Monday, December 31, 2007
Pilkington in New York, January 1, 2008 for The Guardian
1.-Agente (PM) Erasmo Bolívar, Abril 19, 2003
2.-Dtgd (PM) Luis Molina Cerrada, Abril 19, 2003
3.-C/1ro (PM)Ramon Zapata Alonso, Abril 19, 2003
4.-C/1ro (PM)Arube Perez Salazar, Abril 19, 2003
5.-S/1ro (PM)Rafael Neazoa Lopez, Abril 19, 2003
6.-Sub.Com. (PM) Marco Hurtado, Abril 19, 2003
7.-Insp. Jefe (PM)Hector Rovain, Abril 19, 2003
8.-S/May. (PM) Julio Rodríguez, Abril 19, 2003
9.-Silvio Merida Ortiz, Noviembre 6, 2003
10.-Teniente Coronel (GN) Miguel Prieto Morales, Febrero 11, 2004
11.-Raúl Díaz Peña, Febrero 25; 2004
12.-General Francisco Uson, Mayo 22, 2004 (Now in conditioned liberty)
13-Capitan Otto Gebauer, Noviembre 11, 2004 (sentenced)
14.-Juan Bautista Guevara Perez, Noviembre 20, 2004
15.-Ivan Simonovis, Noviembre 22, 2004
16.-Otoniel Jose Guevara, Noviembre 23, 2004
17.-Rolando Jesús Guevara, Noviembre 23, 2004
18.-Lazaro Forero, Diciembre 3, 2004
19.-Henry Vivas, Diciembre 3, 2004
20.-Teniente Coronel Humberto Quintero, Enero 12, 2005
21.-General Felipe Rodríguez, Febrero 6, 2005
22.-Gral Delfín Gomez Parra, Diciembre 3, 2006
23.-TSU POL. Boris Blanco, Abril 12, 2006
24.-Ivan Rouvier, Agosto 4, 2006
25.-Coronel Ricardo Alfonso Cedeño, Diciembre 3, 2006
26.-Coronel Carlos Gonzalez, Noviembre 17, 2006
27.-Eligio Cedeno, Febrero 8,2007
28.-General retirado Ramon Guillen, Marzo 7,2007
29.-Capitan Thomas Guillen Korinski, Marzo 7, 2007
30.-Jose Alejandro Nieto Nuñez, Abril 5, 2007
31.-Diana Mora Herrera, Abril 26, 2007
32.-Luis Alberto Rodríguez Villamizar, Abril 26, 2007
33.-Jose Rafael Ramirez, Abril 26, 2006
34.-Capitan retirado Carlos Guyon, Noviembre 30, 2007
35.-Coronel ® Francisco Alvarado, Noviembre 30, 2007
He announced an "amnesty" for 36 common inmates and for an undetermined number of falsely accused members of the opposition. The list includes:
1. Those drafting or signing the Carmona’s Decree.
2. Occupants of the Governor offices in Tachira and
3. Agents in acts against Rodríguez Chacín in April 2002.
4. Alleged "inciters" of a military insurrection. (?)
5. The Llaguno Bridge heroes. ¿Up or down the bridge?
6. "Violation" of the home of Iris Varela in April 2002.
7. The "violent" occupation of VTV. ¿By Jesse?
8. The “hijacking” of the PDVSA oil tankers.
9. Acts of "civil rebellion" up to the 2-D in 2007.
Wait for the official text before rejoicing...
After three days of questions about the operation of Venezuela to release the abducted Consuelo Gonzalez, Clara Rojas and her infant son Emmanuel, Colonel Narciso said that the rebel group suspended the delivery of captive by the "increase" of operations by the Colombian army.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Unfortunatelly, peoples have the governments they deserve and two Benazir lead governments were overthrown. This fatal bomb attack was the second in three months. First time she was very lucky. Today she was not. Peace to her rests.
PHOTOS: 1) With mom; 2) A girl in Pakistan; 3) On her wedding day; 4) Before returning to Pakistán; 5) First bomb attack; and 6) Today in her funeral.
