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  • Rare Good News in Venezuela: Beer Is Back

    06/03/2016 11:04:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Venezuelans struggling through an economic crisis got a rare bit of good news Thursday when the country’s largest brewery announced it had obtained a loan to resume production. Polar breweries, maker of the country’s best-known beer brands, shut down production at its four plants in April, blaming a barley shortage. It said it was unable to import the key ingredient because it could not access dollars under socialist President Nicolás Maduro’s tight currency controls. But with bars and liquor stores running dry, Polar said it had reached a deal for a $35-million loan from Spanish bank BBVA, putting up its...

    03/14/2015 7:33:31 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 22 replies
    A.P. ^ | March 14, 2015 | HANNAH DREIER AND JORGE RUEDA
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Soldiers rolled out shoulder-fired missiles, fighter planes and armored trucks Saturday for the first of 10 days of military exercises that the president of socialist-governed Venezuela says are needed to protect against a looming threat from the U.S.

    12/09/2014 7:03:33 AM PST · by Jedediah
    My children of light you have arrived for you abide in My presence in Zion yet many remain earthbound in distractions. Therefore throw off these hindrances "yeah" fast the earth for though I am coming I have already arrived in "you" My Zion on earth. You see as you strip your wellspring of earthly desires Heaven arises in you in all the fullness of The Godhead and it is then My will "is" done. Let there be freedom for My Spirit to "speak" to you of new things and allow Me to bless you through your obedience to My Voice...
  • Sobbing Chavez Pleads for Life at Catholic Mass in Home State

    04/06/2012 8:43:49 AM PDT · by Cronos · 58 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 6 | Corina Pons and Jose Orozco
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez wiped tears from his face as he pleaded for life in his fight against an undisclosed cancer at a Catholic mass in his home state of Barinas.... "If this was necessary, may it be welcome," Chavez said, who wore a white T-shirt under a blue and white track suit. "But I ask God to give me life, however painful. I can carry 100 crosses, your crown of thorns, but don't take me yet. I still have things to do."
  • Venezuelan consul in Miami ordered to leave U.S. for discussing cyber-attacks

    01/09/2012 5:32:23 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 2 replies
    MIAMIHERALD ^ | Jan 09,2012 | swampsniper
    In a move likely to further strain relations between the United States and Venezuela, the State Department on Sunday said that it had ordered a Venezuelan diplomat based in Miami to leave the country.
  • Trumped Up

    04/01/2011 5:32:07 AM PDT · by lakeprincess · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 1, 2011 | Jennifer Harper
    It’s billed as a “Birther Conference.” Republican presidential hopeful Andy Martin will convene the “Third National Conference on President Barack Obama’s Missing Birth Certificate and College Records” this weekend at the Capital Hilton, just blocks from the White House. Naturally, Mr. Martin has asked Donald Trump — some call him a “birther,” some a “proofer” — to speak at the conference, which begins Friday.
  • All Along the Watchtower (The Iran-Venezuela Axis and the War on Terror)

    03/19/2009 9:07:04 AM PDT · by mojito · 3 replies · 250+ views
    National Review ^ | 3/18/2009 | Mario Loyola
    Ronald Reagan helped to usher in a hopeful wave of democratization in Latin America. In one country after another, multi-party elections ended decades of single-party rule and military dictatorship. But today, that legacy is under threat — and so is our own homeland. The southern front in the War on Terror, which runs through Latin America’s institutions of state, is cracking under a combined assault of political revolution, Islamist terrorism, and the world’s most heavily armed drug cartels. On Colombia’s frontiers, the radical “Bolivarian” governments of Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia have embraced Iran, and are in league both with revolutionary...
  • Oblivious to the Coming Storm

    02/17/2009 9:34:53 AM PST · by 7mmMag@LeftCoast · 5 replies · 739+ views
    The Economist ^ | February 5th, 2009 | Unknown
    …”Opposition politicians elected as mayors and state governors last November have found it hard to exercise power. In Caracas the new mayor, Antonio Ledezma, has suffered an occupation of the city hall and other buildings by armed chavistas. The government has refused to intervene, saying that the occupations are a response to Mr Ledezma’s refusal to renew the contracts of thousands of workers hired by his chavista predecessor. Elsewhere, incoming opposition administrations have also found equipment and offices purloined”…
  • Communism in Chicago and the Obama Connection (Special Report)

