The whole world seems to know that the current occupant of the White House offered Raul Castro an unconditional all-you-can-eat Christmas smorgasbord of titanic proportions this past Wednesday.
Hardly anyone seems to have noticed that on Thursday he dropped a bag full of coals down Venezuela’s presidential chimney.
Yes, he called for a loosening of sanctions against the Castro regime one day, and on the next day called for a tightening of sanctions on the Castroite colony of Venezuela.
The central focus of Thursday’s anti-Maduro move is — get this— (hold on to something)— “human rights violations.”
Is the current occupant of the White House schizophrenic? Bi-polar? Hypocritical? Devious? Dumb? Take your pick.
(But if you choose “dumb” you get a zero for this quiz. He most certainly knows what he is doing.)
Some experts think that he is just trying to look tough, and that this shocking flip-flop on the issue of human rights is an attempt to deflect criticism of his lax approach to the repressive rule of the Castro dynasty.
So, there you have it. Stranger than most fiction, but nonetheless a true “historic” moment.
ABC Spain reports:
The sanctions, which affect over fifty top-level Chavista leaders and accuse them of human rights violations, were criticized by Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro.
Only one day after he praised Obama as “a brave man” for extending friendship to Cuba, Maduro instantly returned to his diatribes against the United States, saying:
“On the one hand, he [Obama] recognizes the failure of aggressive policies and of the blockade against our sister Cuba, which has resisted and triumphed with dignity. On the other hand, he initiates the escalation of a new era of aggression against the Homeland of Bolivar.”
President Obama signed into law a bill passed months ago by the Senate and the House of Representatives, which was backed by both Democrats and Republicans. His approval came last week. The law punishes those Venezuelan officials who are believed to have directed the repression of protest demonstrations earlier this year. According to Human Rights Watch that repression resulted in 43 deaths and more than 2,500 arrests.
Those singled out for punishment –whose responsibility was confirmed by Human Rights Watch– will be denied visas for travel to the United States, and will also have their American bank accounts frozen –if they have any. …
Whole thing HERE, in the hegemonic northern Iberian dialect of the former kingdom of Castile, which is now the lingua franca of all of the subaltern peoples colonized by them, both in Iberia and in the Indies.