Venezuela protests continue — almost 40 dead, and over 500 wounded — but has anyone noticed?

posted at 6:11 pm on April 1, 2014 by Dustin Siggins

Other than Erika and a few other sources, the American news media seems to have largely ignored the Venezuelan conflict that has left nearly 40 dead. And now that conflict — plus the general failings of a dictatorial nation — has led to further food and other shortages:

Battling food shortages, the Venezuelan government is rolling out a new ID system that is either a grocery loyalty card with extra muscle or the most dramatic step yet towards rationing in Venezuela, depending on who is describing it.

President Nicolás Maduro‘s administration says the cards to track families’ purchases will foil people who stock up on groceries at subsidised prices and then illegally resell them for several times the amount. Critics say it’s another sign the oil-rich Venezuelan economy is headed toward Cuba-style dysfunction.

Registration begins at more than 100 government-run supermarkets across the country on Tuesday and working-class shoppers – who sometimes endure hours-long queues at the stores to buy cut-price groceries – are welcoming the plan.

Meanwhile, the political strife continues unabated:

Government allies of President Nicolás Maduro said last week that María Corina Machado would be kicked out of the National Assembly for speaking on Venezuela’s political crisis in front of the Organization of American States in Washington last month as an invited guest of the government of Panama. They say Ms. Machado, among Mr. Maduro’s most vocal critics, violated the constitution, which prohibits parliamentarians from accepting public posts from other countries without the approval of Venezuela’s congress. Ms. Machado didn’t seek such approval before her appearance in Washington.

The country’s highest court on Monday backed that view in a statement posted on its website. It said Ms. Machado’s move was “not only detrimental to the legislative function for which she was elected, but in clear contradiction with her duties as a Venezuelan and as an assemblywoman.”

Ms. Machado called the stripping of her title an “institutional conspiracy” and refused to relinquish it.

Rightly, much attention has focused on the geopolitical and economic threat of Russia, especially as it makes moves against Ukraine. And given that CNN and Bill O’Reilly have to make money, their exhaustive coverage of the missing plane makes sense. But let’s be real, here — Venezuela has huge oil exports and reserves, and has been a geopolitical foe of the U.S. for years. That alone makes the rioting and other unrest in the nation worthwhile.

Most importantly, though, a large and populous nation has been thrown into economic and life-threatening distress. While not every nation can get dominant coverage all the time — nations like North Korea and Syria see enormous death counts and instability, for example, and many African and Caribbean nations are very poor and in need of political restructuring — this is something that deserves more coverage.

But for some reason, the black-out of the Venezuelan unrest seems to be continuing.

 


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DJ Tiesto noticed. First time I respected him for something.

Nethicus on April 1, 2014 at 6:15 PM

government is rolling out a new ID system that is either a grocery loyalty card with extra muscle… to track families’ purchases will foil people who stock up on groceries at subsidised prices and then illegally resell them for several times the amount.

Without it you can neither buy nor sell.

/precursor

mankai on April 1, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Registration begins at more than 100 government-run supermarkets across the country on Tuesday and working-class shoppers… are welcoming the plan.

The govt causes chaos, brings order, and is seen as the hero: with greatly expanded power.

Akzed on April 1, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Without it you can neither buy nor sell.

/precursor

mankai on April 1, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Please stop that nonsense.

Akzed on April 1, 2014 at 6:24 PM

the American news media seems to have largely ignored the Venezuelan conflict

Most thinking Americans are more concerned with the fact that the American media is ignoring obama’s crimes, and the general failings of our very own ‘dictatorial nation’.

Pork-Chop on April 1, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Please stop that nonsense.

Akzed on April 1, 2014 at 6:24 PM

‘Cause it’s never gonna happen…

mankai on April 1, 2014 at 6:28 PM

We don’t have a main stream media anymore and the term journalist has no real meaning.

tej on April 1, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Call Putin. He’ll handle it.

vnvet on April 1, 2014 at 6:33 PM

‘Cause it’s never gonna happen…
mankai on April 1, 2014 at 6:28 PM

So unless we have NERO on our forehead we won’t be able to shop?

My wife will be p!ssed.

Akzed on April 1, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Akzed on April 1, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Please stop that nonsense.

mankai on April 1, 2014 at 6:36 PM

The 60′s called, and it wants its slogan back:

What if they held a war and nobody came?

Another Drew on April 1, 2014 at 6:37 PM

The govt causes chaos, brings order, and is seen as the hero: with greatly expanded power.

