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The Myth and Reality of Venezuelan Migration to Trinidad and Tobago in the 21st century

The Myth and Reality of the Venezuelan migration to Trinidad and Tobago

The migrant flow to T&T in the 21st century started in the post failed April 2002 coup against Chavez, the assault on PDVSA and the rebellion displayed in Altamira thereafter. Hard core anti-Chavistas came with their skills to T&T, found employment and continue to seek to be the face and voice of the Venezuelan migrant community in the 21st century. But their reality is not the reality of those now entering T&T since 2013 and especially since 2018 as an entirely different demographic is now flooding our shores. The T&T media continues to peddle the rhetoric of this group as “the reality” and in so doing are willingly evading presenting the other realities which and will continue to impact our national security.

Before the coming of the anti-Chavista group, T&T as a result of the drug trade was always visited by organised crime from Venezuela and select individuals established families in T&T and took up residence in T&T. This organised crime group established deep operational linkages in T&T with T&T groups and was well placed to exploit any and all developments in Venezuela that allows them to earn, to generate wealth. They are silent, faceless and wield great power over the entire Venezuelan migrant community of T&T.

In the period 2012 the flow started where Venezuelan women came to Trinidad and were purchased with a bride price of TTD 20,000 to 30,000 and the man paying the bride price must marry her legally under the laws of T&T. With marriage and her legal residence in T&T the process commenced of importing her family, friends etc. At this same time the children of families with a T&T citizen as a parent or grandparent started the process of returning home. They are bilingual and easily found jobs and integrated themselves into the social order of part of their ancestry. The demand to enter T&T was now rising in Venezuela but specifically in the eastern zone of Venezuela namely Sucre, Delta Amacuro and Monagas states and amongst those in the rest of Venezuela who knew of T&T as in Valencia. This zone is critically underdeveloped compared to the oil zone and Caracas and is the eastern drug trafficking zone of Venezuela. Changes in the order of the drug trade in the 21st century deeply impacted this zone as the nature of the supply of product changed and more tonnage was shifted to Brazil for export. This dislocation flowed with the severe neo-liberal austerity Maduro applied in response to the fall in oil prices intensifying the dislocation and suffering in this zone. One response to this economic malaise was migration to T&T.

This rising demand created the provision of the supply of services by organised crime in Venezuela working with those in T&T. Packages of services were formulated with cost attached in US dollars and those with no linkages to , no resources in T&T to utilise bought those packages. Those who cannot afford those packages then found themselves in the hands of the bottom feeders. The fundamental rule is that to travel to T&T you must pay the transporter and the tax levied by the agents of the state. You choose a transporter who refuses to pay the tax then anything is possible. You choose a transporter who is underselling organised crime then anything can happen.

What is obvious is that the client is willingly taking part in a criminal enterprise to enter T&T and they abide by the rules of the game set out by the transporters. The commitment by the client to criminality is hierarchical as the apex is to be transported to T&T evading immigration and customs, picked up on landing in T&T, transported to a safe house and provided with employment. This package starts at USD 3,000 with the most expensive package being entry into T&T via an airline, a no problem exit via immigration, pick up at the airport and transportation to the safe house and employment starting at USD 5,000. The run of the mill route was via the ferries out of Guiria, passage through immigration and customs, pick up and transport etc USD 3,500 minimum. With the closure of the ferry for runs into T&T you now must pay for an illicit entry which is the barest minimum dropped off on T&T soil, no transportation internally, no safe house, no job: USD 500 per head. This is not a charity you must pay one way or the other. You pay cash US dollars or you sell yourself and your children if they are with you into slavery. Those with family in T&T who are paying where are they generating the income to pay this price per head? This is a price that many of us in T&T, citizens of T&T cannot afford! If they are paying from Venezuela understand the reality of this. In Venezuela today the minimum wage is about USD 8 per month which means that to earn USD 500 will take 62.5 months which means that you and your family have resources whether licit or illicit or both. The discourse is that you are suffering, poor and indigent which meant that you sold yourself and your children where applicable into slavery. Why then enter T&T fully outfitted in keeping with the manual of the human smugglers: no Venezuelan passport nor cedula which means that you are stateless and cannot be easily deported. A passport today in Venezuela officially costs SB 160,000 and a renewal SB 80,000 and you can purchase one unofficially for much less then the minimum package in USD to be illicitly inserted in T&T. Whilst a cedula is obtained unofficially for way much less so you are a genuine migrant and you don’t even have a cedula? Try that on the regime change media of T&T not a T&T panyol as myself. Next smuggling play, every Venezuelan interdicted in a brothel was trafficked and is a sex slave because you are taught that you are an illegal migrant working in an illegal industry so when caught cry a lot and give the story of being forced into sexual slavery as it buys you sympathy. The overwhelming reality in T&T and the rest of the Caribbean especially the Dominican Republic is that the demand for transportation for sexual work by Venezuelans outstrips supply. You then have to be a very small minority to have fallen into the hands of those who have to hold women in bondage to be sex workers when the overwhelming majority are willing. Contrary to the myth of Hollywood hard core human smugglers don’t view bondage sex workers as being earners and viable as they as they pose potent risks to the sustainability of the criminal enterprise. In T&T today the human smugglers are now faced with earning from those who cannot pay for their services and they intend to collect their debt which has resulted in handing them off to others who will exploit their labour and service the debt to the smugglers. We now have flesh markets with the most valuable being the markets for the children owned by the smugglers for services rendered attracting the pedophile rings that trawl the Caribbean moving in. Child pedo porn made in T&T anyone!

