Government Report Documents US Responsibility for Venezuela’s Humanitarian Dilemma

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      sonofspy777
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      Venezuela was once one of the most prosperous countries in Latin America. The popular classes enjoyed major advances from the Bolivarian Revolution initiated by Hugo Chávez. Today Venezuela is experiencing an unprecedented economic crisis with severe humanitarian consequences.

      The US government blames the crisis on the mismanagement and corruption of the Venezuelan government headed by Nicolás Maduro. The Venezuelan government faults the US and its allies for imposing sanctions, unilateral coercive measures illegal under international law.

      An official US Congressional Research Service report issued April 28, Venezuela: Background and US Relations, suggests the Venezuelan government has valid arguments that it is being strangulated by US sanctions. According to the report:

      It is difficult to attribute precisely the extent of Venezuela’s economic collapse that is due to US sanctions versus broad economic mismanagement. A February 2021 Government Accountability Office report asserted that “sanctions, particularly on the state oil company in 2019, likely contributed to the steeper decline of the Venezuelan economy.” The Maduro government has defaulted on all its bonds, and US sanctions prohibit debt restructuring with creditors.

      https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/05/04/government-report-documents-us-responsibility-for-venezuelas-humanitarian-dilemma/

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    • #421081
      David the Gnome
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      No doubt at all in my mind that the U.S., being responsible for the prevention of various medications and supplies reaching Venezuela has played a large part.  Seizing money, oil, medication and so on.  Quite deliberately promoting bull shit news about Maduro, or Maduro’s faction doing this or that.  Or about an unelected individual being the “true leader” of Venezuela.  Nah, our government has a long history of doing this kind of shit.  Setting up our own dictators, removing more genuine forms of democratic government, killing people who stand opposed to our financial (NOT the same as security) interests.

      Yet, somehow, the whole world doesn’t tell the U.S. government to get fucked.

      • #421082
        Ohio Barbarian
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        The rest of the world telling the US to get fucked, I mean.

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    • #421086
      David the Gnome
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      On the level it should be.  @ohiobarbarian

      Truth be told, people (especially when an issue fits their personal politics nicely) are way too damn gullible.  If someone told me there was an alien in my closet – for kicks I might look.  When I found no alien though, I would not decide that that was because the alien was just invisible.

      Now of course I could be wrong – and if that invisible alien had hostile intent I’d be screwed, but…

      It is as if we are all being told things just as ridiculous – and many in the West (particularly the U.S.) are all like… “Invisible aliens?  I knew it all along.  Of course we will give you more money to defend us and wage war on them!  Where do I send the check?”

      All governments do this to an extent, but generally people don’t believe them.  Most of us have gotten reasonably good at spotting scams: “Hi, this is Bob from card services/dealership services calling about your balance/warranty”  huh.  Don’t have a credit card or own a car.  Fuck you Bob.

      Yet when it comes to politics?  Sure Bob!  Let me give you my checking account info and social security number!

    • #421096
      Yanath
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      It’s amazing that there smart, important people in the world, with college degrees and everything, who are too stupid to understand that economic sanctions will cause economic collapse.

    • #421118
      David the Gnome
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      @yanath what I usually get from such people is self righteous twaddle and nonsense about how “those people” have a choice – the choice always being, of course, to rise up in rebellion and overthrow governments we deem oppressive, evil and so on.

      What such educated people don’t seem willing to believe is that our government and media lie to us all the damn time.  Or that people who lack food, water, medicine and shelter… are not going to overthrow a government.  Not without massive numbers ready and willing to act.  See the U.S. for example.

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