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  • Venezuela Alarm: Carter Center back in Caracas - the shame of it

    02/22/2005 8:03:12 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 485+ views
    Venezuela News and Views ^ | Feb. 22, 2005 | Daniel Duquenal
    Bwahahahah!!! Gasp! Bwahahahahahahah! (tears of laughter, blogger convulsing on the floor subject to one of the biggest laugh attacks recorded in blogdom). (Breathe, breathe deeply, garner composure, start writing again) Today we learn that Jennifer Mc Coy of the Carter Center will brave Venezuela to offer help in consolidating peace and democracy! The nerve! What is in store for us? Are they going to approve the new judicial system whose near uniform composition will ensure "peace" through a "uniform justice" (pun intended)? Will they offer to monitor the 2006 elections to validate yet another "fair" Chavez victory? ... I have...
  • Venezuela - Hugo Chavez claims the US is preparing to assassinate him

    02/20/2005 2:07:01 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 29 replies · 609+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | February 20, 2005
    Hugo Chavez shows the United States to want to assassinate it CARACAS - the president vénézuélien Hugo Chavez showed Sunday the president George W Bush to prepare an attack against him, affirming "to be condemned to died" and threatening the United States to suspend oil exports if it were assassinated. "If me am assassinated, there is a large culprit on this planet which is called the president of the United States, George (W.) Bush ", declared the president populist of left in his radio-televised program "Hello, president". "If by the hand of the devil, these perverse plans were crowned...
  • Sources: Chavez Calls In Foreign Aid in Preparation for Crackdown?

    12/09/2002 12:47:04 PM PST · by Axion · 13 replies · 475+ views
    STRATFOR ^ | Dec 09, 2002 | Stephen Roach
    Sources: Chavez Calls In Foreign Aid in Preparation for Crackdown?Dec 09, 2002 Summary The risk of violence is escalating in Venezuela, where multiple sources say President Hugo Chavez is arming domestic supporters and possibly calling in help from Cuban nationals and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Analysis The threat of major violence in Venezuela within the next two or three days is increasing rapidly in cities like Caracas and Maracaibo, Stratfor sources say. The government of embattled President Hugo Chavez is arming hundreds of civilian supporters, at least three small groups of Colombian rebels have crossed the border...
  • Hugo Chavez: Malicious Narcissist

    01/09/2005 4:31:42 AM PST · by Read2Know · 3 replies · 209+ views
    Conservative Trailhead ^ | 01/09/2005 | Henry Ortuno
    Blogger Francisco writing in the Caracas Chronicles puts forth the theory that Hugo Chavez is a malicious narcissist: If you're looking for insight into Venezuela's seemingly never ending political crisis, section 301.81 of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual would be an excellent place to start. The entry reads eerily like a brief character sketch of Venezuela's embattled president, Hugo Chavez: "Has a grandiose sense of self-importance; is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance; requires excessive admiration; has unreasonable expectations of automatic compliance with his expectations; shows arrogant behaviors or attitudes, etc." Actually, it's the DSM-IV's...
  • FARC Confirms that "the Chancellor" was Kidnapped in Caracas

    01/04/2005 6:15:59 PM PST · by marron · 4 replies · 464+ views
    El Universal, Caracas, Venezuela ^ | January 4, 2005 | ALICIA LA ROTTA MORAN
    The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) confirmed that Rodrigo Granda Escobar, known as "the Chancellor" was kidnapped in Venezuela, while attending the Second Bolivarian Peoples Conference. In a statement published on their web page, the Central Command of this organization blamed the kidnapping of "Ricardo", as he is known within FARC, on "the Colombian intelligence services" and blamed his deportation on "gringo advisors and the complicit support of corrupt elements of the Venezuelan police". In the statement they went on to ask that the government of Venezuela make "its position clear regarding guarantees to the other bolivarian organizations that...
  • Year end annoyances in Venezuela

    01/03/2005 10:18:25 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 221+ views
    The Devil's Excrement (Venezuela) ^ | Jan. 2, 2004 | Miguel Octavio
    Going back to work to start the year was no different than working last week; most Venezuelans are certainly not working and will likely not go to work for at least another week, a phenomenon that I have always marveled at. It is in fact pretty amazing that a country with such low productivity practically shuts down for three weeks every year at Christmas. And let’s not talk about Easter week and carnival week when similar slowdowns take place. But maybe I should lighten up. The slowdown is general. The best part is that politicians also disappear from view for...
  • FARC comdemns arrest of leader in Venezuela

    01/03/2005 9:59:57 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 5 replies · 256+ views
    VCrisis ^ | Jan. 3, 2004 | Aleksander Boyd
    London 03.01.05 | Undoubtedly internet is the true revolution, so much so that a bunch of assassins, otherwise known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), have their own website where they post communiqués and other stuff. During last December's meeting in Caracas of guerrilla fighters, leftist talebans and revolutionaries, Ricardo Granda a.k.a FARC's 'foreign secretary' was arrested by Colombian police forces and whisked to Colombia. FARC leaders weren't amused by the operation and have released a communiqué criticising comrade Hugo for lack of protective measures towards such honourable guests. These guerrilla fighters must truly enjoy to crack bad...
  • Kwanzaa -- Racist Holiday from Hell

    12/29/2004 1:06:19 AM PST · by kattracks · 14 replies · 5,223+ views ^ | 12/29/04 | Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson
    While public officials, schools, and the ACLU worked overtime this year to ban every vestige of Christmas from the public square, the recently invented holiday known as Kwanzaa is gaining in popularity among black Americans. These occurrences are not unrelated. In an earlier time, blacks held a strong faith in God. But over the past 40 years, the black community has largely let God slip away. Sure the community has maintained the outer trappings of religion, but the solid morality at its core is nearly gone. Enter a God-hating black racist named Ron Karenga. Born Ron Everett on a poultry farm...
  • A welcome letter to the participants of the group saving us

    12/04/2004 8:56:27 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 168+ views
    Venezuela News and Views ^ | Dec. 4, 2004 | Daniel Duquenal
    I am writing to you who are gathered in this august assembly in the Teresa Carreño. The Encounter Between Artists and Intellectuals has been receiving a mild coverage in the press, if not a sarcastic one, but this is probably due to the fact that they have not realized that you were invited by more than the Cuban government. These insensitive weirdoes should remember that poor Fidel is sick, and probably sick of having to receive you regularly in Varadero, amen of catering to you: jineteras are there for dollar paying tourists! No! Fortunately El Supremo the other night set...
  • Red Flags in Venezuela (And I mean Red!)

    11/24/2004 8:12:17 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 2 replies · 298+ views
    The Sixth Republic, via ^ | Nov. 23, 2004 | Alexandra Beech
    23.11.04 | The Bush Administration and five other governments dropped the ball in the events leading up to Venezuela’s very flawed recall referendum, which allowed the OAS and Carter Center to validate the results. Now, and I cannot emphasize this point enough, Venezuela is in complete disarray. Far from solving the crisis, the OAS (which would probably accomplish more as a museum than as a hemispheric body) and the Carter Center have washed their hands of the crisis, as key events take place which threaten, not only Venezuela, but the hemisphere. Having gained complete and undeniable control of every branch...
  • Fire Sweeps Through Caracas High-Rise (Twin Towers)

    10/17/2004 6:04:00 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 959+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 17, 2004 | ALICE M. CHACON
    CARACAS, Venezuela - A fire burned its way up one of Venezuela's tallest buildings on Sunday, injuring at least 25 firefighters and prompting the evacuation of nearby residences and businesses amid fears that the tower might collapse, officials said. Efforts to extinguish the blaze were hampered by the fact that water pumps were not working properly and the building was not equipped with fire extinguishers, fire chief Rodolfo Briceno said. "There is a problem because the building is made of steel. Because of the high temperatures, the structure could collapse," Information Minister Jesse Chacon told President Hugo Chavez during his...
  • Venezuela opposition mum on vote result

    08/15/2004 11:42:48 PM PDT · by familyop · 28 replies · 537+ views
    Reuters ^ | 16AUG04 | Reuters
    CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - A top Venezuelan opposition leader says he has already had figures indicating the result of a referendum on whether to recall President Hugo Chavez and, with a smile, adds that people can tell what it is from his expression."From the expression on my face, people can tell what's happening," said a smug-looking Enrique Mendoza, a leader of the opposition coalition which forced Sunday's referendum on the populist president."We already have enough information," he said on Monday.Venezuelan law prohibits anyone from announcing electoral results until the country's election authorities do so.Voting was still continuing at many polling...
  • Where Intolerance Reigns:Leftist Outrage In Venezuela, attacks against statues of Our Lady

    06/03/2004 9:12:36 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 130+ views
    TFP | 06.04.04 | Valdis Grinsteins
    Where Intolerance Reigns: Leftist Outrage In Venezuela Chavez supporters put posters in front of statues and later desecrated them. Sacrilegious attacks against statues of Our Lady by the followers of President Chávez make patent the link between the radical left and a Satanic Valdis GrinsteinsThe acts mentioned in this article are so shocking that if they were not so well documented, one would doubt their authenticity. Normally acts of this nature are done by small groups in secret. Rarely do the perpetrators allow themselves to be filmed and, above all in Venezuela where they are still punished by law.How...
  • Cubans in Venezuela sow seeds of controversy

    07/21/2003 12:43:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies · 233+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 17, 2003 | Mike Ceaser
    CARACAS, VENEZUELA - Unemployed bus driver Rafael Lira recently landed an unlikely job amid the high-rises of downtown Caracas. He's now a farmer. Mr. Lira and eight others tend an acre plot wedged between the Hilton Hotel and a pair of busy avenues, where lettuce, mint, beets, and other crops thrive. Lira says he has become self-sufficient from his steady share of vegetable sales. "[This farm plot] shows that this is viable," he says. "That one can live from this and obtain independence." Urban farming's success here is rooted in an unlikely source: visiting agronomists from Cuba. But in a...
  • Venezuela - An explosion shakes the Spanish embassy in Caracas

    02/24/2003 10:56:46 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 268+ views
    El Pais (Madrid) ^ | February 25, 2003
    ¡URGENTE! - Una explosión sacude la embajada española en Caracas - 7.45 h.
  • Dozens Killed in Nightclub Fire

    12/01/2002 6:10:56 AM PST · by colette_g · 15 replies · 326+ views
    Sky News ^ | 13:48 UK, Sunday December 01, 2002 | Sky News
    DOZENS KILLED IN NIGHTCLUB FIREAn estimated 47 people were killed after fire swept through a nightclub in the Venezuelan capital Caracas. The city's fire chief said most died of smoke inhalation.More than 500 people were inside the Guajira nightclub when the fire broke out.An investigation is under way to find out the cause.More follows...