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Roy S. Carson is veteran foreign correspondent (45+ years in the business) currently editor & publisher of VHeadline Venezuela reporting on news & views from and about Venezuela in South America -- available for interviews -- call Houston 713.893.1433

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Saturday, March 13, 2010      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The very sad fact is that Cindy Sheehan is misinformed! In a postscript to an article "Last rites for the USA" published yesterday (March 8) in the (US) national black newspaper, 'San Francisco BayView,' anti-war peace activist made the assertion that the Venezuelan government's Correo del Orinoco English edition [...is...] "Venezuela's first and only English-language weekly newspaper."

Tuesday, December 8, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Copenhagen Climate Change Summit? As thousands marched against climate change ahead of the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen (Denmark) next week, world leaders have urged rich countries to cut their emissions by at least 40% by 2020 and to provide US$150 billion a year by then to help the world's poor cope with the impact of climate change while increasing the supply of renewable energy.

Saturday, November 28, 2009 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
VENEZUELA: Hugo Chavez' big mouth! Woops ... he's gone and done it again! Years ago it might have taken days for Chavez' rasher statements to reach the disbelieving ears of Europeans, North Americans or even those in Asia and elsewhere in the Pacific who give a damn about what's happening along southern Caribbean shores. The time differential and the cost of reporting trivialities were not unsubstantial and lunacies were kind of expected from faraway places.

Thursday, September 10, 2009 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It's quite amazing how the US media so readily allows itself to be manipulated! Why am I not surprised by the complete and utter distortions in the mainstream North American media over President Barack Obama's proposal to introduce a form of National Health Service that's been a long time coming to the United States?

Saturday, May 2, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Venezuela: Pots Calling Kettles Black Immediately Comes to Mind! The Rev. Vizcaino explicitly regrets the occurrence and that he was writing from the Perija heartland of the anti-Chavez opposition in western Zulia State where, traditionally, the locals view anything and everything emanating from faraway Caracas as alien to their Guaijira antecedents.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Maybe it's time for Venezuela's Foreign Ministry (MRE) to get themselves a Jeffrey Davidow and cut the crap! Of course, the scarcely independent pro-Chavez and government-subsidized Venezuelanalysis.com rushes to rapture claiming, in a heavily-loaded piece by Tom Hayden that when "Obama implements a campaign pledge, the dinosaurs used to running things push back."

Thursday, April 16, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Fears that the corrupt mastermind of Maria Clelia Spinas' slaughter may be able to buy his way out of detention... 58-year-old Manuel Arturo Andrade Duarte could easily buy his way to freedom, and we have information that he has a private jet standing by to whisk him away to Trinidad on the first leg of an international escape plan.

Monday, April 13, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It's clearly a constitutional coup d'etat on the Metropolitan Mayor of Caracas On Tuesday, April 7, the National Assembly passed an Organic Law of Decentralization, which takes away all attributions from the Metropolitan Mayor ... this constitutes a true coup d'etat on the Mayor and is in clear violation of the 1999 Constitution since, on November 23 last, voters democratically elected Antonio Ledezma as Metropolitan Mayor.

Saturday, April 4, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Venezuela-Iran: Comprehensive Mapping of Venezuela's Vast Mineral Resources Sanz says that the most significant result from Chavez' visit to Teheran has been a comprehensive mapping of Venezuela's vast mineral resources and that Iran and Venezuela will move in the medium term to explore and certify reserves and to create a joint venture to mine gold, zinc, copper, bauxite, iron and other minerals towards creating a more diverse Venezuelan-Iranian commercial relationship.

