Category Archives: Communism

Venezuela’s hyperinflation soars to 24,571 percent

The opposition-dominated Venezuelan parliament issued fresh economic data on Monday, showing that inflation for the month of May spiked 110.1 percent compared with April, and sending annual inflation to a staggering 24,571 percent.

With daily inflation running at 2.4 percent, the country’s currency, the bolivar, plunged about 98 percent in the course of the past 12 months alone.

“It’s a tragedy that we are experiencing every day,” said the parliament’s finance commission spokesman Rafael Guzman as he revealed the latest figures.

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Nicaragua’s Sandinista stronghold is a city ‘at war’ with the president

The graffiti that covers signs and billboards on the road to the cradle of Sandinismo offer once unimaginable snubs to the movement’s most celebrated comandante: ‘Despot!’ ‘Murderer!’ ‘Get out Daniel!’ ‘Ortega you are dead!’

Masked rebels with homemade mortars guard more than a dozen roadblocks that now separate Nicaragua’s capital from Masaya, a storied revolutionary stronghold just 26km (16 miles) south, from which guerrillas launched their final assault on the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza in 1979.

Almost four decades on from that momentous triumph, and with Nicaragua seemingly in the midst of another epochal upheaval, Masaya now has Daniel Ortega in its crosshairs.

How can it be? Another socialist paradise descending into chaos?

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MALCOLM: Beware – today’s NDP is more radical than ever

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath puts a smiling face on an evil ideology.

On the surface, for those ignorant of history and global affairs, socialism may seem compassionate. It’s sold as a remedy for inequality and a vehicle to help the least well-off among us.

But socialism’s methods — giving more power and control to the government, at the expense of individuals — has a track record that has led to plunder, poverty, starvation and death, wherever it’s been tried.

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Piracy returns to Caribbean as Venezuela turmoil spurs rise in attacks on yachts

Luxury yacht owners have been warned of a surge in piracy in the southern Caribbean, as Venezuela’s economic collapse spurs its penniless fishermen into banditry.

According to a new global survey of global maritime security, 71 piracy incidents took place in the region last year, compared to just 21 the year before.

Researchers for the charity Oceans Beyond Piracy, which compiled the survey, said that a majority of the attacks had been off the coast of Venezuela, which is currently engulfed by political turmoil and hyperinflation.

After a couple of years of NDP rule that headline will read “Piracy Returns to the Great Lakes” due to Ontario’s economic collapse

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Surprise Venezuela election result: Maduro wins in landslide! Socialism Triumphs! Free wheelbarrows of money for everyone!

Venezuela’s leftist leader Nicolas Maduro won a new six-year term on Sunday, but his main rivals disavowed the election alleging massive irregularities in a process critics decried as a farce propping up a dictatorship.

Victory for the 55-year-old former bus driver, who replaced Hugo Chavez after his death from cancer in 2013, may trigger a new round of western sanctions against the socialist government as it grapples with a ruinous economic crisis.

US President Donald Trump’s administration is threatening moves against Venezuela’s already reeling oil sector.

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North Korea Demands the Return of Defectors

The background of this story is here.

North Korea on Saturday reiterated its demands for South Korea to send back 12 North Korean restaurant workers who came to the South in 2016, saying such a move would demonstrate Seoul’s willingness to improve relations.

The statement by North Korea’s Red Cross came a week after Seoul said it would look more closely into the circumstances surrounding the women’s arrival following a media report that suggested some of them might have been brought to the South against their will.

A claim that is highly dubious to say the very least.

 

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The Left Revealed: Democratic Socialism

The Political Spectrum was not designed to weigh political disagreements between the right and the left. Instead, it is meant to illustrate the progression of a political system from complete control over people, to having no power at all. The actual spectrum classifies the far left as totalitarian, being entirely controlled by one or a few. The far right is classified as being an ochlocracy or having no form of government.

The radical far left has historically been associated with communism, Nazism, fascism, dictators, and socialism. The radical far right has predominantly been associated with mob rule.

The left classifies Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini as far right dictators due to their disdain for Communism. As a result, they .” as anti-socialists. This could not be further from the truth. The mischaracterization is merely an attempt by the left to rewrite history.

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North Korea: the Slippery Eel

Still in mid-reel from the news that North Korea may walk away from talks with the United States, prominent North Korean defector, Thae Yong-Ho reminds everyone what denuclearisation means to Kim Jong-Un:

North Korea’s highest-profile defector in two decades said that Kim Jong Un doesn’t share the same concept of denuclearization as the U.S., issuing a warning ahead of a planned summit meeting between President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader.

Thae Yong Ho, Pyongyang’s deputy ambassador in London before his defection to South Korea two years ago, told reporters in Seoul on Monday that North Korea is unlikely to agree to Washington’s demand of “complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization,” or CVID, because it would challenge the fundamental structure of North Korea’s political system.

CVID “will strike at the core of North Korea’s power structure. North Korea will not accept CVID that does not ensure the security of the regime,” Mr. Thae said.

 

This regime:

A colonel in the Department of the General Staff accused of defacing North Korea’s April 25 House of Culture with graffiti critical of the Kim Jong Un regime was recently publicly executed, according to sources in North Korea.

“A high-ranking member (colonel) of the General Staff Operations Department and another individual (who was implicated in the graffiti incident) were executed by automatic rifles at the Kanggun Military Academy’s firing range,” said a Pyongyang-based source in a phone call with Daily NK. “He was accused of masterminding the defacing of the April 25 House of Culture with graffiti criticizing the regime and was summarily executed.”

The source further added that “the execution was conducted quietly in front of high-ranking cadres from the Ministry of State Security and the military. The colonel’s family was taken away somewhere, likely a political prison camp.”

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This:

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North Korean Defectors Are “Wary” of Inter-Korean Summit

An overlooked aspect of this debate:

North Korean defectors who have precariously settled in the South are watching warily as the two Koreas cozy up to each other.

Already last Thursday one TV channel raised suspicions that not all of the members of a group of North Korean women who defected from a restaurant in China in 2016 came to South Korea out of their own volition.

The following day, the Unification Ministry said, “There is a need to verify the facts.” That has raised fears that the government could send some of the defectors back to their oppressive homeland.

The official position remains that they came of their own volition, but now some news media have raised suspicions that the National Intelligence Service orchestrated their defection. …

(Sidebar: South Korea’s left-wing government does nothing to quell these outrageous rumours that North Korean defectors are not genuine.)

The shift in the ministry’s attitude has made other defectors nervous. One woman who came to South Korea in 2008 and is raising a son here said, “I haven’t slept more than an hour a night since the inter-Korean summit. People like me who have been living quietly could be dragged off to North Korea any moment.”

Some 31,500 North Korean defectors live in South Korea, and many are feeling unsure of their status amid the thaw. They have been seen as having the potential to build bridges between the two sides if the two Koreas reunify but could now find themselves treated as obstacles to the smooth running of the political machine.

They are complaining about the South Korean government’s indifference and ostracism by other South Koreans. To them, it would be a devastating signal if some of the restaurant staff are sent back to the North.

Defectors who returned voluntarily were not punished since they were considered to have been “abducted” by the South. One defector said, “The fate of the family members they left behind in North Korea is very important for defectors. If they become targets of reprisals, the defectors in the South would come under enormous pressure.”

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