January 24, 2019

It's Venezuela's “Berlin Wall moment” — but will Maduro hold on to power?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Venezuela used to be the world’s fourth-richest country — ahead of Canada, ahead of the UK. They actually have larger oil reserves even than Saudi Arabia.

That country should be like Singapore or Hong Kong — actually, better, because those two little countries don’t have any oil. It’s western, though; it’s Christian; it’s educated; it’s industrialized.

But then it was taken over by Communists. You can call them socialists; there’s not much difference. But I think Communism is a better description, especially considering how the country has effectively been colonized by Cuba over the past thirty years. It’s practically certain that were it not for Cuba special forces operating in Venezuela — usually not in uniform, but as “police” or even plain clothes — that Venezuela’s democracy movement would have toppled their dictatorship long ago.

The worst dictator was Hugo Chavez, whose daughter is the richest person in the country — she stole $4.2 billion from her people.

Then Nicolas Maduro took over as tyrant after Chavez died in 2013, and he's been wringing money out of his starving people ever since.

Venezuela is so poor that the average Venezuelan has lost nearly 20 pounds, not from diet or exercise — but from malnutrition.

Independent media have been shut down. Labour unions dissolved. Political activists imprisoned. Obviously property expropriated. Violence — at the hands of Chavez and Maduro, and at the hands of Cuban mercenaries.

Elections rigged. Courts rigged. It’s a slow motion disaster.

And, given Obama’s friendship with Chavez, did you really think America would do something about it?

This week, Donald Trump did. After a democracy activist named Juan Guaidó became the genuine and legitimate president of Venezuela this week, Trump weighed in, with an impressive statement that said, in part:

Today, I am officially recognizing the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela. (...) The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law.

I will continue to use the full weight of United States economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy. (...) We continue to hold the illegitimate Maduro regime directly responsible for any threats it may pose to the safety of the Venezuelan people.

I should point out that it took the full day before Canada said a word about Venezuela. Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro immediately joined in support of the new president. Most democracies did, including in Latin America.

Not our Chrystia Freeland.

While 100,000 people took to the street of Caracas, Freeland was too busy on a media panel discussion at the fancy jet-set conference in Davos, Switzerland to make a statement.

What an embarrassment.

At this point, I was planning to show you a list of North American celebrities who have lavished love and praise on Chavez and Maduro over the years: Sean Penn, Oliver Stone, most of Hollywood. Political leaders from Bob Rae to Bernie Sanders to one of Rachel Notley's MLAs, Rod Loyola.

But today is not the day for their disgrace. There will be plenty of time to talk about them, and their collusion in the crimes of Chavez and Maduro.

For now, let us focus on the people of Venezuela and put our hopes and prayers with them in these dangerous days.

NEXT: I'm joined by an expert on this region, Joseph Humire, the Executive Director of the Center for a Secure Free Society, to talk more about what's happening in Venezuela.

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

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commented 2019-01-26 10:27:00 -0500
Omg Charren Remains.
You can say far right and still be right wing.
What I said is not in dispute by most of the known world.
Hitler’s ideology is.
Good day.
commented 2019-01-25 16:03:17 -0500
Rational Canadians wouldn’t vote for such lunacy. Oh wait, unless their is a media black out.
commented 2019-01-25 15:59:26 -0500
I shouldn’t say Venezuela has fallen in a generation. In my lifetime would be more accurate.
commented 2019-01-25 15:22:53 -0500
- The people of Venezuela have paid a dear price for this chance at freedom. The French people are paying that price as well. When you lose your rights & freedoms they must often be bought back with blood. Canadians need to keep this in mind as the Trudeau Liberals erode our rights & freedoms.
commented 2019-01-25 14:13:45 -0500
Absolutely Dan, he isn’t as safe as he was before a third option showed up for Canadians this election cycle. It could be a surprise for our PM. Even if Justin’s dreams were to come true again, enough Canadians will be put out, that something will have to give. It won’t end well for his career or any other globalist/socialist/commie who thinks they can sell Canada out.

I hope Venezuala can find a solution for their people. I remember when it was a prosperous country and it is chilling to see how far it has fallen in a generation. Canada is well on its way down the same path.

Gov’t ownership of resources, and buying out or making dirty deals with private companies, wealth redistribution, filling their own pockets to the point of the population having to break into the zoo as well as eating their own pets for meat! Out of control inflation. Who thinks it can’t happen here? Who thinks Justin’s plan isn’t somewhere in between the Venezuelan model and the Chinese model, with a totalitarian sharia, Islamist run mutaween seeded into the mix to keep the masses behaving.
commented 2019-01-25 13:00:51 -0500
Someone should send Jihadi-Justin-Groper a video of that righteous protest in front of the Communist Maduro’s palace…to remind the dictatorial, fascist, little POS that he works for Canadians, at our behest, that we aren’t his subjects! CC to the Fake News Media Party and the rest of the 5 P Professionals wrecking our country…
Reinforce it with those videos of Mussolini and Ceaușescu being righteously rewarded by the people they subjugated, oppressed, robbed, abused and murdered!
Send with it whatever paperwork is required to reintroduce Capital Punishment to the Canadian Criminal Code – especially for treason and other high crimes.
And finally, send along a list of all the documented immoral, illegal, unconstitutional and treasonous words and actions committed by traitor Trudeau and his globalist cronies!
I think he doesn’t get that he’s setting himself up to eventually swing…from a state-sanctioned rope! History clearly shows us overt fascism has never worked out…especially for the fascists!
Freedom is not free…justice needs to be done, and seen to be done!
commented 2019-01-25 12:09:08 -0500
Build that wall Donald.
commented 2019-01-25 12:07:10 -0500
William Kay, yes I heard that Juan Guaido was another socialist, which won’t be the change Venezuela really needs. I’m not sure this will be worth the fuss. Its still not going to do anything to stop the spread of communism north. He may start out okay, but we all know what happens with ‘socialists’. Hopefully Guaido is a nicer commie than Maduro. So sad for the Venezuelans if this guy doesn’t pan out. With no third alternative I would back Guaido as well I guess.
The world stage is heating up and this development is making me more nervous instead of better.
“I also hope that Trudeau heeds this warning of what happens when the people have had enough of dictators! "

