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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sean Penn's Hypocrisy

Sean Penn's Hypocrisy Prompts Media Exposure of Human Rights Violations in Cuba and Venezuela

NEW YORK (December 18, 2008)—This past week has seen a flurry of media activity as a result of an article about American film actor Sean Penn and his promotion of Hugo Chávez and Raúl Castro. The article, written by the New Republic’s James Kirchick, appeared in the Advocate magazine and included comments by the Human Rights Foundation’s (HRF’s) president, Thor Halvorssen, about the hypocrisy of Penn, who is lionized for playing a champion of rights in the Gus Van Sant film, Milk, while simultaneously serving as a public advocate of the presidents of Cuba and Venezuela. This is especially jarring given that Milk depicts the struggle for legal equality for gays and lesbians, yet it was the Cuban government that used the UMAP concentration camps to intern sexual minorities into forced labor for the purposes of political re-education.
Yesterday, the New York Post’s “Page Six” quoted HRF. On Saturday the Los Angeles Times also mentioned HRF in its electronic and print editions. Dozens of blogs referred to HRF’s concerns including Andrew Sullivan and Defamer, and an article in The Week suggested that Penn’s Oscar hopes might be affected. In every instance reference is made to human rights violations in both Cuba and Venezuela.
“The public attention that Mr. Penn has unwittingly brought to the human rights crisis in Venezuela and to the police state that used concentration camps in Cuba has led to increased interest and concern. This is especially relevant and productive. What would be most helpful would be if Mr. Penn reconsidered his errant efforts to promote governments with a demonstrable record of appalling human rights violations. Mr. Penn’s public behavior is indefensible and wholly incompatible with someone who claims to support individual rights.” said Sarah Wasserman, Chief Operating Officer of HRF.
HRF is an international nonpartisan organization devoted to defending human rights in the Americas. It centers its work on the twin concepts of freedom of self-determination and freedom from tyranny. These ideals include the belief that all human beings have the rights to speak freely, to associate with those of like mind, and to leave and enter their countries. Individuals in a free society must be accorded equal treatment and due process under law, and must have the opportunity to participate in the governments of their countries; HRF’s ideals likewise find expression in the conviction that all human beings have the right to be free from arbitrary detainment or exile and from interference and coercion in matters of conscience. HRF does not support nor condone violence. HRF’s International Council includes former prisoners of conscience Vladimir Bukovsky, Palden Gyatso, Armando Valladares, Ramón J. Velásquez, Elie Wiesel, and Harry Wu.

Human Rights Foundations 

Thursday, December 11, 2008

66th Annual Golden Globe Awards Announced: Australia Vanished!

66th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Critics Awards Grid | Golden Globes | Independent Spirit
Winners to be announced on Sunday, January 11th.

Best Motion Picture - Drama

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Best Director - Motion Picture

Best Original Song - Motion Picture


Bolt (2008)("I Thought I Lost You")
Cadillac Records (2008)("Once in a Lifetime")
Gran Torino (2008)("Gran Torino")
WALL·E (2008)("Down to Earth")
The Wrestler (2008)("The Wrestler")

Best Animated Film


Bolt (2008)
WALL·E (2008)

Best Television Series - Drama


"Dexter" (2006)
"Mad Men" (2007)

Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy


"30 Rock" (2006)
"Weeds" (2005)

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television


"Cranford" (2007)
Recount (2008) (TV)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television


Kevin Spacey for Recount (2008) (TV)
Tom Wilkinson for Recount (2008) (TV)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Venezuelan Prez Cancels Cyndi Lauper Concert Because She Supports Gay Rights

What a buzz-kill!
Venezuelan "president" Hugo Chavez canceled the last stop on Cyndi Lauper's Bring Ya To The Brink World Tour in Caracas this past Saturday.
Fearing protest and personally disagreeing with Lauper's position on Prez-elect Barack Obama and gay rights, Chavez nixed the show - just like that!
Since the government has a death grip on the Venezuelan press, official information is scarce, but Miss Lauper herself is expected to make a blog post regarding the cancellation on her official site soon!
That sucks for all of Cyndi's Venezuelan fans!
They just wanted to have fun!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Chavez renews reelection ambition

