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特朗普凭什么收委内瑞拉的钱?

发自剑桥——最近有媒体发布了一则极为讽刺的消息,披露委内瑞拉通过其国营委内瑞拉国家石油公司向特朗普的总统就职典礼捐赠了50万美元。而作为一个连环违约惯犯,委内瑞拉这个国家在过去两个世纪中的违约行为几乎比任何其他国家都更多。

而近来委内瑞拉专制社会主义政府正不顾一切地避免另一场违约(这将是该国自独立以来的第11次),为此不惜将包括位于美国的石油精炼企业雪铁戈(CITGO)在内的多家本国工业皇冠上的明珠企业抵押给俄国和中国人。(雪铁戈这个品牌在我的家乡马萨诸塞州波士顿特别有名,该公司的标志性招牌已成为芬威公园球场周边地区的地标,也是波士顿红袜棒球队的主场。

目前还不清楚为何委内瑞拉总统尼古拉斯·马杜罗会如此不惜一切代价地避免外债违约,就算让本国人民饿肚子也一意孤行,这跟罗马尼亚独裁者尼古拉·齐奥塞斯库在1980年代中所做的一模一样。由于食品和基本药物严重短缺,倘若独裁者最终遭到废黜,就很大可能会出现一些令人毛骨悚然的恐怖情形。

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