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  • How the Swaps Market is Preparing for a Venezuelan Default

    12/10/2014 9:58:43 AM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    wsj ^ | Dec 4, 2014 | Christopher Whittall
    Venezuela is really feeling the pinch from sliding oil prices. Now its bonds are in such bad shape that some investors are treating the country’s default as a near certainty. And they are taking action. How? Well certain banks have started to offer swap contracts that allow investors to fix the amount they can recover on insurance bought against a restructuring of the country’s debt, according to investors. If CDS contracts are triggered, the cheapest Venezuelan bonds trading in the market at that time will be used to determine payouts to protection holders. Those not wanting to take any chances...
  • Honduran ex-president: US was behind my overthrow

    06/28/2010 5:40:00 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 33 replies
    Google AP ^ | June 28, 2010 | Freddy Cuevas
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya accused the United States of being behind the 2009 coup that ousted him, in a letter released Monday on the first anniversary of his ouster. Zelaya, who now lives in the Dominican Republic, has given conflicting accounts on what role the United States allegedly played in the coup, in which Honduran soldiers hustled him out of the country on June 28, 2009.<> He has alternately praised the policy of the U.S. government on the issue, and criticized Washington for not pressing harder for his reinstatement. But Monday's letter said flatly: "What we...
  • U.S. kicks out two Venezuelan diplomats

    03/11/2013 10:04:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/11/13 | Guy Taylor
    The Obama administration has moved to kick two Venezuelan diplomats out of the United States in response to Venezuela’s expulsion last week of two U.S. officials from the U.S. embassy in Caracas, The Washington Times has learned. In a sign that U.S.-Venezuelan relations are unlikely to warm quickly in the post-Chavez era, the Venezuelan government confirmed that two of its diplomats have left the U.S., a State Department spokesman told The Times. One of the diplomats had apparently been based at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, while the other worked at a Venezuelan office in New York.
  • Extradited Hacker Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Masterminding First-Ever Hack....

    09/28/2010 12:39:52 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies
    Newark.FBI.gov - DOJ Press Release ^ | September 24, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Extradited Hacker Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Masterminding First-Ever Hack Into Internet Phone Networks Defendant Also Ordered to Pay Over $1 Million in Restitution NEWARK, NJ—The first individual ever charged with hacking into the networks of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers and reselling hacked VoIP services for a profit was sentenced today to 120 months in prison, United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Edwin Andres Pena, 27, transmitted over 10 million minutes of unauthorized telephone calls over the victims' networks. Pena, a Venezuelan citizen, fled the United States...
  • Venezuelan anti-Chavez farmer dies after hunger strike

    09/01/2010 11:38:45 AM PDT · by jy1297 · 13 replies
    wireupdate ^ | Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Monica Lawrence
    CARACAS, VENEZUELA (BNO NEWS) – A Venezuelan farmer died on Monday after 8 hunger strikes and six years of protest against President Hugo Chavez and his government’s land policies, Globovision Television reported on Tuesday. Franklin Brito, 49, died at the Military Hospital in Caracas, Venezuela, where he had been secluded against his will for four months. Ten days ago, Brito’s body began to collapse and on late Monday he passed away. Brito began his fight against the Chavez’ administration six years ago. During this period he endured eight hunger strikes, a mutilated finger and being victim of an irregular captivity....
  • Behind exhumation of Simon Bolivar is Hugo Chavez's warped obsession

    07/28/2010 6:52:46 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 12 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 25, 2010 | Thor Halvorssen
    ...Shortly after midnight on July 16, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez reached back in time. He presided at the exhumation of the remains of Simón Bolívar -- Latin America's greatest independence hero, who helped liberate the region from Spain in the 19th century, and the object of Chávez's personal and political obsession.... By presidential decree, every television station in Venezuela showed images of Bolívar in historic paintings, then images of the skeleton, and then images of Chávez, with the national anthem blaring. The message of this macabre parody was unmistakable: Chávez is not a follower of Bolívar -- Chávez is Bolívar,...
  • U.S. Rep. William Delahunt shells out $500G from coffers (the next Dem to retire?)

