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Hugo Chavez, stirred up things more by calling the Colombian defense minister a "mental retard."
Colombian soccer players found dead in Venezuela
25 Oct 2009 20:24:43 GMT
* Grisly end to kidnapping saga on border
* Chavez insults Colombian minister in drugs spat (Adds Colombia offering to help solve crime)
By Enrique Andres Pretel
CARACAS, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Venezuela said on Sunday at least 10 members of an amateur Colombian soccer team had been found dead after being kidnapped on its side of the border.
The murders added another complication to fractious ties between the two South American neighbors. Venezuela's leftist president, Hugo Chavez, stirred up things more by calling the Colombian defense minister a "mental retard."
Caracas broke off relations and minimized trade earlier this year due to Colombia's acceptance of U.S. military bases on its soil. Bogota is one of the main U.S. allies in the region, whereas Chavez is a highly vocal critic of Washington.
The Colombian soccer players, seized on Oct. 11, were found with bullet wounds in various parts of western Tachira state, Venezuelan Vice President Ramon Carrizalez told reporters.
One of the 12 men survived the ordeal, while another was still missing, Venezuelan authorities said.
Kidnappings and armed disputes are rife on both sides of the frontier, where Colombian guerrilla groups, paramilitary militia and criminal gangs all operate.
Carrizalez said the deaths of the football players, whom local media have said were local tradesmen in Venezuela for a match, were related to Colombia's internal conflict. He gave no further details.
Colombia offered to cooperate with Venezuelan authorities in bringing those responsible for the deaths to justice.
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Chavez, who has mixed praise for Obama personally with criticism of his government's "imperialist" policies, said he thought it was a mistake when he read the U.S. leader had won.
"For the first time, we are witnessing an award with the nominee having done nothing to deserve it: rewarding someone for a wish that is very far from becoming reality."
Chavez said giving Obama the Nobel award was like giving a baseball pitcher a prize simply for saying he was going to win 50 games and strike out 500 batters.Chavez, who has mixed praise for Obama personally with criticism of his... more
He was the man who saved Hugo Chávez when all seemed lost. A coup had ousted Venezuela's president and buried, it seemed, his leftist experiment.
General Raúl Baduel, however, stayed loyal and tilted the army Chávez's way during tumultuous days in April 2002, paving the way for his triumphant return to power and restoring democracy. A grateful Chávez hailed the general a hero and appointed him defence minister. They became close allies and confidants.
Times change. Baduel is now stripped of power and facing corruption charges that could keep him in jail for decades. Prosecutors say he pilfered state funds. Baduel says his crime was to realise – and declare – that the president was a tyrant.
"Every day there is more repression, and Chávez's mask slips further. The only thing Chávez cares about is being president for life," he said, seated at a desk in his cell. "This," he said, tapping a pile of legal documents emblazoned with his name, "is a judicial farce".
Since April the general has been kept behind three layers of guards and gates at a hilltop military jail in Los Teques, outside Caracas. He has been accused of corruption over £8m which allegedly disappeared during his tenure in government, a charge levelled after he broke with Chávez and joined opposition ranks.
Baduel is not alone. Criminal charges are multiplying against government opponents. Some are accused of corruption, others of public disorder during demonstrations. Some are in exile, others in jail pending trial.
Critics say the president has become authoritarian and is using courts to neutralise foes. "Given the way Chávez and his supporters have undermined the independence of the judiciary it is difficult to have confidence in the fairness of the trials," said Daniel Wilkinson, of Human Rights Watch.He was the man who saved Hugo Chávez when all seemed lost. A coup had ousted... more
Authorities in Venezuela say they will punish TV stations if they continue to broadcast episodes of cult US animation Family Guy.
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Talk like a communist, walk like a democrat. That has been the paradoxical strategy pursued by Latin America's new radical left - at least until now. Venezuelan President Hugo ChÁvez will gush effusively in the presence of Fidel Castro one moment, then just as earnestly he'll remind the world that he submits to the kind of free elections and free speech that Castro and his brother, Cuban President RaÚl Castro, still forbid.
But in recent months, ChÁvez and his allies from Argentina to Nicaragua have taken steps that critics say make them walk too Cuban for comfort - especially when it comes to independent media, an institution critical to the region's modernization. ChÁvez's socialist Bolivarian Revolution recently revoked the broadcast licenses of 32 private radio stations and two television stations - it plans to take more off the air soon - and just passed a sweeping and often vague new education law outlawing media material that "produces terror in children" or "goes against the values of the Venezuelan people."
More at the link.
Really? So vague is the idea of "Produces terror in children" that they could banned Bozo the Clown from showing in syndication there.
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Oliver Stone’s latest distortion of fact and history speaks loudly in the documentary movie, “South of the Border,” which praises Hugo Chavez.Oliver Stone’s latest distortion of fact and history speaks loudly in the... more
Iran and Venezuela strengthen ties as Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez met with Iran’s Supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Yesterday, the two countries signed an agreement yesterday for Venezuela to export 20,000 barrels of gasoline to Iran each day.
