May 31, 2019
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|Rick Scott, Senator-elect of Florida. Carlos Vecchio, Venezuelan opposition leader. Political activity, elections November 2018.|
Since 1878, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has been an oil producer. Between 1929 and 1950, it was the largest exporter in the world market. In 1960 the Republic promoted the Organization of Petroleum Producing Countries (OPEC), to maintain its leadership in the sector and protect its interests.
The Venezuelan oil industry has generated billions of dollars, which boosted the country's urban development during the administrations General Marcos Pérez Jiménez (1952-1958), Carlos Andrés Pérez (1974-1979), Rafael Caldera (1969- 1974, 1994-1999).
However, much of these riches were squandered on corruption, with the abuses of transnational oil companies, clandestine extraction of fuels, concessions for bribery, and entrenched mafias with the euphemism of meritocracy, in Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA).
This brought the emergence of a minor, but powerful oligarchy, together with prosperous indviduals of the middle class, composed of professionals, technicians and skilled workers, who lend their knowledge to the oil industry. As well as, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian immigrants, who took advantage of the oil boom of the "Saudi Venezuela", installing small and large industries, stores, etc. Classes that imposed their own rules of the game, to the detriment of the immense majority of the poor. This oligarchy, together with this middle class, has nothing to envy to its peers, the great industrialized countries, for its high level of education and purchasing power.
This class, treat their illnesses, vacation, and do university studies in the United States, being Florida its favorite place, for the climate and proximity. However, from 1999, with the rise of Hugo Chávez Frías to the Presidency, with his discourse of redemption, in favor of impoverished majorities, causes that those sectors opted to permanently reside in the United States. It transformed into a Massive process as of 2003, as a result of the dismissal of the leadership and workers of PDVSA, following the coup attempt and the 2002 oil strike, to force the fall of President Chávez.
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August 31, 2018
The act that has caused this is the horrendous and bloody murder of 15 year old Dominican-American, Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz by 8 young violent thugs, stunningly also of Dominican descent. This shocking murder took place on June 20, 2017 at 11:37 at night.
A murder that took place in the Bronx.
In NYC, Boston, Newark and Miami where the largest Dominican diaspora reside, heads hang low and hearts are heavy with a collective sadness&shame, since the murderers were of our own kith and kin (now disowned).
Dominicans mostly known for baseball, sultry merengue music, great rum and cigars, (very good cigars) are now notorious for a savage spate of violence within their community and at large.
Dominicans known as well as hard workers, business and family oriented have now had that positive image of their community shattered.
Local South Florida Dominican community leader Leonel Peña described this event as; “a despicable thing that has caused the community to become mournful, this savage act done by fellow citizens”.
As usual events like these means that the violence has finally spiraled out of control and is now evident for all to see.
This now adds to the ever growing hostile climate regarding unprecedented migration that is increasingly taking place all over the Western World in general and the USA in particular, where now the Trump administration is stubbornly trying to impose order where there previously was none.
The quasi socialist regime of Barak Obama for 8 years granted large amounts of visas to Dominican nationals and now many cities on the east coast host a large Dominican diaspora for good or ill.
Small towns and villages on the island are now nearly empty of their former inhabitants since many of them have relocated to the USA, many to the Bronx in particular, (where rents are low and crime thrives, many live 5 to a one bedroom apartment at times), sadder still for the fact that many of these communities existed on the island for more than half a millennia and are now gone, never to return.
This large scale immigration does not allow the new arrivals to properly assimilate and creates alternate communities, this is something that is inherently unstable and unsustainable as the vile murder of Junior attests, since his murderers don’t even speak English correlating this as the same problem Europe has with it’s own out of control migration. Obama (like Merkel’s) induction of thousands of migrants was multiculturalism and open borders run amok. Plus it strips the native country of citizens, a land of it’s people, a human resource that could contribute to that country in the future.
August 29, 2018
This is occurring in mostly coastal cities, where home prices are experiencing radical increases.
This is forcing the aforementioned groups in general to flee the large cities, the long forgotten inner city of the great metropolises in particular, where if you were poor and tough you could find refuge and live a hard scrabble life. These areas are now highly coveted as trendy by middle class youth tired of the safe suburban life that their parents strived to give them.
However while they are leaving the suburbs and attempting to be “gangsta" and live in the city, they have brought the suburbs with them.
These middle to higher income (we will not use the word, “class”) individuals will not tolerate a true urban setting with the sights, sounds and smells of “da life”.
Cities are being converted into one big Ikea in some instances, where the new urban chic can work and play. All the while poorer longer term residents are being shown the door.
Crane after crane rise like giants and leave shiny new magical looking quasi-skyscrapers in their wake. If your lucky and you actually owned real estate in the area some of that magic might ‘ve found it’s way into your bank account. If not you may sadly want to google the location of your nearest homeless shelter or pack up your things and move far away.
This Great Gentrification is done under duress, high price and fee hikes, rezoning techniques on the part of lobbyists and developers against the current tenants that are by and large minorities in the lower income zones of Miami aims to dislodge anyone who plans to resist the gentrification. We found inspiration of what is occurring in Kevin Baker’s article in Harpers Bazar on what is also taking place in Manhattan.
The Great Gentrification of Manhattan began timidly in the early to mid 1990’s gaining strength after the turn of the century.
The one in Downtown Miami began in deadly earnest and at a dizzying pace just shy of 10 years ago, circa 2007