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Chavez: Russian jets can repel attack on Venezuela

In December 2007, Venezuela held a national vote on a proposed constitutional reform that would have made a large number of changes to the Venezuelan political structure. Among the proposed changes was unlimited reelection, a change that would have allowed Hugo Chávez to run for reelection for the third time in 2012 when his current term ends. While there are many countries in the world that do not have term limits for national leaders including the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Germany, and others, the constitutional reform in Venezuela was widely reported in international media as a change that would "make Chavez president for life." , though most of them being parliamentary democracies and not the very presidentially centered Venezuelan democracy. Media outlets called the reform a "power grab" on the part of Chávez, and presented the image of a country "heading toward dictatorship, "  (Oct 17, 2008 | post #239)

Chavez: Russian jets can repel attack on Venezuela

Eight months after the opposition’s unsuccessful attempt to topple Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in a short-lived coup, the then still-powerful anti-Chávez sectors: the CTV union, the main Chamber of Commerce, Fedecamaras, and the Coordinadora Democrática (CD), composed of twenty opposition parties and forty NGOs, resorted to a new tactic – economic sabotage – intended to destabilize the country and force the “fascist dictator” to resign. On December 9th, 2002, a week into what had originally started out as a business strike – largely limited to supermarkets, private schools, and franchises such as McDonalds – the management and white collar workers of the state-owned oil company PdVSA upped the ante by paralyzing the oil industry. This economic sabotage was engineered in a variety of ways: oil tanker captains refused to move ships in both the western and the eastern parts of the country, thus preventing PdVSA from fulfilling its contractual obligations; PdVSAs computer system was sabotaged through the withholding of passwords, leading to the shut down one of the country’s main refineries; and 40% of PdVSA employees walked off the job. By late December 2002, production had dropped from 3.1 million to 25,000 barrels per day (bpd), causing a severe fuel shortage with deep domestic repercussions. Milk and other food staples such as rice, flour, sugar and oil were increasingly more difficult to get a hold of. However, since small and medium sized businesses by and large did not participate in the strike, it was not impossible. According to Caracas engineer Luis Daniel Infante, even more dramatic than the food shortages was the paralysis of the distribution network and the closing of the distributors a direct effect of the gas shortage. Since the majority of residences in Venezuela do not have direct gas lines, without the delivery of gas canisters, people were able unable to cook. “This caused a lot of problems above all for babies, because the parents could not prepare warm milk for them,” notes Infante, adding that “the adults could eat something else, but normally the babies needed warm milk to be nourished. This created a lot of anguish for the mothers.” Fuel purchased from Brazil as well as the hiring of thousands of retired and foreign oil workers allowed production to get up and running again. However by the time the strike was defeated in early February, 2003, the economic sabotage had cost Venezuela $10 billion dollars, the country’s mining and steel industries had temporarily closed, unemployment increased to 22 percent, poverty shot up from 44% to 54%, and thousands of businesses went bankrupt. After the national oil strike the Mercal network evolved quickly, largely due to the participation of the Venezuelan Armed Forces. Before the first three Mercals and two warehouses were built, the Venezuelan military used military garrisons as stores and the military barracks as storage centers. “The army of Venezuela took to the street, gave of themselves and made the task easier with their technology, their human resources, their means of transportation and their installations for storing food. Included in the products that Mercal offers are milk, tomato sauce, bread, fish, fruit, meats, flours, seafood, bread, cheese, cereal, eggs, pasta, coffee, margarine, sugar, oatmeal, raisins, cooking oil, chicken, salt, and rice, all priced between 25 to 50 percent below traditional supermarket prices.  (Oct 17, 2008 | post #238)

Venezuelan President Chavez announces plan to swap old ca...

