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|·|| Venezuela's Chavez News of Second Operation Provokes Opposition |
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|·|| Beating Up on Chavez |
|Tuesday, January 10|
|·|| Exxon 'Loses' Venezuela Nationalisation Case |
|Friday, October 28|
|·|| Chavez: "UNASUR is our Armour against Barbarism" |
|Monday, October 17|
|·|| US Out to Topple Chavez |
|Friday, August 19|
|·|| Venezuela 'Bringing Home' Gold Reserves, Plans to Nationalize All Gold |
|Thursday, July 14|
|·|| Food in Venezuela is Now Guaranteed |
|Saturday, May 28|
|·|| Washington's War on Chavez |
|·|| US Sanctions on PDVSA - Latest Imperialist Provocation |
|Monday, April 18|
|·|| Venezuela's Mediation Effort with Ex-Honduran President |
|Sunday, April 03|
|·|| Will we go down in atomic radiation without an anti-capitalist fight? |
|Wednesday, March 23|
|·|| Globalized Apartheid, Asian Tsunamis and Racist Invasions in Africa |
|Monday, March 07|
|·|| What happened to the hope-inspiring 'sweet bird of youth' of Ernst Blo |
|Friday, March 04|
|·|| Current United States bellicose 'Cognitive Infiltration' of the Enemy |
|Tuesday, March 01|
|·|| Could Venezuela see her future in the oily crystal ball of Libya? |
|Saturday, February 19|
|·|| Obama Requests Funding for Venezuelan Opposition in 2012 Budget |
|·|| Venezuelan Parliamentarians Reject U.S. Lawmaker’s Threats against Venezuela |
|Wednesday, February 02|
|·|| Why is Hugo Chavez called a Dictator? |
|Latin America: On the Warpath in Venezuela: Against the Bolivarian Revolution|
Thursday, November 21 @ 22:26:46 AST
|By W.T. WHITNEY JR.|
November 21, 2013 - counterpunch.org
Nicolas Maduro won Venezuela’s presidential election in April by a slim margin, a result still unrecognized by the U.S. government. Opposition demonstrations quickly spread, killing 13 people. Now his government faces municipal elections on December 8, and engineered social turmoil has returned. Although polls have been favorable, the confidence marking election campaigns under predecessor Hugo Chavez, now dead, is gone.
Opposition forces have used destabilization to cast both the Chavez and Maduro governments as dysfunctional. Powerful forces inside and outside Venezuela targeted the Chavez – led Bolivarian movement because of its decisive role in promoting continent-wide unity and social justice. The U.S. government is widely believed to have encouraged the unsuccessful right wing coup of 2002 and subsequent disruption of Venezuela’s oil industry.
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|Latin America: U.S. Seeks to Get Rid of Left Governments in Latin America|
Thursday, May 02 @ 07:39:07 AST
|By Mark Weisbrot|
May 1st 2013 - CEPR
Recent events indicate that the Obama administration has stepped up its strategy of “regime change” against the left-of-center governments in Latin America, promoting conflict in ways not seen since the military coup that Washington supported in Venezuela in 2002. The most high-profile example is in Venezuela itself, during the past week. As this goes to press, Washington has grown increasingly isolated in its efforts to destabilize the newly elected government of Nicolas Maduro.
But Venezuela is not the only country to fall prey to Washington’s efforts to reverse the electoral results of the past 15 years in Latin America. It is now clear that last year’s ouster of President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay was also aided and abetted by the United States government. In a brilliant investigative work for Agência Pública, journalist Natalia Viana shows that the Obama administration funded the principal actors involved in the “parliamentary coup” against Lugo. Washington then helped organize international support for coup.
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|Latin America: Venezuela’s Electoral Council Says Capriles Lacks Proof of Fraud|
Tuesday, April 30 @ 05:20:45 AST
|By Chris Carlson|
April 30, 2013 - venezuelanalysis.com
Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) announced yesterday that they would not approve Henrique Capriles’ additional demands for the auditing of the April 14 elections, and explained that he lacks any proof of fraud.
