Chavez wins re-election
Associated Press 10/07/2012 http://www.thestate.com/2012/10/07/2471864/venezuela-vote-a-critical-tes...
CARACAS, Venezuela—President Hugo Chavez won re-election Sunday, defeating challenger Henrique Capriles and gaining six more years to cement his legacy...With about 90% of votes counted, Chavez had more than 54% of the vote...the National Electoral Council president said 81% of the nearly 19 million registered voters cast ballots, one of the largest turnouts in years.
Chavez Beats Capriles in Election....
Chavez also argued Capriles would represent the interests of the United States, not the poor, and his government would slash popular social programs, a claim Capriles had to repeatedly deny. The attacks had an impact....Capriles conceded at his campaign headquarters...And asked Chavez, who mocks his foes as oligarchs and lackeys of U.S. imperialism, take the opposition’s needs into account....A largely forgotten topic in recent months that may again become a major issue is the tumor in Chavez’s pelvic region that he said was removed this year. Although he announced that he was cured after months of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, details about his health remain a state secret. The president was clearly slowed by the cancer during the campaign, which served to highlight Capriles’s vigor. The man known as El Comandante to his followers appeared bloated, had to walk gingerly and could not speak to the crowds for hours at a time, as is his custom.
worldwide, from Africa to Latin America, USAID soft power 'strategic non-violence' arm of US global domination agenda
America’s Covert "Civil Society Operations": US Interference in Venezuela Keeps Growing",
Eva Golinger, Global Researh, http://www.globalresearch.ca/america-s-covert-civil-society-operations-u...
Despite President Obama’s promise to President Chavez that his administration wouldn’t interfere in Venezuela’s internal affairs, the US-funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is channeling millions into anti-Chavez groups.... the US has done so for over 8 years, including NGOs that executed the attempted coup d’etat against President Chavez in April 2002. Since then, US funding has increased substantially. A May 2010 report evaluating foreign assistance to political groups in Venezuela, commissioned by NED, revealed more than $40 million USD annually channeled to anti-Chavez groups….the Latin American nation where NED invested most funding to opposition groups during 2009, $1,818,473 USD, more than double the year before…NED operates in over 70 countries worldwide....Allen Weinstein, a NED founder, told Washington Post, "What we do today was done clandestinely 25 years ago by the CIA." ...
A large part of NED funds in Venezuela have been invested in “forming student movements” and “building democratic leadership amongst youth”.More than 32% of USAID funding, has gone to “training youth and students in the use of innovative media technologies to spread political messages and campaigns” via social media such as Twitter and Facebook.
NED also funded several media organizations to train journalists, designing political messages against the Venezuelan government. Two, the * Institute for Press and Society (IPyS) and Espacio Publico (Public Space), have had multimillion dollar NED, USAID, Department of State funding in the past three years to “foster media freedom” in Venezuela.
NED funds were used to “create a document detailing the human rights violations perpetrated against them and denounce them before international organizations”.
One of countless US/Soros NGOs (Open Society Foundations Media Program )
* Freedom of information and media plurality. A tool against inequality, by Andrés Cañizalez
Cañizalez, director of the Venezuelan chapter of the Press and Society Institute (IPYS), examines links between media freedom and poverty, and the way mass media should work to decrease social inequalities.... he focuses on Venezuela, a country in which more media pluralism is needed to foster democratic institutions.
why US wages 'regime change' war aginst enezuela
...Venezuela is a major oil supplier to the United States yet Mr. Chávez has steered the country away from Washington. He is close to countries like Cuba and Iran and has been a thorn in the side of the United States in Latin America, leading an anti-imperialist bloc critical of American policies....
in its own words
Venezuela: Congressional Research Service: Political Conditions and U.S. Policy
July 28, 2009 http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL32488.pdf (excerpts)
Overview of U.S.-Venezuelan Relations
The United States traditionally has had close relations with Venezuela, the fourth major supplier of foreign oil to the United States, but there has been significant friction with the Chávez government...Despite notable frictions in bilateral relations, Venezuela continues to be a major supplier of oil to the United States. Even though Venezuela opposed the U.S. war in Iraq, the Chávez government announced before the military conflict that it would be a reliable wartime supplier of oil to the United States....Since 2005, President Chávez has used “oil diplomacy” to provide oil to Caribbean Basin nations on preferential terms in a program known as PetroCaribe, prompting U.S. concern that Venezuela is using these programs to increase its influence in the region... In Central America, Nicaragua and Honduras joined PetroCaribe in 2007 and Guatemala joined in July 2008. PetroCaribe also has the goal of putting in place a regional supply, refining, and transportation and storage network, and establishing a development fund for those countries participating in the program. In addition, Venezuela is investing in energy sectors in several Latin American countries.. .
observers have raised questions about the security of Venezuela as a major supplier of foreign oil. There are also concerns that Venezuela is looking to develop China as a replacement market...