Sunday, March 29, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
AD Deputy Demands Immediate Dismissal of Venezuela's Mibam Minister Rodolfo Sanz... A year after it was nationalized, Siderurgica del Orinoco (SIDOR) production of liquid steel has fallen to 2003 levels with 780,000 tonnes less than in 2007 and US$160 million in losses, although the price of steel on world markets at the time was higher.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Make no mistake about it, there's an all-out war going on out there! Part of the problem must undoubtedly be laid at the door of President Chavez ... as a military career strategist he will certainly be aware of the intricate patterns of subversion that constantly conspire to inflict substantial damage to each and every move he makes towards his personal dream of an egalitarian Venezuela

Tuesday, March 17, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Maria Clelia Spinas -- a candle caught in the wind of Venezuelan corruption! Grieving grandmother Heidi Spinas Dora weeps as she takes fond farewell of a daughter who was brutally slaughtered by hired assassins sent by corrupt bankers and a construction contractor to ensure "silence" over a raft of corrupt housing deals that ripped-off the public purse for millions...

Sunday, March 15, 2009 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Voices from beyond the grave can convict corrupt bankers/contractors who thought they could silence testimony! A Swiss-Venezuelan citizen was tortured and killed in her own apartment in eastern Anzoategui State at the hands of hired killers. Maria Spinas was massacred in her own apartment in Puerto La Cruz.... But the background to the senseless blood-letting is more sinister:

Thursday, February 19, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Agapov backing away from clincher deals on Las Brisas, Las Cristinas gold mines... In an exclusive interview in London, Monday, Agapov told me that, while he's "somewhat disappointed" that his Vancouver (Canada) based mining company, Rusoro Mining Ltd., has been stymied in its efforts to achieve a corporate takeover of Gold Reserve in last week's court decision, it's simply a further milestone in the ultimate destiny of Las Brisas which, like its neighbor Las Cristinas

Sunday, January 25, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The success of Agapov's bid to take over Venezuela's gold mining sector is a lack of sex appeal!

Sunday, January 25, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Diamond mines at Guaniamo and gold reserves at Las Cristinas will be taken under Venezuelan sovereign state control "As for Las Cristinas, managed by (the Canadian trans-national) Crystallex, the state has not given the proper environmental permits for their operation. We have always questioned, and President Chavez has said that Venezuela should be empowered to do what foreign companies have been done since these are Venezuela's sovereign reserves."

Very much a family man, Agapov with his Russian-born wife Galina and children Friday, January 16, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
NOT your stereotypical James-Bond type Russian ... Andres Agapov denies being an ex-KGB (SSB) spook! The young man who greeted me in the foyer of the Lainsborough Hotel on Hyde Park Corner in London was NOT your stereotypical James-Bond type Russian ... in fact he gave a favorable impression as "just an ordinary sort of guy" although after a few minutes conversation, it was obvious that he is something more than just a company executive.

Friday, January 16, 2009 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Venezuela'pposition political fog-horns are already blasting through the accumulated smoke after shash & burn pogroms! No truer words were said by Chavez himself than that it is ultimately "up to the Venezuelan people to decide" the toss when they convene in a national referendum on the subject in the middle of next month, for no matter how much the democratic opposition want to stomp their feet in disapproval...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
VHeadline's wrong dancing partner ... will Venezuela come back to haunt us? ... in pitchforks! Simply. Simon says "Lie after lie about facts known to be contrary to what you state. You treat your readers as juveniles. You justify Rusoro's offer for GRZ as generous..." MOI? Scarcely! Simon insists on putting words into my mouth ... hell, I am only a reporter, NOT a financial adviser and VHeadline's dire financial circumstances is sufficient evidence in itself that a financial manager, I am NOT!

Thursday, January 1, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
At $395 plus a night, one night's sojourn was all this reporter was prepared spend at Caracas Tamanaco Hell... VHeadline editor & publisher Roy S. Carson writes: John Cleese's long-lost sister is alive and working as a hotel manageress in Caracas ... if she isn't then she must be a clone for I'm about to re-name the once-proud La Floresta Hotel in Caracas as the Venezuelan version of Fawlty Towers!

