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Venezuelan refugee describes dramatic escape, finding home in Utah

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Blackouts became daily occurrences across the country. 'We don't know yet if those were intentional or something that was going wrong,' Ortega said. 'If you don't have power, you have no water.'

Opposition blamed corruption and mismanagement under Maduro for the blackouts, while Maduro has blamed U.S. cyber attacks.

During the blackouts, his brother in Venezuela died. He suffered a stroke, went to a hospital; doctors couldn't help him because there was no power. 'He agonized and died in front of them; nobody could do anything.'

He was at work when he learned of his brother's death and says his co-workers were supportive of him during that difficult time.

'Venezuelans never, ever used to be moving to different countries. We were very happy with all the famous (baseball) players and Miss Universes that we have. And then everything is gone. It's no longer the country when I was a kid.'

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The solution is to fix Venezuela, not being them all here.

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I don't see how you could reach that conclusion, if you had actually read the entire article in the Deseret News.


Further, no one has suggested "bringing all of them here." This fellow was lucky enough to get here because of his perseverance.


You might watch this video to perhaps start to comprehend the scale of this diaspora.



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IMHO this is nothing but another propaganda piece intended to make the psychopaths, Bolton, Pompeo, Abrams, et.al., to step up the battle to turn the reserves of this sovereign nation over to corporations. If one looks more closely at the situation we find it is nothing but a growing hostility between the light-skinned elitists against the darker skinned indigenous population. Prior to Chavez gaining the presidency the white elitists ran the government and the nation's resources were in the hands of corporations. At that time the citizens of the country were actually living in cardboard houses with tin roofs. When Chavez gained the presidency he claimed the resources of the country belonged to the people and with the money coming to the country rather than corporations built apartment buildings and housing for the population among other necessities. The white elitists have been fighting to regain control since. From this article one might question whether Antonio Ortega fled Venezuela because of the living conditions or rather because he was one of the traitors attempting to over-throw the government.

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So a refugee shows up in Salt Lake City with a story to tell, and the Deseret News tells his story, and then you denounce it as a propaganda piece.


Have you ever been the victim of political and military oppression for you to even begin to comprehend what it feels like to escape such turmoil? I doubt that you can empathize with this man's story, because you are busy denouncing it.


I respect what you have written about Venezuela in the past, and I have written my own somewhat alarmist pieces about the presence of Elliott Abrams in all of this and what that really means, and I know about the $48 billion aid offer if Maduro is gone, but this man's story needs to be told and retold, whether you like it or not.



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Dates??? Why is Venezuela hurting at the moment? Couldn't be due to the US sanctions, holding their money as well as UK holding their gold.


These are stories we have heard before - Iraq, Syria, Libya, ect. ect.


Give them their money and let them take care of their people. Oh wait, that isn't what these psychopaths want is it? They have oil and other resources that just happen to belong to the sovereign nations of Venezuela.


Wake up, the US couldn't care less about the people. If they did we wouldn't have 30% of our own living in poverty. We wouldn't have millions of people with drinkable water. We wouldn't have roads decaying and bridges collapsing.

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The subject of the article was a Mormon Missionary long ago, and he still is a Mormon. He is living in Salt Lake City, and he is talking to an interviewer from the most Mormon of the Utah newspapers.


Does it surprise you that having escaped Venezuela, that he would try to make the right noises in his first interview in a US paper?

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Agreed Dennis. After I read just part of the article I came up with a word to describe it; BS. Total.

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Seriously ???? What a coward's way of fighting to sustain your birthright and your countries independence. I will never understand people who turn their backs on their country and go to bed in the country which has brought all this depredation upon their country in the first place.

Never ceases to amaze me, how low some people can go. YES, I fought for my country and it's ALLEGED freedoms, I would do so again, tomorrow, if we were threatened from external sources. No matter how bad it gets, I would NEVER turn my back on my country, especially when it needs me. This individual, is IMHO, a coward and the U.S. is welcome to him, a traitor to his own people. He would just as quickly treat the U.S. exactly the same if the going got tough. Such people are not reliable.

