June 24, 2017
World

Venezuela: RCTV shut down 10 years ago

June 2, 2017 FaustaW 0

The great Joel D. Hirst remembers RCTV – The Day the Music Died. Hugo Chávez denied by decree RCTV’s license renewal, not by due process of law. Hirst writes, Ten years ago now – ten years. Maybe that was when it ended. It certainly was dramatic. Hugo Chavez had just [Read More]

Donald Trump

Venezuela: It’s Trump’s Fault

April 27, 2017 mcdanielm 0

By: Mike McDaniel    No matter how bad the decline of a socialist state might be, there are always American fellow travelers helping out. I’ve been following the rapidly declining fortunes of Venezuela for some time now. In This Time It’ll Work, earlier this year, I wrote: To read the rest, [Read More]

Guns & 2nd Amendment

First comes disarmament, then comes an end to human rights

April 20, 2017 Doug Hagin 0

Bob Owens reminds us that history does, indeed, repeat itself. And Venezuela is the latest example The natural right to bear arms enshrined in the Second Amendment was previously reflected in the English Bill of Rights (which also saw it as a preexisting right). That right was written down after Kings [Read More]

World

Venezuela: Arming the thugs

April 19, 2017 FaustaW 2

Demonstrations for and against the regime scheduled for today, the anniversary of Venezuela’s 1810 independence from Spain. As The Guardian put it, Venezuela braces for the ‘mother of all protests’ as both sides call for rallies. In anticipation, Maduro announced that the popular militia has added another 50,000 members (link [Read More]

World

U.S., Mexico + 12 other countries to challenge Venezuela

March 23, 2017 FaustaW 0

The WSJ reports that, for the first time in twelve years (emphasis added), Fourteen nations plan to issue a joint statement in coming days calling on the government of President Nicolás Maduro to release political prisoners, return full powers to the National Assembly and set a timetable to hold regional [Read More]

Politics

This Time It’ll Work!

March 19, 2017 mcdanielm 0

By: Mike McDaniel    The proponents of socialism—communism-lite—when they are willing to admit its failings—virtually never—always claim this time their brand of socialism will be better. This time it will be the perfection socialists have always claimed it must inevitably be. Why? Because they’re much smarter than previous socialists, because they [Read More]

World

Assange: Hugo Chavez’s virtues “shook the world”

March 10, 2017 FaustaW 0

Julian Assange, still hiding in full view at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, sent a letter to the XV Encounter of the Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defence of Humanity, held in Caracas, Venezuela (who knew there was such a thing?) earlier this week, praising Hugo Chávez, [Read More]

World

Venezuela’s new VP’s Hezbollah connection

January 6, 2017 FaustaW 0

Emili Blasco, author of Boomerang Chavez: The Fraud That Led to Venezuela’s Collapse, reports that Nicolás Maduro’s new vice-president is none other than Tarek El Aissami, who, as you may recall has been tied to the Cartel of the Suns and to Islamic networks. El Aissmi was a key figure [Read More]

World

Venezuela: Pope Francis intervenes

October 25, 2016 FaustaW 0

Following the talk of impeachment after the government cancelled the recall vote, Nicolás Maduro made an unscheduled stop by the Vatican, where Pope Francis advised Maduro to hold talks with the opposition (emphasis added), In a statement, the Vatican said the pope received Mr. Maduro “within the framework of the [Read More]

World

Venezuela: As expected, infant mortality rises

October 18, 2016 FaustaW 0

21st Century Socialism collateral damage: Infant Mortality Soars in Venezuela. With hospitals suffering a catastrophic lack of supplies, the country’s babies are dying at a rate higher than Syria’s Venezuela’s overall infant mortality rate—defined as deaths within the first year of life—is currently 18.6 per 1,000 live births, according to [Read More]

World

Ain’t Communism great?

September 22, 2016 Doug Hagin 1

A great failure, as history shows, and as Venezuela is finding out Here is what happens to them when Big Government does take care of everyone, suffocating the private sector: The economic crisis in Venezuela is now so bad that doctors are using cardboard boxes instead of incubators to keep [Read More]

World

Venezuela: Vatican to mediate talks

September 15, 2016 FaustaW 0

El País reports that The Vatican confirmed in a letter sent in August it was prepared to help facilitate dialogue between Venezuela’s ruling party and forces opposed to the presidency of Nicolás Maduro. While the opposition says that “We are prepared to talk with anyone as long as the time [Read More]

World

Venezuela: Will China pull the plug on Maduro?

September 12, 2016 FaustaW 0

Long-term readersof my blog are familiar with the many times China has loaned money to Venezuela. Back in 2012, I posted that El Nuevo Herald reported Venezuela’s increasingly dependent on China’s financing and direct investments to the tune of US$80 billion. In exchange, China is playing a greater part on Venezuela’s strategic decision [Read More]