riothero on Biased subreddit is biased

how are mods (which?) promoting the sub as a place for ‘emotional catharsis’? does it have to do with their conduct (how they respond to alternative points of view, etc)? could the situation be rectified by new rules (forbidding certain types of posts, etc)? what would ‘compentent’ mods do differently? personally i am open to change but am reluctant to engage in heavy-handed moderation.

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Ideological Diversity within the Bolivarian Revolution: Interview with Aporrea’s Gonzalo Gomez

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Ideological Diversity within the Bolivarian Revolution: Interview with Aporrea’s Gonzalo Gomez

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riothero on ¿cuándo ‘El Che venezolano’ se convirtió en el líder de los colectivos?

if you don’t mind, i don’t want to provoke that guy (i know he follows me on reddit and reads my website–he [created](https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Riothero.com&action=history) a [wikipedia page](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riothero.com#External_links) for it–to paint me as ‘unobjective’) by mentioning him (or the ongoing feud between me and him) here. he is currently [trying to get me banned or something](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Neutral_point_of_view/Noticeboard#Riothero) for interfering with his chavez-bashing across wikipedia.

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riothero on ¿cuándo ‘El Che venezolano’ se convirtió en el líder de los colectivos?

[el artículo de wikipedia sobre 'colectivos' venezolanos](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colectivo_%28Venezuela%29#Response_of_colectivos) (en íngles) ahora se refiere a este imitador revolucionario / mascota como "un líder prominente" (de los colectivos), citando este artículo estúpido de El Nacional como fuente.

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¿cuándo ‘El Che venezolano’ se convirtió en el líder de los colectivos?

esto me ha estado molestando. el subtítulo de este artículo de El-Nacional del 9 de octubre parece referirse a "El Che venezolano" como "el líder de los grupos pro-gobierno". es esto un error, o estoy leyendo mal? podría alguien explicar?

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esto me ha estado molestando. el subtítulo de este artículo de El-Nacional del 9 de octubre parece referirse a "El Che venezolano" como "el líder de los grupos pro-gobierno". es esto un error, o estoy leyendo mal? podría alguien explicar?

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riothero on Oil-Rich Venezuela Starts Food Rationing

Relevant: "[Venezuela seizes warehouses packed with medical goods, food](http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/24/us-venezuela-economy-idUSKCN0ID00A20141024)" (***Reuters*** today) >President Nicolas Maduro’s government said on Thursday it had taken over warehouses around Venezuela crammed with medical goods and food that "bourgeois criminals" were hoarding for speculation and contraband. > The socialist government says businessmen and wealthy opponents are trying to sabotage the economy to bring Maduro down, while also seeking to make profits from hoarding, price-gouging and smuggling across the border to Colombia.

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Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution hasn’t established socialism. But it has brought the poor into public life

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The challenges ahead in Venezuela

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Venezuela at the UN, Washington at Bay

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Venezuela at the UN, Washington at Bay

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Evans: Marea decidirá en noviembre ser partido o no

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TIL the abolishment of compulory voting in 1993 contributed to a 30% decline in voter turnout, a rise in income inequality, and a shift in the electorate to the right.

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Henri Falcón: Sería una torpeza no dialogar

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riothero on International Media Barely Raises Eyebrow over Assassination of Pro-Government Legislator in Venezuela

also not getting due attention (despite this AP article): a video surfaced last month showing two Venezuelan student activists (who had recently been deported by Colombia) “discussing plans to stockpile weapons and launch attacks on government targets in apparent attempt to destabilize President Nicolas Maduro’s rule.”

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riothero on Venezuela’s ‘Chavismo’ risks implosion, dissident faction warns

i should have checked first, thanks.

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Venezuela’s ‘Chavismo’ risks implosion, dissident faction warns

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Venezuela’s ‘Chavismo’ risks implosion, dissident faction warns

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Venezuela’s ‘Chavismo’ risks implosion, dissident faction warns

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Interrogan a seis empleados del diputado Robert Serra por su asesinato

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Falcón exhortó a la MUD a retomar diálogo por la gobernabilidad del país

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Falcón: urge retomar “el diálogo económico para profundizar en la productividad del país”

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Venezuelan President: “Socialist Formula: Any company that’s abandoned will be taken over by the working class with the support of the revolutionary government. Let it be known.”

Venezuelan President: "Socialist Formula: Any company that’s abandoned will be taken over by the working class with the support of the revolutionary government. Let it be known." submitted by riothero to socialism
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Three jailed over murder of former Miss Venezuela and British ex-husband

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After Clorox’s official decision to cease production and sales in Venezuela, workers have taken over the abandoned factory with government support.

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riothero on Venezuela Takes Over Clorox Factory

“It’s the socialist formula,” Maduro said yesterday. “Any company that’s abandoned will be taken over by the working class with the support of the revolutionary government. Let it be known.”

a concern already addressed by Vice President Jorge Arreaza in the Telesur article above and in this WSJ article: “We have materials and chemicals here that can be toxic and the workers, of course, know how to handle it”

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Venezuela Takes Over Clorox Factory

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Venezuela Takes Over Clorox Factory

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Venezuela Takes Over Clorox Factory

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Venezuela Takes Over Clorox Factory

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Venezuela takes over plants left by U.S. firm Clorox

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Venezuela’s Maduro Calls for Shakeup at UN

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Vladimir Villegas apuesta al éxito de Maduro

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Venezuela’s UN Security Council bid gains backing

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Venezuela’s UN Security Council bid gains backing

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Henry Ramos Allup: “1958-1998 fueron los mejores 40 años del país, lo que llaman ‘la Cuarta’ despectivamente”

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Did Maduro Miss His Chance?

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Maduro Creates Council To “Revolutionize” Food Production in Venezuela

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Venezuela at a tipping point

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Venezuela at a tipping point

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riothero on PDVSA Said to Hire London PR Firm as Venezuela Struggles

http://www.reddit.com/r/vzla/comments/2fl3t5/pdvsa_said_to_hire_london_pr_firm_as_venezuela/

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riothero on Bandera Roja anuncia su retiro formal de la Mesa de la Unidad Democrática

http://bandera-roja.blogspot.com/2014/09/bandera-roja-ratifica-su-salida-de-la.html

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riothero on Bandera Roja anuncia su retiro formal de la Mesa de la Unidad Democrática

http://www.lapatilla.com/site/2014/09/07/desmienten-salida-de-bandera-roja-de-la-mud/

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riothero on What are your thoughts on Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva?

* Forbes: [Meet The Multimillionaire Banking Heir Who Is Backing Brazil's Marina Silva Presidential Bid](http://www.forbes.com/sites/andersonantunes/2014/08/27/meet-the-multi-millionaire-banking-heir-who-is-backing-brazils-marina-silva-presidential-bid/) > The simple fact that she could win the election has had a positive impact on the markets. [...] Although Silva has little experience with economic policy, her team of advisers indicate that she would adopt a more orthodox and business-friendly policy than Rousseff.

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Descarga aquí 58 canciones interpretadas por el Comandante Chávez

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riothero on How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria Gabriela?

hurr hurr!

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riothero on ¿Qué opinan de hacer un debate con /r/socialism?

me gusta la idea general de promover una mayor debate en este sub y dar la bienvenida a una mayor diversidad política e ideológica. hay venezolanos que participan en /r/socialism pero no aquí porque no se sienten bienvenidos. lamento esto. sin embargo, todavía debe ser posible para fomentar un debate más amplio incluso sin su participación. o es cierto que todos los opositores tienen las mismas posiciones ideológicas y políticas? probablemente existe más diversidad entre las persons que ya están aquí que nadie se da cuenta.

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Análisis: El rompecabezas de la oposición (Infografía)

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Islamic State Letter to Foley’s Parents: Execution a “Direct Result” of U.S. Airstrikes

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riothero on Maduro’s Rating Falls to 39% in Venezuela Poll on Economy

that’s even slightly worse than president obama’s 42% rating. ! (for perspective

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riothero on I’m an American who lived on the Venezuela/Colombia border for two years. AMA!

weren’t your experiences limited due to not knowing the language or having any contacts? how were you able to "study socialism first-hand" if you couldn’t even speak to native, non-English speakers? were you still able to observe life in barrios, ongoings at bolivarian missions (MERCAL, Barrio Adentro, etc), or communal councils?

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riothero on Venezuelan President Maduro urges people to organize communes “as a new form of government”

I also disapprove of Maduro’s use of violence in the protests

i disapprove of you abusing your wife! (im challenging your implicit assumption re:“maduro’s use of violence”.) i lament the unfortunate acts of violence that broke out as much as anyone, but you’re attributing undue responsibility to president maduro. first of all, about half of the victims (~42) were government supporters, security forces and even bystanders, and there is ample evidence that violent elements in the opposition were responsible for a fair share of this. another share came from armed pro-government groups or ‘colectivos’–maduro should have done more to rein in these groups, but the fact they attacked opposition marches doesn’t mean they were acting in a coordinated effort on the part of the government–or maduro himself.

  • http://venezuelablog.tumblr.com/post/79410104176/keeping-track-of-venezuelas-dead
  • http://venezuelablog.tumblr.com/post/76591076425/who-was-responsible-for-yesterdays-violence-in
  • http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/the-americas-blog/venezuela-who-are-they-and-how-did-they-die-new
  • http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/26/who-is-dying-in-venezuela-a-revealing-nyt-correction/
  • http://roarmag.org/2014/02/who-is-responsible-for-the-violence-in-venezuela/

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riothero on Venezuelan President Maduro urges people to organize communes “as a new form of government”

the first step in having a discussion with someone is reading and understanding what that person said. the second step is to respond to what that person said, by saying your own views on the subject being addressed. you may shift to a new (preferably related) subject, if the conversation is flowing is that direction… but please, do not assume anything about the person’s views which that person did not explicitly communicate in his or her comment.

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riothero on Venezuelan President Maduro urges people to organize communes “as a new form of government”

dude this is why i had to get away from reddit for awhile

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riothero on Venezuelan President Maduro urges people to organize communes “as a new form of government”

It undermines the credibility of all socialists when we start advocating violence against the people in order to protect the people.

who are the socialists that are supposedly “advocating violence against the people”? once again, i object to your premise. i am not aware of anyone, pro-government or anti-government, who is advocating violence against anyone. i can only imagine your understanding of the protests has been shaped by the most extreme opposition propaganda (hoping to paint the government in the worst possible light so as to build sympathy for its cause). it is such a ridiculous generalization to say the government is “treating democratic protest like it’s a crime” (democratic protest was mostly unrestricted, while activities like attacking police and setting up guarimbas etc were treated as crimes). of course it is difficult to tell where to draw the line in cases where peaceful demonstrations descend into hostile confrontation and clashes in the streets. armed colectivos respond aggressively, believing the republic is under attack, and (poorly trained, inexperienced) security forces overreact and exceed their authority amidst such tension. the bad acts committed against protestors should not be minimized or dismissed (they should be investigated and prosecuted), but neither should they be blown out of proportion, or taken as evidence of a repressive police state! all violent acts–whether at the hands of security forces, armed colectivos, or extremists within the opposition–have been condemned by chavista officials and opposition leaders alike. that was one of the only points they could agree on during their talks.

