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  • Federal judge: Iran shares responsibility for 9/11 terror attacks

    12/16/2011 12:11:33 PM PST · by ColdOne · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/16/11 | Kenneth Timmerman
    NEW YORK — In an historic hearing in the federal courthouse in Manhattan on Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge George Daniels said he planned to issue a ruling in the coming days declaring that Iran shares in the responsibility for the 9/11 terror attacks. “The extensive record submitted to this court, including fact witnesses and expert testimony, is satisfactory to this court,” Judge Daniels said. The court “accepts as true” the various allegations of the plaintiffs and their experts, he declared, and “will issue an order” in the coming days that Iran bears legal responsibility for providing “material support” to...
  • U.S. authorities probing alleged cyberattack plot by Venezuela, Iran

    12/14/2011 4:07:31 PM PST · by La Lydia · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2011 | Shaun Waterman
    U.S. officials are investigating reports that Iranian and Venezuelan diplomats in Mexico were involved in planned cyberattacks against U.S. targets, including nuclear power plants. Allegations about the cyberplot were aired last week in a documentary on the Spanish-language network Univision, which included secretly recorded footage of Iranian and Venezuelan diplomats being briefed on the planned attacks and promising to pass information to their governments. A former computer instructor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (said) he was recruited by a professor there in 2006 to organize a group of student hackers to carry out cyberattacks against the United States,...
  • "Chavez Nativity" creates controversy in Venezuela

    12/14/2011 3:37:26 PM PST · by dynachrome · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12-14-11 | Daniel Wallis and Bill Trott
    In the Bible, shepherds and wise men paid homage to the newborn baby Jesus. In Venezuela, it seems Hugo Chavez turned up in the manger, too. A Nativity scene in Caracas showing the socialist president standing before the traditional crib-in-a-manger has stirred up a pre-Christmas controversy in the politically polarized country. "It has nothing to do with the real Nativity, with religion. I don't like it," said passerby Arnaldo Amundaray, tutting as he took a close look at the model. For Chavez supporters and the Nativity's creators, it is a legitimate and innocent tribute to their man. "The intention is...
  • Documentary on Iran Ties to Latin America, Threat That Poses To Air on Univision

    12/07/2011 6:12:45 PM PST · by La Lydia · 10 replies
    Hispanic Business News ^ | December 7, 2011
    "The Iranian Threat" ("La Amenaza Irani"), a documentary that looks at Iran's growing political, economic and military ties in Latin American, will premiere Dec. 8 on the Univision Network ... the documentary also looks at the threat Iran's ties pose to the Latin American regions and the United States.The documentary, which was produced in collaboration with Univision News' Investigative unit, reveals exclusive findings, including secret video and audio recordings that provide a rare window into an alleges Iranian-back cyber attack against the United States from Mexico ... also features unseen video footage from extremists linked to Iran and an interview...
  • New Americas Group Includes Cuba, Not U.S; China Cheers

    12/05/2011 7:04:12 AM PST · by IbJensen · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | 4 December 2011 | Alex Newman
    Leaders of Latin American and Caribbean governments gathered in Caracas, Venezuela, on Friday and Saturday to forge a new regional organization that includes representatives from every country in the Western Hemisphere except the United States and Canada. According to socialist rulers backing the new scheme, it is aimed at providing a counterweight to U.S. “imperialism” in the region while promoting “integration.” The communist regime ruling mainland China celebrated the news and vowed to support the group. The budding 33-member alliance — dubbed CELAC, the Spanish initials for “Community of Latin American and Caribbean States” — is reportedly the brainchild of...
  • The founder of wikipedia criticized the Hugo Chavez article for its lack of criticism

    12/02/2011 3:04:05 PM PST · by grundle · 24 replies
    December 2, 2011 | me
    Jimbo Wales (the founder of wikipedia) criticized the Hugo Chavez article for not including criticism of Chavez's food policies. Some of the things that Jimbo criticized the article for including are the very same sources that I had added in the past, which the Chavez supporters then deleted. My original account was Grundle2600. I was banned by User Rd232. He was one of the Chavez supporters who kept deleting that information. Jimbo doesn't seem to know that this info has been repeatedly added and then deleted from the article. The person who banned me from wikipedia was Rd232, one of...
  • Latin and Caribbean leaders challenge US role in region

