others may be rebooked on other airlines.

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Several international airlines have reduced operations in recent weeks in Venezuela, but their main grievance has been the government's tight currency controls.

International airlines say the government of Nicolas Maduro owes them more than $3bn (£1.8bn).

Tough foreign currency controls make it difficult for foreign airlines to repatriate money obtained from ticket sales in Venezuela.

In January, Ecuadorean airline Tame suspended flights to Venezuela, demanding $43m (£26m) - one third of the company's yearly revenue - in overdue payments for tickets.

Mr Maduro said that airlines that reduced their operations in Venezuela would face "severe measures".

"The company that leaves the country will not return while we hold power," said Mr Maduro.

The government says right-wing groups backed by the US have fomented the unrest as part of a coup plot.

Tight controls over foreign exchange were first imposed in 2003, following a troubled year which saw a coup against then-President Hugo Chavez.

The government expected to avoid capital flight, but the economic crisis of the past year has led to a shortage of foreign currency.

Two months ago, the government introduced further exchange controls.


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Why is it that the first thing communists run out of is toilet paper?

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Fellow revolutionaries and Bolivarians!

The Venezuelan government has taken steps to promote free speech by enabling the opposition's right to give their free speech to those in jail, by jailing the speakers:

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Venezuela moves swiftly against opposition
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Mar 20, 6:38 PM (ET)

By FABIOLA SANCHEZ and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ

(AP) An anti-government demonstrator shows her hand with the word 'Peace' written in Spanish on it,...


CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has used the military, legislative and judicial power consolidated during 15 years of socialist rule in a sudden series of blows against opponents who have spent more than a month protesting in the streets, knocking down their barricades and throwing dissident leaders in jail.

Thursday dawned with two more opposition politicians behind bars, one of them sentenced to more than 10 months in prison. And pro-government lawmakers had already started trying to jail another outspoken critic as well, moving to strip an opposition congresswoman of her legislative immunity from prosecution.
Maduro has been warning his rivals for weeks that they could soon meet the same fate as opposition hardliner Leopoldo Lopez, who was jailed on charges related to the Feb. 12 protests that initiated the wave of unrest, which has so far led to at least 28 deaths, most of them after Lopez was arrested.
San Diego Mayor Enzo Scarano was removed from his post by the Supreme Court, arrested and on the same day sent to begin a 10 1/2-month prison term for failing to heed a court order to have protesters' barricades removed from the streets of his city.

San Cristobal Mayor Daniel Ceballos was arrested as well on charges of rebellion and conspiracy. Maduro said in a speech last month that Ceballos would soon join Lopez in prison for fomenting violence. "It's a matter of time until we have him in the same cold cell," Maduro said.

Maduro said Thursday in a lengthy speech to ruling party officials that the government would continue looking to identify and "neutralize" the country's enemies.
"Neofacism must be eradicated with laws, with the constitution, with consciousness, with values," he said.

The federal government itself moved in this week to clear out the plaza at the heart of the demonstrations against inflation, shortages, crime and perceived official intolerance, sending national guardsmen to take over Plaza Altamira in the capital.

Maduro's mentor and predecessor, Hugo Chavez, also picked off rivals one by one in previous political crises, but rarely if ever over such a short period of time.

Luis Vicente Leon, president of Caracas-based polling company Datanalisis, said the government's recent moves were a step toward radicalizing the country's political process.
"Without a doubt (Maduro) has perceived that the protests are not going to stop so it's best to simply confront them and deal with them harshly," Leon said, adding that the opposition will likely find less room to maneuver because the government seeks to create a sense of fear that anyone even demonstrating peacefully could face danger.

Maduro's rivals said they would not be bullied into submission, vowing new marches.
Two-time opposition presidential candidate and Miranda state Governor Henrique Capriles said through his Twitter account Thursday that Maduro had "thrown gasoline on the fire."
"He and only he will be responsible for the situation that unfolds in the country," Capriles wrote.

Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres on Thursday distanced federal authorities from the arrests, saying it was other government branches that were acting "to protect the right of the majority and not to protect the right of a small group that under the excuse of protesting wants to muddle the lives of Venezuelans.

San Cristobal, where the wave of protests began, is being run by an unelected official who had been serving as a city administrator, one of Ceballos' top aides, Ronni Pavolini, told The Associated Press.

Ceballos, a member of Lopez's Popular Will party, had been outspoken in denouncing the harshness with which government security forces attacked the demonstrations in his city near Venezuela's western border with Colombia.

Alfonso Medina Roa, attorney for the San Diego mayor, said that town would be run by an administrator designated by Scarano while he serves his sentence. A director of the National Electoral Council said the body would meet to propose a schedule for new elections in San Diego, where Scarano was elected in December with 75 percent of the vote.
The lawyer said Scarano was "sentenced without justice, sentenced without accusation."