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riothero on Venezuelan President Maduro urges people to organize communes “as a new form of government”

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<p>I also disapprove of Maduro’s use of violence in the protests</p>
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<p>i disapprove of you abusing your wife! (im challenging your implicit assumption re:“maduro’s use of violence”.) i lament the unfortunate acts of violence that broke out as much as anyone, but you’re attributing <em>undue</em> responsibility to president maduro. first of all, about half of the victims (~42) were government supporters, security forces and even bystanders, and there is ample evidence that violent elements in the opposition were responsible for a fair share of this. another share came from armed pro-government groups or ‘colectivos’–maduro should have done more to rein in these groups, but the fact they attacked opposition marches doesn’t mean they were acting in a coordinated effort on the part of the government–or maduro himself.</p>
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<li>http://venezuelablog.tumblr.com/post/79410104176/keeping-track-of-venezuelas-dead</li>
<li>http://venezuelablog.tumblr.com/post/76591076425/who-was-responsible-for-yesterdays-violence-in</li>
<li>http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/the-americas-blog/venezuela-who-are-they-and-how-did-they-die-new</li>
<li>http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/26/who-is-dying-in-venezuela-a-revealing-nyt-correction/</li>
<li>http://roarmag.org/2014/02/who-is-responsible-for-the-violence-in-venezuela/</li>
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riothero on Venezuelan President Maduro urges people to organize communes “as a new form of government”

i do not. i have only a stalled dissertation on (and keen interest in) the country’s politics–and people.

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Venezuelan President Maduro urges people to organize communes “as a new form of government”

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Where is the PSUV headed?

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Where is the PSUV (United Socialist Party of Venezuela) headed?

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“15 Years Is Not Enough to Undertake a Revolution”: Interview with Venezuelan UNASUR Secretary Alí Rodríguez Araque

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Acuerdan contrato colectivo con trabajadores de Sidor

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Requesting the removal of /u/soccer from /r/venezuela he’s inactive and I’m a mod there

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Maduro aprobó asignación de 150 millones de bolívares al Servicio Nacional para el Desarme

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riothero on Administration split on Venezuela

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mundo/noticias/2014/07/140728_razones_holanda_liberacion_carvajal_ac.shtml > Las autoridades de la isla, sin embargo, habían insistido en que Carvajal no tenía inmunidad, puesto que el nombramiento de cónsul no entra en vigor hasta que el gobierno "receptor" lo acepta, algo que solo puede hacer emitiendo un documento denominado "exequator" que no había sido emitido. >> > El Reino de los Países Bajos llegó a la conclusión de que el general debía ser liberado según la Convención de Viena sobre Relaciones Consulares, en vigor desde 1967. > "Investigamos el caso y concluimos que Carvajal sí goza de inmunidad", explica una portavoz del Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores a BBC Mundo. Tras consultar a los expertos legales, el Ministerio concluyó que en el caso aplica el artículo 13 de este convenio. >> > Este artículo establece que "hasta que se le conceda el exequátur, el jefe de la oficina consular podrá ser admitido provisionalmente al ejercicio de sus funciones" y le serán "aplicables las disposiciones" de la convención.

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Obama Throws Another Bone to the Right on Venezuela

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U.S. Bans 24 Venezuelan Government Officials From Travel

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The Problem with the Venezuela Sanctions Debate

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U.S. Bars Travel by Top Venezuelan Officials

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riothero on U.S. Bars Travel by Top Venezuelan Officials

> There is [no need to comment on the alleged rationale... which was to *punish human rights violations*](http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/213556-administration-split-on-venezuela). The Egyptian government has killed more than a thousand people since the military coup in July 2013, and sentenced 700 to death. The Israelis have also killed more than a thousand people in Gaza in just the past three weeks – most of them civilians, including more than 200 children. Not only is there no talk of sanctions against Israel or Egypt, there is not even talk of reducing or even conditioning the billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars, including military aid, that flow annually to these two countries. By comparison, 43 Venezuelans died in more than two months of violent protests seeking to topple a democratically-elected government, about half of them at the hands of the protesters themselves.

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U.S. Bars Travel by Top Venezuelan Officials

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Administration split on Venezuela

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riothero on Bolivarian revolution economic policies at a crossroads – capitalism cannot be regulated

> The attempt to regulate capitalism has reached its limits. There are only two ways out of the current situation of economic dislocation: either to allow for the normal functioning of the capitalist market or to move towards the democratic planning of the economy for the benefit of the majority. This is only possible by expropriating the wealth of the oligarchy and imperialism which still control key levers of the economy in Venezuela. it’s about time serious effort were made to begin putting into practice (exploring, debating, testing) so-called "democratic planning of the economy"–that is, *beyond* the "expropriate the oligarchs" phase (that’s the goddamn easy part) –actually working to figure out a way that society could be reformed so as to meet the needs of the people, and serve the public rather than private profits and interests.

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riothero on Communist Party Ousted From Ukraine Parliament

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/ukrainian-government-moves-to-ban-communist-party/2014/07/24/34b8bb14-131d-11e4-ac56-773e54a65906_story.html i don’t know much about the Ukrainian party (KPU), but i find it curious that the reason the government is giving for the ban is that the party has "supported pro-Russian rebels fighting government forces in the country’s east" (it’s not mentioned what this ‘support’ consists of)–in light of the party’s supposed ["views on nationalism"](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_Party_of_Ukraine#Views_on_nationalism) as reported on Wikipedia (its *promotion of Ukraine as a "bi-cultural state"*, its rejection of both Ukrainian and Russian nationalism). The KPU’s (non-ethnic) [Soviet nationalist views](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_nationalism) set it apart from the characteristically right-wing nationalist tendencies of Gennady Zyuganov and the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF).

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Chavista Debate More than Pragmatists vs Radicals

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Chavista Debate More than Pragmatists vs Radicals

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Trial starts for Venezuela opposition leader

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Trial starts for Venezuela opposition leader

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Trial starts for Venezuela opposition leader

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riothero on Profits Vanish in Venezuela After Currency Devaluation

> Procter & Gamble said in April that it had the equivalent of about $900 million in cash in this country and that it was taking a $275 million write-down as a result of applying the government’s intermediate exchange rate to its Venezuelan balance sheet. my heart bleeds

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Sanctioning Venezuela? Examining the Likely Impacts of U.S. Sanctions Targeting Venezuelan Officials

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The Che advisor that Maduro hired to renovate his government

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The Che advisor that Maduro hired to renovate his government

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riothero on Sectarian Delusions on the American Left | Louis Proyect

> If SAlt’s goal was to become a party of 1,000 members, history will record that it is certainly within reach. But in a country of nearly 300 million people, that is like spitting into the ocean. The sad reality is that it is only a broad left party that can begin to reach those millions, something that neither the ISO nor SAlt is ready to acknowledge except as an abstraction. In reality it would require dissolving themselves into a much larger movement and thus losing their precious individuality.

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riothero on The Venezuelan Che

reuters did an article on him in january 2013 http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/10/us-venezuela-chavez-che-idUSBRE9090HG20130110 >His views on the future reflect those of a radical hard core who believe the ‘Comandante’ is simply irreplaceable. "A man like him comes along every 100 years," Lopez reflects on the rooftop terrace of his two-storey house in a scruffy neighborhood on a hillside outside Caracas. "I believe he will recover. But if he doesn’t, let’s be clear: there is no Chavismo without Chavez. The rest are a bunch of worthless sycophants. The people do not deserve Chavez." >> >Unlike many rank-and-file supporters, who are vowing loyalty to Vice President Nicolas Maduro in line with Chavez’s nomination of him as a preferred successor should he not recover, Lopez mocks the government’s No. 2 as a lightweight.

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William Ojeda insta a la Fifa a donar 10% de sus ganancias del Mundial Brasil 2014 a los más pobres

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riothero on Google desmiente que Burelli enviara correos a Machado y a Diego Arria

> En un documento mostrado por Burelli, la empresa Google afirma lo siguiente: “Los “emails” en el informe del Gobierno venezolano claramente son montajes y no reflejan verdaderas capturas de pantalla”. los [documentos](http://www.scribd.com/doc/232153227/Evidence-in-English-Evidencia-en-Castellano) indican que no es Google, pero la empresa ‘Kivu’–contratada por burelli–que afirma eso.

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riothero on Venezuela accused of forging Maduro assassination plot evidence

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(es) http://www.aporrea.org/actualidad/a190090.html

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Roland Denis: Giordani, What Accountability?

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Maduro llama a la “reunificación” nacional: “Aquí no sobra nadie, nos necesitamos todos”

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Ejecutivo estudia crear un nuevo sistema cambiario más dinámico, eficiente y permanente

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Left Forum 2014: panel on post-Chavez Venezuela

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The art of the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela

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PSUV Leader Navarro Faces Possible Suspension for Backing ex-Venezuelan Minister Giordani

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Ten proposals for Venezuela’s Maduro

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Contraloría llama a actualizar Declaración Jurada de Patrimonio

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Venezuelan President and High Ranking Officials to Declare Wealth, Ex-Minister Investigated for Corruption

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Venezuela’s Maduro offers business olive branch of funding

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Venezuela’s Maduro offers business olive branch of funding

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riothero on Who Dares Evaluate the Bolivarian Revolution?

he ran again as a socialist in 2006 and was re-elected. let me guess. electoral fraud?

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riothero on Who Dares Evaluate the Bolivarian Revolution?

"[La primera vez que Hugo Chávez se declaró socialista fue el 25 de febrero de 2005.](http://www.eluniversal.com/nacional-y-politica/130324/el-chavismo-segun-los-chavistas)" this might help you

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riothero on Who Dares Evaluate the Bolivarian Revolution?

why would he have? he wasn’t a socialist in 1998. the first time chavez declared himself a socialist was in 2005. he was never a communist. and his friendship with fidel castro developed over time.

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riothero on Who Dares Evaluate the Bolivarian Revolution?

if you dislike the idea of being presented with such a dire ultimatum, you would do well to consider the very real, less-than-explicit forced choice presented to all of us everywhere on the planet today: "capitalism or death".

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riothero on Who Dares Evaluate the Bolivarian Revolution?

>Como que la falla del "socialismo" es que se trata de imponer y requiere la sumisión de todos. there is nothing inherent in the concept of socialism (as if ‘pure socialism’, or ’21st century socialism’, were anything more than a hypothesis) that requires the submission of all. that’s just propaganda. one could just as easily argue that, with the global expansion of the market, capitalism subsumes all life under its logic. just look at how difficult it is to escape! > Preferiría un capitalismo donde algunas ideas socialistas se cuelan y tratan amoldarse al sistema. it is not about personal preference. if one could realize socialist ideas within the context of global capitalism, who wouldn’t prefer this? i agree this would be ideal! the disagreement comes down to our differing assessment on whether it is even possible to achieve all that (fulfillment of human needs) within global capitalism, or whether a new, higher social order is required which puts the economy at the service of people, rather than profit. the socialist’s contention is that the problems that plague contemporary society (the perpetuation of poverty, etc) are due not to some accidental misfortune, to contingent circumstances, but rather to the structural necessities of capitalism itself. in this view, the ultimate fantasy/illusion is not that of socialism but that of a capitalism without its negative effects, without the exploitation and injustice that is essential to its functioning and makes it what it is.

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Venezuelan President today published the new list of “fair prices” for all cars

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Who Dares Evaluate the Bolivarian Revolution?

