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VENEZUELA: CHAOS OR MEDIA MANIPULATION By Jesus Rojas

posted 11 Aug 2016, 09:03 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 11 Aug 2016, 09:06 ]

Jesus Rojas, a citizen and resident of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, has been an English teacher for over 10 years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador- Instituto Pedagógico de Barquisimeto. (UPEL-IPB).

.His teaching experience has been in the rural area. Jesus describes his approach to teaching as eclectic. “I believe all of my students come to me with their own unique set of knowledge, skills, and talent. My goal as a teacher is to meet them where they are and help them be successful as they define it.” He has also been involved in teacher training

His bi-cultural background and focus on community work in conformity with the communal councils that exist in his community. As a social worker he wants to use his professional knowledge and skills to help people make the most of their own abilities and empower them to be the best they can be.

He wants to assist people in solving their own problems as well as empowering them to develop skills so that they can do so themselves.

According to the World mainstream press, Venezuela now lives in unprecedented chaos. According to this matrix of opinion, globally widespread, the country is collapsing, nothing works here, that we live under a dictatorship, and the only way out is the removal of the government of current President Nicolas Maduro, for which a recall referendum is being driven.

All this is part of a war that is being waged against the Bolivarian process, which has been trying to build a new for the last 17 years. Consider that these changes are being made within the framework of a democratic system, where the vast majority of the population chose that path through a vote. 

The Bolivarian process is held genuinely through the popular vote. Since President Hugo Chavez won in 1998, it has continually been holding open, fair and transparent elections, and it is the people itself that have elected what we have. There is no imposition here. The government that has been elected since then has brought a number of improvements to the population; that is unquestionable. Therefore it is impossible to speak of chaos.

The international right-wing hoped that with the death of Hugo Chavez and the arrival of Nicolas Maduro to the presidency, everything built up over all these years would fall and the progress of the revolution would reverse. But it was not like that. Maduro democratically won the presidency. The Bolivarian process went ahead, albeit with great difficulty, despite the continued harassment to which it is subjected, by the pressures and repeated attacks in all areas.

As a result of all that pressure a situation was created where there are problems. It is true that there is a very complicated economic situation for the population. The declining oil prices internationally represented a blow to the national economy. 

Unfortunately we remain a rentier country without our own production and rely on imports for almost everything, even food. The price of a barrel of oil fell to $ 20 as a result of the manipulation of the stock exchanges trying to bomb Venezuela [as well as Russia and Iran, all major oil producers], having come down from $200 at one time and that very largely dismantled the economy.

The big problem is that there is little domestic production, and most part of it is bought out, so the state is at the mercy of these private companies, speculating at ease. This shows a basic structural problem of the country that is still living off oil revenues leaving aside its own production. Therefore, at this moment the government is promoting urban gardens as a way to gradually introduce a new culture, to exit from the oil rentier economy and not rely on imports. 

Hence a very large part of the urban population has begun to produce pulse and vegetables in small home gardens: such as lettuce, tomato, onion, paprika. These are principal palliatives to address the current crisis.

The right-wing has the least concern for the people. All what they want is to get rid of the Bolivarian government; therefore they 
implement all this policy of aggression against the revolution: food shortages, polarization, denunciation of misrule and chaos with which they inundate the entire media space. In short, if someone suffers with all of that, it is the same population they claim to defend and for whom they are supposedly worried. What drives the right-wing is the ouster of President Maduro through a referendum; that is the purpose of the economic chaos that is occurring.

Shortages and inflation bring discomfort, no doubt. And indeed there have been protests from people, because shortages and long lines bother, that's clear. But what circulates through the mass media is false: it is an exaggeration. Much of that discomfort is due to the provocateurs who incite the population when they reach to the queues and shout against the government protesting against hunger as alleged proceeds of inefficiency of Maduro and this "Castro-communist” dictatorship that has subjugated us. 

Of course all these manipulations try to lead to despair; and somehow they succeed. Then the press comes and speaks of chaos. There have been deaths, it is true, but that is the result of those clashes that the provocateurs encourage. It is not true that there is an open repression against the population. We are quite far from a repressive state that shoots against population.

It can be seen that there is an intention of the international right-wing to stop any process of popular democracy, of social progress, that gives prominence to the workers, so anything is done to stop these changes, such as those being carried out in Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador. 

The idea is to get out of the way any process of change. We know that none of these are socialist governments in the strict sense of the word, but they drive improvements for the large popular majorities. They are not governments that came through a socialist revolution, but they are against imperial policies. 

This hurts the right-wing, and here in Venezuela, although the large companies maintain their business, they have gone out of the political leadership of the country. That's something they do not forgive, and that is why the empire also reacts. In summary, this lets us see that the right-wing wants to handle everything, including the political sphere. What they do not forgive is the dive toward sovereignty.
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