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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he has frozen his country's bilateral ties with neighbouring Colombia.


The move follows the decision by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe to end Mr Chavez's role as a hostage negotiator with Colombia's Farc rebels.

Mr Chavez said that the decision to end his mediation role was "a spit in the face" and denounced Mr Uribe as a liar.

He also said he had frozen relations with Spain over a remark made by King Juan Carlos earlier this month.


The king told Mr Chavez to "shut up" after the Venezuelan leader repeatedly interrupted the Spanish Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, during the final session of Ibero-American summit in Santiago.


Mr Chavez later said the matter would be settled only if he received an apology from the king, whom he accused of "arrogance" and "impotence".


But Venezuela's ambassador to Spain, Alfredo Toro, played down the spat after meeting Spain's top foreign ministry official for Latin America, Trinidad Jimenez, on Monday.

"The two countries have a common future beyond ups and downs," Mr Toro said.

Ms Jimenez said Mr Toro assured her there was no change in the countries' bilateral relations.




The harsh exchange of words between Venezuela and Colombia began on Saturday, when President Uribe insisted he had ended Mr Chavez's involvement in the negotiations for speaking directly to Colombia's army chief despite being told not to do so.


"They issued a statement yesterday filled with lies, and that is serious, very serious," Mr Chavez responded - in marked contrast to his reluctant acceptance of the initial announcement on Wednesday.

"President Uribe is lying, and he's lying in a shameless way," he said.


The Venezuelan leader said Mr Uribe had lied about the reason for the failure of the talks in order to avoid seeking a peaceful solution to the 40-year-long armed conflict with the Farc.

"They have spat brutally in our face when we worked heart and soul to try to get them on the road to peace," he said.


Mr Chavez said he had therefore decided to freeze Venezuela's relations with its neighbour and second-largest trading partner.


"I declare before the world that I'm putting relations with Colombia in the freezer because I've completely lost confidence with everyone in the Colombian government," he said.

"Everyone should be on alert with respect to Colombia," he added. "The companies that Colombians have here, the companies we have over there, commercial relations - all of that will be damaged. It's lamentable.


"It's like the case of Spain - until the king of Spain apologises, I'm freezing relations with Spain."

'Expansionist project'

The BBC's Jeremy McDermott in Bogota says President Uribe wasted no time in responding to the onslaught from his Venezuelan counterpart.


His attack on Mr Chavez was less personal but equally devastating, our correspondent says.

Mr Uribe accused the Venezuelan leader of not being interested in promoting peace in Colombia and insisted that Venezuela had expansionist plans that Colombia would resist.

"The truth is, President Chavez, we need mediation against terrorism, not one that legitimises terrorism," he said.


"Your words, your attitudes, give the impression that you are not interested in peace in Colombia, but rather that Colombia be a victim of a Farc terrorist government," he added.

"If you are spreading an expansionist project in the continent, in Colombia this project will make no headway."


The Colombian president said Mr Chavez had attempted to "set the continent on fire" by attacking Spain and the US, and by "mistreating" Mexico, Peru and Bolivia.

"You can not mistreat the continent, set it on fire as you do, speaking about imperialism when you, on the basis of your budget, want to set up an empire."

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And the grip gets tighter.







Posted on Thu, May. 29, 2008



Chavez revamps spy agencies in Venezuela


The Associated Press


CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez is revamping his intelligence agencies to counter what he calls U.S. attempts to undermine his government.


Four new spy agencies will replace the current DISIP secret police and DIM military intelligence agency, Interior Minister Ramon Rodriguez Chacin said Thursday.


A new law has established the General Intelligence Office and the General Counterintelligence Office, both overseen by the Interior Ministry, plus similar military intelligence and counterintelligence components, Rodriguez Chacin told reporters.


He did not say how they will differ from the current spy agencies or whether any top officials will be replaced.


Rodriquez Chacin announced the change the previous night, saying the new agencies are meant to confront U.S. attempts to meddle in Venezuela's internal affairs.


Chavez often accuses the United States of espionage against his leftist government. In 2006, he expelled a U.S. military attache he accused of spying.


The same year, Washington named a career CIA agent as "mission manager" to oversee intelligence on Cuba and Venezuela.

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Is there anything else that you democrats support that is against our own country?


You democrats made the case for a nuclear middle east; you democrats supported chavez who is trying to economically destroy us just to make the Bush Administration look bad.


I Really Mean it, IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE "Honestly"?






MOSCOW (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said that military cooperation with Russia is proceeding and suggested that Russia should open a military base in the South American country, Russian news agencies reported Wednesday.


“We are proceeding at full speed” with military cooperation, Chavez said at a news conference late Tuesday, the Interfax news agency reported.


