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You are so kind-hearted! I shed a tear thinking of American generosity. “So many delightful goodies: sacks of rice, canned tuna and protein-rich biscuits, corn flour, lentils and pasta, arrived at the border of troubled Venezuela – enough for one light meal each for five thousand people”, – reported the news in a sublime reference to five thousand fed by Christ’s fishes and loaves. True, Christ did not take over the bank accounts and did not seize the gold of those he fed. But 21st century Venezuela is a good deal more-prosperous than 1st century Galilee. Nowadays, you have to organise a blockade if you want people to be grateful for your humanitarian aid.

This is not a problem. The US-UK duo did it in Iraq, as marvellous Arundhati Roy wrote in April 2003 (in The Guardian of old, before it turned into an imperial tool): After Iraq was brought to its knees, its people starved, half a million of its children killed, its infrastructure severely damaged… the blockade and war were followed by… you guessed it! Humanitarian relief. At first, they blocked food supplies worth billions of dollars, and then they delivered 450 tonnes of humanitarian aid and celebrated their generosity for a few days of live TV broadcasts. Iraq had had enough money to buy all the food it needed, but it was blocked, and its people received only some peanuts.

And this was rather humane by American standards. In the 18th century, the British colonists in North America used more drastic methods while dispensing aid to disobedient natives. The Red Indians were expelled from their native places, and then they were provided humanitarian aid: whiskey and blankets. The blankets had been previously used by smallpox patients. The native population of North America was decimated by the ensuing epidemics from this and similar measures. Probably you haven’t heard of this chapter of your history: the USA has many Holocaust museums but not a single memorial to the genocide near home. It is much more fun to discuss faults of Germans and Turks than of your own forefathers.

First, you starve people; then you bring them humanitarian aid. This was proposed by John McNaughton at Pentagon: bomb locks and dams, by shallow-flooding the rice, cause widespread starvation (more than a million dead?) “And then we shall deliver humanitarian aid to the starving Vietnamese”. Or, rather, “we could offer to do [that] at the conference table.” Planning a million dead by starvation, in writing: if such a note would be found on the ruins of the Third Reich, it would seal the story of genocide, it would be quoted daily. But the story of the genocide of the Vietnamese is rarely mentioned nowadays.

They did it in Syria, too. At first, they brought weapons for every Muslim extremist, then they blockaded Damascus, and then they sent some humanitarian aid, but only to the areas under rebel control.

This cruel but efficient method of breaking nations’ spirit has been developed by lion tamers for years, perhaps for centuries. You have to starve the beast until it will take food from your hands and lick your fingers. ‘Starvation-taming’, they call it.

The Israelis practice it in Gaza. They block all export or import from the Strip, interdict fishing in the Mediterranean and drip-feed the captive Palestinians by ‘humanitarian aid’. Jews, being Jews, make it one better: they made the EU to pay for the humanitarian aid to Gaza AND to buy the aid stuff from Israel. This made Gaza an important source of profit for the Jewish state.

So in Venezuela they follow an old script. The US and its London poodle seized over 20 billion dollars from Venezuela and from Venezuelan national companies. They stole over a billion in gold ingots Venezuela had trustingly deposited in the cellars of the Bank of England.

Well, they said they will give this money to a Venezuelan Random Dude, rather. To the guy who already promised to give the wealth of Venezuela to the US companies. And after this daylight robbery, they bring a few containers of humanitarian aid to the border and wait for the rush of bereft Venezuelans for food.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted: “The Venezuelan people desperately need humanitarian aid. The U.S. & other countries are trying to help, but Venezuela’s military under Maduro’s orders is blocking aid with trucks and shipping tankers. The Maduro regime must LET THE AID REACH THE STARVING PEOPLE.”

Venezuelans aren’t starving, even though they are going through difficulties. The biggest noise is made by the wealthy, as always. If Pompeo wants to help Venezuelans, he might lift the sanctions, return the funds, lift the blockade. The biscuits he wants to provide are of but little use.

President Maduro is right when he refuses to let this hypocrisy bribe the stomachs and hearts of his people. It is not just that he remembers his Virgil and knows, Timeo danaos et dona ferentes, “beware gift-bearing Greeks.” There are too many American and Colombian soldiers around the pending delivery place, and this place is suspiciously close to an airport with an extra-long runway suitable for a an airlift.

The US is known for its propensity to invade its neighbours: Panama was invaded in 1989 to keep the Panama Canal in American hands and to roll back the agreement signed by the good-hearted President Jimmy Carter. President George Bush Sr sent his airborne troops in after calling Panama president “a dictator and cocaine smuggler”. This is exactly what President Trump says about Venezuela’s president.

They are likely to use this aid to invade and suborn Venezuela. Wisely, Maduro began large military exercises to prepare the army in case of invasion. The situation of Venezuela is dire enough even without invasion. Their money has been appropriated, their main oil company is as good as confiscated; and there is a strong fifth column waiting for Yankees in Caracas.

ORDER IT NOW

This fifth column consists mainly of compradors, well-off young folk with a smattering of Western education and upbringing, who see their future within the framework of the American Empire. They are ready to betray the unwashed masses and invite the US troops in. They are supported by the super-rich, by representatives of foreign companies, by Western secret services. Such people exist everywhere; they tried to organise the Gucci Revolution in Lebanon, the Green Revolution in Iran, the Maidan in the Ukraine. In Russia they had their chance in the winter of 2011/2012 when their Mink-Coat Revolution was played at Moscow’s Bolotnaya Heath.

In Moscow they lost when their opponents, the Russia-First crowd, bettered them by fielding a much-bigger demo at Poklonnaya Hill. The Western news agencies tried to cover the defeat by broadcasting pictures of the Putin-supporters demo and saying it was the pro-Western Heath. Other Western agencies published pictures of 1991 rallies saying they were taken in 2012 on the Heath. In Moscow, nobody was fooled: the mink-coat crowd knew they were licked.

In the Ukraine, they won, for President Yanukovich, a hesitant and pusillanimous man of two minds, failed to gather massive support. It is a big question whether Maduro will be able to mobilise Venezuela-First masses. If he is, he will win the confrontation with the US as well.

Maduro is rather reticent; he hasn’t disciplined unruly oligarchs; he does not control the media; he tries to play a social-democrat game in a country that is not Sweden by long shot. His subsidies have allowed ordinary people to escape dire poverty, but now they are used by black marketeers to siphon off the wealth of the nation. Far from being a disaster zone, Venezuela is a true Bonanza, a real Klondike: you can fill a tanker with petrol for pennies, smuggle it to neighbouring Colombia and sell it for market price. Many supporters of the Random Guy have made small fortunes this way, and they hope to make a large killing if and when the Americans come.

A bigger problem is that Venezuela had become a monoculture economy: it exports oil and imports everything else. It does not even produce food to feed its 35 million inhabitants. Venezuela is a victim of neoliberal doctrine claiming that you can buy what you can’t produce. Now they can’t buy and they do not produce. Imagine a democratic Saudi Arabia hit by blockade.

In order to save the economy, Maduro should drain the swamp, end the black market and profiteering, encourage agriculture, tax the rich, develop some industry for local consumption. It can be done. Venezuela is not a socialist state like orderly Cuba, nor a social-democratic one like Sweden and England in 1970s, but even its very modest model of allowing the masses to rise out of misery, poverty and ignorance seems too much for the West.

It is often said there are two antagonists in the West, the Populists and the Globalists, and President Trump is the Populist leader. The Venezuela crisis proved these two forces are united if there is a chance to attack and rob an outsider country. Trump is condemned at home when he calls his troops back from Afghanistan or Syria, but he gains support when he threatens Venezuela or North Korea. He can be sure he will be cheered on by Macron and Merkel and even by The Washington Post and The New York Times.

He has the real WMD, the Weapons of Mass Deception, to attack Venezuela, and these WMD had been activated with the beginning of the creeping coup. When a rather unknown young politician, the leader of a small neoliberal rabidly pro-American fraction in the Parliament, Random Dude, claimed the title of president, he was immediately recognised by Trump, and the Western media reported that the people of Venezuela went out in mass demos to greet the new president and demand Maduro’s removal.

They beamed videos of huge Caracas demos back to Venezuela. Not many viewers abroad noticed that the video was old, filmed in 2016 demos, but the Venezuelans saw that at once. They weren’t fooled. They knew that there is no chance for a big protest demo on that day, the day of a particularly important baseball game in the professional league between Leones of Caracas and Cardenales de Lara from Barquisimeto.

But the WMD kept lying. Here is a report by Moon of Alabama: the reports of large anti-government rallies are fake news or prophecies hoping to become self-fulfilling ones:

Agence France-Press stated at 11:10 utc yesterday that “tens of thousands” would join a rally.

AFP news agency @AFP – 11:10 utc – 2 Feb 2019

Tens of thousands of protesters are set to pour onto the streets of Venezuela’s capital #Caracas Saturday to back opposition leader Juan Guaido’s calls for early elections as international pressure increased on President #Maduro to step down http://u.afp.com/Jouu

That was at 7:10am local time in Caracas, several hours before the rally took place. Such “predictive reporting” is now supposed to be “news”. A bit later AFP posted a video:

AFP news agency @AFP – 15:50 utc – 2 Feb 2019″>

VIDEO: Thousands of opposition protesters pour onto the streets of Caracas to back Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan #Guaido who is calling for early elections, as international pressure increases on President Nicolas #Maduro to step down

That was at 11:50am local time. The attached video did not show “thousands” but some 200 people milling about.

They lie that there are army deserters spoiling for a fight with the army. The young guys CNN presented weren’t deserters, and they didn’t live in Venezuela. Even their military insignia were of the kind discarded years ago, as our friend The Saker noticed.

However, these lies won’t avail – my correspondents in Caracas report that there are demos for and against government (for Maduro slightly bigger crowds), but the feelings aren’t strong. The crisis is manufactured in Washington, and the Venezuelans aren’t keen to get involved.

That’s why we can expect an American attempt to use force, preceded by some provocation. Probably it won’t be a full-blown war: the US never fought an enemy that wasn’t exhausted prior to the encounter. If the Maduro administration survives the blow, the crisis will take a low profile, until sanctions do their work and further undermine the economy.

