Update - July 15, 2006
The following text is from www.universal.com:
"Despite reports of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez' plans to visit North Korea -a possibility that caused discomfort in the US State Department- Pyongyang is not included in Chávez' upcoming international travel. The Venezuelan parliament authorized Chávez to travel abroad on July 19-August 2. He is to visit seven countries in South America, Europe and Asia".
However, please know that Chavez's representatives have been traveling back and forth to Pyongyang.
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Venezuela's Political Disaster - July 14, 2006
While there is a declaration of Open War in the Middle East, there are news reports that Chavez is providing Venezuelan passports to Islamic activists as reported on CNN by Lou Dobbs "Venezuela Fueling Illegal Immigration Crisis." :
DOBBS: The United States is warning tonight that Venezuela is now actively fueling this nation's illegal immigration crisis. With the help of Fidel Castro's Cuba, Venezuela's counterfeit document industry could also be helping potential radical Islamist terrorists gain entry into this country. Bill Tucker reports.
BILL TUCKER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Terrorist groups like al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah may be no further away than 1,400 miles from Florida, with the front door to America open in Venezuela. In no uncertain terms, the State Department made it clear to Congress, it considers the increasing discovery and growing use of fraudulent documents bearing the state seal of Venezuela to be a serious threat to the United States.
AMB. CHARLES SHAPIRO, DEP. ASST. SECRETARY OF STATE: I would be willing to bet that just about anybody in this room, except for me, could probably obtain a Venezuelan passport, a legitimate Venezuelan passport, within a short period of time, in Venezuela.
TUCKER: The implications were obvious to the committee's chairman.
REP. EDWARD ROYCE, CHAIRMAN, INTL. TERRORISM SUBCOMM: Let me just make the observation that news reports reflect that thousands, thousands, of Venezuelan identity documents are being distributed to foreigners from Middle Eastern nations, including Syria, Pakistan, Egypt, and Lebanon. This is certainly not in the best interests of the United States.
TUCKER: In the opinion of those concerned about security, this is a problem that will not go away until passports are made more secure.
JANICE KEPHART, FORMER COUNSEL, 9/11 COMMISSION: We have these threats all over the world, in different ways, with passports, with travel documents. We have not had a worldwide effort as of yet to go after the issue head on. And until we do, we will continue to have serious vulnerability.
TUCKER: Neither the State Department nor the Department of Homeland Security will comment on the numbers of fraudulent documents they have discovered. (END VIDEOTAPE)
TUCKER: Officials so far are also unwilling to say that the document fraud has the official blessing of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. But they do note, with admitted concern, that Venezuela has signed a contract turning over the office that issues those documents, the identity cards and the passports, Lou, to Cuba.DOBBS: Communist Cuba. TUCKER: Communist Cuba.
And, by Fox News yesterday on the Neil Cavuto Report "Hugo Chavez: Growing Threat:
Next, is link to opinion written by Ambassador Adolfo Taylhardat commenting on Chavez's interest with North Korea's missiles and his upcoming trip to Pyongyang:
In the meantime, Chavez is considering imprisoning leaders of Sumate, an independent democratic civil society group in Venezuela, who is trying to save democracy:
Please make sure to read http://www.vcrisis.com/ where you will find numerous reports on Chavez's activities, and run a search on its data base.
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La Coupe du Monde 2006
Toujours je me doutais de Zinédine Zidane, le capitaine de l'equipe français, les Bleus, car il a une attitude violente et abusive. Et, voilà le résultat terrible de perdre la Coupe du Monde 2006 grâce à la violence abusive!
Veuillez trouver ci-joint article que j'ai écrit au sujet de la violence de Zidane:
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Venezuela's Political Disaster - July 9, 2006
Chavez will be traveling to Pyongyang in the near future to perhaps meet with his new "friend" Kim Jong Il. Is Chavez planning on buying missiles from North Korea? Or is he arranging to have North Korea launch missiles on his behalf?
Below please find quote from Sean McCormack, U.S, Department spokesman commenting on Chavez's travel plans.
"The rest of the world is condemning what North Korea has done, and Chávez is talking about going to North Korea." Chávez' plans to visit North Korea "shows precisely that he and his behavior are not in line with the rest of the world."US Department of State Spokesman Sean McCormack said in reference to the missile tests conducted in the Asian country this week:
http://www.state.gov/p/wha/rls/dpb/q2/68350.htm Concerning human rights matters, the Organization of American States has issued a letter complaining about freedom of speech in Venezuela. Would Chavez listen to the OAS?
The OAS Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression sent a letter to the Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Ministry to remind that under the Inter American Convention "the right to freedom of expression cannot be restricted through indirect ways or means, such as abusive official controls, abuse of the radio electric spectrum or any other means intended to prevent both communication and the broadcast of ideas and opinions." The communiqué follows a Chávez order to review TV broadcasting licenses.
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