World View: Hezbollah Building Tunnels into Israel to Prepare for Next War

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

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  • Drinking beer is back in Venezuela’s Socialist Paradise
  • Hezbollah building tunnels into Israel to prepare for next war
  • ‘Tiananmen Mothers’ commemorate China’s Tiananmen Square massacre

Drinking beer is back in Venezuela’s Socialist Paradise

Socialist president Nicolás Maduro Moros
Socialist president Nicolás Maduro Moros

Cerveceria Polar breweries, the firm that makes about 80% of the beer in Venezuela, has announced that it will resume production in July.

As we described last month, Polar was forced to close down its four domestic breweries, because it was unable to import the ingredients, especially the malted barley, because Venezuela’s bolivar currency has become almost completely worthless. ( “15-May-16 World View — Venezuela economy close to collapse as Maduro orders jailing of factory owners”)

Venezuela’s Socialist president Nicolás Maduro Moros has found a solution. He threatened to take over the factory and jail its owner, Lorenzo Mendoza, unless it started producing beer again.

Apparently Maduro’s threats were successful. Mendoza obtained a $35 million loan from the Spanish bank BBVA, putting up other assets as collateral. In Maduro’s Socialist Paradise, everybody’s assets belong to Maduro. Pan Am Post and Reuters and AFP

Hezbollah building tunnels into Israel to prepare for next war

According to a report in Lebanon’s Hezbollah-linked newspaper As-Safir, Hezbollah is preparing for its next conflict with Israel by digging attack tunnels and positioning its large arsenal of rockets along the northern border with Israel. The tunnels include underground ventilation systems which prevents moisture from damaging equipment, and include an electricity network and enough food to feed combatants for weeks.

Ever since the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, there have been regular reports that Hezbollah was building tunnels to infiltrate into Israel, and so the new report is nothing new. According to the report, the purpose of the current article is symbolic, to make Israelis nervous: “Resistance fighters are watching, making preparations and digging tunnels so enemy soldiers and settlers are losing sleep.”

It’s unlikely that Hezbollah will be going to war with Israel any time time. As we reported last week, Iran has ordered Hezbollah to suspend operations against Israel and to target Saudi Arabia instead. ( “28-May-16 World View — Report: Israel and Saudi Arabia are allying against Iran and Hezbollah”)

There are two major factors that Hezbollah has had to suspend operations against Israel. The first reason is that Hezbollah is bogged down in Syria, and has lost half its fighting force in support of the regime of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad.

The second reason is the growing hatred and animosity between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Although the Palestinians hate Israelis, the people of Saudi Arabia and Iran do not. For that reason, Iran has ordered its puppet, Hezbollah, to concentrate on operations against Saudi Arabia rather than Israel. Jerusalem Post and Israel Today

‘Tiananmen Mothers’ commemorate China’s Tiananmen Square massacre

Iconic photo of 'tank man' - student blocking row of tanks in Tiananmen Square in June, 1989
Iconic photo of ‘tank man’ – student blocking row of tanks in Tiananmen Square in June, 1989

Saturday is the 27th anniversary of the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square massacre, where China’s army massacred thousands of peacefully protesting college students.

“Tiananmen Mothers” is a group of activist mothers whose children were killed in the massacre. They’ve written a letter accusing the Beijing government of “white terror” in refusing to account for the deaths of their children. China’s government forbids all mention of the Tiananmen Square massacre, and uses force to suppress any mention of it. (Sydney) and Human Rights in China – Tiananmen Mothers

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, Cerveceria Polar, Lorenzo Mendoza, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Israel, Iran, Syria, Bashar al-Assad, Saudi Arabia, Tiananmen Mothers, Tiananmen Square massacre, China
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