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201  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / September 26, election day on: September 25, 2010, 12:38:30 PM
Tomorrow, September 26, is election day in Venezuela. We will be voting for members to the National Assembly, our version of Congress. After difficult and prolonged haggling, the opposition managed to agree on a unity slate. I wonder just effective this will be. In our system, half the candidates are elected by name, just like in the USA but the other half are elected by party list and I have no idea who might be on those lists. These lists could have a very strong dilutive effect on the results. In any case, this is the best chance we have had in a long time to take back the legislative body now controlled entirely by Chavez through his puppets.

The voting process is entirely mechanized and really well organized. We all have a national ID card. Enter your "Cédula" (the ID number) and you'll get all the info about your polling station.

http://votojoven.com/vota/

You don't have a number to enter? Try this one:  22642082

The gentleman is Henry Castellanos Garzón alias "ROMAÑA." He will not  be voting tomorrow because he is dead! He was killed by the Colombian military in the recent raid that killed "Mono Jojoy" the second in command in the narco-terrorist FARC.

El abatido jefe de secuestros del 'Mono Jojoy' era militante del PSUV de Hugo Chávez

These are the Chavez allies!

Denny Schlesinger
 
202  DBMA Espanol / Espanol Discussion / El régimen venezolano se encamina a una implosión política y económica on: June 08, 2010, 12:21:37 PM
Diego Arria representante permanente ante la ONU
"El régimen venezolano se encamina a una implosión política y económica"
Luis Carías



(Foto José Félix Lara)

Los escenarios que se vaticinan para los próximos meses indican que el régimen está cercano a una implosión política y económica, situación que se evidencia con la aceleración de "sus arbitrariedades y abusos. Su premura en asaltar a empresas e instituciones, corrobora esta sensación" y el repudio nacional e internacional hacen que la imagen del Primer Mandatario venezolano se desmorone, "su colapso se le nota".

Diego Arria Salicetti, ex embajador de Venezuela (1991-1994) y representante permanente ante la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU), explicó que dicho colapso se siente en la aceleración de la ocupación del régimen cubano, "ni en los sueños más calurientos de Fidel pudo imaginarse que sin disparar un tiro controlaría al país (Venezuela) que en 1963 intentó tomar a la fuerza y que fue rechazado por lo que era una Fuerza Armada Nacional".

Esta situación, que califica de entrega de la soberanía a Cuba representa, a juicio de Arria, un delito de "traición a la Patria". En cualquier otra Nación que disponga de un mínimo nivel de instituciones democráticas, "el Presidente ya estaría destituido y cumpliendo su condena".

El entrevistado para el Foro de los Lunes cree indispensable que los ciudadanos continúen denunciando ante las autoridades judiciales, legislativas, contraloras o electorales las irregularidades o abusos que "comete el régimen".

Sin embargo aclara que esas medidas se emprenden en el entendido de no guardar ni la más mínima esperanza de que se haga justicia o de que los mecanismos actúen de manera eficiente, "pero debemos dejar constancia formal, no sólo para que sean reparados en un futuro lejano los daños causados, sino también para que los que detentan estos poderes sean advertidos de que algún día responderán por sus actos".

El ex presidente del Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU (1992-1993) asegura que para orientar al país hacia el futuro, se debe pasar por una etapa que tal vez le lleve tiempo asumir a los venezolanos, es decir, la reunificación, "sin la cual no hay estabilidad posible".

"Esto implica un esfuerzo de amplitud, tolerancia e inclusión. No debemos perder de vista que los fanáticos del régimen no son para nada representativos del universo venezolano, por lo que me niego a aceptar que podamos ser capaces de destilar tanto odio, desprecio y violencia por los demás", manifiesta Arria, quien destaca que esa vulgaridad encarnada en el Jefe de Estado representa un anti modelo de la identidad venezolana.

Vendados por el petróleo

El ex gobernador del Distrito Federal de Caracas en la mitad de los años 70´ explica en entrevista desde Europa que durante toda la semana estuvo denunciando en Ginebra, Francia y España al Presidente como "un triple coronado olímpico con medallas de oro en materia de desviación de la justicia, violación de derechos humanos y promoción del odio, la violencia y la división de los venezolanos", mientras destaca que los poderes venezolanos perdieron autonomía completamente.

Por ello comenta que durante muchos años, la actitud internacional estuvo sesgada y vendada por el atractivo que ofrece el crudo en el mercado internacional, lo cual impedía ver la realidad política, pero "he quedado estimulado al constatar que esa actitud ha cambiado radicalmente" y se comienza a ver con otros ojos lo que ocurre en Venezuela.

Arria comenzó su carrera política en el primer gobierno de Rafael Caldera (1969-1974) cuando fue nombrado presidente de la Corporación Nacional de Hoteles y Turismo, continuó en la cartera gubernamental con la llegada de Carlos Andrés Pérez en 1973 quien lo nombró gobernador central.

Por su historial político, no duda en afirmar que el mejor promotor para develar la realidad venezolana ha sido el Presidente venezolano con sus propias palabras dirigidas siempre en insultos hacia otros gobernantes. "Nadie se engaña con un régimen que con el pretexto de acabar con los capitalistas, destruye a los trabajadores y los disfraza de rojo". Aseguró que cuando los estudiantes salen a la calle, dichas manifestaciones son vistas en el mundo con atención.

Al estilo de los peores...

La actual situación que vive el país, le ofrece al ex Ministro de Información y Turismo la libertad para compararlo con dos sistemas que, a su juicio, son los ejemplos más cercanos al caso venezolano.

Zimbabue es el ejemplo "del despojo abusivo y arbitrario, de asaltos a fincas. Se promueve el enfrentamiento por parte de Robert Gabriel Mugabe contra los blancos creando una modalidad perversa de apartheid".

El otro caso es el de Milosevic en la antigua Yugoslavia que según relata estuvo marcada por el fanatismo y el odio hacia los disidentes, lo cual llevó a su líder al Tribunal Penal Internacional y ver al Jefe de Estado "aplaudir y estimular a niños del país a que se apropien de lo ajeno y a saquear, es un delito por el que deberá pagar", en referencia a lo ocurrido en su finca La Carolina en semanas pasadas.

Al parecer del ex candidato independiente a la Presidencia de Venezuela en 1978 cuando llegó en cuarto lugar, el video de 300 niños en una piscina por órdenes del Mandatario dejó escandalizados a todos los representantes internacionales y es una de las pruebas en su contra.

Lento pero seguro

La justicia internacional podrá no ser veloz, pero no perdona-según afirma- al tiempo que expone como algunos ejemplos -además de Slobodan Milosevic, quien murió durante su juicio- el de Charles Taylor en Sierra Leona, sometido actualmente a juicio en La Haya (Holanda) y Jean Kambanda, ex Primer Ministro de Rwanda durante el genocidio que le costó la condena a cadena perpetua.

También de Rwanda fueron condenados a cadena perpetua dos comunicadores sociales de Radio Mil Colinas por haber incitado al odio y la violencia, y Al Bashir de Sudán en juicio iniciado por la Corte Penal Internacional.

Con respecto al presidente Chávez dice que el expediente que viene acumulando al "envenenar" el alma nacional no necesitará recoger pruebas, pues ya es "un candidato natural de la justicia internacional" y se inhibió al utilizar la metáfora de "la espada de la justicia", pues actualmente es investigado por la Asamblea Nacional (AN) por emplearla durante su participación en un programa de televisión.

Sin embargo señala que la semana pasada, el Primer Mandatario se refirió al ex presidente de Pdval, Luis Enrique Pulido al indicar que "enfrentará la afilada espada de la justicia" y por tal frase "ya yo estaría preso".

¿Qué poderes?

El fundador del antiguo Diario de Caracas está seguro de que restablecer la paz en el país será imposible mientras continúe el actual Jefe de Estado en el poder. "Cada día se muestra más grosero y violento, destruyendo la base social y económica del país, despreciando al 70% de la población que lo adversa".

Eso sólo ocurrirá cuando los venezolanos en su inmensa plenitud vuelvan cara de la "cubanización que enfrenta el país" y decidan tener un mejor futuro, "muchos no saben que durante la guerra de independencia que se selló en Carabobo. España no tuvo más de 20 mil soldados, pero hoy Cuba tiene 60 mil agentes en el país".

El ex secretario asistente general de la ONU y embajador especial se negó a contestar sobre el Poder Judicial en el país, pues a -su juicio- éste no existe como institución para quienes disienten del Gobierno, y excluyó del grupo al Consejo Nacional Electoral convertido en el Ministerio de Propaganda del Gobierno.

Colección de opositores

Con respecto a la oposición política como contraparte o alternativa a lo que sucede en el país, advirtió que aún no se trata de una oposición real, sino de una colección de opositores que pierde la oportunidad de unificar al país constantemente por diatribas. "Recientemente se pudo crear una tarjeta única y con primarias para todos" pero nada de eso sucedió.

Por ello considera que la esperanza no puede basarse sólo en procesos electorales, pues a su juicio con la Ley de Comunas se intentará reemplazar a la Asamblea Nacional por un Parlamento Comunal, lo cual atentaría contra el sistema de elecciones directas, inclusive para designar al Presidente de la República que sería escogido por esa nueva Asamblea.

La salida

"El día que logremos que los venezolanos conozcan cómo han sido engañados y timados por el régimen más corrupto de la historia nacional verán la salida", pues quienes detentan el poder han utilizado las expectativas sociales y las esperanzas ciudadanos para "asaltar el patrimonio nacional".

Pero ello sólo se logrará cuando los ciudadanos creen consciencia ciudadana para progresar y tener un futuro prominente. "Ese día nos reunificaremos".

Arria también niega que lanzará su candidatura para las elecciones presidenciales entre risas tras razonar que la primera vez que lo hizo, "los dos grandes partidos me dieron una paliza, pero desde ese entonces advertía cuál sería su destino y se cumplió".

En aquél entonces, redactó un libro llamado Primero la Gente que también era el eslogan de su campaña política y rezaba entonces que muy pocos países en el mundo reúnen las condiciones que Venezuela tiene: la libertad y los recursos, que si se utilizaban con los criterios adecuados, se llegaría al siglo XXI en un país con prosperidad y estabilidad social "desgraciadamente sufrimos lo contrario".

Otro país

De aquí a 2012 -alerta Arria- el país como se conoce puede dejar de existir por ello nada se puede asegurar, "nunca hemos estado tan cercanos de perder nuestra soberanía que ya es una realidad, sino de perder los pocos espacios de libertades y derechos que nos quedan".

Tal razón, le lleva a aseverar que se debe activar el rescate del país, antes de que sea más tarde, "hemos llegado al momento de prepararnos para acometer la etapa de recuperar la libertad y el futuro que nos espera a todos los venezolanos": la post Chávez.

http://www.el-carabobeno.com/e_pag_flun.aspx

203  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Venezuela on: May 25, 2010, 07:34:49 AM
Who is buying the Venezuelan oil that is financing all this?


Uncle Sam and China. China is buying up resources all over the world as if there is no tomorrow. They need it to keep up the pace of their economic expansion and a bit of Red never did bother them.

From what I gather, with regard to Venezuela the US only seems to be worried about the drug trade and money laundering. The current US administration is ideologically aligned with world wide socialism, they only hit hard at true allies like Israel. Go figure. From the Arizona brouhaha it seems that the administration is more inclined to help your southern neighbors than American citizens.

With Obama in power America's enemies are rejoicing. Look at how Iran is thumbing its nose at America. The North Koreans happily sink a South Korean ship and test-fire missiles. Hamas and Hezbollah build up their rocket arsenals. Brazil and Venezuela have a nuclear deal with Iran. Never has America looked as weak as it does today, not for lack of military power but for lack of will, because the Democratic party is all in favor of UN style world government. You would be right back to taxation without representation.

Come November I hope you guys start  "kicking out the bums."

Denny Schlesinger
 
204  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / In Focus: Venezuela Militia on: May 22, 2010, 08:53:08 PM
Maybe it's this that has me depressed...


In Focus: Venezuela Militia
Posted May 10, 2010

A 54-year-old housewife fires a machine gun for the first time, lets loose a thunderous burst of gunfire and beams with satisfaction. A boot camp instructor shouts, “Kill those gringos!”

Thousands of civilian volunteers in olive-green fatigues train at a Venezuelan army base, where they learn to crawl under barbed wire, fire assault rifles and stalk enemies in combat. Known as the Bolivarian Militia, this spirited group of mostly working-class men and women – from students to retirees – are united by their militant support for President Hugo Chavez and their willingness to defend his government.

Chavez has repeatedly warned of potential threats: the United States, U.S.-allied Colombia and the Venezuelan “oligarchy,” as he labels opponents. He has called on recruits to be ready to lay down their lives if necessary to battle “any threat, foreign or domestic,” even though Venezuela has never fought a war against another nation.