He said Venezuela was in the process of re-equipping its army and purchasing Russian fighter jets — Su30s — and parts for an integrated anti-aircraft system. “Russia will continue shipping components for this system,” Interfax quoted Chavez as saying.


The president also said Venezuela would welcome Russian military bases in the South American country.


“If Russian armed forces would like to come to Venezuela, they will be welcomed warmly,” Chavez told the news conference, Interfax reported. “We will raise flags, beat drums and sing songs, because our allies will come.”


Chavez arrived in Russia to broker a number of deals involving weapons purchases, oil exploration and the creation of a joint financial institution.


He refused to estimate the size of the arms deals when asked, Interfax reported. “Don't worry about the amounts — that's our task,” Chavez was quoted as saying.


Venezuela, which spent $4 billion on international arms purchases between 2005 and 2007, mostly from Russia and China, has a defense budget of $2.6 billion, according to the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.


The visiting president on Tuesday also called for a strategic alliance with Russia to protect his country from the United States.


Chavez has repeatedly accused Washington of plotting an invasion to destabilize his government, despite U.S. denials.


The alliance would mean “we can guarantee Venezuela's sovereignty, which is now threatened by the United States,” Chavez told reporters shortly after his arrival in Moscow.


Welcoming Chavez at Meiendorf Castle, his residence outside Moscow, President Dmitry Medvedev said Russian-Venezuelan relations “are one of the key factors of security in the (South American) region.”


It is the presidents' first meeting since Medvedev took office in May.


Venezuela's state-run oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA signed separate deals with three Russian energy companies — Gazprom, Lukoil and TNK-BP — during the first day of Chavez's visit.


In addition, Russian media have reported that Chavez is expected to reach a number of agreements for purchasing Russian military hardware while in Moscow, with one paper reporting the deals could be worth up to $2 billion.


The newspaper Kommersant, generally regarded as reliable, reported Tuesday that Chavez is looking to order Ilyushin jets, diesel-powered submarines, Tor-M1 air defense systems and possibly tanks. It did not specify its sources.


“We want peace, but we are forced to strengthen our defense,” Chavez said when asked about the potential deals upon his arrival.


Rosoboronexport, Russia's state-owned arms trader, declined to comment on potential deals.


Venezuela, which spent $4 billion on international arms purchases between 2005 and 2007, mostly from Russia and China, has a defense budget of $2.6 billion, according to the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.


The U.S. stopped supplying arms to Venezuela in 2006.


The three energy agreements involve exploring new oil fields in Venezuela. Chavez said they signified the “creation of a new strategic energy alliance” between Russia and Venezuela.


The deal with TNK-BP was particularly striking given the company's ongoing dispute between its Russian and British shareholders.


“For TNK-BP it is a positive sign that the shareholders' conflict has had no effect on the business,” said Valery Nesterov, an analyst at Troika Dialog, an investment bank.


On Tuesday BP announced it would recall 60 technical specialists from Russia.


Chavez also wants to discuss the possibility of creating a joint bank, according to Alexis Navarro, Venezuela's ambassador to Moscow.


The Venezuelan president also met Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and was to meet Russian military and business leaders.


Commercial trade between Venezuela and Russia reached $1.1 billion last year, almost double the $517 million in trade during 2006, according to statistics cited by Venezuela's state-run news agency.


Chavez was scheduled to travel to Belarus on Wednesday.

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This is pretty scary.


Russian energy majors have signed co-operation agreements with Venezuela's state-owned oil and gas company, PDVSA, during President Hugo Chavez's two-day visit to Moscow. Russia and Venezuela are working towards the formation of a strategic alliance in the energy sector, said Chavez after talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Moreover, Dmitry Medvedev and Hugo Chavez have promised to take personal control over the implementation of key joint oil and gas projects.


To watch Hugo Chavez's summing up the results of his two-day visit to Moscow, please follow the link


Energy deals


The Russian-British oil venture TNK-BP and PDVSA have agreed on the joint study of the Ayacucho-2 area in the Orinoco oil belt in Venezuela.


Russian energy giant Gazprom has signed a deal with PDVSA on the appraisal and certification of the Ayacucho-3 oil fields.


Lukoil and PDVSA have signed a memorandum of understanding and an agreement on joint exploration in the Junin-3 area and also in the Orinoco oil belt.


Medvedev commented that agreements signed by Gazprom, Lukoil and TNK-BP with Venezuela's PDVSA create "a serious base for massive investments to develop co-operation in all dimensions."


He added Russia and Venezuela are making a considerable contribution to ensuring energy security, and plan to step up this co-operation for the good of all nations.


