Archive for November, 2004

Was this a warning?

November 29, 2004

Peaceful Venezuelans are now caught between an outlaw Government and the presence of radical groups reacting to the actions of this Government. Below you will find an obituary published in local newspaper El Nacional a week before the Anderson murder:



Translation:


In memoriam


Claus Shenk Von Stauffenberg


Veteran of the Afrika Corps and Colonel of the Wehrmacht


On the sixtieth anniversary of the summary execution by nazi fanatics of the author of the failed attempt by bombing against Adolph Hitler in his Rastemburg bunker in Eastern Prussia, that had it been consummated would have advanced the end of World War II, saving the lives of millions of soldiers and civilians in the countries under conflict and preventing more suffering of the great German people. The free men of Venezuela honor his memory and salute his gesture of legitimate social defense, which arises from its historical context as a valid model in the fight against tyrannies of whatever ideological sign.


Caracas, November 5th. 2004


ONG Long live a Free Venezuela


“The most beautiful of actions is to kill a tyrant”


Cicero


“There is no better offering to the Gods than the life of a tyrant”


Seneca


“He who for the liberation of his country kills the tyrant is praised and obtains rewards”


St. Thomas Aquinas


Make what you want out of this. Except for who was killed, this seemed like a warning of things to come, even if I did not understand it at the time.


Day by day, things are looking worse and worse for our poor country.

Jewish educational and cultural center raided

November 29, 2004

Intelligence police raided this morning Hebraica,a Jewish educational and cultural facility in the East of Caracas. The raid was carried out just as 1,500 kids were arriving for school. The raid is reportedly related to the Anderson case. The police have left the premises and there is no information as to whether they found anything or not.


The Minister of Justice said that they were looking for weapons related to the Anderson cae, which they did not find. Curious how when pro-Chavez urban guerilla groups are shown on TV with high caliber weapons, such as the Carapaicas and the Tupamaros, nothing happens, but they are so quick to raid a jewish school and are so sennsitive to do it just as the kids are arriving. No bias here…

An excellent post from Daniel’s blog

November 29, 2004

This post from Daniel’s blog is too good not to reproduce, excellent Daniel! It clearly shows the true colors of this fake revolution. This is hate, discrimination and the preferential treatment the revolution gives to its own:


A picture is worth a thousand words


 


I could not resist making this picture montage. One from El Nacional, one from Tal Cual via Globovision and the last one from Union Radio.

The picture on the front page of El Nacional raises quite a few questions. On that picture you can see as Otoniel Guevara, just arrested as a suspect in the many facets of the
Anderson affair, is taken into custody.




Two days earlier the parents of Lopez Castillo were taken into custody themselves. Two elderly people, handcuffed to each other. A very visible security threat. Even though the old lady is allowed to keep her hand bag (where a small grenade could well be hidden) and the elderly gentleman is carrying a bottle (that could well be a Molotov coktail).

Now, why such a different treatment? These two people had just lost their only child a few hours before (note that they still manage to wear dark clothing). The above one used to be a “colleague” in the security forces of
Venezuela.

So Jesse? Any logical explanation?

An excellent post from Daniel’s blog

November 29, 2004

This post from Daniel’s blog is too good not to reproduce, excellent Daniel! It clearly shows the true colors of this fake revolution. This is hate, discrimination and the preferential treatment the revolution gives to its own:


A picture is worth a thousand words


 


I could not resist making this picture montage. One from El Nacional, one from Tal Cual via Globovision and the last one from Union Radio.

The picture on the front page of El Nacional raises quite a few questions. On that picture you can see as Otoniel Guevara, just arrested as a suspect in the many facets of the
Anderson affair, is taken into custody.




Two days earlier the parents of Lopez Castillo were taken into custody themselves. Two elderly people, handcuffed to each other. A very visible security threat. Even though the old lady is allowed to keep her hand bag (where a small grenade could well be hidden) and the elderly gentleman is carrying a bottle (that could well be a Molotov coktail).

Now, why such a different treatment? These two people had just lost their only child a few hours before (note that they still manage to wear dark clothing). The above one used to be a “colleague” in the security forces of
Venezuela.

So Jesse? Any logical explanation?

An excellent post from Daniel’s blog

November 29, 2004

This post from Daniel’s blog is too good not to reproduce, excellent Daniel! It clearly shows the true colors of this fake revolution. This is hate, discrimination and the preferential treatment the revolution gives to its own:


A picture is worth a thousand words


 


I could not resist making this picture montage. One from El Nacional, one from Tal Cual via Globovision and the last one from Union Radio.

The picture on the front page of El Nacional raises quite a few questions. On that picture you can see as Otoniel Guevara, just arrested as a suspect in the many facets of the
Anderson affair, is taken into custody.




Two days earlier the parents of Lopez Castillo were taken into custody themselves. Two elderly people, handcuffed to each other. A very visible security threat. Even though the old lady is allowed to keep her hand bag (where a small grenade could well be hidden) and the elderly gentleman is carrying a bottle (that could well be a Molotov coktail).

Now, why such a different treatment? These two people had just lost their only child a few hours before (note that they still manage to wear dark clothing). The above one used to be a “colleague” in the security forces of
Venezuela.

So Jesse? Any logical explanation?

Two new blooms

November 28, 2004



The first three pictures are of a Cyrropetalum Elizabeth Ann. The four flowers are five to six inches long. I ahd a hard time taking the picture as different flowers would reflect differently. Still not happy with the result. The second picture on the top right, shows a detail of the upper part of the flowers. The third picture, bottom left, shows one flower up close. The pinkish area in the middle sort of flotas and swings up and down. A true beauty. Bottom right, a Venezuelan species Cattleya Lueademaniana Clint McCade x Raga, which I got from Armando Mantellini.