Chavez renews reelection ambition


By Will Grant
BBC News, Caracas

Mr Chavez makes the V sign at a rally in Caracas
Mr Chavez wants to hold a second referendum on the issue
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has announced a plan to seek a constitutional amendment to allow him to stand for reelection.
Mr Chavez said he hoped to remain in power until 2021.
His announcement comes after the president lost a constitutional referendum last year.
And it follows a regional election in which his United Socialist party ceded key ground to the opposition, including the capital city of Caracas.
'2019 or 2021'
President Chavez told thousands of supporters that he would be seeking the constitutional changes necessary to allow the president to stand for indefinite re-election.
The president narrowly lost a referendum on exactly that issue last December and under the present rules, he must stand down in 2012.
But now the debate must start around the country, he said.
"I am ready, and if I am healthy, God willing, I will be with you until 2019, until 2021," he said.
The opposition say that the same issue cannot be voted on twice. But President Chavez may well be able to get around that.
When he lost the referendum last year, people were voting on a whole series of constitutional reforms - one of which was the question of indefinite re-election.
This would be a proposal for a single amendment to the constitution, and as such could send Venezuelans back to the polls some time next year.
It is far from clear whether President Chavez would win another vote on the matter. Although the president's personal support is still over 50%, the opposition has been buoyed by its recent performances at the ballot box.
Any vote on this question is likely to be as close as the last, in which a few thousand votes separated the two sides.

See also Article from FOX News


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Breaking: Another Flood Tragedy in Caracas

I'm not in Venezuela but reports everywhere are talking about massive flood in Venezuela Capital city Caracas, with even Caracas major river, the Guaire River overpassing the limits.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Mayor Leopoldo Lopez is the 3rd Best Mayor in the World

Yeas, ladies and gentlemen, the mayor banned and chased by Chavez Regime, Mayor of Chacao Municipality in Caracas, is the 3rd best mayor in the World, according to World Mayor Project.

The finalists for the 2008 World Mayor Award were chosen on the number of votes received and, more importantly, on the persuasiveness and conviction of supporting statements. Below we publish a representative selection of comments received about Leopoldo Eduardo López, Mayor of Chacao, Caracas, Venezuela. ...

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Student Leader Killed By Chavez Regime

Some minutes ago, the President of the Federation  of Students of Zulia University (Zulia State) was killed by a heavy gun shots, more than 20 shots received the student's leader Julio Soto, who died instantly. The student also belonged to the Social Christian political party COPEI.

Friday, September 19, 2008

New McCain Ad with Hugo Chavez-Obama

New McCain Ad with Hugo Chavez-Obama

New McCain Ad with Hugo Chavez-Obama

HRW Director José Miguel Vivanco Detained and Expelled for Denouncing Violations in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (September 19, 2008) Human Rights Foundation—The Venezuelan government’s expulsion yesterday evening of Human Rights Watch Americas Director José Miguel Vivanco and his colleague Daniel Wilkinson indicates the Chávez administration’s growing intolerance of the increased public exposure and scrutiny of human rights violations occurring within that country.

“The UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders compels the Venezuelan government to condemn, investigate, and punish promptly and thoroughly any attacks, threats, or intimidation of human rights defenders,” said Alek Boyd, Vice-President of Program of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF). “Venezuela has become a land of chaos, where it is the government that threatens, intimidates, detains, and forcibly removes two human rights defenders for denouncing human rights violations.”
On September 18, 2008, Vivanco and Wilkinson held a press conference in Caracas to publicize a 230-page report detailing the impact of the Chávez administration on the state of human rights in Venezuela. The report contains damning instances of violations of freedom of expression, political discrimination, attacks on organized labor, the elimination of judicial independence, and the overall degradation of human rights.
Vivanco and Wilkinson were detained by the Venezuelan intelligence service (DISIP), taken to the airport, and expelled from Venezuela. Vivanco is a citizen of Chile and Wilkinson is a citizen of the United States. Venezuelan Secretary of State Nicolas Maduro characterized Human Rights Watch’s behavior as “abusive and rude” and stated that Vivanco had violated Venezuelan sovereignty and law for criticizing human rights violations as a foreign national. Maduro also stated that Vivanco’s report was an aggression emanating from “agencies of the United States government” and that his expulsion should lead to “celebration in the streets for this act of sovereign will.”
Saul Ortega, a leading member of the Venezuelan Congress, stated that Vivanco is “a paid hit man who stands in front of the cameras, acting the part of a clown in service of the empire.”
HRF categorically rejects the behavior of the Chávez administration and calls on José Miguel Insulza, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, to immediately condemn the actions of the Venezuelan government and activate the Inter-American Democratic Charter.
Earlier this year, Monica Fernandez, a Venezuelan jurist and human rights advocate, was the target of an assassination attempt the day after Venezuelan government television declared her an enemy of the state. Judge Fernandez suffered a gunshot wound while her fiancée was shot five times. The government declared the failed hit job a “car robbery” and ceased investigating. Judge Fernandez is HRF’s director of research in Venezuela.
HRF is an international nonpartisan organization devoted to defending human rights in the Americas. It centers its work on the twin concepts of freedom of self-determination and freedom from tyranny. These ideals include the belief that all human beings have the rights to speak freely, to associate with those of like mind, and to leave and enter their countries. Individuals in a free society must be accorded equal treatment and due process under law, and must have the opportunity to participate in the governments of their countries; HRF’s ideals likewise find expression in the conviction that all human beings have the right to be free from arbitrary detainment or exile and from interference and coercion in matters of conscience. HRF’s International Council includes former prisoners of conscience Vladimir Bukovsky, Palden Gyatso, Armando Valladares, Ramón J. Velásquez, Elie Wiesel, and Harry Wu.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Paralell USD Jumps to BsF 5

