Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

Governing through Twitter

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

To give Venezuelans even more confidence on their leader, Chavez is now issuing dictates through Twitter while undergoing chemo in Cuba,
From Cuba, Venezuela’s Chavez governs via Twitter

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is using Twitter as a tool to govern remotely while he undergoes cancer treatment in Cuba.
In more than 40 messages this week on his “chavezcandanga” account, he has approved money for a Caracas trash collection project, praised plans for a new park and cheered on the national soccer team.
Chavez hasn’t mentioned anything about his chemotherapy but has alluded to his personal battle time and again, as he did in one tweet to a supporter on Tuesday: “We’re moving along here, brother! With God and the Virgin!”
Most of his messages have had the tone of a patriotic father figure connecting with his public. Chavez boasts more than 1.8 million followers, and his messages also regularly pop up on the screen on state television in Venezuela.

Venezuela, Cuba’s ideological colony, dictated to by Twitter.

Insane.

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#AskObama on Twitter

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011


video via Wizbang

The first presidential Twitter Town Hall’s coming up at 2PM today, which considering all the Twitter people on Obama’s staff,

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is a State Department adviser. Chief exec Dick Costolo is a telecom/national security adviser. And in the other direction, former State Department aide Katie Stanton is now a Twitter “vice president of global policy.”

we shall expect softballs:

Questions addressed during the Town Hall will be selected both in advance and in real-time during the event.

More on that at the Memeorandum thread.

However, here are Five Questions for President Obama’s Twitter Townhall, with background on each question,

1. Background: Conservatives in the House of Representatives passed a serious budget proposal with necessary reforms and responsible steps. Liberals haven’t passed—or even offered—a budget in over two years, making their concerns voiced about America’s fiscal future seem false. The President’s own budget was defeated 97–0 in the Senate.

Twitter Question: Your budget was rejected by Senate 97-0 & Dems haven’t produced budget in 700+ days. Where is your economic plan? #AskObama

2. Background: America’s unemployment rate has been near 9 percent for the majority of President Obama’s time in office. While he might have truly believed that trillions of dollars in stimulus, the time has come to admit that he was wrong.

Twitter Question: You said your stimulus plan would keep unemployment below 8%. Do you agree that was a trillion dollars wasted? #AskObama

3. Background: Countries like Greece are experiencing great financial tragedy because they failed to address their overwhelming debt issues. If the U.S. continues federal spending at the current rate, it will face the same scenario, something President Obama doesn’t want to admit. Mandatory spending has increased at more than five times the rate of discretionary spending, and America is headed for fiscal doom without a quick turnaround.

Twitter Question: You said it wasn’t a good idea to raise taxes in a recession but that is all you offer now to fix debt. Why? #AskObama

4. Background: Small business owners are suffering due to burdensome regulations and new requirements in Obamacare. IHOP franchise owner Scott Womack says that “if the health care reform law is not repealed or if the employer mandate doesn’t go away, we’re going to have to take drastic action.” As a Midwestern job creator currently employing nearly 1,000 people, Womack fears regulations like these threaten the livelihood of many employees.

Twitter Question: You’ve added more costly regulations in 2yrs than any of your predecessors, who all reviewed. When will it stop? #AskObama

5. Background: President Obama opened up the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to release 30 million barrels of oil onto a market suffering from his moratorium on domestic drilling. His own Energy Information Agency estimates that as a result of the President’s moratorium, we’ll lose 90 million barrels of oil just this year.

Twitter Question: Gas prices are high. We’re losing 90m barrels of oil due to your moratorium, plus jobs. Why release 30m from SPR? #AskObama

Answers, please.

You can follow the Town Hall at AskObama

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The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, May 10th, 2010

LatinAmerWelcome to this week’s Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean.

LATIN AMERICA
Republics and Monarchies

Drugs in Latin America

Latin America Waits for Obama to Deliver

Barack Obama’s “Red” Spiritual Advisor, via Gates of Vienna.

