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Re: Venezuela

Post by blindpig » Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:06 pm

14 Feb 2019 , 12:01 pm .

The sanctions against Venezuela are real and palpable mechanisms of destruction of the State, the identity and, with it, of the Venezuelan society. They are part of a war strategy based on the application of various resources and sophisticated tools of financial hegemony against fundamental nodes of national life. Although there are no bombs in Venezuela or US marines are seen landing along the coast, there is plenty of evidence of the resources of permanent aggression, national and international, by corporate and political sectors.

In this context, since 1999 the internal maneuvers of antichavism alternated between low-profile mechanisms such as boycotts or corporate divestment and forceful actions such as the April 2002 coup or the oil strike.

Since 2015, when the then president of the United States, Barack Obama, declared Venezuela as an "unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security of the United States," the political vanguard and leadership in the anti-chavism of the transnational elite that governs in Washington, they printed more firmly on a string of measures that have determined not only the destruction of the national economy but severely modified the cultural imaginary.

What is understood in its fair dimension with the statements of Jack Lew, former Secretary of the Treasury during the Obama Administration, who believes that the sanctions are more effective and cheaper to bend their enemies than traditional power, because they have influence in the markets American financiers, the central nerve of the globalized economy. The sanctions, thus, are measures of siege to fortresses, as in the medieval era, updated to this new era of intelligent, technological, globalized power, where every nerve that touches power is a function of bending its enemies, according to Lew.

The financial blockade has been mutating since the attack on the debt, through the isolation of the US financial system, until reaching the application of espionage techniques that pursue Venezuelan transactions, and withhold funds destined to the importation of food and medicines.

Venezuela has since suffered the ravages of falling oil prices because the United States agreed with Saudi Arabia to aggressively increase oil production to lower prices and affect important producing countries, such as Venezuela, Russia and Iran.

In addition, the economy began to deteriorate due to lack of income and a company created in Miami in 2010, called Dollar Today , which artificially devalued the value of the currency in order to initiate an inflationary escalation. Venezuela lost approximately 60% of its national income that year.

The Executive Order (13692) signed by the Obama Administration in March 2015 initiated the financial blockade actions against Venezuela and, with it, the US government made the economic attack on the country a legal matter. Based on the International Economic Powers Emergency Law, activated at the constitutional level, to provide the administration with tools to "defend" the threat.

Under this pretext, the White House placed its financial system on alert, through the Treasury Department, regarding Venezuelan financial operations.

On March 5, 2015, Barack Obama signed an executive order declaring Venezuela as "an unusual and extraordinary threat" to the security of the United States (Photo: White House)

With the excuse of blocking the mobility of unproven personal accounts of, until then, seven Venezuelan officials, this legal instrument has attacked the use of the US financial system to import food and medicine by the Venezuelan State.

In parallel, risk rating agencies, agencies created by the United States to destabilize sovereign countries, published a global map of "risky countries." This to complement the economic-financial fence against the recovery plans of the Venezuelan government, product of the fall in oil prices.

Venezuela was listed by the French- based financial company Coface as the country with the highest risk in Latin America, similar to African countries that are currently in situations of war. The "study" was conducted based on the negative ratings of the three major US rating agencies, Standard and Poor's, Fitch Rating and Moody's, largely responsible for the global financial collapse of 2008.

As of 2015, the country risk variable began to artificially increase to hinder the entry of international financing and, until the first half of 2018, these three major rating agencies have worsened their attacks against Venezuela, omitting the appropriate debt payments in order to push the country towards default and project a situation of insecurity for international investment.

In this context of siege based on social unrest caused by the decline in oil prices, shortages, shortages and the wave of looting, the anti-Chavez won the majority in the National Assembly and set up a higher floor, now since the parliamentary instance, for financial aggressions against Venezuela.

In April 2016, the International Monetary Fund warned of the "economic catastrophe" in Venezuela through a report, generating expectations of collapse, inflation and scarcity to legitimize the actions of economic warfare carried out by Fedecámaras and Consecomercio, the two main private entities from the country.

The National Assembly, in contempt for incorporating three members whose elections were demonstrably fraudulent, approved legal instruments in May and August that declared oil contracts, international investments and the issuance of new indebtedness by the country "void", thereby trying to hinder Let fresh money enter the coffers of the State.

During 2016 and 2017, Venezuelan accounts were closed in the United States by large-scale private banks, such as Citibank and JP Morgan, because Executive Order 13692 empowered the Treasury Department to employ mechanisms to monitor Venezuela's financial transactions in U.S.