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Eddy I agree with you. This guy in Utah kinda reminds me of the people from India who came to Britain and the U.S. and couldn'the wait to be considered a conservative republican. The same with the Vietnamese. I knew a lot of them in New Orleans who voted with the Republicans pre-Katrina.

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Out of empathy and compassion, I have always tried to help immigrants, and refugees in particular. I have never noticed any trying to become conservative Republicans, not once....



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Wow! He escaped oppressive police by asking for a glass of water and walking out when their backs were turned? Talk about an incredible story!

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I believe he was one of those trying to take over the country and fled to escape being arrested for treason.


We are hearing a lot of "WMD" stories to get the people feeling our psychopaths should go in and bomb the crap out of those indigenous peons.

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Believe what you wish, oh, sacrosanct Armchair Pundit, with no evidence to back up your belief, except spurious speculation.



From Venezuela to Chile, dreaming despite adversity Venezuelans have become the most populous foreign-born community in Chile, with some 288000 counted in February 2019, according to official statistics.
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Fool me once, fool me twice, apparently in American, you can fool the folks ALL THE TIME.

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Equally strange things, and even stranger, have happened to me many years ago, so, no, I don't doubt that for a bit.



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Here perhaps is a more telling portion of the article:

"Life was nice and good, until (Hugo) Chavez was continuously developing his revolution," and communistic principles were being introduced from Cuba, Ortega said.

He saw the country that he loved one with beautiful beaches, a passion for baseball and scenery like the famed Angel Falls, which is pictured in Disney's animated movie "Up" change.

"And then things in the country started to go wrong, and every year was worse and worse and getting worse, so that's kind of how life was," he recalled.

The government became increasingly controlling.

About three months ago, ~2/3 of the people wanted Maduro gone. Probably up near 3/4 territory today, with the power outages and continued shortages of pretty much everything it would seem.

And what numbers would we be seeing if you could somehow remove the fear factor from those continuing to support Maduro only because they're afraid their opinion would become known?

If such vast numbers want Maduro gone, and we believe in Democracy, shouldn't we stop this nonsensical love affair with Maduro, who is employing the most un-democratic tactics imaginable in order to preserve his personal power, wealth and comfort?

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Actually, Maduro just won the election, again. Perhaps it's the white supremacists (which make up about 1/3 of the population of the country) wanting him gone. The election process in Venezuela has been acclaimed as one of the best in the world.

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Acclaimed by whom?

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By Jimmy Carter for one. Funny how Maduro invited the UN to observe the last election but the opposition blocked it. Why would the opposition do that if they thought the elections was going to be fraudulent? Other Latin American observers verified the election.

But let's reverse the question. By whom is verifying fraud? Trump, Bolton, Pompeo---so you support Trump?

P.S Dennis is exactly right about the racial demographics and wealthy that make up the opposition.

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I merely asked "acclaimed by whom?" You answered that question, and so thank you.


But to posit or question that I am somehow supporting Trump by asking such a question is totally deranged. You must not have read any of my articles over the years. I have been completely supporting Bernie since Feb. 2016.

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ATLANTA --- Venezuela is undergoing an historic moment as it attempts to reconcile deep political divisions that have undermined its democracy.

The National Assembly that was freely elected in 2015, and subsequently disbanded by President Nicolas Maduro, has declared Juan Guaid├│ president of Venezuela through an interpretation of the presidential succession clause in the constitution approved in 1999 under President Hugo Chavez. This is a Venezuelan struggle that has attracted the attention and involvement of key states in the international community as well as the Organization of American States and the United Nations.

In discussions about the status of democracy and elections in Venezuela, some have made misleading comments about the Carter Center's past involvement in elections there.

