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Thread: Maduro closing borders with ABC islands.

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    SMH-blame others for own failures

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquaman View Post
    Unfortunately some property owners are getting a surprise. CITGO has rented a number of houses here for workers/managers they have brought in from Venezuela. It seems that the rentals are not being paid for at the moment.
    Which is unfortunate, because everyone who could read knew that PDVSA and the Venezuelan government was practically bankrupt. So much so that Citgo put up 49.9% stake of the company as collateral for a 1.5 billion dollar loan from ROSNEFT. The previous government went ahead and pushed the deal through the then AVP dominated parliament. The parliament got exactly 1 day to study all the documents and weren't allowed to make copies. It was a total disgrace.

    And lest not forget that PDVSA aren't able to maintain or modernize their own refineries.
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    Might not be a popular opinion but i do think that goods that are exported to other countries such as abc islands should be properly taxed so the venezuelan government gets a peice. Is that the main issue here?
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    The impression I got from some who live here think Maduro is nuts. We all know the country is in huge trouble-sky high inflation, little food and fuel, people trying to leave and he has not been able to resolve the issues, so it is easier to say that the ABC islands are the reason for their economic woes than to face reality of his failures. The ABC islands are a scapegoat. He would not be the first world leader to blame a group of people for his own country's economic issues.

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    In a recent (Jan. 9th)column by Rona Coster she mentions receiving a newspaper article from a friend about the closing of the frontiers between Venezuela and the ABC islands "which claimed that the move was designed to hide a clandestine fiber optic cable, being laid by a French company from Havana to Caracas, supervised by a secret military communications team of Russia. The total blackout was supposed to guarantee the strictest secrecy during the completion of the project, initiated by Russian-Iranian military forces, intent to manufacture long-range missile weapons!"

    While this initially seems to be a far-fetched conspiracy theory, there could be some reason to believe that this sudden action could be the result of an effort to cover some clandestine activity. I spent two years working with Lago in the early 1970's as part of an ESSO team from New Jersey in conjunction with a $100 million addition to the Lago refinery known as the HDS project. I learned back then that there were extra ordinary measures we had to take to limit the Venezuelan government's insights into the refinery improvements and related investment in Aruba. This was a time frame when there were no satellite communications. The underwater cables that allowed us to communicate with the ESSO regional office in Caracas were operated, and monitored by, the Venezuelan government. We used codes that changed daily in an effort to secure our communications from the surveillance by the Venezuelans. They were upset that ESSO was increasing its investment in the Aruba refinery and was not making that investment in the ESSO refinery in Amuay, Venezuela. At that time life in Venezuela was not nearly as challenging as it is now. Now, having the ABC islands thriving so close to Venezuela must drive Maduro crazy. However, this resentment of the ABC islands' economic success is an old story. This newspaper report that Maduro's temporary embargo is due to a plot to cover the installation of a fiber optic cable between Caracas and Cuba, may have some merit. If the temporary embargo is not an attempt to prevent the detection of a Cuba to Caracas fiber optic cable, if could be to deflect attention from something else even more sinister. To my knowledge, the Venezuelan government's resentment of the ABC islands has been going on for over four decades. To all of a sudden implement a temporary embargo just doesn't make sense, unless it is to divert attention from something else!
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    And the blockade/border shut down continues:

    http://curacaochronicle.com/main/dut...t-even-longer/

    Since Maduro is so concerned about things being shipped out of Venezuela to other islands, why doesn't he do something about the large amount of weapons being smuggled out of Venezuela to Trnidad and Tobago?? A sure sign of a dictator, putting blame on something, someone or someplace else to draw attention away from his issues.

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    From the Curacao Chronicle, apparently this has been going on for quite some time with some high ranking people involved:

    http://curacaochronicle.com/main/lar...rom-venezuela/

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