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Venezuela's Hugo Chavez seizes sugar plantations
LA Times ^ | April 11, 2008 | Chris Kraul,

Posted on 04/11/2008 9:40:55 AM PDT by jazusamo

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA — Venezuelan armed forces occupied 32 sugar plantations Thursday, the latest in a wave of takeovers that some say is a bid by President Hugo Chavez to regain political momentum and reverse his recent slide in the polls.

The farms in Lara state were taken over by army units at the request of the Chavez government's National Land Institute, or INTI. The institute in recent years has handled the takeover of thousands of acres of farmland and turned them over to worker cooperatives.

The government last week said it would seize privately owned cement manufacturers, and Wednesday it said it would "renationalize" Sidor, one of Latin America's largest steel factories. A 1998 privatization placed Sidor in the control of an Argentine-Italian joint venture.

INTI President Juan Carlos Loyo told reporters that the farm seizures were ordered after inspections showed 80% of them were idle.

However, the local association of sugar growers said at a news conference that the farms were productive and that they would fight the "militarization" of their crops.

The seizures are part of Chavez's "socialism for the 21st century" agenda, in which he is using Venezuela's oil riches to transform the economy. But they also show the challenges facing him and his Bolivarian Revolution, and it is unclear whether replacing private enterprise with state-financed worker cooperatives and other measures will succeed at reviving his popularity.

Critics said the takeovers appear politically motivated as Chavez strives to regain favor with the public and shift blame to the private sector for food and housing shortages and inflation.

With state and local elections scheduled for November, Chavez is attempting to demonstrate strength, observers said.

The president has seen his approval rating plummet to 37% in March from 50% last June and as high as 66% in...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: chavez; coldwar2; communismkills; despotism; powerofthestate; socialists; southamerica; sugar; tropicalhitler; tyranny; venezuela

1 posted on 04/11/2008 9:40:55 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

I’m sure it will work as well for Chavez as it did for Mugabe.


2 posted on 04/11/2008 9:42:21 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: jazusamo

Hugo is following the Robert Mugabe playbook. Good luck with that.


3 posted on 04/11/2008 9:42:44 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Crush the liberals, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of the hippies.)
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To: jazusamo


"First you get the sugar. Then you get the power. Then you get the WOMEN..."
4 posted on 04/11/2008 9:46:30 AM PDT by bamahead (Avoid self-righteousness like the devil- nothing is so self-blinding. -- B.H. Liddell Hart)
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To: jazusamo

Who says communism is dead?


5 posted on 04/11/2008 9:47:10 AM PDT by American Quilter (Conservative Tribe Name: Writes with Eagle Feather)
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To: traviskicks

ping...


6 posted on 04/11/2008 9:47:51 AM PDT by bamahead (Avoid self-righteousness like the devil- nothing is so self-blinding. -- B.H. Liddell Hart)
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To: jazusamo

His Hollywood pals will be proud.


7 posted on 04/11/2008 9:48:11 AM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: American Quilter

Hugo’s trying his best to resuscitate it.


8 posted on 04/11/2008 9:49:19 AM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

He’s bipolar. Very dangerous situation down there. He’s going to leave wreckage on the order of Baghdad when they finally get their act together to get rid of him down there.


9 posted on 04/11/2008 9:50:15 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: jazusamo

Bush should appoint Alan Keyes to Abassador for Noncommunism in South America and give im an office in Caracas.

It won’t help the situation, but Alan could annoy someone else for a change.


10 posted on 04/11/2008 9:50:17 AM PDT by Soliton (McCain couldn't even win a McCain look-alike contest)
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To: jazusamo

A model for Hillary The Beast Clinton to follow if she succeeds in her quest to steal the nomination and then wins the election.


11 posted on 04/11/2008 9:52:09 AM PDT by dashing doofus (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
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To: babble-on

To minimize the wreckage let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later.


12 posted on 04/11/2008 9:53:17 AM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

The pattern never really varies, does it? I mean, other than speed.


13 posted on 04/11/2008 9:53:35 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: jazusamo

The DNC should make Hugo an honorary member of the Democratic Party.


14 posted on 04/11/2008 9:55:03 AM PDT by Rocky
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To: Rocky

Pelosi’s working on it already for the DNC.


15 posted on 04/11/2008 9:56:40 AM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo
We have to take things away from you for the common good.
16 posted on 04/11/2008 9:57:33 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: jazusamo
The voters wanted Chavez, well, they got all of Chavez.
What did they expect to happen, sugar plums and fairy tails?
The voters also wanted the Government to take care of them, yea thats working out swell.
17 posted on 04/11/2008 9:58:04 AM PDT by MaxMax (It's not the politics I despise, It's the politicians for being so stupid..)
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To: jazusamo
in which he is using Venezuela's oil riches to transform the economy

He's doing that all right. The Venezuelan economy is being completely 'transformed'.