    02/27/2010 4:10:55 AM PST · by Palmetto Patriot · 21 replies · 668+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 2/26/2010 | Jessica Van Sack
    U.S. Rep. William Delahunt blew nearly $560,000 in campaign cash last year - much of it on lavish meals and a family-friendly payroll that includes his ex-wife, son-in-law and daughter - stoking speculation the Quincy Democrat is emptying his war chest and won’t seek re-election. -snip- Delahunt told the Herald last week that he was still weighing whether to seek re-election, but Democratic Party sources have privately indicated his departure is anticipated - and expected to draw a host of candidates-in-waiting out of the woodwork.
  • Venezuelan president bashes Israel in Syria trip (imperialist nation annihilating other people)

    09/03/2009 11:46:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 585+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/3/09 | Albert Aji - AP
    DAMASCUS, Syria – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez attacked Israel Thursday during his visit to Syria, calling it an imperialist nation that annihilates other people. ... "Israel has become a country that annihilates people and is hostile to peace," he said, according to the Arabic translation of his remarks to reporters. In comments carried by Venezuelan state television, he also accused Israel of being part of imperialist efforts to divide the Middle East. "The entire world knows it. Why was the state of Israel created? ... To divide. To impede the unity of the Arab world. To assure the presence of...
  • President warns of 'winds of war'

    08/10/2009 11:31:07 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 20 replies · 2,463+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 11 August 2009
    LEFTIST leaders from Venezuela and Ecuador thundered against a US military presence in Latin America today, warning the "winds of war" were blowing across the increasingly polarised continent. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez led the charge, attacking Colombia's decision to host American forces at seven of its bases, a move also condemned by Chavez's Ecuadoran counterpart and ally Rafael Correa during the inauguration of his second term. Speaking in Quito, Ecuador, at a regional summit, Mr Chavez said he was fulfilling his "moral duty'' by telling fellow leaders that the "winds of war were beginning to blow,'' because of the July...
  • Chatty Chavez begins Venezuelan talk-show marathon

    05/28/2009 1:49:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 561+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/28/09 | Frank Jack Daniel
    CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela's garrulous President Hugo Chavez on Thursday began a marathon four-day edition of his trademark television show to mark 10 years since the influential and widely watched program first hit the airwaves. Chavez is a tireless talker who uses frequent television appearances to make policy announcements, berate opponents and even sing during rambling speeches often delivered in the florid vernacular of working class Venezuelans. Normally transmitted on Sundays from a different corner of the South American oil exporting nation each week, 'Alo Presidente' is the boisterous socialist's favorite forum, with the program once running to eight hours....
  • Venezuelan opposition leader seeking asylum abroad

    04/20/2009 12:36:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 425+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/20/09 | Fabiola Sanchez - ap
    CARACAS, Venezuela – A leading opponent of President Hugo Chavez has decided to seek political asylum abroad rather than face a corruption charge in a trial he says would be stacked against him, an ally said Monday. Opposition leader Manuel Rosales, who went into hiding three weeks ago, decided not to appear in court Monday because the case against him is being used for "political persecution," said Omar Barboza, who heads Rosales' political party. "He won't present himself before a court that's been turned into a political tool," Barboza told reporters. "When there's a state of law in Venezuela, Manuel...
  • Venezuelan synagogue vandalized

    01/31/2009 7:37:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 249+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1-31-09 | HAVIV RETTIG GUR
    The vandalizing of a Caracas synagogue late Friday only underscores the feeling of growing anti-Semitic sentiment in the South American nation, Jewish community members said over the weekend. The words 'Jew dog assassins' and 'terrorist' and a swastika-defaced Star of David appear in spray paint in Caracas, Venezuela, last week. Slideshow: Pictures of the week A group of people - reports run as high as 15 - broke into Caracas's Sephardic synagogue late on Friday, held the guard at gunpoint, wreaked havoc on the building and damaged the Torah scrolls. Before leaving at around 3 a.m., the vandals scrawled "Death...
  • Oil’s fall pinches Latin nations

