74 Percent of Venezuelans Don’t Trust the Opposition: Survey

  • Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski.

    Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski. | Photo: EFE

Published 11 March 2017
The survey asked participants whether they believe the Democratic Unity Roundtable lives up to its goals and commitments.

Venezuelan polling organization Meganalisis released a new survey Friday revealing that 74.3 percent of Venezuelans don’t trust the country’s right-wing opposition.

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The survey, conducted in February, asked participants whether they believe the Democratic Unity Roundtable, MUD, lives up to its goals and commitments. The survey also revealed that 73.8 percent of the country’s population considers ongoing dialogue between the socialist government and the opposition as a bad idea.

“Dialogue is obviously an important issue here, but there are also the expectations that were generated a year ago,” political scientist Jose Vicente Carrasquero said about the survey, El Nuevo Heraldo reports. Carrasquero referenced the promises made by the MUD-controlled National Assembly to reverse socialist legislation.

“From the National Assembly a series of expectations were created that unfortunately were not fulfilled.”

Since winning a supermajority in the National Assembly during Venezuela’s 2015 parliamentary elections, right-wing opposition lawmakers have been scrambling to preserve legitimacy. Not only is there ideological infighting between the MUD’s centrist Popular Will and right-wing Justice First parties. But the opposition lawmakers have also been accused of filibustering and blocking progressive legislation proposed by the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela.

Last May, for example, the National Assembly rejected a “state of emergency” decree presented by President Nicolas Maduro that sought greater discretion to use funds to address the severe shortages and drought that Venezuela faces. The decree also aimed to boost domestic production, strengthen the new system of food distribution directly to people’s homes and to strengthen the social programs or “missions.”

And last January, the National Assembly was penalized by the Supreme Tribunal of Justice for not paying the salaries of over 4,000 full-time workers and part-time contractors for months.

“The Chamber warned the National Assembly has in recent months been creating situations of contempt, and breaches of the constitutional order that have affected… the protection of fundamental rights of its workers,” the Supreme Tribunal of Justice said in a statement.

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For Maduro, and apparently for a majority of Venezuelans, the right-wing opposition has demonstrated more of a willingness to create anarchy instead of order and stability.

“The National Assembly of Venezuela lost its political force,” Maduro said last year. “It’s a matter of time for it to disappear, I believe so. It is disconnected from national interests.”

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Trump Invites Palestinian President to White House

  • Palestinian demonstrators throw shoes on a poster depicting U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest in the West Bank city of Hebron, Feb. 24, 2017. | Photo: Rueters

Published 10 March 2017

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will soon meet with Trump in White House amid speculation over the future of the two-state solution.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to Washington, according to a spokesman from Abbas, after the two leaders held their first phone conversation since Trump was sworn into office.

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While a date is not yet set, spokesperson Nabil Abu Rdainah said that “President Donald Trump invited President Abbas to visit the White House very soon to discuss ways to resume the political process, stressing his commitment to a peace process that will lead to a real peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis.”

The conversation was reported to have only lasted minutes, where Abbas was believed to have spoken to Trump about peace and the illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian lands.

“President Abbas stressed the commitment to peace as a strategic choice to establish a Palestinian State alongside the state of Israel,” Abu Rdainah said, according to Palestine’s official news agency, WAFA.

The invite points at the Trump administration’s half-hearted attempt to improve relations with Palestine, especially in light of Trump’s refusal to guarantee U.S. support for a two-state solution for peace, which has been a staple of U.S foreign policy for the last two decades.

The phone call to Abbas comes a month after Trump hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, where his vague statement on policy in the region has many concerned, particularly Palestinians who worry that the two-state solution could be under threat.

“I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like … I can live with either one,” Trump said during the press conference with Netanyahu, who he constantly referred to as “Bibi.”

Earlier in February, Israel controversially legalized around 4,000 settler homes built on privately-owned Palestinian land, which has been met with widespread international condemnation.

Apart from the U.S. – Israel’s staunch ally – most countries consider all Israeli settlements on Palestinian land illegal. More than half a million Israelis live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, which are also home to more than 2.6 million Palestinians. In all of historic Palestine, around 6 million Palestinians live under harsh Israeli control.

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In December, the Obama administration abstained from a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for an end to illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land, angering Netanyahu while outraging and panicking conservative pro-Israel Republicans in the U.S.

Trump nominated David Friedman as his ambassador to Israel, who has defended illegal Israeli moves to build new housing settlements. Friedman rejects the two-state solution and has said that he would like the see the U.S. embassy moved from Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem, a move that would anger Palestine.

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White House says ‘no question’ Deep State exists, targeting Donald Trump (VIDEO)

The deep state political establishment will not stop until the president is either destroyed or bent into compliance with the status quo

A historic thing happened at Friday’s White House press conference. And it was so brief it could have easily been missed.

There was a short exchange between White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and a reporter, who asked if the White House acknowledged the existence of a “deep state” – the entrenched government bureaucracy and those in intelligence agencies who continue in their posts, formulating policy regardless of which party is in power.

Spicer did not deny the existence of such a deep state, but replied to the question that it should come as “no surprise” that elements loyal to the previous president’s polices had “burrowed” into the government and were actively seeking to undermine Donald Trump’s reform efforts.

Over the last week, the existence of a “deep state” has been much discussed in western mainstream media.

Only a month ago, use of the term was enough to have one dismissed as a “conspiracy theorist.” Now it is being openly acknowledged at White House press conferences.

Judge Andrew Napolitano, appearing on Lou Dobbs, laid out in very clear language just what Donald Trump means for the established order:

This is the first time in the modern era that the man in the oval office has been an adversary of the Deep State, rather than a tool of it.

Monica Crowley, who was considered for a position on the National Security Council until mainstream media outlets accused her of plagiarism, told Fox’s Sean Hannity that powerful forces were seeking to destroy Donald Trump:

The reason [the Deep State] has to destroy him, is that Donald Trump is an alien organism that has been injected into the body politic by the American people to reform it. He must not be allowed to succeed.

It appears knowledge of the power and influence of the Deep State, or at least willingness to speak out against it, is spreading among members of congress as well. Representative Thomas Massey of Kentucky (R) told CNN that he believes the Deep State is attempting to strongarm the president into a conflict with Russia:

I’m concerned that it’s an effort on [the part of] those who want a provocation with Russia…to push the president in a direction. So I don’t think it’s Trump vs. Obama, I think it’s really the Deep State vs. the president.

The United States is now in the midst of a pivotal showdown crucial to not only its future, but the future of the world.

Whether the USA is to be a far-flung subversive globalist empire, or a democratic republic trading in peace with all nations, is what hangs in the balance.

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