ORDER IT NOW

In this struggle, President Trump is his own bitter enemy. He seeks approval of the War Party, and his own base will be disappointed by his actions. His sanctions will send more refugees to the US, wall or no wall. He undermines the unique status of the US dollar by weaponising it. In 2020, he will reap what he sow.

Israel Shamir can be reached at [email protected]

This article was first published at The Unz Review.

 
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  1. Svigor says:

    The “small pox blankets” thing is a myth, based on the musings of one Army officer in a letter to another. More precisely, it’s a blood libel, a racist anti-White calumny.

  2. Jett Rucker says: • Website
    @Svigor

    Thanks for busting this myth. Your take has the ring of truth to it.

    I’m white, for whatever that has to do with it.

    Reminds me of the Holocaust (in miniature).

    • Replies: @Paw
  3. “Agence France-Press stated at 11:10 utc yesterday that “tens of thousands” would join a rally.”

    Their coverage of the Gilets Jaunes should be so good.

    • Agree: AnonFromTN
  4. Venezuela used to produce enough food for itself and more for export. Chavez and Maduro stopped this. They are the Venezuelan Lenin and Stalin, so beloved of you. You claim you are an Orthodox Christian. Your Stalinolatry contradicts this.

    • Agree: Lot, TKK
    • Disagree: Biff
  5. Cyrano says:

    I am pretty sure that there won’t be any military intervention by US in Venezuela. How do I know this? Well, if it was any other nation, – for example a nation of people whose brains have been turned into mush by decades long propaganda – then I would be worried.

    Luckily, US have one of the best informed populations on earth – they have all those bastions of truth like CNN, CBS, NYT and so on. That’s why I am fairly certain that the US wouldn’t dare to attack Venezuela. Their peace-loving nation wouldn’t let them.

    The only way it can happen is if in the next few weeks a group of Venezuelan terrorists hijacked few planes and flew them into some tall buildings in the US. That’s the only way that the public opinion in the peace loving nation can be swayed towards war.

    Remember, every time the US has gone to war, they had to stage various versions of 9/11 – in order to convince the well informed and peace loving Americans that someone hates their freedoms, so they have to go over there to fight for those freedoms, rather than wait over here for someone to bring the fight to them.

  6. @Verymuchalive

    According to numbers from Venezuela’s Ministry of Agriculture, after relatively stagnant food production throughout the 1990s, from 2003 to 2011 milk production increased by 230 percent, beef production by 19 percent, chicken by 60 percent, rice by 25 percent, corn by 116 percent, and beans by 320 percent.

    As can be seen, the claims among Chavez’s critics of a decrease in food production are simply false. And while it is true that there have been food shortages, the real reason is quite different from what the media reports. An impressive increase in food production in recent years has simply been outpaced by growing consumption that has increased even more rapidly, creating supply problems in many basic items and the need to import increasing amounts of food. Though often cited as a major failure of the Chavez government, it is actually the result of millions of poor Venezuelans eating better and consuming more than ever before. As one Venezuelan recently said to an opposition activist who insisted that empty supermarket shelves were proof of the government’s failures and demanded to know, “Then where is the milk?”: “The milk,” he replied, “is in the bellies of Venezuela’s poor.”
    https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/7513

    As for the USSR, only now the Russians are coming to the levels of modest affluence circa 1985, after the disaster of anti-communist rule in 1990s.
    Russian Communism is a secularised Russian Orthodox Christianity. Likewise, American system is secularised Judaism.

  7. @israel shamir

    The fact is that as recently as the 1950s Venezuela was largely self-sufficient in food. Chavez and Maduro have made the situation much worse. At least 70% or more of Venezuela’s food is now imported.
    http://www.economist.com/node/16326418
    Chavez’s policy was to use the money from oil to import ever more food imports, rather than improve conditions for indigenous producers – a very odd form of Socialism.


    Russian Communism is a secularised Russian Orthodox Christianity.

    I don’t think the tens of millions of Russian Orthodox Christians persecuted and killed under Communism would agree with you.

  8. Good Lord, the smallpox blankets, really?

    It’s too bad, because the CIA coup in Venezuela stands on its own two stinking feet.

    Trump is going to learn the hard way. That was a really stupid move. Even if we got the CIA’s butt-buddy Guaido in there, it would be his Mission Accomplished moment, like Bush the Chimp’s.

    • Agree: Digital Samizdat
  9. spanish says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    Well the lepers plot was much larger in scale with much more supporting evidence back in the 1300’s, when Jews lepers and Muslims targeted Christian villages with infected materials

    Whether or not this was related to the black plague is hard to say, the plague would have probably came anyway

    Similarly the native Americans would unfortunately catch foreign diseases

    • Replies: @EliteCommInc.
  10. @Svigor

    It probably did happen. But most probably affected only one tribe. Indian tribes did live quite separately at large distances and they usually did not visit each other. So it is a little bit exaggeration.
    And not many adults usually die of smallpox.

  11. ValmMond says:
    @Verymuchalive

    the tens of millions of Russian Orthodox Christians persecuted and killed under Communism

    And this is where, after being asked for your sources, you’ll give us the demonstration of the perfect anti-soviet/anti-communist conditioning afflicting the mediocre western mind. You’ve read an article by or on Soljenitzin once. Or by someone who read an article about such an article. So you got your gulag killing score rock solid. I won’t try to convince you otherwise. The reward of ignorance is only more ignorance. And by all means, keep reading “Rothschild Weekly” (aka the “Economist”) – just don’t bring it up as an authority on anything here. You see, this site is mostly for smart and critically minded people.

  12. renfro says:

    BRAVO OMAR……..2 nd time in my life I have seen balls in congress.

    Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Lose His Cool During Tense Exchange With Rep. Ilhan Omar

    Watch the video at link

    “Mr. Abrams, in 1991 you pleaded guilty to two counts of withholding information from Congress regarding your involvement in the Iran-Contra affair, for which you were later pardoned by president George H.W. Bush,” began Omar. “I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony that you give today to be truthful.”

    “If I could respond to that…” interjected Abrams.

    “It was not a question,” shot back Omar.

    After a brief exchange in which Abrams protested “It was not right!” Omar cut Abrams off, saying “Thank you for your participation.”

    February 13, 2019

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51105.htm

    • Replies: @Zumbuddi
    , @EliteCommInc.
    , @tac
  13. Paw says:
    @Jett Rucker

    This famous now help can not be delivered. The bridge leading to Venezuela is out of order since 2016..
    Thousand before , 464 now. What the problems ?
    One litre before, 650 ml now. The price is 6x time higher.
    Just the Highway , the corporation way.
    One kilogram is now about 800-950grams.
    Just normal…

  14. Denis says:
    @Verymuchalive

    “The fact is that as recently as the 1950s Venezuela was largely self-sufficient in food. ”

    Venezuela’s population is six times bigger today than it was in the 50s. Any country that undergoes such a demographic transition will naturally begin importing more food, unless it is like North Korea and employs autarky indefinitely.

    I’m hardly a communist myself, but not everything can be blamed on communism. Venezuela is not a communist state by any stretch of the imagination, and Chavez and Maduro can hardly be compared to Lenin and Stalin, that’s just a bit too much.

    Also, let’s be honest, even if Maduro and Chavez were the worst thing ever for the Venezuelan people, that doesn’t change the fact that America is blatantly provoking a conflict with a country that poses no threat to Americans. It’s obvious that the American government is following the old playbook of sanction > promote unrest > occupy, and that the purpose of this is not to create some conservative latino utopia, but to return Venezuela to vassalage.

    • Replies: @Sowhat
    , @Wally
    , @Verymuchalive
  15. @Verymuchalive

    In all fairness, Chavez and Maduro are not Venezuela’s Lenin and Stalin. Real Communists would have unleashed a democidal bloodbath by now.

  16. wally says:
    @Svigor

    So Europeans waged microbial, biological warfare… long before discovery, mass acceptance or even close to an understanding of advanced germ theory? LOL

    It’s simply not true. You can look forever for historical accounts of mass smallpox blankets being given to the peaceful Indians, but you won’t find them. But there is SOME truth to the myth, Europeans did give ‘Indians’, actually migrated Asians, blankets.

    And of course those Europeans who supposedly handed out the infected blankets would have been infected too.
    Oops!

    recommended:
    https://quod.lib.umich.edu/p/plag/5240451.0001.009/%E2%80%93did-the-us-army-distribute-smallpox-blankets-to-indians?rgn=main;view=fulltext

    Indeed, very similar to the fake & impossible ‘6M Jews, 5M other & gas chambers’ absurdities,

  17. Biff says:

    Can’t wait for the trolls to show up and blame Venezuela’s woes on an “ist”. Like clockwork “They elected a __________ist!”

    • Replies: @Wally
  18. bomag says:

    After Iraq was brought to its knees, its people starved, half a million of its children killed, its infrastructure severely damaged…

    Are we really that good? Most of the US gov’t is manifestly incompetent; must be that all the good people go into nation wrecking.

    We started messing around in Iraq in 1993; Iraq’s population then was 20 million; today it’s 40 million.

    • Replies: @israel shamir
  19. Don’t forget that after robbing the banks during the invasion of Iraq, US and British soldiers confiscated US dollars from Iraqi civilians at road blocks and during house to house searches. Embedded journalists recorded this and it was all shown amply on CNN and other media with no attempt to hide.

  20. APilgrim says:

    Communists are unable to repeal the laws of: thermodynamics and/or supply & demand.

    ‘Pocketing 1,000% Markup, Venezuelans Smuggle Out Precious Food’, Oscar Medina, Matthew Bristow, Bloomberg, February 12 2019, 6:00 AM February 12 2019, 5:40 PM, https://finance.yahoo.com/news/smugglers-pocket-1-000-markup-120000549.htmlhttps://www.bloombergquint.com/business/pocketing-1-000-markup-venezuelans-smuggle-out-precious-food

    Market shelves in the scruffy Colombian town of Puerto Santander are loaded with Venezuelan maize flour, rice, cheese spread and more, heavily subsidized consumer goods smuggled by government officials and ordinary citizens alike and sold at big mark-ups. Gasoline is ferried from Venezuela too, as people cash in on the arbitrage opportunities created by extreme price distortions. The spectacle of food being spirited out of a country where hunger is becoming epidemic shows in microcosm how Maduro’s socialist government has created an economic and humanitarian disaster. While this black-market trade has been going on for years now, it’s jarring to witness it at a time when much of the world has thrown its support behind efforts by Maduro’s rival, Juan Guaido, to bring emergency supplies into the country. “It makes you angry to see these products for sale,” said Lisbeth Cisneros, 28, a pregnant mother of four who fled the Venezuelan town of San Cristobal three months ago and works as a street vendor on the Colombian side of the border. “The situation is horrible over there.”

