Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $27,615
Woo hoo!! And the first 31% is in!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: hugochavez

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • 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.
  • Venezuela's Chavez: Syria's leader a 'humanist'

    03/26/2011 6:09:46 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 26, 2011
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez expressed support for Syria's president on Saturday, calling him a "humanist" and a "brother" facing a wave of violent protests backed by the United States and its allies. Chavez's support for President Bashar Assad follows his defense of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, who is fighting rebels backed by international airstrikes.
  • Venezuelan students stitch lips in protest

    03/25/2011 8:36:00 PM PDT · by quantim · 15 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Mar 25, 10:48 PM EDT | FABIOLA SANCHEZ
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Four students in Venezuela have partially sewn their lips together to press their demands for funding for public universities as part of a growing hunger strike. One 18-year-old student, Gabriela Torrijos, stitched the left corner of her mouth together Friday as she and a group of other students maintained their hunger strike outside the U.N. Development Program office in Caracas. Three other students have partly sewn their lips in the past several days. The hunger strike began with five students Feb. 23 and has grown since. Students say their universities may not be able to keep...
  • Hugo Chavez condemns Libya airstrikes as 'madness'

    03/20/2011 6:55:41 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 20, 2011 | IAN JAMES
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez condemned what he called "indiscriminate bombing" by the U.S. and its allies in Libya, saying Sunday that the assault is unjustified and will only unleash more bloodshed. Cuba's government also criticized the attacks and called for the conflict to be resolved through negotiation.
  • Harvard for Tyrants - How Muammar al-Qaddafi taught a generation of bad guys

    03/10/2011 2:25:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies ^ | MARCH 4, 2011 | DOUGLAS FARAH
    Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi is well known now for the abuses he has inflicted on his own people during more than four decades of brutal rule in Libya, but few remember the vast campaign of carnage and terrorism he orchestrated across West Africa and Europe when he was at the height of his powers. Nor are his more recent alliance with Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and his long-standing relationship with Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua -- both of whom are busy trampling their constitutions and moving toward dictatorship -- well understood. And the fact that all three governments support the Revolutionary Armed...
  • Venezuelan union leader sentenced to 7 years in prison, lawyer says [ Socialists reject Unions! ]

    03/01/2011 9:54:46 AM PST · by NoLibZone · 4 replies
    Canadian Free Press ^ | Feb 27,2011 | Christopher Toothaker
    A prominent union leader was sentenced to seven years in prison Monday on charges stemming from a strike that temporarily paralyzed Venezuela's state-run iron mining company, his lawyer said. The ruling raised concerns among human rights activists who accuse the government of President Hugo Chavez of misusing the legal system to curb the power of organized labour, particularly unions at state-operated companies. Defence lawyer Italo Atencio said a judge sentenced Ruben Gonzalez on charges including unlawful assembly, public incitement to commit crimes and violation of a government security zone during the 2009 strike at CVG Ferrominera Orinoco CA, better known...
  • Chavez says he won't condemn Libya's Gadhafi

    02/28/2011 8:00:15 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 28, 2011
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Monday that he won't condemn Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and he warned the United States is preparing an invasion of the North African country. "A campaign of lies is being spun together regarding Libya," Chavez said during a televised speech.
  • Bolivians attack Venezuelan army plane with stones

    12/06/2007 7:30:11 PM PST · by The Bronze Titan · 9 replies · 58+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6 Dec 2007 22:35:28 GMT | Reuters
    LA PAZ, Dec 6 (Reuters) - In a violent show of anti-Venezuela sentiment, a crowd of about 200 Bolivians hurled stones at a Venezuelan military plane and prevented it from refueling after it landed on Thursday, local radio reported. After hearing the incoming plane, the mob seized control of the airport in the Amazonian city of Riberalta and attacked the aircraft. Regional leaders had said they suspected it was carrying arms and not humanitarian supplies, according to the radio reports. "We won't put up with these Venezuelans who come to the country and do whatever they want. We won't let...
  • Chavez: Venezuela's 'revolution' won't end

    02/13/2011 12:20:17 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 13, 2011
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Hugo Chavez said Sunday that he has no intention of ceasing his efforts to make Venezuela a socialist country, and he expressed confidence that his allies would take the reins of his "Bolivarian Revolution" if he died or decided to step down.
  • 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 · 75 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...
  • Ammo Explosion in Caracas Chavez ‘Disrupted’ Live Blog: 1-30 Venezuelans to Confront Military/Defend

    01/30/2011 12:28:50 PM PST · by cj in tx · 112 replies
    Gulag Bound ^ | January 30, 2011 | The Bound is live blogging beginning this Sunday morning, as events of critical importance are planned in the Sur del Lago region of Venezuela (translated "South Lake" with its key city, Santa Barbara). Just last Sunday, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans gathered in Caracas and in cities around the world, to peacefully protest against the Marxist dictatorship of Hugo Chavez and to demand their land and freedoms be returned to them. It has not happened. One week later, they will be taking as yet unspecified measures at the farms of Sur del Lago and are planning for confrontation with Venezuelan military....
  • This Gulag Night: Venezuela, What Now? Who Props up Dictator Hugo Chavez?