    12/02/2011 10:14:41 AM PST · by ruralvoter · 2 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | 12/1/11 | Jim Wyss
    The hemisphere is throwing a party, but not everyone’s invited. On Friday, the leaders of 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries are gathering in Venezuela to forge a new organization that will include every nation in the region — except the United States and Canada. Some are hoping the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC, will blunt U.S. influence in the region and replace the Organization of American States, the only group that’s opened to all countries in the hemisphere. The OAS, which promotes democracy and development in the region, has been accused by some nations of...
  • CAIN’S VISION FOR FOREIGN POLICY & NATIONAL SECURITY

    11/29/2011 5:36:55 PM PST · by justsaynomore · 51 replies
    Herman Cain Web Site ^ | 11/29/11 | Herman Cain
    CAIN’S VISION FOR FOREIGN POLICY & NATIONAL SECURITY The Americas Mexico: Friend and Partner Mexico is a friend in need. Our southern neighbor is struggling with drug-related violence that has claimed an estimated 40,000 lives over the past several years. By standing with Mexico now to help it solve its increasingly severe economic and security problems, we will help solve the problem of illegal immigration at home. Some 40% of Mexicans believe Mexico is a failed state. This helps explain why so many are seeking to emigrate. With declining oil reserves, a looming water shortage in Mexico City, and youth...
  • KNOW YOUR ENEMY! 'Miss Venezuela (and Miss World) 2011' Ivian Sarcos...

    11/26/2011 12:45:45 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 20 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | November 26, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Much like his back-slappin' pal Vlad, Comrade Hugo's been (undeservedly) blessed with oil, minerals, mountains, dramatic ocean coastlines... and a whole bunch of these: ¡Ay caramba! If it was she who invited me to Caracas, perhaps I could get used to waiting in line 2 hrs for bread... as much as I detest socialism, it's important to maintain a balanced perspective and consider the situation as a whole! Video/links/more at Reaganite Republican Missology   glamcheck   Pageant.com
  • Chavez repatriates Venezuela's foreign gold reserves

    11/26/2011 12:21:58 AM PST · by Pontiac · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/25/11 | Staff
    Venezuela has received its first shipment of gold bars, after President Hugo Chavez ordered the repatriation of 85% of the country's bullion reserves. President Chavez has explained the move as an act of sovereignty that will protect Venezuela's reserves from global economic turbulence. Some critics have suggested that Mr Chavez is acting out of fears Venezuela's overseas assets could one day be frozen by sanctions, as happened to his friend and ally, the late Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi.
  • Four Things You Need to Know about Venezuela

    11/21/2011 5:25:11 AM PST · by IbJensen · 13 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/21/2011 | Jaime Daremblum
    Amid the many depredations of Hugo Chávez, it is easy to forget that Venezuela has turned into the most violent country in South America, and that Caracas has become a global murder capital. According to the independent Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, the annual number of homicides nationwide grew from 5,974 in 1999 (when Chávez took power) to 17,600 in 2010. Venezuela today is a haven for international terrorist groups (including the Colombian FARC, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, and the Spanish ETA), and it is also a veritable gangster’s paradise of narco-trafficking, kidnapping, and armed robbery, with brutal crime syndicates running drugs,...
  • Pipeline decision will weaken Obama (crassest pandering to a tiny minority of Americans)

    11/19/2011 8:23:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | November 19, 2011 | Brian Lee Crowley
    H.L. Mencken, I think it was, who uttered the immortal phrase "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public." No one is a greater admirer of the dynamic and generous society that is America, and when I consider all the nations we could have had living next door I often think we won the neighbourhood lotto. But for some reason Mencken's phrase kept echoing in my head when I heard the news about Washington's plan to delay their decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Folly is too kind a word for this decision. It is the crassest...
  • Obama Has a Knack for Ticking off America's Friends

    11/17/2011 5:49:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2011 | Michael Barone
    The election of Barack Obama, we were told, would bring new respect and friendship for America in the world. No longer would we be led by a Texas cowboy ignorant of and indifferent to world opinion. Instead, we would have a visionary leader sympathetic to the governments and peoples of the world. But Obama's best moments in foreign policy have been when he follows the leads of predecessors. In his twice-postponed trip to Australia this week, he will reportedly announce that a U.S. Navy base will be opened there. That cements ties already strengthened by George W. Bush and previous...
  • HEAVEN EXPOSED \o/

