The socialist paradise of Venezuela turns off the Internet

February 23rd, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Slashgear reports:

Don’t expect one whole heck of a lot of tweets coming out of in the immediate future as President Nicolas Maduro’s government has shut down the internet and select TV channels. Having shut down Twitter access for the area this past week, ’s state-run ISP CANTV has been cut in areas such as San Cristobal. This area is a regional capital in the west of the country and CANTV controls the vast majority of internet connectivity in the area.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation made note that Venezuelans working with several different ISPs lost all connectivity on Thursday of this past week. Users lost connectivity to the major content delivery network Edgecast and the IP address which provides access to Twitter’s image hosting service while another block stopped Venezuelan access to the text-based site Pastebin.

Madura won the presidential election as the Socialist Party candidate. His initiatives have included (am not making this up) a “Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness”. I guess he doesn’t see a role for Internet access in happiness.

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36 Responses to “The socialist paradise of Venezuela turns off the Internet”

  1. Colville (2,261 comments) says:

    I guess he doesn’t see a role for Internet access in happiness.

    How can you be happy without the internet for porn? :-)

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  2. Zapper (1,019 comments) says:

    Why oh why didn’t Russell Norman move there?

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  3. wally (65 comments) says:

    Socialism not working? Surely not.

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  4. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Ask Labour/Greens to come clean on their policies of hate speech. They will apply to anything other than left-wing doctrine, this and WO being first on their hit list.

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  5. Don the Kiwi (1,708 comments) says:

    This what those who wish for a Labour/Greens government want – provided they are among the elite.

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  6. Peter (1,700 comments) says:

    The internet will route around the blockade. That’s what it’s designed to do (TCP/IP).

    The internet is a libertarian character.

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  7. Viking2 (11,417 comments) says:

    america soon to join their cousy’s?

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  8. Kimble (4,434 comments) says:

    Sad to see they are still on the path to fulfill my prediction of famine within the next decade.

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  9. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Maybe the obese German criminal slug may wish to travel there. His latest outburst re his trial, definitely interfering in our political system. JK must get this mongrel out of here post haste . . . he is nothing short of a mongrel.

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  10. Akaroa (552 comments) says:

    I smiled at this news!!

    Considering what a pesky time-waster the Internet and associated electronic messaging media are, he could have had a point!!

    (Cries of, “No! No! El Presidente! Not that! Not the Internet! Take my wife! Take my first borne! But please, puh-leeze – don’t take the Internet. Sob! Sob!)

    Its OK. I’m just kidding!!

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  11. Manolo (13,590 comments) says:

    Nicolas Maduro, a former bus driver’s union leader, was chosen by the late tyrant Chavez as his successor.

    Maduro is well know around Latin America for his poor oratory skills and worse atrabiliary speeches. An incompetent clown, whatever way you look at him.

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  12. AM1 (16 comments) says:

    They must be taking advice from Labour’s David Clark.

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  13. Harriet (4,857 comments) says:

    “Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness.”

    What………. by being choc-a-block full of angry man hating feminists, anti-capitalist marxists, Christian hating Atheists, anti-everything Greenies, hardcore gay activists – and the Teachers Union?

    This will end well. :cool:

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  14. Yoza (1,818 comments) says:

    Washington’s plan for returning Venezuela to some sort of fascist style corporate friendly junta will come to nothing, again. The horrors experienced by people in South and Central America under the jackboots of US trained death squads are not easily forgotten in those countries, the ‘memory hole’ those events disappeared into only exists in the Western media.

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  15. wat dabney (3,725 comments) says:

    So Russel Norman has announced he will ask for donations if sued by Colin Craig.

    We’re not multi-millionaires like Mr Craig, we’re just ordinary New Zealanders who believe in a tolerant and inclusive society…

    This is the joint leader of New Zealand’s fascist party, which seeks to ban everything it doesn’t approve of, describing himself as tolerant. Hope he loses his house.

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  16. cha (3,943 comments) says:

    Appropriate.

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  17. pcplod (26 comments) says:

    One can only respect the people of Venezuela who are standing up to their corrupt socialist so called leaders. They show a lot more bravery than any protester in New Zealand. Same goes for Pussy Riot and the like. Whether we agree with their position or not, they are very brave.
    Of course in New Zealand most of our protesters are supporters of the very regimes that would stamp them out in half a heartbeat. Just like the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, the fools who do all the antagonising to get rid of the old regime are the first to go – suckers really.

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  18. PaulL (5,971 comments) says:

    @Yoza: the current mess in Venezuela is all down to local talent. Many of you on the left were strong supporters of Chavez, many on the right could (correctly) identify him as just another latin american populist who would eventually run out of money. Now that it’s happening you seem surprised. Not going to have a lot of luck blaming America for this one.

