Sunday, September 18, 2005

RE: Venezuela's Political Disaster - September 18, 2005

Dear Journalists,

Below please find link to Internationalist Pedro Mario Burelli's comments on Chavez's visit to the United Nations earlier this week responding to article published in The Washington Post yesterday "Chavez Stirs Things Up at the U.N.Venezuelan Leader Wins Cheers With Rant Against U.S."

..."According to Ric Grenell, the spokesman for the U.S. mission to the United Nations, "We [the U.S.] have not denied a single visa for the Venezuelan delegation,". Grenell states the United States issued the Venezuelans a total of 135 visas, including 88 for Chavez's security detail. "There were 10 submitted very, very late. We are working very, very hard to meet those requests."
So there you have it, the problem is we are dealing – as always - with a deceitful, paranoid, wasteful and disorganized administration. " ...

Still very active reading is the report published by The Economist written by Jennifer McCoy: (please run a search for this Premium content article)

"An insider account of Venezuela's controversial referendum"Sep 2nd 2004 From The Economist print edition

Not many issues have changed since that article was written. To this date just the mention of President Jimmy Carter and Jennifer McCoy's name creates immediate fury from the Venezuelan Opposition. Hopefully, questions to future ballots will be kept simple. There are reports of people who just did not understand the question asked and because of the time pressure to read and vote the wrong answer was submitted with no way to correct it.


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