    • Replies: @israel shamir
  21. APilgrim says:

    Can the Venzalon Black Marketers EXPORT the foreign aid relief shipments fast enough to continue STARVING the Venezuelan People?

    Now the food is FREE, not just subsidized.

  22. @israel shamir

    An impressive increase in food production in recent years has simply been outpaced by growing consumption that has increased even more rapidly, creating supply problems in many basic items and the need to import increasing amounts of food. Though often cited as a major failure of the Chavez government, it is actually the result of millions of poor Venezuelans eating better and consuming more than ever before.

    You give the impression that there is widespread hunger because the Venezuelan people are eating more. Surely that is a mistake of some sort.

    Counterinsurgency

  23. @Verymuchalive

    Quite often disputes between a well established religion and heretics have been the most severe conflicts, much more so than disputes between different religions and between religions and government.

    Counterinsurgency

  24. APilgrim says:
    @Verymuchalive

    The history of the Holodomor, http://memorialholodomor.org.ua/eng/holodomor/history/https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-25058256https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holodomor

    Holodomor – is а genocide of Ukrainian nation in 1932-1933. It was committed by leadership of the Soviet Union with the aim of making Ukrainians obedient and the ultimate elimination of Ukrainian opposition regime including efforts to build an independent from Moscow Ukrainian State. In 2006 by the Law of Ukraine “About the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine” Holodomor was recognized as genocide against Ukrainian people. In 2010, by the resolution of Court of Appeal in Kyiv region was proved the genocidal nature of Holodomor, the intention of Stalin, Molotov, Kaganovich, Postyshev, Chubar, Khatayevych, Kosior to destroy a part of the Ukrainian nation. In 1932 – 1933 were killed more than 7 million people in the Ukrainian SSR and 3 million of Ukrainians abroad in the regions which were historically populated by Ukrainian: Kuban, the North Caucasus, Lower Volga and Kazakhstan.

    Worse than the British-caused starvation of Ireland. IMHPO.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @israel shamir
  25. RVBlake says:
    @israel shamir

    I read the link…The setting for this incident is British soldiers and colonists under siege at Fort Pitt by Indians allied with Pontiac. There is no evidence for any sustained program of attempting to infect Indians with smallpox in U.S. history. This charge is of a piece with the general use of the term “genocide” regarding American relations with the Indians. And it is equally fallacious.

  26. In this struggle, President Trump is his own bitter enemy. He seeks approval of the War Party, and his own base will be disappointed by his actions.

    Sad but true. Trump is over. Any Qanons out there still trying desperately to convince themselves that he’s secretly fighting the deep state are just delusional specimens at this point. Don’t get me wrong: I’m still glad Hillary’s still not president. I’m just saddened that there’ll be no MAGA … but then, I guess that was always unlikely.

    A bigger problem is that Venezuela had become a monoculture economy: it exports oil and imports everything else. It does not even produce food to feed its 35 million inhabitants. Venezuela is a victim of neoliberal doctrine claiming that you can buy what you can’t produce. Now they can’t buy and they do not produce. Imagine a democratic Saudi Arabia hit by blockade.

    This point is worth emphasizing, since it’s not a problem unique to Venezuela. In fact, the Globalist institutions (IMF, WorldBank, USAid, etc.) have worked tirelessly for decades now to increase third-world countries’ dependence on import-export agriculture, rather than encouraging them to become more self-sufficient. Instead of extending them credit to grow food for the domestic market, for example, the WorldBank will only extend them credit to grow crops–usually dry crops like cotton–for export, forcing them to import much of the food they need. Meanwhile, Washington throws crazy subsidies at agri-giants like Monsanto (rather than ‘small family farms’) to encourage them to export more of their GMO garbage to these countries. Just ask the Mexicans what happened to their domestic corn-growing industry after NAFTA came into effect. Now, all those Mexicans who lost their farms are up in the US working as laborers for the very agri-businesses that put them out of business in the first place!

    But hey: sactionable countries, broke farmers heading pa’ norte to look for work, and constant instability throughout the third world–those are all features of the NWO, not bugs.

    By the way, am I the only one who thinks Juan Guaidó looks sort of like a gay Obama?

    • Replies: @Anon
  27. APilgrim says:

    Perhaps neighboring country border towns should be included in the Foreign Aid.

    To collapse the Black Market in food, medicines, & fuel, which evidently support Maduro.

    Columbia, Brazil, Guyana

    https://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/map/venezuela-map.htm

  28. mike k says:

    We can expect to hear a chorus of “blame the victims” trolls in the comments now. And lots of “socialism is baaaaad” comments too.

    • Agree: Sowhat, bluedog
    • Replies: @therevolutionwas
    , @bluedog
  29. Moi says:
    @Svigor

    Is the genocide of Native Americans also a myth???

  30. Tyrion 2 says:

    Can’t wait until the Mugabe apologia comes out…or perhaps Idi Amin?

    • LOL: RVBlake
  31. @israel shamir

    As should you. Far too thin evidence for anyone to present this as attempted genocide. If that’s attempted genocide, so is this.
    http://www.unz.com/isteve/why-do-poles-not-understand-that-european-values-demand-europhobia/
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Mol

  32. wraith67 says:

    Who knew you could cram so much BS into a couple paragraphs.

  33. This is the Zionist controlled U.S. government at work for the Zionist NWO in Venezuela trying to make a nation bow down to the Zionist NWO and if starving Venezuela doesn’t work look for the Zionist controlled U.S. gov to bomb them into submission as in Afghanistan/Iraq/Libya/Syria/Yemen and God only knows where else!

    The Zionist controlled U.S. gov has opened slaughter houses across the globe to further the satanic NWO and millions have paid for their lives to enable the operation of these slaughter houses.

  34. Unlike Asians and Arabs, Latin Americans don’t have it in them to fight a war. Sure they can bluster, but like Africans, it’s all just chest puffing noise.

    When the U.S. decides to go in, they’ll meet little resistance. The tragedy will be what comes later as when the U.S. exported democracy to Iraq, Syria and Libya. Rich Venezuelans will make out like bandits, the poor will be reduced to selling their daughters.

    What surprises me is the silence of both the left and Hispanics. Trump is about to do a regime change in a Latin American socialist country and they have nothing to say about it.

    • Replies: @israel shamir
  35. “In order to save the economy” he suggests the same old government run “tax the rich,” idea that has never worked and never will. Freedom FROM government should be the goal, along with laws that protect private property and the individual FROM the government and others. Government is the problem not the solution. Let the people run their own economy with their own money (gold, silver etc), not with government decreed fiat crap money that only robs the individuals hard earned wealth as they print more and more of it.

    • Replies: @bluedog
    , @israel shamir
  36. @mike k

    Socialism is bad. The US government is a big bully that is self destructing. Not a lot of good news out there.

  37. Jake says:

    Israel Shamir should have better sense than to spread the ‘diseased blankets’ given by Americans to the Indians nonsense. Even the link fails to come close to proving a single case. First, the only known written suggestion that anyone had considered it is from Colonial days – those are officers of the British Empire. Second, the one case of a possible such transmission, and it perhaps an accident, also is from the Colonial era.

    The most genocidally inclined Americans with power and authority who might have done such a thing, Union Generals Sherman and Sheridan, did not take advantage of their positions to do such an evil.

    • Replies: @bluedog
  38. Anonymous[166] • Disclaimer says:

    The real decimation of the Native American population was caused by diseases brought by the Spanish to which they had no immunity. This occurred before widespread settlement on the Eastern seaboard.

    Yes, there was one recorded incident of an army officer giving infected blankets to the Indians but that was not a widespread program in itself.

    But we digress.

    • Replies: @bluedog
    , @Wally
  39. Wally says:
    @Biff

    Indeed, the dumb & lazy Venezuelans did elect a Communist. The results were predictable.
    So why do your support Communism?

    Q: What did Communists use to light their houses before candles?
    A: Electricity

    Trump Declares “National Day for the Victims of Communism.”
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/11/07/national-day-victims-communism
    Green New Deal Is a Revamped Communist Manifesto:
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/02/08/green-new-deal-says-vote-trump-2020/

  40. @Anatoly Karlin

    I meant their disastrous effect on Venezuelan farming is similar to Lenin and Stalin’s effect on Soviet agriculture. Being economically and democidally incompetent, their main contribution has been the Venezuelan Diet, a sort of permanent version of the Cambridge Diet !

  41. wayfarer says:

    All Roads Lead to Rothschild.
    source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rothschild_family

    Anarchism ↔ Absolutism ↔ Communism ↔ Conservatism ↔ Environmentalism ↔ Fascism ↔ Liberalism ↔ Nationalism ↔ Socialism ↔ Social Capitalism ↔ Social Democracy ↔ Marxism ↔ Capitalism.

    Real Reason the U.S. Wants Regime Change in Venezuela

    We’re All Debt Slaves – Here’s Why.

  42. Che Guava says:
    @Anatoly Karlin

    Anatoly,

    Much as I like much of Mr. Shamir’s writing, he claimed that USSR communism was based on the Orthodox Church.

    This is the source of the thread that you blundered into.

    Another commentor very accurately said, and I paraphrase ‘if that is true, how were Orthodox believers so badly treated?’ I don’t have to remind you of the history.

    I have read enough to see what Mr. Shamir is saying, but those are precisely among the ideas that were ignored earlier, and violently attacked by the Bolsheviki coup d’etat and civil war.

    Perhaps Mr. Shamir was very drunk at the time.

    Some of the many great paintings of Glasyunov are very reflective of that reality.

