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Waiting for me on Facebook: a rumor of war (grammar removed, ellipses added):

Venezuela  . . . soldiers from Russia and Vietnam . . . training population . . . civil war . . . Ukraine . . . urban combat . . . confrontation in the jungle like . . . Vietnam . . . .

While Reuters reported yesterday on amped up Venezuelan military activity involving the mobilization of 80.000 soldiers and 20,000 civilians as part of a drill, and Dissident Voice has has issued a denial about anything being unusual, certainly nothing that would pose a threat to U.S. “national security and foreign policy” — that may be true, but it’s not so good for the people of Venezuela who have been impoverished by the privileged of the socialist classMaduro has picked up the right to “legislate by decree” for the next nine months.


http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/15/us-venezuela-maduro-idUSKBN0MB0XI20150315 – 3/15/2015

While Putin and Maduro met and moaned about oil prices back in January, I haven’t yet seen mainstream media mention of foreign military advisors or troops engaged with Maduro’s now undeniably obvious dictatorship, for rule by the leader’s decree is what dictatorships do.  The news, however, turns up recent trade agreements between Venezuela and Vietnam involving “oil deals”, asphalt, and textile plants.

WASHINGTON – The Venezuelan government’s close ties to Cuba and Iran pose a real threat to its sovereignty, and to the security of the hemisphere, retired Brig. Gen. Antonio Rivero, a former insider in the government of Hugo Chávez, told Fox News Latino during a visit to Washington, D.C., this week.

Rivero held high-profile positions under Chávez – from 2003 to 2008, he was the director of the Civil Protection and Disaster Relief agency – until he refused to chant “Socialism, Fatherland or Death,” a pledge emblematic of the Cuban Revolution that was imposed unexpectedly as part of the official military salute.

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2015/03/13/iran-had-military-presence-in-uranium-rich-area-venezuela-former-general-says/ – 3/13/2015.

Put together with Karen Dawisha’s work on Putin’s management of Russia, the reversion to “state capitalism” in both Russia and Venezuela — and for Iran, the Khamenei brothers appear to be a $60 billion duo — seems to line up with this blog’s emerging thesis that in the battle between the medieval and modern, neo-feudalism appears to be making its dismal autocratic and disingenuous (about empowerment of the people, human rights, and modification of the distribution of wealth toward social ends) mark.

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