3 novembre 2014

Le pétrole ne suffit pas Économie Revue de presse Venezuela

The New York Times

Venezuela Seizes Warehouses Packed With Medical Goods, Food
The New York Times

President Nicolas Maduro’s government said on Thursday it had taken over warehouses around Venezuela crammed with medical goods and food that « bourgeois criminals » were hoarding for speculation and contraband.

The socialist government says businessmen and wealthy opponents are trying to sabotage the economy to bring Maduro down, while also seeking to make profits from hoarding, price-gouging and smuggling across the border to Colombia.

Critics say 15 years of failed policies of state intervention are to blame for the OPEC nation’s widespread shortages, high inflation and apparently recessionary economy. They accuse nouveau riche officials and military officers of illegal business practices.

Pressure has been growing on the government over shortages of medical products, with huge queues at some pharmacies and the problem exacerbated by severe outbreaks of mosquito-borne fevers.

In a two-hour appearance, Maduro also announced he would use decree powers to increase the maximum jail sentence for smugglers to 14 years, set new « fair price » controls for basic goods from Nov. 1, and curtail informal reselling of food and medical essentials on the street.

Au Québec, certaines personnes aiment bien dire que si l’Alberta est riche, c’est uniquement à cause du pétrole. L’exemple du Venezuela est une démonstration éloquente que le pétrole n’est pas suffisant pour qu’un pays ou une province connaissent la prospérité, la taille du gouvernement est un facteur beaucoup plus déterminant.

16 septembre 2014

La faillite du socialisme Économie Gauchistan Revue de presse Venezuela

Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Venezuelan Default Suggested by Harvard Economist
Bloomberg BusinessWeek

As Venezuela racks up billions of dollars of arrears with importers that are fueling the worst shortages on record, one of the nation’s top economists is questioning the government’s decision to keep servicing its foreign bonds.

A “massive default on the country’s import chain” is part of what has allowed the nation to keep paying its foreign bonds, Ricardo Hausmann, a former Venezuelan planning minister who is now director of the Center for International Development at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said by phone from Boston. “I find the moral choice odd. Normally governments declare that they have an inability to pay way before this point.”

While Hausmann declined to say if he’s specifically recommending a default, he said he found “no moral grounds” for the government and state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA to make $5.3 billion of bond payments due in October. With foreign reserves at an 11-year low and arrears to importers growing, Venezuelans are struggling to find everything from basic medicines to toilet paper. And prices are surging on the goods that they can buy, saddling the country with the world’s highest inflation rate.

Saluons au passage le NPD qui a toujours eu un faible pour les politiques d’Hugo Chavez

11 septembre 2014

Quand les socialistes privatisent ! Économie Revue de presse Venezuela

Chicago Tribune

PDVSA seeks bids for Citgo in potential $10 billion deal
Chicago Tribune

Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA is seeking preliminary offers for its U.S. unit Citgo Petroleum Corp [PDVSAC.UL] by the end of September, a deal that could fetch up to $10 billion, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Venezuela is selling Citgo in part due to a cash crunch stemming from repaying debts to Beijing with oil, rather than selling the crude to generate revenue, analysts say. The government denies a cashflow problem exists.

Within President Nicolas Maduro’s government, the potential sale is controversial and seen as a privatization that would contradict years of socialist policies, including a nationalization of the oil industry in 2006 and 2007.

PDVSA also has a 50 percent stake in the Chalmette refinery in Louisiana alongside Exxon Mobil Corp, which owns the remainder. The Venezuelan oil company has tapped Deutsche Bank separately to explore a sale of its stake in that refinery. Citgo’s assets, the core of which are three refineries with combined capacity of 749,000 barrels per day (bpd), could fetch between $8 billion and $10 billion, three of the people said.

La PDVSA est la compagnie gouvernementale au Venezuela qui est responsable de l’exploitation pétrolière. Quand un pays de cul parle de privatiser sa compagnie pétrolière pour payer ses dettes, je pense que c’est un signal indiquant que le Québec peut lui aussi songer à la privatisation d’Hydro-Québec pour faire de même.

