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Venezuela Week in Review-April 17th-HOV

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Hands Off Venezuela Campaign-  http://www.handsoffvenezuela.org


The Campaign is happy to report that we now have the signatures of support of 50 Members of Parliament (MP's) in Pakistan  http://www.marxist.com/Latinam/signatures_venezuela.html and in Canada, Alexa Mc Donough ( MP-New Democratic Party) who is Foreign Affairs Critic is putting forward a motion of support for the goverment of President Hugo Chavez and calling for the strengthening of bilateral relations of the two countries.

Week in Review-April 17, 2004


April-11-2004 In Easter Demostrations in Germany, Hans-Gerd Offinger spoke about the need for support of Venezuela in a rally in Wiesbaden. Please go to site to read article.


April-12-2004 The Carter Center ( one of a myriad of "fifth column" organizations being used against the Venzuelan process ) sided with the electoral panel of the Venezuela's Surpreme Court demanding that the 870,000 fraudlent signatures of the re-call effort be valid.The Courts, constitutional panel has ruled that the electoral chamber does not have jurisdication, and has ruled against the accepting the signatures. We are urging that you send e-mails to the Carter Center asking them to stay out of the internal affairs of the election process.

E-mails should be address to Dr.Jennifer Mc Coy ,Director of the America's Program at  ktorran@emory.edu and  carterweb@emory.edu also please cc to Javier Montes  Jmontes@oas.org .


April-13-2004 50 armed members of Accion Democratica (AD the so-called opposition) party attacked and vandalized the public, Simon Bolivar Hospital in Maturin (Monagas State), destroying a baby incubator, operating rooms and other equipment.Within hours members of the community surrounded the hospital demanding National Guard (GN) action.Order was restored peacefully.This is just one of the many recent acts of violence in the region by this terrorist group.

In a large demostration of support President Chavez, in a speech put the blame on the Bush adminstration for the coup 2 years ago.Go to website to read the article " On the Second Anniversary of the Defeat of the Coup in Venezuela."


April-14-2004 An article in the Miami Herald revealed that Felipe Rodriguez, former National Guard General (GN) and a leader of the "Comandos de la Libertad" admitted to plotting the overthrown of President Hugo Chavez.

"Comandos de la Libertad" has been accused of the bombings of the Spanish Embassy and Colombian Consulate in February of 2003.Two members of the group are are in the Krome Detention Center in Miami awaiting extradition.

President Hugo Chavez in a press conference called the re-call effort dead in the water and that the so-called opposition had lost.


April-15-2004 The Senate of Colombia petition the Organization of American States (OAS) to invoke the Democratic Charter against Venezuela.The Charter provides for member states foreign ministers to intervene in political crisis and Human Rights violations.

Colombia is using this as a pretext for support of an invasion of Venezuela.In Colombia, staging area's are now being built and funding, training and arming of troops is happening under the U.S. Plan Colombia.Spain's former goverment sold to President Uribe 60 tanks and daily he is making inflammatory statement's against President Chavez and Venezuela.

The Coordinadora Democratica (CD) is lobbying member states of the OAS to support Colombia's claims.


WE ARE CALLING for our supporters to send e-mails to the Secretary General of the OAS ( former Colombian President Cesar Gavirla Trujillo 1990-1994 ) to not to invoke the Charter and stop being a pawn for U.S. imperialism in Venezuela, Haiti and the region. email-  Fjaramillo@oas.org ,  SCanton@oas.org and  Jmontes@oas.org


April-16-2004 Jose Gerado Cruz Shilling has called for the nationalization of the telephone company,Ca Nacional Telefonos de Venezuela (CANTV) which is the largest privately owned corporation in Venezuela.
Saying "It is better to struggle and fight against those escualidos (squalid ones-opposition) that want to give away the country." The company has made cuts in telephone services without justification, massive phone card increase's and billing people for international calls that were not made.