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Venezuela’s Maduro Unveils New “Economic Offensive”

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Chavismo anuncia 9 detenidos por ‘liderar y financiar’ protestas

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Venezuela accuses 9 of financing violent protests

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riothero on Édgar Zambrano afirma que es posible un nuevo texto “conciliatorio” de la Ley de Amnistía

* [Uzcátegui afirma que es difícil otorgar el beneficio de amnistía cuando no hay propósito de enmienda](http://www.noticias24.com/venezuela/noticia/235162/rafael-uzcategui-dice-que-el-presidente-y-su-equipo-deben-explicar-por-que-no-fue-invitado-el-ppt-al-dialogo/) * [PCV rechaza posible Ley de Amnistía, pero respalda que sean revisados casos que ameriten “beneficios”](http://www.noticias24.com/venezuela/noticia/235302/pcv-rechaza-posible-ley-de-amnistia-pero-respalda-que-sean-revisados-casos-que-ameriten-beneficios/)

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“New Game:” The Opposition’s Opportunities and Constraints

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riothero on Ross Douthat: Marx Rises Again

what is wrong? how is it wrong?

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Édgar Zambrano afirma que es posible un nuevo texto “conciliatorio” de la Ley de Amnistía

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Opposition Protests Continue, Poll Reveals 90% of Venezuelans Support Dialogue

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Ross Douthat: Marx Rises Again

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Interview with Steve Ellner: Can A Country Have A Revolutionary State and A Capitalist Economy?

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Venezuela’s Maduro Laments Death of Leftist Colombian Writer Gabriel García Marquez

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the ascension of hugo chavez

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Gabriel García Márquez, Exemplar of the Fiction of Magic Realism, Dies at 87

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Gobierno y oposición acuerdan junta médica para evaluar a Iván Simonovis

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Dialogue Progress (Ironically) Returns MUD to Helm of Venezuelan Opposition

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riothero on Putin Asserts Right to Use Force in Eastern Ukraine – ‘[He] stressed Russia’s historical claim to the territory, repeatedly referring to it as “new Russia”’

>During that same time period, the poor everywhere in South America had pretty equivalent improvement, if not much better than Venezuala the CEPAL/ECLAC graph you present *doesn’t* show that "the poor everywhere in South America had pretty much equivalent improvement", much less that they had it "much better than Venezuela". no one graph can depict everything, but this particular graph leaves a lot to be desired. for one thing, it stops at the year 2011. that’s fine when more recent data isn’t available. but in this case, it is. the *same source* (CEPAL/ECLAC) [reported, *in 2012*](http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/10221), that >Six of the 11 countries with information available in 2012 recorded falling poverty levels. *The largest drop was in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, where poverty fell by 5.6 percentage points (from 29.5% to 23.9%) and extreme poverty by 2.0 percentage points (from 11.7% to 9.7%)*. In Ecuador, poverty was down by 3.1 percentage points (from 35.3% to 32.2%) and indigence by 0.9 percentage points (from 13.8% to 12.9%) moreover, poverty itself can be measured various ways. as seen in the paragraph above, CEPAL/ECLAC itself distinguishes between ‘poverty’ and ‘extreme poverty’. the World Bank measures poverty three ways. let’s take a look at the following graphs comparing Venezuela to Brazil and Ecuador using each of these ways: * [Poverty headcount ratio at $1.25 a day (PPP) (% of population)](http://i.imgur.com/TxK6Swm.png) Source: [Data from World Bank](http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SI.POV.DDAY/countries/VE-BR-EC?display=graph) * [Poverty headcount ratio at national poverty line (% of population)](http://i.imgur.com/YcZApBa.png) Source: [Data from World Bank](http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SI.POV.NAHC/countries/VE-BR-EC?display=graph) * [Poverty headcount ratio at $2 a day (PPP) (% of population)](http://i.imgur.com/agucQl2.png) Source: [Data from World Bank](http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SI.POV.2DAY/countries/VE-BR-EC?display=graph) in all of these graphs, regardless of how poverty is calculated, Venezuela fares as well as or better than other countries in the region in terms of poverty reduction. i don’t know how you reach the conclusions you do…. update: i don’t even know why i try.

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Venezuela’s military admits excesses during deadly protests

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Venezuela’s military admits excesses during deadly protests

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Las intervenciones de Aveledo, Falcón y Ramos Allup le parecieron “muy buenas” a Maduro

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Chavistas march on anniversary of 2002 coup

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First Local Planning Council for 2014-2016 Period Sworn in

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Venezuelan Government and Opposition Sit Down to Talks

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riothero on Dialogue Live Blogging from David Smilde

i also completely agree with you. the opposition definitely improved its perception (at least for me). and i only wish that the government had seized the opportunity to do the same (for a start, choosing different figures to speak, like José Vielma Mora, or Rafael Uzcategui (PPT) instead of Didalco Bolívar (PODEMOS).) what effect do you think having the dialogue broadcast on national television had on what took place? as much as i am in favor of transparency, i suspect that any progress in government – opposition relations is likely to take place off-camera. also there is the question of how to involve the students in all of this.

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riothero on Dialogue Live Blogging from David Smilde

Venezuela has not even seen presidential debates since 1998, so this [was] the first actual live encounter outside of the National Assembly between Venezuela’s political alternatives in 15 years.

i may have a different opinion of the debates from most of you. i never expected so much from the first encounter. so long as they were able to “sit across the table and present themselves as equals and as reasonable political actors” whilst laying groundwork for further dialogue and trust building, i am happy with the event. it was a good first step.

Perhaps the biggest organizational shortcoming was the fact that each side had eleven speakers. As a result, instead of a sustained back and forth about specific issues, there were twenty two ten minute turns in which ambitious individuals were eager to make a mark. Most speakers covered the same issues without much depth.

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Dialogue Live Blogging from David Smilde

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riothero on La mayoría de los venezolanos apoya al gobierno de Nicolás Maduro a un año de su elección

> he said "I was hot and a person offered me a cap and I didn’t even see that it was a PDVSA cap"…. heh. that reminds me of MCM’s explanation for signing the Carmona Decree: upon entering the presidential palace, she says she simply wrote her name on what she believed to be a sign-in sheet.

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Sicad II: Un paso a la solución del problema cambiario en Venezuela

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riothero on Falacias Lógica de los Politicos Venezolanos

genius

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riothero on Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro [...] says the United States is actively fomenting a ‘slow motion coup’ in his country, with the ultimate goal of overthrowing his democratically elected government as a way to gain more profitable access to its vast oil resources.

from David Smilde’s [blog entry](http://venezuelablog.tumblr.com/post/54029382328/maria-corina-machado-recording-reveals-opposition) which I quoted above >Machado has [acknowledged that the tape is authentic](http://www.eluniversal.com/tv/130626/maria-corina-no-nos-van-a-chantajear) but says it has been edited. This is apparently 10 minutes of what was a two hour conversation.

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riothero on Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro [...] says the United States is actively fomenting a ‘slow motion coup’ in his country, with the ultimate goal of overthrowing his democratically elected government as a way to gain more profitable access to its vast oil resources.

so there might be a chance they’ve compensated this somehow in the measurements.

you’re right, though, to raise the possibility that they *haven’t* compensated for this, and to suggest that the World Bank’s statistics on poverty might therefore be flawed for this reason. when it comes to questions about the exchange rate and currency control systems, i confess to knowing even less than the government’s own economists (joke). so, yeah, i’ll just throw my hands up at this point– ¯\(°_o)/¯ and wait for someone to come along who knows more about this stuff. in the meantime, sure, feel free to take the stats with a grain of salt.

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riothero on Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro [...] says the United States is actively fomenting a ‘slow motion coup’ in his country, with the ultimate goal of overthrowing his democratically elected government as a way to gain more profitable access to its vast oil resources.

thanks for your comment, icheckessay (and long time no see). there may be truth to that–i’ve heard that criticism before (on reddit). but, to be honest, i’m not sure how relevant the exchange rate (the question of which rate to use) is to calculating these statistics, since few Venezuelans at or around the poverty level are in a position where they are needing to convert their bolivars to U.S. dollars on a regular basis in order to purchase food, etc.

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riothero on Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro [...] says the United States is actively fomenting a ‘slow motion coup’ in his country, with the ultimate goal of overthrowing his democratically elected government as a way to gain more profitable access to its vast oil resources.

There is only limited evidence that the CIA might have known that there was a coup plot

limited evidence? In 2004, New York Times reported: “Documents Show C.I.A. Knew of a Coup Plot in Venezuela”

The Central Intelligence Agency was aware that dissident military officers and opposition figures in Venezuela were planning a coup against President Hugo Chávez in 2002, newly declassified intelligence documents show. But immediately after the overthrow, the Bush administration blamed Mr. Chávez, a left-leaning populist, for his own downfall and denied knowing about the threats.

and later:

In interviews with The New York Times and other news organizations in the days after the coup, administration officials vigorously denied having had advance knowledge of plans to oust Mr. Chávez, whom they blamed for the uprising.

despite knowing (1) that “disgruntled officers” were “stepping up efforts to organize a coup” (WHO, WHAT) and (2) that they would try to “exploit unrest stemming from opposition demonstrations slated for later this month” (HOW, WHEN), when the uprising occurred, administration officials insisted “the Chávez government provoked the crisis”.

the bush administration justified its immediate support for the coup-installed regime of pedro carmona by accusing the chavez government of provoking the crisis which it knew the coup plotters were actually responsible for.


in 2007, former US Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger explained on Fox news the US strategy towards Venezuela:

“[Chavez’s] ability to appeal to the Venezuelan people, only works so long as the populous of Venezuela sees some ability for a better standard of living. If at some point the economy really gets bad, Chavez’s popularity within the country will certainly decrease and it’s the one weapon we have against him to begin with and which we should be using, namely the economic tools of trying to make the economy even worse so that his appeal in the country and the region goes down.”

[Eagleburger, also Advisor to President George W. Bush at that time, went on to state that] “Anything we can do to make their economy more difficult for them at this moment is a good thing, but let’s do it in ways that do not get us into direct conflict with Venezuela if we can get away with it”.


also there is a lot more evidence than you might expect about the U.S. involvement in the 2002 coup. although i admit that there doesn’t appear to be any smoking gun.

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riothero on Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro [...] says the United States is actively fomenting a ‘slow motion coup’ in his country, with the ultimate goal of overthrowing his democratically elected government as a way to gain more profitable access to its vast oil resources.

>The countries I chose were Peru, Argentina and Brazil, not Ecuador i was editting old links. they should be the correct countries now. >Your data for Venezuala also cuts off at 2006, at which point things stagnated for 8 years. OK, but 2004-2006 registered a steeper decline than the other countries registered 2006-2009/2010!

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riothero on Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro [...] says the United States is actively fomenting a ‘slow motion coup’ in his country, with the ultimate goal of overthrowing his democratically elected government as a way to gain more profitable access to its vast oil resources.

All three far better than Venezuela’s numbers.

umm, i’m not sure how you conclude that (that they are far better). they seem pretty close to me. let’s look at graphs of poverty reduction for Venezuela plus the three countries you mention

if Venezuela is not leading the region, then it is at least near the top.

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riothero on Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro [...] says the United States is actively fomenting a ‘slow motion coup’ in his country, with the ultimate goal of overthrowing his democratically elected government as a way to gain more profitable access to its vast oil resources.

~~if there are any questions, i would love to add more information.~~ on second thought, I welcome you all to /r/vzla (a subreddit dedicated to all things Venezuela-related). It is presently dominated by opposition supporters, but everyone, regardless of political perspective, is welcome.