Thursday, January 1, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Voracious vultures whose only quest is to "grab the gold and screw the natives!" Ultimately, all parties concerned should have the exploitation of gold on a rising world market uppermost in their minds but, with the gold already in the ground, gaining market value as the weeks/months/years go by, it is the foreign interests that are conceited enough to believe that they can force the Venezuelan government to "stand and deliver" who will eventually be the losers.

Saturday, December 27, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Arawak chief's advice to the cowboys is to pow-wow ... or forget about Venezuelan gold! TODAY it's the turn of 'gringo' trans-national mining companies to run roughshod over the indigenous tribes of South America ... tribal indians that have been here since long before they foolishly welcomed Christopher Columbus to their shores.

Friday, December 26, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Venezuela in Process of 'Learning' Which Interests are Prime Senior diplomat, former Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Milos Alcalay says he is NOT surprised by claims that the involvement of Enrique Tejera Paris -- no matter how transitory it may have been! -- is having a deleterious effect on Crystallex International's prospects of mining gold at Las Cristinas.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Guillermo Adrian: "Not a cat in hell's chance that Crystallex will get the final approval!" On a flying visit to Caracas, Puerto Ordaz/Ciudad Guayana and El Callao in the south of Venezuela's Bolivar State, I have had opportunity to speak with key government officials, mining executives and labor and indigenous representatives on future prospects for the country's gold mining industry.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It's all a matter of interpretation: Is President Chavez to impose himself as "dictator for life" on Venezuela? It's all a matter of interpretation: Since it was the first time that PSUV had engaged in ANY local and/or regional elections, it's clear that ANY electoral win could be seen as a gain from a starting point of zero; implying, of course, that the collection of other left-orientated parties that had previously held these States and municipalities had lost, inasmuch as they were basically back to zero...

Monday, December 1, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Rusoro: They've been good to us all along ... we're very comfortable in Venezuela and the future looks good!" So the Minister (Sanz) was talking about the whole of the mining sector rather than a specific area like Las Cristinas/Las Brisas? "That is correct! That is correct! Every mining company in the world is closely looking at the situation, especially in Russia, since there are such significant deposits and it is perhaps the last undeveloped gold resource of that magnitude in the world."

Wednesday, November 26, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
As Russian warships, Medvedev, visit Venezuela, the Maduro/Flores 'Rocky Horror Show' becomes tragi-comedy! As the Russian destroyer 'Admiral Chabanenko' was first to dock at La Guaira, ahead of the nuclear-powered cruiser 'Peter the Great', Medvedev's high profile visit marks an "interesting" alliance between the two oil producers and their common interest in deflating Washington DC ego-trippers in the eyes of the rest of the world.

Monday, November 24, 2008 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
When the dust settles on the electoral exercise, we will, hopefully, see color flush to Venezuela's political screens! What is clear from a Chavista perspective is that, in sheer percentages, his electoral support has dropped from 58% in 2004 to around 44% with more "dissenters" convinced that Chavez does not offer the most democratic route to achieve 21st Century Socialism ... at least in its more understandably moderate (perhaps European) form.

Hugo Chavez Frias Monday, November 24, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
USA brutishness and arrogance with a blend of Venezuelan incompetence and corruption is an explosive mix While politically and militarily, Chavez will soldier on until 2012 when he must necessarily step aside from the presidency of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the country simply cannot wait a moment longer for him to take aboard the responsibilities he pledged in 1998 and swore to uphold when he was formally inaugurated as President in February 1999.

Saturday, November 22, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Venezuela's Ambassador to France: "extraordinary optimism in the air" ahead of Sunday's local and regional elections! There are many elements coming together that allow us to look forward optimistically on the results ... "there is a mobilization of Venezuelans who have decided to live in democracy and who are decided to vote en masse on Sunday for their preferred candidates and NOT for a return to the past ... they will continue supporting the reforms we began 10 years ago ...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
In next week's exciting chapter of the Las Cristinas Saga, does Mining Minister Rodolfo Sanz jump off the cliff's edge? I guess I was a trifle premature on Thursday, November 6 when I postscripted an article Phew! Another sweaty day in Caracas, Venezuela! What tremors will Friday bring... with "Do we wait for bated breath to discover what fantasies Reuters. Bloomberg, Dow-Jones et.al. will (mis)construe from THAT!"

