Venezuela’s Jacobins are in the news again. Whether in the commemorations of the first year since the death of Hugo Chávez — a veritable Toussaint — or in Nicolás Maduro’s recent interview with Christiane Amanpour, discussions of Venezuela continue to center on the towering heights of political power. To some extent this is defensive: in recent weeks, those seeking to restore the feudal privileges of the deposed Venezuelan ancien régime have attempted to harness largely middle-class student protests to depose the Maduro government, and the international community has heeded their call.
Well-heeled domestic elites (whose English shows no trace of an accent) have taken to Twitter and the international media to mobilize solidarities. They have been well-received by the US press and a slew of naïve celebrities, who eagerly regurgitate exaggerations, misrepresentations, and outright lies about so-called “human rights’ abuses” at the hands of the Maduro government. These attempts to seamlessly stitch “violence” to the “revolution,” however, have fallen increasingly flat as the days pass and the anti-Chavistas grow increasingly desperate and divided.
Sky News Australia UN experts say Libyan arms are fueling conflicts Washington Post UNITED NATIONS — U.N. experts say arms trafficking out of Libya is fueling conflict, insecurity and terrorism on several continents.
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Try out this thought experiment. Imagine for one minute that you are a fundementally decent and honest person who, by an ironic twist of history, has been put in power during an armed insurrection basically conducted by neo-Fascist thugs who do not represent the majority of the people of your country. They are now making demands and they want to become part of your new government. You, of course, being a decent and honest person, are uncomfortable with that situation, but things being as they are, you have to accept the facts on the ground and take a pragmatic decision: either include some of them in your newly formed government, or risk being overthrown.
What would you do?
Well, I suppose that you would have to give the neo-Fascists a certain number of ministerial positions. Which ones would you give them? I think that the logical approach would give them the ministries where they might to a halfway decent job and which would minimize the harm that these crazies could do to your country, right? So, let's look at my personal choices would be:
1) Ministry of Sports and Youth (Nazis and Fascists are good at sports and health issues) 2) Ministry of Transportation (trains will run on time) 3) Ministry of Infrastructure (Hitler built good roads) 4) Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food (no food shortages even in 1945 Berlin) 5) Ministry of Environmental Affairs (pagans often worship nature)
One would imagine that Mr Iatseniuk would do something very similar, right?
Well, not quite. Check out where he put his neo-Facists:
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 57:40 — 26.4MB) | EmbedEric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on Bullet Points with Navid Nasr to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. They examine the recent history leading up to the current conflict including the “Orange Revolution” of 2004 and the key individuals …
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