This flow of Venezuelan women into the sex trade in the T&T market has now resulted in a surplus of Spanish favours on the market which has destroyed the previous situation of demand outstripping supply to one of oversupply which has collapsed the price of Spanish favours. Venezuelan crime groups have moved in and established residences selling favours throughout T&T which has negatively impacted the market position of the powerful, traditional brothels that dominated the supply of Spanish favours. The collapse in the price of Spanish favours has impacted the demand for and the price of favours from non-Spanish women thereby dislocating the market for sexual favours in T&T. This trend is now operational in Tobago. This is a trend noted in the Dominican Republic where in a country that supplies the highest per capita number of its citizens to sex work in the world, the Venezuelans have now flooded into the industry in such numbers seeking to displace the citizens of the Dominican Republic in the industry in the Dominican Republic.

Before the flow of Venezuelan migrants to T&T became a wave Venezuelan organised crime in T&T was undergoing a change that commenced in the fourth quarter of 2013 that is now changing the landscape of supply and gangland in T&T. The new order of the Mexican transnational trafficking organisations impacted Venezuela and by extension T&T generating problems of supply for those who found themselves excluded from the Mexican supply chain. The migrant flow and then the wave brought Venezuelan organised crime and gangland into T&T who had no presence in T&T previously. These new entrants from street gang members on the run from FAES in Venezuela because they lost a war over supply and turf to members of trafficking organisations in Zulia and Tachira states they are now here and the terms of endearment with the occupiers of the turf with their allies in gangland have to be worked out. Both the original and the newly arrived control the smuggling into and intra T&T of the migrants and wield power over the migrant community who have all taken a vow of umerto. The central issue for T&T is the relationship with gangland T&T that will be worked out by the new entrants as they are disruptors in an already unstable terrain in transition under the hegemony of the Mexicans. Already the signs are that the new arrivals are promising those displaced by the new order, supply of what they are looking for ganja and guns but as to their ability to supply and their potential to trigger a gangland war if they can does not bode well for T&T. Another reality that must be understood and monitored is the arrival of Venezuelans with military and law enforcement training and experience within the migrant flow seeking employment. These are assets organised crime and gangland will not fail to exploit to their benefit especially if they are indebted to the transporters. Whilst the migrant flow is the best way to import foot soldiers from Venezuela. Finally, the members of organised crime groups and Venezuelan gangland present in T&T will not register with the government as they must remain nameless, faceless with no trace of them in the system. The challenge is come and find me and deport me! The terrain of criminality in T&T has now changed markedly with this wave of migrants from Venezuela.

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April 30, 2019, Venezuela and the geo-political gambit

Venezuela: May 30, 2019 what was that! An attempted coup d’etat, a cessation of usurpation or where Guaido and Maduro merged

Whatever that action was on May 30, 2019 in Venezuela all it proved is that there is no difference between Maduro and Guaido as they both live on the glory of others. Maduro on that of Chavez and Guaido on the implied power of the US on their own, singly, personally they are farts in a gale of wind. Maduro now finds that he must now make room in his pantheon of those whose legacy he feeds off for Putin and Xi Jinping in order to survive politically in Venezuela. Whilst Guaido must forever be the lapdog of the Washington oligarchy of the US. Both Maduro and Guaido have then single handedly destroyed the independence of Venezuela where a simple internal political struggle has now ballooned into a turf war between Trump vs China and Russia who have clearly drawn a line in the sand using the actions of Trump against Iran and Venezuela. Maduro and Guaido are doing every thing and anything in their power to bring this internal conflict to a conflict on the world stage for they are nothing without the intervention of transnational conflict. Maduro and Guaido need each other: they both want no new elections which will open up the field to candidates previously barred from entering for both of them will lose, they both desire to rule Venezuela for ad infinitum using poverty as the weapon of social control, They both share the same neo-liberal financial market austere crony, brigand capitalist worldview and they are both Afro-mestizo with a deep grave, inferiority complex in favour of the blancos of the North Atlantic.

