Keys to understand Venezuela crisis and the US participation

Read Before You Tweet, 4 Keys To Understanding Venezuela's Crisis

In Venezuela, the democracy is a myth, and a fairy tale.


These days (and the last years) you have read about Venezuela on the news. President Trump and Nancy Pelosi talk about this country and even Will in "Will & Grace" showed worry about Venezuela's crisis. The breaking news in January is Venezuela has two presidents and the US government is supporting the new president. I know you ask yourself: Why? How? What?

This article will not give the last update because Venezuela's situation can change in an hour. Each day is crazy and many events can happen. It is more a timeless article. What I want is to give you a little guide about the Venezuela crisis because I've read too many wrong opinions from people who do not know anything about Venezuela and the tragedy they are living.

Just to let you know; I grew up in Venezuela. I've lived the crisis; actually, I've suffered the crisis.

1. Nicolas Maduro is a dictator.

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You can read that Nicolas Maduro is the real president of Venezuela because he won two elections, but it is not true. In Venezuela, the principal electoral institution is surrogated by Maduro. Then, they cheat in any election. They changed numbers, make dead people vote, cause many people to vote many times and more tricks.

Every time Venezuelans have protested against Maduro's government he murdered hundreds of people and sent to jail thousands. In Venezuela, the democracy is a myth, a fairy tale.

2. People are happy with Juan Guaidó.

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I want to explain why they have two presidents. Juan Guaidó is the president of the Congress. Guaidó followed what the Constitution said about an illegal president, Nicolas Maduro, and Guaidó assumed the control of Executive Power. His idea is to restore democracy in Venezuela and go to elections soon.

Even though Guaidó has not been elected as President, people in Venezuela support him. You only need to check the pictures of his meetings on the street. Each square is full of thousands of Venezuelans listening to Guaidó.

3. Venezuelans are happy with the US help.

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I don't care if you support President Trump or you do not like him. In each case, you must read, and read a lot before you can have an opinion. Only because President Trump supports a new Venezuela government, it does not mean it is a bad thing.

I like this simile: if you see your neighbors hurting their kids, you will call the police; won't you? Even though it is not your house, you want to help those kids. Here is the same. Maduro has all the power and the only way Venezuelans can fight with him is with foreigner help.

Because the US supports Guaidó, many other countries have helped him. United Nations had some sessions only to speak about Venezuela. Even better, The US government will start paying for Venezuela's oil to Guaidó instead of Maduro; finally, Venezuelans will see their money. If you are worried about interventionism, please check to what Cuba, Russia and China are doing with Venezuela.

4. People in Venezuela are dying.

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Venezuelans dying every day because they are starving, because there is no food, medications, doctors or money. They die because criminals walk with impunity; only in 2018, over 26,000 Venezuelans were murdered. Any war in this world makes this amount of death. Each day, hundreds of people choose to walk thousands of miles because they want to escape from this nightmare.

If you don't believe me, you always can go to Venezuela and stay a month. You will live without electrical power, water, food or medications. Venezuelans are literarily starving.

I repeat you don't need to trust me. I only ask you to read. This crisis started two decades ago and many of us want to end it. If you're going to start your lectures, here is my first suggestion.

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It Was My First Snorkeling Experience, But It Won't Be My Last

After you try it, you're hooked, nothing compares to seeing these beautiful sea creatures up close in their natural habitat.

I had only ever seen colorful fish and coral like these on TV, or in aquariums. TV and aquariums are great, they can teach us a lot about our world, but nothing beats seeing these creatures up close and personal in their natural habitat. The ocean is another world, and I was privileged to glimpse a little bit of their world on my short trip.

My husband and I decided last minute to take a weekend trip to Freeport, Bahamas for our 3rd wedding anniversary. The trip turned out to be more expensive than we would have liked, but we got to have an experience of a lifetime. Neither of us had ever been snorkeling before, but we had always wanted to, so now was our chance and we weren’t going to pass it up.

We found out the morning of, just after the tour guide picked us up that sadly, we weren’t able to do our original tour where we planned to kayak to a little island and snorkel around the reef off the island because the winds had picked up and visibility would have been poor. But the tour kindly took us on one of their other, equally excellent tours that involved snorkeling at Blue Hole and snorkeling at Paradise Cove, then kayaking on a lake with mangroves.

This was mine and my husband’s first-time snorkeling. Our first stop, Blue Hole, was just that, it was this blue hole in the rocks just along the shore. The water from the ocean crept through a little opening in the rocks. For how windy it was in some parts of the ocean, this hole was completely calm. The water was only a foot or two deep so fins were unnecessary, we just moved around with our hands.

Walking through the pool, I hardly saw anything at first, it just looked like rocks. When I got in the water with my mask on, it was like another world. There were many rocks with mini caves and crevices, a mini mountainous terrain. Hidden within these little crevices were fish of all shapes and sizes and colors. It was like I was in an aquarium.