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The militia "is a personal army, a Praetorian Guard," said retired Rear Adm. Elias Buchszer, a Chavez opponent. He said despite Chavez's talk about repelling a U.S. invasion, the militia is really aimed at maintaining control, keeping him in power, and "making the country fear that if anything is done the militiamen are going to come out." A member of Venezuela's Bolivarian Militia takes cover during military training in Charallave, Venezuela. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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A member of Venezuela's Bolivarian Militia points her rifle during firing practice at a shooting range in Charallave, Venezuela. President Hugo Chavez has made a priority of building up the militia and has repeatedly warned of multiple potential threats: the United States, U.S.-allied Colombia and the Venezuelan "oligarchy," as he labels opponents. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Members of Venezuela's Bolivarian Militia march during military training in Charallave, Venezuela. The militia is a practical tool for Chavez to engage his supporters, rally nationalist fervor and intimidate any opponents who might consider another coup like the one he survived in 2002. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Most seem gung-ho for marching in the sun and getting their uniforms sweaty and dirty. Some cover their faces with black dust from the charred earth left by forest fires. They also enjoy the camaraderie, saying they spent one night hiking and watching a Chinese film. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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A member of Venezuela's Bolivarian Militia puts on lip stick before a swearing in ceremony led by Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Caracas. Members of the volunteer force range from the unemployed to electricians, bankers and social workers. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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As part of the training, members line up at a firing range aiming decades-old, Belgian-made FAL rifles at red bull's-eyes on paper targets 80 yards away. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Instructors, including both experienced militia troops and army officers, say one objective is to ready the militia for a war of resistance against an occupying force. They allude to insurgents battling U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Venezuela's Bolivarian Militia shouts slogans in support of President Hugo Chavez prior to their swearing in ceremony led by Chavez in Caracas. "We aren't here because anyone forced us to be. We're here because we're patriots," said Maria Henriquez, an unemployed 44-year-old who emerged covered with dust after crawling through a trench under barbed wire. As for Chavez, she said, "We'd give our lives for him." (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Venezuela's Bolivarian Militia gather in the dust after firing an anti-tank canon during military training in Charallave, Venezuela. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Members of Venezuela's Bolivarian Militia run during military training in Charallave, Venezuela. President Hugo Chavez has made a priority of building up the militia and has repeatedly warned of multiple potential threats: the United States, U.S.-allied Colombia and the Venezuelan "oligarchy," as he labels opponents. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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The militia practice reacting to an ambush in the forest, camouflaged with mud-smeared faces and with dry grass stuck in the collars of their uniforms. They crouch for cover behind a pig pen and fire blanks into an abandoned building in a mock raid on hostage-takers. Spent shells clink onto the concrete as shots echo through the building, and one man shouts "all clear!" (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Members of Venezuela's Bolivarian Militia celebrate after an artillery exercise during military training in Charallave, Venezuela. Some who belong to the militia say Venezuelans have nothing to fear, that their only purpose is to protect the country and that their guns are locked away in military depots when not in use. They also carry out missions including standing guard at state-run markets, and say they would be prepared to respond in earthquakes or other disasters. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez salutes members of his Bolivarian Militia in Bolivar Avenue shortly before the group's swearing in ceremony in Caracas. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Members of Venezuela's Bolivarian Militia shout in Spanish "Yes I swear" prior to their swearing in ceremony on Militia Day in Caracas. One of the militia's guiding principles is constantly drilled into the group as they salute in unison shouting: "Socialist homeland or death! We will be victorious!" (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)


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205  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Venezuela on: May 22, 2010, 04:54:44 PM
Denny:

At some point one suspects that the laws of gravity and of supply and demand will re-assert themselves.  What do you think happens then?

Crafty:

I live two blocks from where I grew up. I used to walk to school. Yesterday I retraced my boyhood walk. It used to be a nice neighborhood. Now it's a bit run down and the sidewalks are now an open market. I bought some fruit and vegetables. The stalls are manned by urban poor. They don't look any different from what they looked like years ago except that you see many more red shirts. They are just as polite as ever, as if nothing were happening in Venezuela. Of course, I did not talk politics with anyone so I don't know what they might be thinking. My impression is that these people were doing what people all over the world do. They were busy surviving.

When I go on Twitter I think I'm meeting mostly middle class folks and so called political leaders. The Venezuelans on Twitter are bitterly opposed to Chavez. It's as if I lived in two different countries, the anti Chavez middle class and the urban poor who don't have time for politics, who are too busy surviving.

What happens when we run out of supplies? People will go on surviving as best they can because that's the only alternative. In Thailand, when the government finally had its fill of demonstrators, they used live ammo on their own people. 80 or 100 dead? Who cares. Bury them and life goes on. It seems to me that in many places life is not as sacred as it might be in America. Remember Stalin or Mao, how many million did they kill? I don't mention Hitler because he was not killing his own like Stalin or Mao did.

What I do believe is that dictators can only be removed by force. In Thailand the opposition didn't have enough force, they didn't manage to win the military to their side as the people of Rumania did to get rid of Nicolae Ceauşescu. In Venezuela, Perez Jimenez fled when the military stages a coup, a counter revolution. Most dictators die in bed of old age. The only thing they cannot do is go soft. That is the end for a dictator.

Chavez is now 55. If he lives to 80...

Denny Schlesinger
 
206  DBMA Espanol / Espanol Discussion / Chavez decomisa 120 tonelads de alimentos de Polar on: May 20, 2010, 04:33:06 PM
Se ve que el gobierno está desesperado porque ya no tiene el poder de compra de aliments y le robó 120 toneladas a las Empresas Polar.


GNB decomisó 120 toneladas de alimentos de Polar

El comandante del Comando regional número 4, general Luis Bohorquez Soto, dijo que la mercancía se colocará en la red Mercal e Hipermercados Bicentenario. .

03:48 PM Caracas.- Efectivos de la Guardia Nacional Bolivariana (GNB) decomisaron este jueves 120 toneladas de alimentos de la cesta básica acaparados en galpones de Empresas Polar en Barquisimeto, estado Lara, informó el comandante del Comando regional número 4, general Luis Bohorquez Soto.

Señaló que en las instalaciones supervisadas se encontraron inconsistencias con el inventario, pues "las cantidades que ellos reflejaban ante las autoridades del Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Alimentación no corresponden con el inventario existente en el local".

De las 120 toneladas de alimentos, 91 son de harina de trigo, 12 de mantequilla, cinco de arroz y siete de mayonesa, así como 25 mil litros de aceite, indicó Bohorquez, según ABN.

En estos momentos, la mercancía se encuentra retenida de forma preventiva por la GNB y luego se colocará en la red Mercados de Alimentos (Mercal) e Hipermercados Bicentenario para garantizar que los alimentos lleguen al pueblo venezolano.

Este procedimiento forma parte de la lucha frontal que adelanta el Gobierno Nacional contra el acaparamiento y la especulación.


http://www.eluniversal.com.ve/2010/05/20/eco_ava_gnb-decomiso-120-ton_20A3895661.shtml

207  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Venezuela on: May 18, 2010, 07:26:12 AM
Denny:

At some point one suspects that the laws of gravity and of supply and demand will re-assert themselves.  What do you think happens then?

Rationing
Violent protest

But  Cubans have lived under Castro's dictatorship for over 50 years and I don't know how long North Korea has been going on.  Most dictators die of old age in their own bed. As long as a totalitarian regime is ruthless it can hold on forever. Only the weak fail.

People hate me for saying this but: All rights derive from the use or the threat of the use of force. Americans didn't get their freedom with a ballot box, it took a revolution and a war of independence. This is essentially what Diego Arria has been saying and it cost him his farm.

Denny Schlesinger
 
208  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Hugo Chavez's Expropriation Binge on: May 17, 2010, 07:24:40 PM
Hugo Chavez's Expropriation Binge

Posted 07:06 PM ET



It was everybody into the pool after Hugo Chavez took over the ranch of a former U.N. Security Council president who's been critical of the dictator.



Socialism: After 12 years in power and $960 billion in oil earnings, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is down to stealing private swimming pools to bring the good life to Venezuela's "poor." It's a new milestone on his road to ruin.

Acting like Robert Mugabe on cocaine, Venezuela's dictator went on a shopping spree over the weekend, confiscating one farm and industry after another.

First, a flour factory run by Mexican multinational Gruma was plundered, followed by the nationalization of a bauxite unit of U.S.-based NorPro. After that, a steel subsidiary of Luxembourg-based Tenaris called Matesi was taken, along with a group of transport companies.

Unsated, Chavez then announced — via Twitter — the takeover of the private University of Santa Ines in Barinas state. And for good measure, he launched new exchange controls, another form of expropriation.

One taking stood out, however — a 370-acre ranch in Yaracuy state that grows oranges and coffee and raises cattle with 38 shareholding farm workers. The scenic property on an otherwise desolate stretch of highway is owned by Diego Arria, Venezuela's former president of the U.N. Security Council. It's been in his family since 1852.

Arria had spoken out against Chavez, so Chavez got personal. "If he wants to farm now, he will have to topple Chavez, because this now belongs to the revolution," El Presidente pronounced.

Arria told IBD he's been pressured for two years with acts of vandalism and the kidnapping of farmhands. A month ago, Chavista Ministry of Culture operatives approached him in Norway, demanding that he quit criticizing the Chavez regime. If he didn't "play ball," he'd lose the ranch, Arria was warned. "But I never negotiate with thugs," he said.

Chavez's red-shirts finally acted over the weekend, opening the farm to "the masses" in a show of class warfare. Chavista leaders from the National Institute of Lands headed first to Arria's living quarters, rolling over his bed, pawing through his wife's clothing and desecrating a chapel dedicated to the Arrias' late daughter.

For their big photo spectacular, they hauled in 300 or 400 children to swim in Arria's swimming pool, ride the ranch horses and tour the main house — encouraging the kids to take "souvenirs." Chavez said it was all proof he was "socializing happiness."

In reality, the attack on Arria's farm was proof of Chavez's own failures. Unable to create any prosperity, even after 12 years in power and a trillion dollars in oil cash, Chavez still resorts to crude medieval plunder to bring any spoils to his supporters.

It would be logical to think Venezuela's oil earnings would be sufficient to build swimming pools for the children of Yaracuy. But Chavez's destruction of property rights and rule of law from these confiscations — now numbering 500 or so, have ended any prospect of prosperity coming to the country's poor.

Not a single expropriated property in Venezuela produces what it produced when it was privately owned. In a year Arria's ranch will be a wasteland, and Venezuela will find itself importing even more than the 76% of its food it now imports.

With disrespect for property rights goes disregard for human rights, as the confiscation of the Arria ranch attests.


http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article.aspx?id=534341


209  DBMA Espanol / Espanol Discussion / PROPIETARIOS on: May 17, 2010, 02:11:34 AM
Este artículo lo pone a uno a pansar. Si nadie defiende la propieded ajena nadie defenderá la de uno.



domingo 16 de mayo de 2010
PROPIETARIOS

Uno no puede dejar de preguntarse porqué este régimen puede impunemente confiscar las propiedades de individualidades o de grupos que tienen pleno derecho al disfrute y disposición de sus bienes, sin que la ciudadanía proteste masiva y airadamente por el atraco.

La respuesta hay que buscarla en la reacción de algunos de los trabajadores de las empresas confiscadas y de los estudiantes de universidades privadas amenazadas de intervención. Veamos. Cuando el régimen confiscó a las empresas que le prestaban servicios a la industria petrolera en la Costa Oriental del Lago de Maracaibo, los sindicatos no protestaron porque el régimen había violado el derecho de propiedad de los legítimos dueños de esas empresas ¡No! Protestaron por la perdida de los puestos de trabajo. Todavía hoy, a meses del asalto, sindicatos y trabajadores lo único que reclaman es que PDVSA no los haya incorporado a su nómina.

Recordemos ahora el caso de la Polar en Barquisimeto. La mayoría de los sindicatos y los trabajadores han luchado por sus puestos pero, en más de una ocasión, han aclarado que no están defendiendo ni a la Polar ni a Lorenzo Mendoza (Aunque algunos pocos si lo han hecho) La pregunta es ¿porqué todos no defienden a los legítimos propietarios? ¿Por qué hasta un hombre que ha demostrado cierto coraje como Henry Falcón se siente obligado a decir que no defiende a la Polar? ¿Por qué Chávez cree que insulta a Falcón cuando lo “acusa” de defender a la Polar? Hace poco oí a un estudiante defendiendo a su universidad privada (estatizada vía twitter). Pero, también afirmó que no defendía a los propietarios sino que luchaba por su derecho a estudiar. ¿Por qué un joven se siente obligado a aclarar que no defiende a los propietarios de la universidad donde recibe, por lo que dice, adecuada instrucción?

Parece mentira que en pleno siglo XXI algunos trabajadores y estudiantes consideren a la propiedad privada como algo que no merece ser defendido. Peor aún, algo de lo cual hay que desligarse. Pretender que se puede defender el derecho al trabajo sin defender el de los propietarios es la demostración más palpable del daño moral que nos ha hecho el viejo complejo de la izquierda que demonizó a la propiedad privada. Que ensalzó el rol del Estado. Que le prohibió a los ciudadanos participar directamente en la explotación del petróleo, del hierro, oro y aluminio bajo el nefasto concepto de que esas eran empresas básicas. Una ideología que consagró que lo único nacional era lo que pertenecía al Estado y que convirtió a los propietarios de empresas en carne de cañón para la crítica antes y para la depredación ahora.

Mucho se habla de que debemos convertirnos en un país de propietarios. De acuerdo. Pero ¿con cuales razones vamos a defender lo nuestro si permitimos que se confisque lo ajeno? Además, este régimen no sólo confisca sino que no le da ni a los campesinos ni a los citadinos títulos de propiedad sobre las tierras o sobre las pocas viviendas que les otorga. Les permite el disfrute pero no su disposición. Sin el derecho a disponer, vender o hipotecar no existe propiedad. La incorporación de los más pobres a la sociedad productiva pasa por hacerlos propietarios de lo que hoy usufructan.

Ya es hora de que, como en el caso de la hacienda La Carolina y su propietario Diego Arria, apoyado públicamente por sus empleados, los ciudadanos, sindicatos, trabajadores y empresarios defiendan su propiedad, la de los vecinos, la de los dueños de la pulpería, la de los supermercados, la de los hacendados… y la de la Polar.

alberto_quiros@intercon.net.ve

El Nacional. Publicado por Alberto Quirós Corradi en 09:58

http://quiroscorradi.blogspot.com/2010/05/propietarios_16.html


210  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / 25% for 2nd class citizens. 40% for the military. on: April 25, 2010, 04:53:31 PM
Chavez ordered a 25% across the board salary increase except for the military. They get 40%. Such is XXI Century Socialism. You buy whatever you need, not with your own money but with the country's resources. Venezuela is being run as if it were Chavez's private farm.
211  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Venezuela on: March 01, 2010, 11:24:53 AM
Shell and Creole (EXXON) operated two of the world's largest refineries in Aruba and Curaçao as a way to avoid taxation in the producing country (Venezuela) and in the consuming country (USA). When Venezuela changed it's tax law these tax havens lost their appeal and the refineries were shut down with serious impact on the islands' economies. Eventually PDVSA would reopen one of the refineries as a measure of good will to our neighbor. I seriously doubt if these refineries ever had any value except as tax havens.

Now oil is becoming a weapon and therein lies danger.

Denny Schlesinger
 
212  DBMA Espanol / Espanol Discussion / Humor venezolano on: February 28, 2010, 11:36:42 AM
En una buseta:

"Qué me importa la inteligencia cubana, me arrecha lo bruto que es Chávez"

213  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Cuba's Doctor Abuse on: February 25, 2010, 09:50:50 PM
Cuba's Doctor Abuse

Posted 06:47 PM ET

Health Care: Remember Cuba's vaunted medical missionaries — those who treated the poor abroad for nothing, supposedly out of selfless motives? A lawsuit shows they were nothing but a communist slave racket.

