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Hungry Venezuelans Flee in Boats to Escape Economic Collapse

The dark outlines of land had just come into view when the smuggler forced everyone into the sea.Roymar Bello screamed. She was one of 17 passengers who had climbed onto the overloaded fishing boat with aging motors in July, hoping to escape Venezuela’s economic disaster for a new life on the Caribbean island of Curaçao.Afraid of the authorities, the smuggler refused to land. Ms. Bello said he gruffly ordered her and the others into the water, pointing toward the distant shore. In the panic, she was tossed overboard, tumbling into the predawn blackness.But Ms. Bello could not swim.As she began to sink under the waves, a fellow migrant grabbed her by the hair and towed her toward the island. They washed up on a rocky cliff battered by waves. Bruised and bleeding, they climbed, praying for a lifeline: jobs, money, something to eat.“It was worth the risk,” said Ms. Bello, 30, adding that Venezuelans like her “are going after one thing: food.”

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Posted by on December 7, 2016 in South America

 

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Entre diálogos y protestas, la oposición de Venezuela busca un cambio de gobierno

Este domingo, el gobierno venezolano iniciará un proceso de diálogo con la oposición en la isla de Margarita. Pero este acercamiento ha complicado el panorama para la Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD), la coalición que agrupa a los partidos opositores de Venezuela, que ahora muestra sus divisiones luego de que las autoridades electorales suspendieran la recolección firmas para activar la segunda fase del referendo revocatorio.
Una de las primeras reacciones de la oposición ante esta medida fue convocar a la marcha del 27 de octubre que se llamó la “Toma de Venezuela”. Líderes como Henrique Capriles Radonski y María Corina Machado declararon que no habían sido convocados al diálogo con el gobierno, y que se enteraron de las reuniones por la televisión.

http://www.nytimes.com/es/2016/10/28/entre-dialogos-y-protestas-la-oposicion-de-venezuela-busca-un-cambio-de-gobierno/

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2016 in South America

 

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Venezuelans throng streets of Caracas seeking recall referendum for president 

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans poured on to the streets of Caracas on Thursday to protest against the government of Nicolás Maduro and to demand a recall referendum, despite attempts by police and national guard units to block access to the capital.

Demonstrators came from across the country and crowded the capital’s main avenues. Some were draped in the Venezuelan flag, while others wore white T-shirts as a symbol for peace.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/01/venezuelans-march-caracas-recall-referendum-rally

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2016 in South America

 

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The Oil World in Chaos

Pity the poor petro-states. Once so wealthy from oil sales that they could finance wars, mega-projects, and domestic social peace simultaneously, some of them are now beset by internal strife or are on the brink of collapse as oil prices remain at ruinously low levels. Unlike other countries, which largely finance their governments through taxation, petro-states rely on their oil and natural gas revenues. Russia, for example, obtains about 50% of government income that way; Nigeria, 60%; and Saudi Arabia, a whopping 90%. When oil was selling at $100 per barrel or above, as was the case until 2014, these countries could finance lavish government projects and social welfare operations, ensuring widespread popular support.  Now, with oil below $50 and likely to persist at that level, they find themselves curbing public spending and fending off rising domestic discontent or even incipient revolt.

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176145/tomgram%3A_michael_klare%2C_the_oil_world_in_chaos/

 

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El crepúsculo del chavismo

A mediados de 2014, cuando el presidente Nicolás Maduro había logrado extinguir con una brutal represión la oleada de protestas denominadas #LaSalida, su gobierno comenzó a discutir un programa de ajustes para remediar la crisis económica que ya era imposible negar. Pese a los nubarrones, el petróleo estaba a 90 dólares por barril. Se flexibilizarían el control cambiario y los controles de precios y se revisarían las leyes laborales.

Había todavía margen de maniobra.

El plan había sido preparado por economistas competentes. No representaba un verdadero cambio de modelo, ni una panacea. Pero hubiese aliviado algunas de las aristas más dañinas de la crisis y podía haber sido el principio de un nuevo de rumbo.

http://prodavinci.com/blogs/el-crepusculo-del-chavismo-por-boris-munoz-3/

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2016 in South America

 

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Dying Infants and No Medicine: Inside Venezuela’s Failing Hospitals

By morning, three newborns were already dead.

