Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez declared that he intends to have the
governor of oil-rich Zulia state, Manuel Rosales, convicted and sent to
prison for corruption, drug-trafficking, links to paramilitary death
squads, and plotting to assassinate him.
Can it be? This strange Miami suitcase trial
has come to its last stage. The prosecution and the defense have made
their closing arguments, and Friday the jury began deliberations
on whether to send Franklin Duran to prison for "acting as an
unregistered agent" of the government of Venezuela. Weeks of headlines,
and still nobody knows what that means.
An "erroneous adjustment of the security system" in Venezuela's
electricity grid caused a power outage in 11 of Venezuela's 23 states
on Sunday, from 10:40 in the morning until the evening, according to
the president of the National Electricity Corporation (CORPOELEC),
By Gregory Wilpert - Venezuelanalysis.com, Oct 17th 2008
The September 18, 2008 Human Rights Watch report, “A Decade Under
Chavez,” raises a few problems with regard to the protection of
political rights in Venezuela, but the few places where it is on target
are almost completely drowned in a sea of de-contextualization,
trumped-up accusations, and a clear and obvious bias in favor of the
opposition and against the government.
During a campaign event for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela
(PSUV) in the western state of Zulia on Sunday, President Hugo Chávez
declared that the current governor of Zulia, Manuel Rosales, is behind
a plot to overthrow the national government.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez threatened to "sweep off the map" the
Venezuelan Communist Party (PCV) and fellow leftist party Patria Para
Todos (PPT), both of which have launched alternative candidacies to
those of Chávez's United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) in the
upcoming November 23rd regional and local elections
A close reading of the recent Human Rights Watch "Report" on Venezuela reveals an astonishing number of
blatant falsifications and outright fabrications, glaring deletions of
essential facts, deliberate omissions of key contextual and comparative
considerations and especially a cover-up of systematic long-term,
large-scale security threats to Venezuelan democracy posed by
At the main national launch of the United Socialist Party of
Venezuela's (PSUV) electoral campaign on Sunday Venezuelan president
Hugo Chavez declared that it would be possible to win all the governor
positions but warned against complacency and betrayal and also looked
at the tasks of the revolution beyond the elections.
With a few months left in office, the Bush administration may be
unleashing its last hurrah in Latin America. A "hail Mary" effort to
reclaim the region. Remove its weak democracies in countries like
Bolivia and strong ones in Venezuela.