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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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SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Saturday, December 27, 2008
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.
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 10, 2008
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...
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 1, 2008
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."
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 24, 2008
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 24, 2008
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 22, 2008
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 ...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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 will (mis)construe from THAT!"
SHARE More Sharing        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?
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 9, 2008
"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!"
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 9, 2008
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!"
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 31, 2008
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 27, 2008
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!
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 25, 2008
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 22, 2008
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.

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