    11/12/2011 3:26:00 PM PST · by Jedediah · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 11-12-11 | Jedediah
    Supernatural things are coming your way , The stuff dreams are made of but won't fade away \o/ , The supernatural exposed in and through you , Watch now as "I" come into view ! The Ancient of Days The I AM That "IS ONE" ! A Fullness , a Gladness , My Entire Kingdom , For when ever "I" show My Face , There in the midst you shall find "My" Grace , Abounding , Abiding , Sweet and True , The "ALL of ME " all over you ! Genesis 28:10-19 Amplified Bible (AMP) 10And Jacob left Beersheba...
  • Venezuelan cops rescue kidnapped Nats catcher

    11/12/2011 8:16:00 AM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 3 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 11/12/11 | Ian James
    <p>CARACAS, Venezuela - The kidnapping ordeal of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos ended after two days when Venezuelan police commandos swooped in to rescue him in a flurry of gunfire and arrested five alleged abductors.</p> <p>Ramos said he was happy and thankful to be alive, and that the final moments had been hair-raising as police and the kidnappers exchanged heavy fire in the remote mountainous area where he was being held.</p>
  • [Former U.S. Ambassador] Noriega: Chávez cancer progressing faster than expected

    11/10/2011 1:03:40 PM PST · by cll · 34 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 11/09/2011 | Antonio Maria Delgado
    President Hugo Chávez’s cancer is spreading faster than expected and his doctors fear that he may have only a few months left to live, a former U.S. government official said Wednesday, citing sources inside the Venezuelan government. “The international team of doctors in charge of treating Hugo Chávez’s cancer does not expect him to live more than six months,” said Roger Noriega, former U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States. Noriega’s opinion came in a column titled “Hugo Chávez’s Big Lie and Washington’s Apathy,” published on the Internet portal of Inter-American Security Watch. “Sources who have given me privileged...
  • Nationals Catcher Ramos Kidnapped in Venezuela

    11/09/2011 8:13:10 PM PST · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    abc ^ | 11/9/2011 | JORGE RUEDA
    Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was abducted by gunmen Wednesday from his home in his native Venezuela. Ramos, 24, was taken away in an SUV by four armed men in Santa Ines in central Carabobo state, Kathe Vilera, spokeswoman for the catcher's Venezuelan League team, said through her official Twitter account. "This is sad, worrisome and true that Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped," she said. Ramos was playing winter ball with the Aragua Tigers. She said the rising Major League Baseball star was kidnapped at 6:45 p.m. local time (2315 GMT) and that police have been notified. Santa Ines lies...
  • Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

    11/09/2011 5:15:35 PM PST · by Keltik · 15 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | November 9, 2011 | Evan Brunell
    Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped, the Denver Post's bilingual website, VivaColorado.com, reports, with other media sources corroborating the news. No other information is available at this time. Ramos hails from Venezuela, where there is a significant problem with kidnapping. Generally, these crimes are for money and Ramos was a logical target, given that his success in the majors earned him the right to a league-minimum contract, which was $414,500 in 2011. That's a lot of money to most people, especially in Venezuela. The 24-year-old just completed his rookie season with Washington, hitting .267/.334/.445 in 435 plate appearances, slugging...
  • Emergency Alert System Gets First National Test Wednesday (2pm est for 30 secs)

    11/08/2011 9:00:05 PM PST · by STARWISE · 43 replies
    YahooNews/Mashable ^ | 11-7-11 | Veena Bissram
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will run the first-ever Emergency Alert System (EAS) test for 30 seconds Wednesday at 2 p.m. EST, which will be used to inform Americans in the case of a national emergency. *snip* The alert, administered in conjunction with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will be used to inform Americans in the event of a national emergency, should other modes of communication be unavailable.
  • Carlos the Jackal boasts of up to 2,000 deaths

    11/06/2011 5:54:55 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    afp ^ | November 06, 2011
    Venezuelan militant Carlos the Jackal, who goes on trial in France Monday, boasted in an interview with the daily El Nacional of committing more than 100 attacks that claimed up to 2,000 lives. Asked about civilian bystanders who lost their lives in his attacks, the Marxist-Leninist radical said: "There were very few. I calculated that they were fewer than 10 percent. "So out of 1,500 - 2,000 killed, there were not more than 200 civilian victims," . ... Asked if he believed that he had made mistakes, Carlos said his crimes were minor. He charged that former Cuban president Fidel...
  • Nicaragua's Ortega poised for re-election win

