Meddlesome Matty By Patrick Ferrari

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Meddlesome Matty reverses on “unwarranted meddling”

By Patrick Ferrari

The situation in Venezuela is dire.  The country is sinking deeper into chaos to the point that it resembles a country in a civil war.  From April 1, thousands have been arrested, hundreds injured and 77 dead.  The city is beset with violence.

The last reported murder rate, in 2014, was equivalent to the civilian casualty rate in 2004 in Iraq.  Its economy is estimated in 2016 to have shrunk by 10 percent.

The inflation rate is estimated (2016) to be as high as 808%, rendering its currency almost worthless.  Once Latin America’s richest, the country is now on the brink of collapse.

May 31

Look, too, at the flyover in the background Photo: Federico Parra / AFP / Getty

Venezuela has the world’s largest proven oil reserves, but, in spite of that – or because of it – “food has grown so scarce that three in four citizens reported involuntary weight loss, averaging an alarming 19 pounds a year.”

Poverty has gone from 48% in 2014 to 82% in 2016.  Extreme poverty from 24% to 52% in the same period.  But thanks to Venezuela’s Petro-Diplomacy, we are recipients of their largesse so those obscene numbers are a matter for the Venezuelan people.

During the nine years of airport construction, heavily financed by the people of Venezuela, they were struggling for economic survival.  So, thank you for your generosity but screw you and your circumstances.

Your problem is not ours.  Nicolas Maduro Moros, must not, not be criticized, nor obstructed.  That is virtually what the Organization of American States (OAS) said when they failed to reach an agreement at a recent meeting on a resolution criticizing the government of Venezuela.

Last month, Maduro said that he might seek a new constitution.  To a tinpot dictator, “might” is a whim; an arbitrary exercise of power.  It will be as good as a done deal.

June 8

Photo: Ivan Alvarado / Reuters

From here, we know about the chaos and the spiraling chaotic misfortunes of the people over there.

Aye, but we have bread in our cupboards and toilet paper in our bathrooms.  I know it as I write this, knowing full well that even if it makes our Prime Minister uncomfortable he would not have his people do to me what the wretched tyrant of a bus driver would have his people do to me if I was writing this in his country.

This Is What It Looks Like On The Outside. Circa May 12

A state-run grocery in the town of Puerot Cabello. Photo: Meridith Kohut for The New York Times

This Is What It Looks Like On The Inside. Bread Shelves In Boca De Uchire.  Circa May 12

          Photo: Meridith Kohut for The New York Times

People Are Hungry But Venezuela’s Farmers Cannot Feed Them. Here’s Why. May 22

           Photo: Mariana Zuniga for the Washington Post

Soon after the failed OAS meeting, our Prime Minister wrote to his colleagues.  There are three views, which he raised in that letter that I consider irreconcilable and/or incongruous.  Here they are; not in the order they came.

The Prime Minister raised the point of “Venezuela’s abundant material resources.”  So, not counting Argyle, where is this vast abundance of great wealth Comrade?  Where has it gone?  Where is it going?  What good is it doing for the people of Venezuela?  Don’t tell me, tell them.

 Tell them to stop their needless bellyaching because they rich like salt.  Tell them to go home peaceable – and starve.  Tell them to live a life of servitude under the despot and his circle of capos.

“No more Deaths,” and “Enough.” Photo credit: Ariana Cubillos/Associated Press

Then he said that, “St. Vincent and the Grenadines sees no need to change our Declaration one iota. The circumstances in Venezuela are precisely the same today (June 20) as they were on May 29, 2017.”  Bought and paid for.  Look at the May pictures that I have chosen and placed randomly.

 Look at the dates.  Observe the mayhem.  Our Prime Minister is saying it was that way in May and it has not changed in June so let the carnage continue.  And CARICOM and the OAS must turn their backs, too.

 I am appalled at the brass fronted impudence.  One would have thought that the way Ralph came to power he would have been a little sympathetic and more understanding of the plight of the people of Venezuela.

 Ah, but for Petro-Diplomacy.  Nicolas Maduro, carry on, you have your comrade’s unholy blessings.