    • Replies: @israel shamir
  43. Venezuela invasion thing is double-faceted: a trap for Trump & a bluff. if the invasion is, then bye-bye 2020 election, mission accomplished. if no invasion on sight then the bluff of Pompeo-Bolton-Abrams is called & the 2020 reelection assured. Venezuela in the role of bait.

    • Replies: @never-anonymous
  44. Anon[424] • Disclaimer says:
    @APilgrim

    Fuck the ukranians , get out of the UE , get out of Nato , ukraruina CCCP , ukraruina EU , ukraruinas go to Canada and USA to ruin them , ukraruinas traitors to Europe .

  45. bluedog says:
    @Anonymous

    And of course the trail of tears by the Cherokees and later by the Navaho added to it, as hundreds if thousand didn’t died from the lack of blankets and the lack of food, only to be used as forced labor living in holes in the ground young women selling them selves for a loaf of bread while they built a fort.The truth was we tried to kill off by any means as many as we could for the dead has no claim to the land.!!!.!!c

    • Replies: @Wally
    , @APilgrim
  46. bluedog says:
    @Jake

    Hmm I believe it was Sherman to said “kill the children for nits breed lice” and surly don’t leave out Custer who the Indians call the ‘eastern sun” for he always attacked as the sun came up attacking friendly villages as well as those not so friendly…!!

    • Replies: @RVBlake
  47. bluedog says:
    @therevolutionwas

    The rich have always controlled this country,where have you been? ,one only needs to follow back the corporate welfare,which is still going on today to understand that ,and of course it was the corporate welfare that got us to where we are today,off-shoring jobs off-shore accounts,it was reported that there was over a trillion dollars in off-shore accounts safe from the taxman,I wish mine was safe from the taxman…

  48. bluedog says:
    @mike k

    Only if its a holiday at the nut house and it seems they do have a lot of holidays.!!!

  49. @nietzsche1510

    The real issue lies in the voting class which cowers in fear all day long and seeks saviors every four years via rigged circus. Trump = Obama = CIA meddling in every country. Presidents never change, only the perception of the morons changes.

    Why does the USA care about internal Venezuelan politics? Because it cares about every country’s politics and demands every country bow down and kneel to the USA. The voters, aka morons, support this, both liberal and right wing, and have for generations. The morons pay their taxes to meddle in other countries and for a giant military to slaughter people who do not obey. Freedom at the point of a gun. Nothing quite says democracy like having the US president tell the Venezuelans how to run their country.

  50. ” The blankets had been previously used by smallpox patients”

    That can be debated till the cows come home.

    Cry me a fricken river. The populations of Europe regularly got killed off in large scale epidemics. Did we blame the Asians for the Black Death, Plagues of various sorts that killed up to 200 million people.

    Do we continually blame the American Indians for giving us Syphilis?

    Should we continually blame the monkees for Aids, Ebola etc.

    Get off your high horse and stick to the facts.

    • Replies: @Wally
  51. @Svigor

    As long as there are thousands of memorials for the Chosen, most of whom must have come to these shores empty handed before getting fat of the land, but not a single one for the aboriginal groups, however hated, who did suffer at the hands of the outsiders of that time, the White Christian will be in for manipulation… It’s better to acknowledge the suffering of a deserving group than to be enslaved by the shysters, who has got the majority in a very tight corner!

  52. Anon[424] • Disclaimer says:
    @Digital Samizdat

    Yea , Guarrido looks Obamoid , I have thought that the department of coups of Hollywood and the media picked Guarrido because of his obamite looks . But Guarrido is not very convincing , he lacks something , say conviction , charisma ? . By the way the looks of Pompeo , Bolton , Elliot , even Trump fall short of what you could expect from real cowboys , from real hollywood heros , they are too fat, too old , too weird . Maybe this points towards a certain decadence of the hollywoodian empire .

  53. Wally says:
    @Anonymous

    Please present proof of decimation of the Not Native American ‘Indians’ by Euro diseases.

    And of course Europeans would have died from diseases carried by the Not Native Americans as well. But hey, that’s all too logical for the Communists / Zionists who promote such nonsense.

    Do tell us how this army officer who allegedly gave infected smallpox blankets, for which you have no proof of in the 1st place, to Not Native American ‘Indians’ and then was not infected himself. Europeans had no resistance to small pox as real cases of small pox attest.

    Lie of genocide: http://townhall.com/columnists/michaelmedved/2007/09/19/reject_the_lie_of_white_genocide_against_native_americans/page/full

    Genocide myth: http://american3rdposition.com/?p=12675
    Time table of Native

  54. bjondo says:

    what i could find re blankets/smllpox in short time.

    maybe informative; maybe not?

    will read later.

    https://www.history.org/foundation/journal/spring04/warfare.cfm

    https://www.history.com/news/colonists-native-americans-smallpox-blankets

    5ds

    • Replies: @Wally
  55. Wally says:
    @bluedog

    Please present you proof your ‘forced labor living in holes in the ground, women selling themselves for bread’.
    You cannot, or you would have.

    We note your avoidance of the facts. Violent Stone Age ‘Indians’:
    – kept slaves
    – were in constant states of war with other tribes
    – treated & traded women like cattle
    – practiced genocide against other ‘Indian’ tribes
    – used crude environmentally destructive slash & burn agricultural methods
    – decimated the animal populations
    – the first acts by them when they got horses from the Spaniards was to attack and decimate other tribes
    – engaged in cannibalism
    – roasted people alive
    – routinely butchered children
    – engaged in human sacrifice
    – constant rapes
    – took scalps from their enemies

    https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~kw/crichton.html
    “The noble savage is a fantasy, and it was never true. That anyone still believes it, 200 years after Rousseau, shows the tenacity of religious myths”

    • Replies: @APilgrim
  56. Willem says:

    What the author refers to is called: ‘winning hearts and minds’ (wham)

    John Pilger has an intersting article about wham, and how that worked in Vietnam

    http://johnpilger.com/articles/mourn-on-the-fourth-of-july

    Now featuring in Venezuela?

  57. Wally says:
    @bjondo

    That dog don’t hunt.

    Please tell us how the Europeans who allegedly gave ‘Indians’ infected blankets were not infected themselves. They had no resistance to small pox.

    The fall back of ‘Well, maybe only once or twice’ is pure desperation to somehow try to uphold the absurd lie.

  58. Wally says:
    @europeasant

    No mention of the diseases that were carried by the Stone Age Not Native Americans.

    And if the Not Native Americans hadn’t been so racist & xenophobic in the first place there would have much less friction.

  59. Thank you, Mr. Shamir. I’m a little confused by your narrative.

    Paragraph 11: “Venezuelans aren’t starving, even though they are going through difficulties.”

     

    Paragraph 19: “A bigger problem is that Venezuela had become a monoculture economy: it exports oil and imports everything else. It does not even produce food to feed its 35 million inhabitants. Venezuela is a victim of neoliberal doctrine claiming that you can buy what you can’t produce. Now they can’t buy and they do not produce. Imagine a democratic Saudi Arabia hit by blockade.

    I was kind of under the impression you starve when you can’t produce or buy food or feed yourself. But maybe I’m overlooking something.

    Sounds like that “bigger problem” in paragraph 19 is like the biggest problem you can have in this life on this planet.

    But they are Just Another Victim of neoliberal doctrine. Venezuelans had nothing to do with it, once again.

    “Imagine a democratic Saudi Arabia hit by blockade.”

    I don’t think we need to. That is pointless, unnecessary, irrelevant, counterfactual fantasy.

    Venezuela has a well-known actual history. They have chosen to be “free” of American capitalist influence. Freedom. Chavez. Socialism. No American oil-companies (err, maybe Chevron). Maduro. Freedom (err, well, a little “neoliberal doctrine”). Hungry.

    The United States is not going to invade Venezuela. Or steal their oil. That is absurd.

    What the United States has little use for is refugees from a South American failed state coming north. Especially one that should be fairly prosperous with its oil resources and a population of only 35 million.

    And the last thing we need is more oil on the market to drive down the price and kill any chances of our shale industry being profitable.

    I’m amazed by how practically everyone including Ann Coulter now thinks Trump is a lying, neocon-co-opted, “ass-clown” and Bolton is dangerously insane… but anything Trump tweets or quips about Venezuela or oil is obviously the literal truth about intentions and outcomes.

  60. Wally says:
    @Denis

    But Maduro and Chavez ARE Communists, no doubt about it, like it or not.

    No one said they were Lenin & Stalin, they are not, but so what? That point is irrelevant and a strawman.

    It wasn’t the US government who voted them into power.

    Not too smart those Venezuelans.

    https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/venezuelas-playbook-communist-manifesto

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2017/05/03/its-2017-but-venezuela-looks-set-to-be-choosing-communism/#5b36d4765cd5

    • Replies: @Denis
  61. RVBlake says:
    @bluedog

    I’ve read biographies of Custer and can only recall two villages attacked by him at the head of his regiment, the 7th U.S. Cavalry. In November 1868 he led an attack on the Cheyenne encampment on the Washita River, in Oklahoma. Reports differ on the casualties, but this was decidedly not a friendly village. The second is his celebrated and perhaps precipitous attack on the massive summer encampment of Lakota/Cheyenne/Arapaho on the Little Bighorn River.in June of 1876. They had refused President Grant’s order to return to their reservations the previous January, and placed themselves subject to military action. He had been involved in other skirmishes with hostile Indians, in Kansas in 1867 and on the Yellowstone Expedition of 1873, but I’m unaware of any other attacks on villages.

    • Replies: @APilgrim
  62. Zumbuddi says:
    @renfro

    Bravo Ilhan Omar.

    Is it true that AOC spoke up in support of Omar?

    • Replies: @tac
  63. APilgrim says:
    @Wally

    Pock-faced smallpox survivors were immune.

    Cowpox inoculations conferred immunity.

    The English used biological warfare, as did the Romans.

    Deal with it.

    • Replies: @Wally
  64. APilgrim says:
    @bluedog

    The Cherokee committed treason in the War of 1812, by fighting for the British.

    The Cherokee got their just desserts.

    Whah!

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  65. APilgrim says:
    @RVBlake

    Lt. Col. George Armstrong (Autie) Custer died by his own hand, when his mounted escape failed.

