Montreal’s Venezuelan Community Calls for Peace and Democracy

Last Sunday my wife and I attended a Mass in an east-end Montreal church with a large Latino congregation. The service was a special one in that the theme was the current unrest in Venezuela. The church was crowded, standing room only. There could be no doubt that the vast majority of those in attendanceContinue reading “Montreal’s Venezuelan Community Calls for Peace and Democracy”

Venezuelan protests: Trump administration is sucking the air out of world news

This is Holy Week, the last week of Lent, which actually ends today, leading up to Easter. When I was in grade school we used to get a vacation from Thursday to Tuesday. These days, with spring breaks included in most school calendars,  the days off for Easter are limited to Good Friday and, inContinue reading “Venezuelan protests: Trump administration is sucking the air out of world news”

Venezuelan President Maduro Reacts to Fidel Castro’s Death

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! PleaseContinue reading “Venezuelan President Maduro Reacts to Fidel Castro’s Death”

Coals to Newcastle; Oil to Venezuela

There is an old adage used to indicate a superfluous activity, it likens the act to carrying coals to Newcastle. Newcastle is a coal-rich area in England, so why would anyone bring more. The oil-rich South American country is now, paradoxically, buying oil from the United States. A recent piece in the New York TimesContinue reading “Coals to Newcastle; Oil to Venezuela”

Express Kidnapping in Caracas; A Firsthand Experience

Journalist Matthew Fisher is currently filing reports for Canada’s The National Post from Caracas, Venezuela. In an ongoing series focused on the multitude of problems facing Venezuelans, the sub-head of his most recent column is: Life is cheap in Caracas, dubbed “the kidnap capital of the world”. The concept of kidnapping for financial gain isContinue reading “Express Kidnapping in Caracas; A Firsthand Experience”

World Focus Turns to Venezuela as Caracas Mayor is Arrested or Abducted

Once again the world’s media is turning its attention to the situation in Venezuela. The turmoil has been there all along, but now the world is taking notice after a bit of a hiatus. The recent arrest, or abduction depending on your political position, of Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma has caught the eye of majorContinue reading “World Focus Turns to Venezuela as Caracas Mayor is Arrested or Abducted”

Venezuela: Cheap Barbie Dolls and All About That Bass

In an odd about-face Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered retail outlets to reduce the price of Barbie Dolls. That most iconic of American toys, Barbie was once vilified by Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez who stated “the stupidity of Barbie”. One is left to wonder if Chavez actually tried to converse with the doll and,Continue reading “Venezuela: Cheap Barbie Dolls and All About That Bass”

Venezuela: Corruption, Oil Riches and Shortages of Basic Necessities

How can a country with the oil riches of Venezuela possibly have shortages of anything, let alone common household products? Could it be well-intentioned but poorly implemented mismanagement? Maybe, but I fear greed and corruption are more likely causes. If you have read my blog at all you will no doubt have noticed that IContinue reading “Venezuela: Corruption, Oil Riches and Shortages of Basic Necessities”

Venezuelan Protesters Face Heavily Armed Police

In Chicago in 1968 at the Democratic National Convention anti-war protesters were roughed-up by police  in what many  still refer to as a ‘police riot’.  The  chant ‘The whole world is watching’  became part of the protesters lexicon. Today more than ever, with the Internet and social media, the whole world is capable of watching.Continue reading “Venezuelan Protesters Face Heavily Armed Police”

Venezuela: Maduro Welcomes Castro – Hope He Likes Ketchup – While Cuban Flag Runs for Freedom

… during the welcoming ceremonies the Cuban flag, like so many of its citizens, made a break for freedom! As the juxtaposed photos below indicate, the old adage that full shelves are better for sales is being put to the test in Venezuela. On the left we see the bare milk and meat section whileContinue reading “Venezuela: Maduro Welcomes Castro – Hope He Likes Ketchup – While Cuban Flag Runs for Freedom”