Arizona’s Real Problem: Drug Crime
The vicious violence the border states are experiencing is not committed by migrant laborers.

ARGENTINA
Argentine government doubles ad spending in 2009

Argentine MPs pass gay marriage bill

BOLIVIA
BBC Allows Bolivian Vice-President to Claim that Forces Opposed to the Evo Morales Government Include “Officials From the U.S. Embassy”

Another Bolivian nationalisation
Power grab
Evo Morales’s allies grow restive

BRAZIL
Lula and the Brazilian moment


Is Brazil Developing the Bomb?

U.S. Govt, Soros Fund Offshore Drilling in Brazil

Brazil Bond Sales Fizzle as Odebrecht, Cruzeiro Delay Issues

IAPA pushes for Brazil to solve two longstanding journalist killings

¿Por qué no te callas?: Archbishop Dadeus Grings

Brazil’s booming economy
Too hot for comfort
The Central Bank raises interest rates for the first time since 2008

CHILE
Contemplando Santiago desde uno de los edificios más altos de Sudamérica. views of Santiago from one of the tallest buildings in South America.

COLOMBIA
Colombia’s presidential election
The maths of a Green revolution
Antanas Mockus is in many ways the opposite of Álvaro Uribe, the popular outgoing president. So why are the polls saying the upstart might replace him?

Colombia Coffee Growers Say April Output Jumped 88%

COSTA RICA
Costa Rica inaugurates first female president

CUBA
Freedom for what?

Another arrest in Cuba

Mother’s Day in Cuba for the Ladies in White, via Babalu.

Rockers For Stalinism & Segregation!

Rosa Diaz’s iPhone

Miami Company Seeks U.S. OK to Charge More for Cuba Phone Service

ECUADOR
Ecuador a choice destination for emigrants from Cuba, that is.

EL SALVADOR
El Salvador denuncia a México por malos tratos a inmigrantes

GUATEMALA
Guatemalan Suspected in 1982 Massacre Arrested in Florida

GUYANA
Can Ghosts Bring Life to Jonestown Cult Compound?

Jim Jones’s Tenured Apologist
Thirty years after Jonestown, Rebecca Moore tries to rehabilitate Peoples Temple.

HAITI
Gangs become father, mother to Haiti’s forlorn orphans

HONDURAS
Honduras, la Union Europea y UNASUR

MEXICO
“Cuba Si! Arizona No!” Says Mexican President Felipe Calderon

Mexico Peso Rises Most in Year as Europe Announces Loan Package

NICARAGUA
Daniel Ortega’s Nicaragua
The show goes on
More blows against democracy

PANAMA
US Ambassador For Panama to Visit Boquete May 20

PARAGUAY

Guerrillas in Paraguay
The “people’s army” under siege
Paraguay’s leftist president institutes emergency laws to fight an insurgency

URUGUAY
Uruguay Lifts 2010 GDP Growth Forecast to 5.1%, Lorenzo Says

VENEZUELA
Venezuelan Prices Surge to 7-Year High on Food Hikes

Venezuela: Inflation, speculation and irresponsibility

Currency Woes Dog Venezuelans After Devaluation

La Carolina, 5 days after Chavez stole it

Madres chavistas enfrentan chavistas corruptos

Chavez’s Threats May Make Economy Worse, Ramos Says

The week’s posts and podcasts:
Chavez needs 200 people to manage his Tweeter
Dania Virgen Garcia released from jail
Raul Baduel, the guy who sprung Chavez from jail, sentenced to jail
Today’s headlines: 15 Minutes on Latin America
Venezuela’s ongoing economic crisis
Casualties of war
Better get insurance for that “free” Cuban healthcare

At Pajamas Media:
Puerto Rico and the Recurring Plebiscite
Congress quietly passed HR 2499, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act. But why? And does anyone understand what’s in it?