    Not that I blame him for eating a bullet, in an active Indian massacre.

    • Disagree: RVBlake
    • Replies: @RVBlake
  66. APilgrim says:
    @Wally

    The ‘civilized-tribes’ of the Eastern Seaboard were the best of the lot.

    The Pueblos were OK.

    Most of the rest are as you described.

    • Replies: @Wally
  67. @Denis

    I’m hardly a communist myself, but not everything can be blamed on communism. Venezuela is not a communist state by any stretch of the imagination, and Chavez and Maduro can hardly be compared to Lenin and Stalin, that’s just a bit too much.

    I didn’t claim that Chavez and Maduro were Communists. Only that they had had a disastrous effect on Venezuelan agriculture as Lenin and Stalin had on Soviet agriculture – though of course Bolshevism was many degrees worse. I said elsewhere that Chavez used money from oil to import ever more food from abroad, rather than stimulate indigenous food production. I said that this was a very odd form of Socialism. In fact, it’s not Socialism at all.
    Back in the 1970s and 1980s – if, like me, you are old enough to remember – there were a number of pseudo-Communist 3rd World States, like North Yemen, Angola and Ethiopia. Beneath the very thin veneer, they were kleptocracies run to benefit those in power.
    Venezuela is a similar pseudo-Socialist kleptocracy. Before he obtained power, Chavez presented himself as a Reformer, rather than a Socialist. Afterwards, he claimed he was ” Bolivarian Socialist “.
    Oil is a very capital intensive industry. If you fail to invest sufficiently, then production will tail off, particularly the heavy, sulphurous product Venezuela produces. Chavez took this money and used it to bribe the masses in welfare payments. Talk about being bribed by your own money ! As much money if not more was stolen by the kleptocracy for their own benefit – over $200bn or more if Forbes is to believed.
    Oil production has gone down from 3.5bbp day before Chavez to 2.4bbp day on his death. It is now down to 1 bbp day. By the end of the year, it will be be 0.5bbp day or less, regardless of what America does.
    I totally agree with you. The US should stay out of this conflict. Whether it wishes to embargo Venezuelan crude imports is up to the American government. Otherwise, keep out. Regardless, the Venezuelan Government would collapse within 18 months. Venezuela will need a great deal of aid, not only to reconstruct their country, but also to invest heavily in oil production. If the Us supplies this, let them have the oil. It will be the most expensive oil in the world

  68. @spanish

    I don’t think there is any question on the impact of European illnesses on native populations around the globe by happenstance. However, the record is very clear that in at least one instance there was a discussion of a plan to deliberate infect a population by the distribution of diseased blankets.

    I am loathe to submit to an ethos that suggests,

    “Ohh well, it would have happened anyway.”

    That is no relief from the reality of history.

    • Replies: @APilgrim
    , @Spanish
    , @Wally
  69. APilgrim says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    The Pilgrims routinely cared for Indian tribes in their region, for a sort of ‘plague’ which affected the natives but not the settlers.

    The skin would peel off the Indians, who were too weak to feed themselves.

    The tribes would send a messenger to Plymouth to fetch a few Pilgrim volunteers, who were always willing to go.

  70. @renfro

    But she caved on Speaker Pelosi’s demand. That was the real challenge and test. She was partly elected on that proposition. She appears more Sen. Rand Paul, upon pressure from her aisle to an issue she believes – she quickly falls in line — knowing full well that falling in line is the problem. She didn’t even put up a fight. Instead, she most likely bargained for committee post.

  71. American Leadership – EVANGELICALS, faith for the Feel-Gooders, The Hypocrites: Xenophobic,Warmongering, Genocidal,Racists, Con Artists, Paedophiles, homosexuals,Terrorists, Liars and Mafia thugs. Have anybody observe and study the American psyche? America is sick,Few good men&Women left

  72. Biff says:

    Like cockroaches, thistle weed, and horse flys I guess we have too live with the tropes telling us that U.S. designed Venezuela is a communist state.

  73. Denis says:
    @Wally

    No one said they were Lenin & Stalin

    verymuchalive said precisely that earlier in the thread.

  74. Spanish says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    Why is it exactly that when Europeans are the explicitly targeted group that the evidence becomes “a conspiracy”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1321_leper_scare

    “The rumours of the conspiracy broke out in the spring of 1321 and terrified the people of southern France.[2] Torture of lepers ensued, and eventually a confession was forced out, stating that the lepers were acting on the orders of Jews, who in turn had been bribed by the Muslims of Spain, in an attempt to “poison the Christian population of Europe”.”

    The black plague which happened shortly after was unlikely caused by these well poisoning leppers

    Yet some sort of well poisoning plot is obvious

    • Replies: @Wally
  75. Egypt (a huge grain producer) didn’t do too badly out of Roman interference. Perhaps the effect Cleopatra had on Julius Caesar and Mark Antony suggests that what Venezuela needs is to make an irresistable offer of pussy to the former owner of the Miss Universe business.

  76. @APilgrim

    You do raise the impossible question of collective responsibility – even of children cf. Madeleine Albright’s famous assessment (assuming not fake). Do you know of any good studies or just expositions of the issues which range at least from Responsibility to Protect to strict observance of sovereignty by some and what (?1648) rules?

  77. Gringo says:

    A bigger problem is that Venezuela had become a monoculture economy: it exports oil and imports everything else. It does not even produce food to feed its 35 million inhabitants. Venezuela is a victim of neoliberal doctrine claiming that you can buy what you can’t produce.

    Under two decades of Chavismo, Venezuela became much more a monoculture economy than it used to be. Oil exports as a percentage of Venezuelan exports increased from 71.7% in 1998, the year Chávez was elected, to 97.8% by 2013. Which implies that Chávez was following, to quote your words, a “neoliberal doctrine claiming that you can buy what you can’t produce.”

    Yet you say this about the current Chavismo opponent.

    When a rather unknown young politician, the leader of a small neoliberal rabidly pro-American fraction in the Parliament, Random Dude, claimed the title of president,

    You inform us the leader of the opposition is “neoliberal,” which implies that Maduro and Chavismo are NOT neoliberal, in fact are far from being neoliberal. Yet you also inform us that Chavismo, in its two decades in power followed “neoliberal doctrine claiming that you can buy what you can’t produce.”

    You are not making sense.

    Fuel exports (% of merchandise exports)
    1998 71.7%
    2013 97.8%

    https://data.worldbank.org/country/venezuela-rb?view=chart

  78. Gringo says:

    Venezuelans aren’t starving, even though they are going through difficulties.

    Venezuelans report big weight losses in 2017 as hunger hits (Feb 21,2018)

    CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelans reported losing on average 11 kilograms (24 lbs) in body weight last year and almost 90 percent now live in poverty, according to a new university study on the impact of a devastating economic crisis and food shortages.
    Over 60 percent of Venezuelans surveyed said that during the previous three months they had woken up hungry because they did not have enough money to buy food. About a quarter of the population was eating two or less meals a day, the study showed.

    Last year, the three universities found that Venezuelans said they had lost an average of 8 kilograms during 2016. This time, the study’s dozen investigators surveyed 6,168 Venezuelans between the ages of 20 and 65 across the country of 30 million people.

    Most people would term “difficulties” a euphemism for that.

  79. Gringo says:
    @israel shamir

    As can be seen, the claims among Chavez’s critics of a decrease in food production are simply false.

    FAO Stats tell us otherwise. You could find no data beyond 2011? Probably because your information source, the Venezuelan Ministry of Agriculture didn’t want to release embarrassing data.

    Chávez was elected in 2016. FAO Stats inform us that from 1998 to 2016,
    Venezuela’s net per capita Crops (PIN) production has fallen 35.7%.
    Venezuela’s net per capita Cereals, Total production (here corn and rice) has fallen 46.9%.

    Cereals production fell a further 17% in 2017. From 2014-2017, Cereals production in Venezuela fell 59%.

    Cereals, total production, metric tons
    2014 3,597,762
    2015 2,294,532
    2016 1,782,326
    2017 1,475,140

    “Claims among Chavez’s critics of a decrease in food production are simply false ?” As they say in Venezuela, “Dime otro de vaqueros.” Tell me another cowboy story. Tell me another fish tale.

    FAO Stats:Production Indices
    Net per capita Production Index Number (2004-2006 = 100)
    Cereals,Total
    Crops (PIN)

    http://www.fao.org/faostat/en/#country/236 Cereals production 2014-2017

  80. snag says:

    Oh give me a break,

    … who was starving Cuba or Soviet Block nations? I was growing up there, during ’50’s and ’60’ there were an empty shelves in the in food stores that’s all you could buy it was a bread that tasted like sawdust, salt and vinegar but there was never any shortage of cheap wine and the lowest quality of vodka so the people could get drunk and forget about it. Curiously it was hard to buy potatoes but never hard to buy a product that was made from them a cheap booze.

    Venezuela can trade with the rest of the world US is not the sole market for them. Commie Soviet Union starved at least 40 million people, commie China more than 70 million during the great leap forward and cultural revolution while Mao’s Jewish advisers* were running that country. There’s no excuse for famine in Venezuela or anywhere.

    Jewish Faces in Chinese Government – Israel Epstein, Sidney Shapiro, Frank Coe, Solomon Adler, Martin Sorrell, Rewi Alley or Sidney Rittenberg. While Simon Wiesenthal was chasing concentration camp’s janitors and clerks a personal adviser to Mao responsible for the starvation and worked to death over 70 million of Chinese people was promoting his book on CNN, giving keynote speeches on universities and nobody asked this monster what he was really doing there.

  81. snag says:

    What about Holodomor, Trotsky, Zinoviev, Kamenev, Kaganowich, Yagoda (Jews) responsible for Holodomor a genocide of 8 – 10 million starved to death Ukrainian farm land owners during one winter 1932/33, (compare withe cost and an efficiency with German) a whole segment of society murdered because for who they were which according to their own formula constitutes holocaust.

    Far away from US and created by commies not USA.

  82. Canuky says:

    Another Safari for the franco-british colony Kanada:

    ”After being criticized for its China policy, the Liberals have been widely praised for their regime change efforts in Venezuela.