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riothero on Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro [...] says the United States is actively fomenting a ‘slow motion coup’ in his country, with the ultimate goal of overthrowing his democratically elected government as a way to gain more profitable access to its vast oil resources.

btw, ECLAC (english) = CEPAL (español) – same source

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riothero on Maduro anuncia para el jueves reunión pública con la oposición

estoy de acuerdo que debe haber diálogos entre otros grupos también. el movimiento estudiantil debe participar, y la sociedad en general. pero hay que empezar por alguna parte…

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Partido de Leopoldo López rechaza diálogo de oposición y Gobierno venezolano

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Venezuela president and opposition agree to formal talks

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Venezuela government and foes talk; Vatican to mediate

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riothero on Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro [...] says the United States is actively fomenting a ‘slow motion coup’ in his country, with the ultimate goal of overthrowing his democratically elected government as a way to gain more profitable access to its vast oil resources.

FYI, last June, the Venezuelan government released an audio recording of a phone conversation in which an opposition leader, Maria Corina Machado, explained what Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, the chairman of the opposition coalition, told the U.S. State Department (presumably during a recent visit to Washington, D.C.).

“I found out that Ramon Guillermo Aveledo told the State Department that the only way to get out of this (salir de esto) is by provoking and accentuating a crisis, a coup or a self-coup. Or a process of tightening the screws and domesticating to generate a system of total social control.”

(Listen to the tape or read the transcript here)

Here is what political science professor David Smilde had to say about this revelation on his Venezuela blog:

The first sentence is very damning, suggesting that the opposition is doing just what the government has been accusing it of: trying to destabilize the country to the point that there is a break in democratic institutions. This should provide some context for the government’s continual accusations of conspiracies against it. Some of these conspiracy theories might be a little fantastic but they are inspired by some fundamental truths revealed in this tape. […] Important sectors of the opposition see the generation of crisis as the primary tool for defeating Chavismo. As I have suggested before, they have made great strides with this tactic since the contested election and it is not surprising that they would continue on this line.

For the record, I regard the majority of the protests as legitimate responses to economic problems for which the government is ultimately responsible; however, I also think there are individuals who would prefer to exploit the instability to their political advantage, rather than resolve the situation peacefully, legally and constitutionally.

For example, the opposition leader mentioned above, Maria Corina Machado, rejects the current plans for dialogue between the government and opposition because she fears that such dialogue would stabilize the dictatorship”. In other words, MCM seems prepared to allow violence in the streets to continue in the hope that it might somehow lead to the unconstitutional ousting of a democratically elected President a year into his first term. :/

Update: I should add that there’s been a lot of recent drama surrounding Maria Corina Machado (e.g. her removal from office as a National Assembly legislator). Some reflects poorly on the government. If interested, look it up.

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Maduro anuncia para el jueves reunión pública con la oposición

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Venezuela’s Maduro agrees to Unasur-brokered opposition talks

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riothero on Maduro acepta la propuesta de Unasur de reunirse con la oposición: “Estoy listo” para “sentarme cara a cara”

* [MUD emite comunicado tras reunión con Unasur: no especifica si se reunirá con Maduro mañana](http://www.noticias24.com/venezuela/noticia/232790/mud-emite-comunicado-tras-reunion-con-unasur-no-especifica-si-se-reunira-con-maduro-manana/)

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Maduro acepta la propuesta de Unasur de reunirse con la oposición: “Estoy listo” para “sentarme cara a cara”

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AFP: Unasur regresa a Venezuela para acompañar un posible diálogo entre Maduro y la oposición

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riothero on Mercal Shooting Highlights Class Polarization, Psychologists Fear “Fractured Coexistence”

anyone looking for a copy should pm me.

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riothero on Demonising the “Colectivos”: Demonising the Grassroots

bueno. es evidente que nunca se desarmaron los colectivos armados.

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riothero on Maduro firmó decreto para la creación del Consejo de Derechos Humanos

yeah, i haven’t said that the creation of a council for human rights would *itself* solve anything. i just meant that the purpose of the *council structure* is to pull people from different areas to discuss a concern… so i don’t think it is necessarily redundant, *provided that* they make use of the council to take certain action to protect human rights. i don’t think it is in the interest of the government to deny these rights (and i hope the members of the council agree with me about that).

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riothero on Demonising the “Colectivos”: Demonising the Grassroots

sí, fue voluntaria. debería ser obligatorio. asimismo, debe haber un proceso como el que describes (por desgracia, creo que es poco probable que el gobierno va a ofrecerlo).

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riothero on Demonising the “Colectivos”: Demonising the Grassroots

> Cuantas veces los van a desarmar? ? Arreaza hizo la promesa de que el gobierno va a desarmar a los grupos armados sólo la semana pasada.

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riothero on Maduro firmó decreto para la creación del Consejo de Derechos Humanos

i completely disgree with that perspective. ever heard of the [National Security Council](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_National_Security_Council)?

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riothero on Demonising the “Colectivos”: Demonising the Grassroots

esto habría sido una oportunidad perfecta para reconocer y condenar los actos de intimidación y violencia por parte de algunos colectivos, y para expresar su apoyo a las llamadas a desarmar a todos los grupos que están armados dentro de la sociedad venezolana en su conjunto – un esfuerzo que de hecho Maduro apoyó en el pasado.

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Demonising the “Colectivos”: Demonising the Grassroots

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riothero on Mercal Shooting Highlights Class Polarization, Psychologists Fear “Fractured Coexistence”

* [Psicólogos socialistas advierten que está fracturada la convivencia entre la población](http://www.correodelorinoco.gob.ve/politica/psicologos-socialistas-advierten-que-esta-fracturada-convivencia-entre-poblacion/) (*31 de marzo*)

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Mercal Shooting Highlights Class Polarization, Psychologists Fear “Fractured Coexistence”

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riothero on Why the violent street demonstrations and not democratic organizing?

Try to find better sources of information that are not biased (for example, don’t read venezuelanalysis).

with respect, i think it’s better advice to say “dont just read venezuelanalysis. seek out multiple sources (particularly the newspapers), read everything you can, etc. but always be aware of potential biases.”

p.s. i like the conclusion of this discussion among wikipedia editors (on using venanalysis as a source):

The site is clearly a useful source for Venezuela news. It’s also probably true that it’s slanted in favor of one POV (although that is sometimes the case for even clearly reliable sources, such as major newspapers in the developed countries). The simple solution is to use the site when it is useful to do so—when the material is uncontentious and especially when no other sources provide the information. Controversial claims shouldn’t be cited to that site alone (although it could be used in conjunction with other sources), but the merit of the site as a resource should not be disregarded. > That is completely reasonable and I don’t understand what the discussion is about. VA is clearly a Chavista site and information gathered from the site should be used in a context in which it benefits the article to get the pro-Chavez POV or in which the information gathered is not contentious. Furthermore to use VA exclusively on Venezuela-related articles would be to the detriment of these articles.

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riothero on The Tower of David in Caracas, Venezuela – in pictures

i asked my father, a civil engineer who has a lot of experience working on housing projects for the homeless in the u.s, about this. he says that it is understandable that the government would not sanction anyone living there in its current state. he stressed safety concerns–falling, what would happen in the event of a fire, etc. i asked him about the feasibility of ‘urbanizing’ the building, ‘making it safe for habitation and nice’, and while he didn’t rule it out (depends on whether it is ‘structurally sound’), said that experience has shown that high rise buildings (much less dilapidated skyscrapers!) are really unsuitable for this purpose (tend to attract gangs, inaccessible to police, emergency services, difficult to repair, clean, etc.). as i was quick to point out, that might not be any worse than what people already have to deal with in the barrios… however, personally, of course, i’d like to see these people move out and into new homes. [here are my last comments](http://www.reddit.com/r/vzla/comments/1twn41/over_500000_new_homes_created_under_venezuelas/ceckefe?context=3) about venezuela’s housing construction program.

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AP: Barricadas, un arma de doble filo en Venezuela

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riothero on Maduro firmó decreto para la creación del Consejo de Derechos Humanos

la defensoría del pueblo será integrante del consejo: > En la nueva instancia también participarán la Defensoría del pueblo, el Ministerio Público, el Ministerio de Interior, Justicia y Paz y la Asamblea Nacional, entre otros organismos

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The Tower of David in Caracas, Venezuela – in pictures

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Maduro firmó decreto para la creación del Consejo de Derechos Humanos

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Venezuela may slowly move toward open currency market

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riothero on Alfonso Marquina, Julio Montoya y José Manuel Olivares se incorporan a las filas de Primero Justicia

UNT nunca debió haberle gustado a nadie

tal vez es por eso que es simpático… ;) me ha gustado Eveling Trejo desde que se reunió con Maduro después de las elecciones municipales en diciembre y expresó un sincero interés en el diálogo. también me gusta Harim Gaviria (pero él renunció al partido porque él cree en el diálogo sin condiciones para encontrar soluciones). no estoy de acuerdo con sus políticas, pero sin embargo, diría que el UNT pertenece a ‘la oposición moderada’.

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Who Will Lead the Opposition?

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riothero on Alfonso Marquina, Julio Montoya y José Manuel Olivares se incorporan a las filas de Primero Justicia

cuando me estaba empezando a gustar el partido Un Nuevo Tiempo (UNT)… * [Responde a los que se fueron a PJ: sus declaraciones "no se ajustan a la verdad"](http://www.noticias24.com/venezuela/noticia/231928/responde-a-los-que-se-fueron-a-pj-sus-declaraciones-no-se-ajustan-a-la-verdad/) * [Primero Justicia crece, mientras Avanzada Progresista y Un Nuevo Tiempo pierden figuras emblemáticas](http://www.el-nacional.com/politica/Primero-Justicia-Avanzada-Progresista-Tiempo_0_372562977.html) *(14 de Marzo)*

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Alfonso Marquina, Julio Montoya y José Manuel Olivares se incorporan a las filas de Primero Justicia

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riothero on Henri Falcón: MUD y Gobierno deben dialogar urgentemente

i think that’s a good point–but one could probably be made without reference to the poll! :P

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riothero on Henri Falcón: MUD y Gobierno deben dialogar urgentemente

[screenshot](http://imgur.com/dRKYRaw) P.S.– one should bear in mind the possibility that–and the extent to which–the failure to enter into dialogue may have contributed to the negative evaluations of these groups. (falcón might, in fact, be *responding* to this poll.)

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riothero on Henri Falcón: MUD y Gobierno deben dialogar urgentemente

I agree that dialogue between the government and students is needed, but I don’t see what the results of ~~a one-month old polling firm~~ the Venebarómetro poll you cite have to do with it (other than it showing the student movement having a high percentage of positive evaluations, when compared to the MUD opposition coalition).

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Henri Falcón: MUD y Gobierno deben dialogar urgentemente

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2 more die in Venezuela protests, both by accident

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riothero on El Libertario: beware Venezuela’s false ‘anarchists’ by George Ciccariello-Maher

mhm. two-three sentences too much for my taste.

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riothero on El Libertario: beware Venezuela’s false ‘anarchists’ by George Ciccariello-Maher

>Origin is not a curse, however, and many a revolutionary has committed “class suicide” to join the struggle—not so for El Libertario.

