Archive for May, 2007

ALA misspells my name

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

May 25 article at the American Libraries On Line website (emphasis added): Library Film Festival Riles Anti-Castro Community

The Princeton (N.J.) Public Library came under fire in mid-May over the inclusion of two documentaries about Cuba among 14 films in its 2007 Princeton Human Rights Film Festival. The controversy resulted in a shouting match at the May 12 screening of ¡Salud! What Puts Cuba on the Map in the Quest for Global Health, as well as accusations in the conservative blogosphere that the library was disseminating pro-Castro propaganda.

PPL Director and ALA President Leslie Burger told American Libraries that the purpose of the festival, now in its third year, is to highlight “what we think are human rights issues like the right to clean water or the right to a safe environment or the right to clean air.” Emphasizing that the 2 1/2 day event is “not about the human rights records of countries around the world,” Burger said that the film-selection committee chose ¡Salud! to spark discussion about what constitutes a quality public health system.

Which Cuba doesn’t have.

Click on the photo.

But area resident Faustia Wertz blogged May 8 that she saw PPL’s choice of ¡Salud! as well as The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. as indicative of the library’s indifference to Castro’s human rights record. “People started organizing letter-writing campaigns,” Burger explained, “pressuring us to remove the films from the screening list, which we refused to do.” She said the library also refused to “uninvite” Ellen Bernstein of Pastors for Peace, who is a frequent traveler to Cuba, as a speaker after the ¡Salud! screening.

“The thing about the two films is not that they’re being shown. I have no objection to that. The facts on Cuba are not the facts that were shown,” Wertz told the May 18 Princeton Packet.

A couple of things here:
That’s Mrs. Wertz to you. Mrs. Fausta Wertz, while you’re at it.

At no time did I ask that Ellen Bernstein be disinvited.

And I’m not an “area resident”, I am a taxpayer in Princeton Township, whose taxes support the Festival.

“To have a film festival that doesn’t address the blatant and egregious human rights violations in Cuba seems really unbalanced,” agreed Maria C. Werlau of Summit, New Jersey, and executive director of Cuba Archive.

“If we want to have a discussion about people having public health care, we have to choose a film that allows us to have that discussion,” Burger asserted. “Unfortunately because Cuba appeared in the title of that film, we never had that discussion.” She added that PPL would continue holding the Human Rights Film Festival, “broadening our community involvement in it. We’re willing to take the heat.”

One suggestion, if the Princeton Public Library is calling its film festival the Princeton Human Rights Film Festival, it might be a good idea not to ignore the human rights abuses in the systems it defends, such as the medical apartheid system prevalent in Cuba, when three eye-witnesses in the audience wanted to talk about it.

The Princeton Packet at least emailed me before quoting me, and managed to spell my name correctly.

You can read my account of the PHRFF here.
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Chavez underestimated the other media

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Daniel posts about how Chavez didn’t forsee the effect of modern technology in his attempt to silence all media in his quest for “informational hegemony” and insisting on a news blackout.

Take a look at the photos, for instance.

Here’s yesterday’s demonstration:

Access to information is limited all over the country, as opposition leader is detained in Caracas He was released, while many protesters are still in the clink: Calls to release Venezuelan protesters

A top opponent of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has demanded the release of jailed protesters as university students poured into the streets for a third day to protest the removal of a leading opposition TV station from the air.

Alvaro Vargas Llosa calls Marcel Granier Venezuela’s Cool Hero

Leaving aside the obvious argument that the judgment over a broadcast network’s journalistic content should be left to the viewers, and that Chavez’s track record makes him an unsuitable custodian of any country’s morals, there is a deeper reason why the case of RCTV is worthy of universal attention. It has to do with the role that, in the absence of checks and balances in the steady march toward totalitarianism in Venezuela, this network was forced to play.

Forced by circumstances, RCTV had become in recent years something of a surrogate National Assembly, a surrogate Supreme Court, and a surrogate electoral authority. “We are not politicians,” Granier told me a few days ago, “but in a situation like this you cannot avoid being perceived as part of the political struggle by those who lack effective representation or democratic safeguards, and by those responsible for doing away with both. Simply by providing information to a society starved for information we were placed in that position.”

The Economist has a mediocre article about the RCTV closing. Earlier this week the WaPo had a better article, Chávez Raises Volume Of Government’s Voice, with the money quote:

Outlets, particularly television stations, that were once aggressively anti-government have grown docile under threat of sanctions, say press freedom and human rights groups, while the government has used a windfall in oil revenue to start up newspapers and broadcast networks.