In the presidential elections of 2013 when it was potently illustrated that Maduro was not the heir of the Chavez revolution, he set about the task of purging the Chavistas paying no mind to the grave weaknesses of the economy in light of US regime change agendas made manifest long before Trump. Maduro’s agenda was to apply a dose of neo-liberal austerity whilst intensifying all the endemic weak points of the national infrastructure and economy. Rather than sell CITGO and exit the US he held on to it, rather than defaulting on the debt he squeezed Venezuelans with the Maduro diet to service the debt rather than fixing the national electricity grid he and his gang looted the nation. The result was hyperinflation that is now here to stay and has impoverished Venezuelans. Maduro’s strategy enabled the Trump assault on Venezuela rather that adopting counter measures in advance.

Guaido and his blanco overlord Lopez did everything in their power to make Venezuela ungovernable and in doing so made Maduro relevant for they never had intentions to participate in the process as they are convinced they cannot defeat Chavez’s ghost. Maduro is then their greatest asset and the unearned gift Chavez handed them. Now the question arises of what is Guaido doing with the access to sanctioned funds of Venezuela Trump has given access to? For the masses are certainly not reaping the benefits of these funds whilst the bondholders of Venezuela are. Since April 30, the masses have voted with their feet on Guaido seen in the collapse of the crowds he now draws in his public campaign to end the usurpation. Whilst all of these games are ongoing in Venezuela the future will be decided by the power relations between now two opposed groups of world power: China and Russia staring down Trump. This is what is important for there is stalemate in Venezuela which will be broken by the actions of these two groups and the terrain of this action must be understood for Maduro, Guaido, the Fanb and the masses are reacting to these power relations for both Maduro and Guaido are politically irrelevant without this power relation. In 2019 Maduro was slated for removal by the Chavista movement many insist that his replacement was slated to be Diosdado. Trump saved Maduro to have him face off with Guaido rather than a new Chavista face. The question now arises of the continued survival of Maduro given his dismal leadership record, at this time time when the global battle for Venezuela has now arrived at the cusp of invasion and war. Does China and Russia want and need Maduro in Miraflores at this critical juncture in the world power engagement?

For this analysis three articles on the role of Russia in Venezuela by the Jamestown Foundation of the US will be deconstructed to reveal a discourse of the world power game in Venezuela and how it impacts power relations between China, Russia and the US with Venezuela as a proxy for direct engagement between these powers.

Article 1:Behind the scenes of Russia’s military detachment to Venezuela (April 2, 2019
https://jamestown.org/program/behind-the-scenes-of-russias-military-detachment-to-venezuela/

On March 23, 2019 it was reported that 99 Russian military specialists arrived in Venezuela and are still there. On March 28, 2019 it was reported that 28 of the 99 Russian military specialists who are cyber experts were posted at Cuidad Guayana at the heart of the Venezuelan hydro-electric generation system supposedly to hardened the electrical system from further cyber attacks. Which points to a double pronged mission aim for the 99 Russian military specialists and their commander on the ground in Venezuela. These are: 1. to harden key strategic national infrastructure against cyber attacks and 2, to quickly establish a national command and control system with its infrastructure over the mainly Russian built and supplied anti-aircraft and anti-missile assets of Venezuela. Key to this task is the commissioning and deployment of the S 300 anti-aircraft and anti- missile batteries which are still in their shipping containers. On March 28, 2019 Cuban media reported that it was Diosdado Cabello who negotiated the stationing of the Russian military contingent in Venezuela, its mission scope and terms of engagement. On March 30, Cuban media reported that Venezuela received 65 tons of aid from China which signals China’s commitment to engaging the US and its stated aim of regime change. Issues then arise if Diosdado will soon replace Maduro as the leader of the government and what is the allocation of roles between China and Russia in this joint effort to stymie Trump’s strategy for regime change. What is obvious is that Russia and China have drawn the line in the sand for Trump over Venezuela and this throwing down of the gauntlet has much more to do than the billions of USD both countries have pumped into Venezuela. Trump’s white supremacist foreign policy in action has earned and generated this push back. Venezuela is now a proxy war between world powers.