Imaginer la honte si les socialistes vénézuéliens comprenaient, avant les Québécois, les bienfaits de la privatisation…

4 septembre 2014

Le socialisme, une religion Économie Gauchistan Revue de presse Venezuela

The Daily Telegraph

‘Our Chavez who art in heaven’: Venezuela’s Socialist party delegate rewrites the Lord’s Prayer
The Daily Telegraph

A member of Venezuela’s Socialist Party has rolled out a variation of the « Lord’s Prayer » to implore beloved late leader Hugo Chavez for protection from the evils of capitalism.

« Our Chavez who art in heaven, the earth, the sea and we delegates, » red-shirted delegate Maria Estrella Uribe recited on Monday at the PSUV party Congress. « Hallowed be your name, may your legacy come to us so we can spread it to people here and elsewhere. Give us your light to guide us every day, » she said in front of an image of Chavez. « Lead us not into the temptation of capitalism, deliver us from the evil of the oligarchy, like the crime of contraband, because ours is the homeland, the peace and life forever and ever. Amen. Viva Chavez! » she exclaimed to applause.

Though Chavez died of cancer in March 2013, he remains omnipresent in Venezuela. His photo is plastered all over capital Caracas, state TV frequently airs excerpts of his famously lengthy speeches and supporters sometimes don earrings or pendants with an artistic black-and-white rendition of his eyes.

Pour être socialiste, il ne faut pas savoir compter, il faut simplement avoir la foi… Une dangereuse religion le socialisme…

2 septembre 2014

La gestion socialiste Économie Gauchistan Revue de presse Venezuela

El Universal

Venezuela considers importing crude oil from Algeria
El Universal

Venezuela is pondering the possibility of importing crude oil for the first time ever and could use light oil from its partner in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Algeria, to dilute its own heavy crude, according to a document of state-run oil giant Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.

Despite holding the largest oil reserves in the world, in recent years Pdvsa has been buying increasing amounts of heavy naphtha for blending with heavy crude from the Orinoco Oil Belt, the largest oil producing region in the country.

These blends are made to convert extra-heavy oil into an exportable product. Local production of medium and light crude oils previously used as diluents has declined and the construction of new oil upgraders is lagging behind.

Pdvsa has been purchasing naphtha at high prices on the open market, which hits the company’s cash flow and undermines the main source of revenue for the government of Nicolás Maduro. Pdvsa recently told its foreign partners in Venezuela it was holding negotiations with Algerian state-run company Sonatrach to buy crude oil, said a source close to the companies.

La PDVSA, tout comme Hydro-Québec est une compagnie étatique qui, contrairement à la majorité des autres, n’est pas présente en bourse…

Au Québec on produit de l’électricité à perte avec des moulins à vent, au Venezuela on doit importer du pétrole pour pouvoir extraire du pétrole…

Voilà ce qui arrive quand le gouvernement a le monopole de l’exploitation des ressources naturelles. Confier la gestion du Sahara à un socialiste et en moins de 5 ans, il y aura des pénuries de sable…

19 juin 2014

Enfer socialiste: du berceau jusqu’à la tombe Coup de gueule Économie Gauchistan Venezuela

The Washington Times

Venezuela forced to ‘recycle’ coffins due to socialist nation’s shortages
The Washington Times

Venezuelans faced with the socialist nation’s regular shortages of basic necessities now have a new item to add to the list: coffins.

“If you’re an undertaker you have to guarantee funerals happen, even if that means going wherever you have to go to borrow a coffin,” said Miriam Castro, administrator at a Caracas funeral home in the El Paraiso (Paradise) district, Retuers reported Monday.

Undertakers are in such a dire situation due to shortages of materials like brass, varnish and satin that they are encouraging families to “recycle” coffins by using them only for a wake and then opting to cremate their deceased family member.

Ricardo Guedez, the country’s former president of the National Chamber for Funeral Companies, told Reuters that coffin production has dropped off nearly 50 percent because manufactures can not import the necessary materials or obtain U.S. dollars due to currency controls.

“Like anything in this country, we can’t get hold of them,” Jose Montes, the head of a funeral home in Catia, told the news service. At the time of his interview with Reuters he needed to obtain 30 coffins, but possessed only ten.

Preuve no.145 521 874 que le socialisme c’est de la merde…

23 janvier 2014

La charte des valeurs vénézuéliennes Gauchistan Revue de presse Venezuela

The Washington Times

Venezuela, worried by murder rate, takes aim at TV soap operas
The Washington Times

President Nicolas Maduro will urge representatives of Venezuela’s television stations on Monday to change what he calls a culture of violence glamorized by the media.

