Avalancha (avalanche) in Caracas. Tens of thousands of people have marched through the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, in support of the main opposition candidate, Manuel Rosales Sez the Beeb,
If Mr Rosales can keep up this kind of pressure against his rival, the election results may not necessarily be a foregone conclusion.
Remember the Russian helicopters Hugo bought a while ago? They’re being used against Venezuelans: “Chavez, the helicopters do work”
The miners here are in a state of absolute rage. Some two weeks ago a group of approximately 20 army men on board a Russian helicopter flew over a mining area nearby and, from the air, ordered miners to stop working and to lay on the ground or else they would be killed. Shocked by such threat the miners complied, not before some shots were fired. Upon landing the military opened fire killing 5 of them instantly. The only survivor relates that he moved after being shot once. The army men noticed that he was still alive, so they shot him at close range a second time after which he kept still until there was silence. With two bullet wounds he walked for about 3 hours until indigenous tribesmen saved him. 4 other miners were forced into the river and ordered to remain under water or else they would be killed. They are still unaccounted for. In total 23 miners are dead or missing.
An article about the Bolivarian revolution: Bloc Party: Hugo Chávez’s new world order
The most significant challenge, arising from the slow collapse of the WTO’s Doha Round of trade negotiations, is Venezuela’s plan to replace the international trade structure with a series of trading blocs. Many of its efforts have been the banal sort of bilateral deals that would go unnoticed–if they weren’t with an eyebrow-raising set of partners: Vietnam, Nicaragua, Russia, Libya, and other countries at the edges of the liberal economic order. Just days before his U.N. appearance, Chávez signed some 20 trade accords with Iran, totaling more than $200 million. Iranian tractors are already under production in Venezuela, and the Iranian national oil company has spoken of investing up to $4 billion there. Chávez has promised a $500 million oil refinery in Uruguay, a country the United States has been courting for its own trade deal. And he has pursued countless oil-related deals with China–with the expressed goal of disengaging his country’s oil sector from the United States.
Note the common theme running through these deals: oil. As my colleague Joshua Kurlantzick explained in a recent New Republic article, the Iran-Venezuela dance is part of a larger pattern of consilience among oil-producing nations, nations that also share anti-liberal tendencies and fierce anti-American sentiment. Chávez has even bucked OPEC, trying to force the group to cut production and, in league with Iran, pushing to change oil pricing from dollars to euros. Indeed, Chávez supported Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s efforts to establish a euro-based oil exchange in Iran.
And while we ponder this morning’s news from North Korea, let’s also remember Hugo’s ties with that country.
Sic transit gloria mundi: Back in April 2005 the news was Venezuela’s oil monopoly will use Habana as its base of operations for the Caribbean
Venezuela’s state-owned oil firm PDVSA has cut its October unleaded gasoline export flow to neighboring Cuba due to refinery problems, oil traders and ship brokers said on Friday.
In the past two weeks, PDVSA shut its 54,000 barrels per day cat cracker at El Palito refinery after an electrical outage, and its Puerto La Cruz refinery was also experiencing operational problems.
The export flow stoppage to Cuba was confirmed by a source close to PDVSA.
Because, you see, Hugo has his priorities:
The export stoppage came as a surprise to traders and ship brokers following the planned gasoline sale to Iran in a oil-for-equipment barter deal.
PDVSA fixed the 38,000-tonne-capacity tanker St. Marco at a lump sum of $1.325 million to load on Oct. 20-25 in the Caribbean for delivery to Iran.
Whatever his personal feelings about the aging dictator, it has been clear since the beginning of Mr. Castro’s illness that Mr. Chavez views this as his moment to shed the role of dutiful acolyte and assert his primacy among the populist tyrants of Latin America..
Gateway Pundit posts on Massive Anti-Chavista Rallies in Caracas, Cantaura and Miami
The Kid from Brooklyn must have just watched The View right before taping his video.
Update Will you help these people?
Update, Tuesday, October 10 Venezuela: Top Latin American Arms Buyer of the decade