Following the excuse of protecting its financial system from "corrupt officials", it was sought to isolate Venezuela from the US financial system and hinder both its imports and the payment of external debt. This was joined by the second largest bank in Germany, Commerzbank.

In July 2016, the EMBI country risk index, created by the JP Morgan bank , placed Venezuela with the highest score in the world (2640 points) above countries at war like Ukraine, even though the Venezuelan state paid 6 thousand million dollars in foreign debt that same year. In September, PDVSA made an offer to exchange 7 thousand 100 million dollars in bonds in order to ease its payments, and the three major US risk rating agencies sought to frighten investors with declaring default if they agreed to the proposal of the state oil company .

In November, JP Morgan issued a false default alert on an alleged default of PDVSA debt of 404 million dollars to generate fear in the financial world and damage the image of the state. US oil company ConocoPhillips also sued PDVSA before a Court in Delaware for its bond swap operation to frighten participants and thereby fail the operation.

In this aggressive environment against the Venezuelan economy, inflation through the Dollar Today effect closed at approximately 800%, according to figures leaked to some international agencies.

In April 2017, the president (illegally elected) of the National Assembly, Julio Borges, demanded that more than 20 international banks cease their economic and financial ties with Venezuela. While in May he declared "null" the purchase of 865 million dollars in PDVSA bonds by the US bank Goldman Sachs.

In his eagerness to coordinate financial and economic sanctions against Venezuela, and using Parliament as an instrument to legitimize the financial blockade, Borges met with the National Security Advisor of the White House at that time, General HR McMaster. In this way, the financial blockade prevented the country from importing food and medicines necessary for its survival.

Supported by the United States and the OAS, Venezuelan anti-Chavez undertook a new escalation of chaos and violence more intense and dangerous than that of 2014, which caused millions of losses to the country and left an unfortunate balance of 130 dead and thousands injured. The United States also sanctioned more than 20 Venezuelan officials, representatives of all public authorities and responsible for maintaining internal order, as a measure to feed the chaos of the guarimbas.

As an extreme measure, President Nicolás Maduro convened in May to elect a National Constituent Assembly (ANC), whose elections were held in July amid targeted violence. More than 8 million Venezuelans attended the election and a traumatic scene of violence was closed from there. The country gained political and social stability in the face of a cycle of aggressions that aimed to remove President Nicolás Maduro, and eliminate the current constitutional framework.

Between August and November, the most dynamic days of aggression against Venezuela ran that year. When the guarimbas failed, Europe entered the destabilizing game; In August, the Swiss bank Credit Suisse prohibited its clients from carrying out financial operations with Venezuela, as Julio Borges had requested in April.

For his part and through an executive order, Trump banned the purchase of Venezuelan debt and the repatriation of dividends from Citgo, a subsidiary of PDVSA in the United States, thus closing two key financing channels for a Venezuela devastated by guarimbas.

Next, the United States began executing an undeclared oil embargo . The US private banks, pressured by the Department of the Treasury, refused to issue letters of credit for the purchase of Venezuelan crude, thus affecting the income of the nation.

The PBF Energy company, one of the refiners that made the largest purchases from Venezuela, had to give up its economic ties to the country as a result of the sanctions.

In September, the Treasury Department, through its Financial Crime Control Network (FINCEN), issued an alert called "red flags" that imposes a surveillance and control system on Venezuelan financial transactions to prevent the payment of food and medicines while, as a result of Trump's sanctions issued in August, Citgo began having trouble acquiring crude oil for its refineries and keeping its operations stable.

In this context, some 300 thousand doses of insulin paid by the Venezuelan State did not arrive in the country because Citibank boycotted its purchase. At the same time, the landing of 18 million CLAP boxes to Venezuela was interrupted by the obstacles imposed by the US financial system, given that its authorities closed 52 Venezuelan bank accounts in entities such as Wells Fargo, East and City, because their Headlines, supposedly, were linked to the Venezuelan government.

As Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, he was in charge of pursuing Venezuela's transactions through technical measures (Photo: The Nation)

While this was happening, regional elections were held with more than 11 million votes throughout the process. Chavismo obtained 19 of 23 governorates in an election, convened by the ANC, where political awnings of anti-Chavez such as Democratic Action and Popular Will participated.

Despite this, even though Venezuela had not failed to honor its international commitments in the last three years, in November the European Euroclear company, founded by JP Morgan, kidnapped 1.6 billion dollars that were destined to the purchase of food and medicine .

