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  • Iran, Syria and China Oil Deal Flouts Western Sanctions

    06/08/2012 6:15:23 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 3 replies
    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES ^ | 3/30/2012 | Anissa Haddadi
    Iran, Syria and China have been accused of flouting US and EU sanctions in a three-way deal to boost the Syrian regime's bank balance with oil revenues. Iran, which has backed the Damascus government President Bashar al-Assad thoughout the year-long uprising, has provided Syria with a tanker to ship oil to a Chinese state-run importer, reports have claimed. The move, in defiance of Western sanctions, could give the Syrian regime an £80m boost, Reuters said. China has been criticised for vetoing two Western-backed resolutions at the UN which condemn the bloodshed in Syria and step up pressure against Assad. Although...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Global Norming On Guns Heats Up

    06/05/2012 5:17:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    gunsmagazine.com ^ | 4 June, 2012 | David Codrea
    “Venezuela bans private gun ownership,” BBC News reported. “Under the new law, only the army, police and certain groups like security companies will be able to buy arms from the state-owned weapons manufacturer and importer.” It’s presented, of course, as an “attempt by the government to improve security and cut crime.” But opponents of Marxist strongman Hugo Chávez, at least the ones whose voices can be heard when he’s not shutting down opposition broadcasting stations for “media crimes,” question police “capacity or the will to enforce the new law.” That’s an understatement. Having seen Chávez temporarily ousted in a 2002...
  • Venezuela bans civilians from private gun ownership

    06/04/2012 8:44:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/04/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Venezuela has major crime problems ... we hear a lot about the systemic violence in Mexico, but by at least one count, Venezuela's murder rate is four times higher than that of Mexico's and the highest in all of South America. As such, violent crime is one of the most dominant political issues in the socialist nation, and will factor hugely in their upcoming October elections.And so, in a typically misguided move to cut down on crime, the government has decided to ban the commercial sale of firearms and ammunition. How and why making it illegal for lawful citizens to...
  • Venezuela bans private gun ownership

    06/01/2012 5:20:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 1 June, 2012 | Sarah Grainger
    Venezuela has brought a new gun law into effect which bans the commercial sale of firearms and ammunition. Until now, anyone with a gun permit could buy arms from a private company. Under the new law, only the army, police and certain groups like security companies will be able to buy arms from the state-owned weapons manufacturer and importer. The ban is the latest attempt by the government to improve security and cut crime ahead of elections in October Venezuela saw more than 18,000 murders last year and the capital, Caracas, is thought to be one of the most dangerous...
  • Report: Chavez's cancer has 'entered the end stage'

    05/30/2012 11:41:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    HDNet ^ | May 30, 2012 | Dan Rather
    This reporter has been told that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive cancer that has "entered the end stage". The information and the quote come from a highly respected source close to Chavez and who is in a position to know his medical condition and history. This source says the prognosis is dire and that Chavez is now not expected to live "more than a couple of months at most." Chavez is running for re-elec tion in Venezuela but several sources--including the one who revealed the exact kind of cancer-- have told me that they believe it...
  • Report: Chavez's cancer has 'entered the end stage'

    05/30/2012 10:28:24 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 75 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 30 May 2012 | Dan Rather
    This reporter has been told that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive cancer that has "entered the end stage". The information and the quote come from a highly respected source close to Chavez and who is in a position to know his medical condition and history. This source says the prognosis is dire and that Chavez is now not expected to live "more than a couple of months at most." Chavez is running for re-elec tion in Venezuela but several sources--including the one who revealed the exact kind of cancer-- have told me that they believe it...
  • Obama Honors Socialist Leader at White House – Admits He Stole Her “Yes We Can” Slogan (Video)

    05/29/2012 8:26:35 PM PDT · by CitizenM · 38 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | May 29, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dolores Huerta, an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. During the ceremony today President Obama admitted he stole her slogan “Yes we can!” for his 2008 campaign. (Video at link) ---snip---...Dolores Huerta, an 82-year-old labor activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers union. Huerta is also an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. DSA describes itself as “the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International.” Huerta has claimed, “Republicans hate Latinos,” and has spoken fondly of Hugo...
  • Commercial Sale of Firearms and Ammunition Banned in Venezuela

