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."
Nothing, of course, could be further from the truth ... the very sad fact is that Cindy is misinformed!
Venezuela's first English-language newspaper was, in fact. the Caracas Journal -- founded in 1945 by Jules Waldman and later (as its circulation grew nationwide) renamed the Daily Journal. I had the privilege to meet Jules in 1988 when, with the progression of years, he was no longer able to keep up his daily supervision of the blue-top which graced news-stands all over the capital thanks to a distribution agreement with El Nacional. The venerable gentleman (77) died of a stroke in July 1990 just a month after being brutally bound and robbed at gunpoint in his own home in Caracas.
Under the continued ownership of Waldman's business partner, industrialist Hans Neuman, the Daily Journal survived several years -- notably through the US-backed April 2002 coup d'etat against President Hugo Chavez Frias -- and was about to pass into the hands of my esteemed colleague Janet Kelly when her untimely demise on March 24, 2003, plunged the publication into further controversy.
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