12 de Septiembre, 2008

Aviones rusos en Venezuela "no tienen armas nucleares"

Por Venezuela Real - 12 de Septiembre, 2008, 23:58, Categoría: Política Internacional

El Universal
12 de septiembre de 2008

McCormack dijo que aeronaves eran "material de la Guerra Fría"

Washington.- El Gobierno ruso aclaró ayer que los bombarderos de ese país que están en Venezuela no llevan consigo armas nucleares, así lo dijo el consejero del comandante en jefe de la Fuerza Aérea, Vladimir Drik.

Precisó que " las tripulaciones realizarán, desde una base aérea de Venezuela, varios vuelos sobre aguas neutrales del Atlántico y del mar Caribe. El regreso de los bombarderos TU-160 a su base (en Rusia) está previsto para el 15 de septiembre", citó AFP.

"El vuelo se ha realizado conforme a un plan elaborado anteriormente por decisión del comandante supremo" (el presidente ruso Dimitri Medvedev), añadió Drik.

Por su parte, el portavoz de la diplomacia rusa, Andrei Nesterenko, dijo que "Rusia no dispone de bases militares en América Latina. El aterrizaje de aviones en una base aérea venezolana se efectuó conforme a un acuerdo cerrado con anterioridad", comentó.
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AN crea comisión especial para averiguar supuesta conspiración

Por Venezuela Real - 12 de Septiembre, 2008, 23:55, Categoría: Historia Oficial

Pedro Pablo Peñaloza
EL UNIVERSAL
12 de septiembre de 2008

Diputados acusaron al Movimiento 2D, a Ravell y a Otero de complotar
La presidenta de la Asamblea Nacional, Cilia Flores, cargó contra los medios y afirmó que las elecciones de noviembre no se suspenderán

La comisión delegada del Parlamento designó una "comisión especial para investigar la conspiración y organización del golpe de Estado y magnicidio en contra del comandante presidente", Hugo Chávez.

La mencionada instancia tendrá como objetivo investigar las denuncias hechas por el dirigente del PSUV Mario Silva, la noche del miércoles durante la transmisión del programa La Hojilla. Silva presentó una grabación donde presuntamente los oficiales retirados Wilfredo Barroso Herrera, Carlos Alberto Millán Millán y Eduardo Báez Torrealba plantean la posibilidad de asesinar a Chávez.

La presidenta de la AN, Cilia Flores, acusó al director general de Globovisión, Alberto Federico Ravell, el editor del diario El Nacional, Miguel Henrique Otero, y al Movimiento 2D, encabezado por el mismo Otero, de estar involucrados en el complot que supuestamente pretende defenestrar al jefe de Estado.

Flores afirmó que "partidos políticos" estarían detrás de este plan y cuando se le solicitó que los identificara respondió: "La comisión que se encargará de investigar va a recabar todos los elementos probatorios. El Ministerio Público y la Fiscalía y los tribunales militares tendrán que hacer lo propio. Lo importante es que esta es una denuncia que se está haciendo, donde hay personas que están hablando, dando datos y nombres (...) Los medios tratan de encubrir los autores de estos delitos de conspiración porque están implicados".

A la parlamentaria se le preguntó la fecha de la grabación expuesta por Silva y contestó: "Sí, ya les voy a decir".
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"El debate es que hay un movimiento insurreccional, conspirativo, que está tratando de dar un golpe de Estado", sintetizó Flores, que enfatizó tajantemente: "Ni va a haber golpe con éxito ni se suspenderán las elecciones" del 23 de noviembre.

Así como sectores de la oposición han planteado llevar sus quejas contras las leyes habilitantes a la Organización de Estados Americanos, los legisladores oficialistas acordaron repartir las supuestas pruebas del complot a todos los foros internacionales posibles. Incluso las entregarán a las misiones diplomáticas radicadas en el país.

Flores prometió que "le vamos a hacer seguimiento a la conducta de los medios" y, en reiteradas ocasiones, recordó lo ocurrido en abril de 2002. "Tratan de crear condiciones para que aquí se produzca ese golpe de Estado", insistió.

Sin razón En este debate intervinieron 15 representantes. La mayoría acusó a sus detractores de intentar desestabilizar el país, aupados por los medios de comunicación y Estados Unidos, para impedir los comicios regionales.

