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September 13, 2018
Eyes on Venezuela
Although politicians and international media have spoken of “humanitarian crisis” since 2016, in recent weeks we can see an escalation of aggression towards Venezuela, by the same sources.
September 13, 2018

Τhe discourse that they try to impose is the idea that in Venezuela there is a massive exodus of the population as a product of a crisis and repression from the Venezuelan government.

These “news” are accompanied by a photographs well thought out and quite de-contextualized, and other ways that help to manipulate the collective imagination to justify their actions. It was The Economist, a faithful representative of the British oligarchy, who assured that the Venezuelan “migratory crisis” could surpass that of Syria’s, in an attempt to create an image of Venezuelan migrants as refugees. Moreover the newly nominated senator Marco Rubio, found ground to argue that Venezuela was a “threat to the national security of the United States.”

The promotion of a “humanitarian crisis” in Venezuela has no real merit, even within the parameters set forth on the subject by the United Nations (UN). However, from the US, there is constant talk that this situation is occurring and has appealed to the supervised nations of Latin America to support the narrative that suits the American establishment.

We must remember that these people who use this narrative of “humanitarian aid” or “humanitarian channels’’ are the same ones who have sought catastrophe in Venezuela through different ways such as blockades, sanctions, sabotage and so much more.

Humanitarian aid or humanitarian intervention?

Humanitarian aid is an industry that generates 150 billion$ a year, feeds on poverty and uses is non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as it’s machinery. They can be compared with large corporations, that have to beat the competition to ensure large amounts of donations. 80% of the donations that reach these NGOs come from governments. Mainly from the United States, the European Union and England. This allows them to decide how and where it is invested, consequently, they do not choose the poorest countries but those they have a political agenda for. These public funds transferred to private funds, not only serve to industrialize neoliberal corruption, but to enhance mechanisms of international intervention.

As an example, we can see the case of Haiti, to mention one of many. On January 12, 2010, after the catastrophic 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Puerto Principe, more than 10 thousand humanitarian aid organizations arrived. The donations exceeded 9 billion dollars, these funds were handled by private companies without any kind of control by the government of Haiti.

Six years after the earthquake, more than 60,000 Haitians still lived in temporary homes, with limited or no access to basic medicine and healthcare. In 2016, hurricane Matthews leaves hundreds dead and 1.4 million homeless. The immediate call of the UN was to ask for a contribution of 120 million dollars to alleviate the crisis. More than 99% of the money ended up in the private accounts of the NGOs. Together they had more money than the Haitian government, which received hardly any help.

In July of 2017 the former Haitian official Klaus Eberwein would appear to speak before the Ethical Commission of Anti corruption Senate about the Clinton Foundation on the appropriation of international donations. He never made it. He was found dead with a shot in the head in a motel in Miami.

There are clear signs of threat against Venezuela such as the manipulation of the socio-economic issue, the threats of the White House spokesperson of military and economic sanctions, The South American tour of the Pentagon Chief James Mattis, the meeting of the Head of the United States Southern Command Kurt Tidd, with the commanders of the South American armies.

To this we can add the Colombian chancellor assuring at the UN that the impact of migration is a security impact, threats to cut oil sales from Venezuela, and of course the declaration that prevents Brazil to pay off its 40 million dollar debt to Venezuela. The truth is that Venezuela does not have a humanitarian crisis and is not in need of humanitarian aid. Therefore, any humanitarian channel is an excuse to interject little by little into Venezuela.

Other migrations in the continent

The migratory phenomenon is not new in Latin America in the last decades. In Colombia between 2000-2010 it was estimated that one in every ten Colombians lived outside the country in search of a better quality of life. In the first half of 2014, some 487,879 Colombians left their territory, making Colombia one of the countries with the largest number of emigrants in South America. According to official figures of the Venezuelan state, currently about 4 million Colombians are living in Venezuela. Ecuadorians, Peruvians, Caribbeans, among others, have been part of the migrants who have arrived in Venezuela. Comparatively the number of Venezuelan migrants to those countries or other regions, in no way can be classified as a problem that requires an intervention.

So, the Colombian migration decades ago should have generated a response from the UN and the region, however there was never a rapprochement on the issue neither in the UN nor in the OAS, such as those proposed at this time against Venezuela.

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