Monday, November 15, 2010

The Simon Bolivar Award goes to former President Alvaro Uribe

Former President of Colombia Alvaro Uribe Vélez was honored in Washington, D.C. with the Simón Bolívar award. The event took place on November 12, 2010 at the Hotel W where the Hispanic American Center for Economic Research (HACER) gave the award to His Excellency Mr. Álvaro Uribe Vélez for his leadership promoting freedom, safety and democracy to Colombia and the Americas.

During the event former President Uribe Vélez also received honors from
Florida House of Representatives David Rivera, Ambassador Otto Reich, Ambassador Roger Noriega, Oscar Morales founder of a million voices against FARC, and Mariana Casabianca, Georgetown University student from Colombia.

Pictures of the event:

On his last day as President of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe Vélez filed criminal charges against Hugo Chavez at the International Criminal Court.

En el marco del evento “Libertad, Virtud y Democracia”, realizado anoche en el Gran Salón del Hotel W de la ciudad de Washington DC, el Hispanic American Center for Economic Research (HACER), hizo entrega del Premio Simón Bolívar al Excelentísimo Sr. Álvaro Uribe Vélez por su destacado liderazgo en la promoción de la libertad, la seguridad y la democracia en Colombia y las Américas.

Acompañado por 150 representantes de ONGs y legisladores de 10 países del continente (Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Estados Unidos, El Salvador, México, Panamá, Perú y Venezuela) el agasajado recibió el premio con gran emotividad, con un discurso de agradecimiento en el que destacó las principales victorias alcanzadas y los desafíos que enfrentará América Latina en el futuro.

Durante el evento, ofrecieron un brindis en honor al agasajado:

- Diputado David Rivera (Republicano, Estado de Florida).
- Embajador Otto Reich
- Embajador Roger Noriega
- Oscar Morales, fundador de Un Millón de Voces contra las FARC
- Mariana Casabianca, estudiante colombiana de la Universidad de Georgetown

El evento “Libertad, Virtud y Democracia” fue organizado conjuntamente por el Hispanic American Center for Economic Research (HACER), el Centro de Pensamiento Primero Colombia (CPPC) y el Center for the Advancement of Freedom and Democracy (CAFD).

Fotos del evento:

Maru Angarita

My blog is:

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Crime and tolerance


Dear Journalists,

Best wishes for permanence to Aung San Suu Kyi’s freedom

While Venezuelan political prisoners are without hope for justice under Hugo Chavez’s regime one prisoner has been able to sell his art work:

Sadly, Venezuelans seem to be cursed with tolerance given to criminals while their own quality of life is neglected by the government, and those who can help restore democracy in the abused nation. Currently, Chavez is requesting extradition to Venezuela of Walid Makled alleged narcoterrorist held in Colombia. reports alleged grave implications concerning Hugo Chavez, Walid Makled, and other high government officials.

Not by coincidence, Rangel Silva’s defensive statements and his sudden promotion come as Venezuelan drug kingpin Walid Makled, in Colombian custody since his late August arrest, faces possible extradition to the United States. Makled is thought to possess valuable recordings of transactions incriminating high-ranking members of the Venezuelan government in money laundering, drug trafficking and perhaps terrorism. Rangel Silva, Carvajal, and Interior and Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami could be on Makled’s list. Given the tumult that would ensue should high-ranking members of the Venezuelan government face such serious criminal charges in a U.S. court, Caracas has pressed the Colombian government to extradite Makled to Venezuela on the grounds that he is a Venezuelan citizen.

El Nacional reports declarations from Walid Makled denouncing military protection in Venezuela:

Venezuela's Chavez defends general amid scandal

Who rules in Venezuela? Is it Hugo Chavez? Or is Chavez himself ruling under duress from terrorists taking over the nation? Chavez’s actions are denounced as in violation of the Venezuelan Constitution.

There are complaints from experts of crime tolerance towards Hugo Chavez directly linking The White House Dan Restrepo, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs as explained on the following link:

Venezuelans need the aid from the International Court of Justice, and world leaders, to resolve abuse of power in Venezuela and restore democracy.


Maru Angarita
My blog is:

A priori insubordination

The following is link to Open Letter to O.A.S. Secretary General dated November 10, 2010.

Response from O.A.S Secretary General

"I do not have a view about statements made by senior government officials, but in this case I make an exception. The fact that an army commander threatens with an a priori insubordination is unacceptable. Venezuela's ruling civilian authority should correct that."

OAS Secretary-General José Miguel Insulza

Ambassador Adolfo Taylhardat wrote article ¿Cuánto durará la luna de miel? Commenting on Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos interaction with infamous Hugo Chavez

The European Courier's editor, Diego Arria, published an op-ed at the Fox News website (in English) responding to Hugo Chavez's recent announcement that he will use military force against the nation if the opposition wins presidential elections in 2012.

Maru Angarita
My blog is: