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The unstated subtext in Venezuela is the role of race & identity.  For the white upper class, which controls sections of  the press, Chavez was a "mico mono," a long tailed monkey, a reference to his African heritage.  In reality, Chavez had African, Indian, and European heritage, was elected 8 times by Venezuela's poor, and  was a practicante de la religion Yoruba. His death by no means signals the end of bolivarianismo, which has its recent roots in the Caracazo, the 1989 pitched battles in Caracas' streets where the euro elite lost their grip on society.

Eva Golinger- Wikileaks: Documento secreto de EEUU califica a Ramos Allup de “Grosero”, “repelente” y se la pasa “martillando”  1/7/2016 Aporrea: "En un documento* clasificado como secreto de la Embajada de Estados Unidos en Caracas, Venezuela, el embajador William Brownfield tuvo palabras fuertes sobre el recién electo presidente de la Asamblea Nacional, Henry Ramos Allup. "El problema principal de Acción Democrática tiene nombre: Henry Ramos Allup". Brownfield, quien fue embajador de Venezuela durante el periodo 2004-2007 calificó a Ramos Allup de "grosero, abrasivo, arrogante y puntilloso"."

Venezuela opposition sets out to oust government  1/6/2016 AFP: "At its first regular legislative session on Wednesday, the opposition-controlled assembly swore in three anti-government lawmakers, defying Maduro, who had secured a court injunction to suspend them. The three extra deputies boost the total number of opposition seats in the legislature to a two-thirds "supermajority" that could enable them to remove Maduro by constitutional means. The government side vowed to charge the opposition with contempt of court."

Lessons We Can Learn from the Electoral Setback in Venezuela  1/6/2016 Counterpunch: by Stansfield Smith, Chicago ALBA Solidarity Committee, recently returned from a SOA Watch, Task Force on the Americas delegation to Venezuela.

Maduro names young hardliner to run Venezuela's ailing economy  1/6/2016 Reuters: "The appointment will confound critics who say Venezuela desperately needs a loosening of state controls to revive production in a nation plagued by shortages and the world's highest inflation rate. In his writings, Salas has argued in favor of price controls, says inflation is used as a "political tool" to pressure governments, and blames fascism for what he calls economic sabotage."

La mano de Washington en los “golpes electorales” en Venezuela  12/23/2015 Contrainjerencia 

Black Lives Matter Network Denounces U.S. “Continuing Intervention” in Venezuela  12/21/2015 Black Agenda Report: "The co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Network and Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration warns that the recent electoral victory of U.S.-backed counter revolutionary parties in Venezuela endangers the country’s African-descended population. The letter denounces “corporate media lies about electoral corruption voiced by Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sander’s defamation of late President Hugo Chavez labeling him a dictator.”

Political Tendencies in Post-6D Venezuela  12/21/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "However, before we get too excited, it should be noted that many Venezuelans are facing extremely tough circumstances. It's almost impossible to organise a communal council when everyone in the neighbourhood spends all their free time queuing for food. Nobody is going to spend time on a community project when their pay check is being eaten by inflation by the minute. On top of this, the yawning gap between the PSUV leadership and revolutionary grassroots is hard to understate, with the former living in a very different world than the latter. Therefore, while Chavismo has a kind of potential we haven't seen in years, it's also in dire straits."

What Next for Venezuela?  12/19/2015 Truth Out: "However, the opposition has more than 20 political parties and many divisions. It is possible that the government will be able to get some opposition legislators to vote with it in the National Assembly, so that it can continue governing until the next presidential election in 2018. If that is the case, from the government’s standpoint, the election will not have changed much. The key issue for its continued political survival will still be the economy. There is triple-digit inflation, widespread shortages of consumer goods, a recession, low oil prices, non-working price controls and a dysfunctional exchange rate system that is at the heart of the country's economic mess. This is obviously why the government lost the National Assembly. So, as before the election, if the government does not fix this mess, the Chavistas will lose power; if they do fix it, they will probably do OK."

Venezuela: A Revolution That Will Not Die  12/18/2015 Counterpunch: "The salient point here though is that an economic war is transformed into a psychological war, one that figured prominently in the recent elections. Indeed, the economic war is critical to understanding the current state of the country. In the wake of the opposition’s victory at the polls, basic goods started magically reappearing on store shelves in Venezuela, yet another indication that much of the scarcity can be attributed not to failed economic policies, but rather to a coordinated campaign of economic subversion."

Opposition’s Capriles Wants “Padlock” Law to Halt International Oil Treaties  12/17/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "The comments appear to be directed at the government’s “PetroCaribe” initiative- which since 2005 has provided neighbouring Caribbean countries with much needed oil at significantly preferential repayment rates. The Venezuela-Cuba project known as the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our Americas (ALBA) is another likely focus of Capriles’ latest comments."

Ten Proposals for Chavismo in the Face of Our Defeat  12/17/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "During this scarce year the right will continue its uninterrupted mission of the past 17 years to destroy Bolivarian power. It will argue that the [electoral] defeat of the Bolivarians is a plebiscite which should oblige the president to step down; it will convoke a referendum; it will remove vice-presidents and ministers with motions of censure; it will refuse resources for the Budget Law and additional credits; it will eliminate the Enabling Law and all that makes up social benefits; it will withhold its authorization for contracts in the national interest; it will refuse permission to designate new chiefs of permanent diplomatic missions. It will name new members of the Supreme Court, new rectors of the CNE, new public spending auditors and public defenders as soon as the allotted period for those authorities expires - unless they are able to to remove them under any other pretext. They will legislate the restitution of those senior officials of the upper echelons of PDVSA who tried to destroy the company. They will promote the re-privatization of all strategic national companies. They will try to remove the president by means we will not explain here so as not to give them ideas."

Venezuela's Election Results Hold Global Significance  12/16/2015 Black Agenda Report: "The stunning defeat of the Socialist Party in Venezuela is a threat to leftist governments and movements around the world, especially in Latin America. “The oligarchy would undoubtedly move to dissolve the ties of solidarity the Bolivarian movement has institutionalized with Palestine, Haiti, China, and numerous African nations.” Hugo Chavez’s party “will have to return to the streets to defend the movement's gains and move forward with the objectives of the revolution.”"

US to Accuse Head of Venezuelan Military of Drug Trafficking  12/16/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "A series of tweets launched by National Guard officials defended Reverol by pointing out the official is responsible for capturing over a hundred drug bosses."

Venezuelan Election Results: Electoral System and Democracy  12/15/2015 Periodico 26: "On the other hand, the forces from the base that adhered so massively for the first time to the oligarchy on December 6 did so for a variety of reasons. They mainly stem from the economic war and its accompanying media war led by the US and its allies in Venezuela. These forces probably did not all vote to "punish" the Maduro government. Rather, many were animated by a general dissatisfaction resulting from the economic war. This materialized in a vague hope of seeking relief, for example, from the seven-hour lineups to obtain necessities at increasingly higher prices."

Here’s How the Opposition Got a Two-Thirds Supermajority in Venezuela  12/14/2015 WaPo: "Still, reaching two-thirds in the National Assembly was a remarkable feat. Everything that could have gone right for the MUD went right — including snatching victory from the jaws of defeat in that last indigenous reserved seat, in a sparsely populated PSUV stronghold deep in the rain forest."

The End of Chavismo? Why Venezuela’s Ruling Party Lost Big, and What Comes Next  12/10/2015 The Nation: "Maduro has also been unwilling to get the currency exchange rate under control. One reason may be that doing so is likely to engender resistance from corrupt elements inside and outside government who have profited immensely from the gap between the official rate and the black market rate. The gap means that individuals and enterprises provided dollars at the official rate (6.3-1) for the purpose of importing goods have a huge incentive to simply sell the dollars on the black market (where the rate was over 800-1 recently), providing them astounding profits of 12,500 percent and more."

Facing Opposition Onslaught, Chavismo Must Return to Roots  12/9/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "The incredible aspect of Sunday, as Ociel Alí Lopez points out, was not merely Chavismo’s historic defeat but moreover the fact that despite the incompetent inaction of the government in the face of a deep economic crisis combined with the corruption and ideological degeneration of the party leadership, some 6 million people still voted for the PSUV."

Tracking US Intervention in Venezuela Since 2002  11/18/2015 Telesur: "The latest information available suggests USAID's annual budget for Venezuela was over US$5 million, despite the fact that foreign funding of political activities was banned in Venezuela in 2010. The banning was condemned by the U.S. Department of State, despite the fact the United States has a similar law against funding of political campaigns. The key factor making such a move even more rational in Venezuela is the fact that unlike the United States, Caracas is still facing coup attempts backed by a foreign belligerent. In early 2015, the Venezuelan government uncovered yet another brewing coup attempt."

US Sinking 'Immense Resources' into Venezuela Spying: Golinger  11/18/2015 Telesur: "According to Golinger, the United States has invested “immense resources” into undermining the Venezuelan government, including through newly revealed espionage against state oil firm PDVSA. "

Looting and violence on the rise in Venezuela supermarkets  8/6/2015 Reuters: "On Sunday, a small crowd in the western city of San Cristobal pushed its way into the government-run Bicentenario supermarket to grab products after it had closed, leaving staff scratched and bruised, according to store manager Edward Perez. "As we were closing, a group of 20 people unexpectedly started shouting insults at the government and the workers," said Perez in a telephone interview. Several looters were arrested after the fracas, which Perez blamed on "ultra-right-wing sectors of the opposition" seeking to sow violence."

The Global African - Las Castas & The Trans­Pacific Partnership  6/4/2015 teleSUR: "Las Castas ­ an Iberian term that came out of the 17th and 18th centuries, was used to describe mixed races, and would also become the subject of many paintings that exist today What is the historical context of Las Castas & what is the legacy of race in Latin America? The Trans Pacific Partnership makes its way through Congress. What’s in it, and why is it so dangerous? The Global African host Bill Fletcher examines these subjects with Dr. Msomi Moor, scholar of the African Diaspora at University of District of Columbia, & Symone Sanders, Communications Officer for Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch."

Venezuela expuso sus logros afrodescendientes durante I Congreso Ciudadanía, Etnia y Territorio  6/1/2015 Aporrea: "La declaración del 10 de mayo como Día de la Afrovenezolanidad en honor a la gesta libertadora de José Leonardo Chirino y la inclusión de la variable afro en el Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda, fueron algunos de los avances de Venezuela en materia de discriminación racial del Gobierno Bolivariano. Así lo expuso el presidente del Instituto Nacional contra la Discriminación Racial (INCODIR) Jesús Escobar, durante el primer Congreso Ciudadanía, Etnia y Territorio, espacio académico de inclusión y crítico para reflexionar y discutir acerca de la identidad cultural afrocolombiana, el poder y la ciudadanía, realizado los días 30 y 31 de mayo en la ciudad de Bogotá, Colombia."

Traficantes deportados desde Venezuela no mencionan a Diosdado sino a jefes militares de Uribe Velez  5/31/2015 Aporrea: "Por el contrario en uno de los casos, es un general colombiano, que durante el gobierno de Alvaro Uribe dirigió la unidad antinarcóticos de Colombia, quien estaba vinculado con el principal acusado por la justicia estadounidense, Luis Frank Tello Candelo, según los testimonios y pruebas ofrecidas por un ex oficial de policía que trabajaba para los carteles de Cali y el norte del Valle, según informó el diario El Espectador el 3 de julio de 2012."

Ministerio Público imputará a Leiver Padilla "El Colombia" por el asesinato del diputado Robert Serra y su asistente María Herrera  5/30/2015 Aporrea: "La actuación del Ministerio Público se corresponde con el compromiso del Estado venezolano con su par de Colombia, de garantizar en todo momento el respeto de los derechos humanos de Padilla Mendoza, una vez que fuera extraditado al país. Padilla Mendoza fue detenido el pasado 2 de noviembre de 2014 en Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, y desde entonces, se solicitó su extradición por su presunta vinculación con la muerte del diputado y su asistente."

Facts About the Media Garbage Against Diosdado Cabello  5/28/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "Yesterday (May 18) the Wall Street Journal published a news story at the same time that the State Department expressed its "concern" over freedom of speech in Venezuela. The report is based on supposed "investigations" conducted by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) and Miami prosecutors trying to link Diosdado (Cabello) with drug trafficking. The information presented by the US media outlet is a mix of anonymous opinions, value judgements by US anti-drug officials, declarations lacking any kind of time sequence and unproven speculations about Diosdado Cabello."

Afrodescendant Group of Venezuela’s National Institute of Women Make Contact with Remote Community  5/26/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "Outsiders rarely visit Quebrada Fo Fa, an Afrodescendant community some 30 kilometers of unpaved road away from the main highway between Caracas and the better known coastal towns of Barlovento. On May 22, staff from the Afrodescendant Group of the National Institute of Women (INAMUJER), based in Caracas, travelled to Quebrada Fo Fa to establish ties with community members there."

Venezuelan Officials Suspected of Turning Country into Global Cocaine Hub  5/18/2015 Wall Street Journal: "U.S. prosecutors are investigating several high-ranking Venezuelan officials, including the president of the country’s congress, on suspicion that they have turned the country into a global hub for cocaine trafficking and money laundering, according to more than a dozen people familiar with the probes."

Swedish 'Leftist' Politician Prefers the US over Venezuela  5/15/2015 teleSUR: "Well, in part because I've lived there and I've felt pretty much at home. Besides, I am pretty worried about Venezuela's democratic development. It's a rather authoritarian development and the government cannot manage to ensure enough goods in the shelves and a good economic development."

Día de la Afrovenezolanidad 2015  5/14/2015 Aporrea: "Finalmente, el 10 de mayo no es solo un día memorial como decía la hija del destacado activista Afrodescendiente escritor y siquiatra, Frantz Fanon, nacido en Martinica, hoy departamento de "Ultramar" para los colonialistas franceses de la libertad , la igualdad y la fraternidad, que conmemoran ese mismo día, por cosas parecidas que aún no comprendo, en relación a la ley propuesta por la actual afrodescenciente de piel oscura, nacida en la Guyana Francesa, ministra de justicia, Christian Taubira y algunos afrofranceses que se reúnen esa misma fecha en la plaza del General Catroux en el Quartier 17 de Paris, que tiene que ver con hombres y mujeres de piel oscura que han impactado en las sociedades europeas, como la magistrada afroitaliana que también ha sido objeto de burla en la polémica revista "Je suis Charlie". "

Emotiva conmemoración del Día de la Afro-venezolanidad en Grenada  5/12/2015 Aporrea: "La Embajada de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela en Grenada dio inicio a la Conmemoración del "Día de la Afro-venezolanidad" en la sede del Instituto para la Cultura y la Cooperación (IVCC) en la ciudad de Saint George’s. El evento se llevó a cabo con un Cine – Foro donde se proyectó el documental "Tambores de Agua". El Embajador Jorge Guerrero Veloz se dirigió a los presentes y habló sobre los aportes y participación de los africanos y sus descendientes en la contribución de la identidad de Venezuela, así como de la gesta histórica de José Leonardo Chirino el 10 de mayo de 1795, en la Sierra de Falcón, fecha en la cual se levantó contra el imperio español, considerándose estas acciones como una de las primeras luchas emancipadoras de Venezuela."

10 Mai 1795 : Afro-Vénézuela insurrectionnel !  5/10/2015 Cases Rebelles: "Il y a 220 ans exactement, le 10 mai 1795, Jose Leonardo Chirino, noir libre, fils d’un esclave noir et d’une indienne1, menait une insurrection dans l’Ouest du Venezuela à Coro. Les revendications étaient les suivantes : liberté pour les africains esclaves et abolition de l’esclavage, établissement de ce qui est nommé à l’époque « la loi française » – c’est à dire un régime démocratique – suppression des impôts et taxes payés par les indiens, et suppression de l’aristocratie blanche. Les insurgéEs allaient d’abord rencontrer quelques victoires et parvenir à occuper quelques haciendas avant d’être arrêtéEs par les miliciens de la colonie en large supériorité numérique."

How to Grossly Misrepresent Venezuelan Reality: A Reply to Alejandro Toledo  4/22/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "It is precisely this glaring double standard towards Venezuela that allows Toledo and 25 other ex-presidents- including notorious human rights abusers Alvaro Uribe, Felipe Calderon, Alfredo Cristiani, (while Toledo himself currently faces trial for corruption)- to accuse the Bolivarian government of human rights violations. In this twisted, orwellian world where corrupt oligarchs and profligate desk murderers parade as human rights crusaders, the violently anti-democratic Venezuelan Right is miraculously transformed into the peaceful, law-abiding victim of an authoritarian regime."

Venezuela on April 11: The 2002 Coup to the 2015 Economic War  4/14/2015 teleSUR: "At the time of the 2002 coup, the U.S. government admitted that it had financed and met with the coup leaders and organizations involved. This dynamic has continued since then, and in fact, funding to anti-government groups has increased under the Obama administration. This year, the NED (National Endowment for Democracy) and the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) has an increased budget destined for Venezuelan opposition “youth” and “civil society” groups. This is of course part of the ongoing attempted coup against the Venezuelan government which began in 1999 and which has been advanced through all conceivable means - economic strangulation, street violence, military conspiracies - to name but a few."

[Venezuela] 11 de abril de 2002: Un golpe de estado mediático y en directo  4/11/2015 Kaos en la red: "34 Excepcionales documentos históricos que demuestran cuál es el papel de los medios en el capitalismo, el inmenso poder que acaparan, lo peligrosos que pueden llegar a ser para la democracia, así como explican muchas de las medidas que el gobierno de Chávez tomó posteriormente en materia de medios."

Attempts to Malign Venezuela as “Homophobic State” Have Backfired  4/6/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "As international news outlets takes turns at bashing Venezuela for alleged human rights violations, with even Fox News pretending to care about free healthcare long enough to report on the country’s medicine shortages, it’s unsurprising that LGBTQ issues would eventually be used as further media fodder. And just like Israel continually attempts to pinkwash war crimes with gay-friendly tourism, the United States is trying to wield homophobia as a labeling tool to demonize uncooperative administrations. Just weeks ago, the US State Department sent an “openly gay envoy” on a mission to monitor and “defend” LGBT rights around the world."

Why is the US So Frightened of Venezuela?  4/3/2015 CounterPunch: "How a nation that spends less than 1% of its GDP on military expenditures, has no latest state-of-the-art military weaponry, and an army of merely 120,000 can possibly threaten the security of the mighty United States, is entirely incomprehensible."

Ruta de cimarrones y cimarronas de Venezuela…primer camino libertario. Homenaje al Rey Miguel  3/30/2015 Aporrea: "Siguiendo el camino de nuestro cimarrones y cimarronas -libertadores en construcción de un mundo mejor y mas igualitario:"

Democracy behind bars in Venezuela? Who is Leopoldo Lopez?  3/30/2015 Hands Off Venezuela: "Immediately below the headline “opposition leaders facing jail or death” there is a big picture of Leopoldo López. This gives the impression that he himself is potentially facing a death sentence. The writer probably is unaware that Venezuela was the first country in the world still in existence to abolish the death penalty, back in 1863! In contrast, in Britain it was not fully abolished until 1998 and of course in the US is still widely used. But, as they say, why let the facts get in the way of a striking headline."

¿Agresión a la vista? Eva Golinger revela los planes de EEUU en Venezuela  3/11/2015 Apporea: "Como ya ocurriera con Panamá y Granada, es probable que EE.UU. Acabe atacando militarmente a Venezuela. Ni estos dos países ni Caracas representan amenaza alguna para EE.UU., pero a diferencia de los primeros, el país sudamericano cuenta con recursos estratégicos. La abogada y escritora Eva Golinger ha analizado la tensa situación entre Venezuela y EE.UU."

Venezuelan Assembly Grants Executive Powers while Military Drills in Defensive Exercises  3/11/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "In response to US president Obama’s use of an executive order to sanction Venezuelan authorities, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro requested decree powers to pass an “anti-imperialist law to prepare for all scenarios.” The National Assembly voted by majority their approval this on Wednesday morning."

What Is Happening in Venezuela?  3/2/2015 The Nation: "Sujatha Fernandes, who teaches in the sociology department at CUNY’s Queens College and the Graduate Center and is the author of Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chávez’s Venezuela, points to the barrios, where despite the economic shortages and long lines for basic goods: many of those poor barrio residents who make up the stronghold of the Bolivarian process are aware of the destabilizing role being played by the opposition on many fronts and are not the core of those expressing discontent. And speaking to ordinary Venezuelans, one does not get the sense of major economic calamity, despite hardships. The bonds of solidarity that have developed in recent times have given rise to such innovative responses as a barter economy."

Estados Unidos acelera el golpe en Venezuela  2/26/2015 CubaDebate: "El plan golpista denominado Operación Jericó fue abortado por los órganos de seguridad bolivarianos los días 11 y 12 de febrero pasados. Entre los objetivos contemplados por el plan estaba el ataque o bombardeo al Palacio de Miraflores, el Ministerio de Defensa y Telesur. Dicen que en la guerra la primera víctima es la verdad y ya Estados Unidos ha tenido que sufrir varias veces importantes derrotas mediáticas, como en el golpe contra el presidente Hondureño Manuel Zelaya, gracias a las verdades difundidas por Telesur desde el terreno. Los principales implicados en la conspiración fueron detenidos, entre ellos militares retirados y en activo. Sus declaraciones y la investigación de los hechos condujeron días después al arresto y encausamiento de Manuel Ledezma, alcalde metropolitano de Caracas."

The Danger is Not Over The Foiling of a Coup Plot in Venezuela  2/25/2015 CounterPunch: "U.S. spokesperson Jen Psaki and the Venezuelan far-right are dismissing the plot claim, but video evidence, a map of the bombing targets, and other key evidence have been unveiled on national television, with more details promised. Washington’s role in previous plots has been proven before. According to President Maduro, detained coup leaders have confessed their role. He spoke on national television Sunday morning, to reveal more facts and accuse the United States government of conspiring with coup plotters."

UNASUR Slams U.S. Sanctions against Venezuela  2/11/2015 Radio Havana: "The 12-member Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) Tuesday reiterated "deep disdain" for the United States' sanctions on Venezuelan government officials. UNASUR reaffirmed its initial rejection of a law passed by the U.S. Congress in December 2014 that calls for unilateral sanctions on Venezuelan government officials accused of violating human rights, according to an official statement issued a day after Unasur foreign ministers' meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay."

HOV Campaign expresses outrage at assassination of Robert Serra  10/9/2014 HOV: "We note that Robert Serra had warned about a campaign of assassination of mid-level Bolivarian leaders. We note that these killings take place after revelations about terrorist plans organised by “student leader” Lorent Saleh which allegedly implicate former Colombian president Uribe."

Terrorism and Assassinations in Venezuela  10/8/2014 CounterPunch: "On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, Robert Serra, 27 years old, a lawyer and legislator from the governing party PSUV, the youngest Member of Parliament of Venezuela, and his partner Maria Herrera, were assassinated in their own home in a central area of Caracas. It was an outrageous and deliberate act of terror. Robert Serra and María Herrera were tortured, stabbed and then bled to death. He specialized in criminology, and was engaged in the task of helping to curb crime in the country. María Herrera assisted him in this vital work. Robert Serra came from a poor family; his mother worked as a street hawker to help him go to law school. He was famous for his insightful interventions in parliament and was much beloved, some referred to him as “ a future Chávez”. Their deaths were carried out systematically. Ernesto Samper, ex-president of Colombia and current president of UNASUR, said: “This crime is evidence of the infiltration of Colombian paramilitary in Venezuela.”"

Snapshot from the Economic War in Venezuela  8/28/2014 Sujatha Fernandez: "Between October and December 2013, Moreno, along with the prosecutor Hernan Marín Pérez, sanctioned numerous companies involved in economic sabotage known as “guarimba” who were deliberately causing shortages through hoarding and speculation. Moreno and Marín always clearly followed legal guidelines in their prosecutions. But on July 18, they were arrested on trumped up charges of extortion and conspiracy, punishable under Articles 60 and 70 of the Anti-Corruption Act and Article 37 of the Law Against Organized Crime and Terrorism Financing. The charges are clearly retribution for their role played in attacking the destructive practices of regional businesses."

Official: Venezuela Tried to Pressure Aruba  7/29/2014 ABC: "Blanken said U.S. media reports that Venezuela raised military pressure to try to secure Carvajal's release were "misleading." Local authorities, he said, were alarmed early Sunday when several Venezuelan naval ships were tracked close to the territorial waters of Aruba. However, the Royal Dutch Marines found that the ships were on a normal route."

US funds political groups in Venezuela despite ban  7/28/2014 AP: "Almost four years after Venezuela enacted a law to bar the U.S. from funding groups frequently critical of the socialist government, millions of the American dollars the administration tried to ban still flow to these organizations, an analysis by The Associated Press shows. Much more U.S. support is under consideration. The State Department and the National Endowment for Democracy, a government-funded nonprofit organization, together budgeted about $7.6 million to support Venezuelan groups last year alone, according to public documents reviewed by AP."

Aruba Says Venezuela Raised Military Pressure on It  7/28/2014 WSJ: "Aruba's chief prosecutor Peter Blanken said that Venezuelan navy ships neared Aruba and Curaçao over the weekend as Dutch officials were debating what to do with Hugo Carvajal —Venezuela's former chief of military intelligence who was jailed in Aruba last week on a U.S. warrant… Mr. Blanken said Venezuela's government also had threatened to sever Venezuela's vital commercial air links to Aruba and Curaçao. Venezuela's state oil company also threatened to withdraw from a contract to manage Curaçao's refinery, Mr. Blanken said, which would have put at risk some 8,000 jobs."

Llega a Venezuela diplomático Hugo Carvajal, luego de detención ilegal en Aruba  7/27/2014 Aporrea: "Carvajal fue liberado luego de que el Reino de los Países Bajos admitiera mediante un comunicado dirigido al Gobierno Bolivariano que el artículo 13° de la Convención de Viena le otorga inmunidad diplomática, por lo qué la detención del funcionario se produjo al margen de los tratados internacionales."

Aruba to hold Venezuelan official seeking immunity  7/25/2014 AP: "A judge in Aruba ruled Friday that the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever arrested on a U.S. warrant must remain behind bars pending an extradition request on drug-trafficking charges, prompting Venezuela to cancel flights to the Dutch Caribbean island in retaliation."

Vea las irresponsables declaraciones del Fiscal Mayor de Aruba que dio a CNN en Español  7/25/2014 Aporrea: "La enviada especial de teleSUR a Aruba, Madelein García, explicó que los abogados defensores alegan que la decisión es ilegal porque vulnera lo establecido en el artículo 13 del convenio, que establece (...) se considera diplomático oficial una vez presentadas las credenciales y aceptadas en el gobierno a quien remite". García añadió que el artículo 39 también es violado, pues indica que "(el cónsul) tiene privilegios toda vez que entre en el Estado receptor, en funciones"."

Fiscal de Aruba: Detención de Hugo Carvajal fue correcta y legal  7/25/2014 CNN: "El fiscal señaló que la Cancillería holandesa confirmó que Carvajal no tiene inmunidad diplomática. Pero en entrevista con Guillermo Arduino, Benvinda de Souza, abogada defensora, dijo que bajo los parámetros del Tratado de Viena, Carvajal sí tiene inmundidad."

Maduro Backs Venezuelan Detained in Aruba  7/25/2014 Telersur: "Carvajal was appointed Venezuela's consul general in Aruba in January, though island authorities opposed the move. He was traveling on a diplomatic passport, according to Maduro."

Feds charge former high-ranking Chavez aides with protecting drug traffickers  7/24/2014 Miami Herald: "A former Venezuelan judge and his family flew into Miami International Airport with plans for a prepaid, two-week vacation at Disney World. Benny Palmeri-Bacchi never made it to the Orlando theme park. He was among three Venezuelans charged in federal drug-trafficking cases that for the first time link former high-ranking officials in the late President Hugo Chávez’s administration to Colombian cartel bosses, prosecutors said Thursday."

Venezuela protests arrest of ex-intelligence head wanted in U.S.  7/24/2014 Reuters: "Venezuela's former military intelligence chief, accused of involvement in drug trafficking by the United States, was arrested on a Caribbean island while on diplomatic business, the South American country said on Thursday."

Venezuela Receives US$18 Billion of Chinese Financing, Signs 38 Accords  7/22/2014 Venezuela Analysis 

Aftermath of a Venezuela-Style Lynching  7/3/2014 Venezuela Analysis: "Almost three months have passed since an enraged right-wing mob brutally beat law student William Muñoz (30), then doused him with gasoline. It was a scene horrifically reminiscent of lynchings that have murdered thousands of Black people in the U.S. But on April 3, 2014, on the campus of the prestigious 300-year old Central University of Venezuela (UCV), a good Samaritan or an ambulance driver rescued Muñoz before the mob could incinerate him. That is where the record of this Venezuelan saga begins to depart from the shameful history of genocidal murders in the U.S."

11th Annual World Poetry Festival in Venezuela Pays Homage to Amiri Baraka  6/16/2014 Venezuela Analysis: "Two of Venezuela’s well-known Afrodescendant actors: Rafael Jimenez and Antonieta Colon, represented Amiri and Amina Baraka, while reading from a Spanish translation of the famous couple’s poetry. Cacri Jazz trio, lead by saxophonist Pablo Garcia, supplied the music as visual artist, Javier Gutierrez painted three separate pieces inspired by the poetry and music. One, in stark back and white, outlined silhouettes of several lynched people with the phrase “Strange Fruit” scrawled down the side. The highlight of the performance was “Somebody Blew Up America”, Amiri’s militant poem written shortly after 9-11-2001, when the Twin Towers in New York City were destroyed by two hijacked planes. At the time, Amiri had been poet laureate of the state of New Jersey. After writing the poem, which traced the history of U.S. terrorism against oppressed people both inside and outside the U.S, New Jersey state legislature eliminated the position of poet laureate rather than allow him to continue in that honored post."

Afro-Youth, Afro-Venezuelanness and Afro-Autonomy  6/3/2014 Venezuela Analysis: "Jesus Chucho Garcia, Venezuelan author, commentator, professor, co-founder of the AfroVenezuelan Network and former Ambassador to Angola, frequently contributes to Aporrea and other publications. As May, the month of Afrovenezuelaness, closes, these excerpts from Garcia’s recent commentaries provide perspective on the political direction of the Afrovenezuelan movement for May and beyond."

Venezuela’s Afro Descendent Front Proposes Program of Action to Confront Racism and Fascism  5/12/2014 Venezuela Analysis: "On Saturday, May 10, ignoring the rain, more than 1000 African Descendant Venezuelans flooded the streets in a march from the Venezuelan Central Bank to Miraflores Presidential Palace in downtown Caracas. Members of drumming groups from each of the nation’s states, some in traditional costumes and some wearing t-shirts claiming membership in the Frente Afrodescendientes (Afro descendent Front) had gathered to mark the official Day of Afrovenezolanidad (Afro-Venezuelaness)."

Why Are There No Barricades in Afro-Descendant Communities?  4/23/2014 Venezuela Analysis: By Jesús Chucho García

Armed pro-govt militias roil Venezuela protests  3/30/2014 AP: "The barricades' defenders had been hurling rocks, sticks and other objects at the attackers, who included perhaps a dozen armed men, witnesses told The Associated Press."

The “Cubanization” of U.S. Policy Towards Venezuela  3/28/2014 Venezuela Analysis: "Venezuelan opposition politicians and their allies in the U.S.frequently decry Cuba’s alleged influence on the Venezuelan government. Ironically however, there seems to be an important and growing nexus between the Venezuelan opposition and the anti-Cuba lobby in the U.S. Cuban-American lawmakers recently introduced sanctions legislation targeting Venezuelan officials that appears to be designed to push U.S. policy toward Venezuela in the same direction as policy toward Cuba."

Venezuela Slams US for Threatening Sanctions  3/28/2014 Venezuela Analysis: "Yesterday, US Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson warned that sanctions against Venezuela could become an “important tool” to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to negotiate with opposition parties. However, Maduro has repeatedly called on opposition parties to join peace talks since last month."

Racism Sin Vergüenza in the Venezuelan Counter-Revolution  3/27/2014 Venezuela Analysis: "The title is “Miko Mandante”, meaning “Ape Commander” to mock the affectionate title “Mi Comandante” used by masses of Venezuelan people.[3] During her rant, Olga never mentioned the race of Venezuela’s poor, or the extreme poor, who in 2003 were 30% of the population and by 2011 were only 6.8%.[4] Chavismo’s accomplishments, especially in reducing poverty, are significant because of the near total correlation between class and race in Venezuela."

Head of Venezuela's congress says opposition lawmaker Machado has lost her seat  3/24/2014 AP: "Diosdado Cabello said Monday that Machado violated the constitution by addressing the Organization of American States last week at the invitation of Panama, which ceded its seat at the Washington-based group so she could provide regional diplomats with a firsthand account of the unrest."

Soldier, pregnant woman killed in Venezuela unrest  3/24/2014 Reuters: "The numbers of protesters are far fewer than those who turned out against Chavez in 2002, and there have been no signs that the current unrest threatens to topple Maduro."

Class War From Above - Kerry’s Lonely Crusade Against Venezuela  3/21/2014 CounterPunch: "But even I was not prepared for what I saw in Caracas: how little of daily life appeared to be affected by the protests, the normality that prevailed in the vast majority of the city. I, too, had been taken in by media imagery. Major media outlets have reported that Venezuela’s poor have not joined the right-wing opposition protests, but that is an understatement. It’s not just the poor who are abstaining – in Caracas it is almost everyone outside of a few rich areas like Altamira where small groups of protesters engage in nightly battles with security forces, throwing rocks and firebombs and running from tear gas."

Behind the Lies About Venezuela’s Protests  3/14/2014 CounterPunch: "From the first days of the protests in early February many of the demonstrators at the improvised street blockades in Merida and Tachira were armed with handguns. The first weekend of protests in Merida saw balaclava-clad protesters boarding buses and wielding guns as they forced passengers to disembark. Protesters were also observed throwing shrapnel at passing motorists. That same weekend, three protesters held a journalist at gunpoint and threatened to kill her. Meanwhile, protesters in Tachira beat another journalist with a lead pipe. Throughout the past month, protesters have also used petrol bombs against government targets. The principal targets have been government-run health clinics and food markets, resulting in more than $1.5 million in damage to these symbols of the revolution in the first two weeks of protests."

Patricia Janiot denuncia que fue víctima de "hostigamiento militar" en Maiquetía  2/21/2014 CNN: "La periodista de CNN dijo que no sabía cómo interpretar el hecho de no poder trabajar como periodista en Venezuela. Aseguró que CNN siempre ha informado de forma "justa, balanceada y equilibrada" sobre la situación del país y pidió tener más acceso a las fuentes oficiales."

Obama’s Arrogant Interference in Venezuela and Resistance by a Participatory Democracy./ By Arnold August  2/21/2014 Radio Havana 

¿Afrodescendientes en la CELAC?  1/26/2014 Aporrea: Por: Jesús Chucho García - "La creación de un comité afrodescendientes en el marco de la CELAC es una necesidad imperiosa para darle seguimiento a las declaraciones y plan de trabajo surgida de las distintos encuentros por área estratégica, eso no lo van resolver por si solo los gobiernos y la tecnoburoracia estatal. Es necesario implementar como quedo plasmado en el Plan de Accion de Caracas del año 2012 que expresa en su apartado II Impulsar la participación activa de la sociedad civil especialmente las organizaciones y movimientos sociales como partes fundamentales en el proceso de inclusión social regional. La Articulación regional afrodescendientes (ARAC) en sus distintas reuniones realizadas en Caracas, Ecuador y Cuba han hecho reiterados llamados a loS goniernos para incorporarse activamente a la Celac a través de un comité para contribuir a erradicar la aberraciones anteriomente mencionadas."

On the Warpath in Venezuela: Against the Bolivarian Revolution  11/21/2013 Trinicenter: "The Plan's 15 "action points" cover sabotage, "massive mobilizations," food shortages, "insurrection inside the army," and control of publicity. The authors anticipate "crisis in the streets that facilitate the intervention of North America and the forces of NATO, with support of the government of Colombia." The resulting "violence should cause deaths and injuries." According to Golinger, the plan emerged from a meeting on June 13, 2013 attended by Mark Feierstein, regional head of the US Agency for International Development and by representatives of three other organizations: Florida – based FTI Consulting; Colombia's "Center for Thought Foundation," linked to former president Alvaro Uribe; and the U.S. Democratic Internationalism Foundation, promoted by Uribe."

Venezuela says U.S. bans Maduro from flying over Puerto Rico  9/19/2013 Reuters: "Denying a head of state permission to fly through airspace that they colonized, like in Puerto Rico, is a grave mistake." His trip to China would go ahead regardless, Maduro said, to applause from the crowd. "They can't stop us!"

