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Nobody is singing ‘120 dead in Venezuela’

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Once upon a time, Hollywood and rockers used to sing about dead demonstrators, such as the case of Kent State popularized by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young:

“Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We’re finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.”  

Kent State 1970 was obviously a terrible event. It sparked a lot of protests, songs, and speeches. At the same time, Kent State was a total aberration and there is no history of U.S. soldiers shooting at protesters.

Where is Michael Moore, Oliver Stone, Sean Penn and all of the others who danced to the Chavez shuffle over the last years?     

This is a report about what is happening in the streets of Venezuela. We are witnessing a rebellion against communism, socialism and leftism as we see in this report:  


The legitimacy of Sunday’s election to overhaul Venezuela’s Constitution was under threat as many voters avoided the ballot box, nations across the region rejected the predetermined result and the streets erupted in the deadliest day of unrest in three months.

President Nicolás Maduro had ordered a rewriting of the Constitution. The election on Sunday was simply to pick the members of the constituent assembly that will carry it out; there was no option to reject the process.

By evening, electoral officials announced the winners of the vote, a list of leftist stalwarts including Diosdado Cabello, a powerful politician who once participated in a failed coup attempt, and Cilia Flores, Mr. Maduro’s wife. The result effectively liquidates the Venezuelan political opposition and leaves the left with complete control over a country that remains deeply divided.     

“I said rain, thunder or lightning, the 30th of July was going to come,” the president said in a shaky video made from his vehicle after he cast his ballot. He remained sanguine throughout the day, saying the vote would soon bring peace to a country where about 120 people have died during protests this year against his rule.   

By any comparison, 120 people killed, and the number is likely to grow, is one of the most deadly events in recent Latin American history.

Where is Hollywood’s outrage? Where are the speeches at the awards ceremonies blasting the government of Venezuela for shooting at young people who want to be free?      

Didn’t we used to hear about Chile and Pinochet years ago? 

My guess is that there are a couple of things going on:

First, the left does not know how to admit that this Chavezism thing was a big fraud and they are the fools who fell for it;  and,

Second, many of them actually support the socialist republic of Venezuela. None of these artists invests their money in Venezuela or Cuba but they sure love any revolution that expropriates U.S. companies and alleges to provide free health care. 

In the meantime, more brave people stand up to a dictator in Venezuela but Hollywood is busy with another Al Gore movie.

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August 8, 2017 at 7:18 am

A so-called ‘election’ to destroy democracy

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Like a lot of you, I get my news from Venezuela by checking the media and interacting with friends down there. To be honest, the power shortages have literally put many of Maduro’s critics out of business. How can you blog when the internet is down or the electricity is off?

Nevertheless, my friend Daniel Duquenal, the editor of Venezuela News & Views, has done his best to get around the problems.

This is what he wrote about “the fraud” on Sunday:   

The electoral fraud. It was openly visible. International journalists reported on it even before the voting centers closed. 
Pictures comparing centers of July 16th and yesterday were posted and the difference in attendance was obvious. 

Voting centers were empty to lightly attended, or outright closed. 


Only the one at the Poliedro had people that supposedly accounted from the all the “violence areas that did not allow people to vote”. And yet, the attendance there looked like the normal one at a regular major voting center, not the one that was supposed to welcome dozens of voting centers. 

Well, it seemed like that if you have a scientific and critical mind which is something that the lumpen chavismo does not have. Otherwise they would not be chavistas.

The electoral fraud was concrete. I have told you the experience of my S.O. and that by itself is enough for me. Simply put, there was NO control. Simply put, people could vote wherever they wanted. Simply put people could vote as often as they wanted. Simply put there were no witnesses so voting table attendants could activate voting stations and fill up the boxes with as many ballots as they wanted.

The electoral fraud started from the start. I have listed already all the parameters that made this vote a fraud. You just need to add what I have written above.

The results themselves were deliberately proclaiming the fraud. The results were simply unbelievable. So unbelievable that one cannot fathom the need of the regime for such an atrocious lie…

The results are meaningless and aim only at the chavista lumpen and brain washed. Think of it this way. Maduro claims that 8 million people voted for his fraud in the middle of the major economic crisis that we have experienced in our history. No food, no jobs, no medicine, violence from crime skyrocketing, etc, etc…  And he gets almost as many votes as Chavez was getting ten years ago at his prime of massive flux of dollars and cash payment to “el pueblo”.  Gimme a break! The other results that are meaningless are who won what. That is, when the injection of votes is so flagrant, so abusive that whoever won whatever seat somewhere it is because votes were allocated to that person according to the regime wishes. 

We will soon find out, I guess, what section of chavismo has come on top, not through votes but through counting the votes in the greatest Stalinist dictum. 

You know, the one where he says that elections do not depend on the votes but on who counts them.    

Daniel is exactly right. This is an election that Stalin, Lenin, Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chavez would love. The objective of this so–called election was to crush the opposition, or anyone not lined up behind the regime. By the way, two opposition leaders were arrested after the vote.