At Real Clear World:
Venezuela: Baduel Sentenced to Eight Years

The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, May 10th, 2010

LatinAmerWelcome to this week’s Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean.

LATIN AMERICA
Republics and Monarchies

Drugs in Latin America

Latin America Waits for Obama to Deliver

Barack Obama’s “Red” Spiritual Advisor, via Gates of Vienna.

Arizona’s Real Problem: Drug Crime
The vicious violence the border states are experiencing is not committed by migrant laborers.

ARGENTINA
Argentine government doubles ad spending in 2009

Argentine MPs pass gay marriage bill

BOLIVIA
BBC Allows Bolivian Vice-President to Claim that Forces Opposed to the Evo Morales Government Include “Officials From the U.S. Embassy”

Another Bolivian nationalisation
Power grab
Evo Morales’s allies grow restive

BRAZIL
Lula and the Brazilian moment


Is Brazil Developing the Bomb?

U.S. Govt, Soros Fund Offshore Drilling in Brazil

Brazil Bond Sales Fizzle as Odebrecht, Cruzeiro Delay Issues

IAPA pushes for Brazil to solve two longstanding journalist killings

¿Por qué no te callas?: Archbishop Dadeus Grings

Brazil’s booming economy
Too hot for comfort
The Central Bank raises interest rates for the first time since 2008

CHILE
Contemplando Santiago desde uno de los edificios más altos de Sudamérica. views of Santiago from one of the tallest buildings in South America.

COLOMBIA
Colombia’s presidential election
The maths of a Green revolution
Antanas Mockus is in many ways the opposite of Álvaro Uribe, the popular outgoing president. So why are the polls saying the upstart might replace him?

Colombia Coffee Growers Say April Output Jumped 88%

COSTA RICA
Costa Rica inaugurates first female president

CUBA
Freedom for what?

Another arrest in Cuba

Mother’s Day in Cuba for the Ladies in White, via Babalu.

Rockers For Stalinism & Segregation!

Rosa Diaz’s iPhone

Miami Company Seeks U.S. OK to Charge More for Cuba Phone Service

ECUADOR
Ecuador a choice destination for emigrants from Cuba, that is.

EL SALVADOR
El Salvador denuncia a México por malos tratos a inmigrantes

GUATEMALA
Guatemalan Suspected in 1982 Massacre Arrested in Florida

GUYANA
Can Ghosts Bring Life to Jonestown Cult Compound?

Jim Jones’s Tenured Apologist
Thirty years after Jonestown, Rebecca Moore tries to rehabilitate Peoples Temple.

HAITI
Gangs become father, mother to Haiti’s forlorn orphans

HONDURAS
Honduras, la Union Europea y UNASUR

MEXICO
“Cuba Si! Arizona No!” Says Mexican President Felipe Calderon

Mexico Peso Rises Most in Year as Europe Announces Loan Package

NICARAGUA
Daniel Ortega’s Nicaragua
The show goes on
More blows against democracy

PANAMA
US Ambassador For Panama to Visit Boquete May 20

PARAGUAY

Guerrillas in Paraguay
The “people’s army” under siege
Paraguay’s leftist president institutes emergency laws to fight an insurgency

URUGUAY
Uruguay Lifts 2010 GDP Growth Forecast to 5.1%, Lorenzo Says

VENEZUELA
Venezuelan Prices Surge to 7-Year High on Food Hikes

Venezuela: Inflation, speculation and irresponsibility

Currency Woes Dog Venezuelans After Devaluation

La Carolina, 5 days after Chavez stole it

Madres chavistas enfrentan chavistas corruptos

Chavez’s Threats May Make Economy Worse, Ramos Says

The week’s posts and podcasts:
Chavez needs 200 people to manage his Tweeter
Dania Virgen Garcia released from jail
Raul Baduel, the guy who sprung Chavez from jail, sentenced to jail
Today’s headlines: 15 Minutes on Latin America
Venezuela’s ongoing economic crisis
Casualties of war
Better get insurance for that “free” Cuban healthcare

At Pajamas Media:
Puerto Rico and the Recurring Plebiscite
Congress quietly passed HR 2499, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act. But why? And does anyone understand what’s in it?

