Maduro Does Not Know How to Govern

Nicolas Maduro

Nicolas Maduro

Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 20 February 2015 — I never thought I’d get to say this, but Venezuela is worse than Cuba. It is true that the South American country has not surpassed in number nor in intensity the shortages of basic products, the economic collapse, nor the police surveillance that we suffer; but Venezuela is worse than Cuba. Its seriousness reflects its repeating of the failed past that we Cubans are trying to escape.

In the case of both nations, the fiasco has been determined largely by improper and harmful leadership. Cuba, with a Fidel Castro who tried to mold the country in his image and likeness, taking on his marked tendency to authoritarianism, intolerance, obsession for power, and the leader’s inability to deal with others’ success. To which must be added a paranoia so fierce it made him distrust his own shadow, which he seems to have transmitted to his disciple Nicolas Maduro.

So when I heard about the arrest of the opposition mayor Antonio Ledezma, accused of a supposed link with violent acts against the government, I couldn’t help but remember all the times that the fears of our “Maximum Leader” ended the professional, political and even the physical life of some Cuban. How many times did they justify a turn of the political screw under the pretext of an attempt against the Commander and Chief? Which of these assassinations were invented by the official propaganda itself, just to divert attention from other issues?

The scheme of “here comes the wolf” is already so hackneyed that it would be laughable if it weren’t for the dire implications for the people. Maduro theatrically – and before the cameras – plays the role of victim about to succumb to an international conspiracy. The seams of the farce are clear to see, but he is still dangerous. He believes he embodies the nation, so he denounces the plots and machinations to kill him, trying to obtain the benefits of a nationalism and trashy as it is fleeting.

His presidency has been a sequence of supposed coups, conspiracies that develop outside the borders, and enemies who are trying to destabilize the country

Chavez’s successor does not know how to deal with the normal, nor how to lead in a balanced way, nor how to offer Venezuelans a national project where everyone is included. Such that he can only fall back on fear. His presidency has been a sequence of supposed coups, conspiracies that develop outside the borders, and enemies who are trying to destabilize the country. He doesn’t know any method of leadership other than perennial tension.

Ledezma is the latest victim of this political paranoia. Leopoldo Lopez just completed a year in prison and in the coming months is very likely to be joined by other opponents added to the list of the arrested and prosecuted. Nicolas Maduro with again denounce plots against him, pointing out those presumed guilty of some attempt and directing the accusing finger at the White House.

All this to hide that he doesn’t know how to govern and can only imitate the dismal model he’s inherited from his mentors of the Plaza of the Revolution. The result is a bad copy of the Cuban model, a crude replica in which ideology has ceded its entire terrain to the ravings of a man.

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159 thoughts on “Maduro Does Not Know How to Govern

  1. HMM! SO THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY MAFIA WANTS TO BE REMOVED FROM THE LIST OF “State Sponsors of Terrorism”??

    CAPITOL HILL CUBANS: Colombia Intercepts Shipment of “War Materiel” Headed to Cuba
    The Colombian authorities have intercepted a Chinese-flagged ship loaded with “war materiel” headed for Cuba.

    It was intercepted near the Port of Cartagena. The cargo includes long-range weapons systems.

    According to El Tiempo, the ship did not have appropriate documentation — indicating that this was a clandestine shipment.

    The ship’s captain also resisted any inspection.

    The Colombian authorities first believed the heavy weaponry was being smuggled to the South American nation, but the final destination was Cuba.

    In the summer of 2013, a North Korean vessel was intercepted trying to cross the Panama Canal with over 240 tons of Cuban weapons headed for Pyongyang.

    That vessel also did not have proper documentation and the ship’s captain resisted inspection.

    Cuba was found to be in violation of U.N. sanctions — the most egregious violation of these sanctions to date.
    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!
    http://www.capitolhillcubans.com/2015/03/colombia-intercepts-shipment-of-war.html

  2. HMM! SO THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY MAFIA WANTS TO BE REMOVED FROM THE LIST OF “State Sponsors of Terrorism”??

    ABC NEWS: Spain Asks US for Help on Extraditions From Cuba – By CIARAN GILES

    Spain said Monday it has asked the United States to use its talks on taking Cuba off the blacklist of nations sponsoring terrorism to help obtain the extradition of two members of the armed Basque group ETA from the communist country.

    Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo said the government has been in talks with the U.S. in the hope of getting Cuba to extradite Jose Angel Urtiaga and Jose Ignacio Etxarte to Spain.

    They have been wanted since 2010 in a probe into alleged links between Venezuela, ETA and the Colombian rebel group, the FARC.

    Cuba’s 33-year status on the terrorism list stems from its support decades ago for ETA and the FARC.

    The list is a major hurdle in U.S.-Cuban negotiations to end a half-century diplomatic freeze.

    Margallo said the extraditions have since been made more difficult by former Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who last week called on the U.S to take Cuba off the list immediately and without conditions.

