Skip to main content

Venezuela, too much oil to be independent

Venezuela is immensely rich, it holds the largest oil reserves on the planet. The economy of the country is, however, in full bankruptcy. The oil wealth has made the country live well, in the days of President Chavez. The Bolivarian regime then bought food, medicines and social peace. But oil today brings back much less money. Inflation, slowing growth, shortages, are creating enormous tensions within the population. These difficulties are, perhaps, not the sole fact of the government incompetence. Parasitism of the Cuban government and Washington, CIA is not alien to the death of Hugo Chavez in March 2013, could as well be responsible for the difficulties of the country.

Moises Naim, a correspondent for the El Pais newspaper, said the Cuban regime took advantage of Hugo Chavez's unconditional admiration for the revolutionary Fidel Castro to infiltrate all the country's decision-making offices. Cuban "advisers" would be in control throughout the administration and the army, influencing all Caracas decisions. Cuban economy has, according to Moises Naim, a vital need for Venezuelan oil aid. Havana gets supplies of Venezuelan oil at low prices, and Cuban companies have the monopoly of importing most of the medicines and food entering Venezuela. The Cubans, it is true, have become masters in the art of maintaining their dictatorship in spite of the incessant maneuvers of Washington, since the Cuban revolution of January 1959. They make the authoritarian regime of Maduro benefit from their "know-how" in terms of repression and surveillance of the armed forces. The officers who cooperate with the Caracas regime are assured of their careers, the others are exiled, imprisoned or dead. There are more generals in theVenezuelan army today, than in United States.

It can not be forgotten that Venezuela's geographical situation could make it one of the main stages in the path of Colombian drugs to the United States or Europe. The Americans accused Vice President Tareck El Aissami, as well as a large number of military officers and other family members and members of the ruling oligarchy, of directing drug trafficking. But it is still necessary to be careful. First, another entry, better placed, of the drug to the United States is Mexico ( cartels.html).
Secondly, American intelligence services, namely the famous cell that merged elements of the CIA, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Defense Intelligence Agency in Colombia, has a  tendency to accuse Cubans and Venezuelans to direct narco-traffics in a very Hollywoodian style. Remember Chavez's former bodyguard accusation against Venezuelan National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello. Leamsy Villafaña Salazar, the bodyguard oddly exfiltered in the United States with his wife, allegedly saw President Cabello deposing himself, late in the evening, drugs in speedboats, in the Paraguana Peninsula. It is not likely that a man of this importance has been involved in this type of operation. It is true that Diosdado Cabello, very opposed to Washington, Chavez's presumed successor to the Venezuelan presidency, was to be quickly neutralized by Washington.

Shortages can be organized, an economy can be undermined from the outside, through international markets. The Venezuelan population suffers greatly from the shortage, inflation and brutality of the Venezuelan dictatorship that clings to power. But, nevertheless, the "salida", the quasi-daily manifestations of the opponents of the Maduro regime, should not be seen as entirely spontaneous . Networks are activated, Venezuelan oil arouses too much covetousness to leave it in the hands of the Venezuelans.



Popular posts from this blog

South Africa : Will ANC survive to 2019 ?

After twenty-three years of power, in spite of beautiful democrat intentions, the record of the ANC governments in South Africa is mixed: the population is poorer than in the days of apartheid, the state is failing, Corrupted are politicians. Crime has exploded and racial hatred poisons everyday life. South Africa has become an ordinary African country.

The history of South Africa is that of rivalry between three groups: Africans, British origin citizens and Franco-Dutch: the Boers. African population was first enslaved by the army of Her Majesty. Despite the courageous resistance, and a defeat inflicted to the British army by Zulu warriors at the Battle of Isandhlwana (January 22, 1879), African populations were subjected to white power until the end of the twentieth century. Then, the British opposed settlers of Franco-Dutch origin: the Boers.
In 1835, the Boers left the Cape Colony to migrate to the interior of South Africa and escape British domination. It was the "Grand Trek&q…

China is ready to govern the world

"Older countries have glasses to see the future," might have said a Chinese proverb. President Xi Jinping drew inspiration from the legendary Silk Road, which ensured China's prosperity for a millennium, to launch the most ambitious economic development plan in the history of the 21st century: "One Belt One Road "(OBOR). On one side, a terrestrial "belt" which connects the interior of China with Europe, by Central Asia and Turkey; On the other side, a maritime "road" linking the Chinese coastline to the East of Africa, passing through the Arabic Gulf countries. It is the "New Silk Road" which formalizes the entry of China into the club of the great superpowers.

Indeed, OBOR materializes the political and commercial alliances that China, the rising power of the 21st century, has patiently woven for decades. For several years, Chinese companies have been building pipelines and fiber optic networks across Eurasia and Africa. Far from …

France and Australia are ready for a war in the Pacific.

France is a small country ... of 11 million square kilometers, thanks to the 200 thousand Exclusive Economic Zone that surround the smallest of its islets. French Polynesia alone comprises over 100 islands and atolls lost in the Pacific, an area twenty times larger than the United Kingdom. Yet, at the end of the Cold War, Paris was thinking of getting rid of these lost territories in the Pacific. Didn't the Noumea Treaty offer a referendum on the independence of New Caledonia for 2018 ? Today, the deal has changed. Paris has good reasons to keep its territories in the Pacific.

China is investing heavily in the area, offering scholarships in Chinese universities, lending money to finance infrastructure projects throughout the region. The beneficiary countries must accept, in return, Chinese immigrants. In Tonga Islands, over the last decade, the Chinese have taken over more than 80% of the stores.
China has, of course, also invested in French Polynesia, technical stop, for her, to …