Akzed

Doubt they’re that Machiavellian …. or competent (which you’d have to be to bring off such a scheme).

They (the government) is in trouble because (a) they’re incompetent and (b) their economics does not work.

They play the envy game – tell the poor they’re only poor because of the rich (same as some here in the US) – and try to rally the public behind them beating up the boogie men.

BD57 on April 1, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Venezuela protests continue — almost 40 dead, and over 500 wounded — but has anyone noticed?

Not with the media propagandists focused on a mythical 7M signed up for Obamacare. But we should be paying attention- this is our future sooner than many would think.

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Conservative critics of government are “freaks,” are “in for a pretty rough ride,” and “will need their Kevlar,” i.e., bullet-proof vests.

Akzed on April 1, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Please stop that nonsense. mankai on April 1, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Weren’t you alluding to Rev. 13:16-18?

Akzed on April 1, 2014 at 6:39 PM

BD57 on April 1, 2014 at 6:37 PM

It’s worked many times.

Akzed on April 1, 2014 at 6:40 PM

#sosvenezuela
#prayforvenezuela

DinaRehn on April 1, 2014 at 6:42 PM

The govt causes chaos, brings order, and is seen as the hero: with greatly expanded power.

Akzed on April 1, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Yup… “SAVE US, authoritarian masters!” from the chaos you orchestrated and engineered through socialist and redistributive policies. Coming soon to a country near you.

Capricio on April 1, 2014 at 6:45 PM

They play the envy game – tell the poor they’re only poor because of the rich (same as some here in the US) – and try to rally the public behind them beating up the boogie men.

BD57

Ah, all they gotta do is put a fresh coat of paint on it, someone that isn’t a full blown high profile Chavista, who promises to bring about order and temper the violence, if only they are given enough power to make it happen.

Capricio on April 1, 2014 at 6:49 PM

But for some reason, the black-out of the Venezuelan unrest seems to be continuing.

Maybe it has to do with the fact that socialism is proving yet again to be a monumental failure, and media lefties aren’t going to face up to it, yet again. I can’t speak for O’Reilly, but he may as well be on the left.

rickv404 on April 1, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Noticed what?

Midas on April 1, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Yeah, that’s bad.

Honestly, I’m more concerned with the economic collapse coming to our own streets at the frantic pace our ‘leaders’ appear to be trying to make one happen.

Midas on April 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Venezuela protests continue — almost 40 dead, and over 500 wounded — but has anyone noticed?

…if THIS administration was doing THAT in this country…the MSM would not report it…why should they report what’s going on in the promised land in South America?

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2014 at 7:04 PM

…if THIS administration was doing THAT in this country…the MSM would not report it…why should they report what’s going on in the promised land in South America? KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Soon they might catch up to Albuquerque.

Akzed on April 1, 2014 at 7:13 PM

has anyone noticed?

More than an hour after you posted this, Dustin, there are only a couple of dozen comments.

Americans generally just don’t care very much about what happens to the 7,000,000,000,000 outside of its borders.

itsnotaboutme on April 1, 2014 at 7:31 PM

This article is racist.

KMC1 on April 1, 2014 at 7:43 PM

I don’t care if the lot of them kill each other and leave the country completely unpopulated. They deserve whatever comes to them for either supporting this communism, or not opposing it with every fiber of their being.

Let them burn.

Diluculo on April 1, 2014 at 7:43 PM

has anyone noticed?

More than an hour after you posted this, Dustin, there are only a couple of dozen comments.

Americans generally just don’t care very much about what happens to the 7,000,000,000,000 people outside of its borders.

itsnotaboutme on April 1, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Vene-where?

BobMbx on April 1, 2014 at 7:44 PM

I don’t care if the lot of them kill each other and leave the country completely unpopulated. They deserve whatever comes to them for either supporting this communism, or not opposing it with every fiber of their being.

Let them burn.

Diluculo on April 1, 2014 at 7:43 PM

He’s trying to prove the point I just made.

Diluculo, there are millions of Venezuelans who oppose the evil regime.

And millions more who, because of media bias, unimaginable (for Westerners) poverty, & ignorance, are deceived.

Yet you think they all deserve the death penalty.

Would you pull the trigger?

itsnotaboutme on April 1, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Americans generally just don’t care very much about what happens to the 7,000,000,000,000 outside of its borders. itsnotaboutme on April 1, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Can you name fifty of them?

