Archive for September 27th, 2006

A new, gentler and surprising Chavez?

September 27, 2006

All of a sudden we have a new and gentler Chavez, improved and ready to admit errors, because now he has the bull by the “horns” and wants to continue “trying solutions” rather than relying on experts. He gets a rabbit out of the hat saying 70% of the people think things have improved.Of course, in the end, he can’t help it and says those that oppose him are the candidates of imperialism. Maybe they are the candidate of knowledge, expertise and not simple trial and error, even if he think he is like Edison trying to innovate on social and economic matters. That analogy alone shows he has no clue.

Why the milder Chavez?.Can he be worried? He seems to admit the polls are something like Chavez 45%, Rosales/Rausseo 35%, even if he says his vote intention is above 60%. I guess he did not pay complete attention to the explanation they gave him, but there sure was one.

News about Venezuela that you don’t know whether to cry or laugh about

September 27, 2006


–Minister
of Interior and Justice Chacon hold
a press conference
in Barquisimeto where he tells the “people” not believe
any “new” mermaid songs from anyone (Rosales obviously) offering to solve the
crime problem, that this needs long term plans, they did not do it on 50 years
and “ we will show the country…”


Well, is
this blah, blah, blah or what? To begin with 8 of the 50 years he talks about are Chavez’ own, during
which crime has tripled, so I don’t think Chacon or Chavez and his
administration has much to “show” or deserves another chance to show anything. Rosales
at least could say that he has only been Governor for five years and his state
occupies one of the last five places in the country in terms of the crime rate.

–And speaking
of crime, an Italian woman on her honey moon is
killed
at the archipelago of “los Roques” one of the most spectacular tourist
locations in the country. Her husband is severely injured as they were violently
assaulted inside of the bed and breakfast where they were staying. The National
Guard decides not to allow any flights or boats in and out of the islands until
they find the culprits.

If this crime
is like most crimes in the country, which never get solved, some of these
tourists may be eligible to vote in the 2012 Presidential election. What happens
to tourists scheduled to leave? Those scheduled to arrive? How could the criminals
feel so safe to attack in such a small and isolated place? All of this and the tourism
fair starts this weekend at the grounds of the  La Carlota airport of Caracas.

–And how
about those funny guys
at 7-11
dropping 2,100 gas stations from the CITGO network because they did
not like what Chavez said at the UN? The spokeswoman for the company said “Regardless
of politics, we sympathize with many Americans’ concern over derogatory
comments about our country and its leadership recently made by Venezuela’s
president Hugo Chavez,”

Jeez, does
Chavez understand these are market forces at work? The problem is that PDVSA
dropped 1,800 stations in July already and it appears as if these are 2,100 new ones, since they
are defined as their “independent” network. Imagine that, having a  7-11 in your
tank! I thought the hot dogs were quite good actually. Let’ see, we are no
longer friends with the US, Peru, Mexico,
Chile
and now 7-11. Whose next, India?
Get in line, please!

What Baduell did not say today, even if we could not understand it all

September 27, 2006


Although I
may have found it too coincidental that the Prosecutor’s office brought charges
against a former officer of the investigative police on
Monday
for a massacre that took place twenty years ago, maybe I should consider
it a coincidence with important symbolic consequences and Minister of Defense Baduell
should consider the implications of that case to his personal future. Maybe not
today, or next week, or in the next ten years, but his irresponsible actions
may come back to haunt him one day and may even lead to his imprisonment.

Today’s
press conference by Baduell was as confusing as it was long. You the news are
as confusing as the bits and pieces I caught of the press conference. I thought
I had heard that there were 18 military officers involved of which 8 were in
prison, while Globovision seems
to indicate
that there are 34 involved in the two massacres. However, Unionradio
says
that the eight in jail have nothing to do with La Paragua, while Globovision
says they are all related to that case.

It’s sort
of strange why lately all high ranking military, the best of the best that get
three stars and have been promoted to Minister are so hard to understand. Remember
Lucas Rincon, the man that said “We asked for his resignation, which he accepted”
saying the clearest words he ever said that fateful night of April 11th.
2002 or former General and Minister of Defense Garcia Carneiro, who should have
always had an interpreter for us to understand what he said. Baduell is
similar, convoluted, barely opens his mouth as he speaks. Why is this? Is it
that Chavez picks them so that he will have no competition or reflects a new
style in Venezuela’s
now more incompetent military?

In any
case, Baduell seemed to say, in my opinion, that there are 34 members of the
military being investigated for the two cases, of which eight are in detention
and this part of a military operation that began on Thursday. This seems to be
consistent with what I heard and some
of the versions in the media.

What
Baduell has not answered iany of this:

–Why was
the National Guard kicked out of Bolivar state and replaced with the Army, isn’t
that a contradiction in terms of their functionality and roles? Was it the gold
or some more “strategic” reason?

–If
Baduell was not the liar at his press conference in Bolivar state, when he said
“The miners had an armed confrontation with the Army”, who was?

–Who told
Baduell that the helicopters never touched the ground?

–Who told
Baduell that the military personnel never shot from the air?

–Who told
Baduell there were only four dead?

–Who did
not tell Baduell that some of the dead had been shot on the back of their neck?

–Who gave
the Governor of Bolivar State, retired General Francisco Rangel his version? Was
it Baduell?

This all sounds
like a cover up, the more they speak on it, the more confusing, contradictory
and convoluted it gets.  

I think that Baduells’ political ambitions may have died this week, it may have indeed been symbolic that the old massacre was rveived this week.  Fortunately,
under the new Constitution, human rights cases never prescribe.  

Did you
know that Gral. Raul Baduell?

I will not
forget it!

The fallacies of the Revolution or The revolution in fallacies by Marino Gonzalez

September 27, 2006

Don’t forget to read in vcrisis the translation of the article The revolution in fallacies by Marino Gonzalez. Gonzalez who is a medical doctor with a Ph.D. in Public Health, blasts the Government’s health policies and uses statistics to do it, but none shocked me more than:

“According to the Government itself, the Barrio Adentro mission should
take care of 60% of the population. This implies taking care of at
least 300,000 pregnant women a year to insure adequate prenatal control
and birth without complications. In the three years of Barrio Adentro
only 2,500 births have been taken care of.”

Imagine that, while our hospitals are falling apart. What a ripoff these guys are!

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