La única voz disidente la alzó Ismael García, quien rechazó cualquier acción conspirativa. "Eso sería revolver las aguas para darle la razón a quien hoy no la tiene", reflexionó el podemista, que deseó larga vida a Chávez y precisó: "El Presidente tiene una fecha y un día en la Constitución". García ratificó que "el país requiere que se produzcan cambios en los gobiernos regionales", y se desmarcó de la conspiración. "Jamás participaríamos de alguna cosa de esas, se le estaría dando la razón para que el Gobierno utilice una situación como esta para perseguir a quien se le ocurra".

La comisión especial estará dirigida por Mario Isea y contará con otros 12 integrantes. Esta mañana reciben a Silva.



Advierten a Arias sobre acciones de Chávez

Por Venezuela Real - 12 de Septiembre, 2008, 23:54, Categoría: Política Internacional

El Universal

12 de septiembre de 2008

El Grupo 40 envió una carta al presidente de Costa Rica

San José.- El denominado "Grupo 400+", que aglutina a opositores y críticos del presidente Hugo Chávez, dijo estar "alarmado" por recientes elogios dirigidos por el mandatario costarricense a su par venezolano, durante una reciente visita a Bruselas.

"Quienes en Venezuela nos confesamos demócratas, estamos alarmados por sus declaraciones en la conferencia de prensa que ofreciera usted en Bruselas, alabando la 'solidaridad y generosidad' del presidente de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, para con otros países".

La declaración del grupo está contenida en una carta abierta dirigida a Arias, titulada "Confusión entre expoliación y generosidad", que publica el diario costarricense La Nación, reseñó DPA.

La carta está encabezada con la firma del ex embajador de Venezuela ante las Naciones Unidas, Diego Arria, acompañada de 400 firmas más del "Grupo 400+".

En una conferencia de prensa ofrecida la semana pasada en Bruselas, tras visitar el Parlamento Europeo, Arias lanzó varios elogios por la "generosidad" de Chávez con algunos países amigos de Venezuela, aunque aclaró que no compartía algunas posiciones políticas y actuaciones del mandatario venezolano. Las declaraciones del también Premio Nobel de la Paz se produjeron cuando Costa Rica negocia su ingreso a Petrocaribe.
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Miguel H. Otero : "Plan de magnicidio es otro trapo rojo del Gobierno"

Por Venezuela Real - 12 de Septiembre, 2008, 23:48, Categoría: Política Nacional

V. Castillo
El Universal
12 de septiembre de 2008

Miguel H. Otero dice que la grabación del complot podría ser un montaje
Ravell rechazó acusaciones contra Globovisión

"Las cárceles deberían estar llenas de los que han intentado magnicidios anteriores. Cada vez que viene una elección denuncian un magnicidio y yo no conozco un solo preso por magnicidio", dijo Alberto Federico Ravell, director de Globovisión, en respuesta a la denuncia que ayer realizaron diversos funcionarios del Gobierno en relación a un plan para derrocar a Hugo Chávez.

Desde la sede del Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE) adonde acudió para conocer las normas de publicidad y propaganda de cara a los comicios regionales del próximo 23 de noviembre, Ravell se refirió a la manifestación que en apoyo al Presidente prepara el oficialismo, y a las palabras de Cilia Flores, presidenta del Parlamento, relacionando al canal de noticias con el supuesto complot.

"Creo que no tiene que llamar a ninguna manifestación. Sólo tiene que llevar a ese acto a todas las personas de su familia que trabajan en la Asamblea, que estoy seguro que va a llenar una plaza pública importante".
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Washington, Morales pull ambassadors

Por Venezuela Real - 12 de Septiembre, 2008, 21:08, Categoría: Política Internacional

Carlos Valdez
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
September 12, 2008

8 dead in anti-government protests

A supporter of the governing Movement for Socialism party, is armed with an iron with nails at a blockade near Santa Cruz.

Bus passengers are forced to finish their journey on foot after the vehicle was stopped by a blockade near Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The eastern city is an opposition stronghold. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

LA PAZ, Bolivia | Anti-government protesters fought backers of President Evo Morales on Thursday in Bolivia's pro-autonomy east with clubs, machetes and guns and seized more natural gas fields.