Maduro, who narrowly won a presidential election last April to succeed his late mentor Hugo Chavez, has accused TV stations – especially popular soap operas, or « telenovelas » – of glamorizing guns, drugs and gangsters. « They transmit negative values of death, drugs, arms, violence and treachery and everything bad that a human can be, » he said.

« We are going to build a culture of peace, » he said last week, summoning representatives of local terrestrial and cable channels to the Miraflores presidential palace on Monday.

A new national police force has been inaugurated, and the socialist authorities have also taken aim at products they say contribute to a culture of violence. Five years ago, Chavez banned the manufacture, importation and distribution of violent video games and toys.

Critics say the latest version of the government’s anti-crime plans do not tackle root causes, such as widespread impunity for criminals, largely due to a creaking and corrupt judicial system, and complicity by some poorly paid police.

Bref, le plan du gouvernement vénézuélien c’est un peu comme la charte des valeurs PQ. C’est du gros n’importe quoi qui a pour but de faire oublier la dangereuse incompétence du gouvernement.

18 novembre 2013

Le Venezuela: en phase terminale… Économie Gauchistan Revue de presse Venezuela

Le Figaro

Cent patrons arrêtés au Venezuela
Le Figaro

Près d’une semaine après le lancement d’une « offensive économique » contre les prix abusifs, le président vénézuélien Nicolas Maduro a annoncé jeudi l’arrestation d’une centaine de gérants de magasins. « Nous avons en ce moment plus de 100 bourgeois derrière les barreaux », a déclaré le chef de l’Etat dans un discours à la nation.

Les autorités accusent des entreprises sans scrupules d’avoir augmenté parfois de plus de 1000% les prix de l’électronique grand public ou de certaines autres marchandises. Depuis le début de cette campagne contre l’inflation, 1400 enseignes ont été inspectées par des fonctionnaires ou des militaires et seuls quelques-uns, selon le chef de l’Etat, offraient des prix équitables. Le taux d’inflation au Venezuela, 54% en rythme annuel, est le plus élevé d’Amérique latine.

Certains magasins abaissent leurs prix préventivement. « On a tout baissé de 10 à 15% mais ce n’est pas juste. Je ne peux plus prendre de bénéfice maintenant », a déclaré le propriétaire d’une petite boutique de produits électroniques.

Le parti d’opposition Primero Justicia (Justice d’abord) accuse le gouvernement d’hypocrisie, car les magasins d’Etat pratiquent eux aussi des tarifs très élevés selon lui. Il prend l’exemple d’un grille-pains importé qui coûte 34,99 dollars aux Etats-Unis et se revend 1100 bolivars (175 dollars au taux de change officiel) dans la chaîne de supermarchés publique Bicentenario.

Pour s’assurer de gagner les élection municipale du 8 décembre prochain, Nicolas Maduro a promis que tous les ménages pourraient avoir un écran plasma…

Avoir un écran au plasma du gouvernement pour réaliser quelques instants plus tard que toutes les chaînes jouent en boucle les discours du président…

Blague à part, le Venezuela nous rappelle que les solutions proposées par les régimes socialistes sont pire que les maux qu’ils prétendent soulager…

12 novembre 2013

Le socialisme en action ! Économie Gauchistan Revue de presse Venezuela

USA Today

Venezuelan military seizes major retail chain
USA Today

Thousands of Venezuelans lined up outside the country’s equivalent of Best Buy, a chain of electronics stores known as Daka, hoping for a bargain after the socialist government forced the company to charge customers « fair » prices.

President Nicolás Maduro ordered a military « occupation » of the company’s five stores as he continues the government’s crackdown on an « economic war » it says is being waged against the country, with the help of Washington.

Members of Venezuela’s National Guard, some of whom carried assault rifles, kept order at the stores as bargain hunters rushed to get inside. « I want a Sony plasma television for the house, » said Amanda Lisboa, 34, a business administrator, who had waited seven hours already outside one Caracas store. « It’s going to be so cheap! »

Maduro faces municipal elections on Dec. 8. His popularity has dropped significantly in recent months, with shortages of basic items such as chicken, milk and toilet paper as well as soaring inflation, at 54.3% over the past 12 months. Daka’s store managers, according to Maduro, have been arrested and are being held by the country’s security services.

