So? What's wrong in US eyes with trying to reform the former empire? Look how the US reacted when half the country wanted to leave the empire. They still talk about that skirmish they call civil war.
I don't see ANY difference. In both cases it can be called corruption. What you call fundraising I call bribing the potential president / senator / congressperson (many companies support both candidates just to be sure, good for them the US has effectively a 2-party system so they don't need to bribe more candidates). In the US case, it always means that the extreme rich and big companies can buy their influence. Remember what happened to that congressman that wanted to shorten copyright life? The industry kicked in, called in their bought politicians and got him kicked out.
Now someone is doing the same AGAINST the extreme rich and big corps and they start screaming.
But possibly with the side effect of loosing your connection, or the ISP makinbg it slow for you like they do with Netflix.
They were not tossed out so now they're making trouble.
He was elected in a deeply divided country with 2 almost equal groups opposinbg each other. That's almost guaranteed to lead to instability.
So, that's some prejudiced site. To quote:
"Was Maduro fairly elected?
No. Maduro’s party, PSUV, relies heavily on state resources to fund and execute their campaigns"
Does not looks any worse than the US president election, where those who can get the most money from their followers (who expect something in return) gets elected. At least Maduro got the majority of votes, unlike required in some other "democratic" systems.
And whose fault are those empty shelves? The US and the powerfull rich in Venezuele are actively sabotaging the country. Kilobug explains it nicely here: http://yro.slashdot.org/commen...
And for other examples, look at the economic blockade of Cuba by the US. The country is not threatening at all to the US but they have a different economic religion than the US has so the regime has to go.
They'renot American cowboy-capitalists. That's something else as being communists, althoug it might be difficult to see for some rednecks who can only think one-digit binary.
Because those economic policies are dictated by different premises. Not "maximise the profit for the big companies and their managers" but "maximise the living standard for the poor". Not everyone likes that of course, perhaps he has underestimated the way the rich and the US are trying to sabotage his policy.
The Brits were discussing of blocking BBM when they had riots some time ago, but they ended before a decision could be made.
The magic buttons of the US are $$$$ and the promise of lucrative contracts (read: more bribes) for a new ruling caste when the old one, which is not US friendly, has been removed. That's the same since the 1950's in Latin America so why should it be dufferent now (or why would the Venezuelan government think it would be different now)?
The US POV is probably: the current Venezuelan government offered Snowden asylum soit has to be destroyed.
More and more bright foreign students will choose a country with a friendlier climate to study. Let the US continue like this and remember how THEY got their leadership position in research: all those scientists who fled from Europe before, during and just after WW2. If the US becomes a country people don't want to travel to they can do the same for themselves when Germany did when it threw all Jewish scientists out.
You don't have this kind of problems if youy just ay cash. I prefer cash, it's anonymous too so companies can't track what you buy (and sell it to your insurance company who might increase your health insurance payments it they can find an excuse (smoker, buy's too much snacks,
bit.ly will sometimes react funny on AdBlock or Ghostery.
More subtle than Noscript: Ghostery.