Venezuela: Economic Warfare Brings Nation To Its Knees

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Which is mightier; the pen or the sword? In the case of the recent upheaval in Venezuela, the pen is the obvious answer.

The bankers fight using the pen — the pen that signs the paperwork to impose the sanctions that incur mass starvation, dissolve order, hike prices, and bring nations to their knees — Venezuela is in the crosshairs this time.

Last year, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a determination that singled out Venezuela for failing to adhere to counternarcotics obligations. The accusation came – perhaps not so coincidentally – on the same day that Venezuela declared it would no longer participate in the U.S.’ petrodollar trade system.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro made his position clear, he had stated earlier in that month that the country would look to “free” itself from the dollar within a week’s time, following the U.S.’ sanctions against the embattled nation.

The decision is similar to that once made by former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who dropped the dollar in favor of the euro a few years prior to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, we all know how that ended.

International markets thus far have failed to noticeably react to the policy shift, despite the threat it presents to the petrodollar system. The system, created in the 1970s, calls for OPEC nations to sell their oil in dollars in order to create artificial demand for the U.S. currency, a fiat currency based on thin air — held together by force.

Venezuela, home to the world’s largest oil reserves, is likely to exert some effect on the demand for dollars through its new policy, though the extent of the potential damage remains unclear. What is clear is that it means enough for the U.S. to declare a financial soft war in retaliation.

Millions of Venezuelans have seen their living conditions vastly improved through the Bolivarian process which shifted the focus away from compliance to the Western Banking Cartel.

The problems plaguing the Venezuelan economy are not due to some inherent fault in socialism, but to artificially low oil prices and sabotage by forces hostile to the revolution.

Starting in 2014, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia flooded the market with cheap oil. This is not a mere business decision, but a calculated move coordinated with U.S. and Israeli foreign policy goals. Despite not just losing money, but even falling deep into debt, the Saudi monarchy continues to expand its oil production apparatus. The result has been driving the price of oil down from $110 per barrel, to $28 in the early months of this year. The goal is to weaken these opponents of Wall Street, London, and Tel Aviv, whose economies are centered around oil and natural gas exports.

Venezuela is one of those countries. Saudi efforts to drive down oil prices have drastically reduced Venezuela’s state budget and led to enormous consequences for the Venezuelan economy.

At the same time, private food processing and importing corporations launched a coordinated campaign of sabotage. This, coupled with the weakening of a vitally important state sector of the economy, has resulted in inflation and food shortages. The artificially low oil prices have left the Venezuelan state cash-starved, prompting a crisis in the funding of the social programs that were key to strengthening the United Socialist Party.

Corruption is a big problem in Venezuela and many third-world countries. This was true prior to the Bolivarian process, as well as after Hugo Chavez launched his massive economic reforms. In situations of extreme poverty, people learn to take care of each other. People who work in government are almost expected to use their position to take care of their friends and family. Corruption is a big problem under any system, but it is much easier to tolerate in conditions of greater abundance. The problem has been magnified in Venezuela due to the drop in state revenue caused by the low oil prices and sabotage from food importers.

Venezuelans told of how the privatizations mandated by the International Monetary Fund made life in Venezuela almost unlivable during the 1990s. Garbage wouldn’t be collected. Electricity would go off for weeks. Haido Ortega, a member of a local governing body in Venezuela, said: “Under previous governments we had to burn tires and go on strike just to get electricity, have the streets fixed, or get any investment.”

Chavez took office on a platform advocating a path between capitalism and socialism. He restructured the government-owned oil company so that the profits would go into the Venezuelan state, not the pockets of Wall Street corporations. With the proceeds of Venezuela’s oil exports, Chavez funded a huge apparatus of social programs.

After defeating an attempted coup against him in 2002, Chavez announced the goal of bringing Venezuela toward “21st Century Socialism.” Chavez quoted Marx and Lenin in his many TV addresses to the country, and mobilized the country around the goal of creating a prosperous, non-capitalist society.

In 1998, Venezuela had only 12 public universities, today it has 32. Cuban doctors were brought to Venezuela to provide free health care in community clinics. The government provides cooking and heating gas to low-income neighborhoods, and it’s launched a literacy campaign for uneducated adults.

During the George W. Bush administration, oil prices were the highest they had ever been. The destruction of Iraq, sanctions on Iran and Russia, strikes and turmoil in Nigeria — these events created a shortage on the international markets, driving prices up.

Big oil revenues enabled Chavez and the United Socialist Party to bring millions of Venezuelans out of poverty. Between 1995 and 2009, poverty and unemployment in Venezuela were both cut in half.

After the death of Chavez, Nicolas Maduro has continued the Bolivarian program. “Housing Missions” have been built across the country, providing low-income families in Venezuela with places to live. The Venezuelan government reports that over 1 million modern apartment buildings had been constructed by the end of 2015.

The problems currently facing Venezuela started in 2014. The already growing abundance of oil due to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was compounded by Saudi Arabia flooding the markets with cheap oil. The result: massive price drops. Despite facing a domestic fiscal crisis, Saudi Arabia continues to expand its oil production apparatus.