CANTV was privatize by previous goverments. He also stated " We know the objectives of the bandits, we know what guides them- they want us to be a North America protectorate."


April-16-2004 Hands Off Venezuela public meeting in Manchester, England sponsored by Youth for International Socialism.

For more on the Campaign- email us  solidarity@handsoffvenezuela.org

homepage: homepage: http://www.handsoffvenezuela.org

Ok Colombia wants to do what? 17.Apr.2004 13:39

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Colombia is using this as a pretext for support of an invasion of Venezuela.In Colombia, staging area's are now being built and funding, training and arming of troops is happening under the U.S. Plan Colombia.Spain's former goverment sold to President Uribe 60 tanks and daily he is making inflammatory statement's against President Chavez and Venezuela.

Sorry I'm trying to learn more on this issue could you post more sources on the above statement, if you get a chance.

-thanks

If you like to know more: 17.Apr.2004 16:43

Cort Greene

To begin with I use 5 different sources for info-inside and out of the country-We have comrades their and we are very close to President Chavez- he recently talked about us on his weekly TV for 20 minutes and we have met with him on several occasions- One of the better newsgroups is  http://www.Vheadlines.com

BREAKING NEWS 17.Apr.2004 18:31

Vheadline

  BREAKING NEWS
EXCLUSIVE: USA-backed Colombian invasion of Venezuela imminent?
 http://www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=17569
VHeadline.com correspondent Philip Stinard reports: On April 13, the Colombian senate approved a resolution proposed by Senator Enrique Gomez Hurtado that condemns the "dictatorial regime" of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias and calls for the Organization of American States to apply the Interamerican Democratic Charter to Venezuela.

According to Article 21 of the Charter "In the event of an unconstitutional alteration of the constitutional regime that seriously impairs the democratic order in a member state, any member state or the Secretary General may request the immediate convocation of the Permanent Council to undertake a collective assessment of the situation and to take such decisions as it deems appropriate."

What is meant by "such decisions" is not specified in the Charter, but it is generally accepted to include all actions up to and including military intervention by OAS states, including the United States.
Immediate responses to the Colombian senate resolution from both the Colombian and Venezuelan governments were swift in coming. Two official responses were released by Colombian governmental bodies.

The first response came from Colombia's Delegation to the Andean Parliament, which stated that the views expressed by the Colombian senate are not necessarily those of the Colombian government and people, and that the decision to invoke the Democratic Charter is in the hands of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velez. Then, in a paragraph that is edited out of most news reports, the Colombian Delegation calls upon the Venezuelan government to find an "exit" to their situation, which is a more mildly worded version of the Colombian senate resolution that they supposedly condemned. This response was hardly reassuring to the Chavez government.

A second response came from the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Relations, which repeated the same points made by the Colombian Andean Parliament Delegation, but left out the overt criticism of Venezuela leveled by the first communication.

This communication met with a more favorable response from various representatives of the Chavez government (among them Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs (MRE) Jesus Arnaldo Perez and Venezuelan OAS Ambassador Jorge Valero), and these representatives consider the Colombian senate resolution to be null and void.
One fact that is overlooked by Chavez government representatives in their responses is that only one OAS member state needs to make a request to invoke the Democratic Charter in order for the OAS Permanent Council to consider the request ... it takes a two thirds vote of the OAS General Assembly to suspend a member state from the OAS, which is considered the ultimate sanction.

The most notable Venezuelan response to the Colombian resolution came from Jose Vicente Rangel, Executive Vice President of Venezuela, who made the astute observation, "Senator Gomez Hurtado's proposal has as its bases the United States government's campaign against Venezuela and the geo-strategic development of Plan Colombia."
Rangel's statement also makes note of the fact that the original Spanish version of Proposition 249 is written in bad Spanish, with misspellings and grammatical errors that are uncharacteristic of the normally high standards of Colombian jurisprudence. Rangel proposes that the proposition could have been "inspired and edited by the Venezuelan coup leaders in exile in Bogota, Pedro Carmona [exiled FEDECAMARAS president] and [... ] Daniel Romero, spokesman of the de facto government the 12th of April [2002]."