18 posted on 04/11/2008 10:02:03 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: jazusamo

One day soon Venezuelan armed forces will seize Hugo Chavez and take him for a helicopter ride into the jungle. It will later be reported he fled the country with trunks of money.


19 posted on 04/11/2008 10:03:25 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: jazusamo

This guy is going to be gone in a year or two I hope. His people will really be suffering otherwise.


20 posted on 04/11/2008 10:12:14 AM PDT by GulfBreeze (McCain is our nominee. Yeah... I guess.)
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To: Rocky

Here is what the DUer’s are saying about this:

“Everyone is going to have to switch to intensive cultivation of small areas for food so that most farmland can be re-forested. Likewise housing patterns will have to change away from sprawling acreage of lawns with single-family homes plonked in the middle. We’re getting a rather clear and urgent message from Mama Earth that she can’t be having with that kind of waste any more.”


21 posted on 04/11/2008 10:27:31 AM PDT by fungoking
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To: jazusamo
Let this be a lesson to companies that want to offshore and go for foreign production.

The “global economy” they seek depends on stability, liberty, and democracy.

Communist tyrants can seize their property at any time.

Perhaps Corporate Socialism (charitable contributions, PC internal policies) may decline. Companies are just cutting their own throats.

22 posted on 04/11/2008 10:27:36 AM PDT by weegee (March 18th, 2008 Obama~"I did NOT listen to the sermons of that man, Jeremiah Wright...")
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To: bamahead; Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; ...
The government last week said it would seize privately owned cement manufacturers..

Libertarian ping! To be added or removed freepmail me or post a message here.
23 posted on 04/11/2008 10:38:03 AM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: jazusamo

In the Mugabe tradition, let’s see how long it takes for Venezuela to become poor as dirt with people starving in the streets so that Hugo can bring poverty to his people while stealing the bounty that Venezuela has to offer.

Socialism is its own mental disease - just as political egos are.


24 posted on 04/11/2008 10:42:08 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: traviskicks

Hey, wasn’t he supposed to just regulate the CEO’s pay first?


25 posted on 04/11/2008 10:43:06 AM PDT by AmericanHunter
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To: AmericanHunter

lol, I guess he skipped some steps in there. :)


26 posted on 04/11/2008 10:45:45 AM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: jazusamo

.....the latest in a wave of takeovers that some say is a bid by President Hugo Chavez to regain political momentum and reverse his recent slide in the polls. ...

Oh come on, just name one person who made such a statement.

The socialist nationalization was made to include sugar production within the state control and transfer the management from lawful owners to looter patrons.


27 posted on 04/11/2008 10:48:39 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Never say never (there'll be a VP you'll like))
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To: jazusamo

He’s implementing communism. The media aren’t reporting on it because they FAVOR what he’s doing.


28 posted on 04/11/2008 10:49:12 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: jazusamo

Who is John Galt ?


29 posted on 04/11/2008 10:50:00 AM PDT by wyowolf ("we were the winners , cause we didn't know we could fail.")
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To: jazusamo
Chavez's paradise...

Jose Felix Ribas Barrio (one of many in Caracas) - 120,000 people on 237 acres in makeshift houses they build themselves with whatever materials they can find. They have sparse electricity and no running water.

Typical barrio house, hey, this one actually has bricks -

The caption on this photo is "If the neighbours want the alleyways and stairs that run between their homes to be lit at night, they get together and sort it out." Now that's some snazzy infrastructure!

Hugo's "Mision Hábitat" was criticized for building a whopping 10,000 housing units in its first six years. But wait, part of Mision Hábitat's goal is to issue titles of ownership to these barrio folks, and they have! As of mid 2005, 126,000 Venezuelan families can proudly say they own a piece of THIS -

And just in case that notion of private ownership seems to fly in the face of Chavez's life goals...by their own words, under Mision Hábitat's authority, the govt can seize and distribute "land that is claimed by private owners, but whose claims the government disputes." (Translation - anyone's.)

Oh, by the way, since Chavez took office, the crime rate in Venezuela has tripled and Caracas has become the most dangerous city in South America with most gunshot deaths per capita.

Ain't socialism grand?

30 posted on 04/11/2008 10:56:26 AM PDT by agrace
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To: agrace

Thanks for your post, that’s what Pelosi and her leftist followers don’t want anyone to see.


31 posted on 04/11/2008 11:03:07 AM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

One round of .308. Just one


32 posted on 04/11/2008 11:06:05 AM PDT by wastedyears (The US Military is what goes Bump in the night.)
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To: Old Grumpy

Like Danny Glover and Sean Penn.


