Venezuela under Chavez

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Innlegg PAMENTAS 26 Aug 2012, 10:39

aftenposten.no skrev:Venezuela er i sorg etter at minst 39 mennesker mistet livet i en enorm gasseksplosjon på landets største oljeraffineri. President Hugo Chávez har gitt ordre om gransking
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El Universal, August 28, 2012: This year, more than 30 accidents have affected the oil industry operations - A chronology of accidents in the Venezuelan oil industry during 2012

The Washington Post, September 15, 2011: “I don’t have any problems firing everyone I need to fire,” Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez thundered in 2002 as he began purging state oil company executives who had mounted protests against him. Months later, nearly 20,000 oil workers, from petroleum engineers to geologists and managers, had been fired - Venezuelan oilmen pushed out by Hugo Chavez find opportunities in Colombia
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JTA, September 7, 2012: Anti-Semitism in Venezuela has spiked during the electoral race for president between a Catholic man of Jewish descent and President Hugo Chavez, according to a new report. State media and supporters of Chavez, who has ruled the country for the past 14 years, regularly “vilify” his opponent, Henrique Capriles Radonski, derisively referring to his Jewish roots, a study by Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism found. “This is done in a variety of methods, such as defamation, intimidation and conspiracy theories, many of which portray Capriles as a Zionist agent, and by mixing classic and neo-anti-Semitism,” said the report, authored by Lidia Lerner, an expert on Latin America. “A Capriles victory, it is claimed, will inevitably lead to Zionist infiltration” - Study: Venezuelan anti-Semitism at new heights in race between Chavez and Capriles
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Re: Venezuela under Chavez

Innlegg PAMENTAS 10 Sep 2012, 19:54

vg.no skrev:Stem på meg eller risiker borgerkrig. Det er president Hugo Chávez' budskap til rikfolk i Venezuela
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Free Venezuela, September 19, 2012: A group representing victims of the Basque terrorist group ETA yesterday petitioned the summit meeting of Ibero-American Interior Ministers being held in Valencia, Spain, to complain about the tolerance to terrorists by certain countries, notably Cuba and Venezuela, safe havens for ETA terrorists on the run from the law in Spain. Speaking on behalf of the victims’ organization COVITE, Consuelo Ordoñez read a statement in which she demanded that the Spanish government “raise its voice” to the “friends of ETA abroad” at the summit and pressure them to extradite the fugitives from Spanish justice. The statement pointed out that the government of Hugo Chávez is sheltering no less than 45 wanted ETA terrorists. Regarding what it calls the “list of shame”, COVITE points out that “all are at complete liberty in Venezuela and seven of them even have jobs in the administration of Hugo Chávez”. Among these are Arturo Cabillas, a former member of the “Oker” unit of ETA and wanted in Spain in connection with (among other crimes) two murders, one of which involved blowing the brains out of an off duty police officer at the front door of his house as he returned home one evening from a bar. This gentleman now occupies no less a position than that of director at the Office of Management and Services of the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands in the government of Hugo Chávez - ETA Victims Accuse Chávez

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Re: Venezuela under Chavez

Innlegg PAMENTAS 30 Sep 2012, 08:25

dagbladet.no skrev:To opposisjonspolitikere i Venezuela ble lørdag skutt og drept mens de drev valgkamp for presidentkandidat Henrique Capriles
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Re: Venezuela under Chavez

Innlegg Vegard Martinsen 07 Mar 2013, 08:21

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Reign of Evil: A Look Back at the Vicious Rule of Hugo Chavez

It is no accident that the death of Hugo Chavez, while mourned by the usual suspects on the left, was celebrated by thousands of his fellow countrymen. In the Doral section of Miami, FL, home to the largest enclave of Venezuelans living in America, the strongman’s demise was met with unrestrained joy. Daniela Calzadilla, who moved from Caracas five years ago, due to the skyrocketing crime rate and dwindling career opportunities, expressed a common refrain. “We hope this is the path to return our democracy and that hopefully we can have the same country we once had,” she said. Mary LaBarca put it even simpler. “We are not celebrating someone’s death,” she said. “We are celebrating freedom.”

