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Chavez sending troops to Colombian border

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posted on Aug, 1 2010 @ 12:39 AM
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18 Gains of the Venezuelan Revolution

  1. Written a new constitution. Fifty percent of it was written directly by the population. It was put to a referendum and it won the support of 70% of voters. This constitution extended the democratic, social and human rights of the population far beyond the boundaries of a simple parliamentary democracy. The constitution calls for participatory democratic bodies of people to organise and implement new initiatives, such as the ones mentioned here.
  2. Eradicated illiteracy according to United Nations standards.
  3. Lowered the infant mortality rate.
  4. Created 3000 new Bolivarian schools.
  5. Brought in more than 1.5 million people into the education system free of charge.
  6. Established a free university system aimed at the poor majority traditionally excluded from tertiary education (the poor receive free textbooks, free transport to university, free meals at university). Students and staff also work together democratically to create the curriculum.
  7. Built more houses for the poor in two years than in the previous 20 years under the old governments.
  8. Created access to fresh, clean and safe water for millions of people for the first time in their lives.
  9. Re-distributed millions of hectares of unused, idle yet arable (agriculturally usable) land to landless poor people.
  10. Renamed Columbus Day (Christopher Columbus the ‘explorer’) Invasion Day and are rebuilding the nations’ knowledge of real indigenous history and indigenous resistance.
  11. Opened popular food markets which buy food from food cooperatives, it then gets sold in the popular food markets at 30% below the price of food in the big supermarket chain stores.
  12. Opened 1000 free kitchens have been opened to provide free meals for people without homes.
  13. Constructed a massive free healthcare system which now provides free healthcare for the first time in history to poor workers and unemployed people.
  14. Struggled for and won back control of the gigantic oil industry (off corrupt executives and top management) which is now managed jointly by the government and the oil workers.
  15. Increased taxes on corporations, and forced them to actually pay their taxes (McDonalds and Coca Cola were shutdown for three days as punishment for avoiding payment of their full tax bill).
  16. Increased the minimum wage by 30% in 2004 (this was not the first increase since 1998). Government revenue from corporate taxes and oil sales have been used for many social programs and minimum wage increases.
  17. Banned employers sacking workers (which was declared by the government in early 2003). This has been extended and continues, allowing the rapid growth of a strongly rank-and-file-active democratic trade union movement that is washing away the pro-boss unions.
  18. Recognition of domestic work, extending permanent social security payments to people who do domestic labour (mainly women), none of this payment is taken away if their companion is in work.




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posted on Aug, 1 2010 @ 12:44 AM
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From our good ol friends at the CIA.

Columbia Military Info

Manpower available for military service:

males age 16-49: 11,556,939
females age 16-49: 11,609,122 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:

males age 16-49: 8,957,960
females age 16-49: 9,763,655 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:

male: 432,280
female: 416,051 (2010 est.)


Venezuela Military Info

Manpower available for military service:

males age 16-49: 6,891,648
females age 16-49: 7,047,565 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:

males age 16-49: 5,504,152
females age 16-49: 5,976,339 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:

male: 276,612
female: 273,819 (2010 est.)

CIA Factbook



posted on Aug, 1 2010 @ 12:45 AM
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Thanks Ghost.

Will look into some of these.



posted on Aug, 1 2010 @ 01:02 AM
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Wow. If those facts you list are accurate, they are very interesting. I don't have a sense of what they mean in context, but it SOUNDS good, anyway.

Pretty convincing case you build for what he has done there in Venezuela. How does a guy do so much (seeming) good for the actual PEOPLE of a country and not have an airplane accident like Poland's?

Do I sound jaded? :/



posted on Aug, 1 2010 @ 10:10 AM
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Originally posted by mr. toddly
The coming New World Order has only a few obstacles left before we get our shiny new one world government. Most notably, those obstacles are Iran, North Korea, Pakistan and Venezuela.


I posit that anyone posting stuff like that didn't travel much outside the cave they normally reside in.

Go to France, or Germany, and if you feel lucky, try out Russia. They'll use some choice body language to convey their feelings about the New World Order and all that other cr@p theories du jour. Call me when you are done.

I've been to Venezuela and its an armpit.
Not so much a stalwart of independence.
OK, let me translate it into plain English -- they suck and I wouldn't read a newspaper article about that excuse of a country.



posted on Aug, 1 2010 @ 02:01 PM
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I don't believe anyone suggested the people of countries such as Germany and France were big fans of the New World Order, only that their governments have signed on. You do accept there is a difference, no? And, yes, I've been to Germany, France and numerous other countries that are under the thumb of the New World Order. And I can tell you, most of the people aren't crazy for their respective governments, and they won't be for the new one we're all about to get over the coming years.

You may call Venezuela an "armpit of a country", but it is not Chavez who made it that way. The oil elite of Venezuela kept all of the wealth and riches for themselves and put nothing back into the society, so Chavez has essentially had to start from scratch. You can't blame him for pre-existing conditions he did not create and has been fighting to improve.



posted on Aug, 1 2010 @ 03:43 PM
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Originally posted by AntiShyster
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Wow. If those facts you list are accurate, they are very interesting. I don't have a sense of what they mean in context, but it SOUNDS good, anyway.

Pretty convincing case you build for what he has done there in Venezuela. How does a guy do so much (seeming) good for the actual PEOPLE of a country and not have an airplane accident like Poland's?

Do I sound jaded? :/


Well he is pretty good at removing opposition. Shutting down or taking over media outlets that do not tow the line. Although that power has weakened as of late. He got his support from the poor a very large class in Venezuela. That however is falling as he has pretty much run the economy into the gutter at this point. They are doing some pretty heavy power rationing to try and stop a complete power collapse. Lower oil prices and the loss of foriegn specialists (do to nationalizing buinsess) to maintain its oil producing capabities has put them in a very bad spot. They have agreeded to trade oil to China to fund work on fixing the collapsing oil infrastructure but, that will take a few years. He has gotten the unemployment rate down to about 10% but, the inflation rate is one of the worst in the world around 37%. So while the poor may have jobs that income does not go far and that is just going to keep getting worse. He also has been trying to become less dependent on the US for oil sales and oil by-products with some limited success. If he can distract the public with things like Colombia he may be able to buy some time and get things in hand before the poor completely turn against him.




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