VENEZUELA. I was listening to Aron Flams interview with journalist Annika Hernroth-Rothstein about her experiences in Venezuela. One day she met Kajsa “Ekis” Ekman there and she immediately started to lecture Annika to make sure she visited “the right” areas.
Worn down by the desperation of Venezuela and the sight of starving children told her that after reporting from several war zones she didn’t need advise from someone wearing a thouroghly ironed dress from Burberry. Kajsa is a classic “red wine leftists” who live in Stockholms trendiest parts.
Ekman promised some weeks ago that she would report on Venezuela on her FB page and in Aftonbladet and so far she has released some articles (1, 2, 3) describing the Caracas as a city full of life and hope. The people are provided by the state and they are happy. They support Maduro. The only cloud on the horizon is USA. There is a worry that they will bomb Venezuela and it’s Trumps blockade that has caused all problems in this socialist Utopia. Ekmans writings are full on propaganda, reminding me of others of her ilk praising China, Soviet and Cambodia. Countries were socialism happened to fail too. But don’t worry, it was all the US fault.
Kajsa seems to only have visited and talked to people of the same opinions that herself. She should have taken her own advise and perhaps visited the orphanage that Annika writes about below. Or the hospitals which had the quality of health care of the 1800s in 2016, which is so strange as the sanctions from the US and the European Council were imposed in 2017. If Maduro is so great, why is he closing the borders to the aid transports trying to help his people right now? Which conspiracy theory is he using to justify that?
Perhaps one shouldn’t be surprised that the socialists, who isn’t known for either humility or empathy, can watch children eating rotting food out of dumpsters and still focus on their ideological quest. Because in their world the kids isn’t victims of socialism, but of Donald Trump and their fate in’t interesting compared with the ideological battle. It’s the same thing over and over again. Same shit, different country.
You find some of Annika Hernroth-Rothstein writings about Venezuela here: The Jerusalem Post, National Review, Ledarsidorna, Washington Examiner. Clippings from Rebel Media. I also recommend How the Catholic Church is responding to Venezuela’s refugee crisis by Antonio De Loera-Brust.