    Zapatero’s comments in Havana after meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro during a private visit greatly angered the conservative Madrid government

    Margallo said Zapatero had not informed the government of the meeting with Castro and should have contacted the ministry before making such statements.

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    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/spain-asks-us-extraditions-cuba-29322927

  3. DEAR Omar Fundora! WHY ARE YOU STILL AFRAID TO POST A LINK TO YOUR INFORMATION DEAR? YOU NEED TO GET OVER THAT HURDLE! TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND DO AS I BELOW!

    PANAM POST: Chavista Regime’s Touted Witness against López Comes to His Aid

    A linguistics analyst widely cited as reporting that Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López incited violence during anti-government protests in 2014 has made an apparent about turn. Regarding the key evidence to justify López’s ongoing incarceration, she states that López “incited peaceful demonstration within the limits of the Constitution. ” Rosa Amelia Asuaje surprised the audience present in court on Wednesday, February 25, as she openly contradicted her report filed on April 3, 2014: “the citizen Leopoldo López didn’t utter a message of anger, but simply conveyed his personal opinions to the crowd.”The expert, who has analyzed five of 32 speeches given by López, denied including in her initial report the idea of a “subliminal message,” saying that this was an interpretation of the prosecution alone.According to Venezuelan daily El Nacional, the linguist said that she had always taken pains to use the conditional form, and had made no concrete statements in support of the prosecution’s thesis. López’s words, she argued, consisted of a “meta-message loaded with anger, which could have influenced his followers to behavior that couldhave lead to violent episodes.”

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    http://panampost.com/panam-staff/2015/03/02/chavista-regimes-touted-witness-against-lopez-comes-to-his-aid/

  4. THE PEOPLE IN VENEZUELA WANTS THE MADURO ADMINISTRATION TO “TAKE OFF ITS GLOVES’ TO STOP THE ELITE GROUPS IN VENEZUELA FROM SABOTAGING THE BUILDING OF A SOCIALIST DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC

    Launch a revolutionary offensive

    the historical experience of Latin America is that if the power of the bourgeoisie is not broken, they will use it to destroy the revolution. So long as the national bourgeoisie and imperialism are in possession of economic levers, they will use these to sabotage the democratic will of the majority and to overthrow any revolutionary government and to institute a counter-revolutionary regime which would destroy the conquests of the revolution. Therefore, what needs to be done is to take away economic power from the oligarchy, because it uses this to finance all of its undemocratic plans in the same way as it sabotages production and carries out flights of capital (even with the present currency exchange controls)

    It is necessary to launch a revolutionary offensive and to complete the socialist revolution in Venezuela. For this it is necessary to carry out the following urgent tasks:

    1) Nationalisation, without compensation, of all the properties of those who have been involved in acts of economic and/or political sabotage.

    2) Trial and punishment all those involved in the Carmonazo and other attempts to carry out coups and sabotage since then.

    3) Nationalise the main levers of the economy: the large landed estates, the national and transnational monopolies and all the private banks. With state property under the democratic control of the working class and the peasantry, a planned economy can be established which put an end to shortages of goods and inflation.

    4) Workers’ control at all levels in the state-owned enterprises, institutions and other entities of the state to fight bureaucratism and corruption.

    5) Consolidate workers’, peasants’ and community militias and further expand revolutionary agitation and organization within the armed forces by giving the soldiers the right to elect their commanding officers, to forestall any military coup plots.

    We also echo president Maduro’s call for a civic-military mobilization to fight the coup and sabotage. For this, it is necessary and urgent to create revolutionary committees to vigilant in defence of the revolution, in every city, town, neighborhood, factory, university, ministry, military detachment, etc., that is, in any place where anyone could attempt sabotage or coup activities, and to monitor and combat these immediately through the organs of the organised people.
    1. Launch a revolutionary offensive!
    2. Defeat the economic war by expropriating the bourgeoisie!
    3. Consolidate the people’s militias!
    4. Defeat the coup by radicalising the socialist revolution!

  5. NJ.COM: Cuba refused deal to swap convicted N.J. cop killer for 5 spies, report says – By Erin O’Neill
    Now a former FBI director has told The Record of Bergen County about a failed effort in 1998 to bring back Chesimard, who was found guilty in 1977 of murdering Trooper Werner Foerster. Chesimard was sentenced to life in prison but escaped and later resurfaced in Cuba where she was granted asylum.
    The former director, Louis Freeh, told the newspaper that the agency offered to swap five Cuban spies captured in Florida for Chesimard but the communist country rejected the deal completely.

    Freeh said Cuba even refused to discuss the offer.

