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Beatrice Rangel: The Ides of Wisdom in Venezuela


By Beatrice E. Rangel

Venezuela today is a barren land.

18 years of copycatting the Cuban revolution, have brought the largest depository of proven oil reserves to be unable to secure power for its households.

Rampant crime keeps people under curfew to secure their dwindling possessions and their lives.

A recently elected congress where the majority of its members represent opposition forces has been nullified by a despotic executive branch of government that monopolizes coercion tools.

The nation is socially and spiritually fragmented beyond repair by a government that chooses to throw the remains of an oil bonanza selectively on those who are wholeheartedly or transitionally loyal.

Health care and basic food are denied to the majority of the people who -- placed in survival mode -- cannot rise to resist oppression. Up until mid-May 2016, the country seemed to drift alone through its predicament.

But just as the Idus Martiae in 44 BC became synonym for a turning point after the assassination of Julius Cesar marked the transition from the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire, the Ides of May 2016 will be remembered as a watershed from tyranny to freedom in the Western Hemisphere.

Indeed, the plight of the Venezuelan people has finally been heard by the international community that has begun its slow but certain march towards rescuing the remains of what was once the hemispheric democracy showcase.

Institutions and nations interested in bringing the Bolivarian nightmare to a halt seem to be coming together.

First, in Venezuela, where the people inflicted an astounding electoral defeat on a government in the parliamentary elections of December.

Second, Colombia seems to be realizing that all the efforts made to conclude a peace agreement will be void should the Venezuelan territory continue to be used as drug producing and distributing platform for the guerrillas.

Third, the U.S. has begun to fear a massive migratory flow to the Caribbean islands, Colombia and Panama when Venezuelans take to the seas to survive famine, disease and persecution.

Fourth, Brazil, the aspiring regional power is being transformed by the materialization of rule of law, where an independent Congress has cut short the mandate of a President that did not abide by the constitutional limits to her power.

Finally, the OAS is seeing the determination of a leader that comes from Uruguay, a country that chose many centuries ago to give priority to the rule of law. Secretary General Luis Almagro has consistently upheld the Venezuelan Constitution against abuses from the Venezuelan regime.

Taken together all these events are creating a critical mass to generate a turning point from oppression to freedom in the birthplace of Bolivar.

It is also noteworthy to mention the crusade waged by a Venezuelan trio from civic society. Lilian Tintori and Mitzy Capriles, wives of perhaps the most famous and persecuted prisoners of conscience in Venezuela -- Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma -- have taken upon themselves the task of demonstrating to the world that the Venezuelan regime has no democratic clothes.


The third Venezuelan is a distinguished diplomat and political analyst who bequeathed to the world a conflict resolution method known as the Arria formula. Diego Arria has left no international organization or fora untouched when revealing the true nature of the Venezuelan regime. His persistence has changed the view point of most world leaders.

This has created a blanket of good will very similar to that enveloping Chile and Nicaragua when these nations were able to shake off oppression and bode for freedom. This blanket will prove to be essential to the resurrection of democracy in the land of Miranda.

Beatrice Rangel is President & CEO of the AMLA Consulting Group, which provides growth and partnership opportunities in US and Hispanic markets. AMLA identifies the best potential partner for businesses which are eager to exploit the growing buying power of the US Hispanic market and for US Corporations seeking to find investment partners in Latin America. Previously, she was Chief of Staff for Venezuela President Carlos Andres Perez as well as Chief Strategist for the Cisneros Group of Companies.

For her work throughout Latin America, Rangel has been honored with the Order of Merit of May from Argentina, the Condor of the Andes Order from Bolivia, the Bernardo O'Higgins Order by Chile, the Order of Boyaca from Colombia, and the National Order of Jose Matías Delgado from El Salvador.

You can follow her on twitter @BEPA2009 or contact her directly at BRangel@amlaconsulting.com.




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