|2014 was a year
filled with the goodness and beauty that has made Venezuela one of the
most livable countries on earth for the last 15 years. The music, art,
climate, food and the spectacular beaches, stunning mountains and
views and expansive plains are part of the charm. But it's the people
themselves, their racial & ethnic plurality, sense of community,
warm spirit, patience and the inevitable smile one receives immediately
upon eye contact that brings joy to daily life here, even in the midst
2014 was also a year here in Venezuela that was scarred by actions of the political opposition, funded by Washington and supported by the Western media. Bereft of support by the majority of Venezuelans and unable to gain power through a peaceful electoral process, the opposition resorted to: sabotage of the infrastructure (e.g. attacks on the electrical grid); hoarding and dumping food and daily household products to keep them off the retail markets; manipulating food distribution to create the appearance of “shortages;’ smuggling subsidized products across the border into Colombia for huge profits; attacks on the economy with speculation and an illegal black-market dollar system, driving up a manipulated rate of inflation with spiraling prices in retail markets; causing capital flight by abusing the government’s system of making dollars available for imports and leisure traveling and the violence we saw for 3 months from February to April in the guarimbas in which more than 40 people were killed under the pretext of “student protests.” The greater violence in 2014 ended with the assassination of the foremost leader of Venezuelan youth, youngest member of congress, Robert Serra along with his spouse in their home on October 1, 2014.
The attacks on the Venezuelan economy are manifold. The attempt to destroy the national currency, the bolivar, began in earnest in October 2012 after the re-election of former President Hugo Chávez Frías. At that time, the bolivar was trading at 13.4 bolivars to the dollar. By means of speculation and the illegal black-market dollar, the official exchange rate for most items was forced to soar to 50:1 and the black market dollar rate is currently at about 200:1 and increasing from week to week. By all these means, high prices, making food and products unavailable, standing in long lines waiting to purchase anything from laundry detergent to corn meal, electrical outages, etc, Washington is bent on making life as miserable as possible for the people to turn them against the government. Moreover, the violence is meant to cause fear and a climate of insecurity among the people – in a word, terrorism, laying blame on the government and to portray Venezuela in the media as one of the most dangerous countries on earth.
2015 promises to bring the same music, culture, climate, and smiling
faces in the cities, towns, beaches, mountains and plains as all other
years. The people are extremely patient and know the root causes of
many problems. But given the US continuing focus to overthrow
Venezuela’s socialist government and its unrelenting march for global
dominance on other continents, it’s reasonable to expect that their
attacks in 2015 will increase.
2015 will be an important nationwide
election year for members of the National Assembly (parliament) and
the assault on Venezuela this year will focus on turning the people
against the government to gain control of the government through the National Assembly in the
Generally, the US has focused their fury on
Venezuela more than on any other Latin American country for two
The US State Department and their media along with their cohorts in Europe will be watching and reporting problems in Venezuela as a result of corruption and inefficiency of the socialist government. To unmask this diabolical illusion, Axis of Logic aims to record and report the attacks on Venezuela by the US and their minions among the opposition in 2015. We currently have 5 people who are keeping daily records from 4 different cities and towns. They will be reporting on how lives are being affected within their communities and also in other regions across the country. The data they provide to Axis of Logic will be incorporated into this monthly series. Below is the first installment for this series by Arturo Rosales, an Axis of Logic columnist who writes from Caracas.
- Les Blough, Editor
Hoarding Products during the First Two weeks of 2015
The company busted yesterday for hoarding in Zulia is called Herrera CA. The holding company is in Barbados, Diamante Trading Investments Ltd, and it has shareholdings in the British Virgin Islands. The main representative here in Venezuela is Peggy Carolina Ordaz Quijada, 39, who is a leading member of the fascist political party Voluntad Popular in the state of Anzoátegui, Herrera CA has its headquarters in Maracaibo and subsidiaries in 8 western states of Venezuela and is the main food and person hygiene distributor in this region where 8.5 million people depend on it for basic supplies.
Herera has exclusive distribution rights in these western states for
Kellogg, Nestlé, General Mills for foodstuffs and for Pfizer and Procter
& Gamble for person hygiene products.
All the warehouses and administrative offices of this company were occupied by the authorities yesterday and the owners will be liable to prosecution facing 10 - 12 years jailtime. Their assets will also be confiscated as well as vehicles.
Hundreds of thousands of kilos of basic food was discovered hidden in
Maracaibo plus more than ONE MILLION products of personal hygiene which
are in short supply and not being delivered to supermarkets and
Nearer East Caracas the small Jewish supermarket chain, Klasse, has hardly received any deliveries from its distributors since before Christmas. No cheese or ham. No cleaning products. No tinned foods. This is despite speaking to the local manager who assured me that all this stuff was ordered before the Christmas break and the distributors have simply not turned up.
In this supermarket, before the New Year Break there was plenty of toilet tissue and margarine. When they reopened on Jan 5, all these products had "vanished".
In other news a Farmatodo pharmacy was looted in Falcón state when the huge line standing for hours in the blazing sun discovered that local management was hiding basic products such as disposable diapers in its storeroom. Arrests were made for hoarding.
Snatched away TONS OF FOOD, diapers, SOAP AND TOILETRIES IN THE Zulia State, reported on Laiguana TV on Monday, January 12, 2015
(Translated by Les Blough, Editor, with metric onversions and notes added in parentheses)
The Venezuelan Government continues to discover employers playing with the welfare of the Venezuelan people. This Monday, the Superintendent of Prices oversaw the search of a warehouse of the company products distributor for first need, Herrera C. A, located in the industrial area of the municipality of San Francisco, Zulia state and discovered a mega hoarding.
Méndez announced that this company has now been occupied by an administrative board composed of officials from the Ministry of Commerce, which will be in charge of the distribution of these products to the public.
Additional photos of the seizure of products and assets of the Herrera CA distribution company on Monday, January 12, 2015