Article 2: Russia steps deeper into the Venezuelan battleground (May 2, 2019)

https://jamestown.org/program/russia-steps-deeper-into-the-venezuelan-battleground/

This article alleges that a deal was made between Moscow, Beijing and Washington with the high command of the FANB to remove Maduro install Guaido who will then call elections. On April 30, 2019 the FANB refused to comply with the deal allegedly as a result of actions taken by Guaido on the morning of April 30, 2019 and squashed the deal. The article details the Venezuelan military’s potential to do grave harm to any invasion force with a commissioned and operational anti-aircraft and and anti-missile system consisting of Russian hardware under Russian oversight in Venezuela. For the collapse oi the deal to remove Maduro with a palace coup means that war is now the only means to regime change. The article lists the hardware Venezuela possesses on the ground as: S-300VM (Antey-2500) long range interceptors, Buk-M2 and S-125 Pechora short range anti-aircraft missiles. If Russia has now decided that it will now play a game of chicken with Trump as it is willing to engage militarily with the US and its proxies bordering Venezuela then this is a whole new ball game. A ball game that dwarfs the game Russia plays in Syria the effects of which will wash over all of us in the Caribbean. The white supremacist bully boy on the block just got a throw down in his backyard. How many wars can you fight simultaneously Venezuela, Iran, North Korea plus a trade war that is growing cold with China and a cold war with Russia?

Article 3: Putin and Lavrov rebuff Pompeo’s overtures in Sochi

https://jamestown.org/program/putin-and-lavrov-rebuff-pompeos-overtures-in-sochi/

This article deals with the strategic need for a deal with Moscow if Trump is to attain his foreign policy agenda involving Iran and Venezuela. Trump simply cannot fight two wars simultaneously limiting the political fall out on his re-election bid without Russia giving up one of the two or both. It is as simple as that! Hence Trump’s phone call to Putin and Pompeo’s visit to Russia to speak to Putin. But Putin is calling the shots as Trump needs Russian acquiescence not Putin therefore Putin chose to play coy in Sochi. The central issue Trump must now face is credibility and trust or what have you ever done for me? You simply cannot trust a deal breaker and now the chickens are coming home to roost. The article insists that Russia has three strategic aims: to resist all efforts for regime change in Venezuela, to resist all attempts to strangle Iran by sanctions or military means and to stymie all US efforts to divide China and Russia. Trump has handed Putin the means to effect his strategy to limit US geo-political power whilst boosting Russia’s military power towards bargaining with the US from a position of strength. What happens in Venezuela will be decided in Washington, Moscow and Beijing not in Venezuela and in this brawl of the elephants, all of us, the grass of the Third World will be trampled. Now is the time that we put T&T’s interest and our national security first. Let the elephants who are fighting over the carcass of Venezuela deal with the blow-back from their actions. We in T&T had no hand in the debacle of Venezuela why must we now pay the price?

Kilo Bricks on the Hull of the LNG Tanker, Pax Mexicana

The load of kilo bricks found attached to the underside of a LNG tanker being loaded for delivery to Spain at Atlantic, Point Fortin is by far the loudest shot across the bow of ship T&T. It is now apparent that the Mexican Transnational Trafficking Organisation (MTTOs) are now turning T&T into a major trafficking hub of the  Southern Caribbean. Guyana, Suriname, French Guyana and T&T all  under the operational command of Brazil will now form the alternate trafficking axis as Venezuela is no longer a capable premier trafficking point to international markets. When you have 11 international  airlines abandoning Venezuela in six years how do you traffic your product? Let those who continue to vomit the static propaganda of 200 to 500 tonnes of cocaine entering and leaving Venezuela through that ramshackle, collapsed  economy answer this question. The regime change propaganda that masks the reality that Brazil  is the current premier export point but there is no war on  Brazil just as there is no war on drugs. Every single tanker that enters and leaves Atlantic and Point Lisas to all parts of the world is now under the gaze of the MTTOs’ sophisticated trafficking arms in T&T with their T&T and Caribbean gangland affiliates. If the pictures published in two daily newspapers are in fact of the loads of bricks removed from the hull of the LNG tanker, they are the real deal, the standard packaging used by the MTTOs for this trafficking mode. Where divers attach the packages under cover of darkness when the tanker has entered the turning bay, docked and is attached to the LNG supply. Upon arrival at  the destination of the load divers retrieve the load. This means the the MTTOs have penetrated the security of Atlantic and for all other ports of T&T that are relevant to their operations. The players are now in the house and the fakers created by the Valle Norte model must bow down even lower than they are already bowing. The ammonia, methanol, urea etc tankers are now all on the line. The Zimmern Beharry organisation had the audacity and insight to traffic drugs to the US on those same tankers from Point Lisas and Beharry paid for this with three consecutive life sentences in a US Federal prison. Those who gave up Beharry are now facing their Karma. Such is life. Pax Mexicana!!

To those who insisted I am mad over the years. To those who s destroyed my means to make a legal living. To those who hope I will simply shut up and go away. You will never grasp the reality that delusion cannot deal with reality on the ground, much less change it and you are all delusional. You all manufacture denial out of delusion, drinking the kool aid you have brewed for the masses. Now deal with  this reality, the reality of PAX MEXICANA!!

