Amnesty International has received dozens of accounts of torture
Can the Kim Jong-Un editorial praising himself for revolutionizing the North Korean tourism industry be far behind?
Venezuela, a country currently rationing food, many of whose stores are under military occupation, is not doing well under its insane leader Nicolas Maduro.
Maduro constantly accuses everyone, including the United States, of conspiring against him. He claimed that former dictator Hugo Chavez appeared to him in the form of a small bird. And then later on the wall of a subway. He threatened those who wouldn't vote for him with an ancient curse. And he sent in soldiers to forcibly discount electronics.
So the New York Times thought it would be a good idea to provide space to some PR flack for him to claim that he reduced poverty.
Maduro wrote in the Times that “now is a time for dialogue and diplomacy” in Venezuela and called for mediated talks to end two months of protests against his administration.
Yes, it's the perfect time. Even Amnesty International agrees.
Amnesty International has received dozens of accounts of torture allegedly carried out by government security forces in Venezuela since protests that have left at least 37 dead broke out in February.
The Human Rights Center at the Andres Bello Catholic University in Caracas is aware of 30 cases of torture or bad treatment in Venezuela since protests started...
“There are two cases that involved electric shocks, two cases that involved pepper gas and another two cases where they were doused with gasoline,” she said.
This is how far into the gutter the New York Times has crawled...
Maduro cited United Nations and World Bank data to argue that his government, as well his predecessor Hugo Chavez, had reduced income inequality and poverty in Venezuela.
While both of those measures have decreased since Chavez was first elected president in 1998, Maduro did not mention that Chavez himself acquired great personal wealth during his 14-year rule.
Chavez’s family now reportedly owns 17 country estates totaling more than 100,000 acres in the western state of Barinas, as well as assets of $550 million stored in various international bank accounts. Residents in the same region wait as long as three hours for basic provisions at grocery stores.
National Assembly Speaker Diosdado Cabello, a close confidant of Chavez and member of Maduro’s United Socialist Party, has allegedly amassed “a private fortune” through corruption and ties to regional drug traffickers. The Miami Herald reported accusations last week that Cabello received at least $50 million in bribes to overlook lucrative public contracts that were overpriced, according to a recent lawsuit.
About 90 percent of the country’s public hospitals lack vital supplies due to government-imposed dollar shortages and price caps. The government was forced to suspend organ donations, transplants, and non-emergency surgeries.
And here's a message from the Venezuelan church that you won't find in the New York Times which prefers to print the press releases of tyrants.
Monsignor Diego Padron, leader of Venezuela’s conference of bishops, said Maduro was further implementing “the fatherland plan” of former longtime strongman Hugo Chavez:
“Within it they are hiding the promotion of a totalitarian-style system of government, putting in doubt its democratic credentials,” he said, reading a church communiqué.
Another thing Obama has in common with Chavez.