Barbadian Media Houses Must Go to Venezuela and See for Themselves

Barbados Underground

Submitted by David Comissiong, President of the Clement Payne Movement

From the left – Kaymar Jordan, Barbados Today, Anthony Bryan, Barbados Advocate, Anthony Shaw, Nation Publishing and David Ellis, Starcom Network

I have just returned to Barbados from a four day visit of Venezuela. My elder daughter — noted Barbadian dancer and choreographer Aisha Comissiong — accompanied me and we stayed at the Melia hotel in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela.

This last trip to Venezuela was my fourth visit over the past 13 months. And even though our stay was relatively short, we were still able  to get a general picture of the political and social condition of the country and to make a comparison with the image of Venezuela that the powerful Western news media is so determinedly and comprehensively foisting upon the people of the world.

It is against this background that I would like…

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  • Clyde Duncan  On 03/12/2018 at 1:45 am

  • Clyde Duncan  On 03/12/2018 at 3:23 am

    “An Economic Armageddon” – let’s hurry up and say it all before we run out of words, I say.

  • Mark  On 03/12/2018 at 7:48 pm

    Caracas is very dangerous right now!

  • guyaneseonline  On 03/13/2018 at 5:10 pm

    Comment from Roger P Gonsalves:

    I just finished reading the article written by David Commisiong regarding Venezuela. I am not sure whether to suggest it was amusing or amazing. It comes from the text book of a 60’s Marxist who hasn’t joined the 21st century.
    I wonder if his airplane landed in Bogota instead of Caracas as his description of the conditions in Caracas are a total fantasy. I have traveled regularly to Caracas over the last 30 years to visit my family of cousins. I have traveled all over the country. I have visited super markets, drug stores, restaurants and stayed at the same Melia Hotel. Two years I was mugged a block away from the hotel. I was warned not to walk the streets because of the crime wave in Caracas.
    Here are some facts for Mr. Commissiong to digest:
    – Venezuela has one of the highest crime rates in the world. Because of the crime, people do not venture out of their homes after dark and if you are a businessman, you travel with an armed guard or in a bullet- proof auto.
    – the shelves in the supermarkets are devoid of all basic goods including toilet paper, sugar, meats,. The only way to purchase these items is on the black market which few Venezuelans can afford.
    – the pharmacies are devoid of most health related products including anti-biotics and over the counter medicines.
    – I saw people eating out of garbage cans. It is reported, the Venezuelan population as a whole are several kilos below previous levels.
    – Thousands of people daily are crossing the Colombian border for work, food or medical assistance. This has become a major strain on Colombian medical resources.
    – It is estimated more than a million people have left the country to Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Chile to name a few. This does not include mass migration to the US for those who have the wherewithal.
    – The European Union has condemned the Maduro of suppression and incarceration of political opponents of the regime.
    – The Maduro Government has refused to allow international aid to enter the country, insisting all is well and their assistance is not needed.
    – Venezuela was a wealthy country with disparities between those who had and those who did not have. Today, it is country of those who do not have.
    The list of miserable living conditions would cover several pages but, I believe thinking people will understand this message.
    Maduro is a dictator backed by the army and cronies of the regime.
    Commissiong’s article reads like a 70’s commentary on East Germany and other members of the Soviet block that imploded on the 80’s and 90’s.

    Roger P. Gonsalves

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