Is Venezuela Funding Repression With US, European Gold Sales?

The biggest concern of the Venezuelan government is that members of the armed forces and others conducting the repression of thousands of Venezuelans may no longer be loyal to the Maduro regime. High political and military leaders benefit from drug trafficking. But that´s not everything. There is also illegal gold mining. Thousands of workers who lost their jobs in the impoverished Venezuelan economy have moved to the Amazon to be employed in this illegal industry. Miners, accused of stealing or of violating mines’ rules, have been subjected to amputations, torture, and murder. The Venezuelan government and the military also participate in carrying out these atrocities. It was reported that former Venezuelan vice-president Tareck El Aissami supervises these operations on behalf of the Venezuelan government. El Aissami, who’s on ICE’s most wanted list, has strong connections to Iran and Hezbollah and has facilitated their operations in Latin America. Venezuela has become a nightmare, heavily supported by Russia, that has taken over control of Venezuelan oil. That’s why I applaud the Trump administration’s decision to sanction Russian oil company Rosneft, which controls over 70 percent of Venezuelan oil exports. Rosneft has given Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) a new lease on life and may stay in Venezuela forever, while the U.S. and U.S. companies may be forced out of Venezuela indefinitely, giving more space for Russia to control almost all of Venezuelan oil. we also need to militarily support opposition forces in Venezuela, while avoiding direct intervention with U.S. troops. We may have no other choice but to consider this option more seriously.

Is it Worth It?

According to Professor Friedman a Nobel Laurate and a courageous libertarian the thought of using state goods to correct private behaviors that only affect the individual himself would lead to misuse of public funds and corruption as the state created an income generating monopoly for criminals. “ On ethical grounds, do we have the right to use the machinery of government to prevent an individual from becoming an alcoholic or a drug addict? For children, almost everyone would answer at least a qualified yes. But for responsible adults, I, for one, would answer no. Reason with the potential addict, yes. Tell him the consequences, yes. Pray for and with him, yes. But I believe that we have no right to use force, directly or indirectly, to prevent a fellow man from committing suicide, let alone from drinking alcohol or taking drugs”. And as time goes by and trade in illicit continues to growth adding every few years new and more potent products to the exchange the question arises as to whether the world should not engage in and in-depth- discussion of the soundness of the Friedman theory for public policy making.

Las sanciones a Rosneft y el petróleo venezolano

La mayor preocupación del gobierno venezolano es que los miembros de las fuerzas armadas y otros elementos que reprimen a miles de venezolanos dejen de ser leales al régimen. Altos funcionarios políticos y militares se benefician del narcotráfico. Pero eso no es todo; también existe la minería de oro ilegal. Miles de trabajadores que perdieron sus empleos en la empobrecida economía venezolana se han trasladado a la región amazónica para trabajar en esa industria ilegal. Se ha sometido a los mineros acusados de robar o de violar las normas de las minas a amputaciones, torturas y asesinatos. Testigos han relatado que vieron amputarles o dispararles en las manos a trabajadores sospechosos de robar. Se informó que el ex vicepresidente venezolano Tareck El Aissami supervisa esas operaciones en nombre del gobierno venezolano. El Aissami, que integra la lista de los más buscados del Servicio de Inmigración y Aduanas de Estados Unidos (ICE por la sigla en inglés), tiene fuertes conexiones con Irán y Hezbolá y ha facilitado sus operaciones en América Latina. Venezuela se ha convertido en una pesadilla con fuerte apoyo de Rusia, que ha tomado el control del petróleo venezolano. Es por eso que aplaudo la decisión del gobierno de Trump de sancionar a la empresa petrolera rusa Rosneft, que controla más del 70 por ciento de las exportaciones de petróleo venezolano. Rosneft le ha dado nuevo impulso a Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) y puede permanecer en Venezuela para siempre, mientras que Estados Unidos y las empresas estadounidenses podrían verse obligados a salir de Venezuela indefinidamente. Venezuela Es por eso que aplaudo la decisión del gobierno de Trump de sancionar a la empresa petrolera rusa Rosneft, que controla más del 70 por ciento de las exportaciones de petróleo venezolano. Rosneft le ha dado nuevo impulso a Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) y puede permanecer en Venezuela para siempre, mientras que Estados Unidos y las empresas estadounidenses podrían verse obligados a salir de Venezuela indefinidamente. Tenemos que encontrar formas de combatir directamente el contrabando y las exportaciones de oro venezolano, así como impedir que el régimen burle las sanciones actuales. Pero también necesitamos apoyar militarmente a las fuerzas de la oposición en Venezuela, evitando la intervención directa de las tropas estadounidenses. Puede que no tengamos más remedio que considerar esa opción más de cerca.

SPAIN’S CASTROCHAVIST GOVERNMENT AND ANTIDEMOCRATIC POLICIES IN THE AMERICAS

I conceptualize “Castrochavism” as the term that describes “the Transnational Organized Crime’s system that usurps political power in Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, (Ecuador with Correa and Bolivia with Morales) which must be treated as an organized crime’s operating structure and not as a political process”. Proof and noteworthy facts -amongst others- reveal that the PODEMOS party is a Castrochavist. The attitude of Spain’s government regarding the visit of Venezuela’s Interim President Juan Guaido, who was not received by Pedro Sanchez after all, is a pitiful proof of Spain’s Castrochavism. The United States has pointed to Spain’s government as “being Europe’s greatest obstacle towards Venezuela”,