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  • As Chavez Pulls Venezuela's Gold From JP Morgan, Is The Great Scramble For Physical Starting?

    08/18/2011 1:54:49 PM PDT · by dennisw · 52 replies
    zerohedge. ^ | 08/17/2011 | Submitted by Tyler Durden
    In addition to the nationalization of his gold insutry, Chavez earlier also announced that he would recover virtually all gold that Venezuela hold abroad, starting with 99 tons of gold at the Bank of England. As the WSJ reported earlier, "The Bank of England recently received a request from the Venezuelan government about transferring the 99 tons of gold Venezuela holds in the bank back to Venezuela, said a person familiar with the matter. A spokesman from the Bank of England declined to comment whether Venezuela had any gold on deposit at the bank." That's great, but not really a...
  • Honduras Cardinal: Chavez Planned My Kidnapping

    07/18/2011 8:27:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez once plotted to kidnap Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the cardinal revealed to a truth-and-reconciliation commission in his own country. The Honduran cardinal reported that Chavez was outraged by his support for a coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya, a Chavez ally, in 2009. Today, Cardinal Rodriguez says that he has not regrets about his role: conditions in Honduras have improved, he says, and he is now praying for Chavez, who is suffering from cancer. In an interview with Vatican Insider, the Honduran cardinal—whose name is often mentioned among the possible candidates for the...
  • Chavez retains secrecy over cancer therapy in Cuba

    07/17/2011 2:40:21 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sunday, July 17, 2011 5:01 PM EDT | IAN JAMES
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — In his monthlong fight against cancer, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has placed utmost importance on secrecy, carefully offering only scraps of information about his condition. Now, as he begins planned chemotherapy in Cuba, Chavez appears to have found the perfect place where he can tightly guard details of his illness and keep the prying eyes of the news media far away. The Venezuelan leader first underwent surgery in the island nation on June 20 to remove a cancerous tumor from his pelvic region. He returned Saturday night, saying he would be starting a "second phase of...
  • Chavez returns to Venezuela from Cuba

    07/04/2011 7:24:57 AM PDT · by WellyP · 19 replies
    - Associated Press ^ | 4 July 2011 | IAN JAMES
    "CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez made a surprise return to Venezuela from Cuba before dawn Monday, saying he is feeling better as he recovers from surgery that removed a cancerous tumor..."
  • Noam Chomsky denounces old friend Hugo Chávez for 'assault' on democracy

    07/03/2011 1:41:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    Hugo Chávez has long considered Noam Chomsky one of his best friends in the west. He has basked in the renowned scholar's praise for Venezuela's socialist revolution and echoed his denunciations of US imperialism. Venezuela's president, who hasrevealed that he has had surgery in Cuba to remove a cancerous tumour, turned one of Chomsky's books into an overnight bestseller after brandishing it during a UN speech. He hosted Chomsky in Caracas with smiles and pomp. Earlier this year Chávez even suggested Washington make Chomsky the US ambassador to Venezuela. The president may be about to have second thoughts about that,...
  • Venezuela army assures calm after Chavez surgery

    07/01/2011 9:46:46 AM PDT · by MissesBush · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/01/11 | Andrew Cawthorne and Brian Ellsworth
    CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's military sought to quash any talk of unrest or infighting on Friday as socialist leader Hugo Chavez's revelation of cancer surgery shakes the South American OPEC nation he has dominated since 1999. Army chief General Henry Rangel Silva said the military would guarantee constitutional order during Chavez's absence for treatment in Cuba. The president, he said, would be home "soon" and was still in charge of Venezuela. "We have seen our comandante thinner than usual but still standing. The truth is he is getting better, he's fine," Rangel told state television. "The country is calm." The...
  • Hugo Chavez's Health Leads to Postponement of Latin American Summit

    06/30/2011 5:41:41 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | June 29, 2011
    The health of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, shrouded in mystery for the last two weeks, has led to the postponement of a summit of Latin American leaders next week, that country's government announced Wednesday. "The Venezuelan government, after discussions with the governments of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, has taken the decision to postpone the Third Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean on Integration and Development (CALC) that was scheduled to take place on July 5-6, 2011 on Margarita Island, Venezuela," the foreign ministry said in a statement.
  • VIDEO: Images of Hugo Chavez with Fidel Castro (Sunny Images Don't Match Today's Havana Weather)