    05/23/2008 12:19:59 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 50 replies · 2,538+ views
    America's Survival ^ | May 22, 2008 | Cliff Kinkaid
    On February 22, 2008, Ben Smith of Politico reported a story that ran under the headline, “Obama once visited ‘60s radicals.” It concerned how, “In 1995, [Illinois] State Senator Alice Palmer introduced her chosen successor, Barack Obama, to few of the district’s influencial liberal at the home of two will known figures on the local left: William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.” Dr. Quentin Young, described as “a prominent Chicago physician and advocate for single-payers health care,” [1] was quoted as saying “I can remember being one of small group of people who came to Bill Ayers’ house to learn that...
  • Chavez threatens to seize farms

    01/21/2008 1:14:14 PM PST · by newbie2008 · 39 replies · 97+ views
    Latin America's answer to Africa's Comrade Bob Mugabe and Asia's Dear Leader Kim, Venezuala's T'Hugo has decided to copy another piece of the successful Zimbabwean economic program. The BBC reports that Chavez threatens to seize farms and goes on to explain the background: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has threatened to nationalise farms, in an effort to tackle food shortages. Government controls keep food prices low in shops to help even the poorest Venezuelans feed themselves. But some farmers prefer to sell their produce in neighbouring countries where prices are higher, leading to shortages of bread, milk, eggs and meat. In...
  • Spanish king tells Chavez to 'shut up'

    11/10/2007 6:45:26 PM PST · by I still care · 19 replies · 272+ views
    AP ^ | November 10, 2007 | EDUARDO GALLARDO, Associated Press Writer
    SANTIAGO, Chile - The king of Spain told Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to "shut up" Saturday during a heated exchange at a summit of leaders from Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Chavez, who called President Bush the "devil" on the floor of the United Nations last year, triggered the exchange by repeatedly referring to former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar as a "fascist." Aznar, a conservative who was an ally of Bush as prime minister, "is a fascist," Chavez said in a speech at the Ibero-American summit in Santiago, Chile. "Fascists are not human. A snake is more human."...
  • Fred Thompson: Hugo Opportunity

    06/02/2007 2:53:31 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 42 replies · 1,677+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 6/1/07 | Fred Thompson
    Well, he's done it. Hugo Chavez was already systematically silencing criticism of his autocratic rule through threats and intimidation. Journalists have been threatened, beaten, and even killed. Now he's shut down the last opposition television networks in Venezuela and arrested nearly 200 protesters — mostly students. It’s a monumental tragedy and the Venezuelan people will pay the price for decades to come. Americans are also at risk as he funds anti-American candidates and radicals all over Latin America. It’s equally tragic that the U.S. is in no position to provide the victims of this emerging dictator with the truth. There...
  • Venezuela says may not compensate in oil takeovers

    04/17/2007 1:20:52 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 26 replies · 863+ views
    Venezuela says may not compensate in oil takeovers Tue Apr 17, 2007 3:57PM EDT By Enrique Andres Pretel PORLAMAR, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela threatened on Tuesday not to compensate some foreign oil companies in its planned takeover of their multibillion dollar projects in the OPEC nation's vast Orinoco reserve. The warning from the oil minister intensified the pressure the leftist government of President Hugo Chavez has exerted on some of the world's largest companies as they negotiate before a June deadline over the nationalizations. "We are all talking. There are permanent conversations with all the partners," the minister, Rafael Ramirez,...
  • Rich Venezuelans, alarmed by Chavez's socialism, head to Florida

    03/04/2007 9:00:04 PM PST · by PittsburghAfterDark · 11 replies · 846+ views
    WTOP-TV ^ | March 4, 2007 | Laura Wides-Munoz
    DORAL, Fla. — They call it "Plan B." As Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez further tightens control of the South American country's economy, wealthy Venezuelans who once thought they could live with his socialist edicts are turning to their backup plan — flight to the United States, particularly Florida. Venezuelans have long gobbled up condos and pre-construction deals in Florida as investments, but the latest buyers want homes where they can live and business properties that will help them earn a green card. "First the people who come are the businessmen in the highest circles, then the losing politicians, then the...
  • America-hating Europe all talk, no action