In a case like Venezuela’s, no change in the situation makes it a fundamental imperative, a moral obligation, a social and political responsibility for change.  The Venezuelan protests has been going on since 2014, yet, the space cadet is blaming  just-arrived Donald Trump.

The man is seriously unhinged.  It was probably Chavez in the form of a little bird, again, who told him that anachronistic gem.

Lastly, the Prime Minister opened his letter complimenting his colleagues for acting “wisely” and “maturely” on “the situation in Venezuela,” in that they promoted “non-interference and non-intervention.”  And later, he capped it with, “Venezuelans must be allowed to resolve by themselves their intense political conflicts or challenges, without unwarranted meddling.”  That’s close to sophistry.

                  Photo credit: Carlos Garcia Rawlings / Reuters

May 10

                   Photo credit: Marco Bello / Reuters

The problem is unsolvable because Maduro is the problem.  There is not going to be a physician heal thyself with a tyrant who’s in power.

But, that aside, when did Ralph’s stand on “unwarranted meddling” kick in?  I ask because in 2009, Meddlesome Matty, the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, took it upon his Vincentian self to travel to St. Kitts to advocate which political party should form the government to govern the people of that country.

He and his considerable, persuasive prime ministerial clout found himself in St. Kitts campaigning; giving “solidarity and support” for Denzil Douglas’s St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party over Lindsay Grant’s People Action Movement.

How does that strike you for unwarranted meddling?  Like the Venezuelan people, St. Kitts Nevis people should shut their face listen to Ralph.

With Petro-Caribe trudging along and the airport operating, we got wat we want, so, CARICOM, don’t meddle with the tinpot and his government.  Who says Petro-Diplomacy doesn’t work?  Remind me again:

In 2008, how did US Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Mary Martin Ourisman, describe our Prime Minister?

Plenty But Not Enough To Defeat Petro-Diplomacy. April 8

Photo: CNN

Commitment.  April 19 (Reminds Me Of Ralph And His Roadblock. Least We Forget.)

   Photo: CNN

This Is What Commitment Can Get You. May 3

That is a protester, Pedro Michell under the wheel. Photo: CNN

CARICOM Does Not Walk In Her Shoes (If She Has). April 15

Photo: CNN

Making Sure. The Back Up Lights Are On. May 3

               Photo: Carlos Becerra AFP / Getty

Repugnancy in pictures 2014 – 2017–17_Venezuelan_protests#/media/File:PROTEST_REASONS_sign.jpg


By  Patrick Ferrari


  1. You forgot one thing Mr Ferrari. You forgot the most important thing in this whole article. You forgot to mentioned WHO IS BEHIND ALL OF THIS SITUATION. YOU FORGOT TO MENTION THAT THE US GOVERNMENT HAS PAID MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN 18 YEARS TO THE ASSASSIN FASCIST VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION, TOGETHER WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR, TO DESTABILIZED THE COUNTRY AND TOPPLE THE GOVERNMENT. Venezuelans have 18 years of US interventionism experience. We know what the US government is capable of. Just look Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria. All invaded and bombarded with a bunch of lies, and are still there killing people and looting their oil and resources. Chavez had an attempt of coup in 2002, done by the private sector along with the opposition and funded by the Bush administration. Ever since we had more attempts, more destabilization. Nothing new for Venezuelans. We have OIL Mr Ferrari, something that the US corporations wants to put their hands on, like Exxon for example. Please Mr Ferrari, do not waist your time writing about Venezuela because from miles I can see that you ignore completely what is really going on in my country, which is not yours. You don’t live in Venezuela, you don’t walk on its streets, you don’t know nothing, only you know what you want to know, which is not the truth. So, next time, instead of writing an article based on Western media presstitutes, orchestrated by Washington, I’ll advice you to take a flight to Venezuela and see for yourself the whole truth.

  2. Ivana,

    You must be living off Venezuelan oil. Where is the proof that the US has paid millions to the Venezuelan fascist as you claim. The author backed his proof up and I wish you did the same.

    My predictation is that Maduro will be gone in one year, mark my words on that.

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