That wasn't an example, that was sarcasm. I don't know if i'm a socialist, communist or what ever you want, all i know that what ever it's what Chavez is doing in Venezuela, me and the majority of venezuelans like it. If you speak spanish i can show you a couple of forums where must agree with me and you'll be the one who's wrong.  (Oct 17, 2008 | post #57)

Chavez To U.S. -- 'That's Enough From You Yankees'

Bro, bad news. I've talked to my boss about leaving and he didn't like the idea, I'm happened to be the guy who run his pre press department, i'm a Photo Shop, Preps and others computer programs expert, i've got a lot experience in printing, and i'm bilingual, so i guess he does need me here. I've talk to my wife too and she saId " please don't go, i love you and i need you right here with me". Then i've talked to the guys in my band, and they said "bro don't do that to us, you know how hard it is to find a good drummer, we need you" The IRS takes a lot of money from my check, I bet that leaches don't pay taxes + i'm a good citizen who had paid for every little thing that i have 'cause i work hard for it and i haven't never take advantage of any of the government benefits.  (Oct 17, 2008 | post #216)

Chavez To U.S. -- 'That's Enough From You Yankees'

Yes i'm an idiot pretending to know more about Venezuela than you. I'm really sorry and i promise you but by the end of the year, i'm out of here to live in that horrendous regimen http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=EVAVy 8B4Nxw&feature =related  (Oct 16, 2008 | post #213)

Venezuelan President Chavez announces plan to swap old ca...

What did you think that all this speculations and false accusations by the int'l and Venezuelan media are for? Every body Knows that there's not WDM in Venezuela, so they can't use that one, so they trying every thing else.  (Oct 16, 2008 | post #46)

Venezuelan President Chavez announces plan to swap old ca...

Eventually we gonna run out of sun.  (Oct 16, 2008 | post #44)

Chavez To U.S. -- 'That's Enough From You Yankees'

You're the one that doesn't understand that he don't need to steal any elections, 'cause the majority of venezuelan, specially the poor love him, and they love him 'cause they living what's really happening in Venezuela. The “opposition” represents the rich minority of the country - a country that has one of the highest inequality rates in Latin America. They love to whine about so called civil rights abuses and repression but don’t offer any evidence. Now this is a group that was totally fine with systematic repression and assassination of left wing leaders for the last three decades. Anyone want to talk about the Caracazo? Another think they like to talk about a lot is the lack of free speech - again, if you’ve actually been there, you’d know that 4 out of the 5 major stations are privately held, participated in the propaganda during the 2002 coup and oil lockout, and continue to present whatever angle they want without reprisal. In fact, you can go and watch it yourself and make up your own mind. The newspapers have enjoyed the same freedom. I know, because I’ve fucking read them - and you can to if you actually take the time to look! They don’t like to talk about what Chavez has been doing. By the way, and these are World Bank figures, the Chavez government has managed to cut unemployment by half. Don’t look at me - blame the World Band for that figure. On top of that, the Venezuelan economy has out paced most countries in the WORLD in terms of economic growth and that is NOT all attributable to the oil sector. On top of this - free education, medicine, job training, etc. What you’re hearing and reading is a total fabrication. But apparently you, just like during the lead up to the Iraq war, are happy digest the usual propaganda without ever questioning any of it. Did it ever occur to you that this government could lie to you? No way, right? Would Bush lie to you?  (Oct 16, 2008 | post #210)

Venezuelan President Chavez announces plan to swap old ca...

It doesn't matters how it sounds to you, as long it works for them.  (Oct 16, 2008 | post #40)

Want to move to Venezuela can anyone help?

I agree.  (Oct 16, 2008 | post #105)

Want to move to Venezuela can anyone help?

Keith Ratliff Edinburgh, UK Reply »|Report Abuse|Judge it!|#81Jun 24, 2008 Just to let you know people that I have moved to Venezuela and I am so happy indeed. I am visiting some family in the UK right now but really looking forward to get back home. Thanks a lot to all for your replies and opinions. If you want to know how life is there in Venezuela you should try! go and discover it yourself.. let me know we could meet up, i could get you to some really nice places! Keith  (Oct 16, 2008 | post #104)

Venezuelan President Chavez announces plan to swap old ca...

Both  (Oct 16, 2008 | post #37)

Chavez To U.S. -- 'That's Enough From You Yankees'

How many farmlands do you have burn to cause a food shortage? How long takes to rebuild those burned farmlands and grow food all over again? It was better for Chavez to burn those farmlands and then by food from other countries?  (Oct 15, 2008 | post #208)

Chavez To U.S. -- 'That's Enough From You Yankees'

Who laugh in EXOON vs PDVSA?  (Oct 15, 2008 | post #207)

Chavez To U.S. -- 'That's Enough From You Yankees'

Chavez was told no in last December's referendum" I guess he forgot to steal this one Don't go and shoot yourself now  (Oct 15, 2008 | post #206)

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