Chinese Transnational Organised Crime or Bottom Feeders in Trinidad and Tobago

March 4, 2019

Chinese Transnational Organised Crime Groups in T&T

On February 5, 2019 the public relations machine of the State and the adoring corporate media bombarded Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) with news of 19 Spanish speaking girls presumed to be Venezuelans being freed from captivity as sex slaves at locations in Westmoorings and Woodbrook. We were told that eighteen persons were arrested in this operation which included six Chinese nationals and four Venezuelan men. To-date two supposedly Chinese nationals have been charged with offences under the Gambling and Betting Act not one of the 18 arrested have been charged with human trafficking and sixteen remain under arrest with no charges laid period. Apparently arrest without being charged for a considerable of time is standard operating procedure.

In order to understand what went down on February 5, 2019 you must understand the operational procedures of the transnational organised crime groups (TOCG) that dominate human smuggling in the Caribbean, Central and South America namely the Mexican Transnational Trafficking Organisations (MTTOs) and their affiliates from China in this region, the Fujian transnational organised crime groups (FTOCGs) and the Triads from Hong Kong, Taiwan and the rest of South-East Asia termed Chinese Transnational organised Crime Groups (CTOCGs). Every single operational reality of the February 5 operation revealed in the public domain to-date breaks every operational procedure that governs the operation of these groups in this region. The operation dismantled in T&T was not that of the hegemonic TOCGs of this region and their operations in T&T continue unhindered and untouched. The dime was dropped on a renegade operation of Venezuelans and Asians who were not sanctioned, they were not paying their dues and they were posing a threat to sanctioned operations by their sloppiness, haphazard and stupid modus operandi. What is apparent is that the source of supply of Venezuelan women was Venezuelan organised crime in T&T and Venezuela, (namely the Sindicatos) where a variety of methods were utilised to secure supply. These comprise of: the sale of smuggling services to Venezuelan families where the full premium package sold involved the promise of legal entry into T&T, employment and long term earning potential. Another package was you paid to be smuggled into T&T and was guaranteed employment as a sex worker. Another was you paid to be smuggled and upon arriving in T&T you were told you owed additional money which you pay off by sex work. And in T&T, Venezuelan organised crime simply picked up select targets who were here illegally or legally. They then passed these Venezuelan women to the Asian operators who housed them and ran the sex slave operations. The most valuable prize with young women is the hymen intact sex slave where the hymen is sold to the highest bidder thereafter the value of the sex worker falls with each trick turned. The turnover rate is very high and there is a surplus of Hispanic women available in the sex trade of the Caribbean and Latin America. The market value of Hispanic women in sex work in the Western hemisphere simply does not merit the involvement of transnational organised crime but Chinese women well that is another story. Nor the risk to kidnap such women when there is an overabundance of them willing to pay to be smuggled in order to turn tricks. The demand for services to be smuggled in order to turn tricks outstrips supply in Central and South America and the Caribbean.

The business model then does not match Mexican and Chinese transnational organised crime in the Caribbean, Central and South America. What has to be determined is if the Asians are in fact bona fide Chinese nationals, for they can be ethnic Chinese from South-East Asia as Vietnam, Singapore and Thailand to name a few who followed the entry of the Chinese construction companies into T&T. If so, they are the bottom feeders of Asian organised crime in T&T and are willing to do anything to earn. If nationals of China then they are not members of the FTOCGs who are very powerful and active throughout the Western Hemisphere for they do not show the discipline, ruthlessness and methodology of the FTOCGs. The same applies to the Triads. These are then opportunistic criminals from China why by their actions are devoid of links to the power players of this region and lack key crucial resources and discipline which constitute the threat they pose to the stealth operations of CTOGS in T&T which have not been exposed publicly much less interdicted since the arrival of the Triads in the late 19th century. The Snake Head of T&T has then powerful reasons to drop the dime on this operation and with the dime dropped the message to those arrested is silence.

In the human smuggling game, players always want you to pay to be smuggled which makes you a willing accomplice to a criminal act. You don’t complain during the journey, you are very compliant and obedient which is essential when crossing illicitly a series of international borders. That is why the coyotes and the Fujianese smugglers have an aversion to transporting kidnapped persons, this is the trademark of a low level hustler gang seeking only to rob, kill and maim their cargo which is bad for the business. All smugglers drill it into their clients that if caught you must have no personal ID on you and insist that you are a victim of traffickers who forced you against your will but never testify in court for they know your family and where you are. And almost always those who say they are victims never ask to be returned to their country of origin for they did everything to leave and by pleading victimisation they hope to be allowed to stay where they were interdicted. This is because if you admit you were willingly smuggled you face jail but if you say you were trafficked then you are a victim and the T&T State simply does not have the means to prove otherwise and don’t want to because they are scoring brownie points by interdicting human traffickers. Transnational organised crime works us like salts.

