Venezuelan Opposition Botches Talks with Maduro Regime

By: Ysol Delgado - Dec 8, 2016, 10:49 am
También logró dejar de lado los preparativos para emprender una jornada de masivas manifestaciones en el país y los planes de la Asamblea Nacional de destituir a Maduro (El País)
Talks between the opposition and Maduro’s administration did not go the way of the opposition, some said. (El País)

EspañolPresident Nicolás Maduro walked away victorious from dialogues with the Venezuelan opposition, leaving many critics frustrated at losing a golden opportunity to bring an end to Chavismo and make progress on the recall referendum.

“The opposition lost confidence and generated distrust among its hosts,” Deputy Nelson Chitty said, “and proved it was unable to offer a consistent response to the expectations that it had at one point raised.”

The little that the opposition could obtain from the process under the supervision of the Vatican was the liberation of a few political prisoners, mostly students.

Meanwhile, the government got almost everything it wanted, mainly by suspending the recall referendum against Maduro.

Additionally, it was able to evade a day of demonstrations and the National Assembly’s plans to remove Maduro.

Oswaldo Ramírez, President of the ORC Consulting firm, said the most important thing to come out of the talks was the fact that Maduro will finish out 2016 in office.

“All that talk around his exit and the recall referendum, and after the dialogue was about to lead to his exit, it fell apart,” he said.

The Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) said Wednesday they are going to “freeze” talks that began on October 30 with Unasur and the Vatican, who are still trying to salvage the process.

The Vatican expressed its concern through a letter addressed to Maduro, asking him to comply with committing to setting an election date for the end of the crisis.

Secretary to his Holiness Pietro Parolin signed the letter and insisted that the parties have to agree on an “electoral calendar” so that Venezuelans can decide their future “without delay.”

Parolin said he felt “pain and concern” about what has happened so far. Talks began on Oct. 30, but have not looked encouraging, he said.

Senior government officials were reportedly bothered by the comments. Chavista politician Diosdado Cabello responded by saying the Vatican shouldn’t meddle in Venezuela’s affairs.

“They have no right to veto, to make proposals or to try to incline toward position A or B,” he said. “Their position should be totally and absolutely objective,” adding: “we do not get involved with priests accused of pedophilia.”

Source: El Nuevo Herald

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Ysol Delgado is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post from Mexico City. She specializes in public relations, digital marketing, and investigative journalism. Follow her on Twitter: @Ysolita.

The Pope’s Harsh Words for Fake News: It’s Like Eating Excrement

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Dec 8, 2016, 7:47 am

EspañolPope Francis recently commented on the prevalence of false news that has been causing scandals and controversy, comparing it in an interview with a Belgian publication to eating excrement. "I believe the media should be very clear, very transparent and shouldn't fall to — without meaning to offend anyone — repugnant coprophilia. That is, to always cover the scandals, the unpleasant things, even if they are true." Read More: Honduras: South Korean Corporation Paves Way for Startup Cities Read More: Long Live the North Korean Black Market "And since people have a tendency for a morbid fascination with eating excrement, now you can do a lot of damage," the Pope said. The Pope said the spreading of misinformation is the greatest damage the media can do. Many media outlets and political pundits have attributed rising support for Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential election to fake news stories, claiming that people did not know how to identify if news is trustworthy or not when it appeared on their Facebook feeds or other social media sites. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Pope Francis spoke to the Belgian media about the danger of using media platforms to defame a political rival: "The media has its own temptations, it may be tempted by slander." "It can be used as means of defamation," the Pope said, adding: "Nobody has the right to do that. It is a sin and it is painful." Source: The New York Post

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