Venezuela under Chavez

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Reuters, August 1, 2011: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Monday read excerpts of a letter sent to him by Libya's Muammar Gaddafi expressing gratitude for strong support during the NATO-backed rebellion against his government. "You know the magnitude of the conspiracy against my country," Chavez read from the letter. "Your criteria has been clear and explicit, we hope to continue with the strength of that support." Chavez only read parts of the message, which was handed to his foreign minister in Caracas by Libyan Finance Minister Abdulhafid Zlitni. It was not immediately clear why such a high-level official had delivered the letter. "Long live Muammar Gaddafi," Chavez said in a televised address before lashing out at Western powers for recognizing the rebel National Transition Council - Gaddafi thanks Chavez for support

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The Wall Street Journal, August 17, 2011: Venezuela plans to transfer billions of dollars in cash reserves from abroad to banks in Russia, China and Brazil and tons of gold from European banks to its central bank vaults, according to documents reviewed Tuesday by The Wall Street Journal. The planned moves would include transferring $6.3 billion in cash reserves, most of which Venezuela now keeps in banks such as the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, and Barclays Bank in London to unnamed Russian, Chinese and Brazilian banks, one document said. Venezuela also plans to move 211 tons of gold it keeps abroad and values at $11 billion to the vaults of the Venezuelan Central Bank in Caracas where the government keeps its remaining 154 tons of bullion, the document says - Venezuela Plans to Move Reserve Funds

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Reuters, September 5, 2011: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is making a new drive to put his socialist revolution on wheels. The fiery critic of capitalism is promoting a government-led joint venture with a Chinese automaker that he says will offer cheaper cars to Venezuelans and promote socialist principles on the factory floor. "This is the revolution advancing," Chavez said. "These quality, good-looking and cheap cars are coming to Venezuela. Only under socialism is this possible" - Chavez touts new "socialist" cars for Venezuela

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury, September 8, 2011: The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of four Venezuelan government officials pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for acting for or on behalf of the narco-terrorist organization the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), often in direct support of its narcotics and arms trafficking activities. “Today’s action exposes four Venezuelan government officials as key facilitators of arms, security, training and other assistance in support of the FARC’s operations in Venezuela,” said OFAC Director Adam Szubin - Treasury Designates Four Venezuelan Officials for Providing Arms and Security to the FARC

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The Wall Street Journal, September 13, 2011: President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela has taken steps to pull out of the global forum most used to settle investor disputes, where Caracas faces more than $40 billion in claims for nationalized properties - Chávez Takes Steps to Exit Global Forum

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The Washington Post, September 15, 2011: Venezuela’s government is providing support to the Venezuelan convict known as Carlos the Jackal in a French prison, the country’s foreign minister said Wednesday. Carlos, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, is serving a life sentence for the 1975 murders of two French secret agents and an alleged informer. He gained notoriety as the Cold War-era mastermind of deadly bombings, killings and hostage dramas. Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said on state television that Venezuelan authorities make “permanent contacts to support” the Venezuelan - Foreign minister says Venezuela providing support to Carlos the Jackal in French prison
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Worldcrunch, September 20, 2011: Legal and political eyes across the Americas are turned to Venezuela, where President Hugo Chávez must decide whether to respect a decision by the Inter-American Human Rights Court (CIDH) and allow a major opposition figure to run against him next year. The CIDH ruled last Friday that the Chávez government violated the political rights of a top presidential contenderLeopoldo Lópezwhen it prevented him from holding office two years ago. The Costa Rica-based court ordered Venezuela’s electoral council (CNE) not to block any efforts by López should he want to run in future elections. The Venezuelan opposition is celebrating the ruling as an unprecedented legal victory. Venezuela’s Supreme Court will have the final say-so because “we are a free and sovereign nation,” Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro said - Does Venezuela’s Chávez Finally Have A Real Challenger?
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Reuters, September 23, 2011: 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. One even keeps hold of his gun as he plays soccer on a five-a-side court within the prison walls. "If the guards mess with us, we shoot them," said one prisoner, who arrived at La Planta in Caracas three years ago and asked to be identified just as Pedro. 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. The country's 34 prisons house nearly 50,000 people, but were built for under a third of that, say local rights groups - Venezuela inmates wield machineguns, smoke cannabis