Well, cry me a river: After three days of demonstrators being tear-gassed, drenched with water cannons and shot at with rubber bullets, friend of dictators Jimmy Carter has finally deigned to issue a press release Carter Center concerned about possible violence in Venezuela. Jimmy, who gave the blessing to a fraudulent electon, wants dialogue. Words fail me, but only because I strive to maintain a certain level of discourse in this blog.

One thing is clear: The left cannot stand competition in the arena of ideas

Here are my Pajamas Media article, Chavenezuela, and the podcast on Venezuela.

Will update this post later today.

4:30PM Adam Housely reports that

Yesterday, the crowds were at their largest and the clashes were at a minimum. At one point, thousands of protesters marched through the streets headed for a neighborhood loyal to President Chavez. Their aim is to deliver letters to a Chavez official, urging the release of 180 people arrested for opposing the view of the president. As the masses approached, the street was blocked by more than 1,000 police officers and National Guard troops. They are shoulder to shoulder, and four to six deep.

For once, both sides showed incredible restraint.

Iberian Notes:

Venezuela note: The closing down of Radio Caracas Television has finally brought the entire Spanish press out against the Chávez regime. The protests got good coverage. Now he’s threatening to close down the country’s other major channel, Globovisión, and CNN. It takes a threat to the media’s status, power, and influence to really get it pissed off.

The Economist survey: U.S. as peaceful as Iran, Venezuela, but more than Iraq

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

I’ve been subscribing to The Economist since I was a college student, but the quality of their material has been declining for years. About the only worthwhile sections left are science business, so The Husband requested that I renew the subscription. Stuff like this tempts me to cancel:

Magazine suggests U.S. as peaceful as Iran, Venezuela, but more than Iraq

The United States and Iran finished in a virtual dead heat, and way down the list, in a magazine’s assessment of the peacefulness of 121 countries.

The United States placed 96th and Iran came in 97th on the global index released Wednesday by the Economist magazine.
The data were drawn from the United Nations, the World Bank, peace groups and the magazine researchers’ own assessments, Williamson said.

“We are just mechanics and technicians behind the index,” he said. “We are not making judgments about foreign policy.”

People without judgment can’t make judgements, after all.

Norway was rated as the country most at peace, followed by New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland and Japan. Iraq was in last place, with Sudan and Israel just above.

Some two-dozen indicators were used, including wars fought in the past five years, arms sales, prison populations and incidence of crime.

“The United States arguably has kept the peace since 1945, but with a high level of defense spending,” Leo Abruzzese, an editorial director for the magazine’s intelligence unit, said at a news conference.

That’s how the US won the Cold War.

Leo works at The Economist’s intelligence unit. Hmmm.

Western Europe was rated the world’s most peaceful region,…

Peaceful, alright.

…although France was ranked 34th and the United Kingdom 49th.

This is what peace looks like in France.

Let’s take a look at Iran and Venezuela:

Iran:

Venezuela:

Peaceful, alright.

A Jacksonian was looking at The Economist a couple of months ago.

Update: Gateway Pundit looks at the list.

Update, Friday 1 June: Taranto:

Another example of the survey’s absurd bias: Israel places No. 119, ahead of only Sudan and Iraq. But of course most Israelis would like nothing more than to live in peace, as would their leaders. They are forced into frequent wars because they are surrounded by enemy states, almost all of which The Economist reckons as more “peaceful”–including Iran, which comes 22 places above Israel despite its pursuit of nuclear weapons and its president’s vow to “wipe Israel off the map.” Syria, at No. 77, actually places well ahead of the U.S., despite its support for terrorists in Iraq, Lebanon and Israel. The Palestinian Arabs aren’t even mentioned in the survey, which covers only nations.

An embarrassing excercise, indeed.

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Did you listen yet? and today’s items

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

I’ll post more about Venezuela later today, but here’s the morning round-up:

Did you listen yet?
blog radio
Last Monday my guests were Dymphna and Baron Bodissey of Gates of Vienna and Siggy co-hosted. Listen to a most enjoyable podcast, and tell your friends. If you listened already, go back and listen again.

Soldier’s Family Needs Immediate Help

Victor Davis Hanson writes about The Global Immigration Problem

The moment illegal immigrants arrive, a sort of race begins: Can these newcomers become legal, speak the host language and get educated before they age, get hurt or lose their job? If so, then they assimilate and their children are held up as models of diversity. If not, the end of the story can be welfare or jail.

