Visions of a Freeman -
Brain Age - 17, March of 2015
I want to know where those
numbers come from, least I am suing The Guardian and Reuters.
Evidence to a very sharp drop in the credibility of The
Guardian among the Academic/Scientific sector.
Take a look:
Venezuela advert in US press demands Obama
rescind 'national security threat'
New York Times advert accuses US of trying to ‘govern Venezuela
President Obama imposed sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials
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A man walks past graffiti depicting President Barack Obama in
Caracas on Monday. The graffiti reads, “Gringo, respect us!” and
“Obama go home”. Photograph: Carlos García Rawlins/Reuters
in New York
Tuesday 17 March 2015 20.25 GMT
Venezuela’s foreign ministry has demanded President Obama
retract an executive order declaring the South American state a
threat to US national security in a combative full-page advert
published in the New York Times.
The advertisement – published under the title: “Letter to the
people of the United States: Venezuela is not a threat” – also
demands the cancellation of sanctions against seven senior law
enforcement and military officials, accused by the US of
corruption and human rights violations.
The order, issued last week, blocks the seven individuals –
including Venezuela’s head of intelligence and a senior
prosecutor – from entering the US, freezes their assets in the
country, and prohibits US citizens from engaging in business
The advert, published on Tuesday, frames the sanctions as an
attack on Venezuela’s sovereignty.
“Never before in the history of our nations, has a president of
the United States attempted to govern Venezuelans by decree,”
the letter argues. “It is a tyrannical and imperial order and it
pushes us back to the darkest days of the relationship between
the United States and Latin American and the Caribbean.”
Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, seized on the order to
call for emergency powers, which the Venezuelan national
assembly, controlled by Maduro’s United Socialist party, passed
on Sunday. The “Anti-Imperialist Law for Peace”, passed after a
debate lasting about two hours, allows Maduro to rule by decree.
It remains unclear how the president plans to use the new
Maduro’s popularity rating has plummeted in recent months to
about 22% as inflation in Venezuela soars to over 60% and the
price of oil – of which the US is a key export market – sinks to
a five-year low.
David Smilde a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin
America said the New York Times advert was arguably designed to
serve Maduro’s domestic political cause rather than his
“This is what Maduro spends all
his time talking about –
that there’s economic war [with the
US], that there’s an effort to try to
undermine Venezuela, to sabotage it. Now this declaration of a
national security threat fits perfectly with that narrative and
provides it with substance,” Smilde said.
“The more Maduro can keep attention on this, the better
opportunity for him. So it [the letter] doesn’t surprise me. I
think it is probably more written to the Venezuelan people than
The seven officials named in the sanctions are alleged to have
orchestrated the harsh crackdowns against anti-government
protests last year and the arrest of a number of opposition
politicians. Anti-government protests and arrests of politicians
have continued into 2015.
The timing of the White House sanctions has been interpreted as
a way of exerting influence on the National Assembly elections
later in the year. No date has been set for the vote and it is
unclear if Maduro’s newly acquired powers will bear any
influence on the timing.
Dr Gregory Weeks, an expert in Venezuelan politics and chair of
the department of political science and public administration at
the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, said the
sanctions would now make it harder for other leaders in the
region to lobby for clean elections.
“I tend to think that the US acting unilaterally is going to
make it even harder for Latin American presidents to speak out
against Maduro because they don’t want to be seen as simply
doing what the US wants,” Weeks said. “I would have gone for
more quiet diplomacy with Latin American leaders and not become
a sort of lightning rod with this very public decision and the
inflammatory language attached to it.”
The Union of South American Nations, a regional
intergovernmental body, has condemned Obama’s executive order.
Take a look:
Voice of America
News / Americas
Poll: Venezuelan President's Popularity
Sinks to 22%
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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro stands before reporters on
the sidelines of a bilateral meeting with Brazil's President
Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia, Jan. 2, 2015.
January 02, 2015 2:20 PM
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's approval rating has
slipped to 22 percent, the lowest of his nearly two-year rule,
as a result of economic problems, a local pollster said Friday.
Maduro, 52, won election to replace his mentor, Hugo Chavez,
after the latter's death from cancer in early 2013, but has seen
his popularity eroded since then as the OPEC nation suffers an
economic slowdown, product shortages and soaring prices.
