Venezuela’s Discovery of Hunger – Joel D. Hirst’s Blog

Joel D. Hirst's Blog

Nobody expects it to hit close to them – the hunger. We see pictures on television: Ethiopia, Congo, Kosovo. We dig into our pockets or open our checkbooks to help, we are good people of course. Sometimes we watch a documentary on the History channel, old pictures of internment camps with the emaciated bodies of the victims of foreign wars; and we wonder how it could have come to that? We go to the parades to honor our veterans, celebrating our heroes and mourning the great loss of life; black and white pictures glossing over the horror with the brush of time. It can’t happen to us.

“Venezuela isn’t Cuba,” we heard a lot in the heady days of Hugo Chavez. “That could never happen here; hunger isn’t something we Venezuelans will put up with.” Turns out they were wrong. Venezuela has entered its own Periodo Especial – a time…

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 06/05/2016 at 3:20 pm

    Please note that Joel Hirst “was a visiting Fellow in Human Freedom at the George W. Bush Institute and a visiting International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a graduate of Brandeis University” as stated on his website at http://www.joelhirst.com.

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