FTOCGs and CTOGs are all affiliated to the MTTOs as the MTTOs command the approaches to the US and Canada for human smuggling through the US-Mexico border and from the US territories in the Caribbean namely the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The FTOGs and the CTOGs move smuggled humans i.e. Chinese to Central and South America then to Mexico for the crossing. They also supply drug precursors for the manufacture of synthetic drugs as meth and fentanyl, heroin and cocaine, fake goods, counterfeit goods, synthetic drugs, electronic goods both consumer and industrial to the MTTOs and arms. In an outward flow to China and Asia the CTOGs traffick cocaine and rare and exotic animals and their body parts many are endangered and critically endangered as Jaguar body parts and skins, turtles their eggs and young turtles, birds and fish swim bladders and highly prized endangered logwood as rosewood, crude oil, gold, diamonds and coltan.  This trade in animals and logwood is more valuable than the drug trade. These groups now dominate the trade in Chinese women for the sex trade. The scale and expanse of trafficking operations of the CTOGs in Central America, South America and the Caribbean indicate that the T&T operation exposed in February 2019 is the work of bottom feeders.

In T&T the CTOGs have worked their dominant model of human smuggling since the early 20th century and it remains intact where Chinese move into T&T with the proper immigration approvals bought by the organisation. The persons brought in are bonded to front businesses owned by the CTOGs or under the dominion of the CTOGs where these persons work until such time that the move on to the next stage of their journey to the USA or Canada. The openly illicit side of the business is never mixed with the licit face so you don’t run sex houses using your smuggling repositories for your Chinese clients. The sex houses they run are exclusive operations catering for those who can afford their desire for Asian women especially Chinese women. Whereas the bottom feeders are smuggling in Asians not paying their dues to the agents of the State for legal documentation to enter, to reside and work, then placing this illicit labour as bonded labour in their licit front businesses where the illicit businesses of gambling, the sex trade and the holding of sex slaves are all housed. This business model demands huge injections of impunity purchased from State agents who eventually end up as silent partners which increases the vulnerability of this business model and the fall out generated from its operation including violence. This is a grave threat to a CTOCGs business model that has been in sustainable operation in Trinidad for close to 100 years, the violence that results, has already broken out commencing with the assassination of the Dragon’s Tail of T&T and it continues.

It is entertaining to watch the gymnastics of the local corporate media who always toed the western media line of opposition to Chavez and now Maduro as they skirt the pressing issue of Venezuelan organised crime cells in T&T amongst the “victims of socialism” calling the shots. The Sindicatos in T&T now present a clear and present danger to all of us and T&T as they exert real power over, especially the recently arrived Venezuelan group in T&T both legal and illegal. The interdiction of February 5, 2019 proves this and it is only a matter of time the activity of the Sindicatos will spur an intensification of the turf wars in T&T’s gangland as has already happened in isolated areas.

All Chinese simply don’t look alike to me as I can clearly discern my maternal grandfather Chin Min Lun from Minister Young as is the difference between spoken Cantonese, Fujian dialect and Mandarin such is the benefit of being mixed.

17 March 2019

The Newsday newspaper of 15 March 2019 reported that a Chinese national who grew up in Guyana and a Venezuelan female were charged under the Sexual Offences Act for running a brothel and assisting in running a brothel. No one is to-date charged with human trafficking thereby falsifying the grand media talk on the day of the bust. The methodology of the Chinese male was most sloppy as it is alleged he was running a brothel out of a house that he leased from its owner in his  name. Simply not up to par for CTNOC except he was the fall guy for the Snake Head. The source of the women to work in the sex trade remains intact and is chugging along and the next stage is witnesses to testify which will definitely indicate the nature of the operation. Again bottom feeders put in their place whilst the players operate with impunity.

Frantz Fanon for the 21st Century Volume 2 Published

“Frantz Fanon for the 21st Century Volume 2 Frantz Fanon’s Discourse of Decolonisation and Violence, the Nature of Power and Power Relations of Neo-Colonial African States” is now published online as an e-book and available on Google Play. This is a deconstruction of Fanon’s final book “The Wretched of the Earth” and his political writings on Africa published posthumously titled “Towards the African Revolution.” This deconstruction places Fanon’s position on violence and decolonisation in the context of Fanon’s discourse revealing the logic of his position. Fanon’s analysis of neo-colonial domination and power is exposed to reveal his insinuation of the existence of a colonial/neo-colonial continuum which exposes the  need to unravel the enslavement/colonial domination continuum which I am presently writing.

