Archive for the ‘Hugo Chavez’ Category
The Kirchner-Baez scandal
Bolivians cheer satellite launchBolivian indigenous rituals ahead of satellite launch
Thousands of people in La Paz celebrate the launch of Bolivia’s first telecommunications satellite from a base in China
Jamaican bride dumps new husband 20 MINUTES after arriving in the UK… and guess who paid for her £5k visa
Heartbroken charity worker believes she ‘joined boyfriend with whom she planned scheme’
He paid £5,000 for her visa
EL FORO DE SAO PAULO, UN PELIGRO PARA LA DEMOCRACIA
Mexico’s Reforms: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Mexico’s Congress has delivered an energy reform plan that could alter Mexico’s economic outlook for decades to come, but its populist tax policies and profligate spending threaten the steady growth the country has achieved in recent years.
British drug mules sentenced to six years for trafficking in Peru
Michaella Connolly and Melissa Reid have been sentenced to six years and eight months in prison by a Peruvian judge, for attempting to smuggle 11 kilos of cocaine out of the country
Coast Guard rescues man kicked off mountain by goat (h/t Tree-hugging Sister)
The Economist’s country of the year, for legalizing the mass production and distribution of marijuana.
More bad news from Venezuela
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Colombia: mayor trouble
At Da Tech Guy Blog:
Brazil: Edward Snowden asks for asylum
Last month I referred to Maduro’s incarceration of business owners as the start of the really bad news: the mask dropped completely.
Must-read op-ed by Enrique Standish: Venezuela Finally Turns Communist
Maduro Follows Leninist Dogma to the Letter. Standish tracks the evolution in four stages:
- The first stage entailed obtaining total control of all institutions of the Venezuelan state.
- In the second stage, Chavez
passed 49 laws directed against the private sector. These laws eliminated private participation in the oil business, allowed for confiscation without payment of private lands, suspended constitutional guarantees for business owners, and established “military security zones” in major metropolitan areas — a de facto confiscation of prime real estate in Venezuela’s major cities. At the same time, he launched an all out attack against the country’s independent labor unions
- Third stage:
Chavez nationalized the holdings of international corporations in all sectors considered essential by his Cuban advisers: telecommunications, mining, steel, construction materials, oil and oil services, energy generation, distribution and transmission, gas, agricultural services, and even glass companies. At the same time, Venezuela entered into a hugely expensive and disadvantageous agreement with China, with the sole purpose of diverting its oil exports from the United States to the Chinese market.
Now in the fourth stage, Maduro has declared “Economic War” by ending what was left of free markets in Venezuela as he approved a law setting price controls on all goods, and another law creating a National Foreign Trade Center monopoly that will handle all imports entering Venezuela.
and a Zara store after,
Enter the black market, in force.
trusts the state, “charged with vigilance for the common good.”
I hate to say this, but the Pope’s moral authority just went missing.
More on The Pope’s Rhetoric.
Over at CNN, “Venezuela is on a fast track to ruin:”
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Not the ketchup, the German sociologist and political analyst:
Heinz Dieterich, Father Of 21st Century Socialism, Bashes Venezuela’s Maduro. As a steadfast believer that “it’d all work, if only it was done the right way,”
Dieterich, author of “The Socialism of the 21st Century and Latin America: From Colonization to Globalization with Noam Chomsky,” is viewed as the godfather of the political ideas put in place in Chávez’s Venezuela and later in countries like Bolivia and Ecuador.
The German intellectual, however, had a falling out with Chávez over the Venezuelan’s perceived lack of rigor and understanding when it came to the idea of 21st socialism.
The economic model implemented in 2003 by Chávez has now been exhausted, Dietrich argued, and now Venezuela is suffering from rising inflation and a possible moratorium on foreign payments.
What HD fails to grasp is that Hugo and his acolytes are interested in consolidating power on themselves, and know that strong independent institutions in a truly democratic political system that respects property rights and the rule of law does not allow such concentration of power; hence, they use “21st Century Socialism” to get themselves into power.
Or maybe HD realizes that, and I’m being too kind.
Either way, Dieterich thinks Maduro will not get beyond March or April 2014,
The scenarios of [his] possible fall are obvious: street demonstrations orchestrated from Washington and the right, or an alliance between the Armed Forces and the governors,” he said, according to Venezuelan newspaper El Universal.
Dieterich does not mention Diosdado Cabello, who has plans of his own.
This turned up in Venezuela, purportedly an audio of Hugo Chavez calling his brother on September 16th.
“Hugo” forgot to mention what year.
It made the news, but nobody fell for it, and, of course, Maduro blamed the opposition:
Hugo Chávez ‘voice from the grave’ clip dismissed by Venezuela president
Nicolás Maduro accuses rivals of fabricating audio file imitating late leader saying he was betrayed and is being held captive
The recording’s veracity was firmly denied by Adan Chávez. “This disgusting montage has prompted some to believe that Chávez didn’t die and that he is hiding. Others think that this recording was done before his death. It is all a great lie.
“Hugo Chávez was buried alongside the love of his loyal and revolutionary people, and he never sent me a message of this type.”
When it comes to impersonations, though, Gustavo Rios does a better job of impersonating both Maduro and Chavez:
Jaime Bayly posits (in Spanish) that this audio was most likely recorded in 2011,
If it was, who recorded it? Was Adan Chavez’s phone bugged? Who released it now?
If it’s true that Maduro had to rush back from China for fear of an internal coup, who has the most to gain from this distraction?
Because, no matter what, this is a distraction from the rolling disaster Venezuela has become.
Another default coming up, since the creditors don’t want to settle for 14 cents on the dollar,
Holdout creditors on Friday rejected Argentina’s proposal to pay them about 20 cents on every U.S. dollar of bonds they own, leaving a U.S. appeals court to decide how to enforce a ruling that may push Argentina into a new default.