The paralell curency exchange system (the black market) was hit by a high increase of the USD convertion rate, crossing the 5BsF (5000 VEB) barrier.

Euro reached the 7BsF (7000 VEB)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Chavez creates the "Super Regions"

Hugo Chavez has announced the Super Regions, denied last december, in the constitutional reform referendum. This regions joint states by groups and will be controlled by a General, they are military controlled, with ruling power beyond the Governors.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Hugo Chavez alla Mierda!!!

Definitely there's something going on. Hugo Chavez today went insanely mad during a political rally made by himself for his self-support and said this "Go Away Shitty Pitiyankees, Go to Carajo"... making highlighted violation of the Responsability on Radio and TV Law by saying guss during children time. Shit, and Carajo are two grave word, not to mention that obsesion with the Pitiyankee word. He is desperately mad, he knows he is going down abd that will be soon.

This happend after US Government freezed the bank account of Minister of Interior and Justice of Venezuela,Ramon Rodriguez Chacin who just resigned, and 2 high functionaries from Venezuela Intelligence Service.

Chavez Regime is desperate, is going down and very soon, Venezuela will be free again, Hugo Chavez cannot stand this. We need to cross fingers.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Power Blackout in Venezuela

All Caracas city and other parts of Venezuela are without electricity from 2:00pm local time. The Government and the Power Supply companies are silent, apparently the National Electricity Company "could" emit a press cominicate some time.

There are rumors about a possible protest of Electricity Companies and the Blackout is on purpose and could be repeating in the next days ate the same time.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Here comes Mercenaries 2: A Video Game that Hugo Chavez Dislike

Mercenaries 2: A Wolrd in Flames is already out. in the game there is a simulation of a US invasion to dethrone a dictator who took the power via coup d'etat to control all the oil of the country.

Despite in the game the name of the character is Ramón Solano, we already know what is all about.

Trailers and Commercial Ads


Friday, August 29, 2008

2 Pro Chavez Politician Expelled from Colombia

2 Venezuelan citizen, well known for offer support to Chavez Regime, one of them a former deputies were expelled from Colombian soil for find evidence they will attempt against the Colombia National Security.

Colombia Intelligence report they were planning some political meetings but they didn't say which who they would meet.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Chavez likely to control Internet access

El Universal
Under the bill, one single Internet node may be set, with a view to manage traffic to and from Venezuela.

The draft law on telecommunications, information technology and postal services provides for the creation of a single connection node to the InternetPresident Hugo Chávez intended to enact the law on telecommunications, information technology and postal services under his decree-law 6,244, but the regulation was not included in a set of 26 decrees-laws the Venezuelan ruler issued last July 31.

Consequently, the bill was forwarded to the National Assembly for debate and approval. Among other things, the bill provides for the creation of one single node to Internet which, according to Carlos Correa, director of the NGO Espacio Público (Public Space), may pave the way for the government to control the contents of the network.

Section eighteen in the final provisions of the aforementioned bill reads: "The Executive Branch shall set up one single Internet node or access point to the Internet service providers network, with a view to manage traffic to and from the geographical space of Venezuela."

Correa explained that Internet service providers currently do not have to connect to Venezuelan state-run telecommunications company Compañía Nacional Telefónos de Venezuela (Cantv) to provide Internet access. Service providers can do it directly.

"We are worried that the government may use that one single node to establish mechanisms to control Internet contents," said the spokesman.

"Is there any assurance that the government will not use this to control society and that the implementation of one single node will not hit the access to certain types of information?" Correa wondered. "Such type of provisions causes distrust and concern," he said.

"Security" reasons

Another section of the bill relates to the presidential powers to declare as "reserved to the state", telecommunication, information technology and postal services or activities "for security and national defense reasons." The present organic law on telecommunications only conferred this power to the president in the area of telecommunication services. According to Correa, in the new bill, restrictions on freedom of speech are allowed for reasons of security and defense. However, "(the state) has to prove the need to make such a reserve (on radio-electric media and telecommunications)." "The presidential powers are enlarged, and there is absence of institutional control. These are unilateral decisions," Correa said.