The Americas Committee of the International Association of Swaps and Derivatives (ISDA), declared Venezuela in default, omitting the payment of debt for 70 billion dollars in the last two years. While JP Morgan again increased Venezuela's country risk to 2,989 points, the highest figure since 2014, when it reached 1,458 points.

The rating agency Standard and Poor's declared Venezuela "selective default" because it could not honor debt commitments, as a result of which the sanctions limited the country's financial transactions in the US payment system. With these maneuvers they tried to open the door to confiscate PDVSA assets.

That same November, the US bond manager Wilmington Trust accused Corpoelec of not canceling debt interest in the order of $ 27 million, just when the country was experiencing a total blockade of the means of payment in the US financial system.

So much so that a shipment of Primaquina, a medicine used to treat malaria, did not enter the country due to the blockade of a Colombian laboratory called BSN Medical and 23 operations in the international financial system were returned: a total of 39 million dollars for food, basic supplies and medications.

In December, another 19 Venezuelan bank accounts abroad were arbitrarily closed by US banks, preventing payments to creditors, while anti-Chavez decides not to participate in the mayors' elections after his defeat in the October regionals. Chavism again devastates with more than 95% of all mayorships.

In January 2018, the head of the CIA on duty, and current US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said at a conference at the American Institute of the Company that the financial sanctions against Venezuela had been coordinated by him directly with the President Trump

At the same time, eleven Venezuelan and PDVSA bonds, worth US $ 1,241 million, could not be canceled to their creditors due to the obstacle of the sanctions. The National Assembly (still in contempt) signed an agreement where it criminalized the Venezuelan cryptoactive Petro, reaffirming its interest in keeping the country without funding sources.

In March, the Trump Administration, by executive order, declared the purchase or other operation related to Petro by US companies and citizens illegal. With this maneuver he legalized the agreement of the National Assembly affecting the initial presale and the resources that would enter the country in a context where another 2.5 billion dollars of Venezuela were retained in US banks. This money was largely going to be directed to the payment of international creditors.

In that month, fifteen Venezuelan boxers could not travel to the qualifying event for the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) in Mexico due to the financial sanctions that prevented processing payments for logistics. Once, this stumbling block was drawn, the other drama was that Colombia blocked its airspace so that these boxers made the trip.

The Colombian government blocked 400 thousand kilos of food in CLAP boxes that would enter the country to strengthen this program with which more than 6 million families feed throughout the national territory.

The former Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, announced at a conference the theft of 400 tons of food in CLAP boxes. (Photo: Nariño House)

In April, the United States and Colombia created a financial intelligence group to block the importation of food and medicine by internationalizing financial suffocation. And in May the US oil company ConocoPhillips executed a series of embargoes against PDVSA assets for the claim of an arbitration award for 2 thousand 40 million dollars demanded from the International Chamber of Commerce.

This maneuver not only affected its installed capacity in the international arena, but also limited the country's income from the sale of crude oil, intensifying the damage to the heart of the national economy and seeking to dissolve the social fabric that sustains part of the stability.

This was joined by the Canadian capital mining company Rusoro, filing a lawsuit that sought to unite the assets of Citgo and some of PDVSA as payment for an arbitration prize of 1.2 billion dollars. Canadian contractor SNC-Lavalin also sued PDVSA for more than $ 25 million for alleged debt default, before a New York court.

Thus, the United States reinforced its policy of financial suffocation and kidnapping of Venezuelan resources by limiting both the sale of Venezuelan oil assets on US soil, and the liquidation of accounts receivable, in response to the presidential triumph of Chavismo on May 20.

In turn, the countries of the Lima Group agreed, following Trump's policy, to put the financial intelligence of their respective States to pursue the transactions, accounts and financial operations of Venezuela. The result of all this was the sharp drop in imports, which went from 60 billion dollars annually, between 2011 and 2013, to a total of 12 billion in 2017.

One of the highlights of this phase of aggressions, without a doubt, is the embargo of the PDVSA company in the United States, Citgo, announced by the director of the National Security Council, John Bolton, in line with the imposition of an oil embargo Against the country

This seeks to further damage the ability to obtain financing for Venezuela and, therefore, to pay imports, since the effects of this virtual embargo are immediately "heinous," according to The New York Times , if one considers that in the first week of the Venezuelan oil sales to the United States were reduced by 40%.

Thus, the "humanitarian crisis" scenario that serves the interventionist claims that underpin Juan Guaidó's internship has been set up within the framework of a definitive strategy to assault resources and national dignity.