    {…}

    CIC’s post “Lima Group” meeting forum was co-sponsored with the Canadian Council of the Americas, which is led by Kinross, Kinross, ScotiaBank, KPMG and SNC Lavalin.”
    </b>
    “The Liberals drive for regime change in Venezuela to mask other foreign-policy problem is reminiscent of Stephen Harper’s push to bomb Libya.”


    After Moammar Gaddafi was savagely killed, “Prime Minister Stephen Harper [Colombia’s Uribe best friend] told the 300 military personnel brought in from four bases:”

    “We are celebrating a great military success.” “

    Mainstream Media Boosts Trudeau’s Popularity over Venezuela

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/mainstream-media-boosts-trudeaus-popularity-over-venezuela/5668607

  83. Gringo says:
    @israel shamir

    According to numbers from Venezuela’s Ministry of Agriculture, after relatively stagnant food production throughout the 1990s, from 2003 to 2011 milk production increased by 230 percent, beef production by 19 percent, chicken by 60 percent, rice by 25 percent, corn by 116 percent, and beans by 320 percent.

    While some of that data was accurate in 2011, none of the above data accurately depicts current agricultural production in Venezuela.

    [MORE]

    Milk, whole fresh cow, metric tons
    1998 1,484,877
    2003 1,238,470
    2011 2,475,789
    2017 1,800,000

    Meat, cattle,metric tons
    1998 407,601
    2003 435,181
    2011 488,653
    2017 432,000

    Meat, chicken,metric tons
    1998 522,091
    2003 675,541
    2011 1,164,129
    2017 600,000

    Rice, paddy, metric tons
    1998 701,168
    2003 678,890
    2011 1,018,258
    2017 405,000

    Maize, metric tons
    1998 983,121
    2003 1,823,237
    2011 2,033,934
    2017 1,050,000

    Beans, dry
    1998 31,141
    2003 28,158
    2009 64,946
    2011 42,651
    2017 24,098

    Perhaps it wasn’t too wise to rely on a six year old article from Venezuelanalysis, a Chavista propaganda sheet. Chris Carlson, the author of the Venezuelanalysis article you cited, left the employ of Venezuelanalysis in 2013. He is currently a grad student at CUNY. I suggest you do a search on his articles from 2018. He is no longer a Chavista tool.

    FAO Stat Production: Livestock, primary

    FAO Stat Production: Crops

    • Replies: @Gringo
  84. Gringo says:
    @Gringo

    A Chris Carlson article from 2018. Now that Chavismo no longer pays him, he is no longer a Chavista tool

    https://www.opendemocracy.net/democraciaabierta/chris-carlson/crisis-in-venezuela-and-its-lessons-for-left

  85. tac says:
    @renfro

    Imagine this psychopath’s ((Elliot Abrams’)) mindset to be instrumental in the cover-up–all the while holding up the holocau$$$t card in peoples’ faces of unspeakable brutality against his tribe–of unspeakable atrocities by his sponsored and paid for Kaibiles–especially that of small children–that this vile creature still walks and is somehow in charge of ‘humanitarian’ mission in Venezuela now:

    In October 1982, guerrillas ambushed an army convoy near Palestina, in the vicinity of Dos Erres. They killed 21 soldiers and took 19 rifles. On 4 December, a contingent of 58 Kaibiles (the elite special forces commandos of the Guatemalan Army) was flown into the area. The following day, they received orders to disguise themselves as guerrillas, deploy to Dos Erres and kill the inhabitants, who were considered guerrilla sympathizers. Dressed as guerrillas, the Kaibiles arrived in the hamlet at 02:30 hrs on 6 December. They forced the inhabitants out of their homes, corralling the men in the schoolhouse and the women and children in the hamlet’s two churches. A subsequent search uncovered no sign of weapons or guerrilla propaganda. At 06:00, officers consulted superiors by radio, then informed the commandos they would be “vaccinating” the inhabitants after breakfast.[1]

    In the early afternoon, the Kaibiles separated out the children, and began killing them. They bashed the smallest children’s heads against walls and trees, and killed the older ones with hammer blows to the head. Their bodies were dumped in a well. Next, the commandos interrogated the men and women one by one, then shot or bashed them with the hammer, and dumped them in the well. They raped women and girls, and ripped the fetuses out of pregnant women. The massacre continued throughout 7 December. On the morning of 8 December, as the Kaibiles were preparing to leave, another 15 persons, among them children, arrived in the hamlet. With the well already full, they took the newcomers to a location half an hour away, then shot all but two of them. They kept two teenage girls for the next few days, raping them repeatedly and finally strangling them.

    https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmXoypizjW3WknFiJnKLwHCnL72vedxjQkDDP1mXWo6uco/wiki/Dos_Erres_massacre.html

    http://www.ghrc-usa.org/our-work/important-cases/dos-erres-massacre/

    Trump’s man to handle Venezuela crisis was convicted in Iran-Contra affair and fought to cover-up worst massacre in recent Latin American history

    The fact that Elliot Abrams has been appointed as special envoy to Venezuela by the Trump administration completely invalidates the US government’s Venezuela narrative all by itself

  86. tac says:
    @Zumbuddi

    AOC spoke up for Ilhan Omar without ONCE EVER mentioning ((AIPAC or its other vestiges))–if you even want to hear from me. Is that support or a whitewashed version of one???

    https://ntknetwork.com/aoc-on-omars-anti-semitic-tweet-im-proud/

  87. Wally says:
    @Spanish

    said:
    “Why is it exactly that when Europeans are the explicitly targeted group that the evidence becomes “a conspiracy”

    Because Jews have targeted Euro-white gentiles for elimination, extermination. Jews will say anyhing to discredit them, i.e.: the fake & impossible “holocaust”

    Relying on Zionist controlled Wikipedia is not the way to go for anything which Jews have a special interest in promoting. It’s rather like asking the wolf to guard the chicken coop.

    How Israel and Its Partisans Work to Censor the Internet
    http://www.unz.com/article/how-israel-and-its-partisans-work-to-censor-the-internet/?highlight=wikipedia

    Zionist Wikipedia Editing Course
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/139189

  88. Wally says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    LOL
    What “record” is that?

    If true, those allegedly distributing such blankets would have been infected as well.
    Europeans had no resistance to small pox.

    The entire ‘small pox blankets’ claim is fraudulent, absurd.

  89. Wally says:
    @APilgrim

    No doubt some behaved better, were smarter than the rest.
    There are always exceptions to rules.

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  90. Wally says:
    @APilgrim

    According to you then, Europeans in N. & S. America were all smallpox survivors.
    LOL
    How did that work?

    According to you then, Europeans in N. & S. America were all inoculated for cowpox. LOL
    How did that work?

    When & where did the English supposedly use “biological warfare”? … and against who?
    I’m waiting.

    You have no idea what you’re talking about, you are claiming the impossible, but your mind is made up anyway. You’re what’s called a faithful True Believer. LOL

    Poor lad, deal with your ignorance.

  91. @Wally

    Didn’t Native Americans come from all over Asia originally? Aren’t Apache supposed to be some relatively new arrival compared the first bunch?

    Are all Native Americans from one part of Siberia or do they come from all over the place?

    • Replies: @Wally
  92. @Anatoly Karlin

    Lenin and Stalin would win. This is the reason they are hated, not some mythical massacres.

    • Replies: @Mike P
  93. RVBlake says:
    @APilgrim

    Indian witnesses claim that some soldiers shot themselves, but I have never read any account of Custer killing himself.

  94. Anon[346] • Disclaimer says:
    @Verymuchalive

    “Venezuelans aren’t starving, even though they are going through difficulties. The biggest noise is made by the wealthy, as always.“

    He can’t have spoken ti many venezueleans, whatever his “sources” are. Mr Shamir will defend any leftist apparently.

    That’s why it’s a piece against the US gov. But even if the US intervention in LatAm has always been self-serving and often abusive, two wrongs don’t make a right. Chavez had a lot of support at the beginning, Maduro is hated. If I were techie, I’d upload the videos of empty pharmacies and women scavenging through trash for food.

    Of course Guaidó, a 35 yr old unkbown, but personable and a good speaker, is a manufactured candidate. Funnily enough from a far left background/party. That should please Mr Shamir.

    • Replies: @yurivku
  95. @Wally

    Please tell us how the Europeans who allegedly gave ‘Indians’ infected blankets were not infected themselves. They had no resistance to small pox.

    Actually, the mere fact that Europeans and Asians had been husbanding cattle for millennia had conferred varying levels of resistance to smallpox that native Americans inherently lacked. That’s why it was common for Europeans to survive smallpox, and for some Europeans to be exposed but not develop the disease at all. In either case, once a person’s immune system had been exposed to the disease or to cowpox (recall Jenner’s observation that milk maids seemed immune to the disease), that person was thereafter immune.

    • Replies: @Mike P
    , @Wally
  96. Mike P says:
    @Andrew E. Mathis

    Actually, the mere fact that Europeans and Asians had been husbanding cattle for millennia had conferred varying levels of resistance to smallpox that native Americans inherently lacked.

    Exposure to cowpox does afford cross-immunity to smallpox, but this only applies only to those in immediate contact with infected cattle.

    People who contract smallpox obviously have no immunity; but with Europeans and Asians, even among those infected with smallpox only about 25% succumbed. That was most likely simply the result of natural selection, since smallpox epidemics had been common throughout known history. (And I suspect something similar applies to alcohol addiction – alcohol use had been common in Europe and Asia for a long time.)

    • Replies: @Andrew E. Mathis
  97. Mike P says:
    @Israel Shamir

    Lenin and Stalin would win. This is the reason they are hated, not some mythical massacres.

    You recently wrote about the death toll of the GULAG camps. What is your take on the famine in Ukraine in the early 1930s?

  98. APilgrim says:

    Smallpox vaccine, the first successful vaccine to be developed, was introduced by Edward Jenner in 1796. He followed up his observation that milkmaids who had previously caught cowpox did not later catch smallpox by showing that inoculated cowpox protected against inoculated smallpox.

  99. APilgrim says:

    ‘Wally’ is a God Damned Liar, fool, and a dumbass troll.

    ‘Wally’ never convinces anybody of anything.

