Archive for January 21st, 2005

Venezuelan Government plays confusion card well

January 21, 2005


The Chavez Government is once again trying to use its favorite tactic: confusion. After  being hit with a list of Colombians terrorists in Venezuela, including their criminal details,  which according to that country’s Foreign Minister was sent yesterday and not the day before, at the request of Venezuelan authorities, now the Government wants to claim some Venezuelan terrorists that are in Colombia and are saying that it is Colombia that has a problem. The reality is that there is a huge difference, Colombia has a problem of guerrillas and terrorists that it is trying to fight, while Venezuela has been harboring terrorist and not helping the Colombians in their fight.


Today, there were quite a few reports of the Government’s hypocrisy. One of them claimed that during Chavez brief departure in 2002, the police found the business card of none other than the FARC’s Minister of Foreign Relations Rodrigo Granda in the office of one of his Ministers.  Separately, an opposition municipal Deputy said that the Government had also given the Venezuelan nationality to “Commander Gabino”, information that the Deputy said had reached his hands via intelligence from the Government itself.


 


Meanwhile, Chavez wants to generate additional confusion by scheduling a march for Sunday. You see, Sunday is the 56th. Anniversary of the end of the last Dictatorship, a date that Chavez has celebrated and not celebrated on off and on during his six years in power, at his convenience. The opposition has been calling for a march to mark the occasion starting in the East of Caracas, which was denied permits by both the pro-Chavze Mayor of the Libertador District Freddy Bernal and and the pro-Chavez Mayor of the Metropolitan area Juan Barreto. Of course, this is simply a smokescreen to have Chavez steal the show, by calling for a march to defend the country’s sovereignty staring curiously in the East of Caracas, where Chavez has not been in quite a while, because he is no longer the man of the people that could walk calmly anywhere he wanted. But he claims he will try and go to the Colombian Consulate, which happens to be in the most anti-Chavez Municipality in the country: Chacao. Chavez has in fact cancelled his “Alo Presidente” program as his advisers are probably recommending that he shut up for a while, so that things don’t get more complicated than they currently are.


 


I can imagine the scenario this Sunday, the recently invented Chavista march, clashes with the opposition march which will be declared illegal by the pro-Chavez municipal authorities and the Minister of Information Andres Izarra will come on TV to describe in his best Goebbelian fashion the excesses of the opposition. Izarra (Hi Andrés, in case you are reading this!), gave a press conference this afternoon to talk about the list that Venezuela will hand over to Colombia after finally being run over by the length and detail of the Colombian one and added the announcement of the pro-tsunami telethon to his appearance, with a final sprinkling of how much support the policies of defense of the sovereignty of the country have among the Venezuelan population, as determined by the most obscure pollster in the country or the US.


 


Meanwhile, the most pro-Chavez European leader cancels his visit to Venezuela as the Colombians and the US continue playing hardball distributing the list of terrorists in Colombia, as well as evidence of the locations of guerilla camps under the blind eye of the Venezuelan authorities. And that is the problem when you try to ride double speak the way Chavez likes, Rodriguez Zapatero may be a leftist, but he got to power on the coattails of a horrible terrorist attack on his own people and country Thus, he can not afford to be seen in the company of thugs, that clearly support what his people consider as their own enemies.


 


Unfortunately, all of these controversies cloud the news behind the news that the Supreme Court named a new Electoral Board in which four of the five members are clearly Chavez loyalists. Thus, we get screwed once again (or is it once more?) as if we had a chance of having fair elections before, but the possibility is simply very remote now. The whole thing is so ludicrous; that this is the second time the Supreme Court names the Electoral Board due to the omission of the National Assembly, which is probably illegal. The reality is that the Chavistas in the Assembly don’t even want to start doing the democratic exercise of choosing an Electoral Board agreeable to everyone. Instead, they want to wait until the new Assembly is elected fraudulently and then they will fill their mouths with “democracy at work” as the most Stalinist Government in Latin American history ratifies, once again, the Chavez dictatorship in Venezuela.

Venezuelan Government plays confusion card well

January 21, 2005


The Chavez Government is once again trying to use its favorite tactic: confusion. After  being hit with a list of Colombians terrorists in Venezuela, including their criminal details,  which according to that country’s Foreign Minister was sent yesterday and not the day before, at the request of Venezuelan authorities, now the Government wants to claim some Venezuelan terrorists that are in Colombia and are saying that it is Colombia that has a problem. The reality is that there is a huge difference, Colombia has a problem of guerrillas and terrorists that it is trying to fight, while Venezuela has been harboring terrorist and not helping the Colombians in their fight.