At least eight people were killed and 20 injured in street fights, authorities reported.

Meanwhile, U.S. officials - angered by Mr. Morales' decision to expel Washington's ambassador after accusing him of inciting opposition protesters - responded Thursday by kicking out Bolivia's top diplomat. Earlier in the day, Bolivian officials told U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that they wanted to maintain ties.

In a show of solidarity with his ally Mr. Morales, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave the U.S. ambassador to his country 72 hours to leave and announced the recall of Venezuela's ambassador to Washington.
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Venezuela's Chavez says US ambassador must leave

Por Venezuela Real - 12 de Septiembre, 2008, 21:07, Categoría: Política Internacional

Christopher Toothaker
Associated Press
September 12, 2008

CARACAS, Venezuela—President Hugo Chavez ordered the U.S. ambassador to leave Venezuela within 72 hours on Thursday, accusing the diplomat of conspiring against his government and saying he would also withdraw his own envoy from Washington immediately.

Chavez made the move in solidarity with Bolivia after his Andean ally expelled the U.S. diplomat there, accusing him of aiding violent protests. He said a new American ambassador will not be welcome in Caracas "until there's a U.S. government that respects the people of Latin America," suggesting that diplomatic relations will be scaled back until President Bush leaves the White House.

"They're trying to do here what they were doing in Bolivia," Chavez said, accusing Washington of trying to oust him.

"That's enough ... from you, Yankees," Chavez said, using an expletive. Waving his fists in the air, he added: "I hold the government of the United States responsible for being behind all the conspiracies against our nations!"

Holding up a watch to check the time, Chavez declared: "From this moment, the Yankee ambassador in Caracas has 72 hours to leave Venezuela!" He told his foreign minister to recall Venezuela's ambassador to Washington, Bernardo Alvarez, "before they kick him out of there."
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Bolivian political clashes spark diplomatic crisis

Por Venezuela Real - 12 de Septiembre, 2008, 21:05, Categoría: Política Internacional

Carlos Valdez
The Boston Globe
September 12, 2008

Bolivia's President Evo Morales delivers a speech at the presidential palace in La Paz, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008. Morales said Wednesday that he is expelling the U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia, Philip Goldberg, for allegedly inciting violent opposition protests.

LA PAZ, Bolivia—Violent clashes over this fractured nation's political future have claimed eight lives and unleashed a diplomatic crisis, with Bolivia and the U.S. expelling each other's ambassadors.

Venezuela, meanwhile, kicked out its top U.S. diplomat and the South American allies demanded that Washington stay out of their affairs.

Anti-government protesters fought backers of President Evo Morales in Bolivia's pro-autonomy east with clubs, machetes and guns Thursday, killing at least eight people and injuring 20, authorities reported.

The demonstrators also seized natural gas fields, halting half of Bolivia's gas exports to Brazil, its No. 1 customer, for nearly seven hours, according to the affected Transierra pipeline company.

"We're going to tolerate only so much. Patience has its limits," Morales told supporters on Thursday. The Aymara Indian and former coca growers' union leader has so far hesitated to mobilize the military, fearing major bloodshed.

Vice President Alvaro Garcia announced a day of national mourning.
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Venezuela expels U.S. ambassador

Por Venezuela Real - 12 de Septiembre, 2008, 21:03, Categoría: Política Internacional

Patrick J. McDonnel / Chris Kraul
Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2008

President Hugo Chavez says he's acting in solidarity with Bolivia, which ordered the U.S. envoy there to leave. The move is another setback in the region for Washington.

BUENOS AIRES -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Thursday that he was expelling the U.S. ambassador in the latest escalation of tensions between Washington and Latin American leftists.

The move came a day after Bolivian President Evo Morales, a close Chavez ally, accused the U.S. envoy in his country of fostering divisions and ordered him to leave.

On Thursday, chaos worsened in Bolivia as clashes between government sympathizers and opponents in a remote province left at least eight dead and dozens injured. And Washington retaliated for the expulsion of Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg by telling Bolivia's ambassador, Gustavo Guzman, to leave.

In a speech laced with obscenities directed at the United States, Chavez told a cheering crowd that he acted in solidarity with Morales. Earlier, he said his country would come to Morales' aid if "Yankee stooges" tried to oust him.

