Hugo Chavez dies.
it first on their live stream, while internal media are still holding back
. The Vice President, Nicolas Maduro
, made the announcement.
President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela wants to bring his country's gold back home
. Eleven billion dollars worth of Venezuelan gold (211 tonnes
) is currently deposited among a number of US and European banks, at least some
of which will have difficulties meeting the call. Transporting the gold will be expensive
- not because of the physical volume
but because of its immense value. (via
) [more inside]
Rap News 7: #Revolution
- What if it's the first world that needs to be liberated? (SLYT - The subtitles help.)
Hugo Chavez owns it. New Jersey controls it. Developers and environmentalists covet it. And one brazen trespasser wants us to pay homage to its forgotten king. Welcome to Petty's Island, a fin-shaped slice of strange, in the middle of the Delaware River.
You may not miss George W. Bush, but these five world leaders
Mountain of Snakes:
Sean Penn interviews Hugo Chávez and Raúl Castro. (Part ii
of the interview, and an excerpt
, for those of you pressed for time.)
A high ranking FARC leader, Paul Reyes
, was killed
during a Columbian raid into Ecuador. Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, responded and ordered ten battalions
to the Columbian border, threatening a key regional ally
of the United States. Some think
it is just more bluster
by Chavez. Meanwhile Air Force 2 is in Aruba
; which is just 18 miles off the coast. Also Exxon-Mobil was recently cut off from Venezuela's oil
An internal CIA memorandum has been obtained by Venezuelan counterintelligence from the US Embassy in Caracas that reveals a plan to destabilize Venezuela during the upcoming constitutional referendum
. The plan, titled "OPERATION PLIERS" was authored by CIA Officer Michael Middleton Steere and was addressed to CIA Director General Michael Hayden in Washington. The full text of the memo will be released soon for verification purposes. Many previously
"Why don't you shut up."
Spanish King Juan Carlos on Saturday angrily told President Hugo Chavez to shut up as the Venezuelan leader was involved in a heated verbal exchange with the head of the Spanish government, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. Youtube video
The War against the libr'l media ?
The Governmnt of Venezuela (read Hugh Chavez
and his supporters) decided not to renew
the broadcasting licence of RCTV
station. RCTV issued this statement
and consequently stopped transmissions. Some welcome
the move, others observe
the many facets of this event, many sustain it's outright government censorship and protest
post and documentary on distortions by and in media.
is a documentary offering an alternative point of view
on some of the violent events that took place in Venezuela during the coup d'etat attempt of 2002 
. Some local private television are accused of deliberatedly picking some facts in an attempt to support the ongoing coup ; different videos taken from different angles show how some people were wrongly accused of shooting at unarmed masses of demonstrators. Regardless of political preferences and actual events, it is an interesting documentary on how easily facts can be misrepresented.
Chavez announces he may call a referendum asking voters to allow him to rule without further elections until 2031, well past the 2012 limit currently imposed by the Venezuelan constitution. Bluff
? Naked power grab
? Fatal mistake
? Either way, watch what you say
about it if you're in Caracas.
Hugo Chavez to Carlos the Jackal:
"My doctor has told me that my spirit must nourish itself on danger to preserve my sanity, in the manner that God intended, with this stormy revolution to guide me in my great destiny.
Venezuela bans US Airlines
. The Chavez government announced yesterday that as of March 1st, Continental and Delta will no longer be allowed to fly into Venezuela, and American's flights will be restricted significantly (allowing AA to continue their Miami to Caracas route, which is the same one that Aeropostal
flies to the US). We've talked about Chavez
in the blue before, and this may be simple political posturing in an effort to open more routes for Aeropostal and other Venezuelan airlines, but between this, and the recent comments by Rumsfeld
, Condoleezza Rice
and Porter Goss
, are we looking at a new low in US/Venezuela relations?
Rumsfeld likens Chavez to Hitler - expels diplomat in tit for tat
meanwhile the American Family Association calls for a boycott of Venezuelan owned Citgo
(obviously encouraging more support for gulf arab regimes). The Venezuelan grandmother I recently spent a Sunday with was very happy with Chavez - and proud of him despite his faults and corruption in the country. What's with Rummy and friends?
Pat Robertson calls for the assassination of Hugo Chavez.
Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition of America and a former presidential candidate, said on "The 700 Club"
it was the United States' duty to stop Chavez from making Venezuela a "launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism."
Cesar Chavez Day
With our focus on the war lets not forget what DOES make this country great, its people! I have to confess ignorance of this mans accomplishments until I turned my calendar today. Read,enjoy, learn something about a man who fought injustice with the most powerful weapon...his mind!
USA intelligence agencies revealed
Ok. But we get 5% of our oil from there. You decide.
If at first you don't succeed...
Venezuelan army officers tell the Christian Science Monitor they're planning another coup attempt
. Other signs: Ten masked men criticized President Chavez on TV last week, protests are mounting
and, oh, those 50 tanks you see over there
? Don't be alarmed. They're just "rehearsing" for the July 5 Independence Day parade, which also happens to be the day Chavez may try to clean house during an annual round of military promotions. Ruh-roh. The good news
: On June 10, workers at the country's largest newspaper released a statement denouncing last April's media manipulation
by wealthy owners and promised to fight if it happened again. And everyone's favorite meddling Baptist
has announced he's heading to the area
. (More inside)
Online journalism, Venezuela style:
"Venezuela's Electronic News," an independent source of news and opinion since 1996, has lots of details about the amazing events of last week. And this online newspaper from the island of Trinidad/Tobago
, only a few miles from the Venezuelan coast
, helped spread initial reports that contradicted the standard line.
Meanwhile, over at good ol' Narco News, journalist Al Giordano has posted a must-read analysis of the online "counter-coup"
against the spin from mainstream news outlets. Were the Venezuelan TV stations that fanned the coup's flames simply "upset with Chavez...over having to pay taxes like any other business for the first time in their history," as Giordano claims? Was this really "online journalism's finest hour," driven by "a decentralized slingshot army - you know who you are - that now has the microphone and will never give it up to the commercially-driven usurpers of democracy again?"
Was the Venezuela coup another Chile 1973?
Two months ago, Narco News called attention to the striking similarities between the situation in Venezuela and CIA plots against leftist Chilean president Salvador Allende in the early 1970s. The CIA's own version of what happened in Chile
discusses its "sustained propaganda efforts, including financial
support for major news media, against Allende and other Marxists." Hmm. Chavez shut down five private TV stations after they repeatedly aired what he called misleading footage of the protest deaths last week, after months of relentless attacks against his government. Sure makes you wonder.
On another note, did eyewitness accounts widely disseminated over the Web
help doom the White House spin that "government supporters, on orders from the Chavez government, fired on unarmed, peaceful protestors"? If the Web didn't exist, would the final word have come from articles like this now out-of-date, pro-business analysis
in yesterday's Washington Post?
Venezuela's Chavez deposed
with the military claiming control for now. The end of a sometimes cringe-inducingly entertaining era. What next? Civilian constitutional rule restored by lunchtime, or not? Will the strike end, allowing oil exports to resume?