It ought to bear a few lessons for our own country as the role of doctors in the health care debate drags on.

Back in 1963, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro launched a much-praised initiative to share Cuba's medical doctors with the poor around the world. The idea, of course, was to appear to be acting on higher motives than the profit-driven doctors in free societies. It was small scale and propaganda-oriented.

But in 2003, Castro went big, and shipped 20,000 doctors and nurses to Venezuela's jungles and slums to treat the poor, doing the work "selfish" private-sector doctors wouldn't. Hugo Chavez touted this line and the mainstream media followed.

Now the ugly facts are getting out about what that really meant: indentured servitude to pay off the debts of a bankrupt regime.

This week, seven escaped doctors and a nurse filed a 139-page complaint in Miami under the RICO and Alien Tort acts describing just how Cuba's oil-for-doctors deal came to mean slavery.

The Cuban medics were forced to work seven days a week, under 60-patient daily quotas, in crime-riddled places with no freedom of movement. Cuban military guards known as "Committees of Health" acted as slave catchers to ensure they didn't flee.

Doctors earned about $180 a month, a salary so low many had to beg for food and water from Venezuelans until they could escape.

What they endured wasn't just bad conditions common inside Cuba. The doctors were instruments of a money-making racket to benefit the very Castro regime that has ruined Cuba's economy.

"They were told 'your work is more important to Cuba than even its sugar industry,'" their attorney, Leonardo Canton, told IBD.

That's because their labor was tied to an exchange: Castro took 100,000 barrels of oil each day from Venezuela's state oil company in exchange for uncompensated Cuban labor.

Most of the oil was then sold for hard currency, bringing in cash. Cuba also charged Venezuela $30 per patient visit, meaning a $1,000 daily haul per doctor. But the doctors never saw any of it.

In a situation like this, it's pretty obvious that when the state gets involved in medical care — telling doctors whom they can serve, what they can charge and what they can treat — it doesn't take long for slavery to result. The Cuban government has told other doctors, such as surgeon Hilda Molina, that her brain "is the property of the state" as reason to control her travel.

That ought to be lesson to those who seek to reform medical care in the U.S. on the backs of doctors. Free medical care is never free.

http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article.aspx?id=522289


214  DBMA Espanol / Espanol Discussion / Venezuela: Coup d’état a un gobernador opositor on: February 25, 2010, 07:56:59 PM
Venezuela: Coup d’état a un gobernador opositor
Publicado el 25-02-2010 en Actualidad, Noticia, Política y Sociedad, Venezuela | Sin comentario

Cada día el gobierno bolivariano es mas una caricatura de una democracia. Esta vez la “revolución” crea un Consejo Revolucionario de Gobierno paralelo al gobierno elegido por los votos del pueblo, al cual dicen respetar y obedecer.

Y por sí fuera poco para un par de días, el mismísimo presidente amenaza con desconocer a la Comisión Interamericana de los Derechos Humanos de la OEA (CIDH), por escribir un informe que no lo favorece.  Discurso que el presidente aderezó llamando “excremento” al presidente de la CIDH.

¿Manipulaciones para buscar excusas para declarar el estado de excepción y terminar de quitarse el disfraz? O simplemente es la soberbia del “iluminado” de turno que concibe al país como su pequeña hacienda llena de borregos. Que tristeza, como dijo el historiador Mario Briceño Iragorry “Venezuela llegó tarde al siglo XX”, ni hablar de cuando llegaremos al siglo XXI.



César Pérez Vivas asegura que le han dado un golpe de Estado al Táchira
El Universal
jueves 25 de febrero, 2010

 • Instalan consejo revolucionario de gobierno en Táchira

Caracas.- Para el gobernador del estado Táchira, César Pérez Vivas, la instalación de un Consejo Revolucionario de Gobierno “es un golpe de Estado, un claro desconocimiento de la voluntad popular y un acto abiertamente inconstitucional”.

“En la Constitución y las leyes no existe la posibilidad de instalar consejos revolucionarios paralelos al Consejo Legislativo”, dijo Pérez Vivas en entrevista a El Universal.

Se refirió a la decisión que tomó la Sala Electoral del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia de anular las actas de totalización del alcalde del municipio Sucre del estado Zulia y la calificó “de ilegal”.

“Las gobernaciones y alcaldías de oposición, estamos frente a un ataque permanente porque sencillamente no nos alineamos a las directrices del Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela de manera incondicional”, indicó.

Informó que la semana que viene denunciarán ante la Fiscalía General de la República, “el golpe de Estado que se está cometiendo contra el Táchira con la instalación de un Consejo paralelo y luego iremos a la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) y a la Corte Interamericana de los Derechos Humanos (CIDH) para reforzar el informe con esta denuncia”.

Resaltó que luego de ir a todas las instancias nacionales e internacionales enviarán un informe a varios gobiernos de América Latina para “informar de la conducta autoritaria que tiene el gobierno de Hugo Chávez Frías”.

Alicia De La Rosa


http://felixjtapia.org/blog/2010/02/25/venezuela-coup-detat-a-un-gobernador-opositor/

215  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Chavez rejects report citing rights violations on: February 25, 2010, 05:10:00 PM
In Venezuela there are no human rights and if Chavez has his way, there will be even less.



Chavez rejects report citing rights violations

AP – Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez speaks during a press conference at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, …

By CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 8 mins ago

CARACAS, Venezuela – President Hugo Chavez said Thursday that Venezuela should boycott the Organization of American States' human rights body, saying the panel wrongly accused his government of political repression.

Chavez took issue with a report issued this week by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which cited widespread human rights violations in Venezuela. The socialist leader called the 300-page report "pure garbage" and described the commission's president, Santiago Canton, as "excrement."

"We should prepare to denounce the agreement in which Venezuela joined ... this terrible Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and leave it," Chavez said during a televised address.

Local rights activists applauded the account issued by the rights committee, saying it sheds light on widespread rights abuses.

The report released Wednesday at OAS headquarters in Washington complains of a lack of independence for Venezuela's judiciary, the closing of news media outlets that are critical of the government, and political discrimination and repression under Chavez.

"We don't recognize the commission as an impartial institution," said Gabriela Ramirez, the Venezuelan government's top rights guarantor. Ramirez said the report incorrectly concludes that "the Venezuelan state threatens democracy and human rights."

The report condemned the procedures for appointing and removing judges, saying the regulations "lack the safeguards necessary to prevent other branches of government from undermining the Supreme Court's independence."

Government opponents have long complained that the Supreme Court — whose members are appointed by the predominantly pro-Chavez National Assembly — has been packed with the president's allies, giving him nearly unlimited power. Chavez denies holding sway over justices.

The OAS commission also called attention to an increase in sanctions against news media, singling out the case of Globovision, a television news network that is fiercely critical of Chavez.

Globovision has been repeatedly fined for allegedly violating broadcast regulations, and Chavez has threatened to shutter the network.

"It is of particular concern," the rights commission said, "that in several of these cases, the investigations and administrative procedures began after the highest authorities of the state called on public agencies to take action against Globovision and other media outlets that are independent and critical of the government."

The report strongly condemned what it called "a trend toward the use of criminal charges to punish people exercising their right to demonstrate or protest against government policies," adding that more than 2,200 people have been indicted on criminal charges stemming from their participation in protests in recent years.

Carlos Correa, a leader of the Venezuelan human rights group Espacio Publico, welcomed the report. "It makes the violations that are occurring in Venezuela more visible" and should attract the attention of the international community, he said.

The report carries more weight than statements from independent rights watchdogs, because it "comes from an institution made up of the hemisphere's own states," Correa added.


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100225/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/lt_venezuela_rights_report

216  DBMA Espanol / Espanol Discussion / Chávez anuncia que Venezuela abandonará la CIDH on: February 25, 2010, 04:59:49 PM
En Venezuela no hay derechos humanos y ahora habrá menos aún.


Chávez anuncia que Venezuela abandonará la CIDH

04:48 PM Caracas.- El presidente de la República, Hugo Chávez, anunció hoy que Venezuela saldrá de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) después de que ese organismo denunció la intolerancia política, hostilidad frente a la oposición y la violencia contra sindicalistas, mujeres y campesinos en ese país.

Chávez dijo en conferencia de prensa que vamos a "prepararnos para denunciar el acuerdo a través del cual Venezuela se adscribió, o como se llame a esa nefasta Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos y salirnos de ahí pues. ¨Pa' qué? No vale la pena, es una mafia lo que hay ahí".

El gobernante fustigó duramente el informe que emitió en la víspera la CIDH sobre Venezuela, el cual dijo que "es pura basura" y luego al secretario del organismo interamericano Santiago Cantón lo llamó "excremento puro".

El gobernante sostuvo que la CIDH es un "cuerpo politizado" que es utilizado por "el imperio para agredir" a los gobiernos, destaca AP.

"Esta es la misma comisión que respaldó a Carmona aquí en el 2002, y es la amenaza permanente, el intento de aislarnos, pero ahí están los resultados, Venezuela será sede de la Cumbre de la Comunidad de Estados de Latinoamérica y el Caribe (Celac)", enfatizó.

El presidente de la República reiteró su convicción de que en un futuro cercano la Organización de Estados Americanos desaparecerá.

En su extenso informe Democracia y Derechos Humanos en Venezuela, emitido en la víspera por la CIDH en Washington y difundido por correo electrónico, se denunció "la impunidad en la que se encuentran los casos de violaciones a los derechos humanos".

La CIDH advirtió también la existencia de "un patrón de impunidad en los casos de violencia, que afecta de manera particular a los comunicadores sociales, los defensores de derechos humanos, los sindicalistas, las personas que participan en manifestaciones públicas, las personas privadas de su libertad, los campesinos, los pueblos indígenas y las mujeres".


http://www.eluniversal.com/2010/02/25/pol_ava_chavez-anuncia-que-v_25A3490371.shtml


217  DBMA Espanol / Espanol Discussion / El diálogo Uribe-Chávez -- ¡buenísssimo! on: February 25, 2010, 10:23:37 AM
Una fuente anónima envío hoy a nuestra sala de redacción la transcripción de pelea entre Álvaro Uribe y el Presidente Chávez, a continuación, el texto:

Comienza el almuerzo

Calderón: –¡Disfruten el almuerzo!

Chávez a Evo: –Me pasas la Ketchup.

Evo a Chávez: –La tiene Uribe, comandante.

Chávez a Evo: –Pídesela, que yo no le hablo.¡Es un vasallo del imperio!

Calderón a Chávez: –Hugo, estamos comiendo.

Uribe a todos: –Lo escuché y exijo una disculpa.

Chávez a todos: –No me disculpo. La revolución no se disculpa, ni descansa.

Leonel: –Comamos y buen apetito

Chávez a todos: –Apetito el del imperio (a media voz)

Uribe a Chávez: –No sea cansón, hermano. Tanto hablar del imperio y ¿quieres la Ketchup? Ven y quítamela

Chávez a Uribe: –Te voy a bloquear el postre.

Uribe a Chávez: –Hasta eso me quieres bloquear.

Chávez a Uribe: –A que me paro y te quito la salsa.

Uribe a Chávez: –A que no haces la vuelta.

Chávez a Uribe: –A que sí.

Uribe a Chávez: –A que no. Qué jartera.

Castro a Chávez: –Óyeme tú, Chávez, quédate tranquilo

Voz anónima: –Que nadie se meta. Esto se pone bueno

Chávez a Castro: –Si Fidel me lo pide, me voy.

Castro a Chávez: –Fidel dice que no caigas en la provocación

Chávez a Castro: –¿Seguro?

Castro a Chávez: –Seguro. Te lo pongo.

Fidel a Chávez: –Hugo, no caigas. Es una treta del imperio, ¿no lo ves?

Chávez a Fidel: –How are you, Fidel?

Fidel a Chávez: –No sigas, que esto lo filtrarán los medios de la derecha

Chávez a Fidel: –¿Y cuándo nos vemos, Fidel?

Fidel a Chávez: –Cuelga y véte ya.

Chávez a Fidel: –Ok.

Chávez a todos: –Me voy de aquí.

Uribe a Chávez: –¡Quédese, jetón!

Chávez a Chávez: –¡Vete al carajo!

Uribe a Chávez: –Sea varón.

Chávez a Uribe: –Vamos a arreglar esto afuera.

Uribe a Chávez: –Afuera no, porque los micrófonos están aquí

Chávez a Uribe: –¿Micrófonos?

Uribe a Chávez: –Micrófonos, desde lejos y a través de los micrófonos eres muy hombre.

El mesonero: Cállense.

Colaborador: David González


http://www.elchiguirebipolar.com/2010/02/develan-transcripcion-de-la-pelea.html

218  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Latin America on: January 31, 2010, 12:46:05 PM
Very interesting Capt.  In your opinion, what comes next?



I don't know.

In Latin America we have democracy the military willing. It is not democracy because for one it is contingent on military permission and when they do allow it, it is more party dictatorship than the will of the people. The clearest  sign are the opening words of our Constitution.  Yours says:

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We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence,[1] promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


By contrast, our says

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The Congress of the Republic of Venezuela ... in representation of the Venezuelan people, for whom it invokes the protection of  God Almighty...


The word "bolivariano" is missing because I'm quoting the constitution of 1961, our fourth one. Some countries change constitutions like some women change shoes. But it's not on a whim, the new constitution is always designed to cement the power of whoever happens to be in command. It might have been written in our name but not necessarily expressing our wishes as free people. One of our presidents stated publicly, while in office, that laws were like women, designed to be raped (violadas).

Party dictatorship is further implemented by the way the voting is organized. While some posts are voted on by name half of congress and other legislatures are elected by lists (down from 100% in 1958) giving the parties that make up the lists inordinate power taking away from the ordinary people the right to nominate the people who they think are best. By the time the voting comes around, the travesty has already taken place. Only recently have we come around to using primaries and they are not always used. Anyone who doubts the need and benefits of checks and balances should study Latin American politics. (My preferred system is gridlock so that no party can do too much damage. I'm an anarchist at heart, a right wing anarchist, not a socialist anarchist.)