Chavez and the Bush administration have been bitter rivals for years. Although this latest step signals a further deterioration, it is not clear how the expulsions will affect the region's political and economic stability.
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Alleging Coup Plot, Chávez Ousts U.S. Envoy

Por Venezuela Real - 12 de Septiembre, 2008, 21:02, Categoría: Política Internacional

SIMON ROMERO
The New York Times
Septembre 12, 2008

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela said Thursday that he was expelling the American ambassador, Patrick Duddy, giving him 72 hours to leave the country. Mr. Chávez took this step after he said his government had discovered an American-supported plot by military officers to topple him.

He also recalled his ambassador to Washington, Bernardo Álvarez, and explained his decision by expressing solidarity with Bolivia's embattled president, Evo Morales, who on Wednesday expelled the American ambassador there, Philip S. Goldberg, accusing him of supporting rebellious groups in eastern Bolivia. The State Department responded by saying it was declaring Bolivia's ambassador to Washington persona non grata.

"When there is a new government in the United States, we'll send an ambassador," Mr. Chávez said, using an expletive to refer to Americans.

The move by Mr. Chávez marks a low point in political relations with the United States, which imported more than $40 billion in oil from Venezuela last year. Trade between the countries has remained resilient, topping $50 billion in 2007, despite repeated threats by Mr. Chávez to halt oil exports to the United States, a warning he reiterated on Thursday.
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Bolivia: "no a injerencia exterior"

Por Venezuela Real - 12 de Septiembre, 2008, 20:59, Categoría: Injerencia de/en Venezuela

Mery Vaca
BBC Mundo
12 de septiembre de 2008

Las Fuerzas Armadas bolivianas rechazaron este viernes el ofrecimiento del presidente de Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, de llevar a cabo una intervención armada en caso de que se produzca un golpe de estado en Bolivia.

"Señor presidente de Venezuela, señor Hugo Chávez, y a la comunidad internacional les decimos que las Fuerzas Armadas rechazan enfáticamente intromisiones externas de cualquier índole, vengan de donde vengan y no permitirán que ningún militar ni fuerza extranjera pise el territorio nacional", dijo el general Luis Trigo, comandante en jefe de las Fuerzas Armadas de Bolivia, en conferencia de prensa.

El militar leyó un comunicado de la institución armada en el que se "rechaza de manera firme y contundente cualquier tipo de intromisión en asuntos que son de competencia nacional".
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La declaración de las Fuerzas Armadas llega un día después de que Chávez dijera que si al presidente boliviano, Evo Morales, lo derrocaran o mataran, le estarían "dando luz verde para apoyar cualquier movimiento armado en Bolivia".

Sin comentarios del gobierno

Las declaraciones de Chávez no merecieron comentario alguno de parte del Gobierno.

Saudis to ignore OPEC decision to cut production

Por Venezuela Real - 12 de Septiembre, 2008, 20:55, Categoría: Petróleo/Energía

Jad Mouawad
Herald Tribune
September 12, 2008

VIENNA: Hours after suffering a rare setback at OPEC headquarters, where the oil cartel said its members needed to lower production to keep prices from sinking below $100 a barrel, Saudi officials assured world markets Wednesday that they would ignore the decision and continue to pump as much oil as needed.

The marathon late-night session illustrated the new pressures and power politics at play in the group that controls 40 percent of world oil production - and how ineffective it can be. The meeting might be a harbinger of things to come, as OPEC faces its most difficult challenge in years: how to respond to falling prices in a weakening and uncertain global environment.

The Saudis made their strategy clear in informal talks and briefings with some oil industry analysts and reporters, but as it is their custom they would not speak for attribution because they did not want to appear to undermine a collective decision by OPEC that they endorsed publicly.

The confusion surrounding the meeting briefly slowed the decline in prices as oil markets tried to untangle the cartel's byzantine decision. But thanks to the Saudi assurance and lower oil consumption data, oil for October delivery was down 37 cents at $102.89 a barrel on Wednesday afternoon in New York. The price has dropped 30 percent since its July peak of $147.27.

OPEC members are getting anxious as oil approaches $100 a barrel. In its surprise decision after a six-hour meeting that began late Tuesday and stretched well into the night, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said its members had agreed to pare down their production and comply strictly with targets set up last year but that were largely ignored.
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Honduras suspende credenciales de embajador de EE.UU.