    11/06/2011 4:58:46 PM PST · by GenePA_762 · 5 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 6 November 2011 | Miguel Angel Gutierrez and Ivan Castro
    MANAGUA (Reuters) - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, a former Marxist guerrilla leader, looks likely to win re-election on Sunday after heavy social spending won him strong support among the country's poor. Ortega has overseen a period of economic progress in his five years in power, backed by financial aid from his socialist ally in Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez.
  • Chávez Goes After Venezuela's Rich and Their Yachts

    11/03/2011 10:14:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    time ^ | Nov 1, 2011 | GIRISH GUPTA
    Hugo Chávez announced earlier this month he'd like to expropriate much of Los Roques' private property for state tourism — including yachts like Alvarez's, which el Presidente says would be better used for ferrying visitors. "Expropriating a boat is completely absurd," says Alvarez, 39. "I don't see how they can take away something you've worked hard for and bought." Actually, Chávez has made it look pretty easy during his 12 years in power. His socialist Bolivarian Revolution has nationalized and expropriated everything from utilities to ranches to golf courses — and with his re-election bid approaching next year, seizing a...
  • The Risk of Revolution Grows [as GOP candidates bicker- wasting their energy]

    10/27/2011 5:03:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 27, 2011 | Dean Stephens
    Our world is coming apart....... ........China faces the reality that their huge surpluses in owning debt around the world could become a massive problem if write-downs become epidemic....China's heretofore strengths are rapidly becoming its weaknesses. It may thus perceive only one rational choice. War! .... Argentina is saber-rattling... Instability in the Americas is surging as Cuba and Venezuela work to undermine their age-old enemy, the U.S. The massive growth of Islamic extremists around the world is being fueled by a deluded foreign policy initiative from the Obama administration.... Israel is about to become a victim of the first nuclear world...
  • Venezuela's Chavez says he's cancer-free

    10/20/2011 3:40:56 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/20/2011 | unattributed
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he is cancer-free, citing a series of medical exams in Cuba that showed no recurrence of the illness following two months of chemotherapy treatments. The 57-year-old leader announced the test results on live television Thursday after returning from Cuba, saying thorough exams found no sign of any malignant cells in his body. "I'm free of illness," Chavez said on state television, wearing military fatigues as he arrived in the southwestern town of La Fria. Crowds of supporters cheered for Chavez as he rode in a caravan to the town of La...
  • Fidel Castro gushes about Chavez's 'revolutionary model for the world'

    10/19/2011 10:45:34 PM PDT · by AmericasForum · 6 replies
    AmericasForum.com ^ | October 20, 2011 | AmericasForum.com
    HAVANA - A state-run newspaper in Havana published a column by Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in which he said that he believes that Venezuela "is destined to become a revolutionary model for the world," and discussed this and other revolutionary revelations with the ailing autocrat Hugo Chavez, who is in the country reportedly to receive a check-up on the status of his cancer. In his newspaper column "Reflections," Castro wrote, "I talked with him at length yesterday and today (referring to Monday and Tuesday). I explained the eagerness with which I spend my remaining energies to the dreams of a...
  • Chavez's Dirtiest Trick Yet

    10/19/2011 5:22:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 19, 2011 | Editor
    Elections: If there's any better proof that Venezuela's Hugo Chavez can't win an election fairly, it's in his Supreme Court's sorry bid to disqualify a promising opponent this week. Why anyone would want to run for president in a democracy as corrupt as Venezuela's is an open question. After all, President Hugo Chavez's Marxist government has used state funds to buy votes, engaged in ballot-box fraud (as gullible observers like Jimmy Carter grinned and nodded), and used surveillance and retaliation against those who voted "incorrectly" in supposedly secret elections. But it speaks well for those who do, keeping the faith...
  • Hugo Chávez: Sick in Mind and Body (statism, authoritarianism, populism and cancer )

    10/19/2011 2:02:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 19, 2011 | David Paulin
    [snip] It was a little over two and a half months ago that Chávez, during a national television address, told stunned Venezuelans that he'd undergone two surgeries in Cuba to remove a pelvic abscess and cancerous tumor. Speculation has been rife since then about what a post-Chávez Venezuela will look like. Last month, early elections for next year were called for October as opposed to December. To date, however, Chávez has no credible successor. But he does have his fanatic supporters, Chavistas, along with plenty of help from Cuba. Large numbers of Cuban intelligence agents now operate in Venezuela in...
  • Are foreign state employees agitating in New York?