    12/07/2008 10:48:49 AM PST · by thackney · 26 replies · 819+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 6, 2008 | JOHN OTIS
    During the five-year bonanza of rising oil prices, resource nationalism took hold across Latin America, and energy-producing countries boosted spending, raised taxes on foreign oil companies and salted away billions in petrodollars. But with the onset of the global economic crisis and the collapse in oil prices, Venezuela, Mexico and other regional energy producers are feeling the squeeze. If prices don’t rebound soon, the countries will be forced to cut spending on popular programs or dig into their reserves. Governments also will probably see slowdowns or cancellations of energy pro-jects ranging from explorations to biofuels plants. "The old assumptions are...
  • Falling oil production a challenge for Venezuelan leader

    03/21/2008 8:01:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 1,256+ views
    mcclatchy on yahoo ^ | 3/21/08 | Jack Chang and Kevin G. Hall - McClatchy Newspapers
    CARACAS, Venezuela — For the better part of a decade, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has spent billions of dollars of his country's oil revenue to challenge U.S. interests, build influence around the world and fund a self-styled socialist revolution at home. Yet as Chavez moves from one international crisis to another— most recently a near military confrontation with neighboring Colombia , an important U.S. ally— many wonder how long his oil-funded wild ride will last. Not long, analysts in Venezuela and abroad said, if production continues to decline at the country's state-run energy company, Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. , known...
  • Sunday's defeat likely to hurt Chavez's international standing

    12/03/2007 7:42:53 PM PST · by tophat9000 · 20 replies · 96+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | Mon Dec 3 | Pablo Bachelet
    Sunday's defeat likely to hurt Chavez's international standing By Pablo Bachelet, McClatchy Newspapers Mon Dec 3, 7:20 PM ET WASHINGTON — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's stunning loss in a constitutional referendum Sunday has dealt a severe and possibly fatal blow to his ambitions to spread his political ideology and succeed Fidel Castro as the leader of Latin America's anti-American left, analysts and U.S. officials said Monday. Few analysts were willing to bet that Chavez won't recover and try again to strengthen his grip on power in Venezuela . But the rejection of his proposed constitutional changes hurt Chavez because it...
  • Troops clash with Venezuelan protesters (use tear gas, plastic bullets,water cannons on thousands)

    11/01/2007 7:13:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 135+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/1/07 | Christopher Toothaker - ap
    CARACAS, Venezuela - Soldiers used tear gas, plastic bullets and water cannons to scatter tens of thousands who massed Thursday to protest constitutional reforms that would permit Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to run for re-election indefinitely. Led by university students, protesters chanted "Freedom! Freedom!" and warned that 69 amendments drafted by the Chavista-dominated National Assembly would violate civil liberties and derail democracy. It was the biggest turnout against Chavez in months, and appeared to revive Venezuela's languid opposition at a time when the president seems as strong as ever. Students promised more street demonstrations over the weekend, but no opposition-led...
  • Israel Accused of Blocking Commercial Satellite Imagery Deal with Venezuela

    07/13/2007 1:03:39 PM PDT · by anymouse · 7 replies · 634+ views
    SPACE.com ^ | 7/13/07 | Barbara Opall-Rome
    Israel's Ministry of Defense and some of the country's leading industry executives repeatedly squashed Venezuelan bids to buy high-resolution commercial satellite imagery. According to a lawsuit filed July 2 in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Venezuela's potential procurement deals were sabatoged twice and more recently a personal offer by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to buy a significant equity stake in ImageSat International (ISI), a local satellite operating firm, was ignored. In their lawsuit, the ISI minority shareholders accuse major investors and the firm's current management of "spurning lucrative ... opportunities in Venezuela in order to devalue the company [Imagesat]."...
  • Venezuelans protest opposition TV channel closure

