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Let me share with you the administration's thoughts about what's taking place in Venezuela. It remains a somewhat fluid situation. But yesterday's events in Venezuela resulted in a change in the government and the assumption of a transitional authority until new elections can be held...
A top secret CIA document from April 14, 2002 shows concern that Latin American governments will view U.S. foreign policy as “hypocritical” because of its sole endorsement of the Carmona coup government. The CIA also seems surprised that the region of Latin America so quickly rejected the coup in Venezuela and that the Carmona government “stunningly collapsed”, which demonstrates a possible out-of-date view of the hemisphere and a failure in intelligence gathering and analysis.
The outcome of the Referendum of December 2 is a major historical event first and foremost for Venezuela but also for the rest of the Americas. A positive vote (Vota 'Sí') will provide the legal framework for the democratization of the political system, the socialization of strategic economic sectors, empower the poor and provide the basis for a self-managed factory system
A decisive vote for 'Sí' will not end US military and political destabilization campaigns but it will certainly undermine and demoralize their collaborators. On December 2, 2007 the Venezuelans have a rendezvous with history.
Originally posted by centurion1211
Nice thought for an idealistic world.
However, back to reality, the first thing a dictator does is make sure that it is almost impossible for anyone to challenge their power. So, your idea to let the people handle it is both naive and unrealistic. Have you not been reading the news about chavez's referendum? The main purpose is to allow him to retain power indefinately, plus give himself even more power.
The Constitutional Assembly itself drafted the new 1999 Venezuelan Constitution. With 350 articles, the document was, as drafted, one of the world's lengthiest constitutions.
It also increased the presidential term of office from five to six years and introduced a presidential two-term limit. The document also introduced provisions for national presidential recall referendums — that is, Venezuelan voters now were to be given the right to remove their president from office before the expiration of the presidential term. Such referendums were to be activated upon provision of petitions with a valid number of signatures.
The president can ask the legislature to reconsider portions of laws he finds objectionable, but a simple parliamentary majority can override these objections.
According to Datos Information Resources, family income amongst the poorest stratum grew more than 150% between 2003 and 2006
President Chávez initiated a program to provide cheaper heating fuel for low income families in several areas of the United States. The program was expanded in September 2006 to include four of New York City's five boroughs, earmarking 25 million gallons of fuel for low-income New York residents at 40% off the wholesale market price. That quantity provides sufficient fuel to heat 70,000 apartments, covering 200,000 New Yorkers, for the entire winter
(and he is right, read "Confessions of an Economic Hitman")
On April 30, 2007 Chávez announced that Venezuela would be formally pulling out of the IMF and the World Bank, having paid off its debts five years ahead of schedule, saving US $8 million in doing so.
he charged them with being an imperial tool that aims to exploit poor countries
Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. has estimated that the Orinoco Belt has 236 billion barrels of heavy crude, which would make it the largest petroleum reserve in the world, before Saudi Arabia Estimates goes as far as 300 billion barrels
Originally posted by Jim_Kraken
reply to post by turbokid
Does the CIA's actions give Chavez license to behave like an autocrat? No, they don't.
Originally posted by LordBaskettIV
reply to post by aaaaa
They have guns there right? Or is that something only the CIA can get for you?
Originally posted by turbokid
reply to post by birchtree
do you think if this wasnt goin on..we would give two rat turds about some random 3rd world country and the plight of their people???? HA !!