Historical data show that the financial blockade has set the stage for the intervention and international recognition of a parallel government (Libya case), to create economic incentives for mercenary movements stimulated from the CIA (Yugoslavia case), to weaken the armed force of a government not aligned to Washington and strengthen the firepower of paramilitary groups (Syria case), fracture the high political-military command using the precariousness of the population as a means of political pressure (Cuba case) or the effects of the oil industry and conditions internal to prevent energy development as a political weapon (Iran case).

The financial blockade against Venezuela pursues the massive destruction of the national economy, the dismantling of the social achievements of the Chavez era and the affectation of the poorest population that since 1998 has proven to be the most solid political base of Chavismo and, above all, the undermining of national confidence that the internal potential of the country (its population and strategic resources) can provide the necessary resources to resume stability.

In a nutshell: completely deny the right of a nation to constitute itself in the face of difficulties, and decide its own future beyond the decisions taken in a few offices far from the country. ... -venezuela

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Re: Venezuela

Post by blindpig » Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:29 pm

President Maduro Issues Orange Alert on Venezuela-Colombian Border

Published 3 September 2019

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro takes part in a rally against the U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, in Caracas Venezuela, August 10, 2019.

An orange alert means that the Venezuelan army must remain precautionary against aggression from the neighboring country, waiting for the call to arms.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared an “orange alert” Tuesday in the states that border with Colombia due to the threat of military aggression from the neighboring country.

"We know that there is an attempt to try to scale a set of false flag operations (...) the government of Colombia (...) now intends to maneuver a false flag operation to attack Venezuela and start a military conflict against our country," Maduro denounced during the commemoration of the IX Anniversary of the Bolivarian Military University.

An orange alert means that the Venezuelan army must remain precautionary against aggression from the neighboring country, waiting for the call to arms.

The president explained that the Colombian government, led by far-right Ivan Duque, "wants to accuse Venezuela of being the cause of a war in Colombia that is 70 years old," in reference to the unfounded accusations about links of his government with the recent Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia dissidents.

Maduro also ordered for a military exercise called "Peace and Sovereignty" to begin on Sept. 10 until Sept. 28 in the states Zulia, Tachira Apure, and Amazonas, territories that make up the 2,219 kilometers of the border that Venezuela shares with Colombia. ... ialnetwork
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Re: Venezuela

Post by blindpig » Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:23 pm


Venezuela Prosecutors Probe Guaido for “High Treason”(Essequibo Affair)
September 7, 2019
A criminal investigation has been launched into Venezeulan opposition leader Juan Guaido and several key advisers after the government led by President Nicolas Maduro accused them of acts of treason.

Venezuelan Prosecutor general Tarek Saab announced the move on Friday. Guaido was allegedly involved in negotiating away Venezuela’s “historical claim” to the territory of Esequibo, which is formally under the administration of Guyana.

On Thursday, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez offered evidence in the form of phone records in which adviser Manuel Avendaño allegedly discussed with Venezuelan- American diplomat Vanessa Neumann relinquishing claims to the Esequibo region.

“The criminal organization headed by Juan Guaidó had initiated concrete actions to illegally appropriate Venezuela’s assets, financial resources, Venezuelan gold, Venezuelan debt, to enrich themselves and to serve transnational interests,” Rodriguez said.

A vestige of South America’s colonial history, the dispute over Esequibo is long in the making, dating back centuries to squabbling between the Spanish, Dutch, and eventually British Empires. In the 20th century Venezuela and Guyana have been trying to settle the matter through UN. More recently, however, conflict over the territory has been tied to natural resources, eyed by companies like ExxonMobile. Last year, a standoff broke out between the Venezuelan Navy and vessels of the energy firm searching for oil in the region with Guyana’s permission, forcing the surveyors to turn back.

Featured image: © Reuters / CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS ... ibo-affair


Venezuela Denounces Guaido’s Plans to Lift Territorial Claim over the Essequibo
September 6, 2019

Venezuelan Government requested the Public Ministry (MP) to undertake an exhaustive investigation against the deputy of the National Assembly in contempt, Juan Guaidó, who is said to be allegedly involved in plans to deliver the Essequibo to Guyana. The request was made by the executive vice president, Delcy Rodríguez, who at the press conference showed an audio in which Vanessa Neumann, Guaido’s “ambassador” in the UK, and Manuel Avendaño, Guaidó’s advisor, confess that, in order to extend support to the alleged interim president, they have to put aside Venezuela’s claim over Essequibo territory.

