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Will Venezuela Follow Ukraine?
Pajamas Media ^ | 02/22/2014 | Ron Radosh

Posted on 02/22/2014 3:23:38 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Cuban troops

As the world focuses on the demonstrations and “Day of Liberation” in Kiev, as the oppressive regime in Ukraine has fled to areas in which they have support, events closer to the United States are also flaring up.

While the demonstrations against the leftist dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro continue in Venezuela, news has arrived that a new group of Cuban troops has arrived in Caracas to help the regime defeat the protestors. As PJ Media contributor Alberto de la Cruz [1] reports at Babalu [2], the anti-Castro website, these troops are in fact “simply joining the thousands of other Cuban soldiers already stationed in the Cuban pseudo-colony.” Recently, Raul Castro threatened to unleash these troops to help the Maduro regime stay in power.

The situation in Venezuela is producing a serious opposition, which now includes both students and regular middle-class Venezuelans, as this report from Al Jazeera [3] reveals. In the city of San Cristobal, where the protests began, Caracas Chronicles [4] reports that many sections have fallen out of control of the regime.

The response of Maduro and his cronies, Reuters reports [5], is of the usual leftist variety: “Small fascist groups” are working in league with the United States to overthrow the government. Maduro is the same leader who recently told Venezuelans, Michael P. Moynihan [6] writes, that he has seen Hugo Chavez appear to him in the form of a bird, as well as having spotted his ghost lingering in the Caracas subway. We know, of course, that this could not be true, since Maduro would no longer be caught dead in the subway — preferring to ride through his occupied capital in a bullet-proof car protected by his troops.

Last week, Maduro had the popular opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez arrested and thrown in jail, where he is awaiting trial on the charge that he has incited the crowds to riot, is guilty of homicide, and, finally, that he is a terrorist. We all know what the outcome of that trial will be. “The fascist right-wing,” Maduro told a crowd of organized supporters, is finally “in the hands of justice.” Maduro continued to tell his small rally that “we have been informed that the ultra-right wing of Venezuela, in tandem with the ultra-right wing of Miami, apropos the bench warrant, activated foreign groups to find and kill [Lopez] so as to fuel a political crisis and lead us to civil war.”

To translate: Maduro, whose regime has done everything to stifle a democratic opposition from being heard, including the recent murders of demonstrators by the regime’s police, is now claiming that they are in fact, by arresting Lopez, protecting him from the wrath of other of his fascist followers! Just like when Stalin had one of his agents assassinate Leon Trotsky, in exile in Mexico, by wielding an ice-ax to his skull, he was protecting the people from Trotsky’s supposed coming alliance with Hitler to overthrow Stalin’s workers’ paradise.

So far, the ranks of the American leftwing have been relatively silent, except for one voice, as you’ll see on the next page.

I found nothing on the website of The Nation, whose writers are seemingly too busy trying to find rationales for Putin’s attack on Ukraine. But fortunately, one voice was brave enough to defend Nicolas Maduro — the former member of Congress, Joseph Kennedy II.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal [7], Sohrab Ahmari notes that Kennedy is busy airing TV ads heralding Maduro for providing cheap subsidized fuel to the poor in the Bay Area, provided to Kennedy’s corporation, Citizens Energy. “The cold can overwhelm even the toughest among us,” the ad states, “and the heating bills keep piling on.” Then Mr. Kennedy himself appears on screen, and says: “The people of Venzuela and President Maduro are once again…the only country to answer our call to provide heating assistance to the poor.” Given that Kennedy makes this statement precisely at the moment when demonstrators are being shot and the opposition leader jailed, Mr. Ahmari writes that Kennedy now has the distinction of being the most prominent “useful idiot” singing the praises of Maduro’s crumbling regime. I would modify that statement. The regime’s failings are so transparent that to praise it, as does Joseph Kennedy II, proves that he is actually simply an idiot, and hardly useful to anyone.

I await with bated breath the Obama administration’s unqualified vocal support to the brave Venezuelans who are calling for an end to the regime of the would-be Castro of Venezuela.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: hugochavez; leopoldolopez; nicolasmaduro; protest; russia; ukraine; venezuela; viktoryanukovich

1 posted on 02/22/2014 3:23:38 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama will do everything he can to support his fellow Marxists.


2 posted on 02/22/2014 3:28:19 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean
When will we Americans take to the street and demand the marxist tyrant Obama resign for all its crimes as in using to IRS to oppress conservative groups and so rigging the election for it.

when will we demand a resignation of the democrat party which controls all of the major institutions including the news media, all the media , the gov bureaucracies, the presidency , the Senate, the unions, academia, the universities, the unions, Hollywood, the government schools, Soros, the NEA , the teamsters, and so on and so on? we live in a media dictatorship ruled by a cabal of leftist radical socialists/marxists/communists who call themselves democrats

3 posted on 02/22/2014 3:41:11 PM PST by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: SeekAndFind

Will Venezuela Follow Ukraine?.... Hopefully!


4 posted on 02/22/2014 3:44:39 PM PST by wolf78 (Inflation is a form of taxation, too. Cranky Libertarian - equal opportunity offender.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The regime’s failings are so transparent that to praise it, as does Joseph Kennedy II, proves that he is actually simply an idiot, and hardly useful to anyone.

A simple idiot who has made millions off of his 'cheap oil' scam.

5 posted on 02/22/2014 3:47:04 PM PST by Ditto
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To: Ditto

COME ON PEOPLE! The only way we get anything out of this is to do what hurts Cuba in the biggest way! Thee me what is it?