Spectacular Lapiris plant

November 28, 2004



Spectacular specimen plant of species Lapiris Viridifolia at an orchid exhibit.


 

How we are perceived

November 28, 2004

From cartoonist Mingote in Madris’ ABC:



If more Venezuelan Caudillos keep coming here, you and I are going to be out of a job.


(Note: I have added some orchid pictures today in that section, needed something fresh to relax a little)

Miami Herald expresses similar concerns about Venezuela

November 28, 2004

From today’s Miami Herald (Thanks M.), concerns similar to hat I expressed earlier today


Venezuela edges closer to political precipice


 


Under President Hugo Chávez, the rule of law in Venezuela has been deteriorating steadily — some would say precipitously — for a long time. Two recent events have made matters much worse. The Chávez-controlled Congress last week approved a ”media reform” bill that imposes stiff censorship on one of the few remaining independent institutions in the country. More urgently, the assassination of prosecutor Danilo Anderson 10 days ago has set off a series of arrests and at least two police killings of ”suspects” under circumstances that are far from clear.


 


Political killing


 


Mr. Anderson was said to be investigating some 400 opposition leaders and businessmen who supported a 2002 coup that briefly ousted President Chávez from power. There is ample reason to believe his killing was politically motivated. His killers should be arrested and brought to justice as quickly as possible. But surely it is self-evident that the investigation must also be transparent and free of self-serving political manipulation — which so far hasn’t been the case.


In one of the government’s first official statements, Information Minister Andrés Izarra blamed the killing on Venezuelan ”terrorists” training in South Florida with anti-Castro Cuban exiles, but offered no evidence for this charge. The government thus placed the murder in a self-serving political framework.


In the last few days, moreover, suspects have been killed in shootouts with the police, arrests have been made and supposed evidence — weapons and explosives — has been seized even though there’s no sign that arrest or search warrants were issued.


Mr. Chávez’s police may be on the right track, but it’s necessary to show that the Anderson assassination isn’t being used to justify officially sanctioned violence. Unless the case is resolved in a timely and credible manner, it could produce deeper divisions and more political tumult.


 


Media gag


 


It is precisely because these are such perilous times in Venezuela that the nation needs a free and independent news media to report on events.


Unfortunately, the Chávez-inspired ”gag law” guarantees freedom of expression but does just the opposite.


Among other provisions, broadcasters would be liable for opinions expressed on their programs. They could be fined for ”messages that justify violence or aggression,” inciting lawless activity, impeding law enforcement or disrupting ”public order.” Critics complain that the law is so vague in parts that anything could be construed as a crime.


Under President Chávez, Venezuela has been on the brink of chaos for years. Given his recent victory in a referendum, it’s up to him to ensure that the latest developments do not push the country over the precipice.

Patricia Poleo on the Anderson case

November 28, 2004

Patricia Poleo is a Venezuelan investigative reporter. She has been wrong, but she has also been right a lot, she has very good sources. There is a long interview with her in today’s El Nacional (by subscription only) on the Anderson murder. She has always had good police sources and the Government is blaming the police.


She also has shown to have good connections to this case. Three years ago, she won the Principe de Asturias prize in Spain for her investigative reporting on the Montesinos case. For months she insisted Montesinos, Fujimori’s former Head of Intelligence, was in Venezuela. She even had pictures of the plastic surgery he had here. The Government went as far as holding a press conference to show that the person who had the surgery was a different one. Time proved Poleo right. Montesinos was indeed in Caracas; the Government knew about it and guess who was protecting him? The Guevara brothers, the same ones that are being blamed for Anderson’s death. Here are the highlights of what she said in her interview today.


 


-Anderson was being pressured. He almost had a fight with a Supreme Court Justice. He threatened Minister Chacon saying that if anyone came and denounced the civilian deaths in the Government’s TV station in the 1992 coup, he would prosecute. He also had a case for corruption involving Diosdado Cabello who did not show up at the funeral.


 


-Chavez himself publicly said that he talked to Anderson regularly (What a conflict of interest!). Poleo claims in one of those meetings Chavez asked him to “clean up” the April 11th. case by prosecuting those that went to the presidential Palace as people still had the impression that the Government killed opposition protesters. Anderson also suggested that he would have to touch Lucas Rincon in that case. He had said his responsibility was to save Chavez only.


 


-The Attorney general had told Anderson he had to go to which Anderson said he would do it under ‘economically favorable conditions”. Anderson’s sister said that in this case there was “a lot of money involved”, apparently referring to the blackmail of those that went to the Presidential palace on April 12th. 2002. Anderson himself may not have been involved in this according to Poleo.


 


-Jesse Chacon is leading the investigation in the Anderson case and the intelligence and investigative police are being bypassed. There was a reward of Bs. 250 million being offered for anyone that captured Gonzalez Gonzalez or Felipe Rodríguez. Dead or alive. Lopez Castillo was confused with them. An informant told her that he heard over the radio cops saying they had seen Gonzalez Gonzalez and were following him.


 


-She questions that if they suspected Lopez Castillo why follow him? Why not go directly to his house? Se says the cop killed when Lopez Castillo was shot was killed by his partner’s bullet and ballistic tests confirm it. She also says Lopez Castillo’s body was held in custody to manipulate the evidence in the body.

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