Sin etnocomprensión la integración es hipocresía  7/22/2013 JOVENES AFROVENEZOLANOS: por Chucho Garcia

With “Zero Tolerance to Gringo Aggression,” Maduro Cuts Off Venezuela-U.S. Talks  7/21/2013 Venezuelanalysis: "“I told Jaua to convey to Kerry [in June] that we are ready to have relations within the framework of equality and respect,” Maduro said yesterday. “If they respect us, we respect them. But the time has run out for them to meddle in the internal affairs of our countries and publically attack us. Their time has run out, in general in Latin America, and in particular with us.”"

Venezuela 'ends' bid to restore full US ties  7/20/2013 BBC: "Samantha Power said this week she would seek to combat what she called the "crackdown on civil society" in countries including Venezuela. She was speaking at a US Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday. The remarks prompted an angry response from Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro. "The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela hereby ends the process... of finally normalising our diplomatic relations," said Venezuela's foreign ministry in a statement."

Report: Kerry Threatens to Stop Venezuela Gas Trade Over Snowden  7/19/2013 AntiWar: "Kerry also is said to have told Jaua that the US was considering suspending the sale of gasoline and oil byproducts to Venezuela. Though the Venezuelan government is a huge exporter of crude oil to the United States, it is increasingly reliant on the US for refining capabilities."

Venezuela: "China's gateway into Mercosur"  7/18/2013 Venezuelanalysis: "Along with advocating closer strategic ties, during the Chavez era Venezuela undertook loans worth billions of dollars, much of which is being repaid in oil exports. Since 2008, Venezuela has borrowed over US$40 billion from China, including a recent US$4.02 billion loan from the CDB to Venezuela's state oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA)."

Venezuela offers assistance to Caribbean countries  7/6/2013 Jamaica Gleaner: "Venezuela has pledged to offer assistance to Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries in a number of areas including transportation, Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar said here Saturday. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro held talks with CARICOM leaders during a near hour long visit to Trinidad where the regional leaders were wrapping up their 34th annual summit."

Venezuela's Maduro offers asylum to Snowden  7/5/2013 Reuters 

Banco de Desarrollo de la Mujer de Venezuela  6/11/2013 America Latina Genera: "Facilitar a las mujeres venezolanas pobres, el acceso a micro-créditos, mejorando sus condiciones de vida. 106.616 micro-créditos, por un monto de 385.668.715,68 millones de bolívares, otorgados a mujeres en condiciones de pobreza. ? Fortalecer y estimular a mujeres productoras y creadoras, en condiciones de pobreza. Impulsar su trabajo en actividades tradicionales y no tradicionales, a través de la capacitación para la formación de cooperativas, crecimiento personal y entrenamiento en la administración de micro-organizaciones de carácter económico solidario. 157.732 mujeres fortalecidas y formadas ? Incorporación de miles de mujeres venezolanas a actividades productivas remuneradas en el sector agrícola, manufacturero, comercial y de servicios. Desagregado por sectores de la economía: 57% Manufactura; 20% Servicio; 12% Agrícola; 11% Comercio. ? Propiciar la organización socio-productiva de las mujeres en sus comunidades, que contribuya al desarrollo económico- social de la nación. 2761 Cooperativas y 307 familias caficultoras beneficiadas ? Reforzar el empoderamiento de las mujeres, incorporando a afrodescendientes e indígenas, así como su multiculturalidad y su condición de clase. Indígena 3,2% + Afro-descendiente 16,5 + Otro Grupo Poblacional: 80,3% = 100%"

U.S., Venezuela to Pursue “More Positive” Relations  6/8/2013 Latin American Herald Tribune: "“We agreed today, both of us, that we would like to see our countries find a new way forward,” Kerry told reporters in Guatemala’s old colonial capital. “To that end, we agreed today there will be an ongoing, continuing dialogue between the State Department and the Foreign Ministry, and we will try to set out an agenda by which we agree on things we can work together,” the secretary said."

Venezuelan Opposition Give the Game Away on Electoral Fraud Claim  6/4/2013 Venezuela Analysis: "If that statement comes as a surprise, the comments made by Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, executive secretary of the opposition’s MUD coalition, went even further. Of the municipal elections, Aveledo said “we’re going to participate with everything we’ve got” adding that “participating is the best way to show the bias of this power [the CNE]”. He then went on to affirm that “there, where the citizen votes, that vote cannot be substituted, no one changes that vote”."

Venezuelans rally on Calle Ocho to allege fraud in presidential elections  6/2/2013 Miami Hereald 

Miradas del movimiento afrolatinoamericano  6/1/2013 Agencia Latinoamericana de Informacion: 9 articulos, 36 paginas, PDF. Publicado en Ecuador.

Venezuela's Election System Holds Up As A Model For The World  5/14/2013 Forbes: "Venezuela employs one of the most technologically advanced verifiable voting systems in the world, designed to protect voters from fraud and tampering and ensure the accuracy of the vote count. Accuracy and integrity are guaranteed from the minute voters walk into the polls to the point where a final tally is revealed. The system Venezuela uses has some of the most advanced and voter-friendly security features in modern elections. Voters use a touch-sensitive electronic pad to make and confirm their choices. After confirmation, the electronic vote is encrypted and randomly stored in the machine’s memories. Voters audit their own vote by reviewing a printed receipt that they then place into a physical ballot box."

Afroautonomía y acción revolucionaria  5/14/2013 JOVENES AFROVENEZOLANOS 

In the Wake of Hugo Chávez’s Death: Prospects for Stability and Instability  5/9/2013 Venezuela Analysis: "The organizational liability stems in part from Chávez’s failure to encourage the emergence of any kind of collective leadership or even a second-in-command until his first bout with cancer in 2011. No one in the leadership of the Chavista movement, or in the opposition for that matter, has political capital at all comparable to that possessed by Chávez. That capital stemmed from his display of courage, such as in 1992 when he spearheaded a military coup of middle-level officers against all odds. It was also the product of a general perception that Chávez acted out of personal conviction, as, for instance, in 2001 when he criticized U.S. bombing of Afghanistan on humanitarian grounds, resulting in immediate economic retaliation and threats from the Bush administration. "

DIA DE LA AFROVENEZOLANIDAD  5/6/2013 ARTICULACION REGIONAL AFRODESCENDIENTE: "Movimiento Social Afrodescendiente, conformado por la Red de Organizaciones Afrovenezolanas, Red Afrodescendientes de Venezuela, Cumbe Julián Ibarra, Fundación Orisha Osun, Quilombo y Frente de Mujeres de los Valles del TUY, la comunidad Haitiana (periódico Makandal) y otros colectivos afrodescendientes invitaron a todo el pueblo venezolano a conmemorar el día de la Afrovenezolanidad que se realizara este viernes diez de mayo, a partir de las 8am en la Plaza Bolívar de Caracas y de ahí rumbo al Cuartel de la Montaña, donde reposan los restos mortales del Comandante Hugo Chávez, primer Presidente que en la historia de Venezuela se reconoce como Afrodescendiente."

The Winner of Venezuela’s Election to Succeed Hugo Chávez Is Hugo Chávez  4/16/2013 The Nation: "During this election, Capriles went even further. He named his campaign team after Simón Bolívar and said he would not only defend the misiones but create new ones. He promised to dramatically increase salaries and pensions and began to work phrases associated with Chávez into his speeches, even copying symbols of the Bolivarian Revolution into his campaign paraphernalia. In other words, the close results of the election can’t be interpreted as a rejection of Chavismo, since Capriles ran promising to consolidate the gains of Chavismo, saying that he, and not Maduro, was be a better executor of Chávez’s legacy. Had he won, Capriles undoubtedly would have quickly reverted to his earlier coup-supporting incarnation and began the dismantling—or at least try to. But the genie let loose by the Bolivarian Revolution won’t be easily put back in the bottle."

Would You Believe That the United States Tried to do Something That was Not Nice Against Hugo Chávez?  4/10/2013 CounterPunch: "OTI supports the Freedom House (FH) “Right to Defend Human Rights” program with $1.1 million. Simultaneously through Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI), OTI has also provided 22 grants to human rights organizations."

WikiLeaks descubre las cinco tácticas antichavistas de la USAID  4/4/2013 CubaDebate: "En un mensaje enviado a Washington en noviembre de 2006, el entonces embajador estadounidense en Venezuela, William Brownfield, cuenta los resultados de su trabajo desde 2004 que tenía cinco objetivos: “1) Fortalecer las instituciones democráticas; 2) Penetrar en la base política de [Hugo] Chávez; 3) Dividir el chavismo; 4) Proteger los negocios vitales de EE.UU.; y 5) Aislar a Chávez internacionalmente”."

Retienen a viuda de Ojeda Ríos al volver de Venezuela  3/30/2013 CubaDebate: "Elma Beatriz Rosado, viuda del comandante del clandestino Ejército Popular Boricua (EPB-Macheteros) Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, confirmó que estuvo retenida por dos horas por la autoridades federales al volver de Venezuela. Rosado, que regresó la víspera de Caracas, donde participó en el Encuentro Internacional de la Red de Redes en Defensa de la Humanidad, explicó a Prensa Latina que un agente del Departamento de Seguridad Interna de Estados Unidos la escoltó a buscar su equipaje. Durante dos horas estuvieron con los documentos que trajo y su teléfono móvil en otra área fuera de su alcance, expresó Rosado, quien aclaró que en ningún momento fue maltratada pero que tampoco le dieron explicaciones."

Saving Hugo Chavez  3/27/2013 Babalú: by Herr Otto Reich - "Despite the hostility that characterized the U.S. relationship with Chávez, it is not only false to accuse the United States of killing Chávez, but the truth is that we likely prevented his assassination on more than one occasion. Since, as assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs in the George W. Bush administration, I played a part in at least one of those instances, I feel compelled to defend our country once again from the calumnies of our foes and their acolytes by relating just one such incident. While everything herein is the best of my recollection, contemporary State Department records will substantiate the facts."

CIA's fingerprints appear in Venezuelan election strife  3/24/2013 Wayne Madsen Report: "Student leaders led by Roderick Navarro have called for the resignation of Defense Minister Diego Molero before the election and banning Chavista civilian militia members from acting as poll watchers. The anti-government activists are attempting to portray the upcoming election as unfair, even though last October's election in which Chavez handily trounced Capriles was deemed free and fair by international election monitors, including the Carter Center led by former President Jimmy Carter."

Chavez: Lest We Forget  3/12/2013 CounterPunch: "Rogelio Pardo-Maurer, deputy assistant secretary of defense for western hemisphere affairs, also a Cuban exile and former chief of staff for the Contras, was the Pentagon side of the team. While Reich met with civilian opponents of Chavez and conservative businessman Pedro Carmona, Pardo-Maurer huddled with military leaders, including Gen. Lucas Romero Rincon. Carmona and Rincon would play a key role in the April 11, 2002 coup against Chavez. The National Endowment for Democracy and United States Agency for International Development were also supporting Chavez’s opponents with money and advice, and both organizations have long histories of subversion and covert operations."

Cutting through the propaganda on Chavez funeral  3/10/2013 Milfuegos: from Wayne Madsen Report - "The AP, CNN, and others cherry-picked the attendees at the funeral, pointing to the attendance of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko without reporting that every major Western Hemisphere nation was represented by their head of state or government except for the United States and Canada. Of course, such a headline would point to the wide chasm between the "gringo" North America, including the United States, Canada, and the mafia-infested Bahamas, and the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean."

Los asesinos de Chávez tienen nombres y apellidos  3/9/2013 Aporrea: "La orden de “matar” a Chávez fue dada públicamente el 17 de noviembre del 2010 por el congresista norteamericano Connie Mack que se hacía entonces el portavoz de la ultraderecha más recia de la Florida - liderada por la representante ultraderechista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, asociada a la mafia cubanoamericana de Miami responsable de innumerables intentos de asesinato contra el líder cubano Fidel Castro. Esta exhortación a asesinar al líder bolivariano y presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez fue proferida ante cientos de testigos por Mack en el Capitolio de Washington ante participantes a una cumbre fascista, organizada específicamente con el propósito de derrocar a Chávez."

Your Anti-Chávez Corporate Media Decoder Ring  3/9/2013 Trinicenter: "Outspoken — Hugo Chávez was an uppity brown man who talked back to the United States."

50 Truths about Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution  3/9/2013 Venezuela Analysis: "President Hugo Chavez, who died on March 5, 2013 of cancer at age 58, marked forever the history of Venezuela and Latin America."

Why Hugo Chavez was demonised by Western media  3/8/2013 1804 Carib Voices: "The BBC just said that Venezuela is a dictatorship, and the election will be close between left and right. They missed the irony. The incongruity and imbalance of the Chavez demonisation is ridiculous. Sky News did a five minute piece in which the evidence of him being evil and demented was that he called George Bush a devil and declared the age of imperialism over; he did however reduce poverty and improve housing, they added. I am not sure they left their audience with the same certainty as their presenters that he was a bad thing."

Venezuela and the C'bean after Chavez  3/8/2013 Jamaica Observer: "If Vice-President Nicolás Maduro wins the election, which the Constitution mandates must be held in 30 days, it is doubtful that he will be able to preserve Chavez's legacy of socialism in domestic policy. There is likely to be some moderation in foreign policy and a reduction in resources for friendly governments. We could also see the phasing out of PetroCaribe or the introduction of less generous terms which, no doubt, would have devastating repercussions for the Caribbean already struggling to survive the global economic crisis."

Who Killed Hugo Chavez?  3/8/2013 Mad Cow Morning News: "So, did the CIA ‘give’ Hugo Chavez cancer? No one knows. On the other hand, something is known on a more interesting question: “Could the CIA have given Chavez cancer? There is good evidence, from at least three separate sources, which indicates the Agency has been taking the question of whether they could develop ways to induce cancer very seriously… for the past 50 years."

Venezuela and Jamaica: The Ties that Bind  3/8/2013 Repeating Islands: "Gary Spaulding (The Gleaner) writes that, as the House of Representatives prepared to engage in a lengthy debate on the National Housing Trust (NHT), news arrived that a great friend of Jamaica, who generously used his country’s resources to lift Jamaica’s infrastructural stature in this hemisphere, had taken his last breath. He underlines the consistent help that Hugo Chávez extended to Jamaica and the ties between the two countries through the decades, starting with Simón Bolívar’s dream of Latin American unity and sovereignty, as he articulated in his “Letter from Jamaica.”"

The BBC's 'Bogeyman' Narrative on Hugo Chavez  3/8/2013 Venezuela Analysis: "Kelly writes that Chavez was by turns ‘portrayed as a six-times elected champion of the people or a constitution-fiddling demagogue’, implying that the polarisation of commentary concerning Chavez’s presidency makes it difficult to perceive where the truth lies. Perhaps if Kelly had indulged in the journalistic habit of presenting the bare facts, it might help to dispel such confusion. It is factually accurate to acknowledge that Hugo Chavez was democratically elected six times, also that his base of support was amongst the poor, the vast majority of Venezuelans. The ambiguous claim of ‘constitution-fiddling’ is in line with the speculative approach the BBC has consistently leaned towards in reporting on Venezuelan politics, relying on the hyperbole of the opposition, yet lacking in facts (in a similar vein, the link to the BBC video on Hugo Chavez's life on the BBC website has been updated and is now titled 'Life of people's hero and villain')."

U.S. and Canada Isolated as Latin American Leaders Acknowledge Chávez’s Regional Leadership  3/8/2013 Venezuela Analysis: "In stark contrast with these predictable characterizations and demonization of Chávez in the major media is the response that Chávez’s death has elicited from his peers, fellow presidents from throughout the Americas. Tributes, messages of solidarity and heartfelt condolences came in from Central and South America, reaffirming support for the ideals of regional unity and independence promoted by Hugo Chávez during his 14 years as president of Venezuela. Very few media outlets noted the outpouring of sympathy from Latin American leaders."

EDITORIAL - Life after Chávez  3/7/2013 Jamaica Gleaner: "It is likely that Maduro will win the presidency in an election that must be held in a matter of months. Maduro is no Hugo Chávez. The issue, therefore, is can he hold Chavismo together in the face of a declining economy, spiralling inflation, high crime and an opposition that, in the absence Chávez, is likely to be grow in confidence and, perhaps, support. There is the question, too, of how Chávez's policies in the region, especially his PetroCaribe oil initiative, will fare. This is a matter of importance to Jamaica."

Chávez's Legacy: Building, with People, an Alternative Society to Capitalism  3/7/2013 Venezuela Analysis: "To name that alternative, he also chose to reclaim the word socialism, despite the negative baggage that the word had acquired. At the same time, however, clarifying that his was 21st century socialism in order to distinguish it from Soviet socialism implemented during the 20th century, warning that we must not "fall into the errors of the past," into the "Stalinist deviation" that bureaucratised the party and ended up eliminating common people's protagonism, into state capitalism that put emphasis on state property rather than workers' own management of enterprises. Chávez conceived of socialism as a new collective life in which equality, freedom, and real and deep democracy reign, and in which the people play the role of protagonist; an economic system centred on human beings, not on profits; a pluralistic, anti-consumerist culture in which the act of living takes precedence over the act of owning."

Venezuela With and Beyond Chavez  3/7/2013 Znet: "This article addresses the different approach to social transformation in Venezuela, the idea of revolution as a process and the primacy of the constituent power, which has been developed from below in the form of popular power throughout the country. Chávez was an allay in the construction of people’s power and creative building of a new world. This is the reason that while I am so sad with the passing of Chavez, I am also totally confident about the future of Venezuela. As with the people of Venezuela, I know where the power is. In the neighbourhoods, in the towns, villages and cities, organized together."

CIA and FBI Had Planned to Assassinate Hugo Chávez  3/6/2013 Global Research: "Now we have a bit more evidence the CIA and the FBI connived with reactionary elements to not only briefly overthrow Chávez, abolish the constitution and the National Assembly, but later assassinate the Venezuelan State Prosecutor, Danilo Anderson. He was killed by a car bomb in Caracas on November 18, 2004, while investigating those who were behind the coup. Giovani Jose Vasquez De Armas, a member of Colombia’s right wing paramilitary group called the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, claims he was in charge of logistics for the plot to kill Danilo Anderson. Vasquez De Armas told the Attorney General’s office that those planning the killing, “all discussed the plan with the help of the FBI and CIA.”"

Russian Leader Demands Investigation of Chavez’ Death  3/6/2013 InfoWars: "Russian Communist Party head Gennady Zyuganov today demanded an international investigation into the death of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, claiming it was “far from a coincidence” that six leaders of Latin-American countries who had criticized the U.S. simultaneously fell ill with cancer."

