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Venezuelan Government In All Out War With Bakers Over Alleged Hoarding Of Flour

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In an NPR story out recently, reporter John Otis took to the streets in Venezuela – a country that is going through one of its worst economic periods ever – to investigate the government accusation, that bakers, and not government offices, are hoarding flour.

This NPR report of what may sound silly—the government accusing bakers of hoarding flour—highlights the seriousness of the economic breakdown happening in Venezuela.


As hour-long lines form at the cash register of a bakery — one of the few yet to be shut down by the government — the only more time-consuming ordeal is the two-hour wait to enter the bakery. Customers are let in five at a time, which is why it can take a family an entire morning just to receive the two loafs of bread allowed per purchase. It is also the only way to keep fights from breaking out. With armed guards there to keep the peace, it’s like something out of a movie, but much worse, it’s real life.

According to the audio, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, claims that bakers are hoarding flour in order to make brownies, and by doing so are undermining the economy in a conspiracy to bring down his government.

If brownies are capable of destroying your economy, then flour hoarding, whether real or imagined, is the least of your concerns.


[H/T] Venezuela’s Bread Wars: With Food Scarce, Government Accuses Bakers Of Hoarding

READ: Fed Up Venezuelans Unite Nationwide To Tell Maduro They’ve Had Enough

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Rare Photos Reveal Life For Mexican Farm Workers Of The Bracero Program

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Rare Photos Reveal Life For Mexican Farm Workers Of The Bracero Program

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When the United States sent most of its young men off to fight in World War II, it created a shortage in the nation’s work force. As Time points out, one the areas most affected by the lack of labor was the farming industry, which needed as many hands as it could to help when harvest season approached. To balance out the shortage, the U.S. started the Bracero program, which legally allowed Mexican campesinos – farm workers – into the country. While the Bracero program provided many Mexican farm workers with better wages than they likely would have earned in Mexico, discrimination and exploitation were still part of the daily life.

The Bracero program began in 1942 and lasted until 1964.


In 1957, photographer Sid Avery, known for his work with celebrities, was given an assignment to capture life for these farm workers. The photos were published in the “Saturday Evening Post,” but afterwards the photos remained unpublished in any form and were basically lost for the last 60 years, Time reports.

Thanks to MPTV and Time, actual prints of these long forgotten images are now seeing the light of day, and they are providing a rarely seen glimpse into the world of the Bracero program. Time has several of these images available to check out, which we highly recommend doing.

[H/T] Time: Long-Lost Photos Reveal Life of Mexican Migrant Workers in 1950s America

READ: Venezuelan Government In All Out War With Bakers Over Alleged Hoarding Of Flour

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