The announcement was made on Saturday night via a televised statement by CNE President Tibisay Lucena.
Lucena explained that the expanded audit process would be carried out as planned, but the additional demands that the Capriles campaign have made in recent days would not be included.
“It is important to note that the political parties already audited the electoral process at each stage, certifying the integrity and correct functioning of the system,” said Lucena.
“Representatives from each party signed off on each one, as can be seen in the documents on the CNE website…there were a total of 18 auditing processes, but now they are being silenced and ignored in an attempt to discredit the electoral process,” she said.
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|Latin America: The United States shows its contempt for Venezuelan democracy|
Tuesday, April 23 @ 11:18:26 AST
|Washington's clumsy efforts to de-legitimise Venezuela's election mark a escalation of its push for regime change|
By Mark Weisbrot
April 22, 2013 - guardian.co.uk
While most of the news on Venezuela in the week since the 14 April presidential election focused on the efforts of losing candidate Henrique Capriles to challenge the results, another campaign, based in Washington, was quite revealing – and the two were most definitely related. Without Washington's strong support – the first time it had refused to recognise a Venezuelan election result – it is unlikely that Capriles would have joined the hardcore elements of his camp in pretending that the election was stolen.
Washington's efforts to de-legitimise the election mark a significant escalation of US efforts at regime change in Venezuela. Not since its involvement in the 2002 military coup has the US government done this much to promote open conflict in Venezuela. When the White House first announced on Monday that a 100% audit of the votes was "an important, prudent and necessary step", this was not a genuine effort to promote a recount.
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|Latin America: Nicolás Maduro is Venezuela's vote for Chávismo|
Friday, April 19 @ 04:47:19 AST
|By Mark Weisbrot|
April 17, 2013 - guardian.co.uk
After a short but bitterly fought, insult-laden campaign, Chavista standard-bearer Nicolás Maduro defeated challenger Henrique Capriles, thus assuring continuity in Venezuela after the death of President Hugo Chávez last month. But the election was much closer than the polls predicted: a margin of just 1.6 percentage points, or about 275,000 votes.
Capriles is demanding an audit of 100 percent of all votes; Maduro has apparently agreed. But the audit is unlikely to change the outcome. Unlike in the United States, where in a close election we really don't know who won, the Venezuelan system is very secure. Since there are two records of every vote (machine and paper ballot), it is nearly impossible to rig the machines and stuff the ballot boxes to match. Jimmy Carter called Venezuela's electoral system "the best in the world."
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|Latin America: Chavez's Enemies Hand Him His Greatest Tribute: Defamation|
Saturday, March 16 @ 03:31:33 AST
|By Stephen Gowans|
March 16, 2013 - gowans.wordpress.com
The mass media's near universal defamation of Hugo Chavez, presumably to counter the outpouring of eulogies and tributes that attended the Venezuelan president's death, illustrates the lengths to which the wealthy (in whose hands the mass media repose) will go to vilify anyone who commits the highest international crime: curbing free enterprise.
To say that the anti-Chavez obloquies have been over the top would hardly be an exaggeration. Author and journalist Terry Glavin, whose credentials as a propagandist on behalf of the capitalist faith have been solidly affirmed by his loosing possibly the most extreme diatribe against Chavez ever written, assures us the Bolivarian revolutionary was "a sadistic, egomaniacal thug," a "megalomaniac" at the center of an "autocracy," who left "millions of Venezuelans living in fear of the knock on the door in the night." ("Hugo Chavez, incompetent fake socialist," The Ottawa Citizen, March 7, 2013.)
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|Latin America: Chavismo Lives!|
Wednesday, March 06 @ 17:38:35 AST
|By Stephen Lendman|
March 06, 2013
Venezuelans mourn. Chavismo lives! Bolivarianism is institutionalized.
Venezuelans expect no less. They want no part of their ugly past. They'll put their bodies on the line to prevent it. They did before. They'll do it again.
