Remember when the Left – mostly the scolds from Hollywood – would make pilgrimages to Venezuela? They would parade down there to congratulate the dictators on how great socialism was. They haven’t been going much this year, now that it has become a country of starving children, dying women, and hyperinflation. 300,000 Venezuelan Children at Risk of Dying from Malnutrition, Catholic NGO Alerts
Around 300,000 children in Venezuela are at risk of death from malnutrition, according to Caritas, a humanitarian organization run by the Catholic Church. It estimated that between five and six children die from malnutrition in Nicolás Maduro’s country each week.
Pregnant women and new mothers are also at risk
Doctor Julio Castro reinforced the importance of Caritas’ figures. “Maternal mortality between 2006 and 2016 shows a year-by-year increase of 10 percent,” he said, “but in the last year, it shot up 65 percent due to hunger and a lack of medical care and (other) products.”
The world wants to send aid, but the government won’t allow any to enter the country. The problems are all the result of a “War on Socialism” waged by the US and EU.
In other news, the inflation rate (or maybe that should be the HYPERINFLATION rate) in Venezuela has come down off its all-time record-high. It is “only” 2875% in October. (And no, that is not a typo.) Hyperinflation: Much Talked About, Little Understood
Human rights? We don’t need no stinkin’ human rights! UN rips Venezuelan human rights abuses, as government orders opposition leader’s wife to court | Fox News
A hard-hitting United Nations report on Venezuela released this week said the human rights situation in the socialist country is “increasingly critical” for anti-government protesters, who are facing “mounting levels of repression” from that country’s national security forces.
The report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), released Wednesday, noted that the security forces subjected those detained, including children, to “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.”
I wonder where all the Hollywood celebs, who used to run down to Venezuela at the drop of a hat, to congratulate them on their Socialist government are. They must all be working with the deplorables in the Cajun Navy in Houston. Or something. (Just as soon as they get that Instagram problem straightened out, for sure.)
So far the military has been sticking by the government. I can’t see them doing that if they are starving. Armed Venezuelan soldiers caught in Guyana begging for food | Miami Herald
Food is a crisis in the Socialist Paradise of Venezuela™.
Guyanese Police Inspector Christopher Humphrey said he’d gone to the border along the Amacuro river, which divides the two nations, to investigate reports that the Venezuelan military was stealing food from locals. But the three soldiers he encountered — two carrying military assault rifles — said they had come to beg for meals and hadn’t harmed anyone.
The Inspector said the men seemed to be very hungry – he didn’t use the word starving.
Venezuela is teetering on the brink. Venezuela’s oil production is on the brink of collapse – Business Insider
If oil production collapses in the country, they won’t have a dime. They are already in a really bad way.
The inflation rate, according to the IMF, will balloon to 720 percent this year. Food shortages have been common for quite some time, but are deepening and wearing down the population. Three out of four people surveyed by the WSJ reported involuntary weight loss last year. Hospitals have completely broken down.
No food, no medical care. (What? I thought health care was a right. How could this happen in a socialist paradise?)
So why is oil production declining? Because the .gov used the oil money to buy and keep power, and spent none of it on maintenance. But there is a funny thing about oil equipment… it breaks down.
Crude oil production is down 18 percent since 2015 and is expected to decline 10 to 15 percent this year. Venezuelan oil refineries are also breaking down, unable to obtain spare parts.
The litany of decay goes on from there. Unpaid bills. Oil sent abroad, not kept for domestic use. The security services of the country are getting restless too. (They have families who can’t eat after all.) As Margaret Thatcher would have said, they have reached the point where they’ve run out of other people’s money.
What else is there to say?
Apparently, the .gov of Venezuela has decided to do away with civilian courts. Venezuela Tries Protesters in Military Court ‘Like We Are in a War’
Sounds like martial law has been declared. What a surprise, a Socialist
Paradise dictatorship does away with the rule of law in order to remain in power.
President Nicolás Maduro, beleaguered by a second month of protests against his rule, has prosecuted political rivals under terrorism laws and expanded his powers by emergency decrees. His backers on the Supreme Court have even tried to dissolve the national legislature, which is led by the political opposition.
I wonder why the continuing stream of Leftists (Bernie Sanders, call your office) stopped going there/saying nice things about Venezuela.
Hollywood bigwigs (and smaller wigs) were flocking to Venezuela to congratulate their socialist overlords on doing away with capitalism. Why did they stop going? Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro starts process to rewrite constitution amid deadly protests – CBS News
Thousands of protesters were met with plumes of tear gas in Venezuela’s capital Wednesday, just a short distance from where President Nicolas Maduro delivered a decree kicking off a process to rewrite the polarized nation’s constitution.
Rewriting the constitution because he doesn’t want to lose power.
The only truly amazing thing about this story is that CBS News actually called Venezuela a Socialist country. Go figure.