Hugo Chavez was born July 28, 1954. Raised largely by his grandmother in the western state of Barinas, Chavez began nurturing his fascination with Marxism at an early age, boosted by Castro’s revolution in Cuba in 1959. His education led him to despise “imperialist” America, even as he idolized Castro and 19th century South American liberator Simon Bolivar. He eventually joined the army, after failing to fulfill his dream of becoming a major league baseball player.

In 1992, after rising to the rank of lieutenant-colonel, Chavez led an unsuccessful coup against then President Carlos Andrés Pérez. Scores of civilians and soldiers were killed, but Chavez won a large populist following as a result. He was jailed, but then released two years later by then President Rafael Caldera. Four years later, Chavez was elected president with 57 percent of the vote. Chavez changed the nation’s name to the “Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela” and often appeared in front of huge paintings of Bolivar. The message was clear: Venezuelans were invited to think of him as the second coming of a historical hero.

Yet shortly after he won the vote, a lawyer from Barinas told Newsweek Magazine what had really occurred. “Venezuelans are dreaming of a savior, but Chávez is a dictator. People don’t know what they are getting.” After his inauguration in 1999, Chavez rewrote the nation’s constitution, precipitating a special presidential election in 2000, giving him a six year term.

1999 was the year he also began traveling around the world, ingratiating himself to a number of America’s enemies. While in Communist China, Chavez put his cards on the table. ”I have been very Maoist all of my life,” he declared at the time. He was also successful in getting OPEC to pump up oil prices.

Steadily, Chavez’s “democratic” revolution began to resemble the dictatorship his regime inevitably became. The legislative and judicial branches of the Venezuelan government were subordinated to his authoritarian rule. He stacked his government with military officers, emulating the juntas that ruled Peru and Panama in the 1970s. The constitution became increasingly irrelevant, a reality most recently emphasized when Chavez’s absence still allowed him to win inauguration last January. That absence should have triggered certain procedures, but they were completely ignored. Chavez also politicized Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the state-owned oil company, whose output has declined by almost half from 2000 to 2011.

This combination of factors, as well as Chavez’s interminable rants (one went on for almost ten hours), polarized the nation to the point where Chavez was himself ousted in a short-lived coup in 2002. Yet his populist supporters, angered by TV images of the nation’s former elite reveling in victory, restored him to power two days later.

Chavez was hardened by the coup attempt, which he blamed on George W. Bush. His hatred of America and capitalism drove him into alliances with other Latin American leftists, with whom he formed the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA), an effort to counterbalance American “hegemony.” That counterbalance also included tactical support for the communist Columbian terror group, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). He formed alliances with Libya, Iraq, and Iran and Syria, and former members of his military alleged he supported Al Qaeda as well.

Chavez forged more dubious alliances during a 2006 trip. They included Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin, who sold Chavez $3 billion worth of military hardware, and Iranian President Ahmadinejad, who awarded him Iran’s highest state honor, the Islamic Republic Medal, for supporting Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. In the same year, he referred to Israel as one of America’s “imperialistic instruments,” and President Bush as “the Devil,” an “extremist,” an aspiring “world dictator,” and the “spokesman of imperialism.” This year it was revealed that Chavez was keeping Venezuelan Jews under surveillance because he considered them a “fifth column.”

Chavez’s ongoing relationship with Iran was despicable. He acted as their banker in order to help them avoid sanctions, and allowed them to open factories in remote locations, likely to pursue weapons production. According to the Israelis, he was also supplying them with uranium.

Unsurprisingly, Venezuela increasingly began to resemble some of the authoritarian states Chavez admired. The Heritage Foundation’s 2013 Index of Economic Freedom ranked the nation as one of the most repressed in the world. Only Zimbabwe, North Korea and Cuba ranked lower. Chavez’s government also seized TV stations, numerous banks, the assets of 60 oil service companies, 32 sugar plantations, and foreign-owned cement plants, that refused to be nationalized. All privately held oil production was effectively nationalized in 2007 as well.

