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Grassroots democracy celebrates one year of giving the "news" to bus riders in Venezuela


All the news that the Chavistas don't want the people of Venezuela to know. The Castroist government of Venezuela has effectively banned any contrarian television and radio, and bankrupted most non-Chavista newspapers and periodicals. They can, because they control WHO gets newsprint and ink!


(translation: A year ago an idea was materialized: a news program on buses. Today there are 2,400 passengers informed per month, with 7 teams filming in two of the main cities in the country. And we celebrate it on board with our audience!)

Maduro ends collective bargaining contracts in Venezuela

The government issues a resolution to eliminate collective contracts
The trade unionist Orlando Chirino affirms that the measure "ratifies the unilateral decision of the Executive since September 1 to flatten the salary tables"

translated from Spanish

NOVEMBER 20, 2018 02:22 AM | UPDATED ON NOVEMBER 20, 2018 08:05 AM

The government of Nicolás Maduro gives another hard blow to the rights of workers, achieved during years of struggle, with the resolution 2792 of the Ministry of Labor, dated on October 11. "The measure establishes that the tabulators have a floor as a minimum wage," warned Orlando Chirino, leader of Unified, Revolutionary and Autonomous Classical Current.

The instructive, which was accessed, indicates the guidelines for collective agreements and is signed by Eduardo Piñate, the head of the office. "The government eliminates with this decision the essence of the collective contracting of the public and private sectors," denounced Chirino.

He explained that fixing as floor of the tabulators the minimum salary decreed by the president "ratifies the unilateral decision of the government since September 1 to flatten the salary tables".

The first level of the tabulators of many collective agreements exceeds a minimum wage and although the resolution indicates that the clause of the contracts already signed will be respected, it leaves in limbo what will happen when they expire.

"This means that the contracts that are to be discussed or renewed return to the floor of a minimum wage against the principle of progressive labor rights," he said.



Trump administration prepares to add Venezuela to list of state sponsors of terrorism

Trump administration prepares to add Venezuela to list of state sponsors of terrorism
By John Hudson and Lena H. Sun November 19 at 7:43 PM

The Trump administration is preparing to add Venezuela to the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism in what would be a dramatic escalation against the socialist government of Nicolás Maduro, according to U.S. officials and internal government emails.

The list is reserved for governments accused of repeatedly providing “support for acts of international terrorism” and includes only Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.

Republican lawmakers led by Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) have pushed for the designation, citing Venezuela’s alleged ties to Lebanese Hezbollah, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and other groups.

Republicans have long accused Venezuela of having ties to terrorist organizations. But experts have played down the threat and strength of those connections. They warn that a designation that does not offer concrete evidence could weaken the legitimacy of the U.S. list, which critics say already is applied inconsistently.

“I suspect this will be based on hearsay and sources of questionable integrity,” said David Smilde, a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America.

U.S. officials declined to say whether a final decision had been made about the designation, but in recent days the State Department has asked for feedback on the proposed move from various agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is part of HHS, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

A State Department spokeswoman declined to comment on the pending decision, calling inquiries about the deliberations a “hypothetical question.”

Rubio, a Cuban American who organized a letter in late September calling for the terrorism designation, has clamored for a tough U.S. posture toward Venezuela, a longtime backer of the Castro regime in Cuba.

The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on a number of people in Maduro’s inner circle, accusing the first lady, defense minister, vice president and other allies of helping the socialist leader “plunder” the nation’s wealth.

Officials have long said that further measures are under consideration, including an embargo on Venezuelan oil. Despite sharply falling oil exports in recent years, Venezuela is the fourth-largest foreign supplier to the United States, which remains the largest purchaser of Venezuelan crude.



Despite the histrionics out of Caracas, the sanctions are:

1. No refinancing of PdVSA debt (ie no more Goldman Sachs "hunger bonds" )
2. No US citizen can do business with approximately 40 corrupt Chavista officials.

No one is preventing any other country from throwing good money down the rat-hole of Venezuela. Venezuela's two biggest debt holders are no longer loaning so much as a ruble or yuan anymore. Venezuela can also buy as much medicine and food as they want from anyone, including the US. As a matter of fact, the US and EU has offered the Chavistas FREE humanitarian aid (refused), but that doesn't keep Maduro and his ilk from insisting that the US is preventing them from buying food.

As far as a state sponsor of terrorism? The ELN (the reincarnation of FARC) out of Colombia have been given safe haven in Venezuela for nearly 20 years. They even plaster their propaganda on CLAP boxes.

