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The Internet Fell In Love With This Venezuelan Kid Because He Wants To Be President Some Day

This past week, Humans Of New York — a popular Facebook page — posted the image of an 8-year-old from Venezuela who has aspirations to one day become President of his country.

“I was born in Venezuela. I moved here two years ago. I want to be President of Venezuela to change things and make…

Posted by Humans of New York on Sunday, October 23, 2016

Within a few hours, the Facebook post went viral. Many commenters claimed a child would make a better President than Nicolas Maduro, who is facing potential impeachment at the hands of his own lawmakers. So that got us wondering, would a child make a better president? Let’s compare the current record of Venezuela’s President with the suggestions of an 8-year-old and see which one has a better vision of the future.

8-year-old child: “Did you know that sometimes in Venezuela people shoot each other on purpose? I will change that. Also there will be rules against pushing people or thinking bad thoughts about people.”

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In 2014, Nicolas Maduro’s first year as president, the country became home to the second highest murder rate in the entire world. In 2015, the homicide number was around 28,000 people. So when the 8-year-old says that “sometimes” people shoot each other, he wasn’t joking. The only problem here is that the kid also wants to ban freedom of thought, which is a right that all people have. So while brainwashing borders on totalitarianism, and the kid doesn’t offer any clear plan on how to reduce the homicide rate, we’ll cut the kid some slack on that one, and we’ll award this round to him.

8-year-old child: “I will make a rule so that there will not be too much cutting or killing of trees.”

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Deforestation is a major problem throughout South America, but Venezuela has been one of the worst offenders. In the past, Venezuela’s contributions to deforestation were nearly double that of the next South American country. Between the years 2001 and 2012, 1.25 million hectares, or 3 million acres, of rainforest were cut down by cattle ranchers, illegal deforesting, and loggers. The animals and plant life that live in these areas may face extinction one day due to this level of deforestation. Venezuela’s track record speaks for itself. Eight-year-old kid wins this round.

8-year-old child: “And there will be a rule against killing too many animals because animals eat insects, and we can’t have too many insects.”

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Kid’s got a point again: Zika has thrown parts of Venezuela into chaos. However, Venezuela is home to some of the most insane and awesome critters, like the Venezuelan poodle moth (pictured above), the goliath birdeater, and the elephant beetle. So while we don’t condone the unnecessary elimination of insects, the kid has a leg up over President Maduro, who has no official stance on insects. Round goes to the kid.

8-year-old child: “I will also make sure that we don’t waste water or food. Or if there is food left over, we have to be sure to put it in the trash.”

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Food shortage is one of the biggest issues affecting Venezuela. Nearly 90 percent of the country’s citizens lack the funds to purchase food, and what is available is barely worth the money. It’s not uncommon for families to draw straws, figuratively, to decide who will eat and who will go without. The starvation affecting these citizens has become known as “The Maduro Diet,” a grim joke in the face of nationwide famine. Maduro is well aware of this problem, and in spite of this, he has refused help from outside countries. Hands down, the kid wins this round, however, putting food in the trash is definitely not a solution in a country where people are shot and killed for meager rations. There are plenty of food banks for donating unused food, if you’re interested in helping.

8-year-old child: “I can’t be president now because I’m only eight. But I did skip first grade.”

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So after a short analysis, the choice is clear. An 8-year-old child would be better than the current president of Venezuela. While he isn’t old enough yet, he did skip a grade, which shows a level of intelligence and maturity that Venezuela needs in its highest offices. You have our vote!


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The US, Colombia Deny Any Involvement In What Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro Calls Failed Invasion

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The US, Colombia Deny Any Involvement In What Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro Calls Failed Invasion

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused both the U.S. and Colombian governments of trying to stage an invasion. President Maduro accused made the accusations towards the beginning of May when two Americans were arrested with a group of other people.

Both the U.S. and Colombia have denied any report of an attempted coup on Venezuela.

On May 3, a group of Venezuelan rebels and two Americans allegedly began a coup attempt in Venezuela. They began on the northern tip of the country and reportedly had plans to take control of Maracaibo and Caracas. They were all immediately captured and 8 Venezuelans in the group were killed during the conflict.

According to the Daily Mail, Jordan Goudreau, 43, was involved with the coup and told a close friend about it. It is alleged that Goudreau bragged about having a contract with the U.S. government to protect oil interests in Venezuela.

The mercenaries behind the attempted coup claim to have done security for a President Trump rally in 2018.

Goudreau, who has been described as the mastermind of the coup attempt, owns the security company Silvercorp. An old Instagram post shows the Florida-based company running security for a Trump rally back in 2018. The company has since deleted the Instagram posts after news broke about their failed attempt to train Venezuelan rebels and capture the South American country.