The bill was ready to be enacted by President Chávez, through the Enabling Law that gave him special ruling powers. Then the draft law will be discussed by the National Assembly for approval.

REYES THEIS/Gerardo Cárdenas

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Tornado in Margarita

Weather is really crazy, is not common see Tornados en Venezuela, they are quiet nonexistent here. But last weekend one of them appeared on Margarita Island near the Int'l Airport. This is the first Tornado known in Margarita Island

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Venezuelan Athlete Gave Us a Big Scare

Tae-Kwon Do Venezuelan Juan Carlos Diaz gave us a big scare when he faint out during his participation on Beijing 2008 Olympic, during his fight againt Marroc athlete Abdelkader ZROURI .

He passed for some second, then he recovered, what a scare, really, we were so afraid, too much...

Friday, August 22, 2008

Tropical Storm in Formation is Advancing to Venezuela

National Hurricane Center, NOAA, US.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Insulza Allows Human Rights Violations, Says HRF

OAS Head Faulted for Inaction
Insulza Allows Human Rights Violations, Says HRF

NEW YORK (August 20, 2008) —The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) launches the “Inter-American Democratic Charter and Mr. Insulza” program today with an open letter to José Miguel Insulza, secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), decrying his unwillingness to enforce the charter’s mandate to protect democracy in the Americas. HRF will send monthly digests to Insulza detailing violations of human rights and democracy in the continent, with the hope that the secretary general will take note and do his job.

The letter, cosigned by HRF President Thor Halvorssen and Chairman Armando Valladares, observes that under Insulza’s watch at the OAS, the governments of Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela have acted in clear violation of the democratic principles set forth in the Charter.

Such violations include infringements on fundamental rights, ranging from freedom of the press and expression to freedom from torture and tyranny – the shutting down of an independent television station in Venezuela and the recent state take-over of media in Ecuador; the government-sanctioned lynchings and political violence that have resulted in 40 deaths in Bolivia; the obliteration of judicial independence in Venezuela and Bolivia and the dissolution of the congress in Ecuador; and political persecution in all three countries.

The letter reminds Insulza that on September 11, 2001, every nation in the Americas approved the Inter-American Democratic Charter, a document that recognizes the need to defend democracy not only from unelected dictatorships but also from popularly-elected governments on the continent. The democratic clause found in Article 20 of the charter establishes a formal response mechanism that the OAS secretary general may initiate when democracy in a member state is under threat.

“Despite clear transgressions of the charter by the governments of Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela, the secretary general of the OAS has failed to implement the democratic clause. HRF is categorical in its belief that Mr. Insulza should fulfill his duties as secretary general. We will continue to campaign until he protects human rights and democracy in the Americas from all types of violators, whether elected or not,” said Javier El-Hage, HRF’s General Counsel.

HRF is an international nonpartisan organization devoted to defending human rights in the Americas. It centers its work on the twin concepts of freedom of self-determination and freedom from tyranny. These ideals include the belief that all human beings have the rights to speak freely, to associate with those of like mind, and to leave and enter their countries. Individuals in a free society must be accorded equal treatment and due process under law, and must have the opportunity to participate in the governments of their countries; HRF’s ideals likewise find expression in the conviction that all human beings have the right to be free from arbitrary detainment or exile and from interference and coercion in matters of conscience. HRF’s International Council includes former prisoners of conscience Vladimir Bukovsky, Palden Gyatso, Armando Valladares, Ramón J. Velásquez, Elie Wiesel, and Harry Wu.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Maria Conchita Alonso Sends Message to Political Prisoners

Cuban-Venezuelan singer/actress Maria Conchita Alonso sent a message to the political prisoners in Venezuela,

Monday, August 11, 2008

Canadian Tourist Has Assassinated in Margarita Island

A Canadian citizen, Eugene Kophmann, who was visiting Margarita Island, was found dead inside the apartment of the guesthouse he was staying, on Playa El Agua, at the north east side of the island.

Rumor: Madonna is Comming to Venezuela

According to recent news, a group of producers, musicians from the artist has received to Venezuela capital city Caracas to arrange a concert for the next December 3rd.

The concert is plan to take place in the big Horse Track racer complex of La Rinconada, in the south of Caracas.

This would be the first time Madonna will give a concert in Venezuela. But please Madonna don't bring your kids here, is not safe.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Maddie Could be In Margarita Island

A British citizen claim to has sought Madeleine McCann in Margarita Island, Venezuela.