    05/27/2012 5:01:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    venezuelanalysis.com ^ | 25 May, 2012 | Ewan Robertson
    Mérida, 25th May 2012 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – From 1 June the commercial sale of firearms and ammunition will be banned in Venezuela, confirmed Venezuelan Justice and Interior Relations minister Tareck El Aissami yesterday. Since the measure was first passed on 29 February over 805,000 rounds of ammunition have been recovered by Venezuelan authorities as part of an auditing process of gun stores. These are now held by the Venezuelan Anonymous Company of Military Industries (Cavim), which manufactures ammunition for state security bodies. The announcement was part of the first annual presentation by the Presidential Commission for Disarmament and Control of Arms...
  • Venezuelan Approach To Combat Voter Fraud in October Election by Chavista Communists

    05/17/2012 2:55:16 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 8 replies
    Sumate (Vote Monitoring Group in Venezuela) ^ | 12 May 2012 | Sumate Web Site, Caracas, Venezuela
    Why not in the USA? Because Holder, SEIU, ACORN, the DNC, La Raza, the New Black Panther Party, some spineless RINOS and the ACLU won't allow it, that's why. Thwarting rampant ballot stuffing and multiple voting just might tip the scales to make him Former President Barack Hussein Obama. Hmm mmm MMM!
  • The FREE REPUBLIC COMMANDANTE HUGO CHAVEZ DEATH - BETTING POOL (HERE)

    05/10/2012 10:33:29 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 117 replies
    Free Republic -- AmericanInTokyo ^ | 11 May 2012 | AmericanInTokyo
    Looks like the end is drawing near, and one can smell sulphur. I will guess first. (Location is optional but I put one down anyway). Please join, too.
  • Hugo Chavez looks to God as cancer clouds future

    05/07/2012 2:17:18 PM PDT · by Mr. K · 44 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 5/7/2012 | yahoo news
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has spent much of his career praising the socialist ideas of famed atheists such as Karl Marx and Fidel Castro. Now in the thick of a prolonged battle against cancer, however, the leftist leader is drawing inspiration from a spiritual leader: Jesus Christ. Chavez has been praying for divine intervention during increasingly infrequent appearances on television, holding up a crucifix while vowing to overcome his illness. He says living with cancer has made him "more Christian," talk that has spurred speculation that cancer might cut short his bid for re-election in October....
  • Talk of Chavez cancer downturn rattles Venezuela

    05/04/2012 11:23:58 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 4, 2012 | Andrew Cawthorne
    CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's absence from the spotlight, his creation of a formal advisory committee, and media leaks of medical details are feeding speculation of a downturn in his nearly year-long battle with cancer. With a presidential election looming for October 7 in the OPEC nation ruled by Chavez since 1999, Venezuelans are obsessively focused on his condition and fretting about the consequences of a possible succession struggle. Should the rumors be true - and they are fiercely denied by government officials - an end to the Chavez era would shake Venezuela and have major repercussions around...
  • Israel, only 'free' country in the region, ranks 65th in the world for press freedoms

    05/02/2012 5:25:04 PM PDT · by Milagros · 12 replies
    TimesOfIsrael ^ | May 1, 2012 | Hillary Zaken and AP
    Israel, only 'free' country in the region, ranks 65th in the world for press freedoms Freedom House Report: Israel maintains 'free' status, though just barely By Hillary Zaken and AP May 1, 2012, 12:07Global media freedom showed no overall decline for the first time in eight years, according to Freedom House's annual survey of freedom of the press, released Tuesday. Israel was ranked the only Free country in the Middle East and North Africa, with a rating of 30.The rating ties it with Greece and makes it the 65th most free country in the world for press freedoms.As decades-old authoritarian...
  • With Venezuelan Food Shortages, Some Blame [Chavez's] Price Controls [milk, chicken, toilet paper]

    05/02/2012 8:27:24 PM PDT · by grundle · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 20, 2012 | WILLIAM NEUMAN
    a full hour and a half before the store would open, about two dozen people were already in line shortages of staples like milk, meat and toilet paper are a chronic part of life here The shortages affect both the poor and the well-off “I’m wasting my day here standing in line to buy one chicken and some rice.” Venezuela was long one of the most prosperous countries in the region, with sophisticated manufacturing, vibrant agriculture and strong businesses, making it hard for many residents to accept such widespread scarcities. many economists call it a classic case of a government...
  • Losing Nicaragua-- The Sandinistas are slowly crushing democracy.