"In 2012, I applauded Venezuela's use of electronic voting machines as exemplary in the world," said former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. "That characterization since has been misused by Nicolas Maduro to suggest a broad validation of Venezuela's election system as a whole and of subsequent elections that The Carter Center did not observe. In fact, The Carter Center and others routinely have expressed concern about government interference in recent electoral processes. The Carter Center has not observed elections formally in Venezuela since 2004."

The Carter Center supports the valiant efforts of the Venezuelan people to resolve a political conflict that has resulted in economic devastation, a humanitarian crisis, and an exodus of refugees. This is a critical juncture for the Venezuelan people who are calling for democracy.

So obviously Carter doesn't think too much of the last election, and even appears to tip his hat to Guaido.

And how can you imply that Maduro's election was somehow on the level, when almost the entire free world doesn't recognize it as legitimate? When only countries that don't really have elections, or when they do they're comically rigged, do endorse Maduro's election?

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But that was almost a year ago now, and that election was pretty much garbage. About the only countries recognizing it as legitimate are those famous oases of freedom, democracy and election integrity -- Russia, China and of course Cuba, which pretty much controls Venezuela these days.

According to the poll I linked to, which was supposedly done by one of the most reputable polling organizations in the country, 2/3 of the population want Maduro gone, along with pretty much the rest of the free world. And my theory, which I think makes perfect sense based on recent events and the thuggish behavior of Maduro (Cuba), says that number is likely much greater than back in January.

That's a lot more than 1/3. There's obviously a pervasive desire among the whole population to have Maduro (Cuba) gone.

Does that desire among that population actually experiencing a humanitarian nightmare carry any weight at all with you Dennis?

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Ah Becky, if only what you say, was true. L.O.L. However the realities of the Coupe, where Chavez was imprisoned and the PEOPLE, (who you claim, were very unhappy with him)rose up in force, and demanded he be released.

Now that's one hell of a funny way for disenfranchised people to behave, wouldn't you say ???????????????

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That was a very long time ago Eddy. Different people, and very different attitudes among the people. What bearing does that have on what's going on down there today?

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So you favor a foreign government invading the US because the last election was proven fraudulent and the vast majority of people in the US do not support Trump?

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Of course not. And I don't favor any outside military intervention in the case of Venezuela, although I guess it's always fine for Cuba to intervene.

Interestingly though, according the the poll I linked to above, fully 1/3 of the population of Venezuela do favor it. That's telling, I would think.

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Becky do you seriously believe life was good when the majority of the population was living in cardboard boxes with tin roofs. Really Becky??? Ur just an awful tool of the elites spewing their evil propaganda. No sain righteous minded individual could believe that crap that life was good in venezuela for the majority of its' people unless they are thoroughly brainwashed or putting out false propaganda.

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When you wrote "sain" in your comment above, are we to presume that you meant "sane"?



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A lot of off-base assumptions there. Sure, Chavez funneled lots of money to the poor and made things better for them initially. But as time went on, his dictatorial and anti-free market tendencies set the stage for disaster when oil prices fell. Your average Venezuelan who was helped by Chavez at the beginning is probably wishing he would have spent more time diversifying the economy and opening up more opportunity, rather than focusing on oil and giving away stuff and keeping himself in power and skimming lots of money for himself, his family and his cronies.

How in the world am I "an awful tool of the elites" when I'm simply advocating for the wish of the vast majority of the Venezuelan population in that they want Maduro gone?

The real "elite" was/is Chavez and Maduro. Power corrupted these two, and now the vast majority of Venezuelans understand that.

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I suggest that those that do not know the history of Venezuela do a little reading. Before Chavez, Venezuelans were rioting because 70% of the population live in abject poverty with no healthcare or education for the poor.

About 20% of the people were middle class and did not live in gated communities.

The other 10% were wealthy and lived in gated communities, and controlled the economy, media and government.

