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  • Venezuela opposition aims to flood Caracas in anti-Maduro protest

    09/01/2016 2:08:40 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/1/2016 | Andrew Cawthorne, Daniel Kai
    White-clad opposition supporters from all corners of Venezuela were descending on Caracas on Thursday for rallies intended to press for a recall referendum this year against unpopular socialist President Nicolas Maduro. With protestors coming in from the Amazon jungle to the western Andes, the opposition hopes a million people will gather in a show of anger at Maduro and Venezuela's deep economic crisis. Maduro, 53, says the opposition-dubbed "Takeover of Caracas", disguises a US-fomented coup plan, akin to a short-lived 2002 putsch against his mentor and predecessor Hugo Chavez. Edgy authorities arrested some well-known activists in the run-up, with 13...
  • What Seven Hours of Waiting Will Get You in Venezuela

    05/23/2016 8:05:11 PM PDT · by grundle · 21 replies ^ | August 19, 2015 | Editor’s note: the author of this article expressly asked not to be named for fear of reprisals.
    Take a Walk Down the Atrocity Covered in Wallpaper "The simplest explanation is usually the correct one." ~ Occam’s razor "Why can’t you get things? It is very difficult to explain. I understand you are upset, but you can’t give the oligarchy the upper hand. It’s a matter of being united … another economy is an option, the community economy, the one stemming from small producers … do not give these racketeers (the entrepreneurs) resources. You have to wait in line with us as well, but at least in the end you don’t pay as much." The above message is...
  • Venezuela opposition slams 'desperate' Maduro state of emergency

    05/14/2016 6:34:23 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/14/16 | Alexandra Ulmer and Corina Pons
    Venezuela's opposition on Saturday slammed a state of emergency decreed by President Nicolas Maduro and vowed to press home efforts to remove the leftist leader this year amid a grim economic crisis. Maduro on Friday night declared a 60-day state of emergency due to what he called plots from Venezuela and the United States to subvert him. He did not provide specifics. The measure shows Maduro is panicking as a push for a recall referendum against him gains traction with tired, frustrated Venezuelans, opposition leaders said during a protest in Caracas. "We're talking about a desperate president who is putting...
  • The Game Changed in Venezuela Last Night – and the International Media Is Asleep At the Switch

    02/24/2016 4:29:00 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 42 replies
    caracas chronicles ^ | February 20, 2014 | Francisco Toro
    Dear International Editor: Listen and understand. The game changed in Venezuela last night. What had been a slow-motion unravelling that had stretched out over many years went kinetic all of a sudden. What we have this morning is no longer the Venezuela story you thought you understood. Throughout last night, panicked people told their stories of state-sponsored paramilitaries on motorcycles roaming middle class neighborhoods, shooting at people and storming into apartment buildings, shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting. People continue to be arrested merely for protesting, and a long established local Human Rights NGO makes an...
  • BBC 100 Women: The fearless nun inside 'hell on earth' [Nun in Venezuelan prison]

    11/28/2015 4:38:20 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    BBC Mundo ^ | 27 November 2015 | Margarita Rodriguez
    For more than 17 years, a Catholic nun named Neyda Rojas has been serving God in a place that many describe as hell on earth - a Venezuelan prison. For decades, penitentiaries here have been criticised by human rights organisations for allowing serious human rights violations to take place behind their walls. Venezuelan prisons are among the most violent and overcrowded in Latin America. None of that has stopped this missionary, who belongs to the Mercedarian Order, help teach inmates some of the basics of life, like literacy. "I'm very happy when they learn to read and write. I...
  • Caracas, Venezuela 2015: Living in one of the world's most dangerous cities

    06/10/2015 4:42:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/09/2015 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    How do you jog, take an evening walk, or go to the movies in one of the world's most dangerous cities?   The answer is that you do it and take the risk, as we see in this NY Times article about Caracas: Twice a week, Mariela Virguez ventures out for an evening ride with a cycling group that scales the hills of El Hatillo, a colonial-era district in the south that has seen a rash of kidnappings. "I refuse to give this up just because of the situation in this country," said the 50-year-old computer engineer. "We don't have food,...
  • Ahmadinejad and JFK

