Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has condemned the United States’ decision to expel the Venezuelan consul general in Miami as “arbitrary and unjustified” this past Monday, and derided the move as “another demonstration of the arrogance of ridiculous imperialism”.
The Venezuelan government has described its arbitration hearing at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) as a “successful defence” after it was told to pay just US$907 million to the Texas-based oil company Exxon in return for the nationalisation of one of its projects in Venezuela.
By Nil Nikandrov - Strategic Culture Foundation, Dec 29th 2011
Nine months ahead of the presidential poll in Venezuela, US President B. Obama gave a written interview to the country's top-conservative and sternly anti-Chavez outlet El Universal. Obama's provocative comments were immediately read as a mobilizing signal by the opposition in Venezuela.
By Eva Gollinger - Correo del Orinoco International, Dec 27th 2011
Dangerous and unfounded accusations could easily be used to justify an attack against Venezuela, as “weapons of mass destruction” was used against Iraq and “protecting the population” was used against Libya.Obama’s reckless bandwagoning of aggression against Venezuela could lead to an unnecessary atrocity.
The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, replied to statements said by his counterpart from the United States, Barack Obama, who criticized the sovereign relationship between Venezuela and Cuba, among others.
Yesterday Venezuelan authorities deported two Colombians accused of drug trafficking and wanted by Interpol with red alerts, the minister for justice and internal affairs, Tareck El Aissami, told press. He described the event as “one of the most important captures we have made in Venezuela”.
In 2002, the AFL-CIO’s international arm known as the “Solidarity Center” was greatly embarrassed when it came to light that it had been supporting actors in Venezuela who participated in the short-lived coup against President Hugo Chavez.
On Monday, the Venezuelan Ministry of Public Affaire issued an additional request for the capture of known terrorist Luis Posada Carriles. While Venezuelan authorities are still waiting for the United States to act on a 2005 extradition request to try Carriles for his involvement in the 1976 downing of a commercial airliner, killing all 73 people on board, this week’s request comes alter Venezuelan prosecutors uncovered his role in, “acts of torture, violation of international laws, illegal detention and physical abuse of prisoners” during his time at the now defunct Directorate of Intelligence and Prevention Services (DISIP).
By Miguel Angel Perez Pirela – Rebelión, Sep 29th 2011
Before saying anything else, I want to state clearly: whoever wants to give in to the temptation of having senseless political discussions about Leopoldo Lopez can go right ahead...Leopoldo Lopez represents no political threat at all to anyone, much less for presidential candidate Hugo Chavez.