33 posted on 04/11/2008 11:06:49 AM PDT by wastedyears (The US Military is what goes Bump in the night.)
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To: jazusamo
The more Hugo screws up on the job, the more tyrannical he gets.

And let this be a lesson for all of you. Never allow a convicted felon to take office:

Reasons Hitler Went to Jail

Stalin was arrested in 1902, spent a year in prison and then was exiled to Siberia

A onetime army lieutenant colonel (Hugo Chavez) who staged a bloody coup against civilian rule in 1992 and served two years in prison

34 posted on 04/11/2008 11:14:22 AM PDT by lowbridge ("I can't wait to see what he stands for." - Susan Sarandon on her support of Barack Obama)
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To: fungoking
“Everyone is going to have to switch to intensive cultivation of small areas for food so that most farmland can be re-forested. Likewise housing patterns will have to change away from sprawling acreage of lawns with single-family homes plonked in the middle. We’re getting a rather clear and urgent message from Mama Earth that she can’t be having with that kind of waste any more.”

Except, of course, the Party bosses and Hugo, the Father of the Peoples, who have their Zil limousines and dachas on the Black Sea, er, Carribean coast.

35 posted on 04/11/2008 11:19:10 AM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: agrace

SMART GROWTH

Urban Planning Coming to Your Town SOON!

36 posted on 04/11/2008 11:31:21 AM PDT by weegee (March 18th, 2008 Obama~"I did NOT listen to the sermons of that man, Jeremiah Wright...")
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To: jazusamo

If the CIA had the competence of a single Israeli girl scout, Chavez would be dead by now.


37 posted on 04/11/2008 11:32:31 AM PDT by dsc
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To: dsc

Exactly! And if they had people that could keep their mouth shut no one would be the wiser.


38 posted on 04/11/2008 11:40:13 AM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: agrace

Heh that last picture looks like a bunch of stacked legos all waiting to fall off those hills.

Oh and the commentary on convicted felons said by another poster on here, you are forgetting that Vladimir Lenin also served time in Siberia, I also thought that Mugabe spent some time in jail, and Mandela(he of the Necklacing fame) spent some time in jail. It is great that you have noticed that pattern, though IMO sometimes a convict can be helpful in resurrecting a system’s political expertise. Mostly, however, they act like they not only deserved it(the jailtime) but would spend some time in jail in the most lenient country.


39 posted on 04/11/2008 11:50:32 AM PDT by Merta (They Call Me The Ranting Man)
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To: Hacklehead
"Hugo is following the Robert Mugabe playbook."

Just following the lead of Lenin, uncle Joe and other copy cats like Mao.

40 posted on 04/11/2008 11:55:48 AM PDT by spunkets ("Freedom is about authority", Rudy Giuliani, gun grabber)
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To: Merta

Did Obama ever do any jailtime for his drug deals (buying, holding, or selling)?


41 posted on 04/11/2008 11:58:30 AM PDT by weegee (March 18th, 2008 Obama~"I did NOT listen to the sermons of that man, Jeremiah Wright...")
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To: dashing doofus

I think the RATs sorely want to nationalize the Oil companies.


42 posted on 04/11/2008 1:34:29 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obama: America is the greatest country on the earth, Help me bring change.)
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To: traviskicks; jazusamo
Freedom didn't work for the unwashed masses in Venezuela. They voluntarily elected a Socialist. People in America are poor and hurting too...some can't even afford premium cable channels and have to live with basic cable only! The horror. We need Marxism! Now. Change. Hope.

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43 posted on 04/11/2008 8:39:34 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: weegee

Very good question, I suspect that he might have had a few run-ins with the law but the problem is that it could be glossed over as “The Justice System’s inequality act”(basically that they got Obama on covert racism). As I’ve said it is a very good pattern but doesn’t lead up to the marathon. What it does show is a kind of personality that if the person comes to power there might be a chance that he/she might break a law that they don’t like.(rebels are not always cool, look at Bill Clinton for example)

Another problem is that he has written two books yet we don’t have a complete message of his past. Personally if he was a drug dealer he shouldn’t even be close to being President(when it comes to cocaine definitely). Yet that maybe all sticks with his community organizer label which either means that he worked with the Black community, and was a social worker or he busted heads and was a very corrupt individual.

For some reason Obama’s past with cocaine seems a little bit blurry. If he has had a strong connection to drug deals that really makes me wince as it means that he belongs in a very good jail cell.


44 posted on 04/11/2008 8:58:08 PM PDT by Merta (They Call Me The Ranting Man)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

lol


45 posted on 04/12/2008 7:45:04 AM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: Merta

EARTHQUAKE BAIT!

kinda like here in the U.S. where we use trailer parks to lure tornados


46 posted on 04/12/2008 7:55:34 AM PDT by TheRightGuy (ERROR CODE 018974523: Random Tagline Compiler Failure)
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