    10/18/2011 2:26:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Commentator ^ | October 7, 2011
    Over the past several days, anarchists, anti-capitalists, environmentalists, communists, and probably several other varieties of left-wing crackpots have converged in small numbers on New York to protest against Wall Street. In the United States, these types of protests are common; to an extent, they’re welcome manifestations of democracy. To be sure, not everybody agrees with the messages portrayed on the streets of Manhattan today, but there is general consensus that it is the people’s right to protest peacefully. But to the embarrassment of the left-wing Twitterati, details have emerged of cash passing hands from labour unions to protesters. That’s right;...
  • Report: Venezuela's Chavez 'Only Has Two Years to Live'

    10/17/2011 6:26:27 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 17, 2011
    Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez likely has less than two years to live, his former doctor said, as the ailing firebrand traveled to Cuba for a checkup following cancer treatment. Chavez, 57, has been through four rounds of chemotherapy in Cuba since revealing he had a cancerous tumor removed in June. But Venezuela has provided few details about the exact nature of the cancer, aside from that it was in the pelvic area. Salvador Navarrete, his former personal surgeon, told Mexican newspaper Milenio Semanal on Sunday that the leader's condition likely was worse than publicly admitted. The doctor described the prognosis...
  • Rabbani, Iran's Islamic-fascist cleric heads 'Hezbollah, Quds and Islamization' in L. America

    10/16/2011 12:46:15 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 16 replies
    Face of evil: MOHSEN RABBANI The Islamic Shiite cleric active in Latin America since the early 1990s. Responsible for the 1992 and 1994 anti-Jewish massacres in Argentina. Wanted in that country and by the Interpol for the crimes. Called for Israel to be "wiped off," in 1994. 'Chief' Islamic operator of Hezbollah - Quds activities of: Islamizaton --including 'recruting converts for Islam'-- and terror networks in Latin America, resides in Brazil. Lightning Out of Lebanon: Hezbollah Terrorists on American Soil - Pages 122-3Tom Diaz, Barbara Newman - Random House Digital, Inc., 2006 - History - 272 pagesThe man directly responsible for this cell-building...
  • PICKET: Communists hijacking 'occupy wall street' movement?

    10/09/2011 8:34:42 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 22 replies
    Washingtontimes.com ^ | October 9, 2011 | Kerry Picket
    Not to be outdone by the likes of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, who claimed there is "horrible repression" of the "Occupy Wall Street" protesters or by an Iranian commander who called the demonstrations an "American Spring," Communist Party USA wants in on the "Occupy" protest action.
  • Chavez slams "horrible repression" of U.S. protests

    10/08/2011 5:01:46 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies
    Chavez slams "horrible repression" of U.S. protests Photo 5:48pm EDT By Enrique Andres Pretel CARACAS (Reuters) - Socialist firebrand Hugo Chavez condemned on Saturday the "horrible repression" of anti-Wall Street protesters and termed a Republican presidential candidate "crazy" for his criticism of Cuba and Venezuela. Although still convalescing from cancer surgery in June followed by four rounds of chemotherapy, the 57-year-old Venezuelan president is quickly returning to the tough rhetoric and strong views that have made him famous worldwide. Not surprisingly, Chavez expressed solidarity with American activists who have been staging rallies and marches against what they view as corporate...
  • Shhh! Mimes tackle traffic chaos in Venezuela

    10/08/2011 2:13:40 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 11 replies
    CARACAS, Venezuela — A part of Venezuela's capital is giving dangerous drivers the silent treatment. It's sending mimes into the streets to do what police alone cannot: tame the lawless traffic. About 120 mimes in clown-like outfits and white gloves have taken to the streets in Caracas' Sucre district over the past week to wag their fingers at traffic violators and at pedestrians who streak across busy avenues rather than waiting at crosswalks.
  • After cancer treatment, Chavez playing ball again

