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.
When we read in the American press
that two officials from Human Rights Watch have been booted out of
Venezuela, our first thought will not be, "what did they do". It won't
be. We expect people who work for Human Rights Watch to, well, watch
By Ministry of Communication and Information, Sep 23rd 2008
The following is a translation of a document produced by the Venezuelan
Ministry for Communication and Information. It is a summary of the
content of the 26 laws passed by the National Executive and also seeks
to debunk some of the myths spread by the opposition.
The Venezuelan government expelled two employees of the U.S-based NGO
Human Rights Watch (HRW), Americas Director José Miguel Vivanco and
Americas Deputy Director Daniel Wilkinson, after the two presented a
report that harshly
criticized the "government's willful disregard" for fundamental rights.
Human Rights Watch focuses on the issues of political discrimination,
the separation of powers, and the media in Venezuela, but misrepresents
the realities of all three, taking what are at best isolated incidents
and portraying them as common occurrences.
In a presentation to the Venezuelan National Assembly (AN) on
Wednesday, former Vice-President José Vicente Rangel detailed the
results of his ongoing investigations into plots to assassinate
President Hugo Chávez and overthrow the government.
On Wednesday night Mario Silva, on the program "La Hojilla" (The Razor
Blade) showed a recording from an unidentified source in which various
military personnel, some retired and some active, were planning a coup
against Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.