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  19. Simon (699 comments) says:

    Dont mind Yoza a sheeple who supports volience agasinst people with views he disagrees with

    Good vid What’s going on in Venezula in a nutshell English vers

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  20. Yoza (1,818 comments) says:

    Simon (575 comments) says:
    February 23rd, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Good vid What’s going on in Venezula in a nutshell English vers

    The narrative begins by denouncing the Venezuelan government as ‘illegitimate’, which seems odd as the current Venezuelan government is a democratically elected body. Perhaps Simon could describe exactly how his version of a ‘legitimate’ regime could rule in place of a democratically elected ‘illegitimate’ organisation.

    PaulL (5,708 comments) says:
    February 23rd, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    @Yoza: the current mess in Venezuela is all down to local talent. Many of you on the left were strong supporters of Chavez, many on the right could (correctly) identify him as just another latin american populist who would eventually run out of money.

    “Populist”? Is this some sort of right-wing pejorative for ‘democratically elected’?

    Now that it’s happening you seem surprised. Not going to have a lot of luck blaming America for this one.

    Why not? The US government is not hiding the fact it is financially backing the Venezuelan opposition and is quite open about its hatred of the democratic process throughout South and Central America:

    “Of course we all know who the U.S. government supports in Venezuela.”They don’t really try to hide it: there’s $5 million dollars in the 2014 U.S. federal budget for funding opposition activities inside Venezuela, and this is almost certainly the tip of the iceberg — adding to the hundreds of millions of dollars of overt support over the past 15 years.”

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  21. PaulL (5,971 comments) says:

    @Yoza: the mess Venezuela is in is because Chavez and his successor were in power, not because they were voted out. If the US had succeeded in getting him voted out, then things had turned bad, you’d perhaps be justified in pointing (some of) the finger at the US. But they haven’t succeeded in getting the opposition elected. The mess is of Chavez’ making. Funnily enough setting prices by dictat, and dispossessing foreign companies, isn’t an economic policy that works. If you lived in the circles that you frequent Yoza, I guess you could claim to be surprised. But everyone else predicted this mess many years ago.

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  22. Yoza (1,818 comments) says:

    PaulL (5,709 comments) says:
    February 23rd, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    @Yoza: the mess Venezuela is in is because Chavez and his successor were in power, …

    Ant country that disobeys the Washington masters faces economic sanctions and US sponsored terrorism, it is how the US Government operates, it has been going on for decades. It is comical reading apologists trying to justify the imperial violence of the US when the US itself is quite open about the utter contempt it has for democratic processes which interfere with the profiteering of private corporate tyrannies based there. Venezuela is a mess precisely because it had the temerity to stand up to the global bully, it is being set up as an example to others of what will happen if they snub the Washington godfathers.

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  23. tuesday88 (11 comments) says:

    Socialists are just a bunch of elitist, “I know best” control freaks who want to control the thoughts and opinions of a nation. Oh, that sounds a bit like Hitler. Why anyone would fall for such ideological garbage is beyond me. Perhaps it is a personality disorder or something, I dont know. Or perhaps militant socialists are just bullies, thugs and nasty, power hungry scum.

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  24. metcalph (1,428 comments) says:

    Ant country that disobeys the Washington masters faces economic sanctions and US sponsored terrorism, it is how the US Government operates, it has been going on for decades.

    Okay, I’ll bite. Yoza, what economic sanctions has the US put on Venezuela that makes it a economic shitehole (to wit, inflation of 50%, shortages of toilet paper etc)? And the only terrorism I see on the streets of Venezuela today are governmental goons indulging in drive-by shootings of opposition supporters.

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  25. davidp (3,580 comments) says:

    One minute you block FaceBook because it isn’t paying as much tax as politicians want. Then the next you block Google, Apple, and Amazon for the same reason. And before you know it, you’ve blocked everything. This is what a Labour – Greens internet looks like.

    Also, it isn’t so long ago that Venezuela was implementing Labour’s electricity market proposals for all sorts of industries, and the Greens printing press policies to finance their populism. Which explains the shortage of toilet paper, and the hyperinflation.

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  26. cha (3,943 comments) says:

    (to wit, inflation of 50%, shortages of toilet paper etc)?

    Same old, incompetence, corruption, backhanders and criminals.

    For those that say that this is a middle class protest, look at San Cristobal, the capital of Tachira, a state that suffers from the fact that 30-40% of the food in Venezuela is being smuggled to Colombia to be sold. If you think things are scarce in Caracas, try going to a supermarket there.

    http://devilsexcrement.com/2014/02/20/how-venezuelans-mostly-gochos-build-barricades/

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  27. johnwellingtonwells (137 comments) says:

    Perhaps NZ should be wary of politicians who have affiliations to bus drivers

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  28. hmmokrightitis (1,586 comments) says:

    igm:”Maybe the obese German criminal slug may wish to travel there. His latest outburst re his trial, definitely interfering in our political system. JK must get this mongrel out of here post haste . . . he is nothing short of a mongrel.”

