Jamaica: Double Standards on Venezuela

Source:  Jamaica Observer
January 15 2019

by Mike John,  mickeyjMcG@mail.com

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President Nicolas Maduro wins another election 

I see where the Jamaican Government has voted not to recognise President Nicolas Maduro as the legitimate president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

They have not really given us any reason for their decision.

The double standard that exists is blatantly clear.

In Jamaica in 1983

In 1983, the People’s National Party (PNP) Opposition accused the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government of using a wrong voters’ list and decided not to contest the election. The JLP obviously got all the seats. Not a thing was said about the illegitimacy of the Government.

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In 2004 President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti was kidnapped by the UniteD States and flown out of the country. Neither Caricom nor the Organization of American States (OAS) did anything about the illegitimacy of the new Government.

In 2009 the democratically elected president of Honduras, Jose Manuel Zelaya, was overthrown. The OAS was again silent and the new president was accepted by the United States.

In 2017 the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) commissioned a report on Israel. Rima Khalaf, UN undersecretary general and ESCWA executive secretary, said the report was the “first of its type” from a UN body that “clearly and frankly concludes that Israel is a racist State that has established an apartheid system that persecutes the Palestinian people”.

The Jamaican Government remains in bed with Israel.

It is no secret that the United States has always wanted regime change in Venezuela long before Maduro. A deeper look at the situation easily shows that a devious, scheming hand is involved.

1 thought on “Jamaica: Double Standards on Venezuela

  1. PM Holness of Jamaica has Betrayed Venezuela’s Friendship and Sovereignty

    Dear Editor,

    I am writing to you to express my condemnation and disgust of the manifest hypocrisy of the Jamaican government not to recognize the constitutionally elected President of Nicholas Maduro of Venezuela in the OAS on Thursday, January 10th 2019.

    First of all Mr. Maduro won nearly 70% of the votes cast in an election declared to be fair and without fear by domestic and international observers last May 20th 2018.

    Secondly, the Venezuelan electoral system is said to be the fairest in the world even by ex-President Jimmy Carter who has observed elections in Venezuela several times.

    Interestingly, the GOJ has never voiced any criticism of the election of the President Maduro until apparently the US empire pushed it to vote for the delegitimization of the duly elected president of Venezuela.

    Frankly, Jamaica’s vote at the OAS is not only a vote against the cardinal principles of self-determination, non-intervention, peaceful settlement of conflicts within and between countries that have guided CARICOM’s foreign policy since its founding in 1973.

    Indeed, the Jamaican government’s decision to vote against Venezuela’s sovereignty is also in effect a vote against Jamaica’s sovereignty and the sovereignty of other CARICOM countries. However, PM Holness and his government should probably be reminded of the popular Jamaican saying “the same knife that sticks goat, sticks sheep.”

    Consequently , the argument of the Jamaican government that the Venezuelan government has engaged in hunan rights violations is actually laughable had it not been such an unpardonable lie.

    Truthfully, the Jamaican government not only needs to examine the multiple acts of police brutality against working class and poor youths that go unpunished for decades. Likewise, the Jamaican government should also be concerned not only with the multiple cases of police detentions and abuses of Jamaican citizens who have been jailed for weeks, months and perhaps years without trials but they should also be concerned with Jamaica’s reputation of several cases of extra-judicial killings of suspects and even innocent Jamaicans particularly youths by the police. Aren’t those cases of human rights violations?

    The fact is that the Jamaican government has in many instances never investigated these cases of wanton human rights abuses and so has no moral or political basis to criticize the government of Venezuela for human rights abuses as a reason to vote for the deligitimization of its duly elected president.

    That’s not only morally and politically hollow but it’s also blatantly hypocritical and is intended to appease the US empire and its lapdogs in the Lima Group.

    Finally, if human rights violations and anti-democratic practices were seriously the motives for the Jamaican government to vote for the delegitimization of President Maduro and by implication Venezuela’s sovereignty, then Jamaica should have voted to delegitimize the elections of arguably all contemporary US presidents and all the presidents of all the countries of the reactionary Lima Group given their multiple human rights violations against indigenous Americans, African Americans, Hispanics and other people of color such as voter suppression laws and acts, racist police killings, unlawful detentions and solitary confinement and other forms of torture of prisoners in the US.

    Likewise, had the Jamaican government been serious about its human rights charges against the sovereign government of Venezuela, it would be equally true that it would have voted to delegitimize the elections of the right-wing interventionist presidents of the countries of the Lima Group and many other countries like Israel with which Jamaica maintains friendly and uncritical relationships with for decades.

    In fact, the Front Line Defenders Organization in cooperation with the European Union in its annual report “Human Rights Defenders at Risk in 2017” states that 62% of all the political assassinations in Latin America take place in four (4) countries namely, Colombia, Argentina, Honduras and Guatemala that are members of the reactionary Lima Group.

    However, PM Holness’ government has never moved to my certain knowledge to criticize these right-wing governments for human rights violations against their own people and has certainly not moved to delegitimize any of those right wing presidents including Juan Hernandez in Honduras who was clearly imposed by the US and the Honduran oligarchy on the people after losing the elections and after months of popular protests against his regime.

    So why did the Jamaican government see it fit to vote in the OAS on January 10th to delegitimize President Maduro and to dismiss Venezuela’s sovereignty? First and foremost because the government of PM Holness is shameless and without any dignity and so it aligns itself with the US empire and its lapdogs in the Lima Group to do the biddings of the US empire against Venezuela that is battling for its sovereignty from the very same tentacles of the US empire that paradoxically keeps Jamaica and all the countries of the Lima Group poor and dependent on the US empire. Secondly, and primarily because the Jamaican government wanted not only to appease US imperialism that it opposes the Venezuelan revolution but also because it wanted to express the solidarity of the Jamaican ruling class which it serves with their class allies in Venezuela who are battling the working classes of Venezuela to defeat the Bolivarian revolution. Third, the Jamaican government of PM Holness cannot be trusted to stand with a friend like Venezuela who has been steadfast in extending badly needed economic assistance to our people via PetroCaribe which effectively subsidized petroleum prices to the Jamaican people when global oil prices went trough the roof. Fourthly, the Jamaican government of PM Holness who is paradoxically the Chairman of CARICOM has no regards for and no respects for the founding principles of self-determination, non-interference, respect for sovereignty and peaceful solution of all countries internal affairs that have guided CARICOM’s foreign policy since its founding in 1973.

    In short, the government of Jamaica under the leadership of PM Holness has betrayed all morality and all principles in order to satisfy the political and economic objectives of President Donald Trump, the US empire and that of the oligarchies in Venezuela and the region to try and overthrow the Bolivarian revolution by delegitimizing its president and its right to self-determination!!

    Ultimately, PM Holness and his government who seem to have little regards for a steadfast friend like Venezuela and its right to self-determination should be reminded of the words of Henry Kissinger, the former US Secretary of State, who said, “America does not have friends, it has interests.”

    In other words, PM Holness and the other right-wing Caribbean governments who like the lapdogs of the Lima Group who voted to delegitimize President Maduro to set up the conditions for a coup against his government for America’s imperial agenda are well advised that America only uses countries to achieve its imperial interests! According to Kissinger, the US imperialists have no interest in creating friendships once they achieve their imperial objectives.

    Peace ☮️

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