"His popularity has gone down a lot. He's at 22 percent
approval. People are waiting for solutions,'' Datanalisis
director Jose Antonio Gil told local TV station Globovision.
Recession-hit Venezuela has the worst economic performance of
any major nation in the region, with widespread shortages of
goods from milk to car parts and 64 percent annual inflation.
The plunge in global oil prices, with Venezuela's crude worth
$47 a barrel now — half of what it was five months ago — has
exacerbated the scenario. Maduro
blames a U.S.-inspired "economic war" by
political foes, but opposition leaders say 15 years of socialism
are the cause.
Gil said 60 percent of people did not believe in Maduro's
"Venezuelans' main problem is shortages," he said, confirming
what other polls have shown — that product scarcities have
overtaken violent crime as Venezuelans' main worry.
Opinion polls in Venezuela are divergent and controversial, but
Datanalisis is one of the most closely watched and respected.
Gil did not say when the latest
poll was taken or how many people were interviewed.
Datanalisis had put Maduro's rating at 24.5 percent in November
and about 50 percent after his election in April 2013.
Facing parliamentary elections this year, Maduro has promised a
six-month economic recovery plan, including reform of currency
controls that are more than a decade old.
A three-tier system currently pegs the dollar to 6.3, 12 and 50
bolivars, depending on sectors, while the greenback goes for
more than 170 bolivars on the black market.
Many economists recommend a devaluation or unification of rates
and other measures to boost state coffers, such as a rise in
gasoline prices or sale of the Citgo refining unit.
Such moves, however, could have a political cost for Maduro, as
Venezuela enters 2015 with the ruling "Chavismo" movement at
arguably its lowest ebb since a brief coup against Chavez in
Only 16 percent felt "identified" with the ruling Socialist
Party, he said, but the divided opposition coalition was hardly
doing much better, with just 19 percent.
The Guardian pushing to stroke hatred between Venezuelans and the people of the
Take a look at what I just found on a social network:
VTVCANAL8 @VTVcanal8 31 minHace 31 minutos
Pdte.@NicolasMaduro: Relaciones de respeto, en clima de igualdad,
queremos con el Gobierno de EEUU
VTVCANAL8 @VTVcanal8 32 minHace 32 minutos
Pdte.@NicolasMaduro: Estamos en el mejor momento de relaciones con el
Pueblo de EEUU. Y ese es el camino que vamos a mantener
President Nicolas Maduro says: A relationship of respect
in equal conditions, that is what we want with the Government of the United
States. We are at our best moment of relationship with the people of the United
States. And that is the path we will maintain.
The Guardian and Reuters are doing Politics, because they are certainly not
doing Ethical and Professional Journalism. The Guardian makes the unethical Poll
business anonymous and does not even mention it, that is not only a serious lack
of ethics, it is citing an anonymous source, leaving it to imagination and that
is anonymity. The best wishes of President Nicolas Maduro to improve the
relationship with the United States have been censored.
The Law is the Law.
Article 40: Political rights are
reserved to those who are Venezuelans*, with the
exceptions established in this Constitution. Naturalized
Venezuelans who have entered the country prior to reaching the
age of seven years and have resided permanently in Venezuela
until reaching legal age shall enjoy the same rights as
Venezuelans by birth.
Article 57: Everyone has the right to express freely his
or her thoughts, ideas or opinions
orally, in writing or by any other form of expression, and to
use for such purpose any
means of communication and diffusion, and no censorship shall be
making use of this right assumes full responsibility for
everything expressed. Anonymity,
war propaganda, discriminatory
messages or those promoting religious intolerance are
not permitted. Censorship restricting the ability of
public officials* to report on matters
for which they are responsible is prohibited.
Article 58: Communications are free and plural, and
involve the duties and responsibilities indicated by law.
Everyone has the right to timely, truthful
and impartial information, without censorship, in accordance
with the principles of this Constitution, as well as the right
to reply and corrections when they are directly affected by
inaccurate or offensive information. Children* and adolescents have the
right to receive adequate information for purposes of their
It is also a good time to expose The Guardian and Reuters to the world as the
UNETHICAL WAR PIGS that trash and prostitute basic
Professional Journalism Ethics putting the honest British people in great shame.