Je ne devrais pas parler de ça, je pourrais donner des idées à on sait qui…

4 novembre 2013

L’important c’est d’être heureux comme peuple ! Économie Gauchistan Revue de presse Venezuela

Denver Post

Venezuela government creates happiness agency
Denver Post

President Nicolas Maduro says the new Vice Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness will coordinate all the « mission » programs created by the late President Hugo Chavez to alleviate poverty.

Oil-rich Venezuela is chronically short of basic goods and medical supplies. Annual inflation is running officially at near 50 percent and the U.S. dollar now fetches more than seven times the official rate on the black market.

In downtown Caracas, fruit vendor Victor Rey said he’s now waiting for Maduro to create a vice ministry of beer. « That would make me, and all the drunks, happy, » he said.

A TV journalist whose show was recently forced off the air after he refused to censor political opponents of the ruling socialists, Leopoldo Castillo, called Maduro’s announcement an international embarrassment. Housewife Liliana Alfonzo, 31, said that instead of a Supreme Happiness agency she’d prefer being able to get milk and toilet paper, which disappear off store shelves minutes after arriving at stores.

Maduro blames the shortages on speculation and hoarding, but merchants say they would go broke if they adhered to government price controls. Chavez spent billions on social programs, from benefits for single mothers to handouts of apartments and major appliances.

De quoi inspirer le PQ, vivement un ministre du « bonheur social suprême » !

29 août 2013

État progressiste = État policier Coup de gueule Gauchistan Revue de presse Venezuela

El Universal

Civilians in the Venezuelan militia to add up one million
El Universal

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro stated on Tuesday evening he hoped to increase to 1 million the number of civilians joining the militia aimed at « defending the homeland. »

From a local community to the east of Caracas, Maduro said that « sooner than later the militia will be comprised by one million civilians and, at that moment, all slums will have to be for the militia: with rifles, an organization to defend the homeland (…) not with individual weapons to engage in actions against society, robbing and kidnapping. »

The militias were founded by Venezuelan late President Hugo Chávez as a body to support the Bolivarian National Armed Force. Based on their principles, they are comprised by civilians for the « total defense of the nation. »

The Government refers to the militias as « people in arms, » yet foes have stressed the creation of these groups seeks the militarization of the whole Venezuelan society.

Les États progressistes finissent tous par être des États policiers puisque l’idéologie progressiste doit obligatoirement être imposée par la force aux citoyens…

9 août 2013

Les amis de la gauche Canada Coup de gueule Économie Environnement États-Unis Revue de presse Venezuela

The Ottawa Citizen

Venezuela biggest beneficiary if Keystone XL rejected: study
The Ottawa Citizen

Venezuelan oil, which has similar greenhouse gas emissions intensity as the oil sands, will be the biggest beneficiary if the U.S. State Department rejects the Keystone XL pipeline, according to a new study.

“Today, the majority of heavy supply on the USGC [U.S. Gulf Coast] comes from Venezuela (0.8 mbd), followed by Mexico (0.7 mbd); the rest is from smaller suppliers including Colombia and Brazil,” Jackie Forrest and Aron Brady, analysts at IHS CERA, wrote in study published Thursday.

“If Gulf refiners cannot access Canadian heavy oil, the most likely alternative is Venezuelan supply, which is projected to grow based on ongoing investments.”

“The GHG emissions from Venezuelan supply are in the same GHG intensity range as oil sands,” IHS analysts said. “Thus, in a scenario in which incremental oil sands production did not reach the .U.S. Gulf market, there would be little to no change in the overall GHG intensity of the U.S. crude slate.”

IHS has also dismissed the idea that the a Keystone XL rejection would limit oil sands production, noting that other pipeline and rail projects will emerge. More than 61,300 tank cars are under production in North America, with around 20,000 earmarked for Canadian crude, according to Rail Theory Forecast.

Le prince Alwaleed bin Talal de l’Arabie Saoudite dit que le gaz de schiste menace l’économie de son pays.

Une étude montre que le refus de construire le pipeline Keystone XL va avantager le Venezuela.

