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What happened in Venezuela

Venezuela – a country of 353,841 square miles and more than 31 million people (estimated population for 2016 was 31,028,637, according to the Venezuela’s National Institute of Statistics; 27,227,930 people as of the latest Census which was in 2011) – is currently experiencing a significant shortage of food, drugs and cash, among other vital needs. As Francisco Toro, a Caracas resident and journalist, said on C-SPAN Radio on August 18 (in the following quote I paraphrased what I heard on the radio back then), “there is no food… the situation is rapidly deteriorating… many people are fleeing to neighboring Colombia and Brazil seeking medical help… [in a household survey] many people reported to have lost weight of the likes of 20 pounds due to the little food that they eat about just twice a day – rich on carbohydrates, poor on proteins… there is also shortage of drugs”. With regards to the household survey, he most likely referred to ENCOVI 2016 whose nutrition survey (page 17) reported on the weight loss. Continue reading

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Thoughts on a debate on Egypt

The American Enterprise Institute’s Danielle Pletka wrote an article for the New York Times where she criticized the Obama administration for having not defined as a coup d’etat the July 3 Egyptian military’s takeover of the Egyptian government and ouster of President Mohammad Morsy and the cabinet constituted of the Muslim Brotherhood. Continue reading

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The United States should commend events in Egypt and Iran

July 3, 2013 is a historic day for Egypt, Iran and the United States. A day before U.S. Independence Day, the first democratically elected president of the country – Mohammed Morsi – was removed from power by the country’s military, and is now in house arrest. Meanwhile, the military also arrested 12 top Muslim Brotherhood leaders on the morning of 4 July, according to the Washington Post, while other leaders of the movement had already been detained throughout the country some of whom in the Torah Prison where a year ago Hosni Mubarak had been detained after a three-decade rule. Continue reading

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Deliberately Arrested: How Ro Su-hui and the North Korean Government Orchestrated the Event

 

About a month ago, Reunification of the Fatherland Vice-Chairman Ro Su-hui from South Korea tried to cross the border from North Korea but was immediately held and arrested by the South Korean authorities as soon as both of his feet stepped on South Korea’s territory. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), which is controlled by the North Korean government, deemed the act fascist on their Facebook page. In another report of the event, the KCNA added a demand from the North Korean regime that Ro Su-hui be sent back to North Korea. Continue reading

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The Truth About the North Korean Regime in a Nutshell

 

As you probably have noticed, I have been following the North Korean regime for quite a while. When Kim Jong-il died last year, and was to be replaced by his son – Kim Jong-un – I couldn’t help but notice the mainstream media’s reaction, as well as that of a lot of people. Namely, that they hope that the transition was for good, that Kim Jong-un is the new Deng Xiaoping, or in other words that North Korea will open up and become capitalist and free (or at least more capitalist and freer). This reaction is typical of the ignorance on the North Korean regime. A recent news article on the Huffington Post proves my point. Read defectors’ reactions, particularly:

None of the defectors Reuters spoke to believed the leadership would dare allow reforms that damage its grip. Some thought the Pyongyang elite had been scared by the disastrous 2009 experiment [the currency reform that was reportedly disastrous to the country’s “economy”].

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Youtuber pp000610 (Former Soviet Citizen Vladimir Jaffe): A Fraud or Someone Who Looks for the Truth? You Decide

In a previous article, I expressed my disapproval of the Occypy Wall Street (OWS) movement. The organization – like the Tea Party – has no leader. However, unlike the Tea Party, it is full of people who have no clue what change they want and how they want to attain it. On the one hand, there are Ron Paul supporters who are tired of crony capitalism – the close relationship between business people and the government in effort for the latter to enact legislation that is favorable to them without any regard to its impact on the people. On the other hand, there are socialists and communists who demand that the government tax the rich, take over areas such as health care in the form of a single-payer system, and demand that the rich pay college students’ loans, among other things. Continue reading

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The North Korea we know little about

If you know me, you know that I like watching and reading about North Korea. It is not because I like it (in fact the more I find out about it the more I get to hate it, as you have probably noticed) but because it is mysterious and the most isolated country in the world. If it weren’t for the few journalists and tourists who were granted visas to the Secret State and documented their visit (sometimes without being allowed), all the footage would be purified the way only the Korean Central News Agency and David Pluth are capable of. Continue reading

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Bad journalism? You decide (part two)

After I exposed you to a blunder from the Balkan press, here’s another gaffe, this time from the Connecticut press, a state that I have been covering for almost two years at ConnecticutPlus.com. Continue reading

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The Battle

 

The American dream is not about just living in the United States. It is about political, social and economic freedom where the government is not the one to stay on one’s right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. On the contrary, the idea of the American dream is that there should be policies to protect the citizens from government’s imposing on their lives and instead promote creativity and entrepreneurship (the more neutral- and pleasant-sounding word for capitalism, for capitalism is perceived differently from different people). That’s how the Americans attract foreign investments and foreigners – through guaranteeing them freedom, honesty and integrity. The rest of the world – due to numerous factors and depending on the region we are talking about – hasn’t achieved that yet. Continue reading

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British Petroleum and TransOcean on their own

April 20 will always be an unforgettable date in my mind. On this day, the Bulgarians rose against the Ottoman Empire to liberate themselves from its tyranny; Adolf Hitler was born; a friend of mine from high school was born; and now a massive explosion at the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 people, caused and is still causing panic as the quantity of millions of barrels of oil have been spilled in the ocean so far and keep spilling causing a natural catastrophe and depriving fishermen and shrimpers from conducting their businesses there. Continue reading

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