Sunday, May 31, 2009

Venezuela's Political Disaster - May 31, 2009

Dear Journalists,

Perhaps Chavez may think that he owns Venezuela, and seizes all media networks at will without respect of the citizens. This time he took over all media networks straight for a four-day marathon. Thanks to God there were technical difficulties today and the abuse had to be suspended.

Rayma cartoon published on

Quote from Mexican essayist Enrique Krauze

"I believe that President Chávez views Venezuela as a chapter of his biography. He believes that his life and Venezuela's history are the same thing. This is very serious because this association is never true (...) No democracy can continue to exist if powers are concentrated in one single person to such a large extent."

Harassment of foreign intellectuals taking part in forum on democracy

Sources in Venezuela explained that Chavez was intimidated or defied by the fact that the think tank Center for Dissemination of the Economic Knowledge for Freedom (Cedice), held a forum on freedom of expression and democracy on May 28 and 29 in Caracas. Thus, Chavez called a four-day marathon of the infamous Alo President show where he holds a monologue for hours every week. In this pathetic show Chavez at one point defied Cedice to come his show and debate, and Cedice accepted. Chavez was shocked, and immediately changed the invitation to have only Writer Mario Vargas Llosa join him. Chavez at the same time used marginal bullying methods to put the honorable writer down.

The following link is to Ambasador’s Adolfo Taylhardat’s biweekly column where he questions Cuba joining the Organization of American States. Amb. Taylhardat commented on U.S. Secretaty of State, Hillary Clinton’s statement at the OAS.

I invite you to read my previous posting of the article Red Hugo written by by John R. Thomson and Norman Pino de Lion.


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Red Hugo by John R. Thomson and Norman Pino de Lion

Red Hugo

by John R. Thomson and Norman Pino de Lion[i]05.29.2009


Facing an unprecedented and potentially disastrous drop in the country’s vital oil income, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez should be trying to keep private enterprise alive, to weather what will potentially be a national and worldwide economic crisis. However, against virtually unanimous professional judgment, he continues doing his utmost to cripple the commercial, agriculture and industrial sectors, which his actions had already gravely hobbled during his first decade in power.

[i] Longtime journalist and former diplomat John R. Thomson focuses on geopolitical issues in emerging markets. Former Venezuelan career diplomat Norman Pino de Lion served as his country’s ambassador to both Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands.

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