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Debunking Myths About The Crisis In Venezuela:

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1 year 2 weeks ago - 1 year 2 weeks ago #142755 by verynewtothis
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Debunking Myths About The Crisis In Venezuela: An Insider's Perspective
By Javier Hasse - Benzinga, July 26th 2016
https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/12100

After three years as a correspondent in Venezuela, BBC’s Daniel Pardo decided to share a look into five myths he’s identified in relation to the country’s situation, as perceived by people abroad. Those up-to-date with the news know that almost every mainstream media outlet paints a gloomy picture of famine, insecurity and censorship.

But, how bad is the situation really?

1. There’s Famine

While it is true that some areas in Venezuela are experiencing food shortages, and most people
(90 percent according to an Encovi poll) have declared they now eat less and worse,
there is no such thing as a widespread famine.

According to U.N. criteria, a famine is defined by severe food scarcity in more than 20 percent of households, a global acute malnutrition rate above 30 percent and death rates above 0.02 percent — two deaths per 10,000 people per day. In comparison, the most pessimistic figures for Venezuela point toward 20 to 25 percent malnutrition rate and a death rate that does not even reach one person per 1 million people per day.

2. Venezuela And Cuba Are The Same

Pardo cited three main arguments people are using to argue that Venezuela has “Cubanized”: long lines to purchase rationed products, a dual economy and a militarized government. And, while there is some truth in these statements, Venezuela remains a capitalist economy with a still large private sector — and presence of international brands like McDonald's Corporation MCD 0.67% and a large list of U.S. and Spanish banks.

Moreover, Venezuelans have free access to the Internet and the media; Facebook Inc FB 0.52%,
Netflix, Inc. NFLX 2.06%, Twitter Inc TWTR 1.52% and Alphabet Inc GOOG 0.4% GOOGL 0.23%’s
YouTube are available for everyone, opposite to Cuba.
And, of course, Venezuelans can leave the country freely, which Cubans — arguably — cannot do.

It should be noted that none of the statements above imply contempt for the Cuban way, but are just a mere differentiation between two countries.

3. A Dictatorship Is Installed In Venezuela

While there is much debate among scholars regarding how to categorize Venezuela, one thing is pretty undisputed:
It is not a traditional dictatorship — living in Latin America, I can assure you a dictatorship looks nothing like that!

First off, Pardo explained, opposition exists (even though limited in its expressions, it’s there) and elections are conducted periodically — although results can be questioned.

Now, agreeing on the fact that Venezuela is not a dictatorship is not the same as talking about a full-blown democracy — although the minimum criteria are met.

4. Everyone And Their Grandma Hates President Nicolás Maduro

Again, this is a straight-out lie. Maduro, like many Latin American (and world) leaders, is a polarizing figure. People tend to either love him or hate him; no grays. In this line, 20 to 30 percent of the country’s population supports the acting president, diverse polls have shown. However, analysts have argued these numbers are rigged, in the sense that many don’t dare to criticize the government, for fear of losing of housing, food and other benefits.

One way or another, “30 percent support is more than what the presidents of Brazil, Chile or Colombia boast nowadays,” Pardo added.

5. People Cannot Feel Safe In The Streets

While it is true that crime rates are quite high in Venezuela, people still go out, even at night, and most return home safely. However, one must keep a low profile, Pardo expounded. Showing riches or opulence are bad ideas,
but this applies to almost every country in the world.


See also:

01/07/2016: Media Exaggerations of Apocalyptic Venezuela Plays into Regime Change Narrative

https://venezuelanalysis.com/video/12063

02/06/2016: Venezuela's Apocalypse: The Media at War

https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/12006

23/05/2016: Media Wars: The Role of the Left When Venezuela's Imperfect Revolution is Under Attack

https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/11987
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ANY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD THAT HAS A DICK-TATOR TELLING PEOPLE WHAT TO DO AND HOW MUCH THEY CAN DO IT, IS A DICTATORSHIP AND I ROUNDLY CONDEMN IT AND WANT THE TYRANTS REMOVED FROM OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH. I WILL NOT CAPITULATE AND SAY, \"WELL THIS IS NOT A REAL DICTATOR NOR A REAL DICTATORSHIP\". I WILL NOT APOLOGIZE AND TRY TO MAKE A DICTATORSHIP INTO A \"BETTER CLASS OF DICTATORSHIP\".

