Venezuela to the UN: These protests are just the result of an “international campaign of lies and falsehoods,” you know

posted at 1:21 pm on March 4, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Well. There’s that ol’ United-Nations fightin’ spirit we’ve been waiting for, via the BBC:

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Venezuelan authorities to “listen carefully to the aspirations” of protesters and engage in dialogue with the opposition.

His comments came before a meeting in Geneva with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua.

Mr Ban said protesters “must resort to peaceful means in delivering and conveying their messages”. …

Mr Jaua, who is in Geneva for a meeting of the UN’s Human Rights Council, said Venezuela was the victim of a “psychological war” perpetrated by the media.

“The propaganda carried out by some national and international media corporations conveys the wrong idea that there is widespread chaos in our country and indiscriminate repression against the people,” he said.

It was aimed, he said, at portraying Venezuela as a country that violates human rights to “justify foreign intervention”.

Yes, sadly, these are the actual real-life words that Venezuelan officials are using to excuse and explain away their country’s economic crisis and political protests, at the United Nations. Meanwhile, however, the death toll is now estimated to be somewhere around 18 and hundreds have been arrested, and despite the beginning of the carnival festival season, the protests are still ongoing. Whatever lame lies Maduro and his government prefer to feed to the public and the world, the reality of runaway inflation, shortages of basic staples, and rampant violent crime are too big for even the Maduro’s reliable political base in the country to keep ignoring, via the Financial Times:

“This is only getting worse,” says the father of two, as he waits in the shade. “They are selling food like you only need to eat once a week.”

Mr Aranda has not joined the anti-government protests that have left at least 17 dead in Venezuela over the past four weeks, in a South American version of Ukraine’s popular uprising. He says he remains a backer of Chávez’s “Bolivarian Revolution”, for now.

Yet his complaints are a sign that the revolution’s biggest threat may lie not with the opposition but within its own ranks. …

Even believers in Chávez’s brand of socialism cannot ignore the country’s galloping inflation, growing shortages and the inability of Nicolás Maduro, Chávez’s anointed successor as president, to summon up a fraction of his predecessor’s rallying charisma.

“There is growing frustration even within the [pro-government] chavista bases,” says Margarita López Maya, a historian at the Central University of Venezuela. “The current economic crisis and unrest are not only a product of Maduro, they are also part of Chávez’s legacy.”


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Russia to Ukraine: “uncontested arrival”

Venezuela: “international campaign of lies and falsehoods”

Fancy words to describe military action

Effay5 on March 4, 2014 at 1:26 PM

I’ll bet Obama’s taking some notes. He’s going to be needing some of those fine excuses.

trigon on March 4, 2014 at 1:26 PM

No argument from Harry Reid.

de rigueur on March 4, 2014 at 1:27 PM

What is it with Venezuelan leaders (starting with Chavez) and their darn birds?

Ruckus_Tom on March 4, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Is Soros’s open society operating in Venezuela like Ukraine as well?

Murphy9 on March 4, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Uh, oh, Maduro is in trouble now. Next up is the dreaded sternly worded letter.

rbj on March 4, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Tell him to just blame Bush. Works in this country.

bsinc1962 on March 4, 2014 at 1:30 PM

I smell sulfur

faraway on March 4, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Venezuela to the UN: These protests are just the result of an “international campaign of lies and falsehoods,” you know

…oh and btw: can you spare some toilet paper?

Valkyriepundit on March 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Mr Jaua, who is in Geneva for a meeting of the UN’s Human Rights Council, said Venezuela was the victim of a “psychological war” perpetrated by the media.

I think they could form a support group with any Republican politician.

But seriously, is this the same psychological war that would make us think that Saddam Hussein didn’t win his last election by near 100%, that there are gays in Iran, or that the people of North Korea are starving?

When Obama goes to the next meeting of the dictator’s club they really should work on methods of ensuring that only government approved messages get out into the media. Obama might even take that FCC monitor plan to show them.

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Uh, oh, Maduro is in trouble now. Next up is the dreaded sternly worded letter.

rbj on March 4, 2014 at 1:30 PM

But just a “level one” sternly worded letter. Filled with words like “concerned” and “disappointed.”

They won’t go nuclear with all caps or bold typeface until at least a level three.

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2014 at 1:39 PM

It was aimed, he said, at portraying Venezuela as a country that violates human rights to “justify foreign intervention”.

It’s unfortunate, but even though we’re laughing at them, a huge contingent of the hardcore left buys into these insane conspiracy theories unquestioningly, assuming the CIA is working “behind the scenes” to destabilize Maduro… never mind that Obama himself is a radical leftist or that the CIA of today couldn’t find its own a*s with a map and a flashlight.

Doomberg on March 4, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Venezuela to the UN: These protests are just the result of an “international campaign of lies and falsehoods,” you know

 
When I try to fix things, they call me a tyrant.

rogerb on March 4, 2014 at 1:44 PM

even though we’re laughing at them, a huge contingent of the hardcore left buys into these insane conspiracy theories unquestioningly, assuming the CIA is working “behind the scenes” to destabilize Maduro…

Doomberg on March 4, 2014 at 1:40 PM

That just makes me mad. If the CIA is going to destablize governments they ought to start domestically. Or maybe they are and that’s why we found out about Chris Christie’s closure of bridge lanes.