    01/27/2011 3:43:48 PM PST · by cj in tx · 8 replies
    Gulag Bound ^ | January 27, 2011 | The Bound
    Thursday, 1/27/2011 – 10pm-Midnight, EST… 7-9pm PSTOptions for listening Click for this Gulag Night page at Gulag Media with live chatDial 310/807-5060 (when it netcasts)The Bound will be looking for key videos and photos of last Sunday's Stop Dictadura Rally in Caracas and elsewhere, and posting them in this entry, below. Gulag NightGuests: Trevor Loudon, Toby Westerman & Sher Zieve give their take on these questions. Also, Tallulah Starr will be analyzing last Sunday's "Stop Dictadura" protests and reporting critical news. Trevor Loudon informs the free world of global Marxist's doings at New Zeal blog: and through KeyWiki catalogues...
  • Sunday Live: Operation Venezuela Watch 1/2

    01/23/2011 1:31:22 PM PST · by cj in tx · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Gulag Bound ^ | January 23, 2011 | Dissidents of the Bound
    BTR Netradio Broadcast, Archived from earlier today:Operation Venezuela Watch, Gulag MediaUpdate, scroll to bottom of entry for periodic video -- things look peaceful, thus far, thank God. Chavez and the Powers that Be seem to have decided to amass a communist counter-demonstration, with whatever government workers, etc., to show a pro-Chavez presence as "the whole world watches." The average American would never know any of it, though, thanks to America's Powers that Be Media -- which may, it seems even include Fox News. Lots of footage on the US weather, there, also a fine shot of a reporter talking on...
  • Alert! All Eyes on Venezuela Sunday 1/23

    01/23/2011 12:32:34 AM PST · by cj in tx · 8 replies · 1+ views
    January 22, 2011 | Arlen Williams, Tallulah Starr, CJ in TX
    Excerpts American patriots, from Tea Parties to social democrats are being urged to show up as a ‘flash mob’– preferably with a red gag or bandanna over their mutually non-violent mouths — or at least to noise it up, in media and to media.Caracas Venezuela, 9:30am+ Eastern Time, 1/23 Caracas is the touch-point – ground zero beginning 9:30am ET and it could be, literally ballistic. As China transported military thugs from Mongolian provinces, to dispatch the Tienanmen protesters, word on the ground is Cuban military and FARC drug thugs may apply themselves to Sunday’s peaceful protesters, whether wearing olive green,...
  • Venezuela Becomes New Stalinist Nation

    01/20/2011 10:09:54 AM PST · by cj in tx · 13 replies
    Gulag Bound (+ Canada Free Press, etc.) ^ | January 20, 2011 | Sher Zieve
    In their game of “Who can Create the Fastest Slave State," Venezuelan Dictator (now official) Hugo Chavez is now ahead of US Dictator Barack Hussein Obama. Not long ago, Chavez made the comment “Hey, Obama has just nationalized nothing more and nothing less than General Motors. Comrade Obama! Fidel, careful or we are going to end up to his right.” Slowly at first but recently more quickly, intensely and more violently every day, Hugo Chavez has become one of the current incarnations of Josef Stalin. Over strong objections from the opposition, in December, Chavez’ ruling and majority Socialist Party...
  • Sunday, 1/23 may be make or break for Venezuela (and eventually, America)

    01/19/2011 1:44:35 PM PST · by La Lydia · 29 replies
    Renew America ^ | July 19, 2010
    It could bring a new birth of freedom, or an atrocity worse than Tienanmen Square. Over this past Christmas season, a hardcore, totalitarian mixture of Marxism and fascism (hence, Marxofascism) has been forced upon a nation in America's hemisphere, a nation of great strategic importance. This nation is Venezuela, though even a doggedly observant newshound may not have caught a whiff of it. Even so, this coming Sunday, January 23, Venezuela's courageous citizens need, perhaps desperately, the massively focused attention of Americans and of the entire world. Will the whole world be watching? If they get that attention, it may...
  • 1/23 Sunday Mass Anti-Dictatorship Demonstrations in Venezuela: Flyers Here

