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North Korea and Venezuela: case studies in how Starvation Propaganda is War Propaganda

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Here is another which gives away the motive for this kind of propaganda (regime change: remember when Iraq was killing babies in Kuwait, remember when Saddam was poised to nuke the US?):

Venezuelans Now On A Forced Starvation Diet -- Tha nks , Socialism "

The reality is that Venezuelans overeat, ranking 26th of 191 nations for obesity, with over 30% being obese, just below the US. The horrific headlines about Venezuelans losing weight is actually good news! It is also a fact that during WWII, when food was rationed, Americans lost weight and were healthier than before or since.

And here is the data from the World Bank:

prevalence of undernourishment in Venezuela...

1993 14%

2015 5%.

Since the Socialists won power, malnutrition in Venezuela is down radically: "

Venezuela reduced malnutrition in children by 62% in 13 years. That was 2012. but in 2013, the media was ablaze with starving Venezuelans. "The New York Times and Bloomberg both describe food scarcity levels as "chronic". CNN has reported that toilet paper, along with "basic goods and foodstuffs...have been disappearing from store shelves since earlier this year", while according to USA Today, "[c]ooking oil, milk, chicken and other staples are often in short supply at supermarkets"." 9 months ago, the Nation wrote " Venezuelans are not dying, or starving, or looting en masse. "
But there is a crisis, as opposition protests, often violent, and destabilization from Washington have wreaked havoc as well.


Add to that the Saudi oil price war which crippled the Venezuelan economy, which ought to be among the wealthiest in the world since it has the MOST oil reserves of any nation on earth and ranks 8th in gas. As oil prices have risen 30% in the last year, and Saudi Arabia has caved in, it will not be long before Venezuela takes its place, barring a US-led "regime change," as one of the richest nations on earth.

With an estimated 298 billion barrels of untapped oil, worth 30 trillion at today's depressed prices, rising demand and exhaustion of supply will only make Venezuela richer in the future: the question whom will this wealth go, the people of Venezuela or the oil companies behind the push for regime change?

What has this to do with Trump? He has escalated the campaign of protests and economic sabotage and propaganda, clearly aiming at regime change, despite campaign promises. His Secy of State was CEO of Exxon, which for decades ripped off Venezuela by taking almost all the profits from its oil. Chavez stopped that and so they murdered him, as many believe, with the CIA doing what it has been documented to have done tens of thousands of times (50 attempted assassinations of leaders and 25,000-40,000 assassinations in Operation Phoenix in Vietnam): taking out an unwanted leader, the Deep State solution to regime change.

The reason for the economic crisis is external: oligarchs are hoarding food, the CIA is sabotaging the economy, and the oil price war deprived the most oil-rich nation on earth of the revenue needed to support its food programs for the poor as they had previously. No one is starving. It's a lie, part of the soft war to take down the Socialist government, which has reduced malnutrition over 50% and if not crippled by external forces, would be advancing towards becoming one of the wealthiest nations on earth. For a socialist nation to become wealthy is not permitted, for "socialism always fails," so if it does not, it must be made to fail, by whatever means necessary from assassination to economic sabotage to war, just as in Libya, another prosperous socialist nation. Socialism MUST fail!

Trump's Secy of State is former Exxon CEO, Rex Tillerson, who has special reason to use the starvation propaganda to escalate the campaign to replace the sociaists with the old oligarchs so that Exxon can once again siphon off the immense wealth of Venezuela into their own greedy pockets, at the expense of the Venezuelan people. If that happens, as in Libya, we will again see real starvation, as in the days before the socialists nationalized much of the oil inventory and used it to help the poor.

""In 2007, Venezuela tried to buy majority stakes in all oil ventures within its borders. Although most corporations accepted the deals offered by the government, ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips rejected them. When the government offered to pay ExxonMobil the book value for its assets, the company asked for what IT considered the market value. As a result of the disagreement, Chavez sent state oil workers, along with members of the military, to seize ExxonMobil facilities that May. Today, the CEO of Exxon is Secretary of State, biding his time to get revenge and take back what Exxon once controlled.

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