    06/05/2007 4:42:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 699+ views
    New York Sun ^ | June 5, 2007 | Staff Editorial
    The thing that caught our eye in the plot to blow up John F. Kennedy International Airport and its oil lines concerns a detail in respect of the arrest of one of the key Guyanese suspects. It was the fact that the former member of the Guyanese legislature who was fingered in the plot, Abdul Kadir, was arrested in Trinidad on his way to Caracas, Venezuela. According to Mr. Kadir's wife, who was quoted in the Guyanese press, he was there to pick up an Iranian visa that would enable him to attend an Islamic conference in Tehran. No doubt...
  • Venezuela's final death throes

    02/21/2015 12:12:50 PM PST · by DanMiller · 18 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 21, 2015 | Dan Miller
    Arrest of the mayor of Venezuela's largest city on charges of treason should, but probably will not, end the dictatorial reign of Chavista el Presidente Maduro.My wife, Jeanie, and I spent periods totaling more than two years, and ranging in length from six months to a few days, in Venezuela between 1997 and 2002. During those periods, we saw much of Venezuela, from the cities to the rural mountain areas. It was a beautiful and comparatively prosperous country then. Food, most of it locally grown or raised, was plentiful, good and inexpensive. We both received excellent but inexpensive medical care. I felt safer in...
  • The FBI is looking for Ghazi Nasr Al-Din and believes he could be in South Florida

    02/01/2015 4:09:08 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    WPTV ^ | January 30, 2015
    The FBI is looking for Ghazi Nasr Al-Din and believes he could be in South Florida. He was just added to the bureau’s seeking information terrorism list. The agency wants to talk to him about his fundraising efforts with Hezbollah contributors. Hezbollah is an Islamic militant group. Nasr Al-Din is 5 foot 7 and weighs about 175 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes and an olive complexion. He speaks Arabic and Spanish and he has dual citizenship in Lebanon and Venezuela. If you see him call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800- 225-5324) or contact your local...
  • FBI: Ex-Venezuelan Ambassador to Lebanon Fundraised for Hezbollah

    02/01/2015 4:47:35 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Breitbart/National Security ^ | January 31, 2015 | Frances Martel
    The FBI has added a former Venezuelan ambassador to Lebanon and Syria to their Terrorism “Seeking Information” list, after evidence indicated that Ghazi Nasr al Din was using his position to help fundraise for the Shiite terror group Hezbollah. Nasr al Din, a dual Venezuelan and Lebanese citizen, served both of his terms under socialist leader Hugo Chávez before his death and has also served at the head of the Shi’a Islamic Center in Caracas, Venezuela, according to the United States Department of Treasury. The Treasury designated Nasr al Din a “supporter” of Hezbollah in 2008, with Adam J. Szubin,...
  • (The Woes of Socialism) Venezuelans Not 'Lovin' It' as McDonald's Fries Go Scarce

    01/06/2015 10:05:29 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 6, 2015 | Corina Pons
    Venezuelans not 'lovin' it' as McDonald's fries go scarce CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan fast-food lovers are mourning the disappearance of McDonald's golden staple: the french fry. A recent shortage at the U.S. fast food chain comes as socialist Venezuela grapples with shortfalls of basic goods ranging from medicines to flour due to strict currency controls that stymie imports. McDonald's restaurants are coping by replacing the spuds with salad or local fare such as fried yuca or "arepa" corn pancakes - but Golden Arches fans are none too happy about the new meal. "Hamburgers don't go with arepas and this salad...
  • The Woes of Socialism ... Famous Venezuelan Ice-Cream Store Closes Over Milk Shortage

