Dare / Osare by G.hostbuster ::
"Ironically, international media have been portraying these protestors as peaceful victims of state repression. Even celebrities, such as Cher and Paris Hilton have been drawn into a false hysteria, calling for freedom for Venezuelans from a “brutal dictatorship”. The reality is quite different. While there is no doubt that a significant number of protestors in the larger marches that have taken place have demonstrated peacefully their legitimate concerns, the driving force behind those protests is a violent plan to overthrow a democratic government. Lopez [The leader of the violent protest}, who has publicly stated his pride for his role in the April 2002 coup against Hugo Chavez, continues to call on his supporters to rally against the Venezuelan “dictatorship”.
While dozens of governments and international organizations, including UNASUR and Mercosur have expressed their clear support and solidarity for the Venezuelan government and President Maduro, Washington was quick to back the opposition protestors and demand the government release all those detained during the demonstrations. The Obama administration went so far as to threaten President Maduro with international consequences if Leopoldo Lopez were to be detained. In the aftermath of the first wave of violent protests, Maduro expelled three US diplomats from the US Embassy in Caracas, accusing them of conspiring to recruit students in Venezuela to engage in destabilization.
….While problems persist in the country, as they do every where, most Venezuelans are wary of giving up the immense social and political gains they have made in the past fourteen years. An opposition with nothing to offer except foreign intervention and uncertainty does not appeal to the majority. Unfortunately, media fail to see this reality, or choose not to portray it in order to advance a political agenda. In Venezuela, the revolution is here to stay and the interests of the 1% are not going to overcome those of the 99% already in power.”
What a great story, Mark!
Let’s go over this, starting with my favorite subject, numbers. I see you used 99% vs. 1%, but the truth is maybe we could use some actual numbers here:
Maduro 7,587,579 // 50.6%
Capriles 7,363,980 // 49.1%
What’s this? 50.6% vs. 49.1%? That’s very different from 99 vs. 1. What ever are we looking at here. And let’s remember who was in charge of the electoral college for these numbers.
Look at that government armband. So fancy.
Further reading for you:
Let’s go in further.
While problems persist in the country, as they do every where, most Venezuelans are wary of giving up the immense social and political gains they have made in the past fourteen years.
To this, the government has burdened me with glorious evidence to destroy the argument that “policies justify repression and everything else.” I bring you the declaractions of minister Hector Rodriguez.
"It’s not like we’re going to take people out of poverty so they reach middle class and aspire to become escualidos.*" *Slur for opposition.
Let’s also review this by Steven Laing:Recall the arguments that the right-wing pundits of Fox News et al made following the death of Augusto Pinochet when they made excuses for the horrific abuses of his regime because he, according to these apologists, saved Chile from the scourge of Communism and helped Chile maintain a market economy that is now one of the strongest in South America. It doesn’t matter! The policies of such a government become irrelevant when the means to achieve them demand the destruction of the rights that government was created to protect in the first place. That argument was garbage when the Right made it in 2006 and it is no less absolute, festering, stinking garbage now that the Left is making it today.
The anti-authoritarian in me bristles when witnessing those with whom I have marched in advocacy of social justice making excuses for autocrats. As members of the Left we have a responsibility to speak out against the abuses perpetrated by the Left in the name of social justice. Policy cannot absolve a government that is in breach of the Social Contract. The government of Venezuela, regardless of its policies, has lost its legitimacy.
Let’s pick this up:
An opposition with nothing to offer except foreign intervention and uncertainty does not appeal to the majority.
To go with wiki terms, Citation Needed. I mean, clearly the opposition appeals to at least 49.1% of the populace, by government numbers. Therefor, you may need to review this. But I find it weird you accuse the opposition of foreign intervention (this being far from our goals) considering it has been since Chavismo that Venezuela has seen things like:
What’s that cuban flag doing in my country? Meh. But I guess this is “good intervention”?
Also, uncertainty? We’ve had uncertainty for 15 years.
Look at that murder rate. Oh my.
Let’s go on:
Even celebrities, such as Cher and Paris Hilton have been drawn into a false hysteria, calling for freedom for Venezuelans from a “brutal dictatorship”.
Indeed, let’s look at some of the finest moments of this Democracy:
Child Indoctrination Part #1
Violence against Women, from 2007.
Slut-shaming. Remember, women: inciting sex brings in the rape. Safety is everyone corresponsibility.
And these days:
Let’s take it home:
There’s a kind of indecency that I find repugnant. It’s some of the worst I’ve ever seen. Something truly despicable. And I don’t want to explain why. I hope that, as I tell you what it is, you solve the equation, and with each passing second you find new things to feel disgusted of the behavior shown by these people that I’ve been coming across, who, fortunately, are few, not just in Venezuela but in other countries as well. And, as a Venezuelan living abroad, I think some of you might get an idea of what it feels like when this indecency I’m about to denounce comes from people who have filled their maws talking about human rights, things that, I hope, they haven’t upheld out of cheap politics, as I insist: we’re talking of human rights, no less.
The aforementioned indecency is this: people who defend a venezuelan project, sometimes foreign to them, for a long time. A project that, when it begins to show grave failures, they are not capable of criticizing. Not because they can’t, not that there’s any pressing reason for it, not force majeurce like having a gun on your neck, they can’t because something as low as pride does not allow it.
People who, faced with hard proof, that contradict their human-rights guaranteeing, progressive, humanist ideals, look the other way, or worse even, seek out some rehashed, absurd, insulting excuse, to try to justify it, and worse even, defend it.
That said, here you go, as you deserve it and have earned it, the honor reserved for those of your special variety of people.
Make new friends.
green sea turtle (by bluewavechris)
The Urban Pollinators Project
Pollinators such as the Common Blue butterfly and Early-nesting Bumblebee, which are shown in these images, play a vital role in maintaining our food supplies. But like many others, these species are struggling in the UK countryside.
UK apples, strawberries, raspberries, beans and tomatoes are all reliant on insect pollinators. Globally, crop pollination services are estimated to be worth $153 billion per year. Understanding the influences that the landscape and other environmental factors can have on our pollinators is therefore of huge importance.
The Urban Pollinators Project, led by scientists at the University of Bristol, is studying how effective our towns and cities are for our bees and other pollinators.
A staggering 98% of the country’s flower-rich meadows have been lost since the end of the Second World War but gardens, allotments and other flower-rich habitats in urban areas could provide a haven for these important insects.
In Bristol, Leeds, Reading and Edinburgh, city-wide surveys of pollinators, together with 60 pollen- and nectar-rich flowering meadows are helping our pollinators flourish.
Read more on this topic at the project website: www.urbanpollinators.org
and blog: http://urbanpollinators.blogspot.co.uk/
For more BBSRC research on pollinators go to: ht.ly/tOmAb
Copyright: Jane Memmott from the Pollinators Project