the elections in Venezuela on April 14th

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HAVANA TIMES – Venezuelan opposition candidate Henrique Capriles resumed his campaign today in the western part of the country. He faces off with interim president Nicolas Maduro on April 14, reported dpa news.

Capriles told university students in Maracaibo that he would end the Chavez’ government’s “giveaway” programs to other countries that Maduro presided over as foreign minister during the previous six years.

The candidate said such programs add up to around US $7 billion a year.

“Not a single drop of oil is going to go for funding the government of the Castros in Cuba. Mr. Castro uses Venezuelans, our people, so that government is enriched… Nicolas is the candidate of the Castros, I am the candidate of Venezuela and Venezuelans,” said Capriles.

He said that socialism in Venezuela is no longer viable with the death of Hugo Chavez. Maduro claims just the opposite, saying he will continue the path begun by the recently deceased president.

Speaking at a university in Maracaibo, Capriles said education would be a priority of his presidency with universities being geared towards developing skills instead of an ideology.

“Venezuela is a country that has everything, the only thing missing is a good government. Venezuela all you need is a team leader who deeply loves this country and come with words of respect and attachment to convene all Venezuelans, “he said, adding that the core of his proposals are revolving around citizen security, creating employment and the fight against inflation.

Capriles was highly critical of the management of the country saying the government: “has been destroying the economy” with its policies of price controls, currency exchange and obstacles for private enterprise.


13 thoughts on “Cuba Without Oil If Maduro Loses

  • On the contrary, Grady. Capriles stated during his campaign last year and had repeated last week that his plan is to pay Cuba for the medical services they currently receive in hard currency instead of in exchange for oil. Independent experts have estimated that for every dollar in medical services Venezuela receives, Venezuela sends $3us in oil to Cuba. Clearly a good deal for Cuba, not so much for the Venezuelan people.

  • Very well said, Alberto. He apparently is not saying loudly that all healthcare workers from Cuba would leave the country, in the event that he should cease to exchange oil for medical services.

    It seems to me that he has the same blind mentality which right-wing Cubans had in 1961, predicting that the Cuban people would rise up and support the Playa Giron invaders.

    The Venezuelan people will speak loud and clear on April 14.

  • Yes, Cort, but what is “real” socialism?

    Engels and Marx defined it in 1848 as concentration of all the instruments of production in the hands of the state.

    Engels and Marx upheld this definition a quarter-century later in 1872, in their preface to the new German edition of the Manifesto; and all Marxists since that time, including Fidel and Raul, have held to the same definition.

    So, Cort, if you mean that the “militants and masses” want this Marxian state monopoly ownership form of socialism, perhaps you could come right out and say it.

    You don’t seem to realize that Marxism is state monopoly socialism, and that Trotskyism is simply one variant of this unworkable form.

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