    01/17/2011 12:11:50 PM PST · by cj in tx · 8 replies
    Gulag Bound ^ | January 17, 2011 | Arlen Williams
    This coming Sunday could be a critical step in Venezuelan freedom, or it could become a day of atrocity. Whether you are internationalist or isolationist, there will be no escaping the ramifications in the western hemisphere and around the world -- which includes America. The American news media has been all but blacking out the story of Chavez' hard core communism and his Christmastime Crackdown. But they will be forced to report it soon, one way or another, whether they and their globalist-authoritarian "thought leaders" of the Council on Foreign Relations and Aspen Institute like it or not. These flyers...
  • Thursday, Gulag Night: Communist Takeovers in Process - Venezuela & Honduras, Obama Aided

    01/13/2011 4:27:02 PM PST · by cj in tx · 5 replies
    Gulag Bound ^ | January 13, 2011 | Arlen Williams
    Gulag Night - Thursday night at 9pm ET,,, 6pm PT Click to listen w/ chat: Number: (310) 807-5060 Learn the unreported truth of:- Hugo Chavez' Totalitarian Crackdown in Venezuela- Barack Obama's Anti-Constitutional Aid of Communism in Honduras- The very significant roles of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Belarus, and yes, Russia -- plus FARC & Mexican Drug LordsGuest: Ulf Erlingsson writes for the rule of law, human rights and liberal democracy; against corruption, coup d’états, and oppression at He tweets at Ulf Erlingsson's articles in Gulag Bound: A Totalitarian Christmas Gift: Merry Chavismo, Venezuela! December 25, 2010Venezuelan Students...
  • Catholic leaders warn of 'totalitarian' Venezuela

    01/11/2011 4:28:51 PM PST · by pissant · 9 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 1/11/11 | staff
    CARACAS, Venezuela -- Roman Catholic leaders in Venezuela are calling for President Hugo Chavez to give up special lawmaking powers granted to him by his congressional allies. The Venezuelan Bishops' Conference condemned a package of laws approved last month by the National Assembly, including one that grants Chavez power to enact laws by decree for the next 18 months. Chavez gained those powers shortly before a new congress took office with more opposition lawmakers. A statement from the bishops released Tuesday accuses Chavez of trying to impose a totalitarian system in Venezuela.
  • Russia Quietly Building Up Arms

    01/04/2011 1:27:43 PM PST · by therightliveswithus · 61 replies
    World Threats ^ | 1/4/11 | World Threats
    Russia has been conducting a race to build up its military, but no one seems to be noticing. While the economic recession is causing many European nations to slash and downsize their defensive capabilities, Russia has been extending its reach militarily. Did any of you catch the article about Russia purchasing not one but two helicopter carriers from France? The Mistral-class carrier also doubles as an amphibious assault craft, carrying ground forces and materiel. The Baltic states and Georgia are raising diplomatic hell over it but it appears that France is savoring the deal, worth over $1.5 billion. "The Baltic...
  • No great loss for state, nation

    01/06/2011 8:44:06 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 13 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | January 6, 2011 | Editorial
    As the final days of his long congressional career were falling from the calendar, corrupt Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd was uplifted as one special interest after another heaped praise upon him. They were the beneficiaries of his years of generosity with other people's money and his advocacy of federal mandates that enriched them. And for all those years, they completed the quid pro quos by delivering copious sums and manpower for his re-election campaigns. In another context, prosecutors would call this extortion or racketeering; in this context, however, it's just called government. The news media, new and old, also kissed...
  • Hugo Chavez & The AAUP

    01/05/2011 5:47:51 AM PST · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 5, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It turns out that Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez could have had a much closer relationship with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) if the former head of the AAUP had his druthers. “While admittedly bizarre, Roger Bowen, former general secretary who joined the anti-academic freedom mob in a Wall Street Journal piece seeking the dismissal of University of Colorado Professor Churchill, pursued the purchase of additional office space and suggested seeking external funding from Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez,” Peter Kirstein writes in Illinois Academe. Kirstein is currently the vice-president of the AAUP. When I asked the St. Xavier University...
  • Hugo Feels The Love

    01/03/2011 6:33:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 3, 2010 | Staff
    Diplomacy: If insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, how is one to characterize Hillary Clinton's latest grip-and-grin encounter with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez in Brazil on Saturday? Less than two years ago, the Secretary of State made what might have been dismissed as a beginner's mistake at a summit in Trinidad, going out of her way to shake hands and share laughs with the thuggish tyrant of Caracas. The idea then was to turn a new leaf in troubled U.S.-Venezuelan relations on the premise the only obstacle had been President Bush. In two...
  • Obama to Chavez: Pound sand (Obama kicks Venezuelan Ambassador out of the US)