At Real Clear World:
Venezuela: Baduel Sentenced to Eight Years

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Chavez needs 200 people to manage his Tweeter

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Just last month Hugo Chávez started tweeting:

Now his rise in popularity (Noticias 24′s headline spreads the snark with “Chávez enjoys meteoric popularity… on Tweeter”) has him with 250,000 followers (as of the writing of this post).

So, what’s a petty tyrant to do? Hire 200 of his BFFs to manage the Twitter account:

Since then, Chavez says, he has been overwhelmed by nearly 54,000 messages from supporters, critics and people writing to ask for help with a problem or lodge a complaint. On Thursday, he announced that a new team of 200 aides would help him manage the stream.

“I’m creating a team due to the avalanche of requests, and some grievances,” he said.

Opposition lawmaker Juan Jose Molina said he was not surprised by Chavez’s ability to attract a crowd in cyberspace, but he thinks the president should spend less time tweeting and more time working to reduce soaring inflation and violent crime.

“Nobody can deny that Chavez has leadership. But it’s also true that nobody can deny his inability to govern,” Molina said.

And, by the way, he tweets from a BlackBerry, which he has referred to as a “secret weapon.”

Can’t wait until one of the 200 aides will leak the passwords and really turn that BlackBerry into a secret weapon.

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Meanwhile, here in the US of A,
Obama bemoans ‘diversions’ of IPod, Xbox era (hat tip Roger):
US President Barack Obama lamented Sunday that in the iPad and Xbox era, information had become a diversion that was imposing new strains on democracy, in his latest critique of modern media.

Chavez needs 200 people to manage his Tweeter

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Just last month Hugo Chávez started tweeting:

Now his rise in popularity (Noticias 24’s headline spreads the snark with “Chávez enjoys meteoric popularity… on Tweeter”) has him with 250,000 followers (as of the writing of this post).

So, what’s a petty tyrant to do? Hire 200 of his BFFs to manage the Twitter account:

Since then, Chavez says, he has been overwhelmed by nearly 54,000 messages from supporters, critics and people writing to ask for help with a problem or lodge a complaint. On Thursday, he announced that a new team of 200 aides would help him manage the stream.

“I’m creating a team due to the avalanche of requests, and some grievances,” he said.

Opposition lawmaker Juan Jose Molina said he was not surprised by Chavez’s ability to attract a crowd in cyberspace, but he thinks the president should spend less time tweeting and more time working to reduce soaring inflation and violent crime.

“Nobody can deny that Chavez has leadership. But it’s also true that nobody can deny his inability to govern,” Molina said.

And, by the way, he tweets from a BlackBerry, which he has referred to as a “secret weapon.”

Can’t wait until one of the 200 aides will leak the passwords and really turn that BlackBerry into a secret weapon.

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Meanwhile, here in the US of A,
Obama bemoans ‘diversions’ of IPod, Xbox era (hat tip Roger):

US President Barack Obama lamented Sunday that in the iPad and Xbox era, information had become a diversion that was imposing new strains on democracy, in his latest critique of modern media.

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The first Monday in May Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

LatinAmerWelcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean.

LATIN AMERICA

Chávez says that Cuba helps Venezuela defend itself from U.S., Colombian malice

ARGENTINA
Argentina’s Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo accuse journalists in mock trial

Antonini Wilson dice que era “vox pópuli” que el Gobierno argentino cobraba sobornos

BOLIVIA
Bolivia Takes Over More Firms

BRAZIL
Brazil’s Fraga Says Government Bailouts, Spending ‘Not Healthy’

Lula Tops Times List

What’s Good for Petrobras Proves Bad for Shareholders

CHILE
Carta destacada de la semana: Mapocho Navegable

COLOMBIA
Colombia’s presidential election
The maths of a Green revolution
Antanas Mockus is in many ways the opposite of Álvaro Uribe, the popular outgoing president. So why are the polls saying the upstart might replace him?