Los cojones de Chávez  3/6/2013 Negra Cubana: "Ahí estaba Chávez, cojones en mano (no encuentro otro modo de decirlo), explicándonos sobre su estado de salud. Pero lo que ahorita mismo me hace erizar, es la transparencia y valentía con que este hombre declaró, sin hacerlo, que se iba a morir. Aún en vida, entregó el mando del país a Nicolás Maduro. Por eso, no tengo duda, Chávez sabía que iba a morir. Ibbaé Comandante!"

Latin America After Chávez  3/6/2013 NYT: by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva - "However, no remotely honest person, not even his fiercest opponent, can deny the level of camaraderie, of trust and even of love that Mr. Chávez felt for the poor of Venezuela and for the cause of Latin American integration. Of the many power brokers and political leaders I have met in my life, few have believed so much in the unity of our continent and its diverse peoples — indigenous Indians, descendants of Europeans and Africans, recent immigrants — as he did."

Why the Black and Poor Loved Hugo Chávez  3/6/2013 The Root: By: Tonyaa Weathersbee - "The news, at least back in the U.S., was that Chávez had shut down RCTV, and the speculation was that in doing so, he was moving the country toward totalitarianism. But the throngs of black and brown Venezuelans who gathered to support him apparently didn't believe that. Nor did they care about the fate of a station that rarely saw them in a positive light or, for that matter, at all. What they cared about was the fate of a leader who not only acknowledged his own black features and heritage but also saw theirs."

'Chavez was killed by historical enemies of our homeland': Extraordinary claim by Venezuela's vice-president as he kicks out two U.S. diplomats  3/5/2013 AP: "Maduro said 'we have no doubt' that Chavez's cancer, which was first diagnosed in June 2011, was induced by foul play by 'the historical enemies of our homeland,' a phrase Venezuelan officials typically use when referring to the U.S. He compared the situation to the death of the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, claiming Arafat was 'inoculated with an illness.' "

Why Chavez More Likely Murdered Than Not  3/5/2013 Fintan Dunne: "Hugo Chavez was suffering from a type of pelvic cancer - likely a "sarcoma" of joints or cartilage. Following his first treatment in mid-2011 and a relapse 18 months later, Dr Kent Sepkowitz speculated --just two months ago-- that: "[Chavez] likely has a year or two or three left—years of more surgeries, more chemo, more radiation if he can tolerate it, and progressive and painful debility." [] That was a well-founded medical judgement - based on the mortality data of a typical 5-year disease prognosis. Which makes the death of Chavez - so soon after his first relapse all the more surprising."

Hugo Chávez dies after battle with cancer  3/5/2013 Trinicenter 

Un decenio afrodescendiente  1/28/2013 Aporrea: por Jesús Chucho García

Grassroots Activists Speak on Chavez’s Absence: “We’ll Fight Even Harder”  1/24/2013 Venezuela Analysis 

El yo militante afro, en Venezuela  1/6/2013 Aporrea 

Corresponsales de Telesur contaron experiencias vividas en África  11/16/2012 Centro de Saberes Africanos: "En primer lugar, precisaron que la intención del trabajo que realizan en Telesur es narrar historias que no suelen salir en los medios de comunicación convencionales, “historias contadas desde la gente, desde una mirada diferente”, dijo Aissa García."

The Yukpas Leave Caracas  11/13/2012 Havana Times: "The Federal District received them with little attention, inhospitably, because the people there couldn’t understand “all this fuss over these Indians?” Only a group of Watia (criollos) supported and accompanied them in their journey to attempt to be received by the vice president or the president."

En Venezuela avanza una experiencia inédita sobre la africanidad mundial  11/7/2012 Centro de Saberes Africanos: "En septiembre de 2006, un estudio de la Comisión de Unión Africana exponía que para el año 2020, África sería para bien o para mal el centro de la Economía Política Mundial. Pocos en el Sur se tomaron en serio tal premisa. No obstante el desarrollo de los acontecimientos daría la razón a la Unión Africana."

Presidente Chávez felicita a graduandos del Diplomado de Saberes Africanos  11/2/2012 Centro de Saberes Africanos: "El Diplomado en Saberes Africanos, es una iniciativa auspiciada por el Fondo Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (FONACIT) y el apoyo académico del Instituto de Altos Estudios Diplomáticos “Pedro Gual” (IAEDPG), el cual ha formado a 26 profesionales de áreas del conocimiento académico multidisciplinario, en su primera cohorte, para el estudio, aprendizaje, comprensión y compromiso con el continente africano, su diáspora y las múltiples dimensiones de su relación histórica con el Abya Yala y Venezuela."

Embajador Balza: La educación juega un papel muy importante en el relacionamiento con África  10/27/2012 Centro de Saberes Africanos: "Durante su ponencia, el Embajador Balza destacó que la educación juega un papel muy importante en cuanto al relacionamiento con África, “es necesario incorporar en los programas de estudio información relacionada con esta región para que desde muy niños podamos comprender el origen de nuestro vínculo con el continente madre”. Asimismo, dijo que estos insumos educativos permitirían poner en evidencia los conocimientos que hay en África y que han sido invisibilizados durante mucho tiempo, “esto ayudaría además a comprender por qué decimos que África es el continente madre”."

Héctor Gutiérrez: El racismo surgió como una ideología para reforzar el colonialismo  10/25/2012 Centro de Saberes Africanos: "En este orden de ideas, aseveró que el colonialismo se presenta como un proceso que viene a traer orden, progreso y mejor calidad de vida “cuando en realidad los colonizadores se dedican a suprimir costumbres, religiones, culturas, entre otras actividades autóctonas, a los habitantes de los territorios que logran someter”. Citando a Boaventura de Sousa Santos, autor del libro Una epistemología del Sur, Héctor Gutiérrez señaló que el capitalismo y el colonialismo están aún vinculados profundamente aunque las formas de articulación hayan variado a lo largo del tiempo. A modo de reflexión manifestó que “si queremos descolonizarnos hay que reconocer las ancestralidad y la diversidad en la humanidad”."

Centro de Saberes Africanos realiza ciclo de conferencias sobre relaciones Venezuela-África  10/20/2012 Centro de Saberes Africanos: "La actividad realizada en el marco del ciclo de conferencias Las Relaciones de Venezuela – África en el contexto de la conformación de un mundo multicéntrico y pluripolar. Reflexiones en torno al Programa de la Patria, tuvo como ponentes a los analistas internacionales Laila Tajeldine y Basem Tajeldine. Durante la conferencia los ponentes hablaron del origen del Islam, de sus diferentes corrientes y de la expansión y crecimiento de esta religión en África, Asia y América del Sur, así como al Corán y de Mahoma, entre otros aspectos."

Chavez election not surprising  10/10/2012 Progreso Weekly: "Hugo Chávez was re-elected president of Venezuela on Sunday, by a margin of 11 percentage points. For most people who have heard or read about Chávez in the international media, this might be puzzling. Almost all of the news we hear about Venezuela is bad: Chávez is cantankerous and picks fights with the United States and sides with “enemies” such as Iran; he is a “dictator” or “strongman” who has squandered the nation’s oil wealth; the economy is plagued by shortages and is usually on the brink of collapse."

Hugo Chavez  10/10/2012 Progreso Weekly: “A Cuban friend from Miami told us that the best thing that could happen is for Chavez to lose,” the wife told me from the back seat of the car. “But this man Capriles has announced he would basically cut off all help to Cuba if he is elected,” she added. “It worries us,” interjected Boris while he drove. “We can’t afford to return to the days when Havana spent part of every day without electricity,” he told me. “In a lousy economy, like we have…” he paused, “what would that mean for us?”

Chavez's fate lies in Venezuela's divided barrios  10/6/2012 AP: "But she lists several of the most oft-cited reasons for why she wants him gone: spiraling violent crime, the bloating of government payrolls with Venezuela United Socialist Party acolytes in do-nothing jobs at a burgeoning list of government ministries, and unchecked corruption that she says extends to the communal councils. "What hurts Chavez are the people who surround him. They don't help because they are a band of thieves," she says. "The police are themselves crooks."

Ciencias antropológicas y tradiciones culturales cubanas en defensa de la democracia y la soberanía de Venezuela  10/3/2012 Instituto Cubano de Antropología: "Con dedicatoria explícita al pueblo venezolano, los colectivos artísticos Irawo y ObbaIlú -representantes de espiritualidades populares cubanas Osha y Abakuá- regalaron al público una muestra de cantos y danzas ceremoniales que invocan a los ancestros africanos del pueblo de la isla caribeña: ancestros cuyas energías vitales habitan en nuestra cultura y animan nuestra soberanía nacional en su dimensión más profunda."

Mercenary? Venezuela Detains US Man at Border Crossing  8/11/2012 Common Dreams: "He has the look of a mercenary. We are interrogating him," Chavez said during a public speech, adding that the man had stamps in his passport from visits to Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. In addition, Chavez said, the man had a notebook containing geographical coordinates which he attempted to destroy after being detained."

Top US general: Venezuela not a threat  8/1/2012 AP: "Fraser's comments echo a July 11 statement by U.S. President Barack Obama that drew criticism from his presumed Republican challenger in November elections, Mitt Romney. Obama said his "overall sense is that what Mr. Chavez has done over the past several years has not had a serious national security impact on us." Romney responded by saying it was "simply naive" to think Chavez does not pose a threat to the United States."

Caracas: IV Festival de Pueblos Africanos afianza raíces culturales con países latinoamericanos  7/25/2012 Legado Afro: "Este miércoles, la Sala Generalísimo Francisco de Miranda de la Asamblea Nacional fue sede cultural del IV Festival de Pueblos de África, desde las 2:00 de la tarde, cuando los tambores nigerianos y la comida típica ofrecieron a los asistentes la oportunidad de descubrir parte de la riqueza de un continente que, para muchos, es sinónimo de hambre y atraso."

AFRODESCENDIENTES TV (AFROTV)  7/23/2012 Fundacion Afroamerica 

AFROPERSPECTIVAS TRAZADOS DEL TIEMPO  7/23/2012 Fundacion Afroamerica: de Jesus "Chucho" Garcia

Venezuela: A Threat to Washington?  7/20/2012 Global Research: "From the first time Hugo Chavez was elected President of Venezuela in 1998, Washington and its allies have been trying to undermine his government. When Chavez was just a presidential candidate, the US State Department denied his visa to participate in television interviews in Miami. Later, when he won the presidential elections, Ambassador John Maisto called him personally to congratulate him and offer him a visa. The following months were filled with attempts to “buy” the newly elected President of Venezuela. Businessmen, politicians and heads of state from Washington and Spain pressured him to submit to their agendas. “Come with us”, urged Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, trying to seduce him with offers of wealth and luxury in turn for obeying orders. When Chavez refused to be bought, he was ousted in a coup d’etat April 11, 2002, funded and planned by Washington. When the coup failed and Chavez’s supporters rescued their democracy and president in less than 48 hours, attempts to destabilize his government continued. “We must make it difficult for him to govern”, said former US State Department chief Lawrence Eagleberger."

Romney Condemns Obama View of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez as Harmless  7/12/2012 Fox News: “This is Chavez who has invited Iran in, who has invited Hezbollah,” said the former Massachussetts governor, who is the expected GOP presidential nominee. “Hezbollah, of course, being a surrogate and a proxy for Iran would potentially have access to weapons that could be used against us. This is Chavez who champions the Bolivarian Revolution movement and is spreading dictatorships and tyranny throughout Latin America.” [especially in Honduras and Paraguay!]

Cooperation, Co-operatives, & Revolution in Venezuela  6/22/2012 Venezuela Analysis: "Doing this implies changing some major institutions in society. It requires the implementation of social property and collective responsibility. Property now is typically viewed as public or private. Private property belongs to the owners whether they are capitalists or a cooperative and public property is owned by the state, supposedly under the control of the people of the country by means of their access to the political system that governs it. Social property implies collective ownership as well as direct control, rather than indirect control managed by representative democracy models, by both the workers and the consumers of the goods and/or services. This concept put into practice by radical cooperatives has the potential to start to tackle these issues of economic inclusion and economic democracy and build an economy based on solidarity."

Jesús Chucho García: Desarrollo insoportable o sostenible?  6/16/2012 Legado Afro: "El pulmón mas grande del mundo, la Amazonia, como nunca antes está sufriendo un acelerado proceso de deforestación, perdiendo mas de 6.418 kilómetros de bosques solo el año pasado; y que decir de las montañas de la Mayombe (desde Angola hasta Gabón) que representa el 15% de oxigeno del planeta…..el efecto de la extracción de la riqueza maderera va en detrimento del equilibro ecológico de Africa Central y todo el continente sufre cuatro veces mas la deforestación a nivel planetario, que el resto del mundo, dejando avanzar la desertificación pese a las lagrimas que derramo la premio nobel Wangari Maati al sembrar cada árbol en Kenya."

Jesús Chucho García: Afrodescendientes, conocimientos y soberanía intelectual  6/10/2012 Legado Afro: "El tiempo individualizado y colectivizado va produciendo un conocimiento, el cual es parte del tiempo vivido. El reto que tiene el movimiento afrodescendientes no es la búsqueda de la dependencia estatal ni del parasitismo petrolero, sino aprovechar la inclusión del espacio público, ganado con dignidad, para avanzar con firmeza y construir una agenda autónoma sin desresponsabilizar al Estado, pero no cobijarse en este, pues eso sería reafirmar la petrodependencia. La vía es la construcción de un conocimiento sustentable que ayude a desburocratizar el Estado casi inoperante y realizar nuevas prácticas de participación... aplicar lo construido en estos 12 años de experiencia afro en todas sus dimensiones, es el reto del momento."

Jesús Chucho García: La guerrilla en Barlovento, el cocal de los muertos  6/5/2012 Legado Afro: "A finales de los años noventa del siglo pasado, en mis investigaciones sobre la Guerra de Guerrillas en la región afrodescendiente de Barlovento, tuve la oportunidad de entrevistar, antes de su muerte al “ronco” Moisés Moleiro, unos de los fundadores del MIR. Con su voz pausada, el “ronco” me hizo algunos comentarios del desembarco de Machurucuto, siendo él unos de sus protagonista y donde murió el cubano Toni Briones Montoto. “Me salvé de vaina, debido a que tuvimos un percance al desembarcar, dejando el bote abandonado, el cual fue precisado por los cazadores del Ejército que tenían la orden de matarnos en defensa de la democracia”. Barlovento fue escogida como zona estratégica para la implementación de la teoría del foco guerrillero. Después de la pasantía guerrillera del Che Guevara en Congo, este heroico personaje propuso venir a Venezuela, planteamiento que Pompeyo Márquez, como miembro del Buro político del Partido Comunista no aceptó. Sin embargo, el MIR, que tenía diferencias tácticas y estratégicas con el PCV pidió ayuda a Cuba."

Beatriz Aiffil: La lucha es contra la discriminación racial  6/3/2012 Legado Afro: "Mataron al negro bembón y yo lo maté por ser tan bembón. Eso no es razón. Negro hereje. Negro chorizo. Negro el carrizo. Negro flojo. Ven pa enseñarte quién es flojo. Negro bello y negrito bonito. Negro es negro y su apellido es ese mismo."

Susana Andrade: Movilizaciones por cambios son actos cívicos  6/1/2012 Legado Afro: "Los ataques de los Pare de Sufrir-Iglesia Universal del Reino de Dios no lesionan solamente la dignidad y los derechos humanos de los afroumbandistas; lesionan las estructuras democráticas de nuestra sociedad. El compromiso es accionar juntos en pro del respeto hacia las diversas creencias o no creencias y contra cualquier tipo de discriminación negativa."

Jesús Chucho García: La afrovenezolanidad más que un mes  5/27/2012 Legado Afro: "A comienzos del el mes de mayo del año 2005, la profesora Fulvia Polanco del Estado Falcón, quien venia trabajando con el difunto Cisaber (Cimarrón del saber) Juan Ramon Lugo, elabora una propuesta para que la Asamblea Nacional decretara el 10 de mayo como día de la Afrovenezolanidad, el cual conto con el respaldo de la Red de Organizaciones Afrovenezolanas para ese momento. La composición de la Asamblea Nacional era heterogenea políticamente, pues estaba integrada por un porcentaje significativo de la oposición y una mayoría del proceso Bolivariano. La presencia del Grupo musical femenino afrovenezolano Eleggua con Belén Palacios a la cabeza fue determinante para el parto del decreto."

The Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Jowell & Randy could not enter Venezuela last Friday. The authorities of that country claimed that they had the wrong visa to perform at a concert they had planned there.  3/20/2012 ReggaetonLine: "We feel extremely humiliated ... in the six years we have been traveling the world, we never went through something like that. I am so sad. Well, we go back to Puerto Rico, deported for the first time." The artists were supported by their fans on social networks."

Prohiben el Reggaeton en Venezuela  1/11/2012 Emu Digital: "La norma más reciente de Hugo Chávez dice exactamente así: “Se prohíbe la divulgación y promoción de lo que son géneros musicales como el reggaeton y el vallenato, pues su alto contenido grotesco incita a movimientos vulgares y sexuales no acorde con la edad e higiene mental de los niños”. Los partidarios de Chávez afirman que "la prohibición se suma a las tantas otras realizadas en países iberoamericanos como Honduras, Nicaragua y El Salvador."

Iran seeking to expand influence in Latin America  12/30/2011 WaPo: "Iran has been actively working for years to expand its ties and influence in the Western Hemisphere, and it has found willing partners in the region’s anti-American despots,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Ros-Lehtinen said she was disturbed by Ahmadinejad’s plans for what she called a “tour of tyrants,” saying it would bring “the Iranian threat closer to our shores.”

Venezuela: Jesús Chucho García conversó con productores de Cacao Barloventeños  12/24/2011 Legado Afro: "El barloventeño Jesús “Chucho” García investigador de temas africanos y actualmente jefe de misión diplomática de Venezuela en Angola, conversó el pasado miércoles 21 de diciembre en la población de San José de Barlovento con productores de cacao de esa región sobre “Barloventeñidad y el Poder Popular.”

Venezuela: Promulgada Ley Orgánica contra la Discriminación Racial  12/22/2011 Legado Afro: "El presidente de la República Hugo Chávez promulgó este lunes, en Consejo de Ministros Extraordinario celebrado en el Palacio de Miraflores, la Ley Orgánica contra la Discriminación Racial, la cual fue aprobada por unanimidad por los diputados y diputadas de la Asamblea Nacional (AN) el pasado 22 de agosto."