Sunday, November 16, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Venezuelan gold mining? God alone knows! For the Russians have packed their bags and gone home... Was it yet another example of how Venezuelan government officials simply love to play the big arena for public approbation and then shy away from admitting failure when the inevitable ball bounces back in their faces? Or was it a calculated play to con impoverished and unemployed mine workers into thinking that the central government is actually doing SOMETHING to relieve their plight?

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez Frias Sunday, November 9, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"Chavez doesn't even rise to the status of 'dictator' ... he's now exposed his nature to be that of a common thug!" "Who in their right mind will deal or negotiate with a 'government' that denies employment to people who vote against the government in democratic referendums? ...and this while this 'revolutionary' government is co-opting more and more industries so there'll be no jobs left anywhere for people who vote against government positions!"

Venezuela's Foreign Minister<br>Nicolas Maduro Sunday, November 9, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Venezuela's diplomatic professionalism has gone clean out the window and right down the toilet! The dilemma with which the US State Department (for which I have no sympathy whatsoever!) is faced is, however, one where the 'Beverly Hill Clampetts' are proving to be quite too much too for the Washington Beltway mandarins to cope with! In true NASA style it's "Houston ... we have a problem!"

Sunday, November 9, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Phew! Another sweaty day in Caracas, Venezuela! What tremors will Friday bring... A radio interview for 'La Voz de Guayana' (The Voice of Guayana) was most probably aimed at a very local audience in the remote southeastern State of Venezuela, but was picked up by rabid newshounds from Reuters and Bloomberg in Caracas with all the frailties of provincial communications that the wide open expanses of under-developed Venezuela inevitably brings with it.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Does anyone REALLY care a jot or tittle about what Vanessa Davies has been up to ... The already enriched "activists" within the President's PSUV are, of course, enraged by Miguel's exposure of their pecuniary foibles ... it is not without reason the 'sifrinas' (nouveaux riche) in the President's proximity are generally also described as the 'sin verguenzas' (those without shame!) ... and like pigs being rounded up for slaughter in the November 23 elections, they're squealing their heads off!

Friday, October 31, 2008 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Like the American Revolution, Venezuela's in the name of Liberator Simon Bolivar is NOT going to be a walk-over! We must first recognize that President Hugo Chavez Frias' original dream for a more egalitarian Venezuela, away from the crass inhumane abuses and exploitations of the previous fifty or more years, has gone completely off the rails ... NOT by any lack of ambition on Chavez' part, although he has been thwarted hour by hour and day by day through every living minute of the last ten years since he was elected overwhelmingly.

Monday, October 27, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Chavez Frias talks of plurality in Venezuelan politics ... but is it just another canard (Duck for non-francophones)! The problem is though that if it quacks like a duck, waddles like a duck and looks like a duck ... it's reasonable to assume that it is in fact a DUCK! Call it a clone of 'Alo Presidente' ... or simply televised coverage of the "inauguration of an eastern gasline project" as my esteemed friend in Caracas would have me believe ... it's still a DUCK!

Andres Izarra Saturday, October 25, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Once upon a time... Yeah, yeah! Has Andres Izarra only just woken up from a state of Rip Van Winkle comatose? Once upon a time... Yeah, yeah! I know it sounds like a fairy tale, but once upon a time there was a dashing young 'prince' who had idealism, journalistic integrity and the 'cajones' to tell multi-millionaire RCTV mogul Marcel Granier to stuff it! But, hey, you gotta wake up sometime and the dreams flit away as easily as the darkness of night gets swallowed by the daylight that just as surely follows.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Halloween is nigh! Spooks round every corner, where none exist ,,, perhaps Chavez should shed a tear or two too! How do we fathom that Izarra actually uses words like "democratic" to qualify the actions of his own department, never mind the 20+ other ministries in Venezuelan government that are staggering under the overload of graft and porcines squabbling over the public trough ... and, proving truth in the old adage, that the pigs are squealing when they're cornered on their way to slaughter at the November 23 polls.

