I have been doing many things and lots of things have been happening, but I did not have the energy to write on them or it was not worth it. So here are the loose ends I might have written about if things were not so discouraging or if the stories were clearer but you should know about them:
1) PDVSA tried to give “new” numbers on how much it has handed out to the Central Bank. They are different from earlier ones, simply introduce additional confusion and represent a confession that the law is being violated. But the law seems to be irrelevant by now.
2) The judge that had issued an injunction and reversed herself two days later was removed by the Judiciary Inspector. Every time a judge rules differently than what the Government ones, they are removed. In this case, I still don’t see what got the Government mad if a new law was coming into effect at anytime that would have removed the effects of the injunction. To keep appearances, she was removed for a different case.
3) Chavez wants to use Iranian solar technology. Does he know anything about all of the work done in Venezuela in the field? Does he know the landing lights in Margarita airport have solar panels since the 80’s?
4) We were promised PDVSA’s audited 2003 financials again, this time for June. Should we believe it?
5) Chavez called former Spanish Premier Jose Maria Aznar a fascist. The President of Aznar’s party called Chavez dumb and “disiquilibrated”.
6) Interesting interview with a pro-Chavez Professor who was fired recently after being in the Government for six years as Head of the higher education sector. Best quotes: “You can not give a degree to compensate a social deficiency…If there is something elitists and exclusive it is Cuban universities, that is why they are advanced in areas like health…There is a sector that believes that quality (in education) is a bourgeois concept…None of those programs has started”
7) The Interamerican Human Rights Commission says Venezuela does not comply with Human Rights treaties alleging sovereignty.
8) While the land grab by the Government continues in Venezuela with expropriations and no land ownership will ever (by law!) be given to individuals, Chacao Mayor Leopoldo Lopez presented in Chicago his project that gave land, so far, to the inhabitants of two large barrios in that municipality of Caracas.
9) Through conversations I learn that while the Government is pushing cooperatives, workers in a cooperative can not form a union and get none of the labor benefits under Venezuela’s tough Labor laws.
10) Lots of noise asking the Government to say something on the murder of Prosecutor Danilo Anderson or calls for the removal of the Prosecutors.