Our protest and revolutions are also surreal. We protest Monday to Friday but spend the weekend at the beach. Our street protest ended just in time so that people could go and watch the baseball finals. I have heard this story, probably apocryphal:  "Once a revolution was attacking the presidential palace in Buenos Aires from the park across the street. This, of course, created a traffic snarl. Every once in a while the shooting would stop to let the cars go through. Once traffic was relieved, the shooting would continue."

Dictators, for the most part, are long lived, Fidel Castro holds the world's record for longest living dictator. The secret is getting the job early in life because most of them die of old age. Mussolini, Hitler, "Chapita" Trujillo and Saddam Hussein are the exceptions. Back in 2002, when people were optimistic that we would get rid of Chavez soon, I collected information about all the dictators that came to mind and history reveals that they have staying power. Recently I read an article about this issue. The conclusion was that any dictatorship that shows any signs of weakness is doomed but the really cruel ones survive the longest. I have yet to see weakness in Chavez's repression of the people. In addition to the police and the National Guard, Chavez has his personal Círculos Bolivarianos, the modern equivalent to Hitler's Brown Shirts, organized killers.

At one time I believed that the military would not allow a Chavez militia to displace them and there was a push-back but Chavez managed to purge the armed forces and they are now subservient to the Castros of Cuba. They have even adopted the Cuban slogan: "Patria, Socialismo o Muerte." Dying is not what most Venezuelans want to do.

Rómulo Betancourt, the first elected president after the fall of Perez Jimenez, knew that democracy's biggest enemy was the military. To fend them off he devised the "Bozal de Arepa" policy (arepa is the local cornmeal bread)


I'm getting hungry!

The idea was to buy them off. It worked until it stopped working, Chavez had bigger ambitions.

While there are cracks in the Chavista ranks, that does not mean the end of the regime. Dictators usually just purge the dissenters, who are either murdered, jailed, exiled or sidelined in some other way. The military has been taken over by Cuba so I don't see how they would revolt against Chavez any time soon. Peaceful protests do not remove dictators and neither do rigged elections. The National Electoral Council is firmly in Chavez's hands. Besides, the opposition is still fragmented with no true leader. We don't trust the pre-Chavez politicians who we blame for Chavez's ascent to power. The newer generation is not quite mature yet.

Crafty: I'm an optimist but I'm also a realist and the deck is stacked against the people.

Denny Schlesinger
 

219  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Venezuela in the Blogosphere on: January 30, 2010, 10:49:20 PM
This post is quite long and full of pictures so I did not copy it, just took an excerpt.


SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2010
Chavez Removes the Mask: It Will Be Dictatorship or Freedom
 
A Political Meltdown in Venezuela?

Things are heating up in Venezuela in ways we have not seen before.  After revoking the broadcast license for independent television station RCTV in 2007, which removed it from the public airwaves in 2008, Hugo Chavez has now forced Venezuelan cable television services to cease providing the RCTV channel to their subscribers, along with numerous other stations he regards as threatening to his regime. This comes on the heels of his closure of some 150 radio stations who did not offer what he deems to be the proper level of support for his policies. Protests have sprouted up all over the country, though the strongest have been very large student-led demonstrations in Caracas and also in the western state of Merida, as police and national guard units have violently responded to what appears to verge on a mass uprising.  There have been at least two deaths thus far, but the situation threatens to take a turn for the worse, particularly in Merida, where a new phenomenon has emerged within the Venezuelan resistance.



Read the rest at:

http://stjacquesonline.blogspot.com/2010/01/chavez-removes-mask-it-will-be.html

220  DBMA Espanol / Espanol Discussion / Venezuela Sin Esteban on: January 29, 2010, 07:37:47 PM
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Miguel Octavio de El Excremento del Diablo dijo:


Today Tal Cual published it’s usual Friday “Serious Humor” column by Laureano Marquez, which was entitled “Venezuela Sin Esteban. Tonight the Ministry of Information and Communication announced that it would ask the Prosecutor to open an investigation and sanction the newspaper for the Editorial.

In a clear sign that Chavez and his cronies are really getting edgy and thin skinned the Ministry said that:

“The newspaper committed a flagrant violation of the Constitution and the laws, publishing a text which is and agression and a disrespect to Venezuela’s democracy”

“The text is a flagrant invitation to not recognize Constitutional order and an an attempt to incite violence as a way to get rid of the Government by means different than elections…it is an invitation to a coup plan, genocide and terrorist, which is masked with the use of humor. Nevertheless it was published in the fornt page of this newspaper, in a place devoted to Editorials. All of this is added to the permanent criminalization that the coupster media executes against the security agencies of the State, as a strategy to incite violence and incite war”

Over the years I have translated many articles, but I simply find it next to impossible to translate this one. Thus, for those that speak Spanish I have placed it here, not only for your enjoyment, but also because I am sure that at some point the Prosecutor’s office or the corresponding Judge will order Tal Cual to remove the article from it’s web page.

http://devilsexcrement.com/2010/01/29/oh-my-chavezs-or-is-it-estebans-skin-is-getting-really-thin/





Venezuela Sin Esteban por Laureano Marquez en Tal Cual

Enero 30, 2010



Una Venezuela sin Esteban es difícil de imaginar, pero todos los científicos coinciden en señalar que el día en que el Presidente dejará el gobierno está cada vez más cercano y han realizado un documental para History CH en el que relatan cómo será Venezuela cuando el Jefe de Estado ya no esté…

…PRIMER DÍA SIN ESTEBAN: La gente realmente no puede creerlo y comienza a vivir un estado de confusión. Grupos armados pro gobierno (anterior) destruyen lo que queda del país (que afortunadamente era muy poco)…

Algunos ya completamente enloquecidos siguen aplaudiendo en Miraflores y gritando UH AH… Martha Colomina y Miguel Ángel Rodríguez toman la plaza Bolívar con un grupo de motorizados y cercan a Lina Ron… Venevisión se declara antichavista furibunda.

…PRIMER MES SIN ESTEBAN: Algunos todavía no reaccionan, pensando que va a regresar en cualquier momento. La gente comienza a dejar de comprar dólares como locos. El grueso de los militantes del PSUV dicen que nunca se imaginaron que el gobierno hacía las cosas que comienzan a descubrirse y que ellos no sabían… Llega al país ayuda humanitaria…

…SEIS MESES SIN ESTEBAN: …Nicaragua y Cuba reclaman sus mesadas ante la corte de La Haiga.

Llegan los primeros inversionistas. Los diputados chavistas comienzan a notar que las leyes que aprobaron antes son bastante antidemocráticas porque ahora se las aplican a ellos, y contribuyen a cambiarlas. Ya están libres todos los presos políticos juzgados arbitrariamente o detenidos sin juicio. Esteban sigue viviendo en Cuba con la excusa de que sin él “en Venezuela no hay quien viva” y se rebusca cantando en el Tropicana.

…Diez años sin Esteban:
…Comienzan a verse los primeros signos de reactivación económica. Ya hay inversionistas extranjeros que vuelven a confiar. La imagen internacional de Venezuela comienza a mejorar y luego de dos periodos de alternabilidad política sin traumas, la gente vuelve a creer en la solidez de la democracia. Los venezolanos que partieron del país durante el gobierno de Esteban, comienzan a regresar en masa atraídos por esta buena imagen internacional y por la reforma de la seguridad social que garantiza un sistema de salud decente a los ciudadanos. Se consigue nuevamente azúcar en los supermercados.

…Veinte años sin Esteban:
…Muere oficialmente Fidel Castro y Raúl le pide a Esteban que abandone Cuba. Esteban regresa al país. José Vicente Rangel denuncia en su programa dominical las corruptelas de su gobierno y da nombres de los que se enriquecieron, menos uno. El ex presidente hace audición en Venevisión para conducir Sábado Sensacional, que aún a la fecha sigue sin animador, pero el canal le pinta una del tamaño de la colina y denuncia las atrocidades de su gobierno y la repugnante complicidad de algunos. Esteban se dedica a las tierras familiares en Barinas, en medio de constantes protestas de sus trabajadores por mejoras salariales y explotación capitalista.

…Cien años sin Esteban:
…Del final del siglo XX venezolano y los inicios del XXI sólo queda ya un mal recuerdo. Se estudia el periodo como ejemplo de lo que no debe hacerse con un país. Muchos historiadores dicen que Venezuela entró al siglo XXI cuando Esteban dejó el poder. La gente ve con asombro los videos de cómo él se dirigía al país, de cómo trataba a los ciudadanos y a sus propios ministros. Muchos creen que se trata de una broma del programa cómico más antiguo de la televisión venezolana, Radio Rochela, que vuelve a estar nuevamente al aire en señal telepática abierta.

Esta entrada fue publicada el Enero 30, 2010 a 12:52 am

http://exdiablo.com/2010/01/30/venezuela-sin-esteban-por-laureano-marquez-en-tal-cual/



221  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Police Fire Tear Gas At Anti-Chavez Protesters on: January 28, 2010, 06:55:00 PM
Venezuelan Protests: Police Fire Tear Gas At Anti-Chavez Protesters

FABIOLA SANCHEZ | 01/28/10 06:28 PM |

CARACAS, Venezuela — Police fired tear gas to chase off thousands of students demonstrating in the capital Thursday, a fifth day of protests against President Hugo Chavez for pressuring cable and satellite TV providers to drop an opposition channel.

Some of the protesters threw rocks at police in riot gear when officers moved to break up the rally outside the offices of the state-run electricity company.

While charging that the government is trying to curb criticism, the students also used their demonstration to call attention to electricity shortages plaguing much of Venezuela and other pressing domestic problems like double-digit inflation.

University students have taken to the streets daily since Sunday, after government pressure led cable TV services to drop Radio Caracas Television International, which has long been a critic of Chavez's socialist policies.

"We are not going to allow continued shutdowns of media outlets that tell the truth, and we are not going to allow ineptitude and inefficiency to continue," said Nizar El Sakih, a student leader.

Critics of the government say Chavez is responsible for domestic problems ranging from double-digit inflation to violent crime to rolling power blackouts.

The government says RCTV was removed for refusing to comply with a new rule requiring media outlets to televise mandatory programming, including Chavez's speeches.

Chavez accused students of trying to stir up violence as a means of destabilizing his government.

"There are some attempting to set fire to the country," Chavez said in a televised address Thursday. "What are they seeking? Death."

He said unidentified assailants armed with assault rifles shot at National Guard troops Wednesday in the city of Merida, where two soldiers suffered gunshot wounds. A military barracks in the city of Barquisimeto was also attacked, he said.

Chavez vowed to crack down on street demonstrations that turn violent.

"We cannot permit this," he said. "The state and the government must impose authority."

Ten students were accused of fomenting public disorder Thursday in the eastern city of Barcelona – a day after they led protests that ended in clashes with police, Fortunato Herrera, a lawyer representing the students, told the local Globovision TV channel.

Student leader Jonathan Zambrano told Globovision that 22 protesters were arrested in the city of Barinas. The students were released, Zambrano said, after university groups agreed to call off street demonstrations.

Two youths were killed in Merida on Monday – a day after the protests began. Dozens of people have been injured during the week's demonstrations.

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Associated Press Writer Christopher Toothaker contributed to this report.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/28/venezuelan-protests-polic_n_441098.html

222  DBMA Espanol / Espanol Discussion / Imágenes de las protestas estudiantiles de hoy en Caracas on: January 28, 2010, 06:47:31 PM
Imágenes de las protestas estudiantiles de hoy en Caracas


http://www.noticias24.com/actualidad/noticia/141807/imagenes-de-las-protestas-estudiantiles-de-hoy-en-caracas/

223  DBMA Espanol / Espanol Discussion / Se le complica el panorama a Chávez para las elecciones on: January 27, 2010, 04:17:58 PM
ElEspectador.com

26 Ene 2010 - 10:25 pm
Se le complica el panorama a Chávez para las elecciones
Por: Joaquim Ibarz

El cierre de RCTV, la salida de fichas clave del gobierno y la crisis económica y energética alimentan manifestaciones populares.



Foto: EFE

La policía venezolana se enfrentó a estudiantes que protestaban por el cierre de RCTV. 

En medio de crecientes marchas de protesta de los estudiantiles venezolanos, que ya han ocasionado la muerte de dos jóvenes en Mérida, renunció el vicepresidente Ramón Carrizález (uno de los dirigentes más cercanos al presidente Hugo Chávez) y su esposa, Yubirí Ortega, ministra de Ambiente. Un escueto comunicado oficializó la decisión de los ministros sin dar mayor explicación. Pero según el diario El Nacional, de Caracas, la renuncia se originó por discrepancias de Carrizález con Diosdado Cabello, ministro responsable del cierre de RCTV.

Carrizález era partidario de no clausurar el canal de manera inmediata. Cabello apoyaba la vía de actuar con todo el rigor y la fuerza que, en su opinión, le otorgan las leyes. El respaldo de Chávez al cierre habría originado la dimisión, que representa un nuevo revés para Hugo Chávez, quien enfrenta un complicado panorama para las elecciones legislativas de septiembre ante el creciente descontento de la población por la devaluación del bolívar, los cortes en el agua y la electricidad, y altos índices de criminalidad.

Para rematar, el director del Banco Central de Venezuela, Eugenio Vásquez Orellana, renunció también a su cargo. El anuncio se conoció un día después de que su padrino político, Ramón Carrizález, dimitiera aduciendo motivos personales.

El malestar de los venezolanos está creciendo, como una mancha de aceite, las protestas estudiantiles se extienden por todo el país en defensa de la libertad de expresión. El movimiento estudiantil volvió a salir a las calles en varios puntos de Caracas y otras ciudades para protestar por el cierre del canal RCTV. Pese a que han sido reprimidos con gases lacrimógenos, miles de estudiantes se concentraron de nuevo en Chacaíto, punto neurálgico de la capital venezolana, para marchar con pancartas y carteles. El poderoso movimiento estudiantil, que en 2007 fue determinante para que Chávez perdiera el referendo para poder reelegirse, se está reorganizando.

Ayer celebró asambleas en todas las universidades del país para definir las acciones que seguirán en los próximos días y continuar las protestas en contra del cierre de RCTV. Roderick Navarro, presidente de la Federación de Centros Universitarios de la Universidad Central (UCV), dijo que todas las universidades de la capital se habían unido a la movilización.