    05/19/2007 9:42:35 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 6 replies · 540+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 19, 2007 | Christian Oliver
    CARACAS (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of protesters on Saturday denounced President Hugo Chavez's plans to close an opposition television channel, accusing their leader of maiming Venezuelan democracy as he forges a socialist state. Chavez says RCTV, the country's oldest private broadcaster, supported a bungled coup against him in 2002. He has had a long-running battle with opposition television stations, calling them "horsemen of the apocalypse." "Let us defend democracy, let us defend freedom, let us defend free independent media such as RCTV," RCTV's managing director, Marcel Garnier, told demonstrators in Caracas.
  • Sale Of Voting Machine Firm With Venezuelan Links Will Avoid U.S. Probe

    12/22/2006 2:34:21 PM PST · by jdm · 4 replies · 275+ views
    Information Week ^ | Dec 22, 2006 | W. David Gardner
    Voting machine provider Smartmatic Corp. and its Venezuelan owners will avoid a full U.S. national security investigation by putting the firm's Sequoia Voting Systems Inc. U.S. subsidiary up for sale. Attention has been focused on the firm because of reports it has had business connections with the government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who frequently attacks U.S. policy. In an announcement Friday, Smartmatic said it has withdrawn from a review process that was scheduled to be carried out by the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which reviews foreign investments and acquisitions to determine whether they hold...
  • Man arrested at Gatwick Airport

    02/13/2003 9:11:59 AM PST · by Dog · 30 replies · 473+ views
    A man has been arrested at Gatwick Airport under anti-terrorist laws. It follows the arrest of two men near Heathrow. Gatwick's North Terminal has been closed and its flights suspended. No further details have been released by Sussex Police. Stansted Airport has announced its security is being stepped up.
  • An Entertaining Evening With Hugo Chavez in New York

    09/21/2006 11:37:15 AM PDT · by texas_mrs · 15 replies · 933+ views
    venezuelanalysis.com ^ | 9.21.06 | Nikolas Kozloff
    I have just returned from Cooper Union in New York, where I saw Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez give a long winded speech. Chavez was in New York to speak before the United Nations and to shore up Venezuela's bid for a seat on the Security Council. Though I have seen Chavez give dozens of speeches on TV and just came out with my book entitled Hugo Chavez: Oil, Politics, And The Challenge To The U.S. (recently released by St. Martin's Press), I had never seen the president speak in person. I received word of the event through the Venezuelan Information...
  • In their stupid and criminal arrogance the US authorities proclaimed victory

    03/13/2006 12:00:45 AM PST · by txroadkill · 15 replies · 593+ views
    Venezuelan Headline ^ | March 12, 2006 | Chris Herz
    In their stupid and criminal arrogance the US authorities proclaimed victoryVHeadline.com commentarist Chris Herz writes: We may be sure that experienced military men like Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias, General Baduel and their colleagues study the Iraq War carefully for clues to better the protection and defense of the Bolivarian Republic.No one should be surprised at this; no one offended.The leadership of any country must survey the world around them for possible threats to the sovereignty of their nations and the self-governance of their people. That is the first duty of a national government: In a word, the defense of...
  • Venezuelan Middle Class Flees Chavez Rule Of Hate

    03/04/2006 5:39:49 PM PST · by blam · 102 replies · 2,869+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-5-2006 | Sophie Arie
    Venezuelan middle class flees Chávez rule of hate By Sophie Arie in Caracas (Filed: 05/03/2006) Venezuela's once-thriving middle class is packing its bags and fleeing the country, afraid for the future as the socialist president, Hugo Chávez, calls on the slum-dwelling masses to rise up and seize wealth from those better off than themselves. Growing numbers of professionals, business owners and shopkeepers are fed up with the climate of hostility that the Left-wing president has encouraged in his effort to boost his populist credentials. President Hugo Chávez María Carolina García was blowing up helium balloons in her party-decorations shop in...
  • U.S. Expels Venezuelan Envoy After Chavez Ousts U.S. Navy Officer

