In response to your article on coup rumbings: Have you not taken note of the fact that both congress and the Honduran supreme court have declared the referendum illegal? Referendums can be held under law, but they have to be approved by congress. I would hope that we can all agree that a referendum vote called unilaterally by a president is not beneficial to any country's democratic process.
On 22/6 a letter appeared defending Chavez's support of Ahmedinijad. Let us not forget that when Chavez went to Iran, he was booed by factory workers when he expressed support for Ahmedinijad. Just because the Iranian government is in conflict with the US doesn't make it a defensible regime - no more than was Hitler's when it went to war with the US. Let's not forget that this is a regime that organizes stoning to death of women accused of infidelity, a government that smashes unions and workers' strikes.
Re: "Venezuela and Russia Create Bi National Bank" by J. Suggett: I find the cheerful tone of this article not only misleading, but very dangerous as well. Being a Russian, I would like to warn the Venezuelan revolutionaries against trusting the existing regime of Russia.
Will someone explain how Hugo in good conscience can lend support to the clerics in Iran? All the effort invested in good publicity, the spectacular denunciation of Bush at the UN, the support of progressive causes around the world, is wasted, if his true position is 'any enemy of my enemy is a friend.'
Rather than avoid the topic of President Chavez and Iran, as though Chavez is behaving in an aberrant fashion, I wish to see some solid rational political analysis on this matter from this website.
President Chavez supports President Ahmadinejad for good reason; he recognises that Iran's elected government is being undermined by nefarious powers and he knows what the instituting of a neo-liberal agenda will do to Iran's mainly nationalised industries, and to Iran's poor. Chavez himself has had to deal with unrest aided by external forces after elections in Venezuala.
As an Iranian leftist, who has always supported Hugo Chavez, and Venezuela's people for their struggle for their freedom. I just simply couldn't believe the news that Hugo has supported the most dictator president and government in the world.
Dear Mr. Chavez, millions of people have poured in the streets of Iran, begging for freedom and human rights.
Please open your eyes, people need your support. and we will never forget these crucial momemts, our friends and our enemies.
Dear Editor,I am a long time fan of Mario Vargas LLosa - the writer of amazingly good fiction. I also respect his political and social views - however much I disagree with them at times. So it was very disappointing to see his performance in Venezuela. His behaviour right from the beginning on CNN verged in boorish. I fully expected him to disagree with Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution but did he have to do so in such an "American" fashion?
Dear Editor - your headline 'Evo Morales Incites Genocide' is offensive, even if it is meant to be ironic. Many people do not read beyond headlines and the article itself is a difficult mix of reportage and parody. At a time when the Peruvian government is creating its own smokescreen by attacking Evo, such headlines are not helpful. For those who know Venezuela Analysis, it could seem that even Evo's friends are turning against him. best wishes.
OK, so maybe 'Luis Posada Carriles' people', with their arthritic limbs and Alzheimer's-racked minds may have been plotting to kill Hugo Chavez. However, this does not explain his absence from 'Alo Presidente'. Why would Chavez cancel two days of a planned four day program? Certainly he wasn't afraid of Posada Carriles' people barging into the studios of 'Alo Presidente'? If I were a Chavez supporter, I'd be concerned for the president's health. These sorts of unexplained public disappearances are characteristic of a leader with a personality cult around him.
How long will this farce go on. At that recent right wing conference, 'International Conference for Freedom and Democracy' funded by thre National Endowment for Democracy, we see the participants taking control of words like 'freedom' and 'democracy', without actually defining them. Its ironic that they hiold their conference decrying a lack of freedom in Venezuela IN Venezuela!
Brazenly they annouce their real goals:
I am constantly saddened to hear about the sad relationship between Venez/South America & Israel.
I am a former Israeli & Jewish & live in Oz.
I feel Israel is like a Rogue.. without any like "states" I dont agree with the relationship that Israel has with the USA, on the contrary, I wish that Israel was still a socialist place & I wish that Palestinians & Israelis didnt die because of the problems there.