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riothero on El Libertario: beware Venezuela’s false ‘anarchists’ by George Ciccariello-Maher

> Según él, los de El Libertario no son anarquistas porque critican al gobierno (!!), con respeto, el argumento es un poco más complicado que eso. Ciccariello-Maher enumera varias razones por las que cree que el grupo no debe ser considerado anarquista. ‘el libertario’, en su opinión, es: 1. A middle-class organization… 2. … with liberal, middle-class politics… 3. … that upholds middle-class leadership… 4. … and is absent from popular struggles… 5. … and more likely to join forces with the right… 6. … due to a caricatured “three-way fight” politics… 7. … making any mass-revolutionary outlook impossible.

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riothero on El Libertario: beware Venezuela’s false ‘anarchists’ by George Ciccariello-Maher

[Opinión: Beware of the Anarchist Police](http://venezuelaconspiracytheories.blogspot.com/2014/03/beware-of-anarchist-police.html)

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riothero on El Libertario: beware Venezuela’s false ‘anarchists’ by George Ciccariello-Maher

siempre me confunde que el "[Rafael Uzcátegui](https://twitter.com/fanzinero)" de El Libertario tiene el mismo nombre que el [secretario general](https://twitter.com/uzcateguippt) de [Patria Para Todos](http://www.hinterlaces.com/sin-categoria/apoyamos-a-maduro-pero-el-debe-escucharnos). también hay un [Rafael Uzcategui in the PSUV](https://twitter.com/UzcateguiPSUV)…

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Colombian president says Venezuela has accepted conditions for dialogue with opposition

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Unasur emite comunicado sobre situación de Venezuela

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riothero on Venezuela’s Failing State, by Leopoldo López

you mean to say the article that i linked to in my comment… out of sensitivity to your point, i re-read the article but could not find where it "makes it seem like the guys throwing stones are massacring the guys bearing assault rifles"? could you show me?

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Santos anuncia que Maduro aceptó condiciones para el diálogo

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riothero on Venezuela’s Failing State, by Leopoldo López

* [Who Is Dying in Venezuela? A Revealing NYT Correction ](http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/26/who-is-dying-in-venezuela-a-revealing-nyt-correction/)

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riothero on test

testing text test, testing **bold** font, testing *italics*. testing [link](http://reddit.com/r/riothero). test.

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Maduro: Capturamos tres generales que querían un golpe de Estado

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Cancilleres de Unasur se reunirán hoy con la MUD

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MP destruyó 280 armas de fuego en Lara

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Venezuela Takes Steps to Ease Curbs on Currency

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¿Por qué Panamá tiene tanto interés en Venezuela?

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Venezuela investigates ’60 cases of human rights abuse’

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riothero on Venezuela: Machado Removed from Parliament, Faces Charges of Treason

Last June (just nine months ago), the Venezuelan government released an audio recording of Maria Corina Machado discussing with a friend what Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, the chairman of the opposition coalition, told the U.S. State Department (presumably during a recent visit to Washington).

“I found out that Ramon Guillermo Aveledo told the State Department that the only way to resolve this (salir de esto) is by provoking and accentuating a crisis, a coup or a self-coup. Or a process of tightening the screws and domesticating to generate a system of total social control.”(Listen to tape or read transcript here)

Here is what professor David Smilde had to say about this revelation on his blog:

The first sentence is very damning, suggesting that the opposition is doing just what the government has been accusing it of: trying to destabilize the country to the point that there is a break in democratic institutions. This should provide some context for the government’s continual accusations of conspiracies against it. Some of these conspiracy theories might be a little fantastic but they are inspired by some fundamental truths revealed in this tape. […] Important sectors of the opposition see the generation of crisis as the primary tool for defeating Chavismo. As I have suggested before, they have made great strides with this tactic since the contested election and it is not surprising that they would continue on this line.

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Venezuela’s new forex system sold dollars at 51.8 bolivars

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Venezuela police facing murder probe: attorney general

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riothero on Sean Penn To Offer Government-Sponsored Acting Classes In Venezuela

yeah well there are a lot of duplicates, and articles showing up on the rss feed that are days ago. i forgot to check this time, thanks

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riothero on Sean Penn To Offer Government-Sponsored Acting Classes In Venezuela

all articles having anything to do with ‘venezuela’ show up in my news aggregator

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Sean Penn To Offer Government-Sponsored Acting Classes In Venezuela

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riothero on El historiador y diputado Walter Márquez anuncia que pedirá la nulidad de la elección de Nicolás Maduro después de investigación realizada en Colombia con pruebas concluyentes acerca de su nacionalidad.

bueno. aquí es donde las cuestiones de técnica jurídica se complican aún más. sé muy poco acerca de la constitución de colombia pero creo que [el artículo 98](http://wsp.presidencia.gov.co/Normativa/Documents/ConstitucionPoliticaColombia_20100810.pdf) dice que "la ciudadanía se ejercerá a partir de los dieciocho años." si maduro *nunca* ejerció la ciudadanía, es posible tener la nacionalidad colombiana (y sin ser ciudadano)?

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riothero on El historiador y diputado Walter Márquez anuncia que pedirá la nulidad de la elección de Nicolás Maduro después de investigación realizada en Colombia con pruebas concluyentes acerca de su nacionalidad.

la cuestión de dónde nació maduro es de poca importancia política. es cierto que *[el artículo 41](http://enoriente.com/constitucion/articulo41.htm)* de la constitución dice que "sólo los venezolanos y venezolanas por nacimiento…" puede ser presidente. sin embargo, uno a veces se le olvida leer *[el artículo 32](http://enoriente.com/constitucion/articulo32.htm)*, que define lo que constituye "venezolanos y venezolanas por nacimiento". incluso si fuera cierto que maduro nació en colombia, y también a su madre (!!!), él todavía sería considerado "venezolano por nacimiento" en virtud de tener un padre que era venezolano *por nacimiento o por naturalización*. además, haber nacido en colombia no significa necesariamente que él sería colombiano por nacionalidad. si hubiera nacido allí, maduro todavía podría argumentar legalmente que, ya que él nunca ejerció esa ciudadanía, que no está violando [el artículo 41](http://enoriente.com/constitucion/articulo41.htm) (que también estipula que el presidente debe ser "sin otra nacionalidad").

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Venezuelan Congress seeks probe of opposition leader over protests

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Venezuelan Congress seeks probe of opposition leader over protests

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Venezuelan Legislators Demand Machado Face Criminal Charges

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riothero on Falcón: Detención de alcaldes legítimamente electos agrava el conflicto

henri falcón podría ser un gran líder nacional–un líder transformacional–pero, en mi opinión, no por pertenecer a la oposición (o por volver al oficialismo). falcón siempre ha representado una tercera vía. él debe defenderla con más fuerza!

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Falcón: Detención de alcaldes legítimamente electos agrava el conflicto

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Michael Albert: Aiding Venezuela

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Michael Albert: Aiding Venezuela

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Letter to John Kerry on Venezuela

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riothero on Aporrea habla de /r/vzla

re: "guerra" … los EE.UU. no es demasiado diferente, históricamente. por ejemplo: "guerra contra las drogas", "guerra contra la pobreza", etc, y no estamos pensado para tener la miltary a cargo de nuestro país

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riothero on Aporrea habla de /r/vzla

he dicho todo lo que sé. no no escribí el cuarto comentario (que contiene la palabra ‘asco’). supongo que era isaac, pero no puedo estar seguro.

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riothero on Aporrea habla de /r/vzla

  1. escribí el primer comentario en inglés hace un mes (“Chavista voices needed in Venezuelan discussion forum!”). /u/isaacbonyuet me ayudó a traducir al español. también sugirió el título más ‘interesante’ (“Otra página para vencer la guerra mediática: Reddit”), pero yo lo publicó.

  2. lo mismo para el segundo comentario… –aquí está la versión original en inglés.

  3. escribimos (issac, yo, otro mod, y un usuario anónimo) el tercer comentario junto.

  4. entonces yo estaba cansado y quería dormir. ya que no se puede registrar nuevas cuentas, yo les di permiso para comentar con mi nombre. supongo que isaac escribió el cuarto comentario.

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riothero on Aporrea habla de /r/vzla

eso es exactamente [lo que pasó](http://caracaschronicles.com/2013/09/22/tenth-time-is-the-charm/#comment-106552).

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riothero on Aporrea habla de /r/vzla

>yofuiresponsabledelafrase"asco"ymereferíaaldesbalance dilo más fuerte

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riothero on Aporrea habla de /r/vzla

era un bluff, los otros mods sabían antes de que yo lo escribí.

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riothero on Aporrea habla de /r/vzla

so brave!

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riothero on Aporrea habla de /r/vzla

6 horas demasiado tarde

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riothero on Aporrea habla de /r/vzla

la cita es engañosa fuera del contexto: > El deseo de sus moderadores (como yo) es la de cultivar un espacio para el debate y el diálogo justo y equilibrado más allá de la división política. Por desgracia, /R/VZLA está actualmente dominada por los usuarios que se identifican con la oposición, y cuyos comentarios y observaciones reflejan (y promueven) el punto de vista contrarrevolucionario. *Perspectivas chavistas no están ausentes, pero muy poco representadas.* *Como resultado, las discusiones sobre los temas políticos son cada vez más sesgada y parcializadas, la comunidad carece desesperadamente voces revolucionarias (chavistas)*. el resultado es lamentable

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riothero on Aporrea habla de /r/vzla

>calificar de "lamentable" el hecho que hay más opositores es… lamentable. eso no es lo que dije.

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riothero on Aporrea habla de /r/vzla

> en vez de proponer debate neutro y respetuoso aquí, se va a otro sitio a buscar gente "para se vengan discutir". no creo que me conoces bien o que has leído mi historia áqui. si vas a juzgarme, por favor, no me juzgues en mis comentarios de aporrea, sino [en *los cinco* años que he comentado sobre Venezuela en reddit](http://reddit.com/u/riothero).

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riothero on Aporrea habla de /r/vzla

me atengo a todo lo que dice en esa discusión. mis palabras no deben sorprender a aquellos que han estado leyendo los comentarios de los moderadores [en](http://www.reddit.com/r/vzla/comments/1a81h4/ahora_como_todo_el_mundo_esta_acusando_al_otro_de/c8w0sr9) [el](http://www.reddit.com/r/vzla/comments/1ib4yw/riothero_post_downvote/cb2wtsl) [último](http://www.reddit.com/r/vzla/comments/1d1sol/estaba_pensando_en_un_titulo_interesante_y_no/c9mzk7k) [año](http://www.reddit.com/r/vzla/comments/1ik5xj/venezuela_the_failure_of_socialism_the_worsening/cb6xg35). no tenía la intención de mostrar una falta de respeto hacia la comunidad. mi intención es fomentar el crecimiento de la comunidad en un sentido favorable al "diálogo" entre los que tienen diferentes puntos de vista políticos. pido disculpas sólo por el tono. por favor, tenga en cuenta que se habla a veces de una manera diferente en diferentes contextos. **[please read update here](http://www.reddit.com/r/vzla/comments/20q6hd/aporrea_habla_de_rvzla/cg6omzh)**

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Merentes: cuando esté “en pleno desarrollo” el Sicad II, el “dólar paralelo bajará más fuerte”

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Nicmer Evans: A seis años del PSUV: ¿Ahora qué?

