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Chavez pushes Venezuela into food war
The Telegraph ^ | 6/23/2010 | Damien McElroy

Posted on 06/25/2010 11:18:51 PM PDT by bruinbirdman

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has pushed his country into a perilous food war that has seen prices rocket amid shortages and scandal over shipments left rotting at the docks.


Several thousands tons of rotting meat was among 80,000 tons left to go bad at the Puerto Cabello seaport.

Venezuelan bishops gave warning yesterday that the consequences of President Chavez's drive to control the distribution of food would be to jeopardise supplies to ordinary citizens.

Church leaders said the failure of the state-owned PDVAL, a subsidiary of the national oil company, to distribute food imports that rotted at the shores was "a sin that Heaven is crying over."

Several thousands tons of rotting meat was among 80,000 tons left to go bad at the Puerto Cabello seaport.

One local worker said that the stench at the docks indicated the meat had been festering for weeks. He said: "It stank like 100 dead dogs."

The scandal emerged just weeks after Mr Chavez launched an "economic war on the bourgeoisie owners" of supermarkets, mills, rice plants and food distribution companies.

The "battle for food" coincided with a botched devaluation in January that pushed up the cost of imports.

The result has been an economic catastrophe in the only Latin American economy in recession. Inflation leapt to 21 per cent in May as food prices rose 41 per cent over the level of a year ago. Soldiers have been deployed to raid private homes for food stores. Long lines regularly form on streets for basic commodities.

Mr Chavez is undeterred by failure. Last week he relaunched a chain of supermarkets his government had expropriated from a French-Colombian joint venture. He boasted that the 40-strong chain, Bicentennial Supplies, was already operating at a higher profit margin that under Western management

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1 posted on 06/25/2010 11:18:53 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman

Molding Venezuela into a new North Korea.


2 posted on 06/25/2010 11:21:37 PM PDT by ABQHispConservative (November, here we come!)
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To: bruinbirdman

Is Venezuela sinking into famine?


3 posted on 06/25/2010 11:22:39 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: bruinbirdman
Soldiers have been deployed to raid private homes for food stores.

And people wonder why some of us hate communists. This is probably what America has to look forward to now....this or maybe something even worse.

4 posted on 06/25/2010 11:25:06 PM PDT by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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I sure hope the people revolt, Chavez scares me.


5 posted on 06/25/2010 11:28:02 PM PDT by Irenic
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To: bruinbirdman
“80,000 tons left to go bad...”It stank like 100 dead dogs.””

“Soldiers have been deployed to raid private homes for food stores.”

Chavez has made Venezuela a paradise!

6 posted on 06/25/2010 11:31:46 PM PDT by Selene
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To: bruinbirdman
Hugo is not much of a history buff........

:}

7 posted on 06/25/2010 11:42:01 PM PDT by AwesomePossum (I have never looked this forward to a November........)
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To: AwesomePossum

quick to the seanpenn-mobile!


8 posted on 06/25/2010 11:49:40 PM PDT by echomike23
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To: bruinbirdman

This is what you get Church with Social Justice that you think so much of.


9 posted on 06/25/2010 11:49:39 PM PDT by dila813
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To: bruinbirdman

Hugo Mugabe..


10 posted on 06/25/2010 11:51:17 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: XenaLee
"And people wonder why some of us hate communists. "

Chavez is doing it wrong. Hussein Obama and the Democrats will do it right.

yitbos

11 posted on 06/25/2010 11:52:12 PM PDT by bruinbirdman (GET RID OF ALL REIDS ! !)
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To: bruinbirdman
Mr Chavez is undeterred by failure.

An adequate description of every socialist who has ever walked the Earth.

And as always...the only question is how many human beings have to suffer and die before this latest failed example of collectivism is cast onto the ash heap of history.
12 posted on 06/26/2010 12:00:15 AM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: bruinbirdman

This happens everytime in communist countries.

Russia was a major exporter of grain even under the Czars.

Under the communists, grain was imported and was still scant.


13 posted on 06/26/2010 12:17:34 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Let me be clear. The voluntary pancipation of Cinco de Quatro is mandated in all 57 states.)
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To: bruinbirdman

I hope to see this worthless heap of filth given the Mussolini or Ceaucescu treatment. I hope they make it long, painful, and public.


14 posted on 06/26/2010 12:20:22 AM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: bruinbirdman

Communism.