    12/29/2014 4:30:36 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 27, 2014 | Corina Pons
    Famous Venezuelan ice-cream store closes over milk shortage CARACAS - An ice-cream store listed in the Guinness World Records book for its 863 different flavours has become the latest victim of Venezuela's economic crisis. "We are closed during the season due to shortage of milk," the famous Coromoto ice-cream store in the highland town of Merida announced on its Facebook page. Locals confirmed that the shop, hugely popular among tourists for its exotic and strange flavours ranging from beer to beans, had been closed since Christmas Eve. A sign on the door asked customers' forgiveness "for not attending you due...
  • Venezualan Classical Music System Under Fire

    11/30/2014 4:45:20 PM PST · by tellw · 10 replies
    Waco Tribune (via AP) ^ | 11/30/14 | Joshua Goodman
    <p>BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — It has been praised the world over as a model for uplifting disadvantaged youth by connecting them with classical music.</p> <p>But a new book about Venezuela's network of youth orchestras known as El Sistema, or The System, portrays it as a "model of tyranny" where brutal, marathon practice sessions mirror the apparently unlimited power and top-down style of its magnetic founder, Jose Antonio Abreu.</p>
  • Venezuelan Globovision editor Nairobi Pinto kidnapped

    04/09/2014 7:27:14 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    BBC (Latin America) ^ | 7 April 2014 Last updated at 20:45 ET | none stated
    The assignment editor of the Venezuelan TV news network Globovision has been kidnapped, according to her father. Nairobi Pinto was seized by two masked gunmen at her home in the capital Caracas, her father Luis said. He asked the kidnappers to "see sense" and release his daughter.
  • Drone Camera Corrects CNN Español Report on Caracas Demonstrations

    03/23/2014 6:51:34 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 23, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Look, up in the sky! It's a bird... It's a plane... It's a drone camera! And it was a drone camera whose video corrected the false impression left by a CNN en Español report that there was somehow an equivalency in the size of competing demonstrations on Saturday in Caracas, Venezuela. As Daniel Duquenal of Venezuela News and Views complained, the CNN en Español report by Guillermo Arduino gave only closeup shots of competing Chavista and opposition demonstrations. However, the drone eye in the sky revealed the vast panoply of the opposition demonstration that seemed to number in the hundreds...
  • The society Chavez has left us: barbarians inside the gate

    09/28/2013 2:02:02 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 53 replies ^ | 9/27/13 | danielinyaracuy
    This morning a truck broke the security barrier in a Caracas highway exchange and got stuck in the middle of the highway. The truck carried packs of frozen meat. It was 6 AM. Within minutes there were already people trying to loot the truck instead than trying to save the driver, who ended up dead later. The cops came and stopped for a while the actions. But since the Caracas main highway was paralyzed, motorbikes came from all around and started trying to rob all the unhappy drivers stuck in traffic. At 9 AM about 300 bikers arrived and tried...
  • Venezuelan man who shot two US defence attaches at a strip club jailed

    09/02/2013 11:04:11 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 08/31/2013 | Reuters
    A Venezuelan man has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for shooting and wounding two US military attaches at a strip club in the capital. Carlos Mejias, 32, admitted he shot the US Embassy employees in the early hours of May 28, the attorney general's office said. It said Mejias got into an argument with them at the Antonella 2012 club, better known as "Angelus," in the city's upscale Chacao district. "Later he pulled out a gun and repeatedly fired at the Americans, leaving them wounded at the location," it said in a statement. Five days later, Mejias...
  • Two US embassy personnel shot in Venezuela

    05/28/2013 3:18:36 PM PDT · by knak · 45 replies
    AFP ^ | May 28, 2013 | AFP
    CARACAS — Two employees of the US embassy in Venezuela were shot and wounded early Tuesday in the capital Caracas, in a murky incident that local media and a police source said took place at a strip club. "We can confirm that two members of the US embassy in Caracas were injured during an incident early this morning," State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters in Washington. "Medical staff inform us that their injuries are not life-threatening," he added, noting that they were hurt at "some sort of a social spot" but without specifying the venue or nature of their...
  • Venezuela's president sends in troops to tackle street crime

