Nicolas Maduro

Will The Real Ambassador Please Stand Up?


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This cartoon was first published on February 22, 2019, in The Costa Rica Star.

Costa Rica is just one of the many nations refusing to recognize Nicolas Maduro as the president of Venezuela, and instead recognizes his opponent, Juan Guaido. As Costa Rica gave Maduro’s ambassador to that nation 60 days to vacate, Guaido’s ambassador went ahead and moved in. No one is sure how she got the keys.

Costa Rica’s government was annoyed by this as they wanted the new ambassador, Maria Faria. The Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying, “For the government of Costa Rica, such a procedure is unacceptable because it damages basic diplomatic norms of respect and trust in relations in the international community, and above all, in international law.”

Maduro’s Foreign Minister issued their own statement in a tweet, which was a bit juicier. It said, “What thieves, this morning a group of strangers entered the headquarters of the Venezuelan embassy in Costa Rica. The government of that country must enforce the Diplomatic Relations Convention and guarantee the operation and safety of our personnel and facilities.”

Creative notes: I couldn’t remember the name of the game show I wanted to use in this cartoon, but did recall it was used at the beginning of the film, “Catch Me If You Can.” So, I had to Google that. I have never been much of a fan of game shows.

Update: There was a typo in this cartoon that went unnoticed by me and my editors for over a week. Someone with an eagle eye on Twitter spotted it. Ugh.

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No Smoocho For Maduro


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Venezuela’s foreign minister on Wednesday called for direct talks between President Nicolas Maduro and Donald Trump, to help ease the crisis gripping his country.

Of course, they shouldn’t talk. No American president should conduct a photo-op and give legitimacy to a tyrannical despot. But, our current president loves despots and is a huge fan of tyranny and chaos. He’s heaped praise on faux presidents like Vladimir Putin, Recep Erdogan, Rodrigo Duterte, and Xi Jinping. He has defended Saudi Arabia’s Muhammad Bin Salman, who ordered a murder (and ever did a sword dance with his daddy). And is at this moment, Trump is engaged in a face-to-face lovefest with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

Trump says he and Kim “fell in love.” He says he trusts Kim. He says they have “good chemistry.” He calls Kim his friend. But, he should be falling in love with Maduro.

Maduro is starving his people and rejecting foreign aid. Kim starves his people in order to finance his military and nuclear program.

Maduro is in power from a sham election, aided by his corrupt judiciary. Donald Trump is president because of help from Russia and now attacks the American judiciary. Kim is in power, for life, because his father placed him there, which is the same reason Ivanka Trump has a job in the White House.

Maduro has accused the U.S. of fabricating a crisis, and not the Trump fabricated crisis at the border. Kim is a nuclear crisis, Yet Trump won’t recognize over the objections of his own government.

On Monday, after being asked a question he didn’t like by Univision’s Jorge Ramos, Maduro detained him and his crew for several hours. This is the same Jorge Ramos Donald Trump once had thrown out of a press conference for asking a question he didn’t like. Ramos showed Maduro video proof that his people were eating out of trash dumpsters, which Maduro has denied. No word yet if Maduro called Ramos “fake news.”

Maduro’s allies aid him by attacking his opponents. The night before Michael Cohen was to testify before Congress, Republican Matt Gaetz threatened him on Twitter, which is an incident of a Congressman and lawyer committing witness intimidation (proving that there is actually a lawyer dumber than Michael Cohen).

Trump and Republicans claim socialism in our nation will turn us into Venezuela because socialism doesn’t work. Yet, for some reason, communism is great for an economy, as Trump says Vietnam’s is “thriving” and so will North Korea’s. At the very least, a Republican has finally recognized that communism and socialism is not the same thing.

Maduro has done everything right to earn some Trump love, yet he doesn’t receive any. Perhaps if he had a nuclear weapon or two, he’d get a Trump love summit. Maybe he can do better as he has the one thing Trump fears more than nukes. He has brown people.

The number of U.S. residents who identified as Venezuelan increased between 2000 and 2010, from 91,507 to 215,023. In 2015, it was estimated that about 260,000 Venezuelans had emigrated to the United States (Trump gets upset with a caravan of 3,000). The Bolivarian Diaspora is the largest refugee crisis ever recorded in the Americas (if you’re a Republican, the “Americas” refers to the nations of the two continents, North and South America). Millions of Venezuelans have fled their country during the presidencies of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro.

While Venezuelans have immigrated to Columbia, Argentina, Spain, and other nations in South America and the Carribean, the United States may be the most popular destination. Venezuelans who have immigrated to the U.S. and asked for asylum did not cross our southern border illegally. How do I know this? Because they asked for asylum. The reality is, most of those who have fled the nation are in the higher income bracket, so they flew here. But soon, the poorest of the poor will start coming here, and a U.S. invasion, or any other form of meddling, will make it worse.

Maduro is out of luck because he doesn’t have a bomb and is a tyrant in the wrong nation on the wrong continent. He’s not going to get a lovefest, photo-op, dinner cruise, prom date, or a sword dance. And that’s just too bad because he’s exactly Trump’s type.

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Arias And Maduro


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This cartoon was first published on February 15, 2019, in The Costa Rica Star.

While Nicolas Maduro’s reign of terror continues in Venezuela, and he starves out his people while rejecting humanitarian relief, former two-time president of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Prize winner Oscar Arias continues to see accusations of sexual assault stack up.

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Making a contribution supports my work and keeps the cartoons, columns, and videos coming. My income is from newspapers that subscribe to my work and small contributors. George Soros hasn’t sent me a million dollar check in weeks. Making a contribution of any amount, or buying a print for $40.00, makes you part of this specific resistance, and a member of Team Claytoonz (we’re still working on the name). You are complicit, an accomplice, and in cahoots (and whatever gangster terms we can think of) with this political satire pointing out that the stupid emperor has no clothes. Contributions can be made through PayPal, checks, and wads of cash exchanged in back alleys.
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