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"The United Nations cannot be reformed": Chavez tells the people of the US to fight for so

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was recently in the United States, where he delivered an address to the United Nations, met with activists in South Bronx, and gave several interviews to US media outlets. Throughout his visit Chavez brought the message of the Bolivarian Revolution to the people of the United States, discussing everything from global warming and the aftermath of Katrina to imperialism and the war in Iraq.
President Chavez's recent visit to the United Nations on September 15th caused a major commotion in the United States. First of all, the Bush administration tried to block and delay the visit, so that Chavez's appearance would not coincide with Bush's at the United Nations. Most of Chavez's entourage (doctors, media, security personnel) spent four days locked up in the presidential plane at a military airfield 200 miles away from New York City, in a clear diplomatic provocation.

But when Chavez finally spoke at the UN assembly he delivered a very powerful and damning speech. The main thrust of it was that the United Nations did not work and could not be reformed. However, he added that in the meantime three measures should be taken as a matter of urgency: the abolition of the right of veto in the Security Council, the inclusion of countries from the South on the council, and to move the UN outside of the United States since this was the country that had violated the most UN resolutions! This was certainly the most shocking thing that had been heard in the meeting rooms of the UN in a long time. When the chair of the session tried to cut his speech short, Hugo Chavez replied, "I understand that President Bush spoke for 20 minutes here yesterday, so I will finish my speech". Chavez was also instrumental in denouncing the manoeuvre organised to get a resolution on the Millennium Goals passed. He explained how only a small group of 35 countries (excluding Cuba and Venezuela) had been involved in the drafting of the document and that most heads of state had only received a copy, in English, five minutes before it was supposed to be passed by acclamation without a vote. You can read a full transcript of the speech in English and Spanish, and you can also listen to it in Spanish.

President Chavez then had some meetings with the community in South Bronx. At a packed meeting with more than 2000 trade union and community leaders and activists he reiterated that "we are convinced that the road to hell is the road of capitalism... in Venezuela we are trying to build a new socialism, a XXI century socialism... a socialist democracy". He explained how he originally thought that one could have capitalism with a human face, but that "today, after seven years of revolution, and having travelled around the world ... and having read and having seen what I have read and seen in this seven years, I am now convinced that on the road of capitalism it is not possible to save the world". He then repeated his offer to supply cheap heating fuel to the poor communities in the United States so that poor people would not die of cold during the winter. He offered to do this through CITGO, the US subsidiary of the Venezuelan state-owned company PDVSA. He insisted that he was in favour of the real unity of the Americas, not based on the Free Trade Agreement being pushed by the Bush administration, but rather, unity based on the unity of the peoples, unity from below. You can read the full speech in Spanish on the Ministry of Communication and Information website.

During the trip Chavez also gave two very important interviews to the US media. One to Democracy Now! the network of community TV and radio stations, in which he discussed many issues, including global warming, the aftermath of Katrina, imperialism, the war in Iraq, etc. He once again appealed to the people of the US, as opposed to the Bush administration, to play their necessary role in saving the planet. The alternative, Chavez said, is "like Rosa Luxemburg said: socialism or barbarism". You can read a transcript of the interview and watch the video on the Democracy Now! website where you can also purchase a DVD of it.

He was also interviewed on the popular Nightline programme on ABC News. Hugo Chavez very skilfully replied to the questions of Ted Koppel, and made it clear once again that Venezuela had a conflict with the US administration (which had participated in the April 2002 coup and tried several times to overthrow his government) but not with the US people. "We love the people of the United States, and our desire is to have a world of brothers in peace," he stressed. Chavez also condemned the hypocrisy of the so-called war on terror, and pointed out that fundamentalist preacher Pat Robertson had publicly called for his assassination and was still at large. A transcript of this very interesting interview can be read on the ABC website.
These were a couple of days full of events in which the message of the Bolivarian Revolution was brought right to the belly of the beast, to the people who can play a key role in defeating imperialism - the working people of the U
Links 04.Oct.2005 01:14

Pseudo Nym


YEAH! 04.Oct.2005 07:03

jon

Go chavez! HeŽd better watch his back now.....Bush and his cronies dont like hearing the truth...or rather they dont like the people hearing the truth

visit venezuela in solidarity

peace

been watching his back 04.Oct.2005 11:02

anon

sounds like he's been watching his back for years. Check out the story of the aborted coup attempt a couple years ago! Chavez rocks.

Viva Chavez! 04.Oct.2005 12:03

Max Macias

Viva Chavez!

Be sure to watch the film on the coup in Venezuela:

The revolution will not be televised!

Hollar from Hollywood 04.Oct.2005 20:17

Marshall Vore earth-idaho@riseup.net

first off portland indymedia fucking rules LA's... but anyhow... This is really awesome news. As this piece so appropriatley puts it one of the most exciting things to happen at the UN meetings ina long time.


No confiemos en ningun lider politico 05.Oct.2005 10:43

Pimienta

You can find what chavez is really doing to venezuela on the sites below , dont trust him, no leaders, no masters, ni dios ni amos, cahez es otra figura mas del porder que no vel apor los intereses del pueblo, Anarquia!!


 http://www.nodo50.org/ellibertario/41_informeprovea.htm

 http://www.nodo50.org/ellibertario/41_granda.htm

in english

 http://www.nodo50.org/ellibertario/seccioningles.htm

Peter Buckley on Hugo Chavez 05.Oct.2005 16:45

repost from http://www.rogueimc.org

Oregon State Representative Peter Buckley (District 5, Ashland) weighs in on Hugo Chavez:

...Chavez is a revolutionary, and you can agree with him or not with how far he goes with his rhetoric, but he has placed the resources from his country's oil sales into health care and literary programs for the poorest of the poor. I have to admire that.

Go here for the rest of Peter's statement:  http://www.rogueimc.org/en/2005/09/5377.shtml

Mural artist Nelson Santana coming 07.Oct.2005 17:45

art for the people

Mural artist Nelson Santana will be here in Portland to paint three murals and to tell about his revolutionary art & Venezeula. His visit is being coordinated by PCASC. You can contact them for more information (no number with me, sorry). PCASC is on E Burnside at 6th (sharing space with IWW).
Santana will be at the Musician's Union (NE 20th) on Oct. 21st for a speaking gig. This will be a bilingual presentation.