Joel Sangronis Padrón: La recuperación de la africanidad  12/19/2011 Legado Afro: "Como bien lo dice Miguel Acosta Saignes en su obra Vida De Los Esclavos Negros En Venezuela: ?toda la sociedad colonial descansó en Venezuela sobre las espaldas poderosas de los africanos y sus descendientes; sobre su valor y su extraordinaria resistencia; también sobre su inteligencia y su entereza; sobre su capacidad inagotable de esperanza y sobre su indoblegable espíritu de rebeldía?."

Venezuela: Con balance positivo culminó II Encuentro de Coordinadores de la Cátedra Libre África  12/15/2011 Legado Afro: "Los participantes coincidieron al señalar que el balance es muy positivo porque se alcanzó un buen número de metas y “las pocas que quedaron pendientes ya están en proceso de consecución”, afirmaron. En el marco de esta actividad también se presentó el proyecto del atlas etnográfico, que fue uno de los compromisos asumidos en mayo del año pasado en el Plan de Acción de la Cátedra Libre África, el cual contempla la realización de una amplia investigación en la que están trabajando de manera conjunta todas las universidades que dictan esta cátedra."

Venezuela: Estudiar la africanidad es conocer el mundo afirma el Viceministro Reinaldo Bolívar  12/15/2011 Legado Afro: "Sostuvo el viceministro que el objetivo principal es lograr que la cátedra sobre la africanidad se institucionalice de manera permanente en la educación universitaria/ Este jueves será presentado el proyecto del atlas etnográfico, que es uno de los compromisos asumidos en mayo del año pasado en el Plan de Acción de la Cátedra Libre África ."

Retos afrodescendientes tras cumbre de la Celac  12/11/2011 Aporrea: Por: Jesús Chucho García - "Como venimos discutiendo desde el año pasado,”no puede realizarse una conmemoración Bicentenaria con la exclusión de tres factores que fueron determinantes para lograr las independencias del yugo español: los africanos y sus descendientes, los indígenas y la significación histórica de Haití”. En más de 15 artículos de prensa y exposiciones académicas insistimos en esa necesidad de reconocimiento histórico. El movimiento social afrodescendientes a nivel nacional e internacional hizo lo que le correspondía en ese sentido: presionar a sus respectivos gobiernos para ese pronunciamiento bicentenario, lo cual se plasmó en las resoluciones del IV Encuentro Internacional Afrodescendientes y Transformaciones Revolucionarias, apoyado por el Gobierno Bolivariano, la Vicepresidencia de la Asamblea Nacional y la Cancillería venezolana, realizado en la ciudad de Caracas el pasado mes de junio con la finalidad de lograr un reconocimiento en la Cumbre de la Celac."

Educadores Afro Venezolanos realizaron jornada de intercambio con comunidades Afrodescendientes de Mississippi, USA  11/23/2011 Aporrea: "El pasado fin de semana se llevó a cabo en la ciudad de Jackson, Mississippi el foro “Los Afrodescendientes y la Revolución Bolivariana”con la participación del rector Gerónimo Sánchez de la Universidad Territorial Argelia Laya ubicada en Barlovento, estado Miranda y el dirigente del movimiento social afro venezolano Alexis Machado. Esta actividad fue organizada por The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement y the Ward 2 People’s Assembly of Jackson."

The AFL-CIO’s Covert Ops in Venezuela - The Corrupting Influence of the NED  11/9/2011 CounterPunch: "It is not publicly known what the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center – which receives nearly all of its funding from federal grants ($28 million out of its total annual budget of $30 million), including from such sources as the NED, the U.S. State Department and the USAID – is currently doing in Venezuela."

“Negro es un color, la afrodescendencia es una cultura”  8/30/2011 YVKE: "Una de las preguntas que plantea el Censo 2011 y que ha sido vapuleada por la oposición, por considerar que viola la privacidad de los venezolanos, está referida a la consideración étnica de la persona. A todos los planteamiento de estos sectores, Elías El Juri, presidente del Instituto Nacional de Estadística, ha reiterado que la pregunta busca evaluar la situación de los diferentes grupos étnicos de la nación, como datos estadísticos que permitirán tomar decisiones acertadas para todos los venezolanos y que se hacen en casi todo el mundo. Además, agrega, la ONU ha aprobado el cuestionario que se aplicará para el Censo."

Hacia una política de Estado para la economía social y las cooperativas venezolanas  8/25/2011 ALAI: "El presente documento se refiere a la Economía Social (ES), particularmente a sus organizaciones (OESs) y entre ellas a las cooperativas. Tiene como objetivo promover un debate público sobre la importancia y vigencia de la Economía Social y las cooperativas, y la perentoria necesidad de redefinir a fondo las orientaciones y ejecutorias de las políticas públicas implementadas en la última década acerca de ellas con la corresponsable participación de diversos actores, y pretende inscribirse en una discusión a todas luces necesarias acerca de un nuevo modelo de desarrollo para el país que asuma la cooperación intersectorial con participación plena de los interesados como eje de acción a partir de la interrogante: ¿Qué hacer con las OESs en los próximos años?"

Color Revolutions: Washington Funds Venezuela's "Made in the USA Opposition" $20 million in 2012 for anti-Chavez groups  8/11/2011 Global Research 

Afro-Descendants Forum in Caracas (Haiti Comm. and Solidarity Fund Established)  6/26/2011 HCV Analysis 

African Descendants Ask CELAC to Recognize their Contributions to Nationalities  6/23/2011 Granma Daily: "Venezuelan Vice-president Elías Jaua called to break all the structural obstacles that generate exclusion and racial discrimination. Jaua made this call Wednesday during the closing session of the 4th Encounter of African Descendants and Revolutionary Transformations held at the Alba Caracas Hotel that was attended by 600 delegates from the Americas and Africa."

Culmina en Venezuela IV Foro de Afrodescendientes  6/22/2011 PL: "Los principales puntos de análisis fueron: Retos y oportunidades para el afrodescendiente en el movimiento laboral nacional e internacional, Educación y diversidad, Discriminación racial, Deuda social, Aportes del pensamiento africano para la emancipación de los pueblos y La lucha contra la invisibilidad estadística."

Consejo Nacional profundizará en la erradicación de la discriminación en el mundo  6/21/2011 AVN: "La erradicación de la discriminación racial y la inclusión de las comunidades afrodescendientes serán los principales objetivos del futuro Consejo Nacional de Comunidades de Afrodescendientes. La propuesta se incluirá en el documento final que surgirá del IV Encuentro de Afrodescendientes y las Transformaciones Revolucionarias en América Latina y El Caribe. El embajador de Venezuela en la República de Angola, Jesús Chucho García, explicó en su intervención en el programa Toda Venezuela, transmitido por VTV, que este consejo establecerá el vínculo entre los países, de manera que se articulen las políticas y estrategias planteadas con relación a la inclusión de la población afrodescendiente y la erradicación de la pobreza."

Istúriz: Valores de la afrodescendencia e interculturalidad serán un principio educativo  6/21/2011 AVN: "En los pensa de estudio y textos escolares se incluirán los valores de la afrodescendencia y sobre todo la interculturalidad como un principio educativo, expresó el primer vicepresidente de la Asamblea Nacional (AN), Aristóbulo Istúriz."

Propuestas vanguardistas surgirán de foro de Afrodescendencia  6/21/2011 AVN: "Piedad Córdoba, colombiana defensora de los derechos humanos, enfatizó este martes que del Cuarto foro de afrodescendientes, que se lleva a cabo en el hotel Alba Caracas, surgirán propuestas vanguardistas, como elevar el racismo a delito de lesa humanidad, las cuales promoverán el respeto y la igualdad de condiciones del ser humano. Destacó que en la sesión de este martes más de 40 ponentes disertaron sobre la importancia y las dificultades históricas de las personas afrodescendientes, y resaltó la alta participación ciudadana en el foro."

Aristóbulo Istúriz: Debe pagarse deuda social con afrodescendientes  6/21/2011 Globovision: "El diputado Aristóbulo Istúriz, quien participó en la IV Foro de Afrodescendientes, señaló en el evento que en las sociedades latinoamericanas existe la necesidad de pagar la deuda social que se tiene con los afrodescendientes e indígenas. Una de las acciones a tomar, según el diputado, es hacer una comisión que haga seguimiento a las ayudas que se le dan a Haití, para comprobar que no vayan acompañadas a un irrespeto a la soberanía de Haití."

Afro-Venezuelans Call for Multilateralism  6/21/2011 Granma Daily: "We now have an opportunity to use the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) as a springboard for the launching of Unasur and other regional mechanisms aimed at achieving equality, Colombian social activist Piedad Cordova told Prensa Latina. According to the former senator, social processes seeking change and integration in the region must be broadened in order to overcome such evils as racial discrimination and poverty."

Piedad Córdoba: Movimientos sociales son pilares del cambio  6/21/2011 PL: "PL: ¿América Latina y el Caribe están a las puertas del nacimiento de una comunidad genuinamente regional, cómo se inserta ese acontecimiento? Nota del redactor: El 5 y 6 de julio próximo, Venezuela acogerá la cumbre fundacional de la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (Celac). Córdoba. La situación de los afrodescendientes y de la mayoría de los sectores en la región demanda la formulación de nuevos instrumentos de multilateralismo. Es decir, Naciones Unidas va quedando relegada y la OEA prácticamente desaparece. En ese contexto, emergen bloques como la Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América (ALBA), la Unasur y ahora la Celac, que tiene que ser un espacio para generar las diplomacias de la igualdad y la inclusión."

Venezuela: Foro de Afrodescendencia une voces por la inclusión  6/21/2011 PL: "El IV Foro Internacional de Afrodescendientes, cuya segunda jornada se celebra hoy en Venezuela, ha unido a voces de numerosos países del mundo a favor de la inclusión de los sectores discriminados."

Afroderecha busca excluir y desconocer a sus hermanos afrosdescendientes  6/21/2011 RNV: "La Afroderecha no es más que una expresión del Departamento de Estado y el imperialismo con algunos sectores que han sido cooptado por el neoliberalismo, en función de excluir y desconocer a sus hermanos afro. Observamos que ha pasado en África, Estados Unidos y en muchos países de América Latina". Indicó este martes Filinto Durán, vocero del comité organizador del IV Encuentro de Afrodescendientes y las Transformaciones Revolucionarias en América y el Caribe, en un contacto telefónico al programa "En Contacto", transmitido por el Canal Informativo de Radio Nacional de Venezuela."

Más de 600 delegados celebran el IV Encuentro de Afrodescendientes en Caracas  6/21/2011 Telesur: "Más de 600 delegados nacionales e internacionales participan desde el pasado domingo en el IV Encuentro de Afrodescendientes y las Transformaciones Revolucionarias en América Latina y El Caribe que se realiza en la capital de Venezuela. El evento culminará este miércoles con la Declaración de Caracas que será enviada a la Comunidad de Estados de Latinoamericana y El Caribe (Celac), que se constituirá formalmente el próximo 5 de julio, para su consideración."

Alexis Machado "Todo lo malo lo asocian con lo negro"  6/20/2011 Aporrea: con video - "Dentro del marco del IV Foro Internacional de la Afrodescendencia, celebrado en el Hotel Alba en Caracas, desde el día de ayer 18 hasta el 22 de junio, realizamos una entrevista a Alexis Machado, creador del grupo afrodescendiente Elegguá, en Tapipa, Edo. Miranda. Además de ser el productor, Alexis es el prolífico autor de las canciones del repertorio de Elegguá, agrupación que cuenta con innumerables cantos del acontecer venezolano, tanto en lo político como en lo social. Elegguá es un grupo conformado por mujeres de la zona de Tapipa, estado Miranda y han realizado muchas giras internacionales llevando la voz de Venezuela en sus cantos de trabajo, parrandas, folías y otras manifestaciones del canto tradicional con elementos incorporados, propios de la creatividad del grupo."

Indigenas y Afrodescendientes  6/20/2011 Aporrea: Por: Saul Rivas Rivas - "Ponencia para presentarla en las temáticas Afrodescendencia, Educación y Diversidad. Y Afrodescendencia en las perspectivas de los 200 años de las Independencias. Encuentro Internacional de los Afrodescendientes. 19 al 22 de junio de 2011"

Afrodescendientes promueven en Venezuela el multilateralismo  6/20/2011 Prensa Latina: "Delegados de Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Estados Unidos, Ghana, Martinica, Perú, Puerto Rico, San Vicente y las Granadinas, Trinidad y Tobago y los anfitriones venezolanos debatieron en paneles sobre el aporte de los bloques regionales a la construcción de un mundo multipolar."

Designan comisión por Haití en Encuentro de Afrodescendientes  6/19/2011 AVN: "Durante la inauguración del IV Encuentro de Afrodescendientes, que se llevó a cabo este domingo en Caracas, el primer vicepresidente de la Asamblea Nacional (AN), diputado Aristóbulo Istúriz, anunció la designación de una comisión especial que buscará atender las necesidades de la población de Haití. “Comenzando el evento queremos designar una comisión permanente de afrodescendientes revolucionarios por Haití”, expresó el parlamentario. En este sentido, manifestó que la comitiva estará conformada por personalidades defensoras de los derechos de la comunidad afrodescendiente, entre los que destacó a la ex senadora colombiana Piedad Córdoba, a la vocera de la Red de Organizaciones Afrovenezolanas (ROA), Norma Romero, y al embajador de Venezuela en Angola, Jesús García."

Durante tres días se realizará en Caracas Foro de la Afrodescendencia dedicado a Haití  6/19/2011 AVN: "El encuentro se incluye dentro de las celebraciones por el Bicentenario de la Firma del Acta de la Independencia de Venezuela, el 5 de julio, fecha en la que se tiene previsto la conformación de la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y del Caribe (CELAC), organismo de integración y unidad de las regiones al sur del Río Bravo, sin la presencia de Estados Unidos ni Canadá."

Presentarán conclusiones de Encuentro de Afrodescendientes ante la Celac  6/19/2011 AVN: "Las conclusiones del IV Encuentro de Afrodescendientes, que comenzó este domingo en Caracas, serán enviadas a Comunidad de Estados de Latinoamérica y El Caribe (Celac) para su consideración dentro del organismo, que se constituirá formalmente el próximo 5 de julio. “Este IV Encuentro de Afrodescendientes y las Transformaciones Revolucionarias en América Latina y El Caribe se hizo para que los y las afrodescendientes seamos incluidos en los planes de la Celac”, manifestó este domingo el primer vicepresidente de la Asamblea Nacional (AN), Aristóbulo Istúriz, durante la inauguración del referido encuentro en el hotel Alba Caracas, en la capital."

Venezuela inaugura el Foro de la Afrodescendencia dedicado a Haití  6/19/2011 EFE: ""Este evento lo dedicamos a Haití y vamos a designar una comisión permanente que le haga seguimiento a las promesas que se hicieron con Haití y hay mucha gente que no ha cumplido y es necesario velar porque esas promesas se cumplan", dijo el diputado oficialista y primer vicepresidente del Parlamento, Aristóbulo Istúriz. El legislador denunció, además, que "mucha gente dice que va a ayudar a Haití violándole la soberanía como pueblo".

Inaugurado en Caracas IV Foro internacional de Afrodescendientes  6/19/2011 Prensa Latina: "En el plano interno mencionó que a nivel nacional está pendiente la adhesión de organizaciones afrovenezolanas al Gran Polo Patriótico, donde confluirán partidos y movimientos a favor de la revolución en desarrollo en este país suramericano."

Toma cultural abre en Venezuela foro sobre afrodescendencia  6/19/2011 Prensa Latina: "De acuerdo con el integrante del Colectivo de Jóvenes Afrodescendientes de Venezuela, el encuentro que se inicia esta noche con la participación de delegados de Bolivia, Brasil, Colombia, Ecuador, Estados Unidos, Perú y naciones africanas, entre otras, representa además la oportunidad de rescatar tradiciones."

Foro de Afrodescendencia promoverá actividades educativas y públicas  6/19/2011 RNV: "La defensora de los Derechos Humanos en Colombia, Piedad Córdoba, informó este domingo que en toda Latinoamérica hay más de 180 millones de afrodescendientes, por lo que agradeció a Venezuela la iniciativa de promover políticas de inclusión a este grupo de personas."

Anuncian evento sobre afrodescendientes en Venezuela  6/17/2011 Prensa Latina: "Venezuela será escenario la próxima semana de una cita convocada por el presidente Hugo Chávez, para debatir el tema de la discriminación racial en el contexto del Año Internacional de los Afrodescendientes. La noticia fue proporcionada a Prensa Latina por el director general del Instituto Cubano de Investigaciones Culturales Juan Marinello, Fernando Martínez, en el seminario "Cuba y los pueblos afrodescendientes en América" que culmina hoy en la sede de ese centro académico en esta capital tras cinco días de intensos debates."

US Plans to grab Venezuela's oil  6/10/2011 VoltaireNet 

El racismo de Globovisión hace que los Afro descendientes Venezolanos se unan para protestar  4/30/2011 Aporrea: "En este sentido, vemos con preocupación la embestida mediática de los últimos días, esencialmente un video transmitido por el canal Globovisión (y re-transmitido el día viernes 04 y lunes 07 del presente mes por Venezolana de Televisión en el programa Dando y Dando), donde se evidencia un mensaje de alto significado racista; allí se burlan de la presencia de héroes y heroínas como La Negra Matea, Hipólita, Pedro Camejo y José Leonardo Chirinos, entre otros. Cabe destacar que en el video se comete la violación de otros derechos, por el uso de imágenes de niñas y niños en un colegio, que independientemente de contar con consentimiento de sus padres, madres o representantes (si fuese el caso) fueron utilizadas para transmitir un mensaje racista, lo que agrava la culpa."

Afro-Venezuelans and the Struggle Against Racism  4/29/2011 Venezuela Analysis: By Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States - " An estimated 100,000 enslaved Africans were brought to Venezuela between the 16th and 19th centuries. Most were sold to the central coastal states, which operated an agricultural economy based in coffee and cacao. Abolition occurred in 1854, but freedom did not bring equality. Racism continued to flourish in Venezuela throughout most of the 20th century, and African heritage was denied through an emphasis on racial mixing. The mestizo, born of European, Indigenous, and African blood, became a cornerstone of national identity. In this scheme, Blackness was devalued to such an extent that state policies sought to "whiten" the population through European immigration."

Venezuelan duo Chino & Nacho set to release new album called Supremo  4/21/2011 Examiner: "The band initially evolved from merengue hip-hop to a dance reggaeton rhythm but with a unique Venezuelan flow. With the arrival of their very successful hit “Niña Bonita” featured an original version and then adapted a U.S version which gained more international exposure. Why? They have featured popular musicians like Divino, Don Omar, R.K.M. & Ken-Y, Potro Alvarez & and Baroni."