Así, después de cerrarle abruptamente la puerta, el presidente Uribe debe aceptar el creciente protagonismo de Hugo Chávez en la liberación de los rehenes. Y deberá prever, como todo indica, que la “operación humanitaria” para conseguir la libertad de Clara, Emmanuel y Consuelo puede ser apenas un primer paso. El propio Chávez insinuó que podría haber más liberaciones y que todo apunta a una “segunda etapa”. Hacia la cual el gobierno colombiano debe pensar muy bien cómo moverse..."
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Que bueno es el socialismo bolivariano, ¿verdad?
Today I watched a TV ad by the government publicity ministry where Hugo Chavez regime threatens the population with "building socialism" in Venezuela, disregarding his referendum defeat.
It is like some one coming to your home shouting and threatening with a revamping of the kitchen, a redesign of the garden and the demolition of the children rooms, without considering one minute the opinion of those who own and inhabit the house.
In a civilized country the threatening guy would go to jail or to a psiquiatric hospital or in some places would be "controlled" by the home owmner himself, who in an act of self defense would use "any mean availble" to protect his home and his family.
I think that, for his own good, the mad commander should consider a "U" turn as soon it is possible...
The surprise would have been that the (in)constitutional reform had been approved...
Monday, December 24, 2007
… the prisoners, the lonely children, the lonely women.
… the jailers, who are also victims.
… the auto exiled, the persecuted inside and outside.
… the exiles for economic reasons.
… the murdered every day.
… the pensioners, who are not paid if they do not vote.
… the abstainers, vilified and defamed.
… the offended, inside and outside chavism.
… the manipulated by power.
… all the dead, those “owned” by Barreto and those who have no owner.
… the taxi drivers, motorists, the private guards, who die like dogs, every day.
… Philippo Sindoni and the father attacked with "burrundanga".
… the 20,000 PDVESOS.
… the common prisoners, most of them young and poor, who deserved a better fate.
… the student dead in strange circumstances in a car fire.
… the dead who are "lucky" to have names, as Mrs. Ron, Keyla, Flavia.
… the dead, with no name, from April 11, 12 and 13.
… and all those who have seen their future truncated for the sake of eternal power of a mad man.
… Yes, lets celebrate, but do not forget.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
There is a moment for all authoritarian regimes that every thing starts to go wrong. Earlier majestic terror becomes clownish fun. For example: PPT Albornoz telling "this is not a defeat" vs the STRATEGIC DEFEAT described by Dieterich and the armed group FBL or the "brilliant" speech of Hugo Chavez in Santiago energy give away feast vs the Cuba Venezuela project to produce food with the Cuban "experience"...
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Later, it would become "the only" newspaper; but they will fail as many other government media projects.
In the cemetery of government mass media there are famous corpses like: Barreto´s "Correo del Presidente", la "Tribuna Popular" (now only in internet), "TVES" and its 1% rating, and many others, like the now forgotten Lenin´s "Pravda" or Maos´ "People Daily" and the infamous and thin "Granma" of the Castro duet in Cuba. All terrible media designed just to lie and adore the great leaders.
Take note: This new media project will fail as well...
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Según el calendario maya, el mundo de odio y materialismo terminará el 21 de diciembre de 2012.
Estudiosos del tema, hablan sobre esta magna fecha. Tamara habla de los dos mensajes principales que nos ha dejado la civilización maya: uno de esperanza y el otro de cuidado. 'En el fondo, el 2012 es un cambio de conciencia . No es el fin del mundo como la gente está esperando: el fin del mundo comolo conocemos ahora y eso empezó ya, y lo estamos viviendo diariamente', sostiene Ludovica Squirru.
¿Final del juego? Apocalipsis. Fin del mundo. Final de los tiempos. Conceptos que nos son familiares. O porque nuestra abuela nos contó lo que dice el Nuevo Testamento al respecto; porque leímos algún libro de profecías; porque vemos en todos los noticieros y diarios cómo una secta rusa se atrinchera en una cueva para esperar a resguardo el fin de los tiempos, que viene con Anticristo incluido; o porque, simplemente, presenciamos, los desastres ecológicos que vienen ocurriendo a unos niveles y con una continuidad..."
Por Magela Demarco de Clarín.com
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Since Evo Morales is in troubles with the richer bolivian provinces and Hugo Chavez was shut up by the Spaniard King, defeated on the 2D referendum and involved by the FBI in the "extrange" case of a bag full of dollar transported to Buenos Aires by the venezuelan-american Antonini Wilson, Lula is offering with the help from Chile to invest in Bolivia millions in infrastructure and gas prodution.
