VENEZUELA: PADRINO LÓPEZ MUST TAKE POWER WITH MILITARY NOW AND SAVE THE BOLIVARIAN NATION

VENEZUELA: PADRINO LÓPEZ MUST TAKE POWER WITH MILITARY NOW AND SAVE THE BOLIVARIAN NATION

By Joshua Tartakovsky,  3 March 2016 Following the defeat of the PSUV in the December 2015 elections, whose causes were addressed earlier, it was only a matter of time before there would be growing attempts by the opposition to replace President Nicolas Maduro and send him packing.  In such a scenario, Maduro may even flee the country after he is toppled. With every passing day it is becoming clear that Maduro is serving on borrowed time. The economy is collapsing and the public expressed its disdain for Maduro in its popular vote. But, as before, Maduro refuses to take responsibility for his mistakes and incompetence and cowardly hides behind the legacy of Comandante Hugo Chavez. The corrupt opposition, now a majority in parliament, is seeking Maduro’s removal and will eventually succeed, whether by replacing supreme judges and forcing Maduro’s impeachment or even by getting a corrupt general to carry out a coup and then placing their man as president.  There have been talks on the opposition amending the constitution to shorten the president’s rule to four years and will hold presidential elections in December 2016 but in my view, Maduro has a much shorter span – four or five more months at the maximum.  The opposition does not have patience to wait that long. According to Stratfor, the opposition is already working on the possibility of the military taking over by working with military factions that oppose Chavez’s legacy. It is becoming clear, that the longer the well-meaning Left waits, the more they have a chance of losing it all. Indeed, as Nicmer Evans, head of Marea Socialista – a radical Chavista organization...
VENEZUELA’S NEEDS DEMAND A CHAVISTA MILITARY COUP

VENEZUELA’S NEEDS DEMAND A CHAVISTA MILITARY COUP

Photo by Joshua Tartakovsky © 2015. All Rights Reserved By Joshua Tartakovsky, 9 March 2016 With the opposition now having the majority in the Asamblea Nacional and with presidential elections scheduled for 2019, two things are already clear. The first is that although he has several more years in power, Maduro is a lame duck. He will not be able to tackle on inflation or stop the shortages of basic goods as the parliament will sabotage him at every move. Indeed, it is already doing so by blocking his emergency economic decree.  The second is that the opposition will do all that it can to remove Maduro in the earliest possible time.  Both of these factors can only mean that inflation, which is already at a yearly rate of 141% will only increase. The economy detracted by 7.1% from September 2014 to September 2015 according to the Central Bank. It will continue to contract.  There are some who are hoping for a rise in oil prices and for subsequent economic improvement in Venezuela but they are burying their heads in the sand.  This is unlikely to happen due to Saudi Arabia’s war on Syria and its joint effort with the US against Russia. A referendum initiated by the opposition that will vote Maduro out may take place early next year.  However, the Supreme Court which is supportive of PSUV can contest it. If the referendum votes Maduro out than he will be replaced by Vice President Aristóbulo Istúriz until the elections in 2019. It seems very unlikely that the opposition will have the patience to wait that long. The opposition is hungry for...
SYRIZA: Uniting Greece and demanding justice

SYRIZA: Uniting Greece and demanding justice

Photo:  Alexis Tsipras By Joshua Tartakovsky What is one to make of the fact that SYRIZA, a progressive party with socialist values, formed a government with Independent Greeks (AN.EL), a populist right-wing party that opposed immigration and was accused of racism? Has it gone mad? Betrayed its initial promises? A short respite had barely passed since the announcement, that an outcry has emerged from the international left, mostly that based in the West. Whereas Venezuela and Cuba congratulated Alexis Tsipras in the friendliest terms, Marxists in Western countries have voiced their alarm at the fact that SYRIZA will not be forming an alliance with the orthodox Communist party KKE and bemoaning the fact that the Left will share a government with a right-wing party. While criticism from Greek voters of SYRIZA who would like to be ruled by a Left-wing government is understandable and justified, international progressives have committed a grave error by intervening in the autonomous decision of the newly elected party without giving it a chance to carry out what appears to be a well-calculated strategy, with a clear purpose and plan. The most central issue facing the newly elected Syriza party, that received 149 seats in a parliament of 300, is to renegotiate Greece’s immense and insurmountable debt and ensure sustainable growth while securing funds to provide electricity, health, and education to the Greek people. Ever since the neoliberal bailout enacted by the European Central Bank, EU and IMF (Troika) in 2010, real wages declined by 25%, pensions have been cut, suicides have numbered in the hundreds per year, and austerity demanded by the Troika prevailed...