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Bits and Pieces – 20180825, Saturday

Commentary

Assad is close to recovering all of the western province of Idlib from jihadist forces sponsored by western interests including the CIA. This is against US interests – or at least the interests of the neocons and energy interests (it’s all about pipelines in Syria).

In past, when rebel forces were being routed they used false flag chemical attacks to motivate the West to intervene against government forces and Assad in particular.

The US has set the stage for the next Western intervention via a false flag attack. John Bolton has advised the public of the coming US intervention: Bolton told Russia the US will hit Syria if Assad uses chemical weapons: report. Russia has warned that such an attack is coming: Russia Warns Staged “Chemical Provocation” Coming In Syria After Bolton Cites New Intel.

Socialism: Venezuela As Another Failed Latin America Socialist Experiment

We have not tracked the economic and social decline in Venezuela since Hugo Chavez took power in 1999 and began dismantling the democratic state by chang[ing] the Venezuelan constitution, amending the powers of congress and the judicial system (biography). How fragile and impermanent is democracy. The government has previously confiscated a number of natural resource developments including the Las Cristinas gold deposit (21 million ounces) and much of the foreign-owned oil and gas sector.

More recently they have begun feeding on themselves. This week, ZeroHedge reports how the government has  arbitrarily set prices for appliances and electronic goods, supporting the looting of Daka appliance stores (read: Watch Socialist Paradise Central Planning In Action: Venezuela Looting Edition, Venezuela Dispatches Army To Enforce Appliance “Fair Price” Ceiling After Looting Ensues).

When socialist governments arbitrate prices instead of allowing market forces to determine fair prices, businesses fail. Daka can’t survive. So citizens got cheap or free TVs today but tomorrow they’ll have to go online for them since the stores will have been driven out of business. Does Amazon ship to Venezuela?

With this incident we begin coverage of the descent of Venezuela into social chaos and revolution sparked by the destruction of the economy by socialist policies.

The Timeline of Events

When we started this essay yesterday we had not decided if we wished to track further events. Today Zero Hedge presented us with another one so we will chronicle the actions of the government leading up to the revolution, starting with the Daka incident above. The list follows:

Hugo Chavez’s Vision

Here is an essay from Paul Merkley: Hugo Chavez’s Vision, reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work.

The Presidency of Hugo Chavez had a shaky beginning, to say the least, and came close to crashing down several times along the way. His career as an army officer went off the rails in 1992 when he was imprisoned for two years following his attempt to remove by coup President Carlos Andrés Pérez. After that, it took several years of aggressive politicking for him to build a new political movement and win his first election as President of Venezuela in 1999. Re-elected in 2000 and again in 2006 he survived a coup against himself in 2002, a referendum in 2004, and public relations backlash from two failed marriages and unending rumours of infidelity. He was well  into his third term when doctors discovered the cancer for which they could offer no cure but only the palliating benefits of radiation therapy in Cuba. In spite of this clear scientific verdict, on  July 9, 2012, Chávez declared himself fully recovered from cancer and turned to the people to give him an eternal mandate, winning a fourth term in October 2012. It was only after he secured that mandate that the public was given something resembling the truth about his health. The National Assembly bent the constitution so that he could postpone his inauguration  (due to occur in January, 2013) and so it was left to his Vice President, Nicolas Maduro,  to continue as Acting President, pending elections which, following the present constitution, will take place on April 14.

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