Last Week, Venezuelan Govt Ordered Food Prices Lowered – Today There’s No Food

POSTED BY Anabella Abadi M., CARACAS CHRONICLES Less than a week ago, the Maduro government ordered over 200 supermarkets to lower the prices of a bunch of products. The announcement was followed by massive shopping sprees – which the twittersphere labelled “controlled looting” – and left most shelves empty. Now, just

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A Look At How Socialism Works: When the Carnet de la Patria (License of the Homeland) Is Your Only Life Line Option

I arrived before 7:30 a.m., and lost count of how many people were waiting, arriving and losing their patience.

Old and young, mothers (with babies) and paperboard on the floor, evidence that someone got there the night before.

At the Plaza Bolívar, a small group waited on chairs, heckled by the National Guard.

“You can’t be here, ma’am, move along” a soldier said to me.

“I’m sorry, but what’s this line is for?”

“The Carnet de la Patria.”

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VENEZUELA: No food, just looting: The Hot Start to 2018

On the streets of Caracas, you hear it again and again: “this is gonna blow.”

Del dicho al hecho, un solo trecho, [ From the saying to the fact, only one stretch, ] since shortages and the high prices of food on these first 6 days of 2018 have done some damage to worker’s pockets and caused rioting and saqueos [ looting ] in several regions of the country.

Events that, if it weren’t for social media and coverage from independent media outlets, would be completely ignored or dismissed.

The topic is not discussed in mainstream or official media nor in Maduro´s government cabinet.

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