It all means that LULA decided to fill the geopolitical vacuom left in Bolivia by Chavez and Castro...
Monday, December 17, 2007
The main issue appears to be that countries like India point out that it is unfair for them to take on targets before the US, when they have annual greenhouse gas emissions of around one tonne per person compared to over twenty for the US. There are around 450 million people in India using dung or firewood as their main energy source. They are not the ones who filled the atmosphere with greenhouse gases.
My opinion is that rich living in the poor countries have to pay too, therefore payment should for all countries proportional to the number of people above a "polluting income level"; a rich maraha in India or a rich Industrialist in Shanghai pollute more than a poor family in Denmark (to name a very rich contry), therefore the only practical solution is for Kyoto type agreements to consider that income not location is the determinant factor in geenhouse generation.
That is my opinion...
"Small wonder that Russians give their support to Putin. He vowed to crack down on the excesses of the earlier era and return stability -- and a measure of dignity -- to Russian life. Ans today Russia "is a resurgent economic power, with the tenth-largest economy in the world. Eighty percent of the economy is privatized, according to the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation.
And the country is flush with oil revenue, having overtaken Saudi Arabia as the world's leading producer of oil. The ruble is convertible again, a move designed to increase confidence among foreign investors, and it is once again the currency of choice. The Putin administration has instituted a flat, transparent income tax of 13 percent that Russians are actually paying -- in stark contrast to the situation of mutual suspicion a decade ago.
Public debt is low and the stock market has taken off. Per-capita income and consumer spending are up sharply. And the middle class is growing rapidly while crime is down. Moscow was once an isolated bubble of prosperity, but as I saw on a recent business trip to 10 Russian cities, growth is now a national phenomenon. Every skyline bristled with cranes."By Boris Jordan, Sunday, December 16, 2007
Lula affirmed that the future of each country is linked to the future of others. He added that the route will promote trade, tourism and the development of a vast region of the continent with the Pacific area, the area of greatest dynamism in the business world. The interoceanic corridor of 2,550 kilometers will unite the Brazilian port city of Santos, in the Atlantic, with Arica and Iquique in Chile's Pacific coast.
The Brazilian president is scheduled to stay in La Paz to sign with Morales several cooperation agreements and new investments by Petrobras in the exploration of oil and gas fields in Bolivia.
VenEconomy’s last editorial of the year
To begin with, although economic growth has continued for almost four years in a row, this growth is artificial, fed by consumption that is paid for with oil money, with a terrible decline in investment and production. Everything points to a collapse of the economy in 2008, pushed by inflation, the fiscal and balance of payments deficits – masked by the misleading figures put out by the government – and, more serious yet, the unavoidable drop in PDVSA production.
On the social front, the outcome is extremely negative because, in the eyes of the government, political issues always took precedence over the well-being of the people. There has been no improvement at all in any of the social indicators: In housing, with a deficit of 1.2 million homes, the government sector only managed to build 36,680 housing units during the entire year. The decay in the public health system is so apparent that the government is no longer able to mask the reappearance of diseases that had already been eradicated, such as measles tuberculosis, or the spread of epidemic diseases such as dengue. Even more serious is the problem of insecurity that the population must cope with; the number of kidnappings and murders is so high that the figures seem to reflect a country at war.
From the political standpoint, too, 2007 has been a terrible year. On this front, Chávez’s totalitarian regime has worked very hard at doing away with free enterprise, private property and freedom of speech in Venezuela. The negative tally includes the arbitrary forcing of RCTV off the air; the fact that El Correo del Caroní is unable to print; journalists who oppose the government living in exile – Patricia Poleo, for instance – and Seniat persecution of well-known media figures such as Miguel Ángel Rodríguez from RCTV and Radio Caracas Radio, who is facing a tax audit involving Bs.270 million he allegedly owes. Not to mention the more than 40 political prisoners held on improbable charges; the belated re-opening of the trumped-up cases against Henrique Capriles Radonsky, Mónica Fernández and Enrique Mendoza, plus the police raids on the homes of well-known opposition figures such as Helen Fernández from Comando Nacional de la Resistencia and former finance minister Luis Ugüeto.
Despite all this, a light did begin to shine at the end of the tunnel on December 2: The joint endeavor by several groups bore fruit with the first electoral victory, crying out NO to the proposed communist-slanted amendment to the constitution. And, then there is the student movement, with its non-violent opposition, that may help bring back justice, freedom and peace to our country.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Thanks to Professor Salgueiro for answering today in El universal the question I left yesterday in this blog for experts to answer. His note !Ojo pelao en Navidad! just makes that and confirms my suspiction that all that propaganda on socialism by goverment officials is ILEGAL and posibly inconstitutional.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Inmediatly after the 2006 election, Hugo Chavez turned on the so called 5 motors of the revoltion, but they were cloesely linked to the approval of the constitutional reform just defeated and rejected by WE the people.
The fascist-leninist project is in shambles now. Motors 2, 4 and 5 are totally off while motors 1 and 3 are very, very limited by the 1999 Constitution.
Lawyers, teachers, military and economists should look carefully into the Moral and Luces program and into the 100 plus decrees which will be issued in the next few months on the basis of a rather weaken Habilitating Law.
Likewise, the application of irregular or illegal presidential decrees, like those creating a "socialist" economy or developing "socialist "cities should be forbiden by tribunals because they violate the only valid Constitution of 1999.
Monday, December 10, 2007
My opinion (and will write no more on this topic)
So much expectation for nothing. A proposal for constitutional reform poorly written, with missing paragraphs, some located in the wrong articles dealing with issues manageable with simple decrees, unnecessary details, corny comments, rhetorical, mixtures of badly digested concepts, definitions poorly developed, Leninist soviets or councils, changes in basic constitutional concepts like that of "participatory democracy" by a so called "socialist democracy" (which would require a Constituent Assembly), the threat to occupy private property before its expropriation and due compensation is legally solved and a few more nonsense proposals, compel me to say that more than a Communist, the little great helmsman is a tremendous ignorant.
I will wait quietly for the day to vote “NO”, without much discussion with my chavists friends (I have a few). I really think the author of this text will defeat himself.
(More precision, impossible)
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Everyone has "a friend with a friend" in the computing center of some political party. There were 6 such unofficial centers working on the 2D.
Today Porfirio Pomarrosa (actually journalist, publicist, humorist, Graterolacho Santander) published confidential data in the newspaper EL NUEVO PAIS which shows the NO option exceding 60%, with Hugo Chavez proposal under 40%.
Exactly the reverse of what he said to the news agency REUTERS on referendum day.
The "real" cake of "Pomarrosa" would look like this:
I always believed that the solution would be intelligent and peaceful. I never believed in the armed solution. April the 11th confirmed me I was right.
No Yankee invasion, no che-guevara-style-heroes; just a computer spitting numbers and a lot of people happy, many relieved even among the "defeated" ones...
Meanwhile, China is the second most polluting country in the world. The photo shows Beijin this week. China should not avade its responsibility with humanity. Others trying to hide their "package" are the oil producing countries, OPEC and no OPEC. All of them.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
|He is not short of tips... |
The same he proposed to the country and it was defeated in a referendum last Sunday.
It seems he has "forgotten" that its totalitarian proposal is legally dead and must wait for the next period of government, when he will no longer be the president. Easy.
Instead of conspiring against democratic institutions in Venezuela, hthe guy should deal with the work for which he is paid for, which includes inter alia:
Controlling crime and improve prisons, to put food on the shelves of supermarkets, to improv relations with our neighbors, to encourage public, private, domestic and foreign capital investment, to increase the capacity of PDVSA to produce oil, to repair old roads and build new ones, to seek a solution to traffic congestion in Caracas, to defeat drug traffickers, to expel terrorists using Venezuela as refuge, to stop the corruption that surrounds him, to improve hospitals and schools, to provide money to fund their pension approved by "his" National Assembly in the year 2005, to prepare laws priory as ordered by the 1999 Constitution and a long etcetera of things he has not done yet.
He should forget the REFORMA TANGO since Carlos Gardel is no more...
And his brother Baduel should "take minimum" and stop talking about another Constituent Assembly.
Lets work ...