    I will probably block ‘Wally’ in a few days.

  100. APilgrim says:

    Most Colonial Americans had a milk cow, horses and other livestock.

    Cow Pox, Horse Pox and the like, were common back in those days.

    Colonials who survived smallpox, thereafter had a lifetime immunity. They may have had hideous scars from their illness; but they would never catch it again.

  101. APilgrim says:

    The chain of events behind the one authentic case of deliberate smallpox contamination began in 1757 at the siege of Fort William Henry (in present-day upstate New York), when Indians allied with the French ignored the terms of a surrender worked out between the British and the French, broke into the garrison hospital and killed and scalped a number of patients, some of them suffering from smallpox. The blankets and clothing the Indians looted from the patients in the hospital and corpses in the cemetery, carried back to their villages, reportedly touched off a smallpox epidemic.

    The French lost the war and left their Indian allies holding the bag, and in 1763 Chief Pontiac and his colleagues sparked an uprising against English settlers in the Great Lakes region that had Lord Jeffery Amherst and the British forces close to despair. The Indians destroyed several of the smaller British forts, but Fort Pitt (present-day Pittsburgh, Pa.) held out under the command of Captain Simeon Ecuyer, a 22-year veteran Swiss mercenary in the British service. Ecuyer, whose native language was French, also spoke German, the predominant language of his native Switzerland; the British had retained him because many settlers in Pennsylvania also spoke German. Smallpox had broken out among the British garrison, and during a parley on June 24, 1763, Ecuyer gave besieging Lenape warriors several items taken from smallpox patients. “We gave them two blankets and a handkerchief out of the smallpox hospital,” Captain William Trent of the garrison militia wrote in his journal. “I hope it will have the desired effect.”

    Smallpox did break out among the Indian tribes whose warriors were besieging the fort—19th-century historian Francis Parkman estimated that 60 to 80 Indians in the Ohio Valley died in a localized epidemic. But no one is sure whether the smallpox was carried by Ecuyer’s infected blankets or by the clothing Indian warriors had stolen from the estimated 2,000 outlying settlers they had killed or abducted. Ecuyer’s attempt to spread smallpox among the hostile Indians was in no way disapproved. While Colonel Henry Bouquet was preparing to lead a British expedition to relieve Fort Pitt, Amherst sent him a note on June 29: “Could it not be contrived to send the smallpox among the disaffected tribes of Indians? We must on this occasion use every stratagem in our power to reduce them.” Bouquet, another Franco-Swiss mercenary recruited because he spoke German, wrote back on June 13, “I will try to inoculate the bastards with some blankets that may fall into their hands, and take care not to get the disease myself.” Amherst replied on July 16, advocating exposure to smallpox “by means of blankets, as well as every other method that can serve to extirpate this execrable race.”

    https://www.historynet.com/smallpox-in-the-blankets.htmhttps://www.history.org/foundation/journal/spring04/warfare.cfm

  102. @Mike P

    Just to be clear. Those with smallpox only have immunity to subsequent infection with the disease. If I was unclear on this point, that’s on me.

    • Replies: @Mike P
  103. Mike P says:
    @Andrew E. Mathis

    Those with smallpox only have immunity to subsequent infection with the disease.

    That is correct. The point I took issue with was that you invoked cowpox to explain the protection of Europeans from smallpox. Cowpox indeed induces cross-immunity, but this only applies to those few who actually get infected by direct contact with infected cattle. Unlike smallpox, cowpox does not spread from man to man directly (or at least not in a pervasive manner, but maybe you can dig up some occasional cases of such transmission). Most smallpox survivors thus had no immunity of any kind prior to the disease, but survived regardless. This was likely due to long-standing selection.

  104. @bomag

    But Iraq is still a shadow of the strong and prosperous state it was once. Their best minds now work as taxi drivers in Europe, or as ISIS henchmen. The country remains in ruins.

    • Replies: @bomag
  105. @APilgrim

    When Maduro tried to stop smuggling, there was a vicious campaign in Western media supporting smugglers or denying influence of smuggling. This is surely a big problem. Post-Soviet Russia solved it in 1991 by removing all subsidies; the prices went up tenfold, smuggling stopped, but people suffered immensely.
    And yes, Communists could solve it and they did it in 1920 – by shooting smugglers and black marketeers.

    • Replies: @Gringo
  106. @APilgrim

    Horror story and a myth.

    • Replies: @APilgrim
  107. @Johnny Smoggins

    Cubans are of the best fighters in the world. They beat South African Army in Angola.

    • Replies: @Wally
  108. @therevolutionwas

    Tax the rich worked fine – Sweden was in excellent shape with 104% tax for the rich.

    • Replies: @snag
  109. @Che Guava

    Dear Che,
    far from being drunk, this is my pet idea! Read it here http://www.unz.com/ishamir/the-tyranny-of-liberalism/

  110. Steve P says:
    @Verymuchalive

    indeed netanyahu is the hitler of the 21st century as are those who support the jews’ genocide for eretz israel and the massacre and mass starvation of those who oppose it. Yemen, Venezuela, (rightly saying) damn israel are cases in point. Notice the countries and people that back israel are all genocidists. France in revolt against the genocidist Macronists an exception. There the people oppose rhe genocide whole the macronists, media and jewish suprenecists of France support it and criminalize opposition to it.

  111. Gringo says:
    @israel shamir

    When Maduro tried to stop smuggling,

    Maduro tried to stop smuggling? Do tell. DOCUMENT IT, and I don’t mean some bullshit article from Chavista propaganda sheet Venezuelanalysis. From what I recall, the Chavista campaigns against smuggling have consisted of occasional campaigns of smuggling arrests. Nothing changes after the arrest campaigns. This follows in the traditional Latin American policing method of occasional campaigns to arrest “the usual suspects,” followed by traditional inactivity.

    Smuggling is a consequence of price controls. When gasoline in Venezuela is sold at the pump for pennies US per gallon, and gasoline is sold in countries bordering Venezuela at $2-$4 per gallon, there is a big incentive for smuggling.

    Moreover, high-level officials in the Army and National Guard pocket big amounts of bribe money for looking the other way at smuggling. Maduro is not likely to crack down on those officers pocketing those bribes, because he needs their support to stay in office. The officers are going to continue to support Maduro, because they know that if Chavismo is no longer in control. they are facing long terms in jail for corruption.

    If gasoline at the pump in Venezuela were sold at international prices, in the range of $2-$4 per gallon or more, gasoline smuggling would stop. Even $1/gallon at the pump would discourage smuggling, given the cost of transport. If Maduro REALLY wanted to stop gasoline smuggling, he would raise the price of gasoline at the pump to international prices. The giveaway price of gasoline in Venezuela is a subsidy for the better-off, as most people don’t own automobiles.

    there was a vicious campaign in Western media supporting smugglers or denying influence of smuggling…
    Vicious campaign? Do tell. DOCUMENT IT, and I don’t mean some bullshit article from Chavista propaganda sheet Venezuelanalysis.

    • Replies: @snag
  112. snag says:

    Leave the people alone, don’t steal from them and don’t blame America, they’re going to take care of themselves and their children, trust me.

  113. snag says:
    @israel shamir

    These days my retired friend in Sweden have a hard time to make the ambulance to pick him from his apartment and take to an emergency room. In the ER in hospital isn’t much better.

  114. Wally says:
    @israel shamir

    They did?

    “Best in the world” … LOL

    • Replies: @Andrew E. Mathis
  115. APilgrim says:
    @israel shamir

    GFY

    Links are supplied.

    GFY x 1,000

  116. @israel shamir

    Outwardly it might look like Russia definitely got better, but… everything that was making the foundation of the Soviet people lives was lost. Education far worse and not free anymore and so is healthcare. No confidence in tomorrow. Place to live is not free anymore but exactly like in the west racket and life long slavery. There is no firm foundation in life. Today things can get better and then much worse, like in all capitalistic country. And the most important. Life in the Soviet union was getting steadily better for all. It was obvious. Were USSR still here we wou look d have lived far better than anybody else. Of that I have no doubt. I would also add ty h as y variety of products in stores never was my priority. There is also other important things that cannot be calculated. But let’s also say that under Soviet power Russian population was,steadily growing and now it is steadily shrinking like in all capitalistic countries.

  117. JamesinNM says:
    @Verymuchalive

    Read the Saker’s interview with economist Michael Hudson on UNZ web site. The globalists are the culprits who have destroyed Venezuela. Hopefully China and Russia will intervene, maybe create a nice pot of GuaiBorscht.

  118. Wally says:
    @Andrew E. Mathis

    Yep, that explains the smallpox epidemics that Europeans endured.

  119. Wally says:
    @jeff stryker

    Are you asking or telling me?

    IOW, you’re saying they are not “native Americans”.

    Which is well known:

    Stone-age Europeans were the first to set foot on North America, beating American Indians by some 10,000 years, new archaeological evidence
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/9110838/Stone-age-Europeans-were-the-first-to-set-foot-on-North-America.html

  120. Jumpfish says:

    Why would Maduro tame the oligarchs or drain the swamp? He acts the “wealthy scum” he reviles while his nation plummets…oh, sorry – I mean “undergoes difficulties.”

    https://www.businessinsider.com/nicolas-maduro-ate-steak-at-salt-bae-restaurant-venezuela-starves-2018-9

  121. B. S. says:

    Canada’s Ugly Role in the US-led Coup in Venezuela

    ”In recent years Canada channelled millions of dollars to opposition groups in Venezuela”

    Miss Ukraine, “Freeland spoke with Juan Guaido to congratulate him on unifying opposition forces in Venezuela”

    ”Canadian officials are lobbying European leaders to recognize Guaido as president as well.”

    ”Since its August 2017 founding Canada has been one of the most active members of the “Lima Group” of governments opposed to Venezuela’s elected government. Canada is hosting the next meeting of the “Lima Group”.

    Miss Ukraine ”Freeland has repeatedly prodded Caribbean and Central American countries to join the Lima Group’s anti-Maduro efforts.”

    https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/canada-us-coup-venezuela

  122. @Svigor

    It was Lord Amherst that did such bio warfare with pox blankets in Canada, in yankeedoodlestan, they also committed these crimes. Canada also starved people into submission. Sir John A MacDonald used such tactics to remove nations into reserves promising food, then starved them again.

