World View: Venezuela Blames Disastrous Economy on U.S. Economic 'Sabotage'
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
I know that this is hard to believe, but there's actually been news in
other places around the world besides Washington.
- Terrorist attack in northwest Pakistan 3rd Sunday in a row
- Venezuela blames disastrous economy on U.S. economic 'sabotage'
Terrorist attack in northwest Pakistan 3rd Sunday in a row
The historic Qissa Khwani bazaar marketplace in Peshawar, Pakistan, on a 'normal' day
Two car bombs exploded in the historic Qissa Khwani bazaar marketplace
in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Sunday, killing at least 42 people. A two
story building collapsed, and at least 50 shops were damaged or
This is the third Sunday in a row where a major terrorist attack has
occurred in or around Peshawar -- an attack killed three army officers
on September 15 in Upper Dir, just north of Peshawar, and a major
attack on a Christian Church in Peshawar on September 22 killed 84.
In addition, on Friday, bomb blew up a bus carrying government
employees on the edge of Peshawar, killing 18 people.
This would appear to be the final nail in the coffin of the plan by
the new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, to negotiate with
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP - the Pakistani Taliban) to end
terrorist attacks in Pakistan. As soon as the peace talks were
proposed, the TTP immediately started to impose conditions: TTP
prisoners must be released from jail, the army must be withdrawn from
the tribal areas where it has been fighting the Taliban, and the
government must agree to impose Sharia law on the country. And then
the TTP stepped up its terror attacks. So the TTP is humiliating the
Pakistan government with promises of peace talks in the same way that
Russia and Syria are humiliating the American government. Daily Times (Pakistan) and LA Times
Venezuela blames disastrous economy on U.S. economic 'sabotage'
As we wrote last week, Venezuela's economy is approaching full-scale
hyperinflation, with the inflation rate at 45.4%, thanks to the
extravagant spending and vote-buying by the late president, Hugo
Chávez. (See "26-Sep-13 World View -- Venezuela's economy approaches full-scale hyperinflation")
The country is plagued by shortages of everything from milk and
cooking oil to toothpaste and toilet paper, and now Chávez's Socialist
successor, Nicolás Maduro, has decided to blame the United States.
According to Maduro in a televised speech to the nation:
"We detected a group of U.S. embassy officials
dedicated to meeting the far-right and to financing and
encouraging acts of sabotage against the electrical system and
I have the proof here in my hands. ... Yankees go home! Get out of
Venezuela! Get out of here! I don't care what actions the
government of Barack Obama takes.
I'm not going to allow any action that stirs violence in this
There's no U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, so Maduro has expelled
America's chargé d'affaires in Venezuela, along with two diplomats.
Apparently, not everyone in Venezuela agrees with Maduro. Opposition
leader Henrique Capriles called Maduro's speech a "joke alert," and
said, "It's just smoke to cover up that they can't manage the
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