- "Chávez tried to overturn the results of Venezuela's recent vote but was rebuffed by the military. Most of Latin America's leaders breathed a sigh of relief earlier this week, after Venezuelan voters rejected Chavez's constitutional amendment referendum, but by midweek enough information had emerged to conclude that Chávez did, in fact, try to overturn the results..."
- "As reported in El Nacional, and confirmed by an intelligence source, the Venezuelan military high command virtually threatened him if he insisted on doing so...."
- "After a late-night phone call from Raúl Isaías Baduel... the president conceded, but with one condition; he demanded his margin of defeat be reduced to a bare minimum in official tallies, so he could save face and appear as a magnanimous democrat in the eyes of the world..."
I projected a 57% to 43% result on the basis of traditional pollters figures posted by "unknown" people in internet . They were 4 polls with clearly decreasing support for Hugo Chavez totalitarian proposal. I even expected a coup or a CNE back room deal with the now defeated leader.
"Opinion polls, projected (by me) to December 02 the 2nd, say Hugo Chavez reform will NOT pass, unless he makes some kind of trick or abuse of power..."
Friday, December 07, 2007
He can (*) not but "... if he insists on taking shortcuts that 52 percent will grow to levels that their agitation does not allow him to visualize now. A new reform proposal, spurred by" popular initiative "will increase that percentage: Many" YES " of last Sunday, like many abstainees, will join the "NO". Ignorance of the verdict of the people will raise the cost of the setback. Chavez has provided the best argument to return to say "NO" to the polling station if it is necessary. With the infinite reelection, it is not true that the people will decide to trust Chavez. The people said "NO" to the reform, and Chavez is ignoring that decisión..."
Thursday, December 06, 2007
The Commander is neither a democrat nor a hero. He had a "PLAN B”, a plan that he executed BUT FAILED. That's all.
I am not going to describe it in detail, but the data which has been emerging in the press and in the Commander own speeches shows he does not have any respect for the GOLDEN RULE OF DEMOCRACY: That who has the more votes wins.
Since HE said that he would win with 60% (two weeks ago), knowing that he fell short of the magic 50% and at the same time banned publication of opinion polls; when he supplied his fake exit polls to REUTER knowing that he HAD LOST already; when he ordered to print thousands of copies of Diario VEA showing a false result of 60% SI and 40% NO (it was carried out in the afternoon and evening); when he ordered to print thousands of GACETAS OFICIALES with the "new" socialist constitution; when Bernal and Aguila 1 ordered the mobilization of 300 violent armed motor drivers (UNIDADES CIVILES MOTORIZADAS), etc.
Later he confessed that it was in his plans to occupy the state governor houses in
That was his PLAN B, a coup plan, methodically executed but defeated on the 2nd of December.
Now Chaves publicists say that: "His words to accept defeat suggests that the" statesman Chavez placed in the dilemma of fighting a few votes or to spare the country unnecessary pains, preferred to bet to history. With that gesture, with this new "by now," offered to all, supporters and opponents, the peace that surely others in his position had refused…"
This accolade is plain BULLSHIT...
But as a good soldier the Commander also has a "PLAN C". He is now performing it, clumsy and wrongly. It includes to discredit the "microscopic" victory (the poor guy in his ignorance confuses the word pyrrhic with the word small ), to defends himself by attacking with a trial for ex-governor Mendoza, disabling politically Leopoldo Lopez, prosecuting Rosales and soon we will see a trial to Baduel for "high treason" (accused of not supplying adequately the Militia or reserve), plus shares of media distractions (demanding his daughter “bad” mother, making the press look for scandals like the plane attacked by residents in a town of Bolivia or a new Antonini Wilson case) and the ridiculous threat -with no popular support whatsoever- with a “new” referenda through signature gathering in the poor neighborhoods and all the noise two nights ago in the National Assembly.
The important thing is that “we the people” withdraw 95 years from his pipedream kingdom of 100. Now the guy is a political walking dead with only 5 years to do what he can do and leave some important job done for Diosdado (or whoever) to go out to seek votes for year 2012 presidential race.
Likely the next president will comes from chavismo but he will not be any of the talibani rejected by the people on the 2nd of December.
That is the essence of this POPULAR VICTORY.
It is not small thing. It is not bullshit.
What about Chavez?
He will end looking after his dad’s cows in Sabaneta until 2000siempre...