Bolivarianism is policy. It's vital to preserve. It's polar opposite neoliberal harshness. America and Venezuela are constitutional worlds apart. More on that below.
On March 5, word came at 4:45PM. Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced it. "We have just received the most tragic and awful information," he said. Hugo Chavez Frias died. "It's a moment of deep pain."
"Those who die for life can't be called dead," he said.
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|Latin America: Chávez Haters Not “Limited by Truth, Reality or Common Sense”|
Tuesday, March 05 @ 23:11:43 AST
By Dan Beeton - CEPR|
February 28th 2013 - venezuelanalysis.com
A new op-ed in the Guardian by Ricardo Hausmann portrays a dystopian fictional Venezuela, one in which the Venezuelan government has run the economy into the ground despite abundant oil wealth, but yet its charismatic president continues to be re-elected through some sort of sinister trickery.
Sound familiar? It should: it’s the same tired story repeated in the U.S. and U.K. media almost every day, but in this case Hausmann was apparently given free rein to present his own set of “facts.” It isn’t surprising that Hausmann would write something so divorced from reality; he went to elaborate lengths to invent a conspiracy theory about supposed fraud in Venezuela’s 2004 recall referendum by relying on fake exit polls. An independent panel of statisticians selected by the Carter Center determined that Hausmann and his colleague Roberto Rigobón had in fact found no evidence of fraud. [PDF]
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|Latin America: President Hugo Chavez has Died|
Tuesday, March 05 @ 20:41:56 AST
|By Tamara Pearson|
March 05, 2013 - Venezuelanalysis.com
After two years of battling cancer, President Hugo Chavez has died today at 4.25 pm.
Vice-president Nicolas Maduro made the announcement on public television shortly after, speaking from the Military Hospital in Caracas, where Chavez was being treated.
Military and Bolivarian police patrols have been sent out into the street to protect the people and maintain the peace. For now, things are calm here, with some people celebrating by honking their car horns, and many others quietly mourning in their homes. Around the country mourners are also gathering in the main plazas to rally, and in some cases, to pray.
Maduro made the announcement just a few hours after addressing the nation for an hour, accusing the opposition of taking advantage of the current situation to cause destabilisation.
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|Latin America: Venezuela’s Chavez’s Cancer Returns, Leaves Vice-President in Charge|
Sunday, December 09 @ 06:30:53 AST
December 08, 2012
Tonight President Hugo Chavez announced on public television that he will return to Cuba to receive surgery for new malignant cells, and that vice-president Nicolas Maduro will be in charge during his absence.
Chavez said that the Cuban doctors informed him that the area where he has previously been affected will need to be operated on again, as new malignant cells have appeared.
Chavez was first diagnosed with cancer in June 2011, and successfully underwent treatment for a recurrence of the disease in February this year.
“Another operation is absolutely necessary... in the next few days, actually the doctor told me it should have been yesterday,” he said.
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|Latin America: Chavez and the New South America|
Wednesday, October 10 @ 11:42:37 AST
When Will Washington Accept the New Reality?|
By Mark Weisbrot
October 10, 2012 - counterpunch.org
Hugo Chávez was re-elected president of Venezuela on Sunday, by a margin of 11 percentage points. For most people who have heard or read about Chávez in the international media, this might be puzzling. Almost all of the news we hear about Venezuela is bad: Chávez is cantankerous and picks fights with the United States and sides with “enemies” such as Iran; he is a “dictator” or “strongman” who has squandered the nation’s oil wealth; the economy is plagued by shortages and is usually on the brink of collapse.
Then there is the other side of the story: since the Chávez government got control over the national oil industry, poverty has been cut by half and extreme poverty by 70 percent. College enrollment has more than doubled, millions of people have access to health care for the first time, and the number of people eligible for public pensions has quadrupled.
