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Reports from Cuba’s Venezuela: Can’t stop the music

Raul Stolk in Caracas Chronicles:

Can’t Stop the Music

http://caracaschronicles.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/ministros.jpg?w=220&h=126&crop=1Vice-President Jorge Arreaza just announced that all the Ministers have offered their resignations to President Maduro in the midst of what the government has deemed The Shake: The Revolution within the Revolution (El Sacudón: La Revolución dentro de la Revolución.)

This, of course, is not a new funky (yeyé-gogó) dance step promoted by Maduro, nor is it different to when the government would play the Musical Chairs game once a year, and the same group of scumbags would trade places to keep on ruining the country (where you had an Education Minister now you would have that guy who was kicked out from the Sports Ministry for an alleged corruption scandal —and then sent to the doghouse at the Youth Ministry— and so on and so forth). The thing, this time around, is that this is (sort of) the third or fourth government restructuring in three months. Remember, when Maduro first spoke of El Sacudón, a while after Giordani was canned, there were strong rumors (hehe) that Arreaza was to leave his position as VP and Ramirez would step down from PDVSA and all his other positions as, well, All-Powerfull-Money-Minister, to once again assume his old job as VP. Of course, no one could touch all-powerful Ramírez, and Arreaza is probably still playing bowling at La Casona.

Right now things are different. To those who don’t have their heads up their butts (the opo v. opo conflict), you may have noticed there has been a lot of crap going on in the country these past days. Enough to trigger a deep Revolution within the Revolution, a profound change in the Government, the Second Coming of the Bolivar and the Eternal, or, most likely, none of the above.

Shake all you want, but when the music stops, the same guys will sit at different chairs.

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