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‘Resistance’ is what we are seeing in Caracas

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A few years, I got into a debate with a leftist who kept talking about repression. I finally concluded by saying that he wouldn’t know repression if it hit him between the eyes.    

We hear the word “resistance” as a term for opposing the Trump presidency. We hear “repression” when we force a college student to walk by a picture of a Confederate officer.    

Sorry, but resistance is what you are seeing in the streets of Caracas. Resistance is actually standing up to troops who shoot back. Resistance is taking a risk, not shutting down a conservative speaker on campus without consequences.

The situation in Venezuela goes from bad to whatever is worse than worse. The latest is that women are marching:  

“Thousands of people are once again taking to the streets of Caracas, as the capital of Venezuela braces for another day of rival protests amid escalating tensions over the country’s political crisis.

 

Opposition leaders called for women to march on Saturday dressed in white, a traditional show of defiance, against what they brand a repressive government led by President Nicolas Maduro. 

Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman, reporting from Caracas, said the march had started in the eastern part of the city and was heading towards the foreign ministry.”

You want resistance? You have it down in Caracas.

There was a young man in Venezuela holding a placard yesterday. In English it said: “I have never seen so many unarmed who are courageous and so many armed who are cowards.” (Via Babalu)

Resistance is about a dictator who has cancelled the constitution and shoots people. It makes me sick to hear spoiled children in the U.S. talk about “resistance.”

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May 10, 2017 at 6:38 am

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Venezuela and other Latin America stories of the week

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Guests: Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, the editor of Fausta’s Blog…….Comandante Cazorla from Venezuela……..we will discuss the political crisis in Venezuela, from protests to arrests to economic shortages……Venezuela wants to leave the OAS……..President Trump wants to renegotiate NAFTA……..President Macri of Argentina in the US……..plus a look at other stories from Latin America…..

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Source: Venezuela and other Latin America stories of the week 05/01 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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May 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Dictatorship Venezuelan style

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Over the last few days, whatever was left of Venezuelan democracy collapsed.   We can finally say that Venezuela is a leftist dictatorship.
 
The bad news is that the rule of law is a thing of the past.   The good news is that the people are not taking it, as Sabrina Martin reported:    
 
Venezuelans are blocking highways and taking to the streets in response to an apparent Coup d’Etat.
Though Maduro’s regime arranged anti-riot measures in several Venezuelan cities, hundreds of Venezuelans turned out to express their opposition to the Supreme Court’s ruling that dissolved the powers of the country’s congress.
Caracas, Los Teques, Vargas, Carabobo and Anzoátegui are just some of the states where protests are taking place.
In Urbina, Caracas — a popular area that has traditionally been faithful to Chavez —  is now flooded with protesters.
“No more dictatorship,” they are reportedly chanting. “We want freedom.”
 
We are also finally hearing from other Latin American democracies through the OAS.    The US is also speaking out loudly:    
 
The besieged leftist government of Venezuela is under mounting pressure after the United States and 13 of the hemisphere’s other leading nations demanded the release of political prisoners and other pro-democracy concessions.
 
The Organization of American States, the region’s main collective body, has threatened to suspend Venezuela because of what it called the autocratic repression imposed by President Nicolas Maduro.
 
Maduro’s foreign minister, Delcy Rodriguez, will appear Monday before an OAS panel in Washington to plead her government’s case. This comes after members of the Venezuelan delegation stormed out of OAS meetings last week, according to diplomats.
 
OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro, in a report on Venezuela, noted that Maduro canceled both a referendum that could have recalled his government and later regional elections, after the opposition made huge gains in parliamentary voting in 2015. A Maduro-controlled Supreme Court then stripped the parliament of much of its power.
 
In addition, thousands of people have been arrested for their political beliefs, Almagro said, including opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who has been in jail for three years.
 
The OAS is demanding Venezuela hold elections or risk suspension from the group, a drastic measure. The last time a country was suspended was when the military and right-wing politicians staged a coup against the elected president in Honduras in 2009.
 
Under OAS regulations, a country can be suspended when the “democratic order” is “altered.”
 
Frankly, I don’t put a lot of stock on the OAS. Over the years, Latin American countries have always been very careful to meddle in their neighbors’ affairs. As a Colombian professor told me years ago: “We say nothing because we don’t want them to say something about our elections”. This is sort of the Latin version of he who is free of sins cast the first stone!
 
 
So what happens now? We will continue to watch the Maduro regime stay in power with whatever means at their disposal. At some point, I do hope that the soldiers understand that they are the only ones who can bring about change. Only the military has the power to force Maduro to leave the country or resign.
Last, but not least, I sure hope that all of those Hollywoodies who embraced Chavez and his socialism are staying away from Caracas. It’s probably not a good idea to be seen in Venezuela as a friend of Hugo these days!
 
 
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April 2, 2017 at 7:22 am

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Saturday: Chaos in Venezuela, Elections in Ecuador, Russia & 2016 & more thoughts

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We will look at the situation in Venezuela…..the country has collapsed into a total dictatorship…..elections in Ecuador and the future of Mr. Assange in the UK……Russia and the 2016 elections……….we remember that Marvin Gaye was killed this day in 1984………and more stories…………. ………..please check out my BLOG……

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Source: Saturday: Chaos in Venezuela, Elections in Ecuador, Russia & 2016 & more 04/01 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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April 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Argentina, Colombia and other US Latin America stories of the week

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Guest: Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, the editor of Fausta’s Blog………….Cubans in Ecuador…….Venezuela takes over Kimberly Clark plant……..Colombia and the FARC deal………Ibar Pérez Corradi, alleged mastermind of the 2008 drug-related ?Triple Murder? case has been extradited to Argentina…………….and our weekly view of the US 2016 presidential election……….and other stories……

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Source: Argentina, Colombia and other US Latin America stories of the week 07/13 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

Latin America stories of the week with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

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Guest: Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, the editor of Fausta’s Blog……we look at the top US-Latin America stories of the week………Brazil continues to deal with the challenges of the Olympics…………and other stories of the week……….Cuba denies a visa to a US House delegation…………the new and expanded Panama Canal is now ready for business………peace in Colombia………….a new report that kidnappings are on the rise in Mexico……..and the latest from Venezuela………..plus other stories of the week…..

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Source: Latin America stories of the week with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz 06/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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June 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Crisis in Brazil, Chaos in Venezuela, the Kirchners under fire in Argentina and other Latin America stories

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May 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm