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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
SHARE Sunday, November 16, 2008 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?
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 6, 2008 Storm in a provincial tea-cup as British 'bobbies' go extra-judicially ballistic over alleged 'kiddie porn'
The challenge, which is presently under review by the Chief Constable of Lincolnshire (England) has its origins in a claim by a community administrator in a rural riverside community on the border between Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire that a local photo-journalist had "pandered to pedophilia" by taking a photograph during an award ceremony at the local community center to which the "press" had been invited...
SHARE Thursday, February 19, 2009 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
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 28, 2009 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.
SHARE Monday, August 18, 2008 Venezuela's Bohemian Rapsody ... "Is this the real life, Is this just fantasy?"
To hell with the fact that Venezuela is such a multiplicity of ethnics, political persuasions and individualities ... it's a replay of George W. Bush's 'you're with us or your're against us!' plagorization of Stalin's political departmentalization ... and we all know where that led millions of Georgians and Ukranians in a previous era.
SHARE Thursday, January 1, 2009 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.
SHARE Tuesday, November 4, 2008 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!
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 14, 2008 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 16, 2008 Mass media's amateur dramatics that scream "Vampire bats" in the latest re-enactment of "Jaws" hysteria
Personally, I do not give much truck for US-based mass media reports that scream dictator, strongman, authoritarian etc., in revivalist ad hominen rhetoric against Venezuela's elected President Hugo Chavez Frias. I seriously regret the kind of journalism that ignores the civilian fatalities in Iraq, Afghanistan, Georgia and whatever other theater of United States warfare around the world that the Bush maniac wishes to involve.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 17, 2009 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
SHARE Saturday, April 4, 2009 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.
SHARE Tuesday, December 8, 2009 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 15, 2008 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
SHARE Tuesday, January 13, 2009 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!
SHARE Saturday, May 2, 2009 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.
SHARE Friday, December 26, 2008 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.
SHARE Sunday, November 9, 2008 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.
SHARE Friday, July 25, 2008 President Hugo Chavez Frias: Right on! Words well spoken -- now let us see the deeds!
While I am not an aviculturalist and could scarcely be described as a culinary expert, the sage words of my mother come to mine that there are more ways than one to cook a goose. Another way of looking at it is that you can always say "Booh!" to a goose but you've got to be aware that it will generally respond with a hiss and a cackle that otherwise has no productive outcome.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 18, 2008 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.
SHARE Saturday, March 13, 2010 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."
SHARE Wednesday, October 8, 2008 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 21, 2008 East/West? Obama/McCain? It's about time that the gringos understood that Venezuela is for Venezuelans...
The 'clash of cultures' has taken a compass swing to an off-kilter West (loosely seen as anglosaxon America, Europe and some former imperial colonies) and the East -- now represented not only by some sectors of the former Soviet and Asia, but South and Central America as well as the North American hinterland to the south of the Rio Grande and other non-British, Spanish-Portuguese-speaking former coloni
SHARE Monday, April 13, 2009 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.
SHARE Wednesday, September 24, 2008 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!"
SHARE Sunday, June 8, 2008 Anti-Chavez Media in Venezuela
The more important question is rather: should the Venezuelan government -- even by extension through its Washington agency -- be seeking to impose restraints on ANY MEDIA?
SHARE Monday, September 15, 2008 Chavez should first seek out enemies in his own administration's inner circle
Tascon was expelled from Chavez' United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) earlier this year for having denounced current IRS/Seniat superintendent, Jose David Cabello on a series of corruption allegations of diversion of resources from the Infrastructure Ministry, a portfolio that Cabello had previously held.