Chavez added a previously unscheduled stop in Russia on his way to China next week. Scroll down for link.
Venezuelan airports have been in the news this week:
The BBC mentions that Venezuelan NGOs have expressed their concern that Chavez is trying to drag the country into another Cold War. Of course Chavez ignored them.
Which brings us to the second travel item: Chavez is heading to Cuba for the weekend.
I can’t wait for Granma to issue another one of those reports where Chavez pretends to talk to Fidel, who of course, is still in an Adidas warm-up suit. Like so:
Chavez of course will be welcome with open arms in Cuba, which needs all the help it can get, after all the hurricane damage.
While the Russian jets were leaving quietly, Chavez had the director of Human Rights Watch, Chilean José Miguel Vivanco, expelled from the country by placing him in the first available plane out of the country -which took him to Sao Paolo. Venezuelan minister Tarek El Aissami acused Vivanco of waging “an unacceptable strategy of agression against our people.”
(note: I forgot to mention that Evo Morales, president of Bolivia, was flown to the Chilean summit in a Venezuelan government plane.)
While Hugo’s in Cuba for the weekend, former Defense Minister Raul Baduel said in an interview that 80% of Venezuela’s army rejects Chavez’s plans, since they aim to end that institution.
Bon voyage, Hugo.
Chavez is scheduled to travel to China next week, but now he’s added Russia and Portugal to his itinerary.
Considering how the Russians pulled the jets early, one can surmise that Vlad wanted a few choice words with Hugo.
Two friends requested that I post this episode of Jaime Bayly’s program. The videos are in Spanish, but please note there’s a language alert:
Here’s a link to Bayly’s interview with Maria Conchita Alonso