Óscar Lucien, profesor de posgrado en Comunicación Social y responsable de la no gubernamental Ciudadanía Activa, señaló que, “a pesar de los laberintos legales, la lectura es política, no sólo por la línea opositora de RCTV, sino porque el gobierno no logra captar sintonía con las decenas de medios que tiene a su disposición”.

Hacía tiempo que los venezolanos no protestaban de esta manera generalizada. Han hecho sentir su malestar de manera sonora. Incluso, el rechazo se ha sentido fuera del país.

La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos deploró la salida del aire de algunas estaciones de televisión porque “se profundiza el deterioro del derecho a la libertad de expresión en Venezuela”. El cese de RCTV también generó el rechazo del secretario general de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA), José Miguel Insulza; del Departamento de Estado norteamericano; de la cúpula de la Iglesia católica venezolana y de grupos opositores locales.

El ex ministro Teodoro Petkoff escribió en TalCual, diario caraqueño que dirige: “Tendrán que prohibir internet, twitter, los celulares, los SMS y toda la fantástica parafernalia comunicacional de estos tiempos para callar a este pueblo”.

Según Petkoff, “por encima de la vocación totalitaria del régimen, que quisiera una sociedad silenciosa y resignada, lo que reconforta y llena de esperanza es la presencia indomable de un país que no se la cala, que responde y lucha. “Esto nos lo cobramos en septiembre”, dice una voz anónima en algún periódico. Voz del común. Pura sabiduría popular de quien sabe que no por mucho madrugar amanece más temprano y que el juego no se acaba sino cuando se acaba.

Joaquim Ibarz | EL ESPECTADOR


http://www.elespectador.com/impreso/articuloimpreso184269-se-le-complica-el-panorama-chavez-elecciones

224  DBMA Espanol / Espanol Discussion / Mas fotos de las protestas estudiantiles on: January 26, 2010, 09:09:41 AM
Siguen las protestas:

En Guayana hay paro de trasporte y los trajadores no pueden ir a sus labores
Los estudiantes de la Metroplitana tratan de trancar autopista. GN arremete con lagrimógenas.
Mérida militarizada

Mas fotos:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/planetaurbe/sets/72157623160865933/show


225  DBMA Espanol / Espanol Discussion / Fotos de los sucesos de Mérida on: January 26, 2010, 12:15:05 AM
Fotos de los sucesos de Mérida

http://picasaweb.google.com/gcasanova

http://www.twicsy.com/?search=FREEVENEZUELA&sort=date

http://twitcaps.com/search?q=%23merida

226  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Twitter #FreeVenezuela on: January 25, 2010, 11:59:02 PM
To follow the events in Venezuela via Twitter, use the hashtag #FreeVenezuela


227  DBMA Espanol / Espanol Discussion / Twitter #FreeVenezuela on: January 25, 2010, 11:56:18 PM
Para seguir los sucesos via Twitter usen el hashtag #FreeVenezuela

228  DBMA Espanol / Espanol Discussion / Represión brutal a vecinos y estudiantes en Mérida on: January 25, 2010, 11:42:29 PM
Represión brutal a vecinos y estudiantes en Mérida   
    
Los policías cargaron contra quienes expresaban su rechazo al cierre de RCTV Internacional y los constantes apagones, disparando perdigones y lanzando bombas lacrimógenas indiscriminadamente al interior de casas

25 de enero 2010 | 06:26 pm -   
    
Fuertes enfrentamientos se registraron la tarde de este lunes en distintos sectores de la ciudad de Mérida en reclamo a los cortes de energía eléctrica, el cierre de RCTV Internacional y la desatada represión policial contra estudiantes y vecinos.

Las protestas comenzaron desde la mañana cuando estudiantes bloquearon el paso en varias avenidas adyacentes a las facultades para informar sobre el rechazo a la crisis de electricidad y al cierre de RCTV.

Comisiones policiales se hicieron presentes para dispersar a los estudiantes. A la expresión popular de repudio se unieron vecinos de Residencias Cardenal Quintero, Rio Arriba y Los Apamates quienes igualmente fueron objeto de la carga policial.

La protesta se hizo mayor cuando se unieron habitantes de las residencias Las Marías, San José Las Flores, Santo Domingo, Barrios Sucre, El Campito quienes salieron a manifestar por los cortes que se están produciendo desde primeras horas de la mañana.

La dispersión policial fue respondido con una reacción de más comunidades que trancaron la mayoría de calles y avenidas de la capital causando un caos total .

Varios estudiantes y vecinos presentaron lesión causadas por perdigones, centenares de familias asfixiadas pues las bombas lacrimógenas fueron lanzadas indiscriminadamente al interior de casas, mientras que algunas personas se quejaron de haber sido golpeadas por los agentes del orden.

En el Barrio Sucre vecinos masivamente ante la acción de un policía que disparo su escopeta contra la humanidad de un menor que estaban dentro de un vehículo con un familiar, este niño presento una grave lesión en la rodilla. La del los habitantes de esta zona fue retener dos funcionarios del GRIN y pedir la presencia de un Juez para que se inicie las averiguaciones.

Los merideños se mantuvieron en la calle llegada la noche , donde nuevamente se produjo un fuerte cacerolazo y quema de neumáticos y basura en distintos sectores.
 
    
http://www.el-nacional.com/www/site/p_contenido.php?q=nodo/119181/Regiones/Represión-brutal-a-vecinos-y-estudiantes-en-Mérida


229  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Latin America on: January 25, 2010, 10:13:25 PM
Unfortunately the guy is still there. Today a student died from gunshot wounds. Mérida, which is a student state, is in an uprising. Three or four high ranking Chavistas quit the government.

Too much going on tonight in Venezuela to blog without emotions (Mostly Pictures)

Like Yogy said, it ain't over until its over.

230  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Venezuelan vice president resigns on: January 25, 2010, 09:13:40 PM
Venezuelan vice president resigns
Tue, 26 Jan 2010 02:42:07 GMT

Venezuelan Vice President Ramon Carrizalez has left the government, reportedly citing personal reasons.

"The President of the Republic… accepted the resignation that was presented for strictly personal reasons by Vice President Ramon Carrizalez," Communications Minister Blanca Eekhout said in a statement on state television, Reuters reported.

The vice president, who also held the defense ministry portfolio, stepped down from that post as well.

Carrizalez previously served as infrastructure minister and housing minister.

State-backed news network Telesur said Carrizalez's wife, Environment Minister Yuviri Ortega, had also stepped down, but the network claimed there was no link between the decision and any differences she had with the government.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=117051&sectionid=351020704

See also

How Hugo Chavez's revolution crumbled

231  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / How Hugo Chavez's revolution crumbled on: January 25, 2010, 08:22:00 PM
The Washington Post

How Hugo Chavez's revolution crumbled

By Jackson Diehl
Monday, January 25, 2010

While the world has been preoccupied with the crisis in Haiti, Latin America has quietly passed through a tipping point in the ideological conflict that has polarized the region -- and paralyzed U.S. diplomacy -- for most of the past decade.

The result boils down to this: Hugo Chávez's "socialism for the 21st century" has been defeated and is on its way to collapse.

During the past two weeks, just before and after the earthquake outside Port-au-Prince, the following happened: Chávez was forced to devalue the Venezuelan currency, and impose and then revoke massive power cuts in the Venezuelan capital as the country reeled from recession, double-digit inflation and the possible collapse of the national power grid. In Honduras, a seven-month crisis triggered by the attempt of a Chávez client to rupture the constitutional order quietly ended with a deal that will send him into exile even as a democratically elected moderate is sworn in as president.

Last but not least, a presidential election in Chile, the region's most successful economy, produced the first victory by a right-wing candidate since dictator Augusto Pinochet was forced from office two decades ago. Sebastián Piñera, the industrialist and champion of free markets who won, has already done something that no leader from Chile or most other Latin American nations has been willing to do in recent years: stand up to Chávez.

Venezuela is "not a democracy," Piñera said during his campaign. He also said, "Two great models have been shaped in Latin America: One of them led by people like Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, Castro in Cuba and Ortega in Nicaragua. . . . I definitely think the second model is best for Chile. And that's the model we are going to follow: democracy, rule of law, freedom of expression, alternation of power without caudillismo."

Piñera was only stating the obvious -- but it was more than his Socialist predecessor, Michelle Bachelet, or Brazil's Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been willing to say openly. That silence hamstrung the Bush and the Obama administrations, which felt, rightly or wrongly, that they should not be alone in pointing out Chávez's assault on democracy. Piñera has now provided Washington an opportunity to raise its voice about Venezuelan human rights violations.

He has done it at a moment when Chávez is already reeling from diplomatic blows. Honduras is one. Though the country is tiny, the power struggle between its established political elite and Chávez acolyte Manuel Zelaya turned into a regional battle between supporters and opponents of the Chávez left -- with Brazil and other leftist democracies straddling the middle.

The outcome is a victory for the United States, which was virtually the only country that backed the democratic election that broke the impasse. Honduras is the end of Chávez's crusade to export his revolution to other countries. Bolivia and Nicaragua will remain his only sure allies. Brazil's Lula, whose tolerance of Chávez has tarnished his bid to become a global statesman, will leave office at the end of this year; polls show his party's nominee trailing a more conservative candidate.

Haiti only deepens Chávez's hole. As the world watches, the United States is directing a massive humanitarian operation, and Haitians are literally cheering the arrival of U.S. Marines. Chávez has no way to reconcile those images with his central propaganda message to Latin Americans, which is that the United States is an "empire" and an evil force in the region.

Then there is the meltdown Chávez faces at home. Despite the recovery in oil prices, the Venezuelan economy is deep in recession and continues to sink even as the rest of Latin America recovers. Economists guess inflation could rise to 60 percent in the coming months. Meanwhile, due to a drought, the country is threatened with the shutdown of a hydroelectric plant that supplies 70 percent of its electricity. And Chávez's failure to invest in new plants means there is no backup. There is also the crime epidemic -- homicides have tripled since Chávez took office, making Caracas one of the world's most dangerous cities. At a recent baseball game a sign in the crowd read: "3 Strikes-Lights-Water-Insecurity/President You Struck Out."

Chávez's thugs beat up those baseball fans. The man himself is ranting about the U.S. "occupation" of Haiti; his state television even claimed that the U.S. Navy caused the earthquake using a new secret weapon. On Sunday his government ordered cable networks to drop an opposition-minded television channel.

But Chavez's approval ratings are still sinking: They've dropped to below 50 percent in Venezuela and to 34 percent in the rest of the region. The caudillo has survived a lot of bad news before and may well survive this. But the turning point in the battle between authoritarian populism and liberal democracy in Latin America has passed -- and Chávez has lost.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/24/AR2010012402379.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

232  DBMA Espanol / Espanol Discussion / The Washington Post: Se derrumba la revolución de Chávez on: January 25, 2010, 08:17:05 PM
Venezuela está que arde. Los estudiantes están alzados. Hay un joven chavista (tupamaro) de 16 años muerto en Mérida y parece que los tupamaros chavistas están haciendo destrozos en Mérida.

La mayoría de las noticias me llegan por Twitter



The Washington Post: Se derrumba la revolución de Chávez

10:57 AM "El socialismo del siglo XXI de Hugo Chávez ha sido derrotado y va rumbo al colapso", sostiene Jackson Diehl en un artículo publicado el lunes en The Washington Post.

Mientras el mundo se concentraba en la crisis en Haití, América Latina, silenciosamente, "vivió un punto de inflexión en el conflicto ideológico que polarizó la región y que paralizó la diplomacia estadounidense durante la última década", agrega la nota.

Señala el diario estadounidense que durante las últimas dos semanas, justo antes y después del terremoto en Haití, Chávez se vio forzado a devaluar la moneda venezolana, establecer y luego suspender cortes de electricidad masivos en la capital de Venezuela, "mientras el país era golpeado por la recesión, una inflación de dos dígitos y el posible colapso del sistema eléctrico nacional".

En el ámbito internacional, en Honduras, "una crisis de siete meses desencadenada por el intento de un protegido de Chávez (Manuel Zelaya) de romper el orden constitucional terminó silenciosamente", con un acuerdo que le enviará al exilio, mientras un político moderado elegido democráticamente asumirá la presidencia.

Por último, pero no menos importante, en las elecciones presidenciales de Chile, la economía más exitosa de la región, se produjo la primera victoria de un candidato de la derecha desde que el dictador Augusto Pinochet fuera depuesto hace dos décadas. El presidente electo, Sebastián Piñera, un empresario y defensor del libre mercado, ya ha hecho algo que ningún dirigente chileno ni la mayoría de los países latinoamericanos ha estado dispuesto a hacer en los últimos años: confrontar a Chávez.

Venezuela "no es una democracia", dijo Piñera durante su campaña. "Dos grandes modelos se han formado en América Latina: uno está encabezado por gente como Hugo Chávez en Venezuela, (Fidel) Castro en Cuba y (Daniel) Ortega en Nicaragua... Definitivamente, creo que el segundo modelo es mejor para Chile. Y ese es el modelo que vamos a seguir: la democracia, el estado de derecho, la libertad de expresión, la alternabilidad del poder sin el caudillismo", señaló en su momento Piñera, según The Washington Post.

Piñera sólo estaba diciendo lo obvio, pero dijo más de lo que su predecesora socialista, Michelle Bachelet, o el mandatario brasileño Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva ha estado dispuesto a decir abiertamente. Ese silencio maniató los gobiernos de George W. Bush y Barack Obama, quienes sentían, con razón o sin ella, que no debían ser los únicos en señalar el ataque de Chávez contra la democracia. "Piñera ya ha facilitado a Washington una oportunidad para denunciar las violaciones de derechos humanos en Venezuela", agrega el artículo.

Las declaraciones de Piñera se producen en un momento en que "Chávez ya se está recuperando de golpes diplomáticos, siendo Honduras uno de ellos". Si bien Honduras es un país pequeño, la lucha de poder entre la élite política establecida y el acólito Chávez, Manuel Zelaya, se convirtió en una batalla regional entre partidarios y opositores de la izquierda chavista, con Brasil y otras democracias de izquierda en el medio.

"El resultado es una victoria para Estados Unidos, que fue prácticamente el único país que apoyó la elección democrática que puso fin al impasse. Honduras es el final de la cruzada de Chávez para exportar su revolución a otros países. Bolivia y Nicaragua seguirán siendo sus únicos aliados seguros", afirma Diehl.

