Archive for October 10th, 2003

More evidence of terrorist links

October 10, 2003

New article via Unite Press International with more specific charges about Chavez’ links to terrorist groups. The evidence mounts……

Governemnt obeys Court order

October 10, 2003

In some positive news today, the Government did obey the order by the Venezuelan Supreme Court for military personnel to abandon the headquarters of the Metropolitan police late last night, a few hours after the deadline. As usual, the Government pushes forward and takes a step back. This is good, but we are still living uncertain times.

Welcome Venepoetics

October 10, 2003

I have added the link to a new Venezuelan blog by Guillermo under Venezuelan blogs, he apparently lives in Cambridge, Mass, a place dear to my heart. I enjoyed his piece on Venezuela, the way he tells the Chavez story and his descriptions of the problems his familiy had leaving Caracas. It all seemed so familiar the way he tells it….. The blog is called Venepoetics clearly suggesting what its main focus will be.

Propaganda in true Goebbels style

October 10, 2003

Another good article by Veneconomy


Propaganda in true Goebbels style


Time and again, the Chvez administration has demonstrated its incompetence in dealing with what happens in the country, on all fronts. The only area where it has proved itself to be competent and efficient has been that of political propaganda, an ability that has produced results, so far.
It could be said that, next to the Nazi Germany of Goebbels, Venezuela, with Chvez at its head, is the country that has achieved most success in the sphere of political propaganda. The opening ceremony of the High-level Meeting on Poverty, Equity, and Social Inclusion, now being held on Margarita, was another example of a successfully implemented propaganda exercise.
In addition to refuting each of the points made by OAS Secretary General, Csar Gaviria, President Chvez carefully trained his batteries on attempting to convince those attending the meeting of the efforts that his government has been making to palliate the situation of poverty beleaguering the country. Plan Robinson (literacy campaign) and Plan Barrio Adentro (health) were described in such favorable terms by the government speakers that anyone who is unfamiliar with what is actually happening in Venezuela could easily believe in the information circulated by the government. These achievements have only recently been raised in the breasts of the Venezuelan authorities. Obviously, all this has been prompted by electoral considerations.
The media covered the highlights of the opening ceremony, but said very little of the propaganda effort deployed during the event. The government has been counting on this mechanism from the start.
This is a very well thought out strategy, one that has even been implemented internationally, where information networks undertake to disseminate information that puts the government in a favorable light. They take a true fact, something that actually exists or has happened, and then twist whatever caused it or its consequences. The result has been that, for quite some time, the foreign press was considerate in its treatment of the Chvez administration, despite its numerous demonstrations of authoritarianism.
So far the political propaganda has produced the desired dramatic effect, but with elections on the way, there is very little that can be manipulated. It could be that the mirages created by the government are beginning to evaporate.

How much worse will it get?

October 10, 2003

The Red Sox and my own job have kept me away from blogging much the last two days. Somehow the dynamics of what is going on here are changing, or I perceive they are changing. Chavez seems closer to a rupture with democracy at this time. It may not happen soon, but besides Globovision, there has also been the refusal to accept or comply with the precautionary measures of the OAS Human Rights Commission. Last night, in an event that has received very little coverage, Chavez told the audience, which included the OAS Secretary General, that his Government would not abide by the decisions of the Human Rights Commission. He told the world that this is a sovereign country and we would solve our problems. This is true, but the main progress of the modern world since the fall of the Berlin wall is that the world is not willing to tolerate Human Rights violations. And while much has been made over the Globovision sanctions, the way in which the National Guard evicted people in Los Semerecucos, where former oil workers live, is to me a much worse crime. When kids get tear gassed in their neighborhoods and homes, there is a sense of violation that hurts beyond the ability to speak up and defend free speech. Who cares if you can or can not say whatever you want if the repression continues to occur day after day? Who cares if the Supreme Court gives the Minister of Defense 72 hours to leave the Metropolitan Police headquarters, if the time elapses and the Minister does not obey? What will the Court say or do now? Jail him? Then what? What will it do? Where is the law? Who will do anything if there is no referendum?


The level of cynicism by military officials is also reaching dangerous levels. Last week it was infamous General Garcia Carneiro telling the press how good things are in Venezuela as poverty has shot up ten percentage points during Chavez’ administration. This week it was the National Guard General Villegas saying that in Los Semerucos he was only following orders. We have heard that excuse before in many parts of the world. What the General does not seem to understand is that we will not forget that he used that as an excuse or that he also led the National Guardsmen last December 3d. when peaceful Venezuelans were repressed and hurt just because….and I imagine the General will also say that he was following orders that day. But you see, we have movies, we have even pictures right here in this blog of the results that day. And one day we will use them in Court and even though I don’t want revenge, I do want the world to know what happened here in April 2002, Dec. 3d. and the last three weeks in Los Semerucos. And I want those responsible, those that gave the orders and those that did not have the dignity to refuse to obey to pay for their crimes. Let’s hope this is as bad as it gets, but I fear it it may not be.

How much worse will it get?

October 10, 2003

The Red Sox and my own job have kept me away from blogging much the last two days. Somehow the dynamics of what is going on here are changing, or I perceive they are changing. Chavez seems closer to a rupture with democracy at this time. It may not happen soon, but besides Globovision, there has also been the refusal to accept or comply with the precautionary measures of the OAS Human Rights Commission. Last night, in an event that has received very little coverage, Chavez told the audience, which included the OAS Secretary General, that his Government would not abide by the decisions of the Human Rights Commission. He told the world that this is a sovereign country and we would solve our problems. This is true, but the main progress of the modern world since the fall of the Berlin wall is that the world is not willing to tolerate Human Rights violations. And while much has been made over the Globovision sanctions, the way in which the National Guard evicted people in Los Semerecucos, where former oil workers live, is to me a much worse crime. When kids get tear gassed in their neighborhoods and homes, there is a sense of violation that hurts beyond the ability to speak up and defend free speech. Who cares if you can or can not say whatever you want if the repression continues to occur day after day? Who cares if the Supreme Court gives the Minister of Defense 72 hours to leave the Metropolitan Police headquarters, if the time elapses and the Minister does not obey? What will the Court say or do now? Jail him? Then what? What will it do? Where is the law? Who will do anything if there is no referendum?


The level of cynicism by military officials is also reaching dangerous levels. Last week it was infamous General Garcia Carneiro telling the press how good things are in Venezuela as poverty has shot up ten percentage points during Chavez’ administration. This week it was the National Guard General Villegas saying that in Los Semerucos he was only following orders. We have heard that excuse before in many parts of the world. What the General does not seem to understand is that we will not forget that he used that as an excuse or that he also led the National Guardsmen last December 3d. when peaceful Venezuelans were repressed and hurt just because….and I imagine the General will also say that he was following orders that day. But you see, we have movies, we have even pictures right here in this blog of the results that day. And one day we will use them in Court and even though I don’t want revenge, I do want the world to know what happened here in April 2002, Dec. 3d. and the last three weeks in Los Semerucos. And I want those responsible, those that gave the orders and those that did not have the dignity to refuse to obey to pay for their crimes. Let’s hope this is as bad as it gets, but I fear it it may not be.

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