Crime soared. Caracas became one of the most dangerous cities in the world, and Venezuela’s 2009 murder rate topped that of war-torn Iraq, and Mexico’s cartel-inspired carnage. By 2012, Venezuela’s national murder rate was one of the highest in the world. Chronic food shortages and power outages as well mounting debt — leading to a 33 percent currency devaluation last month, Venezuela’s fifth in a decade — has turned the nation into one of the Western Hemisphere’s worst economic basket cases.

None of this should surprise. A year after he won reelection in 2006, Chavez held a constitutional referendum whose chief purpose was the elimination of presidential term-limits. When voters defeated it, he repeated the process a year later and succeeded in eliminating them. He won another term in 2012, after lying and declaring himself cancer free. Two months later, he went back to Cuba. He was never heard from again.

Chavez characterized his repressive regime as “21st-century socialism.” In reality, in bore a striking resemblance to the repressive regime of Fidel Castro, a man he idolized, and whose nation he kept propped up with cheap oil in return for the training of his private army of enforcers, known as the Bolivarian Circles. Chavez’s regime, in turn, has been largely propped up by China, which has subsidized Venezuela with $36 billion in loans that are being repaid in oil, not cash. And as of last September, the state-run oil company in a nation sitting on some of the largest oil reserves in the world is now paying its debt by issuing bonds–aka IOUs.

Thus, despite his bravado, his charisma, and a host of other dubious qualities that endeared him to leftists, Hugo Chavez was little more than a self-aggrandizing authoritarian thug. His grandiose schemes did little to alleviate the country’s economic woes. Yet he leaves behind a hand-picked successor in Vice President Nicolas Maduro, and enough of a political apparatus that the constitutionally mandated election required to take place in 30 days will likely be nothing more than a formality, officially instating Maduro as president.

Henrique Capriles, a charismatic opposition candidate who lost the October election to Chavez, may mount a challenge, but it is unrealistic to expect him to coordinate a viable election campaign in the space of a month in a nation where “Chavistas” have all but eliminated opposition media.

Chavez is dead. Sadly, his legacy is likely to survive.
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Innlegg Vegard Martinsen 07 Mar 2013, 08:24

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The Hollywood Left Mourns Its “Great Hero” Chavez

Tuesday was a dark day for socialist totalitarians everywhere, including among the Hollywood elite. Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez finally succumbed to cancer, and a pair of Hollywood heavyweight supporters mourned him openly and proudly.

“Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had,” declared Sean Penn, Hollywood’s most dictator-loving actor, in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter (THR). Of course, the reason the American people were unaware Chavez was our friend is that he had always made it perfectly clear that he hated us. Undeterred by reality, Penn went on: “And poor people around the world lost a champion.” This would be the “champion” who oversaw one of the world’s most corrupt countries and top drug trafficking sites, and whose capital has the second highest homicide rate of any large city in the world, while he amassed a personal fortune. He left behind a country wrestling with a housing crisis, high inflation, an electricity crisis, and rolling food and goods shortages, all of which were fallout from Chavez’ vision of 21st century socialism.

“I lost a friend I was blessed to have,” Penn continued. “My thoughts are with the family of President Chavez and the people of Venezuela.” If Penn’s thoughts were truly with the people of Venezuela, he would be rejoicing for them, since they are now rid of an arrogant monster, although Chavez’ number two Nicolas Maduro Moros doesn’t promise to be any better. Tragically, “Venezuela and its revolution will endure under the proven leadership of Vice President Maduro,” threatened Penn.

Earlier last year, Penn had joined Chavez at an election rally in Venezuela and touted his good friend’s democratic bona fides: “Who do you know here who’s gone through fourteen of the most transparent elections on the globe and has been elected democratically, as Hugo Chavez?” Apparently Penn is using the word “transparent” here in the same sense that President Obama uses it to describe his own administration.