In part of the conversation with Avendaño, Neumann says, “The number one issue that has been identified by the Foreign Commonwealth & Office (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Commonwealth of Nations of Great Britain) is that they will not support us as long as we continue with the official line that we want to regain the Essequibo territory from Guyana”.

“I told María Teresa Belandria (a person who was appointed by Juan Guaidó as the alleged Venezuelan ambassador to Brazil) not to advise anyone to comment on Guyana. This was before Juan came to power,” said Neumann. “My first meeting with the Lima Group was also with the High Commissioner of Guyana, who came and told me that he wanted to know what Juan Guaidó’s position was regarding Guyana. ‘Drop the issue’ is my line.”


Rodríguez explained that in the call they admit that “they will change the position of Venezuela to lift the claim over the Essequibo territory to Exxon Mobil and other transnational companies, denying the legitimate rights that Venezuela has over this territory, and over which there is a dispute that was settled under the 1966 Geneva Agreement.”

In her opinion, the organization led by Juan Guaidó “not only works to fulfill transnational interests, but also for his personal enrichment.” She also recalled the previous denunciation of the Venezuelan Government when the Crystallex case was presented, in which Guaidó had appointed an attorney who handed over the interests of Venezuela to foreign companies.

“It is a criminal organization that did not start on January 10 (but) had previously planned its crime,” she said based on Neumann’s words. “It is very evident that the Guaidó project is planned by the United States government to commit crimes,” Rodríguez said.

During her remarks, the vice president emphasized that the leader’s illicit alliance had the starting point of taking over Citgo, the subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), in the United States. The organization also seeks to “seize the assets” of the country and “harm the Venezuelan people.”

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Re: Venezuela

Post by blindpig » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:16 pm

Why Trump has Failed at Regime Change in Venezuela
September 10, 2019 orinocotribune
By John Wojcik

Trump’s first problem when his administration launched a full-scale effort earlier this year to overthrow the Venezuelan government was that he was working against history. Since the months before the presidential elections in that country in 1998 up to now, the U.S. has repeatedly failed to thwart that country’s “Bolivarian Revolution.” Trump, in fact, is a latecomer to that ongoing effort.

When Hugo Chávez was running for president of Venezuela in 1998, he ran on a platform for social transformation, including agrarian reform and nationalization of major industries, and the use of state oil industry profits to lift the living standards of farmers and workers. U.S. President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, declared that the U.S. “will never allow a situation in which Chávez becomes president of Venezuela.”

Without getting into what the U.S did, openly with pronouncements from Albright or covertly, the plan to prevent a Chávez victory at that time obviously did not work. He was swept into office by the country’s voters.

The next step for the U.S. administration was to announce that it would attempt to work with Chávez for the betterment of both U.S. and Venezuelan interests.

Ever since the Bolivarian Revolution began, soldiers have been trained to see patriotism as not just love of country, but also love of the people. They have also received extensive schooling in topics such as democracy, socialism, and Marxism. Here, in 2006, soldiers march under a poster which reads “Armed Forces and the People” marking seven years since Hugo Chavez’s election. Well over a decade later, the military remains a roadblock for U.S.-backed right-wing efforts to overthrow the government. | Gregorio Marrero / AP
In an exclusive interview with People’s World here last weekend, Carolus Wilmer, chair of the International Department of the Communist Party of Venezuela, said of the U.S. intentions at the time: “Nothing could be further from the truth. They went on a relentless campaign to corrupt Chávez, offering him all kinds of personal favors and wealth if he would stop using his immense personal popularity to push socialist and revolutionary ideas.” We interviewed Wilmer at the Avante! Festival in Portugal, a huge annual Communist cultural gathering here.

When Plan A, the attempt to corrupt, failed, the U.S. launched Plan B: A full-scale fascist coup in 2002 was engineered with the support of the U.S. State Department and carried out by a group of army generals who were less resistant to U.S. bribery than Chávez had been. With the assistance of covert U.S. “operatives,” they grabbed and imprisoned the elected president of their country and held him under lock and key.

The U.S.-backed coup was horribly executed and almost incredibly bungled because Venezuelan soldiers who the U.S. thought were backers of their coup attempt were, in fact, loyal to the Chávez government and helped him escape. Once free, the overwhelming majority of the military responded to the Chávez call to arrest the coup leaders, and the elected Bolivarian government was quickly restored. Hundreds of thousands celebrated in the streets of cities and towns across the country.