    09/29/2011 6:48:51 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Thursday, September 29, 2011 9:22 PM EDT | IAN JAMES
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez tossed a softball overhand with gusto Thursday, said his latest medical checks have been stellar and ridiculed rumors that his health might have taken a turn for the worse. Chavez said he is bouncing back vigorously from chemotherapy and gaining weight more than three months after he had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his pelvic region. He declined to say what type of cancer he was diagnosed with. "You want me to tell you more? What for?" Chavez said when asked about the cancer at a news conference. "Go to...
  • Chavez in hospital 'for kidney failure'

    09/29/2011 3:17:47 PM PDT · by WellyP · 40 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | The Telegraph Staff
    Hugo Chavez, who has been fighting cancer, was rushed to a military hospital for emergency care following kidney failure, according to reports.
  • Chavez in hospital for emergency care: report

    09/28/2011 10:58:04 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 56 replies
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has been fighting cancer, was rushed to a military hospital for emergency care following kidney failure, according to El Nuevo Herald newspaper. The leftist, staunchly anti-US stalwart Chavez went into the Military Hospital in Caracas on Tuesday morning, the report on the newspaper's website said, citing anonymous sources with knowledge of the case.
  • Sean Penn helped secure release of U.S. hikers in Iran - after bringing plight to Hugo Chavez

    09/24/2011 3:16:24 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 65 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12:40 AM on 24th September 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    U.S. actor Sean Penn engaged in attempts to secure the release of two Americans freed by Iran this week, flying to Venezuela to ask President Hugo Chavez to intervene with Iran's leader, a source close to the release process said on Friday. Since Tehran freed Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer on Wednesday details have emerged about the efforts to win their freedom, which involved the United Nations, Iraq and Oman - as well as Chavez, who is a fiery critic of the United States. Venezuela's deputy foreign minister said on Thursday that Chavez brought up the case with his Iranian...
  • Chavez foe launches presidential bid in Venezuela

    09/24/2011 1:35:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    BlueRidgeNow ^ | Saturday, September 24, 2011 | AP
    [Venezuela's opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez], ... opponent of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has launched his presidential campaign after a human rights court overturned a ban on his candidacy.
  • Venezuela inmates wield machineguns, smoke cannabis

    09/23/2011 12:48:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 23, 2011 | Girish Gupta
    Through a stench of urine infused with marijuana, inmates of Venezuela's La Planta prison brandish machine guns, rifles and grenades while enjoying music blaring from a 6-foot high stack of speakers. Guards are nowhere to be seen as other inmates sharpen knives and carry pistols..."If the guards mess with us, we shoot them," said one prisoner... The South American nation's prisons are notorious for ease of access to weapons and drugs as well as mobile phones and computers hooked up to the Internet, allowing inmates easy access to the outside world, often to run further crime enterprises. ... At La...
  • Venezuela's Chavez sees cautionary tale in Libya

    09/12/2011 4:35:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Associated Press via Google News ^ | Monday, September 12th, 2011 | Ian James
    Chavez denounces Libya's rebels-turned-rulers as "terrorists" and has spearheaded a group of Latin American allies in condemning NATO's airstrikes. In Gadhafi's fate, Chavez appears to see a cautionary tale and a dangerous precedent for potential U.S. and European military interventions in other oil-producing countries, such as Venezuela.
  • The Next 9/11 — A Nuclear One?

    09/09/2011 5:22:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 105 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 9, 2011 | Staff
    National Security: The Sept. 11 commission stated that our biggest failure was one of imagination. Imagine an Iranian nuclear device detonating high over the American heartland. They're working on it. On the same day the 9/11 Commission issued its report, another commission issued a report on a threat that could change our world and way of life in ways we can scarcely imagine. It is a real and credible threat, and it is largely being ignored. The threat is a phenomenon known as electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, and demonstrates why the issue of homeland security extends beyond the need for...
  • Fighting cancer, Chavez seeks aid from deities

    08/04/2011 7:58:23 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 4, 2011 | CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Hugo Chavez told a gathering of soldiers Thursday that he's seeking divine support from the indigenous deities and spirits of Venezuela's central plains to help him survive cancer. "Cancer? What is that for me? I have faith in the spirits of the plains that I'll prevail. I will live and we will win the elections next year," Chavez told hundreds of troops massed in formation at Fort Tiuna, Venezuela's largest military installation.
  • Chavez Warns over Manoeuvres to Prepare Invasion of Venezuela