Duque will not recognize the Venezuelan government after January 10, 2019

Duke: We will not have relations with the Venezuelan dictator after 10-Enero
The Cooperator | November 18, 2018

translated from Spanish

Caracas.- The president of Colombia, Iván Duque, assured that he will not recognize the government of Nicolás Maduro, nor did his predecessor Juan Manuel Santos and he did not reopen diplomatic relations with Venezuela, starting on January 10 of next year. year, when the Venezuelan head of state is sworn in for a new presidential term.

In an interview for the Colombian media El Tiempo , Duque indicated that he would follow the steps of his predecessor and also that he would not recognize Maduro's mandate, since in his opinion, he is "a dictator". "The government of my predecessor did not recognize the latest electoral results in Venezuela. Me neither, like many other countries in the region," he said.

In this sense, the opinion of the Colombian president has to do with the expiration date of the Nicolás Maduro regime: Thursday, January 10, 2019. And, is that, article 231 of the Constitution in force in Venezuela states: "The elected candidate or elected candidate shall take office as President of the Republic on January 10 of the first year of its constitutional term, by means of an oath before the National Assembly. " That day "the chosen candidate" must start a new sexennium.

That is why, Duke when asked if he would reopen the diplomatic channels with Venezuela responded: "What does that mean? That in January, when between the new period of the dictator with that appearance of formality, we will not do the pantomime of maintaining diplomatic relations with a regime that is violating UN Resolution 1373, harboring terrorists in its territory; and second, we are not going to reward a criminal against humanity who is systematically wounding his people. For now with Venezuela there is a consular and business relationship, as in this type of circumstances," he said.



Havana now in charge of Venezuela intelligence service. Cross-hairs on Diosdado Cabello

Cuba snatches control of SEBIN to Diosdado Cabello after dismissal of Chavez general
November 16, 2018 05:51 PM

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The dismissal of the former head of the secret police (SEBIN) Gustavo González López, who according to the Venezuelan press was detained on Friday, is a blow to the number two of the Chavez, Diosdado Cabello, whose control over the feared intelligence agency now at the hands of Havana.

González López is a close ally of Cabello, who for years has served as a support pillar of the Nicolás Maduro regime despite the rivalry between them and the tensions between the military-nationalist sector and the pro-Castro government led by the president himself.

At the close of this edition the whereabouts of González López was unknown, but according to local press reports the major general was arrested shortly after being dismissed on October 31 and is in the hands of the rival General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM).

Experts consulted said that the dismissal and possible arrest of González López sends a clear message to the militarist clan of Chavismo headed by Cabello.

"The signal it gives is: no one here is untouchable," Antonio De La Cruz, executive director of InterAmerican Trends, commented from Washington. "This is a strong blow against Diosdado. It is very hard. "

It is also a blow that ends up placing the Venezuelan intelligence apparatus in the hands of Havana, the experts said.

The DGCIM had already been operated by the advisers that the Castro regime has strained in Venezuela, and the same could now happen in the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) with the appointment of its new CEO, Christopher Figuera. "He [Christopher Figuera] is almost Cuban," Venezuelan Army Major General Herbert García Plaza, who was Maduro's minister, also said from Washington. "It's a man he was trained in Cuba and he traveled a lot to the island. He was always very close to the Cuban advisors and was the one who opened the doors to the Cubans in the DGCIM. "

The Cuban intelligence service, which is now the central pillar of Maduro's support in power, has been exercising power and influence within the DGCIM for some time, but had not managed to have it in the same proportion within the SEBIN, which had been controlling the Nationalist sector of Cabello.



So, the close friend and ally of Diosdado Cabello (Cabello, head of the hand picked Chavismo ANC, #1 in the PSUV) has been fired and then was "disappeared" after SEBIN agents on motorcycles and high powered weapons attempted to intervene with a Maduro caravan last week.

Get out quick, Diosdado... the Cubans aren't very forgiving when it comes to this sort of treachery.

Head of SEBIN (Venezuelan intelligence agency) is "removed" after incident with Maduro

JVR: González López was dismissed because of the presidential caravan
November 18, 2018

translated from Spanish

ND / Nov 18 2018.- Former Chavez Vice President José Vicente Rangel confirmed on Sunday that the dismissal of General Gustavo González López from the SEBIN leadership was the result of the "dark incident" with the caravan of President Nicolás Maduro.

The incident, he said, "was aroused on Saturday, October 27, in Caracas when President Nicolás Maduro's caravan was intercepted by four motorists from the SEBIN, a state intelligence agency armed with long weapons that was on the verge of having a serious outcome. could compromise the security of the head of state."