Protests continued on Thursday, when police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a student-called protest of several thousand people in Caracas. Some of those demonstrating against the arrests of the mayors threw objects at riot police. There were no injuries reported.
The night before, several businesses were looted or burned, including a large supermarket, in San Diego. Carabobo state Gov. Francisco Ameliach, a member of the ruling party, used his Twitter account to blame "terrorist groups that were sown and protected in San Diego by authorities."

Venezuela's National Assembly on Tuesday voted to start a process to strip opposition lawmaker Maria Corina Machado of her immunity so they could bring charges against her for allegedly trying to destabilize the government.

Machado, a former presidential candidate, was expected to speak Friday at a meeting of the Organization of American States in Washington about the situation in Venezuela. Because the Venezuelan government controls the country's seat at the organization, Panama has offered Machado its seat to make her presentation to the regional body.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki expressed concern Thursday over the arrest of the two mayors. "The Venezuelan government should stop the violence against its citizens and opposition officials who are exercising their freedom of speech," Psaki said.
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Associated Press writers Jorge Rueda and Christopher Sherman in Caracas, Luis Alonso Lugo in Washington and Vivian Sequera in Bogota contributed to this report.

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 Post subject: Re: More news from a the people's paradise.....
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Why is it that the first thing communists run out of is toilet paper?


Due to such wonderfully Communist actions as "nationalizing" (aka taking) businesses.

And this genius policy:

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Mr Maduro said that airlines that reduced their operations in Venezuela would face "severe measures".

"The company that leaves the country will not return while we hold power," said Mr Maduro.


Are you angry that your country's business is steadily dropping them into the stone age? No fear! Just make sure none of that business comes back.. ever!

Makes sense doesn't it? :lol:

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Venezuela Newspapers Await Emergency Shipment of Paper from Colombia

by MANUEL RUEDA @ThisIsFusion Posted 04/03/2014, 02:06PM
Updated 04/03/2014, 03:11PM
Colombian media are making a special delivery to their friends in Venezuela's struggling newspaper industry.

Andiarios, Colombia's National Association of Newspaper Editors, is sending 52 tonnes of printing paper to three Venezuelan dailies, which are currently running out of material to print their news on.

The emergency shipment, which Andiarios has described as a "loan", will help Venezuelan newspapers El Nacional, El Impulso and El Nuevo Pais continue circulating for the next two weeks.

Andiarios is hoping that the trucks, which are currently waiting to go through customs procedures on the border between both countries, will eventualy be allowed into Venezuelan territory.


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I have a sneaking suspicion that (as a result of the toilet paper shortage) the papers "readers" are just as eagerly awaiting delivery of their "newspapers". ;-)

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Ahh yes. Gov't run paper media.

The best shit paper you can find in a socialist paradise!

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http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014 ... -The-World\

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MADURO REGIME CATAPULTS VENEZUELA TO SECOND HIGHEST MURDER RATE IN THE WORLD

by FRANCES MARTEL 12 Apr 2014, 3:56 AM PDT

A decade and a half of socialist repression and months of protests with seemingly no end have catapulted Venezuela to the top of the list of the world's most dangerous nations. According to a study by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Venezuela is surpassed only by Honduras in highest peacetime murder rates in the world.

Venezuela experienced 53.7 murders per every 100,000 residents in the nation in 2013, second only to Honduras, where 90.4 people for every 100,000 were murdered. Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa dominate the list of most violent nations-- no country outside those two regions made the top ten list, and only Swaziland and South Africa brought Africa onto the list. As the study only examines countries that are not currently engaging in war, countries with high murder rates that are considered to be in wartime like Syria or Afghanistan do not make the list. Belize, El Salvador, and Guatemala, respectively, round out the top five.

The nations suffering from the highest murder rates in other regions of the world did not have rates anywhere near as large as those in Latin America. Russia, which has the highest murder rate in Eastern Europe, saw 9.2 murders per 100,000 residents, while its counterpart in Southeast Asia, the Philippines, saw 8.8.

Trends in South America seem to indicate that some nations on the list are exhibiting hope of lowering their murder rates. Colombia, #10 on the list, has seen its murder rate decrease for years since the tenure of President Álvaro Uribe. Venezuela, meanwhile, is the only country in South America with a consistently increasing homicide rate since 1995. Hugo Chávez took power in 1999, but staged a failed coup attempt in 1992.

As the death rates for unarmed protesters at the hands of National Guard soldiers increases with every passing day since the current wave of protests began in February, President Nicolás Maduro has been outwardly calling for peace talks between the government and more left-wing elements of the opposition. Maduro stated on Thursday that there would be "no pact" between the opposition and the government, however, which would render the talks entirely purposeless.

The death toll in Venezuela rose this week to 41, and the nation was riveted by a new crime: the disappearance of Globovision journalist Nairobi Pinto. Pinto was abducted from her home by masked gunmen and not heard from since, and kidnappers have not called the family asking for a ransom. Speaking to Argentine outlet Infobae, a close friend of Pinto's said Pinto was sympathetic to the opposition, and she had no doubt that Pinto had been kidnapped "for political reasons."



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