by James Petras for Venezuela Analysis The pro-Chavez United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won 72% of the governorships in the November 23, 2008 elections and 58% of the popular vote, dumbfounding the predictions of most of the pro-capitalist pollsters and the vast majority of the mass media who favored the opposition. PSUV candidates defeated incumbent opposition governors in three states (Guarico, Sucre, Aragua) and lost two states (Miranda and
from venezuelanalysis.comPresident Hugo Chavez’s governing party, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) got mixed results in the regional and local elections today, winning stronghly in 17 out of 23 states, but losing the country’s two most populous states and the Capital District of Caracas, with two more states still to be decided. At midnight Venezuelan time, about eight hours after the first polls closed, the president of Venezuela’s National
Press TV reports: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has threatened to cut off oil export to the US in case of any ‘aggression’ against his country. “If there is any aggression towards Venezuela” from Washington, “there would be no oil for the people of the United States,” said Chavez as quoted by Reuters. The threat came after Chavez accused a group of current and former military officers of trying to assassinate
First, it was Bolivian President Evo Morales who expelled the US ambassador. Second, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez did the same thing. As far I can can remember that is the first time ever that two US ambassadors got the boot practically simultaneously. In the meantime, Russia is sending two of its strategic bombers to Venezuela as a symbolic sign of support and is announcing that a naval group headed by
Press TV reports: Venezuela has declared that it is establishing a common bank with Iran to finance economic development projects in the two countries. The bank, to be based in Tehran, will have an initial capital base of 1.2 billion dollars, with each nation providing half of the funds, AFP reported on Tuesday. It follows up on a March 2007 agreement the two countries signed. The relations between the two
* Venezuela claims that Colombian military forces made in incursion into Venezuela* Venezuela claims that a US aircraft violated its airspace* Reports claim that the CIA is more active than ever in Venezuela (And, of course, there is the latest “smoking laptop” propaganda scheme as a background context) Stay tuned! UPDATE: The US admits that one of its aircraft did violate Venezuela’s airspace but claims that this was a mistake.
(Many thanks to Cem for this submission. Original article here – the Saker) by BAR Editor and Senior Columnist Margaret Kimberley With Republican candidate John McCain singing “bomb, bomb Iran”, muttering about keeping troops in Iraq another hundred years, and offering US military solutions to the world’s every problem, voters might reasonably expect Democratic candidates to offer sane and sensible alternatives to the aggressive foreign policies of the Bush regime.
March 8th 2008, by James Suggett for Venezuelanalysis.com Mérida, March 8, 2008 (venezuelanalysis.com) – During the 20th Presidential Summit of the Río Group, held Friday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the Ecuadorian, Colombian, and Venezuelan heads of state reached an agreement that effectively cooled off the diplomatic crisis, which had raged across Latin America last week following air and land attacks by Colombian armed forces last Saturday on encampments of
Here’s the written evidence… and – please say it ain’t so! – Obama and Hillary attack Ecuador Note: Saturday, Bobby Kennedy hosts Greg Palast on “Ring of Fire” on Air America Radio. Sunday, catch Palast with Amy Goodman on WABC Television (New York), hosted by Gil Noble, Channel 7 at 1 pm(est). Friday, March 7, 2008 for TomPaine.com/Ourfuture.org By Greg Palast Do you believe this? This past weekend, Colombia invaded
by Cory Fischer-Hoffman Monday, 03 March 2008, Caracas, Venezuela — On Saturday March 1st Colombia’s Air Force carried out a military operation in Ecuador, violating the sovereignty of its western neighbor nation. The bombing resulted in at least 17 deaths. One of the people reported to be among the victims is Raúl Reyes, commander and spokesperson for the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC). This attack is the continuation and
December 13th 2007, by Chris Carlson for Venezuelanalysis.com Government authorities from both Venezuela and Argentina accused the United States of carrying out a smear campaign against them yesterday after US officials arrested four individuals accused of being agents of the Venezuelan government. US officials alleged that the arrested individuals were involved in trying to cover up an “international scandal” between Venezuela and Argentina, but both countries have rejected the claims.
By Jason Szep BOSTON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Standing on the deck of an oil tanker in Massachusetts Bay on Monday, Venezuelan energy officials kicked off the third year of a controversial program of delivering subsidized home-heating oil for the U.S. poor. A Houston unit of a state-owned company backed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a foe of the Bush administration, will supply oil at 40 percent below market prices
The Empire’s (provisional) scorecard: one win, two losses The past couple of days have seen several very important developments for the future of the Empire: the Russian elections, the Venezuelan referendum, and the publication of the NIE. Because an Administration can only deal with a finite number of simultaneous crises, these seemingly unrelated events are probably very much linked to each other in the minds of the Neocons and they
Bush, Colombia & Narco-Politics By Andrés CalaAugust 8, 2007 George W. Bush’s strategy of countering Venezuela’s leftist president Hugo Chávez by strengthening ties to Colombia’s rightist government has been undercut by fresh evidence of high-level drug corruption and human rights violations implicating President Alvaro Uribe’s inner circle. These new allegations about Colombia’s narco-politics have tarnished Uribe’s reputation just as Bush has been showcasing the Harvard- and Oxford-educated politician as a
By Amir Mahdi Kazemi In an interview with Iran’s Press TV, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez comments on his country’s relations with the Islamic Republic In an interview with Iran’s newly launched Press TV, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has commented on a number of issues particularly the South American nation’s foreign policy. The following is the text of the interview with the president: Reporter: In his comments on website Globovision, the
Iran: US no more a wall of fear The Leader of the Islamic Revolution says the false façade of the US, which used to intimidate other nations, has dissipated. He made the comment in his meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who is in Tehran on a three-day visit. “Its shaky political structure as well as the ongoing domestic complications it has to deal with has proven the bullying policies
TEHRAN, July 1— Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a meeting with his visiting Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez on Sunday said imperialism is facing a strong wave of opposition in a majority of the world regions, and added that victory is close due to the shaky pillars of the world arrogance. Ahmadinejad pointed to Iran’s policy for developing relations with independent countries, and stressed that Tehran and Caracas seek to bolster