Governments in countries such as Mexico and Morocco usually care far more about their emigrants once they are long gone. Then these poor are no longer volatile proof of their own failures, but victims of some wealthy foreign government’s indifference. And these pawns usually send cash home.

Don’t miss also The Legal Visa Crunch: The Senate bill is worse than current law for skilled immigrants.

And Now…British Academia

Investor’s Business Daily continues its series on Jimmy Carter, Friend of dictators

Via Red State, Sen. Byrd: “Allowing the public to actually see earmark requests…isn’t a good idea”

We beat global warming, and “Al’s the guy!”

Via Larwin, Ace posts that Jon Corzine didn’t think of wearing a seat belt, and zoomed down the turnpike going 90 miles an hour, but he’s going to keep you from getting fat. Maybe Corzine should call Michael Moore for diet tips.

Mitt gets heckled in New Hampshire for being a Mormon. Harry Reid better stay away.

Also from Ace, some fool at Newsweek thinks wussy men are hot. Where is Pullo when we need him?
Here’s a short list of other non-wussies. And the ever-popular Swiss.

Speaking of wusses, Betsy has The humbug that is John Edwards, who, by the way, may have some trouble getting some of the treasure money as Spain sues over shipwreck bonanza

Harry Potter theme park planned in Orlando. It’ll take real magic to duplicate the terrain and the weather, for sure.

And last, but not least, The Studied Linguist (a poem)

British Faculty Association Votes to Boycott 2 Israeli Universities, and today’s round-up

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

UK lecturers support Israel boycott call British Faculty Association Votes to Boycott 2 Israeli Universities

Today’s round-up:
Malasia’s highest court denies a woman the right to convert from Islam (h/t 762 justice)

My carbon footprint’s a lot bigger than yours” – way bigger!

Is this picture from Atlanta? North Carolina’s reseach triangle? Someplace in Florida?

News The Husband probably won’t want to hear: the new Saks 5th Ave shoe department will be so big it’ll have its own zip code, and a VIP room, too. Ferragamo’s right across the street, also ready and waiting.

Run, Fred, run!

A group of Cuban doctors working in Namibia who sought asylum in the US had to go into hiding… oh, wait, but let’s keep an open mind!

Janet-my-personal-trainer has nothing to fear.

What an Anchoress does

1986 Redux: Proposed Senate Immigration Reform Repeats Past Failure

Robbing Rector
Does the WSJ read before they editorialize?

Bush Finally Fires Up the Base

Chavenezuela

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Updated throughout the day


Chavenezuela, my latest article, is up at Pajamas Media, with videos.

Please also listen to my Blog Talk Radio podcast with guests Thor Halvorssen, President and CEO of the Human Rights Foundation, award-winning bloggers Daniel Duquenal of Venezuela News and Views and Miguel Octavio of The Devil’s Excrement, and oil industry expert Gustavo Coronel, and please also visit their blogs and websites.

Miguel Octavio will be P.V. Radio‘s podcast guest tonight at 9PM EDT.

The protesting Venezuelan students have a website (in Spanish) Resistencia Estudiantil Por La Libertad with live radio feed.

This is what the Avenida Francisco de Miranda, one of Caracas’s main thoroughfares, looked like last night:

I’ll update this post with the latest developments througout the day.

Morning round-up:
Demonstrations were reported in some 100 different municipalities across the country
Chavez declares Globovision an enemy of the state, an “enemy of the homeland”.
Venezuela’s Totalitarian Turn
Chile defends freedom of expression in Venezuela TV row but the Brazilian government is keeping quiet. At least the Mercosur countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) refused in a meeting held last week in Asuncion a request from the Venezuelan government to back its closing of RCTV.
An Overwhelming Momentum
Another Cow Put Out To Pasture: Cindy Sheehan’s Last Dance
Gustavo Coronel writes A letter to Danny

Noon update:
Adam Housely is back, reporting from the streets of Caracas,
Students from two more universities join in the protests.
Cato Institute: Chavez’s Actions Eroding Venezuela’s Credibility, Economy
More video, via Oliver

Daniel Duquenal was on a Radio Five Live podcast

3PM update
Gustavo Coronel was interviewed in today’s Cato’s Daily Podcast
College students in Chacaito filed a civil complaint and are demonstrating (link in Spanish, via Mora.
Pelosi Calls on Venezuela’s Chavez to Reconsider TV Shutdown. How do you spell t-o-o l-a-t-e, Nancy?
Venezuelan Revolt

