Our translation below is from nation-news.ru. Commentary is by Vince Dhimos.
Despite the yawning gap between rich and poor, there is still the tenacious belief in the Western world that the US and aligned states are places of opportunity where anyone can strike it rich. Thus when Westerners hear of elected officials helping the poor, they immediately get their hackles up and feel a certain resentment of the poor who receive help. Even many Westerners who cannot receive medical care due to pre-conditions and lack of funds simply can't see past their political indoctrination. Yet these same people watch their hard-earned tax money squandered on useless weapons and wars abroad that seem to target the poor and they think nothing of it. Their reasoning is that if a foreign people has a government not approved by Washington, it's their own fault and they deserve to have their homes bombed and their children blown to bits. It is surreal.
Psychologists call this normalcy bias. America sufferrs from a collective form of normalcy bias that has gripped the nation and left us in a group stupor. No war is too grotesque for us as long as only far-away people whom we've never met are the ones getting blown up. So far, by a conservative estimate, the US has murdered perhaps a half-million civiians from the air and left their homes a shambles.
This firm conviction that it is all their fault is why we feel nothing when we hear Trump threaten to resort to the military option in Venezuela.
But these are real people and the situation is not an abstraction. Real people will die for supporting a president who got 76% of the vote.
And refused to accept a US-backed self-appointed "president" who never ran for that office. But we're the good guys, right?
Support for the government in Venezuela is strong: social worker from Caracas explains why people are for Maduro
11 February 2019
In the poor areas of Caracas, the opposition has no support, everyone is in favour of Maduro, a member of the San José Clara Uribe Political Coordinating Council said in an exclusive interview with the Nation News special correspondent in Venezuela. From our correspondent.
The poor do not support Guaidó and his associates, said Clara Uribe, a member of the political coordinating council of the San José commune, in an interview with the Nation News special correspondent in Venezuela which is on the outskirts of Caracas.
Clara Uribe knows this first hand. She works in the field of assistance to the local poor, distributes monthly 15 thousand food packages in the Epujisito sector. It is located within the limits of the most disadvantaged and criminal regions of Caracas. Poverty has prevailed in this suburb for more than half a century, and only when the socialists came to power, first Hugo Chavez and then Nicolas Maduro, did they pay attention to these people, and the state helped them.
“Thanks to the government of Hugo Rafael Chávez, a gas pipeline was installed in our area and 750 houses were connected to it. At the same time, residents pay only one-tenth of one bolivar per month for all this. We can assume that the government supplies gas here for free, since the project is fully subsidized by the government. And the authorities do not intend to stop there. The plans include connection of 17 communes to the gas line. There are 39 of them here in all. The rest will continue to receive gas in cylinders, said Clara Uribe.
According to her, in addition to gas and food supplies, the government provides the poor people with medical care. In the suburbs of Caracas, eight primary medical care centres, two rehabilitation centres and one hospital have been opened.
Another area of state assistance is the fight against illiteracy of the population. For these purposes, in 2005, under Hugo Chavez, a special Mission Robinson was formed. Thanks to this work, illiteracy in Venezuela was eliminated. When asked by the correspondent whether the state aid would remain for the poor if Guaidó came to power, Clara replied that they were even afraid to think about such an outcome.
“God forbid that this should happen. No one has elected this Guaidó president, he has appointed himself, so we don’t even want to consider this possibility. President Maduro won the election. 67% of Venezuelans voted for him. And the impostor Guaidó, a member of parliament, only received 9 thousand votes. At the same time, I want to stress that our parliament does not execute the decision of the Supreme Court. The fact is that during the 2015 elections, serious irregularities were found in the state of Amazon. And until this issue is resolved, the legitimacy of the parliament is questionable,” explained Clara Uribe.
When asked how she felt about Russia, Clara replied that our country is a friend of Venezuela and is providing great assistance to the country.
“Russia is our best friend, who helps Venezuela, helps its efforts to turn Venezuela into a real power. Russia and China are our best friends,” Uribe emphasized.
Posted by: Julio Cezan