CARACAS, AND COLOMBO
Mr. Nicholas Maduro won the Venezuelan elections after
all, though the margin may be razor thin, and this has put paid
to the fantasies that were harboured by the rapacious robber
barons of being able to walk into Caracas after Hugo Chavez's
death and rob the country dry. The Chavez type substantial
majority however did not accrue to Mr. Maduro and this has given
some wiggle room for the beady eyed neo-liberal rat pack to try
and lay waste the city of Caracas, and force themselves into
Chances are very much that these desperados will not succeed.
Progressive people's movements have acquired the kind of sea
legs that they didn't have in those bad old days. Though Mr.
Maduro is not Mr.Chavez, he could become better over time, who
People are not ignorant any more about the machinations of
the agents of neo-liberal capital - the robber-barons, to put it
in short. From Caracas to Colombo, there is more awareness about
the sinister stratagems that economic hit-men and other plain
hit men use when they attempt to destabilize nations for
economic or strategic gain, or both.
In our pages today, this newspaper features an article by
Kalinga Seneviratne a reputed South Asian correspondent and
intellectual, who details the methods of the 'democracy vendors'
that use organizations such as Amnesty International and Human
Rights Watch to create spurious narratives about the regimes
they want to target.
Crying 'rape' he says is a common tactic. The method of
preference is to say that Armed Forces have been going on rape
sprees and make sweeping generalizations about the use of 'rape
as a tactic of war', without the slightest shred of real
evidence to substantiate these claims.
Do read Kalinga Seneviratne's article on the subject. The
reader will learn that this tactic was tried in Syria - and, it
was tried in Libya. These invented narratives acquire a life of
their own when they were adopted by world broadcast networks,
which are also of course generally in the pay of the forces of
rapacious buccaneer rogues, highway robbers and plain
It is indeed curious that self-proclaimed 'progressive
leftists' (!) such as Kumar David and Wickramabahu Karunaratne
indeed are joined at hip twins with these deathly forces of big
money. What kind of leftists are these - and it is unfair not to
factor Nimalka Fernando into the equation - that tie up with
organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights
Watch to support their fictional narratives aimed at
destabilizing the Sri Lankan state, and by this agency,
enthroning the interests of marauding neo-liberal capitalists?
Countries that have enjoyed a tradition of free speech and
democracy such as Venezuela have incidentally been less
susceptible to the depredations of the robber barons - and this
is absolutely due to the fact that in these places, there is
free thinking that makes the mass of people less impressionable
In other words they are free to choose their own leaders, and
free to choose their own political ideologies, and in today's
informed world, they know enough not to be bamboozled by
tricksters and con-artistes such as Amnesty International, Human
Rights Watch, Freedom House etc.,
Nicholas Maduro's election is a telling saga on the failure
of the unbridled forces of multinational Capital to force regime
change through causing disaffection through the manufacture of
creative but false narratives.
People outside Venezuela may have to some extent been
bamboozled by the portrayal of Hugo Chavez as a dictator and
'crackpot strongman', but the people in Venezuela knew better
because they had the good sense to make an educated judgement.
Yet, the progressive forces of this world have been remiss in
that they have collectively failed to device a way of combating
false propaganda that's the stock in trade of the hit-men who
covet natural resources and strategic opportunities in middle
income countries such as ours. That is the next big story --
how, just how, do we strike back?