Venezuela: the party is over!

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WikiLeaks Reveals Regime-Change Plans for Venezuela Blackout

https://youtu.be/QvCq0_QybBU

"President Nicolas Maduro has ordered US diplomats out of the country and is turning to allies like China to help restore the country's power grid..."

JKR

kropotkin1951 wrote:

JKR wrote:

Ken Burch wrote:

JKR wrote:

Betting your economy and society on continuous high oil prices seems very problematic.

If no previous Venezuelan government ever managed-or, for that matter, ever even tried-to diversify that country's economy, why should not diversifying be held against the PSUV?  Has it occurred to anyone that maybe it isn't actually POSSIBLE to diversify the Venezuelan economy?  

Would it even have been worth diversifying it if that had meant treating international corporations like local governments in the US do when they bend the knee to Amazon?  If it meant making unions sign no-strike pledges?  If it had meant agreeing to permanent spending constraints on human services?   The fact is, there's probably no way to diversify the economy of a place like Venezuela without simply abandoning any semblance of human dignity.

Could Venezuela have emulated Norway and saved the earnings they make from their petroleum industry in a sovereign wealth fund? 

It depends on who was holding the funds. If they were held in any accounts that the US can control or even have an ally freeze then they would have already been taken out of play. The global oligarchy wants a compliant neo-con government to give them control over the oil. The idea that it is about the state of the economy is laughably naive.

I think Venezuela could find safe places for their funds. Maybe places like China and Russia?

Like Venezuela, the command economies of the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact were devestated by inept economic management.

cco

The global financial network is a lot more centralized than most people think. When Argentina was trying to make deals to settle its debt with individual nations while there was a judgement in American court against it, it ran into the problem that it was technically impossible to send any money that didn't pass through servers under New York's jurisdiction. They were briefly considering loading ships with precious metals to send to Europe. Not to mention the renminbi's not convertible on capital accounts, even if there were a direct line from Caracas to Beijing.

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Would it even have been worth diversifying it if that had meant treating international corporations like local governments in the US do when they bend the knee to Amazon?  If it meant making unions sign no-strike pledges?  If it had meant agreeing to permanent spending constraints on human services?   The fact is, there's probably no way to diversify the economy of a place like Venezuela without simply abandoning any semblance of human dignity.

Huh?

Why would Venezuela (or any other country) need to do any of that in order to avoid Dutch Disease?

NDPP

Cuba next?

Will Trudeau Follow Washington's Lead on Cuba?

https://on.rt.com/9q54

"According to a recent article by the state-funded CBC, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland thinks Cuba's relationship to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is 'concerning'...

NDPP

Canada Ever More Deeply Implicated in US-Engineered Coup Attempt in Venezuela

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/14/cave-m14.html

'If we look independent enough, we can do things for you that even the CIA cannot do.' PM Chretien to Pres ['Dirty'] Bill Clinton. 

As the political crisis in Venezuela deepens, the leading role that Canada and the Trudeau government are playing in the ongoing US-orchestrated coup becomes ever more evident...By ruling out military intervention, at this point, Canada seeks only to distance itself from the Trump administration's bellicose threats, the better to support the US-led regime change operation, and all the while laying the political groundwork for a naval blockade or outright invasion should the escalating economic sanctions - themselves an act of aggression tantamount to war - prove insufficient.

Freeland said that Canada has 'put many of the senior leaders in the Maduro regime on our sanctions list' and is now 'discussing with our partners ways that sanctions list can be expanded in order to have even more bite.' Like Washington, Canadian imperialism is determined to install a client regime in Venezuela so as to advance its predatory ambitions in Latin America..."

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Freeland said that Canada has 'put many of the senior leaders in the Maduro regime on our sanctions list'

Are those the sanctions that are supposedly starving babies and suchlike?

Funny that when the context is "sanctions" then everyone is dying in Venezuela.  But when the context is just "Maduro's government" then everything is great!  Shelves are stocked!  The people are happy, and tales of misery are just right-wing propaganda.