Economy, Not Security, Is Key Colombia Issue

Five Colombian troops killed in minefield

CUBA
Omar Gude Pérez, Cuban Political Prisoner of the Week, 5/2/10

What Cuba can teach us about health care

The brevity of the slogans

ECUADOR
Ecuador’s President ‘Freeing’ Central Bank Funds for Citizens

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa said he will seek to change the central bank’s accounting rules in a bid to free capital needed to invest in the country’s development.

The government is seeking to change accounting rules regulating how the bank reports its reserve funds, Correa said in his weekly televised address to the nation, broadcast today.

Ecuador, which has defaulted on $3.2 billion of international bonds since Correa took office in 2007, is trying to plug a budget deficit the Finance Ministry estimates will reach $4.2 billion this year. The president of the country’s private bank association, Cesar Robalino, said March 29 the government was using central bank reserves to finance spending.

Ecuador’s new constitution, approved in a 2008 referendum, stripped the central bank of its autonomy.

“Why does a central bank that doesn’t even have a national currency need $2 billion in capital,” asked Correa, a 47-year-old former economics professor. “We are freeing the funds for the benefit of the Ecuadorean people.”

Yeah, right.

GRENADA
Grenada labour minister proposes extended weekend, shift work

HONDURAS
Journalists Killed in Honduras: The Myths and the Truth

The egg assembly line

MEXICO
Mr. Calderon, Tear Down this Wall

Mexico Accused of Human Rights Abuses in Amnesty International Report

Border disorder

Mexican officials condemn Arizona’s tough new immigration law

Italian in Mexican ambush safe and sound
Gunmen kill two in attack on humanitarian convoy

Inside Mexico, Illegal Aliens Get No Breaks

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
The Netherlands Antilles
The joy of six
Curaçao savours the prospect of autonomy

NICARAGUA
Daniel Ortega’s Nicaragua
The show goes on
More blows against democracy

PANAMA
Police Seize 1.5 Tons of Weapons in Dolega, via Chiriquí Chatter

PUERTO RICO
Democrats ‘rigging’ Puerto Rico path to statehood?
House votes on option for island to become 51st state

US regulators seize three Puerto Rico banks

VENEZUELA
Deadly New Russian Weapon Hides In Shipping Container

A Russian company is marketing a devastating new cruise missile system which can be hidden inside a shipping container, giving any merchant vessel the capability to wipe out an aircraft carrier.

Potential customers for the formidable Club-K system include Kremlin allies Iran and Venezuela, say defense experts. They worry that countries could pass on the satellite-guided missiles, which are very hard to detect, to terrorist groups.

Oil-rich Venezuela gripped by economic crisis

Chávez Decaffeinates Venezuela
Coffee shortages predictably follow his price controls.

Housewives, bankers battle in Chavez militia

PRIMERO DE MAYO DESDE EL BARRIO (o “así se pudre un país…”)

PSUV: towards the Leninist model (with pictures)

Chávez, candanguero

While Venezuelan militia are trained to fire machine guns to the cry, “Kill the gringos,” Chávez asks Americans to wash their butts, again:

IMMIGRATION
AZTLAN ASTROTURF – MAY DAY MARCH in DENVER

“Our Gloria” Leads our Dear, DEAR “Latino brothers and sisters” in Los Angeles May Day March! (UPDATED)

HUMOR
Revisiting the Isla Presidencial:

(My apologies: the video starts automatically. You can watch it here)

The week’s posts and podcasts:
Great news from Colombia
VIDEO: Now Chavez wants Fidel and Evo to tweet, while Venezuela’s in ruins
Mexico’s illegal alien laws
Cuban blogger sentenced to prison: 15 Minutes on Latin America
Remember Noriega? He’s off to France
Cuba: Dania Virgen Garcia and the Ladies In White
Chavez as a security threat

At Real Clear World:
Chavez Tweets!

