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Pro-Chávez thugs attack students

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Some 25 students were expelled from Bolívar Square, downtown Caracas, by members of ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) who threw bottles and stones at them.

The students went to the main Caracas square to lay a wreath at the statue of Liberator Simón Bolívar, on the occasion of the anniversary of his death.

Who is attacking others, Mr Chávez?

Written by Claudia

December 18, 2008 at 8:48 am

Venezuelan Electoral Council to Investigate Chávez’s Socialist Party Campaigning

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One of the directors of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE), Vicente Díaz, solicited an official investigation of whether President Hugo Chávez has violated electoral laws by “acting as chief of state [while] promoting candidates from the electoral option of the [United Socialist Party of Venezuela] PSUV.”

“The President of the Republic has political rights as a citizen, and the norms do not prohibit her or him from electoral action. What they do prohibit is [electoral action] while exercising his or her public function,” said Díaz during a press conference Tuesday.

Specifically, Díaz said that Chávez promoted the PSUV during the recent inauguration of a petro-chemical complex constructed by the state oil company PDVSA.

Also, Chávez made campaign-related threats directed at Manuel Rosales, who is the current governor of Zulia and candidate for mayor of Zulia’s capital city, Maracaibo, while addressing a group of Zulia business leaders about national economic policy last Saturday, said Díaz.

via Venezuelan Electoral Council to Investigate Chávez’s Socialist Party Campaigning | venezuelanalysis.com

Read also Chávez goes wasting Venezuelan’s money.

And here there is more about Chávez’s desire of jailing Manuel Rosales.

Written by Claudia

October 31, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Venezuela Accuses McDonald’s of Cooking the Books, Closes All Restaurants for 48 Hours

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The Venezuelan government has ordered all McDonald’s restaurants in the country closed for 48 hours for what it calls irregularities in the fast-food chain’s financial books.

The country’s state news service says the tax agency issued the order. It affects some 115 McDonald’s restaurants nationwide.

Agency head Jose David Cabello says authorities found inconsistencies in McDonald’s books related to amounts owed in taxes, and ordered the restaurants closed Thursday through Saturday.

via FOXNews.com – Venezuela Accuses McDonald’s of Cooking the Books, Closes All Restaurants for 48 Hours – International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News

Well, looks like Chávez also shut down Pepsi. But it looks as if he is beginning to have problems… with someone younger and photogenic:

Young and photogenic, Leopoldo López has been running the campaign of his political life, rummaging for votes here amid a warren of crowded slums and as far away as Venezuela’s lawless western frontier. Polls show that the politician has won a strong following by promising a sharp change from the populist government of President Hugo Chávez, who after nearly a decade in office pulls virtually all the levers of power in the hemisphere’s biggest oil power.

Let’s hope this man wins…

Written by Claudia

October 12, 2008 at 3:31 pm

Russia Offers Venezuela’s Chavez $1 Billion For Arms

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Russia offered Venezuela $1 billion in credit to buy weapons as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez visits to develop military ties amid worsening relations between both nations and the U.S.

Russia agreed to “issue a $1 billion credit line to Venezuela for the realization of military-technical cooperation programs,” the Kremlin said in an e-mailed statement, using a term that Russian authorities employ to describe defense sales.

Chavez, in Russia for the second time in two months, will meet Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at his residence outside Moscow later today before flying to Orenburg, near the Kazakh border in southern Russia, to observe military maneuvers and hold talks with President Dmitry Medvedev tomorrow.

His visit comes as Russian warships sail to the Caribbean Sea for joint exercises with the Venezuelan navy, and shortly after two Russian Tupolev-160 strategic bombers returned to Russia from a brief training visit to the South American nation. Russian relations with the U.S. have soured over Russia’s war with U.S. ally Georgia last month. Venezuela is leading a drive to push back historic U.S. influence in Latin America.

Venezuela spent $4.4 billion on 12 contracts for Russian weapons from 2005-2007, the Kremlin said. These include deals to buy 100,000 Kalashnikov rifles, 50 military helicopters and 24 Su- 30 jet fighters, according to a U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency report.

Bloomberg.com: Eastern Europe.

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September 26, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Those Chávez’s allies

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After Russian planes left ahead of schedule, we have now a confirmation that both Venezuela and Russia will be staging navy drills.

Russia will conduct joint naval drills with the Venezuelan navy in the Caribbean Sea, military officials said Monday.

A Russian naval task force, including the nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Velikiy and the large anti-submarine warfare ship Admiral Chabanenko, has departed from Severomorsk, Russia, and will conduct exercises with Venezuelan forces in November, RIA Novosti reported.