    12/30/2010 7:37:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies · 8+ views
    Hotair ^ | 12/30/2010 | Ed Morrisey
    Well, well, well. Do we detect a hint of sulfur in Barack Obama’s reaction to Hugo Chavez today? President Obama has kicked the Venezuelan ambassador out of the US in retaliation for the rejection of Obama’s choice of ambassador to Venezuela: Washington has revoked the visa of the Venezuelan ambassador to the US, the US state department has said.The move comes amid a diplomatic dispute between the two countries over President Barack Obama’s choice of ambassador to Caracas, Larry Palmer. …The US move in effect expels Venezuelan envoy Bernardo Alvarez Herrera. Alvarez Herrera isn’t in the US at the moment,...
  • Hugo Chavez dares Obama to cut diplomatic relations after rejecting envoy

    12/29/2010 10:31:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 3+ views
    Hotair ^ | 12/28/2010 | Ed Morrisey
    Hugo Chavez went on national television to dare Barack Obama to cut diplomatic relations with Venezuela after Chavez rejected Obama’s choice to replace Ambassador Patrick Duddy, who left in July. Chavez objected to comments made by nominee Larry Palmer that suggested that Chavez was sheltering Colombian rebels and Palmer’s criticism of the actions of the legislature, which gave Chavez 18 months of rule by decree in order to ignore the new National Assembly taking office next month, one with enough opposition to block Chavez’ proposals: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dared the United States to expel his ambassador or cut off...
  • Miami Venezuelans Bid Farewell to Former President

    12/29/2010 9:47:04 AM PST · by Racehorse · 1+ views
    Venezuelans in Miami gathered Tuesday to bid farewell to their former president, Carlos Andrés Pérez, who died in the city where he and so many Latin American leaders have spent their final days.
  • Hugo Chavez Militarily Confiscating Farms of Venezuelan Patriots? Using Foreign Forces?

    12/21/2010 5:15:40 PM PST · by cj in tx · 13 replies · 6+ views
    Gulag Bound ^ | December 21, 2010 | Tallulah Starr & Arlen Williams
    Late Sunday night, we began to see sketchy reports from individuals that farmers in the region of Sur del Lago, Venezuela were being attacked by Venezuelan as well as foreign military, all directed by Hugo Chavez. Initial and unconfirmed reports allege that fellow perpetrators are Cubans, thugs from the drug cartel FARC, and even Hezbollah, all there for the action. This seems to be a crackdown on elements of the Venezuelan populace which opposed Hugo Chavez in the recent Venezuelan election. The blog, Venezuelan News and Views puts it this way: "Sur del Lago people are resisting. The legislative assembly...
  • Wikileaks: Obama supported ousted Honduran Pres Zelaya to support Hugo Chavez

    12/20/2010 8:05:48 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 68 replies · 2+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 20, 2010 | Mary Anastasia
    "The last year and a half of the [President Manuel] Zelaya Administration will be, in my view, extraordinarily difficult for our bilateral relationship. His pursuit of immunity from the numerous activities of organized crime carried out in his administration will cause him to threaten the rule of law and institutional stability." —Charles Ford, U.S. ambassador to Honduras, May 15, 2008 Lots of hypotheses have been floated to explain why the Obama administration went to such extremes last year to try to force Honduras to reinstate deposed president Manuel Zelaya. Now the release of two WikiLeaked cables from the U.S. embassy...
  • Venezuela congress grants Chavez decree powers (for 18 months)

    12/17/2010 3:07:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/17/10 | Fabiola Sanchez - ap
    CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan lawmakers granted President Hugo Chavez broad powers Friday to enact laws by decree, undermining the clout of a new congress that takes office next month with a bigger opposition bloc. Chavez opponents condemned the move as a power grab, saying the law will be a blank check for the leftist leader to rule without consulting lawmakers. .. A new congress goes into session Jan. 5 with an opposition contingent large enough to hinder approval of some types of major laws. Opposition lawmakers say decree powers now give Chavez a blank check to rule autocratically while ignoring...
  • Hugo Chavez Joke Gets Airline Crew Detained In Venezuela

    12/14/2010 11:34:18 AM PST · by KingOfVagabonds · 12 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 12/14/10 | Justin Hyde
    WikiLeaks cables reveal the crew of an American Airlines jet was detained in Venezuela in 2008 after making a minor joke over the plane's PA about President Hugo Chavez, forcing American to fly the plane empty to get them home.
  • President Chavez seeks decree powers in Venezuela

    12/11/2010 8:37:06 PM PST · by TheRevolution1776 · 9 replies
    AP ^ | Dec 10, 10:16 PM (ET) | FABIOLA SANCHEZ
    Chavez said he needs an "enabling law" for the fourth time in his presidency to pass emergency laws quickly in a range of areas, including housing, land use and banking. "There is no time to lose," Chavez said on state television, citing the country's emergency efforts to help thousands of people displaced by deadly floods and mudslides. Chavez's request comes shortly before the Jan. 5 installation of a new National Assembly in which a bigger opposition presence will prevent him from obtaining the two-thirds majority he would need to obtain such decree powers. Government opponents accuse Chavez of growing increasingly...