Sunday, 9 April 2017

Venezuela auf Deutsch schon wieder

Gestern hat Maduro wieder einige Sachen gesagt, die uns Venezolaner schon seit 1999 vertraut sind, die aber die deutschen Journalisten kaum übermitteln, wenn sie über mein Land sprechen.

Es ärgert mich zutiefst, wenn selbst die Sender ZDF und ARD, für die jedes Haushalt etwa 17 Euro Gebühren zahlen muß, die Positionen in Venezuela fast mit dem selben Wortschatz ausdrücken, die Maduro verwendet: sie sprechen ständig über die Opposition als Konservativen und die Regierung als Sozialisten. Das wäre, als ob man die Sprache der Linken benutzen würde, um alle außer ihnen zu beschreiben.

Erstens müssen wir klar stellen: die Opposition, die schon im Jahr 2015 die klare Mehrheit der Stimmen erhielt, besteht aus vielen Parteien. Nur eine bedeutende Partei, Primero de Justicia, ist etwas, was eher den Christdemokraten entspricht. Die meisten der anderen Parteien - und ja, wir haben niederländische Verhältnisse, was Parteizersplitterung anbelangt- sind Sozialdemokraten oder noch etwas links davon. Wenn man darüber hinaus die Stellung der Regierung zur Schuldentillgung oder Militärausgaben versus Geld für Gesundheit oder Bildung analysiert - kein deutscher Journalist scheint dazu Zeit zu haben- wird man Schwierigkeiten haben, die Regierung Maduros irgendwie mit dem Begriffvon Sozial in Verbindung zu bringen.

"Wenn eine Regierung von rechts die politische Macht nehmen würd, würden wir sie mit der bürgerlich-militären Macht wegputschen und wir würden die Revolution radikalisieren".

"Selbst eine Regierung, die durch manipulierte Wahlen wie die von 2015 an die Macht kommen würde, würde in einer Woche (gestürzt werden), denn dieses Volk würde rebellieren, wenn so eine Regierung mit ihrem Wirtschaftsprogramm kommen würde".
Die Opposition hat Ende 2015 trotzt allerlei Schikanen durch Regierung und Militärs eine klare Mehrheit erhalten, auch wenn seitdem die Nationalversammlung de facto fast völlig entmachtet ist.

Es wäre schön, wenn deutsche Journalisten unsere Lage ein bisschen besser erklären würden. Ich bin mir dessen bewusst, daß Venezuela in Deutschland nicht dasselbe Interesse erweckt als Russland oder Syrien, Ägypten oder viele anderen Länder, aber das Land verdient eine bessere Analyse als die, die sie jetzt von deutschen Medien hat.

Zur Zeit wird die Regierung Maduros alles unternehmen, um viele Regionalparteien verschwinden zu lassen und Schlüßelfiguren der Opposition hinter Gitter zu bringen - viele sind schon da-. Davon wird die deutsche Presse wahrscheinlich nichts berichten, sondern schon wieder was von "Konservativen haben in Venezuela x% der Stimmen erzielt und Sozialisten y und es gibt Proteste". Oder irre ich mich nun?

Venezuela, infinitesimal calculus and dictatorship

I have come to believe one of the strategies used by the Chavista regime is to let people get used to Venezuela sinking in chaos.
Both Venezuelan opposition people and journalists have been saying Venezuela is becoming a dictatorship since probably 1999.
And the fact it is doing so in slow motion does not make it more real.

Let's see.

Venezuelan in US newspaper

and The Economist in 2016 talks about getting closer to military rule (although, actually, Venezuela had a primarily military-lead government since 1999.

The regime wants the world to get used to it by taking a bit more of freedom now, pretending to give back some of it the next day, collaborating with foreign charlatans who demand dialogue from the opposition even time after time and freeing some token opposition member while jailing two more.