Afrodescendientes Al Fin reconocidos historicamente  4/12/2011 Aporrea 

Año de la Afrodescendencia: Juramentada la Brigada Cubagua 2011 en Nueva Esparta  4/2/2011 Aporrea: "La Brigada tiene como objetivo principal en el marco de este Año Internacional de la Afrodescendencia, el conformar y operativizar grupos de trabajo constituidos por docentes y estudiantes del nivel de básica y media de la educación insular, que posibiliten la promoción y divulgación de los elementos de la cultura afrovenezolana y del proceso histórico afroinsular, la concientización del racismo y la exclusión, el auto reconocimiento étnico, la Declaración de Cubagua del 12 de enero en el marco de los 485 años de otorgarse la primera licencia hacia dicha isla, la cual marca el inicio de la diáspora sursahariana en nuestro país, planteándose para ta fin la realización de charlas, talleres, visitas de campo, jornadas, foros, clínicas, testimonios socializados, exposiciones e intercambios estudiantiles de recursos para el aprendizaje, actos culturales y recreativos así como diversas estrategias en planes, programas y proyectos educativos."

Red de Organizaciones Afro-venezolanas rechaza agresión al pueblo Libio  3/31/2011 Aporrea: "Nosotras y nosotros descendientes de africanas y africanos en Venezuela haciendo honor a nuestra herencia cimarrona, rebelde, antiimperialista y revolucionaria expresamos nuestro más enérgico rechazo a la agresión militar que están perpetrando en el norte de nuestra madre África los ejércitos asesinos de Estados Unidos, Francia, Inglaterra, España y sus lacayos contra el hermano pueblo de Libia y su valiente gobierno encabezado por Muanmar Al Gadafi."

Apoyo de comerciantes venezolanos a los nazis durante II Guerra Mundial, reseñado en TVes  3/21/2011 Aporrea: "La reseña que anuncia el programa adelanta que “en la década de los 40 residían en Venezuela 292 miembros del Partido Nazi, quienes formaban parte de la policía secreta alemana. La serie aporta archivos que demuestran que Hitler estaba al tanto del petróleo existente en el país, así como registros de derechos e inversiones alemanas durante el gobierno de Juan Vicente Gómez. Crónicas Extraordinarias ofrece al respecto, una lista de los comerciantes de Puerto Cabello (Carabobo) que hacían aportes económicos a la cuenta del Partido Nazi”.

Red Afrodescendientes de Venezuela apuesta por el éxito de la CELAC  3/12/2011 Aporrea: "Reunidos en su sede del Centro de Estudios Integrales de Barlovento (Ceiba) de esa misma región en su población de San José del Estado Miranda, asi lo manifestó esta organización con sus siglas (RAV) y parte del Movimiento Afrovenezolano, quien viene visibilizando los aportes de los africanos y sus descendientes en la construcción de Venezuela luchando por su inclusión junto al gobierno bolivariano desde 1999-2011."

Radical Separatism: Contours of the Conspiracy  2/20/2011 Strategic Culture: "The CIA, the US Defense Intelligence Agency, and DEA managed to build a separatist stronghold in Venezuela's Zulia state. For a long time, Zulia used to be run by Chavez's staunch opponent Manuel Rosales who routinely discussed with US ambassadors Brownfield and Shapiro bilateral deals between Zulia and the US, the theme to which Caracas explainably has a thin skin. Normally, the state is not entitled to independent foreign policies, though Brownfield admitted publicly that for him Zulia was “an independent republic” and openly urged the local elites to wrestle with Caracas over unrestricted autonomy."

Hugo Chavez the Prime Target for the US Intelligence Community  2/15/2011 Strategic Culture: "The CIA operates a training camp in Florida where potential killers exercise. Banker Guillermo Zuloaga is the key figure in the plot – he opened a fund-rising campaign to collect money to pay the terrorists. Zuloaga fled to Miami when the Venezuelan administration opened a probe into his illicit financial transactions and his complicity in the assassination of prosecutor Anderson who launched a private investigation into the April, 2002 coup. According to Chavez, the would-be killers are promised $100m for the job – surprisingly little considering the net worth of Venezuela's oil and gas reserves."

Documents Confirm U.S. Plans Against Venezuela  2/1/2011 Z Magazine: by Eva Golinger - "A substantial portion of the more than 1,600 State Department documents WikiLeaks has published recently refer to the ongoing efforts of U.S. diplomacy to isolate and counter the Venezuelan government. Since Hugo Chavez won the presidency for the first time in 1998, Washington has engaged in numerous efforts to overthrow him, including a failed coup d'etat in April 2002, an oil industry strike that same year, worldwide media campaigns, and various electoral interventions. The State Department has also used its funding agencies, USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), to channel millions of dollars annually to anti-Chavez NGOs, political parties, journalists, and media organizations in Venezuela, who have been working to undermine the Chavez administration and force him from power."

U.S. role in Egypt crisis "shameful"-Chavez  1/30/2011 Reuters 

Medios privados financiados por EEUU difunden propaganda antivenezolana  1/28/2011 Kaos en la red: "Los medios de comunicación privados en Venezuela mantienen un vínculo muy estrecho con Estados Unidos y sirven como vía de propaganda para su Gobierno, como lo revelan las recientes filtraciones de WikiLeaks sobre el apoyo de Washington a rotativos opositores venezolanos, advirtió Eva Golinger, escritora y abogada estadounidense."

La verdad, la mentira y la ignorancia lejos de Wikileaks  1/25/2011 Cuba Debate: "Pero lo que quizás llame su atención es que un colectivo de hackers autodenominados “Anonymus” (conocidos por el hackeo y el ciberataque a Paypal, Visa, etc.) la han emprendido contra Venezuela. Sus razones parecen salidas de un guión de la USAID, los que habitualmente se encargan de elaborar las matrices de opinión pública que tan buen resultado dan en los medios internacionales."

UNESCO Awards Venezuela for Providing Free Access to Internet  1/13/2011 Venezuela Analysis 

El Cooperativismo en Venezuela  1/12/2011 Cooperativismo en Movimiento: "Venezuela vive una experiencia inédita, a partir de la cual se han sembrado en su territorio miles de empresas y organizaciones de la economía solidaria que representan un desafío, una privilegiada oportunidad, para encaminar al país por las sendas de un modelo socio económico que aporte a la construcción de una sociedad justa, solidaria, equitativa, pacífica, libre y democrática."

Los 485 años del inicio de la Trata Esclavista en Venezuela  1/11/2011 Afrodescendientes 

Venezuelan Government Accuses Landowners of Using "Slave Labor"  1/11/2011 Venezuela Analysis: "More than 500 Colombians worked in near-slavery conditions on recently expropriated estates in northeastern Venezuela, Caracas’ minister for Agriculture and Land said Monday. “It was the most surprising thing ... So far, we’ve got a tally of 1,150 rural workers who have been counted and more than half are from the neighboring country of Colombia, whom they had as practically slave labor,” Juan Carlos Loyo told reporters."

Chavez-Clinton Surprise Meeting Reduces Tension  1/7/2011 Venezuela Analysis 

U.S. Sends Mixed Signals in Ambassador Spat as Congress Vows Harder Line against Venezuela  1/7/2011 Venezuela Analysis: "Chávez also affirmed that during his brief encounter with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Brazil recently, the two discussed the ambassador issue. “I told her that if they rectify, then we would also rectify. And I repeated it,” he said. “Then she told me something that I will keep private, and I told her something that she will reserve as well. But all towards facilitating the process,” Chávez concluded. On Wednesday, however, Crowley asserted that the Obama administration maintains Palmer as its ambassador nominee. “There have been suggestions,” said Crowley, “particularly suggestions by President Chávez that we are looking for another candidate and the answer is that we’re not looking for another candidate.”"

Chavez Rejects University Law as Venezuelan National Assembly Begins New Term  1/6/2011 Venezuela Analysis: "On Tuesday Chavez announced that he was would not sign the University Education law passed by the National Assembly at the end of last month, so that it could be subject to a wide national debate. This means that the law is returned to the National Assembly with changes recommended by the president, which the National Assembly would be free to accept or reject, whereupon it becomes law, with or without the president’s signature. The opposition and leftist critics of the University Education law had argued that it took away university autonomy and that the law would cause conflicts on campus, cutting into class time. “This law has a lot of strengths and a lot of weaknesses... it deserves to be widely discussed,” Chavez said, adding that his rejection of it showed that “Venezuela has a democratic government, a government that listens... and a president that is ...ready, when necessary, to rectify and call for debate and reflection.”"

New Venezuelan Law Makes Foreign Financing of Political Organisations Illegal  12/24/2010 Venezuela Analysis: "Penalties include fines of double the amount received and the expulsion from Venezuela of foreigners who participate in such financing. Presidents of the organisations breaking the law would be barred from political positions for five to eight years and organisations would likewise be banned from electoral processes for five to eight years."

Creating A Cooperativa in Today’s Venezuela: The Story of “The Three R’s” Cooperative  12/15/2010 Venezuela Analysis: "This short video clip offers the first installment of the amazing story of “The Three R’s” Cooperative in the Venezuelan state of Yaracuy. Cooperative spokesperson, Fray Silvera shares with us how six campesino families came together and began their revolutionary journey towards food sovereignty."

Television in Venezuela: Who Dominates the Media?  12/14/2010 Venezuela Analysis 

En Venezuela cada vez más protestas  12/11/2010 Havana Times: "“Desde 2005 se inició un proceso creciente de criminalización de la protesta social, usando el sistema de administración de justicia. A la fecha, más de 2.400 personas se encuentran procesadas por ejercer el derecho a la protesta pacífica”, señaló a IPS la abogada Mariana Belalba, coordinadora del estudio."

It's 'Deja Coup' All Over Again - DEA to Hugo Chavez: "Find Your Own Trampoline"  12/6/2010 MadCow Morning News: "An investigation into the indictment for drug trafficking last month of a former crony of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has revealed a case of “deja coup all over again." Makled-Garcia is accused of being behind a drug move on May 10 2009 which ended in the fatal crash of a Jetstream 19-passenger turbo-prop airliner carrying 1.5 tons of cocaine, on Utila, one of the Bay Islands just off Honduras' northern coast."

Call to "Assassinate Chávez" by Congressman Mack Confirms Plot  11/25/2010 Tlaxcala: "The exhortation to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez uttered by Florida congressman Connie Mack in Washington’s Capitol to participants in a fascist summit a few days ago confirms the existence of a plot with this purpose, hatched by the Venezuelan extreme right under the tutelage of US intelligence services and with the complicity of the Cuban-American mafia."

Viceministerio para la mujer Afrodescendiente, Respuesta ante una histórica exclusión  10/19/2010 Aporrea: Por: Fulvia Polanco B., VOCERA RED AFRODESCENDIENTES DE VENEZUELA – FALCÓN

Conmemoración “Día de la Resistencia Afro-Indígena” Manifiesto 12 octubre 2010  10/12/2010 Aporrea: "Al cabo de casi 518 años que data la historia se inicia la primera globalización perversa en la historia de la humanidad, con el mal llamado “descubrimiento, encuentro o desencuentro” entre Europa occidental y un continente de diversas civilizaciones que hegemonizaron con el nombre de “America” los europeos occidentales, en busca de metales preciosos y en la perspectiva del desarrollo del incipiente capitalismo mercantil, tomaron una serie de iniciativas marcadas por el militarismo e invasiones con la finalidad de expropiar las riquezas de los aborígenes, y al mismo tiempo, castrar una propuesta civilizadora a la humanidad, diferente al modelo societario occidental."

Venezuelans Seize 2 Tons of Drugs on Colombian Border  9/19/2010 Inside Costa Rica 

US couple allegedly tried to help Venezuela develop nuclear weapon  9/18/2010 AP: "Kenneth Gonzales, U.S. attorney for New Mexico, said the indictment does not allege the government of Venezuela or anyone acting on its behalf sought or was passed any classified information."

Colombian drug lord is arrested in Venezuela  9/17/2010 El Universal: "The number of dangerous kingpins and members of different drug trafficking organizations requested by Interpol and arrested in Venezuela until September 2010 amounts to 16 criminals so far this year."

Polls, Damned Polls and the Truth About Venezuela  9/9/2010 CounterPunch 

Mapa electoral afrovenezolano  9/1/2010 Aporrea: por Jesus Chucho Garcia

Venezuela defends controversial flights to Iran and Syria  8/23/2010 CNN: "There is absolutely nothing untoward about these flights -- which take place between two countries that have shared diplomatic relations for over 50 years," Herrera wrote in the letter dated August 13. "One can also fly to Tehran from Frankfurt, Germany, amongst other cities, so I still remain confused as to why this should be of any concern. Should you or your staff want to see for yourself, I greatly encourage you to take one of the flights."

Bogota bombing was 'work of far right'  8/16/2010 Radio Netherland 

Mensaje para la población de raza negra de los Estados Unidos  8/9/2010 Aporrea: "A los ciudadanos de raza negra o afrodescendientes, como a muchos morenos estadounidenses les gusta que los llamen. Aun cuando, yo no estoy de acuerdo con ese concepto. Porque, yo no he visto, por ejemplo en alguna planilla del seguro social, algún banco o empresa cualquiera cuando exigen la identificación de una persona, se lea en dicha planilla por ejemplo, no dice, Cedula de identidad asiático descendiente en caso de los asiáticos, o europeo descendiente, en caso de europeos, o afro descendiente; solo se lee Cédula de Identidad Venezolana (CEV)."

America's Covert "Civil Society Operations": US Interference in Venezuela Keeps Growing  8/5/2010 CounterPunch: by Eva Golinger

The Big Lie - Venezuela and Labor  8/5/2010 CounterPunch: "In other words, the ITUC, which is recognized as the foremost authority on anti-union violence, views the killings of unionists in Colombia and Venezuela very differently – with the violence against unionists in Colombia being “structural” and “systematic,” almost invariably with government sanction; and the violence in Venezuela, on the other hand, stemming from mafia-like corruption largely within the union movement itself."

Eva Golinger: EEUU otorga más de 6.4 millones de dólares para la oposición en paises de la ALBA  8/2/2010 Aporrea: "Educación Cívica (NOMBRE CENSURADO): $21.575 dólares para fortalecer la capacidad de mujeres afro-descendientes para promover sus derechos y participar en las decisiones en sus comunidades."

Guárico: El afro mundo danzario llega al Centro de la Diversidad Cultural  7/14/2010 Aporrea 

Chavez, Venezuelan church clash over freedoms  7/11/2010 AP 

Chavez: Detained Salvadoran wanted in Cuba  7/2/2010 Miami Herald: "Chavez said the suspect, Francisco Chavez Abarca, was detained upon arrival Thursday by Venezuelan intelligence agents and is accused of placing bombs in Havana in 1997. He called the Salvadoran a "big terrorist" who is closely associated with Cuban militant Luis Posada Carriles, a former CIA operative wanted for allegedly plotting the 1976 bombing of a Cuban plane that killed 73 people. "My heart tells me this gentleman came here to kill me. I have no doubt," the president said."

International agencies fund Venezuelan opposition with $40-50 million annually  6/21/2010 Aletho News: "A revealing report published in May 2010 by the FRIDE Institute, a Spanish think tank, prepared with funding from the World Movement for Democracy (a project of the National Endowment for Democracy-NED), has disclosed that international agencies are funding the Venezuelan opposition with a whopping US$40-50 million annually. This exorbitant amount of financing well exceeds the approximately $15 million previously believed to have been channelled to Venezuelan opposition groups via the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the NED. According to the FRIDE report, which analyzes the impact of this funding in Venezuela, and concludes that more donations are necessary to support the “democratic opposition” to President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, the multi-million dollar funds are exclusively directed towards political activities in the polarized South American nation. A large majority of the $40-50 million donated by US and European agencies and foundations is given to the right wing opposition political parties, Primero Justicia (First Justice), Un Nuevo Tiempo (A New Time) and COPEI (Christian Democrat ultra-conservative party), as well as to a dozen or so NGOs, student groups and media organizations."

NED Report: International Agencies Fund Venezuelan Opposition with $40-50 Million Annually  6/21/2010 Venezuela Analysis: "A revealing report published in May 2010 by the FRIDE Institute, a Spanish think tank, prepared with funding from the World Movement for Democracy (a project of the National Endowment for Democracy, or NED), has disclosed that international agencies are funding the Venezuelan opposition with a whopping $40-50 million USD annually. This exorbitant amount of financing well exceeds the approximately $15 million USD previously believed to have been channeled to Venezuelan opposition groups via the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the NED."

Chavez orders money changer raids for currency crash  5/15/2010 Caribbean Net News 

Bicentenario y día de la Afro-venezolanidad  5/10/2010 Aporrea: "El 10 de Mayo se celebra el día de la Afrovenezolanidad, decreto aún, pues en nuestras escuelas se desconoce y poco se divulga, poca importancia se le dá. De ser decreto debe pasar a ser discurso consciente y acción permanente de los que en verdad asumimos cambios significativos en nuestra educación y esto va desde el ministro de educación hasta el último director o directora de escuela y nuestra sociedad comunal. Con ello fortaleceremos la lucha y estaremos conscientes que la revolución bolivariana tiene tinte de africana también…"

El racismo nuestro de cada día  3/21/2010 Aporrea: por Jesus Chucho Garcia

Why all this media manipulation being directed against Hugo Chavez?  3/3/2010 Aletho: "Any Spaniard knows that under an agreement signed in 1989 by Felipe Gonzalez for the Spanish Government and then Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez, Venezuela accepted several alleged ETA members into political exile. Perez’ political organization, the conservative Accion Democratica, is today a major participant in Venezuela’s political opposition in cahoots with Partido Socialista Obrero Espanol … currently in the Spanish Government. The agreement stated that any of those deported to Venezuela were not to be extradited, if according to the two countries laws their alleged crimes were subject to the Statute of Limitations … which they are!"

Venezuela to request extradition of former president for 1989 riot deaths  3/1/2010 Hartford Courant: "Perez was president when the rioting broke out on Feb. 27, 1989, over a hike in gasoline prices and public transportation fares. Venezuela's army was deployed to quell the unrest and at least 300 people died. Rights activists say hundreds more were killed, many of them shot indiscriminately by security forces. None of the government officials, military officers or police responsible for putting down the riots has gone to trial for the deaths. Perez, who has lived in the Miami area for more than a decade, is also wanted in Venezuela on corruption charges."

