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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.”

CREDIT: VICE / YOUTUBE

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.”

CREDIT: CNN / YOUTUBE

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.”

CREDIT: THE CLIPCUTTER / YOUTUBE

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.”

CREDIT: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency / YOUTUBE

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.”

CREDIT: HUMANS OF NEW YORK / FACEBOOK

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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Venezuelan Rising Star Carmen DeLeon Talks Break-Up Inspired “Pasado” and How Her Abuelos Inspired “Cafecito”

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Venezuelan Rising Star Carmen DeLeon Talks Break-Up Inspired “Pasado” and How Her Abuelos Inspired “Cafecito”

Carmen De Leon is a rising star hailing from Caracas, Venezuela. The 20-year-old singer moved to Tampa, Florida when she was 10 years old and then two years later moved with her family to Barcelona, Spain and lived there for six years. While in Spain, Carmen found success participating in La Voz, and started to build a following that would tune in every week to see her perform. Then she lived in Mexico for a year, Los Angeles for another year and is now settled in Miami working on her music career.

In an exclusive interview with Latido Music by mitú, Carmen De Leon talked to us about her latest single “Pasado” with Cali y El Dandee, from which she drew inspiration from her very own break-up and reminiscing about the past. We also touched on “Cafecito“, the bittersweet song in memory of her grandparents, her dream collab, and more.

Pasado” is inspired by Carmen De Leon’s real-life breakup.

Carmen recruited Colombian singers Cali y El Dandee for her latest single “Pasado,” blending 80s synthpop with reggaeton, a true popetón hit you can dance to and perhaps cry to.

On working with Cali y El Dandee, Carmen has nothing but praise for the Colombian duo, “they are like my brothers, they’re insanely talented, genuine and humble.”

It was Dandee who actually wanted her to let her feelings all out for the song.

“At that moment while I was writing the song, I was actually breaking up with my boyfriend, and I had Mauricio (Dandee) saying to me: ‘Just tell me more. Whatever you’re texting him, say it out loud so we have the right words for the song’ and that’s what we did,” Carmen says.

Just like the lyrics of the song long about the past, so did the music video which was purposely made in the film to capture the “old vibe” they were seeking to portray.

Carmen feels like this is the best song that she has made in her entire life. “It’s changed my life in a way because it’s opened me up to new audiences and I love seeing people react to it and relate to it.”

Earlier this year, Carmen released “Cafecito” which isn’t about your beloved morning beverage.

Most of us would read the title “Cafecito” and think it’s just an upbeat morning pick-me-up song, but it isn’t. “Cafecito” is a bittersweet single that Carmen says she wrote, “at 4 a.m. in the middle of a hurricane because I missed my grandparents so much, and I wanted to write about what it feels like to lose someone.”

While her abuelitos were the main inspiration behind the lyrics, the song does capture the feeling of loss that could apply to those of us losing a friendship, relationship, etc.

Before I even finish the question about her dream collaboration, Carmen excitedly yelled “Camilo!,” which also happens to be one of her favorite covers she’s posted on her YouTube channel.

Carmen’s dad chimed in the interview as well to plug in his favorite cover, which is “Graveyard” by Halsey.

We can only hope that Carmen DeLeon and Camilo collab happens and that this article serves as manifestation for it.

Good luck with everything, Carmen!

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Democratic Senators Introduce Legislation to Grant Venezuelan Migrants Temporary Protected Status, Prevent Deportation

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Democratic Senators Introduce Legislation to Grant Venezuelan Migrants Temporary Protected Status, Prevent Deportation

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After years of living in a state of uncertainty about their future, Venezuelan refugees in the U.S. might finally be granted long-term protection by the U.S. government.

On Monday, Democratic senators took the official steps towards granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelan migrants in the U.S.

A similar resolution passed in the House in 2019, but was blocked by Republicans in the senate.

This time if passed, TPS could protect 200,000 Venezuelan citizens currently in the U.S, according to estimates from the Congressional Budget Office.

Although former President Trump issued a Deferred Enforced Departure decree (DED) on his final day in office, critics and immigration experts alike argue that this action didn’t go far enough.

“After four years of empty promises and deceit, nobody believes Donald Trump had an epiphany on his last day in office and decided to protect the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans he was forcing into the shadows,” said New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez in a statement.

Indeed, Trump DED order only delayed deportation of undocumented Venezuelans for up to 18 months. But TPS would grant Venezuelan refugees protected status.

“TPS is an immigration status that can lead to a green card under President Joe Biden’s immigration proposal,” Miami-based immigration lawyer Laura Jimenez told NBC News.

“TPS is based in statute and is a legal immigration status, as opposed to Deferred Enforced Departure,” Menendez, who was born in New York City to Cuban immigrants, said. “That is why we are relaunching our campaign to actually stand with those fleeing the misery caused by the Maduro regime.”

Throughout his campaign, President Biden promised he would extend Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelan refugees, so now the refugee community wants to see him act on that promise.

Venezuela’s economy collapsed under the repressive regime of Nicolás Maduro, shrinking by approximately 64%.

Not only are there widespread food shortages and massive inflation, but Maduro’s critics are being jailed and silenced by other nefarious means.

Because of all this, the South American country facing what Bloomberg calls “a refugee crisis of unprecedented proportions.” As of now, some 5.4 million Venezuelans are in exile, with 600 more leaving the country every day.

But with the news of a likely extension of Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans in the U.S., many Venezuelans are starting to feel optimistic about the future.

“Now, I feel like I’m really a part of this society and we keep supporting this country,” said Tampa resident Jennifer Infante to Bay News 9 about the recent Congressional news. “I think we deserve this opportunity because we came to make this country a better place and to keep moving forward.”

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