    I dont think JK will be in any hurry to remove the lardy german criminal, pre election. If only because every single time he opens his fat gob, the voters will be reminded “This is the man that Russell Norman wants kept here in NZ, vote green…”

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  29. burt (8,239 comments) says:

    The slippery slope NZ could be on … We’ll just shutdown facebook if they don’t pay more tax here…..

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  30. Yoza (1,818 comments) says:

    metcalph (1,217 comments) says:
    February 23rd, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Okay, I’ll bite. Yoza, what economic sanctions has the US put on Venezuela that makes it a economic shitehole (to wit, inflation of 50%, shortages of toilet paper etc)?

    The Venezuelan government has enacted policies which have no doubt led to very high inflation, the US contributed to this inflation with the sanctions it imposed on the state oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, in 2011. The former ruling elite have also participated in exacerbating inflation by hoarding necessities in warehouses to create scarcity and ratchet up prices.
    It seems perfectly logical that the US would collude with the former Venezuelan ruling elite to destabalise the country in an effort to reinstall a regime which would adhere to the Washington Consensus. As I pointed out before, this is standard practice for the US (or any imperially ambitious regime – Russia isn’t going to stand quietly by while the West levers the Ukraine from its grasp).

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  31. Jim (397 comments) says:

    @simon that YouTube clip refers to “millions of deaths that happen every day in Venezuela” 2:35

    I stopped taking it seriously at that point. Venezuela’s self-inflicted problems are many, but millions of deaths a day? Seriously?

    And Yoza… if a socialist country can be bitten by capitalist sanctions then WTF? Obviously not socialist enough if trade barriers with the capitalist cabal is their biggest problem.

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  32. Yoza (1,818 comments) says:

    Jim (369 comments) says:
    February 24th, 2014 at 2:57 am

    And Yoza… if a socialist country can be bitten by capitalist sanctions then WTF? Obviously not socialist enough if trade barriers with the capitalist cabal is their biggest problem.

    The vast majority of countries on the planet are interdependent modules of the global economy, it would probably be too dangerous for any country to attempt to extricate itself from the global system – Venezuela seems to be suffering the consequences of standing up to those who own the system. Venezuela isn’t the only country in the region suffering inflationary pressure, Argentina’s inflation is also running at 55%:

    On February 13th Argentina’s economy minister, Axel Kicillof, announced the long-awaited launch of a new consumer price index (CPINu). Developed with support from the IMF, which censured Argentina for its dubious financial statistics last year, the new index put January inflation at 3.7%–the highest monthly rate recorded by the government since 2002. If extrapolated, such a rate would mean annual inflation of 55%. That is a huge jump from the official figure for December, a mere 1.4% monthly and 10.9% over the course of 2013.

    Venezuela’s real problem stem from it being designated the perennial whipping boy of a dogmatic adherence to the right of private financial corporations to dictate terms to the rest of the planet, it is being used as an example of what happens to insolent peasants who cannot accept their miserable status.

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  33. metcalph (1,428 comments) says:

    Yoaz,

    This is the US sanction that is in effect against Venezuela according to your link.

    These sanctions currently prohibit Venezuela from competing for U.S. government procurement contracts and receiving financing from the U.S. Export-Import Bank

    That’s hardly an economy destabilizing sanction by any measure.

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  34. Ed Snack (1,851 comments) says:

    Yoza, since it’s all the US’s fault, it must be that nasty President Obama’s fault, Maduro is lucky he hasn’t sent the drones in to get him ! Is it racist to say that ? Or is Obama just a tool for the great US Military-Industrial complex (aka the Koch Brothers) ?

    Hey, Koch Industries manufactures toilet paper, are we seeing a connection here…

    But seriously, it must be time to take off those ideological blinkers and have a closer look at why Venezuela is failing so badly. As pointed out, there are no effective sanctions against it and it has large and significant oil reserves. However Venezuelan crude is relatively heavy crude and it takes some expertise to effectively pump it out, and one thing that first Chavez and then Maduro has done is to run the oil company right down by not permitting sufficient maintenance expenditure. Thus output has dropped by a large amount over the last few years. Since the Venezulean government is heavily dependent on the sale of oil to fund its operations that has had a serious knock-on impact. Can you really blame the US for poor maintenance on the oilfields ? There’s no sanctions in place on parts or labour for maintenance (although any US firms {added: any external firms} would probably demand US$ cash in advance now to work there), so any failings are purely those of management which is entirely Venezuelan and hand picked appointees of Chavez and Maduro.

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  35. Fletch (6,296 comments) says:

    It’s interesting how the media are covering what’s happening in the Ukraine blow-by-blow, but when it comes to the equally serious events in Venezuela, they largely ignore it (much of our TV media anyway). i guess it doesn’t fit with the Socialist narrative the media largely promote.

    Just the other day, Genesis Carmona, a 22 year old beauty queen was killed in protests there.
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/beauty-queen-genesis-carmona-killed-3164630

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  36. cha (3,943 comments) says:

    Maduro hasn’t paid up Fletch.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/exclusive-how-ukraine-wooed-conservative-websites

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