Lula, cuya tolerancia hacia Chávez ha empañado su intento por convertirse en un estadista de peso mundial, dejará su cargo a finales de este año y el candidato de su partido es superado en las encuestas por un aspirante presidencial más conservador.

La tragedia de Haití no hace más que profundizar el hoyo de Chávez. Frente a los ojos del mundo, Estados Unidos está dirigiendo una operación humanitaria masiva y los haitianos literalmente aclaman la llegada de los infantes de marina estadounidenses. "Chávez no tiene manera de conciliar estas imágenes con el mensaje central de su propaganda a los latinoamericanos, según el cual EEUU es un 'imperio' y una fuerza maligna en la región".

Además, Chávez enfrenta una crisis internamente. A pesar de la recuperación de los precios del petróleo, la economía venezolana atraviesa una profunda recesión y sigue hundiéndose aun cuando el resto de América Latina se recupera. Los economistas estiman que la inflación podría elevarse a 60% en los próximos meses. Mientras tanto, debido a una sequía, Venezuela enfrenta la amenaza de cierre de la central hidroeléctrica que abastece el 70% de la electricidad en el país.

Por otro lado, los venezolanos se enfrentan a la epidemia de la delincuencia: los homicidios se ha triplicado desde que Chávez asumió el poder, lo cual ha convertido Caracas una de las ciudades más peligrosas del mundo.

"Chávez despotrica sobre la 'ocupación' de Haití por parte de EEUU, su televisora estatal incluso afirmó que la Marina estadounidense causó el terremoto con una nueva arma secreta".

Adicionalmente, el 24 de enero, el gobierno venezolano ordenó a las empresas operadores de televisión por cable sacar del aire un canal opositor.

Sin embargo, "los índices de aprobación de Chávez siguen desplomándose: Han descendido a menos de 50% en Venezuela y 34% en el resto de la región. El caudillo ha sobrevivido a muchas malas noticias antes y bien pudiera superar esto. Pero el punto de inflexión en la batalla entre el populismo autoritario y la democracia liberal en América Latina ha pasado y Chávez perdió.


Versión: Maryflor Suárez R.


http://www.eluniversal.com/2010/01/25/pol_ava_the-washington-post:_25A3335935.shtml

233  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: BO's Jefferson vs Wilson on: January 14, 2010, 08:05:13 AM
A nice scholarly interview on the major themes in American foreign policy

http://www.pjtv.com/v/2941


Hamiltonian, Jeffersonian, Wilsonian and Jacksonian are the four idealized foreign policy drivers but then reality gets in the way: "Backyardian."

Eisenhower let the Russian invade Hungary in 1956 but Kennedy did not let them set up missiles in Cuba. Eastern Europe is Russia's back yard while the Caribbean is America's back yard. Those are hard facts on the ground.

Russia let America invade Grenada but did not let America set up missiles in Poland. Just the mirror image of the above Eisenhower/Kennedy policies. Backyardianism at work.

Denny Schlesinger
 
234  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security and American Freedom on: January 11, 2010, 03:11:33 PM
Politically Correct Screening of Terrorists is an Oxymoron!

Denny Schlesinger
 
235  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security and American Freedom on: January 10, 2010, 07:25:41 AM
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Flight 253 jihadist's father "leader of Sharia movement in Nigeria"

In that case why would he report his son to the American authorities? I think you need to think convoluted:

First of all, Islamic leaders don't suicide themselves, they send lower level soldiers to die for their god. They might talk loud about being willing martyrs but they only become martyrs when someone else blows them away. Suicide bombers are disposable assets. The way they breed, it makes sense. Saddam Hussein used to give ten or fifty thousand dollars to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers but he never suicided himself for Allah. As a matter of fact, he was against the Muslim clerics! In the Iran-Iraq war the Iranian Ayatollahs used children as mine sweepers, they were made to roll on the minefields to clear them. Children were of much less value than military equipment and much more fun to replace. The scenes, as you can imagine, were gruesome. Picking up pieces of blown up children is not a pleasant task. To improve things, they wrapped the children in blankets so the bodies would not fly apart as badly. What a bright idea!

So let me get to my point. The crotch bomber's dad probably figured that his son was not expendable as a suicide bomber  but he could not publicly stop him, that would give the game away. One way to save his son was to have him put on the no-fly list. He gets brownie points with the CIA and he saves his son without actually stopping his son from stupidly suiciding himself. That the crotch bomber messed up the job just shows that he was not all that bright. Had he been bright, he would have sent some other poor bastard to blow himself up.

General George Patton is reputed to have said: "A good soldier does not die for his country. He makes sure the other poor bastard dies for his." Islamic leaders know this perfectly, they send disposable assets to the front line making them believe in 72 sex slaves for eternity. For Islam, women are disposable assets as well.

Denny Schlesinger
 
236  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Venezuela on: January 10, 2010, 04:10:39 AM
In Venezuela the situation is getting worse by the day. No water, no electricity, high inflation (over 35% a year since 1984), dropping oil production, scarcity of many food items, VERY HIGH crime rate, kidnappings, a banking scandal with Chavista families at the center. List goes on and on.

Venezuela is and has always been very president centric. The president is seen as the Messiah who solves everything. One would think that by this time Chavez's popularity rating would be nil but the fact is that he has been successful at handing off the blame, left and right, to foreign powers and to "incompetent underlings." It's almost as if he had studied the screen play of 1984 where Big Brother is always cooking up foreign wars to distract the people.

This weekend, rumor has it that the devaluation was done to distract the people from the huge failure in water and electric management. I posted a long piece about the devaluation by Miguel Octavio of "The Devil's Excrement." He seems to have forgotten entirely about the water and electric problem. Attention span from 5 minutes to maybe two or three day!

The Caribbean Sea has been patrolled by the US Coast Guard for decades. Sailors should  be happy because piracy has declined considerably since the patrolling started. Let's not forget that, in the world view, the Caribbean Sea is the American back yard  as much an the Ukraine and Georgia are part of the Russian back yard and Tibet is part of China's back yard. As much as we might dislike this back yard concept, those are the facts on the ground. An expert politician can exploit these things to his personal advantage and Chavez does so masterfully.

Just a few days ago, a Colombian journalist, who sees through the ruse, accused Chavez of confusing Santa's sled with airplanes. And the game goes on.

Denny Schlesinger
 


237  DBMA Espanol / Espanol Discussion / Devaluación on: January 09, 2010, 12:34:08 PM
En Venezuela Hugo Chavez sufre su propio Viernes Rojo y devalua la moneda 63.7%
Enero 9, 2010


Fue el espectaculo de costumbre, una actuación simplemente irresponsable y perversa de Hugo Chávez. El Presidente al que le gusta salir en televisión en cadena para anunciar las cosas más triviales, desde amenazas fantasmas de muerte contra él hasta la entrega de créditos falsos a la gente, simplemente no se atrevió a hacer lo mismo para anunciar una  dramática devaluación que es la consecuencia de su propia políticas irresponsables. E incluso se atrevió a llamar a los controles de cambio de Venezuela en los ultimos años “eficiente”, a pesar de que estaba dando este paso tan dramático y que estos controles de cambio han sido no sólo la fuente de corrupción más grande en la historia del país, sino que también representan un subsidio perverso a la ricos, a través de tarifas preferenciales para sus viajes y la importación de algunos bienes de lujo.

Y como si el antiguo sistema de controles no fuera lo suficientemente malo, Chávez anunció un tipo de cambio del Gobierno dual, triple si se tiene en cuenta la tasa de las permutas, con la devaluación de la tasa oficial de Bs.  2,15 por dólar a Bs.. 2,6 por dólar, una devaluación del 20,9%, que se aplicará sólo a los productos alimenticios, medicamentos, maquinaria y a algunas al extranjero. El resto de las importaciones sufrirá una devaluación del 100% a Bs.. 4,3 por dólar, incluyendo supuestamente dietas, viajes y boletos de avión, aunque esto no fue incluido en el anuncio formal.

Sobre la base de las importaciones  de mercancías del año pasado , esto implica que el 45,9% de las mercancías importadas tendrán un aumento de precios del 20,9%, mientras que el 54,1% tendrá un incremento de los precios del 100%, para un promedio ponderado del 63,7% para el aumento en el precio de todas las importaciones del país. Así, el impacto inflacionario de la devaluación será muy alto, muy superior a la estimación irresponsable del Ministro de Finanzas de que esto sólo representa un aumento del 3-5% para el IPC. Es mi entendimiento de que los técnicos del Ministerio de Hacienda ni siquiera se les pidió calcular el impacto de la devaluación, otra demostración de la naturaleza primitiva de esta administración.

Y como si la devaluación en sí no fue el resultado de las políticas económicas irresponsables de los últimos años, el Gobierno garantiza que ésta será sólo la primera de muchos anuncios similares por venir, ya que anunció que el Banco Central le transferira 7 mil millones dólares de las reservas internacionales del país al Fondo de Desarrollo, Fonden, dejando las reservas en dólares en 28 mil millones, mientras que la liquidez monetaria se encuentra en un record de Bs.. 236 mil millones. Sólo para darle un poco de perspectiva, la última vez que el tipo de cambio oficial fue devaluado en el 2005, el M2 se situaba en 46 mil millones y las reservas internacionales estaban en 24 mil millones dólares. Así, en aquel momento había prácticamente 2 bolívares por dólar de las reservas internacionales con el tipo de cambio oficial en Bs.  2,15 por dólar, mientras que hoy hay BS. 8,42 por dólar, con la menor tasa oficial de Bs. As.. 2.6. (Aunque el promedio ponderado de las importaciones se sitúa en una tasa de Bs. 3,51 por dólar)

Esto es sencillamente insostenible, no se puede aumentar la liquidez monetaria (M2) por un factor de 5, mientras que se mantienen las reservas internacionales constantes y esperar que la inflación baje o el tipo de cambio sea sostenible en los niveles actuales. Las leyes de la economía se puede estirar, pero no infringidas en esta magnitud (o violadas en realidad).

Dado que la inflación iba ya apuntado al 30% en 2010, y si asumimos que el componente de importación de bienes consumidos en Venezuela es casi al 50%, entonces se podría esperar un alza adicional de casi 30% sobre la inflación por la devaluación anunciada. No es un cuadro bonito para el pueblo y el Gobierno. El impacto de la devaluación puede ser ligeramente menor en los pobres cuantitativamente, ya que la mayoría de las importaciones de alimentos se realizan a la tasa más baja, y los pobres gastan más de sus ingresos en alimentos, lo se sentirán menos, aunque sigue siendo un efecto grande.

Hay, por supuesto, una de tercera categoría, el tipo de cambio paralelo o de permuta, que la gente piensa realmente subira el lunes. El Gobierno dijo que va a intervenir en ese mercado y que al Banco Central se le permitirá hacerlo. Con PDVSA vendiendo dólares a Bs.. 4,3, hay una presión menor sobre la empresa petrolera a vender sus dólares en el mercado paralelo. Pero Chávez también dijo algo así como “el Gobierno tendrá el control (o monitoreara?) las importaciones con dólares de los recursos propios de la empresa”. Esto parece sugerir que el Gobierno podría estar planeando limitar las importaciones que no se hacen con los dólares de CADIVI. Sólamente esta confusión inicial sobre el tema puede disminuir la demanda en el mercado de swaps inicialmente. (Sin embargo, la política sería suicida, ya que la escasez se elevaría) Por lo tanto, yo espero una caída al principio y luego la tasa de permuta es probable que aumente, no sólo porque hay más bolívares por ahí y menos dólares, pero debido a que el Gobierno prácticamente aprobó la validez y legalidad de la tasa de permuta como una tercera categoría, cuando dice que el Banco Central va a intervenir, lo que debería dar más confianza a los que aún se muestran reticentes a comprar dólares agresivamente a la tasa de permutas.

Pero además, existe el efecto de la fuerte caída de la demanda inducida por el aumento de  más del 60% incremento en el precio de las importaciones. Durante los primeros meses, esto debe aliviar algo la presión en la tasa de permuta ya que los importadores seran tambien más cautos en cuanto a la importación y la contraccion de los consumidores.

Combinando los efectos de la devaluación con la de la crisis bancaria y los ya altos niveles de inflación y la contracción económica y ahora tendremos una estanflación con esteroides esteroides, y un año político muy difícil para el Gobierno. Hugo Chávez, quien basó su popularidad en el retraso de las implementaciones de políticas realistas en materia económica por los Gobiernos de la Cuarta Republica, ha creado su propio Viernes Rojo. Desafortunadamente, una vez más, atacando las consecuencias y no el origen de los problemas. Peor aún , él está exacerbandolo una vez más por la eliminación de 7 mil millones de dólares de las reservas internacionales.

Si bien es cierto que esto mejora la capacidad de la industria de Venezuela para la exportación, tales exportaciones se redujeron un 50% el año pasado y el impacto inflacionario de la medida en sí puede bloquear cualquier posibilidad de competir. Recordemos que muchos de estos exportadores, tales como el complejo industrial del Gobierno, se ven obligados a vender sus dólares a la tasa oficial, ahora BS. 2,6 por $, mientras soportan los altos niveles de inflación del país.

Por último, el único aspecto positivo que esto genera es que la deuda del país es probable que disfruten de un gran rally en los próximos días, ya que los inversionistas extranjeros consideraran ahora que la capacidad del país para cumplir con sus compromisos internacionales ha mejorado notablemente con la devaluación. Y eso es asi. Con esta devaluación, PDVSA y el Gobierno tendrá mucho más bolívares, lo que alivia la presión sobre los dólares que tiene el Gobierno, así como sobre la necesidad de emitir nueva deuda, lo cual es como música en los oidos de los inversorsionistas extranjeros. La mayoría de los inversionistas consideran la deuda de Venezuela muy atractivo a niveles incluso superiores a éstos, pero es el espectro de que el Gobierno emita nueva deuda constantemente que los ha mantenido alejados de ella en el pasado reciente. Esto alivia mucho esta preocupación, al menos hasta el final del año.

