Venezuela on the brink

Stories from inside Venezuela from The Rebel.

The people of Venezuela are rising up against their brutal dictator, Nicolas Maduro. Most of the world’s democracies have recognized Juan Guaido as the legitimately elected president of Venezuela; dictatorships like Cuba, China and Iran back Maduro, and for years Cuban soldiers have helped suppress democracy protests. But this time it seems different.

We at The Rebel looked into sending one of our reporters, but the security situation was just too difficult for us to overcome. But then we saw that Annika Rothstein — a journalist and commentator from Sweden who has written for us before — had made her way to Caracas and was there, in a bulletproof vest!

We contacted her by Twitter, asked if she’d do videos for us, and we offered to crowdfund pay for her travel and other costs. She accepted — and we’ll be updating this site with her exclusive on-the-scene reports from the streets, as they come in.

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24 Responses to Venezuela on the brink

  1. But if you listen to the ABC on this matter, Maduro was the validly elected president … and all is well in nirvana.

    Socialism’s good name shouldn’t be tarred by the results of experience.

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    She’s a brave lady. Totalitarian socialists have no qualms about siccing death squads on journalists.

  3. Fred

    Venezuelans should get no help from anyone. I don’t want to see any of my tax dollars funding aid or reconstruction.

    They voted for it, let them enjoy their socialist paradise.

  4. Oh come on

    Rebel Media are always begging for money.

  5. Shy Ted

    She could have just come to Australia and waited.

  6. Tom

    Great post, Rafe. Please post updates as they’re filed.

    Rebel Media is turning into a valuable outlet that reports real news while the establishment media sits on its fat arse, reprinting propaganda for the new leftist ruling class.

  7. Tom

    Rebel Media are always begging for money.

    So would you be if Facebook and Google had destroyed the profitability of your business model.

  8. Oh come on
    #2932621, posted on February 13, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Rebel Media are always begging for money.

    An independent private company asking its customers for subscriptions and or donations is now begging is it?
    If that’s begging, then all businesses that advertise are “begging” are they not?

  9. Rafe Champion

    Thanks Tom. Part of the service at the Cat!
    Tell people about it.
    I have been in rooms of libertarians and only a minority knew about the Cat.

  10. Rafe Champion

    Lots of people ask for money. Just think whether they are going to make good use of it.

  11. Arky

    Putting your work out there, and then asking people to pay what they think it is worth is the exact opposite of begging.

  12. J.H.

    Maduro will retain control, just like Assad maintained control Syria…. Putin seems to be a very effective ally to have…. A sad reflection on America, but true.

    I don’t like it… But that’s the basic truth of it and will probably be the outcome of it…. After much death and destruction Maduro will win and Putin’s Russia will have military ports and airbases in South America. he’ll be laughin’… and in control of Venezuela’s oil reserves.

    … and who knows what China will do in the meantime. The Dems hate Trump more than they fear Putin’s Russia or Xi’s China eroding American geopolitical influence.

    It’s all a bit of a worry really, considering that most of Australia’s political, media and academic elite are rooting for Chavez’s legacy and therefor, Maduro.

    … maybe I’m overly pessimistic?

  13. Rohan

    They voted for it, let them enjoy their socialist paradise.

    Not all of them did. And plenty of those that did would never make that mistake again. Everyone is entitled to redemption.

  14. Oh come on

    No, I don’t have a problem with a company raising revenue. It’s the way Rebel Media does it – I find it irritating. They’re always seemingly lurching from crisis to crisis to crisis and they desperately need your money otherwise the world’s going to end This Time. This Time it’s Really Serious. Rebel Media really needs your support This Time. Those earlier times were bad but this is really super duper bad. Then of course there’s a Next Time soon after.

    I don’t like this way of doing business. As I said above, it smacks of begging. And it’s insincere.

    There was an interview between Faith Goldy and Lauren Southern after both had left Rebel Media and they both commented on this not-so-great aspect of their former jobs. They had quotas they had to fulfil which kept changing. If you watch awhile, you notice that all Rebel Media personalities end up desperately needing your help at some point or other.

  15. Oh come on

    I have no problem with content creators getting paid for their work. A subscription model, advertising, direct appeals for one-off donations, Patreon SubscribeStar (which is back up again!), GoFundMe, whatever.

    However I find Rebel’s method of revenue raising tricky. Ever notice how their personalities are always getting sued? Or there’s some requirement for a war-chest or whatever. Funding these is what Rebel uses to elicit donations. Yet you virtually never hear about an outcome. I’m not saying that their people aren’t sued or whatever – but I suspect these cases are settled for an amount less than what is raised and Rebel keeps the difference.

    And this has been going on long before YouTube started demonetising controversial content. I’d simply rather Rebel was straight with their consumers – producing this stuff you’re watching doesn’t come cheap and we all need to earn a living, so if you like what we do, cough up please. Or watch this paid advertisement. Or whatever.