    11/24/2009 8:21:15 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 19 replies · 800+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/24/2009 | Jaime Daremblum
    With U.S. policymakers distracted by the situation in Honduras, Nicaragua continues to move toward authoritarianism. On October 19, a Nicaraguan Supreme Court panel overturned a constitutional provision limiting presidents to two non-consecutive terms in office. The ruling will allow incumbent Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega--the Sandinista party leader, former Soviet client, vociferous critic of the United States, and current Hugo Chávez acolyte--to run for another term in 2011. If there were any doubts that Nicaraguan democracy is slowly being extinguished, this latest development should remove them. The Nicaraguan Supreme Court is composed of 16 members. Thanks to a political deal made...
  • Hugo Chávez’s agony

    04/30/2012 5:52:30 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | April 30, 2012 | CARLOS ALBERTO MONTANER
    President Hugo Chávez’s Cuban doctors have already told him that he will most likely not be alive by October’s elections. It’s not a certainty but a statistical estimate. People his age who are affected by the aggressive cancer that afflicts him, complicated by the generalized metastasis that has spread, usually have only a few months to live. It is only a macabre average. One of Chávez’s first reactions was to phone a friendly chief of state to tell him about it. Hereafter, he will do increasingly stranger things. Like any other moribund person, he needs encouragement, compassion, loving pats on...
  • When Hugo Chavez Battles Supply and Demand Curves, Guess What Happens?

    04/30/2012 5:00:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Haiti may be the poorest nation in the Americas. Cuba may have the dictator with the longest lifespan. But Venezuela arguably has the worst government. Not the clownish dictator, Hugo Chavez, is trying to repeal the laws of economics. How’s that working out for him?Well, here’s some of what the New York Times wrote.By 6:30 a.m., a full hour and a half before the store would open, about two dozen people were already in line. They waited patiently, not for the latest iPhone, but for something far more basic: groceries. …Venezuela is one of the world’s top oil producers at...
  • Venezuelan judge expected to provide valuable information in drug cases

    04/24/2012 10:42:53 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 2 replies
    mcclatchydc.com ^ | 4/18/2012 | Antonio Maria Delgado and Jay Weaver | McClatchy Newspapers
    MIAMI — A former Venezuelan Supreme Court justice flown by federal agents to the United States is likely to be a trove of valuable information for U.S. authorities investigating the nexus of cocaine, payoffs and corruption in the government of President Hugo Chavez. Ex-Judge Eladio Aponte Aponte, who is associated with a Venezuelan kingpin facing indictment in New York, is expected to supply the Drug Enforcement Administration with the names of high-level suspects in the cocaine trade, Chavez government and its military, according to sources familiar with the former justice and other observers. "Aponte is bringing enough information to prove...
  • After Chávez, the Narcostate-If You Liked Chavez, You’ll Love the Drug Lords Plotting to Replace Him

    04/12/2012 1:20:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | APRIL 11, 2012 | ROGER F. NORIEGA
    There are powerful men in Venezuela who are far worse than Hugo Chávez. And if Obama keeps "leading from behind" in Latin America, that's who we very well might get.Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez has tried for 10 months to conceal the fact that he is losing his bout with cancer, determined to appear in command of his revolutionary regime and the nation's future. This past Holy Week, however, television cameras captured him pleading for his life before a crucifix in his hometown church, his mother looking on without the slightest glint of hope on her face. Chávez's raw emotion startled...
  • Venezuela is obliged to be nation of giants

    04/06/2012 10:24:28 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    avn. ^ | 06/04/2012 | staff
    Hugo Chavez; all Venezuelans, fight for being greater and greater everyday, "we are obliged to be giants, a nation of giants…(a) new in independence we are struggling for, not only in our land but in our homeland... Teach it to those little people who are growing, who are coming to life." That strength the fathers and mothers is the same, all Venezuelans shall have to "face the kingdom(s) of man, of humans, of that Jesus of Nazareth who came over 2,000 years ago. But, unfortunately, we have separated (become corrupted) from that world and it is good to remember it...