No es  bonito lo que enfrenta el Gobierno, especialmente porque esta es sólo una solución a corto plazo. Una vez más, si los precios del petróleo no suben significativamente, dentro de un año exactamente, podemos ser testigos de un evento similar de un nuevo ajuste a la tasa de cambio. Sorprendentemente, es increíble que estas mismas medidas no se llevaron a cabo en Septiembre para que el repunte inflacionario se sintiera el año pasado y no en 2010, un año electoral. El Gobierno tiene ahora más dinero en sus manos, pero la gente tendrá menos, al final del año habra las mismas distorsiones y las necesidades del Gobierno que habia hace un mes, volverán a estar presente.


http://exdiablo.com/2010/01/09/hugo-chavez-tiene-su-propio-viernes-rojo-y-devalua-la-moneda-63-7/

238  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security and American Freedom on: January 09, 2010, 12:20:14 PM
Actually its a good question.

So why is the enemy so tunnel visioned on ineffective methodology?


The cost of suicide bombers is very low and any payoff is gigantic. Great risk/reward ratio.

Even the failed crotch bomber is costing the west millions if not billions of dollars in body scanners, anti-terror staff, air traffic delays and general inconvenience. Think of the propaganda value of the crotch bomber trial. We send you a low cost Nigerian and it costs you billions. Not a bad deal for the terrorists.

Denny Schlesinger
 
239  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Venezuela: Devaluation on: January 09, 2010, 10:58:16 AM
Hugo Chavez’ has his own economic Red Friday as he devalues the currency 63.7%
January 9, 2010


As usual it was an irresponsible and perverse performance by Hugo Chavez. The President that likes to go on nationwide TV to announce the most trivial things, from phantom death threats against him to handing out fake loans to people, did not dare to do the same  to announce a dramatic devaluation which is a consequence of his own irresponsible policies. But he even dared to call Venezuela’s foreign exchange controls “efficient”, despite the fact that he was taking this dramatic step and that the exchange controls have been not only the biggest corruption racket in the country’s history, but also represented a perverse subsidy to the rich, via preferential rates for travel and the import of some luxury goods.

And as if the old system was not bad enough, Chavez announced a dual Government exchange rate, triple if you take into account the swap rate, devaluing the official rate of Bs. 2.15 per dollar to Bs. 2.6 per dollar, a 20.9% devaluation, which will be applied only to foodstuffs, medicines, machinery and certain remittances abroad. The remainder of imports will suffer a 100% devaluation to Bs. 4.3 per US$, including supposedly travel allowances and airline tickets, although this was not included in the formal announcement.

Based on last year’s imports of goods, this implies that 45.9% of the goods imported will have a price increase of 20.9%, while 54.1% will have a price increase of 100%, for a weighted average of 63.7% for the increase in price of all of the country’s imports. Thus, the inflationary impact of the devaluation will be very high, much higher than the irresponsible estimate by the Minister of Finance that this will only represent a 3-5% increase to the CPI. It is my understanding that technical people in the Ministry of Finance were not even asked to calculate the impact of the devaluation, another demonstration of the primitive nature of this administration.

And as if the devaluation itself was not the result of the irresponsible economic policies of the last few years, the Government guaranteed that this will be only the first of such announcements to come, as it announced that the Central Bank will transfer US$ 7 billion of the country’s international reserves to the development fund Fonden, leaving reserves at US$ 28 billion, while monetary liquidity stands at a record Bs. 236 billion. Just to give you some perspective, the last time the official rate was devalued in 2005, M2 stood at Bs. 46 billion and international reserves were at US$ 24 billion. Thus, at the time there were practically 2 Bolivars per dollar of international reserves with the official rate at Bs. 2.15 to the dollar, while today there are Bs. 8.42 to the dollar with the lowest official rate at Bs. 2.6. (Although the weighted average of imports stands at Bs. 3.51 per dollar)

This is simply unsustainable, you can not increase monetary liquidity (M2) by a factor of 5, while maintaining international reserves constants and expect inflation to go down or the exchange rate to be sustainable at current levels. The laws of economics can be stretched but not violated (or raped really).

Given that inflation was already going to top 30% in 2010 and if we assume that the import component of goods consumed in Venezuela is almost at 50%, then one would expect an additional 30% spike on inflation from the announced devaluation. Not a pretty picture. The impact of the devaluation may be slightly smaller on the poor quantitatively, because since most food imports are done at the lower rate, and the poor spend more of their income on food, they will feel it less, even if still a huge effect.

There is, of course, a third rate, the swap parallel rate, which people think will actually jump on Monday. The Government said it will intervene in that market and that the Central Bank will be allowed to do so. With PDVSA selling dollars at Bs. 4.3, there is less pressure on the oil company to sell dollars in the swap market. But Chavez also said something like “the Government will control (or monitor?) imports with dollars from company’s own resources”. This seems to suggest that the Government may be planning to limit imports that are not made with CADIVI dollars. Just the initial confusion on this issue may actually lower demand in the swap market initially. (But the policy would be suicidal as shortages would soar) Thus, I would epexct a drop at first and then the swap rate is likely to rise, not only because there are more Bolivars out there and less dollars, but because the Government has practically approved the swap rate as a third rate, when it says the Central Bank will intervene, which should give more confidence to those that are still hesitant to buy dollars aggressively at the swap rate.

But additionally, there is the effect of the sharp drop in demand induced by the 60-plus increase in the price of imports. For the first few months, this should relieve some of the pressure in the swap rate as importers are more cautious on how much to import and the consumer contracts.

Combine the effect of the devaluation with that of the banking crisis and the already high levels of inflation and economic contraction and you now have stagflation on steroids and a very difficult political year for the Government. Hugo Chavez who based his popularity on the delay of implementations of realistic economic policies, has met his own Red Friday. Unfortunately, he is once again attacking the consequences and not the origin of the problems. Even worse, he is exacerbating them once again by removing US$ 7 billion from international reserves.

While it is true that this improves the ability of Venezuela’s industry to export, such exports were down 50% last year and the inflationary impact of the measure itself may block any ability to compete. Recall that many of these exporters, like the Government’s industrial complex, are forced to sell their dollars at the official rate, now Bs. 2.6 per $, while enduring the high levels of inflation of the country.

Finally, about the only positive aspect that this creates is that the country’s debt is likely to enjoy a huge rally in the upcoming days, as foreign investors perceive that the ability of the country to fulfill its international commitments has improved dramatically with the devaluation. And it has indeed. With this devaluation, PDVSA and the Government will have much more Bolivars, which relieves the pressure on the dollars the Government has, as well as on the need to issue new debt, which is music to the eras of foreign investors. Most investors find Venezuela’s debt quite attractive at even higher levels than these, but it is the specter of the Government issuing new debt constantly that has kept them away from it in the recent past. This eases this concern, at least until the end of the year.

Not a pretty picture for the Government, particularly because this is only a short term solution. Once again, if oil prices do not go up significantly, a year from now, we may be witnessing a similar performance of a new adjustment to the exchange rate. Amazingly, it is incredible that these same measures were not undertaken in September so that their inflationary spike would have been felt last year and not in 2010, an electoral year. The Government now has more money in its hands, but the people will have less, by the end of the year the same distortions and needs of the Government of a month ago, will once again be present.


http://devilsexcrement.com/2010/01/09/hugo-chavez-has-his-own-economic-red-friday-as-he-devalues-the-currency-63-7/

240  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US Foreign Policy on: January 09, 2010, 10:43:04 AM
Decimating the enemy sounds like a good idea! Making him feel unsafe even at home is just perfect. Al Qaeda: there is no sanctuary!

Denny Schlesinger

241  DBMA Espanol / Espanol Discussion / La Cómica Eléctrica on: January 07, 2010, 01:43:22 PM
Desde hace varios años los expertos han advertido sobre el problema de electricidad por falta de mantenimento. Bueno, aquí está el resultado --  apagones de a diario.  Entre las medidas tomadas por el gobierno ha sido la paralización de la producción de acero y auminio creado desempleo y desabastecimiento. También tuvieron la brillante idea de cortarle la luz a los centros comerciales a las nueve de la noche.

Todo esto es prueba evidente que el socialismo lleva a la pobreza, al desabastecimento y a la escacez.



La Cómica Eléctrica por Teodoro Petkoff
Enero 7, 2010
La Cómica Eléctrica por Teodoro Petkoff en Tal Cual

Así han gobernado durante once años.

Pura improvisación. Tirando flechas sin saber dónde van a caer.

Tanteando. Palos de ciego. Medidas que desafían al sentido común, para luego tener que rectificar apresuradamente. La cómica que pusieron con lo de los centros comerciales ha sido de antología. Pa’lante y pa’trás. Provocaron el déficit de energía eléctrica por pura incompetencia y ahora ni siquiera saben cómo administrar el racionamiento forzoso que es su inevitable consecuencia. Los argumentos para autojustificarse no llegan ni a cínicos por su absoluta estupidez. Primero fue el responsable de la planificación, Giordani, quien no tuvo otra ocurrencia que culpar a los gobiernos anteriores por la falta de inversión en el sector. Cuando cayeron en cuenta de que después de once años (es decir, dos gobiernos anteriores completos más la quinta parte del tercero), daba risa lo de los “gobiernos anteriores” como excusa, cambiaron para “El Niño”. Ahora es el calentamiento global el responsable, el verano, la sequía, el descenso de la masa de agua de Guri.

Pamplinas. La verdad pura y simple es que el país ha tropezado con la incapacidad infinita de Chacumbele y su equipo de gobierno.

Cualquier planificador que no sea Giordani y cualquier presidente que no sea Chávez sabe que si la población crece, la demanda de electricidad crece y que por tanto se hace necesaria una inversión permanente y continua para garantizar que la generación de energía eléctrica vaya siempre por delante del crecimiento poblacional.

A nadie con dos dedos de frente se le podía escapar que cinco años consecutivos de bonanza petrolera, con una política económica que estimulaba la desmesura importadora y con ella el crecimiento del comercio y de la construcción que lo acompaña, debían haber operado como una razón adicional para atender la inversión en el sector eléctrico. Lo peor es que ni siquiera pueden aducir falta de recursos. Plata sobró.

Pero la incapacidad e inoperancia del gobierno de Hugo Chávez son imbatibles. Ni siquiera años de apagones frecuentes en todo el interior del país lograban sensibilizar a la manada de inútiles burócratas que nos gobiernan.

Nada de lo que tenían que hacer lo hicieron.

Giordani dictaminó que la capacidad de generación hidroeléctrica había llegado a su tope y echó atrás la construcción de las cuatro represas del Alto Caroní. De las 29 termoeléctricas, que ya desde 2007 debían estar en funcionamiento, sólo se han construido cinco, de las cuales dos están todavía inoperativas y tres funcionan a un tercio de su capacidad. Por pura desidia se dejó derrumbar Planta Centro y la estatizada Electricidad de Caracas suspendió su plan de inversiones. De la inversión en líneas de transmisión sólo se ha ejecutado una cuarta parte de un presupuesto que habría de financiar trabajos que en 2007 tenían que haber culminado. En estas condiciones de déficit de generación alternativa, Guri está sobreexigido y por eso su nivel cae más allá de lo que el verano seca. No nos vengan pues, con El Niño y con otras zarandajas semejantes. La culpa es del gobierno y de nadie más. El país no se lo perdonará.

Esta entrada fue publicada el    Enero 7, 2010 a 7:19 pm    y está archivada en Venezuela.

http://exdiablo.com/2010/01/07/la-comica-electrica-por-teodoro-petkoff/

242  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Latin America on: January 06, 2010, 03:50:20 PM
Still I favor the association of democracies.  To the extent that we all disagree, then the meetings could end without big press conferences or emissions treaties, but at least the participants would have some legitimacy.

ps. Are you still sailing?

There is much more to democracy than voting. We elected Chavez and the Germans elected Hitler, neither honored democracy. They used to vote in Cuba and in the Soviet Union but that does not make them democratic. Democracy is more a mental state than a set of rules. American democracy at this juncture looks rather weak. FDR used to say that democracy is the art of  muddling through and Churchill said that democracy is the worst possible system of government except for all the other that have been tried.

Honduras is an interesting case. Their elected president did something that called for his removal. In a more stable democracy he would have been impeached like Nixon was. The powers that be got nervous and did not follow procedure to the letter mostly out of fear of foreign intervention. Chavez had gained an ally in Zelaya and he was know to be a dangerous man. So the military packed Zelaya off to Costa Rica in his pajamas.

What is a foreign power to do? Chavez immediately denounced a coup because it was to his advantage to do so. On the other hand, Obama was in no rush. Obama could have put the issue on the back burner after issuing a statement that they were considering the case. That would have given him time to do whatever was in the American interest. Instead, he has egg all over his and Ms. Clinton's face. Rank amateurs!

How is that different from his insulting the Cambridge cop in the Gates case? Another amateurish action.

But getting back to important issues, no I have not sailed for several years.  I sold my boat and now I navigate the World Wide Web. I'm the webmaster of our marina's website:

http://bahiaredonda.com/

also available en español:

http://bahiaredonda.com.ve/



243  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Articulating our cause/strategy against Islamic Fascism on: January 06, 2010, 11:49:29 AM
Amazing how those that leave the religion of peace have to live like mob informants.


Have any of you read or tried to read the Holy Koran? I tried. Peaceful my ass! It's full or murder and mayhem. It recites many ways to kill the enemies of Islam.

Still, there have been longs spells in history when Islam was able to peacefully coexist with other religions and cultures. I wonder what makes it warlike at times and peaceful at others. I have the suspicion that it has to do with isolation. When cultures and religions are separated they have less reason to fight. Today television is intrusive, it is beamed down from the sky, and, frankly, a lot of it is offensive to certain cultures. So these cultures fight back.

I don't see a peaceful resolution any time soon. Rather one of two alternatives: Either the "offended" cultures accept the changes or they are beaten to a pulp until they stop rebelling. Neither is likely to happen any time soon.

The biggest danger is the baby bomb, the out-breeding of the West my Islam. Stop using condoms!  grin Maybe the Pope is on to something!   cheesy



244  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US Foreign Policy on: January 05, 2010, 02:26:22 PM
Obama is a one term president.


So we all hope. But remember, if the Right vote is divided between Republicans and the Tea Party, the Left wins.

Beware another Bull Moose Party.

