Sunday, November 14, 2010

Venezuela and its sea province of Cuba

castro and chavez

ON 2000, during Chavez’s second year in office, Venezuela and Cuba signed the “Integral Agreement for Collaboration” in Caracas. It marked the beginning of an alliance and a form of exchange that was presented as an alternative to the US-backed Free Trade Area of the Americas. Since then, Venezuela had became the first goods supplier to Cuba.

In actual facts, Venezuela began to subsidize Cuba especially in oil. Through the accord, Venezuela began shipping 53,000 barrels per day of its principal export, oil, to fuel-starved Cuba.

The question risen is, where is going Venezuelan’s oil? Throughout these years, Cubans still are affected by blackouts and people in the country side of Cuba, whose way of cooking still is based on oil, are suffering by the lack of supplies.

Statistically, the amounts of money and supplies by Venezuela to Cuba between 1999 and 2004 could give you a peek about the huge involvement of Caracas in Havana and Chavez subvention of Castro (the numbers are in millions):

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

57

898

952

725

691

1 127

Throughout these 10 years, Venezuela had been on the road toward a Castro-communist dictatorship. The increased role of the Venezuelan state in industries such as oil, food, construction, and electricity stifles economic growth and violates the constitutional right to own private property. Moreover, the involvement of Cubans in key sectors of Venezuela’ society worries Chavez’s critics and human rights activists. More and more, Chavez’s officials and policies behave like Castro’s.

Lately, the expropriation of farms, lands and companies opposed to Chavez’s government had closed the “Bolivarian” Republic as what the western democratic world and some journalists had named as Venecuba.

Just a few days later, Chavez announced 10 more years of subvention of its sea province of Cuba. It is a work of mouth Castro had never paid his debts. The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 and still today what left of the Russian elephant is waiting by Cuba’s payments, but no one dollar whatsoever they had sought.

If you add nowadays Chavez’s sea province has a debt of 34 billion of dollars to foreigner investors, you got a peek where Venezuela’s money is going: to the garbage sea in the Caribbean… to Cuba

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