    09/04/2011 6:40:55 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    cadenagramonte.cu ^ | Saturday, September 3, 2011 | Prensa Latina
    President Hugo Chavez has warned that the Venezuelan opposition seeks to create favorable conditions for a foreign intervention as it has occurred in Libya that has been bombed by the western powers with the pretext of supporting insurgent groups. "Some people think that the case of Libya will be repeated here. They are conniving and plotting for an invasion of Venezuela, and we have to be on the alert to prevent that madness from taking place," said Chavez at the Miraflores presidential palace after concluding his third period of chemotherapy. The president said that the attacks of the right wing...
  • Libya: Cuba Does Not Recognize NTC, Withdraws Diplomats

    09/04/2011 6:36:18 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    AGI News On Home ^ | Sunday, September 4, 2011
    (AGI) Havana -- Together with Hugo Chavez' Venezuela, Cuba is one of the few countries that supports Muammar Gaddafi. Havana announced that Cuba will not recognize the NTC and has decided to withdraw all its diplomatic personnel from Libya. According to a communique' of the Cuban Foreign ministry, that country "does not recognize any NTC authority and will wait for the formation of a legitimate government, without foreign interventions" before restoring diplomatic ties. . .
  • Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba Still Support Gaddafi

    09/04/2011 6:32:51 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Hudson New York / Hudson Institute ^ | September 2, 2011 | Anna Mahjar-Barducci
    Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba continue to be the staunchest supporters of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega have both declared that they will not abandon Gaddafi in this time of crisis. Chavez has actually stated that he will continue to recognize only his friend Gaddafi as the legitimate leader of Libya, whereas Ortega has already offered him asylum... According to the Venezuelan paper, El Universal, the fall of Gaddafi's mean the defeat of Chavez. "At a time when even the Arab League has expressed its full support to the Libyan Transitional National...
  • Venezuelan Embassy looted in Libya: Hugo Chavez [ waaaaahhh! ]

    09/04/2011 6:26:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Times O' India ^ | Thursday, August 25, 2011 | AP
    Chavez said he has received word that the Venezuelan Embassy in the Libyan capital of Tripoli "was assaulted and totally looted" by hordes of people. He didn't give details or say whether anyone was injured in the incident, which occurred during rebel assaults on government and other buildings. Chavez has been a staunch defender of Muammar Gaddafi throughout the conflict.
  • Gold Nears $1,900 - Venezuela Formally Requests Gold Holdings Held By BOE Ship By Sea

    08/22/2011 8:02:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/22/2011 | Tyler Durden via GoldCore
    All major currencies have fallen against gold and silver again today with gold reaching new record nominal highs in most fiat currencies including U.S. dollars. Gold reached a new record of $1,894.80/oz - just shy of $1,900.Cross Currency TableGold is trading at 1,870.10 USD , 1,296.40 EUR , 1,132.40 GBP, 1,470.90 CHF and 143,670 JPY per ounce and has risen some 1% in all currencies. Gold is particularly strong against the yen and Swiss franc which have fallen in international markets on concerns of debasement.The London AM fix was a fourth consecutive record nominal high in US dollars. Gold’s London...
  • Venezuela's Chavez condemns US role in Libya

    08/21/2011 6:16:01 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 21, 2011
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday condemned NATO's bombings in Libya, saying the aim is to seize control of the country's oil wealth. Chavez has been a staunch defender of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
  • Gaddafi about to quit(may go to Venezuela)

    08/19/2011 6:06:06 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    The Voice of Russia ^ | 08/18/11 | Garibov Konstantin
    Gaddafi about to quit Garibov Konstantin Aug 18, 2011 14:31 Moscow Time Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is ill and ready to hand over power to Justice Minister Mohammed al-Qamoodi. A statement to that effect came from an anonymous source in that country’s armed forces. Gaddafi has also agreed to move to Venezuela together with his family. Among conditions set forth by the Colonel is an immediate ceasefire and end to the NATO operation. The Libyan president has apparently begun packing his belongings, since, according to a number of Arab media, two airbuses landed at the Tripoli airport on Wednesday -...
  • 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...