Thursday, January 31, 2008
As Chacumbele is Chacumbele this could not be ruled out ...
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I have neighbours and some co-workers who have already changed their mind about Chavez.
On December the 2nd, they did not vote NO, but did not YES either.
They preferred to abstain. And now they complain about food shortages and insecurity.
Garcia, the PODEMOS party deputy, not only contributed more votes to the NO option.
He made dissent legitimate
And forced the other chavists to put their feet on reality.
Yesterday, I watched the German film "The Lives of Others"...
It only reinforced my view that we should be optimistic.
The libertarian spirit and common sense in the end will reach even today henchmen.
It takes time but eventually the entire totalitarian and inhuman scaffolding plummets.
We will have to save the good things of chavismo.
But the totalitarian, Stalinist, fascist and Castro thing will to go to Carl Marx famous history dustbean...
None of these skyscrapers is located in the First Wolrd and the two gentlemen in the last image govern 1/3 of the world polpulation and their successors years will control half of the global economy in 25 or 30.
It is a new world and today from Davos the news of a new economic paradigm is coming: http://theletterisback.blogspot.com/2008/01/un-nuevo-paradigma-econmico.html
An interesting developpement , no doubts...
Friday, January 25, 2008
Venezuelans, not just the democratic parties, have to:
1 .- Rescue the prestige and functioning of institutions.
2 .- Respect for Ideological Pluralism .
3 .- A Decentralized country
4 .- A safe country.
5 .- Respect for private property and economic freedoms.
6 .- Combat of poverty.
7 .- Quality non ideological education.
8 .- Foreign Policy for democracy and peace.
9 .- Profesional Armed Forces.
10 .- Unit to initiate the changes.
-- It is time for Unity is time for Venezuela
-- Long live the spirit of the January 23
Caracas, January the 23rd 2008
|STATE ||OPPOSITION||GOVERNEMENT ||OPEN|
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
DESIGNATED TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS (DTO)
(Reflecting Amendments Section 219 of the INA in the 2001
· It must be a foreign organization.
· The organization must engage in terrorist activity, as defined in section 212 (a)(3)(B) of the INA (8 U.S.C. § 1182(a)(3)(B)),* or terrorism, as defined in section 140(d)(2) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 (22 U.S.C. § 2656f(d)(2)),** or retain the capability and intent to engage in terrorist activity or terrorism.
· The organization’s terrorist activity or terrorism must threaten the security of
· It is unlawful for a person in the
· Representatives and members of a designated FTO, if they are aliens, are inadmissible to and, in certain circumstances, removable from the
· Any U.S. financial institution that becomes aware that it has possession of or control over funds in which a designated FTO or its agent has an interest must retain possession of or control over the funds and report the funds to the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
The U.S. Department of State lists the following items as additional considered beneficial effects of designation:
· Supports efforts to curb terrorism financing and to encourage other nations to do the same.
· Stigmatizes and isolates designated terrorist organizations internationally.
· Deters donations or contributions to and economic transactions with named organizations.
· Heightens public awareness and knowledge of terrorist organizations.
· Signals to other governments our concern about named organizations.
· National Liberation Army (ELN) (Colombia)
· Revolutionary Armed Forces of
· United Self-Defense Forces of
COUNCIL DECISION 2005/221/CFSP of 14 March 2005 implementing Article 2(3) of Regulation (EC) No 2580/2001 on specific restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities with a view to combating terrorism and repealing Decision 2004/306/EC.
GROUPS AND ENTITIES
· Revolutionary Armed Forces of
· United Self-Defense Forces/Group of Colombia (AUC) (Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia).
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Carlos Eduardo Rosales San Juan de Colón 06-07-2002
Euman R. Moncada Torbes 08-08-2002
Arcángel Moreno La Fría 31-01-2003
Nelson Esteves San Crisóbal 23-01-2003
Porfilio Dávila Arellano Rubio 23-04-2003
Rigoberto Chaparro Colón 21-06-2003
Rafael Antonio Gutierrez Coloncito 19-08-2003
Argenido Rico García El Milagro 15-10-2003
Vitre Mundo Borrero San Joaquín de Navay 18-10-2003
Efraín Acosta Suárez Abejales 24-10-2003
Ana de Dios Pabón Cordero 03-12-2003
José Antony Pabón Cordero 03-12-2003
Germán Chacon Vivas Cordero 03-12-2003
Ramon Alfonso Velazco Rubio 28-02-2004
Ornella Ferranti San Cristóbal 31-08-2004
José Ildemaro Vivas San Cristóbal 08-09-2005
Faustino Santos La ceiba 21-10-2005
Reinar Zambrano Troncal 5 22-04-2006
Antonio José Galviz El Piñal 28-03-2007
Blanco Oliva Delgado Rubio 07-09-2007
Carlos Arias La Fría 30-10-2007
1 monthLuis Osorio Barboza San Cristóbal 20-11-2007
Janibel Alcedo Táriba 22-11-2007
Doris Perez Táriba 22-11-2007
Rafael Isea: Reducing inflation "has become our primary objective..."
This reduction is to be carried out "without compromising social wellbeing..."
Is he aware that the revolutionary government "14th of february devaluation" was an important factor in the 2002 and 2003 instability?