6 posted on 02/22/2014 3:50:16 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Venezuela’s people are much more disarmed than Ukraine and many of them are still under the delusion that this can all be fixed with an election


7 posted on 02/22/2014 3:51:51 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The regime are a bunch of thugs


8 posted on 02/22/2014 3:52:45 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The military are very much in the regimes corner.

There are videos and reports of some brutal behavior by the troops/


9 posted on 02/22/2014 3:53:45 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

So tell me: The people of Ukraine are white(european). The people ov S. America are KNOT. So tell me-where is the similarity?


10 posted on 02/22/2014 3:54:07 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

lol. I don’t think anyone was comparing skin tone. And I don’t think they are the same. If the protesters in Venezuela think this is all going to end peacefully with Maduro out, they are going to be sadly mistaken.


11 posted on 02/22/2014 3:57:30 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Will Venezuela Follow Ukraine?

One can only hope.
12 posted on 02/22/2014 3:59:59 PM PST by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET
So tell me: The people of Ukraine are white(european). The people ov S. America are KNOT. So tell me-where is the similarity?

Wow...Really? Misspelling and comparing ethnicity all in one post? Oh, and they're similar in that they are of the human race, which is all that really matters.
13 posted on 02/22/2014 4:02:19 PM PST by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: arderkrag

As I see it the REAL heroes of Venezuela are in Florida and Az. playing baseball. They are national heroes who do not only have hit the big time-they got the bucks to take their ENTIRE families out with them! DOO U get want I’m getting at?


14 posted on 02/22/2014 4:05:24 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET
DOO U get want I’m getting at?

This isn't a sentence, and two of the operators in it aren't even words.
15 posted on 02/22/2014 4:07:51 PM PST by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

?


16 posted on 02/22/2014 4:11:31 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET
The people ov S. America are KNOT.

I am sighting you for improper use of the English language.

17 posted on 02/22/2014 4:13:27 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

A practice up with I will not put!


18 posted on 02/22/2014 4:15:16 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: SeekAndFind

A more appropriate question might be: Will the citizens of the United States follow the lead of the citizens of Ukraine?


19 posted on 02/22/2014 4:16:06 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Maduro is the same leader who recently told Venezuelans ... that he has seen Hugo Chavez appear to him in the form of a bird...

Hmmm... this Maduro fellow could be on to something. Could explain the bird that takes a crap on my car. Obama taking the form of a bird and spreading his gifts... makes sense...

20 posted on 02/22/2014 4:17:26 PM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: SeekAndFind

21 posted on 02/22/2014 4:29:20 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

“I am sighting you for improper use of the English language.”

So, you think it is proper use of the English language to use “sighting” instead of citing as in the issuance of a citation?


22 posted on 02/22/2014 4:31:14 PM PST by WhiskeyX ( provides a system for registering complaints about unfair broadcasters and the ability to request a)
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To: DIRTYSECRET
The people of Ukraine are white(european).

I don't think Hitler would have agreed with you.

23 posted on 02/22/2014 4:31:56 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: wolf78; SeekAndFind

“Will Venezuela Follow Ukraine?....”

And then the DC Corporation!


24 posted on 02/22/2014 4:44:50 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: WhiskeyX

I would site references, but I’m out of time.


25 posted on 02/22/2014 4:47:42 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

And I am citing you for the same thing.


26 posted on 02/22/2014 5:25:13 PM PST by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: WhiskeyX; Balding_Eagle

It did not at first occur to me, but perhaps he meant sighting as one sights in a rifle. (Its a stretch, I know)

OK, enough with the spelling and grammar police.


27 posted on 02/22/2014 5:28:41 PM PST by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: Chuckster

Another Saturday Night on FR—this is what happens when you mix politics, linguistics, and rotgut whiskey.


28 posted on 02/22/2014 5:56:31 PM PST by _longranger81
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To: GeronL

If you want to get genetic, Western European genes are stronger in the Venezuelan population than the Indian and African components. Ukrainians are Slavic, btw.


29 posted on 02/22/2014 5:59:35 PM PST by Clemenza (Lurking)
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To: SeekAndFind

Iran’s two ships on their way north may get to Venezuela in time to give Maduro a lift into exile.


30 posted on 02/22/2014 6:01:24 PM PST by Lower Deck
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To: Democrat_media

>When will we Americans take to the street and demand the marxist tyrant Obama resign for all its crimes as in using to IRS to oppress conservative groups and so rigging the election for it.<

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It will not happen because we are too much of a diversified nation, both racially and ideologically. (Diversified = chopped up in irreconcilable pieces.)

The last generation that could possibly have taken to the streets in protest would have been the “Greatest Generation” and most of them are either too old to be active or are dead.


31 posted on 02/22/2014 6:08:31 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Actually, there are a lot of white folks in South America, incl. Venezuela.


32 posted on 02/22/2014 6:13:19 PM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Why work for a living when you can vote for a living?)
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To: Chuckster

Which is why it was put in the form of a question....


33 posted on 02/22/2014 6:29:18 PM PST by WhiskeyX ( provides a system for registering complaints about unfair broadcasters and the ability to request a)
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To: _longranger81

Har!


34 posted on 02/22/2014 6:36:17 PM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: _longranger81

There stands the glass
Fill it up to the rim
‘Till my troubles grow dim
Its my first one today d;^)


35 posted on 02/22/2014 6:43:58 PM PST by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: wolf78

Hopefully, a country that is a bit to the north of Venezuela will overthrow it’s lawless leftist regime.


36 posted on 02/22/2014 7:31:09 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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