Por Venezuela Real - 12 de Septiembre, 2008, 20:53, Categoría: Política Internacional

 Se rumora que el gobierno venezolano también presiona a  los gobiernos de Ecuador y Paraguay para que sigan el ejemplo boliviano.

Sean McCormack
September 12, 2008

We regret the actions of both President Hugo Chavez and President Evo Morales to expel our ambassadors in Venezuela and Bolivia.  This reflects the weakness and desperation of these leaders as they face serious internal challenges and an inability to communicate effectively internationally in order to build international support.

The charges leveled against our fine ambassadors by the leaders of Bolivia and Venezuela are false – and the leaders of those countries know it.  The only meaningful conspiracy in the region is the common commitment of democratic countries to enhance opportunities for their citizens.  The only overthrow we seek is that of poverty.

As is well known in the region, we continue to focus on our larger positive agenda for the hemisphere, which we call a social justice agenda for the hemisphere.  The values that we and our democratic friends favor are carrying the day in the hemisphere.  Governments from center-left to center-right are implementing pragmatic policies designed to help their citizens prosper in a globalized economy.  These policies are favored by the vast majority of people in the hemisphere.  No country has ever improved the well-being of its citizens by antagonizing neighbors and refraining from fruitful integration with the world's democracies.

Those who shout the loudest are not making the real news in the Americas.  The real story of our time is the quiet, evolutionary change promoted by pragmatic governments and their constituencies who want to improve the lives of their citizens.  Those changes will not occur over night, and we still have work to be done.  But we are on the right path, and will continue to work with our democratic partners to better the lives of our citizens.

Carl E. Meacham
Senior Professional Staff Member (Latin America)
Republican Staff
Committee on Foreign Relations
United States Senate
Tel: (202) 224-6797
Fax:(202) 224-0836

Treasury Targets Venezuelan Government Officials Supporting the FARC

Por Venezuela Real - 12 de Septiembre, 2008, 20:04, Categoría: Prensa Internacional

September 12, 2008

Washington, DC--The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated two senior Venezuelan government officials, Hugo Armando Carvajal Barrios and Henry de Jesus Rangel Silva, and one former official, Ramon Rodriguez Chacin, for materially assisting the narcotics trafficking activities of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a narco-terrorist organization.


"Today's designation exposes two senior Venezuelan government officials and one former official who armed, abetted, and funded the FARC, even as it terrorized and kidnapped innocents," said Adam J. Szubin, Director of OFAC. "This is OFAC's sixth action in the last ten months against the FARC. We will continue to target and isolate those individuals and entities that aid the FARC's deadly narco-terrorist activities in the Americas."

Hugo Armando Carvajal Barrios is the Director of Venezuela's Military Intelligence Directorate (DGIM).  His assistance to the FARC includes protecting drug shipments from seizure by Venezuelan anti-narcotics authorities and providing weapons to the FARC, allowing them to maintain their stronghold of the coveted Arauca Department.   Arauca, which is located on the Colombia/Venezuela border, is known for coca cultivation and cocaine production.  Carvajal Barrios also provides the FARC with official Venezuelan government identification documents that allow FARC members to travel to and from Venezuela with ease.
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Plea Agreement USA v Moises Maionica

Por Venezuela Real - 12 de Septiembre, 2008, 19:22, Categoría: Documentos/Audiovisuales

UNITES STATES DISCTRIC COURT
Southern District of Florida
January 25, 2008

Descargar documento  (pdf - 185 kb)

U.S. Calls Venezuelan Officials Rebel Supporters

Por Venezuela Real - 12 de Septiembre, 2008, 19:19, Categoría: Política Internacional

SIMON ROMERO
The New York Times
Spetember 12, 2008

CARACAS, Venezuela — The United States stepped up the diplomatic skirmish with its left-wing adversaries in Latin America on Friday, saying it would expel the Venezuelan ambassador and declaring that Venezuela’s top two intelligence officials had supported the “narco-terrorist activities” of rebels in the region.

Venezuela’s Embassy in Washington on Friday. Political disputes between the United States and Venezuela are on the rise.