Peter, I wonder what is going through Butts mind right about now?
commented 2019-01-25 11:47:01 -0500
China wants Venezuelan oil. Russia wants a base country for South American influence. The U.S.A. under Trump sides with the people. Bolsonaro next door to Venezuela, despises communistic socialism. Venezuelan army is split in who to remain loyal to; Maduro or the people. A modern recipe for more conflict and more refugees.
And here in Canada, the Liberals are too pathetic to actually take a stand publicly because they know they secretly love communistic socialism.

Ezra, try and get an interview with Jair Bolsonaro.
commented 2019-01-25 10:24:29 -0500
Charred Remains-
I think you better research this topic a little better. Often “rebels” against these regimes have been far left as a counter and perhaps they’re not much better in some ways.
I know a rebel that made it to president to Uruguay. Depends how he runs the country.
commented 2019-01-25 00:18:42 -0500
Mike Krchnak, I wasn’t referring to Muta Ween’s post at all. I was just speaking in general about what I was told. I don’t think Iran would have any interest in Venezuela, or any other country, for that matter, if there went something in it for Iran.
commented 2019-01-25 00:18:39 -0500
And where in Maduro’s “hour of need” are the stanch supporters like Sean Penn, Noam Chomsky, Oliver Stone, Michael Moore and Danny Glover??? Safe in their little beds I would bet!?!….
commented 2019-01-25 00:08:03 -0500
Shades of Nicolae Ceausescu and Romania!… “When the worm turns”, as it inevitably does, it is left to to the “lefties” to explain why yet another one of their “perfect democratic states” F$%*^#Up so much… And something which they try to do over, and over and over again…
commented 2019-01-24 23:37:22 -0500
If we added up all federal , provincial and consumer debt plus all the governments corruption one might believe we are well on our way of making Venezuela look like a success !
commented 2019-01-24 23:14:00 -0500
I am torn over Christie Freyland not chiming in on the Venezuela issue, on one hand if she had waded in, she would have no doubt embarrassed us with whatever she said, but on the other hand I would have thought she might just text them a couple little happy emoji’s!
commented 2019-01-24 22:24:46 -0500
Whaabba wah what? 😦😕
South America learned its lesson after air drop executions.
Venezuela… Nope.
Listens to Cuba eh?
For no reason! That’s pretty sad.
commented 2019-01-24 22:18:34 -0500
Caution, Ezra. It is fine to hit on Notley, you stand a good chance of surviving her wrath without getting to badly injured. Hitting on Maduro is, in my mind a dangerous hobby. These Sud Americano’s have hot tempers and guns with large bullets. Hit men know how to travel and are at home in the concrete jungle, they will take out anybody, if the price is right.

Just joking Ezra.
commented 2019-01-24 22:18:04 -0500
Make Venezuela free. Send in the troops
commented 2019-01-24 21:50:01 -0500
Betty…Muta Ween stated that Chavez was a friend of Iran, not Venezuela. I see a big difference there.
commented 2019-01-24 21:44:39 -0500
I also hope that Trudeau heeds this warning of what happens when the people have had enough of dictators!

Worth repeating in bold, Deborah. We know that the Trudeau government keeps an eye on The Rebel’s website.
commented 2019-01-24 21:38:39 -0500
The fact that Erdogan of Turkey is getting involved is not good! Many believe Erdogan to be the anti-Christ of the Bible, and will be the head of the final world empire. I’m hoping and praying that the people of Venezuela remove the shackles of communism and free their people. I also hope that Trudeau heeds this warning of what happens when the people have had enough of dictators!
commented 2019-01-24 21:38:38 -0500
The fact that Erdogan of Turkey is getting involved is not good! Many believe Erdogan to be the anti-Christ of the Bible, and will be the head of the final world empire. I’m hoping and praying that the people of Venezuela remove the shackles of communism and free their people. I also hope that Trudeau heeds this warning of what happens when the people have had enough of dictators!
commented 2019-01-24 21:36:16 -0500
Juan Guaido, President of the National Assembly, whom Trump, Macron and the New York Times recognise as Venezuela’s interim president, leads Voluntad Popular – a Full Member Party of the Socialist International.


Mark Twain:
“Loyalty to my country always; loyalty to my government when it deserves it.”
commented 2019-01-24 21:34:19 -0500
Now would be a great time for Rachel Notley to send Rod Loyola to Venezuela on a fact finding mission. After all, anybody can clearly see that the boy could stand to lose a few pounds before the election campaign.
Think about it. It would be almost like killing two birds with one stone. 😀
commented 2019-01-24 21:28:20 -0500
Stephen, there is a possibility that if the uprising is as large as it appears to be the military might support the people.
commented 2019-01-24 21:16:47 -0500
The army and the police have all the guns. Overthrowing Maduro is a thousand to one. fighting with rocks will not wing against bullets