The ruling Chavistas are in a panic. They do not know what to do. Chavez himself mocked the protestors Tuesday and implied they were CIA agents – but Venezuelans noticed that he spoke from the naval airport near Caracas, a place from where dictators are known to flee the country. Venezuelans wondered if he was really that scared because it was an odd location. Meanwhile, other Chavistas have bared their fangs at other TV stations, vowing to shut them – Globovision, the last Venezuelan dissident station, a very tiny one that takes subscriptions and commands only a 5% market share, and CNN, whose fearless Kitty Pilgrim and others have done award-worthy reporting exposing the reality of Chavez’s Venezuela for the past few years. Chavez has loudly cursed that reporting.

Venezuelans think that those stations will be shut soon. They don’t want any more coverage of the protests that are engulfing Caracas. In their minds, shutting the stations will make information much harder to get. But there’s too much momentum to really stop it – Caracas will just become a city of added tropical intrigue with people acting on rumors.

Venezuela Local Debt Plunge Amid Fifth Day of Street Protests
Overreaching Autocrat
Chavez abolishes freedom of the press to stop the spread of soap operas

5PM update
Monkey see, monkey do: now Correa in Ecuador and Morales in Bolivia want to do as Hugo Protests in Venezuela; One Hundred High School Students Arrested; Attacks on Media Continue; Bolivian and Ecuadorian Governments Announce Media Crackdown

Adam Housley at Fox News

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Hitchens on Kurchner

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

When Hitchens is bad, he’s awful, but when he’s good, he’s really good. And he’s really good writing about The French Correction
The principled new foreign minister shows how much France has changed of late
(h/t The Anchoress):

The single best symbol of the change in France is the appointment of Bernard Kouchner to the post of foreign minister. Had the Socialist Party won the election, it is highly unlikely that such a distinguished socialist would ever have been allowed through the doors of the Quai d’Orsay. (Yes, comrades, history actually is dialectical and paradoxical.) In the present climate of the United States, a man like Kouchner would be regarded as a neoconservative. He was a prominent figure in the leftist rebellion of 1968, before breaking with some of his earlier illusions and opposing the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan—the true and original source of many of our woes in the Islamic world. The group he co-founded—Doctors Without Borders, or Médecins Sans Frontières—was a pioneer in the highly necessary proclamation that left politics should always be anti-totalitarian. (His former counterpart, Joschka Fischer of Germany, also took a version of this view before Schröder’s smirking Realpolitik became too much, and too popular in Germany, for him to withstand.)

His principles led Kouchner to defend two oppressed Muslim peoples—those of Yugoslavia and Iraqi Kurdistan—who were faced with extermination at the hands of two parties daring to call themselves socialist. The Serbian Socialist Party of Slobodan Milosevic and the Arab Baath Socialist Party of Saddam Hussein are at last receding into history, leaving behind them a legacy of utter stagnation, hysterical aggression, and mass graves. I personally find it satisfying that a French socialist was identified with both these victories. Kouchner was instrumental in altering French policy in Bosnia-Herzegovina and later in filling the position—between 1999 and 2001—of U.N. representative in liberated Kosovo. Prior even to that, he had been extremely active in calling attention to the genocidal policy of Saddam in Kurdistan and in helping to introduce Danielle Mitterrand, wife of the then-president of France, to the exemplary role that she played in opposing it. A few years ago, he wrote the introduction to the French edition of The Black Book of Saddam Hussein, a vitally important volume that educates readers in the pornographic nature of that regime: a nightmare government that is now widely considered by liberals to have been framed up by the Bush administration.

Erik Svane and I discussed Kurchner in last week’s podcast. Erik stated,

“The world did really well in getting Sarkozy as President and Kouchner as Foreign Minister.”

Speaking of Erik, he’s back from Cannes and he’s blogging, but not before getting General Leonardo in the right hands.

In a lighter mode,
Here’s the picture of Erik again, for all of you who wrote saying you like it,

Compare and contrast:

It sure didn’t take long…

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007


UPDATED
with more videos

Yesterday the BBC correspondent was in Caracas (emphasis added)
I was caught up in this, broadcasting from just outside the studios. It seems when a group of Chavez supporters got within a few blocks of the station, the police took action.

Over the eerie air raid sirens, shots were fired in the air and people ran for cover. It was not clear who was firing at who, but a few minutes later, more shots rang out.

