Anyone familiar with the way in which the Associated Press covers the Castro Kingdom knows that this news agency is not trustworthy.
So, get out your pinch of salt. Or maybe the whole salt shaker….
But keep in mind that hard-line Castronoids and thousands of Cuban advisors in Caracastan must indeed feel threatened by Maduro’s clownish incompetence.
And also keep in mind that the Castro Kingdom is not going to allow its oil-rich colony to slip from their grasp. Maduro is certainly expendable, and there are plenty of other Castronoid Venezuelans eager to take his place.
In Socialist Venezuela, a Threat From the Left
Already grappling with street protests led by the right, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is facing a new threat from an unlikely place: old-school leftists who accuse him of betraying the socialist legacy that carried him to power.
Maduro was tapped by Hugo Chavez as his preferred successor to the presidency, and is quick to invoke the late leader’s name, but orthodox socialists are grumbling over liberalized currency reforms they say are counter to the revolution.
The tensions came to a head last week when Maduro fired Planning Minister Jorge Giordani, a Marxist economist whose Spartan lifestyle and anti-capitalist doctrine earned him the nickname “the Monk.” Giordani is not going into forced retirement quietly.
In a lengthy tract published on several websites, he has accused Maduro of undoing Chavez’s gains and failing to control his administration, implying corruption and incompetence. It is, he said, “painful and alarming to see a Presidency that does not convey leadership.”
This high-profile criticism joins with public complaints from union representatives and former Chavez advisers who have turned Aporrea, a popular pro-government website for policy discussion, into a forum for increasingly blunt attacks on the presidency.
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