    02/03/2006 5:11:03 PM PST · by Thanatos · 8 replies · 369+ views
    United States State Department ^ | 2-3-2006 | US State Department
    U.S. Expels Venezuelan Envoy After Chavez Ousts U.S. Navy OfficerState Department describes action as appropriate response to Chavez's decision By Lauren MonsenWashington File Staff Writer Washington -- In response to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's February 2 decision to order the expulsion of a naval attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, the United States has declared Jeny Figueredo Frias, a diplomat at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, "persona non grata."The dispute, which further exacerbates tensions between the two countries, began with Chavez accusing U.S. naval attaché John Correa of espionage.  The U.S. Embassy forcefully has denied the charge and...
  • Communism’s Resurgence

    01/11/2005 8:20:32 PM PST · by Coleus · 56 replies · 4,747+ views
    Stoptheftaa.org ^ | 01.24.05 | William F. Jasper
    Communism is not dead in Latin America. In fact, the dominoes are falling south of the border, but no one seems to be noticing. “It’s a new day. Communism is dead. It’s even dead in Cuba.” So declared Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in May 2002. “I hate to say it,” she continued, “it’s dead.” The senator’s proclamation was a surprise, no doubt, to Fidel Castro, whose regime was (and is) alive and as Red as ever. It also must have come as welcome news to the people of Cuba, still suffering, after nearly half...
  • Tehran's Terror Master

    05/26/2005 6:04:02 AM PDT · by Mr.Clark · 37 replies · 2,275+ views
    Front Page Mag ^ | 5/26/2005 | Patrick Devenny
    Early on the morning of March 16th, 1984, William Buckley left for work at the American embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. Officially, Mr. Buckley, a decorated veteran of the Special Forces, served as the political officer at the embassy. In reality, however, Mr. Buckley was the embassy’s CIA station chief. On his way to the compound, Buckley’s car was stopped by a group of masked men, who forced him from his car at gunpoint. His assailants would later be identified as terrorists from the group Islamic Jihad, which served as an alias for the real perpetrators, Hezbollah. The circumstances surrounding the...
  • Castro: Venezualan leader targeted

    02/13/2005 1:39:52 PM PST · by The Bronze Titan · 3 replies · 324+ views
    DenverPost;.com ^ | Sunday, February 13, 2005 | Andrea Rodriguez
    Havana - Fidel Castro warned that the life of leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is in danger, and said he would blame the United States if his close friend and ally is killed. Castro's remarks came during a six-hour speech that lasted until 4 a.m. Saturday and closed an international globalization conference in Havana attended by hundreds of economists. "If Chavez is assassinated, the responsibility will lie entirely with the president of the United States," Castro said, neglecting to provide details, but noting that President Bush has encouraged Chavez's opponents in the past. The Cuban leader said Chavez's left-leaning "revolution"...
  • Venezuela 2005 or Chile 1970

    02/09/2005 12:15:47 PM PST · by ricardo illanes · 13 replies · 923+ views
    Ricardo Illanes
    Are we reliving Chile's history ? while we look at the events in Venezuela today. Or is it that we forgot our history, and we are ready to make the same mistakes all over again?
  • 'Carlos the Jackal' quits food

    11/30/2004 4:01:54 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 33 replies · 1,140+ views
    The Australian ^ | Nov. 30, 2004 | correspondents in Paris
    THE terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal is again refusing food to protest against conditions in prison, where he is serving a life sentence, one of his lawyers said today. The Venezuelan, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, stopped eating last Wednesday and said he will continue the strike "as long as necessary," attorney Isabelle Coutant Peyre said by telephone. She said he is protesting against being kept in isolation, "provocative and unjustifiable" body and cell searches, and authorities' refusal to let him access his prison bank account for food and other necessities. He is imprisoned at a high-security...
  • Judicial Watch: 9/11 VICTIM SUES CHAVEZ & VENEZUELA FOR TERRORIST ACTS

