Som allerede omtalt af vores ærede redaktør , synes Venezuelas folkevalgte diktator, den socialistisk-nationalistiske (eller var det omvendt?) Hugo Chavez, nu at ville konkurrere på internationalt plan. Nærmere bestemt virker han forhippet på at ville gøre Robert Mugabe og Fidel Castro rangen stridig som en af dem, der hurtigst kan køre en–i det store billede–relativt velfungerende udviklingsøkonomi i sænk. Han bruger også Mugabes metoder, herunder vilkårlige besættelser af private gårde. Her er mere fra Wall Street Journals artikel:
“Now Mr. Chavez is taking his revolution to the Venezuelan countryside. “We must end latifundios,” he said in a televised speech in March, referring to large agrarian estates. “The people order it, and we will do it, whatever the cost.” Then he announced the seizure of a land area larger than the state of Rhode Island.
Since coming to power, The Chávez government has handed over 8.8 million acres, an area bigger than Maryland, for use by the poor. While much of this was state-owned land that was either idle or leased to ranchers, some 4.5 million acres were “recovered” from private owners, Mr. Chávez said recently. In some cases, the government compensated them. In most others… it has simply turned a blind eye to land invasions.
The government bills land reform as a way to make Venezuela self-sufficient infood. But so far, the effect has been to undercut production of beef, sugar and other foods, as productive land is handed over to city dwellers with no knowledge of farming. Established farmers and ranchers, fearing their land may be seized next, are cutting investment in their operations to a minimum.
The chaos in the countryside has contributed to shortages in basic items like milk and meat, a paradox in a country enjoying an economic boom traceable to high oil prices. Also spurring the shortages are price controls on certain foods that keep them prices below the cost of production. Meanwhile, 19%-plus inflation–as oil revenue floods the economy–spurs panic buying: purchasing price-controlled and other goods the shopper might not immediately need for fear of having higher prices in the future or not finding the items at all.
“You get up at dawn to hunt for a breast of chicken all over town. Housewives are in a foul mood.” says Lucylde Gonzalez, a Caracas homemaker, who says she hasn’t seen an egg in a week.”
Kunne man forestille sig, at nogen ville brokke sig over det? Ja, men så må de jo se, om de kan få fat i en journalist fra de medier, som ikke i samme anledning bliver frataget deres sendetilladelser.