Venezuela followed the neoliberal dictates of the Washington Consensus. The country had borrowed heavily from the IMF, which much of which was stolen by the corrupt politicians and their cronies.

Public enterprises including the oil and mining companies, banks, transportation etc was privatized. The corrupt politicians and their cronies that profited from the IMF loans were not the ones that had to repay them. It was the 70% of poor and 20% of the middle class that had to repay the loans through austerity.

That is how the corrupt neoliberal IMF-Washington consensus works. The rich borrow from the IMF, steal the money and the poor have to repay the "loans".

Chavez changed all that. He used the wealth from the oil to pay off all the IMF loans. He provided free healthcare for the people and reduced illiteracy to almost zero. The poor were able to live in dignity. Of course the rich 10% hated it and hated Chavez, as did the US govt.

The rich tried to overthrow Chavez with a coup. It failed because the people demanded his return from the kidnappers. The rich tried to shut down the oil production by going on strike. That failed. They tried a recall referendum in 2004, that failed. There have been over a dozen elections and referendums in Venezuela in the past 20 years and the Bolivarian Revolution has not been undefeated because the vast majority of the people support it.

Maduro has kept the revolution going and has won elections at the polls. That is why the US has resorted to illegal economic sanctions, funding a violent opposition of the minority that represents the wealthy. Venezuela is suffering because of low oil prices, but it is the crushing sanctions and violence supported by the USA that has crippled the country. And, yes, it is killing hundreds of people.

Lastly I will add that racial discrimination is a big part of the problem. The poor are mostly black-hispanic and discriminated against. The rich are mostly white-hispanic---just like our "poor" refugee.

The article and video is pure BS.

P.S. During the early 2000's Chavez gave many poor Latin American countries oil-aid through lower prices and stretched out payments. He even gave US poor free heating oil through the Citgo US based company.

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Billy, once again I was tricked into reading (because YOU commented on it) another one of Stephen Fox's puff pieces promoting the neoliberal message with a fake humanitarian twist. Actually I wisely read the comments first so I didn't really have to finish reading this load of bull pucky. I wouldn't make this personal except that Fox dared to refer to our brother Dennis Kaiser as an "armchair pundit". Fox appears so desperate to be considered a progressive that he resorts to name calling when his shaky logic is challenged. Now watch him ask me where all my articles are as if pumping out this kiind of bilge were some kind of virtue.

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It wasn't my article, I remind you; the article was an interview with a Venezuelan refugee in the Deseret News out of Salt Lake City. I posted it as a quicklink because it merits discussion, especially by any readers who have been subjected to any kind of severe political repression. By making it into a quicklink hardly means that I espouse the views of either the interviewer or the subject of the interview himself.



To dump on that article by calling it my "puff piece with a neoliberal message with a fake humanitarian twist" is patently absurd."


I am hardly desperate to be considered a progressive.


Most of the time I truly agree with Dennis Kaiser; in that particular instance, I didn't. He has extensive personal experience in South America, which I respect.



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There is not just one video, but four: Al Jazeera's, the United Nations, Financial Times of London, and CBS.


I started off months ago writing what I could about Venezuela because I was horrified by Trump's appointment of Elliott Abrams as Special Envoy, because of his role in the 1981 massacres and assassinations in El Salvador. Need I say more? ( which was at that time precipitated by this exchange between Ilhan Omar and Elliott Abrams~~~~you really should watch it to comprehend a bit more of at least MY motivation.)



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I saw this video when it was news.

If bringing Elliot Abrams out of retirement does not prove that Venezuela is an illegal US regime change project for US corporate exploitation, then what does. The fact that Pompeo, Pence and Bolton owe their careers to the Koch Brothers should.

The Kochs are the main US importers of Venezuelan crude oil. Since the Koch's refinery in Texas can only refine the heavy dirty oil such as Venezuela's means that Venezuela has been able to charge them a premium. That is also what the XL Pipeline is designed to do (i.e. bring dirty Canadian tar sand oil to Koch refinery in Texas).