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riothero on Miguel Cocchiola: “No creo que la posición de la MUD sea la correcta, debemos ir al diálogo”

* [Cocchiola pidió desarmar a los colectivos de Valencia](http://www.eluniversal.com/nacional-y-politica/protestas-en-venezuela/140317/cocchiola-pidio-desarmar-a-los-colectivos-de-valencia) (el universal) * [Miguel Cocchiola: Me comprometo a asistir a todas las reuniones que sean por el bien del país](http://noticiaaldia.com/2014/03/miguel-cocchiola-me-comprometo-a-asistir-a-todas-las-reuniones-que-sean-por-el-bien-del-pais/) (noticia al dia) * [Miguel Cocchiola: "A mí no me han comprado"](http://www.ultimasnoticias.com.ve/noticias/actualidad/politica/miguel-cocchiola-a-mi-no-me-han-comprado.aspx) (últimas noticias) > El alcalde de Valencia rechazó señalamientos de dirigentes opositores que lo acusan de haber "vendido a Valencia y de ser chavista" debido a su postura de rechazo a las acciones vandálicas * [Voluntad Popular le retiró su apoyo al alcalde Cocchiola](http://noticiaaldia.com/2014/03/voluntad-popular-le-retiro-su-apoyo-al-alcalde-cocchiola/) (18 de marzo, noticia al dia)

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Miguel Cocchiola: “No creo que la posición de la MUD sea la correcta, debemos ir al diálogo”

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New Ambassador Modernizes Canada’s Hidden Agenda in Venezuela

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Venezuela central bank head acknowledges economic ‘crisis’

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riothero on Falcón: El diálogo es la única salida a la situación del país

>>"de la que se fue buena parte de sus dirigentes" > A que corresponde esta cita? No figura en el articulo de Wikipedia sobre AP, ni en el articulo de esta discusion. perdón, di el link equivocado. la cita es de un artículo interesante de El Nacional ayer: * [Primero Justicia crece, mientras Avanzada Progresista y Un Nuevo Tiempo pierden figuras emblemáticas](http://www.el-nacional.com/politica/Primero-Justicia-Avanzada-Progresista-Tiempo_0_372562977.html) > Me imagino que te refieres a la Asamblea Nacional (AN), pero confirmo de todas maneras porque no se que entidad es la NA. sí, gracias por corregir mi error. :)

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riothero on Falcón: El diálogo es la única salida a la situación del país

> Avanzada Progresista realizó este sábado en Lara el primer encuentro nacional que contó con participación de 500 delegados de todos los estados del país. ¿cuántos miembros tiene ahora la [Avanzada Progresista](http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avanzada_Progresista)–"[de la que se fue buena parte de sus dirigentes](http://www.el-nacional.com/politica/Primero-Justicia-Avanzada-Progresista-Tiempo_0_372562977.html)" recientemente, incluso "Ismael García, Miguel Pizarro y José Antonio España, y… Cristóbal Fernández Daló"? la AP parece tener un solo diputado en la AN (Julio Cesar Reyes), un diputado al Parlatino (Nicolás Sosa), el gobernador del estado Lara (Henri Falcón) y dos alcaldes (del municipio Palavecino, Lara, y del municipio El Callao, Bolívar).

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Meet the Venezuelan doctor who performs illegal, cut-rate butt injections on women wanting bigger backsides

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Falcón: El diálogo es la única salida a la situación del país

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Venezuela’s Maduro gives ultimatum to Caracas protesters

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riothero on Venezuela’s Government Flirts with Market Economics

not saying it applies to the present Venezuelan context, but the article does provide as good an opportunity as any to post an excerpt from one my favorite essays by Vladimir Lenin (as abridged by Slavoj Zizek):

In his wonderful short text ‘On Ascending A High Mountain’—written in 1922 when the Bolsheviks, after winning the Civil War against all odds, had to retreat into the “New Economic Policy”, of allowing a much wider scope to the market economy and private property—Lenin uses the analogy of a climber who must backtrack from his first failed attempt to reach a new mountain peak as a way of describing what it means to make a retreat in the revolutionary process, and how it can be done without opportunistically betraying the cause:

Let us picture to ourselves a man ascending a very high, steep and hitherto unexplored mountain. Let us assume that he has overcome unprecedented difficulties and dangers and has succeeded in reaching a much higher point than any of his predecessors, but still has not reached the summit. He finds himself in a position where it is not only difficult and dangerous to proceed in the direction and along the path he has chosen, but positively impossible.

In these circumstances, Lenin writes:

He is forced to turn back, descend, seek another path, longer, perhaps, but one that will enable him to reach the summit. The descent from the height that no one before him has reached proves, perhaps, to be more dangerous and difficult for our imaginary traveller than the ascent—it is easier to slip; it is not so easy to choose a foothold; there is not that exhilaration that one feels in going upwards, straight to the goal, etc. One has to tie a rope round oneself, spend hours with an alpenstock to cut footholds or a projection to which the rope could be tied firmly; one has to move at a snail’s pace, and move downwards, descend, away from the goal; and one does not know where this extremely dangerous and painful descent will end, or whether there is a fairly safe detour by which one can ascend more boldly, more quickly and more directly to the summit.

It would only be natural for a climber who found himself in such a position to have ‘moments of despondency’. In all probability these moments would be more numerous and harder to bear if he could hear the voices of those below, who ‘through a telescope and from a safe distance, are watching his dangerous descent’: ’The voices from below ring with malicious joy. They do not conceal it; they chuckle gleefully and shout: “*He’ll fall in a minute! Serve him right, the lunatic!“.‘Others try to conceal their malicious glee; they moan and raise their eyes to heaven in sorrow, as if to say:’It grieves us sorely to see our fears justified! How noble was your vision to create a just society! Our heart was beating with you, but reason told us that your plans would finish only in misery and new unfreedoms!*’

Lenin goes on to spell out the actual situation confronting the infant Soviet republic:

Russia’s proletariat rose to a gigantic height in its revolution, not only when it is compared with 1789 and 1793, but also when compared with 1871. We must take stock of what we have done and what we have not as dispassionately, as clearly and as concretely as possible. If we do that we shall be able to keep clear heads. We shall not suffer from nausea, illusions, or despondency.

After enumerating the achievements of the Soviet state by 1922, Lenin explains what has not been done:

But we have not finished building even the foundations of socialist economy, and the hostile powers of moribund capitalism can still deprive us of that. We must clearly appreciate this and frankly admit it; for there is nothing more dangerous than illusions (and vertigo, particularly at high altitudes). And there is absolutely nothing terrible, nothing that should give legitimate grounds for the slightest despondency, in admitting this bitter truth; for we have always urged and reiterated the elementary truth of Marxism—that the joint efforts of the workers of several advanced countries are needed for the victory of socialism. We are still alone and in a backward country, a country that was ruined more than others, but we have accomplished a great deal.

More than that, Lenin notes, ‘we have preserved intact the army of the revolutionary proletarian forces; we have preserved its manoeuvring ability; we have kept clear heads and can soberly calculate where, when and how far to retreat (in order to leap further forward); where, when and how to set to work to alter what has remained unfinished.’ And he concludes:

Those Communists are doomed who imagine that it is possible to finish such an epoch-making undertaking as completing the foundations of socialist economy (particularly in a small-peasant country) without making mistakes, without retreats, without numerous alterations to what is unfinished or wrongly done. Communists who have no illusions, who do not give way to despondency, and who preserve their strength and flexibility ‘to begin from the beginning’ over and over again in approaching an extremely difficult task, are not doomed (and in all probability will not perish).

some thoughts on the relevance of this essay for venezuela today to follow…

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Venezuela’s Government Flirts with Market Economics

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Bipartisan Senate Legislation Seeks Funding For Anti-Government Protesters In Venezuela

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Bipartisan Senate Legislation Seeks Funding For Anti-Government Protesters In Venezuela

Bipartisan Senate Legislation Seeks Funding For Anti-Government Protesters In Venezuela submitted by riothero to vzla
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In Venezuela, Conciliatory Talk but Combative Tactics

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this is another attempt to import a reddit comment into [a test blog](http://test.riothero.com), this time using an older version of wordpress, and the ‘[reddit for keyring](http://wordpress.org/plugins/reddit-for-keyring/faq/)’ plugin i found on [github here](https://github.com/cfinke/Keyring-Reddit-Importer) (along with the ‘keyring’ and ‘keyring social importers’ plugins–none of which i’ve used before). i don’t care if the [links](http://reddit.com/r/vzla) and **formatting** are preserved, as long as the comment gets imported and published on the blog’s front page.

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Can Venezuela back down from the cliff? Increased polarization makes it imperative to find a way back from the brink

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The Blame Game in Venezuela

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riothero on Understanding the Facts on Violence and Human Rights in Venezuela Unrest

* [Keeping Track of Venezuela’s Dead](http://venezuelablog.tumblr.com/post/79410104176/keeping-track-of-venezuelas-dead) (David Smilde) * [Venezuela: Who Are They and How Did They Die? [New]](http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/the-americas-blog/venezuela-who-are-they-and-how-did-they-die-new) * [Fallecidos durante las manifestaciones](http://www.eluniversal.com/nacional-y-politica/protestas-en-venezuela/140312/fallecidos-durante-las-manifestaciones) (El Universal)

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riothero on Juan J. Molina: aunque hay factores que no creen en el diálogo, no se pueden poner condiciones

y las calles son un ‘campo de juego’ más nivelado…. ?

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riothero on Maduro reiteró llamado a diálogo al Movimiento Estudiantil

* [Maduro invita a estudiantes opositores a dialogar: “Por enésima vez los convoco a Miraflores”](http://www.noticias24.com/venezuela/noticia/227995/maduro-invita-estudiantes-opositores-a-dialogar-por-enesima-vez-los-convoco-al-palacio-de-miraflores/)

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now i will try to *import* into [our new wordpress blog](http://vzla.riothero.com) more complicated reddit comments. hopefully the [links](http://reddit.com/r/vzla) and **formatting** will be automatically recognized so *manual editing* will **NOT** be required.

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riothero on Trapped

> But you are dismissing the possiblity that the dialogue wouldn’t bring any bearable fruit should the bluff be called. i’m not dismissing it. the likelihood is quite high that dialogue will *not* be successful. at least not at first. but what’s the harm? embarrassment and possible damage to capriles’s political career, if he gets caught shaking hands with maduro again? i’m prepared to say that i think dialogue is worth that risk.

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>Would you agree that Capriles is a part of this ‘moderate’ opposition? next to LL and MCM, capriles is a sympathetic figure. my respect for him–and trust–has grown sizeably. >Would you agree with the reasons he has given about not attending the ‘peace conferences’ well i’ll say that it is a bit ironic that capriles is setting conditions for a dialogue [when, in december](http://www.el-nacional.com/politica/Capriles-afirmo-invitado-reunion-Maduro_0_320368126.html), he was critizing maduro for doing the same. back then he saw the benefits of dialogue without conditions. that said, i would be pleased to see some of the demands met, if not all of them. ultimately, however, *dialogue is too important to be postponed any longer*. it could, after all, be a necessary step in getting those conditions met. >I can’t seem to understand how anyone could think that Maduro is serious about dialogue i don’t think it matters a whit if he is serious. the important thing is that he is making the offer. if it is a bluff, the wise move would still be to call it. regarding a, b, c, yes, you could add a few more. i regret every one of them.

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you are absolutely right. i am willfully ignoring–and, in fact, i promote the willful ignoring–of certain aspects of speech for pragmatic purposes. of course there will be insults hurled from one side against the other– but it’s so customary by now, such b.s. is almost required by their supporters. the best thing to do, in my opinion, is simply to grow a thicker skin and get down to business. moreover, it matters not whether calls for dialogue are ‘vacuous’… since even if they are bluffing, they are still genuine offers in the sense that one can call such bluffs.