Another Hollywood America-hater, director Oliver Stone, also expressed his sadness: “I mourn a great hero to the majority of his people and those who struggle throughout the world for a place,” he wrote in his statement to THR. “Hated by the entrenched classes, Hugo Chavez will live forever in history,” says Stone, a member of the entrenched class of Hollywood’s socialism-promoting multi-millionaires, and a man who has made it his mission to ensure that his heroes do indeed live forever by producing an entire miniseries devoted to rewriting history from an anti-American perspective.

Let’s look at some highlights of the career of the man Sean Penn and Oliver Stone call a hero of the people (courtesy of the Freedom Center’s indispensable Discover the Networks resource):

Hugo Chavez, elected president in 1998, was a proud Communist and an enemy of the United States with many links to violent terrorist organizations and totalitarian dictators. He sent members of his private army of enforcers, the Bolivarian Circles, to Cuba for military training in order “to carry out acts of violence through them” when they returned. He imported hundreds of Cuban activists whose objective was “to arm his thousands of civilian supporters.” Chavez is also alleged to have ties to the terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and to have routed weapons and supplies from Cuba through Venezuela to Marxist guerrillas in Colombia.

Chavez was a close friend of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, providing him with cheap oil in exchange for military support and training for his Bolivarian Circles. Chavez also maintained contacts with terrorism-sponsoring nations in the Middle East. In 2001 he signed “cooperation agreements” with Libya, Iraq, and Iran. Former Venezuelan military officials allege that Chavez directly supported Middle Eastern terrorist organizations including al-Qaeda, and he has been directly linked to the Taliban.

In a 2003 article, human rights activist Thor Halvorssen wrote: “A day after the September 11th terrorist attacks, Chavez declared that ‘the United States brought the attacks upon itself for their arrogant imperialist foreign policy.’ Chavez also described the U.S. military response to bin Laden as ‘terrorism,’ claiming that he saw no difference between the invasion of Afghanistan and the Sept 11th terrorist attacks.”

In the summer of 2006, Chavez embarked on a six-week trip to a dozen countries. As the Capital Research Center summarizes:

Venezuela’s president… met with Vladimir Putin and purchased $3 billion in Russian arms, including fighter jets, military helicopters, and 100,000 Kalashnikov rifles. He also visited Iran, where he voiced support for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran-financed Hezbollah, the Lebanese terrorist group; Vietnam, where he fondly reminisced about its struggle against the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s; Cuba, where he held hands with an ailing Fidel Castro who sent thousands of Cuban doctors and teachers to Venezuela in exchange for oil at much-reduced rates; China, where he struck yet more deals; and Syria, where he promised another strategic alliance to free the world of U.S. domination.

Iranian President Ahmadinejad awarded Chavez Iran’s highest state honor, the Islamic Republic Medal, for supporting Tehran in its nuclear ambitions. Chavez used the occasion to say, “Let’s save the human race, let’s finish off the U.S. empire. This [task] must be assumed with strength by the majority of the peoples of the world.”

Unsurprisingly, Chavez was also no friend to Israel. He condemned the tiny democracy for what he called the “terrorism” and “madness” of its attacks in Lebanon, referred to Israel as one of America’s “imperialistic instruments,” and accused it of doing to the Palestinians “what Hitler did to the Jews.”

In a speech before the United Nations General Assembly, Chavez called the U.S. “the greatest threat looming over our planet,” a nation whose “hegemonic pretensions … are placing at risk the very survival of the human species”; he referred to President Bush as “the Devil,” an aspiring “world dictator,” and the “spokesman of imperialism”; and he asserted that “[t]he government of the United States doesn’t want peace,” but rather “wants to exploit its system of exploitation, of pillage, of hegemony through war.”

At the Copenhagen climate summit in December 2009, socialist Chavez said: “Capitalism is a destructive model that is eradicating life, that threatens to put a definitive end to the human species.”

Chavez left behind a family fortune estimated at over $2 billion dollars, one that rivaled that of the Castro brothers of impoverished Cuba. This is always the way of socialism – the powerful at the top, who profess to champion the poor, live like kings while the powerless wait in bread lines. This is the man that the Hollywood radical left – who also live like kings – mourn.
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