“During the exercise, ships and naval aircraft will practice coordinated maneuvering, search-and-rescue and communications,” said Capt. Igor Dygalo.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had confirmed that his country would join the naval exercises with Russian warships in the Caribbean, saying the Russian navy would receive a warm welcome in the Latin American country, the news agency said.

Russia, Venezuela to stage navy drills – UPI.com.

Meanwhile Chávez has called the Chinese soldiers, “soldiers of peace”:

China is showing the world that it isn’t necessary to harm anyone to be a great power. They are soldiers of peace,” he said, according to a Venezuelan government statement. Asked about his absence from talks this week on the sidelines of the United Nations in New York, Mr. Chavez said: “It’s much more important to be in Beijing than in New York.”

Precisely, regarding Sino-Venezuelan relations, Financial Times writes:

Describing himself as a “Maoist” and predicting the “collapse of global capitalism”, President Hugo Chávez announced on Wednesday that Venezuela and China would expand their energy ties by building an oil refinery in the Latin American country.

On his fifth visit to China, aimed at deepening co-operation between the two countries, Mr Chávez also announced that a joint investment fund would be doubled in size to $12bn (€8.2bn, £6.5bn).

Mr Chávez, whose anti-US rhetoric has sharpened recently, has long hoped that fast-growing China could become an important alternative market for Venezuelan crude and allow him to divert supplies from the US, which has caused unease in Washington. The Venezuelan leader said exports to China would more than treble to 1m barrels per day by 2012.

Although there remains considerable scepticism within the oil industry about the likelihood of Venezuela selling large volumes of oil to China because of distance and technical obstacles, the visit underlines the two governments’ strengthening relationship.

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  • The cold war comes to the Caribbean. “Russia wants to annoy the US by being active in America’s backyard,” said Nick Day, the chief executive of Diligence, a business intelligence firm that deals in Russia.
  • Chávez hails oil cooperation with China, blasts US. Venezuela’s Presidential Office also issued a statement in praise of the upcoming launch from China of the VENESAT-1 satellite, which will transmit telephone, Internet, video conferencing and other signals throughout the region from the Caribbean to Paraguay. Expanding the Bolivarian Revolution through marketing means.
  • Chávez to purchase Military Combat Planes from China: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez revealed in a televised broadcast on Sunday that he plans to purchase 24 K-8 combat and training aircrafts from China ”to train fighter pilots,” the Agence France-Presse reported. The planes could be part of Venezuelas air force by next year. Chavez plans to make the purchases when he visits Beijing this week, as part of a six-country tour which also includes a stop in Moscow. via VHeadline Venezuela News.
  • Rights group slams Venezuela’s Chávez: well, this is actually the report that caused HRW’s Director in Venezuela, Vivanco, to be banished and expelled. With regards to the way he was expelled from Venezuela, Vivanco maintained that the video shown of the incident was edited and did not display the parts where officials broke his cell phone and forced him into custody. Additionally, Vivanco assured that the excuse used, indicating that he did not have a visa, was false since Chileans are not required to have a Visa in order to enter Venezuela.

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Written by Claudia

September 25, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Spain: OK to Chávez’s purchase of Bank of Venezuela IF a “fair price” is paid

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Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Pedro Solbes said on Monday that the purchase of the Venezuelan branch of Spanish Banco Santander Central Hispano banking group by the Venezuelan government does not imply “a major problem,” provided that a “fair price” is paid.

If the government of President Hugo Chávez does not pay an acceptable price, the Minister of the Economy said in an interview with the Spanish public radio, “it would be totally unacceptable,” Efe reported.

Solbes is confident that an agreement will be reached between both parties because, on the contrary, the process would become an expropriation for purposes of nationalization.

Daily News – eluniversal.com.

Related: Chávez announces the nationalization of the Bank of Venezuela.

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Written by Claudia

August 7, 2008 at 12:39 pm

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Venezuela

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The Iranian regime’s Air and Space Organization, part of its Ministry of Defense, along with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) unit responsible for the missiles program, are collaborating extensively and secretly in the field of missile technology transfer to Venezuela. The IRGC’s commanders even attended the June 2008 Venezuelan military exercise.

During the past 5 years, the Iranian regime has established extensive military and political relations with Venezuela, with its investments in that country totaling roughly 10 billion dollar. Mullahs’ former president, Mohammad Khatami, and their current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have each traveled to Venezuela twice, while the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, has also reciprocated with his own trips to Tehran on a number of occasions.

National Council of Resistance of Iran – Foreign Affairs Committee – The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Venezuela.

Who would have told this???

Related:Hizbullah ties in Venezuela.

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Written by Claudia

August 6, 2008 at 8:36 pm