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So Magoo are you alright with our government imposing sanctions that are meant to do grievous harm to the Venezuelan economy.

WWWTT

Don’t know what Mr Magoo is going on about in his last comment?

The starvation hype being broadcast by the icm appears to be exaggerated bullsit. If this is the case then probably the same could be said about the collapsing Venezuela economy?

NDPP

The Imperial Racist Saga Comes Home Where It Began

https://blackagendareport.com/imperial-racist-saga-comes-home-where-it-b...

"Racialized imperialism is embedded in the white [North]American worldview, including most whites that call themselves 'progressives' - which is why so many of them support US 'humanitarian' military interventions in places like Libya and Syria, and now Venezuela. No such right exists in international law or the UN Charter, but [North] American exceptionalism trumps international law - in white [North] American imaginations.

The US empire is once again drawing a line around the planet, as George Bush did at the outset of his war against Iraq. 'Today', said Pompeo, 'The United States is drawing a clear line between those who give life to the Venezuelan people's democratic dreams.' Or, as Bush put it, 'You are with us or against us.'

The strategy this time is to assault the trading rights of all nations that do not participate in the illegal blockade of Venezuela, in an attempt to create a global regime of ILLEGALITY under the dominion of the United States. And, to outlaw socialism within that domain..."

And replace it with collaborationist faux-socialist, pro-Imperialist compradors not unlike the NDP.

JKR

This reminds me of how the MSM/ICM used to lie about the USSR having a weak economy. The MSM/ICM didn’t believe that the strong economy built by Stalin, Khrushchev, and Brezhnev could last for at least a century! Pravda was proven right after all!

NDPP

TRNN: Guaido Claims He Can Authorize Foreign Military Interests in Venezuela

https://youtu.be/ATiJxCMtdkw

"Temir Porras, former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs under Hugo Chavez says Guaido's assertion on Fox News is a violation of the Venezuelan constitution. Porras says the only way to avoid a bloodbath is a negotiated political solution..."

 

"Guaido wants us to believe he's president yet is so dense he fell for Russian pranksters who 'reassured him that he will be able to 'manage' frozen Venezuelan government accounts 'as head of state..."

https://twitter.com/anyaparampil/status/1106408013085196288

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So Magoo are you alright with our government imposing sanctions that are meant to do grievous harm to the Venezuelan economy.

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The starvation hype being broadcast by the icm appears to be exaggerated bullsit.

Then I guess the sanctions are moot.  Do me a favour and tell kropotkin?

What sanctions do you believe that Canada is imposing on Venezuela that are doing grievous harm to their economy?

As I understand it, Canada's sanctions apply to 40 individuals, not "Venezuela".

iyraste1313

As far as I understand it, the sanctions are denying access to some critical medicines, the Government relies on from the Trans National Pharmaceuticals...Venezuela, all of us must prepare ourselves to find the alternatives, something which Cuba was clever enough to prepare for!

NDPP

'Sanctions Are WAR. Sanctions are War' (and vid)

https://twitter.com/ChuckModi1/status/1107014112431755264

"Brian Becker (ANSWER) explains what sanctions really mean for Venezuela..."

 

Venezuela's Guaido Readies To Open Up Oil Industry

https://twitter.com/BenjaminNorton/status/1106209006371131392

"Unelected US-appointed coup leader Guaido is trying to privatize Venezuela's oil industry. This was obvious from the beginning but corporate media outlets mostly ignored it until now."

NDPP

The August Plot to Kill Maduro With Drones

https://twitter.com/Jeff_Kaye/status/1106403280521957376

"US officials met with assassins. They 'wanted to get information and then we asked for things in return. They took notes on this and we aked if they would be able to help..."

NDPP

Chomsky on Venezuela etc...

https://youtu.be/_EdXNCl51yA

"The idea is to totally strangle the country..."

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