However, others take a more sinister view...
Some Colombian social and political leaders [Temor por guerra entre Colombia y Venezuela, New Colombian News Agency] point to the recent presence in Colombia of US Congressman Lincoln Diaz Balart ... cheerleader for the right-wing Cuban exile community in Florida ... as possibly having an influence in the drafting of this document.

Venezuelan National Assembly (AN) deputy Tarek William Saab characterized the Colombian resolution as a "vile pamphlet" which, besides being poorly written, appears as though it could have originally been written in English by the US State Department.
When asked by the Venezuelan press about the resolution, US Ambassador to Venezuela Charles S. Shapiro is quoted as saying "I don't have an appreciation at this time of the agreement approved by the Colombian Senate ... the idea that this resolution from the Colombian parliament has anything to do with the United States is untrue."
Hollow words, coming from the US Ambassador who was implicated by taped police radio conversations in the April 11, 2002 massacre at Llaguno Bridge during the early hours of the coup.

What could be behind the Colombian senate resolution?
Many point to US policy in Colombia under the program Plan Colombia. Even mainstream Latin American history books (e.g. A History of Latin America, by Keen and Haynes, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 2004) state that Plan Colombia is not so much about US anti-drug policy as it is about securing the Colombian oil industry that had been under attack by leftist guerrillas. Besides outsourcing the task of taking back control of guerrilla-controlled areas to paramilitary death squads responsible for the slaughter of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of innocents, and providing juicy multimillion dollar contracts to US companies such as Monsanto and DynCorp, there have been few visible accomplishments for Plan Colombia.
It is not inconceivable that part of Plan Colombia would be to destabilize and overthrow the Chavez government and install puppet leaders to make US access to Venezuelan petroleum resources easier and cheaper.

Perhaps it is to this end that the Colombian government has purchased forty AMX-30 tanks from Spain with US assistance. And, knowing how US covert operations have been conducted in the past, it is quite possible that the US has great interest in testing and observing how much support the Chavez government has by, for instance, sending its surrogates to attack the hospital in Monagas State and watching the community response. This could also extend to observing the Venezuelan diplomatic response to the (intentional?) provocation produced by the Colombian senate resolution.

Is a US-backed invasion of Venezuela by Colombia imminent?
Perhaps. The one person who has remained conspicuously silent on this issue is Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, who holds the keys to this situation.

The Venezuelan National Assembly passed a resolution on April 15 condemning the Colombian senate resolution. Among other things, the resolution calls upon President Uribe to "speak to the issue of this anti-Venezuelan agreement."
We are all waiting for President Uribe's response...
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A word that cost Venezuela $1.2 Million dollars ..... 18.Apr.2004 12:59

Chavez days are numbered as we all know ....

A word that cost Venezuela $1.2 Million dollars .....

That word was "Pendejo"
........and now you know the rest of the story ;-)


From the Latin America desk:

Venezuela Pays $1.2 Mln to Better Image Abroad, Herald Reports

 http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000086&sid=aIUsCqIZrNPY&refer=latin_america

April 12 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuela paid $1.2 million to Patton Boggs
LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm, to improve its image
abroad and brake deteriorating relations with the U.S., the
Miami-based El Nuevo Herald reported.

Patton Boggs recommended that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez support
U.S. efforts in the war against drugs and cooperate more closely with
Colombia to bolster his image, the newspaper said, citing a memo that
the firm prepared, outlining possible steps for the South American
country to improve its image.

The contents of the memo were confirmed by Rogelio Novey, a member of
Patton Boggs, the newspaper said. Novey said the firm's job was
``difficult but not impossible.''

Ties between the U.S. and Venezuela have deteriorated since Chavez
took office in 1999. Chavez has repeatedly accused the U.S. of
supporting an April 2002 coup against his government.