Maduro’s Hunger Games: Biometric Food Rationing in Venezuela

i found this announcement interesting yet outrageous.


On March 9, 2015, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced Venezuela would install nearly 20,000 fingerprint scanners at supermarkets across the country, as part of a plan to begin rationing food. According to President Maduro, the new system will control the amount of food people will be purchasing, or as he calls it, “food hoarding.”

While Venezuela faces its own internal problems, the United States upped the ante by declaring Venezuela a national security threat. President Barack Obama’s executive order would impose sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials and is widely considered the prelude to larger scale economic sanctions. The effects of Obama’s executive decision on Venezuela remain to be seen but more sanctions could spell economic disaster.

Since 2011, Venezuela has experienced a lack of staple foods such as milk, cooking oil, poultry, sugar, and coffee. Medicines, toilet paper, sanitary napkins, and detergent are missing from supermarket shelves. Monday’s announcement marks the…

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