    06/28/2011 8:42:37 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies
    TeleSur ^ | June 28, 2011
    Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, is in favorable health conditions he appeared publicly on Tuesday with the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, images were broadcast by the state TV, Venezolana de Television.VIDEO
  • If a picture is worth 10,000 words, judge Hugo Chavez’ health by these faces (Unhappy Commies)

    06/28/2011 7:48:08 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 26 replies
    The Devil's Excrement ^ | June 27, 2011
    This is a picture of the leaders of Chavez’ party PSUV after they had the joy of talking to their boss from Cuba. They all tweeted in unison when this happened, but somehow the picture does not fit the news, or the faces do not fit the news. As we say in Spanish the “carometro” or “facemeter” is not the bearer of good news.If a picture is worth 10,000 words, then judge Hugo’s health by these faces.
  • Hugo Chavez's brother talks of armed struggle

    06/26/2011 11:17:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    AP ^ | June 26, 2011 | Christopher Toothtaker
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- One of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's brothers said Sunday that backers of the hospitalized leftist leader should not rule out armed struggle in the future, though they prefer to maintain power at the ballot box. Adan Chavez's statement came as speculation mounted about the health of the president, who has been convalescing at an undisclosed location in Cuba after reportedly undergoing emergency surgery 16 days ago. Chavez's older brother said Venezuela's ruling party wants to retain power by defeating foes in elections. But he told government supporters that they should be ready to take up arms...
  • Report: Venezuela President Hugo Chavez in Critical Condition

    06/25/2011 3:00:53 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 95 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | June 25, 2011 | Chana Yaar
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is hospitalized in Cuba and is in critical condition, according to a report published in the Miami, Florida-based El Nuevo Herald newspaper. He was last heard from on June 12 when his voice was broadcast on a telephone call with Venezuelan state television. At the time, the president told the interviewer doctors had found no sign of of "malignant" illness. An official statement from the Venezuelan government said Chavez had been operated on for a pelvic abcess on June 10 in Havana. At the time he was in Cuba on an official state visit. However, the...
  • Chávez Illness Sparks Succession Talk (Advanced Prostate Cancer is the strong rumor)

    06/24/2011 4:46:26 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 129 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 24, 2011 | JOSé DE CóRDOBA and KEJAL VYAS
    Venezuelan officials scrambled Thursday to reassure compatriots that President Hugo Chávez was not seriously ill after his brother said the president would remain in a Cuban hospital for up to 12 more days, making it likely that Mr. Chávez will be away from the country for nearly a month. The absence has sparked furious speculation about the president's health and led many in Venezuela to ask: What happens if the former army officer who has ruled Venezuela for 12 years is suddenly incapacitated or even dies? "Nothing will ever be the same," said Juan Carlos Zapata, a political analyst in...
  • Venezuelans Puzzle Over Their Leader's Health

    06/22/2011 11:53:32 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 46 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JUNE 22, 2011 | EZEQUIEL MINAYA And JOSé DE CóRDOBA
    CARACAS—Venezuela's voluble and ubiquitous President Hugo Chávez hasn't returned to the public eye after a surgery in Cuba that has friends and foes alike speculating about the state of his health and the future of his rule. Mr. Chávez has been in Cuba since June 8, when he was felled by a pelvic abscess for which he underwent an operation two days later. Soon after, Venezuelan officials said the flamboyant leader was in good health but would recuperate in Havana for a "few days." Those few days have stretched to 11, punctuated by false alarms over the date of his...
  • The Mysterious Silence of Hugo Chavez ( Dead? )