La gauche est contre le gaz de schiste et le pipeline Keystone XL.

26 juin 2013

Zone de guerre… socialiste ! Afghanistan Gauchistan Irak Terrorisme Venezuela

Venezuela Chavez IraqPour l’année 2012, en moyenne 2,93 Irakiens ont perdu la vie chaque jour, principalement dans des attentats perpétrés par des milices sunnites.

Pour l’année 2012, en moyenne 7,53 Afghans ont perdu la vie chaque jour, principalement dans des attentats perpétrés par les talibans.

Toujours en 2012, dans le paradis des travailleurs vénézuéliens, on a dénombré en moyenne 59,43 meurtres par jour…

Maintenant, dites-moi où se trouve la véritable zone de guerre…

Les rues de Caracas sont plus dangereuses que celles de Bagdad ou Kaboul. Si personne n’en parle, c’est probablement parce qu’il est impossible de blâmer les Américains pour la situation au Venezuela.

Les pleureuses professionnelles de la gogauche devraient garder leurs larmes pour les Vénézuéliens, ils en ont plus besoin que les Irakiens ou les Afghans.  L’héritage d’Hugo Chavez aura été la création d’une génération de criminels encore plus endurcis que les talibans et les milices sunnites irakiennes.  La destruction, voilà quelque chose que le socialisme fait mieux que le capitalisme…

P.-S. Ces trois pays ont des populations équivalentes.

3 juin 2013

Le socialisme c’est de la merde Coup de gueule Économie Gauchistan Revue de presse Venezuela

Le Figaro

Venezuela: papier toilette clandestin saisi
Le Figaro

Le gouvernement vénézuélien, qui accuse l’opposition de saboter l’économie du pays, a affirmé aujourd’hui avoir mis la main sur 2.450 paquets de rouleaux de papier toilette stockés dans un entrepôt clandestin, alors que le Venezuela souffre de pénuries récurrentes de produits alimentaires et de consommation courante.

Grâce à un appel anonyme, « la police est parvenue à saisir 2.450 paquets de rouleaux de papier toilette dans un entrepôt clandestin », a indiqué sur son compte Twitter le ministre de l’Intérieur, Miguel Rodriguez Torres. Le directeur de la police nationale, Luis Karabin, a lui expliqué à des médias publics que la marchandise avait été découverte dans le quartier pauvre de Antimano, à l’ouest de Caracas. La police a également saisi 7.000 litres de jus de fruit et 400 paquets de couches.

Karabin a précisé qu’une enquête serait menée pour déterminer l’origine et la destination de ces produits. Le papier toilette figure parmi les cinq produits de base les plus recherchés par les Vénézuéliens, avec le dentifrice, le savon, les couches et les serviettes hygiéniques. En raison de la pénurie de ces produits, le gouvernement a annoncé récemment l’importation de 50 millions de rouleaux de papier hygiénique et le Parlement a approuvé un crédit de 80 millions de dollars pour l’importation de ces produits.

J’ai besoin d’en dire plus ?

25 mars 2013

Les carrés rouges vénézueliens Gauchistan Revue de presse Venezuela

USA Today

Chavez backers, protesters clash in Venezuela
USA Today

Student protesters marching to protest against what they perceive as bias by Venezuela’s electoral council clashed on Thursday with supporters of the late President Hugo Chavez.

« We are here to demand fair and clean elections, » said Juan Urdaneta, a student leader who traveled hundreds of miles from the western state of Zulia to participate in the demonstration. The protesters marched behind a sound truck playing the national anthem into downtown Caracas, chanting and blowing plastic horns.

Police in riot gear blocked off the avenue leading to the National Electoral Council in downtown Caracas. About 100 government supporters quickly gathered and began throwing rocks and bottles at the students.

It was unclear how many people had been injured, but student leader activist Francisco Rodriguez said at least 10 people from his side had been hurt, most of them hit with rocks.

The students were demanding the electoral council eliminate requirements that voters have their fingerprints recorded before voting and that it prevent the government from seizing television and radio airwaves at will to allow acting president Nicolas Maduro to promote his candidacy.

Des étudiants vénézuéliens qui défient un gouvernement liberticide…

Ironiquement, les carrés rouges québécois sont de grands admirateurs d’Hugo Chavez… Qui se ressemble s’assemble !