The price of oil remains low, as negotiations among OPEC states are taking place in the hopes that prices can be driven back up. While American media insists the low oil prices are just the natural cycle of the market at work, it’s rather convenient for U.S. foreign policy. Russia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and the Islamic Republic of Iran all have economies centered around state-owned oil companies and oil exports, and each of these countries has suffered the sting of low oil prices.

The leftist president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, has already been deposed due to scandal surrounding Petrobras, the state-owned oil company which is experiencing economic problems due to the falling price of oil. Although much of Brazil’s oil is for domestic consumption, it has been revealed that those who deposed her coordinated with the CIA and other forces in Washington and Wall Street, utilizing the economic fallout of low oil prices to bring down the Brazilian president.

The son of President Ronald Reagan has argued that Obama intentionally drove down oil prices not just to weaken the Venezuelan economy, but also to tamper the influence of Russia and Iran, Trump has continued this foreign policy.

Writing for Townhall in 2014, Michael Reagan bragged that his father did the same thing to hurt the Soviet Union during the 1980s:

“Since selling oil was the source of the Kremlin’s wealth, my father got the Saudis to flood the market with cheap oil.

Lower oil prices devalued the ruble, causing the USSR to go bankrupt, which led to perestroika and Mikhail Gorbachev and the collapse of the Soviet Empire.”

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Brexit Derangement Hysteria Reaches New Levels

The strongly anti-Brexit, hyper-centralized mainstream media has come back with a new wave of fear mongering while toting the “possibility of a second referendum”, as a “dreaded no-deal scenario” comes closer. It seems likely that the no-deal Brexit scenario won’t happen — Theresa May, under pressure by the Masonic deep state, will likely keep us tied to European treaties, unless her cabinet keeps up the pressure. Several key pro-Brexit ministerial resignations suggests that May has veered towards upending the Brexit process.

The truth is, the UK in the EU is part of a socialist political, social, and economic redistribution and restructuring process that spreads resources across Europe, bolstering a single “European” entity under a bureaucratic and unelected government in Brussels. It’s goal is anti national representation and pro-bloc representation. No single nation is allowed to become too powerful, bureaucratic red tape is laden across anything and everything to disadvantage stronger nations and bolster the weaker, all the while Brussels holds all the influence.

The EU was and is solely an avenue designed to abolish nationhood and form a superstate; big chunks of the British economy are taken to bail out other failing nation states, fund them, and prop them up.

“No erosion of essential national sovereignty”, that was the promise to the UK upon entering the EEC in 1973. This promise has been broken.

The whole arrangement is protectionist while it backdoor floods European nations with rootless third world migrants who will vote to further consolidate European power and erode national identities — the goal being to plummet labor costs and create the next China or India, making Europe an economic powerhouse at the expense of the living standards of the average person.

The media is revving up the propaganda machine and pre-programming the general public into passively accepting a “half-in, half-out” deal which will keep the UK essentially tied to the EU, they do this by putting out material that is extremely negative about the situation to get people’s minds more accustomed to a soft Brexit.

After the new Brexit minister Dominic Raab (now unsurprisingly sidelined by May) claimed that the UK would “thrive” in a no-deal scenario; the media has moved in to redress the narrative — with the aforementioned hysterics.

Jacob Rees-Mogg called the renewed anti-Brexit push “Project Fear on speed”, adding: “It is a fallacy that countries will unilaterally decide to stop selling you their goods.” (The EU doesn’t have federal assent, yet, to impose something like that).

“The idea that food will not get through at Dover is entirely wrong” said Rees-Mogg,

“We would be free to import food, medicines, fuel as we wished and the EU could only stop this if it were to impose sanctions, which is not a credible thought.”

Newly elected populist leader, Matteo Salvini stated that “My experience in the European parliament tells me you either impose yourself or they swindle you,” alluding to Theresa May’s forgoing approach to negotiations.

Salvini, who recently advocated a “League of Leagues” to unite EU govts aiming to ‘defend their borders’, stated that he “will tour capital cities, and not just European ones, to create an alternative to this Europe founded on exploitation… [and] mass immigration.”

Back to Brexit.

So, what has the media concocted this time? Well…

The hysteria is obvious — what is equally clear is that the UK’s assets, economic power, and global influence is tangible, undeniable, and speaks for itself in, or out, of the EU — empty rhetoric, on the other hand, has led many to forget this reality.

If you’re in any doubt about the UK’s situation post-Brexit as the UK moves from EU vassalage arrangements to proper international agreements, read this article for an alternative, more sober take.

Pride Day: Masking The Artificially Induced Homosexuality “Gay Bomb”

Homosexuality and all other atypical sexual and gender orientations are not healthy nor “normal” biological phenomena; they are clear indicators of biological malfunction, an outward reflection of inward endocrinal disarray — a sorry exhibition of the biological turmoil many people are being subjected to by the men behind the curtain.

