Essay on Venezuela

Alfred de Zayas' Human Rights Corner

This short piece was commissioned by the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, but the editors declined to publish it.

I commented as follows: ” I am used to enduring various kinds of censorship.

Evidently your journal is not interested in independent expert opinions or in academic scholarship

not in open debate, not in the market place of ideas, not in methodology, not in objectivity

your journal evidently wants me to sing a particular song

your journal is playing the stale political game, joins the bandwagon

like so many others in the “academic industry” — and in the “human rights industry” —

Not good for democracy, not good for the freedom of others to have access to pluralistic views based on facts.

Venezuela

Regardless what interventionist politicians and the media pretend, the situation in Venezuela does not reach the level of a humanitarian crisis.  True enough, there is scarcity of certain foods…

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