This is the report from DailyMail

'I saw Madeleine in Venezuela just weeks ago - and even spotted the tell-tale mark in her eye,' claims new witness

A businessman has claimed he saw Madeleine McCann in Venezuela just weeks ago - but was too afraid to grab her in case he caused a scene.

The new evidence from Briton Trevor Francis is reportedly being treated 'very seriously' by Gerry and Kate McCann's private investigation team as it is thought to be the only sighting where the distinctive mark in Madeleine's right eye is mentioned.

Francis, a 64-year-old yacht skipper, told police in the UK he saw the little girl with three women in a restaurant on the Venezuelan island of Margarita in May, according to reports today.

However, he says he did not raise the alarm because he did not want to cause a scene and make the situation worse.

He told the News of the World: 'Her eyes met mine as I walked past and that's when I saw the little blemish in her right eye - it was like a little fleck.

'I wanted to grab her or shout out her name and see what reaction I would get. But I was afraid to cause a scene...a huge ruckus would have erupted and it could have made things worse.

'I decided to get a good look to make sure it was her so I could come back to England and report it.'

This latest revelation comes almost a week after police files were released under Portuguese law following the lifting of the period of judicial secrecy in the case.

Lawyers for the McCanns, both 40, from Rothley, Leicestershire, were formally given access to the documents last week.

They are studying them for fresh leads that the couple's private detectives can follow up in their own search for their daughter, who went missing from an apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on May 3 last year.

The McCanns are said to be taking this latest sighting very seriously - because it is thought to be the first which mentions the distinct mark. Their investigators are examining the Magarita link as Caribbean islands are on a regular sailing route from Portugal.

McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: 'The investigation team are looking into this seriously. The eye makes it potentially more serious that other sightings.'

Mr Francis owns a nursing home in Worthing, West Sussex, but now spends most of his time on his five-bedroom yacht in Magarita.

He says he spotted Madeleine with three women on May 16 this year, at a restaurant in the town of Porlamar.

He said her fair complexion stuck out in comparison with the latino appearance of the three women she was with.

He added: 'Although the girl looked healthy and well cared-for, she was very sullen-looking and refused to eat anything. She looked unhappy and out of place.

'I watched her for about 20-30 minute and decided to get a close look as I left the restaurant. Then I was four of five feet away.'

A number of sightings are currently being investigated, including one at a Belgian bank where a security guard spotted a Madeleine look-a-like with a woman on CCTV images.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Beijing Cut USA Anthem in front of George Bush

Just moments ago, when a medal ceremony where US Michael Phelps received his first gold medal, just seconds before the USA National Anthem supposed to end, they just cut it, making a huge life from Phelps and his college Lochte who got bronze medal.

The worst part of the story is that, President Geroge Bush and Laura Bush were among the watchers in the stadium.


Red Blood Olymipcs: American Stabbed to Death in Beijing


BEIJING -- The male relative of an American men's volleyball coach was fatally stabbed today around 12:30 p.m. (local time) inside a major tourist site by a knife-wielding Chinese man who was also inside visiting the site, Chinese authorities said.

A female relative of the coach was seriously injured, and a female Chinese tour guide also suffered injuries from the attack by the same man, officials said.

The names of the American victims and the Chinese tour guide have not been released. Chinese officials identified the assailant as Tang Yongming, 47, who comes from the eastern city of Hangzhou, and authorities said the man jumped to his death from the second floor of the tower after the attack.

The alleged attack took place inside the Drum Tower, a 13th century imperial structure just north of the Forbidden City. The motive for the attack remains unclear.

US Embassy and Olympic committee officials said they were awaiting details of the incident. Chinese and US authorities have said so far there is no indication the victim was attacked because of nationality or because of the Olympics.

Yesterday afternoon outside the Drum Tower, a popular tourist attraction surrounded by traditional alley-style hutong dwellings, some residents and shopkeepers said they heard that the Chinese man may have gotten into an argument with the American before stabbing him and that he never jumped outside the tower. Others said they heard about a suicidal jump. Because the alleged attack took place inside the tower, none of the local residents or store owners said they witnessed anything that triggered the incident other than ambulances with sirens arriving around 12:30 p.m.

"When I arrived to work at noon, nothing had happened," said a cleaning lady at a linen store.

Many neighbors declined to discuss anything about what they know or saw, amid the swarm of international media that arrived at the scene within a couple of hours of the alleged incident.

"We know some things but we can't talk," said one resident. Throughout this site, police officers were stationed, as well as neighborhood security volunteers who seemed to be watching closely who was talking to reporters.