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>in the government’s eyes, there’s no such thing as a moderate opposition. perhaps i’m seeing only what i want to see, but it seems to me that maduro is clearly deliberately focusing his ire on **"a tiny group belonging to the opposition"** (that’s [from his recent CNN interview](http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2014/03/07/full-transcript-nicolas-maduro/), obviously that’s a different audience–international, but i *have* noticed him using the same type of language even in venezuelan media). >**It is not true that we consider all the opposition as fascists. That’s not true. They are [1] sectors making that effort to foster a project in a framework [of] democracy and the constitution AND [2] those heading the call to topple the government**… *those leading these armed groups onto the streets, that burn and create barricades and threaten public authority and destroy public services*… **that tiny group**, we consider them extreme right-wing groups. **The rest of the opposition, we call upon them at the peace conference that we opened last week** — *all business sectors and all the religious groups*, Catholics, Evangelicals, Jewish people, Muslim – they sit down and discuss different sectors and social sectors of society. And the peace conference is working and hopefully in the next hours we are going to create a new commission for talks, **for dialogue, for peace with the rest of the political opposition in the country** and be able to channel democratically their grievances, their proposals and they can listen to our truth. [sorry for all the bold] yes, maduro often does fail to recognize the ‘moderate’ opposition, in positive terms, or their demands/concerns as legitimate. that’s a problem. but what i’m saying is that, rhetorically, if you look carefully, he does seem to be keeping a space open for them, should they decide to take a seat at the table. or go be cynical if you want. > the violent crazies are a minority of the opposition, but because of them we’re all perceived as violent loonies. i disagree. my point is that i do *not* think this is what he is doing. or, if he is doing it (or the government at large… i do not consume much government propaganda, to be honest), he’s *also* doing something else worthy of notice.

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what about the *’moderate’* opposition? haven’t they managed to go relatively unscathed? what are the chances of returning to the path of dialogue that began in december and january? maduro *needs* to be able to work with opposition governors and mayors if he wishes to make headway with regard to security and economic issues.

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riothero on “Apoyamos a Maduro pero él debe escucharnos”

strange thing to say, vzlamod!

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riothero on “Apoyamos a Maduro pero él debe escucharnos”

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riothero on entrevista COMPLETA de Amanpour a Nicolás Maduro para CNN.

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riothero on Proyecto Reconocernos- Venezuela beta

* https://www.facebook.com/groups/Proyecto.Reconocernos.Venezuela/ > El proyecto Reconocernos es un espacio para debatir ampliamente aquellas ideas que polarizan, confrontan y dividen a los ciudadanos desde el punto de vista político. Se trata de superar las etiquetas, conceptos y lectura de los hechos históricos que se han impuesto desde los liderazgos. Queremos promover el diálogo, la empatía y la amplia comprensión de los aspectos que nos unen y también de aquellos que nos diferencian, para superar de manera inteligente la brecha entre los grupos pro- gobierno y oposición. Este es un primer paso para conectarnos como ciudadanos, más allá de los líderes más allá de las ideologías, conectarnos con Venezuela. * https://twitter.com/reconocernos > Espacio despolarizado. Construyendo una Venezuela donde cabemos todos. * [A continuación 10 pasos para Reconocernos](http://i.imgur.com/USrphfX.png) ([blog](http://reconocernosvenezuela.blogspot.com/2014/03/10-pasos-para-reconocernos.html))

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riothero on Hiram Gaviria anunció su renuncia a la Asamblea Nacional y a Un Nuevo Tiempo

> El diputado se preguntó cuántas muertes más debían ocurrir en el país para que se llegue al diálogo y al entendimiento entre los venezolanos. >> > Detalló que en el proceso de diálogo la mayor responsabilidad la tiene el Gobierno nacional, pero que ambas partes tienen que estar dispuestos a hacer concesiones “sin que eso signifique que alguno tenga que claudicar”. >> > Sugirió, en el caso del Gobierno, algunas iniciativas como la libertad de los presos políticos, libertad a los estudiantes, el regreso de los exiliados, castigo a los responsables del desfalco nacional, castigo a los responsables de los asesinatos y violaciones a los derechos humanos ocurridos en el país. >> > De igual manera reconoció que la oposición también debe dar señales claras. “Hay que condenar de manera clara y firma la guarimba, hay que adoptar un lenguaje de respeto y por qué no de acatamiento al orden constitucional”, señaló.

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riothero on Venezuelan Opposition Leader Tweets at the President

:) sólo la sección de comentarios. los editores de un blog sería capaz de ejercer un mayor control sobre lo que se publica que los moderadores tienen en un subreddit.

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riothero on Venezuelan Opposition Leader Tweets at the President

yo preferirá empezar un blog como un ‘spin-off’ de /r/vzla, donde se compartirían los mejores comentarios, de este sub y de otras lugares. también sería útil si pudiera compartir fragmentos de mi proyecto de escritura allí.

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riothero on Las palabras de Henri Falcon que Maduro debería internalizar

let’s let José Vielma Mora and Henri Falcón work out a solution

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riothero on Protests in Abundance, Wisdom in Short Supply

likewise :)

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riothero on Protests in Abundance, Wisdom in Short Supply

neither ‘conmemoration’ nor ‘conmemorative’ are english words. even if you meant ‘commemoration’ or ‘commemorative’, it is *still* unclear what these words have to do with ‘debate’ (in what sense does a "conmemorative event" "precede" debate) which is yet another word neither i nor the original article use. so i’m asking you to explain these things so that i can understand you ~~better~~.

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riothero on Protests in Abundance, Wisdom in Short Supply

> Let’s use vocabulary that doesn’t invite confusion, and let’s make sure we grasp the subtleties before attempting analysis. i am on board with that! because, i must say, i’m already a bit confused by your comment reply. > Then focus on the conmemoration instead of calling it debate. i don’t see why you would suggest focusing on ‘commemoration’ (or *conmemoración*)–assuming that is what you meant–which is ‘[a celebration designed to honor the memory of some person or event](https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/commemoration)’. could you explain? > so why confuse matters by pretending the word "debate" is light-weight in Venezuela? you are the one who used the word ‘debate’. it doesn’t appear anywhere in my comment, nor in the venezuelablog article linked to above. i did use the word ‘dialogue" (which is similar, but [also different](http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/study/scdvd.htm)–esp in the sense in which i used it), and referred only to the opportunity/possibility of dialogue, to a willingness to engage in it. i don’t know what i said to make you think i am "pretending the word ‘debate’ is lightweight" (or even what you mean by that). (are you using ‘debate’ and ‘dialogue’ interchangeably?) > The word "debate" would truly mark something remarkable. i do not desire to see ‘debate’ between the government and the opposition, but rather ‘dialogue’ between them. and genuine dialogue would indeed be remarkable, it is something i’d like to see! btw, the meeting between maduro and opposition politicians in december was [considered quite 'historic'](http://www.noticias24.com/venezuela/noticia/214327/gaviria-tilda-de-historica-la-reunion-entre-maduro-y-los-opositores-puede-iniciarse-una-nueva-era/) [by some](http://m.panorama.com.ve/not.php?id=92649). update (since you expanded) > > the reason, i suspect, is that they recognized it as a symbol of a willingness to dialogue, that is, as a strategy they reject in favor of a more aggressive and immediate approach. > You state this so very matter of fact. i disagree that my statement is "so very *matter of fact*". i used the phrase *"i suspect"* specifically to indicate that what i was about to say was a ‘*matter of opinion*’. i also want to note that the antecedent of the pronoun ‘they’ is given in the sentence preceding the one you quoted; "they" refers to "a small minority radical opponents", whom i define as those who reject ‘dialogue’ as a strategy "in favor of a more aggressive and immediate approach". (i think this helps to explain/justify my tone.) in other words, i was not claiming–or suspecting–that all members of the opposition were upset by the handshake, or even that *everyone* in the opposition who did become upset did so for a particular reason. > Shows a lack of sensibility to discard the widely publicized, or at least in opposition media, Capriles’ apparent contradictions with his criticisms on the 2013 presidential election. I would’ve at least invested a sentence into explaining why this isn’t the cause. yes, again, what i *meant* to say was that (1) the handshake angered a group of people within the opposition–and that (2) AMONG those who were angered, *i suspect* that a "small minority", whom i define as "radical opponents", were angry because they oppose dialogue as a strategy. (3) implied: others were upset for different reasons (e.g. due to "Capriles’ apparent contradiction…").

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riothero on Protests in Abundance, Wisdom in Short Supply

let’s assume the government’s offer of dialogue *is* merely a "symbolic gesture". well, there’s something to be said for symbolic gestures, especially in matters relating to politics! but also in personal matters, the first step towards making peace and improving relations is a symbolic gesture: the handshake. it is a sign of mutual respect, laying groundwork for dialogue and the building of trust. it is telling that the handshake between maduro and capriles angered a small minority of radical opponents. the reason, i suspect, is that they recognized it as a symbol of a willingness to dialogue, that is, as a strategy they reject in favor of a more aggressive and immediate approach.

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riothero on 24F Megathread

* [Gobernador de Lara denuncia detención de grupos armados en Cabudare](http://www.eluniversal.com/nacional-y-politica/protestas-en-venezuela/140223/gobernador-de-lara-denuncia-detencion-de-grupos-armados-en-cabudare)

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this comment will be over twenty characters in length. it should not be removed by automoderator, at least, if automoderator knows what good for him. or her, or them, or it. i am understanding of gender identity.

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this comment will be over twenty characters in length. it should not be removed by automoderator, at least, if automoderator knows what good for him. or her, or them, or it. i am understanding of gender identity.

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under 20

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riothero on awful circlejerk of a sub

dude .i.

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riothero on try to type a comment under 20 characters

i asked you to try again!

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try again please

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riothero on Maduro: Montoya y Dacosta fueron asesinados con la misma pistola

i’m not ignoring you, i do intend to respond. it’s just that i’m having a busy week, so my response will have to wait until i find time to watch the video/s and to catch up with the latest news concerning these deaths.

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riothero on Capriles: Fue un gran error plantear expectativas que no se iban a dar

yes i did, my bad

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riothero on La “historia secreta” de Leopoldo López y la CIA

the best relationship between Leopoldo Lopez Mendoza and the CIA is through his *uncle*, [Thor Halvorssen **Hellum**](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor_Halvorssen_Hellum), a [controversial figure in Venezuelan --and international-- politics](http://www.upenn.edu/gazette/0308/PG1194_feature1.pdf), who, according to Wikipedia ([check its sources](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor_Halvorssen_Hellum#Sources)), *"[denies](http://www.eluniversal.com/2003/11/08/pol_art_08108B) being [a CIA agent](http://www.eluniversal.com/1999/08/06/opi_art_OPI10), but admits having ‘cooperated’ with the agency"*, and is described by friends as having "a bit of a James Bond complex". He married Hilda Mendoza Denham, sister of Antonieta Mendoza de López, Leopoldo Lopez’s mother (who, as head of PDVSA’s public affairs office in 1998, authorized a donation to the civil association ‘Primero Justicia’, of which her son was a member). It is Harvorssen Hellum’s son, [Thor Halvorrsen **Mendoza**](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor_Halvorssen_Mendoza), who is the founder of the [Human Rights Foundation](http://electronicintifada.net/content/oslo-freedom-forum-founders-ties-islamophobes-who-inspired-mass-killer-anders-breivik/12451), and Leopoldo Lopez’s cousin. the article got this wrong, among other things: > López es primo de otro agente de la CIA, Thor Halvorssen, autoproclamado jefe de la Human Rights Foundation, una criatura CIA que mafió en el fracasado golpe contra el presidente Boliviano Evo Morales, en 2009.