“He came out to Colorado,” Drew White, Goudreau’s former business partner told Daily Mail. “He said he had a deal from the State Department to protect oil interests in Venezuela. He was saying it was handed to him directly. He was saying it was directed and passed down by the State Department, that it was a legitimate operation and they also had some private funding backing, which isn’t unusual with these kinds of things. Essentially he was like, ‘We’re going to topple Maduro.’ At that point I was like, ‘This doesn’t seem legitimate” and we broke ways.”

Goudreau claims that the Trump administration and Venezuelan resistance leader Juan Guaidó green-lit the operation.

The U.S. and Venezuela have had a contentious relationship over the past few years. The political unrest in Venezuela has continued to draw criticism from the international community as Venezuelans have protested for a new leader. When the relationship with Trump soured, Maduro began to claim that the U.S. was attempting to overthrow the government.

Both the U.S. and Colombian governments have denied any involvement in the alleged coup.

Reports state that the group of men attempting to topple the Venezuelan government did nothing to hide their plan. The security group was tweeting their plans to the open-world alerting anyone with a Twitter account to their plans. SilverCorp USA has since deleted their Twitter account. Experts and officials have decisively denied any collaboration between the mercenaries and the two governments.

“There is no way that I can see any kind of U.S. involvement,” Fernando Cutz, who served as a Latin America adviser on the National Security Council under both Obama and Trump, told the Huffington Post. “There were no logistics, the numbers were a joke, they clearly didn’t have any intel. A group of high schoolers would have done a better job.”

Social media has spent time dragging the security company over its failed coup attempt.

There is still a lot of speculation swirling around the “coup.” However, Goudreau’s friend is pretty sure that the missions was not as official as Goudreau claims.

“He’s a good man,” White told Daily Mail. “He was the best man at my wedding. We have a lot of history together and it never seemed like he was lying like that. But once you started looking at it, none of it really added up. He kept asking to meet with people for funding. But typically with a State Department contract, the funding is shored up. You might have some private entities helping here and there. But it was pretty obvious that it was not a state-sanctioned activity.”

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Venezuela’s President Maduro And Opposition Leader Guaidó Are Allegedly In Secret Talks And The World Wants To Know The Details

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Venezuela’s President Maduro And Opposition Leader Guaidó Are Allegedly In Secret Talks And The World Wants To Know The Details

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Despite a global pandemic – or maybe because of it – Venezuela’s two governments are holding high-level talks, according to several sources – as reported by Reuters.

The breaking development comes as the U.S. ratchets up pressure on the Venezuela and a growing number of countries now recognize the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, as the legitimate leader of Venezuela.

The two sides are discussing everything from the Coronavirus pandemic to fuel shortages and hyperinflation.

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According to a report by Reuters, the two sides have come together to discuss a variety of issues despite a growing bitterness between the two leaders.

Obviously, Venezuela faces ongoing crises but the global health pandemic has heightened fears within the country of all out chaos. The country is barely equipped to handle normal, everyday health emergencies let alone a global pandemic.

The U.S. and its international allies have also tightened the already unprecented sanctions on the country and has issued an arrest warrant for Maduro. Many within the government, according to sources, say this has motivated them to seek political survival under a possible change of government.

Other than the Coronavirus and ongoing domestic economic issues, the talks are said to have no clear agenda.

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It’s not entirely certain what either side is hoping to achieve with these talks. “There are two extremes: Maduro and those who believe that the virus will end Guaido’s leadership, and those on the other side (who) hope this crisis will bring down Maduro,” said an opposition legislator in favor of the discussions.

Maduro and Guaidó are competing with one another to help combat the effects of the pandemic, with each side convinced the outbreak will undermine the other politically. But it remains to be seen which side will come out ahead given the vacuum of leadership and the growing crisis everyday Venezuelans face.

Activists and rights groups around the world have urged the two factions to seek a truce in order to coordinate the delivery of aid and boost gasoline imports.

Meanwhile, the United States has put ‘maximum pressure’ on the Maduro regime to try and force a change of government.

The US state department in March offered to begin lifting parts of the sanctions if members of the Socialist party formed an interim government without Maduro, a plan backed by Guaidó but quickly shot down by the government.

The U.S. has also issued an international arrest warrant for Maduro – accusing him of drug trafficking and money laundering. This allegedly has members of his government looking for an exit strategy.

Venezuela has so far escaped the worst effects of the Coronavirus.

Venezuela is particularly vulnerable to the wider effects of the pandemic because of its ongoing socioeconomic and political crisis causing massive shortages of food staples and basic necessities, including medical supplies. The mass emigration of Venezuelan doctors has also caused chronic staff shortages in hospitals.

So far, the country has seen just 311 confirmed cases and 10 deaths related to the virus – but these numbers are suspected to be unreliable because of a lack of testing in the country.

Maduro has reacted to the pandemic by reversing his opposition to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and asking for $5 billion in international aid to help his government combat the virus. The county has also suspended all international flights and borders between Venezuela and Colombia and Brazil have been closed since mid-March.

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