The bad news is that they did it. The good news is that the U.S. has already announced sanctions. The U.S. will freeze Maduro’s assets and prevent U.S. citizens or companies from doing business with Venezuela.   

A total fraud in Venezuela is all you can say about what just happened! Where is the UN when we really need them?

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August 2, 2017 at 6:36 am

Total fraud of an election in Venezuela…..every democracy in the world should reject this….Where is the UN when we really need them?

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July 31, 2017 at 9:23 am

Keep Venezuela in your prayers this weekend………the next 72 hours will be hard……….it’s time for Maduro to go and fast

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July 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm

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The situation in Venezuela is really bad…..US orders embassy families out…..violent clashes are expected….bad legacy of Chavez

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Are Cubans occupying Venezuela?

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A few days ago, we got this amazing update about the situation in Venezuela. This is from my friends at Pan Am Post:  

Cuba has an “occupation” army in Venezuela, according to Secretary General of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro.

He spoke at a US Senate hearing on Wednesday, July 19, during which he expounded on Venezuela and Cuba’s long-standing relationship.

“There are currently about 15,000 Cubans in Venezuela,” he said. “It’s like an occupation army from Cuba in Venezuela,” Secretary Almagro said during his testimony before US lawmakers.

The diplomat, who has strongly condemned Maduro’s dictatorial regime in Venezuela, said: “If we don’t seek to free the prisoners and restore power in Venezuela, there will be no solution to the problem… Néstor Reverol, Benavides Torres and General Zavarce are responsible for every gunshot and every death in Venezuela.”


That’s quite an update, to say the least. I was aware of Cubans in the Venezuelan “deep state,” from enforcing laws to collecting tax payments. I was not aware of so many Cubans. Let’s remember that 15,000 is a huge number for a small nation like Cuba. It certainly rivals the Cuban military participation in African wars.

My first question was this: Are those Cuban soldiers fighting Venezuelan protesters?   

I don’t know the answer but it wouldn’t be surprising that the Maduro regime is using Cubans to clash with the locals. Maduro probably does not trust that Venezuelan soldiers will hurt their own people. The confrontations have turned very harsh lately, as we can read in daily reports from the country.  

The issue is even more interesting because of stories that Cuban soldiers are conducting drills in Venezuela to prepare for an invasion.    

Could US Marines or Army Rangers confront Cubans in Venezuela should President Trump authorized an unilateral or lead a regional action? Let’s remember that the Marines overcame Cuban soldiers when President Reagan ordered them into Grenada in 1983

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July 24, 2017 at 7:41 am

Is Venezuela ready to clean the swamp?

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It may go down as the biggest “vote of no confidence” ever seen. This is a report from the New York Times:    

Millions of Venezuelans signaled their disapproval of President Nicolás Maduro’s plan to hold a constituent assembly by casting ballots on Sunday in a vote unlike any other in this nation’s history.

More than 98 percent of voters sided with the opposition in answering three yes-or-no questions drafted with the aim of weakening Mr. Maduro’s legitimacy days before his constituent assembly is expected to convene. 

Opponents see the assembly as a power grab by an increasingly unpopular leader and fear he may use it to do away with democratic elections.

Sunday’s exercise, known as a popular consultation, was organized by a slate of opposition parties that dominate Venezuela’s National Assembly.


Organizers had hoped that a large turnout and a lopsided result would widen rifts within the governing party and deepen the government’s international isolation, undermining Mr. Maduro’s plan to appoint an assembly of handpicked supporters to draft a new Constitution.

We have not seen such a one sided vote since Saddam Hussein carried 100% of precincts in Iraq! Seriously, it was huge and fantastic.

My friend Daniel Duquenal posted that it was a victory for the opposition. He points out that the Maduro regime tried to disrupt the vote, but failed. They even tried to use government resources to keep the people down, but couldn’t.

I would go further. It is a huge victory for the people of Venezuela who have been marching and demanding change.      

I am happy that the U.S. may impose new sanctions.  President Trump has a huge opportunity to stand with a frustrated middle class that sees their country stolen by socialist demagogues. Go for it, President Trump. Don’t worry about hearing from the Maduro apologists that the “yankis” are engagaing in gunboat diplomacy again.   

It is also up to the other Latin American leaders to stand with the people of Venezuela. We hear that Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is meeting with Raúl Castro to find some regional solution. Involving Cuba for a solution to Venezuela? Are you kidding me, President Santos? Cuba is a big part of the problem.

Latin American leaders have historically avoided sticking their noses in their neighbor’s business. I think that the people of Venezuela just gave them 7 million reasons to stick their noses and do a lot more.

President Trump should lead a “coalition of the willing” calling on President Maduro to resign or face more sanctions. Where is the UN Security Council or the OAS when we really need them?

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July 19, 2017 at 7:08 am