THIS IS WHAT ASS-KISSING, PREVARICATING SOCIALISTS DO.
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1 year 2 weeks ago - 1 year 2 weeks ago #142764 by verynewtothis
verynewtothis replied the topic: Debunking Myths About The Crisis In Venezuela:
:whistle: = ;)

elections are conducted periodically — although results can be questioned. Huh, sounds familiar!!

That statement by SuzyCreamcheeze precludes that Venezuela IS A dictatorship, though and as I said before Venezuela
IS NOT a REAL socialist nation, its a State Capitalist nation. Here's what I mean by that:

This is a partial EXCERPT from this piece: http://worldfreemansociety.ca/forum/vntt-study-notes/115246-socialism-for-dummies-2-parts/edit/140843 .

For educational purpose to fight against the propaganda BS DIS-information rhetoric out-there about what passed for and what they are trying to pass now as being REAL socialism.

Bram Claes

Socialism with a big S does NOT necessarily mean that the government owns the means of production. In fact, it should mean public ownership of production, ergo: people who work in factories should own them and manage them democratically.

State-socialism (Soviet Union style) was a corruption of the original idea of socialism , and was not representative of what other early 20th century socialists generally thought. The reason why we associate big-S Socialism exclusively with state-socialism is because 2 major propaganda institutions, namely the US and the USSR, chose to do so. The US did it to associate socialism with state tyranny, and the USSR did it to gain legitimacy from it, to cover up their obvious tyranny
.


Professor Richard Wolff explains in 50 minutes what socialism is NOT.

Where does the American fear of Socialism, Communism and Marxism come from?

;) = Please check-out what Professor Richard Wolff STATES CONCERNING
'STATE CAPITALISM' and RUSSIA, STARTING at the 36:48 mark...It should
HELP-TO CLEAR-UP a lot of MISCONCEPTIONS, DUE-TO PROPOGANDA RHETORIC OUT THERE CONCERNING WHAT PASSED and WHAT PRESENTLY PASSES FOR 'Socialism' AND Communism in this (NOT REALLY BY CHOICE) WORLD DOMINATED CAPITALISM SYSTEM...THANKS!!




Being under Capitalism is the REAL dictatorship...just having to (constantly) make/find money somehow in order to survive, DICTATES HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE...
Which, for most people DOESN`T coincide with their/our REAL CHOICE OF LIFE PATH.

It (Venezuela) is not a traditional dictatorship, That statement can also apply to America and to any other nations that employs capitalism as the base for the internal functioning of its economy!!

SADLY, EVERYBODY`S LIFE IS DICTATED TO THEM/US BY THE NEED TO MAKE MONEY...PERIOD!!

Does Venezuela’s Crisis Prove Socialism Doesn’t Work?
By Ryan Mallett-Outtrim - Counterpunch, May 25th 2016
https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/11992


Some Hard Truths

No matter how we cut it, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that poor currency management was a pivotal factor in the current crisis. This, in turn, was the result of a government locked in procrastination and disarray, unable to look beyond short term political necessity. The right wing can blame it on the vague specter of socialism, but only if they ignore the successes of the Chavez years. They also need to ignore the fact that throughout the Maduro administration, many of the government’s top economics decision makers have been from the pro business wing of the PSUV. They also need to ignore the fact that no opposition party has offered anything resembling a viable policy solution to the economic crisis. Likewise, the left wing can continue simply blaming the imperialist conspiracy, but they have to ignore the fact the government has made some very obvious missteps. Assuming there is a conspiracy involving the US to crush the Bolivarian movement (which frankly, is already an open secret), the Maduro administration has made life pretty easy for the conspirators. It’s also important to point out there has only been so much the government could have done to prevent sabotage over the past few years, making relatively easily controllable factors like monetary policy all the more critical.

Unfortunately, through procrastination and inaction, poor monetary policy has been permitted to rot the foundations of the economy for years on end, and now a political crisis rages on with no end in sight. The only question left is, can this go on much longer?


See also:

11/05/2016: Economic Policy Could Determine the Political Results in Venezuela:
https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/11966

27/11/2014: Fixing the Exchange Rate System in Venezuela:

https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/11044
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1 month 2 weeks ago - 1 month 2 weeks ago #145277 by verynewtothis
verynewtothis replied the topic: Debunking Myths About The Crisis In Venezuela:
TIMES, THEY ARE A CHANGING!!

IMO, one of the BETTER interviews that I heard concerning this topic, in a long long time...THANKS Abby Martin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Empire Files: Venezuela Economy MinisterSabotage, Not Socialism, is the Problem

Published on Jun 17, 2017

Today in the corporate media, Venezuela’s economic problems are used to paint the country as a failed state, in need of foreign-backed regime change.