Those who want freedom for Venezuela need to think how to break this trend. How to prevent people from accepting further abuses by the criminal forces of chavismo.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Venezuela auf Deutsch, ARD berichtet

Ein Freund hat mich auf eine Sendung des deutschen Fernsehens zu Venezuela aufmerksam gemacht.
Sie wird heute Sonntag um 19:20 ausgestrahlt.

Also, Leute:

SO / 19:20 / DAS ERSTE

Thursday, 12 January 2017

The most preposterous attacks from a Thug's State

It is quite amazing to see how the world doesn't react to this:

SEBIN, the Chavista secret police, detained opposition member Rodolfo González accusing him of having explosives and weapons in preparation for a coup. González was found dead in his jail in 2015...apparently he hanged himself.

August 2016
SEBIN claimed to have caught opposition leaders Yon Goichochea and Carlos Melo with explosives. Yon is recepient of the Milton Friedman prize.

January 2016

SEBIN detained National Assembly deputy Gílber Caro stating he was carrying explosives. It did the same with councilmen Jorge Luis González of the Primero de Justicia party and Roniel Farías of Popular Will in the Bolívar state.

The regime also put Baduel back in jail and it is running a mock investigation to neutralize Capriles, governor in the state of Miranda.

Who on Earth do they want to convince that opposition leaders - not just minor figures - are carrying around explosives?

I wonder what Chavismo's fans in Europe, people like Wagenknecht in Germany 
She wants people to recognise Erdogan is a dictator but won't say the same thing about Maduro because he is "lefty"

You just have to read in El País how he was financed by Chavismo for so long and how often he appeared in Venezuela's State media to tell Venezuelans how much better they had it than Spaniards

and Pablo Iglesias in Spain have to say about this.

There are over a hundred political prisoners in Venezuela now.

The minister of Interior in Venezuela is Néstor Reverol, a military indicted in a US court for drug trafficking.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Making the impossible in Venezuela

Lots of Venezuelans have been trying to get rid of a damaging regime since at least 1999. Time after time efforts failed.  Lots of opportunities were lost because the democratic forces let corrupt or undemocratic people take the lead or because there was no union or planning. Sometimes we were let down by countries we helped in the past. The longest oil price boom we saw in the last few decades enabled Chavismo to consolidate power until division of powers was completely over and the judiciary and electoral authorities became complete tools of the regime.

Now people are desperate but they are also tired. Probably up to two million Venezuelans have emigrated in the last decade...many were among the best qualified the country has. And yet we cannot stop. We need to make sure Venezuela does not turn into another Cuba, Somalia or worse.

It won't be easy. It won't be easy because even among those who have always realise what an aberration the Chavista ideas were, even those who saw the criminal or psychotic record of Chavista leaders and the psychological games played do not often recognise some key socioeconomic realities...things like the fact Venezuela was never really wealthy, not in a sustainable way. Most Venezuelans do not have an inkling of what political debates actually are...the closest they have seen are US debates, which are a particular thing.

Let's start. And let's see how some of those ideas can go into the Spanish Venezuelan sphere.

Chavista honchos have a lot to lose. They will do anything even if that involves all kinds of criminal acts in order to remain in power. A lot of people have discussed about the need to pardon these criminals like democratic forces did in South Africa or Chile. The thing is whether we are dealing with people that reason like the autocrats of South Africa and Chile or those of Zimbabwe and Cuba.

We also keep hearing about Chavista criminals who call US intelligence agencies and cut a deal in order to run away before total collapse, confess in the US and leave a life of obscure safety and no more tension. We have seen already dozens of these characters. Leaving the main criminals alone hasn't done so much much to change the game.

I won't go into the "what to do with the criminals" just yet. I am not sure, I have to own up. I do think we need to talk about what we must do now to get them out of power whether there is some "amnesty for criminals" or a stronger stance towards them.

Rodrigo Linares is one of those Venezuelan bloggers who try to be constructive and discuss peaceful resistance. He analysis in his last post the exaggerated optimism of a specific Venezuelan commentator and he briefly mentions at the end we need to target 2018's elections from now on. I do hope he goes into more detail about that...from now on and we are able to get the debate going in our language, Spanish.