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
I am including a chart which shows the strangest surveys I have seen and the more malicious “projections” that one can imagine.
Let me explain. Over the past few days an scenario was manufactured where Senator Barak Obama "would win” with 40% and Senator Hillary Clinton "would lose” with 30%. Just look at the chart to understand that the straight projection was rather,
But the reality is harsh. Voters in NH yesterday were about 500,000. Of these, 220,000 Republicans and 275,000 Democrats.
The actual (official) results were:
1. Clinton: 110,000
2. Obama: 102,000
3. McCain: 79,000
That is, if there is some polarization at this moment it would be between Clinton and Obama, not between Clinton and McCain, who incidentally seems to me an excellent candidate.
This is my opinion, a little unusual, on the primaries yesterday.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Remember that the Venezuelan journalist Patricia Poleo said last year (August 4th) that these ladies "were" at a farm in the Venezuelan state of Apure, later "were moved" to another farm in the state of Barinas, and more recently they "were" at a military installation of the Venezuelan capital.
Well. One never knows...
The failed 'Operation Emmanuel' headed by Venezuelan President to "rescue" Emmanuel had a cost of more than one million dollars per day, according to Carlos Berrizbeitia.
The failed operation was designed personally by the failed Venezuelan president in agreement with the FARC narco-guerrilla and the "consent" of the Colombian government. It involved a massive mobilization of helicopters and airplanes, journalists, filmakers (Oliver Stone included), advisers, foreign commisioners, hours of satellite sercvice and the travel relatives of the hostages and additional support staff.
Monday, January 07, 2008
On Saturday, January 05, I published in this blog Spanish Clon, a long comment about the "new" team of government ministers designated (rather rotated) by the Mad Commander. I titled that post with a literal translation of the popular local expression, "un equipo de bates quebrados" which is used to refer to a team of inept base-ball players.
Today prestigious writer Teodoro Petkoft published an Editorial in daily paper TalCual which almost repeats my Saturday afternoon arguments. It is very good to see that someone with such political knowledge shares the opinions of this humble blogger.
Unfortunately my Saturday comment is too long and local to translate. However if you wish can look at the complete text at:
Sunday, January 06, 2008
The bad news is this: apparently a RECESSION is already here.
It means less oil consumption, but also higher import costs because high energy prices of this last year will be charged in 2008 and PDVSA would sell less and cheaper.
Just work out yourself the consequences for Venezuela...
Despite Iowa is a small election. The first of many. As soon the signal was there, Democrats are reacting and looking for change to imprve their proposals and gain support to win the next presidential election.
In Venezuela things do not happen like that. The defeated go to TV screen and shout to "his" supporters, offend the opposition and treatens to pass the defeated proposal of contitutional change by any mean, implying the use of violence. No change (same ministers are rooked), same slogans, same threats.
The end we already know will be a deeper rejection of any proposal from the defeated leader.
But he does not understand what Democracy is. Something the Hillary campaign does very well...
Saturday, January 05, 2008
To disguise CN "dedocracy" (finger naming) it was announced after an "intense political meeting" (a great fight) in which they agreed to the formation of the National Assembly board "by consensus".
PSUV (that is Hugo Chavez) decided that Cilia Flores would repeat as President, Roberto Hernandez as VP and the a novelty: PPT deputy Jose Albornoz will be the second VP.
The same made at the executive cabinet, where CN rewarded inefficiency and poor results.
Paradoxically, this mad behaviour is good for the venezuelan opposition, since CN would leave sooner...
Friday, January 04, 2008
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
In fact, the most misinformed OAS president ever is celebrating today a Decree issued to distract public attention from the blunder of "Operation Emmanuel".
Today it was the turn for the EX General Attorney to declare against NATIONAL RECONCILIATION. Before him the Interior Minister and the top Mad Commander declared on the same line.
The "exfiscal" said he prefers the "cohabitation" of two irreconciliable blocks: One capitalist and one socialist.
He is still living in the 60s and confirming that the TOP bureaucracy around "Colonel Narcisus" is deeply isolated from THE REAL WORLD (¿Remember the Berlin Wall?) and from the population, even from the colonel dearest supporters...
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Mediators use appropriate techniques and skills to open or improve dialogue between disputants, aiming to help the parties reach an agreement (with concrete effects) on the disputed matter. Normally, all parties must view the mediator as impartial.
Whether an agreement results or not, whatever the content of that agreement, the parties themselves determine, rather than accepting, something imposed by a third party.
THE MEDIATOR CODES OF CONDUCT
1. A commitment to inform participants as to the process of mediation.
2. The need to adopt a neutral stance towards all parties to the mediation.
3. The Mediator must reveal any potential conflicts of interest.
4. The Mediator must conduct the mediation in an impartial manner.
5. Within the bounds of the legal framework under which the mediation is undertaken any information should be treated as confidential.
6. Mediator should seek to maintain their skills by ongoing training in the mediation process.
7. The Mediator should practice only in those fields in which they have expertise by experience or training.
8. The Mediator should be mindful of the psychological and physical wellbeing of all participants.
9. Mediators should not offer legal advice, rather they should direct participants to appropriate sources for the provision of any advice they might need.