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Re: Venezuela under Chavez

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The Miami Herald, September 24, 2011: A Venezuelan opposition leader launched his presidential campaign Saturday, challenging President Hugo Chavez to accept him in the race after a human rights court overturned a ban on his candidacy. Leopoldo Lopez said in a speech to thousands of supporters that Chavez shouldn't try to prevent him from running. "Since 2008, he's been looking for a mechanism to remove me from the political game," Lopez said. "Mr. President, I ask myself: ... Are you afraid of me?" - Chavez foe launches presidential bid in Venezuela
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The Seattle Times, October 1, 2011: "I don't have any problems firing everyone I need to fire," Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez 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. But with the company under the president's tight control, production has swiftly fallen and Venezuela has slipped from the world's fifth-largest oil exporter to the 11th. The oilmen who were banished have taken their experience drilling for Venezuela's tarlike oil to countries as varied as Iraq, Nigeria and Canada. But the presence of Venezuelan petro-scientists has been most vital in neighboring Colombia, where they have helped oil companies sharply increase the production of crude, much of which is exported to the United States. "Chávez has been a huge help for the petroleum industry in Colombia," said Humberto Calderon, a former Venezuelan mining minister who now runs Vetra Energy in southern Colombia - Venezuelan oilmen behind Colombia's boom
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American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, October 9, 2011: Over the last several years Hezbollah and its patrons in Iran have greatly expanded their operations in Latin America to the detriment of inter-American security and US strategic interests. Today, Hezbollah is using the Western Hemisphere as a staging ground, fundraising center, and operational base to wage asymmetric warfare against the United States. Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez and other anti-American governments in the region have facilitated this expansion by rolling out the welcome mats for Hezbollah and Iran - The Mounting Hezbollah Threat in Latin America
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Financial Times, October 19, 2011: In Venezuela’s perpetually politically charged climate, it is easy to find those willing to bash the government. This popular pastime of Venezuela’s chattering classes was given more ammunition to work with this week after an opposition television network was fined $2.1m and the Supreme Court ruled that a popular politician is able to run for president but not hold office if he wins - Chávez’s TV wars
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    Herald Sun, October 21, 2011: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez expressed anger over the death of Muammar Gaddafi, calling it an "outrage" and saying the ousted Libyan strongman was a "martyr". "Sadly the death of Gaddafi has been confirmed," said Chavez, who had just returned to Venezuela from cancer treatment in Cuba. "They assassinated him. It is another outrage," the Venezuelan leader told reporters in the town of La Grita. "We shall remember Gaddafi our whole lives as a great fighter, a revolutionary and a martyr," he said. Chavez had defended Gaddafi since the start of the uprising against the Libyan leader's regime in February, and accused NATO of using the conflict to gain control over Libya's oil - Venezuela's Hugo Chavez says Muammar Gaddafi's death is an outrage
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news24, November 8, 2011: President Hugo Chavez on Monday described leftist Venezuelan militant Carlos the Jackal, on trial for deadly attacks in 1980s France, a "worthy heir of the greatest [leftist] struggles". "Independently of what he has been accused of, 'Carlos' during that era was a worthy heir of the greatest struggles that emerged from here on behalf of the people, and popular justice," said Chavez, a socialist ex-paratrooper, alluding to Venezuelan support for the Palestinian cause. Chavez, who said he would not comment on the charges against the Venezuelan, also said he ordered Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro to ensure that Carlos' rights are guaranteed as the trial proceeds - Chavez praises Carlos the Jackal

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Bloomberg, November 25, 2011: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s move to expand price controls this week sparked panic purchases by consumers, leading to shortages of everything from coffee to toilet paper. People are buying more than they need to stock their homes and resell the products at a profit in the black market, Food Minister Carlos Osorio said yesterday on state television. The authorities are visiting stores to ensure the availability of regulated products, he said. “I’m buying everything that’s on the price control list that’s going to be regulated,” retired schoolteacher Elena Ramirez, 56, said in an interview at a Dulcinea supermarket in Caracas where she bought 12 packages of toilet paper, each with four rolls. “Everyone is in the same game. It’s madness.” Under regulations that took effect on Nov. 22, the government can fix the price of 15,000 goods in an attempt to slow inflation that reached 26.9 percent in October, the highest in the Western Hemisphere - Chavez Price Caps Spark Panic Buying of Coffee, Toilet Paper in Venezuela
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