245  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US Foreign Policy on: January 05, 2010, 12:44:07 PM
Don't underestimate the value and worth of leaders and the ability of keen politicians to sense strength and weakness. The Iranians played Carter for a sucker but did not dare do the same with Reagan. When the North Vietnamese tried to play cute at the negotiation tables, Nixon brought then back with carpet bombing. Would Obama dare that?

The attitude of the American Left is to pander to the "weak" as a way to buy their votes. In international politics this translates in preferring Hamas (the weak) over Israel (the strong), for example. They might be weak but not dumb so they milk the American Left to the last drop.

Did you guys by any chance see this idiotic piece of news?

Iran accepts Clinton non-deadline on nuclear talks

By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press Writer – Tue Jan 5, 7:41 am ET

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran said Tuesday it welcomes Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's comments that there is no hard-and-fast deadline for starting nuclear dialogue.

On Monday, Clinton said the Obama administration remained open to negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program, though it will move toward tougher sanctions if Iran does not respond positively. She stressed there was no hard-and-fast deadline for Iran.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100105/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_iran_us

What kind of BS is that? We'll start talking right after we nuke Israel! With amateurs like Clinton running America, America's enemies are having a field day.

If you guys don't regain your country, there won't be much left to save after eight years of Obama.

Not that it's entirely related but let me tell you some Venezuelan news. We are having a shortage of rainfall and the Lake Guri, which feeds our main hydroelectric power plants is rather low. Guess what the solution is. They are shutting down the steel and aluminum plants in Guayana, they are cutting electricity to shopping malls at 9 PM to save water. Who the hell cares about unemployment? Who the hell cares about all the disruption? It's a bunch of rank amateurs running the country. I recall perfectly some of the campaign issues back in 1997. Some right of center candidates were stressing the importance of improving the public administrations. The left wing candidates -- the ones that won -- said that elections were about politics, not about administration. Now we have the results, no water, no electricity, no movies after 9 PM, no steel, no aluminum. My country is going to hell in a hand-basket of left wing politics. Yours will too if you let the Left keep on ruining it.

Denny Schlesinger
 




246  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / America is losing the free world on: January 05, 2010, 10:56:25 AM
America is losing the free world
By Gideon Rachman
Published: January 5 2010 02:00 | Last updated: January 5 2010 02:00

Ever since 1945, the US has regarded itself as the leader of the "free world". But the Obama administration is facing an unexpected and unwelcome development in global politics. Four of the biggest and most strategically important democracies in the developing world - Brazil, India, South Africa and Turkey - are increasingly at odds with American foreign policy. Rather than siding with the US on the big international issues, they are just as likely to line up with authoritarian powers such as China and Iran.

The US has been slow to pick up on this development, perhaps because it seems so surprising and unnatural. Most Americans assume that fellow democracies will share their values and opinions on international affairs. During the last presidential election campaign, John McCain, the Republican candidate, called for the formation of a global alliance of democracies to push back against authoritarian powers. Some of President Barack Obama's senior advisers have also written enthusiastically about an international league of democracies.

But the assumption that the world's democracies will naturally stick together is proving unfounded. The latest example came during the Copenhagen climate summit. On the last day of the talks, the Americans tried to fix up one-to-one meetings between Mr Obama and the leaders of South Africa, Brazil and India - but failed each time. The Indians even said that their prime minister, Manmohan Singh, had already left for the airport.

So Mr Obama must have felt something of a chump when he arrived for a last-minute meeting with Wen Jiabao, the Chinese prime minister, only to find him already deep in negotiations with the leaders of none other than Brazil, South Africa and India. Symbolically, the leaders had to squeeze up to make space for the American president around the table.

There was more than symbolism at work. In Copenhagen, Brazil, South Africa and India decided that their status as developing nations was more important than their status as democracies. Like the Chinese, they argued that it is fundamentally unjust to cap the greenhouse gas emissions of poor countries at a lower level than the emissions of the US or the European Union; all the more so since the industrialised west is responsible for the great bulk of the carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere.

Revealingly, both Brazilian and Chinese leaders have made the same pointed joke - likening the US to a rich man who, after gorging himself at a banquet, then invites the neighbours in for coffee and asks them to split the bill.

If climate change were an isolated example, it might be dismissed as an important but anomalous issue that is almost designed to split countries along rich-poor lines. But, in fact, if you look at Brazil, South Africa, India and Turkey - the four most important democracies in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the greater Middle East - it is clear that none of them can be counted as a reliable ally of the US, or of a broader "community of democracies".

In the past year, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil has cut a lucrative oil deal with China, spoken warmly of Hugo Chávez, president of Venezuela, and congratulated Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad on his "victory" in the Iranian presidential election, while welcoming him on a state visit to Brazil.

During a two-year stint on the United Nations Security Council from 2006, the South Africans routinely joined China and Russia in blocking resolutions on human rights and protecting authoritarian regimes such as Zimbabwe, Uzbekistan and Iran.

Turkey, once regarded as a crucial American ally in the cold war and then trumpeted as the only example of a secular, pro-western, Muslim democracy, is also no longer a reliable partner for the west. Ever since the US-led invasion of Iraq, opinion polls there have shown very high levels of anti-Americanism. The mildly Islamist AKP government has engaged with America's regional enemies - including Hamas, Hizbollah and Iran - and alarmed the Americans by taking an increasingly hostile attitude to Israel.

India's leaders do seem to cherish the idea that they have a "special relationship" with the US. But even the Indians regularly line up against the Americans on a range of international issues, from climate change to the Doha round of trade negotiations and the pursuit of sanctions against Iran or Burma.

So what is going on? The answer is that Brazil, South Africa, Turkey and India are all countries whose identities as democracies are now being balanced - or even trumped - by their identities as developing nations that are not part of the white, rich, western world. All four countries have ruling parties that see themselves as champions of social justice at home and a more equitable global order overseas. Brazil's Workers' party, India's Congress party, Turkey's AKP and South Africa's African National Congress have all adapted to globalisation - but they all retain traces of the old suspicions of global capitalism and of the US.

Mr Obama is seen as a huge improvement on George W. Bush - but he is still an American president. As emerging global powers and developing nations, Brazil, India, South Africa and Turkey may often feel they have more in common with a rising China than with the democratic US.

gideon.rachman@ft.com


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247  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / America is losing the free world on: January 05, 2010, 06:35:06 AM
Crafty:

The following article is not only about Brazil/Latin America so you might want to post it elsewhere but it says pretty much the same as i did, worldwide democracies are not necessarily American puppy dogs:

America is losing the free world
By Gideon Rachman
Published: January 5 2010 02:00 | Last updated: January 5 2010 02:00

Ever since 1945, the US has regarded itself as the leader of the "free world". But the Obama administration is facing an unexpected and unwelcome development in global politics. Four of the biggest and most strategically important democracies in the developing world - Brazil, India, South Africa and Turkey - are increasingly at odds with American foreign policy. Rather than siding with the US on the big international issues, they are just as likely to line up with authoritarian powers such as China and Iran.

The US has been slow to pick up on this development, perhaps because it seems so surprising and unnatural. Most Americans assume that fellow democracies will share their values and opinions on international affairs. During the last presidential election campaign, John McCain, the Republican candidate, called for the formation of a global alliance of democracies to push back against authoritarian powers. Some of President Barack Obama's senior advisers have also written enthusiastically about an international league of democracies.

But the assumption that the world's democracies will naturally stick together is proving unfounded. The latest example came during the Copenhagen climate summit. On the last day of the talks, the Americans tried to fix up one-to-one meetings between Mr Obama and the leaders of South Africa, Brazil and India - but failed each time. The Indians even said that their prime minister, Manmohan Singh, had already left for the airport.

So Mr Obama must have felt something of a chump when he arrived for a last-minute meeting with Wen Jiabao, the Chinese prime minister, only to find him already deep in negotiations with the leaders of none other than Brazil, South Africa and India. Symbolically, the leaders had to squeeze up to make space for the American president around the table.

There was more than symbolism at work. In Copenhagen, Brazil, South Africa and India decided that their status as developing nations was more important than their status as democracies. Like the Chinese, they argued that it is fundamentally unjust to cap the greenhouse gas emissions of poor countries at a lower level than the emissions of the US or the European Union; all the more so since the industrialised west is responsible for the great bulk of the carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere.

Revealingly, both Brazilian and Chinese leaders have made the same pointed joke - likening the US to a rich man who, after gorging himself at a banquet, then invites the neighbours in for coffee and asks them to split the bill.

If climate change were an isolated example, it might be dismissed as an important but anomalous issue that is almost designed to split countries along rich-poor lines. But, in fact, if you look at Brazil, South Africa, India and Turkey - the four most important democracies in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the greater Middle East - it is clear that none of them can be counted as a reliable ally of the US, or of a broader "community of democracies".

In the past year, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil has cut a lucrative oil deal with China, spoken warmly of Hugo Chávez, president of Venezuela, and congratulated Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad on his "victory" in the Iranian presidential election, while welcoming him on a state visit to Brazil.

During a two-year stint on the United Nations Security Council from 2006, the South Africans routinely joined China and Russia in blocking resolutions on human rights and protecting authoritarian regimes such as Zimbabwe, Uzbekistan and Iran.

Turkey, once regarded as a crucial American ally in the cold war and then trumpeted as the only example of a secular, pro-western, Muslim democracy, is also no longer a reliable partner for the west. Ever since the US-led invasion of Iraq, opinion polls there have shown very high levels of anti-Americanism. The mildly Islamist AKP government has engaged with America's regional enemies - including Hamas, Hizbollah and Iran - and alarmed the Americans by taking an increasingly hostile attitude to Israel.

India's leaders do seem to cherish the idea that they have a "special relationship" with the US. But even the Indians regularly line up against the Americans on a range of international issues, from climate change to the Doha round of trade negotiations and the pursuit of sanctions against Iran or Burma.

So what is going on? The answer is that Brazil, South Africa, Turkey and India are all countries whose identities as democracies are now being balanced - or even trumped - by their identities as developing nations that are not part of the white, rich, western world. All four countries have ruling parties that see themselves as champions of social justice at home and a more equitable global order overseas. Brazil's Workers' party, India's Congress party, Turkey's AKP and South Africa's African National Congress have all adapted to globalisation - but they all retain traces of the old suspicions of global capitalism and of the US.

Mr Obama is seen as a huge improvement on George W. Bush - but he is still an American president. As emerging global powers and developing nations, Brazil, India, South Africa and Turkey may often feel they have more in common with a rising China than with the democratic US.

gideon.rachman@ft.com


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248  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Dire Consequences on: January 04, 2010, 08:01:38 PM
Dire Consequences

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249  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / No Comfort At All on: January 04, 2010, 07:57:51 PM
No Comfort At All
Posted 07:26 PM ET

Security: The White House sent its point man on terrorism onto the airwaves to ease public fears after the botched al-Qaida Christmas Day airliner bombing. But his mealy-mouthed performance only worsened them.

Americans expect more from those charged with identifying this country's enemies and protecting the American people than the bobbing and weaving non-answers of politicians.

A year ago, Obama terrorism czar John O. Brennan was reportedly torpedoed as the president's choice for CIA director because he publicly supported enhanced interrogation as an anti-terror tool. That didn't seem to be the John Brennan we saw on the Sunday talk show circuit.

Brennan was asked by Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" why the U.S. shouldn't halt all transfers of terrorist detainees to Yemen after alleged Christmas bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab told authorities that other al-Qaida operatives in Yemen were ready to follow in his footsteps.

Brennan's response sounded like he spends as much time reading Democratic National Committee talking points as he does perusing intelligence reports. The Obama administration has only released 42 detainees from Guantanamo Bay, he noted, compared with the Bush administration's 532. Seven of the 42 returned to Yemen during November and December, he said.

"We've had close dialogue with the Yemeni government about the expectations that we have as far as what they're supposed to do when these detainees go back," Brennan said, adding that "several of those detainees were put into Yemeni custody right away. We're continuing to talk with them. What we're trying to do is to do this in a very measured fashion."

The appropriate response might be: protecting Americans "in a very measured fashion" is no virtue.

"Close dialogue" is of very limited value when dealing with a nearly 100% Muslim nation where non-Muslims are constitutionally prohibited from holding elected office. Has Brennan been drinking the Kool-Aid at the White House Mess? Does he now think talk can be the chief weapon against terrorism?

It is outrageous to send any detainee in U.S. custody back to such a hotbed of terrorist plotting and training — even before what happened on Christmas Day.

According to Brennan, the "Guantanamo facility must be closed" because "it has served as a propaganda tool for al-Qaida." But giving al-Qaida propaganda victories beats giving them their operatives back.

At least as discouraging was Brennan's defense of treating Abdulmutallab as a civilian criminal rather than as an enemy combatant. As Wallace pointed out, "once he gets his Miranda rights, he doesn't have to speak at all." Brennan's inadequate answer: "He doesn't have to, but ... if he wants to, in fact, engage with us in a productive manner, there are ways that he can do that."

Fact is, once some ACLU-style lawyer explains to the likes of Abdulmutallab his rights, the U.S. government won't be getting any more potentially life-saving information from him.

When you cut through the verbal fog of the White House's terrorism chief, that's the kind of bad news that remains.

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250  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Latin America on: January 04, 2010, 11:56:26 AM
Did Ms. Susan Kaufman Purcell think Brazil would be an American puppy dog? If so, she certainly does not know or understand Brazil.

Brazil is and has always been Brazil centric. As far as they are concerned, Brazil is the center of the Universe.

I want to share a personal story. I was in Rio, I think it was 1975, for a sailing championship. By a strange coincidence, they discovered offshore oil for the first time and it was sensational news for them. As I was riding down the elevator the next morning, a very excited lift-boy asked me if I had heard the great news. Yes, I had. Then he asked me where I was from. Venezuela. Did we have oil? Yes, we did. But enough to be self sufficient?

It's not as if venezuela was half way around the world away from Brazil, we share many miles of border. Yet this lift-boy was totally clueless about us, about the fact that, back then, Venezuela was a major oil producer and oil exporter.  As far as Brazilians are concerned, the Maracana stadium is the greatest in Brazil and Brazil is the greatest in the World.

Maracana stadium Rio de Janeiro

As for Brazil's support of democracy in Honduras, that's pure hogwash! Lula was defending fellow socialist, fellow traveler Zelaya, not democracy. Why some Americans think everyone thinks like they do is quite beyond me. They should travel more, get to know the real world.

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