Archive for August 23rd, 2003

Big Chavista rally

August 23, 2003

Definitely a large march by Chavez’ supporters, but not larger than the opposition’s. Interesting how the “oligarchs” in the opposition have to walk to their rallies, while Government paid buses pick up Chavistas where they live. I saw it in the barrio next to my house. Reportedly they were also paid to go Bs. 100,000, but I have not been able to find anyone that can confirm this. Chavez announced a number of names of “pure” Chavistas that will run for Governors next year. Among them, he said that Diosdado Cabello will run for Governor of Miranda State. I would like to see Diosdado run agaisnt Enrique Mendoza in an election, but hope by that time Mendoza will be President of the country….

Two new species bloom

August 23, 2003


Spectacular Cattleya Loddigesi Tony Boss    Cattleya Jenmani Castro x Rose note the slight flaring  

An ignorant Minister of Health

August 23, 2003

The Minister of Health demonstrated her ignorance today when she said, in reference to the Court’s decision on the Cuban medical doctors: ” No decision by a Court can be above the right to health and life”.This is simply ignorance.  First of all, it is precisely the Courts that decide in issues of conflicts between rights, not Minsiters. Second, the right to work of unemployed Venezuelan workers is being violated and that is also a right established by the Constitution. Third, there is a law regulating who can practice medicine, precisely to protect the rights to health and life of those being treated, otherwise anyone can claim they have some training that they do not. Venezuelan medical doctors are, in general, better trained than the Cuban ones. For decades anyone wanting to practice medicine in Venezuela had to pass an equivalency program in order to treat patients directly. Finally, it is incredible to me how the Venezuelan Government discriminates against its own citizens in the interest of ideology.

An ignorant Minister of Health

August 23, 2003

The Minister of Health demonstrated her ignorance today when she said, in reference to the Court’s decision on the Cuban medical doctors: ” No decision by a Court can be above the right to health and life”.This is simply ignorance.  First of all, it is precisely the Courts that decide in issues of conflicts between rights, not Minsiters. Second, the right to work of unemployed Venezuelan workers is being violated and that is also a right established by the Constitution. Third, there is a law regulating who can practice medicine, precisely to protect the rights to health and life of those being treated, otherwise anyone can claim they have some training that they do not. Venezuelan medical doctors are, in general, better trained than the Cuban ones. For decades anyone wanting to practice medicine in Venezuela had to pass an equivalency program in order to treat patients directly. Finally, it is incredible to me how the Venezuelan Government discriminates against its own citizens in the interest of ideology.

Cura Calderon rescued alive

August 23, 2003

Omar “Cura” Calderon the former Governor of Tachira State was rescued yesterday in a joint effort by Venezuelan and Colombian police. Calderon said that he was kidnapped by Colombian common criminals in Venezuela, who thought that he was a rich man. The Government immediately said that the opposition had said this was political and that finding him shows it was not. What the Vice-President seems to have forgotten was that the puzzle when Mr. Calderon was kidnapped was the almost total silence by Government officials who essentially ignored the fact that an important opposition figure had been kidnapped. In fact, the only public statement the first two days was that of Tachira Governor Rnald Blanco who accued Mr. Calderon of kidnapping himself in order to gain publicity. This fact was never mentioned by the Vice-President in his customary selective memory. Events like this should be handled as non-political issues but that seems to be impossible in Venezuela today.

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