Venezuela, social progress against all odds

As is known, Venezuela sits on one of the largest reserves of hydrocarbons in the world. Such wealth is not lost on those who seek to acquire it, by all means fair and foul. Nor was the purpose of the move by ExxonMobil into the Esequibo region of territory in dispute between Venezuela and Guyana not obvious.

To date such efforts have failed generally, and not because of no strenuous efforts to destabilise the government and damage the economy of the country – as damage there has been, other than from the massive crash in oil prices.

Today elections are being held for 167 parliamentary seats, and the government faces a strong challenge, due in large part to shortages and other inconveniences – even as many shortages were exposed as created through private sector failure to produce consumer goods or through contraband of subsidised products heading for Colombia, with one avenue being through Táchira.

Here the Guardian puts the reality of the elections in a headline, Venezuela’s high-life elite hope hard-hit poor will abandon Chávez’s legacy   (Some would recall, during the heights of the disturbances in 2014, the fear, the dread of so many Venezuelans of the fearsome ‘guarimbas‘, should they arrive very late at night.) Some key, with dollops of sarcasm, observations,

Much of the oil-rich country is crippled by rising inflation, a lack of basic goods and rampant violence that could lead to the ruling United Socialist party losing control of the legislature for the first time in 17 years in Sunday’s elections. But at this exclusive club, set on the leafy slopes of the El Avila mountain, those troubles seem a world away.

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Since it was founded in 1917, the club [Caracas Country Club] has been a second home for the privileged Caracas elite. But since the late Hugo Chávez began what he called his “Bolivarian revolution” in 1998, that elite has been derisively termed los escualidos, the squalid ones, and they have been the object of government scorn.

Fed up with corrupt politics and neoliberal economic policies that the poor felt left them unprotected, Venezuelans swept Chávez into power hoping for change. With an economy buoyed by sky-high oil prices, Chávez set up social welfare programmes to benefit the poor in education, health and housing, winning him the gratitude and loyalty of millions.

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That sets the stage for the US continual involvement in Venezuela. Mark Weisbrot, co-director of CEPR (cepr.net) of the US, in a post at Common Dreams lays out the evidence on clumsy political disinformation against an independent state, Hillary Clinton and a Venezuelan Murder Mystery: Who Killed Luis Manuel Díaz? Some telling points,

On November 30, Hillary Clinton stated that she was “outraged at the cold blooded assassination of Luis Manuel Díaz on stage at a rally last week.” She was referring to the killing of a local opposition leader in Venezuela on November 25. It was clear from her remarks that she was blaming the government for the murder. Her statement appeared to be part of an international campaign to delegitimize Sunday’s congressional elections in Venezuela, and it spread quickly throughout the global media.

And here facts are unimportant to the cynical,

Within hours of the killing, facts began to emerge that cast doubt on the widely disseminated version of events. Venezuelan authorities started investigating the murder, and issued statements claiming that Díaz was part of a local mafia and was killed by rivals in revenge for a murder that he was implicated in.

For a day or two, these statements did not even appear in the English language media. As the days passed, more details began to emerge. According to these reports, Díaz, the victim, who was the local secretary general of the opposition party Acción Democrática (AD) in Guarico state, was himself on trial for involvement in a murder…

As further evidence of the complicity of US corporate media and their general unreliability and untrustworthiness is a report on TeleSUR from an analyst, What CNN Doesn’t Want You To Know About Venezuela’s Elections

As I state in my original article, censored by CNN, (now published on RT) Venezuela may have its problems, but the credibility of its electoral process is not one of them. The same electoral system used in this Sunday’s elections, also was used to elect the more than one third of the legislature the opposition current holds, along with the opposition governors and mayors in the country’s most populated states and cities. Why is it fraud then when only one side loses? The answer is simple: it’s not fraud, it’s called being a sore loser. In democracy, the results are respected, no matter who wins, and no matter who loses.

Irrespective of the results of today’s elections, the substantial social and economic progress made by millions of disadvantaged Venezuelans can be reversed only by revolution – and that would not be democracy.

As RT has advised, ‘Question More’.

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