Saturday, July 14, 2018

Plot to Assassinate Lacava

On July 6 the authorities of the Universidad de Carabobo publically asked the chavista governor of Carabobo State, Rafael Lacava, to take urgent actions to solve the security problems of the crime ridden campus of the university. “Mr. Governor Rafael Lacava, the university is calling you, as head of state of this region: the government is responsible for the security of the members of this school,” said Divo de Romero, the university’s rector.

The next day governor Lacava answered in a video posted via Twitter (@rafaellacava10) in which he accused Divo, and the secretary of the university, of being “thieves.” He also promised the students of the university that he would take back the school from the current authorities. “There will soon be surprises,” added the governor.

On July 11, Divo said she had been taken by police officers to the regional headquarters of the SEBIN (Bolivarian Intelligence Service) and questioned about her participation in an alleged plot to topple the government of Nicolas Maduro and to assassinate governor Lavaca and his family.

Divo denied being part of any such conspiracy and was released the same day.

The Venezuelan Association of University Rectors (AVERU) published a statement denouncing the “harassment and political persecution by SEBIN of which rector Jessy Divo has been victim.”

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Master of Science in Philosophy of War

Ex-mayor of Caracas and leader of the PSUV, Freddy Bernal, announced yesterday via Twitter (@FreddyBernal) that he has successfully defended his thesis project for a Master of Science in Philosophy of War. The complete title of the project is: “The Local Committees for Supply and Production (CLAP). A philosophical response to the war machine from the perspective of Deleuze and Guattari: an ontological approach.”

“I hope to make a good conceptual and theoretical contribution to my beloved fatherland and to the Bolivarian Revolution,” wrote Bernal.

Congratulations, Freddy Bernal! We look forward to reading this important academic contribution.


Monday, July 9, 2018

People’s Army and Prolonged Popular War

Ruling socialist party (PSUV) leader and pro-government Constitutive Assembly member Pedro Carreño believes that, in the case of a conflict with the United States “or Colombia,” the new “military doctrine” of Venezuela should be “the war waged by all the people.”

Carreño says he has a proposal to “integrate the party (PSUV) to the prolonged popular war. [There are] 13,682 Bolívar-Chávez Battle Units (UBCH), each UBCH will form a platoon.” The UBCH are the electoral mobilization units of the PSUV.

Carreño offered himself as one of the leaders of this new people’s army: “I call all patriots to look at themselves in the mirror of Sadam Hussein and Gadhafi. We the leaders need to set the example of suffering and restlessness and tell the world that our luck is bound to the luck of the people.”

On the economic war front, Carreño declared that inflation in Venezuela is “totally induced,” and therefore the country needs to take “war actions.” These actions would be directed against the Web portal dolartoday:

Comandante Chávez left us [armed forces] with excellent electronic war units to hack all dolartoday and similar pages, which generate an increase in the Dollar-Bolívar reference. […] We need to inoculate them with a thousand Trojans.”