¿Porqué somos afrodescendientes y no negros?  2/27/2010 Aporrea: "La conceptualización de ser afrodescendientes nace en Brasil, producto de muchas reflexiones, discusiones, debates y estudios de los movimientos sociales afro-brasileños y se posiciona en diciembre del año 2000 en la Pre-Conferencia de Ciudadanía para las Américas, el Caribe y los Derechos Humanos, realizada en Santiago de Chile, promocionada por las Naciones Unidas, la Oficina del Alto Comisionado para los Derechos Humanos, la O.E.A, todos los gobiernos del Continente Americano y todos los movimientos sociales en su diversidad, es decir, inmigrantes, desplazados, indígenas, afrodescendientes, refugiados, gitanos, etc… "

Electrician or Trained Killer? Check Out That Cuban!  2/9/2010 CounterPunch 

The U.S., Latin America and Haiti - Hugo and the Shockwave  1/27/2010 CounterPunch: [This article is part of the disinformation campaign against Hugo Chavez, it reports that Chavez claimed the Haiti earthquake was intentionally created. He never said anything like this.]

Hugo Chavez Did Not Accuse the U.S. of Causing the Haitian Earthquake  1/25/2010 Monthly Review: "On January 19, Spanish newspaper ABC, a newspaper of record in Spain, published a story entitled "Chavez Accuses US of Causing Earthquake in Haiti."

Hugo Chavez Did Not Accuse the U.S. of Causing the Haitian Earthquake  1/22/2010 Aletho 

Obama authorizes covert economic war against Venezuela  1/18/2010 Wayne Madsen Report on Milfuegos: "WMR's intelligence sources have reported that the Obama administration has authorized an economic war against Venezuela in order to destabilize the government of President Hugo Chavez. After a successful coup against Chavez ally, President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras, and the very thin 51-49 percent electorial win by Chile's billionaire right-winger Sebastian Pinera on January 17, a buoyed Obama White House has given a green light for political operatives in Venezuela, many of whom operate under the cover of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to set the stage for massive street demonstrations to protest Chavez's devaluation of the bolivar, Venezuela's currency… The Obama administration's assault os two-fold: economic and political. Pressure is being applied against the gasoline chain Citgo, which is owned by the Venezuelan state oil company, PDVSA, and Venezuelan investment favorability ratings. Politically, the U.S. is overtly and covertly funneling money to anti-Chavez groups through the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and groups affiliated with George Soros."

US Military Agression Against Venezuela Escalating  12/20/2009 Trinicenter 

Bautizado el libro "USAID, NED y CIA. La agresión permanente"  11/21/2009 Venezuelan Government 

Rumors Of Coups And War: U.S., NATO Target Latin America  11/20/2009 VoltaireNet 

Embajador Gustavo Márquez no descarta una invasión gringa  11/16/2009 Aporrea: "El embajador de Venezuela en Colombia, Gustavo Márquez, aseguró que Venezuela debe prepararse para la guerra porque hay "una situación de preguerra" que amenaza a la nación, y no descartó una invasión de Estados Unidos."

Chavez to troops: Prepare for war with Colombia  11/8/2009 AP 

Support for Chavez is eroding in Venezuela due to shortages  10/30/2009 Miami Herald 

Venezuela arrests eight Colombian "paramilitaries"  10/30/2009 Reuters: "The arrests in Venezuela's western Tachira state were the latest incident in a region where Colombian guerrilla groups, paramilitary militia, drug-traffickers and other criminal gangs all operate and violence is rampant. Venezuela's Interior Minister Tarek El Aissami said the eight Colombians included a known paramilitary leader. Two guns of a type used by hitmen were captured with them, he said."

Flagship health project stirs Venezuelan politics  10/27/2009 Reuters: "For supporters, President Hugo Chavez's flagship social project, with around 15,000 mainly Cuban doctors in more than 6,000 clinics, illustrates the best of his decade-long rule: a commitment to the poor and tangible results. Critics, however, say 'Barrio Adentro' is a political project illustrating the dangerous "Cubanization" of Venezuela. Half of the two-storey, red-brick clinics are collapsing, local doctors have been pushed out of jobs by Cubans, and traditional hospitals are underfunded, they argue."

Indigenous Rights Leader shot, 2 family members killed in Yukpa territory, Venezuela  10/17/2009 Republic of Lakotah 

Feminismo Negro / Feminismo Afrodescendiente  9/23/2009 World Pulse: "La historia de la mujer afro-descendiente se ha definido de acuerdo a la triada de la opresión: capitalismo, patriarcado y racismo, todos en recíproco apoyo en su mantenimiento y legitimación, en correspondencia a los criterios de explotación, exclusión y apropiación de acuerdo a los que el sistema pre-configuró a la mujer como inferior a lo masculino, y a “lo negro” más aún por debajo de la condición de ser mujer."

Venezuela cataloga como cínico e hipócrita informe de EE UU sobre narcotráfico mundial  9/17/2009 Aporrea: "El ministro venezolano del Interior, Tarek El Aissami, rechazó y catalogó de cínico e hipócrita, este jueves, el informe estadounidense que "descertifica" a Venezuela, junto a Bolivia y Birmania en la lucha contra el tráfico de drogas. "Rechazamos ese informe que raya lo inmoral, es cínico e hipócrita, y lo condenamos", sentenció El Aissami en una rueda de prensa donde también expresó su opinión respecto al incremento que Estados Unidos ha tenido en la producción, tráfico y consumo de estupefacientes, por lo que consideró que deberían revisar las políticas que les "han impulsado a ese fracaso".

Links between Colombian Intelligence Organisation and Venezuelan Opposition Uncovered  9/10/2009 Trinicenter: "The AUC were a phenomenon that was changed by they looked for cultivation and smuggling zones, so this is what permeated the [border] zone, including today [the phenomenon] is still present in [Venezulean border state] Tachira with [paramilitary group] the Black Eagles."

La aculturación a que fueron sometidos los negros en el país, no les permitió crear una diversidad socio-cultural  9/9/2009 Aporrea 

Venezuela's Chavez says hopes can work with Obama  9/7/2009 Reuters: "The leftist 55-year-old leader added in an interview in Italy that despite the global economic crisis and signs of a slowdown in growth in Venezuela, he did not expect his country to fall into recession. Chavez was in Venice for the world premiere of "South of the Border," director Oliver Stone's sympathetic portrait of a leader he says has championed the poor and who has been unfairly demonized by the U.S. media. "I have no reason to call him (Obama) the devil, and I hope that I am right," Chavez told reporters in Venice. "With Obama we can talk, we are almost from the same generation, one can't deny that Obama is different (from Bush). He's intelligent, he has good intentions and we have to help him."

Encuentro y desencuentros de los "saberes" en torno a la africanía "latinoamericana"  9/6/2009 RED DE BIBLIOTECAS VIRTUALES DE CIENCIAS SOCIALES DE AMERICA LATINA Y EL CARIBE: publicado en 2005

Altos mandatarios de 66 países asistirán a II Cumbre ASA de América del Sur-África en Venezuela  9/4/2009 Aporrea: "Esta actividad de corte académico y cultural, se efectuará concretamente del 20 al 25 en la sede de la Universidad de las Artes (UNEARTE), y comprende la realización del Consejo de Rectores Universitarios América del Sur-África, los días 23 y 24 y concluirá con la firma de la “Carta de Hermanamiento del Consejo de Rectores ASA”. De igual modo, forma parte de la “Ronda de Saberes, Pensamientos y Palabras”, donde los rectores universitarios de Suramérica y África intercambiarán información y experiencia en las áreas de la salud, agricultura, educación, ciencia y saberes en general, en aras de contribuir en la búsqueda de soluciones a los problemas de las comunidades de estos países. Se estima que participen rectores de las universidades de Senegal, Etiopía, Gambia, Namibia, Mozambique, Angola, Libia, Argelia Argentina, Brasil, Uruguay, Ecuador, Paraguay y Venezuela, país anfitrión que estará representado por los miembros de la Asociación de Rectores Bolivarianos (ARBOL) y autoridades de otras instituciones venezolanas donde existe la Cátedra África."

Playing the ‘Anti-Semitism’ Card Against Venezuela  9/3/2009 NACLA: " Authorities quickly realized that the synagogue’s security fence had been cut from the inside, prompting detectives to investigate the break-in as an inside job. Within the week it became clear that the attack had in fact been a robbery disguised as anti-Semitic vandalism, carried out by the synagogue’s privately contracted security team. Eleven men were arrested for their role in the plot, and their statements to the police indicated that the graffiti and desecration were intended to throw off investigators.3 Although the arrests helped ease the anxieties of Venezuela’s Jewish community, the international media pressed on with the storyline of a politically motivated attack. The very week that the Venezuelan Israelite Association issued a statement praising the swift and successful investigation, The Washington Post ran an editorial titled “Mr. Chavez vs. the Jews,” which again blamed the robbery on the government, or, more specifically, on an ugly comment left on a “pro-government Web site,” demanding “that citizens ‘publicly challenge every Jew that you find in the street, shopping center or park’ and called for a boycott of Jewish-owned businesses, seizures of Jewish-owned property and a demonstration at Caracas’s largest synagogue.”4 The editorial concluded that the synagogue was then “duly attacked.”5 The idea that the sacking of the Caracas synagogue was based purely on anti-Semitism has persisted, even showing up in a recent piece authored by two academics in the high-brow Boston Review. The authors claim the attack is a sign of “state-directed anti-Semitism.”6"




África y la reconversión ideológica  9/2/2009 Red Afrovenezolana: "Del 23 al 27 septiembre se estará realizando en Venezuela la II Cumbre África-Suramérica en la ciudad de Caracas, organizado por el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, bajo la coordinación del Viceministerio del Despacho África. Esta Cumbre se encuadra en el planteamiento del proyecto estratégico Simón Bolívar que impulsa la construcción de un mundo multipolar con la profundización el diálogo sur-sur que tanto soñaron lideres como Kwame Kruma, Amilcar Cabral y Julius Nyerere por solo mencionar un rosario de líderes africanos, que han dado al mundo de las ideas bases sustanciales ideológicas para su liberación y contra el imperialismo. Esas ideas desde las antiguas civilizaciones africanas hasta nuestros días han ido cambiando, pasando por un proceso de conversión y luego reconversión."

Chávez destaca unión África-Sudamérica  9/1/2009 Giron, Matanzas, Cuba: "El presidente de Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, resaltó la importancia de la unión de África y Sudamérica dentro de la conformación de un mundo multipolar, al intervenir en el Congreso de la Unión Africana (UA) en Libia, reportó DPA. El mandatario bolivariano llamó a incrementar la unidad como única forma de ser libres, y anunció el encuentro denominado II Cumbre América del Sur–África (ASA), que se realizará el 26 y 27 de septiembre en Isla Margarita, Venezuela, con el fin de avanzar en el fortalecimiento de las relaciones bilaterales en materia económica, científica, política y energética. De acuerdo con Telesur, entre los temas de esa reunión estarán la crisis económica mundial, la conformación de un banco que articule a América Latina y África, la creación de una moneda alternativa para el comercio entre los pueblos y un sistema educativo que comprenda a las universidades para "lograr una mejor capacitación de nuestros jóvenes"."

Venezuela ratifica invitación a cumbre Africa-Sudamérica  9/1/2009 Pueblo en Linea: "El presidente de Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, ratificó el día 31 la invitación a los integrantes de la Unión Africana (UA) para la cumbre que reunirá a ese bloque regional con la Unión de Naciones Suramericanas (Unasur), a celebrarse en Caracas el 26 y el 27 de septiembre. Chávez ratificó su invitación al intervenir durante la Cumbre Especial de la UA, en Trípoli, capital de la Gran Yamahiriya Arabe Libia Popular y Socialista, reportó su equipo de prensa presidencial."

Presidente Chávez ratificó invitación a cumbre África-Suramérica  8/31/2009 Gobierno Bolivariano de Venezuela: "El presidente venezolano, Hugo Chávez, ratificó este martes la invitación a los integrantes de la Unión Africana, para la cumbre que reunirá ese bloque regional con los países de la región suramericana, este mes de septiembre en Caracas. “Hemos acordado celebrar en Caracas el próximo día 26 (y el 27) de septiembre, dentro de pocas semanas, la cumbre de la Unión Africana (UA) con la Unasur, la Unión de Naciones Suramericanas”, dijo el mandatario."

Diccionario del lèxico mágico-religioso cubano  8/15/2009 Aporrea: publicado 8/08, por Jose Millet - "Este glosario, a veces razonado, debió formar parte de Sacred Spaces Religious Traditions of Oriente Cuba, libro largamente elaborado mediante investigaciones de campo y discuiones, realizadas durante casi una década en la antigua provincia cubana de Oriente,con los estudiantes del African Atlantic Research Team, que presidía y dirige la profesora Jualynne Dodson, de la Michigan State University, pero finalmente no sé si fue incluido en la versión en inglés que ella punblicó en Estados Unidos, sólo con su nombre como autora. Me alegró que sucediera así, porque tanto la obra como esta parte fueron dedicados a dos personas que me marcaron profunda e indeleblemente la existencia: mi madre, Olga, chamán y espiritista cordonera, quien me crió en íntima relación con ese mundo de fuerzas ocultas y omnipresentes que ella llamaba "los espíritus" y Vicente Portuondo Martín, palero, santero y muertero, quien me acompañó en inumerables viajes que hicimos a Venezuela y a Galicia, en nuestra labor de dar a conocer la espiritualidad cubana en otras tierras, como parte de la labor de extensión académica que hicimos durante muchos años desde la Casa del Caribe, institución científica que fundamos en 1982 y de la cual él era "asesor religioso" y yo, durante un cuarto de siglo, jefe de su Equipo de Estudios de las religiones afrocubanas y el espiritismo."

Eventos Recientes  8/15/2009 Red Afrovenezolana: Dos videos de festivales afro en Venezuela.

Venezuela assembly rubber-stamps socialist changes  8/12/2009 AP: "When legislators are not approving Chavez-sponsored bills, they hold forums on the life of revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara or celebrate Afro-Venezuelan culture by dancing to drums in the chamber. In this year's opening sessions, lawmakers wore keffiyehs and raised a Palestinian flag outside the building to protest the Gaza war."

Hugo Chávez tells army to prepare for conflict with Colombia  8/11/2009 London Times 

Mensajes Ancestrales  8/11/2009 Red Afrovenezolana 

Will Venezuelan Destabilization Follow the Honduran Coup?  8/7/2009 Global Research 

Gobierno nacional comprará varios batallones de tanques rusos para incrementar su defensa  8/6/2009 Aporrea 

Venezuela Presents Evidence Against Colombia’s Claims that Venezuela Gave Weapons to FARC  8/6/2009 Venezuela Analysis 

Venezuelan National Guard to Assist in Crime Prevention  8/6/2009 Venezuela Analysis 

Media Disinformation; Britain's The Economist backs down over misleading its readers on Venezuela  8/3/2009 Global Research 

PENTAGON Counterinsurgency Targets FARC, Venezuela and ALBA – Via Honduras?  8/2/2009 HCV Analysis: "CBS news on July 28 ran a feature on General Stavridis’ two wars coming together, revealing that the US was sending Green Beret-trained Colombia commandos to Afghanistan and quoted an unnamed Pentagon official as saying “The more Afghanistan can look like Colombia , the better.” The story also stated that “For Colombia , it’s a way to give something back to the U.S. , and the American Green Berets who’ve spent the last decade training them. “The relationship took years to build with the Green Berets working to turn Colombia ’s best soldiers into an organized special operations force. They helped train a police Special Operations unit known as the ‘Jungle Commandos.’ The Commandos hit targets deep in the jungle…. “With the help of America ’s best warriors, the Colombian Special Forces have become some of the finest soldiers in the world.” [23] The above account could definitively lay to rest US government and media attempts to present the war in Colombia as either a campaign against drugs or an anti-terrorist operation."

Venezuela: The best defence is to deepen the Revolution  8/2/2009 Life on the Left: translated from Marea Socialista

LA ROA-FALCÓN HACE ACOMPAÑAMIENTO A LA COMUNIDAD  7/30/2009 Red Afrovenezolana: "el día jueves 30 de este mes, nuevamente los(as) militantes de la red de organizaciones afrovenezolanas capítulo falcón, nos reafirmamos en nuestra convicción acerca de una de las razones de existir de la roa: contribuir a la reivindicación de nuestras comunidades afro."

Chavez freezes ties with Colombia  7/29/2009 BBC: "Venezuela, he said, would also substitute imports from Colombia - which currently account for about a third of the country's trade - with goods from other countries, notably Brazil and Ecuador. Bilateral trade between the two countries was set to run to some $5bn (£3bn) this year, according to the Venezuelan-Colombian Chamber of Economic Integration (Cavecol)."

Ahora Israel acusa a Venezuela de entregar documentos falsos a iraníes  7/24/2009 Aporrea: "La directora general de la cancillería israelí para América Latina, Dorit Shavit, esta vez acusó a Venezuela de ofrecer documentos falsos a iraníes para que puedan circular por la región. Esta información la aportó la agencia de prensa de la colectividad judía en Argentina."

Venezuela denies U.S. drug report, Hezbollah charges  7/21/2009 Reuters: "A report from the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Congress' investigative agency, said drug corruption had reached the ministerial level in Venezuela and decried a "permissive" attitude to trafficking groups from Colombia. Venezuela, whose allies include Cuba and Iran, rejected the report that it said lacked objectivity and was intended to promote Washington's "interventionist pretension."

La Red de Organizaciones Afrovenezolanas del Estado Nueva Esparta participa en el Foro "América Latina y África, una utopía posible desde el Sur".  7/20/2009 Red Afrovenezolana: "En las instalaciones del hotel Puerta del Sol de la isla de Margarita en el estado Nueva Esparta, el viernes 10 de julio 2009, se realizó el Foro "América Latina y África, una utopía posible desde el Sur", como una estrategia para el acercamiento e intercambio político y cultural entre la República Bolivariana de Venezuela y la nación africana de Libia. Con presencia de un panel conformado por la Lic. Rosa Cedeño (Jefa de la Zona Educativa del Estado Nueva Esparta) la Dra. Ameba Elbosevy (Secretaria General de la Fundación Afro-Latina de partidario Al Gadafi), Ramdan Bugren (Coordinador General del Consejo de jóvenes de Libia) y Nuri Mohamed (Secretario del Consejo Nacional de Jóvenes de Libia), el Coordinador General de la Red de Organizaciones Afrovenezolanas capitulo Nueva Esparta (ROA-NE) César Silva Regalado y la Coordinadora de Educación Intercultural de la Zona Educativa de dicho estado, la profesora Eudora Quintana, presentaron una ponencia titulada "Dinámica y Caracterización del Movimiento Social Afrodescendiente Venezolano y su relación con el hecho educativo"."

