Archive for October 1st, 2008

Tidbits from the Chavez revolution in Venezuela

October 1, 2008

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—Hugo Chavez orders one million computers from Portugal. Of
course, these are nothing more than modified Classmate PCs manufactured in Portugal under
license from Intel. The price was not revealed, but I do hope Chavez drove a
hard bargain, those PCs are
sold
in Portugal
(without subsidy) for 285 Euros (US$ 391.6 at todays exchange rate). But you
can find it in Amazon for  US$ 359.1. Of course, I am
assuming there were no robolutionary intermediaries in the transaction.


—And Chavez called the US economic policies a sinking ship, criticizing
the printing of money and the easy mortgages. This from a man that has
increased the money supply in five years from US$ 14 billion to US$ 78 billion
and recently passed a Bill allowing people to get mortgages with no down
payment!


—And then Chavez praises
the Caracas Stock Exchange because it is now disconnected from the New York
Stock Exchange. That is like saying the dinosaurs are disconnected from the
Earth. Hugo Chavez and his policies destroyed the Caracas Stock Exchange. When
he got to power in 1998, daily volume in stocks was US$ 10-20 million, it is
down to half a million these days, as the market ahs become simply irrelevant.
Not one company has come public in recent years (5?) as the stock market
becomes an irrelevant business for local brokers.


—And in another
robolutionary tidbit, Podemos Deputy Juan Molina denounced
that Chavista Deputy Hiroshima Bravo collects two salaries every month, one
from the National Assembly ad the other form the tax office. I guess that is
the reason why they named her Head of the Finance Committee last year, she
certainly knows how to count her money.


—And investigations on
the suitcase case Maletagate are very advanced according
to the Prosecutor.
Well, in the US they are already holding a trial
of crimes that took place after the suitcase and here things are very advanced
That is Venezuelan Justice, if it exists.

 


—Yesterday, I wrote
about the opposition President of the Universidad de Los Andes
Student Council, who asked for asylum at the Vaticans Embassy and his rights
and the laws are not being respected. Today the opposition President of the
student council of Universidad del Zulia was killed by twenty shots from a car that intercepted the
path of the vehicle transporting him. It may be coincidental, but it is
certainly very convenient for the Government!

A Time of Rats by Teodoro Petkoff

October 1, 2008

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Nixon
Moreno was an opposition student leader who was ready to win the elections for
student council at the Universidad de Los Andes when the Government canceled the
elections saying they should be supervised by the Electoral Board.
Demonstrations followed the cancelation and then the Government charged Moreno
with raping a police women. Moreno
asked for asylum from the Vatican which he got after
the Vatican
investigated the case. So far, the Venezuelan Government has refused to grant
him asylum, the Electoral Board did not allow him to run for office in his own
State of Merida arguing he does not reside in that State (Neither do dozens of
Chavista candidates all over the country) and the busy Comptroller is trying to
invalidate his Bachelors degree by doing an exhaustive investigation on how
Moreno passed his last few courses remotely from the Vatican’s Embassy. This is
simply further harassment and violation of Moreno’s
rights. Today, Teodoro Petkoff addresses the issue of how the Chavez Government
ignores treaties and international law and acts like Dictators of the past and
present.

A Time of Rats by Teodoro Petkoff in Tal Cual


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What officialdom is doing with Nixon Moreno goes beyond the
limits of being a mean thing. But it gives you a good measure of the moral
fiber of the people of the Venezuelan Government. There are those that slander
Nixon and there are those who are silent, even if they now what a despicable
thing the whole thing is. But the worst one is the maximum leader. The one that
has no qualms in pointing out publicly that Nixon is a “rapist”. It
is the problem of not being named Daniel Ortega. They not only invented an
absurd accusation, about the supposed attempt of rape of a policewoman in the
middle of a student demonstration and with hundreds of witnesses that deny such
a fabrication, but now the Government is denying him safe passage to leave the
Vatican’s Embassy, where he has been under asylum and travel abroad. In other
words, the Government pretends to leave Nixon in jail at the Vatican’s Embassy,
This is the same thing the Dictator Odria did wit Haya de la Torre during five
and a bit years in the Colombian Embassy in Peru and the same as the brutal
military dictatorship of Burma maintains in prison in her house the daring
fighter for human rights that she denounces and fights. It is the same
attitude. It is the same disdain for legality and international agreements. The
same disdain for public opinion. Exactly the same contempt for human beings. We
are living in times of rats.

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