Business Week says that Venezuela’s RCTV keeps cameras rolling
Some of the programs are making their way to viewers on the Internet or by satellite to stations abroad. Other shows are not reaching any audience at all, but cameramen, sound engineers and actors are continuing to produce most of RCTV’s programs in hopes they may once again reach viewers across Venezuela, if only by cable.
all the universities in Caracas (there are many) led by professors and students, will walk out in a massive protest planned for Wednesday.
In this battle of renditions, it is important to mention that the Brazilian Congress has veto power over Venezuela’s ongoing application process for full membership in the regional trade alliance Mercosur and it could damage Chavez’s continental plans independent of Lula’s actual directions. Chavez faces the political constraint of having to “sell” Venezuela’s membership to the Brazilian Congress as well as to the President
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Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice spoke up for democracy at the OAS meeting, where the president of the organization calls her “Condi”, as if they were in his back yard enjoying cold drinks. The Venezuelan guy demanded that the US allow a Venezuelan commission to visit Gitmo with TV crews.
Predictably, Venezuela held onto its seat on the Organization of American States human rights commission because, while Hugo’s busy doing this:
and his Government feels the heat and the impact from student demonstrations, he can always rely on useful idiots from abroad.
Former president of Peru Alejandro Toledo has an excellent article on the IHT, In Venezuela, Silence = Despotism
This is about more than one TV station. President Chávez has become a destabilizing figure throughout the hemisphere because he feels he can silence anyone with opposing thoughts.
He wishes to hear only his own voice, to see his own face replicated a thousand times on the television channels that he controls. He ignores the fact that the true revolution of our era consists of listening to others rather than silencing them through repression or government decrees.
The rest of Latin America’s leaders cannot remain indifferent to the closing of RCTV or to Chávez’s threats to close other media outlets that give time to opposing opinions. Those of us who confronted authoritarianism in the past must again stand up for continent-wide solidarity.
This should be a perfect moment: this week the Organization of American States holds its annual general assembly in Panama. Unfortunately, the RCTV issue was not on the official agenda of the plenary session.
And, as we just saw, the OAS dropped the ball altogether.
Thor writes about Hugo and the media kings
Matt Lauer’s back from Cuba with the Today Show. Cuban TV showed the Castro interview, which of course Matt didn’t get.
As far as I’m concerned, it ain’t diverticulitis. And the fool doing the reporting must be dreaming to even think that Fidel would be a late convert to free-market reforms.
Via Babalu, here’s the interview in Spanish. Notice the date stamp, June 4, 2007 (day/month/year):
Looks like Castro’s wearing loose dentures. Interesting how he makes a point of showing the newspaper, as if he was a hostage.
Breibart News feed says Fidel Castro gives no sign in TV chat of plan to return to power. He’s probably waiting for his suits to come back from the cleaners.
Jane’s Intelligence has Life after death – scenarios for a post-Castro Cuba
If you haven’t yet, read Chavenezuela, my latest article, and also listen to last week’s 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