    11/22/2006 11:19:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 1,213+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | October 31, 2006 | Jonathan Gurwitz
    Hypocrisy, thy name is Europe. Criticizing the United States is perfectly acceptable — in fact, Americans have raised political self-criticism to the level of an institutional art form. For goodness sake, the dictator of Venezuela — which won its independence from a European colonial power — went before the United Nations to commend a book by an American academic condemning Yankee imperialist domination. If you're going to condemn the United States for all its failings, then, please, offer some meaningful alternative, some heightened vision, afforded by your long acquaintance with war, bigotry and its victims, along with your censure. The...
  • Carter Center & Organization of American States certify Referendum results (in Venezuala)

    10/29/2006 11:43:00 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 1 replies · 373+ views
    SmartMatic Corp Website ^ | August 21, 2004 | Staff
    150 Voting Tables containing 334 Voting Machines Tested. Tally deemed 99.98% Accurate Caracas, August 21, 2004.- The Carter Center today announced the final certification of the results of Venezuela's Presidential Recall Referendum. A technical audit of 150 voting tables (containing 334 voting machines), conducted by international observers from the Carter Center and Organization of American States, showed that Smartmatic's tally of the referendum results was 99.98% accurate. In a press conference, Cesar Gaviria, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), and Jennifer McCoy, Director of the Americas Program at the Carter Center, asserted that the completion of the...
  • Caption This Pic Of Hugo Chavez!

    09/23/2006 8:41:28 PM PDT · by verum ago · 40 replies · 8,788+ views
  • Chavez did something for all of us. A clear expose of the left.

    09/21/2006 10:44:46 AM PDT · by ICE-FLYER · 11 replies · 980+ views
    Various | Sept 21, 2006 | Ice Flyer
    I find it interesting that some normally vicious people, Rangle, Pelosi and I am sure others, would now rush to the defense of a man they have said as much or worse about. President Bush has been accused by these folks of treason over the war. They have LIED about his character and intentions and about facts themselves. That a 3 rate loser-piece-of-trash like Chavez said it does not matter to me...Pelosi and company have demonstrated that its do as I say not as I do in all of their politics and now will have to do something against their...
  • Hezbollah in Venezuala

    09/02/2006 8:50:59 AM PDT · by EBH · 10 replies · 779+ views
    Venezuela today ^ | 09/01/2006 | By Gustavo Coronel
    On the Venezuelan side of the Guajira Peninsula, a territory shared with Colombia, the members of the tribe of the Wayuu walk across political boundaries without restrain. They were there before Venezuela and Colombia existed and they think of themselves as a nation. Recently a disturbing group has appeared, as alien visitors, in their desert landscape: Hezbollah. The Islamic fanatics of Hezbollah are rapidly infiltrating the tribe of the Wayuu. They are indoctrinating the members of this tribe, to convert them into Islamic fanatics in charge of disseminating the terrorist message that has already created chaos, death and misery in...
  • Energy focus for Chavez in China

    08/22/2006 2:26:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies · 264+ views
    BBC News ^ | 8/22/2006
    Discussions over energy co-operation are set to dominate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's visit to China, which began on Tuesday. Oil producing Venezuela wants to reduce its reliance on the US, to which it exports most of its oil despite the two countries' ideological differences. China offers a lucrative alternative market, as Beijing needs oil supplies to maintain its rapid economic growth. Mr Chavez will meet counterpart Hu Jintao during the six-day trip. Venezuela sees China as a key ally Oil increase The two leaders are expected to agree to increase the amount of oil Beijing buys from Venezuela as...
  • Castro 'no longer bed-ridden' (According to Hugo Chavez)