“Not only are the details of Argentina’s proposal unacceptable and unresponsive; Argentina fails even to provide this court with meaningful ‘assurances’ that it will actually comply with its own proposal,” said Theodore Olson, a lawyer for the holdouts, in a brief filed Friday.
Argentina’s own math values the offer at $210 million, less than 15% of the $1.47 billion that holdouts were owed on their defaulted bonds as of March 1, according to the brief.
You may be thinking, “what the hey do I care?” The judges’ decision could be seen as a precedent for sovereign restructurings around the world. Additionally,
Many analysts, including Mr. Werning, think the court will come down in favor of the holdouts. Under that scenario, Argentina would likely miss payments on its performing bonds until it is able to find a payment mechanism beyond the reach of U.S. courts.
You can count on that.
Over in Venezuela, Cristina visited Hugo’s grave,
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— Fausta (@Fausta) April 15, 2013
The electoral board announcement was pushed back over and over, with the TV anchors talking on and on. Venevision even showed their entire crew.
By 11:10PM (10:40 Caracas time), Globovision said that no announcement could be made until the number of uncounted votes was smaller than the difference between the candidates, which, at that late hour pointed to a close election.
Finally, almost at midnight, after repeated appeals for calm, the announcement, as I predicted.
The shameful silence of Latin America’s democracies on Venezuela’s election. A Wash Post devastating editorial washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-r…
— Moisés Naím (@MoisesNaim) April 13, 2013
Over 370,000 null votes, and have not added overseas votes,
Hay + d 370 mil votos nulos y sin agregar votos del extranjero
— Diego E. Arria (@Diego_Arria) April 15, 2013
@NoticiasCaracol tweeted “Maduro got 7,505,338 votes, 50.66%, 234,935 more than opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, who got 7,270,403.”
Maduro logró 7.505.338 de votos, el 50,66% , 234.935 votos más que el candidato de la oposición, Henrique Capriles, que obtuvo 7.270.403
— Noticias Caracol (@NoticiasCaracol) April 15, 2013
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Former Ecuadorian president Osvaldo Hurtado writes in his book, Dictaduras Del Siglo XXI El Caso Ecuatoriano (21st Century Dictatorships: The Case of Ecuador), on how the self-named “leaders of the 21st century socialist revolutions” take over and destroy the democratic institutions in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.
These 21st century dictatorships hold elections after instituting mechanisms, procedures and restrictions, and establishing advantages, which are all anti-democratic by eliminating the level ground for the election to take place.
As I have mentioned many times over the last 9 nine years, Hugo Chavez’s rule focused on concentrating all power on himself. After his death, Maduro became acting president, against the provisions of the Venezuelan Constitution, in order for him to run as incumbent. That way he has full control of the entire electoral process, the media, and all Venezuelan institutions.
Keep that in mind tonight when you see the election results.
Last week Venezuela’s acting president and presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro officially inaugurated his campaign by publicly stating that Hugo Chavez had spoken to him in the form of a bird (but apparently not as a parrot). In the spirit of the occasion (all puns intended), and in keeping with a red Chavista shirt theme, I’m illustrating this week’s Carnival with the most famous red bird of all, the Angry Bird, instead of the usual map.
Pope Francis calls for aid for Argentina flood victims
Pope Francis has appealed for “civil and ecclesiastical institutions, as well as people of good will”, to provide help to the victims of devastating flooding in Argentina that has left dozens dead.
Rio Charges Three Men With Attack on American, French Visitors
Rio de Janeiro police said they have arrested a third suspect and sidelined two police officers after the rape of an American woman over the weekend.
Santos´ invisible and elitist cabinet
Washington’s 51-year embargo makes it illegal for U.S. citizens to visit Cuba for mere tourism, although tens of thousands of Americans travel there each year on academic, religious, journalistic or cultural exchange licenses.
Chevron Embargo Would Not Affect YPF Deal -Ecuador Plaintiffs
A freeze on Chevron’s funds in Argentina would not include any future investments the company would make in the country, according to a lawyer representing the Ecuadorian plaintiffs in the case behind the freeze.
Controversia por dura frase de presidente de Uruguay sobre Cristina Fernández
El mandatario uruguayo no se dio cuenta que los micrófonos estaban abiertos y se escuchó en la transmisión en vivo de una conferencia de prensa al sentenciar: “Esta vieja es peor que el tuerto”
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Venezuela: And now the Macarapana curse
Podcast: Silvio Canto‘s
Hugo Chavez idolatry as a campaign tactic in the 23 de Enero slum in Caracas:
Shrine to mourn and celebrate Venezuela’s Chavez,
“He is our saint of the poor,” says Eva Garcia, 45, who tends to the shrine each day after her shift at the local municipal offices as a community organizer.
As I predicted months ago, Chavez is joining Che in the Communist Idol show.
The Maduro campaign manipulates the poor’s ignorance and superstition,
To each and every visitor, Garcia hands out a copy of Chavez’s official agenda for the 2013-2019 presidential term he won’t complete. She also offers a handbill with Chavez’s last public remarks in December, in which he named Maduro his chosen successor.
The Maternity & Children’s Hospital in the Western Caracas neighborhood of El Valle (seen in the picture left) is set to finally be opened to the public after 23 years in construction (14 of them under current management).
If they followed the old custom and named it after the leader who started the job, they’d call it the Maternidad Carlos Andres Pérez Rodríguez Hospital. Ermm…no chance of that.
Can you guess the new name they’ve when it opens? Yup: Comandante Supremo Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías.
Meanwhile, Roy Chaderton, Venezuela’s Ambassador to the OAS, is bellyaching about the opposition’s unfair advantage in the campaign.
No birds were harmed in the writing of this post.