Maduro, Guaido, USA and the FANB: The Unspoken Power Broker of Venezuela Today

The Power Broker of Venezuela: The Mexican Transnational Trafficking Organisations (MTTOs)

The model presently being utilised in Venezuela by the US deep state is the Chilean 1973 model where you utilise street protests and all other measures to cripple the economy and then apply the coup de grace with a coup d’état of the armed forces. In Venezuela presently Maduro and his kleptocracy mafia and the Boligarchs have done everything in their power to loot and destroy the economy so there is simply nothing left to destroy. You have public transport buses without tyres and telephones in homes without copper cable connecting them to the exchanges. Whilst there is no opposition to Maduro you have oppositions perpetually fighting amongst themselves and never bothering to present to the electorate an alternative discourse to Maduro’s for they have none. They have long walked away from elections because of their public displays of crab in a barrel syndrome choosing instead to call on America to solve their problem for them thereby ignoring the electorate and the constitution. There is only one common aim that binds all the disparate oppositions together and that is seizure of power through a US made coup and immediately set about the task of re-creating the power of the blanco oligarchy of the Punto Fijo politics of Venezuela crippled by Chavez and his politics. They then intend to write on the present political landscape of Venezuela a return to racist apartheid rooted in austere neo-liberal neo-colonial capitalism thereby marking all the living products of the Chavez Experiment with literal, physical death. Guaido is just a face, an Afro-Mestizo face deliberately chosen as the mask for the blanco oligarchy and their US overlords calling the shots. The fact that that face had to be chosen for this political action at this time illustrates the power of Chavez today in spite of his death.

Maduro and his cohorts have since Chavez’s death potently signalled that they are willing and capable of dismantling the Chavez platform replacing it with crony neo-liberal state kleptocracy capitalism to the benefit of the Boligarchs and the detriment of the masses. There is then no fundamental difference between Maduroismo and anti-Chavismo on the ground in the daily management of the Venezuelan state, the structure of the social order and the power relations between the masses and the State. Under Maduroismo, Chavismo is now a memory and no one in the oppositions has publicly articulated the plan to dismantle Chavismo that matches the record of Maduroismo in erasing Chavismo on the ground in Venezuela. Why then in the face of a blatant incompetent oppositions who can only generate a civil war in Venezuela the US political elite refuses to make the deal that Maduroismo has worked so hard to attain?  Explaining this refusal of the US swamp is like explaining the sustainable hyperinflation in Venezuela that baffles wester neo-liberal economic theorising to this day. They simply don’t have the mental furniture to see the deal and make the deal for all they can see is the expression of US power regardless of the blowback on the US thereafter. You call it white supremacist absolutism.

The Afro-Mestizo Guaido has no option but to call and work for the FANB seizing power by a coup making promises he hopes will be backed up by the US as he apparently does not read US history of its imperial interventions. Maduroismo has no choice but to call for and to make promises to avert a coup but with the track record of Maduroismo in keeping promises such as the pernil and the ham for Christmas 2018, the living wage, medicines and electricity it is obvious that Guaido and Maduroismo are in fact the expression of a political reality in Venezuela where they are supposedly mortal political enemies but all with the same identity: corrupt, vassals to the west, anti-masses, elitist and most importantly vassals of the Mexican Transnational Trafficking Organisations (MTTOS). Which means that whatever the outcome in the war of the clones the MTTOs win and are in charge.

In February 2004 the MTTOs through their Colombian and Haitian affiliates executed the overthrow of the presidency of Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti using the instrument of a drug funded and manned militia headed by their minions in Haiti. In the aftermath of this political action in 2004 to 2019 every single aspect of Haitian life has been criminalised making the most potent criminal state in the Caribbean basin today. One indicator of this reality is the growing power Haitian organised crime is exerting on the ground in the Dominican Republic as no longer are Haitians vassals of Dominican organised crime groups. In the DR, Haitian organised crime controls the ganja trade such is their power today which flows from the post 2004 reality. Presently Venezuelan trafficking is dominated by the MTTOs and their affiliates and deep links exist between the politicians, state officials, the oligarchs, the Guardia Nacional and the FANB. Guaido has to literally seek the permission of the MTTOs to literally persuade the FANB to do the coup on Maduroismo. Will the US deep state be part of these negotiations? Maduroismo already dancing with the MTTOs must stave off this bid by deepening the ties with the MTTOs and tackling the issues that are hindrances to effective trafficking as: greedy officials, an unreliable supply of quality fuel and the degradation of the infrastructure necessary to effective trafficking. Whoever captures the state is then the captive of the Washington swamp and the MTTOs but Washington is absent of the ground whilst the MTTOs and their affiliates are on the ground and constitute daily reality for hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans as was the case with Haiti. In the aftermath of any action, coup, counter coup and civil war the MTTOs will criminalise the daily life of Venezuelans first of the urban ranchos which will form the basis of the destabilisation of the neighbours of Venezuela and the Caribbean island chain bringing the blowback to the soft under belly of the US.