To get the Bolivarian government’s side of the crisis, Abby Martin interviews Venezuela’s Minister of Economic Planning, Ricardo Menéndez. They discuss shortages, oil dependency, the role of the US-backed opposition movement and more.

The Empire Files joined him in Cojedes, Venezuela, where he was speaking to mass community meetings, organizing the population to fight against what he calls an economic war.


http://worldfreemansociety.ca/forum/vntt-study-notes/115326-empire-files-with-abby-martin-explores-the-u-s-empire


;)

Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets the Venezuelan Opposition

Published on Jul 3, 2017

Abby Martin goes on the deadly front lines of the anti government protests in Venezuela and follows the evolution of a typical guarimba—or opposition barricade.

She explains what the targets from the opposition reveal about the nature of the movement and breaks down the reality of the death toll that has rocked the nation since the unrest began, and how a lynch mob campaign came after her and the Empire Files team for reporting these facts.

Hearing from peaceful opposition marchers, to Chavistas to violent protesters at the guarimbas, this must-watch episode exposes the dark reality on-the-ground that is completely obscured from Western media.



IMO, a refresher is needed:

;) = :angry: = :whistle:

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Chavez: Inside the Coup



http://worldfreemansociety.ca/forum/vntt-study-notes/115331-the-us-is-the-world-s-biggest-terrorist-organization?limitstart=0
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verynewtothis replied the topic: Debunking Myths About The Crisis In Venezuela:
I posted this for an Informational purpose:

Abby Martin talks to Venezuelans on the streets of Caracas and investigates the main claim that there's no free press, and that there is no food in the supermarkets


Empire Files: Abby Martin in Venezuela - Supermarkets to Black Markets

Abby Martin: World Ignores Opposition Violence at Venezuela Protests

Published on Jun 10, 2017

Empire Files host Abby Martin just returned from Venezuela where she saw first hand how violent opposition protesters attempt to intimidate reporters and thereby give a false impression of what is happening.



And

Venezuelan Opposition Largely Responsible for the Rising Death Toll and Violence in Venezuela


Published on Jul 2, 2017

Lucas Koerner of Venezuelanalysis.com says the death toll and violence are on the rise but according to the Attorney General's reports more of these deaths are being instigated and attributed to opposition supporters



https://venezuelanalysis.com/constitution/title/9

Chapter I: Amendments

Article 340: The purpose of an amendment is to add to or modify one or more articles of the Constitution, without altering the fundamental structure of the same.

Article 341: The procedure for adopting amendments to the Constitution shall be as follows:

(1) The initiative may emanate from 15% of the citizens registered with the Civil and Electoral Registry, from 39% of the members of the National Assembly or from the President of the Republic, sitting with the Cabinet of Ministers.

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:whistle: (:angry:) = ;)

The OAS: The US's Ministry of Colonies

What you need to know about the Organization of American States (OAS) and its attacks on Venezuela.

The OAS has a long history of ignoring human rights' abuses in Latin America that benefit US interests while condemning those that challenge them.



:) = ;)

The Caribbean Helped to Block Moves Against Venezuela at the OAS

Caribbean nations again played an important part in preventing the U.S. and its closest allies from adopting a resolution in favor of interfering in Venezuela.

But this time, the vote of Caricom countries at the Organization of American States was split.



The Caribbean stands firm with Venezuela against external attempts to overthrow the government


Not-so-Fond Farewells: Venezuela Leaves the OAS

Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez: "...countries like Peru are part of the litter of lapdogs for the U.S. empire; Venezuela is not. Venezuela will not accept interference that violates international norms."


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AGAIN, I posted this for an Informational purpose: ...

Better late than never, I say!!

Empire Files: Constituent Assembly Dictatorship or Democracy in Venezuela?

On July 30th, Venezuelans will elect a people's body called the
"Constituent Assembly" comprised of hundreds of representatives across the country with the power to redraft the constitution
.

U.S. politicians, press and opposition in Venezuela are calling the process a "coup" that should be boycotted by all.

Abby Martin addresses the criticisms with Head of the Presidential Commission to oversee the Constituent Assembly process, Elias Jaua,
speaks to supporters and participants of the Assembly,
interviews historian Chris Gilbert and explains what is at stake in Venezuela if the social programs instated under Chavez are terminated by the opposition.



And

Trump said if the July 30 referendum is allowed to take place, there will be
"strong and swift economic actions" taken against Venezuela.


Well, I`m shocked!! (sarcasm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)



Trump issues ultimatum to Venezuelan leadership
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