The day had begun with the usual hazards: chronic shortages of antibiotics, intravenous solutions, even food. Then a blackout swept over the city, shutting down the respirators in the maternity ward.

Doctors kept ailing infants alive by pumping air into their lungs by hand for hours. By nightfall, four more newborns had died.

“The death of a baby is our daily bread,” said Dr. Osleidy Camejo, a surgeon in the nation’s capital, Caracas, referring to the toll from Venezuela’s collapsing hospitals.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/16/world/americas/dying-infants-and-no-medicine-inside-venezuelas-failing-hospitals.html?ref=topics&_r=1

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2016 in South America

 

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Venezuela se apaga

Afirma la lógica que la oscuridad no existe, que es solo ausencia de luz. Vaya y dígale eso a un venezolano para que le recuerde a su madre. Al país con la inflación más alta del planeta, una tasa de homicidios escandalosa y un dramático desabastecimiento de alimentos y medicinas, se añade otro problema que no es nuevo, que va y viene, como la lluvia, los recuerdos y la corrupción: los recortes del servicio eléctrico.

El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, anunció que los viernes serán no laborables para los empleados públicos. El pasado martes, su vicepresidente, Aristóbulo Istúriz afirmó que esta medida se extenderá a miércoles y jueves. Lo hizo desde la central hidroeléctrica Simón Bolívar de Guri, en el estado Bolívar, la tercera más grande del mundo. Este aparato burocrático, que se estima entre 2,5 y 3 millones de empleados, solo trabajará lunes y martes. ¿La razón? Ahorrar electricidad. Palabras del Ejecutivo.

http://www.elespectador.com/noticias/elmundo/venezuela-se-apaga-articulo-629930

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2016 in South America

 

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Impasse na Venezuela denuncia golpe político

Uma semana após a posse da nova Assembleia Nacional da Venezuela, o Tribunal Supremo de Justiça (TSJ) considerou seu presidente, Henry Ramos Allup, em desacato e anulou as medidas aprovadas ou em discussão pela Casa até agora, entre elas, a lei de anistia que poderá beneficiar cerca de cinco mil exilados e presos políticos do governo de Nicolás Maduro. O impasse está na decisão do presidente da Assembleia de dar posse a três deputados da oposição impugnados pelo TSJ sob a acusação de fraude. Para a oposição, a impugnação é irregular e a posse dos deputados, garantida pela Constituição.

http://www.josenildomelo.com.br/news/impasse-na-venezuela-denuncia-golpe-politico-editorial-o-globo/

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2016 in South America

 

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Cambio climático en Venezuela

Dentro de un par de décadas a lo sumo, los antropólogos e historiadores del porvenir verán a lo sucedido durante el 2015 en Venezuela y con casi total seguridad concluirán que fue el año en que la cúpula gobernante perdió el amor de su pueblo. Independientemente de si la oposición obtiene una mayoría simple o calificada en la Asamblea Nacional, lo cierto es que una mayoría de los votantes se habrá expresado contra el régimen presidido por Maduro. Y esto marcará no sólo un punto de quiebre político, sino el principio de un nuevo proceso para frenar la caída libre de la economía y la sociedad venezolanas.

http://prodavinci.com/blogs/cambio-climatico-en-venezuela-por-boris-munoz/

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2015 in South America

 

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Venezuela, France, U.S.: Responsibility Is Ours

When failures occur, progress requires taking responsibility for what one could have done differently and then making changes. After all, going forward, one can change what one does – but one cannot magically cause others, with opposite agendas, to change what they do. Nonetheless, instead of assessing ourselves to find where we can make changes too often we blame those we abhor, where changes are out of reach.

In France, fascists are racking up major gains. We blame the fascists for doing what they are conceived, constructed, and disposed to do, and for what we can easily predict they will do. We blame the voters, as well – for acquiescence to the thuggish appeals. But as the horrific votes mount up, even in poor regions, do we who have humane and much more than simply anti-fascist agendas acknowledge that it means we haven’t reached the people in those regions with even a rudimentary understanding of the forces arrayed against them and of the social and moral implications of their supporting fascist policy?

https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/venezuela-france-u-s-responsibility-is-ours/

 

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