Honduran Oligarchy: “The War is Against Chavez”  7/10/2009 Venezuela Analysis 

Venezuela Says Clinton’s Remarks Reflect “Profound Lack of Knowledge of Our Reality”  7/9/2009 Venezuela Analysis 

Violence and Transformation in Venezuela’s Public Universities  7/8/2009 Venezuela Analysis: "The Chavez government is attempting to modify the nation's educational system in line with socialist values. To this effect the Chavez government has taken steps to broaden access to higher education, and the pro-Chavez student movement has called for greater student control over the management of university budgets. In addition, the government is currently drafting a new law which would facilitate the participation of councils composed of students, their families and the local communities in academic life. This has clashed with the interests of the entrenched, opposition-aligned university administrations and their student allies who are largely identified with the middle and upper class minority of Venezuelans. This elite constituency fervently defends the autonomy of the university from the state."

Honduras and a Naked Woman in Venezuela  7/7/2009 NarcoNews: "The white words that penetrated the blackness were: “The Social Property Law will take everything from you. NO to the Cuban law.” The ad was sponsored by “CEDICE.” ...A good question is: who is paying for all of this propaganda? Jeremy Bigwood and Eva Golinger have documented some of the funds that CEDICE and CIPE (an organization that calls CEDICE its “partner in Venezuela) have received from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). I also did a bit of checking back in 2003 and discovered that $490,441.00 was approved for the two organizations during the seven years from 1994 to 2000. Then, for some reason, $273,352 was approved for one year: 2002, the year of the coup d’état against Chávez."

La guerra contra Venezuela  7/5/2009 Aporrea: publicado en 2007

Chavez threatens to invade as Honduran army stages coup  6/29/2009 Independent: "Mr Chavez went on state television later in the day claiming that the coup leaders had taken away the Cuban ambassador to Honduras and left the Venezuelan ambassador by the road in the capital, Tegucigalpa, after beating him. He said that if troops enter his embassy "that military junta would be entering a de facto state of war," and "we would have to act militarily".

The Assassination of A Venezuelan Attorney - The CIA behind Danilo Anderson’s Murder?  6/28/2009 VoltaireNet: published 12/04

Reporters Without Borders’ lies about Venezuela  6/26/2009 VoltaireNet 

Venezuela's Chavez sees CIA hand in Iran unrest  6/25/2009 Global Research: "People are in the streets, some are dead, they have snipers, and behind this is the CIA, the imperial hand of European countries and the United States," he said, "from my point of view that is what is happening in Iran."

Toussaint: The Movie  6/24/2009 Repeating Islands: "During a visit to Paris last month for a seminar on film, [Danny Glover] told AFP that “Producers said ‘It’s a nice project, a great project… where are the white heroes?’” He added, “I couldn’t get the money here, I couldn’t get the money in Britain. I went to everybody. You wouldn’t believe the number of producers based in Europe, and in the States, that I went to. The first question you get, is ‘Is it a black film?’ All of them agree, it’s not going to do good in Europe, it’s not going to do good in Japan. Somebody has to prove that to be a lie!”, he said. “Maybe I’ll have the chance to prove it.” “Toussaint,” Glover’s first project as film director, is to start shooting next year in Venezuela, starring Don Cheadle, Mos Def, Wesley Snipes and Angela Bassett, after Glover raised 18 of the 30 million dollars needed from a Venezuelan cultural body set up in 2006 by his friend President Hugo Chavez to counter what he termed “the Hollywood film dictatorship.” The project will film in Venezuela as part of the agreement but also because the degree of environmental degradation in Haiti since the Revolution has been such as to make it impossible to recreate the natural environment in which the Revolution was fought."

Afrodescendientes tras la verdad numérica  6/22/2009 IPS: "¿Cuántos somos? Los afrodescendientes en Venezuela quieren dejar de ser estadísticamente invisibles, como se ha logrado en Brasil o Ecuador, y, cifras en mano, proseguir la lucha por sus reivindicaciones y contra el racismo y la exclusión. "Para reforzar nuestra demanda de reconocimiento, queremos saber dónde estamos. Quizá somos el 30 por ciento de los 27 millones de habitantes de Venezuela", dijo a IPS Jesús García, líder de la Red de Organizaciones Afrovenezolanas."

Venezuelan President: World Must "Respect Iran"  6/21/2009 Dow Jones: "The world must respect Iran and the election "triumph" of its incumbent president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Sunday. "We call on the world to respect Iran because there are attempts to undermine the strength of the Iranian revolution," Chavez said in his weekly radio and television address."

Chavez: Gov't may shutter critical TV channel  6/12/2009 AP 

Presidente Chávez: Inteligencia estadounidense y Luis Posada Carriles planearon magnicidio con cohetes en San Salvador  6/2/2009 Aporrea: “Y este atentado que se estaba preparando (…) fue por la gente de Posada Carriles. Le exijo al presidente Obama que cumpla con la ley. Mándenos a Posada; debe estar en prisión”, pidió a su par de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama. También especificó que los servicios de inteligencia de EE UU están “detrás de todo esto, no estoy acusando a Obama. Más allá de Obama hay un imperio, eso está vivito, sus tentáculos, sus asesinos y sus paramilitares”.

Venezuela Chavez says "Comrade" Obama more left-wing  6/2/2009 Reuters: "Hey, Obama has just nationalized nothing more and nothing less than General Motors. Comrade Obama! Fidel, careful or we are going to end up to his right," Chavez joked on a live television broadcast."

Venezuela Chavez nationalizes iron companies  5/22/2009 Reuters: "Chavez, who has already nationalized many of Venezuela's largest industries, named iron briquette makers with Japanese investors among the companies to pass into state hands. "Nationalize the iron briquette sector, there is nothing to discuss," Chavez said to euphoric union members during a televised speech in which he also announced a wage rise for thousands of workers and a cut in management salaries."

Pesca artesanal: INCUDEF prepara un nuevo Cuaderno de Avances del Atlas Etnográfico cultural del Estado Falcón-Venezuela y el Caribe.  5/18/2009 Aporrea 

Chavez, Citgo sued for five billion in damages  5/12/2009 AFP: "Guaripa worked for US-funded Radio Marti in Caracas until the end of 2004 when he went into exile, alleging he had been the target of death threats and intimidation by the Chavez government. "The people of Venezuela and the world have been terrorized by Chavez and his communist/terrorist henchmen for too long," Klayman said in a statement, adding that the president has taken several measures to "cement" his grip on power. "All the while he continues, through oil revenues and other means, to support terrorist countries and groups bent on destroying capitalism and the West in general." Freedom Watch accuses Chavez of supporting the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), as well as Middle East groups Hamas and Hezbollah. The US government has labeled all three groups terrorist organizations."


Chávez seizures fuel Venezuela oil fears  5/10/2009 Financial Times 

Venezuela says weapons cache uncovered, 4 foreigners detained in suspected terrorist cell  5/9/2009 AP 

Entrevista: Noam Chomsky analiza políticas de Venezuela y EE.UU. “Política exterior de Obama será como la segunda Administración Bush”  5/5/2009 Aporrea 

Chavez says Colombia rebels unwelcome in Venezuela  5/1/2009 AP 

Covert Palestinian Authority-Iranian get-together in Caracas  5/1/2009 Debka, Israel: "Chavez is quoted as maintaining during his visits to Tehran and Doha that if US president Barack Obama is willing to talk to him, with Cuba and with Iran, there was no reason why Mahmoud Abbas should not engage Tehran directly. This would help overcome his Fatah's quarrel with Hamas, which Iran is actively supporting with arms, cash and military training."

Chavez says Obama must prove change after handshake  5/1/2009 Reuters 

Veneuzla asks Interpol to go after 2nd Chavez foe  4/30/2009 AP: "Venezuela has sought Interpol's help in seeking the arrest of Alfredo Pena, a political opponent of President Hugo Chavez who is facing corruption allegations, the Attorney General's Office said Thursday. It was the second such request in eight days. At Venezuela's request, Intepol issued a "red notice" last week for the arrest of an opposition leader who has received political asylum in Peru. Suspects with red-notice status appear on Interpol's equivalent of a most-wanted list. Prosecutors say they are investigating allegations that Pena pocketed public money during his 2001-04 term as mayor of Caracas."

Iran, Venezuela enter into military alliance  4/30/2009 Press TV, Iran: "The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on military cooperation which encompassed "training and mutual exchange of military experiences".

The Venezuelan Opposition and Democracy  4/28/2009 Cuba Now 

Peru Grants Political Asylum to Venezuelan Opposition Leader Wanted for Corruption  4/28/2009 Venezuela Analysis 

What's With This "Enemies" BS? - The Meeting in Trinidad  4/20/2009 CounterPunch 

Chávez's Perfect Gift to Obama  4/20/2009 Guardian: "Some surprise has been expressed in the Anglo-Saxon world that Hugo Chávez should have presented a book to Barack Obama by Eduardo Galeano. Ignorance can be the only defence, the very fault that the Venezuelan president had earlier accused his US counterpart of suffering from. For Galeano is one of the most well-known and celebrated writers in Latin America, up there with Gabriel García Márquez, and his huge output of fact and fiction, as well as his journalism, has been published all over the continent. His books have been continuously in print since the 1960s, read voraciously by successive generations. It was a brilliant idea of Chávez's to give Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America to Obama, since this book, first published in 1971, encapsulates a radical version of the history of Latin America with which most Latin Americans are familiar. Its subtitle, Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent, gives a flavour of its contents, which discuss the way in which Latin America has been dominated and exploited by its European invaders (and later by US corporations) for hundreds of years."

Obama defends greeting Hugo Chavez  4/20/2009 LA Times: "Obama said it would be a mistake to measure the Summit of the Americas by the specific agreements reached. By listening to his counterparts and eschewing heavy-handed diplomacy, he said, he was creating an atmosphere in which, "at the margins," foreign leaders are "more likely to want to cooperate than not cooperate." A running theme of the summit was Obama's cordial dealings with Chavez, who once called former President George W. Bush the "devil" and who last month dismissed Obama as an "ignoramus." The two were photographed smiling and clasping hands. At one meeting, Chavez made a show of walking around the table as the cameras rolled and handing Obama a copy of "Open Veins of Latin America," a 1971 book by Eduardo Galeano chronicling U.S. and European imperialism in the region. Republican Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, appearing on CNN on Sunday, said it was "irresponsible" for Obama to be seen "laughing and joking" with the Venezuelan president. Obama dismissed such concerns. He said the 2008 presidential campaign proved that American voters want the president to engage with his counterparts, whether or not they are avowed friends of the U.S. He said it "was a nice gesture to give me a book. I'm a reader." The president added that the election was a referendum of sorts on the argument that U.S. solicitude toward foreign leaders could be seen as "weakness.""

Chavez-Obama Meeting at Summit Relaunches US-Venezuela Relations  4/20/2009 Venezuela Analysis: "Obama and Chavez met for the first time after Obama approached and greeted the South American leader before the first plenary of Summit on Friday, April 17. "I want to be your friend," Chavez told Obama as both presidents shook hands. Chavez thanked Obama's gesture. "It was a good moment," Chavez told reporters afterwards. "He is a very intelligent man, young, and he is black. He is an experienced politician in spite of his young age," he added."

Imágenes del último encuentro entre Chávez y Obama (+Video)  4/19/2009 Noticias 24: "El canal del Estado, Venezolana de Televisión, transmitió en exclusivo las imágenes del último encuentro del presidente Hugo Chávez con el presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, luego de finalizar la Ceremonia de Clausura de la V Cumbre de las Américas. El presidente Obama se le acercó al presidente Chávez y se despidió exclamando “Adiós, mi amigo”."

Chavez gives Obama book on Latin America  4/18/2009 AP: "One emblematic passage describes how Latin America "continues to work as a servant. It continues to exist to serve the needs of others as a fountain and reserve of petroleum and gold, copper and meat, fruits and coffee, raw materials and food destined for rich countries that benefit more from consuming them than Latin America does from producing them." Novelist Isabel Allende describes the book's enduring appeal as politically charged history with an intimate touch: "Galeano denounces exploitation with uncompromising ferocity, yet this book is almost poetic in its description of solidarity and human capacity for survival in the midst of the worst kind of despoliation.""

Definiendo al racismo en Venezuela  4/3/2009 Barinas, Venezuela: "No soy afrodecendiente, soy negro simplemente"

Chavez to seek Arab backing for `petro-currency'  3/31/2009 AP: "Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sought Arab support Tuesday for his idea of a new oil-backed currency to challenge the U.S. dollar at a twin-region summit whose agenda focuses on trade issue but also touches on Arab worries about rival Iran's growing influence in Latin America. It's highly unlikely Chavez will gain any serious momentum for his "petro-currency" proposals from key oil-producing members of the Arab League such as Saudi Arabia and Gulf states, which have close ties to Washington. But the summit between Arab and South American leaders kicks off another high-profile foreign trip for Chavez that includes stops in Iran and China in his efforts to build economic and diplomatic links to confront the United States."

Chavez: No plan to restore ties with Israel  3/30/2009 AP: "Venezuelan president tells Al-Jazeera would consider matter if Israel's leaders 'stop being a genocidal elite subordinated to US' "

Iran, Venezuela revise ties ahead of Chavez visit  3/27/2009 Breitbart 

Tensions rise between Chavez, foes in Venezuela  3/20/2009 AP 

Venezuela Chavez to nationalize Santander bank unit  3/19/2009 Reuters: "Venezuela will go ahead with the nationalization of the local unit of Spanish bank Grupo Santander, President Hugo Chavez said on Thursday, weeks after officials said the purchase was on hold. Since first winning office a decade ago, Chavez has nationalized large swathes of the OPEC nation's economy and this year has moved to increase state control of farms and food production despite a sharp drop in oil income."

Chavez offers Russia use of base  3/16/2009 BBC: "Venezuela's President, Hugo Chavez, says he has offered Moscow the use of an airfield off its Caribbean coast for Russian strategic long-range bombers."

Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) against Venezuela  3/15/2009 Venezuela Analysis 

Report: Cuba, Venezuela could host Russian bombers  3/14/2009 AP 

Venezuela Dismantles Seven Drug Labs Near Colombia Border  3/11/2009 EFE 

Thirty-seven Colombians deported for alleged complot against Chávez  3/10/2009 El Universal, Caracas 

Cumbre Cimmaron  3/1/2009 Fundacion Afroamerica: Número 1 Año 1 Marzo, 2009, organo de la Fundacion.

The Revolution will not be televised -- But you can watch the coup here  2/23/2009 BrassCheck TV: "Irish documentary film makers get behind the lines of a coup in progress. Venezuela is the fourth largest exporter of crude oil in the world. 80% of its population lives in poverty. The oil of Venezuela is state owned and was so before Chavez was elected. When Chavez announced a plan to distribute the state's oil revenue more equitably, all hell broke loose. "

US gets tough on Venezuelan arrivals  1/20/2009 Port World: "Based on the findings of the Coast Guard boarding or examination, vessels may be required to ensure that each access point to the ship is guarded by armed private security guards and that they have total visibility of the exterior (both land-side and waterside) of the vessel while in US ports. The number and position of the guards has to be acceptable to the cognizant Coast Guard Captain of the Port prior to the vessel's arrival."

Venezuela's Chavez says Obama has "stench" of Bush  1/17/2009 Reuters: "But Chavez said frayed ties with Washington were unlikely to improve despite the departure of Bush, who the Venezuelan leader has often called the "devil." "I hope I am wrong, but I believe Obama brings the same stench, to not say another word," Chavez said at a political rally on a historic Venezuelan battlefield. "If Obama as president of the United States does not obey the orders of the empire, they will kill him, like they killed Kennedy, like they killed Martin Luther King, or Lincoln, who freed the blacks and paid with his life."

Chavez Warns that Obama "Repeats Bush's Discourse Against Venezuela"  1/16/2009 NarcoNews 

Chavez: “Obama Is Confusing Me with Bush”  1/16/2009 Venezuela Analysis: “There is still time for [Obama] to correct these views though,” Chavez added. “We will wait and see, we will know him by his actions. He is really an unknown.” “If he wants to respectfully talk with Venezuela, we are at his service, but the Venezuelan people must be respected,” Chavez insisted."

Did Venezuela's Opposition Meet with US Officials in Puerto Rico?  1/14/2009 NACLA: [video of airport interview included] "Even by Venezuelan standards, the story seemed implausible. On January 9, a young reporter Pedro Carvajalino, from community television station Ávila TV, filmed four leading figures of Venezuela's right-wing opposition returning from Puerto Rico. They had just arrived by private jet from the U.S. territory, where they had purportedly met with representatives of the U.S. Department of State. According to emails obtained by the reporter, officials held the meeting to plan strategy and secure funding aimed at defeating a proposed amendment to the Venezuelan constitution that would allow elected officials, including President Hugo Chávez, to seek reelection."

Clinton Confirmation Hearings and Obama-Calderon Meeting Reveal Big Changes About to Come in US-Latin America Policy  1/14/2009 NarcoNews: "The questionnaire reveals that Clinton now advocates the Obama platform for easing the US embargo of Cuba and for “direct diplomacy with Bolivia and Venezuela,” – positions that she opposed in her own presidential campaign – as well as reiterating shared public positions on rewriting the proposed US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement."

Notification of the Imposition of Conditions of Entry for Certain Vessels Arriving to the United States; Venezuela  1/13/2009 Cryptome: "Section 70110 of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-295, Nov. 25, 2002) (46 U.S.C. 70110) provides that the Secretary of Homeland Security may impose conditions of entry on vessels requesting entry into the United States arriving from ports that are not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures. The Coast Guard has been delegated the authority by the Secretary to carry out the provisions of this section. Previous notices have imposed or removed conditions of entry on vessels arriving from certain countries and those conditions of entry and the countries they pertain to remain in effect unless modified by this notice. The Coast Guard has determined that ports in Venezuela are not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures. Accordingly, effective January 23, 2009 the Coast Guard will impose the following conditions of entry on vessels that visited ports in Venezuela during their last five port calls."

Visit to Caracas & Barlovento: Instituto Universitario de Barlovento  1/6/2009 Africana Studies: "Images and report of a visit to Caracas and Barlovento region of Venezuela. Contains information about study programs, lodging and sites near Venezuela's first Historically Black College or University: Instituto Universitario de Barlovento."


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