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.
Chavez critics don't explain Venezuelan law or how Supreme Court rulings interpret it. Nor do they report how the Enabling Law works, that the nation's Constitution authorizes it, that four other presidents used it, among many other things. How can they? It would expose their false accusations and discredit their entire argument.
Over the weekend and today, almost all of the candidates of the United
Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) registered for the upcoming
November 23 state and regional elections in the National Electoral
Council (CNE) office, many accompanied by large marches of their
Venezuela's Supreme Court issued a series of decisions Tuesday and Wednesday that validated the Comptroller General's ruling to temporarily
disqualify nearly 300 opposition and pro-Chavez Venezuelans accused of
corruption from holding public office.