“Imagine that,” said Wilmer, “Chávez was a prisoner actually in the hands of the U.S., the most powerful country in the world, but they could not overcome the united support of the people on the one hand and the effectiveness of a patriotic military made up of workers and farmers.”

According to Wilmer, the U.S.’ attempts to effect regime change only intensified after the death of Chávez in 2013. Nicolás Maduro was elected to replace Chávez and was since re-elected but has faced continuing attacks from the U.S.

“The first of these came in a big way in 2015 when President Obama issued his executive order describing Venezuela as a major threat to U.S. security,” Wilmer explained. “What was the threat? That we would not turn over our nationally-owned oil company to the oil companies that have so much influence over the U.S. government?

“No, what they have always wanted was the wealth of Venezuela, our oil, minerals, our huge and precious bio-diversity, our geographic position.”

Wilmer said the U.S. has never really given up on the Monroe Doctrine of 1823 under which then President James Monroe declared that anything that happens in the Western Hemisphere is under the purview of the United States.

He said the protest movements opposing the Maduro government that sprang up in Venezuela starting in 2017 were motivated by some serious and legitimate economic concerns but that attempts were made, with U.S. support, to turn them into something they were not—calls for actual U.S. intervention. The sanctions imposed by the Obama administration and stepped up by Trump have hurt the country economically, he said. The drop in oil prices worldwide has also had a major effect.

“Legitimate concerns have been exploited by a variety of fascist-leaning groups,” Wilmer said. “In fact, the Trump administration’s announcement that it recognizes Juan Guaidó as the legitimate president of Venezuela is interesting because he does not have broad support in my country. He heads up a small fascist minority in the parliament. His repeated calls for a popular uprising against the Maduro government are not getting a response because even many who have problems with the Maduro government had no desire for the U.S. to come in and set up a puppet regime.”

“What we are experiencing is a crisis of capitalism. We don’t have socialism in Venezuela. The left has control of the government, but the right wing still has control of the economic power.”

Wilmer was asked why the Venezuelan military has been so supportive of the elected government of President Maduro. “It is because of their composition—they are patriotic workers and farmers—and because from the first days after the first Chávez election, everyone in the military underwent extensive education and training in democracy, socialism, and Marxism. They learned that patriotism is both love of country and love of the people. The armed forces are professional and educated defenders of the Venezuelan people. That is something that Trump and John Bolton [Trump’s national security adviser who has been calling for regime change in Venezuela] don’t get.”

Wilmer admits that there are big problems in Venezuela, though. “In the Communist Party, we do not agree with everything the government does. We would like to see a more diversified, less oil-dependent, economy. We recognize the big improvements since Chávez was elected, including in education, health, and many other areas, but we say that what we are experiencing is a crisis of capitalism. We don’t have socialism in Venezuela. The left has control of the government, but the right wing still has control of the economic power. Capitalist enterprises can raise prices without the government being able to respond. What we have is a social-democratic government with some real left tendencies, but we need to move the revolutionary process forward.”
Trump has been trashing leading Democratic candidates, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, as “socialists and communists.” Privately, he worries that polls show socialism to be as popular, if not more popular, than himself. | Steven Senne / AP
Wilmer says there is a “real possibility” but “no guarantee” that the revolutionary process will actually move forward. The hopeful side of the equation, he said, is that there is a base of support for this direction: the 5,000,000 people who backed the government in the most recent elections. “These are workers and farmers with a high degree of consciousness, and they oppose U.S. intervention and want to see a socialist society.”

Wilmer said that another thing Trump does not understand is the energy and confidence international support gives to the Venezuelan people. “We are grateful for the support from U.S. peace groups and the people who held our embassy in Washington recently when the U.S. kicked out the legitimate representatives.”

He also said international support in the form of “economic aid from China and military support from Russia cannot be discounted.”

He said that despite his party’s difference with the Maduro government, it remains “totally” in support of the government’s refusal to yield power to U.S. interventionists.

Wilmer agreed that also connected to Trump’s failure to achieve regime change in Venezuela are his own problems with growing support for socialism back in the USA.

There are reports in the media that Trump has told close advisers that “socialism” might not be so easy to beat in his own 2020 re-election bid. In a recent article in the Daily Beast, Asawin Suebsaeng and Sam Stein reported sources close to Trump have quoted the president as telling them socialism may be appealing to people because even many of those who like him (Trump) “like free stuff better.”

Despite Trump’s trashing of Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders as “communists and socialists,” polls in the U.S. show socialism is as popular, if not more popular, than Trump himself. ... -venezuela
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