Venezuela Today, Cuba Tomorrow!
FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE PEOPLE:
HOW HUGO CHAVEZ IS SPENDING HIS OODLES OF OIL MONEY ON THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE… OR NOT!
This is a Norwegian and English clip with Spanish subtitles but the message is clear.
LAND REFORM, VENEZUELA STYLE:
HUGO CHAVEZ URGES POOR PEOPLE TO MOVE IN AND TAKE OVER PRIVATE LAND,
Hat Tip to Nohemi Alarcon for the video clips
Hugo tells Florida Christian group to “Get Out!”
A Venezuelan indigenous woman holds a chapter of the holy bible during a protest to support New Tribes Mission, a Florida, U.S.-based evangelist group operating in the country, in Puerto Ayacucho, Venezuela, Friday, Oct. 28, 2005. Hundreds of indigenous Venezuelans marched in protest against President Hugo Chavez’s decision to expel a group of U.S.-based evangelists group accused of ‘imperialist infiltration’ and exploiting local indigenous communities. (AP)
Today’s least surprising bit of news…
Venezuela becomes Cuba’s biggest trading partner:
Venezuela has become Cuba’s top trading partner, selling the Caribbean island $1.4 billion in oil and other goods annually, Cuba’s government said Monday.
Trading has increased amid strengthening political ties between the two countries under the leadership of presidents Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Fidel Castro of Cuba, who also share a close friendship.
The administration of President Bush has grown alarmed by the alliance, with some U.S. officials characterizing Chavez and Castro as troublemakers who are trying to destabilize Latin American democracies — something both of them deny.
Cuba is now buying $1.1 billion worth of Venezuelan oil annually along with another $300 million in food, construction materials, and other products, Foreign Commerce Minister Raul de la Nuez said on the first day of the island’s annual trade fair.
De la Nuez predicted trade between the two nations could reach $2 billion annually by the end of 2006. “At this moment (Venezuela) indisputably is the Cuba’s top trading partner,” he said.
Cuba, in return, has given Venezuela the services of thousands of doctors and other health professionals, as well as other professionals.
Now Hugo and Castro can reach a larger audience with their 5 hour talks.
Telesur news anchor Marcela Eredia rehearses for a live news broadcast in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Oct. 31, 2005. Telesur, a new Latin American TV station backed by Venezuela along with the governments of Argentina, Cuba and Uruguay, started full news broadcasts Monday, offering a Latin alternative to large media conglomerates. (AP)
President Hugo Chavez has warned the US he could give some of his country’s F-16 fighter jets to Cuba or China. Mr Chavez accused the US of breaking a contract to supply spare parts for the jets it sold to Venezuela in the 1980s. He suggested that Washington would be less than pleased if military rivals gained access to the advanced planes.
The F-16s were sold to previous governments that had better relations with the White House. The US sees Mr Chavez as an unfriendly head of state. The Venezuelan president’s latest provocative announcement came during a nationally televised address, dominated by appeals to Latin Americans to end the dominance of the US.
Speaking of the fighter planes, he said he was “only thinking out loud”.
“Maybe we will just send them back to them, or perhaps we will send 10 planes to Cuba, or to China, so they can have a look at the technology of these aircraft.” The Venezuelan president not only accused the Bush administration of breaking a contract to supply spare parts for about 20 F-16s.
He also said it was trying to interfere in negotiations between Venezuela and third countries on the upkeep of military equipment and the purchase of new weapons.
Mr Chavez was referring to reports that the US has put pressure on Israel not to help Venezuela maintain the F-16 aircrafts. US officials have not responded to the Venezuelan president’s comments, who is highly critical of US foreign policy. If he carries out the threat, it would break Venezuela’s obligation to protect F-16 technology.
Hat Tip again to Nohemi Alarcon
Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers as they work to get life back to normal after the Wilma disaster.