Tensions in relations turned especially sour in the aftermath of President Chávez’s brief ouster from power in April 2002. Venezuela alleged U.S. involvement, U.S. officials rejected the charges...
There has been increasing concern in recent years about Iran’s increasing interest in Latin America, particularly its relations with Venezuela under President Hugo Chávez... some observers, including some Members of Congress, called on the Bush Administration in 2008 to designate Venezuela as a state ...[but] A substantial portion of U.S. exports to Venezuela, particularly for the oil sector, would likely require validated licenses for so-called dual-use exports and technology...termination of the tax credit that prevents double taxation would increase the cost of U.S. companies operating in Venezuela and be a disincentive for some U.S. companies operating there. The stock of U.S. foreign investment in Venezuela is estimated at $11.6 billion, concentrated in the manufacturing and mining sector. The state sponsor of terrorism designation also potentially could complicate U.S. oil imports from Venezuela, in part because PdVSA owns Citgo, based in Houston Texas, which operates three oil refineries and two asphalt refineries in the United States and has some 14,000 branded retail outlets selling gasoline across the United States plus PdVSA has a 50% interest in a large refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands....
U.S. officials have expressed concerns about human rights, Venezuela’s military arms purchases (largely from Russia), its relations with Cuba and Iran, and its efforts to export its brand of populism to other Latin American countries...In 2004, President Chávez launched a Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) alternative to the Free Trade Area of the Americas. ALBA advocates a socially oriented trade block that would include mechanisms for poverty reduction, and cooperation in a range of areas including health, education, culture, investment, and finance....In December 2007, Venezuela and six other South American countries – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Uruguay – joined to sign the founding act of a new Bank of the South, a Chávez initiative to offer a new source of development financing apart from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund... Declining Venezuelan cooperation on antidrug and antiterrorism efforts has also been a U.S. concern. Since 2006, the U.S. has prohibited sale of defense articles and services to Venezuela because of lack of cooperation on antiterrorism efforts...
U.S. Democracy Projects Funding
The United States has funded democracy-related projects in Venezuela for a number of years through a variety of programs funded by the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International
Development (USAID), and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). NED has funded democracy projects in Venezuela since 1992, but the level of funding has increased under the Chávez government. ... The Venezuelan government and other critics have criticized NED’s funding of opposition groups headed by people involved in the overthrow of Chávez in April 2002 as well as the Súmate, the group involved in the signature collecting process for the 2004 recall referendum campaign....
USAID, through its Office of Transition Initiatives, has funded democracy projects in Venezuela since 2002, with the goals of strengthening democratic institutions, promoting space for dialogue,
and encouraging citizens’ participation in democratic processes. Transitions Initiatives (TI) funding in recent years was $5 million in FY2005, $3.7 million in FY2006, $3 million in FY2007, $3.6 million in FY2008, and an estimated $2 million in FY2009. According to USAID, the funding supports projects implemented by five U.S. organizations: Development AlternativesInc, which focuses on dialogue, public debate, citizen participation and leadership training; the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute, which offer technical assistance for political parties; Freedom House, which provides technical support to human rights groups; and the Pan-American Development Foundation, which provides support to civil society.
The State Department has supported democracy projects in Venezuela largely through Economic Support Funds (ESF), but also recently through Development Assistance (DA) funding. In recent
years, the following amounts have been provided: in FY2004, $1.497 million in ESF; in FY2005, $2.4 million in ESF; in FY2007, $1.6 million in ESF; and in FY2008, $6.5 million in DA and almost $3 million in ESF. For FY2009, an estimated $5 million in ESF will be provided for democracy projects, while the FY2010 request is for $6 million in ESF. ...
