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...
INTERVIEW WITH DIMITRIS KAZAKIS LEADER OF EPAM. PART 2

INTERVIEW WITH DIMITRIS KAZAKIS LEADER OF EPAM. PART 2

By Joshua Tartakovsky, 21 March 2016 Maybe you can talk about that a little bit… It’s easy. If I am Mr. Buffet, I know we are not talking about Buffet but a financial elite… in order to create new situation of more profit for my own investment capital, I cannot deal with different states. And I have more then, nominally, we have more than 327 trillion dollars in terms of investment capital worldwide. Controlled by 40 banks… even less. 40 banks. 327 trillion… We have a GDP, a world GDP, from 75 to 77 trillion dollars. And they are only for investment. We’re not talking about derivatives or other aspects of the financial market. We’re talking about 327 trillion dollars. So in order to create opportunities for my capital to provide new, or even more profit, for my portal, we have to destroy and re-destroy the whole… I cannot provide more out of the normal economic cycle. We have to destroy and recreate the cycle itself. And there’s no way I can do that if we have normal states or people or national economies, things like that. We tried that through financial means. We saw that. And we saw how the whole market was destroyed back in 2007 up to 2008. After that, they recreated the whole market and right now they have even a worse situation then back in 2007. So, in order to subsist that kind of a situation in the financial market, we need an army, we need political means – the economy cannot provide any more. You will see that the big international corporations are avoiding...
INTERVIEW WITH DIMITRIS KAZAKIS LEADER OF EPAM. PART 1

INTERVIEW WITH DIMITRIS KAZAKIS LEADER OF EPAM. PART 1

Photo taken by Christina Polychronopoulou (C) Joshua Tartakovsky, March 17, 2016   One year ago, while in Athens, Greece, I interviewed Mr. Dimitris Kazakis, leader of United Popular Front (EPAM), a popular Left movement that emerged from the anti-memorandum protests of 2011. Mr. Kazakis is an erudite speaker, a socialist economist, and one who knows both the terrain of the social struggle and the high-end banking sector in London where he worked for many years. At the time, Mr. Kazakis was not very optimistic about Syriza – the Left party governing Greece, if to say the least. He warned that Prime Minister Tsipras has no intention of breaking with austerity and that he will take on a new contract that will enslave the country further. The interview was conducted in February 2015, but it took me months to publish it since I wanted to give Syriza a chance. Mr. Kazakis was right. It happened exactly as he said. One year later, on February 17, 2016, I met Mr. Kazakis at the offices of EPAM in Athens again. Things are much worse in Athens now. Mr. Kazakis covered almost all issues under the sun. He talked about the migration crisis, why he supports a Brexit, Greece’s economic predicament, the world economy, NATO in the Aegean, Erdogan and Merkel, NGOs dubious roles, nationalism, why cosmopolitanism is dangerous, the Germans, perpetual war, Venezuela and Cuba. Below is the full interview. You actually predicted what will happen at the time because at the time what you said was that these negotiations are a sham, they are going to sign on another contract and so...
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...
Venezuela: Not Socialism, Useless Populism. No Revolución, Just Violence

Venezuela: Not Socialism, Useless Populism. No Revolución, Just Violence

Joshua Tartakovsky, 28 January 2016 In December 2015, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro suffered a humiliating defeat as his ruling party, PSUV, got only 55 seats in parliament. The opposition got 112 out of 167. The people of Venezuela gave the opposition a two-third majority and sent Maduro’s party home packing.Now the former opposition plans to release from prison criminals who engaged in violence under the disguise of fighting for democracy, and give people who received the one million houses created by the state a formal title which would allow them to sell them.  More significantly, Maduro is probably in power on borrowed time and will probably be removed from power within six months. While Maduro has the backing of the supreme court, the parliament can remove judges from power. It is only a matter of time before they do so. Photo by Joshua Tartakovsky (c) all rights reserved 2015. The extent of the popular rejection of Maduro’s policies was denied by Maduro himself who preferred to engage in denial as other failed leaders throughout history. Maduro continues to cling to power while repeating tired clichés on the Bolivarian Revolution. Following the results,  Maduro said: “workers of the fatherland know that you have a president, a son of Chávez, who will protect you.” But Maduro did not protect them. That’s why a majority, including many poor, voted for the opposition. Participation was 74%. It is no longer deniable that Venezuela is an utter failure. Inflation is at insane levels. Crime is rampant. Speculation and hoarding are driving basic goods away while prices are skyrocketing. Corruption and wrongdoings are widespread including in...