Sunday, October 19, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
I think Izarra was referring to UK Channel 4's Sandra Jordan ... although it could quite as easily have Corina Machado! There was something distinctly distatsteful in the way that Granier ordered him to broadcast Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck cartoons when so much was happening in the streets of Caracas to celebrate the jubilation, and the sheer force of the democratic power of the people to have Chavez brought back from isolation on the Caribbean island of La Orchila.

Saturday, October 18, 2008 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Roy S. Carson: I've been torn off a strip by my good friend Patrick J. O'Donoghue Patrick's and my own Irish backgrounds put particular accents on the militarization of colors -- the green or the orange of our homeland's particular sectarian divides which transcend any latent thought of the softer military-type organizational structures in, let's say, something as broadly understood as the Scouts.

Former Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Milos Alcalay Saturday, October 18, 2008 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Branded a renegade by rampant Chavez radicals, former UN Ambassador Milos Alcalay remains a man of principle! Why is Alcalay the patriot now harassed by nit-picking Venezuelan border controllers who must, by now, have amassed a shed-load of photocopies of passport pages from Ambassador Alcalay's busy schedule of trips abroad as guest of international organizations who want to know the nitty-gritty of what is REALLY happening in Venezuela.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Molina says President Hugo Chavez is a political coward Molina is calling for a full parliamentary debate on the President's unilateral decision and says that there's something sinister how continuing daily power blackouts, food shortages and out-of-control crime figures afflicting Venezuela are suspiciously part of what he believes to be a plan by Chavez and his administration to bring about a "self-coup" in which a state of national emergency could be declared

Wednesday, October 15, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Dear Mr. Geoffrey, get off the griddle before you burn a hole in the rear end of your blue jeans! Oh Dear! Yet another victim of the US mainstream media's gluttony for all things negative that happen in the land of despicable strongman, dictator Hugo Chavez Frias ... and then some! How come?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Andres Izarra's true intent to STARVE(?) the opposition media into submission to his edict? I very vocally defended him in London when a typically disinformed member of his conference audience virulently attacked him in claims that he (Andres) had the blood of many dead on his hands as a direct result of the US-funded coup d'etat against President Hugo Chavez Frias!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Brown shirts are simply exchanged for red - in Venezuela Millions of Venezuelans had put their trust in Hugo Chavez Frias in December 1998 when they went to the polls to elect him as their president on a ticket he claimed would rid the country of the endemic corruption which had plagued the country's development for at least the previous forty-fifty years.

Sunday, October 12, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Chavez was elected in 1998 to fulfill Venezuela's dreams ... why has his administration become such a nightmare? Such is the crap situation into which Venezuela has fallen today -- with only weeks away to local and regional elections -- which surely must transmit a huge, if not knock-out slap in the face to President Chavez Frias to have him understand that the corrupt bunch of lunatics in charge of his dishonored administration are assassinating everything good that he ever stood for.

Former Communist guerrilla, Finance Minister Ali Rodriguez Araque Sunday, October 12, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A certain degree of schadenfreude in news of Chavez' announced budget cuts and bureaucratic austerity plans... To the home-based pen-pushers in Caracas diplomatic staffers are envied with a degree of jealousy that is often unreasonable considering the fact that the selfsame pen-pushers back home are generally enjoying the assumption of prestige in public office that belies the general dogsbodies further down the food chain so seemingly serve their every bureaucratic whim thinking that they hold the keys ... to what?

Friday, October 10, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Chavez' government mismanaged? Well, yes, it is but what about the mite in USA's own eye? The writer insists that the Venezuelan revolutionary leader and his clique are foolishly sticking to bourgeois parliamentarism and bourgeois legality in their "peaceful [christian] revolution."