Human rights organizations and U.S. officials have expressed concerns for several years about the deterioration of democratic institutions and threats to freedom of speech and press in Venezuela
under the Chávez government...The IACHR and human rights groups such as the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, and the Inter-American Press Association maintain that these measures have restricted freedom of expression, with newspapers and broadcasters practicing self-censorship...September 18, 2008, Human Rights Watch issued an extensive report examining setbacks in human rights protections and practices under the Chávez government. Late the Venezuelan government expelled two visiting Human Rights Watch employees,.. The full report, “A Decade Under Chávez, Political Intolerance and Lost Opportunities for Advancing Human Rights in Venezuela, ” (US / Soros NGOs)
Henrique Capriles Radonski
Capriles was Mayor of Baruta during the 2002 Venezuelan coup d'état attempt On 12 April several violent incidents occurred around the Cuban embassy (in Baruta), as opposition protesters cut off water and electricity, smashed windows, damaged six Embassy staff vehicles, and blocked the Cuban ambassador,
In December 2006, Capriles was acquitted of the charge of fomenting violence in a siege of the Cuban embassy during the coup attempt, but five months later, his acquittal was annulled by the court of appeal, and the case was re-opened in October 2008. The U.S. Department of State mentioned Capriles' case in its 2008 Human Rights report as a denial of a fair public trial,
Fears Persist Among Venezuelan Voters Ahead of Election
CUMANÁ, Venezuela — Hugo Chávez, a polarizing president who has led Venezuela for nearly 14 years, has many advantages over the opposition candidate trying to unseat him Sunday, from the airwaves he controls to the government largess he doles out with abandon. But one especially potent weapon in Mr. Chávez’s arsenal is what might be called the fear factor... a big part of [Henrique] Capriles’s campaign has been to reassure voters that their votes will remain secret. “The government has sown this fear,” Mr. Capriles said...Venezuela is a major oil supplier to the US and the election gives voters a stark choice, with Mr. Chávez, 58, whose health has been an issue after he underwent treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer, pushing the country further down the road toward his version of socialism. Although the Obama administration would likely relish a more friendly leader in Caracas, US officials steer clear of taking sides in the election...
Venezuela's Capriles vows to help Colombian peace talks
...Investors hope the more business-friendly Capriles will end a nationalization drive and dismantle a cumbersome system of currency and price controls. Chavez has directed much of the OPEC member's oil revenue to social welfare projects, such as subsidized food stores and programs that make cash payments to poor families with children.
The 40-year-old governor said he would steer foreign relations away from Chavez's alliances with nations such as Iran and Belarus that the West views with suspicion. "What do we have in common with Iran apart from producing oil? Or Belarus? Isn't its president a dictator? You tell me! We honored Gaddafi twice. Are those the relations Venezuelans want? No!...And I've told the Russian ambassador here we are going to stop buying weapons from Russia," he added, referring to Chavez's multibillion-dollar arms purchases from Moscow" Capriles sai
The Truth About Plan Colombia Failed Drug War
1/2/09 Since 2000 the US has sent more than $6 billion to Bogotá to help...
DynCorp in Colombia: Outsourcing the Drug War
US control of drugs, illegal & legal, is essential for global political-economic domination
The Real Drug Lords: A brief history of CIA involvement in the Drug Trade
by William Blum
The Contras, Cocaine, and Covert Operations ... Council aide who helped run the contra war ... faced trial for his role in a massive drug shipment to the United States. ... The Storm Over 'Dark Alliance,'" from Columbia ... www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB2/nsaebb2.htm
Gary Webb pushed his investigation further in his book Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion
Dark Alliance is a book that should be fiction, whose characters seem to come straight out of central casting: the international drug lord, Norwin Meneses; the Contra cocaine broker with an MBA in marketing, Danilo Blandon; and the illiterate teenager from the inner city who rises to become the king of crack, "Freeway" Ricky Ross. But unfortunately, these characters are real and their stories are true.
In August 1996, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb stunned the world with a series of articles in the San Jose Mercury News reporting the results of his year-long investigation into the roots of the crack cocaine epidemic in America, specifically in Los Angeles. The series, titled "Dark Alliance," revealed that for the better part of a decade, a Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to Los Angeles street gangs and funneled millions in drug profits to the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contras.
Now Gary Webb has pushed his investigation even further in his book, Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion. Drawing from recently declassified documents, undercover DEA audio and videotapes that have never been publicly released, federal court testimony, and interviews, Webb demonstrates how our government knowingly allowed massive amounts of drugs and money to change hands at the expense of our communities.