Fernando Coronil, a professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the export of oil to Iran that undermines any new sanctions against Iran, as well as this weekend’s protests in Venezuela and Hugo Chavez’s suspension of radio stations.Iran and Venezuela strengthen ties as Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez met with... more
Fifteen heavily armed men stormed the Tiferet Israel synagogue located in the Mariperez neighborhood of Caracas. They robbed the premises, desecrated the temple, threw the Torah and other religious paraphernalia to the floor and then painted the obscene graffiti on the walls.Fifteen heavily armed men stormed the Tiferet Israel synagogue located in the... more
A short film about the process of Afro-Venezuelans recognizing their heritage in a small fishing village on Lake Maracaibo. Just because everyone's brown, doesn't mean it's all good.A short film about the process of Afro-Venezuelans recognizing their heritage in a... more
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa was sworn in for a second term on Monday, reaffirming in a speech his dedication to the country's poor and accusing the media of aiding his critics.Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa was sworn in for a second term on Monday,... more
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Venezuela revoked a few dozen broadcasting licenses last week. Conveniently those stations *just happened* to broadcast coverage of the government that was critical of Hugo Chavez's policies.
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Detailed account on the events taking place in Venezuela during this week pertaining the closing down of 34 radio stations critical to the government of Hugo Chávez Frías.
Administrative actions against 50 radio stations in Venezuela
Diosdado Cabello, the Venezuelan Minister of Public Works and Housing and director of the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel), said that so far about 50 radio stations have been advised that administrative proceedings have been filed against them.
He added that the owners of the stations will be entitled to the right to defense, depending on their offenses.
All "media crimes" to be punishable with prison sentences
Not only the owners of TV stations such as Guillermo Zuloaga (Globovisión), Alberto Federico Ravell (Globovisión) and Marcel Granier (RCTV Internacional) could go to prison; anyone disclosing information regarded as "false" or "misleading" and that "would harm the interests of the State" or "the public morals" could be four years behind bars.
Under Article 5 of the draft Special Law against Media Crimes, which will be submitted on Thursday by Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz for the consideration of the National Assembly, "Any person who discloses false news through a mass media outlet, causing serious disruption to public tranquility, panic or anxiety in the population, disruption of public order or a prejudice to the interests of the State, shall be punished with imprisonment from two to four years."
Attorney General: "The State needs to regulate freedom of expression"
Luisa Ortega Díaz, Venezuela's Attorney General, submitted to the plenary of the National Assembly a draft Special Law against Media Crimes, which would punish with imprisonment up to four years whoever breaks the law.
"It is necessary to legislate on this matter; it is necessary that the Venezuelan State regulates freedom of expression," she said.
The senior official added that her proposal is not aimed at violating the freedom of expression since. According to her, such freedom is observed in Venezuela. However, in the context of "our legal instruments, within the framework of the rights of Venezuelan people, everything has a limit. I request the State to put some limits to this right."
IAPA calls for investigation into incidents in Venezuela
The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) on Thursday, July 30 called on officials in Venezuela, Bolivia and El Salvador to quickly investigate the acts of "violence and intimidation" reported in recent days against journalists in those countries.
Minister: "Freedom of expression is not the most sacred freedom"
Diosdado Cabello, the Minister of Public Works and Housing and interim director of the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel), supported the draft Special Law against Media Crimes submitted to the National Assembly by the Attorney General, Luisa Ortega Díaz, to punish "media crimes" with imprisonment. "I think that the Attorney General explained the whole situation very well. Everything has a limit."
Cabello hopes that the National Assembly passes a legislation related to this proposal "to put limits on what some call here the most sacred freedom."
Committee to Protect Journalists rejects Law on Media Crimes
A bill submitted by Venezuela's attorney general to punish "media crimes" with prison sentences is an unprecedented step in the crusade by President Hugo Chávez Frías' administration to curtail media freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Thursday, July 31.
"This bill is reminiscent of the dark days of Latin American dictatorships with its archaic provisions for so-called 'media crimes,'" said Carlos Lauría, CPJ's senior program coordinator for the Americas.
Editors reject bill to punish "media crimes" in Venezuela
Communication Minister hints international media campaign against Venezuela"
More at the linkDetailed account on the events taking place in Venezuela during this week pertaining... more
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The $14 phone is made using Chinese technology and featuring a camera, radio and MP3 player.
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The crisis in Honduras has once again made political bedfellows out of President Obama and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, as each leader roundly condemned the expulsion of Honduras President Manuel Zelaya in the region's first successful post-Cold War coup.
Admittedly, Obama's response ("I am deeply concerned") had a bit less flair than Chavez's ("I have put the armed forces of Venezuela on alert").
But considering the fiery rhetoric that has marked Venezuela's past relationship with the United States (and vice versa) any kind of agreement between the two nations on a regional political crisis is remarkable.
Of course, the Obama administration has been working to close the gap with Caracas for some time now, extending a literal open hand to the Venezuelan President in April and, last week, announcing plans to restore full diplomatic relations with Venezuela after nearly a year.
Chavez, in return, has eased off on the sulfurous talk, inviting Obama to join his book club and offering to hop a plane to DC at the drop of an evite.
Chavez has not, however, eased up on his hegemonic efforts in Latin America -- case in point, Honduras, whose president, Manuel Zelaya, has been attracted by Venezuela's oil wealth and casual attitude toward term limits.The crisis in Honduras has once again made political bedfellows out of President Obama... more