One neighbor, who gave only his surname as Zhang, said he is deeply saddened by the attack given that it took place just after China staged a glorious opening ceremony on Friday. He said attacks by Chinese on others are very rare in Beijing.

"In normal life, these kinds of things seldom happen," he said.

Though he had no first-hand knowledge of what happened, Zhang said he heard the attacker jumped to this death, and probably has "psychological problems."

Richard Buangan, spokesman for the US Embassy in Beijing, said his office is working with Chinese authorities and the victim's families. Embassy officials were immediately on scene, and currently some are with the victim's families in the hospital. It remains unclear the degree of injury to the two other Americans -- one of whom was another relative of the coach and another a tour guide -- and where they are currently being treated.

Darryl Seibel, a US Olympic Committee spokesman, said he has no confirmation that the Americans who were visiting the Drum Tower were related or married. He said they were not wearing any clothes that would have identified them as Americans.

"It's far too early to suggest that this has anything to do with the Olympics taking place," he said. "We have no idea what the motivation is."

The US men's volleyball team is scheduled to play its first game at 10 p.m. (local time) today against Venezuela.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Georgia & Putin Looking for The World War III

Russia has announced their intentions on sent troops and weapon to Cuba, as it happened in the 60's missile crisis and the Cold War.

Now they have just sent troops to Georgia, in the separatist region of South Ossetia.

Georgia 'under attack' as Russian tanks roll in

TBLISI, Georgia (CNN) -- Georgia's president said Friday that his country is under attack by Russian tanks and warplanes, and he accused Russia of targeting civilians as tensions over the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia appeared to boil over into full-blown conflict.

"All day today, they've been bombing Georgia from numerous warplanes and specifically targeting (the) civilian population, and we have scores of wounded and dead among (the) civilian population all around the country," President Mikhail Saakashvili told CNN in an exclusive interview.

"This is the worst nightmare one can encounter," he said.

Asked whether Georgia and Russia were now at war, he said, "My country is in self-defense against Russian aggression. Russian troops invaded Georgia."

About 150 Russian armored vehicles have entered South Ossetia, Saakashvili said, and Georgian forces had shot down two Russian aircraft.

Russia's Defense Ministry said it sent "reinforcements" to South Ossetia to help the Russian peacekeepers already stationed there.


Chavez Regime Arming Civilians (Pictures)

"Teaching to Kill"

Thursday, August 7, 2008

New Decrees From Chávez Mirror Spurned Measures

The New York Times

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chávez is using his decree powers to enact a set of socialist-inspired measures that seem based on a package of constitutional changes that voters rejected last year. His actions open a new stage of confrontation between his government and the political opposition.

The government quietly revealed last week that the president had approved 26 new laws on Thursday, when the 18-month decree powers bestowed on him by Congress were set to expire, but officials withheld offering the full text of the new laws until this week.

Some of the laws significantly increase Mr. Chávez’s power. For instance, one law allows him to name regional political leaders who would have separate budgets, which could help him offset possible victories by opposition candidates in state and municipal elections scheduled for November.

(In a further blow to the opposition, the Supreme Court upheld a measure on Tuesday that prohibits more than 250 people from running for office while the comptroller general investigates claims of corruption against them. The measure will prevent Leopoldo López, one of the country’s most popular politicians, from running for mayor of Caracas.)

Mr. Chávez is also trying to assert greater control over the armed forces through a decree creating militias, a new military branch he has pushed for.

Reigniting private property concerns, another law allows his government to “occupy and temporarily operate” private companies not in compliance with bookkeeping rules.

The set of decrees stops short of removing term limits for Mr. Chávez, which was one of the most polarizing measures in the package voters rejected in December. But more than a dozen of the laws are strikingly similar to items included in the failed constitutional overhaul, angering the president’s critics.

“We cannot be fooled by a government that is pushing through a contraband reform,” said Julio Borges, national coordinator of Justice First, an opposition party.

After the defeat of the proposals that would have formally transformed Venezuela into a socialist state, Mr. Chávez vowed to continue pressing for many of the measures. Over the weekend, he said anyone upset about the decrees could go to the Supreme Court.

The court is dominated by his followers, as is every other public institution of importance in the country, including Congress, the entire federal bureaucracy and Petróleos de Venezuela, the national oil company. Justices from the Supreme Court have already approved in private all of the decrees issued by Mr. Chávez.

“When the government acts, as it has now, without respecting the Constitution, and the word of the president is the law, then an act of tyranny is being committed,” said Teodoro Petkoff, the publisher of Tal Cual, a small opposition newspaper.

The set of decrees comes just two months after Mr. Chávez used his decree powers to quietly approve an overhaul of intelligence agencies, prompting an outcry that he was trying to coerce citizens to inform on one another. Faced with the criticism, he acknowledged flaws in the law and withdrew it.

