Thursday, December 19, 2013

More bad news from Venezuela (and some good news from Ciudad Juarez)

(My new American Thinker post)

Venezuela and Ciudad Juarez, on the other side of El Paso, Texas, have been in the news for several years.   Ciudad Juarez was "ground zero" for the Mexican cartel war.  Venezuela is slowly falling apart, a perfect storm of bad management and a determined effort to undermine democracy.

We actually got some "good news" from Ciudad Juarez, as reported by The New York Times;
"With violence down to a quarter of its peak, Ciudad Juárez, a perennial symbol of drug war devastation, is experiencing what many here describe as a boom.   

New restaurants pop up weekly, a few with a hipster groove. Schools and homes in some neighborhoods are gradually filling again, while new nightclubs throb on weekends with wall-to-wall teenagers and 20-somethings who insist on reclaiming the freedom to work and play without being consumed by worry.  

"It's a different city," said Mr. Lujana, 31, who moved back a few months ago.

"The drug dealers have receded; it's not cool anymore to be a narco."  
Frankly, that is wonderful news.  I know people who left Ciudad Juarez because of the violence.   It's been hell down there for quite some time.  I am happy that things are turning around. 

Venezuela is another story.

We've heard these allegations for some time.  Could Venezeula's leadership be involved in drug trafficking?    Fausta Wertz brought this Spanish story to our attention:  
""This news confirms what many already knew about the significant and growing presence of drug trafficking in Venezuela and its important relations with the top echelon in the government and the Armed Forces," former Venezuelan ambassador to Sweden and Guyana, Sadio Garavini commented.

"Venezuela has become a center of command and control of international drug trafficking since the expulsion of the DEA (U.S. anti-drug agency) of the country and the indefinite suspension of the effective partnership with former United States cooperation in the fight against drugs."
Again, I am not surprised to read this.  It simply points out how dangerous it would be for a communist dictatorship to take over in Venezuela.  At the moment, dissent is under attack and there is little independent reporting of the regime's activities in drug traffic.

P. S. You can hear my discussion of this with Fausta Wertz & Daniel Duquenal here : 

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Babalu: Barbara & her false Messiah (“Barbara y su falso mesías”)

(My new Babalu post)
Barbara Walters admitted the obvious, i.e. too many people got caught up in Obama the Messiah:
"Barbara Walters said the difficulties engulfing President Barack Obama are a reflection of the let-down people are feeling from the high expectations they had during his earliest days in office when she and others thought he was going to be "the next messiah."
The 81-year-old broadcast journalist made the remarks during an interview on CNN's "Piers Morgan Live" on Tuesday, after Morgan asked her why Obama is facing so much opposition and why "he is struggling so much to really fulfill the great flame of ambition and excitement that he was elected on originally in 2009?""
Really Miss Waters? It took 5 years to figure this out.
It took Miss Walters 5 years to figure out that a guy who had never managed anything might run into a few problems trying to run the federal government.   Obama had no executive experience, only 2 years in the US Senate, no significant accomplishments in the Illinois Senate and so on.    Obama was totally unprepared for this job.
Wonder what other liberal is going to come out and admit that he or she fell for the false Messiah?
My guess is that more will "come out of the closet", specially after they learn that The Affordable Health Care Act is not affordable at all.

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