Thursday, October 9, 2008 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Do Venezuelans really want a Fox News copycat with unmitigated bias to pathetic bootlicking? Of recent date, ABN reports have been distinctly politicized -- generally in favor of the Chavez government but increasingly showing an abject hostility towards anything and everything to do with the political opposition which, whether ABN editorial managers wish to believe it or not, DO represent a significant section of the Venezuelan populace.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Honor? Really? Well that's a subject of another editorial... Regretably it's part and parcel of the rampant sectarianism that's polluted Venezuelan politics with either side equally as guilty of excesses as the other. THE TRUTH -- as always -- has been the first victim in the battle of opposing ideologies with the anti-Chavistas claiming that they, and they alone, are the exclusive interpreters of what is well and good; and the pro-Chavistas claiming exactly the same.

Friday, October 3, 2008 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
On coup d'etat fears, army raids police to confiscate "weapons of war" leaving cops defenseless against criminals The police department purge, took place in a top-secret move, Tuesday, during which army personnel sealed off Sucre Police HQ and went through all records of rapid-fire Austrian-manufactured Glock handguns and more held by individual police officers as well as hundreds of heavier weapons in the considerable police armory

Friday, October 3, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
CVG-Bauxilum's 'interim' president Alfredo Arcila says that he and CVG president Rodolfo Sanz "are alive and kicking!" An array of labor unions have totally rejected the new CVG-Bauxilum president's "final final" offer of roughly US$40 million to pay-off suppliers, contractors and labor liabilities that currently amount to well over $300 million ... "our jobs must not be allowed to die, because we will no longer give in to this situation -- it would be irresponsible of us to be accomplices to what is happening!"

Saturday, September 27, 2008 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
North American investor says he will NEVER, ever, invest in Venezuela again! As a boy, I sat transfixed as, with tears welling in his eyes, an old-timer -- had himself only recently been out of short pants -- told me of the abject horrors he had personally experienced when the Titanic went down in April 1912.

Thursday, September 25, 2008 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
President Hugo conveys the impression of being a compulsive liar, capable of lying, even where there is no necessity! Covert adherents of the "Chavismo without Chavez" movement in Latin America make an over profession of faith in Chavez as their leader, but deceptively they are waiting to watch his downfall ... Chavez knows this and has taken background precautionary measures ... but open threats emanating from (mostly opposition) media executives are taken very seriously indeed.

Thursday, September 25, 2008 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
If some unruly brat tries to steal from your candy store, do you not have the right to call the cops? If Venezuela were to pose an immediate threat to the security of the United States of America ... more than the current resident of the White House has already achieved all by himself ... that, at the very least, strategic planners at the US State Department and/or in Langley, would be within their patriotic rights to make preparations against such an eventuality!

Thursday, September 25, 2008      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Venezuela's Ambassador Samuel Moncada and/or his Charge d'Affairs Felix Plasencia won't be tailed any closer by MI5! VHeadline's radio anchorman John Sanchez caught the 'nicety' nicely on Monday's VHeadline Venezuela Newshour on the American Voice Radio Network (AVRN) when he questioned President Hugo Chavez Frias patent paranoia over the A-word!

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Izturiz' Statement - is Chavez Regime Digging its Own Grave? It's all part of the geography, unfortunately, to receive emailed comments to one's writings ranging from the more obviously pleasurable plaudits and roses to the more sublime and ridiculous ... usually peppered with expletives and invariably ending up telling me "to go burn in Hell!"

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Dear Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro: "Oh, the sheer criminality of it all! Oh, dearie me!" No greater gift could have been given to the dissemination of untruths and lies about Venezuela's system of participative democracy than to qualify the Bush dictatorship's unfounded prejudice against Venezuela as a "Banana Republic" home to a "tin pot Dictator" by the name of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias! What on earth was Maduro thinking?

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