    01/29/2003 3:17:18 PM PST · by shanec · 48 replies · 4,915+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 28th, 2003 | Judicial Watch
     For Immediate Release Jan 28, 2003 Contact: Press Office202-646-5172 9/11 VICTIM SUES CHAVEZ & VENEZUELA FOR TERRORIST ACTS Evidence That Chavez Aided Bin Laden & Al Qaeda PRESS CONFERENCE DATE: Wednesday, January 29, 2003TIME: 9:30 a.m.PLACE: Sheraton Biscayne Bay Hotel, Room C 495 Brickell Ave., Miami, FL 33131 (Washington, DC / Miami, FL) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption and abuse, said today that it has filed suit on behalf of a victim and survivor of the September 11th terrorist attacks against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, its President, Hugo Chavez, and the...
  • Venezuelan Troops Seize Caracas Police Weapons

    01/14/2003 9:00:38 AM PST · by shanec · 50 replies · 1,272+ views
    Yahoo - AP story ^ | 1/14/03 | AP writer - Stephen Ixer
    Venezuelan Troops Seize Police Weapons By STEPHEN IXER, Associated Press Writer CARACAS, Venezuela - Soldiers seized most of the heavy weapons and anti-riot equipment from Caracas' police force Tuesday, police said after President Hugo Chavez threatened to increase the military's control over the force and accused it of siding with his opponents. Troops searched most of the capital's police stations at dawn and confiscated all weapons except .38 revolvers, said police chief Henry Vivas. The seizure could raise tensions in a 44-day-old general strike aimed at ousting Chavez, which has been marked by almost daily street protests, including clashes between...
  • Chavez $1M Support for Al Qaeda Confirmed

    01/09/2003 11:48:14 AM PST · by shanec · 12 replies · 936+ views
    Militares Democraticos ^ | January 9, 2003 | By Johan Freitas, in Caracas
    Chavez $1M Support for Al Qaeda Confirmed Chavez: Likes to talk, but suddenlysilent on $1M Al Qaeda payment Following the money trail In the world of terrorist financing, bank records naturally do not tell the true origin nor destination of funds. That's why no one will ever be able to find a check signed by Hugo Chavez with the payee's name as Osama Bin Laden. But there are other ways to get to the truth. The best is to talk to those who were involved. Therefore, investigators rely heavily on the testimony of the insiders who carried out the operations...
  • Chavez Spokesman Re-Affirms North Korea Support: "Model To Follow"

    01/06/2003 4:31:54 PM PST · by shanec · 26 replies · 3,315+ views
    Militares Democraticos ^ | 1/6/03 | By Johan Freitas, in Caracas
    Chavez Spokesman Re-Affirms North Korea Support: "Model To Follow" Kim Jong Il, a Chavez role model By Johan Freitas, in Caracas Venezuela, already an ally of Cuba and Iraq, is now making overtures to also align itself with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. Monday, in Caracas, a spokesman for the Hugo Chavez government sent a signal of support to North Korea's capital Pyongyang, and re-affirmed the ideological similarities of the two regimes. Education minister Hector Navarro, while attempting to open the country's leading university, Universidad Central de Venezuela, declared that he and the Bolivarian government stood firm in their...
  • More Facts Uncovered in Chavez - Al Qaeda Collaboration

    01/05/2003 9:39:18 AM PST · by shanec · 42 replies · 5,516+ views
    Militares Democraticos ^ | 1/5/03 | By Luis Garcia, in Miami
    More Facts Uncovered in Chavez - Al Qaeda Collaboration Major Juan Diaz Castillo:Planned $1M support forAl Qaeda, then defected By Luis Garcia, in Miami Whistle-blower Major Juan Diaz Castillo, pilot of the Venezuelan Airforce One, revealed more details of how president Hugo Chavez supported Al Qaeda in the aftermath of 9/11. In statements to the press in Miami Saturday, the defector shed new light on the terrorist support network recently uncovered in the highest level of the Venezuelan government. Major Juan Diaz Castillo, Chavez's personal pilot, was assigned the job of planning the delivery of the $1 million collaboration to...
  • 9/11: Chavez financed Al Qaeda, details of $1M donation emerge