Today, there were quite a few reports of the Government’s hypocrisy. One of them claimed that during Chavez brief departure in 2002, the police found the business card of none other than the FARC’s Minister of Foreign Relations Rodrigo Granda in the office of one of his Ministers.  Separately, an opposition municipal Deputy said that the Government had also given the Venezuelan nationality to “Commander Gabino”, information that the Deputy said had reached his hands via intelligence from the Government itself.


 


Meanwhile, Chavez wants to generate additional confusion by scheduling a march for Sunday. You see, Sunday is the 56th. Anniversary of the end of the last Dictatorship, a date that Chavez has celebrated and not celebrated on off and on during his six years in power, at his convenience. The opposition has been calling for a march to mark the occasion starting in the East of Caracas, which was denied permits by both the pro-Chavze Mayor of the Libertador District Freddy Bernal and and the pro-Chavez Mayor of the Metropolitan area Juan Barreto. Of course, this is simply a smokescreen to have Chavez steal the show, by calling for a march to defend the country’s sovereignty staring curiously in the East of Caracas, where Chavez has not been in quite a while, because he is no longer the man of the people that could walk calmly anywhere he wanted. But he claims he will try and go to the Colombian Consulate, which happens to be in the most anti-Chavez Municipality in the country: Chacao. Chavez has in fact cancelled his “Alo Presidente” program as his advisers are probably recommending that he shut up for a while, so that things don’t get more complicated than they currently are.


 


I can imagine the scenario this Sunday, the recently invented Chavista march, clashes with the opposition march which will be declared illegal by the pro-Chavez municipal authorities and the Minister of Information Andres Izarra will come on TV to describe in his best Goebbelian fashion the excesses of the opposition. Izarra (Hi Andrés, in case you are reading this!), gave a press conference this afternoon to talk about the list that Venezuela will hand over to Colombia after finally being run over by the length and detail of the Colombian one and added the announcement of the pro-tsunami telethon to his appearance, with a final sprinkling of how much support the policies of defense of the sovereignty of the country have among the Venezuelan population, as determined by the most obscure pollster in the country or the US.


 


Meanwhile, the most pro-Chavez European leader cancels his visit to Venezuela as the Colombians and the US continue playing hardball distributing the list of terrorists in Colombia, as well as evidence of the locations of guerilla camps under the blind eye of the Venezuelan authorities. And that is the problem when you try to ride double speak the way Chavez likes, Rodriguez Zapatero may be a leftist, but he got to power on the coattails of a horrible terrorist attack on his own people and country Thus, he can not afford to be seen in the company of thugs, that clearly support what his people consider as their own enemies.


 


Unfortunately, all of these controversies cloud the news behind the news that the Supreme Court named a new Electoral Board in which four of the five members are clearly Chavez loyalists. Thus, we get screwed once again (or is it once more?) as if we had a chance of having fair elections before, but the possibility is simply very remote now. The whole thing is so ludicrous; that this is the second time the Supreme Court names the Electoral Board due to the omission of the National Assembly, which is probably illegal. The reality is that the Chavistas in the Assembly don’t even want to start doing the democratic exercise of choosing an Electoral Board agreeable to everyone. Instead, they want to wait until the new Assembly is elected fraudulently and then they will fill their mouths with “democracy at work” as the most Stalinist Government in Latin American history ratifies, once again, the Chavez dictatorship in Venezuela.

Tales from the Crypt: A potpourri of news

January 21, 2005

–In a country where an opposition Mayor is jailed for months on a minor civil charge, the Constitutional Hall of the Venezuelan Supreme Court rules that the National Guardsmen being accused of murder of some prisoners should be tried in freedom! This overturns an earlier decision by the Penal Hall of the Supreme Court and shows that it is a privilege to be a member of the military in this country.


–The Government of Colombia confirmed today that it has handed over the information on members of the FARC who are beloved to be in Venezuela. As reported by Caracas daily El Nacional this morning, there are seven names in the list. And according to El Tiempo de Bogota, the list contains cellphones numbers, bank account numbers, car models and license plates as well as the names of the places where they move around.


 


–Jorge Rodriguez was named as the new President of the National Electoral Council. Oh! He was not the president already?