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riothero on What’s going on in Venezuela in a nutshell (English version)

it is not an honest documentary. misinformation. if you want to inform yourself, you are a thousand times better off reading a recent news article about Venezuela..

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riothero on “A Juancho Montoya lo mataron funcionarios”

thanks! so i put the GPS coordinates from the links you provided into google maps, and calculated [the distance between the two places](http://goo.gl/maps/i1aZf): 400-450m (5 or 6 minutes on foot). that’s even closer than the distance i calculated before. so Montoya and Dacosta were shot a very short distance from each other. of course, this couldn’t prove they were shot by the same person/gun, but it’s looking plausible.

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riothero on What’s going on in Venezuela in a nutshell (English version)

> not enough to say the CNE, and the electoral system in general, is good simply because it fares better. ronaldo did not say that the CNE is perfect, i.e. without flaws. he did not even say that it "is good" (as you are suggesting). what he said was that the CNE is "one of the most accurate voting councils in the world." the type of claim he made is a *comparative one*. so it is *indeed* relevant for him to refer to the electoral system of another country, like that of the U.S. (esp since it is regarded by many (rightly or wrongly) as a beacon of democracy), or to all the other electoral systems in the world, in order to argue that Venezuela’s fares among the best.

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riothero on What’s going on in Venezuela in a nutshell (English version)

yeah, i understand. i was asking a rhetorical question. (i’m not saying it shouldn’t be upvoted, but +25 or +22 is quite high for a submission in this sub, so that would seem to express an overwhelming endorsement.)

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riothero on What’s going on in Venezuela in a nutshell (English version)

so we all agree the youtube clip is misleading… so, why is it at +25?

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riothero on What’s going on in Venezuela in a nutshell (English version)

welcome to /r/vzla! you’ve obviously new here.

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riothero on Maduro: Montoya y Dacosta fueron asesinados con la misma pistola

i’ve already spent enough time on this. if you have an argument, that you can support with evidence, as to why the shootings couldn’t have happened the way that that the government thinks it happened, then please make it.

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riothero on Maduro: Montoya y Dacosta fueron asesinados con la misma pistola

how would *you* explain contradictory reports? obviously they can’t all be true!

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riothero on Maduro: Montoya y Dacosta fueron asesinados con la misma pistola

the attorney general’s building ([Ministerio del Poder Popular para el Interior y Justicia](http://goo.gl/maps/rfACl)) is [located roughly in the middle of the two places](http://goo.gl/maps/kQy4m) i pinpointed in the [map linked to](http://goo.gl/maps/t2zVm) in my comment above.

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riothero on Maduro: Montoya y Dacosta fueron asesinados con la misma pistola

could you elaborate? what is the distance between the two places? update: * [Últimas Noticias](http://www.ultimasnoticias.com.ve/noticias/actualidad/sucesos/fotos—juancho-montoya-miembro-de-un-colectivo-as.aspx): Montoya falleció en *la Policlínica La Arboleda de San Bernardino* * [Últimas Noticias](http://www.ultimasnoticias.com.ve/noticias/actualidad/sucesos/murio-estudiante-que-recibio-tiro-en-la-cabeza-en-.aspx): Dacosta resultó herido durante el tiroteo que se produjo *en la avenida Universidad en Parque Carabobo* [answer](http://i.imgur.com/zYbu9wj.png) [via Google Maps](http://goo.gl/maps/t2zVm): the distance between the two locations is **1.3 km (or about 16 minutes by foot)** (someone please double-check the info, it could be wrong, i could have misidentified the locations) this is consistent with the results of the investigation so far. > El jefe de Estado explicó que los jovenes venezolanos Juan Montoya y Bassil Dacosta cayeron abatidos **con 15 minutos de diferencia**, ”ambos con tiros certeros en la cara” ([Correo del Orinoco](http://www.correodelorinoco.gob.ve/tema-dia/maduro-fueron-asesinadas-misma-pistola-dos-victimas-violencia-opositora-12-f/)) >> > Las investigaciones revelan que **quince minutos después** de que cayera Montoya muerto por un disparo en la cabeza, “cayó el joven Bassil Alejandro Da Costa…." ([VTV](http://www.vtv.gob.ve/articulos/2014/02/14/maduro-fallecidos-el-12-f-fueron-asesinados-con-la-misma-arma-1450.html)) now, to address your question > how do you explain that they died at different places? theory: the killer walked [the distance between them (nearly a straight line)](http://i.imgur.com/zYbu9wj.png).

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riothero on 14F MEGATHREAD.

* [Eveling Trejo: "Las luchas por la paz deben ser sin violencia, siguiendo el camino de la democracia"](http://www.noticias24.com/venezuela/noticia/222184/eveling-trejo-las-luchas-por-la-paz-deben-ser-sin-violencia-siguiendo-el-camino-de-la-democracia/)

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riothero on Ministro de Justicia venezolano invita a estudiantes opositores a dialogar

then the students should show up and show their willingness to debate. i fear these opportunities for dialogue are closing, they ought to be encouraged. they may start out as publicity stunts, but if time were allowed for trust to build, that seems to be a better way

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riothero on Who Was Responsible for Yesterday’s Violence in Venezuela?

> The author has a clear agenda, and the need for complete detachment from reality to deliver it. what is his agenda? if you read other articles by david smilde, while he may be ‘detached’, he is hardly an apologist for the government. it is not even true that he omits mentioning media censorship! > The rest of the Venezuelan broadcast media showed very unflattering signs of self-censorship throughout the afternoon, restricting its transmissions to telenovelas, interviews with athletes or obligatory government messages. > > > The Venezuelan opposition currently controls no institutions of the national government and controls a minority of state and municipal governments. With the government’s successful domestication of Globovisión it gets little coverage in broadcast media. he could have elaborated on these points. but the focus of the article is indeed on "who is responsible for yesterday’s violence", not the media. he doesn’t deserve criticism for not writing about a different topic.

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riothero on Who Was Responsible for Yesterday’s Violence in Venezuela?

>Conclusion > In sum, direct, top down coordination on the part of the Maduro or López is imaginable, but it is in no way sociologically necessary for the outcomes we saw on Wednesday. It is entirely plausible that after the march ended, groups of radicalized students stuck around to cause disturbances. And it is also entirely plausible that armed pro-government colectivos took it upon themselves to heroically defend their revolution. > Nevertheless, both Maduro and López deserve strong criticism. The Maduro government, like the Chávez government before it, could do much more to rein in violent, motorized colectivos that have frequently attacked opposition marches. I agree with political scientist Victor Mijares that in the end public security is the government’s responsibility and they are coming up tragically short. > Leopoldo López’s calls for peaceful mobilization are disingenuous when his acts seem to be intentionally creating the conditions for unintended violence. He is effectively putting student protestors in the line of fire to further what he sees as the interests of the country. With no actual governing proposals other than getting Maduro to resign, it seems like his efforts could well backfire as did the guarimbas of 2004. i think this article deserves a full read (although i am still catching up on the news)

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riothero on Who Was Responsible for Yesterday’s Violence in Venezuela?

this is what the article says about the tupamaros (it does not deny their role and involvement–it merely questions whether they were following orders from the government or if they took it upon themselves to defend the revolution against a perceived threat) > Claims that the government has organized and armed the colectivos have been frequent over the years, *yet evidence has always been sketchy*. Of course when you see armed citizens on motorcycles attacking the opposition the natural assumption is that it is coordinated from the very top of the government. > But that is not the way these things usually work. In a situation of highly concentrated power and strong revolutionary discourse, sectors close to the government frequently try to demonstrate their affinity and value by autonomously coming up with violent, pro-government mobilizations. They see as themselves doing that which needs to be done but which the government can’t do because its hands are tied by the law. Of course acting out on behalf of the government is a great way for aspiring leaders to position themselves as being self-starters and committed revolutionaries. > In the Chinese Cultural Revolution this process was referred to as “moving towards the Chairman.” At the time commentators thought that all of the bizarre and violent actions of student groups and the Red Guard was obviously coordinated by Mao himself. But later scholarship shows this was not the case. Rather it was a process of grassroots activists demonstrating their worth by showing themselves to be of one mind with Mao. comparing them to the Red Guards from China’s Cultural Revolution is not exactly putting them in a positive light.

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riothero on Ministro de Justicia venezolano invita a estudiantes opositores a dialogar

* [Rodríguez Torres se reunió con estudiantes tras los sucesos del 12-F: "La paz se logra con diálogo"](http://www.noticias24.com/venezuela/noticia/222077/rodriguez-torres-se-reune-con-estudiantes-tras-los-sucesos-del-12f-la-paz-se-logra-con-dialogo/) * [Las Fotos: Estudiantes se reúnen con Rodriguez Torres](http://laiguana.tv/noticias/2014/02/14/12276/LAS-FOTOS-ESTUDIANTES-SE-REUNEN-CON-RODRIGUEZ-TORRES-.html) > Miguel Rodríguez Torres lamentó que los representantes de la FCU no hubiesen asistido a la reunión.

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riothero on Ismael García: “La salida es con los votos”

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riothero on Reorganización del GPP le dará más fuerza a los partidos políticos: “Se trata de realzarlos”

* [PCV respaldo llamado del presidente Maduro pero demandó espacios de debate y discusión](http://www.correodelorinoco.gob.ve/nacionales/pcv-respaldo-llamado-presidente-maduro-pero-demando-espacios-debate-y-discusion/) * [PPT: Planteamiento de construir el bloque histórico "requiere un amplísimo debate"](http://www.correodelorinoco.gob.ve/nacionales/ppt-planteamiento-construir-bloque-historico-%E2%80%9Crequiere-un-amplisimo-debate%E2%80%9D/)

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riothero on Venezuelan LGBT Movement Submits Proposal for Same Sex Marriage

but no more so than any other party

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riothero on Venezuelan LGBT Movement Submits Proposal for Same Sex Marriage

the comment was shameful, but it is a mistake to assume it reflects the political views of the entire party.

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riothero on Venezuela’s Maduro Tells U.S. to “Swallow” Criticism of CELAC Summit

his stupidity is on display here? how?

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riothero on Consignarán este viernes ante la AN Proyecto de Ley de Matrimonio Civil Igualitario

[consignaron](http://www.antv.gob.ve/m8/noticiam8.asp?id=55250)*

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riothero on Falcón: no estamos en condiciones para una Constituyente

in my opinion, *yes*. "Yo creo en esto, yo creo en el diálogo, yo creo en el entendimiento, soy un demócrata convencido (…) diálogo no es debilidad, diálogo es madurez política", puntualizó. my impression is that this is someone who is competent and full of integrity. falcón seems to me to have great potential… if he plays his cards right, makes the right alliances, etc. (which is what he may be doing at the moment), i can imagine him–under the right circumstances–shaking up venezuela’s political divide by attracting supporters from both chavistas (GPP) and opositores (MUD) alike. (i just don’t know if he has the ambition, skill, etc. necessary to pull it off.)

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