    12/31/2002 5:25:32 PM PST · by shanec · 109 replies · 17,607+ views
    Militares Democraticos ^ | 12/31/02 | Editor - Militares Democraticos
    9/11: Chavez financed Al Qaeda, details of $1M donation emerge Osama Bin Laden: 9/11 made Chavez happy. Hugo Chavez: Terrorism sponsor, $1M to Al Qaeda. His Ambassador, Walter Marquez: Bin Laden's link. His pilot, May. Juan Diaz Castillo: Planned the operation, then defected. By Johan Freitas, in Caracas, with Luis Garcia, in Miami High-level military defectors reveal new terrorist links between Al Qaeda and Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez. The man who control's the largest oil reserves in the Western hemisphere gave $1 million to the world's most wanted terrorist right after the 9/11 attacks. Hugo Chavez would not admit it...
  • Venezuelan Navy Seizes Tankers As Protests Continue

    12/11/2002 8:05:32 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 197+ views
    Ananova ^ | 12-12-2002
    Venezuelan navy seizes tankers as protests continue Navy troops have seized two oil tankers from strikers as Venezuelans took to the streets in protest and to search for money and food as a strike aimed at ousting President Hugo Chavez deepened. There are indications the government might be making headway in ending the impasse. Politicians on both sides of the crisis say they will consider a new proposal for elections next year. The government says an oil tanker is being loaded and long lines at petrol stations disappeared, indicating distribution networks are being rebuilt. "We are overcoming the crisis," Mr...
  • Dozens Killed in Nightclub Fire

    12/01/2002 6:10:56 AM PST · by colette_g · 15 replies · 326+ views
    Sky News ^ | 13:48 UK, Sunday December 01, 2002 | Sky News
    DOZENS KILLED IN NIGHTCLUB FIREAn estimated 47 people were killed after fire swept through a nightclub in the Venezuelan capital Caracas. The city's fire chief said most died of smoke inhalation.More than 500 people were inside the Guajira nightclub when the fire broke out.An investigation is under way to find out the cause.More follows...
  • WE DO NOT KNOW IF MR REEKER DID CHECK ON THE SNIPERS QUESTION.

    06/15/2002 7:10:02 AM PDT · by Corazon · 258+ views
    Daily Press Briefing , US DEPARTMENT OF STATE ^ | June 13, 2002 | Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
    QUESTION: Just to follow up, yesterday there were several Venezuelan high-level government officials here in Washington. They met several high-level officers of the US Government. Also, four of the alleged snipers who were identified by Stratford and other people arrived in Washington yesterday afternoon at Reagan National Airport. They were met by the Venezuelan chargé d'affaires. My question is, who are they going to meet? MR. REEKER: I have no idea. I am unaware of to whom you are referring. If you want to share that information, I can check into it with the Bureau. I am not aware of...
  • Venezuelan President Forced to Resign

    04/12/2002 4:55:00 AM PDT · by Ranger · 19 replies · 214+ views
    ap via nyt ^ | 4/12/02
    April 12, 2002 Venezuelan President Forced to Resign By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Agence France-PresseGen. Efraín Vásquez Velasco of the Venezuelan Army (seated, in a TV image) joined other officers Thursday night in rebelling against President Hugo Chávez. Associated PressPresident Hugo Chavez resigned Friday under pressure from Venezuela's military following street violence in which National Guard troops and pro-Chavez gunmen clashed with 150,000 opposition protesters. Associated PressTop Venezuelan military officers rebelled against President Hugo Chavez on Thursday after police fired on a march by 150,000 opposition protesters. Filed at 7:28 a.m. ET CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Hugo Chavez, the former army...