As for Canada and the phony Lima Group it is being driven by Canadian mining interests. The proof that the deep state of Canada is their mining industry is evidenced by the Trudeau/SNC-Lavalin scandal. Canadian mining companies are environmentally criminal and infamously commit human rights violations against indigenous and poor populations all over Latin America.

For background look at what Canada in particular and the US have done to Haiti and the recent massacres of the the so-called "gangs", which is code for the Fanmi Lavala party that was founded by Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

The Aristide's popularly elected first and only democratic government of Haiti was overthrown twice by US and Canadian backed coups. Once in 1991, and again in 2004.

The recent massacres in Haiti are against demonstrators that are opposed to the US imposed dictatorial and corrupt regime of Jovenel Moise. The msm doesn't cover the Haiti news much, nor is the US, Canada and the Lima group calling for free, fair and democratic elections in Haiti. Just the opposite.

Racism in Haiti is an analogous situation to Venezuela. The poor make up about 90% and live in the slums made of cardboard and tin shacks. The majority poor are of black-African descent and speak Creole. The rich corrupt ruling class control the economy and government. They live in gated communities and are mostly mulattoes and some whites and speak French.

So-called NGO's such as the Clinton Foundation and the elites of Haiti have been ripping off foreign aid and IMF "loans" for decades.

US foreign policy has nothing to do with democracy and human rights, or fighting terrorism. It is all about the Benjamins.

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I am glad we agree on Abrams. He is the fly in the ointment, the t--d in the punch bowl at the party, the smoking gun that proves the underlying billionaire kleptocratic intent behind our machinations in Venezuela (at least!).


David, I think you should copy all of your comments on this matter and repost it as a new article. I know it would be incisive, influential, and potent!



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Agreed Stephen, I do need to update and expand an article on Venezuela. A few months ago I posted "Hands off Venezuela, Canada and US go Home".

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Go for it! I look forward to reading it and also to sharing it widely!

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Right on, Billy.


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It comes as no surprise to me to see right wing commentators and other useful idiots trotting out pro capitalist propaganda just at the same time as the USA is beating the drums of war against Venezuela and seeking regime change as it has done with so many other sovereign states in recent years, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Russia, North Korea and Iran to name a few.

Only a fool would believe that the USA elites have the best interests of the Venezuelan people at heart. Just like the many millions of slaughtered and displaced people across the Middle East the Venezuelan people are mere pawns in the quest for oil, gas, gold and other natural resources by the gangsters, thieves, liars, murderers and $billionaires controlling the USA.

I don't know Stephen Fox and I don't want to. But I do wonder if he can keep a straight face when writing such unadulterated fake news and downright lies.


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I didn't write the article. It is someone's life story as told by the Deseret News out of Salt Lake City; I merely posted it as a Quicklink. Believe what you wish.


I have written a lot of other articles about what the presence of Elliott Abrams means in all of this, not a pretty picture at all.



Maybe you should read one?



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Stephen Fox. I'm well aware of what you wrote and the fact remains that you are giving the oxygen of publicity to those who want to promote regime change in Venezuela.

Why aren't you exposing the sanctions and gold theft that have brought Venezuela to its knees?

Your time would be better spent promoting the rights of the majority poor native Venezuelans who are in danger of being robbed of their ancestral land and resources by USA and multi national corporations.


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Other people can do that.


Based on my own personal experiences and history, I have an empathizing heart that goes out to victims and refugees, wherever they appear in this beleaguered world and regardless of who says what about who caused them to become refugees.

You can call that giving oxygen to the kleptocrats, and you can even inaccurately lump me in with "right wing commentators," as you have appeared to do in an earlier comment (but of course, OpEd readers instantly recognize how patently absurd saying that about me would be).