Chavista honchos think ahead and have a plan B, C, D up to Z. The Venezuelan opposition leaders have been mostly thinking very short term or, in any case, in a not very clever way.

I believe we need to openly discuss - and explain to the whole world - how Chavistas will block anything, how exactly they will do. We need to be creative and think what Chavistas will produce...and then openly - just as openly as possible - say how those actions can be averted no matter what.

I will go into that in a post this week.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Comeremos Kalashnikov y los rusos manejarán toda nuestra información

El vicepresidente de Rusia y ante todo jefe de la industria militar, Dmitri Rogozin, declaró al diario ruso Kommersant que la fábrica de Kalashnikovs AK-103 en Venezuela, que tanto se había demorado, estará lista para 2019: las máquinas rusas están preparadas, todo está vigilado (sí, vigilado). Lo único que falta es que los venezolanos terminen de construir el edificio. Ya los rusos han elegido cuál será el contructor venezolano. Estas declaraciones se produjern en un encuentro con  Delcy Rodríguez, la ministra chavista para relaciones exteriores, hermana de Jorge Rodríguez, el comunista que controló el Consejo Nacional Electoral por tanto tiempo.

Rogozin también mencionó que Rusia terminará la construcción de dos centros para helicópteros rusos en Venezuela. Uno servirá para el entrenamiento de pilotos y el otro para el mantenimiento. Supongo que con esto tratarán de que no se caigan tantos.

Ahora viene lo mejor: el hombre declaró que Rusia está dispuesta a proporcionar chips para tarjetas bancarias y tarjetas de SIM y para colaborar "en la programación para la defensa contra ciberataques". Repitió la versión del chavismo: los bancos venezuela habrían sido víctimas hace poco de un ataque de hackers y - esto lo dice en primera persona del plural- "lo enfrentamos y vencimos". Por supuesto que esos supuestos ataques solo son una explicación chavista para ocultar que la infraestructura no sirve...y no sirve, entre otras cosas, porque en Venezuela nadie tiene idea de qué cuesta producir algo.

Ahora Rusia está "ofreciendo apoyo informático". Ya sabemos a dónde va a parar eso del software y programadores de Rusia.

Un par de detalles sobre este hombre: hace un tiempo declaró que la venta de Alaska a Estados Unidos no fue realizada de manera limpia y que Rusia tiene derecho a reclamar ese territorio. Rogozin también ha estado permanentemente involucrado en "ayudas" a Transnitria, un satélite ruso en la dividida Moldavia.

Otra de las cositas que dijo: que querría conducir de casa a su trabajo en un tanque GAZ-2975 Tigr para promover la industria rusa. Rogozin es uno de los hombres de Putin que no tiene permitido entrar en Estados Unidos o la Unión Europea. Algunas de las acciones o declaraciones de Rogozin serían clasificadas en un país normal como ultranacionalistas o sencillamente racistas.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

The old pseudo-revolutionary caudillo died. What now?

I do not celebrate or mourn Fidel Castro's death. The Castro dictatorship is still in place and so is the Castro-supported dictatorship in my home country.

I dislike personality cults. All of them. From any orientation. Even for people that impress me. I dislike particularly when people repeat falsehoods without checking out facts.

Even some who admitted that Castro was a dictator would say things like

- well, before Cuba was the US's brothel (and apparently now things are better seems to be the message)
- well, Cuba had big advances in education...look how it compares with the rest of the Caribbean and Central America! Even with the rest of Latin America.

A more nuanced, impartial view of Cuba before the caudillo can be read here.

Let's see what will happen with Cuba now, a nation that stopped being the US's brothel to become the EU's brothel and in the process of becoming an EU-USA brothel. Will Cubans finally be able to gain some dignity and take their country on the road to sustainable development?

The military castes everywhere will be against that.