    08/06/2006 2:53:17 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 43 replies · 1,692+ views
    Australia Herald Sun ^ | 8/6/06 | Australia Herald Sun
    VENEZUELAN President Hugo Chavez today said Cuban leader Fidel Castro was now able to leave his bed and hold conversations following stomach surgery that required him to temporarily hand over power to his brother. "This morning I learned that he's doing well, that he's already standing up out of bed, he's talking - more than he should, because he talks a lot," said Mr Chavez during a conversation with Bolivian President Evo Morales broadcast on television. "He has sent us regards." Venezuelan government sources yesterday said Mr Chavez does not have a trip to Cuba on his agenda despite media...
  • Chavez Visits Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hails Castro

    08/01/2006 8:34:51 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 16 replies · 393+ views
    Voice of America ^ | August 1 | Matt Steinglass
    On a state visit to Hanoi, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hailed Cuban President Fidel Castro, who has been hospitalized following gastro-intestinal surgery. Chavez visited the tomb of former Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh, and confirmed a deal to help Vietnam build its first oil refinery. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, center, poses with Vietnamese legendary general Vo Nguyen Giap and his wife Mrs. Ha After visiting the tomb of the former Vietnamese Communist leader Ho Chi Minh Tuesday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hailed Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who has temporarily handed over power to undergo surgery. "Viva Fidel Castro!" he exclaimed....
  • Africa invites top anti-Americans to summit

    07/02/2006 2:18:49 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 580+ views
    My Way News ^ | 7/2/06 | Barry Moody/Reuters
    BANJUL (Reuters) - Two of the world's most anti-American leaders, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, attended this weekend's Africa summit in Gambia to the consternation of Western diplomats. Both lived up to their billing with Chavez railing against U.S. "hegemony" and Ahmadinejad blaming Western greed for "poverty, backwardness, regional conflicts, corruption, illicit drugs." The role of West-baiting once fell at AU summits to Libya's colourful leader Muammar Gaddafi but he has now been welcomed into the Western fold and Libya is soon to be taken off the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. So why were...
  • The world social forum: The sad leftist path

    01/25/2006 5:55:57 AM PST · by serendepitylives · 18 replies · 592+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 1/25/2006 | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Editorial
    The world social forum: The sad leftist path Wednesday, January 25, 2006 The World Social Forum is an aggregate of leftists joining to condemn President Bush in Caracas, Venezuela, this week. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is leading the event. The pleasures of denouncing and hearing others denounce the United States are a chief attraction. "The U.S. government, especially under the Bush administration, has been trying to force its own economic policies on developing countries, and I think all of us here agree that must stop," said Jeff Monahan, 32, an organic farmer from Michigan. Mr. Monahan, launching into empty-headed rhetoric...
  • Chavez's New Weapon: Low Priced Oil for US

    12/12/2005 9:33:28 AM PST · by proud_yank · 16 replies · 749+ views
    Newsweek/ ^ | dec 12, 2005 | Joseph Contreras and John Barry
    Dec. 19, 2005 issue - Applause and cheers welcomed the Citgo truck as it pulled up at a South Bronx curbside one icy morning last week. The 9,500-gallon tanker was on a mission for one of the Bush administration's most stubborn adversaries in the Western Hemisphere, but the crowd didn't seem to mind. The big thing was that Venezuela's leftist president, Hugo Chavez, was making good on his promise to help some of New York's poorest residents get through a winter of record-setting oil prices. The Venezuelan firm Citgo has agreed to supply 8 million gallons of heating oil to...
  • Venezuela's Chavez wants UN out of United States

    09/15/2005 8:34:03 PM PDT · by chicagoray38 · 64 replies · 1,192+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Thu Sep 15, 8:17 PM ET | By Irwin Arieff
    United Nations - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez used the United Nations on Thursday to fire a broadside at the United States, saying the world body should move out of New York over the war in Iraq. In a speech to the U.N. world summit, he also said the United States had failed its own people in its response to Hurricane Katrina, accused Washington of fueling terrorism and faulted it for its doctrine of pre-emptive military strikes.
  • Christianity and Political Assassination (Was Pat Robertson Right?)