The atmosphere had become nasty. People ran as fast as they could down the narrow streets to get away from the clashes. We ran with them.

He finished his report with this,

The government says that the station violated broadcast laws and transmitted violent and morally degrading programmes.

However,

The decision to renew the licences of other broadcasters, ministers say, shows that Venezuela is democratic and pluralistic.

In our conversation after last Saturday’s podcast, one of my guests said that Globovision was next. Well, it sure didn’t take long:
Second Venezuela TV is under fire

Venezuela’s government has accused a TV station of inciting a murder attempt on President Hugo Chavez, hours after taking another network off the air.

It said footage shown on Globovision implicitly called for Mr Chavez to be killed. The station denies the claim.

Globovision was the only TV station to air footage of a large demonstration against the government’s growing control over the media.

This time the government has sued. Foreign news servides are also in the crosshairs:

Chavez eyes CNN
The government was also suing the US station CNN for allegedly linking Mr Chavez to al-Qaeda, Mr Lara said.

“CNN broadcast a lie which linked President Chavez to violence and murder,” he said.

In a statement, CNN said they “strongly deny” being “engaged in a campaign to discredit or attack Venezuela”.

This is what got CNN in trouble.

Now all the US cable networks are finally reporting on the protests.

Fox video was there.

The Anchoress posts on the media spin and choosing liberty. Little Green Footballs and Jawa Report look at the Left.

Investor’s Business Daily: Freedom: Caracas blackout

More later.

Update
Venezuela’s Bonds Fall After Shutdown of RCTV Triggers Clashes
Miguel Octavio will be the guest of Political Vindication‘s PV Radio podcasttomorrow, Wednesday at 9PM EDT.

Update, 12:20 PM: CNN International’s showing more protests right now.

Update, 5:20 OM: Adam Housley of Fox News reported that Chavez had asked his supporters to come down from the mountains and fight the demonstrators, while the police continued to fire rubber bullets and tear gas on demonstrators.
Chavez is asking the opposition if they’re prepared to die to defend their beliefs.

And a YouTube for Siggy (risking that he might do a compare and contrast),

Chavez TV
Chavez shooting his own people

6:35PM Housley’s wearing goggles – from being hosed down by the water cannon.

More
More threats from Hugo


Chavez shoots students, also at Gateway Pundit:

Here’s a video of one of today’s demonstrations: At least the RCTV trucks haven’t been impounded yet:

Venezuela once again on the edge

The protesting students have a blog: Resistencia Estudiantil Por La Libertad, with lots of photos, via Oliver

Others blogging
Venezuelans Fight Loss of Free Press.
One Man, One Vote, One Time

Special thanks to Larwyn for the links.
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Today on Blog Talk Radio: Gates of Vienna and Sigmund, Carl and Alfred

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Listen Live
On today’s podcast: Dymphna and Baron Bodissey of Gates of Vienna join my co-host Siggy and I today at noon, EDT.

What does this have to do with Memorial Day? Tune in to find out!

Update You can listen to the archived podcast here
Dymphna and Baron Bodissey talked about The Center for Vigilant Freedom. I’m adding the link to my blogroll.

RCTV is off the air

Monday, May 28th, 2007

UPDATED:
Troops Fire Upon Protesters in Venezuela
Venezuela moves against second opposition TV channel

Amid protests, Venezuela’s TV station goes off the air
Despite protests by democracy activists, Venezuela’s oldest television network went off the air at midnight Sunday, victim of a fresh push by President Hugo Chavez to tighten his grip over the nation’s media

As my podcast guests explained, now everything depends on the leader and what he wants done:

“The decision was mine” to close RCTV, Chavez said Saturday

As my guests stated in Saturday’s podcast, RCTV’s license renewal was denied by Chavez’s decree, not by due process of law.

You can listen to the podcast here

Daniel Duquenal, one of my podcast guests has an excellent essay on the closing: Antes que anochezca: waiting for the night in Venezuela

But more importantly, and a consolation of sorts for me, is the intensity of the international response to the closing of RCTV. Anyone who is anybody in the world has either condemned Chavez or at least remained silent, and definitely refused to support Chavez. Only a few, a surprisingly very few, have come out to support Chavez and they have no credit anyway. You can see it everywhere, from the desperate and ridiculous accusations of Minister Lara today to comment sections at Publius Pundit from pro Chavez Anglos losing their grip on things. Indeed, one from that side should be pissed off: 6 months of intense propaganda and you get editorials such as the one from Le Monde. Millions of dollars in paid services gone to waste, thousands of hours of “grass root” working for naught. The world is unto Chavez, and them, and they know it.