This is like saying that a dad struggling to make ends meet doesn’t care about kids on welfare.

Isn’t it enough to care somewhat about the well being of the 320M people who live here?

Do I really need to care about the slum dwellers of Calcutta? Wouldn’t that draw my attention away from the slum dwellers of Memphis?

Akzed on April 1, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Take a good look gang, this is the leftist utopia in reality.

Whitey Ford on April 1, 2014 at 8:16 PM

has anyone noticed?

More than an hour after you posted this, Dustin, there are only a couple of dozen comments.

Americans generally just don’t care very much about what happens to the 7,000,000,000,000 people outside of its borders.

itsnotaboutme on April 1, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Can you name fifty of them?

This is like saying that a dad struggling to make ends meet doesn’t care about kids on welfare.

Isn’t it enough to care somewhat about the well being of the 320M people who live here?

Do I really need to care about the slum dwellers of Calcutta? Wouldn’t that draw my attention away from the slum dwellers of Memphis?

Akzed on April 1, 2014 at 7:47 PM

1) Yes. I now live in Davao City, Philippines. But it’s not about me. :D

2) My comment was a general (as I said) & relative statement.
Most of the world knows far more about what happens in other nations than Americans know. By “care,” I meant news-related interest, not compassion. But since most the rest of the world is far more needy than the poorest in the US, it would be nice if Americans cared in (the way you meant it) more for those of other nations.
“Slum dwellers of Memphis” generally have water heaters, a/c, TVs, cars, carpets, glass windows, ovens…things that most of the world can’t imagine having.

itsnotaboutme on April 1, 2014 at 8:42 PM

…Not making any demands.
Just saying it would be nice.
IMHO.

itsnotaboutme on April 1, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Sean Penn is unavailable for comment.

GarandFan on April 1, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Other than Erika and a few other sources, the American news media seems to have largely ignored the Venezuelan conflict that has left nearly 40 dead.

A couple of reasons why:

1. Venezuela is supposed to be the worker’s paradise. Liberal heaven, Socialist utopia, etc. They even have massive natural resources to subsidize it. Of course, it is a complete clusterfark and the Democrat media does not like to admit failure.

2. They have been too busy coordinating their ObamaCare propaganda efforts.

Norwegian on April 1, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Venez-who? I hope the wounded signed-up for obamacare.

lel2007 on April 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

If anything happens, and the media doesn’t report it, is it still anything?

MT on April 1, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Venezuela protests continue — almost 40 dead, and over 500 wounded — but has anyone noticed?

“It should be reported more…obviously the forces of Reaction are seeking to destroy the Glorious People’s Republic of Venezuela and the Worker’s Paradise that exists there!”-Sean Penn

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 1, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Would you pull the trigger?

itsnotaboutme on April 1, 2014 at 7:47 PM

No, of course not. But I would not be willing to send one single American soldier there to intervene in anything regardless of what happens there. If they don’t see fit to fight to the death for their freedom, then why should we care let alone send our young to die for them?

Me pull the trigger? No. I don’t have to, they’re doing it themselves.

Diluculo on April 2, 2014 at 3:06 AM

so where is SEAN PENN on his love of glorius utopia of venezuela?

you know when a place is going downhill, when the hollywierds stop talking how wonderful of a place it is.

sniffles1999 on April 2, 2014 at 7:34 AM

We don’t care about Venezuela…we’re one spark away from the same thing here in the US. The government thinks we’re subjects and treats us as such and the country is as viscerally divided now as it was leading up to our last civil war. The economy, contrary to government propaganda, is in the toilet! Bad things are on the way here that will make these other places look like a picnic…

Doomsday on April 2, 2014 at 9:09 AM

We already have a sizable number of our citizens who have grocery cards called SNAP or EBT. We already have a govt trying to tell us how much and what to eat. We already have a govt controlling what our children are taught and how it is taught. Need I cover more.

Kissmygrits on April 2, 2014 at 9:32 AM

No News is Good News.

The Manure Spreading Media would not like to embarrass King Putt or Joke Biden by informing the American public of the outlandish thuggery and brutality of Dear Liar’s shining Socialist butt buddies in Venezuela now would they? Viva Fidel, Viva Chavez!

Missilengr on April 2, 2014 at 11:59 AM

“Venezuela protests continue — almost 40 dead, and over 500 wounded — but has anyone noticed?”

Yes.

Kevin M on April 2, 2014 at 3:06 PM