The Pride movement and the LGBT community and its associated doctrinal social campaigning is an elite-subsidized mask to cover up the real cause of the rise in queerness in its many forms — the dramatic spike in the also elite-subsidized (and ignored/glossed over by establishment regulators) atrazine, BPA, dioxin, phtalates, perchlorate, fire retardants, lead, mercury, arsenic, PFCs, organophosphate pesticides, glyphosate, glycol ethers and other similar chemicals found in food, medication and water supplies; which have scientifically proven endocrine-disrupting & feminizing properties that are actively making the population more homosexual (and everything on the sexual spectrum — except healthily heterosexual). Feminizing chemicals suppress or deactivate masculine gene expression essential for making men suitable mates for the opposite sex.

One estrogenic chemical, BPA, widely found in plastics, is doing this to the human biology:

“Investigators looking for obvious BPA-induced differences, such as chromosome deletions or DNA mutations, could be missing subtle behavioral differences that eventually lead to long-term adverse outcomes, including demasculinization of male behaviors with a decreased reproductive fitness.”

The studies had some alarming findings on BPA’s effects on masculine traits in mice:

(Natural News)

For the new study, the researchers fed female deer mice a BPA-supplemented diet for two weeks prior to breeding and throughout lactation. The mothers were given a dosage equivalent to what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers a non-toxic dose for pregnant women to ingest.

When the deer mice offspring were weaned at 25 days of age, they were fed on a non-supplemented BPA diet. Then, after the rodents matured into adults, their behavior was tested to study each mouse’s ability to navigate a maze to safety.

Male deer mice normally have an enhanced spatial navigational ability. It’s important because it allows them to find female mates that are dispersed throughout the environment. Female deer mice do not need to search for mates so their navigational abilities have not been enhanced by evolution. But when the University of Missouri researchers tested the navigational skills of male mice that had been exposed to BPA early in their development, something was terribly wrong.

Each male mouse had two five minute opportunities per day, for seven days, to try to find their way in to a home cage through one of several holes placed around the edge of an open maze.

The maze was marked with a set of visible navigational cues to help the animals. Yet many of them could not find the exit. On the other hand, all the male mice who had not been exposed to BPA found the correct exit quickly – some on the first day.

Adding to the strong evidence that the BPA dramatically changed the ability of the male mice to navigate normally, the scientists found that the non-BPA exposed mice quickly learned the most direct approach to finding the correct hole, while the exposed males appeared to sort of randomly and inefficiently wander around looking.

The female deer mice also were turned off by potential mates who had been exposed to BPA. In a mate choice experiment, the scientists measured the females’ level of interest in a stranger male by observing specific behaviors, such as nose-to-nose sniffing and the amount of time the female spent checking out her potential partner. According to Dr. Rosenfeld, both non-exposed and BPA-exposed females strongly preferred control males over BPA-exposed males.

The results are clear; what was once natural masculine instinct in the male mice became totally absent. Think of the same or similar implications in human males. Men incapable of tapping into their natural ability the attract and mate with the opposite sex. We’re seeing this everywhere. Emasculated men.

Oh, and the frogs are, in fact, actually turning gay because of man-made chemical exposure.

Even more revealing is that the U.S. actually has on record considered using a “gay bomb” to make military opponents attracted to each other in order to distract them and make them easier to defeat. So yes, this kind of hormonal manipulation exists on public record, so just imagine what hasn’t been publicly admitted — I believe it’s your responsibility to keep your hormones in check; else Big Brother will take them and bend them to their will.

The devastating in-womb effect of queer chemical exposure has a dramatic effect in steering the outcome of the gender, sexuality, and biological integrity in newborns; thus retarding the mental and physical development of children and the resulting adults they will then become — this is a powerful way of destroying the upcoming generation of people; making them weak, subservient and bound to yearn for government securities in willing exchange for their own self-governance.

Queerness is being deliberately caused, this isn’t an organic social revolution at all.

Queerness is entirely cause and effect, and not a “social revolution”, or the result of people’s “greater acceptance” as we are told to believe every day, this is an all-out war against our physiological bodies and minds. The LGBT cultural movement is merely a psychological crutch in order to build acceptance and boost a positive reception to the massive artificially-induced changes being actively made to humans in order to fulfill political ends, it’s as simple as that.

The goal of all this? 

The goal of this is simple and effective. Feminize the masses, groom, champion and legitimize white anthropological decline. Homosexuality will reduce the white birthrate and make voters more inclined to emotional arguments.

Also, to sow the seeds of biological decay as a potent form of population control; a healthy, capable population with men who are actually masculine, logical, and level-headed (masculine traits) is a threat to the established powers.

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It also serves to fragment society, a person conflicted with their own confused identity is, as the facts displayed below reveal — weak, self-loathing, often dependent on medication, and will always feel marginalized — the biologically atypical will turn to socialism and big government as the apparent and most immediate savior, weakness clings to the nearest floating piece of driftwood, whereas strength is independent.

The establishment will claim to “save” queer people from their “oppression” and “marginalization” at the hands of those “normal” people (the target group) — once more, mass divide & conquer is at play. All this, and I haven’t even gone into how toxic feminism is being deliberately used (and mass funded) to lower the white birthrate and sow yet more division.

I’ll finish with some facts that prove LGBT is not “healthy” or “normal” as we are being constantly told.