    06/22/2011 11:41:09 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 59 replies ^ | June22 2011 | JWF
    Since coming to power in 1999, Venezuelan dictator and socialist thug Hugo Chavez has become a ubiquitous presence on television, typically interrupting programming so he can blather on about the joys of Communism and the state controlling every aspect of your life. Yet a couple of weeks ago, while visiting the island prison of Cuba, Chavez took ill and underwent surgery. He was reportedly only going to be hospitalized for a few days but hasn't been heard from since. Mr. Chávez has been in Cuba since June 8, when he was felled by a pelvic abscess for which he underwent...
  • Special Relationship update: Obama sides with Argentina, Hugo Chavez on Falklands

    06/09/2011 4:17:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/09/2011 | Ed Morrisey
    And not for the first time, either. In part of Barack Obama’s “smart power” diplomacy that he promised would restore our standing with American allies, the Obama administration sided with Argentina in demanding that the UK open negotiations over the status of the Falkland Islands, joining such stalwart American allies as Nicaragua and Venezuela. The OAS declaration even uses the Argentinian name for the islands, a particular insult, as Nile Gardiner notes: President Obama was effusive in his praise for the Special Relationship when he visited London recently, but his administration continues to slap Britain in the face over the...
  • Chavez: We won't tolerate rebels in Venezuela

    06/02/2011 8:25:26 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 5 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | June 2, 2011 | Christopher Toothaker
    President Hugo Chavez said Thursday he will not to tolerate the presence of Colombian guerrillas in Venezuelan territory, adding that he's confident Colombia's government would in turn capture any opponents conspiring against his government. "We are not going to allow the presence of any armed group," including rebels, paramilitary fighters and drug traffickers in Venezuelan territory, Chavez said before meeting with former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. "We have fulfilled our obligations." The socialist leader's comments came a day after Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that a top commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or...
  • Obama on Wrong Side of Honduras Dispute, GOP Lawmaker Warns (what else is new)

    05/24/2011 3:46:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 5/24/11 | Patrick Goodenough
    An agreement signed in Colombia this week allowing the ousted former Honduran president, Manuel Zelaya, to return home and resume political activity without fear of prosecution marks “a great day” for the Honduran people, according to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But in the view of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the accord sets the stage for Zelaya and his leftist ally, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, to further damage democracy in the small Central American country. “Hugo Chavez’s handprints are all over this deal,” Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement. “He can’t wait to have Zelaya...
  • REPEAT OF 1962? (Missile Threat from Venezuela)

    05/17/2011 6:07:28 AM PDT · by SumProVita · 32 replies
    Urgent Agenda ^ | May 16, 2011 | William Katz
    Having experienced the Cuban Missile Crisis at the CIA, Langley, ion 1962, I have little enthusiasm for a repeat. But we may get one. A German newspaper is running a disturbing report: BERLIN – The Iranian government is moving forward with the construction of rocket launch bases in Venezuela, the German daily Die Welt wrote in its Friday edition. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is Teheran’s most important South American ally. Iran is building intermediate- range missile launch pads on the Paraguaná Peninsula, and engineers from a construction firm – Khatam al-Anbia – owned by the Revolutionary Guards visited Paraguaná in...
  • Death Squad Dictator

    05/13/2011 5:21:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 13, 2011 | Staff
    Democracy: How is it that this White House can make a big hullabaloo over what it called a coup in Honduras in 2009, yet ignore last week's news of death squads in Venezuela? Dictatorships and double standards, anyone? To hear President Obama's top Latin American policymaker tell it, all's fine with our relations in the Americas. Democracy is flourishing, says the soon-to-depart Arturo Valenzuela, assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, with only a spot of bother from something euphemized as "populism." "Today most democratic nations of the hemisphere are leveraging democratic success, economic growth to overcome old inequities,"...
  • U.S. Losing Big Drug Catch

    04/02/2011 12:28:18 PM PDT · by OddLane · 5 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 2, 2011 | JOSÉ DE CÓRDOBA And DARCY CROWE
    BOGOTA—The U.S. and its ideological foe Venezuela are in a bitter fight over the extradition of Walid "The Turk" Makled, an alleged cocaine kingpin currently jailed in Colombia. And Venezuela appears to have the upper hand. Mr. Makled, arrested late last year on a U.S. warrant in Colombia, is alleged to be one of the world's most important, yet little known, drug lords. He is a "king among kingpins," says Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.