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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
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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.


43 posted on 04/11/2008 8:39:34 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal 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


45 posted on 04/12/2008 7:45:04 AM PDT by traviskicks (
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To: Merta


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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