The moves heightened the political tensions that have been building between the United States and Venezuela and Bolivia in recent days, sending shudders through financial markets here and rekindling fears in Washington of a cold war-style contest in the region as Venezuela grows increasingly close to Russia.

The recent salvos began on Wednesday, when Bolivia’s embattled president, Evo Morales, expelled the American ambassador there, Philip S. Goldberg, accusing him of supporting rebellious groups in eastern Bolivia.

Then on Thursday, President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela said he was expelling the American ambassador to his country, Patrick Duddy, expressing solidarity with Mr. Morales and contending that an American-supported coup plot against him had been discovered.

The State Department responded by declaring Bolivia’s ambassador to Washington persona non grata. Then on Friday morning, it said it would expel Venezuela’s ambassador, while the Treasury Department accused the Venezuelan intelligence officials of aiding Colombia’s largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, “even as it terrorized and kidnapped innocents.”

It was the first time the United States declared specific Venezuelan officials to be supporters of the FARC, but the designation stopped short of a more serious option debated in Washington in recent months: classifying Venezuela as a state sponsor of terrorism. Such a move could significantly affect the $50 billion in annual trade between the countries, potentially rendering Venezuela’s oil off limits to American markets.

Still, a Bush administration official said the expulsion of the American ambassador would inject fresh urgency into those deliberations, and that new economic steps against Venezuela were being explored.
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McCain Attacks Obama Over Venezuela

Por Venezuela Real - 12 de Septiembre, 2008, 19:18, Categoría: Prensa Internacional

Glenn Kessler
Washington Post
September 12, 2008


Sen. John McCain today blasted the expulsion of the U.S. ambassador from Venezuela -- and at the same time the Republican presidential nominee sharply attacked his Democratic rival for suggesting he would meet with Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez during his first year in office.

Relations between the two countries have been particularly strained in recent days as U.S. officials have accused Venezuela of falling short in the war on drugs, including claiming three top Chavez aides of helping Colombian guerrillas traffic cocaine and topple the Colombian government. Chavez expelled the ambassador Thursday -- and the U.S quickly ordered the Venezuelan ambassador to leave -- after Bolivian President Evo Morales ousted the U.S. ambassador after claiming Washington was plotting to overthrow his government.

"I am deeply disappointed by the decision of Venezuela's government to expel U.S. Ambassador Duddy," McCain said in a statement "This diplomatic escalation, which follows Bolivia's expulsion of the American ambassador there, reminds us anew of the dangerous trends in our own hemisphere."

McCain asserted that he has "worked with America's allies in order to strengthen our relationships in this crucial region, one to which so many American citizens have deep economic, family and cultural ties."

By contrast, he said, Sen. Barak Obama "calls for meeting directly and unconditionally with the region's worst tyrants.... Rather than focus on strengthening America's ties with friends and allies, he has pledged to sit down with dictators in Venezuela and Cuba in the first year of his presidency. Such a course of action would undermine our democratic allies and embolden anti-American dictators. The United States, and our partners throughout Latin America, cannot afford Senator Obama's brand of unilateralism that rewards Hugo Chavez and his dangerous despotism."
In July 2007, Obama was asked during the CNN-YouTube debate a specific question: "Would you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries?"

Obama answered, "I would" -- generating controversy and grief for the candidate ever since.
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US stops being polite as spat with Venezuela grows

Por Venezuela Real - 12 de Septiembre, 2008, 19:16, Categoría: Política Internacional

FOSTER KLUG / IAN JAMES
Washington Post
September 12, 2008

WASHINGTON -- The United States stopped trying to be polite Friday in an escalating diplomatic shoving match with the populist leaders of Venezuela and Bolivia. Washington slapped new sanctions on three aides close to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and called him weak and desperate. The Venezuelan ambassador got the boot for good measure, a move that was purely for show. Chavez had already brought his man home.

"Those who shout the loudest are not making the real news in the Americas," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said after Chavez used bathroom profanity to accuse the Americans of meddling in Latin America.

The rupture began Wednesday when Bolivian President Evo Morales expelled the U.S. ambassador there, accusing him of inciting violent protests. Chavez followed suit Thursday, accusing the "U.S. empire" of helping plot a coup against him. He later gave the American ambassador 72 hours to quit the country.