The signs of the process of the bid to exert power over spaces towards hegemony and criminalisation is already apparent in the ranchos of west Caracas as Petare and Catia. In the swath of ranchos across the hills of wester Caracas where the armed gangs who have been engaged in a protracted battle with Maduroismo’s instruments of power as FAES for control of these ranchos are now utilising political protest as the new means to seize control of these spaces. The media of both sides of the same coin simply cannot see nor admit that the gang protests are a battle for gang control of space towards the criminalisation of this space. The gangs intend to be the power brokers of these spaces where either side of the supposed political divide will have to dance with them if they intend to wield state power.  There are also indications that the process is well advanced in the Venezuelan states that border with Colombia where the criminalisation of spaces now impacts electoral and other political behaviour. The Zulia, Táchira and Barinas model is now being applied to Caracas. The clone wars will then accelerate the process for the transformation of Venezuela into a clone of the Mexican model sitting on the north shore of the Caribbean basin with T&T just across a very small pond and the island chain so very close. Recognizing Guaido or Maduro is simply childish propaganda attempting to mask the complexity of a geo-political reality that cannot be reduced to slogans which has the explosive capacity to make our lives in this region even more violently difficult. I wonder what deal the art of the deal would make outside of the swamp?

Learn the Lesson from the US Trial of El Chapo Guzman

The Potent, Primary Lesson for the Caribbean from the Trial of El Chapo Guzman

In the trial of El Chapo Guzman presently ongoing in the Federal Court of Brooklyn, New York, USA the US Department of Justice (DoJ) produced Chupeta who testified against El Chapo. Chupeta was the face of the El Valle Norte Cartel that dominated the Colombian cocaine trade from the decade of the 1990s to the first decade of the 21st century following the collapse of the Medellin Federation and the Rodriguez Orejuela organisation. The Valle Norte Cartel brought a new business model to the cocaine trade 180 degrees distinctly different and apart from the model of Pablo and the Orejuela brothers as they were willing to sell kilo bricks to persons for cash at the wholesale level leaving the trafficking task to the purchaser or passing them on to trafficking outfits the cartel controlled where they were paid in cash or kind to traffic the kilos bricks to the US and Europe. Chupeta and his new business model unleashed a tsunami of cocaine trafficking in the decade of the 1990s that changed trafficking in Mexico and the Caribbean Basin. In the Caribbean island chain from the decade of the 1990s Chupeta’s business model gave birth to the super rich traffickers of the Caribbean who are citizens of Caribbean island states, live in the Caribbean and now dominate the oligarchies of these Caribbean island states. In 2007 the US got its hands on Chupeta and he has been locked away from the public gaze for 12 years until he appeared in the Federal Courtroom in Brooklyn to put down the wuk on El Chapo one of the oligarchs he created who then took it upon himself to use his allies in the Mexican state to make him the Don of Mexico and see where it got him. Chupeta has the goods on the Caribbean oligarchs and he can do the same job on them that he did to El Chapo. All it takes is the will of the US deep state to make a deal with Chupeta in return for his testimony to the grand jury and in the trial. I wonder if they haven’t already made the deal with Chupeta? Then the extradition warrants arrive for 2 or 3 traffickers from a Caribbean island nation targeted by the deep state for various reasons which all circulate around the projection of US power to protect US interests. This has to be a calculated move for such extradition requests will destroy the legitimacy of the state especially its political order already in tatters for the legitimacy so long questioned by the poor masses of the decent and respectable elite will be destroyed. But deep state actors have in the past warned of the blow that is about to be delivered and the potential expanse of its kill zone in order to enable face saving compliance or servility with plausible denial. There is no reason to think that such a tactic will not be deployed. What must be noted in the terrain of this operational action is the possibility of strategic action in this threat horizon by the Mexican Transnational Trafficking Organisations (MTTOs). The MTTOs have discarded the Chupeta model by laying down an intensely policed and disciplined Pablo model under which there is no need for the Caribbean oligarchic traffickers. The MTTOs have a policy of dropping dimes on traffickers they intend to get rid of to the US agencies, as exemplified by what happened and is happening in Guatemala and Honduras. Maybe at this juncture dimes will begin dropping as this is a very cost effective way to purge an illicit order that is now marked for extinction/death. Only time will tell.

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