"The situation was surpassed by the professionalism with which the Military House acted and the serenity with which the President was handled. The motorized ones were reduced, disarmed and stopped".

"The incident led to the dismissal of the director of SEBIN and the adoption of measures aimed at correcting disciplinary failures in the police agency."

"It is considered ... that one of the factors that determines that events of this nature occur is the conformation, within the police and security bodies of the State, of commands that in the development of their activity generate actions characterized by autonomy. with which they act, which end up affecting internal discipline."


Oh my. Who to trust in ChavismoLand these days?

Sleep with one eye open, Nicky... and remember... keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

VZ's Maduro: "Experts" say the Petro will lead the way in cryptocurrencies

Maduro: Experts from around the world see petro as an innovative project
The President of the Republic assured that the Venezuelan cryptocurrency "will open the doors to the economic development" of the country

translated from Spanish

Caracas.- Experts on criptoactivos foreign betting on Petro and opportunities that cryptocurrency has to offer, said Saturday President of the Republic, Nicolas Maduro.

"Experts from the world view the Petro as an innovative project that will open the doors to economic development," the president wrote, in the company of a shared video through his account on the social network Twitter.

The audiovisual highlights the impressions of the CEO of Blockchain Institute & Technology in Spain, Lluís Mas Luque**, where he expresses that the Venezuelan digital currency "represents the overcoming of the old standards, the ties that we have all had in the financial systems".

Mas Luque was surprised by "the amplitude of the power of the project, my team and I were so impressed that we decided to bet on this initiative and not only that, but we are going to articulate so that Venezuela is a crypto-world capital of the crypt" after his participation in the First International Meeting of Cryptoactives, held in Caracas.


This despite the fact that every single legitimate source for cryptocurrency insight has declared the Petro a scam.

**Good luck finding out anything about Mr. Mas Luque, who doesn't seem to have existed prior to last year and now is an "expert"

The web of repression in Venezuela extends to all media

translated from Spanish

Financial censorship ends with Venezuelan print media
By Maruja Dagnino
With the collaboration of Pedro Pablo Peñaloza, Yonaide Sánchez, Briceida Morales, Daniel Pabón,
Ronny Rodríguez, Humberto Torres, Jesús Urbina Serjant and Alba Ysabel Perdomo

Many smiled - perhaps understandably - when on Friday, October 5, 2018, the Communist Party of Venezuela, akin to the ruling party, announced that its newspaper Tribuna Popular was no longer circulating. This happened a day before celebrating its 3,000th edition, as a consequence of the precarious economic conditions of the country of Maduro, and the lack of paper. And of plates. And ink. As stated by the party leadership in a public statement that went viral.

In a text entitled "Nicolás, do you remember Tribuna Popular?", The journalist Vladimir Villegas recalls that at the high school José Ávalos, when he himself was a militant of the Communist Youth, an electoral agreement was reached with the leftist parties Bandera Roja, PRV and the Socialist League to present a unitary plate, whose president was Nicolás Maduro, although Juan Barreto seemed to have more popularity. And it was in the workshops of the Popular Tribune in San Martin that the posters for the electoral propaganda of Maduro himself were printed, under whose administration today the death is executed not only of the Popular Tribune but of the written press in general.

Villegas qualifies as an "irony" or "mischief of life" the fact that the septuagenario newspaper of the PCV has stopped circulating due to lack of paper in a country governed by who was then the beneficiary of Popular Tribune . Like it or not, it is a historical testimony of a plural and democratic country. All this happens in the context of a State's prerogative to distribute the newspaper through a company called Complejo Editorial Alfredo Maneiro, CEAM, presidid is attributed to Hugo Cabezas, a close Chavez, former governor of the state Trujillo man, former director of Saime and Minister of the Secretariat of the Presidency, portfolio left to take over the corporation. A company that receives all the preferential currencies for the paper import, in a country where it does not occur.

Forty-four print media stopped circulating in Venezuela definitively since 2013, and another 14 ceased their work temporarily. Of that number, 30 have left circulation this year 2018 and 10 of them announced total closure of operations. That is, they did not even entertain the possibility of migrating to the internet. These are the figures provided by the Press and Society Institute of Venezuela in its weekly balance sheet of October 8, when they closed Popular Tribune and The Luchador. Numbers that make it clear that the end of the press, after various siege patterns, corresponds to the collapse suffered by the entire Venezuelan business system, as a result of the same measures of persecution and political, ideological and, of course, economic control.