Since then, Mr. Chávez’s public pronouncements have grown increasingly erratic.

In relation to foreign policy he seemed to have recently mellowed, mending ties with leaders in Colombia and Spain, but pressed ahead here with a wave of takeovers of private companies, announcing the nationalization last week of a large Spanish-owned bank.

The bank takeover, coming after the nationalization this year of large steel and dairy companies and nationalizations last year of oil, telephone and electricity companies, suggests Mr. Chávez is far from finished in attempts to assert greater control over the economy.

Mr. Chávez reinforces this project with the latest decrees, introducing prison sentences of 10 years for business owners who refuse to produce or sell “items of basic necessity.” The vaguely written decree allows Mr. Chávez himself to determine which goods are of basic necessity or crucial to national security.

Pablo Baraybar, president of Cavidea, a food industry group, said the decrees had taken its members by surprise after Mr. Chávez appeared conciliatory in June, inviting business leaders to a speech here in which he asked them to increase investments in the country.

“We were not consulted about this at any time,” Mr. Baraybar said in comments broadcast on radio, referring to the decrees.

Some of the decrees are relatively minor, like one smoothing the process in which the government transfers some banking assets among state agencies; others formalize socialist-inspired policies on the margins of the formal economy, like a measure declaring barter a legitimate system of payment.

Still, faced with growing criticism of the decrees, Vice President Ramón Carrizales called on citizens to “refrain from being influenced by the putschist attitudes of opposition groups” and said the decrees had “great humanist meaning.”

While infighting plagues both the opposition and Mr. Chávez’s own socialist coalition, the coming regional elections have the potential to erode the president’s power base. Right now, his supporters control all but a handful of Venezuela’s states and municipalities.

“The president is publishing these laws while the opposition is going through the complicated process of unity,” said Yon Goicoechea, a student leader who organized protests against the constitutional reform package last year. “The only way to combat Chávez is by winning spaces of power, without losing hope.”

Mystery Disease Kills Dozens in Venezuel

The New York Times

CARACAS, Venezuela — A mystery disease has killed dozens of Warao Indians in recent months in a remote area of northeastern Venezuela, according to indigenous leaders and researchers from the University of California at Berkeley, who informed health officials here of the outbreak on Wednesday.

At least 38 people have died, including 16 since the start of June, said Charles Briggs, an anthropologist at Berkeley, and Dr. Clara Mantini-Briggs, a medical researcher there. They are a husband-and-wife team known for their research on a cholera outbreak that killed 500 people in Venezuela in the early 1990s.

Preliminary studies of the latest outbreak indicate that it may be a type of infectious rabies transmitted by bites from bats, the researchers said. The symptoms, which last three to six weeks, include partial paralysis, convulsions and an extreme fear of water, they said, and those who die become rigid just before death. The disease is believed to be fatal in most cases.

“The authorities must investigate this outbreak with extreme urgency,” said Dr. Mantini-Briggs, a Venezuelan public health expert who has advised President Hugo Chávez’s government on policies to combat dengue fever. “Fear about the disease has intensified among the Warao while a preventative response is needed now.”

The disease is found in the swampy Delta Amacuro, near the border with Guyana. The state is inhabited largely by Warao Indians, a nomadic indigenous group said to number more than 20,000.

Recently, many animals in the area have died, the researchers said, but no correlation has been established between those deaths and the disease.

Warao leaders, accompanied by the researchers, took photos and written testimonies documenting the disease to the Health Ministry here on Wednesday for a meeting with government epidemiologists. But they were kept waiting for several hours.

“We traveled by bus 16 hours to Caracas to make the authorities aware of the situation with the hope of getting some response,” said Norvelis Gómez, a Warao paramedic who was one of four community leaders in the group. “And we are met with disrespect on every level, as if the deaths of indigenous people are not even worth noting.”

Framing their concerns within the polarizing world of Venezuelan politics, in which criticism of the government is often considered tantamount to betrayal, the Warao leaders and the Berkeley researchers emphasized that they all supported Mr. Chávez’s policies and that their intent was not to smear his government.

“All we request is for authorities to respond to this disease as they would if it occurred in a rich district of Caracas,” said Enrique Moraleda, a Warao leader in Mr. Chávez’s United Socialist Party who was part of the group.

The group was allowed to meet with the government epidemiologists on Wednesday evening, and members said officials promised them that the disease would be investigated as soon as possible.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Caracas Under Turmoil After Confirmation of Bannings

Yesterday, the Tribunal of inJustice confirmed the political banning over almost 200 persons to be candidate on the upcoming elections, ALL OF THEM FROM OPPOSED TO CHAVEZ.