 


Venezuela will ask Colombia to detain General Felipe Rodriguez for his role in the explosions at the Colombian and Spanish Embassies. Wow! It took them two years to ask for the extradition. But wait, I thought “the opposition” placed the bombs and they are all mostly in Venezuela!


 


–Deustsche Bank downgraded its outlook on ConocoPhillips, due to concerns about the Venezuelan Government treatment of foreign oil companies. Umm, I wonder how many other companies they downgraded. Did they downgrade the Chinese oil company? Or any of the French ones? I just wonder.


 


Rodrigo Granda’s wife entered Venezuela from Bogota, with a courtesy visa from the Venezuelan Embassy in Cuba. Granda himself went to the Caracas airport to get her through when the immigration authorities stopped her.


 


Rodrigo Granda’s daughter worked in 2003 and 2004 in the International relations Department of the Libertador Municipality of Caracas. The Mayor of that municipality is pro-Chavez supporter Freddy Bernal. I love revolutionary solidarity! Hire the daughters of the big shots even if they are foreigners! I guess pull works everywhere!


 


Is former Vice-Minister of Finance Jesus Bermudez being protected by the FBI due to fears that he will be killed while he negotiates telling all he knows with US authorities?


 


Was the rate to get out of being charged with being at the Presidential Palace on April 12th. 2002, US$ 300,000 with a down payment of US$ 20,000? Figure it out, 200 times 300,000 and you are talking big money!


 


–Now that the Government has declared mortgaege lending for homes a not for profit activity, banks will have to lend 15% of their credit portfolio for home mortgages. The not for profit rate this time will be 11.5%. With inflation at 19.8%, I can’t wait to remortgage my home at this rate, and buy a dollar denominated Venezuelan Governent bond that yields 10%, with the first devaluation…just imagine!


 


Sorry to be so brief, it’s late.., but I wanted to fit all these news for completeness sake.

Tales from the Crypt: A potpourri of news

January 21, 2005

–In a country where an opposition Mayor is jailed for months on a minor civil charge, the Constitutional Hall of the Venezuelan Supreme Court rules that the National Guardsmen being accused of murder of some prisoners should be tried in freedom! This overturns an earlier decision by the Penal Hall of the Supreme Court and shows that it is a privilege to be a member of the military in this country.


–The Government of Colombia confirmed today that it has handed over the information on members of the FARC who are beloved to be in Venezuela. As reported by Caracas daily El Nacional this morning, there are seven names in the list. And according to El Tiempo de Bogota, the list contains cellphones numbers, bank account numbers, car models and license plates as well as the names of the places where they move around.


 


–Jorge Rodriguez was named as the new President of the National Electoral Council. Oh! He was not the president already?


 


Venezuela will ask Colombia to detain General Felipe Rodriguez for his role in the explosions at the Colombian and Spanish Embassies. Wow! It took them two years to ask for the extradition. But wait, I thought “the opposition” placed the bombs and they are all mostly in Venezuela!


 


–Deustsche Bank downgraded its outlook on ConocoPhillips, due to concerns about the Venezuelan Government treatment of foreign oil companies. Umm, I wonder how many other companies they downgraded. Did they downgrade the Chinese oil company? Or any of the French ones? I just wonder.


 


Rodrigo Granda’s wife entered Venezuela from Bogota, with a courtesy visa from the Venezuelan Embassy in Cuba. Granda himself went to the Caracas airport to get her through when the immigration authorities stopped her.


 


Rodrigo Granda’s daughter worked in 2003 and 2004 in the International relations Department of the Libertador Municipality of Caracas. The Mayor of that municipality is pro-Chavez supporter Freddy Bernal. I love revolutionary solidarity! Hire the daughters of the big shots even if they are foreigners! I guess pull works everywhere!


 


Is former Vice-Minister of Finance Jesus Bermudez being protected by the FBI due to fears that he will be killed while he negotiates telling all he knows with US authorities?


 


Was the rate to get out of being charged with being at the Presidential Palace on April 12th. 2002, US$ 300,000 with a down payment of US$ 20,000? Figure it out, 200 times 300,000 and you are talking big money!


 


–Now that the Government has declared mortgaege lending for homes a not for profit activity, banks will have to lend 15% of their credit portfolio for home mortgages. The not for profit rate this time will be 11.5%. With inflation at 19.8%, I can’t wait to remortgage my home at this rate, and buy a dollar denominated Venezuelan Governent bond that yields 10%, with the first devaluation…just imagine!


 


Sorry to be so brief, it’s late.., but I wanted to fit all these news for completeness sake.

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