    05/14/2013 3:13:01 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5-14-13 | unattributed
    The Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, has sent 3,000 troops on to the streets of the capital, Caracas, to crack down on rampant crime which has made the country one of the most dangerous in the world. The "secure fatherland" plan is a new effort to lower violent crime following close to 20 similar attempts during the 14-year rule of the late socialist leader Hugo Chávez. "Our armed forces are taking the streets to protect the people," Maduro said in a speech to military police and troops that was broadcast live on state television. "I call on you to serve your...
  • Nicolas Maduro Wins Venezuela Presidential Election (50.7%): Opposition Gets 49.1%

    04/14/2013 9:17:30 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    BBCNews ^ | April 13, 2013
    Nicolas Maduro Wins Venezuela Presidential Election (50.7%): Opposition Gets 49.1% Socialist candidate Nicolas Maduro has won a narrow victory in Venezuela's presidential poll. Mr Maduro, who was chosen by the late Hugo Chavez, won 50.7% of the vote against 49.1% for opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. The electoral commission said the results were "irreversible". There has been no comment from Mr Capriles, who earlier on Sunday has suggested there was an attempt to doctor the result. Mr Maduro told a rally of supporters in the capital Caracas that he had won a "just, legal and constitutional" victory. However, the margin of...
  • Jesse Jackson Sr. To Attend Hugo Chavez Funeral In Caracas

    03/08/2013 5:31:26 AM PST · by Biggirl · 17 replies ^ | March 8, 2013 | Serafin Gomez
    CARACAS, Venezuela -- Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. will be attending the state funeral for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday in Caracas, the nation's capital. Jackson, founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, will be leading a delegation organized by the civil rights organization -- which is separate from the official U.S. delegation
  • Venezuela Reportedly Spying on Jewish Community

    02/02/2013 12:18:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    INN ^ | 1/31/2013, 3:54 PM | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Reports that the Venezuelan intelligence agency is targeting and spying on the Venezuelan Jewish community as well as on Venezuelan companies and organizations with ties to Israel is deeply troubling, asserted the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). “We are deeply troubled by a recent news report alleging that the Venezuelan Intelligence Service (SEBIN) is spying on the Venezuelan Jewish community,” said ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman. “Venezuela under the regime of Hugo Chavez has a history of harassing the Jewish community in that country,” he said. “It is chilling to read reports that the SEBIN received instructions to carry out clandestine...
  • Chavez' Term Ends Today/Will Not Take New Oath, Violates Constitution: DOES U.S. RECOGNIZE CHAVEZ?

    01/09/2013 7:58:30 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 13 replies
    Dictator Hugo Chavez and friend of Sean Penn and Oliver Stone was mandated to take a sworn presidential oath before the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela this morning due to the specifics of their Constitution and that he won the Oct. election (unfortunately) for another six-year term starting today. However Hugo "smells of sulphur", it is reported, and is out of the country and deathly ill in Havana, Cuba of apparently malignant cancer, so he is not exercising his duties in addition to being absent from the country in the first place. There are succession plans in place in Venezuelan...
  • Venezuela's Chavez in “Good Physical Condition” After Operation

    02/29/2012 8:36:27 PM PST · by Rabin · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Latin American Herald Tribune ^ | February 29,2012 | Staff
    This is the first official report on the leftist president’s health since he arrived in Havana last Friday. Vice President Elias Jaua, “The complete extraction of the diagnosed pelvic lesion was performed, along with the removal of (putrid) tissue surrounding the lesion. There were no (unexpected) complications Jaua’s report on came hours after Spanish dailies Publico and El Pais published a document from a U.S. private intelligence firm asserting that the Venezuelan president is mortally ill. “The Russian team blamed the Cubans for an improper surgery the first time in trying to remove the tumor” and said Cuba lacks the...
  • Venezuela ships fuel to war-torn Syria

    02/17/2012 12:59:17 AM PST · by U-238 · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/17/2012 | Reuters
    The government of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is emerging as a rare supplier of diesel to Syria, potentially undermining Western sanctions and helping the Syrian government fuel its military in the middle of a bloody crackdown on civilian protests. A cargo of diesel, which can be used to fuel army tanks or as heating fuel, was expected to arrive at Syria's Mediterranean port of Banias this week, according to two traders and shipping data. The cargo could be worth up to $50 million. Chavez is a vociferous advocate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who face pressure...
  • Hope for Change in Venezuela