I have only limited time, and the valid subjects of sanctions and gold theft you are proposing certainly deserve honest and objective coverage. That Venezuelans are about to robbed of their resources is quite obvious, but you needn't make suggestions or recommendations about what I should write about. I have my hands full with having written more than 500 articles here including the Quicklinks.



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I know a young man from Venezuela who tells a very different story than the 'refugee' in this article. He is in constant contact with his mother, grandmother and other family members who are suffering greatly under the US sanctions. They want the US out of their country.

I also know journalist Vijay Prashad whose articles sometimes appear on OEN. He just got back from Venezuela. He also tells a very different story. He tells of the local councils that are all run by women and how they cooperate to meet their needs. He tells of the massive rallies in support of the Maduro government that dwarf the opposition protests. All the good that has been accomplished by the Bolivarian Revolution will be undone if the former ruling class regains power.


The point is, what business does the US have criticizing ANY government given the mess this country's system is in? Perhaps it would be prudent to clean up our own act before pointing fingers at anyone else. We all know that this reckless attempt at another 'regime change' is all about a flailing faltering empire desperate to hold on to its power. Have we not had enough of Washington and Wall St.'s blood lust for profit?


US OUT of EVERYWHERE!

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Thank you Lois for your testimonial. The msm usually only reports the narrative of the deep state. If the Bolivarian Revolution is destroyed by the US, Canada and their henchmen the vast majority of people will be condemned to abject poverty. Their government provided healthcare, education and the necessities of life will be deprived to them. The neoliberal Washington Consensu will privatize the state enterprises at fire sale prices. The IMF has already put together a package of $60 Billion that will condemn Venezuela to debt slavery and austerity. The minority of the elite class and race will be able to resume their corrupt privileged life at the expense of the majority.

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Well said. I couldn't agree more.


But what do you make of the stories of Exodus and Diaspora that appear in so many media: UN, Financial Times, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, etc.?


For example this one: "Mass migration from Venezuela puts pressure on neighboring nations Rising prices, a shortage of goods and a lack of electricity and medical care have Venezuelans fleeing their country. It is the largest mass exodus South America"


I have presented about six in this article's comments alone. Do you think they are all lying?



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I don't doubt that people are fleeing out of desperation, but much of the economic circumstances have been created by Washington and its allies and well before Trump took office. The government hasn't been paid for oil that's been delivered to the US. Medicines have been prevented from being delivered. Their gold has been confiscated by the UK. The Guarimbas of which Juan Guaido was a member are violent gangs that have targeted Chavistas for physical violence.

It should be remembered that everything the US is doing is a violation of International Law as well as US law. Not that the monied class behind our bloody foreign policy give a rat's pituty about following the law.

The double standard with regards to US policy in Latin America is a dead give away that there is no sincere concern about human rights. We don't hear about the flood of refugees frequently referred to as the 'caravan' being from the right wing government of Honduras that came to power via an illegal coup supported by both Obama and Hillary in 2009. The only governments that are targeted for regime change are leftist or simply refuse to be vassals of empire.

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All true and very incisive. I think you are about ready to publish your second article here at OEN, just expanding your comments into a full scale article.

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"The bureaucracy, the armed forces and the security forces enrich themselves with kickbacks from government contracts, illegal mining revenue, foreign currency trading, extortion, kidnapping, and the smuggling of price-controlled gasoline and food with impunity, on top of generous, oil-financed salaries and benefits. They spy on each other and they empower the most criminal among them, those compromised by corruption or human rights violations, a common approach of criminal groups. And of course they jail, kill and raid the homes of those Venezuelans who oppose them. The main goal of this crime syndicate is to cling to power because leading normal lives in the legitimate world once again is no longer an option. To defeat this regime, the international community must move beyond the diplomacy and sanctions used to deal with traditional political actors, and instead adopt techniques the police use to fight the mob."

I have a feeling that at this point, the vast majority of Venezuelans would prefer *gasp* foreign corporations to this kind of home-grown oppressive criminal thuggery within their own supposed government.

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