15 posted on 06/26/2010 12:32:35 AM PDT by FreeDeerHawk
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To: XenaLee
"And people wonder why some of us hate communists."

Cue Rush Limbaugh shouting, "Right on, right on, right on!"

I might just vomit if I have to hear one more ignorant person ask me, "Why are you still concerned about Communism, man? The Soviet Union fell..."

Yeah, that doesn't mean every communist stopped believing the lie. It only means their biggest gravy train stopped pulling up to the station. Ultimately, if you value human dignity, you come to realize destroying their movement is the only morally justified option. Turning it back or crippling it is a step in the right direction, but wholly insufficient. The poorest Venezuelans likely suffer from Chavez's insane actions far more than even the "bourgeoisie" he vilifies, but I see few left-leaners even acknowledge this. He's turning that nation into Zimbabwe. Of course, as are/were all the nomenklatura, he's well-fed and living like a king.

Thanks for "getting it", XenaLee. And /rant off

16 posted on 06/26/2010 12:48:55 AM PDT by mbennett203 ("Bulrog, a tough brute ninja who has dedicated his life to eradicating the world from hippies.")
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To: bruinbirdman

Chubby Chavez has this Marxist thing down pat. I can see why he is such a hit with the DUmmies and the KOSmetologists.


17 posted on 06/26/2010 12:52:33 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (I Don't Want Obama to Kick Ass. I WANT HIM TO GET OFF HIS ASS!!!!)
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To: mbennett203
""Why are you still concerned about Communism, man? The Soviet Union fell..." "

One of the problems is calling it the Soviet Union.

Remind your friends that it was called the Union of Soviet SOCIALIST Republics.

Put the stigma on SOCIALISM.

Health Reform is Socialized Medicine.

General Motors is industrial Socialism.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are Communist banking.

Take back the language from the socialists/Democrat/progressive/liberal/moderates.

yitbos

18 posted on 06/26/2010 1:05:49 AM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: bruinbirdman

El cochino Chavez doesn’t appear to have missed a meal or a snack lately. Commie thug, doin what the Commie does best (= f*ck everything & everyone UP).


19 posted on 06/26/2010 1:32:52 AM PDT by MonicaG (God bless our military! Praying and thanking God for you every day. Thank you!)
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To: bruinbirdman
He boasted that the 40-strong chain, Bicentennial Supplies, was already operating at a higher profit margin that under Western management

No doubt higher profits going into Chavez's pockets instead of the real owners.

20 posted on 06/26/2010 2:24:50 AM PDT by RJL
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To: RJL

More likely a flat out lie by Chavez. Sort of like the ones we heard about obamacare.


21 posted on 06/26/2010 2:31:35 AM PDT by wiggen (Government owned slave.)
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To: XenaLee
Stop it all of you nervous Nellies...Oliver Stone tells me of the greatness of this man. Hey, if a few thousand of his fellow countrymen have to die to prove how great he is then so be it. After all, it is America's fault anyway.
22 posted on 06/26/2010 4:23:11 AM PDT by never4get (We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid)
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To: bruinbirdman
That TV opiate of the masses, Bill O'Reilly, was really looking out for us folks when he stated on 9/8/09 that "communism is not a threat to us any more".

Here's a man who was a history major and, I believe, a history teacher. His show reaches millions every night.

Did he not learn and digest the historical and relentless march of communism that overtook so many Asian countries.....China, Laos, Cambodia, Korea, etc? And what about the influence and money of Castro's Cuba and the Soviet Union in infiltrating and sowing communist seeds in Central and South American countries?

Chavez is one of the results of idiots like O'Reilly turning a blind eye to the ever-present threat of communism, externally and internally in every country of the world.

After all, as O'Reilly stated on his show of 10/20/09, Chavez' buddy, Barack Obama, is "not a Marxist". Well, I guess, neither is Chavez who is is evidently just another "hope and changer" who's lovingly looking out for the Venezuelan folks in O'Reilly's world view.

Leni

23 posted on 06/26/2010 4:52:54 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: bruinbirdman
Soldiers have been deployed to raid private homes for food stores.

Coming soon to an American city near you as Michelle Obama seeks to eliminate "food deserts" in major "urban" areas.

(Google Michelle Obama, food deserts for the rest..)

24 posted on 06/26/2010 4:57:31 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: bruinbirdman

When will some patriotic Venezuelan push a button on this mutt?


25 posted on 06/26/2010 5:11:19 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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