    02/14/2012 7:59:55 AM PST · by InsightSur · 6 replies
    InsightSur ^ | February 13, 2012 | InsightSur Editor
    There is concern in Venezuela about the direction the country is moving politically, and Venezuelan governor Henrique Capriles is beginning to represent hope for opposition groups. As mayor of Caracas, Henrique was targeted by the administration for not doing enough to suppress protests against the Cuban embassy in 2002, and was charged with fomenting violence; a charge that may have been intended to remove him as political competition. At least a third of Venezuelans currently support opposition candidates according to recent polls, and many Venezuelans left the country since Chavez came to power, and even more after a failed referendum...
  • Iran starts uranium enrichment, condemns American to death

    01/09/2012 11:31:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 9, 2012 7:56pm EST | Parisa Hafezi and Fredrik Dahl
    Iran has begun enriching uranium deep inside a mountain and sentenced an American to death for spying, angering the West and undermining hopes that diplomacy could avert further sanctions or war. The start of enrichment at the Fordow bunker near the Shi'ite Muslim holy city of Qom was confirmed on Monday by an Iranian official in Tehran and by the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran says its nuclear program is purely non-military but the West believes it is designed to produce nuclear weapons. The Islamic Republic's decision to carry out enrichment work deep underground could eventually make it much...
  • Obama, Code Pink and Egypt: 'There Are No Coincidences in Politics' (as seen on Glenn Beck)

    02/03/2011 3:42:54 PM PST · by kristinn · 76 replies
    Big Peace ^ | Thursday, February 3, 2011 | Kristinn Taylor and Andrea Shea King
    As the cliche goes, there are no coincidences in politics. Obama fundraiser group Code Pink just happened to have arrived in Cairo last week for the group’s ninth visit there in two years as part of its campaign to undermine the Mubarak government and help Hamas, the terrorist group that controls Gaza. Code Pink and the media are trying to portray the leftist group's 'sudden' appearance in Cairo Wednesday as an act of courageous support for a democratic revolution. Nothing could be further from the truth.Code Pink protests the Mubarak government in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. February 2, 2011. Code...
  • Israel warns Russia that Iran may get S-300 via Venezuela

    11/03/2010 12:04:59 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/01/2010 | Yaakov Katz
    With Caracas set to sign an agreement to purchase the system, Israel is concerned that Teheran will eventually obtain the anti-aircraft system. Israel has warned Russia of the possibility that an advanced air defense system it is planning to sell to Venezuela could eventually make its way to Iran, according to defense officials. The system, the S-300, is one of the most advanced multi-target anti-aircraft-missile systems in the world, with a reported ability to track up to 100 targets simultaneously while engaging up to 12 at the same time. It has a range of about 200 kilometers and can hit...
  • Miss Venezuela’s Silent Anti-Chavez Protest…

    08/27/2010 9:26:55 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 51 replies · 3+ views
    Weasel Zippers ^ | August 27, 2010
    Beautiful beyond belief and anti-Marxist. Now, that’s a winning combination!… (Powerline)- We missed an important moment at the Miss Universe pageant on Saturday night. The outgoing Miss Universe made a little political statement on her final catwalk that was visible to Venezuelans but probably no one else, holding up an obsolete seven star pre-Chavez era flag. She did it to signal distress in her country, and nowhere is that move evident than in Venezuela’s violent crime. This week the news came out that Caracas is the most violent city in the world, a distinction it holds over Kabul, Baghdad, Sao...
  • The Killing Fields Of Caracas

    08/26/2010 4:42:15 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 25 August 2010 | Editorial
    Socialism: Quick, what's the murder capital of the world: Kabul? Juarez? Try Caracas, Venezuela, a city whose dictator, Hugo Chavez, has made murder a means of extending his control. The silent protest at Monday night's Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas was invisible to nearly everyone — except Venezuelans. On her final catwalk, the ranking Miss Universe, Stefania Fernandez, suddenly whipped out a Venezuelan flag in a patriotic but protocol-breaking gesture.
  • Chavez: China to devote $20B to Venezuela projects