The first fish I saw was a curious little fairy basslet, he had the brightest yellow and purple. He didn’t know what to think of me, was I a friend or foe? So, he would hide behind a rock then pop out again, then swim back to the safety of his rock and out again. I could watch this little fish forever. For the first time, I was in his world. The rocks were his home; he lived here in the warm gentle waves of the ocean, and I wished I could live there, too.

At the crown of the Blue Hole was an even deeper hole. Suddenly the shallow blue waters turned into blackness. The edge just dropped off.

The guide said it was 80 feet deep, even he was too scared to free dive it. I dared not get close to the edge of it. My husband, on the other hand, spent a good fifteen minutes asking the guide about it. He was seriously considering freediving into the hole, but then backed out. He had tried diving in but couldn't get far down because the pressure and pull was so strong. I’m glad, I didn’t want to lose him!

Instead, we went near another edge of the hole where I had seen some of the other snorkelers hanging out. As soon as I got there I saw why. Here the water was deeper, maybe three to four feet. The wall of the hole ran straight up and down and a crack ran deeper between the wall of the hole and another wall just in front of it. In this mini trench were more fish than I could keep track of, all different kinds. I saw a fish that was black and white spotted with red accents, his patterns reminded me of a checkerboard.

They were more curious and hardly shy at all.

The next fish I saw was a beautiful bright blue fish. I wiggled my finger around him and watched as he swam towards it and away from it. He was curious but still unsure. I played with him for a few minutes and enjoyed his company

I later realized it was an Atlantic blue tang. I was honored that I got to meet this beautiful little guy.

While I was swimming back to the ladder, not wanting to leave this underwater paradise, I saw a little-spotted goatfish feeding along the bottom. He was white with three black spots on his back. He blended in with the bottom so well that I almost missed him. At first, I thought he was dead because he was so still, but then he moved and the way he seemed to crawl along the bottom made me think he might be a sort of tiny lobster. But no, he was a little goatfish, again another fish I had never seen before.

I could never have imagined I would see so many beautiful fish in this little hole. I didn’t want to leave but I was excited about our next snorkeling spot at Paradise Cove. After experiencing snorkeling for the first time, surrounded by beautiful colorful fish and coral, I was hooked and so was my husband. With eagerness we climbed back into the van ready for our next experience what new creatures would we encounter this time?

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Hey Mr. Trump, As A Latina Woman, Here Are 3 Reasons Building A Border Wall Is Not A Good Idea

A border wall will not stop illegal immigrants.


This year started with the wrong foot. The government shutdown was longer than anyone expected. It was the most extended shutdown in the history of the US. The point of this shutdown was President's Trump project: a wall on the border between Mexico and the US.

Since the first day he had the idea of running for the presidency, President Trump stated that a wall would stop the problem of illegal immigration. He also affirmed that Mexico's government would pay for the border wall. It has been three years; there is no wall and no budget for it. Last week was the "State of the Union;" President Trump insisted on the importance of the border wall and he supported his idea showing some cases of illegal immigrants who hurt some Americans last year.

I do think we need to check our immigration laws. Immigration laws and procedures need to be updated to our times and fixed. For example, we need to resolve the problem of illegal immigrants because not all of them are criminals (they are not); we have over twelve millions of people who do not pay taxes. I think this country is missing much money without these taxpayers.

I am not an immigrant, but I am Latina. I grew up in Latin America; I know the Latin American way to live, work, love, fight and do things. I am able to say that a border wall will not stop illegal immigrants.

1. Latinos find their way.

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Living in Latin America is more complicated than living in the US. There is more poverty, crime, bureaucracy, parties and holidays. It is a wilder life. Do not get me wrong; I am not saying it is a bad life; actually, it is a funny life.

My point is, in Latin America, we learn how to get our goals no matter what the obstacle is. If the US builds a border wall, Latinos will find a way to pass the wall. It could be by tunnels, stairs, jumping, flying. Our imagination is unlimited.

If I could advise President Trump, I will suggest for him to have a native Latina American in his council.

2. We have a border fence.

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I think we forgot our border has some protection. It is not a wall, but it is a fence, an important form of containment. It is not easy to pass it. It has guards and its height is between 18 and 26 feet. Let's face it; before we build any wall, we need to check what is or is not working with the fences we have.

Something is not working when we have thousands of immigrants passing our border.

3. We have other priorities.

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The twelve millions of illegal immigrants who are living in the US are not only Hispanics nor entered walking from Mexico. There are more ways to become illegal. There are cases of people who got any visa or a person who was approved by an American embassy.

If we want to change the number of illegal immigrants, we need to first check our laws, procedures and the most important, we need to establish what we are going to do with twelve million people who are living in the US. People who cannot deport because it is too expensive.

A border wall is too expensive. Our country does not have the resources to build something that is not going to stop the problem. I want to add; the administration who wants to build the wall is the same who lost track of over 1500 immigrant kids who were in their custody.

You can or cannot support President Trump. The idea of a border wall is more significant than your political party. We are talking about our money, our border, our environment. We cannot afford a failure of this magnitude.

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