Archive for June 18th, 2003

More on Iran

June 18, 2003

Article wonders why there is so little coverage of the protests in Teheran when compared to that of when the Shah was overthrown. The writer suggests (in contrast to Reuters in my post yesterday) that the US Government is trying to ignore it and news agencies don’t want to lose access to the events. Interesting.

More on Iran

June 18, 2003

Article wonders why there is so little coverage of the protests in Teheran when compared to that of when the Shah was overthrown. The writer suggests (in contrast to Reuters in my post yesterday) that the US Government is trying to ignore it and news agencies don’t want to lose access to the events. Interesting.

Almost Civil at the Assembly

June 18, 2003

The Venezuelan National Assembly has become almost civilized in the way it is working now, with a discussion on the regulations for debate and rules of order proceeding with total peace and civility this week. This implies that the El Calvario sessions have indeed been set aside and both sides are looking for a compromise. There are even rumors that the MVR Deputies and the opposition will try to reach an agreement on the composition of the electoral commission (CNE) so as to avoid the Supreme Court from doing it. What a transformation!

Video shows Vice-President’s cynicism

June 18, 2003

 


While Vice-President Rangel and his son, the Mayor of Petare, went together with the Minister of Justice to the Attorney General’s office to denounce the aggression of the Metropolitan Police against the Chavista protesters, Globovision showed a video, in which one can clearly see that the first tear gas was thrown by the protesters and not by the police. This is actually followed by Rangel’s son giving a speech from an armored National Guard vehicle. The speech certainly was not one in which he was trying to calm down the protesters. On the contrary, he was telling the already violent protesters that “Nobody is going to conquer Petare”. Globovision also played a tape with someone saying the shooting will not stop until the police leaves. Unbelievable!

The theory of the mini skirt by Fernando Luis Egańa

June 18, 2003

 


The theory of the mini skirt by Fernando Luis Egańa, taken from yesterday’s Tal Cual


 


The main spokesmen of the chavista regime-specially the vice-Rangel and, of course, the “major microphone”- have a curious way of explaining and interpreting the relevant events of our mega crisis. Specially those caused by themselves.


 


The reasoning is very similar to the rapist who alter committing a crime says it is not his fault but the woman who was recently raped “for wearing a mini-skirt”



 
Thus, for example, CADIVI (the exchange control office) only hands in 0.6% of the foreign currency that the Venezuelan economy requires, the responsibility is not that of Hernandez Behrens (its Head), nor the presumed “exchange controls” (more like a suppression) but of the companies and the people that for some stubborn and suspicious reason are refusing to receive any foreign currency. If economic activity drops 29%, Chavez and his Government have nothing to do with that. How can you even think that! To Miraflores is a coup-related conspiracy of the only private sector on planet Earth whose only purpose is to ruin themselves down to the ashes.



The Conac (Cultural Institution) of Farruco Sesto censors a piece of art selected for
Venice’s bi-annual show, and it is done, because that “piece” is synonymous of intolerance and as such goes against creative freedom.



If the opposition rallies in the West of Caracas or in Petare are attacked with the procedural violence of the oficialist thugs, of course, it was “due to the “legitimate defense” in the face of the fascist provocation of Henry Ramos or Enrique Mendoza.



If
Prosecutor Plaza and General Lucas prepare a legalese offensive to throw against the freedom of demonstration it is “obvious” that they are doing to honor human rights and the participative doctrine and the leading role of the Constitution.



And it is in this way ad infinitum, in all topics that there can be. In Chavez’ and company revolutionary pick up game, the victim is the victimary, the agresee is the aggressor, the cart leads the oxen and, in the same way General Gomez one whispered “what’s the fault of the stick if the frog jumps and kills itself with it”

The worst part about this logic is that it wraps cynicism so daring that a few people of good faith end up, if not believing, at least doubting.



”It appears that both sides are right” a compadre of mine told me, like Hamlet, alter listening to the justification of Miraflores of his own excesses



The theory of the mini skirt, thanks God, being tiresome, being absurd, or I don’t know why, only works up to a certain and determined point. Going over the limit, it only convinces the fanatics. Then, the more it is applied, the more it is discredited. I hope to believe we are there.

Miami station plays prank on Fidel Castro, he sounds pissed!

June 18, 2003

Miami radio station El Zol plays prank on Fidel Castro and suceeds. The radio program “El Vacilon de la manana” managed to reach Fidel Castro by phone saying it was Hugo Chavez who needed help recovering his briefcase. Amazingly enough, they got through, much like they did last year reaching Chavez claiming it was Fidel Castro. Here is the audio, if your Spanish is not up to par, here is the transcript. Quite funny, particularly Fidel’s reaction at the end, he certainly knows some swear words.

Teheran and Caracas: So far, yet so close

June 18, 2003


 


 


I identify completely with what is going on in Teheran, it is amazing how I can visualize it so easily, sounds just like home.. The news tonight reminds me so much of Caracas many times during the last year, except repression there is more open and harsher. Even the bias in the Reuters report is similar. It makes it sound as if the US is leading the way in these protests. But these people are simply fed up the same way we are in Venezuela, except they have suffered longer. If any Iranians read this: Remember don’t count on anyone to come and help, you will have to do it yourself. For news and links check out Persianboy, Blogiran, Persianblogger Chronicles, Iran testimony and a bunch of links at buzzmachine. Check out the pictures in this blog of a burned out dormitory. There is also a video at an MIT site.  Lot’s of stuff to catch up with if you are interested. I am just waiting for the leftists of the world to come and defend the poor guys from the Iranian Government and how this minority is protesting and does not reflect the view of the majority of Iranians and the US is interfering. Yadda, Yadda, Yadda.

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