    04/18/2010 11:33:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 424+ views
    ap ^ | Apr 18, 2010
    President Hugo Chavez has announced an agreement with China that would have the Asian economic giant devote $20 billion to financing long-term development projects in Venezuela. The Venezuelan president says the financing would go toward industrial and infrastructure projects, among other development plans.
  • Belarus touts anti-air defense system for Venezuela

    03/16/2010 9:06:15 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 244+ views
    AFP vis Space War ^ | 3/16/2010 | AFP vis Space War
    Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday offered Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, a vocal US critic, help in building an anti-air defense system as part of the countries' deeper strategic ties. "We have proposed to your government and your president sharing the experience of creating a defense system for the state," Lukashenko, visiting Caracas since Monday, told lawmakers. "If your president wants to do so, we will be able to do so very soon." "And then you can live peacefully, without having to be looking around to see what the rest of the world may do tomorrow, whether they are going...
  • On Chavez's whim, a gold market no more

    02/20/2010 11:16:12 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies · 731+ views
    GlobalPost ^ | February 19, 2010 | Charlie Devereux
    Few colonial buildings remain in Caracas. Is Chavez changing that or just haphazardly seizing buildings? Standing at the corner of one of Venezuela’s most historic squares, the Francia building always looked a little incongruous among the Spanish colonial mansions. But for many, this late art deco construction holds fond memories — it housed Caracas’ largest gold market for more than half a century. Many came to buy engagement or wedding rings for their sweethearts, confirmation bracelets for their children or watches or trinkets for themselves. That was until last week when the edifice caught the eye of President Hugo Chavez......
  • Venezuela destroys 30,000 guns

    11/13/2009 5:47:22 PM PST · by george76 · 35 replies · 1,784+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov 12, 2009 | Jack Daniel
    Battling with one of the world's highest murder rates, Venezuela on Wednesday crushed more than 30,000 guns seized from the streets during police raids this year. Policemen used blow-torches to chop up some of shotguns and pistols. They compacted weapons including home-made pistols into a 5 ton block... "This act forms part of the disarmament policies that we have been promoting." With 13,000 murders in 2007... Venezuela's murder rate is about 8 times that of the United States. Crime has risen under President Hugo Chavez...
  • Tens of thousands protest Chavez in Venezuela

    09/05/2009 9:14:34 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 14 replies · 771+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Sept. 5, 2009
    CARACAS, Venezuela — Tens of thousands marched through Venezuela's capital on Saturday to protest what they call growing authoritarianism by President Hugo Chavez. A few thousand of the president's backers held a separate counter-rally to express support for the government's policies. Anti-Chavez protesters, many of them wearing white, filled the streets of Caracas, denouncing recent arrests of opposition members for alleged violence during protests and a new education law that critics fear could lead to indoctrination in schools. "It's very concerning because education is Venezuela's future," said 23-year-old engineering student Carlos Delgado, who also complained of soaring inflation and rampant...
  • Ciudad Juarez crowned world's deadliest city

    08/27/2009 6:46:20 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 24 replies · 1,154+ views
    MEXICO'S volatile border city of Ciudad Juarez has the world's highest murder rate, followed by Caracas, Venezuela and the US city of New Orleans. Ciudad Juarez - the scene of regular and brutal score-settling between rival drug gangs - has 130 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, the Citizen's Council for Public Security said. Caracas has 96 murders per 100,000 inhabitants and New Orleans registers 95, the Mexican non-governmental organisation said, basing its figures on media and FBI reports. Caracas was listed as the murder capital of the world in the September 2008 Foreign Policy magazine, quoting official figures of 130 murders...
  • Protests Fail To Halt Passage of Chavez's 'Socialist Indoctrination Law' [US Schools & Colleges?]

