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SAO PAULO - Move over the "axis of evil". The time is ripe for the "axis of gas". Meet the Gran Gasoduto del Sur (the Great Gas Pipeline of the South) - the South American entry into Pipelineistan, soon to join networks from Siberia to both Europe and Asia as well as the American-inspired Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. In terms of political will applied by the new axis of Caracas, Brasilia and Buenos Aires, the pipeline is already a done deal.
Associated Press Falsely Portrays Chavez as Seeking 25-Year Term
A little scrutiny of a recent Associated Press report about Venezuela provides a lesson in how the English-language press often gets the story wrong. Take the first sentence: "President Hugo Chavez said Saturday that Venezuelan voters should have the chance to decide whether he should govern the country for the next 25 years."
Author: Pratyush Chandra
For a decade or so, the media has been talking about new color and flower revolutions with colorful revolutionaries like "orange" ones in Ukraine. But, after so many sponsored, colored and sanitized revolutions, as additions in the market of "a series of products deprived of their malignant property: coffee without caffeine, cream without fat, politics without politics the other deprived of its otherness" (1), once again we are witnessing pure-and-simple revolutions and revolutionaries, in Latin America and Asia (and of course, there are many in the streets of Paris, and among the immigrants in the US, too). Nepal and Venezuela are two hot centers of pure-and-simple revolutions.
HAVANA (AFP) - The leaders of Bolivia, Cuba and Venezuela are poised to sign what they call "a people's" trade accord designed to counter US efforts to forge a free-trade area of the Americas spreading from Alaska to Cape Horn.
(Jackson Diehl's) columns have given mainstream credence to the ideas that the democratically elected (Hugo Chavez) is actually a dictator, that a media law banning explicit sex on television is an act of political censorship, and that important literacy and health care programs are nothing more than a cynical attempt to buy votes from Venezuela’s unwashed masses...The power of a (Washington) Post editorial is significant, and it is partly due to the work of Mr. Diehl that the storylines above, although easily refuted, have framed the discussion of Venezuela in the U.S. press.
On March 27, (Britain's) Channel 4 News included a report by Washington Correspondent Jonathan Rugman: 'Hugo to go?'...Rugman relentlessly smeared Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, in a piece described by John Pilger as "one of the worst, most distorted pieces of journalism I have ever seen".
The Associated Press | April 5, 2006
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan authorities found the bullet-ridden bodies of three Canadian brothers kidnapped more than a month ago in the South American country, the justice minister said.
The body of the boys' driver, 30-year-old Miguel Ribas, also was found with them.
Chavez rules out return to cheap oil
By Meirion Jones
Producer, BBC Newsnight
If you thought high oil prices were just a blip think again - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has ruled out any return to the era of cheap oil.
Mr Chavez has spent some of the oil money on social projects
In an interview with BBC Newsnight's Greg Palast, Mr Chavez - who is due to host the Opec meeting on 1 June in Caracas - said he would ask the oil cartel to set $50 a barrel as the long term level.
The United States is seriously worried about the impact the Venezuelan revolution is having in the rest of Latin America...the Bolivarian revolution has raised the hopes of the masses of workers and peasants throughout the continent and beyond. It has provided an example that it is possible to challenge the policies imposed by Washington.
Media Matters for America
- Feb. 3, 2006
During the February 2 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, Christian Coalition founder and 700 Club host Pat Robertson reiterated his
call for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Bloomberg - Feb 3, 2006 | by Janine Zacharia
(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. ordered a Venezuelan embassy official to leave the country within 72 hours after Venezuela yesterday expelled the U.S. naval attaché at the American embassy in Caracas for alleged espionage.
Chavez warns U.S. over refineries if cuts ties
CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned on Saturday he could shut his government's U.S.-based refineries and sell oil to nations other than the United States if Washington decided to cut diplomatic ties, as relations between the two countries continue to worsen.
The WSF in Search of Itself
Thursday, Jan 26, 2006
By: Solana Larsen - OpenDemocracy
When 100,000 optimistic activists get together in one of the most colourful and dynamic events the world has ever seen, you've got to expect a good deal of music and dancing, clapping and stomping. But as the sixth World Social Forum slowly unravels, first in Bamako, Mali and now in Caracas, Venezuela, there is also a great deal of frustration over the fact that "nothing" seems to be coming out of this enormous effort.
By José Pertierra | Progreso Weekly
The Osama Bin Laden of Latin America may soon hit the streets of Miami. An admitted CIA operative since the early 1960s, Luis Posada Carriles is a fugitive from justice in Venezuela, wanted for 73 counts of first degree murder connected to the blowing up of a passenger plane in October of 1976.
In May of 2005, Venezuela formally requested that the United States detain him for the purpose of extraditing him to Venezuela to stand trial for first-degree murder. Yet the United States did nothing about it.
By DAVE LINDORFF | January 21/22, 2006
What are you supposed to do when the world's most over-armed, belligerent and dangerous nation, which outspends all the rest of the world combined on arms, and which is the major arms supplier to the rest of the world, tells a little country like Venezuela that it is guilty of spending "too much" on its military?