"Russia and Venezuela are two large oil and gas nations. Energy security, in particular, depends on our co-ordinated actions. We will work together in a co-ordinated and correct manner," he said.


Medvedev stressed that bilateral co-operation in this area "is not directed against any states."


"It is mutually beneficial," he said.


Arms co-operation


No arms deals were signed this time round but since 2003 Venezuela has racked up contracts worth over $US 4 billion for Russian weapons and there are plans to buy more.


Venezuela wants to equip its armed forces with Russian submarines, helicopters and anti-aircraft systems.


The country has already bought over 50 combat helicopters, 24 Su-30MK2 fighters, and 100,000 Ak-103 rifles from Russia, and also holds a licence for their production.


Global issues


Dmitry Medvedev stated that both Russia and Venezuela have very similar positions on key international problems.


"What’s also important is that the positions of our countries concerning the priority of international law and the central role of the UN in search of joint answers to the tough questions of today coincide," Medvedev stressed.


Economic ties


Dmitry Medvedev referred to the development of economic ties between the two countries, as well as the need to optimise Russian-Venezuelan trade turnover.


"This is not the limit. We are talking about enriching our relations with good new projects," he said.


Putin-Chavez meeting


President Chavez also discussed political, economic and defence co-operation with the Russian Prime Minister at Putin's residence near Moscow.


Putin said energy is one of their spheres of co-operation and both Russia and Venezuela are making a substantial contribution to the world energy market.


"Russia-Venezuela relations have a solid foundation and are developing successfully," he added.


"First and foremost, we co-operate in transport, space exploration, high technology and, certainly, in military-technical spheres," Putin said.


Putin also said he would visit Venezuela.


"I remember your invitation, and I will certainly pay a visit," he told Chavez.



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Chavez Still remains a threat to the Region, I hope that this current administration NOW realizes

just what type of threat Hugo really IS.


The ONLY REASON that I have remained silent on these issues is to give this current administration

time to get its house in order.

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In Latin America they are longer following the Chavez/Obama model of economics. Obamas model is the California model "Unions first". Which we all know is a disaster.


Also I've moved most Of my investments out of the united states, still keeping a few in the U.S., but for the most part I'm out of the U.S. market. That's why I haven't been posting in here for awhile "Crunch time".






For Chávez, money no longer buys love



Venezuela's narcissist-Leninist President Hugo Chávez is not getting his money's worth for the billions of dollars he is spending in public relations abroad: According to a new poll, his approval ratings in Latin America could hardly be worse.


The newly released poll of 20,200 people in 18 Latin American countries conducted by Latinobarómetro, a Chilean-based firm, shows that when asked to evaluate foreign leaders on a scale from zero to 10 -- with zero being ``very bad'' and 10 being ``very good'' -- Latin Americans gave Chávez the worst rating among a list of 17 regional and world leaders.


What may be just as bad news for the Venezuelan president: The leader who topped the list was the president of the United States, Barack Obama, who got a score of 7.


Obama was followed by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, with a rating of 6.4; Spain's King Juan Carlos, with 5.9, and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luiz Rodríguez Zapatero and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, with 5.8 each. Mexican President Felipe Calderón and Costa Rica President Oscar Arias received 5.7 each.


At the bottom of the list are Cuba's behind-the-scenes ruler Fidel Castro, with 4 points, and Chávez, with 3.9.




Interestingly, Chávez has a better image within Venezuela than outside, the Latinobarómetro study shows. The Venezuelan president enjoys a 50 percent positive image at home, whereas his approval rating is 41 percent in El Salvador, 33 percent in Bolivia, 27 percent in Argentina, 18 percent in Honduras, 16 percent in Peru, 15 percent in Chile, 13 percent in Mexico and 12 percent in Colombia.


The poll's overall results are amazing, considering the tons of money Chávez is pouring into highly publicized foreign-aid projects.


According to a study by Venezuela's Primero Justicia opposition party, based on official government announcements, Venezuela spent $53 billion in ``presents'' to other countries in the four years ending in December 2008. That's the equivalent of $14.5 billion a year.


The figure includes Venezuela's announced purchases of Argentina's foreign debt bonds as well as donations of oil to Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador and the United States, and schools, hospitals and other social projects across the region.


It does not include reported cases of off-the-books political assistance, such as the cash-filled suitcase accidentally discovered in Argentina in 2007. In 2009, because of falling oil prices and growing criticism at home of Chávez's largesse abroad, Venezuela's foreign aid is expected to drop to $3 billion, a researcher who is preparing a soon-to-be released update report by Primero Justicia told me.


How do you explain Chávez's low popularity in Latin America? I asked Marta Lagos, the head of Latinobarómetro.