At Latineos:
Walking along Cortázar

The first Monday in May Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

LatinAmerWelcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean.

LATIN AMERICA

Chávez says that Cuba helps Venezuela defend itself from U.S., Colombian malice

ARGENTINA
Argentina’s Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo accuse journalists in mock trial

Antonini Wilson dice que era “vox pópuli” que el Gobierno argentino cobraba sobornos

BOLIVIA
Bolivia Takes Over More Firms

BRAZIL
Brazil’s Fraga Says Government Bailouts, Spending ‘Not Healthy’

Lula Tops Times List

What’s Good for Petrobras Proves Bad for Shareholders

CHILE
Carta destacada de la semana: Mapocho Navegable

COLOMBIA
Colombia’s presidential election
The maths of a Green revolution
Antanas Mockus is in many ways the opposite of Álvaro Uribe, the popular outgoing president. So why are the polls saying the upstart might replace him?

Economy, Not Security, Is Key Colombia Issue

Five Colombian troops killed in minefield

CUBA
Omar Gude Pérez, Cuban Political Prisoner of the Week, 5/2/10

What Cuba can teach us about health care

The brevity of the slogans

ECUADOR
Ecuador’s President ‘Freeing’ Central Bank Funds for Citizens

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa said he will seek to change the central bank’s accounting rules in a bid to free capital needed to invest in the country’s development.

The government is seeking to change accounting rules regulating how the bank reports its reserve funds, Correa said in his weekly televised address to the nation, broadcast today.

Ecuador, which has defaulted on $3.2 billion of international bonds since Correa took office in 2007, is trying to plug a budget deficit the Finance Ministry estimates will reach $4.2 billion this year. The president of the country’s private bank association, Cesar Robalino, said March 29 the government was using central bank reserves to finance spending.

Ecuador’s new constitution, approved in a 2008 referendum, stripped the central bank of its autonomy.

“Why does a central bank that doesn’t even have a national currency need $2 billion in capital,” asked Correa, a 47-year-old former economics professor. “We are freeing the funds for the benefit of the Ecuadorean people.”

Yeah, right.

GRENADA
Grenada labour minister proposes extended weekend, shift work

HONDURAS
Journalists Killed in Honduras: The Myths and the Truth

The egg assembly line

MEXICO
Mr. Calderon, Tear Down this Wall

Mexico Accused of Human Rights Abuses in Amnesty International Report

Border disorder

Mexican officials condemn Arizona’s tough new immigration law

Italian in Mexican ambush safe and sound
Gunmen kill two in attack on humanitarian convoy

Inside Mexico, Illegal Aliens Get No Breaks

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
The Netherlands Antilles
The joy of six
Curaçao savours the prospect of autonomy

NICARAGUA
Daniel Ortega’s Nicaragua
The show goes on
More blows against democracy

PANAMA
Police Seize 1.5 Tons of Weapons in Dolega, via Chiriquí Chatter

PUERTO RICO
Democrats ‘rigging’ Puerto Rico path to statehood?
House votes on option for island to become 51st state

US regulators seize three Puerto Rico banks

VENEZUELA
Deadly New Russian Weapon Hides In Shipping Container

A Russian company is marketing a devastating new cruise missile system which can be hidden inside a shipping container, giving any merchant vessel the capability to wipe out an aircraft carrier.

Potential customers for the formidable Club-K system include Kremlin allies Iran and Venezuela, say defense experts. They worry that countries could pass on the satellite-guided missiles, which are very hard to detect, to terrorist groups.

