Sunday, January 13, 2013

Our men in Havana: reporting to the colonial master

This has gotta be one of the most offensive pictures that I have seen in a long time:

The master and two of his trusted servants

This weekend, the more important figures of the Venezuelan state, the ones that have power, real power, were reporting to their colonial overlord, all together, in Havana. That the meeting took part, at least in part, at the airport so as to offer the excuse of "Look who just happens to walk by! Let's say hello!" does not diminish the crude reality that Venezuela is unbelievably a Cuban colony where the local appointees must go on occasion to report.
The four there were the four that matter in Venezuela, as far as anyone outside of Chavez matters.

Vice President Maduro, the appointed heir of Chavez. The one who, though some high court unconstitutional decision, has been allowed to remain in charge for the time being even though he cannot appoint ministers  sign laws, etc...  He can only manage current affairs and spend money, which after all is all that matters to chavismo.

Diosdado Cabello, the president of the National Assembly. Currently the only chavista with legal validity since his job was renewed for a year on January 5. His power resides elsewhere as he allegedly controls the army and had the Sukhoi fly over Caracas on January 10 to everybody's surprise and near panic, if we are to believe some tweets of people allegedly on the know. He is the lone rival that Maduro has for the Miraflores Palace when Chavez completes his exit from power.

Rafael Ramirez, the minster of oil and head of PDVSA. In a way he is the one with the most power in Venezuela because he is the one that knows, we think, where all the money obtained from Venezuelan oil exports goes/went.  Since Venezuela is the most corrupt country in this hemisphere, Ramirez knows who got what and when and as such has all the necessary blackmailing tools he may need (though I am certain that he is as "blackmailable" as any inside chavismo). The thing is that Ramirez controls the money and as such his personal ambitions cannot be ruled out, the more so if Cabello and Maduro destruct each other.

Cilia Flores, the government lawyer. She is the one that told the high court how to rule last week to ensure that her companion, Maduro, remains in the vice president seat. That is why there is no need for the other powers of the state (TSJ, Poder Ciudadano, CNE) to show up in Cuba because none of their transcendental decisions is allowed unless approved by the government lawyer, which she currently is. However, for the matters to be treated in that reunion, she is not much more than a clerical secretary, but a mean one.

Thus you have it, the 4 more important figures of chavismo, the only ones that count at this time, reporting together to Raul Castro, the president/dictator of Cuba, who settles their differences, tells them what to do, checks on them to make sure he gets his check every month.

This is where chavismo has led us, not even a fight for democracy, a fight for independence. Might as well take the opportunity to appoint Maduro Vice Roy, or better, Capitan General de las provincias de Venezuela.


  1. A while ago, I briefly looked at the Pacto Cívico-Militar, but I had no time then to read it. Do you have a link to it, Daniel?

    As for everything else ... me enferma.

    1. I do not think that there is a specific document of a pacto civico militar. however take any national plan and you will have lots of information about it. also in propaganda, communications, laws, etc... it is kind of understood by all because you cannot vote a specific law on it since the military have already their own chapter in it from which they cannot, in theory, deviate.

    2. I thought I saw the front of the typed document on Noticiero Digital (a site of iffy credibility), thinking I'd get back to it later. Now, I can't find it, other than a mention of Ravell's tweet., picked up by: .
      Loved mention of the crítica of puntofijismo, now puntohabanista.

      Otra cosa, if a pact was signed, shouldn't this be available to the public?

  2. Dr. Faustus2:06 AM

    OK. They all gathered for a weekend at Bernies in Havana. They had a few beers, shared some laughs and smoked some good cigars. So? Now what? Where does it go from here? The Venezuelan economy is tanking. US dollars are scarce for importers and driving a robust black market. There are significant food shortages all over the country. Therefore, logic says that economic decisions MUST be made, and in the very near term! This cannot be shoved down the road. But will they? Will they act? A scary thought, but,...but,...what if NOTHING happens? Really. Nothing. What if the only thing all four of these people learned from Hugo, is how to continue kicking the can down the road? What if no economic action is taken? We should know what was decided at the weekend at Bernies within the next 3 to 5 days.

  3. Anonymous3:33 AM

    That is not Chavez.

  4. Daniel, looking carefully at the photo I can see Cilia behind Cabello. The photo should say "three of".
    The whole situation is so absolutely bizarre that is hard to make anything out of it.

    1. good catch.

    2. Yes, it was her, you can see her better on the video although she is never quite face frontal. What I could not get, even on video is the 4 of them together. I think Maduro was saying good bye to CK or something before he joined them.

  5. Anonymous10:22 PM

    Raoul is pointing and saying "Is that maleta full of cash for me?".


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