  123. It’s a shame this phrase was included “Jews, being Jews, make it one better”. The Venezuelan situation is abhorret in every way. Gustavo Petro, the leader of the Colombian opposition has issued a related international communique (see https://medium.com/@guillermo.calvo.mahe/international-communique-from-the-leader-of-the-colombian-opposition-concerning-venezuela-b033faefb582). But the phrase unnecessarily deprives the article of the credibility it deserves.

    • Replies: @Gringo
  124. Gringo says:
    @Guillermo Calvo Mahé

    Gustavo Petro, the leader of the Colombian opposition has issued a related international communique..
    When it comes to discussing Venezuela, Gustavo Petro doesn’t exactly have a stellar record. In 2016, Gustavo Petro tweeted about visiting a grocery store in Caracas that had well-stocked shelves, to indicate that news stories about empty grocery shelves in Venezuela were false. Gustavo Petro on Twitter 5 March 2016.

    Entre a un supermercado en Caracas y Miren lo que encontré? Me habrá engañado RCN?

    Tr.: I entered a supermarket in Caracas and look what I found. RCN must have been fooling me? (RCN is a Colombian TV network)

    If you click on the far left photo of that tweet to enlarge the photo, at the back of the photo you can see the name of the store- Aponte. From a Bing search, we find out that Aponte supermarkets are in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Not a photos of a Caracas grocery store, at all.
    Bing Search: “supermercado aponte”

    If you wish to believe that Gustavo Petro, having posted a blatant lie about well-stocked grocery shelves in Caracas, is a credible source for opinion on Venezuela, that is your choice.

  125. A good article, but it sure could have used some editing for grammar and awkwardness.

  126. Wow at the propaganda in the comments, the lunatic “left” has Russiagate, the lunatic right has commiegate! Red scare is alive and well on Unz. Good work CIA!

    Great article Mr. Shamir. Leave it to the Centcom sock puppets and Wall St apologists to blame Venezuelans for US capitalist policy. Same as the killing of the bison to drive the Native Americans off their land and onto reservations. Military commanders ordered soldiers to shoot all the bison they could. There is a pattern, same behavior time and time again, if it were an isolated accusation, the shills like Wally might be able to deny it, but this has been the play book over and over again, proven many times. Biological warfare was no doubt used, the elite have no morals. CIA has tested biological weapons on American citizens as well as foreigners, the evidence is everywhere if you want to look. Shill Wally just like spamming with his worn out nonsense. Its comical.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-admits-bio-weapons-tests/

    http://listverse.com/2017/06/01/top-10-us-government-experiments-done-on-its-own-citizens/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unethical_human_experimentation_in_the_United_States

    https://priceonomics.com/how-the-us-government-tested-biological-warfare-on/

    Abby Martin at RT/Telesur has covered the “starving” Venezuelan thing for a long time. Theres no more starvation happening in Ven. than there is in capitalist America, and certainly nothing like Yemen which is also under US/Saudi blockade and sanctions. Its propaganda. Its sabotage by the elites that own the stores and warehouses that want Maduro gone so they and their Wall St masters can plunder the countries resources. That is the cause of the shortages. Anyone still denying this after all of the evidence and past actions all over the world s just a shill or extremely ignorant.

    John Pilger The War On Democracy
    http://johnpilger.com/videos/the-war-on-democracy



    • Replies: @Gringo
  127. “The blankets had been previously used by smallpox patients… Probably you haven’t heard of this chapter of your history…”

    On the contrary, we’ve been pummeled with it ad nauseam. The pummelers all seem to carefully avoid discussing the fact that every one of these incidents, real or apocryphal, happened under the aegis of the BRITISH military.

  128. Gringo says:
    @redmudhooch

    Theres no more starvation happening in Ven. than there is in capitalist America….Its sabotage by the elites that own the stores and warehouses.

    While your ideology may say so, the facts say otherwise. Because of the drop in the price of oil, and Maduro’s decision to pay off Venezuela’s creditors, imports- and food imports- have dropped drastically since 2013. Moreover, agricultural production has dropped since 2013. Lower domestic production coupled with lower imports means that Venezuela has been confronting a food supply crisis that has nothing to do with alleged hoards of food in mythical warehouses.

    From 2013 t0 2017, Venezuelan imports fell from $44.5 billion to $9.1 billion.
    From 2013 to 2017, Venezuelan Animal Products imports fell from $3.93 billion to $299 million.
    From 2013 to 2017, Venezuelan Foodstuffs imports fell from $2.56 billion to $773 million.
    From 2013 to 2017, Venezuelan Vegetable Products imports fell from $2.34 billion to $1.05 billion.
    From 2013 to 2017, Venezuelan imports of Corn fell from $791 million to $377 million.
    From 2013 to 2017, Venezuelan imports of Rice fell from $356 million to $167 million.

    From 2013 to 2017, Venezuelan production of Corn (Maize ) fell 57.3%, from 2,457,263 to 1,050,000 metric tons.
    From 2013 to 2017, Venezuelan production of Rice (Rice, paddy) fell 62.6%, from 1,084,012 to 405,000 metric tons.

    Fom 2013 to 2017, Venezuelan of poultry meat (FAO term) fell 92.4%, from $666 to $50.6 million.
    From 2013 to 2017, Venezuelan production of chicken meat fell 34.4%, from 915,385 to 600,000 metric tons.

    Lower food imports since 2013 combined with lower domestic production since 2013 mean that the food supply crisis in Venezuela is very real.

    As the FAO has food supply with import/domestic production percentages parts of domestic supply, one could come up with a rough estimate of change of domestic supply for various items from 2013 to 2017.

    https://atlas.media.mit.edu/en/visualize/tree_map/hs92/import/ven/all/show/2017/
    https://atlas.media.mit.edu/en/visualize/tree_map/hs92/import/ven/all/show/2013/
    http://www.fao.org/faostat/en/#data/QC FAO Stats Production Quantity

  129. bomag says:
    @israel shamir

    Okay, but how much of this would have happened anyway? They were well poised to be another Syria or Venezuela.

  130. Ahoy says:

    It is strange how the MSM see hunger in Venezouela and they are completely blind when it comes to homeless and hungry Americans. It is the Dept Economy stupid.

    The private FED owns all the banks in the West and these countries live on rental. Any country that resists is getting bombed to smitherins and its wealth with the bank comes under the fold of the FED. Iraq, Libya are good examples. In Syria the game is still on.

    A big question is Russia. When the Mega New York banker Schiff sent over Trotsky to kill the Tsar the agreement was to hand over the Bank of Russia for 100 years. This agreement has expired and we have heard nothing from Putin as to the new conditions. Has the agreement been renewed? Has the Bank been returned to Russia? Absolute silence.

    Venezouela in its effort to be a sovereign nation with its own Bank and master of its wealth, has been in the crosshair of the money master and all the noise about democracy and hunger is a lot of bs that always comes before bombing.

  131. APilgrim says:

    In a surprise move …

    Russia’s Gazprombank freezes accounts of Venezuela’s PDVSA: source, Reporting by Tatiana Voronova; Writing by Katya Golubkova; Editing by Christian Lowe and Mark Potter, MOSCOW (Reuters), BUSINESS NEWS, FEBRUARY 17, 2019 / 5:27 AM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO, https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-gazprombank/russias-gazprombank-freezes-accounts-of-venezuelas-pdvsa-source-idUSKCN1Q60BK?il=0

    Russian lender Gazprombank has decided to freeze the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm. Gazprombank is Russia’s third biggest lender by assets and includes among its shareholders Russian state gas company Gazprom. The bank has held PDVSA accounts for several years. In 2013, PDVSA said it signed a deal with Gazprombank for $1 billion in financing for the Petrozamora company. The source said that Petrozamora accounts were frozen, too.

    Reuters reported this month that PDVSA was telling customers of its joint ventures to deposit oil sales proceeds in its Gazprombank accounts, according to sources and an internal document, in a move to try to sideline fresh U.S. sanctions on PDVSA.

    • Replies: @yurivku
  132. APilgrim says:

    Looks like ‘Nick’ Maduro is running short of friends.

    … Foreign & Domestic …

    Ain’t that a shame?

  133. joe webb says:

    This is one of those articles which after, reading , you know less than when you started.

    For example, since Shamir, as a communist, an old communist, not au Courant with the new Intersectionality which at least includes Race, something the old commies are against, at least he could have provided an overview of what Venezuela’s economy is all about, besides oil.

    He could have talked about manufactures, if any, agriculture, if any, commerce in general, retail, wholesale, imports, exports, etc.

    But Nope, it its just the Collossus of the North, Yanqui Imperialism, etc. What about all those Cubans bringing their special skills to help out, Cuban guns, and especially a racial breakdown of V.

    My scattered attempts to ascertain these demographics is not great, but it looks like Whites are somewhere around one quarter of the population, maybe less.

    That is a recipe for disaster. Costa Rica claims something like 70% White, and is doing ok economically. No oil I guess.

    —– By the way, speaking of Injuns, the Stone Age Folks, staggering along the Trail of Tears, brought their black slaves with them.

    Joe Webb

  134. yurivku says:
    @Anon

    If I were techie, I’d upload the videos of empty pharmacies and women scavenging through trash for food.

    If you were smart you’d understood that the cause for that is US/West sanctions.
    But unfortunately you weren’t…

  135. yurivku says:
    @APilgrim

    Russian lender Gazprombank has decided to freeze the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm. Gazprombank is Russia’s third biggest lender by assets and includes among its shareholders Russian state gas company Gazprom.

    fake news as always

    • Replies: @APilgrim
  136. yurivku says:
    @APilgrim

    “fake news”? Tell it to Reuters, Aljazeera, Yahoo, Moscow Times … Links provided.

    Your MSM always lie, even trump knows it

    http://parstoday.com/ru/news/world-i98683

    http://en.angi.ru/news/3601-PDVSA%20denies%20reports%20on%20Gazprombank%20%27freezing%27%20company%92s%20accounts/

    Tell me more about Skripals and Assad gassing his people, MSM wrote alot about these…

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