McCormack adopted a grave tone to read a long defense to reporters Friday.

"The only meaningful conspiracy in the region is the common commitment of democratic countries to enhance opportunities for their citizens," he said. "The only overthrow we seek is that of poverty."
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Chávez ordenó silenciar a Antonini

Por Venezuela Real - 12 de Septiembre, 2008, 19:15, Categoría: Corrupción

Carlos Crespo
TalCual
12 de septiembre de 2008

Moisés Maiónica aseguró que, por órdenes de Chávez, el director de la Disip le ofreció dos millones de dólares a Antonini para que este guardara silencio
Maiónica aseguró que los Gobiernos de Venezuela y Argentina realizaron una operación para intentar silenciar a Antonini

La petición hecha por Guido Antonini Wilson de obtener dos millones de dólares por su silencio fue respondida positivamente por el jefe de la Dirección General de los Servicios de Inteligencia y Prevención (Disip), Henry Rangel Silva, en una reunión que sostuvo con el testigo "estrella" de la fiscalía estadounidense, ésto con el beneplácito del presidente de la República.

Así lo aseguró el abogado venezolano Moisés Maiónica en la continuación de su testimonio ante una corte federal en Miami que lleva el juicio contra el venezolano Franklin Durán. El empresario es acusado de actuar como un "agente" del Gobierno para tratar de encubrir el origen y destino de los 790 mil 550 dólares que transportaba Antonini desde Caracas hasta Argentina, supuestamente para el financiamiento de la campaña de la entonces candidata Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

Según el testimonio del jurista, quien se declaró culpable de las mismas acusaciones que pesan sobre Durán, la reunión se produjo el pasado 4 de diciembre y en esta se le ofreció a Antonini, aparte de los $ 2 millones, el forjamiento de dos facturas, relacionadas con la compra de equipos antimotines, como manera de justificar el dinero incautado en Buenos Aires. En la reunión habrían participado Juan Bracamonte, Rangel Silva y el propio Durán.
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U.S. and Venezuela escalate crisis

Por Venezuela Real - 12 de Septiembre, 2008, 19:14, Categoría: Política Internacional

Frank Jack Daniel / Arshad Mohammed
Washington Post
September 12, 2008

CARACAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on Venezuelan officials it accused of helping Colombian rebels smuggle drugs, deepening a diplomatic crisis that raised the specter of an oil supply cutoff.

The U.S. Treasury Department said Venezuela's top two intelligence chiefs and a recently retired interior minister of had assisted Marxist guerrillas fighting the U.S.-backed Colombian government to traffic in cocaine and guns.

The United States banned U.S. citizens from having dealings with the officials and froze any U.S. assets they may own.

The sanctions were announced in Washington a day after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened to stop crude sales to the United States and expelled the U.S. ambassador, plunging relations to the lowest point in years.

Chavez acted after his ally Bolivian President Evo Morales threw out the U.S. ambassador, accusing him of stirring up protests against the leftist government.
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Desprecio por la Constitución

Por Venezuela Real - 12 de Septiembre, 2008, 19:13, Categoría: Imagen gobierno / Chávez

Pompeyo Márquez
TalCual
12 de septiembre de 2008

Chávez rompe el juego político y pisoteala Constitución cuando avanza en sus planes de imponerle al país nuevos modos de vida. El 2D una mayoría rechazó el modelo de país que el autócrata quería establecer mediante una reforma constitucional que entraba en abierta contradicción con la Carta Magna.

En ella se establece en forma categórica que Venezuela será para siempre una República democrática, descentralizada y alternativa. La reforma iba en vía contraria. Eso fue rechazado. Las 26 leyes que según su confesión le ha "clavado" a los venezolanos tienen todas un punto de partida: la concentración de poderes aún más en manos de un autócrata y se acentúa la militarización del país. Todo ello ocurre en momentos cuando se está inmerso en un proceso electoral para escoger gobernadores y alcaldes. Chávez, temeroso de una derrota, altera por completo el funcionamiento de la República. Quiere crear ciudades socialistas, inventa ahora la creación de comunas y superpone a los gobernadores y alcaldes una especie de vice-cónsules para ejercer una autoridad que destroza por completo la institucionalidad democrática.

A Chávez se le dijo NO el 2D. Este es el hecho.
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