    08/27/2005 2:01:44 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies · 505+ views
    8/27/05 | Self
    Pat Robertson made headlines this week when he offered his opinion that the United States should assassinate Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. What surprised me the most is that so many FReepers took offense to this statement. While nearly all of us fully support the war against Islamofascist terrorism, many here were outraged that a religious personality would call for the death of a totalitarian dictator. From the outset, let me say that I often disagree with Robertson. I live in Virginia Beach and have been listening to his outrageous statements for a long time. I remember ten years ago when...
  • CIA, Military Men Agree with Pat Robertson

    08/25/2005 4:03:51 PM PDT · by spycatcher · 29 replies · 935+ views
    NewMax ^ | Aug. 25, 2005
    While televangelist Pat Robertson has apologized for suggesting that Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez be assassinated, a former military man and an ex-CIA operative have stepped forward to say that his concerns about Chavez aren't exactly unwarranted. "Chavez is a dangerous guy," retired Col. David Hunt told Bill Bennett's "Morning in America" fill-in host Steve Malzberg on Wednesday. "We helped to elect the son of a gun [and] after 9/11 you don't get to threaten us." The issue of assassination "should be on the table," Hunt said. "I'm suggesting that we use it as a tool . . . to get...
  • Rush (Limbaugh), Not Weighing in on Pat Robertson

    08/23/2005 5:08:09 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 139 replies · 3,124+ views ^ | 8/23/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: There is a network today that is obsessed with Pat Robertson. This network has called me no less than three times asking me when I'm going to talk about it so they can record it. This network hasn't cared one whit about any of the outrageous assassination threats that George Bush gets from members of the left. They don't care. It's so patently obvious. I knew they're going to be listening, that's why I keep saying, "The mainstream media does not set the agenda of this show!" If you want to find out what I think, report what I...
  • World risk: Alert - Is Bolivian backlash part of a wider trend?

    06/13/2005 10:41:59 AM PDT · by Alex Marko · 5 replies · 608+ views
    SUMMARY In early June, Bolivia's government, led by the interim president, Carlos Mesa, collapsed amid widespread popular protests. The trigger was the enactment of a controversial hydrocarbons law which, although it sharply increased levies on foreign companies, was seen by radical protestors as not going far enough. The effective royalty rate was raised from 18% to 50%. The increase will be contested by foreign oil companies which claim it contravenes the terms of existing contracts. However, Bolivia's more radical groups are pressing for outright nationalisation. The future management of the privatised hydrocarbons industry has become a bitterly divisive issue in...
  • Hugo Chavez: Pirate Of The Caribbean

    05/23/2005 11:25:47 AM PDT · by HellsGateBass · 15 replies · 944+ views
    Latin America: Odd, that as "popular" as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is said to be, he's so detested by Venezuelans that he can no longer go to baseball games without being booed by the whole stadium.
  • Cracking down on Caracas (Chavez)

    05/14/2005 10:52:53 PM PDT · by Hacksaw · 4 replies · 332+ views
    US News and World Report ^ | 2/14/05 | Mortimer B. Zuckerman
    While we have our eyes on the Middle East and the recent good news out of there, a danger to democracy is brewing right here in our backyard. Venezuela, long one of Latin America's strongest democracies, is now under siege by its president, Hugo Chavez. Thanks to an ill-judged intervention by former President Jimmy Carter, Chavez narrowly survived a recall election and has now accelerated his subversion of Venezuela's democracy by a scummy deal with Fidel Castro. advertisement According to Miami's El Nuevo Herald, Chavez has granted Cuban judicial and security forces extensive police powers within Venezuela. Cubans are already...
  • Chavez Plans Al Jazeera Type Network for Latin America

    05/06/2005 10:52:58 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 470+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/6/05 | Jim Meyers
    America-bashing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is backing a new Al Jazeera-style satellite TV network that will broadcast throughout South America. Critics fear that the network could become a mouthpiece for the Marxist strongman, who in December seized control of all broadcast media in his oil-rich country. Telesur, short for "Television of the South," is billed as a commercial-free counterbalance to North American media and is set to begin broadcasting in several weeks, according to The Washington Times. "Soon we will have Telesur, a channel with information for South American countries, because it is not possible that Venezuela and other southern...