``His image in the region has gone down substantially since 2006,'' she said. ``Latin Americans don't like other people meddling in their internal affairs. And Chávez's paternalist leadership style of giving money away and bragging about it right and left does not sit well in the region.''


That becomes even more evident when you compare Chávez's low approval ratings with those of Obama and Lula, the best-liked foreign leaders in the region, Lagos said. The U.S. and Brazilian presidents tend to be low-key about their countries' foreign aid, and most often go out of their way not to look as if they are meddling in other countries' affairs, she added.


My opinion: The Latinobarómetro polls confirms what many of us have long suspected, which is that Chávez's popularity is directly proportional to the price of oil.


While he was never among the most popular leaders, when oil prices reached record highs and he was signing checks around the clock in 2008, he was seen by more people than today as a leader who is seriously committed to helping the poor. Now that oil prices are lower and Venezuela's foreign aid is going down, Chávez's popularity ratings have plummeted.




All of this leads me to believe that if oil prices remain at current levels, as most economists predict, Chávez's influence in Latin America is likely to decrease. We're already seeing some leftist leaders, such as El Salvador President Mauricio Funes, keeping the Venezuelan ruler at a prudent distance.


Chávez's fabulous riches will probably give him enough resources to bankroll his megalomania at home and in a few small allied countries such as Bolivia and Nicaragua. But his Latin America-wide leadership project is fizzling.

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Just so Everyone knows what's going on with Chavez; Chavez you really got to stop drinking,

and yes chavez has a drinking problem.





U.S. denies any plane entered Venezuelan airspace


The Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela -- The United States is denying a claim by President Hugo Chavez that a U.S. military plane entered Venezuelan airspace.


Chavez said the plane was met by his military's F-16s and escorted out of Venezuelan airspace.


The president is calling it a provocation by the U.S., saying the P-3 plane had taken off from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao and twice entered Venezuelan airspace on Friday.


A spokeswoman for the U.S. Southern Command in Miami denied it.


Air Force Tech Sgt. Shanda De Anda said Saturday that "no U.S. aircraft entered Venezuelan airspace."


She said the U.S. does not fly over another nation "without prior consent and coordination."

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It seems that Chavez took a page from the Democrats on Gun Control. I believe that this pretty well makes the case why gun control EVEN in Latin America is a BAD IDEA.






Penn pal dictator Chavez proves 'gun control' fails at stopping crime



Rich Hollywood Marxist sympathizer Sean Penn's love-fest with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez has been in the news of late. I know he thinks those of us who call Chavez a dictator should be put in prison, but we still retain (albeit not without infringements) two rights his buddy won't allow: Freedom of speech and the right to keep and bear arms.


The former, of course, is controlled in Venezuela by the tinpot tyrant, who closes down broadcast stations that criticize his heavy-handed rule, and expels foreign journalists who do the same. (Penn recently gave us a glimpse of such policies in microcosm, when he smacked down a photographer and expelled a journalist for asking him a question he didn't like.)


And guns, of course, are also tightly controlled. It's what dictators do:


The Venezuelan Ministry of Justice announced the creation of a new firearms control plan on Wednesday, in an attempt to decrease excessive violence in Venezuela.


So—how has the plan worked out in the almost four years it's been in effect? From Reuters:


Homicides in Venezuela have quadrupled during President Hugo Chavez's 11 years in power, with two people murdered every hour, according to new figures from a non-governmental organization. The Venezuelan Observatory of Violence (OVV), whose data is widely followed in the absence of official statistics, said the South American nation has one of the highest crime rates on the continent, with 54 homicides per 100,000 citizens in 2009.


That's 10 times a U.S. rate that prompts our domestic Chavez emulators to call for even more "common sense" measures. I guess if you look at the Brady Scorecard results, it's easy to understand why—they have a lot more citizen disarmament to accomplish if we hope to rival Venezuela's "success."


Still, "gun control" is only for lesser mortals. If you're rich and connected, and pals with the redistributionist ruling class, be they in South America or our own City by the Bay, being one of the few privileged armed elites is a snap. That's why, even though you or I couldn't get a permit in anti-gun San Francisco—literally to save our lives—Hollywood star Penn had no problem scoring one. And he's a rich enough collectivist sympathizer that he can afford to replace the two handguns stolen from his car (and presumably now "on the street" fueling more demand for disarming you and me) without batting an eye.


If being his critic is a qualifier, I guess you can add me to Penn's "Blacklist." Isn't that what Hollywood types call such things? (And incidentally, where is their outrage on his unAmerican, anti-freedom of expression endorsement—or do they only reserve that for anti-Communists?).


Blacklist? You know, the people Sean hopes "die screaming of rectal cancer"?


Have another cigarette, Sean. Drag deep.



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