    08/14/2009 9:06:55 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies · 884+ views
    London Times ^ | August 14, 2009
    August 14, 2009 Protests fail to halt passage of Chavez's 'socialist indoctrination law' Police in riot gear used tear gas yesterday against Venezuelan demonstrators angry about a law that they believe could lead to the "socialist indoctrination" of the nation's schools. Officers fired tear gas into crowds who were protesting in Caracas against President Chávez's plans to broaden state control over the education system. Scuffles broke out as clouds of caustic, white gas wafted through the air outside the predominantly pro-Chávez National Assembly. Inside, legislators began debating a Bill which would order schools to base the curriculum on "the Bolivarian...
  • Chavez: Next gift for Obama authored by Lenin

    05/29/2009 9:06:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies · 1,275+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 05/29/2009
    President Hugo Chavez says he has a new book for President Barack Obama: "What is to be Done?" by communist Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet state. Chavez says he'll "give it to Obama at the next meeting." "What is to be Done?" is Lenin's political treatise on the role of intellectuals and the proletariat in promoting revolution, written more than a decade before he led the Bolshevik takeover of Russia in 1917.
  • Iran, Venezuela to Expand Defense Ties

    04/28/2009 5:00:19 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 314+ views
    BLOG: Note: The following blog entry is a quote: Iran, Venezuela to Expand Defense Ties Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, heading a high-ranking defense delegation, arrived in Caracas on Monday to promote Tehran-Venezuela relations. During his three-day visit, Mohammad Najjar is slated to attend meetings with senior Venezuelan political and defense officials. The visit to Caracas by the Iranian defense minister is the first since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. Source: Fars, Iran, April 27, 2009 Posted at: 2009-04-28
  • Chavez castrates opposition Caracas Mayor

    04/09/2009 2:45:14 AM PDT · by GeronL · 6 replies · 319+ views
    The Devils Excrement ^ | April 8 2009
    And in what people still think is a democracy, the Chavez Government decided to get back by legislation what it lost in the November elections, as it approved the new Bill for the Capital District, a Bill that castrates the newly elected mayor of the Metropolitan District Antonio Ledezma. Just like that, Ledezma not only will have a boss appointed by Chávez, but the Bill also takes away his office and his budget. His office will now be occupied by the new Chief of the Capital District, who will also get most of Ledezma’s budget. Ledezma’s budget will now be...
  • Caracas: Murder capital of the world (Chavez's paradise!)

    10/02/2008 4:22:22 PM PDT · by thinkingIsPresuppositional · 2 replies · 697+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | October 02, 2008 | David Paulin
    By David Paulin Caracas now ranks as the world's No. 1 murder capital, according to Foreign Policy magazine. It's an assessment that will surprise few credible Venezuela watchers. During President Hugo Chávez's tumultuous ten-year rule, Venezuela's quality-of-life indices have been in an ongoing tailspin – thanks to epic levels of corruption and mismanagement; not to mention El Presidente's increasing concentration of power in his own hands. When I was a Caracas-based journalist in the 1990s, Colombia's Bogotá was the world's No. 1 murder capital. But in the years before Chávez's election, high-crime Venezuela was catching up, boasting South America's...
  • The List: Murder Capitals of the World

    09/29/2008 9:49:30 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 5 replies · 988+ views
    Foreign Policy Magazine ^ | September 2008 | Staff
    Caracas, Venezuela Population: 3.2 million Murder rate: 130 per 100,000 residents (official) . . . The numbers also don’t count those who died while “resisting arrest,” suggesting that Caracas’s cops—already known for their brutality against student protesters—might be cooking the books. Cape Town, South Africa Population: 3.5 million Murder rate: 62 per 100,000 inhabitants According to the South African Police Service, most of the Cape Town area’s violent crimes happen between people who know one another, including a horrific case last year in which four males doused a female friend in gasoline and lit her on fire. New Orleans, United...
  • Archbishop deplores founding of false Reformed Catholic Church in Venezuela