Yes, it is a small consolation but it is an important one. Chavez has lost any respectability he might still have had, and there is nothing he can do to recover it. When, say, Mugabe or Fujimori did this sort of things, they stopped been received where it mattered. Their regime started to unravel as they started losing the respect of their people even if those for a variety of reasons kept voting for them at first. And we know all that Chavez pins for international stages. Many will be denied him now.

You must read the whole essay.

Miguel Octavio, also my guest on Saturday’s podcast, posts on Hugo Chavez’ fake democracy. He also translated Venezuelan daily’s El Nacional editorial, Power without limits, front-page editorial in El Nacional.

Miguel also reports that last night a representative of the “Board for Social Responsibility” of the Ministry of Communications threatened the media with shutting them down for up to three days by broadcasting the Inter-american Press Society (SIP) press conference.

Last night: Caracas police halt TV shutdown protest

Police broke up an opposition protest using a water cannon and tear gas after hundreds took to the streets on Sunday condemning a decision by President Hugo Chavez to force Venezuela’s most widely watched channel off the air.

Soaked protesters scattered while the stream of water swept the street, then sang the national anthem as they returned to face a column of riot police outside the state telecommunications commission.

Via Instapundit, Boing-boing has videos of the Venezuelan media crackdown: TV anchors sign off, mouths shut, including this one,

The BBC has a video of the protests.

But that wasn’t all: Hugo Chavez Silences the Opposition- Sends Tanks In!

Rule of law, private property rights, and freedom of press are all now absent under the Chavez regime.

The Jungle Hut has photos and eyewitness accounts of the protests.

Aleksander Boyd is back posting,

However sincere the resolutions and letters condemning the act, on Monday morning, when RCTV’s right to broadcast is illegally terminated, Chavez will still be the ultimate icon of the world’s resented imbeciles and those concerned about the loss of another democratic right in Venezuela will carry on with the business of il dolce far niente at taxpayers’ expense. Toothless multilateral bodies have, as Chavez, lost all legitimacy. Its condemnations mean jackshit in the real world. The future looks bleak in Venezuela, that much is certain and has, at last, been properly understood by democrats around the globe, whom are seen in the side of reason, in the side of rule of law.

And where are the American cable news channels?
While the BBC, Forbes, the NYT, the Guardian (also here), Reuters ( Venezuela TV station says troops seized equipment) and countless others are covering the story, I have yet to see any reporting at all at CNN, or NBC. Fox News just carried a brief news item.

History is being made and they all are celebrity-watching.

Also don’t miss
Mora’s excellent report and round-up at Publius Pundit.

Update
Associated Press: Chavez Launches New Venezuela TV Station
update 2 Troops Fire Upon Protesters in Venezuela

National Guard troops fired tear gas and rubber bullets Monday into a crowd of protesters angry over a decision by President Hugo Chavez that forced a critical television station off the air.

This time it was rubber bullets; in 2004 gunmen fired on Thor Halvessen’s mother during a peaceful demonstration.
Univision’s showing live coverage of the ongoing demonstrations. I’ll try to get video to post.

Students protest as Minister charges Globovision, CNN and Venezueladigital with promoting the killing of Chavez
Venezuela Police Repel Protests Over TV Network’s Closing

Maria Alejandra Diaz, the social responsibility director at the Communications Ministry, cited recent legislation in Venezuela that enabled the government to shut down media groups for 72 hours if their coverage incited people to engage in violent protests. Ms. Díaz asked news organizations to refrain from reporting on the association’s statement, since it could allow viewers, readers or listeners to think Mr. Chavez’s government was “tyrannical.”

Because that would show it for what it is.
Gateway Pundit has more round-up and commentary.

6PM Update Venezuela moves against second opposition TV channel

Hours after President Hugo Chavez shut down Venezuela’s main opposition broadcaster, his government demanded an investigation of news network Globovision on Monday for allegedly inciting an assassination attempt on the leftist leader.

Previous posts:
Saturday’s podcast with Thor Halvorssen, President and CEO of the Human Rights Foundation, award-winning bloggers Daniel Duquenal of Venezuela News and Views and Miguel Octavio of The Devil’s Excrement, and oil industry expert Gustavo Coronel.

Last night’s podcast on the closing of Venezuela’s RCTV

Venezuelan Supreme Court confiscates RCTV

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