    The report notes that when Cuba’s head of North American affairs, Josefina Vidal, was asked after Obama’s announcement if the nation would be open to talking about returning fugitives, she told the Associated Press the “every nation has sovereign and legitimate rights to grant political asylum to people it considers to have been persecuted.”
    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/03/cuba_refused_deal_to_swap_chesimard.html

  6. YOUTUBE: The McCain Institute – A New U.S.-Cuba Policy: Did Cuba Win?

    WASHINGTON (February 25, 2015) – On Thursday, February 26, 2015, The McCain Institute for International Leadership will host “A New U.S.-Cuba Policy: Did Cuba Win?” at the Heritage Center at the U.S. Navy Memorial at 5:30 pm EST. Confirmed panelists include: Julia Sweig, Senior Research Fellow, The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at University of Texas, Austin; Jodi Bond, Vice President of the Americas for the International Division, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Mauricio Claver-Carone, Executive Director, Cuba Democracy Advocates; and Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Columnist, Diario de Cuba, Sampsonia Way Magazine and El Nacional. Jon Decker, White House Correspondent at Fox News Radio, will serve as the panel moderator.
    http://www.mccaininstitute.org/newsroom/press-releases/the-mccain-institute-to-host-debate-on-cuba

  7. WHY WOULD YOU INVEST WITH A MAFIA OLIGARCHY THAT IN A WINK OF AN EYE TAKE OVER YOUR BUSINESS AND PUT YOU IN JAIL!

    USA TODAY: Red flags in Cuba slow investment – Alan Gomez and Rick Jervis – MIAMI — After an initial wave of enthusiasm following President Obama’s decision to re-establish relations and expand trade with Cuba, American businesses are hitting the brakes. Although companies such as MasterCard, American Express, Netflix and Twitter have announced plans to expand operations in Cuba, they can’t flourish on the island until two essential U.S. industries get on board: banking and telecommunications. And so far, officials in those fields are hesitant to jump into the risky Cuban market. “Capital doesn’t like to go where there’s risk,” said Alex Sanchez, president and CEO of the Florida Bankers Association. “It’s not going to Iran, it’s not going to Iraq and it probably won’t go to Cuba for a while because of the risk.”

    The other part of the deal expands trade between the two countries. American businesses can now sell more products to Cuba and Cuban entrepreneurs can export their products to the U.S. market. American businesses can establish corresponding bank accounts in Cuba to facilitate those transactions, travelers can use their credit and debit cards on the island, and U.S. telecom companies can help build up Cuba’s Internet infrastructure.

    In the months since, however, lawyers and compliance officers at U.S. companies have been raising red flags. The biggest is that Cuba remains on the U.S. State Department’s list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, which severely limits the ability of American companies to do business with the country.

    That’s just the start. Cuba has no independent judicial system U.S. companies can turn to for settling disputes. The communist government has a long history of seizing foreign property. American companies still face restrictions because of the economic embargo the U.S. maintains on Cuba. In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks and the U.S. recession, American regulators have cracked down on financial institutions that deal with customers involved in money-laundering, narco-trafficking, terrorism and other high-risk fields.

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    http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2015/03/01/cuba-us-banking-telecommunications-challenges/24124895/

  8. THE CHAVISTASFASCISTAS ARE GRASPING AT ANY CONSPIRACY STRAW AND ARE LOOKING FOR ANY HOSTAGE JUST LIKE THE CASTRO TOOK ALAN GROSS AS A HOSTAGE IN ORDER TO GET THEIR REMAINDER SPIES BACK TO CUBA!

    YAHOO NEWS: Venezuela frees 4 detained North Dakota missionaries

    DEVILS LAKE, North Dakota (AP) — Venezuelan authorities on Saturday released four North Dakota missionaries after they were detained and questioned for several days, a pastor at their church said.

    Bruce Dick, lead pastor at Bethel Evangelical Free Church, said the three men and one woman were released Saturday morning after being in custody since Wednesday. U.S. Embassy Press Director Glenn Guimond said the missionaries boarded a plane out of the country and would not be allowed back for two years.

    It was unclear why the missionaries had been detained, and Dick said he couldn’t comment until he spoke with them. He said they flew to Aruba, where they planned to rest for at least a day.

    The pastor said the missionaries were taken Wednesday from Ocumare de la Costa, a small coastal town where they have been working to establish a church, to the city of Maracay. He couldn’t say what they were questioned about.

    A local Venezuelan pastor with whom the group often works was detained with the four missionaries, Dick said.

    The missionaries were treated well, Dick said, adding that they were able to keep their cellphones and send text messages and make brief phone calls to loved ones.

    “They didn’t fear for their lives or anything. It was just question after question,” he said.

    The group has worked with a partner church in the city of El Limon since 2002, Dick said, and they’ve been making efforts for several years to establish a church in Ocumare on their annual trips.

    Dick said the group’s mission is solely service-oriented.
    http://news.yahoo.com/senator-venezuela-frees-4-us-missionaries-221406706.html

  9. The huge inequality that exists in Cuba is a perfect example of what it’s like everywhere. I don’t know how the tax system in Cuba works, but in general it’s like this: The rich don’t mind paying more tax if that buys them less crime, social unrest, terrorism and wars. What they resent is giving money to inefficient and corrupt govts…

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