    It’s much better than OMG DISASTER HAS STRUCK SEND US YOUR RESCUE MONEY BEFORE WE ALL DIE!!1! every fortnight.

  16. Tom

    Maduro will retain control, just like Assad maintained control Syria…. I don’t like it… But that’s the basic truth of it and will probably be the outcome of it…. After much death and destruction Maduro will win …

    It all depends on the military. They generally don’t like killing their own people. If Maduro orders soldiers to kill civilians in order to get food rations — which is what it would come down to — there’s a good chance Maduro will lose control of the military, which knows the USA will a) support their desertion; b) provide material backing for the re-establishment of normalcy and unrigged elections. Instead of being pariahs, the military has the option of being heroes to their own people, as well as the outside world — which, in this case, is the line of least resistance and doesn’t require any heroics.

    Meanwhile, Putin has enough foreign military adventures on the go without triggering a confrontation with the USA in Venezuela.

  17. Interfering in a Civil war only prolongs it. The US should lift its sanctions against Venezeula so it can bring in food and medical supplies, also allow the Venezeula govt. access to its money from sale of oil so it can buy necessities for its people. The US created this crisis and now runs with ‘humanitarian’ aid.

  18. PB

    “But if you listen to the ABC on this matter, Maduro was the validly elected president … and all is well in nirvana.”

    Guaido (Guanao?) has never stood for public office in any election, ever. To call him legit is a big stretch, but if the American Neocon meddlers say so, it must be true, because when have they ever lied?

  19. Notafan

    Interfering in a Civil war only prolongs it. The US should lift its sanctions against Venezeula so it can bring in food and medical supplies, also allow the Venezeula govt. access to its money from sale of oil so it can buy necessities for its people. The US created this crisis and now runs with ‘humanitarian’ aid.</blockquote
    Pure fantasy

  20. Notafan

    Chávez’s socialist ideology and the tensions between the Venezuelan and the United States governments had little impact on economic relations between the two countries. On September 15, 2005, President Bush designated Venezuela as a country that has “failed demonstrably during the previous 12 months to adhere to their obligations under international counternarcotics agreements.” However, at the same time, the President waived the economic sanctions that would normally accompany such a designation, because they would have curtailed his government’s assistance for democracy programs in Venezuela.[30] In 2006, the United States remained Venezuela’s most important trading partner for both oil exports and general imports – bilateral trade expanded 36% during that year[31] As of 2007, the U.S. imported more than $40 billion in oil from Venezuela and the trade between the countries topped $50 billion despite the tumultuous relationship between the two.[32]

    With rising oil prices and Venezuela’s oil exports accounting for the bulk of trade, bilateral trade between the US and Venezuela surged, with US companies and the Venezuelan government benefiting.[33] Nonetheless, since May 2006, the Department of State, pursuant to Section 40A of the Arms Export Control Act, has prohibited the sale of defense articles and services to Venezuela because of lack of cooperation on anti-terrorism effort

  21. Notafan

    Trump only imposed sanctions re oil imports a month ago while Venezuelans have been starving and denied access to medical supplies for YEARS

    Whatever Maduro was doing with the money he made from selling crude to the US, it was not being used to help regular citizens.

  22. Zatara

    Guaido (Guanao?) has never stood for public office in any election, ever. To call him legit is a big stretch, but if the American Neocon meddlers say so, it must be true, because when have they ever lied?

    Bullshit.

    In the 2010 Venezuelan parliamentary election, Guaidó was elected as an alternate national deputy, and was elected to a full seat in the National Assembly in the 2015 elections.

    Guaidó was elected President of the National Assembly of Venezuela in December 2018, and was sworn in on 5 January 2019.

    Meddle with that.

  23. Whalehunt fun

    Interfering in a Civil war only prolongs it. 

    LOL. people who say that do not know what onterferen e is. Using drones and cruise missiles to kill the entire family of the head of government all in one day has never prolonged a civil war. It has made some more entertaining, but never longer. Once you have exterminated two or three entire families the relatives if the next in line make sure he calls an end to hostilities. There is no better incentive for people to get vocal than knowing a relative is going to cause their children to be blown to sticky brown paste.

  24. Zatara

    Interfering in a Civil war only prolongs it.

    There is no civil war in Venezuela. There is a violent oppressive marxist government who has destroyed the economy and refuses to hold legitimate elections or step down.

    Then there is the other 90% of the country who want them gone. But there are no revolutionaries carrying on armed campaigns to do so.

    The United States, Spain, France, Germany, Britain, the Netherlands,Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Canada, Peru, Columbia, Paraguay, Ecuador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, etc. all support the interim Presidency of Guaido pending a legitimate election.

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