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|Latin America: Venezuelan and International Reactions to Chavez’s Reelection|
Tuesday, October 09 @ 10:03:34 AST
|By Ewan Robertson|
October 08, 2012 - Venezuelanalysis.com
There have been domestic and international reactions to the reelection of Hugo Chavez last night in Venezuela’s presidential election, while the final vote tally has widened Chavez’s margin of victory to almost 11%.
Chavez was reelected as Venezuelan president for the 2013 – 2019 period, defeating the challenge from conservative rival Henrique Capriles Radonski for the Roundtable of Democratic Unity coalition (MUD). It will be his third term in office under the 1999 constitution, and is his fourth election as Venezuelan president since 1998.
With 96.7% of votes totaled, Chavez has won 8,044,106 votes (55.11%), to Capriles’ 6,461,612 (44.27%), widening his victory to almost 11%, greater than announced in the National Electoral Council’s (CNE) “first bulletin” results on Sunday night.
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|Latin America: Venezuela’s Presidential Elections: An Imperfect-Victory|
Monday, October 08 @ 19:14:13 AST
|By Tamara Pearson|
October 8th 2012 - Venezuelanalysis.com
Last night we were squashed and pushed as the crowd surged into the Miraflores Palace to hear Chavez’s victory speech. People were so happy, they didn’t mind their feet being trodden on, the humidity of the air and the sweat of bodies and all the standing up, they were exuberant and they shouted and danced and jumped up and down and yelled out to strangers and threw beer up in the air, and even a few shoes. Yet, among them, I felt a bit down, because the results were quite close, because over six million people supported, by voting for Capriles, selfishness (he had focused his campaign on Venezuela ending its solidarity with other countries) and the destruction and sale of their country.
With most votes counted, Chavez won with 8,044,106 votes, or 55.11% to Capriles’ 6,461,612 (44.27%) for a difference of 1,582,494 votes, or almost 11%. Chavez also won (according to the results as they are today) in 21 states and the Capital District (Caracas), and lost to Capriles in Merida and Tachira states,. He won in Zulia and Carabobo- where there are currently opposition governors. No one voted for the other candidates, with third place going to Reina Sequera with 0.47% of the vote.
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|Latin America: Chavez Wins Venezuelan Presidential Election with 54% of the Vote|
Monday, October 08 @ 19:11:58 AST
|By Ewan Robertson|
October 07, 2012 - Venezuelanalysis.com
Hugo Chavez has won the Venezuelan presidential election with 54.42% of the vote against 44.97% for opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski. Chavez has made his victory speech, while Capriles has recognised his defeat.
The “first bulletin” results were announced by the president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, at around 10pm Venezuelan time, with 90% of the votes totaled, enough to give Chavez an irreversible victory.
The CNE president said, “Once again we’ve had a calm electoral process, without problems, with the joy of this people who decided to vote massively today”.
A spontaneous street party immediately kicked off in the centre of the Andean city of Merida, and a massive crowd of Chavez supporters began celebrating in front of the presidential palace, Miraflores, in Caracas.
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|Latin America: Ecuador Will Face US Wrath for Asylum Decision|
Friday, August 17 @ 17:32:14 AST
|By Chris Floyd|
August 17, 2012
August 17, 2012 "Information Clearing House" -- It is apparent that the nation of Ecuador will now be in the frame for what American foreign policy elites like to call, in their dainty and delicate language, "the path of action." Ecuador granted political asylum to Julian Assange on Thursday for one reason only: the very real possibility that he would be "rendered" to the United States for condign punishment, including the possibility of execution.
None of the freedom-loving democracies involved in the negotiations over his fate -- Britain, Sweden, and the United States -- could guarantee that this would not happen … even though Assange has not been charged with any crime under U.S. law. [And even though the sexual misconduct allegations he faces in Sweden would not be crimes under U.S. or UK law.] Under these circumstances -- and after a sudden, blustering threat from Britain to violate the Ecuadorean embassy and seize Assange anyway -- the government of Ecuador felt it had no choice but to grant his asylum request.
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