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An East-West Divide over Venezuela - Defining New Alliances

Venezuela's political crisis has been exacerbated by a new European Union (EU) statement of support for opposition head, Juan Guaido as interim leader over the defiant President Nicolas Maduro, who has defied European ultimatums to call new elections.

The EU's announcement of support for the Venezuelan opposition leader, who proclaimed his own ascension to the presidency at a rally, and not after a vote, last month, comes along with the already recognition of Juaido by the US, Canada, Australia and many Latin American nations.

Rejection of Nuclear Proliferation - Towards a Wider Arms Pact

The announced withdrawal of both the United States (US) and Russia from the two-nation Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, is not a necessary requisite to an arms race. The withdrawal of both nations forges hope of an emergence of an even wider nuclear pact, involving more nations pledging to eliminate more classes and types of nuclear weapons.

Full consideration should be given to the likelihood of a nuclear weapon eliminating treaty between the US, Russia, China and others. Hence, with the failure of the INF Treaty, an opportunity now exists for wider world engagement and involvement in respect to the inherent dangers of nuclear weapons despite claims that they are deterrents to conflict.

U.S. Withdraws from INF - an Implied Forthcoming Arms Race

The Donald Trump administration has announced it will withdraw the United States (US) from the Cold War era-ending Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which was signed here in Washington, DC, December 8, 1987, between US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. The INF essentially banned an entire class of nuclear weapons, a first for humanity at that time.

Subjected to the INF ban were short range and intermediate range ground-launched cruise missiles with a range of 500 to 5,000 km.

Venezuela - a Challenging Test to Regional Integration

Whatever befalls the Nicolas Maduro government in Venezuela in the short run, will undoubtedly define the masked strength or the inherent weakness of regional integration in Latin America and the Caribbean. Hence, Venezuela's present predicament is a laboratory into the study of sovereignty, influence and soundness of regional integration in Latin America and the Caribbean.

While many nations in Latin America and the Caribbean could easily concur with the largely western thought that Maduro's government in Venezuela is tainted and may lack legitimacy, they are however confronted with the dilemma of supporting an American-Canadian-European fix to Maduro's tenure in lieu of their own regional solution to the ending crisis.

In Venezuela: Issues of Sovereignty, Colonialism, Imperialism and Dignity

Amid all the political smoke aloft today over Venezuela, there are serious questions as to sovereignty, colonialism, imperialism and dignity that are in play. 

That international powerhouses have recognized Venezuela's Opposition as the legitimate government, while others have issued an ultimatum to Nicolas Maduro's government to call new elections or hence, suffer their unrecognition of his government, all do hereby affirm the issues of sovereignty, colonialism, imperialism and dignity of not only Venezuela, but of all developing nations, especially those that have had colonial masters.

Regarding Venezuela

Behind the smoke of the deepening crisis in Venezuela are questions, issues and matters of sovereignty, colonialism, influence and the dignity of developing nations...

I shall attempt to explain in the next 24-hours. I'm taking 24-hours to further analyze and to assess this issue per democracy, the rule of law and nation independence.

35-Days Later - The US Government Reopens

The Longest shutdown ever of the United States (US) government, 35-days, has ended. President Donald Trump finally accepted terms to temporarily reopen the federal government. Those terms include no money for a border wall the president has forcefully insisted upon at the hardship of over 800,000 federal employees.

Trump's acceptance to reopening the government came upon terms that were offered more than a month-ago. Furloughed federal workers have experienced economic hardships and have lost two pay checks as Trump insisted upon a wall.

A Deepening Crisis in Venezuela

Venezuela's economic and political troubles were not started overnight. They have been festering for many years dating back to the pre-Maduro era of former president Hugo Chavez and they involved failures to make market reforms within a pressured socialist system in a region dominated by American and Canadian capitalists.

But yesterday, the land of the natural wonder, Angel Falls and the home to many exquisitely beautiful women, suffered an even deeper crisis as opposition leader and head of the Venezuelan National Assembly (a legislative body), Juan Guaido, proclaimed himself interim president of Venezuela in a shocking rebuke to second-term President Nicolas Maduro, who was only days ago sworn in for another six-year term.

Venezuela - Defining the Fate of Unpopular Governments

Whatever beholds the government of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, it will ultimately define the future fate of unpopular governments - unpopular not necessarily at home, but unpopular or scorned by the larger international community.

There is no doubt that questions of credibility and of legitimacy surround President Maduro's government in Venezuela. Thousands of Venezuelans have been forced to flee their homeland amid mounting economic and political turmoil. Yet, like many other jurisdictions that utilize so-called democratic processes to the seat of power, Maduro has argued that he won a free and fair re-election with over 67% of the vote in May, 2018.

To Stand with the People is to Stand with the Workers

The people and the workers are inseparable: the people are the workers - the workers are the people. Thus, as it is fallible to separate workers from the people and vice versa, it is a similar error to inflict punishment on students for standing with workers for doing so would be penalizing an inherent responsibility of the people within the state to better the conditions of the proletariat. 

Therefore, I take specific issue with recent reports that China has sought to punish students from Beijing and elsewhere for standing with striking workers in the metropolis of Shenzhen.