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    A good article published just 2 days ago on Venezuela. http://www.theatlantic.com/internati...-apart/481755/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aruba-Mark View Post
    The state of Venezuela is tied to their socialist economy. For all those Bernie Sanders supporters, no thank you to socialism. Socialism is great until you run out of other people's money and Chavez and Maduro have killed their economy.

    Venezuela has the largest oil reserves on the planet. 95% of their income is from oil. With sharply declining oil prices, income for the Venezuelan economy has dried up.

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    IMO, Venezuela is rather a dictatorship. The political leaders work close with the Military. If someone makes the slightest remark, they will end up in prison or worse! There is no freedom of speech. There is no freedom! But lots of corruption which led to the downfall as well. During one of my visits to Aruba I had the chance to meet a journalist from Venezuela who gave some insights about the political situation. There is lots of violent crime as well.

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    I went on vacation to Venezuela 25 years ago and things were not so good then and now even worst. Everybody was offering me 2 times the exchange rate for my American Dollars. I'm glad I held on to my Benjamins because every day their money was becoming worthless.

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    While I feel for the people of Venezuela, I am glad Aruba is tightening their security to prevent illegals into their country. As we see here in the states (at least here in Texas) illegal immigration puts a strain on the economy. The crime that the Venezuelan refugees bring to the island hurts the tourism and overall economy of our beloved island. I realize that I am painting with a broad brush here, but my husband and I have talked to MANY locals over the years while visiting and they have all said the same thing to us: the sole illegal immigration from the country of Venezuela has caused them NOTHING but increased crime rates and other problems. While I am all for the citizens of Venezuela getting over legally (we have met a few of those, too in Aruba) I do think preventing the illegals is 100% necessary.

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    I've heard for years, since the time we were visiting Aruba in the 90s, that Venezuela is not someplace we'd want to visit. Sounds like now it is even worse. What a sad way of life for the citizens of that country. The articles I've read seem to forecast more problems, not a solution nor "light at the end of the tunnel" that things will turn around. I doubt the governing individuals have to worry about or wonder where they will get more food or clean water or whether they will have toilet paper when they need it.



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    Venezuela itself is a beautiful country and has has so much to offer. Her people could have a good life, IMO. So sad that the political situation is difficult for decades, lots of corruption and lots of violent crime.

    To read through this info, it's shocking and devastating. It just gives an insight how dangerous it is.

    Venezuela Travel Warning

    https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/venezuela-travel-warning.html

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    Yep, not a safe place to be for anyone by the sounds of it. Even the worst off in America have it good in comparison.

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    Aruban PM criticizes Netherlands for not helping with Venezuelan asylum seekers


    By Janene Pieters on May 18, 2018 - 08:58

    Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire are dealing with many asylum seekers from Venezuela due to a humanitarian and political crisis in the country. The three islands, which form part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, are getting too little support from the Netherlands in sheltering these asylum seekers, Aruban Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes said to NRC.


    She called the Netherlands' attitude "too indifferent and irritating". Aruba is located less than 40 kilometers fro the Venezuelan coast. Around 5 thousand Venezuelans have already fled to the island.


    "The Netherlands does not want to help, there's a price tag on everything. But you can't send these people back to hunger. Only from the Ministry of Defense we receive help with logistics", she said to the newspaper.

    https://nltimes.nl/2018/05/18/aruban...asylum-seekers

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    A lot of people though Madro would solve the problems created by Chavez, but he made a bad situation worse. The government regulates everything. The previous owner of my condo is a doctor of radiology and has her own business there. She told us that the government will not allow her to charge more than $50.00 for an MRI.

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