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2014 at 1:44 PM

When did Harry Reid become public relations officer for Venezela?

Tom C on March 4, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Ohhh Mother….. could I get some petite marshmallows in my hot coco, Please.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 4, 2014 at 1:47 PM

The U.N. just strikes fear into the hearts of dictators don’t they? Maduro could give a rat’s behind what Ki-moon says, why would he? He certainly has no fear of the U.N. nor of Obama. Monroe Doctrine? That is so 19th century.

major dad on March 4, 2014 at 1:47 PM

What is it with Venezuelan leaders (starting with Chavez) and their darn birds?

Ruckus_Tom on March 4, 2014 at 1:27 PM

They are communist birds. If they were capitalist birds they’d sh!t all over them.

ConstantineXI on March 4, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Even believers in Chávez’s brand of socialism

There’s differences?

Olympia, PBR, Stroh’s; different names but in the end they all gave you the craps.

Bishop on March 4, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Olympia, PBR, Stroh’s; different names but in the end they all gave you the craps.

Bishop on March 4, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Many moons ago (late 1980′s) when I was in high school the preferred brand of cheap swill was “Old Milwaukee”. Tasted good but damn you paid for it in the morning.

ConstantineXI on March 4, 2014 at 1:53 PM

But seriously, is this the same psychological war that would make us think that Saddam Hussein didn’t win his last election by near 100%, that there are gays in Iran, or that the people of North Korea are starving?

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2014 at 1:36 PM

There are no gays in Iran as they are hanging them two a day.

RickB on March 4, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Mr Aranda has not joined the anti-government protests that have left at least 17 dead in Venezuela over the past four weeks, in a South American version of Ukraine’s popular uprising. He says he remains a backer of Chávez’s “Bolivarian Revolution”, for now.

And BTW-

No, much as it is difficult for the media to understand, Venezuela’s popular uprising is not a “South American version” of the popular uprising in Ukraine. Totally different reasons and motivations.

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Gosh, that sounds like something Harry Reid would say.

LilyBart on March 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM

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canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 2:02 PM

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 2:06 PM

There are no gays in Iran as they are hanging them two a day.

RickB on March 4, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Uh Uh! Remember back in 2007? Ahmadinejad told that audience at Columbia University that “In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals, like in your country.” So if they had no gays then, where are they come from?!

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Mr Jaua, who is in Geneva for a meeting of the UN’s Human Rights Council, said Venezuela was the victim of a “psychological war” perpetrated by the media.

What media? The only media in Venezuela is controlled by the “Revolution.”

steebo77 on March 4, 2014 at 2:14 PM

…he’s JugEars brother…from another mother!

KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2014 at 2:15 PM

It has now been confirmed – all progressive, socialist, Marxist,
communist government types play by the same rule book, using the
same old tired excuses.

I am surprised he is not also blaming Bush.

Amjean on March 4, 2014 at 2:21 PM

A tale of two nations:

Norway and Venezuela

Norway set up an oil pension fund for it’s citizens, which technically makes every Norwegian a millionaire.

I’m sure the Norwegians blame the evil Americans for their terrible situation.

MichaelGabriel on March 4, 2014 at 2:32 PM

If that’s the kind of crap they are spreading around in Venezuela, no wonder they’re out of toilet paper!

Deano1952 on March 4, 2014 at 2:32 PM

I’m beginning to think that this socialism thing doesn’t work.

307wolverine on March 4, 2014 at 2:36 PM

I suspect the reason is that people get grumpy when they don’t have any toilet paper.

Socratease on March 4, 2014 at 2:38 PM

BTW,
1 million Norwegian Kroners are worth about $165,000.

1million Venezuelan Bolivars are worth about 1 roll of toilet paper.

MichaelGabriel on March 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Ok, I’m late to the party here, but if we could surround Venezuela with US troops we would be mimicking Putin in Ukraine. Ok Vlad ole’ buddy you want Ukraine, we want Venezuela. The local people would definitely be on our side here. Second, as soon as Venezuela is ours, we cut off oil to Cuba and we have a twofer. I should be President!

hip shot on March 4, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Ok, I’m late to the party here, but if we could surround Venezuela with US troops we would be mimicking Putin in Ukraine. Ok Vlad ole’ buddy you want Ukraine, we want Venezuela. The local people would definitely be on our side here. Second, as soon as Venezuela is ours, we cut off oil to Cuba and we have a twofer. I should be President!

hip shot on March 4, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Just tell me you don’t play golf, okay?

307wolverine on March 4, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Interesting to see this topic alongside the “obama mocks Republicans”, “obama says it isn’t true what’s being said about Russia’s invasion” threads…

Lying leftist a$$hats just have to lie, I guess.

Midas on March 4, 2014 at 3:26 PM

For a moment i thot this was oboobi slamming the media

There’s nothing more Hopenchangey than watching this guy try to frame western impotence in the face of Russian aggression as some sort of image problem that can be corrected by his pals in the media, especially knowing that his “red line” humiliation last year in Syria surely emboldened Putin internationally.

Funny how tyrannical minds think alike.

AH_C on March 4, 2014 at 4:37 PM

There is a puff piece, below the fold, on the front page of WaPo today.

The subject is Venezuela’s leader.

When I read it, I just shook my head … how did that ever get past the editors?

Bezos has a lot of work to do.

Grinch on March 4, 2014 at 6:07 PM