Monday, March 30, 2015

Masochist Felipe Gonzalez goes to Venezuela (and he has followers)

And he certainly found all the sadist he can wish for inside chavismo. Since Gonzalez announced he will volunteer to be in the defense team of Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma the improprieties thrown at him, live on television preferably, can only be matched by the constant character assassination on these two prisoners.
With Europe behind?

It is indeed rather horrendous to watch on Venezuelan state TV how these people are excoriated, without any right to reply, not even with the courtesy of having a journalist exposing distortedly their point of view. In fact it is going to the point that RT (Russia Today) and TeleSur make joint "documentaries" on the world aggression against Venezuela and Russia. Forget Glasnost, welcome back Der schwarze Kanal.

The source of all that anger is that ex premier Gonzalez of Spain, the one that did the most to bring Spain tot he XXI century standards has decided to join the defense team of Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma (and by implication of all political prisoners). And he has been joined by other heavy weights already: former Brazil president Cardoso, former Peru president Garcia, former Mandela's lawyer and Canadian justice minister Colter. I suspect the list will grow.

What gives here? Clearly these people are in the retirement stage of their lives, have not exercised their bar skills in decades and do not have a Venezuelan law license. The answer is elsewhere though I doubt it has reached the dim brain of foreign minister Delcy Rodriguez who apparently takes seriously the idea of Felipe Gonzalez speaking in court. She even told him ot get another job.

What Maduro and our girl Delcy (probably the worst foreign minster of chavismo, and the competition is tough) fail to understand is that the thinking world is saying two things; 1) we are getting tired of this brutal bolivarian farce and 2) it is time that Latin America does something on this respect. After all, I can hardly imagine former heads of government Gonzalez, Cardoso, Piñera, Pastrana, Calderon, Garcia, Sanguinetti, Lagos acting without the knowledge of their government. Gonzalez has actually received the formal support of Spain's PP and PSOE. And Spain of all these countries is the one that has most to lose, investment wise, following explicit threats made to Spain business.

I personally think that Maduro should pay very close attention to these simple words from Gonzalez in an interview with a Colombian network:
"Sé los esfuerzos que se hacen desde la Unasur, ahora bien, son francamente insuficientes"
I know of the efforts made from UNASUR, however they are frankly insufficient.

Translation: Gonzalez is NOT telling the UNASUR to do more, he is telling Maduro that the UNASUR is going to do more. There are countries that can stomach only so much; Colombia, Peru, Chile, Paraguay and even the incoming Uruguay president. Brasil's Dilma has enough trouble on her own to defend Maduro and stop a planned visit by Cardoso and Brazilian Senators to Lopez's jail. Guyana, Ecuador and Bolivia are soon not going to be enough as Argentina support is probably doomed by the end of the year when Cristina does not want her heir to be burdened in the campaign defending Venezuela's excesses.

Now we just have to wait for the spectacle of the regime forcibly pushing back in the airplane Gonzalez or Cardoso. Will Maduro do what not even Pinochet dared to do?.... I am afraid that they are that crazy, which is good as it will speed up the end.

Por eso esperaba con la carita empapada
a que llegaras con rosas, con mil rosas para mí,
porque ya sabes que me encantan esas cosas
que no importa si es muy tonto, soy así.
y aún me parece mentira que se escape mi vida
imaginando que vuelves a pasarte por aquí,
donde los viernes cada tarde, como siempre,
la esperanza dice "quieta, hoy quizás sí..."


  1. There is no doubt all these high profile people have gathered to bring the worlds eyes directly upon the criminal political prisoner act. No longer will it be the bullshit Venezuela and Russian press against the USA as the sole argument. Those other paid off Latin leaders from other countries will have trouble supporting Maduro as the truth is clear to the world.

  2. Anonymous1:22 AM

    How could the same Latin American lideres who still, to this day, after more than 50 years of dictatorship, not only support but also adore the Castros, not support Maduro and the Chavista Revolution?

  3. Anonymous9:26 AM

    I suppose it is easier for a sandal-wearing socialist to support a socialist dictatorship than it is to admit to him/herself that he/she was has been wrong for those many years. I take my hat off to Felipe Gonzalez for doing just that and for defending our political prisoners.

    1. Hey! I wear sandals whenever i can get away wit it!

    2. Anonymous5:48 PM

      Well Daniel you are somewhat of a lefty, never miss an opportunity to bash the US, always carrying the flag of the 'cause du jour' so it makes sense. I bet you also wear socks with your sandals.

  4. Island Canuck10:00 AM

    "Defensor del Pueblo cargó contra Felipe González: “financió y organizó” escuadrones de la muerte en España"

    You just can't make this stuff up.

  5. Anonymous10:16 AM

    The news is reporting a reduction of oil being supplied to Petrocarribe members.

    My question is: "If Venezuela has reduced shipments of oil to Cuba, have the number of Cuban doctors supplied decreased?"

    Since the Obama-Castro deal has been in the works for a year and a half, and oil shipments started dropping off a while back, I would surmise this deal has been coming apart for a long time.

    1. Anonymous10:52 AM

      Highly unlikely that these idiots are that organized e.g. withdraw Doctors on basis of reduced oil shipments. If it happens it will not be overnight.

    2. Anonymous11:17 AM

      Anonymous, you thinking like an economist. Think like a 21st Century Socialist. The doctors are costing Fidel almost nothing-their pay is insignificant and Cuban doctors are not all that good. Fidel can continue to send doctors to Venezuela even if he received nothing in return. The doctors mainly serve to as a propaganda weapon letting gullible people think the Fidel is a beneficent person.

    3. The value of the oil has also dropped significantly. For most of the members the subsidized value of the oil was higher then the current cost so naturally deliveries will drop off as they can buy better oil from else where for less.

    4. The value of the oil has also dropped significantly. For most of the members the subsidized value of the oil was higher then the current cost so naturally deliveries will drop off as they can buy better oil from else where for less.

  6. Masochist is right.. lol, I was wondering about that.. He reminds me of Carter, idealistic, almost naive. The one who helped Chavez implement the new Fraudmatic election system..

    Or Vargas Llosa.. they have good intentions, but Politics and Corruption are waaayy too dirty and out of their league.

  7. Dr. Faustus8:59 PM

    I still find it hard to believe that Lopez has been in prison for over a year. It sickens me to think how cruel and barbaric these people are. Have we forgotten our humanity, our decency? I can still recall the time Daniel paid a visit to Lopez's office. There is a lovely photo of Lopez in his office, with a wry grin on his face, and the 'daniel-Venezuela' blogspot appearing on the screen of his laptop. It's now a haunting photo....

  8. Charles Lemos12:06 AM

    My sense from reading the Venezuelan press is that the Venezuelan government is going to pull a "he can come to Venezuela but he can't work here" stunt.

    The signatures stunt is beyond belief. With all the problems that Venezuela is facing, the immense waste of money and effort on something that is little more than a publicity stunt for internal consumption because outside Venezuela the whole thing is seen as frankly bizarre. I suppose Venezuelans eat this stuff up but if it does it speaks to very low level of political awareness and a rank stupidity. Does anyone in Venezuela really think the US is going to backtrack on Venezuelan sanctions because of a silly petition?


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