Juan Guaidó ambassador to the U.S. weighs in on Venezuela’s crisis

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó ambassador to the U.S. is weighing in on the escalating political crisis. Carlos Vecchio said the new anti-Maduro movement is led by the people of Venezuela, not outside forces. He spoke to CBS News State Department reporter Christina Ruffini about the situation.

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  1. Venezuela’s long history of racism is coming back to haunt it

    The mainstream media narrative is of an increasingly authoritarian government repressing a series of popular uprisings in a desperate bid to hold onto power. Political leaders in the UK, the US, and other countries warn that President Nicolás Maduro is turning into a dictator.

    But little has been said about the reported 49% to 80% of Venezuelans, both pro- and anti-Maduro, who are “in disagreement” with the radical opposition’s use of violence as a political tool. Not all who oppose Maduro support the radical opposition or want them in power.

    The ugly truth

    Before Hugo Chávez was elected in 1998, Venezuela attracted little international attention. It was seen as exceptionally stable by Latin American standards and was best known for its beauty queens and its oil. Those national icons represent the racial and cultural politics that are driving today’s unrest.

    Let’s start with the beauty queens. While a majority of Venezuelans identify as black, indigenous or mestizo (mixed-race), the country’s beauty queens invariably conform to white beauty ideals. The organizer of the countries most important beauty pageant has stated that black women are not pretty because their noses are “too wide” and their lips “too thick”. Afro hair is commonly referred to as pelo malo – “bad hair”.

    This belief in the natural superiority of Europeans was also evident in the economically crucial, foreign-owned oil sector. Professionals and middle managers were white Venezuelans, but labourers were recruited from black and mixed-race sectors. By the time oil was nationalized in 1976, the Venezuelan middle class it helped to create had come to identify with US-style political, cultural and consumer patterns. For these Venezuelans, dubbed “miameros” because of their frequent shopping trips to Miami, oil symbolized civilization, while the black and mixed-race masses represented the perceived barbarism of the past.

    But Venezuela’s apparent “exceptionalism” was an illusion. In the 1960s and 1970s, the “common sense” ideas of progress and modernity promulgated by the oil industry and backed by the government ran into trouble. Social tensions developed around the unequal access to oil profits, and strong currents of barrio and grassroots activism began to surge. The situation worsened in the 1980s as oil prices dropped and the bolívar currency was devalued.

    Barrio politics

    In the early years of Hugo Chávez’s rise to power, right-wing criticism of the government was frequently couched in racial and cultural terms. The private media portrayed government supporters as hordes of “monkeys” moved by base emotions and swayed by an authoritarian leader

    One anti-Chavista told me in 2005 that a president should be a “señor” who speaks English, and not someone from such a humble background that he only started wearing shoes at the age of eight. Chávez was not fit to be president, she elaborated, “because of his culture, the tiny bit he has … He wants us all to live like he used to live”. For anti-Chavistas, Chávez and his supporters in the barrios represented the perceived barbarism of the past and this instilled fear in them.
    While the Chávez government attracted international attention for its economic and political programmes, it also addressed cultural injustices. Through new cultural policies and social programmes, such as Misión Cultura, Chavismo raised the symbolic status of the historically excluded poor and mixed-race masses. For the first time, previously marginalized people saw their history and cultural values, as they defined them, promoted by the government and included in official representations of the national cultural heritage.
    These efforts were extremely powerful and won the government deep support. As a barrio resident put it to me in 2008:

    We have a sense of belonging now … This is the responsibility of all of us, not Chávez alone … he can’t do it without us.

    The opposition protests that have flared up since Chávez first came to power need to be understood within this cultural and racial context. Radical sectors of the right-wing opposition have repeatedly refused to accept the legitimacy of Chavismo and what it represents. In 2002, they helped organize both a short-lived US-backed coup and strikes meant to create chaos and bring the government down. The street demonstrations raging today are aimed at achieving regime change, but the opposition has not indicated what policies they would introduce and how they would deal with the country’s problems if they were in power.

    Maduro’s popularity has fallen significantly this year, but many who have withdrawn their support for him feel alienated by the opposition’s anti-poor discourse. They fear that a return to the political right would reverse the gains made under Chavismo, and worse. Their fears are not theoretical; as observed by Gabriel Hetland of the State University of New York at Albany, the opposition has carried out “brutal attacks” directed at “black and brown men … and other people who look Chavista”.

    The crisis in Venezuela is not simply a matter of left-wing versus right-wing political and economic systems. It is also rooted in competing ideas about racial and cultural worth. The ugly truth is that for some, it is still a matter of civilization versus barbarism.

    Academic rigor, journalistic flair
    Author: Hazel Marsh
    Lecturer in Latin Studies, University of East Anglia
    August 16, 2017

  2. America wants to keep all mankind in SLAVERY! All people should own all things!
    USA not a democracy Lundberg;
    Ferdinand Lundberg said in “The Rich & the Super-Rich” (1968) the USA has never been a democracy [majority rule]; they’ve always had an “oligarchic rule, usually of a rather low order… it is an exact statement of the case… It is a parasitical oligarchy…” One can only get rich by favorable circumstances; corporations pay no taxes, it's paid for by raising prices of products; profit is before human life and health; fines on corporations are trivial for doing very bad things; marriage between the wealthy concentrates wealth into fewer and fewer hands; price fixing by corporations; most people in prisons are poor, the rich pay small fines for crimes; most corporations were started by doing something illegal or started soon after; welfare is quite inadequate; charade about monopoly; 70% of Americans are poor; upper class crime steals more than all poor criminals; medicine is a luxury for the majority which few can afford; large companies steal ideas from the poor; most people appear to be failures and blame themselves even if they work two+ jobs rather than the capitalist wage system; Texas is controlled by absentee landlords just like Argentina; most people are not worth a living wage; most rich people are heirs (often quite stupid) would make terrible employees; law enforcers commit crimes too; most of USA'a early fortune builders were lightly educated, even dropouts; corporations run government; Corporations Crystal Palace where no one is ever fired, bawled out and keep ascending to higher privileges; most taxes are paid by the non-propertied; people fear that Social Security and welfare might make most people lazy but not the rich heirs; corporations become larger through cannibalistic mergers; war means peace, peace means war; the wealth of corporate power is 100%; if one business fails it causes an endless string of failures…
    USA is the mark of the beast!Revelation 13:17 "let's force all people to BUY AND SELL something or starve!"

  3. The only thing Trump and all his Minions want is Venezuela's oil and they dont care about their people. This guy is another one of Trumps puppet.

  4. John Bolton the neocon hawk said that he wants to privatize the Venezuelan oil which is now nationalized … that pretty much sums up the whole thing and yep I got proof check out the YouTube video

  5. "Venezuela has a problem the U.S. does not, and will never have: It owes massive debts in a currency it cannot print itself, namely, U.S. dollars. When oil (its principal resource) was booming, Venezuela was able to meet its repayment schedule. But when the price of oil plummeted, the government was reduced to printing Venezuelan bolivars and selling them for U.S. dollars on international currency exchanges. As speculators drove up the price of dollars, more and more printing was required by the government, massively deflating the national currency."


  6. Semanas atrás postei no meu instagram, onde sonhei que ao norte do Brasil depois da fronteira, explodiam 2 bombas atomicas, que este povo saia deste País venezuela, pois muitos iram morrer. avisado ficam. sonhos são avisos

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