    06/30/2008 1:46:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 128+ views
    CNA ^ | June 30, 2008
    Archbishop Roberto Luckert Caracas, Jun 30, 2008 / 12:35 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Roberto Luckert of Coro and vice president of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference deplored the founding of the self-proclaimed “Reformed Catholic Church,” whose leaders have aligned themselves publicly with “Bolivarian Socialism” and are receiving financial backing from the government of Hugo Chavez. Speaking on Union Radio, the archbishop said that the church’s leaders “want to give the impression that the Catholic Church in Venezuela is divided. They are going to dress like priests, baptize and confirm, with everything paid for by the government, which seeks to destroy the...
  • Awash in oil wealth, Venezuela suffers healthcare crisis

    06/25/2008 8:44:13 PM PDT · by OKIEDOC · 16 replies · 738+ views ^ | April 9, 2008 | Chris Kraul
    <p>CARACAS - Grimacing from contractions, expectant mother Castuca Marino had more on her mind than birth pangs.</p> <p>She was nervous about whether she and her newborn child would make it out of the hospital alive. Interviewed as she stood in the emergency room of Concepción Palacios Maternity Hospital here last week, Marino had heard news reports of six infant deaths there over the course of a 24-hour period late in March.</p>
  • Plane Carrying 46 Missing in Venezuela

    02/21/2008 5:54:26 PM PST · by halosfan2002 · 50 replies · 420+ views
    AP ^ | 2/21/08 | AP
    Plane Carrying 46 Missing in Venezuela
  • The Face of Communism When It Loses To Freedom At The Ballot Box (Funny Video! Rabid "Chavistas")

    12/09/2007 9:16:12 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 37 replies · 152+ views
    El Nacional (Caracas Venezuela) ^ | 7 December 2007 | AmericanInTokyo (from Venezuelan News Sources in Spanish)
    This is one of the best short online videos I have seen in a long time.Go to the link above, or here: it load (be patient if not on good broadband), turn up your speakers, and get dig this totally ballistic Hugo Chavez supporter after losing an election in Venezuela recently.You won't be disappointed. This is right after the communist Reds in Venezuela under Chavez lost a vote to anti-Chavez forces.
  • Hugo Chavez, Surrounded by Top Military, Calls Referendum Victors "Full of [edited]" (VIDEO)

    12/05/2007 6:47:24 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 57 replies · 366+ views
    El Nacional (Caracas Venezuela) ^ | 6 December 2007 | AmericanInTokyo (from Venezuelan News Sources in Spanish)
    Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, loser in the recent Venezuelan national referendum which would grant him increasing dictatorial powers, has ended his brief benevolence and contrition (if it ever was there) it would seem. But he did so with a backdrop of Venezuela's top military, sending a strong, yet somewhat shaky, staged subliminal message to his opponents.The video (short, in Spanish) is at the link above and here: Just hit the white "arrow" to see.
  • Hilton Becomes Socialist, But prices Stay Same (Caracas)

    09/02/2007 7:06:43 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 1,041+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-3-2007 | Jeremy McDermott
    Hilton becomes socialist, but prices stay same By Jeremy McDermott, Latin America Correspondent Last Updated: 1:21am BST 03/09/2007 It has been a landmark for the last 38 years, a point of navigation for taxi drivers and tourists alike, but now the Hilton Hotel in Caracas has been taken over by the state to become a "socialist tourism business". "We want to put this hotel at the service of the people," said Eustacio Aguilera, the president of the Simon Bolivar Centre, the government cultural institution that owns the hotel. "Now everyone will have access to a great hotel and be able...
  • Chavez helps leftist ally Argentina ward off Soros ( Confused ? )

    12/05/2006 6:46:33 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies · 978+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 5, 2006 | Alejandro Lifshitz
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday stepped in to help his leftist ally Argentine President Nestor Kirchner by bailing out an Argentine firm to prevent its purchase by a fund involving billionaire investor George Soros. Chavez, whom Kirchner wished good luck before his landslide re-election on Sunday, said he would lend $80 million to Sancor, a struggling private cooperative dairy sought by Adecoagro, a fund in which currency speculator and philanthropist Soros has a stake. "The capitalist magnate wanted to buy it out. Now I have signed the first part of the deal. We are going to issue credit of...