A very interesting read. When the Chavistas control the newsprint, the ink, the distribution and WHO/WHAT/WHEN/HOW the news can be reported via farcical "union elections". The ONLY newspapers in print in Venezuela right now are those loyal to the regime. All others have folded or are in digital format (with skeleton crews). And you can set your watch by the radio stations that have their licenses suspended (or their electricity turned off) when anything is reported that is contrary to the interests of Chavismo.

Not a democracy, despite the protestations of the adoring acolytes of Castroism.

Maduro orders Venezuelan military to "co-exist" with Colombian guerillas

Deputy Arellano: Venezuelan military ordered to coexist with Colombian guerrillas
Juan B. Salas | Courtesy | November 15, 2018

"Orders to coexist with Colombian irregular groups that, in addition to stealing our resources, subject oppression to Venezuelans living in the states: Amazonas, Apure, Tachira and Zulia, have received officers from the Bolivarian National Guard," denounced the deputy exile Gaby Arellano.

The parliamentarian, who occupies the vice president of the Permanent Commission of Domestic Policy of the National Assembly, revealed that the heads of the Colombian guerrilla, own large properties in the llaneros states such as: Barinas, Cojedes and Guárico, with the consent of Nicolás Maduro and the regime.

Criticized that Nicolás Maduro refers to these criminal groups as "paramilitaries" instead of labeling them as "guerrillas" who for some time, illegally exploit mineral resources, acting under the responsibility and complicity of the Venezuelan regime.

For the deputy Arellano the displacement of the guerrillas to Venezuelan territory to commit a crime with state protection, originated when in 2016, the Peace Agreement was signed, in Havana between the Colombian government and the FARC, where the president of Cuba , Raúl Castro and the national president, Nicolás Maduro, participated as mediators for the definitive resolution of the armed conflict in that country.


Recently, Venezuelan military was set upon by these guerrillas who killed many of them. Instead of expressing outrage... only silence and shrugs. After all the FARC/ELN is the leftist enemy of Colombia, the "historical enemy of Bolivarian Venezuela"... and the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

the ubiquitous CLAP box, complete with Chavez, Maduro and ELN propaganda plastered to it.

How Chinese telecom giant helps Chavismo keep tight reign on Venezuelans

How ZTE helps Venezuela create China-style social control

Chinese telecoms giant ZTE is helping Venezuela build a system that monitors citizen behavior through a new identification card. The "fatherland card," already used by the government to track voting, worries many in Venezuela and beyond.
By ANGUS BERWICK in Caracas Filed Nov. 14, 2018, 1 p.m. GMT
(En español)

In April 2008, former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez dispatched Justice Ministry officials to visit counterparts in the Chinese technology hub of Shenzhen. Their mission, according to a member of the Venezuela delegation, was to learn the workings of China’s national identity card program.

Chávez, a decade into his self-styled socialist revolution, wanted help to provide ID credentials to the millions of Venezuelans who still lacked basic documentation needed for tasks like voting or opening a bank account. Once in Shenzhen, though, the Venezuelans realized a card could do far more than just identify the recipient.

There, at the headquarters of Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp, they learned how China, using smart cards, was developing a system that would help Beijing track social, political and economic behavior. Using vast databases to store information gathered with the card’s use, a government could monitor everything from a citizen’s personal finances to medical history and voting activity.

“What we saw in China changed everything,” said the member of the Venezuelan delegation, technical advisor Anthony Daquin. His initial amazement, he said, gradually turned to fear that such a system could lead to abuses of privacy by Venezuela’s government. “They were looking to have citizen control.”

The following year, when he raised concerns with Venezuelan officials, Daquin told Reuters, he was detained, beaten and extorted by intelligence agents. They knocked several teeth out with a handgun and accused him of treasonous behavior, Daquin said, prompting him to flee the country. Government spokespeople had no comment on Daquin’s account.

The project languished. But 10 years after the Shenzhen trip, Venezuela is rolling out a new, smart-card ID known as the “carnet de la patria,” or “fatherland card.” The ID transmits data about cardholders to computer servers. The card is increasingly linked by the government to subsidized food, health and other social programs most Venezuelans rely on to survive.



1) Family information;

2) Employment and income;

3) Property owned;

4) Medical history;

5) State benefits received;

6) Presence on social media;

7) Membership of a political party; (PSUV)

8) Participation in Socialist Party events;

9) Whether/when/where you have voted.

"Hey Pedro... I know you want some pork for the holidays. But I can't sell it to you at the "subsidized price" unless you have a Carnet. The Carnet is needed to make sure all these 'free things' go to people who need them."

"Hey Lupe... I know your mom needs medicine. We have the medicine, but we also know that you haven't been going to our big rallies lately. We are giving those medicines to 'good Chavistas'. You go find your own."
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