Oil-rich Venezuela gripped by economic crisis

Chávez Decaffeinates Venezuela
Coffee shortages predictably follow his price controls.

Housewives, bankers battle in Chavez militia

PRIMERO DE MAYO DESDE EL BARRIO (o “así se pudre un país…”)

PSUV: towards the Leninist model (with pictures)

Chávez, candanguero

While Venezuelan militia are trained to fire machine guns to the cry, “Kill the gringos,” Chávez asks Americans to wash their butts, again:

IMMIGRATION
AZTLAN ASTROTURF – MAY DAY MARCH in DENVER

“Our Gloria” Leads our Dear, DEAR “Latino brothers and sisters” in Los Angeles May Day March! (UPDATED)

HUMOR
Revisiting the Isla Presidencial:

(My apologies: the video starts automatically. You can watch it here)

The week’s posts and podcasts:
Great news from Colombia
VIDEO: Now Chavez wants Fidel and Evo to tweet, while Venezuela’s in ruins
Mexico’s illegal alien laws
Cuban blogger sentenced to prison: 15 Minutes on Latin America
Remember Noriega? He’s off to France
Cuba: Dania Virgen Garcia and the Ladies In White
Chavez as a security threat

At Real Clear World:
Chavez Tweets!

At Latineos:
Walking along Cortázar

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VIDEO: Now Chavez wants Fidel and Evo to tweet, while Venezuela’s in ruins

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Now that Chavez tweets, he wants his buddies to join him,
Chavez exhorts leftists Fidel, Morales to Twitter

Delighted at his cyber success, Venezuela’s new Twitter convert President Hugo Chavez on Thursday invited Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Bolivian President Evo Morales to join the micro-blogging site too.

After several months grumbling that social networking sites in Venezuela were dominated by opponents of his socialist government, Chavez opened his own account this week and was clearly elated to have gathered 106,000 followers in two days.

“The potential this has … it’s not capitalist, it’s not socialist, it depends on how it is used,” he said after posting two messages on his page @chavezcandanga.

“I invite Evo and Fidel,” Chavez said. “Evo – are you on Twitter? Let’s invite Evo to Twitter,” Chavez said during a visit to a cattle ranch with Bolivia’s president.

Here he rambles on (in Spanish); notice how he says he’s received messages “from Russia, from China, well, maybe not from China”,

Lest you believe it’s all fun and games,

Separately, a 29-year-old Venezuelan was arrested on Thursday in connection with text messages calling for the assassination of Chavez, authorities said.

Interior Minister Tareck El Aissami said the man was detained in Merida, a city near the border with Colombia, along with computers and other materials.

“Death to Hugo Chavez, for a fatherland free of tyrants,” read the text, according to the minister.

Don’t miss Juan Forero’s report, Oil-rich Venezuela gripped by economic crisis

“We just stop,” said Jesus Yanis, who paints cars. “We don’t work.”

Neither does the rest of Venezuela, where a punishing, months-old energy crisis and years of state interventions in the economy are taking a brutal toll on private business. The result is that the economy is flickering and going dark, too, challenging Venezuela’s mercurial leader, Hugo Chávez, and his socialist experiment like never before.

No matter that Venezuela is one of the world’s great oil powers — among the top five providers of crude to the United States. Economists say Venezuela is gripped by an economic crisis that has no easy or fast solution, even if sluggish oil production were ramped up and profligate state spending were cut.

“The government is paralyzed, unable to handle the situation — and there are no fiscal plans to deal with the crisis,” said José Guerra, a former Central Bank economist who directs the economics department at Central University in Caracas, the capital. “Our situation is unbelievable, because we have one of the biggest reserves of oil in the world, thermal-electrical and hydroelectric sources.”

Read it all.

Chavez tweets!

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

You too can follow Hugo Chavez’s Tweeted wisdom – read about it at my Real Clear World post!

Related:
Chavez and the “terrorist” Twitter: 15 Minutes on Latin America