People, leaded by the Students Movements, Political Organizations, and some of the banned candidates took the streets to protests this decision. Students went to the building of the Tribunal and thrown horse sh*t. in front the National Guard.

Chacao Mayor, Leopoldo Lopez (candidate to the Great Borough of Caracas) forced with some Metropolitan Police members in front of the People's Defense Office, also under control of Chavez Regime.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Antonini Suitgate Case Man with Chavez Regime Functionaries

These are pictures of Guido Antonini, the man of the Suitcase Scandal, that who was capture in an Argentinean Airport with non-declared $800.000,00.

Chavez regime denied any kind of relationship with this guy, but below are pictures of him with Cojedes state Governor, Yhonny Yanez Rangel, among with Venezuelan Ambassador in Uruguay, the pictures are from Uruguay.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

April 11 2002: Police Should be Cleared from Assassinate People

None of the expert tests conducted by investigators found that the bullets recovered from casualties came from the arms used by Metropolitan Police agents during the April 11th 2002 turmoil.

Metropolitan Police was, by that time, under control of the Big Mayor of Caracas, Alfredo Peña, opposed to Hugo Chavez.

The following is a report from El Universal:

In search of culprits

The destiny of 11 people involved in the case of April 11th should be defined as from August 4th. The Attorney General Office provided over 450 pieces of evidence, which according to defense attorneys, fail to prove the defendants' involvement



The case of April 11th

On Monday, August 4th, the final part of a trial against three police commissioners and eight Metropolitan Police agents will begin. They are charged with killing and injuring citizens during the events of April 11th, 2002, when Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was temporarily ousted from office. It is the longest oral and public trial that has been recorded since the approval of the Criminal Code in Venezuela. It has been more than six years now since the events; five years since the trial against the police agents started and three years since the charges were first made against the police chiefs.

Political pressure, questionable queries, challenging of witnesses, government intervention are some of the issues that have accompanied this trial. At the end of the day, rather than political speculations in and out of court, the destiny of 11 defendants should be resolved, based on the produced evidence. This is a hard decision that will be stamped on the Venezuelan political history, contained in more than 600 pages of public hearings.

The three police chiefs

The judicial story of police commissioners Iván Simonovis, Lázaro Forero and Henry Vivas started on January 7th, 2005. The case prosecutor at that time and current Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz accused them of being "necessary accomplices" to the murder of two citizens who were shot in Baralt Avenue, downtown Caracas, on April 11th.

The second charge was accessory involvement in most serious injuries to the detriment of four individuals. That is, two fatalities and four casualties.

Later, on March 20th, 2006, the Attorney General Office extended the charges to include additional people injured and a third person dead. As a result, charges totaled three fatalities and 29 casualties.

Necessary accomplices

The term means that the crime would have not been perpetrated in the absence of the defendant's involvement. In this case, the eight Metropolitan Police agents are charged with being the perpetrators.

Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Díaz substantiated the two charges as follows: "Approximately at 2:00 p.m., in the face of the prevailing situation in said Puente Llaguno, (the Metropolitan Police officers) started to shoot, as instructed on the radio by their superiors (...) including, among others, police commissioners Simonovis, Vivas and Forero. They shot at the people who where on site (...) and excessively used the firearms they held and that were provided by their superiors."

A case without evidence

In order to prove the above-mentioned cases, the Attorney General Office produced about 450 pieces of evidence. Defense attorneys proceeded to dismantle one after another. Only two were left -the testimonies of two witnesses: Gonzalo Sánchez Delgado, ex chief of Ruiz Pineda police section, and Emigdio Delgado, former Metropolitan Police operations chief. Both of them said during the hearing that the three police commissioners ordered them to shoot at "the Taliban" or pro-government demonstrators, and refused to contain a march that went off towards Miraflores presidential palace.

In the opinion of attorney José Luis Tamayo, the alleged evidence is a "hulking great, useless object" of inspections and testimonies that fail to substantiate the prosecutors' evidence. The investigation found, among others:

Expert tests and planimetry showed that the source of the shots at the three victims is not consistent with the point where the police agents were deployed.

None of the expert tests of the bullets recovered from the bodies of two out of the victims could be related to any of the firearms held at the Metropolitan Police or to the firearms that were allocated on that day to the police agents accused of killing the three people. Nor there was any link with the bullets recovered from the bodies of some of the 29 injured persons.

None of the eight police agents accused of being the perpetrators admitted to have given orders to shoot at demonstrators or acknowledged that they had shot at any of the victims.


Translated by Conchita Delgado